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  1. Evening all! Inspired by the awesome work on here by Tom Probert on his magnificent Shackleton and then the Superfortress and Rich's B-17 I thought that I ought to take the plunge and have a go at the dark art that is a vacform kit. Armed with a bit of knowledge gleaned from t'interweb I decided to start on something fairly straight forward and having heard Dynavector are up there among the Rolls Royce of vacforms and the Wyvern is one of the easier of their kits to build, when one came up cheap on eBay it was a golden opportunity. By the way, apologies for the photos, they were taken on my iPad, so may not be the greatest. A rather pleasant little surprise came in the form of a resin cockpit tub, which looks to me like it may be part of the Compass Rose resin set for this kit (I could be completely wrong of course, but I've not been able to find any other details of resin sets for this kit). Sadly it was just the tub itself and not the full set, but beggars can't be choosers I suppose. No shots of the cutting process, but following John Aero's vacform guide which is on the site somewhere, the parts were drawn around with a felt pen, scored with a new scalpel and snapped from the backing plastic. Definitely one of the scariest parts of vacform building, but not too bad once you've practised on a few corners of scrap backing sheet. A little bit of Tamiya NATO Black for the cockpit and some drybrushing really brought the detail in the resin tub out quite nicely. Because I only had the tub itself from the resin set, the IP is the Dynavector metal part with some Airscale instrument decals from the RAF WWII and Early Allied Jets sheets, just to give it a little more interest. The metal seat supplied with the kit is pretty crude... Since my scratchbuilding skills are nowhere near on a par with Tom or Rich I took the easy option and grabbed an ejector seat from Pavla to replace the kit part. Once all the appropriate prep work for the parts had been done (LOTS of sanding!) construction of the main fuselage and wings went together really quite quickly after a fair bit of dry-fitting to make sure I'd sanded to the correct line and thinned the trailing edges of the wings enough (which still look a little clunky, but it's my first attempt at a vacform kit so don't be too harsh on me! :-) ) The plastic itself is quite soft, so it responds well to Plastic Weld, which has really helped in avoiding seam lines between the fuselage halves and other parts. The detail in the undercarriage bays is a little soft so I added a couple of strips of evergreen to sharpen it up a little bit. Thankfully the inner halves of the u/c doors remain shut, so I didn't have to do too much, just a little bit of wire to add some visual interest and the two ribs. I decided not to go too nuts with adding wires and detail to the u/c bays, as this was mainly to try out the techniques involved in constructing the kit itself and not an exercise in super detailing. Here it is, taped together just to make sure everything fits. The join underneath the fuselage between the wings and the fuselage itself required a bit of fettling, I took too much plastic off of the fuselage halves so had to add some off-cuts into the gap I'd created and smother it in glue in an attempt to get it even. I'm currently working on the tailplane (both have been cut-out and glued together and push fitted onto the spar supplied with the kit to get the angle right. They just need some shaping where they meet the fuselage and then attached and filled and then I think the back of this will have been broken. Well there it is, nowhere near up to the standards seen elsewhere here, but I'm quite pleased with it so far, and hopefully posting a build on here will work as a bit of motivation to actually keep making progress on it. Any tips or constructive criticism would be greatly appreciated though guys, these are unknown waters for me and while I'm enjoying it very much, I'm eager to learn from those of you who know better! Cheers! Nik
