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Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
« Reply #1320 on: January 02, 2019, 03:25:57 am »
Wednesday 2nd January 2019

The builds
1) Tailless XP-45 Maverick
 1/72 Revell Avro Shackleton MR.3 donor kit.
Fuselage and wings glued together, nose flattened. Nosewheel landing gear glued in place along with the fuselage glazing prior to the fuselage halves being glued together . Bomb bay doors also glued on, but a gap has appeared.

2) Stratton 798A
Donor kit is the Monogram 1/72 Rockwell B-1B Lancer. T-tail is from a Revell HP Victor K2, at the front covering the cockpit has the Revell 1/144 Boeing 747-100. This will need blending into the fuselage of the
 B-1B.

3) Avro York AC-1 Gunship
Donor kit is the 1/72 Contrail vacform Avro York C1.
So far the fuselage has been removed and the middle tail fin deleted. A part built Airfix Avro Lancaster BI/BIII will be donating it's wings, engines and landing gear.

4) Martin Mariana AEW.1
Based on the Mach2 Martin Mariner with turbofan engines and parts from the spares bin. Painted about 6 times, another coat will be needed after a bit of restoration.

5) Prince Class Flying boat
A- Air Car Ferry, based on the Revell 1/72 Blohm & Voss Bv222A kit. Upper deck does have airliner seats taken from the Mach2 Sud Caravelle, but you can't see much detail through the clear dome where the gun turret used to be. The nose section is being transformed into a pair of clamshell doors. There are six Rolls-Royce Griffon engines replacing the ones in the kit
B- The Mighty Thor
1/72 Revell Blohm & Voss Bv222A with the wings and upper body of a Airfix Avro Vulcan B.2. Front and rear FASS resin cones are from the BAe Nimrod AEW. 3 conversion set. Vacform windscreen. PSR.

6) Boeing SST
Two former Revell 1/200 scale kits.
SST Golden Cloud has 6 jet engines and twin tail fins.
Whilst the Bronze Cloud has the vertical tail fin from a 1/144 Airfix BAC Concorde kit as well as it's engines.
The Silver Cloud is still in the box.

7) HS Trident MkV
1/100 VEB Playfix Trident kit with 5 engines.

8) Breguet Br1250 Mystic AEW. 1 flying boat.
A kitbash using the Hasegawa Martin Marlin and the wings from a Airfix Vickers Valiant. FASS resin parts are from the BAe Nimrod AEW. 3 conversion set. Still PSR to do.

9) Fokker Rotodyne
1/72 Fokker Friendship as the donor, Rotodyne wings and rotor stack. Kitbashing on the tail fins, long range fuel tanks. Rotor blades are from the EH-101 Merlin.
Landing gear to be found.

10) Lockheed Heliplane
I have used parts from the Boeing 1/72 V-22 Osprey to form the main rotor. Kits used are the C-130H , triple tail fins Lockheed Constellation, rotor stack Mil-26 Halo, front nose resin BAe Nimrod AEW.3, rear AN/APS-20. Turbofan engines to be glued back on.

11) 1/72 Beriev Be-12 Mail
This is the Sanger vacform kit. Parts started to be cut out.

12) 1/72 An-12 Cub
This is the Airmodel kit although I do have the Sanger vacform kit as well.
This will be a AEW platform based on a Chinese aircraft.

13) Hogwarts Castle, the forbidden forest, Hogsmead Village, Hogwarts Quidditch Pitch.
Former pop-up book cut and glued on bases in the erect position.
There are a few buildings missing that prevents the two parts forming one castle

14) 1/72 Wooster BAe 146 desktop model.
Although the E-2 Hawkeye rotodome does fit, the Erieye system would work as well.

