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Title: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on January 05, 2014, 01:46:27 am
Well with the start of a New Year i thought i might as well join this blogging trend, especially as i have some specific ideas on what i want to build this year and the reasons behind it. Some will be Project Cancelled related some will be what-if and i may even do a bit of kit bashing in between as some of my previous builds could do with a new attempt following more detailed information becoming available since i built them as i did with the Vickers/Supermarine Type 583 last year. Another driving force is the excellent new kits appearing from Airfix which scream at you to build them and of course we should really consider Whiffing them as everybody will be going OOB with them  ;).
 
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on January 05, 2014, 01:50:46 am

OK down to business, i have currently just finished a Sea Harrier Sidetrack AEW, based on the Airfix SHAR F/A-2 kit and the Lonewulf Models Sidetrack conversion set  released at SMW2013 and inspired by Chris Gibsons book on 'The Admiralty and AEW' which was one of the prime motivators for last years Projects Cancelled AEW theme. Lovely Conversion to build, straightforward cutting of the kit and the resin fitted it well, just be very cautious with the wing tip as they include the Sidetrack pods and need to be butt jointed to the trimmed down wing.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v666/Thorvic/Xmas2013009_zps3a3a6193.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v666/Thorvic/Xmas2013006_zps7190a8e3.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v666/Thorvic/Xmas2013005_zpsc4fd3e79.jpg)
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: NARSES2 on January 05, 2014, 02:26:06 am
That looks quite mean in that colour scheme  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on January 05, 2014, 03:09:43 am
One of my themes i'm building is inspired by the Patrick Martin book on the British Phantom vol1 so as well as doing real Royal Navy Phantom F-4K and FG1's i will also be doing the Phantoms ordered for HMS Eagle along with some of the others origianlly planned for the CVA-01 fleet before it was cancelled. First up being a a CVA-01 aircraft from the late 70s thats almost finished. Followed by an Early 70s one on Eagle. This is why i was picking up Fujimi FG1/F4k kits last year but it would be nice to get decent decals as the kit ones do not apply nicely and all the aftermarket stuff available is for the RAF version  :banghead:.

Also nearing completion is a new Airfix Lightning OOB, this will be Whiff as have selected a different unit but more on that once i source the decals. Its a lovely build BTW and looks a treat when assembled so looking foward to the F-6 next summer.
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Post by: kitnut617 on January 05, 2014, 06:43:01 am
That Sidetrack Harrier looks very good Geoff, think I'll buy one (or two) of those conversions myself ---
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Post by: Thorvic on January 05, 2014, 06:53:49 am
For those interested the conversion set is available from Lonewulf Models here :-

http://www.lonewulfmodels.co.uk/sub_category.php?c_id=21&sc_id=51# (http://www.lonewulfmodels.co.uk/sub_category.php?c_id=21&sc_id=51#)

LW027 and retgains for 18 in the UK
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on January 05, 2014, 07:30:28 am
That's a real beauty Geoff ! What did you use for the underwing tanks ?

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on January 05, 2014, 08:35:03 am
That's a real beauty Geoff ! What did you use for the underwing tanks ?

 :cheers:

Kept it simple and used the kits tanks although the set does include replacement pylons and tanks
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on January 05, 2014, 02:55:51 pm
They just look bigger. I looked at the Lonewulf site and their build has the smaller ones.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: The Wooksta! on January 05, 2014, 03:16:05 pm
Also nearing completion is a new Airfix Lightning OOB, this will be Whiff as have selected a different unit but more on that once i source the decals. Its a lovely build BTW and looks a treat when assembled so looking foward to the F-6 next summer.

The F6 would be worth doing in 74 Sqn markings in the 80s ADV greys. They found that they had enough airframes in the early 80s to form another squadron but two things put the block on it - not enough fast jet pilots coming through Cranwell and the Treasury wouldn't fund it.  74 was the squadron allegedly slated for it.  So you could have either F3s, T5s or F6s.  ADV greys with a black spine and fin with that big tiger badge?  Or even a T5A (that's the T55 in the real world).

Bill Clark is doing a fine conversion of the new Airfix kit back to a small tank version over on Britmodeller.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on January 05, 2014, 03:59:43 pm
They just look bigger. I looked at the Lonewulf site and their build has the smaller ones.

 :cheers:

The Airfix FA2 kit has bigger tanks than the FRS1
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on January 05, 2014, 05:19:53 pm
The Airfix FA2 kit has bigger tanks than the FRS1

OK thanks. I have several of both...but ended up so mired down by my usual 'all at once' method that I have boxes of half built kits and no idea what is what !

 :banghead:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Mossie on January 06, 2014, 02:15:52 am
Sidetrack Harrier looks great Geoff.  Looking forward to the Phantoms, guess there's a lot of scope for squadrons had things turned out differently.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on January 06, 2014, 08:40:23 am
Looking forward to the Phantoms as well. Probably my favourite ac/markings combo ever. Just looks right !

 :wub: :tornado: :wub:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on January 06, 2014, 12:55:01 pm
OK Here's the first Phantom FG1 XT860 893 Squadron HMS Queen Elizabeth R-01 (CVA-01). The Phantom is fully armed for the CAP role as operating from CVA-01 the aircraft would not be under the strict safety limitations imposed on Phantom operations from the Ark Royal

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v666/Thorvic/QEPhantom002_zps1fb0333b.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v666/Thorvic/QEPhantom007_zps9cc8c709.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v666/Thorvic/QEPhantom004_zps84fada43.jpg)

Fujimi FG1 kit with mix of decals as the kit ones are crap !.

In the background are some of the Phantom kits amassed so far.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on January 06, 2014, 01:19:35 pm
A thing of beauty ! Love the tail markings. What's the deal with the kit decals ? Too thick ?

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on January 06, 2014, 01:45:24 pm
The 893 markings come from the Airfix 1/48th Sea Vixen, as the 1/72nd versions didn't give enough impact.

As to the Fujimi decals the colours are slightly off for both the Red and the Roundel Blue, plus the stencilling really does leave silver decal film regardless of finish and setting solutions, unfortunately when Fujimi re-issued the kits and the end of the naughties, they provided new Cartograf decals for the 2 last use RAF grey boxings they did but put the same old crap ones in the Silver Jubilee boxings. The matter is made worse as the only decent comprehensive RN Phantom set is the one provided by Hobbydecal which is a dry transfer sheet and the guy is now focused on ship model decks so is not restocking his overseas distributors or dealing with direct orders  :banghead:.
I did pester both AirDoc and Hannants to do RN Phantom sheets as they are sorely missing from the aftermarket range at the moment
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: The Wooksta! on January 06, 2014, 02:32:10 pm
Silvering?  Try sliding the decal onto wet cloth then into a bath of Johnson's Kleer.  Apply to model and pushdown with a cotton bud.  Got that tip from one of the guys on Britmodeller who gets into Uncle Frank's and I haven't had a problem with silvering since.
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Post by: Mossie on January 07, 2014, 03:12:43 am
Like the Argyle pullover markings from 893 NAS, looking forward to more.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: NARSES2 on January 07, 2014, 07:04:17 am
Nice one mate
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on January 07, 2014, 08:06:55 am
Cheers guys, the next one will an Eagle based one that got nicked (allocated) to the RAF to create 43 sqdn.

Currently working through the stenciling on the new Airfix Lightning, just doing a section at a time so they can cure before handling again so possibly taking longer to decal than build !!. Not in a rush as waiting for Hannants delivery with the alternative decals as yes it will be a subtle whiff  ;)
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on January 08, 2014, 02:25:56 am
Possibly more a library post than Modelling post but its my blog and and the subject matter is a study of the issues that drive alot of my Project Cancelled builds.

Spent the last couple of days weighing up the pro & cons of purchasing a rather expensive case study off Amazon for reading on my Kindle and last night i decided to take the plunge.

The case study is 'Land Based Air Power or Aircraft Carriers' which studies the issues for the British Defence Policy during the 60's, the battle between the Royal Navy to replace its Carriers and the RAF to use Island bastions as the core of defending our interests and exerting influence East of Suez as the Empire became independent. It also follows the withdrawal from EoS and the 70s focus on the Nato northern flank and the knock on effects of both. Should prove an interesting read and establish the context of much of my Project Cancelled focus.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: NARSES2 on January 08, 2014, 07:01:48 am
Sounds a weighty tomb Geoff, if a Kindle work can be called such.

I find these inter service/departmental wrangles far more bloody then most soaps and unfortunately they have a large effect on us poor tax payers  :banghead: Sometimes if you wrote them as fiction no one would believe it
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: rickshaw on January 08, 2014, 06:04:42 pm
Sounds a weighty tomb Geoff, if a Kindle work can be called such.

I find these inter service/departmental wrangles far more bloody then most soaps and unfortunately they have a large effect on us poor tax payers  :banghead: Sometimes if you wrote them as fiction no one would believe it

But they do make the stuff of excellent comedy (cue - "Yes, Minister" and "Yes, Prime Minister" and "In the Thick of It" ;D )
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on January 08, 2014, 09:00:40 pm
When I saw it on your FB link I thought it was awful pricey....but if you're into it and you can learn and enjoy it, what does it really cost ? I find myself asking questions like that too often.....$30 dollars is a lot to spend on a kit, but I have no problem spending $40 on beer......crazy

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on January 09, 2014, 02:15:55 am
When I saw it on your FB link I thought it was awful pricey....but if you're into it and you can learn and enjoy it, what does it really cost ? I find myself asking questions like that too often.....$30 dollars is a lot to spend on a kit, but I have no problem spending $40 on beer......crazy

 :cheers:

Yeap i was weighing up the pro's & con's but decided i needed a better understanding of the plans and events to set Project Cancelled builds within their context as whilst i will always side on the Royal Navy and Carriers you can see the benefits of the Island bases and suitable aircraft.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on January 09, 2014, 02:26:58 am
Finally finished decalling the new Airfix Lightning last night so i can get on with final assembly  ;D.

Was nice to see Spinners go down a similar thought process to me for his CGI version although mines not 43 sqdn.

Its a rather nice kit to build so far, needs some test fitting and a tad of filler in places generally where the optional parts go, but its rather novel to be able to build a decent lightning with the right shapes and proper interior detail for intakes, cockpit and undercarriage bays  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on January 09, 2014, 01:26:32 pm
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v666/Thorvic/F2A002_zpsa1e17454.jpg)

Managed to get the Lighning finished today, took some photos and noticed that at some stage the port side roundel and bars had disappeared so can't do a full photo shoot. Have ordered some replacement decals so will finish it next week once they have been delivered  :banghead:.

Anyway is an RAF Lightning F-2A of 28 Sqdn RAF Kai Tak in Hong kong in the mid 70s, the Lightning unit having replaced the Hunters previously used in 1967.

The aircraft is serialled XN798 which is one of the cancelled F2s, and easily adapted from the kit options, most od the decals from the kit plus some aftermarket Hunter decals to get the suitable unit.

Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Martin H on January 09, 2014, 01:44:49 pm
ooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh  nice!
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Post by: kitnut617 on January 09, 2014, 03:08:42 pm
ooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh  nice!

definitely  ----   :thumbsup:
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Post by: Chris Payne on January 09, 2014, 04:16:52 pm
Very nice. :thumbsup:
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Post by: NARSES2 on January 10, 2014, 07:01:43 am
Looks good Geoff  :thumbsup: Heard lots of good things about this kit but don't think I'll be tempted - I'm weakening  :banghead:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on January 12, 2014, 02:41:34 pm
Nice work Geoff ! Looks perfect. Nice to see the wheels painted....they look like the real thing from that angle !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on January 18, 2014, 05:59:41 am
Got the replacement declas this week so recreated the roundel and bar on the other side of the lightning to finally finish it off.

Not much else done this week apart from a ltlle bit of cockpit painting on the next Phantom, this time an 899 onboard Eagle, i did however bite the bullet and order another of the F-4 models deck tractors as its a lovely little resin kit and ideal for RN flight deck layouts for late 60s & 70s (aleady have their earlier RN one for early 60s  ;D ).
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on January 21, 2014, 04:58:17 am
No real modelling done this last week, as the mojo dipped after the fixing the Lightning decal issue plus it was the Bolton Model show last weekend so efforts were put into that rather than getting stuck in on a fresh build.

Have got some decorating to do around the house and a great deal of cleaning up or clearing out in the pipeline so probably best to keep things simple (and less messy!) during 2014. Therefore I shall be more focused on out the box builds mostly in line with my RN sub-theme but a few RAF and other related builds for fun, and of course what new kits might tempt me that come out over the year.

On the plus side it does mean I know what sort of things I need to stock up on in terms of kits, aftermarket sets, decals and paints so that makes the shows/shopping easier, the downside is configuring the stash at hand for items I want to be building and those that can go back into storage or possible re-sale.

One new kit that I have put on order and that's a bit left field is the new Zvedza Topol mobile ICBM in 1/72nd, its due out next month and should be an interesting build :-).
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on February 04, 2014, 12:55:26 am
So still no real modelling done just dabbled had the hall and stairs redecorated last week which whilst looking good did leave us a little drained as the weather doesn't allow for us to open the windows for long to vent the paint fumes (too cold and windy for my elderly father to handle). Next up is decorating the front room starting on Monday so that's another round of prep work this week and putting up with the painting and papering next week, still it should look good when its done  ;D.

Anyway all hasn't been lost I did manage to go through one of kit piles in the modelling area and work out what I had too hand, what I was likely to work on and what can be relegated to storage. The focus is definitely going to be FAA and the Carrier Air Groups this year and as such I split out those kits that were relevant and assigned them to the shelf whilst the rest is earmarked for the loft.

Did get some work done on the Buccaneer S1 being cross kitted with S2 bits, the fuselage is together and looking OK and I started a new Airfix Buccaneer that will be mostly OOB except for Aeroclub landing gear and Freightdogs Early Buccaneer set but this will be a real 800 squadron aircraft to go with the 899 Phantom  ;).

Ordered a couple more Buccaneer sets off Colin but these will be for the CVA-01 air groups so these will be project cancelled and will accompany the Phantoms and other aircraft  ;)
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on February 05, 2014, 08:32:25 pm
Good luck with the re-deco....always a chore to get started but well worth it !

Also happy to hear about all the Naval builds. No idea what sub build you're talking about but have always had a keen interest in knowing more about the subject. Seems all you here about are U-boats.

On that note, the CDN subs are in the news again, after a 200 million dollar refit and a month at sea HMCS Victoria is back in drydock with replacement needed of one of her diesel propulsion units....oh my. Good thing CDNs don't really watch proper news these days !

 :banghead:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on February 05, 2014, 11:56:45 pm
Good luck with the re-deco....always a chore to get started but well worth it !

Also happy to hear about all the Naval builds. No idea what sub build you're talking about but have always had a keen interest in knowing more about the subject. Seems all you here about are U-boats.

On that note, the CDN subs are in the news again, after a 200 million dollar refit and a month at sea HMCS Victoria is back in drydock with replacement needed of one of her diesel propulsion units....oh my. Good thing CDNs don't really watch proper news these days !

 :banghead:

Its not a submarine the TOPOL is the SS-25 truck mounted mobile ICBM  :wacko:

(http://www.zvezda.org.ru/images/sets/5003.gif)

http://www.zvezda.org.ru/?lng=1&nav=&cat=7&set=5003 (http://www.zvezda.org.ru/?lng=1&nav=&cat=7&set=5003)
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on February 06, 2014, 03:15:44 pm
Nice one ! I'll have to check into getting one of those. Would definately be a neat addition to a model shelf !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on February 07, 2014, 12:09:45 am
Nice one ! I'll have to check into getting one of those. Would definately be a neat addition to a model shelf !

 :cheers:

Make sure its a big shelf !!! with a lot of clearance as it can be posed in the Launch mode with the pads deployed and the missile container erect !
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on February 07, 2014, 12:19:24 am
Anyway didn't get a great deal done yesterday, did a bit of research into Squadrons and Carriers to work out what goes where and managed to dig out another older boxing the Airfix Buccaneer out of the garage so that can be enhanced by the Freightdog sets and spare pylons from the newer Airfix boxing :-).

I also did another order for some more of the BS aerosol acrylic paints from CJ Aerosols, ordered the Golden Yellow for the RN ASW Helicopters to go with the RAF Blue Grey I already have plus Extra Dark Sea Grey, Dark Sea Grey and Dark Green, have to see how I get on with these and how they compare with the model paints but it should make spraying RN helicopters a bit easier.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on February 10, 2014, 05:51:01 pm
I was looking at building a Wessex in the yellow/ blue scheme only in RCN markings....that colour scheme is just so.... :wub: :wub:

Is that the colours you are speaking of ? Golden yellow and RAF blue-grey ?

 :cheers:

Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on February 11, 2014, 01:12:58 am
I was looking at building a Wessex in the yellow/ blue scheme only in RCN markings....that colour scheme is just so.... :wub: :wub:

Is that the colours you are speaking of ? Golden yellow and RAF blue-grey ?

 :cheers:



Yeap those are the RN ASW Helicopter colours both BS381C
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on February 11, 2014, 03:48:15 am
Thanks Geoff. I have the Italeri boxing with that scheme. I never did check the numbers. Will have to dig it out and get at ir !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on February 11, 2014, 04:48:43 am
 BS 381C - Golden Yellow 356
 BS 381C - RAF Blue-Grey 633

Those are the actual colours, they can be matched in the Xtracolour enamel paint range and the White Ensign enamel colours but finding an Acrylic match in model paints is a little trickier. The Humbrol colours are not BS matched for these two colours and finding a US equivalent can be fun.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: kitnut617 on February 11, 2014, 05:46:28 am
Unfortunately, you can't buy XtraColor here in Canada, and I've not seen the White Ensign line around our parts (don't know about Todd's end of the country). Plus of course, Hannants can't ship the paint like they used to either.  However for the moment, you can still get the XtraColor through Airline Hobby Supplies but you have to buy a kit too so the paint can be packed in the box.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on February 27, 2014, 05:21:27 am
Unfortunately, you can't buy XtraColor here in Canada, and I've not seen the White Ensign line around our parts (don't know about Todd's end of the country). Plus of course, Hannants can't ship the paint like they used to either.  However for the moment, you can still get the XtraColor through Airline Hobby Supplies but you have to buy a kit too so the paint can be packed in the box.

This any use Robert ?

http://store.midtennhobbies.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=1825 (http://store.midtennhobbies.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=1825)

Not sure if Canada is included in ConUS or not ?  :-\
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on February 27, 2014, 05:36:38 am
Modelling on hold at the moment  :blink:, doing a bit of a clear out and tidy up of my room including replacing my book unit and clearing out the workspaces. Not a fun exercise except for those moments you find something that's been lost or put away which reminds you of a build idea or two, but have to remind myself the goal is a good one to clear the clutter, get stuff organised and give me space back to both build, paint and display models again  :banghead:.

Another plus/minus is in having a sort out and clear out I again find I will need to consolidate my stash again to keep it within manageable means so will likely be posting up another stash clearance in the near future to focus on those thing I do want to build or use as potential parts donor.

Thankfully I do have a clear idea of what I need to build this year for SMW, and those kits and decals are in the stash now and to hand, so once I get re-started I should be a little more organised and will be able to crack on with those builds and maybe allow chance to do a few fun builds too  :thumbsup: as well as Project Cancelled stuff.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: kitnut617 on February 27, 2014, 06:00:10 am

This any use Robert ?

Not sure if Canada is included in ConUS or not ?  :-\

Very useful Geoff, thanks  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: NARSES2 on February 27, 2014, 07:05:30 am
Modelling on hold at the moment  :blink:, doing a bit of a clear out and tidy up of my room including replacing my book unit and clearing out the workspaces.

Will be doing my annual sort shortly as well
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on March 12, 2014, 01:05:15 am
Well that's been a frustrating week, spent last week cleaning up and moving junk out of the way to allow for a house guest of my fathers for a long weekend, ended up putting a lot of stuff in the loft or packing up my boxes of tools, paints, etc. into a corner of my room on the assumption that whilst they chatted downstairs I could get on and get the loft tided away, the remaining stuff put up there and get the tools sorted out and room cleared up ready to get building again. Instead its late dinners and early nights leaving me stuck in the room watching DVD's or surfing the web as not viable to get stuff cleared away because of the bumping and banging.
Talk about frustrating, builds sat on the shelf in their boxes taunting me to finish them, research material and scaled up drawings on the book cases to inspire me and the work bench out of bounds !!! :banghead:.

On the good news I did get the Alley-cat Lightning conversion for the new Airfix F-2a to convert it into either an F-1 or F-3 which is rather tasty, and I took advantage of Colin's Freightdog weekend discount to order the new Terma pod for the Harrier GR9 and a couple of P-12 conversions to restock on Red Deans for a project I intend to retry again later in the year (got to get my backlog of FAA and a couple of PC builds done first before the distraction & mess of a new kit-bash scratch-build) :blink:
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Post by: Captain Canada on March 12, 2014, 10:59:41 am
I feel for ya Geoff......felt the same way during the Christmas break. All this stuff packed up and taunting you !

 :blink:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on April 02, 2014, 01:04:36 am
Well another week and no modelling again, although I can now happily say I have made it to cleared work surfaces, which is something not seen in many a year (ask martin !). Still some stuff to get away that's boxed up at the ends of the benches and a couple of shelves I should really clear as they are just holding stash not earmarked for current use.

This clearing up lark is getting serious now as just ordered some folders to organise and store my decal sheets as they have spread from their original storage tin into another box and quite a few some of which are part used are still in the boxes that the now completed model came in.

One thing I have remembered to do in this sorting out is to keep my current builds and planned builds to hand, so the incentive is still there and acting as a impetus to get the job done forcing me to get the space cleared before I can get stuck into them again.

So still got a couple of FAA Phantoms to assemble and paint, a Buccaneer S1 to complete assembly ready for priming, a pair of long delayed TSR2 and I have plans to redo another of my signature builds following fresh data I got a few years ago which can be put to good use. So quite a few to keep my going, plus a couple of recent purchases that will be OOB builds in new schemes to become a Whiffed pair  as in the mood for them  :thumbsup:.

Looks like I will miss the Shropshire Model Show at RAF Cosford Museum this Sunday, but at least it will give me a chance to finish off the room purge and I suppose I don't really want to go too mad on adding to the stash until I have got the rest of it safely stashed away or in build  :banghead:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on April 02, 2014, 11:25:39 am
3-ring binders with the plastic inserts are a great way to store decals.

This 'clearing lark' seems to be all the rage right now eh ? Must be the weather

 :thumbsup: :tornado: :wub: :cheers:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: JayBee on April 02, 2014, 12:05:40 pm

This 'clearing lark' seems to be all the rage right now eh ? Must be the weather

 :thumbsup: :tornado: :wub: :cheers:

That is definitely NOT catching on here!  :rolleyes:

(http://i652.photobucket.com/albums/uu247/JBricknell/WB020414.jpg) (http://s652.photobucket.com/user/JBricknell/media/WB020414.jpg.html)

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Post by: Gondor on April 02, 2014, 12:08:31 pm

This 'clearing lark' seems to be all the rage right now eh ? Must be the weather

 :thumbsup: :tornado: :wub: :cheers:

That is definitely NOT catching on here!  :rolleyes:

(http://i652.photobucket.com/albums/uu247/JBricknell/WB020414.jpg) (http://s652.photobucket.com/user/JBricknell/media/WB020414.jpg.html)


I agree Jim, however I have done some "de-cluttering" so I can actually see the modelling table!   :blink:

Gondor
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: JayBee on April 02, 2014, 12:21:52 pm
Nah! Not worth it Alistair.  :wacko:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on April 03, 2014, 05:51:40 am
Slight setback last night, a couple of the smaller shelves I had stacked some books, mags and boxes on, pulled free from the plaster it had been bedded into for the last 20 years, pushed down the shelf below it and dropped both shelf loads over the cleared work top and floor with the collapsed shelved resting on the stash boxes that stacked beneath them.

So last night was spent clearing the damage, going to B&Q DIY store for new brackets, wall plugs etc. and filling in the gapping holes in the wall.  Tonight will be 1:1 scale PSR on the wall and getting the new brackets on  :banghead:
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Post by: NARSES2 on April 03, 2014, 06:56:51 am
Booger that mate ! At least the work top was clear
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Post by: Captain Canada on April 03, 2014, 12:09:16 pm
Ouch....sounds like a good thing you cleaned up the bench before they fell ! And no 'collateral damage' to the stash ?

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Post by: Thorvic on April 15, 2014, 05:16:09 am
Finally managed to get to the desk at the weekend, I was actually meant to be finishing off some of the smaller tidying up jobs that are still to do but found one of the drawing I had scaled up, a gash Fujimi FG1 phantom kit I picked up off eBay for spares some time ago and a Matchbox Phantom in the accessible stash pile that I had cut up to do an HL conversion to.

So instead of the planned tidying I was meant to be doing and instead of carrying on with some of the kits I had lined up in my work in progress pile, I find myself cutting up a Matchbox Phantom to fit the spare Fujimi Phantom , Cockpit, canopy, nose gear bay and engine exhausts. Soon followed by scratch building new main gear bays in the fuselage and working out how to fit the VG wing to make an F-4MFVS !.

Not what I was meant to be working on but at least its modelling again !  :blink:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: kerick on April 15, 2014, 06:57:11 am
Creativity can be uncontrollable! Press on and take some pics please.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on April 15, 2014, 09:16:49 am
LOL....worldwide phenomena  :thumbsup:

Cleaning invariably leads to finding something and losing track of the cleaning process..... :blink:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on July 22, 2014, 05:15:22 am
Well had a great two weeks off the start of July, the first was spent down in Dorset at our old familiar Holiday spot between West Bay and Burton Bradstock (where they filmed some of Broadchurch). Managed to cram in visits to Bovington Tank Museum, Yeovilton FAA Museum but couldn't get over to Plastic Pastimes in Poole. Fiddled with a couple of Airfix kits whilst I was there but obviously couldn't do to much serious modelling.

2nd week was at home, still decent weather but I finally managed to get the FVS Phantom masked up and the upper surface camouflaged, then decaled it at the weekend. Looks OK so far, still need to fit the landing gear, together with sorting out the pylons and weapons before its finished but it does look a bit different to the standard British Toom  ;D.

Must use the momentum of getting the Phantom finished to sort out my SMW builds as progress this year has been nil, despite having the ideas and the kits in hand, the mojo and momentum has been rather lacking  :banghead:

Will try and get photos of the VG toom sorted this week if I can get it finished.

Geoff
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: kitnut617 on July 22, 2014, 05:51:09 am
Managed to cram in visits to Bovington Tank Museum, Yeovilton FAA Museum but couldn't get over to Plastic Pastimes in Poole.
Geoff

My old stomping grounds before I emigrated to Canada Geoff.  I didn't realize Plastic Pastimes was still open, when I was visiting family in 2002 and went there, they told me then they were closing up --- (btw, there's a nice little pub just around the corner from there called the Bricklayers Arms [my old local although it's changed a bit since I was going there])
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on July 28, 2014, 11:43:01 pm
Its certainly going in its on-line entity, and I think the shop has never actually closed despite numerous announcements from Ray that he'll be closing up that side of the business soon.

Would have liked to have gone looking, but It was a bit too far out of range with my dad in tow, and I get the feeling that he's more mainstream now rather than the old OOP collectors kits he was renowned for.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on July 28, 2014, 11:57:47 pm
No photos of the VG Phantom just yet I did manage to get it decaled and on its landing gear, then discovered a slight flaw in the build that came to light when attempting to fit the sparrows  :banghead:. The aft sparrows are not semi recessed into the underside of the fuselage on the FVS but are mounted on the corner edge as per the F-15, due to the internal wheel bays, however I used a kit semi-recessed Sparrow to determine the location of the main gear which was fine until I tried to place a fully painted after market sparrow with its full set of fins, they are too long and would either foul the landing gear or leave the tail fins in the overhanging the speys  :blink:. Have had to surgically remove the fins from another kits sparrows and add them to the another pair so I can get a set I can safely fit on the Phantom !!!!.

Must admit I do like the look of it at the moment on its legs with most of its weapons load fitted, although I had to cross check with the latest APR to verify the load and where the pylons actually go as most drawings and artwork show them clean !
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Post by: Captain Canada on July 29, 2014, 04:38:02 am
Oooh looking forward to seeing this one....sounds awesome !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on July 29, 2014, 05:28:38 am
This is the APR in question BTW :-

http://www.aerospaceprojectsreview.com/blog/?p=1644 (http://www.aerospaceprojectsreview.com/blog/?p=1644)

Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on July 30, 2014, 12:06:41 am
managed to get the new Sparrows painted and decaled so they were fitted last night and just about fit in the space. Got a sealing coat of satin varnish on to seal the up everything and to take off the sheen. Found the masking on the canopy to have been too great in some areas so had to hand paint a few frames to get the look right. Too late and no light for photos last night but it looks OK and quite different when compared with a standard Phantom.

Getting one finished is a good feeling, so hopefully it will prompt me to crack on with a few more and get those finished along with a SMW build I have to do now the mojo is up and running again.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on July 30, 2014, 12:07:58 pm
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v666/Thorvic/PhantomFVS032_zpsae95fe34.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Thorvic/media/PhantomFVS032_zpsae95fe34.jpg.html)

Yay one finished and it wasn't even in the build plan for this year, just was an version i wanted to build and the eureka moment as how best to do it which triggered the mojo  :blink:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: PR19_Kit on July 30, 2014, 12:26:18 pm
Blimey, that's different, to say the least!  :thumbsup: :bow:

Can we have a look at the underside to see the landing gear and Sparrow mods you had to make please?
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on July 30, 2014, 02:26:27 pm
Blimey, that's different, to say the least!  :thumbsup: :bow:

Can we have a look at the underside to see the landing gear and Sparrow mods you had to make please?
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v666/Thorvic/F4M_FVS009_zps608d7db1.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Thorvic/media/F4M_FVS009_zps608d7db1.jpg.html)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v666/Thorvic/PhantomFVS025_zps3472ea6f.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Thorvic/media/PhantomFVS025_zps3472ea6f.jpg.html)

As requested  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: NARSES2 on July 31, 2014, 06:03:53 am
Come out well Geoff  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on August 04, 2014, 05:51:07 am
Managed to keep a little momentum going on the model front this weekend, I masked up the front canopy of a Fairey Fulmar I'm doing but went sod it when I looked at the rear canopy as I'll need a some new x-acto blades to get that one done correctly (and yes their isn't a mask set currently available  :banghead:).

Instead I got on with a pair of Buccaneers an S1 and an S2, the S1 is the Airfix NA-39, fitted with wheel bays, cockpit out wings from an S2 kit I had scrapped and the Freightdog Early Buccaneer set for the nose and tail-plane. The S2 also getting the Freightdog set and I'll be using the Aeroclub undercarriage on both. The S1 will be carrying the Green Cheese set Freightdog did whilst the S2 will be standard FAA from the period whilst still remaining a whiff  ;).

One thing I have noticed about doing the Buccaneers is that we could really do with a new kit, I know Airfix added a new sprue of Pylons and Weapons, but the basic airframe tool is evolved from the NA-39 and could do with a new tooling with a better breakdown and details. I did actually pop open one of my CMR kits to see how good they are, and whilst the Aftermarket stuff included in the kit is quite extensive I found the actual fit and detail of the airframe somewhat lacking for what is an expensive kit. The only trouble is that Cyber Hobby announced it a couple of years ago, which will put other off doing it, even though they tend to get areas wrong and under-scale the cockpit seating.

Also managed to carve and sand a gearbox bulge for the Fujimi Westland Sea King HAS1, again that will be period FAA but will tie in the above Buccaneer and a couple of previous builds  :thumbsup:.

So still plenty to build, other are on the workbench in various states, but these are the current builds for the moment and just glad to be back on the workbench again.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on November 18, 2014, 05:15:28 am
Well SMW 2014 is over I managed to get the CVA-01 Buccaneer and Sea King completed in the last weekend before the show, so that was cutting it fine. I was also distracted by doing a trio of Airfix Hawks for the Hawk SIG as I'm a member of that and I was getting a lift from the SIG leader (All real world builds, but I managed to get the FAA 736 squadron done which was topical as the Fradu Hawks are now under a FAA squadron, complete with markings  :thumbsup: )

Anyway whilst manning the Project Cancelled Stand with Hobbes, TSRJoe, Martin H and Chris P, I noticed that I only had the VG Phantom as a new scratch-build over the past 12 months, which is a bit below par for me (not as much free time and freedom to kit bash as I used to have). So I have resolved to try and address the situation in this next 12 months if I can.

However before the kit bashing begins I do have a quick What-If build to get sorted this month, inspired by the Hawk builds, last month. Just got the Cockpit to finish off and canopies fitted before it goes in the paint shop and then its a case of sorting out the markings.

Whilst that's been curing I've been getting my bits and pieces together for my next Scratch-build, I've decided to re-address an old subject again and this time do it correctly making use of the data I have had access too since the last time I built one. Yes I have decided to redo one of my signature builds with a fresh attempt at the Fairey Delta III (FD-III) the winning submission for the F.155T requirement for a supersonic, all weather heavy interceptor. I already have the banana warped Heller Mirage IV as a basis for the fuselage that I used in the previous build, it will make use of a Lightning cockpit as the two-seater options are much better with the sword kit out now, and plastic card wings with the correct in built undercarriage bays. (Yes the older builds are flawed as the drawings used never showed the undercarriage so they were incorporated into the fuselage rather than the wings  :banghead:). Aircrew are on order, armament from Colin's sets and need to check undercarriage options to see what's best.

Updates will appear once I get stuck in, after the Whif build is finished.
 
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on December 30, 2014, 08:21:58 am
OK manged to get a couple of builds done post SMW, the first follows on from the RN 736 sqdn Hawk T1 i did for the Hawk SIG, as the RN FRADU unit became a proper FAA Squadron again last year and their Hawks have now begun to adopt Traditional FAA unit markings.

With the decision to switch to the F-35C in the SDSR 2010 the RN aquired some USN T-45C Goshawks for the Royal Navy pilots to use to bring them upto speed on CATOBAR carrier operations. The Goshawk T3 was assigned to 738 Squadron working alongside the standard Hawk of 736 Squadron from RNAS Seahawk at Culdrose in Cornwall.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v666/Thorvic/FRADU009_zps626acff3.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v666/Thorvic/FRADU013_zps1bc2d01c.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v666/Thorvic/FRADU010_zpsb6d5f19d.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v666/Thorvic/FRADU014_zpse3537dc5.jpg)
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on December 30, 2014, 08:29:09 am
The other build was the new Airfix Supermarine Swift.

Following their early withdrawal from servive by the RAF some of the Swift FR5s were passed onto Airwork limited for use with the Royal Navys Fleet Requirements Unit FRU. The study Swift being able to perform the high speed threat profile to train RN ships in handling modern air attacks, where the swept back supersonic Swift could emmulate the Soviet Migs.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v666/Thorvic/FRADU005_zpsc3f2a38a.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v666/Thorvic/FRADU008_zps5af85b78.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v666/Thorvic/FRADU007_zps2b46d78a.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v666/Thorvic/FRADU007_zps2b46d78a.jpg)
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 30, 2014, 08:34:21 am
I like the model and the scenario of the Hawk T3.  :thumbsup:

So what's the Swift like to build? We, the great unwashed (and unprivileged) British modelling public, need to know........
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on December 30, 2014, 08:52:46 am
I like the model and the scenario of the Hawk T3.  :thumbsup:

So what's the Swift like to build? We, the great unwashed (and unprivileged) British modelling public, need to know........

