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    Post WW2 European civil aircraft .... and cats.

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  1. Glasgow IPMS show

    By far the best Glasgow show I’ve attended and I’ve been to nearly every one since the days of the McLellan Galleries in the 1980s. Well done to the organisers. I’m already looking forward to 2018.
  2. Now that really is impressive! There is something attractively "old school" about the Singapore livery and it definitely suits the 777. You've certainly done it justice. I echo Ian's hope that you'll share more airliners with us in the future
  3. Invicta Britannia

    Excellent job Britman. The Invicta scheme really suits the Britannia and you've done it full justice.
  4. Glasgow IPMS show

    I definitely saw it somewhere Apologies if I've caused unnecessary alarm. I hope he does make it, not least because I'm running low on AK Interactive Xtreme Metal !
  5. Glasgow IPMS show

    I thought I saw something on the Glasgow IPMS Facebook page saying Little Cars aren't able to attend because Paul is ill. Can anyone from Glasgow confirm one way or the other?
  6. I think it was Einstein who said that the person who never made a mistake had never tried anything new so well done for finishing the model and posting it. I must have built the Revell A330/340 six or seven times and based on my experience here are a few suggestions to help you with the next one. I find the best way to fit the nose gear is to attach everything except parts 6 and 8 at the initial stage. It's an easy job to add parts 6 and 8 and the wheels after the model is painted which minimises the risk of anything getting knocked off. It's usually necessary to enlarge the hole in part 6 slightly to allow the axle to slide through easily. The main undercarriage is a bit of a nightmare and I've never managed to make it work by following Revell's instructions. My own approach is to attach the main legs (72 and 73) making sure that they're sitting correctly, the right way round and with the holes for the pegs on the doors facing outwards. Then I attach the small jacks (75) followed by the retraction struts (76) and their linkages (74). Finally I add parts 69 and the wheels. It is always necessary to ream out the holes on 69 and the legs to allow the axles to pass through freely. I stress this is only my way of doing it and I'm sure others will have better ideas. On modern jet airliners the top of the wings is usually coated with Corrogard, an anti-corrosion paint, which normally gives a dark metallic grey effect. On newer aircraft Airbus use a paint which looks less metallic and matches 7004 in the RAL colour chart. Revell 374 is a good approximation. On the A330 the trailing edge of the Corrogard has a sort of curved triangular section extending aft and isn't a straight line. See this photo to show what I'm talking about. Never rely on kit painting instructions! Finally, the A330, in common with most modern airliners, only has a narrow strip of natural metal on the leading edges of the wings. In other words the silver doesn't meet the front of the dark central section. Have a look at the photo I linked above and also the A330 walkaround on this site. Scroll down until you come to the photo taken from the top of the steps looking aft towards the left engine (I think it's number 38). That shows the natural metal leading edge very clearly. I hope you find these suggestions helpful. I stress they are only my personal thoughts and at the end of the day it's your model and the most important thing is that you're happy with it. I look forward to seeing your next RFI. Regards Dave G
  7. Thanks for your comments everybody. Much appreciated and makes it all worthwhile John, the red lion was the original Caledonian scheme and was applied to their leased DC-6Bs and -7Cs. I'm not an aviation historian but I think it was used from the airline's foundation in 1961/2 until the mid 1960s, possibly changing with the arrival of the Britannias in 1965. I wasn't sure if I'd overdone the exhaust staining but I'm glad you approve! I did see one photo of a Caledonian -6B where the wing was covered with oil spatter but I decided against trying to reproduce that. Ian, the prop tips were done with decal stripe. Ray doesn't provide anything on the sheet. It was rather tedious applying 24 tiny sections of dark blue followed by 24 even tinier sections of white but I got there in the end. I could probably have painted the blue but I had the decal stripe to hand and just went with that. Incidentally the fit of the props to the engines is poor and they need to be fixed in place. I'm embarrassed to see that one is slightly squint in the photos. I've already corrected it on the model and if I can be bothered I may re-take and re-upload the affected pics. Ray printed the curtained windows as part of the cheatline and they really show up the plain grey windows on the DC-6 don't they! I've never been 100% satisfied with the windows on the -6 (the cockpit side windows are too big for starters) but until somebody comes up with photo-real windows for propliners we'll just have to do the best with what the manufacturers give us.
  8. I present my latest creation, a hybrid Minicraft/Roden DC-6B in Caledonian Airways livery. The real G-ASRZ was actually Sabena’s OO-CTN which only carried the Caledonian livery and UK registration between April and November 1964, so the scheme is something of a rarity. The Minicraft DC-6B is a decent kit but it suffers from a lack of detail which is particularly noticeable on the wings. The Roden DC-6 on the other hand has good scribing on the wings but, of course, it represents the early short-fuselage version. When I was building my SAS DC-6 I had thoughts about maybe stretching a -6 to make a -6B and I had gone as far as buying a second kit for that purpose. One day I was in the loft looking for something else when I found an abandoned Minicraft kit, ironically a long-forgotten victim of an unsuccessful attempt to do something about the lack of scribing. A quick check showed that the Minicraft fuselage and Roden wings could be persuaded to fit together with only minimal packing and filling. The hybrid -6B was born. The wings, engines and main undercarriage are Roden and everything else is Minicraft. I had bought a set of HaHen resin engines for the original Minicraft project but unfortunately these were a poor fit on the Roden nacelles so I had to use Roden’s own rather crude parts. White paint is Halfords, natural metal is AK Interactive with some Rub n Buff for contrast. The finish of the wings is “typical” since I couldn’t find any photos giving a clear view. Decals are by TwoSix and I must give a quick mention to Ray’s excellent customer service. When I came to use the decals I noticed that the left cheatline had been printed without the prominent “Super DC-6B” title. I e-mailed Ray who acknowledged the error immediately and sent me a corrected sheet a couple of days later. What a contrast to the saga I’d had with a certain French decal maker a few months earlier and which was never properly resolved! I think the hybrid has produced quite a reasonable result and I will probably do another one at some point. Second-hand Minicraft DC-6Bs are readily available, usually for around £10 which is comparable to a resin or vacform conversion fuselage. If you shop carefully you can often pick up a Roden DC-6 for significantly less than the normal UK price. Thanks for looking and constructive criticism is always welcome. Dave G With the original DC-6. The differences are very obvious
  9. Glasgow IPMS show

