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  1. Folks, I have run into a bit of a brick wall when trying to find images of 84 Squadron's Westland Whirlwind HAR.10's in Cyprus during 1979 and I'm hoping that someone here on Britmodeller can help me out! The usual image sources (ABPics, Airliners.net, Flickr etc.) haven't got any and the 84 Sqn Association website has a couple of dits but no clear images. I've trawled through my library to no avail as well. Anything that shows the serial number and the playing card symbol would be a great help to completing my 1/72 'Front Line 1979' project. If you'd rather not share images here, please PM me for my email and they will go no further than my hard drive. Thanks in advance for any help anyone can offer! Mark.
  2. Big, you say? Well okay. It's almost the biggest model in my stash, the Special Hobby Westland Whirlwind Mk.I. It's big: And it's been unstarted for too long: Did I mention that it's big? While waiting in the stash it has accumulated quite a bit of aftermarket; a set of seatbelts: Some resin wheels and cannons - I'm not that comfortable with the idea of the resin cannons which I think would be more vulnerable to breakage than the kit's plastic ones, but if they look much better I would probably go with them: ... and finally, canopy and camouflage masks. What can I say? I'm lazy and I'm prepared to pay any company that offers to indulge my laziness So I'm set. See you at the start line gents Cheers, Stew P.S. It's big
  3. Right lets get into this: I will be basing my build on this Whirlwind XN358 (for more info check out my blogger (look at my about me) Its a reduced weight whirlwind which is kinda snazzy I am using the Airfix HAS.22 kit to do this build, and i am trying to do an interior, which is proving difficult. I have used a food container (one that you buy from the shop with food) instead of plasticard as this kit has no representation of a floor/bulkheads. It is proving very difficult as interior pictures of the whirlwind are hard to find. The textures on the wall and floors are simply foil rubbed against surfaces in my house, the sound proofing (sides and ceiling) is made by using my chromebook and the floor diamond plate using the handle of my blade. It is very messy at the moment but will be neatened very soon You might notice that 'stuff' in the nose, don't worry, its not the guts of a rat, its blue tack and some thumbtacks to create some weight The other side, not neat but when all the equipment and is closed up it should be less visible You can see the floor here, i have actually removed this now and relayed and more flat one.You can see how much i had to modify the cockpit shape, (i have another whirlwind in the stash) and surprisingly it lines up perfectly with the original piece Here is all the things that need to get modified/removed with marker.
  4. First build in my Austrian Air Force project. My mother in law was Austrian, and we spent many holidays with our relatives in Carinthia, Southern Austria, staying with them halfway up the valley of the Drau between Spittal and Villach. We would often see Austrian Air force planes and helicopters flying along the valley, usually below our level (I think the relative's house was something like 1,000 metres abouve sea level) including Drakens on one rather noisy and exciting day, and some later helicopters. The Westland Whirlwind flown by Austria's Air force served between '58 and '65, long before I met my wife. The model flown was the Whirlwind Srs. 2 (HAR Mk 5) which the eagle eyed and helicopter buffs will see is not what the Airfix kit I modelled is! My excuse is that I have had decals for this for months, couldn't find for love nor money a suitable italeri kit, so decided "what the hell" and got on with it. Actually, my wife won't have a clue if it's the right mark or not, so to an extent it doesn't matter!) The build was OOB, except for a little bit of albion alloys tube, brush painted overall in Tamiya RLM 02 (supposedly grey, looks green to me.) I've painted the rotor blades in Tamiya flat aluminium, I couldn't find a clear "guide" to the real colours used. The Decals come from Blackbird Decals, they went on easily and without too much - if any - silvering. As I mentioned in Ced's WIP of his scary skeeter, I had a Frank Spencer moment with the windscreen, where masking went awry and I had a devil of a job cleaning up the overpaint, but lessons learnt and all that. The upper side "glazing" was not of the best quality, and after gluing in some formula 560 was used to fill in several gaps. Mostly fairly well. One window from the side didn't like the pressure exerted while I was holding the model, and popped back into the fuselage. Rather than split the fuselage to remove it, I used a small square cut from a Sainsburys danish pastry box, glued that on with formula 560, and decided to think of the kit as Captain Hook's crocodile, as like the croc, you can hear something rattling around it ...... So here it is, apologies for the slightly dark photos.
