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Percival Proctor, civil adaptation of vintage Air Lines (Frog, Novo) 1/72 kit

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I am ever looking for conversion projects in order to redeem boring and drab doom machines into colorful, joyful, useful and uplifting models.

Many times the suitable kit happens to be a very old and outdated one. Perfect examples of those endeavors are -among many I posted here- the two Westland Everest planes:

 

 

That, coincidentally, were re-issued by the same company that boxed the Proctor: Air Lines.

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This for what I can tell was originally a Frog mold, and it also more recently came out as a NOVO boxing (which already gives you the clue that you are communicating with the spirits of the departed kits...).

On the pro side: you can get them for an affordable price, they are abundant as most modelers moved on the better and newer releases (and for good reasons), and if you botch one you just trash it mercilessly and forget about it, no stress ruining a good kit here.

So, I got this old and humble kit and started to look for nice civil liveries, of which I found a lot. But soon I discovered that many of my potential subjects actually belonged to other variants of the type, and would require some modifications. Since a reasonable improvement and detailing of the kit already would consume certain time, and not wanting to get into a building quagmire, I discarded the subjects that belonged to other marks of the Proctor and centered on a few candidates that were more or less a direct adaptation of these machines into civil use.

The parts were liberated from the ever-present flash, cleaned up, and slightly refined.

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My boxing -bought 334,677th hand- was missing a side window, no big deal.

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This area needs to be opened up, so one hole and two razor cuts do the trick:

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Vent drilled:

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 Another small intake drilled:

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All locating pins were removed since invariably they actually dis-located the parts they were supposed to seamlessly align, and stabs and wing halves were shaved a bit, since they sinned of fatulence (yes, correct word, no typo, it describes a known kit malady that makes kit parts  -especially flying surfaces- look excessively fat).

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The ancient Frog Proctor Mk. IV/V, is as a stand alone Mk ,not a bad kit in terms of outline shape. However having a totally different  fuselage and other parts it cannot easily be transformed in any way into any of the other Gull series as Moa has already mentioned. 

 

Somewhere in the archives I have put chapter and verse ( as I see it) on the Gulls, Vegas and early Proctors.

 

I will sit back and enjoy, Moa's fiddling.

 

John

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8 hours ago, John Aero said:

The ancient Frog Proctor Mk. IV/V, is as a stand alone Mk ,not a bad kit in terms of outline shape. However having a totally different  fuselage and other parts it cannot easily be transformed in any way into any of the other Gull series as Moa has already mentioned. 

 

Somewhere in the archives I have put chapter and verse ( as I see it) on the Gulls, Vegas and early Proctors.

 

I will sit back and enjoy, Moa's fiddling.

 

John

Thanks John, glad you are around.

Now the build has a knowledgeable guardian angel that will prevent it from straying too far from the righteous path.

 

I reiterate the comment added to the Junkers build, in regards of duty calling and having to take a break from the building board for a while.

But hopefully will come back with renewed impetus for the current builds.

 

Cheers!

 

 

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Nice to see such a venerable kit being given the Moa treatment!

 

P

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