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  1. Umm - it looks like a perfect facsimile of the real one down to about six decimal places Geoff wonderful to see not only how you are going about it, but the pace with which you are moving - really impressive It is also clear you are having a ball & with results like that, I am not surprised Bravo Peter
  2. Forking hell - that is something VERY special just magnificent work Oliver - you are an absolute master of your craft quite incredible Peter
  3. Howdy folks So, i looked at what I might do next and of the shortlist only a couple on my 'mildly want to' fitted in my display cabinet - a P36 Hawk, a Goshawk, a CR32, an H1 and all the ones on my 'really want to' didn't... Firefly, Sea Fury, Defiant, Blenheim and a few outliers like a Meteor, Spartan Executive and Lockheed 12 were all considered, but in the end, I did want a Firefly so I have restarted it I started by taking the balsa wings I had made and giving them a bit of skin integrity by screeding with P38 filler and a shot of primer - then started to make up the radiator sections.. ..the first bit has the end ribs and the radiator box - this is as 90 degrees to the fuselage, not running the same angle as the wing leading edge.. ..these were then shaped & primed.. ..then a top panel and the leading edge which cuts in lower than the rib profile.. ..sorted & primed - for now these are just general shapes to start me off.. ..with the wings partially sorted it was time to start on the fillet shapes - these have a distinct profile and curve upwards from the trailing edge - so this was defined with brass sheet to keep the shape no matter how hard I sand at it and will result in a sharp edge.. ..this shot reminds me of the start of the build where there is lego and all sorts making up the central fuselage block.. ..foil tape was added to the wings and they were slotted into place so i could build up to them with P38.. rough and ready, but this is the start needed before refining the shapes, the wings just break out from the filler as it won't stick to the ali tape.. ..the finished fillets can be seen here, along with the fuselage sides for the rear cockpit - there is so much to go in here, I need access so made up the sides with spots of CA so they can be broken out again once shaped.. ..the sides also had brass L shapes to hold the deck that sits on the top, and also some inside to define where the sides will sit in the aperture.. ..got some more P38 on and started shaping.. best get all this done before there is loads of delicate detail in there ..and with a shot of primer.. ..I also had the PE I originally designed remade after I made a few changes - here is the IP.. ..after lots of filler & engineering I felt like a change so made the rear bulkhead in the observers position - the tubes are for sono buoys I think.. ..it will sit in here something like this... ..so thats it - underway again - she is a big girl too... The only thing is, I can only find one late Firefly in the UK - in the reserve collection at Yeovilton. I wrote to them asking if i could get access to take pictures but they said no... the aircraft is in a hangar while they are moving aircraft around and she said it would be 'too dangerous' and to write back in March 2022... Needless to say, if anyone knows anyone in Yeovilton's staff, please let me know as I am quite a well behaved civilised individual and could likely be in and out in 30 mins TTFN Peter
  4. Thank you everyone, that is an overwhelming amount of love for the model - i am thrilled and humbled Hi Derek - well spotted - it is not actually a hinged door, but a removable panel - I did make it but left it out of the photos Thanks again and I hope you will join me on the next one Peter
  5. with the Fury done, the bench cleared, I am looking at whats involved in restarting this one.. I got quite a bit done really, and have the PE already so it would be like a flying start as opposed to starting something from nothing Peter
  6. just wonderful Geoff - you are back and firing on all cylinders! wonderful to watch it come together and like you I have been through remakes before things worked out - in fact everything is always better second time around as you put the lessons learned into practice keep at it, can't wait to see whats next Peter
  7. wonderful - the true art of modelling is making a kit like this look like a model like that bravo Peter
  8. thanks everyone you have all been super kind along the way and I am now calling this one done RFI here until next time Peter
  9. Hi everyone So, an actual RFI post from me - quite a rare thing, though I notice I started this model in October 2020 so 10 months is not bad for a scratchbuild I guess..... the benefits of lockdown right This Fury was lost in a midair collision with K2901 on 17th December 1937 near Rowlands Castle, Hampshire. Both pilots, Flying Off (Acting Flight Lt) Harry Hamilton Peck (aged 26) and Sgt Robert Edmund Patten (aged 26) were killed. One day i hope to display it in Tangmere Museum as a memorial to them. It is scratchbuilt, with a vacformed fuselage and rib & spar flying surfaces sheathed in thin scored plastic card.. ..anyways, enough waffle and on with some pics... I learned loads and I have to say really enjoyed making this one - a first for a full scratchbuild and my first biplane gives me a lot of confidence to tackle other subjects and I had a lot of support from folks on the way - in particular everyone who encouraged me in my WIP and Tigger & Radu for help with the vacforming & masks I needed, and Glijn (Lightpainter here) for some invaluable guidance & refs for the airframe this is how we choose to remember those who lost their lives in the service of their country until next time Peter
