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  1. 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)
  2. 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.
  3. Hello, I would like to present my 1/72 Avro Rota C.30 in Swiss livery. RS Models kit out of box apart from the addition of PE seat belts. A quick build; nice little kit so I have another on the bench Thanks for looking Aaron
  4. RS Models is to relase new tool 1/72nd Cierva/Avro/Lioré et Olivier C.30 kits - ref.92188 - Avro C.30 - ref.92189 - Avro C.30 / Cierva C.30 - ref.92190 - Lioré et Olivier C.30 Source: http://www.ipmsdeutschland.de/Ausstellungen/Nuernberg2016/Nuernberg_2016.html V.P.
  5. Welshmodels has just released a 1/144th Avro Tudor V resin kit - ref. SL439R Dual liveried kit of an Avro Tudor V in Lome Airways of Canada and Airflight Ltd. Full resin kits with metal props and undercarriage to complete. decals by Cranc. Source: http://www.welshmodels.co.uk/SL439.html V.P.
  6. 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.
  7. Airfix is to release in 2014 a new Lancaster variant in 1/72nd, the Avro Lancaster BI(F.E.)/BIII - ref. A08013 V.P.
  8. 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!
  9. 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?
  10. 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.....
  11. 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
  12. Anyone fancy a go at this? Vulcan XL319, in 2010 with snow overload. Or the recovery 10 days later.....
  13. 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
  14. 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!
  15. 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.
  16. 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!
  17. Avro Shackleton MR.3 WR982, at Gatwick Aviation Museum, pics mine.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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"
  24. 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
  25. 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
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