Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Scale Aircraft Modelling 2006-11

The Wellington was one of the most important warplanes in the British inventory at the start of World War II, and bore the brunt of the British bomber effort until large numbers of four-engined heavy bombers became available in the later stages of 1941. The type then found an important second career in maritime reconnaissance, and to a lesser extent in the transport and training roles, until a time well after the end of the war in 1945. Production totalled 11,461 aircraft from three factories, the last machine not being delivered until 13 October 1945, and this was the largest number of any British bomber type ever placed in production. The origins of the Wellington can be found in the Air Ministry's B.9/32 requirement for a twin-engined bomber, and Vickers decided to create such a type using the type of geodetic structure created by Dr Barnes Wallis for the R100 airship. The Ministry contracted for a single prototype of the Type 271 design as a fabric-covered monoplane with tailwheel landing gear, including main units retracting into the underside of the nacelles for the wing-mounted engines, turreted defensive armament and provision for the carriage of nine bombs.

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Minitracks No.4

We chose to show our Mephisto during the first attack of the A7V, on the 21st April 1918. For the fighting on the 21st March, it is more than likely that it was decorated with a skull at the front and no christened name was carried.We used a roughly sculpted styrene block, which was covered with plaster bands found in a chemists. To show the muddy and moonlike appearance of the ground, I covered the base with a mix of white glue and ground coffee, this gives a deep brown colour, with a grainy aspect. When this was dry, several brown washes were spread over the surface, and several brushes of lighter tones (beige, yellow, green, light grey...). Then to finish the work, pastels were used here and there, all the traces being worked out with a brush. The layout of the trenches is made using wooden sticks which came from a fast food shop.

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Model Aircraft Monthly 2002-03

The Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation Wirraway, a development of the North American NA-16 single engine monoplane trainer, was the first aircraft to be manufactured in any real numbers in Australia. It was the first product of an Australian Government decision to establish a factory specifically to produce aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force. Two pattern aircraft, a North American NA-16-1 with fixed undercarriage, and a North American NA-16-2 with a retractable undercarriage, were delivered late in 1937 and aircraft of the first production batch of 40 CAC CA-1 Mk I Wirraways began coming off the production line just before World War II began. 580 aircraft (CA-3, 5, 7 and 9) were built as Mark IIs, including 245 built against a British contract (serials HP581 to HP843). These remained in Australia and never carried their British serials. The final batch of 150 CA-16 Mark IIIs brought the total production to 755 aircraft. The last was completed in June 1946. RAAF serial numbers ran from A20-3 to A20-757.

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