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  1. Hi mates! Here is my entry, the Hasegawa 1/72 Oscar, and its DEAD canopy masks: I really like Japanese WWII aircraft, and I hope this great GB will help me discover where my mojo went
  2. More than 20 years after finishing my last model I felt I wanted to try out some modelling again! Last time I was "active" was in 1999-2000 or so, when I moved out from my parents house. Out of my old builds nothing is left except for some photos, but I recall some fun builds like the revell F101-B Voodoo in 1:72 and the Airfix S A Bulldog in the same scale, and of course also the Airfix Bf109 in 1:24. So, after many years I want to get off where I left and as a start I will try out with something rather easy where I can focus on trying out some new techniques. This turned out to be the Hasegawa P-47D in 1:48, so here we go! I started this build already in january 2020 but it was first now I decided to publish a build log of it - for this reason not all steps have been documented. The pace has not been the most rapid one, but I will drop some posts on the current progress and hopefully things will move faster now when I have the tools etc in place. The first thing I did was to replace the exhausts in the front with new ones that I made from beer can aluminium. The parts provided in the kit (seen on top of the exhausts in the photo) were not too convincing. The new ones were somewhat better even if the openings in the end felt a little too large. The rear (intercooler?) openings were good in shape but of course too thick as they are moulded parts. I considered removing them and replace them with brass, aluminium or crash moulded / vac formed plastic sheet, but in the end it turned out I could just carve them out and still get a decent result.
  3. After seeing David H's progress on his new Tamiya 1/48 F-4B I decided to get to work on my F-4 stash to make way for the Tamiya kit. Maybe, someday, when I save up some $$. I have 8 1/48 Hasegawa F-4 kits of various types, 2 of which are the RAF FGR.2. I have one Hasegawa and one Revell rebox of the same kit. I started on the Revell since I wanted to trash the crappy box anyway. Somewhere over the years I picked up some aftermarket including a set of Aires seats and the Eduard photoetch cockpit upgrade. I also have a couple of reference books and some additional decals. I want to build these jets as they may have looked serving in 23 Squadron. One in green/gray and one in the grays (Falklands deployment). I think I have enough decals to cover any standard RAF Phantom. The Eduard cockpit set was fine. Sorry, no photos at this time, but I'm not convinced it's a huge upgrade over a well painted kit cockpit here. The seats were another story. The Aires resin is very nice. A huge improvement over the kit seats. But the PE belts are a nightmare. I finally got them in some semblance of order and attached where they should be, but they look a bit oversized. I have another set for a second kit and will probably leave off some of the belts just to make it less complicated. I did use the kit face curtain pull rings since the PE versions don't look right (flat). The kit itself is well known to most cold war modelers since this is the only FGR2 in 1/48th. The main components are together and ready for gloss for decals and weathering. My daughter and family are coming for a 10 day visit so I'll be away from the modelling desk for a bit. Hope to update this in a couple of weeks. Paints are Testors Model Master, since I still have a lot of them. Green is RAF Dark Green, Gray is Medium Gray FS36270, and the lower gray is Light Gray FS36492. The white patches forward of the main gear wells are the pylon sway brace arms. Since I'm painting the pylons white I figured these should be white also. They are part of the pylon, even if Hasegawa didn't make them part of the pylon on the sprue. The belt sticking up vertically on the right seat will be bent over the cockpit side console once the seat is in place. I did not add the leg restraint garters to the lower front of the seats.
