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Title: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on January 11, 2012, 02:51:10 am
Hi,
I've nearly finished my 1/72 Lockheed Neptune MR2. Just need to fix the weapon bay doors from a BAe Nimrod kit, add the decals and aerials. I hand painted the model in battleship grey, jet pod engines- red intake doors with gun metal surround. P-3 sonar buoy tubes and two C-130J engines pushed through the round cowling. The exhaust pipes are from a Sea Harrier swivel nozzles.
Next on the list is the 1/72 tandem Mig-25: the nose wheel under carriage needs replacing as it's not long enough. I've found a suitable radar kit to display the nose cone in the opened position. Cockpit detail to be added, access ladders and decals. Fuselage painted black, exhaust pipes gun metal, main undercarriage gun metal, tyres matt black.
 
1/25 Ford Capri MK2 soft top 2 door roadster lefthand drive. 4 Individual seats, manual gear box, V8 engine, German spec. Side exhaust pipes, 4 lamp headlights, side indicators. Wheels to be added and paint scheme sorted, wheel arches and front air-skirt glued on.
1/144 Sea Shadow MKII
Airfix hovercraft base with Revell sea shadow added.A4  Plasticard added to raise profile, seamaster engines.
Title: Re: McColm: Honest John's car lot
Post by: McColm on March 27, 2012, 05:09:53 pm
Been surfing the web for suitable 1/24 garage workshop fittings and discovered that Fujimi do a range of sets in plastic whereas Phoenix and Toy Wonders do a range in diecast metal. Amazon used to sell this range but is now discontinued.
You can get fittings on eBay from time to time. I might have to scratch build my workshop and use the crane from my Airfix Severn Class Lifeboat.
This project is on hold at the present time as I'm working on my 'Connie' fleet.
Title: Re: McColm: 6am-6pm 3 days in Erith
Post by: McColm on April 02, 2012, 01:44:18 pm
Been working some crazy shifts last week and I haven't spent any time on my stash. I picked a copy of 'British Leyland-the history, the engineering, the people by Stephen Pullen. From WHSmith from steam wagons to seventies' strife. Before catching a train from London Charring Cross Station.
There is scpoe for a few whatifs and real world wiffs. I haven't seen any 1/24 or 1/25 plastic kit Jaguar XJ6 saloons to convert into the Avon XJ6 estate. Although the BMW Mini could be badged as a Riley or Wolseley if the front grill was changed.
Another thought was using a 1/72 Yak-38 and F-22, making the F-22 into a V/STOL. As to the two seater YF-23 my first thought was the front section of a RA-5C, but closer examination leads me to use my Airfix 1/72 TSR-2.
Title: Re: McColm: From the last time I logged on
Post by: McColm on April 27, 2012, 08:41:57 am
Hi,
Brian in Australia should have got the two RR Tyne engine parts off the complicated spruce from the Revell 1/72 Dassault Br.1150 Atlantic MK1 and instruction sheet. I didn't supply the under carriage wheels as he just wanted the engines. I'll use them on my Mach2 Atlantic MK1 kit build.

The Griffon powered 'Connie' is undergoing the mundane filler-sanding down-filler routine, splinters added to the engines and I'm thinking of replacing the exhaust pipes with some stretched spruce over the wings.

In between the sanding and filling, I picked up the Airfix 'General Lee' 1/24 Dodge Charger and painted the dashboard. I've gone for the retro look of orange dials and switches with a satin black surround. I found that the Matchbox Ford/Mercury Capri II rear seats are a better fit although the bench seat from the Daka RangeRover is another possiblity. The suspension is leafsprings which can be set at high or low, so the road car version will be built, well sort of.

I've also found a suitable base for the 'Isle of McColm' from ModelRail AprilMay 2012 issue.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on June 01, 2012, 10:29:16 am
I had a few days off this week and picked up my first 'Whiff' project a Lockheed Neptune. Fitted the weapons bay doors sourced from an Airfix BAe Nimrod, found a better stand, opted for four propeller blades per engine as the 7 blades keep getting snapped off.

As to the 'Welsh Harp Sea Monster', a new cockpit has been added where the front turret used to be. This has come from a two seater F-18.

Progress of the Nimrod AEW-Tanker stretched five point tanker, has taken me by suprise. My earlier attempts on building this failed as the front extension kept breaking off. I've now cracked this and third time lucky it's stayed together. Even with a cargo door added to the starboard side of the model. Additional parts have been raided from a Heller C-135RF and a AML EC-135 'Looking Glass', Fujimi Hawkeye E-2C.
Even the TF-33 engines look good on the Nimrod.

Filler, sanding and filler still goes on with the Griffon powered Connie. the detailing of the engines is time consuming, but will benefit the model.

I haven't tested out my new airbrush yet, might try this out on my 1/144 Sea Shadow MKII, mat black to give it that sneaky stealthy look.
Title: Re: McColm: Nimrod AEW, 5 point tanker
Post by: McColm on June 19, 2012, 10:13:27 am
Inerior detail has been added to the section that will accommindate the open cargo door. Two nav operators desks glued side-by-side, with wardrobe taken from the Heller C-135 aircraft. The display panels have increased in number from 2 to four, scrap spruce added and painted green. Desk surface ghost grey and chairs light blue.
The AEW rotordome is taken from a cheap Hawkeye E-2C kit and mounted to the tail fin, similar to the prototype E-3 and An-74 AEW.
The forward section of the Airfix kit has been extended and unlike the rest of the weapon bay doors in the closed position, I intend to glue these open and facing outwards. So I can add two reconnassiance pods either side.
The cockpit, I thought of basing the seating arrangement on the Victor layout. Not that you can see much through the glazing, but I've increased the doorway space. With the option of using the C-135 undercarriage, crew access could be via the nosewheel. Ground clearance is raised, so infra-red pods and areails could be added.

Title: Re: McColm: BAe Nimrod with TF-33 engines
Post by: McColm on July 01, 2012, 11:23:48 am
Whilst reading other topics on this site an idea for the glazed cockpit popped into my head. I could hinge this in an open position, at first I thought of cutting it in half similar to the F-111 to let the internal detail be seen and creating a maintenance scene. The wings could also be shown in a folded position with winglets instead of ESM pods.
Title: Re: McColm: moans gripes and groans
Post by: McColm on July 01, 2012, 05:47:33 pm
It seems to me that every time I bid on eBay for a B-17 kit, they put the start prices up.
And another thing those 3D printers are far too expensive for me, couldn't they bring the price down a bit? I mean you can scan any 3D object or CGI, or design and it will print it out in scale model form. Which would be ideal for whiffing those parts you can't buy in the shops, or resin aftermarket parts that don't fit.
Title: Re: McColm: will that fit?
Post by: McColm on August 11, 2012, 09:39:56 am
It's amazing what you find whilst searching for something completely different. I came across a 1/72 Dassault Atlantic which I'd put the BAe Nimrod wings on. I removed the gun turret and stuck that on the Avro/Lockheed 'Carlton'. I found the resin NC-135K nose cone and glued it on. Should have lined it up first!! Ah well an almost perfect fit, I'll call it the 'Atlantis AEW'. This fills the gap between the 'pocket' Nimrod AEW MK5 (Sentry style spin top), the super stretch AEW MK7
(stretched AEW3, with hose & drogue refueling pods, cargo door, TF-33 engines).
The Carlton is glued up and looks very retro, fills the gap between the Neptune and Griffon engined Connie.
I'm using a 1/72 Hind helicopter as a guide to build my Apache/Sea King version. Well it's an Apache cockpit section and rear Sea King. (Almost real world!!).
Another idea of mine is to use a F-16 as a basis for the XF-32 V/STOL two seater. Too many ideas, must write these down.
I've got Tuesday off so I'll try out my new airbrush.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Hobbes on August 21, 2012, 05:46:25 am
I noticed in the My Stash grew again thread that you've bought a Transrapid maglev train. Will you be fitting that with an actual maglev system?  ;D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeS_U9qFg7Y (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeS_U9qFg7Y)
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 21, 2012, 08:42:16 am
Thanks Hobbes for the idea,
but the kit is a static plastic model; 2 rail units, a length of track 59cm long and support bridge. The kit could be Whiffed into the French Aerotrain which was tested from 1965 until 1977 or motorised to run on Ho track. Four test tracks were built with the longest stretch of 18km, lack of money meant that the project was shelved. The French went for the TGV. Parts of the track can still be seen, but most have been dismantled.
Title: Re: McColm: 1/24 Revell London Taxi
Post by: McColm on August 26, 2012, 10:11:29 am
Hi,
If you have bought one on these kits from Revell then you are in for a bit of a disappointment. Although the front section has the character of the FX4 that we know and love, the rear depicts the early 1961-1968 when it comes to the tail lightcluster, although I haven't come across the "bunny ears" roof mounted indicators in my kit.
 In 1969 the taillight cluster was replaced by the same unit as used in the MKII Austin 1100/1300. Indictors appeared below the headlights with repeaters fitted on the front wings, the interior colour change from grey to black and an altered partition giving the driver more leg room.
In 1982 the rear door hinge had been relocated to the rear, so wheelchair access could be given. Suttle changes to the bumpers loosing the chrome to black rubber and wing mirrors moving to the front door postion.
As to the engine, well you can have the hood/bonnet in the open position. The old Austin engines comes with the kit, although you could slot any engine you desire from Land Rover , Mazda or Nissan.
Me, I'm going for a V8!!
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: NARSES2 on August 29, 2012, 07:14:44 am
Don't forget if you have problems with posting pictures, PM me  :thumbsup:
Chris
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 30, 2012, 03:47:38 am
Thanks Chris.

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: McColm: thinking out loud!!
Post by: McColm on September 04, 2012, 10:53:57 am
I'm probably getting to the stage where I think I've got enough kits to build on the aircraft side of things, so why buy another one.
 The 1/72 Bell/Boeing V-22 Osprey still eludes me, although I did have one sometime ago. As parts are revealed in other started builds, but not a complete kit, so I might just buy the 1/48.
As to 'Honsest John's car lot', the combination of European and American kits in 1/24 & 1/25 would give Arthur Dailey a run for his money!! I've also came across a website that intriged me. Rolls Royce considered a buget end model and talks with BMC lead to a number of prototypes being built and rebadged Bentley.
Crayford on the other hand beat the main UK car manufactures on the convertible or 3/5 door estate (as the word hatchback, wasn't in use at the time). I never knew you could buy a Austin 1800 5 door or the Morris equivialant. I know that there are diecast models of the Wolseley Six, based on the Austin 1800. Different rear light cluster, grill and wood veneer trim. Leather seats weren't an option at the time, but the Woseley did have a top speed of 120mph and was the fastest of the three. The Austrailians had a Ute version.
 As to the Land Lobster, the Austin 3 L. This also comes in a diecast model, but I haven't seen the estate advertised. There was a V8 Wolseley version built but this never made it onto the sales forecourt of any dealer, but the garage at BL as it kept breaking down!!
There are no 1/24 or 1/25 plastic kits of the Austin Princess. I've got a 1/43 kit that I've started to create a fifth door and there are plenty of diecast models.
This now begs the question could the Rover V8 engine have fitted into the the '1800 series' or  Austin Princess?
As the ride qualtity of the Austin 3 Litre straight six was on the boarderline of the Rolls Royce, would the 4 litre engine from RR have been the better choice of engine. Austin were to rebadge this the Rover, however sales were poor and the 3L engine drank petrol at an alarming rate. Hence the V8 alternitive and then there is the front grill, maybe they could have copied Bentley and got the appeal of Ministers or the Daimler buyer. Well several Police forces bought it and an ambulance version built.
Title: Re: McColm: thinking out loud!!
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 08, 2012, 04:15:09 am
Crayford on the other hand beat the main UK car manufactures on the convertible or 3/5 door estate (as the word hatchback, wasn't in use at the time). I never knew you could buy a Austin 1800 5 door or the Morris equivialant. I know that there are diecast models of the Wolseley Six, based on the Austin 1800. Different rear light cluster, grill and wood veneer trim. Leather seats weren't an option at the time, but the Woseley did have a top speed of 120mph and was the fastest of the three. The Austrailians had a Ute version.
 As to the Land Lobster, the Austin 3 L. This also comes in a diecast model, but I haven't seen the estate advertised. There was a V8 Wolseley version built but this never made it onto the sales forecourt of any dealer, but the garage at BL as it kept breaking down!!
There are no 1/24 or 1/25 plastic kits of the Austin Princess. I've got a 1/43 kit that I've started to create a fifth door and there are plenty of diecast models.
This now begs the question could the Rover V8 engine have fitted into the the '1800 series' or  Austin Princess?
As the ride qualtity of the Austin 3 Litre straight six was on the boarderline of the Rolls Royce, would the 4 litre engine from RR have been the better choice of engine. Austin were to rebadge this the Rover, however sales were poor and the 3L engine drank petrol at an alarming rate. Hence the V8 alternitive and then there is the front grill, maybe they could have copied Bentley and got the appeal of Ministers or the Daimler buyer. Well several Police forces bought it and an ambulance version built.

Crayford were always on the case when it came to making odd-ball versions of stock vehicles. IIRC their 1800 hatchback used the rear window frame welded to the boot lid as the rear door and looked almost standard from the side view. I think they used some of the Maxi design for the strengthening beam above the door opening. as the hinge points look almost identical.

Darned if I know why the Wolsely should have been that fast, the engine/transmission was exactly the same as the 1800. The Austin was quite quick, and on my last day with Pressed Steel Fisher I drove one round the MIRA high speed track at 110 mph with four of us aboard, just because I could.  ;D

As for an estate Austin 3 Litre (ADO61), there never was one, at least not a BL catalogued model anyway, but Crayford made a few but no-one seems to know how many. For some reason they used the rear door from the 1100 estate, and not the Maxi door.

Doubtfull if the Rover 3.5 V8 would have gone into an 1800, they'd have needed a totally new transmission as the engine was mounted transversly, plus there just wasn't enough room fore and aft for the width of the V8. Unlike the V8 MGB where they didn't need a new transmission and there was LOADS of room.

The V8 may well have fitted into the ADO61 but then they would have been in competition with the same division of the company that made the engine! Marketing was everything in those days, and the various divisions were not meant to compete with each other.

Lots more on the 3 Litre and its variations here :-

http://www.aronline.co.uk/blogs/category/the-cars/austin-3-litre/ (http://www.aronline.co.uk/blogs/category/the-cars/austin-3-litre/)
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on September 09, 2012, 03:19:36 am
Thanks Kit.
Title: Re: my wish list is almost complete
Post by: McColm on October 05, 2012, 12:22:54 am
I've been going through my recent buys and I must say that my wish list is almost complete. Okay there with still be the odd purchase, when building 'Inch McColm' but my spending will be down to a minimum.
As I've mentioned before I'm working down in Erith for a month, covering a fellow worker whilst he is on holiday, I'll keep you posted on any progress made on my current builds and take loads of photos to download.
Take care of yourselves,
Steven
Title: Re: McColm: London Underground and Network rail line closures
Post by: McColm on October 20, 2012, 10:02:22 pm
Last weekend saw the London Underground close 7 tube lines and most of the south east rail network. Getting to work was a nightmare, 4 hours! On the plus side I caught the number 99 bus to Woolwich and then caught the Docklands Light Railway to the Bank Station, wow!! I've just got to take a ride on the cable car crossing and getting up close and personal to London City Airport, which gave me another idea for 'InchMcColm'.
This weekend is no better, the buses weren't stopping at Victoria Station due to the march up town and you've guessed it most of the tube network isn't running either.
Well its one way to loose weight with all that walking. Got three days off midweek, to tinker. Then back on the crazy shift :banghead:
Title: Re: McColm: London Underground and Network rail line closures
Post by: NARSES2 on October 21, 2012, 02:03:30 am
I've just got to take a ride on the cable car crossing and getting up close and personal to London City Airport,

Did the cable car across the river in the summer - very good  :thumbsup: As for LCA it always looks like the back end of a cow with the Abyssinian doodad's to me, especially viewed from the DLA. Quite nice inside however.

Don't even get me started on Tube and Rail weekend "essential engineering works" getting to Twickenham for Rugby the other Sunday was nigh on impossible  :banghead:
Title: Re: McColm: Emirates Air Line (Thames cable car) crossing
Post by: McColm on October 21, 2012, 11:05:42 am
This crossing opened on the 28th June 2012. The nearest tube station is North Greenwich and is within walking distance from the O2 areana, on the other side of the river Thames the Royal Victoria Docks DLR next to the ExCel Centre. Cost per single fare is £4.30 or £3.20 with your Oyster card.

I've read somewhere that the Chinese are planning to build a MagLev line in Scotland, I hope they name it 'The flying Scotsman'.
Title: Re: McColm: update
Post by: McColm on October 30, 2012, 07:13:05 am
All in 1/72 scale
The Lockheed turbo Neptune has had decals from the Airfix Liberator applied, just needs the propellors from a Quickboost Hamilton kit to be added and the glazing painted black.
Title: Re: McColm: China's a double take!
Post by: McColm on December 01, 2012, 11:32:06 pm
In this December's issue of Air Forces Monthly there seem to of had a sneak preview on my current builds. Page 7 'Exercise Joint Warrior 12-2' the real world helicopter in question is a USNavy Sikorsky MH-60R, (I'm using parts from the Airfix Sea Lynx on my navy Sea Hawk).
Page 8 a sole Cobra Ball training aircraft with 4 x CFM-56 engines. I'm using the Heller RC-135V/W kit. The cheek pouches are going on another BAe Nimrod project.
Page 30. The fifth ShinMaywa US-2 is now in service with the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force. My PS-1 is still in the box.

There is an interesting article on Germany's military helicopters page 58. My Airfix HH-53 will be stretched as the parts from a MH-53 have been used on a Rotor Dyne project, the camshell doors have been replaced by a ramp (the rear section of the MH-53 kit!!)

Then there is the article on China's Sea Dragons (naval aircraft). The Chinese Navy have been busy copying the Brits. They loved the Jaguar so they built their own version (JH-7A) and powered it by copies of the Rolls-Royce spey MK 202 engines, they bought a few of these engines when the fleet were scrapped back in the 1980s. That's not all, the radar from the Nimrod AEW with a bit of help from the Swedes has gone on to be included in a handfull of Y-8W 'Balance Beam' AEW&C aircraft. (I've used an Airfix F-27 instead for the base) and is also used on the Y-8J, based on the Antonov An-12 Cub. ( mine is based on a Dassault Atlantic fuselage with a pair of BAe Nimrod wings, the large radome is from a David J Parkins resin kit).

I've got a Flanker in my stash, so I just need to get some decals in the new year!
Title: Re: McColm: Progress is slow!!
Post by: McColm on February 20, 2013, 10:59:27 am
I picked up a copy of 'Scale Auto' , not my usual magazine but I was impressed on the coverage of 1/25 scale model cars. Okay, it's an American magazine covering most of the muscle cars. There are two articles on the AMT 1965 Chevy Impala, page 40 shows the convertible which I'll use for inspiration on my Dodge Charger 'General Lee' metal top convertible.
The other is the AMT 1965 Chevelle Superwagon, which I have converted into a three door panel wagon/van. Basically filling in the back doors and adding plastikard for the rear windows. Although it does say 1966 on the box and I've glued the hood/bonnet shut.
I'll use the engine in the Dodge Charger from the AMT kit as this has more detail than the old Airfix one and add side chrome exhuast pipes.
 The three door European Ford Capri has has new wings fitted, front and rear. This is looking similar to the Tickford version, whereas the five door version is getting a detailed interior using my spare parts bin.

Decals are being applied to the Griffon Powered twin tail Connie to represent cargo doors. I've found two tiger faces that I could copy onto the AWACS turbo-prop Connie.
It seems that a major redesign of my stretched  Airfix Rotordyne is in order as this has developed a slight bend in the fuselage where the two halves were joined. This will be rectified by the adding of side tanks from a MH-47 Chinook, which I just purchased. I've got an idea for the two rotors, but that can wait until this lot gets finished.
Title: Re: McColm: No, I've changed my mind again!!
Post by: McColm on March 17, 2013, 04:13:23 am
To me Whiffing is finding the right parts to go on my builds. Take the two Rotordyne builds;
One has used the HH-54 Skycrane as a basis and the parts from the Revell Rotordyne added, with extended wings from the Airfix rotordyne kit. Making the total aircraft engines four instead of the usual two. Its' cargo is the Revell Rotordyne without the main rotor or rear stabilisers.

Whilst the two CH-47E kits have been glued together, the rotor heads cut off and the Airfix main rotor glued on. I've abandoned the wing stub and gone for two jet engines from a B-66 Destroyer kit, with the stabilisers from the Airfix kit.

Title: Re: McColm: No, I've changed my mind again!!
Post by: NARSES2 on March 17, 2013, 07:59:24 am
One has used the HH-54 Skycrane as a basis and the parts from the Revell Rotordyne added, with extended wings from the Airfix rotordyne kit. Making the total aircraft engines four instead of the usual two. Its' cargo is the Revell Rotordyne without the main rotor or rear stabilisers.



That's interesting. The Revell kit is not quite 1/72 ? Therefore Big Brother has to get Little Brother out of trouble again !!!  ;D :thumbsup:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on March 20, 2013, 02:07:26 am
The Revell kit is 1/64 scale.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 21, 2013, 03:27:25 pm
The Revell kit is 1/64 scale.

That would make it larger than the Airfix 1/72 scale kit and it's actually smaller...........  :unsure:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on March 22, 2013, 01:45:44 am
ooops,
I'll have to check again.
It's 1/78 scale.
Title: Re:Another week without Whiffing!!
Post by: McColm on April 08, 2013, 09:33:32 am
Hi,
Work has gone a bit daft. I was expecting a four day week throughout April so I could spend a day or two finishing off builds. Instead I'll have to wait until May, not all bad. As I can spend a Saturday up in Coventry Airport snapping away at a Avro Shackleton MR.2 WR963 but that will have to wait until there is good weather.
A few ideas of adding the Canberra wings to a B-17 and swapping them round.
Title: Re: McColm: Spring cleaning!!
Post by: McColm on May 09, 2013, 03:01:07 am
Well I had a few days off last week, whilst waiting for my pay to clear and raided my spare parts bin. After the top layer was cleared I came across a box marked 'Helicopter Spares'. It seems that I bought a lucky dip box at a jumble sale and just forgot about it. They're all in 1/72 scale and missing vital parts.
I've managed to seperate the pieces into the following piles:
Westland
Scout-skid broken, no rotor blades
Puma- no wheels, no rear rotor, no rotor blades, no interior, lefthandside glazed door missing
Apache- just the cockpit/front half
Whirlwind- most parts broken. Needs total rebuild.

Huey- glazing missing, skid needs repair.

The Apache will be used on either a Sea King or Sea Knight build.
As to the others, I've got an idea to display them as seen. Creating a workshop or restoration scene.
Title: Re: McColm: A change of plan
Post by: McColm on June 17, 2013, 06:15:30 am
My knocked one of my builds over last week, (the griffon powered C-69 Connie) and have been trying to restore it. The Frog exhaust pipes are clogged up with 6 layers of paint. These have been removed and replaced with the exhaust pipes from the Revell Lancaster 1/72 kit. The Airfix decals have been removed as well and the AEW resin radome from the Aeroclub Shackleton conversion kit added. The aqua blue paint scheme will be rubbed down and sprayed mat black, with silver windows. Might try out my new scriber and add a cargo door.
As to the 1/144 Globemaster, (now I've got my hands on a 1/72 CV-22 Osprey) the heavy tilting-wing  build can go a head. The rest of the CV-22 will be crossed with parts left over from a Airfix Rotordyne.
I can now crack on with my car builds as two new kits have arrived, just need a box suitable to be turned into a garage showroom.
Title: Re: McColm: Updates
Post by: McColm on July 04, 2013, 02:08:44 am
Slow progress on the Griffon powered Connie rebuild.
Resin hose & drogue tanks removed from Avro Carlton build, will become civil airliner (Shackleton & Connie wings).
Revel Atlantic and Mach2 Atlantic engines will be used on the Airfix Super G, XB-30 project.
Started work on the Bucc twin boom project. Main undercarriage doors glue shut, wings removed and tail removed. Magna resin kit boom assembled, dry run with the tail section-loose fit, width needs reducing.
Hump reduced on the F-16B/mini SR-71.
Eurodart (eurofighter Typhoon with F-16 wings), filler sanded down ready for painting.
P-1, Airfix Nimrod wings assembled. Fuselage of P-3 Orion modified for new wings and weapons bay.

Request to build FX4 Ute by fellow Whiffer.
Convair King Fish, rethink. Gone for a smaller fuselage, Mirage IVA and F-117.
TB-58D, engines fitted on top of the delta wing. Additional crew station making it a four seater.
S-3 Viking will have its' engines over the wing similar to the An-72/74.
B-66 will have a pair of turboprop engines and turned into an MPA aircraft.
Playfix Hook to get turoprop engines fitted to stub wings, Osprey tail. Loading ramp and cockpit.
Title: Re: McColm: Updates
Post by: Rheged on July 04, 2013, 03:49:17 am
Slow progress on the Griffon powered Connie rebuild.
Resin hose & drogue tanks removed from Avro Carlton build, will become civil airliner (Shackleton & Connie wings).


Transforming the Avro Carlton into an airliner,  will this make it an Avro Coniston??
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on July 04, 2013, 06:09:47 am
Well I'm using a Frog Shackleton fueslage and Connie C-69; wings, engines, landing gear and tip tanks. An  Avro Shackonnie was another choice, but I'll stck to the Carlton as it sounds better.

The Short Stirling new wing is looking good, just need to sand down the filler.
Title: Re: Twin boom Sea Buccaneer
Post by: McColm on July 08, 2013, 11:31:20 am
I'm using an old Airfix broken Buccaneer , main undercarriage snapped off. With the resin twin boom from a Magna Sea Vixen . The boom ends swapped over for a better fit. As l have cut the wings off the Bucc, glued the resin stub to the fuselage and reglued the wings giving a dog tooth .I will try and get some metal undercarriage legs .
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on September 27, 2013, 01:09:58 pm
Got ten days leave coming up second week of October so I am aiming to get a few of the started builds to the painting stage . If there are any outstanding payments, these will be felt with .
A day out at The Making of Harry Potter before the price goes up again .
A few days in Falmouth Cornwall visiting the family .
I can spend some time in a internet café and download my pictures to this site.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Father Ennis on October 08, 2013, 10:43:41 pm
Hummmmm .......    I have to agree with you,my friend.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on October 18, 2013, 12:50:47 am
Been down to the Eden Project yesterday and if you haven't been it caters for all. .You don't have to be a gardener as there are plenty of whiffing ideas scattered around .
As you know I have caught the B-29 bug and although the KJ -1 AWACS kit is one weeks pay packet for the conversion ,I have opted to do my own version by using a Hawkeye and four Tyne  turbo prop engines from my stash .I’ve been thinking about a turbo jet version (IL-22) and use the vertical tail on the Carlton .I know that some New-29s where fitted with in-flight refueling and used as tankers .The USNavy also flew them as sub hunters.
Still got lots to do on my return .
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Gondor on November 09, 2013, 03:08:12 am
Are we ever going to see any pictures of these creations though?

Gondor
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on November 09, 2013, 05:49:31 am
Quit thinking and start building !  :wacko:

Some pics would be nice as well

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Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on November 09, 2013, 06:47:02 am
Yes you will see some pictures ,very soon.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on November 09, 2013, 09:10:08 am
Yay ! I love theses big 4-engined ideas..... :thumbsup: :wub:

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Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on November 09, 2013, 02:33:36 pm
Looks like 2014/15 will be very busy that's if I don’t get side tracked into building something entirely different .Got a production line going for the cockpits and wings . I need to invest in some modelers tools.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on November 13, 2013, 04:47:52 am
She's blue alright ! The Neptune looks pretty good too. I love Neptunes.

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Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on November 14, 2013, 01:16:53 am
Thanks Captain Canada  :bow:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on November 27, 2013, 04:18:08 am
Thanks for all the comments from my FaceBook page mobile photos .The builds that I am working on will look much better in the painting stage and I will be able to upload onto this site
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on December 05, 2013, 11:19:58 am
Griffo  engines found on a rumage ,that means the EC-130V  Mad Hatter now has four Griffon engines the outer ones that house the Viper turbo jet not used by the RAF Shackletons .

Good news managed to convert the Airfix B-29 wings to accept Griffon engines .Full set, I will add resin wheels to the landing gear .

The built Airfix Short Sunderland will get the Griffon treatment as well .Plus aftermarket kits.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on December 05, 2013, 05:19:23 pm
Any pics ?

 :cheers:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on December 05, 2013, 06:02:07 pm
Not yet ,will take some over the weekend .
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: NARSES2 on January 20, 2014, 02:17:24 am


Now that I have my modelling mojo back, I am concentrating on three builds all in 1/72 scale.


I was only wondering where you'd gone yesterday - glad you got your Mo Jo back  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: NARSES2 on February 15, 2014, 12:08:21 am
I'll ask one of the guys that work at my local internet cafe to show me how to paste pics onto this site on Monday.
  

You'll need to have them on a hosting site, like Photobucket. Others are available.

You hoping to get to Hendon this year ?
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on February 16, 2014, 02:36:25 pm
Yes,
I hope to exhibit my built models.
Still need the link to this site,I tried the right click with the mouse but couldn't paste from FaceBook
I did get a reply on Facebook and will tag the new pics.
  Went to The Making of Harry Potter - Pets Corner. It was a bitter disappointment they only had Hedwig, Scanners, Trevor, a six week old boarhound (Fang junior), a kitten and a seven foot python. Couldn't touch the animals. You can take your wand to practice your spells, the shop is still expensive.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on February 16, 2014, 03:40:39 pm
Took a look on Facecrack.....you got some nice stuff going on there !

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Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: NARSES2 on February 17, 2014, 07:13:07 am
See you at Hendon
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on February 17, 2014, 10:49:42 am
Well the Mach2 Vickers Valiant is living up to its reputation, too many faulty parts. So I've added the wings from the Airfix BAe Nimrod. That superglue really works, slight problem the wings curve upwards and without major surgery, I'll have to graft a new undercarriage into the lower fuselage. There is a major gap in joining the two halves together. A raid in the spares box has given me an idea and I have  lumps & bumps that can cover the gaps. You can see a lot of detail through the glazing, so I have added decals from other kits.

Work continues in filler and sanding the other builds.
Been on FaceBook to label the new pics.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on February 17, 2014, 04:47:05 pm
Sounds like so much work that maybe you should have binned it and bought the Airfix kit !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on February 18, 2014, 03:03:23 am
I always thought that the Valiant would make a good alternative to the Nimrod. I might just get the Airfix kit.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on February 18, 2014, 03:16:32 pm
It's gorgeous ! The Airfix kit that is. Be nice to see one or two built up on here !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on February 23, 2014, 03:44:01 pm
Got another idea for a B-29 or B-50. A solid nose with a fighter style cockpit above the fuselage. The resin E-18 resin fits, but I will extend the nose section so the landing gear doesn't get fouled up. My versionof the Republic RC-2 Rainbow can be built using a Heller Lockheed Constellation and a single tail fin.Could use the EC-121 kit leaving the Super G for the tanker.
Need to get more shelving, filler and a small drill.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on February 24, 2014, 06:46:54 pm
Builds for the Hendon Show
Neptune
Welsh Harp Sea Monster
Connie Francis- I won't glue the propellers on
The two F-16 look-a-likes , well they started life as F-16s just kept adding bits from other kits.
Title: Re: McColm: EC-130V ACLS/ Mad Hatter'
Post by: McColm on February 26, 2014, 04:48:35 pm
Couldn't get to sleep tonight , picked up the mad hatter. The landing gear is way too high and I managed to damage the float hull. The plastic is very brittle, then I remembered reading about an Canadian Buffalo that had been fitted with a air cushion landing system. There is a 1/144 scale model but the EC-130V I'm kitbashing is in 1/72 scale. Using parts from an Airfix 1/144 BHC SR.N4 Hovercraft I have almost finished building the cushion/skirt. Just need to finish the ends and re-position the floats. Air scoops can act as generators fitted to the fuselage and above the wing to cool down the rotodome/spin top . Just the propellers and to choose a suitable paint scheme after sanding down the filler.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on February 28, 2014, 05:25:11 pm
Been scrolling though other builds of the B-29 and B-47 on this site.
An all jet powered B-29/50 could be built with a pair of Nimrod wings,might need to change the vertical tail to the Nimrod.
As to the B-47,parts from the Airfix S-3 Viking and a dip into the spare parts bin.Making a maritime kitbash.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on March 04, 2014, 02:36:52 pm
Knackered, haven't even picked a build so far. I know I'm in for the boring bit of sanding, filler and sanding.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on March 07, 2014, 09:39:36 pm
I keep coming up with ideas for future builds which is anonying as I should be finishing off my present builds.
Got some more time off the week after, then down to Cornwall to see my folks.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: NARSES2 on March 08, 2014, 01:21:38 am
I keep coming up with ideas for future builds which is anonying as I should be finishing off my present builds.
Got some more time off the week after, then down to Cornwall to see my folks.

I jot my ideas in a notepad and try and keep then in some form of order (period/AF/type, sort of thing). That seems to get them out of the front of my mind and enables me to get on with the current builds. I found that used to help at work as well.

Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on March 08, 2014, 10:06:12 am
Thanks
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on March 12, 2014, 08:11:58 pm
Photos Jim...the people need photos. Maybe start a thread for each build ? It's nice to check in here and see what you're up to but it's also hard to keep track of/ visualize.

A photobucket account is easy to set up and even easier to attach pics to your posts....

Other than that, it all sounds pretty interesting !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on March 12, 2014, 09:58:09 pm
I'll start a thread when the builds are painted. Can't get any clear details as most are covered in filler at present. I'm hoping to get some pics up at the end of March .
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on March 12, 2014, 10:00:16 pm
Sounds like a plan Stan ! Love all these big aeroplanes you're working on...especially the boats.

 :cheers:

Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on March 13, 2014, 02:03:51 pm
Once I've got the hang of putting pics up on here, I can start on my helicopter projects.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on March 13, 2014, 02:28:53 pm
Awesome. Love choppers, especially whif ones !

Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on March 25, 2014, 08:57:40 pm
I'm suprised that the coach going down from the London Victoria coach station isn't sold out. Got an idea for a coach whiff but I've only seen the Revell 1/24 kit and that's expensive.
Everything is on hold, a busy day on Wednesday. What's happening to the weather , it's freezing in the mornings?
There is a model shop in Truro , I'll check it out.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on April 02, 2014, 11:23:32 am
De-cluttering is a great way to gain some modelling motivation. Mojo.

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Title: Re: McColm: Thinking out loud
Post by: McColm on April 03, 2014, 08:34:25 pm
Some of my early whiff ideas that I haven't got around to build or tried but failed are now being researched by fellow whiffers.
As you know it takes ages for me to build anything unless a donor "spares or repairs" lads in my lap which just needs tweaking.
The Br1150 Atlantic AEW idea will go ahead as I have the anniversary edition in my stash. A four engine combo similar layout to the Lockheed Neptune.
I did start cutting up a Revell Alternomad Caprice 87 for a pickup conversion. Must buy two more Revell kits. One the Ute and the other as a five door station wagon. I've seen pictures on Google and they look good,although a Doormobile version might be a better solution as it is wider than the Austin FX4 taxi. The Japanese kit is the same moulding as Revell ,but if I use parts from the 1/24 Porsche Carrera2 could change things. Lights and wheels, seats.
Still more builds for Honest Johns car lot.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on for the Hendon Show
Post by: McColm on April 06, 2014, 12:04:48 pm
I've come up with a few ideas that will keep me busy this year,but I now have to concentrate on getting ready for the Hendon Show.
The Neptune just needs packing, but the Mad Hatter needs some more cleaning up before the paint stage.
There is a third the F-16B 1/72 front end and toy end SR-71 aka Boxcar. Painted in Oxcart colours. Just needs USAF decals applied.
The Connie Francis is becoming a problem,but a bit of tinkering should solve this.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on April 08, 2014, 12:02:49 pm
Using the shoulder section of an Italeri 1/72 C-130 and undercarriage box sections the stretched C-97 has a new wing section and the Warrior AEW a new landing gear. Just needs a bit of filler in places to blend it into the Sunderland fuselage. Will add the underwing fuel tanks and rear landing wheel.
Been adding parts to the Mad Hatter from this kit.
May stretch the AC-130H for more heavy guns. Herk nose would look great on the Atlantique.
Solution found on the Connie Francis, I love it when builds get to the paint stage.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on April 09, 2014, 11:21:59 am
Went to work in the front garden, sanding first and primer after lunch or that was the plan until the Mad Hatter got stepped on by one of the other tenants I share the building with.
I salvaged the major parts but the vertical tail fin, tail section and rotodome got broken beyond repair. The wings were cracked. All these pieces were removed, but all is not lost. On the shelf is the Italeri 1/72 AC-119K Gunship.
The Gunship parts are going towards the Heller Nord 2501 Noratlas whilst the tail boom, engines have been assembled and are now fitted on the remaining fuselage. Can't really call it the Mad Hatter anyone, more like the Fairchild XC-83 Packing Create, based on the C-82 Packet.
In memory of the Mad Hatter, the Welsh Harp Sea Monster will be renamed and become an AEW & C thingy.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on April 10, 2014, 11:05:16 am
Work continues on the Connie Francis it now has four sponsors from the Italeri MH-53 helicopter kit and landing gear. Cut to fit flush against the middle float, will need a bit of filler and paint to blend in to the existingfuselage. Just need to paint the props not being glue to engines to save breakage whilst in transit.

The Warrior ex-Airfix Sunderland has got landing from a C-130,most of the round windows along the fuselage sides have been cut out to allow the landing gear surround to fit. Must use a ruler next time!!
Nose heavy due to large resin part using Airfix nose landing gear as this is thicker than the one in the Italeri kit. Besides I've used the Italeri cockpit parts in the Airfix AC-130H.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working for Hendon'
Post by: McColm on April 11, 2014, 02:18:19 pm
The other plan B
I have revised what to take to the Hendon show.
All in 1/72 scale, two F-16 projects, Lockheed Neptune turboprop and the Connie Francis .
All other builds are on hold as these have less chance of breaking.
Photos to follow, and I think I've cracked the link so my other builds can be shown here. I'm working over Easter , Happy Easter everyone!!
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on April 16, 2014, 11:52:07 am
Just been dusting down the Neptune, might add a bit of detail to the cockpit screen and front glazed area using very thin strips of masking tape. Got a Squadron Publication as a reference.
The two F-16s , one just needs decals the other filler and painting.
Connie Francis might not be ready in time, but as soon as she is finished photos will go up, plus my other builds in progress.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on April 20, 2014, 10:45:34 am
Itching to get started on the builds for Hendon.
Been reading past issues of Jets magazines. May/June 2013 has articles on the Gloster Meteor. I've got the 1/72 NF.11 in my stash and can build the NF.14. Maybe add the wings from the Airfix U-2 kit, a raid in the spare parts bin may turn up a different radome.
The PlayFIX 1/100 Trident rear end will be used on one of the Airfix BAe Nimrods, whilst having a rumage around in the 1/144 Boeing 747 collection of unbuilt kits came across the tail section of a Boeing 727. Another project to be built.
Must get back to finish the AEW & C builds as I can get the large builds out of the way and onto some shelves out of the way.
Honest Johns Car Lot can get under way, got lots of ideas for 1/24 / 1/25 kits plus one or two kitbashing projects. Thinking of the DB5 alternative for James Bond a Jaguar MkII instead!
Joking aside I fancy building a flying ship, got the idea from the trailer of The Three Muskerteers.
As to the Guppy builds still looking out for a Rugby ball or a similar shape to fit over the fuselage of a C-97 . Perhaps papier mache!
So many builds to do and finish off.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on April 25, 2014, 11:21:45 am
Working on the Hendon builds is indeed very slow as I don't want to spoil the look.
As for the Connie Francis, removed the rear sponsors. Looking for a suitable stand as this would be better. Have tried using a polystyrene box lid to simulate a water landing scene. Didn't go to well.
Rising from the ashes is the Fairchild Packing Create might rename this the Phoenix.Deliberating on the engines.
AEW Cloud Master DC-6  Heller kit based. Changing the engines, did try using the RR Tynes but have gone for the engines from the Acadamey C-97 as they are a better fit. Undercarriage legs are off a Lockheed Constellation as the Warning Star under fuselage radome doesn't leave any clearance.
The Shorts Warrior front landing gear in place. Still shaping the mountain of filler to hide the joins . Looks like a goose with that long neck.
Started a production line for the Griffin engines, seem to be using a lot. Worked out a way of using them on the B-50/C-97 wings. Flatter layout than the B-29 wings less cutting to do.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on April 26, 2014, 05:54:29 pm
I'm not sure which one of us used the resin parts for the BAe Nimrod AEW 3 on other builds. I came across deviantart stealthflanker artwork whilst searching under concept AEW aircraft and there it was for all to see. The similarity between my Shorts Warrior and the stealthflanker are uncanny. Okay so his concept has jet engines and a different tail and wings.
There is another concept using a Nimrod with resin AEW parts wth a VC-10 tail and wings. I might build that using the PlayFix kit.
Going to need more shelves for these built models.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on April 30, 2014, 02:08:57 am
As the date for the Hendon show grows ever closer , I've had a rumage around and found a few restoration builds, I'll be taking those along with turbo Neptune and F-16 forward swept canards.
If I finish any others in time, that will be a bonus.
Four should be enough.
The Shackleteer 3/4s Shackleton and 1/4 Privateer maybe ready for the show. Either troop transporter or airliner. As the resin parts for the Lancastrian ,the two cones dry fit. Just need to get some superglue.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on April 30, 2014, 05:14:20 am
Nice to hear you'll be taking kits to a show....somebody will be able to get pics for us !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on April 30, 2014, 05:48:26 am
Yes,
When I see how they put pics on this site, so will I.
Title: Re: Avro Shackleteer
Post by: McColm on April 30, 2014, 10:25:00 am
Painted the interior windows black, as they are so small no details can be seen through them. Haven't decidedon the cockpit.
Glued the two fuselages together, left side twisted and a pain to line up evenly. Vertical tail is from the EC-130V.Had to cut the top down to size, looked too big.
Nose wheel doesn't fit so good, but the nose section off the Privateer solves that problem.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Gondor on April 30, 2014, 12:00:12 pm
Yes,
When I see how they put pics on this site, so will I.

Try following the instructions here McColm -> http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,32096.0.html

There are similar instructions for how to upload photos in the Forum listed under General Modelling Forum entitled General Modeling topics

I hope this helps as I would love to see the results of your ideas

Gondor
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on April 30, 2014, 08:58:31 pm
Me too ! It's super easy with Photobucket. Just click the little wheel in the right hand corner of your pic, select 'get links' then right click and copy the .img code, and paste it to your post.

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Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on May 05, 2014, 11:13:18 am
Whilst the Lancaster AEW build has got my attention, I'm drawn to a RR Griffon version or adding the wings from the Matchbox PK-605 Handley Page Heyford.
Been reading the topic page 'Blackburn Beverley'. Two kits in 1/72 scale ; Magna Models resin and white metal parts, very expensive. Or Sanger-Contrail vacform for half the price of the resin kit.
The real world proposal of the RR Tyne engine is feasible, but Kits' idea of the Airfix Nimrod wing is more doable.
Whilst on the Sanger website page their Ilyushin ll-76 Mainstay or as it is now called Beriev A50.
The vacformed kit has parts for the tanker and freighter versions.
The is a plastic kit model of the freighter but that is triple figures.
Just going to have to practice building vacformed kits or conversions.
However the Airbus Atlas, fitted with turbo fans and over-fuselage rotodome from a Heller E-3A. The lumps and bumps can come from the Falcon vacform EP-3 Orion conversion set.

Got a box big enough to house my builds for the Hendon Show.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: kitbasher on May 05, 2014, 11:31:16 am
Why would you want to add the wings off a Matchbox Heyford?

Adding Airfix or Revell Rotodyne engines and main rotor to a Heyford - now that would make more sense!  ;) :o :blink:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on May 06, 2014, 01:35:30 am
I'll build both, Thanks.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on May 07, 2014, 12:00:14 pm
Thanks for the tips on straightening the Shackleton fuselage, might send this into the Airfix magazine feature on page 98, under  'Hearings'.
Been dry testing to see if I can lengthen the Shackleton and turn the MkIII back into a Tiger Force heavy bomber. By adding a turret in the nose and at the rear. An upper turret is marked out in the fuselage sections.
Must get on with my other builds such as the helicopters as I can make a start on a helipad for Project InchMcColm. Dapol models sell the dockyard crane and dummy trains. I can use these parts on my clock work train set, before rigging up the electric set. The plan is to build modules 2 x 4 feet. Instead of one whole board. Two separate levels to maximize the space in oo scale.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on May 08, 2014, 10:14:49 am
The Shackleteer has a new nose covered with a very thin piece of plasticard. The nose wheel will be repositioned at the rear. A radome taken from the Halifax bomber is glued in its place.

Cleaned up the 1/48 Mustang MkI and 1/72 Spitfire not too sure which mark, will look it up on Friday.
Neptune falling apart, superglue to the rescue.

Note to self check out display cases.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on May 09, 2014, 07:22:19 pm
In between cleaning up the models for the show, I started another kitbash and finally found that if you cut the engines off the Airfix Vulcan wings they will line up with the fuselage of the Airfix BAe Nimrod after a little bit of tweaking.The new T-tail is from the PlayFix 1/100 Trident.
Seen some artwork on the Google page of AEW Concepts and using that as a guide. The engines could go at the back on pods or over the wings. I'll buy a metal undercarriage legs.
Haven't decided what it will be yet.

The Neptune has contra rotating propellers.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on May 12, 2014, 07:13:11 am
That's it no more kits, got all I want for now. Perhaps another Airfix Valiant or 'spares or repairs'.
Just decals and resin interiors.
The plan is to finish the C-97 and B-29/50 projects,whilst drying finish off helicopter/Rotodyne builds. Easier to carry to and from shows.
Didn't see many American aircraft builds at Hendon,aiming to change that. Next time bring a packed lunch and soft drink. Spending money and a note book.
Italeri HC-130J US Coast Guard arrived this morning on the hunt for dayglo orange decals. A visit to the local art shop to get some enamel paints.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: NARSES2 on May 12, 2014, 07:19:29 am
That's it no more kits, got all I want for now. Perhaps another Airfix Valiant or 'spares or repairs'.

We've all said that at some point, never works  :banghead:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on May 13, 2014, 10:19:06 am
That's spooky, my kitbash looks like the Real World Avro Atlantic proposal. I've seen on Google images Whiffers from this site building such a plane.
Posted a few pictures on FaceBook about the Hendon Show.
Title: Re: McColm: Airfix Avro Lancaster B.II landed
Post by: McColm on May 14, 2014, 03:27:10 am
Got my Avro Lancaster B.II this morning and its going on the shelf. Just gathering the parts to go with it. Yes the resin nose from the Lancastrian gives it that go faster look and change the engines to Griffons. If the reccy pack from the Valiant set fits ,it will be housed in the bomb bay. The rear resin nose cone that can go on as well. Might change the rear tail fins for the Shackleton and landing gear.
Haven't worked out a colour scheme.
I know another Whiffer has done something similar.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on May 23, 2014, 02:34:19 pm
Just seen the roster for June, three weeks of six twelve hour shifts. Got Saturday as a rest day.
Time to get my paints out and photo etched interiors.
Back to the internet cafe on Tuesday for a couple hours as it costs too much money on pay as to go without broadband.
Seen a few Whiffs on eBay, must change my password.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on May 25, 2014, 11:47:39 am
Interesting that the River Thames has brought back the cruise liners up by Docklands opposite the ExCel Center. That's given me an idea of having a fighter squadron based at London City Airport.
They are introducing coinless buses soon so its the Oyster Card.
Hendon could be my showcase for new builds although some of these are quite large and won't fit on the table, I did notice that there was plenty of room behind the table where the bags were kept.
Having a bit of a tidy up and decided to finish one build at a time.
Title: Re: Another Lockheed P-3 Orion idea
Post by: McColm on May 25, 2014, 08:52:47 pm
With the tragic events involving Search and Rescue these last few days, I can't help thinking of Whiffing my own Lockheed Nimrod MRA. Taking the 1/72 P-3C kit and adding RR Tyne engines, replacing the sonobuoy launch tubes with a rear weapons bay to carry Search & Rescue gear. ESM pods from the Airfix Nimrod and ECM fairing for the vertical tail fin. Two drill holes in the rear fuselage for sonobuoy launchers. Inflight refueling probe above the fuselage.
I started another Orion with BAe Nimrod wings some time ago, using the fuselage mated to the wings of the Airfix Vulcan and T-tail off a Playfix Trident. The engines from another Playfix kit IL-62 (VC-10 look-a-like). The Vulcan undercarriage is more sturdy than the Nimrod. Flipped the weapons bay over so that it is arched making it deeper.
The rest of the VC-10 look-a-like will get the Nimrod AEW3 treatment, either T33s or CFM engines. Concluding the Mad Hatter series of builds. (Different fixed wing AEW & C builds).

Another bank holiday and yes it is raining, recalling the days of a bottle of cola and a bag of square crisps eating them on the back seat of the car. Those were the days before the internet was thought of.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on May 27, 2014, 10:21:07 am
Just been adding parts from an 1/72 ESCI ERTL 9083 CV-22A Osprey to the Connie Francis build. The sponsors wheels and front landing gear. Moved to the back to avoid a tail sitter. Changing mat back paint scheme to a grey pattern to show off the windows and door details.

EC-97 AEW& C uses the original landing gear with the engines off the Revell P-3C Orion kit. Rumaged through my spares bin but couldn't find anything to hide the gap. Used some plasticard and will cut to shape.
Well that's it for the next three weeks, I need a holiday after that.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on May 28, 2014, 11:13:32 am
The big tidying up has started, with four boxes. One for Nimrod parts, Shackleton parts, B-29/50 & C-97, plus odds & ends.
The recycling bin is almost full of cardboard. A nice pile of decals is forming. Paints are in an old ice cream container.
Got my builds in progress lined up on the bench. The Heller detailing on the Constellation has disappeared due to the many layers of paint, its a good job the Valiant and Noratlas come with alternative canopies.
The DC-6 Super Cloudmaster looks good with the Connie undercarriage and Warning Star bulges. The engines from the C-97 are a good fit. May need to fit smaller propellers or cut them down a bit.
The Shorts Warrior (amphibious Sunderland, triple fin tail) has lost a C-130 wheel. The nail grinder is slowly shaping the filler applied blending the Sunderland fuselage and C-130 undercarriage together, along with the bulbous resin nose off the Nimrod AEW3.
The EC-97 AEW&C  needs some nose weight or a clear plastic rod fixed in the underneath fuselage in line with the main undercarriage to stop it tail sitting. This will help in the painting, might add the stand from the E-2C Hawkeye kit, then the primer. Not too sure how much of the cockpit can be seen through the glazing. Might add some crew.
The Welsh Harp Sea Monster has taken a battering, but I have the technology to rebuild her. Well I've got the parts.
My first attempt on the Shackleteer hasn't gone to plan. But as I have another two Shackleton fuselages in the stash and another Privateer to play with.
I thought I had bought all the kits I needed, not so. I'll need a 1/48 Me 262 to use the engines for the jet Shackleton and the 1/72 Canadair  CL-415 Water Bomber.
Title: Re: McColm: The D Day Landings
Post by: McColm on May 29, 2014, 08:07:02 pm
Next Friday the nation remembers the D Day Landings, for some it will be their last visit to Gold Beach whilstothers retread the footsteps of dads, uncles and grandfathers.
I was fortunate to go on a War Tour of Pegasus Bridge and the surrounding district, its hard to believe that these young men flew the gliders in darkness to land as close to the bridge as possible. The landing sites are clearly marked out.
My step father told me that Saving Private Ryan , the first ten minutes was the closest to reality and yet against all odds he got his troops clear and over the ridge. The longest day shows the chaos, of troops and equipment in the wrong places.
Almost fifty years on and history repeating itself.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on May 30, 2014, 09:34:22 pm
Well the World Cup is nearly upon us and yet I feel the British Nation will be let down once again, sorry I don't feel excited.
If they got the Army or Royal Marines to train them and put some pride back in the squad. They seem to me too pampered.
I'm sure all those non football fans will be catered for. But hey there is the Tour de France in London on Monday 7th July ending in the Mall.
If they could arrange an Air Race along the Thames using World War I or WWII aircraft or replicas with modern engines but styled on WWII fighters that would be worth watching.
That would be a good dream seeing a B-52 being thrown about on those tight turns dipping it's wing in the Thames. Didn't someone do a barrel roll in a Boeing 707 or was it a 747. Did a loop the loop in a simulator at Heathrow Airport BA pilot training. Ah well the start of three weeks of non whiffing. Got withdrawal symptoms already.
Sorting out what kits to sell is too hard, as they aren't the type that can be found "off the rack". Bite the bullet and start again at a later date.
Keep the heavies, cars and started builds, sci-fi.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 31, 2014, 03:46:43 am
What 'World Cup' is that then?
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on May 31, 2014, 07:34:30 am
Ron Manager, jumpers for goal posts . Oh the heat!
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on June 06, 2014, 05:51:38 pm
I've always thought HM Customs should have its own fighters or helicopter gunships. Similar to the US Coast Guard, but that's just me.
Its good to see the Airfix A05701 D-Day gun emplacement is back in 1/72 scale £11.90, now all they have to do is release an Avro Lincoln to compete the Tiger Force.
Been finding all sorts of kits on my tidy up. Didn't know I had so many. Got to do some of those car builds as I've found a large shoe box which will make an ideal show room. The weather is changing one minute glorious sunshine and the next showers.
Going to pay RAF Hendon a visit, apart from the model show I haven't been back for years.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on June 18, 2014, 01:01:33 pm
 One week to go then I can start Whiffing again. Mostly painting and interiors. It's amazing that you can see so much detail in the cockpit of a C-97 compared to that of a C-130.
Prices for the 1/72 Lockheed Neptune seem to be going through the roof, must get a couple more as I've had a few inquiries about building replicas of my model.
Loads of kitbashing ideas, to reduce the stash.
Last two weeks in August booked as leave. One week down in Falmouth Cornwall. Should have a few more builds for the Hendon Show next year.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on June 27, 2014, 05:58:41 pm
Easying back into Whiffing, picked up my craft knife. Felt like an old friend. Still lots of sanding to do to get to the painting stage.
Daft weather reports one minute they say rain, still muggy at night. The next sunshine, were did all these flying insects come from. Been an explosion of moths down Kent.
Good job that I will miss the Nottingham Carnival this year, down in Falmouth. Great model shop in Truro to check out. The one in Falmouth closed down.
Still finding kits that I have no idea why I bought them. Put them in a pile.
Checked out eBay, two 1/72 Vacformed C-141 kits and a Bristol Brittaina up for grabs, pricey.
Back to boxing up kits on Tuesday, should be finished Tuesday week.
There is some footage of this years RAF Hendon model show on YouTube unfortunately the Whatif stand wasn't shown.
Title: Re: preloved.co.uk
Post by: McColm on July 06, 2014, 05:43:16 pm
Well I finally found a place to sell my stash at a decent prices and the ads are free.
Sent lists to KitKrazy and Kingkit. Disappointed in KitKrazy offer, so I'll wait until I hear from Kingkit and see.Meanwhile I have put two ads up on the preloved site. At least you can put a bid on and I've set a minium price.
You can still message me if you want to view the stash-cash only for any sales.
Tomorrow I'll sort the stash into kit names eg  Airfix, Revell...
Thanks Jester for your advice.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Gondor on July 06, 2014, 10:23:36 pm
Don't forget that any retailer you sell to has to make a profit on what they buy or it's not worth their while. Also the condition alters things quite a bit. Unopened bags or sealed boxed will get you a higher price than those that have had parts removed from their sprue's/runners to check for fit etc.
Selling them yourself means you only have to cover your overheads and gives you a chance to recoup your initial outlay which you will probably not manage unless you are very lucky.

Gondor
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on July 06, 2014, 11:59:19 pm
Thanks Gondor.
Title: Re: What's left over?
Post by: McColm on July 08, 2014, 08:33:55 am
I've found a buyer for 50 model kits from my stash and he has offered a good price, which I have accepted. The only thing is he is exhibiting at two large shows, so I'm to hold on a bit longer.
 
The rest are a mixture of part kits that have been picked for bits , vacformed-KC-97, HS Nimrod MR and Avro Shackleton. The two Revell Br1150 German Navy anniversary, Canadair water bomber, Playfix Tu-20 and VC10 look-a-like, Eastern Bristol 1/96 ,12 1/24 cars, Zvezda 1/144 Boeing 747-8(got a big tear in the box lid), AMT B-52G and RC-135V, TB-52A (1/72). About 20 kits.
Should be enough to finish off the started builds and the Whiffs to come. Will buy a cheap smart phone so I can put a few kits on eBay. Kept the Boeing 1/200 SST, I know the built kits go for over a hundred pounds.
Title: Re: The 'Warning Star' radomes on the Br1150 Atlantic
Post by: McColm on July 27, 2014, 09:03:51 pm
I've always thought that the Br1150 Atlantic is underrated. Sure the two engines are no match for the P-3 Orion or the Nimrod (when it was in service). The dipping radar is in a league of its own. Reminds me of the Lockheed Neptune.
Still got one 1/72 Revell Atlantic and some spares from another kit. I'm supposed to be on an economy drive so the Falcon EP-3 Orion conversion kit will be put on hold for now.
I did start a Whiff AEW version of the DC-6 Super Cloudmaster using Heller EC-121 Warning Star radome parts. This hasn't turned out too well, as I can't recall where the rest of the DC-6 has ended up. However the Atlantic would be an ideal substitute. If the largest radome doesn't fit underneath the fuselage, I could make a stand for it to be carried in a dorsal fashion above the fuselage similar to the Grumman E-1. Forerunner to the E-2 Hawkeye.

Found that Falcon do a vacformed Neptune canopy and there is a detailing set in resin for the cockpit. They also do the AP-2 lumps & bumps. My Neptune will look different next time it goes to Hendon.

Must get round to finish the Connie Francis. A new cockpit mounted above the fuselage. Try to lose the mat black paint. Cammo finish.

That leaves three to tinker with.
Title: Re: Light at the end of a very long tunnel
Post by: McColm on July 31, 2014, 05:13:34 pm
Been going through my mid-life crisis. July was terrible faced eviction and couldn't find a place to stay. Tried to sell my stash but kept being messed around. Finally got someone coming this Saturday, too late but at least it is money in my hand, changed to a bank that caters for poor credit and CCJs. As the one at present keeps telling me my user name doesn't exist in their system. I fill in the on line form and ping it gives me the same spelling as what I put in the system. I can never get through to the helpline desk either.
Sometimes I don't want to go to work but I must as I don't have any savings.
Can't wait until October, my pay goes upto £6.50 per hour the same rate of pay when I started in Security back in 1995.
Only another week, then two weeks holiday.
Sorry to moan, but at least I can be creative and Whiff away.
Title: Re: Saved by Harry Potter
Post by: McColm on August 03, 2014, 11:37:51 am
School is out and my niece that lives down in Falmouth Cornwall wants me to build her Professor Snapes' Potions classroom, the Gryffindor common room and the boys bedroom. Whilst her two younger brothers want me to build them a Quidditch pitch. They are fans and have the model figures. Got to get some myself to work out the scale.
This fits in with my Potter World train set layout in 00/Ho scale. Although Dove Town is mentioned in the films and in the books, there is no drawings or physical reference to it. Hogsmeade station can be built out of Horny kits or Metcalf card kits. Diagon Alley scratch built or adapted SuperQuick card kits and decorative plastic accessories.
I've seen card scratch built Hogwarts Castle, still no plastic kit on the market although there are other plastic castle kits available and card building castle kits. I've built the Airfix 1/76 Sherwood Forest Castle. Three walls, entrance with drawbridge and castlekeep. I painted this in a stone affect. I'll use the SuperQuick range and adapt the buildings as and when needed.
I know the boys will keep changing their minds as they have just discovered Marvel's Agents of SHIELD.
In between finishing off started builds, I'll work on the layout, I could add the static maglev set on an upper level, so it looks like its just pulled into a station. Peco has similar layouts.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 04, 2014, 04:27:19 pm
 Whoops, came across some vital parts that should be in the 60 kits I've just sold this evening- the fuselage section of the Revell 1/144 C-17.
There are nine started builds in different stages, one 1/144 Sea Shadow Hovercraft , 1/96 DH Comet 4D, the others are in 1/72: EC-97 AEW, Short Super Stirling, Short Warrior, Fairchild Phoenix, Trivulrod (Trident, Vulcan and Nimrod kitbash).
These have made it on the bench. The two others are the Connie Francis and the Orion jet AEW either Dormin or Noiro.
Title: One step forward, two steps back!
Post by: McColm on August 08, 2014, 10:30:16 am
Hi Guys,
Just as I've got my finances sorted out, I find that my Landlady has put in for retirement and wants to downsize. Which means I have to find new digs. I've looked on line for storage and there are a few places that offer the rates I can afford.
Short term solution find a B & B and start looking for a single room in a shared house.
Everything is on hold for now, as I have until the end of the month to move out.
Good thing most of the remaining stash is in large plastic storage boxes, a trip down to Argos should do the trick for my other possessions.
I'll keep you posted,

Steven
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: NARSES2 on August 09, 2014, 05:34:28 am
Best of luck mate
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 16, 2014, 09:41:58 am
Thanks,
Got most of my possessions and the stash packed up in plastic 45L storage boxes. Its amazing how much stuff I have to shift.
If I can get hold of a man-with-a-van then everything can come with me in one move.
I'll cut the propellers off the Neptune and Connie Francis otherwise they will break off. I can reglue at a later date.
Loads of great programes on Quest TV.
Been on the prowl for a 1/24 Triumph 2000, thinking of a Stag conversion.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 18, 2014, 06:36:10 am
The packing continues and I keep finding kits that I have forgotten that I bought. The biggest so far is the Monogram 1/48 B-29, not too sure if all the parts are there, but it dwarfs the Airfix 1/24 Spitfire VB. (The rudder is broken on the Spitfire).
Hopefully aftermarket kits should help/kitbash into a worthy Whiff.
Found an 1/72 Airfix RAF Launch in amongst the 1/72 Lifeboat and SeaKing kit.
Almost done on the stash side of things, just need to pound the pavement over the next few days and arrange the move.   
Title: Re: McColm: The plan
Post by: McColm on August 25, 2014, 01:46:13 am
Been trying to save up for  deposit, but without any success. So I opened a new bank account, my wages will be paid directly. The stash and a few possessions are going into storage. I will be staying in a cheap hotel until funds are available.
Keep finding 00/Ho model train set parts and old Meccano Dinky Supertoys  which have seen better days. Must have bought these as a joblot. As they are farm equipment, Barber-Greene Olding Elevator Loader 964, yellow and blue paint,three tyres, orange painted open top LandRover-well played with example, all metal level crossing-single track with working gates. Tinplate Royal Mail carrige with working parts.

Another bank holiday and to cheer myself up the Nottingham Hill Carnival is on my doorstep. Won't be able to watch any telly with that Police helicopter buzzing around.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 27, 2014, 05:44:08 am
Been trying to put off the last of the packing but as Thursday looms ever closer Wednesday seems to be a late nighter.
Hopefuly October will see me Whiffing again. Rebuilds of started projects. This time one at-a-time until finished.
Great work on this site and the ideas keep flowing. The Grumman E-1B Tracer using the Falcon Triple conversion looks ideal as I can use the remaining parts on my other builds.
The B-97 bomber based on an Academy C-97 looks promising as I've got all the parts. It will be good to try out my mini-drill.
There must have been AEW versions of the Lockheed Neptune, this will be added to my own AEW collection.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 30, 2014, 04:54:10 pm
Well this is it, no whiffing for a month or so. Found some very cheap accommodation on line and the reviews are very good for a hotel. Trying to save up for a deposit for a room south of the river.
Work seems to be in turmoil, so I'll be keeping out of trouble until this blows over.

Got a couple of whiff ideas for the Shackleton, that's if I can remember where I put the parts. 22 plastic containers/crates.Just have to pack my clothes. Monday afternoon check where the nearest launderette is.
The Tall Ships are visiting Greenwich 5-9th September, worth a day out.
Take care,
Steven
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on August 30, 2014, 08:20:45 pm
Good luck with work and the move !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: kitbasher on August 30, 2014, 11:30:27 pm
Good luck with the move and the saving up for a deposit.

You'll be going on a Saga holiday before you know it!  ;)
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 31, 2014, 05:28:43 am
Thanks,
Most of the class of '79 that went to Reynolds High School, Gunnersbury Lane, Acton, London will be turning 50 in less than two years time. I was one of the youngest having my birthday in July. I stayed on a year to retake my O levels and left in the summer of '83.
Time flys by. Time to reflect, time to move on.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: JayBee on August 31, 2014, 05:50:39 am

You'll be going on a Saga holiday before you know it!  ;)

We will leave it to you Dave to advise him which are best.  :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Starting from scratch
Post by: McColm on September 02, 2014, 12:29:35 pm
Hi Guys,
I'm staying at a friend of my sister. But could only take my clothes with me. Couldn't find a cheap storage place for under £160 .That's with the insurance they stealthily put on the price. So the remainder of spare parts and vacformed kits are at Park Royal recycling center.

This means one day not too soon the sound of Whiffing will be heard, two different aircraft with some parts swapped over. Feel free to build any of Whiff ideas that take your fancy.

A long road lies ahead, saving up for a deposit on a rented room has to take priority, for now.
Title: Re: Stanwell update
Post by: McColm on September 07, 2014, 07:33:57 pm
I'm settling in well in a box room, was invited down to Greenwich on Sunday for the Tall Ships display. Saw the Cutty Sark . A bit of a disappointment in the amount of sailing ships that past by but the stalls made up for that.
Afterwards we went to the Union Jack Club in Waterloo for dinner. The food was good not too expensive.
Its the final day for the Tall Ships. Its all free unless you want a trip on one.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on September 10, 2014, 03:47:09 am
So it seems there are four themes to build:
Rat Rod
Doormobile
Grumman E-1B
Sea Hog
 
To balance this some sort of boat/ship. Having seen three tall ships maybe fitting a catapult to the main deck. Could turn the ship into an early steamer, keeping the sails.
At least these builds aren't to large. I still want to build a C-97 AEW perhaps in 1/144 . As to model railway perhaps modules would be a safer bet rather than a large layout. I know that they don't lead anywhere but with scenery and the odd cardboard kit or two will bring it to life. Dapol do plastic trains, maybe a whiff or two or to experiment on the rust effects.

There are mixed reviews on the Mach2 Grumman E-1, I guess if I stick to the cars first and then the Sea Hog. The rest will follow in time.
Falcon triple conversion also do the A-10B in vacform.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Thorvic on September 10, 2014, 01:18:50 pm
So it seems there are four themes to build:

Sea Hog
 
There are mixed reviews on the Mach2 Grumman E-1, I guess if I stick to the cars first and then the Sea Hog. The rest will follow in time.
Falcon triple conversion also do the A-10B in vacform.

http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/HB80267 (http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/HB80267)

(http://media.hannants.co.uk/pics/HB80267.JPG)

Might make things a tad easier  ;)
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 10, 2014, 02:05:26 pm
That's a two seater that really doesn't work visually, to my eyes anyway.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on September 10, 2014, 03:38:56 pm
Thanks Kit.
I see Revell has released 1:25 Thames Panel Truck, that looks more like a worthy Rat Rod.
The 1:32 Teracruzer with missile reminds me of that picture in the cars/trucks topic. Page 7 of Airfix Model World Oct 2014.
Title: Re: McColm: Where I went wrong.
Post by: McColm on September 11, 2014, 09:13:16 pm
The 1/72 Shorts Warrior
Using the Airfix Shorts Sunderland as a base, removing the vertical tail and replacing it with the triple fins from a Heller Constellation. More plasticard needed to blend the two together. Perhaps next time glue the two halves seporate. Blank out the upper turret from the inside. No interior details as you can't see inside as the cockpit area is removed and replaced by the rear radar cone from the BAe Nimrod AEW conversion kit. Need a Vulcan canopy or fighter- F-15B/D.
Undercarriage- could cut the wheels supplied in half and glue to the underside of the fuselage. Ballast for the rear and tail wheel.
Engines replaced with Griffons or PW turboprops.
Entrance doors and side loading ramps.
Sand rivets down on fuselage.

Sandhurst- either Airfix or Italeri Sunderland. Internal detail sets, replace windows, remove turrets. Rear could have MAD boom, front AEW radome from Falcon vacform kit or High Planes.
Same undercarriage layout as the Warrior.
Keep floats in New spares bin.

Academy C-97 AEW & C
The mistake was to replace the engines with the P-3C. Outer engines no problem , inner the cowlings. Use The Orion undercarriage layout. E-2 Hawkeye radome-resin part or off a kit. Might try the E-1B vacform.

BC-97 bomber version using B-29/B-50 parts. Spare parts to build the B-29 transport/cargo version.

KC-121 Constellation tanker.
C-69 bomber using B-50 parts and tail gun.
Amphibian version - out rigger floats, large main float off a Catalina flying boat. Keeping wheels.

Cushion landing system- tried a cut down C-130 with AC-119K twin boom, wings and engine cowlings. Air cushion from the Airfix Hovercraft 1/144 scale. Worked, may build this again using a C-160 instead.

Super Stirling- Airfix kit with B-17 wings. A rethink in the build.
B-17 was to get a pair of Canberra wings.
Canberra transformed in a RB-57.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on September 12, 2014, 12:30:30 am
As for the Shackleton. Played around with the cockpit using resin parts from the Liberator. Jet version will need the engines from a 1/48 Me 262 or pods off something similar. Did flatten the nose and add a pair of cargo doors.
Maybe an old Frog/Novo in blue plastic at a decent price.

Airfix BAe Nimrods are still plentiful prices vary. P-3C Orion prices shooting up, like the Neptune kits.
Br1150 Atlantic and the Airfix Valiant. Didn't get around to build these, nor an
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on September 27, 2014, 01:56:32 am
The British had the Spitfire and Hurricane which were flown by the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy. Both had single and two seaters.
The Germans had the Messerschmitt Bf109, haven't seen any two seater versions. So a conversion would make an interesting build. The Bf109 was also flown by the German Navy. Not too sure if the Focke Wulf FW190. The Hendon Museum has a two seater conversion on display.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: NARSES2 on September 27, 2014, 05:33:57 am
Me 109 G12 was the two seater. Special Hobby do a kit

Spitfire twin seaters - pretty sure the RAF nor FAA flew them. They were a post WWII conversion ?

Hurricane twin seaters - Not even sure there were any. If so it would have been a post war private conversion ?

Me 109 - Now there was the T variant that was built for the part built carrier but as far as I know it would have been flown by the Luftwaffe, not a separate German Naval Air Arm. Those built were definitely used by the Luftwaffe.

More then happy to be corrected by anyone with more information then is in my rapidly aging brain.

Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 27, 2014, 09:15:21 am
Either the Czechs or the Spaniards did a nice looking 2 seat Me-109 with an almost bubble-like canopy. KP did a kit of it so it was probably the Czechs and with a Jumo engine too.

The 2 seat Spitfire was a post-war development for sure, and I have a vague idea that the Russians converted some Hurricanes to 2 seaters, with the second out in the OPEN!  :o

Bags of scope for Whiffing one of course, now there's an idea..........  ;)
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: NARSES2 on September 27, 2014, 09:22:26 am
Well this months MAM has an article on 2 seat Spitfiires. 1 Soviet and 1 RAF in the Middle East. Now both of these were field conversions. The Soviet one doesn't surprise me, but the RAF one does a little bit.

Kit has refreshed my mind as I do now remember a Soviet 2 seat Hurricane and yes it did have an open cockpit, but again a field conversion.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on September 27, 2014, 10:25:25 am
Hawker Hurricane
T MkIIC two-seat training aircraft. Only two built for the Persian Air Force.
Russia under the lend/lease agreement used the Hurricane MkII. Rear seat was an open cockpit for a gunner. Later versions had an enclosed turret.

No two seater Sea Hurricanes built.

Supermarine Spitfire
Supermarine developed a two-seater T Mk VIII for training, none ordered but one built N32/G-AIDN.
4 Sqn SAAF MkVb non-dual controls, upper fuel tank replaced by second seat.
Russian lend/lease Mk IX dual controls known as the Mk IX UTI with Greenhouse style canopy instead of the standard bubble style.

Post War ten bubble canopy TR9s built.
No two seater Sea Spitfires built or Seafire, Spitful.

FW 190 A-5/UI two seater training aircraft, FW 190 S-5, S-8.

Me Bf 109T naval variant, can't find any info on a two seater version.

Plenty of Whiff ideas, might try to build these in 1/48 scale.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: NARSES2 on September 28, 2014, 07:46:34 am
4 Sqn SAAF MkVb non-dual controls, upper fuel tank replaced by second seat.

The MAM build of this is very interesting. The author casts doubt on it belonging to 4 Sqd. The single seater did but he thinks the conversion was done when it had left the Sqd and been returned to an M.U. It still had its codes, whence the 4 Sqd ownership in some publications. As the front cockpit had no controls, just a seat there is a question over what it was for. He postulates that it could have been a hack, used to give jollies to the erks over the sites of Sicily where it was based or even that it may have been a non flyer and simply converted as a training project ? We shall never know I suppose. It's an interesting build article if only to show the problems of conflicting references, even so called official ones  :banghead:

Regarding the Soviet twin seat Hurricanes. I seem to remember a profile of one with an m.g. mounted in the second cockpit and it being allegedly used for recce work.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on September 28, 2014, 10:57:30 am
Thanks for the info.
Model Aircraft Vol 13 ISS 10 October 2014
Has an article on back seat drivers- Enigma Variations Spitfire.
They are using the Mk IX.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: kitbasher on September 28, 2014, 11:54:33 am
There was an article in Aeroplane Monthly a couple of years ago about this particular machine- see http://i1282.photobucket.com/albums/a539/Ben2BS/Spitfireconversion-page-001_zps20bb8f2e.jpg and http://i1282.photobucket.com/albums/a539/Ben2BS/Spitfireconversion-page-002_zps0cbfd9a0.jpg

Some unusual two seaters at http://www.ww2aircraft.net/forum/aviation/twin-seat-conversions-40322.html - check out the Hurricane!
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on September 28, 2014, 12:56:38 pm
At last a two seater Me Bf 109.
I worked on a Airfix F-117 by cutting out the area behind the cockpit and adding two rear facing seats, the idea of an EF-117. Amazing how much room there is.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 28, 2014, 01:53:41 pm
That 2-seater Hurricane looks very modelable.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on September 28, 2014, 03:04:41 pm
 :bow:
I was thinking the same. Looks like I'll be busy next year!
Title: Re: McColm: Thinking out loud
Post by: McColm on September 30, 2014, 10:24:14 am
I usually work in 1/72 scale and have dabbled in 1/24-vehicles , 1/144 hovercraft.
There are so many new kits in 1/48 coming out or have been recently released that I'm tempted to take the plunge.
Kinetic with their new F-16XL. The Fouga CM.170 Magister, that has to be Whiffed as a three seater.HobbyBoss Northrop/McDD YF-23.

Yes space is an issue, but a fellow Whiffer has solved that problem by creating an aircraft carrier- book shelves/shelving unit. I can be creative and decorate each shelve either as a hanger or add some scenery to it.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on October 07, 2014, 09:24:57 am
AZ Model has released a Russian IX UTI two seat trainer (7208) in 1/72 limited edition.
Title: Re: McColm: 4 engined canberra
Post by: McColm on October 08, 2014, 05:06:41 am
Another idea has entered my head, so I best get it down in writing.
Mach2 and HighPlanes do the big winged Canberra. With single or two seats. I was thinking of a four engined T-33 turbojet. Extend the wing by adding another engine spar.
Another idea was to use the wings from a B-17.
Just a thought, might already have been built by other Whiffer.
Title: Re: McColm: Flying boats and float planes
Post by: McColm on October 09, 2014, 09:35:43 pm
 There is a collection growing on one of my topics. Adding floats to a landplane works upto a point. I know with my version of the amphibious Constellation, sometimes three hulls are better than two.
With the two Martin flying boats the Mariner and Marlin being similar. The better of the two kits could be kitbashed to get the different builds.
Most of the flying boats that flew in the battle of the Atlantic can be built.
I've always wanted to do a dock yard scene and this fits the bill.
Should make a start after Christmas when things have settled down.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on October 16, 2014, 12:08:46 am
Got to find a single or double room to rent, that way I can start Whiffing again. I found a place in Staines The Works Shop in the shopping center. It sells discount books, but tucked away in the top left corner are about a dozen aircraft kits. Mostly priced at £9.95 and most are Revell. The Tu-95 Bear in 1/144 bargain as I've seen these go for £20 on eBay.
There is another shop that sells childrens toys but their range is even smaller, mostly starter kits. At least you get: glue, a brush and paint.
I'll check out Tesco as there is a large store in Ashford.
Just getting bits and pieces for the Cenotaph Parade.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on October 16, 2014, 09:01:16 am
Busy doing what ?
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on October 16, 2014, 11:04:00 am
Ever tried Whiffing when your sleeping on some one else's sofa?
 Best get a room by myself, that I can call home.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on October 16, 2014, 01:19:13 pm
I get in trouble when I whif on my own sofa let alone somebody else's ! Lol sorry Steven thought you were all sorted out  :banghead:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on October 16, 2014, 02:15:06 pm
Thanks,
Its getting better week by week. I should be moving out by mid November. Minium wages have gone up to £6.50 over here in the UK.
Still need to renew my passport and renew my paper driving license as it is falling apart. Next July will be working with the same security company, so my CV can be updated.
Although I did see an advert for tradesmen to work in Canada. I wonder if they need any French Polishers?
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: PR19_Kit on October 16, 2014, 02:37:18 pm
Although I did see an advert for tradesmen to work in Canada. I wonder if they need any French Polishers?

Only in Quebec......   ;D :lol:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on October 16, 2014, 05:51:00 pm
There are lots of temp. foreign workers in Canada right now, mostly in the trades but also in the service industry. Out in Alberta there are loads of jobs to be had....

