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The Wooksta: Not a Spitfire Blog

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#300
"Look! Look, when they get back, tell them I'm incredibly sorry!"

I've made a start on finishing other stuff, getting a pair of Xtrakit Swifts over the finish line. Stalled due to the fact the the cockpit floor is too high, consequently the Aeroclub bang seats were to high and the canopies wouldn't fit. Went back to the kit resin seats and used those after dressing them up with some tape belts. They still didn't quite fit, so out with the sanding sticks.

Also got the two seat Tempest FAC done, but due to extreme dissatisfaction with the decals and finish, it'll get stripped and reworked after I've taken some photos.

Next up for finishing off are a pair of Hunters, one being one from last year that stalled.  Then either a Buccaneer or the RAF Vixen.  I'd rather the former but either is fine.

There are so many other projects that have been abandoned that it's hard to choose any particular one to push further.  Talk elsewhere about the Boeing XF8 has made me think about resurrecting mine and I then thought about others. I've already mentioned that I got the decals I wanted for the XP47H, so that'll be dusted off, and I also want to dig out the Martin Mauler.  I remembered the Kingcobra that's lurking in a drawer and that's a candidate for the RAF or possibly the RAAF in the far east.  May go for the latter as there's no pesky theatre bands.

Yes, all American stuff and not my usual fare, but I really want them done. That pair of Venturas that were intended for the transport scheme need a coat of primer, but I'm toying with one being used for anti sub work in the Middle East replacing the Wellesleys and Blenheims. May well have to use the Martin turret and add some YAGI aerials. The other would definitely be a transport, so a look through the books for some obscure unit or MU in the med after the war is in order.  There was at least one in NMF with Type D roundels, but as attractive as it is, it's real and I don't do that kind of thing right now.  Although there's a Highball Oxtail Mosquito that s ready for paint.

But none of this scratches the surface - and this is before I think about the BIG stuff that's lurking in boxes, such as the many Vulcans and Victors. I have made a start on one of the latter, but there's a Vulcan I bought off eBay that had been started as a wraparound one but with the Blue Steel weapon bay fit and retaining all the later mods ie terrain following radar and the fin mounted warning radar. Not really a problem if it's a late one toting the Viper engined Blue Steel. May rename it the Green Grass.  Resurrecting the anti-flash Skybolt Vulcan could also be on the cards.

Choices choices.

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#301
"Doesn't it? Well maybe that's what's going wrong!"

During lockdown, I built quite a few Hunters and got most of them to the primer stage. Indeed, one even got finished, but I didn't get much further with a PJ F6 other than gluing the fuselage together.

Anyway, pulled it out for another look.  What had put me off was all the brass etch for the flaps - they're meant to be displayed open, but that never happened in reality and pilots were fined in the mess if they did that.  So I'd tried to have them closed only to find the brass didn't fit.  So back in the box.
Cue yesterday. I tried the brass again to see why it wasn't fitting. Turns out that one end wasn't bent to match the curve of the wing at the root. Bit of determined pressure and it sits happily.

Then I noticed that the exhaust is wrong. Well, no, not for the F1-F5 as it has the correct upsweep for those but not the F6 with the big bore engine. 
I did offer the idea a few months back of an armed version of the Navy's Hunter GA11, using a Revell Hunter FGA9 but with the F1 jetpipe.  Turns out I've had one all along.
I just need the decals...


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#302
"God, I'm bored. Term only finished four hours ago and already I'm bored."

Telford has only been finished for just over a week and already I'm thinking about next year. Dave - Kitbasher - has pointed out that next year marks the 70th anniversary of the Hunter, and thus a mini theme. As I'm already up to my neck in 50s types, I can wholeheartedly agree and he has my full support.

Made a start on cleaning up a P.1083 I got as a salvage. It was one of Mike's that was on the give a kit a new home. He'd done it as a FR, wth a new nose so who am I to change anything?  I've stripped the paint back and given it a sanding, but I'll have to mould a set of tailplanes as one is missing. I need a set for other things too.
It may not end up in exactly the same markings or quite the same layout but the restoration will be a sympathetic one.

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"Visit Scarfolk today. Our number one priority is keeping rabies at bay"
https://scarfolk.blogspot.com/

"An inaccurate parcel of dog turds!"

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#303
"What do you mean? It was your idea to play 'Hide and Seek'!"

Hunters.  An aircraft I've always liked and it's had so many users and roles that one may think it's not possible to whiff it.  I'd disagree. Look hard enough in any history and you can find cracks, gaps, opportunities not taken, roads not travelled and customers unwilling to buy. True, that needs research and not everyone enjoys reading nor has access to the relevant information. Plus not everyone has an active imagination.

And you need both. I've always argued that if you have a good enough imagination, backed by enough information, then nothing is unwhiffable. You just need to have conviction in your voice, either in person or on the printed page, enough knowledge plus some bravado, and anything is possible. So it proves wth the Hunter.

I found a few Matchbox ones in various states of disrepair yesterday and immediately thought how could I salvage these?  One was a T12 that went with the TSR2 invasion of 2003. That's easy enough. New jetpipe, a lack of paint and some new markings. The other, a T7 I'd received as a salvage, looked very sorry. I've decided on a gear up inflight one.

