Glued Up issue 7
B-17G ‘Nine-Oh-Nine’ by Steve Woodward (Academy kit)
The BIG Issue!
IN THIS ISSUE:
News and future events – what’s coming up soon
Cosford show – a welcome return to the show calendar
Poole Vikings show – our first time. Could the locals cope with us?
Goldings model demo – we show the public how it is done
Duxford show - we become Airfix brand champions for the day
Old Warden show – we fly the club flag-literally.
Let Battle Commence – Steve Woodward butchers the Airfix item
and produces a masterpiece.
Ask Alan – our resident guru wakes up and smells the Contacta
Whats coming up?
Events to note in your diary :
June 1 – Military Pageant Airshow, Old Warden
June 8 – East Anglian Model Competition, Ipswich
June 15 – MAFVA Nationals, Duxford
June 21 – Modellbrno, Brno, Czech Republic
Please note that owing to the current economic situation T&R Models in Wellingborough are withdrawing their 10% discount to model clubs. However they remain very strong in military inventory and are well worth a visit.
Back in March during a short break in Prague I paid a visit to three hobby stores, MPM, Bilek and Pecka Modelar,(sad man-Ed) and discovered that the retail experience is very different. You can’t browse the stock as you can over here as everything is behind the counter. However the staff are very knowledgeable and will open the boxes for you to inspect the contents prior to purchase. And sorry chaps, I got the last Bilek (ex-Airfix) Fairey Battle.
I will be going to Modellbrno in June so if anyone needs anything Czech produced let me know. Prices aren’t as keen as they used to be but you can still save 25% on UK retail.
Watch out for – Revell ‘Classics’ range, a crop of Airfix re-releases including the Defiant and CMR’s resin Short Empire at an eye-watering £120.
SHOWTIME - RETURN TO COSFORD
( Braving snow, ice and Louise’s driving, our intrepid pals head north to Shropshire, where men are men and sheep are the wrong scale….)
It started at 5.30 am on Sunday when Louise rang Simon to see if we were still on for the show. Copious amounts of white flaky stuff was falling from the sky. Simon rang Bob and confirmed that we would give it a go and see how we got on. The main roads were fine so we persevered up to Telford only to encounter a big accident on the M6 which held us up 45mins.
On arrival we found parking very easy next to Hangar 3 where our table was, right under the Lincoln propeller. Next came the daunting task of unloading the Dora – this went without a hitch. We then started to arrange models around Simons “large weapon”.
Within half an hour everyone seems to have arrived so we got ourselves organized and set off to find refreshments. I must say there were plenty to choose from with lots of variety and prices were ok. (Have you considered a career with Egon Ronay?-Ed)
At 9am Simon and I took ourselves down to the competition room to enter a few models. These included the Dora, Sdkfz half ton half track, the armoured bulldozer and the Star Wars speeder bike. Throughout the morning we all manned the stand and took turns wandering the hangars in search of some bargains. There were a variety of different traders and stalls to chose from which I thought was fantastic. This made a great change from all the usual faces we have seen at past shows.
Throughout the day Simon’s weapon took a massive amount of interest from modelers old and new – if he had charged for photos on the day he’d be loaded by now! The afternoon seemed to fly past and it was then time to get down to the competition room for the results. At this show the Dora WAS judged which Simon was happy about but it failed to achieve a gong. The half track and armoured bulldozer didn’t come anywhere but the speeder bike received a first (gold) in the science fiction class beating MK Club into second place – ha ha ha! The day drew on and we soon decided to pack away and head for home as the journey is quite tiring (even as a passenger!). After 2 hours travelling a hot bath and bed were very welcome.
To sum up everyone who attended said it was a fantastic show with loads of traders, refreshments and stalls that kept us entertained all day. The organisers did a fantastic job on the day and I think this showed. This was worth the early start and putting up with Louise’s driving in dangerous conditions. I think we would all agree it was a great day and we are looking forward to their next show.
(Congratulations Hadleigh on yet another gong, but I fear you may be hitch-hiking to the next event)
FOUR GO MAD IN DORSET
(In which our brave chums, short on map reading skills and mobile phone technology, take on the rivet counters of Poole and come away victorious. Hadleigh ‘GongHunter’ Mead takes up the story…)
The Poole Vikings show was another new show on the calendar, but it required booking accommodation and travelling the day before.
