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    A Whitley story...

    Post  Alex Kontiveis on Mon Dec 27, 2010 8:26 am



    Dedicated to all Whitley's Boys who have flown with this machine, dedicated to my friend Elliott Smock who restores this machine!

    Introduction

    Why have I chosen this bomber? Here is the answer. By the time I read this, I didn't make a second thought.

    Flight Sergeant D. L. Lord

    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died on active service, 13 August 1942, England. This Poem is written by his mother.



    "He was such a lad - barely 21,

    For him life had only just begun,

    And took our beloved yougest son,

    But God said his job of work was done.



    The blow was cruel - the anguish great,

    Why should this have been his fate?

    God only knows and His will be done,

    He said, ‘Come home to Me, my son’.



    His leave was due and we prepared,

    We little knew how he had fared,

    The message came, the night - how long,

    But God decided, and we were wrong.



    The 16th dawned - the 17th too,

    The day he said, ‘I’ll be seeing you’,

    He came, but what a different way,

    Still, silent - not a word to say.



    We met him - saw his resting place,

    We could not gaze upon his face,

    We lift our eyes up to the skies,

    God is our help and He is wise.



    We gave a son of whom we’re proud,

    A brave courageous lad - no coward,

    Now we must carry on - we three,

    Of his sacrifice worthy to be.



    What of our two brave sons abroad?

    Bless them and keep them safe, O Lord.

    Encircle them within Your arm,

    And bring them home away from harm."




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    Bibliography

    * Roberts, R.N. The Whitley File. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air-Britain (Historians), 1986.
    * Wixey, Ken. Armstrong Whitworth Whitley (Warpaint Series No. 21). Denbigh East, Bletchley, UK: Hall Park Books, 1999.
    * The Whitley Boys: 4 Group Bomber Operations 1939 to 1940
    * Armstrong-Whitworth Aircraft since 1913
    * Pilot’s notes
    * Profile 153 - The Armstrong Whitworth Whitley

    Acknowledgements

    I would like to thank the following Gentlemen for their kind offer in helping me!

    * Elliott Smock (Whitley_project). Elliott restores a Mk.V
    * Johan Bloemers.(http://www.crashsiteslimburg.nl)
    * Hendon Museum
    * David Briggs
    * IPMS MALTA

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    Lets get started!
    I bought Sanger’s Vac “kit”…but God makes it a Kit!! As far as you can see this is a piece of plastic…nothing more. I will use the two fuselage halves. Everything else are gonna stay in the dark.



    I cut the two halves, sanding for days. As soon as this procedure was finished…I marked the areas that I going to open or rebuild them (in red color) according to 1/48 Whitley’s plans.









    Surgery!!!!





    I used evergreen sticks (L) in order of making the lips for connecting the two halves later. The Vac's plastic thickness is like a paper!!!







    The most painful work, concerns the small windows on fuselage.



    Yes… I know I’m late. But I had to build a huge number of sections and join them together. This step was the most important of the whole build. Too many dry fits, too many resets in order to achieve the correct fitting according to Whitley’s technical plans.
    At first I had to build the cockpit floor, Main fuselage’s floors and then all the bulkheads.









    The most difficult part of this build, were the bomb-bays cells. The main structure built was next. The cockpit floor, the rear fuselage’s floor, the bulkheads, radio-operator’s little cabin, and all the major components from nose to tail!



    As soon as this boring part was finished we stepped forward to its final dry fit, checking gaps etc. Everything is good enough and we proceeded directly to its primer. I used Primer for car’s plastic parts.

    At this point I would like to say that I didnt pay attention on the LEFT rear fuselage side during attaching the frames of its structure. Its a blind part... Mostly I did a rough work in order to strengthen the left side as well as the right one.





    The most boring part and dangerous part of such a build is now finished. We shall continue next with the interesting making of all the interior’s items such as seats, instrument panel, devices etc.
    Thank U for your attention. I would be grateful to you, If you post any objections so far, concerning the technical accuracy of all these. I can fix them if its possible…





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    Re: A Whitley story...

    Post  iCocker on Mon Dec 27, 2010 8:42 am

    Man you are a sadist! But I am getting the hint that this gonna be another wonder ofr 2011?
    By the way how did you go in the IPMS Nationals ...
    PS. Sorry abot what happened to Helmo, hope things are better and settled now ...

