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  2. As said above, fab job on the camo. She looks great.
  3. It's confirmed that their upcoming A321 will include stand display only, that is just dumb! Not everyone likes to display their kits on flying poses
  4. Just checking to see if any news yet. Jari
  5. Mistery, we have a supposedly released kit but there are no pictures available of the kit contents anywhere, except for what the decals look like.
  6. Ethicon stainless is in fact old school surgical wire. I got some from a heart surgeon when they quit using it back in 2003. Glad you liked the model. I may have another one (Hanriot) similar to it (Pegasus) soon.
  7. Too much redesign work to install the seats also very likely make it too nose heavy and screw up the C of G
  8. I've not had too much time at the bench recently. What has been done, was attach the wings and tail cone, followed by lots of fill, sand, repeat. The wing to fuselage joint was not too bad , the wing root is very curved, so some area's fitted well, others had gaps. The end result is this. Notice the re-profiled wing tips. I just sanded the original tips flat, added plasticard and sanded to shape. Next bit to be tackled was the tailplane. As noted in my reference thread, the quick method is to cut 3mm further forward on the locating slots and move the tailplane forward. This however, alters the alignment of the elevators and rudder so as not to be true. I used the longer method of removing 1mm from the leading and trailing edges at the root and sanding it all in flush. Then 1/2mm was removed from the front of the locating tab. This results in the tailplane having the correct chord, while the control surface hinge lines all meet together. The picture is a bit blurred, but the left one is as in the kit. The right one is after modification I also reshaped the tip. That's all for now folks. Rob.
  9. At the risk of off topic. I must admit my first car was a 1979 Pageant blue Morris Marina. It was beautifully upholstered in 'Mum's velour sofa beige (of course)' material with plush carpets. They were close to the end of production and really making an effort. Upholstery wise. Unfortunately it had a 'factory fault' in that it blew 3 gearboxes in the first three months; it would engage (I was told by an RAC inspector) first gear and reverse at the same time . I also learned a lot about grease guns and grease nipples, given the front trunnions would seize up if not greased every four months. Then there was the pint of oil a week that I was told was 'perfectly normal', and the Morris Minor torsion bar suspension that rusted off the drivers side floor after two years, the bar through the floor nearly slicing through my vitals . Rock salt (grit) for snow and 70's BL metal didn't go well together. For all that, I loved that car. I was only 17 and had a lot of fun with my friends, driving to strange country follies, dams, abandoned airfields and the like. Fish and chips in the car with pals, good banter, a cassette on of Dire Straits 'Making Movies' at night, the odd bottle of home brew (just one for me; lots for them ). It was a comedown from the Morris Oxford it replaced, but although a real PITA, just fine for a first car . Apologies for rambling Simon, happy to edit ! Thanks for the photos. Got me reminiscing. Was the chap on the memorial a relative? I saw my surname on one at Vimy ridge; but it wasn't someone I knew from the little I know of the family tree (not 'Tiger' ). Like you say, it's still a sobering moment. All the best TonyT
  10. Yes, that will work, my personal method is Humbrol No.21 gloss black enamel. After a couple of days I'd polish it with Tamiya polishing compounds. Then spray the Alclad No. 107. Practice on a scrapper first. CT
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  12. Checking for faults with some green paint and working on the last two missiles now.
