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« Reply #1785 on: December 29, 2021, 03:52:50 am »
Wednesday 29th December 2021

I was supposed to get a Universal Credit assessment this morning but the assessor is self isolating.
I received a broken 1/72 Sanger Avro Lincoln B.2 with metal parts. Fortunately I have a Airfix Avro Lancaster which I can use. I was only going to lengthen the fuselage and add the Lancastrian parts to it which is handy as the nose and tail sections are the damaged areas.
5 of the 8 metal propellers came with the kit with 5 metal main landing gear legs. All the other parts seem to be in good order.
Just have to glue the broken parts back.
Some of the metal parts will be used on the Italeri Shorts Stirling  Mk.IV.

The vacuum kit  fuselages are very brittle and keep breaking every time I move them. In the bin .
However the Airfix Dam Busters Avro Lancaster does come with an alternative weapons bay as per standard kit. The engines from the Frog Shackleton do fit the wings with a bit of persuasion. The Lancastrian nose and tail cones have been superglued in place.
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« Reply #1786 on: December 31, 2021, 02:37:32 pm »
Friday 31st December 2021

New year's eve and I'm kitbashing a Italeri Shorts Stirling Mk.IV with the leftovers from the Airfix Dam Busters Avro Lancaster.
I'm not too sure if this is based on a RW Stirling but I have seen some artwork on this site when the tail sections were swapped over.
This time the RR Merlin engines fit on the wings and the twin tail fins.
As most of the interior details aren't going to be seen I will delete them from the build.

As for the Wrebbit 3D puzzle puzzle a lot of the pieces are joined but it's frustrating that there's a few gaps.Either I have put them together wrongly or they are in the other box by mistake.

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« Reply #1787 on: January 06, 2022, 05:40:55 am »
Wednesday 6th January 2022

Just checking in, I have 6 new builds in various stages these are all in 1/72 scale.

Donor kits
Airfix Lockheed Super Constellation with parts from the RVHP NC-121K conversion set and the ESCI AC-130H Spectre II.
R.1 Black Crow
PSR

Hobbycraft Boeing V-22 Osprey turned into a STOL Gunship using parts from the ESCI AC-130H Spectre II
BAe Bull Terrier A.1
Awaiting painting

Revell/Frog Avro Shackleton MR.3 with some of the parts from the Fujimi Grumman E-2 Hawkeye.
Avro-Grumman  Charlton AEW.1
PSR and awaiting paint

Italeri Shorts Stirling Mk.IV with the leftovers from the Airfix Dam and other Lancaster parts.
Aka  the Stirling with the Merlins and twin tail fins plus a new Lancaster nose but I'm not too sure what Mark it is. It's the one without any guns. I'm going for an early ASW or trials aircraft. All the guns have been deleted so it could be used for troop transport and paratroopers. Keeping it open for ideas Detailing the cockpit.

Airfix Dam Busters Avro Lancaster. It now has the Suttcliff vacuum Lancastrian nose and tail. Revell/Frog  Rolls-Royce Griffons with landing gear, nose wheel landing gear is now at the rear with the Italeri Shorts Stirling vertical tail fin and tail planes. Spare parts from a wrecked Avro Lancaster have been used on the failled attempt to lengthen the wings.
Could have been a test aircraft now used as a freighter.
On going project.

Wrebbit 3D puzzle of Hogwarts Astronomy Tower. Update.
All the towers and walls minus one piece have been constructed. I used a hairy brush with some superglue for stiffness as the foam doesn't stick. This should make things easier if I need to move it .
Now comes the tricky part putting the roof on, all those tiles!
The Great Hall might be a bit easier.

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« Reply #1788 on: January 09, 2022, 05:48:37 am »
Sunday 9th January 2022
 
An old school friend bought me an office with arms and a L-shaped computer desk with two shelves. This came out of the blue, I assembled both of them and they are in my lounge or man cave as I like to call it. I've moved my builds and started builds into this room.
At least I have somewhere to sit down and eat rather than sit on the edge of the bed.
I've also ordered a fabric covered wardrobe  made up of cubes which slot together.
My mum has bought me a small fridge with an ice box compartment which will be arriving next week along with the NHS  bathroom fittings. Hopefully by the end of the month I should have hot water and heating through the radiators.
I have my first physiotherapy session on Wednesday.
I'm looking forward to this.