    All the best buddy!

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    Post  Alex Kontiveis on Mon Dec 27, 2010 9:14 am

    iCocker wrote:Man you are a sadist! But I am getting the hint that this gonna be another wonder ofr 2011?
    By the way how did you go in the IPMS Nationals ...
    PS. Sorry abot what happened to Helmo, hope things are better and settled now ...

    All the best buddy!

    Ivan

    Hi Ivan,
    Yes.. I'm gonna try for something better than my Lanc. I'm not so sure if Whitley will be finished during 2011...

    I do not participate in our IPMS Hellas shows... I'm out. We do not agree with the way of thinking about our hobby and the new standards been set through the past years in market. The old IPMS guard, and many people who believe that model making is still an ability and agility and not a simple assembly paying more and more for aftermarket items in order to improve and make a good model, belong to HELMO. That's why I'm a member in Maltese IPMS...because we have the same principles in our hobby.

    HELMO makes her own Expos.

    Thank U Ivan!


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    Re: A Whitley story...

    Post  Ray on Mon Dec 27, 2010 9:48 am

    Crazy as ever (modelling) Evil or Very Mad

    Awesome as ever (modelling) Twisted Evil

    Sad to hear about IPMS Hellas & the Old Guard Sad

    It seems that this BUG runs in every country after all Sad

    Keep safe you Greek Hoplite pale

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    Post  Alex Kontiveis on Mon Dec 27, 2010 10:21 am

    Ray wrote:Crazy as ever (modelling) Evil or Very Mad

    Awesome as ever (modelling) Twisted Evil

    Sad to hear about IPMS Hellas & the Old Guard Sad

    It seems that this BUG runs in every country after all Sad

    Keep safe you Greek Hoplite pale

    For example..
    The new IPMS (the past 10 years), believes that there is no any difference between scratch build work and aftermarket improvements during in their contests. Who ever is better gets the prize!!
    Actually that was the main argue with us. We couldn't agree with this principle because it was a matter of money... Who ever has enough money to spend for building a model..the better prize for him.

    HELMO contest is separated in two basic categories.
    a) Models been improved with after-market items
    b) Models been improved with scratch-built work

    Our best prizes (Golden stars) which concern the ability and accuracy in handmade work are for models worked without the use of aftermarket items (like Brian's Me-110 for example)

    That's all Ray.
    We still respect IPMS HELLAS, we still believe at her great work, we admire her history. But we can not follow her course.



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    Re: A Whitley story...

    Post  alexbb on Mon Dec 27, 2010 12:55 pm

    incredible

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    Post  J.Fenech on Mon Dec 27, 2010 6:34 pm

    Already it is looking impressive

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    Post  Cyril. on Mon Dec 27, 2010 8:27 pm

    I watch and wonder and amaze myself, Alex Surprised Surprised

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    Post  Alex Kontiveis on Mon Dec 27, 2010 8:44 pm

    TNX guys. I'm glad you like it.

    To tell U the truth, I almost thought to send it for recycling!!! But when i realized how many money I spent for collecting its technical data, info and material...I regretted it...

    But there is not something interesting yet on this part of construction. That was a necessary procedure before i start making some interesting things for this.

    I hope my next update, will be more attractive...

    Take care my friends from the ROCK!






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    Post  Jerzy Ciupek on Mon Dec 27, 2010 8:57 pm

    excellent job, I regularly check the progress!
    affraid

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    Re: A Whitley story...

    Post  bcauchi on Tue Dec 28, 2010 2:57 pm

    There goes the master again, wow man, this is yet another stunning example of great modeling. What else can i say, i love what you are doing, the interior is amazing, keep this up you crazy great guy!!!

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    Post  skyhigh on Tue Dec 28, 2010 4:37 pm

    Amaaaaazing... work Alex ..were glad to have you back ,we love your work ..keep on posting ...And Happy new year .... santa rendeer


    Btw..Alex I thing that logo is a bit to hard for the youngest modelers.. Exclamation Question

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    Re: A Whitley story...