  10. Off for me, I like avatars (which you now can't see) and posts to get flavours of personality, and while I hoped the blobs would grow on me, they just irritate me now... Peter
  11. I am so looking forward to the cutting metal bit excellent research & drawings, I am sure many will make use of with the Jetmads kit Peter
  12. thank you guys, very kind I have been working hard on getting some big scary things done and actually it has caught me by surprise how close to the finish I am.. I don't have too many WIP pictures as while the model is on my bench getting stuff done, I have no room to get ready to take the odd snap, so i will describe some of the last stages.. ..with the wings on, rigging was made with K&S 0.15 Music wire - this stuff is great as it's rigid so it's just about getting the turnbuckles right and there is a bit of play as they slide in the turnbuckle tubes so a great fit is quite easy. the turnbuckles themselves are albion alloys tube, crimped & drilled at the ends with a few custom PE fittings like where there are dual wires... ..I also attatched the landing gear with tiny spots of JB weld and the bolts pushed through - I think if I am careful it will hold, these also have rigging lines, though the brake lines are not connected yet.. ..the tailskid & boot were also fitted - bit of red paint bleed I can see here I need to correct.. ..you may notice the wheel covers are red - I got an interesting message from JensHB that someone in the know was following the thread and said 'A Flight' of 1 Sqdn colours were Red, with 'B Flight' Blue and 'C Flight' Yellow - I was only going by the note on the one photo I have of K2902 when I painted mine blue so checked with Tangmere Museum. They couldn't confirm one way or another, but when I did shade comparisons on the photo with known red & blue from the roundel it was clear the wheels & fin should be red so they were repainted.. ..with the LG fitted and the rigging done, it is only the tailfeathers left to do.. when I say nearly finishing has caught me by surprise, I mean it - I have given zero consideration to what is next.. one thing is certain - it can be anything as I proved to myself I can scratchbuild, and as always i do like a metal finish so, need to get the fin, stabs, rudder & elevators fitted & rigged and then I think I am pretty much there TTFN Peter
  13. brilliant stuff reminds me of my fave times on Lopes Hope where I could go into Aircorps Library, pull out a drawing and just sit & build whatever it was knowing it was 100% on the money perfect job on that regulator Peter
  14. just so awesome - it looks sooo right i think what you have done is remarkable Craig, in talent, ambition, determination, resourcefulness, creativity and a million other nouns.. the upshot is, you nailed it! I feel your pride - getting her on her wheels is one of THE moments in this (and any other) build Peter
  15. we have some rigging... we have leather patches... we have wing struts... we have WINGS!! home flippin straight now boys TTFN Peter
  16. couldn't say it better myself quite off the scale skills to do what you do Jay! under the skin, the F4U looks a highly complex aeroplane and you are basically reproducing in miniature perfection every single part that can be seen Peter
  17. just incredible Tom - perfection and at such a scale.. it really is quite unique and breathtaking Peter
  18. hello again thanks all for your kind comments things have been hotting up in complexity in trying to fit the upper wing.. ..first they needed completing, so these access hatches were added - not sure what they are for.. ..also all the bracing wire mounts & doped patches were added to the underside.. ..the ailerons had the mass balance weights and the control horns added.. ..and the disc cam drives & control arm and were fully mounted in a neutral position.. ..with the wings complete, I wanted to get to mounting the centre section - to do that all the stuff under the upper wings on top of the fuselage like aldis sight needed fabricating, including the windshield.. ..this was quite tricky as the frame sits on a wooden former that is a neat fit to the fuselage.... I did this by covering the fuselage in aluminuim plumbers tape (like bare metal foil) and CA'd a rough frame to it so I could build up the shape with P38 filler and still be able to break it away later as none of it, including the CA really sticks to the foil.. ..that was refined and the glazing added - very carefully - I hate doing transparencies as I have a track recordn of screwing them up.. ..the aldis sight and gunsight parts were made and added to the upper fuselage.. ..also the cabane struts, which I have to say was probably the hardest and most frustrating bit of modelling I have ever done - they look simple sat here in the pics, but this is days of work to get them right so the orientation of the upper wing is correct in 3 axis ..the centre section fits on posts in each strut and will be a real challenge to actually glue in place as I need about 12 hands to locate everything.. ..there are also multiple rigging wires so things are starting to get exponentially harder TTFN Peter