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Re: We had a visitor in the house and things were stolen
« Reply #1321 on: January 21, 2019, 05:52:56 am »
Hi Guys,
I had my mobile phone stolen and a few of my builds were damaged whilst I was at work last week. It's caused me a few problems but I think with a few days of whiffing I should get my mojo back.
My tablet has stopped working but I found an old phone whilst I had a clear out and with a full recharge of the battery, SIM card inserted I am able to send and receive text messages, no apps or internet connection, can't even make a phone call. This isn't a problem as I found another Emergency Phone under the bed, it's amazing what you find under there!
This one is a Nokkia 3310, but the screen is tiny and it's pay as you go, so a weekly trip to the nearest internet cafe will do for now until I save up enough to clear some debits on the credit cards and get something decent.

Meanwhile, the bench is tidy. Well that didn't last long as  the 1/72 Car Air Ferry flying boat has all six turbo engines with Hamilton four blade propellers taken from various C-130 kits.
The EC-97 AEW now has the triple tail taken from a Heller Lockheed Constellation, it will receive the rotodome from the Heller Boeing E-3 A/C with the resin stand from the RVHP conversion set. I'm not too sure what happened to the resin rotodome from the set.
Restoration on the various 1/24 and 1/25 car kits continues. The resin moulded Batmobile is slowly being turned back into a convertible (as none of the parts fit properly without major surgery!) Although the Revell Porsche RS does look good with those Bat hub caps on the headlights and Bat fin on the roof. All it needs is a matt black finish to complement the orange plastic mouldings.

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Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
« Reply #1322 on: January 21, 2019, 11:46:42 am »
I HATE thieves.  :angry: :angry: :angry: :angry: :angry: :angry:
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Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
« Reply #1323 on: January 22, 2019, 02:38:33 am »
Cut their hands off.

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Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
« Reply #1324 on: January 22, 2019, 06:17:57 pm »
I HATE thieves.  :angry: :angry: :angry: :angry: :angry: :angry:

Cut their hands off.

Second that!! Thieves are scum, we don't need people like that in the world.
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Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
« Reply #1325 on: January 23, 2019, 06:19:03 am »
Superglue their hands to something heavy, like a ship.................
Any aircraft can be improved by fitting longer wings, and/or a longer fuselage

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Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
« Reply #1326 on: January 23, 2019, 08:25:32 am »
Superglue their hands to something heavy, like a ship.................

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Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
« Reply #1327 on: January 23, 2019, 10:50:19 am »
Wednesday 23rd January 2019

Thanks for your comments, moving along to a started build. The Roden 1/72 An-12 Cub. This is a lot smaller than the Lockheed C-130 and yet when it comes to using it as an AEW or AWACS platform has a lot of possibilities both in the real and whiff world.
The kit has thick plastic with limited detailing, you can have the rear tail ramp lowered if  you want and add the seating provided. There is an alternative rear gun turret or one that is blanked over. So far the parts seem to fit together okay but I have only glued the floor to the starboard fuselage and added the starboard tail section.
This will become an AEW aircraft either with the spin top from an E-2 Hawkeye or the phased array pod favoured  by the Chinese.
As to the 1/72 Martin Marina, this has a brand new paint scheme. It started out as NATO drab green but looks biscuit brown to me. I just need to add the decals and paint the cockpit canopy.
Its PSR on all the other builds at the moment.

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Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
« Reply #1328 on: January 28, 2019, 07:07:45 am »
Monday 28th January 2019

There is life without the internet, such as reading books and listening to the radio. I even got to watch a TV whilst working nights over the weekend. Brr it was cold but there was a free vend on the hot drinks machine in the works canteen which has the telly in it. Its a bit of a trek from the security hut but worthwhile for the forty minutes of telly time. Well there was a TV in the security hut many moons ago but it got chucked as the guard wouldn't let the boss in until he had finished his programme.

Back to the 1/72 Roden An-12 Cub AEW build.
Its becoming a bit of a nightmare fitting the cockpit interior so that the fuselage halves have a snug bond without any gaps. I had to cut the dashboard exterior and re-glue this after. There's a gap in the nose-wheel well and gaps in the tail fin area. I'm going to close the tail loading ramp on the finish build.
I found some aftermarket wheels in the stash amongst the 1/72 Revell Tornado GR1/1A kits.

