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Aussie Gannet, 2020 Christmas gift (Classic Airframes1/48)


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Thanks a bunch Guys!

 

The printer used is an Anycubic Photon I think?

I haven't seen it in person, since its a fellow IPMS Gothenburg buddy who owns the printer...

Still, we'd like to tweak the two small shelves a bit since they're kind of wobbly now.

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Kiitos @Antti_K and @Gatesy64!

 

I received the printed parts this Friday so I started doing some prep work on them.

It seems that in order to get everything nice and snug for the sonar operator one needs to focus a bit on the  resin tub.

If I were to fit the tub after where it approximately fits then it would be here:
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That looks way too low using the headrest as the reference point. Also, the entire tub looks too long as well.
Some remedial grinding, sanding and scraping later  I managed to get the sides up to a more decent level.
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After that little chore, I decided to cut up the resin tub a bit.
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It certainly is a very narrow little box to reside  in! The poor guy must've suffered a lot sitting back there  with no possibility to stretch out any leg.
The 3D-printed part would've fit perfectly in the original position, but not anymore since I shortened the tub. I need to change the two top shelves a little bit so that they clear the sides a little .

That didn't stop me from laying down a coat of  primer, just to see  how it will look.
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Nice!

Some added cables to that and it will look suitable busy I think especially for a black cockpit!

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Hi Christer

 

I was visiting my Dad in Nowra, NSW this week and took him out to the Australian Fleet Air Arm Museum at the local Naval Air Station where he used to work. It was closed for most of last year due to Covid and has been completely updated. It re opened in December. It was my first time there for a few years. My Dad volunteered there as a guide for many years after he retired from the Navy.

Anyway, I wanted a few photos for an ex RAN Dakota I'm going to build and photographed that and everything else on display.  I recalled your Gannet build and hoped you might find these photos useful. Unfortunately. there was no chance of getting any cockpit shots.

 

Cheers

Steve

 

 

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Thanks for those pictures Steve!

I'm far from working on the outside bits yet, but it's interesting to see the silver/aluminium painted torpedo and the various red inlets on the fuselage.

In other news, I've laid down a coat of NATO black in the cockpit and detailed painting should commence soon.

The last print of the rear cockpit shelf turned out excellent.

 

I should probably also add a WIP for one of these too:

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On 3/12/2021 at 5:06 PM, SteveMc said:

Hi Christer

 

I was visiting my Dad in Nowra, NSW this week and took him out to the Australian Fleet Air Arm Museum at the local Naval Air Station where he used to work. It was closed for most of last year due to Covid and has been completely updated. It re opened in December. It was my first time there for a few years. My Dad volunteered there as a guide for many years after he retired from the Navy.

Anyway, I wanted a few photos for an ex RAN Dakota I'm going to build and photographed that and everything else on display.  I recalled your Gannet build and hoped you might find these photos useful. Unfortunately. there was no chance of getting any cockpit shots.

 

Cheers

Steve

 

 

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There's very likely still some of my blood on that thing

We attempted to get in running many years ago but the electrics were completely shot

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With some of the distractions now safely tucked away, it's time to look into the cockpit.

It was about time that some paint actually went onto the model, and I started with an even coat of Tamiya XF-69, NATO Black. Its slightly grey, but  once a clear coat comes on, it will darken considerably.
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Using the Aussie Gannet walkaround here on BM as a guide, the pilots seat was painted red brown, similar to other pilot seat of roughly the same vintage (like the Sea Hornet, Vampire and so on). The leather appears to be brown so that's what I aimed for.
Then I started to pick out a few details in silver, white and yellow, and sprinkled a few cockpit placards here and there to liven up the place:
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The rear cockpit for the sonar operator was given the  latest batch of 3D printed rear shelf. The radar cannot go in until  the fuselage halves are in place, so that will be a tricky thing to solve.
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I could've added more wires off course, but than that would've to  be replicated in the front office too, and I didn't want to bother with that.

What actually was missing was a back rest that could looks  a  bit more like the real thing. The leftover part from the front cockpit was way too triangular in appearance so a new one was scratchbuilt. See, I can actually scratch build a few things, not only 3D print and order more resin 😇 

Recently I started to practice the dark art of using pencils for weathering, so the interior was  chipped and dinged a bit.
For sure I need to develop my skills here quite a lot, but one  must  start from somewhere, right?
Then I just had to add all the blue belts.
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When all of them were in place, the whole lot cot  a coat of semi  matt.

Now I just have to install everything in the fuselage sides,  but while reaching for a  tool I accidentally  knocked over the bottle of TETC 😰

Fortunately, only my cutting mat was damaged, but the quite intensive fumes brought an end to my modelling weekend.

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The cockpit is looking very neat Christer - what brand are the blue seat belts , they look very nice.

 

CJP

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52 minutes ago, SteveMc said:

Nice work on the cockpits Christer. Looking good.

Thanks Steve!

5 minutes ago, CJP said:

The cockpit is looking very neat Christer - what brand are the blue seat belts , they look very nice.

 

CJP

Thanks CJP.

Those belts are Eduard generic RAF belts

https://www.eduard.com/eduard/seatbelts-raf-late-1-48.html?cur=2&listtype=search&searchparam=49007

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Lately I've been beavering away with balancing the not so little bird.

I'd very much like it to stand on the nose wheels, so now the quest is on to really stuff it full of lead.

By hollowing out the resin nose ring like this:
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I seem to be able to fit even more lead!

The little compartment under the cockpit floor and above the nose gear bay was filled with fishing weights, flattened BB pellets and Liquid Gravity. 

Since the rear nose gear bay doors will be closed I added some weights there too.
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There is still some little space left if needed.

Time to do a test.
With the wings in place the Gannets is really spreading it's large wings:
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How to balance this then?

Well, the handle of my razor saw is large enough to be placed under the bomb bay, and by rolling the Gannet back and forth I should be able to see where the Center of Gravity is located.
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Yes!

Here the handle is place roughly where the wing spar is, and she is firmly bringing the nose down.

Main gears are still some 10mm rearwards so I do have some margin for the solid tail planes, rear of bomb bay and so on.
Whew. It should be possible to close up the fuselage now.

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