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  1. The Revell one limits you to the V3 prototype. Production aircraft would have had a deeper centre section and different u/c doors.
  2. Drill out the female locator ports on the starboard fuselage half for a better fit and I'd advise attaching the lower wing to the completed fuselage before attaching the upper wing halves. You'll also need to take off the locator pins on the wing lower surface near the wheel bays. In addition, sand the rear of the canopy glazing back a fraction, otherwise it's just too tight to fit properly. Apart from that, it's a cracking kit.
  3. Who's your glue supplier? Goldschmitt-Tego?
  4. I've been building whifs since 1995 and just wanted a good subject to get my teeth into. Spitfire fans largely want to do every mark - I know I do want to build real ones at some point - but doing them all as what ifs? That's a bit more of a challenge and a lot of fun. The research side is quite interesting too, knowing where the holes are to fill and the alternates that were missed. You need that research when some joyless modelling numpty points out that the model is wrong. Well, that and being able to lie blatantly with a straight face. Add enough genuine facts and you can blag your way through. Plus most Spitfire fans actually like them. The linked fora pages are more of a Blog than a backstory and are quite often notes and reminders for me - my memory is shocking these days. The above photos are of the full display at that stage. There's a good 50 or so to add to that, quite probably more. It's been a while since I tried counting them.
  5. I'm sure I've an MPM Blenheim V* kicking about that I'm willing to dispose of and certainly a Buckingham. *It's a real horror to build and they really got the u/c nacelles wrong as they should be more Beaufighter than Blenheim on the mk V. Really wish someone would do a conversion for the Airfix kit...
  6. You should never need an excuse to build Spitfires.
  7. It looks good when it's together. I've seen a few on various tables at shows so it is possible. I have four in the stash - two TF1s and two B.1s. I don't have the Valom Buckmaster, although it's on my wish list but I do have a trio of Buckinghams. And a Magna one... Somewhere. May be an idea to steal a torpedo from the new Airfix Beaufighter. I've done that to go on the Magna Brigand I want to try and finish in the next week or so. Whifs might not be your bag, but 36 and 42 sqns were going to get the Brigand. 36 Sqn was reformed at Thorney Island on 1/10/46 by renumbering 248 Sqn (who were flying Mosquitos, including the FBXVIII and their markings are in the Airfix kit) and as they got at least one Buckmaster I (VA361) they may well have begun converting to Brigand TF1s before being disbanded on 15th October 1947. I remember reading in one Bill Gunston tome that some TF.1s WERE issued to the RAF before being recalled. According to the Tony Buttler Warpaint, there were 18 production TF.1s - RH742-RH755, RH763, RH772, RH773 and RH796 with RH753-RH755 and RH796 being rebuilt as B.1s - so what happened to them? I'm adding 36 Sqn codes to my Brigand soon and quite possibly a kill marking or two.
  8. Throw away the bulkhead with the radios on. It's complete fiction and by the looks of it is a reworked radio installation from a Ju 88. The detail for the wing inside of the wheelbays is fine - for a Ju 388, as it's a lift from the Special Hobby Ju 388. As it's not likely to be seen, may be best keeping it for a Ju 88 if you ever do one of those. There's an Fw 190 seat on the sprues too. The wheels are way too thin, by about 2mm. You'll need to shim them out with some plastic card. The wing trailing edges could do with thinning. Fit around the engines isn't good, so some plastic card strips to guide bits into place will be handy. Hope that helps. I didn't get very far with mine - actually, I've never had much luck with Brigands. Got the Hallamvac one together and stalled with the u/c fit. It got donated to a friend a decade or so back. Then I was gifted another near complete one... The Magna horror got to the same stage but actually got paint and some markings on it - I'll try and finish it and the companion Buckmaster (seen here:http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235020756-torpedo/) over the next fortnight once I've got my wheel mould sorted, although assembling the Magna u/c looks to be absolute patience testing cack. The Elliott Brigand got sold off once I'd stripped out the white metal as I though it could be useful. I was wrong, it wasn't.
  9. Nice. Spare canopies. A pair of the Airfix IIa kit should give you those, just build them as pre war examples with the earlier canopy, so some research to find an aircraft or two that you like will be in order. Canopy. I tend to give canopies a bath in Kleer first, as Maskol tends to sit better over it. Once it's dired, into place and then apply the maskol. After it's dried, a coat of interior green over the whole canopy, so the framing inside is the correct colour. Repeat if necessary and then apply camouflage.
  10. Andre Brissaud's "The Nazi Secret Service", about the intelligence wing of the SS, the Sicherheitsdienst or S.D. for short. Cracking read and oddly, in one chapter "The Skiiers of Death", I actually found myself rooting for the characters.
  11. I would quite honestly and in all seriousness rather jam a rusty screwdriver in my ears that voluntarily watch the farago of dogturds that is Eurovision. It resides at the very apex of all that is absolute patience testing excrement. What's even more galling, apart from hearing that talentless sneery tosser Graham Norton's voice, apart from the endless talentless acts from across the westen hemisphere, apart from the parading of this year's great white hope Z list act after a pathetic public selection from an equally talentless bunch of nobodies - who no one has ever heard of and never will again, apart from the endless drivel spouted about the supposed politicisation of this event, apart from the drivel spouted by supposed musicians decrying why we never win... What's more galling is the sheer amount of cash that is extorted from the licence payers to fund this festival of man-vegetables, the vast majority who never watch it and see it for the sham it is. I for one am grateful for the fact that I do not have a TV any more and don't have to fund it.
  12. The spurious panel lines, amongst many other issues, were one reason why I sold off virtually all of my Special Hobby Hornets at a loss. Vile kit. The two I have left are going to be butchered for a diabolical what if Hornet/Vampire mash up. You're doing some excellent work there. Looking forward to seeing the finished product.
  13. Can't believe that I never heard this at the time it as released - 1983 - but it sounds amazing. However, this version is a bit more recent and for a woman in her late 50s, Alison Moyet looks fantastic. Better than she did 30 years ago. And I'll throw in some Billie Ray Martin as well. He she is as part of Electribe 101 Fast forward to 1995 and she's out on her own: Then Brothers in Rhythym get their hands on it, turning it into an Epic House monster. Amazing track. Almost as good, is this one.
  14. A Mossie will probably be either a single stage one or pushed back with Special Hobby announcing a range of two stage Mosquitoes.
  15. Wonder if they'll do one with the markings for the Gran Saso raid? Preferably with a 72nd Otto Skorzeny!