  4. Just to prove I am mad, a couple of hours after saying I probably would not have time to build another kit for this GB, here I am again! The first Tornado I built was the Airfix MRCA prototype one, and later I built a Gulf War one for my son who got the kit via a magazine - I suspect it is probably Italeri. Back in 1990, having been made redundant for the first time, I picked up this, a Tornado F.3 and and F-15E from Beatties in Cardiff - the label says it cost me the princely sum of £9.99 and it apparently had been released the previous year. For some reason I never got round to building it though I did eventually build the F.3 in the Gulf GB. I make no promises as time is relatively short and I have a lot of other kits either on the go or lined up, but I will try - at least I am fairly familiar with the plastic as it is almost the same as the F.3 although for some reason there is no mention of ballast and yet the F.3 with a longer nose specified 5g! It comes with decs for 4 RAF and one Saudi Squadron, but like the Jaguar I am building in parallel it is a bit short on choice of payload. Hasegawa provide 2 each of drop tanks, Sidewinders, Sky Shadow jamming pods, one of which I will replace with a BOZ chaff/flare pod, and a pair of JP 233 dispensers. In case you are not familiar with it, this was a product of the Cold War intended for "runway denial". Each pod carried 30 small parachute retarded bomblets rather cleverly designed to penetrate a runway before exploding, breaking up the surface and forming craters, together with 215 nasty anti personnel mines to discourage any attempts at repair. The idea was that the carrier aircraft such as a Tornado would penetrate low and fast under the enemy radar and run low down the centre of a runway sowing its seeds of destruction in a fairly narrow swathe - the pod remaining attached to the plane for possible re-use. It worked well enough but as the Tornado crews found in the Gulf War it was a rather frightening experience flying through hails of flak and missiles, but contrary to some reports they suffered little damage by all accounts, and stopped after 6 days as the Iraqi airforce was proving noticeable by its absence. Like most things it is a trade off - go in high and you stand a good chance of being hit by a missile, low and fast and it is light flak that may hit you. After the war it was decided that it would perhaps be better to develop a stand-off weapon for the mission! The Luftwaffe developed the MW-1 which is somewhat similar but a lot bigger/deeper and can take half a dozen different types of "bomblet" which were ejected over a large area - anti armour, HE, anti personnel etc - videos of it being tested are impressive! The US were originally partners in the development of the JP 233 but pulled out and instead intended to use Durandals on their F-111, which would make larger holes if they hit the target, but a dozen Durandals might produce a few large holes whilst 2 JP-233 dispensers should have created many more albeit smaller ones. The modern Storm Shadow is perhaps a replacement with long range and the ability to carry cluster munitions and I believe some variants of the Tomahawk missile had/have similar cluster payloads but I doubt either it is half as good at digging up runways as they can't beat a "manned missile" for laying an accurate and compact pattern. This somewhat highlights a problem I have mentioned before with kits of "modern" aircraft. The weapons and colour schemes are probably correct when they are released but before too long they are out of date. I have a decent selection of alternative loads, but most of them would require a change to the all over grey colour scheme and/or conversion to the later GR.4, which would mean spending money on parts/decs. I have various more modern sensor/targetting pods such as TIALD and the like, and ditto weapons such as Paveway, Alarm, ASRAAM and Storm Shadow but I think I will stick with the JP 233, albeit perhaps the rather better detailed ones from the Airfix "Hi Tech" weapons set, and go for a wrap around grey/green machine from 617 Squadron, though I may change my mind later. Wish me luck! Pete
  5. Next off the shelf is the very old (maybe original?) boxing of the Hasegawa P-2H Neptune. I've washed the sprues and resin bits. Here they are drying amongst the Scout WIP. Soon to be joined by the Eduard bomb bay and general detail kits, the Aeroclub props and landing gear and PD Decals, amongst others. Not too many plastic parts but heaps of resin and etch. Lots of rescribing to do as everything is raised detail. I'll paint everything this week when the wife goes back to work as she hates the smell of enamel paint through the house!
