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  1. This is an old build but freshly repaired! If deemed inappropriate here mods please remove. This is the Dynavector Fairey Gannet kit which is 20 years old now, being a massive Gannetphile and with only the Frog (and derivatives) Gannet in 72nd available at the time, I had to build this one as soon as it came out. I had never made a vacform before (and this is still the only one) so I was a bit worried at first, however the build of this kit was actually pretty straightforward and really enjoyable. I added very little to the kit, just various aerials and probes etc, panel scribing, and weathering was to a minimum. I used Milliput to better represent the Double Mamba intakes. There is so much white metal up f'wrd that it didn't need nose weight. Finish was good old brush applied Humbrol Sky and EDSG and Johnsons Kleer. XA361 was a Gannet AS.1 completed for the Royal Navy in November 1955 at Heaton Chapel. It was part of a great 'Flight' photoshoot as '551-GN' with 719 Sqn at RNAS Eglinton during 1956. It was put into storage in March 1958 before being sold back to Fairey's in 1960, becoming AS-06 for the Indonesian Navy. Anyway, this one has endured two house moves and has just been knocked out of the cabinet again, so I've just been round it with superglue to reinstate undercarriage legs and four prop blades, the model desk briefly became an RNAY! Dynavector Gannet AS.1 by James Thomas, on Flickr Gannet 9 (2400x1603) by James Thomas, on Flickr Gannet 6 (2400x1599) by James Thomas, on Flickr Gannet 4BW (2400x1598) by James Thomas, on Flickr Gannet (2400x1600) by James Thomas, on Flickr Dynavector Gannet AS.1 by James Thomas, on Flickr Gannet 10 (2400x1602) by James Thomas, on Flickr As you can see, I have another one to build at some stage. The kit is superb with very crisp moldings and engraved panel lines, excellent canopies (2 sets), and good decals, to my eyes captures the lines of the real thing slightly better than the Classic Airframes one does. If you haven't tried building a vacform before, I thoroughly recommend this as a good place to start.
  2. This is one rescued from the shelf of doom, a Dynavector 1/48 Scimitar F1 , nice vacform with a fairly easy build , but not helped by my decision to fold the wings. Seemed to lose interest about half way through the build so it got left for about 12 months, but decided to get it finished , after all the Scimitar is one of my favourite aircraft. Finished in Halfords finest, EDSG over appliance white, with scratch built ladder and intake blanks. Aircraft represents a machine of 800 Sqd FAA in 1961.
  3. Morning all! It's only taken approximately three years to get to this stage, but my Dynavector Wyvern is finally finished. This was my first venture into the world of Vacform kits, and Dynavector did not disappoint. I chose this as by all accounts it is one of the best kits to use as an introduction to vac kits. The fit of the parts is absolutely superb, and once the necessary surface prep was done in order to get parts to match up, this went together with far less hassle than a lot of the injection moulded kits I've built. My build is by no means perfect, in terms of improvements I could've removed the aircraft lights and replaced them with appropriately coloured clear plastic. I deliberately chose not to overly detail the undercarriage bays as this build was more about testing my ability to build a vacform not my ability to superdetail. I've also missed off the windscreen wiper as my attempt to scratchbuild one looked a bit too 'agricultural' for my liking, so some room for improvement there certainly. Lastly the decals from Berna were a bit of a nightmare, many of them are grossly oversized and they refused to conform to the model without masses of Mr Hobby Setter and Softer. In terms of lessons learned from the build, first and foremost is that Vacform kits are not hard! Picking a good brand such as Dynavector or Aeroclub helps no end, but they are no more difficult than many injection kits (stand fast Tamiya shake and bake kits...) so really ought to hold no fear for anyone! After all if I can manage it, I'm certain anyone can! As always, constructive criticism is more than welcome, without it I'll never improve. So without too much further ado... Kit: Dynavector 1/48 Westland Wyvern Decals: Berna Decals - Wyverns Extras: Compass Rose Resin - Cockpit Tub + Airscale Instrument Decals, CMK Wyvern wheels & Pavla Martin Baker Mk.2 Seat Paints: Xtracolor EDSG & Sky, Humbrol Roundel Red and various shades of Alclad (undercarriage and undercarriage bays) To all those that looked in on the build (as glacial as it was in terms of progress) thank you for all the words of encouragement! Now it's just a case of deciding what to tackle next... Scimitar? Swift? Thanks for looking in folks, Regards, Nik
