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Re: The Wooksta: Not a Spitfire Blog
« Reply #75 on: February 28, 2018, 04:57:09 pm »
"Ah, true. OK. What's the procedure for the approach of a humpback bridge?"

I've decided to ditch the Stirling and get an Italeri one.  I really don't want to fight the Airfix kit of both that and the Halifax.  One yes, but not two.  The Halifax may also get the boot too, depending on how much I like the look of a shiny new Revell one.  I think Uncle Frank has one in stock - I'll find out at the weekend. 

Having had another look at it, it's got to go.  Too much work to do with regards to its sheer basic crudity.  I'd rather have a decent baseline and this just isn't it.


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Re: The Wooksta: Not a Spitfire Blog
« Reply #76 on: March 01, 2018, 03:58:39 pm »
"Well, you might as well try the other one!"

Having a had a few more thoughts about the Halifax, I'm just curious to see if I can salvage the wing for my Formaplane Hastings, as the latter used a cleaned up Halifax wing.  It may well be better and easier than using the kit one.  And a lot less like tissue paper.

A Hastings in the transport scheme would look rather splendid too.

I'm also wondering if I can use one of my part started Lancasters as a basis for another Lancastrian, but possibly with Merlin 85s.  Well, if I can get to them.

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Re: The Wooksta: Not a Spitfire Blog
« Reply #77 on: March 05, 2018, 02:00:56 pm »
"You didn't know I was going to do that, did you?"

I've finally dug out the Wellington that was in the loft at me Mam's plus I found a few other bits an pieces to get shot of.  One of the lads at the club is collecting kits to help with something so requested donations.  I threw a load of kits from me disposal pile in a bag, largely Spitfires that were obsolete and no good for anything except for beginners to play with.  Plus a few other things that I knew I'd never build, including some french fighter that I'd been given and some Frog/Novo Sea Furies.

After some searching I found the built Whitley that was there.  Not good.  U/C smashed and one tail section is completely missing.  It's therefore beyond use for the moment.  One thing I did find was a pair of Revell Hunters - I knew there was one up there and I'd found that one after the pair turned up, so there's three there, which is nice.  My stash of Hunters is now in double figures.

I've got a bit further with the Coastal Command Hampden.  One wing is together with the u/c in situ.  You have to assemble that afore the wing and it's a bit fiddly, so I lost the will to go any further with it for a bit.  One of the wheels has gone walkies, but they look a bit like Mosquito wheels and I have plenty of resin ones, so they'll get replaced.

May have secured another two Warwicks, plus a pair of Wellington transport conversions.  Again, more as and when.  Some of the spare parts in the Warwick look interesting - the transport pannier on a Wellington transport plus the fin fillet could make a few scratch their heads.  Ditto the Vulture engines, although I may need an early Wellington for that one.

i haven't got the Whitley primed yet due to the weather and I'm chafing at the bit to do it.  There's also a pair of Blenheims which have their first coat of paint on that I'd like to advance a bit further, if only to get them out of the way.  There's several other things - single engined fighters - that need their undersurface colours sprayed on and they've been sitting in masking tape since last May!  *REALLY* want them done!

Lots to do, lots of ideas but little time.  As usual.



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Re: The Wooksta: Not a Spitfire Blog
« Reply #78 on: March 11, 2018, 08:32:52 am »
"And by the looks of it you failed them all."

I've dug out the Formaplane Hastings and it doesn't look that bad.  Some of the smaller bits are a bit crude and some of the intakes are crushed, but they are fixable.  There's also an Aeroclub u/c in it.  The clear parts haven't yellowed either, which is fantastic.  For a vacform, it looks to be quite buildable and I'd like another.  I did want to build a pair of real ones - a Transport one in the usual scheme plus a Met Flight one in the two greys which looks quite attractive - and I still do, but the prospect of another in the late war transport scheme is also very appealing.  I think that's what'll happen with the one currently in the stash.

I did compare the Halifax wing to the kit one and it's frankly bobbins.  The Halifax is now surplus to requirements and is in the disposal pile.  No clear parts either so it's only use is spare parts for whoever is gullible enough to want to buy it for the minimal fee I'll bung on the box.

The Hampden is progressing a little further, with the second wing together and the tail unit almost finished.  Need to find a set of Hercules engines for it and I've a feeling I may have some resin ones somewhere.

I've finally got a coat of primer on the Whitley and it's revealed a few flaws which will need touching up with filler, either Humbrol or possibly P38.  I'm looking forward to getting the paint on this one.

And finally on my big transport kick, I've gathered all the bits together for a Lancastrian.  The bulk of them are part started and it'll have Merlin 85s, Lincoln wheels and rudders plus the deep Tallboy bomb bay - I'm sure I've seen a photo somewhere of a Lancastrian with the bulged bay, but now I need it, I can't find it...

