Simon Posted March 16 Share Posted March 16 Hello everyone It's been a while since I've posted on here, for various reasons, but here's my Pavla 1/72 Martinet all done and dusted. It's been a long, frustrating build, but it's finally ready. I started this some 14 or so years ago(!), and got so fed up with it (I think mainly due to my lack of experience back then ) that it very quickly got consigned back to the stash in the loft. After a very unsuccessful build of another kit (no names, no pack drill...), I girded my loins and decided to rescue the Martinet from obscurity and ignominy. I've done it as HP131 '21' of No. 4 Air Gunners School at R.A.F. Morpeth in 1942. It was written off on December 24th 1943 when it lost its prop and crash-landed at what was then Stannington Mental Hospital, a mile or so south east of the airfield. The pilot, 1346912 Sgt. David Anderson and the T.T.O. (Target Towing Operator) 1477294 Aircraftman Thomas Welsh escaped with a few cuts and bruises. I've amended and added a few things to the kit, which makes a good basis for a Martinet, but I think needs some updates. 1. The kit cockpit is pretty much all wrong. I used the kit's instrument panel, joystick and throttle boxes, but made a new seat for the pilot, and a new fold-up seat for the T.T.O. In between them is a sort of shelf, on which sits the Type B Winch, which needed scratch-building. Behind the pilot is a roll bar, with a plate with a headrest, which I also scratch-built. 2. The kit engine is good, but I took off the cooling gills from the kit's cowling and replaced them with open ones taken from a spare set from the recent Airfix Blenheim. 3. The kit's prop rotates the wrong way? Looking at it from the front I'm sure it should rotate clockwise, not anti-clockwise, so I cut down and reprofiled some blades from a spare prop from an Airfix Mitchell, and made a new hub from plastic rod. 4. Cut out the wingtip lights and replaced them with clear sprue. 5. The vac-form canopy (my first go at one ever...) needed quite a bit of blending in to the fuselage, so I thought I'd add a thin panel of plastic card to cover up the unsightly joint. The real aircraft has a cockpit 'pod' that looks a bit like that anyway. 6. The propeller arm for the winch is too short, and the resin prop too spindly with wrongly-shaped blades, so I made a new arm from sprue, and a new prop from plastic strip with better shaped blades. 7. The kit's cable guide under the fuselage isn't right - should have two arms, so that was scratch-built. 8. The kit undercarriage, both main and tail, aren't quite correct. The rear arms of the main gear should be longer, the main legs don't have the scissor links and the rear one has a distinctive kink. 9. I added towing cable anti-fouling wires to the horizontal tail, as well as an anti-foul guard to the tailwheel. The aerial wire, like the tail wires, is 0.1mm Albion Alloys Nickel Silver rod. That's about it, so here are the pics: There are a few 'Work in Prgress' photos on the Martinet album on Flickr showing the cockpit and few other bits, if anyone's interested: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wwrsimon/albums/72177720306773989/with/52750795557/ It's not perfect by any means, but it looks a lot like a Martinet, which will do for me. Cheers Simon 62 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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