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  1. After the Mach2 (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235011263-172-avro-york-by-mach-2-release-november-2016/) kit announced for Telford SMW 2016, here's the Mikromir's 1/72nd Avro York kit project. Source: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235011331-avro-york-172/ CAD V.P.
  2. Happy Birthday Royal Air Force Today is the 100th Anniversary of the formation of the Royal Air Force. If you did not know that already you are probably on the wrong website. Some time ago I decided that I wanted to mark this occasion by starting a new project on this date and have of late spent much time thinking about what the subject should be. Naturally enough, Spitfires, Hurricanes, Lancasters and myriad of famous post-war types all came to mind, but these are well-covered subjects and so I dwelled on the matter a bit deeper... What about something that was in service on the day the RAF formed? What about something that had served in both the RFC and the RNAS prior to the formation of the RAF? What about something that was crucially important both to the newly formed air force and essentially all of the commonwealth air arms that were to follow? What about the Avro 504! To me, the Avro 504, more than any other single type, captures the spirit and the essence of the nascent Royal Air Force. This type had seen service as a fighter, a bomber and reconnaissance aircraft prior to being 'relegated' to the training duties at which it excelled. By 1918 this was the most numerous aircraft in the RAF (and probably in the world) with more than 7000 being built during World War One alone. In the new air force almost all aircrew had been trained on this type and I should think most of the ground crew as well. It was the foundation of the skills and professionalism that have been the hallmark of the service ever since. So, foolishly, I'm going to have a crack at building one in 1/32 scale. Here are the plans I will be using...provided most efficiently by Len Whalley at 'aeroplans.co.uk’ (Great service thanks Len). As you can see this is a screen-shot of my electronic copy because my friendly computer draftsman at work is on extended Easter holidays. He'll be back soon! In the meantime I'm going to use these plans as a starting point, they are fine for the general layout and dimensions. And here we go... Start with a good straight, clean bit of wood. In this case I'm using Jarrah - just like I did in my Mig 15 build here... www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235012524-mig-15-scratchbuild I'm using Jarrah mostly because it's the strongest wood I can get hold of. Having studied the plans I can see that there are going to be some challenges with maintaining the structural integrity of this model, especially once the extensive cockpit has been hollowed out - hence structural strength is going to be a major consideration. It's a beautiful bit of wood this - straight close grain almost flawless. The oval below marks the only knot in the entire plank, it's tiny and is fortunately positioned so it can be easily excluded from the fuselage cut-out. Here I'm marking off the first cut for the fuselage. I'm cutting it much longer than it needs to be for reasons you will see later on. And here it is - the first cut - made on 01 April 2018! Hooray... Two lengths have been cut for the fuselage so that I can work to the natural centre-line thus formed... The wings are being cut from some thin slices of sapelli. Another high-quality hard-wood. I've chosen this because I do not want the wings to sag and think that sapelli will be rigid enough to hold it's shape over time. And here's the rough cut-out of the tailplanes. I think that the tail is going to be the only easy part of the build. And so -after 20 minutes of work I have the very, very rough outline of a biplane... No - this is not an April Fools joke, this really is the start of my model! I don't know how long this is going to take but given the slow pace of my previous (still uncompleted) project that you can see here: www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235021633-hmasm-ae2-scratchbuild I would say this will take at least a year and possibly much longer. I've never built a biplane before. Wish me luck... Best Regards, Bandsaw Steve (ex-Reconcilor)
  3. UPDATE Thanks gavingav ! Three new Wingnut Wings kits in development to be announced at the All Japan Model & Hobby Show in Tokyo - 28-30 September 2018. Source: http://www.wingnutwings.com/ww/ - ref. 32043 - Avro Lancaster B.Mk.I/III : 1/32 - http://www.wingnutwings.com/ww/product?productid=3193 - ref. 32044 - Avro Lancaster B.Mk.III "Dambusters" : 1/32 - http://www.wingnutwings.com/ww/product?productid=3194 - ref. 32062 - Halberstadt Cl.II (late) - see Britmodeller thread here: link - Scale: 1/32 - http://www.wingnutwings.com/ww/product?productid=3195 V.P.
