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Derek B

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About Derek B

  • Birthday 10/15/1959

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    Barton upon Humber, England (UK)
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    I model in all scales - my main interests these days is Hellenic Air Force and Swedish Air Force (Flygvapnet) aircraft, although there are a few other aircraft types that that distract me occasionally!

    I have produced master patterns for other companies here in the UK since the mid-80's. I am also a former RAF VR(T) Fg Off within the Air Cadet Organisation (ACO) and also used to own and run aircraft resin model company Eclipse Model Design - EMD.

    Since February 2014, I have been a member of the Lightning Preservation Group (LPG), who own and operate two operational (but non-flying) EE Lightning F.Mk.6 aircraft at Bruntingthorpe airfield in Leicester in the UK; I look after and pack the aircraft braking parachutes as well as carrying out other aspects of aircraft maintenance and operation.

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  1. Hi Treehugger, All very true. It is obvious that they based their level of detail upon a limited range of images - this is very evident in the cockpit (ironically, there are many knowledgeable modellers whom could have offered their assistance, but apparently were not requested to do so!). I wish you well with your Dora railway cannon, and unless metal is a necessity, I would consider 3D printing for the barrel and wheels? Best regards Derek
  2. Thanks Kev - in reality, to be honest, I 'wing it' most of the time! Generally, I spend an inordinate amount of time studying and interpreting photographs and images to really understand the areas of interest (a fault of too may years of scratch building model master patterns I suppose?). Eventually, I decide that I cannot live with a specific kit feature (or lack of such) and feel compelled to correct or add it (yet another failing of mine!). I often have no real idea of how I am going to achieve what I want, only a clear idea of how I want it to look when completed (or to obtain the desired effect). My choice of methods vary, and there are almost always a few ways of achieving what I want, so that is the first hurdle. The final choice very often comes down to what materials I have at hand (this is chiefly where the inventiveness comes in). Then comes the brave bit - actually cutting the plastic or severely modifying it, which is not really as scary as it seems; sometimes it works, other times not (luckily for me, it more or less works out OK first time around). I have long maintained that there is nothing on any kit that cannot be replaced or improved by using plastic card and Milliput! (or any other brand of epoxy putty). It is a really good way of expanding your modelling experiences and skills, and may be one reason why we see so few kit conversions these days. Grab an old cheap basic kit and have a go, there is nothing to be afraid of. Cheers Derek
  3. Starter turbine gearbox exhaust completed. Derek
  4. The fuselage turbine starter gearbox exhaust is now mostly completed (just needs a new external shield, as the kit one is the wrong angle). Meanwhile, work continues on correcting the jet exhaust area of the fuselage to make it look a little less 'pinched' in cross-section. I had to 'estimate' (guess) how much I needed to widen this area by in order to look correct, so I have made two marks, one is 2 mm out from the kit surface, and the other is 3 mm out - this is just precautionary until I can also adjust and build up the jet exhaust nozzles - I can finally adjust both to match later. Derek
  5. After much personal deliberation, I decided that I could not live with the gas turbine gearbox fuselage exhaust as portrayed by the kit, so I have drilled it out, opened it up and added a short tube (deformed at one end to match the elliptical opening) to represent the exhaust much better (this is still WIP). Additionally, whilst I was at it, I also decided to mark out the area of the rear fuselage jet exhaust where the kit has formed it as too much of a pinched shape. This area (like the inside of the fuselage exhaust tube above) has been filled with Milliput prior to correct shaping. Once this is done, I can complete the exhaust nozzle area which I have already made. Derek
  6. Thank you Kevin, that is very kind of you! Derek
  7. Reshaping of exhaust shrouds complete. As I had lost about a millimetre of material during the process, I had to reinstate it. Also, the kit exhaust nozzles when inserted into the shrouds were more or less flush with the ends - they should be set back inside a little. So the answer was to extend the shroud depth by about 2.5 mm. Unfortunately, I have not got any suitable diameter tubing to help me here and I was not convinced that wrapping plastic sheet around a mandrel would provide me the the seamless and concentric ring that I was looking for, so I had to do it the hard way from 3 mm thick plastic sheet! Derek
  8. Thank you Maru. Jet pipe reheat flame stabilisers fixed in place and jet pipes attached. meanwhile, shape correction of the jet pipe exhaust nozzle shrouds are taking place (the chamfered angle is too shallow as portrayed on the kit part). Derek
  9. Lovely work Thomas - I really appreciate your scratch building skills. Derek
  10. Zac, Ben, thank you Gents! A bit of colour added. Derek
  11. Thanks guys. This provides a better idea of what all those aluminium parts look like when assembled. Derek
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