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  1. Grant

    1/96th Savoia S55X

    So far Dora have produced the S55, not the S55x, in 1/72. It is quite a different aeroplane, with an open cockpit and uncowled engines. I have yet to check on relative sizes but the Dora S55 kit looks smaller than the Delta 2 S55x kit. This one is a reasonable size at roughly a 25cm wingspan (at 1/96th scale). Actually, in measuring up for the wing markings I came out at 1/94th, but hey its an S55X model! 😎
  2. Grant

    1/96th Savoia S55X

    I guess so, that was a big event only 30 years before the kit came out. What we really need is a Chicago reporter of the time who actually wrote down what the aircraft colurs schemes were!!
  3. Grant

    1/96th Savoia S55X

    Very true! The bizzare thing about the kit, given its age and origin (USA?), what an unusual subject to choose. Still, glad they did 😀
  4. Grant

    1/96th Savoia S55X

    A couple of years ago I had a few wins on ebay and ended up with 2 S55X kits. This one is the smaller 1/96th scale version from the late 50s/early 60s. It is a bit of a clunky kit, with thick plastic rod supplied where rigging wires should be! The wings had the registration embossed on the undersides and top and bottom had widely spaced, inaccurate ribs moulded on. I rubbed all that off, drilled a few extra canopy windows and used decals from the spares box as none came with the kit. The kit registration was I-LONG, the lead aircraft of the ‘circle’ flight from the green squadron, and I decided to stay with that aircraft. We could debate colours, but after much deliberation I went with white pontoons and black hull, as per the pontoon section I had seen in the Italian Air Force museum. I would normally use magnets to mount a model, but thus one came with a big hole in the centre section for a stand (that also wasn’t in the box) so I just made a plasticard hook and set it into the acrylic rod. Seems to work OK. The wings are AK metals Matt Aluminium over white, the tailplane struts are AK metals Aluminium over gloss black, the white pontoons are just Tamyia fine white undercoat and the rest are Humbrol enamels. Rigging wires are elastane, tacked down with super glue. Enough waffle. I hope you enjoy the photos! Cheers Grant
  5. Many thanks guys, glad you are liking it. I am certainly enjoying the scratchbuilding. None of it to scale mind, just to look right, fill the space and tell the story. Now comes the interesting bit - painting the vast area of the outside of the van. Biggest model surface area I have painted in years. cheers Grant
  6. At the top of the anemometer mast we will obviously need an anemometer and I had enough small tube and rod that I could make a working anemometer. Now aviation is 95% waiting around to aviate, and on one trial a little time was spent on balancing stones to pass the time. So, with a little Green Stuff and brass rod there will be a pile of miraculously balanced stones outside the van. After all that effort, you also need something comfortable to sit on while soaking up the Sun, waiting for the aircraft. Brass rod and some wide Tamiya tape to the rescue. For transport everything gets packed into silver boxes. One of the Wife’s set of pills comes in a box that is just the right size to cover the power supply for the screens. I covered it in tin foil and used Chrome Bare Metal Foil on plasticard strip to represent the edgings on our boxes. A few bits of plasticard and brass wire for hinges, handles and latches, finished in Alclad chrome, and we have a silver box and power supply cover. So close to the end now. Time to start painting and putting together the body of the van. Cheers Grant
  7. I can't keep up with all these helicopters! So many fiddley little bits on that one. Though worth it Blackhawks do look good all tooled up. Nice one.
  8. Now this is why I don't like making helicopters, just too many bits that (don't) fit together. Nice recovery withthe glazing.
  9. Nice! The Jaguar is definitely a cool aeroplane. I have several kits in the stash, but not a Revell one and certainly not one from M&S - not seen that before.
  10. With the insides complete, I can now make a start on the outside equipment. Externally I need several masts. The flashing light on the van is just the right size to take some carbon rod and tube I have, to make the tall anemometer mast, so out with the saw and off with the light dome. I need a couple of aerials for radio and telemetry signals and, in true Wallace & Gromit style, I thought they would look good coming out of the wings, with the wing mirrors folded over out of the way. I had to drill out the holes in the wings and need to make sure it was truly vertical, so out with the Dremal stand – what could possibly go wrong? Well the bodywork survived, and the masts look good. While boxing in the base of the anemometer mast I realised I needed to have some indication of a mechanism for raising and lower the mast. I then remembered the old stirrup pump we used to use for raising the first masts that we had. My back aches just looking at it! The last antenna I need is a cone shaped cover for a GPS receiver. I didn’t have anything readily to hand so had to resort to several, decreasing, layers of plasticard to build up the rough shape and then break out the trusty drill lathe again. Cheers Grant
  11. Nice work on the sash. That looks great. A 3D printed figure - definitely 3D!
  12. No cheese for Wallace, but I do need a bandage on his thumb to represent all the little scrapes we have had over the years.
  13. Now to squeeze everything into the back of the van. To be able to use the screen wires as supplied, as opposed to cutting them shorter and breaking out my soldering iron, I had to add a couple of false walls under the desk to hide and attach the wires to. The keyboard on the desk and the DVD player and PC below are all dolls house bits. The computers and radio are plugged in and switched on (red bit of switch is showing). The toolbox is a spare bit of balsa, with a brass rod handle, painted red and pencil lines drawn on to show the separate sections. Now comes the tricky bit. The upper body does fit over everything and I have been able to fit the screens to the side walls. I need to line them up better, but for now it looks good. I am quite pleased with how the inside has turned out, and that the screens still work after all the bending and folding of wires. The front wall is not ‘in place’ yet. I have had to move it forward about 1cm so that everything would fit. So it no longer fits into its slot and will need a bit of filler around the edges when it gets stuck to the bodywork. Now to get on with the outside. Cheers Grant
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