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rob Lyttle

Lockheed Twins (and a CONNIE ) Civvies

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Here is the Academy wing... 

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The extension piece doesn't need to be there on the bottom part. 

Time to commit.... 

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The flap rails and channels are very undersized and need to be redone anyway. 

As for the fuselage, I've started making some windows, removed the top turret placement and filled the front gun positions. 

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I'm leaving the PV1 door in place with a window inserted and the astrodome will stay. 

So this is an early civil adaptation as alluded to in Moa's previous post, complete with the ventral gun position bulge, and I think it's going to be a paint job all over, in some style or other. 

For a change....! 😎

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On 09/04/2019 at 08:14, gingerbob said:

I did buy an Airfix Short Skyvan, though-

@gingerbob a link to this archive film came up on the Old Belfast Photos fbook page. I hope it works....

 

Enjoy! 

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Some progress with the Academy Ventura. 

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Precious little faffing about with the interior, just a cockpit section. 

The vertical Tailplanes were disastrously wrong in the demarcation between the fins and the rudders. I filled the moulding lines with stretched sprue, sanded them flat and scratched new hinge lines. 

I emphasised the outline by foiling the fins and leaving the rudders. 

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Also a few other foil details, the access door and the cockpit roof. 

The clear canopy is a strange item.... Kind of bulged, even on the front line between the screens. I flattened it down a bit and added a line of stretched sprue right on the front to get a better straight line in profile, but even the side windows are slightly curved. 

 

There's little details being sorted out on the Lodestar.... I think I have the nacelles and intakes sorted to suit the P&W engines, and it's time to get her up and standing next. 

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Loving the look of the Lodestar’s airframe. Just a bit longer than the L14, and not quite as........ Well, just a little more slim in proportion! 

I really fancy trying to make one in 1.48 out of the Revell Ventura PV1 kit 

 

Later - 

Portly..... That's the word I was looking for! 

Not quite as Portly as the L14. Super Electra. 😊🤔👌

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15 hours ago, rob Lyttle said:

really fancy trying to make one in 1.48 out of the Revell Ventura PV1 kit

As do I.  Perhaps after the Flying Boat and Floatplane GB.

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There's an issue with the modified cowlings on the Lodestar that I'm trying to resolve. 

They're just a bit too big in diameter to fit on the nacelles and allow air to get to the intakes on top and bottom. 

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The nearer one has the foil stripped off and the addon cooling flaps. It's been back in the drill and turned to reduce the diameter down level with the step I had turned previously. 

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That leaves it a little short. 

Hmmmmm. Im wondering if I can extend the rear with thin strip added on the edge, or if I have enough plastic there to turn another little step for the cooling Gills. 

It's all getting a bit tricky..... 

 

The tailwheel is on, with a scratchbuilt leg and fork. I searched every sprue in the box! I'm sure it's supposed to be there right next to the wheel parts but..... 

If it was there, it's gone now. 

Anyway the part is very frail and breakable - like with the Hudson! - so I'm better off with a brass leg drilled in. 

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I've turned another step around the back rim of the cowling, and it didn't fall apart. 

And strips of yogurt pot, one each side, cut with some curve around the corner of the pot so that they sit slightly flared on the cowlings, to represent the Gills in an open position. 

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There's tidying up and trimming to do, and redoing the Ali foil, but I think it's an improvement on what I had. 

😇

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Port engine is fitted. 

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I think that's the best I'm going to get.

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I went for a quick look around on the Seaplanes and Flying Boats GB...... 

Some great stuff going on, and I have one of these...... 

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Just wondering if I should take a dive in, and try to knock it together before the deadline. 

Not that much to it, but the decals are a little skewed out of register..... 

Like I haven't got enough to do..... 

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15 hours ago, rob Lyttle said:

Some great stuff going on, and I have one of these......

Yes, looks very promising, Rob... 👍 I love these old school Airfix boxes!

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A bit of action on the Academy Ventura. 

Having come this far in dealing with the Fowler flaps on these Lockheeds, I reckoned it would be rather slack of me to omit this one from the procedure! 

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While I had the bottom panel on the cutting mat I decided to remove part of the wheelwell roof to make the space where the wheel /tyre would retract into, and I made a corresponding shape in my rear spar. 

There was a bit of a panic as I started in with the glue when I noticed that the engine assembly had to go in the nacelle half first!! 

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That was dramatic.... 😐

Anyway job done and I can work out the painting thing later. 

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This is not the build sequence that I've got used to. I gotta get the thing assembled first, before the paint goes on. 

I got myself a tube of this Perfect Plastic Putty at the LMS. 

Holy Cow......

HOW GOOD IS THAT STUFF???!!! 

 

I fear nought with THAT tube in my box of things 💯

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Two up. 

The second one is always a bit easier 

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Starting to look like a Lockheed Twin! 

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Running rails and flap mods are proceeding with the Ventura following the usual kind of procedures. 

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Alignment is a key consideration when fitting the various extra parts... 

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