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hendie

Wessex HC2 Crab Cabs Pt II (Fly Wessex - why wouldn't you?)

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I had to post my last twice as the site went dead on me. I thought it was my connection, obviously not!

 Looking good so far, the phrase "I can resist everything except temptation" comes to mind.

 

Ian

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*cough*  It's been a little time since I posted anything of the 'here's bits I stuck together' nature.  I hope to rectify that this evening with a bit of an update. First though I need to read back through the last page or so to find out where on earth I was and where I (thought) I was heading. The two don't always coincide.

 

Let's start with the tiddly one ('cos not really much work got done on it's bigger brother), and hope I can remember why I took each of the piccies.  Bear with me as I'll probably get some of them out of sequence as well.  Old age doesn't come alone.  No doubt I will have missed out some important aspect of the build as well.

So, anyways...  I harvested the primer farm I planted the other week and most of the blooms had flowered into color - saving me a lot of painting.  I did remember to make my own fire extinguisher

 

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then got as far as sticking it on before I discovered that the pavla resin bits came with a fire extinguisher... 'doh!    All the throttle handles had broken off (if they were ever there in the first place) so I cut a small length of rod, stuck that in place and painted it blue.  Stand far enough back and it's almost convincing.

Bill - how do you do this on a daily basis ? I mean work with these devils eye strainers of 72 scale?   My admiration for you increases the more my eyes hurt... and as for painting the darn things... ouch!  Shaky hands and poor eyesight do not a good paint job make.

 

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I slapped some other shade of blue on the back seats.  The blue is a bit ehrrr  vivid in these photo's but not as lurid in the flesh.  They do need toned down with a bit of clear matt though.

 

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and in my dotage I only just remembered to make the small map/doc holder about the drivers seat.

 

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Looking at the outside of the Wessi I realized that since I am using the H34 version then the fuel caps were in the wrong place and I needed to add Wessex ones.  I also need to cut off that sticky outy bit just aft of the rear window.  A carbide drill soon took care of the new fuel filler positions

 

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Fuel fill points opened out with a needle file, and the incorrect parts filled with uhmmn... filler.

I did look at the Italeri "Wessex" version of this and the fuel filler points are still in the same place... wrong.  All they did was open up the windows to change it from a Sikorsky to a Westland.  Some body should really take a trip over there and tell those guys...

 

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Some plastic was shaved off the inside - so I could get closer to the outside - then filled with scrap plastic sheet

 

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Which then allowed me to drop two little slices of rod into the recess to make an illusionary filler port in (hopefully) the near enough correct position.  Well, more correcter than Italeri ever managed.

 

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Small transparencies were glued in place.

 

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Then I realized that one of them didn't quite come flush to the outer skin - thankfully I had only glued them in position with Formula 560.

The offending article was levered out and much fettling was then performed to get the little blighter to fall into line with the others.  Once I was happy with the fit, it was glued in with the white stuff, and when that had cured, I dribbled CA around the join to make it a bit more secure - one side at a time while the window was protected with masking tape.

 

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By now I was getting bored with the interior and added the droopy snake.

 

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along with the heater ducting along the floor

 

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and finished off by adding some lengths of scrap wire... and that's ALL I'm doing.   This is an Out Of The Box build you know!

 

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Unnecessary bumps were removed from the outer skin, which reminds me.... must go to the doctor to see about those skin tags

and the redundant holes filled up above were sanded flush again.  Starting to look a bit more like a Wessex now.

 

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Brass mesh was brought into play to tidy up the tail where I had removed italeris attempt to annoy me.  The mesh is just pressed into place - if I add glue it's just going to wick into the mesh and block it up.  I'm hoping friction and paint are going to do the job for me here.  I may live to regret that.

 

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Now things get a little more exciting.  Continuing with my out-of-the-box theme, I pulled some brass tube out of the box and started cutting it.  First though I ran the cutter around the tube without completely cutting through it.  I just wanted a small groove in the brass.   Why ?

 

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Because I'm making a couple of these... Exhausts.  I had to do this on my last Wessex build as the kit supplied parts are just rubbish.

No going back now

 

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The kit parts aren't anywhere near round, and there's no way you can achieve anything like scale thickness with the kit parts.  Here the brass is thinned down just a bit on the outer edge, and already looks way better than the plastic.

 

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Dry fit shows that it may just be possible - provided I remove a bit more of the plastic seam, and the remaining ca that's wicked around the seam.  Still better than the kit part though.   In case you are wondering - that seat is not for this kit :bleh:

 

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Remembering that Italeri also got the direction of rotation on the tail rotor wrong, I decided that instead of removing each individual blade, I would just cut out any bits in the center and reverse those instead.  That was followed by drilling out the linkage attachment points. ( hint - kit parts are rubbish again)

 

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Now for something completely different.  I made two of these little fellows. Nice aren't they?

