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Max Headroom

The Alternative Nimrod *I HAVE LOST THE PLOT*

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1 hour ago, Max Headroom said:

Just thought....I need to check that the undercarriage is long enough!

How about a door that slides up along the outside of the fuselage like a B-24 ? 

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4 hours ago, Corsairfoxfouruncle said:

How about a door that slides up along the outside of the fuselage like a B-24 ? 

I thought about that but I’m hoping not. From a realistic 😂 point of view, there wouldn’t be anywhere for the concertina doors to store when the bay is open.

 

Trevor

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Despite no updates for a few days I haven’t Forgotten about it (or you, dear reader).

 

I have mainly been tidying up the paintwork, in large due to the cruddy LAG. I see Xtracrylics does it too, so next time I order something from Big H, I will order some.

 

I will shortly be jazzing up those bomb bay doors, doing the torpedoes and extra fuel tankage.

 

More soon!

 

Trevor

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So a little while later I’m now at the part where I mask off those bits I’ve decided will be black, namely de icer leading edges and the radar. I know that for the majority of it’s life, the real Nimrod didn’t have a separately painted radome and never had de icer boots at all, but I decided to have both in order to give it a bit more interest. Let’s see how it turns out!

 

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I see the photos are far less forgiving of my paint job than my unaided eye, but I ran out of rattlecan white after one coat. Curses.

 

Never mind 😒

 

Trevor

 

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Ok then, I’ve painted the black bits and (inevitably) tidying up is necessary but I’m in the ballpark of how I want it to look.

 

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Overall, not bad (as long as you don’t look too closely😆)


S l o w l y getting there.

 

Trevor

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Hello again.

 

As threatened, my attentions have now turned to the bomb bay. It was always my intention to give it a load (why open the doors otherwise?!). I had decided on three  MK.46 torpedoes and an auxiliary fuel tank. The torpedoes were easy enough as I had plenty of runners of the right width and all that was needed was to cut them to a scale 4’6””. The fuel tank was another matter and I had to rummage through my spares box. In the end I think what I chose was half a long range drop tank from a Fujimi 1/48 Mustang. As an added bonus, it has raised lines going around the circumference and this would give it some interest. I can pick these out in a contrasting colour to the tank (dunno yet).   I chopped it just fore and aft of the raised line and will blank the front and back later. I might even ‘plumb’ it into a length of plastic rod I’ve inserted along the bomb bay roof. The 46’s need a bit of shaping at the back end but that shouldn’t take too long. I will glue affixing tabs on one side, firstly to give me something to hold onto as I paint them and once painted and trimmed back, these will act as locating lugs for flying into the bomb bay roof.

 

A quick and dirty dry run using blue tack for fixing.

 

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This is the overall effect I’m looking for...

 

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On the starboard wing of the model, you can see something between the two engines. This is my mock-up of a Leigh Light type installation which could be found on P-3A’s. This is actually a SNEB pod from a 70’s vintage Airfix kit of undetermined parentage. Dunno yet, but I may try affixing it to the miscellaneous housing I plonked in the central position between the bomb bays. I think I need to check the ground clearance first. I’ll see.......

 

Thats all for now! Thanks for looking.

 

Trevor

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37 minutes ago, Corsairfoxfouruncle said:

Very nice work on this Trevor, I was wondering if that was a light. I think it looks better on the wing but its your build.

Thanks! I’ll probably stay with the wing installation as it looks ‘real’ 😂

 

After the photo was taken, I tried the main landing gear and it’s going to be a fiddle. I think I’ll need to give this a branestorm 🤪

 

Trevor

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Just a short update for now.

 

Q. What is drafter than modelling a MK.46 torpedo from scratch in 1/144?

 

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A. Doing it three times🤪

 

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The prop shroud (?) at the back is a piece of cut plastic tube and the fins are from 5 thou stock. I know there should be four, but the missing one will be hidden.

 

I may be insane, but I’m not daft.

 

I will now attach a mount on the hidden sides, firstly so that I have something to grip to and then, once cut back, as an anchor point.


Surprisingly that lot took only 20 minutes as the carpet monster wasn’t hungry.

 

Here is a web page on the torpedo that I used as a reference 

 

https://fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ship/weaps/mk-46.htm

 

 This is no good for my eyesight you know 🤨

 

Trevor

 

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8 hours ago, Truro Model Builder said:

Twenty minutes? Go on, knock out another trio. You're obviously on a roll. 

That rear bomb bay door is remaining firmly shut!

 

Trevor

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