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  2. Matchbox II GB Chat

    Psst Charlie. It's a Matchbox kit, absolute accuracy isn't actually required for the build. No need for calipers, a ruler (preferably one from your old school pencil case) will do nicely.
  3. that's really impressive. would have loved to see it in JPS livery.
  4. Matchbox II GB Chat

    Cheers! I have a feeling it's a casting cock up as although I bought it second hand, nothing was removed from the runners. I will run the calipers over it tomorrow. Hopefully post the first pictures too!
  5. 1/48 Kinetic Su-33 Flanker-D

    Guys, here are updated on line instructions, corrected as well http://www.kineticmodel.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=64&search=48062, look for the .pdf instructions link Cheers Les
  6. Matchbox II GB Chat

    Charlie, Looks like a slight moulding defect or (if this was a 2nd hand kit) the previous owner trimmed three of the four blades to make the Tempest Mk.II version. All I can say, is that I'd hate to be the pilot trying to wrestle an aircraft in this configuration!! It's hard to know if the props are the correct size for a Mk.VI or if they have already been reduced to Mk.II config, however all four blades MUST be the same length. As per the Bentley drawings, if making a Mk.VI the longest blade length from Blade tip to Center should be 30mm in 1/72 scale. Overall diameter of the prop arc is therefore 60mm. I believe the instructions suggest to trim the tip by 3mm (?) if making the Mk.II version. HTH... Cheers.. Dave.
  7. UnFOURgettable Prose

    disguised as a rhubarb
  8. 36 Sqn Vildebeests - Serial/Code Letter Tie-ups

    Hi Steve, The original postings on RNZAF Proboards went to Photobucket hell but I've asked the originator to rehost them so I can provide links that work. Kind regards, Mark
  9. Bostons/Havocs

    This is AL-452.
  10. Hawker Typhoon Museum Restoration

    A most original take on the subject which is displaying some top class workmanship. Martian
  11. PATTON TANK STGB

    Counted in Gav G 👍
  12. Lovely work Hendie! I can feel myself weakening towards this kit. Somebody stop me! Martian
  13. Matchbox II GB Chat

    Quick question. Whilst opening my Tempest to make a start it appears that the propellor has one blade longer than the others. Is this a mis-cast or just a correct detail? Similarly, the destructions call for the blades to be trimmed for the Mk.II version, is this for all of them or just this one random long one? Cheers!
  14. Bostons/Havocs

    Have you seen this photo? https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Douglas_Boston_III_15th_BS_USAAF_in_flight_1942.jpg And this completed Revell kit? http://s.webry.info/sp/avimodel.at.webry.info/200812/article_1.html Camouflage and Markings (USAAF) # 20 on the Douglas A-20 Havoc has more information, from Roger A. Freeman. The 15th used borrowed 226 Squadron aircraft (MQ) on the initial 4th of July raid and received Boston IIIs for its own use in August 1942. The latter were repainted overall Dark Olive Drab or the British equivalent Dark Green with Neutral Grey or similar British shade under surfaces. It is believed that British paints were used as the 8th AF was largely dependent on local materials at that time. Individual "plane in squadron" letters were painted on the nose, in roundel red. Letters were 33" high and 24" wide. The squadron later received additional Bostons that were not repainted save adding the US cocardes. Also. from Queen of the Midnight Skies, the 15th BS was one of the individual A-20 squadrons (Hawaii, 58th BS, ??BS Panama and I believe one in intended for Alaska and the 15th BS, attached to the 3rd BG in the US.) The presence of the 15th BS in England was because it was redesignated the 1st Pursuit Squadron (Night Fighter) and was to receive training in operating the Turbinlight equipped Havoc!! All flying activities were in two borrowed RAF Bostons and a Tiger Moth. It never received any aircraft of its own. In late May the squadron was redesignated back to its original designation and became a light bombardment squadron again. The book states that the reason for this action is unclear, but apparently during conversations between Gen. Arnold and Churchill, Churchill asked when USAAF bombing missions would start. The author used the term 'needled.' (apologies from me) The 15th was used as B-17 operations would not start for several months. A-20 Havoc at War has an account of that first raid along with another small photo, I believe. There is a photo of Boston III red 'K' AL 445, 15th BS with a snorting charging bull with TEX on a banner above the bull. This is below the left cockpit and behind the 'K.' This in the Freeman profile #20. AL 381 belonged to the 67th Observation Group during the early months of 1943. RAF camo used. Grant
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  16. You can try Hobby Link Japan. It would be on backorder, but shipping is reasonable. https://hlj.com/search/go?p=Q&srid=S1-1SEAP&lbc=hobbylink&ts=custom&uid=160007355&method=and&af=selectscale%3a148scale selectmanufacturer%3avolks&isort=score&view=grid&srt=24 or order direct form Volks in Japan. http://www.zoukeimura.co.jp/en/products/sws48_05_f4s.html Eduard has not offered a cockpit set for the Z-M F-4's yet, but they do offer really nice Brassin wheels and exhaust nozzles.
  17. Thanks Kev, today my tentacles have been completely twisted. I even tried drinking out of a bottle of beer before I took the top off! Just one of those days when I should never have got out of bed. Thanks Bill. That jumbled modelling table is about as tidy as it normally gets. I usually tidy when the available space drops below to square of you Earth inches. Following the hand injury, the Roc won't make Telford, I just lost too much time. It was always an outside chance of it making this year anyway. Cheers Nigel, it will be ready for Telford if it kills me, which, going by today's performance, it may well yet do! You are too kind Sir. I await it with trepidation, I worry that despite my best efforts, some paint will have got under the clear parts resulting in loads of extra time that I don't have being taken up sorting that out. Thanks Ian. You make a very interesting point here. On the real aircraft the blue segment of the roundel is always on the left. That is, except for the underside roundel where it is on the right. Both decal sheets and every picture confirm this to be so and I have modelled it thus accordingly but the reason for this completely escapes me. It doesn't seem to be limited to just one aircraft either. Perhaps one of our Dutch friends can enlighten us because I can't. Puzzled of Mars
  18. Invicta Britannia

