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Neil

DH 114 Heron 'Channel Airways'

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As a bit of a follow on from my recently finished Boeing 720 'Led Zeppelin' model, I decided to keep things non-military again and build something that I have really wanted to do for a very, VERY long time. This goes back to when I was a very young lad, and was memorable for me bacause it was the very first time that I ever flew in an aeroplane, which was quite an event for me at the time of course, and I can still remember how much I enjoyed it. I was very much into aircraft and model building even then, and since then have always toyed with the idea of building the first aircraft I flew in. The occasion was our first family holiday 'overseas' back in the early 70's, which was to Jersey, in the Channel Islands, and we flew out of Norwich Airport (formerly RAF Horsham St Faith) in my home City.  

 

The aircraft in question is the DH 114 Heron of 'Channel Airways' and the kit is the jolly old 1/72 Airfix one. The one I shall be building is G-AXFH, pic in the link below. As a bit of a side-note, the picture below states it is taken at Southend (Channel Airways were based out of Southend) but myself and a friend of mine, Mike H, have a slight doubt about that, and the pic may 'possibly' be taken at Norwich Airport instead. We are still looking into that .... 

 

https://www.airteamimages.com/de-havilland-heron_G-AXFH_channel-airways_180161_large.html

 

 

Being of a certain vintage of course, the 1/72 Airfix kit is obviously not state-of-the-art as of today, so things will be changed/modified/scratchbuilt, and some of the things that will need attention are:

 

 

Exterior airframe surface:  All detail will be removed and rescribed.

 

The interior:  There isn't one .... ;). There are two very basic cockpit seats and instrument panel (no control columns) and pretty much nothing in the passenger cabin, so all 14 seats will be cast in resin and added.

 

Transparencies:  Cockpit canopy is of the wrong type for the aircraft I am building (it has the bulged section that protrudes above the fuselage) so this will need modifying. Fuselage windows look to be pretty accurate size-wise, but the corners are too 'square' and should be more rounded, and the clear window mouldings have horrible sink-marks/dimples from the moulding process, so these will be changed. Landing light needs adding under the wing. Also the small square windows on the starboard side of the fuselage and port side passenger entry door, aft of the main passenger windows, are slightly too small and too low. They should be the same centre height as the main windows.

 

Wheels/undercarriage:  Kit has the retractable type undercarriage which is wrong for the aircraft I need, so will be changed to the fixed non-retractable type. Wheels are horrible and will be changed.

 

Engines/overwing nacelle fairings:  Engines look very basic, small intakes on them are very non-descript 'lumps' and the intake at the front, below the prop hub, is too small. The overwing nacelle fairings do not extend back far enough towards the trailing edge of the wing. The inboard ones need to extend back maybe a couple of millimetres, and the outboard ones maybe around 3mm or so. New engines and overwing fairings will be cast in resin.

 

Wing tips:  Need to be squared off.

 

Fin/rudder:  Again, the one in the kit is wrong for the aircraft I am building. The rudder will be modified into the taller, 'pointier' type, and it and the fin tip will not have the characteristic bulge on them as per the kit one.

 

No doubt there will be other odds and ends that need sorting along the way too .... :wall:

 

 

Have made an initial start on some of the modifications, and the pic below shows the new overwing nacelle fairings, the 14 passenger seats for the cabin and also the new engines, all cast in resin. With the engines, I added a finely finned section just inside the intake mouth to hopefully simulate the appearance of an engine cylinder/barrel, although it is not really visible in the pic. Hopefully should be more apparent with a drop of paint on it.

 

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As we are now travelling back in time to the 1970's, any references to Kipper Ties, Flares, Glam Rock, The Double Deckers, Tiswas, Spangles, Corona, Space Hoppers and Raleigh Choppers are not only tolerated they are positively encouraged.  :D

 

'Jumpers for goalposts ......' :footy:

 

 

B)

 

 

 

 

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Wow, great work on the resin seats and engines etc. I Will watch with much interest as I have one to build. I am doing a Royal Navy machine using S&M decals.

Keep up the good work.

All the best

Chris

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Hi! Is there a chance to have the resin parts of yours?
Good luck to your build!

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Hi Neil

 

Having followed your 720 thread, I'm sure this will be very informative too.

 

What did you use to make the masters for your resin seats and engines?

 

Mike

 

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Hi Neil,

Fantastic start, I'm really looking forward to following this.

Brilliant work on the replacement parts but after your replacement engines on the 720 I'm not surprised!

How do the decals look?

 

'Bite through the chocolate and chew.....real slow,' anyone remember Texan bars?

Cheers,

Ian

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Fabulous resin work so far. This thread will be really valuable especially as 

Airfix are going to release the Heron again in their Classics series.

Cheers, Paul

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Looks like a wonderful -if very laborious- project, but the motivation is strong it seems.

Superb job on those castings. I am always dodging dealing with resin (not one more modeling complication, please!) but it is so very useful, especially for scratchbuilders.

Looking forward to this one

Cheers

 

 

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Excellent choice for a modelling challenge! I loved the old Airfix Heron, and will enjoy watching it come together with what promise to be a lot of good mods! Very impressed with the casting work.

 

Terry

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I would also be interested in purchasing a set of your resin castings.

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4 minutes ago, Space Ranger said:

I would also be interested in purchasing a set of your resin castings

Make that three of us!

 

Terry

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Lots of work to be done, so, I'll tag along to see what I can pick up.

 

Stuart

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1 hour ago, Space Ranger said:

I would also be interested in purchasing a set of your resin castings.

Hum, not a bad idea, seats?

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I will be following this with great interest. Really nice work so far! I too would like to purchase those resin pieces if possible...

 

Ragnar

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2 hours ago, Terry1954 said:

Make that three of us!

 

Terry

Four.

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Looking forward to watching this coming together. I've been trying to get a hold of one of these kits for a while but have,  alas, failed. My daughter especially enjoys the Heron at the DH museum (mainly because of the fun folding tables and semi-reclining chairs...) so fancied building one in the same livery. 

Nevermind, until the opportunity arises I shall enjoy seeing your build unfold.

Cheers, 

P.

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Hi Neil, 

   Lovely looking resin parts, any chance of buying some off you??? 

 

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8 hours ago, NAVY870 said:

Four.

Five. Plus some props?

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15 minutes ago, Sabrejet said:

Five. Plus some props?

Six. I also would be very interested in purchasing a set, as they do look lovely

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7 minutes ago, bigbadbadge said:

Six. I also would be very interested in purchasing a set, as they do look lovely

Seven. I'd love a set of those beautiful resin castings. 

I'll be following this build with interest as this is one of my favourite old Airfix kits. 

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Make that eight haha or are they going to appear in the aim72 range...Neil ?

 

cheers, Jan

 

 

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22 minutes ago, janneman36 said:

Make that eight haha or are they going to appear in the aim72 range...Neil ?

 

cheers, Jan

 

 

 

Huh? :shrug:  I have no involvement, and never had any kind of connection with that range of products. They are nothing to do with me.

 

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I am also very willing to buy those resin bits and pieces, so I'm the ninth on the queue :-)

Regards,

Mika

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2 hours ago, P.1127 said:

 I've been trying to get a hold of one of these kits for a while but have,  alas, failed.

Airfix are releasing this kit again later this year.

 

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11 minutes ago, Neil said:

 

 :shrug: 

 

Should you decide to make & sell some of these sets I would really like to buy one, together with any other pieces you make for this build,

cheers,

spad.

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