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Offline Devilfish

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Avro Arrow F.1 (Finished)
« on: January 23, 2020, 01:40:07 am »
I picked up a 1/48 Hobbycraft Arrow on E-bay a few months ago...

20190915_200934 by Paul Carter, on Flickr

So I got some resin for it...

Cockpit, wheel wells and intakes/exhaust

2020-01-11_09-12-19 by Paul Carter, on Flickr

The only trouble is, I think they were designed for the retooled kit, which this isn't.

Never mind....just takes a bit more work!!

I also bought so reference material

20200111_170428 by Paul Carter, on Flickr

First job is to remove the locators for the original cockpit (I say that loosely)
20200122_214048 by Paul Carter, on Flickr

20200122_214414 by Paul Carter, on Flickr

And cut out the nose wheel bay

And here's my first problem....

The kit item is back to front...or side to side...whatever...it's the wrong way around...

20200122_215420 by Paul Carter, on Flickr

20200122_215430 by Paul Carter, on Flickr

So I've just cut it out "square" and I'll sort it out later...

20200122_221253 by Paul Carter, on Flickr

I've also started on the main wheel bays..

20200122_232703 by Paul Carter, on Flickr
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Re: Avro Arrow F.1
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2020, 04:29:45 am »
An AWESOME machine indeed!

I'm keeping my eye on your build as I have a couple of 1/72 vacform Arrows (thanks Robert  :thumbsup:) that I really should build before much longer.
Any aircraft can be improved by fitting longer wings, and/or a longer fuselage

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Re: Avro Arrow F.1
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2020, 09:37:29 am »
Nice ! I'll be watching this one as well. I have most of those resin upgrade kits, not sure which one I'm missing. I had always wanted to build one operational using them. I also have the newer tooled kit. I recall at the time it was nice, but not a lot of bang for your buck compared to the original !

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Re: Avro Arrow F.1
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2020, 11:34:01 pm »
As i couldn't find my Dremel last night, I had to continue by hand, so not as much done as I'd hoped....

Cockpit walls and nose bay fitted....

20200123_231237 by Paul Carter, on Flickr

Had to make a top for the nose bay, as it doesn't come with one, due to the way it's moulded.

20200123_231242 by Paul Carter, on Flickr

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Re: Avro Arrow F.1
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2020, 01:29:12 pm »
It's still progress ! This is gonna be good....

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Re: Avro Arrow F.1
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2020, 11:21:40 pm »
Well, I didn't expect this to be a simple build, despite, or maybe because of, the simplicity of the kit, but omg!!!!



The fuselage has a warp so big, I swear I saw Capt Kirk!!



20200124_214030 by Paul Carter, on Flickr



And the resin is really thin in places....



This is the cockpit floor.


20200125_211754 by Paul Carter, on Flickr


And then there's the fit.  I had suspected that the resin was for the newer retooled kit, but I didn't expect it to be as different as it is....Nothing fits!



20200126_095235 by Paul Carter, on Flickr


20200126_095252 by Paul Carter, on Flickr


But, I have a cunning plan....



At least for the exhausts.  I will remove the very thin exhaust surrounds and replace them with plactic tube of the correct diameter.   Not sure what to do about the intakes yet....

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Re: Avro Arrow F.1
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2020, 01:42:22 am »
<snip>

But, I have a cunning plan....

At least for the exhausts.  I will remove the very thin exhaust surrounds and replace them with plactic tube of the correct diameter.   Not sure what to do about the intakes yet....

I would suggest cutting them about here ->



then fill & etc.  Is that not a part of your cunning plan?

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Re: Avro Arrow F.1
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2020, 02:28:30 am »
<snip>

But, I have a cunning plan....

At least for the exhausts.  I will remove the very thin exhaust surrounds and replace them with plactic tube of the correct diameter.   Not sure what to do about the intakes yet....

I would suggest cutting them about here ->





then fill & etc.  Is that not a part of your cunning plan?

If I did that, I might as well use the original kit ones. I might do anyway, as looking at photos of the real thing, they seem to be more rounded top and bottom than either the kit or resin parts are, so surgery will be needed no matter what.

As for the exhausts, I plan to find some larger diameter plastic tube and replace them.

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Re: Avro Arrow F.1
« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2020, 05:07:03 pm »
And thus the name Hobbycrap was born!  ;D

They tried, they really did, but they needed better researchers and quality control people. If I recall correctly, they got the flap actuators upside down as well. The old Aurora kit was probably just as good/bad, and it dates from the time the plane was still flying!
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Re: Avro Arrow F.1
« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2020, 06:13:05 pm »
Ouch ! Is that ever different ! Remind me when I get home to dig out the new mold kit and see what they fit like !
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Re: Avro Arrow F.1
« Reply #10 on: January 27, 2020, 11:46:35 pm »
And thus the name Hobbycrap was born!  ;D

They tried, they really did, but they needed better researchers and quality control people. If I recall correctly, they got the flap actuators upside down as well. The old Aurora kit was probably just as good/bad, and it dates from the time the plane was still flying!

Luckily mine is the updated old mould, which has them on the bottom, where they are supposed to be.

I suppose it's quite hard to research something when your government ordered all documents destroyed.  Give them their dues, it's an injection moulded Arrow, no matter how bad!

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Re: Avro Arrow F.1
« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2020, 09:49:39 am »
Amen to that ! And they can be built into a nice representation by a little scratch building and beer.
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Re: Avro Arrow F.1
« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2020, 12:39:11 am »
Dug this one out again.  Sanded back the main wheel bays and upper wing until things almost fit.....

Managed to get the wings together....

20200307_220244 by Paul Carter, on Flickr

Seats in....

20200309_225709 by Paul Carter, on Flickr

Canopy on and masked

20200309_225722 by Paul Carter, on Flickr

All that detail now lost, lol

Wings and tail on (if only it was that simple!)

20200310_223206 by Paul Carter, on Flickr

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Re: Avro Arrow F.1
« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2020, 04:47:54 am »
Great job ! It's crazy how something as simple as a coat of gray primer can have such a effect.....she looks sleek and ready for ops !
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Re: Avro Arrow F.1
« Reply #14 on: March 11, 2020, 06:59:31 am »
Great job ! It's crazy how something as simple as a coat of gray primer can have such a effect.....she looks sleek and ready for ops !

Very true
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