    Post  Alex Kontiveis on Tue Dec 28, 2010 6:07 pm

    Hi guys
    THANK U once again! I really appreciate it!

    PS...Marco..I'm so sorry!! I didn't think that SSM forum was not private! Ok, I uploaded another one!

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    Post  Tancred on Tue Dec 28, 2010 7:43 pm


    Brilliant work Alex, you are an absolute top modeller Cool


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    Post  skyhigh on Tue Dec 28, 2010 8:31 pm

    Alex Kontiveis wrote:Hi guys
    THANK U once again! I really appreciate it!

    PS...Marco..I'm so sorry!! I didn't think that SSM forum was not private! Ok, I uploaded another one!

    Some how I had to bring you the attention ... cheers lol! ...but when you want we have the members only tread.... lol!

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    Post  Alex Kontiveis on Sat Feb 05, 2011 9:17 am

    TNX guys. I grateful to U!
    Unfortunately, things in Greece are Horrible! We are getting worse day by day... Anyway, thanks God, our hobby looks like an oasis into this Chaos!!

    Here is my latest progress...

    Lets make one step forward!!!

    Posting this update we have finished the Chapter FUSELAGE INTERIOR

    Here are some items before assembling the cockpit

    Today I’m gonna show you, the Whitley’s seats… Totally three (the third one, radio-operator’s seat is already built, located on his Bulkhead). You can see it in my previous post.



    PILOT’S SEAT WITH ARMOUR PLATE ADDITION. (Yellow copper)

    Handmade Built , with the functional arm rest as well as I did for my Lancaster’s seat
    dimensions : 2,3 cm x 0,7 cm





    CO-PILOT’S – NAVIGATOR’S SEAT

    Functional also… The seat can be rotaded 360 degrees
    dimensions: 1,9 cm x 0,8 cm



    Yes I’m married!!!









    We begin by showing the most interesting small items

    This is Elsan. Although the toilet will be not visible at last... I couldn't resist!!!



    ...a toilet paper, always necessary!!


    Lets go to Visible items!!

    The Astrograph's device



    Navigator's table lamp



    Wireless Operator's devices



    ...a table ruler



    ...a diabetes



    The CSBS bomb sight... That small device has more pieces than a 1/48 Kit. One week of work!



    The poor Turkey!!! Unfortunately, the Whitley's interior was very poor compared to other RAF bombers... I tried to add as more items as I could..








    That's all for today. I hope you like it.

    Alex

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    Post  Tancred on Sat Feb 05, 2011 9:25 am


    Alex, that is so impressive!!! I keep staring at all the details Shocked

    You are one hell of a top modeller king


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    Post  iCocker on Sat Feb 05, 2011 9:34 am

    Simply out of this world Alex, I have never seen such precise and detailed work, and also an impeccable painting and weathering, PROSIT Mate! But admit Alex you made a model of a large Euro Cent instead! Razz

    YOUR A GRANDMASTER ...

    PS. I always love your toilets ... it's becoming your trademark!

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    Post  Ray on Sat Feb 05, 2011 9:41 am

    Alex you are still CRAZY affraid

    That is some MODELLING again & again cheers

    Weldone ON ALL FRONTS buddy, but next time, if the toilet would not be visible, please FLUSH BEFORE hiding it, so that we avoid THAT SMELL in the aircraft lol!

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    Post  skyhigh on Sat Feb 05, 2011 10:15 am

    Simply awesome affraid wow......

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    Post  J.Fenech on Sat Feb 05, 2011 10:16 am

    impressive work!!!

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    Post  antonio argudo on Sat Feb 05, 2011 12:13 pm

    I love your insanity Alex, I wonder what would you achieve in 1:32 scale...
    this is modelling at best king

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    Post  Jerzy Ciupek on Sat Feb 05, 2011 12:45 pm

    Brilliant work Alex! farao

    Best Regards

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    Post  bcauchi on Sat Feb 05, 2011 2:43 pm

    No more superlatives left Alex, you are the man!!! Unbeatable.

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    Post  Cyril. on Sat Feb 05, 2011 5:35 pm

    I have no words, Alex, Surprised Surprised

    You amaze me Very Happy Very Happy

    Always waiting for your next instalment.

    Keep it up my friend.

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