The Swift is quite nice to build, like most of the new kits its got plenty of detail, but as a result it does have some very fine tolerences so test fit every time and again after painting as some surfaces may need to be cleaned off to fit. Have the intake trunking ready to slot in when joining the fuselageas its fitted afterwards but is handy to ensure the fuselage sets correctly so the wing can drop into place when ready.

It is actually a very nice kit, its only let down being the limited use of the actual aircraft thus the FRU choice to leave some of the RAF and export options open to the rest of you. As and when it finally appears in the UK that is !!!!
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Post by: kitnut617 on December 30, 2014, 09:32:23 am
Very nice builds Geoff, I like that T3 especially ---  :thumbsup:
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Post by: PR19_Kit on December 30, 2014, 09:37:26 am
Thanks for the Swift comments Geoff, I'm looking forward to getting some, for RW builds and Whiffs too.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Freightdog862 on December 30, 2014, 09:47:44 am
Great builts Geoff, I wouldn't have spotted the Goshawk if you hadn't mention it, other than the twin nose wheels...

Give me a couple of months and you will have some other Swift marks to work with, will see if I can get one set ready for Huddersfield.

Colin
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Post by: Martin H on December 30, 2014, 10:42:18 am
I like the idea that possibly the first Airfix swift built in the UK (out side of Airfix and the modeling Press) is a whiff ;D 
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Post by: PR19_Kit on December 30, 2014, 11:05:26 am
I like the idea that possibly the first Airfix swift built in the UK (out side of Airfix and the modeling Press) is a whiff ;D 

Hehe, I hadn't thought of that, but it's pretty wonderful.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on December 30, 2014, 11:25:23 am
I like the idea that possibly the first Airfix swift built in the UK (out side of Airfix and the modeling Press) is a whiff ;D 

Well i had to really as were going to see lots of 79, 2 and 4 sqdn real builds we had to find something different to play with.

The other marks Colin has lined up should make things as bit easier as i know Paul Lucas has been investigating the Swift and should hopefully have lots of 'Counter Factual' data coming out that should provide inspiration for PC/Whiff builds  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 30, 2014, 02:33:30 pm
The other marks Colin has lined up should make things as bit easier as i know Paul Lucas has been investigating the Swift and should hopefully have lots of 'Counter Factual' data coming out that should provide inspiration for PC/Whiff builds  :thumbsup:

Would you reckon there's enough there to produce a 545 conversion or would that be a step too far? The real thing was at Cranfield when I was there and it was a serious looking aircraft, much more so than a Swift I thought.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on December 30, 2014, 03:11:16 pm
The other marks Colin has lined up should make things as bit easier as i know Paul Lucas has been investigating the Swift and should hopefully have lots of 'Counter Factual' data coming out that should provide inspiration for PC/Whiff builds  :thumbsup:

Would you reckon there's enough there to produce a 545 conversion or would that be a step too far? The real thing was at Cranfield when I was there and it was a serious looking aircraft, much more so than a Swift I thought.

Its a step to far Kit, i looked at using the Xtrakit Swift for the Type 545 when i got the Airfix one and theres not alot that you can use for the Type 545. I have the prototype and F1 (Sabre Dog look alike) drawings to scale and the swift is too small and of different shapes for any practical value  :banghead:. 
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 30, 2014, 04:07:37 pm
Thanks for that Geoff, saves me buying tons of Milliput and hours if frustration.  ;D
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on December 30, 2014, 04:37:51 pm
Love 'em both. The T3 looks perfect. I'd love to see that. I love the Goshawk. Take a beautiful wee bird and make it carrier tough !

The Swift looks great like that as well. Modern. I think I'd like to add that wing to Hunter fuselage.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: JayBee on December 31, 2014, 05:04:14 am
Absolutely love that T3.
It would be more obvious with the airbrakes extended, but who cares!
Now Geoff, how about a T4. A T3 with the T2 electronics( ie new nose etc) so that it can really pretend to be an F-35.

Jim
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: NARSES2 on December 31, 2014, 05:50:22 am
Nice builds  :thumbsup:

Particularly like the Swift in that scheme. She looks ready for a hard days work in that quite subdued scheme  :thumbsup: I do have plans for one when I see it over here
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: zenrat on December 31, 2014, 11:09:03 pm
Good jobs.  Well done.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on January 02, 2015, 05:25:44 pm
Absolutely love that T3.
It would be more obvious with the airbrakes extended, but who cares!
Now Geoff, how about a T4. A T3 with the T2 electronics( ie new nose etc) so that it can really pretend to be an F-35.

Jim

The Italeri T-45 doesn't have the Airbrakes moulded open, it might be possible with the Kinetic 1/48th kit, but thats not my scale.

Feel free to explore the Hawk 100/Goshawk cross matching, i seem to recall Martin and others have done the Hawk 200/Goshawk Hybrids but in mpre traditional FAA colours rather than the Black Hawk scheme.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on January 02, 2015, 05:39:32 pm
Anyway i have a new project on the cards that should keep me busy for sometime to come.

Its nothing new as such as its something i have built a couple of times, but as both examples are now in respective Museums i wanted to do another one that i can have on display on the SIGs stands to go with the other 1965/67 projects that were culled.

Yeap its time to try another HS-681 STOL transporter, to go alongside the TSR2 and P1154, going to use the Revell Transall as a basis with wings, engines, tail surfaces from elsewhere along with lots of plastic card, filler and PSR. No assembly yet but have the Drawings scaled up and donor kits sourced and aquired, so will log progess once i get stuck in.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Howard of Effingham on January 03, 2015, 02:00:35 am
a third HS-681?   :rolleyes:

you do realise what will happen now don't you?

someone somewhere will do a limited run 1/72 or 1/144 resin kit of the type.  :banghead:

hmm, what scheme do we get this one in Geoff? an export one perhaps?

either way, good luck with her.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on January 03, 2015, 07:12:54 am
a third HS-681?   :rolleyes:

you do realise what will happen now don't you?

someone somewhere will do a limited run 1/72 or 1/144 resin kit of the type.  :banghead:

hmm, what scheme do we get this one in Geoff? an export one perhaps?

either way, good luck with her.

Well it was threatened in 1/144 by S and M models but never materialised.

Nope it will be in RAF colours, although not decided on the scheme as yet, and it will be the HS design rather than the AW one
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on January 03, 2015, 08:22:25 am
Sounds good. Are you going to start a build thread ?

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: NARSES2 on January 04, 2015, 01:45:56 am
Am I the only one who thinks that S&M Models should be the trading name of Unicraft ?

Apologies for thread drift Geoff but I'm afraid I just can't get my brain around that name. After all their kits definitely aren't.

Re the 681it's an aircraft that's very much evocative of the era it was designed in to my mind. When the only way was straight up or there abouts anyway. Look forward to it

Chris
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on January 04, 2015, 05:23:04 am
No idea how Mel came up with that name but it carried over from his decals.

Well the build has started, the Trasnsall is about 14mm too long for the 681, so the first thing has been to cut and shunt the interior aircraft hold, followed by the fuselage. The fin has been removed which is ok as Revell moulded this on top of the fuselage to retain the loading bay ribs so no major gap to fill in. Have now added a chunk of plastic and epoxy filler to the very aft of the fuselage as this needs to taper in so it will need to be solid for shaping. I have also done the same with the aft half of the wing roots in the fuselage as the swept 682 wing is positioned further forward.

Now looking to rebuild the cockpit as its a different format to the Transall, so will need to study the brochure drawings and the kit to work out wht needs to be done.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Gondor on January 04, 2015, 06:56:18 am
Looking forward to seeing how this progresses.

Gondor
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on January 04, 2015, 08:45:59 am
Yes myself as well. Sounds like it's going rather quickly ! :cheers:

Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: kitnut617 on January 04, 2015, 11:06:27 am
No assembly yet but have the Drawings scaled up and donor kits sourced and aquired, so will log progess once i get stuck in.

I've got a CD which has the AW 681 Brochure on it, are the drawings you have in the brochure, or have you got them from somewhere else Geoff ?
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on January 04, 2015, 12:59:33 pm
No assembly yet but have the Drawings scaled up and donor kits sourced and acquired, so will log progress once i get stuck in.

I've got a CD which has the AW 681 Brochure on it, are the drawings you have in the brochure, or have you got them from somewhere else Geoff ?

Yeap its the Brochure drawings for the cockpit layout, but i have a 3 view of the later HS-681 as used in the Mike Pryce Air Enthusiast article with the triple main gear that i'm building, so taken it that the interior layout wont have changed.

Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on January 05, 2015, 05:05:09 am
Not a lot of progress to show as yet apart from cutting up the Transall fuselage to shorten it. I have removed the staircase from the cockpit floor and filled in the hole with plastic card, filled in the door way in the cockpit bulkhead and used both parts to create the new lower cockpit floor. Next up will be creating the nose gear bay to fit into the new floor but I need to work out the gear and leg to use first before I can build a bay to house it !!!.

Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on January 07, 2015, 12:22:21 am
No progress at the moment due to trying to stop a cold from developing. However I have looking at the brochure to keep the design in focus and formulate how the lower cockpit can best be assembled whilst including space for the nose gear, keeping some of the detail and including nose weights as its a T tail bird with under slung engines, even with the 6 main wheels there may still be a risk for a tail sitter.

Its going to be a long build, but as there is no rush I can take my time, after all the new Shackleton's are not expected till the end of the year, and that's the only new kit listed so far that would tempt me jump straight in and start building.

I'll probably buy some of the other new releases, but they would be more for the stash and future builds than must builds.

Of course this doesn't take into account what else may be announced at the Nuremburg at the end of the month, their could still be some new releases from other manufacturers that scream 'Must Buy - Must Build' but we'll have to see what's announced and when its due.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on January 12, 2015, 10:06:44 am
We drop these fizzy tablets called 'airborne' into water and drink them. Seems to work really well to stem the onset of a cold.

I'm rather looking forward to the new Shak as well.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on January 23, 2015, 12:10:49 am
Well I failed, had a really annoying cough based Chesty cold since the 8th of Jan that has ruined the last two weekends and only just about feeling up to doing our own local show at Bolton this Sunday. Research, let alone building has been nil in these last two weeks so no progress what so ever with the 681. The only modelling stuff done has been to follow the forums and pick up the Airfix Defiant & the 2015 Catalogue off eBay.

Waiting to see what's to be announced at Nuremberg next weekend, so far the pickings have been slim for the Cold War British stuff for this year, although the Shackleton's will be nice and it was a pleasant surprise to see the Gannet AEW announced by Sword. Whilst it would have been nice to see a new Brit Toom, Buccaneer, Scimitar, Sea Vixen in 72nd, I guess I don't mind too much as it means less distractions from this years scratch builds as most of the interesting new stuff is not expected till the end of the year anyway.

Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on January 27, 2015, 12:09:19 am
Well we have Nurnberg 2015 Toy Fair starting tomorrow so we should get an idea of what's lined up for the Other manufacturers in 2015, we already know from the London Fair last week that the Airfix Shackleton MR2 appears to also have parts for the AEW2, so that looks like a 2nd boxing in 2016 of the AEW kit.

Academy appear to be doing the T-50 supersonic trainer/strike fighter in 1/72, however its supposed to be a snap kit so we'll have to see if the detail is retained over simplicity.

Hopefully we get to see what Italeri, the Czechs and the Japanese have lined up, hopefully some interesting Cold War types. However we'll just have to wait and see.

Whilst the kit announcements so far have shown that the Cold War/Modern types (Shack, Sea King) are not due till the end of the year it does mean less distractions and more time to focus on the HS-681, so a quite year might not be a bad thing.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on January 27, 2015, 04:46:00 am
I hear ya Geoff. I'm looking forward myself to clearing off the work bench and doing a few surgeries. Kinda stuck in a painting kits different rut at the moment.....

A new RAF Toom would be nice though ! And I'm sure more than one of the new Sea Kings will wind up in the stash.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on January 30, 2015, 01:07:29 am
Well were at day 3 of the Nuremberg Toy Fair and apart from some rather nice sprue shots and test shots of some of the new Airfix and Revell kits. Still no details from Italeri bar a large scale Mirage III, nothing from the Czechs apart from Eduard and the far east manufacturers are quite apart from the previously listed Trumpeter/HobbyBoss range, most of which has been rolled back from previous years. So no new F-35B or C kits in 72nd apart from the Kittyhawk ones previously announced, no new cold war aircraft, so could well prove to be a quite year, at least until QTR4 when the Shacks and Sea King are due....

Not bad I suppose, the cough is easing a bit even with this wintery spell of weather so hopefully I can get back on with the HS681 soon. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: NARSES2 on January 30, 2015, 07:28:25 am
Hope cough continues to improve mate  :thumbsup:

My view on the dearth of new release news is that we are now coming to the end of the interregnum caused by the recession. Model companies R & D would have been kept on a short reign for a couple of years. Just my tuppence worth.

Airfix are the exception that proves the rule
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on February 02, 2015, 12:26:14 am
Hi Chris

I suspect your right, not much further news came out of Nuremberg, one of the traders posted the Italeri line up on BM and most either carry over from last year, re-issues, re-boxing of others or new variants of existing tools. Focus appears to be shifting to their Wargaming line ups. World of Tanks etc. The Czechs now seem to show what they have in the works and are not specifically going with an annual line up anymore as their production methods are more its ready when its ready than a specific deadline.

All in all not too much there to look forward to, so that does make it a building year (hopefully). I'll still be getting the Beaufighter when it comes out, the Sword Gannet AEW3 is already pre-ordered, the Sea King Commando will be bought in multiples and I'll probably get both Shackletons just to judge both kits, and were bound to get some interesting stuff from the likes of Freightdog and S&M appearing so its not that fallow a year.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on February 02, 2015, 12:34:40 am
Back to modelling, got a bit more back into the mood this weekend as the cold starts to dry out, was able to double check my research and realised I needed to add a step to my new lower cockpit floor, which should make life easier in creating the new nose gear bay. Also managed to discuss the build with Gondor and thanks to him have been able to identify suitable wheels for the type which I can get in resin and have been duly ordered  :thumbsup:.

So managed to get a bit done and will focus on getting that cockpit layout sorted before getting on with the rest of the fuselage mods, but at least i'm back on with it after that cold related enforced break.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Howard of Effingham on February 02, 2015, 08:08:13 am
glad that you are feeling a bit better now Geoff.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on February 03, 2015, 12:32:50 am
glad that you are feeling a bit better now Geoff.

Well you saw I was a bit croaky at the Bolton Show, just hoping that this cold spell moves on soon as the current cold air really does get on your chest  :angry:.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on February 03, 2015, 12:39:57 am
Anyway now the build has finally come off pause, I think I am going to have to try and clean up my work bench before I can get stuck into the larger assemblies like the wing and fuselage so that's probably going to be the next job this weekend, hopefully the sales will clear up some space so I can get recent additions put away but I then need to crack on with clearing the work space, so I can get the drawing laid out and the various parts together ready to use.

Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on February 03, 2015, 06:52:36 pm
Glad to hear you're back at it. I too am looking forward to that Gannett.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on February 03, 2015, 11:24:07 pm
Glad to hear you're back at it. I too am looking forward to that Gannett.

 :cheers:

Gannet AEW is listed as coming soon now on the Sword website and Aviation Megastore say March  :thumbsup:

http://swordmodels.cz/en/coming-soon/103-sw72088-gannet-aew3.html (http://swordmodels.cz/en/coming-soon/103-sw72088-gannet-aew3.html)

(http://swordmodels.cz/491-large_default/sw72088-gannet-aew3.jpg)
(http://swordmodels.cz/492-thickbox_default/sw72088-gannet-aew3.jpg)
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 04, 2015, 01:38:32 am
So pleased they've plunked for the obvious 'B' Flight scheme. That fin marking just YELLS 'Gannet AEW 3'.  ;D
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: zenrat on February 04, 2015, 02:51:22 am
It's not like i've never seen one before but geez they're ugly.
Another one for the get list.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 04, 2015, 03:55:45 am
You should see them from the inside.  ;D

I got to fly in one back in 1961, in one of the two back seats obviously. You need to be VERY friendly with the guy in the other seat as your elbow and his are trying to be in the same place, preferably deaf as it's so loud and not claustrophobic in the slightest as there's a socking great CRT screen right in front of your nose!  :o
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on February 04, 2015, 04:28:50 am
Gorgeous. I don't see them as ugly. The original ones maybe. But these, with there big tails etc.....lovely ! I look forward to seeing them that's for sure.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on February 06, 2015, 12:11:53 am
Got the wheels delivered yesterday from Hannants and they are just the right size and look, plus they are weighted which should help keep the model on its gear (he says in hope !). Also got the PJ Transport aircrew as needed to make up the order to the minimal order level and had great difficulty in finding something I wanted and would add the HS681 build, I didn't want Kits or Decals as they might act as a distraction.

I also managed to source some decals which I can collect at Huddersfield so the focus is definitely on the HS681 at the moment so lets hope I can keep it that way, time to get the Milliput out at the weekend and complete the back filling of some of the fuselage interior so those areas can be reshaped later. Whilst that cures I can focus getting the bench cleared ready to get to work on the sub assemblies.

Its going to be a slow build but at least its one I can focus on, and once I start getting the main sub assemblies created it won't take that long for things to start coming together.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: zenrat on February 06, 2015, 12:46:59 am
Don't get me wrong.  I mean ugly in a good way.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on February 18, 2015, 12:25:51 am
Nothing serious done this last week, was busy on Saturday and had Huddersfield on Sunday but I was able to source the decals I wanted for the scheme I want to do it in so that was a bonus. Didn't spot anything suitable to use as a potential parts donor for the build at Huddersfield, these not much I want but still worth looking.

Talking to Mel at S&M and he confirmed that they are doing a HS-681 but it will be in 1/144 scale so I can still crack on with the build  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on February 23, 2015, 01:12:07 am
Yay I actually made some progress this weekend, taped together the cargo hold to allow me to line up and re-join the fwd fuselage to the main fuselage after I had shortened it. So fuselage is now back in halves rather than quarters  :thumbsup: (did manage to crack the seam on one side when I disassembled the tape as the glue has seeped through  :banghead:), Started to cut down and reshape the tail as that had previously been filled with putty. I think I have sourced a canopy I can use but will have to await confirmation before I know I can use it.

Also got started on the wings as I will need to get them sorted out so I know where to modify the fuselage so it can be positioned correctly, so its starting to come together, still load to do of course but at least it feels like progress.  :cheers:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on February 25, 2015, 12:23:24 am
Managed to get some stick on flat tyre weights off eBay yesterday. Hopefully I should be able to use these to add weight under the fwd cargo deck and in the new lower cockpit area to create ballast along with the usual lead shot which can get in some of the nooks and crannies. The advantage of the tyre weights is that I could stack them and paint them add strapping and have them look like cargo at the front end of the hold  ;D.

However first things first and I need to crack on with getting the wing sorted out so that it can be taped together and used to establish its positioning on the fuselage so that area can be configured whilst the fuselage is still in its component parts.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: The Wooksta! on February 25, 2015, 05:02:52 pm
Ebay?  Nah, man! Nip doon to your local Kwik Fit and they'll give you a bucket for nowt.  Failing that, a hammer and the other tyre weights you usually find in the street  - few minutes and a lot of that frustration will be gone. Guranteed.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on February 25, 2015, 06:55:29 pm
Now that you mention it, we hardly ever see tire weights on the streets anymore ! Used to see them all the time. I suppose the lead weights for fishing sinkers is another option.

Look forward to seeing some pics Geoff, as always !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on February 26, 2015, 12:02:38 am
I'll probably get some sorted at the weekend once I have the wings sorted out in terms of initial look so they can be matched to the fuselage. Now I have my ballast I know sort of where it will go and how I can press ahead with assembly, once I have the wing position set and the wing roots corrected.

I find it better to take photos once you know your on the right track as with Scratch-building you can find yourself starting many false leads that lead nowhere till you find something that feels right and works.

For example I was toying with whether I use a Hercules or Transall for the fuselage and if so which kit, so I have the Airfix, the Esci and Italeri Hercules, I got a Revell Transall but I had used a Heller one previously. I eventually settled on the Revell Transall as it had better detail than the Heller and I felt  wanted to do a more refined build than the previous ones where look and shape were more the key. It also had a separate interior for the cargo hold which gives internal structure and rigidity whilst providing excellent internal detail and masks the out hulls reinforced re-joins after being shortened. I chose the Transall over the Hercules because the basic shape better matched the HS-681, the main gear is external to the fuselage, the nose is a better profile (especially with the nose cone upside down  ;D) the rear fuselage cants upward toward the tail which is requires more surgery to the Hercules.
With the wings I was originally going to use a set of spare E-3 wings, but on starting the prep work I discovered the E3 kit wings are stepped between the first engine and the fuselage which would require more surgery to correct, thus I settled on the KC-135 wings which don't kink.
Sourcing the wheels I checked various options before Gondor put us onto B-52 wheels which I was thankfully able to get in a resin aftermarket.
Other bits like Engines an tail planes will come from the 135 kit and seriously rebuilt, the Tail fin will be also be massively reshaped and modified Transall tail, the landing gear will come from various sources.

As you can see its mixed bag of donor kits, and quite a bit of effort is needed to research what might do the trick, verify if it does source it and try it. Once that starts to come together you can feel if the mojo is rising pushing you to get stuck in with the build and you know your onto a winner when it feels right when it starts coming together rather than floundering, or you find that you don't get distracted by new kits or reference material as they go into the stash to wait till after the build is done  :thumbsup:.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Gondor on February 26, 2015, 04:36:40 am
Glad to have been able to help for a change  :thumbsup:

Gondor
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on April 13, 2015, 12:59:18 am
Ok had an interlude last week with the 1 WK GB, so the HS-681 has been on hold for a couple of weeks whilst I sourced the bits needed for the  Triton and looked into doing a Naval VG lightning. As it happens the time only allowed the Triton to be done over the Easter weekend so the VG lightning will have to wait its turn after the 681.

The good news is that whilst I had a weeks leave, I was able to use some of that free time into getting the wings built. They have been assembled, joined, scribed and primed. Still a few surface defects to sort out, but it means I now know the save and shape of the wing so I can work out where to cut the fuselage to create the wing box (the 681 wing is swept and further forward that the Transall so lots of work to relocate and reconfigure the wing roots  :banghead: ).

The other good news is got my canopies during the 1wk GB period, so now I should be able to revise the cockpit shape to fit the new canopy and thus fit out the flight deck.

Still lots to do as yet, got another couple of engines to modify, the first pair now need to be detailed, I need to scratch build the Engine pylons and I haven't started on the tail fin as yet which is quite a meaty piece, but at least I can see more of the bigger picture now  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on April 17, 2015, 12:38:58 am
Scratch that, had a house guest all week, so not really been possible to get stuck into the building this week which can be slightly annoying as the mojo is good at the moment.

Did get my new spray booth filters as the old one is rather clogged, it was something I actually wanted to get from Cosford but the usual stockist didn't have the Booth with them this year, so picked up some off eBay.

Started collecting for my next build to follow the HS-681, so that's motivation to get my skates on and press forward with the building as I'm looking forward to this one now I've decided to take the plunge. Won't say what until I can confirm the build will work but initial checking is looking good so far. At least it gives me something to do whilst the real modelling is on hold.

Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Howard of Effingham on April 17, 2015, 03:03:07 am
hmm. Geoff! thanks for the inspiration for the EDSG allover FAA 'toom at cosford. it will get built.

btw, have you any thoughts on what CVA-01's airwing might have looked like if she'd been built and had fought in the falklands? :)

looking forward to the next HS681, btw.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on April 17, 2015, 04:27:01 am
hmm. Geoff! thanks for the inspiration for the EDSG allover FAA 'toom at cosford. it will get built.

btw, have you any thoughts on what CVA-01's airwing might have looked like if she'd been built and had fought in the falklands? :)

looking forward to the next HS681, btw.  :thumbsup:

Hi Trev

Well by 1982 it would have still been the Phantom and the Buccaneer as the core FAA air wing, Sea King HAS2/5 and probably E-2K Hawkeye (E-2C) as I doubt they pushed ahead with the P139. They wouldn't have gone for the F-14 as its still on the big, expensive heavy side, and Hornet wasn't really ready for sea service as an off the shelf next gen carrier aircraft till after the war.

However the thing to factor in was the Phantom and Buccaneer were seen as the initial readily available airgroup for CVA-01 in the 70s, they did envisage a replacement type starting late 60s for use late 70's. This was of course the AFVG, which became UKVG and hence Tornado, however that requirement was RAF driven as a Canberra replacement followed by an interceptor with a lot of co-operation with the West Germans and Italy. With valid RN input as well as RAF, we probably would have seen the ADV appear earlier as a Carrier capable version, as initially an Interceptor for CAP and then Strike to replace both the Phantom and Buccaneer with a common type. Build wise use a Tornado F-3 kit, the landing gear would need to change and probably the main gear bay as it would need to be straight, beefier legs, beefy wheels and an a revised nose gear with longer stroke and probably a forward pull bar for the catapult shuttle rather than using cables and hooks, an arrestor hook and probably a folding fin tip. You'll need to revise the fuselage to intake join to allow for the revised main gear, so that taper where the fuselage meets the intakes as an undercut will effectively be filled in. Should look mostly like a Tornado but the Sea Tornado would be different enough to get the wow factor.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on April 17, 2015, 05:54:24 am
Glad to here you are moving forward with the build, and already looking past it to the next one Geoff ! The Sea Tornado idea sounds pretty good. Not a fan of altering all those sexy curves, but hey, it will look Tornado enough to get my vote !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on April 20, 2015, 12:28:01 am
Glad to here you are moving forward with the build, and already looking past it to the next one Geoff ! The Sea Tornado idea sounds pretty good. Not a fan of altering all those sexy curves, but hey, it will look Tornado enough to get my vote !

 :cheers:

Its only the intake area, it would be more conventional blending to the lower fuselage, probably in a similar way to the BAC 583 I did that's all, most of the Tornado F3 size and shape would remain.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on April 20, 2015, 12:43:58 am
Well after a busy weekend and a bit of hunting out kits, checking parts against drawings for the next project I was finally able to get back to the HS-681. Taped together the cargo cabin, dropped in the upper and lower cockpits and taped the fuselage together to check the fit of the canopy. Looks OK side on and in plan view, sort of fits at the front but way too wide at the rear corners - why because the Transall tapers in on the upper cockpit, so spent last night bulking out the window sills so the canopy touches and then i'll have to build up with various laminations of plastic card to blend into the fuselage before milliput and lots of PSR to get the Shape right.

I will also sort out the rear fuselage as the doors are a different shape, and I will try and sort out the wing to fuselage join, whilst its all still taped up. The idea is that the heavy conversion work is done now so that I can then clean up the interior from the building detritus add the detail, paint it up and reassemble leaving only the seams to clean up and sort out. (In theory !)
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on April 21, 2015, 12:07:21 am
Nothing done on the 681 last night as had other chores to do but did find my original 3 view drawing which reminded me to keep cross referencing the drawings and the artwork to ensure my mental image doesn't get corrupted. I've had that happen previously on a 681 build so I know the consequences. It also reminded me that there are a few bits I haven't even started yet such as the fin the engine pylons, both will need to be scratch built as very specific to the model so I need to decide what will be the best options for creating both.

On a side note I received some detail bits for the next build, others are on the way from Hong Kong, so that should keep me from being distracted for the time being until I'm ready to start.

However I hear from Hannants that the Sword Gannet AEW3 is due in stock in the next two weeks so that may well be a distraction, although its a bit more simplified than the Alley cat kit, the detail is supposed to be good so it might be something I can build as a gap filler during one of the major builds.... :blink:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on April 28, 2015, 12:40:24 am
Well another week and actually made some progress this weekend as the weather has gone back to normal.

I discovered I had a problem with my choice of donor kits in that the Transall tapers to a narrower cockpit with a more angular flat faced windows, the 681 however is more rounded and wider conforming more to the diameter of the fuselage. After checking out various possible donor kits both in the stash and on-line I decided that the VC-10 cockpit windows were nearest the Mark so after a polite email to Anigrand I managed to procure a replacement canopy from their VC-10 kit.
So this last weekend I taped up the interior loose fitted it to the fuselage and taped the two halves together. I was in a Catch-22 situation as I couldn't assemble the cockpit till I knew the canopy would fit or else all the interior detail would be lost to PSR debris and dust and thus I couldn't join the fuselage whilst the interior needed to be finished, thus copious amount's of Tamiya tape to strap everything together to gauge the fit of the canopy. Well first look and it did the job, it looked right in profile and fitted just about at the front windscreen, however it overhung the rear corners of the cockpit by a good 3-4 mm each side   :banghead:. Its resin so it would snap if forced and that gap couldn't be made up easily as it showed just how much taper there was in the cockpit shape, so out with the plastic card to build up sills for the canopy to sit upon in the corners as the top edge and front edge were OK. Then it was a case of back filling to blend with the fuselage followed by Milliput and plenty of PSR.

I can now happily say that the canopy fits, just a bit of fine adjustment required at the front, and it has the look and feel of the 681 now  :thumbsup:.

I also managed to work out a basis for my tail fin, as the 681 has quite a large and distinctive tail fin that others don't match, then an idea came to mind and I dug out the spare wings I had from a B-52 scrap kit I once had. They were close if a little too big but the lower halves with the flaps missing were almost perfect, so the two lower inner wing are now being worked upon to create my new Tail fin.

Still lots to do to sort out all the bits I need, the Fuselage needs work at the rear to change the door format and tidy up the tail cone shape; then I need to get to work on creating and moving the wings box forward and filling in the resulting gap behind the wing, but that comes once the fuselage is joined together.
I only have two engines almost built with the other pair in need of starting. I need to do all four engine pylons the Fin top fairing for the tail planes and of course the rather large sponson's for the undercarriage.

Ps to follow
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on April 29, 2015, 12:17:42 am
Oh well nothing done last night, had other chores to do when I got home including going getting Tea as the cleaner was blitzing the kitchen, so had lost the light by the time I had finished my chores. A pity really as I was plotting on what I still needed to do whilst the fuselage was tapped together and thinking where to look for potential parts for the Tail fin bullet  :banghead:. I did try out some possible donor parts for the engine pylons against the Drawings but not sure if they will work so will look at something else tonight that just sprung to mind....

Good news when I got home was a parcel from Hong Kong which are more resin bits for my next build. I think I may have what I need to kick start this build once the 681 is assembled. (I may carry on with the building programme and do the painting, decaling an finishing off at the same time as similar requirements  and saves the other from getting dusty whilst the other is built.

One annoying factor of getting a cleaner in is her requirement to de-clutter the house, as that will eventually include my room and work space so needs must I will have to make an attempt to clean up the room and de-clutter leaving just those kits that I intend to build this year to hand along with the usual tools, paints and spares. The trouble is I could do with that building time whilst the mojo is up and when tidying up you find stuff part built or put aside that you suddenly do want to get finished  :banghead:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on April 29, 2015, 01:44:45 pm
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v666/Thorvic/HS681%20003_zps2zovnug3.jpg)

Parts so far with the wing taped up fuselage, basis of engines and tail fin

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v666/Thorvic/HS681%20004_zpsqw4hrbhp.jpg)

Cockpit build up to fit new canopy

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v666/Thorvic/HS681%20006_zps5zrhszro.jpg)

Creating the engines

(http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Thorvic/media/HS681%20007_zpsr0z3eiwi.jpg.html)

The wing created from the KC-135 wings

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v666/Thorvic/HS681%20008_zps2otkqgj1.jpg)

Approx location of where wing will eventially go and the back filling required (to be done when fuselage joined

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v666/Thorvic/HS681%20009_zpsrfcpjulu.jpg)

The insides taped together,note the lower cockpit and nose gear bay (the square bits will be trimmed back once fixed in fuselage), note weights on the under side of cargo floor.

So need to crack on with the interior so the fuselage can be joined and the next lot of work done to create the new wing roots.

Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Gondor on April 29, 2015, 01:52:16 pm
Impressive  :wub:  :blink:  :bow:

Gondor
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: PR19_Kit on April 29, 2015, 03:17:48 pm
Blimey, that looks good, and complex too.  :thumbsup:

I always thought the 681 effectively had four Harrier fuselages for engines, but if it hasn't how does it STOL?
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on April 29, 2015, 04:16:45 pm
Blimey, that looks good, and complex too.  :thumbsup:

I always thought the 681 effectively had four Harrier fuselages for engines, but if it hasn't how does it STOL?

Its the Medway version, but i havent added the deflected thrust nozzles to the engines yet, they used moveable vents to deflect some or all of the engine thrust to the vents. I will add a blister in the lower rear qtr on each side of the engine and fit a photoetch grill to act as vent.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: PR19_Kit on April 30, 2015, 02:35:37 am
Blimey, that looks good, and complex too.  :thumbsup:

I always thought the 681 effectively had four Harrier fuselages for engines, but if it hasn't how does it STOL?

Its the Medway version, but i havent added the deflected thrust nozzles to the engines yet, they used moveable vents to deflect some or all of the engine thrust to the vents. I will add a blister in the lower rear qtr on each side of the engine and fit a photoetch grill to act as vent.

Excellent, thanks. Looking forward to seeing those mods.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on April 30, 2015, 04:29:25 am
http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1963/1963%20-%202232.html (http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1963/1963%20-%202232.html)

That shows the Medway engine with the Thrust Deflector, which should give you the idea
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: PR19_Kit on April 30, 2015, 08:01:03 am
Never seen that before, very interesting, thanks.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on May 01, 2015, 05:09:47 am
Oh Bugger, dilemma time as I have the new Sword Gannet in transit. Now comes the conundrum do I shelve it until the HS681 is assembled or do I try and do a quick build in between doing bits on the HS681 ?  :banghead:

It is tempting although being Sword whilst nicely detailed I doubt it will fall together so it probably won't be a shake n bake build, I do have a Whif/PC idea for one but I really shouldn't get distracted as I have another build set to follow soon after the 681 is done.... :blink:.

Nope must keep focus, I'll fondle the plastic when it arrives I may even source the decals for it but I think I will shelve it ready to do once other builds are done as the mojo is still good with the 681 and the follow up build. I'll leave it to one of you guys to knock out the first Gannet Whiff instead  ;).

OK so on with the show, now that I broken down the 681 fuselage I think I should get on and get it finished off ready for assembly. I need to change the rear loading doors for the 681 format, finish off painting the cargo cabin and fit the seats. Details & paint the lower cockpit and detail the nose gear bay. Build and paint the cockpit as that different to the Transall. Then I will have to scribe in where the wings will be fitted to make cutting out of the area easier (need to leave it in place to begin with to help the fit of the interior and joining of the halves).

As its the Bank Holiday I hope to get most of this done over the weekend if I can as a sign of progress and achievement  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on May 01, 2015, 05:18:05 am
That is looking really good Geoff ! Love to watch your scratch building come together, inspiring !

As for the dilemma I'd shelve this and get on with the Gannett. It will be taking your attention away from this, so if you just get on with the Gannett that problem will go away and then get back on with this one.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Mossie on May 01, 2015, 05:22:11 am
Good to see a full interior Geoff. :o  It's bashing up nicely. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on May 05, 2015, 12:28:20 am
Well hit and miss this weekend, got the Gannets delivered on Saturday rather than Friday, and they do look rather tasty. Certainly plausible to do an OOB build with them. However by the time they arrived I already had the HS681 out so the choice was easy to carry on with the 681.

