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rob Lyttle

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  1. Monogram 1/48 B-29 in Bare Metal Foil

    The chosen order of work - was that a definite decision, or just the way it worked out? I'd probably have foiled the whole fuselage and and then thought about paint. Do you prefer not to paint on metal, or is that just the way it was?
  2. Spad & Company.... Inspired by the wheel well rivets, I just had a slow motion Eureka moment/ hour or so My little craft saw can give straight lines across the back of kitchen foil. AND because of the Set of the teeth, it gives me a perfectly modulated double row of rivets, So sorry to be all over your thread, Johnny', but I just had to TELL SOMEONE...! You guys 'll understand the importance of this. They may even name the technique after me..!πŸ˜ƒ
  3. I'm all tooled up for trying a few rivets! Gotta start somewhere😐
  4. Thanks to the power of 2 for the info , fellas! I sometimes think" Did I just imagine that?"! Nice to know I'm not off the rails! Johnny, your flair for paint work is 1st class. You make it look so darn easy! (Should add, no WIP on the Hawk at the moment . It'll be a rattle can paint job whether black or scarlet, in the shed, so major postponement looming till Spring)
  5. Just as an aside, I've got a vague recollection of somebody - like Jeremy Clarkson or one of his pals (?)- picking up a Lightning at an MOD auction for something like Β£5000. Transportation was the buyer's responsibility! Ring any bells? I did read a great account of a ground crew fitter doing an engine Test who"hit the wrong lever" when She was going full tilt. Ran out of options VERY quickly and had to pull up elevator. He got her back down again OK with some radio advice. Some day at the office!πŸ˜‚
  6. Monogram 1/48 B-29 in Bare Metal Foil

    He's right,Riot! Different mindset is... think of it as you're at your Sunday League practice session and a couple of Man.C players turn up and join in with a bit of coaching. They pass on a few tips and a bunch of inspiration.... You're not going to walk out on That opportunity. Because we're all on the same side!πŸ˜ƒ Must admit, this guy is good, though!
  7. I had a bit of a look through, and really, the only pics of use here are these Really blunt t.e. to the ailerons - flat perpendicular about an inch wide or more. Don't know what airfix gives you. You'd want a bit of foil tape there, I reckon....! Looking forward to seeing what you do with the sticky tape and wells. I'm currently faffing about with a BAe Hawk in 1/32. The tail section should be covered with a festival of rivets, and the kit fuse is smooth as a baby's.... Let's see whacha got, Johnny' Rivets!πŸ˜ƒ
  8. This ole beauty , XR753, is in a hanger at Tangmere. Didn't take many pictures as it was the T33 Shooting Star I was after. But I'll put up the useful ones I got if you like. Tail end only, as hanger access denied. No denying she's an Impressive beast!
  9. SSay Whaaa...?! Oh I see - like Pen marks... I think so. Finishing just after the vertical frame line that drops down from the air brake arm cutouts, is what I'm seeing.
  10. Really...? Now you're showing off....!πŸ˜ƒ Think I need to watch this
  11. Monogram 1/48 B-29 in Bare Metal Foil

    Sounds like just the thing I need, Johnny'. Thanks for that. I'll start by asking round the club, see if anybody has one... I hear what you're saying about dented metal sheet. I think we try too hard for perfect surfaces , and the real thing has more imperfections . I took a Stanley knife to the wing tip tanks on my B57 Canberra to put a few dings in them before foiling. And I'm trying to create a slight ribby look on the Hawks flaps. Don't know what it will look like in the end, but if you don't try, you'll never know...!
  12. Monogram 1/48 B-29 in Bare Metal Foil

    Can you show some info/pictures of your rivet tool in action? Sounds very interesting.... I've got a Red Arrows Hawk on the go in1/32, and photos show the fuselage tail end covered in rivets. But the revell kit fuselage is as smooth on the tail as it is everywhere else! I'm wondering if this rivet tool thing is something I could use here. Great picture of Fifi, by the way, and good effort on the exhausts. Much improved on the original. Is that both sides on four engine nacelles? Better pour another shot...!πŸ’«
  13. Leo's second model - 1/72 Hawk T.Mk.1

