Sunday, August 25, 2013

Military aircraft vol.60: Curtiss P40E Kittyhawk

Boxart P-40E Kittyhawk 80250 Hobby Boss

Curtiss P40E Kittyhawk
Hobby Boss
Price (June 2013):
Out-of-the box construction
FCM decals P40 Galore
1) Cockpit in interior green with details painted with Vallejo acrilics (several colors). Landing gear and wheels painted with Tamiya acrilics
2) Camouflage: Undersides were XF19 grey. All the rest of the camouflage painted in XF69 Nto green and XF52 earth brown.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Experimental aircraft walkaround vol.2: Gloster E.28/39

Subject: Gloster E.28/39 Pioneer
Location: London Science Museum, UK, 2013.
Comments: The Gloster E.28/39, (also referred to as the "Gloster Whittle", "Gloster Pioneer", or "Gloster G.40") was the first British jet-engined aircraft to fly. It was designed to test the Whittle jet engine in flight, leading to the development of the Gloster Meteor.
In September 1939, the Air Ministry issued a specification to Gloster for an aircraft to test one of Frank Whittle's turbojet designs in flight. The E.28/39 name comes from the aircraft having been built to the 28th "Experimental"specification issued by the Air Ministry in 1939. The E.28/39 specification required the aircraft to carry two .303 Browning machine guns in each wing, but these were never fitted. Gloster's chief designer George Carter worked closely with Whittle, and laid out a small low-wing aircraft of conventional configuration. The jet intake was in the nose, and the tail-fin and elevators were mounted above the jet-pipe. A contract for two prototypes was signed by the Air Ministry on 3 February 1940, and the first of these was completed by April 1941. Manufacturing started at Brockworth near Gloucester, but was later moved to Regent Motors in Cheltenham High St (now the Regent Arcade) which was considered a location safer from bombing. The E.28/39 was delivered to Brockworth for ground tests beginning on 7 April 1941, using a non-flightworthy version of the Power Jets W.1 engine. These included some short "hops" of about 6 ft in height from the grass airfield. With these initial tests satisfactorily completed, the aircraft was fitted with a flightworthy engine rated for 10 hours use, and then transferred to Cranwell which had a long runway. On 15 May 1941, Gloster's Chief Test Pilot, Flight Lieutenant Gerry Sayer flew the aircraft under jet power for the first time from RAF Cranwell, near Sleaford in Lincolnshire, in a flight lasting 17 minutes. Experience with the E.28/39 paved the way for Britain's first operational jet fighter aircraft, the Gloster Meteor. The Meteor used the Rolls-Royce Welland engine, the next stage from the Power Jets W.1

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Military Aircraft vol.59: Eurofighter EF2000 Typhoon (UPDATE 2)

Eurofighter in primer colors 

Eurofighter EF2000 Typhoon
Price (June 2013):
Out-of-the box, enhanced with resin details. Painted as RAF Typhoon in primer colors.
Aires late exhausts nozzles; Two Mikes resin intake covers
1) Engine:
2) Cockpit: Overall internal color XF53 neutral grey, highlighted with intermediate blue from Vallejo acrylics. Control panel painted flat Black XF-1 and drybrushed with modelmaster metalyzer steel. Details painted with various colors from Vallejo acrylics. Seat painted with Tamiya XF-1 flat black highlighted with modelmaster aluminium metalizer.
3) Fuselage painted with primer color XF-59 desert yellow, with some areas in XF-4 yellow green and XF-19Sky grey.

1)The sprues:

2) Extras:
2.1) Aires exhaust nozzles:

2.2) Two Mikes resin intake covers:

3) Construction:

Update 1:
a) Fantastic details on the Aires engine exhaust resin set:

b) Control surfaces painted in primer colors and panel lines highlighted:

c) Wings stations also painted in primer colors and panel lines highlighted:

d) Now the long work of painting and masking the fuselage:

Update 2: The fuselage is now painted in primer colors and most parts are ready to install.