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Truro Model Builder

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Truro Model Builder last won the day on April 20 2013

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  1. The third of my recent completions is Academy's very fine 1/72 F-86 Sabre, here finished as a Canadair-built Sabre in RAF colours. The kit was built out of the box, going together excellently, with the addition of a masking tape seat harness and a scratch-built pitot tube after the kit part went MIA. It was painted in Mr. Hobby and Pollyscale acylics and finished with Alclad Klear Kote. The decals were a mixture of Model Alliance and Modeldecal (farewell Mr. Ward). RAF Sabre 1 by Martin Schofield, on Flickr RAF Sabre 2 by Martin Schofield, on Flickr RAF Sabre 3 by Martin Schofield, on Flickr RAF Sabre 4 by Martin Schofield, on Flickr
  2. Airfix1\72 Spitfire S.31

    It's a great little mojo restorer, that kit. Nice job.
  3. Sea Harrier Over The Falklands

    That old chestnut has circulated for years. An interesting post on arrse.co.uk deals with it head on: There may be some truth to the story, but it is nowhere near as clear cut as people think.The man closest to the story, Ray Lygo (later head of BAe) claims in his autobiography that Australia was moved 200 miles by the RAF. Lygo was closely involved in CVA01 planning, and it is 99% certain that the moving island/continent story originates from him and has been retold.This figure has, depending upon which former senior naval type has retold the story, gone from 200 to 1000 miles. As yet, despite two academics looking for corroborating evidence, the National Archives reveal nothing to support the story.There are further complications. The first is that it may have been an island in the Indian Ocean which moved. It is also clear from archival research undertaken by people such as Saki Dockrill that:a) the main opposition to CVA01 actually came from the Foreign Office, who described the new carriers as 'superfluous' in their submissions on future policy. The Treasury was not far behind them in this point of view. The PM was not convinced about carriers either. The crabs could, in fact, have been in favour of the carriers, and there'd still have been a strong chance the CVA01 would've been cancelled to save money. The records suggest that the question wasn't whether to buy F-111 or the CVA-01. The options were either (i) procuring the F-111 or (ii)obtaining the CVA01 in addtion to the F-111There was no option of buying CVA01 in lieu of the F-111. c) Up until 1966, the US had been averse to the cancellation of the carriers. While the US had gone as far as to offer second-hand US carriers to the UK during 1965, this had been because they wanted the UK to have a presence 'East of Suez'. As it became clear that the UK had (at that time) no intention, or at least no declared intent, to abandon the East of Suez role, McNamara and the DoD felt that it wasn't necessary to press the UK to buy new carriers. It wasn't the capability that mattered to the US but the actual presence - which could be delivered (McNamara thought) through the presence of land based air and troops.d)The RN's staff work was poor - Healey was constantly sending submissions back to the naval staff urging them to make their case in a more convincing manner. They never did. They also managed to pull off the trick of submitting a planning option to the Overseas Defence Policy committee which, upon examination, had got its sums wrong by a cool £76,000,000. This did not exactly help the RN's case.The sad fact of the matter is that whether the RAF moved an island, or even a continent by 200 yards, 200 miles or 200 Light Years, if this sleight of hand occurred, it did not kill the carriers. And a former 'Wings' of HMS Victorious once suggested to me that the RAF might have used an old RN chart for the allegedly dodgy map...
  4. TVs best characters

    Gordon Spikings (Ray Smith) Dempsey and Makepeace Leonard McCoy (DeForest Kelley) Star Trek Robert de Rainault, Sheriff of Nottingham (Nickolas Grace) Robin of Sherwood Francis Urquhart (Ian Richardson) House of Cards Anton Meyer (George Irving) Holby City
  5. Most memorable film scenes..

    1) 2001: A Space Odyssey -a bone thrown into the air becomes a spacecraft 2) Raiders of the Lost Ark -don't bring a sword to a gunfight 3) Battle of Britain -Dowding walks to his balcony at the end of the film and looks into the sky, with the words 'Never in the field...' etc appearing on screen 4) Close Encounters of the Third Kind -little Barry is abducted (frightened the jeepers out of me as a youngster and still a powerful scene) 5) Superman: The Movie -Christopher Reeve's smile to the audience at the conclusion 6) Alien -the chestburster scene 7) 633 Squadron -the ACM's car departs, leaving the adjutant standing on an empty dispersal 8) War of the Worlds (Spielberg) -the gates come down at the level crossing and a burning train goes through at high speed 9) Apollo 13 -the re-entry scene 10) On Her Majesty's Secret Service -the drive-by shooting and its aftermath, particularly in light of Tracy's monologue as Bond is clearing flowers from the car There's some to be going on with.
  6. Airfix

    Nobody's ever heard a Buccaneer in reheat, though they have been known to have the occasional engine fire.
  7. This is looking very, very nice. Now, can we have a kit of the EAP next, please?
  8. Can I build an F4J(uk) from the 1/72 Academy kit?

