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About ThomasProbert

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  • Birthday 02/16/1982

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    Kent, SE England
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    Vacforms and scratch-building, civil aircraft modelling.
    Eighth Air Force in WWII

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  1. Howdy folks I hope everyone is managing to stay healthy and out of the way of this ghastly virus - I've been making the most of my time at home and have made the elevators for the big Shackleton. Scratch-building this sort of thing is really straightforward, and can be covered in the following steps: Step 1: Using scaled plans, cut yourself four elevator shapes (two left and two right) from plastic card. O.25mm is about the right thickness: IMG_1877 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Step 2: Again, using plans to guide me, the main panel lines are scribed on. This is done before further construction as it's far easier to scribe on to flat plastic card than when it's on the airframe: IMG_1879 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Step 3: Rivets are added: IMG_1883 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Pressing on to the soft cutting mat has actually left a nice oil-canning effect - bonus! IMG_1885 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Step 4: Using off-cuts of sprue, the leading edges of the elevators are made and attached to the hingeline: IMG_1886 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Step 5: Top and bottom 'skins' are then sandwiched together: IMG_1888 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Step 6: The leading edges and end plates are then blended with Milliput: IMG_1891 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Step 7: Fit your latest creations to the stabilisers: IMG_1893 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr And there we have it! Well - not quite. Still some fettling to do with the hinges and they also need priming. Unfortunately the local Halfords is closed due to the virus and I've run out of primer, so that'll have to wait. Stay safe people and thanks as ever for stopping by. Tom
  2. Thanks, Cees - very kind. I’ve sent you a PM via LSP about some Lancaster bomb doors - I’m in need of a favour! Tom
  3. That’s looking great under a coat of paint and no doubt will really start to come to life when the detail painting starts. Loving this! Tom
  4. I've been steadily shaping the rear end today - quite pleased with the new look and I think a big improvement over my original effort: S1030208 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr I've also begun making the master mold for the plexiglass tail cone - this will be bulked out and shaped with Milliput in due course: S1030200 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Good to be making some progress on this again Take care all, Tom
  5. Cheers, guys. It’s been a while since I worked on this but the creative juices are flowing again currently so full steam ahead! Tom
  6. Afternoon all It's been a while since I've done anything on this long-term build, but decided to get it back out for a bit of TLC and decided to jump straight back in and tackle something that I'd been needing to correct... When building the fuselage what seems like years ago I had somehow managed to make the extreme rear fuselage (where the rear observation glazing mates) completely the wrong shape. In my example, you can see I've made the fuselage sides curved, and the upper and lower fuselage too curved as well: IMG_1859 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr ...when compared to the real thing - taken at the Charlwood museum - which shows flat sides and top: Tail Glazing by Thomas Probert, on Flickr So, using some better plans as well as the good old Mk1 eyeball, I made a new shape for the rear fuselage: IMG_1861 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr ...which when offered up already improves the look: IMG_1860 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr The difference has now been built up with filler, and slowly a much better-shaped rear fuselage is beginning to emerge: IMG_1868 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Still plenty of shaping and blending to do, but I'm much happier with this now. I've also began inserting the framing into the cockpit as these will be needed to support the glazing when the time comes: IMG_1867 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr I'm enjoying being back on this - let's see how long the motivation lasts! All the best, Tom
  7. That is some top-drawer scratch-building, Cees. This is shaping up to be a masterpiece! Tom
  8. Thanks for the kind words, folks - much appreciated. I've never seen the Trumpy offering in the flesh, but rumour has it the rear fuselage (from where the canopy ends to the beginning of the fairing for the fin) is too long. I can't recall the exact amount, but it is substantial and adversely affects the look of the model - as if it has been stretched. Tom
  9. Progress has ground to halt unfortunately as other projects and life in general have got in the way. I did have it out again the other day though, and it may be making a return to the bench soon, depending on motivation which is vital for long-term builds such as these. Tom
