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1/48 Westland Whirlwind (fixed wing)

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Classic Airframes 1/48 Westland Whirlwind.

I'm doing it in the later sea grey and green rather than the earlier brown and green camo scheme.

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A quick dry fit to get things rolling

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Never realized how much the Whirlwind looks like a glider w/o engine nacelles.

Time to get cracking on the cockpit - much more resin and PE than I've dealt with before - we'll see how that goes.

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Got the cockpit painted and most of the fiddly bits assembled.

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Not used to so much resin and photoetch - definitely slows me down, but I'm liking the level of detail.

Glad that Brett Green has already done this kit and so I'll probably use his same methodology for assembling the cockpit vis a vis the fuselage halves.

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Looking very nice, Sir!

"No anchovies? You've got the wrong man. I spell my name Danger!"

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Cockpit is in and fuselage is closed:

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Still have some resin trimming to do on the bottom of the cockpit tub so the wings will fit nicely - still some resin dust in the pics:

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Being a noob with PE I couldn't bring myself to try and actually thread the harnesses through the buckles - too nerve wracking.

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Wing root fit looks to be tricky - sigh.....

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Added some red for the radiator gauges in the cockpit

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Now the wings are on. Pretty happy with the wing roots. A little tweaked on the bottom/starboard side, but manageable

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Cut the elevators for some droopiness

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Major assembly is done.

Had to do a little smoothing on the nacelles.

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I'm using these for refs and wanted the nacelles to have that same smooth, panel free look.

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Also think I'll forgo the yellow on the leading edge of the wings as per the photos.

Canopy is masked

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Time for pre-shading

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Bottom is painted with my version of Medium Sea Grey

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Next step, mask off the bottom and start with the camo

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Picked the paint scheme - thanks Archie!

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Topside grey is on

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Now for some more masking

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Two nacelles will make things tricky but looking forward to it.

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You're doing a great job there, a fine model of one of my all time favourite aircraft.

Cheers

Den

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The Whirlwind's main camo is done

Used picture hanging putty to get the soft edges

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Did it in stages

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Got a few lines I'm not happy with to repaint, but ready for the next step: The White Stripes.

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Painting is pretty much done - added the Operation Starkey/Dieppe Raid (lots of conflicting sources) stripes.

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Have some overspray to clean up on the port nacelle/wing and got to make the black underside a bit more solid where the nacelles join, but nothing major.

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nickdanger

your build is on par with Brett Greens..I like the seat and the work on the cockpit :thumbsup:

awesome work so far..keep up the good work.

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Good job on the paint, I really like how that white stands out of the rest of the camo!

Daniël

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Had to paint on the squad markings since I'm not using the OOB markings.

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Couple places to clean up but pretty happy

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Decals are on and squadron codes painted

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Light wash of Payne's gray to bring out panel lines a little

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Here a before and after

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Only have to add the landing gear, flat coat, and add rigging.

The landing gear are white metal and look like they'll be a royal pain...sigh. Kind poor fit and not very obvious how they are to attach to the nacelles.

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:huh:

Amazing job, especially considering the quality of fit on these Classic Airframes kits.

I'm curious - how did you clean up the little leaks from the letter codes that you sprayed on the fuselage sides? Did you scrape lightly with a blade, use some sort of solvent, or overpaint with a brush with the colour that was underneath where it leaked?

ALF

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WOW! Great work. I'm impressed with the hand cut squadron codes. Very well done. She's gonna look nice when finished. I met a gentleman, 'Hap' Kennedy, who flew these for a time and he was like the airplane very much. The only complaint was that it was slightly underpowered and it could have been a bit more manoeuverable. He said that had it had Merlins or something more powerful than the Peregrines...

I look forward to seeing her 'on her feet'.

Mike

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Just about finished.

All the fiddly bits are on.

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Just need to add the rigging and it's a wrap.

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Finito !

Whirlwind is all done. Only left out a couple PE parts that we're simply too tricky to install.

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Will post a couple more shots in the finished builds thread. Thanks for looking.

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