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Title: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on April 08, 2013, 11:07:47 am
Thought I would give the Blog another go seeing as my previous attempt became a build thread  :blink:

Been going through a very bad period of moddelers block only this time rather than starting something new, I have far too much stuff part built and I may produce a list later, I have actualy managed to get myself kickstarted on one of my simpler builds as well as actualy doing some work, read painting of the cockpit, of my Hawker Typhoon T2 (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,35794.0/highlight,hawker+typhoon.html/) so I am at least starting to get somewhere for the first time since October!  :banghead:

Gondor

Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Go4fun on April 08, 2013, 11:38:07 am
I hit that point of inactivity and found you just have to pick one item in a build and work on it. After that you find one more item to work on.
I'm sure your going to get going soon.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: kerick on April 08, 2013, 07:13:59 pm
Some times I find I just have to grab one of them and just do something to restart the mojo.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on April 13, 2013, 11:24:44 am
I have realised that I am not going to finish anything new for this years Scottish Nationals  :banghead: a very bad case of getting back into building way too late  :banghead: :banghead: this dose not mean that I will not continue to do some work in the hope of producing a few new items for Glasgow in October and Telford in November and if I do manage to get really building again then I could have a whole new collection of kits to show and to give OGL a headache as to what will go on display. AEW four engined DC-10 anyone?

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Martin H on April 13, 2013, 02:04:23 pm
this dose not mean that I will not continue to do some work in the hope of producing a few new items for Glasgow in October and Telford in November and if I do manage to get really building again then I could have a whole new collection of kits to show and to give OGL a headache

Gondor

Bring it on!!!!!   lol
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: kitbasher on April 13, 2013, 03:29:48 pm
AEW four engined DC-10 anyone?

Depends where the fourth engine is!
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on April 13, 2013, 03:36:57 pm
AEW four engined DC-10 anyone?

Depends where the fourth engine is!

Remove the tail engine and add two more engines under the wings, I already have an ASW aircraft part build, the parts for an AEW and am looking for more airframes to convert into a tanker, SIGINT and airliner with the posibility of other types as well.  ;D

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on April 21, 2013, 04:14:44 pm
The Engines arrived a few days ago for the AEW E-7 as I called it on my Mcdonnal Douglas KC-11 et all (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,35198.0.html) thread and a refuelling probe from an F105D which I will use for a F-111K build I plan to make some time which requires me to decide on camouflage, markings and load out, just thinking that Blue Water might be an interesting fit!

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on April 29, 2013, 01:59:28 pm
I spoke with TSRJoe at the Scottish Nationals and have learned a few things about the F-111K, Joe was quite complimentary about the F-105 refueling probe looking the part for the F-111K. I am hopeing to start work on the model next weekend when I hope to have some time to spray the undercarrage bays white befor they are asembled.
Several Ideas are still running around in my head for various projects. Engines are required for the IL-96/DC-10 crossover builds and at least one more Revell DC-10 is required for other builds in the DC-10 saga such as the JSTARS version, probably a DC-10 version of the RC-135V and a KC-11 for the EC-135C version as well. At this rate I will run out of space to store them when they are built!  :blink:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 01, 2013, 09:37:37 am
Been thinking about one of my purchases from Perth, the F-111C/G. Should I use it as a basis for an FB-111H?

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 01, 2013, 12:05:30 pm
Been thinking about one of my purchases from Perth, the F-111C/G. Should I use it as a basis for an FB-111H?

Gondor

Yes, without doubt!  :thumbsup:

I've never seen a model of an 'H and it's just GOT too look great with that high mounted tail.

There's a terrific profile of an 'H right here :- http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php?topic=28846.0 (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php?topic=28846.0)
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 01, 2013, 03:11:16 pm
Been thinking about one of my purchases from Perth, the F-111C/G. Should I use it as a basis for an FB-111H?

Gondor

Yes, without doubt!  :thumbsup:

I've never seen a model of an 'H and it's just GOT too look great with that high mounted tail.


Thank you for that vote of confidence Kit. Just don't hold your breath as the finished article could be years away at the pace I build.

As is my preference for not wanting to wasn't any part of a boxing, the decals from the F-111C/G are going towards my Australian EF-111A in SEA markings. The decals from the EF-111A were of the prototype and rather water damaged which considering what I am building with the kit is not a problem, decals for the FB-111H can easily be sourced from somewhere.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Thorvic on May 01, 2013, 10:15:20 pm
(http://www.codeonemagazine.com/images/media/19700304_BX_gen_ar_1267828237_7552.jpg)

This any use ?

(from Code One magazine)
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 02, 2013, 10:48:50 am
Thank you very much for the drawing Thorvic  :thumbsup:

Not so happy about my latest purchase from Ebay. The picture and description of the Item said Phantom Kurnas 2000 Israeli IDF F-4E only when I got home today and opened the box there was an Israeli RF-4E with paperwork, who to send to etc for the described item!
I have taken a picture of the box and the delivery note and started a complaint's process in the hope the fellow posted out the wrong box! Not Happy  :angry:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Go4fun on May 02, 2013, 11:08:03 am
More and more 'Customer Service' isn't. Seems noody has enough pride to do the small simple jobs well.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 02, 2013, 02:17:04 pm
Been in contact with the seller who says he got my item swapped with the RF-4E which was supposed to go overseas. Could be some time before this gets sorted out, assuming that the recipient of my kit owns up to receiving the wrong item!

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 03, 2013, 11:02:21 am
Looks as if the problem with the ebay purchase is being sorted out. The seller has contacted the buyer of the RF-4E and told them that they have been sent the wrong item and that buyer will not accept the package so it will be returned to the seller. The seller will then check that it is indeed the item he should have sent me and then post it to me. Once he does that I will return the kit I was sent and hopefully get a refund of the postage. Sounds complex but is really simple.

I received several items from Colin at Freightdog today who saved me some money by posting two orders together :thumbsup: He can expect an order at the end of the month for a TSR2 Reconnaissance pod and a Skybolt package for the Vulcan  <_<

Meanwhile I will not be enjoying the bank holiday as I will be at work on Monday and this weekend will have me spending three hours at work testing the Emergency Lighting :blink:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 09, 2013, 03:00:06 pm
Started a new thread (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,37077.0.html) this morning and actually cut plastic from sprue's in connection with it as well. This will be the main thread that I intend to be working on for a while with this thread (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,37044.0.html) being a long drawn out build with an attempt for accuracy as there is lots of information around that people know about as they are Project Cancelled first and Whiff's second.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 11, 2013, 09:56:58 am
Had to delay the start of some builds as I realised that I had no weights to use in the soses of the aircraft. One trip to a shop selling fishing equipment and I have several 3/4oz weights to use  :thumbsup:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 18, 2013, 10:06:43 am
Bought more weights today for the nose of the E-10 although I may change the designation for the E-11 to E-10C or something like that and make the AWACS aircraft the E-10A so that there are different versions for different roles rather than holey new numbers. Nutritionally the less E numbers the better  ;D

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 21, 2013, 12:30:51 pm
Another possibility for the E-10 has arisen after reading "The Air Staff and AEW". Based on the BAe.847 which has not only the FASS but a Canoe beneath the fuselage as well  :blink:

Not a DC-10 is quite a large aircraft so I am thinking that it could manage to have both the AWACS rotodome and the JSTARS canoe as well as being able to accommodate all the personnel required to operate both. Would not only save the whif USAF money but me as well as I would not need to buy another DC-10 and engines to go with it  :thumbsup:

Of course I am still entitled to change my mind or come up with something completely different instead  ;D

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 25, 2013, 02:34:05 pm
Decals received today for a build I have not talked about before. Far East 46 model based on an Academy kit I have although I was tempted to use the new Airfix release instead.
Now I have let the proverbial cat out of the bag I suppose I will have to finish the darn thing....

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on May 26, 2013, 02:21:17 am
You will indeed sir  ;D

As per kit to use. Having built them both then as you have the Academy kit I'd use that. The Airfix one is nicer (as it should be given the age of the toolings) but the Academy one is still a nice kit. No idea as to which is better accuracy wise, I've heard the Airfix one is, but said kit is a bit difficult to get hold of as it's sold out in a lot of places.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 26, 2013, 03:09:03 am
You will indeed sir  ;D

As per kit to use. Having built them both then as you have the Academy kit I'd use that. The Airfix one is nicer (as it should be given the age of the toolings) but the Academy one is still a nice kit. No idea as to which is better accuracy wise, I've heard the Airfix one is, but said kit is a bit difficult to get hold of as it's sold out in a lot of places.

I saw a couple in HobbyCraft Falkirk yesterday.  :wub:

I was looking in the vein hope that the new gladiator was available there but came away with a Submarine instead  :blink:

And they still have an Italeri Skyfall E101 at just under 11 as well  :thumbsup:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 09, 2013, 03:13:52 pm
Due to unforeseen circumstances a couple of weeks ago I will not be going to Telford this year again! unless I get a decent lottery win over the 2.80 I normaly get.

I am having to refurbish my hall due to a burst central heating pipe under the floor. It didn't really affect my flat but the removal of the carpet showed that it was in dire need of replacement so that and the decision that it would be as easy to redecorate the whole hall at the same time, I moved in at the end of 2000 and have not done much in the way of decoration since then, so there is a need for a bit of a touch up.

This is also having a knock on effect with my model building for Telford, reducing the amount of time I have to build and paint what I intend to have finished for the show. However I will do what I can.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Radish on June 10, 2013, 03:41:46 am
Oh that's a bugger.....but put lots of aircraft in the hall when you decorate!!
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: JayBee on June 10, 2013, 03:47:16 am
Hi Alistair,

You would be better if OGL could do it, as they will get better coverage at other shows.

Jim
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 10, 2013, 10:42:45 am
Oh that's a bugger.....but put lots of aircraft in the hall when you decorate!!

I intend to get an artist friend to paint holly branches over the door frames just to liven the place up a bit. ;D

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 22, 2013, 01:06:28 am
Finally managed to do a little modelling work, I applied some filler to windows and around some radiators on another build. Who knows, I may manage to do some sanding some time soon though sunday will mostly be spent painting the walls of my hall.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Rheged on June 22, 2013, 01:47:57 am
Finally managed to do a little modelling work, I applied some filler to windows and around some radiators on another build. Who knows, I may manage to do some sanding some time soon though sunday will mostly be spent painting the walls of my hall.

Gondor

Having in the last 12 months redecorated our  sitting room, dining room and kitchen; including replacing doors and laying new floor coverings;  I sympathise wholeheartedly with your predicament! At  least  in my travails I had Madame Rheged as my gorgeous assistant. The  situation demands lots of hot, sweet tea (the UK answer to everything except an injury to the mouth)  and a darkened room in which to lie down and gibber quietly.    More severe cases  can require the oral administration  of quantities of  strong "falling down water". 

Courage mon brave!  It will  be magnificent when you have finished  and you can get back to 1:72  instead of 12 inch to the foot scale. Are you planning to  post "work in progress"  pictures?
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 22, 2013, 05:10:34 am

Courage mon brave!  It will  be magnificent when you have finished  and you can get back to 1:72  instead of 12 inch to the foot scale. Are you planning to  post "work in progress"  pictures?


No "work in progress" pictures for this work although I may post a finished item picture once all the work is complete. So far the old carpet, the main cause of the redecoration, has been removed, the floor cleaned up and the odd protrusions, staples, removed and all previous glue and odd pieces of rubber backing carefully disentangled from the attachment points by the doors. Painting has been done leaving the final coat of Green to be administered prior to the arrival of the main item that had to be outsourced, the carpet. Lampshade's still need to be decided on and bought but that is not of high importance.
I am also hoping that a local craft shop gets some stencils in for Holly leaves so I can add a final flourish to the hall.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 24, 2013, 02:17:03 pm
Bit of a pet hate for today's Grumblings.

It looks as if some of the people who on this forum can't read.

Several appear to think they know better than others or maybe they don't care!

Perhaps I waste my time in using my real name in messages other than in open forum because it is rarely spelt correctly when people reply to me!!

Don't you think I know how to spell my name correctly?

Don't you realise that there can be more than one way to spell my name?

I do know of at least three variations of how to spell my name as there are three of us at my work with the same first name and each of us with a different spelling!

Is it really too much to ask for a little consideration and time and effort to be taken to make sure you spell my name correctly especially as I take care to make sure I spell you names the same way you spell them!

 :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :angry: :angry:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Leading Observer on June 24, 2013, 02:52:26 pm
A grumble I am very familiar with :thumbsup: My surname ends in "man" but is almost inevitably spelt as "son" or even"lin"! There is no excuse for it
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: pyro-manic on June 24, 2013, 04:08:59 pm
I get this constantly. My name is Alun (yes, with a "U", not with an "A", or an "E", or even "LLA" or "LLE" as some have attempted!) and it's spelled correctly probably once in a hundred times. Even when filling out official documents, the paperwork comes back with the WRONG spelling. Correspondence from insurers/banks/council, wrong. Payslips, name badges at work? Wrong. :banghead: And never mind how to actually pronounce it!

My username is also mis-spelled most of the time (there's no second "A"!!), so it's something I am very very used to seeing. I really don't see why it's so hard. People see what they want to see, rather than actually paying attention. :(
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 25, 2013, 01:47:42 am
I never have any problems with my name, except sometimes the odd 'tt' at the end  :unsure: and the Germans will INSIST that my surname (Spackman) has two 'nn's!  :o

I hope I've always spelt your name properly Alastair?
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Rheged on June 25, 2013, 02:05:03 am
Gentlemen,  I sympathise with your concerns.   Even I have the same problem......one would think that most people could spell "Michael"   correctly!   However, to use my little sister  Alison's phrase  "As long as they use my name with considerable  respect,  I can tolerate a wide variety of errors"  Best mis-spelling so far  "ALLOYSIN"
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on June 25, 2013, 07:26:31 am
I do sympathise although I know I can get names wrong myself. I think the problem sometimes arises when you have a friend or relative who spells their name differently. You tend to go on auto pilot, I know I can, so apologies if I've done it.

Never had a problem with mine until Michael Edwardes became boss at BL and then everyone wanted to add a "e" to my surname...ces la vie

Chris
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 30, 2013, 08:06:54 am
The Twelve inch to the Foot modelling is almost over, just touching up to do in some places with the carpet getting fitted tomorrow afternoon so I should be able to get back into building stuff soon if my get up and go doesn't get up and go of its own accord  :blink:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 11, 2013, 10:36:06 am
Bought a few items to assist in my builds.

8 x 16 and a smidgen mm diameter beads to be used as a spherical radome for a 7' Diameter AEW BAC 1-11

2 x 19mm diameter beads for use unknown.

Had to buy them all rather than just two of the smaller beads as the shop would only sell a containers worth of beads

Gondor

Make that 7 of the smaller beads..... the carpet monster just claimed one!

Managed to get that one back.

Did some calculations which show that the round radome proposed for the VC-10 was close enough to the size of the larger bead I bought and there is a VC-10 in my stash......
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 13, 2013, 02:53:10 pm
The 1:1 scale work has come to an end, just some tidying up to do which will be done as and when I get around to it. Tomorrow I get back on building models!

(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/Imgp5171_zpsc17e76b4.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/Imgp5171_zpsc17e76b4.jpg.html)

(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/Imgp5170_zpsa0d0dc6e.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/Imgp5170_zpsa0d0dc6e.jpg.html)

I make add a few flourishes later but as far as I am concerned the main work is done and the plastic beckons  :drink:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Thorvic on July 14, 2013, 01:19:30 am
So Dartk Earth Carpet, Light Stone Doors and Eau de Nil walls  :lol:

Nice work Ali, shame it wiped out your SMW fund to do it, but needs must  :banghead:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on July 14, 2013, 04:48:38 am
So Dartk Earth Carpet, Light Stone Doors and Eau de Nil walls  :lol:

When I was married to Mrs_PR19 Mk 1 back in the 60s I decorated our lounge in that wonderfull WWII US Navy tri-blue and white scheme, complete with a 3" wide 'fade' at every colour change. She thought it looked great, but wasn't quite so keen on the Japanese bomber camouflage scheme (dark green over orange) that I did the dining room in..........  ;D
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 14, 2013, 08:46:52 am
The carpet is the same dark green, might be possibly Olive Green, with flecks that you see often in pubs and hotels. The cat was not impressed when she first saw it though she has come around recently and likes to sleep on an off-cut that is next to the bed which is where she is at the moment.

On a positive note, Modelling has actually taken place, although I found out that I had run out of my favourite glue so I am having to make due with some Plastic Weld I had sitting around, it will do but its not my normal Humbrol Liquid Polly. I am going to ask my girlfriend to pick me up some tomorrow while I am at work.

Nose weights have been put into one aircraft and some sanding done on the filler for one of my AEW builds. The Hawker Typhoon T2 has had a little work done to it as well although I will not be updating that thread until there is far more progress to show than just sticking a few parts of the cockpits together.

Feeling positive and thinking about a twin engined Lansen  :blink:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 15, 2013, 02:31:44 pm

So Dark Earth Carpet, Light Stone Doors and Eau de Nil walls  :lol:


Just had a look at the carpet with my trusty Humbrol paint chart and the green looks to be between Hu 155 and Hu 159  :blink:

And I have proper glue as the g/f did some shopping for me resulting in my handing over just under three pounds for a jar of Humbrol Liquid Poly!

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 08, 2013, 05:19:00 am
I had a "little" rummage through my stash last night looking for a few kits which I didn't find, (however, don't you just love however's?), I did find a couple of kits for ideas that I have milling around in my head. A real world build using a Heller J-21A and a conversion set that I won of ebay to make a J21R, still going to have to buy another J21A to do as real life as the one I am building is a what-if. Still on the Swedish theme, I found a second J32 which I thought I had. The one I have in my modelling room will eventually be converted into a twin engined version.
What I didn't find but will be looking for are, Frog/Novo Wyvern, Airfix Skyraider (other manufacturers versions would do, DC-3/C-47 etc as I am planing something different for this once I get one.
Much plastic to be cut up and "re-arranged"  ;D

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 16, 2013, 02:22:57 pm
Managed to get some model making done during the week, but not really as much as I would have liked to have done. Did some work on a Soviet fighter cockpit, have to think of a suitable back-story for it though. I have also painted the outside of several aircraft for my "Four for Telford" build with black paint. This is not an undercoat, its to help find any more work that may be required in the PSR department. When the paint is dry I will use a reasonably find sanding stick to remove the paint, any that is left needs to be covered in filler for the next round of PSR. Works far better than the Mk 1 eyeball especially as you advance in years.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 17, 2013, 02:52:50 pm
I thought I would expand on what I wrote yesterday with a pictorial explanation of what I was doing.

First, as I said, you paint the area you are checking Black. This is a nice dark colour and shows up well with light coloured plastic.

(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/BA%20146%20AEW%20Navy/Imgp5179_zps76dd5e98.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/BA%20146%20AEW%20Navy/Imgp5179_zps76dd5e98.jpg.html)

I would suggest that with dark coloured plastics or Green or Red plastic that a contrasting colour is used instead of the black I am using here.

The result of a fairly quick sanding results in a very visual representation of where further PSR is required.

(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/BA%20146%20AEW%20Navy/Imgp5181_zps09a7eba3.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/BA%20146%20AEW%20Navy/Imgp5181_zps09a7eba3.jpg.html)

And the other side requires some more work as well.

(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/BA%20146%20AEW%20Navy/Imgp5180_zpsaecbe339.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/BA%20146%20AEW%20Navy/Imgp5180_zpsaecbe339.jpg.html)

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 25, 2013, 02:37:55 pm
Another week gone and still no massive steps forward. I am trying to make sure that I manage to get the finish right on the surface of both the BAC 1-11 and the BAE 146. Saying that, there is still a saddle tank to be made on the 146 so the smooth finish may end up out the proverbial window  :blink: I could though make the build of the development aircraft that didn't have the saddle tank and was not carrier capable which would get around having to do some of the work.

Ideas for other projects keep cropping up. Late 30's, early 40's bomber being one of them along with a comment made in another thread by someone about a T2V-1 which creates yet another build. The kit bash for the second one may have to involve a new step for me as I may have to scratch build the undercarriage, I hope not though.

Back with the BAC 1-11, the method of attaching the radome to the underside of the fuselage has been resolved as is the method of displaying the aircraft although the metal rod I am using may need to be replaced as I am not sure it will be up to the job.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 29, 2013, 02:24:20 pm
Just a little more work done on the BAC 1-11. The upper fuselage joint has had filler applied and sanded back and now the underside has had the same treatment although there looks as if there is a greater problem there. Not to worry as I still have a lot of filler left in the tube  :rolleyes:

Both of the previous mentioned additional builds, the 30's - 40's bomber and the T2V-1 build, or rather a build incorporating parts from a T2V-1, both will make use of an old Airfix Lancaster in their construction and one of them will also incorporate parts from a Revell B-17 as well. Could answer a different thread as well  :blink:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on September 06, 2013, 12:20:55 pm
Added a new item to my modelling bench yesterday.

(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/Imgp5190_zps064a3510.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/Imgp5190_zps064a3510.jpg.html)

I am now using an old cutlery tray to store my tools. It was getting to the point that I was starting to spend as much time looking for the right tools as I was modelling  :banghead:

The opportunity to use this cutlery tray came about because I bought some new cutlery which would not fit easily into the existing tray so a new tray was bought and rather than throwing out the old one it was relegated to being my modelling tool holder.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: darthspud on September 06, 2013, 01:44:37 pm
adapt, improvise, overcome.
No, wait, that's the USMC!
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on September 07, 2013, 12:47:29 am
Looking at the picture again, maybe I should start a competition, "Guess how many unfinished projects are on the table" ?

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on September 07, 2013, 07:20:51 am
Looking at the picture again, maybe I should start a competition, "Guess how many unfinished projects are on the table" ?

Gondor

I was trying to figure that out and gave up  :blink:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Thorvic on September 07, 2013, 07:22:58 am
Looking at the picture again, maybe I should start a competition, "Guess how many unfinished projects are on the table" ?

Gondor
What table ? more like spot the table under the unfinished projects, materials and tools  ;D
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on September 07, 2013, 07:28:42 am
Looking at the picture again, maybe I should start a competition, "Guess how many unfinished projects are on the table" ?

Gondor
What table ? more like spot the table under the unfinished projects, materials and tools  ;D

Must admit I thought mine was bad until I saw that  :bow:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on September 07, 2013, 11:22:22 am
I just did a count up. Including the contents of boxes stacked up on each other as well as under boxes, behind boxes as well as all the other associated airframe parts strewn around, there are about fourteen twenty builds in some stage or other on that table as well as a large number of paints. I fully "intend" to have a clear up once I finish this batch of AEW aircraft. That alone should clear up a few square inches!  :blink:

One or two of the builds do not need much done such as my SR177 which needs the canopy fitted then it will only need painted etc. This one should not take much to do but its a vac-form and the first I have really had a go at so I don't want to mess it up   :-\

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on December 30, 2013, 10:46:29 am
Sad to say that things are progressing as normal. Started putting the plastic together on a couple of kits over the last couple of days. The Airfix 1/72 Lightening F2A and the Trumpeter 1/72 Lightening F2. I have the AIRES correction set for the Trumpeter kit and I also have a white-metal radar cone which I can't remember where I got it from as they would be rather useful with the new Airfix kits as the breakdown is very similar for the radar in both kits.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 30, 2013, 12:56:47 pm
That'd be an Aeroclub part I expect.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: kerick on December 30, 2013, 01:59:03 pm
I see you are afflicted with the same problem I have. Between the boxes, paints, parts and tools I end up with about half a square foot to work in. At least I have finished a couple desk queens over the holidays.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on December 31, 2013, 02:11:46 pm
That'd be an Aeroclub part I expect.

I'm not sure that it was them Kit which is why I asked here and I cant find any packaging from it to say either  

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on January 01, 2014, 02:13:33 am
The part I am thinking of is the same as Aeroclub's 1/48 radar body but in 1/72. However in 1/72 Aeroclub have made a nose cone that includes the intake ring which would be a direct replacement for either the Frog, Revell or Hasegawa F6 nose ring and cone. I think it might have been Heritage or someone like that who made what I am looking for. Of course I am sure someone somewhere will come up with a new item seeing how the F2A is selling like hot cakes!

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Thorvic on January 01, 2014, 03:49:43 am
http://www.kitsforcash.com/ee-lightning-trumpeter-tail-correction-piece-plus-white-metal-bullet--intake-ring-175-p.asp (http://www.kitsforcash.com/ee-lightning-trumpeter-tail-correction-piece-plus-white-metal-bullet--intake-ring-175-p.asp)

This set ?
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on January 01, 2014, 03:04:24 pm
http://www.kitsforcash.com/ee-lightning-trumpeter-tail-correction-piece-plus-white-metal-bullet--intake-ring-175-p.asp (http://www.kitsforcash.com/ee-lightning-trumpeter-tail-correction-piece-plus-white-metal-bullet--intake-ring-175-p.asp)

This set ?

I have the bullet as they call it although I thought it was available all by itself. If not it should be in my opinion.

Anyone into casting white metal?

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on January 02, 2014, 01:08:10 am
http://www.kitsforcash.com/ee-lightning-trumpeter-tail-correction-piece-plus-white-metal-bullet--intake-ring-175-p.asp (http://www.kitsforcash.com/ee-lightning-trumpeter-tail-correction-piece-plus-white-metal-bullet--intake-ring-175-p.asp)

This set ?

I have the bullet as they call it although I thought it was available all by itself. If not it should be in my opinion.

Anyone into casting white metal?

Gondor

Not difficult. We used to smelt milk bottle tops at school !

Seriously Plaster of Paris mould, just dry it out for a week or so in the airing cupboard. Solder smelted on the gas ring (don't use an aluminium pan) and Bob's your uncle. If you can get "Wood's Metal" it melts at below boiling point of water.

Used these methods to cast wargames figures back in the 60's. All of the wargames books at the time described the process, can you imagine the copywrite fuss if published nowadays ?
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on January 18, 2014, 02:34:08 pm
Have been pottering around with an XtraKit DH Sea Vixen today and painting some parts of an Airfix 1/72 Lightening F2A. The Lightening will be real world while something else will happen to the Sea Vixen although not as drastic as what has partly happened to an old Novo Sea Vixen several years ago which I must dig out of the part build pile some time.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on January 19, 2014, 02:42:44 pm
I didn't do much today other than to make a few modifications to the Sea Vixen, I'm glad there are two armament options with the Lightening though as the spares will provide bits for the Sea Vixen.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on January 28, 2014, 12:13:16 pm
The Sea Vixen and Lightening are pretty much on hold at the moment as I start to work on my entry for the Za Rodina Group build.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on February 01, 2014, 01:44:03 am
Very small amount of work to report. Wing half's are glued together for the Za Rodina build as well as glueing some small pellet like weights in the nose.

Almost out of these small weights and need something to replace them. Liquid Gravity or something similar would be great but I have not been able to find anything on-line in the UK so far. Can anyone help!

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on February 01, 2014, 06:04:10 am
Here you are mate http://www.deluxematerials.com/aeroliquidgravity.html (http://www.deluxematerials.com/aeroliquidgravity.html). Looks a bit pricey but that's the way of the world

Not used it myself as I have a fair few containers that the guy at Southern Expo used to sell
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on February 01, 2014, 12:15:46 pm
Thank you NARSES2

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on February 04, 2014, 01:58:36 pm
Since Sunday evening I have been suffering with what I thought was a tooth ache, turns out it was an abscess!. Not had a great time of things with this, it spoilt my enjoyment of the Seattle Sea hawks having a great win at the Super-Bowl then lack of sleep and various things like taking the cat to the vet before finding out late on Monday that I had an abscess.
Monday night was agony with a maximum of three or four hours sleep at any one time so I was not as work today. Feeling a bit better as the abscess appears to have moved, into my upper lip I think so no tooth pain but a general feeling of being unwell.
So basically no modelling done and not much of an attention span either so no catching up on my reading either!

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on February 05, 2014, 01:43:32 pm
Much better today!
Generally feeling better but still took the day off work due to a headache at 4am and not much sleep from then on. Not a huge amount of improvement throughout the day but did get some modelling done this afternoon with the cockpit and front fuselage glued together for the Za Rodina build. Still go to work on the back-story though. I have a rough idea but no facts to back it up! Lies are always best with sprinkled with some truth.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on February 05, 2014, 08:27:13 pm
Nevermind your abcess....how'd the cat make out ?

Glad to hear the Za Rodina build is coming along. I still need to find mine.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: kerick on February 06, 2014, 10:21:12 am
You better go to the dentist. Those kinds of infections can make you sick all over.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on February 06, 2014, 02:50:20 pm
You better go to the dentist. Those kinds of infections can make you sick all over.

Oh yeah, missed out the little bit of information saying that I got a dental appointment Monday at 4:50pm and was prescribed antibiotics which appear to be working as I was working myself today.

The cat only went to the vet for a blood test, she is hyper-thyroidal so needs monitoring of her thyroid levels. She will be starting on a different kind of tablet on Saturday as her present medication is not having as much effect as expected.

Modelling wise the basic fuselage is together and the engine pipes are in place as well as the rear ECM dome. I am surprised at how fast this build is going, that's going to be famous last words of course!

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on February 06, 2014, 03:14:05 pm
Glad to hear the cat is ok !

 :thumbsup:

Famous last words eh ? Love it !

 :lol: ;)
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on February 07, 2014, 12:06:46 pm
So far this week with the arrival of the Hasegawa 1/48 F110-A I have been able to put some thought into a couple of build themes I have had going for several years at my usual glacial pace. F-4 Phantom family and the Century series "fighters".
Rereading several reference books I have found that the F-4A , post aircraft 18, are a close match to the later F-4B with the main visible difference being the Intakes and their ramps/splitter plates and the spoiler on the upper surfaces of the wings, perforated on the A but not on the B.
A search of the web has provided me with information on the intakes but so far I have not been able to find information on the pattern of the perforations. I am loathed to ask "Gaffer" from Tetley as I don't really think he would be able to help despite all he knows about perforations!
I know the F-4 theme build of mine is mainly real world, a few whiffs will get in, but has anyone got the information I need?

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on February 10, 2014, 02:44:22 pm
A bit further with my Za Rodina build, even started a thread in the Group Build section of the forum here! (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,38437.0.html) I'm looking forward to getting a few pictures taken and posted at the end of the week when hopefully I will have made some further progress.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on February 10, 2014, 05:48:05 pm
lol....nice reference to the tea master himself  :thumbsup: Been a long time since those commercials were out over here !

What's the deal with the Phantom perforations ? On the spoilers or the intakes ?

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Thorvic on February 11, 2014, 12:25:32 am
What's the deal with the Phantom perforations ? On the spoilers or the intakes ?

 :cheers:

The F-4H-1 or F-4A had perforated spoilers on the wings in true USN tradition they also had a variety of Intake revisions before the settled on the one that became standard for F-4 Phantom family.

I recommended "F-4 Phantom ' Spirit in the Skies'" to Gondor as a reference with drawings of the F-4A along with most of the other Phantom variants and a few project ones, so I think he may have sourced one for a reasonable price   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on February 11, 2014, 11:03:18 am
What's the deal with the Phantom perforations ? On the spoilers or the intakes ?

 :cheers:

The F-4H-1 or F-4A had perforated spoilers on the wings in true USN tradition they also had a variety of Intake revisions before the settled on the one that became standard for F-4 Phantom family.

I recommended "F-4 Phantom ' Spirit in the Skies'" to Gondor as a reference with drawings of the F-4A along with most of the other Phantom variants and a few project ones, so I think he may have sourced one for a reasonable price   :thumbsup:

I purchased a second hand copy from Amazon for under 17 including P&P which is a lot less than some were wanting for a new copy at around 160 :blink:

Hopefully it will arrive in the next day or so.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on February 12, 2014, 04:43:06 pm
I almost bought that when it first came out...seeing as I love Phantoms I still wished I would have ! Guess I should do a little second-hand looking myself !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on February 13, 2014, 11:22:58 am
I almost bought that when it first came out...seeing as I love Phantoms I still wished I would have ! Guess I should do a little second-hand looking myself !

 :cheers:

I usually look on ebay for second hand items, sometimes I find that Amazon is a good source for books as they have second hand books listed with the new ones.
As always, comparing prices including postage is always a good idea.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on February 15, 2014, 02:27:00 pm
My copy of the World Air Power Journal's McDonnell F-4 Phantom Spirit in the Skies arrived today. It is what I needed and more. Lots of stuff in it that I had forgotten about from years past and a few proposals that I didn't know of or can't remember so several items worthy of whiffery as well as providing information for several real world builds especially as I now can tell the difference between an early F-4B, a late F-4B and an F-4N! that used to confuse the hell out of me!  :blink:

My thanks to Thorvic for telling me about this book.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on February 23, 2014, 09:34:41 am
I have been having a lazy day today for a change so I decided to go through my stash and list a few aircraft builds I have as "theme" builds. I have made a little progress in building some of the kits listed below but am making more progress in buying kits to cover all the variations within each theme.

First up 1/72 Hasegawa F-4 Phantoms for my F-4 Phantom theme build. UK versions excluded.


That's the list of the kits I have and what I intend the operators to be. I still have another F-4B to get for the later standard with added lumps. All real world other than the Kurnass 2000 and a couple to confuse the JMN's though, the F-4A and F-110A specifically although the RF-4EJ would get a few of them confused as well.
I do have a couple of the older Hasegawa F-4E's which I intend to use as whiffs, one Canadian and the other as an F-4X. Someone needs to drop an F-4E(S) nose into some silicone as these things are rearer than hen's teeth!

I also looked through my stash of 1/72 scale Hasegawa F-111's. These are for my F-111 theme build. no surprise there then!


I am also thinking of doing a few more versions such as an RN F-111B and an white /grey FB-111A.

I do have other kits of the Phantom by ESCI, Revell and Fujimi but have decided not to list them here.

If nothing else, when I retire I have plenty to do  ;D

Maybe another time I will check off a few of my other themed builds, Harrier, Jaguars, Spitfires, Lightening's.......

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on February 24, 2014, 07:21:31 am


If nothing else, when I retire I have plenty to do  ;D


I operated the same sort of scheme during my last few years of gainfull employment.....it worked  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on February 27, 2014, 01:01:54 pm
Just won another 1/72 Hasegawa F-4E on ebay. I went for it as I realised that in Vietnam era colour scheme is was an iconic aircraft that most of us associate with that war, and I didn't have a kit put aside to depict that!

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on March 06, 2014, 11:10:24 am
I don't think I will be buying much for the next few months, if ever at present. Just been speaking to the vet and the cost of my cat's medication is going to go up to 70 per month and could have to go higher! I am not a happy bunny :(

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on March 07, 2014, 01:18:13 am
Sorry to hear that mate. Our furry friends can get expensive but they do become part of the family.

Still on the up side you have a stash to dig into
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on March 07, 2014, 04:42:51 am
That's a huge list of Phantoms and 111's...but where are all the ones titled "RCN" and "RCAF" ?

Sorry to hear about the cost of meds going up.....maybe try the 'net and see if there are cheaper alternatives ?

Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on March 07, 2014, 11:06:33 am
That's a huge list of Phantoms and 111's...but where are all the ones titled "RCN" and "RCAF" ?

Sorry to hear about the cost of meds going up.....maybe try the 'net and see if there are cheaper alternatives ?



Still working on getting the dosage right. The vet wants more dosage and I wanted to keep it lower so we will so what a higher dosage does for a month then decide the next step.

As to RAN and RCAF or even RCN aircraft I do have an older Hasegawa F-4E that will be RCAF, I have thought about an RAN F-111B but would want to probably build an RN F-111B first, possibly or even maybe. As it is I only have one conversion set so would need to buy more.

Gondor

Oh, I didn't add in the ESCI F-4's I have or the Fujimi British F-4's into the list as I thought it was long enough as it was  ;D
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on March 16, 2014, 01:38:12 pm
In an attempt to clear a little space on my modelling bench I decided to stick a few pieces together from one of my many stalled projects. Only thing is I can't find one of the upper wings  :blink: despite actually tidying away one or two other models and a rough sorting through what's on the table.  :banghead:

If nothing else I have managed to come up with a new tool to help with glueing parts together. It appears, as far as I know, that only the brush that comes inside the lid of the Humbrol Liquid Polly is suitable for actually applying Liquid Polly. So with a sharp knife, an old paint brush and some plastic tubing as well as some super-glue to hold it all together I have produced a much easier brush for applying my favourite glue.

At least something good has come out of the day. Now I wonder if it was the carpet monster of my fur legged friend that his the upper wing......


Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on March 17, 2014, 07:54:24 am
If nothing else I have managed to come up with a new tool to help with glueing parts together. It appears, as far as I know, that only the brush that comes inside the lid of the Humbrol Liquid Polly is suitable for actually applying Liquid Polly. So with a sharp knife, an old paint brush and some plastic tubing as well as some super-glue to hold it all together I have produced a much easier brush for applying my favourite glue.


That's a good idea I may well borrow it. The brush inc. with Mr Cement S works well but only reaches half way into the bottle  :banghead:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: JayBee on March 17, 2014, 08:48:21 am
In fact any art brush with Nylon gristles will work just as well. I use a size 0 white nylon bristle and have no problems at all.
I have also found in the past that using any small natural bristle brush that has become a bit clogged with paint can be used just as well AND it helps to restore the brush to painting use.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on March 17, 2014, 01:38:52 pm
In fact any art brush with Nylon gristles will work just as well. I use a size 0 white nylon bristle and have no problems at all.
I have also found in the past that using any small natural bristle brush that has become a bit clogged with paint can be used just as well AND it helps to restore the brush to painting use.


I think using a gristle brush might have been the problem so I will have a look out for the same type you use JayBee when I am at Perth.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on March 22, 2014, 03:35:20 am
Last night I won on ebay a 12 squared F-4E(S) conversion. My thanks to Thorvic for pointing it out to me in the first instance. Next problem is Hasegawa and their boxing's of F-4's. What I intend to do, rather than buy an F-4E which has slatted outer wings only in the box, is to buy an F-4F which although it has the slatted outer wings doesn't have a slatted tail. Now both of these items would be wrong for an F-4E(S), however the non-slatted tail will be swapped with a pair from an F-4B/N boxing which only provides the slatted version and of course I want to build an early B version and a late A version which both have non-slatted tails so that part is covered. The outer wings will be sorted by taking spare parts from my recent RF-4EJ Kai purchase or maybe an RF-4E box in my stash as at lest one option has both types of outer wings.

Its all really quite simple and because I want to build several more F-4E's as well as non-slatted tailed aircraft I can see me buying a few F-4F's in my future.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on March 22, 2014, 12:55:58 pm
Following on from my last posting I will definitely be buying at least a pair of Hasegawa F-4F's and swapping the non-slotted tail surfaces with a couple of the Hasegawa F-4B/N slotted tails. I intend to build these kits as F-4E's, one early without slats on the wings and one late with slats on the wings despite the kit coming with slats as I have spare non slatted outer wings in both the RF-4EJ Kai's as I have physically checked and found that they have both the Kai and non Kai outer wing panels. The F-4E I recently bought will have its outer slatted wing panels swapped for one of the sets from a Kai so it can become the F-4E(S).

Its a bit mind bending but I know what I am doing and to make sure I don't mess things up I will make up a spreadsheet to keep track of all the differences between versions as per the Spirit in the Skies book.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: kerick on March 22, 2014, 01:24:40 pm
That's a problem with anything that's been in production as long as the F-4 Phantom. At least its been kitted long enough in lots of different versions to make parts available. How about the ultimate Phantom kit with extra wings, noses, tail surfaces, engine exhausts and inlets? Probably the only common parts are the canopy and the landing gear.
Sounds like you have a plan for quite a long time of Phantom building. Keep us posted.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on March 22, 2014, 03:15:21 pm
kerick, I plan to build every major real life version and several smaller production versions as well as a few what-if and planed versions too. I now have 26 Hasegawa Phantoms to build, some partly started, some sorted out parts wise for what I am going to build and some still in mint condition in their box's.
I will keep the info about the real world builds confined to this blog and the what-ifs will be posted in the appropriate places.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: kerick on March 22, 2014, 09:43:07 pm
Sounds like you have your retirement years all planned out. I know who to call about Phantom variants!
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on March 23, 2014, 03:05:50 am
Sounds like you have your retirement years all planned out. I know who to call about Phantom variants!

I may actually make a list of what is on which sprue's of the modern Hasegawa kit so that anyone can mix and match to build what they want knowing what is available on which sprue.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Thorvic on March 23, 2014, 03:31:27 am
F-4 FVS !!!!!- Come on you know you want too  ;D
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on March 23, 2014, 11:45:46 am
F-4 FVS !!!!!- Come on you know you want too  ;D

Would that be the F-4J(FV)S or the F-4M(FV)S?

And if I were to build it your going to have to provide the RB-168-27R engine exhausts!

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on April 01, 2014, 11:50:17 am
Received my first ANiGRAND kits today. Think I will let them sit for a while as I build up courage to do more than open the box.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on April 02, 2014, 06:51:11 am
No problem with them Gondor. They are on the chunky side but go together well. I've built the XF.108 (among many) and it's a nice kit
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on April 02, 2014, 06:59:25 am
Which kit ? Some of them ( looking at the parts break down ) just look awesome. especially the ones that have 2 or 3 of the little birds inside. A little too pricey for me right now, but someday !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on April 02, 2014, 12:05:24 pm
Which kit ? Some of them ( looking at the parts break down ) just look awesome. especially the ones that have 2 or 3 of the little birds inside. A little too pricey for me right now, but someday !

 :cheers:

 I won both an XF-108 and a Lavi, both in 1/72 on ebay. I do have a couple of other resin kits, Freightdog ones, of which one is mostly built so the Lavi should not be too much of a problem, the XF-108 looks as if could be a bit of a challenge with holes and no locating pins at all!   :blink:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on April 03, 2014, 12:10:50 pm
I was just looking at their site again. Prices aren't as dear as I had remembered ! I might start this summer with a 144th scale bird and see where that goes.

The 108 would look awesome finished tho. Just make it a como bird if it doesn't go together well  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on April 03, 2014, 01:51:55 pm

The 108 would look awesome finished tho. Just make it a como bird if it doesn't go together well  :thumbsup:


It looks as if it will take quite a bit of work to get right but I believe I am up to the challenge if I am not building tanks.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on April 08, 2014, 05:37:38 am
Having joined the Airfix Club recently I wondered how many kits I could get with their Flying Hours and is it was possible to use Flying Hours from older boxes.
After eventually remembering to email Airfix customer support and getting a slightly poorly punctuated email in reply, I did manage to get answers to my questions.

Flying Hours can be used from the older Grey boxes as well as from the newer Red boxes

It is possible to order more than one kit at a time providing the correct amount of token are supplied and there can be more than 48 Flying Hours sent at one time.

When claiming one or more kit using the Flying Hours we must still send 2.95 per kit we are after as either a cheque or postal order made out to Hornby Hobbies Ltd

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on April 08, 2014, 07:38:58 am
Glad you got that sorted mate  :thumbsup:

As for the poor punctuation ? It's normal nowadays, you should see an e-mail I got from the council the other week  :blink: They do not learn it at school anymore.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on April 11, 2014, 11:03:02 am
Finished work for a week's holiday of rest and recuperation. Well who am I kidding? No one really as I have lots of part build models at least one of which I want to take to he Scottish Nationals in a finished condition!

Most of what is needed to be done is actually painting and we are still two weeks away from the show! So starting this weekend I will be painting an ejector seat and some wheels, and if I can manage it I may even mask a canopy on my MV-22B that I decided to quietly stick a few pieces together one night.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: JayBee on April 11, 2014, 01:12:23 pm
know the feeling well mate!

Jim
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on April 14, 2014, 02:21:38 pm
This is the first weekday of my holiday so the third day which I could do modelling not hampered by being at work....... right  :banghead:

Saturday I was out with my girlfriend for most of the day and only managed to do a little sanding in the evening.

Sunday I was out with the girlfriend visiting her mum, had a great time as usual so didn't get home until late as we popped into PC World as we had done the previous day with the intent of putting a payment towards a new PC, I am currently using a laptop.

Monday I spent part of the day going back and forth to the bank to organise funds to put a new PC which I eventually managed with problems getting a bus, the one that was due to leave the bus station was delayed as a passenger had an accident on it and required an ambulance to take care of them then when I got to PC world, with my girlfriend, it took ages before we could talk to the assistant we saw on Sunday and then we could not get to pay because the till would not let him sign in!  :banghead:

Talk about setting up hurdles to stop something happening. So even less work done on the model today which makes the possibility of finishing my build for the Scottish Nationals rather unlikely  :banghead:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on April 18, 2014, 05:41:53 am
Not been getting much modelling done. Sun is shining outside and its a glorious day! I also have a new PC, Windows 8.1 so having lots of fun with that!  :banghead:

I am getting some modelling done and getting hopeful that I will actually manage to get everything done in time for Perth! Please see the "Yak-75 Flapper" (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,38437.0.html) entry for what I have been getting up to.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on April 21, 2014, 01:21:11 pm
I have been adding a few parts to my Yak-75. Weapons pylons and the like.  Masking the cockpit later in preparation for spraying a primer coat tomorrow then starting painting on the weapons and more painting of the ejector seat. I could do with another week off to catch up from last week when I was less than half as productive as I had hoped to be. Does anyone know what colour the Russians paint air intake covers?

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on April 23, 2014, 02:46:26 pm
Been doing a spot of painting in the hope I shall finish a build for the Scottish Nationals!  :blink:

Came across an old problem, painting parts on the sprue but no where to put the sprue so it is nice and safe so that nothing gets paint on it or that no paint comes off the parts. On occasion I have used rods, rulers and sundry other long items placed under a stack of kit boxes or other piles to keep things in their place. Today, nothing was available so I had to come up with an alternative.....
(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/Imgp5297_zps752736cc.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/Imgp5297_zps752736cc.jpg.html)

This shows what I did. I simply used a clamp to hold onto the shelf while the sprue is loose within the clamp yet out of the way of everything else.
(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/Imgp5298_zpse7b074a4.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/Imgp5298_zpse7b074a4.jpg.html)

Gondor



Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on April 24, 2014, 07:20:27 am
Neat solution
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on April 24, 2014, 12:20:22 pm
Too tired and too much to do with the "Flapper" so I will put it to one side until the Scottish Nationals are over then finish it off after fixing a few problems that the paint has thrown up.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on April 28, 2014, 03:03:46 pm
Worn out from what was for me a tiring weekend and unfortunately a very busy Monday at work to follow the weekend. Definitely glad I bought what I bought although I could have spent a small fortune on books and some of the very nice kits that were available.

It was good to see so many familiar faces at the SIG stand and again the organisers try to squeeze so many of us behind the tables where there was not a huge amount of space.

Just under a month to go before the end of the Za Rodinu group build so there is a good possibility that I will finish the Yak-75 in time seeing as the basic paint scheme is on the aircraft. Despite the odd little problem surfacing from applying paint I think I will refrain from attempting to correct the flaws as I would end up missing the deadline.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 06, 2014, 11:27:16 am
Been thinking about the CF-105 that Jay Bee donated to me at Perth the other week. I think I remember that someone brought out a correction set for it. Am I right in remembering this or is it a figment of my imagination.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Thorvic on May 06, 2014, 01:14:50 pm
That was Mastercasters but i think its currently OOP
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on May 06, 2014, 04:52:08 pm
Neat idea for hanging sprues....I should try that ! You have no idea how many little cat hairs I get in my paint !

As for the 105....just do it  :thumbsup: Correction or not  :cheers:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 07, 2014, 01:00:28 pm
That was Mastercasters but i think its currently OOP

Thanks Thorvic.

Neat idea for hanging sprues....I should try that ! You have no idea how many little cat hairs I get in my paint !

As I have a cat I for the last fourteen years I know though I do manage to keep her out of the modelling room.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: kerick on May 07, 2014, 01:28:21 pm
Neat idea for hanging sprues....I should try that ! You have no idea how many little cat hairs I get in my paint !

As for the 105....just do it  :thumbsup: Correction or not  :cheers:

How about some cup hooks screwed to the bottom of the shelf?

Dittos on the 105!
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on May 07, 2014, 04:20:59 pm
As an aside to the Master Casters comment, I have 2 of their 48th scale sets and need one more, but they weren't happy with the castings on that one and I may have missed the boat !
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 08, 2014, 11:06:39 am
As an aside to the Master Casters comment, I have 2 of their 48th scale sets and need one more, but they weren't happy with the castings on that one and I may have missed the boat !


What I have is 1/72 scale, 1/48 is a rare item for me to think of building although I have a few aircraft in my stash and am thinking of the new 1/48 MiG-25  :wub:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 08, 2014, 01:56:56 pm
I received another boxing of the Hasegawa Japanese RF-4 Phantoms, two kits in one box for the price that most of the F-4E's are being sold individually, sounds like a result to me  :thumbsup:

Of course the aircraft will not be build out of the box, that's why its the second box I have bought, the first one will be real world. This box will contribute to my F-4 themed build that I mentioned some time back although with only one new version, the Turkish RF-4ETM which is a locally upgraded version in a similar manner to the Kai from Japan and the Kurnas 2000 from Israel.

The reconnaissance pods that come with the kits will not be used, at least with either of the kits in the box as they will make excellent whiff material to hang under another aircraft such as the Mitsubishi F-2 or even a Japanese Jaguar perhaps?

