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55 AUG / SEPT 2014 • £6.50 UK $15.99



Issue 55 cover_Layout 1 10/07/2014 09:31 Page 1



F-102A Chen Zexi describes his contest-winning small scale F-102A


Short S.8 Calcutta Part One Megas Tsonos shares the techniques behind his stunning scratchbuilt 1:48 Calcutta flying boat.


MiG-21 MF Eduards 1:48 kit is given the Zdenek Sebesta treatment.


RF-4B Phantom Franck Oudin builds the reconnaissance version of the Phantom using the Hasegawa 1:48 kit.


An Inglorious End Part One A Crash-landed 1:32 B-17 would not be most peoples idea of starter project but its what Richard Carrick chose to do with a vacform kit.


Big Bird B-17, Part 6 The Editor continues his build of HK Models spectacular 1:32 Flying Fortress.


Air Born New releases.


Mosquito MkII Nightfighter Paolo Portuesi tinkers with Tamiya’s 1:48 classic kit

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陈泽熹 陈泽熹 Chen Zexi’s winning aircraft entry from the first MENG modelling contest, Beijing 2014 The Editor was honoured to be invited as part of an international judging panel at MENG’s first model competition held in Beijing back in May as part of Hobby Expo China. Knowing little of the modelling scene in China it was encouraging to see the country which is the driving force behind some of the most exciting kit releases has some very enthusiastic and highly skilled modellers. One such guy is Chen Zexi, the builder of the winning MENG kit in the aircraft catagory.


F-102A George W. Bush’s Delta Dagger

The F-102A, designed by Convair in the 1950s, was

special exhibition limited edition for the IPMS (UK)

a supersonic, day and night interceptor aircraft.

Scale Model World 2012. It faithfully depicts the

Among various types of fighters / interceptors that

details of the markings of the aircraft flown by G. W.

served with the USAF, the F-102A was famous as the

Bush. Also, the quality is far superior than the older

first aircraft incorporating the transonic area rule in

kit produced by Hasegawa, but I still had the urge to

mass production. Future U.S. President George

add some detail of my own! I opted to use an Eduard

Walker Bush also served as an F-102A pilot with the

photo-etch set and Quickboost resin parts for the

111th Squadron of Texas Air National Guard.

nose section in order to add more details and open

This kit (Serial no. DS003s) made by MENG is a

some panels.


Construction With plenty of photos and books as

copper wire of different diameters used

reference, I decided to make a major

to represent the cables inside. The trick

modification to this kit. First, I cut the

here was to build the multi-layered

nose avionic bay open roughly with an

details inside-out. With time and

electric tool. I then cut the finished edge

patience a good degree of finesse was

with a new blade in order to make sure

achieved. The assembly of the wings

that the covering panel is a neat fit. Next

was generally fine, the only thing

I built the inside structures of the avionic

requiring a little work is the usual wing to

bay with plastic card. Here part of the

fuselage joint. Since on the real aircraft a

cockpit as well as the nose gear bay

single panel covers this area, more filling

should also be removed to make room

and polishing work was needed. As I

for the avionic bay. I used photo-etch

wanted a very delicate look to the panel

parts for enhanced details in the cockpit

lines and rivets I decided to polish out

with painting and weathering completed

the moulded kit detail and re-scribe

before fixing into the fuselage. After the

some of the fine airframe joints and

fuselage was closed, I used super glue

fixings, a subtle difference in 1:72 but

mixed with talc as filling material to

worth the effort I found.

make the join seamless. The fuselage was polished with very fine abrasive paper after the glue was set. Then with references I added more details of the nose avionic bay with plastic card,





I prefer aircraft with single-colour paint, as

model served with the Air National Guard

panel lines. Besides this I applied a thin

different hues and shades can be used

in the 1970s. Records show that these

layer of white and medium grey mixed with

here to depict various surfaces. For

aircraft were very well maintained, thus I

the base colour to the shaded area to

example, different colours with a high

started with painting the overall model

depict indistinct colour differences. At last

contrast are best for weathering, while a

using aircraft grey as my base colour. Then

several areas, including the red wing

colour gradient can show 3D structures,

I added a little brown to the base colour to

fences and the black radome were

and so on. The F-102A depicted by this

make the shading, mainly and along major

masked and airbrushed.

