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Quick update.... just about ready to paint things.

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Well, it's glossed! He have a Tristar Tri Formation.




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That is looking interesting PW.

I still have plans to make a Sherman mech based on a well known drawing but not sure I like the arms or legs as designed.  Did pick up the Meng Toon Sherman to serve as a base as the hull is about right with no mods needed.

Did you take pics of how you designed and built the legs?
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Great! The Viking deserved a longer life and more operators.
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Aircraft / Re: Nord Noratlas from "Le vol du Phénix" (1968)
« Last post by sandiego89 on Today at 01:10:07 pm »
brilliant! Great idea, carried through to a great build.
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Exciting news! Things are happening again!


Also some terrain updates.
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Aircraft / Re: Nord Noratlas from "Le vol du Phénix" (1968)
« Last post by philp on Today at 12:59:41 pm »
I loved the movie and have been tempted to try a Phoenix in 72nd scale.  Have seen one built up and looked quite good.

Now I love your take on the idea and think it really works.  Kit does look like the old Heller kit.

Also in the original wasn't the engineer German and built paper airplanes?

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Aircraft / Re: Nord Noratlas from "Le vol du Phénix" (1968)
« Last post by loupgarou on Today at 12:56:29 pm »
Very nice. I had appreciated the orginal movie, and for an instant I was taken by the idea of a french remake.
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Aircraft / Nord Noratlas from "Le vol du Phénix" (1968)
« Last post by KiwiZac on Today at 12:30:32 pm »
Hi all,
Starfix 1/175 Le vol du Phénix by Zac Yates, on Flickr

Starfix 1/175 Nord Noratlas from Le vol du Phénix (1968 French remake of The Flight of the Phoenix set in Algeria) by Zac Yates, on Flickr
Starfix 1/175 Nord Noratlas from Le vol du Phénix (1968 French remake of The Flight of the Phoenix set in Algeria) by Zac Yates, on Flickr

Okay, hang on, let me explain....

The year is 1968. Gaumont has bought the overseas rights for Elleston Trevor's bestselling novel about an oil company aircraft crashing in the desert and being reconstructed to fly the desperate survivors back to civilisation. Director Robert Moreau assisted in adapting the script into French and changing the setting from the Libyan Sahara to Algeria during the war there (although production took place in Spain) and keeping the novel's original conceit of the English aero engineer being a modelmaker (from a thinly-veiled version of real-world model kit company Airfix named "Skybits"). An all-star cast was assembled:
Capitaine Francois Villes - Jacques Stuart
Lieutenant Louis Morant - Richard Fortabitant
Capitaine Herrice - Pierre Bouvreuil
Sergent Wautier - Renaud Freseau
Henry Stringer - Francis Gastwort

Starfix 1/175 Nord Noratlas from Le vol du Phénix (1968 French remake of The Flight of the Phoenix set in Algeria) by Zac Yates, on Flickr

The fictional Skytruck twin-boom aircraft of Trevor's novel, represented by a Fairchild C-82 Packet in the American film version, was replaced by a Nord Noratlas of the Armée de l'Air. The Phenix itself was built from Noratlas parts supplied by the air force however, unlike the purpose-built (and ill-fated) Phoenix created and flown by Paul Mantz for the American production, it only taxied. The flying scenes were filmed using radio-controlled and scale studio models.

Starfix 1/175 Nord Noratlas from Le vol du Phénix (1968 French remake of The Flight of the Phoenix set in Algeria) by Zac Yates, on Flickr

The film, titled Le vol du Phénix, was a financial and critical success in France and remains a cult classic among aviation enthusiasts worldwide. The Phenix prop did not survive long after filming, being reclaimed by the French air force to provide spares for the Noratlas fleet. Some filming models did survive and one large-scale model is on display at the Musée de l'air et de l'espace at Le Bourget next to that collection's preserved Noratlas.

Starfix 1/175 Nord Noratlas from Le vol du Phénix (1968 French remake of The Flight of the Phoenix set in Algeria) by Zac Yates, on Flickr

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This is my second-ever Starfix kit and, to be honest, I'd quite like some more! This was a gift from Bungle in answer to my request for therapy kits and had been on my wants list for some time, unless the Heller kit popped up first. The box is a little worse for wear but everything's there:
Starfix 1/175 Nord Noratlas by Zac Yates, on Flickr
Starfix 1/175 Nord Noratlas by Zac Yates, on Flickr
Starfix 1/175 Nord Noratlas by Zac Yates, on Flickr

I don't have any in-progress shots because it went together very, very quickly and I was just having too much fun! For those who can't tell, the process was:
- cement both inner boom halves together so you can mount the horizontal stabilisers, which you cut in half from the single piece original
- saw the port wing off at the outer side of that side's boom/engine the the starboard wing at its inner, cement together
- cement wing to fuselage
- attach the rather nasty gear doors into closed position
- drill out a "cockpit" behind the engine
- attach the kit's main gear to the wing and the nosewheel to a cutout of the lower vertical stabiliser
- find a nice pole (oo-er) to attach aft of the cockpit and rig with elastic thread of your choice
C'est voila! Le Phenix! (As it happens I have a plan for the rest of the kit. I may even get started with it today....)

Amazingly the decals still work, but the roundels were too far out of register to use (so I cobbled together spares). I did use the kit's finflashes though. The FNX codes are from a Ventura 1/48 sheet of 8" RAF WW2 serials and the name was artfully handpainted.

I know the original movie used the clever conceit of oil rig supplies to make skids, and the 2004 film used the main gear in another way, but while I contemplated leaving the one main gear in place and having some kind of lopsided arrangement with the second leg I thought this approach worked best with the bits I had...even if it means the survivors would have to do a bit of work to get them both in place!

I hope you like it  :thumbsup:
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As predicted in my Gannet build for No7 Squadron, Royal Scots Navy, https://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php?topic=45106.msg815009#msg815009 I have finally gotten to the S3 Viking. It's still under construction, a lot still dot do but it should e done for the deadline.

Backstory
As stated in the Gannet thread, the Royal Scots Navy was responsible for the maritime patrol of short to medium ranges from the Scottish coast, linking up with Royal Airforce Nimrods and Royal Norwegian Airforce Orions as required over longer ranges. The Gannets were coming to the end of their useful lives in the late 1980s (or we well beyond them) when it was decided under a NATO program to refurbish a substantial squadron of Lockheed Vikings to replace them. Originally taken up from US Navy stocks in the Arizona desert, these bore the same US camo as the Gannets, however testing (the mark one eyeball) proved that the light greys of the US Navy were a bit too conspicuous over the North Sea and Atlantic. Hence the decision to emulate the RoNeth Airforce Extra Dark Sea Grey and Sky, re-constituting colours found on the flying boats of the RSN in the immediate aftermath of WW2. With the sudden withdrawal at no notice by the UK of the Nimrod, a further squadron was ordered from the desert and delivered. As with the Gannet, these aircraft operate in flights from dispersed civilian airports on the outer islands and on the mainland coasts. The stop-gap of more Vikings is unsustainable, so an order matching the Norwegians, has been placed for P8 Posidons, which will replace all but a small flight of SAR focussed Vikings.

Alternate story could be that these were ordered after Scotland's independence in 2019.... but that is straying into RW politics ;)

IMG_3535 by doug_alba, on Flickr

IMG_3609 by doug_alba, on Flickr



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