I have yet to decide what I will be doing with the F-4E from the boxing, I am thinking along the lines of Egyptian or another operator of the F-4E, not Iranian as I have an RF-4E to be operated by them. Egypt, Australia and Korea are countries that I could put the F-4E into as they all operated the E which doesn't leave many countries to represent other than Spain, at least in real life.........

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on May 08, 2014, 05:03:32 pm
Indeed that's a result ! Are there more where they came from ? I'd like to get an RF bird.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 09, 2014, 03:19:13 am
Indeed that's a result ! Are there more where they came from ? I'd like to get an RF bird.

 :cheers:

I got this Boxing from White Ensign Models (https://www.whiteensignmodels.com/p/+Hasegawa+172+RF4ERF4EJ+Phantom+II+JASDF+501Sqn+HA02075/22962/#.U2yp2ijpK70) which being in the UK could prove expensive for postage.

You can get the same item from Sprue Brothers (http://store.spruebrothers.com/product_p/has02075.htm) but if you just want the RF-4 you can simply type RF-4 into their search engine, then select Hasegawa to get this list (http://store.spruebrothers.com/SearchResults.asp?searching=Y&sort=7&search=RF-4&show=100&page=1&brand=Hasegawa).

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 27, 2014, 02:53:55 pm
I have been doing some tidying up of my model room, so I can end up with some space for a short while. I appear to have misplaced the majority of the contents of a Freightdog SR177K  :blink:

I also seam to have misplaced a Matchbox HP Hayford although that could simply be hiding in a storage box.

The search goes on, cubic inch by cubic inch

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 27, 2014, 05:11:06 pm

I also seam to have misplaced a Matchbox HP Hayford although that could simply be hiding in a storage box.


How can you lose something THAT big?  :o
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 28, 2014, 11:46:27 am

I also seam to have misplaced a Matchbox HP Hayford although that could simply be hiding in a storage box.


How can you lose something THAT big?  :o

It's un-built which helps reduce the size somewhat  :rolleyes:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 29, 2014, 02:44:04 pm
While doing some reorganization of my model room I have found at least one build that go back to 2009 when I managed to attend SMW in Telford! Also unearthed my Lancaster Mk40 which I intend to resurrect and with Spinners currant crop of Mustangs throwing ideas at my head I may revive an idea I have that is Mustang related  <_<

Other ideas that are on my sooner rather than later build list are a Naval Jaguar which was an idea I had many moons ago but has been revived by a 1/48 build article in a magazine.

The list of part started builds that I should do more work/finish gets longer and longer every time I think about it. My MPA version of the DC-10 being an example of something that has loads of promise but no motivation on my part. Despite misplacing an SR177K I still have a nearly finished SR177R. There are a slew of Fw190/Ta 152 aircraft that are started to a lesser or greater extent, usually lesser, which are also what-ifs like all the previously mentioned aircraft, or more accurately Project Cancelled Fw 190/Ta 152's.

First and foremost I have to finish my Yak 75! Canopy frame and Ejector seat painting tomorrow I think, touching up the external tanks as well seeing that they will be the same colour. After that detail painting of the missiles and the wheels will set the stage for adding the decals which should really lift the aircraft from the drab and mundane grey beast that she is at the moment. So as she is almost finished work wise don't expect any pictures until she is all together, well maybe one of the ejector seat to keep teasing you guys  ;D

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 30, 2014, 02:35:28 pm
I have been doing some tidying up of my model room, so I can end up with some space for a short while. I appear to have misplaced the majority of the contents of a Freightdog SR177K  :blink:

I also seam to have misplaced a Matchbox HP Hayford although that could simply be hiding in a storage box.

The search goes on, cubic inch by cubic inch

Gondor

I found the SR177K  :party:  it was hiding under a load of aircraft parts at the back of my cutting mat! I also found one half of a P-51B/C which has its engine removed. Got me thinking about a radial engined P-51, waste not want not as they say.

Not looked in the storage room yet so I have no idea where the Hayford is hiding. When I do search the storage room I will be doing a massive reorganisation which will include cataloguing the whole stash  :blink:

So if I get an idea or want to find something I will know exactly where it is, or at least that's the theory  ;D

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 06, 2014, 03:04:44 pm
I found the Hayford while my cat was outside.

I can tell that your all wondering why it was important that the cat was outside. Well she does like to explore the storage cupboard where my stash is kept so the search was easier to perform while she was outside.

The kit, Revell 5 decades of modelling history edition, was hiding at the bottom of a box under my Revell 1/72 F-101 Voodoo.

Middle East Sand and Earth camouflage I think.....

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on June 07, 2014, 05:43:37 am

Middle East Sand and Earth camouflage I think.....

Gondor

Now that would look nice and not to far fetched  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 07, 2014, 02:11:31 pm

Middle East Sand and Earth camouflage I think.....

Gondor

Now that would look nice and not to far fetched  :thumbsup:

Exactly why I came up with the idea.   ;D

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 16, 2014, 06:04:39 am
Everything is going so slowly. I did have bags of time to finish a group build but time is fast catching up on me and I have only recently sorted out an error which I made with the Bort numbers  :banghead:

Finally decided to use my Airfix membership to suit what I intend to build so I have been cutting little squares out of the box lids of several kits to produce enough Airfix Flying Hours to hopefully get an Airfix Lancaster BI(FE)/BIII & an Airfix Bristol Blenheim B MkI. I still have loads of box lids with flying hours still attached to them which stand a good chance of becoming separated once the Swift is released or the Lightning Mk6.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 16, 2014, 12:24:57 pm
Just been looking at my Airfix Lancaster Mk II kit and I am starting to consider what differences from the MkI(FE)/III there are other than the engines. Can anyone help?

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 29, 2014, 02:46:11 am
Decided what to do with my recent Bristol Blenheim "purchase", an ASR aircraft and I don't mean that it lands on the water to pick up people. This would be converted in the same way that Spitfires were for ASR duties. My thinking being that its easy to do, an ideal task for an aircraft that was not front-line capable but still useful and its also quite plausible.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: The Wooksta! on June 29, 2014, 02:54:31 am
Better to use the Mk IV for ASR - they were fitted with long range tanks, better engines plus the longer nose would give added visibility for searching.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 29, 2014, 03:06:34 am
Even better might be a service version of the prototype Mk IV, as it had a Mk I 'greenhouse' on a lengthened nose. Plus it looks a lot better than then the stepped nose glazing on the production Mk IV.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 06, 2014, 03:15:18 am
Well the Blenheim is going into the stash for a while as I work on some part started projects. BoB Spitfire which is a whiff and several Phantoms, Frog kits, at least one of which will get Rhinoplasty performed on it as I am hoping that the fuselage will match the Fujimi RF-4 nose better than the Fujimi F-4M does which in turn allows me to modify the F-4M into either a gun armed M, which I favour doing, or to use it as a basis for the HL version or even the FV version which I would prefer to cut up the Frog kits for rather than a Fujimi kit.

Well that's the plan at the moment....

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 13, 2014, 02:03:52 am
Decided to make a spreadsheet of all the F-4 versions I am building, parts used, decals and weapons so I can keep track of what I am doing.

As I appear to be somewhat masochistic with anything model related, I have decided to add a guide to the Sprue's/Runner's of the Hasegawa F-4's so that when I want to build a particular version I can simply look up which is the better version/boxing to use or from where I can source parts to make what I want.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on July 13, 2014, 02:12:52 am

As I appear to be somewhat masochistic with anything model related, I have decided to add a guide to the Sprue's/Runner's of the Hasegawa F-4's so that when I want to build a particular version I can simply look up which is the better version/boxing to use or from where I can source parts to make what I want.

Gondor

I honestly thought I was the only person who had a brain that operated on those lines  ;D I put mine down to 40 years working with statistics and all other sorts of information  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 13, 2014, 03:14:06 am

As I appear to be somewhat masochistic with anything model related, I have decided to add a guide to the Sprue's/Runner's of the Hasegawa F-4's so that when I want to build a particular version I can simply look up which is the better version/boxing to use or from where I can source parts to make what I want.

Gondor

I honestly thought I was the only person who had a brain that operated on those lines  ;D I put mine down to 40 years working with statistics and all other sorts of information  :rolleyes:

Put it down to a failing memory and a stack of models that are organised with decals and parts but nothing else done to them.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 14, 2014, 02:29:56 am
I have managed to eventually get a link (https://www.dropbox.com/s/uzth8byiqyn6pwn/Phantoms.xlsx) to work to Dropbox which a work colleague suggested I use to share files.

This is the currant list of what I plan to build Phantom wise. It is missing the British Phantoms which I will be adding later as a separate page to cover all the variations/squadrons that I plan to build. Other versions will be added to the list as well, such as the HL version. The list of Hasegawa sprue's still has a few gaps in it, help much appreciated in filling those gaps especially if you can provide a scan of the instructions to go along with the sprue. I think I may have started to grow a beast!

Gondor

Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 14, 2014, 06:58:50 am
Just doing a test to see if I can link the file from my OneDrive which means that any updates I make will automatically be updated in the file as long as you keep the link.

If it works  ;D if not  :banghead:

Gondor

*EDIT* Looks as if I can't share the file on the OneDrive without making it editable by others :banghead: so it looks as if Dropbox wins the day.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 14, 2014, 12:46:49 pm
Hopefully the link works, no feedback one way or the other yet  :blink:

Added the Fujimi Phantoms that I have as a new page and added a few items to the first page. This is not finished by a long way. Also while compiling the list i seam to have misplace a couple of kits.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on July 15, 2014, 07:05:29 am
The link works mate but any other comments are beyond me as I know nothing about Phantoms at all
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 15, 2014, 10:06:44 am
The link works mate but any other comments are beyond me as I know nothing about Phantoms at all

That's at least that problem sorted out then.

Maybe I should write up a thread saying how to do what I did with the link so that others can share information in the same way if necessary.

Next is to increase the detail about each sprue probably to component level saying exactly which versions each part can be used on.  :blink:

Gluten for punishment would be appropriate probably.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Flyer on July 15, 2014, 07:23:52 pm
link won't work for me, may just be my system or server though as I sometime's cannot see some pic's on this site that other's can...
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 16, 2014, 10:54:02 am
Sorry to hear that flyer

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 16, 2014, 03:22:52 pm
Connected with my file on the F-4's and a bit of a plea for help at the same time, can anyone help with some PW1120 exhausts. I would like to get hold of eight for various projects I have in mind. Obviously unless I win the lottery I would not be able to buy enough Anigrand Lavi kits to satisfy my needs so this would probably mean someone casting some for me. Any takers?

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 20, 2014, 04:18:03 am
Following up on my list of F-4 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/uzth8byiqyn6pwn/Phantoms.xlsx) builds I have compiled a list of my F-111 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/vjdla8knl3392cb/Arrdvarks.xlsx) builds. The list is not as extensive as for the F-4, mainly due to there being less versions and operators of the type but we will see how that goes  ;D

The link has been updated for the F-4 list. I have modified the previous posting with the link and also included it above.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 24, 2014, 11:05:27 am
Another whiff idea for an F-4 from Thorvic which I am looking at building. I am also keeping an eye out for any or the more modern versions of Hasegawa's F-4F so I can turn them into F-4E's and swap the tail fins with F-4B's which have the slotted fins where as the F did not.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 02, 2014, 12:09:26 pm
Parts arrived a while ago for the F-4F (ICE +) or I might call if (ICE II) which is a re-engined upgrade along with the original  ICE upgrade for the German F-4F Phantom. However I decided to look at one of my Revell Typhoon kits to see if it would be better to simply use engine parts from that rather than using a resin upgrade set designed for a Typhoon.
The result is that the Typhoon upgrade set is now in the box of the Typhoon and the engine parts from that kit are now in the F-4F Revell kit waiting for me to get my ass in gear and start work on the darn thing!

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Thorvic on August 02, 2014, 03:14:53 pm
Just a passing suggestion in a chat and now he's sourced the kits and bits to do it ! :thumbsup:

Should be a good one to alongside the Kurnas 2000  ;D
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 03, 2014, 02:37:05 am
Just a passing suggestion in a chat and now he's sourced the kits and bits to do it ! :thumbsup:

Should be a good one to alongside the Kurnas 2000  ;D

It was a good idea which will work wonders and also is a logical development of the ICE program. The German F-4F ICE program also old enough that most people will not remember the details about it so throwing in a proposed engine upgrade aircraft will work. I can blame the politicians and bean counters for not implementing the engine upgrade just as what happened with the Kurnas 2000.

The Kurnas 2000 will only work if I can get the engines. I have emailed Anigrand asking about the cost for a dozen P&W 1120 and not got any reply so far.

The EJ200 engine nozzles look to have a smaller diameter where they meet the fuselage, I have a cunning plan to solve the difference in diameter though so it will not be much of a hindrance.

Also found out that the sight doesn't like the word ass because it changes the word to donkey  :blink:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 04, 2014, 02:24:10 pm
Had Monday off work as the TV aerial needed fixing and the access to the roof space is from my flat.

While moving several boxes so that I could plug the engineers test equipment into an aerial socket in my modelling/computer room I found the kit I intend to build as the RF-4X from. I had wondered where than had gone to a couple of months ago!

Result  :thumbsup:

Gondor

"Not a donkey but sometimes an ass"

see previous posts
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 04, 2014, 04:16:43 pm
......I found the kit I intend to build as the RF-4X from. .....

An RF-4X?  :thumbsup:

Are you planning to go the whole hog with the conformal tanks and enlarged intakes? I've got the 12 Sqared nose conversion for it and have had an F-4E(S), the IDF semi-F-4X, part built for YEARS now. I really should get on with it.......   :banghead:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 05, 2014, 11:51:40 am
......I found the kit I intend to build as the RF-4X from. .....

An RF-4X?  :thumbsup:

Are you planning to go the whole hog with the conformal tanks and enlarged intakes? I've got the 12 Sqared nose conversion for it and have had an F-4E(S), the IDF semi-F-4X, part built for YEARS now. I really should get on with it.......   :banghead:

Yes Kit, that is the intention to go the whole hog as it were. Eagle Designs F-4E(S) nose with a few spares to improve the rather old Hasegawa C2/00332 F-4E Phantom II kit. I also have a copy of the 12 Squared conversion set to make the operational F-4E(S).

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 07, 2014, 12:50:10 pm
Just had to wash my new Meng 1/72 G.91 kit. You could have done an oil change on a car with what was on some of the parts! Worse case of thhis I have ever come across  :angry:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on August 08, 2014, 12:41:18 am
I've had a couple of Trumpeter kits almost as bad as that mate
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 11, 2014, 08:30:49 am
Well I found out what the mysterious package was that was costing me money and lining the pockets of HM Revenue & Customs......

A Kitty Hawk 1/48 MiG-25 PD/PDS Foxbat. Probably the most expensive model I have ever bought due to all the "added extras" that I have had to pay for. Now I know 1/48 is not my normal scale but the MiG-25 is an aircraft I have a soft spot for as I remember the aircraft landing in Japan all those years ago. I will be using this kit to "reverse engineer" some components in 1/72 for a couple of kits I have. Defiantly going to have to re read the book I have on the MiG-25 before I start any kind of work though so defiantly staying in the stash for a while.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 17, 2014, 06:44:04 am
Progress, or at least something that passes for it  :blink:

I have been painting (plastic), and will be doing so again later today!

Engine exhausts for three Phantoms and one G.91!

I also painted the cockpits as well. The phantoms had different paint numbers for the interiors which I decided I should compromise on so painted them all Hu 140 even though my old Humbrol colour guide was saying one of the Phantoms should have been Hu 106 so as the colours look close enough I went with the 140 which was for the majority of the Phantoms I am building at the moment anyway.

Wheel hubs later today I think, white for the Phantoms and various other colours for the other builds I am working on. No idea why but I appear to have a burst of modelling activity.

Pondering making small scale 1/350 scale P.1216's for some strange reason  :blink:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 21, 2014, 12:32:59 pm
One of my current build plans is in Finnish service. Its a bomber and I need to paint the bombs which will be carried internally. I have no idea what colour they should be so thought I would ask and see if anyone can give me an answer.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on August 22, 2014, 07:15:58 am
Would have thought it would depend on period and source of the munitions. Any hints ?

Chris
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 22, 2014, 11:21:30 am
Would have thought it would depend on period and source of the munitions. Any hints ?

Chris

German WWII   ;D

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on August 23, 2014, 05:10:01 am
If you go into this site http://www.warbirdsresourcegroup.org/LRG/bombs.html (http://www.warbirdsresourcegroup.org/LRG/bombs.html) click on the type of bomb you are interested in (not all are detailed) it gives you full details inc. colour and banding etc

Hope it helps

Chris
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 23, 2014, 09:10:50 am
Thank you NARSES2 that just the kind of thing I was looking for  :thumbsup:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on August 24, 2014, 07:33:21 am
No problems mate
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 28, 2014, 02:52:46 pm
I had a rather unfortunate find this evening.

I was removing some parts from their sprue's of my Hawker Hurricane, fabric wing, and found that I had two sprue C's and no sprue A  :banghead:

I have sent en email to my supplier so hopefully I will get a replacement part reasonably soon. In the meantime I will use sprue A from the other fabric winged Hurricane I have in my stash.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 31, 2014, 01:35:42 pm
OGL has build a Phantom or two which he posted in his own blog which I saw at the Scottish Nationals earlier this year I was wondering what the designation is/was for a slightly different version.

More RAF Phantoms.

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y22/martinhiggs/DSCF1010_zpsefb49d01.jpg)
McDD RF-4E Phantom FR Mk-4. Of 2 squadron RAF, RAF Germany 1978.

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y22/martinhiggs/DSCF1009_zps2c241fff.jpg)
McDD F-4E(UK) Phantom FGR-5 of 1435 flight RAF Stanley. Falkland Islands 1986.

What would be a mix of F-4E and F-4M? Would it be an F-4EM an F-4ME or an F-4M2?  :blink:

I am thinking of Spey's in the back end and an M61 in the front end. Any reasonable or logical ideas please.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 31, 2014, 08:34:49 pm
Phantom F4.............  ;)

But in the USA how about an F-4P?
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on September 01, 2014, 11:26:39 am
Phantom F4.............  ;)

But in the USA how about an F-4P?

Possible Kit

On another note I have been building one of my Airfix rag wing Hurricanes.

Very fancy with all the parts that go together if care is used. No idea if it was me of what but I had to make some minor adjustments to the sides of the main wheel bays so they would sit properly with the front spar fitting up against the moulded in angled undercarriage bay sides.  :blink:

Its all good now despite my large fingers that appeared to be thumbs while attempting to hold various parts in place while the glue dried  :banghead:

Paint tonight I think, lots of aluminium and the like.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Martin H on September 01, 2014, 03:33:43 pm
OGL has build a Phantom or two which he posted in his own blog which I saw at the Scottish Nationals earlier this year I was wondering what the designation is/was for a slightly different version.

More RAF Phantoms.

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y22/martinhiggs/DSCF1010_zpsefb49d01.jpg)
McDD RF-4E Phantom FR Mk-4. Of 2 squadron RAF, RAF Germany 1978.

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y22/martinhiggs/DSCF1009_zps2c241fff.jpg)
McDD F-4E(UK) Phantom FGR-5 of 1435 flight RAF Stanley. Falkland Islands 1986.

What would be a mix of F-4E and F-4M? Would it be an F-4EM an F-4ME or an F-4M2?  :blink:

I am thinking of Spey's in the back end and an M61 in the front end. Any reasonable or logical ideas please.

Gondor

I simply referred to them as the F-4E(UK) Phantom FGR-5. As they are bog standard E's with a few extra British specified black boxes ect.
The RF-4E is the Phantom FR-4. Clearly they would cease to be bog standard as the various RAF modifications are implemented through their service lives.

The basic premise is that the Spey toom didnt happen.

The Phantom line up could be as follows.

F-1, F-4J for the Royal Navy
FG-2, F-4C for the RAF
FR-3, RF-4C for the RAF
FR-4, RF-4E for the RAF
FGR-5, F-4E(UK) for the RAF
F-6, F-4S for the Royal Navy (Converted F-1's)

That just leaves me the FG-2 and the F-6 to build  ;D
 
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on September 02, 2014, 07:34:19 am


On another note I have been building one of my Airfix rag wing Hurricanes.

Very fancy with all the parts that go together if care is used. No idea if it was me of what but I had to make some minor adjustments to the sides of the main wheel bays so they would sit properly with the front spar fitting up against the moulded in angled undercarriage bay sides.  :blink:


Gondor

I had a similar "problem" with my first one. Subsequent ones went together fine. I think there is a specific way of fitting it and if you do  ;D if you don't then it's slightly more problematical. I obviously found the "way" by chance
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on September 02, 2014, 11:12:04 am


On another note I have been building one of my Airfix rag wing Hurricanes.

Very fancy with all the parts that go together if care is used. No idea if it was me of what but I had to make some minor adjustments to the sides of the main wheel bays so they would sit properly with the front spar fitting up against the moulded in angled undercarriage bay sides.  :blink:


Gondor

I had a similar "problem" with my first one. Subsequent ones went together fine. I think there is a specific way of fitting it and if you do  ;D if you don't then it's slightly more problematical. I obviously found the "way" by chance

You don't happen to remember in which order you put the parts in when it was the right order do you as I have a second one in the stash.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 02, 2014, 12:33:46 pm
I followed the 'new type' Hurricane instructions explicitly when I built my Cyclone and it all fitted OK, but I do recall it needed a bit of 'wriggling' to get everything in. And then I PSR'd over the whole lot of course!!!
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on September 03, 2014, 08:02:35 am
Sorry mate I don't remember. It know I dry fitted it a couple of ways and one just went well

Edit - just looked at another one in my stash and I THINK I put the side walls in first and then wiggled the back wall into position.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on September 03, 2014, 11:02:40 am
Sorry mate I don't remember. It know I dry fitted it a couple of ways and one just went well

Edit - just looked at another one in my stash and I THINK I put the side walls in first and then wiggled the back wall into position.

Thanks NARSES2  :thumbsup:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on September 04, 2014, 12:37:06 pm
Been working on several builds lately, slowly as is usual for me, came across a problem I expected this evening. The EJ200 engines are smaller than the J79's they replace  :banghead:

I already have a work around figured out which involves some thin plastic card being wrapped around the exhausts before the petal area. This will then be tidied up to look as if some kind of collar was fitted to deal with the difference in width of engines.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Nils on September 05, 2014, 12:38:04 pm
if you wanna replace a J79-size engine with another one, i would advise to use either an P&W F100 or a GE F110, a P&W TF-30 or RR Spey (or Snecma ATAR) could also work.

to replace the EJ200, i think the GE F404, F414 and Snecma M88 are the best options.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on September 05, 2014, 01:44:06 pm
if you wanna replace a J79-size engine with another one, i would advise to use either an P&W F100 or a GE F110, a P&W TF-30 or RR Spey (or Snecma ATAR) could also work.

to replace the EJ200, i think the GE F404, F414 and Snecma M88 are the best options.

This is for my West German F-4F ICE II upgrade or I might call it the F-4F ICE+ upgrade where not only were all the upgrades that really happened involved but like the Israelis and their Kurnass 2000 program I am upgrading the engines too. I chose the EJ200 because Germany were getting the Eurofighter Typhoon which has the EJ200 engine which allows for greater commonality and cost reduction as well as improving performance and fuel economy.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on September 06, 2014, 11:16:56 am
Bought some paint today to go with the Curtiss H-75 decals I bought recently.

I needed several colours that I didn't have so after looking through the IPMS Stockholm web site article on paint and colours I went out and bought
Hu 64 & Hu 65 to be mixed together to make FS 25189
Hu 98
Hu 101

To me the Hu 101 looks a little on the bright side be we shall see in a couple of weeks time when I should be starting to paint the exterior of the aircraft.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on September 07, 2014, 02:16:03 am
As an aside re paints. White Ensign do some really good quality enamels for those countries not normally covered by the other manufacturers, Italian, French, Russian etc. They also cover some of the RAF/FAA not covered by the others, early FAA in particular.

Enamels which were formulated by the same guy who did Xtracolour I'm told but with the same drying time as Humbrol. I recommend them highly
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on September 07, 2014, 03:23:27 am
As an aside re paints. White Ensign do some really good quality enamels for those countries not normally covered by the other manufacturers, Italian, French, Russian etc. They also cover some of the RAF/FAA not covered by the others, early FAA in particular.

Enamels which were formulated by the same guy who did Xtracolour I'm told but with the same drying time as Humbrol. I recommend them highly

I did look at them as a possible source of paint but decided that I would look at my nearest Humbrol outlet first as that was the cheapest option. In future I may buy from them but not right at this moment. I will probably buy some of their white metal detail sets at the same time.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on September 12, 2014, 01:42:37 pm
Slight problem encountered while test fitting the EJ200 exhausts into the F-4. The cut outs I made for one of the exhausts was not wide or deep enough and I have nothing that will reach in and cut away the plastic to make the space bigger  :banghead: Good job I have another two Revell F-4F's in the stash so I am makeing sure that the second go at the cut outs WILL be big enough for the Ej200's.

Second problem is that one of the plastic fillets I was making, by wrapping thin plastic around the EJ200 exhausts, was not as neat or as tidy as required so had to be removed. No an insurmountable problem, just a pain that I have to do it again!  :banghead:

Gondor

Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on September 18, 2014, 02:13:25 pm
Almost a week has passed since my last blog entry and things have moved on. My Spey powered F-4E which I think I shall call the F-4M, alternative time line where the RAF version of the Phantom got the gun of the E version, has had the radome cut off. This was helped by the reduced thickness of the parts at this point, designed to facilitate the removal of the radome so that a replacement with a flat lower section for a hight finding radar could be fitted in the Boscombe Down version of the FGR.1 kit. Other parts for the node undercarriage door and some of the fairing for the gun are being removed from an Italeri F-4E/G that I am scrapping.

My He111-H6 is progressing nicely, still got lots of painting to do prior to putting the fuselage half's together but I have tonight glued the wing parts together. My Hurricane is making slow progress, a small amount of painting for the cockpit prior to a wash which I hope to administer to all the aircraft I am building at the moment, that's three Phantoms, one BoB Spitfire, the Hurricane and the He111... oh, nearly forgot the G91 as well  ;D

And only three weeks until Glasgow!! Will anything be ready in time!  :blink:

Dam good question which I have no answer to  :banghead:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on September 20, 2014, 02:14:57 pm
While out enjoying the Open Door policy in Falkirk and climbing up the Tower there to see the two Jail cells within as its the Towers 200th anniversary, I bought  some Poster Paint from The Works in the hope that I may be able to dilute the paint to make a black wash for my models. 600ml for 1.49 so it should keep me going for some time. Results later.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on September 22, 2014, 11:33:07 am
Found there was a small package at work for me today from Airfix.

I had bought one of the Fabric Winged Hurricanes from Hannants which I was intending to build, unfortunately when I opened the packaging up and started inspecting the components, I realised there were two sprue C's. One quick email to Hannants had an email sent to Airfix and a reply to myself from the Big Yellow H. The package was a replacement sprue with the correct A inside it so I can now build it as I desire which for this one will probably be real world.

On another note, progress is slow but steady with my two F-4M's that I am building as well as with my He-111 and Hurricane. I should do more work on my BoB Spitfire too but that is not a priority at the moment.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on September 28, 2014, 05:38:15 am
Typical! I spend weeks looking for a reasonably priced Matchbox 1/72 Phantom them four of them turn up at once!

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on October 01, 2014, 03:08:48 pm
Progress has been a little slower on my builds for Glasgow than I would have liked. Progress is still being made so I am hopeful that I will finish at least two models by then, it all depends on how much PSR I have to do one they are fully assembled.

In the lead as far as the building goes is the Fiat G91R although the Node wheel leg has me worried due to the lack of the axle that nose wheel is supposed to fit onto  :blink: Not sure how I will get around that, my favourite method is to make an axle out of wire and incorporate that into the nose leg, the second option I can think of is the super-glue the wheel onto the undercarriage and hope everything stays put. I also have to add some nose weight which being me I have made things rather difficult by remembering to add this after the fuselage is all glued together. Fortunately I have yet to add the jet pipe so I can add weight from the rear  :o the difficulty will be in securing small weights some three to four inches (7.5cm to 10cm) from the opening  :blink:

In second place is probably the Hawker Hurricane as there is less to put together and more of it painted. This is offset by the complexity of the colour scheme and the number of colours involved one of which I will have to mix from two different colours.

Closely following the Hurricane is my F-4M. Most of the fuselage is buttoned up just requiring the wings and the new nose to be added to complete the major assembly.

My He111 is starting to look as if it will not take too long to build either, however I am worried about the canopy masking even though I bought an Eduard masking set to use with the kit. It will be the first time that I have used a set so I am rather nervous about the attempt which may well hold me back.

The Battle of Britain Spitfire is effectively on hold even though it should be easy to finish off.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on October 05, 2014, 12:24:02 pm
Very little progress recently due to a lot going on at work, should have an update on that tomorrow. The F-4M is progressing, its nose should be on and filler applied by the end of the night and the G91 needs some filler applied too.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on October 06, 2014, 11:37:09 am
Filler was applied to most of the previously mentioned aircraft last night. I still have to apply filler to the join around the F-4M's nose but I think I will take pictures first to show the differences between the three donor kits used in the conversion.
On a more personal note I am now looking for work as the company I am currently employed with have decided in a "restructuring exercise" that my position is not required any more.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on October 07, 2014, 06:50:41 am
Sorry to hear about the job news mate
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on October 07, 2014, 08:26:31 am
Oh dear Alastair, that's not good. I hope something else turns up quickly for you.

I bet none of the Finance Dept. got fired.........  :banghead:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on October 07, 2014, 08:51:03 am

I bet none of the Finance Dept. got fired.........  :banghead:


No one from the Admin department is getting made redundant. Two Production Managers, although one will probably be back as the Operations Manager, the Workshop Supervisor and myself, the Electronics Technician are the people involved. One of the Projects Managers was only hired a couple of months ago so you can guess who they want as the Operations manager.

On a brighter side, at least I could get more modelling done.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on October 07, 2014, 08:42:11 pm
On a brighter side, at least I could get more modelling done.

lol....good one ! Nice to se you are keeping your spirirts up ! But sorry to hear about the layoff.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: kerick on October 08, 2014, 09:20:50 am
Try contacting former employers you had a good working relationship with. Personally, I found the head hunter websites useless. Getting a decent job today involves working with people you know who might have a lead. Also don't forget social networking. I found a good job on Craigslist.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on October 09, 2014, 01:50:07 pm
Not been much modelling done due to my magnifying lamp's clamp refusing to stay attached to the end of my bench so I have been trying to drill a 1/2" hole in the desk to fit the lamp into and only being able so far to get a 3/8" drill bit to make the hole with  :blink:
Hopefully one of my colleagues at work can come up trumps to save me buying a drill bit to drill just one hole  :banghead:
Small amounts of PSR have been achieved though so there is some progress the probably not enough to finish anything new for the Glasgow show  :banghead:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on October 11, 2014, 11:30:54 am
Everything is going so slow, not surprising really when I have to think about finding work as well as finishing models for next saturday. Nothing new will be finished for the weekend, the F-4M will be there hopefully painted but I don't expect to be any further with it than that. Hurricane might be there partly painted but probably not as it will need its markings to show off the whiff. I am setting myself the task of getting about half a dozen models finished by the end of the year.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on November 23, 2014, 12:58:46 pm
Well nothing has improved, my ability to produce finished models so far is no different than previously even though I now have some time to do more modelling.
Last Tuesday was my last day at work so I have been trying to organise several things prior to my needing them to be ready, forms and the like for housing benefit which is complete and just waiting for the end of the month so I can print off some bank statements.

I have had a sort of eureka moment while looking at part of my stash. In a previous post of mine I was trying to match the cockpit and nose of a Fujimi RF-4E to the fuselage and wings of a Fujimi F-4K/M without success. Well looking around I saw the Matchbox F-4K/M and thought why not measure with callipers the depth of the fuselage behind the rear cockpit. The resultant measurement appears to be close enough to work with so I am not contemplating buying a few tubes of filler to tackle the trenches on the Matchbox kit.

Later this year I intend to buy the Blackbird Lincoln conversion set for the Airfix BII Lancaster which may well get me modelling my own long range Lancaster Mk 40 or Lancaster Mk XL (pre 1947) which has stalled for a number of years  :banghead:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: McColm on December 09, 2014, 04:36:33 am
I look forward to the Lincoln build, always wanted to do my own take on that.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on December 09, 2014, 04:42:36 am
I look forward to the Lincoln build, always wanted to do my own take on that.

My Lincoln will be real world McColm, the Lancaster Mk XL is the Whiff instead of the Lincoln which at the time was only known as the Lancaster Mk IV.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on December 09, 2014, 06:10:08 am
All three sound good. Love Phantoms, especially British Phantoms. Never see enough Lincoln or Lancasters around....especially not modded ones !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on December 09, 2014, 06:58:36 am
All three sound good. Love Phantoms, especially British Phantoms. Never see enough Lincoln or Lancasters around....especially not modded ones !

 :cheers:

Well the Lancaster build is HERE (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,28781.0/highlight,lancaster.html) while the Phantom builds are HERE (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,39452.0.html) and HERE (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,35793.0.html). Work on the Gun armed F-4M is almost at the painting stage while the RF-4M is stalled while I match up a new fuselage for the nose due to there being a size difference between Fujimi kits.  :blink:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on December 09, 2014, 08:35:21 am
2 out of 3 ain't bad......for my memory anyway ! lol

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on December 12, 2014, 02:07:10 pm
Been making a little progress on a couple of my builds but not enough to post anything picture wise on the forum.

My G91R is getting near the painting stage,just a little cleaning up of a few parts of the fuselage and it will be ready for some paint. The scheme and markings are already decided. The same goes for the Gun armed F-4M which is making some progress although the intakes are what is taking my time at the moment. My He111H-6 is slowly getting to the same stage but will take longer as its a more fiddly build. Not decided if it is better to build the cockpit area and put the glazing on prior to attaching the wings or not, I am thinking that it may be easier.

A couple of suggestions for Airfix, Supermarine Scimitar! 1/72 please but I would not complain at 1/48, while you are at it could you scale down your Sea Vixen and Javelin from 1/48 to 1/72?

The Xtrakit version is better to work on the the Skybirds 86 kit its still not the best by any means and Airfix would effectively corner the market with that one! Australian, Austrian, Swiss, Pakistani, Indian, Canadian, New Zealand, Dutch, German Navy and probably several others as well as the Royal Navy would be obvious choices.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Thorvic on December 12, 2014, 04:31:41 pm
Yeap a new 1/72nd Supermarine Scimitar to the same standards as their Swift would be really nice, especially as the Xtrakit one is now OOP.

However i think i would prefer the British Phantom and a retooled Buccaneer for that great 70s combo for both the FAA & RAF
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on December 13, 2014, 02:59:44 am
Yeap a new 1/72nd Supermarine Scimitar to the same standards as their Swift would be really nice, especially as the Xtrakit one is now OOP.

However i think i would prefer the British Phantom and a retooled Buccaneer for that great 70s combo for both the FAA & RAF

Oh I agree, however I was mainly grumbling about the kit I started recently and the lack of any decent replacement for it. There is a real one somewhere for Airfix to scan into their CAD machine isn't there?

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Thorvic on December 13, 2014, 03:20:42 am
Yeap a new 1/72nd Supermarine Scimitar to the same standards as their Swift would be really nice, especially as the Xtrakit one is now OOP.

However i think i would prefer the British Phantom and a retooled Buccaneer for that great 70s combo for both the FAA & RAF

Oh I agree, however I was mainly grumbling about the kit I started recently and the lack of any decent replacement for it. There is a real one somewhere for Airfix to scan into their CAD machine isn't there?

Gondor

Two, one at Yeovilton and one at Solent Sky at Southampton
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on December 14, 2014, 04:42:09 am
Xtrakit made a bit of a mistake, twice!

Just been putting the splitter plates onto the air intakes only to find that the chamfer on the upper and lower edges on them goes in the wrong direction  :banghead: for both sides   :banghead:  :blink:

I can't do much about it until the splitter plates have glued firmly to the intake trunking/cockpit walls so it will be later today that I fettle the plastic.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 14, 2014, 05:19:50 am
Xtrakit made a bit of a mistake, twice!

Gosh, that's unusual........NOT!
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on December 14, 2014, 07:15:46 am
I think the Xtrakit kit was produced by Sword ? Going by the shiny plastic anyway and mine has a deep scratch all the way down one fuselage half  :-\
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 14, 2014, 07:37:07 am
I think the Xtrakit kit was produced by Sword ? Going by the shiny plastic anyway and mine has a deep scratch all the way down one fuselage half  :-\

AFAIK most, if not all, of the Xtrakit kits were done by Sword.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on December 14, 2014, 10:50:28 am
I think the Xtrakit kit was produced by Sword ? Going by the shiny plastic anyway and mine has a deep scratch all the way down one fuselage half  :-\

AFAIK most, if not all, of the Xtrakit kits were done by Sword.

Yes they were made by Sword, neither of mine has any moulding defect.

Well after looking at the air intakes I have decided to get hold of a set of blanking plates which is a bit of a cheat but far easier than messing around trying to get the air intakes right, same for the exhausts.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on December 28, 2014, 01:22:06 pm
Had a nice quiet Christmas, didn't receive anything model related but I did buy a car on Christmas eve  ;D

Saw this on Facebook and thought I would share it https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B59hRTgCcAA3IlH.jpg:large

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on December 28, 2014, 03:26:18 pm
Having ideas of using a hacksaw and some plastic card on a frogspawn Wyvern  :blink:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on January 02, 2015, 04:09:07 pm
So the new year has started and model related I have built a new book case to help reorganise my book storage which in turn will allow me to store some of my planed builds or more likely some of my stash in a much more organised manner.

Definitely toying with two new build ideas, one I have mentioned before and that will be using the two Hobby Boss Bf110's I recently bought as well as a Sword T2V-1/T-1A and a lot of scratch building/modification. The second newish idea involves a Wyvern and a lot of plastic card for some new wings.

For the immediate future I still have several builds on the go which I should have finished for the end of the year, I will do my best to get them finished for the end of this year is not sooner which the possibility of them attending shows other than Perth and Glasgow now that I have a car so I can travel!

Another of my "to be finished this year" builds is my Lancaster Mk XL which has been languishing around since 2007 or there about.

Vac-form Canopies are something I am going to have to bite the bullet with this year as well. I have one that is all that is required for me to get to the painting stage of a build but it needs some internal support to make sure it goes in the right place, maybe a plastic card former for inside the rear of the cockpit just smaller that the fuselage with wire along the sides of the cockpit?

Anyway, Happy New year to all

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on January 20, 2015, 09:33:03 am
Nothing done for the last couple of days and r/l has got in the way. There has been a problem with the car battery being drained due to a fault in a wiring loom that had the reversing lights on all the time though causing the drain.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on January 25, 2015, 07:53:02 am
I think the carpet monster has migrated to my modelling bench as I was removing a wing fence/wing pylon combination from the tree/sprue to clean up and apply to to my Meng Fiat G.91 when I lost it :blink:
Now some may say I lost it years ago but this was a case of self distraction. I have no idea what happened to the part but one second I was taking care in its removal and the next it was no where to be seen and its not that it was propelled any distance to a far corner of the room or some similar place either, it just vanished  :blink:
I have scoured the carpet to see if it ended up there, rummaged through the detritus on the modelling mat all to no avail although I have ended up putting some of the detritus into the bin making sure that the missing part was not in my hand prior to throwing the waste away.
I baffled and p!$$d off at how easy it was to lose the part which means that I can't continue with that build until I find the missing item  :banghead:  :banghead:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: kerick on January 25, 2015, 08:41:58 am
You'll find it six months from now after you have carved a new piece from a block of plastic. And it will be while you are looking for some other bit for a different project. Murphy rules....
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on January 25, 2015, 09:06:09 am
You'll find it six months from now after you have carved a new piece from a block of plastic. And it will be while you are looking for some other bit for a different project. Murphy rules....

Oh I know, its the story or my life.  :banghead:

Had a bit of a tidy up and found a twist drill bit, I think its 0.5 mm and the upper wing surface from a Humbrol J21 that I lost  :blink: so that's been put into the box from which I robbed borrowed one from so I could progress with another build which stalled at the PSR stage.

Swings and roundabouts as they say

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 25, 2015, 09:44:29 am
You may find that missing part has joined a vast number of similar parts in the Van Spackman Belt, located just inside the Van Allen Belts at an altitude of some 8000 miles.

I'd be quick though, rumour has it that the Big H are about to launch a satellite to recover all such parts prior to setting up a 'Spare Parts Division' of the company............
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on January 25, 2015, 05:13:26 pm
Finding a giant stash of spares is the stuff of dreams..... :cheers:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on January 26, 2015, 02:53:58 am
I've come to the conclusion that the best way forward is to completely tidy up the model bench  :blink:

While having a poke around the detritus on the bench yesterday I found several items which I had no idea what I was going to use them for  :banghead:

As I told the girlfriend last night this will take some time as finding which box some of the parts came out of will likely take up most of the time. The end result will enable me to be less distracted by other parts on the bench and even allow me some more space which will be necessary to continue work on the Lancaster XL (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,28781.0.html)

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on January 26, 2015, 06:35:35 am
I totally agree. Clutter is evil, and as far as I know it's a proven fact. Leads to more clutter, and then the brain drifts off in all directions....It also leads to the problems that you just mentioned. I wanted to finish a Chinook, but the cockpit is gone from one box, and where it is I have no idea !

 :banghead:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on January 26, 2015, 06:43:12 am
A short while ago I found the missing item from the G.91  :thumbsup:

It's attached so in a while I will repaint the underside as the colour scheme will be the same as my P.177R and as that needs another coat of paint so I can paint the G.91 at the same time  :thumbsup:

Once the painting is done I can then work on some tidying up as I can park the drying aircraft elsewhere to dry and out of the way of dust.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: kerick on January 26, 2015, 06:57:53 am
A short while ago I found the missing item from the G.91  :thumbsup:


Gondor

But were you looking for something else when you found it? ;)
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on January 26, 2015, 09:18:59 am
A short while ago I found the missing item from the G.91  :thumbsup:


Gondor

But were you looking for something else when you found it? ;)

Actually no, however I did find it somewhere that I had looked before and knew it had not been there previously  :banghead:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: kerick on January 26, 2015, 11:03:39 am
Gremlins are playing tricks on you!
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on January 26, 2015, 01:42:21 pm
Yep. Gremlins. Only explanation. Or try getting a female to look for you. They always seem to find stuff we have hiden. I mean lost.

 :wacko:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on January 26, 2015, 02:22:51 pm
Yep. Gremlins. Only explanation. Or try getting a female to look for you. They always seem to find stuff we have hiden. I mean lost.

 :wacko:

God NO!!!! that could be tantamount to having a stash reduction as well as my currant financial restriction on purchasing for the stash so that's not going to happen.

Besides, I am starting to enjoy the little rediscoveries I am having as I work through the pile of items on the desk. It's trying to work out what some of the items were put aside for that's baffling most of the time as well as thinking what I am going to do with my Revell Lancaster's now I have the new Airfix ones to build.  :blink:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on January 27, 2015, 04:57:48 am
I've got one Revell Lanc, and one each of the new Airfix kits. I've been thinking the same thing ! What to do.....maybe a RW RCAF SAR bird ? Or one of my stretched and flattened fantasies.....

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on January 27, 2015, 05:39:16 am
I've got one Revell Lanc, and one each of the new Airfix kits. I've been thinking the same thing ! What to do.....maybe a RW RCAF SAR bird ? Or one of my stretched and flattened fantasies.....

 :cheers:

RW RCAF SAR bird is one of the options in one of the Hasegawa kits I have  ;D

That's Four Hasegawa Lancaster's, Two Revell Lancaster's and Five of the new Airfix Lancaster's. I also have one of the Old Airfix Lancaster's that I intend to improve a bit with etched brass, vac-form canopy and the like. The rest of the older Lancaster's have mostly gone into the Mk XL in one form or other.

Maybe I should think of other operators, Egypt, Pakistan and Argentina.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on January 27, 2015, 07:25:20 am
Pakistani Lancaster would be interesting. What would India have got/used ? Lancaster's, Fortress's , Liberators ?
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on January 27, 2015, 07:41:54 am
Pakistani Lancaster would be interesting. What would India have got/used ? Lancaster's, Fortress's , Liberators ?

 India sounds good other than the fact I don't have the correct roundels for immediate post separation.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on January 27, 2015, 07:47:51 am
Only Indian roundels I know I have are from a Sea Hawk which are probably to small, let alone latter than you'd want
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 27, 2015, 08:16:54 am
Pakistani Lancaster would be interesting. What would India have got/used ? Lancaster's, Fortress's , Liberators ?

Liberators, if only because they really did. The one at Duxford is an ex-Indian Air Force Lib.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: DogfighterZen on January 29, 2015, 05:22:34 am
A short while ago I found the missing item from the G.91  :thumbsup:

It's attached so in a while I will repaint the underside as the colour scheme will be the same as my P.177R and as that needs another coat of paint so I can paint the G.91 at the same time  :thumbsup:

Once the painting is done I can then work on some tidying up as I can park the drying aircraft elsewhere to dry and out of the way of dust.

Gondor

How's that Gina coming along?  ;D
 :cheers:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on January 29, 2015, 08:43:15 am
Needs a few bits added to it that I missed in the instructions and then those parts painted prior to moving onto the upper surfaces.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Go4fun on January 29, 2015, 08:48:28 am
GONDOR'S RULE OF MODEL BUILDING TIME TRAVEL: "Any part that vanishes into thin air during a build will reappear at least six months later while searching for a newly vanished part which will repeat the process".
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on January 29, 2015, 08:55:50 am
GONDOR'S RULE OF MODEL BUILDING TIME TRAVEL: "Any part that vanishes into thin air during a build will reappear at least six months later while searching for a new vanished part which will repeat the process".

Not this time. They are still on the sprue/tree  :banghead:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on February 03, 2015, 02:33:50 pm
Managed to make a mess of my PC so using my laptop  :banghead:

Not a happy bunny :(

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on February 20, 2015, 05:44:25 am
Had my PC back for a couple of weeks now, it's sort of back to what was normal now  :blink:

Model building has been slow, but as several are nearly finished most of what is required is painting.

Xtracolor is now not exactly my favourite paint at the moment, probably my own fault for not using primer  :banghead:

(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/SR%20177/Imgp5525_zpslsxljhpk.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/SR%20177/Imgp5525_zpslsxljhpk.jpg.html)

This was after a couple of coats of brushed on paint so I decided to use Humbrol with the following result

(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/SR%20177/Imgp5526_zpsqzqnjjsn.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/SR%20177/Imgp5526_zpsqzqnjjsn.jpg.html)
(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/SR%20177/Imgp5527_zpshh7qhpx7.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/SR%20177/Imgp5527_zpshh7qhpx7.jpg.html)

Not quite a single coat as a few areas were a little patchy but nothing like the results I had with the Xtracolor  :thumbsup:

So this one is getting there which leaves a few more aircraft to get painted and then weapons fitted etc so I will have at least one new aircraft at Perth this year.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on February 20, 2015, 07:05:37 am
Yup I've found primer very necessary with Xtracolour and resin. Xtracrylic as well for that matter
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: kitbasher on February 20, 2015, 08:25:12 am
Pakistani Lancaster would be interesting. What would India have got/used ? Lancaster's, Fortress's , Liberators ?

Liberators, if only because they really did. The one at Duxford is an ex-Indian Air Force Lib.

And the one at Hendon (originally Cosford)

Yup I've found primer very necessary with Xtracolour and resin. Xtracrylic as well for that matter

Being a hand brush painter I always use the nearest matt Humbrol shade as the primer for Xtracolor/Xtracrylic.  I like their finishes but always find Xtracolor/Xtracrylic semi-transparent.  I guess essentially I use them as coloured varnishes?
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: The Wooksta! on February 20, 2015, 05:19:37 pm
They're really meant to be sprayed, hence the patchy nature of the finish. 
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on February 21, 2015, 02:20:00 am
They're really meant to be sprayed, hence the patchy nature of the finish. 

That would explain it  :thumbsup:

From now on I will either spray them or use them for details

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on February 21, 2015, 05:45:30 am
They're really meant to be sprayed, hence the patchy nature of the finish. 

Ah, the penny drops  :banghead:

I knew the acrylic was (the bottle is awful for brush painters) but not the enamel
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 21, 2015, 06:58:25 am
I've never used Xtracrylic paints, but I've got, and used, a lot of Xtracolor enamels, mostly on my airliners. I've never sprayed any of them and not had any problems with the coverage.

But, and it's a big but, they need LOTS of mixing to get the density correct, maybe 2-3 times as much as Humbrol enamels, plus they take for ever to dry so I usually give them a brushed coat of Klear, with a wide flat brush, after 5-6 hours and that does the job.

My mixing system isn't just the twirled bit of sprue though, I have a 1965 vintage slot racing motor which has a 4-5" long length of brass tubing soldered over its shaft, which has the last 1/2" bent through 90 deg. and twisted a tad so it looks like a single bladed propeller. Powered by an old model railway controller running at 9-10V and with a makeshift 'switch' on one motor brush it makes an ideal paint mixer, and it's served me well since the 70s.

