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About mumbles

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  1. Moebius 1/32 BSG raider with a Tyridium Models lighting kit. Painted mostly with Tamiya rattlecans and a bit of artistic license.
  2. I found not having the "bin" (for empty ammunition magazines?) installed at the rear of the cockpit enabled it to flex a bit more. It was a snug fit but eventually it popped into place more or less (meaning I'm not totally sure of how I sorted it!).
  3. Yes, I came across it a few times while researching this build. Thanks, I'm not the most prolific builder but I'll do my best
  4. Thanks Marc. Note that while the aerial wire is fixed in these pics, if you look closely you can see where I reattached the forward part of the pitot tube after breaking it during the photo shoot . . .
  5. Reminds me of a slightly under-equipped NZ Army unit in Vietnam that was supposely nicknamed "the hydraulics", because they would 'lift' anything they could
  6. Thank you Here is a pic of the original machine just to prove I'm not making it up .When I say "stolen" in the OP it's because it wasn't captured so much as deliberately appropriated. Apparently it was spotted on the ground in no-mans land by 73 Sqn RAF (Hurricanes) pilots after force landing due to fuel starvation. Having ascertained it was unattended they loaded a truck with fuel and went out and acquired themselves a Stuka.
  7. New tool Airfix 1/48 Stuka B-1 finished as an Italian R-2 captured/stolen by the RAF in 1941. The B-2/R-2 propellor, exhausts, and bomb rack are all in the B-1 box. The B-2 engine cowls though are not, which is why they aren't on the model The guns were removed from the captured aircraft, so the wing gun fairings were drilled out to remove the barrels, and the mount and ammunition cans left out of the rear cockpit. Decals by LF Models (which turned out to be a little too thin, I'd probably paint the white cross on the tail if I did this again), and some of the more prominent piping added to the engine with solder. The kit is mostly brilliantly engineered (there are poorly placed sprue gates and ejector pin marks in a couple of places, and a few sink marks) and is one of the best fitting kits I've ever built. There are a couple of missing instructions though. There is no instruction to add the rear gunners back support strap despite it being included as a part and shown fitted, and there is no guidance at all on fitting the bomb cradle with the cowls off. Aside from those minor criticisms it was a really enjoyable build.
  8. Strange conversations

    Late 80's, in the queue for a ride at Disneyland, chatting with other patrons while we wait: Me: "And where are you from?" Random we had been chatting to: "South Korea" Me: "Your English is very good" Random: "Thank you, where are you from?" Me: "New Zealand" Random: "Your English is very good also!" At the Wanaka Airshow a few years back when Jurgis Kairys was performing: Husband: "They call him the Mad Lithuanian!" Wife: "Really? Where is he from?" Husband: "umm, Lithuania"
  9. I'm in the middle of building the new-tool 1/48 Ju-87B from Airfix, and noticed from reference pics (all B+W) that that the piping and some accessories appeared not to be in the tones listed in the instructions. On comparing with builds and instructions for the Airfix 1/24 Stuka a different set of colours is specified. Which one is likely to be more accurate?
  10. I Don't Understand why......

    Perhaps you missed the part where I said it was one reason, there are others.
  11. I Don't Understand why......

    This in particular drives me nuts, and is one reason why my modelling output has fallen over the last few years - it's becoming impossible to keep up with what is regarded as "good". I have actually seen realistically finished models marked down in competition compared to overweathered cartoons, because the latter are percieved to be better. From a skills viewpoint they may be, but from an emulating something that actually exists viewpoint they fail. Amazing models of other models are being produced, but true to life they are not.
  12. Pet hates.

    Funny, one of my pet hates is suits and ties full stop, and the ridiculous "thou shalt wear a suit, and only a suit if thou is a western male" requirement of certain occasions and settings, whereas women get to be comfortable and look good at the same time . I feel like I'm in a straightjacket every time I'm forced to wear either. And what is the purpose of a tie exactly?
  13. Smallest aircraft to carry a nuclear weapon?

    Never live dropped from an A-4 but USN A-4's certainly stood alert on carriers with live weapons, either in times of crisis or for SIOP commitments. There is one at the bottom of the Phillippine Sea with the bomb still attached: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1965_Philippine_Sea_A-4_incident
  14. Grabbed before they're gone! EE Lightning F.6

    Is the vertical fin on yours bent like my example is? Looking good so far, I'm building mine in the same scheme.
  15. Lovely work (and my favourite/most nostalgic RNZAF Skyhawk scheme ), I have the Kahu version sitting idle on the bench at the moment while I figure out how to build the HUD and instrument coaming. My only query is are you sure you have the right size roundels? They look a little large for that scheme.