1/48 Bristol Blenhiem IV, Classic Airframes

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1/48 Bristol Blenhiem IV, Classic Airframes

Post by CavOk » Sat Jun 20, 2015 1:26 pm

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Here's the latest build a Classic Airframes Blenheim Mk IV. Apart from cleaning up the resin parts and pondering how to assemble the fuselage the only work I've done is this.
I've decided to assemble together the nose transparencies and their respective fuselage halves on a sheet of glass thus producing two complete halves of the fuselage. The kit instructions would have you assemble them separately and join together at a later stage but I think that stores up misalignment trouble for later.
My thinking is that the interior can now be assembled in one fuselage half and then closed up, which hopefully will reduce the chance of misalignment of the office furniture in the nose glazing

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Re: 1/48 Bristol Blenhiem IV, Classic Airframes

Post by CavOk » Sat Jun 20, 2015 1:27 pm

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Work progressing quite slowly in between major house building works. So far I've airbrushed the interior pieces ready for assembly and masked the nose transparencies. Next I'll airbrush the nose and start assembling the office.
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Re: 1/48 Bristol Blenhiem IV, Classic Airframes

Post by K4KittyCrew » Sun Jun 21, 2015 8:41 am

Good start there, mate. We will be watching the build closely once again.
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Re: 1/48 Bristol Blenhiem IV, Classic Airframes

Post by CavOk » Tue Jun 23, 2015 2:46 pm

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The interior is starting to take shape. The kit instructions are vague to say the least and its essential to have reference pictures to hand.
So far my idea of joining the clear nose halves with their respective fuselage halves at the outset seems to be working.
One point I have doubts about is the instrument panel being the correct shape for anything other than a MkI?
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Re: 1/48 Bristol Blenhiem IV, Classic Airframes

Post by CavOk » Wed Jun 24, 2015 7:40 am

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I think this photograph is from a Bolingbroke hence the difference in the full span instrument panel. I'm going with the kit version.

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Re: 1/48 Bristol Blenhiem IV, Classic Airframes

Post by CavOk » Wed Jun 24, 2015 2:05 pm

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Cockpit complete and time to close up the fuselage which will be done in easy stages to ensure alignment.
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Re: 1/48 Bristol Blenhiem IV, Classic Airframes

Post by PAFG » Thu Jun 25, 2015 7:56 am

Looking good, Mike. Any thoughts at this stage on squadron, period and so on?

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Re: 1/48 Bristol Blenhiem IV, Classic Airframes

Post by CavOk » Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:24 am

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Closing up the fuselage has been conducted over a couple of days using liquid poly.
The final closure is next .
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Re: 1/48 Bristol Blenhiem IV, Classic Airframes

Post by CavOk » Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:32 am

PAFG wrote:Looking good, Mike. Any thoughts at this stage on squadron, period and so on?

Richard
I'm tempted by the 1940 era and possibly 40 squadron when based at Wyton. Any links to photographs would be well received.

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Re: 1/48 Bristol Blenhiem IV, Classic Airframes

Post by CavOk » Sun Jun 28, 2015 1:59 pm

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A quick update while the fuselage dries. I've made a simple jig for the propellers which are a nice combination of resin hubs and plastic blades.
Basically it's a slab of granite work top covered with decorators masking tape and marked out with the geometry from a spares box propeller.
The hub after cleaning up is glued with a spot of Bostic which will peel off when finished with. The blades are then offered up to the hub fiddled into position and a drop of superglue to finish.
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