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Matt P

1/48 Police Islander

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Well....just taken delivery of this...

 

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intending to convert to this...

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What could be easier ......new floor and interior, two new photographic windows in the rear door and port panel, make a FLIR setup and get some decals.Simples......(what have I let myself in for this time?)

 

Having flown in this aircraft for 3 years waking most of Teesside and the North East I definitely have a huge soft spot for it, so couldn't resist :)

 

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Following along with this build, I've got one to do in straight forward civvie scheme (Olympic from 26decals), so no cutting, modification or add-ons for me!!

 

 

Jeff

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Nice! :thumbsup2:

 

Definitely be following this!

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OK,

Interior is pretty much done except for a bit of tidying up paintwork. I realise that most of it won't be really visible once the fuselage is together but just wanted to give the impression of a busy (and usually untidy!) space inside.

 

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Next up is working up courage to cut holes in the fuselage sides for the extra rear windows. Anyone got any tips?

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Do you mean the window that appears to be visible in the photo above? Looks like a rounded rectangle?

 

If so, I'd 1st scribe the outline into the plastic. I have some scribing templates with rounded rectangles that would work nicely, perhaps you have such a template, too. Then drill closely spaced holes inside the rectangle. Close to the edge but not such that the edge of the drilled hole meets the scribed outline. Once you go all the way around, you can remove the bulk of the plastic. Then clean up the hole using an equalling file (thin rectangular cross section) and round files. Ideally, start with a 2 cut, then 4 cut, and finally finish the edge with a 6 cut file. This will provide a nicely polished edge that matches the outline.

 

HTH

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dnl

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thanks for that. Proved easier than I had imagined thankfully. Drew the shape onto masking tape freehand then drilled and filed to shape :)

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If I recall correctly, back in the dim and distant when helicopters were first starting to be used by some forces, Hampshire Constabulary opted for an Optica (anyone remember those?), which later crashed and was replaced by an Islander...

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That's correct. Hampshire, Cheshire, GMP and North East all had Islanders at one time or another. We had bot the Islander and an EC135 helicopter and in my humble opinion the Islander was as good or better at most jobs, particularly lengthy surveillance, area searches and jobs where the conditions were marginal for helicopter flying.  The only real downside was the incredible noise when flying at low level, which was most of the time :(

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I was going to mention that Cheshire Police operated an Islander a few years ago,but I see you have covered that fact already.

 

My wife and I used to see it quite regularly when shopping in Crewe on a Saturday afternoon if the 'Alex were playing at home

and yes,it was a rowdy beast at low level(about 700' i guessed).

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Hampshire Constabulary opted for an Optica (anyone remember those?), which later crashed and was replaced by an Islander...

I remember that. A horrible fish bowl with wings.  If I remember correctly when it crashed it was being flown by a Police Sergeant who had a PPL rather than a pro pilot (Not that it was a cause of the crash).

 

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Seeing the police use them and another use is skydiving perhaps the two could be combined as a sort of fast reaction “flying squad”.  

 

Model looking good so keep it up. Looking forward to seeing the rfi 

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4 hours ago, JohnT said:

Seeing the police use them and another use is skydiving perhaps the two could be combined as a sort of fast reaction “flying squad”.  

 

:rofl2:

 

Chris.

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Very interesting, Matt, especially seeing the interior setup in the Islander. I flew the MD902 in the police role a few years ago (next unit south, also now sadly disbanded!), and your unit once hosted my Sea King crew for a no-notice cuppa one night when we called in at EGNV for fuel after a task. This will look good, and all the better for being so unusual.

Jon

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I frequently see the Britten Norman Defender BN-2T-4S 4000 operated by the Air Corps for the Gardaí (maintained and crewed by the Air Corps, tasked by the Gardaí).  Seems to head out in a costal direction from Baldonnell on a daily basis.  I see though that this version has the Trilander mainplane and extended fuselage..

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I am interested to see how this build progresses as I have it in mind to get one of these kits and do an Indian Navy cab.

 

Martian 👽

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Ok,

I've cut the extra windows and put the perspex windows in (which was a pain!) ready to start assembly and paint.  The fit is pretty good but very annoying as there are no attachment lips or pins on anything, so lining everything up gets tedious.  Also the parts are numbered wrongly on the instruction sheet so need to be physically checked at every move.  The windows are exactly the same size as the openings, with no lip around the inner edge as you would normally have, so again quite difficult to them lined up without getting glue on the faces (My excuse is boing spoiled by Tamiya kits for years!).  Other than that it is going swimmingly so far :)

 

Next job is to get the interior fitted and the fuselage halves joined.......

 

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Not too much progress recently due to work distractions etc....:(

 

However, I have managed to build something that looks a bit like a FLIR camera pod to mount to the side of the fuselage, and to eventually paint the gloss white on the fuselage and wings. That was a saga in itself as I just couldn't get my airbrushes (Plural!) to handle white paint and eventually used a Humbrol rattle can.

Decided to keep the wing and body separate at the moment as the cheat lines are very thin and easier to get at like this.  I must say I am continually unimpressed with some of the moulding issues, especially the lack of mounting points etc.  The small pins on the back of the props don't reach the sockets for them insode the engines for instance, so will have to be pinned, as were the undecarriage legs. Ho hum...

 

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." Proudly hosted by photobucket", eh?

D'you think they're trying to raise their corporate profile a bit, and enhance their reputation??

 

Don't know if there's a way for you to get rid of that paste-on insult, but if you can, do so.

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You did much better than me aligning the fuselage halves

Which takes me back again to the frustrations with this kit :(  Some of the moulded detail is superb yet there are basic things like attachment points, decent instructions etc missing.  It took a lot of faffing about to get the fuselage halves lined up and filled etc and that could have been eliminated by some simple tabs for mounting. Likewise lots of other parts unfortunately. However it is what it is and should still build up to look good hopefully........................  

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Great project! Having 'togged out' a number of police and rescue aircraft over the years, I admire what you're doing. (Nice FLIR, by the way.)

Looking forward to seeing her with colours.

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