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Member postings for Chris Barlow

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Thread: New Years Eve 2018 / New Years Day 2019 PSSA Fly-In
07/12/2018 12:53:52
Those MiG shots could have come straight from the movie Phil.

07/12/2018 08:22:55

I'll be there. Great way to end and start the year. yes

Thread: PSSA Gliding Events 2018
01/11/2018 22:28:48

Will there be cake?

Thread: Don Valley Open Weekend 29-30th September
30/09/2018 20:27:40

Another good weekend at DVMFC, thanks guys.

Nice and calm in the mornings but quite windy & turbulent in the afternoons. Saturday evening after 5pm calmed down again to almost no wind. Still managed to fly a good variety from an L-4 Grasshopper & Puppeteer to Wot4 XL and Wots Wot Foam-e, which handles almost any wind thrown at it! Did crash my Atom Special though when it got turned down wind with a decaying head speed ending in a left roll and nose dive to the ground. Fortunately the only damage was a bent motor bell!

Vicky even managed to have a go with the Bixler trainer buddied to Mark with Gary in the other ear telling her which left to use! All despite her trying to convince them repeatedly that she was going to crash it! Luckily Mark kept saving it so I didn't have to buy a broken Bixler!

Simons A350 is just amazing and looked so realistic in flight. Even with the turbulence from the trees he managed to pull off a perfect landing although the approach would have been terrifying for the passengers! Look forward to seeing it again at Ashbourne in a few weeks hopefully.



Edited By Chris Barlow on 30/09/2018 20:30:46

Thread: U-2 Dragon Lady
28/09/2018 01:22:05

Will be building another set of wings but built up balsa as the foam wings have come out heavier than I like. Still keeping the for good wind days but really wanted a U-2 for light winds.

Another small problem I have run into is a large enough flat surface to set up the wings to glue in the wing tubes in the foam cores, My building shed is only 10' X 10' and full of models and benches/shelves etc. Will probably have to move the dining table and set it up over the floor. Vicky will not like that and the kids will probably walk on them, although they seem strong enough to take that!

Will be ready for the first PSSA meet in 2019 though Andy. laugh

Thread: 2018 Special Issue
28/09/2018 01:12:11

Yep, fuzzy photos on several pages including the photo of my Hurricane in the PSSA writeup unfortunately. sad

Articles look very interesting though and definitely tempted with the Sabre and/or MiG for a small PSS model like Andy.yes

Thread: A-10 Thunderbolt from the Mike Pastro Plan
28/09/2018 01:07:15
Posted by Philip Beard on 30/03/2018 11:09:22:

Pilot was a Capt Myers call sign "Quag". Had to laugh at that.

All the Best

Phil Beard

Brilliant! laugh

What span/scale is the Mike Pastro A-10? Mine is roughly 1/10 and I still have the plug to form the canopy if you're local to Woodford/Cheshire.

Thread: Don Valley Open Weekend 29-30th September
28/09/2018 00:56:46

Don't forget night flying and a Chinese takeaway if you want to stay a bit later BEB.

Thread: plotter/cutter
06/09/2018 22:26:55

If you use vinyl on a roll you can flip most decals vertical and print the full roll legnth. So letters up to 200mm high and 3m long.

Thread: Death Warmed Up
06/09/2018 21:12:04

Thanks Phil.

I "cheated" a bit with the AUW! As you know the tail surfaces were built up rather than 1/4 sheet but also after realising the nose weight issue I also sanded down the rear top sheeting from full thickness behind the cockpit down to around 1/8 thick where it meets the tail. This not only reduced the tail weight a little more but also brought the top of the tail plane closer to the top of the fuselage looking a bit more scale.

I also extended the battery tube forwards into the spinner and didn't glass cover the airframe which has saved some weight from the tail. All the above has resulted in needing less nose weight to balance the model leading to a lighter AUW to fly with.

06/09/2018 18:23:44

Finishing touches to the Hurri over the last few days. Shading, weathering and exhaust muck added along with the nose art which took an evening on its own!