    I recently bought a Britannia from Ray at 26decals with Redcoat markings, the Invicta one would have been my next choice, not sure I made the right decision now, still, I can always do an Airfix Vanguard in Invicta colours with decals from Ray. Steve.
  19. With the week-long surgery mostly finished, I'm at a point where I can resume construction (instead of destruction LOL). This update focuses on finishing off the landing gear bays which, you may recall, is where I first started this build. First, the main landing gear bay. The Eduard PE includes a three-piece assembly that goes in the top of the main bay. These represent metal shields on the actual aircraft, whose purpose is to prevent damage should a tire explode in the bay. Here they are, temporarily fitted into the bay: The bays and PE were masked and sprayed with Tamiya Titanium Silver. The exterior of the shields was painted red with a hairy brush: After gluing the PE in place with CA, I gave everything a black wash to bring out the detail and then applied brown and gray pastels to dirty things up. Moving to the nose gear bay, I painted and weathered the Eduard bay (with my hand-built nitrogen tanks)... and carefully CA'd it into place. Big improvement over the original: At this point, I did a test fit of the two fuselage halves and discovered a couple of problems, both easily corrected. First, the nose gear bay interfered with the rear of the cockpit. I fixed this by cutting away a portion of the canopy floor behind the aft bulkhead. This will not be visible when the fuselage is assembled. At the opposite end of the aircraft, I found an injection error on the upper fuselage half. I'll fill in the missing area with putty when I assemble the fuselage. That's my progress report for the weekend. In retrospect, it doesn't seem like much but I assure you it took more time to do than it took to post.
  20. M3 Grant (Academy 1:35)

    Excellent finish Clive. Love all the detail.
  21. UnFOURgettable Prose

    and a ticking timebomb
  22. Wonderful news, it's back! Looking good too, though I still think you're nuts! Ian
  23. Errr, mate, there's a d in cartridge..... Other than that, looking fab! Ian
  24. PATTON TANK STGB

    Count me in please. It will be an M26 or M46 in 1/35.
  25. 36 Sqn Vildebeests - Serial/Code Letter Tie-ups

    My google fu is obviously failing me as I can't bring up any starboard side torpedo drop photos, any chance of a link if its on Rnzaf.proboards Mark? Steve.
  26. That's looking very impressive indeed. I hope all those roundels are the right way round...... I just got back from a show and one of the exhibits was a Czech jet, with a photo of the actual aircraft next to it. Comment was made about how the panel lines were very heavy (as shown in the pic) but he hadn't noticed the reversed roundel on the right wing, with same colour being inboard on both sides...... Ian
  27. Airfix Vulcan

    Anyone that can rescribe an Airfix Vulcan that well deserves more than a medal in my opinion. That is truly one outstanding piece of modelling, the only issue that I see is if those lads at Airfix see this, they may think that the current (1983 issue) kit is still too good to replace with a new tool! So thanks for the inspiration, and boo hoo for probably delaying a new Vulcan kit (only joking!). Cheers... Dave
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