Got started on cutting the wider upper part of the rear doors as these fold out rather than fold up into the fuselage, so it was a case of scribing the cut area and carefully razor cutting the section out of each fuselage side as these then have to be attached to the original door to make the new doors. Currently cleaning up the join on these new doors and starting to detail the interior as the original inner lining structure is too heavy duty for the new clam shell doors.

Whilst the door set I got back to the fuselage, the interior fuselage was sprayed sea grey along with the lower cockpit, painted the palletised loads to put at the back of the cargo bay (these are lead and act as additional ballast  ;)). And got started on building the cockpit. This week I'll try to paint up the cockpit and its components so the decals can be added and sealed ready to crack on with the fuselage assembly.
The new rudder also got another sanding to clean up the gap where the B-52 engine pylon was supposed to fit. Just need to give it a finer polish and then I can scribe it up before looking to find a suitable donor for the fin bullet that sits atop the fin where the tail plane attaches.

Think I have found an answer for the Engine Pylons but will need to try that out before being able to confirm if its viable or not.
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Post by: PR19_Kit on May 05, 2015, 04:16:30 am

The new rudder also got another sanding to clean up the gap where the B-52 engine pylon was supposed to fit.


The whole essence of Whiffgineering is encompassed in that sentence.  :thumbsup: :bow:
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Post by: Thorvic on May 05, 2015, 04:30:05 am

The new rudder also got another sanding to clean up the gap where the B-52 engine pylon was supposed to fit.


The whole essence of Whiffgineering is encompassed in that sentence.  :thumbsup: :bow:

Yeap strip of sprue shaped to match taper, filler then PSR  ;D
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Post by: Thorvic on May 06, 2015, 12:24:30 am
Ran out of steam last night so didn't even get the HS681 out   :banghead:, a shame really as I think I will need to get the cockpit painted, decaled and fitted out before I can get much further with assembly.

I have however hit a snag, I currently build using a board on my bed and pack the model away into its box after each session, however once the fuselage is joined it won't fit in the box and when its assembled it certainly wont. Therefore I'm going to have to clear down my work bench of the all the clutter so I can work on the 681 and also store it there. That means its time for a big clear up, all the stuff left on the bench as recent acquisitions (last 18 mths) or so will need to go into the loft as I won't be doing them for some time, paints and tools put back and shelf space also cleared for those builds I will be doing or will be acting as donor kits.

In other words a good weeks worth sorting out and tidying up required and I suspect I'm going to have to do another purge on the stash to keep numbers down to reasonable levels. So watch out for a sale coming here in the near future  :blink:.

Just have to keep telling myself its for the best, it should allow me to complete the HS-681 in comfort and start the next one with out too much trouble and gives me a chance to clear up a bit and get organised again.
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Post by: Captain Canada on May 07, 2015, 06:18:22 am
The ceiling. There are all sorts of hanging shelves these days, either pre-made or DIY. I'm looking at installing one in the garage this week !

 :cheers:
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Post by: Howard of Effingham on May 08, 2015, 04:09:00 am
all's well so far Geoff.

looking forward to seeing this one finished.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Thorvic on May 11, 2015, 12:49:49 am
Well nothing done on the build this weekend, but I have cleared off my workspace over the weekend so all kits stacked up on it have now been relocated, crap cleared away and benches cleared down. Still got to consolidate some of my bit boxes and leftovers from previous builds and I really need to get to grips with organising my Decal bank as now in about 4 locations plus some of those completed build boxes  :banghead:.

However it does mean I now have space for the build of the HS-681, so my primary objective has been met and I should be able to crack on with the build.

I did get a chance last night to look at the part started Airfix Hercules, the major bits are OK but some of the smaller bits have been pre painted. I think its complete and have been able to repair the broken prop blades. I'm thinking of building this out of the box as an original C-130K in the MEAF scheme, using the Airdecal markings as it will make a nice offset against the HS-681 when done.

Interesting news in some of the Sunday Tabloids yesterday, it appears the RAF have been leaking that they will be getting the Boeing P-8 Poseidon in the next couple of years o fill the MPA gap. Jumping the gun ahead of the 2015 SDSR but really a surprise, the only trouble is that if true that the Kit I have is no longer Project Cancelled, and may only have a year to class it as a What-if ! (Although that may depend on the markings and Squadron selected at the time of build as may differ. I have a feeling going off the article in the express that the P-8 is only part of the solution so I suspect we will be following the USN and matching the RAAF in going for a hybrid mix of Poseidon's and Triton UCAV's.
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Post by: Captain Canada on May 11, 2015, 06:24:50 am
Would love to see that big Herc come together. It would look great in those colours and markings !

 :cheers:
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Post by: Thorvic on May 11, 2015, 11:34:03 pm
Would love to see that big Herc come together. It would look great in those colours and markings !

 :cheers:

Yeap they do look good, I think its having the Airfix kit with its original box art together with a set of the AirDecal markings that tempted me. Would be nice if Model Alliance had done their RAF Hercules set as we've never had a decent sheet or set of sheets covering the RAF Hercules in service through its lifetime.
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Post by: Thorvic on May 12, 2015, 12:18:24 am
Nothing done last night bar from verifying the repairs to the broken Hercules propellers had worked - they had, so will be looking to assemble this one during of after the HS-681 build (note to self must really start a build thread for this one !!).

I really should have spent last night sorting and filing my decal collection, I have the folders for them so no excuse for not getting organised if I'm not actually building so that's a job I can be getting on with during the week. I must also consolidate the bit box and half built kits so they take up less room before I mess them all up again scrounging for parts to detail the 681  ;D.

I think in between finishing off the clean up I should probably refresh myself with the HS-681 build both where I'm up to with the various parts but also with the drawings and artwork to refresh my mental picture of how it should look just to double check my minds eye doesn't drift me off target.
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Post by: Captain Canada on May 12, 2015, 05:24:40 am
Always tough to do, stay on target that is. With the steady accumulation of spares parts, part decal sheets, part started kits, almost finished kits, broken bits in need or repair etcetera etcetera....it's a never ending header change for the avid modeler !
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Post by: Thorvic on May 14, 2015, 12:24:12 am
Finally got the 681 on the bench and have started to add ribs to the clamshell rear doors, in between that I taped up the part started Hercules I got to try and get a decent fit and work out some of the slight warping to the fuselage. Definitely tempted to do this straight out of the box so to speak to go alongside the Aldershot, although at the moment its just a case of sorting the parts outs so I could build it as and when.

Once I pack away the Hercules bits I will get the HS-681 bits laid out so I can sort out what needs doing. priority has to be detailing and painting the cockpit and then finishing off the cargo hold so I can get the cargo bay assembled and work out the exact position to cut the fuselage to fit the wing so this can be cut out before I join the fuselage halves.

Getting the Fuselage assembled will be a big goal, I can then back fill the former wing box and build up the forward  fuselage to blend to the wing so the wing effectively slots into place. I can work out the fit of the tail fin and the size and shape of the long wheel sponson's. It will also probably be the best time to clean up and re-scribe the fuselage whilst its still accessible.

I have to crack on as I have another major build to follow this along with a couple of P1121 and possible building the Hercules so rather glad I got my bench sorted out so I can crack on with the modelling as the bench is there with the kit upon to tempt me to get a bit more done  ;)
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Post by: Thorvic on May 15, 2015, 12:21:42 am
Had a plank moment last night, as I had a rattle can in use so decided to spray and varnish the HS681 nose cone whilst the booth was on and the spray warmed up. Looked great once dried with a slight satin sheen until I remembered I hadn't created the windscreen for the air drop aimer, yes I had cut the hole out but not done the glass so I will need to handle part as I create and test fit the clear plastic so that lovely finish is likely to be affected  :banghead: serves me right for rushing.

In the mean time I carried on with the ribbing the clamshell doors as the Hercules fuselage is still on the bench at the moment whilst I try and get it used to fitting together. The good news on that point is that it hasn't forced any of the tapes to come loose so I suspect it may well join together without fighting burst seams as long as a do it slowly and ensure the joins are true as I go along.

Only trouble is I was enjoying the Airfix Hercules so mush I actually bided on another on eBay, thankfully I was outbid and I came to my senses as whilst its a nice kit with fond memories I don't really have the space to get yet another stock kit - so a lucky escape.

Must remain practical after all my main targets for 2015  new releases are the Airfix Shackleton and Sea King, I'm bound to pick up the Revell Shackleton for comparison and we may be getting some new 1/72nd airliners such as the VC-10 and Britannia out by the end of the year too, as S&M are doing new resin kits whilst RAM models have picked up the old Airwaves Vacform tooling so there is a possibility of more large kits being added to the stash.
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Post by: Captain Canada on May 16, 2015, 12:07:46 pm
Don't sweat it, you can always give her a gloss coat after the fact. The Shak and the new Sea King are eagerly awaited here as well.

 :cheers: :tornado: :wub:
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Post by: Thorvic on May 20, 2015, 04:53:22 am
Don't sweat it, you can always give her a gloss coat after the fact. The Shak and the new Sea King are eagerly awaited here as well.

 :cheers: :tornado: :wub:

Trouble is they will be more likely Spring 2016 for you in Canada, unless you keep an eye on the US Distributor
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Post by: Captain Canada on May 20, 2015, 04:58:57 am
Or later !  :banghead:

I'm hoping to do a trip to the States on my days off next week.

 :cheers:
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Post by: Thorvic on May 20, 2015, 05:08:35 am
Oh well ended up getting the Airfix Hercules fuselage assembled, so I suspect I may well complete this build and switch back to the 681 once its assembled. The Herc is built closed up so I don't have to go mad on the detail, just the windscreen to fit before getting on with the wings and tailplanes. The wings are a pain as they have the propellers fitted and separate control surfaces so effectively have to pre-paint the props and then mask them, fit them into the engines and join the wing halves together.

Test fitting the Herc reminds me of the size of the model and its not too bad on the bench so that gives me an idea of the completed 681 and the space I will need during assembly, storage and transport.

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Post by: Captain Canada on May 21, 2015, 05:22:10 am
Beauty. Looking forward to seeing that Herc, on of my favourite aeroplanes. I built one around 1983, the Airfix kit. I painted it as an RCAF bird, by hand, and the white top was a real bear I tell ya ! Then I hand painted the lightning stripe...it was messy but it was a big impressive model when finished !

 :cheers:
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Post by: Thorvic on May 26, 2015, 12:07:51 am
Oh Bugger !!!! :banghead:

Just had a long Bank Holiday weekend and got bogged down assembling and prepping for painting the Hercules, it still needs a few joints cleaning up and re-scribing but its getting there, so hopefully it should be primed this week so I can paint the nose cone and skull cap prior to the rest of the masking. One thing I've realised is that its too big for the spray booth so I will need to clear up and set up a spray station in the garage again to allow this and eventually the HS681 to be painted  :banghead:

The other problem is that the Hercules is currently inhabiting my build space so I can't get back on with the Aldershot till the Hercules has vacated it. I may only take the Hercules to primer stage and relocate it to shelf space I cleared at the weekend so I can crack on with the 681 assembly. That way I can do the painting at the same time.

In the meantime I got to looking at one of the sword Gannets I picked up and decided to have a tinker whilst the Hercules cured. Its not too bad a kit and actually managed to knock the wings together with their undercarriage bays. I think I may try to get the cockpit assembled and painted and see if I can build this kit whilst working on the two transports just as a bit of light relief. This will be a Whiff I think as I have the Alleycat kit for the non-whiff models.
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Post by: Howard of Effingham on May 26, 2015, 01:31:14 am
any plans for the wiffed AEW gannet, thorvic?

mine gets USN markings when I get her done.

good luck with yours.
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Post by: Thorvic on May 26, 2015, 04:19:07 am
any plans for the wiffed AEW gannet, thorvic?

mine gets USN markings when I get her done.

good luck with yours.

Yeap it will be RN, but it will be a more subtle whiff and in line with Project Cancelled so it will be genuine too  ;)
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Post by: Captain Canada on May 26, 2015, 05:01:10 am
So it's a good news/ bad news update ! lol

Getting the Herc primed and out of the way is a good idea, then you can just go back to painiting when the urge strikes.

Looking forward to seeing what you will do with your Gannett !

 :cheers:
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Post by: Thorvic on June 08, 2015, 12:27:56 am
Managed to get the original Airfix Hercules finished off this weekend, looks OK but a bit rushed as it held up my proper HS681 build so was done OOB, not happy with the glazing as probably needed more blending in but catch 22 as would likely crack a seam if worked too hard as 40yr old plastic. The nose glazing is a poor fit despite some working of the parts to get it to fit, the port holes are too deep and despite the nose weight it still tips up onto its main wheels, but found the nose leg to be rather weak so not really prepared to add more and have that break, also not too happy with the touch up areas to the light stone, although the paint appeared to match when applied it looks different when dried.

Anyway this wasn't a primary model, more a fun OOB build of one of the kits of my youth  (I remember it as a Christmas present in the mid 70s  :party: ), if I wanted a better kit I could have used the Italeri kit with the mods applied, although I still think the Airfix fuselage is a better shape. The idea behind building it was to show what we got instead of the HS-681.

So tonight I clear off the work bench of the Hercules stuff, put away the paints and tools. clear away the rubbish and get ready to jump back in with the HS-681 Aldershot which is sat waiting to be continued  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Captain Canada on June 08, 2015, 05:11:32 am
Glad to hear you got it done and are carrying on. Look forward to seeing a few pics !

 :cheers:
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Post by: Thorvic on June 11, 2015, 11:58:36 pm
Well finally managed to get the 681 laid out on the cleared off work bench late last night so I'll see about cracking on with that this weekend. I shall have to paint the cockpit and finish off the cargo bay so I can get started on bringing the fuselage together, which should be fun. I think i'll focus on getting the fuselage and wing join sorted and then get on with the tail fin so it ready to be fitted when main assembly starts, that should mean the upper fuselage conversion work is done and the wing and tail should effectively slot into place when the time comes.

Focus will then shift to the main fuselage sponsons I think I may see about extending the kit ones to accommodate the extra wheel, then use plastic card and milliput to stretch them and blend them further. Once that's been sorted I can scribe in the new panel lines and the fuselage will feel to be nearly done  :thumbsup:.

After that its on with doing the rest of the engine pods and creating the wing pylons to complete the last of the major sub assemblies. I may possibly be able to do the engines whilst some of the other bits are curing and setting, but I'll have to see how that goes :-)

I was hoping to get kicked off on the 681 once the Hercules was finished but discovered this sudden warm spell shot the pollen count rather high that I had to start on the hay fever pills onto top of my usual red light allergy reliever  :banghead:
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Post by: Captain Canada on June 12, 2015, 05:31:57 am
Sounds like you have a plan ! That's always a good thing  :thumbsup: Allergy season was in full bloom here starting last week. Sounds like everybody has a head cold lol

 :banghead:
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Post by: Thorvic on June 16, 2015, 05:06:51 am
Managed to get the interior done over the weekend and assembled into a fuselage half, then got the fuselage joined (sort of !) I suspect my shortened two halves made the job harder as the cargo floor had a slight warp so the interior is possibly not quite as well seated as it should be, which has resulted on some gaps when the lower fuselage was fitted so in the process of filling in those gaps. Oh and of course as worked on the gaps to the 6 pallets I added to use as ballast came unglued and fell out so those are going to be fun to re-fit. However I may not need to as its rather heavy with the other ballast added.

Going to get the fuselage joints fixed up and cured and then I'll have to cut some of them out so I can create a mounting location for the wing. A bit daft I know but I needed the rest of the fuselage to be securely joined before I cut another chunk out of it or else it would have been even more difficult to join together.

Still its nice to have the fuselage together as it feels like progress and now its about getting the sub assemblies done and cleaned up and ready to be fitted once the basic fuselage is sorted:- Sponsons, Tail, engines & plyon's  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Captain Canada on June 17, 2015, 05:29:57 am
Glad to hear. I could see how getting the fuselage together on a major conversion like this would be relieving...it feels good enough getting past that stage on a simple single engine fighter !

 :thumbsup:
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Post by: Thorvic on June 22, 2015, 12:15:08 am
Yeah  Progress

Fuselage fixes done and the seams tidied up. Cleaned up and filled in the gaps at the rear of the fuselage so its now neat and merges with the doors during the week so now that's all done it left me the weekend to get on with sorting out the wing position and cutting the fuselage roof to accept this.
Did this and got a sort of loose fit so extended the wing roots forward now I know where the wing meet the fuselage and this sorted out the gaps on the underside of the wing.
Next it was to start building up the forward upper fuselage to blend into the wing as the final HS-681 design has a very humpback look at the wing join. So built up steps on the fuselage and put the milliput on to blend it in, fitted the wing to fine tune it and its now cured over night in the warmth of our warm room. Now comes the fun part in getting it all sanded down and flush but its now getting there when the wing slots on it now starts to look 681 ish  ;D. Note I will still need to fill in the gaps when the wing is finally fitted but that shouldn't be too bad.

Once the wing roots have been cleaned up I'll need get started on the wheel sponsons as I need to work out where the wheels will be and align the axles accordingly before I see what I need to do with the building the sponsons by stretching the kit undercarriage bay and lengthening it fwd and aft  !
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Post by: Thorvic on June 23, 2015, 12:22:03 am
Hmmn this could take a few days to perfect the shapes, did a sanding session last night and the shapes coming along but the sanders are now clogged up a bit  :banghead:. I get the feeling I may need a 2nd session of milliput to fix some of the dimples and fine tune the flares of the wing roots. However before I get down to that I think I'll remove the cockpit masking and test the canopy for fit again as not done that since the fuselage was finally assembled. This will allow me to check the look and feel and let me see if I will need to blend in the canopy whilst I'm sorting out the upper forward fuselage. Probably a good time for another session of photos when I do.
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Post by: Thorvic on June 25, 2015, 12:06:14 am
Oh Bugger !

Well I removed the masking and tried to test fit the canopy - woefully crap fit, instrument panel touched and pushed it up, removed it and still shoddy fit. Added strip to rear edge of the cockpit, a bit better, now got fit at the back, one side but will need some shims on the front and a the other side a more serious shim of plastic to bring it true again. So no photos till I can get this sorted out and painted ready for the canopy to be re-future and attached (and blended back in again !!)  :banghead:

However its one of those jobs done in short periods so I can do a bit when I get a chance in the evening rather than wait for a more concerted effort at the weekends.

On another front I'm not happy with the engine I've done so far I may try an source an alternative solution for these  :blink:
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Post by: Captain Canada on June 25, 2015, 07:43:44 am
Sounds like she's going to fight you all the way !

 :cheers:
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Post by: Thorvic on June 29, 2015, 05:12:31 am
Ok finally managed to get the canopy fitted over the weekend and still had gaps to contend with so it really did take all weekend  :banghead:. Need to replace the window masking now and the wet sanding and detritus has damaged it a bit so daren't do a primer check on the seams till I know the windows are safe again.

However in one of the many curing sessions I did start to look at the photos I have of the manufacturers model and now think I can adapt the Transalls sponsons to match the design as this HS681 design has three larger wheels in line rather than twin double bogies and they extend much further forward than the Transall.

Got the basis for the fin top pod sorted from the spares box so just need to create the rest of if and build an interface to the fin.

Also got my alternative engines sorted which match the drawings better, although I need to now work out how to create the pair of fairings for the deflected thrust for each engine  :blink:
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Post by: Captain Canada on June 29, 2015, 05:23:28 am
Wow that's a lot of work Geoff !

 :cheers:
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Post by: Thorvic on June 30, 2015, 12:10:06 am
Wow that's a lot of work Geoff !

 :cheers:

Aye finding the photos was great but it also led to me to review the wok so far, in fact after discussing it with Gondor on-line last night I actually had to get up again after going to bed to review the nose cone I had done, thankfully it was OK so I went back to bed and tried to get some sleep  :thumbsup:.

Will need to get on and build up the next two engines so that I can get round to creating the deflected thrust fairings (all 8 of them !) as these will need to be scratch built before I get on with doing new engine pylons.

So with the sponsons the Fin Fairing, engines and pylons still to do before assembly can get going I still have quite a bit of work cut out for me.

To make matters worse that Sword Gannet is calling me to assemble as already had a dabble with the sub assemblies, plus the Ram decals for the F-4K/M are due anytime now so I have a real early F-4K to finish which has been at the decaling stage for the last 12 months !

The new Airfix Swift is still creeping back I notice now the 10th of July rather than the 3rd  :banghead:, just glad I built mine 6 months ago so it won't be a distraction whenever its finally released over here  ;D. The good news I suppose is that the real temptations are not due till December in the form of the Airfix Sea King HC4 and Avro Shackleton so those are winter builds lined up which will be light relief from the pair of big builds I'm doing this year.

Must admit I was sorely tempted to do my 1/72nd Poseidon whilst its still potentially a Whif as I hope later in the year the UK Govt will fill the MPA capability gap with an initial order for P-8s as part of the 2015 SDSR. However with the two build I have lined up so far and the work involved it just won't be practical, or fair on myself without rushing the jobs.
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Post by: NARSES2 on June 30, 2015, 06:25:12 am
The Swift creep is probably due to the shipping centre being reorganised/moved. Opens again on the 9th I think. details/link are here on site.


The good news I suppose is that the real temptations are not due till December in the form of the Airfix Sea King HC4 and Avro Shackleton

Mine are due in the next couple of months (Beau, III, Kate and Whitley) - sounds like a country band  ;D ;D
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Post by: Thorvic on July 02, 2015, 04:54:50 am
The Swift creep is probably due to the shipping centre being reorganised/moved. Opens again on the 9th I think. details/link are here on site.


The good news I suppose is that the real temptations are not due till December in the form of the Airfix Sea King HC4 and Avro Shackleton

Mine are due in the next couple of months (Beau, III, Kate and Whitley) - sounds like a country band  ;D ;D

Oh yes I knew you would have fun with the WW2 stuff that's all due out before winter (The new Wildcat should tempt you too as its to the same standard as the Kate, but for some daft reason none of the boxing's have FAA option !!  :banghead: ).

I don't actually mind the WW2 focus and that the Cold War types are due the end of the year as it means I don't have too many distractions till after SMW or for that matter for SMW  :blink: (we used to have models that they would try and get out for the show, but now it only seems to be a window for the smaller manufacturers to release a kit there - Freightdog, S&M, Coastal Kits, Whirlybird etc).
Hopefully next year we may see Airfix do some more Cold War types and try and spread them out through the year.

Build wise, like most its been way to warm for modelling but I did manage to replace the damaged window masking and give it a coat of primer. Still a visible seam between fuselage and canopy  so that needs further work  :banghead:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: NARSES2 on July 02, 2015, 05:48:07 am
(The new Wildcat should tempt you too as its to the same standard as the Kate, but for some daft reason none of the boxing's have FAA option !!  :banghead: ).


I was wondering that as well I must admit. Probably come out latter, hopefully
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Post by: Thorvic on July 20, 2015, 04:49:53 am
Not a great deal of visible progress to report, although I have made some, I now have four engines, one with the deflected thrust bulges, one awaiting them fitting and the other pair awaiting them to be shaped. Still to sort out the wing pylons for all four engines but I have ideas in hand for that.

I have started on the sponsons for the main landing gear and those are starting to take shape based on modified kit parts, once I have the sponson shape sorted I need to work out how to sort out the undercarriage before fitting the sponsons to the fuselage as the model being built has an unusual three large wheels in line rather than twined pairs.

Finally got the tail sorted out and have built the bullet and fin top, now I need to work out how to best fit the tail planes which is what I'm currently working on.

I did manage to check through my photos of the manufacturers models and had a DOH !!! moment when I realised that one of the models at MAM is the later HS version with most of the feature's I'm modelling, so plenty of cross referencing the photos, with the drawings and the build.

Must admit to being sorely tempted last week to have a go at something else, as got another Airfix Swift, and a Sword Gannet, together with the F-4K/M markings to taunt me. I had also been at Yeovilton and Bovington the week previous so had plenty of real hardware to have a go at.

Thankfully although I did look and fondle the plastic of various kits and shelf queens, I did resist  : thumbsup:, so I can carry on plugging away at the Aldershot.
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Post by: Thorvic on July 27, 2015, 12:21:09 am
Well some progress made, I managed to create a stencil of the engine pylon on Saturday and used it to cut out 2 similar shapes in slightly thicker plastic card. I was then able to attach this around the existing engine pylon to get the right width and shape and contoured to fit the wing. Marked up another 6 shapes using the template for the other three engines but I need to finish the other two pairs of defected thrust fairings and blend those into the engine pods before I can do those pylons.

I also managed to get the tail planes cut to shape and have sorted out their mountings. I have also sorted the mounts to attach the fin to the fuselage so for the first time I was able to see the model with wing and tail in place and matched with a engine to get the look and feel of the Aldershot. I will get the engines finished off this week so I can see about their mountings so I can get a shot with them in place  :thumbsup:

Got the other Transall Sponson sides cut to length and joined so I now have the start of my sponsons. I still need to work out the wheel locations, to establish the actual undercarriage bay and then I can build up the rest of the pylon around it, so still some work to go before I get the model basics complete  :banghead:. However its still progress and now starting to look the part and will do once those sponsons are done.

So fighting the same old curse of getting ideas and build inspiration, the trouble is if I get distracted the HS-681 will become a shelf queen so must focus energies to get that assembled at least before playing with something else.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on July 30, 2015, 12:09:45 am
Well managed to get another engine fitted with the deflected thrust fairings last night, but needs to be blended in now the fillers dried. Was hoping to get the last set of fairing shaped so I could get all the engines sorted this week but got distracted  :banghead:

I took the plunge and installed Windows 10 onto my Windows 7 PC as discovered you can revert back within 30 days if you don't like it. I was going to wait and see but my fathers Laptop came with Windows 8.1 and we both don't like it, so he's was hoping that Windows 10 would make it easier for him to use, so I needed to try it out and get familiar with it to see if he can cope with it. Looking OK from what I can see of it so far but it did suck up the rest of the evening, the good news is that the old stuff on PC is still available, I can still use Firefox, and now its a case of getting used to the rest of it.

Also had a snoot at the new Sword Jet Provost & Strikemaster kits I got from Hannants, they appear to be the same with 3 different instrument panels, so should be OK builds.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on July 30, 2015, 04:56:44 am
Good stuff Geoff. We were just having a debate the other day with our IT guy about 8.1 vs 10. He made it sound like personal preference as either can do pretty much the same.

Sounds like lots of progress on the build. Looking forward to some pics.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Hobbes on July 30, 2015, 09:35:58 am
For Windows 8 and up, Classic Shell is a must-have. http://www.classicshell.net/ (http://www.classicshell.net/)
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: PR19_Kit on July 30, 2015, 11:00:47 am
For Windows 8 and up, Classic Shell is a must-have. http://www.classicshell.net/ (http://www.classicshell.net/)

And it looks like it works with Win7 as well according to the website.  :thumbsup:

I've never heard of it before, thanks for the link Harro.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Gondor on July 30, 2015, 11:19:30 am
For Windows 8 and up, Classic Shell is a must-have. http://www.classicshell.net/ (http://www.classicshell.net/)

Very interesting although I half expected the logo to be yellow  ;D

Gondor
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on August 05, 2015, 11:45:23 pm
Well Windows 10 appears to be OK so far, nothing major has had a wobbly apart from the first time I tried to send a photo in whilst in a Facebook chat to Gondor through Firefox. I suspect it was still indexing the files as it was painfully slow, but has been OK since.

Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on August 06, 2015, 12:03:54 am
Now on modelling related subjects its been a bit hit and miss as have my sister back on her annual visit from Dubai so when she is with us I can hardly bugger off upstairs doing a bit of modelling for a few hours, so more a case of grabbing 15 minutes to do little jobs when I get chance.

Focus remains on the HS-681, got one engine done and two more with the deflected thrust fairings in place and Pylon sorted although both need to be re-scribed once cleaned up, The pylon an the fairings for the fourth engine are still work in progress. Still formulating on quite how to do the main fuselage sponsons, I have the basis for them but need to wok out quite how I will do them to get them a little deeper and quite a bit longer together with sorting the actual landing gear and how to fit it.

Still forcing myself to focus on the job in hand, got a number of other projects to build, plus there are some new kits in the stash that would be nice OOB, or to be whiffed.

In fact spotted something this week that if I can get it scanned will form the basis of decals for at least a couple of builds and possibly more with adaption, but again that's something that will have to wait.

Will actually be quite torn as to what to do next, I know what I should do and what I need to do plus I even know some of it could be fairly straight forward but there are just so many temptations.......... :banghead:

Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on August 14, 2015, 12:05:05 am
Well apart from a bit of sanding on an Engine pylon, not a great deal has been done this week on the HS-681, I did manage to get hold of a drawing and scale it up for a stable-mate of the HS-681 and checked out potential kit donors but that's for a possible project next year (buts its nice to have the idea in the bank so to speak  ;) ).

Actually started watching series 1 of Space 1999 last night, which bought back memories as I remember when it was originally shown on ITV. A very 70s feel and you can sense the evolution from UFO, but still enjoyable to watch. I think I might be tempted to pic up an Eagle or two although I wish they had looked to re-tool the 1/72nd kit rather than re-do it in 1/48th as todays tooling technology would have allowed for decent detailing.

Speaking of Sci-fi kits, somebody on Brit-Modeller was getting excited by what appeared to be an Airfix pre-announcement about the Original Thunderbirds craft, however upon reading and looking at the CGI artwork, its actually a Corgi announcement so It sounds like new diecast's are on the way.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: zenrat on August 14, 2015, 03:07:14 am
Frequent ads on TV here for big plastic toy T2 with T4 in the pod.  The new series must be a success.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on August 17, 2015, 12:15:57 am
Spotted confirmation that Hornby have a licence to do the Die-cast Thunderbirds as part of the 50th celebrations so these are likely to be the Originals as opposed to the CGI versions, for now.

Anyway not much done this weekend managed to extend my wheel sponsons, bulked out with milliput that has now dried so it will be on with shaping those this week. I did mean to get on with scribing the tail plane and the engines so those could be made ready for fitting once the fuselage is done, but I got side tracked by other jobs to do, plus the odd episode of Space 1999  ;D
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Gondor on August 17, 2015, 02:36:34 am
I did mean to get on with scribing the tail plane and the engines so those could be made ready for fitting once the fuselage is done, but I got side tracked by other jobs to do, plus the odd episode of Space 1999  ;D

And there you were saying that My build speed would be slowed by buying KSP  :rolleyes:

Gondor

P.S. Don't blame you though  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on August 17, 2015, 04:57:01 am
I did mean to get on with scribing the tail plane and the engines so those could be made ready for fitting once the fuselage is done, but I got side tracked by other jobs to do, plus the odd episode of Space 1999  ;D

And there you were saying that My build speed would be slowed by buying KSP  :rolleyes:

Gondor

P.S. Don't blame you though  :thumbsup:

Yeap I know from experience, although I actually watch them late evening on the main telly so i tend to be too tired at that point to do any effective modelling and certainly not scribing  :o.

Technically I suppose the problem is a dip in the Mo-Jo as I know what needs doing but I still have some issues to solve such as the undercarriage and how to fit it. Once I have that answer the build should pick up a pace as the rest is just standard assembly once the problems have been solved. I check out ideas, cross reference on-line and see what's in the stash but still awaiting that eureka moment that means that I have an answer to try out (may not work but its worth trying)
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on August 17, 2015, 05:45:21 am
I've got an original die=cast one somewhere....should check for it.

I know all about the mojo thing.....yuck !

 :blink:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on September 02, 2015, 12:52:15 am
Well with a Bank Holiday weekend of the usual indifferent British Weather I was able to make a little progress on with the HS-681. I managed to get both wheel sponsons created and set up a structure for the landing legs with the wheels evenly placed. Once the gear was sorted as was able to attach the main gear sponsons and blend them in. With a mix of blue tack and Tamiya tape I was able the attach the landing gear and wheels, the tail and the wing with engines to assess the balance.

The fuselage has been re-scribed where the PSR work has been done and the Tail has been fitted in place, next up is to fit the glazing in the nose cone and attach that to the fuselage and do a bit of work to detail the landing gear bays whilst its sill easy to access.

Once I am happy with the fuselage I will add the wing and let that cure as that will need quite s bit of work to blend it in. Once that's been PSR'd I can clean up the lost panel line's I can clean it up and do a primer test shot to identify the surface defects. Once those defects have been resolved I can add any extra detailing before I pre-paint the wing root area, this is to make it easier to mask to deal with once the engines are in place.

I will have to detail the engines and pre-paint them before they can be fitted and set in place, the joins will require some PSR as the pylons are scratch built.

Still lots to do but nice to see it semi assembled and I know what work needs to be done. (Pics taken on Monday will be posted up later)
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on September 02, 2015, 04:58:42 am
Busy weekend !

I keep getting the Windows 10 prompt on my laptop so I'd guess I ought to just go through with it and get it done....

 :blink:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on September 02, 2015, 09:08:35 am
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v666/Thorvic/P1000552_zpszztcvmn6.jpg)

The components created to that point

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v666/Thorvic/P1000555_zpssqjfyrui.jpg)

The basic engines

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v666/Thorvic/P1000559_zpszkuaq55w.jpg)

The tail

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v666/Thorvic/P1000565_zpspeabwavk.jpg)

Sponsons fitted and undercarriage in place with blutak  ;D

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v666/Thorvic/P1000564_zpsavelsayl.jpg (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v666/Thorvic/P1000564_zpsavelsayl.jpg)

A bit wobbly but just getting the idea  :thumbsup:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v666/Thorvic/P1000563_zpsibywnwhw.jpg)

From above

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v666/Thorvic/P1000561_zpswyv2i7qj.jpg)

From the side, and loosing the gravity battle, but get over the concept.

Since then the tail has been secured in place and the fuselage is being worked upon, prior to fixing the wing and blending it in.


Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: kitnut617 on September 02, 2015, 07:03:13 pm
Brilliant bit of kit bashing there Geoff    :bow: :bow: :bow:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on September 02, 2015, 11:34:56 pm
Busy weekend !

I keep getting the Windows 10 prompt on my laptop so I'd guess I ought to just go through with it and get it done....

 :blink:

Seems OK to me, not had any issues with running it on my Laptop  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on September 02, 2015, 11:43:32 pm
Brilliant bit of kit bashing there Geoff    :bow: :bow: :bow:

Cheer Robert that's nice coming from a fellow kit basher  :bow:

Its forcing myself to stay focused, I know if I get distracted and be tempted by various ideas, new kits or new decals that I've had this year that this build could easily end up on the shelf of doom and this years effort would have been wasted. I even have an idea for the extra C-160 I picked up to act as donor for the sponsons as a competing design to the HS-681 but I that's one i'll have to leave for next year.

With the 681 to finish, a Battle of Britain GB idea egging me on, plus some of these new Airfix kits tempting me I now know that the Vulcan MPA that I had lined up to follow simply can't meet the SMW deadline, and after a couple of big builds this year it will be nice to do something compact again  :blink:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: kitnut617 on September 03, 2015, 02:11:58 am

Its forcing myself to stay focused, I know if I get distracted and be tempted by various ideas, new kits or new decals that I've had this year that this build could easily end up on the shelf of doom and this years effort would have been wasted.


I know that scenario only to well I'm afraid, get all these ideas in my head ------- 
I've got some 1/72 GE90 engines being made right as we speak for another idea which has been bugging me for ages --- think enhanced B-52 ---
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on September 03, 2015, 05:47:58 am
Great work Geoff. She's really coming together now....keep at it ! Thanks for posting the pics, it's great to see a selection like that altogether, really brings the scale of what you are doing out.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 03, 2015, 12:55:24 pm
That's looking pretty darn good Geoff, most impressive.

