**** DONE: 1/48 Gloster Gladiator I - From WW1 to WW2 GB

Discussion in '#16 From WW1 to WW2' started by Vic Balshaw, Nov 25, 2012.

  1. Vic Balshaw

    Vic Balshaw Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2009
    Messages:
    13,125
    Likes Received:
    217
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Occupation:
    Retired
    Location:
    Canberra
    #1 Vic Balshaw, Nov 25, 2012
    Last edited by a moderator: Feb 3, 2013
    Username: Vic Balshaw
    First name: Vic
    Category: Judge – Non competing
    Scale: 1/48
    Manufacturer: Roden Kit 408

    Extras: Eduard 48428 PE detail set. Not sure about anything else but you never know what could popup. Naturally the all important rigging and some homemade decals to go with the squadron theme.

    As I'm also doing the Gloster Gauntlet, I thought it would be a good idea to also chip in with this one as they are almost identical and this Gladiator did replace the Gauntlet.

    Again I’m doing this model serial number K7994 or K8030 for my 56 Squadron flight line, these particular aircraft replaced the Gloster Gauntlet and served with the squadron between July 1937 and May 1938 which again was a relatively short period, but war was looming in Europe and the RAF was hastily re-equipping there fighter squadrons with the Hawker Hurricane. This particular build will replace an earlier construction that looking somewhat worn and primitive, particularly the decal which were at the time made from white paper and are now quite faded.

    20121125-1a.jpg

    20121125-1b.jpg

    20121125-1c.jpg

    20121125-1d.jpg
     
  2. meatloaf109

    meatloaf109 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2012
    Messages:
    6,688
    Likes Received:
    252
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Occupation:
    plumbing "pro" at Lowes in Franklin N.C.
    Location:
    north carolina
    Ah, the golden age of the R.A.F., isn't the Gladiator the plane in which R.S.Tuck had his crash?
    More rigging!
     
  3. Vic Balshaw

    Vic Balshaw Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2009
    Messages:
    13,125
    Likes Received:
    217
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Occupation:
    Retired
    Location:
    Canberra
    Yes Paul it was indeed Tuck who had a very luck escape from the Gladiator during a formation flight.
     
  4. meatloaf109

    meatloaf109 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2012
    Messages:
    6,688
    Likes Received:
    252
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Occupation:
    plumbing "pro" at Lowes in Franklin N.C.
    Location:
    north carolina
    Thought so. Me mind kicks in every now and then.
    Not 56 squadron, though...
     
  5. Vic Balshaw

    Vic Balshaw Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2009
    Messages:
    13,125
    Likes Received:
    217
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Occupation:
    Retired
    Location:
    Canberra
    Not 56 Sqn Paul but close in a way, he was with 65 Sqn at the time.
     
  6. Wayne Little

    Wayne Little Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2006
    Messages:
    51,182
    Likes Received:
    848
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Adelaide Sth. Aust.
    Ah, will look at this with interest Vic, contemplating a Finnish version...
     
  7. Crimea_River

    Crimea_River Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2008
    Messages:
    25,185
    Likes Received:
    963
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Calgary
    Wow, more friggin' riggin' !!!
     
  8. ccheese

    ccheese Member In Perpetuity
    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2007
    Messages:
    12,669
    Likes Received:
    96
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Occupation:
    R E T I R E D !!
    Location:
    Virginia Beach, Va.
    Amen to that ! Good luck with this one Vic...

    Charles
     
  9. Airframes

    Airframes Benevolens Magister

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2008
    Messages:
    47,705
    Likes Received:
    1,420
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Retired
    Location:
    Cheshire, UK
    Yep, Tuck slashed his cheek open on a rigging wire, and kept the scar for life.
    A glutton for punishment, eh Vic?!
    I'll be watching this, for fit or other problems, as I have the same kit for my 56 Sqn collection. (had thought of entering it, but too much on at the moment).
     
  10. Vic Balshaw

    Vic Balshaw Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2009
    Messages:
    13,125
    Likes Received:
    217
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Occupation:
    Retired
    Location:
    Canberra
    Thanks Guys and yes more rigging, but you know what they say 'in for a penny, in for a pound.' I should be able to make a start on this tomorrow alongside the Gauntlet, so instrument panel first.