  13. I will follow this build with interest too Patrice . I'm a very big fan of the Mosquito. I plan to do one in the Matchbox GB later this year. I have the Tamiya kit too; it is much more detailed and Im interested to see how the wing and spar assembly goes together. They have a very detailed undercarriage too; it puzzles me a little so watching your build will be a big help . Nice choice of subject, the profile looks old and interesting. Best regards TonyT
  14. Wow, painted markings sure are great! Great work on those washes too
  15. Very swift work Patrice. The cockpit looks superb, the Yahu i/p sets are very nice. I too am looking forward to seeing this in French markings. I was interested in what you wrote regarding the serial numbers under the wings. Did this practice also extend to fighters such as the Spitfire? Lovely work Best regards TonyT
  16. Tonight I did the undersides of the Spitfires, and then downed tools to watch an episode of BBC/Netflix co-production Crazyhead with Mrs P, which she stolidly endured and even put down her iPad (which Winston has cracked after heroically spiking it into a tiled floor -- good boy). I tried a New Way of painting the undersides tonight, which the camera isn't really cooperating on capturing. Since I used black primer, I went over it with a thin layer of Colourcoats MSG, followed by filling in panels with heavier coats and randomly dotting it all over the underside (the Master G20 is not a great airbrush, but the little .2mm needle gives it surprising precision: I could about only paint just the little circular panels on the underside without overspray if I was careful) until it was sort of filled out. I gather this is the fashion for many of your better modellers these days. My thoughts after the photos. 20170219_204022 by Edward IX, on Flickr 20170219_204027 by Edward IX, on Flickr 20170219_204050 by Edward IX, on Flickr So on one hand an issue I've been grappling with rather half-heartedly is how far I want to take this whole modelling thing. Obviously I'll never write articles on it or enter contests, since that's not where my talents lie. But in a sense every model I build is an expression of love: love for people mostly long dead; love for a world I'm not a part of; love for things I will never experience. And so the question is how much effort am I willing to put into this, and how much effort will make this not fun? I'm the sort of perfectionist that would rather not try than try and fail, and I confess, I feel it a little when I read casual comments about "over-weathered" or "too pristine" models: like, maybe it's always only going to be one or the other. I struggle with finishing. (And basic assembly, but I have a craft knife handy when I'm doing that, so watch yourself.) So the other hand, I suppose then would be the fear of going too far into the corner of mere artifice -- since I'm never going to be an A+ modeller, I'm not particularly enamoured of the idea of becoming a pale imitation of a style that's artistically sound, but which produces finished models that don't look much like an actual Spitfire (or other lesser aircraft), especially if more work is involved. I'm very much on the fence on this, so I invite and welcome frank commentary on if it does or doesn't work, or if it seems less like capturing the sense of the aircraft than it does mere artifice.
  17. The model is among the best fw190 I have seen here , that is a difficult camo to execute and you did it really well
  18. Hello, thank you! The model is after an oil wash and pigments: More to come.
  19. That Ultracast seat is a thing of beauty! Great to see that Airfix are improving their kits during the production run, and not waiting until the RAF version. Good luck with the second one, P-40:s should come in pair
  20. The Westland PV.3 was not a converted Wallace at all; it was a new aeroplane built as a private venture torpedo bomber. There is a considerable amount of information about the Everest expedition and the aircraft at East Fortune in Scotland, since both the main pilots were Scottish, the then Duke of Hamilton and David Fowler MacIntyre. I once went to a visual presentation given by the current Duke's younger brother at Lennoxlove House, the Hamilton country home in East Lothian, open to the public. He showed the film and gave specific details about the exhibition; very interesting. It might be worth contacting the East Fortune museum for details as there have been guys working on verifying the aeroplanes' colour schemes who have been in contact there.
  21. Masterclass model ! The swiss bf109's were the best looking ones
  22. and chilli lip gloss
  23. Here's a Cirrus Moth in a colourful scheme; VH-UAU in the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. the colour scheme comes from the Tasmanian Aero Club, who operated it in the 1930s. This aircraft was delivered as a float plane trainer for the RAAF.
  24. Great news, this is an impressive machine. I have fruitlessly been trying to track down an old vacform which was made by some unknown (Latvian?) manufacturer. Next I had a plan to modify and backdate prop&jet's SK-2 - the latter military version of this - but that is no longer available too it seems. I see this has been mastered in CAD .. so it wouldn't be that hard to hit the 'print to 1/48' button would it??!!
  25. Thanks for all the help , Jason
  26. I just wanted to let everyone know that I'm not dead, I just have not purchased the Aventador kit yet- college tuition has taken priority for the moment! I also am STILL waiting on some 0.8mm nuts and bolts from Autograph to arrive, it appears the first set were lost I'm enjoying all of the great builds on here in the meantime, and am learning a great deal from the experts!! Thanks! Darin
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