Title: Re: McColm: Zvezda Topol SS-25 "Sickle"
Post by: McColm on October 21, 2014, 08:39:46 am
The Topol is Russai's mobile ICBM TEL (Intercontintenal Ballistic Misile, Transporter/Erector/Launcher), but in the Whiffing World I can't help but think, why not launch an aircraft instead. The kit comes in 1/72 scale No.5003 priced at $44.99, 320 injection moulded parts with no interior details.

This would fit in with the sea plane/flying boat theme. The concept car theme is something to fill the time when parts are drying or if I've seen something on the telly and thought 'got to build one of them'.
Bubble cars are making a comeback, the French and their quirkyness for small, outragous designs are hitting the UK roads. Only a question of time before Whiffers do their magic in plastic.
Still reckon my car land plane concept could work.

On the job front Royal Mail are recruiting for Christmas; sorters, drivers are in short supply.
Home delivery drivers for the large supermarkets and the surge in HGV drivers.
Unfortunatley my HGV license has expired, costs about £1000 to get a license, not too sure on the renewal proceedure.
However my renewal on my drivers license is going through, so the Trade Plates will be back so I can collect or deliver cars over Britain.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on October 21, 2014, 06:04:14 pm
The Topol would be a neat kit to see.

And good luck with the job prospects !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on October 28, 2014, 05:05:33 am
Its the calm before the storm, usually the first week of November there is a blitz of job vacancies for the Christmas and New year.
I don't have a HGV license, but I have my driving license renewal paperwork sent off to the authorities as my paper one fell apart.

Been watching YouTube, NASA. Interesting concepts in the next generation airliners. Might buy a few 1/144 kits and build some of their designs in my own style. They seem to have gone back to the T-tail and strut added to the underside of the wing connected to the fuselage.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on November 10, 2014, 12:04:07 pm
In SAM Model Aircraft November edition there is an article on the Fujimi 1/72 F-35B and 1/72 Art Model Yak-141.
I still think a twin engine V/STOL from kitbashing a F-22 and F-35B is possible. Whereas the Yak-141 would be kitbashed with a Tornado F3. Sort of VG/swing-wing two seater V/STOL or using the spare wings from the F-22.
Or even a F-18 kitbash.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on November 19, 2014, 04:42:07 pm
Dremel have entered the 3D printer market, costing about a grand over in the states and around £650 over here in the UK. Not too sure on the European launch date.
As a Whiffer I can see a market for small parts, etching and decals. Fuselage stretches or even car parts spring to mind.
Aircraft engines and conversions.
I suppose its down to cost for the additional plastic sheets.
I know that some small companies use this for model railway wagons, although from what I've seen I haven't been that impressed with the end product.
Sure given time and technology the price will come down and the ease of useable friendly instructions will make or take Whiffing to a new level.

Can't wait until I get my Christmas bonus and get back to building a few kits.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on November 25, 2014, 06:05:19 pm
I seem to be going around in circles.
Just need to get my hands on a Lockheed Neptune and the circle will be completed as this was my first Whiff.
As already discussed in detail the Airfix 1/144 Hoverspeed Hovercraft.
I know that with two kits the deck space is huge. This time I'll be using strips of plasticard for the roof supports and walls. Care must be taken if cutting the roof as this has a tendency to crack depends on the plastic.
I did dry test runs using parts off a 1/144 B-2 Stealth bomber and engines from the Revell 1/144 C-17. Ended up using parts from the Revell 1/144 Lockheed Sea Shadow stealth boat.
The air cushion landing system can be built from the remaining parts, works well on a 1/72 C-130.

One slight problem if you want to go the military carrier route. Can't get many Sea Harriers or helicopters in the hold or on deck. Might need a rethink on deck arrangements.

Still plenty of Airfix BAe Nimrods, Revell Br.1150 Atlantics and the odd Lockheed P-3 Orion.
Both of the Atlantic and Orion have a few problems if adding the Nimrod wings but the transformation is well worth the effort.

Lots of airliner variations of the Valiant and Vulcan. Found the Victor a bit too fiddly for my liking. Maybe a smaller scale might be better.
Title: Re: McColm: Thinking outside of the box
Post by: McColm on December 01, 2014, 02:38:37 am
Airfix has updated the 1/72 English Electric Lightning F MK 6 and whilst they haven't got the two seater in the pipeline Sword has released the T MK 4 or T MK 5.
Which begs the question to kitbash the two kits ending up with a two seater with the larger F MK 6 belly tank. Proposed alternative engines were considered on the Sea Lightning VG, so these could be sourced from the Tornado F2/F3.Taking this one step further, a solid nose and side air intakes. Sort of research aircraft for the pre-production Tornado.
Title: Re: McColm: Thinking outside of the box
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 01, 2014, 05:29:24 am
Airfix has updated the 1/72 English Electric Lightning F MK 6 and whilst they haven't got the two seater in the pipeline Sword has released the T MK 4 or T MK 5.
Which begs the question to kitbash the two kits ending up with a two seater with the larger F MK 6 belly tank.

That'd be a Saudi or Kuwaiti T54/55 then.

Matchbox made rather a pig's ear of their attempt at the T55 but the Airfix/Sword solution should make a much better model, once you've ploughed your way through the 'PE heavy' Sword cockpit build anyway.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on December 01, 2014, 05:44:22 am
Thanks Kit. :bow:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on December 02, 2014, 02:28:35 pm
Another T.55 idea would be a V/STOL version.
Using parts from a MKI or MK5 Harrier. Nozzles and out rigger landing gear. I think this has been built by another Whiffer, but can't remember where I saw it.
Title: Re: McColm: Bomber Command Special Operations
Post by: McColm on December 03, 2014, 03:55:25 pm
I guess that I'm used to seeing the B-17 in highly polished metal, so if the RAF Bomber Command applies its paint scheme the Fortress looks sinister.
This paint scheme would look great on a B-29/50 or the C-97. Even the Connie, although it was never in service with the RAF and neither was the C-97/B-50.
The B-29 and B-17 kitbash would look good as well.
Title: Re: McColm: Thinking outside of the box
Post by: Captain Canada on December 05, 2014, 06:31:28 am
once you've ploughed your way through the 'PE heavy' Sword cockpit build anyway.


Let it go lol. you could always get away with painting the Matchbox seats  :thumbsup: Anybody seen the Sword two-seater ? Wonder what the canopy glass looks like ? Also wondering if they have an 'open' option.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: McColm: Thinking outside of the box
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 05, 2014, 07:24:51 am
Anybody seen the Sword two-seater ? Wonder what the canopy glass looks like ? Also wondering if they have an 'open' option.

 :cheers:

I have that one, thus my comments about the 'PE Heavy' stuff. The canopy looks great and it can be mounted in the open position too, and they supply the jack to hold it there as well.
Title: Re: McColm: Thinking outside of the box
Post by: Captain Canada on December 05, 2014, 08:02:23 am
I have that one, thus my comments about the 'PE Heavy' stuff. The canopy looks great and it can be mounted in the open position too, and they supply the jack to hold it there as well.

I keep getting the two T birds mixed up from thread to thread !

I'll get to my Sea Lightning one of these days....but I was thinking the same thing. mashing the two

 :cheers:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 05, 2014, 08:11:44 am
I've got T-birds coming out of my ears just now, Hunters, Harriers, Lightnings, Vampires, Meteors, Scorpions, Javelins, Torndaoes, Phantoms, Su-27s, A-4s, you name it, I've got one!  :o
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on December 05, 2014, 10:09:00 am
A four seater T-55 Lightning would be feasible, based on the Grumman Prowler layout.
EF-55 Crow?
May need to stretch the fuselage to add the two rear seats.
Don't ask me why, but extra pylons above and below the wings and the distinctive tail from the Prowler or EF-111A.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on December 05, 2014, 10:54:25 am
When you absolutely positively need your EW now !

 :tornado:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 05, 2014, 12:14:07 pm
Stretching a Lighting fuselage is very feasible as it's parallel forward of the wings until the nose taper starts.

I did that with two M'box F6s kits to make my 2 seat tandem F8 and it worked a treat. It may be a tad more difficult with the T55 as it has the bulged fuselage by the cockpit but not impossible to my mind.
Title: Re:Lockheed F-104 twin engines idea
Post by: McColm on December 08, 2014, 03:11:02 am
This is still in the concept stage, kits haven't been bought yet.
Heller Dassault Mirage IVA and F-104.
The Mirage is 23 feet longer than the Starfighter, but if you added the Starfighter's wings, nose cone , tail and undercarriage. I know the Heller kit has a flattish lower fuselage so parts from the Starfighter and plasticard will be be used.
A kitbash between the two kits is more likely, the 7ft 7in wing might need changing, F-16 springs to mind.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on December 08, 2014, 01:39:23 pm
I did that with two M'box F6s kits to make my 2 seat tandem F8 and it worked a treat.

Have I seen this one ? Can't recall....off to look !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 08, 2014, 01:56:28 pm
I did that with two M'box F6s kits to make my 2 seat tandem F8 and it worked a treat.

Have I seen this one ? Can't recall....off to look !

It was my second Whiffed model, built way back in the mid-70s, so it never was posted on here.

Backstory was it was a stand-in for the Tornado F3 because of the problems with the radar.  ;D

It carries three Skyflashes, plus two 'winders on the starboard outer pylon, it has an extended, more cambered wing, an RWR system on top of the fin plus the lengthened nose of course. The canopy came from an Airmodel vacform Mirage 2 seater.

(http://img904.imageshack.us/img904/1569/ucr07Y.jpg)

(http://img911.imageshack.us/img911/6076/A4sewX.jpg)

74 Sqdn. of course.  ;D
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on December 09, 2014, 04:33:22 am
Great model, I always thought the Lightning should have carried the Sidewinder and Sparrow missiles.
Interesting use for a two seater.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on December 09, 2014, 06:06:54 am
Pretty much exactly as I had imagined from your original description ! 74 Sqdn. of course  :thumbsup: Thing of beauty I say. Very sleek. Love the weapons load as well.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 09, 2014, 06:24:22 am
Thanks very much gentlemen.

You better have your thread back now McColm, sorry for hi-jacking it. <blush>
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on December 09, 2014, 10:36:24 am
I'd say if ever a thread hijack served it's purpose, this would be it.  :thumbsup:

 :wub:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on December 09, 2014, 11:27:26 am
Thanks Guys,
Anytime Kit as long as it is relevant to the topic.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on December 09, 2014, 05:50:38 pm
If the Chinese got their hands on the TSR.2 this could lead to a new topic altogether.
What with Freightdog bringing out the 1/72 extended nosewheel leg, just need to get hold of a few Airfix kits.
Seaplane version with skis and floats.
V/STOL-lifting jets
Side-by-side two seater
Pint-sized (shorter fuselage)
Change the wing and air intakes (Mig-29 ish)
Forward VG-Switchblade?
Stealth version
Title: Re: de Havilland Comet
Post by: McColm on December 10, 2014, 01:40:59 am
This is me thinking out loud, if I took the wings and tail from the Airfix BAe Nimrod kit and added them to the Mach 2 Caravelle, I should end up with something resembling the de Havilland Comet. The windows will be a different shape, but everything else would depict a short fuselage of the earlier marks.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: TallEng on December 10, 2014, 02:55:59 am
Or you could remove the bottom part of the double bubble of the Nimrods fuselage
Re-shape the internal bulkheads to a round shape, and using the removed bits of
The double bubble and some plastikard produce a normal round Comet fuselage. :thumbsup:
Which is roughly what I'm doing to produce a Transport version of Revells Atlantic
See here http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,27373.0/highlight,alternate+andover.html
For the (still) :rolleyes: unfinished item.
The idea would also work for making a four engined Airliner based on the Atlantic; you'd probably want
Two kits for extra fuselage length and the other two engines, but it would make a pretty impressive Vanguard
Size Airliner :o

Regards
Keith
Title: Re: de Havilland Comet
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 10, 2014, 04:52:33 am
This is me thinking out loud, if I took the wings and tail from the Airfix BAe Nimrod kit and added them to the Mach 2 Caravelle, I should end up with something resembling the de Havilland Comet. The windows will be a different shape, but everything else would depict a short fuselage of the earlier marks.

.... with VERY big engines by comparison!
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on December 10, 2014, 06:28:34 am
Thanks Keith.
Cheers Kit, I think the Comrod test aircraft before the production aircraft were built, would be appropriate.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on December 10, 2014, 11:11:48 am
An AEW Caravelle would work either the E-2 rotor-dome or Nimrod AEW resin conversion kit.
The tanker or bomber options.
Using parts left over from both kits and engine pylons. T33s or CFMs.
Might opt for the 1/144 scale as well.
Title: Re: Comevelle
Post by: McColm on December 10, 2014, 05:17:19 pm
Been reading kit reviews of the Mach 2 Caravelle and it does seem that the Airfix BAe Nimrod and AlleyCat resin parts will be need as the Caravelle cockpit has some issues.
If I can get hold of a piece of plastic pipe which has the same diameter as the Caravelle then a stretch versionand kitbash with the Airfix parts. The left overs will be used. There is a 1/72 de Havilland Comet kit available, a bit pricey as it is over £100 using resin and vacformed parts.

I did build a shortend version of the BAe Nimrod and a stretched version both had spin-tops added to the upper fuselage. One had the E-3 and the other the E-2, so this could work on the Caravelle as well.
A six engine beast, maybe. Although I did build a five engined version using the rear end of a Trident, which with a bit of filler and superglue looked the part. I added the wings off the Airfix Vulcan kit.
Next time I'll keep the engines attached.
Title: Re: The Three in one Shop, Stanwell
Post by: McColm on December 11, 2014, 08:19:45 pm
The 3 in 1 shop, Happy Landings , Stanwelll has two dozen Corgi 1/36 diecast model vehicles of TV and film characters/drama series. I'm interested in the Ford Granada from the Sweeney. Never knew they made one. Most is from the James Bond range. The Monkeys, Charlie's Angels, The Green Hornet, Yellow Submarine, the Saint-jag, Marilyn Monroe  and Elvis Cadillac.
Two 1/18 MG Bs.
The Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a repro, might buy it and use it to design my own flying car of the same period.
Bound to be a sale on after Christmas. I'll be on the hunt for aircraft kits around the Hounslow and Staines area.
Should have enough dosh to move out, seen a few places in South Ealing, close to the Piccadilly Line and a twenty minute walk to Ealing Green. Only problem there's no dedicated Model shop, Argoss or the Early Learning Center.
Title: Beriev Be-12 Mail
Post by: McColm on December 12, 2014, 07:12:09 pm
Been researching this and came to the conclusion that the RVHP 72122 is out of production with silly prices on that well known auction site. Sanger do the Be-12 1/72 vacform version.
AModel do the 1/144 kits, they also do the Be-200 in 1/144. You can get the Be-200 in 1/72 but that's out of my budget.
Revell do the Be-6 Madge and Deja do the Be-10 Mallow both in 1/72.
I've been toying with the idea of fitting a pair of turbojets to the Be-12.
This would be my first model made from vacform, although the Madge could be Whiffed to resemble the Be-12.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on December 16, 2014, 02:34:09 pm
Gathering kits or spare/alternative parts to the builds planned for next year. Trying to budge no more than £30 per kit although broken or "spares/repairs" seem a barging when it comes to kitbashing.
Going to try my hand at vacform and build two giant hovercraft from the Airfix 1/144 Hoverspeed. Try and lengthen the deck space. Might need three kits for this. A rocket carrier, or shuttle carrier would work.

Vehicle wise "Honest John's garage" with showroom and forecourt.

The Soviet/Chinese versions of the B-29 and the EC-97 AEW, either 1/72 or 1/144.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on December 18, 2014, 02:21:58 am
Lockheed S-3 Viking is one of those aircraft that can be adapted to most Whiffs. Kits are available both new and secondhand.
However the Skywarrior is harder to find, the odd vacform does appear. An alternative could be the B-66 Destroyer, Revell kit in 1/72.
These would fit in the AEW topic, along side the Grumman E-1E. Mach2 or vacform conversion. Along with the AEW C-97, Shackleton with rotor dome, B-29/B-50 AEW projects. Mad Hatter and Phoenix.

The odd car kit, as well.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 18, 2014, 02:32:45 am
An alternative could be the B-66 Destroyer, Revell kit in 1/72.

IIRC it was an Italeri kit originally. Either that or there are two different moulds, I have two of the Italeri B-66s.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on December 18, 2014, 05:47:52 pm
There are future releases of the 1/72 plastic Skywarrior and Trumpeter do the 1/48 scale version.

Sometimes I use the Blog to jot down random thoughts, otherwise I come away with pads full of ideas but have no idea what they refer to.
This may confuse some Whiffers as there is no set theme or link but I usually go back and link ideas together.Sometimes other Whiffers are on the same wavelength and have built their own version of a theme or topic. Which is  fine by me as no two builds are the same.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on December 18, 2014, 05:52:17 pm
Some Skywarriors would be nice to see.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: McColm: Car transporters
Post by: McColm on December 18, 2014, 07:29:21 pm
The Bristol Freighter could carry three cars and 25 passengers, Airfix 1/72 kit no longer in production.
I tried but failed to stretch the fuselage, as I tried to create my own 1/72 Cavair .
There is a 1/144 kit available.
Cavair based on the DC-4 airliner.
This got me thinking of the Armstrong Whitworth Argosy, not too sure if these were ever used as car transporters. The resin kit in 1/72 is available and there's a vacform kit as well. 1/200 kits on eBay.
The Argos had four Dart engines, I would have thought of upgrading to RR Tynes.
Maybe the C-119 Boxcar and C-160 could be kitbashed?
C-160 with twin tail booms and a second set of Tynes.
Worked on Project Phoenix using a C-130 and AC-119K kits, although I did make cam-shell rear doors and used the auxiliary turbojets placed above the wings.

If this fails there's the Blackburn Beverly!
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 18, 2014, 11:14:24 pm
The Heller DC6 combined with the cockpit from an Airfix Bristol Freighter might make a slightly longer Carvair?
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on December 19, 2014, 01:01:16 am
Thanks Kit, I'll have a go. Heller do the 1/72 DC-6 kits, the Airfix Bristol Super Freighter is a bit of a rare beast, but a scratch built cockpit or one from a Wessex helicopter would do instead.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: sandiego89 on December 19, 2014, 05:14:55 am
I mated an 1/144 Electra and a Carvair, which is a much cheaper way to go, here:

http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,37285.0/highlight,carvair.html

I really need to do a refresh on this one- was never happy with my putty at the joints- but wanted to get it off the bench.  

-Dave
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on December 19, 2014, 01:04:49 pm
Pity its not in 1/72 scale although it did look good in 1/144.
Title: Re: Armstrong Whitworth Ensign
Post by: McColm on December 23, 2014, 01:48:15 am
Picked up a copy of Aeroplanemonthly February 2015 edition and had to take a second peak at the inside rear cover/last page as I thought that they were doing an article on the Lockheed Constellation. Turns out to be the Armstrong Whitworth Ensign on the Database  March issue.
I quickly Googled and read that the Ensign had been in service with the RAF but was scrapped due to bomber production.
Looks a lot like a C-69 Connie with a shoulder mounted wing and single tail fin. The engines are smaller than the American ones fitted to the Connie.
This has got me thinking that a few cuts with a razor saw behind the cockpit and at the rear, turn the fuselage section upside-down and add a few reinforcement tabs before gluing the new fuselage halves together. With the wing the wrong way round, this can be corrected so the undercarriage hangs down.
Possible bomber version to be built, transport/airliner and tanker. (AEW? wait and see.)
Could have given the Lockheed Constellation a worthy rival if developed further.

Further research needed, either Airfix or Heller 1/72 kits as donor models.
Welsh Models do the A.W. 27 Ensign in 1/144 with metal propellers, airline version.
Title: Christmas shopping
Post by: McColm on December 24, 2014, 09:02:31 am
Went up to Hamleys Toy Shop, Regents Street, London this afternoon. Haven't been in there for at least 20 years. They have a large range of Airfix kits and that's it. Sure every type of R/C model is there but no other kit manufactures.
Hopped on the tube to Hounslow Central and found an Early Learning Center with a small range of Revell kits at cheap prices. Obviously not selling that well, will wait until the sales start.
Some of the shops are starting to close up for the day.

Have a good Christmas where ever you are and be save on New Years Eve.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on December 25, 2014, 07:48:16 am
I've got plans for a twin boom Constellation based transport. Probably be in 144th scale tho.

Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on December 25, 2014, 01:03:07 pm
Anigrand do the Republic Rainbow which is closer to the Ensign. Just need to move the wings to shoulder height.
Been on Hannants website and I can afford to buy some 1/72 Anigrand kits, the X-18 tiltwing is a possible C-130 or C-160 Whiff.
Meanwhile the XF-108 Rapier has got me thinking in terms of an F-22 big wing bomber.

Thinking along the lines of a Hovercraft aircraft carrier. Three Hoverspeed Airfix 1/144 scale, end to end. Mega-stretch, engines mounted on pillars on the outside walls, flat deck for Harriers and helicopters. Ski-ramp a possibility. Four kits needed for fix wing aircraft.
Title: Re: 2014 recap'
Post by: McColm on December 26, 2014, 06:18:58 pm
May saw my first exhibits at RAF Hendon went downhill after that. Had to sell the stash and dump the rest.
Found a bed from one of my sisters mates. Had dinner at the Union Jack Club, Waterloo. Saw the Tall Ships at Greenwich.
Cenotaph Parade marched with the Army. Breakfast at the Union Jack Club.
Met up with an old school friend in Staines. Walked over the reservoirs, different world up there. Peaceful but the midges were out in force.
Christmas breakfast and lunch in the Union Jack Club, got the application form.
Two kits bought, need to move on as asbestos is getting removed from block, need to get re-registered for the voting during May Election.
Must renew my passport and drivers licence.
Got a few furniture restoration jobs to do, still got two weeks leave. Will do it then.

Happy New year.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on December 30, 2014, 06:41:42 pm
I must admit that I've never heard of Kora Resin Models before, as I was doing some research on the Mach2 PBY-2 Coronado flying boat. They do the transport conversion set, undercarriage, floats and JATO rocket and cockpit sets.

For the Messerschmitt BF 109G the two seater conversion is available as well in 1/72.

The Coronado was flown by the RAF but ended up as a transporter as it lacked the range of the Shorts Sunderland. Hence the twin engine study. A XPB3Y-1 was proposed as a follow on aircraft improving range and payload.
Might use the Kora resin landing gear on the Airfix Sunderland. A five engined Sunderland with the fifth engine in where the nose turret should be and twin tail fins.

The possibility of launching large seaplanes from a land based rail-track takeoff device. Looks like a rail car instead of JATO rockets. However the PBM-1 Mariner and PBM-5 Master could be kitbashed into the P4Y-1 configuration.

Fitting a Delta wing to the Martin P6M-1 Sea Master was proposed as an alternative to the PB-58 Sea Hustler jet flying boat. Mounting the engines on the vertical tail fin or above the wing.
Title: Re: McColm: Convair and Martin aircraft company
Post by: McColm on December 31, 2014, 10:04:15 am
Just running with the idea of what if Convair and Martin aircraft companies had merged during the 1950s.
Convair used quiet a few of the Martins' seaplanes for trials work. So this would make sense to me.
Maybe products such as the Tradewind and Sea Master could have entered service with the military and commercial markets.
Convair lost out to Martin on the XP6M-1 Sea Master but having seen their proposal and desk model, is almost a spitting image apart from the engine layout/ cockpit/ weapons release system/T-tail.
Title: Re: One step further Shorts Sunderland
Post by: McColm on January 02, 2015, 02:26:14 pm
There's an interesting article about the Short Sunderland in FlyPast February 2015 pages 66-88. I like the No.230 Squadron colour scheme 'Black Peter'. Makes you wonder what if the USNavy had deployed the Sunderland and their variants would be.
Yes they had the Catalina, but the Coronado was no match for it. Martin had the Marlin and Mariner.
Whatif the Sunderland was fitted with the Wright R-3350, same engines as the B-29 and the Lockheed Constellation but not the same rating 2,000hp or 2,100hp. Perhaps a stretched fuselage and cargo doors on the fuselage.
Convair did investigate tri-motor concepts for landplanes and seaplanes for military and commercial purposes.
So a three engined Sunderland would make an interesting Whiff. This would look similar to Convairs' Model 31 (1939) a twin fin tail would be needed.
There was a real world Model 31 built as a civilian alternative version to the Martin PBM-1 Mariner with two R-2600 engines. Power plants for the Model 31 were the Wright R-3350 Cyclone engines rated at 2,000hp and it was the first airplane to use that engine.
Model 31 had a top speed of 250 mph and a range of 3,500 miles. The Navy modified this to the XP4Y-1 configuration.
The USNavy did put the P4Y-1 named Corregidor, 200 airplane order for the ASW role. This program was cancelled when the decision was made to allocate the entire production of Wright engines to the newly initiated B-29 bomber.
There was a design study for the commercial market similar to the Sandringham.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on January 02, 2015, 03:08:21 pm
I like it.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: McColm: Got another idea for the Boeing 747
Post by: McColm on January 03, 2015, 12:37:07 pm
Seems the 1/144 Boeing 747 shuttle carrier and space shuttle kits are bargains. Of course this is a large model when built and on the other topics featured compared to the C-5 and Airbus 380.
I haven't found a 1/72 Lockheed Constitution kit only the 1/144 Anigrand at almost £75 from Hannants.
Which gave me an idea to use the Revell 1/144 Boeing 747 and change the engines to those of the B-29.

I did come up with a seaplane version but the wings would need moving to the shoulder position. The 747-8 and 747-400 version could be used. I would stretch the upper deck to allow the wings to be repositioned.Engines placed above the wings. Or turboprops, this would make a great alternative to the Tradewind. Perhaps the wings from a 1/144 de Havilland Comet. Possible!
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 03, 2015, 12:59:29 pm
Comet wings on a 747 will be VERY small indeed!  :o
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on January 03, 2015, 06:35:47 pm
What about a variable-incidence wing tilted upwards?
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 04, 2015, 12:34:56 am
Sure, but it'd still need to be bigger in the cruise.

Wing area of the Comet 4, the largest Mark, was 2121 sq. ft. whereas on the 747-100, the smallest version, it's 5500 sq. ft.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on January 04, 2015, 12:53:41 am
Wow!
Almost double.
Thanks Kit
I'll keep the original wings and move them.
There are a few 1/200 Lockheed C-141B kits on eBay, that would make a great seaplane. Just reposition the engines and a few tweaks.
Title: Re: McColm: And now for something completely different!
Post by: McColm on January 06, 2015, 09:07:10 am
Minicraft produced the 1/24 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II. A four door saloon with rubber tyres, opening hood and trunk.
This got me thinking and a quick search on Google reveals that there were two door convertibles and five door station wagons.
The Mark III is completely different and would need serious whiffing.
For me the camper van or Dormobile springs to mind, although I haven't come across any of these in the real world or modelling Whiffs. This would mean slimming down the D-pillar and adding a new rear end. Looks to me as if the Renault 4 could be a donor vehicle for this or scratch build plastic card. Parts from the Revell VW T5 would be used. As you wouldn't need the rear seats of the Silver Cloud the space could be opened up.

As there are plenty of the Minicraft 1962 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II kits available a Rat Rod and a few other whiffs.
A possible change of engine, or a six wheeler.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 06, 2015, 01:41:38 pm
The Cloud III wasn't that much different to the Cloud II. The main visual difference were the dual headlights, but more subtle was the lowering of the height of the grille by a couple of inches, requiring the bonnet and front wings to be re-shaped a bit.

I know this first hand as I did the body strength tests on the Cloud III in late 1962.  ;D

I've got a 1/24 Cloud III kit somewhere but can't remember who it's by, maybe Bandai? I was thinking of building it into a pickup, or maybe a Stock Drag Racer?  ;D
Title: Re: McColm: 1/24 Minicraft RR Silver Cloud II ideas
Post by: McColm on January 07, 2015, 06:18:05 am
Been searching for the Silver Cloud III on line and so far no luck. There's a few diecast in 1/43 and the odd 1/24 but the prices are in triple figures.
Your idea for a Ute/pickup truck, is a bit like my idea for a panel van. But thinking along the lines of something military and an armoured car jumps at me or fire engine/tender.
Another idea is to shorten the bonnet/hood and put an American V8 in its place. Even the "Beast" could slide in from a Spitfire or Hurricane in 1/24 scale.
Another idea is FAB1, the pink six wheeler from Thunderbirds or even a Batmobile. Kitbashed from a coupe with the long nose and side exhaust pipes.Weapons optional.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang- the flying car. Yes I'm going to need a different model for this, dragon wings?

Expanding this idea further and transport for the teachers at Hogwarts, becomes the most outrageous car whiffs. Part car and part animal depending on their houses.
In the real world there a lot of kit cars based around the mini, there was one at the New Years Day Parade. Got it on video. Think they used the doors and the windscreen off the mini.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on January 09, 2015, 10:50:59 am
Been watching "The car's the star" on YouTube. First aired on BBC 2 and repeated on BBC 4.
Deals with the collapse of the British car industry, interesting and also gets behind the scenes on the reasons why.
I've watched the episodes covering the Hillman Imp, Ford Capri and the DMC 12 Deloran.
Not too sure on the Imp, but I know the other two do come in plastic kit form. Got some kitbashing ideas,the gull wings on a Capri could work. The DMC needs a few more Lotus parts.
Could use a Renault 4/5 as a donor for the Imp.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 09, 2015, 11:25:03 am
I wish there was a decent 1/24 kit of an Imp.  :banghead:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Rheged on January 09, 2015, 02:16:33 pm
I wish there was a decent 1/24 kit of an Imp.  :banghead:

Didn't you mention recently that you'd made a 12 inch to the foot scale Imp??
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 09, 2015, 03:08:41 pm
I wish there was a decent 1/24 kit of an Imp.  :banghead:

Didn't you mention recently that you'd made a 12 inch to the foot scale Imp??

Sure did, but it wasn't a plastic kit, it was a scratchbuilt steel and aluminium one. :)
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on January 09, 2015, 06:19:56 pm
There's the Vanguard diecast series in 1/43 scale, but nothing in plastic so far.
Likewise CBS has the number one show N.C.I.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service.You would have thought one of the 1/24 or 1/25 kit manufacturers would have released a range of cars as this is now in series 12.
There has been Gibbs. Greenlight  1/18 1970 Dodge Challenger RT Hemi in yellow with black stripes. Revell does the same model in 1/25.
Whilst the rest of the cast could come from present stock:
1966 Ford Mustang
Morgan Plus 8
BMW Mini Cooper
Porsche Boxter
Honda (Accura) Integra
Chevy 1978 pickup truck

I haven't watched season 11 or 12 so I don't know what cars Eleanor "Ellie" Bishop drives or the new car Antony Dinozzo drives, as his oMustang was blown up and the Cadillac town car was hit sideways at a road junction.

Finding the correct 1931 Ford coupe hot rod for Abby, might have to result to a kitbash.
The NCIS/government cars are the four door Dodge Charger from season three onwards.
Fornell drives a 2006 Chrysler Aspen Crossover. I've seen the European equivalent. This looks like the Grand Cherokee with a different grill or from another angle the Voyager
Title: Re: Flying trains!
Post by: McColm on January 10, 2015, 01:09:44 am
Flying trains,
I haven't worked out the why yet. But it would save you having to change modes of transport at an air port or runway/dock yard. Rotodyne meets Midland Pullman. Landing on rails, well there's GPS and infra-red or laser . Reverse thrust to slow the train down, rotor and wings stored when in train mode.
Space 1999 Eagle springs to mind as a lifting jet kitbash, sort of idea if blasting isn't an option. Instead of going through or underneath just fly over it.
Good job that in Whiffingland daft ideas are possible.

Just need Kit to tell me someone actually tried to do this in the Real World, with pictures!
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Steel Penguin on January 10, 2015, 01:57:47 am
McColm,   the flying train thing  hit me a few years ago, the word Tornado  met itself in a crunch of plastic and bits,  I just need to get a train body to start it with.  funnily enough every rail / plane type ive mentioned it too ( who have a sense of humour)  gets a funny far away look in there eyes, and starts muttering a bought where the ejector seats should go  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Flying trains!
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 11, 2015, 01:40:02 am
Just need Kit to tell me someone actually tried to do this in the Real World, with pictures!

Hehehe, not that I know of, although there are some instances of various rail administrations seemingly trying to make their locos and rolling stick become airborne by appallingly bad track maintenance!

In 1973 or 4 we did some tests on a steep downhill curve near Dover to discover at what speed a railway coach became derailed, but I'm not sure that's quite what you had in mind.....  ;D
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on January 12, 2015, 04:32:15 am
Been on Google and although my idea sounds daft there are artists' impressions of a Train Plane where the carriages slot into pods under the wings of a four engine jet cargo aircraft.

The idea to fit a vertical lifting device(s) on the loco push-pull. The Eurostar train might be better than the Blue Pullman due to the carrige layout.
The APT could be used, not your train set but the Hornby or Lima version.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 12, 2015, 05:06:01 am
I'm suitably amazed. :)

An APT wouldn't work too well as it's articulated and splitting the carriages is a 5-6 hour job at least. Then you've still got to hold the ends up somehow.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Rheged on January 12, 2015, 07:25:58 am
A GWR railcar that slots into the underbelly of a Bristol Bombay or HP Harrow.   1930's ultra-express to Paris  The Golden Wing  service.............even more exclusive than then Golden Arrow and the ferry
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on January 12, 2015, 07:28:02 am
There's a French design "Clip Air" on YouTube that looks a bit like a cross between the Northrop B-2/ convex wing and three streamlined carriges underneath the wing with fixed undercarriage.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on January 12, 2015, 09:53:31 am
Don't the Japanese have a train that uses electro magnets to hover above the track ? Technically it would be airborne  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on January 12, 2015, 10:48:16 am
Maglev
Or something similar. The Germans and the French tested this out. I had the Revell 1/87 static model of the TransRapid two car , track and pylons. You could have added bogies to run on 00/Ho track. I had to sell mine, haven't seen another on eBay for over a year.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 12, 2015, 12:05:21 pm
We had a low speed Maglev test track and car at the Railway Technical Centre in the mid 70s, and it was developed into the Shuttle than ran between the NEC and Birmingham Airport, where it ran for some years. The company that built it went bust and BR had sold the technology by then (what a surprise...) so it was closed down and replaced by a wheeled system on the same track base.

The original test car and some of the track still exists and is stored at the Science Museum's Wroughton site, but that never seems to be open these days.

(http://img673.imageshack.us/img673/6312/Ji8bYp.jpg)

Original BT Mag-Lev car at Wroughton


(http://img633.imageshack.us/img633/416/clmSxj.jpg)

Birmingham Airport Mag-Lev car on its dedicated track.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: NARSES2 on January 13, 2015, 02:55:34 am
Is the Shanghai to International Airport high speed service a Maglev ?

If so then I've travelled on it. Flipping quick I can tell you  :blink: But as the start station is outside of Shanghai they have to bus you to and from it ??? I didn't ask why it dosen't go into the centre of the city, didn't seem polite to.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on January 13, 2015, 03:26:37 am
Yes it is, but just like a standard railway line it passes around or through natural obstacles.
My Whiff is to fly over the obstacle and land back on the track or hover over it and continue your journey.
Maybe attach the railcars/carrige to an airship?
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on January 13, 2015, 09:33:52 am
Kinda like the Polar Express that skitters around on the ice before finding itself back on the tracks !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on January 13, 2015, 09:37:06 am
That's it!
Title: Boeing C-135 Maritime Patrol Aircraft revised
Post by: McColm on January 13, 2015, 10:12:30 am
Many moons ago I tried to build my version of the maritime C-135 using the Heller KC-135FR. I couldn't get the design to work but I know other Whiffers were/are building their own.
As the Boeing P-8A Poseidon seems to be the most photographed aircraft appearing at least once a month in aircraft military magazines, I thought I'd have another go at the C-135.
Most of the Airbus kits are in 1/144 scale, I haven't seen many in 1/72 hence using the KC-135 model.
Two weapons bays forward and rear of the wing. Utilising the cockpit floor, which the underside could form the basis of the weapons bay with strips of plasticard for the walls. Lumps and bumps from the spare parts bin. MAD boom, I found that the Br1150 Atlantic is a very good fit, but I can see this being moved to the vertical tail fin .
The Wedgetail is another possibility in 1/72 scale using the Heller KC-135.

The only problems I can see is the cost and size of the completed models. There are 1/200 and 1/100 scales that I could use as well.
I did see someone mount half a kit to some artists card and frame the 1/144 kit, thus coming up with two designs for one kit.
Title: Re: McColm: Just had another idea for the A-10 or Sea Hog
Post by: McColm on January 13, 2015, 12:20:26 pm
Whatif you gave the A-10 a new set of swept wings?
Interesting thought or has it been whiffed already. Using the wings from a bizjet or F-100.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on January 14, 2015, 04:29:13 am
I had an idea for an F-16/ A-10 mash up. In my cartoon thread. Old F-16 intake would hold the gun.

 :drink:
Title: Douglas XC-132, where have I seen that before?
Post by: McColm on January 16, 2015, 10:13:13 am
The Douglas XC-132 was based on another Douglas design the C-124 GlobemasterII with a shoulder wing and new engines. Although there was a full scale mock up built the prototype never got passed the drawing board.
However the mock up reminds me of the Lockheed Constitution, this was built and flown by the USNavy. There's a vague resemblance to the Blackburn Beverly.
Airmodel do a  vacform kit and Anigrand the resin in 1/72 and 1/144. Roden the 1/144 kits.
I need some help with the XC-132 engines, which ones to use?

Likewise the Revell 1/144 An-124 with turboprops instead of turbofans as a backup plan if it all goes wrong.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 16, 2015, 10:24:07 am
The XC-132 used the massive PT-5 turboprop so something like the Tu-95 Bear's engines wouldn't be far wrong.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on January 19, 2015, 05:28:36 am
Whiffing the XC-132 in 1/144 scale would be a challenge.

Just had an idea of building a Canadian Avro Shackleton MK3 or Mk4 with skis.
Or Whatif the USA armed forces had used the Shack? Already thought of the USCoast Guard with a life raft fitted in the bomb bay. Different engines, gunship maybe or increased guns positions.

Might do something which involves the Catalina,  Convair did some mock ups.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on January 19, 2015, 05:53:43 am
First I've heard of that one. Just googled it and wow, now I want to build one ! What a neat looking aeroplane. And to have a full scale mock up of something that big ? Neat stuff.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on January 19, 2015, 07:04:20 am
1/144 models C-124
Anigrand A/C £76.99
Roden A or C £23.99
Welsh Models A/C

1/72 C-124
Anigrand £99.20

1/44 Tu-95D Bear
Revell seems the cheapest
Zvezda
Trumpeter

1/72
Trumpeter

You might get away with using the East German 1/100 Tu-85 for engines on a 1/72 build.
Title: Re: A different fuselage on a different lower fuselage
Post by: McColm on January 21, 2015, 11:18:15 am
The idea of building a scale model of the Lockheed Constitution has always eluded me. Yes there is the Anigrand 1/144 resin model, but what about something in 1/72. Not too sure if a vacform kit was released, as I haven't seen it advertised on line.
EBay has a lot of 1/144 Boeing 747s for sale and the R6V does have that Jumbo look about it. So here goes:
Use the lower half of a C-97 (cut the top off along the seam). Glue the fuselage halves together, depending on what kit the Boeing 747 is tape the fuselage halves together and place on top of the new fuselage. There's some trimming to do to get a good fit but the result should be worth it. Just means hiding the wing stubs as the 1/72 fuselage will have those in the kit.

Its a shame the USNavy didn't fit more powerful engines to the two Constitutions they had.

I'm sure once I've mastered this technique more Whiffs will follow.
Title: Re: Double-deck(er) aircraft
Post by: McColm on January 22, 2015, 03:39:19 am
For a Whiffer there are loads to choose from, either kit form or kitbashing as I will do with a 1/72 C-97 and a 1/144 Boeing 747.
I know that the 1/144 747 is a large kit as I had one in my stash. I was going to add an engine in the tail from a 1/100 TriStar Playfix East German manufacturer, the model was bought as Spare Parts.
Or add the engines from a 1/72 B-52G.
Other builds would include:
Lockheed Constellation upper on top of the C-97 lower fuselage section.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on January 22, 2015, 06:41:44 am
So many ideas ! I like the idea of swapping out the C-97 wings. Interesting.....

 :cheers:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on January 24, 2015, 09:57:19 am
So many threads an so much talk about wing/ engines/ Shackletons etc. I figured I'd just put these here where Steven would find them  :thumbsup:

Shak wings on the Sunderland

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v729/buzzhemply/DSC_0604_zpsmiv6qsve.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/buzzhemply/media/DSC_0604_zpsmiv6qsve.jpg.html)

And the Stirling

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v729/buzzhemply/DSC_0603_zpsacvjhz5j.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/buzzhemply/media/DSC_0603_zpsacvjhz5j.jpg.html)

Now I'm not too sure about the Sundy....looks funny and would be a boat load of work ( teehee ) to attach. But the Stirling just looks right.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on January 25, 2015, 01:56:43 am
Whilst I was building my amphibious Sunderland, used the Griffons off the Shackleton and turned the exhaust pipes pointed upwards. I dont think I'll bother using the C-130 landing gear next time. Maybe just the wheels instead. I shaped a small wooden door knob to represent the AEW radome for the forward turret and wedged it in with some filler to hide the gaps. At the rear I used the MAD boom from the Revell Br1150 Atlantic MPA kit. The upper turret was removed and filled in.
Using a blade and some fine strips of plasticard I managed a convincing pair of cargo doors on both sides of the fuselage.
I'm thinking of using the vacform Falcon kit from the Grumman E-1 AEW next time and replacing the engines with those from the Constellation kit.

Thanks for the photos.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on January 25, 2015, 05:22:17 pm
Had to go google that as I'm unfamiliar with the numbers, but that's the Tracer I now know. The search came up with this http://thanlont.blogspot.ca/2011/12/grumman-comes-from-behind-to-win.html which I had never seen, the TB-2F. Click the link above the pic of it for another photo of the Vought design. Now I'm off to google that as well.

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Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on January 25, 2015, 05:50:14 pm
Been meaning to do a kitbash of the Tracer and Hawkeye, swapping over radars and engines. The what happened next.
I reckon that the Tracer radar could be fitted to a Lockheed Neptune and Avro Shackleton. As the Constellation had the Warning Star fitted, it could also carry the Tracer radar.
The Connie also lends itself to an MPA as a weapons bay could be fitted using B-29 parts from the Academy or Airfix and sonobuoy launch tubes. Extra weapons carried on pylons under the wings. Tanker project still waiting to be built with single tail fin instead of the triple layout.
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Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on January 25, 2015, 07:25:58 pm
Nice ideas. I'd like to see a Connie  :tornado:bomber for sure.

Title: 1/72 Mach 2 Convair 440 family questions
Post by: McColm on January 26, 2015, 08:34:47 am
Hi Guys,
I've attempted two Mach 2 builds the Br1150 Atlantic and the Valiant. Both fuselages had problems, as they didn't line up and the lack of clarity in the instructions doesn't help either.
There's a range of Convair 440 in 1/72 scale and so far I haven't been able to find any kit reviews, but the Whiffs Real World and in Whiffland intrigue me.
The engine changes to the Rolls-Royce Tynes and Allison Turboprops, plus other engines or a float plane version.
As I know very little of the kit quality, the wings could be salvaged to be used on the " From 4 to 2" topic which would save time instead of reducing the wing. Well thats the theory anyway.

Is it worthwhile to persist in this or is there another kit manufacturer?
Title: Re: 1/72 Mach 2 Convair 440 family questions
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 26, 2015, 08:39:43 am
Is it worthwhile to persist in this or is there another kit manufacturer?

For a 1/72 Convair 440?

I don't think so, there's a couple in 1/144, Welsh Models and Sasquatch, but the former is a vacform and the latter is RUBBISH! I have Sasquatch 540 in The Loft and it was advertised as 'new improved mouldings' and it would make a good C-46 maybe, the 440 is a lot worse!  :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on January 26, 2015, 08:58:50 am
Thanks Kit.
Title: Re: 1/72 Mach 2 Convair 440 family questions
Post by: Captain Canada on January 26, 2015, 09:45:37 am
The Loft and it was advertised as 'new improved mouldings' and it would make a good C-46

LOl that's too funny ! Can you show us a pic or two ?

 :cheers:
Title: Re: 1/72 Mach 2 Convair 440 family questions
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 26, 2015, 10:30:58 am
The Loft and it was advertised as 'new improved mouldings' and it would make a good C-46

LOl that's too funny ! Can you show us a pic or two ?

 :cheers:

I'll see if I can dig it out from the VERY deep hole I filed it in.
Title: Interiors
Post by: McColm on January 27, 2015, 12:45:23 am
I know I've brought this subject up before and various Whiffers gave their replies but I 've seen the derailing of some of the Short Sunderland models, where as the Boeing C-97s have an almost greenhouse effect cockpit.
On the Sunderland, the cockpit area and possibly an open side door. Whilst the C-97 has a loading ramp.
Same goes for the B-17, all that detailling and you can't see it.
Even the Revell A4000M in 1/72 and 1/144 scale, unless you just build one side of the fuselage and dont glue them together :banghead:
The larger scales warrant detailing.
Another moan is interior seating, can't see that in an airliner either unless the cargo doors are open or it has a rear loading ramp. Must make the windows bigger or align the seats so they take up the window space. Probably why the Monogram 1/72 B-1B rear cockpit hidden-no side windows.
Brainwave!
Cut the side panel off to reveal the interior.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 27, 2015, 01:23:27 am
Yonks ago Revell did a couple of 1/144 airliners with removable sections in their fuselages so you could look inside and see the seats and galleys and stuff. I know they did a 747-200 and a Tri-Star for sure as I had both of them at various times, but there may have been more.

They command HUGE prices on the 2nd hand market these days though, not that they're anything special apart from the removable panels mind you. I may still have the Tri-Star somewhere and I was going to build it as the 2nd prototype which visited East Midlands in the mid-70s for the Rolls Royce staff to visit. I managed to blag my way on board it, thus my interest.  ;)
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on January 27, 2015, 01:43:13 am
Sounds like the making of a few Whiffs to my ears.
Gunships spring to mind or the internal details of the Nimrod. Revell have re released the EH-101 Merlin ASW, that has a few internal details in the "office" that I can recreate for the Nimrod. The Airfix Lifeboat is another option.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on January 27, 2015, 04:54:59 am
You could go 'glass' like the Airfix Hovercraft.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: A different fuselage on a different lower fuselage
Post by: McColm on January 27, 2015, 01:18:02 pm
The idea of building a scale model of the Lockheed Constitution has always eluded me. Yes there is the Anigrand 1/144 resin model, but what about something in 1/72. Not too sure if a vacform kit was released, as I haven't seen it advertised on line.
EBay has a lot of 1/144 Boeing 747s for sale and the R6V does have that Jumbo look about it. So here goes:
Use the lower half of a C-97 (cut the top off along the seam). Glue the fuselage halves together, depending on what kit the Boeing 747 is tape the fuselage halves together and place on top of the new fuselage. There's some trimming to do to get a good fit but the result should be worth it. Just means hiding the wing stubs as the 1/72 fuselage will have those in the kit.

Its a shame the USNavy didn't fit more powerful engines to the two Constitutions they had.

I'm sure once I've mastered this technique more Whiffs will follow.
I've found a photo of the Constitution parked next to a Constellation and Super Connie in Aeroplane Illustrated, Classic Airliners-Constellation pages 32-33.
It looks to me as though the Super Connie could be used as an upper deck on top of the Strato-thingy C-97.By cutting the tail section off the Connie and revolving it so it slopes downwards instead of upwards and adding the vertical tail from the C-97. This will need reshaping to blend in with the rear fuselage. May need a bit of filler on the nose section to also blend in. Another issue is the USNavy had round windows and the USAF square ones. The Airfix Super G has square windows whilst Heller has round windows. Might be able to find a Heller Super G on line.

There's a good photo of a Allison YT-56 turboprop engine fitted to 049-1961, as a test bed. Four of them would look good. The closest I got was the Turbo Dakota resin kit by Heritage Aviation Models Limited. These can be modified to take the T-56.
Title: Re: Revell AG 1/144 Spaceship II & Whiteknight II
Post by: McColm on January 28, 2015, 08:00:02 pm
I was in Staines on Tuesday checking out the shops that sell model kits. Came across Hobby Craft and they have a limited range of Airfix and Revell kits.
Three large boxes caught my eye all Revell 1/144 scale, two were based on the Boeing 747; Air Force One and the Space Shuttle carrier and Space Shuttle. The third was the Spaceship II and Whiteknight II.
This looks like an ideal candidate for Whiffing. First thought- Floating Wing, or high altitude reccy aircraft
166mm x 297mm .
Seaplane/float plane.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on February 02, 2015, 10:48:15 am
I'm on the move again, for me to get a few documents signed off and to start whiffing again. As my paper driving licence fell apart , I need the photo card one and to go on a few courses. The plan is to become a bus or licenced mini cab driver. There are a lot of jobs around Heathrow for HGV and coach drivers. Been on the web and certain companies will train you to get the required qualifications needed. Been in the security industry since 1995 and I need a change.
On the restoration front, got a couple of small projects. But I'll need to rent out a workshop for larger or bulky items. Seems that there's a few auction houses around Staines. The idea is to buy furniture in need of some TLC and sell it on which I could do when I start earning a decent wage . I miss the sunlight and weekends off.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on February 03, 2015, 06:54:33 pm
Good stuff. A hands on money-making hobby is a great idea. Some day I'd like to get into motorcycle restorations and modifactions. Too busy with 'real ' life at the mo'....

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Title: Re: Another idea for the Martin Seamaster
Post by: McColm on February 05, 2015, 04:11:27 pm
Been on eBay, just browsing. Came across the LL600 Beriev giant oceanic seaplane.
This looked to me as if someone took the Martin P6M Sea Master and added a delta wing.
My first thought was the wings from  Concorde, turned upside down or the wings from a B-58.Been wondering if the wings off the British V Force would work instead.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on February 05, 2015, 07:13:31 pm
I'll have to go google that one and discuss later...it's bedtime !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Lockheed Constellation EC-121K alternative
Post by: McColm on February 06, 2015, 06:41:09 pm
The Anti-Submarine Warfare variant of the Constellation was the EC-121K and it contained ASW sensors and Navaids for operations under water. India used eight for MR maritime reconnaissance fitted with a dustbin retractable radar.
I was thinking along the lines of a single tail fin from a B-29 or B-50 fitted with a MAD boom using the Airfix or Heller L-1049 Super-G. A fore and aft weapons bay either side of the wing. Tip tanks or one fitted with a searchlight, underwing pylons for additional kit.
Radome fitted under the forward fuselage.
A name change "Star Fish".
This could create other versions based on ASW, could even include a tanker variant. Engines will be changed, to include auxiliary jets similar to the KC-97L layout.
Thinking about changing the wings, possible swept with poded engines (the wings from the 1/144 C-17 or An-124?).
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on February 06, 2015, 07:44:46 pm
Googled that Beriev....wow. that's a biggun'! The search brought up lots of neat ideas. Too many in fact. Darn 'web..... :banghead: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on February 06, 2015, 08:29:21 pm
Googled that Beriev....wow. that's a biggun'! The search brought up lots of neat ideas. Too many in fact. Darn 'web..... :banghead: :thumbsup:
The 1/72 Hasegawa PS-1 flying boat could be used with a delta wing instead of the Sea Master kit. Even the Short Sunderland is another option, there's a few other flying boat kits that could be used. Even the Valiant fitted with a Vulcan wing!
Title: Re: Convair NC-131H
Post by: McColm on February 09, 2015, 11:39:26 am
If you've been following my blogs then you'll know that I don't always stick to the instruction sheets that the kit comes with. The Neptune was a prime example, just fell together.
I need to build a few more.

There's an article in this months Aviation News Classic Aircraft, Berlin Air Corridors US Recce Missions. Page 50-56.
The Convair CT-29A  and Douglas C-54D both caught my eye as models to build. Proteus Models do a 1/72 vacform fuselage with resin and metal parts for the Convair C-131D @£78.99 Hannants price. Or Mach2 do the Convair C-131 Samaritan and CV-240 range priced @ £45.99.
Mach2 also do the DC-4/C-54 Skymaster @ £53.99 and now reduced to £35.99.
So I went on Google and came across the NC-131H used as a total-in-flight simulator. This appeals to me as the possiblities of Whiffs due to the various nose radars and extended cockpits. The engines are off a P-3C with over-sized winglets/stabilizers.

On the next page is an article on British Midland's Viscounts which Mach2 also has the Vickers Viscount 700 for £45.99, powered by RR Dart engines. A few lumps and bumps added this too would make an ideal ELINT or recce aircraft.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Howard of Effingham on February 09, 2015, 11:40:16 am
thanks steven for the PM with the explanation about the Neptune you did.  :thumbsup:

it has been very helpful and will be useful for the noratlas gunship I mentioned,  ;)
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on February 09, 2015, 06:06:40 pm
thanks steven for the PM with the explanation about the Neptune you did.  :thumbsup:

it has been very helpful and will be noratlas gunship I mentioned,  ;)
I looked into a gunship version of the Noratlas, using the guns from an AC-119K kit. As I used the wings and tail section on a C-130 fuselage. I didn't get a chance to finish this build, another one for the list of Whiffs.
Title: Re: McColm: another Whiff idea- Super Neptune
Post by: McColm on February 09, 2015, 06:34:36 pm
Lockheed did do some studies into a Super Neptune, even producing a model of an enlarged Neptune with the four engines from the Electra.
Whether you use the Frog or Hasegawa kits as a donor and add the wings from the Hasegawa or Revell Lockheed P-3 Orion kit to build a Super Neptune. Other parts from the Orion kit could be used as well.
Thinking of using the Falcon vacform conversions for the Neptune and the Grumman E-1  AEW.
A seaplane version would work, floats under the wings and V shape hull.
Title: Re: McColm: Corgi's James Bond Aston Martin DB5 turns 50!
Post by: McColm on February 10, 2015, 12:08:13 pm
Corgi the diecast model car maker celebrates its 50th anniversary of launching the James Bond Aston Martin DB5. They hit the shops after the release of the film Goldfinger.
There have been all different scales both in metal and plastic kits.
No doubt a few more gadget equipped Whiffs will appear either based on previous Bond cars or alternatives. Even the baddies have weapons fitted to their cars!
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on February 13, 2015, 04:46:13 am
There's a part started PS-1 on ebay for $17, shipping from New York is only $6. Always wanted one so I think I might go for it.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on February 13, 2015, 05:56:24 am
What do you have in mind?
Title: Re: Convair Nuclear Seaplane-Model 23 (1955)
Post by: McColm on February 13, 2015, 10:54:02 pm
If you've ever picked up or viewed a copy of Robert E. Bradley Convair Advanced Designs 1923-1962, you can't but notice a sleek four engined seaplane on the front cover. Pages 91-94 covers the design of Model 23. Both Convair and Martin were given contracts for feasibility studies of the ANP program in May 1953.
Convair was to use four Pratt & Whitney J75 turbojet engines for operation in conjunction with its circulating fuel reactor.
Martin concentrated on adapting its P6M seaplane, whereas Convair went for a 50 degree swept wing instead of an earlier delta wing concept. Turbojet engines located over the rear of the wing aft of the fuselage and a T-tail. Known as the Model 23B, designed for long-range attack missions, aerial mine-laying and photoreconnaissance. Only a wind tunnel model was built.
This would make a great conventional jet seaplane along with the delta wing concept. Another design looks like the Vickers Valiant with six jet engines and a V-hull, wingtip streamlined floats.
Leading onto a turboprop AEW seaplane, four T-57 engines.
Six Allison J89 engined ASW and AEW & C design.
The nuclear seaplane systems studies for the USNavy totaled $2.9 million in December 1959.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on February 14, 2015, 07:20:18 am
What do you have in mind?

Nothing yet. I'd have to get the kit and sort somat out. Might be a four-engine Canadair water bomber. Or an MPA.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: James Stewart-the actor
Post by: McColm on February 16, 2015, 02:26:52 am
Even before he gained fame in the 1930s,James Stewart was fascinated by aviation. He became a pilot in 1935.
Entered the war as a Private and received his wings in 1942. He quickly became a flight instructor on B-17s as no commanding officer wanted to risk a high profile entertainer getting hurt or killed on their watch. With the help of a friend he was transferred to the 703rd Bomb Squardon equipped with B-24s part of the 445th Bomb Group.
Jimmy flew 20 missions in Liberators. He reached the rank of full Colonel in the 2nd Bomb Wing.
He was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in the Air Force Reserve by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1959.
He flew B-36s, B-47s and B-52s during periods of Reserve duty.
On February 20th 1966 Brig Gen Stewart was listed as an extra pilot onboard a B-52F, its mission was to bomb a suspected Viet Cong stronghold and bivouac area north-west of Saigon.
The rest of this mission can be found in Aeroplane March 2015 edition.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on February 16, 2015, 12:49:27 pm
Interesting stuff. I used to buy both Aeroplane and Flypast every month. I miss all the great stories in there !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on February 16, 2015, 01:23:34 pm
Got an idea for a theme, aircraft associated with actors or surnames.
The Gladiator-Russell Crow
Connie Francis- Lockheed Constellation
Tom Cruise- F-14 Top Gun
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 16, 2015, 02:38:24 pm
James Stewart - B-36 and B-47  ;)
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: zenrat on February 17, 2015, 01:35:03 am
Lupe Velez - Supermarine Spitfire
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on February 25, 2015, 01:17:53 am
Helicopters,
I was down at Blackbushe Airfield and saw a civvie CH-53 come into land. This gave me an idea to use airline decals on future CH-53 builds, air ambulance and water bomber versions. Even the Super Sea Stallion could lose It's military look, a few more window added to the fuselage.
I did have a go at stretching the fuselage and found this worked best either side of the engines. One of my conversions was adding the engines to the Rotodyne and Sky Crane with Rotodyne tail.

Time keeps slipping into the future, I've got a few weeks leave but no Whiffing as yet. Trying to find new accommodation is my main priority. Ideas still pop into my head.
Off to visit the Fire Power exhibition at Woolwich Arsenal today, then pound the high street taking down details of rooms available.
Next week I'll be busy restoring a bureau for a neighbor.
Title: Fire Power, The Royal Artillery Museum -Woolwich Arsenal
Post by: McColm on February 25, 2015, 11:26:24 pm
I went to see The Royal Artillery Museum, nearest station Woolwich Arsenal mainline or the DLR. I pass this everyday on the way to work and thought I'd take a look.
Don't be put off by the building work going on due to the Cross Rail Project or Berkeley Homes as they have bought the entire site .
The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am until 5pm admission £5.50 adults and children £2.50.There's plenty of places to eat and to take in the views, although you can't climb or sit in any of the exhibits, two hours goes by very quickly.
The main building houses modern and antique cannons, there's lots of Real World Whiffs. I was amazed that all of them. Not being a tank fan or big guns. I always thought some tracked vehicle with a long barrel/gun fitted to a turret was classed as a Tank. And that Self Propelled Guns the turret didn't move, loaded from the rear and dug in. Howitzers no turrets, outside seating, portable and very large.
Green seems to be the colour of the day, although I was surprised to find some of the artillery vehicles fitted with RR Merlin engines, as most use a diesel engine.
There's a few non artillery pieces such as the armoured personnel carriers, drones, and riot proof vehicles.
Its not only aircraft that millions of tax payers money gets spent on only to have the project cancelled. The British, Germans and Italians did the same with their own improved version of the 109 and 110 gun.
The Germans provided the Leopard chassis, the Italians the barrel and all the  British had to do was design the turret. The Germans wanted the loading system to be fully automatic but in practice the gases filled the turret.
There's some footage on YouTube and photos by harry4438 which lasts 12.48 minutes. Covers everything in this article, which is worth a look. I know I'll be using this as reference with my Whiffs.
Unfortunately the collection will be split up and the Arsenal turned into new homes, which is a shame.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: NARSES2 on February 26, 2015, 06:15:51 am
Yup it's an interesting museum.

My fav's were the 50/60's projects that never saw service life particularly the automatic mobile AA Gun that could fire it's full magazine in about 1 min and then the operator just had time to grab a cuppa before the bomb dropped !
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on February 26, 2015, 10:19:40 am
Didn't see any museum guides of the exhibits of the Real World Whiffs. There's a couple of builds I'd love to kitbash.
Title: Re: 1/144 Revell Lockheed Sea Shadow stealth boat idea
Post by: McColm on February 27, 2015, 02:47:42 am
Having read the articles on the Bartini VVA-14 both on this site and Model Aircraft February 2015 issue. I thought hang on the Revell 1/144 model of the Lockheed Sea Shadow is almost the same, why not kitbash it into a seaplane?
Yes it would require wings, a tail plane, engines (turbofans/turboprops) and wheels/undercarriage.
I had previously built a stealth hovercraft and had some pieces left over.

Might even use parts from the VVA-14 on this build as there's a drawing of a nuclear powered seaplane on page 97 in Convair Advanced Designs of a 500,000-pound aircraft labeled as an alternative configuration. Having a straight wing (looks like a Lockheed P-3 Orion, to me.)Twin tail and extended fuselage.
The VVA-14 would change its wings and the pair of jet engines. May need to add a new cockpit or forward fuselage section.

Ideas are flooding my brain, a delta wings on the Sea Shadow, deeper cargo hold with loading ramps or doors at either end. Or bomber.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on February 27, 2015, 04:07:23 am
Sea Stallion idea sounds pretty cool
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on February 27, 2015, 08:34:40 am
Thanks, should be ready in time for the Telford show.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on February 28, 2015, 01:10:11 pm
Come mid March I shall be Whiffing again, deciding what kit I should build first is a real puzzler. Should stick to the 1/72 Sea Hurricane, still in its box. Perhaps get some floats, or work on an engine conversion. Perhaps both. Haven't given up on a two seater version.

The Mach2 Valiant did look good with the wings from the Airfix BAe Nimrod. So the next project will be using the Airfix kit and swapping over the wings and using the FlightPath RB-47H conversion kit.
The Nimrod with Vulcan wings works, this time I'll keep the Vulcan's engines and upgrade the exhaust pipes.
Wings from the Caravelle could work on the remaining parts of the Vulcan.
Depends on this years budget.

With MG cars being 90 years old, I've got a few vehicles that I'd like to rebadge or kitbash.
Title: And now for something completey different
Post by: McColm on March 01, 2015, 03:04:27 am
V/STOL Airliners.
Yes there have been helicopters, Rotodyne and tilt-wing experimental aircraft, but nothing as yet in service.
I had an idea to fit tilting wings on a C-130 or C-160 not so long a go, on the Hiller format as a Whiff.
Even a civvie decal V-22 Osprey would look good.
Now that's an idea worth Whiffing! I'm sure I've seen decals for helicopters on S & M models website.
Title: Re: And now for something completey different
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 01, 2015, 03:52:39 am
I'm sure I've seen decals for helicopters on S & M models website.

They do civvie decals for  the S-61, Wessex, Whirlwind and Dauphine. I think that Whirlybirds do some too, to go along with their S-61L conversion kit.

I like this Rotodyne type airliner in the first pic on this page

http://www.flightsim.com/vbfs/showthread.php?208233-Where-can-i-find-the-download-Avro-Rotodyne

Hm, I've seen that before in the FS world but seems to defy aerodynamic laws.

It's got two largish turbofans, one on each wing tip, which supposedly supply just compressor bleed air to the rotor tip nozzles to power the rotor. The turbofans need to supply enough bleed air to run the rotor fast enough to lift the whole shebang off the ground vertically, which will take quite some poke.

So how come the aircraft doesn't taxi straight into the terminal at a fast lick when it spools up the rotor? The turbofans will be running at full throttle and unlike the original 'dyne, which had variable pitch props, much of the thrust will still be pointed rearwards!  :o

They'd need to invent variable pitch fan blades first, not to mention having the hot flow diverted via thrust reversers at the same time.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on March 01, 2015, 05:49:56 am
Thought of building my own Whiff version with a tail ramp.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on March 01, 2015, 07:06:06 pm
Love the idea of the Valiant whif, especially as a RB type.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on March 02, 2015, 08:24:26 am
Good idea.
Couldn't help but notice the March issue of Airfix Model World and Hatton's advert spread over two pages. Got me thinking back to "Inch Colm". I could use the Airfix 1/72 D-Day kits; Gun Emplacement and modify the Coastal Defence Fort (supposed to represent the Germans), along with the Sea Assault Gift Set  and Air Assault Gift Set. I'm sure there's others to be released or under the title 'vintage' sets that can be bought or altered.
Title: Re: Catching up and reading your comments
Post by: McColm on March 05, 2015, 01:15:02 am
Not been able to Whiff has its advantages as you can research your next build (s) and cross-reference other ideas.
One thing that has cropped up is recognizing your own builds. Sure in a competition or at an exhibition but online becomes difficult. The decals could spell out your initials or you could create your own logo. Something suttle.
Unless I win the European Lotto, the chances of me owning my own property are slim, so selling a few builds to supplement my income is one way to go.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on March 05, 2015, 04:11:17 am
My Grandfather used his initials as the call leters on his last build, a 1/4 scale RC Hurricane.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Another day out in London-Imperial War Museum
Post by: McColm on March 09, 2015, 02:24:43 am
The Imperial War Museum is free to enter and is open daily from 10am-6pm except for 24-26 December. Wheelchair friendly, with five floors, a tea room and cafe, toilets and book shop/gift shops.
Hanging from the ceiling is a Harrier GR5 and Spitfire. A V-2 rocket stands vertical, with the earliest German cruise missile hanging overhead V-1. Internal staircase painted in grey takes you up to the fourth floor and the back stairs go all the way to the fifth floor which was closed when I went there on Saturday.
Exhibits over hang the floors.
The fifth floor- History Makers
Fourth - Second World War, The Holocaust. Very moving exhibits, the survivors talking of the horrors that they faced. Interactive and educational.
Third floor- Galleries-Real World Whiffs, mostly parts leftover and a written description.
Second floor-Peace and Security 1945-2014.
First floor-more of  WWII, family at war and the turning points 1934-1945. Mini-submarines, cockpit of a Lancaster bomber, artillery pieces, models of floating tanks, Rolls Royce Merlin Engine.
Then the stairs back down to the ground floor to the heaviest pieces ie T34 Russian tank, remains of a car bomb, TV news LandRover.
Title: Re: Lockheed PV-1 Ventura
Post by: McColm on March 10, 2015, 03:09:26 pm
There seems to be a lot of interest being paid to the Lockheed Ventura whether you prefer the Academy 1/72 Ventura II kit no.2105 or the 1/48 Revell/Monogram.
Personaly I'd never paid attention to this aircraft until I saw the artwork in the March issue of Scale Aircraft Modelling Vol 37 issue 01. There's also an article in Februarys Vol 14, ISS 02 Model Aircraft. With a detailed account of the Boulton Paul Type A MK VI Gun Turret.
There's a large scope for Whiffing although I think most of the ideas where turned into Real World Aircraft.
I need to do a bit of research first.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on March 10, 2015, 07:55:09 pm
Yes the Ventura has lots of scope for whiffing. A floatplane hull ?

 :cheers:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on March 11, 2015, 02:23:02 am
Seems to me that the Venturas went on to be converted back to civvie aircraft or used for military transport/cargo.
Engines could be replaced, either larger - Connies or B-29/50. RR Darts or the turboprops from the Heritage Aviation Model Limited resin kits.
A new solid nose and plug for where the upper gun turret was installed.
A pair of RR Griffons wouldn't look out of place, side rectangle windows and airline decals. Private aircraft or water bomber.
A pair of floats and or V-shaped weapons bay-scoop.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on March 11, 2015, 04:57:01 am
Good idea. Got me thinking of a twin tailed Bristol Superfreighter. Or a night attack version with guns in the nose. Even a Freighter bomber. I do hope Airfix releases an upto date version as they seem to be revising some of their older kits. Perhaps the Rotodyne as well. I know Airfix and Revell read my blogs as they both have released the 1/72 Avro Shackleton MK2 AEW.
Revell read my plea for the Routemaster bus and the Fairway FX4 taxi. Still an updated or conversion set of the 1997 model would be just perfect.
Whilst your at it the C-124 in 1/72 scale and C-133 or 1/144 if they are too big for your range now that the C-54 is to be released.
The Carvair conversion in resin or vacform would be a welcomed change in 1/72 scale.
The Ford Capri MkI and MKII in 1/24 or the Triumph Stag. Even the Triumph 2000 in plastic.
But most of all the MGB in 1/24.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on March 11, 2015, 08:40:52 am
Yes the Ventura has lots of scope for whiffing. A floatplane hull ?

 :cheers:

Further research into the Ventura leads to the PV-1 used by the USNavy and the PV-2 renamed Harpoon. In the ASW and attacks against enemy ships.
Apparently the civil versions had stretched fuselages and pointed noses.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on March 11, 2015, 08:05:49 pm
Neptune in 144th scale while we're talking about it. I do like these Freighter ideas tho.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on March 19, 2015, 03:42:11 am
Come mid March I shall be Whiffing again, deciding what kit I should build first is a real puzzler. Should stick to the 1/72 Sea Hurricane, still in its box. Perhaps get some floats, or work on an engine conversion. Perhaps both. Haven't given up on a two seater version.

The Mach2 Valiant did look good with the wings from the Airfix BAe Nimrod. So the next project will be using the Airfix kit and swapping over the wings and using the FlightPath RB-47H conversion kit.
The Nimrod with Vulcan wings works, this time I'll keep the Vulcan's engines and upgrade the exhaust pipes.
Wings from the Caravelle could work on the remaining parts of the Vulcan.
Depends on this years budget.

With MG cars being 90 years old, I've got a few vehicles that I'd like to rebadge or kitbash.
Thinking of Whiffing the Mach2 Caravelle as an AEW & C. Seen a conversion set of the ASP-125 in resin both in 1/144 and 1/72 on eBay. A change of engines or two underwing pylon mounted turbofans ie CFM if they fit. Possible stretch version or change of wing .
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: sandiego89 on March 19, 2015, 08:39:12 am
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Thinking of Whiffing the Mach2 Caravelle as an AEW & C. Seen a conversion set of the ASP-125 in resin both in 1/144 and 1/72 on eBay. A change of engines or two underwing pylon mounted turbofans ie CFM if they fit. Possible stretch version or change of wing .

Caravelle has great WHIF potential, and is way underrepreented here- agree a AEW would be a good fit.  I don't think modern CFM turbofans would work under the wing- the Caravelle is realy low slung- more so than a 737 or a 'Bus.

Would need taller gear, or better to leave the engines near the tail.

Image here (scroll down a bit) shows a worker hunched under a wing of a Caravelle about where a jet would go.  Shoulder height perhaps.  You can walk under a 737 wing at a similar point on the wing. 

http://famgus.se/Vykort/APC-EarlyJets.html   
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 19, 2015, 10:58:23 am
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Thinking of Whiffing the Mach2 Caravelle as an AEW & C. Seen a conversion set of the ASP-125 in resin both in 1/144 and 1/72 on eBay. A change of engines or two underwing pylon mounted turbofans ie CFM if they fit. Possible stretch version or change of wing .

Caravelle has great WHIF potential, and is way underrepreented here- agree a AEW would be a good fit. 

That's 'cos the Mach 2 kit is pretty pricy and the Airfix 1/144 one isn't one of their best and hasn't been produced for ages.

IIRC there were plans to fit higher ratio turbo-fans to Sterling's Caravelles but they went bust before any conversions were actually done.

The sole Caravelle 10A was fitted with the aft fan GE engines, but I think that it was one of only two fan engine Caravelles.

(http://img633.imageshack.us/img633/8332/RI7dZP.jpg)
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on March 19, 2015, 01:40:59 pm
If you could get hold of a pair of Comet 4C wings in 1/72 or would the set from the Airfix BAe Nimrod work?
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 19, 2015, 01:47:51 pm
If you could get hold of a pair of Comet 4C wings in 1/72 or would the set from the Airfix BAe Nimrod work?

Close, but it's got MUCH larger intakes for the Speys for the Nimrod.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: sandiego89 on March 19, 2015, 03:44:36 pm
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Thinking of Whiffing the Mach2 Caravelle as an AEW & C. Seen a conversion set of the ASP-125 in resin both in 1/144 and 1/72 on eBay. A change of engines or two underwing pylon mounted turbofans ie CFM if they fit. Possible stretch version or change of wing .

Caravelle has great WHIF potential, and is way underrepreented here- agree a AEW would be a good fit.

That's 'cos the Mach 2 kit is pretty pricy and the Airfix 1/144 one isn't one of their best and hasn't been produced for ages.


What Kit no love for the Pegaso Caravelle in the oh so popular 1/180 scale?  ;)

I got mine on the bargain table for $3 US just a few years ago.  Seem to be on ebay, quite affordable.  And it comes with it's own airport- you can't say that about many kits!

Here she is in all her glory.  Part count is rather low, and shall we say rather basic.....

(http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa360/sandiego89/DSCF0298_zpsxgncnokz.jpg)

-Dave
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 19, 2015, 04:40:29 pm
What Kit no love for the Pegaso Caravelle in the oh so popular 1/180 scale?  ;)

I got mine on the bargain table for $3 US just a few years ago.  Seem to be on ebay, quite affordable.  And it comes with it's own airport- you can't say that about many kits!

Here she is in all her glory.  Part count is rather low, and shall we say rather basic.....

$3? You were robbed!  :o
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on March 19, 2015, 11:18:43 pm
Good idea.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 20, 2015, 03:22:04 am

And it comes with it's own airport- you can't say that about many kits!


No, but why not? Airfix at least should include a put together cardboard scene in their starter packs or whatever they are called. That way if you are using the starter pack as intended you would have almost all you need to build and paint your first model and be able to take a decent picture of your pride and joy with a suitable background right away.

I should suggest that to Airfix and claim royalties!  :thumbsup:

They could print the background on the inside of the packs and mark some 'Cut Here' lines on the outside so you don't wreck the background without noticing when you open the box.
Title: Re: McColm: Heller 1/72 Lockheed Constellation - floatplane II
Post by: McColm on March 20, 2015, 09:41:33 am
I might have solved the problem of building a floatplane version of the 1/72 Lockheed Constellation C-69.
Mach2 has the Blohm & Voss Ha 139 in 1/72 floatplane which is roughly the same size. A kitbash or the landplane version of the Ha 139, this will depend on the quality of the Mach2 parts.
The reviews aren't kind, as there are plenty of issues to address apart from :banghead: the floats, at £46. An expensive price to pay just for a pair of floats, if the parts can be salvaged and used as spares for future projects.
Title: Re: McColm: Heller 1/72 Lockheed Constellation - floatplane II
Post by: sandiego89 on March 20, 2015, 10:01:55 am

this will depend on the quality of the Mach2 parts.


Uh, oh!   :o
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: dadlamassu on March 20, 2015, 10:29:01 am
I should suggest that to Airfix and claim royalties!  :thumbsup:

They could print the background on the inside of the packs and mark some 'Cut Here' lines on the outside so you don't wreck the background without noticing when you open the box.

Revell did something similar many years ago.  I also remember building something similar but with only one plane.
(http://www.oldmodelkits.com/jpegs/Revell%20H661%20BatBerlin.JPG)

(http://www.oldmodelkits.com/jpegs/Revell%20H663%20BofBrit.JPG)

Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: sandiego89 on March 20, 2015, 10:36:04 am

Revell did something similar many years ago.  I also remember building something similar but with only one plane.

Those are neat, I would have loved those as a kid (or as a big kid  ;))

So has everyone done a crashed 190/109 or it it just me....
Title: Re: McColm: Heller 1/72 Lockheed Constellation - floatplane II
Post by: McColm on March 22, 2015, 07:55:38 am

this will depend on the quality of the Mach2 parts.


Uh, oh!   :o
Having now seen the Revell 1/72 Blohm & Voss Bv 138 and the 1/144 scale model the p111 concept seems doable.
Although, with the third engine, wings, engines and tail boom not needed a fuselage of a landplane could be glued on top.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on March 22, 2015, 08:00:46 am
Very cool diorama bases. The Carvelle kit with the airport is a great idea ! Maybe swap the wings out with the Heller Atlantique ? Maybe not....forgot about the engine location

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: McColm: Heller 1/72 Lockheed Constellation - floatplane II
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 22, 2015, 08:06:27 am
Having now seen the Revell 1/72 Blohm & Voss Bv 138 and the 1/144 scale model the p111 concept seems doable.
Although, with the third engine, wings, engines and tail boom not needed a fuselage of a landplane could be glued on top.

I've been working on that for years, but it's a real pain to get the bits to join and be strong enough. It's quite a bit further on than this pic by now though.

(http://img538.imageshack.us/img538/7880/aajlLR.jpg)
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on March 22, 2015, 12:04:09 pm
Thanks Kit.
Got me thinking. Four engines-prop or jets.Kitbash, definitely.
Title: Re: I never knew that!
Post by: McColm on March 24, 2015, 08:03:38 am
Edgar Schmued 1899-1985 designed the North American P-51, was born in Germany.  Joined North American Aviation in the 1930s. He is also credited with designing the B-25 Mitchell, F-86 Sabre, F-82, F-100 Super Sabre, F-5 and T-38.
Title: Re: An idea to kitbash the Supermarine Walrus
Post by: McColm on March 24, 2015, 08:20:01 am
Got idea to build the landplane version of the Supermarine Walrus, by taking away the bi-plane wings and adding the wings from the DH 85 Comet racer.

Or add the engine, wings and tailplane off the Spitfire.
Or Hurricane.
Title: Re: Updating the Hogwarts Express
Post by: McColm on March 25, 2015, 09:12:18 pm
The original steam locomotive and real carriages can be seen at Leavesden Studios, the Warner Bros Harry Potter London Studio Tour.
Which was opened on the 19th March 2015. I plan to visit this sometime this year.

