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JOCKNEY

Blackburn Perth, a Vacform too far ?

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I have really been looking forward to this Group Build, so it's only right that I should try build something a bit special. So here it is the Contrail Blackburn Perth, the largest Biplane Flying boat ever to see service with the RAF. Until I am corrected by someone with more knowledge anyway !

 

Pictures below to show it's not been started and despite my best intentions of cutting the parts out of the backing sheet, have done two other Group builds, I haven't got round to it.

 

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The decal look past it so, thanks to the interweb I have got in contact with someone in Russia, who is printing some, including the footprints for going on the wing !

 

This is only the second vacform I have ever attempted, my last one turned out much better than I hoped, but this is huge compared with it.

 

Good luck to everyone on this GB, look out for Bristol Boy who is building the Blackburn Iris, which is the convertible version of this aircraft.

 

cheers Pat

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7 minutes ago, Pin said:

Dude, you are a brave man!

Maybe foolish is more accurate  :bristow:

 

I am hopefully following your example with some of the build you have completed recently. 

 

Terrified of all those struts and rigging. But plenty to do before that stage  

 

cheers Pat

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Wooo... This should be interesting!              :popcorn:

 

What are the lantern shaped parts on the engines, exhaust shrouds or something?

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Go it Pat - that looks a shapely aircraft indeed !

Good luck.:thumbsup2:

Tony

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38 minutes ago, JOCKNEY said:

Maybe foolish is more accurate  

C'mon - Contrail Vacforms are fun! 

38 minutes ago, JOCKNEY said:

Terrified of all those struts and rigging. But plenty to do before that stage  

Believe me - struts and rigging is just a tiny fraction of efforts. Mostly it is about dry fitting, sanding, puttying and sanding again

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8 minutes ago, Pin said:

C'mon - Contrail Vacforms are fun! 

Believe me - struts and rigging is just a tiny fraction of efforts. Mostly it is about dry fitting, sanding, puttying and sanding again

And after all, you will say to your grand children "I was there and I did the kit !"

Realistic but not very encourageing ! :rofl2:

Sincerely.

Corsaircorp

 

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35 minutes ago, Murdo said:

Wooo... This should be interesting!              :popcorn:

 

What are the lantern shaped parts on the engines, exhaust shrouds or something?

Search me, I wondered if they were air intakes for radiators ?

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Hello Jockney,

Must be writted in plain gold on the Britmodeller banner

4 Blackburn niceties build at the same time !! Must be a first !

You get a bit more risky than our 3 Rocs !

Great man, I wish you the best , one more Blackburn !! Yessssss !:drink::drink::drink:

Will have a look from time to time !

Sincerely !

Corsaircorp

 

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Just to wet your appetite this is the real thing, 

 

 

Blooming Nora, it's a biggie, I hope Bristol Boy wasn't pulling my leg about building the Iris !

 

cheers Pat

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Hi Pat,

 

Welcome to the GB and I must say you're a courageous lad for choosing this big vacform model! I wish you the best of luck!

 

Thanks for the video of the real thing. These were really magnificent machines!

 

Cheers

 

Jaime

 

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Pat

Brave, foolish, ambitious, adventurous - whatever, I wish you well.  That looks a great plane, so very typical of the era and the style whether it be Supermarine or Shorts or Blackburn.  Only 4 made it into service and not only was it the largest biplane flying boat in the RAF but also the most heavily armed - the real thing that intrigues me about them was the 37mm COW gun carried in the front for anti-shipping attack, a gun which pushed out a one and a half pound shell at a rate of 100 rounds a minute!!  Trust you'll be modelling that along with the 3 Lewis MG that went with them, plus the 2000lb bomb load?

 

Have a great deal of fun - shall be watching closely

Regards

Andrew

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4 minutes ago, SeaPlane said:

Pat

Brave, foolish, ambitious, adventurous - whatever, I wish you well.  That looks a great plane, so very typical of the era and the style whether it be Supermarine or Shorts or Blackburn.  Only 4 made it into service and not only was it the largest biplane flying boat in the RAF but also the most heavily armed - the real thing that intrigues me about them was the 37mm COW gun carried in the front for anti-shipping attack, a gun which pushed out a one and a half pound shell at a rate of 100 rounds a minute!!  Trust you'll be modelling that along with the 3 Lewis MG that went with them, plus the 2000lb bomb load?

