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  1. Hi All I bit half the bullet and fitted the rear seats and front seat runners to the floor before sealing them inside. It's been put aside to set for an indefinite time while I do a little bit of sub assembly The locating pins were generally out by half a mm on all of these, just enough to not seat them flush. I removed them and they mate ok, still need sanding and filling. Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve
  2. Hi All, and welcome Harry A quick blast of Green, Grey and Black as per the instructions, with just a hint of Silver because it was there And the internals just about fall together of their own volition! Dry fit, no cement... Those pilot seats will be host to, er, the pilots, and there are little handle bar bits for the foot controls and the main control sticks to go on, but I'm keeping them on the sprue until the last moment before fitting because I'm bound to lose them forever if I so much as look at them once they're free. I plan to fit just the basic internal structure while constructing and painting the externals, then fit the seats etc in through the doors / window. Any thoughts as to if this is possible / foolhardy / outrageously optimistic? I've done it while in this state, but you know how things change when there's no going back. And while I'm being inquizitive, what's the uniform for these guys? Olive Drab / Khaki / Dark Blue overalls? White helmets? Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve
  3. Hi All And now for something (hopefully) completely different. The fourth and penultimate kit from this collection is a rotary winged aircraft, with moulds under fifty years old, and more parts than the previous three subjects put together! Not tied to a specific pilot or event, this looks to be the 1978 vintage 03024-5 Westland Lynx HAS.3, with an updated scheme and decals for a machine from 815 Naval Air Squadron, HMS Exeter April 1987. I intend to build this straight out of the bag, with no hesitation, repetition or deviation, even if it looks nothing like it's original. Plenty of parts, yes, but plenty of quality...? A couple of ejector pin marks per seat, swiftly dealt with as they won't be seen once inside. The pilots seats are similar however, so I might be tempted to fit the crew in this one. Not to worry, it can't be as bad as the F4U, or the Swordfish...? Place your bets! Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve
  4. 100 Years #3 - Vought Corsair F4U-1D

    Thanks Houston, I'm quite surprised how these are turning out myself, considering how they're put together. A bit like my kids Cheers Steve
  5. Hi All Here's the third round from the Airfix 1/72 "100 Years Of Naval Aviation Collection" A50105. It's a Vaught F4U-1D Corsair, one (and the last) of the various aircraft piloted by Robert Hampton "Hammy" Grey, a Canadian who was listed as MIA in August 1945, and was posthumously awarded the VC. Built reluctantly out of the bag, with the missing cockpit interior, wing radiators and tail wheel hook assembly scratched from bits and bobs. The canopy was cut open in a final attempt at salvation as it was such a poor fit, but I'd already built the cockpit interior thinking it wouldn't be seen. Ho hum. Anyhoo, sprayed as usual with the included gift set pots using a cheap airbrush, and it's still raining outside. WIP here http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235030521-100-years-3-vought-f4u-1d-corsair/ Here's the family so far Thanks for all the guidance and encouragement, see you soon. Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve
  6. 100 Years #3 - Vought F4U-1D Corsair

    Hi All Toys in the post... They do look so lovely, it's almost a shame to get them out and cover them in grubby fingerprints. I've put the bending machine to one side as to not get ahead of myself. There be plenty fun later! Locked and loaded, supported internally as it's already cracked from out of the bag in post 1 I put some masking tape over to give a guide line for the cut, and after several minutes of holding my breath It worked And it didn't crack any more! So there we have it. The canopy frames were less than distinct (who would have guessed?) so I painted them freehand. Slightly darker, but not a deal breaker. I'll get some RFI pics tomorrow if it stops raining, but for now I'm calling it done. Thanks for all your help and support, see you on the next one! Comments and suggestions welcome (but it's too late now) Cheers Steve
  7. 100 Years #3 - Vought F4U-1D Corsair

    Hi All Thanks Don, I've had a look, plenty people use them and they seem like the biz, so I've ordered a set. And just to make up the postage I've included one of their PE bender gizmos too. It's inevitable that I'll lurch from cobbling together naff old kits, to cobbling together decent modern kits with PE etc, so best be prepared! Anyhoo, the end draws on apace. I fitted the tail wheel Although the auto focus seemed more interested in my paintbrush holder and coffee stirrers. I have some fine mesh that I intended to cover the wing radiator intakes with, but I tried for ages until could feel the Red Mist descending, so made a tactical withdrawal I may try again later when it is less possessed by Mischievous Demons. Thso, apart from the engine wash and prop, that's about as far as I'm going. All it needs is the canopy sawing apart and I'm going to wait on the delivery before I tackle that. Would it be bad form to start the next one before this one's finished? Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve
  8. 100 Years #3 - Vought F4U-1D Corsair

    Hi All Having slept on it, I'm going to throw trepidation to the wind and saw it open! As far as I can tell, it should be wide enough to slip over the back without looking as gnarley as bodging it in closed So, anyone got a favourite saw, and where do I get one from? I've sometimes thought of getting one previously, but now I have good reason Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve
  9. 100 Years #3 - Vought F4U-1D Corsair

