Author Topic: HMAS Buccaneer - A submarine  (Read 966 times)

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HMAS Buccaneer - A submarine
« on: November 05, 2023, 12:34:33 PM »
That's the working title, anyway.


And so the Sun arose, commencing its arc across the blue Southern sky and the Old Wombat slept on.

Eventually, in the late morning, he crawled out of bed and shuffled off to find coffee and perform the usual morning functions associated with transitioning from sleep to wakefulness.

He had a chat with Mrs Old Wombat and Wombat the Younger, then Wombat the Elder Younger video-called and the Wombat family had a chat, including Old Wombat's grandson, Wombat the Youngest.

Finally, Old Wombat found himself with some free time & took some photographs of some strange plastic.


This is a build happening for the " The Buccaneer, Harrier and Jaguar Group Build" over on What If... Modellers &, for those who are visual people (me, for example), I took these first few photo's.


It looks like a Bucc;




Until it doesn't;








I have to say that this is the worst Airfix kit I've ever tried to put together! :icon_crap:

Even where the parts are meant to fit flush I've often had to resort to liquid styrene to glue them together because the gaps are so bleedin' HUGE! :o

Still a lot of grinding, filing & sanding to do, even before I get to the PSR phase. ::)


Next up will be painting the insides of the intake & exhaust tubes, putting them together & fitting them.  While I wait for the paints to dry I'll try to sort out filling the cockpit space.


But it is a WiP, so these things are to be expected. So, onwards & (slowly) upwards! :smiley:




PS: With the conning tower I find she looks very "Gerry Anderson" but, if you take the conning tower out of the image & think of that little bulge just forward of it as a command deck or bridge, how much does it look like a sci-fi starship!? ;)
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Re: HMAS Buccaneer - A submarine
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2023, 01:29:10 AM »
Interesting.  Possibly also a candidate for the British Commonwealth GB if you wanted to enter.
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Re: HMAS Buccaneer - A submarine
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2023, 02:29:30 AM »
This could also work as an SSC spacecraft. It looks vaguely like a Leif Ericson.

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Re: HMAS Buccaneer - A submarine
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2023, 05:05:27 AM »
Definite SkyDiver vibes there . . .


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Re: HMAS Buccaneer - A submarine
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2023, 07:35:21 AM »
Is it recovering a UFO from the seabed ?  ;D
 :smiley: :smiley:

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Re: HMAS Buccaneer - A submarine
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2023, 09:28:33 PM »
Like it! The family Wombatís heavy engineering department is on full throttle!  :o ;) :smiley:
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Re: HMAS Buccaneer - A submarine
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2023, 09:59:41 PM »
Thank you, gentlemen! Very much appreciated! :icon_alabanza: :icon_alabanza:


If you think it's good to go for the Commonwealth GB*, Greg, I'm happy for it to be moved. :))

... Or I could start another thread there. ???



[*: Although I jumped the gun & started it on the 1st. :-[]
« Last Edit: November 06, 2023, 10:03:21 PM by Old Wombat »
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Re: HMAS Buccaneer - A submarine
« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2023, 01:48:24 AM »
[*: Although I jumped the gun & started it on the 1st. :-[]

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Re: HMAS Buccaneer - A submarine
« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2023, 01:53:01 AM »
Looks cool all around!

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Re: HMAS Buccaneer - A submarine
« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2023, 04:24:19 AM »
Is it recovering a UFO from the seabed ?  ;D
 :smiley: :smiley:

Does seem to be.
Looks fast and deep diving.  UFO recovery and research submarine.  :smiley:

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Re: HMAS Buccaneer - A submarine
« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2023, 07:24:07 AM »
At the moment it looks like itís flying through the Mach loop! The rock and vegetation in the background is very convincing.

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Re: HMAS Buccaneer - A submarine
« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2023, 10:41:08 AM »
That would not look out of place in a Gerry Anderson puppet show. 
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Re: HMAS Buccaneer - A submarine
« Reply #12 on: November 07, 2023, 10:18:45 PM »
Thanks , gents! :icon_alabanza: :icon_alabanza:

Did a bit this ... yesterday morning before work.

Not enought to justify any further photo's though.




And thanks, Greg, for moving her here! :smiley:
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Re: HMAS Buccaneer - A submarine
« Reply #13 on: November 07, 2023, 11:23:10 PM »
Here is my choice for Captain and First Officer:

Work in progress ::

I am giving up listing them. They all end up on the shelf of procrastination anyways.

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Re: HMAS Buccaneer - A submarine
« Reply #14 on: November 08, 2023, 02:42:02 AM »
Och! I have found the Buccaneer to be an attractive and malleable form myself, but this is a crackin' idea! 

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Re: HMAS Buccaneer - A submarine
« Reply #15 on: November 08, 2023, 09:43:38 PM »
More a Thunderbirds person, myself, but not bad, Carl! :smiley:

Thank you, Doc! :icon_alabanza:
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Re: HMAS Buccaneer - A submarine
« Reply #16 on: November 08, 2023, 09:44:38 PM »
And now we come to this morning's photo's tonight!










As you can see, the intakes & exhausts/outlets are fitted & the cockpit gap has been roughed in.

The upper fin is only dry fitted for now because the next stage is Putty ... Lots & lots of Putty! ... Then Sand & Repeat, & I don't want to break it off a dozen times whilst I'm doing that. :-\
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Re: HMAS Buccaneer - A submarine
« Reply #17 on: November 08, 2023, 11:29:40 PM »
Needs diving planes!

This makes me want to start a project!   No! Sit boy, sit! Good boy!

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Re: HMAS Buccaneer - A submarine
« Reply #18 on: November 09, 2023, 12:27:55 AM »
Needs diving planes!

Yes, it does, & I have some put aside but, considering I'm of the opinion that the upper fin is likely to get damaged multiple times during PSR on the hull, there's no way I'm putting the hydroplanes anywhere near the hull until the PSR is finished! :o
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Re: HMAS Buccaneer - A submarine
« Reply #19 on: November 09, 2023, 08:26:45 AM »
Are you using the horizontal stabilizers from the Buccaneer?

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Re: HMAS Buccaneer - A submarine
« Reply #20 on: November 09, 2023, 09:04:04 AM »
Are you using the horizontal stabilizers from the Buccaneer?

No, they're far too big.

I'm going with tail planes from a 1/72 WW2 British fighter.
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Re: HMAS Buccaneer - A submarine
« Reply #21 on: November 10, 2023, 11:31:08 PM »
1st round of Puttying done.

A bit of the 1st round of Sanding under weigh.

 :smiley:
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Re: HMAS Buccaneer - A submarine
« Reply #22 on: November 11, 2023, 02:55:36 AM »
this so good, very impressed

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Re: HMAS Buccaneer - A submarine
« Reply #23 on: November 16, 2023, 10:56:30 PM »
It only took four major & two minor rounds of PSR, plus a few minor touch-ups, to get her to the point where the following could happen:

All four hydroplanes on, now.

A fix-up of a slip-up needed.

Finishing off the hydroplane attachments, checking for any remaining visible or "feel-able" blemishes, then a final blast of primer.

I'll take a few photo's then & have a think about any more greeblies to add (Oh, & some scribing work). ;)
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Re: HMAS Buccaneer - A submarine
« Reply #24 on: November 18, 2023, 06:06:47 AM »
Canít wait!  :smiley:
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