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  1. Dear forums; My AH-1Z Viper in 1/48. Please enjoy.
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  2. Eventually this one will find it's way into a diorama, it's my Mirror models Diamond T wrecker with a few mods to represent a post war civilian truck... essentially built from the box with the exception of adding the larger wheels from the Tamiya Dragon Wagon after finding a photo of the real vehicle similarly converted... was a bit of fun getting it all to fit but here it is...
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  3. In 1946, the Air Ministry and the Admiralty issued the specifications F.44/46 and N.40/46 for a twin-engined, two-seat long range fighter. De Havilland responded with their de Havilland 110, and Gloster with their GA.5. The RAF expressed an interest in the de Havilland project, and a number of prototypes were ordered. The Navy rejected both proposals, and opted for an enhanced Sea Venom. Gloster lobbied successfully, and prototypes of their tailed delta design were also ordered, even though the de Havilland design seemed more promising. By 1951, the dH 110 was well into its test programme, regularly flying supersonically, while the GA.5 (Javelin) was plagued by flutter and other aerodynamic problems. Then, at the Farnborough Air Show on 6th September 1952, the dH 110 prototype WG236 broke up in transonic flight, with the engines and forward fuselage ploughing into the crowd, killing the crew and 29 spectators, and severely injuring more than 60 others. The RAF switched its attentions to the Javelin, and four years later, the Navy accepted a navalised dH 110 as the Sea Vixen. But what if . . . If John Derry had flown his display without incident, the Air Ministry’s choice may well have alighted on the de Havilland design. It was aerodynamically superior to the Javelin, which was thick-winged and draggy, with inadequate pitch control and engines buried so deeply in the fuselage that power losses in the intakes and exhausts emasculated them. The Vixen, on the other hand, was aerodynamically cleaner, with a relatively thin wing, and offered potential advantages in range, speed and acceleration. It was also cleared for use of the Firestreak and Red Top Missile much earlier than was the Javelin. If the RAF had gone with the Vixen, by 1970 they might have ended up with this: de Havilland Vixen F(AW).5, 11 Sqn, RAF, Geilenkirchen, 1970. Enjoy! Ian
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  4. Well, we did it. We upgraded, and apart from a little hiccup that took support a few minutes to deal with, it went pretty smoothly. I could have just switched the forums back on last night at around 9pm BST, but I decided to let the forum rebuild all the indexes so that Streams (new custom searches you can save) and searches worked better, but as we're still only a quarter of the way through some ridiculous figure with commas everywhere (something like 2.4m???) I got lonely and decided to put the board back online. We'll have some glitches to sort out, and we'll be adding new things here & there, some of which will be costing money but we're going to go at it slowly and surely, to make sure we get it right. Further down the line we're considering a tweak to the logo, a new colour scheme that comes with some fancy new features include a sliding menu so you don't have to scroll to the top to use it, and a new home page that is self-updating with the latest reviews, content and so forth. In the meantime however, we're going to get the basics right. The main priority is to get everyone up to speed with the software and able to post without freaking out like happened last time to one or two people. I've already posted some How-To FAQs in the FAQ section (no surprise there!), so have a read, especially if you're wondering where the little Polaroid picture of the tree went. From a member's point of view the View New Content (VNC) button will be a bit iffy until we're back in the swing of things, so if you can't find any new content, but know where you want to look, go to the forum from the Home menu, and snuffle about in the forum you were thinking of to find it. once you've posted in that topic, it'll show up on the VNC list, and you won't have to go searching. You can also check back on the "My Content" menu that pops up when you click on your User Name at the top right of the forum. Have an explore and familiarise yourself with the new layout, and rest easy knowing that there isn't much that you can do that we can't undo for you Enhance your calm, dive in, and before too long you'll wonder what you were worried about. incidentally, if you're looking at the VNC listing and it looks a bit spaced out, just click the "Condensed" button at the top right of its box, and it will trim some space away for you.
