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OK guys, I'm taking a chance with this one.

 

I love the idea of this GB and want to give it a go. There are some supremely talented modelers just in the GB alone, and I dont want to steal anyone else's Hurricane "thunder"..... :lol: puns..........and I already built a spit so I thought Id have at something that was bit off the beaten path, but obviously still took part in the BoB.

As I have been here for a little while but have yet to participate in a GB, I thought it was time to change that. :D

 

I just felt left out of the BoB "Motley Crew" :lol: and wanted to take a chance that SilverWings will keep (at least fairly close) to their release schedule of late this month so I could join U lot!

Late August is rapidly approaching............ :speak_cool:

 

At this point as we know, the kit Im basing my 247 Sq Gladdy build on is not out yet, :rolleyes: so Im hoping this thread will not lay dormant for long, and I can see it through to its fruition.

 

This is the kit I will be basing my Mk. II BoB Gladdy on:

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According to SilverWings's own Wojtek Kulakowski the differences between a normal Mk. II type BoB Gladdy and his kit of the Sea Gladiator are fairly minimal and I think could be easily worked out.

 

These include:

 

- Sea Gladiator had better engine (more power) - Difference would be NIL to me as I would not mess with the appearance of the provided resin engine or simulated engine face.

- different propellers - Either a scratch built prop, or find a suitable replacement from another kit of the same area??? TBC

- Sea Gladiator had additional hook under the fuselage and a dinghy pack - Possibly as simple as removing or leaving these 2 things off

- different control panels - ????? Not worth changing if just a minimal difference in pit controls. TBC on this to depending on what documentation shows

 

 

 

 

My BoB Gladiator will be representing N2306 from 247 Squadron RAF, based in Roborough, Devonshire, in 1940

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So there we have it gents, hope to have some WIP photos as soon as SWs can get it into my hands.......

 

Cheers,

Brian

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Nice to see something a little different Brian. So you're not going to foil it then? :speak_cool:

 

Kev

:lol: :rolleyes: :lol: :D :lol:

 

Im sure Ill have fun flinging and stringing antenna and wing rigging though :D

It will be my first foray into that arena and am actually looking forward to it, as I have found a miracle antenna/wing wire rigging material that is quite utterly amazing.

 

Cheers,

Brian

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Wait a minute, you mean something other than a Spit, Hurri or Messerschmitt is allowed in this thing? :speak_cool:

 

Great choice, Brian. Looking forward to this one!

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This'll be nice. Great idea Brian.

 

So you're not going to foil it then? :mental:

 

Kev

Very funny.

 

Wait a minute, you mean something other than a Spit, Hurri or Messerschmitt is allowed in this thing? :rolleyes:

:)

When I first saw the list, I was thinking "Hmmm, Anson" but I'm not ready to start my Training/Reconnaissance collection and a vac could take considerably longer that six months.

Hopefully, someone will join in with some of Revells new kits in the new year.

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Boing!

(sound of you stringing!) :rolleyes:

This is going to be great.

I hope you are getting some serious magnifying glasses out mate!

Those buckles look really small!!!!

 

Phil :mental:

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I hope you are getting some serious magnifying glasses out mate!

Those buckles look really small!!!!

 

Phil :mental:

 

Ah yes my good chum you are 100% correct. To put it bluntly they ARE that small. But VERY nice looking none the less. Not sure the best way to get on this as of yet, have to try it out and practice a bit before puttin the strings to the gladdy.

 

and what is the miracle rigging you speak of??

 

A friend introduced me to it on his 1/32 builds (Pete G of our own LSP as a matter of fact :rolleyes:) and he found it through the model rail road guys.

 

I takes to super glue/CA like no ones business, is SUPER strong, wont sag, its water proof (as far as i know) shrink proof, comes in 2 sizes and the elasticity/scale thickness properties of this stuff is OFF THE CHARTS.

