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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #855 on: August 27, 2017, 03:04:29 am »
They were promised ages ago, along with the leading edge intakes - I didn't have time to scrabble round finding them this morning as I had to be up at idiot o'clock am.  Ironically, I *think* I know where they might be now!

At the pace I build things Lee it's not a problem. Much appreciated regardless  :thumbsup:

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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #856 on: September 09, 2017, 02:29:33 pm »
Sort of mixed modelling results to update on. Made a fair amount of progress on my VG Lightning, I should have the undercarriage on tomorrow.... famous last words  :rolleyes:

Spent the best part of the day in Glasgow at the Botanic Gardens to see the Jurassic Dinosaur display there with my girlfriend. We also took in the greenhouses while we were there. A very nice and rather hot day it was, pity that to take pictures of the displays you had to hope that most of the kids would be out of frame.

Most of you will have seen that I bought a Blackbird Lancaster B,VI conversion set recently. Lovely casting job done by them, just wish the instructions for the actual conversion work were up to the same standard as everything else in the box. They consist of one line

"Engine Nacelles.
Cut the kit inner nacelles at the panel line 7mm behind the front of the undercarriage bay door opening. Insert the kit bulkhead parts [D10] into the resin inner nacelle parts."

And that's it  :unsure: 

The parts for the conversion set are: Nose turret blank, mid upper turret blank, four sets of enshrouded exhausts, four sets of shrouded exhausts, four propellers with four blades and four engine cowling's and that's it!

Email has already been sent to Blackbird asking for clarification on the instructions but no reply yet. Does anyone know of any review or build using this conversion set that I can look at. Not found any myself so far.

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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #857 on: September 13, 2017, 02:58:01 pm »
While not doing much modelling wise for the last couple of days other than cutting the radomes off a couple of F-4M's I have been thinking about what I can, should and could do. Part of what I was thinking about ended in my deciding that after Telford I should make the following, a Fast Airborne Rotary Target or F.A.R.T.. This would be along the same lines as the American "Q" birds or U.K. "D" drones but a helicopter. I'm thinking that the F.A.R.T. would probably be a fairly early Lynx repurposed but as with other drones it would be able to be flown by a pilot as well as remotely and as it's a British  aircraft the nice colourful Red and Yellow colour scheme will be used. I may in fact have an Army Lynx in the stash, if so I will have a look at it to see how easy it would be to build it, so I could decide to build it for Telford  ;D

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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #858 on: September 14, 2017, 12:10:41 am »
A Lynx Target Drone would be good, possibly put a Target Towing winch on a pylon and maybe an ECM pod the other to emulate possible foes. Be useful on deployment for honing skills.

Now if we had a readily available Wasp kit that would have been an ideal drone especially painted in Black and Yellow stripes  :wacko:
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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #859 on: September 14, 2017, 12:20:46 am »

Now if we had a readily available Wasp kit that would have been an ideal drone especially painted in Black and Yellow stripes  :wacko:


Isn't Colin's Wasp due out soon?
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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #860 on: September 14, 2017, 02:44:47 am »

Now if we had a readily available Wasp kit that would have been an ideal drone especially painted in Black and Yellow stripes  :wacko:


Isn't Colin's Wasp due out soon?

I'm trying, and mostly failing to save pennies for Telford Kit so purchasing something new is mostly out of the question. I do love the idea though  :wub:

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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #861 on: September 14, 2017, 04:41:30 am »

Now if we had a readily available Wasp kit that would have been an ideal drone especially painted in Black and Yellow stripes  :wacko:


Isn't Colin's Wasp due out soon?

Did Colin & Jon confirm that at Sutton last Sunday Kit ?
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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #862 on: September 14, 2017, 12:01:52 pm »

Now if we had a readily available Wasp kit that would have been an ideal drone especially painted in Black and Yellow stripes  :wacko:


Isn't Colin's Wasp due out soon?

Did Colin & Jon confirm that at Sutton last Sunday Kit ?


Pass, I wasn't there I'm afraid, but he's mentioned it's imminence more than once recently.
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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #863 on: September 15, 2017, 03:13:03 pm »
Thinking about the Drone helicopter I came up with the idea of using BURP tips for the rotor blades, kind of goes with the F.A.R.T. theme  ;D

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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #864 on: September 16, 2017, 01:24:56 am »
What does BURP stand for?
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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #865 on: September 16, 2017, 01:59:09 am »
Sorry, that should have been BERP. It also explains why I could not find any rotor blades with that spelling which I now have. Here is a link to an Article on the subject. The latest Westland aircraft use developments of the blade tip as well. The name certainly fits in with the build.  ;D

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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #866 on: September 16, 2017, 02:07:33 am »
British Experimental Rotor Programme.

Thanks,  I had been unable to find that out and people here can throw acronyms and initialisations about casually leaving me feeling slightly foolish that I don't know them.

I must include BERP tips when I finally build my Rotodyne.
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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #867 on: September 16, 2017, 08:06:33 am »
British Experimental Rotor Programme.

Thanks,  I had been unable to find that out and people here can throw acronyms and initialisations about casually leaving me feeling slightly foolish that I don't know them.

I must include BERP tips when I finally build my Rotodyne.

That sounds like a good idea  :thumbsup:

Now with the BERP blades ordered and an old Airfix Navy Lynx dragged out of the stash I have a couple of months to come up with some terrible story to go with the build full of bodily functions etc to go with the BERP and F.A.R.T..  ;D

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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #868 on: September 16, 2017, 01:47:52 pm »

I must include BERP tips when I finally build my Rotodyne.


Pinch some from a Merlin kit, they're much broader chord, which would make sense for a modernised 'dyne, and you don't have to carve that weird BERP shape.

I scratchbuilt the ones on my Crossbow Comanche and it was a right PITA!  :banghead:
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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #869 on: September 16, 2017, 06:41:34 pm »

I must include BERP tips when I finally build my Rotodyne.


Pinch some from a Merlin kit, they're much broader chord, which would make sense for a modernised 'dyne, and you don't have to carve that weird BERP shape.

I scratchbuilt the ones on my Crossbow Comanche and it was a right PITA!  :banghead:

Maybe use 1/48 scale ones
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