  4. Avro Vulcan 1:72 Etch Sets It’s been a long time coming for someone to produce aftermarket sets for the Airfix 1:72 Avro Vulcan. But at long last White Ensign Models have picked up the baton and really run with it in producing three sets of relief etched brass. The sets are well up to the usual standard we’ve come to expect from this company having been designed by the indomitable Peter Hall they will really spice up the old kit. If you went to Telford last year and saw Peters build of the Vulcan using all the sets, then in pre-production you will understand why there is some excitement at having these available. Each set comes in its own envelope, well protected with addition cardboard. The interior set, (PE 7255A), comes on a single medium sized sheet gives the modeller a completely, and I mean completely, new cockpit which only requires five kit parts, which are the instrument panel, which is used as a back plate for the PE version, including an acetate sheet for the instruments, the two control joysticks and the pilots’ and co-pilots’ ejection seats. The rest of the flying cockpit, such as the front and rear bulkheads, ejection seat bases, rudder pedals assemblies, side consoles, centre console, throttle box, floor with additional details and even the additional jump seats are provided. The rear cockpit is also provided, and included the two swivelling outer seats with full mechanisms, the sliding centre seat, rear bulkhead, floor, fully instrumented NAV/ECM/Bomb panel, again with acetate sheets for the instruments and the chart table/shelf onto which the AEO’s Morse key is mounted. All the sub/side panels, navigators’ camera mount and even the anglepoise lamps are included. For access, a new three part crew ladder is also provided. Exterior set, (PE 7255B), is also on a single medium sized sheet and provides replacement, and very well detailed, through relief etching, nose and main wheel bays. The bays don’t just replace the sides of the kit parts, but also the roof of each bay, with additional parts such as various fuse type boxes and linkages. Naturally the kit will need some surgery before fitting these parts, and the same goes for the four extended air brakes, which are beautifully designed and will look superb when fitted. The main undercarriage legs also get extra detail in the form of scissor links, front and rear leg linkage and cooling grilles. Other finer detaile parts are also provided, these include new pitot probes, static ports, undercarriage door liners, various blade aerials, towel rail antenna, windscreen wipers and for some reason new ejector seat firing handles, which are not exactly external unless in use, but welcome all the same. Bomb bay set, (PE 7255C), comes on a much large sheet of etched brass and provides a complete bomb bay, including all the side walls, front and rear bulkheads, and all the structural bomb arch frames. Even with just this assembled and fitted would be a huge improvement over the kit. But Peter goes one step further and provides each of the bomb carrier unit location plates, the forward, mid and rear longitudinal braces. He then goes even further and describes how to cut and modify the kits bomb bay doors and where the PE mechanism attachments fit, along with the bomb door actuator panel, complete with actuators. Peter then goes even further in his quest for extra detail and has designed and etched three bomb carrier units, thus allowing a full bomb load of 21 1000lb bombs, which are also available from WEM, to be fitted. Conclusion All I can say is WOW. These three sets are stunning and just go to show how madness lies in the detail. If these sets are anything to go by Mr Hall must be bonkers as they are so full of detail as to be mind boggling. The effect on the Airfix Vulcan, especially having seen Peters’ model is truly amazing and will drag it kicking and screaming into the 21st century. Since it would be a shame to lose all the cockpit detail under the canopy I would leave it off, or at least detachable. I can quite easily recommend these sets highly, but they sure aren’t for those of a nervous disposition or who haven’t had much experience with PE. There is also a super set, which includes all of the above at a discount. Review sample kindly provided be John at
  5. Airfix is to release in 2014 a new Lancaster variant in 1/72nd, the Avro Lancaster BI(F.E.)/BIII - ref. A08013 V.P.
  6. Nomore Shelfspace

    Avro Anson Flying Fridge Showroom

    Reading in the local paper an article on a mysterious airstrip near Bognor, which it turns out was built in 1946 by the Lec Refrigeration co. for their reps, who used to fly Miles Gemini and Austers to meet clients! Those were the days... in 1957 they bought an Avro Anson for use as a flying fridge and freezer showroom. When you think about it an Anson is ideal shape for fridges, although the sloping floor might have been interesting. Now there's an obscure modelling subject!
