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Re: Pellsons Perceivings
« Reply #195 on: May 01, 2021, 05:48:21 am »
Well done the male members of the Pellson clan  :bow: What a heart warming story  :thumbsup: and glad you managed to get home.

On top of all that we get a pretty impressive model to look at as well  ;D, well done to young Mr Pellson  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Pellsons Perceivings
« Reply #196 on: May 01, 2021, 06:43:28 am »
The whole story of this period of your life is amazing Mr. Pellson!  :o

More strength to you in your trials and tribulations, and the 'Joint Efforts' Skyhawk is an absolute blinder!  :thumbsup:
Any aircraft can be improved by fitting longer wings, and/or a longer fuselage

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Re: Pellsons Perceivings
« Reply #197 on: May 03, 2021, 02:22:20 pm »
Slowly getting up to speed again, mainly meaning that Iíve yet again taken out the Valiant kit just to admire the pieces on the sprues for a while. Building pace, yeah?
Actually, I have managed one thing - to replace the fifth broken off pitot tube on my Tornado interceptor. Some minor painting left and then done, maybe. Even if it actually is getting uglier every time I repair it. So thatís Ok, then. Provided I donít break it a sixth time, that is.
I need to paint the missiles, though. Not really a thrilling task.

Also spying on a Monogram F-105 on Evilbay (or their local rep). Thatís still the best Thud out there in 1/72, and Thuds really should have sold better, imho. Not necessarily because they were great strike aircraft (they were, but the F-4 was yet again much better, plus a viable interceptor) but because theyíre dead cool!
Weíll see. I wonít pay too silly money.

Spring seems to have taken a break. A spring break, obviously. And probably in bloody Cancun or somewhere, Ďcause itís bloody well not here, is it? Tomorrowís forecast says horizontal monsoon. Well, at least then no one will expect me to leave the modelling table to go out..

Oh, and weíre projecting a RSwAF Canberra Mk 8, the lad and me. Dunno yet when weíre really starting the build, but weíve taken out the old Frog box. And Iím looking much forward to it.
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Re: Pellsons Perceivings
« Reply #198 on: May 04, 2021, 12:34:48 am »
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Re: Pellsons Perceivings
« Reply #199 on: May 04, 2021, 05:52:18 am »
I've fond memories of that Monogram F.105. As you say, it's a nice kit
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Re: Pellsons Perceivings
« Reply #200 on: May 05, 2021, 03:34:35 am »
I think I may have built one.  I certainly built a Thud as a youth and I have a feeling it was by monogram.
I have a Hasegawa example in the stash.
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Re: Pellsons Perceivings
« Reply #201 on: May 05, 2021, 06:21:18 am »
I think I may have built one.  I certainly built a Thud as a youth and I have a feeling it was by monogram.
I have a Hasegawa example in the stash.

The Monogram one had a crew entrance ladder, which I remember for some reason ?

Odd how this seemingly little things stay with you for what is probably almost 50 years now  :-X
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Re: Pellsons Perceivings
« Reply #202 on: May 05, 2021, 07:55:55 am »
I believe the Monogram kit was the only one with the lower air brake hanging down as per the real world. Great kit, wish I had one
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Re: Pellsons Perceivings
« Reply #203 on: May 06, 2021, 11:08:01 am »
Pretty good day. Abominable weather but somewhat more energy than previous days led to me actually getting some modelling done. Not that much, but I got the Valiant cockpit together and even managed to close up the fuselage.



Then moved on to close up the landing gear covers, but stalled due to questionable fit (everything is really made to be built gear down, annoyingly) but I canít really be that grumpy about it - Iím well underway.



In other news, I tried to get a MOT time for the Defender, but with little luck. All booked up this week, so MOT is now Monday. No biggie, but a little bit annoying. I love the old mudbus, and find ridiculous pleasure in just cruising it on the small gravel roads so frequent in these parts. But Monday isnít far away, and thereís still much to do on the Valiant.

Oh - if someone wonders why the flight deck ladder is red rather than yellow, as it is in reality, itís because I like it that way. Red is nice in cockpits.. ;)

Edit: Just found interior shots from a cockpit preserved at Tangmere. That ladder is as red as mine. Hmmm..

