MerlinJones' RAF Jetstream

To celebrate the Centenary of the Royal Air Force, welcome to our first year-long Group Build. With the amalgamation of the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service on 1 April 1918, the RAF is the oldest air force on the planet, so there is plenty of scope in the Build. Anything RAF-related goes … aircraft, vehicles, boats, personnel, you name it.
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MerlinJones' RAF Jetstream

Postby MerlinJones » Wed Aug 08, 2018 22:08

As no-one else is doing one of these...and is there a theme amongst my builds?

Later Welsh Modelsseemingly does away with boxes;

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Very nice resin pieces, plus some very useful white metal, icluding a metal nose for weightQ Also included are PE prop blades, which is nice.

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Decals look superb.

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Re: MerlinJones' RAF Jetstream

Postby MerlinJones » Sat Aug 18, 2018 20:20

First task was to ensure that both mating surfaces for the main resin fuselage and white metal nose were suitably clean. (At least this time, I don't have to worry about nose-weight!

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The nose was added and was, to be fair,a pretty good fit. Only a little light sanding was necessary to completely blend it in and hide the join. I also cleaned up the mating surfaces of the two wings, which are both cleanly cast and commendably thin;

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Fixing these to the fuselage was issue-free and I somehow manag to get the dihedral just right, first time.

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There was only a little clean-up for the two white-metal engine nacelles. A bit of a moulding seam to remove and then some drilling for the exhaust.

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There's no indication on the wings to really help with placing the engines. However, Welsh Models' diagrams are 1/144 scale, so I was able to use these to guide my engine-placement.

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Re: MerlinJones' RAF Jetstream

Postby MerlinJones » Sat Aug 18, 2018 20:21

I had some fun painting the tiny wheels, but my Punch & Die set helped me here. I drilled holes to give the fine metal legs something to bite into.

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Of course, I do confess to a sneaky sigh of relief when I was able to do this;

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I've now begun to add the white;

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Re: MerlinJones' RAF Jetstream

Postby MerlinJones » Wed Aug 22, 2018 20:24

So, after 3 coats of matt white, a couple of coats of Humbrol H166 Light Aircraft Grey;

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...Then Humbrol H174 Signal Red, chosen because it matches the red of the decals.

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Re: MerlinJones' RAF Jetstream

Postby smeg1959 » Wed Aug 22, 2018 22:52

Looking good, Merlin. And little chance of this one ever being a tailsitter, although you may need to reinforce your shelving with all that extra weight. ;)
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Re: MerlinJones' RAF Jetstream

Postby ajmm » Thu Aug 23, 2018 9:12

Looks great. Good work fairing that nose in too.
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Re: MerlinJones' RAF Jetstream

Postby MerlinJones » Thu Aug 23, 2018 21:13

Curses...and it was all going so well!

The big red 'cheatline is provided as a decal. Unfortunately, it's so transparent,it's actually useless, with the demarkation between the white and light grey being blindingly obvious.

I've now placed the decal on a wide strip of masking tape and will try to cut around it, making a mask. At least painting it all will make the red on the model 100% consistent. :roll:
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Re: MerlinJones' RAF Jetstream

Postby BigReg » Fri Aug 24, 2018 16:18

Rats! Hard luck Merlin. I wonder why Densil chose to go down the resin route with this when the previous issue was injected plastic???

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Re: MerlinJones' RAF Jetstream

Postby MerlinJones » Fri Aug 24, 2018 19:45

BigReg wrote:Rats! Hard luck Merlin. I wonder why Densil chose to go down the resin route with this when the previous issue was injected plastic???

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It was? You sure? The only Jetstreams I've built from Welsh Models have all been resin.

The decal issue is a great shame, because, genrally, the decals supplied aren't very good. I can only guess that Mr.Wade is throwing custom to a modelling friend.
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Re: MerlinJones' RAF Jetstream

Postby ajmm » Sat Aug 25, 2018 8:20

Neat way of cutting masks - I’ll remember that. Good luck. I do hate it when you get let down by decals - always feels like a savage little betrayal after all the energy you put into assembling a kit. Treason!
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