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Moa

Heston-Napier British speed record attempt 1940, Airframe 1/72 vacuum-formed

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A model from 2014, five years ago:

 

I extricated from the closet this one made from a kit that a fellow modeler sent me time ago (Thanks, Keith!)
It is an Airframe kit I believe made in Canada, date unknown, but long time ago.  The plastic is very thin and flimsy. For what I can tell, the kit came with decals (now absent) but no wheels, prop, or spinner. Of course not even a trace of cockpit detail, or even an interior drawing. The engineering is indifferent, especially regarding how to match the wings and fuselage. The instructions are quite general, and a "note" advising to cut the carrier film off the wing decals with an Xacto after applying them to the model -painted aluminum/silver, mind you- left me in a state of wonder.
The kit does come with a 4-view, that appeared on -and is credited to- Aeroplane Monthly.
When the kit got in my hands, there was no clear canopy, but I assume one was there before.

This fellow modeler had already started to cut out the parts, and was perhaps a bit enthusiastic sanding the fuselage halves, so I had to devise some remediation. There are limits to the improvements you can perform on a kit, especially one of this nature, but I aimed to obtain the most decent possible model with what I had.

Prop and wheels were quickly found among the spares and aftermarket parts, but the spinner that the manufacturer -oh, so very optimistically- tells you to get somewhere, was a different story. 

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You're a diamond for posting this Moa. Will be good reference with the rest of the reference you supplied.

She looks beautiful, love the lines. 

 

Stuart

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That's a powerful looking beastie. 

Beautifully modelled and finished as usual. 

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Lovely.  One of my favorite airplanes.

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40 minutes ago, cngaero said:

That's a powerful looking beastie. 

Beautifully modelled and finished as usual. 

 

10 minutes ago, jeaton01 said:

Lovely.  One of my favorite airplanes.

Thanks Chris and John

This one deserves an injected or (good, please!) resin kit. The lines are so graceful, even when the bulk is evident.

Cheers

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That is a very nice model of a beautiful aircraft. Just one suggestion. The front end of the cowling has four square bulges to cover the.forward section of the Napier Sabre engine. These are quite noticeable in contemporary photographs but difficult to reproduce on a model.

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38 minutes ago, Jonners said:

Interesting construction concept with that longitudinal vertical former.

It is a sort of signature mark of that line of kits.

Sometimes they work. others the fit is not good and are unusable.

Cheers

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That looks rather conventional for you Moa! Still a first class model though, even if the quality of the kit left rather a lot to be desired.

 

P

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3 minutes ago, pheonix said:

That looks rather conventional for you Moa! Still a first class model though, even if the quality of the kit left rather a lot to be desired.

 

P

I must admit that, P.

But there is a little story behind it: I was corresponding with the late Gordon Stevens (RarePlanes) and had told him that I had been given the kit, and he was extremely excited to see it built, since he seemingly really loved the type.

I built it for his pleasure. My intention was to send it to him, but although satisfied myself with the model, I didn't think it was the first class replica he deserved, so I decided to wait for a better kit, that as far as I am aware never came to be, meanwhile unfortunately Gordon passed away. I wouldn't have touched the Merlin effort, nor the Dujin kit. Both well below standards.

 

 

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4 hours ago, skyskooter said:

That is a very nice model of a beautiful aircraft. Just one suggestion. The front end of the cowling has four square bulges to cover the.forward section of the Napier Sabre engine. These are quite noticeable in contemporary photographs but difficult to reproduce on a model.

 

If you had looked carefully at the images, you would have seen that those bumps are there, but the metal reflective finish sort of obscures them:

 

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You are right. I had’nt seen that. By the way you could have left the canopy off. It was left off for its first and only flight to aid the pilot’s exit in the event of an emergency. Just as well as it turned out.

 

Is there any cockpit detail? I have never seen a photo of the interior and suspect that none exists.

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19 minutes ago, skyskooter said:

By the way you could have left the canopy off.

It would have greatly detracted from the beautiful lines of the plane.

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22 minutes ago, skyskooter said:

Is there any cockpit detail? I have never seen a photo of the interior and suspect that none exists.

No photos that I am aware of; there is an Aeroplane Monthly drawing, and another, more sparse, in Flight Magazine.

You can see the model's cockpit detail (generic) if you look at the photos above, you seem to have missed it, again.

 

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Lovely. An odd mixture of sleek & chunky. 

 

Pete

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1 hour ago, Buzby061 said:

Lovely. An odd mixture of sleek & chunky. 

 

Pete

Indeed, Pete, well put.

Cheers

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The drawings for the Heston.Napier first appeared in Aeromodeller August 1943.  Skysport Engineering were thinking at one time of building a flying replica but sadly it came to nought.

 

John

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On 3/27/2019 at 8:15 AM, Moa said:

This one deserves an injected or (good, please!) resin kit.

Very nice model - according to my references there was an injection kit produced by Merlin.

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21 minutes ago, Ed Russell said:

Very nice model - according to my references there was an injection kit produced by Merlin.

Interesting, Ed

but that wouldn't be kit, being Metlin, more like plastic protoplasm.

cheers

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