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Re: Pellsons Perceivings
« Reply #204 on: May 06, 2021, 04:05:32 pm »
Having been involved in that Skyhawk and now mucking about with the Valiant, I canít but reflect on the quantum leap in engineering the kit manufacturers in general and maybe Airfix in particular has taken over the decades. Iím complaining a bit about the Valiant gear doors, but really, the kit just falls together whereas the old Skyhawk had to be fought piece by piece. It is really quite impressive.
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Re: Pellsons Perceivings
« Reply #205 on: May 07, 2021, 05:59:51 am »
Having been involved in that Skyhawk and now mucking about with the Valiant, I canít but reflect on the quantum leap in engineering the kit manufacturers in general and maybe Airfix in particular has taken over the decades. Iím complaining a bit about the Valiant gear doors, but really, the kit just falls together whereas the old Skyhawk had to be fought piece by piece. It is really quite impressive.

Yup on the whole the improvement in quality and ease of build over the last few years has been truly impressive, but every now and then you pick up a kit that's 30/40 years or more old and it just falls together. Sometimes it is pure nostalgia that makes you feel that way about an old kit (nostalgia coupled with memories) but very occasionally you forget just how good some of those old kits were.
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Re: Pellsons Perceivings
« Reply #206 on: May 07, 2021, 08:20:23 am »
Most people forget that the old-old Airfix kits were state of the art for their time, as good as or better than most of their contemporaries, & went together very easily.

People tend to remember how they were 2 or 3 decades later, when the tech had moved on & the moulds were old & worn out.

Airfix's problems stemmed from the financial difficulties they had & the subsequent failure to retool most of their kits when they wore out.
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Re: Pellsons Perceivings
« Reply #207 on: May 07, 2021, 09:13:37 am »
Most people forget that the old-old Airfix kits were state of the art for their time, as good as or better than most of their contemporaries, & went together very easily.

People tend to remember how they were 2 or 3 decades later, when the tech had moved on & the moulds were old & worn out.

Airfix's problems stemmed from the financial difficulties they had & the subsequent failure to retool most of their kits when they wore out.

I fully agree.  Airfix produced some cracking kits in the 1970s and 80s that have stood the test of time.  OK some have been bettered since but in terms of a balance between accuracy, detail and of course price then I'd always be tempted by, for example, their B-26 Marauder, the Hs123, Beaver, Bird Dog, Do17, FW190D, and I've really wanted to have another pop at their Super Mystere (purely for nostalgia's sake).  Going back even further I have fond memories of the Roland C.II and Hannover CL.III.  I admit all of the above are 1/72 aircraft, 'cos that's what I build.  I did build a couple or three 54mm figures and they were excellent.

Moving up a scale let's not forget the 1/48 Spit 22/24 and Seafire 46/47 are now 25 years old - they were beautiful kits when first released, potentially Airfix's finest right up the the Red Box revival.

Anyway, each kit is of it's time - who knows how we'll look back in 20 year's time at the recent Airfix Beaufort?

What I'd really like to build is a cheap Airfix B-26 Invader, whiffed up with a pair of Centaurus engines and five-bladed props as used by the RAF in Operation Firedog and elsewhere.
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Re: Pellsons Perceivings
« Reply #208 on: May 07, 2021, 12:53:34 pm »
The Centaurus-engined Marauder is a brilliant  idea.

Another brilliant idea was to sneak away from any duties and just get on with the Valiant. Not that thereís that much Iím supposed to do, being where I am, but even small things tend to take a lot of time. Anyway - I got to the modelling table at last. 
It really is a nice kit, the Airfix Valiant. Having sorted the gear doors, everything else almost attaches itself. And itís going fast now! Iíve built and attached the wings and the stabilator, completed the fuselage and basically, saving the canopy for last, itís now only some antennas and minor stuff left. Plus the refuelling pods, of course.



I need to find suitable attachment points on the wings, though. Cutaways give some clues but a schematic drawing would be better. Weíll see.

Speaking of tankers - I actually bought another Revellobox Victor K.2 yesterday. Mainly because I need the AAR pods, but also because I realised that a low level Victor could be a cool Canberra replacement with the RAAF. Being whifworld, some reinforcements to the wings together with the shortened tips would suffice from a fatigue point of view, giving the Oz proper strategic reach.

But thatís in the future. For now, Iím thoroughly enjoying myself building this alternative RAF tanker.


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Re: Pellsons Perceivings
« Reply #209 on: May 07, 2021, 02:00:47 pm »
Man, that looks glorious.
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