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Etiennedup last won the day on November 18 2015

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About Etiennedup

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    Port Elizabeth , South Africa.
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    Aircraft modelling (1/48) , Photography, Enjoying life.

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  1. Here is my 1/48 Airfix Hurricane Mk I representing a 30 or 213 Sqn. machine that operated in a night fighter role for the air defence of Alexandria, Egypt in 1941. This was my first build of the ‘new generation’ Airfix kits and must confess , I was most impressed. Apart from adding a curvature on the upper wings it was a out of the box effort and very enjoyable at that. Cheers....
  2. Captured by the SAAF .
  3. Your keen eye for the unusual surely paid off here Tony , all over, a super job! ---------------------- Thinking of you in these difficult times mate.
  4. It comes from a 1943 publication "British Women go to War "by J.B. Priestley with colour photos by P.G Hennell. Considering the age of the publication I think they did a rather good printing job. Have a look here
  5. Thanks for the input so far gentlemen............ The fact that tinted canopies were used in training aircraft makes perfect sense so, clear it will be. Yes, Tony and others .......white undersides were used as seen here and confirmed op page 11 of ‘British Aviation Colours’ My last hurdle however is the measurements of the tip-up-door that i want to open up. I suppose in the end I’ll have to resort to my trusty mk. I eyeball. :-)
  6. This is going to be my next build using the Special Hobby 1/48 kit. I do however have a few questions that I hope you learned chaps could help me with. (a) I cannot find a detailed drawing of the tilt-up door that I plan to do. something with exact measurements would be most helpful. Does anybody know of such a plan/drawing. (b) Some Oxfords had a orange/brown tinted top panel in the canopy, but the ambulance photos I have are inconclusive....any ideas? Any help would be most welcome............. Cheers. Etienne.
  7. I also found this.............
  8. Nils,....... here are three pages from "South African Colours and Markings" As a bonus the third is of SAAF Kittyhawks. Hope this helps. Cheers, Etienne. Oops, posted the wrong way around...........
  9. I came across this in Getty images today. Could it have been some kind of war games exercise?
  10. Very nice build and finish Tony. Your unusual (to me) scheme suits the ‘Widow-Maker’ very well..... I am also impressed by your weathering on the tires............. most convincing. Good job mate!
  11. Spot on Bob!! This is the de-icing boots pattern I wanted to do .......NOTE bottom of the wing. Murphy decided to have fun , so I did it on the TOP of the wing............. Next time I’ll ask you to have a look first, before posting............ Have a super weekend. Etienne. P.S. Thanks for the further comments guy's.....much appreciated.
  12. Thanks said previously, the fact that I am retired helps.....time is no problem. Polo, about those nose weights......I can’t say as I used tiny lead balls that utilises every available little nook and cranny. I also strengthened the nose gear. Bye for now.....
  13. I still recall that Tuesday afternoon......checking out the toy section at our local Woolworths, and there sat this beautiful light blue kit of a Spitfire in a plastic bag. I just had to have it, but I had no money. With pounding heart from sheer excitement I pedalled home and begged my mom for an advance on my pocket money which was only due on Saturday. Well, an hour later with glue and paint still wet, this chuffed thirteen year old was admiring his very first Spitfire model ................and that is how it all started.
  14. Here is my Italeri (re-packaged Accurate Miniature) B 25 built as a Mitchell II of 180 Squadron based at Foulsham, U.K. in July 1943. This beautifully detailed kit went together like a dream and looks the part in spite of it’s age. It was finished in Tamiya acrylics and then the usual Future/ Xtracrylix gloss and flat coats. Murphy determines that no build is perfect (I know of at least one boo-boo), feel free to point out what you pick up :-) Cheers.....Etienne.
  15. Checking to see if this photo uploader works.