That's one BIG wing it had too!  :o
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on September 04, 2015, 04:22:23 am
Got the observer port glazed in the nose cone and then the Nose cone fitted, and starter to add a few detail bits now before fitting the wing. I must remember to do the masking and priming in some areas whilst its still easy to access without the wing and engines fitted  :o
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on September 04, 2015, 04:24:44 am
That's looking pretty darn good Geoff, most impressive.

That's one BIG wing it had too!  :o

Cheers Kit, Yeap it was a STOL transporter with possible VTOL option so plenty of lift required, at the moment it just looks like I have a Boomerang on the work bench  ;D
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on September 07, 2015, 12:23:42 am
Well I managed to add a bit of detailing to the undercarriage bays so I was able to install the wing this weekend. Went great, used super glue. filled the gaps milliput and got the wing nicely seated and let that cure over night.  :thumbsup:

Had a look yesterday, really starting to look the part sat on the workbench until I noticed that something didn't look right one wing tip appeared to be slightly lower than the other, so I checked with a bottle of Humbrol Acrylic paint and found on one side the wing tip was about half a cm above the lid whilst the other side wouldn't allow it under.  :banghead: Problem !!!, the wing is level on the fuselage and after using superglue and milliput to get a good fit it wasn't going to be coming off again without some serious damage  :unsure:.

Then I checked the underside joins as the 135 wing has separate outer wing panels that join to a central lower wing section. obviously to create the wing as a single unit I had separated the wing and lower fuselage of the 135 and on one of the lower wing joins I had to pack a joint with plastic card to get a decent join. This was the wingtip that was higher so on the other wing with a bit of flexing I was able to crack the seam between the lower wing joins and use a bit of 10thou plastic card as packing in the joint and lo and behold that wing tip was now a similar height to the other one. A few PSR sessions ensured a cleaned up joint and I was able to re-prime the area and re-scribe the panel lines.

Once the wing was sorted out I managed to add the spine that runs from the tail to the wing and add a blister over the wing which I assume is for the blown flap system for part of its STOL performance.

The HS-681 is now starting to look the part, whilst the wing was curing I primed the wheels and then sprayed the hubs before painting the tyres, will need a bit of tidying up before a dark wash to bring out the details. I also started on scribing up the engines, done the inner ones but still need to do the outer engines. After that I need to add the PE grill for the deflected thrust and then clean up the painting so it can be masked before being fitted to the wings.

Once the engines are on its just a case of doing the detailing and finish the masking  :mellow:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 07, 2015, 01:58:48 am
I like the bit about '......just a case of......'  ;D
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on September 07, 2015, 04:03:46 am
I like the bit about '......just a case of......'  ;D

Ah but you know what I mean, when scratch building your still winging it during the initial build as its a lot of trial and error bringing the build together, but you eventually reach a point where it becomes a final assembly like a normal kit and that's the status i'm getting near - FINALLY !!!! :blink:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Gondor on September 07, 2015, 09:47:29 am
Nice to see that there was a relatively easy fix for the tip droop, nothing worse than a case of tip droop  :rolleyes:

Gondor
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on September 07, 2015, 10:56:23 am
Great stuff. Glad you weren't dissuaded and carried on !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on September 14, 2015, 12:24:52 am
Well had a long weekend so managed a bit of time to get some stuff done, the undercarriage is painted and the engines have been primed although they still need a bit of PSR to neaten them up, I got round to priming the inner wings in grey and the upper fuselage in white to try and get the area sorted before I fit the engines where it would be harder to mask. Of course once I did this I could see numerous surface imperfections that stood out on the white surface so the rest of the weekend turned into another PSR session. So much for progress but starting to look the part.

Another PSR session should do it then I can mask the interior of the rear fuselage properly and attempt to tack the doors in place so I can get the right area of white sprayed and sealed prior to the proper masking. The Black nose cone will need to be redone as I had to blend in its join and it caught some of the overspray.

Anyway its something to keep me busy this week and hopefully if the engines clean up OK I can possibly get them fitted for next weekend which should capture that HS-681 look.

Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on September 14, 2015, 07:06:23 am
Always something eh ! Getting there tho. Looking forward to seeing more !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on September 22, 2015, 11:40:36 pm
Into the priming stage now, prior to fitting the engines so have done upper fuselage in Transport Command white, glossed it and now masked it to seal it off for a basecoat of Tamiya Grey, once any clean up is done I can finally fit and blend in the engines  :thumbsup:.

Slow progress on this build, as I just don't have that much modelling time these days, so plans and output for the year are really down, just a shame the acquisition is still relatively higher to the build rate  :banghead:. Post SMW I think I'll focus on a few OOB builds for fun and steer away from the Scratch Builds for a while as quite a few interesting kits and decals I want to get my teeth into next including the new Airfix Shackleton.


 
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on September 24, 2015, 11:59:59 pm
Strewth it really is amazing how a primer coat does highlight the surface imperfections, finished off the spraying of the grey last night and found split joins that I could have sworn were not visible prior to priming  :thumbsup:. Anyway those got a coat of fine putty last night so a light sanding and a quick re-spray should so if those are sorted or not. I'll also fit the inner engines this weekend so I can tidy up the pylon too wing join before doing the outer engines.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on September 25, 2015, 12:09:03 am
One thing that this years slow build rate has highlighted is that I shall really need to reduce the stash if I'm not building a lot so expect to see a stash reduction sale coming up  :banghead:. This will probably happen after the HS-681 is completed so that I can clear off the workbench and sort out what I want to keep at hand, what can be stored and what can be disposed of.

Only problem is due to looking after my elderly father I am unable to do the full SMW weekend this year and can only do the Saturday, so the chance to make use of the Kitswap is lost to me, as would lose too much time checking it in and retrieving the fund/remainder of items.  :angry:.

Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on October 04, 2015, 11:57:23 pm
Well managed to get the painting sorted on the HS-681 over the last week and finally got the aircraft on its undercarriage and its not tail sitting  :party:.

Started decaling last night and got the national markings added using decals from a Victor Sheet as they looked sharper in colour than the Magna Belfast ones I had sourced. In hindsight its a pity I didn't try the Magna ones as I would have discovered the decals splinter once in contact with water as I discovered when I tried to do the blue lightning strip used on Transport Command aircraft  :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:.

Now snookered as I either have to source and cut out eplacement from blue decal stripes or varnish the makings added so far mask up to paint a blue line on and pray I don't get any seepage !!!.

So apart from the lightning flash  it was looking ok as now looks the same as a Nimrod from the 70's
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on October 05, 2015, 11:43:44 am
That`s going to be so good ! Sorry about the decal woes tho. Hope that works out.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on October 08, 2015, 12:01:13 am
Typical, you order decals on a Sunday Night from Hannants and expect a delivery on Tuesday and of course no sign as yet. Don't want to do the rest of the decaling till I know they will work as will involve a bit of handling to get them correct.

Once that's sorted its on with the stencils and aircraft numbering, a bit of stencilling and then adding the doors and aerials, so nearly there, although time is running out  :o.

I also got the notification that my Airfix Pre-order for the Shackleton is being processed so hopefully I should get that by the Weekend(or the next !), so that will be a new kit to study once the 681 is done  :thumbsup:

Rumour abound about a possible Airfix British Phantom following the shot of a LIDAR hardware set up in one of the Duxford Hangers, its possible as we have been making the suggestions for years at both SMW and on-line, and we know first hand that the Simon Owen and the other Airfix researchers we're rather interested in the British Phantom build they saw at SMW last year. So maybe something for 2016 in 72nd cold war jet range.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on October 08, 2015, 07:22:49 am
That would be something ! Love British Phantoms. I really should do a RW build for the shelf. Looking forward to seeing the 681...so hopefully the decals arrive today !

http://www.arcair.com/awa01/001-100/awa095-UK-F-4/00b.shtm

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on October 13, 2015, 12:07:29 am
Well the HS-681 has had its decals applied and sealed up, the masking removed and is now in the process of getting the detail bits like doors and aerials fitted, so hopefully that will be completed by next weekend.

Also received the Airfix Avro Shackleton MR2 that I had on pre-order with Airfix. I have a 2nd reserved with Hannants, but not sure as to when they will get their delivery so may come from this initial batch or it may be the 2nd at the end of the month. I also have the two Xtradecal sheets pre-ordered so maybe they will be ready in time for the 2nd batch.

Initial impressions are that its rather tasty, although I do think the box and thus its series price may be a little bigger than it could be, but that's Airfix making it pay for itself. A pity really as it does make me think twice about getting additional kits, as I know I would pick up the AEW2 if its done as a separate boxing and I would probably pick up the Revell kit for comparison so I don't think I can afford the space for too many boxes of this size in the stash  :banghead:. The heart says 'Buy another, its great' but the head says ' where on earth will you put it an how many can you actually build', the catch 22 of a modeller.

Anyway whilst the Shackleton does bring about those questions, the other Cold War model from the 2015 range doesn't, I can see me with half a dozen of the Sea King Commando's when that comes out at the end of the year. Hopefully we may see some more 1/72nd Cold War aircraft announced in the coming months as rumours abound of what they have been researching, although it most be remembered the kit process from concept to release is a 3 year cycle, with nomination, approval, research, design, CAD, prototyping, manufacturing and release !. Factor in topical subjects and anniversaries and some models may just the schedule as they focus resources to market a specific event or subject.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on October 13, 2015, 07:05:21 am
Good points regarding the Shak Geoff. I have all of those old riveters in the stash still, so no hurry to buy one. I would like to get at least 1 AEW version tho.

And I also agree regarding the Sea King. I can see myself getting more than a few.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on October 14, 2015, 12:24:00 am
Well I managed to resist I spotted the Shackleton's appear and sell like hot cakes on eBay this week, even from my LMS but I managed to resist temptation as I'm due to get another off Hannants along with their decal sets and if I want another after that I can always get one at SMW or later.

Good news on the Lightning VG conversion from Freightdog as it should make the Sea Lightning I have ready to go much easier, still have to do the full length conformal belly tank but with the wings sorted that process is a lot easier - Thank Colin  :thumbsup:.

Well that's one of the post SMW builds sorted out, add to that a Shackleton and the Freightdog P177 I need to replace those should keep me going till he new year when the Sea King is set to appear.

I suppose a good sign is that a lot of the revised boxing's announced so far by Airfix, its only the post war beau that really appeals to me, i'll get the Martlet when its announced and the AEW Shack, but its what's new in the way on new 1/72nd cold war stuff that really going to interest me as expecting something new apart from the Jet Provost.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on October 14, 2015, 05:47:08 am
Great set of builds coming our way then. Really looking forward to seeing some of these VG Lightning sets turn into built models...one of the coolest whiffs ever right there !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on October 19, 2015, 12:47:04 am
Well getting there, got all the doors on save for the rear ramp which was being a pain, but finally got that on yesterday, although I need to add the ramp jacks to give it the brace support it needs. Once that's secured I can add the aerials to the belly and then to the upper fuselage and I can call it as done.

However whilst the troublesome ramp was supposed to be curing I dug out my built P1121 for the display to go with Overscan's book, discovered its lost a Pylon so that will need to be replaced. I also dug out one of the S&M resin versions and did the clean up on that so that will be a quick OOB build for the display. The S&M kit is a resin version of the Maintrack/Whirlybird kit so has inherited some of the flaws of the vacform that Gondor encountered, except in resin. The fuselage is effectively the vacform version with a layer of putty in it to create the thickness required to give the resin strength, ok with a plastic kit but the vac fuselage distorts slightly which gives it a ropey line so had to do two lots of the hot water treatment to bring it into line for assembly  :banghead:.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Gondor on October 19, 2015, 02:35:13 am

However whilst the troublesome ramp was supposed to be curing I dug out my built P1121 for the display to go with Overscan's book, discovered its lost a Pylon so that will need to be replaced. I also dug out one of the S&M resin versions and did the clean up on that so that will be a quick OOB build for the display. The S&M kit is a resin version of the Maintrack/Whirlybird kit so has inherited some of the flaws of the vacform that Gondor encountered, except in resin. The fuselage is effectively the vacform version with a layer of putty in it to create the thickness required to give the resin strength, ok with a plastic kit but the vac fuselage distorts slightly which gives it a ropey line so had to do two lots of the hot water treatment to bring it into line for assembly  :banghead:.


Best of luck with that build Geoff

Gondor
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on October 19, 2015, 05:09:18 am
Cheers Alastair, although it shouldn't be too bad once I get assembly going as the Wing and tail joins have been cleaned up in the resin version so once the fuselage is together, the seams fixed and the intake fitted the rest shouldn't be too bad....

Would have liked to have tried the naval version but blending in the two seater cockpit from a Hunter into the resin fuselage would probably take too long and I would miss the deadline  :banghead:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Gondor on October 19, 2015, 05:19:17 am
I am not sure that the wings lined up on my build Geoff, the spine behind the cockpit was different on each side so it appeared offset, but then you can pour over my build for all the problems I had. One I didn't mention was that the placement of the tail surfaces is wrong. I attempted to place them as per the fuselage frames but the surface for them to join against is suspect in it's location  :blink:
I would be interested in what the undercarriage and wheels look like due to the problems I had with the nose leg and the main wheels being about the correct size for a transport aircraft in width  :blink:

Gondor
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on October 19, 2015, 05:23:48 am
Yes, would definitely be interesting to watch this build and compare it with that of Alastair.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on November 09, 2015, 05:05:12 am
Well I had the week off work before SMW so I was able to assemble and paint the S&M P1121 kit to tie in with the launch of Overscans book on the type. The build wasn't to bad after dealing with the warpage earlier, and managed to complete the kit on the Friday before the show in the RAFG overall Dark Green scheme and LAG undersides with adapted 92 sqdn markings.

Please don't ask for photos as I didn't get chance during the build and during the show I decided to gift the P1121 model to Paul to go with his new book as a Thank You, I knew he always wanted a model but he's not a modeller anymore so thought he would appreciate it, plus it helps show in 3D his friends and family what his book is all about (Of course he still has to carefully ship it back to New Zealand, but with decent packing to protect it he should be OK  :thumbsup:)
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on November 09, 2015, 05:22:33 am
SMW 2015 felt a little different this year, due to looking after my father I couldn't stay over as I have done for the last 12 years and instead day tripped with Falcon. So it was a vey early start to get us on site for 7:30, rather annoying to be misdirected by a TEC security official who didn't understand that Exhibitors and Traders would be arriving at 8:00am to set up who hadn't been able to do so on the Friday, so after two trips round the outside of the venue in the pouring rain trying to get somebody to realise the issue so we could get in and do our duty of managing the back door !!!!

Anyway once that was done it was time to unpack, check out the display and then go get what buying I needed to do whilst having a look around and finding a loo. Got most of what I wanted on the first pass and went and had a look at the new Airfix Victor and the other new kits on display. Had a great day, fantastic to meet up again with Hobbes and Overscan as well as the rest of the UK crew, but it did feel rather strange to make our farewells after 4:30pm knowing that was the end of SMW for us two for this year, whilst the rest of the gang would have a good night out together and go through another day of on Sunday.
However it did feel like a long day by the time we were home, and I certainly felt it on the Sunday but as the weather worsened on Sunday evening I was kinda glad we weren't on the road trying to get back  :thumbsup:).

Anyway that's this year over with and time to focus on the next, Sunday did allow me to review my buys and I did end up cutting out the Freightdog VG lightning wings and adapted the Sword T5 to take them  :thumbsup:.

So after spending most of the year on the HS-681 I'm going to have a couple of months building a few smaller more straight forward builds and finally do some of those kits that I have been stockpiling this last year,  ;D
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on November 09, 2015, 08:49:29 am
Nice. Glad it worked out in the end. Looking forward to seeing the Lightning !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on November 10, 2015, 12:07:05 am
Someone on Britmodeller has posted up pics of the Mach2 Argosy kit and even taped up the major components to see what it looks like. It doesn't look too bad and with a decent clean up and careful building it should be a fairly decent kit. Tempted to jump straight in but I think I will keep to smaller sized aircraft for a bit as it will allow me to clean up my work area and put away the boxes used on the HS-681 build.

First off I really need to finish the RN Phantom that's been painted and awaiting decals since last year when I heard that RAM decals were doing early Phantoms, that should lead me into doing its counterpart the VG RN Lightning. Then I'll see what takes my fancy or inspires me.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Mossie on November 10, 2015, 08:34:04 am
VG RN Lightning.

I'm guessing from the full belly pack that it's The Full Monty?  Solid nose, side intakes and Speys? :party:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on November 10, 2015, 09:36:06 am
3 that I'd love to see Geoff !

 :cheers:

Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on November 16, 2015, 12:37:17 am
Well that was a bit of a crappy weekend, I was meaning to check the stash in the garage and migrate some of the stash in my room back into the loft so I can clear space and focus on what I want to build in the coming 12 months but the wind and the rain put an end to those ideas.

Instead I did a bit on painting and assembling the Sword T5, I braced the wing slots inside the fuselage to give more of a solid joint for the Freightdog VG wings, finished the cockpit apart from the seats, added the nose gear bay then when dry added the ballast. The fuselage was joined and now need to focus on creating the full length belly of the Naval Lightning.

I also started assembly on a High Planes Mirage IIIO but that will be real although used to illustrate a Cancelled Project  ;).

Going to see if I can get a few done before doing another kit bash, although all should be Project Cancelled in some form of another either directly or in support of it. Certainly looking forward to a few OOB builds including that nice new Shackleton once I get the bench clear to accommodate it.

Now I just need to see what new kits are lined up for 2016 and if they are Cold War era stuff that can be used in conjunction with Project Cancelled or if they just interest me such as the new Junglie (Yes its Cold War but the kit is tooled for 2010+ period so will have to see if back datable or if somebody does a resin set for it).

Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on November 16, 2015, 06:00:11 am
Glad to hear the VG bird is progressing so quickly....can't wait to see that one !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on November 17, 2015, 12:40:55 am
Managed to get a bit of work done it last night which is good for me on a work night  :thumbsup:.

I removed T5 tank and used the front tank from the Freightdog FGR Lightning set with the rear from an Airfix F-2A without cutting out the section the conversion set would fit to thus giving me the right length. (the removed F-2A tank will be replaced be one from the AlleyCat F1/3 conversion). The rear tank will need the slot creating for the arrestor hook and blanked over on the inside before they can be fitted, but at least its progress and with luck I should have the fuselage sorted by the weekend  ;D
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on November 17, 2015, 06:10:51 am
Defo moving along then ! Sounds like a lot of work, but we know you enjoy it !

 :cheers:
Title: RN Sea Lightning
Post by: Thorvic on November 22, 2015, 05:52:07 am
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v666/Thorvic/P1000586_zpsw6clzjio.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v666/Thorvic/P1000585_zpsidpz6l9i.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v666/Thorvic/P1000584_zpsonfoej5t.jpg)

Sea Lightning is coming along, got the extended belly fitted in and extended the fin leading edge to crate the kink, The tails have been pinned to avoid the butt joint and next up is fitting and blending the wing.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on November 22, 2015, 06:05:44 am
Oh I love it Geoff ! Looks so much bigger now as well. What an excellent addition to your collection that will be.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: NARSES2 on November 22, 2015, 06:06:27 am
Great progress Geoff but I'm afraid the Sea Lightning in my view continues a great F.A.A. "tradition" of taking an aircraft designed for land use and converting it for carrier use. I can see it getting off the deck but landing would have been hairy to say the least or was it's landing gear changed to an amazing degree ?

Sorry if I'm being thick but although I'm fascinated by it, it's far enough outside my period of interest for me to know much, if anything, about it.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on November 22, 2015, 06:59:23 am
Great progress Geoff but I'm afraid the Sea Lightning in my view continues a great F.A.A. "tradition" of taking an aircraft designed for land use and converting it for carrier use. I can see it getting off the deck but landing would have been hairy to say the least or was it's landing gear changed to an amazing degree ?

Sorry if I'm being thick but although I'm fascinated by it, it's far enough outside my period of interest for me to know much, if anything, about it.

It wasn't the Navy's idea it was BAC trying to flog a Naval Lightning rather than see us buy Phantoms.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Martin H on November 22, 2015, 10:06:56 am
Great progress Geoff but I'm afraid the Sea Lightning in my view continues a great F.A.A. "tradition" of taking an aircraft designed for land use and converting it for carrier use. I can see it getting off the deck but landing would have been hairy to say the least or was it's landing gear changed to an amazing degree ?

Sorry if I'm being thick but although I'm fascinated by it, it's far enough outside my period of interest for me to know much, if anything, about it.

It wasn't the Navy's idea it was BAC trying to flog a Naval Lightning rather than see us buy Phantoms.
And despite the fact that I like the Lightning, saner heads ruled in the Admiralty for once in procurement history.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: The Wooksta! on November 22, 2015, 10:12:23 am
I'm tempted to put the wing on an EE P.8 as an alternate to Spec F.155.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Geoff on November 22, 2015, 11:46:15 pm
That looks good!
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: NARSES2 on November 23, 2015, 06:01:35 am

It wasn't the Navy's idea it was BAC trying to flog a Naval Lightning rather than see us buy Phantoms.

Understood  :thumbsup: Fishing trip then by BAC.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on November 24, 2015, 12:00:16 am

It wasn't the Navy's idea it was BAC trying to flog a Naval Lightning rather than see us buy Phantoms.

Understood  :thumbsup: Fishing trip then by BAC.

In effect yes as they already built a Mach 2 interceptor, the VG wings helped make carrier landings and take offs more acceptable and the extended belly tank gave a little more endurance so they put a bid in hoping to do it on the cheap. As BAC they also had the Vickers Supermarine 583 from their southern wing which was the serious contender but was a new design that would take till the 70s to build, test and bring into service so I'm half wondering if the VG Naval lightning was seen as an interim stop gap solution to replace Sea Vixen ?
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on November 24, 2015, 12:10:55 am
Anyway after looking at the detail parts on Sunday I decided to order some new wheels, a brass pitot and replacement resin seats (yes I know the kit ones have colour PE for all the belts and handles but I'm lazy and prefer to paint them as moulded in resin than play at adding PE seat belts as separate straps. The cold weather snap this weekend also put paid to any pre-spraying of the detail parts as the windows stayed closed to keep the cold wind out.

I quite enjoyed the build, its a shame Freightdog didn't do the complete resin Naval conversion with the replacement tank and fin fillet as I expect others would fancy the Naval version, but Paul Lucas found reference to the VG F6 single seat lightning and those will be cheaper to do and more readily available so the choice makes sense. Looking forward to seeing the F2A and F6 Lightning based VG models built as the VG set did appear to be quite popular seller at SMW.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on November 30, 2015, 12:04:03 am
Well managed to get a bit of work done on the Naval Lightning, although the storm at the weekend put paid to much of it as had to close the window the airbrush spray booth vents out from and I didn't fancy fighting the wind an rain to restock on the paints and maskol that's required for painting. I did manage to spay, varnish and mask the intake ring and ended up brush painting the wheel wells but perhaps it was a good omen with the storm as I noticed a crack in the rear of the belly pack so I been able to putty and sand that back to shape. The seats are done and I touched up the canopy so its still moving along slowly.

As I was a bit stuck I did some prep work to a Freightdog P177, painted the cockpit and wheel bays plus added the nose weight and let that cure. So that should follow on nicely once the VG lightning is primed. Doing both FAA so will spray them both at the same time as the same scheme of EDSG over white.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Weaver on November 30, 2015, 05:18:51 am
Great progress Geoff but I'm afraid the Sea Lightning in my view continues a great F.A.A. "tradition" of taking an aircraft designed for land use and converting it for carrier use. I can see it getting off the deck but landing would have been hairy to say the least or was it's landing gear changed to an amazing degree ?

Sorry if I'm being thick but although I'm fascinated by it, it's far enough outside my period of interest for me to know much, if anything, about it.

As well as what everybody else said, the VG Lightning had it's undercarriage reversed so the track would have been wider than the standard version.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on December 04, 2015, 12:54:45 am
Great progress Geoff but I'm afraid the Sea Lightning in my view continues a great F.A.A. "tradition" of taking an aircraft designed for land use and converting it for carrier use. I can see it getting off the deck but landing would have been hairy to say the least or was it's landing gear changed to an amazing degree ?

Sorry if I'm being thick but although I'm fascinated by it, it's far enough outside my period of interest for me to know much, if anything, about it.

As well as what everybody else said, the VG Lightning had it's undercarriage reversed so the track would have been wider than the standard version.

Damn that reminds me I need to clean up and paint the replacement resin ones from the conversion set as those are still in the box - Cheers for the reminder H  :thumbsup:.

Right now I need to restock on maskol, primer and a few other paints to allow a bit of building and painting over Christmas including completing the VG Naval Lightning and P177(N)

Still awaiting on my 2nd Argosy to arrive, Mr Models have then in unlike Hannants so was able to order the RAF Camouflage version so I can use the sqdn badge on my HS-681 and use the kit as a What-if  ;)
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on December 07, 2015, 12:06:10 am
Well got no further on the Naval Lightning this weekend, I did order the Maskol and paints on Friday but alas those won't arrive till today at best and more likely mid-week. I did however whilst ordering found a possible source for two Acrylic FAA Colours that Xtracrylix have neglected to do. Those colours are the RAF Blue Grey as see on the RN ASW helicopters from Whirlwind to Sea King and the British Helo Drab of the Junglies, so if I can get these in a usable and accurate shade then I will be happy, especially as the Airfix Sea King Commando is due out soon, which sounds like it can be backdated. Will let you know if they OK or if to avoid in due course.

The Argosy however did arrive after sitting in a My Hermes depot for a few days, so that's my 2nd kit which will allow me to start building one in the new year. The nature of the build requires a clean bench so I will do that when I have completed these three current builds I have on the go.

In addition to the Lightning I also have a Sword Gannet AEW3 in assembly, although no sure if this will be real world or Whiffed/PC as yet, If think it may depend on how the assembly goes. The other kit currently in build is the Freightdog SR P-177N, just got the fuselage assembled with the tail cone and chin intake in place so should get the basic assembly done in short order as a result.

Of course the problem is now that I will need to do a helicopter (or two soon) to try out the paints, oh well   :banghead:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on January 04, 2016, 05:20:28 am
Oh well the plans I had whilst I was off over Christmas went out the window, the new Airfix Sea King HC.4 kit arrived so I just had to start one, managed to get the fuselage assembled this weekend and its sponsons are on, so its kinda fast tracked its way through the to do pile  :banghead:.

I did however get the Sea Lightning primed, and the Gannet is assembled, awaiting some of the lumps and bumps that are separate in the Sword kit to be added. As I also have a P177N in build, I will get these built and primed and then do a spraying session as all these will be EDSG.

I also started the assembly of an Academy Hornet for the Cold War GB, although that's just basic pre-assembly at the moment.

I think the problem has been the weather, the wind and the rain appear to be catching the aspect of the house where my room is so I can't paint for too long with the window open for the spray booth vent as the room get too cold or the rain gets in. A bit annoying as the weather always seems to be bad just when I'm in the mood  :blink:.

I have a couple more for the GB lined up so hopefully it should keep me busy these next couple of months, and its nice to focus on some regular builds for a change.

I also got an X-box 360 for Christmas, so when the modelling mojo is low I can do a bit of gaming, although learning to use a controller is proving interesting. The fun part is I have a classic games collection with some games I played on the ZX Spectrum way back in 1984 to help me get used to the controller as when I tried Star Wars Battlefront I was all over the place trying to control an X-Wing.                     
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on January 06, 2016, 06:29:52 am
The builds sound great Geoff. Can't wait to see the plans for the Argosy.

What about this battlefront game ? I thought it was one of these 'shooter' games where it's basically a guy walking around shooting stuff ( boring in my eye, and so many games are like this now ) but it sounds like you can fly ships as well ? Ever play the old 'Rogue Squadron' ? Best video game ever !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on January 29, 2016, 12:22:23 am
Well managed to somehow shoot myself in the foot somewhat at the weekend, as I finally got the Se Lightning ready to spray its upper surfaces, Xtracrylix EDSG. Now to do so requires my Airbrush, but its actually nearly 10 months since I last used the airbrush, as I was able to use rattle cans for building the HS-681, so got my faithful trusty badger 200 out and gave it a clean through to test it out in preparation, still working fine after what must be at least 30yrs, however could I find my paint cups or even the syphon jar ? - could I hell as like.

Spent the rest of the weekend checking boxes and cupboards for the former kit box that these items are likely to be, but to no avail.

Monday was thus spent scouring the net to try and source the respective parts, which I eventually found and ordered from Shesto, these being delivered on the Wednesday.

In the meantime I have just masked up the canopies and windows for the Airfix Sea king HC4, just a couple o bits to sort out and I can prime it, I also used the time to sort the canopy on the SR177 after I managed to loose the original as I was preparing some shims for it to adjust the fit  :banghead:. Looking to mask that tonight so I can prime that as well and hopefully I may be able to get the initial painting done so it can be masked and sprayed EDSG at the same time as the Sea Lightning.

Of course I just know that once I finally spray these I will obviously find the missing box with the accessories in it, such is sods law in modelling, as I did another of the laws and pierced my finger with the tip of the new X-Acto no11 blade I was using to trim the masking tape with. Plus yet again encountered the first law again, in that picked up fresh blades at the Bolton show as I was sure I was down to the last and slightly blunt blade when I went to the show and knew I would need more only to find a fresh pack in plain sight when I went to gig out a fresh blade to do the masking  :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on February 01, 2016, 12:07:30 am
Well I got my replacement bits for the Airbrush and did I get to use them this weekend - of course not  :banghead:.

However I can't complain as opposed to getting the Sea Lightning sprayed in EDSG, I did get the P177 ready to paint, masked, primed and painted white and also masked so its ready for EDSG as is the Gannet. I also managed to paint the Airfix Sea King HC4 using Tamiya NATO green as the fleet switched from RN Helo Drab to NATO green in the Noughties.

So whilst I didn't quite get round to what I wanted to paint I did manage to get stuff ready for a solid session of spraying when I get chance during the week (Storms permitting !).

Once I get these four done, decaled and finished I can crack on with the Cold War Hornet build and hopefully get a couple of shelf queens finished off at the same time as its time I should.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on January 02, 2017, 04:39:03 pm
Well after a rather crap 2016- made redundant, father then terminally ill and passing away, the actual modelling has been on the back burner most of last year.

However its a new year and the mojo is back and the focus is back on my Carriers  :mellow:

So have been able to get resin Colossus class kits and have used those to measure and correct the scratch built 1/700 HMAS Melbourne hull I did a few years ago. In the last couple of weeks I reshaped the bows and the flight deck, created the Island sponson and Angled deck sponson and started on the Island super-structure. Just need to do the Gun tubs and Projector landing Site platform to sort out the hull structure before carrying on with the Island.

I have completed a modified Fujimi 1/700 HMS Eagle with the Angled deck mods to do her circa Suez Crisis and have picked up 3D printed Sea Venom, Sea Hawk and Wyverns for her Airgroup. Primed and ready paint.

As mojo motivator and to fill in the carrier gap I have assembled and primed a Revell 1/700 HMS Invincible which will be completed circa 1981 standard when I first saw her ( I have other kits to do Falklands and later including an Orang Hobby HMS Hermes  ;D ).

Another on the go is the Phantom conversion of a Fujimi Ark Royal. have done the basic Hull structures and started on the Island, although difficulty sourcing a suitable etch set to do the lattice masts  :banghead:.

However the special build the above are acting as gap fillers for is the 1/700 Imperial Hobby Productions HMS Malta kit that's being modernised to a full Phantom fit as an alternative to the Ark Royal. Replaced the main Gun Sponsons, moved a deck edge lift from Port to Starboard and created an Angled deck. Just dropped a clanger by cutting out the forward deck lift and got it out of position (rushing without checking - DOH ) so will cut out a fresh flight deck in the morning using the ole one as a template. I will need to paint up the hanger and add details if the deck lifts are down so will also need to add some folded aircraft to before the deck is fitted and blended in. Again more Shapeways aircraft in the form of Phantom FG1 and Buccaneers. Radar fit will be the same as HMS Eagle and she will get Sea Cat.

Photos to follow when I can get back onto Photobucket as had to replace HDD last week.

I have the Orange Hobby HMS Victorious and another Hermes as the Commando Carrier which will be back dated to a conventional carrier format, as already stated I have the various CVS invincible class formats and my CVF will get a refit too so I should have quite a range of post war British Carriers.

Two more real builds will be the Colossus class ships Ocean and Triumph in honour of my late father who served on both ships and were some of his fondest memories

Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: The Rat on January 02, 2017, 07:07:24 pm
Tribute builds are a great way to honour people. Hit the bench!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: NARSES2 on January 03, 2017, 02:31:26 am
Glad the mojo has returned Geoff  :thumbsup:

Didn't realise you'd been made redundant, commiserations.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on January 03, 2017, 03:43:16 am
Glad the mojo has returned Geoff  :thumbsup:

Didn't realise you'd been made redundant, commiserations.

Yeap part of 20% cut backs, my former bosses in Bolton took early retirement, I couldn't relocate because of my dad being so old and infirm so was made redundant as they consolidated down south. At least the new people who did chop me were they themselves chopped when their flagship project to switch to SAP went tits up 3 mths later after millions wasted and 3 years of work.

The unfortunate thing was though soon after becoming free, I had started to do some day trips with Dad and found he was feeling more and more uncomfortable so went to the docs after 3 weeks and found his Prostrate Cancer had kicked in again and the meds were no longer managing it, so in the following five mnths he become slowly bed bound, under the care of the District Nurses and did a few weeks in the Hospice before passing away at home with us around him in September.

Been in limbo somewhat since then, but friends & family have helped and got through Christmas, just got his and my Birthdays over the next week to get past and then its on with the rest of my life and whatever it holds.

But yes the mojo is back, thankfully, I have been able to stock up with kits I needed and refreshed the reference library so I have the inspiration so can now crack on again. Just a shame the likes f Atlas's Shoulders,  FSP, BSP 5 and other aircraft project books have also come out as going to focus on the ships this year  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Rheged on January 03, 2017, 12:58:58 pm
Glad the mojo has returned Geoff  :thumbsup:

Didn't realise you'd been made redundant, commiserations.

Yeap part of 20% cut backs, my former bosses in Bolton took early retirement, I couldn't relocate because of my dad being so old and infirm so was made redundant as they consolidated down south. At least the new people who did chop me were they themselves chopped when their flagship project to switch to SAP went tits up 3 mths later after millions wasted and 3 years of work.

The unfortunate thing was though soon after becoming free, I had started to do some day trips with Dad and found he was feeling more and more uncomfortable so went to the docs after 3 weeks and found his Prostrate Cancer had kicked in again and the meds were no longer managing it, so in the following five mnths he become slowly bed bound, under the care of the District Nurses and did a few weeks in the Hospice before passing away at home with us around him in September.

Been in limbo somewhat since then, but friends & family have helped and got through Christmas, just got his and my Birthdays over the next week to get past and then its on with the rest of my life and whatever it holds.

But yes the mojo is back, thankfully, I have been able to stock up with kits I needed and refreshed the reference library so I have the inspiration so can now crack on again. Just a shame the likes of Atlas's Shoulders,  FSP, BSP 5 and other aircraft project books have also come out as going to focus on the ships this year  :thumbsup:

Much sympathy!!  I suffered from a company that adopted SAP, and then had to drop it 6 months later  as it mortally wounded the company! I was declared repugnant in the 4th and second last round of redundancies.  Congratulations on the return of the mojo....I look forward with interest in your maritime adventures.......and there's always 2018  for the aircraft projects.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 03, 2017, 02:34:02 pm
SAP? I SPIT on it!

