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.