  5. Although I have a couple of builds underway at the moment I have decided to make a start on this project: I bought the kit form fatalbert just over a year ago. The contents of the box are as follows, two frames moulded in white plastic: One clear frame and a slightly damaged decal sheet: Shame about the clunky moulded in wiper which will have to go: I am not at all bothered by the creased decal sheet as I was given these replacements by Milktrip, aka Aaron: Which is kind of the reason for starting this build in the first place. These offer four variants, most attractively coloured schemes: I have however elected to go for the least colourful scheme, partially because it matches up with my Japanese Huey build but mainly because it features my initials; NEH - Nigel Edward Heath: Here are the instructions which I have already started to mark up with the required paints: I have also aquired these aftermarket items to enhance the build, Eduard PE: And masking set: While not universally popular, some members do like to see some of my culinary efforts, here are some recent examples, lime dressed, grilled Halloumi: A puff pastry, anchovy and olive tart (called a pissadelere I think): A white crabmeat and parmesan tart: And of course, you really can't beat a nice pizza: I'm really looking forward to making a start on this kit, bye for now, Nigel
  6. Is it just me or does the plastic in Classic Airframes kits simply will not glue together? I have been using super glue - Zap medium - Zap thin - contacta MEK etc etc. Even used zip kicker with the Zap and parts are still seperating with ease. All the plastic had been washed before building. Any two parts simply will not bond. I'm building up the locations for the undercarriage for one of their Westland Whirlwind fighters and need a strong location for the Undercarriage struts. I'm almost starting to lose the will keep going with this kit. I hope it's not just me and I've tried everything that most ordinary folks do. Martin
  7. There can't be that many people of my age who haven't build the Airfix Whirlwind HAR.1 in its Antarctic markings at one stage or another- I think I have done about three over the years, but in truth it really isn't a very good kit! So; this is the much nicer Italeri S-55 kit, modified to represent an early Westland based machine and using a set of cobbled together markings to make it look a bit like the old Airfix kit. Although the base kit is very well engineered and easy to build, the conversion is a lot more difficult than I had expected, from removing the spare frames on the windscreen, through to flattening out the cabin underside, removing bumps from the tail pylon and fuselage, then adding lots of non-US lumps and bumps instead. And of course, I've done another blade fold - this one was a lot easier than either the Wessex or the Dragonfly. Here she is with the old Airfix kit in its most recent guise: Here she is with a more recent Antarctic flyer: [picture lost to Photobucket] And here are all of this year's 'earlycopters (so far) together. more to come. FredT
  8. My forth build in this GB is the Westland Whirlwind. As only two Squadrons used the type, marking choices are a bit limited. But two aircraft had been evaluated by 25 Squadron in May 1940 and these two aircraft had been painted in the early fighter camouflage with black and white undersides. The picture of this aircraft aren't great, but show the camouflage and markings used nicely. I think the early camouflage colours with the large fin flash look very attractive. I will build the Special Hobby Whirlwind kit in 1/72 scale, again OOB, but making my own markings. It looks to be a very detailed kit with lots of Resin and PE. It will be interesting to see how well all goes together. I am set to start my four kits on the 2nd of January, Cheers, Peter
  9. Good day, gentlemen. The next model. Plastic though Low-pressure casting, but very good, the problems are not caused. Set entirely self-contained, with transparent navigation lights, etched and resin parts in the kit. Added only mirror and antenna cables. It painted with acrylics tamiya and not primed. Apply riveting for greater entertainment, although it is in the real world was not visible, for it was flush with the surface. Letter codes and markings made up by stencil.
  10. Here I present my last model completion for 2015. One way or another been in a bit of the modelling doldrums last month or so, so I was casting round for a quickish build to get my hand in again. I picked the Trumpeter Whirlwind in a fit of excitement, only to be somewhat disappointed when I opened the box. I am not a huge stickler for accuracy, but this was a bit of let down. The decal sheet is, as reported elsewhere, awful. The cannons are woeful and the cockpit looks a bit squashed (no gun sight either). I promptly dumped in the stash and tried to forget about it. However I was was reading through the September issue of AMW, which has a build of this model, and despite the issues it did sound like a relatively quick easy build, so possibly a good way to get the modelling juices flowing again. However I still just couldn't face those decals. I had a search on the web, and came across this: https://en.wikipedia...d_whirlwind.jpg It appears that this aircraft, P7048, was used as a Westland "hack" and had no armament (so no gunsight as well?) as well as very simple markings which I could easily source from the spares box. Here is my representation, brush painted with Tamiya Acrylics, build thread here. Not my best effort, but I think she doesn't look too bad, and it got me modelling again. Thanks for looking.