I spent months trying to implement an SAP system in to my Service department, and that resulted in us taking a whole day to place customer's spares orders when the previous home grown Excel software could do it maybe 2 mins.  :banghead: :banghead:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on January 03, 2017, 04:29:24 pm
I wasn't directly involved in the SAP aspect when it kicked off our own development work stopped, the rest of my team in Taunton moved on and I got moved to 2nd line support to keep our in-house apps ticking over and supporting some of the core systems too. When I left they kept bugging me for about 6 weeks before somebody higher up realised and canned those apps, so they actually went backwards and lost some of the systems they relied on.

Every time we asked to see SAP or got involved on the fringes it seemed to be extremely clunky and the only benefit if any was that the actions could be logged ad fed to the high command as performance data which appears to be how they sell the system and why nearly half the implementations fail as it becomes apparent the productivity goes down the pan just to give some senior manager or director a sodding live action Pie Chart. Those same managers tend to jump ship, or get the boot once the board realises the cost and the negative impact.

Anyhow not my problem anymore, I need to look elsewhere and get something to pay the bills and give me enough creative juices left at the end of the day to allow me to get some stuff built.

New year means I need to focus on me again, buy and cook food for one and get out and about again.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on January 03, 2017, 04:38:14 pm
Back on topic I managed to cut out a new flight deck for Malta and have painted the hanger deck. Need to do some ships boats for the transom and in the hanger and do a couple of folded Buccaneers and a Sea King to see in the open deck edge lift hanger opening. A Phantom FG1 folded up will go on the lowered forward lift.

Will have to detail up and paint the hull platforms where they are overhung by the angled deck as I wont be able to paint them later once the Flight deck is fitted.

Aiming to keep on with this build to see if I can complete it for Huddersfield, as got plenty of Carrier motivation to keep me going this year till the Airfix Phantom arrives.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: kitnut617 on January 03, 2017, 06:28:04 pm
Condolences for you on your Dad Geoff, been there, done that with my parents. And my eldest sister died too not long after my Dad. The scary thing about it all is I'm now considered the "head of the family"   :o :unsure: like I qualify for that ---
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on January 03, 2017, 06:54:33 pm
Glad to hear you're getting back into the swing of things Geoff. Also really looking forward to seeing these ships come along ! Love the sound of the air wing already  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 04, 2017, 09:53:47 am

Aiming to keep on with this build to see if I can complete it for Huddersfield, as got plenty of Carrier motivation to keep me going this year till the Airfix Phantom arrives.  :thumbsup:


And it'll give you time to raise the mortgage you'll need to BUY the Phantom kit...........
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Weaver on January 04, 2017, 04:20:05 pm
Glad to see you've got your mojo back Geoff. :thumbsup:

When I started at Woodford, BAe were still telling horror stories of their SAP implementation even though it was years before. Then our company announced they were implementing SAP, and BAe were so worried that they offered to help for free. Our bosses declined. Three months after the original implementation date, and 48 hours before the go-live date, I was summoned down to head office for training on it, at which point it was revealed that not only were none of the systems I needed to do my bit of the job even written, but that they had no idea how to write them... :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:

So for three months we issued as little stock as possible, on paper records which piled up in a backlog awaiting a workable system, which was a pig's breakfast of a lash-up when it finally arrived. Upside? It was while surfing the web from work 'cos I couldn't do anything that I found the What If site. :thumbsup:

Left that job and went to work in a similar situation with a customer who used SAP and insisted that we use it too. Utter crap implementation again, but crap in totally different ways to the last one so very little of my experience was applicable. Never want to see SAP again ever.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on January 04, 2017, 04:52:14 pm
The annoying part is we went Office 365 and Microsoft SharePoint for our office and intranet needs yet selected SAP over the Microsoft Option that probably would have been more suitable and embedded easier !!!  :banghead:.

Anyway those that made the choices all fell by the way side and the top level management have been absorbed into the parent company as a result, not that it does me much good, but you do feel vindicated that they blew it big style.

Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Weaver on January 05, 2017, 04:22:51 am
I always like the fact that the guy who came over from head office to try to convince me not to resign from my last job ended up leaving before I did.... :wacko:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 05, 2017, 05:43:12 am
I always like the fact that the guy who came over from head office to try to convince me not to resign from my last job ended up leaving before I did.... :wacko:

What goes around comes around.  ;D
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on January 15, 2017, 08:34:25 am
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From the top :-

Scratchbuilt QEC hull that will eventually be done as HMS Prince of Wales on CATOBAR config (I built two hull when I did my Queen Elizabeth back in 2010 !)
Revell HMS Invincible OOB (have removed the moulded on flight deck markings and re-scribed the Deck lifts - will be finished real circa 1981 with original airgroup to fill the timeline
Fujimi HMS Ark Royal with hull mods and flight deck for Phantomisation - real will be circa 1970s
IHP Malta - with mods and flight deck for equivalent Phantomisation as kit is as per design
OrangeHobby HMS Victorious - resin kit of the Victorious circa 1960 but with 1966 air-group - will do necessary mods to bring her to as per 1966

At the bottom and mostly out of sight is the scratch built HMAS Melbourne. I was able to use the recent Colossus class kits as a reference to correcting the shape and feature of this build as I originally created it due to the poor hull of a garage kit I had picked up. Just awaiting a book from Oz on the RAN Aircraft Carriers and Squadrons to use for reference on fitting out this carrier.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on January 15, 2017, 08:58:43 am
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The iHP Malta with Angled deck and Phantom refit. Doing this to compare the Malta to Ark Royal and CVA-01 as a comparison if they had continued with the Malta rather than the Audacious as the larger hull, single Open Hanger would have been more suitable for Post War modifications than the wartime armoured hanger carriers we got stuck with.

This will be finished with a similar air-group to Ark Royal although will have a sensor suite more akin to Eagle, with a 984 Radar and with Sea Cat fitted.

The IHP kit is a craftsman kit that is supposed to be completed with additional detail parts from Shapeways and aftermarket aircraft and extras. It is based on the final design from 1945 and would possibly be similar to HMS Eagle when it first commissioned in the early 50's.
I have a 2nd kit with all the details I picked up when first released, as was going to build as is, however upon doing research I feel the later build date on the Malta class compared with Audacious and Centaur is that they would probably be completed by the mid 50's and would have been updated during build to incorporate the early angled deck and steam catapults as per Ark Royal.
So this kit will get some modifications and an suitable airgroup of Sea Hawk, Sea Venom, Wyvern and Gannets.

Since these Photos I had to redo- the flight deck twice, the open forward lift was off the centre line so cut a fresh one and laminated it to add in the catapult tracks, but this 2nd deck deformed in paces due to the mek and green stuff used to repair initial defects. Cut a second fresh deck yesterday and added a rim around the resin walls of the hull to get the flight deck depth correct this time. This allowed me to then fit the sponsons to the hull for the angled deck and tidy those up the Flight deck was then able to be positioned and attached the Deck edge lift scribed in and the catapult tracks.

Need to find a pencil to mark up the Jet Blast deflectors and the angled deck runway lines and to allow the JBDs to be scribed and the flight deck layout and positioning of the hardware (landing sights, arrestor gear, crash barrier etc). Then I can start the detailing, deck edge walk ways  and such like plus updating the Island for the nest sensors, masts, directors, comms and Flyco.

Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: The Wooksta! on January 15, 2017, 12:06:59 pm
Did you get that PM with the link?
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: NARSES2 on January 16, 2017, 06:38:15 am
Be interesting to see the group when finished Geoff
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on May 25, 2017, 12:17:26 am
Well the carriers are no further along, but I did complete an Invincible circa 1981 and have an Illustrious circa 2010 ready for fitting out. I ot distracted by the Soviet GB as I did the Krivak IV as Krivak I along with starting a few of the Trumpeter Russian Warships kits  :banghead:.

I was going to complete Illustrious and finish the refit on the new Queen Elizabeth as I have repainted the flight deck after filling in the JBD which was shown in the 2009 drawings I used back in 2010, however talk on the forum came round to the one week build and after being inspired by Proditor to selecting a suitable idea, I found myself snookered by my own inspiration jumping to get the 1 week GB going. To get me off topic I decided to clear a few shelf queens that had been painted for a least a year or in some cases 3 !!!, so have finally completed my RN Puma HAS2, the Sea Lightning using Freightdog wings on the Sword Lightning which Martin H has been berating me to finish for more than a year and even prompted him to build and complete his own conversion in the time it took me to finish decaling and finishing off  :angel:.
I have also completed the decaling of a Fujimi Phantom FG1 which I folded the wings on and probably dates back to when I was doing the CVA-01 air wing. I was using up some of the first tooling boxing's I had as I was saving the new tool FG1 and F-4K kits for real Phantoms and in the time its been in build, Fujimi re-released the FG1 with new decent decals (Finally  :thumbsup: ) and Airfix have announced a new kit with all the feature we have been asking for so my stash of Fujimi may never get built now  :banghead:.
Now I could really do with someone whose a dab hand with decal design as got a few ideas for a Fleet Air Arm What-if sheet that should go down a treat.

Title: Westland Puma HAS1
Post by: Thorvic on May 25, 2017, 01:08:01 pm
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Westland Puma HAS1 826 Sqdn on HMS Tiger early 1970s.

The Puma was considered for the Royal Navy as a Wessex replacement but the RN opted for the Sea King instead as it was a proven design.

Its the Old Airfix kit, an early boxing with some bits missing and part started, I filled in the port side cabin door and built an ASW interior which can't bee seen now as the door has stuck shut during the painting and varnish process. I used the Whirybird conversion set to add the floatation gear and their larger sponsons. Not my best close up as the rivet detail on the kit made a hard demarcation line between the yellow and the RAF Blue grey a seepage paradise. I had to do the Yellow top as per the Wessex due to the airframe not a natural floater like the Sea King so had the yellow top to help spot them if ditched.

Not great but OK in a crowd and shows the concept. I may do a later one post 1983 in overall blue Grey and with weapons.
Title: BAC Sea Lightning FG1
Post by: Thorvic on May 25, 2017, 01:16:23 pm
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BAC Sea Lightning based on the info in the brochure that we have had for ages. Its the Sword kit with the Freightdog VG wing conversion adapted to fit, I used the Ground Attack plug to act as pack plus I one I cut from the Airfix F-2 kit, cut out the recess for the A frame Arrestor hook and blended the belly up to the intake ring around the nose bay as per the Sea Lightning drawings. the Weapons fit is the Red Top IR missile along with the Matra 530 which was offered as the Radar missile. Finally got it finished after much hassle from Martin H who built and finished his own in the time it took me to decal the damn thing over 18 months or more
Title: Phantom FG1 - 891 Sqdn
Post by: Thorvic on May 25, 2017, 01:28:41 pm
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Royal Navy Phantom FG1 891 Squadron HMS Yeovilton circa 1973. This would be the Head Quarters unit for the Phantoms at Yeovilton serving alongside 767 Sqdn which was the Conversion and training unit and the operational carrier based units. This would have supported the Air Defence duty for the UK and possibly forward deploy to the carriers for a heavier air group. (142 Phantoms were the FAA requirement originally)

Its the original tooling Fujimi F-4K kit with the Airwaves folded wing conversion which is really for the Hasegawa kits, so rather pleased I that Airfix have included this feature in their new kit. the Decals are from the spares box with the Kontiki mask from the Berna 1/32nd Sea Venom sheet on a model art white banking roundel.

A stock kit that will go with Martin and mine Phantom collection, so long on the shelf of doom in its painted state that the Drop Tanks and missile ended up used on the VG F-4FVS I did and the 583 I did a few years ago !!!
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Nils on May 25, 2017, 01:43:33 pm
those are some great looking FAA aircraft, love the Puma  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: TallEng on May 25, 2017, 02:08:45 pm
Nice :thumbsup:
Pity about the lighting on the Puma and Sea Lightning, not so easy to appreciate them.
Mmmmm Phantom markings :thumbsup:
With 142 ordered, that ought to be 6 or 7 Squadrons worth?
I can remember a Flying fish, a witch on a broom stick and I think a white Tiger?
I'm sure there are a couple of others but haven't got my Modeldecal sheets with me to check.
Looking forward to Airfix's Phantom.
And to add a splash of colour to them?
Maybe where 892NAS had their red chevron (not sure if that was a carrier or Sqn colour)
You could add the colour or colours that I believe were assigned to carriers pre WWII
Of course you'd be on your own if you decided that any of the Malta class got built......
Just idle thoughts :rolleyes:
Regards
Keith
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on May 25, 2017, 02:59:34 pm
Excellent ! I love the Puma, what a great idea, and that's one of the best Puma I've seen on here ! Love the Lightning. Makes sense to use the Sword kit. The Phantom is a beauty as well ! Some pics in better light would be great lol
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on May 25, 2017, 03:26:32 pm
Cheers Guys I was just clearing the shelf queens and went back to the aircraft so I wouldn't be tempted by my ships ahead of the 1 WK GB, which ironically I won't be able to start till Monday as have friends up for the Bank Holiday. The build is pretty straight forward so I should be able to catch up on the remaining days
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: NARSES2 on May 26, 2017, 05:49:26 am
Puma's attractive in that scheme Geoff  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Martin H on May 26, 2017, 11:31:22 am
Geoff already knows my primary comment ref this one.  ;D ;D

About Bleedin Time! :wacko: :wacko:

As he alluded to in his post, I've been pestering him to finish his sea Lightning for ages. Mainly so it can sit along side mine at the shows. :thumbsup:
I think I have seen this in person gathering dust on all three of my recent visits to Geoff's place.  ;D ;D ;D
As per usual he's done a great job on it.  :wub: :wub:

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(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v666/Thorvic/P1000650_zpsfsmyo2dx.jpg)

BAC Sea Lightning based on the info in the brochure that we have had for ages. Its the Sword kit with the Freightdog VG wing conversion adapted to fit, I used the Ground Attack plug to act as pack plus I one I cut from the Airfix F-2 kit, cut out the recess for the A frame Arrestor hook and blended the belly up to the intake ring around the nose bay as per the Sea Lightning drawings. the Weapons fit is the Red Top IR missile along with the Matra 530 which was offered as the Radar missile. Finally got it finished after much hassle from Martin H who built and finished his own in the time it took me to decal the damn thing over 18 months or more
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Librarian on May 26, 2017, 12:42:55 pm
Finally...a good-looking lightning (ducks to avoid tomatoes ;D). That's a stunning looking aircraft and a superb build. Beautiful :wub:.

I did notice that Xtradecal have produced a sheet of FAA Phantoms with the Colonial Navy markings. Very tempting.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on May 26, 2017, 01:26:02 pm
Finally...a good-looking lightning (ducks to avoid tomatoes ;D). That's a stunning looking aircraft and a superb build. Beautiful :wub:.

I did notice that Xtradecal have produced a sheet of FAA Phantoms with the Colonial Navy markings. Very tempting.

Yeap its handy for that but has the same errors from the Model Alliance Sheet with the PTF diamond being stretched too wide and the Black Omega's on the 892 marking being too high making the white shape too fat so as to accommodate it. Not really a worry as the new kit should have the correct markings.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on May 26, 2017, 03:49:56 pm
Just checked the photo's and I think the Sea Lightning was done after SMW 2015 as I had just done the HS-681 Aldershot and the Mach2 Argosy is in the background on the build shots. I guess I was aiming for the Bolton show Jan 2016 !!!.  :banghead: 2016 went rather downhill after that .....

Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog - things starting to pick up
Post by: Thorvic on May 26, 2017, 04:31:05 pm
OK after a rather bad year in 2016 where I was made redundant from the job I had done for the last 16 years followed by caring for my terminal ill father until he passed away, I ended up in effective limbo till the end of the year and slowly got myself straight in the first few months of this year. I signed on as unemployed at the end of march before the new financial year kicked in as that and went through the various processes involved by the Job Centre  followed soon afterwards by Jury Service at Coroner's court for an inquest so the real job hunting didn't really kick in till the end of April start of May as now fee for call and interviews. Had quite a few possibilities crop up on a weekly basis mostly through applying for positions through the Universal Jobmatch site we are obliged to use to monitor Job seeking activity. With IT these positions are linked to various job sites and onto recruitment consultants doing the legwork for companies. Any way had a few people ring back as my CV ticked enough boxes and they wanted to check me out and find out what happened in the last 12 month.

So last week I heard that my CV had been put through and an interview was scheduled for Thursday including a 10 minute presentation, baring in mind in was 2000 when I last had a formal interview and had about 10 days preparation so I was somewhat rapidly getting my head together to come up with a presentation and read the documentation to get a full understanding of the job requirement as these are not given when I applied because its through a third party. Presentation seemed to be OK and the rest of the interview was OK as was able to answer their questions and they mine and it actually lasted 30 minutes longer than was scheduled. Heard nothing Friday or Monday and come Tuesday I get a call at 6pm with feedback that they did like me, but they also liked the other guy too and they would decide in the morning and have a call with the recruiter at 8:30am. Up early Wednesday so ready to answer if they rang, but don't get called till 11:20 am, answer in a friendly manner even though expecting the Thanks but sorry routine as I could do with the feedback, instead its congratulations, they liked me and I was the favoured candidate. So had to sign a few forms to accept and details to pass on so they could contact me directly and teatime yesterday I got my contract and various forms to complete and return to formally accept the role.

Thus after 14 months off I return to work, feeling wanted with a hefty pay increase and within what was probably a month of actual looking. I start in the middle of next month so I t will take a while to get settled in, get used to the commute and start earning again but I should hopefully be able to do SMW for the full weekend again this year. A shame Dad is no longer with us as he would have been relived and happy by that. I won't really get Summer holidays this year as going to be busy getting up to speed again, but I have had the last 6 months off and I have another three weeks off to prepare so can't complain and it means I can book something for me next year which I will appreciate.

So feeling positive, glad to be wanted again and appreciated. Hopefully it should also leave me some build time during the week, and means I might be able to afford to get a few more Airfix Phantoms FG1s when they come out  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Rick Lowe on May 26, 2017, 05:57:14 pm
That's brilliant news - congratulations!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Steel Penguin on May 27, 2017, 01:11:42 am
congratulations  :thumbsup:
glad to hear that things are going well.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 27, 2017, 01:23:54 am
Nice one!  :thumbsup:

That must be a big load off your mind.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on May 27, 2017, 01:48:17 am
Cheers Guys that unknown factor does play on your mind as you end up living week to week and long term plans are out of the window as your just getting by.

I can now think about model shows, SMW and Christmas, even the possibility of going on holiday next year, getting stuff done to the house and the car if does make a lot of difference.

Oh crap !!!!! :banghead:

Doing SMW mean I will need to build something for it or more appropriately get back to finishing my carriers, I think after next week I may well have to use some of the days I still have free to get some work done on finishing the HMS Queen Elizabeth with the etch I have collected for her flight deck, the replacement Phalanx and 30mm guns plus of course the airwing. I'll then have to start detailing the Malta class. and I might see about the Prince of Wales too (in CATOBAR configuration ! )  :o
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: NARSES2 on May 27, 2017, 01:49:20 am
Well done mate, really pleased for you  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Gondor on May 27, 2017, 01:55:37 am
Congratulations  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Been through similar myself although its been my girlfriend who has lost three members of her family within twelve months. Look forward to seeing you at some shows and I know what you mean about the Airfix Phantoms as I may buy a few more than I have already pre ordered.

Regards

Gondor
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 27, 2017, 02:00:19 am

 and I might see about the Prince of Wales too (in CATOBAR configuration ! )  :o


Maybe around the time they're doing for real full size.  ;D ;D ;) ;)
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: zenrat on May 27, 2017, 04:26:50 am
That's good to hear Thorvic.

Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Mossie on May 31, 2017, 01:43:16 pm
Glad to hear things are working out again Geoff. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on May 31, 2017, 03:11:58 pm
Took the signed paperwork in today to HR and got my ID vetted , then went to sign on and my job coach was rather chuffed. Had three call from other agencies about applications of my CV so its been great turning them down. Now I can make the most of my remaining days off as I guess I'm going to be busy during the summer but I don't mind  :mellow:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: NARSES2 on June 01, 2017, 03:56:38 am
Nice to be wanted, great for the confidence  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Freightdog862 on June 01, 2017, 03:42:59 pm
Congratulations Geoff, look forward to seeing you at SMW with your new builds completed!

Colin
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on June 05, 2017, 01:51:44 pm
Well managed to complete my 1 week Group Build model on time so glad I got that done. Now instead of doing what I planned to do and carry on with my Carriers that are in build at the moment I found the inspiration took me in a completely different direction another Naval Helicopter. I blame Chris Gibson as he sent me the post to upload for the next PSP title 'Admiralty and the Helicopter' which reminded me that I had a couple of years ago worked out how to do the Westland WG11A ASW Helicopter (been interested in it since I read Project Cancelled in the 80's ad got the ASW version drawings of TSRJOE soe years ago !!), so I got down the donor kits and started hacking last night  :banghead:

Anyway as its been a rainy day today I carried on with the experiment as the joins had cured and I could test the assembly to see if the idea would work or if I had just destroyed a pair of donor helicopter kits, and with a bit of work I think I may have got the fuselage sussed out so feeling chuffed  :thumbsup:.

On top of that I also had confirmation that all my paperwork has been approved including references so I start work in two weeks time so best make this a productive week as will be weekends and evening modelling for the rest of the summer now.  :mellow:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on July 07, 2017, 05:42:51 am
Well now into the third week back working and getting a daily schedule sorted out, the workplace is Ok, the view interesting and workmates are good, not impressed by the drive its only 12 miles by the shortest and direct route which has actually has the least bottlenecks but the journey can be as quick as 30 minutes some morning to just over an hour and always more than 50 minutes coming back and that's before the rush hour officially starts  :banghead:.

Modelling however is well and truly on the back burner again, partially due to reverting back to a working lifestyle, but also because in need to do a big spring clean that I put off after my dad died as wasn't ready for it, and then this spring I was job hunting and couldn't justify a round robin of tip runs.

Anyway as long as its not too warm this weekend, I will be clearing out my dads old office and giving it a clean, before I then migrate in my modelling stuff in there and shock horror, return my bedroom to being just that  :banghead:. I can see Martin H keeling over on reading that as its years overdue  ;D. Going to have to bin a lot of guff both from the office and the migration but it should be worth it in the long run going forward.

It means I will need to pick up storage boxes, bin bags and probably some strong shelf brackets along with many trip runs and possibly a bonfire of confidential paperwork, just to get some space back. It will mean a review of the library as some working references will need to go into the office, I will have to sort out the tools, paints and materials, the active kit stash, and consolidate them so I can get them into the office without over filling it. I'll have to clear out my bedroom so that in the autumn I can get it redecorated, re-carpeted and possibly refitted.

The bad news however is whilst in this transition I won't be able to build anything. All builds in progress will go on hold and be packed away with the hope of finishing one or two late autumn ahead of SMW. A shame as got plenty of builds, plenty of motivation and fresh references but need to do a complete purge before I begin. So no build updates on here for a couple of months now  :-\
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: NARSES2 on July 07, 2017, 06:02:05 am
No apparent progress in order to make progress mate. Quite often necessary and usually worth it in the end.

Glad the job is going well although I do find it amusing the way non Londoners moan about commuting times which are probably only 50% of the time it takes the average Londoner to get to work  ;) I worked with people who routinely had 3 hours each way to and from work  :o 2 hours on the train and then a 30 minute run both ways from home to station and station to office.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Gondor on July 07, 2017, 06:46:44 am
And some friends think my 40 mile drive each way is a pain when it only takes roughly forty five minutes to get to work in the morning and maybe an additional five or ten on the way home.

Gondor
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Martin H on July 07, 2017, 06:49:01 am
Anyway as long as its not too warm this weekend, I will be clearing out my dads old office and giving it a clean, before I then migrate in my modelling stuff in there and shock horror, return my bedroom to being just that  :banghead:.
about bleedin time!          He knows im only joking :thumbsup:

I can see Martin H keeling over on reading that as its years overdue  ;D.
Took me an hour to recover................................................................... ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on July 11, 2017, 01:23:01 am
Hmmn the plans have gone a bit awry the office is a box room on the corner of the house upstairs and unfortunately the July weather has made it rather warm so after a couple of hours each morning at the weekend and a couple of trips to the local HWRC I then found it too much like a sauna and had to go mow the lawns instead.

Anyway as its raining today, hopefully it wont get too warm and humid so I can crack on and carry on clearing out the room. I can already see spaces for some things and I have just ordered a new cutting mat for the desk. So its looking good for a dedicated workshop space which even has an Desktop and Printer/Scanner in a computer cupboard so that will be protected when not in use  :thumbsup:.

Clearing out my bedroom to sort out what goes in the workshop, what kits to store and in progress builds to put where should be an interesting exercise to say the least as need to exert some restraint to stop it getting out of hand again, so need to ensure I only have the stuff I need and keep it accessible and too hand.

It's going to be brutal but it will be worth it in long run I hope as in desperate need of decluttering and of making more suitable use of the storage space I have.

On a plus point cleaning up and re-organising will build up the incentive to get back to building again, lots of ideas and projects on the go so after this enforced hiatus I shall have to focus my efforts on my SMW builds, as later in the year I will have the New Airfix Phantom to play with along with a 1/700 Ark Royal.  :banghead:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on July 14, 2017, 12:41:30 am
Well progress zip the last two evenings so will have to get serious tonight so I can have a load ready for the tip in the morning, ended up chatting with the neighbours and being sociable on a pleasant summer evening on Wednesday, and yesterday I was on a course all day and then had to go out shopping after I had eaten so lost the time window and the energy to start sorting stuff out. My bad but hopefully it wont get too hot and humid this weekend so I can carry on with the blitz.

On the good news front I got confirmation that my Orange Hobby 1/700 USS Midway I pre-ordered from Starling Models was despatched yesterday. That should go well with my updated HMS Malta as a comparison, although I do need to get the workshop sorted before even daring to think about that. :banghead:

Speaking of temptations I have just got my bookcase edition of British Secret Projects: Fighter 2nd edition, which will sit in the bookcase downstairs whilst the other will become the working copy in the workshop (as I did with the 1st volume many years ago  ;D ) . I also got the current 2017 volume of Warship with the RAN DDL programme article so a Type 42 kit may get somewhat modified in the future, but not until I get my other stuff done once the workshop is up and running.

I have picked up a fresh cutting mat for the new workbench so now have incentive to get the workshop cleared out so I can configure and restock it. I predict a long warm, dusty weekend ahead I just need to keep reminding myself the sacrifice is worth it in the long run  :angel:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: zenrat on July 14, 2017, 02:26:51 am
Neighbours eh?  Mine are like that.  You get gossiping over the fence and BANG an hours gone.
It was much better for my productivity when I lived next door to people I disliked and/or didn't care about.
 ;D
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on July 14, 2017, 04:55:01 am
Neighbours eh?  Mine are like that.  You get gossiping over the fence and BANG an hours gone.
It was much better for my productivity when I lived next door to people I disliked and/or didn't care about.

No I much prefer it this way, they both friends and have been unbelievably supportive in the last few years  with my dads decline and passing. Its quite nice to have an adult conversation in person and be involved in their lives directly rather than relying on virtual acquaintances.

I lend a hand when I can and they return the favour and makes the section of our street a pleasant and friendly area  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Rick Lowe on July 22, 2017, 05:45:41 pm
Neighbours eh?  Mine are like that.  You get gossiping over the fence and BANG an hours gone.
It was much better for my productivity when I lived next door to people I disliked and/or didn't care about.

No I much prefer it this way, they both friends and have been unbelievably supportive in the last few years  with my dads decline and passing. Its quite nice to have an adult conversation in person and be involved in their lives directly rather than relying on virtual acquaintances.

I lend a hand when I can and they return the favour and makes the section of our street a pleasant and friendly area  :thumbsup:

It's good to have friends, wherever they are.  :thumbsup:
Though someone you can have a cuppa with and to help you shift stuff/hide the body(s) is a bonus.  :o  ;)
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: zenrat on July 23, 2017, 04:29:24 am
Neighbours eh?  Mine are like that.  You get gossiping over the fence and BANG an hours gone.
It was much better for my productivity when I lived next door to people I disliked and/or didn't care about.

No I much prefer it this way, they both friends and have been unbelievably supportive in the last few years  with my dads decline and passing. Its quite nice to have an adult conversation in person and be involved in their lives directly rather than relying on virtual acquaintances.

I lend a hand when I can and they return the favour and makes the section of our street a pleasant and friendly area  :thumbsup:

It's good to have friends, wherever they are.  :thumbsup:
Though someone you can have a cuppa with and to help you shift stuff/hide the body(s) is a bonus.  :o  ;)

You are both right.  I wasn't being serious (shock!) and should have put in a smiley (fixed now).

Next door borrowed my mulcher yesterday.  I wonder if he has a body to dispose of?



Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog or not modeling at the moment
Post by: Thorvic on July 31, 2017, 04:59:57 am
Well I missed my self imposed deadline, the office is mostly cleared out, just some stuff to find homes for. I did get my completed model boxes in to a safe corner and out of the wardrobe and other places they were so that's good news, but will have to finish clearing before I transfer in the tools, paints, builds and of course some of the stash.
Had to stop last week as my sister is home for the month for her annual break from the middle east so all those activities were curtailed, and will have to await her going to see her family in Scotland before I can really continue.

It did however allow a chance for my brother to come down so we as a family could scatter our parents ashes together in a place they knew and loved (my brother had kept my mum's ashes for 20 yrs to await on my dad joining her. Good to be together again as a family and my mum's mischievous streak stuck again as my brothers dog managed to appear under the ash flow just as my sister was scattering hers, thus a rather sad and somber moment collapsed into chuckles and laughing  as the black labradoodle now had a grey back and all three of us know both our Mum & Dad would be laughing away looking down on us  ;D

Anyway still no modelling for me at the moment, must complete the transfer but inspiration is coming thick and fast with ideas along with the urge to try out and refine the new layout which should make the building experience a bit more comfortable and organised (LOL as if !!! ).

The hard part next will be deciding quite what to do first when I do start ............ :o
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on August 08, 2017, 12:48:56 am
Still sod all modelling done as expected although I have nearly cleared out the office, had to get a new double mattress from Ikea and dispose of the old double one for my Sister picked up the new foam one from Ikea a week last Sunday as I took her to Liverpool and then had swap out the old mattress, get it down stairs and folded over into the car so I could take it to the local tip before she came back last Saturday then I did the lawns as actually a dry day for a change, go get a new hoover as the old one started over heating and walked the dog. managed to crack on with clearing a bit more of the office out on Sunday whilst I had some transmission space and chance to put the new vacuum to good use  :thumbsup:. Not much chance to do more this week but hopefully on track to finish clearing the office out at the weekend.
It's the temporary transmission space at the moment that's the problem as I pack stuff up I need to put it somewhere till I can sort it our to either keep or dispose of, couple that with the stuff I do class as rubbish and gets bin bagged and space soon runs out (not helped by new small capacity waste bins which are fine for average rubbish but a pain when you do any clearing out )  :o
Anyway once the office is cleared I can start to migrate the modelling stuff in there in a controlled manner. set up my bench, lighting, air brush and spray booth. Assign space for tools, materials and paints add a couple more shelves for storage for Kits I want to build, the to do pile and work in progress. Put reference material into the book case where its accessible and then comes the fun part I have long been waiting for !!!! deciding what stuff I can complete for SMW in November as will only have 2 months to do it, what items I plan to build in the next 6-12 months so I can put them to hand along with any necessary donor kits and then move the rest into storage in the loft or excess storage space in the bedroom.
Somehow I get the feeling the actual clearing out and refurbishment of my bedroom may get put back to later in the year after SMW, although its going to be tough choice between doing the room or building a new Airfix RN Phantom at that point  :banghead:

Anyway I know its going to be a busy August and a modelling free day, but hopefully I can get back into gear in September and October, its odd knowing the mojo is there but having to abstain  :o
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: NARSES2 on August 08, 2017, 06:07:20 am
its odd knowing the mojo is there but having to abstain  :o

Far better than having the time but lacking the Mojo mate  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on August 09, 2017, 04:53:44 am
Enjoyable evening yesterday as I met up for a meal and a chat with Harro (Hobbes) who was in the region on holiday from the Netherlands, enjoying the hills, the museums and authentic Lancashire weather Rain showers with extra rain  ;D.

Nice to talk shop, discuss ideas and looking forward to Scale model World in November.

Prior to this I was at a garage looking to replace my car, now that I'm back at work and driving there I really need to replace the old one before Autumn & Winter. You can tell how daft things are getting as I was looking at the boot space and access with regard to putting in the model boxes as much as drivability, comfort and features  :o  :banghead:

Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 09, 2017, 07:46:00 am

 You can tell how daft things are getting as I was looking at the boot space and access with regard to putting in the model boxes as much as drivability, comfort and features  :o  :banghead:


One reason why I've only ever had one saloon car, all the rest have been estates or largish hatchbacks.  ;D
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: JayBee on August 09, 2017, 11:26:32 am
Just a most sensible consideration in my opinion.  :wacko:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on August 14, 2017, 12:45:04 am
Well the money came through sooner than expected so I was able to swap over the car on Friday teatime after work. A long day as had been up early to drop Sister off at airport for another leg of her annual UK break to see friends & family. Sad to see the old car go as it was my dads to begin with and had served us well but it was feeling the mileage.
Getting used to the Astra now, feels quite different as the Civic was getting comfy like an old pair of shoes and it will take a while to get that comfy again but I do like it.
Other good news is that I have nominally cleared the Office, there are still some bits to sort out in the computer cabinet that I dug out during the clean up but the bench and shelves are clear, next up is moving the Airbrush and Spray booth in and getting them set up then its a case of sorting out paints, rattle cans, tools, glues sanding materials and plastic card and putting them into accessible places in the new workroom. So some progress.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on August 15, 2017, 12:30:34 am
Hmm This is going to be harder than I thought, to stop things getting out of hand I shall have to ensure I use Paint stands and desk tidy's to keep my use of tools and paints in check so they don't overrun the workspace. A paintstand has been ordered as well as a couple of tool boxes for bits and pieces. next up is a cutlery tidy for the drawers to keep my tools organised and yet still at hand. I may need to review the spray booth the location of the compressor to make both accessible. Going to need protect the wooden desk top to stop it getting ruined so may need to address that before I get too carried away.

I think I shall have to spend some time this week getting models I want at hand into the workshop and deciding where to put them, I also need to see where I can put my accessible references so I can access them at need, so that's certain warship and aircraft books that I use as working copies. Going to have a fun time bringing the decal stash under control, bring them together and group them by subject so that I know where to find them again.

I think I may move over my tools and organise them after I get in the workshop as I think I need to do a bit modelling to see how it goes, get a feel for the ergonomics and then decide on what I need to do next. Doesn't get the bedroom any clearer but does mean I can fine tune the layout whilst I have the clear space to do so. May crack on with the WG11 or may just do an OOB build to get back upto speed and to keep it simple
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: NARSES2 on August 15, 2017, 07:04:15 am
Geoff a couple of years ago I got one of these http://www.clasohlson.com/uk/Organiser-Cabinet/Pr406980000 (http://www.clasohlson.com/uk/Organiser-Cabinet/Pr406980000) from Clas Ohlson. Sits on my work bench, up against the wall, an dis ideal for your ready use stuff. It's so useful I got another in which I keep my spare parts all sorted into categories.

Recommended.

Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on August 16, 2017, 05:27:41 am
Geoff a couple of years ago I got one of these http://www.clasohlson.com/uk/Organiser-Cabinet/Pr406980000 (http://www.clasohlson.com/uk/Organiser-Cabinet/Pr406980000) from Clas Ohlson. Sits on my work bench, up against the wall, an dis ideal for your ready use stuff. It's so useful I got another in which I keep my spare parts all sorted into categories.

Recommended.

Cheers Chris, I got a couple of smaller Draper ones off Amazon, and today I should have an expandable cutlery drawer to put in my drawers for my tools  ;D
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on August 17, 2017, 04:52:25 am
Got the cutlery tray in the drawer and put my tools in last night, so just need to ensure I put them back in the right section now when I use them  :wacko:
Got a stand to put the spray booth on so hopefully I can store item s below it to make double use of the desk space.

Good news, I actually dug out a kit and did some assembly of parts last night just to get back in the groove, and yes it will be a subtle whif, no mods just decals  ;), only problem is however is that I haven't sorted out the paints yet so can start painting what's done so far and I need to replace the filters on my spray booth so no spraying either. So will have to continue with the clear out, sort out and migration before I can really carry on with the build  :banghead:.

Making use of one of the many Fujimi Phantom FG1 kits I have as I will be using the new Airfix kit due out by the end of the year to do real aircraft and units, so I can now use these Fujimi kits for more whif/PC purposes  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Gondor on August 17, 2017, 11:26:27 am
Got the cutlery tray in the drawer and put my tools in last night, so just need to ensure I put them back in the right section now when I use them  :wacko:
Got a stand to put the spray booth on so hopefully I can store item s below it to make double use of the desk space.

Good news, I actually dug out a kit and did some assembly of parts last night just to get back in the groove, and yes it will be a subtle whif, no mods just decals  ;), only problem is however is that I haven't sorted out the paints yet so can start painting what's done so far and I need to replace the filters on my spray booth so no spraying either. So will have to continue with the clear out, sort out and migration before I can really carry on with the build  :banghead:.

Making use of one of the many Fujimi Phantom FG1 kits I have as I will be using the new Airfix kit due out by the end of the year to do real aircraft and units, so I can now use these Fujimi kits for more whif/PC purposes  :thumbsup:

I use a similar idea with the old cutlery tray, however the tools invariably decide to stay outside of it. I also aim to do the same with my Fujimi UK Phantoms and the same with the Airfix Kit too.

Gondor
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on August 18, 2017, 04:55:04 am

I use a similar idea with the old cutlery tray, however the tools invariably decide to stay outside of it. I also aim to do the same with my Fujimi UK Phantoms and the same with the Airfix Kit too.

Gondor

Well I can always start with good intentions  :angel:. Yes I have enough real RN Phantom wants to do half a dozen Airfix Phantoms to highlight the units and the features Airfix have included - Launch, standard taxiable, folded, maintenance etc.  :thumbsup:

I may do some PC stuff with the Airfix kit later, but I might as well put some of the Fujimi ones to good use. I will probably do a HL as my original one was a conversion tutorial for Martin many years ago and I never got round to completing my own. Can't see me doing another VG, whilst it's and interesting model, I don't fancy that level of work on just yet as would prefer to focus efforts elsewhere.

The one I've started is supposed to be a quick subtle build to test out the new workshop and its ergonomics. kit bashing won't kick in till later in the year unfortunately as I need to get other things done before getting absorbed in a major project !

Anyway a weekend off to get on with sorting out stuff and I have most of next week off so aim to crack on if I can.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Gondor on August 18, 2017, 06:59:07 am
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: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on August 30, 2017, 12:42:59 am
Well been somewhat flattened by a cold I picked up at work, an annoying energy zapping one that seems to hang around on the throat and chest without blooming into a full head cold or burning out the system. Rather annoying as I was off on leave most of last week to spend with my sister and the Bank Holiday was a none event so chores and the full on migration have come to a grinding halt  :banghead:

On the plus side I have been able to do a bit of modelling in the new workshop and so far it seems to work OK. I haven't cracked on with the Phantom but have instead got a few helicopters on the go to help push or rather pull along the WG11. Some are real and almost out the box such as the Airfix Whirlwind HAS22, which will be finished as a Suez aircraft rather than a Green Parrot, a Revell Sea King MK41 being done as proper RN HAS5 mid 80s post Falklands in the RAF Blue Grey colours rather than Medium Sea Grey.

I have also cleaned up the rear rotor housing for the WG11, so that will be fitted soon and I can crack on with the engine housings and bulking up the forward rotor housing. Then the next structural mod will be the new undercarriage sponsons for both sets of wheels so will try and push this along to be ready for SMW.

Decided to put the ships on hold until spring 2018, focus on the SMW builds in the run up period including checking over and cleaning/repair of existing models !!. Then by November (ish) we should have the new Airfix RN Phantom so that will jump to the top of the build queue into the Christmas Period  :thumbsup:.

(Plus I still need to continue with the migration and purge so I can't fill the workshop just yet and will need it easy to clear up so will need to remain restrained)

Another control factor is that I have finally started to watch Game of Thrones as I have the box set for the first 6 series so that will act as an hour out each evening to relax.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: NARSES2 on August 30, 2017, 05:52:13 am

Another control factor is that I have finally started to watch Game of Thrones as I have the box set for the first 6 series so that will act as an hour out each evening to relax.

Ah. I may well look into that and see what the fuss is about and if all the hype is worth it ? Ta  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on August 31, 2017, 12:06:42 am

Another control factor is that I have finally started to watch Game of Thrones as I have the box set for the first 6 series so that will act as an hour out each evening to relax.

Ah. I may well look into that and see what the fuss is about and if all the hype is worth it ? Ta  :thumbsup:

Oh it is good and I've only seen the first two episodes so far, the only reason some haven't seen it is because its been limited by Sky to their Atlantic Channel so its not been flooded across other channels like most TV series.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on August 31, 2017, 12:30:45 am
Didn't manage to get anything done last night, a bity of socialising with the neighbours, tea, a bit of telly and a bit of web surfing. Just don't have the energy to get too involved these days as that damned cold slowly clears up. See if I can get a few chores done that I couldn't get done last couple of weeks if the weathers OK. I might even get into the workshop to carry on with a few builds if I'm lucky.

Need to focus on the SMW builds as basically only a couple of months to get those builds finished, and the WG11 is going to need the milliput and PSR treatment which will take time as it has to cure.

OK that settles it must crack on with the prep work for the WG11 to build up the areas ready for putty at the weekend so I can do the PSR during next week after its cured. otherwise it will drag on and I may end up rushing it in October.

The other builds are nearly there and I can use the drying time to finish their details and masking so they can be primed up.

Plus I have another potential conversion that I will need to blitz through if I get the parts from TSRJoe next week. I have most of the stuff so I can get started as soon as the building work is done on the WG11.

Nice to have a plan, now I need to try and stick to it if I can and hopefully I'll be ready for SMW.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on September 15, 2017, 12:20:13 am
Well this week has been a dead loss so far, gave myself a sour stomach on Tuesday which has stopped most activity in the last few evenings which is both a shame and a blessing. Why well I managed to make some progress on the WG11, I created a port side sponson and fitted the post side engine which were both blended in with Milliput last weekend. The enforced hiatus has allowed the Milliput to cure as it was still a bit soft on Monday. The problem is I need to repeat the process for the starboard side this weekend  :banghead:. However once done and cleaned up the structural mods are basically complete and I can press on with the detailing  :thumbsup:

The other aspect is that I now have the Midnight Blue and the Decals to finish the Whirlwind, although its basically its real.

Whilst the WG11 is curing I can press ahead with the details on the Sea King HAS5 (real) and Super Frelon (PC) which will mean an epic paint session and then decaling and finishing ahead of SMW !.


Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on September 18, 2017, 12:52:51 am
Oh well the sour stomach may well have been the return of the Cold as it eased my throat got rather tickly on Friday and blew up into a full on cold again with thick head, coughing, runny nose and sore eyes so the modelling went out the window mostly.

I did manage to get the other sponson done and the Milliput added to the WG11, so it's starting to look the right shape, although lots of PSR will be needed to clean it up. At least the cold curtailed my working so I the Milliput will be cured to work this week when I feel better. I did get my bits from Joe so managed to make a start on the basics for that kit but with the cold I couldn't do much and spraying was a no no. Hopefully as I get better this week I will be able to plug away and keep projects moving on track.

Bad news for some, after seeing Airfix plugging the new Mitchell kit and noticing that the release date was November and had its box art, so I decided to look up the new Phantom FG1 on their website, still no box artwork and the release date has switched from October, past November and into December  :banghead: - I know they had a couple of shape discrepancies and may well have encountered fit issues with the test shot that requires rectification but that means we may get hit in December to pay for them in a Christmas Month, the chances of slipping into QTR1 2018 are very high now and it means we probably won't be building them till 2018 at best  :angry: :banghead:.

Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on September 19, 2017, 12:33:38 am
Tried to do a stint in the model room but the head was a little to wooly and my eyes didn't like the brightness, but managed to do a bit of PSR to keep the process going. Lots of PSR needed to bring the WG-11 into line, but it does have its basic shape now and I do like it  :thumbsup:

The new project should be pretty straight forward once I can get spraying, I have the parts I just need to assemble the cockpit, fit the ASW gear and paint it all before assembly and then do the engine mods.

So I know my projects that I need to do, I just need to be well enough to be able to focus on getting the work done and getting them finished by November, but it should be a nice little collection if I can get them all done.

If we can get more data then I may be able to do a few more projects depending on what info Hood digs up for the PSP. I already have a few ideas I had to postpone to focus on these builds.

Of course after November I should have the 1/700 HMS Ark Royal and come December (hopefully) the new Airfix RN Phantom to build, then of course there is stuff that is found or released at SMW such as Colin's project, new reference material or simple brain storming with the rest of the gang may inspire something different so that build plans will be somewhat fluid post SWM as they usually are. The Phantom however is a must build !!!!.

Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on October 04, 2017, 12:36:11 am
Playing catch up after the 2nd cold hit, so have been back on operation purge most weekends, last week I managed to fill the full sized paper recycling bin with shredded bills and post collated over the last 12 months and still got stuff to finish shredding after the bins are emptied tomorrow. keeping me from focusing on the modelling but needed doing and on the plus side when I needed a break I went up and did a bit of modelling until something needed to dry which prompted a fresh paper sort session.

Slowly making progress on the WG-11, have been rescribing, a case of two steps forward and one back as every time it slips I have to sand down and fill before carrying on. Still a bit more to do but also looking at detailing the cockpit so I can add the modified canopy and get that blended in.

Focus for the rest of the week and into the weekend is to get the airframe completed, canopy fitted and blended in and the associated detail parts prepped ready for painting next week.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on October 09, 2017, 12:36:03 am
Ok I guess I can say I managed to make some progress this wet n dreary weekend. I managed to tidy up the scribing on the WG-11 and was able to paint and fit the cockpit as I had left this space empty and filled with foam whilst I did the major body modifications. I was then able to fit the canopy which is no easy feat as its composed of two Sea Knight canopies cut in such a way to match the widened fuselage. The rest of Sunday was spent blending the canopy into the airframe and now on with modifying the nose to a more pointed radar one.

Whilst it was curing I was able to crack on with a couple more helicopters finishing cockpits or painting interiors.

Will need to focus this week to get the WG-11 canopy and nose finished and start sorting out the details. Also crack on with the other builds with the aim of possibly doing a batch of spraying by the weekend, weather permitting (no I don't do it outside but I do vent out a window so not practical if its blowing a gale at the side of the house the workroom is on.

Still aiming for SMW on the builds but only 3 free weekends to do the bulk of the work so may need to prioritise builds to ensure ones are finished by this weekend as decaling and finishing off can take time
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on October 10, 2017, 12:44:42 am
Picked up the re-issued Sword Seafire 17s from the neighbours last night and popped the box to verify the contents for the twin pack for the Wooksta & Narces2. Not bad they have actually revised the decal sheet to include two sets of stencils to allow two of the three options to be built using both kits. Just wish the model companies would focus a bit more on the front line squadrons that became the cutting edge of the fleet before being replaced by the Seafire 47 and then Sea Fury, instead we tend to get training units and reserve squadron markings.

Anyway yet another OPSR session on the WG-11 nose cone last night which I think is now there but came a cropper as it dawned on me yesterday at work when thinking of the bits I need to sort out to finish the model that a Naval ASW Helicopter would certainly have a door mounted winch, the trouble is these are always on the right side of the aircraft but drawing suggest the left side as does the artwork others had done. In studying the drawings that show the layout of the ASW equipment I have come to the conclusion that the door shown is actually on the right hand side but is shown to illustrate the door way in relation to the operators.
So it was out with the putty again and the scriber to create a door on the right side and to reduce the left hand door to a crew access door as the tail ramp was faired over so an alternative door would be needed.

So two steps forward and one back, but a bit more PSR on the doors, a fresh masking of the cockpit windows and then probably another primer coat to verify the PSR before I can start adding details and move forward with this build.

I foresee a lot of spraying this week and at the weekend but its a step forwards leaving a couple of weeks of decaling and final touches (he says hopefully !!!  :banghead: )
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on October 16, 2017, 12:40:02 am
Well a bit of a mixed bag weekend, I knew what I needed to do but it all took a little longer than I hoped for leading to a downgrade of expectations as blindingly obvious I cannot get all I want done by Glasgow and will have to defer yet more work to next week to stay on track for SMW. I did manage to clear the build detritus from the work bench, put away the build tools and configure for painting  :thumbsup:

I did managed to get the WG-11 structurally complete and have managed to paint it and give it a sealing coat of vanish. Therefore I shall crack on with finish painting its rotor blades and do its torpedoes and then start on the decaling as this is the primary build and the one I really want top finish.

I do have a standard Sea King HAS5 which is also painted but requires a bit of detail painting doing before I can decal, but hopefully I may get it completed too.

The other one I had hoped to get done I managed to get to the first coat of yellow added to the top, but that needs a second coat, a varnish and masking before it gets it main RAF Blue Grey coat so this will now be sidelined to next week and will be ready for Telford in a few weeks time.

Got the edges of this Hurricane passing by tonight so will have to pull in the spray booth vent pipe and close the window, so no spraying tonight anyway, so probably a good night to decal  :-\
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on October 19, 2017, 12:37:39 am
Two steps forward, I back with the WG-11, was time to remove the masking last night, the windscreen looks OK, but the cabin windows leave a little to be desired, I should have probably re-masked them before the actual painting stage as they are not as clean due to them being masked during fuselage clean up process so lots of wet sanding detritus had got around the edges plus about 3 or 4 test primes. cleaned up the edges last night where the main paints had come off with the masking and gave them a refresh with future.

Still need to add the blade aerials, repaint the torpedoes and fit them. together with the rotor blades as they wont sit straight without being fixed. But its nearly there and should be ready for Glasgow on Saturday. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on October 24, 2017, 01:10:37 am
Well I managed to display the WG-11 at Glasgow at the weekend, its painted and decaled but I still need to add a few aerials between now and SMW. I had to push it as the artist whose doing the paintings for Admiralty and the Helicopter which has the WG-11 on the rear cover, was showing his paintings. Thus it was nice to put a model with a painting. Unfortunately I never got round to doing any photos as I had left my camera in my bag !  :banghead:.

I didn't however get anything else finished so still with my back to the wall to crack on and complete 3 more helicopters for the show. However I did make progress on them in the last couple of days so I may make the deadline.
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Post by: Thorvic on October 24, 2017, 04:11:15 am
(http://imageshack.com/a/img922/5916/uWNENy.jpg)

Kindly posted up by JayBee, from the Glasgow show on Saturday.

The Westland WG-11 Westonian HAS1, circa 1971.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: NARSES2 on October 24, 2017, 07:05:53 am
Nice one mate
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on October 25, 2017, 05:19:45 am
Cheers Chris,

I now want to do a another one but that will have wait till after SMW.

Must finish my other builds for the show first and sort them out for the display as the WG-11 is a bit tricky as I couldn't make the blades removable. Should hopefully have a nice display of Helicopters to coincide with the new PSP book due out at SMW.

Regarding SMW, I did a quick spreadsheet of what i'm after at the show, and that proved to be rather eye wateringly expensive when totted up  :-\ :banghead:, trouble is that's the best place to get some of these items so will have to grin and bare it, although I may consolidate that down somewhat before then to try and make it less frightening.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on October 26, 2017, 01:07:23 am
Well that was a case of two steps forward, one back last night  :banghead:. Tuesday night I didn't get to do anything build wise as too late by the time I was free and chilled out instead, but last night I was able to get a bit of decaling down, a bit of PSR and a bit of spraying and airbrushing. the painting went Ok, just a 2nd light coat required tonight to finish that off. The step back wards however was the forgetting to put the face mask on, so even with the extractor fan going I can still feel the tickle in my throat - my bad. I also realised that i'm down on Airbrush Cleaner so will need to source some more of that rather quickly (Should have had a look at Glasgow show !!!  :banghead: ).

Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: DogfighterZen on October 26, 2017, 03:30:33 am
I started using a mask on every airbrush session because of severe headaches after i sprayed the models with floor polish for gloss coats... :banghead:
Never had any problems with airbrushing Tamiya acrylics but i'm sure it wasn't a good thing for my lungs. Now, i always use the mask.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on October 26, 2017, 04:37:39 am
I generally do wear a mask but got distracted as had to clean airbrush properly before I used it as missed a bit after I used it last.

Aside from building for SMW I also need to consider what items I want in the way of kits, accessories, decals, tools & paints. Most stuff I can pick up on-line but some you can't and others crop up in the treasure trove of SMW, so handy to keep an eye open for. Then of course there are the new items released at SMW that will be popular. We already know of the AZ SR-53 done in cooperation with Freightdog and S&M models Canberra B2/T4. Mach2 may release a 72nd Britannia and no doubt others will have some interesting new items intended to tempt you to raid your wallet.

Thus a study of the SMW show guide to look up the traders, check their websites and then that torturous process of deciding if its to be a :-

Yes its a bit mental but SMW is a bit like a giant Candy Store for modellers, funds can disappear rapidly and can sometimes be misspent on items that you later regret (or sooner regret if you get a large box kit and discover no physical room for it in the car home !!!).

Anyway a bit of forward planning is not a bad thing and can help manage the finances, especially with the Airfix Phantom likely to come out in December rather than October .
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: NARSES2 on October 26, 2017, 05:51:52 am

(or sooner regret if you get a large box kit and discover no physical room for it in the car home !!!).


I know one or two who've done that, it's even worse when you get it back to the hotel and realise you have to get it home on the train and tube  :banghead:

I started my "to get" sheet a couple of weeks ago. Currently it's tools, paints and other accessories but undoubtedly one or twp kits will end up on it. Sensible approach. Mind you I'll get home and then spot something that I missed in a report somewhere  :banghead:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on October 30, 2017, 01:35:21 am
managed to get two more Helicopters Painted and decaled at the weekend, still a few aerials to add but that's about all they need to finish them. I decided to put them to one side and press on with the next build as its more topical and one I need to finish for SMW. Only trouble was I ran out of some materials on Friday night doing the painting of one of the others so had to go to LHS to restock as pushing it to rely on the post with only two weeks left.
I managed to get the cabin sorted on the latest build as its going to have doors open unlike the WG11 so needed to add some ASW hardware to highlight its role, although you'll be hard pressed to actually see it, at least I know its there  :o. I should hopefully be able to press on with assembling the fuselage tonight, so hoping I can get the PSR done and canopy fitted and masked on Tuesday with a couple of days to clean up the build and be ready for spraying this week. Why the rush, well my spray booth vents using a open window in my workroom, whilst the temperature may be an issue with a cold snap, I just realised that its Bonfire night on Sunday, so chances of local bonfires and fireworks going off over the weekend so probably best to have the spraying done before then if possible or get smoked !.

Well its 11 days to be ready so hoping to get the builds finished this week as near as damn it, sort out and pack them at the weekend and be ready for a week on Thursday so I can pack the car on Friday.

Trying to refine my shopping list for SMW, Narses comment has made me think about tools and accessories as I know sort of what I am after kit wise and conversion sets wise as I keep to the Helicopter theme.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on October 31, 2017, 01:49:15 am
Mixed results last night as I discovered I had misplaced the instrument coaming for the current build. Managed to wing it but not impressed as probably lost an hour looking for it. Sod law says I will find it once the model is complete. Also kicking myself as I also forgot to take photos of the interior that I had actually detailed !!! DOH  :banghead:

Anyway the fuselage is together, I can add the replacement instrument panel and fit the canopy tonight then bung up the openings to PSR the seams so hopefully can stay on track to have its primed at least by weekend with the idea of completing it during the weekend. (I Hope)

In some aspects I'm really looking forward to SMW, or rather the period after it running up-to Christmas, the build pressure is off then till next year, sure the Show will provide lots of inspiration and new kits to play with, in December we are possibly due the new Phantom, and there are a few builds I postponed because I knew I couldn't build all that I wanted to do so focused on the ones most likely to be done. The need to build for a the show is off and that means a chance to consolidate, sort out the new stuff, put away the display stuff till next year, clear off the work bench and get a weekend or two to yourselves, give the house a good old clear out and tidy up and get set for the Christmas Period.  :mellow:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on November 02, 2017, 01:41:27 am
Just an observation but something I noticed when doing the helicopters is the complete lack of manufacturers and aftermarket people doing the ASW interior for ASW helicopters, Revell put it in their NH-90 and Hobbyboss in their Seahawk. However their Lynx releases are a bit mental as the RN HAS3 and MK8 kits are supposed to have Sea Skua but don't whilst the German MK88 does, but doesn't have the Dunking Sonar, the HAS2 is done as French and Dutch aircraft and is illustrated with a Door winch that's not provided.

In order to add Sonar to my latest build I had to rob a Cyber Hobby Sub Hunter sea king for the hardware, the Revell AEW2/HAS5 Sea king has radar and AEW consoles but no ASW gear bar the sonar itself. Even the Italeri Merlin HAS1 only has the consoles but leaves out the actual Sonar gear and winch together with the Sonar buoys.

Now unlike some kits many Helicopters do have large opening doors so it would be nice to have this hardware included or at least offered so we can show it off with doors open rather than forced to model closed up as the lack of interior becomes obvious  :banghead:
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Post by: PR19_Kit on November 02, 2017, 01:45:35 am
Another potential sideline for Colin.  ;D
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on November 02, 2017, 01:50:16 am
Modelling wise not so great on that front the last couple of nights, got sidetracked with the neighbours and going shopping so only got chance to fit canopies in place and then calling it a night as they needed to cure. the night before I had a severe case of the dropsies in that anything I seemed to work on seemed to slip out my fingers on to the bench but mostly onto the floor, so had to give it up as a bad job before I lost or damaged something important. :banghead:

So will have to crack on tonight to get back on schedule to be done at weekend  :-\, no distractions or chores so should be able to crack on with it, weathers OK so I can set up the spray booth so that means I can get components prepped and primed and possibly sprayed whilst I continue with the structural work. All being well I may get the structural work done these next two nights with an eye for priming the model ready to spray on Saturday  (I certainly hope so !).

Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on November 05, 2017, 01:11:23 pm
Phew managed to finish the last SMW build today FFFT !!! :thumbsup:
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Post by: Thorvic on November 06, 2017, 12:27:24 am
Well that seemed a long week I was pushing to get my latest build finished for SMW as I spent somewhat longer on the WG11 than I hoped for.  I also manged to revise the squadorn of my sea puma as I realised they clashed and we're not really suitable  so was able to do that as well. Photos and a build thread will follow as I took photos on my phone but will have to download and send them to images shack when I get chance.
That thankfully gives me the next four nights to sort out and pack the models I'm taking for Project Cancelled. Repair damages, dust and clean, sort out refernces (as projects we  like to have proof of project, as can be handy to respond to queries and possibly hook those expressing an interest.). Also need to prep the car and pack a bag, however I was only able to book the Friday afternoon off so working the morning so will have to load up Thursday night. Will be a long day and a very long weekend but should be worth it.
Will have to do what Chris is doing and review the floor plans to work out what to see and what I want as lots of tempting goodies  but try to stay within my subject area so I don't get stuff I won't build.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on November 07, 2017, 12:11:38 am
Well that is a relief sorted and packed the models on a Monday night rather than the usual Thursday or even Friday, was about to congratulate myself when I remembered the aerials to add to the WG11 so that ones currently out to be repacked tonight. Whilst at it I managed to repair the RN Swift I did that was damaged in the table collapse at Glasgow. I have decided not to take any for What-If so it may allow the rest of the guys a little more room to add more of their own as I'm pretty well involved in the Project Cancelled display so have four boxes of models already to Transport.

Even had an early night and was up early as needed to do the barbers and fuel up the car as easier to do first thing before the roads get busy and not rushing in the evening where you again fight the traffic. I think I may even do unknown things like pack my overnight bag, prep the cameras and sort outs some reference material tonight so that I can be ready for the off on Friday lunchtime straight from work.

Makes for a much less stressful week, I remember booking time off in the week before SMW and ended using that time to finish stuff which left us drained for the week after, so like others, set the weekend before as the deadline and ease into the week as its a long weekend coming up. Monday is also booked off giving a day to unpack, store stuff and relax after what is always a tiring weekend.

With the pressure off I think I will get a couple of builds completed that are still on the bench and didn't make SMW, spend time catching up on TV boxed sets as always felt guilty in the run up watching more than an episode when I had stuff to finish. After that its probably going top be a proper clean and tidy up in the run up for Christmas and possibly line up a build for over the Christmas Period (maybe the Airfix RN Phantom if its released by then) with an eye for Bolton Show at the end of Jan.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on November 08, 2017, 12:36:54 am
Ah well last night was a mixed bag I managed to finish off the tweaks to the WG11 and get it repacked so those models are ready to go, but failed to get any further packing done as was hoping to start getting the rest of my stuff together. I did get confirmation on the room which was good so that's all sorted now but the folding trolley I ordered off Amazon failed to get delivered so may have to wait till tonight. With the distance to the halls from the car park I thought I might give a trolley a try as the sturdy boxes I use can get heavy when stacked together.
Now hoping it gets left with a neighbour today or arrives after I get back from work as don't have the time to chase it up now.

Must do like Chris and study the plans online as want to see specific traders to see their wares, I already have a pre-order arranged with Whirlybird and I dealt with Coastal Kits at Glasgow, but we have Colin's new stuff on the Freightdog stand, chat to Airfix on if they are fixing the issues identified on the Phantom. See what interesting new stuff there is from S and M, AZ, and various specialist guys who come up with surprises for the show.
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Post by: NARSES2 on November 08, 2017, 05:59:50 am
AZ and RS don't have their own stands as far as I can see from the IPMS website. However they didn't last year either but shared with other companies. Somewhere I've read who they are with this year, at least AZ anyway, but can I remember ?  :banghead:

Just need to keep eyes open and ear to the ground.
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Post by: Thorvic on November 09, 2017, 11:36:29 am
Ok so I have been building RN  Naval Helicopter projects for the last few months got the last of em finished at the weekend using a mix of stock decals, old and current Model Decal sheets and then I discover this is out this weekend !!!

https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/MA7268 (https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/MA7268)

 :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:

Would have been fantastic about 6 weeks ago !!!!!.

However I mustn't complain its an ideal sheet and yes I will be getting it in numbers for real and project builds  :thumbsup:

Of course it also helps that I suggested it to JP at Model Art a couple of years ago so rather chuffed that he eventually ran with the suggestion  :mellow:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 09, 2017, 01:20:10 pm
Of course THEY waited till you finished yours to release the decal sheet! All manufacturers have spies on every modelling forum to determine release dates for stuff.  ;D ;)
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on November 13, 2017, 03:51:19 pm
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4577/38369414811_40df2ea227_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21szhfF)P1000681 (https://flic.kr/p/21szhfF) by Geoff Baker (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152469355@N06/), on Flickr

That shows off the work done in the run up to SMW, as well as the Sea Puma from earlier in the year and the WG11 I had ready for Glasgow, I did a Royal Navy Super Frelon as put forward to AST358and I did the original Gnome Powered Boeing Vertol CH-47 Chinook ASW version also put forward for AST358.

The Chinook is the Trumpeter CH-47A using resin engine pods shaped by Joe Cherrie, its got the ASW hardware in the Cabin from a Cyberhobby SH-3, unfortunately I hadn't spotted that the Trumpeter kit didn't allow for the cabin door to be mounted open so I had to close it loosing some of the access to see the interior !  :banghead:

Markings for both and like the WG11, come from the Model Decal sets for the Se King and RN Wessex plus generic decals for roundels and lettering.... and of course at the show I got copies of the new Model Art Decals for the Sea King HAS 1 with all the schemes I needed !!! - Sods Law  :wacko:.

Day off to recharge today before back to work, and rather than being drained after the weeks of modelling for the show, the finishing the previous weekend followed by a good show weekend and lots of chat had me back at the work bench today starting some new builds and carrying on with others that I had to put to one side.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on November 15, 2017, 05:09:05 am
Will have to put the completed models I took to SMW, back into their storage location in the office tonight and find spaces for the Stash acquisitions I picked up at Telford and put the books into their relevant book case. A bitter sweet moment, sweet in that the show was a success and happy the builds were appreciated and help illustrate the Project Cancelled concept, bitter in that after months of prep work it all gets put away and back into storage now for a couple of months.

On the plus side once the stuffs put away I can clear down the workbench, box up the left overs and get on with the next build. Thankfully have plenty of ideas and the kits in stock to do them so aiming to carry on with the momentum built up for SMW and try and keep the builds going if I can at least into next year as would like to have something new ready for Bolton at the end of Jan.

I have already started a new build based on some of the stuff I got from Telford, coupled with a failed build I used for parts, just need to wait for a kit I ordered off kingkit and I can crack on with doing the interior. It's a cancelled project and in the Helicopter trend and did fly successfully but never got the orders its should have.

I'm building the EHI-Westland Merlin Heliliner, a couple of the pre-production machines were built as Heliliners and tested successfully but never got the orders for the North Sea operators. I'm using the Italeri VH-71 US101 kit coupled with a rear fuselage from a Merlin HM1. I will need to add an interior as the seats are visible from the cabin windows so have ordered an F-27 to do the seating. It will probably be completed in a Civil Scheme to reflect its intended use as a project cancelled. (yes I was tempted by VIP transport or Admirals barge but that's into the Whiff realm and Martin H may do something along those lines as it's am idea I discussed with him.

Next up will possibly be a 2nd Sea Puma but based on the drawing we have for the SA330D , scheme will be decided later as focus will be the Heliliner to begin with
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: kitnut617 on November 15, 2017, 05:25:01 am
I'm building the EHI-Westland Merlin Heliliner, a couple of the pre-production machines were built as Heliliners and tested successfully but never got the orders for the North Sea operators. I'm using the Italeri VH-71 US101 kit coupled with a rear fuselage from a Merlin HM1. I will need to add an interior as the seats are visible from the cabin windows so have ordered an F-27 to do the seating. It will probably be completed in a Civil Scheme to reflect its intended use as a project cancelled.


What about something from here Geoff

http://www.contrailsmodels.com/Interior_s.html
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on November 16, 2017, 12:56:54 am
interesting Robert, hadn't realised they now did interiors but a bit pricey and will be a while for delivery for this build, where as I already have the F27 on-route and should get it by weekend. I can then do the F27 closed up or as a freight version.

Put my models away last night to clear the hallway and stashed the buys away in the workroom, just need to sort out the books and decals and put them away in their relevant places. I think I may want to put away the left overs from the previous builds and clear down the bench before I get too far into the next build but I do intend to get the model room ship shape by the end of the month. December & January are good build months and I intend to make use of them if I can firstly with the Heliliner.

Speaking of decals I had notification that the pre-order I placed with Hannant's for the Model Art Sea King HAS1 decals is ready so that will be five sets of those in stock now. Think I may have to do some more Helicopters to try out the sets although I should probably do a straight HAS1 for comparison with the other projects. Perhaps Admiralty and the Helicopter now due out next year will offer yet more proposals.

However I may do another WG-11 now I know how to do it, but as the Assault version with the Ramp down and rotors folded and trying a different source of Ch-46 kit, this time the Fujimi kit

Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 16, 2017, 01:41:22 am

What about something from here Geoff

http://www.contrailsmodels.com/Interior_s.html


All sorts of useful there Robert, thanks for posting.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: The Wooksta! on November 16, 2017, 01:42:59 am
Worth having a think about the Westland Westminster?
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Post by: Hobbes on November 16, 2017, 01:57:51 am
interesting Robert, hadn't realised they now did interiors but a bit pricey and will be a while for delivery for this build, where as I already have the F27 on-route and should get it by weekend. I can then do the F27 closed up or as a freight version.


or maybe as a Maritime Enforcer?
(https://www.mediastorehouse.com/p/241/fokker-f27-maritime-enforcer-cutaway-drawing-4577715.jpg)

https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1985/1985%20-%201888.html (https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1985/1985%20-%201888.html)

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-u5bnfjvspZw/UpfbX-kIUGI/AAAAAAAAQsU/pFPmpX8Xgmg/s1600/Fokker-Maritime-Enforcer-2.jpg)
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on November 17, 2017, 12:31:15 am
Now that's a potential idea, thanks Harro  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on November 17, 2017, 12:44:27 am
Building the WG11 reminded me that I was first aware of this Design from Project Cancelled, and I did check section in the Helicopter Chapter about it when I started the build. It also highlighted that I could do with a 2nd working copy to hand in the workroom and was surprised to find some at good prices on ebay. Discovered I won the with my opening bid whilst I was at SMW and received the book yesterday  :mellow:

Only danger is flicking through it  reminds me of builds I have done, areas that have been covered better elsewhere but also projects that I have probably wanted to do for over 30 yrs so must be cautious less build plans go out the window if inspiration strikes.

Project Cancelled got me for the TSR2, the P1154, the P1121, the AW681, the P139 and lately the WG-11 so it really was inspirational and very influential on my builds.

On the modelling front I'm awaiting on the Fokker F27 to appear so I can work on my Merlin Heliliner cabin layout as would be nice to crack on with that this weekend if I can.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: kitnut617 on November 17, 2017, 05:22:19 am
The Airfix F.27 I have has the maritime option, the earlier version. Might be something to do to source some different engines for it. They look like they're like the engines on a C-27
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 17, 2017, 05:55:10 am
The later Fokker 50, the one with the tiny windows, had P&W Canada PW125s, and the ones on the Enforcer look just like them.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Hobbes on November 17, 2017, 06:53:58 am
The second image is the 'Enforcer Mk.2' which was based on the Fokker 50. The F-27 Enforcer had the standard Darts, by the looks of it.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on November 20, 2017, 12:42:08 am
A nice quiet weekend, no commitments, no plans and no build schedule after the building for and then participation in SMW the previous weekend. So what did I do I ended up modelling instead  :banghead:, couldn't be arsed doing catch up TV and my fingers were fidgeting to get back to the model bench so that's what I did.

I finally managed to paint the RN Merlin HMA1 I had on the go for SMW but cancelled, this is real world as I'm also doing the real Helicopters the FAA flew/Fly as well as the projects, which is why it was dropped from the SMW to finish list when I had to consolidate builds into a more practical schedule. That's now on its wheels and ready for decaling although some bits still to sort out.