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  5. Well, that seemed to work so press on. (I heard a bloop noise and a notification popped up saying Keith did something... must read these and find out where they go... there it was again!) Aha! Notification when someone replies as you're typing... Thanks Keith and Giorgio (and now I've used multi-quote, crikey...) Two more saved posts to go... with a Typhoon in Last time we looked I was pondering the canopy. Luckily I remembered the seat transfers. Oh, and the pilot’s arms: This part is a puzzle, until you realise that the lug on the bottom needs to come off, and then the canopy sits down OK: Until you look closely: It did sort of click on and I think its got pinched together. Oh well, we can sort that out. I used the BlueFixx for the first time on a canopy and I must say the gel is great - it goes into gaps and fills nicely, can be smoothed / cleaned off while wet, and then the ‘hardening’ light lets you see and gaps that you can go back and fill straight away. Bit hard to see where the black canopy meets the black fuselage but not too bad. Then it was on with the last bits, these tiny, tiny thingies. There’s a seam there and the second shot shows it after a quick attack with the ninja scraper: A quick trip around the seams, easily dealt with using PPP. Just don’t fill in the hole mid-root on the port side: Now for the canopy again. When I looked to mask it I noticed that it’s not quite even around the join between the parts, the back is sticking up on one side (??!!) and the front is a bit rough. I brushed some primer on to highlight the problems: Now, we all know that fortune favours the brave (and punishes the stupid) so I got out the sanders and did this: Don’t panic! After varying grades of Micromesh I had this: Remembering that Micromesh likes a ‘polishing pressure' - press to hard and it doesn’t work as well. Then some polishing liquid: and a coat of Aqua Gloss (still a bit wet here): Back to the pretty rubbish quality that was there before. I’ll get the canopy masked, some paint on and then I can look forward to all these stencils: Alex has already noticed the ‘bendy jet’ at the bottom; it’s just where I’m holding the paper up, honest!
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  6. With the forum down there was nothing for it but to do some modelling. But first, some tidying up. I know some of you think my workbench is tidy but I tend to go for very tidy and this is a bit messy: I mean, look at this and this: So I bought the ‘HobbyZone Workshop Benchtop Organizer # WM1' from eModels (great service) and spent some time with a hammer and some glue. I now have this: Of course it needs bench testing (see what I did there?) but I’m now a much happier (if a bit anal) bunny. Time to do some Typhoon!
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  7. Hello folks , this is the special hobby kit finished in Indian Air Force colours . When the British quit the land for good (1947) , we inherited about 100 each Tempest and Spitfires from the Brits and operated both types for up to 5 years first as front line fighter and later as trainer after we acquired the Vampires and Ouragans . This is I believe one of the older special hobby kit and it proved to be a very frustrating build , the resin wheel well especially required machine tool to sand it down ! This was my first mixed media model built last year and it has everything - PE , resin( including the cowling nose ) and vacuform canopy . The black trimmings were airbrushed and the aluminium was brush painted with Gunze Metal colour before being sealed with a matte coat - these things were painted in Aluminium paint and not actual natural metal so they were not very shiny . I have also added a photo clicked in 2015 at the Delhi Air force museum of the real thing . Ps: I tried to improvise and improve my photography to remove background clutter , as such I would appreciate what improvements I can do to improve the photo further ? Thank you for checking out
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  8. Heres my attempt at Eduard's MiG-21R. I've tried to replicate the weathering that was shown in one of the photos in the accompanying book from the Silver Arrows kit. As photography is not one of my strong points I had to make do with my camera phone, so they're not up to the standard usually seen on here. It's one thing I really need to work on. Oh, and please excuse the state of the workbench. Everything on it, under it and generally within its vicinity is a work in progress! And in company with Trumpeter's MiG-21F-13... All comment are very welcome and thanks for looking.
