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Avro Shackleton AEW2 - Sanger 1:48th - Windows


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Hi, and happy new year 2014 to all Britmodellers.

I've decided to bin everything I previously did on my Sanger Shackleton and start again more seriously (and I hope more successfully).

I chose the same path as Tom did on his superb build, and started with the engine nacelles, with quite an ambition: I intend to make a master and cast four "power eggs" in resin. I can't back out, as I already spoke of that point to two gentlemen who told me they were interested in two sets each. Well, now I have to deliver.

So here's what I've done so far.

John Aero told me the front end of the engine nacelle basically was a Spitfire Griffon nose with an annular radiator (I oversimplify, but that's the idea), so I took a Daco Spitfire XIV nose, removed the rocker covers and glued it to the front part Sanger provides:

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Then I figured the radiator usind .01 solder wire:

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The center grid is done using fine mesh a French friend provided (he's interested in a set too, so...),

The walls of the nacelle were thickened at the opening using bits of plastic cards glued then puttied.

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The front part is almost done. The picture is merciless: looking at it, I saw the problem with the two "wings" on each side of the resin part. I'll correct it this evening.

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Now with the nacelle parts:

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Have you seen errors I overlooked? Please tell me, I want to correct any mistake I've made before closing the nacelle.

TIA,

Sebastien

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For my money a brilliant effort......if you could possibly use a finer mesh for the little sections and the separators on the real thing have fillets and are a bit streamlined...this may be difficult to obtain in such a small space....

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Hi Sebastien,

I think theese look great, and will a huge improvement on the kit parts. I very much look forward to receiving a set...

No pressure... :winkgrin:

Tom

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Some more progress:

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A bit of cleaning to do, and if there's no objection, I'll start with the rest of the power egg.

Cheers,

Sebastien

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Can I ask what is your plan for the props as I am not sure what the kit provides?

Hi,

My aftermarket kits are so far:

For the spinner,

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For the rear wheel bay/gear leg:

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And for the rear wheels:

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John Aero has hinted about Shackleton props, so if he does do them, I'll get two sets (I got a MR3 waiting too).

If he doesnt, I'll use the kit prop blades, as did Darius and Tom.

Regards,

Sebastien

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I think I'm not that far off the mark for the front (but I can be wrong, so please tell me if I am):

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Now, I will build the pregnant fish belly under the nacelle.

I'll make two walls, front and rear, and file then into shape.

The first is in place:

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Opinions most welcome...

Regards,

Sébastien

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Thanks Chris.

Now, I'm pregnantifying the nacelle.

I glued some plastic card rectangles between the two walls:

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And got my various files to try and get the shape right:

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Then I started to have a symmetrical shape:

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Funfunfun...

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That looks like it's coming on really well.

If you're ever toiling for really fine mesh etc for your builds have a look at "N" Scale model railway stuff.

British N Scale (generally) equates to 1/144 and some really beautiful scratch building items are available.

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That's looking good, nice to see a build of this plane.

I have a soft spot for this plane as one of my friends surnames is Shackleton, I always call him Avro and it confuses him ;)

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Thanks Chris.Now, I'm pregnantifying the nacelle.I glued some plastic card rectangles between the two walls: shackaew2067.JPG And got my various files to try and get the shape right: shackaew2068.JPGshackaew2069.JPG Then I started to have a symmetrical shape: shackaew2072.JPG Funfunfun...[/quote\]

Seb.

Very good work as always. ..but what do you mean by "pregnantifying" the nacelle. ...sorry I dont understand. ..

Thank you

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Zeb.

Very good work as always. ..but what do you mean by "pregnantifying" the nacelle. ...sorry I dont understand. ..

Thank you

It's my way of saying "giving it a pregnant guppy profile".

Check the Sanger part vs reality:

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Cheers,

Sebastien

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I glued the radiator and prop shaft cover on a nacelle half, and test fitted the second half:

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Now, the radiator exhausts.

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Wow i really love this type of modelling, its way beyond what i can do,

Can't wait to see it progress

I can't help wondering if the people that Knock the latest releases (especially the Chicom kits) ever really look at these threads ...

Keep up the great work !

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Wow i really love this type of modelling, its way beyond what i can do,

Well, if you have opposable thumbs, it's quite within what you can do.

You just need to be crazy enough to give it a try.

Cheers,

Sebastien

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That's looking fantastic... if you put Dzus fasteners on the cowlings I'd be wanting to crack it open and check the engine over!

I will.

Thanks, your opinion is quite important to me.

Cheers,

Sebastien

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Now for something different.

A friend of mine si building the same kit, but he started with the cockpit.

Here's the basis for the cocpkit, with the control column emplacements marked out:

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He's working on the seats too:

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And he's asking for opinions about the seats.

Cheers,

Sebastien

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The doorway in the bulkhead needs to be way taller. There's very little at the top other than sound deadening and a curtain rail as the Shackleton has an almost flat roof to the cabin.

As for the seat, they're spot on. Compare it to this:

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Ignore the ejector seat handle it was put there as a joke many years ago...


Kind regards,

Rich

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Thanks a lot Rich!

You're our official accuracy consultant now.

Best regards,

Sébastien

Rich is lucky; he gets to work on a 1:1 scale "model" of the MR.2.

Regards,

Jason

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