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PostPosted: Thu 21 Jan 2010 11:44 am 
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Welcome to the GB Rich nice topic,  8-) Best of Luck.

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Hmmmm, well that's going to be a problem!

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Looks like an e-mail to Airfix.

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Blinking heck, it just gets better, just noticed the nose transparency is short as well. The only two clear parts I'm actually going to use on this build....

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Builder's crack?

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Rest of the sprues.

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The resin pannier and tail cone from Jenesis designs, which I presume is Jen Wright.

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The extended wing tips will be scratchbuilt from plastic card and the decals will be home made.

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Made a start. First thing I did was size up the pannier against the bombay doors. The resin pannier seems to come up a couple of millimeters short, and a bit shallow.

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I cut the radar bulge off, which was very simple, the plastic being very thin in this area.

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Next to come off was the bombay doors, as I assume on the aircraft the pannier was a direct slot in fit with the doors removed. The doors were removed by scribing around the recessed panel line. Again no major problems.

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Last to come off was the rear gun position to make way for the tail cone, which left the fusleage looking like this.

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The fuselage was assembled and dry fitted into the fuselage, where it became apparent a section would need to be removed to avoid fouling the resin inseert.

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I then taped the fuselage halves together to dry fit the pannier. There are no instructions with the set, so no indication which way is forward. Looking at photos the deeper end seems to go at the front. A simple arrow drawn onto the resin pour stub would have helped a lot in the absence of instructions.

In the end, which ever way you put the pannier in, it seems the resin is too shallow, so there is a step at the fuselage join. The width is spot on.

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I decided the "blunter" end should go at the front. This still left considerable gaps though. In the picture you can see the gap and the 2mm of bombay doors left in place where the pannier is short at the rear.

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Fiddling with cocktail sticks, it seems the pannier should sit lower. This solves the problem of the front and rear step, and also makes the depth of the pannier compared to photos look a lot better.

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Looks like a lot of work with sprue packing and milliput is going to be needed to seat the pannier in place.

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Dontcha just hate it when suppliers presume you'll know exactly what to do with their product  :twisted:

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Fit of the tail cone is a bit off at the bottom too.

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Painting up the interior.

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Great progress Rich, good luck with the pannier.

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Interior painted, seatbelts added, windows put in place with Gators grip glue.

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This will look good when done - one thing I find annoying with resin is that some makers don't actually make the parts in conjunction with the airframe!  :evil: Hence a poor fit.

I've a part built kit of this with a twist that will surface sometime as well.


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Fuselage halves glued together. I used various parts of the redundant bomb doors to patch up some of the holes ready for the milliput filler.

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For the top turret I used plastic card- more to be added externally.

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Wings joined together and the nacelles fitted, pretty good fit, with only a few sink holes here and there. The tips have been removed ready for the new plastic card scratchbuilt ones to be fitted.

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Template for the new tips. (Nice molding defects on the wing!)

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Laminating the sections for the wing tips together, a centre section with tab and top and bottom layers consisting of one thick piece of card and one thin to give the necessary cross section.

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Looks like some hard graft there Rich!  :shock:

Can't wait to see the finished item.....Anyone who can build two [s]Airfix Dragon-Rapide[/s] That Which Shall Not Be Named!  :twisted: kits in a sitting, without resorting to violence is a 'Modelling God' in my book!  :wink:

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Pannier and tail cone milliputted into position, I've done a second round of filling with humbrol filler.

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Put together most of the other sub assemblies and wings. Done the rough fitting and sanding on the tips, just has a bit of filler on to blend before final smoothing and shaping.

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Looking good despite the poor fit of the resin parts.

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Good stuff, Richard

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Excellent progress there Rich.  8-)  :notworthy:

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Starting to look like an aeroplane now, a bit of filler needed at the wing roots due to the slot mechanism used to attached them, but nothing major.

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Most of the remaining plastic attached, including tail planes and undercarriage. I'm attaching the two windows on the top of the fuselage, they look like they will need a bit of sanding to get them flush. Then I should be ready for primer.

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Looking good  :thumb:


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Great progress Rich,  8-)

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Great stuff - I was at the BA Archives a few weeks back for my dissertation research, and met someone who had worked for BOAC/BA, and worked at Heathrow in the immediate post-war era and mentioned a Halton with a load of strawberries that overran the runway - the police literally caught him red-handed!


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Got the Hu64 primer on. It showed up a couple of spots where a bit of additional filler was needed.

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I take my hat off to you Rich. You've done a seamless job on that pannier.

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