You've probably seen a few new topics of mine about painting model trains and building my own version of the APT.
Which got me thinking of using a HST 125 and/ or the InterCity 225/ Eurostar which ever is cheapest to buy in the secondhand market. They don't have to be runners,at this stage. As I haven't decided on sticking to traditional or going digital.
In the Harry Potter films the Hogwarts Express is always facing the wrong direction to be leaving Kings Cross Station but always arrives with the loco at the front, unless they have two engines at each end!
If they used a HST 125 or Class 91 which is in the background, the GNER on the next platform.
I intend to paint a HST 125 in:
Pullman colours
Hogwarts Express
British Airways
Royal Air Force
Royal Navy
Military train
As to a two tier layout bottom tier to look like a tunnel with platforms, upper tier Dove Town. So it's mentioned in one of the books but never seen.
Plan is to build in modules, so they can be joined together at a later stage or operated independently.
Title: Re: Boeing/Lockheed Stratollation
Post by: McColm on March 27, 2015, 12:27:52 pm
What if you used the lower half of the 1/72 Boeing 377 Stratocruiser and added the Lockheed Constellation on top?
Problem solved if the wings are relocated to shoulder mounted.
A-seaplane
B-bomber if using parts from the B-29/50.
C-single tail fin and 377 wings

Flying boat version of the Stratocruiser. Shoulder mounted wings, sponsons. Airfix BAe Nimrod wings or Valiant wings.

With the top half of the Stratocruiser on the bench another Whiff could be the R6V Constitution or something looking similar.

RR Tynes or turboprops off a P-3 Orion. Both work. Short Stirling landing gear.
Title: Re: Boeing/Lockheed Stratollation
Post by: McColm on March 27, 2015, 12:53:09 pm
What if you used the lower half of the 1/72 Boeing 377 Stratocruiser and added the Lockheed Constellation on top?
Problem solved if the wings are relocated to shoulder mounted.
A-seaplane
B-bomber if using parts from the B-29/50.
C-single tail fin and 377 wings

Flying boat version of the Stratocruiser. Shoulder mounted wings, sponsons. Airfix BAe Nimrod wings or Valiant wings.

With the top half of the Stratocruiser on the bench another Whiff could be the R6V Constitution or something looking similar.

RR Tynes or turboprops off a P-3 Orion. Both work. Short Stirling landing gear.

Going to have to stretch the Stratt fuselage to get the length of the Constitution. The wingspan doesn't even come close 48 foot difference. I know there's a 1/144 model, but this is expensive.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on March 27, 2015, 02:47:38 pm
I like the ideas up in post 394.

 :wub: :cheers:
Title: Re: Blackburn B-107 C
Post by: McColm on March 29, 2015, 09:03:01 pm
I came across the Blackburn B-107A and B-107B on Google whilst looking up the Beverley. My first thought was a C-130 fuselage with the wings and tail off the Beverley.
There's the resin kit and vacform in 1/72, think I've seen a 1/144 scale somewhere.
Maybe a C-160 would be better, I don't have any info on how big the B-107 would have been, any ideas?
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 30, 2015, 01:29:45 am
The B.107 used the wings and tail design from the Bev, so I'd be a tad longer, and higher too. As it had 4 x Tynes and retractable gear it would have been a LOT faster, but that wouldn't have been difficult.....

It's a pity they didn't build it as it would have given the RAF Belfast type capability some years earlier.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on March 30, 2015, 04:15:39 am
Thanks kit. I think the best bet is to buy the Sanger vacformed kit and kitbash from there. Could add the wings from the Airfix BAe Nimrod to replace the wings.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on March 30, 2015, 12:02:37 pm
Off to google to see what you're on about.....


OK I'm back ! And wow ! Love the look of that thing. Funny tho, it looks so modern and sleek from the front and upper view, yet comical from the side ! Ugly but not, now I want to build one !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Thorvic on March 30, 2015, 01:12:01 pm
http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1958/1958-1-%20-%200303.html?search=blackburn%20beverley (http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1958/1958-1-%20-%200303.html?search=blackburn%20beverley)

Its pretty big 166ft wingspan, 124ft long.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on March 30, 2015, 03:19:34 pm
Reminds me of the Boeing 377 with Bev wings and tail but the fuselage would have to be a lot deeper unless the cockpit was moved above the fuselage.
Similar to the idea I had of having a B-17 cockpit above a C-97.
Title: Re: McColm: The Rocket Powered Train!
Post by: McColm on March 31, 2015, 12:39:37 pm
I came across an article online that suggests the President of USA wants a high-speed railnetwork I place in the next 35 years. In the same article there's a red cutaway drawing of a rocket powered train. The rocket is based on the same principle as the Saturn Rocket.
Jet powered, maybe. As there is another topic "railplanes" with pictures of real world jet trains.
Does anyone have any info on rocket powered trains?
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on March 31, 2015, 12:58:07 pm
Rocket trains sound completely crazy !

 :blink:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Thorvic on March 31, 2015, 02:12:16 pm
Rocket trains sound completely crazy !

 :blink:

Nah we've been testing ejector seats from them for decades  ;D

Somewhat brutal and impractical for passenger trains however  :banghead:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on March 31, 2015, 02:14:29 pm
Somat about throttle response.... :thumbsup:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 31, 2015, 02:53:56 pm
The fastest rail borne vehicle in the world is an unmanned rocket powered sled which reached almost 6500 mph (M 8.5  :o) in 2003.

The fastest manned rail vehicle ran at 632 mph back in 1954 for goodness sake! The 'driver' was Col. John Stapp and he did it without a windscreen of any sort. Respect!

Both of those took place at Holloman Air Force Base NM.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: scooter on March 31, 2015, 03:02:21 pm
The fastest manned rail vehicle ran at 632 mph back in 1954 for goodness sake! The 'driver' was Col. John Stapp and he did it without a windscreen of any sort. Respect!

(http://i.space.com/images/i/000/044/295/original/stapp-stops-rocket-sled-fastest-man.jpg?1418338417)
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on April 01, 2015, 01:44:43 am
Thanks Guys for the info, looks like a future Whiff build.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on April 02, 2015, 02:55:11 pm
I've started to collect model kits under £20 on eBay. As Woolwich Arsenal doesn't have a model shop. KitKrazy being the nearest.
Three kits so far all in 1/72; Sea Hurricane, SP-2H Neptune, E-2C Hawkeye.
I think as the Neptune is to be turned into an AEW & C , the nose could be solid and the radome removed from the lower fuselage. May need to use the Heritage Aviation Models Limited resin turbo Dakota resin conversion set with parts from the Hawkeye engines, blades and exhaust pipes.
The Hawkeye becomes a COD or transport/cargo, could even become an ASW platform.
I need to buy another cheap Hawkeye kit or two.
Second rotodome to be fitted to an Avro Shackleton MR3 or if funds are available the Sud Caravelle/ Br1150 Atlantic/C-160. Depends which is available first.
Title: Re: McColm: From pistons to turboprops or jet engines
Post by: McColm on April 03, 2015, 11:09:28 pm
Been on Google and it appears that I'm not the only one interested in changing the aircraft engines from piston to turboprops in the Real World and as a Whiffer. Seems the early jets also had an alternative prop engines, some were fitted whilst others never got passed the drawing board.
Secret Projects and Aerolists have sections dedicated to this.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on April 04, 2015, 04:33:31 pm
I typed in Lockheed Neptune unbuilt concepts on Google and got those two titles.

Another idea that I have is kitbashing the Lockheed P-3 Orion with the BAe Nimrod. I tried this before and know where I went wrong. What I should have done is file down the fuselage of the P-3 Orion so it fits the Airfix BAe Nimrod weapons bay and lower wing. Strips of thick plasticard would then strengthen the wings. Taking the Orion from a turboprop to a turbojet. The weapons bay would then be deeper and longer.
The alternative AEW & C taken from the Nimrod Mk3, still appeals to me. As I've yet to see one using the resin kit.

Whiffing the Lockheed Constitution into an ASW or my version using a Constellation and C-97.
Meanwhile I did stumble over a piece of info about the Lockheed Starliner, there was a vacform conversion kit.
Came across a 1/48 vacform Lockheed P-3 Orion by a firm called Tiger. It's on eBay.
As to the ConstellationII reminds me of the Caravelle with four twin engines similar layout to the VC-10.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on April 05, 2015, 04:23:56 am
Its Tigger vacform kits in 1/32 and 1/48 scale. The range is limited but there are a few suprises in the catalog.
Title: Re: Boeing/Lockheed Stratollation
Post by: McColm on April 05, 2015, 10:54:32 pm
What if you used the lower half of the 1/72 Boeing 377 Stratocruiser and added the Lockheed Constellation on top?
Problem solved if the wings are relocated to shoulder mounted.
A-seaplane
B-bomber if using parts from the B-29/50.
C-single tail fin and 377 wings

Flying boat version of the Stratocruiser. Shoulder mounted wings, sponsons. Airfix BAe Nimrod wings or Valiant wings.

With the top half of the Stratocruiser on the bench another Whiff could be the R6V Constitution or something looking similar.

RR Tynes or turboprops off a P-3 Orion. Both work. Short Stirling landing gear.
I think if I use the nose section off the Revell 1/72 Br1150 Atlantic on the kitbash the Constitution will look better. Just need to buy two kits, as I can extend the fuselage on the other.
Title: Re: MH-53 J and MH-53E ideas
Post by: McColm on April 06, 2015, 01:11:42 pm
Forgive me if I'm repeating myself here. I did try and combine the Sea Dragon (3-engines) with the MH-53J.
As discussed on another topic the ASW and AEW & C versions using the Sea King resin parts or Airfix/Revell kits as donors for the parts.
Another idea is to use the S + M 1/72 helicopter decal sets or other civilian airliner decals.

I did attempt to build a stretch version, next time I'll stretch the fuselage by removing the gear box/engine fitting. Then reposition afterwards, rather than take out a saw when the model is almost completed.
I could get hold of the Helix, twin main rotors and no tail rotor. (Could use the tail fins from the Hawkeye kit, if they fit!) A-10 tail would fit just as good.

Could even be the basis for a Rotodyne build.

Prices seem reasonable, the hostel has had an offer from the Chinese Restaurant below and the Landlord is finding suitable accommodation rather than chucking me out on the streets.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on April 08, 2015, 03:43:43 am
Test shots of the Airfix MR2 Shackleton look great, although I couldn't help but notice traces of filler used along the top side of the fuselage.
A pair of cargo doors wouldn't seem out of place on the starboard fuselage. (Future transport/cargo version).
I hope that there's a few aftermarket kits when it comes to the weapons bay either SAR or iron bombs.
In the past I've gone for a flat nosed version, but I can see an advantage if the airliner version was Whiffed. Remove the guns, ASW equipment. A few extra windows and some new engines. Dan Air decals.
I'll have to see what is user friendly on the alternative engine side and see about the twin engine variant.
Loads of ideas for the single fin and AEW & C test aircraft.

A water bomber version would also look great.
Going one step further, move the wings to shoulder height. A whole lot of new Whiffs spring to mind, even a seaplane version with a V-shaped hull. Just need a pair of floats for the wings. I can see the 1/72 CL-415 kit been used for donor parts on this build.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Nils on April 10, 2015, 11:45:36 am
ive seen a couple to testshots from Airfix's new shackleton, it really looks great, but i dont know if im going to buy one of these.
the recent releases from airfix look great, but they have become a bit pricey for my liking :-\
i think i might get one revell's older ex-frog shackletons when they get re-released this year, might look good as an Indian Navy MPA  :mellow:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Thorvic on April 10, 2015, 01:39:43 pm
ive seen a couple to testshots from Airfix's new shackleton, it really looks great, but i dont know if im going to buy one of these.
the recent releases from airfix look great, but they have become a bit pricey for my liking :-\
i think i might get one revell's older ex-frog shackletons when they get re-released this year, might look good as an Indian Navy MPA  :mellow:

Revell are not re-issuing the Frog Shackleton MR3, they are doing a new tool AEW2 !
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on April 11, 2015, 01:48:20 am
ive seen a couple to testshots from Airfix's new shackleton, it really looks great, but i dont know if im going to buy one of these.
the recent releases from airfix look great, but they have become a bit pricey for my liking :-\
i think i might get one revell's older ex-frog shackletons when they get re-released this year, might look good as an Indian Navy MPA  :mellow:

Revell are not re-issuing the Frog Shackleton MR3, they are doing a new tool AEW2 !
I haven't seen any test shots of the Revell Shackleton AEW2 only photos. You could convert the AEW2 back into the MR2, with or without the twin cannons. A lifeboat was fitted to a MR2 and trials were carried out with a tail  M.A.D. boom. I read somewhere that the Shackleton was considered for despatching paratroops.
Title: Re: Thinking out loud April 2015
Post by: McColm on April 14, 2015, 01:44:35 am
The Royal Air Force flew the Lockheed Neptune whilst waiting for the Avro Shackleton, what if they had kept them?
The MR1s could have been replaced by the SP-2H model and renamed as the MR2. No doubt the RAF would have kitted it out with their own equipment and changed the engines from pistons to turboprops (RR Tynes come to mind).
Two fuselage plugs fore and aft of the wings to increase the cabin space.
As the radar is the same spec as the Avro Shackleton AEW2, the MR2 could have been used in the same role. (Another topic of mine has two alternative fuselage mounted long range radars).

Been drawn to a floatplane version of the Neptune using the CL-415 layout as a guide. Won't know until I geta 1/72 Revell or Heller model in my hands. Would make a great kitbash if they did! May need to increase engine power. The 1/72 C-160 kit would make a good donor.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on April 16, 2015, 06:22:43 am
So what about if the Avro Shackleton hadn't been built?
The RAF were flying Washingtons, Lincolns were MR aircraft and a few Sunderlands still flying.
The Shorts Stirling as a maritime Whiff- kitbash with a Shackleton MR3.
Boeing B-29, B-50 and C-97.
Lockheed Constellation C-121-  done before, weapons bay included, ESM wing pods, searchlight, MAD boom. Pylons under wings. Change the engines.
DC-6/7
B-47 with S-3A parts.
Valiant with Nimrod wings, resin AEW kit to follow. Might work on a Vulcan bomber-sort of!
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on April 18, 2015, 06:18:31 am
The Canadair Argus. Could have two variants, one standard low-level with the radials and a turbo for high altitude and AEW work.

Maybe get an Academy Sea Rescue B-17 with the lifeboat to fit onto the Shak ?

Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on April 18, 2015, 10:11:19 am
The Canadair Argus. Could have two variants, one standard low-level with the radials and a turbo for high altitude and AEW work.

Maybe get an Academy Sea Rescue B-17 with the lifeboat to fit onto the Shak ?


The lifeboat does fit the Shack and the B-29. I had it fixed to a C-69 Connie- SAR version with the searchlight off the Neptune wing tip tank. Definate rebuild in Coastal Command colours.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on April 18, 2015, 10:54:24 pm
Slight setback,
The 1/72 Frog Lockheed Neptune kit looks like someone has stepped on it. The fuselages are broken in many places, glazing shattered, wings missing tiny pieces but the rest of the kit is in good order.
The Heller 1/72 Hawkeye E-2C is in good order.
Thought of using the wings from the Neptune on a Shackleton and adding the MAD boom, maybe the vertical tail fin could be cut and added as well.
I'll see what else I can salvage.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: NARSES2 on April 19, 2015, 07:49:51 am
That's a bugger as they say
Title: Re: Dassault Br.1150 Atlantic AEW & C (ATL3 AEW)
Post by: McColm on April 20, 2015, 01:48:47 pm
Been meaning to build this ever since I joined this site, but you know how it is one thing leads to another.
With the Neptune kit smashed to bits apart from the auxiliary jet pods, landing gear and searchlight pod.
I'll fit the auxiliary jet pods under the wings and use the Rotodome & stand off the Hawkeye kit. The tail will get two winglets off the Hawkeye kit, heat exchanges. The clear nose will be replaced with a solid radome, where the dipping radome is, blanked off. ESM pods either aftermarket kit or off a Airfix BAe Nimrod. Might dry fit parts off a Harrier swivel nozzle for the exhaust.
Inflight refueling probe to be sourced, chin FLIR.
USCoast Guard colours or a demo colour scheme.
May get another one.
Title: Re: Lockheed Constellation flying boat- the story continues
Post by: McColm on April 23, 2015, 11:30:54 am
I think that I may have an answer to making the Connie flying boat. I've been looking at the Revell 1/72 Blohm & Voss BV222 V-2 model.
I used to own on, only had it for two weeks before selling it on but the wings could be shorter. From six engines down to four.
Whereas the Connie has a roundish fuselage which can be cut up and rearranged so it would fit on top of the Viking. Thinking of using the Airfix Super G as a kitbash. The triple tail fins ans Connie engines. Landing gear utilized.
If I can whiff the Viking into a land plane, perhaps loose those German looks for something British or Canadian.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on April 24, 2015, 08:32:16 am
Been searching the net for 1/72 Lockheed Neptune kits that I can afford and came across two kits. Over the next few months the stash will increase but I've set myself a limit this time of no more than six model kits.
However this doesn't include broken/spare parts or aftermarket accessories.
I'll try my hand at some Falcon conversion kits as well.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on April 25, 2015, 07:45:51 pm
The internet connection has been a bit patchy, been watching YouTube or trying to. An interesting article on Soviet Air Power.
With the British giving the USSR jet engines which in turn went to power the Mig-15/17.
This gave me an idea of an Anglo-Soviet collaboration.
The Rotodyne with contra-rotating rotor blades similar to the Helix.
Lightning with Mig-21 wings.
Yak-141 developed by BAe.
BAe Nimrod AEW3 layout on an Tu-16.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on April 25, 2015, 07:48:37 pm
Too bad about the Neptune. Really looking forward to seeing some of these ideas come to life !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on April 26, 2015, 03:46:10 pm
This might lead to a Super Neptune by kitbashing the Airfix Stirling and parts from the Frog Neptune kit.
I could use the Stirling fuselage, add the cockpit area from the Neptune, change the wings as both have shoulder mounts. The Neptune vertical tail is still intact, so too is the MAD boom.
Blank over the upper turret.
I think SAC do a metal landing gear and I could change the tyres to resin ones.
The radar/radome will be sourced and replacement glazing
Engines will need to be replaced or Whiffed to turboprops.
Could use the decals from the Stirling kit.
Or use the spin top from the E-2C kit.
Title: Re: Boeing EC-97L Waddington
Post by: McColm on April 27, 2015, 03:13:59 pm
Although not a new idea, one that keeps surfacing in my mind. To use the Academy 1/72 C-97/ Stratocruiser as the base and add the 1/72 Hasegawa E-2C parts of the spinning radome & stand,parts from the tail, heat extractors and aerials.
Seen a few kits on eBay and saving my pennies just in case I have to pay the full price.
Thinking of keeping the engines but improving the turbochargers.

As my stash improves, I'll build another one with a bomb bay from a B-29 with gun turrets.
The third will have the cockpit area from a B-17 fitted above the fuselage.
Title: Re: Boeing EC-97L Waddington
Post by: McColm on April 27, 2015, 09:45:59 pm
Although not a new idea, one that keeps surfacing in my mind. To use the Academy 1/72 C-97/ Stratocruiser as the base and add the 1/72 Hasegawa E-2C parts of the spinning radome & stand,parts from the tail, heat extractors and aerials.
Seen a few kits on eBay and saving my pennies just in case I have to pay the full price.
Thinking of keeping the engines but improving the turbochargers.

As my stash improves, I'll build another one with a bomb bay from a B-29 with gun turrets.
The third will have the cockpit area from a B-17 fitted above the fuselage.
If the resin Turboprop conversion set for the Dakota from Heritage Aviation Models Limited fits the engine mounts from the Academy kit then the YEC-97J Waddington can be built.
I'll need two sets and invest in two more.
Title: Revell 1/72 Br.1150 Atlantic (MPA) conversion to AEW & C
Post by: McColm on April 30, 2015, 08:36:05 pm
The Revell kit arrived without any broken parts. Read through the instruction manual and will go with the German version upto the lower half of the fuselage. As the AEW & C doesn't carry ASW or iron bombs the weapons bay can remain closed, the sonobuoy multi-launch tubes aren't need so the French/Netherlands parts can be used. The FLIR will be fitted under the nose. Going for a solid nose radome and blanking over the dipping radar dome. Could be used for forward crew access if a ladder was fitted.
Will be attaching jet auxiliary pods under the wings (from the Frog Neptune kit) and parts off the Heller Grumman E-2C Hawkeye kit. Large outer fins will be used as stabilziers on tail fins. MAD boom cut and sanded to shape.
Title: Re: 1/72 BAe/Br.1150 Atlantic AEW & C (part1)
Post by: McColm on May 05, 2015, 04:43:31 am
If you've ever tried building this kit, you'll know not to rush it.
The rear fuselage is almost complete; weapon bay doors glued closed.Glazing in place, tail and rudder glued in place. MAD boom fitted.I opened the box section where the wings fit, as this needs strengthening.
Started on the lower cockpit section as this will have a solid nose and weighted. Upper panel started , awaiting painting.

A couple of gaps on the rear fuselage just waiting for payday so I can get some filler. Glued up radar-dome and stand off the Heller Hawkeye kit. Glued up auxiliary jet pods and searchlight wing pod from Frog Neptune.

Building modules from instructions, so they can be added at a later date after been painted.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on May 12, 2015, 05:32:19 am
Sounds good. We defo need some pics tho....some times it's hard to keep up with where you are going otherwise !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on May 12, 2015, 01:27:40 pm
There's a couple of pages of kit reviews on Google with pictures of the Br.1150 builds. All I've done is to try and copy the layout of the Lockheed P-3 Orion AEW & C variant.
At first I thought that the Rotodome off the Hawkeye wouldn't fit as the fuselage is wider than the Orion, but photos of the P-3 AEW & C lack the electronic/comms spine on the Atlantic ATL1. I guess I could have cut this as the Italian Atlantics did.
I did consider the " Mad Hatter" or Madcap alternative by placing the rotodome on top of the vertical tail fin and purchasing the 1/72 Falcon Triple Conversion set for the Lockheed EP-3 Orion SLINT. Might still get this and/or the HC-130P set.
As money is a bit tight I'll use the paints from the Revell Hawker Sea Hurricane kit for the cockpit.
Title: Re: 1/72 BAe/Br.1150 Atlantic AEW & C (part2)
Post by: McColm on May 13, 2015, 06:48:32 am
Glued up both wings and engine cowlings. The cowlings went on well without any problems, I think clamping the wings before letting them dry out works better than leaving the piece to dry out and then adding the engine cowlings.
Really need to get the right paint colours for the cockpit. Back piece (curtain fitted). Slightly out of line on a dry test to the rear fuselage, could cover with lumps & bumps from the EP-3 Orion vacform conversion set.
ESM pods fitted to wingtips.
Needs a good rub down with wet & dry paper to remove the seems.
Title: Re: 1/72 Grumman Skyeye
Post by: McColm on May 13, 2015, 07:34:27 am
I've decided to convert the remaining parts of the Heller E-2C Hawkeye into a ASW aircraft. As I have a few small parts left over from the Revell Br.1150 Atlantic kit. The MAD boom and inflight refueling probe can be scratched built or aftermarket kits bought.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Dizzyfugu on May 13, 2015, 07:47:21 am
That sound interesting. Maybe with just a single fin - just for the unusual look?
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on May 14, 2015, 02:40:50 pm
Thanks,
With Revell releasing the 1/72 04326 Handley Page Victor K Mk.2 at £22.99. This makes me think I should give this model another go building a Maritime Patrol version. Freightdog , FlightPath and David J. Parkins websites will be visited for ideas for updates/conversions.
Still means getting hold of the Airfix BAe Nimrod for the ESM wingtip pods, window layout and MAD boom. Although this could be fitted in the T-tail from the Airfix S-3A Viking ASW. Maybe a straight swap with the Nimrod.
The JSTAR resin conversion set could be used as a phased aray AEW carried above the upper fuselage on two brackets.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on May 16, 2015, 12:05:23 pm
Sounds good. I'd love to see more Victors around here.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: 1/72 Martin Mariner AEW & C
Post by: McColm on May 20, 2015, 12:37:11 pm
Prices for the Mach2 kit have come down in price on that ever popular online auction site. The Minicraft model is way out of my price range unless I find another job or some of the old sites the company lost are regained.
I know that there are issues with the kit; flash, sink holes, rough fuselage halves, foggy glazed plastic parts.
The tail section will be kitbashed onto the Revell Lockheed Neptune which should look good with the Rotodome from the Grumman Hawkeye kit.
As I've kept the tail section from the broken Frog Neptune, this will be grafted on the Mariner. The engines could be replaced with the DB resin set for the Lockheed Constellation or the resin Tu-4 Bull upgrade set. (As most of the resin parts are covered by the engine cowlings, the superchargers are exposed and exhaust pipes).
The Falcon vacform triple conversion set FNC009 will come in handy as I can use the AD-5W Skyraider AEW radar dome and mount that above the fuselage where the radar for ASW would normally fit.
I think Falcon do a replacement glazing for the cockpit as there are aftermarket interiors and beaching gear.
The guns will be removed, might add a pair of auxiliary jet pods over the wings.

This will be built after the Atlantic and Neptune are finished. Well that's the plan !
Title: Re: eBay
Post by: McColm on May 21, 2015, 11:56:35 am
A few weeks ago I thought of renewing an idea of a maritime Boeing C-135 but couldn't find a suitable AMT kit so I opted for the Boeing E-3 Sentry and found a few kits.
Now I find loads of the KC-135A from Italeri.
I know the two kits aren't the same having had both the C-135 RF and E-3A although the internal fittings are the same. The glazing in the cockpit and the alignment of the wings to the fuselage. Even the thickness of the fuselage plastic isn't the same.
Other Whiffers have started their own builds, its a fairly big-ish kit. Not as big as the 1/72 B-52G or 1/48 B-29A. Which is now a weather vane on my mates shed.
But back to the build, if I can I'll ;
Stretch the fuselage fore and aft of the wings
Create two weapons bays
Camera pack
Use the sonobuoy launch tubes from the Revell Atlantic kit
MAD boom
ESM wingtip pods
Inflight refueling probe
Folding wings or the wings off the Airfix Vulcan. (Swing-wings from the Monogram B-1B do fit.)
T-tail from the Revell HP Victor fits.

Ambitious yes but doable. Long term build. Got space under the bed for the folded wing option.
Title: Re: 1/72 Revell Blohm + Voss BV222 AEW &C concept
Post by: McColm on May 21, 2015, 03:05:32 pm
The Revell kit has a two foot wing span with six engines, no beaching set although this can be bought in resin or metal.
There's quiet a lot of interior detailing going on but unless the upper fuselage is exposed you're not going to see it.
I had one of these before and my plan was to replace the wings with a pair from an Airfix Sunderland kit or the Airfix BAe Nimrod MR2.
My other idea was a front loaded cargo version similar to the Tradewind and replacing the wings with a gull shaped design, changing the engines to RR Tynes or those off a Lockheed P-3 Orion kit. ( they went on the C-97 bomber).
I dry fitted the wings from the Hasegawa US/PS-2 flying boat and even considered the Mach2 flying boats to use the wings.
I'm determined to build at least one AEW & C flying boat.
Title: Re: 1/72 Revell Blohm + Voss BV222 AEW &C concept
Post by: McColm on May 21, 2015, 03:26:52 pm
The Revell kit has a two foot wing span with six engines, no beaching set although this can be bought in resin or metal.
There's quiet a lot of interior detailing going on but unless the upper fuselage is exposed you're not going to see it.
I had one of these before and my plan was to replace the wings with a pair from an Airfix Sunderland kit or the Airfix BAe Nimrod MR2.
My other idea was a front loaded cargo version similar to the Tradewind and replacing the wings with a gull shaped design, changing the engines to RR Tynes or those off a Lockheed P-3 Orion kit. ( they went on the C-97 bomber).
I dry fitted the wings from the Hasegawa US/PS-2 flying boat and even considered the Mach2 flying boats to use the wings.
I'm determined to build at least one AEW & C flying boat.
Sometimes I suprise myself, why not use the C-97 wings instead. Academy do the C-97 kit the wings are the same as the B-29 kit plus you get the leftover parts from the B-29 model. The prices for the KC-97G and L are expensive.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on May 21, 2015, 06:14:16 pm
Good call there !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: 1/72 Revell Lockheed PSV-7 (SP-2H) Neptune AEW & C conversion
Post by: McColm on May 22, 2015, 05:27:18 pm
Hi just got my hands on the Revell kit, no breakages.
Ideas flooding my head of a four engine turboprop build by using the salvaged parts from the broken Frog model. The Frog Neptune wings were damaged but now that I have a razor saw I can cut these down and add them to the others. By using the runners to brace the wings to prevent them sagging. This gets around the twin main undercarriage, four legs instead of two. Never seen this method on a real aircraft.
I'll make a start on bank holiday Monday whilst the filler dries on the Atlantic.
Title: Re: 1/72 Revell Lockheed PSV-7 (SP-2H) Neptune AEW & C conversion
Post by: scooter on May 23, 2015, 10:51:40 am
Just have to think up a suitable name, if the four engine layout works.

If you want to keep the ocean deity naming style (Neptune, Poseidon, etc) check here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_water_deities) for water deities of *all* the pantheons.
Title: Re: 1/72 Revell Lockheed PSV-7 (SP-2H) Neptune AEW & C conversion
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 23, 2015, 11:59:54 am
Just have to think up a suitable name, if the four engine layout works.

If you want to keep the ocean deity naming style (Neptune, Poseidon, etc) check here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_water_deities) for water deities of *all* the pantheons.

I like the sound of Gong Gong.  ;D :lol:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on May 23, 2015, 01:19:45 pm
Doris,
I think that's a name for a VW campervan. I'll keep looking.
Thanks for the link.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Gondor on May 23, 2015, 02:34:40 pm
Doris,
I think that's a name for a VW campervan. I'll keep looking.
Thanks for the link.

Doris does not exactly sound God like but its in that list  :blink:

Pie is good though, Yam too  ;D

Gondor
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on May 23, 2015, 07:31:30 pm
Proteus sounds appropriate.
Just need a 1/72 Avro Shackleton. Super-shack by the time I've finished with it. Sort of turbo-shack with a Rotodome on the roof.
I hope that I don't win all the bids I put on eBay next week or the sellers can wait another week for payment.
The Atlantic is still out of alignment when it comes to adding the cockpit section. Plasticard and filler needed. Will be working on the wings and engines on Monday afternoon.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: NARSES2 on May 24, 2015, 07:06:50 am

Doris does not exactly sound God like but its in that list  :blink:


Only known a couple of Doris's and neither were goddess like  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: 1/72 BAe/Br.1150 Atlantic AEW & C (part3)
Post by: McColm on May 26, 2015, 08:38:48 am
Glued up both wings and engine cowlings. The cowlings went on well without any problems, I think clamping the wings before letting them dry out works better than leaving the piece to dry out and then adding the engine cowlings.
Really need to get the right paint colours for the cockpit. Back piece (curtain fitted). Slightly out of line on a dry test to the rear fuselage, could cover with lumps & bumps from the EP-3 Orion vacform conversion set.
ESM pods fitted to wingtips.
Needs a good rub down with wet & dry paper to remove the seems.
Thought I'd do my laundry and sand down the parts I'd filled in. Seems the washing machine had other ideas. Stopped working after 20 minutes, Landlord cursed and said he'd buy a new one and it started working again.
Glued the wings on, undercarriage main legs in place. Righthand side cockpit glued in place, spacer for the dipping radar glued as well.
Cockpit interior needs tidying up, wheels will be glued and painted-put on in final stage. Will surf the internet for a colour scheme.

Proteus has had a few dry tests with different vertical tail solutions. The Heller Grumman Hawkeye tail section fits- thinking a layout close to the E-1B. Need to get hold of some 1/72 plans for a 4 engine radial aircraft layout to work out the spacing of the engines for Proteus, if not l'll have to stagger them so the propellers don't clash.
An idea for a twin boom did come to mind to use the C-119 Flying Boxcar or the Nord Noratlas. I think that will be my next project or maybe a twin boom Shackleton!
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on May 27, 2015, 05:11:44 am
Pics. There's just too much going on to keep track of...... :blink:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on May 27, 2015, 10:35:23 am
There's only two builds on the go at the moment;
1/72 Revell Br1150 Atlantic which will get a pair of auxiliary jet pods, Falcon Triple Conversion kit EP-3, passive-aray AEW mounted above the fuselage.

1/72 Lockheed Neptune known as Proteus. 4 engined turboprop AEW &C with a Hawkeye Rotodome rotor dome. Deeper fuselage.
Possible twin tail either looking like the Grumman E-1B or Grumman Hawkeye E-2C.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on May 27, 2015, 12:11:27 pm
OK, that's easier for me to understand ! They both sound pretty cool, and will be covered in lumps and bumps which is always a favourite of mine. The Neptune especially sounds good.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on May 27, 2015, 10:08:05 pm
Tophe has drawn up a twin boom twin tail  Neptune, which looks doable. Just waiting on funds to buy the AC-119K kit. I used this kit on a C-130 once but had trouble with the rear doors.
There's a video of a 1/72 Revell German Atlantic kit on YouTube, I haven't done what the modeler did with the engines, nor got to the painting of the fuselage. But it gives you an idea of what stage I'm at.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Thorvic on May 27, 2015, 11:51:57 pm
Tophe has drawn up a twin boom twin tail  Neptune, which looks doable. Just waiting on funds to buy the AC-119K kit. I used this kit on a C-130 once but had trouble with the rear doors.
There's a video of a 1/72 Revell German Atlantic kit on YouTube, I haven't done what the modeler did with the engines, nor got to the painting of the fuselage. But it gives you an idea of what stage I'm at.

http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/IT0153 (http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/IT0153)

Its currently on offer at Hannants at a 3rd less as they draw down the stock levels
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 28, 2015, 01:15:47 am
Tophe has drawn up a twin boom twin tail  Neptune, which looks doable. Just waiting on funds to buy the AC-119K kit. I used this kit on a C-130 once but had trouble with the rear doors.
There's a video of a 1/72 Revell German Atlantic kit on YouTube, I haven't done what the modeler did with the engines, nor got to the painting of the fuselage. But it gives you an idea of what stage I'm at.

http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/IT0153 (http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/IT0153)

Its currently on offer at Hannants at a 3rd less as they draw down the stock levels

That's a LOT of aeroplane too! You need to factor in a ton of noseweight when building it too, I did an RW one some years ago and it's the heaviest model in my collection!
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on May 28, 2015, 03:00:50 am
Thanks Guys.
Maybe I could swap the wings over from the AC-119 and Neptune.
This would give the Flying Boxcar a look similar to the C-123 or add the main rotors and tail from the MH-53E plus landing gear.
Won't know until both kits are in my hands.
The Atlantic keeps me busy as ideas keep entering my head. The USCoast Guard colour scheme or something similar.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on May 28, 2015, 05:05:46 am
Box Chop ? Would look cool.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on May 28, 2015, 07:28:18 am
Then I could buy another MH-53E and use the leftover parts to stretch the fuselage of the Sea Dragon.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on May 30, 2015, 07:30:21 pm
Use the OT money to buy a camera  :wacko:

Title: Re: Proteus meets Rutan model 76 Voyager
Post by: McColm on June 01, 2015, 02:40:21 am
Thanks to Tophe the Neptune has taken on a whole new look. At first I was thinking of using the AC-119K wings, engines and twin tail boom (even bought the kit) , the Nord Noratlas although smaller would also work, but having seen the AModel Rutan Voyager and read the reviews I feel the need for a kitbash.
With an engine in the nose and at the rear, those long wings and twin boom would look the part.
High altitude reconnaissance springs to mind.
Title: Re: Fairchild Flying Boxcar AEW & C concept
Post by: McColm on June 01, 2015, 03:17:13 am
I have bought the 1/72 AC-119K Stinger/Shadow gunship and in a radical rethink came up with the AEW & C idea. For some this is a blast from the past, as I tried putting the wings and twin tail boom on a C-130, almost worked.
So to save time and with this years budget already spent , a new look was sourced.
The interior guns will go into the spare parts bin and a scratch built rotor dome based on the large radar dome off the EC-121 Warning Star uses with the stand from the Hawkeye kit.
Something the USMarines/ USAir Force would have used during the Vietnam War as an alternative to the Grumman E-1B or E-2C.
Title: Re: more ideas to ponder
Post by: McColm on June 02, 2015, 04:25:39 am
The Airfix Valiant was one of those kits, I've often thought about buying but the price has been a bit too high for me. Curious got one off eBay at a reasonable price.
First thought to go down the ASW route, but then again what about an AEW since I seem to be building one at the moment and would will use a Neptune for another one.
I had thought of swapping over the wings for a pair of BAe Nimrod ones. This worked on the Mach2 kit, although there were a lot of issues with it.
And yet I can't help thinking the Valiant wings would work on a C-130 or C-160.

Then there's the C-121, devoid of the two radars. I know through ready Google that some were used in the ASW role but getting hold of some reference material on the matter is a bit sparse. Could also go down the tanker route, hose & drogue pod under each wing and the auxiliary jet pods from the Neptune kit added as well. Could use the vacform AEW radar dome as well. Other parts from the Neptune kit will be used.
Got an idea for the engines,just need to find a tube the same dimension as the engine cowlings where the spinners fit. Scratch built turboprops using Hamilton four blade propellers.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Dizzyfugu on June 02, 2015, 05:26:58 am
How about reducing the Connie's size (taking out plugs in front of and behind the wings, as well as the outer engines) and make a two-engine aircraft out of it? Certainly a challenge...
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on June 02, 2015, 06:13:38 am
Thanks for the idea.
Title: Re: Proteus I AEW & C (four engined Neptune)
Post by: McColm on June 02, 2015, 12:52:20 pm
Part 1
Stick to the original plan.
Now that I've got a 1/72 Frog Avro Shackleton MR3 on its way to me, I can use its twin tail on the Neptune AEW project. The vertical tail and Neptune wings are going to make a twin engined Shackleton trainer or airliner.

If I the wings from the Airfix Valiant can be fitts to the Revell Atlantic kit then the Atlanta will be built.
Had another look at the Connie wings and although a twin engine is a great idea, I'd like to finish off a request made by another Whiffer who wanted someone to build a RR Griffon Constellation. Agreed this would have been underpowered bit with the viper engines and or a pair of jet pods added.
Title: Re: Grumman/Lockheed Proteus I AEW & C
Post by: McColm on June 03, 2015, 08:57:00 am
Background story

   Grumman was struggling with its new Hawkeye project both on the rotor dome electrics and the aircraft. As a back-up plan they went to Lockheed for help. Three P-2H aircraft were loaned to Grumman.
Grumman through a third party sourced the work out to SJMcColm Engineering who came up with the Proteus I prototype.
SJM cut off the vertical tail fin and replaced this with a twin fins from a Avro Shackleton MR3. The Neptune wings were also replaced with Shackleton wings as another customer had commissioned them to build a twin engine Shackleton with a vertical tail fin.
The Neptune radar dome was dismantled and the radar moved into the nose. The observation position was no longer required. This was used as a storage area with jump seats. Two entry doors positioned at the rear of the fuselage. The radial engines would be replaced with the same engines as used by the Hawkeye.
Engineers from Grumman came down to see the progress and discussions on a aircraft carrier version to be known as Proteus II.
     Proteus II
Using the second P-2H and going down the twin tail- twin boom route. With folding wings and an arrestor hook. The original Neptune engine layout with a pair of jet pods.
Fairchild came on board and offered the Boxcar for parts, there were many meetings and eventually the Boxcar wings were adopted, the Hawkeye Rotodome wasn't used but the APS-20 and AEW radome was installedon the underside of the fuselage.

Proteus III
This used the third P-2H as a high-altitude reconnaissance platform. An engine would be mounted in the nose and one at the rear. The twin-boom system installed and longer thinner wings.
This concept was plagued with problems, but finally took to the air in the early 1970's.

Proteus I and II would see action in the Vietnam War, used by the US Navy and US Marines. Trials by the US Army and Air Force were successful but other aircraft were chosen instead.
Title: Re: Proteus II
Post by: McColm on June 06, 2015, 02:45:14 am
The build so far,
Using the Revell/Hasegawa 1/72 Neptune and ltaleri no.153 AC-119K " Gunship" Stinger Shadow kits.
I've glued up the twin tail twin boom on both halves and measured the length of the Neptune fuselage against the boom, chopping where necessary. Just before the rear glazing.( might get a rear engine fitted or rear doors fitted instead.)
As the Neptune fuselage is a lot slimmer than that of the AC-119K the wing stubs have been cut and glued to the Neptune which means the rear tail will be altered accordingly when dry.

The rest of the AC-119K parts will be built, but no longer a gunship. The Italeri MH-53E parts will be fitted with shorten wings off the Heller Grumman E-2C Hawkeye to form my version of the Mil-Hook. Traditional helicopter layout with wing stubs and twin engines from the Hawkeye kit. If the clear nose from the Atlantic fits, I'll change for the solid nose.
Thinking of naming this the Fairchild Scorpion, keeping a couple of guns for the sting.
Title: Re: Proteus II-the build so far part 2
Post by: McColm on June 06, 2015, 09:13:19 am
Once again my cutting has let me down, so a combination of Tophe designs is now being applied.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on June 06, 2015, 10:01:26 am
Throw all the parts in a pillow case and then reach in and grab 4 pieces and start from there  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on June 06, 2015, 10:36:29 am
Thanks,
Just means rearranging the Neptune parts, its now has hinged canards at the front end. I'll see if the double-mamba off the Frog Gannet fits at the rear of the fuselage. If it does I will have achieved a four engined Neptune!
Still have to fit the glazing, cockpit and nose-wheel well. Wings, engines-thinking of RR Griffons from the Shackleton kit when it arrives.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on June 06, 2015, 01:10:59 pm
Be pretty cool as everybody would think it's just a twin  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on June 06, 2015, 09:49:25 pm
My master plan is to take this upto Telford, as I've never been.
Title: Re: Proteus II day2
Post by: McColm on June 07, 2015, 10:44:26 am
Brought in some filler and 320 grit wet & dry paper. Glued up Stinger Shadow wings and when dry added them to the wing stubs. The underside fitted snug, but there was a gap top-side .When set filled in gaps.
The Frog Gannet has lost it's double mamba engines, as this fits the rear fuselage hole. Will have to do some research into rear mounted engines, intakes and exhaust pipework.
 Worked on cutting out AEW vacform radar dome from the conversion set. Fitted to gap left by removing Neptune radome. Weapons bay getting shorter. No super glue at work, so used masking tape to hold both sides in place.
Concentrating on the interior fittings, need to get some paint.
Title: Re: Shackleton parts and Valiant arrived at work.
Post by: McColm on June 09, 2015, 02:36:46 am
There's a box full of Frog Avro Shackleton MkIII parts, been up in the loft . I will sort out the parts, but on the opening of the parcel three fuselage halves. One damaged and the broken part kept.

Whilst the Airfix Vickers Valiant is all present and correct. The D version second prototype seems a good start for the MPA-ASW to be built, using the BAe Nimrod layout. Looks too good to cut up, will need to buy another one for an AEW and C-130 jet .
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on June 09, 2015, 03:06:29 pm
Ya that Valiant is a gorgeous kit.

 :wub:
Title: Re: The builds 2015/2016
Post by: McColm on June 10, 2015, 07:47:51 am
The builds in no particular order all in 1/72 scale;

Proteus II
Neptune fuselage, AC-119K wings,landing gear , twin boom and twin tails, double mamba rear engine, T-64 engines. Falcon APS-20 radome off Gannet AEW conversion.

Atlantic AEW
Revell Br1150 Atlantic, Heller E-2C Rotodome "Mad Hatter" mounted on top of vertical tail fin, solid nose, inflightrefueling probe-C-130J, two jet pods from Neptune kit.

XC-130 V/STOL
Italeri kit, with three bladed propellers-from Shin Meiwa PS-1. Swivel wings.

Vickers Valiant MR/ASW
BAe Nimrod parts, Harpoon ASW missiles in weapons bay. Revell Br.1150 sonobuoy launch tubes German Navy variant.

FRA-108 Rapier
Using FreightDog TSR2 parts, Palva cockpit.

Avro Carlton
Twin engine Shackleton. Using Neptune wings, engines and landing gear. Possible airliner/cargo.

KC-121
Constellation tanker, with two jet pods from Neptune kit. Engines to be changed. Hose and drogue pods from C-130 (David J Parkins FlightPath resin).

Shorts Sandhurst
Shin Meiwa kit as donor. New cockpit, possible alternative from Valiant kit.
Amphibious flying boat, AEW. Griffons from Shackleton.

Fairchild Flying Dragon
Fairchild AC-119 fuselage, wing-stubs and engines from Heller E-2C Hawkeye, rotor off MH-53E and tail boom rotor.

AModel Rutan 76 model
This would make a great flying drone. Manned/unmanned.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on June 12, 2015, 10:17:28 pm
Atlantic AEW

In the Frog Shackleton kit, there's a stand that comes with it. I could adopt this as the radome, sort of Grumman E-1B "spoof with a roof".

Washing Frog parts, before sorting them out and pre-assembly. Need to replace decals.
Title: Re: 1/72 Avro Carlton
Post by: McColm on June 13, 2015, 05:37:21 am
Washed all parts, dried and commenced build. Problems when fitting the weapon bay doors as fuselage is slightly warped, gap in front nose under glazing. This part is missing.
Gone for the twin tail but might still use the Frog Neptune vertical tail and MAD boom.
The plan is to fit the Neptune wings making it a twin engine aircraft. I'll see if the Rotodome fits from the Heller Hawkeye kit.
I'll also see if the Shackleton wings can be fitted to the Connie to resemble the Starline.
Seven sets of propellers and six sets of engine cowlings. Made up the six sets. Will change over propellers of the mamba on the Proteus II.

Monday 15th
Work continues with sanding down those rivets. Found that parts from the Heller Grumman E-2C Hawkeye fit and building the two engines that will be fitted. On another topic of mine " Super Shackleton" I'm using that as a base. Air ducts have been fitted and the observation seat removed along with the tunel giving a flat nose.
Will put some pictures up on my FaceBook page later in the day. Search under: Steven James McColm
Title: Re: 1/72 Avro Carlton - sometime later in the day
Post by: McColm on June 13, 2015, 09:56:54 pm
Had a look at the Revell Neptune wings against the fuselage of the Shackleton. Doable but I don't have the tools to hand. A revised plan to re-engine the Shackleton wings.
The Rotodome from the Hawkeye fits really well, so I'll use that along with the turboprops from the E-2C.
Vietnam colour scheme springs to mind either USAF or USNavy. The lumps and bumps from the AC-119K kit will be added, could get a new nose section and underwing pylons. I'll see if the Neptune wingtip pods fit, and spare refueling probe from the Italeri C-130J.

The "spoof with the roof" works well on the Atlantic, just need to buy some plasticard and paints. The dustbin radome from the Shackleton kit will be cut to size for the lumps & bumps.

Another idea forming in my mind is to use the Nimrod wings and nose from the Airfix kit. The Atlantic wings can be added to the Carlton or just use the RR Tynes.
Title: Re: 1/72 LC-130F with a twist
Post by: McColm on June 14, 2015, 01:27:27 am
I wonder if any Whiffer has used the David J Parkins LC-130F skis conversion set?
Since the time I built my air cushion landing system , I've always wanted to build an amphibious version of the C-130.
By utilizing the resin skis and eliminating the landing gear in the Italeri kit. May have to scratch build floats for the tail ramp and move or replace the engines. Jets on pods above the wings.
Floatation gear could stretch along the fuselage, something like the external fuel tanks found on the Chinook or a skirt from the Airfix 1/144 Hovercraft kit.
Other kits from the Parkins range could be used as well.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: scooter on June 14, 2015, 03:48:55 am
There were some proposals floating around to put actual floats on a C-130 (CL-130).  But they never went past that. 
(http://i1133.photobucket.com/albums/m581/arminius33/Project%20How/11-c130-floatplane.jpg)
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on June 14, 2015, 04:15:00 am
Thanks Scooter, could build a version of the proposed SC-130J Sea Hercules.
Got the Hasegawa P-3 Orion and the Airfix BAe Nimrod coming in the post, using the parts of the Shin Meiwa PS-1 flying boat. Will use the underwing weapons pods and extendable MAD boom. ESM wingtip pods. Change the nose.
Interesting kitbash.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: kitnut617 on June 14, 2015, 04:16:28 am
Personally, I like this proposal, it even went through a number of scale model tests in the water tank done by the USN.

(http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa263/kitnut617/Misc%20Photos/c130_234.jpg) (http://s200.photobucket.com/user/kitnut617/media/Misc%20Photos/c130_234.jpg.html)

I've managed to find something I can use as a base for floats to do a 1/72 model of it

(http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa263/kitnut617/Lockheed%20C-130/C-130%20Floatplane%20004_zpsnvf1nvlx.jpg) (http://s200.photobucket.com/user/kitnut617/media/Lockheed%20C-130/C-130%20Floatplane%20004_zpsnvf1nvlx.jpg.html)

(http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa263/kitnut617/Lockheed%20C-130/C-130%20Floatplane_zps0ryhuqyd.jpg) (http://s200.photobucket.com/user/kitnut617/media/Lockheed%20C-130/C-130%20Floatplane_zps0ryhuqyd.jpg.html)
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on June 14, 2015, 08:38:20 am
Go for it!

Got my hands on yet another 1/72 Hasegawa P-2H Neptune. This time the second Heller Hawkeye E-2C Rotodome will be fixed to the upper fuselage. The vertical tail fin reshaped , possible four turboprops. Depends on what's in the spare parts bin.
Title: Re: Couldn't sleep last night
Post by: McColm on June 14, 2015, 11:06:41 pm
I should have been tired from working 11 straight day shifts (two weekends), but I couldn't get to sleep. So whilst playing around with the Griffon engines and the cowlings I managed to peel one cover off and pressed into the open part of the AC-119K engine opening. Out came the glue and bingo the Proteus II has engines. Did think of placing one in the front, but that would mean plugging the gap at the back.
Going out on hunt for plasticard, plastic rods and paint. There's an art shop in South Kensington, I'll try there or Hamleys Regent Street.
I would have thought that Woolwich would have an art shop, must check out Greenwich!
Title: Re: early shots of Avro Carlton/ twin turbo Shack and Proteus II
Post by: McColm on June 15, 2015, 07:32:09 am
Hi Guys,
If you're surfing the net and come across FaceBook. Then check out my photos by searching under: Steven James McColm
There's three photos of the twin turboprop engined Shackleton with the Hawkeye Rotodome taped to the upper fuselage. The engines, propellers and wheels are from the Heller Grumman E-2C kit. The rear tail wheels are from the Frog Shackleton along with a cut down front landing gear leg. The nose glazing and observation seat have been removed to make a flattened nose. No need to add any weight as its now a tail sitter.
Wings and twin rudder have been cut to look square.

The other two pics are the Proteus II.Still got the interior to build and rear engine to fit.Undercarriage will be painted before fitting.

I hope you like them.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on June 15, 2015, 10:13:16 am
There were some proposals floating around

Funny stuff Scooter  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on June 15, 2015, 10:18:50 am
I don't know what's going on but I can't see the new pics :blink:
Title: Re: Proteus II design change
Post by: McColm on June 16, 2015, 11:51:22 am
The Proteus II is now on its third design change and has become a tri-engine layout. The mamba engine being moved to the nose.
So its still got four piston engines but in a tri-motor format.
The fuselage and cockpit was glued together, fuselage glazing added before the two halves were joined. The Gannet AEW radome glued in place, slight gaps but will wait until morning when fully dry to sort out.
Will add the vacform exhaust pipes to the nose sides.
Filler and sanding plus a few questions to be answered as to why one half of the fuselage was a better fit than the other.
Back on nights until Monday morning. I hope to do some painting on the other two builds.
Went ahead with the Mad Hatter on the "Frantic Atlantic" . Looks good as if it was ment to have a radar dome fixed to the vertical tail fin. MAD boom removed. Will need plenty of weight in the nose and behind the cockpit where the dipping radar would have been fitted. Keeping the Atlantic with the RR Tynes and pair of auxiliary jet pods.
Title: Re:1/24 Jaguar XJ220 ideas on what to do with it
Post by: McColm on June 16, 2015, 10:56:52 pm
When the Jaguar XJ220 was launched, I promised myself I'd drive one. So far this hasn't happened, but the option of owning one is getting better and better.
Kit wise there's lots to choose from either the fiddly pop-up lights or the fixed headlights. The instructions are easy to follow.
That V6 twin turbo engine could be changed and the headlights. A convertible.
Possible two kits, kitbash engine moved to the front, second row of seats-4 door hatchback.
Different paint and decals: emergency services response vehicles or go back to the original spec.
This would need a donor kit.

Future whiff?
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on June 17, 2015, 05:15:46 am
Can you go back on your FB and see if the pics uploaded ? According to mine the newest pic is the Neptune from Hendon in 2014.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on June 17, 2015, 05:25:42 am
Try looking under "mobile uploads".
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on June 17, 2015, 05:31:54 am
Bizarre. It says updated on Monday but there are no new pics. Maybe change the security settings to public ?

 :cheers:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on June 17, 2015, 06:58:48 am
Okay, its changed to public.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on June 17, 2015, 10:15:18 am
Weird. Still nothing new. Anybody else see them ?

 :blink:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on June 17, 2015, 11:01:55 am
You could send me a friend request on FaceBook?
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on June 17, 2015, 12:39:42 pm
Not much going on build wise, super glued vacform exhaust pipes cut from Gannet AEW on Proteus II. Sanded down fuselage trying to eliminate seems. Glued canopy, when dry tested position. Quite a lot of interior details can be seen. Got the etch set will start next week after painting.

Will start adding Hawkeye parts to Shackleton. Rivets still proud in some arears. Looking good as a twin engine version.

Been testing Shackleton parts on the Atlantic for lumps and bumps.
I think three builds is just about right at the moment. The others in the stash are a lot bigger.
Title: Re: Hasewaga P-2H (P2V-7) Lockheed Notus AEW & C
Post by: McColm on June 18, 2015, 11:11:25 am
To be built straight from the box apart from the vertical tail fin as another Heller Grumman E-2C Hawkeye Rotodome is to be glued to the upper fuselage. The tail fin will be cut to resemble the Grumman E-1B using the Hawkeye spare parts.
Title: Re: Just had anorher idea
Post by: McColm on June 22, 2015, 01:44:40 am
Whilst walking home from work, an idea to build my own version of the Be-42 Mermaid popped into my head. Having got the Hasegawa PS-1/SS-1 in the stash and knowning that the Airfix BAe Nimrod wings fit I was thinking along the lines of the B-47 wings and engines mounted above the wings or above the fuselage.
Alternatively by using the Valiant wings, as I've always thought that the Valiant Mk3 would have the Nimrod wings if it  had continued in service.

Title: Re: Lockheed Constellation floatplane
Post by: McColm on June 23, 2015, 10:44:49 am
Having received my 1/144 vacform Griffin Boeing 377 Stratocruiser, couldn't help but notice the shape of the fuselage.
Although I have plans to turn this one into a jet flying boat with the aid of a pair of dh Comet wings. I can't help but feel the need to either source out another two vacform kits or buy the plastic models and use them as floats for either the 1/72 Airfix Super G or Heller range of Connies. I'm sure I will find as use for the spare wings and engines. Probably on the Comet or in the spare parts bin.
Title: Re: update on builds
Post by: McColm on June 25, 2015, 12:51:33 am
Haven't done much,
Sanding and filling on the Carlton. Those rivets are disappearing on the fuselage.
As to the Proteus II, main landing gear fitted from the Flying Boxcar. Its tall, nose leg is too short but is a good fit at the rear. Scratched built a rear dome from the spare parts bin. Just needs shaping, so filler-sanding-filler-sanding.
Going to use the paint guide from the Italeri AC-119K 18th Special Operations Squardon - Nha Trang, 1968 Super Sow, as the two exhaust pipes create a hog like horns and the unit's zap is an uncanny resemblance. 52-9982. Don't think I'll fit the auxiliary jet pods as I'll need them on another build.
Title: Re: Might build straight from the box
Post by: McColm on June 25, 2015, 05:31:41 pm
Waiting at work for me were three boxes;
1/72 Airfix H.S. Dominie T.MKI
1/24 Tamiya Jaguar Mk.II saloon
1/25 MPC Daytona Transport Truck

The Jaguar had been started, engine built and painted, engine bay painted opalescent maroon. The carpet is red,although there's paint options for the body colour.
First thought Endeavor Morse, next thought a Bond car- machine guns, bullet deflector, tyre cutter, skis and ejector seat. Would need a Sun roof!

As for the Transport Truck, chrome parts. Probably buy another one for Whiffing.

Dominie might change the engines and decals.
Title: Nimrod, Orion and Bear
Post by: McColm on June 26, 2015, 11:03:10 am
Three more kits;
G.D.R. PlayFix Playmakers Tu-20 Bear
Hasegawa 1/72 P-3C Orion USNavy and CP-140 Canadian decals
1/72 Airfix BAe Nimrod

As the Orion will be getting the resin Nimrod AEW set the nose radome will be fitted to the Atlantic.
Could get another Nimrod and stretch the fuselage
Title: Re: Motor Homes "What were they thinking?"
Post by: McColm on June 28, 2015, 01:33:52 pm
 Been on YouTube and came across the ele MMent Palazzo motor home and thought I now know what to do with my Tamiya 1/24 Jaguar XJ220, just need to get my hands on a few Revell VW T3 Westfalia Joker camper van.
Must make a start on the dormobiles, I know there's got to be a "Real World" example somewhere. Must have been the military equivalent. Monty had his caravan so a tracked vehicle conversion could be worth while.
Half track vehicles I think would be better. The American M3 is a good example. Also seen Land Rover versions which opens up a whole new field of Whiffs both civil and military options.
Title: Re: Lockheed Constellation Super Star
Post by: McColm on June 30, 2015, 05:49:46 am

I'm using the Heller 1/72 EC-121 Warning Star. Having cut the tail section aft of the wings and glued the two halves together. Whilst drying the front end was cut. The windows put in place and undercarriage nose wheel leg assembled. The middle wing cross section has also been glued. The wings are glued and will be assembled after the undercarriage has been added and spars put in place to strengthen the wings.
As you can't see a lot of detail through the cockpit glazing, a new cockpit from the spare of the Valiant kit will be used. I can then work out the nose weight. Just waiting for the plasticard to arrive, so I can cut the fuselage braces to line up for a better fit and extra strength.
As some of the parts were already broken a kitbash or raid in the spares bin to provide a suitable vertical tail fin.

I've changed the name to the Constellation Super Star on day two of the build. Yes there are mistakes in the cutting of the fuselage sections, but with the correct tools I should be able to rectify this. Hence the need for plasticard to fill some of the larger gaps. At the moment masking tape is holding the new fuselage sections together and I can say I've definately created something I can be proud of. There will be other builds of the Super Star using Heller and Airfix kits. As I've got a few leftover parts from the Shackleton and the Neptune a maritime version will be built. " Sea Star". Some of the fuselage panel lines line up. Won't know how much ground clearance there is until the undercarriage is in place.
The Boxcar has long legs, so does the Shorts Stirling which could be used in the bomber version.
This throws up a list of possible Whiffs;
MR-currently building
Tanker
Bomber
Airliner
Cargo/freighter
AEW /AWACS
Water bomber
Gunship
EW
Floatplane
Crop sprayer
Skis-Artic/Antarctic support
Special Missions
Recce
Nightningale
Plus different engine combinations.
Possible jet version ( wings off the Airfix BAe Nimrod might work this time!)
Different wings will be dry-tested.
Title: Re: Super Star- wings
Post by: McColm on July 01, 2015, 11:10:08 am
Before coming to work I dug out the Italeri 1/72 C-130J wings. They fit, very well. Make me think that the Connie could have been the testbed aircraft.
Would had to rejig the main undercarriage landing legs.
The wings from the Airfix Valiant also fit, but won't be used in this build.
Title: Re: Three more kits
Post by: McColm on July 01, 2015, 02:11:02 pm
All in 1/72;
Hasegawa EA-6B Prowler high visibility
Matchbox EA-6B Prowler ( as the plastic parts come in green, grey and white, I thought of "Marine One").
Matchbox Supermarine Stranraer- take the guns away, airliner or SAR.

Might do a bit of research on the Stranraer.
Title: Re: Three more
Post by: McColm on July 02, 2015, 11:38:37 am
1/24 Tamiya Jaguar XJ220
1/72 Monogram F-16XL single seater
1/72 Matchbox Heinkel He 115 Floatplane
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on July 07, 2015, 05:41:23 am
I'm using the Italeri 1/72 C-119G flying box car wings on the Italeri C-130J kit. They seem to be a better fit than the Airfix BAe Nimrod wings. As they cover the existing wing stubs the length of the twin boom is in line with the rear tail plane. The vertical tail fin will have to go.
The name "Super Trooper" springs to mind, haven't worked out what engines to use or how many to use yet.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on July 08, 2015, 05:21:25 am
If there's one thing I've learnt through Whiffing is, if you make a mistake. You can use the parts on another build.
Take the Revell Br.1150 Atlantic. I've added a 'Mad Cap' styled radome to the vertical tail fin which started life as a Frog Shackleton stand. Not convinced with the wings, these have been removed and the Airfix BAe Nimrod wings will replace them. The cockpit is also from the Nimrod but sliced into two sections so it fits better, although not quite the same shape as the Atlantic fuselage . I can blend this in.
The spare engines will find a home-probably on the P-3 Orion. With two auxiliary turbojets under each wing. As you can never have too many spare engines.
Which means the flying boat may need to change slightly in design.

Been watching the series "Wheeler Dealers" on YouTube. Came across their Jaguar Mk.II saloon project and decided to go with the black leather interior. Sort of a universal colour. Going to build it straight from the box. Haven't decided on the exterior colour although the previous builder did paint some parts red by hand, me thinks I can sand them back and use a darker colour. By layering the final clear gloss, I can get that deep shine. Three coats should be enough.

Had a look at the resin two seater conversion set. Got some issues, however the 1/72 Revell Hurricane could be made into a two seater.
The rear canopy of the Mk IX if turned around looks like a tear drop or bubble fitted to some fighters.

Going to leave the rest of the rivets alone on the Carlton(Shackleton). Should have sanded them down before the build. Looking good with the flat nose. Working on the cockpit area. Needs a crew.
Proteus II is coming along slowly, might give Telford a miss and attend the Islington show instead due to its location and access by public transport.
No Whiffing for the next few weeks due to the summer holidays.
Title: Re: Fairchild Phoenix third build
Post by: McColm on July 09, 2015, 06:45:46 am
The Phoenix is my third attempt at this build which uses a 1/72 C-130 fuselage with the wings from a 1/72 C-119G Flying Boxcar or AC-119G Shadow/Stinger. On previous builds the tail end went wrong. This time I've used the Italeri C-130J and measured the boom length. This fits and clears the tail ramp. The vertical tail will have to go but could be cut to make a triple fin layout. This would help the tail boom.
A bit of cutting needs to be done to secure the inner wing to the new wing stub. I've used superglue and will fit a wing brace, just before I glue the two fuselage halves together.
I could go to town with etched detail sets, haven't decided on the fit. Could do something maritime or special operations/AEW as the original spec. Using the Atlantic vertical tail or EC-121 radomes. Might stick to the Atlantic as other parts are being used for other builds. (Could buy another one and go for a fuselage stretch).
Jet auxiliary engines mounted above the wings so underwing pylons can be fitted. Might keep the engines or use resin replacements-contra rotating.
Something Taiwan or circa Vietnam War.
Title: Re: Proteus II things to do list
Post by: McColm on July 10, 2015, 07:22:22 pm
Cockpit details
Cockpit glazing-mask and paint
Sand down rear/shape
Rear landing gear- to be installed
Crew access- hatches and ladders
Lumps and bumps
Paint
Tyres
Clear gloss-decals- satin finish

Carlton (Avro Shackleton, twin turboprop AEW & C- Hawkeye parts)

Cockpit details-glazing
Fill upper nose section
Lumps and bumps
Tyres
Paint underneath fuselage first- fit underwing storage doors.
Scribe cargo doors
Paint
Decals
Fix screw-top
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on July 11, 2015, 08:00:17 pm
Been reading Nimrod's Genesis by Chris Gibson, not page to page but different chapters. Got me thinking how close the UK got to buying the Br.1150 Atlantic and the C-160ASF. Both considered too slow but if fitted with two poded turbofan engines would be fast enough in transit and then switch to the turboprop whilst on station.
Might have a go and Whiff the 1/72 C-160 with the Airfix BAe Nimrod wings. Depends which Transall kit I get, as the Heller and Revell are constructed differently when it comes to the wings. Revell goes for the wing stubs on the fuselage whilst Heller is similar to the Airfix Valiant. Which would mean creating a curve on the upper fuselage. Could cover this with the large radome from the EC-121 and use up parts in the spares bin.The Ocean Patrol proposed version could be built. Whilst building the twin boom Fairchild Phoenix pre-C130.
I think building in groups, should work. Then the two Connies, Bristol Superfreighters.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on July 14, 2015, 07:09:14 pm
Acrylic and enamel paints should be arriving soon, so I can paint the lower fuselage of the Carlton/ Shackleton and add the storage doors. Will be using the colour scheme from the Italeri AC-119G. Will apply this to the Proteus II as well.

A lot of the Airfix B-29 parts will end up on the Super-G, and will get the triple tail fins from the EC-121. Did this before on a similar build almost a perfect match. A kitbash in the making. Often wanted to use the Airfix Nimrod wings, will get a new cockpit as well.
Title: Re: Airfix Bristol Superfreighter AEW
Post by: McColm on July 18, 2015, 03:58:27 am
Can't sleep, so decided to kitbash the RR Tynes off the Revell Br.1150 Atlantic and onto the Superfreighter. Dry fit test , great improvement. Engines will be moved further away from the fuselage to allow clearance for propellers.
The Rotodome off the Heller Grumman E-2C Hawkeye fits on top of the upper fuselage. Will use parts from the Airfix Lockheed S-3A Viking for main landing gear. Hawkeye tail. Will keep the windows as this could double up as a COD with arrestor hook. Inflight refueling probe from an EA-6B.
Possible name change Sea Freighter.
Title: Re: McColm: Possible builds
Post by: McColm on July 19, 2015, 12:28:46 am
Just checked on eBay and won the Revell Atlantic German Anniversary ATL1. With the fuselage section in the spares bin I can go for a stretched version. The weapons bay doors will be kept shut. The four engine proposal RR Tynes and two auxiliary turbojets. MPA version in RAF colours, solid nose but keeps the dipping radar bin, inflight refueling probe. Airfix BAe Nimrod parts added. Probably build this and the MPA Sea Valiant at the same time.

As discussed before if the wings from the Hasegawa 1/72 Boeing B-47E fit the US-1/PS-1 flying boat then I'll use the Be A40 Mermaid as a guide to build my own version.

The Hasegawa Lockheed P-3C and the wings from the Airfix BAe Nimrod almost make for a good fit. A bomber version with two weapons bays fore and aft of the wings. The rear where the sonobuoy tubes would have gone and the front will need cutting out. The lining made from plasticard,racks from the Atlantic kits. Nimrod ESM pod on the vertical tail.

Will have a to see if the wings fit from the 1/144 747 on to the fuselage of the 1/72 B-47. Perhaps use the leftover parts from the Airfix S-3A for a new forward cockpit.

Scratched build spin-tops for other AEW concepts.
Kitbash using the Airfix B-29 and H.S. Dominie. But will wait until other started builds are completed.
Title: Re: Airfix Bristol Superfreighter AEW
Post by: McColm on July 20, 2015, 12:06:05 pm
Can't sleep, so decided to kitbash the RR Tynes off the Revell Br.1150 Atlantic and onto the Superfreighter. Dry fit test , great improvement. Engines will be moved further away from the fuselage to allow clearance for propellers.
The Rotodome off the Heller Grumman E-2C Hawkeye fits on top of the upper fuselage. Will use parts from the Airfix Lockheed S-3A Viking for main landing gear. Hawkeye tail. Will keep the windows as this could double up as a COD with arrestor hook. Inflight refueling probe from an EA-6B.
Possible name change Sea Freighter.
Part 2
With the Hawkeye quad fin tail glued in place resembling the Grumman E-1B. Looks like an Elk or Moose. So naturally the Bristol " Super Moose" AEW & C. RR Tynes work well on the wings just need a bit of filler to blend in. Thinking of squaring up the wingtips- possible wing-fold. Been working on the cockpit, looking for alternative nose section might use the Magna kit when it arrives or shape a solid nose from the spares box.
Haven't seen any AEW aircraft in camouflage colours or schemes.

An off-the-wall idea comes from the Boeing C-97. To use the Airfix B-29 as the lower fuselage to a Airfix Super Constellation/Super-G. Not quite Constitution but could be the missing link. Turrets used on upper fuselage, gets a new cockpit, single tail fin, rear and front guns. Keeps Connie wings with B-29 engines. Could use the parts from the Heller EC-121 instead.

Running out of space, so will need to look for suitable shelving unit.
Title: Re: McColm: what to do with the Space Shuttle?
Post by: McColm on July 20, 2015, 02:15:51 pm
I went on Google to try and get a kit review of the Revell 1/144 Space Shuttle and Boeing 747 carrier. Most modellers have gone down adding booster rockets, rocket launch pad or shuttle "crawler" .
Although not the best kit to buy due to raised panel lines, there are aftermarket kits to improve this, I was thinking along the lines of an airliner. Like the Boeing widebody concept . The kit comes with the engine cone. If this was fitted with over-the-wing engines from the 747.
Second thought stealth boat, utilizing the large cargo bay.

Other uses for the 747 have included a flying boat. Whilst looking at the kit , not impossible. Just need to reinforce the box junction in the new shoulder wing position. CFM engines above the wings, might use the B-47 engines if they aren't too big.
Title: Re: McColm: what to do with the Space Shuttle?
Post by: kitnut617 on July 20, 2015, 07:43:52 pm
I went on Google to try and get a kit review of the Revell 1/144 Space Shuttle and Boeing 747 carrier.

Now don't be a wussy, build it in 1/72 scale ----  ;)
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on July 20, 2015, 08:29:46 pm
I don't have the room at present, if circumstances change. I'll let you know.
Title: Re: McColm: ere John got a new motor?
Post by: McColm on July 21, 2015, 12:05:39 pm
I'll be buying the odd Revell VW Campervan for the Dormobile conversions. Then Whiffing or kitbashing the leftover parts.

Work on the four current builds is slow but productive. Can't wait to put some paint on three of them. I've seen a 'leather and wood ' finish paint set and wouldn't mind experimenting on the Tamiya Jaguar Mk II and Revell Austin FX4 Taxi-possible "Woodie" or Rat Rod using the rust paint kits, dropping the wheelbase to its lowest level. Referb the interior and beef up that engine, side chrome exhaust pipes. Lower the roof.

Always thought that the Jaguar XJ220 should have had gull wing doors or removable roof.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: PR19_Kit on July 21, 2015, 02:24:42 pm
The Revell Shuttle Carrier 747 is their old 747-200 kit with added bits for the Shuttle, so any add-ons for the -200 would work too.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on July 21, 2015, 11:02:06 pm
Thanks Kit :bow:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on July 25, 2015, 09:32:10 pm
One more week of overtime to go then two days off. Got to buy a new mobile phone as the present one is playing up. Also a camera or tablet might be better.
Then back to the old routine, must take a trip down to Hannants. Or Blue Water shopping center must be a model shop in there? As the nearest place is KitKrazy and I'll end up buying back my stash.
Title: Re: interesting
Post by: McColm on July 28, 2015, 04:02:46 pm
With the DC-6B maritime patrol aircraft concept on a recent topic, seemed like a good idea. Although this has gone off on a tangent as the mention of the DC-7 MR has taken over. Getting a decent kit of the DC-7 in 1/72 is feasible. The engines can be sourced from the Lockheed Constellation, the need for blueprints or 1/72 drawings are essential. In the real world the wings were based on the DC-4, whereas the fuselage of the DC-6 can be stretched. Depends if the British spec or American version is to be built.
Maybe the fuselage from the Lockheed P-3 Orion could be paired with new wings.



Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on July 29, 2015, 04:37:01 am
Camera's are quite cheap right now. Then again, some of the newer phones have just as much resolution as a decent camera, so two birds....

Title: Re: McColm: Possibilities
Post by: McColm on August 01, 2015, 01:00:30 am
If you took the Revell 1/72 Canberra and used It's wings on the Airmodel vacform Varsity that would look similar to the Vickers Nene.

Got the Mach2 General Dynamics RB-57F, thinking of buying the Airfix RB-57 and using the fuselage with the Mach2 kit. The tail will be changed , might go for a pair of CFMs instead of the TF-33 engines or use the ones provided in the EC-135N Snoopy.

The Heller 1/72 DC-6B Super-Cloudmaster arrived this morning. Just checked the parts.

Glued the wings to the fuselage of the Bristol Super-Moose. Squared off the wingtips to add the ESM pods from the Br1150 Atlantic kit. Will paint the inside of the fuselage windows black and add some plasticard to blank off the unused parts. Cockpit and nose doors to assemble. Will add the parts from the Airfix Lockheed S-3A Viking undercarriage to the fuselage.
ProteusII will get the Vietnam camo paint job with Ghost Busters decals.
Title: Re: McColm: Avro Carlton and Bristol Super Moose
Post by: McColm on August 05, 2015, 06:03:03 am
The Avro Carlton has been given an olive drab finish, looks like an oversized B-25 Mitchell all it needs is a Eagle head or a Shark mouth painted on both sides of the nose. The glazed tail part came off so I've glued on a section from the Lockheed Neptune to create a MAD tail.
Did experiment with a SEA colour scheme on the twin tail, didn't work out too well going back to the olive green.

The Bristol Super Moose now has the Magna Mk21 resin nose, a deeper glazed cockpit (or will be when fitted) , Hawkeye tail fitted on top of cut down model tail. Both fuselage sides glued together, glazed fuselage windows painted black.
Need to remove seems and blend the new nose into the forward fuselage. RR Tynes to be fitted, considering using a pair of floats from the Matchbox He 115 Floatplane.
Never seen an AEW Floatplane before, that's not to say that it hasn't been tried out. A grey and green colour scheme seems about right as this could have come from a Bristol 170 freighter and updated.

Arrived this morning two packages;
1/72 Hasegawa B-47E Strato Jet
1/72 Revell Dassault Breguet Atlantic 1 " MFG 3 Anniversary"
1/72 Airfix Avro Vulcan wings left and right pair.

I've always wanted to build a maritime version of the B-47. I know it was used as a test bed for the F-111 nose and S-3 engines. My Airfix S-3A didn't come with any instructions so I could kitbash it.
The Atlantic will get stretched.
Title: Re: McColm: Avro Shackleton/ Carlton new paint scheme
Post by: McColm on August 06, 2015, 10:51:32 am
Repainted the Carlton using the enamel green paints in the six tin set by Revell. Olive drab, RM70 and RM71. Looking more like a modern USAF "European one" without the grey and black been added. The Falcon vacform EP-3C lumps and bumps set will be used. Just need to paint the Rotodome and base from the Heller Grumman E-2C Hawkeye. The Canadian decals off the Lockheed P-3C Orion kit will go well as they are a dark green. Still need to work on the cockpit and fit the wheels. Pictures to follow.

Still cleaning up the Bristol type 170 Freighter " Super Moose". Glued up floats, won't fit them until engines are in place.

1/100 B-52F arrived today. Instructions are in Japanese. Big kit,loads of ideas, previous owner started to spray parts. Put to one side for now.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 07, 2015, 10:56:24 pm
Had an idea for the Armstrong Whitworth Argosy, by using a C-130 fuselage and adding the twin booms from the Fairchild AC/C-119 G/K kit. The cockpit could come from an Airfix Bristol Type 170 Freighter/ Superfreighter.
I know its not quiet the same, well the rear end loading ramp, engines and vertical tail fin would need changing. The Avro Shackleton Mk3 wing was modified, but I intend to kitbash the remaining part of the C-119 wing stubs and add turboprop engines from the Heritage Aviation Models Ltd range. The undercarriage will be based on the C-130 and the radome fitted to the nose. The C-130 glazing blanked over or plasticard used.
Seen the sketch in Chris Gibson Nimrod's Genesis of the Argosy ASW, although a maritime reconnaissance could be built with my spare parts after the Valiant and DC-6B are built.
Title: Re: AMT Dodge Vantasy custome camper
Post by: McColm on August 07, 2015, 11:38:09 pm
Got a suprise this morning my 1/25 AMT Dodge Vantasy custom camper/low-profile custom pickup arrived last night.
Should work well with the MPC 1/25 Daytona Transport Truck and the Italeri Truck Accessories-set II although it's in 1/24 scale.
Going to see if the custom camper fits on the Revell 1/24 Austin FX-4 "London Taxi" and AMT 1/25 '59 Cadillac ambulance/station wagon- ECTO 1A Ghostbusters vehicle.
Fits both but need body work to blend in new parts.
The taxi would lose the front doors, the front windscreen would only remain from the upper bodywork. New wheels and loads of chrome. Need to source a new engine.

The Taxi could become a caravan rather than a motorized home, the engine bay would make a great storage bay or extended sleeping area. Might need another kit as a towing vehicle.
Title: Re: McColm:Didn't go to plan
Post by: McColm on August 11, 2015, 08:05:14 am
Been trying to build a Airfix 1/72 Bristol Type 170 Gunship. I've used the parts leftover from the Italeri AC-119K.
The Freighter windows on the left side fuselage have been cut to fit the mini-guns, not quiet the same layout due to the lack of tools but the general layout is there. The guns eat into the upper wing space, didn't notice this so I'm going down the Rotodyne/helicopter route. A combination of another Italeri kit the EH-101 using the undercarriage layout (these can be replaced with resin aftermarket kits).
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 12, 2015, 07:05:07 am
Bought a new mobile phone from EE called the Rook. Added Flickr  to it.Account name is stevenmccolm681. I will read up on how to get my photos on this site.
Need to find my filler as I have glued the hull from a Short Stranner  to the Super moose.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 17, 2015, 01:25:58 am
With a cock-up in my wages, plenty of time for sanding, filler and sanding. Maybe a bit of painting.
The plan is to finish the Carlton and Proteus by September, with the two Bristol Type 170 Freighters ready for painting.
Work can start on the "Heavies" once the tea-trolley is clear. Well I haven't got a work bench and its ideal for storing the parts/kits in progress.
Title: Re: McColm: progress report
Post by: McColm on August 17, 2015, 06:06:46 am
The Avro Carlton has now got a chin radome from the Neptune fitted where the nose wheel landing gear should be housed.
A flat nose and what looks like a large FLIR ( type used on the B-57 Night Intruder). The seem between the upper fuselage join is slowly disappearing, needs a final rub down.

