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A guide to making Vac-form kits

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Re: A guide to making Vac-form kits

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Great progress. Sadly I missed the vacform era back in the day, mostly as they were so rarely seen over here. I have a daily routine of looking for a Welsh S-class flying boat that doesn’t cost an arm and a kidney. Hopefully I’ll find one eventually and get to join the dark side too :twisted:

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F_IV wrote:
Sat Aug 15, 2020 11:42
Ah whoops, I took it for 1/72 scale!
Whilst Welsh is working through its catalogue and replacing vacforms with new resin castings, there's still a wealth of 1/144 vacform offerings available from the company. Others to dip their toes in 1/144 included Air Craft and Aeroclub (yes, the Dragon Rapide), all of which are long OOP. VLE Models do a small range of Between-the-Wars civvy aircraft in the scale, and the occasional oddity like Airliners America (which I suspect is long OOP anyway) crops up on evilBay and elsewhere.

The big boys like Airmodel, Rareplanes and Contrail stuck almost exclusively to 1/72.
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The VLE website is still up, though the proprietor passed away at in 2011. If you search for them, there are (where) build articles for most of these kits on the web. http://vlemodels.tripod.com/main.htm

I've rarely seen VLE items come up of ebay.

I have some in the stash that i'll never build

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Great looking scimitar. I’m enjoying this walkthrough. The scimitar is a surprisingly large aircraft I thought. I have a 3D printed one that I have been making a proper Horlicks of for a couple of years now. You’re making this look painless by comparison!

To my shame I have not yet tried a Vacform and the only Vacform I had - a Welsh Gannet - I gave away. I think one of the new Welsh Anson might perhaps be the ticket.

Incidentally, still rocking the short trouser look...
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Though I think the second offspring has accelerated the greying temples (I’ll spare you a picture of that).

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You gave the Gannet away? Oh, the humanity! Oddly enough, the closest hobby shop to where I live has a display cabinet of mostly 1/72 builds by the proprietors. However, on one shelf, there it be ... a completed Welsh Models Gannet. Should point out that its owner is an Englishman who served in the RN for several years before migrating Down Under.

Not sure of the "short trouser look" though. With all due respect to your nicely tanned limb, I'm just hoping David doesn't use other quotes that get more photos of body parts appearing on the forum ... :P

Incidentally, to fill in the moments between work, work and more work during our lockdown, I've been reading some of the Model Enthusiast articles in my collection of Air International monthlies dating back to the 1970's. Almost every issue has reviews of vacforms (Contrail, Rareplane, Airmodel, Formaplane, Airframe, etc.), almost all 1/72 with the odd 1/48 item thrown in. It would seem there was a short period in history where the release of vacforms matched or possibly even exceeded injection mouldings in terms of the variety of kits produced.
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Re: A guide to making Vac-form kits

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Now where was I before Angus's knee joined the conversation?

Ah yes, final rubbing down and adding a bit of detail.
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The Scimitar had a quartet of cannon under the air intakes. I photo reduced the plans to 144 and marked out the position in pencil, drill a hole and then set to work with a drill at succesively lower angles and then files.

The fuel tanks are cut down wing tanks from the LS Phantom with the nose made more rounded and a cocktail stick inside to keep it all lined up,
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The wing fences were measured and marked up. A cut made with a fine razor saw and a blank of plasticard glued in place.
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The little pencil scrawl at the tail is for the tail bumper - watch this space!

The fences were sanded to shape, pylons fabricated for card ready for the Bullpups and a blank assembled for the cokpit. A piece of plasticard attached to the cockpit as a coaming. I have a Hunter instrument panel decal standing by. Don't tell anyone.

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Re: A guide to making Vac-form kits

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You are definitely "knee deep" into this build! :P

You can blame the solitary confinement here in Melbourne for that last one ... :oops:
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