  2. I have finished my group builds in the P-38 and Sci-Fi, albeit about a week after each was due. (Planning and execution is everything!) I have decided to do something different. I have seen many fine people with far better building skills than I tackle modifications of kits and turn out breath taking models. I am still trying to just become adequate at making a kit look like a decent model out of the box. But, I figure if I ever want to expand my horizons, I need to get outside of my comfort zone and do something different. So, here is my hair-brained scheme. I have the 1/48 Hawk Lysander kit that was initially released in 1968. And from one of my strange aircraft reference books I have this wonderfully odd picture. That there is a Westland P.12. It is a modified Lysander that was to be used to strafe beaches and landing craft should the Nazi invasion occur. Now, for some reason, I think I can convert this Hawk kit to a P-12 and scratch all the conversion parts. Pretty optimistic huh? All it is going to take is a new rear fuselage, two baby wings at the rear, 2 rudders and a gun turret. How hard can that be? I guess I will find out. The kit is very simplistic, with a sparse interior. There are not many parts. Might as well plunge in before I lose my nerve. I don’t really have a great plan of how to do this, so most of the conversion will be worked out about 5 minutes before I start building it. I choose as my first step to build the wheels. Not a really good reason why the wheels, but it is as good a place to start as any. Each lower wheel spat is built. And some work will have to be done on them. First, at the front of each spat I will have to drill a hole and construct some sort of search light. But before I do that, I need to eliminate the attachment points for the mini-wings that fit on the spats and where the 20 lb. bombs go. On the first spat, I get a little too enthused with the sanding process and break through the plastic just a smidgeon. Milliput will have to come to the rescue. On the other spat, I am a bit more careful. While the glue and milliput dry on the wheel spats, I get the fuselage halves ready to glue. There are a couple of injection towers to eliminate. Once the injection towers are sorted a one piece section that will house the pilot and observer seats is placed in the starboard fuselage half and the port half is joined to it. I thought it might be easier for me to glue the fuselage halves together and then construct the new rear fuselage than to try and do a right half and left half modification. While the fuselage dries prior to me hacking on it, I construct the wings and attach them to a center canopy section Next up I tackle a very simple but quite nice little engine. By this time, the fuselage is dry enough to try to figure out where to cut it in two. After studying the very limited amount of photos for this plane, it looks like the modified fuselage section was added where the rear gunner would sit in a regular Lysander. Taking my marker, I place where the cut should be . . . And then hack away with my saw and I am now committed to this project. From looking at photos, the rear fuselage plug looks to be a one size portion with the same shape from the canopy back to the gun turret. In my simple head, I think a one size internal support can be duplicated and then some plasticard will be used to skin around the supports. Sounds easy-peasy in my head. Now let’s see how reality works. I take some light plasticard stock and trace the outline of the fuselage section that I have left. I cut that out and then make a half plug. This half plug is then traced on some paper card stock so I have a somewhat symmetrical internal support. The card stock pattern is then checked against the fuselage to see if I am somewhat close. Using the card stock pattern, I cut out 4 plasticard supports, put them together and then sand them to match each other. I then tape them together as I have the slightly mad idea that four pieces of wire could be used to provide stable support system so that skinning the internal structure won’t be too much of a headache. Holes are drilled and wire is inserted. This might work. First problem though is the skin on the Lysander is not smooth. I have to match a rib pattern. RATS!!! Now how it that going to work. The only thing I can come up with is to score one side of the plasticard with some sort of semi sharp object so the opposite side looks like the Lysander skin. I experiment with different knives and scalpel blades and noting is coming close. I then look at my trusty screwdriver that I use to open Humbrol tins of paint and hmmmmm. . . . I get these results I think if I make the scores closer together this will work. My next step is to work out how long the rear section is to be and then make a bunch of scores with the same pressure. What could possibly go wrong with this plan? But, it is late and my hands are not the most steady right now. So I will end here and maybe go look at the 1/72 stash to find some donor wings for the rear fin assembly. As always, all comments are welcome.
