299 Squadron Stirling Build - Arnhem

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Re: 299 Squadron Stirling markings - Arnhem

Post by GuyMassey » Sun Nov 20, 2011 1:39 pm

The fuselage modifications.
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Re: 299 Squadron Stirling markings - Arnhem

Post by GuyMassey » Sun Nov 20, 2011 1:43 pm

The resin fuselage part dry fitted.
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Re: 299 Squadron Stirling markings - Arnhem

Post by GuyMassey » Sun Nov 20, 2011 2:02 pm

THE OFFICE
This is a very small area which in real life is crammed full of small detail. When the canopy is in place very little can be seen, so huge amounts of time can be expended enhancing something that only you will ever be aware of. My solution to this problem has been to take a few areas and exaggerate the detail, in the same way as a cartoonist draws a large head on a small body. The result is pleasing and not hugely time consuming and it gives a feeling of a busy, complex area. This is obviously not an answer for the purists, but it makes detailing effective and much easier for older fingers!

The instruments are a laser-printed scale reduction from a photograph, the straps are paper, pedals & column boxing cut from spru.
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Re: 299 Squadron Stirling markings - Arnhem

Post by GuyMassey » Sun Nov 20, 2011 2:05 pm

A slightly different view from behind the bulkhead, concludes the work to date.
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Re: 299 Squadron Stirling Build - Arnhem

Post by GuyMassey » Tue Nov 29, 2011 11:40 pm

Another week gone by and the fuselage halves are now joined and filled. I used the glazing supplied as a backing to the filler where windows needed blocking out. I have also flatted back the rivets and panel detail. Some of this I will scribe later, but most will be be left almost invisible. The wings have also been lightly sanded all over to reduce the detail and sink holes filled. The flaps on the Stirling were Gouge type which retracted into the wing. The detail in the Airfix kit shows a huge crevice where these would have been. I have filled these and will scribe them back in a more "aerodynamic" fashion before assembly.
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Re: 299 Squadron Stirling Build - Arnhem

Post by GuyMassey » Tue Nov 29, 2011 11:45 pm

An interesting detail photograph showing the flaps extended on a Stirling III.
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Re: 299 Squadron Stirling Build - Arnhem

Post by K4KittyCrew » Wed Nov 30, 2011 7:47 am

It is looking very good Guy, even in these early stages. Press on regardless ole chap!
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Re: 299 Squadron Stirling Build - Arnhem

Post by GuyMassey » Thu Dec 08, 2011 7:21 pm

Well, another week and a bit gone by, the bit caused by a winter flu bug! The next series of pics cover my attempts to improve the fuselage, rear turret and undercarriage.
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The surviving fuselage section from a 299 sdn MkIV
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Using a needle vice to detail the thin plastic disk patch.
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The completed modification
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Re: 299 Squadron Stirling Build - Arnhem

Post by GuyMassey » Thu Dec 08, 2011 7:42 pm

I have never attempted to do anything with a turret before, but I have always been aware that the gun barrels on the Airfix Stirling are incorrectly aligned. So this time I decided to rectify this and at the same time do something different. Firslly I cut the gunner away from the mount (sorry dad), then removed and realigned the barrels so that the inner pair were lower than the outer. whilst at it I cut up and stuck bits of an old credit card to form a semblance of gun mount. A bent piece of paperclip as framework completed my play. I decided to paint the mount and interior cockpit green in order to highlight the guns, although this is not strictly correct. The result isn't great, but with the glazing in place it looks better to me than Airfix's lump of plastic!
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The realigned gun barrels and bits of credit card!
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Painted green and black
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Re: 299 Squadron Stirling Build - Arnhem

Post by GuyMassey » Thu Dec 08, 2011 11:10 pm

I have always loved the Stirling undercarriage, though in real life it led to many tears being shed. Having assembled it, I painted the whole thing matt black. When dry the frame was gloss, and all panels satin varnished. Wire was used for brake lines and these were wire locked into place. The tyres were painted flat black and dry brushed with dark grey. When dry they were revolved against a dry brush with dark earth. If you want you could heat and flatten the bottoms, but this can cause the seam to split and therefore extra work, it also looks odd if the aircraft is hung from the ceiling!
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Wheels painted matt black and dry brushed dark grey. Hubs satin black with dark grey bolt holes
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Dry brushing the faces of the tyres using a mini drill and matchstick axle
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The whole assembly air brushed matt black
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