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1/32nd scale Avro Shackleton AEW2 - scratchbuild project

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Nice to see your progress Tom. The nacelle looks very convincing. Now you can compare notes with Cees as to how to finish the front end of the engines! :D

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Hi Tom,

I understand what you mean. These projects can get under your skin. It's a matter of motivation ( or the lack thereof). The first outboard nacelle has at least been started so another step towards the fun part. Hang in there.

Cees

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Afternoon all :)

 

With the school holidays upon us and me entering retirement for the summer, I thought it time to get this project back on to the bench...

 

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As you can see, it doesn't fit all that well!

 

I'd got to the stage of completing one outboard engine nacelle, so decided to get the other one done. This began by adding a series of strips (or planks) cut from plastic card and slowly adding them to the framework of the nacelle I'd made earlier:

 

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These were then built up over a couple of evenings until the basic shape of the nacelle was formed:

 

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With the glue allowed to harden for a week, I then coated the nacelle in a generous helping of car body filler:

 

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This was then sanded back and a coat of filler-primer applied, before this too was then sanded and polished to leave a beautifully smooth finish to the nacelle:

 

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After a serious sanding session, some light refreshment is called for ;)

 

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I wasn't completely happy with the leading edges of the wings, so I also took the opportunity to re-profile them:

 

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I then primed and polished up the 3D printed 'power-eggs' and test fitted them to the firewalls - thankfully my careful measuring and planning paid off, and although they're not quite a Tamiya fit, they fitted pretty well:

 

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After the power-eggs were glued to the firewalls, it was a simple job to blend them in with filler and then give the wings a primer coat of grey - here the engine fronts are just taped in place as I still need to make the radiators and oil coolers before the fronts can be permanently attached:

 

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And so now a major milestone has been reached, about 18 months after starting this build, and the airframe is now complete:

 

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Underside:

 

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And here she is with a 1/72nd scale Revell Shackleton as a useful size comparison:

 

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So now I can concentrate on the detailing of the model - the cockpit and flightdeck may well be the next task as the upper fuselage still needs blending in. The extreme rear of the fuselage needs some tweaks too, but the main construction is now over and I'm pleased to have reached this point in the project - it's all down hill from now on!

 

All the best,

 

Tom

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This is a truely big bird and an even so huge project. You have my deep respect for the courageous effort to start this and stay with it. I wouldn't now how to handle that beast. It seem nearly the size like an adault Albatros. Nice works on the wings an nacelles. Enjoy your refreshment after lots of dust from sanding, but a screwcap wine, tss, tss, tss ;).

Cheers Rob

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Magnificent, that thing is huge compared to your workbench (or you must have a very small bench). I bet you have surprised yourself too.

Looking forward to see the cockpit interior getting worked on.

Keep it up.

Cheers

Cees

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Evening all :)

 

I've dusted this off in time for a trip to Telford and decided to tackle the rudders over the last couple of weeks. You'll have to excuse the terrible photography as I haven't had the time to get the proper camera set up so I've been snapping away with my camera phone in the dark winter evenings...

 

I carefully removed the fins from the stabilsers and using the set of plans I have, cut the shape of the rudder from plastic card. As the real thing is an aerofoil shape, I cut what would become the leading edges from sprue, and mated these to the rudder hinge line:

 

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Next up was to add some thicker plastic card to the forward third of the rudders to aid with the thicker forward part of the structure:

 

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The thicker forward sections and aerofoil shape were then made up and blended together with filler:

 

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They were then primed with filler-primer, sanded sooth with some micromesh, and then I scribed the basic panel detail on to them. The riveting will have to wait as I can't find my riveting tool anywhere at the moment:

 

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The rudders now fit nice and snugly to the fins themselves, which have now been reattached to the stabilisers:

 

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And here she is sitting pretty on the kitchen table and ready for a trip to Telford next weekend:

 

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As you can see I have also started playing around with the propellers, but more of that next time:

 

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I'll hopefully catch some of you at the Nationals - the Shackleton will be on IPMS West Kent so do pop over and say hello!

 

Tom

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Hi Tom,

Good to see you back on this one. That's a simple but very effective way of representing the rudders. That's what I like the most about scratchbuild projects such as these. How to solve problems and every modeller does it in a different way.

Amazing how this Shack is shaping up. Props look very nice too.

See you at Telford!

Cheers

Cees

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That is an incredible piece oft art and an awesome big model!! Your techniques are inspiring!

Cheers Joachim

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Saw it at Telford and it's even bigger than I had imagined. But it looks fantastic.

Cees

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