Whilst I'm on the subject of Lancasters, I had the brainwave yesterday of stripping two of the Airfix mk IIs I have for their Hercules engines to go onto the Matchbox Wellingtons I have on the go.  Both of them are slated for conversion to other things - a Lincoln and a Lancaster VI, so the engines are surplus anyway.  I also found a complete set of Aeroclub vacform/white metal Hercules engines in the Lancaster bits box.

One thing I did read recently with regard to the Lancaster VI recently was something on the development aircraft, which had standard Merlins inboard and Merlin 85s outboard.  I do have a Lancaster II I wanted to dispose of, but on reflection I'll keep it for a Centaurus Manchester and pass the outboard nacelles along to someone who may just be doing that aircraft.  I owe him a favour or two anyway.  It also gives me another four Hercules engines to play with.  ;D

I now have a Warwick.  This really is a nice kit and quite why AIM (who own the moulds) haven't re-released it is quite beyond me.  There's pretty much everything in there to do any variation on the Warwick you'd want to do, plus a really nice decal sheet.  I've also acquired the old Profile on the type, which revealed the usual stillborn projects and proposals.  One of which for a version with four Merlins or Hercules engines...  In addition, the Centaurus transport version I want to do would appear to have been real too - the Warwick C.IV.  There's quite a few things I'd like to do with the type, but it's big and both difficult to get hold of and expensive when you do find one.

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Re: The Wooksta: Not a Spitfire Blog
« Reply #79 on: March 12, 2018, 06:58:13 am »
"I laughed and laughed and laughed!"

I've made a start on the Merlin 85 Lancastrian - it was originally going to be something else, but I snapped off teh resin nose I'd fitted (a Lincoln one but I've issues with the glazing) and attached a Lancastrian nose after adding a 4mm plug from some plastic foam board I scrounged at work.  I'm toying with using it for fuselage scratchbodges as it's easier to work with than Balsa.  The resin tailcone is also a bit undersized, so that's been bulked out with P38 and is curing now.

Whilst doing that, I noticed a bag containing the bits for a Stirling V conversion.  Now I found that odd, because I'd left them elsewhere a few days back and toddled off to find them, with said bag held firmly in me hand.  Sure enough, they were where I'd left them - so I now have two of the things!  I can remember buying one from Mel Bromley at Telford a few years back, along with a Lancastrian conversion, so when and where did I get the second?  The questions that now bug me are what to do with it - I only had plans for one Stirling V so what do I put it on?  Do I still have the wreck of an Airfix Stirling I built circa 1989 in the loft at me Mam's?  If I do, what scheme is it going in, because the Italeri one is definitely going in the transport scheme.

Whilst looking for something else, I had a cursory look through a Magna Avro Ashton, possibly with a view to assembling it.  The tail surfaces could possibly be used for a Tudor, once they've had a bath in some rubber - the fin could need extending, but that's fairly straightforward.  IIRC, I bought a second to give it the wings and engines from a Frog/Novo Shackleton to do the proposed Avro Trader but I never got round to it.

Apparently, the Heller DC-6 fuselage is about the right length for a Tudor II and can be used with some work to do one.  From what was said by some gadgy doing the conversion work on Britmodeller (due to the Photobucket fubar, the photos are all gone), you need to take a strip out of the fuselage sides to bring it back to a circular profile.  Might be a better idea to do that one and possibly cheaper!  A Griffon engined Canadian DC-6 is also a possible, but that's not one that I fancy doing, so BOAC instead?  Didn't they operate the DC-6?  Actually, no, they didn't, according to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Douglas_DC-6_operators but various other UK and Canadian operators did.


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Re: The Wooksta: Not a Spitfire Blog
« Reply #80 on: March 26, 2018, 05:33:20 pm »
"Even SPG is all covered in snot!"

I haven't got much further due to coming down with a cold.  That's now passed a bit, but I've been coming in from work too shattered to do much other than veg out on the sofa.

The Whitley did get primed but stalled pretty much after that.  Pity, because it's going to look good in the scheme I have planned.  The Frog one I had started has progressed a little further, with a coat of interior green everywhere you can see into.  That's going to be an ASV aircraft in the middle east and will have the same scheme and serial as the transport - the latter being converted from the former when the squadron gets Wellington GR.XIVs.

The Matchbox ones are progressing a tad further - the engine nacelles are glued to the wings which have been cleaned up.  My Trumpeter one has arrived and I'm thinking of using the glazing in it to pattern some glazing for the Matchbox one.  I'm planning on two GRs, one of which will get a Warwick style fin fillet and possibly nose glazing.  The latter will be spare in one of the Warwicks I now have (see below), so modifying the nose too could screw with some people's heads. The Trumpeter kit is really nice and I wish I'd bought it at Bolton when I had the chance as I'd be a tenner better off!

Warwicks.  I now have three - Gary ponied up the one I'd paid him for and then I got another two from some guys on Britmodeller.  One of them came with a set of resin bits for the transport Wellington, so that's now full steam ahead.  I still have plans to do my own moulds, but not entirely sure of the fuselage window configuration.  There were a great deal of differences between the marks as to placement, so a one size fits all isn't going to work and in any case, the fuselage could well be the hardest thing to mould.  I know how to do the rest, most of them are easy single piece moulds.

