Skodadriver Posted October 18, 2016 Author Share Posted October 18, 2016 Well that’s G-AOVC done and dusted and here are a couple of pictures to prove it! I'll post a few more in the gallery. Overall I’m pretty happy with the result. Apart from the usual traumas associated with stringing aerials (how do biplane builders stay sane?) the only real problem I had since my last update, oddly enough, was with the pitots. I hadn’t given these any thought but as soon as I attached the first one I realised they were grossly over-scale and just looked silly. A quick check back through BM found beautiful Roden Britannias by MODeller and MikeW who both omitted the pitots and their models looked the better for it. Unfortunately I must have been over-generous with the superglue and when I removed the one I’d attached it lifted a little of the surrounding paint. Obviously a proper fill, rub down and respray less than 1mm below the cheatline wasn’t going to happen so I resorted to skulduggery, smoothed over the area with a little superfine (white) Milliput and once it was dry popped a scrap of white decal on top. Unless it’s pointed out, the repair is virtually unnoticeable on the model. As we say in Scotland “Ye ken the noo” and when I build my next Roden Britannia I’ll forget any notion of using the moulded pitots. The other small parts generally went on OK. The towel rails are a little chunky but better than I could do myself. I replaced the Roden “V” aerial with a photoetch item originally intended (I think) for a BAC 1-11. It’s not 100% accurate but it’s a huge improvement on the kit part and again better than I could make from scratch. When I next build the kit I’ll probably replace the tiny forward undercarriage doors with plastic strip. Final thoughts? Overall it was a fun project although the poor fit of the engine nacelles and the propellor spinners rather let the side down. Comparison with the F-RSIN kit is inevitable and having built both I don’t think I could really choose between them. Some of the detailing on the Roden kit is heavy-handed and it lacks the small triangular fairings on the ailerons which F-RSIN capture very well. (Yes, I could have added them but life is too short and I doubt if my eyesight would have been up to it). On the other hand Roden make a good job of the Britannia’s upturned wingtips which F-RSIN don’t even attempt. I would declare it a draw. I have another Roden Britannia in the stash which I plan to cut down to a -100 and finish in BKS livery using an out of print Two Six sheet I’ve had for years but before I get to that there is an SAS DC-6 awaiting my attention. Thanks to everybody who has contributed to this thread. Your encouragement and help has been brilliant and much appreciated. Dave G 9 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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