Here is a list of all the postings Simon Knight has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Hangar 9 P-47D Thunderbolt, .60 Size ARTF|
Pics for clarity
Does anyone have a good condition cowling (black and white checks) or know where I can get one or if there is an alternative please?
I got this model second hand, had a crash on maiden due to a duff flight battery and after repair had an issue with the receiver too, so swapped it out. She now flies beautifully and I would like to pretty her up a bit. The cowl is fibre glass and chipped and cracked now which is a shame.
I may try and cover it, but with the nice curves at the front it may prove too difficult and more unsightly.
|Thread: No space left for new models?|
I have 7 Veron and Flair kits waiting in the cupboard to build when I have more space, be it retiring models or crashing them beyond repair. My other limiting factor that will prevent me getting anywhere near 80+ models is that my transmitter only stores 20 models. I have my older transmitter that stores 10, but it is used for my 4 Helicopters (mCpx up to Trex 500 size) and old Blade 350 quadcopter.
I had considered selling my less flown models, but what you get for them doesn’t seem worth it and the thought of building for others sounds good but I don’t think there is much call for it, or is there?
I try and get 2 models in my car (medium hatchback) and I don’t remove the wings as I find the faff of connecting them altogether a bit too much when I have limited flying time. The Parkzone ac are not a bad size (1.1m) but they are light. The kits I have built are a little bigger and heavier so are my preferred flyers these days as they cope in more windy conditions. The Wots Wot is my all round favourite flyer and has the most flight time of all 13 larger ac in my hangar (garage, back bedroom).
All true Dave and even my wife has suggested smaller models! Trouble I find with those is they get blown around by the wind too much and have even more limited flying days. I have 4 of the UMX and they are nice to fly but not quite the same. I got a couple of helicopters to overcome the wind issue but they just don’t look as nice without a scale body on.
Continuing the journey, i recently repainted my RAF Pkz P47 back to US colours, and to replace the RAF scheme, I repainted my ARTF Wots Wot (not foamie)
|Thread: Which engine for a Mark 2 Acrowot ARTF|
I used an ASP FS61 in both of mine and always had plenty of power with a 12x6 prop.
|Thread: Advice please on Wots Wot engine|
ASP FS91, pulls very well and not too much power:
|Thread: Forum members' new models: Let's see them.|
Not new but feels and looks it now she’s freshly repainted:
Edited By Simon Knight on 14/11/2018 10:29:09
|Thread: Metallic Paint from Lidl|
£3.50 later and the use of some renaming paint from my last remake, I am very happy with the end result. A good quality paint and finish for the Metallic Chrome Lidl paint which I am sure I will look to use again soon. Looks even nicer outside in the sun 🌞
So after a little tidying up and some artistic license with the colours she is finally taking shape. The Lidl paint held up well to masking tape, Tamiya tape and the useful Post-it Note too. None were pressed hard but did the job within reason.
I've run out of decal paper so will have to do the wing roundels when I have some more (now ordered). Quite a contrast from the previous scheme but I am very happy with it and it is dedicated to my little boy so he is very excited he has his own model now.
I'll add a finished model picture once she is complete, but I do think that for a cheap spray can paint, I found a good one. Now... what aircraft are gold?
I know it was a shame to go over the RAF Thunderbolt, but it was either that or my Mustang and I love that one too much...
As for the paint sticking it isn't too bad, but I didn't press the mask hard enough so did get some seepage. Will hand touch it up and give it a couple of "repaired panels" etc. When I finish the rest of the upper fuselage I'll press harder or try the Tamiya white tape.
It looks better in the flesh but this gives an idea.
Used some of the red paint from my DVII to do the nose and just need to decide and source a colour for the tail, probably yellow.Make the decal and voila, a new aircraft.
It feels like a nice smooth finish too, not that you can tell with this battered foamie.
So, we were out shopping yesterday and popped not the local Lidl. I always like looking in the centre aisle to see what bits they have that I don’t need and I came across this hobby paint:
Ooh, I know what that might look good on, and as I have no space to do a new build, I’ll respray a foamie I have. Give the paint a go and if it ruins the model then I’ll have space for a new build; win win.
My Parkzone P47 has been painted 3 times so far, so what is another coat of paint going to add? Time for a change a back to an American scheme I think to utilise he silver. Now I know it says chrome but I’m sure it won’t look too bad.
SO after the shopping was unpacked I went into the garage and took the faded decals off and took her apart. The underside was already a matt grey so in a rush just applied the paint directly. It pooled a little and looked naff so I wiped it with a cloth. This spread it more evenly and actually seemed to apply it more neatly. That is how I then applied the paint to the rest of the model. Pray, wipe spray. In the end she looked like this which I was pleasantly happy with.
|Thread: SFM Fokker DVII Kit|
Hi Peter, I remember looking for a photo or picture of the aircraft you talk of but haven't managed to match the description. Mine is based on these 2 aircraft with some obvious artistic licence for ease of reproduction and colour.
The nearest I get to black checks is as below. Is this what you mean?
So just as an update, having made a DVIII and a DR1 more recently and based their scheme on real aircraft, it made my first DVII look a bit odd with the red and white checks. So this week I decided to amend the colour scheme to something more realistic from 1918. Much happier with it and she now doesn’t stand out as much.
|Thread: Balsa USA Sopwith Pup 1/6 scale|
So having got the bug and tried a couple different ways of fixing I decided to complete the rigging that I can achieve. Tail, undercarriage and upper front fuselage. Happy with how they look, though a bit too shiny for now, but it is definitely time to stop fiddling with this aircraft.
So just a quick update. She flies well and got another couple of flights last weekend. However I have an issue with the bracing wires slackening and looking unsightly when she ends up catching a wing or nosing over on the grass. As other have used elastic cord before and at the site this time someone suggested it, I decided to give it a go. Bought it ages ago but didn't have the drive to do it. Weather is rubbish today to go out at all so here was my chance.
I have modified how to do this on my DR1 but on this model I just looped the elastic, secured it with fishing crimps then tapped it between the wing strut bolts. Figure it will be easy to change if I need to. End result looks as good if not better than the wire and I am sure (hopeful) will require less maintenance.
|Thread: Who wants to share a new Flair Baronette build?|
So the weather is rubbish and I haven't space to build another model. I know that she flies well having had another 3 good flights on Wednesday so a little fettling with her looks. Having just modded my Sopwith Pup from real wire to elastic cord, decided t do something similar. Decided to add the bracing wires on the undercarriage and just a pair of them on the upper fuselage too. Due to proportions, they don't cross where the real ones do, but I think they add a nice little simple detail. Used metallic elastic and fishing crimps glued into the frame. Holds well and flexes without causing any stress anywhere.
|Thread: Guillows P40 Warhawk 16” - RC conversion!?|
I’m glad we may see more Guillows kits flying free after this thread. I mentioned at the start that I did one a good couple of years ago, the Aeronica. A little video as you can see. She flew nicely but I wasn’t used to 3Ch and she was quite fragile so only really had the one flight in the end. Never got round to finishing with paint or decals.
Sorry don’t seem to be able to embed from an iPad.
Edited By Simon Knight on 11/10/2018 22:44:57
Edited By Simon Knight on 11/10/2018 22:45:22
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