So, what was I going do with it?  For some reason, I thought Swedish. I knew they had Hunters, mainly export F4s, but did they have any trainers? Quick check with Mason Hunter Bible. No, they didn't, so a viable what if there. The RAF T-birds were mainly rebuilt F4s with the smaller jetpipe, whilst most exports were rebuilt with the big bore Avon. Perhaps Sweden was an early customer and wanted a trainer with the same standard as their fighters?
That settled, we need a user. Either a fighter squadron, which means buying decals, or just be a bit more creative yet stingy. I have a lot of redundant Swedish markings for Spitfire PR19s, so after Sweden started retiring Hunters with the indigenous Draken, they reworked them with the help of HSA into the fighter reconnaissance role. The units would have a T-bird on hand. It would seem like a solid plan.
A sideways glance means I can salvage an abandoned Airfix FGA9, giving it an FR nose. Okay, it's got the later jetpipe and parachute fairing but perhaps the Swedes asked for a few extra upgrades?
There was also my usual 607 sqn standby, but as I already have a converted Revell on with the big bore engine that it would be a duplication. Then again, it could be two models of the same aircraft at different points in it's carreer.  Type D and then Tactical roundels. Another option and I have a boxful of Matchbox Hunter bits to use up.

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Edited to add extra text. T'interweb went down. Sodding technology...
"It's basically a cure -  for not being an axe-wielding homicidal maniac. The potential market's enormous!"

"Visit Scarfolk today. Our number one priority is keeping rabies at bay"
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#304
"Well, I've got a couple of seats in my car."

Hunters. Part two. Sticking with two seaters, or rather sticking them together.  There's a few on the go.

First is the Xtrakit one. Everyone who has attempted this kit has said it's a horror,. That includes me, if one can recall or find my comments after I got it. Anyway, I dug it out last week determined to do something with it. Have I been successful?  Well, yes, but it's been a struggle.

Convention holds that one starts wth the cockpit.  Now, I've never held with convention, largely believing that whatever method the individual modeller uses is right for them.  As long as you get to Rome, it doesn't matter the route travelled. And so that was the case here. I started with the wings.
I started there because knowing from the abortive test fits that they would be a problem. If they didn't fit, I had the option to use spare Revell ones after some surgery.  Clamps, sanding, test fitting, scraping, more test fitting, swearing, and they finally fit.
Cockpit is nice, and is an easy assembly but the etch is fiddly. Resin seats look a bit small but under the canopy they should be okay.  And the the problems really began.
 Took the resin exhaust off the pouring lug and fitted in the fuselage. Doesn't fit, so more sanding.  Once it fits in, gets glued in place  but the fuselage doesn't close. More sanding and it finally closes.
Now for the cockpit. Test fit says more fettling required. It didn't say that I needed the drill, the hedge trimmers and the claw hammer. There was a nigh on 2mm gap at the front. Sanded the sides of the cockpit tub. Still a gap, so I carve out a trench either side. Getting there, so a bit more sanding and it closes enough not to look off when the canopy goes on.
On with some elastic bands and as tight as possible. Back end goes together okay, but the front needed judicious use of plasticweld and superglue.
And other than some filling and sanding, that's as far as it's got for now. As for an end user, I'm going with 16 Sqn, alongside their P.1121 Hurricane II, in an overall Camouflage grey.

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For more information, please reread.
"It's basically a cure -  for not being an axe-wielding homicidal maniac. The potential market's enormous!"

"Visit Scarfolk today. Our number one priority is keeping rabies at bay"
https://scarfolk.blogspot.com/

"An inaccurate parcel of dog turds!"

The Plan:
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#305
"No, no, Neil. 'Cause if you so much as touch my car, I'm going to kill you. Remember?"

The Matchbox Hunter has been sanded back and is looking a good deal better. Just need to add the doors, canopy an a set of inner pylons and I can get the first primer coat on.

Would that the other Matchbox one was that easy. It has a Renegade Resins P.1101 front end and it's frankly not the best. Not the fault of that outfit, more the original master and Maintrack's hit and more usually miss quality. It frankly didn't want to fit, certainly wasn't straight and the nose gear bay is the wrong shape and in the wrong place.
If it's so bad, why build it?  Why do people climb mountains?  Because it was there and I'd started it during the Hunter phase of 2020. Like the other one, it's going gear up, in flight, but I don't really have much enthusiasm for it. I'm almost pining for the challenge of the Xtrakit one.

Thankfully not a challenge, the Odds N Ordnance Hunter T bird conversion is a breeze. Like the PJ one, simply cut off the cockpit off the Revell kit, tidy it up and glue the cockpit in place. Bit of fettling to get the spine in place and the rest is like the kit, although for RAF aircraft, you get a smaller jetpipe and you need to take off one of the cannons.
I'll be keeping those and I'm thinking 58 sqn with the tactical markings.

And finally, I've been cleaning up a PJ front end to also go on a Revell kit. This s going to be a long delayed plan to do a T.1083 Hunter. Really looking forward to doing this one.

I doubt it's worth it, given the lack of replies and all that, but comments for those still remotely and vaguely interested, and can also be arsed to reply, go here:
https://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php?topic=35118

For more information, please reread.
"It's basically a cure -  for not being an axe-wielding homicidal maniac. The potential market's enormous!"

"Visit Scarfolk today. Our number one priority is keeping rabies at bay"
https://scarfolk.blogspot.com/

"An inaccurate parcel of dog turds!"

The Plan:
www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic