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Short Stirling Mk.IV
« on: May 21, 2011, 04:25:58 PM »
Just to prove I do actually make models, here's the Airfix Stirling - an old favourite to many and fondly remembered as a Christmas or birthday gift! This one was converted to a Mk.IV paratroop transport/glider tug of 299 Sqn, RAF Keevil, June 1944, using the Valiant Model Wings Mk.IV conversion (which is really just the nose piece).

I sanded back the rivets and rescribed the major panel lines. The other mods to create a Mk.IV were an under-floor hatch, parachute strop guard and glider tug attachment. The aircraft was unarmed. Otherwise, the kit was made OOB. D-Day stripes were applied imperfectly, just like the real thing.   ;)


http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r214/Paul_Bradley/airfix_website/stirling10SM.jpg
Short Stirling Mk.IV


http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r214/Paul_Bradley/airfix_website/stirling12SM.jpg
Short Stirling Mk.IV



Here's the underside detail I added - from front to back: the paratroop hatch, strop guard and glider tug attachment device.

http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r214/Paul_Bradley/airfix_website/stirling13SM.jpg
Short Stirling Mk.IV



More in a future issue of SAMI.   :)

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Re: Short Stirling Mk.IV
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2011, 04:45:44 PM »
This is nice build and excellent promotion for SAMI article ;)

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Re: Short Stirling Mk.IV
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2011, 09:58:11 PM »
Very nice build! :-clap :-clap :-clap
Congratulations on the article in SAMI magazine. :-flo

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Re: Short Stirling Mk.IV
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2011, 11:22:23 PM »
Good job, Paul!!! A fine conversion.

I LOVE the Stirling in all its forms. Such a huge machine with so little wing area. I've often wondered how things would have turned out if the specifications had allowed Shorts to design a larger wing.

Scott

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Re: Short Stirling Mk.IV
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2011, 12:15:08 AM »
Thanks guys!

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Re: Short Stirling Mk.IV
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2011, 07:26:38 AM »
Your Stirling is splendid, Paul. Well done!

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Re: Short Stirling Mk.IV
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2011, 09:33:29 AM »
Nice ugly plane :-ok
I like your work, Paul, and the beauty you made from good old Airfix - the only thing I wouldn't do is sanding off the rivets - that's Airfix trademark  :-roll

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Re: Short Stirling Mk.IV
« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2011, 02:29:52 PM »
Thanks guys!   :)

Profa, I did sand back the rivets, but I did not completely eliminate them. The idea was to have them show when you look at the model from certain angles if you catch the light just right - which is how rivetted aircraft look in real life. It works quite well, but it doesn't show up well in my photos - you have to look at the model in person.

Actually, if you look at the underside of the tailplane, you can just about make out the lines of rivets - just the effect I was looking for!  :-ok
« Last Edit: May 23, 2011, 02:31:36 PM by Paul Bradley »

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Re: Short Stirling Mk.IV
« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2011, 03:59:01 PM »
Your rivet effect is very nice. :-ok :-cool The old Airfix Fw-189 project I've been working on needs more of this method applied to it....

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Re: Short Stirling Mk.IV
« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2011, 11:22:56 PM »
Very nice and tidy work  :-clap

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Re: Short Stirling Mk.IV
« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2011, 02:26:59 PM »
Thank you.  :)

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Re: Short Stirling Mk.IV
« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2011, 04:02:48 PM »
Huh, when I take a closer look, it's hardly discernible, but they're there... Definitely nice job, Paul!

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Re: Short Stirling Mk.IV
« Reply #12 on: May 25, 2011, 02:14:07 PM »
Exactly the effect I was looking for.  ;)