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  1. Thanks Steve, you are correct. I hadn't looked at the box artwork closely just the livery. The RNHF is also coded 906 while the AZ markings are for 902. I'll check my Stuyvesant book and get the background to both. I forgot that the station Flight aircraft often had the Station crest and this means robbing some other option as my painting skills are not good enough and I haven't learnt how to print my own transfers. The Britannia Flight at Rosborough had some Chipmunks but I don't know if they had crests. Some more research needed. Any contributions greatly received, Steve. And of course anybody else. Meantime, here is the fuselage cleaned up and the engine cowling similarly assembled and cleaned up. It is tiny.
  2. After a bit of digging around the FAA option in the AZModels Chipmunk with the Lycoming engine option is indeed tthe current Royal Navy Historical Flight Chipmunk WK608. This aircraft is currently in the red and grey livery of the 60s and 70s. There is a bit about it here along with some rather nice pictures. As far as I can tell WK608 is engined with a Gypsy Major engine as common to the vast majority of Chipmunks so it is odd that AZ have included it in this boxing. The engine cowling is a separate section in the standard Chipmunk model so presumably it is a straight replacement of the plastic with the resin Lycoming. That's certainly what the instructions suggest, which seem to be for every version. In fact apart from the resin engine and canopy for the T20 the sprues have all the optional bits. I've ordered one of this version from Hannants mainly for the transfers but I would prefer a Lossiemouth Station Flight aircraft if I can find out enough for this current build. A bit more has been done but have to wait until tomorrow morning for the photos.
  3. I wasn't aware the boxing with the Lycoming engine had an FAA option. I don't think it's the Historic Flight livery but it maybe. The colour scheme is the light grey and red scheme from a few years back and I think the current livery for the Chipmunk is the black trainer livery. I didn't know that (or if) the FAA had re-engined their aircraft. I'll have to check things out and find out more. My intention is to finish it as a grey/red bird. Just not sure which one. I should be able to use the kit transfers and get the rest from my generic sheets.
  4. Would love to but need to finish the Sea Hornet and Mossie. Anyway, here's the cockpit installed and the fuselage closed up. The front end took a bit of pulling together so might put a smear of cyano along the joint.
  5. Work commenced on the interior. Black highlighted with an aluminium dry brushing. I should have probably used Revell's anthracite which isn't so stark. Too late now. The cockpit is tiny but has a reasonable amount of detail. IPs, control columns, rudder pedals and some framing on the cockpit sides. And here's where we are at the end of the day. I had hoped to close the fuselage up but didn't quite get there. Seat belts from Tamiya tape. Still to finishe the rear seat, but will wait until the cockpit is in the plane and the fuselage closed up as they are anchored on the decking behind the cockpit opening.
  6. Two of the just released AZ Models Chipmunks arrived from Mr H in Lowestoft yesterday. I have been thinking of what to build for this GB and this little treat of an aeroplane is a goood start. Although a De Havilland Canada design, the majority of Chipmunks were built in the U.K. by De Havilland first at Hatfield and then at Broughton. So this should be OK for this GB. I will complete it as one of the Navy T10s. The Fleet Air Arm received a number from the RAF and indeed still have some in flying condition for the Royal Navy Historical Flight. I'm not 100% sure which aircraft it will be but I'll work on that. Anyway here's the box and sprue shots. Not a lot of it and a tiny little thing. But the detail is a lot better than the old Airfix kit and no Rosie the Riveter! Unfortunately none of the options are for a FAA aircraft or even one that got transferred.
  7. Need now to concentrate on the undersides and sides with Sky. A few coats of Xtracrylix Sky diluted with Flow Improver but a couple more needed. The repair of the sink hole may need a little work but let's wait. The window in the hatch will be filled in with Krystal Kleer at some point.
  8. At the end of today, the Mossie has a few coats of Medium Sea Grey. Looks not at all bad, IMHO.
  9. Thanks Tony, that's where I was thinking. I'll maybe leave them on and avoid having to make up more paper patches.
  10. This is brilliant Nigel, absolute beautiful detail. Only problem is you're making me feel a bit inadequate. As I will never achieve this level of brilliance, I'm worried that my Sycamore might end up staying in the box. I am following this with awe. Look forward to the next lesson.
  11. Tony, do you know if the belly guns were fitted? I've seen a few pictures of the nose and as you say the nose guns are not fitted but panelled over. I'm going to use some tissue paper to represented what possibly was doped canvas. However, I can't find any photos of the underside. As the Mosquitoes were issued to 811 in lieu of them getting their Sea Hornets, I presume that they might have had some armament for weapons training, but without photo confirmation this could just be theoretical. And just as probable wrong.
  12. Bomb bay and other bits added. A couple of pictures to show the joints. Will need a little gentle sand and polish. Apart from one bit where is was a bit over enthusiastic sanding off a sprue gate. Tailplane on as well I know I'm sounding a bit obsessive but the fit is excellent. It takes more time to cut off the prue and remove the gate than it does to fit it all together. I have to file down two bits to get them to fit and that is likely to be the paint rather than the fit per se. Here is the Mossie (wings just slid on) after a few weeks compared with months of work on the Special Hobby Sea Hornet. I am thoroughly enjoying this build.
  13. Started to sort out the cockpit and ended up here. The cockpit detail is nice. There is a black wash and some dry brushing on the black but otherwise pretty straightforward. I know some are not so keen on transfer seat belts due to lack of depth but to be honest I think the look pretty good and once buried inside the lack of depth won't show but the detail will. Fuselage front panels added and closed up. The engineering on this kit is phenomenal, the fuselage literally falls together. Just look at this joint between the main fuselage and the front panels, almost invisible. All that was done was it was the front was slotted into place and a wash of solvent run down the inside and left for a couple of minutes.
  14. A week or so of sanding, filling, more sanding, more filling, ............... and a coat of paint has got us here. Some more sanding and another coat of paint has got here, and it's looking a lot better. I have found a little step on the bottom wing that needs filled but that can wait. Here it is with its older, bigger brother. Mind you the Tamiya Mossie almost just falls together in comparison.