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Postby VickersVandal » 03 Jun 2015, 13:23

Fairblue wrote: That's nice for you. I imagine Mrs VV is positively tripping over all your model building paraphernalia, then.


She'd probably say that :mrgreen: but since I have to do all my building at the dining table, all my gear is well and truly stowed away in IKEA cabinets or storage boxes when I'm not using it. I often have to have everything packed up in 5 minutes or less when the dinner gong sounds. I've learned to make it a very low impact hobby.
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Re: Non-Biggles-but-vaguely-related-to-Biggles models

Postby VickersVandal » 20 May 2018, 11:01

Finally finished an SE5a I was building for my brother. It's not up to my usual standard but he's happy with it :)
I've left a lot of detail off (mainly the control horns and wires) and just opted for the main rigging to make sure the plane generally looks right.

It was good to build this kit once through to discover the pitfalls of it for when I use my own to build Wilks' kite later on.

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Postby VickersVandal » 20 May 2018, 11:08

Oh, and I built this Triplane a while back as part of a 100 year anniversary of the Triplane group build that I ran. I can imagine Biggles going up against it during one of his escapades. It was flown by a chap named Loerzer. I liked the scheme.

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Postby SopwithCamel » 20 May 2018, 14:57

I love that SE! (I like the Triplane too, but the SE seems somehow...friendlier? :mrgreen: )
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Re: Non-Biggles-but-vaguely-related-to-Biggles models

Postby Fairblue » 20 May 2018, 15:00

SopwithCamel wrote:I love that SE! (I like the Triplane too, but the SE seems somehow...friendlier? :mrgreen: )

I know what you mean. Less menacing.
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Re: Non-Biggles-but-vaguely-related-to-Biggles models

Postby SopwithCamel » 20 May 2018, 15:06

Fairblue wrote:
SopwithCamel wrote:I love that SE! (I like the Triplane too, but the SE seems somehow...friendlier? :mrgreen: )

I know what you mean. Less menacing.


Yes. Whoever chose the crosses as a motif back in WWI should attend a marketing seminar :lol:
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Re: Non-Biggles-but-vaguely-related-to-Biggles models

Postby kylie_koyote » 21 May 2018, 11:40

Wow, those are great and you're very talented!
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Re: Non-Biggles-but-vaguely-related-to-Biggles models

Postby VickersVandal » 21 May 2018, 12:11

Thanks for the kind words, but I have to say I'm with Biggles on disliking the perishing square faced palsied SE :mrgreen:

I much prefer the rounded look of the rotary engined fighters of WW1 (Sopwiths, Nieuports etc) over the blocky noses of inline engined aircraft.

SopwithCamel wrote:Yes. Whoever chose the crosses as a motif back in WWI should attend a marketing seminar :lol:


Hans.....are we the baddies?....

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Postby SopwithCamel » 21 May 2018, 13:30

Hans.....are we the baddies?....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hn1VxaMEjRU


That clip was exactly what I was thinking of :o

I didn't know you're a Mitchell and Webb fan, VV?

I much prefer the rounded look of the rotary engined fighters of WW1 (Sopwiths, Nieuports etc) over the blocky noses of inline engined aircraft.


Are they easier to build or is it just that you like the look of it better?
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Re: Non-Biggles-but-vaguely-related-to-Biggles models

Postby VickersVandal » 21 May 2018, 14:23

I love me a bit of M&W ;) They're genius, those two.
I can't watch Peep Show, though. The cringe is so extreme as to be unbearable.

I prefer the rotary types because they all look far better in my view. It doesn't really make a difference to how easily they build. That's more about how many struts and rigging lines you have to contend with and the quality and fit of the specific kit. Pusher types are the worst. Building a DH2 or an FE2 is something I have put off so far because they are almost entirely composed of poles and sting, which in modelling terms constitutes a descent into madness... :shock:
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Re: Non-Biggles-but-vaguely-related-to-Biggles models

Postby Kismet » 21 May 2018, 14:46

VickersVandal wrote:I love me a bit of M&W ;) They're genius, those two.
I can't watch Peep Show, though. The cringe is so extreme as to be unbearable.

I prefer the rotary types because they all look far better in my view. It doesn't really make a difference to how easily they build. That's more about how many struts and rigging lines you have to contend with and the quality and fit of the specific kit. Pusher types are the worst. Building a DH2 or an FE2 is something I have put off so far because they are almost entirely composed of poles and sting, which in modelling terms constitutes a descent into madness... :shock:



I rather like Peep Show. My elder daughter captured me and made me binge watch a couple of series with her. In Betweeners is the one that I cringe at.

Do you always start with a kit which you modify, VV? Do you ever build your own from scratch (I'm thinking carve out components from a piece of wood or something)?
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Re: Non-Biggles-but-vaguely-related-to-Biggles models

Postby SopwithCamel » 21 May 2018, 15:00

I can't watch Peep Show, or their new show, Back. I love both of them on panels show, though, particularly David Mitchell, who is simply brilliant. :lol:

Do you ever build your own from scratch (I'm thinking carve out components from a piece of wood or something)?


I'm curious too. Do you have to draw your own "blueprints" for cutting out on wood? (Which I assume would be like working out a knitting pattern from scratch?)
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Re: Non-Biggles-but-vaguely-related-to-Biggles models

Postby VickersVandal » 21 May 2018, 15:06

I always look for a kit, though I'm considering scratchbuilding a Vickers Vedette since the chances of ever seeing a kit are virtually non-existent. If I can CAD model and 3D print that though, I would prefer to do that. I'm considering getting a 3D printer. They're quite affordable now. If the model was good enough, I would consider making moulds and selling it as a resin kit.

The only time I have fully scratch-built, is to model my first car in Hot Wheels scale: http://uamf.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=24&t ... mazda+1300. I'm still working on that, but I have got it pretty close, having carved from scaled drawings from a solid block of balsa.
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Re: Non-Biggles-but-vaguely-related-to-Biggles models

Postby SopwithCamel » 21 May 2018, 17:30

I'm fascinated as to how you go from "here is a plane" (or a picture of a plane) and figure out how to break it down into bits of wood to put together. I imagine you need what they call a spatial eye?

Remember those tests in school where they showed you a picture of building blocks and asked you what the back looked like? I'm fairly sure I failed that...
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Re: Non-Biggles-but-vaguely-related-to-Biggles models

Postby Kismet » 21 May 2018, 18:09

SopwithCamel wrote:I'm fascinated as to how you go from "here is a plane" (or a picture of a plane) and figure out how to break it down into bits of wood to put together. I imagine you need what they call a spatial eye?

Remember those tests in school where they showed you a picture of building blocks and asked you what the back looked like? I'm fairly sure I failed that...


Pretty sure I failed mine, too, Soppy. Carving fascinates me as I can't see things that way. I can't recognise faces either and I'm tone deaf. Somedays I wonder how I manage to walk down the street without falling over.
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