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About elger

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  1. Thanks all! I've put the decals on, which has been my favourite part of a build since I was a kid: Information about the crew and aircraft from http://www.zzairwar.nl/dossiers/954.html Shand and Handley were unfortunate enough to be the first Mosquito to be lost due to an enemy aircraft. Photo of the graves, also from http://www.zzairwar.nl/dossiers/954.html : - Elger
  2. 72 scale He 111

    I were spending my money on a 1/72 Heinkel 111 I'd go for the new Airfix kit. Available as P (Poland, Battle of Britain) or H-6 (1941 and later). As good if not better while cheaper and more easily available than Hasegawa (although that has reappeared in my local hobbyshop in the Revell box so you can get the Hasegawa H-6 variant for a decent price).
  3. A slow progressing Ton's up Lanc !

    No that's appropriate as well for a Merlin-powered Lanc; you just don't normally see it because indeed they're covered by the spinners. Also, the photos even show the Hamilton Standard logo still on - I don't think that the Hercules-powered ones were fitted with Hamilton Standard props.
  4. I like the effect that it creates more "full" colours compared to using a grey under coat. Doog from Doog's models explains it really well here: https://doogsmodels.com/2014/07/03/technique-black-basing/
  5. Basic painting completed. First, masking: Next, a base coat of Tamiya black. And then the camouflage colors, by MRP. Next up: decals and finishing!
  6. Airfix D.H. Mosquito, 1/48

    In short: more accurate but less refined than the 90s Tamiya kit. Better shape but the surface detail is raised. Biggest issue in my opinion is the complete lack of detail in the wheel wells. Other than that, a gem. One of Airfix' best efforts.
  7. 1/48 Manchester Propeller

    They'd be slightly too big but could be reduced in size. Grey Matter Figures has them: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/GMAJR3217-2-x-P38-LIGHTENING-PROPS-and-HUB-1-32-SCALE-REVELL-TRUMPETER-J-RUTMAN-/222644537745?hash=item33d6a60991
  8. 1/48 Manchester Propeller

    Wellington Ic propellers are also too small (also about 80 mm) but they do rotate the right way. I also had a look at the size of a P-38 propeller - the propeller of each engine rotates in the opposite direction so in theory that might have worked but they would also be too small - they're also about the size of a Lancaster propeller. The only other thing I can think of is somehow sourcing a set of Beaufighter propellers - not sure if they have the right shape or size, but they would also rotate in the right direction. Wish I could be more helpful!
  9. 1/48 Mosquito B MkIX decals

    105 and 109 Squadron Mosquito B.IXs had fairly generic markings. Maybe you can find a B.IV decal sheet with the appropriate code letters, and cobble together an appropriate serial number from somewhere else? For example, Eagle Cals has HS-F (for DK333) - good chance there was a B.IX coded HS-F as well. The original 2004 box came with decals for ML 957 / HS-D.
  10. A thing to keep in mind with the Italeri kit is that the tail is slightly too narrow. The kit's rear turret is slightly too small. Maybe this is what is causing some of the confusion. With the real aircraft, the tail turret actually has the same width (circumference) as the one in the front. The first couple of Dutch Dornier 24Ks were fitted with 3 identical turrets (the front turret type). Later aircraft were fitted with the larger, rounder dome type with the cannon in the middle, but all retained the identical front and rear turrets. German Dornier 24Ts were fitted with a different rear turret, but its width should be the same as the front turret. But if you try to fit the kit front turret in the tail, you'll notice that the kit's tail is slightly too narrow.
  11. 1/48 Mosquito - 6 stack exhausts

    They don't exist as far as I know. But what you could do is buy an extra set of the 5-stack type and add a single pipe to each stack. This is what Jumpei Temma did for his 1/48 Mosquito http://www.geocities.jp/yoyuso/mosquito/mosquito-2.html
  12. Pictures of the next big step: the engine. The whole project - that is, the main motivation for joining the HK front fuselage to Tamiya wings - started with my idea of using the Eduard Brassin Mosquito engine for the Tamiya kit. I spent my Christmas break assembling and painting it. I have to say, the engine set looks rather intimidating from the outset. But with careful planning (which I feel took most time) and careful assembly the Eduard set can be made into something great. The resin is of really good quality and it all fits remarkably well. The only major fit problem I encountered was that of the replacement resin firewall. But all the other parts, notably all the complicated plumbing, fits remarkably well. It's all Eduard - except the exhausts. Since I'm building an early Mk.IV I figured it probably had the saxophone type exhausts, which are not supplied by Eduard so I used the kit items. Main colours are Tamiya and Vallejo, and the metallics are from AK Interactive. The instructions are quite clear but what really helps is Eduard's promo video on YouTube - in fact this video shows some additional wires that aren't in the instructions. I divided the build into three phases. In the first phase I assembled as much as possible. In this photo the engine block has been assembled and I painted the area between the cylinders with black primer. In the second phase I painted as much of the individual parts as possible. I glued the parts to various sticks and labeled them to keep track of the many parts. After painting the individual items I moved on to the final phase in which I assembled everything, and gave the whole thing a coat of clear satin. And then I put it in the bookshelf to admire my efforts, and subsequently I let it fall on the floor, completely shattering it into about 30 pieces. Not a good moment. Fortunately, even though the damage was really quite spectacular and it had exploded onto the hardwood floor I managed to retrieve all the pieces (even tiny bits of PE that had been launched across the room). This happened right before going to bed last week by the way, and the sudden rush of adrenalin and cortisol made for a very bad night's sleep. But we move on and this weekend I was able to repair all the damage. In fact, certain bits actually fit a bit better this time around. Took some photos this afternoon: underside: underside, rear: I fear that the oil tank might be the wrong colour (might have been dark red). The only true concern left over from the catastrophic drop was that the resin "legs" that the gear legs will be attached onto also snapped of so I'm really afraid of this being a weak point of the model - and I hope that the repaired joint will be able to support the weight of the completed kit. Anyway, as always thanks for looking!
  13. Spitfire horizontal tail color question

    maybe this helps. From http://www.ipmsstockholm.org/magazine/2001/12/stuff_eng_detail_spitfire_ix_01.htm
  14. Worst model quality?

    For me the question is relative - if you buy Starfix you know you're going to get something awful, but they don't promise anything else. That's why the Roden 111 is probably known as one of the worst kits, because it's not advertised as such. But what about this: Although I'm weirdly fond of them, how about pre-Hornby, early 2000s Airfix gems like their Spitfire Vc and Mosquito XVI? Trenches for panel lines, and for the Mosquito truly awful fitting wings.