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perdu

Fifty shades .. And next the H-19 to finish the build

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9 hours ago, perdu said:

And on cue

 

A small, heavy and very solid package arrived today

 

Nobody told me I'd have to put the bits together

 

Oh well, all those years with spanners (yes and WD40) won't be wasted

They sent me an Allen Key too, yippee!

 

I'm sure a man of your intellect will suss it out Bill … might take a couple of million years though … :winkgrin:

 

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Fair does Tomo, took me fifteen minutes

Wonderful bit of kit too

 

Unlike the Merlin fuselage of umpteen parts

Two sides

Two infill side panels

One front bulkhead and cockpit bits count them as two for now

Four pieces of folding tailcone/tailrotor upstand

Two pieces of main tail cone

One cabin floor

One cabin ceiling

One rear bulkhead

 

Fifteen if we miss out the console and seats inside

 

Phew, no wonder nothing fits

 

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2 hours ago, perdu said:

Phew, no wonder nothing fits

Italeri based their model on this one.

 

Disintegration-of-the-Merlin-helicopter-

I'm halfway through doing an Algerian SAR one using the HC3 as a starting point. 128 modifications (excluding the different interior.)

Luckily the Navy one doesn't have the added panels on the boom and ramp section or you may have come across some new words!

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Nice work on the cutter Bill - looks marvellous :) 

Nice work on the chopper too!

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Richard these are of the interior of a Portuguese Merlin, not Algerian but they seem to be based on a HC3 so I wonder if they can help?

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Lloyd's work is superb isnt it?

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I expect they are in your pot too but I thought you might like 'em

 

I do

 

 

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Thanks Bill,I hadn't seen them.

Mine is all closed up now and 2 week's work is invisible!

I put a beam in for the monkey harness like they have in the Danish ones. Don't tell anybody. 

Mind you with long tweezers it could come out.

The blue waterproof floor cover will do an excellent job of hiding the gap at the door.

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On 1/31/2019 at 7:03 PM, perdu said:

Thanks for that Martian, fortunately I had it sorted earlier this afternoon

If you can fit the water pump to an 1850 Dolly engine it didn't take long to get it working

Tell you what, watching the cutter rotate without moving off centre is awesome but I've not used it on any tasks yet

 

I've painting to do

 

The cutter went together easily except for that anti-slip ring for the bottom

 

Stuck nicely to me...

 

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Meh, cant make Homer Simpson stencils  though (doh) ..

 

BTW is it true that Lotus Esprits used re-purposed Triumph DOHC lumps? I'm curious as I was the "proud" owner of a new S3 in the early eighties that did everything from destroying its own water pump to drop an intake valve within six months, maybe it wasn't Colin's fault after all..as a Triumph man, you should be able to shed some light..

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As a happy ex-Dolomite owner I cant answer the question although after my experiences with THAT ENGINE I'm happy to add that I will never own another car using the damned thing

 

I needed to change the cylinder head gasket, in the Relay base at night with no prospects for immediate call-out we tried

 

And tried

 

And tried

 

The head nuts came off easily but the studs had rotted the aluminalike substance the head was made of and would not unscrew to allow the head to lift

 

Dissimilar metal corrosion from early stages of the head gasket leaking had welded (ish) the studs to the holes in the head

 

The head studs were inserted at two different angles to 'assist the head nuts to seal the joint' [Triumph company explanation, later discovered] and because of  the acute angles stopped me sliding the head up past the studs as per normal practise

 

I had to make a tubular rotating saw that could cut away the rotten ally so the stud could be released and unscrewed

 

I made the tubular saw from a thin walled copper tube with teeth filed into the lower edge which when rotated allowed the corrosion to be cut away without cutting the cylinder head metal

 

N E V E R  A G A I N


Anyway, back on track

 

Using the lovely photos Andy linked to I have made  this

 

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The intention is to cast from both ends of this

 

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Let's let some light in on this

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The intention? a couple of casts from the plasticene then see if it fits nicely

 

Not easy if you don't get the dimensions first but once I have the casts I can adjust the blanks for size then remake them in adjusted mode

 

Came across  this wee broon helicopter when I was 'tidying' the working corner of the hobby room, tucked away beneath a bookshelf behind some boxes

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Thought it'd been bided away in another room, now I know why casual peeks always missed it

 

Has to be a prospect for another 'Quick Build' doesn't it?

 

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Excellent progress Bill and a new pizza cutter to boot! :clap:

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I popped some resin on the cooker and popped out a couple of the flare unit blanks ready to trim them to finished shape

 

That isnt easy, the shape changes from each viewing point, I just cant get the look right from every angle

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basic awaiting trimmage

And glued on

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More trimmage to come  :(

 

I need to get it to look like this

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Sorry about the blurrage, picture capture needed me to hold it still but shaky old hands couldn't comply  :(

 

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Time for top coat methinks, maybe Halifax is on the cards

 

Hope so

 

 

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lovely chopterinessing Bill.  Looks like you achieved a lot in the last few days

 

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A little more, of the one step forwards - one step -- well you know which direction don't you?  :(

 

A picture to paint the scene

 

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I am signing off on the structure of the CH-53D and began adding my home brew transfers

 

Then stopped

 

What do I spend time muttering at Ced?

