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Big Daddy

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  1. Big Daddy

    Operation Manna Diorama

    Geez, hard to believe it's been over a year since we started this project. We got bogged down for a while, but are still at it. I will try to get photos up later this week of our progress.
  2. Big Daddy

    Thunder Over Michigan 2015

    I have heard that Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's Lancaster and B-25 will be there. Any confirmation? BD
  3. Big Daddy

    Operation Manna Diorama

    Yes, you're right. They did not use parachutes and that is why they could not go above 300 feet or the gunny sacks (which were doubled- and tripled-up, would break). They did drop bags of flour as well as a lot of other food items, including canned foods. DC
  4. Big Daddy

    Operation Manna Diorama

    Thanks, Andrew. Filling, sanding and cutting are always the most tedious parts of a build like this for me. Can't wait to get to the painting, weathering and detailing...IOW...the FUN part! :thumbsup:/> Cheers, Don
  5. Big Daddy

    Operation Manna Diorama

    The 1/72 Lanc is coming along. My initial impression of the USAirfix kit was pretty good but I have revised that. Many of the joints are a very bad fit and it has taken a lot of filler and sanding to make them acceptable. Also, the lower half of the port aileron was missing so I had to build it up with about 5 layers of thin plasticard and then sand it down to get the correct shape. And I performed successful surgery on the bomb doors today. I had to cut them off as I will need the open area inside to attach the wires to hang the aircraft and balance it properly. Next up...fill all the damn windows on the fuselage. The kit did not come with any clear plastic for them. :blink:
  6. Big Daddy

    Operation Manna Diorama

    Thanks, SERNAK! I have been so busy at the hangar that I have failed to post pics or anything else on here for a while. We just celebrated the 70th anniversary of the first sortie of Operation Manna on April 29th. Here are a few images to commemorate the day... I have been steadily beavering away at the 1/72 Lanc model and will have some pics of my progress later today. Thanks for watching.
  7. Big Daddy

    Mosquito Rivet Pattern?

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  8. Big Daddy

    Mosquito Rivet Pattern?

    Thanks! Yes, we do have quite a collection of Lanc and Mossie parts and some are duplicates. We are always willing to trade parts as well as expertise. Thanks. Have a great time at the CFA! Don
  9. Big Daddy

    Mosquito Rivet Pattern?

    Hi Anthony, The project is moving along well. The main wing is almost finished and has passed inspection. Work on the tail plane is progressing well. We hope to mate the wing and fuselage in the next few months. One thing we are lacking is good drawings of the vertical fin. Ours are old and almost illegible. Thanks for your interest! Cheers, Don
  10. Big Daddy

    Mosquito Rivet Pattern?

    The fellow you are referring to is named Glyn Powell. Our fuselage was the very first off his moulds.
  11. Big Daddy

    Mosquito Rivet Pattern?

    Edgar, is absolutely correct. We are building a 1:1 Mossie at the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association, and the guys working on it would consider your idea as sacrilege!! :lol: But of course, you can do whatever you like.
  12. Big Daddy

    Operation Manna Diorama

    Well. we are still plugging away at this project. Rob, my partner in crime, has made some great progress on the dio base. Here are some assorted pics of what he has accomplished so far. I love the last one.
  13. I have been working on FM212 for over 3 years now. Though we are doing all of the restoration to Transport Canada standards, it is doubtful that she will ever fly again due to city ownership and insurance costs. But if they ever change their mind, it is not out of the realm of possibility. :thumbsup:/> FM159 in Nanton can taxi, but I don't think her spars are certified and, more importantly, there is no airfield at hand. I think NX611 in East Kirkby is the most likely candidate at this time. Don
  14. You may be referring to the one in East Kirkby, UK, NX611, known as "Just Jane", which has been taxiing for quite a while. They are working hard to gain airworthy status for her. Just Jane Don
  15. Big Daddy

    Eduard 1/48 Spitfire MkIXc

    I'm looking forward to watching this thread as I have a Malta 1/32 Spit partially started on the bench. My dad, who is almost 97 years old, met Buzz when he was touring back in Canada after Malta. Dad was stationed in Moncton during the war as an aero-mechanic and signed Beurling out on a Harvard so he could "take it for a flip". My dad said, "There was something about his eyes. He had the eyes of a.....killer." Keep up the good work! BD
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