You may  well ask why the paint doesn't splatter itself all over the model room, and me as well, when it's being stirred, but I have a solution for that as well. I use a dead toilet paper inner cardboard roll, chopped into three pieces, and one piece slipped over the opened paint tin so that I grasp the tin THROUGH the roll. Then any splattered paint ends up on the inside of the roll and not over the outside of me.  ;D
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on February 24, 2015, 04:03:34 pm
Some more progress over the last few days. The masking tape used for the demarcation lines between upper and lower fuselage colours on my SR.177 have been removed showing very few areas that will require touching up. Undercarriage to be attached after painting the nose wheel followed by the rear of the aircraft around the exhausts which I have decided to pain in a metal finish seeing how that's the hot end. The underside of my G.91 is finished so masking the demarcation line is next on the job list for that aircraft while my F-4M still requires work in the cockpit area before that sees any paint. I have also buttoned up my BoB spitfire which involved some scratch building as I have either misplaced part A9 or the carpet monster has claimed it. The part has been replaced with a length of wire fixed into the rear of the propeller with a shaft for the rod taken from a length of plastic tube which in turn was attached to a piece of plastic card and glued to the inside of the fuselage nose as the plastic tube was too small a diameter to fit directly into the moulded opening. Slightly fiddly but it has worked out a treat  :thumbsup:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Thorvic on February 24, 2015, 11:42:42 pm
Nice to hear that the MoJo is back in full flow and the work in progress shelf is getting some serious attention. Sounds like you'll have completed builds popping up here frequently in the next few weeks  :thumbsup:.

I take it the P177 will be a 3 sqdn special with that bright green tail ? :mellow:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on February 25, 2015, 12:45:17 am
Nice to hear that the MoJo is back in full flow and the work in progress shelf is getting some serious attention. Sounds like you'll have completed builds popping up here frequently in the next few weeks  :thumbsup:.

I take it the P177 will be a 3 sqdn special with that bright green tail ? :mellow:

That it will be Thorvic though you will have to wait for the full back story to find out exactly why.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on February 26, 2015, 06:02:18 am
I thought I would add a few pictures to show what I did with the Spitfire Propeller as mentioned in an earlier post.

First a picture of what the front of the Fuselage looks like after the work was carried out, you can see the white plastic card used to adapt the difference in size between the new propeller shaft and the plastic tubing for the shaft to fit into as the plastic tubing is smaller on the outside than the diameter of the hole in the front of the fuselage  :banghead:
(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/Imgp5529_zps2nuc5q9s.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/Imgp5529_zps2nuc5q9s.jpg.html)

And a view from the inside to show what is behind the previous picture which shows the tube for the new propeller shift
(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/Imgp5530_zps43ba5zjl.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/Imgp5530_zps43ba5zjl.jpg.html)

And here is a picture of the rear of the propeller showing the new pin acting as the new shaft.
(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/Imgp5531_zpsgr0w5ato.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/Imgp5531_zpsgr0w5ato.jpg.html)

And finally here is what the whole thing looks like in place.
(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/Imgp5532_zps1am8prt6.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/Imgp5532_zps1am8prt6.jpg.html)

Although the end result is not much to write about I have posted it so that others can use the information to perform similar work themselves.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on March 09, 2015, 11:13:07 am
I have a job interview on Wednesday afternoon, I didn't even apply for the job  :blink:

Some employment agency contacted me and asked if I was interested, which I am even though the distance is a bit further than I would ideally travel the work looks like stuff I have done and can do so I think things are looking promising.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 09, 2015, 11:33:49 am
Nice one Alastair.  :thumbsup:

Best of luck Wednesday.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: JayBee on March 09, 2015, 12:17:16 pm
Awrabest on Wednesday Alistair.  :thumbsup:

Jim
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Rheged on March 09, 2015, 12:38:58 pm
Family Rheged are all cheering for you too.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: kerick on March 09, 2015, 01:08:12 pm
Sometime good things come from unexpected places. Good Luck!
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on March 10, 2015, 07:31:18 am
Yup best of luck Alastair
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on March 10, 2015, 07:50:41 am
The Spit is looking good and good luck Wednesday !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on March 11, 2015, 10:58:24 am
I didn't get the job, however the experience was worth it.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 11, 2015, 10:59:49 am
Shucks! They don't know what talent they've missed out on Alastair.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on March 11, 2015, 08:02:17 pm
Bah. Glad to hear you got something out of it tho !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on April 17, 2015, 03:06:51 pm
It's been a while since I updated this, had another job interview which I really wanted to get but didn't get, ho hum  :-\

Modelling wise next to nothing has happened until today when an aid package from PR19_Kit arrived. Should help me finish one model for the Scottish Nationals at Perth in a week's time, so no pressure there then!

I had thought of trying to finish three other models which I have on the go and on the bench but they all need more done that just a little painting along with a few sub assemblies attached so they will have to be left to show off at Glasgow later in the year.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: kerick on April 17, 2015, 07:15:50 pm
Keep plugging away at the job hunt and the modeling.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on April 18, 2015, 05:52:03 am
Bah, sorry to hear about the job situation. I'm sure the right one will come along ! And ah, those nagging models that just need one wee bit or another eh ?

 :banghead:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on April 23, 2015, 03:03:57 am
There are a couple of models that need their cockpits finished before I can paint and decal them, but the major assembly work is done. I have several that have some sub assemblies built which need other work carried out before I can move onto the external paint stage and of course there are hundreds, literally, that are in the bought and planned stage including loads of F-4's for real world builds, F-111's as well!
At least there are models that are either finished or nearly finished. I do have a build to concentrate on once the Scottish Nationals are over, a Hawker P1121 is at the top of my list of aircraft to start in the hope I can finish it in time for the Glasgow show in August  :blink: though at my build rate that could be August 2016 rather than 2015  :rolleyes:
My P177R is finished, see HERE (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,39982.0.html) so that's one so far this year with two getting there.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on April 28, 2015, 02:46:35 am
Just remembered to post here that I no longer need the fuel tanks from a 1/48 F-4 as I managed to get a pair of them from the leader of the F-4 SIG at Perth  :thumbsup:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Thorvic on April 28, 2015, 11:56:08 pm
So now the Scottish Nationals are done is on with finishing the to-do pile or has it done that other little trick and fired the motivation into something new as a result of new buys, other builds, Brain storming ideas with the rest of the crew (often the most dangerous one as some ideas just scream "Build Me" so you have no other choice than build it once the idea has hatched in your head  :banghead:) ?

SR177 looks smashing in the 3 Sqdn special scheme  :thumbsup:,
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on April 29, 2015, 12:51:53 am
So now the Scottish Nationals are done is on with finishing the to-do pile or has it done that other little trick and fired the motivation into something new as a result of new buys, other builds, Brain storming ideas with the rest of the crew (often the most dangerous one as some ideas just scream "Build Me" so you have no other choice than build it once the idea has hatched in your head  :banghead:) ?

SR177 looks smashing in the 3 Sqdn special scheme  :thumbsup:,

Thanks Thorvic about the SR177

Getting other part builds finished is the priority at the moment, only bought two kits at the show and I do have an idea for the defiant though I will need to perform research into Belgian squadrons before I start it  ;D

Priority's are
1) 17Sqn F-4M
2) 79Sqn G-91
3) P1121
4) BoB Spitfire Mk22
5) 2Sqn RF-4M
6) Lancaster XL

and lots of other builds which may or may not be started including my Tu-4 Bull (the KB-29P is for this build) which I am tempted to build with RAF markings just to see if anyone spots the difference  ;D

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 03, 2015, 09:11:38 am
A little progress on a few builds and only two of them mentioned above  :banghead:

The Lancaster got it's small problem area sanded then some filler applied over a coat of liquid polly which helps key the new filler to the existing filler, the lack of doing this caused a seemingly endless amount of problems with layers of filler flaking off like badly applied plaster to a wall.

My BoB spitfire has had some PSR and joint sanding done. It and a Gnat, Hurricane and parts of a J-21 have been washed and left to dry for a while. More work to continue later on those which may include the rest of the J-21 being assembled along with tailplane for the other aircraft and possible priming?

Gondor

Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Flyer on May 03, 2015, 11:03:46 pm
SAAB J 21, Soko J-21 Jastreb or a Shenyang J-21?
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 04, 2015, 12:54:17 am
SAAB J 21, Soko J-21 Jastreb or a Shenyang J-21?

Saab J-21 though it won't be called that, probably Curtis something or other  ;D

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Flyer on May 04, 2015, 02:12:36 am
 Cool :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 07, 2015, 07:10:28 am
I received an airmodel TSK De Havilland NF10 conversion set today. been looking for one of those for years as its a very rare bird. This will be a real world build as either an NF 10 or  Mk 54 of the Italian air force which will confuse people regardless.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 09, 2015, 09:28:00 am
Not much modelling been done recently despite wanting to due to a chest/head cold that I have. Coughing and sneezing is not great for any finish on a model or for keeping all the parts on the table wither  :blink:
The brain is still working though which means I will be looking for a 1/72 Blackburn Skua canopy and a Fairly Battle, also in 1/72, I have plans for both  :wacko:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on May 09, 2015, 09:51:57 am
Your priority list is excellent ! Can't wait to see 'em all !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 09, 2015, 10:39:31 am
Your priority list is excellent ! Can't wait to see 'em all !

 :cheers:

Neither can I !!

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 10, 2015, 10:33:48 am
Getting sidetracked for a short while, mentally though due to my cold sapping any desire to do anything with plastic or resin, and from a discussion on another thread about Harriers, I thought I would list what I intend to do with the few kits I have.

Most of these will be real world but the intent is to create a build of each version operated by each main operator, so:

Royal Air Force
Harrier GR1
Harrier GR1A
Harrier T2
Harrier T2A
Harrier GR3
Harrier GR3A
Harrier T4
Harrier GR5
Harrier GR5A
Harrier GR7
Harrier GR7A
Harrier GR9
Harrier GR9A
Harrier T10
Harrier T12

Royal Navy
Sea Harrier FRS.1
Sea Harrier F(A)2
Harrier T4A
Harrier T8

US Marines
AV-8A
TAV-8A
AV-8C
AV-8B
AV-8B Night Attack
AV-8B Plus
TAV-8B

Spain
AV-8AS
TAV-8AS
AV-8B
AV-8B Plus
TAV-8B

Italy
AV-8B Plus
TAV-8B

India
Sea Harrier FRS.51
Harrier T.52

Royal Thai Navy
AV-8AS
TAV-8AS

That's the complete list of aircraft and operators. I have aircraft and decals for most of the single seat versions and their operators and am working on acquiring models and decals for the two seater's. This will probably require to be updated later and I may transfer it to a spread sheet as I did for my F-4 build list.

Gondor

 
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 11, 2015, 02:07:29 pm
I recently checked the build threads I had started so that I could put a link into another thread about my Sea Harrier FA3, however although I didn't find a build thread to go along with the build I did find the build thread for my second SR.177 which was to be USAF (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,28659.0.html)  ;D

This will be resurrected at some point in time.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on May 11, 2015, 02:20:22 pm
Wow that's quite the list ! Love it !

 :wub: :tornado: :cheers:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Flyer on May 11, 2015, 11:17:28 pm
The contra-prop'd machine in the link looks interesting, P-40 and late mark Spitfire or Seafire mix?

Will/does the FSW jet have canards?

 :thumbsup: :cheers:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Thorvic on May 11, 2015, 11:24:59 pm
I recently checked the build threads I had started so that I could put a link into another thread about my Sea Harrier FA3, however although I didn't find a build thread to go along with the build I did find the build thread for my second SR.177 which was to be USAF (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,28659.0.html)  ;D

This will be resurrected at some point in time.

Gondor

Sea Harrier FA3 sounds interesting, what's the plan with that one ?
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 12, 2015, 01:59:57 am
I recently checked the build threads I had started so that I could put a link into another thread about my Sea Harrier FA3, however although I didn't find a build thread to go along with the build I did find the build thread for my second SR.177 which was to be USAF (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,28659.0.html)  ;D

This will be resurrected at some point in time.

Gondor

Sea Harrier FA3 sounds interesting, what's the plan with that one ?

 That's this aircraft Geoff

(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/Sea%20Harrier%20FA3/100_0312.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/Sea%20Harrier%20FA3/100_0312.jpg.html)
(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/Sea%20Harrier%20FA3/100_0310.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/Sea%20Harrier%20FA3/100_0310.jpg.html)
(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/Sea%20Harrier%20FA3/100_0311.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/Sea%20Harrier%20FA3/100_0311.jpg.html)
(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/Sea%20Harrier%20FA3/100_0313.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/Sea%20Harrier%20FA3/100_0313.jpg.html)

Which has been on the SIG table for a few years in Scotland. Build was the Revell boxing of the Hasegawa GR7? with the radar nose made from the rear of a 1/48 SUU-23 gun pod and weapons from various Hasegawa weapons sets including the BOZ launcher rails for the sidewinders.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on May 12, 2015, 05:14:21 am
Lovely. I said Iwouldn't do it but I might findmyself at my LHS today to purchase the Italeri boxing of the Night Attack bird. I don't think there are any GR.7/9s in stock.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 12, 2015, 06:09:29 am
The Hasegawa kit doesn't have all the lumps and bumps in 1/72 that the real aircraft does so it was easy to modify it as a Naval aircraft with a different equipment fit.

I have a set of decals for Thai Navy AV-8A(s) aircraft, however the instructions for the decals show a Sea Harrier FRS.1 so I might do a whiff by decalling an FRS.1 as a Thai Navy Aircraft and have it sitting on the decal instructions as proof of it being real!

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Thorvic on May 14, 2015, 11:55:52 pm
Thailand was suggested when the Shars went out of service so its not too implausible to build one  :thumbsup:

BTW we actually get a hint of the Sea Harrier FA3 in BSP:4 Guided Missiles and Hypersonics as a big wing SHAR is shown with Sea Eagles
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 15, 2015, 03:04:13 am

BTW we actually get a hint of the Sea Harrier FA3 in BSP:4 Guided Missiles and Hypersonics as a big wing SHAR is shown with Sea Eagles


Ah yes, top of page 99 and one for Kit to build with its longer wings  ;D

It would be nice for Airfix to bring out the FRS.1 in 1/72 to the same standard as the rest of their new Harriers, new fuselage sprues and a new weapons sprue but that's only three new sprues for a whole new version.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on May 16, 2015, 05:08:55 pm
I don't get it....don't they already do an FRS.1 ? The fuselage is not correct ?

Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 17, 2015, 02:45:37 am
Its not in their catalogue Captain and they are churning out variations of the GR.1 at the moment.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on May 17, 2015, 03:29:58 am
I had one or two. The FA.2 is the same kit only with the radar nose if I recall, both nice. I haven't seen the AV-8A kit here as yet, not sure what's different probably a few aerials and decals.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 17, 2015, 07:33:22 am
The FA2 has a fuselage extension between the wing and the tail, as well as the radar nose, compared to the FSR1.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 17, 2015, 09:01:40 am
I had one or two. The FA.2 is the same kit only with the radar nose if I recall, both nice. I haven't seen the AV-8A kit here as yet, not sure what's different probably a few aerials and decals.

 :cheers:

There is a new sprue Sprue G) with a new Ejector seat, the main pieces of two Sidewinders and two LAU-10 Zuni four chamber rocket launcher, there is also Sprue E from the GR.3 kit as well.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on May 19, 2015, 09:56:00 am
Cool. That's one thing I never did was compare all the kit bits. And truth be told, I had no idea of the fuselage differences between the two ! Better brush up on my Harrier development eh ?

 :blink:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 19, 2015, 10:06:08 am
Cool. That's one thing I never did was compare all the kit bits. And truth be told, I had no idea of the fuselage differences between the two ! Better brush up on my Harrier development eh ?

 :blink:

Sounds like a good idea seeing that you like the Harrier  :thumbsup:

One thing I have been doing recently is getting some painting done using the little pots of Acrylic paint supplied with the modern Airfix starter kits. There is a slight difficulty in getting the darn things to sit still and not fall over, however I did come up with a solution. Hope the following pictures help people looking at using up these small pots of paint.

The grips on the right in the picture are what I will use as a paint pot holder
(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/Imgp5620_zpsohbevqmj.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/Imgp5620_zpsohbevqmj.jpg.html)

The pots fit inside nicely without any problems
(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/Imgp5621_zpsmij7h2qo.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/Imgp5621_zpsmij7h2qo.jpg.html)

Probably better to make sure the lid is completely bent back to keep out of the way
(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/Imgp5622_zpsecrlkmda.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/Imgp5622_zpsecrlkmda.jpg.html)

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Steel Penguin on May 19, 2015, 10:34:47 am
 :thumbsup:   now that is cleaver, and elegant   why didn't I think of it ?
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on May 20, 2015, 12:47:40 am
:thumbsup:   now that is cleaver, and elegant   why didn't I think of it ?

It is, isn't it  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 20, 2015, 02:52:11 am
Glad I can be of help. Of course other types of clamp/grip are available in other colours and by different manufacturers.

As the clamp/grip doesn't actually grip the pot there should be no chance of the paint pot being launched into the distance over an almost finished model with an immediate change to its colour scheme  :blink:

I am actually starting to get to like these little pots of paint, or rather the Acrylic paint they contain. They dry quickly which is  a bit of a double edged sword, great to enable a second coat to be applied quickly, but also a pain as that also allows the paint to dry quickly in the pot  :blink:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on May 20, 2015, 04:12:51 am
Great idea, I can bet how tippy they would be ! I've never tried those paints, but am interested now. Is that the Humbrol colour marked on top ? 90 ?

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 20, 2015, 04:42:54 am
Great idea, I can bet how tippy they would be ! I've never tried those paints, but am interested now. Is that the Humbrol colour marked on top ? 90 ?

 :cheers:

Absolutely correct. Humbrol are using the same colour numbers for their Acrylic range as they do for their Enamel range.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 23, 2015, 05:12:24 am
Not much progress recently.  :banghead:
I have several kits that just need paint to get them almost finished yet although I have the time I never seem to get around to slapping the paint on with the hairy sticks.
I am also thinking of a couple of other things that I need to do. Following on from making a spreadsheet for my F-4 Phantom builds so that I can keep track of what I am doing with them, I have decided to do something similar for Harriers seeing that I have 28 of them so far.
A second project to possibly make a conversion set to turn the Airfix Vampire T10 into an NF10. Seeing that I have a vacform conversion set which I can use as a basis it should not be too difficult seeing that I have an old Airfix FB5/J 28B in the stash for use with a venom kit for some kind of kit bash/conversion, probably exactly what I am going to do with the conversion set.
Parts that need to be built/adapted from the conversion set are; 1) Tail booms with the bullet leading edge and the taller rudders; 2) Cockpit interior as the NF10 had no ejector seats; 3) New nose using the existing conversion set as a basis; 4) Reproduce the cockpit canopy which is a vacform item and has a different shape and set of framing from that used on the majority of T11s.
After that the parts will just need to be dropped into some moulding rubber for someone to turn into a nice little conversion set.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 25, 2015, 02:53:44 pm
My BoB Spitfire is slowly nearing completion. The green element of the camouflage scheme will be added tomorrow so I should have all the decals added by the end of the week and pictures with back story up on the site over the weekend, if I can keep up the pace I am setting at the moment.
My former J-21 has its undersides painted so I need to give it some more attention before I add its upper camouflage colour.
The Hurricane requires a second coat of paint for the only colour applied to the upper surface so far, there are another two to be added as well but the paint appears to be a little streaky/patchy so I am needing to apply two coats with the hairy stick. The undersides also require a second coat, problem with that is its a mix of two colours so it may not match what is there already.
That's the three that I am pressing on with at the moment, I have another two or three that need more work associated with the cockpits before I can add exterior colour to them but they should not be too far away from finished, well two of them anyway, the third should be a quick build and hopefully a little interesting and confusing for Joe Public (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzFZSN-BMlY)

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on May 25, 2015, 07:30:01 pm
Hmmmm..... :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 27, 2015, 03:47:22 am
The Spitfire has its camouflage finished, the fuselage "Sky" band has just been added so later today touching up will commence. My Lancaster Mk XL has had its patch of filler on the Starboard upper wing sanded and will require a coating of primer once the weather warms up a bit. Its cold today compared to the last few days or very nice weather  :angry:
The next aircraft to reach the almost finished stage will be the former J-21 as the Hurricane not only needs a second coat of Humbrol 79, there are another two colours to be applied to the upper surfaces as well.
Lots of things keeping me distracted from the model bench which is slowing my already glacial pace of model making, I have started a spreadsheet to keep track of what I am doing with the 29 or so Harrier kits I have, that's Harrier/AV-8A/C/S's and AV-8B's with a few two seater's of various versions thrown in as well.
I have also decided to put together a few notes I have so I have about various things in an effort to be more coherent, I hope it works  :blink:
 
Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 27, 2015, 04:16:18 am
I have started a spreadsheet to keep track of what I am doing with the 29 or so Harrier kits I have, that's Harrier/AV-8A/C/S's and AV-8B's with a few two seater's of various versions thrown in as well.
I have also decided to put together a few notes I have so I have about various things in an effort to be more coherent, I hope it works  :blink:

This way could lie madness Alastair, be careful..........  ;)
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 27, 2015, 05:32:50 am
I have started a spreadsheet to keep track of what I am doing with the 29 or so Harrier kits I have, that's Harrier/AV-8A/C/S's and AV-8B's with a few two seater's of various versions thrown in as well.
I have also decided to put together a few notes I have so I have about various things in an effort to be more coherent, I hope it works  :blink:

This way could lie madness Alastair, be careful..........  ;)

The notes could change into an article for the whiff mag but the spreadsheet is to keep track of what I intend to do with each model, operator, decals and such. I don't have the financial resources to buy six on one aircraft type when I only need two!
Decided that one of the Harrier family not listed as part of the 29 will be an VZ-12 which will really get a few comments from Joe Public (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzFZSN-BMlY)
As for Madness, they did quite a few catchy tunes back in their day  ;D

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on May 28, 2015, 05:49:07 am
Hmmm....Pt.II   :thumbsup:

Are you going to let slip some of the plans for the other 28 ?

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 28, 2015, 07:31:21 am
Hmmm....Pt.II   :thumbsup:

Are you going to let slip some of the plans for the other 28 ?

 :cheers:

Oh the VZ-12 is not one of the 29  ;D

The rest will be spread throughout all the operators of the various different designations including the Royal Thai Navy which I definitely have marking for one aircraft but I am sure I have a second set somewhere which I can't lay my hands on for the moment but for my plans I need three sets of Thai decals.

When I get the spreadsheet finished Captain you will be able to look at it to see what I have planed.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 30, 2015, 03:42:06 am
Good news! All the camouflage is on the Hurricane  :thumbsup:

Bad news is that the Grey looks too dark and the Green looks too bright  :banghead:

The BoB Spitfire still needs some interior work carried out, control column requires painting and fitted, seatbelts made from tape and added along with the gun sight then it will be a case of touching up and decals. Going to put it on its legs soon and repaint the tyres, in fact I may add the wheels to the legs first then paint the tyres before adding the legs to the aircraft.

The Spreadsheet for the Harriers is starting to take shape. I am basing it on the one I made for my Phantoms (https://www.dropbox.com/s/uzth8byiqyn6pwn/Phantoms.xlsx?dl=0) but as with that spreadsheet it is only a rough guide to keep track of what I intend to do, things may not end up the way they are written.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on May 30, 2015, 07:30:57 am
That's a lot of Phantoms as well ! Keeping track is defo a good idea. I should really try and be better at that myself....

 :blink:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 30, 2015, 02:31:03 pm
That's a lot of Phantoms as well ! Keeping track is defo a good idea. I should really try and be better at that myself....

 :blink:

Feel free to copy and modify for your own use Captain, same goes for anyone else.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on May 30, 2015, 07:28:22 pm
Thanks, I might use somat similar. I have some spreadsheets that can organize themselves by date, which would be kind of neat to track builds with ! Or lack there of.

 :blink:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 02, 2015, 05:24:10 am
Captain, although I call it a spreadsheet, because I use Excel, its more of a table than anything else. I find Excel easy to use and modify, copy or swap parts around is all. So far the Harrier sheet has 44 builds listed, I just realised that there is another one to be added which makes 45 builds to do in total so far and only 34 kits in the stash although the totals I am now giving include the Kestrel and P.1127 as well. I suppose I should really add the P.1154 as well  :blink:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 02, 2015, 11:16:56 am
Thought I would add the Harrier (https://www.dropbox.com/s/8tovqe40db48j1q/Harriers.xlsx?dl=0) spreadsheet so that people can see what I have added to it so far. There are gaps for some of the models I have, not added the Esci kits into the list yet nor most of the Airfix kits I have but its a rough idea.

Good news on the Hurricane front, the replacement green looks good rather than the Humbrol 101 that I was using from a painting guide.  :thumbsup:

Gondor

Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 05, 2015, 05:04:51 am
I have updated the Harrier (https://www.dropbox.com/s/8tovqe40db48j1q/Harriers.xlsx?dl=0) spreadsheet. All my Airfix Harriers have now been added. I have still to add the Esci kits to the list.
This includes an Airfix Harrier TAV-8B/T10 that Thorvic found for me which arrived today.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 05, 2015, 04:44:16 pm

This includes an Airfix Harrier TAV-8B/T10 that Thorvic found for me which arrived today.


Is that a re-pop of the Italeri kit? I don't think I've ever seen an Airfix one.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Thorvic on June 06, 2015, 12:14:13 am

This includes an Airfix Harrier TAV-8B/T10 that Thorvic found for me which arrived today.


Is that a re-pop of the Italeri kit? I don't think I've ever seen an Airfix one.

Nope its a two seater version of their GR5/GR7 kit so much nicer  :thumbsup:. Not sure who has the tooling now Airfix or Heller as was released by both  :banghead:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 06, 2015, 12:20:33 am
Thanks for that, I must look one out as I have the Italeri one and I think the T10 is one of the best looking Harriers around. Like Cap'n Canada, I don't think you can have too many Harriers.  ;D
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 06, 2015, 03:28:39 am

This includes an Airfix Harrier TAV-8B/T10 that Thorvic found for me which arrived today.


Is that a re-pop of the Italeri kit? I don't think I've ever seen an Airfix one.

Airfix has done two boxing's of the two seat second generation Harrier

(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/Imgp5630_zpsnuht5bvl.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/Imgp5630_zpsnuht5bvl.jpg.html)

The lower box in the picture is the first boxing, very basic decals in the box while the second boxing, the upper one in the picture had the benefit of the aircraft having been in service for a number of years and has decals for both USMC and Italian navy which have a common set of decals while those for the RAF option has a complete set that can be used as a stand alone set and will be used for one of my older boxing's. The other of the older boxing's I have will be used as a Spanish machine for which I have an after market set of decals for. Series Espanolas have a set Se372 which covers the AV-8B/TAV/Plus aircraft flown by the Spanish Navy. Unfortunately I am going to have to buy another two sets from them as the decal sheet only has common markings for one aircraft but the serials for all.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on June 06, 2015, 10:05:26 am
Wicked. Those are gorgeous aeroplanes and that kit builds up really nice. I'll have to get off my arse and get some pics of mine up soon.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 06, 2015, 01:42:48 pm
Captain, I tend to sort out all the kits and their bits then ponder actually doing anything else with the collected items because I then become daunted by the amount of work I have set for myself  :-\

Painting my BOB Spitfire has got as far as the detail bits and touching up while I have similar work to do on the Hurricane.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 06, 2015, 01:51:24 pm
How can I have missed that kit?  :unsure:

I'll see if I can find one.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 06, 2015, 03:37:58 pm
How can I have missed that kit?  :unsure:

I'll see if I can find one.

Not very common I am afraid Kit, Thorvic found me my latest one.

As a side note but still on the subject of Harriers, specifically Airfix second generation ones. It would not be surprised if one of the following were true, 1) Heller have the mounds for the older second generation Harriers or 2) Airfix have decided to upgrade the moulds for the second generation Harriers. The latest boxing's of Harrier GR7 and GR9 are different from the earlier kits that Airfix used to sell in boxes similar to the original T10 box, the new kits have a separate cockpit where the previous versions had complete fuselage half's.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: kitnut617 on June 06, 2015, 04:13:53 pm


Airfix has done two boxing's of the two seat second generation Harrier

(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/Imgp5630_zpsnuht5bvl.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/Imgp5630_zpsnuht5bvl.jpg.html)


Gondor

My first T-10 was from the bottom boxing, and I've got five of the top boxing and I also have the Heller boxing of it.

(http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa263/kitnut617/Harrier%20and%20Sea%20Harrier/SeaHarrierF3004.jpg) (http://s200.photobucket.com/user/kitnut617/media/Harrier%20and%20Sea%20Harrier/SeaHarrierF3004.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 07, 2015, 02:33:44 pm
Today I put decals onto my Hurricane, unfortunatley the battery for my camera is flat so I am busy pumping it full of electrons to get it back into shape, no pictures for anyone yet! Tomorrow, as I can't be arsed tonight as it's 10:30pm, I will be putting decals onto my BoB Spitifre. Not much of anything else going on other than planning a slight reorganisation of my stash so a lot more kits of the same aircraft type are stored together.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on June 08, 2015, 11:01:32 am
Organizing the stash is always fun, and frustrating  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on June 09, 2015, 06:59:31 am
Organizing the stash is always fun, and frustrating  :thumbsup:

And it can be frightening  :blink:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 09, 2015, 07:37:45 am
It was just a case of swapping some kits around so that the different generations of harriers could be separated rather than mixed up. This doesn't work with the Airfix Member double boxing's where I have the Current First and Last Harriers and an earlier boxing of a GR7 and Sea Harrier FA2  :blink:
The reorganising has also meant that nearly all my Spitfires are together and I now have to relocate some British 1/35 Armour too. Everything fitted before too  :banghead:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on June 09, 2015, 02:51:59 pm
lol ya mine are semi organized, but as you said you get into the double boxings, half started bits here bits there bits missing....part of my problem is my shelves are 2x4s and could carry heavy car parts. I should have used smaller lumber....

 :blink:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 11, 2015, 12:45:14 pm
A small amount of work has been done recently, been too hot to be bothered, 24/25 Celsius here today so a tad warm. The Hurricane now has a propeller fitted. I don't like propellers being fixed in a manner that they can't be removed for repair so I had to find some method of replacing the shaft and replacing it with something longer that I could attach to the rear of the propeller and then slide into the fuselage, that job's now done so it's on with the undercarriage and touch up the wheels. This leaves the exhausts and a few other details which most people take only a few hours to sort but takes me a week :blink:
Still got decals to add to the BoB Spitfire but I am worried that I may end up applying too many little details that the model will not really need.
I also got a call about a job which I don't think I will get as far as the interview but would be quite nice and has good pay but it's early days for that.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on June 12, 2015, 05:38:09 am
Sounds hot !

Also sounds like some good priogress. Looking forward to seeing some pics.

 :tornado:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 12, 2015, 06:19:53 am
Sounds hot !

Also sounds like some good priogress. Looking forward to seeing some pics.


Captain, for the UK that's quite hot 75.2oF to 77oF results may vary depending which conversion chart/calculator you use :blink:

Pictures of the work will be kept until I finish, which will be this year  :party:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on June 12, 2015, 06:36:15 am
Sounds hot for you guys  :thumbsup:

When I was there two summers ago it was stifling...lots of humidity as well. But we were used to it from living here. Still made the underground a tad uncomfy  :unsure:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on June 12, 2015, 06:46:34 am
Still made the underground a tad uncomfy  :unsure:



That's almost an understatement of classic British proportions  ;D The Underground (always a capital U) is always uncomfortable, when it gets hot and sticky it's unbearable  :banghead: Just glad being a South Londoner I didn't have to use it as part of my regular commuute
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 12, 2015, 09:49:27 am
Still made the underground a tad uncomfy  :unsure:



What you have to remember Captain is that the Underground was started around Victorian times when such things as air conditioning had never been thought of, add to that very busy and cramped platforms and trains and the situation gets a little "ripe" shall we say  :rolleyes:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on June 12, 2015, 12:52:34 pm
Capital U from now on ! lol

At first it was awesome....breeze blowing in from the street and nice and cool and exciting...then as we got closer to the city it all went to pot lol

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 12, 2015, 02:23:41 pm
A little more work done. Cockpit of the BoB Spitfire has been closed up and the Hurricane propellers have been painted, just need to get the undercarriage on both and add a few decals to the Spitfire. The Hurricane also needs seat belts for its seat which also needs fitted and of course the canopy will go on afterwards. Not much so who knows how long it will take me.

Thinking that I should change my strap line to "I would Procrastinate if I could be bothered"

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: DogfighterZen on June 12, 2015, 06:47:00 pm
If you take up that line, i'll take your "Builds slower than a glacier moves"...  :banghead:  ;D
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: zenrat on June 12, 2015, 09:07:24 pm
My favourite line from the TV show Becker - Addressed to an elderly woman who was holding him up "Come on Lady, i've seen continents drift faster than that!"
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 13, 2015, 02:16:55 pm
Between watching several hours of Le Mans and watching video's of Adam Savage in his cave on Tested I have actually made some visible progress, at least here as I am not posting any pics until they are finished, on the Hurricane and BoB Spitfire. Both now have canopies fitted and the tyres are matted too. Canopy painting tomorrow as well as touching up undercarriage legs as they are about to get fitted. Props will need a little paint to their tips and then its touching up and such like for the most part.

Gondor

Pessimistically Optimistic
 
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 13, 2015, 03:53:35 pm
Between watching several hours of Le Mans........ 

Too right! Every one in my case.  ;D
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on June 13, 2015, 04:09:31 pm
Nice. Don't forget MotoGP is on tomorrow as well, three races should be good for a few hours of building  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 13, 2015, 05:35:11 pm
Between watching several hours of Le Mans........ 

Too right! Every one in my case.  ;D

I don't have a tv channel that lets me do that or I probably would  :banghead:

Nice. Don't forget MotoGP is on tomorrow as well, three races should be good for a few hours of building  :thumbsup:

I don't watch tv and model at the same time, way too distracting

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 15, 2015, 07:15:42 am
Just a little work done yesterday. Some decals were added to the Spitfire, wondering which if any servicing markings should I bother with or none. Had to reposition part of the Hurricane canopy as I made a bit of a error in its placement and I have finally got the main undercarriage fitted. Not much in the way of tolerance given in these kits I am finding. Progress no matter how little is still progress. Had to remove the decals from the rudder of my Hurricane, nothing really wrong with them, just may ability to get them to cooperate with me so I will have to paint the rudder and go to plan B which was already prepared for, thanks Kit  :thumbsup:

As usual, no photographs yet  ;D

I also looked at the Kerbal space program, looks fun and might get that when I have funds.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 17, 2015, 03:18:21 pm
The Hurricane is getting closer to being finished. Just a couple of parts to paint and stick on although the rudder will be the last item as the paint for that will take a little longer to get right.

With the kits I received from Airfix today I plan on making a Vampire NF10 conversion. I have an old Heller/Airfix Vampire FB5 which will donate parts as well as some parts from the Airmodel TSK kit. They will be modified and added to the Vampire T.11 for an easy and nice build.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on June 18, 2015, 06:17:03 am
As for servicing markings I'd only add those that you see in photos, if any. I have never really wanted to add any to an airframe myself, but if I did it would be on a USAF F-4 and/ or an RCAF Sabre, both used for training and heavily stenciled.

The Vampire sounds nice, don't see too many of them on here !
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 20, 2015, 02:57:39 am
As for servicing markings I'd only add those that you see in photos, if any. I have never really wanted to add any to an airframe myself, but if I did it would be on a USAF F-4 and/ or an RCAF Sabre, both used for training and heavily stenciled.

The Vampire sounds nice, don't see too many of them on here !


Vampire Night Fighters! Of course, they come out at night and shun the daylight but with this type you wont need Garlic or Holy Water to keep them at bay!

On a different note, I recently bought a modelling magazine, Model Aircraft published by SAM Publications, the edition I bought was Vol 14 Iss 06 June 2015. I know its easy to criticize by my goodness what a mess in at least one article!  Now I have not read all the magazine but I have found to inconsistencies and one very poorly written article  :banghead:

This will be the first time I have written a letter of complaint to this magazine as although the two articles I have read and have discrepancies they are not as bad as a third article that describes part of an aircraft and its actions as droops!  :blink: I am wondering if the modeller in question had his three year old son write that piece  :blink:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 20, 2015, 04:17:38 am
that describes part of an aircraft and its actions as droops! 

Some airliners had leading edge camber increasing flaps which were called 'droops' originally. But as I doubt MA mag does articles on airliners I expect they'd screwed up as you suggested.  :banghead:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 21, 2015, 03:12:02 am
Slowly getting there with the Hurricane and BoB Spitfire. Touching up and odd detail paintwork being carried out as and when my mojo lets me. I keep looking at boxes of kits and thinking "should I start that?" but as I have several in my priority build list to get done first I keep managing to say no, though it is very tempting.

Ideas keep coming though. Currently I have three ideas using Defiant's as the basis with only one Defiant in stock but the ideas can wait for me to get the kits, old Defiant's probably as they should be cheap and will be cut up anyway  ;D

Things I should get on with next are:
And lots of others which would produce a list that's very long  :blink: but first things first

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 23, 2015, 12:08:25 pm
Well one down and another one imminent. The BoB Spitfire has been posted in the completed builds thread and it looks as if people like it  :blink:

The Hurricane has all its decals on and is waiting for me to start dirtying it up as this was an operational aircraft unlike the Spitfire which was kept clean. So pictures will probably be posted tomorrow of the finished Hurricane  ;D

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 23, 2015, 02:07:35 pm
The Carpet monster has struck and claimed one of the undercarriage covers from my Hurricane  :banghead:

I was sitting at my modelling desk wiping off excess black wash when I noticed that the undercarriage cover was missing from the Starboard side. I had to continue cleaning up the excess wash or the model would have been over weathered and since then I have not been able to find the darn thing on the floor at all, nor in any usual place that the aircraft has been parked this afternoon or evening. Only conclusion is that the carpet monster has been hungry  :banghead: :banghead:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: kerick on June 23, 2015, 03:47:15 pm
Simples! Go looking for something else and you'll find the lost part!
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 24, 2015, 02:30:11 am
It's amazing how difficult it is to find something when you know the build has never left a certain area of a room so the part should be in the same area  :banghead:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 24, 2015, 02:36:02 am
The ballistic properties of airborne styrene parts is a very un-explored science. No amount of computer power has been able to produce even the beginnings of any laws to predict the path of such objects, and NASA are pessimistic about corralling enough power this side of a Sixth Generation.  :banghead:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Thorvic on June 24, 2015, 04:05:41 am
It's amazing how difficult it is to find something when you know the build has never left a certain area of a room so the part should be in the same area  :banghead:

Gondor

Unless it managed to stick itself to you at some point !!!  :banghead:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 24, 2015, 04:59:17 am
After an extensive search and slight tidy up of its projected flight path across the modelling bench which included the tool tray (an old cutlery infill for a draw) I then started on removing boxes and other items from under the table only to find the missing part almost in plain site in the foot-well!
Its now on with a lot more Gator Grip so later this afternoon I will be able to matt down the airframe so its just about there  :thumbsup:

Now where is the Relief icon?

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on June 24, 2015, 06:10:16 am
It's amazing how difficult it is to find something when you know the build has never left a certain area of a room so the part should be in the same area  :banghead:

Gondor

Unless it managed to stick itself to you at some point !!!  :banghead:

Had that happen. Spent ages looking and it was stuck to the underside of my forearm  :banghead:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Dizzyfugu on June 24, 2015, 06:20:00 am
It's amazing how difficult it is to find something when you know the build has never left a certain area of a room so the part should be in the same area  :banghead:

Gondor

Oh, Yeah. Had this case with a Fw 190 wheel. Went off, I searched the whole room, several times, and eventually found it months later behind the sofa, several meters away!
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 24, 2015, 06:30:52 am
I must admit that I had checked for the possibility that I had walked away with the part on my footwear or clothing as that had happened to me before several years ago. The distance the model had moved is no more than 75cm from the centre of the cutting mat its sitting on at the moment. Anyway, the problem is resolved  :thumbsup:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 25, 2015, 05:01:54 am
Well that's a second model finished within a week and the third this year  :blink: New record in build productivity for me  :party:

The Hurricane (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,40808.0.html) is now finished and posted  :drink:

I still have at least three that I am thinking are not too far of getting finished but I must start my P.1121 soon or I will not get that done in time.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 26, 2015, 09:22:37 am
Decided to do a little tidying up and reorganisation of part of my modelling bench seeing that I have cleared a couple of kits from it. Sounds simple and straight forward until I try sorting out a few of the kits I have sitting in the vicinity. I have now found that I have misplaced several Typhoon/Tempest/Fury conversion parts  :banghead:

The parts will be somewhere safe, put in a box so they are out of harms way but its just so dam frustrating and can get to the point of knocking my own self confidence out from under me  :-\

On the upside I have just found a conversion set to enable me to build a Mk1b or IIb Spitfire  :thumbsup:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 26, 2015, 11:04:36 am
Yippee  :cheers:  :party: found the missing parts in an old margarine tub where I had put them nice and safe. I also found four ejector seats for Hasegawa Tornado's  :tornado: Now I will have to go through all of those kits that I have to find which ones have the seats missing, that's all twelve boxes :blink:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: kerick on June 26, 2015, 12:42:35 pm
That's me. I'm always putting things where "I know they won't get lost" Then I can't find it again
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 28, 2015, 07:10:10 am
While doing some tidying up of the modelling bench and the surrounding area I found that I had a Frog Gloster Gladiator I had forgotten I had  :o

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 28, 2015, 11:08:10 am
Modelling bench has been cleaned up, loads of detritus shovelled into the bin and all parts stored. Ok they are in to large margarine tubs but they are tidy for now  :blink:

Problem is that I have yet to find the Airways Sea Fury etched set I was going to use for my Gryphon and Sabre engined Furies  :banghead:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on June 28, 2015, 01:48:44 pm
It's easy to let the place get out of control.....and maddening when you start losing stuff !

 :banghead:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Thorvic on June 28, 2015, 02:55:46 pm
While doing some tidying up of the modelling bench and the surrounding area I found that I had a Frog Gloster Gladiator I had forgotten I had  :o

Gondor

Now if that was a Monogram B-36 we would be serious impressed with the detritus levels  ;D
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 28, 2015, 03:27:09 pm
While doing some tidying up of the modelling bench and the surrounding area I found that I had a Frog Gloster Gladiator I had forgotten I had  :o

Gondor

Now if that was a Monogram B-36 we would be serious impressed with the detritus levels  ;D

Actually I had been checking which of my dozen Hasegawa Tornado's were missing Ejector seats as I had previously found a few. The Tornado's were behind some other boxes one of which was for a Delta Nits 1/72 scale MiG 25 Recce Nose only the Frog Gladiator was inside. Totally complete kit of the gladiator will all the parts including the decals and instruction card, just without the plastic bag.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on June 29, 2015, 05:25:04 am
That's funny. I should dig through my cave one of these days and see what surprises therein lurk !

 :party:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 29, 2015, 01:50:52 pm
The B-36 is still in its box on top of the book case in the modelling room.

Realised that I can use the Frog Gladiator to make a Finnish Float plane version, if I want to.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on June 29, 2015, 04:43:12 pm
That would be cool. Big fan of aeros in Finnish markings.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 30, 2015, 10:06:39 am
I just found the missing etched brass set for the Fury's, makes me tempted to build the things although I have a pile of partly built models that I should get through first.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: kitnut617 on June 30, 2015, 06:13:33 pm
although I have a pile of partly built models that I should get through first.

Gondor

and your point is  -----    ;D
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Thorvic on July 01, 2015, 12:31:15 am
although I have a pile of partly built models that I should get through first.

Gondor

and your point is  -----    ;D

That he's in that Catch22 situation of lots of inspiration & temptation around at the moment with a shelf full of good intentions stalled to remind him to finish off something before jumping into more projects that will probably get stalled on the shelf of doom  :banghead:.

Of course you can box away some of those to avoid the guilt trip every time your tempted to start something new, as I suspect 3/4 of us all have a shelf full of hanger queens awaiting their next step in the build ladder  ;D.

Things are probably not helped as been having a discussion with Gondor about my HS-681 build and my data sources  ;D
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 01, 2015, 02:04:56 am
although I have a pile of partly built models that I should get through first.

Gondor

and your point is  -----    ;D

That he's in that Catch22 situation of lots of inspiration & temptation around at the moment with a shelf full of good intentions stalled to remind him to finish off something before jumping into more projects that will probably get stalled on the shelf of doom  :banghead:.

Of course you can box away some of those to avoid the guilt trip every time your tempted to start something new, as I suspect 3/4 of us all have a shelf full of hanger queens awaiting their next step in the build ladder  ;D.

Things are probably not helped as been having a discussion with Gondor about my HS-681 build and my data sources  ;D

I thoroughly enjoy the brain storming sessions with Thorvic but as he says it creates as many "problems" as it solves. I have a good half dozen scratch builds to start at some point, probably seven after chatting with Thorvic last night.

People outside Whiff and even some inside may have thought that the conversation last night was a little Lewis Carroll in its talk of 1/72 scale Transall's and 1/32 scale Sea Vixens, and yes such a beast exists!

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: kitnut617 on July 01, 2015, 08:25:48 am
although I have a pile of partly built models that I should get through first.

Gondor

and your point is  -----    ;D

That he's in that Catch22 situation of lots of inspiration & temptation around at the moment with a shelf full of good intentions stalled to remind him to finish off something before jumping into more projects that will probably get stalled on the shelf of doom  :banghead:.

Of course you can box away some of those to avoid the guilt trip every time your tempted to start something new, as I suspect 3/4 of us all have a shelf full of hanger queens awaiting their next step in the build ladder  ;D.

Things are probably not helped as been having a discussion with Gondor about my HS-681 build and my data sources  ;D

I thoroughly enjoy the brain storming sessions with Thorvic but as he says it creates as many "problems" as it solves. I have a good half dozen scratch builds to start at some point, probably seven after chatting with Thorvic last night.

People outside Whiff and even some inside may have thought that the conversation last night was a little Lewis Carroll in its talk of 1/72 scale Transall's and 1/32 scale Sea Vixens, and yes such a beast exists!

Gondor

I'm in the same boat Alastair, got way to many started projects waiting to be finished, but I get a fresh idea in my head, then have to see if it works by partly assembling/starting it and then after finding it will, it gets parked unfortunately
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 01, 2015, 09:18:52 am
Unfortunately the temperature these days is no help to getting things done.  :banghead:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 05, 2015, 11:12:05 am
Due to watching videos on You tube by Scott Manley about Kerbal Space Program which I am really interested in, I found that my hands were a little idle as the hours slipped past so I picked up the Hawker Siddeley Typhoon T2 and started to increase the internal diameter of the tube I am using to hold the rear of the fuselage together and to hold the Spay engine exhausts from a Fujimi Phantom.

Well I have managed to do this now with both tubes and even come up with a plan to remove the shrouds from around the exhaust petals as I can not see any real need for them on an aircraft that will not have any fuselage hanging over the engines.

I have been catching up with another project that I started years ago which is turning an Academy B-50D into a KB-50J. This uses J35 engines from a scrapped B-47 to replace the under wing fuel tanks on the B-50D. The progress I made today was to ensure that I now have two nice smooth J35 engines rather than two engines with a couple of slight steps around them.

One thing about watching the Scott Manley videos is that he is a Scot. As such he gets people complaining about the way he says things. This is due he says, in his Scots accent, is due to him rolling his R's which is far better than him rolling his arse!

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 08, 2015, 03:44:36 pm
An interesting situation job hunting wise today. On Monday I applied for a job from one of the sites that I regularly get notifications from, a shot time later I get a phone call from an Agency asking me questions about my C.V. and explaining about the job I had applied for. All good :thumbsup:
This morning I receive a phone call from a very nice sounding woman saying that she worked for an Agency and had seen my C.V. on-line and wondered if I would be interested in a job that a company was hoping to fill. She started to describe the job and after a very short time I was able to say almost word for word the requirements and some details of the job. She had phoned me to see if I was interested in the same job that I had applied for on Monday! Small world! Hopefully this is something good as it could mean that there are not many people with the same set of skills and background in the same geographical area that are interested in this particular job. Who knows, in a few weeks I could be employed again.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: zenrat on July 09, 2015, 03:12:44 am
That's brilliant news.
My fingers are crossed for you.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 09, 2015, 04:00:20 am
That's brilliant news.
My fingers are crossed for you.


Its quite interesting to see how many web sites are showing the same job. With some job descriptions its difficult to tell if its the same company that is wanting someone or if its a completely different advert  :blink: Does not make applying for jobs any easier.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on July 09, 2015, 06:08:57 am
Best of luck mate  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on July 09, 2015, 07:19:39 am
Great news indeed. Love it when a plan comes together. Also excited to hear about the B-50 project....now that sounds tempting !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: McColm on July 10, 2015, 07:06:22 pm
It's a big kit!
Good luck.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 11, 2015, 01:54:19 am
The B-50 conversion is a long term project, one that I am not worried about taking me years to do anything on. The work would be far easier if the DB conversion set was still around which as its not means I have to scratch build the parts, hence the conversion of the outer engines from an old B-47 and the removal of the under wing fuel tanks from the B-50D kit.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 12, 2015, 02:48:23 pm

Also excited to hear about the B-50 project....now that sounds tempting !


Part of my long term plan has been to build all the major in-flight refuelling types operated by the USAF and its predecessor. I have Academy kits of the KB-29P and KC-97L along with AMT kits of the KC-135A and R along with enough bits to build a KC-135E. I also have the Heller KC-135FR to build.

