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Start of a build of a kit from a new to me company Valom from the Czech Republic. Its a short run low pressure injection moulded kit which I think means the moulds are made from a metal other than the tool steel used by the big companies. I have never built a short run kit before and I admit I was a bit worried about what I would get in the box but with the encouragement of a few other modellers particulary General Melchett I took the plunge and ordered from Oxonian Plastics. IMG_20191207_150202911 by Stuart, on Flickr When I opened the box I was pleasantly surprised there is not a lot of flash and a quick measure up showed the fuselage and wing sections are almost an exact match that wont take much filing and fitting. The engine castings are resin mouldings and are a lovely model of the original Bristol Peggy engines. IMG_20191207_150104996 by Stuart, on Flickr IMG_20191208_200037757 by Stuart, on Flickr I am not bothered by cockpit detail I will never see again so its just the bare basics IMG_20191208_200109689 by Stuart, on Flickr I decided to add push-rod tubes made from 0.45 brass wire, one of those little jobs you begin to regret about an hour in. IMG_20191211_164021687 by Stuart, on Flickr I decided to have a break from tiny bits and cut out the fuselage window holes fitted to the Sparrow and fit the glazing. The fuselage moulding is pretty thick and the plastic is a soft grade that doesnt cut very easily cutting the slots took a lot of time and the glazing was a bit crap. IMG_20191211_164040932 by Stuart, on Flickr
Reasonably happy with the way this one has turned out, black does hide a multitude of sins :-). This aircraft was used on the "Mutton" operations to drop LAMs (Long Aerial Mines) on the German bomber streams. (http://codenames.info/operation/mutton-i/) The kit itself goes together very well (not like their Hampden!) the only problem really is the brittle plastic which makes the wheel struts a nightmare to work with. If I had any I would have replaced it with some aerofoil strut. The real aircraft probably did not carry any guns in the turrets, but I left mine in. The decals are rather resistant to setting agents. I had to reduce the size of the mouth, its far to long. Even now it is still to long, it should stop before the eyes in the one photo I have seen of the aircraft. I replaced the markings on the fins as the kit ones were far to big. Comments/questions welcome. Tim