Many moons ago a younger Uncle Les wore a blue uniform and performed feats of technical interest on Bous, Macchis and more importantly, on this aircraft:
This is the view from the instrument section window above the flight line. I decided I wanted to build a model of this very aircraft ( as I tend to do with others I've taken a screwdriver to..) and to this end I made a 1/72 resin conversion set, 1/48 resin fuselage replacement and more recently, a 1/32 one-off. Here's a bit of the story of the 1/32 example in a brief photographic essay:
I decided I wanted to build an RNZAF Venom alongside the Mk35 using a Matchbox Sea Venom as a base - I also obtained a Tigger models Vampire but this proved to be rather expensive and disappointing - it ended up being an expensive canopy and mismatched parts that needed a LOT of work. Eventually I knocked up the sections I needed with plasticard and resin using scaled up plans from various sources.
My take on the Goblin was using the Matchbox Ghost, casting up new cans and making a few mods here and there...
These pics will show which bits of the kit I used and which bits were cast up - I made up one boom to suit and cast up multiples to cater for this and the Venom.
I then whipped up a nose shape and vac-formed some nosey bits to cater for both the underside and the bonnet.
Edited by Uncle Les, 08 November 2014 - 02:20 PM.