Other B-29 family builds/conversions I have are the RB-50G and a SB-29. I also recently recently bought the Plava detail/conversion sets to convert a B-29 into a Tu-4 which I am tempted to build in RAF markings to see if anyone notices the difference  :blink:

My main focus at the moment is building the Whirllybirds P.1121 but at the moment my back is hurting so I am not exactly thinking about that. I also have several Hawker Fury builds I am tempter to work on. These are based on an article in Model Aircraft June 2011. I say based as the author did his builds as quick builds so has some details wrong such as the contra-rotating props on his Gryphon Fury. He turned a propeller around so that it looked as if it was rotating in the opposite direction from its twin further forward, however the shape of the blade still shows so it looks as if the rear set of blades are pushing air over the nose while the forward set of blades pushes the air over the fuselage :blink: but he did do his build in a hurry so I am not going to complain too much especially as some of the other details around the engine are wrong. Saying that, my build will not be perfect, just better.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: McColm on July 14, 2015, 06:51:51 pm
I never knew Plava did a Tu-4 conversion set, I always thought it was the Meteor Productions /Cutting Edge kit or DMold-modelworks.com . Very rare as Meteor Products have ceased trading.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 15, 2015, 02:56:47 am
I never knew Plava did a Tu-4 conversion set, I always thought it was the Meteor Productions /Cutting Edge kit or DMold-modelworks.com . Very rare as Meteor Products have ceased trading.

Funny thing is McColm, it was from something you said last year that put me onto the conversion sets, one for the engines and the other for the armament.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Thorvic on July 15, 2015, 03:38:46 am
I never knew Plava did a Tu-4 conversion set, I always thought it was the Meteor Productions /Cutting Edge kit or DMold-modelworks.com . Very rare as Meteor Products have ceased trading.

Funny thing is McColm, it was from something you said last year that put me onto the conversion sets, one for the engines and the other for the armament.

Gondor

You mean Olimp ?
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on July 15, 2015, 05:08:12 am
Wow, that big set of AAR would be nice to see...you'd need a huge display area for those !

 :drink:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 15, 2015, 09:15:05 am
I never knew Plava did a Tu-4 conversion set, I always thought it was the Meteor Productions /Cutting Edge kit or DMold-modelworks.com . Very rare as Meteor Products have ceased trading.

Funny thing is McColm, it was from something you said last year that put me onto the conversion sets, one for the engines and the other for the armament.

Gondor

You mean Olimp ?

Yes, Olimp. Sorry brain is not working 100% with this ear distracting me  :banghead:

Wow, that big set of AAR would be nice to see...you'd need a huge display area for those !

 :drink:

I will indeed, when I build them. It's a theme that I have bought kits for, the KB-50J actually being part of my Vietnam theme as well

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 17, 2015, 03:28:13 pm
Very little modelling done recently. I have done a little work to my Hawker Siddeley Typhoon T2 (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,35794.msg692570.html#new) rather than to the Hawker Siddeley P.1121 (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,40853.msg692216.html#new) which should be at the top of my build list. I am stalling as I am still worried about sanding way too much off the parts and as I am using a hand held sanding stick for most of the work I could easily be rather uneven when sanding back the excess plastic. Starting to think of separate some of the control surfaces, flaps and rudder was what I have though about but rather unsure about my ability to do the work.

I'm looking forward to getting my hands on the two Supermarine Swifts that I have on pre-order from Airfix, one will be real world almost straight out of the box as I might do a serial number change, the second will be an F7 when I can afford to get hold of a Freightdog conversion set and Colin has some in stock. I am thinking of a third Swift or even a fourth, following on from Thorvic's build of a Royal Navy Swift I was thinking of a FRADU version and I have literally just thought of making another aircraft as a Drone in the Red and Yellow scheme used on the Meteors and Sea Vixens.

Good news on the job front. No I don't have a job but with one I applied for the company has short-listed me for an interview which means they like the look of my C.V. but I don't have a date for the interview yet but I should know early next week. It's a job I would be interested in getting even though it's not something I have done before so it will be a challenge as well as a change.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: The Wooksta! on July 18, 2015, 04:52:25 pm
With vacforms, I tend to prime the parts whilst still attached to the plastic, then cut them out, with a 45 degree cut.  One the white plastic is sanded away, it's done.

Job's a job these days.  Easier to find one if you're in one and at least it keeps the fascists at the DSS off your case.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 19, 2015, 02:07:11 am
With vacforms, I tend to prime the parts whilst still attached to the plastic, then cut them out, with a 45 degree cut.  One the white plastic is sanded away, it's done.

Job's a job these days.  Easier to find one if you're in one and at least it keeps the fascists at the DSS off your case.

Glad to know that I am not the only one to come up with the paint solution for vac-forms, doesn't help if the parts are not as good as we would like though.

Lee, Stirling is a reasonably smaller city so has far fewer people to deal with than some other places. So far apart from some idiot problems with the system not being as good as it could be, there has not been any problems.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 21, 2015, 06:45:42 am
I'm probably going to end up making a rod for my own back. Having very silly ideas about cutting up an Airfix F-105F to make some thing rather different to the base kit. It will involve lots of scratch building and filler so I have no idea at the moment as to weather I will start this or not.

Gondor

Edit: Been looking at various things which would help convert the F-105F to a two seat P.1121 and realised that the tandem Hunter trainer cockpit might work for the cockpit area. However as I don't have one I can't tell if it would or not. Can anyone help out with this?
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 23, 2015, 07:38:42 am
Yesterday evening I though I would have a little look at my P.1121 just to see how things match up in one or two places. Next thing I know its almost 11:30pm and I have just spent an hour sanding the trailing edges of a wing and adjusting the opening for the wheel wells. I had also done some work on the cockpit resin part, it still doesn't fit as I write this but then I have done nothing since last night when I decided that sleep might be a good idea. I like/hate it when I get my modelling mojo after 10pm at night  :banghead:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: The Wooksta! on July 23, 2015, 12:44:23 pm
The original vacform bits never fitted either.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 23, 2015, 02:00:21 pm
The original vacform bits never fitted either.

The good old, it fits where it touches method of working. I didn't really expect anything else Lee so I have not been disappointed.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on July 23, 2015, 04:38:55 pm
LOL  I love it when the mood hits and you don't even know it ! I'm looking forward to another one of those nights..... :wub:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 25, 2015, 03:10:21 pm
Just had a really silly idea.

A VW camper van painted as a Varicose Vain  :blink:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on July 26, 2015, 07:16:57 am
What are you on ?  ;D
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 26, 2015, 07:25:38 am
What are you on ?  ;D

I did say it was silly and it was late at night  ;D

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 27, 2015, 03:43:56 pm
I am having thoughts of building an F-4L, should be simple enough depending on the date it's supposed to be modelled from which means it either will or will not have the ECM fitted to the air intakes, under the wings and to the fin top. Only thing that will give me some concern is modelling the under wing aerials. It will though depend as I said on the date and that would come from the decals I need, these would probably do nicely http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/X72160

Also thinking about an Indian Navy Gannet, AEW 3 of course.

What are you on ?  ;D
The other answer was 7.50 an hour  ;D

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on July 27, 2015, 07:40:35 pm
Love the F-4 and the AEW Gannet so I say 'go!' on both !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 28, 2015, 01:06:43 am
Love the F-4 and the AEW Gannet so I say 'go!' on both !

 :cheers:

Oh I plan to, trying to keep the workbench from getting cluttered with too many builds at the moment though which unfortunately means that I end up with a backlog of ideas and part builds  :banghead:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Thorvic on July 28, 2015, 01:19:40 am
Love the F-4 and the AEW Gannet so I say 'go!' on both !

 :cheers:

Oh I plan to, trying to keep the workbench from getting cluttered with too many builds at the moment though which unfortunately means that I end up with a backlog of ideas and part builds  :banghead:

Gondor

I know the feeling
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 28, 2015, 03:28:39 am

I am having thoughts of building an F-4L, should be simple enough depending on the date it's supposed to be modelled from which means it either will or will not have the ECM fitted to the air intakes, under the wings and to the fin top. Only thing that will give me some concern is modelling the under wing aerials. It will though depend as I said on the date and that would come from the decals I need, these would probably do nicely http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/X72160

Gondor

Really thinking that I should do a later variant of the F-4L with the AN/ALQ-126 DECM fit which means it has to be after 1969, (this was the introduction date for this fit to other versions of the F-4) this limits the operational window a little as the Essex class carriers were being phased out of service by the end 1976. This means that decal choice would have to be very careful indeed unless I used one of the options for a shore based aircraft from the decal sheet I mentioned earlier.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on July 28, 2015, 04:18:09 am
Unless you use the China Lake decals then it could be well past the 76 era as a test bird ?

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Thorvic on July 28, 2015, 04:24:26 am

I am having thoughts of building an F-4L, should be simple enough depending on the date it's supposed to be modelled from which means it either will or will not have the ECM fitted to the air intakes, under the wings and to the fin top. Only thing that will give me some concern is modelling the under wing aerials. It will though depend as I said on the date and that would come from the decals I need, these would probably do nicely http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/X72160

Gondor

Really thinking that I should do a later variant of the F-4L with the AN/ALQ-126 DECM fit which means it has to be after 1969, (this was the introduction date for this fit to other versions of the F-4) this limits the operational window a little as the Essex class carriers were being phased out of service by the end 1976. This means that decal choice would have to be very careful indeed unless I used one of the options for a shore based aircraft from the decal sheet I mentioned earlier.

Gondor

Don't forget they were phased out of service because the need reduced with Vietnam coming to an end but also because they didn't have a replacement for the Crusader that could operate from a modified Essex. A Phantom that could operate from the ships would have extended their usefulness into the 80s when the mix of super carriers and the new CVNs would have replaced them (The USN did look to bring some back into service in the Reagan era and his 600 ship navy but the aircraft issue scuppered that). Plus it would have allowed for more viable exports to allied navies (such as Australia to replace Melbourne as the ship would have already been converted, rather than paying for a ship to be converted as was offered back in 65 !).

Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 28, 2015, 06:08:47 am

I am having thoughts of building an F-4L, should be simple enough depending on the date it's supposed to be modelled from which means it either will or will not have the ECM fitted to the air intakes, under the wings and to the fin top. Only thing that will give me some concern is modelling the under wing aerials. It will though depend as I said on the date and that would come from the decals I need, these would probably do nicely http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/X72160

Gondor

Really thinking that I should do a later variant of the F-4L with the AN/ALQ-126 DECM fit which means it has to be after 1969, (this was the introduction date for this fit to other versions of the F-4) this limits the operational window a little as the Essex class carriers were being phased out of service by the end 1976. This means that decal choice would have to be very careful indeed unless I used one of the options for a shore based aircraft from the decal sheet I mentioned earlier.

Gondor

Don't forget they were phased out of service because the need reduced with Vietnam coming to an end but also because they didn't have a replacement for the Crusader that could operate from a modified Essex. A Phantom that could operate from the ships would have extended their usefulness into the 80s when the mix of super carriers and the new CVNs would have replaced them (The USN did look to bring some back into service in the Reagan era and his 600 ship navy but the aircraft issue scuppered that). Plus it would have allowed for more viable exports to allied navies (such as Australia to replace Melbourne as the ship would have already been converted, rather than paying for a ship to be converted as was offered back in 65 !).



Good point and well made. I will have to look up the tail codes of the various Carriers to see what options there are or I could go the Australian route as you mention.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 29, 2015, 02:15:07 am
Another Job interview today. A reasonable indicator is that I was selected for an interview, but then I have no idea how many applicants there have been so far and the advert is still running in one form or another.

An interesting thing is that in less than half of the jobs I have applied for I have had no response and those I have had a response from have led to an interview. In fact this current job interview I was phoned by an Agency saying that they thought I was suitable and could they put my name/CV forward. I had actually applied for the same job two days earlier  :blink:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 29, 2015, 03:23:57 am
Good luck for that job interview, hope you get it! :cheers:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 29, 2015, 03:58:43 am
Well back home from the interview which went reasonably well, gut feeling says that I didn't get it

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on July 29, 2015, 04:35:31 am
Bah. I was just going to wish you well on the interview....but you never know, maybe they saw it differently than you !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on July 29, 2015, 06:30:53 am
Hope your gut instinct is wrong, best of luck anyway with the search.

An interesting thing is that in less than half of the jobs I have applied for I have had no response and those I have had a response from have led to an interview.

Just before I retired we were advertising for a basic entry level clerical position and were inundated. It was just unrealistic to reply to even half of those. So despite my natural feelings we didn't. In the old days we would get a dozen or so enquiries at the most, send them application forms and then take it on to the next stage or send them a "not this job, but best of luck" letter. It's a reason most companies go through agencies who are supposed to do the preliminary sort for you, although in my experience they didn't do anything like that and just sent you everyone on their books who was up for that type of job. Reason we went back to the old fashioned method before I retired. No idea what they do now ?
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 29, 2015, 02:50:04 pm
I'm probably going to end up making a rod for my own back. Having very silly ideas about cutting up an Airfix F-105F to make some thing rather different to the base kit. It will involve lots of scratch building and filler so I have no idea at the moment as to weather I will start this or not.

Gondor

Edit: Been looking at various things which would help convert the F-105F to a two seat P.1121 and realised that the tandem Hunter trainer cockpit might work for the cockpit area. However as I don't have one I can't tell if it would or not. Can anyone help out with this?

Further to this idea I have had a look at an Academy 1/48 Hawker Hunter F6 I have in the stash. 1/48 is not usually my scale being a dedicated 1/72 modeller most of the time. Although there would be a lot of work to adapt the fuselage of the Hunter to the P.1121 "B" it would be far less than adjusting the F-105F.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 31, 2015, 01:00:02 pm
One of those days where you take one step forward then two steps backwards.

While attempting to make an easy modification to change an F-4M to an F-4L I broke part of the underside of the kit. Hearing a piece of plastic, which is not simple flat surfaces, ping off into the depths of the stash and possibly into the mouth of the carpet monster is not exactly the way to start the evening  :banghead:

The good news is that while starting the search for the wayward son of a gun piece of plastic I found a Maintrack P1101 conversion set which I was thinking of using to provide the basis for the cockpit area of the P1121 "B" variant designed to GOR339 which was the General Operational Requirement that lead to the TSR2.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on July 31, 2015, 02:02:16 pm
Is that the tandem 2 seat Hunter conversion Alastair?
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 31, 2015, 02:22:22 pm
Yes Kit it is, TsrJoe did say he might be able to provide me with a second set which would allow me to do both the P1101 and the P1121 "B"

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on July 31, 2015, 03:24:55 pm
Rare as hen's teeth these days. well found.  :thumbsup:

That's the same conversion as I used for my Hunter T12, along with a few others as well.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 01, 2015, 01:21:34 am
Rare as hen's teeth these days. well found.  :thumbsup:

That's the same conversion as I used for my Hunter T12, along with a few others as well.

Oh I know its rare Kit, which is why without a spare or clone I am not going to touch it.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 01, 2015, 01:38:29 pm
Have a word with OGL..........  ;)

And for canopies for same there's a fellow countryman of yours who doesn't live all that far from Prestwick.........  ;)
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 01, 2015, 02:07:50 pm
Have a word with OGL..........  ;)

And for canopies for same there's a fellow countryman of yours who doesn't live all that far from Prestwick.........  ;)

No need to talk to OGL as TSRJoe says he can help me out with the P1101.

Would that fellow not far from Prestwick also happen to be the same one that has had in the past some trainer canopies for TSR2?

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 01, 2015, 03:10:52 pm
Have a word with OGL..........  ;)

And for canopies for same there's a fellow countryman of yours who doesn't live all that far from Prestwick.........  ;)

No need to talk to OGL as TSRJoe says he can help me out with the P1101.

Would that fellow not far from Prestwick also happen to be the same one that has had in the past some trainer canopies for TSR2?

Gondor

Could be, could be.  ;)

And if he hasn't any canopies for the P.1101, I still have the resin positive mould he sent with my canopies.....
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 01, 2015, 03:15:29 pm
Have a word with OGL..........  ;)

And for canopies for same there's a fellow countryman of yours who doesn't live all that far from Prestwick.........  ;)

No need to talk to OGL as TSRJoe says he can help me out with the P1101.

Would that fellow not far from Prestwick also happen to be the same one that has had in the past some trainer canopies for TSR2?

Gondor

Could be, could be.  ;)

And if he hasn't any canopies for the P.1101, I still have the resin positive mould he sent with my canopies.....

As it happens the Maintrack P.1101 conversion kit came with a positive mould, I just don't have any material or confidence to produce a spare or two

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 04, 2015, 04:09:31 am
Last night I managed to get hold of a currant Kerbal Space Program Demo, I am now one happy camper as I CAN be a rocket scientist  ;D

Ok, seriously, I have enjoyed videos by various people, mainly Scott Manley, about things they have done and how to do things using this game that getting a usable and up to date version is really good even if I have to start from scratch and work my way through everything one build at a time.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Thorvic on August 04, 2015, 04:24:18 am
Last night I managed to get hold of a currant Kerbal Space Program Demo, I am now one happy camper as I CAN be a rocket scientist  ;D

Ok, seriously, I have enjoyed videos by various people, mainly Scott Manley, about things they have done and how to do things using this game that getting a usable and up to date version is really good even if I have to start from scratch and work my way through everything one build at a time.

Gondor

There goes Gondor's modelling Mojo for a bit  ;)
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 04, 2015, 06:08:55 am
It's not sapping my Mojo, the fact that I have to paint the cockpits is doing that. KSP is merely a distraction and a lot of fun to play. You can get to make explosions as well  ;D

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 04, 2015, 01:38:09 pm
Another distraction arrived today.

Say hello to the newest addition to the family, my grand niece Lucie

(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/Private/11813272_860341227390026_643140374677190203_n_zpsrdkyq98f.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/Private/11813272_860341227390026_643140374677190203_n_zpsrdkyq98f.jpg.html)

According to her dad both she and her mum are doing fine. I expect to see them both around the end of the week.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 04, 2015, 03:10:25 pm
SO pretty in pink.  :thumbsup: :bow:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 04, 2015, 03:20:10 pm
She weighed in at 10lb 31/2oz and my niece is not the tallest of women, my girlfriend is now having to knit to a bigger size than she expected  :blink:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 04, 2015, 03:43:47 pm
Strewth, a BIG scale baby!  :o
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on August 05, 2015, 07:55:10 am
Strewth, a BIG scale baby!  :o

Yup 1/32 at least  :rolleyes:

Congratulations to mum, dad and great uncle (I'm now a great, great uncle  :blink: :blink:)
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 06, 2015, 12:23:24 pm
Some things have been moving fast. Early Tuesday evening I got a phone call asking if I might be interested in a job which as far as I can see sends me half way to Holland from where I am. Anyway, after a few phone calls back and forth I have an interview tomorrow afternoon  :blink: very short period of time from knowing about the job. Well that's not exactly true, I have seen the job advertised but felt I was not the person to do the job, however without going to the company I would not find out.
Going to travel the long route to this company, in Dalgety Bay, which entails travelling north over the Forth Road bridge so I can see how they are getting on with the countries two new Aircraft carriers.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on August 11, 2015, 06:06:40 am
Congrats on the new family addition and the job prospects ! Exciting times for sure eh !  :drink: Hopefully you can pull off the road somewhere and get some pics of the carriers being built as well.

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 11, 2015, 07:04:33 am
Congrats on the new family addition and the job prospects ! Exciting times for sure eh !  :drink: Hopefully you can pull off the road somewhere and get some pics of the carriers being built as well.

 :thumbsup:

Unfortunately not, the only one I saw going over the bridge has a dam big tent over nearly all the deck. Could not see the other one partly as the railing for the bridge are just that certain hight to not let you see anything  :banghead:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 11, 2015, 10:00:15 am
Could not see the other one partly as the railing for the bridge are just that certain hight to not let you see anything  :banghead:

Gondor

'They' probably had the railing moved precisely to prevent such viewing.  :banghead:

Me, a cynic? Naaaaaah......
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 11, 2015, 11:10:54 am
Could not see the other one partly as the railing for the bridge are just that certain hight to not let you see anything  :banghead:

Gondor

'They' probably had the railing moved precisely to prevent such viewing.  :banghead:

Me, a cynic? Naaaaaah......

It would be silly to assume that someone had planed the hight to stop people looking at the nice boats , ships and whatever in the Naval dockyard a bit off to one side of the bridge that they were driving over

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 11, 2015, 11:53:01 am
Could not see the other one partly as the railing for the bridge are just that certain hight to not let you see anything  :banghead:

Gondor

'They' probably had the railing moved precisely to prevent such viewing.  :banghead:

Me, a cynic? Naaaaaah......

It would be silly to assume that someone had planed the hight to stop people looking at the nice boats , ships and whatever in the Naval dockyard a bit off to one side of the bridge that they were driving over

Gondor

Oh no it wouldn't...............  ;D

[Pantomime mode off]
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 11, 2015, 03:13:55 pm
Decided to bite the bullet and buy the Kerbal Space Program for my PC. Far better to have all the bells and whistles than the half of them when using the demo version, be that via Steam or from the KSP site.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Thorvic on August 12, 2015, 12:10:33 am
Decided to bite the bullet and buy the Kerbal Space Program for my PC. Far better to have all the bells and whistles than the half of them when using the demo version, be that via Steam or from the KSP site.

Gondor

Oh Heck Gondor's likely to look like a Kerbal next time we see him  ;D
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Rheged on August 12, 2015, 03:24:40 am
Could not see the other one partly as the railing for the bridge are just that certain hight to not let you see anything  :banghead:

Gondor

'They' probably had the railing moved precisely to prevent such viewing.  :banghead:

Me, a cynic? Naaaaaah......

It would be silly to assume that someone had planned the height to stop people looking at the nice boats , ships and whatever in the Naval dockyard a bit off to one side of the bridge that they were driving over

Gondor

Oh no it wouldn't...............  ;D

[Pantomime mode off]

Oh yes they would!!   Or at least they would have done if they had thought about it.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 12, 2015, 03:40:19 am
Decided to bite the bullet and buy the Kerbal Space Program for my PC. Far better to have all the bells and whistles than the half of them when using the demo version, be that via Steam or from the KSP site.

Gondor

Oh Heck Gondor's likely to look like a Kerbal next time we see him  ;D

Sounds like you know quite a bit about KSP Geoff?

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 12, 2015, 04:37:49 pm
Well, i don't know a thing about it, so i'm downloading the demo.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 12, 2015, 04:43:34 pm
Well, i don't know a thing about it, so i'm downloading the demo.  :thumbsup:

Your better off with the Steam demo for mucking around although the demo from the KSP site has more features and I think is much nicer. So far in the full version playing in Science mode I have only killed One Kerbal due to the rocket burning up on re-entry. I never manage to carry enough fuel to form a circular orbit or to deliberately perform re-entry and have to use aero-breaking.  :banghead:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 14, 2015, 02:57:57 pm
I've only tested building a craft in training mode... :banghead: but i'm liking it! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 19, 2015, 01:10:47 pm
1:1 modelling today. Girlfriend's son has a new bed so the old one needed dismantling and taken to the local dump as the council have changed their free pick up to a 25 charge so far cheaper to get me over. Then I put the new bed together while she helped out. Only a few changes to the room now, different colour bed the floor has been hovered and the rubbish got rid of. Hope to stick a cockpit onto a phantom later, but don't hold me to it.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on August 20, 2015, 06:44:28 am
Wow that is a rather steep fee ! Crazy how fees keep going through the roof whilst services are already past bottom.....crazy world we live in. But that's another story !

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 23, 2015, 02:50:15 pm
Actually been doing some modelling today despite watching the Belgian Grand Prix and chasing Kerbals around Kerbin while they float helpless in their tin cans called space craft!

Note to self, Ignore the Engineers report in the VAB about nothing for the solar panels or other power generation to be used by. Reaction Wheels use energy! That's why I have a rescue craft fitted with Mechanical Jeb and a probe body playing catch up with one craft I put in orbit to practice docking with a previously launched craft of the same design. Both are now floating around waiting for rescue because the solar panels I fitted were from a mod for circular solar panels which didn't open  :banghead: hence why both craft are helpless in space  :banghead:

Mechanical Jeb might be termed as cheating by some but in this day and age there are space craft being launched and automatically rendezvousing with the space station regularly so why not do something similar if your having difficulty doing such things as circularising your orbits like I do. I still design my own craft and come up with the tasks that each craft is to do and I also plan to do the fine control stuff myself but why screw things up when the computer can do that for you?

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 24, 2015, 02:46:27 pm
Seeing that several people like F-4 Phantoms, I have been tempted to re-open one of my build threads, as while I was checking and sorting out parts for the  F-4L  (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,40947.0.html)I also had to make sure that I had all the right parts for the  RF-4M  (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,35793.0.html)as well. It is very tempting to put the fuselage halfs of the Matchbox fuselage together, saw off its nose and add the RF nose instead. Not going to right away as I have to look and check and work out what I am doing to improve the exhausts on the Matchbox kit. Besides, other matters have a greater priority.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on August 24, 2015, 03:39:58 pm
Oh do it....love 'em and you actually had me at my LHS today looking ! I'm going to London tomorrow and maybe coming home with one  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Thorvic on August 25, 2015, 11:48:24 pm
Oh do it....love 'em and you actually had me at my LHS today looking ! I'm going to London tomorrow and maybe coming home with one  :thumbsup:

And ?
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Thorvic on August 25, 2015, 11:49:31 pm
Seeing that several people like F-4 Phantoms, I have been tempted to re-open one of my build threads, as while I was checking and sorting out parts for the  F-4L  (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,40947.0.html)I also had to make sure that I had all the right parts for the  RF-4M  (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,35793.0.html)as well. It is very tempting to put the fuselage halfs of the Matchbox fuselage together, saw off its nose and add the RF nose instead. Not going to right away as I have to look and check and work out what I am doing to improve the exhausts on the Matchbox kit. Besides, other matters have a greater priority.

Gondor

Nah you should look to do the F-4HL or F-4FVS  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 26, 2015, 02:52:35 am
Seeing that several people like F-4 Phantoms, I have been tempted to re-open one of my build threads, as while I was checking and sorting out parts for the  F-4L  (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,40947.0.html)I also had to make sure that I had all the right parts for the  RF-4M  (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,35793.0.html)as well. It is very tempting to put the fuselage halfs of the Matchbox fuselage together, saw off its nose and add the RF nose instead. Not going to right away as I have to look and check and work out what I am doing to improve the exhausts on the Matchbox kit. Besides, other matters have a greater priority.

Gondor

Nah you should look to do the F-4HL or F-4FVS  :thumbsup:

I plan on making those Thorvic but I need to get hold of more Matchbox F-4 Phantoms before I build those. Do you mean the F-4M(FV)S rather than the F-4J(FV)S?

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Thorvic on August 26, 2015, 04:05:01 am
Seeing that several people like F-4 Phantoms, I have been tempted to re-open one of my build threads, as while I was checking and sorting out parts for the  F-4L  (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,40947.0.html)I also had to make sure that I had all the right parts for the  RF-4M  (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,35793.0.html)as well. It is very tempting to put the fuselage halfs of the Matchbox fuselage together, saw off its nose and add the RF nose instead. Not going to right away as I have to look and check and work out what I am doing to improve the exhausts on the Matchbox kit. Besides, other matters have a greater priority.

Gondor

Was leaving that open to you as there appears to be an F-4E(FVS) in USSP Fighters, but the matchbox kit is ideal for the F4M(FVS)

Nah you should look to do the F-4HL or F-4FVS  :thumbsup:

I plan on making those Thorvic but I need to get hold of more Matchbox F-4 Phantoms before I build those. Do you mean the F-4M(FV)S rather than the F-4J(FV)S?

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on August 26, 2015, 05:28:28 am
And ?

My daughter drove me up to London, and with whatever has happened inside my head, we drove past the place twice and then ran out of time for my appointment ! It was a strange feeling of deja vu....I knew I'd been there before, but got caught up on this notion that I was just there and I went a different way etc. Really strange. Oh well, time heals all I hope !  :unsure:

Any road, I think I'll have a look online and see what I can find  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 26, 2015, 03:20:47 pm
Captain, Thorvic appears not to have mastered the art of editing a Quote as his post should have said:

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Seeing that several people like F-4 Phantoms, I have been tempted to re-open one of my build threads, as while I was checking and sorting out parts for the  F-4L  (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,40947.0.html)I also had to make sure that I had all the right parts for the  RF-4M  (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,35793.0.html)as well. It is very tempting to put the fuselage halfs of the Matchbox fuselage together, saw off its nose and add the RF nose instead. Not going to right away as I have to look and check and work out what I am doing to improve the exhausts on the Matchbox kit. Besides, other matters have a greater priority.

Gondor

Was leaving that open to you as there appears to be an F-4E(FVS) in USSP Fighters, but the matchbox kit is ideal for the F4M(FVS)

Nah you should look to do the F-4HL or F-4FVS  :thumbsup:

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Anyway, odds and ends done today. I was going to prime the joints between the two fuselage halfs of the F-4L but found that I still had some PSR to do. Work is progressing on another two builds! I did say I was not going to start any new builds but the C-16B was too tempting and I have enjoyed cutting up the donor kit  ;D

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 29, 2015, 01:56:49 am
Today I received three sets of decals from Kit's DeKals, a subsidiary of Spackman Enterprises which is the sole source of Unobtainaum I believe.

These will allow me to a detail to three kits in the build pile at the moment. The Fairey Duster, The F-4L and the C-16B.

Thank you very much Kit  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 29, 2015, 02:10:59 am
I'm looking forward to seeing the finished articles  Alastair.  ;D

I'm afraid we were unable to dispatch the decals in our usual Unobtanium envelopes though. The Unobtanium motherlode is currently proving difficult to locate, dodging back and forth between the islands of Novia Zemla as it is....  ;)
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 29, 2015, 02:59:34 pm
Found an interesting problem earlier while putting the halfs of under wing tanks together for my F-4L build. With the base kit being a Fujimi UK Phantom I was going to use the tanks supplied with the kit. However I found that for one tank the half which does not have the pylon on it was for the wrong side as the Fujimi tanks have the full pylon mounded to one side and a recess for the pylon on the other side. The parts I have consist of two recessed halfs exactly the same while the halfs with the pylons each have their tank halfs on opposite sides so the no pylon tank parts should have their recesses on opposite end of the tank!  :blink:
Fortunately I have some spare Hasegawa fuel tanks which I will use instead.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on August 30, 2015, 06:20:32 am
That's a good point to remember !  :cheers:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on September 02, 2015, 10:07:22 am
Some painting done today. Not sure though if it was a step forward or not though as using a spray can gives variable results when it's near the end of the can and its windy.

Hoping to finish a few kits for Glasgow, this is obviously the kiss of death to achieving this goal, but who knows, I might manage it. The four are P.1121, F-4EM, F-4L and a G.91.

The G.91 is in the paint shop as is the F-4L with the F-4EM about to enter the paint shop. I will be getting advice of closing up the fuselage of the P.1121 this weekend at Scale Scotland then that will get lots of attention while the other aircraft are between coats of paint. Sounds as if it should all go well as I should be able to swap about between the builds thus keeping productivity high. Well that's the plan....

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on September 03, 2015, 05:52:12 am
Hoping to finish a few kits for Glasgow, this is obviously the kiss of death to achieving this goal

lol then why did you hope/ say it ?  :thumbsup:

But good luck with that and hope to see them soon !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on September 03, 2015, 06:02:17 am
Hoping to finish a few kits for Glasgow, this is obviously the kiss of death to achieving this goal

lol then why did you hope/ say it ?  :thumbsup:

But good luck with that and hope to see them soon !

 :cheers:

Because I am an optimist and think that I could finish them. The question is whether the glass is half full or half empty though  :blink:

I was told last night by a friend that I have CDO. That's OCD but with the letters in the CORRECT ALPHABETICAL ORDER!!

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on September 03, 2015, 07:43:06 am
lol that's a good one ! Never heard it before but it does make sense !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on September 05, 2015, 09:40:51 am
Had a nice time out at the Hilton Edinburgh Airport. Took a few pictures which I shall post later, and bought a few tins of paint and a couple of sanding sticks as one is worn at the edges and the other was clogged. Had a nice chat with Lee and sorted out a few problems about one of my current builds.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on September 07, 2015, 12:21:45 am
Woke this morning to find that my Yahoo email had been stopped  :blink:

Apparently it has been compromised and is sending out spam, non Python type. Started the rigmarole to get access again  :banghead:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: DogfighterZen on September 07, 2015, 02:21:01 pm
I've had that with my hotmail... pretty much a PITA!! :banghead:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on September 08, 2015, 02:29:26 pm
Not got much modelling done in the last couple of days, nor will I be getting much done for the next week and a half.

I have had an interest in Archaeology for as long as I remember. This week I have actually managed to fulfil a sort of dream by taking part in a dig!

The picture below was taken this morning at the start of work on day two of a dig at Cambuskenneth near Stirling, a half hour's walk for me to get to.

(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/Archeology/2015/IMGP5834_zpsjfwjeigx.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/Archeology/2015/IMGP5834_zpsjfwjeigx.jpg.html)

The stones in the centre of the picture are reputedly part of an Arch at the Harbour entrance to the Abbey near to today's Hood Farm which is on the Stirling side of the bend in the river. see here (http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/propertyresults/propertydetail.htm?PropID=PL_052)

Hopefully tomorrow I will be helping to dig a ditch to the north of the Abbey where a palisaded ditch is believed to be located. There is also a second ditch in the same vicinity which may have been the boundary ditch for the abbey dating back to when the abbey was founded.

More pictures tomorrow if parts of my body stop aching long enough for me to type.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: DogfighterZen on September 09, 2015, 02:35:54 pm
Very interesting activity, for sure! :thumbsup: I have a friend who's an Archaeologist and i've been with him on a few field trips to find and map the location of late Neolithic graves that were found in 1973, but weren't properly dug and mapped at the time. I ended up finding 3 of the 4 we were looking for and after that, my friend started calling me Indiana Zen... :lol:
A few days later, we also ended up finding a settlement that, wasn't even referenced and, he says he has strong reasons to believe it was last occupied around the Bronze Age but he doesn't have funding to set up a dig site and reveal the whole thing.  :banghead:
I really like to go along and help him out, i've always been interested in history so, it just adds more interest to the whole subject, while it also gives me the opportunity to do something i never thought i'd get the chance to do. :thumbsup:
Hope you find what you're looking for, it's a great reward after all the hard work.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on September 10, 2015, 12:46:11 am

Hope you find what you're looking for, it's a great reward after all the hard work.


Please convince the parts of my body that are aching that please!

Looks as if it is going to be a very nice day today so lots of sun screen  :mellow:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on September 10, 2015, 05:06:46 am
That is amazing ! Nice to hear you are living out a dream, aside from the associated aches ! Looking forward to seeing how this goes.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on September 10, 2015, 10:57:18 am
Was a very nice day, a bit windy in the morning but this afternoon was great. I am sure that I am a bit redder than I was at the end of Monday. Helped out at a different part of the site where a couple of ditches were supposed to be. Looked more along the lined of small depressions rather than ditches but that's how things go at times.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on September 11, 2015, 12:49:02 am
I always find archaeological programmes on tv fascinating and it's true what you say about the ditches. Quite often you can't see them and then they show you an aerial shot and they are obvious. The ability to view from the air must have been an amazing advance for archaeology
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on September 11, 2015, 03:24:57 pm
I always find archaeological programmes on tv fascinating and it's true what you say about the ditches. Quite often you can't see them and then they show you an aerial shot and they are obvious. The ability to view from the air must have been an amazing advance for archaeology

The problem in this instance is that the aerial photographs they were working from were dated just after the end of the war which makes the photographs about 70 years old. It's possible that the ditches could have been ploughed out in that time especially with modern farming techniques.

Started to add another sheet to my Phantom (https://www.dropbox.com/s/uzth8byiqyn6pwn/Phantoms.xlsx) spreadsheet. This lists the basic differences between each operational version. I will expand on this in time but it will do as a start.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on September 14, 2015, 07:18:08 am
 :cheers: :tornado:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on September 22, 2015, 02:47:18 am
Very slowly getting back into modelling after the best part of two weeks on an Archaeological dig near me. Photographs from the dig can be found here (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/library/Archeology/2015/Cambuskenneth?sort=2&page=1) complete with a little description of what and where the picture was or of.

Not only have I not been modelling, I have not been playing KSP, a situation that I have amended over the last couple of days. I remember that Weaver posted pictures of his Meatbox so I thought I would post a couple of pictures of the aircraft I have been using in Career mode.

(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/KSP/screenshot3_zpsbgk5x6cj.png) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/KSP/screenshot3_zpsbgk5x6cj.png.html)

(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/KSP/screenshot1_zpswrw7xzyu.png) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/KSP/screenshot1_zpswrw7xzyu.png.html)

It's nothing much, but it does fly reasonably well and can fly west to the edge of the continent well enough. There is a Desert Biome there, saves having to travel to a different continent to collect science from that.

The pictures below show my managing to dock with another craft! Eventually!! Mechanical Jeb was not very helpful and I ended up having to switch between the Rendezvous and Docking parts of Mech Jeb to get the craft to dock.

(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/KSP/screenshot4_zpshw6ib1zg.png) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/KSP/screenshot4_zpshw6ib1zg.png.html)

Now I know that I can get Mech Jeb to dock for me I can practice docking myself without the need of a safety net.

Looking forward to adding another Mod which has a Space 1999 Eagle Transporter at some point, should be fun  :rolleyes:

Gondor

Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on September 22, 2015, 04:50:49 am
Found out that the Eagle 1 Transporter is not compatible with the version of KSP I have  :banghead:

However I have found the thread that the Mod builder has and he is working on a new compatible version  :party:

Now to un-install the mod  :banghead:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on September 22, 2015, 05:04:50 am
No idea what you guys are on about but the first machine looks pretty cool ! Nice to see it hangered as well, gives an idea of the size. Now, off to look at the dig pics !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on September 30, 2015, 04:21:07 am
Getting on with odds and ends, the G.91 has had the last colour of its camouflage painted so later the masking tape will come off ready for touch-ups to be performed. More filler and sanding expected on the P1121 and the C-18 and more painting to be done on my current Phantom builds. Also thinking about a P.1101 build but realising that I don't have a modern Revell Hunter to use but I should be able to use a Matchbox kit instead.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on September 30, 2015, 02:12:13 pm
Starting to think of what I am going to do with all the kits I already have with new versions of aircraft coming out.

Ideas I am thinking about include
Whitley in Sand and Brown camouflage for the Desert Air Force
F-107 in French markings
He 111 with radial engines from a Ju88 which frees up the engines from the He 111 for something else.
Could confuse the JMN's by adding a mid upper turret to a Mk3 Shackleton and put in is South African markings.

Suppose I should start on my BoB GB entry as well. As I am doing a fair amount of painting the internals can easily be done without getting in the way of anything else. It will simply mean that it's one of six active or semi active builds at the moment  :blink:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on October 04, 2015, 06:10:41 am
Yikes!!!!

Just realised that the Glasgow show is on the 17th so I have just under two weeks to get several model finished especially the P.1121!!

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on October 04, 2015, 08:12:00 am
Quit screwing around and get back to work lol. I was surprised myself that it's October and September is gone...wow time flies.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on October 05, 2015, 08:00:32 am
So yesterday I decided to give my car a name. Only had the car since Christmas but I saw no reason to do so until the ideal name come to me.


Meet    Lemmy

(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/WP_20150104_13_28_35_Pro_zpss2f3nt1r.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/WP_20150104_13_28_35_Pro_zpss2f3nt1r.jpg.html)

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on October 05, 2015, 11:36:38 am
Looks like it could go a country mile !

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on October 09, 2015, 12:52:48 pm
Nothing done today, been over at the girlfriends mum's doing shopping, defrosting the fridge and helping to sort out her out of date food.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on October 11, 2015, 12:15:45 pm
I hate it when I miss place parts. Can't find the wheels for my G.91  :banghead:  Lots to do anyway and the G.91 is not a priority, it could though be finished at the same time as my other builds if I can find the wheels  :angry:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on October 12, 2015, 02:57:17 am
Monday!! Have to finish my current builds by First thing Friday in time for the Glasgow show this Saturday!! Hope to add three finished builds to the display but will settle for one.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on October 13, 2015, 02:39:50 pm
I am going to be tempting fate by saying this, but I think I may just manage to finish three builds for Glasgow this weekend  :o

The P.1121 has entered the paint shop and the process is proceeding smoothly so far. It's weapon is also proceeding well requiring only a dashed orange line around it to finish applying the markings and the tires need painted as well as they do for all three builds although all the hubs are painted.

The F-4L requires decalling and having its undercarriage applied then the tanks and pylons will need to be fitted and that will be finished.

The same applies to the F-4EM or it might be an F-4ME  :-\  Weapons will be added to this aircraft which require the correct markings applied and the fuses painted then they will be ready.

So on the whole things are looking good for three newly finished models for Glasgow. THe next big problem will be getting at least the P.1121 to Telford as I will not be going myself.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Thorvic on October 13, 2015, 11:40:55 pm
That quite a task to try and get three ready for Saturday, you sound like the Wooksta prior to Telford  ;D

The British Tooms should be good as Martin will probably have his selection with him and possibly a couple of mine so they should fit right in  :thumbsup:

Here's you trying to do three and I'm dawdling over fixing the various door onto the HS-681, true they are a little bigger and the overall model is quite large and cumbersome, but I really should pull my finger out.

On a plus point once these three are out of the way you can do the next builds at your leisure and  you do have a nice new Shackleton to get your teeth into  ;D
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on October 14, 2015, 01:31:10 am
That quite a task to try and get three ready for Saturday, you sound like the Wooksta prior to Telford  ;D

The British Tooms should be good as Martin will probably have his selection with him and possibly a couple of mine so they should fit right in  :thumbsup:

Here's you trying to do three and I'm dawdling over fixing the various door onto the HS-681, true they are a little bigger and the overall model is quite large and cumbersome, but I really should pull my finger out.

On a plus point once these three are out of the way you can do the next builds at your leisure and  you do have a nice new Shackleton to get your teeth into  ;D

If I had not delayed myself by roughly three weeks, two directly due to taking part in an archaeological dig and the third from loosing my mojo from the dig, I would not be rushing and some of the errors that are in the builds would not be there  :banghead:

I still have a very long list of projects to work on prior to starting on the Shackleton, I am thinking of using the Aeroclub conversion set I have as a basis for making a Mk 1 out of a Mk 3. I am also thinking of something along the lines of a Lincoln/Shackleton hybrid for Bomber Command  :blink: but using parts from an old Airfix Lancaster for the undercarriage.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on October 14, 2015, 03:23:01 pm
Spent several hours today looking through the magnifying lamp on my model bench painting detail onto some of the parts of the kits I am finishing for Glasgow this weekend. I have been so busy at times that I almost ran out of paintbrushes!

(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/Imgp5992_zpskl66qwl5.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/Imgp5992_zpskl66qwl5.jpg.html)

Most of the  ones I have been using are the red handled 5/0 brushes and the size 0 black handled Humbrol brushes which I only have so many of  :banghead:

Regardless progress has been made and glossing of the models has begun so decalling tomorrow   :thumbsup:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on October 15, 2015, 04:43:17 am
Decalling is progressing well.  :thumbsup:

Lots of water and drying up pieces of paper all over the place. Trying to decide how far to go with the Phantoms stencils as they could really lift the model as it were.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on October 15, 2015, 05:34:03 am
That`s one thing I need to try, new paint brushes. I`ve been using those Testor`s brushes my whole life and find it hard to change !

 :blink:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on October 15, 2015, 06:00:59 am
Don't skimp on brushes Capt it's not worth it.

I've not tried the Humbrol brushes so can't comment but I always get artists quality brushes from an art shop (or WH Smiths art dept), not cheap but excellent value overall as long as you look after them.

I do have some of the Italeri brushes and the flat ones are ok and the round ones are reasonable but do go out of shape fairly quickly.

The product that has extended the quality life of my brushes is De Lux Materials "Brush Magic"
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on October 15, 2015, 08:46:42 am
I found the brushes included in Airfix's Starter Kits to be surprisingly good. They maintain their points (They don't include flat ones in any of the sets as far as I can see) for quite a time before they start to splay.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on October 15, 2015, 11:04:17 am
Nearly all of the Humbrol paint brushes that I have got from starter kits are either size 4 or size 0 so I am going to be looking for a couple size 2 brushes as a happy medium between the two.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on October 15, 2015, 03:04:03 pm
Almost 11pm at  night  while I write this entry. Having a mug of tea and listening to the Moody Blues before adding the last 25 decals to the two models I am going to finish before I head off to bed.

Why 25 exactly? Well is should actually be only 20 but somehow a fuselage serial from the F-4 disappeared after it had been applied and I am sure it was under a coat of Future as well but it's gone  :o never heard of the Carpet monster taking decals off a kit before! The other 20 decals are the individual letters and numbers of the serial for the P.1121 as I don't fancy applying the rub down dry transfers that were supplied with the kit, not to say that the fuselage serials are white which is ok for an aircraft slightly earlier than I have portrayed but not for what I have managed to build.

I may end up taking the Beauty shots in the morning prior to packing the kits away for their trip to Glasgow but we will see at what time I finish the decalling and final coat of Klear where appropriate.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on October 15, 2015, 05:53:24 pm
Everything is as finished as it is probably ever going to be, beauty shots taken, edited and posted to the relevant thread. The models will be packed tomorrow morning prior to my spending most of tomorrow in Falkirk before heading to Glasgow for the show on Saturday morning. It's now 1:50am so I think I should get some well earned rest although I must say I did not exactly push as hard as I thought I might need to to get these two builds finished.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on October 16, 2015, 06:12:54 am
Well done mate  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on October 16, 2015, 07:23:44 am
What ? Carpet Monsters are going after decals now ? That's a scary thought.....I've got so many old decals that need days soaking to come off the paper ( as I'm sure we all do ) they'll be treating the water-bowl like the wetlands on an African Savannah !

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on October 17, 2015, 12:03:02 pm
Back home after the Glasgow show and feeling slightly worn out. Took a couple of kits to work on but never opened the boxes. Lots of nice ideas kicked around, dusted off and then kicked around again today. A short discussion at the end of the day while starting to pack up means that my next priority build will be another Project Cancelled build, not going to say anything else for now. I can also look at starting an entry for the BoB GB but as usual "anything can happen in the next half hour!"

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on October 26, 2015, 02:50:15 am
Found the wheels from my G.91  :thumbsup:

Stuck on some low tac tape which in turn was stuck to a clothes peg. Looks like I was just about to paint the tyres but had a tidy up of the bench and they got tidied away as things do  :banghead:

Now I can paint them  ;D

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on October 26, 2015, 07:04:33 am
Stuck on some low tac tape which in turn was stuck to a clothes peg.

That's similar to what I use.

Store do double sided sticky pads and a roll of double sided tape in a pack for guess what, yup right first time 1  ;D The pads and tape is padded and about 2mm thick so is ideal for attaching small parts to whilst painting and assembling. It's sticky enough to last through a couple of builds. Cracking stuff
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on November 08, 2015, 03:16:23 am
So I have not made an entry here for a while. Time to make another I suppose so I can express a few ideas and thoughts.

I was very happy to see that Airfix are going to release a HP Victor B2 towards the end of next year. A bit pricey but if you compare it to what you can pay for the old Matchbox/Revell kit and look at the CAD drawings of the new Airfix model I think it will be worth it. This in turn brings up the question "What to do with the older Matchbox/Revell Victor?"
As I have been reading up on the Victor in my copy of Warpaint Vol 36 a possible answer was to hand. Handley Page were also developing civilian aircraft based on the crescent winged Victor. So at some point you may see me attempting to build such a beast, I know that Thorvic has built one, but why should I not have a go?

Plenty of other things on the go once I get my mojo back. A couple of F-111's and my F-4L to finish are the priorities although an He-111 has snuck into the priorities list after talking to TsrJoe recently.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Thorvic on November 08, 2015, 03:41:17 am
Well i built the HP-111C, the HP-97 airliners is a little closer to the Victor design, Other options can be found in the Aerofax book on the Victor or you could do like Duncan did and go with the HP-99 low altitude version.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on November 12, 2015, 04:47:31 pm
Not been doing much other than looking at web pages for future and in-progress build reference material.

I finally managed to get a little recreation done on the computer now that KSP 1.0.5 is out.

(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/KSP/screenshot0_zps2h02eigx.png) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/KSP/screenshot0_zps2h02eigx.png.html)

(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/KSP/screenshot1_zpsukf54mid.png) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/KSP/screenshot1_zpsukf54mid.png.html)

And yes, that's a fully functional Space 1999 Eagle Transporter with several optional pods available. There is also the attack version of the Eagle as well. Time for a trip to the Mun I think

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on November 13, 2015, 06:05:26 am
Very cool. And an attack version as well eh ? Wow.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on November 14, 2015, 04:16:31 pm
I'm going to have to stop thinking or my proposed build list is going to be very, very, very, long......

While mentally going through part of my stash that involves Lancaster's, specifically the modern versions by Revell and Airfix and contemplating the eventual disposition of those items into various real world builds, I know.... shock horror, I realised that I would have several sets of Merlin engines left over from converting my two Revell Lancaster's into both the predecessor and successor of the type.

So what to do with such a bounty of components?

Affix them to the old Airfix Short Sterling of course!

