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Derek B

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Fascinating stuff. I nearly want to get this kit myself in 1:32. And looking at this thread, it might make it easier to fix the original kit parts, knowing someone did the tricky stuff already. :)

 

Just a comment though, I wish though, that kit makers did spend more time looking at photos because they do make whacky wrong detailing from time to time, errors that really shouldn't be there at all. I resorted to making detailed drawings of the Hobby Boss 1:72 Dora railway cannon, as the kit is whacky, whacky wrong, perhaps because there isn't any scale drawings around at all. They obviously did not bother looking too hard at photos, or, they didn't know how to eyeball the details and make sense of it all (but I did, heh took a while). Sadly, milling a new metal barrel is currently out of the question because of the expenses, so I never finsihed the drawings, but should be good for continuing this work later on if I ghose to it finish it all. Instead of buying a costly lathe/milling machine, I guess I could try get others to make the parts for me, which would also include lots of milled metal wheels. Admittedly, re. the barrel, I no longer remember if the kit barrel can be used, or if there was differences after all (I would have to check).

 

That's the nice thing about doing something proper. Once you started good on a project, you know that did your best and can pick it up later and continue.

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8 hours ago, Treehugger said:

Fascinating stuff. I nearly want to get this kit myself in 1:32. And looking at this thread, it might make it easier to fix the original kit parts, knowing someone did the tricky stuff already. :)

 

Just a comment though, I wish though, that kit makers did spend more time looking at photos because they do make whacky wrong detailing from time to time, errors that really shouldn't be there at all. I resorted to making detailed drawings of the Hobby Boss 1:72 Dora railway cannon, as the kit is whacky, whacky wrong, perhaps because there isn't any scale drawings around at all. They obviously did not bother looking too hard at photos, or, they didn't know how to eyeball the details and make sense of it all (but I did, heh took a while). Sadly, milling a new metal barrel is currently out of the question because of the expenses, so I never finsihed the drawings, but should be good for continuting. Instead of buying a costly lathe/milling machine, I guess I could try get others to make the parts for me, which would also include lots of milled metal wheels.

 

That's the nice thing about doing something proper. Once you started good on a project, you know that did your best and can pick it up later and continue.

 

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

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Hi Derek,

I can attest to your modifying skills (obsession) from 38/39 years ago when you converted a 1/144 scale DH comet into a Nimrod using double bond putty (H.M. Gov brand),It was a heavy beast if my memory recalls. This, among many other projects you had on your prolific list of conversions and modifications you had on your never ending list of projects. All this gave me motivation to try and emulate what you were already achieving, which was light years ahead of anything I had achieved before or since. I still think of those days at Scampton whenever a kit requires modifications or conversion I remember your words of wisdom of using whatever is available at that time and to at least try and use the real aircraft if available to check against the kit (Matchbox Victor springs to mind and being in the R.A.F. helped was my first attempt to correcting a kits fault using H.M. Gov brand double bond to re shape the intakes as having worked on them was something I just had to ) and if not use the best references available.

It's only plastic ( or double bond) after all.

I know that your Lightning will be one of if not the most accurate construction available in any scale. I look forward to seeing the finished article.

May your kit always fit perfect and if not "fix it"

Bob

38/39 years older and still trying to catch up

 

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There's some pretty amazing work going on here, I'm not a fan of "modern" aircraft as modelling subjects but I am impressed with the attention to detail and the subject matter, it's a most impressive aircraft.

 

I still have this memory of going to the cinema for a Saturday matinee as a young lad and having in my possession a Lightning. It was not long after the aircraft came into service and it's shape was pretty extreme for those days, the "plane" came as two pieces of balsa, wings and fuselage (with all the markings on) which clicked together, of course it flew great, it was all very simple and for a very young chap very exciting.

 

 

Cheers

 

Dennis

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15 hours ago, Victor K2 said:

Hi Derek,

I can attest to your modifying skills (obsession) from 38/39 years ago when you converted a 1/144 scale DH comet into a Nimrod using double bond putty (H.M. Gov brand),It was a heavy beast if my memory recalls. This, among many other projects you had on your prolific list of conversions and modifications you had on your never ending list of projects. All this gave me motivation to try and emulate what you were already achieving, which was light years ahead of anything I had achieved before or since. I still think of those days at Scampton whenever a kit requires modifications or conversion I remember your words of wisdom of using whatever is available at that time and to at least try and use the real aircraft if available to check against the kit (Matchbox Victor springs to mind and being in the R.A.F. helped was my first attempt to correcting a kits fault using H.M. Gov brand double bond to re shape the intakes as having worked on them was something I just had to ) and if not use the best references available.

It's only plastic ( or double bond) after all.

I know that your Lightning will be one of if not the most accurate construction available in any scale. I look forward to seeing the finished article.

May your kit always fit perfect and if not "fix it"

Bob

38/39 years older and still trying to catch up

 

 

Hi Bob, always a pleasure and a honour - thank you.

 

Good memories indeed. After my service on Lightnings, and then the Red Arrows, I moved on to the RAF Exhibition Production Flight (EPF) as a full time professional model maker - this is where my skills really were honed and took-off big time. I have always maintained that modification and conversion work on any model using only basic tools and materials (plastic sheet and epoxy putty) is well within the skills of any and every modeller, irrespective of scale or model type.

 

I know that you love the Victor aircraft and of all of the V-Bombers, it is probably my favourite also. I would love to have one in 1/32 scale (if I had a plastic tube of the correct corresponding diameter, it could very easily be the start of one! (same for the Tu-95 bear as well). 

 

Thank you again for the kind words and memories.

 

Regards

 

Derek

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2 hours ago, dennismcc said:

There's some pretty amazing work going on here, I'm not a fan of "modern" aircraft as modelling subjects but I am impressed with the attention to detail and the subject matter, it's a most impressive aircraft.

 

I still have this memory of going to the cinema for a Saturday matinee as a young lad and having in my possession a Lightning. It was not long after the aircraft came into service and it's shape was pretty extreme for those days, the "plane" came as two pieces of balsa, wings and fuselage (with all the markings on) which clicked together, of course it flew great, it was all very simple and for a very young chap very exciting.

 

 

Cheers

 

Dennis

 

Hi Dennis,

 

Thank you also for your kind words. I am probably not old enough to remember the Lightning entering RAF service, however, my modelling (and aeromodelling) experiences go back to the mid-60's, so I understand and share tour experiences in this respect. 

 

Best regards and thanks

 

Derek

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17 hours ago, Smokey said:

Derek, that is one very real looking ejection seat.  Been following along with your build.  Dan

 

Thank you Dan :)

 

Derek

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