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  1. I was too slow, chicken marengo...
  2. Let's get started on the Vampire. It's a relatively simple kit, given the twin-boom layout. The fuselage pod builds up nicely. The engine looks really strange, but won't be seen anyway. One concern is that there is very little space to put ballast. I have packed everywhere I possibly can with Liquid Gravity, but I'm still concerned that it won't be enough. If that's so, I reserve the right to add wing tanks with more liquid gravity in their noses.
  3. I'm going to do something very stupid! "So what's new?" I hear you ask. I'm having a good time building my Mosquito FB.VI but it stuck me that I haven't built a bomber version since I was eight years old. That was the old FROG kit. So... I've bought myself a Tamiya Mosquito B.IV which I will be building as the night bomber version using the kit decals. I'm really not sure that I can complete it during the GB, but I'll give it my best shot. But that's not the stupid bit... I've also found references to a PR.XVI with invasion stripes and a red and white striped fin. It looks really good, so I'll be building that as well! I found a set of Paragon resin two-stage Merlin nacelles in The Stash, so I'm ready to be stupid...
  4. Major assembly finished, with the canopy masked with Eduard masks. And primed with Alclad2 Grey primer. One problem with using grey primer is that it's difficult to tell is you have a good coverage of grey paint... This is Xtracrylix XA1003 Medium Sea Grey. The masking for the undersurface is exceptionally easy... The black is simply from a car paint rattle can. Then the whole thing has been sprayed with a few mist coats of clear lacquer. Then on with the decals. Although the clear lacquer provides a lovely gloss coat, oddly enough it is quite difficult to reposition the decals. A liberal dousing with Microset solves the problem. Having applied the IV Sqn badge on the port side of the fin, I them proceeded to lose the starboard one before I could apply it. I robbed a suitable decal from the Xtradecal History of IV Sqn sheet. Five minutes after I applied it, I found the original decal... typical!
  5. Other people in this GB have commented how good the Tamiya Mosquitos are. I have to agree with them - It basically falls together. The cockpit builds up as a sub assembly. The interior green is Lifecolor UA004 Interior Green. It is intended for use on US aircraft, but is a very good match for Aircraft Grey Green. The wing interiors were also sprayed with this green, while the nacelle interiors were sprayed aluminium from a car paint rattle can. Once the wings are assembled, there is no doubt that they will fit firmly to the fuselage...
  6. Time for an update. It looks like I have done a lot of work in a very short space of time. Nothing could be further from the truth! I've been working on these since the start of the GB - I've just been very remiss in posting my progress. So here we go. The kit box, with the instruction sheet from the Freightdog decals. Guess which one I'm doing... (although I will be doing the Brigand later in the year for the Radial Engines Rock GB) The sprues There are two of the left hand sprue. Those and the ones above are common to all the Tamiya Mosquito kits. The right hand sprue is specific to the NF.II/FB.VI boxing. The transparencies are also specific to the fighter versions. The bomber version has a different windscreen.
  7. The dielectric panels were painted black, but they weathered to a dark brown. Not quite as bright as I have it, so I'll probably do something to tone it down.
  8. And now, both jets up on their own wheels - although the Harrier is still a bit wobbly. The tyres need a few touchups. The undercarriage legs were painted Light Admiralty Grey. I sprayed them with Lifecolor UA027 Dark Ghost Grey, which provides the blue grey colour that I remember.
  9. Okay, time for an update on these two. I've been experimenting with spraying clear lacquer instead of Klear. This seems to work and gives a very high gloss finish, which works well for the decals.
  10. Build 'em all. You know you want to...
  11. There's a possibilty of three FGR.2 boxes. Early ground attack versions; later air defence versions; even later air defence grey versions.
  12. I think I really should post some photos of my builds!
  13. Is he holding the Captain's log?
  14. I can't believe just how good this album is!