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Thread: S1581 Hawker Nimrod MkI
12/11/2019 22:56:17


Thanks for the video, very informative. Now to have a go myself.



Thread: MF's Hawker Fury Mk1
12/11/2019 13:40:58

Hi All

Yep, spent a few pennies at MR.

Decided to have a go at the wheels and tyres, much as described by Danny, I have made mine come apartable, 3 2mm screws used for this.

1/8 inch inner diameter ball races to provide smooth running.

My tyres are 19mm neoprene but I needed 265mm lengths to get a fit over the ply disc wheels. Thin cyano joins the neoprene ring, I didn't quite get an invicible join but good enough i think.

wheel kit.jpg

wheel complete.jpg

wheel no tyre.jpg

Next problem is getting a fit between the piano wire axle and the ball race inner diameters. The best fit piano wire is 2.98mm with the ballraces being 2.97mm !!!!

I guess heating the ballrace and freezing the axle should work but this would be a one off assembly as they wont be coming apart again ??

Now for the wheel covers - litho or shaped foam covered in GF cloth and resin ??

Any advice appreciated wink

Edited By Martin Fane on 12/11/2019 13:41:21

Edited By Martin Fane on 12/11/2019 13:41:42

Edited By Martin Fane on 12/11/2019 13:43:10

Thread: S1581 Hawker Nimrod MkI
11/11/2019 12:38:46


Thanks for the words.

Ref a video, yes please, as they say - a picture is worth a thousand...............


11/11/2019 11:48:47

Great to see more progress, is that a chink of light I see ???wink

Can you give a quick description of your tissueing technique ?

Not done tissueing since I was a kid !!



Thread: MF's Hawker Fury Mk1
05/11/2019 15:03:33

Hi Fellow builders

Inspired by Teachers progress so decided a tailwheel was a better idea than the skid. I'm not really modelling a specific Fury example so I think practicality over scale is a better option.

Tailwheel is aluminium tube, piano wire and some shrink tube to build up the piano wire arms, finished off with some ??BA nuts.

tailwheel start.jpg

The whole thing siuts in a larger diameter alloy tube section in the balsa block. I opted for a carbon rod drive from the servo with M2 rod and clevises for adjustment. The tailwheel is removable by using a small screw securing the 2 sections.


And made a start on the landing gear bits, waiting oleos at the moment. I also feel a shopping spree at Mick Reeves coming on.....

uc start.jpg

Thread: S1581 Hawker Nimrod MkI
05/11/2019 13:10:05

Hi Danny

Great progress by yourself. Thanks for all the insight and sharing your techniques.

Now its back to the building board / facsimile machine for me wink 2- time to try and catch up.

Me thinks Mr Reeves may have a rush on for silver soldering stuff !!



24/10/2019 09:28:23

Hi Danny

Good to see you back on the build.

Nice tailwheel installation - what diameter is the wheel ?

Any fellow builders attending Gaydon this Sunday ??



Thread: MF's Hawker Fury Mk1
09/10/2019 16:08:15


Ref the oleo's - what diameter and length are the ones you are thinking of using ?

Are you still planning no further litho work on your Fury ?



09/10/2019 13:00:42

I wonder if any fellow builders out there who are planning on using oleos for the landing gear could let me know which ones they have. Presumably Hobbyking but I wonder which size suits the model best

Thanks in advance


09/10/2019 10:43:11

Thanks Martyn, not quite so amazing upclose !!

Good observation ref the gun troughs on the yellow fury. I've seen other pictures of the yellow version that do show the gun troughs. I'll be leaving them on if I do go for this version.

Hoping Danny will be back on with updates soon......



08/10/2019 22:11:44

Maybe I'll go with this although I'd like to find something that has the upper cowls painted

fury yellow.jpg

08/10/2019 21:52:26

Still plodding along with the Fury. Not decided on my subject yet so decided to glass the fuselage to allow for either aluminium foil or painted finish, I don't think I'll do anymore lithoplate.

Here's the fueslage looking rather sorry for itself, glassed and priming / sanding started. I've left a quater inch of bare balsa around the edges for the tissue application to the aft fuselage areas.

primed sanded.jpg

After sanding, filling and priming I think I'm now ready for detailing / finishing crying



glassed close.jpg

Those little wing body fairing were tricky, not totally acurate but near enough I think. These were built up with balsa and resin / filleting powder then a little elbow grease.

And the underside fillet area, I shaped the balsa edges here behind the wing to get a reasonable transition from the aluminium panelled forward fusealage to the open rear structure. probably not true to full size but it stops that "jump" between the area's.

wingbody fillet.jpg

Getting there slowlysmiley

Edited By Martin Fane on 08/10/2019 21:52:43

20/08/2019 18:03:01

Hi All

We need you back on the build Danny - lots of tricky bits for you to sort out for us smiley

Shaped, glassed and primed the radiator parts and test fitted.

Also shaped some blue foam "wing body" fairings on the wing underside.



Here's my attempt at the actual radiator grill. The mesh is fixed to a peice of lithoplate, the whole thing airbrushed black then rubbed off to try to get the radiator effect, hopefully will look OK with the cooling shutters fitted to obscure it a bit

mesh in place.jpg

If anybody is looking fro some mesh - here's what I used


14/08/2019 21:21:01

A little more progress on the fury whilst waiting for the rain to stop crying

Moving on from Aluminium foil for the time being, made a start on the radiator, blocked up and ready for a fair bit of shaping and sanding




All still removable to allow installation the landing gear

Edited By Martin Fane on 14/08/2019 21:21:55

11/08/2019 17:37:14

Last bit of work for a while, lower hatch sanded to shape

lower hatch done.jpg

11/08/2019 15:17:37

Hi All

Still chipping away at the Fury.

Cowl prepared, took a fair bit of filling, sanding, filling, sanding ete etc. Now ready for covering which i think will be foil. The curves worry me a bit, maybe paint is a better option ??

cowl painted.jpg

Tried a bit of foil covering on the gun trough hatch, this was glassed first to give a nice flat / hard surface.

Not sure i like the "shinny" effect sadI used metal coat but it marks so easily. i have some Flite Metal on order so maybe this will be better ????

gun troughs covered.jpg

And preparing a lower hatch, this will be blue foam lined with balsa, removable to give me more access for flightpacks etc.

lower hatch.jpg

Edited By Martin Fane on 11/08/2019 15:18:03

Thread: K3731 Martians Fury 1
11/08/2019 11:50:33


Lovely model, very inspirational yes



Thread: MF's Hawker Fury Mk1
15/07/2019 17:09:03

Hi Fellow Furites

A quick update, progressing slowly.........

cabane litho.jpg

Cabane lithoplate finished, cyno used. Tried a little weathering after a small glue spillage, looks OK I think. Now how to proceed as those curved surface look hard work for lithoplate indecision

Just could not get RDS aileron drive to work. I can only think there was a problem with the geometry. I do want to use this in future builds so will plan ahead better for the correct installation. Reverted to plan B so will have to suffer visible drive rods etc..

aileron servo.jpg

Thread: K3731 Martians Fury 1
28/06/2019 20:27:38

Looking great Martian.

Love that prop and spinner, they look spot on.

Looking forward to more updates



Thread: MF's Hawker Fury Mk1
26/06/2019 22:03:28


whats the best method for attaching the litho ?

I've used cyno on the gun troughs - seems to be holding OK but I wonder if there is abetter solution ?

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