Proteus, has had loads of filler , back end is almost symmetrical. Just needs nose wheel doors added and a crew ladder, exhaust pipe work and interior to be sorted.

Super Moose just needs sanding down, nose weight, glazing and wheels added. Need to work out engine positions.

Another idea for gunship Moose , have engines mounted above wings and stick to Viking S-3A landing gear. Jet Moose!
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 18, 2015, 10:33:55 am
Bristol Type 170 Freighter "Gunship" MK21.
The left over resin tail plane and rudder from the Magna Model conversion kit have been glued in place. Undercarriage parts from the Airfix Lockheed S-3A Viking glued under the nose and wing box. Glazing in the fuselage painted matt black and right internal fuselage painted matt black as well. Interior cockpit was tricky to glue in place. Upper fuselage no gaps lower fuselage slightly raised towards the rear.
Got some liquid weights for the nose doors.
Title: Re: McColm: Avro Carlton and Bristol Type 170 Freighters
Post by: McColm on August 19, 2015, 01:05:02 pm
The Carlton now looks as if it has a patchwork of repaired parts and panels. Across between the Shackleton Mk1 and Mk3 with the Mk2 landing gear. Still keeps that maritime connection.
Thinking of painting the airbrakes red as it would break up the olive green paint scheme.
I need to work on the canopy. Two green glass patches in the roof and detailing the cockpit. USAF decals would make for a period piece.

The Gunship has had the nose attached, may have over done the weight won't know until the wheels are fitted.
Title: Re: McColm:Future buildings
Post by: McColm on August 20, 2015, 12:31:13 pm
With the success of the two Airfix Bristol Type 170 Freighters; Gunship and amphibious AEW.
Bomber and ASW, possible fire/water bomber.
As there is aftermarket kits for the Lockheed S-3A which fit.
Should have named it the Bristol Beagle.

The Silent Eagle looks a likely candidate or even a EF-15G.

Been watching YouTube, the Avro Shackleton bomber with upper turrets fore and aft. Possible turret under the nose and rear. Using the spares from the KC-97K kit.

An ambitious project would be a a four door E-type. Seen a picture. Got a Jaguar Mk2 in the stash. A swap would be great. Might need a donor vehicle.

One of the 1/144 Airfix hovercrafts would make an ideal vehicle for the Revell 1/144 Space Shuttle.
Title: Re: 1/72 Bristol Type 170 turbojet Gunship (Beagle)
Post by: McColm on August 22, 2015, 06:49:01 am
Recap,
Based on the Airfix Bristol Mk32 Super freighter.
Parts added;
Airfix Lockheed S-3A/B Viking-landing gear
Revell Lockheed Neptune- tail and turbojets
Italeri Fairchild AC-119 K- guns and lumps & bumps
Magna resin vertical tail fin Mk21.

The Gunship has a nose wheel with the two turbojets mounted above the wings.
Just needs tidying up for the paint stage.
Title: Re: McColm: Beagle
Post by: McColm on August 24, 2015, 09:45:30 am
Well the undercarriage keeps snapping off, back to the set in the kit.

With my win on eBay the turbojet Shackleton or should that be Shackletrain as it will be a civil airliner. Another turboprop Carlton possible four engine bomber.
Jet powered flying boat 'Emily'.
As I've got no more room, I can concentrate on the builds.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on August 24, 2015, 03:51:15 pm
You'll have to start hanging them up

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 25, 2015, 12:20:18 pm
Got some shelves on order.
Got hold of some two part filler, should have used that on the amphibious Constellation build would have saved a lot of aggrovation.
  The RR Tyne engines from the Revell 1/72 Br1150 Atlantic are now in place on the Sea Moose. The filler is the type when wetted goes smooth and can be shaped, could be miliput but I lost the box.

The Beagle Gunship has a new undercarriage, the jet pods broke off and will be replaced with something from the B-47 kit.

Back to work on Wednesday, got the bank holiday Monday off and going to visit the Hogwarts' Express steam locomotive in it's new location on Wednesday week with a few of my housemates.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on August 26, 2015, 05:32:47 am
Set up an photo account and start sharing some pics !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 26, 2015, 07:19:11 am
Will do
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on August 26, 2015, 07:20:07 am
Ya that would be sweet you have a lot of interesting ideas !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 26, 2015, 10:55:07 am
I think that I have an account with Flickr, I'll check tonight.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on August 26, 2015, 11:14:18 am
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Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 26, 2015, 04:56:47 pm
My Flickr account name is; sjmccolm681
Just got the Sea Moose and Avro Shackleton twin engine Carlton, more to follow.
Title: Re: Jags, Triumph, highs and lows
Post by: McColm on August 28, 2015, 03:07:16 pm
The Triumph Lynx has always been at the back of my mind to build. Getting hold of a plastic 1/24 or 1/25 is a rare find. Finding a compatible hatchback that fits without too much trouble was a freak. I have no idea that the Monogram 1/25 snap-tite Shelby Charger Turbo would be a donor vehicle.
Both kits are second hand.
The Charger becomes a convertible, that's if the hardtop from the Jaguar XK-E doesn't fit.

As to the XJ4 concept, by moving the windscreen forward, I can get the upper body from the Jaguar MK2 to fit. All dry fits for now. The MK2 would look good as a convertible.
Title: Re: Jags, Triumph, highs and lows
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 28, 2015, 04:02:15 pm
The MK2 would look good as a convertible.

It sure would, but in the real world it would break in half!  :o

The Jag Mk 2 body shell was pretty early in Jaguar's monocoque steel body shell design history and it was somewhat less than wonderful around the B-C post base. At the very least you'd have to make it a 2 door, with maybe the doors lengthened somewhat for access to the rear seats.
Title: Re: McColm: Sea Moose ' the continuing build " part 1
Post by: McColm on September 01, 2015, 02:44:45 am
The Super Moose has changed name to the Sea Moose. The floats from a Matchbox He 115 and hull from a Short Stranner glue on. I made a hash of the cockpit, so I have stuck the forward section of a Airfix Rotodyne in its place . It ment a lot of cutting but it fits. Just needs filler to blend in. Almost ready for painting.
Pictures can be found on Flickr.
Title: Re: McColm: Sea Moose ' the continuing build " part 1
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 01, 2015, 10:49:25 am

Pictures can be found on Flickr.


A direct link would be handy.

Better yet, get the direct URLs and post the pics here............
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on September 01, 2015, 11:14:21 am
Agreed.

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Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on September 01, 2015, 01:49:28 pm
sjmccolm681
 
Title: Re: AEW & C and AWACS buids/ concepts
Post by: McColm on September 03, 2015, 01:01:36 pm
The Sea Moose is looking more like the Grumman E-1B each time. I've used both parts of the radomes from the Heller 1/72 Lockheed Constellation EC-121K Warning Star. The base is the top radome cut to form the stand and the top is the larger radome glued to plasticard. Filled in with to plastic poles so it can be removed during painting and transported.
The floats are giving me problems so I'll use the Stranner kit ones instead.

Proteus II is nearing the painting stage, having used the swivel nozzles from a Harrier kit as engine exhaust pipes as on the Vietnam Neptune. A few more lumps and bumps to give it that sneaky appearance.

Avro Shackleton/Charlton, working progress. Looks like some of the fuselage panels have been temporary repaired with gaffa tape especially the flat nose. (Next time I'll use finner wet 'n' dry paper). Tyres and cockpit to be sorted out.Propellers masked and painted.

Waiting in the wings is the Academy 1/72 KC-97 soon to have the last E-2 Rotodome fixed to the upper fuselage. Engines are a hybrid combo with RR Griffon added. Will need exterior pipework.
Spare parts to go on the Airfix Super-G/ KC-121P
Br1150 Atlantic AWACS, as discussed.
Lockheed EP-3 FASS-resin resin front and rear radomes.
BAe Nimrod- Phased Array, carried above the upper fuselage.
Title: Re: McColm: Sea Moose ' the continuing build " part 1
Post by: McColm on September 04, 2015, 07:09:53 am
The Super Moose has changed name to the Sea Moose. The floats from a Matchbox He 115 and hull from a Short Stranner glue on. I made a hash of the cockpit, so I have stuck the forward section of a Airfix Rotodyne in its place . It ment a lot of cutting but it fits. Just needs filler to blend in. Almost ready for painting.
Pictures can be found on Flickr.
Part 2
Due to the weight increase, I've had to beef up the landing gear from the Matchbox Supermarine Stranraer kit. One of the beach gear wheels has been cut in half and glued under the hull. The rear trolley is flued in place to represent rear wheel steering. Landing gear doors added.
The upper *stoof  with the roof" is now the base-plate of the display stand you got with the Frog Avro Shackleton kit with plastic rods to support the new radome. I will use some plasticard to hide the gap. The floats from the Stranraer are glued up just need to make new struts. Just needs a general tidy up.

Part 3
Decided to go with a pair of RR Griffon engines mounted to the upper wing. Was going to use the gun from the Monogram A-10 kit but that's missing.

Received the Revell CL-415 04998 kit this morning. Has the Ministry of Natural Resources Ontario Tanker 278 C-GOGZ 2008 decals and both turboprop & radial engines. Tempted to build straight from the box and just add the Fujimi E-2C J parts as and when needed.
Title: Re: B-29 Wyton AEW & C
Post by: McColm on September 06, 2015, 11:45:59 pm
I got hold of an old Airfix B-29, that had been up in someone's loft for a long time. The box fell a part but the pieces are all there apart from the decals.
An idea of mine was to build my version of the Chinese KJ-1 based on the Tu-4 Bull. There is/was a conversion kit in 1/72 or 1/48 but this is a rare find and very expensive.
With the stash at the moment, I intend to use the Heller E-2 Rotodome and stand; for the engines the Attack Squadron C-130 J engine nacelles glued to the Airfix nacelles with Hamilton four blade propellers. Using the twin tails from the Revell Avro Shackleton as I intend to use the vertical tail fin on the Napier powered Shackleton.
The nose will become a solid radome and the cockpit fitted to the upper fuselage ( spare Valiant glazing). Slightly deeper weapons bay doors for additional kit/crew/Ravens.
Title: Re: B-29 Wyton AEW & C
Post by: McColm on September 08, 2015, 11:16:57 am
I got hold of an old Airfix B-29, that had been up in someone's loft for a long time. The box fell a part but the pieces are all there apart from the decals.
An idea of mine was to build my version of the Chinese KJ-1 based on the Tu-4 Bull. There is/was a conversion kit in 1/72 or 1/48 but this is a rare find and very expensive.
With the stash at the moment, I intend to use the Heller E-2 Rotodome and stand; for the engines the Attack Squadron C-130 J engine nacelles glued to the Airfix nacelles with Hamilton four blade propellers. Using the twin tails from the Revell Avro Shackleton as I intend to use the vertical tail fin on the Napier powered Shackleton.
The nose will become a solid radome and the cockpit fitted to the upper fuselage ( spare Valiant glazing). Slightly deeper weapons bay doors for additional kit/crew/Ravens.
On second thoughts there are a few parts on the Academy kit KC-97 that would fit the Airfix kit. I tried this before and with a bit of trimming and cutting to get a good fit, this works. So the cockpit could stay where it is and the rear side fuselage windows blanked over. Upper guns need to be removed but recycled on the Shackleton heavy bomber.
Title: Re: B-29 Wyton AEW & C
Post by: McColm on September 09, 2015, 10:38:05 am
I got hold of an old Airfix B-29, that had been up in someone's loft for a long time. The box fell a part but the pieces are all there apart from the decals.
An idea of mine was to build my version of the Chinese KJ-1 based on the Tu-4 Bull. There is/was a conversion kit in 1/72 or 1/48 but this is a rare find and very expensive.
With the stash at the moment, I intend to use the Heller E-2 Rotodome and stand; for the engines the Attack Squadron C-130 J engine nacelles glued to the Airfix nacelles with Hamilton four blade propellers. Using the twin tails from the Revell Avro Shackleton as I intend to use the vertical tail fin on the Napier powered Shackleton.
The nose will become a solid radome and the cockpit fitted to the upper fuselage ( spare Valiant glazing). Slightly deeper weapons bay doors for additional kit/crew/Ravens.
On second thoughts there are a few parts on the Academy kit KC-97 that would fit the Airfix kit. I tried this before and with a bit of trimming and cutting to get a good fit, this works. So the cockpit could stay where it is and the rear side fuselage windows blanked over. Upper guns need to be removed but recycled on the Shackleton heavy bomber.
Slight problem, the Academy parts don't fit the Airfix kit, the guns and turrets are okay but anything else requires a lot of work.
Title: Re: Bristol Type 170 Gunship Beagle update
Post by: McColm on September 10, 2015, 10:00:33 am
Decided to add the Viper rear jet pipes to the RR Griffons (came from a C-130 kit), also fitted four remote controlled gun turrets from the Airfix B-29 model. One to the rear underside, one at the front underside and the remaining either side of front fuselage.
The nose leg has been changed to one from the Revell Br1150 Atlantic gives it beefed touch the wheels are also off the C-130.
Will need to add more nose weight to counter balance the high main landing gear.you
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on September 15, 2015, 08:27:12 pm
I had alme forgotten just how big the Heller 1/72 E-3A AWACS kit really is until I opened the box yesterday.
Fortunately for me the seller had already glued the wing section. Apart from the cockpit there isn't any interior detailing which makes for a blank canvas.
The Rotodome is going on the Revell Br1150 Atlantic or Atlantis as it will have 4 RR Tyne's fitted.
The resin 1/72 B-52 engines I've seen are for the later models, but would still make an interesting build.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on September 17, 2015, 08:49:43 am
Just had an idea,
If the fuselage cross-section of the E-3 or the EC-135N is the same as a C-130 (C-160) then a jet powered kitbash C-130 front and rear sections grafted on a C-135 fuselage. Landing gear from the C-130.
If two kits are compatible, a super stretch.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Gondor on September 17, 2015, 10:17:56 am

If the fuselage cross-section of the E-3 or the EC-135N is the same as a C-130 (C-160) then a jet powered kitbash C-130 front and rear sections grafted on a C-135 fuselage.


In a word NO. The E3 doesn't even have the same cross section as the C-135 in any guise.

Gondor
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on September 17, 2015, 01:08:35 pm
A super stretch Trans-Herc-Sentry-Strato-All ?

 :-X
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: kitnut617 on September 17, 2015, 03:05:35 pm

If the fuselage cross-section of the E-3 or the EC-135N is the same as a C-130 (C-160) then a jet powered kitbash C-130 front and rear sections grafted on a C-135 fuselage.


In a word NO. The E3 doesn't even have the same cross section as the C-135 in any guise.

Gondor

Not to mention they have totally different diameters
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on September 17, 2015, 11:54:17 pm
Yes I had a feeling that they were different, but I'll see if you the C-130 and C-160 fits the two different fuselages. Something similar to a C-141 could be kitbashed or a jet C-130/160 mega-stretch.

Meanwhile, the Revell B-17G has had it's roof removed. Glued up and dry fitted to the upper fuselage of the Airfix B-29. This fits, I'll add the cockpit floor from the B-17G to the B-29. The B-29 will have a solid nose.

On the other hand the B-17G gets the Revell Canberra PR9 wings,tail and the cockpit from the Mach2 RB-57F with aftermarket seats set for the B-57E or B-47 cockpit and canopy. Which ever is the better fit.
 The remaining parts of the Canberra PR9 will get used on the March RB-57F.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Thorvic on September 18, 2015, 12:25:32 am
Yes I had a feeling that they were different, but I'll see if you the C-130 and C-160 fits the two different fuselages. Something similar to a C-141 could be kitbashed or a jet C-130/160 mega-stretch.

Meanwhile, the Revell B-17G has had it's roof removed. Glued up and dry fitted to the upper fuselage of the Airfix B-29. This fits, I'll add the cockpit floor from the B-17G to the B-29. The B-29 will have a solid nose.

On the other hand the B-17G gets the Revell Canberra PR9 wings,tail and the cockpit from the Mach2 RB-57F with aftermarket seats set for the B-57E or B-47 cockpit and canopy. Which ever is the better fit.
 The remaining parts of the Canberra PR9 will get used on the March RB-57F.

Just get a C-141B Starlifter !!!!. It will cost less than the source kits, plastic card and filler your going to use creating that monster, and the Hercules kit is a bugger to stretch and retain the smooth impression.

Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 18, 2015, 01:21:25 am
Who makes a 1/72 Starlifter, other than the Nova vacform, though?
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: kitnut617 on September 18, 2015, 03:22:52 am
Who makes a 1/72 Starlifter, other than the Nova vacform, though?


Combat Models Kit, got an 'C-141A' and a 'B' in the stash (I should say I got a complete C-141A plus a 'B' fuselage), was going to use the 'A' fuselage as a parts donor for it's C-135 counterpart ---
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Thorvic on September 18, 2015, 04:15:32 am
Who makes a 1/72 Starlifter, other than the Nova vacform, though?

Anigrand
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on September 18, 2015, 08:20:43 am
I have most of the parts already in the stash.
Moving the wings from low to shoulder high is something I'm working on at the moment. The trial/donor model is an ex-EC-121 Constellation; undercarriage is from a Fairchild AC-119 and the wings are off a C-130, single vertical tail fin from the Airfix B-29.Chopped the wing-box section and glued upside-down. Made a hash of the original wing hence the C-130 fit. Looks like the Starliner with a shoulder mounted wings. Haven't glued all the new pieces together, as I might add a weapons bay and gun turrets XB-30G.
Thinking of kitbashing the Airfix Super-G as a shoulder mounted tanker version with the C-97 vertical tail fin and KC-97G parts from the Academy kit.
As this kit has the Rotodome from a E-2 and RR Griffons contra-rotating propellers fitted to the engines. Shackleton twin fins to be added. EC-97 AEW Waddington.
Title: Re: EB-29 AEW & C Wyton
Post by: McColm on September 22, 2015, 09:46:36 am
The Airfix kit that I have has a few parts that have wrapped.
With the cockpit area from the Revell B-17G now glued in place it looks like something Convair would have built as a rival to the B-29. The twin fin tails are a sort of trademark of theirs.
The engines don't have the long nacelles from the C-130J replacement kit just the front ends as they are a better fit.
  The Airfix kit is showing it's age, but with a bit of filler/puty should fill the gaps.

The Beagle Gunship has the Airfix 1/76 40mm Bofors gun fitted under the nose, the muzzle is off the Monogram A-10. Other parts from the Airfix 02314 kit will be added to beef up the armor- platting around the guns.
Title: Re: Vacform kits
Post by: McColm on September 24, 2015, 10:36:29 am
The vacform HP Victor Mk2 arrived this morning, some parts already cut out, with a few parts missing. Will need to add the Flightpath update kit - resin & metal etch, plus wheels from another aftermarket source.
This will have to wait until all my other started builds get finished.
Putty/filler and paints to buy.
It's a large kit, but looks small in 1/72 scale.
Probably go for a maritime look.
Title: Re: Vacform kits
Post by: Thorvic on September 24, 2015, 11:46:44 pm
The vacform HP Victor Mk2 arrived this morning, some parts already cut out, with a few parts missing. Will need to add the Flightpath update kit - resin & metal etch, plus wheels from another aftermarket source.
This will have to wait until all my other started builds get finished.
Putty/filler and paints to buy.
It's a large kit, but looks small in 1/72 scale.
Probably go for a maritime look.

Wouldn't it be easier to get the re-issued Revell Kit ?
Title: Re: Vacform kits
Post by: Captain Canada on September 25, 2015, 05:56:19 am
Wouldn't it be easier to get the re-issued Revell Kit ?

You would think so ! All the parts in one box.

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Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on September 25, 2015, 07:35:53 am
I tried to build that same kit before and ran into a few problems with the wings. I hadn't discovered plastic card.

Got my "spares 'n' repairs" 1/72 Airfix HS/BAe Nimrod MR1 today. Although it is already built and bits have broken off most of these parts were sent with the model.
There's loads of filling to do and regluing on the wings . The undercarriage legs will be replaced with metal ones and the wheels also replaced. A raid in the spares bin to add the tail fins, strakes, inflight refueling probe and wing ESM pods. Under wing pylons to be added and a new paint job.
Might go down the support route-tanker/AEW. A revised " Mad Hatter"
Checked the metal landing gear in the vacform set of the HS/BAe Nimrod, there's even metal wheels included.
Title: Re: McColm: last splurge before Christmas
Post by: McColm on September 27, 2015, 01:28:34 pm
I've always wanted to buy the Hasegawa Martin SP-5BM Marlin flying boat, as it seemed out of my price range.
There's an uncanny resemblance between the Marlin and the Shin Meiwa US-1.
Which got me thinking of a four turboprop engines version.
Not too sure if the Breguet proposed Br.1250 could be kitbashed with a Br.1150 Atlantic.
Probably a future build if I can get hold of another one.
Title: Re: McColm: September round up 2015
Post by: McColm on October 01, 2015, 07:41:24 am
The Wyton former Boeing B-29 now has the tail from a Heller 1/72 Grumman E-2J Hawkeye. There is now the ECM fairing above the outer cockpit. Filler/putty applied to fill in some of the gaps on the Airfix kit.

Beagle and Sea Moose- sanding-filler-sanding in readiness of painting.

Carlton- painting of the cockpit, glazing and propellers. Wheels to be attached. Masking for gloss and decals, then satin or matt finish.

Proteus- loads of sanding .

TR8 hatchback- painting interior and exterior.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on October 01, 2015, 07:42:22 am
Pics ?

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Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on October 01, 2015, 02:37:45 pm
Got some leave in October, so I can get most of the started builds to the painting/decal stage. Pics will follow. I'll get some labels made out as well.
Title: Bristol Type 170 "Beagle" Gunship October update part 1
Post by: McColm on October 05, 2015, 11:47:14 pm
There's an interesting article about the Mosquito night-fighter in FlyPast November 2015. Which got me thinking of adding the gun pack to the nose of the Airfix Bristol Super freighter. I have seen the resin aftermarket kits and the price is quite reasonable.
On my build I've glued the undercarriage struts to the underside of the fuselage. There's plenty of ground clearance which could be reduced if a bomb bay was scratch built from a raid of my spare parts bin.

Picked up a copy of the Airfix magazine Nov edition. Will read it tonight. Got the new Shackleton MR.2  test-shot build. Still can't see how the interior details through the windows. Perhaps I could get away with a pair of cargo doors.
Another possibility is a twin boom version with clamshell rear doors!
Title: Re: The Shacks
Post by: McColm on October 06, 2015, 12:02:01 am
Just compared the Proteus with the Carlton and oddly enough a twin boom version could be built without drastically reducing the fuselage as the twin fins from the Flying Box Car are almost the same length as the Shackleton fuselage.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on October 07, 2015, 05:42:54 am
I see on you FB page a few new(er) pics up. You should start a build thread, post some pics, and finish something !

 ;)
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on October 07, 2015, 12:46:20 pm
Great minds think a like.
I should be able to finish the build on the stretched Airfix Fairey Rotodyne. I've used two kits (1 complete and the other had the cockpit and two windows each side of the fuselage used on the Sea Moose.).
I've used the large sponsors from a MH-53 Sea Dragon and will be mounting two of the jets from the B-47E above the wings.
Paint scheme, something that doesn't involve using cheat lines as aren't quite in line
Title: Re: McColm: Shake , rattle and roll !
Post by: McColm on October 16, 2015, 07:17:40 am
The plan is to paint the nearly finished builds.
Definitely need some plastic storage bins that fit under the bed .
Another trip to RAF Hendon and pop into Hannants.
Whilst I can't rule out another visit to the Warner Bros London Studio tour, the Science Museum would be worth revisiting and HMS Belfast. I know that there are a few car showrooms around the central London area, the odd brochure would help with interior colours.
Managed to find a roommate to help me put some pics up on this site. Should be interesting!
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on October 16, 2015, 07:20:50 am
Hooray for room mates  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on October 16, 2015, 11:41:23 am
I'm pleased with the two AMT Ford Capri II 1/25 kits. The Matchbox/AMT has already been started but the other kit has two options Stock or Custom.
I'll build the Stock version and add the spare parts to the Matchbox version.
The spare set of twin headlights is to go on the Minicraft 1962 RR Silver Cloud II.
May even add the pair of side exhaust pipes as well!

Another large parcel arrived, inside the 1/72 Zvezda Mil Mi-26 Halo. Might be a first for me to build this straight from the box, change the decals. Possible western style ASW.
Title: Re: McColm: sanding , filler, sanding
Post by: McColm on October 19, 2015, 10:45:37 am
I apologize for bringing up old topics, but some of the ideas I think i can build.
Been working on the Carlton and reading through old WW2 recognition leaflets, came across a few float planes and had the thought of adding floats instead of the landing gear. Could work by adding nose weight and a float at the rear.
Inbetween this also working on two Rotodyne builds, one stretch and the other ASW with the external fuel tanks from the Chinook added to the fuselage. This works, but you do lose some of the windows depending on which set of fuel tanks you use.
  Sanded down the ERB-29 and started to fill the holes left by the machine gun turrets, can't see much internal detail through the new cockpit so this will be painted. I will test and see if the tip tanks from the EC-121 Constellation fit.
  The Mad Hatter has now got the hose and drogue fitted to the tail from the Valiant kit. (its where the MAD boom fits or ECM/rear radome should go). Still in the process of gluing seams together and filling in the gaps. Considering adding two large tail fins from an E-2 Hawkeye or A-10. Lost a few of the side fuselage windows due to sanding down filler/putty.
Title: Re: McColm: wheels keep breaking off!
Post by: McColm on October 20, 2015, 10:24:44 am
I must admit that adding the wheels/tyres to the twin turboprop enge Shackleton/Carlton has been a nightmare. But I think my idea of adding skis instead of the bog standard wheels/tyres has solved the problem.
Well they fitted skis to the Neptune and that worked.
Discovering milliput filler/putty has saved the day on the ERB-29 and Skylark twin rotor helicopter.
Title: Re: McColm: Progress report
Post by: McColm on October 22, 2015, 10:05:13 am
The sanding and raiding the spares bin, has come up with some off the wall results, some already discussed on other topics. The Airfix Superfreighter looks good with the rotor stack off the Rotodyne. For the bomb bay I've used the baggage holder from the vacform Varsity kit.
  The AeroClub Shackleton MR2/AEW resin/vacform and white metal set arrived today. The bomb bay sits rather well on the jet powered Shackleton. If turned the other way the dust-bin radome can be cut away and the MR3 nose landing gear kept in place, may use the resin wing from the kit to round off the wing tips.
  The stretched Rotodyne or Skylark as I call it has the two rotor stacks off the MH-47 with the two engines from the MH-53. The air filters are from the Chinook. For reasons unknown to me the roof slopes from right to left. I'll try and solve this by adding the transmission tunnel.
 The Airfix Ka-25 hormone arrived and once assembled will be used as a base for the other Rotodyne.
The ERB-29 is making headway along with the Mad Hatter, thinking of using a colour scheme similar to the one worn by the Valiant tanker version.
I'm slowly working my way towards the paint stage,just have to find the nearest Halfords for some rattle cans.
Next Tuesday I'm at the RAF Museum Hendon with a few of my room mates and will check out the B-24 Liberator amongst the other exhibits on display.
Title: Re: Not a true Whiff as the Lockheed P-3B AEW exists
Post by: McColm on October 26, 2015, 02:09:43 pm
What if the Air Staff had selected the P-3 Orion as a platform for it's AEW ?
I have tried fitting the FASS to a 1/72 Hasegawa Lockheed P-3 Orion and the rear tail cone does fit rather well, can't say the same to the front.
However the Rotodome from the Grumman E-2 Hawkeye fits , as it does on the Airfix BAe Nimrod and the B-29/50, C-97.
Disappointed that it didn't fit the Atlantic.
Could always try one on the VC-10.

If S&M models did a 1/72 AEW range I should be in a position to finish most of my builds.
Must read up about mould casting in resin.
I wasn't expecting to see a lot through the clear canopy of a Shackleton, but it's amazing how much there is without my thumbprint.
With the removal of the forward observation window giving the flat nose appearance gives the Shackleton better lines. The jet powered Shackleton now looks plausible. Must look out for Dan Air decals.

Sourcing a few TR7 brouchers for interior details.
Got an idea for one of the Ford Capris to be a five door by scribing the rear seat doors. Handles hidden in the rear glass framework.
As for the Tyrrell six wheeler, always thought of a road car version. I know other manufactures had similar six wheel layouts.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on October 26, 2015, 04:00:08 pm
Open your pic on FB. Right click on it. Scroll down to Properties and click on that. Highlight and copy the url. Come here, click on the icon below the slanted I, and then paste the url in between there.

There's some pics on my FaceBook page.
First one is the 1/72 Airfix Bristol Superfreighter with the luggage bay from a vacform Varsity used as a weapons bay. Gunship layout is from a 1/72 AC-119G and the stack is from the Airfix Rotodyne. Rotors and tail stabilizers/fins to be fitted. Vertical tail will be chopped down to size. Griffon engines off the Revell Shackleton MR3. Vipers jet exhaust over the wings.

left-hand-side
1/72 Revell Avro Shackleton MR3 with MR2 weapons bay, twin J57 jet engines off the B-47E and rounded wing tips MR2 resin.

Right-hand-side
Another Airfix Bristol Superfreighter, made a hash of the cockpit so I added the front half of the Rotodyne. RR Tyne turboprop engines from the Atlantic ATL1, hull is from a seaplane, upper radome is part of the stand for the Frog Shackleton. Tail is from the Grumman E-2 Hawkeye. everything else is scratch-built.

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Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on October 27, 2015, 12:37:29 am
Thank you,
Two small words that mean a lot.
Thanks again.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on October 27, 2015, 05:40:53 am
I like the SuperFreighter. Lots of bells and whistles on that one ! Hopefully you keep going and get them done. The Jet Shak looks good as well.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on October 27, 2015, 12:13:04 pm
The Gunship has a twin tail arrangement, vertical tail fin cut off. A longer shaft for the Rotodyne rotors otherwise they will hit the tail fins..
Went to RAF museum Hendon for the day. The WW1 exhibit looks good. A few minor changes in the Bomber Hall and Battle of Britain Hall. The food is good but a little expensive. Still impressive for another visit sometime soon.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: NARSES2 on October 28, 2015, 07:42:51 am
The WWI part is my favourite part of the museum
Title: Re: Avro Vulcan AEW idea
Post by: McColm on November 04, 2015, 05:00:35 pm
Having been to RAF Hendon and stood underneath the weapons bay of the mighty Vulcan bomber an idea came to mind. Why not build an AEW version. As the bomb bay is cylindrical the theory to use the 1/72 Cammett resin BAe Nimrod AEW 3 conversion kit. Two rear radom cones would fit either end of the fuselage. The cockpit would be chopped off the Airfix kit. The glazing fits (tried and tested on a previous kitbash). The vertical tail fin kept and reshaped to fit the rear cone.
  I've found a donor kit on eBay- spares and repairs. I'll have to get the landing from an aftermarket supplier.
Windows could be added to the fuselage and an experimental hemp paint scheme.

This frees up the Matchbox Victor, using parts from the vacform kit to create a deeper weapons bay. Either ASW or transport version.
Title: Re: McColm: keep getting "certificate not valid"
Post by: McColm on November 09, 2015, 02:04:35 pm
Hi Guys,
I keep getting " Certificate not valid " when I try to access the Airfix page. Not too sure whether it's just my mobile phone provider but I will visit my local Internet café to make sure.
I know that there is the HP Victor to be released next year.

November is a bit manic at work. Got to finish some of the started builds or kitbash the 'Spares and Repairs*.Hopefully the first week of December is booked as a
leave, but I can sense this will be cut short.
Title: Re: Proteus and the Mad Hatter
Post by: McColm on November 11, 2015, 06:12:18 am
Both builds have undergone updates.
  The Mad Hatter is based on the 1/72 HS/BAe Nimrod MR.1/MR.2P. It also has the inflight refueling pods from the Matchbox HP Victor K2.
The vertical tail has been cut down and the twin fins from a Fujimi Grumman E-2A Hawkeye added as two large tail stabilizers. The spin top stand and roto-dome to be added. The undercarriage legs will be added after painting along with their doors.

Proteus has had it's main engines replaced with two resin Pratt & Whitney PT-6A turboprop engines from the Heritage Aviation Models ' Turbo-Dak'. The exhaust pipes will be added and different propellers. The resin radar dome from the AeroClub Shackleton AEW.2 has had liquid weight glued inside and glued in place. Just needs tidying up. Definitely some sort of ELINT aircraft with two under fuselage radar domes with a third at the rear. Retains the twin boom - twin fin with a double- mamba engine in the nose, contra-rotating propellers. Rear wheel landing gear. Found a suitable ladder for crew access and with some scrap plastic design a hatch.

Two down eight to complete.
Title: Re: Bristol 'Sea Moose' amphibious AEW &C update
Post by: McColm on November 12, 2015, 09:38:06 am
There are pics on my Facebook and Flickr pages, but I'll be adding a few more now that I've sorted out the landing gear. I used the Fujimi Grumman E-2A Hawkeye 1/72 model kit.
The moulding seems thicker than the Heller kit. Also looks squared at the moment as I haven't put the wheels on.
I'll use the propellers as a guide as they have grooves in them for painting. Just need to sort out the cockpit..
Title: Re: not started but could be, as I have the parts
Post by: McColm on November 13, 2015, 11:20:08 pm
The Airfix 1/72 Shorts Stirling can still be bought for less than a twenty pound note. With a few after market kits can be turned into a decent model.
I've got the resin MkV conversion in the stash along with parts left over. from the AeroClub Shackleton AEW, which makes sense to build an AEW Stirling.
Perhaps the metal Shackleton landing gear could be fitted to lower the height. Four Griffon engines.
Title: Re: Mil-26 Halo idea revised
Post by: McColm on November 14, 2015, 06:25:34 am
The Mil-26 Halo is a large kit in 1/72 scale which got me thinking what if it had a similar cockpit layout as the Mil-24E Hind?
It would make a rather large gunship. Could also have missile racks and possible wings left over from the Mil-10.

Got one in the stash and looking for a second for the kitbash.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on November 18, 2015, 11:06:05 am
Gone back to the original plan of building an AEW version of the HP Victor. Using a Matchbox kit with the rear resin radome. It's a good fit, glued up the fuselage. Minimum of filler around the the under fairing where the hose & drogue reel would have been fitted..
Will leave the cockpit alone as the forward radome doesn't fit too well.
Will strengthen the wing joints.

Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on November 19, 2015, 05:44:05 am
The Victor sounds promising
Title: Re:2016
Post by: McColm on November 22, 2015, 07:12:14 am
I don't have anything ready for the Islington Show in December but I hope to finish all my started builds early next year as I still have 18 days leave to take before March 2016.
With the arrival of some acrylic paints from Vallejo plus the some days booked as holiday I can eventually complete a few.
Now I can practice putting up pictures on this site.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on November 22, 2015, 08:33:30 am
Sounds like a plan
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on November 24, 2015, 11:32:57 am
My leave in December has been cancelled, the good thing is I'll have 23 days to take before April 2016.

The second " spares & repairs " 1/72 Airfix HS/BAe Nimrod arrived yesterday. This has been shorten by me forward of the wing and the cockpit glued back in place. I removed the ECM pod on top of the vertical tail, the ESM pods on the wingtips and the forward section of the fuel tank. The searchlight fell off.
  The fuel tank has been added to the other *spares & repairs " Airfix HS/BAe Nimrod tanker & AEW. The fuselage has been lengthened.
Both models will need the undercarriage fitted although I'm thinking of turning the smaller of the two into a civilian airliner and fit it to a stand. Sprayed gloss white. Queen's Flight colours or unofficial Harry Potter transfers.

The two tone grey paint scheme of 51 Squadron RAF Waddington , UK 2007 would work well on the HP Victor AEW3. Either the Nimrod or C-130 inflight refueling probe added and underwing stores.
Title: Re: ex-Airfix HS/BAe Nimrod " Sky Guardian "
Post by: McColm on November 25, 2015, 10:26:57 am
The story so far,
With the lengthened fuselage which was almost a perfect fit on one side. Filler/putty used to plug the gaps, sanding until a smooth finish.
Under wing hose & drogue pods are from the Matchbox Victor K2, tail hose & drogue is from the Airfix Valiant accessories kit.
Vertical tail is from the resin Nimrod AEW 3 conversion set.
Exhaust pipes have round 2-D swivel taken from the Airfix Sea Harrier kit.
Detailing over the fuselage doors and under the fuselage.
As most of the aerials are missing I shall have to source through the spares box. Cooling and heat exchanges will be scratched built.

As to the civilian Nimrod, the paint is water based so this can easily be cut back. Working on the vertical tail to make it "Comet like".

No work on the Victor AEW 3.
Reduced the undercarriage on the Lockheed Proteus by changing with the metal legs in the AeroClub Avro Shackleton MR2/AEW conversion. The resin wheels certainty look the part just need to add the rear wheels. Will also add the radar cooling system.
Title: Re: 1/72 Airfix Bristol Mk32 Super freighter (third build)
Post by: McColm on November 26, 2015, 04:18:01 am
Raiding my spares bin, I've been able to come up with a pair of Super Freighter doors to be fitted at the rear of the fuselage before the vertical tail fin. The wings, twin boom and twin tails are from a C-119 Flying Boxcar.
This project won't be started until the new year.
Title: Re: Painting with a brush part 1
Post by: McColm on December 02, 2015, 03:32:52 am
The Sea Moose and Proteus have had their first coats of paint. I didn't use any primer this time.
 For the Sea Moose Humbrol Matt 28.
For Proteus Revell RLM 65 blue mixed with Humbrol Matt 64.
Of the two, Proteus looks the better. The skyblue has that eggshell finish, just needs the dark sea grey to finish.
Although the Royal Navy painted the radomes the same colour as the fuselage, I thought as the prototype that they should be painted Matt black . I'll need to use a little filler/puty in a few places.

As for the Sea Moose the Ghost Grey looks weathered in places, may need rubbing down and another coat applied.
In some photos the Grumman E-1B has black or white on the radome. I'm thinking of black as the white will just be lost.
Title: Re: just at the idea stage
Post by: McColm on December 02, 2015, 07:04:25 pm
Stumbled on the idea for an AEW version of the V-22 Osprey. Instead of the Grumman E-2 Hawkeye Rotodome roto-dome why not use the Search water radar as fitted to the Westland Sea King AEW. Mk2/ASaC.Mk7 and Sikorsky SH (AEW) Sea King?
I've seen pictures of the AgustaWestland EH-101 Merlin using one during trials and I'm guessing that the AW101 Mk112 has been looked into as well.
Freifhtdog do the deflated radome in 1/72, so I'll be putting in an order once pay day arrives.
The Aerospatiale SA321 Super Frelon could be whiffed and Chinese decals added to make the Changhe Z-18.
Also the CH-53 or MH-53.
Not too sure if it will fit the small helicopters such as the Lynx.
The Rotodyne springs to mind, so does the Mil-24 Hind.
Could even fit on the C-130 either on the loading ramp or the side of the rear fuselage.
Or even the Lockheed Neptune instead of the AN/APS-20B radar.
Title: Re: just at the idea stage
Post by: sandiego89 on December 02, 2015, 09:19:02 pm
Stumbled on the idea for an AEW version of the V-22 Osprey. Instead of the Grumman E-2 Hawkeye Rotodome roto-dome why not use the Search water radar as fitted to the Westland Sea King AEW. Mk2/ASaC.Mk7 and Sikorsky SH (AEW) Sea King?

There were several ideas to do just that for the new UK carriers before It was decided  to go Merlin with the side blisters scabbed on- hang the Searchwater out the back ramp of the MV-22.  check the wiki page for the Gannet AEW3 as it has a drawing of one- others on line if you google image search MV-22 AEW.  
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on December 03, 2015, 04:10:10 am
Thanks,
That Lonewolf Sidetrack Harrier conversion has me thinking of either the Airfix Jetstream or the Airfix HS Domine as possible whiffs.
Got both in the stash
Not too sure if it would work on the RA-5C Vigilante as I"be got the Frog kit in the stash as well.
I know that the Canadians modified an McDonnell F-101 Voodoo (EF-101). Could work with the wingtip pods,  as I have one on order.

The ACI conversion for the Vickers Wellington MkIC and MkXIV would work on the Airfix Stirling's either with the MkV resin conversion parts, sort of early AEW alternative.
Title: Re: McColm: Lockheed Constellation Starlight
Post by: McColm on December 04, 2015, 11:23:08 pm
I tried building this before but ran into problems cutting the Heller/Airfix fuselage. Whilst one side turned out okay the other wasn't. Which meant that the Super G was a lot shorter than than the standard size. Next problems with the wings. Not as simple as I expected. But the wings from a C-130 could be used and the main undercarriage as well.
Whilst parts from the Academy C-97 were also tried, such as the vertical tail and tail guns from the B-29.
It might be easier with the vacform kit, as a new tail unit and bomb bay. Cutting would also be easier, still haven't mastered cutting curved surfaces with a razor saw! Although a fixed circular saw might be the way forward, a bit pricey for the modelers version.
  Should be an interesting build, but I must finish all those started kits first.
Title: Re: From 4 to 2
Post by: McColm on December 04, 2015, 11:52:03 pm
With the success of the Shackleton/Carlton reducing 4 engines down to 2. An idea to do the same with the Airfix B-24J seems doable.
Convair did propose a twin engine B-24 for the military and as transport for civilian airliners but never got built.
There were transport versions of the B-24 and if you buy the Revell or Matchbox Privateer there's parts in the kit to build one.

Meanwhile, I've put the bulk of the stash away in a cupboard under the stairs. This is to stop me building more kits. I can now finish off the started builds. Got to get more paint and filler/putty.

The Vulcan & Nimrod kitbash (Vulrod or Nimcan) "Fat Vulcan " in the Chris Gibson book Nimrod's Genesis-front cover photo . Turned out okay with one wing the other fell off. I'll fix the main undercarriage legs before gluing the wing back on.
Title: Re: EB-29 AEW Wyton, the build continues
Post by: McColm on December 07, 2015, 12:56:41 pm
The Wyton now has a solid nose off the 1/72 EC-135N/E. Almost a good fit in most places.
Looks a bit like the XEC-97 AEW concept.
Been look at the Russian Tu-126 "Moss" AEW. The radome would look better on the stack belonging to the Fairey Rotodyne instead of the Hawkeye stand and it would cover two holes in the upper fuselage.
With this to be glued in place and a little filler/putty work..
Another model to join the painting stage.
Title: Re: 1/72 Airfix H.S.125 Dominie Sidetrack
Post by: McColm on December 08, 2015, 05:36:51 am
Got the Dominie in the stash and thought of kitbashing an AEW version, but when I found that Lonewulf Models did the Sea Harrier AEW project, just had to get one.
Sea Harriers and Harriers don't seem to last that long after they are built as little fingers from my niece and nephews always seem to find there way back to Falmouth Cornwall .
Should make an interesting project as a test plane or as a trainer.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: kitnut617 on December 09, 2015, 06:18:20 pm
Dominie with side track is too far back, do one of these instead

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Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on December 09, 2015, 11:20:03 pm
Thanks,
That's where I got the idea from. A two seater  Harrier or even the twin seat Eurofighter Typhoon would look good..
Got the 1/72 Matchbox RF-101B/F-101F Voodoo as another possibility. The Frog N.A. RA-5C.
Might have to scratch build the wing pods.
Or buy another kit, the EA-6B is another contender.
Title: Re: McColm: Old ideas to build and progress update
Post by: McColm on December 14, 2015, 04:35:14 am
Finally got my hands on an 1/72 F-15D, this will become a RF-15D. Using the reconnaissance parts from the Matchbox Voodoo kit.
A roommate has his eye on my F-35A, but having collected the Harrier GR1, GR5, Sea Harrier MK2,and X-32 it will look good with photo etch F-35B parts. the F-35B is proving a little bit expensive. Although the F-22 would make a good kitbash V/STOL.

Work is slowing up on the nearly finished builds. The XEB-29 Wyton is looking more of a flying test plane, still working out a suitable paint scheme.
The Sky-guardian (stretched Airfix HS/BAe Nimrod MR1) with Nimrod 3 vertical tail and Harrier type 2-D directional tail pipes with Hawkeye rotodome. Putty/filler sanding stage.
Sea Moose is undergoing a cockpit update and weathering to the Tyne engines.
Beagle auto-gyro gunship, undercarriage needs to be lowered. Managed to find an A-10, so main gun and stores will be added.
Carlton just needs decals adding to it.
Jet Shackleton, undercarriage, cockpit need sorting out.
Victor AEW no work since last update.
Vulrod put into long term storage.
P-3C AEW 2016 build
Atlantic AEW - four engined Tyne turboprops, E-3A rotordome 2016/7 build .
Douglas DC-6A ASW 2016 build.
 
Title: Re: McDonnell XV-1 or something similar
Post by: McColm on December 16, 2015, 12:59:18 pm
Stumbled across the McDonnell XV-1 experimental compound gyroplane that could reach speeds of 174Kts. Like the Fairey Rotodyne, the programme was terminated due to the noise from its rotor tip mounted jet engines.
There is a 1/32 kit and I think there is a 1/144. I'll have to do a bit of research to see if there was a 1/72 kit.
Looks like the Gazelle helicopter with twin tail twin boom and single rear mounted engine with a short wing.
I've placed an order for an Airfix Gazelle. A raid in the spares bin (remains of the Matchbox A-10) and some plastic tubing could come up with something similar.
I'll use the XV-1 design in the Beagle build. Found a pair of C-130 underwing fuel tanks, so I've glued them to the Bristol Super freighter wings. The main gun from the Matchbox A-10 is glued in place.
Removed the main undercarriage, may have to remove the weapons bay bulge.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 17, 2015, 08:46:31 am
There's a vacform XV-1 and I have one.

I think it was done by Eagles Talon, but if not kitnut617 will be able to tell us.  ;D

It's LONG OOP though, and I bet  they cost a bomb on auction sites.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: kitnut617 on December 17, 2015, 02:18:07 pm
Well Kit, under Eagles Talon in the 'Big Book' there's nothing listed for that -- and that was after checking the four Addendums too.  It does say that ITC made a 1/32 scale injection kit of it which was re-released by Glencoe after they bought the moulds from ITC. It then says Anigrand does a 1/72 resin kit of it.

http://www.anigrand.com/AA2006_XV-1.htm

Not thinking of something else are you, maybe the XV-3 or X-13 which are done by Eagles Talon
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 17, 2015, 04:57:15 pm
Could be, I've got quite a few of those weird NASA test planes of the period. I'll check.
Title: Re: Airfix Bristol type 170 "Biffo" ex-Beagel
Post by: McColm on December 18, 2015, 06:34:27 am
I've recycled the autogyro Beagel Gunship into the Bristol type 170 Rotodyne AEW.
As most of the heavy machine gun barrels have snapped off.
The MH-53 Sea Dragon landing gear and spares off the Airfix Sea King AEW kit have also been added.
Sort of alternative to the Fairey Rotodyne.
The Biffo keeps the twin RR Griffon engines and viper jets, with twin tail fins. All armament has been removed.
Could also take on the role of COD.
Title: Re: something to think about!
Post by: McColm on December 23, 2015, 01:09:05 pm
The F-102 trainer had side by side seats and yet the F-106 trainer was a tandem layout.
GRand Models do a simple nose replacement for Meng 1/72 F-102 Delta Dagger or as in Scale Aviation Modeller International January 2016 Delta Dart TF-102.
Might fit other aircraft.
Title: Re: The push to finish the started builds
Post by: McColm on December 25, 2015, 10:54:32 pm
The Royal Artillery Museum is open on the 5th January, not too sure how long they've got left before the collection moves from Woolwich Arsenal. So I will be going back to visit .

Booked two weeks leave in January, going to visit Hogwarts in the snow and as a treat have a broom ride before the prices go up.

On the whiffing front, its the details that need attention. Etching and resin lumps & bumps.
Having recycled a few builds mainly for spares.

This year the inspiration will be to build from the stash. I did have a splurge impulse buy before Christmas with two Revell MTBs, Airfix Lancaster BII with resin RR Merlin VI engines and the later tail fins, the other set will be fitted to the Airfix Stirling.
Kept a few shoe boxes to convert into showrooms for the 1/24 & 1/25 cars for " Honest John's Car Lot". Finally got Fujimi garge  and equipment set.

Had a few requests yesterday as I cooked turkey for the first time on my own, came out very moist and delicious to taste.
A working model of a submarine with a video camera in the nose- bloke works for Thames Water checking the pipes.
The other request was a sailing/steam ship with a catapult launch attached to the deck.
Title: Re: The push to finish the started builds
Post by: NARSES2 on December 26, 2015, 03:17:06 am
The Royal Artillery Museum is open on the 5th January, not too sure how long they've got left before the collection moves from Woolwich Arsenal. So I will be going back to visit .


Yup it's a fascinating museum. I love the experimental 1950's stuff, especially the 120mm ? Automatic mobile AAA gun ? Let loose your magazines in a minute or so and then a quick cuppa before the bomb drops !  :blink: The area's interesting as well, that part of London has always appeared to me to be stuck in a time warp - at least 20 years behind the rest of us  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on December 26, 2015, 04:12:12 am
Watching the car ferry from around the corner is fascinating and yet I feel a whiff coming on.
Title: Re: Airfix Bristol type 170 "Biffo" ex-Beagel
Post by: McColm on December 30, 2015, 11:31:57 am
I've recycled the autogyro Beagel Gunship into the Bristol type 170 Rotodyne AEW.
As most of the heavy machine gun barrels have snapped off.
The MH-53 Sea Dragon landing gear and spares off the Airfix Sea King AEW kit have also been added.
Sort of alternative to the Fairey Rotodyne.
The Biffo keeps the twin RR Griffon engines and viper jets, with twin tail fins. All armament has been removed.
Could also take on the role of COD.
Part 2
I started out with "gun metal" but ended up painting the whole aircraft Revell 95 Stone. Which is patchy in some parts, looking rather weathered. I've sawn out what looks like a sliding door on the right hand side with an upper and lower guide rails. Will do the same on the left side of the fuselage and add a rescue hoist.
Wheels and nose landing gear to be fitted, rotor blades to be painted and decals . Search water radome and rotor blades won't be fixed due to transit between shows.
Title: Re: 2016 goals
Post by: McColm on December 31, 2015, 08:02:17 pm
Finishing the started builds;
Biffo Rotodyne AEW
Sea Moose Amphibious AEW
Shackleton Turbo/Carlton twin AEW on skis
Jet powered Shackleton
EB-29 Wyton AEW 4 x turboprops
BAe Nimrod AEW & Tanker " Sky Guardian "
HP Victor3 AEW
Triumph TR8 hatchback ( lynx if I can get the crease out of the door panels).
Lockheed Proteus MPA

Title: The other Bristol "Biffo" Rotodyne
Post by: McColm on January 06, 2016, 06:22:02 am
I've used two Airfix 1/72 Bristol type 170 Mk32 Superfreighter kits and spares from an Airfix Rotodyne for this build.
Basically  it's the two Superfreighters cut and glued end to end with  the Rotodyne stack in the middle to cover the join. The rear end cockpit  has been removed.  The front end cockpit  will be removed  and parts from the Matchbox  Westland Wessex HU.5/HAS.31 used instead.
I haven't  glued  the windows in place or done anything interior  details  yet only strips of plastic card to strengthen the joint in the new fuselage  (15 1/4 inches long without the cargo doors ). Will be adding a new tail section and changing the engines .
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on January 06, 2016, 06:25:35 am
Sounds interesting

Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on January 06, 2016, 01:41:37 pm
In the real world the Bristol  Superfreighter could  carry up to 3 cars and 14 passengers.
I think a military  version is best suited.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on January 06, 2016, 02:07:31 pm
Ya for sure.

Makes me want to build mine  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on January 07, 2016, 12:55:06 pm
Just waiting on the primer paint and two pack filler/putty to arrive.
Definitely need a paint  mask for the stretched Airfix HS/BAe Nimrod. Base coat of gloss white from a shaker can.
Could use that on the amphibious sea moose.
The Boeing  YEB-29 Wyton AEW test prototype is still having bits added  to it. Early 1960s,western  version of the Tu-126 Miss.
No progress on the Carlton or the turbojet Shackleton.
Biffo AEW taking shape. Sliding doors on both sides of the fuselage. Sorting out wheels.
Proteus is becoming  more like an MPA, Shackleton white metals landing gear fitted.
No progress on the Victor AEW, but this is good thing as I need to clear some space.
  After this lot cars and helicopters!
Although the Frightning V/STOL two seater may emerge!
Title: Fly Past February 2016 issue
Post by: McColm on January 07, 2016, 05:25:27 pm
I picked  up a copy as they had a V-Bomber special tribute.
There's also an article on the North American B-25 Mitchell,  however on pages 90-95 there's the Canadair C-54GM North Star 17515.
The closest kit in my stash is the Heller 1/72 DC6A.
The engines were four  1,760hp/1,312kW Merlin 622s.
I don't have these either but there is a resin engine  that looks similar. Future project.
There's  some  shots of the Coventry Shackleton.
Worth a read.
Title: Haven't started yet-1/72 BAe-2001 Scorpion
Post by: McColm on January 15, 2016, 12:31:45 pm
Got the 1/72 Mach2 Martin  Sea Master delivered today. First thought was the Be A40/42 Albatross/Mermaids but the dimensions are more like the smaller Be-200 Altair.  There are 1/144 kits but I haven't seen any in 1/72. Hence my attempt of  kitbashing something similar.
The Mach2 kit comes with a canopy which leaves a lot of work  to clean it up, as to the instructions - could be better.
I'll need to source a landing gear and I think I have a suitable canopy in the spares box.
The only real change will be the engines, a pair of CFM t urbofans or TF-33s from David J Parkins/DB resin.
Could use the Windows from the Rotodyne.
Title: Re: Haven't started yet-1/72 BAe-2001 Scorpion
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 15, 2016, 12:38:46 pm
Got the 1/72 Mach2 Martin  Sea Master delivered today. First thought was the Be A40/42 Albatross/Mermaids but the dimensions are more like the smaller Be-200 Altair. 

Only in span is the Seamaster deficient, and that's relatively easily sorted. The length is closer to the A-40 than the Be-200.
Title: Two SeaMasters in the stash
Post by: McColm on January 18, 2016, 12:14:29 pm
I haven't tried my hand at an all resin kit yet, mostly conversions.
The plan is to build the Mach2 kit in a similar style to the Be A40/42 Albatross/Mermaid with landing gear and the Anigrand kit with the beaching gear. Might change the exhaust pipes to the BAe Nimrod.
Sort of Whatif the British had a go to rectify the faults. May open  up the weapons bay or  go for a water bomber version or create a rear loading ramp. Or even AEW which would look very impressive.
Title: Re: Two SeaMasters in the stash
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 18, 2016, 02:55:00 pm

Sort of Whatif the British had a go to rectify the faults.


The only faults the Seamaster had were political ones, by the time Martin were building the production versions it was working very well indeed. But the USN, or the DoD, lost confidence in the idea of the seaplane striking force and cancelled it.

Personally I see the hand of the USAF here, , maybe LeMay himself, they REALLY didn't want any competition to the SAC in the nuclear strike role.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: joncarrfarrelly on January 18, 2016, 04:10:56 pm
The Seamaster was an incomplete weapons system, the aircraft was there but they never completed
developing the support half of the equation, and to make it a truly mobile system not tied to land bases
was going to require a very substantial investment in specialized support vessels. This meant that the budget for
other 'bottoms' would most likely be reduced, as the money would probably have to come from the other folks
building budgets, which would have meant a major funding fight with the regular surface folks, the
regular aviation carrier folks and Rickover and his sub boys. Which makes it most likely that a budget
request just for Seamaster support vessels would have died in committee.
:wacko:

As it turned out, Rickover's nuke subs proved to be the most effective solution for USN strategic nuke delivery.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: NARSES2 on January 19, 2016, 02:01:53 am
Yup whilst the idea of a Seaplane strike force has an almost romatic feel to it and is obviously right up Wif street for the likes of us as a practical idea it was way past it's time.

I once saw a BBC documentary on the great era of passenger flying boats and they finished with the Princess and a retired RAF senior officer waxing on about how if we had continued the development then by now, the 80's, we would have 1,000 seater flying boats which needed no runways, there was a previous UK airport expansion row going on  :banghead:, and would thus be much more politicaly/ecologicaly acceptable. His point was that no major city was more then 50 miles from a large body of water. Now whilst I'm not sure about his facts he didn't mention that some of that water might be a tad difficult to use in winter  :blink:

As I said ; romantic but practical ?
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 19, 2016, 02:08:03 am

 His point was that no major city was more then 50 miles from a large body of water. Now whilst I'm not sure about his facts he didn't mention that some of that water might be a tad difficult to use in winter  :blink:


True in the UK, but not elsewhere in the world for sure.

And like I said above, the Seamaster as an aircraft was working well at the time of its cancellation.........
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: NARSES2 on January 19, 2016, 02:45:27 am

 His point was that no major city was more then 50 miles from a large body of water. Now whilst I'm not sure about his facts he didn't mention that some of that water might be a tad difficult to use in winter  :blink:


True in the UK, but not elsewhere in the world for sure.

And like I said above, the Seamaster as an aircraft was working well at the time of its cancellation.........

I agree re the Seamaster kit and as for the suitabilty of open water as commercial runways ? Most places in the world would have problems at some time of year. Above 45 degrees North and South winter colud be a problem, in the tropics then tropical storms would be. I know they effect airpors as well but no where near as much
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on January 19, 2016, 07:20:38 am
Thanks Guys,
Not too sure if a Water Bomber  conversion would have  been a better solution rather than the scrapman.
I've looked at the BAe Nimrod AEW resin conversion set and the front nose section could fit but the rear resin part is circular and the fuselage is rectangle.

Getting back to the builds.
The  Victor 3 AEW has had the air intakes painted gloss white in readiness for assembly. The new canpoy painted internally.

Sea Moose amphibious AEW painted gloss white.

Wyton camera packs fitted into the two weapons bays.Filler/putty cleaned up. Bought the Air-Craft-Models Washington's of the Royal Air Force decal kit and etching set.
Thinking white gloss upper fuselage, artic red wingtips and tail surfaces, gloss black undersides.
Title: 1/72 Matchbox Handley Page Victor Mk3 AEW update
Post by: McColm on January 20, 2016, 06:35:57 am
The new fighter styled cockpit canopy is glued in place but will need filler/putty to blend in with the fuselage and new nose section.
Wings have been glued on to the fuselage. One side is better than the other may need FOD  door-panels or fine mesh to hide the imperfections.
Started on the undercarriage,  carpet monster has eaten the front wheel guard.
Will leave overnight to dry.

Reinstated the bomb bay doors on the Airfix 1/72 B-29 Wyton AEW.
Title: 1/72 Revell PB4 Y-2 Privateer (RY-3 P4Y-2) Liberator Express
Post by: McColm on January 22, 2016, 01:38:07 pm
In the kit there is instructions to build the C-87/Consolidated C-IX Liberator (RY-3) of No.168 Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force Rockcliffe Ontario Canada 1947.
  So I decided to build the Liberator freight version /Express  (twin tail fins).
There were plans to build a twin engine version of the Liberator and the Privateer but didn't get past the drawingboard. Even a seaplane version both in civilian and military options.
  Thinking of a twin engine Liberator Freighter /Airliner.
Still got the Airfix B-24 in the stash although the single tail fin and teardrop side blisters look good on the Shackleton Mk3. (Heavy bomber idea with Napier  engines ).

Used Vallejo acrylic paints on the EB-29 AEW Wyton but painted the fuselage and wings matt black. Looks sneaky.
The same artistic licence has been applied to the Sea Moose. The spoof with the roof.The white gloss looks too clinical, needs a grey to tone it down.
Title: Re: McColm: Small box with a big heart
Post by: McColm on January 23, 2016, 04:54:32 am
My Anigrand 1/72 Martin XP6M-1/P6M-2 Sea Master arrived today.
Prototype or production,  I'll read up on the reviews so I know which canopy to use on the Mach2 kit.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 23, 2016, 05:54:48 am
The XP6M-1 was quite a bit different to the production P6M-2s, it's difficult to see how Anigrand can make one kit for both types.

The canopy on the prototypes were like an airliner cockpit, with V shaped windscreen, 8 windows and a metal roof, whereas production Seamasters had an all-over plexiglass canopy with only 4 windows and a massive curved roof/window. AFAIK the Anigrand canopy is the latter type as I bought a couple of them for my Mach 2 kit.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on January 23, 2016, 02:36:56 pm
Thanks Kit.
The twin engines B-24/Privateer works. Been reading  Robert E.Bradley "Convair Advanced Designs - San Diego 1923-1962".
Consolidated proposed the LB-29, a B-24 airframe with  a twin-engine  configuration using larger engines. Similar proposals for the PB4Y and B-32 were thwarted by the demand for the big engines by other programs.
The  LB-24 twin engine bomber did appear in a brochure dated 8 February  1939 and revised in June 1939.
The LB-24 lost out to the B-26 and B-25 medium bomber.
There were no twin engined B-24 or twin engined Privateers built in the prototype stage or production models.
Although I have seen a photo on Google of a twin engined B-17. Not too sure if this was a prototype or something built from spare parts.

There's also a chapter on High Performance Flying Boats  (1951). These designs could be added to the Sea Master.One looks similar to the Be10.
Title: Late Christmas present to me
Post by: McColm on January 25, 2016, 12:05:20 pm
Sunday evening was special as I managed to get a ticket to see Hogwarts in the snow.  Tickets for this have been snapped up but if you don't mind the odd hours, there's a few left.
The Great Hall was seasonally decorated with 12 Christmas trees and a flying witch at the top. The backlot had fake snow,  well bubbles. The chessboard  isn't there anymore. The platform was packed and is now a throughafair to get to the cafe and butter beer kiosk.  Flourish & Blotts stall is no longer. Gone to is the tombstone of Tom Riddle.
The artwork and cardboard models of the sets are opened up.
The castle is dressed in snow.
The lighting for  Diagon Alley was a lot darker than usual. More props from Borgin and Burkes on show, possible Knockturn Alley exhibit in the future!
Well it would explain the price hike.
Next door scenery from the new film and huge green screens.
Butter beer was smooth didn't have the ice cream. Pictures on Facebook page, search under Steven James McColm.

Monday,
Slept in and used the two pack Millputt filler on the Victor Mk3 AEW, EB-29 Wyton and LB-87 twin engines airliner/transporter.

Need to get some more paint and wet n dry paper.
Also to sort out canopies and propellers.
Title: mix and match
Post by: McColm on January 26, 2016, 09:36:19 am
With 8 builds on the go breakage were bound to happen.
The Avro Carlton lost it's spin top support but now had the Mk3 canopy fitted and propellers from a Grumman E-2A. Just need to replace the tail skid. A raid in the spares box has come up with a Fujimir replacement parts.
The canopy has also been fitted to the Airfix Bristol type 170 Biffo Rotodyne.Canopy painted black.
Lockheed Proteus  has got the Avro Shackleton Mk2 main white meteal landing gear and resin tyres. I have put an order for  Freightdog for the extended nose wheel which should fit nicely at the back.
Filler sanded down on the Victor 3 AEW and Boeing EB-29 AEW Wyton.
Tripple tail section damaged on the Sea Moose.
LB-87 Privateer Express has had it's single tail vertical fin reglued. Outer engine ports filed down ready for putty/filler. Nose wheel snapped off. Might test rear landing tail wheel instead. Waiting for ClearFix to arrive.
Should have added the windows to the twin Bristol Freighter before gluing the two F uselages together. Airfix Rotodyne stack glued in place to cover the join.  Filler/putty used to fill in gaps.
Title: The tale of two Airfix Bristol Superfreighters aka Biffo Rotodynes
Post by: McColm on January 27, 2016, 11:44:14 am
As regular readers of this blog are aware there's one build almost completed and the other (the flying cross) which uses two fuselages glued together just past the wing section. I've  managed to create 18 Windows down the new fuselage sides.
Both builds use the stack from the Rotodyne kit and both have stub wings.That's where the similarities end.
The Biffo Rotodyne has the dustbin AEW whilst the Flying Cross is a pure cargo/transporter- roll on roll off.
The Biffo has parts off the MH-53 Sea Dragron including the tyres and landing gear. Tail clearance gained by cutting tail fins. Just need to add the decals and rescue hoist.Also used the rotors from the MH-53, with jet pod tips.
Title: The big tidying up
Post by: McColm on January 28, 2016, 04:05:52 pm
Bought six under-the-bed storage boxes for the present stash just need to label them for contents purposes.
I came across the 1/72 Hasegawa Martin SP-5B Marlin which was a surprise. I knew that I had purchased the 1/72 Shin Meiwa PS-1/SS-2 as I had plans for a Nimrod winged version or a Gunship variant.
The Shin Meiwa wasn't all there which gave me idea to use the T-tail and the landing gear.
As the fuselage is roughly the same size as the Marlin these parts should fit in theory.
A turboprop twin version would make sense as I can't find the Shin Meiwa wing however I have found the torpedo pods.
I can remember seeing a three engined Marlin look-a-like in one of my Convair books. Known as the P6Y, but that used a Wright R-3350-32W and two J85 jets that provided full Boundary Layer Control flow over the entire wingspan.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on January 28, 2016, 07:02:48 pm
This looks hot....your best yet I'd say !

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Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on January 29, 2016, 03:21:27 am
This looks hot....your best yet I'd say !

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Thanks Captain Canada,
I've put some filler/putty around the cockpit canopy to make it blend in with it's surrounding area.Tail lower section also filled in with putty.Gaps in the wings filled in and all other gaps.  Air intake strakes not quite lined up hence searching for FOR doors, may have to make my own.Found the missing undercarriage nose part.Will reglue the other EMS pod to wingtip.Just need to add cooling exchanges.  Should be ready next month for a coat of primer.
Title: Re: The big tidying up
Post by: McColm on January 29, 2016, 11:14:22 am
Bought six under-the-bed storage boxes for the present stash just need to label them for contents purposes.
I came across the 1/72 Hasegawa Martin SP-5B Marlin which was a surprise. I knew that I had purchased the 1/72 Shin Meiwa PS-1/SS-2 as I had plans for a Nimrod winged version or a Gunship variant.
The Shin Meiwa wasn't all there which gave me idea to use the T-tail and the landing gear.
As the fuselage is roughly the same size as the Marlin these parts should fit in theory.
A turboprop twin version would make sense as I can't find the Shin Meiwa wing however I have found the torpedo pods.
I can remember seeing a three engined Marlin look-a-like in one of my Convair books. Known as the P6Y, but that used a Wright R-3350-32W and two J85 jets that provided full Boundary Layer Control flow over the entire wingspan.
Day2 of the build
Fuselage windows painted black and glued into place. Cockpit fitted and both sides glued together.
Undercarriage wheelwells from the SS-2 glued in place including the nosewheel well.SS-2 MAD boom fitted at rear.
Wings, engines,  floats and nose radar glued in place.
Slight gaps around the engine cowlings. Flaps lowered.
left to set.

Biffo Rotodye has got it's contra-rotating propellers fitted.Will lengthen spindle to clear propellers.

Probably go and visit the Royal Artillery Museum on Saturday.
Title: Re: The big tidying up
Post by: McColm on January 30, 2016, 06:37:37 am
Bought six under-the-bed storage boxes for the present stash just need to label them for contents purposes.
I came across the 1/72 Hasegawa Martin SP-5B Marlin which was a surprise. I knew that I had purchased the 1/72 Shin Meiwa PS-1/SS-2 as I had plans for a Nimrod winged version or a Gunship variant.
The Shin Meiwa wasn't all there which gave me idea to use the T-tail and the landing gear.
As the fuselage is roughly the same size as the Marlin these parts should fit in theory.
A turboprop twin version would make sense as I can't find the Shin Meiwa wing however I have found the torpedo pods.
I can remember seeing a three engined Marlin look-a-like in one of my Convair books. Known as the P6Y, but that used a Wright R-3350-32W and two J85 jets that provided full Boundary Layer Control flow over the entire wingspan.
Day2 of the build
Fuselage windows painted black and glued into place. Cockpit fitted and both sides glued together.
Undercarriage wheelwells from the SS-2 glued in place including the nosewheel well.SS-2 MAD boom fitted at rear.
Wings, engines,  floats and nose radar glued in place.
Slight gaps around the engine cowlings. Flaps lowered.
left to set.

Biffo Rotodye has got it's contra-rotating propellers fitted.Will lengthen spindle to clear propellers.

Probably go and visit the Royal Artillery Museum on Saturday.
Day3 Name change
The main landing gear legs didn't go to plan so I used the PS-1
legs instead.

Though of calling this build the Martin EP -5C Marlin AEW  as the Rotodome from the Grumman Hawkeye E-2 fits. (Dry tested). Still keeps it's ASW equipment as the prototype.
Since the U.S. Navy stopped ceased operating the flyingt-boat in July 1968 and the RAF looked for a replacement for the Sunderland which resulted in the Shackleton. The Royal Navy could of held trials as a replacement for the Gannet AEW  which fits into my theme.
Just need to build a Gannet AEW.

Day4
Yet another name change, as I've fitted the two Rolls Royce Tyne engines from the Revell  04329 Dassault Breguet Atlantic  MFG3 "Anniversary " to the Marlin amphibious seaplane. In order to get the engines to fit the old engine cowlings and weapons bays have been removed. I will use parts from the Shin Meiwa PS-1. The shape now resembles a Whiff Be-12 Mail  flying boat without the twin tail fins.  The MAD boom is from a BAe Nimrod  and the nose radom is from the PS-1 kit. Two EMS pods also from the Br 1150 Atlantic are in place on the wingtips. I'll stick to 'Sea Moose'
Title: 1/72 Airfix Boeing B-29 conversion to AEW
Post by: McColm on February 01, 2016, 09:47:02 am
The paint job continues using Vallejo acrylic colours. The matt black goes on a treat, the matt white is patchy in some areas but I'm using worn wet and dry papers 400 grit between coats.
Probably use silver or gun metal for the glazed cockpit as you can't see any interior detail.

Having second thoughts about the Marlin may revert back to the ASW version and keep the Rotodome for the Neptune build.
Ironically I've bought another PS-1/SS-2 on eBay. Should be able to build the turbojet version with a spare pair of BAe Nimrod wings or those from the Airfx Valiant.
Just need to finish off some previous unfinished builds first to get some work space.
Title: Re: 1/72 Airfix Boeing B-29 conversion to AEW
Post by: McColm on February 02, 2016, 10:26:12 am
The paint job continues using Vallejo acrylic colours. The matt black goes on a treat, the matt white is patchy in some areas but I'm using worn wet and dry papers 400 grit between coats.
Probably use silver or gun metal for the glazed cockpit as you can't see any interior detail.

Having second thoughts about the Marlin may revert back to the ASW version and keep the Rotodome for the Neptune build.
Ironically I've bought another PS-1/SS-2 on eBay. Should be able to build the turbojet version with a spare pair of BAe Nimrod wings or those from the Airfx Valiant.
Just need to finish off some previous unfinished builds first to get some work space.
Part2
Been retouching the paint scheme on the Wyton matt white and black. Once dry I put the decals from  Air-Craft Models  ACD72002 sheet. The large decals went on well, just had trouble with the aircraft number kept coming off. So I changed to WF503 of 90sqn based at Marham.
My build still lacks the turbochargers but has gained nose art with two car stickers.
Pictures are on my Facebook page.
I need to pick out details of the cockpit canopy and blend the nose art with the upper deck.Fix the flaps and propellers. I may have packed away the B-17G but have found a bag of small parts for the Avro Shackleton MK3.

Inbetween the gaps with the decals I have assembled JB Models LWB LandRover soft top with G.S. trailer. Basically to see how many will fit in the "Flying Cross" which is 15 & 1/4 inches long looking like seven Landies. Under carriage is from a V-22 Osprey.
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Title: 1/72 Martin MR-5C Marlin
Post by: McColm on February 04, 2016, 05:26:02 pm
Found a pair of 1/72 Frog/Novo Avro Shackleton MK3 RR Griffon engine fronts and contra-rotating propellers which have been fitted to the Marlin kit.The engine exhaust pipes will come from the Aeroclub Avro Shackleton Mk2 set. (Pipes are white metal,  found a pair of seats for the cockpit as well).
Extra power could come from a spare pair of turbojets from the Neptune or KC-97 kits in the stash.

Back at work and looking forward to three weeks off in March.
The first Hasegawa Shin Meiwa PS -1/SS-2 arrived at work. The instructions are in Japanese but I do have an instruction sheet in English.
Will build one jet powered version and the other either US-2A /MR-2A.
Just a thought a sort of whatiff the Martin XP6M-1 had been fitted with turboprops?  If the wings fit off the Hasegawa PS/SS on the Anigrand Sea Master and vice-versa.
Title: Re: 1/72 Martin MR-5C Marlin
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 05, 2016, 01:48:10 am

Just a thought a sort of whatiff the Martin XP6M-1 had been fitted with turboprops?  If the wings fit off the Hasegawa PS/SS on the Anigrand Sea Master and vice-versa.


The hull might need to be deeper to give the props enough clearance, either that or mount the engines on pylons ABOVE the wings.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Dizzyfugu on February 05, 2016, 01:53:13 am
The mounting position must also be moved further aft, due to CG reasons. Massive body work, IMHO.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on February 05, 2016, 06:36:46 am
Thanks Guys
Title: Sea Moose crushed!
Post by: McColm on February 05, 2016, 10:55:59 am
A roommate has stepped on the Sea Moose by mistake. The damage is beyond repair,  however the two RR Tyne engines will be recycled and used on the Revell Br1150 Atlantic German Anniversary edition. Thus becoming a four Tyne engined AEW with the stand & rotodome from the Heller Boeing E-3A Sentry.
EMS pods will be recycled along with the "spoof roof".

Son of the Sea Moose will be the Heller CL-415 with a Rotodome off a E-2 Hawkeye.
Title: Seaplanes and flying boats
Post by: McColm on February 06, 2016, 10:09:14 am
You may of noticed that the theme of AEW fixed wing and rotor/tilt wing is slowly being merged with flying boats/Seaplanes.
 I haven't been able to any information why the idea or concept of a flying boat or Seaplane wasn't used in the AEW role. Whereas they were used in the ASW.
Japan, China and Russia still use flying boats in ASW and SAR with troop transport and water bomber roles.
I've seen photos of the SeaMaster as a tanker.
This opens a whole host of possible Whiffs.
If they turn out as good as the Matchbox HP Victor Mk3 AEW.
Title: Consolidated twin RY-4Y Night Hawk AEW update
Post by: McColm on February 09, 2016, 07:33:49 am
The model is based on the Revell 1/72 PB4 Y2 (RY-3 & P4Y-2).
Although I started this build as a civil airliner with two engines,  fingerprints and some parts eaten by the carpet monster. The next step was a twin engined ARE version using parts from the  AeroClub multimedia Avro Shackleton Mk2/AEW conversion set and the HBM 72012 resin Lancaster RR Merlin 85's engine set. Which are a better fit than the Elands.  The AEW radome is  glued to the upper fuselage behind the glazed cockpit.
The outer engine moulds have been filed off and will be filled in.
Could have been a stopgap between the Vickers Wellington MkIC & MkXIV and Avro Shackleton AEW Mk2.
Title: The tale of two 1/72 Martin SeaMaster kits
Post by: McColm on February 09, 2016, 08:00:35 am
As already mentioned I have two SeaMaster kits; Mach2 and the Anigrand model.
 The revised plan is to build a AEW using the Anigrand kit and the Mach2 kit as a water bomber or cargo/Airliner  (SeaMistress).A false floor is possible if the inner fuselage could be sanded.Either two large cargo doors scribes or placed in the open position. Maybe some windows and seating.
Going to have to get another one, either a kitbashed  job or one of the other two kits.
I believe that there was only three Mk1s and three Mk2s built
although the numbers had dropped down to eight as ordered by the USNavy before being cancelled in 1959.
Further research suggests that the SeaMistress was a much larger seaplane looking similar to that of the Lockheed C-5 in size with 8 jet engines instead of 4 but in the same layout as the SeaMaster. Whilst others suggest that the SeaMistress was the general name for the civilian SeaMaster.
In Chris Gibson's book "Nimrod a Genis " there is the briefest of mentions.
Title: Bits and pieces
Post by: McColm on February 10, 2016, 11:22:26 am
I think the addition of small or sub-assembly on my builds is paying off.
In the past it was a rush to finish builds but now if I get board or frustrated I can just pick up another build and carry on.
Title: Re: 1/72 Avro Shackeltain update
Post by: McColm on February 11, 2016, 05:37:28 am
This is my attempt of building a jet version of the Shackleton Mk3 (pictures on my Facebook page under; Steven James McColm. Got my Royal Auxiliary Air Force uniform on with my air efficiency award).
The two pairs of her engines are off a B-47 kit. The vertical tail fin is from an Airfix B-29. The wings have been filed down and squared off. The resin Mk2 weapons bay has been applied back-to-front as this is a better fit. The raised glass in the nose / gunners or observers seat removed and filled in.
The white metal main landing gear for the Rare Planes vacform HP Victor is a good fit.Just needs tyding up.
Title: Re: The tale of two 1/72 Martin SeaMaster kits
Post by: McColm on February 12, 2016, 11:30:10 pm
As already mentioned I have two SeaMaster kits; Mach2 and the Anigrand model.
 The revised plan is to build a AEW using the Anigrand kit and the Mach2 kit as a water bomber or cargo/Airliner  (SeaMistress).A false floor is possible if the inner fuselage could be sanded.Either two large cargo doors scribes or placed in the open position. Maybe some windows and seating.
Going to have to get another one, either a kitbashed  job or one of the other two kits.
I believe that there was only three Mk1s and three Mk2s built
although the numbers had dropped down to eight as ordered by the USNavy before being cancelled in 1959.
Further research suggests that the SeaMistress was a much larger seaplane looking similar to that of the Lockheed C-5 in size with 8 jet engines instead of 4 but in the same layout as the SeaMaster. Whilst others suggest that the SeaMistress was the general name for the civilian SeaMaster.
In Chris Gibson's book "Nimrod a Genis " there is the briefest of mentions.
Part2
The AirWaves resin EW tail fairing  doesn't fit on the Anigrand kit.Haven't tried it on the Mach2 model. Will have to have a rethink on which kit to convert to the Albatross and Mermaid.
Title: An old idea that I can now build
Post by: McColm on February 13, 2016, 04:54:08 am
The Revell 1/72 Blohm + Voss Bv 222 v2 model kit is something I bought but had to sell when times were hard but the idea to build a jet powered version is now feasible.
With the removal of the guns and filling in the nose the Boeing 747 shape of the fuselage can be seen. A pair of swept back wings with the engines above the wings (SeaMaster style).
 As the price of the 1/72 Lockheed C-5 Galaxy is beyond my price range this could resemble a mini-SeaMistress.  Although the Wiking/Viking wasn't small.
A six jet engined version as a civi airliner as the aircraft was intended to be a transatlantic passenger service. The parts suggest a cargo/ combo variant.
A hinged nose and a possible T-tail. There's a beaching cart but if I can I'd go for a landing gear.