    Having given the kit an initial look over, I'm quite impressed with the detail and panel lines but from what I have read, I do believe there are some fit problems. I may also try another form of rigging anchor on this one.

    I was reading up on the Gladiator last night Terry and found that 56 only considered these machines as an interim replacement and consequently didn't deck them out with any red or white check and only added the squadron badge within the favoured tail fin arrow most fighter squadrons were sporting.
     
  11. Rogi

    Rogi Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2011
    Messages:
    2,161
    Likes Received:
    12
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Very cool choice :D
     
  12. Airframes

    Airframes Benevolens Magister

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2008
    Messages:
    47,705
    Likes Received:
    1,420
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Retired
    Location:
    Cheshire, UK
    Ah, that's interesting info Vic, thanks. Could make life easier, as I was going to make some red/white check decals. I have a profile, and at least one pic, showing the checks, but omitting them will make things simpler!
     
  13. Wurger

    Wurger Siggy Master
    Staff Member Administrator

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2005
    Messages:
    47,715
    Likes Received:
    1,523
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    A retired military Navigator/ATC, FIS controller
    Location:
    Poland
  14. A4K

    A4K Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2007
    Messages:
    12,162
    Likes Received:
    123
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    The back of beyond
    Nice subject Vic!
     
  15. Vic Balshaw

    Vic Balshaw Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2009
    Messages:
    13,125
    Likes Received:
    217
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Occupation:
    Retired
    Location:
    Canberra
    Thanks again folks. Maybe I'll post to the right thread this time!!!!!

    Today I made a start on the instrument panel which for this kit has been moulded from clear plastic which is a bit of a novelty.

    20121128-1a.jpg

    For those of you with this kit in the stash, please note:
    The decals for the panel are printed back to front, this is so they can be applied to the back of the panel.

    Gladiator Panel Decal.jpg

    The accompanying construction instructions also have a miss having got the port and starboard decal numbers ar$e about face.

    20121128-1d.jpg

    Though I have an alternative panel to play with, I thought I would should have a go with this clear kit one. Having cleaned some annoying bits of flash from the panel, I added a couple of PE switches and other bits before dabbing Maskol to the dials for protection. A couple coats of paint were then applied. Once dry the Maskol was removed.

    20121128-1b.jpg

    20121128-1c.jpg

    While removing the panel from the clear sprue, I noticed a little scratch on the rear canopy. It was not to bad but did look to be quite a deep mark. I decided to get shot of it but sorry, I forgot to take a pic of it before starting the removal process. This first pic shows the area after the initial file rubbing.

    20121128-1e.jpg

    Using my worthy 'Q' tip sanding sticks,

    20121128-1g.jpg

    the scratch was removed and after a final polish with some liquid car polish this is what I ended up with.

    20121128-1f.jpg
     
  16. A4K

    A4K Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2007
    Messages:
    12,162
    Likes Received:
    123
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    The back of beyond
    Nice Vic! Haven't seen glass instrument panels since the 1:32 Matchbox Bf 109E and Hasegawa Spifire Mk.V.
     
  17. Wayne Little

    Wayne Little Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2006
    Messages:
    51,182
    Likes Received:
    848
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Adelaide Sth. Aust.
    Done good Vic! :D
     
  18. Crimea_River

    Crimea_River Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2008
    Messages:
    25,185
    Likes Received:
    963
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Calgary
    My recently completed AM Avenger had one.

    Great start Vic.
     
  19. Wurger

    Wurger Siggy Master
    Staff Member Administrator

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2005
    Messages:
    47,715
    Likes Received:
    1,523
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    A retired military Navigator/ATC, FIS controller
    Location:
    Poland
  20. Airframes

    Airframes Benevolens Magister

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2008
    Messages:
    47,705
    Likes Received:
    1,420
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Retired
    Location:
    Cheshire, UK
    Good stuff Vic. That's the MkII panel I believe - if you need it, I have a very good colour shot of the MkII cockpit, the panel of which, and some detail areas, differ from the MkI.
     
Loading...

Share This Page