Starting out around 10.30 am , Simon, Louise and I set up the sat navs and took to the roads towards the coast. There were not many hold ups to keep us from reaching our destination, however as soon as we arrived in Poole both sat navs decided to send us in two different directions (better use a map next time-Ed.). Luckily we had walkie talkies with us and we soon rectified the problem (The current O2 , T-Mobile, Orange and Vodafone TV campaigns have clearly missed their target-Ed).
Upon reaching the Sanford holiday park three hours later, we dismounted and headed for reception area only to be told we had to wait a further two hours to pick up the key. Once we were in the caravan we got out some of the models and did some repairs to them.. After a bite to eat at the restaurant. we waited for Bob to arrive as he’d had to work all day then take the drive down there.
While waiting Simon decided to try a swan dive on his bed and nearly had to have a spring removed
from his ribs. This was now 9.pm and we soon decided to hit the sack ready for the show the next day.
Around 6.30 am we could here Simon stirring so we all soon got up and got dressed and I cooked us some bacon and egg sandwiches to start us off for the day. We left the site at 8 am and after a short journey (around 7 miles) we pulled into the grammar school where the show was taking place. By this time the heavens had opened and the rain was coming down. Between the gang we got all the models in and proceeded to set up the table with the Dora as the centre piece. Straight away there was interest in our stand as again there was no other rail gun visible on show.
Once we had set up we all took a wonder around the show to see what was new. I must admit that there weren’t as many traders as I would have liked but the amount of clubs that were there did make up for this and the quality of the models on display was fantastic.
Simon and I decided to enter some of our models into the competition. I put forward the Star Wars speeder bike, the M107 diorama and the bulldozer. Simon entered the Dora (as expected), a 1/16th T-34, a Sdkfz half track and a T-69. The entrant’s fee was only 25p per model which I thought was very good. With these now in the competition we relaxed and had a bite to eat from the refreshment stall. A lot of people came through the doors on the day even though it was raining and our stand took a lot of interest from modellers old and new. Simon had to do his talk on the Dora around two dozen times so we have opted to put it onto tape or CD and sell it so that he doesn’t have to repeat himself at shows. (10% royalties should suffice , Simon-Ed)
The judging was taking place up on the stage this time, so we got to see just how they judged the entrants in each category. Simon’s Dora was judged at the table and they found that the gun crew was in fact wearing the wrong boots to be working on this model. This made Simon think that trainers might be more appropriate for the German crew as they would give more grip whilst working on the gun.(HA HA). With the afternoon over it was now time for the results of the competition. I took a gold for the Star Wars speeder (again) and a bronze for the M107 diorama, whilst Simon got a gold with the T-34 and then won best in show for the Dora. He then picked up a further gong for the memorial trophy on the Dora. All in all we walked away with five gongs from the Poole Vikings model show and made our mark on the Dorset coast.
With the day over Simon and Bob packed up their things and said their goodbyes as they were going to head back home straight away. Louise and I headed back to the park for a further 2 days of partying and kit bashing. All in all I would say that the show was very good and well worth the journey down there. If I am a gong hunter then Simon is now known as King Gong! Here’s looking forward to next year’s show.
(Very many congratulations to Simon and Hadleigh for their superb performance on foreign soil and thanks to all four of you for flying the club flag.. Hadleigh, your insatiable enthusiasm for fast fried food 24 hours a day is an inspiration. I am told that over the weekend the bog fog was real…)
CLUB PROMOTIONS – Demo Day at Goldings
The lithe athletic forms of Peacock and McIntosh set out their stall……
Back in April we secured agreement with Goldings in the High Street for the club to demonstrate kit building on the first Saturday of the month. Goldings kindly surrendered the counter at the back of the shop by the model racks which provided enough room for two to demo at any one time. In spite of an unusually quiet Saturday we generated a lot of interest and may have picked up a couple of potential members. Goldings are up for us doing a repeat performance in the autumn.
