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  2. Hi guys, well I fancied building the Russian helicopter gunship that was flown in the Rambo 2 movie, it was supposed to look like the Hind, the Puma was modified for the task. I picked up this 1/32 Revell kit as the basis for the build, lucky for me I got it off eBay for only £15 including delivery. It's a pretty rough kit, very basic and crude in some areas but not too bad in others, but it's more than adequate for this project. I will have to scratch build the wings and pylons but thankfully the weapons are available from Trumpeter.
  3. Slybirds A Photographic Odyssey of the 353rd Fighter Group During the Second World War Fighting High Publishing - Via Casemate UK With their black and yellow chequered markings the 353rd Fighter Group was one of the Eighth's more colourful groups. They were assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs; as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe, and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical missions included strafing and dive-bombing targets during the Allied invasion of Normandy, and also during the airborne assault of Holland. For these latter missions, between 17 and 23 September 1944, the Group was awarded a Distinguished Unit Citation .They were based first at Goxhill, then Metfield and finally Raydon. The group consisted of; 350th Fighter Squadron 351st Fighter Squadron 352nd Fighter Squadron Headquarters (353rd Fighter Group) 2125th Engineer Fire Fighting Platoon The book features over 450 photographs, many unpublished, and some in colour. It features not only the Aircraft, pilots and ground crew, but how they lived, spent their free time, and even pets they had. The book shows aerial victories, aces, and those pilots who were shot down. There is a list of POWs and a roll of honour for those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. The book has been written by renowned Eighth Air Force Historian Graham Cross and is A4 Landscape in format with a quality printed feel. . Conclusion. The book gives a comprehensive look at the 353rd Group, and a unique look at the men and machines which made up this formidable fighting force, Highly recommended Review sample courtesy of
  4. I was in Whitby on the Beach on Saturday and we were overflown by a plane. I've been in Whitby (coincidently) on Armed Forces Day for the past few years and have seen a spitfire fly over a few times. I'm sure this time however, it was a Hurricane. I wasn't able to get any markings from it or a decent photo. It was billed in the press as a Spitfire would fly over. Anyone know why it wasn't a Spitfire this weekend or am I such a numpty that I can't tell them apart?
  5. Having been delivered in May I thought it probably did wear invasion stripes. 65Sqn aircraft photographs are few and far between but the one posted earlier dated to Nov 1944 I think showed evidence of stripes left behind. I figured that if HB836 hadn't been repainted since it may have looked similar in Feb 1945 but with only a trace left. I have an idea for some pastel work towards the end but for now I wanted a hint at stripes. I thought I'd try masking them onto the black base and see what happens. They're only just there now which is what I wanted. As above, I wanted to do something with my trusty pastels later to get the effect.
  6. I wasn't aware of a March release for the 262, only ever June/July, but I'll happily stand corrected. The 262 release appears to have slipped to August now but that still doesn't fill me with gloom regarding the health, or otherwise, of Airfix. The tool is cut, the artwork and decals are finalised and the kit will be released when it's ready. Interestingly, although the Swordfish and Spitfire XIX show release dates of August and July respectively on the Airfix website, I saw boxes full of both new kits at the recent Northern Model Show (no, I did not buy either of them but they were available). That leads me to believe that an initial run was released to some retailers/suppliers and Airfix are waiting on another run to fulfil orders. That is, of course, just speculation on my part. A company that has announced an intention to release more *new tool aircraft kits* this calendar year, than Tamiya, Hasegawa and Academy combined, and has shown tooling for most of them (if not all?) at various shows and online, must be doing something right. If a couple of those releases slip to 2018, so be it. Yes, I do agree regarding their poor QC, but only from what I've seen and read online, as I've never fallen foul of it myself and I have around 150 red boxes in the stash. Regards, Jeff
