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Christer A

Airfix Sea Vixen, with some aftermarket help

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James FYI, Royal Mail or whatever alternative they use down in locked down Salisbury, have the missing links coming to me

 

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Whenever I manage the pilgrimage to Telford, I'll definitvely buy a round or Four.

You guys are awesome!

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4 hours ago, perdu said:

James FYI, Royal Mail or whatever alternative they use down in locked down Salisbury

:thumbsup2:

...just don't lick your fingers after handling the package!

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Now when the wingsituation seems to be clearing up (fingers oh so crossed, or as we say in swedish: Jag håller tummarna! (I'm holding my thumbs) it's time to look at the lustrous Vixen.

It seems that I was sanding, filling, sanding same more and scribing lines.

Bah!

Let's shoot some grey UMP on it to see how it looks.

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Ok, now some minro sanding and scribing still to do on this side, and also polishing.

A nice smooooth surface is the goal.

 

And maybe order those Quickboost arials and a metal refueling nozzle.

Time to spend that company bonus!

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On ‎21‎/‎04‎/‎2018 at 19:20, Christer A said:

Whenever I manage the pilgrimage to Telford, I'll definitvely buy a round or Four.

You guys are awesome!

Its a prime example of what makes BM the outstanding community that it is.

 

Martian

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OK, this afternoon this arrived

 

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A question for Crisp

Is it OK if I separate each section to make the casts?

Another

Do you want any copies too?

Yet againly

Do you need the 'e!evator?' cast too?

 

I'll get on with this !ater, once the answer is in. 😉

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Yes, OK to separate as required.  

 

No copies, thanks; just the originals back in due course.

 

Over to Christer re the third question - but my understanding is that he just needs the two wing panels.  I sent it because I wanted to keep the sprue together, not for any other reason.

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That is fine then Crisp thank you

 

Separated and preliminary 'stuff' done to enable 'two part' moulding

Three little legs added to the sprues so the wing panel can be sat in a small sea of latex and the moulding can begin

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Crisp's nautical eye will surely notice a small stress bend on the inner leading edge corner of the far away item this has been de-bent and levelled

I may have to advise on slightly more rigid packaging to Crisp but maybe I should shaddap until Crisp gets these safely back home

 

It isn't anything that will show once these are safely nestled in the mainplanes of their aeroplanes  :)

 

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When I was planning this part of the casting I considered doing both halves at the same time but with the setting and pot times of a mix of resin being so short I have decided 'no short cuts' so the equal height criterion has evaporated

 

Still a picture shows that something has been happening

and maybe why a double fill isnt a good idea

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These are close but get no cigar

 

more tomorrow but as its our offspring's 51st too not a lot will get done whilst we're in Sandiacre for lunch

 

ciao
 

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I'm waiting with bated breath for the next update!

 

Regarding the elevator, the picture in Post #104 shows it in the installed position, so I have no need for any extra.

(yet!)

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A little update

Crisp's bravely volunteered wing sections adrift in a sea of pale violet

Fear not, the small dots of rust did not come off my creaky old fingers

Honest, they came off a handy old exhaust clamp I needed to use to hold the pieces in place whilst I sorted out some more weights

Paint jars I think

The rusty flakes have now gone fear away, its 'bin day' here today

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I have to get new stocks in to make castings, couple of days probably which will give this all the cure time it will need

When this is set I will be spraying the whole thing with a silicone release agent which will be drying ready for part two's mould to be cast. 

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Well I don't go out much...

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4 hours ago, perdu said:

I needed to use to hold the pieces in place whilst I sorted out some more weights

Paint jars I think

Alclad I'm guessing? 

 

Bated breath is indeed what is happening out here! Keep up the good work Bill!

 

Terry

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Sorry, No Vixen-y update from me today.

"Real life" (Sorry, I should probably say Battletech was released for PC) has had a nasty habit of getting in the way.

Fear not, some modelling activities hae been performed anyway.

We had our annual Speed Modelling competition at the local club, which was the usual fun & games, even though we did only have 6 starting members.

