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Neil

Fairey Albacore, 1/48. 'Carry On Flying ....'

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Beautiful Albacore Neil, and a interesting story to go with it.

 

Cheers

 

Malcolm

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What a cracker! That's one beautiful Albacore. How was it doing all the rigging? That always keeps me away from biplanes.

 

Cheers,

Bill

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On 3/25/2019 at 9:17 PM, Navy Bird said:

 How was it doing all the rigging? That always keeps me away from biplanes.

Bill

 

Rigging was a little fidly, but not as bad as I thought it was going to be. I used fine Nylon fishing line, located in pre-drilled holes I made in the relevant locating points, with a 0.3mm drill bit in a pin vice, the holes being drilled before any parts were assembled. The fishing line is held in place with superglue.

 

Once again thanks for the comments, I am genuinely pleased how it turned out. :)

 

Also adding to the list of famous or well know people who were aircrew (as some of you have mentioned above), a friend of mine, 'Mike H', has reminded me of the fact that the Welsh actor Talfryn Thomas (who played 'Mr Cheeseman' in Dad's Army) was the rear gunner on Lancasters during WWII, flying on several missions, and did in fact survive a crash in a Lancaster on one occasion when all other members of the crew were killed apparently.

 

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A superb build of an often overlooked and somewhat maligned type which fulfilled some important roles for the fleet. I wish there was a decent 1/72 version readily available. 

 

I never knew about Butterworth's wartime career. That golden generation were very modest about their achievements.  Butterworth played some of my favourite characters in the Carry On series which,  in my view,  are as important to British culture as shakespeare.  It seems ironic that many of his roles were of a somewhat cowardly nature.

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A beautiful model and the back story about Peter Butterworth (I had no idea) was fascinating. 

 

Really enjoyed this post. 

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I love any and all 'man behind the machine' stories...but as a life-long fan of the 'Carry On' films, this one is extra-special. And the build, of course, is every bit as special!

An excellent result and an excellent tribute to all those hearty souls who manned such machines!

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On 3/24/2019 at 4:27 PM, 85sqn said:

Absolutely superb! I have Trumpeters offering on the go at the moment and there's quite abit to correct. Might have been better just to start with the SH kit!

 

I have not had a close look at the Trumpeter kit, so cannot offer a direct first-hand comparison unfortunately, although I was a little disappointed that no ordnance whatsoever is included in the Special Hobby kit. From what I can gather, the final mission flown by Peter Butterworth in this 'plane was essentially a bombing mission, so a loadout of 6 x 250 lb bombs seemed quite logical, there are numerous pics of Albacores with a typical bomb load such as this. So, that is the bomb load I decided upon!  (Rightly or wrongly .... :) ).  I scratch-built 1 x 250 lb bomb, made a mould from it, and then cast 6 x 250 lb bombs, in resin, to hang beneath the wings.  (The sway-braces for bombs are included in the Special Hobby kit, however, unfortunately half of those were missing from my kit, so I had to mould those in resin too!  No rest for the wicked .... :D ).

 

 

The 6 x 250 lb bombs and sway-braces, cast in resin.

 

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Hello Neil,

Thanks for sharing this very remarkable AC with us.

You did a marvelous job on this little gem. What a superb finish.

Just recently finished the article referring to this type of aircraft during the war in Malta.

Together with the Swordfish they were the first line of defense and strike capability from the RN.

With the numerous defense cuts (in Europe) the ones on static display could be called on again.

There is almost no hardware left over.

Regards, Orion / The Netherlands

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Great to see you back with another superb build and a cracking story to go with it.

 

Alan

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On 3/24/2019 at 3:15 PM, general melchett said:

Great job, really looks the part and interesting back story regarding Peter Butterworth.

Add to that Roald Dahl, (pilot, Gladiators and Hurricanes), Michael Rennie (fighter pilot/instructor), Patrick Moore, (navigator, Wellingtons) and Denholm Elliot, (radio operator/gunner on Halifaxes).

And a little farther back, Mervyn Johns (R.E.8's)  Bob Cratchett was Biggles:

 

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Some nice historical information on an actor I new little about other than his Carry On career, I shall now see him in a new light and thanks for modelling his plane in such a fine way.

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Thanks once more for the comments, and it sounds as if some of you are as surprised as I was when I found out about Peter Butterworths military history. :D

 

I didn't really take enough pics to do a full 'In Progress' build as such, but here are a few I did take.

 

 

 

The kit interior, many resin and photo-etched parts are included inside the Special Hobby kit. After rubbing down that odd shaped 'thingy' on the left hand side (could be a fuel tank, maybe??) the raised ribs or straps around it were partially removed so I replaced them with strips of tape.

 

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Interior painted up, added some plastic rod to the engine to simulate exhaust headers.

 

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I cut the canopy into three, so that the pilots section could be placed open. The side panes on the Albacore hinged down, and the top section slid back over the upper wing.

 

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The upper surface of the lower wing, and the underside of the upper wing were painted before assembly, would of been awkward to get to once assembled with all the struts and rigging in the way.

 

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I used Montex masks on the large canopy surface, would of been a nightmare to mask up before painting otherwise!  Sprayed it Interior Green before the camo colours were applied so that the Interior Green would be visible on the inner face of the framing.

 

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A couple of views of the gloss camo colours applied, decals on and partially assembled before weathering. Used Xtracolour enamels for the camo, thinned with Cellulose Thinners for spraying purposes.

 

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