  10. I've just added the final touches to Airfix's classic 1/24th scale Stuka. A great kit to build, and despite its age it's crammed full of detail, has some lovely surface detail and goes together really well. What you see here is as it comes in the box, with the only additions being some Eduard belts and a bit of extra plumbing in and around the engine. All paints were Xtracolour enamels. Ju-87 B-2 'Stuka' - 3/St.G2 - Northern France, August 1940 Picture 1 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Picture 3 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Picture 4 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Picture 7 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Picture 6 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Picture 8 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Picture 5 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Picture 2 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Picture 9 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Happy modelling, folks! Tom
  11. Here's Airfix's classic Harrier GR3 from the venerable 1/24th scale kit, warts and all. Built as it comes, but with some home-made additions to the cockpit and seat. Airfix decals and Xtracolour paints were used throughout. For its age, it's a really nice kit. The cockpit is very basic and the landing gear and bays are lacking in details, but with some good old-fashioned scratch-building you can make a decent representation of the Harrier. Happy modelling! Tom
  12. Afternoon, folks Not a huge amount of progress of late due to work commitments, but I've gradually been adding the interior structure of the forward bow section. My measurements have only been approximate and don't look at this as an example of accuracy, I am just hoping to fill out the interior and make it representative of the real thing. First up has been the forward flooring and ladder up to the flightdeck: IMG_0759 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr The raised pierced flooring for the tapered front section is yet to be made - I'm trying to come up with a plan to avoid drilling hundreds of holes... I've added some detail to the areas of the sidewalls that will be visible: IMG_0765 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr IMG_0766 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr The door on the rear bulkhead is, as far as I can tell, not present on the real aircraft and it's an open doorway, but as I'm not going to detailing the room behind I hope the Sunderland aficionados can forgive me..? It looks as if a fair bit will be visible through the forward door, so lots more detail to add in due course: url=https://flic.kr/p/2d9JJc8][/url]IMG_0768 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Until next time, Tom
  13. Many thanks for the kind offer, Hubert. I'll keep this in mind when it comes to engines/props in the future... There are a couple of options in 1/48th - there was a full resin kit (manufacturer escapes me) as well as either the Combat Models or Sanger vacforms. Sadly, no injection-kit yet.
  14. Afternoon all Some more progress on the Sunderland to update you on... One of the main problems when building big vacs like this the fact that due to the nature of the plastic and the fact there's no interior provided, the fuselage lacks structural integrity - especially when it comes to adding the wings and tail, etc. Therefore, lots of internal reinforcement is needed to provide enough strength for the model to be able to support itself. So it was out with the profile gauge and thick plastic card, and slowly bulkheads began to emerge... DSC_0039 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr For anyone familiar with the internal layout of the Sunderland, you will quickly see these bulkheads and floors are far from resembling reality, but considering next to nothing of the interior will be visible I went for strength over accuracy. The centre-section 'bomb room' as well as the nose section and cockpit are more in keeping with the real thing, however: DSC_0035 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr The other fuselage half... DSC_0037 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr ..now slides nicely over the other... DSC_0041 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr ...apart from the fact that the starboard fuselage is approx. 4-5mm deeper than the port - a bridge I'll have to cross at a later date! The sheer bulk of the fuselage and the size of the real aircraft is quickly becoming apparent: DSC_0043 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr A few more bulkheads to fabricate, and then it'll be on with making the finer details of the interior areas that will be visible. Until next time, Tom
  15. Thanks for the warm welcome, chaps! Yes indeed the B-29 was a challenge to work on due to its size, but at least the span on this is smaller That's great to know, Cees - I have a set somewhere too but I'm not sure how complete they are. I'll keep your offer in mind should I need anything. Most appreciated! The Shackelton is still on the bench but I've not done anything to it for a while - I've run out of steam at the moment. I've been working on it on and off for nearly two years now, so I'm putting it aside for the time being to return to it refreshed and ready to go when the mood takes. I've been working on the interior bulkheads the last few evenings, so I'll do my best to get some pictures of my progress up soon. Tom
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