Congratulations to Guy King on winning the Youth Modelling Competition, and many thanks to Andy, Bob, Steve The VAT, Dave and particularly Barry who organized the flyers on the day and promoted the club as if his life depended on it. And to Vic at Goldings and his staff for facilitating the day and making us welcome.
Working with Airfix at Duxford
“Quick – let’s get organized before Bob arrives with his Nimrod ‘Ann Summers’ conversion”…………….
During a conversation with Martyn Weaver, Product Manager at Airfix, I was able to secure permission for us to demo Airfix kit building next to their mobile showroom at Duxford on May 18th. Airfix pulled out all the stops, providing gazebo, kits, tools, materials and paints. Andy Horton and I became Tony Honour’s pit crew for the day.
There’s something quite appealing about the heady mix of AvGas and bacon rolls that is Duxford’s trademark. And with good weather forecast we were set up for a good day of modelling alfresco. While Andy , well out of his comfort zone grappling with a Harrier GR.3, and Tony did the early shift I set off for a spot of shopping, successfully securing Zvezda’s beast of a Pe-8 and the remaining kits for my Tintin project.
We’d envisaged a day of knocking together a brace of Series I and 2 items. Then along came Bob, brandishing a Nimrod fuselage and two lumps of resin, one of which would not have looked out of place in an adult entertainment catalogue. This turned out to be Cammett’s AEW.3 conversion. Cut, grafted and taped, this created a lot of interest amongst the dewy-eyed ex-service fraternity.
Simon Boness having recovered from the shock of having to assemble something smaller than a 1/35 scale railgun went to work on a Buffalo kit and produced an unpainted masterpiece in under two hours. I had a go at trying to beat this with a P.38 Lightning and failed. Guy King flew the flag for the younger element with distinction.
All through the day we attracted a healthy flow of visitors in transit from the Airfix showroom including many families with children, all picking our brains on a variety of topics, topping and tailing Airfix’s efforts very nicely-just what we were trying to achieve.
Events such as this are perfect for promoting both hobby and club to the general public, and Airfix were very pleased with our participation. They very generously gave us all remaining kits and materials in addition to the items that we had requested in lieu of remuneration. To keep the ball rolling we are booking a hangar pitch at the Shuttleworth Military Pageant on June 1st.
Many thanks to Andy, Tony, Simon, Guy, Dave and Bob for their participation, and to Martyn Weaver at Hornby for making it all happen.
Superb Spitfire XII by Steve Woodward-omitted accidentally from two issues back.
Shuttleworth Military Pageant June 1st
Our chairman hunts in vain for a set of Eduard canopy masks for a 1:1 scale Hurricane….
Keeping up the promotional momentum we made a hefty investment in stand space at Shuttleworth last Sunday. Most of us managed to breach the paltry allocation of free trader passes and made it in OK thanks to some deft handwaving and press-on driving from yours truly. Although the weather was not kind, it did not deter the diehard enthusiast public and our mix of kit demo, model displays and kit sales kept a steady flow of visitor interest throughout the day. We passed out plenty of good advice and attracted attention from all ages. Our Hints and Tips leaflet proved particularly popular.
Bob fondles his ‘rod whilst the public look on nervously…….
Yet again Bob was out to impress the ladies with his, ahem, interesting Nimrod conversion and managed to get resin to bond to plastic with aplomb. Dave Ross’s stunning FW190 and Guy King’s brace of Fokker Dr.1 builds took centre stage whilst I grappled with a Hobbyboss Hurricane. for part of the afternoon.
Time will tell if our initial activity yields new members. In the meantime I believe that it is worth sustaining as promotion of both club and hobby go hand in hand.
Thanks to Andy, Dave, Bob, Tony and Steve and Guy King for all their efforts and to Barry for his painstaking work on our banner which left no-one in any doubt as to who we were…
CONSTRUCTION FEATURE –Let Battle Commence ! by Steve Woodward
Well I had to tackle it one day and now I seemed to have enough information and had just had my interest re-kindled by reading about the famous but costly attacks on those bridges early in the war, it seemed like a good time. I knew that this was a job where my enthusiasm would need to be high. It would be counter-productive to approach this without it.
