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Blenheim Mk. 1
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Posted: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 07:44 PM UTC


In his first review for Aeroscale, Ben Micklem takes a look at MPM's 1:72 mixed media Blenheim Mk.1. Keep 'em coming Ben!

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Posted: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 08:48 PM UTC
Oh, this reminds me of something. Just what could that be ... Yep, to just go and finally finish that mk.I still lingering on my workbench. It's been in-progress for over a year now...

Nice review!
You mentioned the radial sprue has some flash - how's mould alignment on it? Looks pretty good judging from the one closeup photo.
The triangular exhaust collector ring support would indeed have been nice additions on the PE frets, as they're tricky to make from scratch. The engines can be further improved by adding the exhaust pipes missing from the kit: the cylinders already have the holes for the pipes. Flexible tubing is ideal for this.


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Posted: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 10:00 PM UTC

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The triangular exhaust collector ring support would indeed have been nice additions on the PE frets, as they're tricky to make from scratch. The engines can be further improved by adding the exhaust pipes missing from the kit: the cylinders already have the holes for the pipes. Flexible tubing is ideal for this.



Thanks for your comments Eetu!

Not being an expert on radials (or any type of engine...), is the triangular exhaust collector ring support the three spoke-like parts in the front of the engine? If so, that's what I meant by "details for the front of the engines"! Thanks for the tip about the exhaust pipes- I was wondering what those holes in the cylinders were, as they looked a bit odd!
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Posted: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 10:59 PM UTC
You're welcome.

Yep, the exhaust collector ring supports are the details you mentioned.
Here's a build thread of my still-to-be-finished model, also showing how I chose to tackle the engines.
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Posted: Wednesday, April 22, 2009 - 02:27 AM UTC
Eetu, that build thread is amazing!

I am worried now! Looks like a challenging build ahead. I am doing a conversion into this aircraft:
http://www.aviationarchive.org.uk/stories/getobjectstory.php?rnum=G1939
Which has a metal nose, no turret and clipped wings.

I'll check my undercarriage parts carefully, and if they are like yours, I hope I can get replacements from MPM as you did.

I hope can make my engines to look a fraction of the quality of yours!
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Posted: Wednesday, April 22, 2009 - 06:15 AM UTC
Goog luck with your project.
And thanks for the compliments. Much obliged.

From the review photo, the mouldings on the radial sprue look much better than on my sample. Since the main landing gear on the Blenheim is pretty simple, I've been even thinking about scratch-building all-new units for the mk.IV still in my stash.