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  9. So the state of play before this fancy-pants new forum (nice work Mike...) sprang up last night was this: 1.5 wings on and filled with sprue soup, then an overlay of PPP. Once that combination had a decent interval to cure, it was a few glamorous hours of file, sand, w&d, prime and repeat. A diagnostic micromeshing all over and we're left with this: The wing-roots weren't too bad in the end so I'm quite pleased with the way they've turned out. I've definitely benefitted from all the advice on various fillers on this build (cheers chaps!) - the Squadron green is largely in retirement as dissolved sprue, PPP and Mr. Surfacer are giving me far better results. Rooting around in reference photos I noticed that the large engine access panel that sits on top of the fuselage behind the fireproof bulkhead appears slightly proud of the main skin, so I've added this using metal tape: Whilst on a roll in that area I also added the squarish panel that sits on the rear of the canopy, just in from of where a couple of antennae and the external canopy handle sit: That's my eyes and patience exhausted for now, leaving the state of play at this: You can see the booms have been mated with the elevator and clamped off for the night - I expect some fiddling and filling will be required at the weekend to get them positioned and blended in with the wings. It's a bit bonkers to think this beast started in late July and we're now in mid-September; it makes me wonder how long it took to build an actual Sea Venom! I have to admit though that even in this half-finished state, picking it up and making faint Ghost-like engine sounds as you tilt it in the light makes you realize just what a rather beautiful shape these aircraft were. I've an old Paul Nash essay on the personalities of aircraft - 'Aerial Creatures': admittedly he was talking about WWII ones but I'm going to check if it's out of copyright and if so I'll scan it in here for you to read. The Sea Venom seems graceful in the way that seabirds are, skimming the winds. Good to be back brethren, Tony
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  10. Masked up the canopy edges with tape for curves as the forum seems to be warming to it, as am I now. Just takes a bit of warming (rubbing down with a finger), a little stretching and a good burnish down: Filled in the rest with cheap masking tape, again well burnished AND checked for gaps (experience it’s called - never again). Now I know there’s at least one of you out there who’s been thinking ‘when is he going to fit the canards?’. The answer is later. Not intentional. When I was a applying the primer I thought “what are those holes I wonder” and then it hit me: (Those lumpy bits around the canopy join will be sorted) As we all know, I am an idiot. The canards were quickly recovered from the sprue, now chucked in the spares bin, and primed too: This is one of my first jets and the whooshing noises as I sprayed various holes had me worried that paint would now be all over the inside of the canopy - until I remembered that the ‘pit is sealed. I hope. As an educational aside - pay attention at the back - according to Wikipedia “The term ‘canard’ may be used to describe the aircraft itself, the wing configuration or the foreplane.” (so there) and “The term ‘canard’ arose from the appearance of the Santos-Dumont 14-bis of 1906, which was said to be reminiscent of a duck (canard in French) with its neck stretched out in flight.” Qwackers.
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  11. This is a diorama I did a few years ago now set during the Russian Afghan war depicting a patrol encountering a recently destroyed tank in a narrow mountain pass... the title of the piece was "foreboding" Kits used were the old Zvezda BTR 80 and the Tamiya T-62 with Verlinden interior.
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  12. Here's the Hasegawa P-40 finished as a Kittyhawk Mk II in 112 Sqn markings. This was supposed to be a quick build to try out some new Vallejo Model Air paints and pastel weathering, but in the end took far longer than expected. The markings are cobbled together from the old Airfix kit and the spares box. The serial number AK616 is a bit iffy - it probably never wore these fuselage codes, and may not even have been on strength with 112 Sqn! I think the camo pattern may be a bit off too. The undersurfaces were sprayed and top surfaces brush-painted. Several coats had to be applied. A light oil wash was followed by a bit of metallic chipping - hardly visible in photos - and a dusting with pastels to give it a faded desert look. Not sure that it's really worked out too well but here she is anyway...