  7. johnyx99

    Avro Shackleton Revell 1/72

    Hello fellas. Fellas. I have quick question. Finishing build of Avro Shackleton and to be honest, I do have some problems to find right colour or lets say, mix proper colour. Not using revell colours. And I just bought Tamyia XF-82 which is Ocean grey 2 (RAF). Will it be OK for that model?
  8. Yesterday, I was watching Raiders of the Lost Ark and it was quite appropriate because today I collected the Holy Grail of Bomber Command modelling, the 48 scale Paragon Manchester conversion! Before I go any further, I can't thank to Dennis (Spitfire) enough for selling it to me without needing a mortgage to afford it, so I intend to do it justice and have it done for Telford. Whilst I'm at it, I'm also doing the Paragon 1/48 Lincoln conversion with an equally big thanks to Chris (Cngaero) who sold that to me for an equally reasonable price, that's 2 Christmas's so far this year and we're only in June! That will be published elsewhere in the future, so I can't show the full progress on that one, but will drop a few photo's in along the way. I recently build the excellent Blackbird Manchester & Lincoln conversions, as you may guess, I'm a big fan of Avro's line of props, but always wanted to do them in 48 scale, I just couldn't get hold of the damn resin! The Lincoln was started a few weeks ago, the resin quality is excellent... The base for both conversions is of course the classic but superb Tamiya Lancaster Now for the Manchester resin.....
  9. Hello for everyone. When an idea is presented, we analyze the feasibility and design technician solution containing all basic elements of the new product and new models project. I have the pleasure to welcome all modellers, guests, participants and friends to the fourth of my WIP here on a forum and to the new one topic. I am looking at the watch, getting a bit worried because I think it is necessary to inform you today about how I intend to approach the work on for the triple AVRO 707 assembly. To tell the truth, I really like a British aircrafts and jet fighters also. The first step is still created in the traditional way: - Open boxes; - Spare parts inspection for the general condition; - Read the manual; - Close the boxes and forget all above (especially text instruction content)... To be continue... Best regards. Andrii
  10. Anyone fancy a go at this? Vulcan XL319, in 2010 with snow overload. Or the recovery 10 days later.....
  11. Hi all, With the Vulcan and X-Wing off the benches, and the Gnats driving me up the wall, it's time to start something else. So, the Lancaster is the next stop. The Revell 1/72 Dambuster to be more accurate. We have plenty of goodies for this build: A couple of sets of Master brass gun barrels, Eduard masking set for obvious reasons, Aires wheels, and Eduard seatbelts and cockpit photoetch set. I figured that a lot of detail will be seen through the green house on top of this kit, so I've gone to town. Nothing has happened to this build yet, other than washing the sprues as I seem to remember Phil Flory having a problem with release agent on his video build many years ago. After market Hannants Xtradecals are to be used with this build also: To be honest, I bought these decals for a 1/72 Tornado GR.4 project (I've not started yet), and these decals are part of the set. Seemed to make sense to use them. Hopefully we'll have a good time with this little lot! Cheers, Val
  12. Good evening, first proper build post from me on the forums! Well it all started after a trip to the Midland Air Museum in Coventry where I got the fantastic chance to get inside an Avro Vulcan and see what it was like inside, and by god what an aircraft! I wish I had taken a lot more photographs but thanks to a thread that I found on the forums prior to joining, I found a nice walkaround inside of the cockpit. This was then followed by an enquiry to the Vulcan To The Sky Trust and after they gave me a few pages of the crew manual showing the details of both the front and rear cockpit, they also suggested getting a book which included the manual and infinitely more in-depth images. (The Vulcan Story 1952-2002 by Tim Laming) And so it began, all made of plasticard with the seat cushions made of milliput. Obviously there is still A LOT of work to do I think it is coming along nicely and the 3 panels shown at the end were made today with clear plastic used to serve as the ground scanning radar screen and a few dials. Thanks for that, cue the images! Sam And so after an hour of fannying around with Google+, Flickr and now Photobucket, the photos now work!
