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elger

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  1. Bf110E

    Very nice! the fact that poor fitting nacelles are mentioned makes me think it's the 1/48 Eduard
  2. Allison-Merlin Mustang wing position changes

    almost afraid to ask, but any idea about Italeri's fuselage? (let's ignore the wings)
  3. Got a chance today to take some pictures of my modified fuselage and an original with the windows fitted to get a sense of the difference. Here are the two fuselages side by side; HK models unmodified left and behind and with the left and right windows switched around right and in front: The fuselages facing each other as similarly angled as possible (HK unmodified left; modified with left and right windows switched on the right): About the HK models spinners - they're certainly less detailed than Tamiya, but I would say not nearly as wrong as Revell's 1/48 attempt. Tamiya left, HK models right: Thanks for looking and all the input!
  4. Absolutely and if you set out to convert the Tamiya VI to a IV that's a much more reasonable course of action. Especially if you have one of those vac canopies for the Revell kit. I started out with the HK kit trying to figure out how I could improve it and use a Eduard Brassin engine. That's when using the entire mid & rear section and wing and pretty much everything else of the Tamiya kit came in. As I've said from the beginning, this is a stupid extravagant undertaking. (but I get to be sensible in my job - so I figured I can be stupid in my spare time!) I'll be posting some photos of it soon but switching around the side windows of the HK kit seems to have worked pretty well - now the angle is almost (though still not quite) right. Since the rest of the HK kit really is quite acceptable it's a much better option than Revell (though much more expensive). So far I haven't come across any clear indicators that Tamiya is planning a B.IV by looking at the parts, except with the PE parts where there are three sets of parts for the bomb racks while you only need one for the FB.VI version. There's also a plastic part on sprue N that could be an oxygen regulator but I'm not sure.
  5. 1/72 WW II RAF aircrew, standing

    these figures from Armory are quite nice http://armorymodels.com/category/catalogue/172th-scale/172-figures/
  6. Finished the cockpit, front section. So this is my HK Models/Tamiya/Profimodeler/Eduard hybrid. Seatbelts are from HGW. Base coated with black Mr.Surfacer and painted with Mr. Paint interior green and Vallejo acrylics. The instruments panel is painted PE from the Profimodeller set. Especially the middle panels look great with the film, but there is no film provided for the outer left panel so I resorted to slicing up the kit decal sheet. cockpit sides right side left side My next step will be making sure the rear cockpit deck with the radios fits, as well as the bomb bay. Once I've made sure all the components fit I'll paint those like I did the cockpit. I think I'm going to leave the engine nacelles off until after installing the wing. We'll see how that goes. Anyway, as always thanks for looking.
  7. Whitley question

    hm the turret interior in this photo looks like metal (neutral or painted) to me
  8. Most probably a stupid question but....

    ah yes that's what I was thinking of.
  9. Most probably a stupid question but....

    they didn't. pilots had to ditch close to the convoy they were escorting and hope that they would survive the impact of crash landing on waves, be able to get out of the sinking aircraft, and to be picked up again by a ship.
  10. 1/72 FW-190 A3

    lovely!
  11. my reaction whenever I see @woody37 has updated one of his posts
  12. Hoping for advice on building Lancaster EE133 UM-C2

    For the bombs you could also get the Airfix RAF bomber re-supply set (https://www.airfix.com/uk-en/bomber-re-supply-set-1-72.html) As for the squadron codes / serial numbers, Xtradecal has those: Xtradecal X72RAF2 is a nice complete set with serial numbers and letters in different sizes, you can find it here: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/X72RAF2 (the page lists which sets it comprises). Not sure exactly what to do with the "square" but maybe you could slice up some of the existing decals? As far as interior, you should be able to fit some resin designed for another kit that's not dependent on the exact size of bulkheads and stuff, but the Eduard PE sets are nice and complete in and of themselves. Also, not a whole lot can be seen in a 1/72 Lancaster (especially the front nose compartment and the wireless operator position are all but invisible). HTH!
  13. spent my last vacation week detailing the cockpit. HK models base, with mix of HK models and Tamiya parts. I added detail from the Profimodeller set which is to be recommended for HK models. It's very complete BUT some parts are just not there - notably some parts for the radiator shutters: The base parts (which I thought might be B10) aren't numbered - not sure they exist. B38, the handles, is problematic because as far as I can tell there is only one part B38 on the entire fret of PE and it is also used for the handle on the floor panel (which is where I put it) but it's listed in the instructions again to be fitted to the rear bulkhead. In short, one piece but four places to put it. I didn't use most of the parts though, since many of the Tamiya parts are nice enough in and of themselves. I have to say, I realized I had gotten spoiled with the relative ease of Eduard PE. But, with that in mind, I started with the Eduard PE rudder pedals with great optimism, but I have to admit that they got the better of me and I couldn't get them to work. I folded one of the parts the wrong way and messed up one of the pedals. Even after correcting the mistake one of the rudder pedals was taller and more crooked than the other and together they just looked weird so I gave up on it and resorted to using the Tamiya rudder pedals. To complete the detailing I wired it up with copper and led wire. Trying to figure out what goes where exactly - and particularly trying to figure out what equipment was and wasn't fitted to a particular aircraft is a bit of a frustrating exercise. For instance, I'm fairly sure the oxygen optimizer is one that's fitted to later examples (B.35) but everything together looks busy. This, after all, was Gary Wickham's (Scalespot) approach and his Mosquito looks great in my opinion. In my online research I came across two 360 degree pages of the Mosquito in the US Air Force museum. I think this is a B.35 that was airworthy for quite a while after the war so who knows how much of the equipment would be fitted to a Mk.IV in 1943 but it gives a good "feel" of the cockpit. 360 View from the pilot seat: http://www.nmusafvirtualtour.com/cockpits/WWII_tour/WWII-20.html 360 View from the bombardier position: http://www.nmusafvirtualtour.com/cockpits/WWII_tour/WWII-21.html Anyway, yesterday all the bits that I thought should be there were there and I took a picture: And after that I added some primer (Tamiya straight from the spray can): Today I added the first coat of interior green (Mr. Paint) and it looks good. No photos yet, I'll do that once all the colours are on. Next week work starts again properly, but I'm hoping to get all the things painted over the next few weeks. Thanks for looking!
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