  3. My first 'ready for inspection' on Britmodeller, this a model I started over the Christmas break and just about finished a few weeks ago (although there are still a few tweaks I could do to it): A Westland Rotodyne FA-1, i.e. the larger Rolls-Royce Tyne powered potential production variant, also previously called the Fairey Rotodyne 'Z'. I've chosen to model it as if it entered RAF service in the late 60s, perhaps to meet NATO Basic Military Requirement 4 (NMBR-4) of 1962 for a V-STOL Tactical Transport. I've designated it a 'C.1' on the basis that the RAF would have classified it as a fixed-wing aircraft, thus allowing me to use the fixed-wing tactical transport colour scheme of Dark Earth/Light Stone over black which I prefer to the then-current helicopter scheme of dark green and dark sea grey. I used the David Gibbings book on the Fairey Rotodyne as my main reference - most of the design follows the proposed plans for the FA-1, except that the wings are slightly stubbier and less tapered than that design. This was because the wings use parts from the Revell Transall C-160, which is also where the engines came from. The rest of the model is based on one-and-a-half of the Airfix kits (the half being an incomplete kit I bought on eBay!), with the fuselage suitably lengthened (the easy bit, using a section from the spare fuselage), and also made a scale foot wider (4mm plastic strip between the two halves) and taller (two 2mm strips, above and below the windows), to give the right size fuselage. The interior was also detailed with parts from the C-160, including hanging seats on the fuselage walls that obscured most of the view through the windows. The nacelles are a combination of the Revell ones melded into the Airfix parts at the rear. The rotor blades are suitably lengthened, and at the tips I've portrayed the nine-jet silencer system that was tested at White Waltham before the project was cancelled. I used the Airfix cockpit, although the plans for the FA-1 showed a slighter bigger cockpit. after loading trials in the early 70s for the then-new 105mm Light Gun and Forward-Control Landrover: and a few more photos here: http://smg.photobucket.com/user/TimV69/library/Models/Airfix%201-72%20Westland%20Rotodyne%20C1%20XS744?sort=3&page=1 Tim
  4. Hi, Next archive bird - Westland Whirlwind of 263 Squadron RAF, September 1941. This is an Airfix kit, mould form late 1970s, mostly OOB work. I was intending t do here very devestated paint, following well a photo: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No._263_Squadron_RAF#/media/File:Whirlwind_Mk_I,_263_Sqn_Exeter,_in_flight_over_West_Country.jpg But this was just an attempt... Comments welcome Regards Jerzy-Wojtek
  5. Hello all, Im interested in building a 1/72 Whirlwind set in Borneo during the 1960s, but my main problem is I don't know the first thing about the Whirlwind really. This is the sort, Im not sure what type of Whirlwind those are, I do note that they have drooped tails and I haven't seen any photos from Borneo without. From what little Ive seen, I know this will take some converting. The only Whirlwind kits I can find at the moment are the old Airfix ones, but they have straight tails. I understand the Italeri H-19B has the right drooped tail but I also understand that they have become hen's teeth. I saw that Heritage Aviation sell a Tropical Nose for a Whirlwind, would that be suitable for Borneo? So, in the current kit climate, where would I begin? Any help will be much appreciated. Thank you, Conor
  6. Lynx HMA.8 XZ719 pics from Richard E
  7. Westland Lynx 3. Pics thanks to bootneck Mike. The Lynx 3 was a private venture prototype built by Westland. The aircraft was manufactured using the major components of Lynx airframes in 1984 at Yeovil, Somerset, as an 11 seat military battlefield helicopter powered by two Rolls Royce Gem 60 turboshaft engines. The Lynx 3 Prototype first flew in 1984 but lack of orders caused the development to be abandoned in 1988. ZE477 was the only Lynx 3 built, it was subsequently used for trials and demonstration work through 1984-85 before its last flight on 10th March 1987. ZE477 then remained in storage until August 1988 when Westland agreed to transfer this interesting one-off prototype to the Helicopter Museum.
  8. XT443 at the Helicopter Museum, Weston-Super-Mare.
  9. Westland Lynx, ZB500/G-LYNX, C/n. 102. Following initial orders placed for the Lynx AH Mk.1 by the Army Air Corps and the Qatar government, Westland built their own demonstrator and trials aircraft. Built in 1978 at Yeovil, Somerset as a 9-seat military battlefield attack-utility helicopter powered by two LHTEC T800 turboshaft engines, it first flew on 18th May 1979 and continued to carry the civil registration for non-military demonstration flights. Following these flights it was stored for two years, before being reworked in mid 1986 for an attempt on the Helicopter World Speed Record. On completion of the modification work G-LYNX was flown again on 1st August 1986 and, following several trial runs, made the actual record attempt on 11th August over a measured 15 km (9.3 mile) route on the Somerset levels. The final speed, verified by the FAI, was 400.87 kph (249.09 mph) a 9% increase over the previous record. In 1991 the aircraft was modified for flight tests but by mid 1992 the helicopter was again placed in storage. Following an approach from the Helicopter Museum in late 1994, Westland agreed to transfer the aircraft for display and it was moved from storage to the museum on 19th January 1995. G-LYNX remains the World Speed Record holder today.Info from The Helicopter Museum Pics mine.