I also had the Esci Fokker F-27 passed over on Friday night which was probably the real driving force as that meant I could crack on with the Merlin Heliliner, so spent most of the weekend assembling and painting the interior of that. Looks ok and will be able to see the seats through the windows so that's why I needed them. Still find it hard to believe that Italeri marketed the US-101 as a VH-71 without doing a VIP interior !!! :angry:
Anyway I managed to get the fuselage buttoned up last night before settling in to watch Guy Martin's WW1 Tank program on C4 (very interesting viewing  :thumbsup:), tonight it I get chance I will need to add the windscreen and the side door to button up the fuselage before getting on with the rest during the week - nose cone, engine cowlings, rear fuselage, wheel sponson's and tail. So this should keep me busy into next weekend and beyond.

Oh I did pop out yesterday to go down to the bottom of the hill to our local Aldi and picked up a pair of the Airfix Jet Provost T4s 'Red Pelicans' gift sets that went on offer there yesterday with some other gift set models. No idea what I will do with them now I have them but a handy pick up anyway.

On a side note I noticed the Airfix Phantom is now saying January 2018, now this could be the 2nd batch with the first due in December being sold out, but I fear not and as predicted their flagship model for 2017, one planned to build in the Christmas period has now slipped again back into January 2018. The slippage is made worse by the fact no attempt has been made to address the defects identified in the test shots months ago which is very annoying  :banghead:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on November 21, 2017, 12:44:46 am
Well did a bit last night on the merlin Heliliner build, I attached the windscreen and taped it in place to cure and did the same with the rear fuselage and that was about it as felt somewhat drained and sneezy which is not so clever when modelling  :banghead:.

I had to go for a Blood Pressure Check at the local health centre after work, not a great time as spent up to an hour travelling back in heavy traffic which can make my blood boil at times, got in there early and was winding down and relaxing, then get told when I went in to see the nurse that I'm due a blood test and the flu jab. Thankfully I knew the nurse as she used to be one of the district nurses who dealt with my dad last year, I was also able to warn her that they generally have fun finding a suitable vein so with a bit of persistence she managed to track one down and tap it first time then gave me time and four attempts to get chilled out for a normal BP reading before finishing off with the flu jab. Not complaining as given I'm working at the Uni now the chances of catching the flu have increased, but it did trigger the sneezes last night so I retired to bed with a Lemsip to sleep it off.

Hopefully things should be back on track for the rest of this week as trying to keep the momentum going on the current builds, know we wont be building Phantoms this side of Christmas, so will carry on with the Helicopters I think and try and clear the work bench for the next builds. After seeing Gondor's Lynx build I realised that whilst I have Lynx kits I no longer have any built so will be doing some of those both real and projected.

One thing that's clear however is that I'm probably going to have to start doing some with rotors blades and tails folded on some of these RN helicopters  !
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on November 23, 2017, 12:43:42 am
Just in the PSR routine now with the Heliliner cleaning up seams and getting a decent tail join seam. The wind & rain the last couple of days means that the workroom window has been kept closed so no chance to prime and paint the additional parts such as wheels, rotors etc, but I can live with that, just means more painting over the weekend period if suitable. It looks a bit odd at the moment in Olive Drab and grey plastics with kabuki windows and may look more suitable once a white primer is applied.

Decided to get these two Merlin's finished as the normal RN ASW HMA1 is ready to decal so I will do that once the PSR work on the Heliliner is done, got plenty of builds to follow including a couple stalled before SMW so I should really crack on with those next so I can line up something for the Xmas period.

On a side note I received a request to confirm my postal address from ModelCollect so may have a new and tasty kit delivered by Christmas. I reserved and paid for it in September Last Year so it may well become a Xmas pressie to myself. Seeing the Airfix Phantoms are now back to Jan 2018 its now more a Birthday treat rather than Xmas  :banghead:, and I still wouldn't put it past them to slip another 6 weeks into mid Feb.

On a more positive aspect the 1/700 HMS Ark Royal mid 70s era is due in the next week of so  :thumbsup:, and the 1/700 plastic kit of its predecessor is due towards the end of the year along with the Graf Zeppelin carrier  :mellow:

Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on November 24, 2017, 04:49:07 am
Well that was a bit of a dead loss last night I did manage to get the PSR done on the Heliliner and gave it a coat of white primer as a base but that was about it. Whilst the rain had eased off it left it very cold and in opening the window to vent the spray booth, what heat that was being generated was being lost to the cold so gave it up as a bad job and closed the window.

Will try again over the weekend as need to get the paints sorted out and hope the weather is not as cold or windy !

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Post by: Gondor on November 25, 2017, 10:34:41 am

Oh I did pop out yesterday to go down to the bottom of the hill to our local Aldi and picked up a pair of the Airfix Jet Provost T4s 'Red Pelicans' gift sets that went on offer there yesterday with some other gift set models. No idea what I will do with them now I have them but a handy pick up anyway.


Silver with Yellow trainer bands perhaps as lead in trainers for the RN in the late 60's to mid 70's?

Gondor
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Post by: Mossie on November 25, 2017, 11:54:39 am
FRADU?
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Post by: JayBee on November 25, 2017, 11:55:16 am
Or how about a fully carrier capable one with folding wings.  :wacko:
I would leave the colour scheme up to your fertile mind.

Jim
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Post by: PR19_Kit on November 25, 2017, 02:48:41 pm

Or how about a fully carrier capable one with folding wings.  :wacko:
I would leave the colour scheme up to your fertile mind.

Jim


Yes, a Sea Provost, just the job.  :thumbsup:

Why DIDN'T they do that anyway?  :o
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on November 25, 2017, 03:36:15 pm

Or how about a fully carrier capable one with folding wings.  :wacko:
I would leave the colour scheme up to your fertile mind.

Jim


Yes, a Sea Provost, just the job.  :thumbsup:

Why DIDN'T they do that anyway?  :o

The scrapped the Training Carriers, they could have carried on with the light fleets into the 60s and the replaced Triumph with Centaur as our Equivalent of the USS Lexington, and then then of course cancelled the carriers.

But I do like the thinking as its so me so may well do one like that :-)
 
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Post by: Gondor on November 26, 2017, 07:21:28 am
Keeping the naval theme for the JP3, Admirals Barge?

Gondor
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 26, 2017, 10:49:36 am

Keeping the naval theme for the JP3, Admirals Barge?

Gondor


Would he have a second aircraft following astern with his Flag Officer, or would Percival have built a 4 seater version?  ;D
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Post by: JayBee on November 26, 2017, 11:19:30 am
Second aircraft, but nor painted the same!  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on November 27, 2017, 01:15:34 am
Most focus on current build...... :banghead:

Lots of temptation there boys and certainly up my street, I might even need to pick up the Vampire T-22 decals for the RN options  :thumbsup:

However I just about managed to stay on topic this weekend, it was a cold and wet weekend so it was an ideal time to be in the workshop as not too many chores I had planned were possible with the sleet, snow and rain showers. I did get out and pick up Duncan (aka Overkiller) to drive up to the LMS and get the paints that I needed for my current build, the Heliliner is in civil colours so I needed bright gloss colours so picked up the Tamiya rattle cans and equivalent paint jars, along with more primer and masking tape. I also managed to pick up another Airfix Sea king Commando as the rest of mine are up in the loft as I want to do an 80s version if I can.
Only trouble was in masking and spraying the Heliliner I left myself no really chance to do anything else, I had the work area set for spraying so was snookered, as didn't want to do building as that would generate dust and block up the work area, I couldn't decal the ASW merlin as that also would clutter up the desk too and after doing the decaling I wouldn't want to switch back to spraying so it ended up as the Heliliner or nothing. Its looking OK now, but still a bit of tidying up of the paint scheme, but it should look the part when finished and then I can post up photos.

More touching up tonight and cracking on with the smaller items this week and I will probably decal both Merlin's this week if I can. I have to work next Saturday morning so hoping to be finished by then so i can start something fresh next Sunday  :mellow:
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Post by: Thorvic on December 01, 2017, 12:45:44 am
Had the new Airfix Shackleton AEW2 delivered yesterday, not bad not sure i'm a fan of the new plastic as it looks like the stuff used on the Modelsvit kits with a semi opaque quality to the grey rather than the familiar soft light grey we are now used to. Will have to see how it works out but I did find four items off the sprue and loose in the bag. Will probably do it real as seen Dougal numerous times at Manchester and I remember seeing one do the Air Display for the Bolton show which included a private display a couple of days beforehand in the valley behind us when they did a practice run mid week.

Modelling wise its been chuffing cold, the heater makes the workroom quite toasty if the windows closed but if spraying I need to leave it ajar to vent the spray booth. Did set up last night and gave the ASW Merlin a coast of gloss so I can do its decals after the Heliliner, but the Spray booth decided to stop working so had to abandon ideas of decaling last night whilst the room vented normally  :banghead:. So new booth needed for Xmas now !!!.
Will crack on decaling the next couple of nights (in on O/T tomorrow so short weekend, but at least its paid) so will see if I can get both helicopters finished by the end of the weekend and get on with something new but probably Helicopter related  ;D

Definitely looking like the Airfix Phantom will be January now so will have to see if I can line up a build during the Christmas week whilst i'm off, plenty to go at so will have to see where motivation takes us
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Post by: Thorvic on December 04, 2017, 12:30:10 am
Managed to get the Merlin and the Heliliner completed over the weekend, look ok but I definitely don't like gloss paint schemes especially gloss white  :banghead:. Will try an get some shots done tonight as was a little too late by the time I finished. Nice to have a completed Merlin HMA1 in the collection, have had numerous kits over the years but being italeri whilst it looks good on the sprue there are the usual fit issues. Would be quite nice to see Airfix have a go at scaling down their 48th kit and doing a naval version considering we have four lots of Westland Sea King kits in the same scale.

Not really a great weekend was working Saturday morning, which was OK as we get overtime for that, but it meant an earlier night on Friday evening and an early start, the Amazon delivery I was expecting and stayed in for the Afternoon for failed to materialise, so had to go do the shopping on Sunday and to cap it off I had some tragic news from my Brother Saturday night which was unsettling which has put me out of sorts since  :-\.

Will hopefully get over the funk and crack on a fresh project or two, although my plans for a quite Christmas could be somewhat disrupted so will have to play it by ear to some extent.
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Post by: NARSES2 on December 04, 2017, 06:23:16 am
Hope things sort themselves out mate
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Post by: Rheged on December 04, 2017, 09:47:41 am
Much sympathy from chateau Rheged!  We too hope that circumstances improve for you soon.
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Post by: DogfighterZen on December 04, 2017, 03:09:03 pm
Best wishes for you and your loved ones from the south of Portugal
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Post by: Thorvic on December 07, 2017, 01:13:39 am
Not really done much this week in terms of modelling, just waiting for the weekend to get some daylight for photos of the Merlin's then I can put them away so they wont be effected when I start modelling seriously again where sanding and paint dust would be an issue. Plus the weather and temperature sort of prohibit a spraying session for the next couple of nights as Storm Caroline passes over.

Cleaned up my Bristol 191 build but had to add filler so that will have to wait till weekend to clean up, so being in an odd mood I actually started clean up on a mach2 Squirrel. Something a little different but will require quite a bit of a tidying up to get something like an acceptable build, buts its not that bad and its better than nothing. Will probably whiff if as the model alliance sheet with the British Decal option is long OOP. Still its getting to the stage where some spraying will be required so again it wont get much further till weekend.

No further news on the family matter, so its a case of carry on as usual until we get more news.
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Post by: Thorvic on December 11, 2017, 01:09:00 am
Well that was a cold weekend, managed to get a bit of modelling done mostly prep work and early assembly on the next set of projects as was able to do a bit of spraying in small doses - The cold draught of having the window ajar was just about balanced by having the heater on full whack. Its did keep the aerosols warm enough to spray so that was positive.

Ended up on PSR on the Bristol 191, so didn't get round to any further assembly and it still needs a bit of scribing applying before I try that. It's an old kit but one of the last releases, so better decals but the plastic is the usual fair from Heller/Humbrol and has some distortion and warping issues  :banghead:.

The fun part about the 191 is that it has a Wasp style undercarriage but on the same stance as a belvedere so I need to get the details done before the undercarriage, but I've got to effectively scratch build the undercarriage which will make building tricky. I'm going to need a jig to keep the airframe true whilst I create the undercarriage, which I why I probably chickened out and started prep work on a couple of Lynx instead. Still plenty to keep me busy some Projects some Whiff so a bit of fun.

Oh we got confirmation off Airfix on their Workbench post last Friday that the Phantom FG1 will not be out till January  :banghead:, which is a shame as would have loved to have a go at them over the Christmas break.
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Post by: Thorvic on December 12, 2017, 01:00:43 am
Only did a bit of modelling last night, as I opted to not do any spraying and keep the window closed and the heater on as it was a bit parky out there. meant all I could really do was the fix the glazing in the lynx fuselage and fit the cockpit interior together. Will need a bit of touch up with the paint work and I will have to spray the rotor head and mounting as these are fitted above the cabin before the fuselage are joined.

The Lynx is going to be the AH.6 which was a dedicated variant intended for the Royal Marines, This is a Naval Lynx with wheeled undercarriage, folding tail but with the armament fit for the Marines. I think I will retain the HAS3 naval nose with Radar rather than the Army slimmer nose cone as being ship based they will need to transition between ship and shore. It will be fitted with TOW and a TOW sight and I think I'll go with the grey and green Army scheme to match the AH7s they ended up with and to not mistake it for the Navy Lynx painted in Army Colours of Black and Olive Drab.
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Post by: Thorvic on December 20, 2017, 12:43:04 am
Not much done recently, although the Lynx AH-6 is mostly assembled , just need to sort out the TOW launchers fit and to tack the doors in place for priming and then painting so possibly one to be done before Christmas.

The Type 191 is in PSR hell at the moment, noticed some more features so more mods and filler before I can get to scribing and then finally working on creating the landing gear. Would be nice to see a new Belvedere kit as the Airfix one is seriously dated and technically still a prototype.

Have got another Puma on the go and have started painting its interior ahead of assembly.

However the next couple of night like the last two will be taken up with Christmas, either shopping, wrapping or writing cards, then I can clear up the crap and tidy up ready for Christmas.

The planned Airfix Phantom build won't be happening due to the kit being delayed until January so next week whilst off I think I will give some thought to getting the above projects assembled and completed to clear the work bench as plenty more projects to go at :-)
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Post by: Thorvic on January 02, 2018, 12:59:21 am
Happy New Year, had a nice Christmas with friends & Neighbours but unfortunately succumbed to a cold last week so the productive week off work proved to be less so, I did however get some building done even if it wasn't all that I had planned.

The Type 191 has had some work done and is close to getting its Undercarriage created, but have been sidetracked completing some builds which I need to finish so I can clear down the workbench to give me some workspace to do the 191.

I have finished my RN Allouette III which I thought was a pure whiff, but have discovered it was looked at as a stop gap whilst the P531 evolved into the Westland Wasp !

I also finished my Lynx AH-6 (Cancelled Project), which is a Royal Marines dedicated version mixing the features of the AH-1 with the HAS-3 to create what is effectively a TOW armed HAS3.

Nearly completed is the 2nd SA330D Puma, again Royal Navy but this time as a Junglie Commando version. Decaled and varnished, but needs the last details adding to complete it.

Got my sister visiting now before she flies back to Egypt so won't be finished off till the weekend, but hopefully should be able to get all three photographed at the weekend if we get some decent daylight.
 
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Post by: Thorvic on January 03, 2018, 12:44:55 am
Well that's torn it, received an email yesterday saying the Phantoms were finally in stock and payment was taken so should hopefully receive the first couple of kits by weekend  ;D

However I still need to finish off my Royal Navy Puma Commando, and I won't be able to do that till Friday night so I will have to get cracking on with that, clean the bench and get started on a Phantom !  :banghead:

Ah the dilemma, I said I would build an FG1 as soon as I got one and had expected it to be built after SMW in November, once they delayed it to December I thought I would be able to build one (or more) over the Christmas break but as they failed to turn up I cracked on with my helicopters instead. Now the dilemma is that after finishing these three helicopters from the Xmas break I have another three in early stages of construction, the Type 191 is ready for its landing gear and I have bits on the way for some more Helicopter related builds including another WG-11. But now I have Phantoms and I have three OOB options I want to build, plus variations on the display options with launch and fully folded kit parts to play with Then there are the projected units to do...... :o (and no there will be no Crab Air FG1s built, I will save those for the FGR2 kit later in the year).

I think I shall probably build one Phantom to get familiar with the kit and its build issues and maybe wait to see what aftermarket items become available to address the vent issues as well as extra detailing options. Then finish off some more Helicopters and spend the rest of the year alternating builds  ;)
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Post by: Martin H on January 03, 2018, 12:55:35 am
and no there will be no Crab Air FG1s built

im sure Geoff expects me to do The RAF examples, Leaving him with the fish heads.................. ;D
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Post by: Thorvic on January 03, 2018, 04:50:39 am
Not really just an RAF FG1 makes me think lying thieving, backstabbing bar-stewards for some reason  :angry:. I'm quite happy doing FAA versions without going anywhere near a Crab cab, after all we were after 152 examples to equip at least 5 squadrons plus a hefty reserve.

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Post by: Gondor on January 03, 2018, 05:06:04 am
I plan for my two that are on order to be real world build/operators though I have no idea when they will be done.

Gondor
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Post by: Thorvic on January 08, 2018, 01:03:17 am
Well collected my first two Airfix Phantoms on Friday after work as missed the delivery on Thursday and on Saturday I picked up another pair from the local model shop. More are due this week as other back orders kick in.

Didn't start the first one till late on Saturday as I had things to do and needed to complete the RN Sea Puma Junglie before I got distracted or it would never get finished. Well I did eventually get it finished although I did forget to do the photos in the daylight yesterday as I wanted to get on with the Phantom  :banghead:

Quite like the Airfix Phantom build. Martin had been sending me update photos of his build progressing and he has jumped in with a Whif already in an interesting configuration. Now I hadn't decided what format to build or what to build but as I got started I had to make my mind up and settled on a choice. my first one will be OOB 767 sqdn with folded wings based at RNAS Yeovilton, why because whilst I have had a few Fujimi 'Yellow Bird' boxing's of the FG1 I never built one, I did source various decals to do one with the fujimi kit but never actually built it. I also have been suggesting the RN Phantom for Airfix for probably the last 12 years so thought I should do it properly for once :-). After all I did say I would build all three of the kit options when they announced them in the Catalogue and I have a couple more specific real aircraft to do, but rest assured my next build will be a Whif/PC.

The kit could benefit from Aftermarket, the RWR tail is scribed up as an FGR2 whilst the standard tail is FG1, the outer wings could do with backdating, the cockpit would be nice with pre-painted etch in place of decals and the missing grills could do with adding via etch, decals or replacement parts.
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Post by: Thorvic on January 09, 2018, 12:52:32 am
Got another pair of Airfix Phantom FG1's on the way from Airfix for collection tonight and my Hannant's Pre-Order notification came through last night so another pair is expected this week.
So a nice start to the collection and already thinking of what builds I want to do with them. Will have to sit down and get to grips with the reference material, aftermarket stuff and decide what to build next.  :mellow:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Gondor on January 10, 2018, 05:36:34 am
Happy 50th Geoff !  :drink:

Do I get to call you "young 'un" now seeing that I had my fifty seventh last week?

Gondor
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Post by: Rheged on January 10, 2018, 09:17:24 am
Happy 50th Geoff !  :drink:

Do I get to call you "young 'un" now seeing that I had my fifty seventh last week?

Gondor

......and a happy birthday to you both from the inmates at Chateau Rheged!
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Post by: Thorvic on January 10, 2018, 11:42:34 am
Cheers i think  :o

Now can we get Saga discounts to SMW and the Air Museums ?  ;)
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Post by: Martin H on January 10, 2018, 01:12:18 pm
How old?  :wacko: :wacko: :wacko:

Hope it was a good one Geoff.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: PR19_Kit on January 10, 2018, 03:11:27 pm

Now can we get Saga discounts to SMW and the Air Museums ?  ;)


Not yet, only REAL ancients like me can hope for that.  ;D ;)
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Post by: zenrat on January 11, 2018, 12:54:56 am
Welcome to the "5" club Thorvic.
 :drink: :cheers: :party:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Rheged on January 11, 2018, 01:29:53 am

Now can we get Saga discounts to SMW and the Air Museums ?  ;)


Not yet, only REAL ancients like me can hope for that.  ;D ;)

Not ancient, just nicely matured!     (Rheged , approaching 66)
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Post by: NARSES2 on January 11, 2018, 03:19:04 am
A mere child  ;)

No a happy half century mate, hope it was a good one  :thumbsup:
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Post by: PR19_Kit on January 11, 2018, 09:48:33 am

No a happy half century mate, hope it was a good one  :thumbsup:


When you get to three quarters of a century, then you're REALLY talking.....  ;D ;D ;) ;)
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Post by: NARSES2 on January 12, 2018, 05:50:39 am
I've been around as long as Her Mag' has been on the throne - give or take a day or two  ;)
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Post by: Thorvic on January 15, 2018, 05:02:19 am
Cheers Guys, had a quiet but enjoyable 50th, being this time in January I tend not to see friends & family as they are all busy getting back to normal after the Christmas break so big birthdays are generally a none event, especially now the previous generation have all passed on. However my neighbours who are close friends made sure we celebrated, culminating with an Italian on Saturday night. It was nice to be off work and it did allow for a bit of modelling time but didn't get as much done as I thought I would.

I have however managed to assemble an Airfix Phantom FG1 and got familiar with its construction and areas to be wary of. This one will be real using the OOB decals but the next one to follow soon after will be PC/Whiff if the decals concept works out OK that Kit is trying to sort out. :thumbsup: I managed to get the first one painted last night, so once that's varnished I can start decaling, but with the stencils involved it could take a while  :o :-\.

I managed to get all my initial kits to get me started , I will probably get more during the year but I have my first dozen to keep me busy for some time  :wacko:

I don't mind as not a lot else due out in this next year so far and this and the Atlantic/Starling 1/700 HMS Ark Royal IV were originally scheduled for late 2017, so its a mad January followed by a relative quite year (I hope) which should allow me to crack on with building a bit more                                                                                                 
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Post by: PR19_Kit on January 15, 2018, 12:42:53 pm

......so once that's varnished I can start decaling, but with the stencils involved it could take a while  :o :-\.
                                                                                             

Geoff's not kidding, well over HALF the decal sheet is stencils!!!!  :o :o
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Post by: Thorvic on January 16, 2018, 12:46:40 am

......so once that's varnished I can start decaling, but with the stencils involved it could take a while  :o :-\.
                                                                                             

Geoff's not kidding, well over HALF the decal sheet is stencils!!!!  :o :o

Yes but on having seen XT596 close up at Yeovilton, she is one of the first F-4K (actually a YF-4K) and is still in her original scheme and the stencils are quite apparent when you have proper look.

Still some painting to finish off on my first build before I can start on the decaling, but I expect it will take a couple of nights at least just doing the stencils by sections   :o
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Post by: zenrat on January 16, 2018, 12:56:35 am
Phantoms do seem to have more stencils than any other aircraft.
Worth the hassle though IMO.
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Post by: NARSES2 on January 16, 2018, 01:05:44 am
Phantoms do seem to have more stencils than any other aircraft.
Worth the hassle though IMO.

Especially Japanese ones for some reason ?

I have to be honest, but I really do only use those stencils I consider essential (my definition of that term varies dependent on my mood  :angel:). Sometimes in 1/72 I feel they can distract from the actual model it'self, especially on the aforementioned Japanese Phantoms.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: zenrat on January 16, 2018, 01:58:18 am
Phantoms do seem to have more stencils than any other aircraft.
Worth the hassle though IMO.

Especially Japanese ones for some reason ?

I have to be honest, but I really do only use those stencils I consider essential (my definition of that term varies dependent on my mood  :angel:). Sometimes in 1/72 I feel they can distract from the actual model it'self, especially on the aforementioned Japanese Phantoms.

True, but I feel one should go the whole hog at least once.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on January 16, 2018, 04:20:34 am
Real ones will get the stencils and some of the period project ones to blend in, however later schemes will be minimised as need to try and keep some sanity.

The FAA are not too bad as they are black on EDSG, the JASDF ones are worse as they are more visible on the grey fuselage.

Just had a snoot at Hannants and the Eduard future releases has etch and mask sets listed for the Airfix Phantom FG1 for March, so will need to see if these will include the missing intake vents or not.
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Post by: Thorvic on January 17, 2018, 12:10:06 am
Managed to do a bit of detail painting on the Phantom last night so now ready to decal, however whilst the office was quite toasty with the heater on and window shut the gale lashing the window and buffeting the house just made it feel colder than it was. I did dig out the decal sheet, the paint guide and the stencil guide then realising that my eyes felt tired after a long day the prospect of even starting to place 280 decals just got the better of me and I decided to call it a night as my other builds will require some spray work and there was no way I was opening the window for extractor fan !!!! :banghead:

Will look to start the decaling tonight and do it in areas at a time marking off the completed ones as I go, I'll probably only be able to manage an hour at most and by doing it in sections I reduce the risk of dislodging others whilst handling the model to place fresh ones. Should hopefully keep me sane  :o.

Spotted Hasegawa has now earmarked its F-35B for a March release in Japan, so I may well get one of those when they come out to try out and see how I get on. If its like the F-35A then shouldn't have an issue with raised panels anymore with decals used highlight them where necessary. It specifically says US so expect USMC markings only, however we will probably see a UK specific issue along with a Japan based USMC if not already in the initial kit and no doubt a (Whif ????) JMSDF boxing - I'm saying Whif at the moment but news came out at New Year that Japan are earmarking their new Izumo class DDH for adaptation to STOVL carrier (DDH my arse the ships are the same size as Ark Royal IV in terms of length and width although hanger space is somewhat less !!)
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Post by: kitnut617 on January 17, 2018, 02:37:48 am
It should be noted that photos of 'in-service' F-35's don't show any of those squiggly panel tape lines
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Post by: Thorvic on January 17, 2018, 04:27:07 am
It should be noted that photos of 'in-service' F-35's don't show any of those squiggly panel tape lines

Which makes all the models done with those panels as raised panels really redundant now so we could do with either OrangeHobby retooling their F-35C or hope that Hasegawa get round to doing it. Its a bit frustrating that we haven't seen more new F-35 kits for the B & C variant.

I wonder if we will get external weapons on the Hasegawa F-35B or will we have to await another kit with the Weapons bay, external pylons, gun pod and weapons then await yet another weapons set.
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Post by: kitnut617 on January 17, 2018, 06:04:02 pm
It should be noted that photos of 'in-service' F-35's don't show any of those squiggly panel tape lines

Which makes all the models done with those panels as raised panels really redundant now so we could do with either OrangeHobby retooling their F-35C or hope that Hasegawa get round to doing it. Its a bit frustrating that we haven't seen more new F-35 kits for the B & C variant.

I wonder if we will get external weapons on the Hasegawa F-35B or will we have to await another kit with the Weapons bay, external pylons, gun pod and weapons then await yet another weapons set.

Well I've said it before here, even if you used the very thinnest decals for the panel tape, they would still be over-scale. I've got a bunch of close-up photos of one of the USMC F-35B's when I saw it at the Yuma Airshow back in 2013 (posted some pics on the forum too but we all know what's happened to them), and even though the camo was pre-in-service and showed the panel tape, the whole finish is as smooth as a baby's butt, not the slightest hint of a raised tape ---
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Post by: PR19_Kit on January 18, 2018, 04:07:27 am

I wonder if we will get external weapons on the Hasegawa F-35B or will we have to await another kit with the Weapons bay, external pylons, gun pod and weapons then await yet another weapons set.


Wouldn't external weapons rather negate the 'stealthiness' of the machine?  :o
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on January 18, 2018, 04:28:57 am

I wonder if we will get external weapons on the Hasegawa F-35B or will we have to await another kit with the Weapons bay, external pylons, gun pod and weapons then await yet another weapons set.


Wouldn't external weapons rather negate the 'stealthiness' of the machine?  :o

Stealth is only part of its capability package, for penetrating enemy airspace to hit a high value target using internal fuel & weapons. However CAP duties, close air support etc the Aircraft will use an external load to increase range, endurance and firepower as not all weapons earmarked can be accommodate within the smaller F-35B weapons bay. The stealth effect is diminished as a result but they still have relatively smaller radar profile in comparison.

Thus it would be nice to see the external pylons and the gun pod included at some stage, Orange Hobby and Academy did include them in their respective F-35C and F-35A kits
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on January 18, 2018, 05:00:44 am
Well I started decaling my first Airfix Phantom, started on the undersides and got 8 on last night before giving up on it as it was about 10pm and some of those stencils required fresher eyes and wits than mine were at that time. I will persevere however just need to take time and then seal them in place before doing the sides and upper surfaces.
Despite its foibles I still enjoyed this new Phantom and will be build quite a few more in the coming months, some real, some PC/Whif  :mellow:

It was blowing a wintery gale again last night so couldn't switch to spraying my next Merlin interior and I fear its the same again tonight, so may be more a case of chilling out and focus on the modelling over the weekend instead.

Still got quite a few Helicopters to build as well as Phantoms plus I still have some ships to do when I feel the urge again.
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Post by: kitnut617 on January 18, 2018, 05:56:00 pm

I wonder if we will get external weapons on the Hasegawa F-35B or will we have to await another kit with the Weapons bay, external pylons, gun pod and weapons then await yet another weapons set.


Wouldn't external weapons rather negate the 'stealthiness' of the machine?  :o

As Evan (elmayerle on the forum) has said many times, it's not a ""stealth"" fighter. It has enhanced low observability. And Evan should know because he worked on the project.  He also said that in the first stage of any conflict it would only have what it can carry in the weapons bays, once the initial operation has been successful, the follow-on operations would see them become dump-trucks (his explanation of it)
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Post by: Thorvic on January 19, 2018, 12:29:54 am
Anyway it will be nice to a new F-35B kit and being Hasegawa they are bound to do a variety of boxing's its just a pity we don't see 617 form till later in the year to see if ours actually get any Squadron markings and then its 2021 before we get 809 sqdn appearing  :banghead:.

Well did sod all last night model wise, chilled out in front of the fire trying to stay awake whilst watching telly, never even warmed up the heater in the office and only did a quick overview of the web. First full week since mid December and the cold/wet snap has made the cold I got slow to move on so opted to chill out and will try and make better use of tonight instead.
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Post by: NARSES2 on January 19, 2018, 06:24:26 am

Despite its foibles I still enjoyed this new Phantom and will be build quite a few more in the coming months, some real, some PC/Whif  :mellow:



And that's the point of it, isn't it  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Thorvic on January 22, 2018, 04:36:32 am
Well I did get some modelling done every day this weekend and its still doesn't feel like I'm getting far fast, I did a bit of spraying on Saturday but had to close the window and thus the spray booth down due to the artic blast still hanging around.
In the decal front I got the National and Squadron markings on the Airfix Phantom FG1 on Friday night and by last night I had fully stencilled the starboard upper fuselage, still the Port side and belly to do along with the bits not yet fitted to the airframe like U/C doors, tail planes and droptanks !!.
Now it does take time as I can do about three/four at a time to cut out soak, place and set, cross off and then move along to the next bit, thus slow progress, but in comparing the sides it does make a marked difference so its probably worth the effort, but will need to factor in the additional decaling time especially when doing real aircraft or matching the scheme and period.

Might get it finished for the Bolton Show on Sunday but I definitely won't have any other builds done this week as a result.
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Post by: Thorvic on January 25, 2018, 04:34:23 am
Managed to get a few more stencils on the port fwd fuselage on Monday night, but have been busy or not in the mood to do anymore for the last two nights so I doubt the model will now be finished for the show on Sunday. Not an issue as its real world anyway and for my collection, its not an issue with the model as the stencils do look the part when added.

I think I may have to address my build plans for 2018 accordingly, I have quite a number of Phantoms for real world FAA, Project Cancelled and What-if but the decaling process will need to be factored in for future builds, so I don't think I will be doing multiple builds at the same time as I initially thought.

I do have other models I wish to build especially in the helicopter area as there will be hopefully additional inspiration in Admiralty and the Helicopter, there are also 2nd builds planned of the WG-11 and Sea Chinook and of course I still have to make use of those excellent Model Art Sea King HAS1 decals on both an early sea king and alternatives...

Not even thinking about the ships in 1/700 which I will have to return to sooner or later.

Thankfully there doesn't appear to be too many must buy & build kits announced so far for 2018, there's a few I will buy of course to go in the stash, but probably only the new Wasp will likely jump straight to the build pile
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Post by: Thorvic on February 01, 2018, 12:46:21 am
Well the Bolton Show is over and it was quite successful for its new larger venue, so that a big well done to my former club, as they had aspired to upgrade to there for many years.

yes I did pick up a couple more Phantoms, and a couple more helicopters, the 1/7oo HMS Ark Royal IV wasn't quite ready so should get that later this month. Unfortunately due to fighting off a throat based cold before the show it has left me a little tired and drained. I tried to crack on with the Phantom Stencils on Monday afternoon once Martin H had set off home but found the mojo wasn't right - it happens, so have spent the last few evenings either reading or watching telly giving the PC a token look and leaving the model room closed to recharge.

Should be a chance to follow the news from the Nuremberg Toy Fair and decide if anything really grabs my fancy and become a must buy, the long overdue Italeri AW-101 Caesar will be one, but that's mostly as a donor for other Merlin version, the HSS-1 SeaBat reissue will be nice as that Italian Navy boxing has the A frame landing gear and depth charges. Not a great deal else has grabbed my fancy so far although there are some interesting prototype kits due from Eastern Europe including the Mirage 4000 commissioned by the French model shop and A&A models helewan Ha300 as they have also indicated they are planning to do the Vak-191 as well.
Ship wise it's just Trumpeter so far with their overdue Belfast Cruiser and the scaled down Type 23s (yes I will get lots of those !)
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Post by: Thorvic on February 08, 2018, 05:13:58 am
Rapidly approaching Huddersfield Show on Sunday and still stencilling the Phantom upper surfaces, only about 6 more decals to place before a sealing coat of varnish and finishing the undersides. Not so much that they are frustrating just a case of being in the right mood, not being too tired and not being too cold as all have had some form of effect over the last two weeks.
Will be glad to get it finished and out of the way not because its frustratingly slow as I actually like the build and will be starting another one soon, but because I have another Merlin to paint and want the Phantom packed away safe before spraying starts.  :thumbsup:

I have a few more helicopters I plan on building, one being a Fujimi Sea King using the new decals from Model Art to do a real RN HAS1 aircraft as I suggested these decals and had to mix and match when doing the WG-11, Sea Chinook and Super Frelon  last year in these schemes. I also want to have another kit bash on the WG-11 and maybe do it in its Junglie role instead although folded rotors may be the choice this time.
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Post by: Thorvic on February 09, 2018, 04:58:44 am
Hooray - I finally got all the topside decals on the Phantom and gave it a varnish. Looks OK so far, but have to crack on with the underside stencilling and the underwing bits.
Dog sitting tonight so no chance this weekend as tomorrow night its getting stuff ready and Sunday its the Huddersfield Show. Next weeks is looking as cold and wintery as this week, if not worse so I guess I can crack on with decaling as spraying is out of the question as that window will stay closed for a few more days as a result.

Need to remind my myself to do a shopping list for Huddersfield, whilst I enjoyed Bolton and found some bargains, I clean forgot about restocking on supplies, tools and paints so as nothing screaming must buy at the moment I will have to do an audit tomorrow and see what I need and where to go for them.
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Post by: Thorvic on February 19, 2018, 12:17:30 am
Finished my Airfix Phantom FG1 last night, finished off the stencils and added the remain parts. Done as an OOB RN FG1 in 767 markings (I needed to do a built one, as built up a collection of the Fujimi F-4K kits and aftermarket decals I ended building the new kit OOB ! :banghead: ). Went together OK and compared with the older Fujimi F-4K kit I have on the bench the detail is certainly a lot better on the Airfix kit. However those missing vents on the intakes are conspicuous by their absence !.

