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Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Reply #2865 on: October 15, 2019, 09:55:23 am »
Odd, the new Airfix one isn't that bad by the sound of it, although it does need to have some in the nacelles as well as the nose wheel bay. You'd expect them to be fairly similar  Or would you ?

All the interior bits of the new Airfix would make a difference.
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Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Reply #2866 on: October 16, 2019, 02:36:46 am »
And don't forget i've added a large vertical tail and widened the stabilisers.  Lots of filler there.

Hardly any modelling today - work reared it's ugly head.
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Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Reply #2867 on: October 16, 2019, 06:03:54 am »
Both good points
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Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Reply #2868 on: October 17, 2019, 03:57:59 am »
Got a bit of time in the shed today. 
The void under the cockpit floor is now filled with PVA and liquid gravity.  It now sits very nicely and I have glued the solid nose on.

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Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Reply #2869 on: October 20, 2019, 05:14:44 am »
Uncle duties this weekend.
Spent a lot of time building and then playing Lego boardgames.
We also finished the helmet off.
Helmet 01 by Fred Maillardet, on Flickr
Helmet 02 by Fred Maillardet, on Flickr

I also taught him how to shave.  A right of passage which felt me as his father was killed when he was six months old.  His mums been nagging me to do it but I refused until he came and asked me - i figured it was up to him ti decide it was time, not her.  He's had a scruffy little bumfluffy 'tasche for a year or so.
I gave him a brand new three blade disposable razor and some shaving cream and talked him through it.  I figure it was better to learn wet shaving as then if he gets and electric it's easier.  He made a good job of it managing to avoid slicing off any pimples and leaving just enough of a soul patch to irritate his teachers and mum.  Good boy!

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Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Reply #2870 on: October 20, 2019, 06:36:34 am »
Suits you sir  ;D

Well done on the shaving front  :thumbsup: My dad used an electric, but taught me to wet shave and I've wet shaved since, never been able to get on with an electric.

So he learned on a 3 blade razor ? I think they go up to 5 now ? I learned on a good old fashioned Gillette Safety Razor, feel sorry for the generations that learned on a cut throat. As said - well done  :thumbsup:
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Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Reply #2871 on: October 20, 2019, 06:44:33 am »
I use both, wet shave first and then finish off with an electric.

It's a bit like PSRing your face, using finer and finer wet-and-dry I guess.  ;D ;)
Any aircraft can be improved by fitting longer wings, and/or a longer fuselage

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Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Reply #2872 on: October 20, 2019, 10:29:44 am »
It's a bit like PSRing your face, using finer and finer wet-and-dry I guess.  ;D ;)

PSR-ing your face - that's a hoot!  ;D

I never managed to be able to avoid ingrown whiskers, so I stopped shaving decades ago.
Works for me.

Well done, Fred - on the Shaving and Helmet both.  :thumbsup:

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Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Reply #2873 on: October 21, 2019, 02:31:36 am »
Learnt something new today.  P-61s were used to shoot down V1s.  Some of them flying from Ford in Sussex (which later saw Wyvern operations).

PPP day today.  Lots of it applied to the Mitch, a little to the SkyCabRaider and the Analogue and some sanded off the Starfarrier (no new name yet).  I then washed the Starfarrier to remove dust which also took some PPP off.
D'oh!

Latest subscription copy of AMW arrived so I spent a bit of time perusing that.  The MiG 17 poster may have to go up in the shed - the box art side with it downing a Phantom.
I have a KP MiG 17 (radar nose) in the stash.  Looking at the profiles on the other side of the posterI feel inspired to do a RWish build with it.  Prolly one of the smaller African nations.
Looking at the build up in the mag I think that they should be albe to produce their own radar nose version simply by changing the separate intake ring part.

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Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Reply #2874 on: October 21, 2019, 06:07:42 am »
Learnt something new today.  P-61s were used to shoot down V1s.  Some of them flying from Ford in Sussex (which later saw Wyvern operations).


Now that's interesting, but I can see where the turret armament would be useful. With the V.1 flying nice and steady the gunner has a chance to line it up. For one fleeting moment you had me thinking of a souped up Defiant performing the same role, but then I thought "how the hell would you soup it up ?"