    It was DECM equipment that the intake fairings were for, though the F-4J(UK) did have the equipment fitted, leaving the fairings empty. ZE350, however, did not feature the fairings.
  9. The second of my refugees is also a refugee from a GB from a couple of years ago, and is the wonderful fabric-winged Hurricane from Airfix. This is a little belter of a model, and will not be the only one to cross my workbench -and I have the Iliad decal sheet to reinforce it. Hurricane G-AFKX 1 by Martin Schofield, on Flickr This particular Hurricane was bailed back to Hawker Aircraft in 1939, repainted silver and given a civilian registration. It was used for trials of various propellers and Merlin variants, and may even have been fitted with metal wings at some point. There are a number of photographs of it with a Rotol prop, but according to Putnam's Hawker Aircraft since 1920 it initially flew with a Watts two-bladed prop before commencing its trials. I decided to portray it as such, with the propeller in varnished wood. I have absolutely no idea what colour the prop was, but went for the varnished option as the earlier Hawker biplanes look the part with that combination. Hurricane G-AFKX 2 by Martin Schofield, on Flickr Paints used were Vallejo Metal Color acrylics, which airbrush very well and are a good substitute for Alclads if solvent-based paints are an issue. 77701 Aluminium was used for the fabric areas, with 77707 Chrome for the metal parts, with a coat of Alclad Klear Kote semi-matt. For the prop I painted the blades with Humbrol 110 Natural Wood and dry brushed with 173 Track Colour before overcoating with one coat of transparent orange. I seem to have achieved the effect I was after. The Iliad decals are beautifully thin with no sign of the carrier film. Hurricane G-AFKX 3 by Martin Schofield, on Flickr Hurricane G-AFKX 4 by Martin Schofield, on Flickr
  10. "Snoopy verses the Red Baron" 3D Picture - FINISHED & FRAMED

    Something we should all take note of sometimes. We get so caught up in detail and accuracy and heaven knows what else that sometimes it is too easy to forget that we all started the hobby to have fun and something to enjoy.
  11. Other things get in the way, a newly released model flutters its eyelashes seductively, etc.
  12. "Snoopy verses the Red Baron" 3D Picture - FINISHED & FRAMED

    This is absolutely superb!
  13. In recent weeks I've actually managed to recover some of my shelf of doom projects, dusted them off and (gasp!) get them finished. I shall add them here as I get round to it. The first of them is Airfix's excellent 1/72 P-51D. I've long wanted to complete a Swiss Mustang, ever since I first went to the Swiss Air Force museum at Dübendorf about 18 years ago (along with several other Swiss aircraft, but that's another story). Airfix's release seemed to be a good way to achieve this. The model went together very well, out of the box, and it was airbrushed with Alclad metallic lacquers. I've used Alclad a fair bit in recent years here and there, but oddly this was the first time I'd actually used it on all of an aircraft. Other colours were courtesy of Tamiya and Lifecolor. Decals were a mixture of kit stencils and Bright Spark. The latter went on well, but I thought that the white crosses were a bit thin, and would recommend that if you use any decals from this manufacturer to use an extra white layer underneath for light colours. Alclad Klear Kote was used to finish the model, and some exhaust staining added. Swiss Mustang 1 by Martin Schofield, on Flickr Swiss Mustang 2 by Martin Schofield, on Flickr Swiss Mustang 3 by Martin Schofield, on Flickr
  14. Perfectly in-scale then.
  15. Hobbyboss 1/48 Tucano

    There are quite a few differences between the original EMBRAER Tucano and the version built by Shorts for the RAF. A totally different nose shape due to the change of engine, cockpit instrumentation altered to resemble that of the Hawk T.1, a stronger canopy with an arch, etc. Hobby Boss putting in decals for a Tucano T.1 was barmy and, unfortunately, probably means that they will not be considering a kit of Shorts Tucano any time.