 

That's right gloss first, not straight on top of matte paint 

 

So back to the garage tomorrow (or later, I have a first physio session in the morning) for glossing over

(Tamiya paint so Tamiya aerosol varnish see)

 

Hence I carried on with the Merlin, what a nightmare

Filler in copious quantities on the tail cone joint

 

On the roof of the cabin

 

And underneath the belly of the beast

 

Still not done, she will not be at Halifax, the Sea Stallion might

 

Just to show that I might have exaggerated the relative sizes of  these two load shifters, here's an up to date overhead

 

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Merlin is big but there must be a six foot extra length on the CH-53D, still not to be sniffed at huh

 

The tailcone joints on both sides will keep Humbrol's filler factory in overtime if the Italeri one gets popular

 

If...

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This is when we need Airfix to announce a dual type kit in 1/72ths scale as well as a 1/48th one for Crisp

 

(ooh look, you can see the top of the sonobuoy launcher through the window! Wave Bill...)

 

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Last shot for tonight, model making tomorrow now

 

Netflix calls...

 

:)

 

 

 

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Nice one Bill. But erm...

 

On ‎2‎/‎2‎/‎2019 at 6:41 PM, perdu said:

I popped some resin on the cooker and popped out a couple of the flare unit blanks ready

Next time I'm round your gaff, don't think I'm being rude, but I'll stick to toast thanks...

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Nice pair Bill!   A brace of whirlies to be proud of

 

really coming along nicely and we can still see the detail inside so all your work was not in vain

 

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Well Halifax looking possible for the Stallion, huh?

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One side of the home brew transfers is on but hence as it is Tuesday and it's steak night at 'spoons a hiatus is called for

 

Maybe get some of the other side on, later

 

No money on it, back from dinner then after a cuppa and a bit of telly it's Down The Pub for the end of the evening's festivities

 

Champion!

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Looking very good Bill, and yes the Merlin is nearly big as this one  So your next a Mil Mi 12 and 26 to get your shelves closed?

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Seconded! Bill-made transfers looking good :) 

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If you hadn't said those decals/transfers/stickers were home brewed I would have thought they were professionally printed ones!

Very nice work

 

   Roger

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Um, looking good, Bill, except...

....whereas the previous 'Marines' title appeared to be a little too big (which may have contributed to its starkness), this one's looking undersized...

....or, more accurately, short. The height looks OK, but the 'S' on this side - and the 'M' on the other - should be aft of the countermeasures unit...

....the titles on the Airfix kit sheet are pretty much spot on - if you overlay it with yours it should give you an idea of where the difference occurs...

 

....it looks to me like you've used Amarillo - that's the USAF font, and it is different to USN_Stencil, as pictured (USN_Stencil top, Amarillo bottom): 

 

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USN_Stencil's available to download free here, if you haven't got it:

https://www.dafont.com/usn-stencil.font

 

Edited by andyf117

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Nice progress on show here Bill and as to that little Kiowa kit, methinks it would look great in blue and white Australian Navy colours. (Hawkeye do a decal sheet for it as well)

 

Martian 👽

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2 hours ago, Martian Hale said:

Nice progress on show here Bill and as to that little Kiowa kit, methinks it would look great in blue and white Australian Navy colours. (Hawkeye do a decal sheet for it as well)

 

Martian 👽

Except for the slight difference in the number of rotor blades! 😄

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10 hours ago, andyf117 said:

Um, looking good, Bill, except...

....whereas the previous 'Marines' title appeared to be a little too big (which may have contributed to its starkness), this one's looking undersized...

....or, more accurately, short. The height looks OK, but the 'S' on this side - and the 'M' on the other - should be aft of the countermeasures unit...

....the titles on the Airfix kit sheet are pretty much spot on - if you overlay it with yours it should give you an idea of where the difference occurs...

 

....it looks to me like you've used Amarillo - that's the USAF font, and it is different to USN_Stencil, as pictured (USN_Stencil top, Amarillo bottom): 

 

1019173967_o.jpg

 

USN_Stencil's available to download free here, if you haven't got it:

https://www.dafont.com/usn-stencil.font

 

Thanks for the link Andy it will be very handy but as this is supposed to be quick I am not going to change now

Takes me too long to get new ones printed and varnished and I want this on our club table on Sunday

I might refinish it later but to be honest it likely won't

 

Well have to see

 

Its been a great learning curve for me, all this stuff you know about US Marines machinery has been brilliant...

 

 

Thinking about it I might still redo the MARINES legend for rectification and leave the rest

 

Busy day ahead

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The 'Marines' titles are the most obvious - think you'd easily get away with leaving the rest...

....if I'd been on the ball, I'd have noticed the font in the pic of your decals a couple of pages back...

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