How do everyone, it’s amazing you start off with a project & it leads you down lots of different avenues.
I started off with a set of plans that were of a very inaccurate early version of K7, I started building it in 1/12 out of balsa & as my research intensified it highlighted the errors in the plans, so I had to keep cutting it apart to correct the significant errors. It ended up with a brushless motor & prop, got liberally coated with Easycote sanded smooth & put on a shelf, where it remained, it never got wet!!
I then built one in 1/24 for the grandson.
Then I discovered the Bluebird project, the guys that found, raised & restored the real K7. I’ve spent lots of time on their website & their Twitter feed, the definitive info is all there. I’ve been up to their workshop in the northeast a couple of times, I’ve taken hundreds of pictures of the old girl & ive got to say she looks even more beautiful in the flesh!!!
I was allowed to strip the paint off the bump at the bottom of the tail, it’s actually a clamshell cover for a parachute system on the original Gnat aircraft it came from, shame it wasn’t operational on the 4th Jan 1967!!!
What a feeling removing that historic blue paint (RAL 5009 iirc) only to find day glow orange underneath…
I went to watch her perform on Loch Fad on that Isle of Bute, what an experience….
I got well into building a K7 in 1/4 scale armed with all the newfound detail. Alas more grandchildren arrived, No 4 due in 2 months, so I had to give up my attic modelling room, and with it had to go the big K7, that was a very sad day, perhaps I should have sold it but the market for a 6foot long unfinished model were rather limited with covid & all that malarkey.
I’ve since had my cellar tanked & built a new workshop down there, I’ve 2 resin printers & 7 fdm printers. So I can print anything from a microscopic gearstick to a 500mm cube, I’ve printed lots of WW2 stuff, tanks, trucks etc in 1/16 & 1/6 scale, now I’m having a play with science fiction stuff, I’m currently printing the Hydra Submarine from captain America.
If anyone needs any info, please let me know!
Sorry for the war & peace, perhaps I should have put a long post warning at the top lol
Ohh, ps, I’m very flattered that you still remember me Doug👍
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