This years kit was this

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1 Hour an 53 minutes later I had my Admiral Barge done

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I failed to make a good wingfold, and there was no time for weathering, but I did add seatbelts!

 

I finished at second place, just one point behind the winner...

 

Sorry for the threaddrift guys

 

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33 minutes ago, Christer A said:

"Real life" (Sorry, I should probably say Battletech was released for PC) has had a nasty habit of getting in the way.

 

Yes, I've just acquired that to relive my teenage years. Scary how much I recall!

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Nice to see you and your build here, Christer! :)

Nice speed build! :)

 

Håkan

 

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22 hours ago, Christer A said:

 

"Real life" (Sorry, I should probably say Battletech was released for PC) has had a nasty habit of getting in the way.

 

 

Get thee behind me Satan!

 

Gondor

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Well this has taken me some time, but I think we can go ahead and cast from that mould

 

Firstly Christer I am sorry this has taken such a long time but waiting for fresh materials is only part of the saga

(Other parts of the excuse are available on my builds of Gannet and Buccaneer, I have been significantly old...)

 

Anyway yesterday I attempted a trial run of one panel, slow me to present the inner part of the port wing under side

 

Before I proceed I will have to admit it isn't pretty, a zillion mini air bubbles were unable to get out from under the surface as the latex cured against, sadly the outer skin face

Here though is a view of the upper in the mould, inner section which is not intended to travel across the North Sea

A couple of unattended air bubbles were trapped inside my full panel casting

The next run will have none of these

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If I was making this in a hurry I think I could actually use this given some added filler, anyway it seems I 'got' the inner ribs reasonably well

 

The myriad of bubbles doesn't show very well in these low-res (taken on my tablet) pictures but a wash of Mr Dissolved putty may be all they need to be usable

 

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In all cases the white piece is of course, the resin piece

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Anyway, as a test of concept this will do for me

Christer will it work for you?

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Update

 

Just gave the bubbly surface a gentle rub with fine abrasive paper and it polished up nicely

 

Its going to be "GO, ALL SYSTEMS" I think

 

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Well, it's a lot better than what I can produce, so I'll gladly take it!

Thanks a bunch!

 

PM with address inbound!

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I will get the new panels going today, I shall try to trim them to match Crisp's kit pieces so you don't get too much guesswork

 

 

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On ‎11‎/‎7‎/‎2017 at 7:37 PM, massimo said:

maybe another Sea Vixen , but this time black nosed with Alley cat conversion for FAW1 ???

You did a great job with those seats!!!

ciao

Massimo

Please Massimo,

Do stop giving me such weird ideas, My head is already well distorted !!😄

Faw 1 Hum and Alley cat conversion ??

May be adapting the alley cat to my Dynavector Vixen….

Aaaaargh too late !

What a great bunch of modellers here !

Very glad for Christer's wing panels, I didnt try these 2 parts mouldings !

Must try it one day !

good job Bill !

Sincerely.

CC

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Second shot at these

 

Abject failure, holes everywhere and a massive lesson learnt

 

I moulded both halves within a discarded ice cream tub to save on latex

 

Yesterday I just attempted to mould inside one of the sections

 

Kinda worked but a little more care needed (it cleaned up nicely when I de-flashed the casting)

 

Today I thought I'd be cleverer, cast both halves at the same time

 

Not clever, both half sections ended up too thin by miles

 

Back into foundry once more chaps, one at a time please.. 😕😠😬😕😠😢😣😥😦😨😩😰

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Here's the wreckage, but fear not Christer all will go well

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As you see too thin and lots of missing thickness. 😕

Not something I can claim, I get thicker by the hour. :(

 

IMG_20180522_122341.jpg  This lunar landscape comes from tiny trapped bubbles, luckily it is very shallow and easily smoothed lived without losing the engraved detail

The other piece of trash ready for the bin...

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Laters folks

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That might take a few swipes of the sanding stick to smooth out...

Maybe a belt sander?

 

Let's hope that the next batch comes out a little better :smile:

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The surface actually looks worse than it is, quite a bit of it comes off with a light abrasive paper

Shall I treat the surface for you before I post it off?

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