The wings could be reworked with the Super-G Constellation for the Starliner.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Thorvic on February 13, 2016, 08:29:46 am
Stop fannying about do a proper job  ;D

http://www.seawings.co.uk/Shop-SAROPrincess-MikeHerrill-Kit.htm (http://www.seawings.co.uk/Shop-SAROPrincess-MikeHerrill-Kit.htm)

Which was actually put forward in an AEW role BTW

http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,1220.30.html

Title: ideas for the Martin SeaMistress
Post by: McColm on February 17, 2016, 07:26:01 am
As discussed the base could be from an An-124 in 1/144 scale.T-tail and new shaped hull blended into the fuselage. Engines refitted above the wings. The landing gear could be lowered as an amphibious aircraft.

Another idea for one of the SeaMasters is using the wings off a B-58 kit. Keeping the landing gear.
Title: whiffing is like buses!
Post by: McColm on February 19, 2016, 07:59:13 pm
Whiffing is like waiting for a bus. You wait ages and two turn up at once.
Been after the USCoast Guard decals for ages and then I find a C-130J kit at a reasonable price plus another C-130E/H with Coast Guard decals added.
The Revell Br.1150 Atlantic would look good with these decals,  perhaps the HP Victor Mk3 AEW. As they are both large kits a white gloss rattle can.

Ideas for what to do with the spare C-130 have flashed in my mind. A wide bodied Comet C5 was mentioned. A kitbash with Airfix BAe Nimrod parts. Could work, prices are coming down.

I think after the current batch of builds I should make a few car kits.
Got an idea for the two worst 1/24 Ford Capri /Mercury kits.A five door. Cutting the two front halves and joining them together. That then gives you four doors.By cutting and realigning the rear hatchback on the new rear section.
Using back to back doors isn't new.
The interior can be built from the leftovers with the front and rear grill & bumpers.
Title: One more week to go
Post by: McColm on February 26, 2016, 12:55:44 pm
Eager Whiffers will be pleased to know that my three weeks leave for March has been confirmed.
I know that you lot like pictures of my builds. I prefer a bit of colour on them as the details can blurt into each other.
 I haven't had much luck on replacing the flaps on the Airfix B-29, the Academy kits don't seem to fit. So a raid of the resin Avro Shackleton Mk2 conversion kit is close enough.
I shall extend the artwork Union Jack (Union Flag) to the rest of the fuselage and wings. Propellers from a C-130 kit will replace the three blades. Means replacing the spinners as well.
I will use the aerials from the Shackleton Mk3 kit.
  Shorts-Martin Seagull,  starting to look good. Need to add the rear lumps and bumps, propellers, glazed  canopy,  refuelling probe and scribe rear cargo doors or cheat with a decal instead. The is an Air Squadron resin kit with the hose & drogue and infrared targeting. Paint scheme to be sourced.
  Bristol-Rotodyne "Biffo" .The bells and whistles makes this look like a cross between the V-22 Osprey and a MH-53 with wing stubs without the rear loading ramp. The deflated radome finishes off this build.  Will use the USMarines decals.
  Skyguardian just needs the undercarriage added plus a paint scheme.  Was thinking of a large display stand and another for the HP Victor Mk3 AEW.
 Nighthawk is making steady progress.
  Shack with the stack, causing problems but I'll raid the spares for suitable triple tail fins.
Proteus can finally be finished.
 Definitely will need a shelving unit.
Then a break down to Cornwall.
Title: Re: One more week to go
Post by: Gondor on February 26, 2016, 01:28:56 pm

I know that you lot like pictures of my builds.


We like pictures with builds, regardless of who the modeller is.

Gondor
Title: Re: One more week to go
Post by: Captain Canada on February 26, 2016, 01:45:55 pm
We like pictures with builds

Ding Ding ! Give that man a prize !  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on February 26, 2016, 03:53:30 pm
The B-29 AEW is on my Facebook page!
Title: Got another seaplane idea
Post by: McColm on February 26, 2016, 09:30:06 pm
Just had a thought of kitbashing the 1/72 Revell Blohm and Voss Bv-222A  with the wings, engines vertical tail from the Airfix Avro Vulcan kit. By the removal of the guns which could be used on the Airfix Bristol Superfreighter as a gunship/ground attack.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Gondor on February 27, 2016, 03:20:11 am
The B-29 AEW is on my Facebook page!

Not everyone here uses Facebook but everyone here is here!

Gondor
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: NARSES2 on February 27, 2016, 05:37:57 am
I don't use Facebook or Twitter I'm afraid and currently have no plans to change
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on February 27, 2016, 06:34:38 am
Right click on you FB pic, click properties, copy the url, come back here, click "insert image" button and paste the url there.

 :blink:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Gondor on February 27, 2016, 06:57:24 am
Right click on you FB pic, click properties, copy the url, come back here, click "insert image" button and paste the url there.

 :blink:

That works?

Gondor
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on February 27, 2016, 07:00:41 am
Sure does !

(https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/12687883_10208476393773081_6278297316460462512_n.jpg?oh=17de8c7fed6fe08ddba5f91624eff9d9&oe=5765E685)

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Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on February 27, 2016, 11:41:54 am
I'll try that next time I'm in my local internet cafe.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on February 27, 2016, 11:52:59 am
Sure does

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Two views of the EB-29 AEW Wyton. Donor kits;
Airfix B-29, Rotodyne
Heller Grumman E-2A Hawkeye
Solid nose off a EC-135N/A Snoopy
Upper deck/cockpit B-17
Nose art two car stickers
Based around the B-29A Washington paint scheme and RAF decals

This build was sold as seen
Haynes do a manual of the Boeing B-29 with cutaways, black and white photos/technical drawings and colour photos for £25. Saw a copy in WH Smiths. (future builds for the long winter nights)
Title: Revell Austin FX4 hot/rat rod revised ideas
Post by: McColm on March 04, 2016, 06:05:35 pm
Came across retrorides.proboards.com musing on the Austin FX4 taxi. These are 'real world' projects that people have converted their FX4 into. Either by lowering the roof and taking out the centre pillar to a panel van or hearse.
Or changing the grill and bonnet /hood probably got something with a bit more grunt in the engine bay.
Which is one of the reasons for buying the Revell Monogram Ford Coupe Street Rod.
  Rat rods seem to be dropped with an open engine.
Only mentioned this as the prices have fallen,  not everyone's brand of vodka.
Although there are a few pick-up trucks/Utes. Might try and mount an anti-aircraft gun in the back or a track version. I've seen cars on skis with what looks like an aircraft propeller at the front or rear.
And then there's the aqua-taxi.Not kidding someone actually built one and tested it on the Thames
Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang springs to mind or a pair of Dragon wings ( where did I put those fake Harry Potter stickers?).
Title: Ideas taken from Convair Advanced Design 1923-1962 Robert E.Bradley
Post by: McColm on March 06, 2016, 07:46:42 am
An interesting article that caught my attention is the Supersonic Attack Seaplane roughly based around the B-58 Hustler. (US Navy backed studies 1953-1955).
Having forward mounted jets on long pylons and two rear jets mounted either side of the tail fin.The landing gear would be attached to water skis. Further studies included a streamlined hull with the engines above the fuselage or a similar layout to the SeaMaster.
 Convair also came up with an alternative design to the SeaMistress  in the Seaplane Logistic Transport of 1955.
As I'm getting both kits B-58 and the Tu-22 Blinder a future Whiff could be kitbashed with a raid in my spare parts bin.
Title: The Shackleton with the stack and new engines
Post by: McColm on March 07, 2016, 07:49:39 am
https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/fr/cp0/e15/q65/10322684_10208699138701565_2175444088787453168_n.jpg?efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9&oh=1196f5fa8f8bdf19aa09b8f519b98e7a&oe=5765C5D0 (https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/fr/cp0/e15/q65/10322684_10208699138701565_2175444088787453168_n.jpg?efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9&oh=1196f5fa8f8bdf19aa09b8f519b98e7a&oe=5765C5D0)

(https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/fr/cp0/e15/q65/10322684_10208699138701565_2175444088787453168_n.jpg?efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9&oh=1196f5fa8f8bdf19aa09b8f519b98e7a&oe=5765C5D0) 
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: NARSES2 on March 08, 2016, 12:27:03 am
Engines look good, but fuselage looks a little short for the random ? Possibly not deep enough at the rear rather than short ?
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on March 08, 2016, 03:35:37 am
Engines look good, but fuselage looks a little short for the random ? Possibly not deep enough at the rear rather than short ?
You mean deep as I'm the B-24/Privateer rear end?
Looks like the 'Night Hawk' twin engined Privateer is for the chop, fortunately I've got a B-24J in the stash so I can Whiff that at a later time.
Title: 1/72 Avro Endeavour (4 turbojet, single tail finned Shackleton )
Post by: McColm on March 08, 2016, 04:03:35 am
This started out with a cheap version of the Frog/Revell 1/72 Avro Shackleton MR3 phase 3 kit.
The engines replaced with the turbojets from a B-47, single vertical tail fin is from a Airfix B-29 and tail flaps off the KC-97G. The weapons bay is a resin Shackleton Mk2 but fitted the back to front and the nose flattened.
It was to become a civilian airliner but with the Night Hawk being recycled yet another excuse for a AEW or ASW.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on March 08, 2016, 04:58:19 am
Nice. Looks huge like that !

Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on March 08, 2016, 07:23:19 am
Thanks,
Just have to practice how to put the link or pictures up.
Title: Re: 1/72 Avro Endeavour (4 turbojet, single tail finned Shackleton )
Post by: Gondor on March 08, 2016, 07:53:15 am
This started out with a cheap version of the Frog/Revell 1/72 Avro Shackleton MR3 phase 3 kit.
The engines replaced with the turbojets from a B-47, single vertical tail fin is from a Airfix B-29 and tail flaps off the KC-97G. The weapons bay is a resin Shackleton Mk2 but fitted the back to front and the nose flattened.
It was to become a civilian airliner but with the Night Hawk being recycled yet another excuse for a AEW or ASW.

Are you saying that the picture is out of date as you have modified the build since it was taken?

Gondor
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on March 08, 2016, 08:42:34 am
No, but with the new rear end of the Shackleton being replaced by the Privateer with the large cargo doors and single vertical tail fin,  glued and filler applied to fill all the gaps created by the new parts an up to date piccy on the work done will appear within the next 2-3 weeks.
Having sold the Boeing EB-29 AEW Wyton " as seen" I hope to finish as many started builds as possible putting their pics up on the Alternative History pages that I have posted.
 I know this is easy for some of you, but I don't have a laptop,  tablet or PC of my own although I appreciate the help and the links provided. Just not savy with computers.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Gondor on March 08, 2016, 09:56:18 am
The difficulty I am having is understanding what you have written most of the time. Your sentence construction and general ability to describe[/] what you are or have done could be far better.
Yes I can understand that you have difficulties in your technical ability and lack of a computer, you could however use what is now "old fashioned" methods and write out on paper what you intend to say then read and read again and again editing and correcting until what you intend to say not only reads easily but is easy for anyone to understand. Even though I am using a computer I still do this, although the editing is done on the computer, and I am sure that many other members here also write this way.  That part at least is nothing to do with technology or a lack of such, it's a matter of a person taking care and pride in what they are writing and their ability to communicate.

Gondor
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on March 09, 2016, 08:25:04 am
This looks hot....your best yet I'd say !

(https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/12553037_10208373434999176_9123319889435668369_n.jpg?oh=b93d1b6f4bd779764a5ae7a8ea9d1ebd&oe=57340F4D)
Having seen pictures of the Sea Victor on another topic and dry tested the hull from the Hasegawa PS-1/SS-2 seaplane ASW/SAR, this seems doable. I'll dry test the hull on the stretched HS/BAe Nimrod Sky Guardian before the final fitting.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on March 10, 2016, 03:41:22 am
Engines look good, but fuselage looks a little short for the random ? Possibly not deep enough at the rear rather than short ?
You mean deep as I'm the B-24/Privateer rear end?
Looks like the 'Night Hawk' twin engined Privateer is for the chop, fortunately I've got a B-24J in the stash so I can Whiff that at a later time.
Update on build part2
I've renamed this build the Avro Shackateer as it is using more and more parts from the Revell Privateer  kit.
The rear end of the C-87 has been glued in place,  although not a perfect fit it does get extremely close  and with the  single tail fin looks like a copy of the Avro Types716  as illustrated in Chris Gibson's book ' Nimrod's Genesis page 91.
The resin Shackleton Mk2 weapons bay has also been glued in place.Elsewhere the resin round wingtips from the Halifax VIII /Halton conversion are also in suitu. Once dry the next stage is to fill in the gaps.I removed the stack as it was easier to handle whilst gluing the two halves together.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on March 10, 2016, 03:51:12 am
This looks hot....your best yet I'd say !

(https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/12553037_10208373434999176_9123319889435668369_n.jpg?oh=b93d1b6f4bd779764a5ae7a8ea9d1ebd&oe=57340F4D)
Having seen pictures of the Sea Victor on another topic and dry tested the hull from the Hasegawa PS-1/SS-2 seaplane ASW/SAR, this seems doable. I'll dry test the hull on the stretched HS/BAe Nimrod Sky Guardian before the final fitting.

The fitting of the new hull is a bit of a bodged afair whilst some parts fit nicely to the fuselage other places have daylight passing through them. Time to break out the two part filler/ putty.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on March 10, 2016, 04:30:05 am
love the shape of this one

 :wub:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on March 10, 2016, 06:30:01 am
Ah!
Whilst the upper fuselage remains the same the new hull and surrounding filler/putty will be skilfully blended in.
Still open for suggestions on the final colour scheme although I now have a set of U.S. Coast Guard decals.
Title: Updates on current builds
Post by: McColm on March 11, 2016, 09:59:20 am
The Lockheed Protesus has had undergone a transformation,
with the propellers and spinners taken from the Italeri HC-130J No.1348 kit. It's no longer a tail sitter as the rear landing strut has come from a white metal HP Victor set. Twin tyres are off an Academy KC-97G.
The hose and drogue plus Harvest Hawk Flir resin conversion by Attack Squadron 72065.
  Having misplaced the clear plastic canopy,  I've cut down an AeroClub clear vacform Shackleton Mk2 canopy that fits.
EMS pods have been fitted to the wingtips.
Just needs the wheel well doors fitted, landing lights, exhaust pipes and interior details added. Should be ready for it's primmer early next week.

Martin Shorts Seagull.
Tried the under wing hose and drogue pod from a KC-130J which didn't seem to work.  Filler and finer detailing to be done. Changed propellers and now has a pair taken from the Italeri C-130E/H with spacers and spinners. The rear needs to be sorted out before painting.

The Shackateer
Filler/putty and sanding stage. May loose the Observers seat in the nose section as the radar usually carried on the C-97/
KC -97 has been glued in place on the chin. I'll be using the True Details 72008 1/72 resin set of main and nose wheels diamond tread B-29/B-50. As this is the Mk2 the nose wheels will be fitted at the rear.

The Endeavour
Based on the Frog Avro Shackleton Mk3 with the single vertical fin and tail off the Airfix B-29 kit. Using resin parts from the AeroClub Avro Shackleton Mk2 kit the weapons bay has been glued the other way around which is more alike to the Mk3 bomb bay. Above the fuselage, behind the cockpit is the radome housing. Could be a duel purpose radar in tracking submarines or in the AEW role. Sourcing a 1/48 display stand. Got a second hand set of Canadian Cosmopolitan decals.

HS/BAe Nimrod (stretched ) Sidetrack aka Sky Guardian.
It's got to the stage where it needs to be masked up and sprayed with primer. This would look cool in U.S. Coast Guard colours and decals. A suitable stand would also be ideal.

Bristol Type 170 Rotodyne "Biffo"
Final detailing and decals to be added.

The HP Victor AEW3
This has had a new hull added with loads of Milliput yellow -grey filler/putty.  Trying to keep the lines of the Victor has been maintained. The wingtip EMS pods have been removed as a temporary measure and will go back looking something similar to that of the Nimrod Mk4. A new crew access door and some fuselage windows will be added. Just need to spend a few days out in the garden/backyard sanding. I will also scouring the internet for pictures of tail pipes.
Pictures will be added.
Title: Pictures downloaded on FaceBook and Flickr
Post by: McColm on March 12, 2016, 02:07:08 am
Put up pictures with filler/putty on the following builds;
HP Sea Victor AEW3
Avro Shackateer AEW
Lockheed Protesus
Title: 1/72 Lockheed KC-121 flying boom tanker
Post by: McColm on March 14, 2016, 06:13:28 am
I'm using the Heller EC-121 Warning Star as a donor kit with parts from the Academy KC-97G & L models.
The basic shape will remain the same but the boom, boom operator's window and other parts will be fitted.
May change the engines to turboprops  ( could add two J57 jet engines in a layout similar to that of the KC-97L ).
Title: 1/24 MiniCraft Rolls Royce Silver Cloud
Post by: McColm on March 15, 2016, 10:29:49 am
Been working on the Silver Cloud by stretching the body .
Found a broken model of the same kit and lengthened the rear passenger compartment. The trunk/boot has also been cut for stretching.
The engine that comes with the kit will be repaced as well.
Possible 6 wheeler.
Title: Warner Bros. card model of Hogwarts Castle pre-cut and printed
Post by: McColm on March 16, 2016, 03:12:55 pm
Although it states on the front of the box 'easy to assemble, no scissors or tape required ' you are definitely going to need card glue and keep the backing card to stiffen the sides or add extra gluing joints for a better fix.
The instructions are tiny, an enlarged photocopy is ideal. Small hands are a must as there are some fiddly bits if you decide to ignore the instructions and pre-build sections.
No scale is listed but this model is a guide for when I build my own version either using the Airfix 1/76 Sherwood Forest Fort/Castle or modify another plastic kit.
This card kit comes with a battery pack and four bulbs. The box forms the base.
 This could be built out of kitchen roll and cereal boxes with a bit of artist's licence be developed into something as a backdrop or be used on a model train layout.
My frustration is vented out on the sanding down of the Sea Victor AEW3. I'll need to make a pair of FOD covers.
Title: Re: Warner Bros. card model of Hogwarts Castle pre-cut and printed
Post by: McColm on March 17, 2016, 08:50:08 am
Although it states on the front of the box 'easy to assemble, no scissors or tape required ' you are definitely going to need card glue and keep the backing card to stiffen the sides or add extra gluing joints for a better fix.
The instructions are tiny, an enlarged photocopy is ideal. Small hands are a must as there are some fiddly bits if you decide to ignore the instructions and pre-build sections.
No scale is listed but this model is a guide for when I build my own version either using the Airfix 1/76 Sherwood Forest Fort/Castle or modify another plastic kit.
This card kit comes with a battery pack and four bulbs. The box forms the base.
 This could be built out of kitchen roll and cereal boxes with a bit of artist's licence be developed into something as a backdrop or be used on a model train layout.
My frustration is vented out on the sanding down of the Sea Victor AEW3. I'll need to make a pair of FOD covers.
Part2
As another day draws to a close I don't recommend  this card kit to anyone.  Sure there have been fans of the Harry Potter series that wanted a 3-D model of Hogwarts  but this kit is a big disappointment.
 However all is not lost, as I can see the scope for internal detailing in the larger scales or airliners/ transport aircraft. 
1/24 or 1/25 scale vehicles especially if the engine cover is clear on sports/muscle cars.
Title: Re: Warner Bros. card model of Hogwarts Castle pre-cut and printed
Post by: McColm on March 17, 2016, 11:54:56 am
Although it states on the front of the box 'easy to assemble, no scissors or tape required ' you are definitely going to need card glue and keep the backing card to stiffen the sides or add extra gluing joints for a better fix.
The instructions are tiny, an enlarged photocopy is ideal. Small hands are a must as there are some fiddly bits if you decide to ignore the instructions and pre-build sections.
No scale is listed but this model is a guide for when I build my own version either using the Airfix 1/76 Sherwood Forest Fort/Castle or modify another plastic kit.
This card kit comes with a battery pack and four bulbs. The box forms the base.
 This could be built out of kitchen roll and cereal boxes with a bit of artist's licence be developed into something as a backdrop or be used on a model train layout.
My frustration is vented out on the sanding down of the Sea Victor AEW3. I'll need to make a pair of FOD covers.
Part2
As another day draws to a close I don't recommend  this card kit to anyone.  Sure there have been fans of the Harry Potter series that wanted a 3-D model of Hogwarts  but this kit is a big disappointment.
 However all is not lost, as I can see the scope for internal detailing in the larger scales or airliners/ transport aircraft. 
1/24 or 1/25 scale vehicles especially if the engine cover is clear on sports/muscle cars.
Part 3
Finished and looks quite good when lit up in a darkened room, reminds me of the scene where the first years clap eyes on the castle from the Great Lake from the boats!

More filler has been applied to the Shackateer around the engine cowlings and finner joints. A flat nose was filled with the remainder of the putty.
Title: Re: 1/72 Lockheed KNC-121K flying tanker
Post by: McColm on March 18, 2016, 12:48:50 pm
I'm using the Heller EC-121 Warning Star as a donor kit with parts from the Academy KC-97G & L models.
The basic shape will remain the same but the boom, boom operator's window and other parts will be fitted.
May change the engines to turboprops  ( could add two J57 jet engines in a layout similar to that of the KC-97L ).
Part 2
The fuselage windows and basic cockpit have been glued in place. Inserted towards the rear is the clear glazed flying boom operator's window and flying boom from the Academy KC -97G.
Fuselage glued together and wings added.
Where the wingtip fuel tanks would have been fitted the resin C-130 hose & drogue in-flight refuelling pods have been cut and glued.
The outer engines have been replaced by the twin jet engines as used on the B-47 and the inner engines haven't been fitted yet.
As you can't see a lot of detailing through the cockpit windows this will be filled with ballast.
Title: Re: 1/72 Lockheed KNC-121K flying tanker
Post by: McColm on March 19, 2016, 06:57:21 am
I'm using the Heller EC-121 Warning Star as a donor kit with parts from the Academy KC-97G & L models.
The basic shape will remain the same but the boom, boom operator's window and other parts will be fitted.
May change the engines to turboprops  ( could add two J57 jet engines in a layout similar to that of the KC-97L ).
Part 2
The fuselage windows and basic cockpit have been glued in place. Inserted towards the rear is the clear glazed flying boom operator's window and flying boom from the Academy KC -97G.
Fuselage glued together and wings added.
Where the wingtip fuel tanks would have been fitted the resin C-130 hose & drogue in-flight refuelling pods have been cut and glued.
The outer engines have been replaced by the twin jet engines as used on the B-47 and the inner engines haven't been fitted yet.
As you can't see a lot of detailing through the cockpit windows this will be filled with ballast.
Part3
The triple tail fins have been replaced with the single vertical tail fin from the KC-97G and tail arrangements. I've also cut the vertical tail fin close to the rear fuselage to form an air-intake.
The inner engines are from the Heller EC-121 Warning Star but I've extended the prop-shaft so it looks like the second set of propellers are contra-rotating.
The spares bin has been raided to provide gap fillers in the wings where the two sets of twin jet engines taken from the Avro Endeavour have been fitted. Lumps and bumps fitted above and below the forward fuselage.
Might keep the U.S.Navy paint scheme for the Warning Star and add arctic red to the tail, wings and front.
Title: Recycling
Post by: McColm on March 20, 2016, 01:51:55 am
I know it can be frustrating when you've put a lot of time and effort into a build,  then find out one of your housemates has broken your model.
Sometimes you can repair the broken parts whilst other times parts can be salvaged for other builds.
This is what's happened to the stretched C-97 that was to be the EC-97 Waddington.
 The tail section is now on the Heller EC-121 Warning Star kit. The large resin radome base for the WV-2 is now glued to the stretched Airfix HS/BAe Nimrod  (Sky Guardian ).
Title: Gone on an Easter break to Falmouth Cornwall
Post by: McColm on March 24, 2016, 01:40:46 am
Took the National Express down to Falmouth in Cornwall yesterday.  A pleasant ride which was a few minutes ahead of schedule.
Visiting my mum and younger sister for a few days.
Title: Re: Gone on an Easter break to Falmouth Cornwall
Post by: McColm on March 28, 2016, 02:14:46 pm
Took the National Express down to Falmouth in Cornwall yesterday.  A pleasant ride which was a few minutes ahead of schedule.
Visiting my mum and younger sister for a few days.
The card model of Hogwarts Castle was greeted with comments of building it in a larger scale. As it would look cool in 1/72 scale!
Other ideas included building 1/48 helicopters and using R/C parts to get them to fly.
 Came back this evening to find that someone had tidied up. I will need to restore a few builds.
Got to pop down to the Post Office in the morning to collect three packages.
Title: 1/72 Airfix HS/BAe Nimrod with flying boom and AEW/AWACS rotodome
Post by: McColm on March 29, 2016, 03:06:34 am
Grab a sandbag and your favourite brew.
I've found a suitable stand so it's gear up on this build.
The flying boom has parts taken from the EC-135N "Snoopy" kit with the basket attached for refuelling and the RVHP Lockheed Constellation rotodome conversion added.
Pictures on Facebook and Flicker.
Title: Re: 1/72 Airfix HS/BAe Nimrod with flying boom and AEW/AWACS rotodome
Post by: McColm on March 31, 2016, 06:26:51 pm
Grab a sandbag and your favourite brew.
I've found a suitable stand so it's gear up on this build.
The flying boom has parts taken from the EC-135N "Snoopy" kit with the basket attached for refuelling and the RVHP Lockheed Constellation rotodome conversion added.
Pictures on Facebook and Flicker.
Part 2
The large rotodome halves are not flush when put together but with some green-stuff filler/ putty applied this soon disappears. Drilled a hole for the locator pin.
As there isn't any surface details on the resin parts I might get the E-3A Sentry etching set from Flightpath.
Title: Just had an idea - Martin Marliner
Post by: McColm on April 02, 2016, 05:14:08 am
Just had an idea to build my version of the Martin Mariner using the 1/72 Hasegawa Martin Marlin as the donor kit.
A raid in my spare parts bin should come up with the twin tail fins and retractable landing gear  (Catalina ).
Other parts from the Catalina could be used along with an engine change possibly jets or a triple arrangement from one of Convair concepts.
Title: Lockheed C-130 Gyrodyne Heliplane "Mystic"
Post by: McColm on April 04, 2016, 06:40:57 am
Donor kits so far include;
1/72 Italeri C-130E/H
1/72 Heller Lockheed Constellation Super-G
1/72 Zvezda Mil MI-26 Halo

I've built the C-130 per instructions with a bare cockpit .The loading ramp is glued in the closed position as I have cut off the vertical tail fin. Plastic card has been used to fill the gap.
The triple tail fins from the Connie kit have been glued and attached.
The main rotor gear and engine housing from the Halo cut from the fuselage sections and glued up.
The main rotor blades trimmed but not assembled.
 Might use the engines from the Airbus A4000M Grizzly/Atlas on the wings.
  There's an artist impression on the "C-130 topic" on which I have based this build.

Part2
To stop this being a tail-sitter I've added the resin nose from the 1/72 Cammett Nimrod AEW3 conversion. This sits very well under the windscreen.
I'm using Green Stuff putty to fill most of the gaps but using Milliput on the larger ones as it can be shaped just like clay when water is applied.
Tempted to add some lumps and bumps along the fuselage and rear loading ramp.
With the fine weather I'll be able to give this a good sanding down ready for primer.
Title: Re: 1/72 Lockheed KNC-121K flying tanker
Post by: McColm on April 05, 2016, 09:06:03 am
I'm using the Heller EC-121 Warning Star as a donor kit with parts from the Academy KC-97G & L models.
The basic shape will remain the same but the boom, boom operator's window and other parts will be fitted.
May change the engines to turboprops  ( could add two J57 jet engines in a layout similar to that of the KC-97L ).
Part 2
The fuselage windows and basic cockpit have been glued in place. Inserted towards the rear is the clear glazed flying boom operator's window and flying boom from the Academy KC -97G.
Fuselage glued together and wings added.
Where the wingtip fuel tanks would have been fitted the resin C-130 hose & drogue in-flight refuelling pods have been cut and glued.
The outer engines have been replaced by the twin jet engines as used on the B-47 and the inner engines haven't been fitted yet.
As you can't see a lot of detailing through the cockpit windows this will be filled with ballast.
Part3
The triple tail fins have been replaced with the single vertical tail fin from the KC-97G and tail arrangements. I've also cut the vertical tail fin close to the rear fuselage to form an air-intake.
The inner engines are from the Heller EC-121 Warning Star but I've extended the prop-shaft so it looks like the second set of propellers are contra-rotating.
The spares bin has been raided to provide gap fillers in the wings where the two sets of twin jet engines taken from the Avro Endeavour have been fitted. Lumps and bumps fitted above and below the forward fuselage.
Might keep the U.S.Navy paint scheme for the Warning Star and add arctic red to the tail, wings and front.
Part 4
There's not much left of the original parts taken from the Heller 1/72 EC-121 kit. On the wings the inner engines have been blanked off with the nose cones from the Airfix Super Constellation and the nose cone cut from the Warning Star.
With the removal of the nose cone and cockpit seats the resin Cammett Nimrod AEW3 resin tail section is rather a good fit. When cleaned up, this will be superglued to the fuselage and a suitable nose landing gear fitted, as well as a new cockpit.
I may change the name to 'Atlantic Star'.
Title: 1/72 VEB Be-12 Mail amphibious AEW
Post by: McColm on April 12, 2016, 10:12:01 am
As previously stated the 1/72 Be-12 Mail was an upgraded Be-6 with wooden engines  (turboprops); MAD boom and front radar dome. The landing gear is scratched built.
I've added;
A pair of ESM pods on the wings
A pair of spinners and propellers from the Italeri C-130E/H kit
The stack off the Airfix Rotodyne
and the Rotodome rotodome off an 1/72 Hawkeye kit.
Just waiting for these new parts to dry.
Title: 1/25 Triumph TR7 and TR8 (Triumph Lynx )
Post by: McColm on April 14, 2016, 02:15:47 am
Managed to buy an already built Airfix TR7 on eBay at a reasonable price.
The decals are yellowing on the white plastic body and the windscreen has a few blotches on it. One of the wheels keeps falling off but this left-hand drive hardtop just needs some TLC.
 Meanwhile Revell TR8 Targa has a new roof and hatchback from an MPC Omni 024.
I will add my own tinted rear windows to the side.
I've got hold of a 1977 British Leyland brochure on the TR7.The interior has the tartan seats and door cards in green & red with embossed white on black on the switching and dials. The TR8 didn't have this.
The Triumph Lynx didn't have the trademark crease in the door hence the TR8 hatchback.
 This will be a pre-production vehicle with an extended roof sun visor . Paint finish to be decided although the kit does come in red plastic for the body and all the other parts are in black plastic.
Title: Slowly slower it's getting there!
Post by: McColm on April 19, 2016, 01:37:09 am
The 'Sky Guardian' stretched HS/BAe Nimrod AEW and in-flight refuelling tanker has had it's plastic landing gear fitted . Couldn't use the orginal wheel wells in the wings so I had to improvise.
 Just sanding and filling where needed.

Title: Re: 1/72 Lockheed KNC-121K jet powered in-flight refuelling tanker
Post by: McColm on April 19, 2016, 10:17:55 am
I'm using the Heller EC-121 Warning Star as a donor kit with parts from the Academy KC-97G & L models.
The basic shape will remain the same but the boom, boom operator's window and other parts will be fitted.
May change the engines to turboprops  ( could add two J57 jet engines in a layout similar to that of the KC-97L ).
Part 2
The fuselage windows and basic cockpit have been glued in place. Inserted towards the rear is the clear glazed flying boom operator's window and flying boom from the Academy KC -97G.
Fuselage glued together and wings added.
Where the wingtip fuel tanks would have been fitted the resin C-130 hose & drogue in-flight refuelling pods have been cut and glued.
The outer engines have been replaced by the twin jet engines as used on the B-47 and the inner engines haven't been fitted yet.
As you can't see a lot of detailing through the cockpit windows this will be filled with ballast.
Part3
The triple tail fins have been replaced with the single vertical tail fin from the KC-97G and tail arrangements. I've also cut the vertical tail fin close to the rear fuselage to form an air-intake.
The inner engines are from the Heller EC-121 Warning Star but I've extended the prop-shaft so it looks like the second set of propellers are contra-rotating.
The spares bin has been raided to provide gap fillers in the wings where the two sets of twin jet engines taken from the Avro Endeavour have been fitted. Lumps and bumps fitted above and below the forward fuselage.
Might keep the U.S.Navy paint scheme for the Warning Star and add arctic red to the tail, wings and front.
Part 4
There's not much left of the original parts taken from the Heller 1/72 EC-121 kit. On the wings the inner engines have been blanked off with the nose cones from the Airfix Super Constellation and the nose cone cut from the Warning Star.
With the removal of the nose cone and cockpit seats the resin Cammett Nimrod AEW3 resin tail section is rather a good fit. When cleaned up, this will be superglued to the fuselage and a suitable nose landing gear fitted, as well as a new cockpit.
I may change the name to 'Atlantic Star'.
Part 5
You might have seen a picture up on my Facebook page or under Facebook Models.
With the addition of the new extended nose;  nose landing gear and cockpit. The Connie has gained a new shape sort of early '50s jet bomber especially with the Boeing B-47 twin jet engines and glazed cockpit could be Lockheeds' version of the jet bomber. ( next Whiff project ).
Nose landing leg is a spare main gear with HS/BAe Nimrod nose wheels.
The bulge will contain cameras - where the old wheel well is located on the Heller kit.
Renamed KRC-121W Atlantic Star.

Title: Re: Lockheed C-130 Gyrodyne Heliplane "Mystic"
Post by: McColm on April 19, 2016, 10:22:35 am
Donor kits so far include;
1/72 Italeri C-130E/H
1/72 Heller Lockheed Constellation Super-G
1/72 Zvezda Mil MI-26 Halo

I've built the C-130 per instructions with a bare cockpit .The loading ramp is glued in the closed position as I have cut off the vertical tail fin. Plastic card has been used to fill the gap.
The triple tail fins from the Connie kit have been glued and attached.
The main rotor gear and engine housing from the Halo cut from the fuselage sections and glued up.
The main rotor blades trimmed but not assembled.
 Might use the engines from the Airbus A4000M Grizzly/Atlas on the wings.
  There's an artist impression on the "C-130 topic" on which I have based this build.

Part2
To stop this being a tail-sitter I've added the resin nose from the 1/72 Cammett Nimrod AEW3 conversion. This sits very well under the windscreen.
I'm using Green Stuff putty to fill most of the gaps but using Milliput on the larger ones as it can be shaped just like clay when water is applied.
Tempted to add some lumps and bumps along the fuselage and rear loading ramp.
With the fine weather I'll be able to give this a good sanding down ready for primer.
Part3
Glued the C-130 wings on and just tidied up the fuselage.
Title: From four to two engines
Post by: McColm on April 22, 2016, 05:01:13 pm
 Got my paws on a Dakota and I think a fellow Whiffer had the idea of turning it into a bomber aircraft. 
This got me thinking of where I'd seen a twin engined  Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. This could have been battle damaged as some of the B-17s where converted into civil airliners.  Not too sure whether they were fitted with the Rolls Royce Griffon or modern turboprops.
 Had a rethink on the Avro Endeavour  (Eland Shackleton ). These will be replaced with a pair of turboprops and the Elands fitted to the Grumman Albatross.
 
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: sandiego89 on April 22, 2016, 06:04:46 pm
There was a firebomber B-17 with four Dart turboprops, that looked rather nice (or perhaps everything looks good with Darts)  ;)

http://www.tailsthroughtime.com/2010/06/in-late-1950s-many-of-surplus-boeing-b.html
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on April 22, 2016, 11:44:53 pm
There was a firebomber B-17 with four Dart turboprops, that looked rather nice (or perhaps everything looks good with Darts)  ;)

http://www.tailsthroughtime.com/2010/06/in-late-1950s-many-of-surplus-boeing-b.html
Thanks
Title: Dakota V bomber
Post by: McColm on April 22, 2016, 11:59:01 pm
The Italeri 1/72 No.1338 Dakota Mk.III works well with the resin DB Handley Page Halifax VIII or Halton conversion set.
Should make an alternative bomber with a pair of RR Griffon engines.
 The South African Air Force used the Dakotas in the maritime surveillance  role after the Shackletons had retired.
The baggage hold is the right shape for either a bomb bay or aerial water bomber. Might convert the Avro Endeavour into a water bomber.
Title: Kitbashing two Frog 1/72 kits ;Avro Shackleton and Lockheed Neptune
Post by: McColm on April 23, 2016, 06:56:41 am
This idea has been talked about but to my knowledge not built.
So here goes a bit of background info. What if Lockheed decided to double the length of the Neptunes' weapons bay.
Not a straight forward plug but it does work if the cockpit and rear tail is removed from the Shackleton. I've decided to keep the Neptune wing and which will be fitted to the new fuselage plug.
I'll see if I can recreate the 'Vietnam Neptune ' look.
Title: Re: Kitbashing two Frog 1/72 kits ;Avro Shackleton and Lockheed Neptune
Post by: McColm on April 27, 2016, 11:09:57 am
This idea has been talked about but to my knowledge not built.
So here goes a bit of background info. What if Lockheed decided to double the length of the Neptunes' weapons bay.
Not a straight forward plug but it does work if the cockpit and rear tail is removed from the Shackleton. I've decided to keep the Neptune wing and which will be fitted to the new fuselage plug.
I'll see if I can recreate the 'Vietnam Neptune ' look.
Part 2
Been working on the cockpit,  using parts from the Neptune kit as per instructions  and glued together  onto the Shackleton mid section of what was the Endeavour. Likewise the tail section has been glued and set in place.
The roof line is straight but I had to remove the single vertical tail fin to achieve this.
The Neptune wings and undercarriage legs are glued. The Bassler turboprop BT-67 engine cowlings glued upside down to fit.
Will be fitting the twin fins from the Shackleton kit and a back fuselage door with a ladder to prevent a tail sitter or I might move the wings back a bit.
Title: 1/72 Consolidated PB4Y-5 (Privateer ) Night Hawk AEW.Mk2
Post by: McColm on April 28, 2016, 11:45:00 pm
I've managed to get hold of a "spares and repairs "
1/72 Consolidated Privateer painted in French Navy colours with decals to match. Which is ideally suited to be restored or used as a donor model for the Night Hawk Mk2.
Using resin parts taken from HBM Conversions 'Lancaster MkVI with Rolls-Royce Merlin un-shrouded
exhausts'.
The cockpit interior needs painting and a new colour scheme in Royal Air Force post war.
Title: Re: 1/72 Consolidated PB4Y-5 (Privateer ) Night Hawk AEW.Mk2
Post by: McColm on May 01, 2016, 06:16:00 am
I've managed to get hold of a "spares and repairs "
1/72 Consolidated Privateer painted in French Navy colours with decals to match. Which is ideally suited to be restored or used as a donor model for the Night Hawk Mk2.
Using resin parts taken from HBM Conversions 'Lancaster MkVI with Rolls-Royce Merlin un-shrouded
exhausts'.
The cockpit interior needs painting and a new colour scheme in Royal Air Force post war.
part2
I'm using the Frog Shackleton MkIII nose from the Endeavour I was building. A section was removed to reduce the width so it fits on the Privateer.
Just a question of supergluing the resin parts for the engines and cutting away the cowlings.
The waistline gun blisters have been filled in. I'll  cut back the blue paint to get a key for the new paint scheme.
 The Grumman E-1B radome is a better fit than the Hawkeye.
Title: Re: 1/72 Consolidated PB4Y-5 (Privateer ) Night Hawk AEW.Mk2
Post by: McColm on May 06, 2016, 03:34:24 am
I've managed to get hold of a "spares and repairs "
1/72 Consolidated Privateer painted in French Navy colours with decals to match. Which is ideally suited to be restored or used as a donor model for the Night Hawk Mk2.
Using resin parts taken from HBM Conversions 'Lancaster MkVI with Rolls-Royce Merlin un-shrouded
exhausts'.
The cockpit interior needs painting and a new colour scheme in Royal Air Force post war.
part2
I'm using the Frog Shackleton MkIII nose from the Endeavour I was building. A section was removed to reduce the width so it fits on the Privateer.
Just a question of supergluing the resin parts for the engines and cutting away the cowlings.
The waistline gun blisters have been filled in. I'll  cut back the blue paint to get a key for the new paint scheme.
 The Grumman E-1B radome is a better fit than the Hawkeye.
part3
Gone for the same engines that powered the Avro Lincoln,  Rolls Royce  Merlin Mk85 and glued all four to the wings. A little filler will be needed on the upper wings.
The Avro Lancastrian rear cone has been glued in place of the rear guns and where the forward upper turret used to be is now a resin radome which houses the AN/APS-20 radar.Just need to blank off the rear upper turret  and add the cockpit glazing.
Title: What's on the bench!
Post by: McColm on May 09, 2016, 12:11:02 am
1/72 scale
Sky Guardian AEW & C and in-flight refuelling tanker. Needs primer , aerials,  wheels and landing lights. Might fit a metal refuelling probe as the Airfix supplied on keeps snapping off!

Gyro-plane/Heliplane 'Hercucopter' ( Herculean )
General tidy up, basic shape needs refining with some lumps & bumps.

Atlantic Star
Basic sanding and filling in imperfections ready for primer.

Sea Victor AEW3
Sanding,  filler and sanding.

Shackateer
Sanding ready for primer. Landing gear needs to be added. AEW radome and platform.

Night Hawk AEW.Mk2
Landing gear,  cockpit and filling the gaps.

Protesus
Replacing propellers that have snapped off. Cockpit,  wheel bay doors to be added.

Shorts 'Star Fish' AEW.Mk1
Based on the Be-6 Madge brought up to Be-12 Mail conversion with AEW rotodome and stand
Filler and a change of decals.

1/24
Triumph TR8 hatchback.
The bodywork needs a little filler and the interior trim painting. Was going for tartan seats either red or green as the TR7 had them. A bit more research into this is needed.
Title: 1/24 Revell Jaguar XK-E "straight from the box"
Post by: McColm on May 10, 2016, 03:45:43 am
Hi,
Been asked to build a Jaguar XK-E straight from the box for a housemates' dads birthday present.
It's weird not been able to Whiff it into something special like a one off prototype.
Following the instructions and checking the spec with photos of the real thing..
Got up as far as the engine.
The request is a roadster red with a black hood.
Time to break out the red paint!
Title: AugustaWestland Sea Stallion
Post by: McColm on May 11, 2016, 12:04:49 pm
I've often wondered what if the British had built the Sikorsky CH-53C under licence following the Sea King and Wessex instead of buying the Boeing Chinook.
Over the years I have tried to stretch the fuselage. This has meant cutting away the rotor stack and adding a new roof and extending the gear housing to the rear rotor head.
 I found some leftovers from the 1/72 Revell Agusta-Westland /Lockheed Martin Merlin HAM.1 kit along with the Airfix Sikorsky HH-53C Super Jolly Green Giant.
 As you can't see a great deal of interior detail through the Airfix kit windows the rear ramp will be in the closed position. My thoughts turning to using the Merlin rotors, landing gear and under-fuselage radome.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on May 12, 2016, 04:45:17 am
Pictures   :blink:
Title: Roommate's who's have them?
Post by: McColm on May 26, 2016, 07:50:10 am
When there was me and one other Whiffing wasn't a problem. Even three in a room worked as there is two bunkbeds equalling four beds.
 With the room fully occupied space is now an issue as most of my builds have been broken/damaged  hence the current kitbashing.
I wouldn't mind if the broken parts were kept and not thrown away.
 The Heliplane has undergone surgery and is now  a very large helicopter based on a C-130 fuselage with the tail section from a Constellation,  the main gear/ rotor stack is off a Mil Mi-26 Halo and the nose is off the Cammett Nimrod AEW3 resin conversion set.
I'm slowly working on a aircraft conversion of the Halo.
 The Airfix Sikorsky HH-53 Super Jolly Green Giant now has a radome from the Merlin fitted to the underside of the fuselage. The sponson are from the MV-22 Osprey as the undercarriage legs got broken
  The Lockheed Atlantic Star is looking like a smaller version of the B-36 Peacekeeper. Two Merlin resin engines have been superglued to the inner engine bays.
 The Avro-Lockheed Nepton or Shackletune if you prefer. Neptune cockpit, wings and rear with the Shackleton MK2 weapons bay /fuselage and 4 RR Merlin mk85 engines with the twin tail fins from the Shackleton MK3.
EMS pods are from the Nimrod MK2,  AEW Rotodome is from the Hawkeye. I've got a suitable stand so the landing gear is up with the doors closed.loads of filler to smooth down.
 Got a few days off next week for some spraying of the larger builds.
Title: Re: Roommate's who's have them?
Post by: McColm on May 27, 2016, 11:53:19 pm
When there was me and one other Whiffing wasn't a problem. Even three in a room worked as there is two bunkbeds equalling four beds.
 With the room fully occupied space is now an issue as most of my builds have been broken/damaged  hence the current kitbashing.
I wouldn't mind if the broken parts were kept and not thrown away.
 The Heliplane has undergone surgery and is now  a very large helicopter based on a C-130 fuselage with the tail section from a Constellation,  the main gear/ rotor stack is off a Mil Mi-26 Halo and the nose is off the Cammett Nimrod AEW3 resin conversion set.
I'm slowly working on a aircraft conversion of the Halo.
 The Airfix Sikorsky HH-53 Super Jolly Green Giant now has a radome from the Merlin fitted to the underside of the fuselage. The sponson are from the MV-22 Osprey as the undercarriage legs got broken
  The Lockheed Atlantic Star is looking like a smaller version of the B-36 Peacekeeper. Two Merlin resin engines have been superglued to the inner engine bays.
 The Avro-Lockheed Nepton or Shackletune if you prefer. Neptune cockpit, wings and rear with the Shackleton MK2 weapons bay /fuselage and 4 RR Merlin mk85 engines with the twin tail fins from the Shackleton MK3.
EMS pods are from the Nimrod MK2,  AEW Rotodome is from the Hawkeye. I've got a suitable stand so the landing gear is up with the doors closed.loads of filler to smooth down.
 Got a few days off next week for some spraying of the larger builds.
I've thought of a better name for the kitbashed Neptune & Shackleton.  The Blue Bird.
It was down to the blue plastic used on the Hasegawa kit.
Filler has been ordered.
Title: Ideas to play with
Post by: McColm on May 30, 2016, 07:54:46 am
The Canadians put Rolls Royce Merlin engines on a DC-4 and named it the 'Northern Star' ,so I was thinking to do the same with a DC-6B.

The Rotodyne AEW using the Revell kit and the Sea King AEW "dustbin " as I have the Freightdog deflated conversion set.

Revell sell a 1/72 Su-34/32 FN Flanker but spell Sukhoi 'Suchoi' instead. I'm working on a four seater version with glazing in the rear of the hump.
Title: To Whiff or restore?
Post by: McColm on June 09, 2016, 01:09:37 pm
Bought a 1/72 Airfix Avro Vulcan B2 built kit off eBay and was expecting this to arrive damaged through the post but due to a lot of packing by the sender all that is broken is the access ladder and in-flight refuelling probe. The paint work is good but the fuselage body is scratched due to heavy sanding.
Landing gear is down and sits very well.
 Might do something about the exhaust pipes and a new paint job.
Maritime Vulcan with vertical tail fin MAD boom, harpoon /Sea Eagle missiles on pylons.

Water bomber-forest fires

The Valiant photo pack or troop carrier pod fitted to bomb bay- similar to the proposed Victor transporter.
Title: 1/72 twin fin-twin boom Avro Shackleton project
Post by: McColm on June 10, 2016, 01:13:12 pm
Using the wing from the Mach2 Armstrong Whitworth Argosy BAE cargo version on the Frog Avro Shackleton MR.3 kit works.
I've done a dry test and mounted the wings just above the fuselage windows .
 The Shackleton fuselage will need to be cut to allow accommodate the twin boom.
I have already glued the fuselage halves together and added the windows but have left the roof of the weapons bay off .
There's no cockpit floor or nose landing gear fitted at present. I'll see if I can add a pair of cargo doors.
Title: Re: To Whiff or restore?
Post by: McColm on June 18, 2016, 11:05:07 am
Bought a 1/72 Airfix Avro Vulcan B2 built kit off eBay and was expecting this to arrive damaged through the post but due to a lot of packing by the sender all that is broken is the access ladder and in-flight refuelling probe. The paint work is good but the fuselage body is scratched due to heavy sanding.
Landing gear is down and sits very well.
 Might do something about the exhaust pipes and a new paint job.
Maritime Vulcan with vertical tail fin MAD boom, harpoon /Sea Eagle missiles on pylons.

Water bomber-forest fires

The Valiant photo pack or troop carrier pod fitted to bomb bay- similar to the proposed Victor transporter.
I've gone for the Vulcan C3 troop carrier. The pod is from the Revell 1/78 Rotodyne,  cut down to size. The windows were added and the floor adds extra strength as there isn't any roof on the pod. The bottom half of the crew entrance door will be glued open and the steps added. The rear end has been squared off. There's plenty of ground clearance,  I haven't fitted any seats or passengers and glued the pod directly to the closed bomb bay doors. A little filler was needed. Might try using the camshell doors as a rear fairing.
Got an idea to use a crew member climbing up the stairs. Will scratch-build hand rails to either side of the steps.
As upper side of the wings have been scratched , they will need sanding so the grey and green paint scheme will change. Light stone and dark earth looks good although light aircraft grey and desert pink could work just as well.
Title: Fairchild -Lockheed ERP-21 Wraith
Post by: McColm on June 18, 2016, 11:30:07 am
Formerly known as the 'Proteus', over the last few months this project has changed direction.
 Originally based on the Lockheed Neptune with the wings, twin-tail boom and twin fins from the Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar. The nose was fitted with a Double-Manta engine from a Gannet and two resin turboprop engines on each wing. The undercarriage landing gear is from the AeroClub Shackleton MK2 conversion set. The rear landing gear is from the FreightDog extended nose leg.
The nose wheelbay had a radome off the Gannet AEW vacform with the original kit version removed.
This has also been replaced with the parts from the Falcon Triple vacform EP-3A  and AP-7 conversion sets.
The scribbed lines on the weapons bay have been filled in. At the rear fuselage another Double-Mamba engine from another Gannet kit has been fitted. Air intakes and exhaust pipes to be fitted.
The six bladed propellers have been removed and so has the Hawk C-130 pods.
Title: Thinking out loud
Post by: McColm on June 27, 2016, 04:55:27 pm
Been thinking of adding a pair of propfans to one of my 1/72 Martin SeaMaster kits. The photos and lined drawings in the Red Star volume 28 "Beriev's jet flying boats" indicate a contra-rotating layout of eight bladed propellers fitted to a horizontal airfoil supported by twin pylons.
If this was1/144 scale I'd utilize the engines from the Airfix hovercraft kit.
I think a raid in the spare parts bin is called for. The MAD boom is part of the T-tail.
 Gone off the idea of an AEW version, although a Firebomer might be better.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Dizzyfugu on June 27, 2016, 11:40:41 pm
On ebay a Russian shop offers resin replacement engines for a Tu-95 in 1:144... just the engines' front end with contraprops, but it might be the ticket for a conversion?
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on June 28, 2016, 12:36:32 pm
Thanks
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Gondor on June 28, 2016, 02:10:51 pm
On ebay a Russian shop offers resin replacement engines for a Tu-95 in 1:144... just the engines' front end with contraprops, but it might be the ticket for a conversion?

Any more information about that dizzy as I could be interested in a set

Gondor
Title: It's not the Armstrong Whitworth twin-boomed AW.651 Maritime Wheelbarrow
Post by: McColm on June 30, 2016, 06:17:53 am
This idea is based on the drawing of the twin-boomed AW.
651 twin engined Rolls-Royce Tyne proposal.
My plan is to use the fuselage from the Mach2 AW Argosy with the wings and twin-boom twin-find from the C-119 Flying Boxcar. The Tunes can be sourced from the Br.1150 Atlantic kit.
 I'm using the wings on a Shackleton concept. Which will have shoulder mounted wings with the twin tail boom and twin fins.
 Surprisingly the two kits almost compatible with each other.
As to the remaining parts of the Boxcar the Hiller X-18 springs to mind as the fuselage from the Chase YC-122C and two turboprop engines that were surplused from the Navy's cancelled VTOL fighter program ( Lockheed XFV-1 and Convair XFY-1 Pogo).
I'm sure that there is a resin kit of the X-18, possibly Anigrand.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Dizzyfugu on June 30, 2016, 06:26:56 am
Any more information about that dizzy as I could be interested in a set

Gondor

It's a seller called "fencer_24" - no shop.

http://www.ebay.de/sch/m.html?ssPageName=&_ssn=fencer_24&rt=nc

The Tu-95 engines are currently not on sale (from a manufacturer called KOMPLEKT ZIP, check this: http://www.lindenhillimports.com/komplektzip.htm), but you might contact him?
IIRC, the sent went by less than EUR 15,- (plus p.p., but that was not too much) - a sound offer. Anyway, other conversion and detail sets are in the list.

Hope that helps?
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Gondor on July 02, 2016, 11:14:23 am
Any more information about that dizzy as I could be interested in a set

Gondor

It's a seller called "fencer_24" - no shop.

http://www.ebay.de/sch/m.html?ssPageName=&_ssn=fencer_24&rt=nc

The Tu-95 engines are currently not on sale (from a manufacturer called KOMPLEKT ZIP, check this: http://www.lindenhillimports.com/komplektzip.htm), but you might contact him?
IIRC, the sent went by less than EUR 15,- (plus p.p., but that was not too much) - a sound offer. Anyway, other conversion and detail sets are in the list.

Hope that helps?

It does indeed Dizzy

Gondor
Title: Boom, boom, boom!
Post by: McColm on July 16, 2016, 12:11:16 pm
The 1/72 Mach2 AW Argosy 102 BEA kit is compatible with the Italeri Fairchild C-119G.
(As you know I'm using the Argosy wings, main landing gear and engines on a Frog Avro Shackleton MR3, in a high shoulder concept.)
The Argos was a paper concept and there are some drawings. I'm not making an accurate model, the idea was a thought that I could have a go at.
 As to the Wraith well that's changed as well. The double mamba engines replaced with turboprop engines from a C-130 kit. Three facing forward and one facing rearwards.Looks like some sort of Sneaky-Beaky aircraft that the USA military would have used by all four services during the Vietnam War and a long time afterwards.
Title: Re: Boom, boom, boom!
Post by: McColm on July 22, 2016, 04:51:29 pm
The 1/72 Mach2 AW Argosy 102 BEA kit is compatible with the Italeri Fairchild C-119G.
(As you know I'm using the Argosy wings, main landing gear and engines on a Frog Avro Shackleton MR3, in a high shoulder concept.)
The Argos was a paper concept and there are some drawings. I'm not making an accurate model, the idea was a thought that I could have a go at.
 As to the Wraith well that's changed as well. The double mamba engines replaced with turboprop engines from a C-130 kit. Three facing forward and one facing rearwards.Looks like some sort of Sneaky-Beaky aircraft that the USA military would have used by all four services during the Vietnam War and a long time afterwards.
I've made a mistake by gluing up the wrong halves of the boom on the Mach2 Argosy kit. The tail fins don't line up either but can be reworked. The undercarriage legs are fiddley, managed to break one leg.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on July 23, 2016, 11:40:50 am
Having now got my hands on Chris Gibson The Admiralty and AEW, the AW65 Argos now gets the AEW makeover. As the shape of the fuselage is very similar to the FASS antennae configuration if the Argosy series 100 kit from Mach2 is used as the donor.
 There's another twin-boom twin-tail design the Vickers Supermarine Type 582. I can see 5-6 kits being kitbashed to achieve that design.
The Vickers Type 583 is more doable.
Title: Avro Shackateer twin- boom twin-fin
Post by: McColm on July 26, 2016, 04:36:33 am
I received a copy of the book " American Secret Projects: Fighters, bombers and attack aircraft 1937-1945".
Loads of Whiffs to build. The North American NA-116 caught my attention so I've adapted the Shackateer. It still keeps the low wing but has the twin boom twin fins from the Italeri C-119C as the other set (G) is fitted to the Mach2 Argosy. The rear fuselage had to be cut to accommodate the resin Lancastain rear tail cone.
A little filler and the rear tail wheel to be fitted.
Title: Re: It's not the Armstrong Whitworth twin-boomed AW.651 Maritime Wheelbarrow
Post by: McColm on July 27, 2016, 10:47:11 am
This idea is based on the drawing of the twin-boomed AW.
651 twin engined Rolls-Royce Tyne proposal.
My plan is to use the fuselage from the Mach2 AW Argosy with the wings and twin-boom twin-find from the C-119 Flying Boxcar. The Tunes can be sourced from the Br.1150 Atlantic kit.
 I'm using the wings on a Shackleton concept. Which will have shoulder mounted wings with the twin tail boom and twin fins.
 Surprisingly the two kits almost compatible with each other.
As to the remaining parts of the Boxcar the Hiller X-18 springs to mind as the fuselage from the Chase YC-122C and two turboprop engines that were surplused from the Navy's cancelled VTOL fighter program ( Lockheed XFV-1 and Convair XFY-1 Pogo).
I'm sure that there is a resin kit of the X-18, possibly Anigrand.
Part 2
There are gaps on the Mach2 Argosy between the fuselage and rear door section. The two halves don't mach either. Landing gear is from the Italeri kit and works well in the front nose well, the gaps filled but you can use scraps of plastic card. I haven't fitted any interior so a nose weight fed through the cockpit gap Will do before the canopy is painted black. The glazing fitted from the outside.
I've added a pair of Rolls-Royce Griffon engines, not a perfect fit but will do for me, had to chop the exhaust pipes as they wouldn't fit. Will go with the ones provided in the kit. Used 'Green Stuff' to fill all the gaps. The tail fins don't line up, both leaning towards the right.
 The teardrop antenna as used on the Grumman  E-1B could be fitted as a rival design to that of Avro Type 748.
Not too sure if the Avro 748 could land on a Royal Navy aircraft carrier of the 1960's,or even an Argosy for that matter. Anything is possible in Whiffland, so I guess an arrestor hook is needed.This would be handy saves the Argos from being a tail-sitter. In-flight refuelling probe and pylons fitted under the wings.
Part3
I've gone for a pair of Rolls-Royce Tyne engines taken from the Revell Dassault Breguet Atlantic1 "MFG 3 Anniversary" kit. Machine guns are from the Italeri AC-119K along with the lumps and bumps.
Title: Time to catalogue the stash
Post by: McColm on July 31, 2016, 11:29:54 am
With the change of shift at work and a new company that's taken over the contract, hours spent on builds will be restricted. I know that I'm not the fastest builder or the accurate in symmetric especially grafting fuselages or tail fins.
I'll sort the kits into; flying boats, AEW and helicopters. Keeping my vehicle collection and spare parts of lumps and bumps.
 A list will follow in due course. :banghead:
Title: Flying boats'
Post by: McColm on July 31, 2016, 04:26:41 pm
Just had an idea of using the metal main landing gear from the C-130 SAC kit.
Having tried using the landing gear from the Catalina, on a few kitbashed projects, this seems an easier option.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 11, 2016, 01:21:05 pm
On the bench is the 1/72 Grumman Albatross, which now has a pair of Rolls-Royce Griffon engines taken from the new Revell Avro Shackleton AEW2 kit.
 The AW Argos is almost complete apart from the engines, should be ready for the paint stage sometime soon!
 Started on the Mach2 Martin Mariner ,fuselage and wings glued up. Loads of gaps to fill and flash to sand down. Been toying with DB resin Wright R-3350 compound turbos from the Lockheed Constellation. The engine housing from the AC-119 with the inlets off the Shackleton make a good pairing.
 The EH-53E AEW is awaiting filler.
Also the Sky Guardian is waiting to be painted. The Shackateer keeps having bits added to it.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on August 11, 2016, 06:45:05 pm
Come on bro, show us some pics ! It all sounds interesting. You can link them directly from you FB page.

Title: 1/72 Mach2 Martin PBM 3/5 Mariner
Post by: McColm on August 12, 2016, 12:16:34 pm
The tail section has now been glued on, I'm not too sure if it is just this kit but one half seems a better fit than the other.
The upper gun turret has been blanked over, I'm leaning towards the civil cargo/ charter flight as the gun instalments have no armaments. The front isn't a problem as I have glued the glazing from the kit. The rear will need a plug or two part filler. There's a lot of cleaning up to do before sub-assembly.
Got the itch to build the Marlin and then the other flying boats in the stash. If I can get my hands on some early BOAC decals then the black fuselage/ undersides with green and brown upper wing/ fuselage camouflage scheme would work on the rest of the fleet. Some research is needed.
Part2
A pair of resin Pratt & Whitney PT-6A-6SAR turboprop engines from the Heritage Aviation Models South African Air Force C-47TP Turbo Dak conversion set have been glued in place, although not quite aligned fits in rather well to this odd shaped flying boat. A MAD boom taken from the Revell Dassault Atlantic1 has been grafted to the rear. The ASW radome sits on top of the forward fuselage, just behind the canopy.
 I'm leaning towards the alternative to the Marlin and Neptune. Could have been flown by the South African Air Force for Maritime duties after the retirement of the Shackletons.
 The Royal Air Force could have used it for fishery protection and coastal search & rescue, contracted out to a private company.
Title: It used to be a 1/72 Shinmeiwa SS-2
Post by: McColm on August 18, 2016, 08:30:46 am
I've had a few of the 1/72 Hasegawa Shinmeiwa PS-1/SS-2 flying boat kits over the years and never really did them any justice. Pinching parts for other builds until I read an idea by a fellow Whiff to retro the kit.
 This gave me the idea to use the resin Rolls-Royce Merlin Mk85s to replace the turboprop engines whilst the rest of the build follows the instructions.
 Well sort of!
Working on the main landing gear for the amphibious variant first, as this has always been very tricky for me. Next was the interior glazing and then the nose wheelwell. The cockpit details are very sparse so I decided to glue the floor and archway in place.
Next glue it all together. This is done in stages, starting with the tail and then working towards the front. Tape, clamps and rubber bands. You'll find that once the glue has dried that this is a tail sitter. Weight can be added to the nose cone, but as the cockpit isn't going to be used, I'll put it in there.
Title: Re: It used to be a 1/72 Shinmeiwa SS-2
Post by: McColm on August 18, 2016, 01:10:16 pm
I've had a few of the 1/72 Hasegawa Shinmeiwa PS-1/SS-2 flying boat kits over the years and never really did them any justice. Pinching parts for other builds until I read an idea by a fellow Whiff to retro the kit.
 This gave me the idea to use the resin Rolls-Royce Merlin Mk85s to replace the turboprop engines whilst the rest of the build follows the instructions.
 Well sort of!
Working on the main landing gear for the amphibious variant first, as this has always been very tricky for me. Next was the interior glazing and then the nose wheelwell. The cockpit details are very sparse so I decided to glue the floor and archway in place.
Next glue it all together. This is done in stages, starting with the tail and then working towards the front. Tape, clamps and rubber bands. You'll find that once the glue has dried that this is a tail sitter. Weight can be added to the nose cone, but as the cockpit isn't going to be used, I'll put it in there.
Part2
There are a few gaps, the tail, nose and lower fuselage.
As to the wings, well the 1/72 Contrail Model Aircraft vacform  Vickers Valiant B.1 box fell from the shelf. As one of the wings had already been assembled, I just had to try it for size. It works, so I'll be building the other wing  and supergluing them into place, sometime next week.
If memory serves me right I did try and use the wings from the Airfix HS/BAe Nimrod on a previous build  when I first started Whiffing.
I'll glue the floats on and ESM pods on the wingtips with weapon pylons.
I'll call this project the 'Vickers Black Swan MR1'.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on August 22, 2016, 02:18:55 pm
McColm pics and captions from his FB page :

The 1/72 Mach2 Martin Mariner PBM 5S2T with the MAD boom poking out of the rear, distinctive resin turboprop engines.
 Resting on top of a stretched Airfix BAe Nimrod

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The 1/72 Mach2 Martin Mariner with added resin turboprop engines and radar dome

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Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on August 22, 2016, 02:20:24 pm
Ongoing project in 1/72 scale based around a Lockheed Neptune with C-119 wings. Resin turboprop engines. A raid in the spares box and Falcon Triple Vacform conversion sets.

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1/72 Grumman Albatross, already built and painted in USCG colours. I just added the contra-rotating propellers from the Revell Avro Shackleton AEW2 kit.

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Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on August 22, 2016, 02:23:14 pm
The main 1/72 model is my interpretation of the AW 65/66 twin engined Argosy .project name Argos. Using the Italeri AC-119K Gunship and Mach2 Argosy kits. The engines are from a Revell Br1150 Atlantic 1.Rolls-Royce Tunes

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The latest picture of the 1/72 Avro Shackateer, an ongoing project.

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Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 23, 2016, 05:16:17 am
Thanks Captain Canada,
It's Tynes not tunes but I don't think anyone noticed :thumbsup:
I'll be down in Falmouth Cornwall for few days over the bank holiday weekend.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on August 23, 2016, 05:24:05 am
You should add "updated with pics and the date or somat to get people to come look. Some neat stuff !
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 23, 2016, 08:13:20 am
Thanks :-\
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on August 24, 2016, 03:20:56 pm
No problem ! Keep working on them and take more pics !

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on September 01, 2016, 07:26:03 am
The Shinmeiwa amphibious flying boat project has gone back to having the resin Rolls-Royce Mk85 Merlin engines.
Although these could represent the Griffon Mk57's as used on the Lincoln and Shackleton Mk1. They will have the contra-rotating propellers. The standard was 6 although some publications state 8. Depends what's in the spares box!
 Plenty of putty needed to fill in the gaps by removing the turboprop engine mounts.
 The right wing is a good fit whereas the left has a slight gap. The flaps do move which is good news at the moment, might not move after the primer is applied.
I'll have a rummage to find a dipping sonar from an old Airfix Sea King kit to fit on the lower fuselage, an in-flight refuelling probe and possibly a pair of ESM pods.
 
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on September 01, 2016, 11:57:34 am
That should be pretty cool !

Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on September 01, 2016, 11:27:09 pm
The Shinmeiwa amphibious flying boat project has gone back to having the resin Rolls-Royce Mk85 Merlin engines.
Although these could represent the Griffon Mk57's as used on the Lincoln and Shackleton Mk1. They will have the contra-rotating propellers. The standard was 6 although some publications state 8. Depends what's in the spares box!
 Plenty of putty needed to fill in the gaps by removing the turboprop engine mounts.
 The right wing is a good fit whereas the left has a slight gap. The flaps do move which is good news at the moment, might not move after the primer is applied.
I'll have a rummage to find a dipping sonar from an old Airfix Sea King kit to fit on the lower fuselage, an in-flight refuelling probe and possibly a pair of ESM pods.
Part 1A
I was thinking of a name for this build and Griffon popped into my head.
As it's very similar to the Convair XP6Y in one of the earlier drawings taken from the book by Robert E. Bradley "Convair Advanced Designs Secret Projects from San Diego 1923-1962.
I will call this the Convair PB6M Griffon.
 As the superglue has set and no more swearing in the construction of the floats plus struts. One side fits perfectly whilst the other is a disaster waiting to be fixed!
 I've moved the MAD boom to extend from the T-tail. The wheels are in place.
It's a tail-sitter at the moment but with the dipping sonar extended for maintenance this should provide the balance needed as the cockpit needs detailing.
The propellers have been used on the Mach2 Martin Turbo Mariner and Lockheed Wraith. The three bladed propellers gives them that 1960's feel and the Griffon looks as though it could have been the Lincoln replacement if the Shackleton hadn't been chosen. Last of the Flying Boats, looks modern in a retro sort of way.
I know you want pictures, but just be patient for a little bit longer. Major filler/putty time, sanding and shaping.
The lower crew access door from the PS-1 was glued in place, as the blank piece didn't seem to fit. I've left the front aerial off as this disturbs the curves of the fuselage.
 Some interesting builds on the way to the paint stage. The jury is still out on the pre-shading, as I'm not too sure if this works for brush finishes. Best check that out.

Part2
The fun part begins to happen, by blending in the two part filler to the existing fuselage. Then adding Green Putty to any gaps that I missed or created whilst sanding. A long but worthwhile time consuming task.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on September 03, 2016, 01:00:39 pm
Finally ran out of glue whilst working on the 1/72 Hasegawa Martin SP-5B Marlin. It's not the same build I started and added turboprop engines, KC-130 in-flight refuelling tanks and in-flight refuelling probe to.
 This is another one, whilst reading what ideas the San Diego branch of Convair had proposed for the Martin Marlin, an idea to build a jet powered version. No not the P7M, but a four engined using the HP Victor wings.
These lay flat against the fuselage of the Marlin and fill the gap where the kits' wings would have been.
Gluing up is fairly easy with the floor and back wall of the cockpit. I managed to get most of the windows in without smugging them.
I altered the Victor wings, now looking sharper at the wingtips "W-shaped". I need to buy some superglue or Gorilla glue.
 Woolwich lacks a model shop, nearest being KitKrazy or Bexley. There's Argos as a last resort. A trip across the Thames to Greenwich, well it does have the Cutty Sark. So you'd think that there would be an art shop nearby. Maybe Blue Water shopping center!
 I may have the necessary parts for my version of the Breguet Br.1250 flying boat. I know that a Whiffer has built an example already, but mine will be in 1/72 scale.
Title: Re:Its not a HP Sea Victor AEW3!
Post by: McColm on September 05, 2016, 07:11:03 am
It's dangerous giving me a tube of Superglue, a modelers saw and the leftovers from my HP Sea Victor AEW3.
 Yes the wings do fit on the fuselage of the Hasegawa Martin SP-5B, having to break and reglue the wings to something recognizable. The rear resin AEW cone had to be trimmed to fit the rear, whilst the front looses a section so the resin nose fits. This is all held together with masking tape. Until the glue sets.
 The rear has a problem a square peg in a round hole. Good job that I have plenty of filler.
Can't call this a Marlin or the Sea Victor. "Platypus" , could have been the prototype to the Sea Victor AEW3.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on September 06, 2016, 09:55:54 am
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Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on September 06, 2016, 12:49:08 pm
Thanks Captain Canada,
I'll take a few for you.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on September 06, 2016, 12:52:26 pm
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Two views of the Griffon, with the gear up.
Title: Twin hull ideas
Post by: McColm on September 08, 2016, 11:54:50 pm
Thanks to Tophe and his designs of twin boomers and multi-hull aircraft concepts.
 I too have tried to build a twin hull Airfix Shorts Sunderland but I could never get the two kits to join.
  Then years later I bought the Revell Blohm & Voss BV222 Wiking only to sell it in a stash reduction. The wings are incredibly straight and I have seen pictures of a twin hull build on this forum.
 Another idea was to use the Wiking to create a mini- Tradewind and continue with my pursuit on building a Seaplane version of the Lockheed Constellation.
With failed attempts on this blog piling up. I think that I have the necessary parts for one more try. Sticking with the twin hull and suspending the fuselage of the Connie inbetween using the gull-wing off the Martin Marlin. Something similar to what the Cantz aircraft company did.
Prices of the Catalina on eBay are almost the same as the Airfix Sunderland. Size could be an issue but I haven't made up my mind if this should be a military or civil build.Or go down the mixed route with BOAC decals and RAF colours.The engines will be off the Heller Connie kit.
Title: Re: 1/72 Mach2 Martin Mariner jet powered flying boat
Post by: McColm on September 11, 2016, 10:13:58 am
The Martin Mariner has changed from being a turboprop to a four engined jet flying boat.
I've used the twin jet pods from a Frog 1/72 B-47 and glued them over the top of the gull wings. I found a couple of plastic cones to blank off the engine cowlings. The main landing gear from the Shinmeiwa PS-1 and housing for the SS-2. I also changed the resin radome for a tear-shaped radome which now sits over the top of the glazed canopy and tapers off to the top of the main fuselage.
With a slight change in the name from Mariner to Marina.

I'm tempted to add a rotor similar to the Consolidated Corregidor XP4Y-1 Model 31 autogiro.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on September 11, 2016, 06:13:52 pm
Do you ever finish a kit or do you keep breaking bits off one kit and gluing them onto another perpetually  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on September 12, 2016, 05:22:54 am
If it is for a friend or family member then yes.
If however a build gets broken by a roommate and is beyond repair but the parts can be salvaged. Then they get recycled on another build.
 Sometimes people on Facebook buy them as seen unfinished.
 Most of the time I'm adding or changing parts.
 I'll be moving into a single bedroom in two weeks time, so I'll be able to finish the current batch.
 My finished builds include: 1/72 'Vietnam Neptune' ,1/48 P-51B , 1/72 Spitfire and the 1/144 rear end SR-71 grafted to a the cockpit of a 1/72 F-16B. Which were displayed at the last RAF Hendon model show. Pictures are on my Facebook page.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on September 12, 2016, 09:16:55 am
It'll so nice to have your own room eh !

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Going back to an old design
Post by: McColm on September 17, 2016, 06:00:35 am
I've always believed that the Airfix 1/72 Bristol Type 170 Superfreighter  could be whiffed into an AEW.
Previous attempts used the rotor dome from the Grumman E-2 Hawkeye kit on top of the stack from the Rotodyne , but you guys know me well enough. If a part or parts are on another build and they are a better fit I'll use that instead.
 Therefore the Bristol Beagle AEW2 flies again.
Using a previously built Superfreighter I've glued the resin BAe Nimrod AEW conversion in reverse order as they are a better fit. The front cargo doors have been removed and the tail cut off. There is the stack from the Rotodyne fitted to the top of the wing box section for lift whereas the engines have been replaced with turboprops making this a gyroplane. Other parts from the Airfix and Revell Rotodyne will be added.
I might keep the Silver City paint scheme and decals, as a working prototype/ development aircraft.

Part2
I've removed the rotor stack and added the main undercarriage from a Frog Shackleton kit plus the housing where the permanent landing gear would go. The resin turboprop Dakota engines are a good fit and I shall be using them.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on September 18, 2016, 04:44:45 am
I'd like to see more Freighters and Rotodynes around here  :thumbsup:
Title: Breguet Br.1251 jet powered flying boat
Post by: McColm on September 18, 2016, 08:14:04 am
I've based this on a line drawing of the Breguet Br.1250 flying boat which used many components Br.1150 Atlantic and similarities as the Martin Marlin: the deep hull, gull wings, high tail and weapons bay in the engine nacelles.
 There are a few alterations on my build. The 1/72 Hasegawa Martin Marlin kit is the donor . The wings are from the 1/72 Matchbox Handley Page Victor K2. The front part is off the 1/72 Mach2 Breguet Br.1150 Atlantic and so is the rear. I'm going for the T-tail. As the plastic from the Mach2 kit is a couple of mm thick I should be able to blend the two kits together with some puty/filler. The previous owner of the Atlantic kit has polished the cockpit glazing and you can see the control panel. This will need detailing.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on September 22, 2016, 02:50:42 pm
Been reading the Chris Gibson 'The Air Staff and AEW'.
It's interesting to learn that in 1965 Denis Healey travelled to America to buy aircraft. Amongst the types on his shopping list was the Lockheed EC-121 Warning Star. These were surplus to USAF requirements. Although there isn't any indication that these would have been altered to the Air Staff or the Admiralty spec. The forward and aft scanner system layout similar to the Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter AEW of 1945 could have been built. Future whiff, would need a new nose section and Valiant glazing for the bumps.
The four engined Grumman E-2K, got the resin C-2 Greyhound conversion kit by RVHP which could be used instead.
The Lockheed P-3AEW was also proposed for Britain and Japan but lacked the overland capability. I did try fitting the Cammett resin BAe Nimrod AEW3 conversion to the Hasegawa Lockheed P-3 Orion, although the rear is a good fit the front part posed a problem. Didn't have a Br1150 Atlantic to hand to see if this was a better fit. The turbofan option looks promising.
Title: Re: A revised plan
Post by: McColm on September 24, 2016, 07:39:32 pm
Most of the drawings or artwork in Chris Gibson's book ' The Air Staff and AEW' has already been published on the Webb.
The Hawker Siddeley 748 poses a bit of a problem due to the cost in 1/72 scale. Several suggestions crop up including a four engined Lycoming T-53 turboprops, then the Trent turbofans.
The two main systems are Fore and Aft Scanner System FASS which is great if you have surplus MasterCast/Cammett resin BAe Nimrod AEW3 conversion kits or resin casts. I suppose carving out of soft wood would be an alternative.
The Boeing EC-135E/N, or FlightPath 1/72 resin nose conversion set could be used. (End to end!).
 Otherwise its the Grumman E-2 Hawkeye Rotodome or the top from Pringles crisps and a scratch-built base/stand.
S +M Models do a range in 1/144 scale.
The Lockheed C-141 Starlifter was proposed for the USAF's AWACS programme. Whilst drag seems to be the stumbling block on the rotodome a FASS layout might work with the new Roden 1/144 scale kit. Or even the Multi Role Support Aircraft or Super-tanker.
I don't have a TriStar in the stash but a Trident could be whiffed. Along with the Tu-60 Bear not too sure on the scale as both kits are VEB.

