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  1. OK thanks all for the info, this is great! So, early means fabric wings, right? That's not going to be an option for me this time around, anyway. Aussie, Canadian, Rhodesian, S.African seems to be the area. What about the metal wings? Were they nmf polished up too? So many photos are side profile. I'm trying to make an effort with the flaps too, although they don't seem to be left open very much, or dropping, like some types when parked. Love the photo archive material you guys are accessing!
  2. Thanks for that. Interesting photos - I'll have a browse around the Aussie site. I've already ditched the big tropical filter in favour of the classic nose. It's just so ugly! Could possibly retro fit it, but I'd rather not have it on. I was thinking more, parked up beside a Hart or Demon late 30s, before it all hit the fan. But there's a LOT of info and insight on here!
  3. Hi, Hurricane gang, glad I found you. I haven't had time to get through the 27 pages on here, so my query may already have been answered, but....... I'm doing a mk1 in 1/48 by hasegawa, and want to do a decent job on it. But I don't enjoy camo schemes etc, I love natural metal finish. Apart from the prototype with the two-bladed prop, did any early planes fly with a buffed up metalwork and silver paint on fabric.? I'd love the chance to shine up some foil on the front of this lil machine.
  4. Looking absolutely brilliant. Chipping on the olive panels looks perfect. It's always a relief when they stand up! How cute are those gun- barrels?! Good luck on the final stretch. Lemmy from Motorhead used to drink in the Union hotel bar in Penzance. Had a few laughs with him - does that count??
  5. I know........! What's he up to? He's like cloning stuff with plasticine and resin, and not telling how!
  6. s Rob you will need a HF wire aerial on the PR.9 unless you do a very early one, ok, but what I mean is, do I need one on the big EB57 machine?
  7. Some nice pictures on the Spad build, and a couple of them show these little things. By their nature they are taken from a raking angle, but to be honest they're starting to look like circular discs to me. Have you got anything other than Academy's moulding that backs up the oval shape? Some nice info on weathering and chipping in the photos. I love the way these planes look like a bunch of sheet metal knocked together!
  8. Notice with a little surprise, the little pylon and aerial wire to the tail, just like the PR9. There's absolutely no point in asking, should it be there? The right question is - Why haven't I got one? I need one of those, don't I? Thinking about it, . most of the photo ref seems to feature the port side. But there was no mention in the airfix Martin kit of this. I need to scratch one? On the upside, I do have a windscreen wiper!
  9. This is the silver wc pencil, right? That's pretty effective, and very controllable too. The fact that it can be removed without wrecking everything is an advantage - you can experiment without risking the whole shebang. And no nasty solvents! You could on to something here. Bit of colouring in - and great results. Nice one, johnny!
  10. Looking great, she looks as mean as a Fw190! 😠 I don't think I went blue enough on my underneath colour -- yours looks a lot better. I wasn't sure about Star markings on top of the wings. I found conflicting information on this - in the end I put them on, And then had serious doubts! I think you done right to leave them off.
  11. Just as I thought, on closer inspection, Hobbyboss have rendered them circular (as well as transparent) but I can see the Academy's version is different. Best assume Academy is correct. This doesn't feature in many photo references! Must say, a hole punch disc is looking close- ish... if you trim the sides a little? Close-ish isn't really your style, though...
  12. Brilliant result! What was that about frogs legs? You doing haute cuisine cookery at the same time as your modelling? Well, that's just showing off....
  13. I gotta say, she's looking brilliant! I just had a look at my Hobbyboss P38 to check out these nacelle panels, supposing they're reasonably accurate and similar to yours. Hmmm... Awkward position, innit. Can you get a pencil rubbing or tracing of the moulded line? Or just measure it both ways and draw with a nice sharp pencil? I just remembered, Hobbyboss in their wisdom supplied these little panels in clear plastic! Not sure what they were intending. Any ideas on what they are?
  14. Hi John. I'm finding pictures of PR9s early on that are finished in silver. Are they natural metal finish or are they painted up in " High speed Silver"? Some pics look as if there is panel variation like nmf, and others look quite like a paint job, and talk of " after a respray at akrotiri" etc You know me, always looking for an opportunity to get the foil out!