  4. 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
  5. Having been following the John & David Show over here, where the brave souls salvage the strangely shaped kit in 1:48 from TrumpyBoss, it set me to thinking. Do my Dynavector kits now stand a chance of getting built? After asking people's opinions, it appears they're pretty good compared to the competition, which is quite an achievement, considering the dearth of accurate information that has been quoted and re-quoted over the years - check out the thread linked above for more info. It's well worth the read Anyway - I've been suffering from the modelling doldrums somewhat lately, having had numerous false starts and re-boxing of projects, so I decided it was time to get back to my roots and build a vacform. My roots? A vacform? Eh? Well, being the over-ambitious type I am, as soon as I got back to the hobby, I heard about the dark art of the vacform, so decided I simply must have one, and from reading around the subject, the Dynavector kit of the Wyvern was one of the best and easiest to cut your teeth on. I started it, got quite a way in and then found out about the Compass Rose resin parts, so shoe-horned those in, complicating matters immensely! She was just about ready for paint when I realised that the props weren't up to much good, and went looking for some replacements. Didn't find any, so it went on the shelf, where it remains today I have finished a few others though, namely the Dynavector Scimitar, Douglas Skyshark, and the Falcon's Martin-Baker MB-5 and Sea Fang, the latter happily completed before the new HB kit arrived. Another anyway - I digress. A lot. Very often. So, the choice was either Sea Hornet or Hornet, and the Hornet won out and was promptly retrieved from the cupboard above my head, where all my unbuilt vacforms reside The box was opened, and out came my Sharpie to draw around all the parts to be broken out of the backing plastic. I had to use a thinner one for this, as there are some quite sharp lines around the larger parts that I couldn't get into with my big fuzzy Sharpie, so a couple of minutes were spent tracing round all the parts, plus the cut-offs that cover any openings. The vacform canopy and white metal parts are safely out of the way until they are needed. Next step was to run a fresh blade around the parts at an angle, ensuring I cut right to the edge of the part. You don't have to press too hard, just a nice firm cut, keeping against the part, and taking care not to let the blade wander. I also occasionally cut some relief lines away from sharp corners to avoid splitting the part as I break it out. You can see the fuselage half partially broken out in the first pic below, and it's quite a pleasant experience flexing the styrene sheet and breaking the parts out of the backing. With the fuselage half clear of the styrene you can now see the point of the black line. It shows you where you need to sand back to once you've got everything out of the sheet. I've left some of the cut-outs intact for now, as it will ease the sanding process and stop the parts from flexing too much as I apply pressure. 30 minutes in and I've got all the parts cut out and ready for sanding. It's starting to look like a model kit! I'll be looking in on John's thread, asking stupid questions and generally trying to improve my kit (within reason) as I go along, and I'm actually quite excited to be doing a vacform again, although I'm not looking forward to the dust I'm going to create, after cleaning up only the other day A couple of hours should see all the parts ready for use, which is when the work really begins
  6. My first vacform kit, and it won't be my last- they're lots of fun to build! As far as fit went it was perfect- much better than the previous kit I made, an Airfix Buccaneer. It just took some black lines and a bit of care to get right. I did struggle a bit with the amount of parts that need to be scratch made though, but definately a good way to learn how to do it. WIP thread is here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.p...topic=234912805 I still have a Vixen to add to the Hermes line up...
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