It comes in natural white, charcoal, old copper (green) or rust, and the 2 sizes are fine and heavy.

 

I didnt know much about any of the scale rail stuff, but apparently the railroad guys use this stuff to string up small electrical poles/wires on huge expanding rail road set ups. I wasnt familiar before Pete showed me:

 

Its called "EZ Line"

 

Just for s$%s & giggles I took to my own little experiment.....its so freakin elastic and yet SO strong I was pulling over the weighted hand holder before breaking the line:

 

1/4 inch Tam tape. This is completely relaxed at its thickets. Looks bigger in these pics than in person. Not sure what size the sample I have is.

 

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Stretch it very mildly taught in the holder and apply some water for teh hell of it so see if it sags...

 

 

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and stretch....

 

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Pullin over the base long before even giving/breaking at all./....

 

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NO ill effects to teh stuff what-so-ever. Back to the exact way it was prior to water or stretching.

 

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Like i said, takes to CA no problem for outright anchoring & intersections between a down wire and a horizontal one

 

Very cool stuff. Highly recommended! :)

 

Cheers,

Brian

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Great choice Brian!

 

A couple things to consider:

 

Silver Wings are planned to release a Mk I/Mk II Gladiator after the Sea Gladiator gets out, so you could wait for that one (hopefully it won't be long)

 

The biggest issue would be that the arrestor hook is in a "V" shaped trench under the fuselage, so you'd need to fill it in. You can just leave the dingy pack off as you mentioned.

 

The prop should not be an issue, as I beleive the 3 blade prop is the same for both Sea Gladiator and Gladiator Mk II.

 

Finally, unfortunately Bob's wonderful buckles would not be appropriate for this kit as the mounting points for the rigging are hidden inside the wings on the Gladiator, so you just need to have the line run straight into the wing.

 

Looking forward to this one!

 

Cheers,

 

Doug

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The biggest issue would be that the arrestor hook is in a "V" shaped trench under the fuselage, so you'd need to fill it in. You can just leave the dingy pack off as you mentioned.

 

The prop should not be an issue, as I beleive the 3 blade prop is the same for both Sea Gladiator and Gladiator Mk II.

 

Finally, unfortunately Bob's wonderful buckles would not be appropriate for this kit as the mounting points for the rigging are hidden inside the wings on the Gladiator, so you just need to have the line run straight into the wing.

 

 

Doug

 

Kewl! Those are the type of things that I like to know regardless of not being able to use BoBs buckels here. Thanks for the heads up! :D

 

I bought the buckles for my new WnW Albatros so no harm in not using them here.

 

To tell you the truth in actuality, using the other stringing method of attaching the rigging on the lower wing, and then drilling holes and pulling it through to the top, gluing then cutting the excess off and sanding smooth in this case may actually be easier.

 

 

I have no problem turning the Sea Gladiator into a Mk II land version if the hardest part will be to fill in the arresting hook recess. :( Good to have clarity on that.....thanks again Doug.

 

Cheers,

Brian

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Here's a pic of one I built for an old RAF ground crew. While its not in 32nd scale, I really enjoyed doing this one, the paint scheme was quite a challenge to get right. It has the half black, half white undersides, and is the Heller 72nd scale kit. I have an ID models Gladiator in the stash and would like to get it done someday.

 

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Sabre

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That's a cracking model Sabre, especially as its only in 1/72!

Brian, I was talking to a mate regarding the stringing and its quite true that the attachment points are inside the wings.

In 1/32 it will be quite noticeable so your attachment point (drilled hole) on the wing surface should be slightly away from the struts/wing surface join to simulate the internal attachment at the bottom of the strut.

Does that make sense?? :mental: I think you get my drift.

Seems you got out of jail on those fixes! No need to wait for the land version. :speak_cool:

Just as an aside, Roborough is now Plymouth City Airport.

If you've got Google Earth, pop it in the search box and have a look. Cute little airport.

 

Phil :beer:

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