My Little Harry Tate completed build blog

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Thanks Fernando, Guy and Tony. Been busy with my dio and a 1/16 Paratrooper modification. Old 1/72 kits can be quite challenging and fun but sooner or later I may go the larger scales as the eyes are getting weak.

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Hi, seriously I didn't have any clear reference on how this worked. Only after I finished the build then only I saw Indiana Jones and the Crusades that I remember a scene when Sean connery was shooting from a biplane cockpit that I saw how it worked. Those straight vertical coming from the serated curved structure should be thinner as they were cables that run down to the cylinder wheels on each side of the cradle.

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They're made with plastic strip, copper wire and foil.

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Hi Richard
This is among my favourite builds of yours. Not only that you made a silk purse from this sow's ear but the detailing. The Lewis guns for a start and I know there is more to come.
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Thanks Jimbo, always great to have you along this old journey of a build.

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Richard, I'm just catching up and seen this magnificent transformation of that ancient kit into a real beauty. Watching with interest, cheers
 

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Hi Joe, thanks...theres so many post I'm involved in that I just saw this...about time I add more photos.

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Seeing that the pistons were fine I worked on the exhaust outlets and the exhaust itself...

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The kit part was too cylindrical so I folded plastic strip on to it and cut the ends.

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Which resulted in an angled opening. Then I added weld beeding along the whole pipe with thin stretched sprue.

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I fitted the Vickers gun onto the side cradle.

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I then added two pipe outlets using electrical wire tubing...the thinnest I could find.

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Wonderful work again Richard. You have a lot of builds going on at the moment. I am surprised there wasn't a palm tree or a steering wheel in the cockpit. :smiling3:
Did you contemplate changing the springs for self made ones?

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Hi, I've been away down south in Singapore last weekend and have not done any bench time or been on the net.

Wouter and Steve, thanks for the comments. The builds seem a lot but this is one that was completed about 3 years back but being shared here. The springs ...so that is what they are, well in that scale I thought painting them with washes and highlights would be enough.

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Continuation of the old build...I cut disc from styrene rod for fuel caps and lengths for a sight.

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Then added bracings on the top wing...this would hold some of the rigging.

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With my trusty drill bit and motor tool I pre drilled the wings that would take the rigging later on...

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I then replaced the engine top air scoop with one made from copper sheet.

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The profile of the new airscoop looked crisper than the kit part. A hole was predrilled to take on the rod leading from the Vickers gun to the propeller to synchronise the firing of the gun.

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Thats all for now.

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Continuation with the rigging drilling along the fuslage and tail...

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The syncro rod and Vickers cradle attached...

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First coat of primer sprayed...

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Added the cocking lever to the Vickers and proceeded with detail painting of the ejector chute in brass...and the lever handle in brown

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Highlighted the raised details with steel...

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Sprayed the underside with off white concentrating more paint on the raised ribbing.

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More next...

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And this is in 1/72 !
Richard, just had an enjoyable time reading through this, what a superb piece of work. That Lewis Gun is a joy to see .
I've never seen this before, must have been before I joined the merry throng
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I remember the finished article but not all of the amazing detail work that went into it, mind blowing miniature work Richard.
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Thanks John, Joe and Mike. Glad you like it. It doesn't just stop at the plane build...there will be more on the figures and groundwork.

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Hi, in some plan drawings provided by a fellow modeler from MM days I noticed a square opening at the bottom of the fuselage. On investigating it was an apature for an attached camera for recce.

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I cut out the opening and fashioned a lip surrounding it with thin card.

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You will have noticed the masking of the wing underside reccessed about 1mm. The surface colour overlapped the edges and a thin strip of the underside.

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The camera was scratched and support added to the back so it could be glued on the inside of the top panel in the fuselage.

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More to come.

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