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    airscale got a reaction from Martinnfb in MerlinWurger..   
    evening folks
     
    ..this is certainly an interesting distraction - actually I found myself rushing and getting filler & CA all over the place - so much so that I messed up some of the simple surgery needed to graft the bits together - oh well it is what it is, and for me it's a bit of fun and an opportunity to think f#ck it put your micrometer where the sun don't shine   - I actually have a copy of the Führerbefehl telling me this from our own Mr Tank...
     
     
     
     
    Hey Jack - in my minds eye its in silver with big red swastika bands like they had in the late 30's - only because I find alclad easy to shoot and I have a very limited imagination.. that said some sort of hybrid scheme has got me thinking...
     
     
     
    ..good point.. I go to LA in a week to climb all over one and photograph it in (very) intimate detail - I seem to have stalled my F7F in anticipation of the trip..
     
    anyways.. I have one actual build picture of the merlinwurger, though after this was taken the engine has been properly faired in and the wing / air intake worked out & fettled...
     

     
    ..she is ugly, but I think thats because my brain is programmed to see beauty in these parts when they are in the right context - all I need to do now is work out how to make it a Korean scheme with Police lights and an air-racing engine
     
    TTFN
    Peter
     

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    airscale got a reaction from Martinnfb in MerlinWurger..   
    so, November 1942 and the planned invasion of England was successful - the Germans have over-run the UK aircraft industry and found many merlins ready for use...
     
    ..Kurt Tank standing in his office in the Derby works spills his coffee over some drawings and in dabbing it off thinks why not throw some of these merlins on my lovely Fw190...
     

     

     

     
    ..I figure it is easier to get forgiveness rather than permission - so apologies to Revell & Grey Matter...
     
    TTFN
    Peter
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    airscale got a reaction from Stefano in 1/18 Hawker Fury K2902 - 1 Squadron RAF Tangmere   
    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
     
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    airscale got a reaction from Martinnfb in 1/18 Fairey Firefly VX376   
    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
     
     
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    airscale got a reaction from Madmax in 1/18 Fairey Firefly VX376   
    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
     
     
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    airscale got a reaction from Alain Gadbois in 1/18 Hawker Fury K2902 - 1 Squadron RAF Tangmere   
    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
     
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    airscale got a reaction from aircare84 in 1/18 Hawker Fury K2902 - 1 Squadron RAF Tangmere   
    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
     
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    airscale got a reaction from 109 in 1/18 Fairey Firefly VX376   
    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
     
     
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    airscale got a reaction from MARU5137 in 1/18 Hawker Fury K2902 - 1 Squadron RAF Tangmere   
    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
     
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    airscale got a reaction from Scotsman in 1/18 Fairey Firefly VX376   
    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
     
     
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    airscale got a reaction from Uncarina in 1/18 Fairey Firefly VX376   
    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
     
     
  12. Like
    airscale got a reaction from chukw in 1/18 Fairey Firefly VX376   
    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
     
     
  13. Like
    airscale got a reaction from Gazzas in 1/18 Fairey Firefly VX376   
    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
     
     
  14. Like
    airscale got a reaction from GDW in 1/18 Fairey Firefly VX376   
    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
  15. Like
    airscale got a reaction from GDW in 1/18 Fairey Firefly VX376   
    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
     
     
  16. Like
    airscale got a reaction from Rockie Yarwood in 1/18 Fairey Firefly VX376   
    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
     
     
  17. Like
    airscale got a reaction from Pascal in 1/18 Hawker Fury K2902 - 1 Squadron RAF Tangmere   
    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
     
  18. Like
    airscale got a reaction from MikeMaben in 1/18 Fairey Firefly VX376   
    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
     
     
  19. Like
    airscale got a reaction from Troy Molitor in 1/18 Fairey Firefly VX376   
    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
     
     
  20. Like
    airscale got a reaction from patricksparks in 1/18 Fairey Firefly VX376   
    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
     
     
  21. Like
    airscale got a reaction from Derek B in 1/18 Fairey Firefly VX376   
    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
     
     
  22. Like
    airscale got a reaction from Derek B in RYAN STA 1/18   
    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
  23. Like
    airscale got a reaction from Chek in 1/18 Fairey Firefly VX376   
    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
     
     
  24. Like
    airscale got a reaction from Starfighter in 1/18 Fairey Firefly VX376   
    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
     
     
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    airscale got a reaction from scvrobeson in 1/18 Fairey Firefly VX376   
    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
     
     
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