  13. Some of you may remember this Anson. It was submitted for the "Training Types" GB around 2 years ago, but not proceeded with. Well, I am back and on to it now, and I have found out some more about it! L9164 was the last British casualty of 18th August 1940. Those who know about the Battle of Britain, and readers of the book "The Hardest Day" by Dr. Alfred Price will be aware that this was the day of the greatest loss, by both sides, during the Battle of Britain. Anson L9164 was involved in night flying over RAF Windrush on the evening of 18th August 1940. It was attacked by an He111 of KG27 and both aircraft collided. It was suggested at the time that the pilot of the Anson, Sgt. Bruce Hancock, had caused the collision on purpose. No one will ever know as Sgt. Hancock died when his aircraft crashed. It is further alleged that Sgt. Hancock survived the crash but died later, and may well have survived had the search been organised earlier. Again we will never know. I do do not know what markings L9164 carried, but I have found some very useful photographs. Not of L9164, but of L9162 which is close enough. L9162 was one of 2 Ansons that were involved in a mid air collision over New South Wales, Australia, in September 1940. Although locked together, the 2 aircraft made a successful forced landing on the fields below, becoming known as the Brocklesby mid-air collision, named after the town over which the incident occurred.
  14. This month Airfix are releasing their long awaited Avro Shackleton AEW.2 Model Kit in 1/72 Scale. This Cold War Era variant of the MR 2 was used as an Airborne Early Warning Aircraft, and this particular kit contains decals for "Ermintrude" and "Dougal" which flew with No.8 Squadron based at RAF Lossiemouth in 1979 and 1980 respectively. "Dougal" is currently preserved in the Museum of Science & Industry in Manchester, England. Place your pre-orders soon to avoid disappointment, this is going to be a popular kit!
  15. Avro Shackleton MR.3 WR982, at Gatwick Aviation Museum, pics mine.
  16. Aircraft in Miniature ltd. is to release a 1/48th (and also in 1/72nd) Avro Blue Steel resin missile in its Rug Rat Resins range. Source: http://www.aim72.co.uk/page170.html Would be nice alongside my Aeroclub 1/48th Vulcan... or the Sanger one. V.P.
  17. Dixit a post in French forum Master194, after last year Argosy (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234990603-172-aw-argosy-mach-2/) Mach 2 is to release at Telford SMW 2016 a 1/72nd Avro 685 York kit - ref. GP079, GP080, GP081 & GP082 No more details known for the moment. See also Mikromir same project: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235011331-avro-york-172/ Sources: http://www.master194.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=95530 https://www.facebook.com/1098581226825624/photos/pcb.1524328597584216/1524325614251181/?type=3&theater V.P.
  18. As the original thread is locked... http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234973128-revell-172-shackelton-aew-2/page-11 Test elements as displayed at the 55th All Japan Model & Hobby Show. Source: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/blog/1509254 V.P.
