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    1/48 props, WW2 & onwards.
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  1. I believe so. Many ORB's exhibit the same characteristic. The reason, I presume, was that over time a number of aircraft would have used the same code letter, wheras the serial was unique. Doubtless it would have been more complete to record both, but clearly nobody had a modeller's interests at heart! J.
  2. No big plans. I managed to shift most of three batches of castings, but interest has tailed off a little so I'm wary of being stuck with a load of unsold (or slowly selling) nacelles. Plus I'm not really a business and all the packing and correspondence takes valuable modelling time! I tend to use the same method as Jamie for prop tips: prime, then white, then yellow, then mask the tips (2mm width tape will give the requisite 4-inch tips in 1/48). But yes, I can see how multi-colour tips would be a hassle! Thanks. I must say the Revell kit didn't get much consideration given its issues, and the fact that there's a Tamiya alternative. I like what you managed to accomplish with it though!
  3. If you're going to chip down to the metallic layer, you might consider something a little less bright than AS-12. In a small scale the chips will perhaps stand out a little too much. Maybe something like Metallic Grey (XF-56) or the AS equivalent? regards, Jason
  4. In the past, I've always shied away from pre-cut canopy masks, out of some vague sense that they were somehow 'cheating'. In this particular instance the Mosquito greenhouse overcame any such qualms. On a mildly annoying note, Eduard included the interior framing (see above) as part of their exterior masking set, meaning I had to mask over those particular frames in order to keep the interior decals visible. J.
  5. Interesting. Among my peer group who are knee deep in toddlers at the moment, the consensus is that 'one is not enough, but two is too many!'. Benefits of hindsight , or rose tinted specs? J.
  6. Being a B.XVI, it would have had a pressurised cabin and therefore the 'bulged' style side windows rather than teardrop blisters. The unpressurised B.IV and B.IX would have had the teardrops you describe. Also, for a 109 Sqn XVI I would say that Medium Sea Grey is also an option for the underside colour. Hopefully the photo you have should shows whether the underside is dark (in which case Night) or light (MSG). regards, jason
  7. Sounds like I might have been lucky with the decals then. For the record I was using Microscale clear decal film and water based acrylics (Reaper MSP paints). I figured the film itself would act as a barrier to the paint. J.
  8. Now naturally I love Mosquitos. However, were I ever lucky enough to meet the chap who decided that interior framing was a good idea for the after part of the canopy....I must just inadvertently pee in his pint. Then buy him another couple to show no hard feelings. After trying and failing to: Mask the inside (horrible tight curves) Hand paint (less said the better) ...I decided to do it with decals. The interior colour was painted onto clear decal film and sealed(?) with Alclad Aqua Gloss. This was cut into thin strands which were applied inside the canopy to pick out the relevant frames. As with many things in life, not perfect but good enough!
  9. Only if you think that all modellers have a God-given duty to produce strictly historically accurate replicas. At the expense, presumably, of personal inclination, free will, or indeed fun. Merry Christmas, J.
  10. Just seen it tonight, and agree that it's a very enjoyable, well constructed film. My major reservation is the unnecessarily adversarial way in which the investigation process is depicted, and how the NTSB is set up as a panto style villain for dramatic effect. Mild spoilers follow...
  11. Impressive aircraft! Just read on Wiki that the F-108 programme was cancelled partly due to cost; estimated at $4 billion for the programme. Not sure how many they were planning to buy, but suspect it was more than the 11 F-22's you'd get for the same money*. Novel duly ordered, looks interesting! regards, Jason * To keep the pedants happy, this would be about $33bn in today's money.
  12. Hobby Boss

    A+ for box art. That's a corker. J.
  13. Eduard

    It's still the main engine air intake, it's just that it doesn't lead to a carburettor! regards, J.
  14. Personally, I would recommend waiting if you can, as Eduard are in the process of re-tooling their 190A series with entirely new moulds. The originals, though building into decent kits, were notoriously challenging due to the many open panels and rather overcomplicated construction. See the thread below for news relating to the new kit. If you absolutely can't wait until next year, then any of the existing 190A's should be just as good as the next, as they're all of the same vintage. Edit: Just to clarify that my comments pertain to the 1/48 kits only. For 1/72 see the comprehensive answers below. regards, Jason
  15. Eduard

    I'd be surprised if anything in this kit was shared with Eduard's 'E' ? I think said curved shield was port side only. Presumably either to protect the engine inlet* or something to do with the swirl caused by the prop. *Strictly speaking, being a direct injection engine the DB601 did not have a carburettor! cheers, Jason