Started by scaling a photo to get the nose art to the right size then cut it out to make a template to draw around, reversed for the opposite side.


First one I painted the black first the realised it would be easier to paint the whole outline in white then paint the black over it!


After much fettling and tweaking


Close enough to the nose art currently on Z3055 in Malta.



Finally a couple of coats of clear satin varnish to seal the decals and paintwork and it's ready for the last build photo.


AUW at final balancing with the spinner glued on is 3lb 8oz. The spinner almost exactly matches the weight of the laquer on the tail! Looking forward to introducing it to it's fellow builds this weekend. yes

Thread: 2018 PSSA Mass Build - The Completed Model Thread
06/09/2018 17:14:10

Finally done with 2 days to spare.

Based on Z3055 restored at the Malta Aviation Museum after being recovered just off the coast in the Med. Originally flown and named "Death Warmed Up" by P/O Bill Hollis Hallet of 261 Sq based in Ta' Qali, Malta who was killed when the hotel in Rabat that many pilots were billeted in was bombed. The aircraft was responsible for downing several Macchi C.200 and other Italian aircraft before being lost after a suspected engine failure and ditched in the sea by Sgt Thomas Hackston.



AUW is 3lb 8oz after final balancing. Covered in oracover and solartex, etch primed and painted in Humbrol enamels.Pilot, radiator housing, oil cooler scoop and tail wheel printed on my Anet A8 printer, Vinyl roundels, sqn markings and serial cut from coloured vinyl on my Silhouette Portrait cutter and detailed decals printed on clear waterslide decal paper. Nose art hand painted with black and white humbrol enamels.

2 coats clear satin laquer still hardening!

06/09/2018 00:53:53
Posted by dirk tinck on 06/09/2018 00:40:54:

Sorry ,my AUW is 4lb 0.5 oz ....i think. Anyway its 1.83 kg

I was just about to rush off to your build blog to see where and how you had managed to save 1lb! I feel a little disappointed now.

Safe journey Dirk, see you at the weekend. I still owe you for the Rafale too. Don't let me forget. smiley

05/09/2018 22:42:45
Posted by steven kemp on 04/09/2018 09:56:26:
I say it's a race between you and Chris Phil for next completed model pics..get a move on lads..4 days to go.gulp

Might not be mine. Applying laquer this evening, might have a photo tomorrow after final balancing. AUW is currently 3lb 8oz with the battery installed! laugh

Thread: Ashbourne Scale Day
03/09/2018 19:58:36
Ooooh I get a free oatcake! Thanks Paul. 😁

Put my name down too please.
Thread: Death Warmed Up
03/09/2018 17:49:08

Thanks John. I was aiming for not too shabby! laugh

03/09/2018 17:08:19

Thanks Phil. Really looking forward to seeing all the Hurricane come together this weekend too. Should be an impressive fighter group!

The water slides are printed on clear waterslide paper. I also have white backed waterslide paper which is great for brighter colours but don't work for small text.

The rest of the decals are cut from coloured vinyl. The roundels are pieced together on a white vinyl base to stabilise the colours over the camouflage.

I think the nose art will have to be painted freehand though. Art is definitely not my strong point! surprise

03/09/2018 02:47:24

I also re designed the tail wheel to look more like Z3055 in Malta. Printed on my Anet A8 in ABS with 0% fill. Don't want any weight back that far!

03/09/2018 02:23:25

Panel lines & chipped paint! Water slide decals and the antenna mast now completed.

The exhausts were first painted in Humbrol copper, then silver and when almost dry, buffed to show some of the copper through. Then a top coat of Gun Metal that was also buffed when nearly dry to expose the layers beneath. Almost happy with it except where it slipped and the model stand slightly squashed the soft paint. Another coat of Gun Metal should fix that.



Still to do this week...

Wing panel lines & paint chips/wear. Gun ports, light covers, stringer shading, weathering and a coat of varnish. 3 nights I reckon! laugh

02/09/2018 16:07:47

Decals going on today cut from vinyl with my Silhouette Portrait, then the nose art and some weathering...


Yes I know! They're upside down. laugh

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