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Iain (32SIG)

1:32 Lockheed EC-121K Constellation/Warning Star

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Just when you thought it was safe!!!!........I was wondering if you'd ever get around to working on the Connie again! I can recall the trials and tribulations on the 32SIG site all of those years ago - nice to see it getting the full scale (well 1/32) treatment Iain!!

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Thanks guys - and BiG thank you to Ancient Mariner for the PM - big help :)

Iain

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Iain, this is amazing and I'm glad I took the time this evening to get myself back up to speed with this, it's looking fantastic!

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Thanks for kind words Mark...

Right - a few days free - so hopefully some Connie progress again this weekend.

More posts as they happen! ;)

Iain

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Keep going Iain, have just read through this thread again and think you are doing a brilliant job, not one I fancy doing,although I do have a couple of Vacforms in the stash, hope its not too long before the next instalment of 'Tales of the Connie'.

Jim

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Iain, this is provoking me into a Vacuform 32nd build..Not as big as yours though.

Any updates? :)

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Well - spent two hours today on the wings - not a lot to show - but progress non the less.

There will be an update with pix at the weekend - promise!

And - thanks all for the encouragement!

Plan is to at least have an airframe on display at Telford in November...

Radleigh - what's this dastardly plan involving vacs that you have?

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OK - off for a week - so in-between DIY and working on Lightning parts I shall be working on Connie - in fact - I'm wading in now for an hour or two of plastic mayhem...

:)

Iain

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Not very exciting - but progress none-the-less...

Wing upper surfaces have been closed off with plastic sheet and the inner faces filled with Polyurethane Resin ready for a session on the bench sander tomorrow to restore the outer surfaces. What's on the inside won't be seen (fortunately! ;))

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Looks simple - but has taken a lot of work to get this done (those wings aren't small!)

Dreading the lowers...

Iain

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seriously man this is so deeply impressive i dont quite know what to say, will you be putting scale moters into the engines so that hte props turn, and lights into the cockpit?

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http://www.modelsolutions.ca/Sounds/Conste...tartandIdle.mp3

:)

I think just getting an airframe done will be challenge enough - but there is a company in Canada doing a sound kit for the Connie.

I've seen another somewhere - but bu**ered if I can find it...

Iain

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Glad to see you back at this one. A lot of work ahead but she will be a stunning result.

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And so far today I have mostly been getting covered in sanding dust - let me introduce you to the three sanding tools of the apocalypse:

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Bench sander great for heavy duty mullering, Mouse for smoothing off and foam sanding blocks for extra finesse.

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Wing tips added - and correct length attained. Tips will need reshaping though...

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After a couple of hours of hevy duty sanding the leading edges are almost perfectly restored. Further refinement after the top and bottom sections are joined.

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Tip tanks blended together with the Mouse - now a nice shape and correct length! Just need to refine shapes of the tails - then primer and scribing.

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Mouse used to smooth off filler on the tails - shapes coming along nicely (if slowly!)

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A start is made on the canopy blank.

More later (possibly...)

Iain

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How do you maintain interest in something like this. So much work before you have anything tangible to show for it. You must be the king of willpower. Respect!

Erm - hardly the king of willpower! (started this in 2000!)

But - yes - it is hard keeping enthusiasm going - that's the main reason for the build thread I guess - I embarrass myself into feeding it with new images - which = progress (albeit a little at a time...)

Iain

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I, like some before, have just discovered your build. The work, thought and planning to date is amazing and inspiring.

So a hearty Congratulations, on the work.a9d6fd58.gif

Oh and don't let "them" get on you about taking so long........'course I have retired since you startedgetsmileyCAV71FIZ.gif, but hay! quality takes timehalo.gif

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good god man, thats some serious sanding, must of been fun lol.

Power tools are *always* fun! :)

Haven't quite worked out how to use my circular saw on it yet - but give it time!!! :devil:

Oh and don't let "them" get on you about taking so long........'course I have retired since you startedgetsmileyCAV71FIZ.gif, but hay! quality takes timehalo.gif

And I'll be retired by the time she's finished at this rate (possibly) ;)

Further progress made - I'll post pics over the weekend.

Iain

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Iain,

fist of all thanks for sharing this HUGE project with us, I wish you the best here needless is to say you're doing a great job, keep the hard work I'm pretty sure all your effort will be rewarded at the end. To finish I want to let you know that thanks to you I remembered this great aircraft and got one for me (in 1/72nd) unfortunately it's going to be some time stored due a space problems.

cheers

Luis

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Hi Iain, Its coming along great keep it up, one question though what expanable foam do you use, do find any problems with using it such as splitting joints, as I may use this on my 1/72 Vickers Vanguard wings

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