  19. Hello, I've been musing myself with making a vac canopy for my model (since the Pavla Vac doesn't fit the Revell 1/72nd kit). I have noticed that some frames are internal, to which the perspex is just screwed-on. Both wartime and restored example walk-arounds seem to confirm this: But then, I found some more (both wartime and restored example) photos, which depict these (and all other) as external: Some drawings clearly show them as internal: While this one shows all frames of the same depth (i.e. external): Soooo.... What's up with that? I thought it might be an early-war / late-war machine difference, but my wartime external photo shows an early machine (as denoted by the small window on the fuselage), while "Just Jane" is restored to a late-war standard (wide props, bigger blisters and everything). Or maybe it had something to do with the astro-dome size? Any opinion is most welcome Regards, Aleksandar
  20. Good morning! The postman dropped off the photo-etch pieces this morning so I thought I might as well start So, the base kit will be the old Airfix 1:72 Avro Vulcan, with aftermarket bits including: -Freightdog Resin 201 Series Tailpipes -White Ensign Models (WEM) Vulcan Interior -WEM Vulcan Exterior -WEM Vulcan Bomb Bay This build will be significant for two reasons; first of all, with AS exams starting in two weeks and proceeding over the next couple of months, it will be something to keep me sane! Secondly, it will be the first build where I've already had a go at doing some build-enhancing techniques before and needless to say I shall attempt to use these on this build, these include: using filler to get rid of those nasty gaps, using a scribing tool (Tamiya) to replace the notorious raised panel lines, working with resin aftermarket pieces and finally working with photoetch (I might have thrown myself into the deep end with this one!) XL360 is my second nearest Vulcan, the closest being Cosford, I have chosen this one because it's preserved (and has served) as a 617 "Dambusters" aircraft, I have also had the pleasure of sitting in the rear cockpit of the aircraft- I therefore have quite a bit of reference material to hand and finally because, unlike the shiny Cosford example, the Coventry Vulcan allows me to have a shot at weathering. Pre-build photos: Well, more updates shall follow in due course, don't expect them to be too frequent, unfortunately revision must take precedence over the next few weeks. Kind regards, Sam
  21. I want to show another of it finished aircraft. This project was similarly complete in 2016 One from "V" bomber serie AVRO VX-777 in 1:96 By "Lindberg". I invite to look. Pleasant impressions. (UKR): "Шануймося, бо ми того варті"
  22. Hi all, This will be my first WIP on Britmodeller. My model of choice is the Airfix 1:72 Avro Vulcan. I worked on the restoration of Vulcan XM603 at Woodford over the summer and so I want to build a keepsake. I'll be using the three PE kits from White Ensign: Interior (PE7255A), Exterior (PE7255B), Bomb Bay (PE7255C). My plan is to recreate how it would have looked when it left the factory. Thanks for looking! Mike
  23. Good afternoon all! Finally. Finally I have completed this build, as I am sure many of you know the old Airfix Vulcan kit is in need of a re-tool and in its current state it requires A LOT of work! So, shall we begin? Kit: -Airfix Avro Vuclan 1:72 Aftermarket: -White Ensign Model (WEM) Interior -WEM Bomb Bay -WEM Exterior (airbrakes, landing gear PE inserts) -Freightdog Exhausts Scratchuilt Items: -ECM bay -Interior of canopy (although I forgot to photograph this, it has a bulkhead built in with some texturing added to the interior) Paints: -Vallejo Model Air (the majority of paints were mixed to obtain the required colours) Weathering: -Vallejo panel wash -AK Interactive engine oil wash *Edit: Decals: -Freightdog- RAF Neptunes and Avro Vulcans WIP here, if you want: Click Here Picture time! (Don't worry I do not support the politics of East Germany! I just have obsession with Cold War history! ) Thanks for stopping by! Kind regards, Sam
  24. HK Models 1/32nd Avro Manchester after the Lancaster? See on the table. Sources: https://www.facebook.com/hkmmodels/posts/1762400990676185 https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10210601505371790&set=a.1590767327043.79557.1171661098&type=3&theater V.P.