An enjoyable build and I will be starting my next one soon, but I need to get the other Fujimi kit done for a decal experiment, and then I have a Merlin to finish  ;).
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Post by: Gondor on February 19, 2018, 10:18:38 am
Finished my Airfix Phantom FG1 last night, finished off the stencils and added the remain parts. Done as an OOB RN FG1 in 767 markings (I needed to do a built one, as built up a collection of the Fujimi F-4K kits and aftermarket decals I ended building the new kit OOB ! :banghead: ). Went together OK and compared with the older Fujimi F-4K kit I have on the bench the detail is certainly a lot better on the Airfix kit. However those missing vents on the intakes are conspicuous by their absence !.

An enjoyable build and I will be starting my next one soon, but I need to get the other Fujimi kit done for a decal experiment, and then I have a Merlin to finish  ;).

Wizard    :rolleyes:

Gondor
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Post by: Thorvic on February 28, 2018, 12:05:21 am
Started decaling the Fujimi Phantom last night, got the basic markings on and a cancelled serial using the new xtradecal Phantom FG1 stencil and markings sheet as it included roundels and serial letters and numbers. Got another Merlin to decal which is a Whiff but still need to spray its rotor blades, but that wait till it gets a little warmer after I finish the decaling I think.

I received the first set of Ali Mclean's (ex-A2Zee Models) Phantom FG1 resin replacement parts yesterday for the Airfix kit, this is a resin replacement splitter plate with the grills and splitter details added along with the replacement fillets above the spey's with the vents added. :thumbsup: Will be trying these out next.  :mellow:
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Post by: Gondor on February 28, 2018, 09:03:14 am

I received the first set of Ali Mclean's (ex-A2Zee Models) Phantom FG1 resin replacement parts yesterday for the Airfix kit, this is a resin replacement splitter plate with the grills and splitter details added along with the replacement fillets above the spey's with the vents added. :thumbsup: Will be trying these out next.  :mellow:


Oh, sounds good. When will they be available, from where and how much?

Gondor
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Post by: Thorvic on March 05, 2018, 12:33:40 am
Well now that the winters last fling of a very icy touch has started to pass I was able to get into the model room this weekend and open a window without getting caught in an arctic blast. This allowed me to complete the decaling on the Merlin, varnish it and finish painting. I was going to call it as done but realised I hadn't added the wing mirrors which I will have to do tonight, need to add them as I used that Liquid Chrome pen Weaver recommended and they are superb.

So once that's done it will be another Whif Merlin to the collection, and all I need to do next is find where I put the flipping camera, so I can photograph it properly and post it up !!.

I think I may take a breather tonight after finishing the Merlin as I should really tidy up and clean up the work bench before starting anything fresh. Its cluttered with the used decal paper, empty sprues, used masking plus all the paints that ended up at hand whilst I did the work. A pain but necessary as need to clear down ready for the next build.

As to that next build, well I shall have to do another Airfix Phantom FG1 to try the Aerocraft models Phantom Intakes. It will be real world again as one of the aircraft that flew off HMS Eagle that were filmed by Pathe as the decals are on the RAM sheet, also a chance to do one nose extended, flaps down and hot to trot.

Of course once this is in build I'm bound to start another model possibly another helicopter as got a few project ideas to go at inspired by other builds, but will hold off on deciding which until the Phantom has started  :thumbsup:
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Post by: PR19_Kit on March 05, 2018, 12:41:05 am
Who are Aerocraft Models please, and how did you know about them?

They don't seem to have an Internet presence, unless their prime business is in canoes and the Phantom intakes are just a sideline.  ;D
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Post by: Thorvic on March 05, 2018, 11:57:45 pm
Who are Aerocraft Models please, and how did you know about them?

They don't seem to have an Internet presence, unless their prime business is in canoes and the Phantom intakes are just a sideline.  ;D

It's Alistair McLean who started to A2Zee, which Alec at Bramptom bought when Ali could no longer run it as his base of income and had to go back to mainstream working, So the quality is good. He posted up the intakes on Britmodeller so I emailed him and discovered that he was going to start doing his own conversion bits under his own brand as a sideline, I was interested as its the one area of the Airfix kit where they dropped a serious clanger and missed off the details but it was too late to bodge a workaround with decals.

http://aerocraftmodels.bigcartel.com/ (http://aerocraftmodels.bigcartel.com/)

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Post by: PR19_Kit on March 06, 2018, 12:50:42 am
Thank you kindly, that looks pretty promising.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Thorvic on March 06, 2018, 04:55:58 am
Well I did as I planned yesterday and eventually got the wing mirrors fitted on the Merlin, so its now ready to photograph and whilst tidying up the workbench I did indeed find my Camera, although the thing died as soon as I powered it up so have to recharge the battery!!!. Will try to get some shots tonight now.

In tidying the bench I found I had actually started two Puma's when I did the Junglie one so that sort of decided what else to build alongside another Airfix Phantom FG1. Both are straight forward builds so looking to get them out of the way by Easter so I can try something different for a change  :thumbsup:. Had a few ideas but will see where the mojo takes us first before committing to which idea just yet.

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Post by: Old Wombat on March 06, 2018, 07:12:04 am
Wow, a lost camera & 2 lost kits found in a bench clean? :blink:

Sounds even worse than my workspace! :o
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Post by: Thorvic on March 06, 2018, 11:00:35 am
http://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php/topic,44995.new.html#new (http://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php/topic,44995.new.html#new)

Got the camera working !!

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4745/39762963835_183212010d_b.jpg)

Wombat i had only obscured one puma, i had started two and pushed forward with the other one to create the Junglie one in Sand & Spinach scheme leaving the other left in it box
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Post by: JayBee on March 06, 2018, 11:37:48 am
Oh WOW!  :wub:

That is superb Geof, before they disappeared I used to have the Ace of Clubs Sea King come over the house regularly from HMS Gannet/Prestwick.

Jim
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Post by: Mossie on March 06, 2018, 11:40:29 am
I'm enjoying these Merlin builds that you and OGL have going. :wub:
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Post by: NARSES2 on March 07, 2018, 12:22:44 am
That does look fantastic mate, great build  :bow:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on March 07, 2018, 12:32:59 am
There are a few real Merlin's yet to build for my one collection being the HM2 updated RN pinger, the Crowsnest baggie and the HC4. Ironically the HC4 was always on my todo list as the Merlin HC4 was supposed to be Sea King replacement in the late 90s but Labour canned it and went with just the RAF replacing their Wessex with them instead I had the HC3 and HMA1 kits ready and then they went and announced that the RAF ones would be Transferred to the FAA to replace the Commando Sea Kings !

Well last night I put the Puma to one side and dug out the 2nd Airfix Phantom and de-modified the outer wing lower panels to remove the extra strengthening panels, I then realised I had robbed an ejector seat from it for the 767 build as I had originally looked at adding aircrew. With this new build being in launch mode as per the Eagle trials I will add the aircrew so instead I will rob a Fujimi Phantom for the seats (and replace those with resin) and then see if the PJ pilots fit any better in those seats.

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Post by: DogfighterZen on March 08, 2018, 11:42:41 am
Very good indeed! :mellow:
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Post by: Thorvic on March 09, 2018, 12:26:19 am
Not got anywhere build wise these last few nights, I did sort out the Ejector Seats and aircrew for the next Phantom FG1 build as doing it in ready to launch configuration so need pilots in the seats to look the part as its the A&AEE C flight from Boscombe Down doing the Sea Trials aboard HMS Eagle, using the RAM Decals and the Aerocraft intakes. I have the parts sorted now so I will set up the extractor fan and do some priming and painting tonight on interiors so assembly can kick off over the weekend.

Will do the same with the Puma so that I have both in assembly for the rest of the month.

Have got the new Modelsvit Mirage 4000 en-route and have the Hasegawa F-35B pre-ordered, so these are a couple of builds for subsequent builds later in the year which should be good.

I had BSP2: Bombers 2nd edition delivered yesterday so spent half of last night having a browse through, lost of new pictures and the drawings are better but not so much new projects for the bombers buts that's a period that was well covered in the first edition, however the new edition covers a lot more of the later cold war Strike Aircraft projects which is quite enjoyable.
 :thumbsup:
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Post by: Thorvic on March 12, 2018, 01:34:26 am
Not a bad weekend modelling, managed to make progress on three builds which is really good for me  :thumbsup:

The Next Airfix Phantom, got the new resin replacement splitter plates fitted in place of the kit parts and have assembled the cockpit, i'm probably just at the point of joining the fuselage as the cockpit is in and its taped together. I think I will get the lower wing assembled first so I can use it to help the alignment and fit when I do the fuselage join. I managed to dig out my RAM decals and caught the Pathe films both the full B&W news piece and the extra colour footage of the HMS Eagle sea trials so I have a decent reference to work from.

The other Puma is moving along, I sorted out and painted the interior, fitted the cabin interior for the version I'm doing and glazed the windows, so just need to fit the interior in place before I can join its fuselage. This is another Naval SA330D version with the flotation sponson's  but with a different scheme again  ;)

Finally whilst looking for parts for the Puma interior I came across another part built that's been a shelf queen for a number of years, so have cleaned it up, dug out its original box and finished the cockpit so I could add the glazing. Its now masked and primed and will await painting once the other two are at the paint stage so defiantly a good feeling to get another long delayed project moving again  :mellow:.

I also ordered a 2nd copy of BSP2 for use as a working copy and a Hobbyboss Jaguar E (closest to the T2) as it looks to be a better kit than the Italeri two seater and possibly the Hasegawa two. This will be a Jaguar although with a slight PC twist  ;), where as I can use my other Jaguar kits for project work (just wish HobbyBoss would do the British GR1 version with the laser nose and British weapons  :banghead:  ).

No sign of the Mirage 4000 as yet so will have to see if it arrives this week.
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Post by: Thorvic on March 15, 2018, 01:01:38 am
Well I got the Mirage 4000 kit and it looks quite tasty although not sure what I will do with it. One thing I won't be doing is adding the kits 6 matra magic missiles as they are plastic bodies with etched fins yes all 12 fins per missile !!! - Plastic versions from the spares box will do me fine.

Managed to get the fuselage of the Phantom and the Puma together so it will be on with those when I get back in the model room tomorrow night, however whilst looking at the next stage of the build to represent the Phantom at launch I suddenly realised that the outer lower wings I had backdated were in fact the standard unfolded wings rather than the set with the slats dropped so that's the next job to do (again !)

The Puma I just need to add the new larger resin sponsons before cleaning up the cockpit post assembly and getting the canopy & doors to fit  :banghead:
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Post by: Thorvic on March 19, 2018, 01:35:47 am
The next Phantom is assembled and at the painting stage, the white belly is done and ready for masking so hopefully work will continue apace this week. Just realised I haven't painted the Pylons yet so will need to do a bit more white spraying tonight  :banghead:.

Also got the Naval Puma assembled too with is larger resin sponson's but I need to start on masking the windows (oh joy !!) along with the cabin window and undercarriage bays. Although I need to chase up Hannant's as the decals I ordered for this have failed to arrive as yet which is annoying  :-\ (although I do have sheets in stock I can use).

I also started the next build which will be cross kitting a Fujimi Sea King with a CyberHobby one as looking to do a real world HAS1 using the Model Art Decals and folded rotors with closed doors.

So still on a navy Egg Beater kick  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Weaver on March 19, 2018, 07:05:58 am
Well I got the Mirage 4000 kit and it looks quite tasty although not sure what I will do with it. One thing I won't be doing is adding the kits 6 matra magic missiles as they are plastic bodies with etched fins yes all 12 fins per missile !!! - Plastic versions from the spares box will do me fine.


Sure I've seem somebody (High Planes?) doing nice 3D printed clear Magics.

EDIT: yep: https://www.freightdogmodels.co.uk/military-products/military-aircraft-conversions/1-72-scale/high-planes/high-planes-1-72-matra-r-550k-missiles-pair-3d-printed.html
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Post by: Thorvic on March 20, 2018, 01:40:15 am
Hmmn I forgot about those and Model Art do the Matra 530Fs too !!!, well at least I can pose a 4000 with a 2000 to show Le'Difference  :mellow:

Finally managed to get the HSS-1 SeaBat, previously it had been an Italeri Italian special which was also re-boxed by Tamiya and thus neither were readily available. Whats special about the kit over the standard UH-34 is that as well as the A frame landing gear option it also includes Depth Charges and pylons for the side of the fuselage. Now these are the standard Mk11 depth charges and would be ideal in the Wessex HAS3 kit to arm 'Humphrey' !!!. So these will end up on a Wessex or something similar at some stage  :thumbsup:. Just need to do something creative with the UH-34 as it offers potential  ;).

Got nowhere with the Phantom last night as should have started masking it, but I did manage to get the masking done on the Puma which was one goal achieved, considering it was still rather chilly last night it was probably a good idea not to be spraying anyway (And like Gondor I was distracted a bit by masterchef although I did miss the start of it  :banghead: - I really don't like the programme schedule with an hour show on the Monday, another at a different time on a Thursday and a half hour one on the Friday as another different time - talk about crappy scheduling !!)

The Decal restock was quite fortuitous as I ordered them over a week about and was about to query Hantan's as to where they had gone, I'll need some of them for the Puma and Vampire T22 was to give me an idea of the 60s FAA trainer schemes to play with. Speaking of decals the recent Italeri decals appear to have stepped up a notch with bright clear gloss decals for the SeaBat and Mirage, just a pity the ones in the A-Model Jetstream are not as good as they appear to be off in colours and clarity  :-\

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Post by: Thorvic on March 21, 2018, 01:38:30 am
Still haven't masked up the belly of the Phantom, but that's because I noticed the white hadn't got a deep enough coat on the lower fuselage sides aft of the wing so had to re-spray those areas last night I did however manage to get the Puma into an initial coat of primer and then snookered myself  as I had the Puma and Phantom drying and it was really too late in the evening to consider starting something else so called it a night. Tonight I will prime the belly of the Puma and get cracking on masking the phantom - honest !!!  ;D

I did receive the new Hasegawa 1/72nd F-35B from Japan yesterday which I noticed specifically said US Marines version which makes me wonder if we can expect an RAF boxing and/or Italian Navy edition to follow in the next 6-12 months. We might see the BF-01 prototype as one of the most active versions and you can pretty much count on a JMSDF version as they are supposed to be considering it according to some sources (along with fitting Ski Jump to the larger DDH).

 
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Post by: Thorvic on March 22, 2018, 01:01:08 am
Progress  :thumbsup: First remembered to put away the recently completed builds into box and then finished off the spraying of the primer on the Puma. I was then finally able to get round to masking the white belly on the phantom and give the rest of the model a coat of the Tamiya fine grey primer. I can now spray and varnish the nose cone and then the metallic's around the jet pipes before masking off for the Extra Dark Sea grey. I prefer to do the nose cone now as its easier to mask the join line and once sealed in masking its a handy area to use for picking up when spraying.

Didn't get too much else done as masterchef had moved back to Wednesday night at 8pm and once the primer was sprayed there was nothing I could really work on for the night.
However it does give me something to work with for the next couple of nights and the weekend. I can get the areas sprayed and masked on the Phantom, then get on with painting the detail bits on the Phantom and the Puma ahead of airbrushing the main colours at the weekend if all goes well  :rolleyes:

Already got a couple more builds lined up to follow, but I really must look at a project build or two for SMW as had quite a bit of inspirational material published recently to tempt us the trouble is deciding what added to that we have the recent kit releases to tempt us as well such as the Mirage 4000, the F-35B (which is due to fly off HMS QE later in the year !!) and the helewan Ha300 is due out by the end of the month too.

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Post by: Thorvic on March 26, 2018, 12:53:27 am
Not a bad weekend, managed to get the prep work done and actually airbrushed both the Phantom and the Puma over the course of the 2 days/3 evenings, now just a bit of touching up and detail painting before that lovely decaling exercise - Yes the Phantom is an Early K from the Evaluation & testing flight so has full stencils  :banghead:, but the Puma should be OK  :thumbsup:

Managed to get some other household bits & pieces sorted out and had a visit to the relocated Halifax Modellers World yesterday before spending the rest of the Afternoon waiting for Duncan to make it to Sowerby Bridge on foot from Manchester along the Canal !!!
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Post by: Thorvic on March 29, 2018, 12:59:42 am
Progressing with the Decaling on the Puma, just need to finish off the detail bits painting and fit them  :thumbsup:

Phantom will follow, for some reason I seem to be putting off the Phantom decals, I wonder if its the stenciling that subconsciously putting us off  :o

Realised that I was supposed to paint a hanger queen when I was spraying at the weekend, so will have to try that again over this Easter period  :banghead:

Was almost good yesterday, noticed the Valom DH-91 Albatross has now been released and was about to pick one up off eBay but then managed to stop myself as remembered I have way more kits than I need in the stash and what the hell would I do with it anyway, as not me era or theme so was able to move on, unfortunately one of the suggestions that popped up happened to be the Italeri HOS-4 (H-19B) kit, so tried a cheeky bid and won, so that's another potential whirlwind for the stash.

On to real life issues and I have now ordered a new garden shed as the old shed and Garage being nearer to 60 yrs old the wooden structures having been battered in recent years by the frequent strong storms especially the easterlies which blow for days. In the process of arranging a replacement concrete garage but as the sheds are connected to this structure I need a new shed to put the gardening tools and other items whilst the garage is replaced. So this week will be prepping a fresh base for the new shed and starting the process to empty the sheds and garage before they are demolished. So the next weeks will be spent emptying the garage & sheds, runs to the HWRC (tip) and consolidating what to keep.
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Post by: NARSES2 on March 29, 2018, 05:45:58 am
So this week will be prepping a fresh base for the new shed and starting the process to empty the sheds and garage before they are demolished. So the next weeks will be spent emptying the garage & sheds, runs to the HWRC (tip) and consolidating what to keep.

Best of luck with that mate. Always seems to take a minimum of twice as long as you allowed for !
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Post by: Thorvic on April 03, 2018, 12:30:20 am
Well the weather sort of buggered things up this weekend, I managed to clear the area for the new shed but need to level it, on Saturday the wind proved to be too gusty and from the East to get that done nor could I start on emptying the shed. I did have a look in the garage to get started but the realised I had best leave that till I have the new shed so I can keep the tools I need and send the rest to the local tip.

Modelling wise I received the new Atlantic Model HMS Ark Royal so that's a 70s Ark to go into my Carrier collection  :mellow:.

I am now part way through the stencil decaling of my 2nd Airfix Phantom, this is another early one and real, being one of the pair to do sea trials on Eagle from Boscome Down and it will be in the hot to trot  cat launch configuration.  :thumbsup:

I have also done the decals on the hanger queen I found and painted last week, it should have been ready but couldn't decide on the weapons fit so have only just painted those so should be able to add those and get some photos done to reveal it later in the week   ;)


Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Rheged on April 03, 2018, 03:26:45 pm
Well the weather sort of buggered things up this weekend, I managed to clear the area for the new shed but need to level it, on Saturday the wind proved to be too gusty and from the East to get that done nor could I start on emptying the shed. I did have a look in the garage to get started but the realised I had best leave that till I have the new shed so I can keep the tools I need and send the rest to the local tip.


I assume that a sensible gentleman such as yourself will be donating potentially usable tools etc  to charity. I gave a lot of my late father's tools to a charity that refurbishes them and passes them to voluntary groups both in the UK and the Third World. They were extremely grateful!!    They are delighted to receive almost anything, and are usually happy to collect.
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on April 05, 2018, 12:10:37 am
It's actually the other detritus that's gathered up in the garage over the years where I haven't been arsed moving it to the tip.

Unfortunately the weather has been completely poo-poo (with an english accent) the last couple of evenings with heavy rain so will have to hope the next couple of nights improve so I can get on with the job. I also need to level off the ground for the new shed due on Tuesday so I will have somewhere to store the gardening tools. and some bits kept in the existing sheds.

Nothing done model wise either which is a shame and I think I may have to miss Cosford on Sunday at this rate too as I will need to play catch up on the clear out. as about to order the new garage now funding is arranged so I will need to clear some of the crap out so they can do a survey  :banghead:


Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on April 09, 2018, 12:09:14 am
Well a so so weekend, with neighbours on Friday, got the shed base done on Saturday in the rain and ended up with a cold so Sunday despite being a nice day and the Cosford show I was just not fit to drive down and do the show. I didn't have the concentration to do the Phantom stencils and with the nose being primed and loaded, spraying was not an option  :banghead:. I did however manage to work on an Italeri H-19B and start on converting it to a Westland Whirlwind HAS7 by modifying the grill, creating a torpedo trough and deepening the belly around it, so it wasn't a complete loss.

The new shed arrives tomorrow and also due to get the survey for the replacement Garage so the building will go on a back burner these next few weeks as I put the gardening stuff into the shed along with some of my storage boxes and the rest of the gash in the garage and old wooden sheds get emptied before the Garage gets demolished !!!. So a chaotic month or so ahead until the garage gets built !!!! :-\
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on April 26, 2018, 12:24:44 am
Well work progresses on clearing the garage, the sheds have been done and the garage is half empty, so this weekend whilst the SIGs are at Perth for the Scottish Nationals I will be off to the tip with yet more gash to dispose of as they all have to be cleared by this time next week ! :o. Need to sort out an area indoors to store some items for a couple of weeks as the new shed is now full with the relevant gardening tools and the spare wood is in a pile covered by a tarp so its old builds and kits that need to be boxed up and put away safe and the shelf units dismantled.

The only trouble is I have not touched anything in the workshop for a couple of weeks, I have had the chance too as the weathers been too wet to do stuff in the garage but the mojo won't let me till this task is completed. What's worse is have the week off between the old garage removal and the installation of the new one, but rather than thinking on what I can build I'm seriously looking at shutting down the workshop and focus on doing a spring clean across the house and sorting out the stash and boxing it up during that week instead  :banghead:

It really needs to be done and I'll have to do it sooner or later and so might as well be now, I can use the new garage as space overflow whilst I get the house sorted out. It sadly means however no major build projects over the summer or for SMW and kit purchases will have to be on a low key as the paint and tools and materials will be for 1/1 household use rather than modelling. Thankfully not many if any must buy kits scheduled for this year, those that I did want or carried over from last year have now been procured and the next stuff is not really due till the end of the year anyway.

Posts and updates on here will therefore probably drop off quite a bit, I'll still be checking in but the focus this summer is on the house for now  :-\

Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: NARSES2 on April 26, 2018, 05:54:03 am
As you say Geoff, sometimes the real world stuff has to take precedence. I've got some stuff around the house that I must get done sometime in the next month or so, although it will probably wait until I come back from the annual trip North to see the family. Which strangely always seems to happen at the same time as the Northern Show  :angel:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: PR19_Kit on April 26, 2018, 08:52:16 am

 Which strangely always seems to happen at the same time as the Northern Show  :angel:


Many of my work trips suffered the same (in)convenience.

My Secretary entitled such trips 'Creative Scheduling' and they had a 'CS' sticker on our calendars. Such events were NOT movable!  ;D ;)
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on April 26, 2018, 11:28:26 pm
Just had OGL stay over on his trip to Perth for the Scottish nationals, so whilst I'm not there in person the models will be. Ironically the reason I couldn't go in the first place with no cover at work due to Jury Service is now no longer a factor due to his case ending early and no longer being required but now I'm committed to have the garage replaced so whilst the gang are wandering round the Hall at Perth I will be boxing stuff up or scrapping it to stay on schedule so its ready come Thursday/Friday.

Nice to talk shop and discuss ideas although I can't really run with any for the time being, I didn't even have any wish list to look out for either, although with Martin & Joe both interested in the similar subject matter at the moment they would know what would tempt me if they didn't actually want it for themselves. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog or not modeling at the moment
Post by: Thorvic on May 01, 2018, 12:05:58 am
Success, I managed to clear the Garage and the sheds this weekend, anything left will go in the skip come Thursday. Demolition of the old wooden Garage is set to commence at 07:30, when they will dismantle the structures, clear off the base do any repairs and then skim a new layer of concrete over the top to create the new foundation.
Friday its the car's turn with a service & MOT leaving me free to make the most of next weeks fine weather until the new garage gets erected a week on Friday which will mean moving some of the stuff back into the garage next weekend which should be fun.
Hopefully next week I may be able to get some modelling done, although I will have to get to grips with the garden amongst over chores, so it may only be a case of a tidy up of the work room instead. in fact I will finish off what's on the bench first and then clean up and use the rest of May for a long overdue spring clean as I can now use the garage to store decent items I can empty rooms to give them a thorough clean and possibly a touch up.
Don't worry about the mojo, I'm down in Dorset in June for a weeks Holiday so will be visiting the Helicopter Museum, Yeovilton FAA Museum and Bovington Tank Museum as well as the local model shops, so will be brimming with inspiration after that  ;D
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: The Wooksta! on May 01, 2018, 01:16:56 am
Check your PMs!
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on May 14, 2018, 04:41:33 am
Well the old garage was demolished and skipped along with the sheds, the base proved to be too uneven and broken for skimming so it had to come out and a full new base laid. A week later that turned up at 06:50am and started to unload and assemble the concrete garage (Yes I was really popular with the neighbours especially when the transportable forklift started chugging away unloading the lorry, blocking the road and making a deep throaty exhaust note as it ran  :o ). Now chuffed I have a nice new dry garage, already loaded up the boxed up kits and models and will be adding more in there as the weeks go on and I start on clearing out the house for cleaning and decorating.

The bad news is the modelling itself is on the back burner I did get a smidgen done but it will be a while before I can sit down at the workbench and devote hours to builds, but I have probably done a little too much of that over the years so its probably time to redress the balance somewhat by focusing on house and garden for a change. I did get a little bit done on one of my builds that's ready to be painted but that will have to wait.

The good news is that space vacated by the old shed, can once the rubble has been leveled out could be used for another Shed that I may be able to make use of later in the year  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: NARSES2 on May 14, 2018, 05:58:30 am
Well at least it's progress  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on May 17, 2018, 04:31:04 am
Well at least it's progress  :thumbsup:

Yeap I am making progress, started on clearing out under the stairs as now got room to store items and junk till I can dispose of it. Now that was enlightening as found the Christmas Decorations that have been missing for years along with some other bits and pieces. Once that's fully cleared out I can then use it for storing the correct items in there such as Vacuum Cleaner, Mop & Bucket and similar items. Next up will be the kitchen followed by the back room so all downstairs rooms are clutter free and tidy. The big one will be my own bedroom but that will be a job for the Bank Holiday weekend when I can get the time to box up, clear away or junk and be able to factor in the 'Oh look what I found' element that always slows you down.

Need to have this done by June as got house guests for a couple of weekend and then ready for when my sister does her annual summer visit  :o

The bad news is that the modelling is going nowhere as I should really be finishing off builds to allow the workshop to get a clean up of sorts. I did however pick up a few more kits for the stash yesterday so its not all bad.

Will be down in Dorset in June so intend to visit Yeovilton FAA Museum, Bovington Tank Museum and hopefully the Helicopter Museum at Weston Super mare along with a visit to Plastic Pastimes so should get plenty of inspiration and will be taking tools to allow for a little model building too so you can see why I need to get stuff sorted now as some serious distractions there to really get the Mojo moving again  ;D
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on May 31, 2018, 12:31:25 am
Well still on with the spring cleaning, got the stair space and backroom cleared away and sorted out so chuffed with that, however have now started on my bedroom which is lethal as its mostly modelling related stuff (lots of it) so its murder deciding what can be binned, stored, or to be kept at hand for use. This is made even worse by of course being a modeller to make that choice it generally means having a check of the kit to see what its like, the same for conversion set, decals etc, and then remembering why I got it, what I had planned to use it on, what I could do with it and where it should be placed accordingly. Therefore is an interesting exercise but rather slow progress and one I really must really push forward a bit.

Oh well onwards and upwards  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: kitnut617 on May 31, 2018, 02:38:53 am
I know what you mean there Geoff, I had decided to do an inventory of my stash since after my house move, it's increased and also the Excel spread sheet I had made up somehow got all mixed up onetime I was going through it. It took ages because I was looking in each box and fascinated by what I had put into the box to remind me of what the plan was. Well, didn't work --- some of it I have no idea what I had in mind and some of it I had completely forgotten I had bought it ---- only to find I had bought the same stuff again later --  :o
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: NARSES2 on May 31, 2018, 07:29:45 am
--- some of it I have no idea what I had in mind and some of it I had completely forgotten I had bought it ---- only to find I had bought the same stuff again later --  :o

Been there more then a few times  :banghead: I find trying to tidy up either my models or my library absolutely lethal, and don't get me started on old family photos  :banghead:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Rheged on May 31, 2018, 08:11:50 am
don't get me started on old family photos  :banghead:

These are the biggest time consumers in the known universe.  Both my dad and both grandfathers were keen photographers, and (loud hurrah) they were very good about labelling prints so we know who, what, where and when............but that just wastes even more time!!
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: NARSES2 on June 02, 2018, 05:05:47 am
, and (loud hurrah) they were very good about labelling prints so we know who, what, where and when............but that just wastes even more time!!

True, I've spent many an hour trying to figure out who someone is/was, often to know avail  :banghead: On one infamous occaision the mystery person turned out to be me, but in my defence it was at my Christening and my christening robe looked like an extremely long girls dress  :angel:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on June 05, 2018, 12:17:40 am
Well sort of getting there, managed to get most of the models boxed up and away, but now stuck with the dearth of old boxes with the remaining bits and part used decals from about a dozen completed builds. Awkward as some bits can still be handy spares and with the decal choices rarely being the standard kit schemes there tends to be additional after market sheets part used as well. Think for time and efficiency I may decamp them into one larger box and sort out at my leisure as I don't have the time of space to hold them all separately. Dismantled my desk last night as I don't need it in the bedroom anymore so it may get reassembled in the garage when I get chance.

So concerted effort tonight to sort out all the boxes and clear the various surfaces of stuff and give it all a onceover, then I can look to rearrange the furniture and give me some space to give me a bedroom again and no longer a live in workshop. Still got plenty of books in there and most of my ship kits are still in the bedroom, but it will be where I can do my research and prep for build which will be done in the workshop. Still a mess but will be a lot tidier and should be possible to redecorate and refurbish the room later in the year.

Can't help thinking how nice it would be to get to sit down and do a bit of building and painting, plenty to finish, loads of ideas and quite a few recent kits to get stuck into but having to force myself to remain in control and stay focused. Keep having to remind myself to 'Stay on Target'  :mellow: !!!!
Title: Re: Thorvic's Blog
Post by: Thorvic on November 01, 2018, 05:41:17 am
And Relax..... :mellow:

Well finished the final build for SMW 2018 last night for the Project Cancelled SIG. Now all I need do is arrange and sort out the models for the display and repack them, which will be done in the next few days.
Yes like most I do have stalled projects and a few OOB builds that I could try to finish off, and yes they would be nice to have but I feel that they may end up being rushed or hit issues that would stall them again so rather than put myself under undue pressure and frustration again I have decided to leave well alone and relax in the run up to the show, may even catch up on some TV or reading (but avoiding reference material incase it triggers any ideas!  :wacko: )

I managed to get hold of the Resin Supermarine Seagull ASR1 yesterday, so that's the rare kit I was on the look out for at SMW already sorted, and the wish list so far is the Whirlybird Westland Whirlwind HAS7 ASW, a restock on tools and materials and then seeing what's new and of interest, plus a looksee at the offers and 2nd hand traders to see what may tempt me.

Only blot on this chilled out picture is that the car has started with a Service Soon warning and is booked in on Tuesday so probably a wise move not to be overcommitted for SMW purchases until that's resolved.  :banghead:
Title: Re: Thorvic's Blog
Post by: NARSES2 on November 01, 2018, 06:55:36 am

Only blot on this chilled out picture is that the car has started with a Service Soon warning and is booked in on Tuesday so probably a wise move not to be overcommitted for SMW purchases until that's resolved.  :banghead:

I can remember when that was signaled by black smoke coming out the exhaust or a strange sound from the engine  ;D Hope it goes ok Tuesday
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on November 23, 2018, 12:53:49 am
Well its post SMW now, had a great show, met up with lots of great people, answered questions to those asking about builds and spent probably a little too much, but hell its once a year and acts as treating myself for Christmas. Extremely chuffed at getting some original data for projects I have a real interest in and stuff that I will be building once I finish my current helicopters

I did my good deed for the day in true Evil Kit Finder General model when someone was asking about my CVA01 airgroup Buccaneer and mentioned he was on 800 sqdn on Eagle in 67 and was looking to do a model of one - much to Martins mirth I got up said follow me and went to the end of the block where Kits for Cash were based and found him a recent Airfix 72nd Buccaneer, I then sent him back to the stand whilst I went the Paul Davies stand and dug out the last Modeldecal set 057 with the 800 sqdn Buccaneer markings and brought it back to him at our stand he was rather chuffed and his wife was happy that we had found what he really wanted. So not always Evil  :wacko: sometimes it can be used for good causes  :angel:

Now in the post SMW period in the run up to the Christmas break so aiming to finish a few builds off, some a carry over from the SMW display that will be used next year that should fill in the odd gap. Then it's a clean up and tidy of the model room as lots of detritus from various builds from the last 6 months and kits picked up that should really be stored away for now so I can clear down and prepare to start on some new projects based on the data I picked up at SMW  :mellow:
Title: Re: Thorvics'Blog
Post by: Thorvic on March 11, 2019, 06:07:02 am
Oh dear well I had an interesting and different Whiff build planned for 2016 and stocked up on various references and kits over the Christmas Period ready to kick off and then Airfix their 2019 kit releases which included a new tool Royal Navy Buccaneer S2 and that was my plans out of the window !!!.

Why, come September or more likely October I will be building Royal Navy Buccaneers both real and projected. The new kit offers folded wings and folded tail, opened bomb bay and all the tail bumper and arrestor hook bits that were moulded closed on the old kit. The new kit doesn't appear to have the folded nose cone option as yet but we wont know that till the test shots appear  but if its not I'm pretty sure the aftermarket boys will oblige.

In the meantime I have been building other Fleet Air Arm types to accompany the Buccaneers some real, some PC, and some whiff and will probably continue to do so as back into my favourite subject matter now and you can't fight the mojo when it strikes  :thumbsup:.

One thing i have noticed however is that apart from the Buccaneer, nothing else has really grabbed my fancy this year, I'll pick up additional FAA types if low on stock of them, restock decals and materials, pick up reference material and even possible kit donors for FAA projected types. I will be getting Colin's Hawker P1101 conversion when it comes out of course as well as the more specific FAA version when they appear later in the year.

I actually cancelled the AIM Canadair Argus conversion set I had on pre-order, it should look the part but as the less comprehensive DC-7 conversion came in at 63 that would put the Argos conversion up into the 80+ bracket excluding the donor kit and I just felt I couldn't justify it now - plus I can buy and build 3-4 Buccaneers for that  (must be the Mountbatten influence) :wacko:

I have even found myself looking at the odd interesting  kit that's appeared that I would have probably picked up immediately in the past and found myself deciding not to indulge at this time, not sure what the frugal attitude is from but it can't help but the beneficial in the short term and in the meantime I get to build kits from the stash for a change rather than adding to it  :o

Of course come the Autum it goes to pot as will be buying Buccaneers and then its SMW in November so will be indulging then too  (although hopefully still within the overall RN theme)

Geoff