As I said at the start. I do have a long build list so this is just another idea to be filed away for future reference as well as to give others an idea to play with.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: DogfighterZen on November 14, 2015, 05:28:16 pm
I feel your pain... :blink: i think most of us have a long list of ideas/future builds in mind... i'm in the same situation, so much i wanna do, but time's short... Nonetheless, there's always another one in mind... :banghead:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on November 15, 2015, 01:19:49 am
I do jot down my ideas when they come to me but I have to admit they are in two different parts of the notebook. One is for those I seriously mean to have a crack at and the other is for those that if I'm honest I've no chance of doing or are merely momentary flights of fancy. The only problem is that if I recognise them as such why do I write them down ?  :blink:

Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: DogfighterZen on November 15, 2015, 06:17:07 am
I think it's always good to save all ideas, even the ones you deem too far out, maybe after a few months, you'll look back on them and decide to have go, who knows?  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on November 29, 2015, 03:44:57 pm
Getting sidetracked from my F-111 builds by a couple of TSR 2's

Not sure if this is a bad thing  :blink:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on December 04, 2015, 03:51:12 pm
Starting to look forward to next year and the Cold War GB. Yummy, my preferred time frame  :wub:

So saying that what will I build?

I have several options available, some harder to finish in time than others. For example I have a couple of Airfix Vulcan's set aside with planned builds that would fit into the theme. I also have several TSR2's which I have planned build for. There is also a Tu-142 that I plan to build, a Swift F7 and P.1154's that are un started. I could also build an F-111 and a six gun Lightning too, perhaps a Hunter or Canberra instead. So many to chose from and this is by no means a complete list of what I could build so the choice or choices could take some time for me to reach.  :rolleyes:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on December 09, 2015, 05:01:14 am
So here is a teaser of what has been distracting me from my F-111 builds which should have priority.

(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/TSR2/Strike/WP_20151209_12_36_44_Pro_zps5lypwgzd.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/TSR2/Strike/WP_20151209_12_36_44_Pro_zps5lypwgzd.jpg.html)

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on December 09, 2015, 07:05:32 am
I see your F-111s are already threatening to strike  :thumbsup: Love the build 'pile' in the background !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on December 09, 2015, 08:01:05 am
The word "Strike" refers to which aircraft I am building as I have a second TSR2 on the go at the same time. This lets me know what bits to attach what to.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on January 04, 2016, 07:30:07 am
Finally starting to get somewhere after roughly a month of not doing much and doing lots that I have not listed here.

Recently I have been putting paint and decals on a model that has not been recorded here which I hope will be a nice change when I show it later this month.

Wheels have been received for one of my F-111 builds so I will have to get a move on with at least one of those and of couse the Cold War GB has started so I better get my finger out and get started with at least one or two builds for that!

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on January 05, 2016, 03:26:12 pm
Here is a little something that I have been finishing off over the festive season.

(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/Imgp6059_zpsbdwcredb.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/Imgp6059_zpsbdwcredb.jpg.html)

Details and better and more pictures once I have finished it which should be sometime over the weekend as I have a few other builds on the go at the moment as well.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: DogfighterZen on January 05, 2016, 04:07:34 pm
 :wub: That looks good! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on January 06, 2016, 01:02:48 am
Far East, post War ?
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on January 06, 2016, 02:11:49 am
You will find out in a couple of days NARSES2  ;D

Back story is already written and I have already decided to print it out to go with the model when on display at shows.  :rolleyes:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on January 10, 2016, 07:16:44 am
Having fun with the Cold War Group Build, unfortunately I keep getting ideas of what to pull from the stash to build, could easily start twelve or so models, the thing would be how many would I get finished in time?

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 10, 2016, 01:38:52 pm

 the thing would be how many would I get finished in time?


You could sub-contract a few of them out to Dizzy maybe?  ;D :lol:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on January 10, 2016, 03:15:08 pm

 the thing would be how many would I get finished in time?


You could sub-contract a few of them out to Dizzy maybe?  ;D :lol:

Actually I have been sort of sub-contracted out for three builds. A pair of TSR2's and an F-111K which I need to get started again  :banghead:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on January 16, 2016, 04:35:10 pm
I seem to be getting ahead of myself at times recently. I think it's got something to do with the number of builds I have taken on. I find myself wanting to cut and glue parts together in such a rush that I am finding that I have forgotten to gather all the information I may need to do some of the build I am attempting  :banghead:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: kitnut617 on January 16, 2016, 04:36:38 pm
I wouldn't worry Alastair, just build ----
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on January 17, 2016, 03:17:07 am
I wouldn't worry Alastair, just build ----

Yup agree totally. It's one of the reasons I like to have a simple real world build on the go most of the time. It can be quite relaxing just to follow instructions (heresy I know but I don't care  :rolleyes:) sometimes if you have a complicated Wif on the go Gives you a chance to relax a little
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on January 17, 2016, 04:36:14 am
I wouldn't worry Alastair, just build ----

Yup agree totally. It's one of the reasons I like to have a simple real world build on the go most of the time. It can be quite relaxing just to follow instructions (heresy I know but I don't care  :rolleyes:) sometimes if you have a complicated Wif on the go Gives you a chance to relax a little

You follow instructions even OOB  :blink:

Quote: "You mad fool you........"

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: zenrat on January 19, 2016, 02:16:12 am
I wouldn't worry Alastair, just build ----

Yup agree totally. It's one of the reasons I like to have a simple real world build on the go most of the time. It can be quite relaxing just to follow instructions (heresy I know but I don't care  :rolleyes:) sometimes if you have a complicated Wif on the go Gives you a chance to relax a little

I know exactly what you mean.  Something where the bits will all fit together without cutting or filling.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on February 11, 2016, 06:36:55 am
A couple of pictures of some parts I bought recently. They are for the Airfix 1/600 Leander class frigate kit and are 3D printed. The intention is that by using this detail kit it will free up some parts to use on the HMS Cumberland build.
I also have two more 3D printed sets, one a detail set for a County Class Cruiser and a conversion set to turn a Leander into a Rothesay class frigate both will free up additional parts for the Cumberland build. Biggest problems are that the sets came without instructions of any kind which is no help to me as I have difficulty knowing what is what once I get past Bow, Stern and Bridge  :blink:

Both of these parts were stacked one on top of the other and face inwards towards each other so that they make a smallish rectangular frame with all the pieces on the inside to maximise the space.
(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/Ships/Leander/Imgp6132_zpsfqkil0g4.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/Ships/Leander/Imgp6132_zpsfqkil0g4.jpg.html)

And with a ruler to give an idea of scale
(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/Ships/Leander/Imgp6133_zpsvpx5oeyw.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/Ships/Leander/Imgp6133_zpsvpx5oeyw.jpg.html)

Gondor

Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 11, 2016, 09:13:50 am
Cor, they look good.  :thumbsup:

Do I espy a teensy-weensy Wasp in there somewhere?
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on February 11, 2016, 03:08:08 pm
Cor, they look good.  :thumbsup:

Do I espy a teensy-weensy Wasp in there somewhere?

You do Kit, not sure if the rotor blades are there folded or not as I hardly recognise anything. Next thing will be to give the whole lot a wash then to blast them with some primer, white I think but maybe grey so I can see some of the parts.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Rheged on February 11, 2016, 03:31:03 pm
I think that I can see a set of folded rotor blades half way across the lower part of the lower sprue........but of course it could be something else entirely.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on February 27, 2016, 08:14:59 am
I think that I can see a set of folded rotor blades half way across the lower part of the lower sprue........but of course it could be something else entirely.

Its something else entirely, the hoist for the variable depth sonar I think.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on February 27, 2016, 08:44:33 am
Black Holes & Kit Building

It's amazing at times what happens to a part you need or had your hands on "just a minute ago". It's not the Carpet Monster at fault this time, its the Carpet Monster's distant cousin the Micro Black Hole!
The parts were in a clear seal-able plastic bag and consisted of two MER's and twelve 500lb bombs to fir onto the MER's so the bag and it's contents are not minute nor an individual part that has gone.
I have gone through all the usual places to see if I had inadvertently misplaced the bag of bits, nada  :banghead: The box for the model they are for has also been metaphorically turned inside out which was easy as there was never a great deal of stuff in there anyway.
This kind of situation, where I have not had a reason to move something from where it was stored yet the item disappears for no apparent reason, starts to fuel my self doubt and makes me think that the black hole is inside my brain and that the object in question was only in reality because I remembered it. This kind of situation makes me simply want to give up and....... do something else completely different from modelling, though saying that, the nagging thought in my brain that I simply did not look quite as hard as I should have or that I missed finding the missing part by half an inch or so will nag and burn away at me for some time and has even been known to keep me awake at night.
The stupidity of the whole situation, losing a bag of parts, not an item from a bag or a small part flying off the modelling bench when cut from the sprue or from tweezers when picking the part up to glue it to something else, it's not one of those situations which is understandable. This looks as if it has simply been swallowed up whole and gone......

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on March 01, 2016, 02:05:58 pm
Still not found the bag of missing parts despite as an extensive search as I should need so I have managed to put together a replacement set. The bombs were no problem, the MER's though......
I did find two of them, One was a Hasegawa one from one of the early weapons sets, just what I was looking for. However the other one I had found was of indeterminate parentage and is slated for use, once modified, on a Kfir and didn't match the Hasegawa one so it was out with the thinking cap.
Eventually had a Eureka moment when I realised that the source didn't matter as long as I had a matching pair of MER's. That got me thinking about what I had that might have multiple pairs of them. I was going to look at my Hasegawa F-111A kit for Vietnam until I realised that I had an Italeri kit of the F-111A that might have a pair of MER's inside which would be available. Result  :thumbsup: I now have a matching pair of MER's and a full load to go onto them. Happy camper once again though still wondering what the '#/&^%$$& happened to the bag of parts I put together a couple of weeks ago  :unsure:
Pressure off so I shall get these parts cleaned up and start painting them.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: zenrat on March 01, 2016, 10:56:12 pm
Have you tried asking for the bag back?
Sound silly but it works.
When I "lose" tools and parts that I know are on my bench in front of me I turn away and say "OK, very funny, can I have <insert lost item here> back now please" and then turn back to find the thing I was looking for sitting right in front of me.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on March 02, 2016, 01:29:39 am
Have you tried asking for the bag back?
Sound silly but it works.
When I "lose" tools and parts that I know are on my bench in front of me I turn away and say "OK, very funny, can I have <insert lost item here> back now please" and then turn back to find the thing I was looking for sitting right in front of me.


Not yet but once I get this set of builds for the Cold War GB out of the way I might.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on March 05, 2016, 10:57:51 am
Note to self do not hold small weapons by their fins with clothes pegs unless you can easily clamp a single fin  :banghead:

Broke and bent several fin's by doing the above. Just spent a delicate ten minutes glueing back some rather small pieces of plastic which are actually quite thick when you look through a magnifying glass  :o

Pictures of the damage and repair will follow when I finish the build  ;D

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on March 12, 2016, 08:57:08 am
I received a purchase from Hobby Search Japan yesterday which makes my purchase of all three boxing's of the 1/72 scale Airfix TSR2's complete. Now I just have to build all three versions as well as the whiffs too so that could easily leave room for several more purchases as whiff fodder.

The original TSR2 box

(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/TSR2/Imgp6172_zps4wfo2pfi.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/TSR2/Imgp6172_zps4wfo2pfi.jpg.html)

The first of the Anime boxing's

(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/TSR2/Imgp6173_zpsmcn5uk5u.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/TSR2/Imgp6173_zpsmcn5uk5u.jpg.html)

The second Anime boxing

(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/TSR2/Imgp6174_zpsoezb1zlh.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/TSR2/Imgp6174_zpsoezb1zlh.jpg.html)

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: kerick on March 12, 2016, 11:11:52 am
Now that you don't need that bag of parts I predict you will soon find them. In the bathroom under the toothpaste.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on March 12, 2016, 01:42:41 pm
I never go anywhere into the bathroom with any modelling item other than reference material to read or the odd paint brush that needs rinsed out as the kitchen sink is full at the time so there is no chance of the missing parts (still no sign of them) being in there.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: kerick on March 12, 2016, 04:43:37 pm
Which is why you haven't looked there and haven't found them.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: zenrat on March 13, 2016, 01:33:31 am
An acquaintance of Weaver and I recently lost his phone.  It turned out to be in the airing cupboard wrapped in a damp towel.
Have you looked there?
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on March 13, 2016, 01:43:46 am

An acquaintance of Weaver and I recently lost his phone.  It turned out to be in the airing cupboard wrapped in a damp towel.
Have you looked there?


An intriguing thought, one that might have validity if I had an airing cupboard, however living in a relatively modern flat/apartment I have one of the new combi boilers and so no need for an airing cupboard.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: kerick on March 13, 2016, 10:21:39 am
(http://images.memes.com/meme/844051)
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on March 13, 2016, 11:30:30 am
Yeah, something like that  :angry:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on March 13, 2016, 11:37:24 am
On a brighter yet related note I have finished painting the replacement bombs

(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/F-106/SEA%20Bombed%20Up/Imgp6177_zps03lxvagl.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/F-106/SEA%20Bombed%20Up/Imgp6177_zps03lxvagl.jpg.html)

Just need to get on with painting the aircraft they are destined for

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on March 14, 2016, 04:45:35 pm
Got the bombs onto the MER's

Part way through glueing then on

(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/F-106/SEA%20Bombed%20Up/Imgp6185_zpswwy7qzoy.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/F-106/SEA%20Bombed%20Up/Imgp6185_zpswwy7qzoy.jpg.html)

And finished.

(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/F-106/SEA%20Bombed%20Up/Imgp6186_zpsg59zbldt.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/F-106/SEA%20Bombed%20Up/Imgp6186_zpsg59zbldt.jpg.html)

So glad to get that little lot out of the way.

I know that some may be wondering why in the first picture of this post I used a clothes peg and and large yellow mouthed grip to hold the smaller grip. The answer is that the size of the yellow mouthed grip was a touch too small to hold the handle of the small red mouthed grip without slipping off. Using the clothes peg, which by itself did not have enough surface area in contact with the modelling bench to prevent the small grip and the plastic parts from tipping over, gave enough surface area for the yellow mouthed grip to get a good hold of as well as helping to provide a secure enough base for everything to remain upright and at close enough to the correct angle for the side bombs to glue at the correct angle.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: kerick on March 14, 2016, 08:20:30 pm
Do what ya gotta do! Obviously it worked as the result looks great.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: DogfighterZen on March 15, 2016, 09:31:31 am
Sure does, those boom-bags look very nice! ;D :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on March 17, 2016, 01:35:38 pm
What a week it's been so far. On Tuesday I got a message from my girlfriend letting me know that her aunt had not unexpectedly passed away. A blessing in a way as she had been in a home for a number of years and had for most of that time been suffering from dementia.
So Tuesday was a write off as my having a car with a reasonably sized boot and collapse-able rear seats made me an important factor in the days events or clearing out her room in the home which included a large chest of draws and a chair.
Yesterday, Wednesday, was another washout due to job seeking related events in the morning followed by gas appliance servicing in the afternoon followed by attending the Falkirk Historical association in the evening!
So after staying the night at Susan;s, mmmmm square sausage and bacon sarnies for breakfast, we spent the rest of the day picking up death certificates, organising a location for the after cremation get together and shopping for Susan's mum who doesn't go out much these days!
This evening, not feeling like doing much other than vegetating and listening to some Pink Floyd, "One of These Days" looks as if it could be the track to play at the moment.
Did find a nice sauce of mirrored tiles. Pack of four from Dunelm Mill, 30 x 30 cm for only 5.99, as depending on what I finish and when I will have a use for at least three of the four.

Anyway, lots to do regardless although I am sure most of what I require to do to the kits that should finish for the Group Build should get done as it's mostly assembling parts and painting to go..... I hope.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on March 18, 2016, 07:08:47 am
You were there mate as they say. There's an awful lot to think about/do when a death occurs and it's good to have someone around who is slightly detached and can think less emotionally. Well done  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Librarian on March 18, 2016, 08:00:53 am

This evening, not feeling like doing much other than vegetating and listening to some Pink Floyd, "One of These Days" looks as if it could be the track to play at the moment.


One of their best, and for psychology one of the great pieces of musical 'primal screaming'. Only problem I've encountered is listening to it whilst motorway driving. It starts and you're cruising at 70-ish mph, it finishes and you're pushing 100mph ;D. One of these days those blue lights will be flashing in the mirror.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on March 18, 2016, 08:10:24 am
You were there mate as they say. There's an awful lot to think about/do when a death occurs and it's good to have someone around who is slightly detached and can think less emotionally. Well done  :thumbsup:

It was not unexpected though so Susan has been quite detached throughout. Problems so far have been the Jobcentre not phoning me to let me know that I was excused signing on yesterday afternoon after I rang the number in the little book they keep asking me to fill in. I had phoned around 1pm then phoned the couch I had last year at the job centre just after 4pm to find out what was going on. He checked the system and said everything was ok and that he would make sure I got my money as usual.
Today Susan finds out that the Dr didn't sign the death certificate!  :banghead: and she has had difficulty getting in tough with her aunts solicitor to get hold of documents too. Yesterday we found out that to see the local registrar is by appointment only and its an entry system to get into the building! To cap all that there is a legal requirement that the death is registered within eight days which at least gives us a fighting chance of getting the paperwork together at least.

Modelling wise I have done a little so far today and plan to do more.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 18, 2016, 12:40:04 pm
Nothing quite like officialdom to shoot itself in the foot and then put the blame on you!  :banghead:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on March 18, 2016, 04:23:31 pm
Likely to happen with the supporting documentation when registering the death. For some reason her solicitor has all her paperwork such as birth and marriage certificates which according to a list on an envelope that came with the Dr's certificate, unsigned  :banghead:, he was on holiday today so my girlfriend was conversing by text with him and he was saying that she didn't need the documents but in the end he will have to send them to the family anyway when he winds up her estate.  :banghead:
So with the registration of the death to occur within eight days and having to make an appointment to see the registrar time is starting to be against getting the death registered correctly especially is the registrar needs the documents. Susan is quite likely to give the registrar the solicitors phone number and tell them to ask him about it as he has so far denied her access to the documents. Hopefully he will send Susan the documents but it's going to cost him as he will need to send them by courier due to the appointment with the registrar being on Tuesday and the solicitor not being at work until Monday as he is in Edinburgh and Susan in Falkirk so the post would not make it in time, talk about a tight schedule.
I don't know about my girlfriend but all this is starting to get on my nerves a bit.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on April 02, 2016, 02:19:04 pm
Almost everything went well with the funeral. I didn't get to meet many of the family or friends as I was helping my girl friends mother who uses two walking sticks to get around. The place we went to afterwards was almost empty as there was only eight of us and we had catered for at least double that.

Modelling wise progress has been at it's normal snails pace. Progress has been made with the aircraft that I lost the bombs for. It's been painted and today I put decals onto it.

Information for the back-story has been gathered as well as reference material some of which I wish I had a week ago as I found out that the subject did have a set of drawings to go with what I have done to the aircraft. There is still bits and pieces to do. Air to air weaponry still needs some painting as do the tyres and a few little details. Then it will be final assembly of all the sub assemblies and time for pictures to be taken. Should be done in a few days. I will start a proper thread for the aircraft once that is all done.

Gondor

Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on April 04, 2016, 08:01:01 am
Finally solved the mystery of the missing MER's and bombs!  :party:

I am putting the weapons, as seen elsewhere in this thread, onto an aircraft not generally known for carrying such weapons. Now I have two boxing's of the same kit and I built one box after putting the bombs and MER's in the other box.

It was only while opening the other box to check how some air to air ordinance fitted in the kit that I found the bag containing the missing parts! It's no wonder that when I almost turned the work bench upside down I could not find the missing parts. So nice to have found them at last  :drink:

Gondor

P.S. I shall now go and look somewhere else so I don't need to say that the bits were in the last place I looked.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on April 05, 2016, 02:15:48 pm
Had enough for the night...... Trying to glue detail pieces to one of my models and the glue is going everywhere except where I want it to go and even when it does go where I want it to go it has almost dried out so won't stick  :banghead:

I was going to paint some wheels or rather tyres as all the hubs are painted. Over all the various builds I have on the go at the moment, six aircraft, I have eighteen tyres that need painted  :blink: of course I don't need to get all of these done in one go as seven of the tyres have been needing painted for a while prior to the current Group Build for which all the other tyres are required and I am sure that I can paint the remaining eleven tyres in batches depending on what is likely to be finished first as far as their parent aircraft are concerned.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: zenrat on April 06, 2016, 03:41:17 am
Finally solved the mystery of the missing MER's and bombs!  :party:

I am putting the weapons, as seen elsewhere in this thread, onto an aircraft not generally known for carrying such weapons. Now I have two boxing's of the same kit and I built one box after putting the bombs and MER's in the other box.

It was only while opening the other box to check how some air to air ordinance fitted in the kit that I found the bag containing the missing parts! It's no wonder that when I almost turned the work bench upside down I could not find the missing parts. So nice to have found them at last  :drink:

Gondor

P.S. I shall now go and look somewhere else so I don't need to say that the bits were in the last place I looked.

I do that too.
I'll open a model car box to pinch parts for something else and find and engine or a set of wheels i'd put in there to use when I get round to building it.  Of course when i'm looking for those wheels or that engine can I remember which box I put them in?

Now, any idea where I put the 10 stainless steel pulls I bought for the new sash windows, put somewhere safe and of course can't find?
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: kerick on April 06, 2016, 04:38:50 pm
Finally solved the mystery of the missing MER's and bombs!  :party:

I am putting the weapons, as seen elsewhere in this thread, onto an aircraft not generally known for carrying such weapons. Now I have two boxing's of the same kit and I built one box after putting the bombs and MER's in the other box.

It was only while opening the other box to check how some air to air ordinance fitted in the kit that I found the bag containing the missing parts! It's no wonder that when I almost turned the work bench upside down I could not find the missing parts. So nice to have found them at last  :drink:

Gondor

P.S. I shall now go and look somewhere else so I don't need to say that the bits were in the last place I looked.

No toothpaste and no aliens? There goes my theory!  :lol:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on April 07, 2016, 10:33:00 am
Toothpaste is where it should be, in the bathroom, bedroom and a small amount in the modelling desk :)

Managed to get some motivation together this afternoon after not being able to get to sleep last night until nearly 3am  :banghead:

A veritable forest of wheels and tyres. More importantly, most of them are for aircraft I am building for the Cold War Group build!

(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/Imgp6221_zpsykjw9epx.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/Imgp6221_zpsykjw9epx.jpg.html)

Any takes on guessing which aircraft they are from. Three of the aircraft types should be easy as they are in the afore mentioned GB, the others though ........

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: zenrat on April 07, 2016, 06:55:48 pm
No idea.
But you've painted them wheely well...

Sorry.  I'll get me coat.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: kerick on April 07, 2016, 08:02:07 pm
As long as you remember which wheels go on which model! :wacko:
Can't wait to see the results!
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on April 08, 2016, 06:35:30 am

But you've painted them wheely well...

Beat me to it, although I wasn't going to be silly  :rolleyes:. Really nice job on the wheels
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on April 08, 2016, 10:03:35 am

But you've painted them wheely well...

Beat me to it, although I wasn't going to be silly  :rolleyes:. Really nice job on the wheels

I find using a 2/0 brush better than a 5/0 or 10/0 sized brush. Plenty of paint and to pull the brush smoothly in the direction I want it to go rather than making short strokes around the wheel rim or any other part of the tyre. Very much in the same manner as a sign writer paints. Works wonders when painting canopies or painting a demarcation line freehand.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on April 14, 2016, 07:47:53 am
Things are likely to slow up for a few days model wise due to my needing a medical examination called a Colonoscopy which involves my bowels being empty prior to the procedure. Not looking forward to the evacuation process which could end up in my having to drop whatever I am doing and heading to the bathroom at a rapid pace so modelling is not exactly going to be a high priority where glue or paint is concerned.
The procedure takes part Friday afternoon and the following day I will be shopping with my girlfriend seeing that I will be staying with her just before and after the procedure.

If everything goes ok I should finish the two major builds I have on the go for the Cold War Group build as they have got to the final stages.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on April 15, 2016, 03:38:06 am
Best of luck with that. Had one a few years ago and the medicine they gave me to do the clearance didn't have any effect what so ever  :blink: I think the nurse at the hospital was secretly glad when I told her. She definitely had an evil grin when she said "don't worry I can sort that out"  :blink:

Procedure it'self was ok though
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: zenrat on April 15, 2016, 04:44:59 am
Hope everything is OK and they give you the thumbs up.  :o

As it were.  ;D

You might want to make sure the car contains chocolate for the drive home.  Mrs z had this procedure a couple of months ago and I have never seen a kit kat consumed with such speed.  I think she inhaled it.


Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on April 15, 2016, 10:38:49 am
Thanks for the best wishes, the procedure went well though I agree whole heartedly about the liquid  :-X

No point about the chocolate in the car, I drive but Susan my girlfriend does not so we used the bus to and from her place to the hospital as I am not supposed to drive for 24 hours from the time of the procedure.

Hope to get the last few bits done on a couple of models tomorrow evening/night.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on April 16, 2016, 05:06:21 am
Glad it went ok mate
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on April 16, 2016, 09:27:34 am
I'm glad that prep is over with, incredible stuff they have you drink. A sort of clear thick water with a hint of sherbet but difficult to drink or swallow much at a time.
Don't think I will have to do that again not that I would like to either as far as the prep goes, the rest of it was ok.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on April 17, 2016, 04:27:05 pm
Well that's another Group Build over. However this time I managed to finish a build or three which for me is a fantastic build rate. I even have another model half way through which I started late in the build so I was not too surprised that I have not yet finished it, maybe I can get it done by next weekend, not very hopeful though as I have other things on for some of the week but I will try anyway. I also have a couple of builds unrelated to the group build that are mainly requiring decals and a few items added so I may even finish one of those.

As a pat on the back to myself for finishing the three builds, two of them today, I am sitting here as the time reaches half past midnight having a bowel of ice cream for a treat. Shortly after I finish that its bed for some sleep.  ;D

Don't forget to look over the builds I have completed, the SEA F-106, the Swifter F7 and the Indian Air Force TSR2. Hope you like them as I enjoyed building them, some parts more than others.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 01, 2016, 03:10:05 am
It's been a week since the Scottish Nationals and I have done no actual physical modelling at all so far. I definitely want to get some of my part build projects done and out of the way, top of the list if probably the F-4L as that is partly decaled and has been since October last year and I don't want it to be in the same state come October this year.
I have of course been thinking about future builds particularly with possible Group Builds in mind. I have one kit that will fit into the proposed Soviet GB and two builds that would fit into the Frog/Novo old kit based GB.
Other than that I have been looking at converting a Maintrack P.1154 RAF into a P.1154 RN version which would be armed with Air Launched Sea Dart missiles which will be based on these (http://www.fleetscale.com/store/gb/weapons/547-1-72nd-pack-of-2-seadart-missiles.html) but with new wings and fins.
Also having ideas about building an RAF F-4M in all over white with pale red/blue national markings. Armed only with under wing fuel tanks and a Red Beard on the centre line. Decals for the markings would be from the TSR.2MS Stratos 4 boxing of which I have enough to fit all six positions, the serials are the only sticking point in the plan so far although I am thinking that only the rear of the fuselage would need any serials applied.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 01, 2016, 06:52:35 am
Thinking further about a possible F-4M in all over white, a Red Beard armed version could be either a Bomber or Fighter aircraft as Red Beard was considered for taking on mass bombers. Another option would be the three fuel tanks and a couple of Genies under the inner wing pylons. So far though its just a thought experiment.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 02, 2016, 02:43:34 pm
Did a bit of research and found that Read Beard was probably on it's way out of service when the F-4 was entering RAF service so was the WE.177 so I am going to have to source a few of those for use on various aircraft I think.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 03, 2016, 03:58:09 pm
Ordered decals for my G.91 and they should be here on Friday so with a little luck in a week's time, give or take a bit, I should have yet another model finished this year  :blink:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Thorvic on May 04, 2016, 02:31:07 am
Did a bit of research and found that Red Beard was probably on it's way out of service when the F-4 was entering RAF service so was the WE.177 so I am going to have to source a few of those for use on various aircraft I think.

Gondor

Technically the Phantom was only wired for the US Nuclear Bombs and they carried the MK43 or MK57 dual key weapons when on the RAF QRA until replaced by Jaguar with WE177. You can get the US nuke in the Trumpeter Vigilante kit for some reason ? - no idea why !.

However what about looking at some of the standoff weapons looked at for TSR2, they can be found in various books, as they might look the part on the belly of the Phantom ?. They weren't too hard to scratch build.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 04, 2016, 02:34:59 am
Did a bit of research and found that Red Beard was probably on it's way out of service when the F-4 was entering RAF service so was the WE.177 so I am going to have to source a few of those for use on various aircraft I think.

Gondor

Technically the Phantom was only wired for the US Nuclear Bombs and they carried the MK43 or MK57 dual key weapons when on the RAF QRA until replaced by Jaguar with WE177. You can get the US nuke in the Trumpeter Vigilante kit for some reason ? - no idea why !.

However what about looking at some of the standoff weapons looked at for TSR2, they can be found in various books, as they might look the part on the belly of the Phantom ?. They weren't too hard to scratch build.

I will dig out my Trumpeter Vigilante kit from the stash to get the "store" from there as I am thinking early in the Phantoms career with the RAF rather than later when a UK designed and built "store" would be more suitable.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 19, 2016, 04:28:00 pm
Another week gone by without much done other than sorting out a few parts for a few projects.

After chatting with Thorvic I have decided to go with his version of my proposed White Phantom from my previous posts. This means I can use a Hasegawa Phantom and as I have an F-4E available it also means I get to swap the gun nose from the kit with the radome from a Fujimi F-4M so I get to build two whiffs without loss of parts or having to loose a kit as just parts for others which is something I dislike doing.
The Gun armed F-4M will be in the Air Defence Greys from the end of its career, just got to work out which squadron it will be though. I am hoping that in reality one of the squadrons used for Air Defence didn't last into the Greys period so I can put my whiff Air Defence aircraft into those markings.
This would create two whiffs in one and we can run a count at shows to see how many punters spot just the airframe whiff or the squadron whiff or even both of them  ;D

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 20, 2016, 04:08:01 pm
Well after checking my references I have come to the conclusion that all of the RAF fighter squadrons that flew the F-4 in the Dark Grey/Green/Light Grey scheme also flew them in the Air Defence Grey scheme so the idea of using a real life fighter squadron as I mentioned in my previous posting is a no go. I could always use 60 Squadron although I would have to put the aircraft in some kind of anniversary scheme as the only squadron markings I have are for large 35" roundels which don't go with the air defence greys smaller roundels which I don't know the size of as I have misplaced my scaled ruler.  :banghead:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 20, 2016, 05:16:05 pm
Decided which squadron my M61 armed F-4M in Air Defence Grey will be, well at least I have narrowed it down to two with one of the options more likely than the other.
I realised that not all squadrons that were Air Defence converted to the F-4 so if I could not find an F-4 squadron to suit my requirements why not a squadron that used another type of aircraft?
Out came the reference material and I decided on one of the Lightening squadrons, 5 or 11 and what helps is that both squadrons flew aircraft in the last colour schemes that the Lightening wore which fit in exactly with what I will paint the F-4 in  :thumbsup:
An added bonus is that I have a couple of boxing's of Hasegawa's Lightening F-6 in those very schemes flown by those very squadrons so its looking good as all the pieces are falling together.
I am leaning towards 11 squadron for a couple or reasons, 1) OGL has a 5 squadron F-4, 2)I prefer the yellow/black squadron bars over the red bars of 5 squadron in this colour scheme as I think the red stands out too much 3) I fancy using only the squadron bars on the fin rather than the Eagles often seen on 11 squadron machines at model shows and I like to make my models that little bit different.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 21, 2016, 01:57:27 pm
I received some Yugoslav decals from JayBee this morning but didn't have time to look at them then as I was on my way out.
Another of my hobbies is Bell Ringing and today was the AGM and annual striking competition. I know that back in the 70's the TUC would have given many a bell tower a run for its money at that  :lol:
Anyway, the tower I am registered with, Stirling, came fourth out of eight bands today and just missed out of coming third by three points  :banghead: so despite the blisters and the general feeling of exhaustion I can easily say that I had a very satisfying time.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on May 23, 2016, 02:45:13 am
Well done mate. A good peel of bells is nice to hear. Our local High Victorian church just has a single bell that gives tolling a bad name  :rolleyes: whereas the mid 18th C church up the road has a lovely peel.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 23, 2016, 03:03:31 am
Thanks NARSES2, its nice to know that someone actually reads this drivel  :rolleyes:
As far as bell ringing goes I am quite lucky here in Stirling. Not only do we have our own active tower, there is also Dunblane Cathedral a few miles up the road and Alloa a few miles away down river which unfortunately does not have its own band but we do practice there once a month instead of ringing at Stirling.
Learned a valuable lesson when ringing for the Sunday service at Dunblane yesterday. Don't part along the side in the nearest car park, park at the end instead. I was almost blocked in. Took a while to slowly manoeuvrer back and forth to get my car out of its parking place as several cars had parked down the centre of the car park making it very very difficult indeed to get out.
I must admit that I was very tempted to go back to the cathedral with a list of car registrations to ask the owners to move their cars. Would not have gone down well but I think I would have been legally in my right to ask prior to calling the police as the cars were not in a designated parking place, i.e. not in a painted parking area.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 23, 2016, 01:39:18 pm
It's looking as if I might get to go to Telford this year  :o

It's also possible that I may have some spending money too  :o :o

Suggestions for somewhere to book will be most welcome as the last time I was there, 2009, I stayed in a hotel in Wolverhampton. This time I would like to be somewhat closer to the SIG activities if possible.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on May 24, 2016, 06:36:08 am
Good to hear you might be able to make it. However a lot of the hotels near the venue were booked out before they officially opened their booking process. Ask me how I know  :banghead: I had a few interesting conversations  :angry:

Best of luck with finding one
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 24, 2016, 03:52:03 pm
Good to hear you might be able to make it. However a lot of the hotels near the venue were booked out before they officially opened their booking process. Ask me how I know  :banghead: I had a few interesting conversations  :angry:

Best of luck with finding one

I can find one no problem at all, only difficulty is price or rather how much I want to pay for two nights within a reasonable distance of the Centre.

Right now I am cursing my memory, or rather my lack of it. Having recently forgotten where I put my scaled ruler I now find that I can't locate a pair of leading edge radiators for a Hawker Tempest Mk1.
I am sure that I had a set that were not allocated for anything and that they are resin and were given to me at a show but blowed if I can find where I put them especially as I now have an idea to use them on.  :banghead:
I will maybe expand on what the idea is later, but it involves a Heller Tempest MkV   :lol:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on May 25, 2016, 06:45:51 am


I can find one no problem at all, only difficulty is price or rather how much I want to pay for two nights within a reasonable distance of the Centre.



I'm convinced a lot of overseas groups took block bookings. Maybe some of those have now relinquished some of the reservations they made ? I might have another look
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 25, 2016, 08:48:16 am


I can find one no problem at all, only difficulty is price or rather how much I want to pay for two nights within a reasonable distance of the Centre.



I'm convinced a lot of overseas groups took block bookings. Maybe some of those have now relinquished some of the reservations they made ? I might have another look

I am thinking similar things but how long to wait for a cancellation and then as you get nearer the date will it cost?

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 26, 2016, 05:29:46 am
I have been thinking about the ADV version of the M61 armed F-4M. I have changed my mind yet again about the markings. It's definitely going to be 11 Squadron but now its going to have an all black fin with the two large black Eagles on each side. These are coming from a Hasegawa Tornado F3 kit which I am doing as a F2(T). Not fully committed to the squadron bars on either side of the roundel yet but I do have options for the bars with the Eagles in the middle so that could go on the nose as the roundels would be on the air intakes much further back on the fuselage.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 26, 2016, 02:41:33 pm
 :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:

Having a bad time with some script freezing up on me when I try to start or add a reply in a thread. Very very frustrating when I have written several paragraphs including links to other posts/threads and to images as well when the script gives up the ghost and you can't save anything

Arrrrrrg and that's not a Chewbacca impersonation either  :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:

Think I will try to write in word then copy and past into the site.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: kerick on May 26, 2016, 06:03:49 pm
For longer posts I'm sure that will work better! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 27, 2016, 01:44:23 am
I tend to write my longer posts in Notepad originally and then cut and paste into the Forum exactly because I had the same problem for a while.

It's very frustrating because all that well thought prose has vanished into the 'Internet Black Hole', never to return in its original from.  :banghead:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 27, 2016, 02:42:34 am
I tend to write my longer posts in Notepad originally and then cut and paste into the Forum exactly because I had the same problem for a while.

It's very frustrating because all that well thought prose has vanished into the 'Internet Black Hole', never to return in its original from.  :banghead:

I had writers block when I started to write the post in Word. I knew roughly what I had written but not exactly what I had written so the posting came out differently than I had originally intended. Some of that was good and some probably bad. For example I had started out with a link to this blog, in the posted version I don't. I had also had jokes about Star Trek in the lost prose as well which went the way of the wind.
Overall though I am quite happy with the resultant post (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,42264.msg728920/topicseen.html#new)

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 28, 2016, 03:52:36 pm
A day of some ups and downs.

Wanted to buy some Revell Contacta glue, the type with the fine metal nozzle, but found that the only way was to buy it with a model so had to buy something. After buying the glue, with kit, I realised that I have some fine brass rod that may just fit down the bore of the tube, which it does so I have spent a few minuites unblocking the tubes of the Contacta dispensers that I had  :banghead:

I have also been looking at some of my stalled builds, mainly my Hawker Tempest/Fury (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,33065.0.html) builds as I had an idea for a late Tempest Mk I where all I need to do is to remove the chine radiator, add radiators to the inner wing leading edge and add a carburettor fairing under the nose.

The train of thought also got me thinking about the Hawker P.1027

I had also re-read my KC-11 (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,33065.0.html) thread and getting all confused with it as I can only see two Revell DC-10's and one Revell KC-10 in my modelling room. I know I have recently made a habit of losing things but a KC-1 kit  :blink:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: kitnut617 on May 28, 2016, 04:01:12 pm

The train of thought also got me thinking about the Hawker P.1027

Gondor

Yes!  do it ----  I want to see another one    ;)

(http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa263/kitnut617/Tempest%20and%20Fury/P1027-1_zps33f1d85b.jpg) (http://s200.photobucket.com/user/kitnut617/media/Tempest%20and%20Fury/P1027-1_zps33f1d85b.jpg.html)

(http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa263/kitnut617/Tempest%20and%20Fury/P1027-13_zpsd7061270.jpg) (http://s200.photobucket.com/user/kitnut617/media/Tempest%20and%20Fury/P1027-13_zpsd7061270.jpg.html)

Here's a 3-View of it.  I got this from the Brooklands Museum

(http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa263/kitnut617/Tempest%20and%20Fury/Eagle%20Engined%20Tempest%20Dwg_zpsuvrbomqg.jpg) (http://s200.photobucket.com/user/kitnut617/media/Tempest%20and%20Fury/Eagle%20Engined%20Tempest%20Dwg_zpsuvrbomqg.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 29, 2016, 02:02:46 am

The train of thought also got me thinking about the Hawker P.1027

Gondor

Yes!  do it ----  I want to see another one    ;)


Oh I will kitnut617, its as always a matter of when. I have so many other projects on the go with several that I really should get done this year.  :banghead:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 29, 2016, 03:18:54 am
Good news or not for the rest of the modellers here, depends on your point of view. I have managed to book a hotel room near to the Telford international Centre for this years Nationals  :drink:

I know that there is usually a limit of two builds for the Sig display at Telford so I will have to work out what to finish in time. I have an F-111 or two started, my recent ideas about F-4's in All over white and Air Defence Grey and of course the previously mentioned DC-10 conversions too. So many options and so little time to build them  :banghead:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 29, 2016, 03:46:28 am
Bring them all Alastair, and chop and change during the day.  ;)
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on May 29, 2016, 07:49:38 am
Bring them all Alastair, and chop and change during the day.  ;)

Yup, that's the way to do it  :thumbsup:

The P.1027 has to be one of the most beautiful aircraft ever designed  :wub:

As for Contacta tubes. When mine get blocked I simply take them out and hold them in a gas flame with pliers. Sorts it out in a jiffy
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 29, 2016, 10:22:40 am
Bring them all Alastair, and chop and change during the day.  ;)

Yup, that's the way to do it  :thumbsup:

The P.1027 has to be one of the most beautiful aircraft ever designed  :wub:

As for Contacta tubes. When mine get blocked I simply take them out and hold them in a gas flame with pliers. Sorts it out in a jiffy

I used the cooker flame trick but they were still blocked. At least I have found a solution  :rolleyes: to the problem

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: zenrat on May 30, 2016, 01:40:28 am
I clear them with the 0.5 mm wrapping wire I use for 1/25 spark plug wire.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 30, 2016, 08:49:58 am
I use 5 amp fuse wire, when I can find it that is, plus a brushfull of MekPak beforehand. :banghead:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on June 09, 2016, 05:24:04 am
What a gorgeous machine !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 10, 2016, 03:17:20 pm
Still done bugg3r all construction wise for anything, not even painted on the windows in the nose of the G.91 to finish that off  :banghead:

I should get something done Saturday even though the footy is on or even maybe because of it as I am not a big supporter of such things. Most of my time has been spent sorting out a few orders for future projects. I ordered a 1/144 C-5M recently for two reasons, 1) I had the opportunity and the means to do so 2) I am thinking of using these (https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/STS44229) with the kit, backdating the M to an A

I have also recently ordered a Hasegawa SH-60B to donate a few parts for my AH-64A naval build, tail wheel and possibly a few other items. The SH-60 will not go to waste as I already have another one so doors etc can be cut out on one kit and cut around on the other thus making doors and hatches that fit. I also intend to fold the main rotor so the spare kit will donate parts to assist in doing that as well. No time table on this as the first SH-60 has been in the stash for quite some time.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 12, 2016, 05:20:12 am
Not going to get much done today, at least not until this evening as I have a couple of blisters on my hands after bell ringing this morning. Spent around about 45 minutes ringing continuously for what is called a quarter peel, my first this century  ;D though my hands are suffering from gripping the rope and pulling said rope for that length of time.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: The Wooksta! on June 13, 2016, 11:44:41 am
First time I've ever heard it called that...
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on June 13, 2016, 12:12:24 pm
Should be called a 3 quarter peel ?  :thumbsup:

Hope the hands feels better....now, how are the ears ?

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 13, 2016, 01:44:28 pm
Nothing to cause a problem for the ears Captain. Practice nights last for the best part of two hours and are no worse.

On a better note  :rolleyes: I have a skills test tomorrow which should lead to a job.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on June 14, 2016, 05:57:08 am
Excellent news ! And best of luck !

 :drink:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on June 14, 2016, 06:49:07 am
All the best with the test mate
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 14, 2016, 10:22:16 am
Well good news and bad news.

Good news is that I got the job, bad news is that means my modelling time will be reduced  :-\

Ho hum, can't have everything I suppose

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 14, 2016, 02:31:57 pm
MAGIC!

Well done Alastair.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: zenrat on June 15, 2016, 02:49:54 am
Yay!

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on June 15, 2016, 04:42:10 am
Congrats ! But on the bright side, now you'll have more cash to build the stash. Less modelling, more buying  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 15, 2016, 05:07:21 am
Congrats ! But on the bright side, now you'll have more cash to build the stash. Less modelling, more buying  :thumbsup:

It's more Ilkley to be having money to pay bills than anything else.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: DogfighterZen on June 15, 2016, 05:23:25 am
Congrats on the new job!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 15, 2016, 06:22:14 am
When do you start the new job Alastair? At least you can model like crazy until then.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on June 15, 2016, 06:27:31 am
Well done Alastair  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 15, 2016, 07:21:59 am
When do you start the new job Alastair? At least you can model like crazy until then.

I start on the 4th of July with days for two weeks for training purposes followed by going onto night shift which I am not looking forward to. They wanted me to start on the 19th but I have a short break planned for the end of the month as well as some work on the car so its the 4th.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: The Wooksta! on June 15, 2016, 10:13:11 am
Congratulations! 

Don't fear a night shift.  I did them for ten years and actually found that it suited me.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 15, 2016, 10:49:20 am

I start on the 4th of July


That'll be UN-Independence Day then?  ;D
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 15, 2016, 04:23:29 pm
Lee I have a tendency to get too involved with some things prior to going onto a night shift, did them for long enough while in the RAF and as a security guard. I want to get onto days as soon as I can as I have hobbies that require me to be available in an evening.

Kit, you mean the day we celebrate winning the American war of independence which is so true these days considering the politic situation in the US

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 18, 2016, 03:12:13 pm
Its been a very nice day today both weather wise and as a generally nice day. Good company, in the form of my girlfriend which was a continuation of getting the sump of my car replaced and a complete oil and oil filter changed on Thursday during the day, a nice quiet evening out at the local Spoons for a meal and a couple of drinks then Friday spent shopping and bell ringing. Today continued my enjoyment of her company as we headed to Kink's Park in Stirling for the Military Day there. We were not as organised as we usually are so are both suffering from having to stand for several hours rather than being able to sit and relax for a bit.
A wonderful display by three Police Dogs and their handlers was the highlight for us before we looked at the static displays of vehicles and the like on out way out of the park with still two hours of entertainment to go. Next year chairs and we park use the car rather than the bus and park as near as we can so less walking.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 23, 2016, 03:50:10 am
An interesting morning so far. Got a phone call to let me know I have been selected for an interview with a local company, that's ten minutes travelling time as opposed to an hour for the job I will be going to on the fourth. The job is also permanent days and far more interesting that the one I start training on the fourth for so I am hoping that I get the job.
Busy time for me.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: DogfighterZen on June 23, 2016, 05:54:28 am
Always good to be have more than one option, good luck! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 25, 2016, 06:13:52 am
I saw some drawings that someone posted to the forum of a Sea Typhoon. Unfortunately I didn't save the drawings for my own use, or I can't find them on my pc and I also can't find them on the internet  :banghead:

Could someone please post them here so I can copy the drawing which will allow me to build the aircraft, at least my version of it. It was a three view drawing with one view showing one of the wings folded.

Thanks in advance

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: JayBee on June 25, 2016, 08:34:39 am
You will find it in here Alistair.

http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,10729.135.html

Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 25, 2016, 11:18:41 am
Thank you very much Jim  :thumbsup:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 28, 2016, 11:27:01 am
By a strange co-incidence George Munroe, who built the Sea Typhoon that OGL mentioned in that link, was at the Coventry Show on Sunday and we spent quite a time chatting to him about the model. It still exists too, and may appear at a show or two now that we mentioned it to him.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 28, 2016, 02:19:14 pm
I managed to print off several copies of the plan to 1/72 scale so I have something to work from if I get around to starting one. However I do tend to agree with Kit that the Royal Navy would have preferred the Centaurs so the nose of a Matchbox Tempest will find itself being a bedfellow to two Academy Typhoons, some plastic card and filler. I'm thinking BPD for Operation Olympic instead of the Blackburn Firebrand.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: kitnut617 on June 28, 2016, 05:27:40 pm
Actually, Maintrack did a 1/72 Centaurus engined Tornado conversion for the Airfix Typhoon.  Got one in the stash too

http://www.modelsforsale.com/plasticmodelkits/maintrack-7238-172-hawker-tornado-centaurus-conversion-for-the-airfix-typhoon/

 Hawker had to use the Tornado fuselage because the wing was set 3 or 4 inches lower so the supercharger and stuff could clear the main spar. The Vulture also had the same problem when fitted to a Typhoon fuselage
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 29, 2016, 12:24:42 am
For the Sea Typhoon they added an extra fuel tank in front of the cockpit which moved the engine forward. I will be doing the same which means that the fuselage stretch forward of the cockpit can help absorb any cross sectional differences. Fitting the Centaurus also gets around the problem of the chin radiator when the leading edge radiators are fitted, which I will do, allowing me to fit a torpedo taken from a Fairly Swordfish ;)
Not sure if I will add a fillet to the tail fin though  :-\

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: The Wooksta! on June 29, 2016, 03:02:22 pm
Would probably need it for better directional control on landing.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Dizzyfugu on June 30, 2016, 06:27:55 am
The 1:144 Tu-95 engine set seller on ebay is 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 ZIP), 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 this is helpful?
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Dizzyfugu on June 30, 2016, 06:50:16 am
As an addendum, it's this stuff: http://www.lindenhillimports.com/komplektzip.htm
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 30, 2016, 02:13:08 pm
Thank you Dizzyfugu  :thumbsup:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 10, 2016, 04:53:56 am
Getting bu99er all done  :banghead:

I know I have only been at work for one week, but after 18 months off work and having a rather busy Saturday which included ringing bells for a church wedding, I am feeling a little bit tired so trying to relax and watch both Sky F1 and BBC1 at the same time so I can see the British Grand Prix and the Men's singles final at Wimbledon at the same time  :blink:

I think modelling wise I will get built what I can, when and can and it will be what I want to build rather than trying to get things built to a target, though I will try for a few things that are outstanding.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 16, 2016, 11:57:31 am
While shopping on my girlfriends mother's behalf today I found this...

(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/62b73c85-220f-43b4-8a18-e465fd02449a_zpsdbgo6lg0.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/62b73c85-220f-43b4-8a18-e465fd02449a_zpsdbgo6lg0.jpg.html)

And I thought you could only buy it in tins!  :rolleyes: ;D

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 16, 2016, 02:10:30 pm
Forgot to say that I saw a Beauford in Dunblane today.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on July 17, 2016, 06:42:56 am
Never seen that Elbow Grease - any good ?
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 17, 2016, 08:55:07 am
Never seen that Elbow Grease - any good ?