I'm not too sure if the wings from an 1/72 Airfix F-14 Tomcat would fit on the Hasegawa North American RA-5C, but it's worth a whiff.

Back to the cars and yet another box of goodies, probably too late for the Group Build but they will be next.

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Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
« Reply #1329 on: February 05, 2019, 04:59:32 am »
Tuesday 5th February 2019

I'm back in the land of Wi-Fi tablets and Android phones.  I'm also still sticking to my no new or secondhand kits bought during this month. The stash is getting the airing that it needs and I keep finding multiple buys of kits.
I must have bought one, forgot about it and then bought another .
 On the bench at the moment is the 1/72 Roden An-12 Cub. This is still giving me some grief so I had to change the engines.  I found four outter Revell Avro Shackleton  AEW.2 engines and have glued these in place under the wings.

I've also gone back to the theory of building one Whiff at a time, so I can keep track of the parts used and stick to the design.
It's drastic but I think this will work out just fine :banghead:

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Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
« Reply #1330 on: February 05, 2019, 06:10:53 am »
 :thumbsup: would be good to see some pics
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« Reply #1331 on: February 05, 2019, 11:43:56 am »
They are on there way.
 I just had an idea of using the  BAe 146 in USNavy colours as I have the 1/144 vac form kit in the stash.
I'm not too sure if the BAe 146 was ever considered as a COD aircraft but I know that several proposals were put forward to the  Air Staff and Admiralty in the AEW role with the FASS and Hawkeye layouts.

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« Reply #1332 on: February 09, 2019, 11:35:33 pm »
Sunday 9th February 2019

I just had an idea to use the 1/72 Rolls-Royce  Griffon engines on World War  2 bombers flown by the  Royal Air  Force. I think CMK or Paragon do a resin conversion kit or I could use the engines from the Avro Shackleton kits.
 A possible swap of engines for the  Shackleton and Lancaster BII.
Been flicking through the March edition of the Airfix Model World magazine,  Airfix are re-releasing the Vintage Classics range so maybe the  Rotodyne and the Bristol Superfreighter will make it to a shelf near me.
An updated version of their  Short Sunderland or B-29 would be a welcoming sight.
I'm still suprised that a few aircraft haven't made it to be immortalised in plastic in the 1/72 scale such as the Breguet Deux-Ponts, Avro lincoln (600 built) and two conversion sets- 3 if you include the Red Roo Models for the stretched Mk31. Maybe one of  Sir Freddie  Laker's designs will make it onto the workbench of Mach2.
 For now I have to be content with what's in my stash and what needs to be finished  :banghead:

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« Reply #1333 on: February 12, 2019, 08:06:10 am »
Tuesday 12th February 2019

I glued the two fuselage halves of the  Heritage 1/72 vacform Avro York with a few spacers to firm up the joints. This has had some Squadron Products Green Putty used to fill in the gaps and now feels solid. I also found the twin fins from the Airfix Avro Shackleton  MR.2 which I will be using on this build.

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« Reply #1334 on: February 14, 2019, 11:33:37 pm »
Thursday 15th  February 2019

I've had an idea for the Heritage Model Avro York in 1/72 . Instead of using the four Rolls-Royce Merlin engines I have added the Revell Shackleton AEW.2 inner engines to the Airfix wings of the Avro Shackleton MR. 2. It's not an exact match but I will be adding the jet pods from the Hasegawa Lockheed Neptune on the outer wings,  plus a tail hook.  I have no information that an Avro York actually landed on an aircraft carrier or ever took off from one but the idea intrigues me as a substitute for the Grumman E-2 Hawkeye or Greyhound.
If it was a  COD aircraft then there would be a hinge in the rear fuselage for loading/unloading  or an AEW with a Rotodome rotodome.

As for the Avro Lincoln I quite fancy the B.Mk31 Lincolnian or one of the experimental versions. I have sourced a pair of Revell MR.3 wings.