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  13. Dear All, kits is Kopro 1:72 Su-25k, One of my very first digital camo trial, I got this kits from ebay for a very low price of 10$ however when I got it here the decal was in really terrible state and would not stick to the aircraft it would just crumbled into pieces so since the decals was gone, thought I do a what if camo, and i never tried a digital camo before thought give it a shot, the kits was really hard to build the plastic was hard and heavy a tough kits and here it is. It is fictitious color in Ukrainian colors, hope it turned out okay, cheers
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  14. Thanks @AlexN - the drawers, currently in Beta test, have: So masking, clamping and odd bits in the big ones (actually that should be fillers - will be corrected!) and sanding in the upper one. I've applied the Mr Hobby Color H335 MSG = Camouflage Grey to the underside: No, it's not patchy (hopefully), I took that shot while it was just sprayed to show why I dislike paints that change colour as they dry...
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  15. A very pleasant and contemplative Battle of Britain Day to everyone! In so many ways, the determination of "all that Britain is, and all that Britain means" happens and has happened every day, in a hundred less dramatic ways, and someday I hope to play my own small part in that as well. May it always remain and continue to become a wonderful place.
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  16. Morning all,both glossed and washed and tools,hawsers etc picked out with relevant colours,only three decals for the Grant,tracks on the Matilda to still need painting though.
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  17. Back in the old version of the forum, we were forever having to clean up posts where someone had just pressed "Quote" and included a boat-load of pictures that were duplicated from the original post and therefore not needed. This exercised everyone's scroll wheel far too much and annoyed a surprisingly large number of people. No longer is this necessary if you read this topic, which you clearly are. Now we have smart quote, and it's incredibly simple to quote a portion of a post or even just a word! Highlight the part of the other person's post you wanted to quote. Up pops a little Quote This menu. Click that menu and a new post with just the info you wanted appears for you to finish off with a reply. Cool, eh?
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  18. T-18 Light Tank Model 1927 "But Comrade, you told me to paint it, not to clean it" * This is the newly released T-18 from Hobbyboss. It's a nice kit, albeit with a few inaccuracies and a few simplified parts. It was originally going to be a quick out of the box build, but somewhere along the way it acquired a base, some figures, and somehow became an allegory on communist Russia in the '30's. The base is a vacform one from MiniArt, and the two figures are from Evolution Miniatures. The full build can be found here * Dio name courtesy of Andy, aka Sgt. Squarehead Thanks for looking Andy
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  19. Hello, here's my rendition of Kovozávody Prostejov's Piper L-4, dressed as General Patton's personal aircraft in France, 1944. Having recently built their new Mustang and Lavochkin La-5, I was suprised by the rough nature of this kit. It's a typical short-run affair with heavy sprue gates that extend onto the kit's parts, some oversized parts and poor fit, especially around the glasshouse and nose section. The wheels are a joke. They should be round - well, you know what wheels should look like. The items in the KoPro kit suffer from offset moulding and look horrible. Because of their relatively small size no replacements were found in my wheel spares, so I took the task of sanding them to shape as good as I could. The decals aren't the best either, they are relatively thick and have a strong carrier film that remained visible even after I've coated with Alclad Gloss. Plus, the Blue of the US Stars is too bright. Because of the small size on the fuselage, no replacements could be sourced from the decal spares box. To bring this kit up to modern standards you will need to invest a lot of time, effort and patience. I added the boarding steps from scratch. The model was painted with Mr.Hobby acrylics. I'm not very happy how this little model turned out, but on the other hand I'm grateful to KoPro for releasing a kit of this important military and civilian airplane. With best wishes from Vienna, have a good day! All pictures taken by Mr. Wolfgang Rabel of IGM Cars & Bikes.
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  20. Hi all,I did,nt go with the original scheme planned on the Hurricane I plan to use it when more time permits,so I used the decals from an Aldi cheapie I had a while back. And basic paint on the Mustang.
