Thursday, 27 September 2018

Hawker Typhoon for PSS - small progress

Whilst battling with the 3D printer on parts for other airframes, I've managed to get the cockpit fitted out, pilot in, and now the cockpit is on.  A major milestone for this aircraft, as that's the last bit of gluing done to the fuselage.  Paint is hopefully just round the corner..

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Back to building - Tiffie in the workshop

Well, after a few niggling repairs and updates to some airframes after the previous PSSA meet on the Orme (A10 wing dowel, U2 hole punctured in fus, spinner came off the Hurri, repair to Mustang wing where Shona knelt on it!), I'm back to building new aircraft.

The Tiffie is coming along nicely as she is really close to paint now, with the cockpit being fitted out and pilot in her seat.

I've got a big lump of lead to cast for the spinner, then I can make some final adjustments, fit the cockpit, mask up and go to paint.  Not sure she'll be done for October's meet though, as the Antonov needs a few little bits and I want to take her too.  Will see!

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Hawker Hurricane mk iid JV-Z for PSS - it flies!

Well, she flies, and flies well.  At just over the 4lb mark, the penetration and and energy retention is quite impressive, and will easily leave a JP and A4 (previous mass builds) in it's wake in the same conditions!

I also maidened the SBD - which I was pleasantly surprised with; the little Mustang - great fun and nimble; and lastly the Rafale was sorted enough to put in a good flying session.  She needs a bit more up-trim winding into the linkage permanently I think.

The SBD was a real star though - very aerobatic, and very stable through the turbulence.  The dive brakes work well, and lower the aircraft as if on an elevator, and I even dropped a bomb on the slope!

All in all, a great meet, and 3 great new aircraft all sorted.

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

PSS 2018 Mass Build - Hawker Hurricane mk iid

I haven't really covered this aircraft on the blog here, as mostly I kept a forum thread updated with progress instead.  That can be viewed, here.

JV-Z was a 6 Squadron aircraft, and part of the "Desert Air Force", or 1st Tactical Air Force as it later became known.  JV-Z was a mk iid Hurricane, armed with two 40mm Vickers "S"cannon and just two .303's in the wings loaded with tracer for aiming purposes.  The 40mm cannon were loaded with just 15 rounds each, and the aircraft was equipped with extra armour around the radiator, engine, and pilot.  This only made a "marginal" difference to performance, apparently.

6 squadron earned itself the nickname "The Flying Can Openers", and modern 6 sqdn aircraft have a small motif on the aircraft to celebrate that.

My Hurricane is built from the mass-build Matt Jones plan, and weighs in at 4lb 6ozs RTF.

Thursday, 30 August 2018

The Antonov flies!

The big beastie took to the air without problems last week, the re-maiden happening on the Long Mynd.  Nothing to report really, other than I need to stick some covering back down, and two of the engines need a rework where the release tabs have cracked off the top.


Monday, 6 August 2018

Still here, still workshopping! PSS Black Horse P51

Exactly 2 months since my last update, wow.  Time flies when you're having fun I guess!  Some of the PSS events have been a waste of time due to the continued high pressure dominance that has lead to one of our hottest summers ever, and the resultant zero wind.   

This hasn't slowed down this modeller however, meaning that I have been flying drones a lot more and getting models prepped and finished as much as I can for "when the wind will come again".

So, models then.  This little P51 is a Black Horse model that I found on the BMFA classifieds as an un-started kit.

Here she is, finished and RTF at 2lbs 2ozs.  That's with about 5ozs of noseweight - which I could have saved if I wasn't so lazy with the radio install...

..which is shown here.  I could have moved the servos up in front of the wing, but that would have meant new control snakes, and...well...I didn't have any and I just wanted her finished.

Nice big access hatch!

She has got a semi-symmetrical wing (2 part plug-in, with an aluminium spar, ace!) so won't fly in the lightest of winds.  We will see.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

PSS Hawker Typhoon - paint prep

A fitting day to mention the Tiffie, as it's the 75th anniversary of D-Day.  On this day 75 years ago, the 2nd Tactical Air Force were heavily engaged over the skies of France with rocket and bomb attacks on enemy positions, and vehicles in front of the line of advance.

Eisenhower himself specifically praised the Typhoons - "The chief credit in smashing the enemy's spearhead, however, must go to the rocket-firing Typhoon aircraft of the Second Tactical Air Force... The result of the strafing was that the enemy attack was effectively brought to a halt, and a threat was turned into a great victory."

Heavy praise indeed for the aircraft and pilots

"Return of the Hunters" by Anthony Saunders

So, to the model then.  Everything is in primer, and I'm currently waiting for the pilot to arrive so I can finish off the cockpit installation.  In the mean time, I am getting some detail work done.

The radiator liner has been added (made from some coated kevlar flexible sheet) with thickened epoxy.  The back of the panel is indeed a funny shape - once finished it will have a stiffener to form it back into a shape rather than deformed as it is now!

Trim tape has been added to the fuselage and wings.  This will get a coat of primer, then removed, which will add panel lines on the airframe.  Down either side of these will be rivets, burned into the paint and glass with a soldering iron and a special tubular tip.

I've amassed some parts for the cannon installation too, more to follow on that after this weekend I hope.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

PSS Antonov An-225 - complete!

It's been a while since I've posted, but I've been on-and-off on the building front due to other life stuff.  The 225 is now complete, balanced, and ready to fly.  Not quite true I guess, as I haven't added the thrust tubes onto the back of the engines as yet, but I'm happy for her to fly without those for now.

What a lump! I'm never moaning about moving the A10 around again..

Friday, 27 April 2018

PSS C17, Antonov, and Typhoon progress

Work is progressing well on all sorts of parts.  I've been on a bit of a glassing binge recently, getting a few parts done every night if I can.  Here the Typhoon ailerons, C17 elevators and wingtips are all getting their first sides glassed :

Then the second side :

Rub down and clean-up.  Really liking the finish on these ailerons :

The Antonov has had its middle-fuselage-piece faced with 3mm birch ply, and the clamp plates secured :

The rear fuselage piece has had the facing started, hopefully everything will be ready for covering by Sunday.

Monday, 23 April 2018

C17 Globemaster III for PSS - garden shot

Just an update to show the C17 alongside the Antonov.  I have done a few bits on the C17 this weekend, including changing how the tail section is secured to the nose, which will make it quicker and more secure to put together.