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Seafire FR .46, Station Flight, Royal Naval Air Station , Lossiemouth , Scotland, 1948.


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Great idea simon !!

I really enjoyed this kit, so far, I bought another one....

Now, I feel eager to start another Kit....:rofl2::rofl2:

May I take a seat Please ??

Sincerely.

CC

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1 hour ago, AliGauld said:

Very nice work on all those bits Simon and a lovey little CCR reference.

It doesn't get much better.

 

Cheers,

Alistair

Being an old F*** and growing up when music was music I couldn`t help it.

 

Thanks @Dr. Quack, @elger, @Alex Gordon, @cobraleader, @corsaircorp, @Retired Bob, @Hamden, and @giemme.

 

Time to blend dem ports boss.

Some tape around the offending area then attacked with a file.

 

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Then out with this lot, the good old micro mesh pads, which I forgot I had.

 

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And polished aaway.

 

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About as good as it is going to get.

 

The Port side port got similar treatment.

 

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Still a lip, so Filler.

 

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Leave that to set, Dr`s this afternoon.

May get some more work done tomorrow afternoon, shopping with dear old mum first thing in the morning.

 

Stay warm.

 

Simon.

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6 hours ago, Hamden said:

 

Coming together very nicely Simon

 

  Stay safe            Roger

Thank you Roger, being slow and steady with this one.

 

2 hours ago, AliGauld said:

Coming along beautifully.

Hope the Doctor's goes OK.

 

Cheers,

Alistair

Cheers Alistair, Dr`s was OK, now waiting for an appointment t see the foot specialist. (Ingrown Toenail)

 

2 hours ago, giemme said:

Good job on the polishing, Simon :clap: May I suggest a coat of Aqua Gloss or similar clear gloss to complete it? :winkgrin:

 

Ciao

There`s a possibility there Giorgio, once I have finished the blending.

 

1 hour ago, Retired Bob said:

Nice work blending the camera ports into the fuselage, I very rarely use filler any more, I prefer sprue gloop, it takes longer to dry but better to work with.

I agree with you on the gloop but I was worried about the solvent fogging the ports.

 

Simon.

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Very nice work indeed Sir,one has the 22/24 in the retirement stash.

 

One believes that LA546/900/LM is in captivity somewhere and will be restored to airworthy at some time,as it is a rather historic machine as well as being a very rare FR.46(only 24 built).

The historic side of it is that as 900/LM,it was the personal aeroplane of one Captain Caspar John whilst in the post of Station Commander of RNAS Lossiemouth(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caspar_John).

What few period photographs of LA546 exist show it to been kept in pristine condition as befitting the Station Commander's personal machine.

 

None of the 24 FR.46's built ever went to sea,they weren't built with folding wings or fitted with catapult spools,they were essentially a "hooked" Mk.22 fitted with a contra propeller and served as station hacks and Commander's personal aircraft.

Incidentally,because they were lighter than the FR.47(the 47's long carb. intake also restricted the engine's performance)they were the fastest of all Seafires.

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5 minutes ago, Dave Wilko said:

Very nice work indeed Sir,one has the 22/24 in the retirement stash.

 

One believes that LA546/900/LM is in captivity somewhere and will be restored to airworthy at some time,as it is a rather historic machine as well as being a very rare FR.46(only 24 built).

The historic side of it is that as 900/LM,it was the personal aeroplane of one Captain Caspar John whilst in the post of Station Commander of RNAS Lossiemouth(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caspar_John).

What few period photographs of LA546 exist show it to been kept in pristine condition as befitting the Station Commander's personal machine.

 

None of the 24 FR.46's built ever went to sea,they weren't built with folding wings or fitted with catapult spools,they were essentially a "hooked" Mk.22 fitted with a contra propeller and served as station hacks and Commander's personal aircraft.

Incidentally,because they were lighter than the FR.47(the 47's long carb. intake also restricted the engine's performance)they were the fastest of all Seafires.

Thanks for that Info Dave, I will keep her reasonably clean then.

 

Simon.

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Thanks @giemme, @AliGauld, @corsaircorp and @Retired Bob.

 

Life gets in the way again but I got some done this afternoon.

 

Gloop gloop said Simon.

 

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And a dot heere as well.

 

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U/C was put together but some serious moulding lines to iron out, yuck.

 

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And "Casper John" put together as well.

