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Mitch K

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About Mitch K

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    Researcher, mass spectrometrist, fencer, modelmaker, fisherman..
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  1. Fine detail brushes

    Rosemary and co series 33.
  2. Best option for a 1/72 scale FW 190D?

    What's a good option for this?
  3. Building a wartime Watch Office

    What a fantastic resource you've created!
  4. AZ Bf 109G-6, Slovak Air Force

    The seam that isn't a panel line that Aacee is referring to is the once where AZ split off the different cowlings: there's the hinge line you describe, Corsair, and the other seam on the cowling is down at exhaust level, so I need to deal with the seam from gluing the bits together.
  5. AZ Bf 109G-6, Slovak Air Force

    Gotcha! This will be dealt with... Thanks, M
  6. I've had a few mojo bashes recently, last but not least the Tamiya Henschel Hs129 that I bought as a mojo-builder but turned out to be so inaccurate I abandoned it! I partial built an AZ Bf 109G a while ago, and although there were niggles (mainly because it was the first thing I'd build in 25 years...), I liked it overall. So I went full tilt and bought the Joypack with three of the things! You get a full set of six sprues of the main parts, plus a small sprue with a few bits intended for early-model versions, and three canopies. This latter is a slight disappointment. There are two of the later Erla Haube, but only one of the early, framed canopy. I've got my eye on doing three builds that don't use the Erla Haube, so I feel a visit to the Wanted/Swap forum coming on! There are no decals, of course, but I have what I need in the spares box for the first build, and an order in to cover the next two! Much muttering has been expended over the perception that the AZ fuselage is too shallow in the lower nose area. I think there is some merit in this contention, and because there's a reasonably easy fix, I decided to give it a go. You make a cut with a scalpel or uber-fine saw as shown, then fit a wedge of plastic card, running from the front of the exhaust area to the rear of the cut. The wedge is 1mm thick at the wing root end and tapers out to nothing. I've managed to lose the photo of the wedges as they were fitted. This is the cockpit, out of the box except for the seat straps. I think the level of detail provided in a kit costing just under six pounds is excellent. The exhausts got drilled out. These have to be fitted from the inside, before closing the fuselage. The fit is pretty tight and I wouldn't fancy trying to bodge them in from outside later and finding I had managed to force one inside the fuselage where I can't get it back! The fuselage closed up without too much difficulty (unusually for me!). The cowling went on better than I recall from the previous one. The gaps are a little too wide to be convincing panel lines, so a slick of Vallejo acrylic filler served to tone them down. My luck with this stuff has been variable. Trying to do holes/sinkage hasn't really worked - it doesn't seem to key well and shales off when I try to sand it. However, putting a little bit into an over-wide seam then smoothing away the excess with a cloth or cotton bud has been great. A slight polish up with some micromesh once the filler is dry is all that is needed. The same applies to the join where the tailplane and rudder fit. This is before the polish up with micromesh. The glue mark in front of the supercharger inlet isn't quite as nasty as it looks, but will receive attention soon. The wedges in the nose are just visible below the exhaust. The chunk of plastic card is a spacer to deal with the change of shape of the nose. And here we are with the lower wing fitted, aligned closely with the edges of the fuselage. The wing fit was slightly loose, and the white line at the rear is a 10 thou card shim to take up the slack. So far, so good! Here are the upper wings with some scary-looking lumps of clear sprue glued into place as navigation lights. I roughed them down with a Dremel to get this: Finally, wet and dry followed by micromesh down to 12000 grade gave me these, which I'm pretty pleased with. Now to fit the upper wings!
  7. Me 262 A1, Revell 1/72 scale

    I have finally managed to book enough time on the "real" computer to get Inkscape running and print these: It's fairly obvious that the spacing as it was typed into Inkscape is way too wide, but trimming them down is no big deal. I think these look about right.
  8. Gimmegimmegimme!!!!
  9. RWD-8 Interior colours?

    The (very few) pictures I found appeared to show a lightish shade - compatible with light grey or silver dope.
  10. Superb! A LOT nicer than the MisterCraft version. In my view, the RWD-8, as the aircraft that (largely) trained the Polish Air Force, which had such a massive impact on the final allied victory, is a vastly more significant design than it first might appear. I'm on board for this one, so hurry up and heal your finger so we can see some more!
  11. Me 262 A1, Revell 1/72 scale

    The seats got removed before I masked up the cockpits. Let's face it, they were going to get pulled out by the tape anyway. I took the opportunity add head rests/head armour, which the kit does't include, and to scratch up a couple of Revi 16 gunsights from 60 thou plastic card and clear sheet from a packet of tap washers. Installed, this is the result.
  12. Tamiya 1/72 Henschel Hs 129B2

    Martin, that's spot on. The G-R 14N that was used in the MB 152 was even bigger, at 1150mm diameter. There's a typo in my first post above - the Hs129 used the 14M (a reduced-size (950mm diameter) later development of the 14N). The size of the kit engines doesn't actually match any G-R designed radial. The cowlings are also too short: not as dramatically, but such that if you tried to model the second bank of cylinders you'd come unstuck. I'll try getting some nose photos. In plan form, the actual aircraft has a rounded, slightly bulbous appearance, whereas the kit nose is sharper, for want of a better explanation.
  13. Tamiya 1/72 Henschel Hs 129B2

    I know what you mean! But even if I could find a couple of engines, I'd still have to scratchbuild the cowlings, which I don't fancy at all!