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About Wingco57

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    No longer below waterlevel!
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    Piston engined aircraft with WWII in particular. Huge fan of RAF Bomber Command and Halifax as speciality.

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  1. Thanks, work continues with cutting out the tailparts. Then I concentrated on the wings. I temporarily stopped working on the cockpit due to the lack of proper sized drawings. I think a trip to the office is needed although working from home since March 2020. in the meantime I have cut away the wingroots as the profile is incorrect. Being too flat, it should curve at the top and flat at the bottom. Also adjusted the flap separating line as they are not symmetrical (tip, never trust anything but check). Also the wings are very flexible now and really need some strong spars. Next time marki
  2. True, The Hampden is one of my pet projects but after failing twice using the vacforms I gave up. The only other option would be to make the moulds myself . I did scratchbuild a complete Hampden tail from solid plasticard once. Did the same for a Whitley I said before ( apart from inaccuracies) the fuselage on the original ID Models do not taper at the nose and tail giving a plank-like view which is not accurate. The builder needs to do a lot of work to obtain anything resembling the real aircraft. I have a lot of fun hacking away at these kits to get a better understanding of the airc
  3. Seems like the seat is at it’s highest position too, not really realistic in real life ( or a very short pilot).
  4. Thanks, I hope the puffiness will disappear after sanding. I have practiced a lot on the Manchester (HK Models 3d printed prototype devoid of any detail) so this blank canvas will be similar. Problem is that the Warpaint drawings do not match the kit which makes marking out the panellines in pencil a hit and miss affair. I do have another set from a different source which may help. Only after I am satisfied I will engrave the panellines. But I have cut out the flap area. Looking at the superb scratchbuild model by Megas Tsonos the Stirling will look great with those massive
  5. Due to lack of suitably enlarged drawings I cannot continue the nose butchery at the moment. So I thought why not free the major parts from the backing plastic. As you can see the surface is quite rough here and there. Cutting out the parts is a very straightforward job and after 20 minutes I had a general idea of the size of the beast. This sure is a big b........bugger. I let the pics do the talking.
  6. Thanks, surgery has been done and I am happy about the top section. The area between the bombardier and the noseturret will be difficult however as the plastic doesn’t follow the intended lines. These need to be a combination of a triangle and circle. Perhaps I will have to follow Megas Tsonos’ build in this. Been looking at the noseturret itself too. I have a HK Models FN5 of which the interior is similar to the Stirling setup. The sides however are much flatter and have no framing. Squeezing the transparency may work as you can see the difference in the pics. I will have to modify
  7. Yes, google Stirling Project and all will be revealed. Not much time for modelling the past few days, but did get some today. And a destructive session it was. Although fun these kits have one major flaw and that is that the fuselage nosesection in planview is not tapered. So the Modeller has two options. Leave it like it is and have a plank instead of a good representation, or (you guessed it) modify the fuselage halves. Which I did. The pic of the crashed Stirling shows that the top of the nose is tapered and the bottom is much wider, a bit eggshaped. So the top need
  8. There are not many forums where a Sunderland and Stirling are underway in 1/32. In the meantime I have started on the throttle box. The basic shape you can see here. And some pics showing an actual one restored by the Stirling Project. This throttle box was restored using the recovered one from B Mk III BK716 for reference. BK716 will be the aircraft I am modelling and the wreck of which has been succesfully recovered last September from the ijsselmeer. I have been involved with this project from the start since it was located during 2009.
  9. I know what you mean Tom good to see you back on this wonderful project. How is the garden pond progressing? You need something to display this behemoth in
  10. Thanks chaps, well the seatframes do not actually run on rails but they fit very nicely. Very pleased how this difficult stage has turned out. The X-members were a bit of a problem at first but then I thought of Ikea and in fact it was quite easy with interlocking sections.
  11. Just a plastic bag for packaging the seatframes halfway under construction.
  12. Never satisfied ey Peter? some more work being done. The seats are mounted on seatframes which are quite tricky to make. Using a jig from scrap plastic ensures all frames are identical, these will have to be built up to “H” section and two frames will be joined to form one seat frame. . Also the control columns have been fitted. The wheels will be done much later after painting and finishing of the cockpit as they will be very fragile.
  13. I may just to that. Today I have done most of the stringers. The nose still needs to be done but I have to get the drawings to determine the apertures for the noseturret and bombardier transparency first. After the stringers the halves needed to be checked for fit. But that has been completed now. Work is about to start on the details.
  14. I am thankful to Evergreen actually Sone more progress by adding detail to the flightdeck, heelboards, seat mountingrails, the raised floor for the watertank, pencilbox. And I started adding the stringers to the starboard fuselage half. This is fun.
  15. Well, this for instance I have been working on the flightdeck with the seatrails. Some structure underneath the pilots floor and the navigators table. also fitted the armoured door which will provide some view of the flightengineers panel without having to fully detail this area. The detail is a mix of Mk I and Mk III and not intended to be dead accurate. As the cockpit “coupe” is very large, a lot of the flight deck is visible and a lot of detail is needed in this area.
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