  6. So, Down in the depths of the vault I have found this ancient 1/32 Hasegawa Spitfire VI, missing most of the cockpit contents and without a canopy... Apart from the canopy, the circled items are missing... Also in in the vault, is this modern but flawed Revell 1/32 Spitfire Mk.IIa I was wondering whether I could use the Revell kit as an ~(imperfect but acceptable) donor of spare parts/sources for scratch building/vac-forming? My plan: 1. Build the Revell cockpit. 2. See if it fits with manageable fettling into the Hasegawa fuselage. It won't be 100% accurate, but as the Mk VI canopy is fixed close this probably won't matter. I will also add the Hasegawa pilot 3. If the cockpit does not fit, I will proceed with the Revell kit, having to accept the incorrect spinner and underwing air intake 4. If the cockpit fits, I will continue with the Hasegawa kit 5. I will then use the Revell canopy as the master to make some vac-form replicas 6. The replica will be needed as I try and work out how to modify the canopy to correspond to the Mk VI version. What could possibly go wrong? Either way, there be some sort of 1/32 Spitfire at the end of this Odyssey! Icarus
  7. For my entry I will be building the following: I won’t be using the kit decals but these rather nice Rising Decals: This one, Capt Shogo Takeuchi, 2nd Chutai, 68th Sentai, Cape Gloucester. Build will mostly be OOB, but I’ll add a bit of detail to the rather sparse Hasegawa cockpit. The camouflage should be a test of my airbrushing skills (or lack of..). I’ll make a start after aI finish the Falklands Sea Harrier, not sure how far I’ll get before I go away to the Northern Territory for the whole of May, first holiday away in two years! AW
  8. Hi All, This is the second in my "Promise Made, promises fulfilled" project. I had this model over 30 years ago when it was first released. When I saw that Hasegawa had re-released it, I knew that I just had to get it. My memories of the first time was that it was a rather good model, with crisply moulded parts, and reasonably easy to build. My biggest mistake was to use automotive cellulose paints to paint it. The end result looked very good for about 6 months... Then it started to crack, and look rather shoddy. I removed the body from the floor pan, stripped the cellulose paint, can't remember with what, re-primed and sprayed it with enamels. However, that cellulose had attacked the plastic rather badly, even though I had primed it first. I could never get a good finish on it after that. Still, paints have moved on. I tend to use Zero paints these days and with care, they are much kinder to polystyrene. So, here we are so far: The obligatory box top. This kit comes with a finely detailed engine. Here are the first stages of the build. That's just eight parts to get to this stage, The fit is superb. I painted the block and cylinder heads with Tamiya XF-16, and the cam-covers with my own satin black concoction (One part Tamiya X-1, Two parts Tamiya XF-1 + three parts Mr Color levelling thinner). This seems to make a satin black that is easy to paint and with a finish not as glossy as X-18. I mix up about 25 mL and store in a glass bottle. This gives me enough to spray, if I need to, and it will brush paint well as well. One thig that I though looked a bit naff about the kit was the front disc brakes. For some reason, Hasegawa had moulded them on the 'chrome' tree. Some parts look right in high chrome, like the bumpers, and headlamps/tail lamps. But the front discs and callipers? I think not. This is what they looked like: A touch garish, I think. So out came the tub of caustic soda solution I keep in the garage, and I popped the offending items in it for about 50 minutes, and the result was: Completely stripped. They do seem to be coated in some kind of high-gloss varnish which the caustic soda won't touch, but the removal of the "chrome" seems to reveal more of the moulded detail. So, a quick priming with my 'grey primer' concoction followed by the right kind of colours, will make them more realistic, I think... That was where I stopped taking pictures, as I was making such good progress on the model. Anyway, this where I have got by early this morning... The sharper-eyed of you may have noticed that one of the air filter chambers is not yet fitted. That's because I forgot to cut it from the sprue and fix it on. For small parts, I tend to prime and paint them on the sprue then tidy them up on removal before attaching them to the assembly. This is nearly done. I'll show the images soon. Thanks for looking. Cheers, Alan.
  9. The 1983 animated feature "Crusher Joe" is chock-full of great mechanical designs by Studio Nue; this is the 1000 m battleship Cordoba, designed by Shoji Kawamori ("Macross"), crushing space pirates acrosss the galaxy. The Hasegawa kit from their Creator Works line is as good as it gets, with ultra-fine details across the surface. Some seams required a hint of putty, but overall, it's a straightforward build. I imagine this ship also would look very cool in a Chris Foss inspired scheme. This is the main character's ride, the Fighter 1, also designed by Kawamori:
  10. Hi folk's thought I would again attempt building this pair I think I had entered them in a GB last year but nothing progressed.With a whif of Jaguar about it the F1 is a beautiful looking aircraft and this boxing offers three nice scheme's with the bonus for me of not ever building the kit or aircraft type before.
