Pegasus Miles Master - be afraid, be very afraid

Joined: June 4th, 2008, 11:45 pm

May 15th, 2018, 12:41 pm #1

I was looking for something for the RAF 100th group build (which is on the Airfix etc forum, but I forgot that) and decided to build something that no-one else was going to. I don't have any trainers on my shelves, so I decided that the Pegasus Master was the go. It hails from the 90s (I think) - the days when 'limited run' meant 'ha ha ha I have your money and you have no hope'. This is the fourth Pegasus kit I've started, and there are precisely none on my shelves of built models. (To be fair, parts of the Spitfire prototype went into a conversion of the Airfix Spitfire I back to K5054.)

Here's a look at some of the parts. The instructions say that "the wheel wells may need some cleaning up". See if you can guess which one I've done. And the fuselage may just need a little tweaking...
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There's a bit more plastic on every part than is really required. Here's the result after about an hour with woodworking tools and other implements. After this I had one wing ready to go and most of the flash carved off the fuselage and prop. There was as much again by the time I did the other wing and the underside insert.
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Here's a "before and after taking to it with sharp tools and abrasives" shot of the trailing edges.
001.JPG By Pegasus standards this one seems to be slightly less unbuildable than the rest. Best of all, the canopy is clear enough to use and fits reasonably well - something that couldn't be said for the other three I've tried.

More anon!

Andrew
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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 9:41 am

May 15th, 2018, 7:36 pm #2

When I saw the second photo down I thought for a moment you'd lost your temper with it! Looking forward to more of this one.
Cheers,
Mark
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Joined: December 24th, 2005, 1:07 pm

May 15th, 2018, 9:31 pm #3

Thank you very much sir

Once you finish it - Airfix will release a new tool of the Master 😚

I always liked the Mk.I...  but there are not many options, and I am not sure if the Pavla kit is a better deal

Anyway - following with great interest...  and all the best with sanding and filling for the next few days, weeks or months... 😄

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Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model. 
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Joined: June 4th, 2008, 11:45 pm

May 15th, 2018, 11:21 pm #4

While I think of it - does anyone have the Pavla kit of the Master I? A scan of the instructions that shows the cockpit layout would be very helpful right now.

Cheers,

Andrew
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Joined: August 20th, 2010, 11:34 am

May 16th, 2018, 1:42 am #5

Good choice Andrew - and it actually goes together very well after you have removed 25% of the plastic in the form of flash!
Here is mine built just after it was released some time back in the nineties. The decals underneath are starting to break up but that was before I discovered floor polish! DSCN2168.JPG DSCN2169.JPG DSCN2170.JPG
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Joined: August 20th, 2010, 11:34 am

May 16th, 2018, 1:47 am #6

ajd100 wrote: While I think of it - does anyone have the Pavla kit of the Master I? A scan of the instructions that shows the cockpit layout would be very helpful right now.

Cheers,

Andrew
Hi Andrew - email in-coming with details of cockpit.
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Joined: June 4th, 2008, 11:45 pm

May 17th, 2018, 11:01 pm #7

Thanks to Graham's photos, I have maintained the will to continue. Also thanks to Graham and to an old Flight magazine drawing I found, I now have an idea of what the cockpit of a Master I looked like. The first step to building it is to thin the very thick kit parts to make room for it! You know the drill...

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The kit provides two seats and a single control panel (for a two-seat trainer... ??) and everything else has to be scratched. You can see my floor and bulkhead here. I'll have to add more than I usually would because of the large canopy. Or maybe I could outsource the interior to Vic? Hmm... 😉

Cheers,

Andrew
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Joined: August 20th, 2010, 11:34 am

May 18th, 2018, 2:14 am #8

Ah , gouges - haven't seen them used in this hobby since I built fuselages out of pine or balsa - way to go Andrew!!
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Joined: April 19th, 2005, 12:34 am

May 19th, 2018, 7:01 am #9

Andrew,
Wow that is quite a challenge.... good luck with the battle ahead sure you can.. master it!! sorry.

Simon
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Joined: September 9th, 2004, 3:43 am

May 20th, 2018, 12:45 am #10

Glad you found the kit part in all that plastic, Sir!

Excellent work, and serious extra credit for perseverance.

"Nos morituri te salutant vos."

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