The current builds, won't be used, though I will be using ceiling tiles to replicate water/sea for my flying boats.
Title: Weird idea!
Post by: McColm on September 25, 2016, 06:41:23 pm
There has been a few Whiffers that have built the HS/BAe Nimrod with propellers instead of the Rolls-Royce Spey engines.
A thought occurred to me using the vacform Nimrod fuselage glued on top of either the Airfix or Academy B-29.
The cockpit will be the Nimrod so the B-29 glazed nose would be come solid.The vertical tail and rear would also be from the Nimrod with everything else from the B-29.
There was a metal update conversion set to build the BAe Nimrod MR2P. Got one in the stash.
Could be an alternative to the Avro Shackleton.
 Another weird but doable idea is the Pregnant Nimrod. Take off the maritime gadgets and create a transport/ cargo version with a swing tail section. Outsized loads. The Mk3 tail.
Title: Avro Shackleton Erieye AEW
Post by: McColm on September 27, 2016, 04:46:33 am
With the success of the Avro Carlton AEW, the next stage would have been a test aircraft used for the development work of the Erieye.
In the real world the first aircraft chosen was the HP Jetstream but was replaced by the Fairchild Metro TP88.
 Kits
The donor kit will be the 1/72 Revell Avro Shackleton AEW2 mixed with parts from a Chematic Avro Shackleton MR3. The engines will be replaced with turboprops.Apart from the cockpit details there interior won't be seen as I am going to use the interior on the Rotodyne.
Title: Avro Vulcan C2 (Multi-Role Support Aircraft)
Post by: McColm on September 29, 2016, 05:54:17 am
I saw an article in one of the modelling magazines about the HP Victor C2 transport aircraft which had 'people pods' under the wings and under the central fuselage.
 This gave me the idea of doing the same to the Airfix Vulcan. I used a cut down Revell Rotodyne to create the centreline pod however since moving into my new room certain builds got broken by over enthusiastic roommates. The Vulcan being one of them.
Whilst rummaging through my various boxes of spare parts I came across a broken Learjet minus its landing gear and engines.
 This has been glued to the front of the Vulcan. The Vulcan cockpit glazing has been broken off and the landing gear will need replacing.
Another idea was JSTAR, by painting windows on the existing fuselage and either scratch building or buying the FlightPath JSTAR radar set. Perhaps change the name to the Avro Sentinel R1.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: lenny100 on September 29, 2016, 06:10:04 am
there is precious little room in the Vulcan for any extra crew, believe me i sit in a one most Sundays, and because xl319 last job was with 44 squadron who used her as a training aircraft its fitted with 2 extra jump seats between the rear crew seats and the upper deck and when we have 5 visitors all seated it very small, as one boy scout visiting recently described it as a reverse tardis, massive on the outside and tiny on the inside,  and there is a large equipment bay/ fuel tank aft of the crew compartment so if you had a passenger compartment under the aircraft  their would be no way to move between the two areas and most of the upper part of the bomb bay is covered by the spars holding on the wings/fuel tanks so nowhere to put in windows
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on September 29, 2016, 06:31:29 pm
Thanks for the info, the closest I have been to one is at the RAF Museum at Hendon.
Title: 1/72 PB-70 Seaplane idea'
Post by: McColm on October 02, 2016, 05:37:22 pm
Yes I have took the plunge and bought a 1/72 AMT North American XB-70 Valkyrie, a bargain at £35.
I have seen drawings of the American nuclear powered bomber and came to the conclusion that one of them looks like a
XB-70 flipped over with the engine air intakes behind the cockpit. The cockpit in the drawing is more fighter style than bomber.
I can't make any judgements until the kit arrives.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on October 04, 2016, 03:56:29 am
Wow the stash is just full of surprises, questions like why did I buy that? And what am I going to do with it .
It seems to me that my former USSR aircraft could be Westernise especially the Su-27 Flanker, Su-34/32 and T-50.
Where as the two seater Mig-21 will be getting the VG wing for the EE Lightning.
 On the car stash side the Triumph  TR8 3door hatchback (Lynx) needs painting and a general tidy up.
Been surfing the web for ideas for the European Ford Capri and came across a German Custom Car Company that had turned a Capri into a panel van, another Capri used the body of the Cortina estate and Granada estate body. Crayford did a rag top conversion on the Mk1.
I was thinking of a Batmobile look-a-like and a four door version.
Title: 1/144 scale AWACS and AEW ideas
Post by: McColm on October 07, 2016, 01:58:24 am
Been on the Welsh Models website and they seem to have the conversion kits that I need but in 1/144 scale.
 Still a bit miffed about finding a sketch or line drawing of a Boeing 707-320 with the proposed Mission Systems Avionics (FASS- fore and aft radomes) alternative to the E-3 Sentry and Nimrod AEW.3.
Anigrand seems to be the only provider for the 1/144  BAe Nimrod AEW.3. It would great if the radomes and tail section was sold separately similar to the 1/72 Mastercast resin set, then Whiffs of the Revell 1/144 BAe 146,767,747 and HS.748 or APT could be built.
 I have no idea how easy or difficult this would be.
 As to the EL/M-2075 Phalcon based on the Boeing 707 FlightPath do a 1/72 resin and white metal set without the conformal cheek pouches, these can be obtained from Whirlybird.com or Blackbird Models. Early versions of the Phalcon have a rear radome and a few have a hump on the upper fuselage.
There is a copy of the 1/72 AMT EC-135E/N available but the kits that I have had are warped with parts that don't line up. Resin engines can be bought separately from FlightPath as well.
S+M Models do a range of 1/144 rotodomes, whereas RVHP do a range of resin 1/72 conversion sets but are expensive.
 Although most aircraft have had one form or another concept artwork or scale model made for AWACS/AEW roles there's still a few Whiffs to build. Especially now I have the prototype 1/72 Erickson Erieye in my stash.
Title: 1/72 Airfix Avro Vulcan'/Sentinel AEW.5
Post by: McColm on October 08, 2016, 10:47:42 am
I bought a secondhand Airfix Vulcan B2 from eBay a few months ago.
 The idea was to fit a 'people pod' in the space of the bomb bay using the Revell Rotodyne fuselage, removing the rotor stack and landing gear. Similar to the HP Victor proposed transport variant.
The ground clearance being the main problem, I managed to find a 1/72 Gates Lear jet. Bashed minus engines and wheels. My next idea was to cut out the crew station on the Vulcan and nose. Then cut the fuselage from the Learjet to fit. This would give the Vulcan a bigger cockpit additional seating. Vulcan C4 transporter.
 It was whilst reading Chris Gibson 'The Air Staff and AEW' book that an idea formed in my head.
In 1954 the Bristol Britannia and the Avro Vulcan had been proposed as test aircraft to carry an AEW type radar 25ft X 8ft (7.6m X 2.4m) providing a range of 130NM/241KM. Unfortunately the Working Party advised the military that they would recommend the Stage 2 air defence system instead.
Although the Bristol Britannia would be reconsidered as an AEW platform nothing further is mentioned about the Avro Vulcan in the book.
Hence the reason for this Whiff. With the people pod removed and bomb bay doors glued in the closed position, I have added the  larger radome from the Heller 1/72 EC-121 Warning Star to the lower fuselage, in line with the engine air intakes. The main landing gear will be extended  in the wheel wells and the nose gear moved forward. I'll have a rummage for another tail fin and change the exhaust pipes.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on October 12, 2016, 11:31:32 am
Wow the stash is just full of surprises, questions like why did I buy that? And what am I going to do with it .
It seems to me that my former USSR aircraft could be Westernise especially the Su-27 Flanker, Su-34/32 and T-50.
Where as the two seater Mig-21 will be getting the VG wing for the EE Lightning.
 On the car stash side the Triumph  TR8 3door hatchback (Lynx) needs painting and a general tidy up.
Been surfing the web for ideas for the European Ford Capri and came across a German Custom Car Company that had turned a Capri into a panel van, another Capri used the body of the Cortina estate and Granada estate body. Crayford did a rag top conversion on the Mk1.
I was thinking of a Batmobile look-a-like and a four door version.
Found out that I have 12 boxes of spare parts plus some almost complete kits, so there's no need for any more apart from the odd resin or metal etching improvement kits.
 Came across my collection of 1/72 vacform kits. I might need a bit of help with the VC-10 when I get around to building it. Definitely need some more shelving or advice on how to hang models from the ceiling.
Some very interesting Whiffs to build, but first I have to finish the current lot.
Title: Reone thing leads to another.
Post by: McColm on October 15, 2016, 10:47:41 am
The engines on the Heller 1/72 Boeing E-3A Sentry have been altered to fit on the Mach2 Martin Mariner, whilst the Sentry gets the resin production nacelles from the Anigrand Martin P6M-2 SeaMaster.
The SeaMaster has gained the wings from the Airfix BAe Nimrod kit.
I have removed the radome from the Avro Sentinel as the undercarriage clearance is limited. Possible E-2 style Rotodome on the vertical tail fin.
 Still filling in gaps on the current builds ready for painting.
Title: 1/72 Martin SeaMistress AEW
Post by: McColm on October 18, 2016, 10:25:08 am
Finally got around to use the 1/72 Anigrand Martin SeaMaster kit with the recycled Cammett BAe Nimrod AEW3 resin radomes. With a bit of persuasion they fit on the nose and the rear. As for the Anigrand kit well there are issues. Gluing up the fuselage must be done in stages to get a good fit. I've been using the Am-Tech  sliding clamps bought in the Pound Shop. Although the lower fuselage is a good fit the upper surfaces pose the most problems hence the FASS antennae configuration.
The plan was to use the Airfix BAe Nimrod wings but I've gone with the ones provided by the kit and used the second set of engines with the Nimrod exhaust pipes and fan blades. For this build they should be Rolls-Royce Spey engines. I might be able to find some decals on line with the RR logo. The right wing went on without any problems but the left one needed a gig to hold it in place. I've left the cockpit blank. Unlike the Mach2 kit I couldn't get it right, tried working on the Mach2 nacelles but they are too cumbersome at the rear. Might use them for another build.
I'm going for a V-tail as I intend using the T-tail on the Caravelle.
I'll let this dry overnight.
Title: Re: 1/72 Martin SeaMistress AEW
Post by: McColm on October 20, 2016, 07:38:02 am
Finally got around to use the 1/72 Anigrand Martin SeaMaster kit with the recycled Cammett BAe Nimrod AEW3 resin radomes. With a bit of persuasion they fit on the nose and the rear. As for the Anigrand kit well there are issues. Gluing up the fuselage must be done in stages to get a good fit. I've been using the Am-Tech  sliding clamps bought in the Pound Shop. Although the lower fuselage is a good fit the upper surfaces pose the most problems hence the FASS antennae configuration.
Part2
The plan was to use the Airfix BAe Nimrod wings but I've gone with the ones provided by the kit and used the second set of engines with the Nimrod exhaust pipes and fan blades. For this build they should be Rolls-Royce Spey engines. I might be able to find some decals on line with the RR logo. The right wing went on without any problems but the left one needed a gig to hold it in place. I've left the cockpit blank. Unlike the Mach2 kit I couldn't get it right, tried working on the Mach2 nacelles but they are too cumbersome at the rear. Might use them for another build.
I'm going for a V-tail as I intend using the T-tail on the Caravelle.
I'll let this dry overnight.
Part3
Found parts for the Airfix Vickers Valiant, wings, wheel wells , landing gear and engines. They are a much better fit and more flexible than the Mach2 kit, so I've painted the inside engine intakes mat white and engine fans silver. Glued them together, whilst drying painted the well wells mat white and removed some of the plastic from the inner main wing for a better fit. The pre-built sections have all been added and glued in place. There are a few gaps but the filler should hide them before the paint stage.
Title: Mach2 Caravelle
Post by: McColm on October 21, 2016, 07:54:06 am
A big package was waiting for me this morning, turned out to be the 1/72 Mach2 Caravelle.
Kit was right the Airfix HS/BAe Nimrod fuselage and wings aren't a straight forward conversion. The Caravelle fuselage is a tad wider/thicker than the Nimrod, however the Mach 2 Vickers Valiant wings seem to fit on a dry test.
I have read kit reviews and there are problems with the glazed canopy and wings. I think this is a long-term build, so it will go on the top shelf for now.
Title: Re: 1/72 Martin SeaMistress AEW
Post by: McColm on October 22, 2016, 02:40:57 am
Finally got around to use the 1/72 Anigrand Martin SeaMaster kit with the recycled Cammett BAe Nimrod AEW3 resin radomes. With a bit of persuasion they fit on the nose and the rear. As for the Anigrand kit well there are issues. Gluing up the fuselage must be done in stages to get a good fit. I've been using the Am-Tech  sliding clamps bought in the Pound Shop. Although the lower fuselage is a good fit the upper surfaces pose the most problems hence the FASS antennae configuration.
Part2
The plan was to use the Airfix BAe Nimrod wings but I've gone with the ones provided by the kit and used the second set of engines with the Nimrod exhaust pipes and fan blades. For this build they should be Rolls-Royce Spey engines. I might be able to find some decals on line with the RR logo. The right wing went on without any problems but the left one needed a gig to hold it in place. I've left the cockpit blank. Unlike the Mach2 kit I couldn't get it right, tried working on the Mach2 nacelles but they are too cumbersome at the rear. Might use them for another build.
I'm going for a V-tail as I intend using the T-tail on the Caravelle.
I'll let this dry overnight.
Part3
Found parts for the Airfix Vickers Valiant, wings, wheel wells , landing gear and engines. They are a much better fit and more flexible than the Mach2 kit, so I've painted the inside engine intakes mat white and engine fans silver. Glued them together, whilst drying painted the well wells mat white and removed some of the plastic from the inner main wing for a better fit. The pre-built sections have all been added and glued in place. There are a few gaps but the filler should hide them before the paint stage.
Part4
An even better fit than the Airfix Vickers Valiant is the wings from the Airfix Avro Vulcan, by removing the weapons bay this slides over the top of the fuselage of the Anigrand Sea Master. As I have always wanted to build a flying boat version of the Vulcan and an AEW , I can build both. I'll still keep the name the Avro Sentinel AEW.1. I'll have to rework the landing gear and outer floats.
Title: Updates on the four jet powered flying boats'
Post by: McColm on October 25, 2016, 10:05:06 am
1)  Martin Mariner Mach2- the engine nacelles have been replaced by two TF-33s and the rear exhaust pipes are from a B-47. The radome is from the AMT EC-135N part so are the two engines.

2) Anigrand Martin SeaMaster AEW.
Filler applied to the nose cone and gaps between the fuselage and Vulcan wing.

3) Mach2 Martin SeaMaster. Fuselage, cockpit and wings as per kit instructions. Engines sourced from an old AMT EC-135N glued but not fitted to fuselage.

4) Breguet Br1250A jet powered flying boat. Hull from a Hasegawa Martin Marlin,fuselage is from the Revell Dassault Breguet Br1150 Atlantic, wings and main landing gear are from the Airfix Vickers Valiant, rotodome is from a1/72 Grumman E-2 Hawkeye sitting on top of the vertical tail of the Atlantic.Filler applied to the gaps.

Update part A1
Boston all purpose clear glue works on plastic.
I swapped over the engines from the heliplane and Mach2 SeaMaster. Cut the pylons to match the contours of the SeaMaster on the upper fuselage wingbox section and glued them in place. The SeaMaster is beginning to look like the Beriev A40..
Title: HS Condor AEW.1
Post by: McColm on November 04, 2016, 06:33:49 am
Started life as a 1/72 Heller Boeing E-3A Sentry. Has the drooping nose and conformal side cheeks associated with the IAI Condor flown in the real world by Chile and Israel in the ESM/ELINT/AEW &C roles.There's are based on the Boeing 707-320C models and doesn't have 360 degree coverage but 260 instead.
 However this is were my build differs from the norm. By removing the vertical tail and forming a V/ butterfly tail . Using the over wing engines from the Anigrand Martin SeaMaster and ESM wingtip pods from the Airfix BAe Nimrod MR2P.
I've used the fuselage tail to create a rear radome thus giving the impression of the Fore and Aft layout as used on the Nimrod AEW.3.
This could be a multi-purpose aircraft proving battlefield intelligence as well as  a AEW platform or an alternative to the E-3 Sentry..
Just needs a little filler and a suitable paint job.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on November 04, 2016, 10:33:27 am
Got a few days off and I am slowly getting around to finish some of the started builds. They might have changed a little since you last saw them but nothing too radical. I know that it's really frustrating without pictures. I should be stocked up with snacks and drinks to keep me going for a few hours a day.
 The Rat -Rod taxi has had its first cut and will look similar to the 1937 Ford Coupe Street Rod. The taxi cab has lost the middle windows, which makes a large boot /trunk. Could be turned into a Ute with a double cab!
Title: Revell Tornado F3 and HACK72001
Post by: McColm on November 05, 2016, 12:55:40 pm
Found the Heritage Aviation resin and white metal set HACK 72001 BAC TSR 2 on eBay.Two sets were advertised one complete and the other without the cockpit section which I bought;
resin wing
resin rear fuselage
resin tail parts
vacform canopy
metal landing gear and jet air intakes
etch detailing set
 I have both Revell 1/72 Tornado GR1 and F3 in the stash .
 First thought is to use the F3 with the TSR 2 wing. There's a good fit with the minimum amount of work to trim the upper fuselage. Although a gap does appear where the VG wing mechanism would have been.
I haven't started this yet as I've been painting the underside of the AW Argos gunship and the Lockheed Wraith.
I also received the Red Star volume 17 "Early Soviet Jet Bombers 1940-1950".
It's got lots of designs for me to experiment with the Mach2  North American B-45 Tornado. With the IL-22 looking like a B-29 with four turbojet engines. The tail is slightly different in the layout and the main landing gear is attached to the fuselage. This too will have to wait.
Got to decide on a paint scheme for the Avro Shackateer before adding the to radome support legs to the twin boom-twin tail.
The larger builds will get a spray can finish.
Posted a pic of the HS Condor AEW.1 on Captain Canada's Facebook page, seems to of got a few admirers.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: TheChronicOne on November 06, 2016, 09:59:26 am
Sounds like you have all kinds of awesome stuff going on!   :lol:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on November 08, 2016, 01:23:46 am
Sounds like you have all kinds of awesome stuff going on!   :lol:
Thanks, getting the started builds to the paint stage is my main priority. So far I've been using a paint brush and you don't need a primer on resin parts. On some builds I've painted over the filler without using the fine wet & dry paper, adds a bit of character!
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: TheChronicOne on November 08, 2016, 07:56:49 am
Sounds like you have all kinds of awesome stuff going on!   :lol:
Thanks, getting the started builds to the paint stage is my main priority. So far I've been using a paint brush and you don't need a primer on resin parts. On some builds I've painted over the filler without using the fine wet & dry paper, adds a bit of character!

Hey, that's cool!  Truth be told, I've seen pictures of actual craft that have that type of thing going on anyway where mechanics or whomever would seal up stuff or do repairs, etc....

I'm doing a build right now where I'm doing a fair bit of sanding, but , I'm not going to take it all the way. There's still going to be a bit of "stuff" apparent after paint goes down and I'm completely OK with that... I don't mind because in this instance, as you said, it adds character.

Anyway,.....   Looking forward to more from your projects.  Shackateer seems especially insteresting to me..   ;D
Title: My first vacform fighter whiff
Post by: McColm on November 08, 2016, 12:26:24 pm
I came across one of the Falcon Triple Conversion vacform 1/72;
Front half two seater F-100 & canopy
Front and wing section of RF-8
Fuselage of TA-7C and canopy, & seats.
 I choose the TA-7C and added the Freightdog FDR72094 BAC Lightning VG project conversion set. The vacform fuselage doesn't quite line up and the canopy is lacking the front piece, a raid in my spares box might come up with something suitable as well as an engine jet pie, landing gear.
Title: Avro Sentinel AEW jet flying boat
Post by: McColm on November 11, 2016, 12:15:30 am
The 1/72 Anigrand Martin SeaMaster has changed it's appearance, although the hull is still visible the Airfix Avro Vulcan wing  sits like a saddle across the fuselage, the fore and aft resin nose and rear cones from the Cammett BAe Nimrod AEW.3 fit ( cut down to size on a few builds before this one), and the V-tail made from the Anigrand and Mach2 kits. It's a heavy build, I' ve blacked out the windows on the cockpit canopy which is glued in place at the front.
Just needs some filler to blend in the new pieces.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: TheChronicOne on November 11, 2016, 07:25:15 am
That's going to be sweet...      :thumbsup:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on November 11, 2016, 08:39:06 am
Thanks for the encouragement, 
Steven
Title: Bristol type 170 Gunship revived
Post by: McColm on November 11, 2016, 08:48:20 am
Yes folks,
I was at a lose end this afternoon and started on the Italeri 1/72 AC-119K Gunship. Knowing that I had the fuselage halves from a previous build, I started preparing the Airfix Bristol Superfreighter to become a twin-boom twin fin gunship.
The box section, twin booms and tail have been glued up. The machine guns cut to size but not yet fitted.. strips of plastic card will be glued inside the fuselage to fill the gaps and windows not needed.
Title: 1/72 Mach2 Martin RB-57F build
Post by: McColm on November 15, 2016, 09:42:17 am
I've had this set for quite some time, but
reading through the reviews it has a reputation of being a pain in the bum. Yes there are gap issues, but surprisingly the fuselage halves and the wings do line up.There are blemishes on the fuselage and wings both upper & lower that can be sanded off.
I haven't decided on which version to build owning to the shape of the nose. I've found a few parts from the Italeri B-57G Night Hawk and changed the two seater cockpit well over.
I'm going to dry fit various nose cones from my spares box, possible parts from the Grumman Prowler or even an AEW platform.
Looks like a long build ahead. I can see daylight through the gaps between the wings and the fuselage.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on November 19, 2016, 08:57:29 am
Updates and changes to the builds
 A) The Sky Guardian has now got the tail from the Airfix Valiant kit and the AN/APS.120 radar as used by the Grumman E-2 Hawkeye but has the stand legs from the Heller Boeing E-3A to support the rotodome. It has still got the flying boom, but this has the drogue attachment. Metal main landing gear, nose leg damaged. Rustic white and grey paint scheme.

B)  Lockheed Wraith, looks great in the Matt black paint scheme. Add 7 bladed propellers and wheel well doors.

C) AW Argos Gunship, been touching up USAF South Asia camouflage paint scheme.

D) Avro Shackateer, grey paint with black on upper nose. Given the Grumman E-1B radome the stand from the Hawkeye. Still filling in gaps.

E)  Grumman Albatross also painted grey, just touching up and adding details.

F) Lockheed Heliplane not quite barley grey, although looks different shades of grey at different angles.

G)  Martin SP-5T Marina jet powered flying boat. Gained the two sponsors from the Italeri MH-53E Sea Dragon .On going project.

H) Bristol type 170 twin-fin twin-boom turboprop gunship. Once again I have used the Italeri AC-119K parts on the Airfix Bristol Superfreighter.

I) Something slightly different. Using an old Airfix Fokker Friendship, with parts from the spares box it is copying the Rotodyne layout.

J) Using parts from the RVHP Grumman C-2 Greyhound resin conversion set, along with parts from the Fujimi Grumman E-2A Hawkeye to produce the EC-2A Greyhound AEW & C.

K) Mach2 RB-57F, most of the gaps have been filled in. Sporting an EF-111A style tail fin. A slow process.

L) the Condor and ex-SeaMasters no work carried out.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on November 24, 2016, 12:30:33 pm
As you know I'm easily distracted, I should be finishing builds before starting new ones and yet I've started three new builds.
 The first is based on the Grumman Greyhound C-2. Which uses a secondhand RVHP resin fuselage; loading ramp and tail. I think that I have lost the glazed canopy, so I used the cockpit section from a Hawkeye E-2 along with the wings and engines. The landing gear comes from an A-10 as this has been used on the Rotodyne build. Which is next.
The second build is an old F-27 Friendship painted in Air Lingus colours. The wings have been chopped and the tail cut off. Parts from both kits of the Fairey Rotodyne have been kitbashed with two engines from a C-130, landing legs are from a E-2 Hawkeye and the tail  fins from the A-10.
 The third build has parts from the Mach2 Valiant mixed with the wings from the Anigrand Martin SeaMaster. As the fuselage looks to me seaplane-ish. To cover the gap in ill-fitting fuselage the RVHP Lockheed WV-2 Warning Star rotodome and stand  is glued in place. (The rotodome isn't). I've still got the beaching gear from the Mach2 SeaMaster. The Valiant landing gear has been used on the Avro Sentinel ( Anigrand Martin SeaMaster with Avro Vulcan wings, V -tail and FASS radomes.)
 Everything else is slowly coming together, including the Mach2 EB-57K AEW. Just have to see if I can make the fuselage deeper!
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: sandiego89 on November 25, 2016, 08:13:29 am

 The third build has parts from the Mach2 Valiant mixed with the wings from the Anigrand Martin SeaMaster........

Yikes sounding pricey!  Good luck. 
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on November 26, 2016, 04:13:11 am
Got the Valiant from a garage sale, a few of the parts were missing.
Title: Third attempt at building an AEW flying boat
Post by: McColm on December 01, 2016, 06:11:07 am
My first attempt to build an amphibious AEW aircraft was based around an Airfix
C-130 E/H. This was already built but was damaged. I added the wings & twin booms from a C-119. Reglued the vertical tail and added a Rotodome rotodome from a E-2 Hawkeye. Instead of the landing gear I used the skirt from the Airfix 1/144 hovercraft.

The second attempt was the Airfix Bristol Superfreighter with the Mach2 Grumman
 E-1B radome, Matchbox Stranner flying boat.

The third build was the Sea Victor, using the Matchbox kit with the hull from the Shinmeiwa amphibious PS-2 and the resin radomes from the Cammett BAe Nimrod.

I think my fourth build is closer to my initial plan. I've used the Mach2 Martin Mariner and replaced the engines with two TF-33s with the tail exhaust from the B-47 . Two sponsors from the Italeri MH-53E are glued to the fuselage. The floats are glued to the wingtips with two ESM pods. Above the cockpit is one half of a fuel tank. The radome from the Avro Shackateer will be fitted.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on December 05, 2016, 11:32:02 pm
My attempt to build a Rotodyne from my spare parts bin is on track.
I changed the tail to the Hawkeye as it is a better fit. Might keep the AER LINGUS colour scheme and get the matching gloss paint as most of the F-27 fuselage and wings are still intact.
 The EB-57K Canberra AEW has gained an upper crew compartment along the fuselage. Just have to paint some windows in.
2017 should be an interesting year with all these finished builds.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on December 06, 2016, 11:44:46 am
My attempt to build a Rotodyne from my spare parts bin is on track.

Good to hear/read, will it keep all four Hawkeye fins?
Yes, there's enough clearance with the rotor blades in situ.
Title: Reone thing leads to another.
Post by: McColm on December 06, 2016, 12:11:46 pm
The Avro Shackateer is slowly being improved on a weekly basis. I've managed to install the AN/APY-1 radar and pylons from the Heller Boeing E-3A Sentry. It's a different approach to the conventional layout. I came across some Canadian decals for the C-130 and thought these will look good on the matt grey paint I have used.

The Martin Marina looks completely different with the Grumman E-1B teardrop antenna.
 The RVHP 1/72 Grumman Greyhound now has four turboprops. Thinking more of a tanker or EW . Could be a EKC-4 Skye Hound!
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: TheChronicOne on December 06, 2016, 12:57:23 pm
That sounds wicked cool.  :D 
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on December 07, 2016, 11:21:33 pm
If you go on Captain Canada's facebook page you will see a load of pictures of my current builds and a few started builds. They are in various stages from the nearly finished to the just got an idea.
I hope that you like them!
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: TheChronicOne on December 08, 2016, 08:23:52 am
If you go on Captain Canada's facebook page you will see a load of pictures of my current builds and a few started builds. They are in various stages from the nearly finished to the just got an idea.
I hope that you like them!
Roger and Wilco!  I'd have to have the particulars though as searching for "Captain Canada" yields tons of things. I tried adding the T name I've seen mentioned around here before but that was no dice as well. 
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Thorvic on December 09, 2016, 05:53:30 am
For crying out loud either sort your own picture hosting site out, as everybody else does or link to your own Facebook Album which cannot be viewed by non-facebook forum members. Its one thing to ask Capn to load them up for you but its not fair to suggest looking on his Facebook page and worse to quote his name to look for without asking permission first !!!!!.

Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on December 09, 2016, 07:57:55 am
I screwed up and I apologize.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: TheChronicOne on December 09, 2016, 09:25:10 am
Wait, did I miss something?  I see no name quoted here? Post removed I assume?  I'm sure McC intended no malice....
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on December 09, 2016, 11:17:40 pm
I've contacted Captain Canada who is touring the USA at the moment and explained the situation. There was no malice intended.
I did up load a photo onto my blog but for the life of me I can't remember how I did it. I know that asking for help can be embarrassing or even humbling but to the giver it is rewarding in it's self.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on December 10, 2016, 07:02:39 am
Onwards and upwards
 The Shackleton and the Dakota are not compatible, however the Boeing B-17F could be made into a twin engined version. I did see a picture of a real B-17 with the outer engine missing on the left wing whilst the right wing had both engines.
 I'm still looking for a civilian airline conversion for the B-17. Another idea is a turbofan powered option.
 The Russian Tu-2 bomber throws up many options as the design team kept changing the layout and engines.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: sandiego89 on December 10, 2016, 12:04:48 pm
I did up load a photo onto my blog but for the life of me I can't remember how I did it. I know that asking for help can be embarrassing or even humbling but to the giver it is rewarding in it's self.

Steven, just do a search on this forum of how to post pictures.  Here is one thread: http://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php/topic,32096.0.html

Pick a free photo posting site and you are a few clicks away.  I use Photobucket and have no issues.  If I could figure it out so can you.   If you can use this forum and facebook you can do it.  I recall you not having easy access to a computer before, but I see you post photos to facebook so I surmise you must have a smartphone.  You can do it from a smartphone.   You post a lot, and have many builds going on, so think its time to jump on board my friend. 
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: TheChronicOne on December 10, 2016, 12:25:15 pm
Yeah.  :lol:    Personally, I use imgur because it's so easy for pic dummies like myself to upload (there's multiple ways, all easy) and you can do things like pre-select sizing (one click) to make sure they all upload the right size. For instance, the pics I take on my phone are all huge when I load them up directly so before I upload them to imgur, I click on the "15 inch moniter" option and they all come out the perfect size. Also, if you accidentally get a picture upside down or turned the wrong way (sometimes phones think they are upside down or turned) there is a really easy method for fixing that, as well, right in imgur. Also, when it comes time to post the pics here, there's already a list of links that merely need to be copied (ctrl-c) then pasted here. I always use the "direct link" one. Then all ya got ta do is when you go to make a post here, click on the little button with the "painting" on it and paste (ctrl-v) the link inside the tags that pop up after clicking said button. 

I'm not saying it is better or worse than Photobucket or Flickr... it's just that I'm familiar with it and the learning curve was small and is another option to consider.

Now...... my picture taking skills themselves?!  Aye yie yie...   ;D ;D

Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on December 10, 2016, 10:47:08 pm
Thanks for the info, I'll give it a try.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on December 13, 2016, 02:38:07 pm
A tale of two Martin SeaMasters, the story continues.
The Anigrand kit takes the name of the Avro Sentinel AEW1, whereas the Mach2 kit renamed the  Martin SeaMstress. It has the tail fin taken from the Airfix Vulcan kit and now supports a T-tail with the leftovers from the Anigrand kit. The wingtip floats are in place. I'm going to add a rear jet exhaust pipe to the rear. The Trident tail didn't look right. I'm going for a civilian combo look. The new windows will be stenciled in along the fuselage with cargo doors.

The Valican ; Mach2 Valiant fuselage, Vulcan wings without engines and vertical tail fin. Lockheed WV-2 radome and stand for trails with the E-3 Sentry antenna. Same radar carried on the Avro Shackateer. The engines will look similar to the proposal by McDonnell Douglas P-9D. Carried on the rear fuselage on pylons.
 I've started to black out some of the aircraft canopies in readiness for painting.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on December 17, 2016, 06:24:28 am
I'm sure like most people who buy Mach2 kits the intention is to whiff it instead of building the model.
 I've always thought that the Avro Shackleton should have followed in the footsteps of the Lancaster as a testbed. Getting engines to fit is a bit of a challenge. I think that I have an idea for the B-45 Tornado engines combined with the Griffon inner engine on the Shackleton.
The new Revell kit has plenty of cockpit details, so this could be the basis for a test or jet powered Shackleton. This will have to wait, as I need to finish off all my other projects first.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: TheChronicOne on December 18, 2016, 12:21:01 pm
Jet powered Shackleton sounds pretty cool to me!
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on December 18, 2016, 11:08:53 pm
Jet powered Shackleton sounds pretty cool to me!
I have tried to build this once before, but the parts were recycled to make way for the Avro Shackateer.
Title: Martin PB5-T Marina
Post by: McColm on December 18, 2016, 11:26:52 pm
I couldn't sleep so I started hand painting using the Humbrol Matt 250 dark earth colour. Due to my painting style it looks as though the temporary paint has been applied over the previous paint scheme. This will need a bit of weathering and the windows added to the fuselage. A raid in the decals pile and additional antenna should see this finished.
Title: Avro Vulcain'
Post by: McColm on December 19, 2016, 02:18:12 pm
I was rummaging through my various boxes of spare parts and came across two pairs of Airfix Avro Vulcan wings and the fuselage section of the Airfix BAe Nimrod. Although other Whiffers have tried to kitbash these two kits I think I have stumbled across something that resembles the Avro Type 722 Atlantic.
The Nimrod fuselage fits inside the Vulcan lower fuselage section. So you could have the front half of the Nimrod and rear section to blend in with the Vulcan fuselage and add the Vulcan wings to the BAe Nimrod .
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on December 25, 2016, 06:03:43 am
All's quiet on the workbench, nothing did stir
Got to work this evening
Presents to open next year!
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on December 25, 2016, 06:26:37 am
1/72 Mach2 Mariner donor kit.

(https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/15284033_10211265966310651_5102026575909158964_n.jpg?oh=34db94ba9913841600abf8f139075940&oe=58F9330D)

Side view, twin turbofan engines and teardrop antenna.

(https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/15390656_10211265966470655_571003016835047544_n.jpg?oh=e888261936d8ec2bba2f1979bd424a2c&oe=58E8FB82)

Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on December 25, 2016, 06:27:57 am
Started life as a Avro Shackleton MR.2 and Privateer rear end.

(https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/15285032_10211265966590658_401327752618899367_n.jpg?oh=add32f035545432eba682f0b07040812&oe=58EF9ACF)

Known as the Avro Shackateer AEW.

(https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/15319062_10211265967390678_9155457302186972351_n.jpg?oh=f3cb7ed7cdd5f32d54cc9ac15fc8c841&oe=58E49B8C)

Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on December 25, 2016, 06:29:47 am
RVHP resin Grumman Greyhound with four engines.

(https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/15267826_10211265967750687_1669862275341105416_n.jpg?oh=f88d90d91b8edd40231a8051216fbd4d&oe=58E9BF28)

Twin-boom twin fins Airfix Bristol Superfreighter!

(https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/15284891_10211265968070695_3426296682073454630_n.jpg?oh=3355469a17149a3d9ab912cb2944d9a4&oe=58E8FF70)

Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on December 25, 2016, 06:32:10 am
Was a Mach2 Martin SeaMaster.

(https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/15380446_10211265968270700_4305484806105483007_n.jpg?oh=c4f6d0f611cb5595c49f17a3bee86e6f&oe=59247C57)

Looks more like the Beriev A40 Mermaid!

(https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/15284128_10211265968590708_7770254620825665318_n.jpg?oh=e833f6f9a46a1871561ff35cea5c7d97&oe=58EF70BC)

Twin tail Dassault Breguet 1250 flying boat with Valiant wing.

(https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/15380358_10211265968830714_2197387837097470168_n.jpg?oh=ddbc20b12a1ad6f3c54fd53361b8b295&oe=58EBD15A)

Dassault Breguet 1250, looks good with those twin tail fins.

(https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/15349624_10211265969110721_3208163007262490508_n.jpg?oh=b7486ec5bf6e9a0f6e0a857dcf2aa6c1&oe=58DC837B)
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on December 25, 2016, 06:35:49 am
Donor Anigrand Martin SeaMaster, Cammett resin radomes, twin tail fins and Vulcan wing.

(https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/15283983_10211265969470730_4043894351545609271_n.jpg?oh=aa88f04991ad1c6da6af3e84e06b6c12&oe=58E7C472)

Side view, can just make out Mach2 Valiant landing gear.

(https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/15337498_10211265969710736_6862379412997673331_n.jpg?oh=1c90c3e9cf763a866fcffdc5d0f962a9&oe=58E177E5)

Falcon vacform TA-7 swing-wing

(https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/15380319_10211265969950742_5271129854796144540_n.jpg?oh=7b1d404f36df1e0171d2d5548dd9cefa&oe=58EEB49B)

The Freightdog Lightning VG conversion works well on this project.

(https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/15326581_10211265970230749_1794690567145725524_n.jpg?oh=1659528edf1289c1df9df60581747b82&oe=58ED4F52)
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: TheChronicOne on December 25, 2016, 06:37:50 am
Massive squadron of whif inbound!!  Tally ho!   ;D ;D

Some pretty cool looking wares, glad to see.  :lol:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on December 25, 2016, 06:41:59 am
Fokker Friendship kitbashed Rotodyne.

(https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/15337568_10211265970550757_808561210389928825_n.jpg?oh=8baa9aae76628d45e285cd6762c7622f&oe=58F675BE)

Front view

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Mach2 Argosy gunship and Mach2 RB-57.

(https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/15401019_10211265971030769_6713737655514538599_n.jpg?oh=90e4c128d2bd574d699fc1ca0305664c&oe=58DB8B64)

It's the Argos gunship!

(https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/15390957_10211265971550782_870326672250721765_n.jpg?oh=f49feeb4d61409725d497a253ab33844&oe=58E845FE)
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on December 25, 2016, 06:44:17 am
Grumman Albatross, six blade contra-rotating Griffon engines.

(https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/15317823_10211265971790788_6359891030033050825_n.jpg?oh=6299fdcca5acec9ad4e9c0ba4f668411&oe=58E16CAB)

The Wraith and the heliplane, unlikely pair.

(https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/15350488_10211265972190798_1163013947222438796_n.jpg?oh=92a95e40f80f807a9d47049519cd739f&oe=58ECF23A)

The Wraith up close and a those jet engines on the heliplane.

(https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/15285027_10211265972470805_3703877135992553838_n.jpg?oh=2048125b09f49e8f1204c73017cd866d&oe=58E06DD9)
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on December 26, 2016, 12:21:25 am
Massive squadron of whif inbound!!  Tally ho!   ;D ;D

Some pretty cool looking wares, glad to see.  :lol:
Thanks,
I'm determined to get these builds finished.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on December 26, 2016, 12:38:43 am
Wow there's more than enough builds to keep me going well into the new year and yet I'm easily distracted with ideas that didn't work out. For example kitbashing the Lockheed P-3 Orion with the wings from the BAe Nimrod. I think that I know where I have been going wrong. Instead of splicing the wings to fit the fuselage, place the fuselage on the lower Airfix wing. The multi- tube sonobouy launcher will need to be reduced to accommodate the weapons bay but dry testing has reduced the gaps.
On the positive side of things I can't start anything as I don't have the room until I can start hanging the finished builds from the ceiling.
Title: The Mach2 SeaMaster, changed again!'
Post by: McColm on December 27, 2016, 07:46:30 pm
It must be so frustrating following the stages of some of my started builds, just when you think I have almost completed the fabrication I go and change it again.
 This is what's happened to the 1/72 Mach2 SeaMaster, I've now gone back to the four jet version. Only this time I have used the Rolls-Royce Spey engines from the Airfix BAe Nimrod kit but still kept the original wings. The tail is the Revell/Matchbox HP Victor.
 I'll utilize the landing gear from the Airfix kit as well as the wing tanks and searchlight.
Title: Ideas for 2017'
Post by: McColm on December 30, 2016, 11:26:22 pm
The Canadair North Star was a DC-4 fitted with Rolls-Royce Merlin engines. So in theory the DC-6 could be fitted with Rolls-Royce Griffon engines, as sound levels were not a concern in military circles. I think that I have some RCAF decals in the stash. A possible test plane with lumps and bumps fitted.

The Revell BV222 Viking, looked at this before and I keep thinking of adding the wings from the Airfix HS/BAe Nimrod to make a jet flying boat. Remove guns .

Build smaller projects and kitbash my spares bins.
Title: Re: Ideas for 2017'
Post by: scooter on December 31, 2016, 02:06:13 am
The Revell BV222 Viking, looked at this before and I keep thinking of adding the wings from the Airfix HS/BAe Nimrod to make a jet flying boat. Remove guns .

(http://orig12.deviantart.net/da7b/f/2014/335/b/e/blohm___voss_bv_222v8___germany_by_scooternjng-d88di7t.png)
Wings, though, are from an Avro Atlantic
Title: Re: Ideas for 2017'
Post by: McColm on December 31, 2016, 04:49:28 am
The Revell BV222 Viking, looked at this before and I keep thinking of adding the wings from the Airfix HS/BAe Nimrod to make a jet flying boat. Remove guns .

(http://orig12.deviantart.net/da7b/f/2014/335/b/e/blohm___voss_bv_222v8___germany_by_scooternjng-d88di7t.png)
Wings, though, are from an Avro Atlantic
Thanks,
I shall use this as a guide, I might have a pair of Vulcan wings in the stash.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: NARSES2 on December 31, 2016, 04:50:51 am
I do like that jet 222  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on December 31, 2016, 05:00:36 am
Just tried a pair of Airfix Vulcan wings to the BV222 fuselage and they do fit, thanks for the idea.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on December 31, 2016, 05:43:59 am
That jet 222 does look good !

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on January 03, 2017, 09:33:01 am
Bought the Mach2 PB2Y Coronado this morning on eBay. Although the Coronado lacked the range of the Catalina and the Sunderland 217 PB2Y's were produced. Most of them were converted into freighters towards the end of their lives.
However there was a proposal for a twin engined version offered in 1940 with two Wright R-3350B engines with a maximum speed of 240 mph and a 20% increase of range.
There were several commercial passenger versions, an ambitious 60  day passengers (economy class) or 32 for night flights. Later  versions for 12-18 in luxury accommodation.
 The XPB3Y-1 Model 34 was supposed to be 75% bigger than the PB2Y but got cancelled in 1944.
 With a change of engines and armaments removed a twin engined version with saddle tanks or underwing tanks doubling up as the flotation gear.
The Convair Trans-Oceanic flying boat (1937) looks to me like a kitbashed Connie on top of a flying boat. Drawings indicate a single tail fin and possible two- three rows of seats.
I might get away with just cutting off the Connie tail and turning the fuselage upside down, regluing the tail and slicing off the  top of the fuselage from the Coronado. The cockpit will need changing as the drawings depict a rounded front similar to the C-97. I will refer to the book by Robert E. Bradley "Convair Advanced Designs 1923-1962" pages 36-37.
Title: 1/72 Mach2 Avro York 685
Post by: McColm on January 04, 2017, 01:45:05 pm
Got the Mach2 Avro York 685 and it has the typical flash, sink holes and ill fitting parts found on most of their kits. The cockpit glazing is almost transparent whereas the passenger glazing is frosted.
 My first thought was to fit parts from the Revell Avro Shackleton MR3, then I had a rethink. I found that I had the Airfix Avro  Lancaster B2 in the stash, so I will substitute the wings , landing gear, wheels and engines, tail fins from this kit.
The fuselage on the Mach2 kit will need to be glued in sections as there is a gap when placed together.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 04, 2017, 02:17:07 pm
I'm sorry to tell you, but that wouldn't be a Whiff.

Avro converted the York prototype, LV626, to the one and only York Mk.2 with Hercules engines. I can't find a pic of the actual aircraft on the Net, but there is one in one of my reference books. I found this though.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/9458/CR8Zr1.jpg)
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Pellson on January 05, 2017, 06:29:09 am
I'm sorry to tell you, but that wouldn't be a Whiff.

Avro converted the York prototype, LV626, to the one and only York Mk.2 with Hercules engines. I can't find a pic of the actual aircraft on the Net, but there is one in one of my reference books. I found this though.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/9458/CR8Zr1.jpg)

What?!? Reality interfering with a perfectly sound whif-idea? How extraordinary annoying...  😂
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on January 05, 2017, 07:49:40 am
Thanks Guys,
Maybe the York Mk3 with Griffon engines?
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 06, 2017, 12:14:18 pm
Thanks Guys,
Maybe the York Mk3 with Griffon engines?

And why not?  ;D
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: kitnut617 on January 06, 2017, 05:42:06 pm
I'm sorry to tell you, but that wouldn't be a Whiff.

Avro converted the York prototype, LV626, to the one and only York Mk.2 with Hercules engines. I can't find a pic of the actual aircraft on the Net, but there is one in one of my reference books. I found this though.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img924/9458/CR8Zr1.jpg)

And I've got all the bits to do one too ---
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on January 07, 2017, 01:54:42 am
By changing the wing and tail fins, all sorts of Whiffery could be had. Not too sure if it would still keep the name.
A passenger version of the Shackleton perhaps!
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: TheChronicOne on January 07, 2017, 07:16:23 am
Yay for passenger-Shack. You could call it the "Shuttleton."   ;D
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on January 07, 2017, 08:13:20 am
Yay for passenger-Shack. You could call it the "Shuttleton."   ;D
Great name!
Title: Trans-Oceanic Flying boat (1937)
Post by: McColm on January 17, 2017, 06:06:42 am
This build is based on two drawings of the Consolidated's Trans-Oceanic four-engine flying boat penned in 1937. Designed to carry 54 passengers in stateroom-type accommodation.Which targeted Pam American Airways to replace their Sikorsky S-42B and Martin 130 flying boats. They went for the Boeing Model 314 Clippers instead.
I've used the Academy C-97A 1/72 kit to get the rounded cockpit and circular cross section on the Hasegawa Shinmeiwa amphibious PS/SS-2 model. Which had the resin Rolls-Royce Merlin Mk85 engines glued in place.
 No doubt that there would have been adequate soundproofing to compensate for the noise of the engines.
 Due to it's sheer size and lack of windows this will be Whiffed into an AEW platform. Non-rotating dome on a platform accommodating three AN/APS-20 radars for 360 degree coverage.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Tophe on January 17, 2017, 08:13:18 am
The Wraith and the heliplane, unlikely pair.
The Wraith up close and a those jet engines on the heliplane.
Belated congratulations for this brand new twin-boomer! :thumbsup: :wub:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on January 17, 2017, 02:30:04 pm
The Wraith and the heliplane, unlikely pair.
The Wraith up close and a those jet engines on the heliplane.
Belated congratulations for this brand new twin-boomer! :thumbsup: :wub:
Thanks Tophe,
The builds are starting to come together. Just adding the final touches to the Wraith, Marina, Shackateer and Heliplane.
Title: Re: Trans-Oceanic Flying boat (1937)
Post by: McColm on January 19, 2017, 08:27:11 am
This build is based on two drawings of the Consolidated's Trans-Oceanic four-engine flying boat penned in 1937. Designed to carry 54 passengers in stateroom-type accommodation.Which targeted Pam American Airways to replace their Sikorsky S-42B and Martin 130 flying boats. They went for the Boeing Model 314 Clippers instead.
I've used the Academy C-97A 1/72 kit to get the rounded cockpit and circular cross section on the Hasegawa Shinmeiwa amphibious PS/SS-2 model. Which had the resin Rolls-Royce Merlin Mk85 engines glued in place.
 No doubt that there would have been adequate soundproofing to compensate for the noise of the engines.
 Due to it's sheer size and lack of windows this will be Whiffed into an AEW platform. Non-rotating dome on a platform accommodating three AN/APS-20 radars for 360 degree coverage.
Part 2
There's been a design change to the wings. A pair from the Airfix Avro Vulcan now adorns the Trans-Oceanic. Engines to be decided as this now looks like one of the sketches by Beriev. The C-97 vertical tail fin is in place and a cut down plastic drinks bottle has been used for the new roof plus lower fuselage. I've used silver acrylic paint on the cockpit glazing which works well.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Tophe on January 19, 2017, 10:11:41 am
I wish you will show new pictures soon... :thumbsup:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on January 20, 2017, 10:31:17 pm
Will do :banghead:
Title: Re: Trans-Oceanic Flying boat (1937)
Post by: McColm on January 20, 2017, 10:41:46 pm
This build is based on two drawings of the Consolidated's Trans-Oceanic four-engine flying boat penned in 1937. Designed to carry 54 passengers in stateroom-type accommodation.Which targeted Pam American Airways to replace their Sikorsky S-42B and Martin 130 flying boats. They went for the Boeing Model 314 Clippers instead.
I've used the Academy C-97A 1/72 kit to get the rounded cockpit and circular cross section on the Hasegawa Shinmeiwa amphibious PS/SS-2 model. Which had the resin Rolls-Royce Merlin Mk85 engines glued in place.
 No doubt that there would have been adequate soundproofing to compensate for the noise of the engines.
 Due to it's sheer size and lack of windows this will be Whiffed into an AEW platform. Non-rotating dome on a platform accommodating three AN/APS-20 radars for 360 degree coverage.
Part 2
There's been a design change to the wings. A pair from the Airfix Avro Vulcan now adorns the Trans-Oceanic. Engines to be decided as this now looks like one of the sketches by Beriev. The C-97 vertical tail fin is in place and a cut down plastic drinks bottle has been used for the new roof plus lower fuselage. I've used silver acrylic paint on the cockpit glazing which works well.
Part 3
I'm using the engines from the Mach2 Martin P6M-2 SeaMaster kit fitted above the Vulcan wing. They have been cut down to fit. I'll see if I can find 4 jet exhaust pipes to match. It's the largest kitbashed build so far this year.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Tophe on January 20, 2017, 10:52:01 pm
Will the SeaMaster (without engines anymore) become a glider?
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on January 21, 2017, 07:39:07 am
No,
The Anigrand one has the wings from the Airfix Avro Vulcan and resin MasterCaster BAe Nimrod AEW 3 conversion kit, V/Butterfly tail with Valiant landing gear.
The Mach2 has the engines from the Airfix HS/BAe Nimrod kit glued to the fuselage and Mach2 wings at the shoulder with the T-tail from the Matchbox HP Victor. It looks similar to the rival Convair SeaMaster that wasn't selected by the USNavy.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on January 24, 2017, 11:22:39 am
Work continues at a slowish pace as I keep being interrupted by callers wanting me to try out or invest in the American stock exchange.
 The Martin Marina AEW amphibious flying boat has three cut-down C-130 wheels to prevent it from becoming a tail sitter. I still haven't decided on a paint scheme. Just painting various parts different colours avoiding the fuselage doors which have a bit of detailing on them.
 The Convair Trans-Oceanic jet powered flying boat has had a new roof section / upper deck
applied and bump/radome towards the lower rear of the fuselage ( former nose wheel bay of the C-97). Lots of filler needed on this build!
The Mystic V-tailed Br1150 Atlantic jet powered with the Valiant wings works well with the Hawkeye rotodome radar which will be added later.
There's still a lot to do before I can say that they are finished. I think when I have finally finished the Marina the rest won't be too far behind.
Title: Re: Trans-Oceanic Flying boat (1937)
Post by: McColm on February 03, 2017, 11:33:13 pm
This build is based on two drawings of the Consolidated's Trans-Oceanic four-engine flying boat penned in 1937. Designed to carry 54 passengers in stateroom-type accommodation.Which targeted Pam American Airways to replace their Sikorsky S-42B and Martin 130 flying boats. They went for the Boeing Model 314 Clippers instead.
I've used the Academy C-97A 1/72 kit to get the rounded cockpit and circular cross section on the Hasegawa Shinmeiwa amphibious PS/SS-2 model. Which had the resin Rolls-Royce Merlin Mk85 engines glued in place.
 No doubt that there would have been adequate soundproofing to compensate for the noise of the engines.
 Due to it's sheer size and lack of windows this will be Whiffed into an AEW platform. Non-rotating dome on a platform accommodating three AN/APS-20 radars for 360 degree coverage.
Part 2
There's been a design change to the wings. A pair from the Airfix Avro Vulcan now adorns the Trans-Oceanic. Engines to be decided as this now looks like one of the sketches by Beriev. The C-97 vertical tail fin is in place and a cut down plastic drinks bottle has been used for the new roof plus lower fuselage. I've used silver acrylic paint on the cockpit glazing which works well.
Part 3
I'm using the engines from the Mach2 Martin P6M-2 SeaMaster kit fitted above the Vulcan wing. They have been cut down to fit. I'll see if I can find 4 jet exhaust pipes to match. It's the largest kitbashed build so far this year.
Part 4
I've gone back to the pair of 1/48  Lockheed S-3 Viking turbofan engines and used the leftovers from the Academy C-97. This now looks more like an earlier prototype of the Beriev LL-400 or LL-600 ocean-going seaplanes. I might be able to find a pair of 1/72 S-3 Viking engines and add them as well. I'll have to rework the vertical tail fin to accept a T-tail. On the Be A-150 drawings there are air intake scoops for the 12 lift jets. This gives me an idea on what to use to fill the gaps between the fuselage and the wings. Not too sure if they intended to build the first V/STOL flying boat but the vector exhaust was to assist in take off.
Title: Mach2 Consolidated PB2Y-3/5 Coronado
Post by: McColm on February 03, 2017, 11:59:20 pm
Finally got the 1/72 Mach2 Consolidated PB2Y-3/5 Coronado delivered yesterday.
Looking at the contents there is the rough edges and frosted glazing. The fuselage halves fit together with the smallest of gaps unlike the Avro York where the gap is almost as wide as the Grand Canyon. There's a bit of flash to clean up. The propellers got broken during transit. Oddly enough the Rolls Royce Griffon engines on the Shackleton fit very well, so I'm going to them instead. Might change the tail fins as well to the Shackleton ones, replace the search radar, detailing the cockpit is a waste of time as you can't see in, but I will paint it.
I'll need a bit of research into the wing bomb bays. Should make an interesting build.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: TheChronicOne on February 04, 2017, 10:48:20 am
SOUNDS interesting!! 

I had to look up the Coronado... that's a pretty sweet plane to start from.  Reminds me of a whale. 
Title: The Oceanic flying boat
Post by: McColm on February 09, 2017, 07:01:21 am
It wasn't until the first commercial jet flight that the idea of a civilian jet powered flying boat was considered as a viable option.
 Convair had a stack of ideas but choose the Trans-Oceanic concept,  they used SJMcColm Engineering to build the prototype at their Rochester facilities and so work began in early 1956.
SJM Engineering raided the spare parts bin to save time and money. By August the shell had been constructed but no wings added.
 The fuselage was huge so they moved it outside and erected a roof  and 3/4 side panels. There were three decks with semi-circular viewing gallery imitating the cockpit glazing. The vertical tail was from a Boeing C-97 and the elevators formed a V shape at either side..
 There was a long debate on the wings, as SJM was building  " Eric the Viking" an Blohm & Voss BV222 Wiking with the Avro Vulcan wings, salvaged from RAF 201 Sqn  without any wings.
The Avro Vulcan wings was chosen but with a different engine setup. Engines over the wings towards the flaps. Work continued on, trying to find the engines was a problem.
Rolls-Royce had sketched an idea that would materialize into the Trent engine.
The first engines to be tested on the Oceanic were four RR Speys. Static tests indicated that the reheat wasn't needed but was kept on the Wiking and the new SeaMistriss pre-production aircraft.
As these two aircraft gained in popularity the workforce was decreased on the Wiking leaving a skeleton crew and new apprentices to carry out the work.
 Twenty years later the Wiking took to the water for a flight test. It was only supposed to taxi, but in the hands of 'Mad' Dan Macleen he couldn't resist opening the throttles and taking her up for a spin. Eric the Viking climbed gracefully out of the river and into the blue sky. At a height of 20,000 feet the aircraft stretched it's legs for 30 minutes, until landing back in the estuary to the crowds of people that had witnessed the event..
After a full inspection cracks were found around the main spars.
SJM Engineering took the bold step to continue with the project. Convair had pulled out and there wasn't any potential buyers. With the Trent engine now available the team pressed on . By 1979 the Wiking was ready for another flight test this time with to outer RR Trent engines and two TF-33's in the inner, this time and sticking to a rehearsed plan 'Mad' Dan showed off the Wiking. The crowds were impressed but still no potential buyers stepped forward. SJM Engineering had their own flying boat airline operating out of the river Thames so Eric the Viking became part of the fleet on the long haul routes. 150 passengers enjoyed the comforts of business class luxuries with a mini bar and mini-grand piano.
Eric the Viking would never break even, but the public loved the experience.
Title: Eric the Viking (Wiking) -the build
Post by: McColm on February 09, 2017, 07:19:13 am
Some cracking has appeared on the left-hand side . I think that it was dropped by one of my roommates by mistake. I will reinforce the join on both wings. The gaps are getting filled in with either spare parts or putty. I'm pleased with the progress.
I got two weeks leave in the early part of March, so I hope to finish a few of my started builds and get this one to the paint stage.
Title: 1/72 Mach2 Consolidated PB2Y-5 Coronado
Post by: McColm on February 11, 2017, 01:15:14 am
The parts in the Coronado Mach2
 kit go together better than
previous Mach2 builds. The gaps are minimum. There's the usual roughness and flash to clean up. The windows are clear but the cockpit canopy is thick but you can make out the details inside.
The propellers will need to be replaced and turrets, so will the decals.
I haven't found the trademark front aerials yet. The instructions are as vaige as ever.
 My research from  the book 'Convair Advanced Designs 1923-1962' suggests a twin engined 2,000hp Wright R-3350B. For military and commercial usage with 38 beds or 60 day passengers..
I've gone for the RR Griffon engines and changed the radome.
Well that was the plan but it now has the jet engines from the Mach2  North American
B-45 Tornado, glued over the wings. The piston engines have been removed and will get filled in.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: 63cpe on February 11, 2017, 01:38:28 am
Really interesting stuff Mc Colm......hope you make good progress with the many projects early March.

Could you show us some pictures off your projects again (I know you did couple of weeks ago), but it's rather interesting work....

David
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on February 11, 2017, 10:53:46 am
Sure,
Some are still in the raw stage whilst others are in the 'get a move on and finish it'.
As you can tell I'm easily distracted. What I should have is two builds on the bench and the rest put to one side.
Or concentrate on one of the larger builds.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: 63cpe on February 11, 2017, 12:25:45 pm
Hahaha, yeah i know what you mean....I also have to concentrate on two/three projects and put the rest aside...but as we speak count about 8 projects in varous stages. Have to admit i try to concentrate on the ones for the Soviet GB...

Keep up the great work!

David
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on February 11, 2017, 01:25:36 pm
Thanks,
It's the filler stage that the concentration goes as I end up using the puty on the other builds before it starts to harden.

Got some more ideas on the subject of the SaaB Erieye AEW &C. To fit a lengthened version on a Airfix BAe Nimrod , Breguet Br1150 and Lockheed P-3 Orion.
Title: 1/72 Avro Shackletrian
Post by: McColm on February 15, 2017, 03:08:09 pm
The 1/72 Avro Lancastrian injection moulded conversion kit by M & E Models Ref: KC002 arrived today and like any Whiffer I just had to try them out on the Revell Avro Shackleton AEW2.
Originally this was to become the Avro Carlton but as the new parts fit so well and I had my razor saw to hand they have been glued on. The rear tail cone is as per instructions, just as the Lancastrian. The front tail cone is turned 90 °'s and fits where the forward gunner/observer would be. The nose is flat to accommodate the new part and the existing parts as per Revell kit used to finish off the new model.
 This gives the opportunity for alternative uses;
MkI troop/ cargo plane
MkII medium to long-range bomber
MkIII refuelling tanker
MkIV AEW & C either the Grumman E-1 or E-2 radome
MkV water bomber
MkVI Search & Rescue
MkVII long-range maritime patrol/surveillance
MkVIII turboprop
MkX civilian airline/cargo freighter
MkXX export model

As I've always wanted to build a troop transporter/civilian airliner version of the Shackleton I'll stick to the plan and just change the engines as I intend to use them on the Heller DC-6B as the Canadair South Star (got the idea from the Canadair North Star/Argonaut Class DC-4 powered by 4 x 1,760hp Rolls-Royce Merlin 622s).
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on February 16, 2017, 05:09:49 am
Missed out the medivac variant, reconnaissance and electronic warfare. Not too sure if you could build a gunship similar to the AC-47. Skis could be added or flotation gear..
Alternative engines were considered for the Shackleton, not too sure whether any were fitted or tested on the Shackleton to compete with the Lockheed Neptune.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on February 16, 2017, 10:12:37 am
The 1/72 Contrail Avro York arrived today. Bought it for just under £30. I've seen them go for silly prices on eBay.
There's only one clear vacform canopy in this kit, two pieces of brown tinted perspex and white metal landing gear with resin parts.
I was going to use the Airfix Avro Lancaster BII,wings, engines and tail fins.I'll save this kit for a AEW version similar to the Wellington.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on February 16, 2017, 02:16:51 pm
Missed out the medivac variant, reconnaissance and electronic warfare. Not too sure if you could build a gunship similar to the AC-47. Skis could be added or flotation gear..
Alternative engines were considered for the Shackleton, not too sure whether any were fitted or tested on the Shackleton to compete with the Lockheed Neptune.
I'm going to add some more windows to the fuselage using Micro Kistral Kleer. If all goes well I'll be using this on the Academy KB-29P to convert it into a troop transporter. The seats from the Mach2 Sud Caravelle will be used on this build. The interior detailing in the Airfix Shackleton and Revell Shackleton will be used on the Caravelle.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on February 17, 2017, 05:53:19 am
Got a copy of AirForces Monthly February 2017, there's some interesting whiffery if you are into your modern aircraft fixed wing and rotorary.
The Boeing T-X training aircraft looks like a single engine F-18 Hornet at certain angles with Hawk style cockpit.

The seaplane version of the B-52 with  donor parts from Bungle is another project in the pipeline. I might swap the engines over from the DH Condor and vise versa.
Time to get the hooks and fishing line out to hang some of the almost finished builds up out of harms way.
I also received my Airfix Shackleton. Definitely a bomber variant, possible second turret at the rear of remote controlled. Tiger Force artwork would look good.
 I think getting some Kristal Kleer would be ideal for the current builds, lots of pictures of the finished builds next month!
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on February 18, 2017, 12:04:04 pm
Dry tested the VEB 1/72 Be-6 flying boat with the Airfix Shackleton MR.2, the Shackleton fits in certain places. The cockpits could be changed and possibly the rear but keeping the wings and tail. Fins would be changed, likewise the engines and upper turret.

Another possibility is the Amodel An-12, I always thought that a Westernise version could be built, by changing the engines.
If they are compatible with the the Academy KB-29P and the resin update Lockheed Constellation set fits then either the Tu-70/75 or an AEW prototype platform using the interior parts from the Airfix Shackleton. As the windows are larger, a mixture of rectangle and circular. You should be able to see a lot of internal details.

As to the stash, I'll work from the top downwards, row by row. Instead of taking random kits.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on February 18, 2017, 07:27:26 pm
Been reading the topic about the Shorts Stirling, especially the ideas of turning it into something similar to the Avro York.
The parts are scattered in various spare parts bins. Looks like another one will be bought. The wings from the Airfix Shackleton will be used and the glazing from the Mach2 Avro York.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: TheChronicOne on February 18, 2017, 07:30:02 pm
You have all kinds of projects and ideas! I love it... that said I can see why the edict was passed forth about taking on kits as they are stacked... an attempt, possibly in vain, at achieving order!  ;D :thumbsup:
Title: Kitbashing ideas
Post by: McColm on February 19, 2017, 11:57:42 am
Couldn't get to sleep this morning so I decided to do a bit of tidying up and came across a kitbash project based around the 1/72 RVHP Grumman Greyhound resin conversion set. The Hawkeye wing has four turboprops instead of the usual two and a new T-tail. The loading ramp is glued in the closed position. Cockpit glazed but no interior detailing. Found the tailhook, just need to add the propellers and wheels after painting.

I also fiddled around with the Contrail Vickers Valiant vacform kit, as mentioned this lacks some parts, but by chance I found the remains of the vacform HP Victor. Sort of mix and match, first thought Val Doonican part of the British V bombers.
As the Mach2 Valiant has issues the next best fuselage to hand is the B-47. Both wings fit and with the vacform canopies, the B-47 could be transformed. Keep the tail and  landing gear.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on February 19, 2017, 01:56:07 pm
Interesting !

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on February 19, 2017, 04:02:53 pm
There's lots PSR work to be getting a long with.
In the 'Almost finished pile':
The Martin Marina AEW amphibious flying boat- got a white gloss rattle can and that I will be using.
AW Argos- engine exhaust pipes to be fitted, undercarriage and wheels. Propellers to be painted- one needs replacing, decals.
Fokker Rotodyne- general tidy up and paint, wheels to be fitted.
Grumman RR Griffon powered Albatross- exhaust pipes to be fitted, decals.
Heliplane- main rotors, nose wheels. Tiger stripes to break up the grey, decals.
Avro Shackateer, flaps, decals, rear wheels, canopy.
Wraith, canopy, decals.
Sky guardian- still has the flying boom fitted, been thinking of adding something to the roof. Could be finished.
Breguet Br1250 jet flying boat- needs cockpit detailing and filler.
Martin SeaMistriss- undercarriage from the B-58 to be fitted. Suitable paint scheme, additional windows.
Title: Re: 1/72 Avro Shackletrian
Post by: McColm on February 20, 2017, 11:10:26 am
The 1/72 Avro Lancastrian injection moulded conversion kit by M & E Models Ref: KC002 arrived today and like any Whiffer I just had to try them out on the Revell Avro Shackleton AEW2.
Originally this was to become the Avro Carlton but as the new parts fit so well and I had my razor saw to hand they have been glued on. The rear tail cone is as per instructions, just as the Lancastrian. The front tail cone is turned 90 °'s and fits where the forward gunner/observer would be. The nose is flat to accommodate the new part and the existing parts as per Revell kit used to finish off the new model.
 This gives the opportunity for alternative uses;
MkI troop/ cargo plane
MkII medium to long-range bomber
MkIII refuelling tanker
MkIV AEW & C either the Grumman E-1 or E-2 radome
MkV water bomber
MkVI Search & Rescue
MkVII long-range maritime patrol/surveillance
MkVIII turboprop
MkX civilian airline/cargo freighter
MkXX export model

As I've always wanted to build a troop transporter/civilian airliner version of the Shackleton I'll stick to the plan and just change the engines as I intend to use them on the Heller DC-6B as the Canadair South Star (got the idea from the Canadair North Star/Argonaut Class DC-4 powered by 4 x 1,760hp Rolls-Royce Merlin 622s).
However with a bit of tinkering I have managed to move the wings of the Revell Avro Shackleton AEW2 to the shoulder position. This blocks out a few of the fuselage windows, so some more will be added. I'm going to keep the Griffon engines on this build.
Ground clearance shouldn't be an issue as the fuselage height is just shorter than the York.
Title: LTV XC-142B
Post by: McColm on February 22, 2017, 08:59:58 am
I think that I may have built the LTV XC-142 as a kitbash by pure accident.
It started out with the resin 1/72 RVHP Grumman C-2 Greyhound fuselage,Grumman E-2 wings with 4 X turboprop engines, T-tail from the spares box and A-10 landing gear.
It doesn't have the rear propellers fitted, could be STOL and be used for COD.
Title: Re: 1/72 Avro Shackletrian
Post by: McColm on February 23, 2017, 08:21:53 am
The 1/72 Avro Lancastrian injection moulded conversion kit by M & E Models Ref: KC002 arrived today and like any Whiffer I just had to try them out on the Revell Avro Shackleton AEW2.
Originally this was to become the Avro Carlton but as the new parts fit so well and I had my razor saw to hand they have been glued on. The rear tail cone is as per instructions, just as the Lancastrian. The front tail cone is turned 90 °'s and fits where the forward gunner/observer would be. The nose is flat to accommodate the new part and the existing parts as per Revell kit used to finish off the new model.
 This gives the opportunity for alternative uses;
MkI troop/ cargo plane
MkII medium to long-range bomber
MkIII refuelling tanker
MkIV AEW & C either the Grumman E-1 or E-2 radome
MkV water bomber
MkVI Search & Rescue
MkVII long-range maritime patrol/surveillance
MkVIII turboprop
MkX civilian airline/cargo freighter
MkXX export model

As I've always wanted to build a troop transporter/civilian airliner version of the Shackleton I'll stick to the plan and just change the engines as I intend to use them on the Heller DC-6B as the Canadair South Star (got the idea from the Canadair North Star/Argonaut Class DC-4 powered by 4 x 1,760hp Rolls-Royce Merlin 622s).
However with a bit of tinkering I have managed to move the wings of the Revell Avro Shackleton AEW2 to the shoulder position. This blocks out a few of the fuselage windows, so some more will be added. I'm going to keep the Griffon engines on this build.
Ground clearance shouldn't be an issue as the fuselage height is just shorter than the York.
Not all the Revell parts fit. The inner engines especially around the landing gear well had to be trimmed back to fit. It's the  side pieces that were removed in order for a good fit.
Follow the instructions for the windows around the cockpit as they are a bit fiddly when both halves of the fuselage are glued together. They are a few gaps around the bomb bay doors and wings but generally a good fit overall.
I've glued the radome above the fuselage just behind the cockpit. The next stage is PSR , flaps and landing gear.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on February 24, 2017, 11:14:33 am
The 'Soviet Group Build' has given me a few ideas on what to do with my small collection of kits. The largest being a Tu-22 Blinder, Tu-128, An-12, Be-6, Su-27, Su-22, Su-47, T-50 , Yak-38A and B, and Mig -33.
 I was thinking did the design team before the Tu-22M was built put swing wings on the Tu-22? This would make a great build, sort of Su-22 wing layout.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: TheChronicOne on February 24, 2017, 11:27:23 am
I like the sound of that. Su-22...... Su-128...   :D  Been looking for a Su-128 kit myself and if I can get it cheap enough I'll snag it for the GB. 
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on February 24, 2017, 01:18:36 pm
The Tu-128 was the official name but NATO renamed it the Tu-28 Fiddler, known as the largest interceptor.
Try looking on eBay.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on February 25, 2017, 08:15:55 pm
It looks like I will get around to building some of my proposed ideas, when I first discovered this site.
 Whilst some are too ambitious, the others appear to be feasible.
I won't be able to start any of them as I don't have the room at the moment.
 Got to work out some sort of filing system as I keep finding parts that I thought I had lost and loosing parts that I need to complete the current builds.
I'm convinced that when I'm not there that the builds fly around the room as they are never in the same place where I left them and I lock my door when I leave for work.

Had another idea; to fit the engines from the Airfix Fairey Rotodyne to one of the Lancasters  and keep the landing gear. Might even use them on the Avro York.
 Military trains have always fascinated me, got a 00 gauge Airfix/Dapol Biggin Hill plastic locomotive on order. I thought of experimenting with a static kit first.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on February 27, 2017, 10:02:37 pm
I've caught a bad chest cough and been watching a few aviation films on YouTube especially from the former USSR.
This could lead to a mega-kitbash, although the Mighty Thor does resemble one of the cancelled projects.
 Another article that caught my attention was the Boeing 307/C-75 that used the B-17G parts with a new fuselage. Built along the same lines as the Avro York.
There's a resin kit and a vacform kit but I haven't managed to track one down to buy.
The 1/144 C-97 is a bit too small to fit the 1/72 B-17G parts. The nearest kit is the Curtis C-46 Commando. I could change the wings and tail.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on February 28, 2017, 12:57:46 pm
The Martin Marina AEW amphibious flying boat has now got a dark sea grey and gloss white paint scheme. The dark sea grey looks almost black. The underside surfaces are white, the cockpit canopy will be painted silver and the fuselage windows will be clear.
 The Avro Shackletrian has had its twin tail fins added and wing flaps. I started to fill in some of the gaps with Green Putty.
 Got to go to work tomorrow and Thursday. My mum is coming up from Cornwall and we will be visiting my dad who has second stage prostrate cancer next Wednesday.

 The Sky Guardian has its own stand and the two side cheeks from the RC-135V/W River Joint. The wing tips now have parts from a SUU-20 Dispenser and at the rear where the MAD boom would have been fitted a GPU-5/A Gun Pod. The stretched HS/BAe Nimrod looks different with the Valiant tail and flying tail boom.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on March 02, 2017, 01:51:42 pm
The forward nose turret from the Airfix Avro Lancaster kit fits neatly in the  nose of the Mach2 Coronado, as does the upper turret. These have been glued in place. I'm renaming this the Consolidated PB2Y-5K.
 As for the vacform Boeing C-97 Stratocruiser, I have often thought of the
BC-97 Stratobomber. There have been a few built and concept artwork.
The C-97 AEW with the Hawkeye rotodome. I'm going to include the weapons for self defence. The kit I got had no wings, landing gear or engines. Just the clear cockpit canopy and bulkheads.
This will look similar to the Stratocruiser with a few tweaks. Might change the engines.
Title: Boeing C-97X Stratotasker
Post by: McColm on March 05, 2017, 09:37:35 am
I've got a copy of "The Air Staff and AEW" published by ProjectTech Profiles-Chris Gibbson which goes into great detail of the British Air Staff's AEW wish list.
There was a proposal in 1945 to fit a Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter with three separate antennae to act as an Airborne Warning Interception platform. A forth set could be fitted in the tail, this the origin of the fore-and-aft scanner system -FASS.
 Yes you can get the conversion kits for such a build.
But what if you were to have the main parts in your stash?
 I'm using the 1/72 Academy KB-29P tanker and Sutcliff Production vacform C-97, with spare parts from the Academy C-97A.
Hence the C-97X, this lacks the large vertical tail fin but retains the rear tail guns and front lower controlled guns.
The lower fuselage is the KB-29P, the wings have been modified to take the C-97 flaps, the outer engines are two Pratt & Whitney R-4360-27's whilst the two inner engines started life as straight from the KB-29P but now have the C-97 cowlings.
Not a straight forward build as the weapons bay will be used and a raid in the spares box came up with the Breguet Br1150 Atlantic sonobouy tube launcher. Using the Airmodel TSK kit 110 for the upper cockpit canopy. The flying boom will be used on a Lockheed Constellation.
Part of the main landing gear has been fitted. The Grumman E-2A rotodome does fit and I will be using this.
 This aircraft could have been an early pre-production model used for engine testing and maritime surveillance duties before the larger tail fin was installed. Which is good news for me as I can add a triple tail for stability. I'll have a rummage to find a pair of auxiliary jet pods and fuel tanks/search light.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on March 06, 2017, 09:35:03 am
A while ago I built the Vietnam Neptune and currently trying to finish the Wraith which is a twin engined twin-boom version of the Neptune.
I wanted to build a turboprop version similar to the Marsh Turbo Tracker, as an alternative to the Avro Shackleton AEW2 for the Royal Air Force.
The Lockheed Neptune MR.1 was used as the Vanguard Flight AEW trails back in the 1950's.
 I'm using the 1/72 Hasegawa kit no.JS-082
Lockheed P-2H (P2V-7)Neptune. It's a bit dated and apart from the cockpit & forward observation seat there's no need for any detailing as the fuselage windows are too small to see inside.
The auxiliary jet engine pods have been used on the Grumman Albatross and AW Argos gunship- each pod above the main fuselage.
The search light wing pod is on the C-97X.
I have managed to find a resin cockpit detailing kit in the stash along with the turboprop engines. I have fitted the main landing gear in the downward position and fitted the interior windows. I haven't joined the two halves together yet, but dry tested the fit.
I was thinking of under wing drop tanks and perhaps ESM wingtip pods.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Tophe on March 06, 2017, 07:50:30 pm
and currently trying to finish the Wraith which is a twin engined twin-boom version of the Neptune.
Good! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on March 07, 2017, 06:59:54 am
It's the Basler Turbo BT-67 and not the Marsh Turbo ( Heritage Aviation Models Limited) that I have used on the Hasegawa Lockheed Neptune kit.
This fits almost spot on to the nacelles/main landing gear housing. I've glued them upside down due to the curvature, some trimming is needed but I might get away with just cutting the facing edge down to size.

Going to sort out the stash, what to keep and what to sell.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on March 09, 2017, 04:06:19 am
Been reading previous articles on the Lockheed Neptune and watching videos on YouTube about the fire/water bomber variant.
Which has got me thinking about creating a conversion of my own. I checked with Lonestar as they seem to have conversions for a few kits but not for the Neptune. A flight refuelling tanker version has been discussed and I have the Attack Squadron fueling pods plus the flying boom from the Academy KB-29P in the spares box.
This would mean removing the radome behind the nose wheel and deepening the weapons bay. The rear 'bumps' removed. The MAD boom shortened. A solid nose and tail-let's for stability.
Could be used for refuelling slow moving aircraft.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on March 11, 2017, 05:12:04 am
I'm sticking with the flying boom as there isn't much ground clearance with the pods added to the wings.
To deepen the weapons bay I have removed the radome and used the bomb bay doors from a Avro Shackleton Mk3 kit. Although slightly wider than the Neptune''s fuselage it is just the right length. The MAD boom has been shortened.
 I've used the cockpit canopy on the Lockheed Wraith as I got glue on my finger. I will reglue the landing bay doors and add a few decals.
Found a set of decals for the Martin Marina so that will be next on the almost finished list.
Just need to buy some green gloss paint for the Friendship Rotodyne.
Meanwhile the AW Argos is undergoing an update.
Title: 1/72 Magna Fairchild NC/AC 123K Provider
Post by: McColm on March 13, 2017, 10:18:40 am
I'm not too sure if anyone has built the Magna Models resin and white metal Fairchild NC/AC 123K Provider.
I intend to build an all jet version. Which means most of the resin parts provided will be used straight from the box. A few added parts around the cockpit interior will be from the Fairchild Boxcar C-119.
Well that's the theory, just got to wait until the bench is cleared.
Title: Re: 1/72 Magna Fairchild NC/AC 123K Provider
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 13, 2017, 10:43:35 am

I'm not too sure if anyone has built the Magna Models resin and white metal Fairchild NC/AC 123K Provider.


