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Scaleorama GB / Re: Old Wombat's (possible) Builds
« Last post by elmayerle on Today at 09:45:23 AM »
That's a beautiful little beastie.  Be interesting to see the final paint scheme.  Are you going to do an operational one or a experimental flight test one?
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Profiles and Pixels / Re: Apophenia's Offerings
« Last post by elmayerle on Today at 09:38:28 AM »
I love those "AQ" variants and both are quite plausible and well rendered.  Looking forward to further developments to be uncovered here.
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Aero-space / Re: A Douglas Dauntless goes to the farm in 1/72
« Last post by elmayerle on Today at 09:33:24 AM »
Beautiful!!  And the back story is quite plausible, too.
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New Model Kit News/Reviews / Re: Far Resin
« Last post by Jeffry Fontaine on Today at 09:32:18 AM »
1:48th scale AGM-69 SRAM and AGM-131 SRAM-II would be nice to see.  While the Revell B-One does include blobs of plastic with an AGM-69 SRAM shape they are far from ideal thanks to the trench-sized seams and very chunky control fins.  Both subjects would be a nice addition for what-if and all of those poor souls that own the Revell B-One kit. 
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Scaleorama GB / Re: Old Wombat's (possible) Builds
« Last post by Jeffry Fontaine on Today at 09:18:25 AM »
Definitely a nice conversion from manned to unmanned/UAV. 
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Aero-space / Re: A Douglas Dauntless goes to the farm in 1/72
« Last post by The Big Gimper on Today at 09:15:05 AM »
Excellent work Zac. I am sure the insects never saw it coming as it was dive dusting the field.
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Aero-space / Re: A Douglas Dauntless goes to the farm in 1/72
« Last post by Old Wombat on Today at 09:11:06 AM »
 :smiley:
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Other / Re: Just some cool photos...nothing more, nothing less...
« Last post by Old Wombat on Today at 09:05:37 AM »
Apollo Astronauts at The Explorers Club Annual Dinner 2019.

A momentous occasion to get 8 of the ten surviving Apollo astronauts into once room to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landings.

What an honor! A definite career highlight.



L-R: Charles Duke (Apollo 16), Buzz Aldrin (Apollo 11), Walter Cunningham (Apollo 7), Al Worden (Apollo 15), Rusty Schweickart (Apollo 9), Harrison Schmitt (Apollo 17), Michael Collins (Apollo 11), Fred Haise (Apollo 13)

Missing are Jim Lovell (13) and David Scott (15).

Trust Buzz! ;D
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Scaleorama GB / Re: Old Wombat's (possible) Builds
« Last post by Old Wombat on Today at 08:48:58 AM »
OK, so after a few rounds of micro-scale PSR I'm happy with where I'm at with the RQ-19A;












So, all I have to do now is settle on a colour scheme & break out the airbrush ... ???


Of course, since my daughter moved back home, my garage is full of her house cr ... stuff & there's no room for my painting table in there. :o

I'll sort something out soon, I've got four builds stalled because of this mess in my garage. Something has to give! :icon_punal:
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Aero-space / A Douglas Dauntless goes to the farm in 1/72
« Last post by KiwiZac on Today at 06:37:26 AM »
A while ago I received a care package including an Airfix Dauntless kit - I'm so sorry I don't remember who sent it - but I had no idea what to do with it as I'd previously received a started example and done it as an RNZAF example. Then the other day I remembered a custom decal sheet for a CAC Ceres - an Australian WW2 aircraft-based agricultural aircraft - in the colours of Wanganui Aero Work, the company I used to work for and I think the oldest topdressing company in New Zealand.

So.

Untitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr

After WW2 the method of using aircraft to spread fertiliser over New Zealand's hill country meant every war-surplus DH Tiger Moth was snapped up, converted to carry fertiliser, and flown by mostly ex-RNZAF pilots to give new life to the country's vital agriculture-based economy. However the little biplane was hardly the best tool for the job and industry leaders began to seek out new, purpose-built aircraft designed specifically for New Zealand conditions. Others persisted with finding and converting other war surplus types.

Wally Harding, head of the growing Wanganui Aero Work aerial application company, purchased the last ex-RNZAF Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless dive-bomber before it went to the scrapper and had his engineers convert it into a topdressing aircraft. The forward-facing gunmounts and front cockpit were removed and replaced with a fertiliser hopper and the cockpit controls moved to the rear. Originally the plan was to keep the front cockpit and put the hopper in the rear however this was ruled out due to centre of gravity issues. The upper dive brakes were disconnected, fixed in place and faired over, a taller tailwheel leg and larger wheel fitted to help with ground visibility, and the main undercarriage were fixed in place and the bays faired over. Finally a WAW-designed hopper box and fairing were fitted below the centre section, with a sturdy actuating handle fitted to the lower left of the pilot's seat.

Its sword-to-ploughshare conversion complete, the one-time NZ5062 was rolled out as the civilian ZK-BSQ in an attractive silver and red paint scheme and flew from Wanganui Airport in early 1952. Initial trials showed the aircraft handled well when fully loaded and performed well on the job. However the one-off nature of the conversion - and that there were no more Dauntlesses left in the country to convert - meant that ZK-BSQ remained the sole example of the "dung-dusting Douglas Dauntless". By 1955 the Fletcher FU-24 had been developed and chosen to form the backbone of the WAW fleet and the Dauntless was retired and broken down, only a fuselage panel and the tailfin surviving into the 1970s in the spares department.

Untitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr
Untitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr
Untitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr
Untitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr
Untitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr
Untitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr
Untitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr

This is the third time I've built this kit but the first time I've realised it has no exhausts. Nice one, Airfix! Anyways there's no way I can ID where most of the extra bits came from but that doesn't matter...it looks cool, and I had a lot of fun "designing" and building this thing. I hope you like it and it's a bit of a change from the military stuff.
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