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adey m

AIRCRAFT DIORAMAS AND AIRFIELD BUILDINGS, VEHICLES AND EQUIPMENT

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Hi Adey, The sheer amount of kits and diecast you have is incredible - I would imagine it would be easier to list the kits that you haven't built!!!

 

Phil

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Yes..I can see them . Great pictures. That old Bedford RL Cherry Picker, Bet that swung around a bit. 

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And here we have bzn's Cherry Picker IG40 loading bombs onto a Valiant at RAF Luqa on Malta during the Suez Crisis.

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Lots of beautiful Canberras of 85 Squadron on a farewell parade at RAF Binbrook.

They are lined up on a disused runway and the triangular shaped hardstandings protruding from the edge of the runway were to accommodate V-bombers when they were dispersed away from their bases.

There were four of these at Binbrook with dispersal huts nearby to accommodate the V-Bomber air and ground crews. Ground crew and support equipment for the dispersed V-Bombers would be flown in by Beverleys or Argosies.

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On ‎07‎/‎02‎/‎2017 at 17:51, bzn20 said:

BW did one of those Land Rover Ambulances. Pity the company was sold off in bits. One outfit bought one range another bought some other bits. They've ended up all over the place and some models don't seem to on the market at all. I managed to get quite a bit before they packed up when \I found out what was going to happen. Phew !

It was some range of models too.

 

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Here you are bzn just to get you in the mood..................................have fun

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1/144 WELSH MODELS Vickers Valiant B1

 

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Welsh Models 1/144 vacform model of a Vickers Valiant B1 in the early silver finish. Figures are altered N Gauge railway figures.

 

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Refueller is a 1950s Matchbox toy which I repainted.

 

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1950s Matchbox 10 Ton Pressure Refueller.

 

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Scratchbuilt trolleys.

 

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That's another cracker Adey, & the scheme I think i might do my Mikro Mir kit in.

 

Nice work!

 

keith

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1/72 Aero File Morane Saulnier M.S.760 Paris taxies out as the sun sets behind the control tower at RAF Scarborough.

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Fabulous inspiration for all you guys who have either bought or are thinking of buying the new Airfix Jet Provost,  JP3s lined up ready for the day's flying at 3 Flying Training School at RAF Leeming in the 1960s.

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1/144 CORGI Hawker Siddeley Nimrod MR 1

 

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My 1/144 reworked CORGI Hawker Siddeley Nimrod MR 1 in my favourite Nimrod colour scheme on display at the now extinct South Shields model show.

Scratchbuilt  stairs and ground equipment. Figures are altered N Gauge model railway figures.

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Brand new Nimrod MR1s of 236 Operational Conversion Unit on parade to the press at RAF St Mawgan in 1969.

 

What is interesting about this photo are the hardstandings which they are parked on. These four hardstandings were built for USAF B-36 bombers to use when dispersed to the UK. They were sited at one end of the long main runway well away from the main hangars and apron. The Nimrod OCU was here to keep them away from the Shackleton Squadrons still operating from the main apron.

 

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Hawker Hunter T7 with 92 Squadron Lightning F2s at RAF Leconfield in 1964.

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WHAT IS A ' REWORKED ' CORGI MODEL

 

For those of you who have been following this topic you will have noticed quite a few references to ' reworked ' CORGI models.

 

Here are a few photos I took during some of my CORGI reworks which may shed a light on what it involves.....................

 

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This is a 1/72 CORGI Westland Lysander which was a Desert Camouflage issue. First thing I did was dismantle it, usually just a case of removing rubber plugs and unscrewing small screws. However sometimes they will glue certain parts together to assist the production line assembly. The problem I had with this Lysander was that the wing struts and undercarriage are rivetted to the wings so I had a struggle removing the whole thing in one piece from the fuselage and canopy.

I then added extra cockpit detail and wing support strutwork before repainting the cockpit and crew.

Then I had the Chinese puzzle problem of getting the wing assembly back over the fuselage and canopy but somehow I managed..............

Then I repainted the aircraft in RAF European camouflage for about 1940. I brush painted it with Humbrol enamels and found some suitable decals for a representative aircraft. And it now looks like this.......................

 

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I also added the stub wing bomb carriers and bombs from my spares collection   I have built many Lysanders over the years......both of the AIRFIX ones, the FROG one and the Matchbox one so I had some suitable stub wings .

