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old thumper

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old thumper last won the day on November 26 2016

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  1. It couldn't be anything to do with the P-38s that were used to carry large bombloads short distances, I think these were based in France and only used a few times.
  2. Yes but they do make much nicer screws these days.
  3. Glad to hear you are still in good humor and not blaming the rest of the world for your reduced state. Broken ribs are very painful, I broke my ribs last July after falling from a ladder and landing on a last (cobblers anvil) and they still hurt even now at times. If I were you I would just get into a comfy position and stay there without moving, if you keep trying to do things they will play up and take longer to heal. Sneezing is absolute agony, I hope you don't get hay fever.
  4. It looks like it could be a modified F5G.
  5. I recognize one of the photos as being over the needles. The PX389 picture wears the same QVA squadron codes as PX293, which is interesting as when I enlarged my earlier picture I couldn't be 100% sure it was of PX293. It does however look much more like PX293 than PX389 when enlarged so I suppose I can at least take comfort from that.
  6. A bit of progress. While spraying the props matt black I took the opportunity to give the model an investigatory dusting of paint, luckily no more filling was needed. The miliput fuselage band was removed and was replaced with liquid filler which I will tidy later when dry. The cockpit was also given a coat of matt black and a pilot figure added, in this case the frog figure has been replaced by a matchbox one. A wooden crate plays the part of the radio to the rear of the cockpit, it was best I could think of and besides it will be hardly visible. The canopy was masked and has now been added and given a coat of interior green.
  7. A picture of the actual aircraft PX293. There are other Church Fenton Hornet pictures online in the same aluminium finish, unfortunately I know little about them though. Pretty sure the pictured Church Fenton Hornet is all over silver, but yes as Troy says the colour photo looks to have pru blue undersides. From memory I think the colour picture was taken during a test flight from Christchurch, another picture exists of it flying along Bournemouth beach, also I believe it was actually a Sea Hornet..
  8. I spent a bit of time tarting it up, mostly with sanding down and re-scribing the panel lines. The fuselage guns are staggered, i just picked them out with a splash of paint. At some point I will get another kit and build the box art version.
  9. The old Matchbox Bf109e kit in the flesh.
  10. I only want to get close enough and to have enough light to see the exhibits though .
  11. Thanks for that, I am wrestling with a lot of indecision on how to paint the thing at the moment.
  12. Well done, it looks very impressive. And what a quick build, I started my old Frog Hornet before you started this and I haven't even got half way there yet.
  13. I agree that there should be a separate Battle of Britain collection, it is only common sense to group these aircraft together and who would want to break the collection up and scatter it's aircraft to other parts of the museum or museums. Most of all I would like to see these aircraft exhibited in an area with enough space to be able to walk round them, and most importantly in an area with proper lighting. The last time I visited you couldn't get close enough to the aircraft to see them in the dark, it was like looking for a screwdriver in my shed after nightfall.
  14. Thanks very much Troy I shall make note of and incorporate the David Collins panel line instructions. Not being a detail monster I will dodge a lot of things, there is only so much time I want to spend on this old kit.
  15. While not the actual aircraft that I am trying to model this is the look I am hoping to achieve. From the casual research I have carried out the Hornet appears to be a wonderfully smooth and streamlined aircraft with (unlike most metal aircraft) an almost complete lack of panel lines. From what I can gather the Hornet was painted an alll over silver, although different areas as seen above would stand out in different shades depending on light and base material. The plan is to spray a single shade of alclad over different base coats to achieve the patchy look above. Probably white aluminium over grey and gloss black alclad primers. I have now sanded down the raised panel lines and replaced them with faint etched markings. Some panel lines have been removed completely and not replaced as they do not appear to be visible in any photos I have seen. The three lined band around the fuselage has been replaced by a single raised slanted fat band more in keeping with reference pictures. For now I have used miliput to create this band but will probably replace with layered decal paper before undercoating. So far the kit has gone together very nicely, although I regret not fitting the exhausts when gluing the wing halves together.