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  1. 1/18 Fairey Firefly VX376

    It's got wings now... they weren't there at Telford! Good to see you're back on the bench and putting lessons learnt building Race #80 to good use.
  2. 1/18 Spitfire Mk. XIVe - Race #80

    I'm late posting posting I know. Gosh it's over 2 weeks since Telford! It was a pleasure to meet you at Telford and then finally get to see Race #80. To see her on the table at the top of the stairs to the competition area; well it put a smile on my face. Couldn't help saying "He's only gone and done it!" under my breath. A well deserved multiple win Peter. Congratulations! The oil tray put another smile on my face when I finally worked out what it was!
  3. 1/18 Fairey Firefly VX376

    Also found photos of a Vampire seat that look very similar. It has a part no of AS 2142, but the Firefly seat could be AS 2112 according to a forum post. Dave
  4. 1/18 Fairey Firefly VX376

    Peter there are a set of photos here of the cockpit of a Firefly AS 6. It may help you determine if the photos you have are of a Firefly seat. It does looks to be similar but I'm not 100% convinced. The fitting on the front edge of the seat is missing in this photo of the AS 6 seat. Possibly you have photos of the same type of seat but from a different aircraft? Dave
  5. New Forum Software Update

    To clarify I don't get a message. What I am saying is the green lock icon disappears in the address bar at the top of the Chrome and Opera browsers. This indicates if the page is secure. Which I would expect on the sign in page. If you click on the status of the page it is reported as insecure. It could be that something on the page is not secure which means that the browser decides it is insecure.
  6. New Forum Software Update

    @Mike not sure if it just me but in Chrome and Opera they both say that the Sign In page is not secure. I see the page is secure briefly as the page loads but then goes insecure as the template is applied. Curiously if I used the old template the Sign In form remains secure after it has loaded. I spotted this while looking in to info on KRACK so may be being a bit paranoid. Not found if this issues has been raised before. Apologies if it has.
  7. 1/18 Fairey Firefly VX376

    Looking good. I'd say you've got that chin intake profile sorted. That make sense Peter and clears up my confusion. Thanks you. Peter (@airscale) if you are moving on to the wings. I'm not sure if this will help but I found these drawings that look to be 1/72 plans of the Mk.5. Can't vouch for their accuracy, plus they are a little distorted, but they do include some wing profiles.
  8. 1/18 Fairey Firefly VX376

    Suddenly out of an assortment of plastic pieces and brass rod a Firefly appears. Impressive speed and quality so far Peter. In a bid to get an idea of the size of the fuselage I looked at the drawings you found Peter. I came up with just over 65cm nose to tail, if I read them correctly. But this has confused me as this is roughly 38' 9" at full size. The references I have (and others on the web) give the Firefly Mk 5 length as 37' 11" and wingspan of 41' 2". This wingspan matches the drawing and everything else looks right. So why the difference in the length? All I can come up with is the shorter length is the airframe's footprint on the ground. Can anyone resolve my confusion? But at 65cm long and 70cm wide this will be some model Peter. Especially with a 22cm propeller on the front! (If the 13ft diameter is correct.) Dave
  9. Big As MAZ

    Just caught up Rich. Got to say stunning stuff with that sheet metal. Hope your on the mend now.
  10. 1/18 Fairey Firefly VX376

    Gosh... things are moving on at a pace Peter! Fuselage is looking good. But all that PE looks fabulous. Peter you may find photos of Firefly WB271 such as this, may help you visualise that nose shape. There are several where the lighting shows up the subtle contours.
  11. 1/18 Fairey Firefly VX376

    Oh my those PE sheet designs have already got me drooling with anticipation! Peter you've already sold me on the benefits of you doing your own PE. Just look at the results on the outside and inside of Race #80 !!! On the Lego idea... It looks like it could work from the photo. But I would have concerns over how rigid the final structure would be. You are introducing yet another type of plastic. ABS I believe. You may need something like Plasweld to join acrylic and abs together along with the styrene. May do a better job than the likes of super glue. Have you thought of putting some lateral bracing on the perspex keel to give it some rigidity? Are there any Lego bricks suitable for the job? Are you thinking of using perspex in the wings as well? How will you attach and stiffen them? Even bigger question... Will the wings be foldable? Dave
  12. 1/18 Fairey Firefly VX376

    That didn't take long Peter! Nice choice of subject for your new build. The TT variant of the Firefly Mk5 could offer up some challenges. But with a few still in existence for reference there should be no stopping you. Looking forward to see how you approach this one. Dave
  13. Big As MAZ

    Stunning stuff Rich. This is proper scratch building! Dave
  14. Just caught up with you progress so far Simon. Great work on the port holes and cleaning up all those pin marks! Dave
  15. 1/18 Spitfire Mk. XIVe - Race #80

    Congratulations Peter on a job well done! I have to say that the final result is rather pleasing on the eye. Yet again I thank you for inviting us along to witness your journey. It has been a pleasure to marvel at the level of detail your skills have produced. I'm sure you have discovered and learnt for more than anyone else along the way. Looking forward to see what you do with this knowledge on your next build. Roll on Telford... got to see what Race #80 looks like in the flesh. But there may be a bit of a crowd! Dave