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  21. Another of my older dioramas, this one titled "Douki no Sakura" (Cherry Blossoms of the Same Season) was named after a popular Japanese wartime song about soldiers who like the cherry blossoms from a single season would likely die in battle and be reuinted in the Yuaskuni Shrine for fallen soldiers in Tokyo. it depicts the aging lone survivor of a tank crew paying his respects to his fallen comrades (accompanied by his family) in front of his old tank recently unearthed from the pacific jungles.
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  22. Here are some photos of my recently completed Revell Typhoon dressed up in the livery of the RAF's No. 3 Squadron based at RAF Coningsby. The build was quite a challenge as the kit's quality was not up to the same standards as Revell's previous F-15E and Rafale kits. This was a fully OOB build. Painted with Gunze lacquers and weathered with Tamiya enamels and some pastel chalk. Hope you enjoy the photos! Mark
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  23. Apologies for the swift exit this afternoon. I felt before the RFI I needed to say a big thank you to everyone who helped me through this extensive project. It began as an exploration into why some modelers take older/less detailed kits and turn them into something special, via filler, plasticard, sweat, tears, blood and even quiche tins. I've learned a lot over the weeks and the help and encouragement from you guys has been invaluable, I thank you for that. I managed to take a few shots tonight for the RFI but I'm not really 100% ready yet so I'll get more done over the weekend. I'll post this one just to show the Canopys on. Being horribly addicted to this plastic lark I've started another build already. I've added a link. Here's the RFI Thank you all once again for making this a such a fun build. As always stay cool and Happy modelling. John.
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  24. I'm scared by new things and spiders.
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  25. We seem to be back! Bit of an odd one losing the site for a bit but hey its all working now. nice one guys. Thaks for all the wonderful comments, I actually got finished last night but didn't take pics. I'll get some this weekend for the RFI and do a double whammy. Here is what got done on Tuesday. The canopy wires got painted and added. Fuse wire wrapped around more fuse wire. the canopy mask got removed, phew no trouble and the bits and bobs got added. what do you mean you cant see the bits and bobs. we have ladders, foot plate and tags. oh nearly forgot, The three remaining seats got PE treatment and painted. The canopys got added last night, I will do a photo sesh this weekend and get an RFI up, I'll pop some picks here too. yikes, just seen the time, Gotta fly as I'm at work. I'll post up tonight with ....................
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  26. Just for interest,....here is a photo of the Spit that I`m building,.....doesn`t look like the desert scheme that everybody seems to portray and more like grey/green; Cheers Tony
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  28. Some bits and pieces for my next diorama which is in the works now...
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  29. Sadly I don´t have always the time to follow my dad´s progress on his models but nevertheless I have decided to post some wip stuff. As ususal, he has several ongoing projects, on of them is this Yom Kippur War pair, an Egypt MiG-21F-13 and an Israeli Mirage IIICJ. For the MiG my dad uses the very nice Trumpeter kit with Aztec decals camo applied, used Tamyia XF-58 Olive Green and XF-55 Deck Tan, the underside colour is a selfmix my dad made some year ago. Regarding the Mirage, my dad initially started with the Eduard kit, but due to bad fit and warped parts he thrashed it and turned to the Hobby Boss kit, which is mostly a copy of the Eduard one but easier to build. Only visual nitpick of the Hobby Boss kit are the cones of the air intakes, they should be centered, HB molded them slightly too upwards my dad kept the already built seat from the Eduard kit, fits perfectly into the HB cockpit tub mostly built up already, camo applied with Gunze H310, 312, 313, 314 decaling on the MiG done, Aztec decals are a bit thicker and aren´t very sticky, my dad used Gunze Mr. Mark Setter and Mark Softer and the decals went on troublefree washing done everything sealed with flat coat now on to the rest, landing gear, armament...
