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Welsh Models 1/144 Hawker Siddeley Andover C.Mk.1 (2017)

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Welsh Models 1/144 Hawker Siddeley Andover C.Mk.1 (2017)

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I'm so pleased that Welsh Models are converting to resin!

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It's not a kit of many parts, but the casting is flawless and the decal sheet comprehensive...plus, there's a bunch of relevent papers to ogle at!

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Re: Welsh Models 1/144 Hawker Siddeley Andover C.Mk.1 (2017)

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The Andover is a tail-sitter, if left to it's own devices and, as it comes in the box, there's no space for the necessary nose-weight.

However...Welsh Models have provided the nose as a seperate piece, thus facilitating the drilling out of the fuselage, to insert the weight into.
Marvellous!

Anyway, my first job was to remove the small pouring stubs from the wings and to glue these onto the fuselage.
Fit of these was excellent.

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Before I started drilling, I wanted a clue as to how much weight was needed to keep the nose down.

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The answer is "quite a bit"...12g to be precise.
Fortunately, after drilling a small pilot hole, I had just the attachment for my Dremel.

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NOTE that I got distracted and managed to open up the nosegear bay from the inside!
Ooops.
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Moving less so swiftly onwards, I sealed that erroneous hole with a thin piece of plasticard and set about filling the rather deep hole with chunks of plumbum and filling the remaining holes, gaps and spaces with the wonderful Liquid Gravity. A generous few drops of liquid superglue set it all in place.

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Sorted!

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This shot shows how the engineering of the wing pieces facilitates the correct dihedral.

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The nose piece was then added and a light sanding smoothed everything over and the job was, as they are wont to say, a good 'un.

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Re: Welsh Models 1/144 Hawker Siddeley Andover C.Mk.1 (2017)

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The fit of the tailplanes wasn't as good, but manageable;

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Bugger!
Looking back, I'm guessing that my fulcrum was too far aft. 12g of weight clearly wasn't enough.

Some drilling did occur and, when I'd cleared my previously added weight, more was added.

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Still not enough!
I know the Andover had the ability to drop it's rear, to facilitate loading, but still..

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Time to get serious!
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So I balanced a chunk of lead on the nose and, when I was convinced it was enough, I drilled out another cavity to accommodate the chunk.

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NOTE that the fuselage further forward is already full of Liquid Gravity.

Sorted!

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Out with the filler...

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I forgot to mention...
I had to extend the undercarriage legs a tad.

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So, with Humbrol H94 and H29 applied, I'm masking off for the white cap...

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A bit of touching up still required...

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Black and very dark grey de-icing boots next...

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All painted and aerials added, made from scraps of thin plasticard. 
NOTE the brace for the nose-wheel.
This is evident on all images of the Andover grounded, but I had to guess how it fitted onto the model. Welsh Models omitted this detail from their kit.Decals next.

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Decals
To be fair to Welsh Models, the instruction sheet clearly stated that each and every decal had to be carefully cut away from the sheet, keeping as close as possible to the decal itself.
That said, the stencil-placement diagram was crap, being too small and very vague re placement. I also discovered that the yellow used for the break-out patches was too translucent to be useful, as always turned out for most of the teeny-tiny stencils.
(I know, I know...it is 1/144 and I've worked with many more companies who make much more effort for the money).

The decals themselves were extremely thin and stuck like muck to the proverbial blanket. I needed a lot of fluids to manipulate the cabin windows and Air Support Command lettering.
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Welsh Models 1/144 Hawker Siddeley Andover C.Mk.1, 60 Squadron, RAF Wildenrath, 1989

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Re: Welsh Models 1/144 Hawker Siddeley Andover C.Mk.1 (2017)

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Summary

This wasn't cheap and yet the presentation and support materials were.

Whilst the resin and metal was spot on, the decals were a disappointment, especially because Welsh Models couldn't be arsed to give clear instructions.
The sheets of paper given with the kit, containing some colour profiles, were of little use, but gave the impression of being so, prior to the build.

The seperate nose cone is a good idea, (though not exactly rocket science) and simple guidance as to the weight required would have been useful.
With hindsight, resin should've been removed from the rear of the fuselage, to significantly lessen the weight of the rear end.
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