  11. Well, decided. Will be building the Mitsubishi F-2A. Could only get the XF-2A boxing here, but all the sprues and parts for the production version are present. Will have some white metal bits for the spares pile. Box art: Sprues: Still bagged and in white plastic. Not my favorite but cest la vie. Goodies! Got a DXM sheet so can do the funky blue the JASDF use. An Eduard PE fret from antiquity and a set of Reskit wheels round out the options. And of course a printed instruction sheet to make sure I don't mess things up...
  12. After 2021 (link) newsletters, the Hasegawa news for January 2022. Source: http://www.hasegawa-model.co.jp/month/202201/ V.P.
  13. Hello again. Its been a while since my last post and here is the my first airliner model for 2022. Hasegawa 1/144 Embraer E-170 Saudi Arabian Airlines livery. The kit is a generic Hasegawa kit, which is no problem in the building, with very little sanding and filling required. Only addition to kit is navigation lights in the wings. As to decals, it was a complete disaster! I used Gio Decals set which is known to be very brittle and not responsive any decal solution. This one is no exception. During the application cheatline completely destroyed. So I had to make my own cheatline by using decal paper spaying gold and cut it 1mm wide. Other elements of the decal tended to silver after dry. Lots of careful trimming away the clear film took care of the silvering, not perfect but a lot better than without. So, I am not satisfied the finish in term of decaling however, I decided leave as it is. The windows are from Authentic Airliners as usual. Paints used were mixture of Mr. Color C44 and white for the upper fuselage, Mr. Color C316 for the lower fuselage and engine nacelles and MRP Boeing Grey for the wings and stabilisers. Metals are a mix of Alclad. Its in my opinion not quite up to my usual standard due to the problematic decals but it looks good. Hope you like it. Cheers! Berk.
  14. Calling this one done! P47D-28-RE, 44-19798, SX-I, 352nd Fighter Squadron, 353rd Fighter Group. Based at Station 157, Raydon, Suffolk in Summer 1944. Assigned to Lt. Frank H. Bouldin and named “Miss Mary Marie” by him. This is the old 1/72 Hasegawa kit which I made in 1986 and rescued from my parent’s loft. Originally I just planned to use this as a test bed for some home printed decals but once I’d cleaned it up and given it a paint job it looked OK so I persevered with it and this is how it ended up. Brush painted with Revell, Humbrol and Citadel….
  15. A total of 651 Swedish made SAAB Drakens were manufactured between 1955 and 1974. In addition to the Swedish Air Force, these fighters was also used in Finland, Denmark and Austria, and a couple were also exported to the United States. The first 12 Drakens entered the Finnish Air Force service in 1970 and in total there were 48 Drakens in the FAF service during some 30 years. My model depicts the Draken DK-215 in the markings of the Lapland Air Command. It made its first flight in February 1975 and the last flight of that fighter took place in August 2000. I built my model from an excellent 1/48 scale “shake and bake” Hasegawa kit and the decals for the Finnish Draken are from Gal Decals. I also used an Eduard masking set for the canopy and a Finnish made photoetch set for the cockpit details. I wanted to build the Draken with the earlier large blue and white roundels and the fighter has been painted in the three colour camo of the FAF. The following shades of Xtracolor were used for the camo: X136 light compass gray, FS16375 X121 gloss sea blue, FS15042 X111, olive drab, FS14084 I also used Vallejo and Humbrol colors to paint the smaller details.