A search in the loft at me Mam's didn't uncover the wrecked Stirling - I've a feeling it went in the bin some years back, so I may have to try to get another Italeri one.  You see, a conversation I had with another modeller (who bought the Airfix one that I disposed of a few weeks back) revealed he was thinking of an ASV one in maritime colours and so I thought about it too.  Although to be fair, it's been one I've been thinking of for a few years now, along with a Lancaster II in a similar scheme.  The Italeri one I have is the glider tug version with the revised nose glazing, so that would be ideal for the role change I'd be thinking of and I can easily find the requisite undernose radome.  But do I really want to do yet another big aircraft when I have space issues for the ones I do have?

The Halton based on the Revell kit has hit the buffers, largely because the resin pannier doesn't fit the Revell kit.  Not surprising really, given that the Revell kit is fairly new and the resin was designed for the elderly Airfix kit some ten years back.  Not quite sure how to get round this, but remoulding it and doing a cut and shut (it's a bit short and either too shallow or too deep) may be the way to go.  A Halton conversion geared to go with the new Revell kit would a be a nice one for Colin at Freightdog to have a look at but he quite selfishly seems to have locked the thread.


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Re: The Wooksta: Not a Spitfire Blog
« Reply #81 on: September 03, 2018, 02:10:55 pm »
"That's what we agreed when we first came. You do the cooking, I look after the plants and goldfish."

Largely due to the pressures of work - 60+ hour weeks are not helpful - the transport kick wore off.  Even the buzz I had for the Tudor kind of petered out around mid June due to an extremely tough fortnight at work*

So, all the transport stuff is on the back burner, despite the fact that I've a pair of Venturas ready to prime, the Whitley stalled at the painting stage.  I'm looking at a pair of Blenheims from last year that don't need that much work.  And Telford is round the corner, which means this year's Spitfires have more priority.

It doesn't help when I find a load of 3d printed kits of various spacecraft from Blake's 7 on ebay.  Obviously, I simply have to have several, Scorpio being high on the list because I've been wanting a kit of this ship for YEARS!

I've had a play with the second kit  of Scorpio that arrived in the same box - it's a dodgy and misaligned print - and it looks to be fairly straightforward and I'd like to get something done as it's the 40th anniversary of the series this year.  Even something simple would do - I've a small 3d printed Scorpio somewhere and one of the ex-Crooked Dice Federation Troopers is assembled and waiting for paint.  I might do either of those, which would satisfy a craving.

Still, Spitfires have more priority.


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*The Head chef left to go somewhere else, the Senior Sous was on holiday and the other Sous chef was leaving too.  We had no senior Chef de Partie, there were other chefs leaving and we had several really big functions one after another with no staff.  We had two massive ones back to back  - a 350 and then a 500 the following day, both with the same veg, so I peeled, cut and cooked my way through quite literally half a tonne of veg in a single day!  The next one, for 550, was on the following friday where we had literally no gaffer in place and only one chef who knew the banqueting side with any degree of certainty.  Me - and whilst I knew a fair bit, I'm not senior enough to handle it - doing the job normally done by a Senior Sous. I'm just a Commis Chef.  And bear in mind that this is a really prestigious gig at 40 notes a head with a client who brings in a shedload of business, so the wheels absolutely couldn't come off.  So the GM gets on the phone and ropes in the head chefs from two other hotels, who bring along their senior Sous chefs to help out - one of whom I'd worked with for a few years. 

Cut a long story short, I'm advising the chef in charge, we did it all spot on the money, no flaws at all.  He's over the moon, the GM and cluster GM are both very happy too.  Loads of praise for me, which helped enormously in the interview for Demi Chef the following friday with the new Head Chef.  Even so, I was still working 50-60 hour weeks up until mid July when I had a well deserved holiday and I crashed.  Mentally and physically drained.  It's only now I'm getting any kind of creativity and go about me.
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Re: The Wooksta: Not a Spitfire Blog
« Reply #82 on: September 10, 2018, 12:27:46 pm »
"Then what are you looking in the cellar for?"

More discoveries.  Looking in the loft at me Mam's for something - I wanted to know how many Fujimi Spitfires were there (8, 6 being highbacks) as I'm putting them up for disposal - I finally find the Maquette Vickers Viking I'd been looking for.  Bloody hell! It's ROUGH!  I may well use a Matchbox Wellington wing instead of the Frog one in the kit.  There'd be less cleanup, even though I'll have to sand off the geodetic patterning.  Still, I've done worse.

I also found a CMK XP67 Moonbat.  Wish someone would hurry up and do one in injection as I think apart from this one and an ancient Rareplanes vacform, we've never had another kit.  RAF natch, high altitude day fighter scheme.  Again, another one for post Telford.


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