Thursday, 6 December 2018

Seahawk and Liberator progress

The Seahawk now has a completely glassed airframe, and is now being rubbed down, and more progress has been made on the Liberator.  I'm quite liking glassing in the evenings now, certainly beats a film finish.

Quite happy with the finish I'm getting here, before rubbing back :

All done, and the start of the cockpit plug :

B24 tailplane and elevators all glassed, so a test fit-up was called for.  All good :

The B24 fuselage gets its first bit of glass on the bottom :

I've also glassed all the main surfaces on the C17 tailplane now, just the stubby bits to finish up and that'll be ready for knocking back too.  With any luck, the Seahawk will get some primer this weekend, especially as it's a long weekend for me.  

Monday, 26 November 2018

Hawker Seahawk for PSS - final bits of woodwork

The fin has now been clad, the elevator linkage soldered up an in place, and the exhaust fairings completed.  Quite close now for some more glass - as usual for me the whole bottom in one piece, then the fin, then the top.  

I've still to cut the ailerons from stock, as well as the elevators and rudder, but they don't take long at all, and will take longer to glass than shape.

AUW currently 1lb 9ozs, and I think the target will be another pound and a bit on top of that. If she ends up at 3lb, that'll be 19oz sq ft, which isn't too bad at all really.

Thursday, 22 November 2018

A rare post! Some building, some buying..

Apologies for the lack of posting, but I've been busy and not getting around to taking photos during builds, when I have actually been able to get to building.

I've been getting some more glassing done, here Seahawk and Liberator parts:

Out of shot are some Ilyushin parts (tailplane and fin) that were also glassed.  It's all coming along, slowly.

And here the underside of the Seahawk wings.  Just a bit of balsa behind the roots for the jet exhaust to add, then the whole fuselage can be glassed too:

A new addition to the fleet is this Byron F20, which has never been flown and used as a static model only.  She will get some new home-made wings, and a respray ready for the slope:

One of these F5 schemes I think:

The Typhoon has progressed a little, and then gone back a few stages as some of the work around the cannon wasn't to my liking, so I've re done the cannon mounts.  All of the priming is complete now though, so it's just waiting for some garage time to get the spraying started.

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 74th anniversary of D-Day.  On this day 74 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.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Antonov An-225 Mriya - the rebuild progresses

Lots of work on the 225 these past few days, including the biggest change - sawing the main fusealge in half.  This thing was 14 feet long, and made moving / transporting / handling / everything just too hard.  OK this isn't an everyday slope model, but it actually needs to not make me want to kill it every time I work on it.

Here is a snippet of the fus cut - join will be via 4 latches and 2 aluminium tubes :

I actually read some instructions and figured out what I was doing wrong when binding the second RX to give me 16 channels on the Horus.  Wing programming is now finished.  Here the 4x 4200mAh LiFe batteries that will run everything, as well as the two receivers on their respective distribution / battery back boards :

The nose is ready for some HK film now :

Flaps 3 and 4 (in-board centre section) have had new servos, servo arms and pushrods :

I'm now waiting on the wing tube delivery from SLEC so I can get the fus parts sorted.

Friday, 6 April 2018

PSS HET Rafale - complete

Well, she's just about done now.  All balanced, and needed no noseweight, which is nice.  AUW is 2lb 2ozs - thank god I replaced the fin with a balsa one!

I was going for three colours on the top, but have stopped where she is for now.

A white nose, panel lines and weathering done :

Weathering and jet exhausts done here :

Exhaust detail :

That's it, and she's ready for this weekend's (windless) PSS event in North Wales.  Done!

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

PSS HET Rafale - colour being shot at last!

With a to do list of about 22 items, and realistically only 3 days to get it done (and still working for a living), the Antonov has been put on the back burner for the April meet.  So what to finish off instead? Well, the little Dassault Rafale is so close, it'd be rude not to!

Masked up the blue underside :

Here we go :

Light sand colour shot first :

Drying off in the (new) kitchen :

Masking up for camo :

Darker sand colour sprayed :

Off with the masking! :

Very happy with the sand / blue contrast :

Time to get some decals and panel lines on, then she's ready for top coat.