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  1. Spitfire Tr.IX

    According to Alfred Price's 'The Spitfire Story', the TR9s were given a similar conversion to that designed for Mk VIII types, in which the front cockpit was moved forward 13.5 inches, and the two front fuel tanks were replaced by a single smaller one, together with additional wingtanks inboard. Armament, when fitted, consisted of the outer .303 guns only. It does beg the question 'where are the filler caps?'. It does not give any detail of the armour fittings that you asked about, but I would question the point of armour on a training aircraft.
  2. Vintage Airfix Kits

    If you can get hold of an early noughties reissue of the 1/72 P1127, it is a quick and easy build. The years of wear and tear on the mold work to your advantage, as the rivet detail had worn off (mostly) on my copy.
  3. Dark Green/Dark Earth camouflage implementing date

    According to Michael JF Bowyer's 'Fighting Colours', PSL 1969, the decision to camouflage was made early in 1937. He goes on to say that it was used on new-build types like the Hurricane in from 1937 onwards, but took several months to apply to legacy types. The companion volume 'Bombing Colours' gives the date that the instruction was issued as April 1, 1937.
  4. Blade Runner

    I do remember Philip K Dick being interviewed at the time and saying how disappointed he was with the 1982 original. (He may have expressed his disappointment more colourfully). The Philip Marlowe style voiceover was a bit cringe-worthy...
  5. The Last Post.

    Was chatting with a couple of ex-service types based in Aden in '65, they were horrified at the inaccuracies in the show. I did point out that it is basically a 'soap', so don't hold your hopes too high anyway (and yes, I do hate all soaps with a vengeance!).
  6. Not only do I agree with the issues regarding the pace of Rendezvous with Rama, I would also argue that James White's 'All Judgement Fled' tackles the same storyline far more effectively and would translate to the screen more readily. For sheer sensawunda, James Blish's 'Cities in Flight' would be good. Incidentally, I can vaguely recall BBC doing a one-off production of Asimov's 'The Naked Sun' back in the late 1960s for TV... Its probably been wiped long since by now.
  7. Syrian Panzer IV Questions

    And they have managed to spell Panzer wrong on the dragonusa site!
  8. Revell Tornado GR1 1/72 - when to give up?

    I built the Revell 1/72 Tornado GR1 some years back, and came away from the experience convinced that it was the best Tornado kit that you can get in that scale. I didn't have any of the problems that you mentioned, but I did have problems with warping on some fuselage parts which, although a serious problem, I regarded as a one-off and couldn't blame the kit, and would love to build another one day.
  9. what was your very first Airfix kit.

    For me it was the Hurricane IV(RP) in about 1968, possibly a little earlier. Nearly 50 years later, I'm still churning out Airfix 1/72 Hurricanes, with several in the stash. But they have moved with the times, three of the stash are the newish fabulous fabric winged Hurricane I, a far cry from that rather dubious old kit of the Hurricane IV(RP)!
  10. Pz.kpfw.II DAK - 1/35 Tmiya

    Lovely job, much better than my attempts at this tank. Minor issue, I think that the secondary armament should be an MG 34 Panzerlauf with the shrouded barrel
  11. Replacement prop for KP S-199?

    I agree with Jure that whilst the Fw 190D prop is the way to go, it may need a minor rework. I have built Fw 190Ds in 1/72 by at least five makes, and they all seemed to have slightly different interpretations of the prop, an needed minor rework just to meet their intended purpose in some cases. For example, I think the Academy props had pointy tips... Also, Pavla do a set of replacement blades for the Fw 190D-9 and D-11, that is two sets of blades and two spinners. Also IIRC,an old Airfix mag article converting an Me 109G into a Mule used a prop and spinner from a Ju 87G, but I guess accuracy standards were a bit lower back then (1960s).
  12. Best and Worst Model Kits You've Ever Made

    Best - 1/72 Hasegawa Bristol Beaufighter TF.X - terrific fit of parts and well engineered. Why have they not reissued this? I'm sure the new Airfix is more detailed, but Hasegawa did more versions... Worst - 1/72 Roden He 111B - it fought me all the way and the decals were the wrong colour!
  13. Which kind of illustrates that most people will accept bad CGI in SF/Fantasy, but not in a WWII movie. I suggest that Jackson calls the dog 'Gollum', just so that the movie has one of these unsubtle nerd references that all modern movies are obliged to have..
  14. What to do with failed builds?

    It is indeed 'Waste Paper', as in Waste Paper Bin. Too many years spent working in an office.
  15. What to do with failed builds?

    File them under 'WP' and move on to the next build. Too many kits in the stash to waste time on failures...