I know photographs can be deceiving but it looks fine to me, quite a sexy shape. Would another string or two help locally over the more curved sections? Roger comments: I'm planning quite extensive areas of sheeting around the nose, cockpit, air intakes, trough, wing roots and tail. There may not be many stringers on show after all that (similar to John Digby's 'Thunderscreech')!
My original idea - panelling each section a la Peter Illife didn't work for me. So it's back to what I do least badly - stringers with light sheet.
I have an old Lindberg plastic kit to help me with the final shaping. Still undecided about the tissue covering
The cut out for the 'slide in wing' and trough will only be done after the sheeting.
Back to kit production today.
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Some progress with the shapely F-11 Tiger. Perusing old photos enabled me to get some idea of how the real one looked:
I began sheeting the nose, tail and the area around the air intakes. You will remember Steve's bon mot of my building technique: "sticking together various bits of balsa and then removing everything that isn't aeroplane shaped". And that's basically how I proceeded:
I take care over the shape of the nose; even more so the fuselage profile at the rear end, where I glue on a template (which is removed later):
The rear end is quite a subtle shape (the afterburner nozzle is within this) and took a couple of goes to get looking even 'half right.
Excess sheet balsa will be removed after the addition of the fin and tailplane.
Now for the all-important aiir intakes: get those wrong and the model is compromised.
My flying chum Pete Sanders has been busy building up his stock of free flight models during lockdown including this Skyleada Comet 1 for Rapier L2HP from a Vintage Model Company kit, covered in tissue and sprayed with Humbrol Aluminium Shade Acrylic to represent the prototype aircraft.
Roger comments: it's so good modellers are spending their time profitably. Some years back Andy Blackwell campaigned the larger Comet, which he powered with a genuine Jetex 100. It flew beautifully - very smoothly, just like the real thing. I hope Pete's goes as well. I hope Pete may have a problem finding a good Rapier L-2 HP ... a Tender L-2L may be a better option for a nice smooth passenger friendly sortie!
It's good to see all the building going on .... let us hope that when we are finally allowed out to play the weather will be as good as it is at the moment (oh please, please, pretty please).