 

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This is a 1/72 CORGI EE Canberra in the original bomber colours which the model came in. I see that at this point I must have already had the model apart to redetail the cockpit but the undercarriage has not been altered yet as they are too long. I have altered the engine intakes to make it look like a B2 instead of the model's B6 ones.

 

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Sometimes there is a surprise waiting for me hidden away inside the CORGI models which I only discover when taking it apart.

In the CORGI Canberra models there is a solid wall behind the pilot which completely hides the fact that there is a bomb aimer and navigator sat behind him..............

I sawed an opening in this wall and detailed the cockpit. I replaced the strange wooden-looking pilot's seat with an Aeroclub ejector seat.

I removed the glued-on one piece bomb-bay doors to discover a detailed bomb-bay hidden behind. So I seperated the doors and had them open to display the bomb-bay.

Later I shortened the undercarriage legs and repainted the model to represent a silver RAF B.6 .......this meant redoing the jet intakes............again

 

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And here she is as a B6 of 9 Squadron RAF Binbrook.

The bombs and their carriage are from a CORGI Canberra B2 which I also acquired.

 

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And then I repainted it again.......this time as a B(S) 6 of the Radar Reconnaissance Flight at RAF Wyton.

 

I am now wondering what it would look like as a B(I) 6........................with external bombs..........................and cannon gun pack................

 

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Here I have dismantled a CORGI Westland Whirlwind HAS 7. I had to be careful with this one because the canopy was glued to the fuselage. I added detail to the cockpit and removed the generic seating from the cabin. I then added a cabin lining using silver foil which I was able to cut, shape and press into place and then I repainted the interior. I took one of the pilots out of the cockpit and added a crew member in the cabin. The real HAS 7s Leonides engine struggled for power especially if it was carrying a torpedo so one pilot and crewman was carried. After reassembling I detailed the engine compartment. I found an ideal radial engine in my spares box which I cut down to the right angle and added pipes from fuse wire. A few extra aerials and paint touch ups and she was ready...............

 

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Here we see the scratchbuilt engine. The exhaust is made from plastic sprue which I heated until I could bend it.

I also added a scratchbuilt Mk 30 torpedo.

 

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The torpedo is only held in the weapon bay with Blu Tack and can be removed to be displayed on a scratchbuilt trolley.

 

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Here is the CORGI Westland Whirlwind HAR 10 showing the similar parts breakdown to the HAS 7 except that this time I did not have to build an engine.

 

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A few added details after reassembling and touching up the paintwork included aerials and fuel dump pipe.

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My reworked CORGI 1/72 Liberator GR III................this rework is another tale to tell if I can find the photo of it in bits.

 

But do note the retracting radar which I added to the model.

 

I hope that those boxes don't fall over...............................

 

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Here is the CORGI Liberator fuselage and components after I undid the screws and took it apart. Note the character in the nose with a 0.50 calibre in one hand......I have removed the other one from him. There were too many guns in the nose for an RAF Liberator as CORGI had misinterpreted a photograph of the real aircraft and mistook a pitot shadow for a gun.........................Note also the pilots wearing strange hats...................The rear turret is the wrong type for an RAF version, it should be a four gun Boulton and Paul type and I found a rear turret from the AIRFIX Halifax in my spares box which is the correct type.

 

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A close up of the strange characters populating the model .

 

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Here is the CORGI Liberator interior with the correct crew positions and crew installed and the interior painted.

 

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The large and heavy one-piece wing casting which is screwed to the upper fuselage. The cockpit canopy is screwed to the fuselage.

 

 

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That hidden crew in the Canberra, amazing, makes you wonder why a company would spend money doing that.

 

I "worked" on a few of those in training. On a hot day that cockpit gets sweltering, sweating in seconds. We had to scrap one. Drive steel poles through the wings to let the "fumes out".  I was on the t/plane and had to jump off, B******** long way down, split my No2 trousers. In the Hangar the Sparkies were a PITA. Never been on aircraft before, all bench work, wiring diagram and general nonsense ! Whats this thing do? Its Black and Yellow . One full fuel tank jettisoned on the hangar floor, fuel everywhere, don't panic, we'll all be killed  ! Fire crews came out and hosed it away. Next day...another Lecky with finger trouble, the other tank fell to the floor, same thing all over again with the fire crews. In the afternoon something different.. The crew door got blown off missing everyone. In a JP the next day the Methyl Ethyl Bromide engine extinguishers were fired off. That really was run away we'll all be killed. Then it hit the fan, evac the hangar. The Lecky's were getting up every ones nostrils. Rockets from the powers that be. We watched them like hawks .

