Merlin Powerplants:

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Merlin Powerplants:

Post by Pete Coleman » Fri Jun 04, 2010 10:44 pm

Some shots of the Rolls-Royce Merlin 25 engines.

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Re: Merlin Powerplants:

Post by Maurice Wilcox » Sat Jun 05, 2010 11:38 am

Detailed stuff Pete, is there any wiring representation involved ? presumably the engine casings can be displayed either open or closed, as in Rob's lovely little Mustang build.

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Post by Pete Coleman » Sat Jun 05, 2010 1:00 pm

Thanks for your comments Maurice.
In spite of an interweb search, I don't have much in the way of detailed diagrams of wiring harnesses for the Merlin engines, so I may have to forgo them on this build.
The engine cover panels are indeed removable, as are the nose gun pack, belly gun pack and bomb-bay panels.
The engines/wheelbay housings have now been fitted to the main airframe, which went a lot better than I expected!!!
I spent a straight 17 hours on the engines, undercarriage and cowlings yesterday (just on a roll) :shock: ......
Should have some pictures up very soon of the whole airframe as it currently stands so far.
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Post by tullins2004 » Sat Jun 05, 2010 3:10 pm

Pete,

If you know anyone with the SAM Mosquito book there are some images of Merlin Mk 113 engines in it as fitted to a B Mk35. To be honest the wiring shown looks similar to pictures of other aircraft with merlins installed as do the engine mounts eg Spitfires,Hurricanes and Lancasters. There are some subtle differences but if you did add some extra plumbing using these as a guide only an expert in Mosquitos would be able to gainsay you.


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Post by Rob » Sat Jun 05, 2010 5:04 pm

Hi Pete,
Seventeen hour shifts Pete! No wonder the RR workforce were on strike.

I have some pictures of Merlin’s in various states of undress. As John says the engine mountings look similar to those of a Lancaster so may be worth a Google, something useful might come up!
Anyway just nipped out to the shed and took these for you,

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I have found another Mosquito build at
http://www.militarymodelling.com/news/a ... asp?a=6507 If you go to the bottom of the page there are is a full diary build as well, loads of inspiring stuff for weathering and the like. :wink: :wink:

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Post by Pete Coleman » Sat Jun 05, 2010 8:18 pm

Thanks very much indeed for the Merlin pics Rob, It seems that there were many different colour combinations used on the blocks.........
Yes, I am aware of Mark Simmons superlative "Mossie" build, fantasically inspirational work indeed.
I however, am not prepared to go quite so far "in-depth" on the build (hence sink-holes not filled, some seams showing and a few gaps maybe not quite filled as well as I could have done).
Perhaps it could be construed that I am being lazy, or that I do not have enough patience to put the required effort in on such a marvelous and expensive model, but In this case I am more interested in the quality of the kit production itself, (I hate to admit it here, but I have never been a great fan of the "Mossie") :!:
It is telling that Mark Simmons most excellent engine detailing is for the most part down to his very skilled painting techniques, I note that he has not used any additional engine parts that are not already supplied in the kit, which is a nod to Airfix's nifty Mosquito kit production in itself.
It is also interesting to note that, after extensive research, he did not feel the need to add any further wiring harnesess to the Merlin type 25 engines.
I am greatly enjoying the build, and I am pleased with my reletively very humble (when compared to Mark Simmons) results so far.
I am looking forward to the time when I can start on the weathering process!
It rather looks like I will most certainly have to order the etched mesh intake grills and seat harnesses. :wink:
Cheers for now,
Pete.

(Now the Swordfish build will hopefully be a lot more "in depth")
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Re: Merlin Powerplants:

Post by Pete Coleman » Tue Jun 08, 2010 10:04 pm

Right, latest update as follows:
After due consideration I have attempted to dirty things up a bit in the engine bays.
After about two hours of shading, tinting and grundge-ing on each motor, I ended up with the following results (I have painted the rocker covers black a la Mark Simmons, as I agree they look better than the silver as advocated by Airfix).
When I can afford a colour cartridge for my printer :shock: , I will print off the Rolls Royce nameplates!
Cheers,
Pete.


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Post by Rob » Wed Jun 09, 2010 6:28 am

Hi Pete,
I think that looks so much better. The copper pipe work is great, far more realistic as are the black rocker covers; silver is a tricky one to get right.
I’m surprised that there has not been a set of etched RR logos or in fact a full on set with harnesses, intake covers and the like?
Anyway that’s a yup from me a definite improvement,
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Post by Pete Coleman » Wed Jun 09, 2010 10:51 am

Thanks for your positive comments Rob!
I have to say, if I'm honest, that I am quite pleased with the end results really.
Sometimes it takes a kick up the a**e to get me moving :roll: .....
Am about to topcoat the panels that I spoke of in my Ashigara post, wish me luck!!!
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