  15. OK, wait wait wait.... Are you guys talking about a flat finish on the tyres, as in " Matt", or is it about a flat spot on the tyres to sit on the ground surface so it doesn't look like the tyres are made of steel? Or both...?! Ref. the second option, I just enjoyed building the little airfix Mustang in 1/72, and it came with bulged and flattened tyres AND rectangular axles and holes to put them in the right position. Well pleased with that (once I noticed!) Anyhoo... are you gonna flat them, or just flat them? And if you flat them, do you flat the flat, or flat the tyres too...? 😊
  16. Victory, this is a long shot, but.... I use the sticky back foil you know that builders use, and on occasions I've used a standard paper hole punch on it to make circular access panels to stick on. Got a feeling they might be too big for your job in hand - these are round things you're talking about, aren't they? Or am I thinking about the wrong plane? For a choice of diameter , there's a multi size leather punch tool that I've resorted to in the past! I may well be barking up the wrong tree here. Ref. this foil tape - Punch before you peel....!
  17. It's a great looking plane and a real nice result. I first got interested in the La7 when I saw a write up on a large, radio control, professionally built model. It looked so awesome in the flyby pictures, I was hooked! I built a 1/48 kit in the"93" version you're doing, and liked it a lot. Really like what you done so far!
  18. Yeayy... splendid🌟🌟🌟 Might be struggling with maintaining straight and level flight if you have only done one side!!
  19. Good luck with the balancing. it'll be fine once you set about it. I've been fiddling around with wheel chocks and I think they can add a little bit of "atmosphere" to the plane's sit. Mine are a bit simple so far but I might keep experimenting. When you look at a pic of a parked plane, it's always chocked! Sometimes I wish they'd supply us with access ladders and chocks etc instead of a boxfull of bomb and ordnance options. Hang on, you got a ladder with the Lightning?
  20. It's an awful lot of plastic behind the wheel line. Did you load anything in the front of the nacelles? Can you drill the fronts behind the props and put lead or steel nails or brass rod in? And a puddle of PVA. Or the big intakes underneath? Drill, fill and make good? How much more is needed? If it's just a tad, a good set of wheel chocks might just stop her sitting down, if they're glued. Little lead chocks to the front wheel?
  21. Soooo... silver, you say. How'reya gonna do that, then?😀 Like the whitewall tyre look, very American 1960s!
  22. Here we are.. "Phoenix Dynamo Co.Ltd.... amalgamated with Dick Kerr & Co and the Coventry Ordnance Co as the English Electrical Co. The aircraft work is concentrated at the Phoenix Co's s works." Jane's 1918 I can tell you that they built Short 184s, 12 in 1915, and 30+20 in 1917. Then Brush appear on the scene, subbing for the 184s . Were they part of the ee empire, or a different outfit completely?
  23. Just finished off this little gem Can't find a bad word to say about it - a joy to build. The tyres have flat spots on them AND rectangular axles and holes to align the flats with the ground surface! And it works! COOL... I rearranged the prop fitting so I could foil the joined fuselage without the prop in the way. The prop fitting worked a treat - couldn't resist giving it a blow for a photo Been finding out about Col.Robin Olds . Some models of of his Lockheed Lightning"ScatII , Scat III" Well, it turns out Scat IV was a 51-D
  24. I guess if you're using Windsor & Newton oils you really got to use genuine turpentine, I done a fair bit of oil painting in my time. The smell in a studio is quite something. Intoxicating, you might say! Other mediums used are linseed oil and combinations of the two etc. You've also got me reminiscing about doing etching prints, where you rub the ink all over the etched copper plate and then clean up the surface and put it through the press with the paper. The ink is held in the etched lines just like the panel lines you're so carefully tending! That ink was basically soot and oil (linseed?) The good old days.....
  25. Interestinger and interestinger....! Funny enough, I came across aFolland Gnat gate-guard style in Hamble, looking rather weathered It's a remarkably small plane!