  11. In WWW I found a eBay-picture from Westland Whirlwind (Serial P7005) crash landing. I search the serial number P7005 (H O SF) and found a little loss list: Whirlwind P6966 unearthed by Steve Vizard in 1970's ? Whirlwind P6967 scrapped on 4th November 1944 ? Whirlwind P6968 Wearing code H-HE 1941 Whirlwind P6969 First fatality due to E/A P/O Graham 1940 V-HE Whirlwind P6970 Lost in sweep 6th November 1941 ? Whirlwind P6971 Scrapped 14th July 1944 ? Whirlwind P6972 Scrapped September 1944 ? Whirlwind P6973 Scrapped October 25th 1942 ? Whirlwind P6974 Struck off October 22nd 1943 Z-HE Whirlwind P6975 Crashed December 27th 1940 L-HE Whirlwind P6976 Crashed May 11th 1943 X-HE Whirlwind P6977 Lost in Action November 11th 1942 ? Whirlwind P6978 Crashed December 27th 1940 ? Whirlwind P6979 Hit by Flak October 24th 1943 G-HEWhirlwind P6980 Hit Sea December 12th 1940 ? Whirlwind P6981 Crash land August 1st 1943 ? Whirlwind P6982 Scrapped September 30th 1944 S-SF Whirlwind P6983 Scrapped July 14th 1944 H-HE & P-SF Whirlwind P6984 Write off January 29th 1941 H-HE Whirlwind P6985 Write off March 24th 1941 1942 J-HE Whirlwind P6986 ? Whirlwind P6987 Hit by Flak December 7th 1942 Jersey? Whirlwind P6988 Write off March 14th 1941 ? Whirlwind P6989 Hit by Do-215 April1st 1941 J-HE Whirlwind P6990 Write off November 19th 1943? Whirlwind P6991 Scrapped February 9th 1943 R-HE Whirlwind P6992 ? L-HE Whirlwind P6993 Write off 22nd June 1943 S-HE C-HE A-SF Whirlwind P6994 Shipped to U.S.A June 5th1942 overall Dk Blue RAF rndls Whirlwind P6995 Hit by Flak April 17th 1943 ? Whirlwind P6996 Crashed September 15th 1941 ? Whirlwind P6997 Scrapped September 30th 1944 ? Whirlwind P6998 Crash land December 22nd1942 ? Lympne Whirlwind P6999 Mid Air Crash October 9th 1941 ? Whirlwind P7000 Hit by Flak June 15th 1943 ? Whirlwind P7001 Shot Down September 10th 1941 Whirlwind P7002 Ditched April 4th 1943 W-SF Whirlwind P7003 Crashed September 21st 1942 ? Whirlwind P7004 Struck off October 5th1942 ? Whirlwind P7005 Missing E/A? March 2nd 1943 ? Whirlwind P7006 Crashed May 29th 1941 ? Whirlwind P7007 Scrapped September 30th 1944? Whirlwind P7008 Structural crash April 30th 1941 ? Has anyone more infos about this P7005 and more about the crash landing?
  12. One way or another been in a bit of the modelling doldrums last month or so, so I was casting round for a quickish build to get my hand in again. I picked the Trumpeter Whirlwind in a fit of excitement, only to be somewhat disappointed when I opened the box. I am not a huge stickler for accuracy, but this was a bit of let down. The decal sheet is, as reported elsewhere, awful. The cannons are woeful and the cockpit looks a bit squashed (no gun sight either). I promptly dumped in the stash and tried to forget about it. However I was was reading through the September issue of AMW, which has a build of this model, and despite the issues it did sound like a relatively quick easy build, so possibly a good way to get the modelling juices flowing again. However I still just couldn't face those decals. I had a search on the web, and came across this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westland_Whirlwind_(fighter)#/media/File:Westland_whirlwind.jpg It appears that this aircraft, P7048, was used as a Westland "hack" and had no armament (so no gunsight as well?) as well as very simple markings which I could easily source from the spares box, so with that in mind I rolled up my sleeves and got going. I glued the weedy looking cannons into the nose cap, and then once the glue had cured I nipped them off with some sprue cutters, bit of work with a sanding stick and all done. Next, tdealing with the radiators - this just didn't look right: So a bit of knife work on the wings and fuselage, and I set the radiators back a little into the wings, and I think it looks much better: I took a similar approach to how I dealt with the nose to deal with the holes for the bomb shackles on the underside of the wing:
  13. I'm looking for some assistance in identifying these two Whirlwinds. The pictures are from some 8mm footage my father took on board the carrier HMAS Melbourne II in the UK shortly after her commissioning late in 1955. Neither appear to have the drooping tail so I'm presuming they may be HAR.1 or HAR.3. I've also read that a Whirlwind was the first aircraft to land on the Melbourne and I'm wondering if the top photo is the actual bird as that would have been quite an occasion and worthy of my father picking up his camera. The second one is from later in the reel.
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