The Airfix Fairey Battle; until recently the only 1:72 kit of this important type available but hopelessly inaccurate. It was spot on to the drawings that the Airfix designers had worked from yes, but they were the wrong drawings! A full account of this little misunderstanding can be found in the October 1986 edition of SAM so I won’t go into it here but in a nutshell, it resulted in a most inaccurate kit of the Battle, which to me just doesn’t look right when built from the box.
The wings are too narrow in chord and short in span at the tips, the fuselage a good 4mm too short between the engine panels and the wing leading edge, the horizontal tails too small and the fin much too small and the wrong shape. These are all major building problems that mean a lot of work. That same edition of SAM contains an article on improving the Battle kit but it seemed a complex and off-putting process.
I measured the model up against drawings in the March 1984 edition of SMI to decide where things needed fixing. I’m told other plans are available and these will be necessary to correct the kit.
Giving the matter some thought I decided to resolve the major problems as follows, and it is probably best to read this whilst looking at the photo of the model under construction. It explains things a bit better to look at a picture at the same time.
Fuselage – saw through each half at the rear engine panel line, then lengthen the fuselage by 4 mm using plastic card. Build up to the same level as the fuselage halves
using further card and filler.
Wings – saw off the trailing edge from the rear-most panel line and the whole wing-tip along the panel line from the outer-most edge of the aileron. Fit the new trailing edge to match the plans either from plasticard sanded to shape or as I did, just the top surface and some internal structure to allow for the flaps to be dropped slightly. This also made the model look more “alive” when finished but in the long-run was probably less work than all the sanding and filing would have been if putting on a solid trailing edge.
The tips I made from clear Perspex to allow for the flying lights to be simply masked-off when the model was sprayed. If you look at the photo it all makes sense!
Fin/Rudder – Cut the existing fin/rudder to the correct shape of the fin, then fill the old fin/rudder join line. Construct a new rudder from plasticard sanding and filing to shape against the drawings.
Horizontal tail planes – these are not too bad so I used the kit ones but if you’re being really fussy it would be necessary to build the from plasticard which would be simple enough but time consuming and dusty!
I also improved the model using a Falcon Clear Vax canopy which needs a little bit of cutting and filing around the rear cockpit. The cockpits and interior was detailed using plasticard and Aeroclub seats. Model was sprayed with Humbrol and Xtracolour paints and a mixture of kit decals, Modeldecal letters and odds and ends gave me what I needed to complete the colour scheme.
The whole thing took me over a month but I think you’ll agree that the finished model was worth the effort and as with any major modelling job like this, it was a great learning experience and developed skills that can be used in other projects in the future.
( In an era when there are so many kits available that one can shake and assemble without fuss, it is refreshing to find someone who has the courage to tackle modelling projects like this and produce such stunning results. Many thanks to Steve for this splendid article)
Our resident modelling guru stumbles through the fog to answer your questions, however absurd…….
The cat keeps sniffing the dope and talcum powder that I used on the balsa nose that I stuck on my late mark Beaufighter (Airfix Magazine, March 1963 refers) and it’s spoiling the paint work. Do you have any suggestions for dealing with this? Also it means that I can't sniff the dope and talcum powder.
Unhigh of Kempston
I’d wake up and smell the Bacardi……….
I want to build a model of an aircraft that no-one does a kit of to my knowledge. How should I go about this?
Why is it everyone who corresponds answers to the name of Steve? Maybe the Christmas card that I got this year saying ‘A Merry Christmas to all our reader’ is an indicator. Nevertheless I am delighted that someone has asked me first before getting onto that infernal internet and ordering this new –fangled pre-shaped resin stuff from the Czech Republic.That’s just cheating.
First, find your aircraft. The Port Victoria PV.8 has never been done in any medium in 1/48 scale to my knowledge. Studying plans from Airfix Magazine’s 1960’s volumes and ‘The Observer’s Book of WW1 Aircraft’ will reap dividends. Then purchase a block of balsa and plenty of sandpaper and work to shape. Far more rewarding and there’s nothing on TV in any case.
Then coat copiously with a mix of dope and talcum powder then sand and paint to create that just-assembled plastic kit effect. Your friends will not know the difference and will think that you are part of some elite aviation brotherhood.
(next issue deadline July 31st)