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  1. Previous post was work to end of Saturday, a little more done this evening. Including glueing in the front cockpit, after much fettling, but it seems a really positive fit now. The wing leading edge is sorted now, finished off with superglue, but no pictures yet.
  2. The cockpits complete.. The tail wheel insert added, but it subsequently needed sanding to permit the other side of the fuselage to close up. The bearers for the undercart legs glued up. Although accurate, the undercarriage is a mixture of resin, plastic and etch and a bit over engineered. I suspect these resin bearers may be a weak point And last but not least the notch in the wing is almost filled, a combination of Perfect Putty (which wasn't quite perfect for this job), correcting fluid and superglue.
  3. Some further work on the interior. The etch seat belts look good and add a bit of colour to a dark cockpit. One of the observer's literally disappeared when I was fitting it so has been replaced by a strip of Tamiya tape. It's a bit noticeable here but once holed up in the fuselage much less so. The IP is nice but I'm not convinced that the layers of resin, film and etch really adds much. Considering the cockpit is pretty dark. Last but not least, the wings are being prepared and the sprue gates are massive, cleaning up left a notch on one part. Cue filler.
  4. Thanks Tony, great photographs in here.
  5. A bit of work on the interior done a little time ago. And took photos, but forgot to stick them up. Hopefully get some time this weekend
  6. Done a little more. Added shims to the escape hatch and cannon insert spaces. I'm worried both that the resin parts will fall inside and be lost, and that the fit might not be ideal. So a ledge of plastic strip added round the holes should help prevent that as well as give a base to position and for filler if needed. Look a bit rubbish at the moment as the solvent has caused the paint to run. A quick swipe with sandpaper when dry and a coat of paint on the inner surface will soon sort that out. No more for a few days as I'm off to Portugal on rugby tour for the weekend.
  7. David, thanks very much for these brilliant images. They are really helpful. I had assumed the seat would be metal and painted black. Is it the same Bakelite material that Spitfire seats were made from? Irrespective of material , it will add, along with this he seat belts a bit of colour to an otherwise dark cockpit interior. Thanks again.
  8. Summary of today's work. First the cockpit glued up with cyano. Now some paint on Used Revell Anthracite rather than pure black. Some more paint on other parts including wings, but appears to be no transparency for landing light cover. Or insert for wing. Perhaps a chunk of clear sprue is required.
  9. Done some work on the props, drilled out the ends and popped in a little bit of wire to fit into a corresponding hole in the hub. Hope to use this new tool but it seems really big. Had a disaster in that one of the hubs disintegrated somewhat. Cue for much muttering, fingers stuck together with superglue, small bits dropped on the floor and several false starts. Finally fixed and a piece of metal tubing affixed to act as a shaft. Will try and finish off later in the week.
  10. Canopies unmasked and the Peewit masks seem to be good. Plane is sitting in an Airfix box as the tail wheel has come off, ....... again. Sorry the pics are not so good. And I still think the front end has a kink. Just the props to do. More later.
  11. I'm building the Special Hobby Sea Hornet for the De Havilland GB, and SH give a neat little etch with seat belts amongst other parts. I'd like to use them as with the cockpits being small and black they will lift things a little. Does anyone know what colour they should be? I'm doing the NF21 variant. Thanks
  12. Spent a couple of hours removing the resin parts from the casting blocks. Then wet sanding them to shape. Loads of them, resin hard but brittle. There are a few where moulded plastic would have done, the blanking plates in he undercart bay for example. A few broke for no apparent reason. Tail wheel, pilot's seat and one of the cockpit side panels. Not sure to paint before assembly or glue them up first. The rear cockpit may be a bit of a challenge for the latter.
  13. Jim Callaghan was reputed to have played for my rugby club in the past. Considerably before he became PM I hasten to add. Tenuous link I know but these PC builds have a tendency amongst the cracking aircraft build to wander from the sublime to the ridiculous, as well as mine the depths of mystery and imagination.
  14. Yesterday's cutting work.First the observers opening and escape hatch. Some prominent ejector pins which will get in the way of the resin Now the nose. Careful Sawing for the nose, chain drilling and hacking and sanding for the cannon insert.
  15. I hope it's not too late to start with this little beauty. Special Hobby's boxing of the NF21. This is not a simple kit, the basic airframe is but it has to be cut up as it's the basic fighter airframe, there is a shed load of resin a little bit of etch, and the props need constructed. Here is the sprue shot The resin, having undergone an ultrasonic clean. Not a great picture but shows the cutting that needs done and the rather nice transfers. Transfers for three Extra Dark Sea Grey over Sky, whcich IMHO is a rather fetching scheme for this beautiful aircraft. I think I'll do one of the HMS Eagle options as it was one of the carriers my dad served upon. First up the chopping up of the fusealge. Out with the saw, knife and sandpaper. Pictures to follow.