Once slice of strene rod, followed by a sliver of a smaller diameter rod, then topped off with a slice of square rod which has had all four 'flats' fluted with the end of a needle file.

Sort of looks like an unhappy little blue-tac creature here

 

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But things get better when these are turned into the seat belt clip holder thingy.  I'm having a bash at making the seat belts from aizu tape.

 

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Once more paint is thrown on the clip mechanism it looks a lot better

Fly actually provide for these in the kit - etched parts in fact.  Unfortunately one part is a flat circle, and the other part is a flat circle with a bit hanging off it - both way overscale and utterly unconvincing.

 

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Unfortunately Fly's seat belt clips are also way oversize, though I may be able to use the smaller ones shown here

 

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Aizu tape painted some German blue color - seems a decent color match for the real thing.

 

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Now the hard part.... buckles, or as we modelers call them.... wire wrapped around a narrow thing

 

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It looks like the Fly smaller seat belt catch is going to work, but I'm not convinced about my buckles.  I'm also not convinced about the tape as a substitute for the belt

 

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I'll need to mull this one over.  More experimentation required methinks.

 

 

Now I can get back to some train work.... more color sanding tomorrow and maybe a touch of Pullman Umber before the weekend is over.

 

 

Toodle pip

 

 

 

 

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4 hours ago, hendie said:

I'm also not convinced about the tape as a substitute for the belt

Close enough for Government work.

They look good to me, Hendie.

And, did someone mention OOB?

 

4 hours ago, hendie said:

seat belt clip holder thingy

:D

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Nice work on baby brother, as for the belts on big brother they look good to me

 

  Roger

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Yes

That works a treat, nice exhausts and I'm glad you remembered the pilots plastic overhead magazine holder

What would he do sitting round on an R.V waiting for the grubby blokes to turn up, without Cosmo or Vague to read?

 

😉

 

Fancy you finding lots wrong with an Italeri model, almost unbelievable

 

He he

But really good detailing, might get you enrolled in the Seventy too Club yet huh

 

I do like the seatbelt release catches, excellent excellent stuff

 

OK I'm off to see if you've done some man pulling yet

 

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I'm a great fan of OOB builds and this is a great example of one that's... not! Great stuff Hendie, as always :)

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9 hours ago, hendie said:

the back seats. 

Are you changing them to Wessex seats (see page 1 of thread) or is this the only OOB bit left?

Interesting to see how you seamlessly transition to the proper scale ( :wicked:)with almost as much detail.

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Nice work Hendie, I particularly like the way you have tackled the exhausts.

 

Martian

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7 hours ago, Pete in Lincs said:

And, did someone mention OOB?

 

well, bits of it did come out of one

 

5 hours ago, perdu said:

But really good detailing, might get you enrolled in the Seventy too Club yet huh

 

don't rush me Bill, those birthdays are already approaching far too fast

 

6 hours ago, Hamden said:

as for the belts on big brother they look good to me

 

I'm still not convinced though - it still looks a bit scrappy to me.

 

3 hours ago, Scimitar said:

Are you changing them to Wessex seats

 

Nope they are staying faithfully true to Italeri's ignorance and incapability to just look at a few pictures

 

in Italeri's own words....

 

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Historical Research
Accurate research is the basis for design and production of all of our models. Before developing a new project, Italeri puts great effort into the historical research of details for the scale model. Attention to every little detail, information about the historical use of vehicles, paint schemes, colors of uniforms, and so on, allow our customers to create models that accurately portray all the periods with the highest realism possible. We want to turn a fun hobby into a cultural statement.
 

 

:lalala:

 

 

 

1 hour ago, Martian Hale said:

Nice work Hendie, I particularly like the way you have tackled the exhausts.

 

I'm just lazy - it seemed an easier option than trying to fix Italeri's offering

 

 

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Posted (edited)

Seat belt clip holder thingy = QRB (quick release... box? buckle? brick?).

 

Nice exhausts.  I couldn’t agree more about the scale; how do Bill and them others do it?  (And as for 1/144...)

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Worth the price of admission for the brass exhausts alone. That last update was a corker hendie: I like these moments when you take us on a walkaround of the aircraft doing various jobs.:thumbsup2:

On 21/04/2018 at 1:27 AM, hendie said:

I'm also not convinced about the tape as a substitute for the belt

In its raw 'fresh off the roll' state I would tend to agree with you - at 1/72 I find it a bit 'vinyl silk' in finish: scraping a scalpel back and forth along a few times not only abrades the surface nicely to introduce a note of fabric texture in the visual finish, but seems to reduce the tension in the material give it the 'sag' of fabric also.

