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Re: 1/32 Iconicair Supermarine Attacker.

Postby pacificmustang » Wed Dec 19, 2018 12:58 pm

ericg wrote:Thanks guys,

Calum wrote:Nice work as usual Eric.. The Panel looks lovely

But what an awful looking aircraft. Supermarine should be ashamed of putting that name on such a thing:-)


Very harsh mate, but yes, the aeroplane has some aspects that look as dodgy as Bruce does looking at his mobile phone after a few drinks

Eric

Cold, very cold :lol: Nice progress Eric. I reckon its a great subject, and great to see it in 32 scale as well
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Re: 1/32 Iconicair Supermarine Attacker.

Postby saxon » Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:41 pm

Calum wrote:Nice work as usual Eric.. The Panel looks lovely

But what an awful looking aircraft. Supermarine should be ashamed of putting that name on such a thing:-)


It really is the Spitfire's ugly friend who tags along isn't it?

I am fascinated about a jet tail sitter though, one that operates from carriers no less!
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Re: 1/32 Iconicair Supermarine Attacker.

Postby ericg » Fri Dec 21, 2018 7:48 am

saxon wrote:
Calum wrote:Nice work as usual Eric.. The Panel looks lovely

But what an awful looking aircraft. Supermarine should be ashamed of putting that name on such a thing:-)


It really is the Spitfire's ugly friend who tags along isn't it?

I am fascinated about a jet tail sitter though, one that operates from carriers no less!


It’s not ugly! I find the aircraft very attractive.

A small update.

You hear lots of modellers complain about weak undercarriage but never try to do anything about it, or just hope that an aftermarket company comes to the rescue with brass replacement. The tail wheel on this model is reasonably strong but I felt that it needed some extra strength, espescially the oleo as a lot of weight will go through it.

Built up out of the box

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I cut off the oleo, and drilled a hole right through the length of the part and then drilled a smaller hole through the bottom with the aim of having these two brass parts meeting in the middle.

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The brass parts inserted.

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I milled a flat spot on each of the tail wheels (my pet hate is seeing nicely done models without any weight simulated on the tires)

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The built up assembly which is now considerably stronger

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Re: 1/32 Iconicair Supermarine Attacker.

Postby ericg » Sat Dec 22, 2018 9:58 pm

The Instructions are a little bit ambiguous with regard to the next step so some thought was required as to how everything was going to work. It took a few goes at test fitting and comparing the assembly to walk around pics to get it right but doing it this way makes it easier that the instructions call for. I glued the splitter plates onto the intake halves first before sticking them into the fuselage.

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I ended up deciding against putting the engine in, as hardly any of it will be seen through the intakes when the fuselage is closed up. I painted the inside of the fuselage black. Still yet to work out a fix for the lack of jet pipe.

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Once the fuselage was together, the test fitting of the cockpit/nose section began. A fair bit of work is required here to get the parts to fit well. As can be seen on the right side, a fair bit of material has been removed from the intake half. The cockpit fits in between the splitter plates and the intake, so it is critical that the parts will fit together without too much force.

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The corresponding nose section. As can be seen, I have had to thin this part as well.

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Re: 1/32 Iconicair Supermarine Attacker.

Postby Kahunaminor » Sun Dec 23, 2018 8:01 am

Ugly aircraft but great build Eric.

I will stay out of the looks discussion!

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Re: 1/32 Iconicair Supermarine Attacker.

Postby ericg » Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:05 pm

The completed cockpit (minus the throttle) just before close up.

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There is a large gap which will be visible in the rear of the cockpit that will require some attention.

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i made up a small bulkhead with plastic card.

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With the ejection seat in it may be possible to see behind it, hence the fix.

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It was apparent fairly early on that the nose section was going to be a poor fit to the rest of the fuselage, especially around the intakes. There is a reasonable size difference between the mating parts here and it could be a difficult fix. Here is the problem:

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It would be easy to dump a stack of filler behind the intake lip and blend it back toward the rear of the aircraft, but there would be no way of saving the prominent vents in the top and bottom of the fuselage.

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I decided to approach this from two ways, to shift the area that needed to be blended to a different part of the model where there wasn’t so much detail to be lost.

Firstly, I split the fuselage join a fair way down the line. I haven’t actually glued the intake lips to the fuselage here, as I had anticipated this issue and fix. Rather, the area behind the splitter plates has been glued allowing me to align the two parts but keep the intake lips free.

