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Chatham, Kent, United Kingdom
I'm 45. And currently a full time carer for Mom.. I am also disabled, and suffer from Avoidant Personality Disorder. I also like Photography, Museums and Art Galleries. I have a keen interest in Military aviation. The Korean War and the Allied Bombing Offensive over Europe 1939-1945. And also a keen interest in Military vehicles.


Saturday, 17 December 2016

Revell 1/72 Avro Shackleton 17/12/2016

She's nearly at the paint stage. I added some final details such as the surround for the bomb aimer's window with wiper. Under nose aerial and Orange Harvest ECM (both from the no longer with us Airfix kit) as they're both better detailed than the Revell kit.

Friday, 16 December 2016

1/72 Revell Shackleton build 16/12/2016 interior complete.

Today saw me bring the interior to completion with the fitting of the crew door. I also assembled the vertical and horizontal tail surfaces.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

1/72 Revell Avro Shackleton build 13/12/2016 interior fitting out: adding the Galley

In the dead area of the interior I thought I'd add a representation of the Galley and some seating (not a lot can be seen anyway). Here is how it looks at the moment, I need to paint the door and then get the fuselage halves together.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Revell 1/72 Avro Shackleton build 11/12/2016 fitting out the interior.

As I had this Shack on the bench I decided to get my stalled Airfix one off the shelf. But over balanced and fell on top of it and crushed it (as I mentioned in the last update) But...................all was not lost however, as the interior (with some modifications) has fitted into the Revell kit. The dead space you see is the Galley area, and this will be added (well what you can see anyway). See you in the next update.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Revell 1/72 Avro Shackleton WL747 build 08/12/2016

I had a tragedy today as regards my Airfix Shackleton. Well there I was looking at it wondering what I had to do to get her finished when all of a sudden I'm on the floor, and I crushed the Shack. Hmmm but all is not lost I feel as I can use some of the interior for this Revell kit.
Not much to show for today after having my fall only some assembly work and some masking and some extra's that I received.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Revell 1/72 Avro Shackleton AEW.2 WL747 "Florence" 07/12/2016

I started cutting plastic today. At the moment its just sticking bits together. Hopefully tomorrow I can get start getting paint on.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Revell 1/72 Avro Shackleton AEW.2 WL747 "Florence"

History of WL747

Originally built as an MR.2 and first flown on February 5th, 1953 she was first delivered to 23MU to be prepared for issue to 269 Sqdn from 269 Sqdn was allocated to 204 Sqdn and from 204 Sqdn she was sent to 42 Sqdn. And then went to Avro for modification to Phase I standard and then allocated to 210 Sqdn, and then went back to Avro for modification to Phase II standard and then was allocated to 37 Sqdn. In 1961 she was sent to Hawker Siddeley Aviation for modification to Phase III conversion, and after completion of the conversion work she was allocated to 210 Sqdn and was sent to Ballykelly as part of the Ballykelly Wing. While as Ballykelly she suffered CAT.3 damage which was repaired and was transferred to 204 Sqdn in 1970. Also in 1970 WL747 went to 5MU for a major overhaul before ferrying to Hawker Siddeley Aviation at Bitteswell for conversion to AEW.2 standard. WL747 first flew as an AEW.2 on January 11, 1972 (and was the first production conversion). In 1972, WL747 returned to 5MU for repainting and was delivered to Lossiemouth for radar installation. WL747 was ferried to Kinloss in 1972 for 8 Sqdn and received the name "Florence" after the Children's TV program "The Magic Roundabout". In August, 1973, "Florence" was transferred to Lossiemouth with 8 Sqdn. In 1978, WL747 went back to Hawker Siddeley Aviation for a major refurbishment and returned to 8 Sqdn in November, 1979. 

The images below are of WL747 when she was the display aircraft. Photos were taken by my late Dad.