I know Ford quite well and always think it should be in Essex when I hear the name. Whatever happens never mention that to the inhabitants though, they'd have a fit  :rolleyes:
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Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Reply #2875 on: October 21, 2019, 07:35:26 am »

 For one fleeting moment you had me thinking of a souped up Defiant performing the same role, but then I thought "how the hell would you soup it up ?"


Stick a Griffon or a Sabre in it?

The Griffon may work better, and didn't someone here do one of those a while back?
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Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Reply #2876 on: October 21, 2019, 03:25:03 pm »
Learnt something new today.  P-61s were used to shoot down V1s.  Some of them flying from Ford in Sussex (which later saw Wyvern operations).


Now that's interesting, but I can see where the turret armament would be useful. With the V.1 flying nice and steady the gunner has a chance to line it up. For one fleeting moment you had me thinking of a souped up Defiant performing the same role, but then I thought "how the hell would you soup it up ?"

I know Ford quite well and always think it should be in Essex when I hear the name. Whatever happens never mention that to the inhabitants though, they'd have a fit  :rolleyes:

The first P-61 victory was against a V-1, 422nd NFS Green Bats, which was an early user of the P-61A,
their first machines were without the turret.

Fom Wikipedia:
"In England, the 422d NFS finally received their first P-61s in late June, and began flying operational missions
over England in mid-July. These aircraft arrived without dorsal turrets, so the squadron's gunners were reassigned
to another NFS that was to continue flying the P-70. The first P-61 engagement in the European Theater occurred
on 15 July when a P-61 piloted by Lieutenant Herman Ernst was directed to intercept a V-1 "Buzz Bomb." Diving
from above and behind to match the V-1's 350 mph (560 km/h) speed, the P-61's plastic rear cone imploded under
the pressure and the attack was aborted. The tail cones failed on several early P-61A models before this problem
was corrected. On 16 July, Lieutenant Ernst was again directed to attack a V-1 and, this time, was successful, giving
the 422nd NFS and the European Theater its first P-61 kill
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Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Reply #2877 on: October 22, 2019, 03:49:45 am »
I found extracts from "Black Widow Units of World War 2" by Warren Thompson.

It states "Like the 422nd the 425th's aircraft were devoid of top turrets which left an empty gunner's compartment - this was subsequently occupied by the R/O's after the unit had received permission to move them forwards from the rear compartment to the gunner's station, which was immediately behind the pilot.  This shift would work out well for it brought the two crewmen into closer proximity with each other.  Such an arrangement had been shown to increase crew effectiveness in the Mosquito."


I did a lot on the 222 today.  It's almost finished.  Stowage is painted and attached.  It just needs the turret top cages fitted and some black wash.
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Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Reply #2878 on: October 25, 2019, 03:51:37 am »
Mitchell, SkyCabRaider and Star Farrier are all undergoing PSR and i'm fed up with it.
However, I have got a shot coat of primer on the Analogue and it looks pretty good.  It might need some minor filling but I should now be able to move onto reproducing the engraved detail i've obliterated and then put some paint on it.  I managed to destroy the "odd rods" IFF under the nose but will be replacing what I sanded off with lengths of evergreen.

Egg F16 is now undergoing painting.  Originally I was going to make it an RAAF aggressor in Russian blues camo but dropped that when I realised how much it looked like a shark.  Research (yes, really!) showed that RAAF F/A 18s came in a two tone grey scheme which while being a bit boring does resemble a shark.  I've therefore painted the underside (USAF) light grey and the top side medium (sea) grey.





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Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Reply #2879 on: October 25, 2019, 07:59:54 am »
You didn't want do an XP-755 Mako Shark style paint scheme?

 ;D

https://www.corvettes.nl/gm_prototypes/xp755/index.html

From this site, an absolutely wonderful resource
for Corvette prototypes.
https://www.corvettes.nl/gm_prototypes/index.html





 
"Evil our grandsires were, our fathers worse;
And we, till now unmatched in ill,
Must leave successors more corrupted still."
Horace, 65BC - 8BC. Marsh translation.