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  30. Hi! Here is my first model after about 20 years of inactivity in this hobby. I started this build many months ago, had many breaks, bought new tools and had to learn many new things. While I am definitely not making a perfect model, I am quite happy with the result. I used the following to build this Folland Gnat T.1: Airfix Red Arrows 50th Display Season Gift Set 1:48 Eduard Detail Set Vallejo Paints I hope you like it and love to get some feedback to improve my next build! Kees-Jan
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  31. Hi all. My most recent project has come to an end. Minicrafts little 737 kit is rather simple, but also a joy to build. Added antennas, and beacon lights. Decals are from Max decals. Paint from Xtracolor (Maersk blue) Humbrol ("Boeing grey", corroguard, nose) and Alclad for leading edges of wings and vertical/horizontonal stabilisors. Here goes: Cheers Robin
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  32. This is an aircraft modellers first attempt at a motorbike so be gentle with me! Thanks for looking!
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  33. G'Day All Latest one of the bench is the Bronco 1/48 H-81. Not one of my better jobs. This one took longer than a 48 scale single engine fighter should. I think because I ended up adding a true Details resin cockpit to correct the kits undersized one. The only gaps were the wing roots. Apart from that it assembled OK. the kit comes with an engine, but I could not display it as I wanted to, as the firewall is forward of where it should be. Apart from that I also added a Ultracast seat, and modified the awful representations of fabric control surfaces Bronco give you to better represent the real things. Bronco has moulded pronounced troughs between the ribs so I smoothed milliput over them. With the forthcoming Airfix kit, I reckon this one will not be much of a seller DSC_7128 , DSC_7133 , DSC_7111 by ,
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  34. Since I like to do conversions I decided to try to do Northrop Delta on the basis of Williams Bros Northrop Gamma. This is a rare, hard to get kit, I had one, so I made just a resin copy of wings, undercarridge and horizontal stabilizers. The engine and fuselage had to be done from scratch. It was hard to decide what colours should given - my favorit is one from secret US mission in Eritrea, so called mission 19. More about it for example is here: http://www.warbirdinformationexchange.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=8809 The basis of fuselage is... - reversed up side down P47 bubletop from Novo (sic!) The basis of canopy is from Ju86D (Italeri). Cowling basis (reshaped) is from Harvard (Academy) and engine itself is a resin copy of Williams Bross Boeing 247. It started like this: The canopy had to be changed a little (here you may see that plan is for Canadian Vickers vesrsion): Here is alredy advanced This is the result of scratch build:
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  35. This september marks one year since I started this! Anyway, some progress, I got the 3D printed intake pipe on, Ialmost lines up, It's a little of centre with the schnorkel mast, and a little too forward, but I think I will modify the schnorkel to fit There is more soldering to be done, there are 2 more guard rails. The top one is on another laser cut buck I made, it's a very difficult shape to do, as the railing is at a angle and flares out in the middle. In the deck I cut the postions for all the vertical posts that make up this railing, I copied those positions and included them in this buck, you can see the holes underneath. This way I can insert the brass into these holes and when it's all soldered together, it should just drop into the corresponding holes on the deck. These rails sit just forward of the tower, and have a wires rails connected to the other railing, hense the little tabs that were spares on the eduard set. Here's one installed, it wasn't a great fit but lose enough after a fight. Underneath you can see how it's held bu the laser cut holes. The heat transfer problem I've bee having with these wood bucks went away when I switched to this blowtorch soldering iron here they are in place, that's a lot of railing. Got to do the other side now. I've been further painting the deck, the photos are not showing it but the deck is a lot browner, and I started putting eduard little hinges on the hatches. Did some weathering on the guns, and added whiter salt stains to the tops of the saddle tanks, Thanks for looking!
