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  1. Italeri AU-1 Corsair 1/72

    Nicely done! The Italeri Corsairs always attract criticism from those in the know (no doubt with good reason) but the finished article always looks good to my untrained eye. They're a good build too. John.
  2. In 'Spitfire at War 3', it says that on 17 June 1944 131 Sqn. undertook comparison flights between aircraft with standard and extended tips at low and medium height. The standard ones won and the extended tips were removed. There was no call for operations at high altitude at that stage of the war. Beautiful models. John.
  3. Seafire III 1/72

    Model Alliance sheet MA-72118 has Reynolds' S146 (PR256) on it. John,
  4. Another Corsair

    Very helpful, thanks. You also answered another question too, whether it's ok to add the flow improver to the paint pot when it's first opened. Bonus! John.
  5. Ouch! Looks like in-store collect is the way to go if you're fortunate enough to have one nearby.
  6. Yes, mine was delivered to store in 5 days from the order being placed. The earlier one I placed took about 3 days. John. PS I also got 10% off the other stuff I bought in-store because of the 'click and collect' order.
  7. Leffe Royale? Had the Blonde and Brun in abundance (and a red one once) but not familiar with that one. Please elaborate... John.
  8. 1/72 Beaufighter MK1F

    Hi Martin, no, I didn't think that. I can only speak as I find and it's frustrating that the rest of the world breezes through the kit and I struggle. I'm pleased that it's popular and it builds well for others. I don't have an agenda, I love Airfix, I love Beaufighters (my Dad made undercarriage legs for them) and wanted to make the Firedog version and a rocket armed SEAC one too. Maybe a second attempt is called for. John.
  9. 1/72 Beaufighter MK1F

    I'm not the only one to have trouble with the engines and canopy. Tony O'Toole reported the latter as being too wide at the rear, needing squeezing in to fit. Others have commented on the 'power egg' to wing fit and the three part cowling though it's a while since I touched it and don't remember who. An example of the brain deleting trauma? John.
  10. Very nice! I kind of like the undercarriage legs moulded onto the doors because of laziness, but they're not quite as crisp as separate parts, I agree. Underwing roundels were not carried between 6th June and 11th August 1940. John.
  11. 1/72 Beaufighter MK1F

    Yes, sorry, was going to elaborate. As far as I know, the kit is accurate. I just found it a very disappointing build based on the fit of the parts, especially the engines and canopy. The latter was the last straw, really, as you can chop, sand and fill your way around everything else though it shouldn't be necessary on a modern kit. I know to keep paint off mating surfaces on the modern Airfix offerings and dry fit parts first but to no avail. John.
  12. 1/72 Beaufighter MK1F

    I'd recommend reading reviews of High Planes Beaufighters before you take the plunge, though as they are short-run. John.
  13. 1/72 Beaufighter MK1F

    In fact, there's this: https://www.hpmhobbies.com/high-planes-bristol-beaufighter-nf-mk-if-kit-1-72/ The High Planes Beaufighters are no harder to build than the Airfix ones and transfers are included. John.
  14. 1/72 Beaufighter MK1F

    Fairly straightforward. Alley Cat Models do a Beaufighter I conversion set for the new Airfix Mk.X. You don't get the antennae though. Also, the Airfix kit isn't great. John. Update: Owl make photo etch aerials.
  15. Another Corsair

    It's coming together very nicely. Is there a knack to thinning with flow improver? When I tried it with my Winsor and Newton stuff I struggled with bubbles. A few drops is fine, any more, problematic. John.