Fairchild did that too, or rather Chase Aircraft did, and that lead on to the C-123.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/1337/wpqijN.jpg)
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: scooter on March 13, 2017, 01:36:09 pm
Of course, you could always build the Chase glider (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chase_XCG-20) prototype
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/8d/Chase_XG-20_glider_USAF.jpg/800px-Chase_XG-20_glider_USAF.jpg)
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: sandiego89 on March 13, 2017, 02:00:44 pm
Been reading previous articles on the Lockheed Neptune and watching videos on YouTube about the fire/water bomber variant.
Which has got me thinking about creating a conversion of my own. I checked with Lonestar as they seem to have conversions for a few kits but not for the Neptune. A flight refuelling tanker version has been discussed and I have the Attack Squadron fueling pods plus the flying boom from the Academy KB-29P in the spares box.
This would mean removing the radome behind the nose wheel and deepening the weapons bay. The rear 'bumps' removed. The MAD boom shortened. A solid nose and tail-let's for stability.
Could be used for refuelling slow moving aircraft.

Why go to all that work for a refueling version of the Neptune?  Many early tanker conversions like the Savage or KB-29, or fuel transport aircraft like the B-24's and B-29's flying over the hump,  stayed within the the mold lines of their various bomber versions. 

- Deepening the weapons bay- Why?  The Neptune carried tons of gas to start with, and if you held extra fuel tanks in the bomb bays, and stripped out some ASW gear, you could carry plenty of gas internally without needing a bulged bomb bay. 
- A solid nose.  Why?  Why bother plating it over? The firebomber Neptune's have flown for decades keeping the clear nose.  Why go the extra cost and perhaps weight with a solid nose? 
- Flying boom?  Only if it is intended to refuel Air Force aircraft.  Navy aircraft of the era were strictly probe and drogue.  You will need a backstory to fit the fitting of a boom.  A Neptune would be better suited as a tactical re-fueler for other tactical aircraft or helo's- really don't need a flying boom for that- and US Navy and US Marine Corps aircraft were not fitted with receptacles for the boom.
- There is tons of room under a wing of Neptune- I can't see how ground clearance would be an issue for underwing pods.  Having walked under several Neptune's I can assure you there is plenty of room under the wing for a refueling pod- Neptune's are huge!   Or you could go for a bomb bay or aft fuselage reel/drogue- like the Savage, KA-3, KA-6, Vulcan, etc. for a single point hose equipped tanker. 
- Agree eliminating the radome, ECM bumps and shortening the mad boom would be prudent (although several firebombers seemed to have retained the long MAD boom)

Not trying to throw a wet blanket on your ideas, just some thoughts for some consideration/realism.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: scooter on March 13, 2017, 02:07:05 pm
- Flying boom?  Only if it is intended to refuel Air Force aircraft.  Navy aircraft of the era were strictly probe and drogue.  You will need a backstory to fit the fitting of a boom.  A Neptune would be better suited as a tactical re-fueler for other tactical aircraft or helo's- really don't need a flying boom for that- and US Navy and US Marine Corps aircraft were not fitted with receptacles for the boom.

Maybe Bob McNamara and his WhizKids wanted an early tri-service capable TACAIR tanker over Vietnam?
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on March 13, 2017, 05:08:47 pm
Thanks for the ideas Guys, I did a dry run with the pod from Attack Squadron  (KC-130 harvest Hawk) under the wings of the Neptune and the pylons could be reduced to give enough ground clearance.
The KB-29 and KB-97 both had trials with the flying boom as well as the hose & drogue.
I just thought that the flying boom could be adapted for both Air Force and Navy. I have deepened the fuselage, replaced the Avro Shackleton MR3 doors with the resin Mk2 doors from the AeroClub Shackleton conversion set. It's also tapered so it fits well with the original fuselage.
 The Chase Aircraft four jet idea , I think that I saw that in a film. That's where I got the idea from.
 The AW Argos Gunship now has a triple fin tail, twin booms. Got the SAC white metal landing gear. Cannon pods on the wingtips.
Will need repainting.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Tophe on March 13, 2017, 08:24:15 pm
The AW Argos Gunship now has a triple fin tail, twin booms.
Good! :thumbsup:
Title: Based around the Boeing PB-1W
Post by: McColm on March 14, 2017, 06:10:32 am
I couldn't sleep last night,so I picked up the 1/72 Revell 04395 Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress.
With the radome removed from the Hasegawa Lockheed Neptune kit and a sharp knife, this is now glued in the bomb bay. There's no interior detailing as I managed to get glue on most of the glazed parts.
I'm using  the book "Beyond the Horizon" by Ian Shaw as a reference to the Boeing PB-1W. Although the Royal Air Force did use the B-17 for experimental work during World War II, not too sure if it was for AEW but that would fit in with my other builds.
All the reference material points to a clear glazed nose with or without under wing fuel tanks. I think a bit more research is needed.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on March 14, 2017, 07:24:37 am
Two aircraft I've never seen before !
Title: Re: Based around the Boeing PB-1W
Post by: McColm on March 14, 2017, 10:11:48 am
I couldn't sleep last night,so I picked up the 1/72 Revell 04395 Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress.
With the radome removed from the Hasegawa Lockheed Neptune kit and a sharp knife, this is now glued in the bomb bay. There's no interior detailing as I managed to get glue on most of the glazed parts.
I'm using  the book "Beyond the Horizon" by Ian Shaw as a reference to the Boeing PB-1W. Although the Royal Air Force did use the B-17 for experimental work during World War II, not too sure if it was for AEW but that would fit in with my other builds.
All the reference material points to a clear glazed nose with or without under wing fuel tanks. I think a bit more research is needed.
Part 2
The wings and tail, engines and landing gear have been fitted. This means the next stage will be PSR and painting. I've got the Revell SM  350 but I might paint the under wing and fuselage matt black with  brown/grey and green upper surfaces.
Title: Recycling Anigrand SeaMaster '
Post by: McColm on March 18, 2017, 01:36:51 pm
Parts from the Avro Sentinel AEW based on the 1/72 Anigrand Martin SeaMaster with the Airfix Avro Vulcan wings, V tail and resin radomes from the Mastercaster Nimrod AEW, will be used on several newish builds.
Probably a bit too ambitious with the build.
 The wings will go on the Blohm & Voss BV222 Viking.
The resin radomes are going on the Revell Dassault Breguet Br1150 Atlantic, I'll change the engines with a pair from the Revell Airbus A400M.
I thought of using a pair of engine pods from the B-52D on the Grizzly with the resin rotodome.
The second Atlantic will be a four engined version.
As for the PB-52, this will get the fuselage of the SeaMaster. Engines above the fuselage.
Subjected to parts available
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: TheChronicOne on March 18, 2017, 01:59:21 pm
Sounds glorious! Wild stuff!  :D   
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on March 18, 2017, 04:01:25 pm
There's a few surprises with the current builds.
I can change the tail of the SeaMistriss to a V-tail. I'll see if the German Navy Anniversary Breguet Br1150 Atlantic decals fit. Got a rattle can of black high gloss paint that I could use. She looks sleek with the Roll-Royce Spey engines shoulder mounted.
Title: 1/72 Northrop YB-35C
Post by: McColm on March 19, 2017, 07:10:25 pm
Sometimes you get a second chance to create something special.
Having watched the promotion film of the airliner version of the YB-49 Flying Wing, this has to be whiffed with a different engine layout.
There's a lot of info on YouTube and Google.
The kit is the 1/72 AMT X/YB-35, there's a few faults with the kit, but this can be overcome.
The flight engineers station will probably be moved to a new position under the cockpit. This gives a better seating plan either side. Allowing for the landing gear wheelwells.
 Engines could be straight from the box or from an old Frog B-47. I was thinking of fitting them at the rear instead of underneath the fuselage an alternative to the YB-49. I'll see what fits when the kit arrives.
 Convair had a similar design with a pair of massive floats and an extended tail cone.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on March 20, 2017, 10:02:55 am
Been working on the Martin SeaMistriss, fitted the V-tail  and the resin solid tail from the Airways Douglas EB-66C Destroyer conversion set minus the fin.

The Breguet Br1250 flying boat "Mystic" now has the nose and rear tail cones from the Cammett BAe Nimrod AEW conversion set. Along with the tail fin from the Matchbox HP Victor. This combination seems to suit the Valiant wing and I can use the Mastercaster parts for a future build based on the Dassault Breguet Br1150 Atlantic.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on March 21, 2017, 07:13:54 am
I used Microscale Kristal Klear for the first time on the windows of the Martin Marina.
Some have turned out really well whilst others are still milky white.
 The Martin SeaMistriss has some PSR work done on it and so has the Breguet Br1250 jet flying boat Mystic.
On days for the next two weeks, so I hope I can add some decals or touch up the current builds.
Title: Long term builds
Post by: McColm on March 26, 2017, 12:17:32 am
A large box sent by Bungle greeted me last night.
As discussed the Northrop X/YB-35 Flying Wing.
Rockwell B-1B, lots of scope for whiffing. Yes you could spend a small fortune on the Barracuda Studios resin correction sets try ModelHobbies for the 1/72 kits.
A fellow Whiffer suggested I fit the wings from the Boeing C-135, as I have the wings from the Heller Boeing E-3A I have dry fitted them which works and gives the Lancer a longer wing. Even tried the Airfix Vulcan wings-not too sure about that!
As for the engines well as with the Avro Condor they do look good above the wings. Jet pipes might need changing.
 The forward weapons bay has had the ceiling removed, giving a much deeper bomb bay. I'll probably open up the rear bomb bay as well.
Maritime attack or medivac.
Title: Ideas based on RJ Mitchell designs
Post by: McColm on March 31, 2017, 01:55:57 pm
I just got a copy of the book " Beyond the Spitfire, the unseen designs of RJ Mitchell by Ralph Pegram.
Been thumbing through the line drawings and concept artwork. This is mostly concentrating on the flying boats but does include the Spitfire and bomber proposals.
 I maybe able to base some the designs around Emily and Kate - Japanese flying boats.
The Type 317 B.12/36 heavy bomber reminds me of a cross between the Vickers Wellington and the Avro Lancaster. The wings look as though they came off the Stirling.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on April 01, 2017, 11:34:03 am
Weekend works 1-2 April

Touched up the Martin Marina, ran out of black matt paint so work continues with the Boeing B-17 E  AEW. Which has now got a pair of floats from a vacform AirFrame Blohm und Voss HA 139.
Inbetween drying I've been working on the Mach2 Caravelle. I did dry test the interior from the Airfix Avro Shackleton but I would have to remove quite a lot of seats or make a new floor. I opted to stay with the kit but not add the seat backs. As usual there are issues when gluing the two fuselage halves together. I also opted to include the rear stair entrance. There's gaps in the cockpit but the upper fuselage does line up. The underside is a very different matter, a gap running the length of the fuselage.
This will be masked by  lumps and bumps  from the military Erieye AEW testbed. The engines will also be changed from two to four.
Sunday
I used the engines from a Hasegawa 1/72 Lockheed Orion P-3 and fitted them on to the C-97 which has been kitbashed from a B-29 with a vacform upper deck. The rotodome comes from a Heller Boeing E-3A and the sonobouy multi-launcher is from a Revell Dassault Breguet Br1150 Atlantic. There's a remote controlled gun turret fitted just behind the nose wheel well. The searchlight is off the Hasegawa Lockheed Neptune kit. The front windscreen has been filled in but needs sanding down. I have found a clear windscreen and might use that instead as I'll be able to add weight in the nose.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on April 05, 2017, 11:51:32 am
Got my first commissioned model aircraft build today.
The instructions are to build the kit straight from the box, this being the Airfix A50116 1/72 BBMF Collection: Hawker Hurricane MkIIc, Supermarine Spitfire MkIIa and Avro Lancaster B MkI with a display stand.
Landing gear down, bomb bay doors open.
 On the way home I picked up a copy of Scale Aircraft Modelling. There's an interesting article on the long nose Lincoln using the Blackbird Models conversion set and the Red Roo enhancement set.
Blackbird Models also do the Avro Manchester conversion set.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: TheChronicOne on April 06, 2017, 05:28:46 pm
Man that's cool!  You might feel like a fish out of water a tad bit just doing the kits OOB but that sounds like a righteous project!

 :mellow: :mellow:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on April 07, 2017, 03:01:03 pm
I'm on the move again, my landlord wants to sell the house. Got two weeks to find another place. Found a few places on line near Abbey Wood, they are closer to work.
I might hire 'a man with a van' to move my stuff.
So I'll be a bit quiet over the next few weeks.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Tophe on April 07, 2017, 09:27:41 pm
We will wait, feel free to concentrate on the urgency of the material World. "Dream can wait"... ;)
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: NARSES2 on April 08, 2017, 03:29:38 am
Best of luck with the move mate
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: TheChronicOne on April 08, 2017, 04:51:58 am
No doubt. Moving is one of my most hated activities, hands down. I don't envy you your position!  Take care...
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on April 08, 2017, 07:58:01 am
Thanks for your comments.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on April 08, 2017, 04:59:56 pm
Just thinking what if the Avro Lincoln was used as an in-flight refuelling tanker for the Avro Shackleton. Based around my idea of using the Lockheed Neptune P2V-7/ P-2H as a three point tanker. Flying boom and two hose and reel pods under the wings.
The tanker could go down the Lincolnian route and have a pair of hose and reel pods under the wings.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Weaver on April 08, 2017, 05:26:26 pm
A Lancaster/Lincoln-based tanker wouldn't need the gun turrets or the crew to operate them, so why not put a Lancastrian nose + tail conversion on it (Blackbird do the bits)? That'd make it more aerodynamic so it'd burn less precious fuel too.

The thing I fancy is a high-speed, high-altitude Avro using a Lancaster fuselage with a Lancastrian conversion and Shackleton wings: slipperyest fuselage with the most powerful engines, basically. Canopy from a Canberra B.2 to indicate that it's pressurized.
Title: I haven't started this yet!'
Post by: McColm on April 11, 2017, 06:23:48 am
I received the 1/72 Contrail Model Avro Lincoln B1 and B11, B30 Mk31&32 set.
Although it is secondhand it is lacking the clear cockpit canopy, but I have a Airfix Lancaster B2 so I will be using some of the parts from this,as well as using some other parts on the Avro York.
The kit comes with the additional long nose and alternative standard B11 bomb bay. There's also the 22,000lb Grand Slam bomb cast in error.
The wings will come from a Frog/Novo Avro Shackleton likewise the engines but without the contra-rotating propellers.
The vacform Avro Lincolnian nose & rear cones will be added on, along with a refuelling probe.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on April 11, 2017, 11:43:00 am
Got another idea for the Avro Lincoln from some of the development Lancasters.
By replacing the outer engines with jets. A deeper bomb bay and saddle tanks.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Tophe on April 11, 2017, 08:45:18 pm
development Lancasters.
By replacing the outer engines with jets
Interesting... And 4 jets on the next generation?
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on April 14, 2017, 05:57:51 pm
A four jet Avro Lincoln now that's an idea. Bungle sent me an early B-52G and with the Frog Avro Shackleton wings they should fit.
 I tapped in 'C-118" in search but nothing came up. I would have thought that the Douglas DC-6 would be popular on this site. I managed to buy a secondhand already built 1/72 C-118 in USAF decals, although there was a few parts missing, the propellers had the plastic circles representing the engines in flight and the landing gear up with a stand. It reminded me of an idea to build the Canadair South Star with Merlin engines.
Of course this will be put on hold until after I move into my new place.
This time I have labeled the boxes
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on April 20, 2017, 12:19:23 pm
With all the packing going on, I had an idea for the Boeing C-97. It seems to me that the Stratocruiser was the workhorse of the USAF until the arrival of the KC-135 in the tanker role and C-130.
So what if the C-97 had been kitted out with the weapons bays from the B-29/50.
The XC-97s used the wings,engines, fin and rudder from the B-29 where as the YC-97 used the same parts from the B-50.
So you could have the AC-97, for maritime surveillance the PC-97.
For the MC or LC versions the range of options from David J.Parkins FlighTPath.
Even an all jet version could be built.

There's been an extension on my departure date it's not until August. Which is a relief, but I still need to find a place. Some of the builds will now get finished the others are in storage boxes.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: The Wooksta! on April 20, 2017, 12:40:24 pm
A Lancaster/Lincoln-based tanker wouldn't need the gun turrets or the crew to operate them, so why not put a Lancastrian nose + tail conversion on it (Blackbird do the bits)? That'd make it more aerodynamic so it'd burn less precious fuel too.

The thing I fancy is a high-speed, high-altitude Avro using a Lancaster fuselage with a Lancastrian conversion and Shackleton wings: slipperyest fuselage with the most powerful engines, basically. Canopy from a Canberra B.2 to indicate that it's pressurized.

It's been done...  Here's my Avro Alston B.III.  It was on the SIG stand in 2015.

(http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo236/Bowlax/Wif%20Telford%2015/PB070057_zpse5noweqc.jpg)

Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on April 20, 2017, 02:59:01 pm
Very impressive :thumbsup:
Title: Avro Lancaster, Lincoln and York AEW'
Post by: McColm on April 27, 2017, 01:43:38 am
Just had a thought pop into my head. What if the Avro Lancastrian, Lincolnian and York got the same treatment as Avro Carlton.
They all could carry the AN/APS-20 radar behind the cockpit canopy.
The York is wide enough to on the Grumman E-1 and E-2 radomes.
The Airfix Lancaster BII with the parts from S+M Models can be converted into the Lancastrain, whereas the Airfix Shackleton will get the Carlton treatment, turboprops.
The Lincoln's were used as test/research aircraft.
The York, I came across some resin Lancaster tail fins and a pair of Lancaster wings, so I'll use them on the build.

I came across an article recently saying that the Indian Navy have retired their Tu-142M fleet as the P-8I Poseidon are replacing them in AirForces Monthly May edition.
Another article caught my eye 'In the Shadows'. Civilian intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance companies are performing military roles overseas. This got me thinking on my Lockheed Wraith project, give it a civvie registration.
Got a few civil aircraft kits in the stash, with a few lumps and bumps, even the Sky Guardian could be adapted.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on April 29, 2017, 06:38:18 pm
Well it looks like I don't have to move out for a couple of years. The decorators are in and refurbishing the kitchen. The hall has been painted and they will be working on the bedrooms soon.
Everything is boxed up, I've got enough spares to finish off the current builds although you might find the odd one recycled or removed from my current list. Well that's what happened to the Neptune flying boom tanker, damaged beyond repair.
I can't seem to find the Anigrand Martin SeaMaster either.
I'm going to start on my 1/24 (1/25) car builds before anything else gets broken or nicked. I came across the 1/24 or 1/25 resin Batmobile. It looks a bit crude in the moulding, with some puty/filler it could be transformed into a convertible. There are parts missing.
Title: 1/72 Italeri C-27J Spartan AEW
Post by: McColm on May 04, 2017, 12:04:53 pm
I got the idea of building the Italeri
1/72 C-27J Spartan AEW from the resin EADS C-295 AEW prototype/concept model advertised on eBay, starting price £50.
 There have been no orders so far for the
C-295 AEW in the real world.
 Seeing the prices for the Italeri kit at around £20 and concept artwork on line for the Erieye and rotodome from the E-2 Hawkeye, this gives me an idea for a Whiffing project.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on May 04, 2017, 03:20:29 pm
Nice one Lee gorgeous bird in a gorgeous colour scheme !

 :wub:
Title: Its not a CP-107 Argus!
Post by: McColm on May 05, 2017, 11:01:27 am
Picked up a copy of June 2017 FlyPast and there's an article on the Canadair CP-107 Argus. There's some very good photos of this maritime aircraft, which got me thinking of using the secondhand 'spares and repairs'
C-118 or the Heller 1/72 DC-6B in the stash.
I might have all the lumps and bumps in the spares box. Might even have a clear piece for the glazed nose.
 Whilst the other becomes the Southern Star , fitted with Rolls-Royce Merlin engines.
Title: 1/72 Lockheed Super Cancellation
Post by: McColm on May 07, 2017, 01:54:54 pm
The Super Cancellation is based on the Heller 1/72 EC-121 with a maritime twist as it was the aircraft that crews from the Royal Canadian Air Force 405 Squadron, Greenwood , Nova Scotia had prayed for but didn't get back in April 1957.
It's ironic that I got to fly with the same Squadron in Gibraltar ,not on an CP-107 Argus but it's replacement the CP-140 Aurora.
 The original plan was to use the Heller DC-6/ C-118 but the lumps and bumps would need to be rearranged , whereas the EC-121 offers more space for a decent sized weapons bay.
 In the real world the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy both flew the Constellation for surveillance and maritime patrol duties.
 Back to the build. I have the resin upgrade set which has two different nose profiles, wingtip fuel tanks and engines.
A MAD boom fitted under the rear triple tail fins and the ventral radome can be sourced from the spares box, I think that I still have a searchlight for the right wing.
White metal undercarriage legs and a later period paint scheme.
I could use the interior parts from the Academy B-29 for the bomb bay.
Title: Lockheed Neptune P2V-5K'
Post by: McColm on May 08, 2017, 02:49:13 am
Received the 1/72 vacform Falcon Triple Conversion set number 7. Which includes parts for the Lockheed Neptune P2V-5 some times referred to as the Neptune AEW.Mk1 in certain circles.
 I found a Hasegawa P2V-7 kit in the stash and removed the radome plus cockpit. This lengthening the weapons bay. I have kept the MAD boom and added the upper fuselage gun turret mounting.
On the new front vacform fuselage I have added the Hasegawa cockpit to one side and removed the glazing flash. With careful sanding and a sharp knife the basic shape is slowly becoming clear. I will use the vacform drop tanks and clear parts. I've kept the parts that I have cut off just in case I need to use them.
Title: Re: Lockheed Neptune P2V-5K'
Post by: McColm on May 09, 2017, 01:28:50 am
Received the 1/72 vacform Falcon Triple Conversion set number 7. Which includes parts for the Lockheed Neptune P2V-5 some times referred to as the Neptune AEW.Mk1 in certain circles.
 I found a Hasegawa P2V-7 kit in the stash and removed the radome plus cockpit. This lengthening the weapons bay. I have kept the MAD boom and added the upper fuselage gun turret mounting.
On the new front vacform fuselage I have added the Hasegawa cockpit to one side and removed the glazing flash. With careful sanding and a sharp knife the basic shape is slowly becoming clear. I will use the vacform drop tanks and clear parts. I've kept the parts that I have cut off just in case I need to use them.
Part 2
Learning the hard way with vacform, don't sand just in one place otherwise you will make a hole.
After gluing up the fuselage the vacform radome didn't line up. This has been removed and the Neptune has a decent sized weapons bay. Giving me the opportunity to put the radome above the fuselage.
One of my ideas was to fit the Hawkeye rotodome, this could still work. I could go with a triple tail fin and loose the MAD boom, a solid nose and turboprop engines. Means ditching the upper guns.
That's the good thing about Whiffing even if it goes wrong it's still right!
Title: Re: Lockheed Neptune P2V-5K'
Post by: McColm on May 10, 2017, 06:41:42 am
Received the 1/72 vacform Falcon Triple Conversion set number 7. Which includes parts for the Lockheed Neptune P2V-5 some times referred to as the Neptune AEW.Mk1 in certain circles.
 I found a Hasegawa P2V-7 kit in the stash and removed the radome plus cockpit. This lengthening the weapons bay. I have kept the MAD boom and added the upper fuselage gun turret mounting.
On the new front vacform fuselage I have added the Hasegawa cockpit to one side and removed the glazing flash. With careful sanding and a sharp knife the basic shape is slowly becoming clear. I will use the vacform drop tanks and clear parts. I've kept the parts that I have cut off just in case I need to use them.
Part 2
Learning the hard way with vacform, don't sand just in one place otherwise you will make a hole.
After gluing up the fuselage the vacform radome didn't line up. This has been removed and the Neptune has a decent sized weapons bay. Giving me the opportunity to put the radome above the fuselage.
One of my ideas was to fit the Hawkeye rotodome, this could still work. I could go with a triple tail fin and loose the MAD boom, a solid nose and turboprop engines. Means ditching the upper guns.
That's the good thing about Whiffing even if it goes wrong it's still right!
Part 3
Slight design change, the vacform radome has been removed as well and replaced with the vacform Falcon AP-2H Neptune conversion set apart from the SLAR piece and FLIR. I've also added the teardrop radar dome from the Grumman E-1 Tracer and using the tail fun created a stand for it. I shall use the other parts from the E-1 for the triple tail fins.
For the engines I found a set of 4 parts from a Frog Avro Shackleton, just got to see if the landing gear gives enough clearance.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on May 13, 2017, 12:34:03 pm
I'm working on two different builds; the Boeing EPB -17E AEW float plane and the Lockheed Neptune project Gryphon- four engined contra-rotation with twin tail fins and tear drop AEW radome.
Both are taking shape and use vacform  sets meant for other aircraft.
Title: 1/72 Lockheed XB-30 bomber
Post by: McColm on May 20, 2017, 02:27:00 pm
A bomber version of the popular Lockheed Constellation is a dream build for most Whiffers.
Creating the bomb bays has eluded me but I think I have solved the problem by using the Academy B-29 weapons bays.
These come from an earlier build of an
XC-97. This got damaged, but fits inside the Heller EC-121 Warning Stars' fuselage. By cutting out the surplus plastic. The gaps will be hidden by the Connie's wing. I have found a few pieces that could be used to transform this into a maritime surveillance/ ASW aircraft.
I might change the engines, but I'll wait and see.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: TheChronicOne on May 20, 2017, 05:09:19 pm
A bomber version of the popular Lockheed Constellation is a dream build for most Whiffers.
Creating the bomb bays has eluded me but I think I have solved the problem by using the Academy B-29 weapons bays.
These come from an earlier build of an
XC-97. This got damaged, but fits inside the Heller EC-121 Warning Stars' fuselage. By cutting out the surplus plastic. The gaps will be hidden by the Connie's wing. I have found a few pieces that could be used to transform this into a maritime surveillance/ ASW aircraft.
I might change the engines, but I'll wait and see.

Darn skippy a Connie-Bomber is something glorious to behold!! This sounds like a good'n.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on May 21, 2017, 04:31:34 am
Thanks,
If all goes to plan. I'll build a C-97 bomber as well!
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: TheChronicOne on May 21, 2017, 06:40:16 am
Thanks,
If all goes to plan. I'll build a C-97 bomber as well!

Use a B-377 kit an put MGs in all the windows.   ;D   ;D ;D  :wacko:


On that note I let a 1/72 scale factory sealed mint condition B-377 slide past me on ebay for $20 grand total because I forgot to bid on it.... kicking myself profusely ever since!!!!
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on May 27, 2017, 08:34:53 am
Thanks,
If all goes to plan. I'll build a C-97 bomber as well!

Use a B-377 kit an put MGs in all the windows.   ;D   ;D ;D  :wacko:


On that note I let a 1/72 scale factory sealed mint condition B-377 slide past me on ebay for $20 grand total because I forgot to bid on it.... kicking myself profusely ever since!!!!
I was going to do that on one of my 1/72 Revell Dassault Breguet Br1150 Atlantics, the wings might get in the way but a gun pack in the weapons bay would be better. Gun turrets front and rear.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on May 27, 2017, 08:40:54 am
The Avro Shackleteer is starting to fall apart. Parts such as the twin booms have been used on the Lockheed Neptune AEW.2 concept.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: TheChronicOne on May 28, 2017, 04:57:06 pm
Strange physics universe where certain parts of certain craft migrate to form more and better craft!!!  :lol: :mellow:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on May 30, 2017, 09:21:30 am
As you know, I have been given the Airfix Battle of Britain Memorial Flight 2009 kit to build as a commission for a work colleague.
The Spitfire and the Hurricane didn't cause me that many problems until I started on the decals.
Where as the Lancaster especially the guns are a nightmare. Keep snapping off every time I move it.
I used the paint provided, but ran into a problem as the same paint pot should have the same colour in it. Even when stirred different shade.
School boy error should have sprayed the Lancaster with high gloss before the decals and matt afterwards. One side looks fine whilst the other, well I'll wait and see in the morning.
I can see why there are loads of aftermarket kits to improve this model.
 He now wants to include the pilots, not a problem on the Lancaster, may need a trim for the other two to get them to fit. :banghead:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: TheChronicOne on May 30, 2017, 06:20:05 pm
So much sounds so familiar!  :o ;D  The late hour changes, the odd ball paint mishaps...  sounds like me, bro!!   ;D ;D

Them gun barrels.. man, you should just "bite the bullet" (hehe!) and do what I plan to do from now on: either save 'em til dead last, or in the case that they require being affixed earlier or come molded to the pieces already.....  snap them off from the get go, nice and clean (unlike how it often goes when done mistakenly which leads to less than ideal breaks, severances, and bent pieces) and then re-attach at the end.

I can't remember whom or where but I was reading some fellows blog and he was the one that turned me on to the idea. Gun barrels, antennas, masts, etc you name it... if it goes on early or came pre molded, he took it upon himself to cleanly cut that stuff off ahead of time and then glued it on at the end. I haven't done it myself yet but I plan too because I'm simply sick of breaking things.  I don't think but maybe one or two single gun barrels survived on that last Stratofortress kit I built...
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on May 30, 2017, 08:05:18 pm
Thanks,
I suppose when you are doing a build for someone else you want to get it right. Down to the details and fiddley bits.
Title: Tri- engined B-17F float plane AEW
Post by: McColm on June 01, 2017, 02:20:29 pm
I know that the Boeing B-17 was used as a trails aircraft during its flying career in military and civilian life.
Whether or not it was ever converted to three engines with contra-rotating propellers on a pair of floats used in the AEW role is debatable.
The Swedish used them with floats and in a photo I saw on line there was a twin engined B-17. The photo could have been altered.
At least I can use up some of my 2 pack filer.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on June 04, 2017, 08:18:44 pm
Thanks,
I suppose when you are doing a build for someone else you want to get it right. Down to the details and fiddley bits.
The Spitfire and the Hurricane look the part where as the Lancaster still looks patchy on the wings. I might try an airbrush or spray cans next time. Caught the bug and want to build all three aircraft using different kits, plus aftermarket kits as well.
Title: Another turboprop Neptune
Post by: McColm on June 05, 2017, 09:43:30 am
I think that I have come up with a solution to build the Lockheed Neptune turboprop version.
I've placed the inner engines from a Hasegawa Lockheed P-3 Orion instead of using the ones provided in the Neptune kit.
Fortunately for me this build has the landing gear in the up position, as I can scribe the landing doors on the underside of the wing.
 This is the stretched fuselage AEW &C build that I started a month ago.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on June 06, 2017, 07:21:28 am
That's odd, I tried searching for the Boeing EPB-17E AEW float plane in Alternative History and it came up blank.
 On with the build, from 4 engines down to the tri-engined layout. Third engine in the nose, all three have contra-rotating propellers with parts from a Frog Avro Shackleton kit.
Where the outer engines used to be I have utilized the fuel tanks from a Mach2 Valiant. They have been cut down to size to fit and filler/puty applied.
 
The turboprop Lockheed Neptune AEW has had a pair of tail elevators from the kit glued on, half a wingtip fuel tank from the same Frog Avro Shackleton has been used to cover the gap of the vertical tail fin.
 Still working on the BBMF and found another Airfix paint pot with a lighter shade of earth brown. Just waiting for the paint to dry. Ordered Quick Boost replacement gun barrel set for the Lancaster.
I also found the Mach2 WB-57F Canberra that I started. As a recap; cockpit pinched from a B-57G, ECM fairing is from a BAe Nimrod, nose is off a pod from the
 EC-135N/E Snoopy and the rear crew compartment fitted above the fuselage is the vacform Varsity luggage store. I have been tidying up and adding filler/puty where its necessary. Still contemplating on adding a second set of engines from a A-10 or S-3A.
I'll check out the aftermarket kits for the Canberra.
 I managed to get hold of the paint mask for the Airfix Nimrod. I could use this to add extra windows. I'm going to stick with the USCG colour scheme for the transport/tanker 'Sky Guardian'
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: TheChronicOne on June 12, 2017, 11:03:48 pm
Fascinating.....  a triple engined bird with the crazy noise on the nose sounds utterly cool .....   :wacko:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on June 13, 2017, 07:25:29 am
Got the idea from the Conroy Tri-Turbo 3
DC-3 conversion..
Title: Lockheed King Neptune tri-engine AEW
Post by: McColm on June 14, 2017, 01:45:52 pm
Carrying on with the theme of tri-engines, I have added an extra engine to the nose of the Lockheed Neptune. They are from the Hasegawa Lockheed P-3 Orion kit.
I originally had used these on the wings of the C-97 Stratofreighter. The two outer engines fitted very well whilst I had problems fitting them into the ceilings of the supercharged engines.
Should make an interesting build when finished.
With all the packing and unpacking, I find myself in unfamiliar territory. With the dozen or so plastic boxes of kits I will attempt to build what's in the box. All of the largest kits are still in their own cardboard boxes which in due course will also be built.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on June 16, 2017, 11:56:37 am
I found some parts from the Revell Blohm & Voss Bv222 A Wiking flying boat. It's missing the glazing.
One of the Whiffers came up some artwork using the wings from a Vulcan on the Wiking. I do have the vacform Vulcan kit in the stash but it's in one of the boxes, so I'm using the wings from the Airfix HS/ BAe Nimrod instead.
On the Wiking nose I have removed the guns and filled in the gaps. I also found some seats from the Revell Rotodyne. I'll need to scratch build some more for the Flying wing passenger airliner. Thinking of using square plastic trunking cut into sections with plastic card for the backrest . I'll probably scratch build the landing gear and interior as the windows are very big.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on June 19, 2017, 03:45:21 am
What's on the bench!

Well it's not a bench but a four tier shelving unit that use to store started builds on.
The top shelf has the C-118, a spares and repair secondhand already built kit that's missing propellers and the rear tail. The previous owner has the gear up and made a stand. Painted in the USAF Military Transport Command colours and decals.
Next to it is my take on the Breguet Br1250 flying boat known as the Mystic.
 On the shelf below is the almost completely finished Martin Marina AEW amphibious flying boat with a kitbashed resin Grumman C-2 Greyhound; four turboprop engines with a T:tail.
Below that is the Mach2 SeaMaster with the shoulder mounted Rolls Royce Spey engines, V-tail and tail cone from a EB-66. Next to it is the King Neptune tri-engines AEW.
The base shelf has the shoulder wing  Revell Avro Shackleton Shackletian AEW.. With the PB-1V  float plane Mk2.
An interesting mix of builds, that will keep me busy.
Title: BAe Sky Guardian update
Post by: McColm on June 19, 2017, 09:32:09 am
Sometimes it's best sticking to the original plan of having a stretched Airfix 1/72 HS/BAe Nimrod with the rotodome from the Grumman Hawkeye and the resin vertical tail from the Cammett Nimrod AEW 3 conversion set. I had already added the flying boom and 2D jet exhaust pipes from a Harrier. The searchlight was removed and replaced with a drop fuel tank from a Tornado GR1 kit. Cut down to size and glued on.
This build would be presented with the landing gear up on a wooden stand.
The colour scheme is the USCG.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on June 20, 2017, 11:33:07 am
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Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on June 20, 2017, 11:35:19 am
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Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on June 20, 2017, 11:37:55 am
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Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on June 20, 2017, 11:40:47 am
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Based on the Mach2 Martin Mariner
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on June 20, 2017, 11:44:35 am
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Top to are the Breguet Mystic jet flying boat with a V-tail.
Bottom two are based on the Revell B-!7E with floats and triple engines.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on June 20, 2017, 11:51:23 am
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The Airfix HS/BAe Nimrod stretched fuselage, Cammett resin tail, flying boom and Grumman E-2 Hawkeye rotodome.
An aerial view, rotodome part built, masking tape holding the new tail in place.
Bellow is the Lockheed King Neptune, engines are from a P-3C Orion, twin fins are off a E-2 Hawkeye, various Falcon vacform conversion sets used.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on June 20, 2017, 12:00:43 pm
Thanks Captain,
In the background there are shots of the
Douglas C-118I Liftmaster. A 1/72 spares and repair secondhand model bought off eBay.
The other four engined resin build is based on the RVHP resin Grumman C-2 Greyhound, conversion with a T-tail from the spares box.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on June 20, 2017, 01:32:03 pm
That Mystic is super cool, especially the way she looks from the front. And it's got me singing this too, which is also a bonus :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpPSBzGEklE
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on June 20, 2017, 01:33:25 pm
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Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on June 20, 2017, 02:59:23 pm
That Mystic is super cool, especially the way she looks from the front. And it's got me singing this too, which is also a bonus :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpPSBzGEklE
Wow! Thanks Captain.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on June 20, 2017, 03:06:50 pm
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The top two pics are of the kitbash Academy C-97 and a pair of Airfix Vulcan wings. Known as 'The Mighty Thor' jet flying boat. You can just make out the upper viewing deck.
The bottom two are the Mach2 Martin SeaMaster with the engines from a Airfix HS/BAe Nimrod, scratchbuilt V-tail and resin tail cone off the EB-66 conversion set.
The front view shows off the shoulder mounted engines.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on June 20, 2017, 03:18:00 pm
Wow! Sometimes I even surprise myself with the current builds.
With the incentive to finish these builds to a higher standard :banghead:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on June 21, 2017, 12:17:22 pm
Well these photos have caused quite a stir on Facebook. I keep telling them they aren't  real aircraft, just me using up my spare parts bins.
The Boeing B-17E float plane is based around the Douglas XC-47A Skytrain, whilst the Dassault Breguet Br1250A Mystic is loosely based on the Br1250 flying boat proposal.
As to the Hawkrod (Nimrod with the Hawkeye rotodome) several display models were built but no Nimrod ever flew with a dummy or Hawkeye rotodome.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: TheChronicOne on June 21, 2017, 06:50:00 pm
Glorious wares!  Good to see some pics. I joined up to the Scale Modelers Society so look forward to FR from me. Brad Myers; I'll be the one with the sun thing like the telletubbies.
Title: Rotary AEW ideas
Post by: McColm on June 22, 2017, 09:03:13 pm
I finally got my hands on the Airfix Bristol Type 192 Belverdere. 
This was considered for the anti-submarine and AEW roles under the NA.43 requirement. This was superseded by an aeroplane with better endurance and altitude performance. Needless to say various fixed wing designs and  USNavy carrier aircraft were considered but none purchased by the Royal Navy or the Royal Air Force.
Another tandem-rotor helicopter was proposed the Boeing-Vertol CH-47 Chinook for the COD and AEW roles.
The Royal Navy would buy the Sikorsky S-61/SH-3 Sea King built under licence by Westland Helicopters. A proposal for an AEW Sea King by Westland Helicopters at Yeovil was submitted in 1967. This had a retractable rotating scanner cut into the fuselage . Other variations included a folding antenna and a pulse radar in the nose of the Sea King.
However none were ordered until a quick fix during the Falklands War changed the Royal Navy's mind.
 The Grumman S-2 Tracker was to be reinstated back in 2005 fitted with the Seawater radar and as an alternative the Lockheed S-3 Viking.
I have had an idea of a E-1T turbo version of the Tracer with the rotodome from the E-2 Hawkeye.
AlleyCat do a conversion Marsh Turbo Tracker and I think that I have the Hasegawa kit somewhere in the stash.
Title: And now for something completely different
Post by: McColm on June 23, 2017, 08:27:08 am
Ages ago I bought on line a resin BatCar /Batmobile in 1/25 scale. It was secondhand with a few parts missing and alternative wheels with rubber tyres.
My first thought was, spray it pink for Lady Penelope out of Thunderbirds. Keep the vacform clear canopy but trim to size.
 It would still make an ideal concept car  without adding any of the Bat logos or pipes.
Could go down the route of a kit-car that hasn't been finished.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: TheChronicOne on June 23, 2017, 07:40:41 pm
Do it.

Pink is an underrated and under utilized color.  :mellow: :mellow:

Perhaps if it were referred to as "light red" it would be more popular.  ;D
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on June 23, 2017, 09:38:39 pm
If I can get hold of a pink panther figure, I don't have to change the steering wheel to the correct side.
Title: Breguet Atlantique AEW
Post by: McColm on June 24, 2017, 01:56:59 pm
According to The Air Staff and AEW, a study of using the Breguet Atlantique as a basis for an AEW was considered back in May 1971.
One drawing showed the Atlantiqe fitted with FASS antenna powered by a pair of Rolls-Royce Spey 512 turbofans.
Whilst the other is fitted with the AN/APS 120 (E-2 Hawkeye rotodome) and retained the Rolls-Royce Tyne engines.
 I have tried the second option but when I tried fitting the rotodome stand I couldn't get it to stay in place. So I opted for the vertical tail fin instead.
I know that the Cammett resin BAe Nimrod AEW3 fore and aft radomes fit the Br1150 Revell Atlantic as I used them in my Mystic build. Instead of the Spey engines I was thinking of using the engines from the Revell Airbus A4000M Grizzly/Atlas kit.
I always thought that the Atlantiqe should have been fitted with four engines instead of two, the European equivalent to the Lockheed P-3 Orion.
I did have a go at trying to fit the resin Cammett Nimrod AEW3 parts to the Hasegawa Lockheed P-3 Orion. This didn't work but if another Cammett set was bought the two aft radomes would fit. It's a good job that there is the minimum of details in the cockpit..
With the Mach2 Sud Caravelle, I just might be able to fit this.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on June 25, 2017, 07:20:58 pm
The photos look great and the feedback is encouraging, so I might get a few finished this year.
I still have a box full of the other started builds, so some of those will also get finished.
Inbetween I hope to start a few car builds. I'm not too sure what happened to the Triumph Lynx that I was building, I have the Triumph TR7 which is almost finished, just needs a new paint job.
With the 20th anniversary of the Philosophers' Stone, something on the Harry Potter theme. The Batmobile could be converted into something dragon like with snake hub caps or dragon wings attached to the sides sort of a modern Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Title: 1/72 Mach2 Super Frelon
Post by: McColm on June 26, 2017, 06:23:35 pm
Been reading the reviews of the 1/72 Mach2 Super Frelon on line, seems as if there's a lot of work to make a decent model.
So there's scope for a Whiff or an updated version similar to the Chinese AEW.
 I think that I have enough parts in the spares boxes. I'll check my decal sheets as well.
Title: Re: 1/72 Mach2 Super Frelon
Post by: NARSES2 on June 27, 2017, 05:59:08 am
Been reading the reviews of the 1/72 Mach2 Super Frelon on line, seems as if there's a lot of work to make a decent model.


It's Mach2, those two phrases tend to follow one another automatically.  :banghead:
Title: Based on the H.P. Aerobus concept
Post by: McColm on July 02, 2017, 10:35:28 am
Handley Page drew up many designs for a civil airliner using the wings from the H.P. Victor bomber, none made it past the drawing board.
 So I have used the Revell 1/144 Boeing 747 from the Space Shuttle kit and added the wings from a 1/97 H.P. Victor. The model was already built but was missing the T-tail and landing gear.
 The wings fit without any problems, but gluing up the Revell 747 has issues. It doesn't line up, so it's a question of gluing stage by stage.
I will be adding extra windows and using the landing gear provided by the kit.
 I might have a look at the S+M Models accessories or aftermarket kits in 1/144.
As I haven't decided on a tanker, transport or AEW &C.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on July 04, 2017, 07:30:49 am
I wish that Revell would mirror all the Mach2 kits so there's a plastic alternative.
Some such as the Atlantic is already in plastic although there is a big difference in size between the two.
There are some vacform kits, but these are becoming rare.
 Well that's my rant over with.
Got the last two weeks of July booked as holiday so I will be spending one week trying to finish off my current builds.
Going down to Falmouth in Cornwall, there's no model shops in Falmouth since the one in the high street closed down about five years ago. The nearest is Truro. It's either a bus ride or take the ferry.
I'll be visiting Hogwarts on my birthday and going into the forbidden forest. It's about time that Horny did an anniversary train set. They could even use the Hall Class loco and the booking hall from the current stock.
That reminds me I must get around to building my 00 gauge tribute layout.
Title: 2 more commissioned builds
Post by: McColm on July 05, 2017, 10:47:00 am
I collected two more kits off a mate at work;
1/72 Airfix  A03019 D.H. Mosquito Mk II/VI/XVIII. He wants the Mk.II 23 Sqn RAF.
&
1/48 Airfix A05120 Messerschmitt Bf109E-1/E-3/E-4.
He has favored the Bf109E-4/N colour scheme
I have an idea how to get the effect on the sides of the fuselage without using an airbrush. Kitchen towel dabbed all over.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: TheChronicOne on July 05, 2017, 06:30:26 pm
Kitchen towel...  that's flippin' brilliant!  Probably slightly or moderately worn would be better in some cases than new I'd surmise. Now I want to raid the "crappy rags" drawer.  :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on July 05, 2017, 11:47:08 pm
I used that method before on plastic card to get the stone effect, when used on buildings for my 00 gauge train layout, but that was ages ago.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on July 07, 2017, 06:32:49 pm
Just had an idea; the Avro Shackodyne.
A vertical take off and landing version of the Avro Shackleton with the stack and tail fins from the Fairey Rotodyne.
You could use the windows along the fuselage, they would come in handy for my civil airliner idea.
 The Revell kit might be a better donor.
  Having watched a couple of videos on YouTube about Railcars and  panama end carriages. I've got a few ideas that I could build in 00 gauge.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on July 08, 2017, 10:41:10 am
I think another trip to RAF Hendon is due paying attention to the Bristol Belverdere.
 I'll have to scratch build the interior with the cargo door in the open position, I might have one of Freightdog AEW deflated bins. Probably get the Avro Shackleton photo-etched set for the Airfix kit.
 Which reminds me I must finish the Heliplane and Fokker Rotodyne.
 Got the urge to buy a clockwork 00gauge train set, something that just fits under the bed. I'll replace the loco she'll with something from the Airfix range or a second hand wreck.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on July 13, 2017, 05:17:43 pm
Commission build part1
1/72 Airfix D.H. Mosquito NF Mk II.
The kit comes with options for the bomber or night fighter in grey moulded parts. There's a lot of cleaning up to do due to the heavy mould lines. One thing that I don't get is that the two crew hid all the detailing when seated.
Which is why I painted the inside of the fuselage halves aircraft green and smudged the raised dails with black mat paint. Next came the seats and the crew. The control column was glued afterwards.
The wings fit into groves along the fuselage. This was Superglued in place.
Title: The Mighty Thor recycled
Post by: McColm on July 16, 2017, 08:38:15 pm
In order to build the 1/72 Boeing B-52 flying boat parts from the Mighty Thor will be used.
The B-52 will get a pair of wings from the Airfix Avro Vulcan. The engines were going to be from the Anigrand Martin SeaMaster but the engines from the X/YB-35 flying wing seem to be a better fit when attached to the upper wings.
The Hasegawa PS-1/ SS-2 flying boat's hull fits neatly into the lower fuselage of the B-52. I'll utilize the landing gear.
Title: Kitbash airliner
Post by: McColm on July 17, 2017, 09:52:34 am
So the 1/72 Mach2 Sud Caravelle isn't compatible with the Airfix HS/BAe Nimrod, but when kitbashed they do.
I have chopped off the pannier from the Nimrod and glued the cockpit and tail section to the Caravelle. The wings and engines are from a1/144 Revell Boeing 747-100 series. Engines mounted on top of the wings. Just have to remove the ECM antenna.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: TheChronicOne on July 17, 2017, 03:22:18 pm
This B(oat)-52 sounds nuts! I love it!
Title: HP Sentinel plus other builds
Post by: McColm on July 18, 2017, 01:04:40 pm
I glued up the wheel housing doors and I am building the stand from the Revell Boeing 747-100 kit. The tail planes are glued into position.

Inbetween this work on the Airfix Mosquito and the Caravelle & Nimrod kitbash continues. The 1/144 Revell Boeing 747-100 wings and outer landing gear are glued in place either side of the fuselage.
Also part of the HP Victor T-tail has been glued to the vertical tail fin of the Airfix BAe Nimrod. The side pouches from the Boeing RC-135 W/V have been glued to the fuselage of the Caravelle.
I think I will call this build the Condor ,

The King Neptune was had it's share of puty/filler plus two struts one on each side of the engines to keep the radome sturdy.
Title: Re: Ideas for 2017'
Post by: McColm on July 20, 2017, 02:27:49 am
The Revell BV222 Viking, looked at this before and I keep thinking of adding the wings from the Airfix HS/BAe Nimrod to make a jet flying boat. Remove guns .

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Wings, though, are from an Avro Atlantic
Thanks,
I shall use this as a guide, I might have a pair of Vulcan wings in the stash.
The Airmodel 1/72 Kit 155 vacform Blohm & Voss BV222A (V4) Wiking arrived today. It's a bit squashed on the right side of the fuselage. I'm thinking of using bulkheads as I'll need to reinforce the wing section. The kit only came with one clear canopy with upper gun turrets but no gun barrels. I could scratch build some sort of landing gear. I'll add extra windows.
The wings might fit the Heller Lockheed Constellation.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on July 20, 2017, 12:30:43 pm
Eric the Viking has gone plastic, I found the wings and engines from a Airfix Vulcan kit. I don't have the  engine fans so I might make a pair of FOD covers instead..
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on July 20, 2017, 01:08:31 pm
Any ideas for a suitable paint scheme are welcome?
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on July 21, 2017, 10:21:29 am
Bish, bosh ,bash
Updates 21/07/2017

The King Neptune continues to have bits of puty/filler added to it. I made two struts to support the teardrop radome and glued them onto the tops of the two engines.
There's pictures up on my facebook page and a few more in the next two weeks.

Eric the Viking- I've given the build a full day to dry out. Although the windows are big you can't see much of the interior, so I didn't add any. Perhaps next time I'll open the fuselage doors.

BAe Sentinel- I'm not too sure on whether to trim the nose, giving it the Caravelle/ Comet look or just leaving it alone. PSR.

I came up with a kitbash based on the 'Fat Avro Vulcan. I used the Airfix Avro Vulcan wing minus the engines, fuselage is from a Hasegawa Lockheed Martin P-3C Orion. The front nose cone is the resin Cammett BAe Nimrod AEW3 with an Airfix BAe Nimrod glazed canopy. The engines are from a 1/48 Lockheed S-3B Viking and are glued to the upper wing. The wings droop downwards. I haven't fitted a replacement tail or the undercarriage.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on July 21, 2017, 10:14:01 pm
Any ideas for a suitable paint scheme are welcome?
White seems a common colour for flying boats, with a blue or red stripe.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on July 22, 2017, 01:35:24 am
Eric the Viking has gone plastic, I found the wings and engines from a Airfix Vulcan kit. I don't have the  engine fans so I might make a pair of FOD covers instead..
Been thinking of going along the lines of the Short Mayo- piggyback idea. To break up the expanse of the delta wing. The only build small enough to fit is the 1/72 Mach2 WB-57E. I have added a new nose and lumps & bumps.
I just need to scratch build an undercarriage and I could use the tresel from the Space shuttle kit.
Title: Just started - Mach2 Super Frelon
Post by: McColm on July 22, 2017, 05:49:06 am
This has got to be one of the better kits from the 1/72 Mach2 range.
Yes there's plenty of flash to clean up on the mouldings, sink holes and stubs to file down, but at least the two fuselage halves line up without any major problems. The glazing is opaque, but with the loading ramp down there is ample room for detailing the interior.
 You get the single sheet of instructions in English and in French although one part does appear to be missing if you want to build the SA321A (engine air-intakes). The B model with the air filter comes with the kit as standard.
I'm basing my build on the Changhe Z-18Y Black Bat flown by the Chinese and adding the AEW radome from the Westland Sea King AEW.Mk2/ASaC.Mk7  plus etching ,decals and parts from various other helicopters.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on July 23, 2017, 12:38:53 pm
1/72 Lockheed King Neptune, three turboprop engines, twin fins AEW.

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'Eric the Viking' 1/72 Revell Blohm & Voss BV22 and the wings from the Airfix Avro Vulcan.


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'Eric the Viking' and the 1/72 kitbashed BAe Sentinel.

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Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on July 23, 2017, 12:40:15 pm
A closer view of 'Eric the Viking'.


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'Eric the Viking' head on view.

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Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: TheChronicOne on July 23, 2017, 01:33:31 pm
That viking is so cool!!! 
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on July 23, 2017, 03:46:47 pm
Thanks Captain Canada,
I tried to get my build of Eric the Viking as close to the drawing as possible.
There's still a lot of work to be done around the Vulcan wing.
I'm glad that you liked it :thumbsup:
Title: Amstrong Whitworth Argos Gunship
Post by: McColm on July 25, 2017, 03:42:22 am
I been building this Whiff for quite some time, based on the 1/72 Mach2 A.W . Argosy with the wings and twin tail-twin booms from the AC-119 G/K Gunship. I added the mini-guns and a third tail fin, twin Type engines and an turbojet for auxiliary power above the main fuselage. I lost the canopy and replaced it with the one from the AC-119. The wingtips now have rocket pods.
The colour scheme is based on the USAF South Asia/ Vietnam pattern but needs repainting due to the updates and repairs.
 I recently received the vacform Airmodel conversion set for the Lockheed C-130 ;
AC-130A/H
LC-130R
C-130K W.Mk.2
The instructions are printed in German. Although the guns aren't supplied with the kit there are detailed drawings of the AC-130 A/H.
Having snapped off the AC-119 main landing gear a few times I was thinking about adding the landing gear to the fuselage.
The Airmodel conversion set comes with the LC-130R skis in the lowered form to include the landing gear and the raised format.
In the raised from these look like floats to me, possible Polar (Express) Maritime surveillance aircraft.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on July 25, 2017, 11:36:48 am
Well that's it no more whiffing for five days.
Maybe my three flying boats would look better in some sort of sea port scene. I think that I discussed this before, but I never got around to building it.
 The Super Frelon still looks a bit dark inside, so I might close the rear ramp and just add the inflatable dustbin to the side.
Whereas the Bristol Belverdere has the option for the cargo door to be opened.
 I found a CH-47 Chinook in the spares box. This was proposed carrier for an AEW radar. I might need to make a extend the rotating arm so it clears the fuselage  or extend the nose..
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on July 27, 2017, 12:33:58 am
One of my kitbash builds looks like an alternative to the Kawasaki P-1. Which in my mind looks like a Lockheed P-3 Orion with 4 jet engines.
The Avro Raven MR.1 is also based on a P-3 Orion fuselage with the Vulcan wing drooping downwards for stability at low and high level altitudes. It has two large turbofan engines on the upper wing with a resin Cammett BAe Nimrod AEW radome in the nose and the Airfix BAe Nimrod canopy & vertical tail fin .It does in some angles resemble the 'fat Vulcan'.
It just needs the lumps and bumps added.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: ericr on July 27, 2017, 03:39:43 am

Eric the Viking is impressive !
I would like to see it done

Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on July 28, 2017, 08:57:58 am
Ok,
As soon as I get back, I'l crack on with it.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on July 29, 2017, 11:04:25 pm
I'm going to have to wait and see if the Airmodel YB-49 vacform kit is compatible with the YB-35. As the vacform ceiling would be easier to cut to make the  windows for the passenger version.
I could always drill them out. Two seats per window.
For the other kit, a possible AEW version making use of the lumps and bumps, using the Heller Lockheed EC-121 Warning Star radomes.
 Lots to do and finish off.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on July 31, 2017, 01:11:43 pm
Received a box of spares from eBay and quickly dived in to see the contents.
 A nearly complete 1/48 Italeri F/A-18E Super Hornet. Already started, detailing in the nose wheel well and cockpit areas.
I glued the landing gear, twin fins and the wings,  & jet exhaust pipes. I'm thinking along the lines of a V/STOL. With a pair of lift engines behind the cockpit and changing the rear exhaust pipes.
 I also found a Airfix 1/72 Lockheed S-3A Viking with most of the parts but no instructions. I've got a copy of the Hasegawa instructions so I'm using those as a guide.
There are parts for a 1/72 Dassault Rafale and a Boeing X-32 so that should be an interesting kitbash.
Well it's laundry day tomorrow so I'll best crack on with some two part filler.
Title: Twin turboprop Constellation bomber
Post by: McColm on August 02, 2017, 03:24:16 pm
I think that I have stumbled upon an idea for the twin engined Lockheed Constellation bomber.
 I started by using the bomb bays from the Academy 1/72 B-29 on the Heller EC-121 but never got around to finishing this off.
Having found the wings and tail booms broken off the Mach2 AW Argosy/ Argos Gunship which fit the Constellation (well almost- they came from a AC-119G/K). I will stick with the undercarriage from the Heller kit and add gun turrets.
The Argos had a triple fin rear tail which I will use as well.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: TheChronicOne on August 02, 2017, 05:14:50 pm
This sounds good! I love a Connie in any configuration, especially a whif one!!! 

I have a mint condition sealed Heller EC-121 Warning Star in 1/72 that I just have sitting around as decoration for now. I really like just looking at it... won't be whiffing it but it will be one hell of a build when I do get around to it. I'd like to build a collection of the 1/72 kits. I know there is a MACS one (or whatever it was) and also some airliner versions. All by Heller if I'm not mistaken. But anyway..

I just adore the Connies man, so go for the gusto...   :thumbsup: :wub: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 02, 2017, 05:17:56 pm
Airfix put out the Heller Connie and Super Connie under their own label too, and I think they had different decals to the Heller Issues.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: TheChronicOne on August 02, 2017, 05:33:14 pm
Airfix put out the Heller Connie and Super Connie under their own label too, and I think they had different decals to the Heller Issues.

Drooooool...  pocketbook hates to hear this but I LOVE to hear it..    Are they somewhat hard to find? I don't recall ever seeing one listed anywhere. 
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 02, 2017, 10:49:30 pm

   Are they somewhat hard to find? I don't recall ever seeing one listed anywhere.


Yes, and they cost a fortune. The two on ebay currently have BIN prices over £100.  :o :o
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 03, 2017, 12:24:39 am
Try KingKit or KitKrazy.
Thanks for the encouragement. I've always wanted to do a seaplane version of the Connie or a jet powered variant. I might combine the two on my next kitbash project.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: TheChronicOne on August 03, 2017, 06:52:33 am

   Are they somewhat hard to find? I don't recall ever seeing one listed anywhere.


Yes, and they cost a fortune. The two on ebay currently have BIN prices over £100.  :o :o
I have to have one now. lol    I Went looking around and the one US eBay showed me was from Aus for over $200 after considering shipping!  YIKES!   But it is so cool! This one is the Qantas Super Connnie.


Try KingKit or KitKrazy.
Thanks for the encouragement. I've always wanted to do a seaplane version of the Connie or a jet powered variant. I might combine the two on my next kitbash project.

He's a mad man!!!    ;D ;D
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 03, 2017, 06:58:54 am
Looking deeper into the Airfix Connie boxings, it looks like they only ever did the Quantas version. I've got one somewhere in The Loft and I'll have a look, as I was pretty sure mine had alternative markings too.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 03, 2017, 08:29:24 am
Yes ,
Super Constellation Qantas VH-EAD
Super Constellation HARS CONNIE
 VH-EAG
Super Constellation Irish International Airliners NI009C
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: TheChronicOne on August 03, 2017, 08:54:50 am
Yay for the Irish one!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 03, 2017, 11:12:38 am
The Airfix Super Constellation come with oblong/rectangle windows whereas the Heller Connies have round windows. Most kits come with the option of wingtip fuel tanks. There are resin improvement sets, white metal or copper landing gear. The rare vacform wings for the Starliner.
The is a vacform 1/72 Super Constellation/EC-121 Warning Star by Rare Planes. (I've destroyed 2 so far).
 I have tried using the wings from the Airfix and Academy B-29 kits for the Starliner, they didn't work for me but they might for you.
I also had a go at a shoulder mounted C-69 which was to be the AC-69 Gunship. I just need a circular or band saw that cuts plastic. I get one side done and the other won't line up, so frustrating at times! I'm sure that there's a way.
The air refueling tanker can be built either with a flying boom (KP-29P or KC-97) or hose & drogue (KC-130) parts.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 03, 2017, 06:03:47 pm
Meanwhile the recent 'Spares box' has revealed a part built X-32. Not the most glamorous looking aircraft but I have seen drawings and photos of what the production aircraft might have developed into.
I might change the wings and replace them with those from an Airfix F-22.
 Work continues on a slow pace on the 1/48 F/A-18E.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 04, 2017, 01:58:20 am

Meanwhile the recent 'Spares box' has revealed a part built X-32. Not the most glamorous looking aircraft but I have seen drawings and photos of what the production aircraft might have developed into.
I might change the wings and replace them with those from an Airfix F-22.


ANYTHING would be an improvement!  :o
Title: 1/72 Airmodel Kit 286 YB-49
Post by: McColm on August 05, 2017, 02:44:49 am
Picked up a package from the kitchen table and unwrapped it. It is the 1/72 vacform Airmodel Northrop YB-49..
You get 2 vacform sheets and a clear piece that contains the window and canopies. Printed instructions and a 1/144 scale drawing. There's no resin or metal parts with this kit.
There must be some pieces missing as the instructions show the assembly of the cockpit and landing gear. No decals supplied but a colour guide is included.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 05, 2017, 03:14:39 am
A closer view of 'Eric the Viking'.


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'Eric the Viking' head on view.

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Got  idea for the  1/72 Airmodel vacform Blohm and Voss BV22A  (V4), as Eric the Viking's stablemate  The Mighty Thor using the flying wing from another Airmodel the Northrop YB-49.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: TheChronicOne on August 05, 2017, 07:11:27 am
Brave soul. I look at my lone vacform kit and it fills me with dread and that's not even mentioning modifications to it!
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 05, 2017, 09:17:48 am
Brave soul. I look at my lone vacform kit and it fills me with dread and that's not even mentioning modifications to it!
Bite the bullet and don't be afraid. A sharp knife and a thick marker pen. Remember to wash the parts before you cut them and just take your time. Don't sand too hard as you will go through the vacform.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 05, 2017, 09:30:29 am
And preferably DON'T start with an Airmodel. They're the vacform equivalents of Mach 2 kits!  :banghead:

A Rareplanes kit would be a good start, or a Maintrack X-Craft kit, both of which were mastered by the late Gordon Stevens, who pretty much invented vacforming in the UK.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 05, 2017, 12:46:52 pm
And preferably DON'T start with an Airmodel. They're the vacform equivalents of Mach 2 kits!  :banghead:

A Rareplanes kit would be a good start, or a Maintrack X-Craft kit, both of which were mastered by the late Gordon Stevens, who pretty much invented vacforming in the UK.
Thanks Kit :banghead:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: TheChronicOne on August 06, 2017, 02:50:02 am
I have had my eye on a Rareplanes p-59.  I know there's an injection kit of it, too, but I've seen the Rareplanes version going for as little as $6 plus a bit o' shipping. . .. .
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 08, 2017, 11:19:30 am
Just putting the finishing touches on a commissioned build (straight out of the box) Airfix de Havilland Mosquito NFII RYP.
 I know that I should have painted it gloss black and then added the decals and used a Matt finish but my instructions were quite clear from the owner of the kit.
 Not much Whiffing going on, accept a few ideas on using the wood effect decals on a few of my 1/24 and 1/25 car kits.
Another idea although not so much as a Whiff as I have seen real world cars based on or around the lifting bodies used by NASA during the Space Race.
 I'm slowly getting back into my builds and the 'why did I ever start that' frame of mind.
Still got two weeks leave to take before December. I just might get a couple finished by then.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 10, 2017, 04:06:11 am
Another idea that just might work,
To use the Airfix HS 125 with the wings from the Revell 1/144 Space Shuttle, use the Airfix engines above the wings.
 Why not use 1/76 tank tracks on my amphibious flying boat builds instead of a wheeled landing gear.. the spare parts can be used on a gunship or for other whiffs.
1/76 Buffalo amphibian would work.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 11, 2017, 08:22:57 am
It's good to get a secondhand kit with all the pieces included. The 1/72 Rareplanes Boeing KC-97G arrived today.
I was asked ages ago to build a AEW version with the Hawkeye rotodome but never got around to it and using the flying boom convert a Constellation into an in-flight refueling tanker.
When the Heller 1/72 EC-121 Warning Star arrives I shall start the build.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 11, 2017, 10:25:45 am
I'm going to call this build the Avro
 Panorama AEW.1 based on the Rareplanes 1/72 vacform Boeing KC-97G.
 I have attempted to make this using the Academy KC-97G and K kits but I always changed the engines, the two outer ones work very well but I have problems with the two inner ones. I have tried the Rolls-Royce Tyne engines from the Revell Breguet Atlantic and engines from the Hasegawa Lockheed P-3C Orion.
 Since the engines in the kit are a bit crude they also will be replaced with Griffons from the Airfix Avro Shackleton or if I can find the resin engines from the Connie upgrade set. I might even use the wings from the Airfix kit as well.
The KC-97 wings might just fit the EC-121 to create a Starliner.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 11, 2017, 11:06:52 pm
The spares from a 1/72 AC-130A gunship arrived yesterday.
Looks to me as if the mini-guns and the  40mm & .105mm canon are missing.
I can get replacement guns and lumps plus bumps. Might change the engines.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 14, 2017, 12:14:43 pm
Been working on the 1/48 Airfix Messerschmitt BF109, painting the pieces before I glue them together. Started a few assembly lines. The acrylic paints might not be the right colours but they are very close.
Between painting just tinkering with a few of my started builds.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: TheChronicOne on August 14, 2017, 05:45:36 pm
Ahhhh... a nice single engine mono-plane build...    I find those to be relaxing, especially after working on bigger things.

I don't "do" 1/48 but I have a small collection of kits in the scale that I love. Coincidentally, they're the Hobbycraft kits of the 109! So, when the day comes when I do build a 1/48 again, it will be a 109.   :mellow:

It all started decades ago when my mama gave me one for my birthday. It was the 199 "Mule" Israeli knife version. A damn fine kit. Anyway... when I got back to the hobby again last year I bought some of its cousins so now I have 5 (I think) of them and while I want to get rid of all my other 1/48 stuff I'm going to always keep these. (and my T-38s  ;D )

 :thumbsup:

I have to say, it's strange to see you working on something so...  "little."   :o ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 14, 2017, 11:30:47 pm
Went food shopping last night and picked up the last copy Scale Aircraft Modelling August 2017, it's got the Eduard's Friedrich BF109F-2 profipack.
It's also got a detailed build of the 1/72 Airfix Westland Sea King HC.4 which I can adapt to the Mach 2 Super Frelon kit that I have got.
There's a look at High Planes Canberra in 1/72 scale, plus photos of the real aircraft.
 Aircraft in profile is the Westland Scout and Wasp helicopters.
Plus loads of goodies.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 15, 2017, 01:29:57 pm
Ahhhh... a nice single engine mono-plane build...    I find those to be relaxing, especially after working on bigger things.

I don't "do" 1/48 but I have a small collection of kits in the scale that I love. Coincidentally, they're the Hobbycraft kits of the 109! So, when the day comes when I do build a 1/48 again, it will be a 109.   :mellow:

It all started decades ago when my mama gave me one for my birthday. It was the 199 "Mule" Israeli knife version. A damn fine kit. Anyway... when I got back to the hobby again last year I bought some of its cousins so now I have 5 (I think) of them and while I want to get rid of all my other 1/48 stuff I'm going to always keep these. (and my T-38s  ;D )

 :thumbsup:

I have to say, it's strange to see you working on something so...  "little."   :o ;D ;D ;D
My first was a restoration job on a 1/48 P-51 Mustang A. The Hornet is roughly the same size as a 1/72 Lockheed Neptune.
The Messerschmitt BF109E just means a bit more detailing in the cockpit, engine if exposed and on the landing gear.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 16, 2017, 01:40:33 pm
A closer view of 'Eric the Viking'.


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'Eric the Viking' head on view.

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In the publication Aviation Archive- Flying boats of WWII there is a photo of a BV222 on  some sort of beaching cradle that has tracks either side to raise or lower the Wiking into the sea.
I've bought the Airfix 1/76 Buffalo IV and Willy's Jeep set.
The tracked side of the Buffalo works well with 'Eric the Viking' which I will assemble tomorrow. Another addition has been the ventral radome from the Revell Avro Shackleton AEW.2 this has been glued to the upper fuselage behind the cockpit. As it helps blend the Vulcan wing into the fuselage.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 17, 2017, 08:24:19 am
The Buffalo tracks work and have been glued on to the fuselage, there's a lot of ballast need to prevent this from becoming a tale sitter, but I have a cunning plan.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 18, 2017, 08:28:24 am
A second set of tracks will be needed at the rear end and I will add an entry door to the lower fuselage with a ladder or portable stairs from the Mach2 Caravelle kit.
Title: Boeing B-29 AEW
Post by: McColm on August 18, 2017, 10:50:46 am
Just had an idea for the 1/72 B-29 which I bought off eBay already made.
I'm thinking of using the radomes from the Heller C-121 Warning Star. To get the clearance I could use the Constellation landing gear. I know SAC do a while metal set.
This conversion will be called' Daddy Long Legs.'
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: TheChronicOne on August 18, 2017, 01:02:45 pm
Up on "stilts!"   Sounds like a pretty good plan.   :wacko:

And man, .... uhhhh.... is it weird that this whole time I never knew the big radome on the bottom of the EC 121 was even there?!  I have the kit sitting RIGHT HERE on top of the top part of my desk within arms reach and still had no idea!  ;D ;D   I just thought it had the top part.  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 18, 2017, 02:46:35 pm
The top part was the height radar,  earlier examples carried the AN/APS-20 as used on the Avro Shackleton AEW.2, the larger radome housed the AN/APS-95.
 You could try fitting the Hawkeye rotodome to the upper fuselage.
 I'm converting mine into a bomber  using spare parts from the Academy B-29 and have ordered another one for the KC-121 tanker.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: TheChronicOne on August 18, 2017, 03:46:37 pm
A bomber... hell yeah!    :mellow: :mellow:

It may be heretical (around here!  ;D ) but I'm building mine OOB. I really like the thing as it is! So cool. Nothing stopping me from getting more kits in the future though and the sky is the limit.  :lol:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 18, 2017, 05:14:51 pm
A bomber... hell yeah!    :mellow: :mellow:

It may be heretical (around here!  ;D ) but I'm building mine OOB. I really like the thing as it is! So cool. Nothing stopping me from getting more kits in the future though and the sky is the limit.  :lol:
You might need a bit of puty/filer around the gap between the wing and the fuselage.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: TheChronicOne on August 18, 2017, 06:02:49 pm
A bomber... hell yeah!    :mellow: :mellow:

It may be heretical (around here!  ;D ) but I'm building mine OOB. I really like the thing as it is! So cool. Nothing stopping me from getting more kits in the future though and the sky is the limit.  :lol:
You might need a bit of puty/filer around the gap between the wing and the fuselage.

Thanks for the tip!

Speaking of, and I'm not one to wish ill-fitting kits upon myself, but it just so happens I recently bought a tube of Bondo red glazing putty. I read around and a lot of folks were saying that it works great on airplane kits so I'm kind of eager to try it.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 20, 2017, 12:09:16 pm
Update on the Martin Majestic, the resin Cammett BAe Nimrod AEW3 rear radome has been cut to fit the front of the Mach2 Martin SeaMaster. It's a good fit.
 I did a dry fit of the main landing gear from a Italeri AC-130A and that also fits.
The build still needs a lot of work to get it to the paint stage.
 The Mystic on the other hand looks good on a sheet of polystyrene which needs painting blue, with filler to represent waves/ ripples.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 21, 2017, 08:21:54 am
I was looking for the resin parts for the Connie and stumbled across a 1/72 Starfix
HH-3 Jolly Green Giant, which I will turn into a AEW helicopter with inflatable bin from Freightdog.
I also found another Revell 1/72 Blohm and Voss  BV222 Wiking this hasn't been opened. This will be the Mighty Thor.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 22, 2017, 08:53:56 am
Update on the Martin Majestic, the resin Cammett BAe Nimrod AEW3 rear radome has been cut to fit the front of the Mach2 Martin SeaMaster. It's a good fit.
 I did a dry fit of the main landing gear from a Italeri AC-130A and that also fits.
The build still needs a lot of work to get it to the paint stage.
 The Mystic on the other hand looks good on a sheet of polystyrene which needs painting blue, with filler to represent waves/ ripples.
Updated on the Martin Majestic
Both resin Cammett BAe Nimrod AEW.3 radomes have been Superglued to the SeaMaster. The main landing gear and wheels are in place. I has to remove some plastic either side of the fuselage to get them to fit snugly. It's a bit of a tail sitter at the moment but I did manage to find one land leg of a C-119 which should prevent this.
Had some good feedback from Facebook especially on the Whatif site.
There's still a long way to go before the paint stage.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on August 28, 2017, 04:07:41 pm
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Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 28, 2017, 10:59:00 pm
Thanks Captain :thumbsup:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 29, 2017, 02:14:49 am
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This is my 1/72 Mach2  Martin SeaMaster it has the resin Cammett BAe Nimrod AEW radomes, AC-130A main landing gear, scratch built V-tail and Rolls-Royce Spey engines. Aka Martin Majestic AEW.1
Got the idea from one of my other builds the Vickers/Breguet Br1250A  Mystic AEW.1
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 29, 2017, 02:19:18 am
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Top to are the Breguet Mystic jet flying boat with a V-tail.
Bottom two are based on the Revell B-!7E with floats and triple engines.
Here's the Mystic for comparison!
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: TheChronicOne on August 29, 2017, 05:23:20 am
Awesome!!! Them some cool lookin birds.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 29, 2017, 05:56:36 am
Thanks,
Should be finished in time for Christmas. :banghead:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 29, 2017, 06:10:09 am
I have often wondered what if the UK MOD had chosen the Sikorsky HH-3E and built it under licence.
The Commando would still have been built but the Pelican might have been an alternative.
 I'm using the 1/72 Starfix kit as the donor and added parts from a Revell Sea King. It's going to be a AEW & C with the deflated dustbin.
I'm already having issues as the two kits are different sizes. A little trimming and they should fit.
A part from the cockpit, there's nothing to see inside. So I have left this empty.
I'll use the benches on the Super Frelon.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: ericr on August 29, 2017, 10:52:41 am

very impressive pictures !
I long to them finished !
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on August 29, 2017, 12:41:17 pm

very impressive pictures !
I long to them finished !
I need to finish them so I can start my 1/24 or 1/25 car builds.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: TheChronicOne on August 29, 2017, 03:46:58 pm
Thanks,
Should be finished in time for Christmas. :banghead:


 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on September 06, 2017, 08:17:20 am
I finished the 1/48 Messerschmitt BF109.
Inbetween working on the kit, I started adding parts to the 1/72 HH-3 Jolly Green Giant/Pelican helicopter from a Revell Sea King AEW.
The swing arm is fitted on the left side of the forward fuselage. The Mk5 radome and tail rotors are also from the AEW kit. So too is the air filter to the engines.
Title: Lockheed Super Connie Bomber
Post by: McColm on September 12, 2017, 06:59:21 am
This is based around the 1/72 Heller Lockheed EC-121 Warning Star kit.
The bomb bays are from a B-29 , the cockpit also comes from a B-29 including the nose wheel, glazing , upper and lower turrets. The landing gear will come from the B-29 with turboprop engines.
Paint scheme USAF South Asia experimental camouflage.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on September 23, 2017, 12:43:04 pm
The need to get some of my started builds to the paint stage is ever present.
Having joined a few modeling groups on facebook, the standard is high in the finishing stage.
 I 've taken on the challenge of creating a Festival of Remembrance Hawker Hurricane in 1/48 as a commissioned build. I found some poppy transfers on line and intend to use a rattle can of high gloss white paint and a can of clear gloss over the top. The customer has asked for the gear up and straight out of the box cockpit.
 I'm tempted to use the poppy transfers on another build of mine.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on September 24, 2017, 09:42:32 pm
Stumbled on an idea of kitbashing a Airfix Avro Vulcan with an Airfix BAe Nimrod.
Lobbed off the front part of the Vulcan and bomb bay. Removed the landing gear, tail fin and rear cone.
The Nimrod wings, tail fins and weapons bay need removing.
Turned the Vulcan upside down and slotted in place. In hindsight I should have fitted the Vulcan wings the right way up, but both kits were already  90% built.
This looks a bit like the Avro 722 Atlantic in many ways.
I've been looking for 1/72 BOAC decals and Dan Air . Might have some in the stash.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on September 29, 2017, 08:28:56 am
I'm always recycling my builds, which I'm sure makes those of you that are trying to follow this blog frustrated.
 Some it will come as no surprise when I tell you that the 1/72 Heller Lockheed
EC-121 which had the forward cockpit of an Airfix B-29 grafted to it has been replaced with the glazed section from the Academy  KC-97G and to fill in the major gaps the glazed parts of the B-29. The main undercarriage is also from the
KC-97G. With the nose wheel section now filled with lumps and bumps a tail wheel will be fitted.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on October 01, 2017, 12:24:01 pm
I finally get around to building the 1/72 Lockheed 1/72 KC-121 tanker; donor kit is the Airfix Super Constellation.
As to the EC-97 AEW & C that's still on hold as the attack version of the C-97 might be a better option for the vacform kit.
 As for the rest of my started builds, there's a sudden interest from other groups on Facebook.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on October 01, 2017, 08:04:43 pm
The Martin SeaMaster AEW is taking too long to build, however I have a 1/72 Revell HP Victor in the stash. Well I'm going to use the wings on another build, so some of the leftovers will be used on the SeaMaster. Whilst the refueling parts will be added to the Celestial.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: Captain Canada on October 09, 2017, 05:54:55 am
McColm :I used nail wraps along the fuselage and poppy stickers elsewhere. It's not mine, 1/48 Airfix Hurricane.