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  36. It seems very bright in here, even wiv me screen brightness turned down, other than that nothing to complain about yet, not a whole heap of difference really & it's working better than some recent 'upgrades' I could mention - Outlook, are you listening...??!! Good job Mike & team, minimum downtime for what must have been a pretty big job.... Just one thing worrying me, these notifications I get of people following me - don't they realise I'm lost too....??? Beginning to feel like the Pied Piper... Keith
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  37. I've made some progress on this now. I've assembled the cockpit tub and the wheel wells, so I'm going to see about fitting the fuselage together next. I found a set of Eduard 'Super Fabric' Fw190 seatbelts, so I used a pair from the set. As you can see in the pics, the cockpit is very dark , so the seatbelts will be the only thing you'll be able to see properly, once the canopy is on and closed. thanks Mike
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  38. One of these: because of Saturday morning TV in the 70s:
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  39. Spent a while with a dark wash Slowly taking shape Dan
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  40. At my age a bit more line space is highly appreciated. You might appreciate this one day as well Lothar
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  41. Well, up to date! That seemed to go OK. I've had a lot of emails this morning as the upgrade reset notifications to 'immediate'. I've changed mine and told Mike. Otherwise, all I need to do now is find out how to get my 'Activity Stream' tailored to show content I follow. Oh, and look at the new 'follow member' feature - prepare to be stalked!
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  42. Cheers chaps, getting a bit more done today More work on the exhausts And more mapping out of the chipping effects for the rear deck. Playing with some subtle rust on the front. Enjoy Dan
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  44. Good afternoon, gents! Worked on the seat for the MiG, not done yet, an oilwash and a drybrush/pigments are left! Oliver
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  45. Just adding the finishing touches now, I think it'll be ready for Euro
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  46. It's been a VERY big day for Cookie and me. We got buzzed by Luftwaffe Tornados, about a million F-16s, some MQ-9s, and this proud beauty:
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  47. No.230873, Second Subaltern Elizabeth Windsor, No.1 Beaufort Company, Auxiliary Territorial Service, March 1945. Tamiya 1/35 Tilly, SKP Models Princess Elizabeth.
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  48. I managed to finish off this vignette yesterday so here are a few pics of the finished article, more in the completed builds thread. I had a bit of a nightmare trying to fit the side windows so eventually I used some very thin plastic sheet to make my own and put them in the lowest position - much easier!
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  49. I know I'm late to the party, but I'll have a go with this: The Kit's obligatory mugshots: The kit consists of a complete He111H kit with an extra fuselage and the 3-engined central wing section to create a Zwilling. The instructions are on a bigger-than-A4 gatefolded sheet. Decals are provided for 2 schemes, both named simply as He111Z-1 Russia 1943. One is dunkelgruen/schwarzgruen/hellblau (ZI+TH), the other is weiss/hellblau (ZL+TH), both with yellow campaign markings. It appears difficult to find out which Luftwaffe unit(s) flew the He111Z, books are vague, as is the 'net. Wm. Green in Warplanes of the Third Reich states that the Staffeln of the Grossraum-LastenseglerGruppe Me321(Gigant) were disbanded before the Zwilling entered service, suggesting that they operated at Gruppe level as the GLSG Me321. Most of the operations for which the He111z was deployed turned out to be failures, but not because of any failure by the Zwillings- examples would be Operation Herkules, the invasion of Malta, which was simply never implemented, or the airborne assaults on Astrakhan and Baku, cancelled because of the Wehrmacht's failure to advance to the planned starting points of the mssions. The mission to supply the Kuban bridgehead saw casevac missions flying thousands of casualties out of the bridgehead and the Zwillinge finally saw practical use. The He111Z-1 was regarded as successful by the RLM, and proposals were made (and approved) for Z-2 (bomber) and Z-3 (reconnaissance) variants, although neither were built. I'll make a start . . .
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  50. I got this Hasegawa kits for a good deal however realized it is more of a Mig-23BN than a Mig-27 so major scratch building started, my w.i.p is here it was bit challenging, after few days of work i got the basic shape right. I wanted to do a old 80s camo however didn't have the squadron marking so back to tipins grey. Hope it is looking great thanks for the peek. also this is an old academy kits which i repainted, has some missing part like the landing gear cover, guess have to scratch built the part, here is the old IAF camo. cheers
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