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Mike last won the day on July 4 2017

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  1. I managed to get some of the additional paint on the underside of the desert Fw.190 today, and I've gone for a slightly weathered look given the location, which was Libya. I know that they weren't there as a unit for very long, as they were evaluating the tropicalised 190 for fighter-bomber use, but as their kit was later distributed between units, I've decided that this airframe got a bit knackered. No basis in fact, other than it's a fact that it's what I decided I like to vary the condition of my builds a bit so it doesn't all look pristine or ready for the skip, so this one's going to be in the "who sand-blasted my aeroplane?" category Not sure if I'm going to tone it down a little here & there, or not... I'll be guided by feedback
  2. Now that's weird enough to appeal to me As Andy said - cracking job
  3. Eduard resin has really sensible placement of casting blocks, and clean-up is minimal. If you wanted to break your duck, these would do as long as you don't have sausage fingers like me
  4. Pat, aka @JOCKNEY contacted me a while back about Tony, and I sent an email to him using the email he logs on with, enquiring after his wellbeing. We've not heard anything back yet, so it's a bit of a worry although as I said to Pat, there's not an awful lot we can do from here.
  5. Pe-2 UBT Guns (648372) 1:48 Eduard Brassin We reviewed Eduard's reboxing of the Zvezda Pe.2 multi-role aircraft in January of this year here, and this set provides a detail improvement to the rear gunner's turret that sits prominently at the aft end of the canopy and in the belly of the beast pointing rearwards. As usual with Eduard's resin sets, they arrive in the familiar Brassin clamshell box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched between the two halves, doubling as the header card. This isn't just a barrel set, but includes the mounting and ammo storage as well, replacing the whole assembly that slots into the turret before closure, and depicting the complex mount and ammo feed from the big box mag that rests above it for the belly gun. There are many resin and Photo-Etch (PE) parts included, and some of them are quite fine, so careful handling is a must. The turret gun retains just the gun mount frame, which is adjusted to fit a more realistic attachment for the gun, and the belly gun uses the kit ammo box as the meat between the PE sandwich to give it improved detail, with both receiving a new resin "dump bag" for the spent brass cartridges from their respective weapons. Overall a substantial improvement in finesse and detail over the kit assemblies. Review sample courtesy of
  6. Brimstone w/AGML III Rack & BRU-57A Rack (648339 & 648358) 1:48 Eduard Brassin As usual with Eduard's resin sets, they arrive in the familiar Brassin clamshell box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched between the two halves, doubling as the header card. Brimstone w/AGML III Rack (648339) The Brimstone missile was originally designed as an anti-armour missile with a fire & forget targeting system allowing the pilot to get on with thinning out the massed ranks of Soviet armour ploughing across Germany. With the change of enemy, it has been used extensively as a bunker busting weapon against enemy strongholds in the Middle East, launched by Tornado GR.4s. It is carried on a triple ejector rack, allowing many to be carried by one aircraft, and one Tornado launched 12 missiles on a sortie over Libya. Future variants have been considered for the Apache replacement, and as of 2018 the Eurofighter Typhoon is scheduled to be able to carry up to six racks of three as replacement to the retiring Tornado. The box contains parts for two racks with three missiles loaded on each one. The resin parts comprise two racks, six missile bodies, adapter rails for the outer missiles (2 of each side), and clear seeker heads. The includes Photo-Etch (PE) sheet supplies parts for the steering vanes, aft stabilisers, and exhaust ring for each missile body, with the vanes fitting into tiny grooves in the resin. The decal sheet contains stencils for each missile and the racks, and everything is painted grey, which is Gunze H305 or C305. BRU-57A Rack (648358) The BRU-57A multiple carriage rack allows the F-16 to fit two 1,000lb JDAM munitions on a single pylon, which in an effort to minimise collateral damage means that an aircraft can tackle multiple targets with smaller yield smart weapons and loiter longer without returning to re-arm. Containing resin parts for two racks, each one begins with the main rack body, the suspension mounts with sway-braces, supports for the umbilicals and the umbilicals themselves. A sheet of PE supplies clips that hold the umbilicals to the weapon, and small pins on the mounts, both of which have a couple of spares each due to their size. Gunze colour codes are used throughout, and a small sheet of stencils are included, with both shown on the same scrap diagram on the instructions. Review sample courtesy of
  7. They look like they're performing some kind of nightmarish karaoke in that last pic! The knuckle detail on the facehugger is exceptional - I've seen them on eBay and often wondered about the quality. Now I know
  8. Westland Sea King HU5

    She's looking great Dan, keep up the pace though, as I'm getting on a bit ya know
  9. Good to see you cracking on with it straight away Neil, and I hadn't yet noticed the odd shape of the top fuselage. We discussed the nose turret when you picked her up, but that's a whole 'nother ball-game, as was the inequity in the profile of the nose "cheeks". I may have done some stuff, but you've got a lot more stuff to do I'm glad it's gone to you, as having tried to tackle it pretty soon after coming back to the hobby, it was just too much and I put myself off it in a BIG way. Better in your hands, as you've not yet had the bejezuz scared out of you by it
  10. Super Guppy 1:144

    I've been working on the intakes above and below the props, as these are a bit.... iffy. The top intake is defined, but not very well, while the lower intake is just a nubbin with no inlet. The top intakes were built up around the edges with CA and sanding dust, then refined with diamond files, but still need a little work. The lower intakes were sawn off with a razor saw, and I made up a sandwich of four pieces of 1mm x 2.25mm strip, into which I sanded a curved groove across one edge of all four, being careful to keep them the same throughout. After I'd split the CA holding the pieces together, I clued a length of 1mm x 0.5mm strip across the bottom of the curve to give the inner lip shape. A groove was cut into the base of the original intake, and the parts were glued in place, keeping an eye on proper alignment. Then the excess plastic was carefully clipped and sanded away to reveal the proper shape. There's still a bit of clean-up needing doing, but I've got the basics done, which is a plus. I've used black primer throughout, and once finished I'm going to check the panel lines in relation to the NASA aircraft and make any changes before I glue the parts to the wings. I also need to box in those gear bays, as they look a bit pants as they are. If anyone's got any pics of the internals there, I'd be more than grateful! The fuselage was rather hastily glued together without thinking of nose weight (oopsie!), and I've been working on the main seams since to try and make sure they don't make a bit for prominence after I paint. The nose gear bay is just a flat indent in the nose, so I've an idea that involves cutting that out, enlarging it a little and inserting a new box in there along with some substantial nose-weight to make it sit on its wheels. Some pics of the nose bay would also be appreciated if anyone's got any? I'm still working on the twin Fw.190s, so I'll be flitting between the two on & off, so bear with me
  11. I think I'd need a bigger 'ouse too
  12. You're right - it was initially armed with the short-barreled 75mm gun. I'll amend the review - that'll teach me to check my references first
  13. Vickers Valiant B.1

    Yes you should - it's too nice to leave legless
  14. Greetings from Texas.

    aboard Russell