airscale Posted November 13, 2013 Share Posted November 13, 2013 Hello all, I picked up the HpH Hornet kit at Telford this weekend and what a beauty it is. It will be my first resin kit and I am looking forward to learning a new discipline. More of the kit later.. The subject I have picked is Sea Hornet F Mk22 TT202. I chose this one as there are a series of colour pictures taken on an air-to-air sortie on the South Coast with de Havilland test pilot Pat Fillingham at the controls. I like the simplicity of the scheme and the fact that the surface finish even on an all silver aircraft has many hues and tones. Here she is... ..a stunningly beautiful aeroplane and full credit to HpH for kitting it. I have been speaking with David Collins who runs the Hornet Project – he is literally a world authority on the aircraft and has been assembling what little remains of the real aircraft into a full cockpit section rebuild. Over time I am looking forward to learning more and more about it. So onto the kit – here are some shots of what’s in the box.. ..major components.. ..nice surface detail... ..lots of bits & bobs... ..nice PE.. ..so, while I was waiting for Telford and not painting the Sea Fury I am also working on, I got started on the Merlin engine – the kit does not have separate engines so I got hold of the sprues for a Merlin from a Tamiya Mustang. The 130 series Merlin in a Hornet differs in that the air intake at the rear takes air from the top, not the bottom, and there is a big gearbox on the front to allow the props to rotate in different directions countering asymmetrical torque. ..visible here.. ..the tamiya parts.. ..first up was to build the rear air intake structure... ..and modify the kit parts.. ...detailed the carburettors - they look like funny little people.. ..with a bit of paint.. ..modified the coolant pump to the bigger bore Hornet unit... ..starting on the gearbox – I made a brass template by reducing a parts manual image to 1/32 scale... ..starting on the gearbox structure.. ...and the nearly finished unit.. ..the hoses are from a car set I got somewhere in the US with an insert of albion alloys tube and another sheath of tube & a micro washer. The clamp is just tamiya tape and a strip of brass (thin as paper stuff). I have just got some brass nuts from scale hardware so will now be able to do the hexagonal connectors I think - used some today and it seemed to work.. ..they are not in this pic, but I did add more hoses & the distributor sheathed cable (again car stuff).. ..the front of the Hornet's merlin (and others for all I know) has the prop pitch control mechanism & bits - it looks like a little engine in itself... ..I made up the core of the unit from a bit of rod and some square brass tube. The little cylinder like thing I made from different sizes of airscale instrument bezels on another rod - being the founder does have some perks! ..started making the other side from stock and more airscale bits ..after a fair few hours I have a Hornet part that will probably never be seen yippee... ..and fitted on the gearbox... ..a bit of paint - it needs sorting as here it is so fresh the wash is still wet... ..thats all for now - sorry but anyone tuning in for Hornet action; I am afraid it will be a little bit delayed while I sort adding a Tamiya engine think I might clean up the nacelle at least then you get to see some of it! TTFNPeter 5 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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