  7. My eyes! My eyes!!!!!! vB
  8. You are forgetting the Mk.VII, which came into (small) production about the same time that the XII did. Mk.XIIs were built as Mk.XIIs, though obviously using quite a few common parts. People are thrown off by the serial blocks (which I might have to have another look at) and the introduction of the retractable tailwheel. Note that a few very early PR.XIs also had fixed tailwheels, and it seems clear to me (which is to say that I'm applying reason, not documentary evidence) that this was just a change of production standard at Supermarine, as the basic tooling shifted to the VII/VIII airframe. That can be interpreted as saying the same thing as "fixed tailwheel until the new stern-end was available in sufficient numbers". All this talk of "conversions" in Spitfire production is, with extremely rare exceptions, misinterpretation and/or over-simplification. (I mean general talk, not pointing the finger at anyone in particular.) bob
  9. Brilliant build and paint job! I love the scheme you have chosen. I need to find it in 1/72. Which paints did you use for the camo? Terrific! JR
  10. Dear Olivier , Bordino was thrown out of the car and most likely drowned in a nearby river and rider mechanic Giovanni Lasagne remained in the Bugatti with a skull fracture and died 2 days later by his injuries Many greetings ! Hannes
  11. thx, more or less, with some help the rotating joint are a bit on the stiff side still, but at least not loose (yet ) will be hard to present something before the deadline working on some method to improve the wing fairing... the academy parts are not very convincing as they just bend inwards when the wing is swept back, and leave huge gaps in every stage.. so I am adapting some cloth to re-create the respective area must have better pics somewhere... but can't find them other priorities than taking photos now not correct, but better? some painting could be done to improve specific the pattern...
  12. A bit more progress. Handle bars done. The speedo bezel was a right pain to fit ! The body is too big and it's a real pain to file a ridge for it to fit over. Headlamp Headlamp and pedestrian slicer fitted. Rear number plate Finally, the gratuitous overall shot, just to show off the overall progress. Excuse all the clutter in the background - I'm too busy making models to waste time tidying up !!
  13. Yeh, but she always has a smile and the time of day for you, even when it's really busy...that's the mark of true greatness!
  14. Thanks Simon I think she actually looks a little rough, at the mo ... but in a sweet way Ciao
  15. I fear we are arguing the same point but using different words to describe it. I don't think that you are saying that there was any structural difference between the two batches of the Mk.XII. The table tells me that the Mk.XII did not have a Mk.V fuselage (aside from the modifications needed for the Griffon). The Mk.Vc was the then-standard production fuselage, so saying the Mk.XII has a strengthened Mk.Vc fuselage is simply saying that it has a strengthened Spitfire fuselage. The Mk.VIII also had a strengthened Spitfire fuselage: Other those differences driven by the engine, did the Mk.VIII simply use the flush-rivetted Mk.XII design? Or were there other structural differences? Six months does give a fair bit of space for further development. I think that this is confirming that the Mk.XII had its own fuselage and the stories that half were built from Mk.Vs and the other half from Mk.VIIIs is wrong. (Which is where this started.) Not least because the Mk.VIII production came later. The only difference between the two batches of Mk.XIIs is the tail section, and that was "Mk.V production standard" vs "Mk.VIII production standard" (but earlier.) If there were any additional differences between the Mk.XII fuselage and the Mk.VIII fuselage, and these differences appeared in the second batch of Mk.XIIs, then the original story has more credence.
  16. Quick update 26 June. This is were I am up to at the moment, words to follow later. It's beginning to look like an aeroplane now Cheers John
  17. ?? Bordino was not alone in the Bugatti? Wasn't it a single seater? Thank you Fred for the interesting infos and corrections to my comment above. Do you have an idea of the brand Fiat did use? Photos of tins welcome, of course...
