Sera's Aircraft Blog 2018

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January 19th 2018

Sculpting the new Spitfire Mk VB is going well. The majority of the work is going into the wing as the fuselage will be modified from the existing Mk I. Chasing down all the fuselage differences has been fun but the wing is all new. The photos below show the finished wing with cannon and radiators. Also in the shot is part of the raw casting from the silicone mould so you can see how much filing has taken place.

Spitfire Mk VB wing master - upper surface.

The cannon masters in the wing were turned up by hand in my trusty 'Dremel'. That was fun and they came out really well. The greenish grey parts are Milliput details added to recreate the various blisters for the 20mm cannon.

Spitfire Mk VB wing master - lower surface.

Whilst thumbing through an old volume of 'Aircraft of the Fighting Powers' I found this advert for Folland which mentions Gerorge Beurling shooting down the 1000th enemy aircraft in the defence of Malta. I thought you might like to see it as it ties in nicely with our next aircraft release - the 1/48 scale Gladiator.

Folland Malta advert.

January 12th 2018

The tail end of last years orders are now away and I am fully committed to the Spitfire Mk VB. This should be fairly quick to get into production as I can utilise many parts from our Mk I and Mk IXC. I will of course be sculpting a new wing, various detailed parts and two new figures. The figures will be George Beurling (pilot) and an officer. You can see the completed Milliput masters below and mid way through mouldmaking.

Spitfire Mk VB figures

While the silicone is curing (12 hours per side) I have cast a new blank wing for the VB. This is cast from a large silicone mould held together in a vice with clamps while the molten pewter is poured. This is quite a good reliable mould, some moulds leak molten pewter (280 degrees C) which can be a little alarming.

Spitfire wing mould.

Once the pewter has cooled the casting is removed from the mould. I usually take two or three castings and choose the best for the master. You can see the casting in situ here, the 'head' of metal in the mould provides pressure to force the molten pewter into the mould.

Spitfire Mk VB wings.

I have just poured the second half of the figure and parts moulds. These will be cast on Monday but in the meantime I shall be working on the wing - time to bring out the big files. Have a good weekend everyone.

January 1st 2018

Happy New Year to one and all! I have a lot planned for this year and have spent a lot of the Christmas break on my PC designing new projects for 3D printing. Our regular customers will have already had a heads up on the Gladiator we plan to release this year. Progress is good with all the files loaded on the 3D printer I hope to have the printing finished in the next 10 days. Here is a render of the 3D computer model to whet your appetite.

Gloster Gladiator render.

Of course being 1/48 scale I have been able to go to town on the Bristol Mercury engine so here is a rendered image of that too. The finished engine has a diameter of about 1 inch (25 mm) so should look very impressive.

Bristol Mercury engine.

I have been working on several other projects as well and here is a teaser image of one of them. This is a screen shot of aproject I have completed the 3D modelling for and now have to 3D print.

TEASER 1

You can find another teaser image on my tank blog. I have been very busy and hope to release some real classics this year as well as start a whole new project for which I may need a little help but more on that later.