    There is an amusing exchange on that point on the Glasgow IPMS Facebook page. I know Scotts and Wildcat will be there (and Aviation Book Centre) but the best way to find out is to go along! On the display side my wife and I will be there with our 1/144 airliners. We hope to see many fellow Britmodellers at what is always a great show.
  10. A must see TV Documentary

    Harold Wilson may not have been the greatest British Prime Minister but at least he kept us out of Vietnam. I can't help thinking that if I'd been American rather than British I would have faced the draft and I wonder if I would have had the courage to refuse like the guy on the most recent programme who went to Canada. My mother had a life-long American pen friend whose son was drafted and ended up in Vietnam. He survived but was deeply damaged by the experience and died prematurely from drink and drugs. I've just finished Mark Bowden's masterly book "Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam" which I recommend without reservation to anyone who hasn't already read it. Apart from its own considerable merits it makes a very good companion to the TV series.
  11. Are you sure it was the same kit? The photo of the parts shows a fuselage with oval windows and a high wing which, to me, says Fokker rather than Convair. Any Convair 440 I've ever seen has a low wing and rectangular windows.
  12. The plastic looks like an F27 to me. The German text isn't particularly informative it reads (roughly) "Attention modellers, the above old kit is for auction in the original packing and in very good condition. Parts in sealed plastic bag. Building instructions and decals present (see photo). Packing has storage marks appropriate for its age." Dubena is/was apparently Czech although the kit itself is being sold by somebody in Borna, (near Leipzig) who is only willing to post it within Germany. HTH Dave G
  13. Another excellent model Ian, thanks for sharing it. The Revell F100 is/was a lovely kit and you've really got the best out of it. I didn't know you could get etch for it - every day's a school day on Britmodeller! To pick up on Martijn's point about the engines, I remember that the early kits were fine but the moulds deteriorated round about the time of the Helvetic (pink) issue. I have a couple of kits in my stash and in both of them the left engine halves are very badly moulded. They will need significant work as and when I get round to building them. If Revell ever re-issue the kit I hope they fix this first.
  14. What music are you playing? Pt III

    I discovered there’s also a subtitled version on YouTube. It’s presumably meant for anyone who struggles with Irish accents but in some ways it’s even funnier.
  15. Authentic Airliners

    Looks like they are back in business, at least for the moment. I know we all love our Authentic Airliners kits but Kurt's health has to come first.