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The Andover C.1 project, 1:72 ID Models/Bandai. 4 months 2 weeks ago #1

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Well, well.
The patience of years bears fruit. The Chinese proverb says, “If you sit by the river long enough you will see the body of your enemy float by.” Now, the moral or other imperative of that adage is probably disconnected from my intent but the inference is close enough for govt work.
Time to resume a build I’d begun while in a blue uniform. Those years were 1984-1994. I bought a couple vac kits way back then, bent on a RNZAF theme. The (Formaplane) I.D. Models HS 748 was (is) a ‘Holy Grail’ for me.



Of course, the mods needed to the tail gave me a “How in the blazes . .?!” moment. One major serendipity is a general arrangement blueprint, to 1/72nd , generously donated by a S&S buddy back in the day. A major boon but it aggravated my conundrum.
Further, I tracked down a Flight Intl. article on the 780, and a Peter R March thing for Aircraft Illustrated. Some invaluable drawings and pics in both. Serious work was wishful thinking back then, the skill set was woefully lacking.




Fast forward to last week. Rumour has it Bandai’s YS-11 is comparable to the Andover layout, and is the closest shape for the basis of a possible kit-bash. Finding one became almost a Sysiphian task, and moreso one at other than toopid prices. Then I saw one for sale on – guess where? – KM.
Major kudos to Yak (Rob), up in Taupo. My humble gratitude for your generosity, Rob. I’ve long come to realise an unwritten rule when looking for the rare and unusual, that the further afield you seek something the greater chance it winds up virtually at your doorstep. Who’d’a thunk it?




Now, the naysayers will be prompted to expound the logic of the resin kit, and pooh-pooh the industrial-strength kit-bashing ahead, on a vac. Erm . . . latest price tag for the S&M Models jewel is $160. Not a rabbit I wish to chase. (And the implication of 'S&M' doesn't float my boat.)
Did I mention I’ve been pondering the vac kit for almost 30 years?

I’ll be ferschnickered if I’m throwing this out now. I like the challenge of a vac kit. Now I’ve seen the YS parts the imagination dug in the claws. I see Plaster of Paris, Lego and jigs in my future, lots of ‘em. And you thought I’ve been nuts on the Vampire T.55!
(Now that's the incentive to get the Vampire done.)

So it's only right that I chronicle the mayhem and murder on KM. By the way, I want to pose the loading ramp open . . . interested yet?

www.kiwiaircraftimages.com/pages/flyand1.html

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There are two types of aircraft: fighters and targets

On the bench:
H/C 1/48 T.11 Vampire, Esci A-1H, ICM Bf-109F-4, Airfix 1/72 F-84F, Italeri 1/48 MV-22, Airfix 1/48 P-51D

The Andover C.1 project, 1:72 ID Models/Bandai. 1 week 6 days ago #2

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Good. Vampire's finis and out the door. Back to the grind. (Pun intended.)

Okay, let's get the obligatory 'research' bumf out the way.









Started on the 'easier' part.







The obligatory plaster form.
Engineers like keeping things aligned.







If I can keep hands off the 1/72 FAA Corsair 'squadron' I might make some realistic progress on this.

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There are two types of aircraft: fighters and targets

On the bench:
H/C 1/48 T.11 Vampire, Esci A-1H, ICM Bf-109F-4, Airfix 1/72 F-84F, Italeri 1/48 MV-22, Airfix 1/48 P-51D

The Andover C.1 project, 1:72 ID Models/Bandai. 1 week 5 days ago #3

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Looks like you got one hell of a job ahead of you mate. Cool to see everything that's going into it. Do you need to strengthen the vac form parts?
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The Andover C.1 project, 1:72 ID Models/Bandai. 1 week 5 days ago #4

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That's an understatement, mate.
:-D

Yeppers, Reinforcement is mandatory. You'll see what and where later.

I must say, I've been psyched up for this project for years.
So most of the dramas to ensue won't be a surprise.

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There are two types of aircraft: fighters and targets

On the bench:
H/C 1/48 T.11 Vampire, Esci A-1H, ICM Bf-109F-4, Airfix 1/72 F-84F, Italeri 1/48 MV-22, Airfix 1/48 P-51D

The Andover C.1 project, 1:72 ID Models/Bandai. 1 week 4 days ago #5

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Cool you've started it, been waiting for this.
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The Andover C.1 project, 1:72 ID Models/Bandai. 1 week 4 days ago #6

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Wow ,there is some serious surgery going on here. :ohmy: :sick: :blink:

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The Andover C.1 project, 1:72 ID Models/Bandai. 1 week 3 days ago #7

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I have a few more, as I began this some weeks ago.
How about these, sports fans?
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Watching vids of refurbs and radical mod projects, over the years, prepares one for the engineering adage - a one-off invariably takes 3 times as long as a 'standard' renovation.
And I cut my teeth on Revell-o-Gram.

If I'm not wading through a protracted 'align-measure-measure-measure-cut-measure-align-glue' marathon, well, I don't feel I'm accomplishing anything.

B)

I don't need therapy . . this IS therapy.

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There are two types of aircraft: fighters and targets

On the bench:
H/C 1/48 T.11 Vampire, Esci A-1H, ICM Bf-109F-4, Airfix 1/72 F-84F, Italeri 1/48 MV-22, Airfix 1/48 P-51D

The Andover C.1 project, 1:72 ID Models/Bandai. 1 week 3 days ago #8

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Masterful!!
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Why is patience a virtue, why can't hurry the f**k up be a virtue?
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