  10. Westland WS-51 Dragonfly HR Mk.5, WG719, C/n. WA/H/50. The Dragonfly HR Mk.5, WG719 started life as a HR Mk.3 and was the 50th Dragonfly to be built. It first flew from Yeovil on 19th September 1952 as a HR Mk.3., and delivered to No.705 Squadron Fleet Air Arm. Later it was converted by Westland to HR Mk.5 standard, before joining No.776 Squadron in 1959, where it remained until 1961. A 3-seat general-purpose utility helicopter powered by a single Alvis Leonides 521/1 9-cylinder radial piston engine. In June 1967 it was moved into storage at RNAY Fleetlands and in 1989 went on display with the Helicopter Museum. In January 1990 the aircraft was seriously damaged in 100 mph plus gales and the aircraft became the subject of a major strip down and rebuild by volunteers at the museum, which was completed in August 1998. Info from The Helicopter Museum Pics thanks to Rich Ellis.
  11. Westland Seaking HAR.3 SAR ZA105 pics from Bootneck (Mike) taken at RAF Mount Pleasant in the Falklands.
  12. Westland WG30 Series 300, G-HAUL/G-17-22, C/n. 020.The Westland WG30 Series 300 was the ultimate version of the WG30 helicopter, the original WG30 Series 100 lacked power and payload to be successful in the commercial or military market. Built in 1986 at Yeovil as a 17-seat military transport, the prototype Series 300 was built using the airframe of the 20th production W30-100 and was completed in January 1986. The first flight took place in February 1986 fitted with the more powerful General Electric CT7-2B turboshaft engines. On 10th March 1987 G-HAUL made a brief demonstration flight before a South Korean delegation, but no orders were forthcoming and the aircraft was put into storage. In 1991 it was allocated to the museum collection and delivered on 10th April 1992.Info from The Helicopter Museum
  13. Westland WG30 Series 100, G-BGHF, C/n. 001. The Westland WG30 was developed by the company from the successful military Lynx family and used the dynamics system of this helicopter, matched to more powerful engines and an entirely new airframe. A total of 40 WG30s were built, G-BGHF being the original WG30 prototype, first flew at Yeovil on 10th April 1979. Power was provided by two Rolls Royce Gem turboshaft engines. It was used primarily for development work and last flew in September 1985 before being placed in storage. In August 1988 Westland agreed to release the aircraft to the Helicopter Museum. Info from The Helicopter Museum
  14. Westland Wessex HCC Mk.4, XV733. The Wessex HCC Mk.4 was identical to the HC Mk.2, but with special furnishings and equipment, operated by the RAF. A total of 2 aircraft were built, and operated by the Queens Flight based at RAF Benson from April 1969. The helicopter, XV733, was used by all the senior members of the Royal Family, including the Queen and Princess Diana, and served with the Royal Flight until 1998 since when the Wessex was in storage at RAF Shawbury in Shropshire. In November 2001 the aircraft was officially put up for sale and purchased by the museum, with the assistance of a fast track grant-aid from The National Heritage Lottery Fund. The grant was the first time the Fund had ever been used to purchase a helicopter.Information from The Helicopter Museum Pics thanks to Mike Costello.
  15. Westland WS-55 Whirlwind HCC Mk.12, XR486, C/n WA418. The Mk.12 was the first production example built in 1964 and one of only two VVIP aircraft built for the Queens Flight. The interior was fitted with special soundproofing, luxury fittings, chrome trim and a high gloss exterior finish. During it's operational duty the museums example was piloted by HRH Prince Philip, and The Prince of Wales. XR486 Joined the museum collection in June 2000.Info from The Helicopter Museum Pics mine.