I missed a build from my last blog which is the 1/72 Academy C-97A Stratofreighter. This is nearly ready for the PSR stage. I have added the seats from the AC-130H Spectre II to the cockpit. I was thinking of a gunship or AEW using the Grumman E-2 Hawkeye rotodome or E-1B.
I think that I will have to buy a few more deflated AEW radomes from Freightdog.

The Stirling Merlin sits a lot closer to the ground with the Avro Lincoln main landing gear from the Sutcliffe vacuum set.
A hole punch would be very handy for making some windows to go along the fuselage or stickers.

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« Reply #1789 on: January 10, 2022, 06:33:40 am »
Good to know that you're getting your place sorted out. And I hope the heating comes on soon!!

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« Reply #1790 on: January 10, 2022, 09:46:22 am »
Good to know that you're getting your place sorted out. And I hope the heating comes on soon!!
Thanks
The fridge is arriving over the weekend.

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« Reply #1791 on: January 12, 2022, 02:09:31 am »
Tuesday 11th January 2022

I had my bath chair lift installed and toilet grab rail fitted as I can't lift myself straight up from sitting down.
Whilst waiting for this to happen I have started the Wrebbit 3D puzzle Hogwarts  Great Hall. Thinking this has to be easier than the other puzzle.
I keep hearing myself say 'now where does this bit go?'
I managed to complete the grounds, buildings next.

The 1/72 Airfix Avro Lancaster Dam Buster with the Lancastrian parts and Rolls-Royce Griffon engines now has the rotating bouncing  bomb fittings in the weapons bay. Flying demolition for those places that are inaccessible by road.

I had a bit of difficulty with adding the bomb doors to the Italeri Shorts Stirling Mk.IV 'Stirling with the Merlins '.Definitely a freighter.

As for the Avro Charlton this is changing into a gunship. The white metal gun parts for the upper gun turret are now on the front of the nose. The rear guns from the Italeri Shorts Stirling are mounted either side of the rear fuselage. There's a few sales on a well-known auction site of tanks and artillery pieces going for scrap. I can use them for this build.

The 1/72 Academy C-97A Stratofreighter has been renamed the Boeing Waddington AEW.1.

Whilst the Black Crow awaits a paint job.

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« Reply #1792 on: January 15, 2022, 07:19:40 am »
Friday 14th January 2022

My creation to shorten the vacuum fuselage of the 1/72 Boeing C-97A Stratofreighter has run into a snag.
The fuselage can be cut and superglued back to the required length.
The tail section of the Academy B-17F/G can be cut and reglued but I hadn't thought about adding the wings on.
This is much larger than the C-75, so I'm naming it the C-75XL.

The Revell/Frog Avro Shackleton MR.3 now has some of the guns from the Memphis Belle. Especially the rear turret and upper gun turrets .

C-75XL is on the lower shelf.
Yes I know that the jammer pod is supposed to be hung underneath the fuselage or wings, just got a bit carried away, that's all.
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« Reply #1793 on: January 16, 2022, 02:35:30 am »
Sunday 16th January 2022

I have added a few pictures of my current builds, apologies for the size. At least you can use them as screen savers!
The flat is starting to come together. Two burner electric hob, microwave and fridge.
Single bed and wardrobe.
Chair lift and grab handles in the bathroom, office chair with arms and a L-shaped computer desk with dark oak veneer.
Just need to get the housing benefit and hot water & heating sorted out .
 Healthwise my Physiotherapist has given me some exercises to do, got my medication sorted out
I can't believe how the price of food has rocketed and the size of biscuits has shrunk. Wagon Wheels were a lot bigger before I was admitted to hospital!.

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« Reply #1794 on: January 16, 2022, 05:34:24 am »
Just altered the size of the pic for you so that it fits the screen better  :thumbsup: There was just the one pic though ?
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« Reply #1795 on: January 16, 2022, 11:41:59 am »
Just altered the size of the pic for you so that it fits the screen better  :thumbsup: There was just the one pic though ?
Thanks,  NARSES2. You can really see the details  :thumbsup:
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