299 Squadron Stirling Build - Arnhem

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Re: 299 Squadron Stirling Build - Arnhem

Post by GuyMassey » Thu Dec 08, 2011 11:25 pm

The final touches to the under carriage. You could thin the panel edges if you are looking for extra realism.
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Frame gloss varnished
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Brake pipes added and panels aluminium dry and detailed.
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The complete assemblies set aside for later
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Re: 299 Squadron Stirling Build - Arnhem

Post by K4KittyCrew » Fri Dec 09, 2011 4:23 am

Nice work with the 'aged' tyres, mate.
John
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Re: 299 Squadron Stirling Build - Arnhem

Post by GuyMassey » Thu Dec 22, 2011 10:53 am

The run up to Christmas has caused a temporary slow down, but the next update will be about cowls, gills and the mighty Hercules. These items have taken a fair bit of thought, but watch this space, there could be one or two surprises!
Oh yes, before I forget...

:D :D :D A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR TO ALL!!! :D :D :D
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Re: 299 Squadron Stirling Build - Arnhem

Post by PAFG » Thu Dec 29, 2011 1:38 pm

Happy New Year to you too Guy - great work on the build, looking forward to seeing it completed early in 2012!

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Re: 299 Squadron Stirling Build - Arnhem

Post by GuyMassey » Thu Jan 05, 2012 4:08 pm

Finally an end to the festivities of the last few weeks and back to the grind... and of course my Stirling!
Now then, where was I? Oh yes, engines and cowls. This is the third Airfix Stirling that I have made, and the first in grey plastic. The old moulds have suffered over the years and are beginning to look their age. There has been more flash and misshapen parts than ever, and in my kit the cowls had really suffered. I dropped Airfix an email and within a week four new cowls arrived. These were still not great but at least they were complete. Looking at these parts on my bench, I decided to experiment and improve the detail.
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Airfix's parts. No engine detail and boring cowls.
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Sanding the poor gill detail off and rebating slightly
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Cutting the gills from thin plastic using a stamp collector's mount guillotine.
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Re: 299 Squadron Stirling Build - Arnhem

Post by GuyMassey » Thu Jan 05, 2012 4:30 pm

I decided to go the whole hog and invest in new engines from Vector http://www.neomega-resin.com/vector/british.htm. At £5 each for a little bag made this a little expensive, but what the heck it'll be fun!!!
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The Vector 72nd scale Hercules
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The first engine assembled, ensuring that the ports are to the front of the cylinders
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The crank case painted silk black and the cylinders washed over with a thin solution of artist's Burnt Umber and Turpentine, this really gets into the detail. Then set aside to dry.
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Re: 299 Squadron Stirling Build - Arnhem

Post by GuyMassey » Thu Jan 05, 2012 4:35 pm

More on the engines!
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after an initial dry brush over with Humbrol aluminium to bring out the detail.
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Trial fitting the Vector Hercules into the modified Airfix cowl. Note the cooling gills now in place.
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Re: 299 Squadron Stirling Build - Arnhem

Post by GuyMassey » Thu Jan 05, 2012 4:52 pm

I've just noticed... I've been promoted, I'm now a WO1!!! Yay! I now intend to match my father's rank at the time of Market Garden (P/O) in time to show him the completed model... I will celebrate my commission with the lads in style with a pint at my local.
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Re: 299 Squadron Stirling Build - Arnhem

Post by K4KittyCrew » Thu Jan 05, 2012 9:32 pm

Great going there Guy. Once you have reached your fathers' rank, if you like, we may be able to lock that rank for you, if you wish. I know of one member on another forum who requested as such.
Those new engines look great! Can we swap?
Cheers,
John
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Re: 299 Squadron Stirling Build - Arnhem

Post by GuyMassey » Thu Jan 05, 2012 11:28 pm

Hi John,
Got a long way to go with them, the manifolds will be interesting, they come forwards into the collector ring on early Hercules. Each will have to be scratch built, 14 in all on each engine, each with two ports and one exit. I believe I can get away with single ports when viewed from the front... we'll see! This is a process I call ELEPHANT CHUNKING. The theory is that if you cut an elephant into small enough chunks you can in fact consume an entire elephant over a long period. So do not expect fast progress at this stage!
"The purpose of life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave with a well-preserved body, but rather to Slide in Sideways, completely used up, yelling and screaming, what a ride!" anon.

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