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I drove some thick plastic card into the cut to expand the radius of the fuselage, fixing up approximately half of the mismatch in the parts. I will probably pour some very hot water over the rear of the fuselage to relieve the stress in the join further back.

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I filled the rest of the gap with plastic card.

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This still left me with a fair bit to fix up.

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I made a cut straight through the intake lip (this is why I didn’t glue this part together), allowing me to tighten up the top part of the lip against the fuselage.

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Next up I cut the bottom fairing of the intake lip off aiming for the corner of where it joins the fuselage on the outside and the corner where it meets the splitter plate

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Glued back in place and blended in, it is 1000 times better now and I haven’t had to use any filler apart from the bottom part of the intake lip.

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Some extensive work to get it to fit but it didn’t take too long and is fairly easy to do if you are comfortable with a razor saw.

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Whilst I was dealing with the intakes I noticed that the leading edge of the lips are very blunt and could do with some work.

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A few minutes with a sanding stick and they were fixed.

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The state of play on my workbench at the moment. No idea how I ended up with two resin kits of fairly obscure types at relatively the same stage of construction on my workbench at the same time!

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Re: 1/32 Iconicair Supermarine Attacker.

Postby enfield38 » Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:35 am

Once again, a masterclass in progress Eric! BTW, there's a new AMI'er, "courageous" who's posted about doing a Tasman Sabre build on the Member's Forum. He might benefit from your Sword knowledge if you can spare a few minutes?
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Re: 1/32 Iconicair Supermarine Attacker.

Postby RAAFBrat » Thu Dec 27, 2018 4:18 pm

That's a fascinating build & IMHO in the air at least, the Attacker is quite graceful.
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Re: 1/32 Iconicair Supermarine Attacker.

Postby ericg » Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:34 pm

Thanks for the comments gents.

Onto the tail. In my opinion, I felt that it appeared a little too short and that the rudder angled too far forward. Here it is as presented in the kit.

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i sanded two flat areas on top of the rudder

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I grafted on two scraps of resin to give me something to work with.

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I then glued on a shim to the trailing edge of the rudder using plastic card to slightly modify the angle of the trailing edge and blended the top of the rudder into the taller shape.

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The bottom of the tail under the rudder of the real aircraft blends into the fuselage with a nice curved fairing. A small detail missed by Iconicair, but easy enough to add. Also notice that I have modified the size of the rudder trim tab, it is much thinner on the real thing.

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Due to the sanding and blending required, the old trim tab actuator needed to go and I replaced it with a new one carved from a scrap of resin.

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Fitted to the fuselage and primed. I have also added a very thin strip of plastic card to the trailing edge of the rudder from the trim tab and above present on pics of the real aircraft. The same type of strip is also on the outer edges of the elevators these will be added later.

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Starting to come together. This has to be my favourite build of the year.

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Re: 1/32 Iconicair Supermarine Attacker.

Postby ericg » Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:02 pm

It was time to sort out the exhaust. Whilst I didn’t end up putting in the engine, I felt that I needed to do something about the tailpipe and turbine. There is just a gaping hole there, and although it will be rarely picked up and seen, at least I know it is there and it the solution that I came up with is more than acceptable.

Here is the tail end of the model. Some damage is evident, as the bottom lip of the exhaust is cracked and the tail light has been broken off. Not sure when this happened.

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I cut off the tailpipe and squared it up with a file

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The closest O.D with the thinnest wall material I could find was this brass tube. I measured the O.D of the tailpipe at 15.04mm, so it was close enough.

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I cut the pipe at an angle. This was done using the MK1 eyeball as a guide.

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I then used some tape to ensure that the next cut was going to be square and cut off the end of the pipe to give me the angled piece required.

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The small end piece was superglued to a longer piece and test fitted.

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Whilst I was working on this part of the model, I tidied up the outer ring of the exhaust pipe by giving it an undercut as per the real thing by using the tip of a no.11 blade to carve it.

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I had kept the mould that I had of a Revell Hunter turbine when I made some exhausts for the HK Meteor so I pulled it out of storage and poured some resin.

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It is an almost perfect fit to the brass tube.

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Painted and heavily dry brushed so that the detail is visible.

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Completed and ready to go inside the fuselage.

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Glued in place and primed.

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I replaced the rear light fairing with a scrap of resin. The undercut of the outer ring as mentioned earlier has made a lot of difference to the finished product.

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