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  2. Another in the flurry of April completions crosses the finish line. This is the Airfix Lightning F2A. I wish I had had this kit in the 80s and 90s when all there was to work with was the elderly Airfix kit. And even now, I wish they had chosen the F1 and F3, due to the higher number of colorful markings. I suppose I could wait until Airfix does the earlier marks (since that has worked out so well with the metal wing Hurricane...) I thought I had aftermarket decals for 92 Squadron, but if I do I could not find them when they were needed, so I used the kit markings. That is fairly rare for me; I will try to use aftermarket stuff, if only to put my own mark on the model. One troubling thing was that some of the Airfix decals, such as the wing walk lines, actually pulled up as they dried. I'm not sure that the sealer coat will keep them down. We'll have to see. This is completed aircraft #470 (3 aircraft, 0 ordnance, 1 vehicle for the year), finished in April of 2017.
  3. This will be interesting Martin H
  4. The googlesphere turns up quite a bit about him, one thing that struck me was, after being turned down for army service with a weak heart, he travelled to the UK, enlisted in the RNAS & scored 11 victories, mainly on Camels. He was on leave back in New Zealand when the war ended so stayed farming on the family farm & lived till the ripe old age of 90. Some weak heart. He sounds like he was a can do type. Steve.
  5. That cockpit is looking really good Martin H
  6. Great choice of markings Martin H
  7. I'd be wary of anything by Caruana, without something to check against. if you can't find your Detail and scale, the Skyraider volume is scanned here http://www.boxartden.com/gallery/index.php/Profiles/Detail-Scale/67-Douglas-AD note most of the others are, plus plenty of other OOP references. very neat work going one here cheers T
  8. Beautiful - it looks stunning.
  9. Made some good progress over the weekend. The weathering is pretty much done, just need to finish the base and add the canopy and guns. Masking was a bit shonky - hopefully the canopy will cover the worst of this. Pretty pleased with how the filter looks on some of the panel - just need to experiment a bit more to get a nice smooth coverage. Must, must remember to blow the dust off before taking pictures... Little decal do add a bit of extra visual interest. Thanks for looking.
  10. Today
  11. Thanks Poul. I'm still puzzling the rear frame together and trying to get as many pieces soldered on as I can before actually attaching the main pieces to the plastic frame. I'm still not clear on whether or not there's still a couple of sections have to be cut down some. I do know that, I cut out two braces that should have been left in place. So, I will be adding those back in with some plastic rod before finishing up the that section. Here's some minor progress on the small brackets on the rear. This evening I decided to let the rear frame sit for a while and go back to the front and start mocking up the front suspension. Nothing is actually connected yet except the body to the frame So, no matter how big the workbench top, it always seems to get filled up. Tomorrow, I'm going to get the suspension bolted on and get the tires and wheels on along with the front bonnet to see how the wheels fit under the body before I go any further. If I have to make any changes, now is the time to do it. Besides, it gives me a good excuse to try out the new MMC tires on the aluminum wheels. If everything goes well then, it's back to the rear frame gussets and brackets.
  12. Hi All, Ive been able to complete this build recently. It is a gem of a kit and you can usually pick it up for a good price, kit details below. There is no build thread, so will just show you the finished product here. Build Summary: I have kept this a very clean build, with minimal weathering. I wanted to show a well maintained re-fueling truck. I might use this in future with dioramas. I did some detail work on the interior, but it is quite difficult to see from the outside. The video is a bit shaky but its been a while since I did one of these so I will get it right with my next one. Kit Details (from www.scalemates.com) Title: Kfz. 385 Tankwagen (Opel Blitz) Kit Number: 6604 Scale: 1:48 Includes: Plastic sprues, Vinyl, Waterslide decals, Clear parts Released: 2010 | Initial release - new tool Final Reveal Video (Watch it in HD for best results): Hi All, Ive been able complete this build recently. It is a gem of a kit and you can usually pick it up for a good price, kit details below. There is no build thread, so will just show you the finished product here. Build Summary: I have kept this a very clean build, with minimal weathering. I wanted to show a well maintained re-fueling truck. I might use this in future with dioramas. I did some detail work on the interior, but it is quite difficult to see from the outside. The video is a bit shaky but its been a while since I did one of these so I will get it right with my next one. Kit Details (from www.scalemates.com) Title: Kfz. 385 Tankwagen (Opel Blitz) Kit Number: 6604 Scale: 1:48 Includes: Plastic sprues, Vinyl, Waterslide decals, Clear parts Released: 2010 | Initial release - new tool Final Reveal Video (Watch it in HD for best results): Box Art: Final Pictures: I hope you all liked the post. As always all comments welcome.
  13. I would like to do a BP Balliol in blue as a what-if Admiral's barge. Even better if someone has beat me to it! Any evidence of any Balliol in civil or military overall blue?
  14. Thanks arbrownra and Beefy. Appreciate the kind words.
  15. I'm going to be watching this build closely. I also have this kit and the MFH Ferrari 330P both in 1/12 scale. I figure that, by the time I finish the Ferrari with the Autograph transkit I should be ready for more white metal. Nice reference library too!
  16. Beautiful wood work on the vestibule. Here's a couple of pictures of the lighting on the Mercedes. The tail lights I used are the pico size and the dash was one nano. In retrospect, I think the nano might have been too bright but, I kind of like the foot lighting. You can also see the breadboard I used under the seat. The gear shift lever also has a toggle switch to turn the lights on and off. I installed it inside the transmission before I added the IR with the remote.
  17. Beautiful model of a British classic. (Im pleased you applied the titles.)
  18. Hi folks, This is my Revell Cutty Sark in 1/350 scale. Too small for a clipper. I had to omit several details and a good part of the rigging simply because there was no practical way of installing them. Anyway, it was a good adventure to do something different than aircraft and armor. It took me mere 10 years to finish, on and off, more off than on, but I'm decided to reduce my shelf of doom only to those models that are not worth the effort. Hope you like it... Rato Marczak www.ratomodeling.com
  19. Thanks for the kind words, guys. I'm sort of at an impasse when it comes to arming this airplane. I stuck two sparrows on the aft bays, but I'm holding off on the forward bays. I'm still considering throwing the two large LGB weapons under the wing pylons, and if I do that I'll need to put a pave pod (pave spike probably) at one of the forward stations, and maybe I'll do an ECM/ALQ pod in the other. I'd need to get one of the Hasegawa's weapon sets to do so. BUT I don't know if such a load would be realistic for a USAFE phantom. I've never seen such a thing in photos. But then, I've never seen a USAF phantom photographed with weapons of any kind. I also have Hasegawa's AA and AG missiles set, so if any of you could suggest an alternate armament, I'm listening. One thing I don't want to do is the four sparrows four sidewinders setup.
  20. That looks indeed like something special - Great choice Pin. But why do you make your pictures show as thumbnails in your post and not link it to the proper size? Would be so much easier to follow your progress than having to click on each individual picture to see it. Cheers, Peter
  21. Great start, but boy this stuff is tiny. Cheers, Peter
  22. Wow, Pete. That looks really great! Are the Hasegawa decals working okay?
  23. Great work, I love it
  24. Very convincing finish
  25. Solid weathering skills, well done
  26. Don't you paint the cockpits Steve? Cheers, Peter
  27. It's truely a great little piece of art!
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