 

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All left to dry until morning hopefully.

 

Stay dry.

 

Simon (Who got drenched this morning)

 

 

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11 hours ago, corsaircorp said:

Nice work Simon !!

Keep carry on !!

Sincerely.

CC

I will do CC, while the weather lasts.

 

Thanks @Thom216, @Hamden, @Alex Gordon, @giemme, @GREG DESTEC and @AliGauld.

 

So far a productive morning.

 

Port port blended.

 

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Then primer applied fuselage.

 

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Then cockpit bits.

 

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Wing tip cleaned up, just a minor scratch to sort.

 

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Splashed some around the U/C bays and flap areas.

 

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And one set of props done.

 

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Stay warm

 

Simon.

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Late joiner to your build Simon, following with interest as I have one lurking in the stash.

 

Typical Airfix, very nice with a few complications!

 

Looks good so far!

 

Cheers,

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2 hours ago, Johnson said:

Late joiner to your build Simon, following with interest as I have one lurking in the stash.

 

Typical Airfix, very nice with a few complications!

 

Looks good so far!

 

Cheers,

It wouldn`t be Airfix if it was plain sailing.

 

Thanks @GREG DESTEC, @Thom216, @Zephyr91, @franky boy, @Retired Bob, @2996 Victor, and @mark.au.

 

Yet more priming this afternoon.

 

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I will need to get rid of those nasty seams on the U/C legs.

 

Stay warm.

 

Simon.

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A slight update if one may.

 

Seafire F.46 LA546 is owned by Craig Charleston(well known in the Spitfire/Seafire world) and in storage pending restoration at Colchester.Civilian registration is G-FRSX,this is the ex-Casper John aircraft.

 

And also.

 

Seafire F.46 LA564,owned by Tim Manna/Kennet Aviation(he owns SX366,now gifted to Navy Wings at RNAS Yeovilton)in storage pending restoration at Old Warden.Civilian registration is G-CFZJ.

 

So potentially TWO Seafire F.46's airworthy and on display sometime in the future.

 

For one's delectation Sir,VP441 the world's only airworthy Seafire FR.47,listen to the "moaning" RoTol contra propeller:

 

 

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Great work so far - always enjoy seeing one of these coming together. Not sure if this is of any help, but I had to shave down the bulkhead that the seat is attached to a fair amount to get the central underside wing section to fit properly to the fuselage. Took me a while to work out why the fit was so poor, so I hope this might offer a shortcut. Otherwise, I think this is one of Airfix's best. Look forward to seeing more.

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13 hours ago, TimT said:

Great work so far - always enjoy seeing one of these coming together. Not sure if this is of any help, but I had to shave down the bulkhead that the seat is attached to a fair amount to get the central underside wing section to fit properly to the fuselage. Took me a while to work out why the fit was so poor, so I hope this might offer a shortcut. Otherwise, I think this is one of Airfix's best. Look forward to seeing more.

Thanks sir, looking at this kit at the moment it`s lucky it`s not in the bin.

Apart from the wing folds there is issues elsewhere to. It looks like the decals are that poor quality that Airfix had for a while. Some serious moulding seams etc.

But I am battling this one out.

 

Thanks @Alex Gordon, @Hamden, @cobraleader, @Johnson, @Retired Bob, @2996 Victor, @corsaircorp, @franky boy, @AliGauld, and @Klaasdebouwer.

 

As you can see, I am not really impressed with this kit but will carry on.

Casper is in the bin.

So are the IP decal too

But splashed some paint around.

 

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And main wheels glued.

 

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Stay calm.

 

Simon.

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15 minutes ago, Spookytooth said:

But I am battling this one out.

Simon vs Airfix! My money is on Simon!

 

'Keep battling on', as Churchill said (or something like that :unsure:)

 

Cheers,

 

Charlie

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I'm away from the modelling bench at the moment, staying at my sons house looking after his dogs.  It was my turn to get soaked this morning while I was out exercising them, still haven't got the German Shepard dry and clean yet, the bigger dog is short coated so he was easier to deal with.  Back to the Seafire, I bought some AM decals and a few other things beside the Aires wing fold to bling my kit up, I recently got the Airfix Seafire Mk.XVII to keep this one company, I can always hope I'll get mine built one day.

I'm sure you'll get this kit sorted.  It's just we've been spoiled by good fitting, nicely moulded kits for the  last few years.

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