Not tried it yet but I will let you know the results.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on July 18, 2016, 06:11:09 am
Cheers  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on July 24, 2016, 06:37:31 am
New and Improved Trigger ? It's got to be good !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on July 24, 2016, 06:39:43 am
While shopping on my girlfriends mother's behalf today I found this...

(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/62b73c85-220f-43b4-8a18-e465fd02449a_zpsdbgo6lg0.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/62b73c85-220f-43b4-8a18-e465fd02449a_zpsdbgo6lg0.jpg.html)

And I thought you could only buy it in tins!  :rolleyes: ;D

Gondor

Mrs_PR19 uses that on all sorts of stuff before putting them in the washing machine. Works a treat on the collars of my white shirts.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 24, 2016, 09:12:53 am
Well I'm used to people saying.... "use some elbow grease lad".... or words to that effect so seeing the bottle I just had to buy it.

Modelling wise not much going on. A few bits being done on the Firefly but when you have the Hungarian Grand Prix followed by the end of the last stage of Le Tour on the same afternoon then I am not going to get much done until a bit later in the day. I had also got a new mobile phone yesterday, or rather a mini computer that makes phone calls  :rolleyes: it's a Windows 10 phone so now all my computer devices run the "same" software although I can't get Firefox or one of its kin onto the new phone which would improve my ability to keep up with what goes on here. It's a Microsoft Lumia 650 for those that are interested and so far things are going well with it.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 29, 2016, 12:41:06 pm
Since I started work at the beginning of the month I have not done much modelling, today I found out that I will be starting night shift on Monday  :-\ and not doing what I originally was being trained to work on but as I was not managing to reach the required targets, however as I am good at soldering I have been moved to another section to help out and the skills I have picked up so far can always be put to use if needed. Its only four nights a week so it sounds not too bed just have to wait and see how its goes.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 05, 2016, 07:50:10 am
Absolutely nothing done so far this week. Working nights certainly leaves next to no time for normal things to get done let alone anything modelling wise  :-\

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 05, 2016, 10:37:11 am
Earlier this week, Wednesday to be precise, I was heading to work and had just joined the M9 south bound at Stirling when I was overtaken by a van towing a trailer at some speed.

I saw the logo on the side of the van as it sped past me hardly managing to see that let alone the words that accompanied the logo which I thought was familiar. A short while later with the van disappearing into the distance I remembered where I had seen the logo. It was the AllyCat symbol! Some what surprised at seeing them where I did but there had been a show in Dundee at the weekend so they must have been there and decided to take a bit of a holiday while there.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 05, 2016, 01:08:20 pm
I hope he slows down a bit, it'd be sad if the business was clobbered because he'd been banned from driving for speeding AND towing a trailer above the specific limit!
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 05, 2016, 03:47:18 pm
I hope he slows down a bit, it'd be sad if the business was clobbered because he'd been banned from driving for speeding AND towing a trailer above the specific limit!

Just wondering if that makes him a faster modeller than Dizzyfugu?

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 06, 2016, 03:43:55 am
I hope he slows down a bit, it'd be sad if the business was clobbered because he'd been banned from driving for speeding AND towing a trailer above the specific limit!

Just wondering if that makes him a faster modeller than Dizzyfugu?

Gondor

NO-ONE'S that fast!  :o
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on August 06, 2016, 05:15:40 am
lol good story and too funny Alastair !
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 06, 2016, 04:23:19 pm
Actually managed to get a little work done tonight, just a little. Five minutes with a sanding stick and a similar amount cutting and sticking strips of plastic card together but its something, more during the day I hope  :-\

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 10, 2016, 11:18:22 am
Something positive happened this evening. I found my scaled ruler!

Months ago I put it down on the "computer table" and lost the b!00dy thing  :banghead: and after a long search which included moving lots of things in and around the area that I have found it in I had not seen sight nor sound of it. I am sure that most, if not all, of you have also been through similar experiences.

Now if only there was some way to find the money I spent on the Lottery without winning........

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on August 10, 2016, 11:41:37 am
It's crazy how often that happens.....hidden in plain sight !

 :unsure:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 10, 2016, 03:43:17 pm
Yep, been there too... months without something i really needed for sometime and then, when i din't need it anymore, found it near the spot where it was when it went missing... :banghead:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 11, 2016, 12:11:37 am
The thing that drives me crazy over these kind of situations is that I remember having the item while I was sat some where, but after that or where other than a general area that I may have placed an item and having looked in, on, over, under and through anything and everything in the vicinity I still cant find it  :banghead: of course when it turns up several months later, if at all, it is either almost in plain sight or no where near where you remember having the item  :banghead:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: zenrat on August 11, 2016, 01:44:17 am
It happens to me all the time.
What is worrying me is that one of the symptoms of the kind of Alzheimer's Terry Pratchett had is that you can't see things that are there in front of you.  Your eyes physically see them but your brain refuses to register they are there.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on August 11, 2016, 04:42:11 am
Sounds like you're living my home life nightmare  :thumbsup: At my work, in the shop, on the trucks, on the trailers, everything has a place and it has to be there or we're in for lost time, which cost money for crews, rig time, crane rentals, plant down time etc etc. But at home ? Anything goes ! Very frustrating.

 :banghead: :banghead:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 16, 2016, 09:35:36 am
Having recently won a set of 1/48 decals for an F4H-1 I decided that having the 1/72 scale conversion set might be a good idea. I know, I mentioned two usually incompatible kit sizes but I have a plan. See I know this man who is a whizz with making decals so I thought that if I send him the 1/48 scale decals he could resize and print them out in 1/72 as that is my scale of choice. I could later donate the decals to the F-4 SIG which I am a member of because the SIG leader usually builds in 1/48.
So while I was on the Hannants web site, where I saved the Falcon conversion set for purchase later, I thought I would check out the Shackleton Mk3 Phase 3 conversion set was in stock, abet only in small numbers, five at the time, so I purchased a set. Probably going to save the set when it arrives for any further release, probably by Revell of a modern tooling of a Mk3 Shackleton, I will already have the set ready to go rather than updating and detailing the old Frog kit and its 50,000 rivets et all.  :blink:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 17, 2016, 09:03:59 am
Yippee !!!!

Just found a feature of the forum that I like a lot  :thumbsup:

I have adjusted the time that the forum shows me so I don't have to do any mind bending maths to work out the time difference between the site and my own local time  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 27, 2016, 09:37:04 am
This doesn't fall into a stash or Library purchase but today I bought from Lidl a "Digital Angle Finder" which I think could find a lot of use when scratch building things or even when setting out angels. The shop also had Digital Calipers in stock too.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 27, 2016, 12:15:32 pm
What does a "Digital Angle Finder" look like and how does it work?
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on August 28, 2016, 06:46:26 am
I assume someone digitised a protractor ? Interested to know.

Lidl and Aldi can sometimes turn up some really useful bits and bobs  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: JayBee on August 28, 2016, 07:17:28 am
...and why would you want to be setting out angels.  :o
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on August 28, 2016, 07:21:49 am
...and why would you want to be setting out angels.  :o

Flippin' maths master made me write something very similar out about 500 times once at school - just because you get an e and a l in the wrong order  ;D
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 28, 2016, 08:47:23 am
Right, seeing how Kit asked nicely I thought I better show him the tool I bought from Lidl.

So here is the tool....
(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/Bits%20and%20Peices/Imgp6526_zpsrxqmhvoh.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/Bits%20and%20Peices/Imgp6526_zpsrxqmhvoh.jpg.html)

Switched on.....
(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/Bits%20and%20Peices/Imgp6527_zpstbwxteed.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/Bits%20and%20Peices/Imgp6527_zpstbwxteed.jpg.html)

At an angle
(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/Bits%20and%20Peices/Imgp6528_zpszhe6laas.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/Bits%20and%20Peices/Imgp6528_zpszhe6laas.jpg.html)

Reset to Zero which is useful to find the difference between two angles
(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/Bits%20and%20Peices/Imgp6529_zpszyanpez0.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/Bits%20and%20Peices/Imgp6529_zpszyanpez0.jpg.html)

The angle between the last picture and this one...
(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/Bits%20and%20Peices/Imgp6530_zpspug0j7uq.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/Bits%20and%20Peices/Imgp6530_zpspug0j7uq.jpg.html)

And back to the start, well almost. 0.1o out by me not the device.
(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/Bits%20and%20Peices/Imgp6531_zpsbm8igmic.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/Bits%20and%20Peices/Imgp6531_zpsbm8igmic.jpg.html)

And with the arms moving the other way.
(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/Bits%20and%20Peices/Imgp6532_zps8kvhv5nh.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/Bits%20and%20Peices/Imgp6532_zps8kvhv5nh.jpg.html)

Hope the pictures are informative. The tool comes with an instruction booklet, but really its so simple to use I haven't even looked at it.

Gondor

 
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 28, 2016, 11:57:50 am
That's an excellent piece of kit Alastair.  :thumbsup:

Thanks for the very explanatory pics, they show exactly what it does. I think I may get one of those, it looks very handy.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Captain Canada on August 30, 2016, 02:18:48 pm
That is pretty neat ! Might come in handy for real world projects as well.

Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on October 16, 2016, 08:16:14 am
Nothing major going on in life other than lots of things which are reducing my modelling time.

Yesterday I bought the New Airfix Spitfire Mk. Va. Just been comparing the sprues to those of the Airfix Mk,1/11a and found them to be identical!

The oil intake for the Mk V is on the same sprue as the two bladed propeller.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: The Wooksta! on October 16, 2016, 10:53:27 am
It would be identical - the IIa/VA boxing is a simple rebox and new decals release of the I/IIa kit.

I mentioned at the time the Ia/IIa came out that it was possible to do a Va from the kit, you just needed to supply the markings.  However...  The ailerons are the original fabric covered type and few Va aircraft had them before being fitted with metal ailerons.

It's also a decent basis for many of the early PR Spits, given that they preferred the Rotol prop.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: kitnut617 on October 16, 2016, 01:33:31 pm
What I like with the new tool Spits Airfix does, it seems the same guy is doing the masters. Wings from the Mk.22 will fit almost perfectly with the Mk.1 fuselage and vise-versa. As they should do in real life  ----
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on October 21, 2016, 03:30:04 am
So this morning I received in the post one of my top "must have" items. The Blackbird Avro Lincoln Conversion set to go with the Current Airfix Lancaster B.II which I purchased ages ago in preparation for getting my hands on the conversion set.

I do have in my stash a couple of Revell Lancaster's which I was originally going to use as a base kits to convert into the Lincoln and Manchester. However with the newer Airfix Lancaster kit available these kits have now no purpose, that was until I remember sing that someone posted something about the Centaurus engine being an option for the Manchester! So sometime this century I will modify the two Revell Lancaster's into Manchester's with different engine combinations, possibly with a couple of torpedoes in the bomb bay and in maritime strike colours?

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on October 21, 2016, 04:13:27 am
What's that Blackbird conversion set like please Alastair?

I have the Aeroclub conversion and it's mostly vacform and needs LOTS of work to the wings of the original Lanc to get the dihedral and taper correct. If the Blackbird version makes that easier I may invest in one as I've had a cunning plan for such a build for some time now....... ;)
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on October 23, 2016, 01:25:28 pm
What's that Blackbird conversion set like please Alastair?

I have the Aeroclub conversion and it's mostly vacform and needs LOTS of work to the wings of the original Lanc to get the dihedral and taper correct. If the Blackbird version makes that easier I may invest in one as I've had a cunning plan for such a build for some time now....... ;)

It looks fairly straight forward with the majority of the wing outside of the outboard engine being replacement resin parts. The fuselage extension, behind the wing, is supplied as a part for each fuselage side and all the cuts to add the new parts are on panel lines.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on October 23, 2016, 02:03:52 pm
Thanks, that sounds good to me.  :thumbsup:

I'll have a serious look at one at Telford, assuming someone's got one there.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: The Wooksta! on October 23, 2016, 02:41:37 pm
I suggest having a read through Woody's sublime build over on Britmodeller, which will be an invaluable source of information.

http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234973462-172-blackbird-lincoln-conversion-masks-off/
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on October 23, 2016, 03:00:11 pm
I suggest having a read through Woody's sublime build over on Britmodeller, which will be an invaluable source of information.

http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234973462-172-blackbird-lincoln-conversion-masks-off/

Thanks for the link Lee  :thumbsup:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on October 23, 2016, 05:14:35 pm
I suggest having a read through Woody's sublime build over on Britmodeller, which will be an invaluable source of information.

http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234973462-172-blackbird-lincoln-conversion-masks-off/

Blimey, that takes some reading, all 16 pages of it, but what a super source of info. Thanks very much Lee.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Thorvic on October 24, 2016, 07:54:57 am
Thanks, that sounds good to me.  :thumbsup:

I'll have a serious look at one at Telford, assuming someone's got one there.

Ask Glenn Ashley at Blackbird to keep one back for you as I think he's been restocked and they will be the only ones to have them at SMW.

G
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on October 24, 2016, 09:26:41 am
I decided to open up the sealed plastic bags of the Lincoln, decanting the contents into smaller seal-able plastic bags. I was slightly disappointed to find that the transparency for the mid-upper turret appears to be ridged/scored but its not a problem as the Shackleton used the same turret so I will use one from one of the two Airfix kits I have. The conversion set also has nothing at all for the rear turret and it is different from the types used by the Lancaster which were Frazer Nash types while the Lincoln used the Boulton Paul Type D as used on the HP Halifax VII's. There is also only one option for the radar aerial cover with the supplied one being a replacement for the Airfix part and no singe of the larger type used by the Lincoln. The rear turret and Radar cover are not a problem as I have a DB resins Lincoln conversion set in the stash which will donate the necessary parts. The main problem I found, and I have sent Blackbird an email, is that there were half the number of exhausts needed! Only four of either the shrouded or un shrouded types which would leave half the engines either empty or with the wrong type if used  :banghead:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on November 11, 2016, 10:06:21 am
Did I see a tread somewhere about the red arrows getting new aircraft?

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on November 12, 2016, 09:43:19 am
Did I see a tread somewhere about the red arrows getting new aircraft?

Gondor

As no one has responded to this I thought I might as well put up here what I was going to add to the thread....

Seen in a local superstore

(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/WP_20161105_12_54_18_Pro_zpsiscfst9x.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/WP_20161105_12_54_18_Pro_zpsiscfst9x.jpg.html)

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: DogfighterZen on November 12, 2016, 09:47:38 am
Well, haven't heard of anything related... the top one looks like the Typhoon but i can't see what the twin tailed one is... F-18? :unsure:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on November 15, 2016, 06:42:58 am
Did I see a tread somewhere about the red arrows getting new aircraft?

Gondor

Yes there is mate, can't remember where at the moment. When I spot it I'll post the link
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on November 15, 2016, 07:42:31 am
Did I see a tread somewhere about the red arrows getting new aircraft?

Gondor

Yes there is mate, can't remember where at the moment. When I spot it I'll post the link

Here you are mate

http://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php/topic,42968.0.html (http://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php/topic,42968.0.html)

Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on November 29, 2016, 08:26:28 am
Thought I would update my Blog only to find what I thought was it and it had been moved to the Current and Finished Projects folder. Gondors Rambellings rather than the Grumblings which is this the blog.  :banghead: True I don't post a lot about what goes on in my life as it's private, but this time I was going to do so.

No modelling done for months, sort of coincided with my working permanent nights. Well not any more. I had started to get stressed from a combination of issues to do with my work and last night as I started off on the forty odd minute journey I realised that I was suffering from stress and that the only sensible thing I could do which would solve the problem, after mulling all the possibilities around in my head, was to quit my job. So a change of direction on the motorway and I was at my girlfriends. Lots of hugs and sympathy later and a strong cup of tea I made the call to the acting supervisor.
This morning I have been to the Dr's and I am the owner of a sick line for two weeks, the company I got the job through have also been informed and I have asked them for contact details for their other offices to see if they have any work for me that is closer to home and days only. Still forward thinking, I popped into Triage, a company doing what the Job Centres used to do, help people find a job, where I talked to a couple of the staff I got to know quite well. In fact it's possible that I will have a job interview tomorrow!
Not all doom and gloom and maybe, just maybe I will do something with some plastic in the future.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: DogfighterZen on November 29, 2016, 12:34:50 pm
Good to hear things are looking up! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on December 01, 2016, 02:25:29 am
Well I got a phone call just after nine this morning. I start on Monday at 7:30am which might be a little difficult for the first few days starting that early but I will get used to it I'm sure.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: zenrat on December 01, 2016, 03:32:22 am
7:30 start?  That's a sleep in.

Well done and good luck.

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on December 01, 2016, 04:51:47 am
7:30 start?  That's a sleep in.

Well done and good luck.

 :thumbsup:

It's all a matter of perspective. No changing between nights and days to do and I will get a social life or at least the ability to have one  :-\

Hopefully it might start my modelling again, I appear to be more stop than go with that.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on December 01, 2016, 06:11:50 am
7:30 start?  That's a sleep in.

Well done and good luck.

 :thumbsup:

Ditto to both.  :thumbsup:

I used to get into the office at 6.00 so I could get some real work done before the phone/email started  :banghead:. It was so, so much easier when communications had to be done via the mail. People only bothered to contact you once they had really thought about it themselves.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: TheChronicOne on December 01, 2016, 09:50:45 am
 :drink: :cheers: :party:


Hell yeah!!! Alright!  That's cool, G!  Good news, for sure...    :lol:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: kerick on December 02, 2016, 07:15:30 pm
7:30 start?  That's a sleep in.

Well done and good luck.

 :thumbsup:

Ditto to both.  :thumbsup:

I used to get into the office at 6.00 so I could get some real work done before the phone/email started  :banghead:. It was so, so much easier when communications had to be done via the mail. People only bothered to contact you once they had really thought about it themselves.

I loved the e-mails from the person 10 feet away instead of just speaking to me. "But we need a paper trail" was the excuse.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on December 03, 2016, 05:14:36 am

I loved the e-mails from the person 10 feet away instead of just speaking to me. "But we need a paper trail" was the excuse.

Had that happen a couple of times, but luckily I was in a position to "have a word"  ;D

Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: zenrat on December 04, 2016, 02:55:20 am
That happened to me when they promoted someone from within our group to manage it.  He received no management training and tried to remain our mate but be our boss at the same time.  Didn't work and he stopped speaking to us and sent e-mails instead - from a desk 3 feet away.

Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on December 10, 2016, 03:38:58 pm
I had an enjoyable day in Glasgow today, did some shopping for presents for the other half so she was not present.  :rolleyes:

I met Jaybee and received some loot from him from Lee which was in exchange for kits bought for Lee when Home Bargains were selling some Airfix kits cheap.

While in Glasgow I met up with Joe Cherrie and was shows how inventive he can be when he made a fin stabilised pc!  :o

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: The Wooksta! on December 11, 2016, 09:43:06 am
One of the Vampires has a pair of car door Typhoon canopies and doors.  Found the relevant Falcon sets.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Thorvic on December 11, 2016, 10:21:01 am
One of the Vampires has a pair of car door Typhoon canopies and doors.  Found the relevant Falcon sets.

Hmmn look different on Vampire T11  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on December 11, 2016, 10:30:31 am
One of the Vampires has a pair of car door Typhoon canopies and doors.  Found the relevant Falcon sets.

Yes there was Lee and thank you very much for them  :thumbsup:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on December 16, 2016, 06:45:10 am
   Well what an up and down month this has been. Having quit one job and then started another job the following week I am now forced to look for yet another job after having been laid off!

Apparently too many bodies and not enough work and as I was the last person in I'm the first person to go out!

A disappointment considering the time of year and the prospects of getting employment within the next week, i.e. nil or as good as!

At least being laid off means I am entitled to all the job seekers benefits if required.

To add to that, next Friday I will be travelling to Chesterfield in Derbyshire to go to a funeral with my girlfriend. As that's in the afternoon we plan to do the whole trip there and back in the one day.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on December 16, 2016, 06:49:46 am
Sorry to hear that mate. Best of luck with the search in2017
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: TheChronicOne on December 16, 2016, 05:44:07 pm
Yes.. that's a bummer, man.  I know the roller coaster feels of this type of thing so I sympathize. It's nerve wracking.

I concur with my esteemed fellow board member.. Best of luck with the renewed search. 
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on December 17, 2016, 02:22:19 pm
While out shopping today I found this....

(http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy47/Gondor44/WP_20161217_12_19_19_Pro_zpsf7yeotig.jpg) (http://s776.photobucket.com/user/Gondor44/media/WP_20161217_12_19_19_Pro_zpsf7yeotig.jpg.html)

At only 17 I thought some other members might find it a help for moving large quantities of boxes between their vehicle and venues. Available from Lidl until part way through the week or until stocks run out.

On a modelling note, I have decided to use my AlleyCat Shackleton T4 conversion set to build a Shackleton MR1A. The major difference is the turret then there must be aerial and air scoops that are different but for the main I should have no problem using the Airfix Shackleton for the conversion which the kit is designed for.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: The Wooksta! on December 17, 2016, 04:18:08 pm
I've been considering a Shackleton E.1 - an ELINT MR1 - with 198 sqn.  More room for lots of radio gear and bulky black boxes.  Mind, I've yet to do the ELINT York I had planned.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Martin H on December 17, 2016, 04:21:57 pm

On a modelling note, I have decided to use my AlleyCat Shackleton T4 conversion set to build a Shackleton MR1A. The major difference is the turret then there must be aerial and air scoops that are different but for the main I should have no problem using the Airfix Shackleton for the conversion which the kit is designed for.

Gondor

I understand that Allycat are intending on doing a dedicated MR1 set at some point. By the sounds of it maybe just a relabeling exercise.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on December 18, 2016, 01:02:17 am

I understand that Allycat are intending on doing a dedicated MR1 set at some point. By the sounds of it maybe just a relabeling exercise.


I will drop them a line to see what's going to be different, unless they are going to make it the prototype with the forward armament and rear turret.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: TheChronicOne on December 18, 2016, 12:34:06 pm
That dolly is a steal!!  Fold up and all...  I wish I had two or three... 
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on December 28, 2016, 02:14:21 am
I'm probably going to start yet another build which end up never getting built or started but no further. It will involve an Airfix Valiant, a B2 conversion set and the Airfix B(PR) conversion set for the valiant, lots of plastic and a tail turret TsrJoe gave me last time I saw him, oh and plastic card to extend the wingspan by a scale eighteen feet!

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 28, 2016, 05:19:40 am
I'm probably going to start yet another build which end up never getting built or started but no further. It will involve an Airfix Valiant, a B2 conversion set and the Airfix B(PR) conversion set for the valiant, lots of plastic and a tail turret TsrJoe gave me last time I saw him, oh and plastic card to extend the wingspan by a scale eighteen feet!

Gondor

NOW you're talking Alastair!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on December 28, 2016, 08:24:10 am
I'm probably going to start yet another build which end up never getting built or started but no further. It will involve an Airfix Valiant, a B2 conversion set and the Airfix B(PR) conversion set for the valiant, lots of plastic and a tail turret TsrJoe gave me last time I saw him, oh and plastic card to extend the wingspan by a scale eighteen feet!

Gondor

NOW you're talking Alastair!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

I thought you might be interested by that Kit.  ;D

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on December 29, 2016, 12:06:20 pm
I was thinking of starting this build this evening, however when my girlfriend and I visited her mum we found her laying on the floor in her living room so have spent all of the afternoon getting her to the local hospital and then making sure we knew what was going to happen.
She is being kept in for at least tonight, worse was to follow as someone managed to hack my girlfriends Amazon account and order a camera lens, something that she did not do or want so today has not been the greatest and tomorrow will not be much better chasing up the problems and getting them fixed.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: kerick on December 29, 2016, 07:42:57 pm
Close the account or they will just keep doing it. If it had a credit card number attached to it cancel the card too.
Hope your gf's mom gets better soon.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on December 30, 2016, 02:20:53 am
Yup, hope the girl friend's mum is o.k.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on December 30, 2016, 02:31:44 pm
She's ok but not 100% as they are keeping her in. She was moved to a normal ward early this afternoon but they are trying to increase her Blood/Oxygen level as that is low and trying to sort out her rattling cough! Best of luck with that one NHS as she has been a smoker for well over sixty years which is probably the root cause of both the problems they are looking at.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: kerick on December 30, 2016, 03:43:45 pm
So true..
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 30, 2016, 04:18:16 pm
That's what caused Mrs_PR19's heart and lung problems. She has only 25% capacity to shift oxygen from her lungs to her blood now, and has to check her oxygen level 5-6 times a day. 90% is considered good enough, but sometimes she's down to 85% in the mornings.

Hope your girlfriend's Mum has as good a set of medics as Mrs_PR19 has.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on December 31, 2016, 03:20:30 pm
Update on the girlfriends mum: Still in hospital until the middle of the week depending on how well she reacts to the antibiotics to clear a chest infection she has.

Modelling wise I am a bit pissed off as I received what I was expecting to be an Airfix Beagle Bassett only to find it was a load of off cuts and part started vac-form parts and not the Airfix model. A request for a repayment of money has been started.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on January 04, 2017, 08:21:41 am
I'm going to break this posting into three parts. My girlfriends mum's health etc, Work, or rather lack of and Modelling. Keeping the good part to last  ;D

So its almost a week since my girlfriend and I went to do her weekly shopping only to find her laying on the floor of her living room. She is now at the stage of being seen by the physiotherapist and occupational therapist before anything else happens, however she has lost confidence in her ability to move herself around using the sticks she usually uses. It's looking more likely that they are going to recommend a care home than someone popping in to see her twice a day but we will see what they say.

Work, or rather the lack of it is a problem but also a bit of a blessing as I can help my girlfriend visit her mum and do odd bits of shopping as required. Ironically I have applied for a job with a company that maintains/repairs/installs equipment for disabled/elderly people.

Modelling wise the first item on this posting has meant that I am staying at the girlfriends a lot more than normal, although that's nice I can't do modelling there as her cat is not trained as mine were to leave my modelling stuff alone. The girlfriend might want to pince the glues and paints anyway seeing that she is into crafting. Still got several ideas on the go and some which I wish I had written down as remembering what I was doing with a build or two just is not happening  :banghead:

Gondor
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Post by: Gondor on January 20, 2017, 01:48:56 pm
Thought it time for an update here. My girlfriends mum passed away last Saturday night so I have been mainly busy helping her deal with this.

I have done a very, very small amount of modelling in the past couple of weeks though. Mostly planning a couple of builds but I have actually started a build which will be something of a departure for me as its a weapon rather than an aircraft or tank.

My idea for the Soviet Group Build, under the Reporting name of Fireguard, will involve an old KP aircraft and some scratch building as the extra parts I wish to add are not easy for me to get hold of and if I scratch build them I can do them any size I wish.

Gondor
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Post by: PR19_Kit on January 20, 2017, 03:32:18 pm
Oh dear Alastair, that's sad news.

Mrs_PR19 and I are thinking of both of you , and hope that gives you strength.
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Post by: DogfighterZen on January 20, 2017, 03:44:11 pm
Sad news indeed, my condolences.
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Post by: TheChronicOne on January 20, 2017, 03:55:09 pm
 :-\  Man, I'm sorry to hear that.  Condolences and all my best to yous guys both.
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Post by: kitnut617 on January 20, 2017, 04:16:58 pm
My condolences to you both too ---
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Post by: kerick on January 20, 2017, 05:42:05 pm
As well from me also.
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Post by: Steel Penguin on January 21, 2017, 01:56:42 am
as above,  my condolences to both of you.
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Post by: NARSES2 on January 21, 2017, 04:25:29 am
Yup, condolences to the pair of you.
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Post by: JayBee on January 21, 2017, 06:25:16 am
Deepest condolences to you both.

Jim and Grace.
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Post by: Glenn Gilbertson on January 21, 2017, 09:43:19 am
Sorry about your news - condolences & best wishes to you both.
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Post by: zenrat on January 22, 2017, 02:35:52 am
Not an easy time.  I feel for you both.
Personally I find modelling takes my mind off things.  I hope if does for you and that you can get to your bench.
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Post by: Gondor on January 22, 2017, 04:39:29 am
Thanks everyone for your kind messages, they are much appreciated.

Modelling is not much of an option at the moment as Susan and I live separately and most of my time is being spent with her helping to clear out anything useful from her mothers house. Doesn't stop me thinking about various existing or projected projects though.

Such a project being for the Soviet Group Build, the MiG-13 "Fireguard" will be my main entry though I may try to build another from the start, build and finish off another that I have that would fit but is probably ineligible as it has been started already although I don't remember to what extent so I will have to dig it out of the stash to see how much is done or if I can transfer the decals to an un-started boxing of the same aircraft.

Gondor
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Post by: Gondor on January 27, 2017, 10:37:07 am
Now sitting and relaxing at Susan's after the funeral of her mother earlier today. Everything went well although we are eating sausage rolls and sandwiches for our evening meal as not many people went for tea after the service. The collection was for Cancer Research as Cancer has affected two members of her family in the past.

I should be getting back far more into my modelling in the coming weeks so expect an increase in my postings in the future.

Gondor
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Post by: PR19_Kit on January 27, 2017, 02:06:19 pm
Glad it went well Alastair, such occasions are usually difficult for everyone.
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Post by: NARSES2 on January 28, 2017, 03:08:15 am
Yup glad it went as well as could be expected Alastair
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Post by: Gondor on January 28, 2017, 03:17:33 am
Thanks guys from both of us

Gondor
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Post by: The Rat on January 28, 2017, 08:18:01 pm
I hate going to funerals. But, if you do it right, they can be an absolute joy to return from. You meet old acquaintances, renew old friendships, meet new friends, remember the good times, and relive past experiences. Tears and laughter are cathartic, and lives well lived are lives well remembered.

Take care.
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Post by: Gondor on January 29, 2017, 03:24:37 am
The thing is that I hardly knew anyone there as its her side of the family. It went well though with the only thing to spoil things was her brothers partner laughing too loudly when we were having tea afterwards.

Gondor
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Post by: Gondor on February 03, 2017, 09:10:27 am
Life can change a bit in a week. Not only have I finally got money out of DWP, but I now have two job interviews!  :o

Gondor
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Post by: JayBee on February 03, 2017, 09:18:48 am
YEH! Good on yer, Alistair.
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Post by: TheChronicOne on February 03, 2017, 09:30:34 am
Nice!!!! Glad to hear that.
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Post by: PR19_Kit on February 03, 2017, 10:15:38 am
That's good news Alastair, nice one.   :thumbsup:
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Post by: Gondor on February 03, 2017, 10:27:34 am
This is the same kind of thing that happened to me about six or seven months ago. Get interviews for two jobs, both a week and a half apart so I can start one job before I go to the second job interview then I can pick and chose over the two if I get offered the second job. The first is a dead easy job watching machines in a water bottling plant which should be a formality to start while the second one is for a company that distributes mobility hardware.

Gondor
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Post by: DogfighterZen on February 03, 2017, 10:37:48 am
Good luck for both! :thumbsup:
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Post by: TheChronicOne on February 03, 2017, 10:55:13 am
Hey, that baby sittin' machines sounds like something I'd enjoy. My days of ditch digging and toting bricks and all that mess are OVER.  Give me the boring and mundane. 

Best of luck, for sure, and it's good to know you have options with the two proposals. I had an option like that about 4 years ago and chose the WRONG one.  ;D
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Post by: NARSES2 on February 04, 2017, 04:56:28 am
Yup, best of luck with the interviews mate  :thumbsup:
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Post by: kerick on February 04, 2017, 12:05:09 pm
Check out the company as best you can to make sure they have plenty of work to do. Some time they hire for a short term project then let people go when it's over.
Plus is there future in the industry.
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Post by: Gondor on February 07, 2017, 09:47:57 am
Well yesterday went well. I am signed up to work for an agency which provides workers for the local bottled water company.

Beats me why people buy the stuff when you pay for perfectly good stuff out of the tap  :blink:  however if it gives me a job then I'm not going to complain.

No idea when I will get a call to actually start working, it could be tomorrow morning or in two weeks time and there is no way to tell either  :banghead:

In the meantime I will simply get on with life as best I can.

Gondor
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Post by: JayBee on February 07, 2017, 11:15:18 am
Good on yer Alistair, hope it works out.

As to why people buy the bottled stuff?
Well in this country, I believe that they are the victims of advertising, who think they will look more "Cool" by having the bottled water.
There are however some places in the world, not that few or far away, where if you are not born and bred to the local stuff you are well advised to drink only bottled.
Been there done it and a few times felt sick!

Also if you are buying bottled in one of those places, if you happen to find something from Scotland you do get that "Warm Fuzzy Feeling" of satisfaction.

Jim
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Post by: PR19_Kit on February 07, 2017, 11:39:22 am
Sounds promising Alastair, I hope they actually find some work for you.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: zenrat on February 08, 2017, 01:14:41 am
...There are however some places in the world, not that few or far away, where if you are not born and bred to the local stuff you are well advised to drink only bottled.
Been there done it and a few times felt sick!...

Yes, i've also been to Bath... ;D

All the best Gondor.  Hopefully you get enough work to pay well but still leave time for whiffing.
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Post by: Gondor on February 08, 2017, 03:54:47 am
The shift work at the water company is four days followed by four days off with four night after that and another four days off before starting the whole lot again. I like the sound of that as its varied and not too long for anything, days, night or time off.

I'm just a little worried about being contacted as the agency tried to contact me previously but failed.

Gondor
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Post by: NARSES2 on February 08, 2017, 07:07:32 am
Yup, best of luck Alastair.

As for bottled water ? I agree with you and can't see the point here in the U.K. As said it's just fashion.

However I can remember going to the continent in the 50's as a nipper and we used to laugh at them having to use bottled water rather than trust their tap water. Oh how the world changes  :banghead:
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Post by: Gondor on February 09, 2017, 05:17:10 pm
Just spent a couple of hours going through my Blog in the hope of finding out some information about a build I was thinking of doing since I found the kit I was going to use. An all white F-4 in RAF markings which I think is to be a C/D version going by some of the messages I have looked at.

So many things to do and not enough time to do them all. My modelling Mojo is definitely in the ascendancy at the moment.

One thing that reading all my old ramblings has done, its meant that some of the ideas I have had for builds are now written down on a word document on my desktop rather than stuck away on the site.

I see an awful lot of building in my future

Gondor
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Post by: NARSES2 on February 10, 2017, 06:58:44 am

One thing that reading all my old ramblings has done, its meant that some of the ideas I have had for builds are now written down on a word document on my desktop rather than stuck away on the site.



Yup I keep a notebook by the side of my armchair so that I can jot down any random ideas I have
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Post by: PR19_Kit on February 10, 2017, 08:11:59 am

One thing that reading all my old ramblings has done, its meant that some of the ideas I have had for builds are now written down on a word document on my desktop rather than stuck away on the site.



Yup I keep a notebook by the side of my armchair so that I can jot down any random ideas I have

I do that on my laptop, and open a new folder in the 'Model Stuff' main folder with pics and notes on any new project. So far I have 171 folders in there.............  :o
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Post by: zenrat on February 10, 2017, 09:12:01 pm
I have a spreadsheet on which I enter each addition to my stash along with any build plans.
Then, when i've built the kit I look back at the entry and think "so that's what I was going to do with it"...
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Post by: PR19_Kit on February 11, 2017, 06:03:21 am

I have a spreadsheet on which I enter each addition to my stash along with any build plans.
Then, when i've built the kit I look back at the entry and think "so that's what I was going to do with it"...


That's VERY organised!  :o

I believe that OGL does the same thing, and I have the software to do that as well, but as I had well over 1000 kits in The Loft when I got the software the workload to enter them all would have meant I'd never do any modelling!
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Post by: Pellson on February 11, 2017, 07:18:54 am

I have a spreadsheet on which I enter each addition to my stash along with any build plans.
Then, when i've built the kit I look back at the entry and think "so that's what I was going to do with it"...


That's VERY organised!  :o

I believe that OGL does the same thing, and I have the software to do that as well, but as I had well over 1000 kits in The Loft when I got the software the workload to enter them all would have meant I'd never do any modelling!

I'm using MS Excel. There is database enough in that to cope with my needs. Apart from manufacturer/art.no I also log target, i.e what my plans are/were for that specific kit. Also scale, and where appropriate what kind of progress the kit is in. I have long since given up on completing one kit before starting another. I just go where lust takes me (a strategy that has worked unbelievably well in other parts of my life too..  😉)

I actually set this sheet up last spring when decked thoroughly after surgery. Shuffling models and logging was about all I had the energy to do. Took a few days, though - I found almost 1100 kits. On the upside - I got around to sell of a solid bunch, now hovering on just below 800. Of which I probably won't build half due to normal life expectancy..🙄
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Post by: Gondor on February 11, 2017, 07:31:58 am
I have a spreadsheet on which I enter each addition to my stash along with any build plans.
Then, when i've built the kit I look back at the entry and think "so that's what I was going to do with it"...

Funnily enough I have come across that problem when starting my 6 Sqn Moby Dick (http://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php/topic,43363.msg757771.html#new)

I was thinking, where does the Hasegawa F-4E nose come from  :unsure:, especially when I found one that I had already mutilated to allow conversion to a Fujimi F-4M  :banghead:

Gondor
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Post by: zenrat on February 12, 2017, 02:59:57 am

I have a spreadsheet on which I enter each addition to my stash along with any build plans.
Then, when i've built the kit I look back at the entry and think "so that's what I was going to do with it"...


That's VERY organised!  :o...

You'd think so wouldn't you?
However the system falls down when I either forget to add new stuff or forget to move a kit from the "stash" sheet to the "built" sheet when I finish it.

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Post by: DogfighterZen on February 12, 2017, 06:59:55 am

I have a spreadsheet on which I enter each addition to my stash along with any build plans.
Then, when i've built the kit I look back at the entry and think "so that's what I was going to do with it"...


That's VERY organised!  :o...

You'd think so wouldn't you?
However the system falls down when I either forget to add new stuff or forget to move a kit from the "stash" sheet to the "built" sheet when I finish it.



I really find Scalemates very useful for that purpose, that's how i found out i had more than 100 kits in my stash... ;D
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Post by: Pellson on February 12, 2017, 08:01:16 am

You'd think so wouldn't you?
However the system falls down when I either forget to add new stuff or forget to move a kit from the "stash" sheet to the "built" sheet when I finish it.

...and that's why I keep everything on one sheet, recoding it along the process. That way I can select "show all" and not lose sight of anything.

All this said - the only reason this works is probably because I build so slowly that I easily can keep up..  🙄
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Post by: Gondor on February 12, 2017, 05:15:13 pm
Not much to add here other than on Sunday I managed to get my first Quarter Peal of the year successfully rung at my local church, not that I go there for anything other than the bell ringing.

Modelling wise I managed to get some construction work done of my C-16B and added as well as removed filler on both the Tempest 1B and Single seat Firefly. In the last couple of days I have also managed to adjust the fuselage join on my MB5 so once the seam has been tidied up I will be sorting out the propeller and wing to fuselage pinning.

Gondor
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Post by: Gondor on February 19, 2017, 10:14:00 am
Seams!

I always seem to have problems with seams  :banghead:

Recently it was the first of my AZ models M.B.5 kits. at least two, and probably three attempts at getting both fuselage half's to fit well on all the joint surfaces after I had got the fore aft alignment out  :banghead: A couple of attempts later and I gave up having got "close enough" that a small amount of filler would help the situation and my sanity.

Next my Roden VC-10 which is to be the C-18B. Looks great on the top and the forward fuselage is good on the underside as well. However when you go further back all is not quite right! What does not help is that the tail cone will not fit as either the internal diameter of the cone is too small, or, the locating step at the rear of the fuselage is too large. Couple that with the fact that there are only two locating pins, one at the nose of the fuselage and one at the rear and I am very lucky that I have go so much of the fuselage to line up in the first place!
I think I will split the rear of the fuselage open and then attempt to realign it again with a reduced size step for locating the tail cone. Then perhaps a lay down in a darkened room for a while.

Gondor
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Post by: PR19_Kit on February 19, 2017, 11:49:41 am
I think you're not alone with the seams issue on the MB5 Alastair, my Monsoooooon was just the same and needed lots of 'adjustment' and PSR to clean up the surfaces. I had it easy as I re-did the entire upper fuselage of course, and you can't do that to a stock airframe.
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Post by: NARSES2 on February 20, 2017, 07:17:06 am
To be honest I didn't have much of a problem with my MB5 but then also to be honest perhaps (more likely probably) my level of expectation is not as high as yours ? I get to the point where I have to balance enjoyment and achieving a better seam and enjoyment wins I'm afraid. Perhaps it's because I was an office wallah and never really good with my hands....ask my old metal work master  ;)
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Post by: Gondor on February 20, 2017, 10:00:21 am
The seam issues seem to be sorted now on both the M.B. 5 and the VC10. Got bored this afternoon so I started another build. As if I don;t have enough started or in progress at the moment. This time its an AWACS, an early concept version with TF34's rather than TF33's under the wings.

Gondor
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Post by: Gondor on February 23, 2017, 08:50:01 am
I am thinking if building a late Mk1 Hawker Hurricane but am unsure if Airfix, my preferred choice of purchase, make a non rag wing Mk1? Can anyone help?

Gondor
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Post by: PR19_Kit on February 23, 2017, 10:39:41 am
They did at one stage Alastair, but not as well detailed as the fabric winged version.

I planned to use some metal wings of one for my stalled 'Turricane', but I never got as far as attaching the wings to the fuselage.
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Post by: Gondor on February 23, 2017, 11:16:31 am
Would converting a Mk XII wing to eight guns work? If so I could swap around parts from the "Operation Torch" set to build a connon armed vrsion from the box and use the spare wings for the Mk 1, or would I be wrong in thinking this is workable?

Gondor
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Post by: PR19_Kit on February 23, 2017, 12:14:06 pm
Why not?

That's what Hawker did in reverse to make the Mk XII anyway, and it's a lot easier to just leave four guns out from a plastic one.  ;D
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Post by: Gondor on February 23, 2017, 03:21:59 pm
Why not?

That's what Hawker did in reverse to make the Mk XII anyway, and it's a lot easier to just leave four guns out from a plastic one.  ;D

Because I don't know Hurricanes as well as some others may  :-\

I did look through my Modellers Data File on the Hurricane and it looks fairly easy but time will tell. Now to get me some 303 Sqn markings so I can replace the the old Revell kit which still has its "globe" stand.

*Edit*  After a little research I have come to the conclution that I could perform a little Lease-Lend to the USSR for the aircraft in the Operation Torch box, naimly the Firey Swordfish, could be sent to the USSR for anti Submarine operations along the Baltic Coast, thus enabeling me to enter another build into that particular Group Build  ;D


Gondor
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Post by: Gondor on February 28, 2017, 05:16:20 pm
Not been doing much modelling other than coming up with ideas or sorting out stuff for ideas due to my private life getting a bit more hectic.

One idea that I am proceeding with is to take the idea I had with A little Rhinoplasty (http://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php/topic,39452.msg653045.html#msg653045) which showed the subject aircraft as it entered service. I am expanding on the idea with A little Rhinoplasty Pt2 (http://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php/topic,43375.msg757835.html#msg757835) which will show the same aircraft in the last years of its service live.

As both the models in the above builds are the same aircraft at different times in its life, I realised that I could "ring the changes" with RAF F-4M camouflage and configurations and produce a third option, again in Grey/Green/Grey but with Tactical Red/Blue roundels and fin flash and the RWR fin top as well. So after a quick search to find out what XV462 did after it left 17 Squadron I found that it appears to have served out it's time with 92 Squadron including in the Grey/Grey with pale blue/red roundels. However in my version of events that part of it's life changes after getting a major update/refit which of course is covered in  A little Rhinoplasty Pt2 (http://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php/topic,43375.msg757835.html#msg757835).

Modeldecal happen to have the Grey/Green/Grey but with Tactical Red/Blue roundels and fin flash and the RWR fin top option I wanted in set 64 which will only need the last two digits of the serial number changed to represent XV462 machine so jobs a good 'un especially when I realise I can use a Fujimi F-4K to make an F-4M as I will be replacing most of my real world F-4K/M builds with the new Airfix kit once that comes out.

Gondor
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Post by: Gondor on March 17, 2017, 12:15:47 pm
Not been doing much modelling again, just the odd bit here or there. Progress is slowly being made on My Tempest Mk1. Undercarriage is on and the aircraft itself has been painted. It still needs a few corrections and touch ups on the camouflage as well as details added such as the whip aerial and pitot tube with the windscreen almost ready to be attached too.

I have also started work on the current Airfix Swordfish with the idea of adding that to the Soviet Group build. No reporting name as they were not in service for long.

Tempted to start work on even more builds such as the Sea Typhoon, that's the Hawker P.1009 Sea Typhoon, not the Bae Navalised Typhoon.

Bell ringing has been busy for me this week too. Two quarter peels in two days! The first was ringing treble for a set of doubles methods while the second was ringing cover for Plain Bob Trippels.

Talking of which, off to my local bell tower for practice night.

Gondor
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Post by: TheChronicOne on March 17, 2017, 07:37:02 pm
Wait.. hold on.. Bell ringing?  I don't pretend for a second to understand them words you were speaking there at the end, although, they reminded me of music terminology. Are you tasked with ringing a bell in a church tower or something? A band?  I know there are actual bells and then "bells" which was like a keyboard xylaphone ish thing (that I've actually played many years ago).

Or am I yet again thinking way too much for my own good?

In the case that I'm somewhat on target, I'd like to mention the local church about 3/4 mile away.  Used to be it was done by hand but I learned in recent years that now it's all electronic somehow and the bells that would go off on the hours are now automated and even when they play music (at noon I guess, or whatever) that was all automated now. Come to think of it... I haven't heard these in about 5 years...    :-\ :-\       I hadn't even thought about it until now but hearing the bells and hearing the "music"-bells at noon was always pleasant and now I'm realizing I haven't heard it in years.

Oh yeah, and... models and stuff.....     ;D
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Post by: Gondor on March 18, 2017, 07:35:05 am
The Keyboard/Xylophone is a Carillon and uses the movement of a key or other means to cause a hammer to strike the side of a bell. This allows tunes to be played as long as the music key of the tune fits the notes that the bells are is as they are fixed in note and pitch. Clock chimes such as Hour, half hour and quarter hours use the same method.

In some churches, loud speakers will play recorded chimes for the hours and other quarters making it appear that they have active bells as they system can be far cheaper than repairing an existing set of bells and their frame, a lack of people to ring the bells can also be a factor or indeed a minister/priest etc who dislikes bells could also be a cause for proper bells not being rung.

"Proper Bell Ringing", which I do is more that a bell hung on the gable end of a church with a rope attached to it. That kind of bell can only be chimed. A reasonable explanation of "Proper Bell Ringing" can be found here (https://www.sacr.org/). I have only recently gotten back into bell ringing, 18 months ago, after a thirty year break and I am now progressing in capability at a steady pace learning new methods reasonably regularly.

Gondor
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Post by: TheChronicOne on March 18, 2017, 08:06:35 am
Man, that's just straight up cool!  Fascinating stuff.... glad you got back to it and are progressing. Kind of reminds me of model building how I got back into THAT. Renewed interest and all that... can't beat it.

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Post by: Gondor on March 18, 2017, 09:37:08 am
Man, that's just straight up cool!  Fascinating stuff.... glad you got back to it and are progressing. Kind of reminds me of model building how I got back into THAT. Renewed interest and all that... can't beat it.

Thanks

Gondor
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Post by: zenrat on March 18, 2017, 10:09:46 pm
It's a real art and it's fascinating to watch.
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Post by: Gondor on March 20, 2017, 12:37:42 pm
Rather pissed off at the moment as bing appears to have totally taken over all search functions on my PC! This means I cant use Google to do image searches which is what I prefer to do when looking for a lot of reference material  :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: JayBee on March 20, 2017, 12:51:31 pm
Alistair, get Firefox and set it as your default browser.
That is what I have and I have no problems like you are having at the moment.

Jim
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on March 20, 2017, 01:37:41 pm
Alistair, get Firefox and set it as your default browser.
That is what I have and I have no problems like you are having at the moment.

Jim

Jim, I am using Firefox and it is my default browser, that's what's getting me mad about it  :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on March 29, 2017, 07:47:02 am
Well I eventually got rid of bing from Firefox and google is now my default search engine, mainly because it really works well for me when looking for images. My PC has also decided that it will recognise and talk to my Microsoft Windows 10 phone again after showing an MTP Device error for a few weeks  :unsure:

Anyway, I am really hoping that in a couple of days time I have good news on the job front, I was one of two people being interviewed for a job, some distance away from home but with good pay  :thumbsup:  which if I get the job means I will be at Telford this year.

Modelling wise I keep moving from one build to another and never finishing anything. The latest distractions are a possible P.1009 Sea Typhoon and a P.1027 Eagle powered Tempest.
Its annoying when I keep coming up with ideas and never finishing any of them especially when building for Group Builds as I invariably never finish anything for them  :banghead:

I think part of the problem is that I like organising the parts needed for a build, then over time as the build progresses the accumulation of parts finishes and its all hard graft  :-\

Anyway, I think I will attempt the P.1027 as a scratch built conversion because talking about it here has helped make up my mind to build it, more fool me for makeing a rod for my back, again  :banghead:

Gondor

Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: TheChronicOne on March 29, 2017, 10:59:24 am
Good luck with the job bit! Glad you got some computer probs ironed out, too, that stuff can be maddening....