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(http://I used nail wraps along the fuselage and poppy stickers elsewhere. It's not mine, 1/48 Airfix Hurricane.)

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Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on October 09, 2017, 02:29:54 pm
McColm :I used nail wraps along the fuselage and poppy stickers elsewhere. It's not mine, 1/48 Airfix Hurricane.

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(http://I used nail wraps along the fuselage and poppy stickers elsewhere. It's not mine, 1/48 Airfix Hurricane.)

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Wow! I never noticed that my 1/72 Albatross was that good. Thanks Captain for putting the background scenery in.
The Hurricane looks good as well :thumbsup:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: scooter on October 09, 2017, 05:30:38 pm
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That's a really purty Albatross
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Post by: McColm on October 09, 2017, 08:15:31 pm
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That's a really purty Albatross
Me thinks, that's one of Captain Canada's photos put up by mistake. Although I do have an 1/72 Albatross in my stash!
Title: BAe Lockheed P-5 MR.P Nimion
Post by: McColm on October 12, 2017, 10:29:10 pm
Having destroyed several 1/72 Airfix HS/BAe Nimrod and Hasegawa Lockheed P-3 Orion kits over the years, I have come up with a compromise.
Using the Nimrod fuselage mated to the wings of the Orion.
The wings are pushed right to the back of the fuselage and almost fit in the curve created by the removal of the Nimrod wings.
I've also done away with the part that represents the weapons bay rack/fuselage floor, fortunately for me the Nimrod was particularly built.
Yes there are gaps that can be filled in using the bomb bay doors or plastic card.
I'm going to use the Orion landing gear and the rotodome from the Grumman E-2 Hawkeye on this build.
I don't doubt that this has been built before, but I always put my own twist to whatever I build.
The parts are going on far too easy for my liking, could be an omen. Or I've chosen two really good models for kitbashing.
We shall see.
Title: 1/72 Mach2 SE 210 Caravelle
Post by: McColm on October 18, 2017, 10:59:45 pm
I've finally found a Mach2 kit where the two fuselage halves fit together without any gaps. I can't say the same for the rest of the parts but it's looking good for the SE 210 Caravelle I bought on eBay.
Having been disappointed with the previous 2 kits that ended up in the bin.
 I'm considering AEW & C version, so I can use the seats for my Northrop Flying wing and perhaps a cargo door.
 Kit is right the engines from the Airfix HS/BAe Nimrod are on the large side but are about the same length, as I have had problems in the past with fitting the Mach2 wings.
I'll have to see if the wings are as good as the rest of the other parts.
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Post by: TheChronicOne on October 19, 2017, 07:49:19 am
I'm amazed!!!  :o ;D
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on October 19, 2017, 07:59:03 am
I've somehow managed to get two 1/72 Consolidated PBY-5 Catalinas that were in RAF service during  WWII. The Mark IIA and the Mark IIIA.
I might just change the engines but the rest will be straight out of the box.
Title: October 2017 update
Post by: McColm on October 22, 2017, 01:59:34 pm
The bench is crowded with 7 started builds, in no particular order;

1) 1/72 Celestial
Two Airfix kits ,the HS/BAe Nimrod and the Avro Vulcan. PSR, continues in 20 minute sessions. I'm going to use decals for the Mach2 Sud Caravelle to recreate the fuselage windows, unless I find decals for the 1/72 Concorde.

2) Mystic
This remains in the ready for painting stage as I have a  sheet of polystyrene to use as the base. 1/72 Revell Dassault Breguet Atlantic anniversary decals.

3) Majestic
Based on the Mach2 Martin SeaMaster kit with the main landing gear from a AC-130 Hercules, V tail and Airfix Avro Vulcan cockpit section. Resin AEW radomes removed. BAe Nimrod engines, not too sure what this is supposed to be, but looks impressive!

4) Sentinel
1/144 Boeing 747 with 1/96 HP Victor wings. Ready for painting. Haven't worked out a colour scheme.

5) Nimion
1/72 Airfix BAe Nimrod fuselage with 1/72 Hasegawa Lockheed P-3 Orion wings.
Amazingly this works. I added a camera pallet from the Victor to fill a gap.

With the leftover parts from the Hasegawa P-3, I tried the BAe Nimrod wings but they don't fit. However the wings from the Airfix/Heller Lockheed Constellation do.

6) Connie Seaplane
I'm using a 1/72 Airfix Consolidated
PBY-5A Catalina with the Airfix Super G and B-29 wings. This combination also works. Still in the dry testing stage.

7) Eric the Viking
No real progress since the fitting of a tracked main landing gear.

8) Grumman Foxhound
Started this ages ago, 1/72 RVHP Greyhound fuselage with 4 turboprop engines from 2 Hawkeye kits. T-tail from the spares box.

9) Boeing PB-17F Seaplane AEW
Three Rolls-Royce Griffon engines, a pair of vacform floats and an AEW radome fitted to the bomb bay. PSR. Colour scheme black lower fuselage and undersides, brown and green topside.

10) Lockheed King Neptune
3 engined turboprops, Grumman E-1B teardrop radome. PSR.

11) Mach2 Super Frelon AEW
On going build.

12) Pelican AEW helicopter
1/72 Jolly Green Giant with Airfix SeaKing AEW parts. On going build.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: TheChronicOne on October 22, 2017, 04:11:30 pm
Fantastic, bud!!! Tons of great stuff going on here and you have a right knack for naming these creations!


Tracked landing gear, ay???  Glorious!  ;D :mellow:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on October 22, 2017, 08:12:08 pm
I got the idea from photos of the Blohm and Voss BV222 beaching gear.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on October 24, 2017, 09:29:18 pm
My version of the Lockheed Constellation Starliner is based on the Airfix1/72 Super G.
It has had it's engines modified to take the Allison turboprops, I've abandoned the seaplane idea and gone for an early version of the KC-130 'Harvest Hawk' which combines the tanker with a bomber.
The bombs being carried on under-wing pylons and pylons attached to the lower fuselage.
The wings of the Airfix kit have been lengthened with sections from a Airfix
B-29.
I'm considering putting a cannon in the nose.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on October 25, 2017, 07:48:00 am
A massive box arrived this afternoon and inside is the 1/72 Airfix 11050G BAC Aerospatiale Concorde with  3 different versions of British Airways decals, paints, glue , brushes and a 36 page instructions manual.
' To Whiff or not to Whiff that is the question.'
One thing I have noticed in the instructions is that they don't give the option of a cranked nose although the parts are there.
 I can't start this build as I have too much on at the moment.
It will go into the long term kit pile.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: kitnut617 on October 25, 2017, 06:43:25 pm
Actually, the drooping nose is a working feature on the kit. At least it is on the one I have (only I'm not using that nose at all)
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on October 25, 2017, 07:12:38 pm
Actually, the drooping nose is a working feature on the kit. At least it is on the one I have (only I'm not using that nose at all)
Thanks for the info :thumbsup:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on October 28, 2017, 11:17:34 am
After many months of tinkering the 1/72 Mach 2 Sud Caravelle is now entering the PSR stage. The cockpit has been replaced by the resin Cammett BAe Nimrod AEW forward radome, the wings replaced with1/144 Boeing 747 100 without the landing gear and engines, the rear has the second radome from the Cammett kit and the vertical tail replaced with the one from a Airfix Valiant.
This looks out of proportion at the moment but with the two 1/48 TF33s placed right at the top of the vertical tail make this look correct.
The windscreen from  the Anigrand Martin SeaMaster fills the space at the front end, once it's cut to size.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on October 29, 2017, 10:19:29 pm
Finally three days off this week, but not consecutive days. Lots to do.
I might even get to finish the 1/144 HP Sentinel (Revell 1/144 Boeing 747 with the wings from a 1/96 HP Victor, both started secondhand kits with parts missing).
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: TheChronicOne on October 30, 2017, 09:20:22 am
I hope you do finish that, as it sounds glorious!  Love them Victor wings. . ..   :wub: :wub: :wub:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on October 30, 2017, 10:05:00 am
I've been recycling the 1/72 Airfix BAe Nimrod with the wings and engines from the Hasegawa Lockheed P-3 Orion and added a hull from the spare Revell Blohm and Voss BV222 A  Viking. I'll be adding the floats from a Hasegawa Shinmiew PS-1 and beaching gear.
The engines are just clear of the waterline, it looks good with the Rotodome from the Grumman  E-2 Hawkeye.
 The interior of the Viking will be used on the vacform kit.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on November 01, 2017, 09:40:17 pm
As there's some interest in the AW Argosy I might as well dig out the gunship version I attempted to build using the 1/72 Mach2 kit.
I might just have some spare parts from a C-119 or C-130. I've been keeping the Airfix Avro Shackleton MR.2 for a rainy day. So that's the wings and engines taken care of.
There's a replacement set of mini-guns for the AC-47 so I can use these but not in the AC-119 layout as I will be using the two fuselage halves of the Airfix Catalina.
This was reduced in size to fit the Lockheed Constellation, but I think I cut too much off. Still the landing gear will come in useful.

As for the Shackleton, I have plans to use the Airfix Avro Lancaster BII wings, turrets and bomb load.

Hopefully the workbench should be a clearer by Easter.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on November 02, 2017, 08:20:27 am
1/72 Lockheed King Neptune, three turboprop engines, twin fins AEW.

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'Eric the Viking' 1/72 Revell Blohm & Voss BV22 and the wings from the Airfix Avro Vulcan.


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'Eric the Viking' and the 1/72 kitbashed BAe Sentinel.

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Eric the Viking now has new landing gear from an Airfix PBY-5A Catalina.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on November 02, 2017, 12:49:01 pm
Looks like I'm going to have to beef up the landing gear to take the weight of the build plus puty/filler. Perhaps a white metal set.
I could use the landing gear on the PBY-5 Mk 2A.
Title: 1/72 RB-47H
Post by: McColm on November 06, 2017, 02:45:04 am
I must admit that the B-47 is on of those aircraft I promised myself that I would build but haven't got around to it yet.
 I picked up a 1/72 kit ages ago on eBay at a cheap price and it's somewhere in one of my storage boxes.
I recently bought the FlightPath conversion set for the RB-47H again off eBay. I did try their own website but had problems with it.
 As for the engines TF33s was my first thought as I was thinking of moving the cockpit from the top of the fuselage to the front.
There was a time when the Airfix Lockheed S-3 Viking was very cheap, so three kits for under a crisp twenty pound note but not anymore.
So I'll use the 1/144 Revell Boeing 747-100 engine cowlings instead. Although the wings from the 1/72 Revell Victor might work.
Title: Lockheed Constellation flying boat Mk2'
Post by: McColm on November 06, 2017, 07:23:02 am
Progress so far has resulted in a major redesign in the positioning of the wings.
I have salvaged the box section from the Hasegawa Shinmiewa PS-1 and the wings plus engines & floats.
Where the Connie wings used to be, the amphibious landing gear will take its place.
This gives the aircraft a more Starliner feel, whilst keeping the character of the Connie.
 
Title: 1/72 Douglas DC-4E or a copy
Post by: McColm on November 06, 2017, 10:16:54 pm
I think I have all the major parts for this build.
Although it's not a DC-4 , I do have a 1/72 already built C-118 with broken propellers and broken tail, the gear is in the stowed position, painted in USAF MATS colour scheme.
 The plan is to chop the tail off and replace it with the tail end from a Heller/Airfix Connie. Chop the front off and replace this with the glazed canopy from a C-97.
The engines will be replaced with turboprops.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on November 10, 2017, 08:16:03 pm
I'm waiting for my 1/72 Italeri Boeing
 B-52G to be delivered.
This will be turned into an amphibious flying boat, with the engines from the Anigrand Martin SeaMaster placed on top of the wings and the V-tail made from parts included in the kit. A raid in the spares box should supply a pair of floats for the wings.
If the SeaMaster engines don't fit, the kit engines can be used instead.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on November 11, 2017, 06:35:14 pm
The Lockheed Constellation KC-121 T,
has the engines from the Lockheed P-3 Orion. The fit isn't too bad, I'm using the Heller 1/72 C-121 as the donor kit.
The resin refueling pods from Attack Squadron are a good fit.

Whereas the 1/72 C-118 is going to have the triple tail fins from a Super G Constellation, the engines will be changed and the upper fuselage will get the Hawkeye rotodome.

As to the 1/72 Boeing EPB-17F AEW float plane, this will get a larger vertical tail fin. Replacement propellers, for those broken off the triple engine layout.
 
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: TheChronicOne on November 11, 2017, 07:05:27 pm
The C-118 with Connie-Tail and the rest sounds VERY cool.   :mellow: :mellow:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on November 11, 2017, 10:46:51 pm
The C-118 with Connie-Tail and the rest sounds VERY cool.   :mellow: :mellow:
Got the idea from the Douglas DC-4E, it's a pity that  Douglas didn't adopt to their other airliners.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on November 12, 2017, 07:50:09 am
Progress report on the C-118 Liftmaster.
The triple tail is a good fit and stretches the fuselage longer than the Lockheed Constellation Super G.
I'm replacing the engines with those from the Airfix Avro Shackleton MR.2 kit.
Sort of Southern Star as a opposed to the Canadair Northern Star DC-4..
I did a dry test with the rotodome from the Grumman E-2 Hawkeye and that looks the part.
I might use some other parts from the Shackleton as well on the build.
Title: It was a 1/72 StarFix HH-3E
Post by: McColm on November 14, 2017, 07:09:34 am
I've been adding parts to the 1/72 StarFix
HH-3E over a few months which has turned it into a AEW helicopter.
Most of the spare parts are from a Revell Sea King which almost line up with the original model.
Yes the floor plan is wider, and the air filter needs to be trimmed,then there's the glazing. The cockpit canopy doesn't fit either.
 So I've had to giggle things around and the landing gear appears to be much longer than the real thing, no wonder that they put a ramp at the back. Sadly this kit doesn't come with one.
 The rotating arm for the radar is fitted on the left side of the fuselage whilst the in-flight refueling probe is fitted on the right side of the fuselage.
One thing that I have noticed is that the pilot could rotate the arm from storage to operational mode without the casing scrapping the ground.
I've also fitted the Mk5 radome on the upper fuselage.
The StarFix model doesn't offer the best of details when it comes to the exhaust pipe, I may need to put some sort of filter box over this.
 I think Royal Navy colours would look the part or a aircraft research center.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on November 16, 2017, 03:13:04 am
The postman delivered the AMT 1/72
AC-130U this morning.
Looks too good to chop, might add the Harvest Hawk kit and AAR probe. Upgrade the engines as well.

Got another 1/72 Hasegawa Lockheed P-3
Orion, this one has some parts already painted but the propellers are broken, going to go for the Marshall of Cambridge Valkyrie proposal.

As for the 1/72 Hasegawa Shinmiewa PS-1
flying boat, straight ish out of the box.
Title: 1/72 B-47 project
Post by: McColm on November 18, 2017, 07:41:58 am
I managed to find most of the parts from my 1/72 Hasegawa Boeing B-47E.
It's odd that a real world B-47 was chosen to test the engines for the Lockheed S-3A Viking,,whilst the side-by-side seating arrangement on the S-3 does fit in the nose of the aircraft.
I did a dry run with an Airfix S-3B . Which gave me an idea to add the engines from a B-52D making this an 8 engined beast. I've got the FlightPath RB-47H conversion set, so I'll be using those parts as well.
I plan to start this project sometime in the new year.
  Been thinking about the wings , I'm sure that the Matchbox/ Revell HP Victor wings would fit, as well as the T-tail.
The Airfix Avro Vulcan is a better fit, which means that I can still use the resin parts from the Flightpath set.
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Post by: McColm on November 22, 2017, 04:11:34 am
Ideas;
I suppose that the Avro Shackleton in Canadian decals wouldn't look too out of place, but in USNavy colours for the period would be a head turner. I might be tempted to change the engines to the ones used on the Lockheed Neptune.
A four engined Neptune with Griffons.

Micro camper vans based on saloon cars. This has been built in the "real world", I haven't seen any in 1/24 or 1/25 yet. So I was thinking of building a few of my own.
Past experience has taught me that, just cutting the roof off to create an open top roadster and filling in the rear door to extend the front doors doesn't always work.
There are a few resin cast bodies on eBay that could be used.
Title: 1/72 Revell Avro Shackleton AEW.3
Post by: McColm on November 23, 2017, 08:47:50 pm
Been thinking of this Whiff for quite some time.
The Avro Shackleton AEW.3 was proposed but due to cost efficiency the Shackleton MR.2 was chosen.
 Due to ground clearance I'm moving the radome that usually fits under the chin on the Mk2 to fit on the upper fuselage. Parts from the Revell AEW.2 kit will also be used.
 The Revell Mk2 will be painted in Lancaster colour scheme and turned into a bomber with upper gun turrets.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on November 25, 2017, 01:30:47 pm
I once built a 1/72 de Havilland Condor and posted the pictures on facebook. Although it wasn't quite finished most of the parts were recycled. However I now have the parts to build a 1/144 scale model using a Revell Boeing E-3A as the donor kit as the rotodome is being used on the 1/144 Boeing 747-100 with 1/97 HP Victor wings known as the Sentinel.
 The wings from the Revell 1/72 HP Victor fit rather well on the Hasegawa Shinmiewa PS-1 flying boat although I might have made a mistake by not gluing the new wings to the upper shoulder instead of the lower shoulder, just needs a bit of boxing in to avoid the large gap towards the rear.
 Eric the Viking looks well with its two new side sponsons.
Note to self- don't use too much filler in one place.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: 63cpe on November 25, 2017, 01:41:08 pm
Ha, got a filler melt-down situation??
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Post by: TheChronicOne on November 25, 2017, 04:51:36 pm
US Navy Shack.....     :thumbsup: :mellow: :mellow: :mellow:
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Post by: McColm on November 25, 2017, 08:53:38 pm
I was thinking of an evaluation aircraft up against the Neptune.
Well I'm on leave until the 13th December, so I might have something finished.
Whether it's good enough to be put into one of the competitions on this forum, would be a great Christmas present.
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Post by: TheChronicOne on November 25, 2017, 09:49:33 pm
That sounds like a glorious plan but good luck because we all know the Neptune is a sweet, sweet NAVY bird.  :mellow:   ;D  ;) ;D

I'm sure your project will be well enough to not only join but win some competitions around here! We just gotta up your picture game a lil bit.  ;D
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Post by: 63cpe on November 25, 2017, 11:22:45 pm
Yesss, we want pictures! You're have very interesting plans and I'm very interested what it all looks like. :thumbsup:
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Post by: McColm on November 26, 2017, 11:16:15 am
Thanks Guys :thumbsup:
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Post by: McColm on November 27, 2017, 01:02:21 am
I'm on holiday mode for the next two weeks.
Caught a bad cough and the sniffuls as well, so the only cure I know is to stay indoors and concentrate on a few builds. Whilst having a tidy up I came across a started 1/72 Mach2 WB-57F. It looks like a British version of the Lockheed TR.1. A raid in the spares boxes should reveal a B-57 landing gear and clear canopy.
Behind the cockpit is a hump taken from the luggage compartment of the Vickers Varsity. On top of the vertical tail fin is the ECM pod from a Airfix Nimrod MR.1/2 kit.
 I might get that finished along with my Lockheed Super -T Constellation ( KC-121T) turboprop tanker.
So many started builds to choose from, 2018 should be a bumper year for finished builds. :banghead:
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Post by: McColm on November 28, 2017, 01:58:06 am
Day 1
Monday 27th November 2017

I'm using the 1/72 Hasegawa Shinmiewa PS-1 or SS-2 flying boat with the wings and engines from the Revell 1/72  HP Victor K2.
Most of the parts fit very well but there are gaps between the joining of the front and rear fuselage sections. Also the crew entrance door, T-tail and lower fuselage.
I'm still having problems with the landing gear and have used the beaching gear struts with the double tyres.
The cockpit could do with some detailing as well.

Whilst that's drying I picked up a copy of Warpaint Series No.34 the Avro Lincoln.
I think the dark earth and dark green colour scheme with the black underside would work well on a Shackleton. Just means sourcing a rear gun turret.
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Post by: McColm on November 28, 2017, 07:38:30 am
Day 2
Tuesday 28th November 2017

Had a lay in and did a food shop. Been watching videos on YouTube about the Telford Model Show, on the second video about ten seconds in there is a good shot of Kits' Revell Atlas and Mach2 SeaMaster builds plus other models from this forum who went.
The standard and variations on the other stands have given me lots of ideas for future builds.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: TheChronicOne on November 28, 2017, 08:35:34 am
That's awesome and what a great idea. I think I'll find a bunch of these vids myself to watch tomorrow as I work on various models.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Post by: PR19_Kit on November 28, 2017, 08:40:27 am
Day 2
Tuesday 28th November 2017

Had a lay in and did a food shop. Been watching videos on YouTube about the Telford Model Show, on the second video about ten seconds in there is a good shot of Kits' Revell Atlas and Mach2 SeaMaster builds plus other models from this forum who went.
The standard and variations on the other stands have given me lots of ideas for future builds.


Can you give us a link to that video please?
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Post by: McColm on November 29, 2017, 05:39:06 am
ModelBoat Mayhem is the only information I can find on the YouTube video.
There's a landing craft  carrying a lorry in the main picture. IPMS Telford 2017-1. 16 minutes 38 seconds long.
I've posted the video to Captain Canada on his facebook page
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Post by: McColm on November 29, 2017, 06:03:14 am
Day 3
Wednesday 29th November 2017

Work continues at a leisurely pace on the 1/72 Heller 80382 C-121A Constellation "Berlin".
The new engines taken from a 1/72 Hasegawa JS 147 Lockheed P-3C Orion have been cut and glued into place. The wings, nose gear, main landing gear and fuselage halves have been glued together.
The triple fin tail will be added during lunchtime and the wheels shortly afterwards.
The USNavy did propose a Allison T56 turboprop variant with the Starliner wings but no prototype was built, although a Connie was converted to carry a T56 engine on its outer engine mount for live testing trials.
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Post by: McColm on December 01, 2017, 10:06:50 am
Day 4 &5
Thursday 30th November and Friday 1st December 2017

With the C-121V drying, attention has turned to the Majestic. Which is based on the 1/72 Mach2 Martin SeaMaster. The front end is now host to the cockpit of the Airfix HS/BAe Nimrod.
 Whilst the 1/72 Hasegawa Shinmiewa
PS-1 flying boat now has both wings of the Revell 1/72 HP Victor fitted. The undercarriage comes from the Airfix HS/BAe Nimrod kit, the nose has the 4 cannon as fitted to the DH Mosquito FB and a resin radome glued to the upper fuselage. FOD covers with be placed over the air intakes for the engines.
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Post by: McColm on December 04, 2017, 02:47:50 am
Monday 4th December 2017

I didn't do any whiffery on Sunday, but this morning I have been working on the Handley Page Sea Lion MRA.2. Some parts of the Revell 1/72 HP Victor K Mk.2 fit very well and others don't. Which is why I haven't fitted the underwing fuel tanks. The gap between the wings and the upper fuselage is an ideal place to fit the weapons bay.
I'll try and find the extended nose landing leg supplied by Freightdog or just order a few more.
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Post by: McColm on December 06, 2017, 04:22:19 am
Tuesday 5th December 2017

In a departure from my started builds, a parcel arrived with "spares and repairs" parts for a 1/72 Boeing B-17G, Short Stirling and Vickers Wellington.
 The Wellington was only missing it's vertical tail fin, which was glued back in place. I'll be using this to create the Wellington AEW as used during WWII by the Royal Air Force.
 The Boeing B-17G now has the Bristol Hercules engines from the Stirling. This will be based on the PB-1W but with an unmodified radome attached to the upper fuselage above the cockpit. Wingtip fuel tanks from a Heller Lockheed Constellation and the paint scheme from RAF Bomber Command. I'm sure that there's an article about a similar aircraft in one of my magazines.
 The Short Stirling will be rebuilt using spare parts from various kits.
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Post by: McColm on December 06, 2017, 11:21:21 am
Wednesday 6th December 2017

Thoughts have turned to the Handley Page Sea Lion gunship as my Airfix AC-130 H kit finally arrived. The Post Office mislaid it so I have been waiting a month for it.
I'm using most of the guns on the Sea Lion, although they are a bit crude they fit the bill in many ways.
The AMT AC-130U will remain in it's box as I have put it on the future builds pile for 2019.
Most of the Airfix kit will be used on other builds.
PSR is the next stage, it's time consuming but it lets me visit my other started builds.
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Post by: McColm on December 07, 2017, 08:34:46 am
Thursday 7th December 2017
 
I haven't been sleeping to well so I thought a bit of Whiffing might help.
 Using two 1/72 Revell Avro Shackleton kits the MR3 and parts from the AEW.2.
 For starters the two kits are not compatible. So I've modified the cockpit to fit, moved the radome-AEW above the fuselage behind the cockpit. Used the dipping radome cover/hatch and will be adding the external refrigeration pipes, and  decals. I'm going to add the crew as well.
 I know that I should have painted the small pieces first before assembly but in my haste but apart from the cockpit area there's not a lot of interior to see through the glazing of the windows.
 A twin engined variant might work with a of auxiliary turbojets engines on pylons under the wings, similar to the Lockheed Neptune.
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Post by: McColm on December 08, 2017, 02:48:47 am
Five days left before I return to work, I know that there is still plenty of time to complete one of my started builds or this week ending on Sunday-started projects.
 So far the Avro Shackleton AEW.3 hasn't required any filler/puty although after drying out some gaps have appeared.
The main concern was having a wrap free fuselage.
I had a go at sanding down the outer engine mounts now that the wings have been glued on. They need a little bit more work done to lose the outline.
 The next stage is the ; tail fins, main engines and wing tip fuel tanks.
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Post by: TheChronicOne on December 08, 2017, 04:54:38 am
Go for the gusto!! That free time never seems to last as long as it should.
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Post by: McColm on December 09, 2017, 10:22:36 pm
Saturday 9th December 2017

Having come up with the idea for the Avro Musketeer, I now have to build it. Which is easy to do as I am already working on the 1/72 Revell Avro Shackleton MR.3.
I did try and change the engines but went back to the Griffons using the ones from the Airfix MR.2. I have also flattened the nose. I'll see what other parts from the Airfix kit I can use for this build.
 
F-Rsin plastic Ref. FRP4006 Br.765
Breguet Deux-Ponts, double decker
in 1/144 scale.
The instructions do give you the option to build the; 765, 761S or 763.
I'll need to do a bit of research on line and see if can get hold of a reference book.
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Post by: McColm on December 10, 2017, 01:05:13 pm
Sunday 10th December 2017
 Didn't do much today in the way of Whiffing.
 Glued the two auxiliary turbojets from a 1/72 Hasegawa Lockheed Neptune to the Avro Musketeer P-45 and then picked up the 1/72 Boeing B-17G to paint the underside and fuselage mat black. In some areas the original silver paint has come through and on other surfaces a sort of crazing. Which means that I don't have to weather it.
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Post by: McColm on December 11, 2017, 08:51:06 am
Monday 11th December 2017

Work continues on the Avro Musketeer, I'm using the tip tanks from a Heller/Airfix Lockheed Constellation instead of those supplied in the Revell Avro Shackleton MR.3. I've also glued on the engine exhaust pipes and forward gun fittings from the Airfix MR.2 kit.
I'll be using liquid weight in the nose to stop this from being a tail sitter.

The paint scheme hasn't been successful on the B-17G, so I will give it a good wash tomorrow.
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Post by: McColm on December 16, 2017, 10:04:35 am
Saturday 16th December 2017

Do you ever pick up one of your started builds and say to yourself that's not right. The answer falls into place when you are leaving for work?
 For me it's the 1/72 de Havilland/Martin ex SeaMaster known as the Majestic.
With the front section grafted on from the Airfix HS/BAe Nimrod.
I got out my dividers and have found that the front section would look better lowered on to the hull of the SeaMaster. I can add weight in the gaps surrounding the two parts
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Post by: McColm on December 17, 2017, 04:35:47 pm
Sunday 17th December 2017

Time to reflect on builds started this year.
The 1/72 Mach2 Sud Caravelle, having bought two kits this year. I can't get them to fit. I did try using parts from the Airfix HS/BAe Nimrod but even when plastic card is used in the cockpit the gaps and ill-fitting parts end up in the bin.
 The Super Frelon however is a better fit and with the Chinese operating an updated version there's room for improvement.
Also binned is the 1/72 Anigrand Martin SeaMaster, I was a little bit too ambitious with this build, the Mach2 kit is turning out to be a better buy with the leftover parts from the Airfix HS/BAe Nimrod. It is no way finished.
Binned is the 1/72 Mach2 AW Argosy with AC-119G/K parts for a twin engined gunship. This might be built using the same kit but with the Rolls-Royce Tyne engines.
 The Avro Shackleton based builds using the Revell MR.3 kit. The Shackleteer is in the toy cabinet of my nephew in Cornwall, the Carlton AEW is also down in Cornwall but resides on top of a wardrobe in the spare room of my sister.
I haven't given up on an all jet powered Shackleton. As the Musketeer seems be the missing link.
Avro Celestial, still PSR. Too much two parts filler/puty used. So plenty of wet and dry paper needed .
The Mystic, no work done. Found polystyrene base to use.
Eric the Viking/ Warrior Class flying boat.
Experimenting with the landing gear, going to use the Airfix HS Nimrod set.
de Havilland Condor, total rebuild . Now using the Heller 1/72 Boeing E-3A/C with parts from the B-52D for engines.
HS Sentinel still needs tidying up.
DC-6D and Constellation flying boat, work in progress.
Boeing PB-1V AEW is in the PSR stage, the Shorts Stirling now has the parts for the cargo version plus a set of floats.
The Wellington awaits it's aerial and stand to be built.
Then there's another Mach2 build the
WB-57F. Oddly the new nose looks similar to that of the Canberra all- weather fighter. I haven't added the two booster jets but created an upper cabin for passengers or crew. I'll have a look for a clear canopy and landing gear.
The Grumman C-4 Wolfhound , a kitbash idea.
1/48 F/A-18 V/STOL, nothing to report.
 There's an emphasis to finish the larger builds as this can open up more space on the bench and empty a few storage boxes of spare parts.
 
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on December 18, 2017, 03:36:18 pm
Monday 18th December 2017

There's a lot of ideas on this forum, which I will no doubt try out myself.
The use of Handley Page Victor wings and the Flying Wing are two separate ideas but what would happen if you were to combine the two?
I have both kits in 1/72 scale and although my AMT X/YB-35 isn't the same as the X/YB-49 it will be jet powered with the Revell HP Victor wings which seem to fit.
Well the gunship idea wasn't working.
 Maybe I could rework the Shinmeiwa flying boat into the turbo powered Constellation.
Only time will tell.
 I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy new Year,
 Steven
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Post by: TheChronicOne on December 18, 2017, 04:01:36 pm
Same to ya, brotha!!! 
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on December 18, 2017, 04:48:31 pm
Thanks,
From the remains of the Shinmeiwa and Nimrod another kitbashing idea is in the pipeline.
The Nimrod fuselage sits on top of the Shinmeiwa, no wings or weapons bay, I even cut off the Nimrod vertical tail fin as I'm going to use the Shinmeiwa one instead. Wings and engines are to be decided but as I'm not going to use the ones from the B-47, I'll have to see if they fit.
Part 2
The above plan hasn't worked but the open fuselage from the Airfix kit minus the cockpit and tail ends sit perfectly on the lower fuselage of the Shinmeiwa. The forward and rear tail cones are from a recycled Cammett BAe Nimrod AEW.3. This set has been recycled 4 times and been cut down to fit so many times that they have almost lost their shape. The wing box  section from the Shinmeiwa and the T-tail fin have also been Superglued in place. I'll be using the canopy from the Airfix Avro Vulcan and the landing gear from the Airfix HS Nimrod.
Nose weight will be added inside the glazed canopy and the Shinmeiwa wings used. I might replace the engines with a set from Oz Mods or Attack Squadron.
 The name Argus seems appropriate.
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Post by: McColm on December 21, 2017, 06:47:02 am
Thursday 21st December 2017

A parcel arrived today with the Trumpeter 1/144 Ilyushin IL-78 Midas inside.
My first thought is to convert it into the Beriev A-50, Baghdad/Adnan or the Xi'an KJ-2000 as flown by China, India, Iraq and Russia.
So why not do a Westernized  version, I've got a Revell 1/144 Boeing E-3A/C Sentry in the stash and  spare fuselage could be used as a KE-3A two point tanker.
I'll have a look on S + M Models for something suitable for the Vickers Sentinel.
 Another parcel arrived 20 minutes after the first one, from AlleyCat Models. Inside the box is the parts to convert the Airfix 1/72 Avro Shackleton MR.2 kit into the Shackleton T4, although you could put for the Shackleton MR.1 with or without the upper gun turret.
The nose and radome are moulded in clear resin with the tail fairing, tail wheel, well blank, nose internals, radar scanner and various scoops in grey resin. There's a paint scheme and photos of where to cut on the fuselage/finished article.
Been flicking through my copy of Scale Aircraft Modeling Volume 12 Number 9 June 1990 edition for alternative paint schemes and reference photos/line drawings.
AlleyCat T4 comes in the extra sea grey, gloss white and dayglo orange, which came in as standard in 1956, before that medium sea grey upper fuselage and gloss white, although WB854/B-S had medium sea grey fins.
There are options for the radome to be painted white or dark sea grey. I think further research should be done so you can select a T4 or MR.1 of your choice.
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Post by: McColm on December 23, 2017, 11:38:32 pm
Christmas Eve 2017

Just got in from work and had a rummage in one of my small cardboard boxes of spare parts. I came across a tear drop radome in vacform and the vertical resin tail fin of a BAe Nimrod AEW. The two seem to fit together and I will be using this on the Majestic.
Been on line and checking out other people's builds of the Mach2 Atlantic. The kit is becoming a rare beast . I would have thought Revell would have produced the Atlantique or released the Atlantic as the aircraft is due for retirement soon.
 I came across Muroc Models in the January edition of Scale Aircraft Modeling. The RB-49 is the subject matter and this can be found on the Britmodeler forum. They supply the resin conversion sets for models in the Edwards Airbase testing site. I think that they are mentioned in the kits topic as well.
Back to whiffing on Tuesday.
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Post by: 63cpe on December 25, 2017, 02:17:43 am
Had to share this pic with you.....maybe seen this before, maybe not...reminded me of your projects.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4692/39252253452_c95aac8397_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22NA4qy)6403025c5e812df844a6dc91b0f3e52f (https://flic.kr/p/22NA4qy) by Buddy Holly (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jetsonsspecial/), on Flickr

David
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Post by: McColm on December 25, 2017, 05:24:16 am
Had to share this pic with you.....maybe seen this before, maybe not...reminded me of your projects.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4692/39252253452_c95aac8397_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22NA4qy)6403025c5e812df844a6dc91b0f3e52f (https://flic.kr/p/22NA4qy) by Buddy Holly (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jetsonsspecial/), on Flickr

David
Great minds think alike, I bought the 1/72 Contrail  VC 10 for that same purpose. Thanks for the picture.
That reminds me I must finish off the Mystic and Domino. They both have the FASS antenna arrangement.
 Further research suggests that both Avro and Hawker Siddeley championed the Breguet Br.1150 Atlantic as a replacement for the Avro Shackleton. The Air Staff weren't happy with the transit times and insisted on a jet powered aircraft. 3 and 4 engined variants were proposed. Even a multi-engine set up similar to the Lockheed Neptune using the Rolls-Royce Tynes with turbofans.
It was HS that proposed a AEW version which got the approval of the French Navy as a customer. I'd like to think that they would have marketed the AN/APS-20 radar with either a pair of Tynes or Trents.
Which is this model I'm building.
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Post by: McColm on December 26, 2017, 07:24:15 am
Boxing Day 2017

 The gluing together the fuselage sections of any Mach2 kit is always apprehensive.
Likewise on the Atlantic. 99% lines up on and it's just that bit in the front that doesn't. Fortunately there are no major gaps which is very pleasing on the eye.
The vertical tail fin is glued in place, a couple of gaps and the wings have also been glued. The 1/48 turbofans from the Lockheed S-3B Viking. The rest of the model was a complete wreck.
I'll leave this to dry over night as I'm working tomorrow.
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Post by: McColm on December 27, 2017, 01:33:02 pm
I think that I might have stumbled on to a mega kitbashing option for the Y/XB-35 flying wing and mix-match of spare parts.
Well it's got the Shinmeiwa hull with a BAe Nimrod on top. The tail fin is from the PS-1 and the main landing gear is off the Nimrod.
The top section of the B-35 sits on the upper fuselage very well whilst the lower half would be cut to fit. Thinking of using the B-52 engines.
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Post by: McColm on December 28, 2017, 07:50:36 am
2018 seems as though it will be a bumper year for me to finish all those started builds.
Plus I have now run out of space on the work bench.
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Post by: McColm on December 30, 2017, 03:27:51 pm
Saturday 30th December 2017

I've managed to break the nose landing leg of the 1/72 Mach2 Breguet Atlantic. It does look good with the two new 1/48 TF33 turbofans instead of the Rolls-Royce Tynes.
I might rescribe the weapons bay and add a cargo door to both sides of the fuselage.
 I have found another kit on line and I will be digging out the Revell kits. The airliner/cargo version and a four engined MPA.
 The Avro Musketeer has had it's two turbojets removed. Reverts back to the twin engined Avro Shackleton AEW.3
Whereas the Avro Carlton will be built and  the MR.1.
The Northrop YC-35 flying wing airliner is still on track , as I have managed to acquire enough seats. The wings from the Revell HP Victor fit and so do those from the Airfix Avro Vulcan.
Got a few waterline builds to finish.

Wishing you all a happy new year :thumbsup:
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Post by: TheChronicOne on December 31, 2017, 04:47:10 am
I like the sound of this airliner.....   :unsure: :mellow: :mellow: :mellow: :lol:


Happy New Year, bro!
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Post by: McColm on December 31, 2017, 05:41:55 am
The mighty Thor Mk2.       31/12/2017

This is a kitbash in 1/72 scale that so far has used parts from the Airfix BAe Nimrod, Hasegawa Shinmiewa PS-1, worn out resin Cammett BAe Nimrod AEW radomes and the AMT  Northrop X/Y-B-35 flying wing.
 The parts seem to blend in to each other so that's a plus.
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Post by: TheChronicOne on December 31, 2017, 09:57:41 am
The mighty Thor Mk2.       31/12/2017

This is a kitbash in 1/72 scale that so far has used parts from the Airfix BAe Nimrod, Hasegawa Shinmiewa PS-1, worn out resin Cammett BAe Nimrod AEW radomes and the AMT  Northrop X/Y-B-35 flying wing.
 The parts seem to blend in to each other so that's a plus.

I love it!! Mighty ambitious and I'd never even considered a flying wing as an airliner... brilliant!   

Imagine the possibilities for liveries, too...  hmmmmmm..
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Post by: McColm on January 02, 2018, 10:14:33 am
2nd January 2018

The mega kitbash has had it's flying wing added. It's not from the AMT Northrop B-35 but the wings from the Airfix Avro Vulcan kit which I tried adding to the Revell HP Victor K2 which didn't work as well as I expected. So with the middle section of the Vulcan missing I have glued the two halves together and glued that to the roof.
It's a tail sitter at the moment but with an extra set of landing gear at the back should solve the problem.
Just in time to break out the 2 pack filler/puty.
Well it looks like I'm going to have to buy another Northrop XB-35 or XB-49. The Victor wings didn't work. I might try the resin Muroc 1/72 YRB-49 conversion set. There's an interesting article in Scale Aircraft Modeling January 2018, although Britmodeler David Newman has covered this build. As the cockpit area is going to be changed due to the seating the fairing cover makes sense.
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Post by: McColm on January 04, 2018, 06:08:46 am
Thursday 4th January 2018

The Northrop CB-35 passenger flying wing had risen from the ashes. From the pile of pieces comes my version.
I originally cut the bottom of the main fuselage to fit the fuselage of the Airfix BAe Nimrod and kept the pieces. By turning the B-35 fuselage upside down I have glued some of the seats from the Mach2 Sud Caravelle in the space. I shall cut out the wheel wells and fit seats in the space.
I'll experiment with clear fix on how big the ceiling windows should be.
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Post by: McColm on January 06, 2018, 03:03:39 am
Saturday 6th  January 2018

If you remember the 1/72 HP Sea Victor AEW.3 that I almost finished but had to abandon due to finding a new place to live, then fear not. It lives in spirit in the mega kitbash. I've managed to fetal the wings from the Revell Victor kit on to the Airfix HS/BAe Nimrod fuselage. I'm going to have to use FOD covers for the engine air intakes and a different canopy glazing. The build still needs a ton of puty/filler for the gaps but it's taking shape.
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Post by: McColm on January 09, 2018, 01:22:21 pm
Tuesday 9th January 2018

I had a bit of a tidy up today and yes I can't find a thing, so whilst I go in search of parts for the current builds, there's one or more surprises in the boxes of spare parts under the bed and in the long term pile stacked above my wardrobe.
I think that I will need more filler :banghead:
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Post by: TheChronicOne on January 09, 2018, 02:16:56 pm
 ;D ;D ;D ;D     May as well buy it by the tub.  :laugh:



And I know the feels on the other..... the point is to to tidy things up so everything will go smoother but then ya spend all kinds of time trying to find the stuff ya put away.  :rolleyes: ;D  Half the time I just keep all my "current" stuff piled into a series of 4-5 various size kit boxes. Sloppy but works most of the time. I still lose things temporarily but that would happen regardless...
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Post by: McColm on January 09, 2018, 07:50:09 pm
Thanks for the info.
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Post by: McColm on January 11, 2018, 04:19:41 am
The Warrior Class amphibious flying boat 'Eric the Viking' has now been given the undercarriage from the 1/72 Northrop
X/Y-35 Flying Wing with tail wheel steering.
It will still get some lumps and bumps, but I have removed the radome from above the fuselage behind the cockpit area. I'll probably add a few more windows to give it that civvie airliner look, might as well use the wheel well doors for the amphibious look too.
 Whereas the Majestic now has the B-35 flying wing fitted to the center section of the fuselage..The Spey engines have been replaced by the contra-rotating propellers in the kit. To boost the power there will be a pylon taken from the B-52D with two jet engines glued at the rear close to the V-tail.
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Post by: McColm on January 15, 2018, 06:53:40 am
Monday 15th January 2018

It's hard for me not to start another build and yet the Avro Maverick float plane seems to be evolving into a cross between the other marks. I'm tempted to add cannon/guns to the Mk1 nose in similar fashion as the A-26 Intruder. Sort of
 Bush-Shack rugged for the Australians and Canadians.

The Majestic; needs the seat backs fitted and painted. Engines built and nose wheel landing gear added. Gaps filled in and clear plastic for the sun roof.

I removed the landing gear from Eric the Viking, a little on the tall side. I think beaching gear would be appropriate.
 Got some Milliput on order.
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Post by: McColm on January 16, 2018, 03:07:20 am
Tuesday 16th January 2018

Eric the Viking/ Warrior Class flying boat now has the landing gear parts from the AMT Northrop X/YB-35 Flying Wing. It also has 3 of the 4 gun turrets; one above the cockpit and two on each side of the forward fuselage. I intend putting the fourth one at the rear. On top of the vertical tail fin is the rotodome from the Grumman Hawkeye E-2.
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Post by: McColm on January 17, 2018, 07:40:34 am
Wednesday 17th January 2018

I thought that I would chance my luck and go down the path of car bodies from slot cars. The plan was to blacken the glazed windows and buy the axles plus wheels separately, putting a false floor.
Trying to source British/European tour cars in 1/24 scale is almost impossible but the smaller 1/32 scale is very popular,as you can get the whole car in secondhand shops. The used and abused are in my price range.
The Rover SDi caught my attention, I have seen pictures of the estate version but I wonder if they did a saloon/booted concept or two door convertible? I'll have to see how many I can get hold of.
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Post by: McColm on January 18, 2018, 07:55:56 am
Thursday 18th January 2018

I've used the Milliput to pack filler on The Mighty Thor Mk3 AEW, Majestic and Maverick builds so it's PSR from now on.
I'm tempted to use the filler on the Atlanta and Eric the Viking, which means all five can be ready for the paint stage.
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Post by: McColm on January 20, 2018, 05:50:16 am
Saturday morning and just got back from work. I can't sleep so I have removed the wings from the Sea Victor AEW and replaced them with the Nimrod set.
The Victor wings fit rather well on the Hasegawa 1/72 Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion.
I need the propellers to finish off the Grumman Foxhound. Based on the Grumman Greyhound with 4 turboprop engines and a T-tail.
I'll see if the Heller Boeing E-3A/E rotodome fits the B-36 tomorrow.
I'm testing Wilko superglue, this seems to be miles better than the stuff from Poundland.
I doubt if there will be anything finished at the the end of this month but I hope one or two builds might make it to Whiffs 2019.
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Post by: McColm on January 23, 2018, 03:44:42 am
Tuesday 24th January 2018

The Mighty Thor AEW.3 now has a pair of HS/BAe Nimrod wings. The engines will get FOD covers and grills on the top of the engines similar to the Mig-29 so it can taxi in water without causing any damage to the engines. A third set of main landing gear to prevent it being a tail sitter and floats under each wing. The rotodome looks a bit wonky, the onboard gyro will sort that out when in the air.
PSR for the next few weeks.
 The  HP Sentinel AEW  1/144 scale build now has the rotodome from the Revell 1/144 Boeing E-3A AWACS Kit. It looks a bit on the small side when glued to the Boeing 747 series 100.
 The 1/72 turbofan ex Mach2 Breguet Br1150 Atlantic renamed Atlanta for this build, has its landing gear with wheels glued on, ECM and ESM wingtip pods from the Airfix kit.
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Post by: McColm on January 25, 2018, 12:17:05 pm
I think that I have surpassed myself this time. The 1/72 Majestic (Northrop X/YB-35 flying wing, amphibious flying boat) will now get a pair of B-52D engines mounted over the wing .
The contra-rotating propellers will be going on the Maverick Shackleton twin engined float plane as I need the Hamilton blades for the turboprop Connie.
As for the Mighty Thor AEW.3 I have reworked the AlleyCat improvement engine set for the Airfix HS/BAe Nimrod. It just might be the first amphibious flying boat with canards fitted.
 Meanwhile Eric the Viking has had one or two windows collapsed which has lead to a few lumps and bumps fitted. It's the first armed jet AEW flying boat to enter British service.
The 1/144 HP Sentinel AEW.1 still looks a bit daft with the rotodome from the Boeing E-3A on top of a Boeing 747. Can't go back now, as it is close to the painting stage.
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Post by: McColm on January 27, 2018, 10:48:40 am
Saturday 27th January 2018
 
 A package arrived for me at lunchtime. Inside two Heller 1/43 model car kits for restoration;
A blue Rover 3500 with missing door mirrors and a slight crack in the back window.
A red Range Rover.
They are too good to cut up, although I will have to check if the early cars had rear windscreen wipers fitted.
I'll be looking out for another Rover to convert into a four door sedan.

On a whim I bought a Lockheed C-5 snaptite plastic model kit. There's no manufacturers' stamp on any of the parts, the fuselage is about 9 inches long. The fit apart from the wings is very good. I was thinking of the Martin SeaMistress. Mounting the engines above the wings and cut the nose to the open position.
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Post by: McColm on January 29, 2018, 09:39:32 am
Monday 29th January 2018

I couldn't get to sleep this morning so I did a bit of work on the 1/72 Mach2 Breguet Br1150 Atlantic.
All the ill fitting parts have been covered over by a raid in the spares boxes.
The nose wheel leg is from FreightDog  BAC TSR-2 , engines are from a 1/48 Lockheed S-3A Viking, ESM wingtip pods are from the Airfix BAe Nimrod, nose cone is off a AC-119G/K and the radome is from the Revell Avro Shackleton AEW.
The sonobouy launch tubes are from the Hasegawa Lockheed P-3C Kit.
The Atlanta will become an MPA aircraft, whereas the Atlantis is the fuselage of the Revell Atlantic, wings are from the Hasegawa Lockheed P-3  Orion, so is the nose cone, interior cockpit and landing gear. As there's no glazed parts in this kit the canopy is also from the Orion.
At last I have built a four engined Atlantic
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Post by: McColm on February 03, 2018, 05:45:35 am
Saturday 3rd February 2018

I'm not too sure if I have created the world's first 4 door Rover SD1/3500 V8  using a Scalextric made in Britain model number:03B. It's got right-hand drive with  the number 12,Triplex, Esso and Motor Magazine decals. Ref number NFN762S.
It's road legal as it retains its indicators, no wing mirrors nor bumpers so it could be used for Rally-Cross  or Touring racing..
I just need to tidy up the back and add the rear glazed panel.
I might keep the decals and just touch up the alloys.
I've removed the electric motor as well.
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Post by: McColm on February 08, 2018, 08:47:07 pm
Had to share this pic with you.....maybe seen this before, maybe not...reminded me of your projects.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4692/39252253452_c95aac8397_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22NA4qy)6403025c5e812df844a6dc91b0f3e52f (https://flic.kr/p/22NA4qy) by Buddy Holly (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jetsonsspecial/), on Flickr

David
I'd like to use the VEB /PlayFix 1/100 scale IL 62 as the donor kit for this build. The front and rear radomes will probably be shaped from plasticard and filler.
Whereas the Tu-134 could make a decent Sud Caravelle look-a-like if I can round off the tail fin and move the T-tail to a lower position. The windows are round but I have a decal sheet with triangle windows, so they can be filled in or cut to the right shape.
I found two 1/144 airliners built with the landing gear up. A Comet and the Sud Caravelle. The rotodome from the Revell1/144 E-3 Sentry seems a better fit on both than the Boeing 747.
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Post by: McColm on February 10, 2018, 01:24:24 pm
Saturday 10th February 2018

I came up with the idea of converting the Revell 1/72 Catalina MkII into a turboprop flying boat with beaching gear using parts from the Canadair CL 415 for the GB Floatplane build, didn't intend on using the leftover parts on the Heller Lockheed Constellation Super-G.
 The Canadair fits under the Connie after a bit of fettling, previous to this I changed the engines to turboprops from the Hasegawa Lockheed P-3 Orion and the cockpit has been replaced with the front section of a Gulfsteam.
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Post by: McColm on February 11, 2018, 07:24:40 pm
Well that's it saturation point, 12 started builds all in various stages. They should keep me busy for a while.
I'll probably miss a the deadline for the current group build.
Now that I can hang a few from the ceiling this should ease up some space for the car conversions.
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Post by: TheChronicOne on February 11, 2018, 08:27:01 pm
Should be enough to keep you busy awhile. . .   ;D
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Post by: McColm on February 20, 2018, 03:49:32 pm
Tuesday 20th February 2018

I haven't done any whiffery due to working nights, but I did buy a copy of Airfix March 2018 issue 88 magazine. I'm sure that I have the old Hasegawa 1/72 Kawanishi H8K2 Emily in the stash so the Eduard photo etch kits will come in handy, I'm also sure that I have a 1/72 Airfix Sea Harrier FA.2 as well.
Two kits that I will be looking out for are the Revell 1/25 '76 Ford Torino from the TV and film Starsky and Hutch and the Italeri 1/24 Ford Transit UK Police.
Lots of whiffing and non whiffing ideas.
Title: 1/24 Frog Austin 1100
Post by: McColm on February 23, 2018, 06:46:01 am
A parcel arrived with a badly damaged red plastic 1/24 Frog Austin 1100 4 door saloon.
One wing mirror, no front wheels, no floor plan, rear bumper missing, no glazing,,two different styles of front indicators.
The front grill is a decal, rear and front licence plates  have FROG 042, rear bootlid chrome and engraved rear lights.
 I did some research on line and apart from the front grill and rear boot chrome there's plenty of opportunities to restore the basic model.
I could chop the roof and make it into a Ute or leave the roof and go for a 3 door van.
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Post by: PR19_Kit on February 23, 2018, 10:23:00 pm
There actually was a 3 door ADO16 van too, but it was never sold to the public.

In their rush to splatter the 1100 all over the UK the BMC designers rather lost the plot when thinking about a van version, so that when heavily loaded the Hydrolastic suspension ensured that the nose pointed waaaaaaaay up and the tailgate sank almost to ground level! The problem wasn't so evident with the Countryman estate version as they tended not to be loaded so heavily.

50 vans were built at the Cowley plant, all of which were painted in the rather dull orange colour so beloved of BMC, and they were all ended up  being used as service vehicles at Cowley and Longbridge. We had a couple of them in PSF's R&D Dept. but they were rarely used as vans, just as hack vehicles.
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Post by: McColm on February 24, 2018, 01:52:35 pm
Thanks Kit, I also found an article about a five door hatchback conversion on the Super Delux model by an aftermarket company. They called this the Mystic, not too sure how many were converted as there was an estate version , CrayFord Cars did a convertible option for the two door.
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Post by: McColm on February 28, 2018, 11:47:58 am
Saturday 10th February 2018

I came up with the idea of converting the Revell 1/72 Catalina MkII into a turboprop flying boat with beaching gear using parts from the Canadair CL 415 for the GB Floatplane build, didn't intend on using the leftover parts on the Heller Lockheed Constellation Super-G.
 The Canadair fits under the Connie after a bit of fettling, previous to this I changed the engines to turboprops from the Hasegawa Lockheed P-3 Orion and the cockpit has been replaced with the front section of a Gulfsteam.
Update
The CL-415 is a better fit with the Revell Avro Shackleton and the Connie gets the Dornier hull.
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Post by: McColm on March 02, 2018, 07:05:24 am
Got two weeks off next week to pull something out of the bag and get my reputation back on track before I get banned or worse :banghead:

The started, but not yet finished;

The VC10 idea
HP Sentinel
Turbo Catalina
Float plane Avro Shackleton MR.1 aka Maverick twin engined
Mystic
Majestic
The Mighty Thor
Super Frelon AEW
Aer Lingus Rotodyne
Br.765 jet powered
Connie flying boat
Atlantic turbofan AEW
Atlantic 4 engines kitbash
Grumman 4 engined C-2 Greyhound
Shackleton flying boat
Rover 4 door sedan SD1
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Post by: McColm on March 03, 2018, 01:29:34 pm
Saturday 3rd March 2018

Collected my Veron Super Truescale 1/96 scale Vickers Valiant from the Post Office this morning.
On opening the box you get a fuselage, a pair of wings, two tail fins, a brace, another piece of balsa wood, plastic wheels, clear vacform canopy, two metal rods and a piece of sandpaper. Decals that have seen better days and a line drawing.
 The line drawing will need photocopying a few times as I intend to use one copy as a template so I can cut the shape of the fuselage and wings, plus tail.
 I have the wings from the Lindberg Valiant kit but I am using them on the Revell 1/144 Boeing 747 100series Jumbo.
 It's a case of cutting and shaping the parts with woodwork tools. I haven't used these in years. I might get away with a small power tool on the fuselage and the edge of the wing surfaces, otherwise it's by hand.
 I might have a go and get some more wood for the Avro York and carve the fuselage.
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Post by: TheChronicOne on March 03, 2018, 03:16:05 pm
 ;D ;D ;D

Enjoy the time off... 
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Post by: McColm on March 04, 2018, 08:36:13 pm
Been thinking of keeping the B-36 wings on the ' stretched Armstrong freighter'.
The propellers from the Revell Airbus A400M fit but will need to be staggered. On the outer engine however I'm inclined to use the twin jet engines from the Monogram Kit.
 Whilst the front end of the Airfix AC-130H is a good fit the rear due to its shape is a no no. I will make good use of the ramps.
 The T-tail is also from the Revell Airbus A400M. The landing gear will be a revised version of the Revell kit. In-flight refueling probe is the metal C-130 set as the Revell one will probably be snapped off.
I think that this might be slightly bigger than the 1/48 B-29 that I restored.
 Interior detailing, no idea. The Douglas
C-133 might be a good start or the C-130. I'll see if I can get the Super Frelon to fill the gap or something with folded wings.
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Post by: McColm on March 06, 2018, 11:44:18 pm
Tuesday 6th March 2018

I'm not too sure whether the Convair Armstrong would fit in the GB Cold War as its a pure whiff not based on any aircraft.
The nearest would be the Lockheed C-141 Starlifter and you wouldn't call it a stretched C-130 with B-36 wings and fuselage with a T-tail.
 Progress so far is the new front section from the Airfix AC-130H has been built. The two fuselage halves have the wing span glued in place. The bomb bay doors are also glued in place.
The cockpit and the fuselage have been grafted on . I tried to tapper the C-130 to fit. I will need a bit of filler.
The upper wings have been glued on. The third engine will be converted into a jet engine as some of the parts are missing from this kit.
 I have glued up the parts for the ramp. Just need to fit the lower wing sections, raid the Revell Airbus A400M for parts and decide on a paint scheme. Might go for a AEW+tanker version.
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Post by: McColm on March 07, 2018, 08:27:54 am
Wednesday 7th March 2018

The Convair Armstrong C1 is now a six jet T-tail cargo aircraft.
The propellers from the Revell Airbus A400M kept breaking so I have used the spinners as jet exhaust pipes and added two more from the Monogram Kit. The T-tail is glued in place and the wings are also glued on. Not too sure why there's internal detailing on them as you can't see it from the wheel wells.
Everything looks lined up, which is a first for me. Just need to fit the main landing gear and the loading ramp.
I might have to hang this build from the ceiling :banghead:
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Post by: McColm on March 09, 2018, 02:11:40 am
1/72 Convair Armstrong  C1.A
Part 2

I've run into problems with the main landing gear from the Revell Airbus A400M.
The Armstrong is no longer powered by six turboprop engines, 12 J57s in pairs , which means after take off the  Flight Engineer shuts down the two outer engines of  Armstrong . For longer endurance the Armstrong can fly on the two inner engines which would depend on the weight and assignment tasked.
Once I get the landing gear sorted out I will work on the loading ramp and then fill in the gaps.
 I found a pair of turbofans from a 1/72 Matchbox A-10 Kit which I will use on the Revell Avro Shackleton AEW.2 Kit.
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Post by: McColm on March 11, 2018, 11:41:05 am
Sunday 11th March 2018

The day has been spent carefully cutting out the pieces from the 1/72  AirWays vacform Vickers VC 10 concentrating on the engines and engine mounts..
I managed to create a T-tail by using the parts from the 1/72 Heller Boeing E-3A/C AWACS Kit.
I also fitted the cockpit and internal glazing before gluing the two fuselage halves together and glued the new vertical tail fin in place. The left wing is glued and I will start on the right one tomorrow.
After washing the vacform pieces I will glue them in place.
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Post by: McColm on March 13, 2018, 08:51:32 am
Tuesday 13th March 2018
 
Update
The 1/72 Heller Boeing E3A/C AWACS kit looks completely different with a few new additions.
At the base of the T-tail are four engines taken from the 1/72 Monogram B-52D set held in place with Gorilla super glue. I have added the rear tail stabilizer included in the kit. The wings are glued in place and a pair of cheek conformal phased-array radar pods are glued either side of the fuselage. Similar to those on the RC-135V/W. One got damaged, so a section has been sawn off but with some filler I should be able to get the shape back. The nose has been replaced with the one from Flight Path
  RB-47H conversion set, I might add a few more parts from the set.
I have renamed this build the de Havilland Condor.

As for the Convair Armstrong C1, the rotodome from the Heller kit has been super glued . I will probably blank over the two outer engines. I still need to add the third row of main landing wheels. I've seen the metal set by SAC on eBay. Extra wheels will be used to prevent a tail sitter.
Memo to self don't use all the two part filler in one place. Thin layers.
Second memo to self don't build any more large aircraft :banghead:
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Post by: McColm on March 15, 2018, 04:43:12 am
Thursday 15th March 2018

I've managed to kitbash a 1/72 Lockheed Constellation with a 1/72 Consolidated Catalina.
The Connie sits on top of the Catalina. I've changed the engines as I had a spare set from the Hasegawa Lockheed P-3C Orion. The floats are from the Canadair CL 415 Kit. The nose came from a Lear Jet.
Kind of leans to one side, but when I add the tail wheel I be able to correct it.
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Post by: McColm on March 16, 2018, 05:26:55 am
Friday 16th March 2018

Well two weeks leave is nearly over, just found out that I don't have to go back until Wednesday. Whether or not I will have something finished to show you guys is debatable.
 If you are contemplating building the 1/72 B-36 it's not just the space of the construction, it's where to put it when finished.
Mine looks like a C-130 on steroids, I mean what was I thinking :banghead:
I'm going to have to fold the wings and lose two engines.
 The de Havilland Condor needs a little more work to get it to the paint stage.
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Post by: McColm on March 18, 2018, 01:27:06 pm
Sunday 18th March 2018

The Grumman E-5 Shackleteer

Having mislaid the instruction manual for the Airfix Avro Shackleton MR.2. I've been using the Revell Avro Shackleton AEW.2 instruction sheet along with a copy of Aviation Classics " Avro Shackleton, the grey lady".
Extra round windows have been added along the right side fuselage, along with a cut out section which will form an opened hatch over the wing.
I found the Grumman E-1B vacform Falcon Triple conversion sheet and the teardrop radome with a base from the Hasegawa Grumman E-2 Hawkeye which I will glue in place on the roof of the fuselage. I have used the Matchbox A-10A turbofan engines mounted on the Revell main landing gear housing as I seem to have used this part on another build, but the interior is a mismatch of parts from both the Revell and Airfix kits. The majority being Airfix. I will leave the bomb bay doors in the open position. I did a dry fitting of the Revell bomb bay doors and AEW radome but they don't seem to fit, so hence the stoof on the roof. Or Mushroom as there isn't much room in the back :banghead:
 I've gone for the flat nose and will delete the gunners seat. Another addition is to use the in-flight refueling probe from the
C-27J Spartan kit.
I'm still assembling the cockpit area and glued the left fuselage piece to the floor/deck. The crew entrance door is also glued shut.
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Post by: McColm on March 19, 2018, 09:01:22 am
Monday 19th March 2018

I've started painting the interior parts of the Avro Shackleteer, they are definitely not the colours recommend by the article in the Airfix Model World issue 60 or on the colour chart issued by Revell but seem to be drying out as a close match.
 I'm using the Revell supplied wings as the TF-33 engines are a better fit than the Airfix ones but a little filler will be needed.
 I might start on the interior cockpit parts of the Spartacus. I'm changing the landing gear to skis as the wheels keep breaking off. I found the Eeryie antenna so I will be making copies of it and using it on this build. I have seen pictures on Pinterest for the same idea.
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Post by: McColm on March 21, 2018, 03:13:13 pm
Wednesday 21St March 2018

I've had another idea for the 1/72 Italeri
C-27J Spartan or C-127 Spartacus -jet powered.
I found a pair of jet pod engines which I have glued to the underside of the wings. I think that they were reserved for the C-123 Provider, the Chase XC-123A quad jet version.
The landing gear could be similar to the air cushion landing system with a few minor changes and a bit of scratch building. I could use the USCG decals from the 1/72 Italeri HC-130J kit. Plus the Eeryie antenna on top of the fuselage.

 The Czech Master resin 1/72 Number 5136 Avro York C.1 "universal conversion set" arrived today. I do have the Airfix Avro Lancaster BII in the stash but I also have the wings from another Revell Shackleton but I might just have enough Griffon engines for a Shackletrian.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on March 22, 2018, 01:51:41 am
Thursday 22nd March 2018

I've had my shift changed again so I won't be doing any whiffery for about two weeks.
 Instead it will be background stories. I keep finding kits that I can't remember buying or why I bought them.
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: NARSES2 on March 22, 2018, 06:44:16 am
I keep finding kits that I can't remember buying or why I bought them.

Something that afflicts a lot of us occasionally and it can be quite nice to find a kit you've completely forgotten about. Unless you've just gone out and bought a second (or third etc) copy of it  :banghead:
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on March 22, 2018, 09:51:06 pm
I keep finding kits that I can't remember buying or why I bought them.

Something that afflicts a lot of us occasionally and it can be quite nice to find a kit you've completely forgotten about. Unless you've just gone out and bought a second (or third etc) copy of it  :banghead:
Thanks Narses2
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Post by: McColm on March 25, 2018, 07:30:00 am
Sunday 25th March 2018

Been reading and following the conversion of the Airfix E-3 Sentry into the E-8C JSTARS using the FlightPath resin and metal set.
I have the DB set which comes without the etching and aerials, although I do have some leftover parts in the various spares boxes that I could use.
I have removed the side conformal cheek radomes. The ground clearance is the main issue when the JSTARS radar is fitted which is why I have opted to carry the pod above the fuselage in a pair of stands. Similar set up to the Eeryie antenna.
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Post by: McColm on March 31, 2018, 01:37:58 pm
Saturday 31st March 2018

I think that I have created a flying boat version of the Convair B-36 bomber.. Eric the Viking received some damage by one of my roommates which means that I get to build another one using the Revell Blohm and Voss BV222A Wiking and the Airfix Avro Vulcan. The landing gear will be metal SAC B-36 set.
 The Wiking fuselage almost fits lengthwise , I can stretch this with the Canadair CL415. The main landing gear will be moved to the lower fuselage.
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Post by: McColm on April 01, 2018, 12:30:03 am
Sunday 1st April 2018

The 1/72 P-45 Mk V Maverick based on the Revell/Frog Avro Shackleton MR.3 with the AlleyCat Avro Shackleton MR.1 nose; vacform floats, starboard searchlight and port wingtip fuel tank. Now has the engines and twin tail fins from a Matchbox A-10. I'm going to fit a pair of contra-rotating propellers from the Northrop
YB-35 kit after painting and applying the decals.

I've got another idea for the 1/72 Academy Minicraft Boeing B-29A , adding parts from the Revell/Airfix Shackleton. I'm going to change the wings and tail for those of the Shackleton and vise versa apart from the B-29 vertical tail fin as this is a bit big on the Shackleton. The fin from a Hasegawa Lockheed Neptune will be used instead.
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Post by: McColm on April 02, 2018, 08:55:05 am
Monday 2nd April 2018

The A-10 tail fins look a bit too small on the Maverick so I changed them for the tail fins from a V-22 Osprey.
 Had a delivery of a  7 draw plastic storage unit which now houses the small pieces, clear glazing, decals and popular spare parts. Going to need another one but slimmer and taller for the rest of my spare parts. Plus labels so I know what's inside.

Whilst clearing out my spare parts boxes I came across some resin parts for the 1/72 Airfix BAC TSR-2 and white metal landing gear, further finds revealed the Airfix kit as well with photo-etched metal parts.
This has been put in the "What to build next" pile. Along with a vacform Vickers Varsity fuselage, I've got a Wellington that needs restoring but I think I have a couple of B-17's wings plus landing gear lurking around.
 I also found the resin Sidetracker parts for the Sea Harrier AEW. Going to use them on my de Havilland Condor instead of the JSTARS radar pod.
If it stops raining I might take a few pictures of the current builds and " I never knew that I started this".
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Post by: McColm on April 03, 2018, 03:46:26 am
Tuesday 3rd  April 2018

Disaster has struck, the Armstrong C1 has crashed , the wings have been cut down and fit over the wing of the Majestic.
The AWACS platform goes back on to the de Havilland Condor.
 I've still got the vacform B-36 and I will use the remaining parts on that build although the tail  and the engines will change.
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Post by: McColm on April 05, 2018, 01:11:35 am
Thursday 5th April 2018

I've started using parts from a 1/72 Hasegawa Lockheed Neptune on the Airfix Avro Shackleton MR.2 donor kit. I still need to paint the interior, as you can see get a really good view through the hatch that I made.
 The Majestic is now looking like a proper flying boat as the new wing extensions give that droop effect. I have been testing different thicknesses of clear plastic that will be used as the roof over the passenger seats.
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Post by: McColm on April 14, 2018, 01:14:28 pm
Saturday 14th April 2018

I think that I might have solved the problem of the seating arrangement on the Northrop Y/XB-35 flying wing by using the tops of the solid air freshener holder. The lid/face is deep enough and is also perforated, which makes an excellent roof when trimmed down.
Just need to buy another two. I'll reglue the center seats as you can't see them in the Revell Blohm and Voss BV222 Viking.
 The wings from the Revell/Matchbox HP Victor fit on the Wiking. I'm still not happy about the air engine intake so I will make a pair of FOD covers.
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Post by: McColm on April 17, 2018, 11:56:59 am
As I have found a Airfix 1/72 Avro Vulcan in need of restoration I shall be using this with the Revell Blohm and Voss BV222.
 I painted the inside of the Wiking with Lifecolor UA 548 , FS 34102,  Royal Air Force light green. Yeah I know that you can't see much through the windows, but the paint picks out the detailing especially in the cockpit area.
 Whilst that was drying, I fitted the wheels on the de Havilland Condor and my curiosity got the better of me, so it now has a cargo door. Which has served a purpose by letting me add nose weight. I've come up with a floor. Although the cargo doors from the AMT RC-135 fit the interior fittings don't. May need a bit of persuasion with the saw to fit.
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Post by: McColm on April 19, 2018, 01:25:27 pm
Thursday 19th April 2018

Three parcels were delivered this morning; two Sud Caravelles and a BAe Nimrod.

 The Pound Shop solid air fresheners containers lids come off which is good news as some are moulded solid. All three fit the Majestic, so it's a case of giving them a good clean and adding some clear plastic to make the roof. Best not glue the clear plastic in place of until I have worked out the colour scheme. :banghead:

The wings from the Hasegawa Lockheed P-3C Orion fit amazingly well on the roof of the Revell Breguet Dassault Atlantic, which sits on top of the  Italeri C-27 Spartan. With a bit of cutting the two could merge as one.

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Post by: TheChronicOne on April 20, 2018, 06:55:02 am
 :thumbsup:

I'm going to have to pay closer attention to the "smelly good" aisle at the dolla' sto' the next time I am there.   ;D
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Post by: McColm on April 24, 2018, 01:42:14 pm
Tuesday 24th April 2018

I have been cleaning up the 1/72 Mach2  SA 321 Super Frelon helicopter.
Thought I would make the Changhe Z-18Y
Black Bat AEW &C.
I've left out a lot of interior parts in order for the two fuselage halves to fit together, which has almost worked just a few small gaps and some sanding to be done before using the filler/puty.
I'll probably go with the NOTAR arrangement and replace the main rotor. I have the Freightdog AEW SeaKing resin parts in my stash so I'll use that as well.
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Post by: McColm on April 27, 2018, 11:47:45 am
Friday 27th April 2018

I received my 00 gauge Triang Midland blue Pullman dummy and power car. The previous owner has cleaned up both units and sprayed clear gloss over the blue plastic. There's white rim boogies and one of the couplings is missing. There's slight damage on one of the window corners. Overall they look good, I haven't tested them yet on any track yet.
 This brings back memories of owning the Grey and blue set with a parlour coach.
The coaches are selling at silly prices, I can recall cutting two dummy power cars to make a carriage. That's if I can find two dummy power cars that don't cost the earth.
I've managed to find an observation carriage on line, just waiting for it to arrive.
 Although the thought a bright red Pullman might have been a good idea at the time, something more suttle that includes the house colours of Hogwarts or the cream and brown colour scheme.
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Post by: PR19_Kit on April 28, 2018, 06:31:31 am
The original real world Blue Pullmans had white rimmed wheels, but I doubt they stayed that way for long!  :o

The current production Bachman Blue Pullman sets sell for over £800, so it's not surprising the older Tri-Ang ones are going up in price. A LOT of money for a six car set!

Which observation car have you bought, I didn't know there were any still models of them still around?
Title: Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
Post by: McColm on April 28, 2018, 07:11:09 am
The original real world Blue Pullmans had white rimmed wheels, but I doubt they stayed that way for long!  :o

The current production Bachman Blue Pullman sets sell for over £800, so it's not surprising the older Tri-Ang ones are going up in price. A LOT of money for a six car set!

Which observation car have you bought, I didn't know there were any still models of them still around?
I'll let you know when it arrives next week.
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Post by: McColm on April 28, 2018, 07:22:09 am
Saturday 28th April 2018

I found some parts from the Italeri 1/72 EH-101 helicopter kit which fit the Mach2 Super Frelon, so I'll be using them to improve the model.
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Post by: McColm on April 29, 2018, 11:52:22 am
Sunday 29th April 2018

Been thinking of converting my Midland blue Pullman into the Royal Train, or Royal Mail mobile post office. Although a track repair train looks good as well .
 The Grumman Guardian I s the water bomber version. I do have the Airmodel vacform Gannet AEW.3 conversion set which would fit and the Gannet could make a great water bomber or small business plane.
 Meanwhile the rebirth of Eric the Viking is making a comeback. The Vulcan was badly damaged and fits nicely on the Revell Blohm and Voss BV222  Wiking.
 The Maverick is now a Shackleton float plane with twin booms and twin tail. The Lancastrain resin nose cone fits the rear section I cut from the Revell MR.3 Shackleton with the MR.1 nose.
I have been putting off the filler/puty stage but I will tackle that next week.
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Post by: McColm on April 30, 2018, 03:08:37 am
Monday 30th April 2018

Three parcels arrived this morning;
1/72 already started YF-23 with gear up and no clear canopy.

Triang OO gauge R133/R125 Observation Coach blue with gold stripes and lettering ' Tri-Ang Railways' car number 20537.
The clear plastic has been reglued,  well worn in some areas with green seats and a fake rear red lamp. The box is very tatty.

The third box is the Revell H-263 18-inch Boeing SST Supersonic Clipper, no decals or instructions, includes stand. One model almost built without the engines, whilst the swing-wing model hasn't been touched.
 I think that I might have a 1/144 Concorde in the stash
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Post by: McColm on May 01, 2018, 09:36:24 am
Tuesday 1st May 2018

 I was planning to start PSR but with the two Revell Boeing SST kit in various stages of builds my curiosity got the better of me.
 I washed both kits to find that the nose on the mid-swept wing was damaged, so it now has the drooped nose from a Revell 1/144 Concorde,it also has the engines from that Kit as well. I will make a set of FOD doors that close on take off and open in flight. The nose wheel will be replaced
as well.
The swept back wing model will get all the remaining parts from the original kit.
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Post by: McColm on May 07, 2018, 05:26:27 am
Monday 7th May 2018

I have been using a lot of Milliput 2 pack filler/puty on my current builds.
 I went with the folding tail on my Westland Super Frelon AEW.1.
 The Mighty Thor now has the Avro Vulcan fitted in place. I have also added the resin Cammett BAe Nimrod AEW radomes fore and aft to the Revell Blohm and Voss BV222  Wiking. They are a good fit.
 The Spartacus jet C-27 looks good with its skis.
Just waiting for these to dry.
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Post by: McColm on May 16, 2018, 07:29:36 am
Wednesday 16th May 2018

Since going on to days to cover holiday leave I haven't got up to much.
I got hold of a 1/72 Novo Fairey Gannet Mk1/4 and added the tail end from a Airmodel vacform Gannet AEW. I removed the vertical tail fin and replaced this with the twin tail fins from an A-10A. I reglued the vertical tail fin to clear it's new tail and also glued the rotodome from a Revell 1/144 Boeing E-3A AWACS.
I have added the engine from a C-130 Kit.
The wings and main landing gear are in place.
 I found another Airmodel Gannet AEW, thought of a jet version, using parts from a BAC Lightning.
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Post by: McColm on May 19, 2018, 03:15:47 am
Saturday 19th May 2018

I have been having a radical rethink on my current builds.
The Majestic could revert back to a kitbash between the remains of the Mach2 Martin SeaMaster and the Airfix BAe Nimrod, keeping the vertical tail fins. I'll see if the Nimrod fuselage can be flipped upside down which will give the wings a downward appearance.  ( I already have the cockpit section from another Airfix BAe Nimrod glued in place) I'll have to check if I kept the wingtip floats if not I'll make a pair or use something from my spares boxes.
 With the X/YB-35 wing turned the correct way round this should fit the vacform B-36 fuselage. I'll remove the seats and put them to one side as I will need to fit a false floor for the gaps and cut the space for the new roof. I need to trim down the Monogram parts so that they fit the interior, the
 C-71 Stardust. I think that I still have parts from the Revell Airbus A400M Kit to make a cargo ramp, I know I have the T-tail so I will fit that.
SAC provides a white metal landing gear for the B-36, so I will use that. A few extra windows a long the fuselage, I could add a upper deck above the cargo bay.
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Post by: McColm on May 22, 2018, 12:51:10 am
Tuesday 22nd May 2018

Just seen two photoshoped pictures on facebook "Great Planes that never flew". Which has got me thinking, I can make them. One depicts the B-36 Peacemaker with forward swept wings and jet pods on the wingtips, whilst the other looks to me as if if was a B-29 with the wings at the rear and flaps in the middle, the canopy looks different.
I'll see if the wing from the YB-35 fits. I've got an Academy B-29 in the stash.
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Post by: McColm on May 25, 2018, 12:45:24 am
Friday 25th May 2018

Well I never knew that there were three different blue and white paint schemes for the 'Blue Middleland Pullman", two with yellow fronts. This might be due as the third scheme was replaced with the grey and white livery.
 Meanwhile the recycling continues with the Breguet Br1150, jet powered Atlantic AEW. The Mach2 cockpit has been replaced with the forward fuselage from the Revell Atlantic with the front of the Airfix BAe Nimrod MR.1 Not quiet a perfect fit but it seems to work.
The fuselage stretch doesn't look out of place. I may need to change the main landing gear to those from the Airfix kit.
 The other parts are being used on the Mach2 SeaMaster.
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Post by: McColm on May 30, 2018, 06:43:28 am
Wednesday 30th May 2018

The Mighty Thor continues to take shape whilst the grey and green camouflage paint scheme of the Airfix Avro Vulcan flakes off from the previous builder. I managed to use most of the Vulcan on this build with the resin used & abused Cammett BAe Nimrod AEW radomes. I've been considering using the floats from the Revell Blohm and Voss BV222A Wiking only this time depicting a scene at sea using a slab of polystyrene as a base.
 Meanwhile the Majestic has the wings from the Revell/Matchbox Victor kit. These seem to be a better fit, I know that they hide the Airfix BAe Nimrod fuselage section, but the window holes were very useful when aligning the wings.
 Parts from the Airfix Avro Shackleton MR.2 interior fit neatly in the resin fuselage sections of the 1/72 CMR A