  19. thanks chaps just a quick one to say wing painting is done without issue thank goodness used radu's masks for the roundels and then started to lay out the top wing squadron marks - i also had some round blanks to cover the roundels in the masks I made, the rest was tamiya tape.. ..getting there.. ..mixed up a match to the fuselage paint & airbrushed.. ..and job done ..lots more details on the wing still to go, but I am so relieved that is out of the way.. TTFN Peter
  20. wonderful - it's like taking a seat in the factory in Bremen Peter
  21. wow Geoff, that looks superb Looks like John did a fabulous job on the vacform pull for the fuselage, just as he did for mine - truly a master..... also looks like you are having a ball making the Ryan - your enjoyment & energy just shine through Hopefully John ran you up a couple of spares, I found them really useful for cutting to get real world section shapes for bulkheads etc and also as a buck for some of the skinning work I assume will come later it's just a joy to watch Peter
  22. Hi again everyone as I always say - thank you so much for all the kind things you say - I just like doing my thing and it is very humbling to read the comments left here I cracked on with the upper wing - same format as the lower wing in using very thin plastic card, embossed with a ballpoint to simulate the ribs / catenary and then carefully using impact adhesive to fix the skins to the wing structure.. ..the tips were again a problem as the plastic doesn't like the compound curves, but I think I sorted it out in the end.. ..by the time I took this pic, both wings and the middle section were skinned, primed and sorted. I made the whole wing so I could cut the ailerons out and they would conform properly - here I am using a printed part of my wing plan to match the aileron to the mini forward spar underneath the skin.. ..the ailerons were cut out with sharp blades, mini saw blade and a few cuts with a slitting disc.. the profile is different on the top to the bottom, but I had no drawings so all I knew was the outlines.. ..with the ailerons removed some of the structural details can be added - there are two teardrop shaped recessed into the wing that make space for big balance weights sticking out of the front of the ailerons - these were made by plunge moulding the recesses and letting them into the bottom wing skin... ..here insulating tape is used to protect the embossed rib detail while I fill and fair in the recesses.. ..once the structural bits were done it was time for rib tapes, many, many rib tapes.. ..as before, the tapes and any linen patches are made from decal film - there is a lot of it... ..the circular hole on the lower surfaces is where there is a disc shaped bellcrank to control the aileron ..with everything done, it was time for paint - alclad white aluminium.. ..the rib tapes are quite subtle and I think worth the hours of work.. ..another look at the underside and the details.. ..the ailerons were also completed - an interesting detail top right is a small glass inspection window which seems to have a white notice with red writing inside it - made that using an airscale decal ..the internal shape where it meets the wing will be all wrong, but this can't be seen so it is what it is.. ..complete topside - the gaps between the sections is fine - in fact I would say mine is tighter than the real one ..and the underside.. ..probably get all the markings on the wing topside next.. I am NOT looking forward to that... TTFN Peter
  23. 100% agree... there is no code of ethics for scratchbuilding where you are cheating Jay - this is a tool, you are using the best tool for the job and 3D modelling is an evolution of our toolset.. much as in the same way I could cut a brass rod by rubbing it very hard with a pebble until I have two parts - 10,000 years ago that might have been appropriate, now I get the tool for the problem I am trying to solve and do it in seconds accurately with a dremel.. you have proven other-wordly skills at scratchbuilding - there is not a viewer here who thinks - 'oh, look at that, Jay cheated, he has gone right down in my estimations, he is a fake scratchbuilder....' free yourself of that burden my friend ..this is just stunning creativity and that is what it is all about Peter
  24. Tim can do PLA, but it is very coarse in print resolution - I only say shapeways as the interface is easy to use and they have lots of options around materials / resolution etc. But then with that comes cost - I had my P51 spinner printed in metal & it cost 140 euros & turned out to be a bit of a waste of time as the finish was like a diamond grinding burr.. Peter
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