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14 hours ago, TheBaron said:

scraping a scalpel back and forth along a few times not only abrades the surface nicely to introduce a note of fabric texture in the visual finish, but seems to reduce the tension in the material give it the 'sag' of fabric also.

 

Nice tip Tony - thanks.   I think I found what the issue was - I'm using Aizu tape, not the Tamiya masking stuff.  On a closer inspection today I found that the Aizu tape has an almost waxy finish to the non sticky side - very flat with no discernible texture to it at all.  I tried the scalpel scrape but it didn't seem to make much difference.

More of that later, but first the mundane stuff.

 

With the Itsa:poop:-ey kit, you have to install the tail rotor before closing up the fuselage.  Rather than opt for the kit method of gluing a plastic disc to the rotor shaft on the inside - which I couldn't since I had already cut it off so the rotor could actually rotate IN THE CORRECT DIRECTION (yes italeri, that note was for you...) I chose to use a small brass tube.  I had already fitted a brass shaft week or two ago - all I had to do was cut a small length of tube and slip it over the shaft. I put a drop of ca on it to hold things in place, then my distrust of ca kicked in and I opted for a simpler method - just squeeze the tube with my sprue cutters - but not cutting all the way through.  That provided a nice secure joint.

 

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The fuselage could then be closed up though not before a moment of panic set in.  I thought I should put the roof on the cabin first - I picked up the instructions, saw the roof, then proceeded to search for it... fruitlessly.  I checked the instructions again - there it was... part something or other on fret C.   Now where had fret C gone to?   I checked.  I checked again.  No fret C!  Checked both boxes, still no fret C.  Damnit!   How can I lose a whole fret?   Small parts yes. Even big parts, yes, but a whole steenkin' fret?

 

Check again.

 

Oh.

 

Pick up the right instructions this time... NOT the Fly instructions. Ah... there's no cabin roof on the italeri version.   :whistle:

I might stick one in later though.... as long as it comes out of a box.

Then it was time to close up the fuselage to look like some creation fit for a poorly made SyFy channel C movie.  How long before I break that tail rotor off?

 

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After the panic had settled down I decided to pick my nose.  This one.  From Italeri.  Crap innit?   Nice sharp angles when there should be smooth roundness. Imaginary panel lines, and general wrongness.

That got beaten to death with a sanding stick. (then promptly forgot to take an 'after' photo.)

 

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But now back to 1/32ness.  QRB's and stuff.  This time I think I got it.  I really didn't like my earlier attempt at the buckles and had to do something else... anything else.

After ratching round everything - my spares box, my PE spares box, another box, and still finding nothing approaching suitable I hit on the idea of lead wire. Mmmnnnn seemed promising.

I took a piece of 0.03" lead wire and went to flatten it in my vice.  Then remembered I broke my vice last week  :rage:    I ended up holding the wire in the (broken) vice and slamming the jaws together until the wire looked flat enough.  (Note to self - buy new vice!)

Once flatness was achieved I dropped a small puddle of ca onto the flat wire then laid 3 pieces of 0.0.1" wire across it.  I end was cut adjacent to the 0.01" wire and I left a little bit of flat wire showing when I cut the other end.

This looks a little better than my previous attempt I think.

 

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and actually looks worse once painted up :lol:

 

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The 'danglies' were left over bits of 'webbing' ca'd into position.

 

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and from t'other side....

 

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I have since added the lap belts and forgot to take visualistic evidence for you lot.  One seat down, one to go.

 

Progress though innit.

 

 

 

 

 

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Very nice, blue, danglies you have there Hendie!

 

(Ced?)

 

Ian

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6 hours ago, hendie said:

(Note to self - buy new vice!)

Oh, all right then. I'll say it....

Get one Fed Ex'd in from Miami?

 

Nice webbyness.

 

The 1/72nd seems to have been imagineered by Italeri though. Glad I never bought one.

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14 hours ago, hendie said:

This looks a little better than my previous attempt I think.

Belt and braces I would have said. :thumbsup2: That new buckle is state-of-the-art defining....

15 hours ago, hendie said:

Then remembered I broke my vice last week

You need a smaller hammer hendie:

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One day there is going to have to be an Aircraft Seating GB with work of this quality around on the forum!

 

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I'll borrow Darby's shooting stick to sit on while I'm watching that.

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Lovely stuff Hendie, those buckles look very nice to me, but then I also think the little chopper is looking good too... :)

 

On 23/04/2018 at 01:47, limeypilot said:

Very nice, blue, danglies you have there Hendie!

 

(Ced?)

Ian don't encourage me, I'm trying to be a reformed character (but he DID mention shafts earlier in a very suggestive way... snurf snurf... and I said nothing :wicked: )

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9 hours ago, CedB said:

but then I also think the little chopper is looking good too..

Rude!

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