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1 hour ago, bzn20 said:

That hidden crew in the Canberra, amazing, makes you wonder why a company would spend money doing that.

 

I "worked" on a few of those in training. On a hot day that cockpit gets sweltering, sweating in seconds. We had to scrap one. Drive steel poles through the wings to let the "fumes out".  I was on the t/plane and had to jump off, B******** long way down, split my No2 trousers. In the Hangar the Sparkies were a PITA. Never been on aircraft before, all bench work, wiring diagram and general nonsense ! Whats this thing do? Its Black and Yellow . One full fuel tank jettisoned on the hangar floor, fuel everywhere, don't panic, we'll all be killed  ! Fire crews came out and hosed it away. Next day...another Lecky with finger trouble, the other tank fell to the floor, same thing all over again with the fire crews. In the afternoon something different.. The crew door got blown off missing everyone. In a JP the next day the Methyl Ethyl Bromide engine extinguishers were fired off. That really was run away we'll all be killed. Then it hit the fan, evac the hangar. The Lecky's were getting up every ones nostrils. Rockets from the powers that be. We watched them like hawks .

 

That hidden crew in the Canberra, amazing, makes you wonder why a company would spend money doing that.

 

When I took my CORGI Wellington apart the inside of the fuselage has geodetic structure moulded on it which is invisible on the complete model..........strange

 

Glad you survived your training days........................

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I do find the dis-mantling of the Corgi diecast fascinating, I have often thought about doing the same with the Lancaster and changing the codes etc but thought it might be an EXPENSIVE mistake if it couldnt be put back together. :hmmm:

Ian

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Yet more inspiring stuff, Adey.   I particularly like the Valiant.  It looks great in silver. 

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Hello,Adrian - It was a real pleasure to meet you at Huddersfield Show today.Once again, I wish to extend my full compliments to you on your superb and absorbing topic.True snapshots in time,halcyon days. Wonderful memories and recollections.

Keep up the fine work!

😉👍 All the very best,Paul.

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I only just seen the Nimrod scene. Looks great.You even have 1/144th  Electrical Airfield distribution plinths !

Humping the EE Power Set ( electric powered Houchin) Supply cable in the middle of the night in driving rain to the plinth and then dragging the Aircraft feed cable to the kite springs to mind !

 

BTW you didn't mention finding an OSS agent in the back of that Lysander, were you short changed??

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20 hours ago, mcdonnell said:

Hello,Adrian - It was a real pleasure to meet you at Huddersfield Show today.Once again, I wish to extend my full compliments to you on your superb and absorbing topic.True snapshots in time,halcyon days. Wonderful memories and recollections.

Keep up the fine work!

😉👍 All the very best,Paul.

 

Hello Paul, it was good to meet you too, it is good to put a face to an avatar........I think we may have spoken before.

 

It was also good to get the new model show season started..........................

 

regards,  Adrian

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2 hours ago, bzn20 said:

I only just seen the Nimrod scene. Looks great.You even have 1/144th  Electrical Airfield distribution plinths !

Humping the EE Power Set ( electric powered Houchin) Supply cable in the middle of the night in driving rain to the plinth and then dragging the Aircraft feed cable to the kite springs to mind !

 

BTW you didn't mention finding an OSS agent in the back of that Lysander, were you short changed??

BTW you didn't mention finding an OSS agent in the back of that Lysander, were you short changed??

 

I have found some very strange characters hiding in my CORGI models bzn....................

 

That Liberator had two pilots wearing strange hats and some kind of a Mad Max figure sat in the nose with a 0.50 calibre in each hand........................

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1/144 CORGI Boeing B-52E Stratofortresses

 

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Reworked 1/144 CORGI Boeing B-52E Stratofortress on a USAF bomber hardstanding like the ones built at RAF Brize Norton and RAF Fairford.

 

I have added Hound Dog missiles which a friend of mine let me have from his Academy B-52 model.

 

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Scratchbuilt ground equipment and flightline hut. Figures are adapted N Gauge model railway figures.

 

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Close up of a Hound Dog missile and the open bomb bay doors which I added to the model.

 

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Rear gunner's access hatch open.

 

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Cockpit access hatch added in open position.

 

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Jet blast deflector barrier.

 

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