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1/32nd scale Avro Shackleton - scratchbuild project


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On 5/12/2020 at 10:19 PM, Jennings Heilig said:

Okay, wow.  You're certifiably insane, but wow!! :)

 

Thanks, Jennings - I'll take that as a compliment :)

 

Afternoon folks,

 

The main cockpit section is more or less done. I've made and added the small throttle boxes which are against the cockpit sidewalls on the Shackleton (one for each pilot) and then I gave the interior a spraying of matt black. The centre floor panel in the rear cabin was picked out in a dark reddy-brown, as I'd seen in the Charlwood machine which has a sort of lino flooring. Then it was just a case of some light scuff marks on the floor, and adding the pre-made parts to the correct position in the cabin and flightdeck. 

 

49901230471_9870802a49_z.jpgS1030334 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

 

49901231116_1f162800eb_z.jpgS1030329 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

 

49901541952_614d1bd933_z.jpgS1030323 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

 

49900716073_a37c31fa51_z.jpgS1030311 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

 

49901542607_d2e7e3b9ef_z.jpgS1030338 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

 

49900714843_aa3105b5d7_z.jpgS1030332 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

 

49900715118_c491236cc9_z.jpgS1030330 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

 

The detail and parts I've added will be perfectly adequate for what's going to be seen through the cockpit windows - which is best described as very little:

 

49901231471_013fa25695_z.jpgS1030327 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

 

49901232106_568f25aaf2_z.jpgS1030309 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

 

The next job is to finish off the cabin roof and make the upper pilots' panel, and then I can think about attaching the roof permanently and blend it all in.

 

Happy modelling and stay safe,

Tom 

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On 5/16/2020 at 9:24 PM, brahman104 said:

Looks awesome Tom! Do you ever do interior lighting to show your hard work off inside?

 

Cheers,

 

Craig

 

Thanks, Criag - and no is the answer. Me and electrics don't really get on, but maybe it's something I should consider in the future.

 

Howdy Partners :)

 

I hope everyone is faring OK in these strange times.

 

A little more Shackleton progress to update you on...

 

I have been working on getting the cockpit roof attached to the fuselage of late. I spent a fun (not) couple of hours finishing the making of the sills for the transparent parts to sit on when the time comes - Evergreen to the rescue once again:

 

49973260851_783d3c9fc7_z.jpgIMG_0191 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

 

With that done, I made the pilots' overhead panel from some generic bits and bobs from the spares box - not particularly accurate but it's almost impossible to see it once the roof is on - and sprayed the inside of the cockpit roof matt black:

 

49973261346_67252a18eb_z.jpgIMG_0202 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

 

A final test-fit then followed to ensure all of the interior fits as it should - which thankfully it did:

 

49973261271_39c4304f12_z.jpgIMG_0204 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

 

You can see how little of the interior is actually visible, which is why I haven't really gone to town on the insides.

 

Before finally attaching the roof section I made some more tabs to ensure a strong and secure join, and then masked the windows from the inside to keep dust and future paint out of the flightdeck. I then slathered P-38 automotive filler over the joins and allowed everything to settle for a couple of days before attacking it with the sandpaper.

 

49973261151_6d6a34f5a7_z.jpgIMG_0207 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

 

As you can see things have gone reasonably well, but there is a pronounced dip where the cross-hatched area is that'll need more filler. This was due to me not being careful enough when constructing the fuselage but P-38 is the scratch-builder's best friend and it should make light work of this.

 

You can see the 'dip' more clearly when a straight line is superimposed on the pictures:

 

49973261056_8795fd2b67_z.jpgIMG_0209 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

 

So here's the state of play now - some more filling and sanding over the weekend and then some primer to see how it's all bedded in:

 

49973521257_e458ca2e4f_z.jpgIMG_0206 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

 

Until next time,

Tom

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1 hour ago, Radders said:

Love it... hopefully this makes it to a Telford one year... I understand how big it is... but it's just too good.

 

Thanks, Radders - it certainly won't be this year as I'm not going (that's even if it's on) but it'll possibly be done for 2021...

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Second round of filling/sanding on the cockpit now complete - and a shot of grey primer to check how things look. Pretty happy with that - a few tiny blemishes to sort when the filler is next out, but nothing too drastic. And boy am I glad to see the back of that hideous brown/orange filler primer!

 

49980163481_2de90e338a_z.jpgUntitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

 

49980138651_90de994aba_z.jpg by Thomas Probert, on Flickr

 

Not sure what to tackle next - finish off the engine nacelles, make a start on the flaps or possibly even the undercarriage bays. Decisions, decisions. 

 

Stay safe all,

Tom

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23 minutes ago, tomprobert said:

 And boy am I glad to see the back of that hideous brown/orange filler primer!

 

It isn't the best colour - but does it's job though!  :)

 

Looks excellent Tom!!

 

Iain

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5 hours ago, spyrosjzmichos said:

Tom, this is simply glorious!

Excellent craftsmanship! 

 

Thank you - appreciated. 

 

5 hours ago, Iain said:

 

It isn't the best colour - but does it's job though!  :)

 

Iain

 

That's true, Iain. The browny-orange mix never did grow on me but as you say, it hides a multitude of sin.

 

Tom

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Unifying everything under a coat of gray primer just looks so good.  Truly makes it look like it's ready for the next steps.

 

 

I keep seeing Brits using that orange/yellow primer, what's the reason for it? Is it just a high-build primer?

 

 

 

Matt 

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