 

Have a great deal of fun - shall be watching closely

Regards

Andrew

Hi Andrew

 

Tragically mine seems to have the 37mm gun missing so will have to make do with the girlie Lewis guns !

 

To get a taste of the 37mm version, see below 

 

 

cheers Pat

 

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20 minutes ago, jrlx said:

Hi Pat,

 

Welcome to the GB and I must say you're a courageous lad for choosing this big vacform model! I wish you the best of luck!

 

Thanks for the video of the real thing. These were really magnificent machines!

 

Cheers

 

Jaime

 

Thanks Jaime

 

The great thing about the Group Builds is all the advice and encouragement, both of which are going to be required in large proportions  :rofl:

 

cheers Pat

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48 minutes ago, corsaircorp said:

Hello Jockney,

Must be writted in plain gold on the Britmodeller banner

4 Blackburn niceties build at the same time !! Must be a first !

You get a bit more risky than our 3 Rocs !

Great man, I wish you the best , one more Blackburn !! Yessssss !:drink::drink::drink:

Will have a look from time to time !

Sincerely !

Corsaircorp

 

Hi

Great to have you along, don't be a stranger, I'll keep the beers cold for when you drop in ! :cheers:

cheers Pat

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8 minutes ago, JOCKNEY said:

Thanks Jaime

 

The great thing about the Group Builds is all the advice and encouragement, both of which are going to be required in large proportions  :rofl:

 

cheers Pat

 

Advice? Don't do it laddie.

Encouragement? You can do it, laddie!

 

Imma follow along. I have a couple of vacs in the stash, including a Stranraer, so I'll learn from your approach, Pat. Best of luck old chap!

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2 minutes ago, Rob G said:

 

Advice? Don't do it laddie.

Encouragement? You can do it, laddie!

 

Imma follow along. I have a couple of vacs in the stash, including a Stranraer, so I'll learn from your approach, Pat. Best of luck old chap!

To save you a bit of time Rob, you will learn it's a good idea to build the Matchbox Stranraer  :rofl2:

 

cheers Pat :cheers:

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Yeah, I have one of those as well. :whistle:

 

 

Wanna buy anuvver vac, guv. Fell off the back of a lorry, it's a steal at the price innit. :laugh:

 

 

Enough playing around, my boy. Why isn't there an airyplane-looking thing in here yet?

:D

 

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1 minute ago, Rob G said:

Yeah, I have one of those as well. :whistle:

 

 

Wanna buy anuvver vac, guv. Fell off the back of a lorry, it's a steal at the price innit. :laugh:

 

 

Blimey Rob, you're cockney accent is better than mine, are you wearing an outfit with lots of white buttons sewn on it ?

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LMAO. No.

 

I was born in London, but on the Norf side. Nary a pearly button to be seen.

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41 minutes ago, Rob G said:

LMAO. No.

 

I was born in London, but on the Norf side. Nary a pearly button to be seen.

Not a Spurs fan by any chance ?

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Eh? I'll assume that you mean the football (soccer) team, and let you in on a secret... I don't even follow the footy codes HERE, which admission in this Great Southern Land is tantamount to a confession of being of an alternative gender attraction.

 

Back when I could be bothered to get up early enough to watch the Cup Final, I sort-of supported Man.U, but only in a half-hearted-long-distance-no-team-strip kind of way, and there was no rhyme nor reason for my fandom; no family connection to the area, never been there. Some things defy logic. That was back in the mid 80s, and I haven't given a serious thought to football since.

 

So no, I'm not a Spurs fan.

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This looks to be a great project Pat. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did with the Contrail Shorts Singapore III that I did for a GB a couple of years ago.

 

Look forward to seeing this.

 

Ray

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Great to see you tackling this one Pat :thumbsup2: .

 

It's a stunning aircraft, worthy of a good model. It looks to be a nice comprehensive kit, with the interior bulkhead templates an instrument panel and white metal parts.

 

I get the feeling that this kit could have been quite specialist and expensive in its day.

 

Good luck with it, it looks like everything is there to make a good model and have some fun :).

 

Best regards

TonyT

 

PS: I feel you may need to make strong wing spars :thumbsup2: .

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