Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Avro Lancaster BI

Here are some images of HK Models 1/32 scale Avro Lancaster BI.
Over all this is a pretty good kit although it had a Tamiya feel to it. The only real complaints I have is that the main instrument panel needed a bit to be desired so that had to be spruced up a bit. Plus when installing the inner nacelles it was a bit of a choir to get it seated properly so consider yourself warned. But overall it's one impressive beast when finished. One thing I love about this kit is the way the main wings slide and snap onto the fuselage. No glue required. This means that if you have to transport it you can remove the main wings before transport. This is a BI version of the famed "Sugar". It must have been converted to a BIII later on in it's career.

From Wikipedia"

The Avro Lancaster is a British four-engined Second World War heavy bomber. It was designed and manufactured by Avro as a contemporary of the Handley Page Halifax, both bombers having been developed to the same specification, as well as the Short Stirling, all three aircraft being four-engined heavy bombers adopted by the Royal Air Force (RAF) during the same wartime era.
The Lancaster has its origins in the twin-engine Avro Manchester which had been developed during the late 1930s in response to the Air Ministry Specification P.13/36 for a capable medium bomber for "world-wide use". Originally developed as an evolution of the Manchester (which had proved troublesome in service and was retired in 1942), the Lancaster was designed by Roy Chadwick and powered by four Rolls-Royce Merlins and in one version, Bristol Hercules engines. It first saw service with RAF Bomber Command in 1942 and as the strategic bombing offensive over Europe gathered momentum, it was the main aircraft for the night-time bombing campaigns that followed. As increasing numbers of the type were produced, it became the principal heavy bomber used by the RAF, the RCAF and squadrons from other Commonwealth and European countries serving within the RAF, overshadowing contemporaries such as the Halifax and Stirling.
A long, unobstructed bomb bay meant that the Lancaster could take the largest bombs used by the RAF, including the 4,000 lb (1,800 kg), 8,000 lb (3,600 kg) and 12,000 lb (5,400 kg) blockbusters, loads often supplemented with smaller bombs or incendiaries. The "Lanc", as it was known colloquially, became one of the most heavily used of the Second World War night bombers, "delivering 608,612 long tons of bombs in 156,000 sorties". The versatility of the Lancaster was such that it was chosen to equip 617 Squadron and was modified to carry the Upkeep "Bouncing bomb" designed by Barnes Wallis for Operation Chastise, the attack on German Ruhr valley dams. Although the Lancaster was primarily a night bomber, it excelled in many other roles, including daylight precision bombing, for which some Lancasters were adapted to carry the 12,000 lb (5,400 kg) Tallboy and then the 22,000 lb (10,000 kg) Grand Slam earthquake bombs (also designed by Wallis). This was the largest payload of any bomber in the war.
In 1943, a Lancaster was converted to become an engine test bed for the Metropolitan-Vickers F.2 turbojet. Lancasters were later used to test other engines, including the Armstrong Siddeley Mamba and Rolls-Royce Dart turboprops and the Avro Canada Orenda and STAL Dovern turbojets. Postwar, the Lancaster was supplanted as the main strategic bomber of the RAF by the Avro Lincoln, a larger version of the Lancaster. The Lancaster took on the role of long range anti-submarine patrol aircraft (later supplanted by the Avro Shackleton) and air-sea rescue. It was also used for photo-reconnaissance and aerial mapping, as a flying tanker for aerial refuelling and as the Avro Lancastrian, a long-range, high-speed, transatlantic passenger and postal delivery airliner. In March 1946, a Lancastrian of BSAA flew the first scheduled flight from the new London Heathrow Airport.
 The original Lancasters were produced with Rolls-Royce Merlin XX engines and SU carburettors. Minor details were changed throughout the production series – for example the pitot head design was changed from being on a long mast at the front of the nose to a short fairing mounted on the side of the fuselage under the cockpit. Later production Lancasters had Merlin 22 and 24 engines. No designation change was made to denote these alterations.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Klingon K'T'inga Class Battle Cruiser

Here are some images of Polar Lights 1/350 scale Klingon K'T'inga Class Battle Cruiser from Star Trek The Motion Picture including lighting pack.
A trend I notice as of late regarding model kit companies is that lately they've been putting the painting scheme instructions on the inside walls of the box itself instead of the instructions. I hate this. It forces me to cut out sections of the box which is made of cardboard so that I can file it away with the rest of the instructions when finished. This of course takes up more room in my filing cabinets than should be necessary. I wish they would stop doing that. The model is nice though.