As for the rest, I've been mentioning here and there in various places that we need a "clear the bench" group build (with loose rules) so we can muster up motivation to get things done. Once our current GB is over with and once I am done with a couple other things I'm going to do my own personal "clear the bench" month (or week, or whatever) and maybe I can get some of the rest of yas to join me.   ;) ;)
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on March 30, 2017, 06:44:16 am
Yup, best of luck with the job mate  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on April 05, 2017, 03:23:22 pm
Well with NOT having heard anything about the job I really am interested in so applied for another which is far closer and at least the same wage, but shift work and dirtier and nosier, I phoned the agency that contacted me about the job in Livingstone. It sounds as if I effectively have the job but the company has been checking a few things about the job with another agency as they have been worried that I might bet bored :unsure: I did give feedback that will get passed onto the company which should also help improve my chances of ensuring I get that job. In the mean time I just keep plodding along doing the odd bit of modelling every now and again.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on April 06, 2017, 06:12:27 am
Intriguing, best of luck mate
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 04, 2017, 03:35:25 pm
Thought I had better update this a bit seeing the last post was a month ago.

Scottish Nationals were last weekend, I think next year I will be booking into a B&B at getting up early in the morning to travel up to Perth is starting to get a bet too much.

My build rate is going to drop again. Yes I know its difficult to go slower than I usually do but I got the job I was after in Livingstone so my days are filled with work and the evening are filled with me recovering from the early start to my day. The main points are that its permanent days which gives me a social life and daylight, its only 37 1/2 hours per week and the pay is quite good too  ;D  So now I am in gainful employ which means I can buy things on a more frequent basis. Rather tempted by some Eduard Spitfires at the moment but we shall have to wait and see.

Gondor the gainfully employed
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on May 05, 2017, 05:39:31 am
Good news about the job mate, well done  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: TheChronicOne on May 06, 2017, 04:03:56 am
Nice, bro!!!   That's some good stuff and what a relief, huh! 
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: zenrat on May 06, 2017, 04:14:43 am
Good news.
I really must get my finger out and find something with more hours.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: DogfighterZen on May 06, 2017, 06:27:52 pm
Good stuff indeed, congrats on the job! :cheers:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: McColm on May 07, 2017, 01:12:17 pm
Good luck in your new job :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 07, 2017, 02:06:05 pm
A new job? I must have missed that Alastair, that's great news, well done.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 08, 2017, 08:08:23 am
Thank you everyone.

My job title is Optical Calibration Technician which means I get to sit in a darkened room all day playing with a light source and some mirrors all day without anyone bothering me including my line manager who has no idea about my job.

Down side to things is getting paid on the last Thursday of the month, which means that this months pay has to last me five weeks until next months pay  :banghead:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Rick Lowe on May 14, 2017, 12:14:32 am
Monthly pay, yikes - I could never even get the hang of fortnightly, so that sounds a bit much for me.

But when all's said and done, a permanent full time job is the main thing - all else are details...

Well done and have fun out there...  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 15, 2017, 11:39:19 am
Although I only started my latest job a couple of weeks ago, I had to take a day off work at short notice due to the car needing its breaks repaired. It was short notice as I was let down by someone that was hoping would do the repair. One of the calipers had its piston refusing to retract thus forcing the break pads onto the break disc. The result has been to almost friction weld the pads to the disc, not good but its sorted now  :thumbsup:

Modelling wise I am still using a shotgun approach to modelling. If I start enough kits I am bound to finish one of them  ;D

Saying that I am looking at started models more and more rather than starting new builds in a vain attempt to clear some of the part builds from around my modelling room.

To that end I have been fighting with the nose undercarriage bay of a Sword Harrier T2/2A kit. Finally got it together only to find that the modification I attempted to make it fit better need not have been made  :banghead:  probably my hamfistedness and requiring three pairs of hands to hold every thing together  :banghead:

I have also dug out my 60 Sqn Lightening F6 to do more work on, its nearly ready for painting anyway so hopefully should not take too long, the colour scheme should help as it will be all over metal other than the spine which will be in a nice eye catching colour.

I keep coming up with ideas though. One of my latest ones requires the nose/engine etc of a 1/72 Academy Typhoon which will get transplanted onto something else  :rolleyes:

I have just literally come up with an idea for the rest of the Typhoon  :wacko: 

In a similar manner to the DB601 engined Spitfire, I will attempt a BMW801 powered Typhoon as a captured machine in KG200 markings :D

Another idea mulled over while at the Scottish Nationals was to finish my SR.177 naval fighter as Indian Navy. The basic fuselage is assembled so this also works for helping to clear the backlog.

Anyway, that's enough for now

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 27, 2017, 02:20:27 am
Well that's the first month over with at my new job.

Enjoying it so far, been a bit of a steep learning curve as the job is optics and I have been in electronics so at times its like working in a foreign country where everyone is talking in a different language and in fact a good percentage of the people in the company hail from different parts of Europe and the world.

The first wage is in the bank and its tempting to splash out and buy loads of kits and books for that odd project or twenty that I have on my mind at the moment, such as a Sabre engined Beaufighter and a BMW 801 powered captured Typhoon in the Green and Yellow test markings. Still so many ideas and now so little time to do them in.

The 80 mile round trip is ok, Motorway most of the way which helps with the MPG which I have started a spreadsheet to help keep track of. The travel time is just right to listen to a CD each way, roughly 45 to 50 minutes travelling time and currently what I am listening to is "90125" by Yes which is their most commercial album to date, I even remember the songs and videos from Top of The Pops when the singles were released way back in the eighties  :o

Anyway, that's enough rambling, I'm off out in a bit for some retail therapy, clothes shopping, and also one of the Airfix 1/72 rag wing Hurricanes which will receive the metal wing from AlleyCat to be a real world build to replace an ancient Revell kit, the one with the globe base, which I converted the old Airfix Spitfire MkVb decals for to make the Hurricane of 303Sqn.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on May 27, 2017, 02:23:50 am
Glad the jobs going o.k. and that first wage packet is in  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: zenrat on May 27, 2017, 03:41:45 am
Good to hear the jobs going well and more importantly that they paid you.
90125 is my second favourite Yes album after Fragile.  Good choice.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: TheChronicOne on May 28, 2017, 01:10:52 pm
Good news on the job stuff!!  Glad it's going well and it's always nice getting that paycheck ayyy yeah..........   ;D


Sabre engined Beaufighter?!??!   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 04, 2017, 04:14:22 pm
I managed to grab a Sword Lightening T5 on ebay today for a reasonable price, well I thought it was anyway, and I am thinking of making the Naval swing wing version to go with OGL and Thorvic's versions. The thing that gets me is that the naval swing wing aircraft has a longer belly tank than the T5 so should I use the Matchbox T55 instead and re-scribe and fill panel lines as necessary or should I pinch the longer under fuselage fuel tank from Airfix F6 spare parts or maybe simply swap tanks with an older Hasegawa/Frog F6?
Weapons would be the Air Dart missile, The operators would have to be a different squadron to the two previously built aircraft as well but I am sure that can be worked out easily enough.

I am also starting to think about what I should try and get finished for Telford later this year. One of the contenders to finish is my F-111K, possibly the F-111B I have also started as well. Either could be put onto either the What-if Sig stand or the Project Cancelled Sig stands so I have wiggle room for another one or two items to take. Typhoons,Tempests and an idea I have for an old Airfix Beaufighter come to mind. There is also a whole bunch of part started machines which include a single seat Firefly that I have had enough of PSR for now. New projects could also include a Valiant PR3 which would please Kit as it has longer wings, but time is short since I started work so I may have to go for started projects rather than new builds.

We will have to see what comes to mind and to hand.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Martin H on June 05, 2017, 03:35:57 am
Well both Geoff and myself used the freightdog fga conversion for the belly pack. But you will still need the back end of the F-6 tank to finish it off. With care the airfix kit could be a viable doner.

 If you dont mind cutting out the rear tank bits.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Thorvic on June 05, 2017, 05:30:07 am
Well both Geoff and myself used the freightdog fga conversion for the belly pack. But you will still need the back end of the F-6 tank to finish it off. With care the airfix kit could be a viable doner.

 If you dont mind cutting out the rear tank bits.

Yeap don't forget its an A-frame arrestor hook in the rear of the tank, as the aft end has the drop down rubbing strake where a conventional Arrestor hook would have gone. A bit of strip styrene can be used to extend the tank to taper into the nose around the nose gear bay.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 05, 2017, 11:02:01 am
Well both Geoff and myself used the freightdog fga conversion for the belly pack. But you will still need the back end of the F-6 tank to finish it off. With care the airfix kit could be a viable doner.

 If you dont mind cutting out the rear tank bits.

Yeap don't forget its an A-frame arrestor hook in the rear of the tank, as the aft end has the drop down rubbing strake where a conventional Arrestor hook would have gone. A bit of strip styrene can be used to extend the tank to taper into the nose around the nose gear bay.

Thank you "Gentlemen", I think I shall get a second FGA conversion set then along with the wings next month as well as purchasing myself a small casting set to provide parts for what I shall call a Lancaster B. M.k. VIII for which I shall need to cast some engines, casting the rear of an Airfix Lightening fuel tank should not be much of a problem.

Any ideas or suggestions for casting sets anyone?

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: The Wooksta! on June 05, 2017, 05:21:36 pm
I'm currently using this stuff as moulding rubber:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/RTV-Addition-Platinum-Cure-Silicone-Moulding-Rubber-Food-Skin-Grade-500g-kit-/281606787855?var=&hash=item419112930f:m:m8_mjN7h9ad13ZfrLVshMPA

Relatively cheap, easy to use 1-1 mix ratio and will cure in 6 hours under 25 degrees and 30 mins over it.  Results so far are very good.

As for resin, I'm using this from East Coast Fibreglass.
https://www.ecfibreglasssupplies.co.uk/product/axson-fastcast-pu-resin-f180-3-min
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 10, 2017, 10:09:00 am
Lots of things going on, and some modelling. New builds even though I have tons of builds on the go, new ideas are hard to stop starting if that makes sense  :unsure:

Wishing I had several Hawker Tempests in stock at the moment as I keep coming up with ideas for this line of Hawker products, the Typhoon included which is also the subject of the latest build I have started.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: JayBee on June 10, 2017, 11:43:22 am
new ideas are hard to stop starting if that makes sense

You are not alone Alistair, I rather think we all have that problem.

Jim
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 10, 2017, 02:47:40 pm
new ideas are hard to stop starting if that makes sense

You are not alone Alistair, I rather think we all have that problem.

Jim

I know Jim, however I really should finish a few of the builds that I have already started first  :banghead:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 10, 2017, 03:28:21 pm

I know Jim, however I really should finish a few of the builds that I have already started first  :banghead:


We could use that as a Forum motto Alastair..............  ;) ;D
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 11, 2017, 01:45:06 am

I know Jim, however I really should finish a few of the builds that I have already started first  :banghead:


We could use that as a Forum motto Alastair..............  ;) ;D

That's also why I was sort of lamenting that I didn't have another two Tempests in my stash, if I did have them I would have started another two builds when I am supposed to be clearing a few out by finishing them. A French Air Force Tempest, post WWII and a second Tempest with a different engine in a similar vane to a build I recently started using a Typhoon which shares a lot of similarities to Dizzyfugu's latest creation.  :rolleyes:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on June 11, 2017, 04:17:38 am
Your French AF Tempest could then sit with my French AF Typhoon  :thumbsup:

I have plans for a French AF Tempest II. Post War Indo-China to go with the Beaufighter that is sitting waiting for me when I return
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: TheChronicOne on June 11, 2017, 08:58:38 am
French Tempest sounds really cool.   :mellow: :lol:   PARLEZ VOUS?!
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 11, 2017, 10:48:18 pm
Your French AF Tempest could then sit with my French AF Typhoon  :thumbsup:

I have plans for a French AF Tempest II. Post War Indo-China to go with the Beaufighter that is sitting waiting for me when I return

French Tempest sounds really cool.   :mellow: :lol:   PARLEZ VOUS?!

Yes, I was thinking that seeing that several French personnel were flying them during WWII that a whole squadron or two could have been transferred to the French Air Force at the wars end. At least that will be my reason behind them having them.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 29, 2017, 02:33:20 pm
I am fully intending to use part of this months pay to buy some casting material so I can make my own little bits and pieces. Less and others have helped me source most of what I am going to buy but I recently remembered that I wiould also like to try casting a few clear parts too as that could save a lot of problems in the future. Does anyone have a source for clear resin?

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: McColm on July 02, 2017, 10:59:25 pm

I know Jim, however I really should finish a few of the builds that I have already started first  :banghead:


We could use that as a Forum motto Alastair..............  ;) ;D
I need to print that off and frame it!
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: The Wooksta! on July 03, 2017, 07:08:57 am
I am fully intending to use part of this months pay to buy some casting material so I can make my own little bits and pieces. Less and others have helped me source most of what I am going to buy but I recently remembered that I wiould also like to try casting a few clear parts too as that could save a lot of problems in the future. Does anyone have a source for clear resin?

Gondor

It depends on what those clear parts are.  I use East Coast Fibreglass, largely because they're quite close and have a range of resins in stock. 

I haven't tried this one:
https://www.ecfibreglasssupplies.co.uk/product/supacast-clear-epoxy-resin

I have tried this one, with indifferent results - I'm not sure it's down to the way I've mixed it or whatever or perhaps it'd gone off, but castings were coming out soft and unusable.  It's now gone solid in the tin...  It is a cheaper product though.
https://www.ecfibreglasssupplies.co.uk/product/water-clear-casting-resin-inc-catalyst

Not clear, but it's a superb resin and possibly the best I've used.
https://www.ecfibreglasssupplies.co.uk/product/axson-fastcast-pu-resin-f180-3-min
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 03, 2017, 10:43:09 am
Thanks Lee  :thumbsup:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 07, 2017, 07:00:33 am
Well the dreaded Photobucket screen has caught up with me so I am going to be spending some time migrating pictures elsewhere, probably flickr as I already have an account there so if you look at some of my threads they are likely to be missing a picture or two for now.  :-\

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 07, 2017, 07:15:51 am
Starting to find my way around flickr, updated my profile picture and my latest build thread which can be found here (http://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php/topic,43942.0.html)

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: zenrat on July 07, 2017, 08:05:19 pm
IMO flickr is a lot more intuitive and user friendly than pb.  And quicker.
The only annoying thing i've found so far is the inability to nest a collection inside another collection if the collection being nested in has albums in it.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 08, 2017, 03:11:56 am
IMO flickr is a lot more intuitive and user friendly than pb.  And quicker.
The only annoying thing i've found so far is the inability to nest a collection inside another collection if the collection being nested in has albums in it.

So no folders within folders which is what I thought  :banghead:

That means I have to be very specific with my folder naming as I can't group all my F-4 builds into one folder then have sub folders which each subject as I do on my PC.  Ah well, can't have everything I suppose  :-\

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: zenrat on July 08, 2017, 06:41:22 am
You can have folders within folders but as soon as you have actual photos in a folder then you can't have a folder in there as well.

So you could have a folder called F4s which contained sub folders for individual builds but you couldn't put photos in the F4 root folder, only in the individual sub folders.

I think I am in danger of mansplaining this.

If flickr will let you look at this page then you will see how I have organised my stuff.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/collections/72157683594316930/
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 08, 2017, 11:13:06 am
You can have folders within folders but as soon as you have actual photos in a folder then you can't have a folder in there as well.

So you could have a folder called F4s which contained sub folders for individual builds but you couldn't put photos in the F4 root folder, only in the individual sub folders.

I think I am in danger of mansplaining this.

If flickr will let you look at this page then you will see how I have organised my stuff.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/collections/72157683594316930/

Gotcha  :thumbsup:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on July 09, 2017, 05:22:36 am

So you could have a folder called F4s which contained sub folders for individual builds but you couldn't put photos in the F4 root folder, only in the individual sub folders.


Cheers mate  :thumbsup:

That is my plan once I start shifting stuff over. Figuring out how to actually do it will be the fun part of the exercise.  :o I was always a "theory" rather than "practical" bod.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 12, 2017, 03:03:26 pm
Thanks to zenrat for the information that making layers of folders or sub folders inside other folders, knowing it was possible helped me accomplish that although my folder organisation is not a neet as his is.

Various things are coming together, all my pictures are now moved to Flicker and at some point I will start to update several build threads but if they are not currant builds that I am actively working on it could be come time before I actually update them.

Many years ago I bought a casting kit and made one rubber mould using a lid from a coffee jar as the outer casing because I was not worried about cutting up and throwing away the lid to get at the mould. The mould consisted of a few parts of a Tamiya 1/35 Panzer so I could upgrade a few other kits but I lost interest and threw away the kit. Recently I became interested again due to a couple of builds and projected builds which involve Sabre engines as fitted to the Hawker Tempest Mk. V fighters. Rather than buying a whole host of kits and cutting the noses off just for the engines I decided that perhaps casting the engine would be a far better solution and potentially cheaper too so I have bought a couple of small bottles of food quality rubber as the start of the process. Hopefully the whole thing will move on smoothly once I manage to find time with work, Wimbledon, Le Tour and numerous other things going on and making my get up and go to do just that while leaving me behind.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 14, 2017, 01:06:53 pm
That's another build updated picture wise, my F-111B (http://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php/topic,41355.0.html) build is now updated ready for me to try and get back modelling this aircraft again.

Gondor

P.S. And my F-111K (http://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php/topic,41329.45.html) build as well.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: TheChronicOne on July 15, 2017, 03:39:04 am
Uh oh!! You said the magic words with the F-111s!  I love Aardvarks.   :lol: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 15, 2017, 11:12:07 am
Uh oh!! You said the magic words with the F-111s!  I love Aardvarks.   :lol: :thumbsup:

I should really get back to working on these two. Both are intended to be production machines, the B to be of VF-1 and the K is to be of 17 Sqn if I remember correctly  :-\

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 26, 2017, 12:40:38 pm
That's another build thread with updated picture links. My KC-11 (http://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php/topic,35198.msg560208.html#msg560208) build and all its fifty eight photographs were moved from PB to Flicker then all the links that I could modify were. Think I will need to lay down in a dark room for a bit after all that.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: zenrat on July 26, 2017, 06:08:23 pm
That's another build thread with updated picture links. My KC-11 (http://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php/topic,35198.msg560208.html#msg560208) build and all its fifty eight photographs were moved from PB to Flicker then all the links that I could modify were. Think I will need to lay down in a dark room for a bit after all that.

Gondor

I know exactly what you mean.  It's almost like pb make it as hard and slow to download pics as they can without actually stopping you do it...
Count the number of pop up ads you have to close between opening pb and successfully downloading a folder.  My record is 9.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 26, 2017, 10:44:59 pm

Count the number of pop up ads you have to close between opening pb and successfully downloading a folder.  My record is 9.


Is that a maximum or minimum number your trying to achieve or recording?

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 07, 2017, 02:28:06 pm
I appear to be making some progress. Not only have I been working on the ejector seat for my 60 Sqn Lightening, I have also started to work on the ejector seats for the other two builds for my XV426 build as well.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: zenrat on August 08, 2017, 03:23:07 am

Count the number of pop up ads you have to close between opening pb and successfully downloading a folder.  My record is 9.


Is that a maximum or minimum number your trying to achieve or recording?

Gondor

It was an annoyance level.  0 would have been optimum.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Thorvic on August 08, 2017, 04:50:59 am
I appear to be making some progress. Not only have I been working on the ejector seat for my 60 Sqn Lightening, I have also started to work on the ejector seats for the other two builds for my XV426 build as well.

Gondor

Might have to change your tittle to 'Bang Seat Builder'  :wacko:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 08, 2017, 11:02:03 am
I appear to be making some progress. Not only have I been working on the ejector seat for my 60 Sqn Lightening, I have also started to work on the ejector seats for the other two builds for my XV426 build as well.

Gondor

Might have to change your tittle to 'Bang Seat Builder'  :wacko:

Thorvic, I am building more tonight, Seats from a Two Seat Lightening and a Two Seat Harrier and maybe another F-4 as well, My RAF F-4C in all over white, otherwise known as Moby Dick  :unsure:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: TheChronicOne on August 08, 2017, 01:44:04 pm
I appear to be making some progress. Not only have I been working on the ejector seat for my 60 Sqn Lightening, I have also started to work on the ejector seats for the other two builds for my XV426 build as well.

Gondor

Might have to change your tittle to 'Bang Seat Builder'  :wacko:

Thorvic, I am building more tonight, Seats from a Two Seat Lightening and a Two Seat Harrier and maybe another F-4 as well, My RAF F-4C in all over white, otherwise known as Moby Dick  :unsure:

Gondor

I like the sound of this Phantom . . .. . .    :wub: :wub: :wub:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 08, 2017, 02:50:58 pm
I appear to be making some progress. Not only have I been working on the ejector seat for my 60 Sqn Lightening, I have also started to work on the ejector seats for the other two builds for my XV426 build as well.

Gondor

Might have to change your tittle to 'Bang Seat Builder'  :wacko:

Thorvic, I am building more tonight, Seats from a Two Seat Lightening and a Two Seat Harrier and maybe another F-4 as well, My RAF F-4C in all over white, otherwise known as Moby Dick  :unsure:

Gondor

I like the sound of this Phantom . . .. . .    :wub: :wub: :wub:

That will be this (http://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php/topic,43363.msg757771.html#new) build thread then  ;D

As for the seats, once I dug the kit box's out there was not enough time to do any modelling. I did find that a few pairs of seats were resin so will require a slightly different approach, one with more hairy stick than electron microscope  :o

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: TheChronicOne on August 08, 2017, 03:08:33 pm
Yeaaaaaah...hmmmmmmm.....  Time to light the fires I'd say!!  "February. (with a July edit, at least!)  " Glacial, alright...   ;) ;D   :thumbsup:

Thanks for the linkage.   :lol:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 10, 2017, 01:09:03 pm
Yes, very Glacial but with odd times of great production which usually happens when I am redundant  :-\

Anyway, I have done a little work. I reorganised the strips of masking tape I keep on an old ceramic tile to use as straps etc, so that I could add three more pieces of masking tape.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4395/36487534125_1fdea3b1f4_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XAh9FX)

Left to right: A colour that I can't remember; Tamiya Smoke; Xtracolor X159; Humbrol 52 with Humbrol 121 above it.

The Xtracolor and Humbrol 52 are to see which looks closer to the metallic blue like straps found on some seats, I think the Xtracolor might be more authentic but I like the look of the Humbrol 52.

Looking at the resin seats from the Sword T5 Lightning I see that they look quite like the pictures I have seen of Lightening seats which is what I am trying to achieve with the one from my Airfix Mk6 so I shall do my best to get at least one resin seat finished so they can be compared though I am guessing that pictures of each seat displayed next to each other once I have finished the last of them will show how much I improve the Airfix seat.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on August 11, 2017, 06:10:08 am
Glad I'm not the only one who has a ceramic tile with painted masking tape strips on it  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 18, 2017, 07:05:40 am
A sort of happy sad situation has occurred. JayBee or Jim from this here parish, will not be attending Telford this year which is the sad part, the good news is that my other half has taken over his room booking at the Premier Inn right next door to the venue. Thanks a million Jim  :thumbsup:
That's going to reduce the wear and tear on the footwear a smidgen and helps my girlfriends legs from getting worn out too much.
I am looking forward to catching up with many from here and attempting to put a few faces to the names that I briefly saw way back in 2009 when I last visited SMW. I may bring cake, fruit cake in fact and some of it may be as potent as Jim's whisky!  :rolleyes:

It's quite interesting seeing quite a few Fujimi UK Phantoms appearing on ebay these days at a somewhat more sensible price than previously as people try to shift them prior to getting the Airfix kit.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on August 19, 2017, 02:02:52 am
It'll be good to see you again mate.

It's a nice hotel, one of the newer style Premier Inn's  :thumbsup: They were fully booked when I tried, the day after last years show  :o :banghead: I won't go into the "discussion" I had with the PI booking people.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 21, 2017, 03:01:59 pm
Been tempted to buy a Revell P-47  :-\

I had been looking at a thread on another site and thought the wings of the P-47 looked a bit like those of the Tempest which got me thinking, not good as I ended up buying that model and needing to buy yet another Tempest for yet another engine based kit bash.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 26, 2017, 11:18:50 am
While out near Edinburgh Airport today to watch her son enjoy a Super-car Driving Experience, I popped into the Hilton to look around Scale Scotland and saw Lee who handed me a couple of engine's for the RR Eagle for my Hawker Tempest build. Ta much Lee  :thumbsup:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: The Wooksta! on August 26, 2017, 03:06:23 pm
They were promised ages ago, along with the leading edge intakes - I didn't have time to scrabble round finding them this morning as I had to be up at idiot o'clock am.  Ironically, I *think* I know where they might be now!
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on August 27, 2017, 03:04:29 am
They were promised ages ago, along with the leading edge intakes - I didn't have time to scrabble round finding them this morning as I had to be up at idiot o'clock am.  Ironically, I *think* I know where they might be now!

At the pace I build things Lee it's not a problem. Much appreciated regardless  :thumbsup:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on September 09, 2017, 02:29:33 pm
Sort of mixed modelling results to update on. Made a fair amount of progress on my VG Lightning, I should have the undercarriage on tomorrow.... famous last words  :rolleyes:

Spent the best part of the day in Glasgow at the Botanic Gardens to see the Jurassic Dinosaur display there with my girlfriend. We also took in the greenhouses while we were there. A very nice and rather hot day it was, pity that to take pictures of the displays you had to hope that most of the kids would be out of frame.

Most of you will have seen that I bought a Blackbird Lancaster B,VI conversion set recently. Lovely casting job done by them, just wish the instructions for the actual conversion work were up to the same standard as everything else in the box. They consist of one line

"Engine Nacelles.
Cut the kit inner nacelles at the panel line 7mm behind the front of the undercarriage bay door opening. Insert the kit bulkhead parts [D10] into the resin inner nacelle parts."

And that's it  :unsure: 

The parts for the conversion set are: Nose turret blank, mid upper turret blank, four sets of enshrouded exhausts, four sets of shrouded exhausts, four propellers with four blades and four engine cowling's and that's it!

Email has already been sent to Blackbird asking for clarification on the instructions but no reply yet. Does anyone know of any review or build using this conversion set that I can look at. Not found any myself so far.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on September 13, 2017, 02:58:01 pm
While not doing much modelling wise for the last couple of days other than cutting the radomes off a couple of F-4M's I have been thinking about what I can, should and could do. Part of what I was thinking about ended in my deciding that after Telford I should make the following, a Fast Airborne Rotary Target or F.A.R.T.. This would be along the same lines as the American "Q" birds or U.K. "D" drones but a helicopter. I'm thinking that the F.A.R.T. would probably be a fairly early Lynx repurposed but as with other drones it would be able to be flown by a pilot as well as remotely and as it's a British  aircraft the nice colourful Red and Yellow colour scheme will be used. I may in fact have an Army Lynx in the stash, if so I will have a look at it to see how easy it would be to build it, so I could decide to build it for Telford  ;D

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Thorvic on September 14, 2017, 12:10:41 am
A Lynx Target Drone would be good, possibly put a Target Towing winch on a pylon and maybe an ECM pod the other to emulate possible foes. Be useful on deployment for honing skills.

Now if we had a readily available Wasp kit that would have been an ideal drone especially painted in Black and Yellow stripes  :wacko:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 14, 2017, 12:20:46 am

Now if we had a readily available Wasp kit that would have been an ideal drone especially painted in Black and Yellow stripes  :wacko:


Isn't Colin's Wasp due out soon?
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on September 14, 2017, 02:44:47 am

Now if we had a readily available Wasp kit that would have been an ideal drone especially painted in Black and Yellow stripes  :wacko:


Isn't Colin's Wasp due out soon?

I'm trying, and mostly failing to save pennies for Telford Kit so purchasing something new is mostly out of the question. I do love the idea though  :wub:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Thorvic on September 14, 2017, 04:41:30 am

Now if we had a readily available Wasp kit that would have been an ideal drone especially painted in Black and Yellow stripes  :wacko:


Isn't Colin's Wasp due out soon?

Did Colin & Jon confirm that at Sutton last Sunday Kit ?
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 14, 2017, 12:01:52 pm

Now if we had a readily available Wasp kit that would have been an ideal drone especially painted in Black and Yellow stripes  :wacko:


Isn't Colin's Wasp due out soon?

Did Colin & Jon confirm that at Sutton last Sunday Kit ?


Pass, I wasn't there I'm afraid, but he's mentioned it's imminence more than once recently.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on September 15, 2017, 03:13:03 pm
Thinking about the Drone helicopter I came up with the idea of using BURP tips for the rotor blades, kind of goes with the F.A.R.T. theme  ;D

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: zenrat on September 16, 2017, 01:24:56 am
What does BURP stand for?
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on September 16, 2017, 01:59:09 am
Sorry, that should have been BERP. It also explains why I could not find any rotor blades with that spelling which I now have. Here (https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1986/1986%20-%203544.html) is a link to an Article on the subject. The latest Westland aircraft use developments of the blade tip as well. The name certainly fits in with the build.  ;D

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: zenrat on September 16, 2017, 02:07:33 am
British Experimental Rotor Programme.

Thanks,  I had been unable to find that out and people here can throw acronyms and initialisations about casually leaving me feeling slightly foolish that I don't know them.

I must include BERP tips when I finally build my Rotodyne.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on September 16, 2017, 08:06:33 am
British Experimental Rotor Programme.

Thanks,  I had been unable to find that out and people here can throw acronyms and initialisations about casually leaving me feeling slightly foolish that I don't know them.

I must include BERP tips when I finally build my Rotodyne.

That sounds like a good idea  :thumbsup:

Now with the BERP blades ordered and an old Airfix Navy Lynx dragged out of the stash I have a couple of months to come up with some terrible story to go with the build full of bodily functions etc to go with the BERP and F.A.R.T..  ;D

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 16, 2017, 01:47:52 pm

I must include BERP tips when I finally build my Rotodyne.


Pinch some from a Merlin kit, they're much broader chord, which would make sense for a modernised 'dyne, and you don't have to carve that weird BERP shape.

I scratchbuilt the ones on my Crossbow Comanche and it was a right PITA!  :banghead:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: kitnut617 on September 16, 2017, 06:41:34 pm

I must include BERP tips when I finally build my Rotodyne.


Pinch some from a Merlin kit, they're much broader chord, which would make sense for a modernised 'dyne, and you don't have to carve that weird BERP shape.

I scratchbuilt the ones on my Crossbow Comanche and it was a right PITA!  :banghead:

Maybe use 1/48 scale ones
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 17, 2017, 02:38:51 pm
The 1/72 scale Merlin ones are HUGE compared to the 'dyne's standard blades.

I never did figure out why the 'dyne had such narrow chord blades, they're about the same as a Sea King and it's a much larger aircraft.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on October 04, 2017, 06:32:21 am
Life has been rather busy recently so I have not been able to get as much modelling done as I would have hoped to although the Lightening is at the decalling stage so that will be ready for Glasgow, I hope, and Telford defiantly  :thumbsup:

The F.A.R.T. is on hold while I finish the Lightening though I hope to get that well on the way soon.

Not only has life been busy, I'm feeling rather worn out too which has left me not feeling particularly invigorated to crack on with the projects I want to finish for Telford :(

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: TheChronicOne on October 04, 2017, 05:29:14 pm
Both a blessing and a curse, aye?  I know the "feels" brotha.  Busier than ever this year myself and not near as much time for "fun," but I hate the alternative.. 

I hope you get rested up soon... and I'm confident you will prevail with the Lightning.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on October 04, 2017, 10:51:10 pm
Both a blessing and a curse, aye?  I know the "feels" brotha.  Busier than ever this year myself and not near as much time for "fun," but I hate the alternative.. 

I hope you get rested up soon... and I'm confident you will prevail with the Lightning.

The Lightening is a cert to be finished, and in the fairly near future, it's everything else that's likely to slip :(

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Thorvic on October 05, 2017, 12:22:39 am
It happens, just don't let it get to you get the lightning finished and anything else becomes a bonus build, sometimes builds just fly together thanks to the kit, the build, the inspiration driving you and the circumstances to allow you pull all that together with minimal interruption or distraction.

Daft really when not working you can't get much done as you have the time but feel guilty at having it and try to focus on getting a job, but when working you don't always have the time, the energy or the inspiration so again struggle. Experiencing exactly the same, I have the model room I have the builds but after a day sat in front of a PC, the eyes or the body feels tired and you just want to turn off and chill out.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on October 10, 2017, 02:35:19 pm
Not much progress on anything as real life has been rearing its ugly head over the last few days. The Lightening WILL be finished for Telford for sure and hopefully for the Glasgow show.

My planed activities for the week before Telford means that if it is not done prior to the Tuesday then its not happening as I will be visiting some other friends in the Midlands on my way to SMW

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on October 12, 2017, 02:39:05 pm
I should get back to modelling tomorrow evening. Been fretting over a very important purchase which was finalised today by my picking up a five year old Ford Focus. Had to take the plunge as Lemmy, my 2002 Toyota Avensis had got to the stage where the engine and exhaust system were B.E.R.. Makes me think that the name was rather apt even if I did name the car Lemmy for a different reason

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: TheChronicOne on October 12, 2017, 03:32:46 pm
Yay on both counts!!  :laugh:


RIP Lemmy.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on October 12, 2017, 10:43:25 pm

RIP Lemmy.


He is not gone yet. At the moment I own two cars as I have yet to visit any of the local scrap yards to see if they will take him and for how much.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on October 30, 2017, 04:10:07 pm
Things are progressing reasonably well in my preparations for Telford. Models are progressing nicely and the first of several cakes has been baked and its infusion with Whisky has started. Another two non infused cakes will be baked on Friday for those that are driving or are under age.

A problem I do have with preparations for Telford is less time than most people have. I am travelling down on the Wednesday as I am visiting some friends on the Thursday and I have a social commitment on the Tuesday evening as well so I only have a week left :banghead:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on November 01, 2017, 02:11:17 pm
The second infusion for the first cake has taken place. Seeing that I have a cold, perhaps I should sniff the cake to clear my bunged up nose  :o

I am going to have to very carefully consider storage and labelling of the cakes as there will be three of them, more than likely to be pre cut into finger sized slices for ease of consumption. It would not be a good idea to get them mixed up so probably labels and sticky tape to the rescue.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: TheChronicOne on November 01, 2017, 05:38:27 pm
Feel better and yeah........ labeling them cakes sounds like a GOOD idea!  ;D :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 01, 2017, 05:44:28 pm
We'll have to 'Taste Check' them all on arrival of course...........  ;D ;)
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Thorvic on November 01, 2017, 11:25:25 pm
The second infusion for the first cake has taken place. Seeing that I have a cold, perhaps I should sniff the cake to clear my bunged up nose  :o

I am going to have to very carefully consider storage and labelling of the cakes as there will be three of them, more than likely to be pre cut into finger sized slices for ease of consumption. It would not be a good idea to get them mixed up so probably labels and sticky tape to the rescue.

Gondor

Put icing on the Alcohol free one, then you should be safe  :thumbsup:

Sounds like you could do with the infusion to help fight the cold,  ;)
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on November 01, 2017, 11:47:12 pm
The second infusion for the first cake has taken place. Seeing that I have a cold, perhaps I should sniff the cake to clear my bunged up nose  :o

I am going to have to very carefully consider storage and labelling of the cakes as there will be three of them, more than likely to be pre cut into finger sized slices for ease of consumption. It would not be a good idea to get them mixed up so probably labels and sticky tape to the rescue.

Gondor

Put icing on the Alcohol free one, then you should be safe  :thumbsup:

Sounds like you could do with the infusion to help fight the cold,  ;)

I don't drink the stuff as I can't stand the taste  :drink:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Martin H on November 02, 2017, 12:44:26 pm
A problem I do have with preparations for Telford is less time than most people have. I am travelling down on the Wednesday as I am visiting some friends on the Thursday and I have a social commitment on the Tuesday evening as well so I only have a week left :banghead:
To avoid getting stressed out over telford, I tend to cease all model activity a week before the show. Regardless of weather the build's that are underway were intended for the show or not. That leaves what "spare time" I have in the run up to the show for getting every thing packed and ready for the off.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on November 02, 2017, 12:54:46 pm
A problem I do have with preparations for Telford is less time than most people have. I am travelling down on the Wednesday as I am visiting some friends on the Thursday and I have a social commitment on the Tuesday evening as well so I only have a week left :banghead:
To avoid getting stressed out over telford, I tend to cease all model activity a week before the show. Regardless of weather the build's that are underway were intended for the show or not. That leaves what "spare time" I have in the run up to the show for getting every thing packed and ready for the off.

I am thinking that way Martin, I will have to hold my F.A.R.T. for now although I may do the odd part or two. I have a couple of kits that I can add decals to so that will be the order of the day, the VG lightening has a few little things done to it and there is an F-4L still waiting some decals too.

So the F.A.R.T will get its first show at Perth next year with hopefully OGL looking after it for a while so people get a chance to look at it and laugh over the back-story to it.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Thorvic on November 02, 2017, 12:59:59 pm
You'll burst holding a Fart for that long !!!!  :wacko:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 02, 2017, 01:18:51 pm
In some previous years I've not even started a model for Telford by this time.  ;D

Mind you, they weren't Whiffs, and usually OOB with different decals.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on November 02, 2017, 01:52:47 pm
You'll burst holding a Fart for that long !!!!  :wacko:

Well it will go slowly....... see if I can get a cheeky bit out now and again.....   :rolleyes:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on November 03, 2017, 03:06:23 pm
A non modelling post for me this time. Lemmy, my Silver Machine, has gone to a local scrap yard, it's heart and lungs worn out and beyond repair  :banghead:

So meet Ermintrude

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4500/37438604384_8e38c1a560_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Z3jCK3)WP_20171103_16_19_32_Pro (https://flic.kr/p/Z3jCK3) by gondor44 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/48415782@N05/), on Flickr

A lovely Ford Focus Zetec in what Ford call "Silver"

It's a little smaller but will not be running roughly 2,000 miles per gallon, of oil as Lemmy did  :banghead:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 03, 2017, 03:35:03 pm
Very swish Alastair, but why 'Ermintrude'? Some 8 Sqdn. Shackleton connection perhaps?
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on November 03, 2017, 04:03:09 pm
Very swish Alastair, but why 'Ermintrude'? Some 8 Sqdn. Shackleton connection perhaps?

Ford "Silver" has a lilac hue to it in certain light conditions which for some unknown reason made me think of the name Ermintrude after The Magic Roundabout character rather than the aircraft. Saying that I may use that option when I eventually get the Airfix AEW Shack so thanks for the idea Kit  :thumbsup:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 03, 2017, 04:50:39 pm
I can see what you mean, even in your pic above, there's a slight lilac shade to it.  ;D

IIRC 'Ermintrude' was the Shackleton that was renamed 'Dylan' for some reason, and 'Dylan's serial was WL793. WL963 was also named 'Ermintrude' at some stage as well.

There's a whole thread about the 'Magic Roundabout' names here :-

https://forum.keypublishing.com/archive/index.php/t-113742.html (https://forum.keypublishing.com/archive/index.php/t-113742.html)
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on November 05, 2017, 03:08:53 am
I can see what you mean, even in your pic above, there's a slight lilac shade to it.  ;D

IIRC 'Ermintrude' was the Shackleton that was renamed 'Dylan' for some reason, and 'Dylan's serial was WL793. WL963 was also named 'Ermintrude' at some stage as well.

There's a whole thread about the 'Magic Roundabout' names here :-

https://forum.keypublishing.com/archive/index.php/t-113742.html (https://forum.keypublishing.com/archive/index.php/t-113742.html)

I just checked the Airfix web site for their release date of the AEW Shackleton and found that one of the decal options provided in the kit is for Ermintrude  :thumbsup:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 05, 2017, 04:31:48 am
I can see what you mean, even in your pic above, there's a slight lilac shade to it.  ;D

IIRC 'Ermintrude' was the Shackleton that was renamed 'Dylan' for some reason, and 'Dylan's serial was WL793. WL963 was also named 'Ermintrude' at some stage as well.

There's a whole thread about the 'Magic Roundabout' names here :-

https://forum.keypublishing.com/archive/index.php/t-113742.html (https://forum.keypublishing.com/archive/index.php/t-113742.html)

I just checked the Airfix web site for their release date of the AEW Shackleton and found that one of the decal options provided in the kit is for Ermintrude  :thumbsup:

Gondor


RESULT!  :thumbsup: ;D
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on November 06, 2017, 10:41:18 am
Found out while packing for SMW that I have lost one of the nose-wheels for my TSR2  :banghead:

I am fairly sure that happened at the Glasgow show so if anyone that was there found an odd wheel it may be from that. Good job I am part way through building another version or two so I am pinching a nose wheel from one of those as the hubs are already painted thus reinquiring only the tyres to be painted. A couple of Stratos 4 builds will replace wheels for a while but it would still be nice to get the original back if its around.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Martin H on November 06, 2017, 01:58:34 pm
That reminds me..................

<Note to self> Inspect all tables at SMW for the stand before doing anything else!
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on November 06, 2017, 03:09:50 pm
That reminds me..................

<Note to self> Inspect all tables at SMW for the stand before doing anything else!

Is that not more a case of "Inspect the tables to make sure they won't fall down"?

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on November 10, 2017, 11:58:04 am
Having travelled south a couple of days ago to meet up with some friends I took a slight diversion on the way to Telford to Cosford and spent a little while wandering around the various hangers and other exhibits. I also took a few pictures which may take some time to upload to my flicker account as there are over 600 in total  :o

Once they are uploaded I plan to sort them out into separate folder by aircraft type.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on November 15, 2017, 02:22:08 pm
Thought I would write up a few things now that life has sort of returned to normal after Telford.

This is a sort of gathering my thoughts together and throwing out a few ideas or at least saying what I intend to build between now and next years Glasgow show.


That's probably enough for now, other items will probably pop onto the list of builds, some more Project Cancelled items come to mind along with some normal What-Iff's too.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: TheChronicOne on November 15, 2017, 06:51:18 pm
I'm totally digging the resurrection stuff. Somehow it makes me a bit sad when projects go unfinished.  :lol:  ;D  ;D

Sounds like you had fun.

I've added going to this to my bucket list. .. .  I think the most costly part is getting across the pond.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on November 15, 2017, 10:26:45 pm

I've added going to this to my bucket list. .. .  I think the most costly part is getting across the pond.


The thing to do is to make it a worthwhile trip is to have the show as part of a holiday. That should help sell the idea to the other half.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Thorvic on November 16, 2017, 12:14:42 am
Thought I would write up a few things now that life has sort of returned to normal after Telford.

This is a sort of gathering my thoughts together and throwing out a few ideas or at least saying what I intend to build between now and next years Glasgow show.

  • 1/48 Airfix TSR2: This is for a friend and has just about every single resin and photo etch extra you can think of using. Had this sitting around for a few years and only tinkered with a few parts so it's long overdue getting built. After it's built comes a different challenge, getting it to Sweden when he lives  :-\
  • 1/48 Kenitic Harrier T bird: Having got this from the Harrier SIG for a donation to the customs cost I thought I better get it built. Typical for me I will not be doing it straight out of the box so I am modelling an ex RAF T4, complete with Laser Nose. To this end a set of decals have been ordered from Hannants with the intent of the model appearing on the Harrier SIG display at some point in time
  • 1/72 Airfix Lynx: This is "The Last Fart" which I intend to have finished for the Scottish Nationals and if I do a reasonable job of it I may enter it in the competition along with the back story which should get a chuckle of two.
  • 1/72 Fujimi F-4L: This is a conversion for the proposed L version of the Phantom which has been partly decalled for over a year now. I really should get it finished so it can be displayed on the F-4 SIG stand or our own
  • 1/72 Hasegawa F-111K: Another stalled build that needs to be finished. Stalled mainly as I am scared of scratch building the bomb bay, and quite rightly so as some of you will say.

That's probably enough for now, other items will probably pop onto the list of builds, some more Project Cancelled items come to mind along with some normal What-Iff's too.

Gondor

The F-111 bomb bay isn't too bad to build once you get the pictures, its the kit break down that's a pain as they put the bulkheads and fuselage joins in the through the bomb bay area. At least the Hasegawa kit has a separate bomb bay door plate that can be adapted the Italeri kit has separate side panels along part of the bay and the fuselage join on the belly is part way along the bomb bay doors. A bit frustrating that the aftermarket have never addressed this nor has Trumpeter/Hobbyboss scaled down their 48th kit with the bay into 72nd.

Look forward to seeing the Lynx as the wip you showed at SMW seemed to nicely catch the interior padding
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: The Wooksta! on November 16, 2017, 01:43:48 am
The Italeri kit is ex-ESCI.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 16, 2017, 03:28:10 am

The Italeri kit is ex-ESCI.


Any relation to the AMT Sparkvark kit?
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: The Wooksta! on November 16, 2017, 03:59:54 pm
The AMT kit may be a reboxed ESCI but then again, F111s aren't my bag.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on November 17, 2017, 02:18:54 pm

The Italeri kit is ex-ESCI.


Any relation to the AMT Sparkvark kit?

No idea myself but I do know that the Monogram kit is not the ESCI one or vice a versa


I was trying to remember something that The Wooksta! said about the AZ Spiteful which reminded me that I had a Seafang, or rather parts of one dotted around the place with the wings to go with an Academy Mk XIV fuselage to produce one of the prototype aircraft which left the fuselage to use for something else such as the Mk 15 or 16 Spiteful. Not to waste anything, the spare Spiteful 14 fuselage could be married with what should be a spare set of late Spitfire wings to build a true what if rather than a Project cancelled aircraft. So that's another few builds probably added to the list of things to do  :banghead:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: kitnut617 on November 17, 2017, 03:26:38 pm

The Italeri kit is ex-ESCI.


Any relation to the AMT Sparkvark kit?

Not according to the PAK-20 book Kit.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: kitnut617 on November 17, 2017, 03:31:47 pm
Not to waste anything, the spare Spiteful 14 fuselage could be married with what should be a spare set of late Spitfire wings to build a true what if rather than a Project cancelled aircraft.
Gondor

Done that myself, I had a thread on here but all my photos have disappeared in it so not a lot of point linking to it. But you could see it on the BTS forum under Seafire Mk.45 (Hybrid)

http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=2456.0
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on November 21, 2017, 10:37:32 pm
Decided to bite the bullet as it were and book a hotel room for next years Telford. This time, rather than scampering back to Scotland right after the show, Susan and I will have a much more relaxing time by staying for the Sunday night then driving home duering the day time.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Thorvic on November 22, 2017, 12:01:17 am
A wise move after a long weekend at the show a long drive home Sunday night can be rather draining, its only a couple of hours for me so its not too bad but I'm still relived to get home and wind it all down.

Where did you book for next year ?
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on November 22, 2017, 01:48:42 am
I have booked into the Premier Inn, Southwater Square. Its just up the hill from the centre, only a few minutes walk away and a reasonable price.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Thorvic on November 23, 2017, 12:23:06 am
And plenty or eating places right on the doorstep we noticed  :thumbsup:.

It's good to get accommodation sorted so quickly as it makes the planning and preparation somewhat easier even if its nearly 12 months off. Now the focus can go onto the builds and the saving up, followed somewhat close to the event by a wish list of items your actually looking for.

Still a bit ironic that four of my builds would have been made a lot easier if Model Art had released his Sea King HAS1 decal set a couple of months earlier !! :banghead:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on November 23, 2017, 10:57:16 am
I had thought of doing a build for the current Group Build, however with my propensity to not to finish much would I really want another fairly large model sitting around waiting for me to finish it some time this century  :banghead:

I could have said what others here say, that the model would have ended up on the "Shelf of Doom" or some such. However I have so many models crammed into this room that any shelf space has models in their boxes on them  ;D

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: TheChronicOne on November 23, 2017, 04:57:40 pm
I had thought of doing a build for the current Group Build, however with my propensity to not to finish much would I really want another fairly large model sitting around waiting for me to finish it some time this century  :banghead:

I coould have said what others here say, that the model would have ended up on the "Shelf of Doom" or some such. However I have so many models crammed into this room that any shelf space has models in their boxes on them  ;D

Gondor

Make it.... fairly small instead?  :wacko: :angel: :angel: :angel: :police:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on December 01, 2017, 02:04:09 pm
I have often wondered about the problem of pin hole bubbles in resin kits that others talk about yet I had never had many problems with these pesky things.
Today however that all changed  :banghead:
I have a kit, if you call three pieces a kit  :unsure:  that I have been trying to at times progress. So to that end I sprayed some Chaos Black onto the largest part of this kit which has several large flat surfaces. The result didn't look great  :-\  so I sanded back the one surface that had been giving me problems previously. Behold and low.... lots of little black dots all over the place  :banghead:
So what had looked like a nice smooth surface is currently rather lumpy due to a slathering of filler having been applied to it to cover the large number of little black holes. I'm tempted to say that now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Halls but I won't  ;D


On another note, haveing bought both of the VC.10 conversion sets from Colin at Telford, seeing a couple of Roden VC 10's on eBay for a very nice price I decided to buy one. It's the K4 version, I already have the K3 version so I can decide which one will get the chop depening on which I decide to keep as is.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on December 03, 2017, 03:13:22 pm
I finally opened the Airfix HP Victor that I got from the Glasgow kit swap this evening. Quite a few of the parts were separate from the sprue and I am not sure that the decals were there. However I did find some extra parts. Some spares from the Matchbox Victor, namely the fuselage half's, the underwing tanks and the HDU's from under the wings along with a mix of decals from various Vulcan's. Not sure what I am going to do with the extra parts and the possible lack of decals is not a problem as there are alternatives available.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on December 04, 2017, 02:44:02 pm
I am following a build on Britmodeller where the build is a Sea King HU.5 modified from the recent Airfix HAR.3. I have not exactly decided what I intend to build with my HAR.3 kit but thought I would look in my stash for a Revell Sea King to possibly provide the Radome for the spine. I didn't find the kit as I found a box with two Airfix Sea King AEW.Mk2/ASaC.Mk7's in it which one of the modellers got for me as they were on offer at a shop local to him. On looking through the box I found one of the larger radome's that I would require. I also looked at the sprue that had the filter box on it and compaired it against the filter box in the Airfix Sea King HC.4 box or the new HAR.3 box which has an identical filter. I found that the older kit has the better filter box!  :o

Now I am wondering if I should build one of the older filter boxes and have a go at casting the result, unless there are after market products available elsewhere.

