Another project I'm working on (as well as the DH Dragon), the reverse engineering of Dora Wings 1/72 Percival Vega Gull into the Gull 6 of Jean Batten's fame. Really just needs 2mm removed (as wedge ) from centre section of the fuselage and also shortening of the wing centre section and tail plane (drawings come in handy). The cockpit also needs changing as the Gull 6 had staggered 3 seats where as the Vega Gull was 4 seats, 2 abreast. A couple of pics show progress
The added width in the Vega fuselage (the kit) is just the added pane of perspex in the windscreen. The Gull 6 requires reduction of width by a scale 6" (2mm) in the cabin area and tapering tail section and nose section to match. Shortening the wing center section is easy, it just requires severing the upper half of the outer wing and shortening and mounting to the intact lower half (to maintain dihedral). Once this is done you then shorten the inner bottom half of the wing.
Last Edit: Nov 29, 2018 16:02:59 GMT 12 by harrysone
Hi Harry. Just spotted this while 'googling' the Gull 6. I've just received the 1:48 scale Dora Vega Gull kit, and will be doing the same mods to build Jean's aircraft. Will also have to do a trip out to Mangere to get some pics of the 'real thing'.
Hi Pete, Its hard to photograph where they currently have it, unless you are straight under the thing. Its really bad actually for such a historic aircraft to be stuffed in the corner in the terminal. However there are plenty of shots on the net. I took some photos of the rego's and things so that I could replicate these for decals.
I'd much prefer to see a replica hanging in the terminal in its place & the original Gull restored to flight again, the way the Shuttleworth Collection had her in Bigglesworth
Hi Harry, I've been missing this since you started it last year but happy to see how nicely its come up, very much an ambition of mine too. Where did you come by the Castrol markings & the tail symbols, its that sort of detail that makes a build like this. Steve.
If you can find pictures either of ZK-DPP or G-ADPR you will see the period Castrol labels etc. Then do a search on Google for "period Castrol Oil logos" or something like that. It can be hit or miss, but invariably you will find something which is the same or closely approximates the logo you want. Otherwise, I often take photos of subject aircraft in detail (of logos etc) which I can convert to decal drawings.