From Wikipedia"
An upgrade of the design used for the D7-class vessel, the K't'inga-class battlecruiser was first conceived for use in the pilot episode of Star Trek: Phase II. When Phase II was abandoned, the story of the pilot was adapted for Star Trek: The Motion Picture, where three K't'inga-class battlecruisers are used in the opening scenes. Andrew Probert is credited as the designer of the K't'inga model in its design patent, while the class name was given by Gene Roddenberry in his novelization of The Motion Picture. Although sharing a nearly identical configuration with the D7-class, the primary difference in the K't'inga-class is the level of detail on the hull, enhanced to make the model appear more believable to viewers on screen. The configuration of the vessel's impulse engines also differs from that of the D7-class. The K't'inga model was later revisited for Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, in which Industrial Light & Magic enhanced the original studio model with glowing engine nacelles and changed the color from muted gray-greens to light gray with gold accents and maroon paneling. ILM's alterations were meant to "contrast... with the Enterprise-A, which is very smooth and monochromatic and cool, while this Klingon ship is very regal and ostentatious and warm". A CGI version of the ship, with a slightly modified nacelle design, was created for the later seasons of Deep Space Nine; this particular model was erroneously used to represent older Klingon ships in the Voyager episode "Prophecy" and the Enterprise episode "Unexpected".[1] The original studio model for the K't'inga-class battlecruiser was later sold in a 2006 Christie's auction for US$102,000.
The K't'inga-class battlecruiser has similar armaments to the D7-class battlecruiser, with a photon torpedo launcher in the forward module and six disruptor cannons. In addition, the ship possesses an aft torpedo launcher and can fire a powerful disruptor beam from the forward module. The Voyager episode "Flashback" also shows the K't'inga-class using concussion weapons. Unlike the D7-class, the K't'inga-class uses a cloaking device. In The Next Generation episode "The Emissary", these ships are used as sleeper ships, which could travel for decades with its crew in suspended animation. However, the class is equipped with both impulse engines and warp drive. The class is stated to have a crew of 800 and a length of 350 meters (1,150 ft.). The interior of the battlecruiser was designed by Douglas Trumbull, with the intent of appearing like "an enemy submarine in World War II that's been out at sea for too long". The K't'inga-class is used extensively throughout the Star Trek series, appearing from the first feature film in 2273 to the closing episodes of Deep Space Nine in 2375. A K't'inga model was used as an stand in for a 22nd century Klingon battlecruiser in Enterprise. The K'T'inga has often appeared as a ship of the line in battle scenes.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Models from Alan Parsons "As Lights Fall"

Here are some images of the models used in Alan Parsons latest music video "As Lights Fall" from his latest album "The Secret". An excellent song and album. I would highly suggest you pick this album up as soon as humanly possible before your money burns a hole in your pocket. You will not be disappointed... I'm serious! No seriously I'm serious! Stop laughing!!

Anyway -

First up we have the ship "The Project". This model started life as your standard Revell 1/72 scale Pirate Ship. The colour scheme used were based off of Alan Parsons best selling album "Eye in the Sky". Another album you should pick up if you don't own it already. The front figurehead was also converted from a swan to a Raven. Plus clothed furled sails were installed as well. unfurled sails were also made for this model as well. The fore top sail having the Eye of Horace motif. Plus one must not forget lights.

Next we have Model Shipways 1/16 scale New Bedford Whaleboat painted in the same style colour scheme as "The Project". A miniature treasure chest was also built for it.

Next up we have some images of another ship used in the video called "The Rose Floyd" (not Floyd Rose! - ;-}).  It was built from Heller's 1/100 scale Le Soleil Royal. Unfortunately I never had the time to take some decent pics of it when it was finished. So here are a couple of progress pics plus one of "The Rose Floyd" sitting next to "The Project". The Rose Floyd's appearance in the video isn't too long but important I think. It's painted to a Pink Floyd "The Dark Side of the Moon" motif. Plus lights.

After that we have some video stills of said boat and ships.

And finally the video.

Friday, April 19, 2019

1927 Bianchi "Freccia Celeste" 350cc

Here are some images of Protar's 1/9 scale 1927 Bianchi "Freccia Celeste" 350cc.

The main problem when building older kits is the frailty and brittleness of the metal and plastic
This kit was no exception. Though it's a beautiful kit I don't know if its problems were due to the way plastics and metals were made in the past or if it's just age. Needless to say it made for a more difficult build.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Truck from the movie Duel

Here are some images of Revell/ MCA Truck Models/ Linderg 1/25 scale scratch'n'bash model of the truck and trailer from the movie Duel. Built for a client.
The main difference between this model and the previous Duel truck model (see here) is that in this case the body of a Peterbilt 280 was used instead of the Peterbilt 281 body. The 280 body has a more needle nose appearance giving it I think a more sinister look. But hey! Each to his own. The trailer was built in much the same manner as the trailer from the previous model.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Vulcan Long Range Shuttle Surak

Here are some images of AMTs (Aluminum Model Toy) 1/187 scale Vulcan Long Range Shuttle Surak.

From Memory Alpha"
A long range shuttle was a type of shuttlecraft utilized as a courier during the late 23rd century. They carried a Federation registry.
These long range shuttles featured a detachable cabin, capable of acting as an independent craft from the stardrive section.

In 2273, the long-range courier Surak transported Commander Spock from planet Vulcan to rendezvous with the USS Enterprise, which was en route to intercept V'Ger. (Star Trek: The Motion Picture)
In that same year, another long range shuttle, the Laika, attempted to contact the communications array Epsilon IX. (Star Trek: The Motion Picture)
A model of a long range shuttle was on display in the guest quarters aboard the USS Enterprise-D that the Brekkians Langor and Sobi stayed in late 2364. (TNG: "Symbiosis")
Wesley Crusher kept a similar model of the shuttle in his quarters aboard the Enterprise-D in 2365. (TNG: "The Dauphin")
A graphic display of a long range shuttle appeared on the USS Voyager's library computer screen that was viewed by One after Seven of Nine had activated the drone's linguistic database, and allowed him to assimilate information. (VOY: "Drone")
Throughout the rest of 2374, as well as in the year that followed, graphics of the long range shuttle appeared on the USS Defiant's library computer display. (DS9: "Favor the Bold", "Sacrifice of Angels", "What You Leave Behind")
The graphic was also seen among the data that Seven of Nine assimilated in early 2376. (VOY: "The Voyager Conspiracy")