  18. I just love that optimism John.
  19. Me thinks Donnie's got very little up there for a barber to work with... It must be the whirlwind style of hairdo. That's fine with me, Bill. Cheers, Unc2
  20. Well I have decided to do a markings reshuffle at the 11th hour. (Not the first time mind, the last two completed builds could have ended up differently) The short of it is that the vf 114 bird is getting binned off for now, as I already have a gull grey CAG plane with high viz bits in the collection (vf32 Swordsman) I fancy doing a lesser spotted (in model form) low viz gull grey line bird scheme, (before they changed to tps) to round off the collection better. The way I understand it regards tomcat schemes in general - first everything was full colour in gull over white, then full colour in all over gull, then subdued/low vis markings on all gull but CAG's and CO's still had a touch of colour eg fin tips or squaron emblems, but smaller than compared to what they had in the first years. Its this period I would like a line bird from. After this in the mid 80's onwards they all went TPS, with the CAG normally still in gull grey and/or full colour markings. Eg the vf32 bird I did from desert storm. Towards the end of its service with the B and D versions they put the retro gull schemes or full colour tail markings on TPS for CAG and CO planes again as squadrons were decommissioned etc. History over. So sourcing decals - You can get a some line bird TPS scheme AM decals now, they are normally a second option to the CAG's - particularly with late A's, B's and D's from Iraq and afghan period. However trying to find an early A line bird in low viz gull grey from the cold war era is tough. Probably because they are so boring and bland. From a decal company's point of view if people are going to make a tomat they will most likely want something colourfull. Dull decals won't sell well. Most AM decals are always for the early high viz and subdued (as in still have some color) CAG birds for this reason I suppose... However I want to do something completely bland with no color at all... First I came across this - in FCM sundowners part 1. Almost there, but the stars and bars are still full size and along with fins in too high a contrast with the gull grey (markings in engine grey/black?). Plus still has colour rescue data and intake warning etc https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:F-14A_VF-111_in_flight_near_Pearl_Harbor_1981.JPEG And finally the winner is this, on the fcm sundowners part 2 sheet. Much lower contrast markings in medium(?) grey, small insignia and no colour whatsoever. Lovely and bland, but still eye catching. https://photos.smugmug.com/US-Squadrons-USN/US-Navy-Fighter-Squadrons/VF-111-SUNDOWNERS-pictures/i-m478ccc/2/e19385bd/S/F-14USN-VF-111 0045 A taxing Grumman F-14 Tomcat USN 160668 VF-111 SUNDOWNERS USS Carl Vinson 3-1984 NAS Fallon%2C by Michael Grove%2C Sr DONEwt copy-S.jpg I suppose the only reason they included these on the sheets (along with the full colour options, obviously) is because they still make interesting planes, as even though painted in low viz they carry full size squadron tail markings and shark mouths. I think most other squadrons from this period didn't bother having tail markings or they were much smaller and/or just did tail codes. So as said above its probably why there's no decals available for these bland schemes apart from the CAG birds of the period with their tiny bits of colour. Waffle/rant over. Some pics of progress later.
  21. It can do... and it can take months for it to happen. Fingers crossed, Laurie!
  22. Only time I ever went to Glastonbury was when I worked security there a few times at the start of the nineties for extra coin and to see what it was all about. I was disappointed. Not much peace and love and a tremendous amount of money making going on and the toilet facilities for the paying customers were disgusting. Portaloos with piles of sticking up through the seat and dark brown re-cycled water in the shower blocks. Being mainly into rockabilly/rock'n'roll and seventies/early eighties rock and metal with some classical, country, early punk thrown in there has never been much to attract me to TV programmes about Glastonbury.
  23. Many thanks, a very different project for me but enjoyable all the same. Thanks for looking. Danny
  24. Spitfire family tree here:- http://www.strijdbewijs.nl/birds/spitfire/spitfiretree/spittree.htm The first Mk XII's was built in December 1942 some six months before Mk VIII production where there were many technical delays ...due in part to the new wing. PeterA
  25. Well I have painted the model in the last few days. I have also given the model just have a hour ago a coat Klear so I can do tomorrow the decals. Hopefully the HB decals will work. Here are some pictures of the painting. The model before painting. And after painting That is it for now. This isn't my best model, but I will try to finish it. Cheers,
  26. Like this John. I am in a weak moment thinking of getting one. Post may be the problem USA to UK. Finding out. Just have to cut down on those thinners. New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc ( just a bit spread over a year) Laurie
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