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  1. Hi folks - here are a few hasty RFI pics of my recently completed Seafire III in 1/72. A really enjoyable build, using the excellent Sword kit. Essentially out of the box, with a little bit of tweaking here and there. Pictures: The model represents the aircraft flown by Sub Lt Victor Lowden on the last day of World War Two, 15 August 1945 when, in the Fleet Air Arm's last action of the war, Lowden shot down two A6M5 Zekes and shared a third. Lowden's flight from 887 Squadron FAA was flying top cover for a bombing raid on the Japanese mainland. Lowden was the first to engage the enemy and the last aircraft to land back on HMS Indefatigable. Soon after he did, the ceasefire was announced. I used a print (pictured below) as a reference for his aircraft, LR866, which was an early FIII but which survived to the end of the war. The print can be found at: http://www.aviationartprints.com/aviation_art.php?ProdID=4080 For those interested in the Seafire, I can't recommend highly enough the following Website which as a wealth of info: http://www.armouredcarriers.com/seafire-development/ And if youre interested, here's the WIP I did on the build. I've now finished three this year! Justin
  2. Pacific Pair - 1/72 Corsairs

    Really like these two Cookie, particularly the weathered paintwork. And the overspray on the diamonds is a really nice toich. I'll use the WIP as a reference when I get round to doing one. Which, thanks to this duobuild, wiil be sooner than I might have thought... Justin
  3. Simon this is an awesome project. And a dangerous one for viewers like me: it leaves me thinking: "Cor, that's nice - I need one of them. And one of them, and one of those. And I've always liked the VII, why havent I got one...?" Good luck, and I'll be following along. Justin
  4. Seafire III 1/72

    Hee hee! Next stop: RFI... Justin
  5. Seafire III 1/72

    Thanks very much Cookie (though I've been looking at your Corsairs with much envy...). The canopy is the original Sword item, trimmed at the back to suit the built-up cockpit walls. I considered doing the cockpit half-open withba vacform sliding section. But in the intersts of time, and having decided early on not to open the cockpit door, I went with the stock canopy in the end. Justin
  6. Iceberg and After

    All three are gorgeous Cookie. Great job on the paintwork. Justin
  7. A real beauty Tony. Lovely finish as ever (but have no idea how you do it). Justin
  8. Seafire III 1/72

    Nearly there folks. Final varnish on this morning. Call me old-fashioned, but after trying out Alclad Klear Matte on my P-51B recently, and which still hasn't dried after about 6 weeks, I reverted to a good old reliable mix of Humbrol enamel Satin and Matt. The canopy was a slightly tricky fit (though no need for the spanners/pliers in the background luckily), and my eyes are finding it ever harder to pick out the framing, but it looks broadly OK. The varnish was preceded by a cautious attempt at weathering: a silver pencil for the paint chipping, an oil pin-wash and restrained streaking under the fuselage centre section, and some graphite pencil around the back of the exhausts. That was about as much as I would dare. For the wing-root wear I used this photo of unrestored Spitfire Mark I R6915 as a guide. You can tell it's near the end - I'm slowly running out of bits to stick on. I made an attempt at attaching the undercarriage and it dried pretty solid in the end. But I was unhappy with the forward rake of it - it looked too upright like a Mark I Spitfire, and didn't have enough slant for the Mark Vc & later variation. So I tweaked the openings under the wings slightly to allow more of an angle, and will stick them in again once the varnish is dry. Quite happy with how this is turning out. Justin
  9. I may be wrong but I have the feeling that it provides an additional protection/rubbing strip for the wheel which, should there be any misalignment or poor sequencing of opening/closing, would strike the door along that line. That's my hunch anyway. Justin
  10. Very nice indeed. I haven't tried the Vallejo metallics but your fi ish looks hreat. Justin
  11. Cockpit looks great Squibby, but I'm particularly captivated by those clamshell doors. Love 'em! Justin
  12. Seafire III 1/72

    Thanks for the kind words Jimmy. For the 47 there's a WIP on BM but it became a victim of the Photobucket debacle so the photos can't be seen. When I get a moment I'll reconnect them through village.photo which I now use. I did it a little while back on my P-51B build so not too hard to do. Justin
  13. Missouri Armada P 51D Mustang Tamiya 1/48

    Olivier, A quick thought on the gunsight. The 357th FG was the first in 8AF to get the K-14 and I think their installation method was adopted as standard. My guess is that England's aircraft got a K-14 quite early on in summer 1944. So any equipment linked to earlier gunsights - e.g. the post on the nose ahead of the windscreen - will probably have been removed. Pity about Johnny Halliday. He was known on my side of the Channel but we know he was much-loved on your side. Justin
  14. Iceberg and After

    Blimey Cookie they look gorgeous. Especially, for me, X135. Youve done a great job on the weathered effect on the dark blue. Justin
  15. Missouri Armada P 51D Mustang Tamiya 1/48

    Olivier, the thing on top of the canopy is a rear view mirror. There were various types on Mustangs, including some Spitfire-style ones, which were mounted in various locations. Some aircraft had them placed on the front of the sliding section, as your first photo shows; others had a similar device (or even two - see George Preddy) mounted on the windscreen frame. Yet others had a more aerodynamic device encased in clear plastic at the front of the sliding section. It seems to have been a combination of pilot's choice and what was available. The photo of Missouri Armada shows no mirror at all - so you might not have to worry about it. Justin