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About 71chally

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  1. Well I'm a 'conventional brush' painter and I get on with Humbrols well. Maybe it's the 30+ years of knowing they do what they say on the side of the tinlet! Wish they would do RAF Blue Grey though.
  2. Happy Birthday Tony. You should be able to get that lathe in the back of the Boxcar!
  3. used to two great model shops in Truro, one owned by a family in the indoor market, and one nearer George Street, used to ogle the Hasegawa and Tamiya kits in there. My favourite shop mind was Toodees in Newquay, Dusty (an ex B-36 techie) used to stock all sorts of weird and wonderful kits in there. I still have paint brought there, even though the shop has sadly long gone.
  4. Scoops (and other ground functional checks) in action here, but no explanation unfortunately.
  5. I don't think you would be too far wrong to model it as if it was starting a take off roll and the scoops closed. XVTonka thanks for that, that might explain whats happening in this video when a Victor taxis in and one scoop pops open! However in this vid one also takes-off with the scoops out! I've looked at a few vids and many pictures and I cant see a definitive moment of those scoops closing. By the way, they are great vids to keep the Victor modelling mojo alive!
  6. Right, a day back in the seat - let's set fire to tears people! First job, get Sword Lightning wing halves together and cleaned up. I actually glued them together the other night, so today I rubbed down the join on the leading edges. As with the Airfix kit the join is superb and no need for filler. I did a bit of fettleing for the wing to fuselage join, about half an hour with a scalpel and a small file, and again achieved a great join between the two. The tabs on the wing assemblies that fit in the fuselage holes needed cutting down length ways for the wings to sit in their proper position, using the wing spar and fuselage frame lines to align properly. Sword 1:72 Lightning T.4 by James Thomas, on Flickr Sword 1:72 Lightning T.4 by James Thomas, on Flickr Nice clean leading edge join, and good comparison of the early and late Lightning wing planforms. You've got a lot to answer for! After (too much) umm'ing and ah'ing I sided with a metal finish for the T.4. It still has to be 92 sqn though. The obvious one to do would be XM995 in the gorgeous natural metal with the mid blue spine and chevrons finish, and is available on a aftermarket decal sheet. However that would break with my original brief of spending more money, and a quick look on Google shows that this example has understandably been done a few times. So a really good look around has found me another, not often seen scheme for XM995 which I could achieve with the kits' decal sheet and help from spare decals in the stash. Time for foil finish. For this, I apply Humbrol 35 polyurethane varnish very thinly on the surface to be covered, and let it dry. Then I use thin kitchen foil, and cut it into panel size sheets, turning each adjoing panel through 90 degs. After the varnish has dried for about 20 mins I start applying the foil sheet, rubbing it down on the plastic with a finger or cotton bud until the detail underneath shows through. Once the sheet has sealed down firmly, using a very sharp scalpel trim the foil at the panel lines to be covered. Apply the next sheet at 90 degs, go through the same process. Turning the sheet this way gives very subtle variations to the different panels. Sword 1:72 Lightning T.4 by James Thomas, on Flickr Sword 1:72 Lightning T.4 by James Thomas, on Flickr The B& W image hopefully shows the slight varying in panel tone. The foil sheet is fairly tolerant, and can be rubbed down over raised scoops etc, it can be burnish, polished and dulled afterwards as well. I'm not that happy with some of the aft panel work (haven't done this for a while!), so I will probably remove that and start again. This is fairly easy to do as the varnish takes a while to fully cure when covered like this, and the foil can be peeled off.
  7. Definitely up for a 48th Basset!
  8. Strange what the eye interprets, I was thinking that the outer wings look silver in that IWM shot, the tip looks particularly shiny. Also, is it on ortho film? I did suggest as such for discussion, but wouldn't the fin flash red be darker and it was quite outdated by late war? I've seen another two pictures of EE455 in that dark finish but with silver aft engine cowls, damned if I can find them at the mo. One major problem with this at the moment is that we are not getting any accurate dates with the images that we're seeing.
  9. I wonder what publication the Nav is holding up to his window here, not the Zoo mag is it?! Cracking shot, note the stiffener plate to the top left hand of the equipment bay hatch.
  10. Stumbled across this by accident, great footage of your Canberra being flung around the sky, including cockpit footage, from about 4.30 on Hope it keeps the Canberra appetite up!
  11. That is correct Nige, EE454 & 455 (along with EE360 / G-AIDN ) were started as F.IIIs but were modified to become F.IVs, except that they retained the longer span wings for the record attempts, while the shorter span wing was in development. Earlier we were looking for evidence of EE455 with the shorter span wings, I'm guessing it gained these as part of its trials with Glosters? that would also change when I thought the picture had been taken.
  12. The scoops closed somewhere between lining up and the beginning of the 'take-off' run on that occasion, but as a preserved machine I wouldn't like to say that was the standard!
  13. Wait out Dave, I'm still inclined to agree with your earlier findings from the stills you presented, that at one stage at least it did have a silver/nmf bullet fairing along with the tailplane. Some of the other photos seem to support that. Tim, that is a brilliant picture of EE455, thank you for your post and the photo, must be great to work from nice clear originals as there are so many poor rescanned images floating around on the net. To me the bullet fairing does look silver though, or certainly a different colour to the vertical tail. It may appear a slightly different shade from the tailplane, as most of what we can see of that is the underside and in shadow. 'Flight' reported at the time of the high speed runs that EE455 was painted yellow to make it easily discernible for photographic reasons (possibly James' source?). Personally I doubt that as a primary reason, especially without a contrasting colour to 'lock on' to, and why not necessary with EE454? Here is one of the shots I mentioned earlier, We can see here that that the fin/rudder top &bullet are in silver. What about the rest of the airframe, yellow on orthochromatic film, or a dark colour (primer?)? Personally I would say it is an early factory shot, note the spine VHF aerial. So far I think I can see about four different slightly different finishes to this aircraft, going from photos, and I think it could be modelled in different days depending on what day it was. I still struggle to believe that it was not all over yellow at one stage, I can't see why Glosters would go to the trouble of painting the majority of an airframe in a bright, distinctive and particularly colour to apply, and not paint the whole thing? I would love to see the originals of these shots, as to my eyes they look to show it in all over yellow, however they are very poor reproductions, Charles E Brown took some colour shots of EE455 in Nov 1945, would love to have look over those! This is a fascinating thread on the subject, and great to see 'Yellow Peril' being discussed in such detail, we have Special Hobby to thank for this!
  14. I think you're right there Steve, looking at a couple of take-off pics I have of a K.2 they are open. Disregard my info.
  15. The RAT inlets stay open until the engines reach a certain percentage RPM, so they're pretty well open until the take off run. I always think they add to the 'oddness' of the Victor!