    Now THAT is the kind of modelling that impresses me. I had a Bedford TK with a wooden horse box by Oakley for a few years - repairs in wood suit me fine! But it made me think it might be worth looking at agricultural and horsey models and Toys as a possible other source of base vehicle. Apart from that though, love the Red Arrows Hawk - Great progress, Leo! 🌟🌟🌟
  14. Monogram 1/48 B-29 in Bare Metal Foil

    Give that Man a medal! Epic work, Johnny'. That's a very presentable collection of Silver Birds you've put together, and this one..... Epic is the word for it! I'm guessing that these are all Monogram kits? I got the P47 in a beaten up state with no canopy parts, but I'll be making a start soon, in foil.
  15. Excellent result on the P51 build! She's looking good. Nice bit of historical insight too. I came across this business about ground Chief "graffiti" starboard side/ Pilot aircrew stuff on port side when I was doing F86 Sabres in Korea. Models of them, I mean. Even the pilot's kill tally on port/ aircraft kill tally on starboard side. I don't know how universal the"rule" was, or how long it lasted - might still be going on...! If you want critical feedback on the build, can I suggest the tyres look a little bit hard - a little bit of flattening might just give the airframe some weight. I built this kit not long ago and the tyres have flat spots moulded on, and rectangular axles to place the flats on the ground. Did you get that when you were building? I'm asking because we didn't have any of that 20 years ago! The feature was certainly new to me, and not obvious in the instructions. Otherwise, a bit of a flat might just help her "sit". And wheel chocks - I've started making chocks. I love 'em! Got a plan for the 2nd...?
  16. Lockheed T33A

    I built a single seater, F80 Shooting Star some years ago and really enjoyed the build, and the finished plane is one of my favourites. So then, I picked up the trainer version not so long ago, with a bit of a plan on my mind. Because I came across Tangmere museum back in the summer when I was out for a drive around with a map. Not enough time for a proper visit inside, but several Aircraft sitting outside and some being worked on in the hangers. And look what was in the middle of it... SO, gotta be worth having a go at this... Here's the F80 got out for reference and motivation Don't think I have ever had a real airframe for reference before. Think I need another visit and a "walk around" session.
  17. I like your style in home decor!! Now, full on chrome may be a overly"Deco", but there could be some middle ground between... Little bit of buffed up Natural Metal Finish perhaps? πŸ˜‰
  18. Lockheed T33A

    Decanting paint out of a rattle can...... wish I'd been there !!πŸŒ‹βš 
  19. Lockheed T33A

    Paint, don't ya just love it! It reminds me why I like foil so much. Well, it's going to be a while before I get that kind of temperature in the shed.
  20. All the Hurricane questions you want to ask here

    (from memory...) Ted Molins used his expertise in cigarette manufacturing machinery, handling cylindrical shaped items, to come up with an automatic breech load mechanism . 90 rounds/ min. and 25 shells in the magazine. A Wing Co. Rose came across a Ju88 off Land's End Cornwall while flying out of Predannack. He blew one engine clean out of its wing with the first shot.
  21. All the Hurricane questions you want to ask here

    Right, nothing else for it. I'm gonna shorten the barrel on this 6pounder field gun and mount it in the nose of a Mossie!πŸ’¨ I must say, that Hurricane does look fairly handy, though. And shiny!
  22. Lockheed T33A

    Meanwhile, check out this thread if you like. GW took the trouble to rebuild the photos on the build - I was looking for options for modification of the flaps to the open position, and ended up with a load more work!
  23. Lockheed T33A

    The chance of getting some good daylight/ sunny photos done is pretty remote right now, and I gotta admit my attention has drifted a bit! I won't collect the Constellation until next week meeting, and casting around for something for my idle hands, I lit upon the Red Arrows Hawk in1/32 that I picked up for Β£5 at a show. The idea was to set about the cockpit, as a little project in its own right.... Well, it's the same old story And I'm afraid it wasn't too long, 'For we'd fallen deeply in love, And I knew it was wrong....."πŸ˜‚ Some great builds and photo reference pics on here! I'm afraid the access ladder for the T33 is gonna have to wait! I had been thinking about the glossy black version as used by the RAF and the Navy on the Hawks, but I'm starting to warm to the idea of a scarlet airframe! Whether I shelve the project once I get my hands on a Connie, well that remains to be seen. It will be a spray can job whatever the colour scheme, and that doesn't usually go too well in cold shed conditions. So I may come to a natural break in the proceedings waiting for spraying conditions.