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Started by The Wooksta!, May 01, 2012, 08:32:10 AM

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Quick post, basically showing off the Vanquish.  Mine is the colourful one at the bottom. Again photographed in the garden on an A2 cutting mat.
What you can't see is that the port u/c leg is goushed and consequenly she's propped up with something.  It is fixable.
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#286
"Then what are you looking in the cellar for?"

I am well happy, I was lucky to find the drawings in the folder for the naval two seater Hawker P1121- I'd blown them up but I'd forgotten about it. It had stalled due to a larger fin and I thought I didn't have the drawings. So, I spent an hour or so modifying a Lightning fin with plastic card, superglue and filler and now have something close.  A quick bath in some rubber and I have something to work with.  Another one a tad closer to completion.

Spent much of the weekend and the last few days spraying and masking.  The DH 117 looks quite different and hopefully the planned decal will fit. I'll dry run it wth a stunt one in card. 
This rest of the weekend should be decalling but that may depend on how quick I can get a few others masked and sprayed. The Vanquish is top of the priority lst for decals but I really want the 559 masked or the final colour.

I did have second thoughts about one of the P.1121s. I was having issues with paint and considered a grey scheme. But I was too wedded to a late 60s and I'll keep the grey scheme for later. Either way, it'll be 16 sqn.  The 234 sqn one could be ready soon as it doesn't need to much masking.

Finally got round to doing something with my Flattenning. Some bits have been glued, the nose is being worked on after some splicers have gone in. Just need to find the shock cones. It will be ready for Telford, but I've yet to decide on a scheme or squadron user.

There's a few surprises in store, but they will be unveiled at a later date.

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
"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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#287
"Five past eleven and it's still raining."

Haven't done much bar getting a rough cockpit together for the Flattening, although a good chunk of the rear fuselage is glued together and filled, so there is a lot of sanding in the near future.  I found a TSR2 white metal instrument panel and coaming, so that'll be pressed into service.  If nothing else, it'll add some weight.
There's a few things that are still unclear, mainly the position of the nosegear and the main gear bays, both need cutting out. The latter are in the fuselage, as there would be space.

The other thing was to do dig out some resin add ons from the loft plus the unfinished Supermarine Type 535. Doesn't need much done - rework one of the tailplanes, glue them in and prime.  It's going PRU Blue with one of the test units.
Also cut out some wing fences for a pair of Swifts. Again, one is a PR one, as I'd found a serial allocated for one, whilst the other... Not telling. 

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
"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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"God! That was quick!"

Got a lot sprayed over the last few days but got very sick of doing all the masking. Didn't help when the tape lifted the paint in a few areas on certain items. I think I can respray without too much masking.
Very happy with some, especially the P.1121 as the Aluminium underside positively gleams. I did have a rethink on one of the Lightnings, which has gone grey with a twist with a different user.

I've gone down a different rabbit hole, reviving several stalled Swifts. Initially, other than adding some reason intakes and exhausts, I was doing very little with the Testors kit. But I found the Magna distructions and used the templates for the wing fences to upgrade the kit further. The new fences really do the trick, so a few others are getting the same treatment.
I also got some primer on a Magna FR5 that is going to be an FB4 instead, and whilst I'd like to finish it in 1 TWU markings at Brady, 79 (Shadow) Sqn could be much more subtle. Whilst scouring the Hunter books for possible schemes, I did find an interesting F1 with a training unit with a rather notable user, so the T-Tail Hunter that's stalled all end up in those markings. I need to find an undercarriage for that one too.

I've got further with the two seat 1121.  The resin fin looks okay, although some of the plastic card had delaminated and the mould rubber had picked up on it. An Su15 nosecone with a splice is a good fit for the radome, so the requisite surgery has been done and some P38 will be deployed to finish it off and get the shapes right.
I'll have to magic up some kind of maingears wih reshaped sprues as I don't have any spare. Nose gear? Well, a Buccaneer one is close enough.

The P6 has the fin on and one wing but still needs a lot of sanding. Once I'm happy, I'll get the other one on. The area around the canopy is sorted, with P38 used to blend It all in.

I've yet to start moulding the P.1067, but the fuselage has had some work done and I can start looking at some of the smaller bits.

So there's a lot going on, with plenty at the decalling stage and more coming through.  Not everything will be going to Telford, but getting some of the other stuff means fewer stalled projects kicking about.

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
"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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kerick

Just how many builds do you have going on here? I would love to see one of these glorious inventions in living color! I'm looking forward to seeing pics.
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No offence, but can you use the comments thread please?  Link above.

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"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

The Wooksta!

#291
"Cornflakes."

Spent much of the weekend filling and sanding, with a bit of priming and spraying to break the monotony. 

One thing fighting back is the P.6 scratchbodge. The fin has been on and off about six times. It's on now, pinned, and it's not coming off. Tad more sanding, on with the tailplanes and I can get spraying. I did the relevant tests with a mule and the pants won't react with each other.

I finally managed to get the Vanquish decalled and some of the smaller bits painted. Coat of varnish and the u/c doors and it's done.  It went into the club on Monday, to some positive comments. Still want an Avro 730 to go with it.

Then  I spent the next few days decalling other things, some of which have been stalled for some time, the FRADU Swift being a case in point. Some are looking really good, others less so.

Apart from some niggles with the three Lightnings (the fins being too far forward as I didn't take into account the piece on the Airfix fin that is part of the spine and also the decals on the wraparound one silvering - they're coming off) and a booboo on the Testors Swifts (the wing fences look fab, by would like better further outboard in the correct position), I'm relatively happy.  The decals on the Sea Vixen didn't quite come out as I'd hoped, but look a bit more toned down which somehow suits it better.

Some of the choices are changing as I go. Anything for the F.155 builds has to be checked, as the spec was for a Javelin replacement and not a da fighter, so anything chosen has to be a Javelin sqn. So the P.12 Canberra ended up 11 Sqn, the Vickers 559 with 60 Sqn as I had the decals to hand, whilst the DH 117 went with 43 Sqn. They didn't have Javelins IIRC but they did get Phantoms and I had a rather spectacular decal to use. It worked perfectly and it looks awesome.

Took yesterday off as I was getting a bit sick of decalling, especially Lightning wing walk lines, and also because some of what I was wanting to use had already gone. Markings which were to have been applied to a Swift had been used, in one case twenty years back, and not replaced. Having looked online, Modeldecal 57 is now like gold dust but I did find the 48th scale version of a 72nd Mosquito sheet, for which I've been searching the last 18 months for.  Still, a request has been added to Uncle Frank who may have one tucked away.

The Vanquish is likely to get varnished tonight, along with a few others, for it's first public outing, at Scale Scotland in Edinburgh tomorrow.  Hopefully, it'll get there in one piece.

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

The Wooksta!

#292
"Do you want to bet on it? I'll put down a fiver."

Scale Scotland was interesting but after you'd been round twice, t got rapidly more boring, so I do some prep work on a pair of Swifts, an Airfix and an Xtrakit. One will end up in 1970s training colours, the other probably 8 Sqn.

The Vanquish drew a fair bit of attention, but no one noticed the lack of undercarriage doors.

Next thing to get some attention is an FD3, the older PLA one that Alistair did. Proper camo for that one, and there's 5 sqn markings for it. There's another of his models that's due for similar treatment and it may make Telford.

Back to decalling tomorrow.

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