  16. Here's my entry, an old school legacy Hornet from 20 odd years ago. Will be giving the box art machine a bash. Going to use the mixes suggested in the instructions, but I found the FS numbers (I think) during some online browsing for anyone curious (from light to dark): FS 30279 FS 30219 FS 30140 Box contents. Not worked with white metal in years! A small PE fret is included for the instrument panel, HUD, wheel bay wiring and ladder I think. I do have an Eduard masking sheet on its way to me, due sometime before the universe suffers heat death. My Hasegawa weapon sets will be here sooner, the kit only includes drop tanks. Hasegawa ...
  17. Given the number of planes I could build for this GB, I have to make a start somewhere, and as I have just finished a batch of USN/Marine planes in Hi-Vis gray and white and the paints are on my desk I thought I might as well build this alongside the A-7D I am about to start in the Matchbox GB. The kit first came out in 1967 and I built it a few years later after it became available over here, but this is a 1999 re-boxing with some rather loud markings! It is a fairly basic kit with minimal cockpit and a few inaccuracies according to the review in D&S, so I will have do do some "improving" I guess, particularly in terms of the armament, using the Hasegawa weapons sets. Here is a little very basic background to the plane. The USN was more than happy with the A-4 Skyhawk light attack plane when it was introduced in 1956, but by the early 1960's it was apparent that its small size came at the cost of a fairly modest payload - around 8500lb over shorter ranges. As the older improved Essex class carriers with their short decks were phased out and replaced, there was scope for a larger plane and, having overcome those who inevitably wanted a supersonic light attack plane, they issued a request for a new plane with performance similar to the A-4 in terms of speed, but with improved bombload and range. LTV offered a sort of smaller and simplified version of their F-8 Crusader fighter, with no variable incidence wing and a less powerful engine, and as this seemed likely to be quicker and cheaper that starting from scratch, they were awarded a contract in 1964 as the A-7. I don't know how the cost worked out but it was certainly quick, with service entry in February 1967, as the A-7A Corsair II. Getting consistent comparative figures is somewhat difficult due to the usual variables - what payload/fuel load was in place for the quoted speed/range etc, but it seems it may have initially been a little slower than the A-4 with no big increase in range, but with a payload of around 14000lb, at least in theory, although the A model was a bit underpowered so it had to take a reduced bombload when taking off from a carrier. The A-7B had a more powerful engine which was slightly better, but externally seems to have been identical to the A-7A. The next major version was the A-7D built for the USAF, who were still concerned about the power so insisted on having an Allison built R-R Spey engine fitted. This bumped the power up from around 12000lb to 14000lb whilst at the same time considerably increasing fuel efficiency, and the Navy were sufficiently impressed to order a navalised version as the A-7E (after the first few were built as A-7C with the old engine due to shotages). By that stage quite a few extra/improved electronic gadgets were being fitted to further improve the capabilities, and the in-built cannon were replaced with a Vulcan rotary one. The A-7 gradually replaced the A-4 and aquired the nickname SLUF, a variation of the BUFF applied to the B-52, in this case Short Little Ugly Fat Fellow if you want the polite version! Pete
  18. Hi, I remember buying this from a discount warehouse in Armley on the outskirts of Leeds in about 1990. The boxing is a bit of an odd one - it is Number 810 which should either makes it the original 1985 release or the 1987 rebox - the pic seems identical on both, but this also has the circular "motif" printed on the top left corner saying it has extra decs for 3 units on the USS Midway as well as the standard set, and that version is not on Scalemates as far as I can see - there is also an extra sheet showing the new marking scheme. I suppose it must have been a limited run of some sort and was picked up as surplus or bankrupt stock as was the A-6E I picked up about the same time, probably for something around £5 each. Whenever it was actually made, it was after Hasegawa had produced their weapons sets so the armament is rather basic and will need adding to, though given the notoriously short range of this early version it will definitely need to include some fuel tanks! Pete
  19. Nothing to see here any more. I think I need to take a break. Thank you for the support! For a moment there I felt like Jamie Oliver when he presented his take on a paella! I didn't want to offend anyone, and I don't think I did, but such is the world these days - some people will get offended just because they want to. That's a hobby, I think, but not one that I would take on. Anyway, I like my Mirage and most importantly, so does my wife and my friends. I don't want to put the pictures up again - water under the bridge, but I'll just say this: I have 2 more Hasegawa 1/72 Mirage F.1 and a lot of decals, and I'm not afraid to use them! Will I put pictures of them up here? Perhaps, if I'm in the mood that day -there are somethings you just shouldn't do! Cheers Hans J
  20. Very enjoyable build of Hasegawa's 1/48 Bf109F-4 kit, finished in the colours & markings of Major Hans Trubenbach, Geschwaderkommodore of JG 52, based at Tiraspol, in 1941/42. Pics of Trubenbach's personal aircraft show it to be painted in overall dark green (presumably RLM70), with slightly unconventional theatre markings. But I guess if you are the Kommodore, you can paint it how you want Trubenbach was a career Luftwaffe officer, already in his mid 30s when the war started, seeing combat on both the channel front during the Battle of Britain, and in Russia during Barbarossa. He eventually left command of JG 52 to be Geschwaderkommodore of JG 104, one of the Luftwaffe's fighter training schools. He died in 2002, aged 96. Hope you like the pics
  21. F-15E Strike Eagle from Hasegawa kit, enhanced with Eduard PE and resin seats and exhausts by Aires. Asymmetric loadout has been used during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  22. As my ludicrously long Sea Vixen build finally shows signs of drawing to a close, thoughts turn to what to build next. I always try to have two things on the go at any one time, with the other being my never-ending Ark Royal build - but there is a limit to how much 1/350 scratch building and detailing I can stand at any one time, and I need to have something in 1/48 (my aircraft scale of choice) to keep me going. I thought about a twin Buccaneer build - an Anti-Flash White S1 and an Ark Royal (4) final commission S2D. Those will come at some point, since I have the kits and the necessary conversion materials. But watching the splendid work of Steve (Fritag), Debs (Ascoteer) and others has convinced me that it is high time I built something that I actually flew myself. Sea King or Lynx, Sea King or Lynx... much indecision was finally tilted towards the Queen of the Skies by all the press coverage of its retirement from RN SAR service earlier this year (though the ASaC7 Baggers will soldier on for a while yet), and by markdipXV711's excellent build of an 819 SAR cab which he and I flew in together 20-odd years ago. So, since 819 (my other Sea King squadron) has just been done, I have finally plumped for an aircraft from my first tour. Pull up a bollard and listen to a true dit. 820 Naval Air Squadron, 1988, 18 months into my first front-line tour. We were part of Ark Royal (5)'s CAG (carrier air group) throughout my time on the Squadron, and in July 1988 the ship plus 801 (8 x Sea Harrier FRS1), 849B Flight (3 x Sea King AEW2), a detachment from 845 (2 x Sea King HC4) and 820 (9 x Sea King HAS5) set off for Australia, via Malta, Singapore, Hong Kong, Brunei and Subic Bay (Philippines), and home via Mumbai and Gibraltar. 6 months away, and a bloody good time was had by all... Less than 2 weeks after we sailed, we were taking part in a NATO exercise in the approaches to the Med; basically we were playing the bad guys trying to force a passage through the straits, and a number of RN, USN and Spanish units were trying to stop us... including HM Submarines Torbay, Otter and Opportune. The aim of these exercises is not to be 100% realistic, but to make sure that there is maximum interaction, so occasionally there would be a 2 hour pause where the submarines, having come right inside the screen and "attacked" the hell out of the ships, would withdraw 30 miles and start again. We would knock off tracking them and leave them alone to reposition. In those long distant 1980s Cold War days, ASW was our bread and butter, and on the whole we were pretty good at it. Most of the time we did passive ASW - chucking huge quantities of sonobuoys out of the aircraft and finding submarines that way, often working with our Nimrod and P3C brethren, and often working against USSR boats rather than friendly exercise ones. In my first few weeks on the squadron we rippled 3 (3 cabs airborne 24/7) all the way from Norfolk VA to Harstad in Norway, including several days of tracking 2 Victor IIIs that were taking an interest in our games. It was pretty exhausting, but we could keep it up almost indefinitely. For the guys in the back, passive ASW was often good fun; 3-dimensional chess, and all that. But for the pilots it was skull-shatteringly dull, flying around at 4-5,000' (nosebleed territory for any self-respecting helicopter pilot) and stooging at 70kts for maximum endurance for hour after hour after hour. But on this occasion we were doing active ASW, the task for which the Sea King was originally designed. Active ASW in the daytime is enormous fun for the pilots, especially when you are in contact. At night the aircraft flies the profiles for you, closely monitored by the pilots (since you are down at 40', you want to keep a close eye on things in the pitch black; it can be a tad buttock-clenching at night). In the day, however, you generally fly it all yourself ("manual jumps" as the jargon goes) without any assistance from the AFCS (automatic flight control system), and it's a blast. So there you have the scene. I am 18 months into front line flying, and have reached the dizzy heights of being captain of my own crew. My P2 for this trip is a hugely experienced USN exchange pilot (way more experienced than me, but flying as second pilot while he gets up to speed with RN procedures). We do 45 minutes of active Torbay bashing, but then reach the pre-briefed pause while she repositions. Rather than disrupt the flying programme, we simply keep going, so we have taken a plastic milk float with us (hi tech, I tell you) and are doing some grappling training; chuck the milk float out of the back and practice SAR with it - much harder than it sounds, cos the milk float thrashes around in the down wash, so it is great training for the back seat in conning the aircraft and the front seat in hovering it precisely. A few minutes into the grapple work, with Jim the USN guy on the controls, the port engine stops... or so we thought. The Nr (rotor speed) decays as the good engine runs out of puff (too hot and too heavy to hover on one engine) and we subside rapidly onto the water yelling Mayday and punching the windows out. Phil Smith, the Observer, says he had never seen anyone strap in as fast as poor old BJ Sandoe, the Crewman who had been lying on the floor of the aircraft with his head sticking out, conning Jim onto the milk float, when suddenly the Atlantic Ocean came up to greet him. As I reached up to shut down the No 2 engine (cos you sure as heck don't want to abandon a helicopter while the rotors are still turning) it became apparent that the No 1 engine had not in fact failed, but simply run down to flight idle. The fuel computer had developed a fault and tried to shut the throttle, but there is a physical interlock built into the system for precisely this emergency, called the Flight Idle Stop, which is basically a screw jack that prevents the throttle from closing beyond a certain point - the very last thing you do when starting up is to engage it. So we over-rode the computer and managed the throttle manually, the Nr came back up to where it should be and shot off the surface of the sea like a startled rabbit, downgraded our Mayday to a Pan, and flew back to Mum. A Green Endorsement much later (still on the wall of my loo) and very shaky legs for a few hours afterwards. Well, it has to be this cab, doesn't it? So I present to you ZE419 / 014 / R of 820 Naval Air Squadron in July 1988; a bog standard Sea King HAS5. Dark blue (this was just before the days when everything became grey), black markings. Photos of the real aircraft to follow, I expect, but for now she is one of these in the distance (photo taken the day before we sailed from Pompey, so about 2 weeks before the ditching): The aircraft will be built much as in this photo, actually; folded, included the tail, with engine blanks in. The cabs in the photo have tip socks on, but I will probably build mine with the more robust blade support system known as "Forth Road Bridge" gear (as in this Mk 5 at the Fleet Air Arm Museum): The basis of the model will be the Hasegawa 1/48 Sea King, using the "Ark Royal HAR5" [no such thing; it should be HU5] edition (which for some reason Photobucket refuses to rotate, so turn your