Inspired by Dizzyfugu's Heinkel He 70 floatplane I came up with a different take on the He 111 as a tri-moter aircraft  :o

I am thinking of calling it the He 123 as there is a big gap in the type numbers after the He 111 as well as the number refering to the three engines which will all be radial engines, but we shall see where this goes.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: The Wooksta! on December 04, 2017, 03:50:27 pm
There isn't any gap in the RLM numbers - Heinkel were allocated the numbers 111-119 and all were used.  Henschel were allocated 120-132.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Thorvic on December 05, 2017, 12:38:09 am
I am following a build on Britmodeller where the build is a Sea King HU.5 modified from the recent Airfix HAR.3. I have not exactly decided what I intend to build with my HAR.3 kit but thought I would look in my stash for a Revell Sea King to possibly provide the Radome for the spine. I didn't find the kit as I found a box with two Airfix Sea King AEW.Mk2/ASaC.Mk7's in it which one of the modellers got for me as they were on offer at a shop local to him. On looking through the box I found one of the larger radome's that I would require. I also looked at the sprue that had the filter box on it and compaired it against the filter box in the Airfix Sea King HC.4 box or the new HAR.3 box which has an identical filter. I found that the older kit has the better filter box!  :o

Now I am wondering if I should build one of the older filter boxes and have a go at casting the result, unless there are after market products available elsewhere.

Gondor

Yes they included the parts to do the HAS5 as a SAR version as well as the AEW bits so we get the larger radar, and yes the moulded details on the Sand Filter are better on the earlier kit than the decals on the latter. Air Graphics do a resin radome and Sand Filters for the Sea King.

Model Art Decals have just done a new set of SAR RN Sea King decals.

However it would be rather nice to have a dedicated ASW interior set for the Westland Sea King, as all we have is AEW, SAR or Commando without a correct interior for its primary role !!  :banghead:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on December 05, 2017, 11:15:59 am
There isn't any gap in the RLM numbers - Heinkel were allocated the numbers 111-119 and all were used.  Henschel were allocated 120-132.

I may have this aircraft built by one of the German Allies then as some were building other Heinkel products.

I am following a build on Britmodeller where the build is a Sea King HU.5 modified from the recent Airfix HAR.3. I have not exactly decided what I intend to build with my HAR.3 kit but thought I would look in my stash for a Revell Sea King to possibly provide the Radome for the spine. I didn't find the kit as I found a box with two Airfix Sea King AEW.Mk2/ASaC.Mk7's in it which one of the modellers got for me as they were on offer at a shop local to him. On looking through the box I found one of the larger radome's that I would require. I also looked at the sprue that had the filter box on it and compaired it against the filter box in the Airfix Sea King HC.4 box or the new HAR.3 box which has an identical filter. I found that the older kit has the better filter box!  :o

Now I am wondering if I should build one of the older filter boxes and have a go at casting the result, unless there are after market products available elsewhere.

Gondor

Yes they included the parts to do the HAS5 as a SAR version as well as the AEW bits so we get the larger radar, and yes the moulded details on the Sand Filter are better on the earlier kit than the decals on the latter. Air Graphics do a resin radome and Sand Filters for the Sea King.

Model Art Decals have just done a new set of SAR RN Sea King decals.

However it would be rather nice to have a dedicated ASW interior set for the Westland Sea King, as all we have is AEW, SAR or Commando without a correct interior for its primary role !!  :banghead:

Thanks for the info Thorvic, I'm currently reading a book on the Sea King to help me decide what to build with mine, probably real world or based on real world such as deployed on a Phantomised Eagle.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Thorvic on December 07, 2017, 12:17:26 am
Eagle did get her Sea kings for her final tour but they would be HAS1, had she been Phantomised then she would have soldiered on longer than Ark so the HAS2 and possibly HAS5 are viable  :thumbsup:.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on December 07, 2017, 02:27:17 pm
Eagle did get her Sea kings for her final tour but they would be HAS1, had she been Phantomised then she would have soldiered on longer than Ark so the HAS2 and possibly HAS5 are viable  :thumbsup:.

I take it you like the way I am thinking  ;D

Which squadron markings would that be? I take it the tail code would be the letter "E"

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Thorvic on December 07, 2017, 02:46:00 pm
826 Squadron was Eagles Sea King unit.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on December 07, 2017, 03:18:54 pm
826 Squadron was Eagles Sea King unit.

Thanks  :thumbsup:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on December 18, 2017, 11:43:28 am
As some of you may know, I recently started building the Master M61 A1 Vulcan gun although so far I have not had much time to work on it. I have found that I needed more self gripping tweezers to help build the kit and on Saturday I bought some from the nearest Hobbycraft store.

The history of the build will hopefully progress more smoothly in the future that it has, due to my dropping two parts on separate occasions and then finding them after an extended period of time, well a very, very small piece of etch metal is not easy to find even if it is quite bright against a grey carpet. While opening the packet of tweezers there was a sacrifice made to the modelling gods which ended up with me holding a finger above my head while the finger was wrapped in kitchen paper to stem the flow of blood  :banghead:

Oh well, hopefully the gods will be pleased.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on December 20, 2017, 09:33:45 am
Not been up to much recently. That's mainly due to my comming down with a virus, at least that's what the Dr told me when I saw here yesterday.

Sort of half a flu is what it feels like, at the start of November I had an underlaying cold which didn't help much, thankfully I was over the thing enough to enjoy Telford. Just hope I am over this round to enjoy Christmass  :-\

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: TheChronicOne on December 20, 2017, 06:48:29 pm
Feel better, my man...    That stuff is going around everywhere.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 20, 2017, 10:12:30 pm
That doesn't sound like fun Alastair, I hope it  doesn't spoil your Christmas.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on December 21, 2017, 06:20:58 am
Thanks guys, not been a great few days, completly lost the will to model other than visiting here although I am going to dig out all my Airfix Sea Kings to do comparisons between them and to decide on what I intend to do with each one.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on January 02, 2018, 03:42:23 am
A Happy New Year to all who read this and theirs. Hope your having a better time than I am.

The last few weeks have not been great, at the start of each of those I have had some virus which gave me flue like symptoms so nothing modelling has been done for ages.

So what am I looking forward to /planning to do this coming year?

Finish off the M-61 and also build a couple of kits, an Airfix 1/48 TSR2 with all the accessories and a 1/48 Kinetic Harrier T2/4. These are my must builds for the year, the aircraft I want to finish for Telford, hoping that the TSR2 can be taken by someone to Sweden as the person I am building it for moved there. The Harrier is for the Harrier SIG and was donated by the manufacturer to the SIG so it would be nice to finish that in time. The Airfix F-4K should be out later this month so that may jump the que a bit as I have a couple of Fujimi F-4M's to build too as well as my Lynx, "The Last Fart"

Everything is of course subject to change

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on January 06, 2018, 05:45:24 am
So far this year the nearest to actually "modelling" has been to shuffle a few kits around the stash, pre-order the Airfix Wellington and to poor over the new Airfix Phantom  :bow:

I am mid way updateing my dropbox list of Phantom kits and what I am intending to do with them as the two new Airfix kits I have so far are intended to be real worl builds which free's up a couple of the Fujimi kits I have so they can be repurposed, or in other words whiffed  :thumbsup:

Part of the update to my dropbox list is a new page containing a breakdown of all the sprues in the FG.1 boxing. Loads of spares in the kit due to the number op options provided although I am curious about the in-flight option when there are no crew included  :unsure:

Only three parts are not used in any of the options, the strengthened under wing part, A1, and two clear parts, F8 & F11 which will be used in the later Air Defence FGR.2 kit.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on January 06, 2018, 07:41:49 am
Just updated the Phantom list on Dropbox, here is the link https://www.dropbox.com/s/uzth8byiqyn6pwn/Phantoms.xlsx?dl=0

Not decided firmly enough what I intend to do with the previous Fujimi kits so I hve yet to add the new Airfix kits to the proposed build list, I have added a listing of the sprues.

After a little research maybe an HMS Eagle F-4 which as the last Sea Vixens they operated would be ab 899 Sqn machine, very tempting....

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on January 10, 2018, 02:58:39 am
I have firmed up my ideas for a couple of my Fujimi Phantoms that were going to be real world RN kites. They will still be done as RN machines, however they will now be What-if's and in this case, what-if Eagle had been Phantomised as well as the Ark?
So working on the principle that they would have kept the squadrons that they were operating prior to the Phantom refit, Eagle will have 899 NAS and Ark 892NAS. Now that 892 is not the last fixed wing squadron they would no longer be carrying the Omega symbol on their tails. I have ordered a set of Sea Vixen decals from Hannants which should provide the necessary decals for the older 892 markings as well as 899 flying fists for the other aircraft. I will probably find out that Thorvic has already built F-4K's in these schemes  :-\
Of the two Airfix kits I have, so far I have only decided that the one opened box will be 767 NAS, the other I have yet to make my mind up on.
The new releases for 2018 by Airfix have left me luke warm but with the possibility of a large hole in the bank balance. Luke warm as most of what I will buy was expected which rather dilutes the expectation some what. Three of the FGR.2 kit's have been pre-ordered last night to go along with the Wellington I pre-ordered last week. The Victor K2 will be passed onto family and friends for Xmas and not much else has taken my fancy though I might get tempted by the 1/48 Hunter F6 which leaves the older Academy one I have in the stash as a basis for a kit bash into an 1121 family member in 1/72. Waste not, want not  ;D
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on March 12, 2018, 10:58:41 am
A while since I wrote anything here but so what?

Really enjoying the current Cold War Group Build which has really got my mojo going again after the new year despite all the mistakes I find I have been making.
Regardless of the mistakes I keep thinking what else can I build? Thinking of building a Boeing C-97 'AWI' That I bought from Thorvic a couple of years ago, but as an American aircraft! I am also thinking of building the Mitsubishi T2 I have as an RAF trainer in the Red/White/Grey scheme which would be almost OOB so a fairly quick build.... Famous last words..

Decided that to help reduce construction time for the F.A.R.T. I will swap rotor heads with an Airfix Mk.8 I have in the stash. I really should try to get this finished for the Scottish Nationals as I am sure the back story would get a few laughs  ;D

Gondor

Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: TheChronicOne on March 13, 2018, 05:23:07 am
I like the sound of the trainer! 
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on March 19, 2018, 03:27:42 pm
Not got very far with anything, life keeps getting in the way, that and watching Master Chef

The major parts of the Victor's cockpit have been glued into one fuselage half ready for me to start a spot of decalling for both that and the T2 which has its cockpit parts assembled and glued to one half as well.

I should get the decalling done on Wednesday and in the meantime I am about to paint the Victor's engine intakes and engine fronts ready for instelation tomorrow into the upper wing.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on March 23, 2018, 11:17:01 am
Rather happy at the moment  ;D

I just found a tin of paint that I have been looking for for ages. Sort of one of those "Ill put it in a safe place" kind of events. Not only did I find the paint I was looking for, but some of it's brethren too  :thumbsup:

Which paint was I so looking forward to finding? It was a tin by Colourcoats M23 otherwise known as RN Light Admiralty Grey which is/was used by a lot of UK aircraft duering the Cold war. I also found in the old egg box where I found the missing Grey; M01 RN Light Weatherwork Grey; M02 RN Dark Deck Grey and M19 Royal Navy Deck Green.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on March 24, 2018, 03:04:29 am
Nice find re the paints  :thumbsup: Colourcoats are my favourite enamels and I'm glad they survived the closure of White Ensign.

Mind you I found some old Humbrol Authentics a while ago and they are still perfectly usable. Some interesting colours in the old sets intended for figures.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on March 24, 2018, 04:17:56 am

Mind you I found some old Humbrol Authentics a while ago and they are still perfectly usable. Some interesting colours in the old sets intended for figures.


I still have a load of the Authentics too. I also keep old paint catalogues which refer to them to help match colours as required.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Rick Lowe on March 24, 2018, 03:11:30 pm

Mind you I found some old Humbrol Authentics a while ago and they are still perfectly usable. Some interesting colours in the old sets intended for figures.


I still have a load of the Authentics too. I also keep old paint catalogues which refer to them to help match colours as required.

Gondor

Yeah, it doesn't help when you run out of one and find that now they only use numbers...
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on April 11, 2018, 02:24:10 pm
Not much to report model building wise as nothing has really got much further towards being finished.  :banghead:

It's not exactly a loss of mojo as I have plenty of drive to build, just life getting in the way a lot. Masterchief has been spoiling most evenings as far as modelling goes although I am really stunned at the quality of the food that the amateur cooks in this series are producing  :bow:

What I am building is not what I really should be building and I keep jumping from one build to another and then starting yet another build as the idea behind the new builds lead on from the previously started build  :banghead:

Recent purchases keep tugging at me to build them, an AMK Kfir C2/C7 kit that is inspiring me to make an Israeli C10 using an Scaleworx Resin Models C10 conversion kit, which is for the AMK kit, as a basis for converting a Hasegawa C2 kit. I received a Special Hobbies Gnat F1 today which I am tempted to build as either an RAuxAF aircraft or as a contender for the US Army Forward Air Controller which has also given me the idea of making a Gnat T1 as a Forward Air Controller in USAF service in SEA.

Partly because of all this extraneous building, when I do build, I am unlikely to have anything new for the Scottish Nationals which is making me consider not turning up to that event for the first time in ages. Part of this feeling is probably down to work. I get up at 5:30 each morning and usually get home some eleven and a half hours later so I am feeling quiet tired most evenings.

Gondor

Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Thorvic on April 12, 2018, 04:19:47 am
It happens the mojo just seems to work against you at times as its a fickle beast, pushing fresh ideas and builds but turns its nose up when you tell it you really need to finish something  :banghead:.

I don't think completing new builds is a compulsory option for attending shows !!, especially when its probably the largest local show to you  ;). It's more about meeting up with the crew, talking through ideas, chatting and joking etc. It's a good place to restock consumables and there's bound to be kits or conversions that are just too tempting to pass up.

I must admit I am in the same boat, distracted by the telly in that window of time post tea and pre-sleep where you may just have enough energy and ability to do a bit of modelling is often when the interesting telly is also on so the bench gets left as most will tend to prefer to kick back and relax after a long day at work.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 02, 2018, 12:56:12 pm
Still not been doing much modelling wise.

I have started a new project though. Its a conversion project. A 1:1 Cat from a 1:1 Kitten

Meet Spot!

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1730/42468926302_2d92c4bace_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/27GQmch)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1731/41618390035_3564adbaf2_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/26pF8oT)

The latest member of the family.

IAnd befor anyone asks, I called him spot so I can miss quote McBeth to him in the small hours of the morning....... "Out dam Spot" as he jumps all over the bed!

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: TheChronicOne on June 02, 2018, 01:19:10 pm
Still not been doing much modelling wise.

I have started a new project though. Its a conversion project. A 1:1 Cat from a 1:1 Kitten

Meet Spot!

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1730/42468926302_2d92c4bace_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/27GQmch)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1731/41618390035_3564adbaf2_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/26pF8oT)

The latest member of the family.

IAnd befor anyone asks, I called him spot so I can miss quote McBeth to him in the small hours of the morning....... "Out dam Spot" as he jumps all over the bed!

Gondor


Hi Spot!!!  :lol: :lol:


Good to see the both of yas!!!  :lol: :lol:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on June 04, 2018, 07:26:32 am
Looks a cute little thing, and that's from a confirmed dog lover  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on September 13, 2018, 08:41:15 am
Not had much to post here since the start of June.

The cat "Spot" is doing well, he is now allowed out having all his injections etc, which he is really enjoying, being outside that is, not the injections. Here is a fairly recent picture of him.

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I was trying him wearing a bow tie as I have friend visiting for dinner tomorrow so I thought he should get a little bit dressed up and as he had lost his luminous yellow collar the previous day it was an ideal time to take his picture. You can see him thinking, "OK, I will wear the bow tie, just gimmee the treats"

Various other things have been happening. Found out that my opticians have basically made a mess of my prescription as they had referred me to the hospital with regards to cataracts which the consultant who I saw yesterday said were not worth doing anything about and that she didn't expect to have to do anything for about ten years  :unsure:
I also had my car in for its MOT, the first since I bought it. Passed without any problems at all, not even one cautionary which is good  :thumbsup:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: JayBee on September 13, 2018, 11:08:05 am
Good news there Alistair, about the eyes and the car.
Spot on the other hand needs a little bit of training. Yes he has the natural colouring, the bow tie looks great, the background features are perfect, but he MUST learn to have that sneering superior look that cats have. You know the "Who are you looking at me like that" look.  :wacko:
Hope to see you at Glasgow.
Jim
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on September 15, 2018, 02:09:02 am
As Jim says, good news re the cataracts and car  :thumbsup: I to have the beginings of cataracts and have been told that I'm years away from them having to be dealt with.

As for Spot. He really does have a gorgeous coat, both in colouring and "look".
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on September 16, 2018, 03:27:42 am
As Jim says, good news re the cataracts and car  :thumbsup: I to have the beginings of cataracts and have been told that I'm years away from them having to be dealt with.

As for Spot. He really does have a gorgeous coat, both in colouring and "look".

Thanks NARSES2, that's exactly what the consultant said to me although the down side is not visiting her a gain, she was rather nice  ;) ;D

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on September 22, 2018, 02:07:06 am
I quite enjoy going for my regular blood pressure readings  ;)
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on October 04, 2018, 10:24:00 am
Today "The Grey Shadow" aka Spot got his first confirmed kill so I may be adding a little spider to the tag on his collar in the hope he becomes an Ace  :rolleyes:

On another note which is in fact model related, I intend to start two Esci/Italeri Sea Harrier FRS 1's to be painted and decaled up in other markings. No idea how long they will take to get made but I do know that unfortunately I will not be taking them to Telford this year so you will have to do without the fruit cake that I brought with me last year as well.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on October 05, 2018, 05:56:01 am
Today "The Grey Shadow" aka Spot got his first confirmed kill so I may be adding a little spider to the tag on his collar in the hope he becomes an Ace  :rolleyes:



Always remember a cat I had eon's ago first kill. Not sure who was more surprised, it or the mouse ? I know my then Mrs was under the illusion that the cat should have somehow caught the mouse, the reason it had been bought, and somehow taken it out back via the cat flap to be released safely back into the wild  :rolleyes: Also remember the dog being totally fascinated by the process  ;D

but I do know that unfortunately I will not be taking them to Telford this year so you will have to do without the fruit cake that I brought with me last year as well.

Gondor

Does that mean your'e not making it this year mate ?
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on October 06, 2018, 04:43:17 am

but I do know that unfortunately I will not be taking them to Telford this year so you will have to do without the fruit cake that I brought with me last year as well.

Gondor

Does that mean your'e not making it this year mate ?

Unless I will a few hundred pounds in the lottery in the next couple of weeks that's the case  :banghead:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on October 07, 2018, 05:56:22 am
That's a shame mate
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on October 07, 2018, 06:28:23 am
That's a shame mate

Certainly is. Lack of funds due to having to buy new glasses, which my opticians made a mess of and indeed referred me to the local eye hospital who said they don't expect to see me for another ten years. So back to the opticians who said they will replace my glasses free of charge once I get my eyes tested and correctly prescribed. And this time they will listen to what I say I can see and where I have difficulty with focus which is the problem.  :banghead:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on October 07, 2018, 06:44:35 am
I have to face the bill for new glasses come January and I am not looking forward to it. Even if my prescription stays the same I need new frames as I've lost weight and that's affected the fit of my current pair.

Totally sympathise mate
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: kerick on October 07, 2018, 06:52:04 am
Tie some rubber bands together and to the ear pieces. That will save you some money. Model building is more important!
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on October 07, 2018, 06:55:33 am
Tie some rubber bands together and to the ear pieces. That will save you some money. Model building is more important!

I remember kids at school whose parents had done that. Poor so and so's had the mick taken out of them rotten. Always felt sorry for them.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: zenrat on October 08, 2018, 03:40:43 am
Tie some rubber bands together and to the ear pieces. That will save you some money. Model building is more important!

I remember kids at school whose parents had done that. Poor so and so's had the mick taken out of them rotten. Always felt sorry for them.

I never had mine held on with lacky bands but they were often repaired with sticky tape.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on October 18, 2018, 12:00:47 pm
Been thinking about changing Spot's nick name from "The Grey Shadow" to "Spot... the trip hazard"  :rolleyes: ;D

Think I have caught a bug.... for Spitfires and the Wooksta! must surely be to blame  :angel:

After buying a couple of 1/48 scale Spitfire bits and pieces which included the Aeroclub Mk 14/21 fuselage kit to allow you to use both sets of wings from the Airfix Seafire to create a 21 if you build the Seafire as a 47 with folded wings. Anyway, that got me thinking of how similar the Airfix 1/72 PR XIX fuselage was and how well that would work with the late wing from the Mk 22 and well one thing is leading to another so I am resurrecting the sorting out of Spitfire parts in my stash to produce a myriad of aircraft, mainly late Spits as I like them a little better than the others. This has produced "A Plan" not to be confused with "The Plan" which is the Wooksta's!especially as this plan is only real world.

So far the idea is this:

Total number of kits so far for this little project is PR XIX's x 2, MK 22's x 4 although I am missing a set of PR XIX wings which The Wooksta! has kindly said he will donate  :thumbsup:

Quite a fair amount of work especially matching the wings to the fuselages, mainly at the front and rear of the wings but that's part of the fun in modelling  :unsure:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: The Wooksta! on October 21, 2018, 01:50:37 pm
Not all the F24s had the short cannon barrels and some had the same u/c doors as the Seafire FR47.  The position of the radio hatch on the starboard fuselage also moves, plus the prop is again different, but I can't remember how much by.  May be worth investing in the Freightdog Spitfire F24 set, because that'll give you exactly what you'll need.

There's two sets of PR19 wings set aside for you, plus something else I've just remembered and then forgotten...  Oh, yes.  Mk 19 radiators.  Sure I can find some in the spares box.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on October 21, 2018, 02:28:01 pm
Not all the F24s had the short cannon barrels and some had the same u/c doors as the Seafire FR47.  The position of the radio hatch on the starboard fuselage also moves, plus the prop is again different, but I can't remember how much by.  May be worth investing in the Freightdog Spitfire F24 set, because that'll give you exactly what you'll need.

There's two sets of PR19 wings set aside for you, plus something else I've just remembered and then forgotten...  Oh, yes.  Mk 19 radiators.  Sure I can find some in the spares box.

Thanks Lee, however I can't find anything about a Spitfire F24 set by Freightdog although I do have a copy of their OOP Mk 22 detail set. If you can send me an extra pair of those radiators that would be great as it will allow me to use the Airfix IXc wing with a XIX fuselage for a XIVc aircraft.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: The Wooksta! on October 21, 2018, 03:04:57 pm
Colin *definitely* did an F24 set as I got one in 2012 and the resulting model was done for Telford 2013 (and I detested it, but that's another story).  There's a resin scribing template with it and I'm sure I have one kicking about *somewhere*.  I'll add it to the bits if I come across it.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on October 21, 2018, 10:25:49 pm
Colin *definitely* did an F24 set as I got one in 2012 and the resulting model was done for Telford 2013 (and I detested it, but that's another story).  There's a resin scribing template with it and I'm sure I have one kicking about *somewhere*.  I'll add it to the bits if I come across it.

That would be fantastic Lee, especially as I have been unable to find one on the net  :thumbsup:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: The Wooksta! on October 22, 2018, 05:07:35 am
Found one in the spares box.  I know there's another somewhere as I'll want that in the future meself.  Also dug out several (at least four) sets of PR19 radiators, there's a pair of 19 wings, the back end from a Fujimi 14, some wheels and other bits.

It's a good job I went looking as I found my missing Attacker canopy!
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on October 22, 2018, 11:26:55 am
Found one in the spares box.  I know there's another somewhere as I'll want that in the future meself.  Also dug out several (at least four) sets of PR19 radiators, there's a pair of 19 wings, the back end from a Fujimi 14, some wheels and other bits.

It's a good job I went looking as I found my missing Attacker canopy!

Not worried about the wheels and undercarriage legs as I have a half dozed Eduard Spits myself so I have the odd one or two spare, nice haul by the way  :thumbsup:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on November 03, 2018, 04:00:09 pm
"The Return of the Carpet Monster"

While the girlfriend was watching the Rugby this afternoon I decided to do a little modelling. I carefully cut the nose from one of the recent, relatively that is, Harrier Gr Mk 7/9 kits so that I could add the Aeris Gr 5 nose I received today. The 7/9 nose will go onto an older New generation Harrier kit by Airfix as the new nose if far better than the older kits rendition. The resultant model will be following on from an idea planted by some of Spinners recent postings of Japanese Harriers. Basically, what if Japan bought the ex RAF machines and gave them a small upgrade to integrate them with their own weapons systems?
While trimming excess resin away from the Aeries nose in an attempt to misname the amount of work needed to blend it into the contours of the kits nose I was interrupted by my cat joining me on the chair I was sat on, shortly followed by the cat moving to the table which although it concerned me was not much of a worry so I looked back at what I was doing when the next thing I know is the cat has attempted to climb over a pile of kits causing an avalanche!
Since managing to catch the sliding mass of model boxed without much actual deposition of their contents from their respective containers I have yet to find the nose I was working on  :banghead: it appears for all intents and purposes to have diapered into thin air!  :angry:
An area described by the length of my arm from my seat and including a corresponding area below the table has been searched too!  :banghead:
Perhaps the carpet Monster has claimed the part which disappoints me intently as I only got the part this morning  :banghead:
I do have a spare nose from a Hasegawa Gr 5 kit which I am not building as a Gr 5 due to the lack of aerials under the tail that I decided I would not model myself. I found the Hasegawa nose after I received the resin item which is typical  :banghead:
Perhaps it will turn up at some point, hope it's sooner rather than later though  :-\

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: TheChronicOne on November 03, 2018, 04:47:57 pm
 :angry: :angry:  Laaaaaaaaaaaaaame.


Considering the shape, I bet it has fallen prey to "soap bar" antics and has probably flown off farther than expected. A good deal of the time when I lose a part it turns out that it has bounced or flown quite a ways further than I had anticipated.

Then there's the "I can't believe it, but..." scenario of things like: one of the kits that toppled over might have landed on it and somehow the nose piece became wedged between the box and its box lid, etc.

Might not be much solace at the moment, but we can hope!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: zenrat on November 03, 2018, 04:52:37 pm
...it appears for all intents and purposes to have diapered into thin air!...

Because you said "oh s**t"?

 ;D
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: TheChronicOne on November 03, 2018, 05:05:00 pm
 ;D ;D
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on November 04, 2018, 02:19:26 am
...it appears for all intents and purposes to have diapered into thin air!...

Because you said "oh s**t"?

 ;D

Actually I didn't. It was "where the heck did that go?"

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on November 04, 2018, 05:54:39 am
I dropped a vital piece, or a few vital pieces, on Friday and couldn't believe how far some of them flew. Found all but one in the end and I haven't found that even by using the normally full proof method of walking barefoot  :banghead:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on November 17, 2018, 08:04:25 am
Managed to get around to repairing show damage to a few builds from Glasgow, some of them from last year  :o

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on November 18, 2018, 12:31:47 am
Well done. I always find it difficult to get around to repairing damage to a previously finished kit. They never, ever seem the same to me. Sad  :-\
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 18, 2018, 01:09:11 am

Well done. I always find it difficult to get around to repairing damage to a previously finished kit. They never, ever seem the same to me. Sad  :-\


Yes, what is it about repairing damaged builds?

I find that VERY difficult to do, and I've got more than one shelf full of models that need to be sorted, usually busted prop blades or landing gear, but in one case the entire wing and engine have come right off. That's a B-25H Mitchell with the 75 mm cannon in the nose.

It's not the technical nature of doing the repair, that's often a 'piano wire and super glue' job, but it's the mental effect of knowing that my previous work has been vandalised in some way perhaps?
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: TheChronicOne on November 18, 2018, 07:33:30 am
Yeeesh, this is depressing. My next "build day" I'm going to stop and repair a couple of mine.  ;D   

Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on November 18, 2018, 12:38:58 pm
Yeeesh, this is depressing. My next "build day" I'm going to stop and repair a couple of mine.  ;D   

Just remembered that there is a Typhoon Mk 1 with one of it's main undercarriage legs missing on my work bence, the propellor is around there somewhere too.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: TheChronicOne on November 19, 2018, 03:41:12 pm
Oooh....  yeah, get on that , brotha.   I forgot. I'm going to grab mine in a minute and fix it. My F/U-2 took a nasty fall. Nose, canopy, and pogo wheel busted up.


Speaking of main gear legs, I was spraying one of mine earlier with clear when it popped out of the clothespin, flew out the window, then tumbled two stories down into the yard. AMAZINGLY I went down there and found it in less than 60 seconds. Dodged a bullet there... I thought it was a gonner....
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: zenrat on November 20, 2018, 01:00:56 am
If I don't fix tham right away then there is a very real risk of it never getting done and them becoming parts fodder.

I took the Post Apocalypse van to model car club last night and managed to dislodge the bull bar and the machine gun mount.  I fixed both this morning between shifts.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 20, 2018, 11:56:55 pm

If I don't fix tham right away then there is a very real risk of it never getting done and them becoming parts fodder.

I took the Post Apocalypse van to model car club last night and managed to dislodge the bull bar and the machine gun mount.  I fixed both this morning between shifts.


A very admirable attitude to take I must say.  :thumbsup:

I should adopt it (but probably won't....... :banghead:) but I have a MASSIVE backlog of repairs to get through first and the sheer magnitude of the task is a bit defeating.  :-\
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on November 21, 2018, 07:36:34 am
Decided to have a search on the modelling desk for the missing undercarriage part for the Tempest and actually found it!  ;D

I even found the missing doors from my single seat firefly too  :lol:

Thinking that I am going to have to use alternative parts for the Tempest undercarriage though as the break is in a place that is probably at the weakest for the leg and it refuses to go back together  :banghead:

I might have some white metal parts around somewhere.....

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on December 11, 2018, 11:10:03 am
The Tempest is still not fixed as I can't find the white metal Aeroclub undercarriage legs  :banghead:

However between the girlfriend and myself I now have the nose of the Harrier GR.5  :thumbsup:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: zenrat on December 12, 2018, 02:06:18 am
...between the girlfriend and myself I now have the nose of the Harrier GR.5...

Won't that chafe?

 :o
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on December 12, 2018, 05:52:56 am
...between the girlfriend and myself I now have the nose of the Harrier GR.5...

Won't that chafe?

 :o

Depends on what you do with it.....

I probably should have said "Between the girlfriend and myself I have found the missing resin nose for the Harrier GR.5"

No chafing involved even though you can apparently buy ointments, creams and other products to reduce or eliminate chafing  :blink:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on December 28, 2018, 06:32:06 am
Defiantly going to try and keep this girlfriend. My Christmas/Birthday present from her is a Gift voucher for Hannants! Only down side is that Hannants won't accept gift vouchers as payment for backorders so until the new Airfix Phantom FGR2 arrives I will have to do my best to resist temptation.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: TheChronicOne on December 28, 2018, 07:55:39 am
Brilliant!!  ;D
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on January 03, 2019, 12:39:33 pm
So in the last week I have managed to get some modelling done with a lot more done today as the girlfriend was back at work today so it's just me and the cat here.

One of my new Airfix Phantoms, an FG.1 has been getting a little work done on it but last night and also today the majority of work has been on an AMK 1/72 Kfir which will be a CE version as I have a Scaleworx conversion set to go with it. I also started a Folland Gnat F.1 today which will be an operational machine. Just contemplating what to put under it's wings other than a pair of fuel tanks, maybe a pair of early sidewinders?

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on January 05, 2019, 12:04:06 pm
Just doing a few odds and ends as I feel as if I have caught something flu like, slightly concerned as one of me nieces has recently been diagnosed with T.B!
Anyhow, I am about to add some filler to the underside of a Heller Mirage III E/R/5/ BA which is not going to be exactly what it says on the box. There are several slight lumps on the underside which after checking with a few pictures I concluded that they are indeed as I suspected supposed to be small exhausts but are in fact just small indistinct lumps on the kit. Does anyone know of an aftermarket detail set that would provide replacements?

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: zenrat on January 05, 2019, 05:41:02 pm
My niece had TB.  As a result one lung isn't as effective as it should be.
Don't know about there but over here when anyone is diagnosed with it a specialised team kicks into action and they round up anyone who has been in contact with the patient, (blood) test them and if deemed necessary send them for chest X-Rays.
As an ex-smoker waiting for the other shoe to drop I was happy to be x-rayed as it showed nothing wrong (yet).

She'll be fine.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on January 06, 2019, 01:09:36 am
Yup it's a disease that had almost been eradicated by the mass inoculation program when I was a kid. Back then it was relatively common and the only treatment was a year or so in a sanatorium. One of the fledgling NHS's first success stories  :bow:

It does seem to be making a fightback however. Your niece will be fine and providing you had your inoculations back in the day so should you  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on January 06, 2019, 01:57:30 am
Thanks for the reassurance guys although I was not really worried about it. Anyone any idea about the parts for the Mirage though?

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on January 16, 2019, 02:22:25 pm
So I have been doing some tidying of my modelling bench and I come across one half of the forward fuselage of a Hasegawa F-111, no problem I thought to myself as I know where the box is that this should be in. When I opened the box I find a complete forward fuselage consisting of not only both forward fuselage half's but the cockpit and a scratch built electronics bay too  :-\
Scratching my head I look around and then check the contents of another three Hasegawa F-111 kits I have easy access to, nope, not from them either  :banghead:
It's a while later after having found a couple of PM Sea Fury's and the while metal undercarriage legs they both held, one of which will be used to repair my Tempest Mk.1, I realized that I had also been working on an F-111B! So hunting around I managed to find the box with the rest of the build in it, only it didn't contain the rest of the build as the other forward fuselage half wasn't in the box  :banghead:
Lots of hunting low and high eventually turned up the part hiding on the bench which when I remove the scraps of plastic that litter it's surface and store the parts that may become useful due to their interesting shape or because they are a reasonable size I should have some space to work on.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: TheChronicOne on January 16, 2019, 03:40:42 pm
 ;D ;D   Don't think I've ever had something become lost and it still be on the bench!



Good to hear of the progress!!  You're going to be feelin' and buildin' like a million bucks at the end of it all.  :mellow: :mellow: :lol:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: kerick on January 16, 2019, 04:03:53 pm
Keep at it! It pays off in the long run. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on February 05, 2019, 12:02:45 am
Today and the rest of the week are not going to be the best ever. I live in a flat/apartment owned by a Housing Association and they are refitting the kitchen!
So three days of modelling, possibly.... as it could be far easier to just sit in front of the PC and play Civilization or Kerbal Space Program but as I received a Tornado fin from Trevor I should get on with the EF3 Tonka that I was going to build as well as my Indian version too.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on February 05, 2019, 05:35:32 am
Hope it goes to plan mate. My kitchen refit, nothing fancy, took far longer than 3 days.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on February 05, 2019, 05:56:36 am
Almost 2pm local and so far the old units have been ripped out, the tiles taken off the wall, the electrics are done including fitting a new smoke detector that was not fitted in the kitchen and the new floor is going down so progress is good I think.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on February 05, 2019, 06:27:44 am
If the electrics is done it certainly is  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on February 06, 2019, 02:38:00 am
Heading towards 11am and most of the unit carcasses are in. Some of the worktops are on but none of the wall units yet. Defiantly progress  :thumbsup:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: zenrat on February 06, 2019, 02:45:44 am
Hope it goes to plan mate. My kitchen refit, nothing fancy, took far longer than 3 days.

I whiffed my own from Ikea kit parts.  All was going well until the plumber pointed out I had breached building regs by having my cupboards too low over the gas hob.

D'oh!

Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on February 07, 2019, 12:33:28 am
Haveing a wonderful time at the moment.

Currently using my laptop as my PC is refuing to start  :banghead:

Although I now have a usable kitchen it's by no means finnished either so phonecalls will be made duering the day to get that sorted out.

Good news is that I got the car serviced, bad news is that it still needs the brakes sorted out but that will have to wait untill next month.

I did get a bonus from work at the end of last month, however it was not a huge amount after the tax man got hold of it and of course the pc problem and the brakes happen once I have spent most of the money  :-\  typical  :banghead: :banghead:

It does mean though I have a few nice things on their way to me modelling wise.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on February 10, 2019, 03:03:36 pm
Having a wonderful time Ono holiday......not  :banghead:

The only modelling that I have done for most of the last week was today when I separated the parts for the K.2, SR.2 and B.2 versions from the Airfix Victor K.2/SR.2 boxing. After some thought I may follow up on an old intention of producing a Blue Steel armed Victor from an old Matchbox kit I have. I have the unused B.2 wing parts from the K.2 kit and a Blue Steel from a B.2 that I got cheep at the Glasgow show a couple of years ago so it should be a simple case of marrying all the parts together :rolleyes:

Most of the last week though has been spent not feeling well, this included my spending time in Thursday night at my local A&E.
Now starting tot feel better, just not good enough to go back to work yet.

And of course known that I have spent my bonus on models and mainly model related books  ;D my PC decides to dded on me  :banghead:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on March 26, 2019, 09:41:41 am
Not been doing anything build wise for a while. I did get some motivation with the Tonka Theme build but once I started the drive slowly left me.
Getting the mojo back a bit. Perthis at the end of next month and I have some time off prior to the show so that I can spend some time to ensure that all the kits I take to the show are in good condition.
I have also been following the 1/48 F-4(VS) build which has got me thinking about the one I have plans to build. This has lead to my reviewing my UK Phantom stash. The results have changed what I am building with some of them but not others. So now I have two partly build Fujimi F-4's which will be armed with Red Tops by Freightdog, one will be RAF and the other RN, not decided which squadrons yet but with my build rate there is no hurry. One of the other kits will be used with a Matchbox F-4K/M in a similar way to Thorvic as using the two kits enable the fuselage to be stretched relatively easily. A similar approach will be used with another of the Fujimi kits with left overs from my F-4(VS) to produce an HL variant. Another will get part of a Fujimi RF-4E grafted onto it. That leaves my sixth and final Fujimi F-4 which will probably be another variation of a reconnaissance version.
Finally the second Matchbox kit I have will be changed drastically into a side by side aircraft, just to be something different.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: JayBee on March 26, 2019, 09:44:45 am


Finally the second Matchbox kit I have will be changed drastically into a side by side aircraft, just to be something different.

Gondor

That's the spirit Alistair.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: TheChronicOne on March 27, 2019, 10:43:13 am
Hell yeah, that sounds pretty cool.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on March 27, 2019, 11:09:00 am
I'm thinking that the cockpit area will be replaced with part of a Matchbox Lightning two seater cockpit but with an F-14 radome and looking a bity like an F-102B in shpe

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: TheChronicOne on March 27, 2019, 11:26:43 am
Like Captain Picard says, "Make it so!"   ;D
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: JayBee on March 27, 2019, 12:16:57 pm
looking a bity like an F-102 in shpe

Gondor

Yeugh!!!!!
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 12, 2019, 06:15:35 am
Having received my Freightdog Hawker P.1101 conversion set I have reorganized part of my modelling room so that my Revell Hunter's are easily reachable rather than at the bottom of a pile of other kits. This has also allowed me to take stock of what I intend to do with the various kits, 3 x Revell Mk.6's, 4 x Revell Mk.9's and an Xtrakit T.7. These will be a mix or real world build and what iff's. A Peruvian Mk.4, A Swiss Mk.58, A GA.11 a Saudi aircraft and a T.66 using the Freightdog conversion set make up the real world allocations so far with the Xtrakit T.7 allocated to be a P.1130 and one of the Mk.9's to be a P.1083 which also has in it's box the P.1109 conversion set in the box as well.
I'm thinking of using the P.1101 with the P.1083 and P.1109 with long range tanks to feed that thirsty engine. I am probably going to purchase another set of the P.1101 and P.1083 sets to bu id an alternative T.7 which is likely to be in the Red/White scheme though one of the various aerobatic schemes is an idea for someone else. The P.1083 will probably be used with one of the two Huntsman conversions I have which will be just that little bit different.
Now to get on with some of these builds as well as the rest of the part started builds I have  :banghead:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 26, 2019, 09:48:29 am
Regarding my comments above about getting on with some of the builds I had a feeling that I was missing a few parts between my Revell hunter kits. On checking I found that two of them were each missing one fuselage half, which happened to be for the opposite sides of the aircraft.  :banghead:

Half an hour later and the missing fuselage half's were found, cut up!  :o

Fortunately I had been using them to attempt to create a set of intakes after a conversation with Campbell from Odds & Ordinance. He succeeded in producing a set and I didn't but I had started work which fortunately involved cutting out part of the inside of the wing roots and no further back than I need to cut the fuselage for the P.1101 so I can use the cut fuselage half's for the P.1101 and have matched up the fuselage half's so that all the other Revell hunters are complete.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on May 27, 2019, 07:06:13 am
Glad to see Lady Luck smiled for a change  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on May 27, 2019, 10:23:39 am
Glad to see Lady Luck smiled for a change  :thumbsup:

Not half as much as I am!

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 13, 2019, 02:36:45 am
It's been an eventful couple of weeks. The heating in my car stopped working last week which was bothersome then this week I messed up applying varnish too early to the upper surface paint on my one week group build. That was followed by my car running poorly yesterday morning on the way into work, no acceleration to speak of, on the way home things were much better until all of a sudden the engine overheating warning came on so I had to crawl home at a maximum speed of 50mph so the engine would stay cool! Found out that the level of liquid in the radiator was effectively empty which was proved by my pouring four pints of water into the top up tank after the car had cooled down.
Other things not exactly going my way was my trying to purchase several AMK 1/72 Kfir C2/C7 kits as the item had come into stock at Hannants to almost immediately go out of stock from mostly back orders and trade orders. My attempts at buying from eBay failed as those that I saw last night were not there this morning. So if anyone knows where I can get hold of any and pay with PayPal preferably, I would be a happy camper.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: TheChronicOne on June 15, 2019, 09:56:37 pm
Bummer about the engine problems brotha. That sounds pretty troublesome, hopefully it's just a hose leak or something. Fear of auto malfunction is why I haven't left the city limits in many years.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 20, 2019, 11:42:56 am
While digging out a pair of Lancaster engine pods this evening I found two Heller 1/72 Mirage IV's. I can remember that I am intending to convert one into a Spey engined version but can't remember what I was going to do with the other. Perhaps a flick through some of my refference material will enlighten me, maybe not  ;D

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 22, 2019, 06:52:41 am
Quite chuffed with myself as I have eventually managed to repair one of my previous builds which had an undercarriage collapse. :banghead: :banghead:

https://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php?topic=42335.0

Never did post any pictures of the completed aircraft, may do so later this weekend.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: zenrat on June 22, 2019, 06:33:13 pm
While digging out a pair of Lancaster engine pods this evening I found two Heller 1/72 Mirage IV's. I can remember that I am intending to convert one into a Spey engined version but can't remember what I was going to do with the other. Perhaps a flick through some of my refference material will enlighten me, maybe not  ;D

Gondor

My mind is trying to picture a Mirage IV with a pair of Merlins... :o
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 23, 2019, 06:07:57 am
While digging out a pair of Lancaster engine pods this evening I found two Heller 1/72 Mirage IV's. I can remember that I am intending to convert one into a Spey engined version but can't remember what I was going to do with the other. Perhaps a flick through some of my refference material will enlighten me, maybe not  ;D

Gondor

Mu mind is trying to picture a Mirage IV with a pair of Merlins... :o


In the back, geared together to power the mother of all pusher contra-props!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on June 23, 2019, 08:38:51 am
Ah, perhaps I should clear things up a bit. The Merlin's are for a Mosquito and yes I know that's what powered them normally but not in a Lancaster power egg.  ;D

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 15, 2019, 10:31:32 am
Not happy about yesteray  :angry:

Three major sporting events on the same day and at the same time!!!!  :banghead: :banghead:

The Brittish Grand Prix, Wimbeldon Men's Final and the Cricket World Cup arggghhhhhhhh!!!!!!  :banghead: :banghead:
 
Saying that, with all that sport out of the way I might get some modelling done  :rolleyes:

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: TheChronicOne on July 15, 2019, 10:42:50 am
Going to have to buy some more television sets.  ;D
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on July 16, 2019, 05:51:12 am

Saying that, with all that sport out of the way I might get some modelling done  :rolleyes:

Gondor

Open Golf and Netball World Cup this week, Ashes, Football season and Rugby World Cup all to follow along shortly  ;) I've got tickets for the Friday at the Oval as well  :cheers:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 16, 2019, 07:29:50 am

I've got tickets for the Friday at the Oval as well  :cheers:


Colour me green with envy

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on July 17, 2019, 06:12:57 am

I've got tickets for the Friday at the Oval as well  :cheers:


Colour me green with envy

Gondor

Helps being a Surrey member, still pricey but a cracking day. We try to go to the Friday Test day every year.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 17, 2019, 07:29:26 am

I've got tickets for the Friday at the Oval as well  :cheers:


Colour me green with envy

Gondor

Helps being a Surrey member, still pricey but a cracking day. We try to go to the Friday Test day every year.

If I were I would too.

Trying to teach my latest girlfriend how cricket works, not having much luck but at least she is tolerant. Good thing is that she is wanting to build a model or two, probably a Samba Bus to start off with.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on July 18, 2019, 05:48:08 am

Trying to teach my latest girlfriend how cricket works, not having much luck but at least she is tolerant. Good thing is that she is wanting to build a model or two, probably a Samba Bus to start off with.

Gondor

It can be extremely difficult explaining to anyone who hasn't been involved with cricket from an early age how it works. Most of us who get "into" it will have played it at school and started to pick up the basics, if not the nuances, of the laws then. I've found in the past that getting a girl friend to come to a local Sunday club game, where there tends to be plenty of cakes and white wine available helps  ;)  Mind you, you do have keep a sense of humour if they have missed your entire innings, or in my case overs, whilst sleeping, walking the dog or chatting with other "cricket widows"  :angel:

Great she wants to have a crack at a model  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on July 20, 2019, 05:33:13 am
I had a thought on modelling while working on a project
A new Group Build for everyone to partake whatever itis they make
The only rule to post in proze.

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: zenrat on July 20, 2019, 05:49:50 am
There once was a modeller from Nantucket....
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on January 03, 2020, 08:27:24 am
I hope everyone has had good holidays, my girlfriend and myself are not in the best of health although we wish good health to everyone on the forum.

Regards

Alastair & Ailsa
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: JayBee on January 03, 2020, 11:18:15 am
There once was a modeller from Nantucket....

who tripped over a bucket.
?
 :rolleyes: :wacko:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: TheChronicOne on January 03, 2020, 08:15:19 pm
I hope everyone has had good holidays, my girlfriend and myself are not in the best of health although we wish good health to everyone on the forum.

Regards

Alastair & Ailsa

Cheers!

Thanks for stopping in.  :mellow:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: NARSES2 on January 04, 2020, 02:01:54 am
Hope the pair of you get well soon mate. I'm getting my money's worth out of the NHS at the moment, Gor'd bless them  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on January 04, 2020, 06:11:17 am

Hope the pair of you get well soon mate. I'm getting my money's worth out of the NHS at the moment, Gor'd bless them  :thumbsup:


Both of us are far better now just in time for the end of the holidays  :-\

Gondor
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Rheged on January 04, 2020, 09:48:16 am
There once was a modeller from Nantucket....

who tripped over a bucket.
?
 :rolleyes: :wacko:

He cried out "I say!!"

Who put that in my way...........


OK, all we need now is a final line.
Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: zenrat on January 04, 2020, 06:00:39 pm
...when into its place they should tuck it?

Title: Re: Gondor's Grumblings
Post by: Gondor on February 23, 2020, 02:34:24 pm
Not much been happening over the last couple of months model wise, but a few things model related though. A trip to IKEA earlier this month to buy some large packing boxes that will fit into the loft so I can store some of the less likely to build models. This has grown arms and legs due to getting a phone call from Vodaphone, who duering the summer dug up the pavements around my area to install fiber-optic cable. So I now have Gigafast broadband thanks the the fiber cable that was installed directly into my model room on Friday which necessitated moving quantaties of models out of the room so I could move a table to give the engineer access to the wall  :banghead:
So not only am I enjoying a nice new internet connection, the phone is also connected via the modem too, necessitating a new home phone number, so if any of you have previously got my number or would like it then drop me a message as I can't remember who I have given the old number to  :banghead:
Following on from moving models out of and around the room to allow access to an outside wall, an inventory or possibly a census has started to take place of my models. Just scratching the surface of my models at the moment at the number of 87 kits recorded which includes one CMR conversion set to make an Avro York. The task has been helped by "El prometido" assisting on the keyboard as she can type way faster than I can, it is her profession after all  ;D
Fortunately the cat has decided not to help  :rolleyes:

Gondor