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  1. Percival Gull Six

    Jean Batten's Mew Gull was hanging in Auckland Airport's International terminal. I didn't see it when I went through last week - it's head down to get through the interminable duty free these days...
  2. Vampire T.11

    It was shiny silver painted from the factory. Seems to oxidize really fast in the atmosphere . When I got up close and personal to a Vampire I couldn't believe that the body/cockpit is made of plywood .... 500mph in a wooden tube? Not something I'd want to do!
  3. Honest, mate! Aluminium tubing of 48.4mm dia with a wall thickness of 4.5 mm is perfect for making the rims from. It's also the standard size for scaffold tube. I managed to buy 300mm (usually 6m is the shortest length) for $10. I started off lacing the spokes with 0.3mm soft stainless wire, but it work hardened after being pulled tight a couple of times. So I thought I'd try something else! For the rivet counters it's 0.37mm 7kg nylon fishing line. The only problem is gluing the free end when it's finished. I've got the plastic friendly Zap-a-Gap, but it's not that good with nylon. I may try roughing up the end of the line with emery. I'd like to say I used some No.8 wire. Will keep trying...
  4. A quick update - now on 4 wheels The first replacement wire wheel - made from ally bar, scaffolding tube and fishing line
  5. 1/24 scale white metal kit by South Eastern Finecast (originally made by Auto-Kits in the 1960s) Scratch built shocks and springs, decals from Patto's Place.
  6. You'll find that the plants near the outside loo grow very healthily.
  7. Has anyone produced a rivet kit for the Shack? After all it was known as "200,000 rivets flying in close formation"
  8. One of the easiest ways to get a nostalgic smell is to replace the oil in your petrol lawnmower with Castrol R30. The smell of WW1 aircraft and Bugattis every time you mow the lawn!
  9. It's awesome. I'm still looking for the discarded food wrappers and a clipboard on the dash.... will they appear?
  10. Avro Shackleton AEW.2 - 1:72 Revell

    Ah yes, the rivets are the key. The Shack has often been described as 200,000 rivets flying in close formation... The rest is just panels.
  11. 250 Testarossa - "Lucybelle II"

    I've had a look through my reasonably extensive Le Mans library. In any B & W photos it looks body colour (i.e. white), and in the few colour pictures it's too far away to tell if it's a different shade to the body. I'd go for white vinyl or canvas. I can tell you that Ed Hugus wore a french blue helmet and a red top (overalls?) at the start - there's a colour picture in Automobile Year for 1958.
  12. 1/72 Buccaneer S.2?

    I used to visit BAe Woodford in the 80's, when they were converting the Navy Buccs to RAF versions - the hanger was full of them. Curiously there was a catch net at the end of the (pretty long) runway. It was for the Buccaneers - as carrier aircraft the brakes are only there to stop it falling off the flight deck, and no use at all on landing. I guess Woodford could have fitted arrestor wires on the runway....
  13. 1/72 Buccaneer S.2?

    If you can't find a suitable bomb load, how about a large "Fly Navy" sign in the open bomb bay, as they used to do for air displays?
  14. I've reposted the pictures in finished vehicles. More has happened since then - it's nearly ready for painting.