  16. Hello, Just have finished this and I'd like to share with you. First as usual, couple things about the kit. i was really really surprised when I first open the box. First glance on some pieces, mainly the fuselage and the cabin and only thing I could say was "wow!". The "wow" factor ended couple steps later. Don't get me wrong, most of the kitis really amazing. Great detail, a lot of rivets and nice panel lines, but when I get to the engine cowling I was shocked. I've looked on different websites to see if real Lynx has this section completely flat, as on this kit.. Well it still looked good. then I went to fitting the main canopy and beautiful 1mm gap appeared! I've managed to fill it with some putty, but I don't really like surprises like this. I don't mind some gaps, but this one was way too big. Other disappointment was engine intake cover which should be a mesh, but in the kit is made with clear plastic. I scratch build it with some old PE leftovers. The kit gives you couple options of the aircraft to build. I decided to build anti-piracy Danish version. I kind like it I must say. I've installed an internal light to lighten up the cabin a bit. It was just a try before my general and main project for this year and it worked fine. Ok, no more talking, there come the pictures: Thanks! Bart
  17. Westland Wyvern S.4 No. 830 Squadron FAA H.M.S Eagle, Suez Campaign 1956, Operation Buccaneer Frog 1/72 kit (~45 years old) Built pretty much OOB, sanded off and rescribed most of the raised panel lines, drilled out the exhausts and replaced with modified "drinking straws, boxed in the undercart openings. Drilled out the fuselage "camera ports" (?) and created windows with Klearfix. Overall fit was excellent, and original decals performed flawlessly, although had to double up the wing roundels as they were somewhat translucent. Painted entirely with Humbrol paints (Sky, EDSG) and final Vallejo Model Air matt coat. Thoroughly enjoyable build.
  18. Westland Widgeon (Helicopter not to be confused with the fixed wing aircraft of the same name). This was a private venture based on improving the Westland WS-51 Dragonfly, which was a licensed Sikorsky design. The Widgeon increased the cabin capacity and replaced the Dragonfly's rotor head, blades and gearbox with the units used in the Westland Whirlwind. Three Dragonfly Series 1As were converted to WS-51 Series 2 Widgeons, and the first one flew on 23 August 1955. An additional 12 new builds were completed. They were used in the UK by Bristow helicopters, and overseas by Brasil, Ceylon, Hong Kong and Jordan. Restored by and now on display at The Helicopter Museum in Weston-Super-Mare. Pictures mine.
  19. This year I've been making a bit of an effort to get out and catch some Sea Kings before they are retired in a couple of years time. Fortunately I haven't had to travel far. ZA166 seen here during a flypast over Bodmin Airfield last Sunday (7th Sep) I didn't know this was coming and nearly missed it: ZA166 again, this time at St Agnes Lifeboat Day on the 4th August: And at Padstow Lifeboat Day three days later: XV661 at Newquay Lifeboat Day, August Bank Holiday Weekend: ZH545 at Bude the following day: XV673 dropping off some rescue volunteers outside Classic Air Force at Newquay Airport this week: XV666 at Culdrose Air Day in July: And a couple from across the border in Devon at Okehampton Camp: ZA296/Q
  20. Westland Sea King HC4 ZA293 WO Pics from Richard E Westland Sea King HC6 XZ580 Pics from Richard E
  21. This is my version of Trumpeter's Westland Whirlwind. The kit assembles pretty straight forward but is sparse when it comes to decals. I went ahead and cut out the area behind the seat bulkhead and added a radio tray and a couple of instrument boxes from the spares box. It's a pretty tight fit but adds just enough detail to make it a little interesting. The decals in the kit are thick so I decided to use some others from old sheets. Had to make up plane numbers because that's all I had so the livery is fictitious. I guess the bottom line is the cockpit is green and it looks mostly like a Whirlwind.
  22. Westland Sea King HAS.5 XZ574 in the FAA Museum, pics thanks to Merlin101
  23. Wessex HAS.3 XP142 aka "Humphrey" pics thanks to Merlin101.
  24. Normal proviso 5ft away Italeri kit with airways nose decals from the spares box still need to do the serial number. (out of modeldecal black numbers) Rotorhead doesn't look right if assembled so modified it to look better but there isn't any control rods as try as i might they always looked wrong Chap about 7 miles away has just got the only flyable whirlwind in europe flying on the airshow circuit so may offer it to him for his desk. I know the windscreen is wrong but these kits are like rocking horse s*** so wont even try as there is no chance of a replacement.. Rodders
  25. http://www.abpic.co.uk/photo/1043239/ for the full page This is the prototype seaking that was assembled by WHL in 1970 my question is the torpedoes, were they ever used as I cannot see them on any other aircraft. I would suspect that they are American and IIRC they are in the original airfix Seaking with the Apollo markings I have the Revell Seaking MK41 which with a bit of work can be made into a HAS1 I am using the blades from an old Airfix RAF Seaking. Any comments welcome Rodders
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