Weathering The weathering process was done after the decals

direction. Repeat this process for several times and

were applied. Since the real aircraft looked quite

you will get a model with an overall clean looking

clean, the model was lightly weathered overall. I

finish along with traces of wear in some details.

randomly dotted the fuselage and the wings with

Finally dark grey and brown Tamiya enamel colours

brown, blue and grey oil paint then I brushed the

were used to wash certain parts of the model in

model with Zippo lighter fluid along one single

order to accentuate panel lines and rivets.


Final thoughts MENG’s kit is well detailed with

aircraft. I would like to thank my

accurate overall shape providing a

friends who helped me during the

great basis for my project. I have also

modeling process, as well as MENG

learned a lot from the making of this

who developed this kit. Special thanks

model. I gained some new

to Dr. Bo zhang for the text

experiences with adding complex


details and painting and weathering a very clean and well maintained






The uniqueness of this subject led this modeller to a different thinking in relation to the construction that was to follow. First, at a wingspan of 23”, the model had to be robust enough so as to withstand the inevitable mishandlings during its construction. Its sturdiness, when finished, must ensure a long life in the showcase. Second, and more important, the construction had to be designed in a way of leaving an unobstructed cabin interior into which all details would be installed. All the weight of the wings had to be carried by the fuselage skin and not by reinforced bulkheads, as there weren’t any on the real thing… Considering the above, the construction of the Calcutta deviated a little from the traditional scratchbuilding using styrene, as it will be shown in the paragraphs that follow.




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4 THE WINGS As usually happens with flying boats drawings, a major design line called “the base line” is drawn below the hull, to serve as a starting point for all measuring and dimensions to be determined. The base line is horizontal, and when looking at the side profile of the drawing, it allows for all design angles, except for the dihedral (which can be seen from the front), to be determined. On the Calcutta (see photo 1), the wings angle of attack is 2.5 degrees (angle a) with the engine nacelles “thrust line” (orange line) set at 0 degrees, that is, parallel to base line (red line). The hull’s top profile (green line) rises at 3.0 degrees (from bow to tail- angle b) so the horizontal stabilizer is set in line with the nacelles thrust line. The result is that the wings are mounted onto the hull at an angle of incidence of 5.5 degrees (angles a+b). With the above in mind I gave priority to the making of the wings; their main 12

sections were made of thick plasticard

pieces cut to shape. The wings were built

plasticard- see photo 5) on the lower

in three sections each (photo 2), the center

wings. I sprayed the whole lot with Mr.

section being flat, while the outer sections

White Surfacer 1000 and added the aileron

incorporated a dihedral of 4 degrees to the

controls (photo 8) made from thin nylon

base line. In order to obtain the 4 degree

thread, on the upper wing undersides.

dihedral, I fixed a slightly bent aluminium

The 26 interplane struts were made at this

bar as a spar between the sections

point; I used thin wooden coffee-stirring

(photos 3 and 4), used two-part 5-minute

stricks sanded to shape and soaked in

epoxy to glue the sections together, and

cyanoacrylate glue (photo 9), then sanded

placed wooden blocks below the wingtips

again and sprayed with Mr. Surfacer 500

to retain the dihedral as the glue was

and 1000 to a glossy final finish. The

setting. I used Milliput to seal any seams,

Handley-Page auto-slots (photos 10 and11)

attached cotton thread with Cyanoacrylate

were made by the same method.

to form the rib detail (photo 5), and finished with layers of Mr. Hobby Mr. Surfacer 500


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