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Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
« Reply #1455 on: July 03, 2020, 01:12:06 am »
Friday 3rd July 2020

In the stash I have a 1/72 X/YB-35 flying wing and those of you that have built this kit will knock from experience that there's a problem with the joining of the wings. One wing fits perfectly whilst the other sags which got me thinking about using the wings from the 1/72 Monogram B-36 Peacemaker.  The original wing will be cut to accommodate the new wing and will act as a strengthener to the join.
I know that the X/YB-35 fits over the B-36 fuselage as I have tried this before but I have never used the YB-49 kit for the same purpose.
I need to finish off most of my started builds or recycle them,  then have a massive tidy up when I get some time off.

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« Reply #1456 on: July 04, 2020, 01:58:49 pm »
Saturday 4th July 2020
 I've just seen this month's rosta and I will be very busy,  so there will be little time for any whiffery.  It also looks as though I will be covering holidays all the way through August as well but I have given my holiday application form to my supervisor requesting the first two weeks of September.

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« Reply #1457 on: July 07, 2020, 09:30:26 am »
Tuesday 7th July 2020

And now for something completely different  :banghead:
Yes I have taken inspiration from the 1/72 Mach2 RB-57E and added the resin nose from the DB Productions Canberra TMK.17 ECM trainer. I have glued this upside down as it's a better fit. The cockpit interior is a bit wonky but everything else fits quite well. I haven't decided on the engines yet as I used the main ones on the turbofaned Lockheed Constellation. I found the cockpit canopy glazing from an old RB-57E Airfix model which doesn't fit at the moment.

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Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
« Reply #1458 on: July 08, 2020, 07:16:58 pm »
Saturday 4th July 2020
 I've just seen this month's rosta and I will be very busy,  so there will be little time for any whiffery.  It also looks as though I will be covering holidays all the way through August as well but I have given my holiday application form to my supervisor requesting the first two weeks of September.

Same!!!!! There seems to be no end to it! Hopefully you get those two weeks.....  Sept. isn't TOO far away..... in some regards anyway.
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« Reply #1459 on: July 09, 2020, 03:49:49 am »
Thanks, 
Meanwhile my mind has wandered into the possibility of a kitbash between the Mach2 VC10 and the AMT/ERTL X/YB-35 flying wing. The two combined,  dry tested look awesome. Just need to add the main landing gear to the X/YB-35 to get the ground clearance and source the engines.
 Unfortunately the B-36 wings don't complement the Blohm and Voss
BV-222 . I'll use the B-52 wings.

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« Reply #1460 on: July 18, 2020, 12:45:03 am »
Friday 17th July 2020

The 1/72 Airfix Avro Shackleton AEW. 2 hasn't revealed any problems yet, the two fuselage halves fit snugly and yes you still can't see any interior details apart from the cockpit area. I dry fitted the AEW work stations inside the Mach2 Avro York and I can't see any of the details either through the windows. I might go for the option of making them rectangular on the starboard side  :banghead:
I came across a set of mini-guns for the AC-47 and thought of putting them in the weapons bay.

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« Reply #1461 on: July 25, 2020, 03:00:39 am »
Saturday 25th July 2020

Due to an ongoing investigation at work I find myself on a  one day week which means that I shall have a few weeks leave.
 The Avro Shackleton R-4360 with Wasp Major engines and DC-6B propellers fitted to the wings from a Boeing B-377 Stratocruiser compliment each other. So does the new vertical tail fin,  crude but it works.  I'm still concerned about the nose bulge and whether or not to add guns.
This build could be considered as the export version of the Avro Shackleton MR. 2, emphasizing on the alternative to the Lockheed Neptune.

Another future build could be centered on using the 1/144 wings from a damaged Boeing 747 and the remaining parts of the 1/72 Boeing B-377 sort of Model 367-81 alternative jet variant. Although I do have an already started build of a Boeing C-97 with the wings from a Lockheed Constellation. Donor parts will be sourced  to finish it.

The  ideas still kept coming,  daft as they might seem a swing-wing B-52  :banghead:

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Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
« Reply #1462 on: July 25, 2020, 03:22:59 am »
I'm still concerned about the nose bulge and whether or not to add guns.
I personally prefer "no gun", but feel free to decide yes or no.
[the word "realistic" hurts my heart...]

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« Reply #1463 on: July 28, 2020, 12:35:39 am »
Monday 27th July 2020

It seems like a lifetime ago that a fellow whiffer asked me to build a 1/72 Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter based around the 'Air Staff wish list of 1945'.
Freightdog does the 1/144 conversion set which has 3 separate antenna,  although a fourth set could be fitted in the tail making it into the original fore-and-aft scanner system FASS.
 However mine is completely different as I am using the 1/72 Academy Boeing C-97 kitbashed with parts from a 1/72 Heller Lockheed L-749 Constellation and the RVHP Lockheed EC-121 Warning Star early version.
The Stratofreighter has the twin tail fins and wings from the Heller kit,  the engines are the resin improvement set and the rotodome is from a 1/72 Grumman E-2 Hawkeye fitted on top of the vertical tail fin (recycled from the Lockheed Starburst AEW.1 tanker- it's a kitbashed 1/72 Lockheed Constellation Super-G. 'Four for turning and four for burning ', originally with the Irish International Airlines decals.  The upper tail fins are mounted above the jet turbofans from a Monogram B-36 Peacemaker on the wingtips,  the lower tail fins are still in place but the middle fin is missing,  four resin Rolls-Royce Merlin 85s didn't give it enough power hence the turbofans. There's a pair of resin hose and drogue inflight refuelling pods under the wings and a FLIR pod under the nose. The AN/APS.20 radar is carried underneath the fuselage-this is from a Airfix Avro Shackleton AEW. 2. I will replace the plastic landing gear with the white metal set and repaint it at some point.
The landing gear from the Academy set has been bodged to the Heller wings,  just have to see if the original propellers fit,  a ladder could be fitted to prevent it being a tail sitter.
 

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Re: McColm: what I'm working on, started and nearly finished 'Blog'
« Reply #1464 on: July 28, 2020, 02:49:40 pm »
Tuesday 28th July 2020

I've started to build the new Revell Avro Shackleton MR.3 and so far the pieces seem to fit,  although there's some flash and a little sanding to be done.  Just like the Airfix kits, there's a bit of interior detailing that can't be seen through the windows which I left unpainted. I have glued the bomb bay doors shut,  added the wings,  tail fins,  glued the two fuselage halves together and flattened the nose.
The kit provides the outer engines with or without the viper jets which are in the closed position. They look as though they are the correct shape. I haven't added the guns to my build,  but added the ariels under the wings.  These have snapped off leaving the stumps. So far this has been an out of the box build.  I'll wait until I have added the landing gear to judge the ground clearance.