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Old Mar 30, 2012, 08:42 AM
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Seems someone has been busy trumping you guys!

Rooting around here....
http://forum.keypublishing.co.uk/sho...d.php?t=115764
I found this...
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Old Mar 30, 2012, 10:19 AM
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Looks like they are putting off tackling the canopy for as long as possible too!
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Old Mar 30, 2012, 11:22 AM
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There was a comment about the canopy of the Shuttleworth example not being original on the thread too... so another WGTN matter one suspects!
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Old Mar 31, 2012, 12:26 PM
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Although I have been quiet lately (sunburn does that to you) I turned up at our field a couple days ago and as I drove into the parking area, there was a red flash in the windscreen, and the familiar shape carved gracefully across the sky, with the white registration gleaming out under the wing. This model really does look the part both on the ground and in the air and Trevor has done a fine job on his. "Wheeled and soared and swung" describes his flying - verve and control. I doubt very much whether even Cempbell-Bleck would have looped or rolled G-ACSS, but she looked very nice doing it!

Sunburn also makes one forgetful, and my camera is trailing after me by post, having been left in the apartment as we dashed off to catch the plane home. Ah well, it's that or old age...

So I bought the latest Key Publishing booklet, the one on the Beaufighter, to cheer me up.
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Old Mar 31, 2012, 01:35 PM
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I saw it advertised.
Care to do a review for us?
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Old Mar 31, 2012, 02:50 PM
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Ok - a bit off topic, but ...

It's a very good booklet as a history of the Beau, with some very interesting pictures (I didn't know some of them carried the grey/white coastal command scheme, for instance) and good articles, but falls down for the modeller in the lack of a really good 3-view with sections. The incomparable GR Duval drawings are by far the best available, but all we get in this publication is three tiny 3-views of various marks. The colour side views are good for reference but have an infuriating wrongness about the fin shape: if that's wrong, you ask, what else have they skimped on?

Is it worth £4.50? A qualified "yes" as long as you have other references to draw from.
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Old Mar 31, 2012, 03:27 PM
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So I bought the latest Key Publishing booklet, the one on the Beaufighter, to cheer me up.
Do I detect the next set of Ivan's plans on order
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Old Mar 31, 2012, 03:33 PM
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Do I detect the next set of Ivan's plans on order
Rick
Hi Rick,

I've had the plans for a couple of years...prevarication is my middle name...but the Beau is my all-time favourite twin fighter! Next but one, perhaps!
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Old Mar 31, 2012, 05:56 PM
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I have some fairly comprehensive drawings of the Beaufighter if you want/need them Mike. No need to struggle with tiny 3-views.

After my little 48" Beau I had always in mind to do one at a decent size - 100"+, but John Ranson did one (superbly - as he does!) and there are quite a few plans around so it probably won't happen. I'll stick to the lesser modelled types.
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Old Apr 01, 2012, 03:26 AM
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3-views

This is a A good source of 3-views..

It seems you're right Mike
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Old Apr 01, 2012, 04:40 AM
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Thanks Robin and Nick: I have the Duval drawings already, and also the 3-vues website (very useful and great for tracking down unusual aircraft!) but I don't think there is time to get the Beau in the air for the BIMBO weekend; 1 Sep at the field (and 2 Sep on the water, but there was never a float version)
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Old Apr 27, 2012, 03:01 PM
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Progress!!

I am almost done with the woodwork by now. Still have the canopy left…
I have used carbon pushrods for rudder and elevator control. They are lighter and more precise than plastic cables. I also made the tailcone removable for maintenance.
The rest is pretty much the same as earlier contestants have described.

I expect to start covering during the weekend, so I’m still on target for May.


Arvid
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Old Apr 27, 2012, 03:29 PM
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Great modelling Arvid, and a lovely shot of the north of Norway. You workshop looks pretty tidy to me, but I have saved it into my "other people's workshops" file for my memoirs.
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Old Apr 27, 2012, 04:49 PM
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Wonderful Arvid! No less than I would have expected.

Such a beautiful plane.

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Old Apr 28, 2012, 02:55 AM
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Looks great Arvid.

Greets,

Bart
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