    Hi All I must admit that I'm struggling with thoughts of fitting the canopy. Shimming horseshoes in behind it has me all prickly, and cutting it open would reveal the kid's bedroom cockpit. Anyhoo, the traditional method for dealing with indecision is to put it to one side. Or is it? In the mean time I got the main wheels and doors on And the bombs on those... er... whatever they're meant to be Still trying to avoid the bubble, I started on the tail wheel Not exactly inspiring. However, with a couple of sprue scraps and some guesswork Ta-dah! So, back to the canopy then... Comments, suggestions and other distractions welcome Oh, look, a pink elephant! Cheers Steve
  10. 100 Years #3 - Vought F4U-1D Corsair

    Hi All I skipped the stencils, and once the Micro Sol had dried, I gave it a thinned coat of that Windsor & Newton Matt Varnish Slightly coloured? Reacting with the Micro Sol or the Pledge? Anyhoo, started on the front legs. They look a bit far back (and I'm ignoring everything else wrong with them for the moment), so I notched out part of the support for where the front flap should go And I'm going to put them in there. Also, to me they look a bit long The wheel should be almost touching the front flap, so I cut off about 2mm and it looked slightly better. The wheels, struts and doors were all painted the same blue as the airframe, so while they dried I had a look at the canopy. Wish I hadn't... It fits least bad when it's lined up at the front, but it leaves a gap round the back. Any thoughts on blending it in? I don't want to use any after market parts, or a canopy from another kit, I'd like to keep it simple in line with my abilities the rest of the build. A strip of plastic card? A wedge of putty? Hey-Ho, at least those decals have conformed well. Comments, suggestions, and transparent putty welcome Cheers Steve
  11. 100 Years #3 - Vought F4U-1D Corsair

    Hi All Shiny! I might be half way through the decals, or I might still have loads to do. There are dozens of tiny stencil markings, in tiny black print, that go on dark blue. I've put a couple on, but as I'm having difficulty seeing them with my magnifying eye helpers (and I know where they are!), I might not do the other three score and ten. Also, remember the quality of the decals from way back on the #1 Sopwith Pup? Here's more of the same An evening spent keeping them soaked in Micro Sol and we get this Should look ok once they've dried. I think I'll pass on the stencils for this one, however the #5 Harrier looks to have hundreds of them. I'll burn that bridge when I get to it. Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve
  12. 100 Years #3 - Vought F4U-1D Corsair

    Hi All Gave it a quick once over with primer, then, being the suspicious type, I gave it a quick flash of very thin Black 33 to try and give the Midnight Blue 16 something to hold on to. Some of it could almost be black bias pre shading? Anyhoo, the Blue sprayed nice and fine But it's obvious where the black undercoat finished That Midnight Blue definitely had a touch of Calligraphy Turquoise about it. So, off to give it a couple more blasts on where it's thin, although in some lights it looks like wear and tear Probably won't be that noticeable once the large decals are on. Still, overall it looks ok for what it is so far Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve
  13. 100 Years #3 - Vought F4U-1D Corsair

    Hi All Now then, where were we? Ah yes Two replacement rear doors and one replacement ruler. The doors had to be replaced because And the ruler had to be replaced because.. Anyhoo, it's just as well I'm not doing it wheels up as there'd be more trouble On the plus side, I did manage to mount the engine cowling lower so the size is less noticeable Off to paint it now while I still have Chi. Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve
  14. Not just a hobby

    Thanks guys, back in the room. Looking through the site when I joined, it was the interaction that stood out for me. Threads would regularly involve personal trials and tribulations, and sometimes would be more like a support group than a hobby website. Makes me appreciate what I have. Thanks, I haven't been in the papers for years. And it wasn't for that anyway. Sorry to hear about your ongoing leg situation, hope you're getting some relief. Cheers Steve
  15. Not just a hobby

    Hello , my name is Steve and I have anger management issues. I've been posting on this site for a year or so, having got back into kits after a long absence. My return to this hobby was prompted by a sequence of life events over which I felt I had no control. Actually, my therapist suggested doing those grown-up colouring books, but they seemed a bit pointless and made my eyes hurt. I got more relief from tearing the book up and putting it in the bin. It was then that I noticed my box of old modelling stuff, and had a flashback to better times. A cursory scan of t'Interweb brought up this site, and as there was a starter set group build in the offing, I thought I'd give it a go. Since then, as some of might probably know, I've been messing up any bad old kit I can get cheap. I've cut down on drinking (not stopped, just better quality wine) and become more relaxed, being able to focus away for hours. It's been more help than the professionals. However, the above photo is a reminder of how it can still suddenly descend and take over. I was trying to cut the small piece of plasticard and it wouldn't stay still. The ruler got the workout, whereas previously I would have smashed, crushed or cut whatever I could lay my hands on, including myself. This isn't a plea for help, just a note of recognition that it's not just a hobby for many, we are all here for our own reasons. Normal service will be resumed when I get another ruler. Cheers Steve