head): ...and the excellent Flightpath conversion set, which contains all sorts of goodies important to this build - notably weapons carriers, assorted aerials and a tail rotor much better suited to having a gust lock fitted to it. Herewith statutory sprue shot: ...and pic of the contents of Flightpath box and a couple of other aftermarket goodies: As it happens, I also have a Hasegawa AEW2a kit (acquired before the Mk5 kit was released, as the only game in town for a future Mk5 build). This will also be useful, since it contains a number of applicable bits such as Orange Crop ESM aerials (removed from the HU5). And since all the Hasegawa boxings are variations on the same theme, the kit already contains some parts that I will use - e.g. the HU5 has the sand filter in front of the engine intakes, but in my era we simply had the "barn door"; similarly the HU5 has the sonar removed and a blanking plate fitted. The kit contains both a barn door and a (sort of, -ish) sonar. [i also have a second complete "Ark Royal HAR5", designated eventually to be an 819 SAR aircraft... but not yet]. There will not be much progress for a few days, while I get the Vixen over the line.... Herewith photo of the appropriate log book entry (bottom line:
  23. Hi all This is Hasegawa's excellent 1/48 Focke Wulf 190A-5, built OOB. This is the third of their 190 series that I've built (I also built an A-4 and an A-8 previously) and they are just excellent - I can't remember having a single problem with the build of any of them. Finished to represent an aircraft on the Channel front, from II/JG 26. Painted with Mig and Vallejo colours - and decals from the spares box. Hope you like
  24. Hobby 2000 has just re-released the Revell 1/32 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I/V In box review: https://www.kfs-miniatures.com/1-32-supermarine-spitfire-iia-hobby-2000/ - ref. 32001 - Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Ia Sources: https://www.armahobby.pl/h2k32001-supermarine-spitfire-ia-ex-revel-cartograf-pmask-zywica.html https://ksmodel.pl/sklep/szczegoly/hobby-2000-32001-supermarine-spitfire-ia-limited-edition-1-32-24566/ - ref. 32002 - Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IIa Sources: https://www.armahobby.pl/h2k32002-supermarine-spitfire-iia-w-rotol-propeller.html https://ksmodel.pl/sklep/szczegoly/hobby-2000-32002-supermarine-spitfire-iia-w-rotol-propeller-limited-edition-1-32-24567/ - ref. 32003 - Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Va Sources: https://www.armahobby.pl/h2k32003-supermarine-spitfire-va.html https://ksmodel.pl/sklep/szczegoly/hobby-2000-32003-supermarine-spitfire-va-limited-edition-1-32-24568/ V.P.
  25. After years of staring at the model in my cabinet, I decided last week after seeing yet another P-3 kit started that it was time to crack on with the restoration of this: I built this back in 1981, I think. Considering it was all brush-painted and the walkways painted, it wasn't a bad job but the seams were terrible, it needed nose weight (which I'd left out) and the decals were all faded (no clear coats on my models in those days!). I want to rebuild it as a flying desktop model of the EW version of the AP-3C, two of which will continue in service with 10SQN, RAAF for a few more years. I have the Hawkeye Models decal set I'll use for this and I managed to get a copy of the Hamilton Hobbies ELINT conversion set, too. It's suffering from the moulds becoming worn, so I'll need to do a fair bit of work on the castings for it to pass muster. I'll also be using the Quickboost prop set as I want to model it with #1 engine loitered (propeller feathered in flight). First step - strip with oven cleaner: It took a few goes and some resorting to the more-toxic-but-more-effective caustic stuff but it all came off eventually! The Lincoln at the bottom is not being stripped - it was in the hangar for a tailwheel repair! Some bits broke off but I'm not concerned as they're being replaced anyway. The sonobouy launcher section and all the pylons were then removed and the small galley/rest area windows, which had clouded over, popped out. I've made a plastic sleeve like the one I made for the USS Enterprise from plastic stock on Ray Seppala's suggestion. It'll go inside the fuselage to take the brass stand before I fit the replacement belly section. Lots of surgery required on the #2 and #3 engine fairings for the EWPS resin bits, the nose for the IRDS bits and wingtip replacements. Then it'll be time for some seam sealing...
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