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pheonix

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  1. Scratch building is the most satisfying form of modelling for me. This is a really excellent demonstration of what can be done with plastic. First class in every way. P
  2. Lovely trio of models. I take my hat off to any pilot who could down a 109 in one of those machines - a very skilled pilot indeed. Very interesting too to see the Republican air force markings - another minority subject. P
  3. Extremely well presented Nieuport. It may have tested your skills but they were evidently well up to the challenge. The pilot figure also adds an interesting dimension. P
  4. Only just discovered this. Wonderful buil;d so far, especially the translucent wings and cockpit interior. Any further progress? P
  5. Totally agree with Limeypilot: that is an old kit but you have made a good job of this. P
  6. I made the fuselage sides and floor from 20thou plastic card and painted the interior with Revell semi-matt natural wood (SM 382) which is close enough for this model. Very little will be visible when the fuselage is closed so I am not too concerned about the colour. I added some framing from Evergreen strip and interior wire bracing - the latter is rolled copper wire. I made a fuel tank from 20thou plastic card and filled it with some old lead fishing weights that I found stored in the roof from my earlier incarnation as a modeller: lead weights are no longer available in the UK. This aircraft had so much lead in its petrol that its exhaust fumes would have poisoned half of the troops that it flew over, never mind the ground crews!! This model will be a nose sitter so I need to add a lot of weight - there are few places to put it without it being visible. Just to make sure I am going to put more under the observer's seat too. The fuel tank was painted brass but I am not sure that much will be visible when the top of the fuselage is in place. The shelf behind the fuel tank also has lead shot underneath it - extra weight which I hope will help to pull the nose down. (There was no such shelf on the real aircraft but this will not be visible on the completed model). The pilots' seat was made from card together with a control column (rod) and rudder bar and pedals. The window in the floor at the front of the nacelle was added from a small piece of acetate cut from an old blister pack which I keep for this purpose. I moulded the top sections of the fuselage (front and rear) from 30 thou card. These will be glued into place next - I have been away for the Easter break and have not done that yet. Thanks for looking. P
  7. That is an interesting blast from the past. Those old Frog kits included some very interesting subjects: yours has turned out really well in spite of the strut issues. Congrtaulations. P
  8. Wonderful model and an excellent build. A real tribute to your master skills and a good kit. P
  9. Interesting to see Pattle's machine being modelled. He was one of those pilot's who seemed to have dropped below the radar for a long time - possibly because he scored most of his victories early in the war in types which later became obsolete. It is only just that he is at last receiving the recognition that he deserves. Your model is already doing his memory justice. P
  10. You should be tempted into more WW1 types judging by the standard of this build. This is an unusual type and very well and originally presented. Looking forward to seeing more of your WW1 builds. P.
  11. What a superbly finished DVII. One of the best that I have seen in any scale. P
  12. Great to see you back and scratch-building again OM. Also a most interesting and informative tutorial on the engines - and to the very high standards that we expect from you. P
  13. Only just found this - excellent modelling in the very tiny scale. Very impressed at the amount of detail that you manage to get in - I have to keep reminding myself of the size when I look at your pictures. P
  14. Those canopies look so clear... I had no idea such clarity could be achieved. Shows how long ago I used one!!! I now only build WW1 types which might have something to do with it. P
  15. This paintwork and those turtle decks look great Ian. These two are turning inoto your usual little gems. Looking forward to seeing more. P