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general melchett

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  1. Great result Dean, really looks the part mate, it was good to see it at Cosford recently...the low level shots look lovely though you may want to let a bit of air out of the tyres
  2. Great result Bill, just shows what can be done with these kits....I'd be interested to see how ex PR9 navs walk these days, my guess is bent over double ! what's next ?
  3. Great result Bill, certainly looks the part. Looking at your opened nose reminds me that the navs lot couldn't have always been a happy one particularly on the long haul flights.... not much fun if you were anything over 5ft.
  4. Lovely stuff Bill, great shading. If you haven't already thought of it remember to paint the very bottom of the 'tail bumper' black, just one of those small things that's easily overlooked, (trees and woods etc)
  5. Usual blow torch, sledge hammer and rasp file David, I found I needed to lightly file the fuselage seam lines first then used wet and dry paper working through to Micro mesh cloths especially for a natural metal finish, the thing that takes the most time was either rescribing the myriad panel lines which were sometimes a little vague and/or 'clogged' or filling and removing them completely. Talking of these huge sea planes a Latecoere 631 would also be a great choice......a beautiful design, typical French design flair....
  6. Sorry am I missing something...Avis ? Good news and assuming these are straightforward updates of their earlier Mi-6 kits could be the start of a long run for Amodel as there were so many variants built.
  7. Wonderful stuff, having built several Amonsters myself I can only agree with Ken that basic modelling skills are what's required plus a good supply of wet 'n' dry and a fair bit of bench space........now come on Amodel how about a SARO Princess
  8. The Hippo's will come in very handy for us V-Bomber types......I can see several finding their way here. Wish them all the luck with this lot, looks rather a grand plan.
  9. Been toying with the idea for some time....mind you this would be rather nice and along the same lines, Heinkel 231-3 Must agree Edward.....still got the 1/48 and 1/72nd FM ones to finish, a magnificent looking aircraft. Back to the Trident and there were two options built, the original SO-9000 Trident with it's lower undercarriage, detachable nose and triple exhaust layout of the SEPR 481 triple chamber motor, (the early aircraft used a couple of wingtip mounted Marabore jet engines soon to be replaced by the more powerful Vipers hence the different nacelle shapes). Trident 1 Trident 1 And the taller legged, (to allow for missile carriage) SO-9050 Trident II with redesigned gear doors, ejection seat and twin exhausts of the SEPR 631 twin chamber rocket engine Trident II Trident II engine test Also how about adding a dummy MATRA , (possibly early R-511). Trident II with Matra fitted
  10. Well how about this for a development idea.......Dan LeDare would be proud. SNCASO Dever
  11. Thanks chaps, I was pretty sure I'd posted this in RFI all those years ago but can't seem to find it now, anyhow glad you like it, it was a blast to build. Agreed David almost seems like heresy having such a graceful design and then hanging racks of draggy ordnance off it like this, as you say couldn't have done much for mpg and the operational M3 wasn't rigged for IFR, (though it was originally intended to use an integrated system before the SALT II Treaty). Definitely one of Trumpeter's better efforts, actually same goes for their Tu-160 which I also have lurking...just great to see them produced as mainstream kits.
  12. Sorry chaps, not paying attention as usual ! Good Lord, bit of a blast from the past....yes it was finished back in 2010 and featured in Model Aviation World magazine that year. Out of interest I have another on the go at the moment this time an M2 modified to a natural metal finished Tu-22M0 prototype as seen at Monino. Here's a few photos from the vault, the Authentic decals sheet 72-22 was used, couldn't resist the sharkmouthed Kamenniy Ruchey AB Red 57 Here's the real thing, (nicely cleaned up for a show) Sharkmouth Backfire C Red 57 Cheers all
  13. Cor blimey I learnt to fly in one of those at Panshanger back in the day....lively little thing and a delight to fly, really must get one...
  14. Great to see this one appear...hopefully a big improvement over the Mach 2 offering. How about a nice Leduc 021 and 022 to follow...