  25. Here’s my second RFI on Britmodeller, and my second model since taking up the hobby again. A 25 Year Falklands Anniversary boxing of the venerable Airfix 1/72 Avro Vulcan finished as XH558. Have been working on it for ages – I didn’t really appreciate what a big bugger it was until it started to come together – it was entertaining trying to shoe-horn it into my extractor booth! The tool is 80’s vintage, dating back to just after the Falklands War and it’s really showing its age with nasty raised panel lines and more flash than Gordon! Also the fit of the wings was the worst I’d experienced, taking an awful lot of filling and sanding. I discovered Deluxe Materials Perfect Plastic Putty and happily ditched my nasty smelly Squadron White Putty. I syringed in the new filler with one of their Pin Point Syringe thingys and then smoothed it with a wet finger or paintbrush – hardly needed sanding. Pity I’d already sanded off most of the surface detail by then getting rid of the blobs of rock hard Squadron! Airfix really should do a new tool for this aviation icon. Loads more firsts for me with this build: First airbrush camo and so first time with yards of white-tac worms and Tamiya tape. I had to choose the largest surface area for a 1/72 model and both sides in camo for my first try. Should have tried a Spitfire first! First resin – Freightdog tail pipes – see below. And isn’t resin dust horrible! First panel line rescribing – again, I had to pick this model! More little bits of scratch building rectifying mistakes or lost bits. More confident weathering I’m quite a fan of Vulcans so have lots of reference materials. The VTTS’ own books were the most useful with hundreds of great images along with the Haynes Manual and Aviation Classics magbook. Postings on this forum were also a great assistance. Finishing off a 1/72 Airfix Control Tower next as part of a diorama build and then onto the Dambusters Lanc! So happy looking and thanks to anyone who cares to comment! Laying down the camo Time to play dirty! Flory Grime all over my pride & joy, sloshing into my laboriously scribed panel lines. And underneath, with loads of nasty raised lines ... The Grime wash gave the model a nice 'used' look. I know they keep XH558 nice & clean but you can't disguise the wear & fading of a rather elderly airframe. I finished it with a gloss topcoat as it always seems to be gleaming in the pictures! Didn’t have much fun with the decals. I don’t know what vintage they were in my 2007 25 year Falklands anniversary box, but they pretty much all suffered from silvering around the edges that no amount of MicroSol/Set could cure. Irritatingly some of the decals broke up on handling even after a coat of Humbrol Clear so there was a bit of patching needed. From photos, I noticed that there was some discolouration around the front cockpit windows so I tried to replicate that. You can just see the face of the co-pilot through the side window! Only noticed quite late in the day that there are two small side windows for the other crew shown as a recessed circle. Had I noticed earlier, I would have drilled them out & shoved some clear plastic in. I think I read somewhere that there’s a Deluxe Materials product you can brush on from the inside to imitate glass – would have been perfect for here. The numerous hours spent rescribing the panels lines on the top surface were worth it in the end. I wonder what that white/silvery panel along the spine at the top is for? Not sure what the odd shaped discoloured panel at the bottom of the tail fin is for – I saw it removed in a picture when they were doing servicing. Any ideas? I tried to replicate the fading seen on today’s airframe. For the rivet counters amongst you, I followed the instructions from my 2007 pre VTTS kit which told me to put the pod on the side of the taper behind the tail fin. Not sure what it is or what it’s for, but subsequently I saw from photos that XH558 doesn’t have it. Rather than prise it off and have more filling to do, I’ve left it as a tribute to other Vulcans and even adorned it with the appropriate decal! It also told me to paint the air intake interiors white so had the joys of trying to paint them in camo once assembled. The Freightdog Models tail pipes. I bought them after I’d assembled the wings to the fuselage but soon realised that they should have put in during assembly so my first experience of resin was a bit scary! Lots of sawing, hacking, sanding, filling, sanding etc. But I’m really happy with the result – much better than the originals. I retro-fitted some extra nose weight just in front of the bomb bay after fitting the resin tail pipes as per the Freightdog instructions but it’s still a bit tail happy & will tilt back with a bit of a nudge! I scratch built a sort of coffin with one half of a Blue Steel missile, filled it with lead shot and glued it under the front wheel well. It’s not quite forward enough and also partially melted the roof of the well! Couldn’t face the idea of rescribing the under-surfaces – would have taken me weeks! Apart from giving the surface a nice ‘used’ patina, hardly any of the grime wash stayed on the raised panel lines. The bomb bay was a big disappointment on this model – the doors were really thin & flimsy. I built some ribs out of sprue which helped but in the end they were held in place with filler more than anything else! After it was all sealed up I found that you can get after market bomb bay detailing – will save that for my next Vulcan build! Would have loved to have added some extra detail to the wheel wells – will save that for a subsequent build! Just a bit of dirty goo for this one. Thanks for looking!
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