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  1. Its OK, I s'pose Actually turned out very tasty Calum. Nice work Bruce
  2. magnificent work on all . Love the Mosquito Bruce
  3. The Avalon Airshow is held bi-annually at Avalon Airport. Victoria Australia I again volunteered to work at the airshow this year, consequently, didn't get as many pics as I would have liked, but still managed to get around on Thursday and Sunday Heres a small selection Navy MRH90 Taipan MRH90Navy-1 , Army Tiger ARH Untitled , One of the RAAFs ageing Classic Hornet B fleet hornet B taxying1-1 , Classic Hornet 4 ship display , B-1 arriving bone landing-1 , F-22 Raptor departing by , Super Hornet mid display ornet climbing-1 , Temora Aviation Museum's Hudson touches down , Hawk 127 looking rather resplendent in the fleets new scheme by , Quite a packed flying display this year, with the big ticket item being the first appearance of the F-35 JSF and EA-18G Growlers Thanks for looking Bruce
  4. What a great thread. I remember FROG had a promotion here in Australia for a while, where if you took in a certain number of box ends you got a free kit . Of course each box has two ends so my mates and I shared box tops. I got myself the Martin Marauder. At the time I never realised the RAF used them. I Aldo did the Michell. I far preferred it to the airfix one because the frog one had invasion stripes and RAF markings. To this day, I usually do my yank aircraft in British markings bruce
  5. Benniw I had a similar issue. Ordered a couple of 48 scale jigs, but got a 48 and 72 scale one. Despite a couple of emails to explain they had sent a jig in the wrong scale. I heard nothing back. In the end I gave up Bruce
  6. Metro Hobbies here in Melbourne, Australia now have stock of all boxings Bruce
  7. Gday Bernie, also look at this thread to help you Cheers Bruce
  8. looking good Calum, didn't you go away from the GiaNotes as you found it too hot though? Do you prefer it over the X22 /self levelling thinner you were using?
  9. So, now that Ive convinced myself that the interior was Bell Green, it was time to get painting My Bell Green was served by Xtracolour Europe 1 green . I added darkened and lightened tints to serve as shadows and highlights. Borrowing a bit from "the Spanish School" I painted the ribs with Vallejo Lime Green. Yes it looks a bit stark, but once the fuselage is buttoned up, Im hoping the effect will be softened. IMG_2039 , Eduard's interior set was used to add the placards to the door interior, and for the throttle quadrant. The now assembled and painted engine was added to the floor and work started on adding the oil lines with insulated wire IMG_2041 , on Flickr Thanks for continuing to look in Bruce
  10. Alclad chrome has always worked for me Timbo, over a smooth gloss black base. Not as polished as the removed chrome plating, but damn close Cheers Bruce
  11. PHEW!! When I first saw your notification Troy, I thought, "don't tell me Troy has found evidence it was grey green" as last night I just finished painting the interior a dark green!! Thanks Troy. That does indeed cheer me up Bruce
  12. slow progress! Using the maxim "every little bit helps" The two halves of the 50 cal. ammunition canisters and nose battery box were filled with scraps of lead as I imagine she will need a fair bit of nose weight and, well.....every bit WILL help! IMG_2035 , Also, looking at photos of the real machine I noticed the RAF machines, unlike the USAAC machines, had no nose vents Bell 14 Airacobra I RAF sn AH621 with engine running Bell test pilot Robert M. Bob Stanley is at the controls Buffalo New York ca. 1941. by , so the kit parts duly had theirs carved off with a curved blade. forwardvents , Thanks for looking in Bruce
  13. Peter, fantastic to see you displaying your lovely work again. Glad you got her finished. She looks magnificent. Good job Bruce
  14. Yes, they were Tony. There is a series of photos of them, but in B&W. This and the one of the armourers posed loading the3 guns are the only colour ones I have seen though. Of course I don't mind you following Vadim, happy to have you along Bruce
  15. Gday All Latest project to hit the Cutting Mat is the Kittyhawk P-39 Airacobra. kittyhawk boxart , Ive always liked the look of the P-39 in RAF colours, so will be doing this kit as a Mk1. American aircraft - to me - always look better in pommy colours anyway! Something like this hopefully. P -39 Collection - A Cash Peter Arnold 050c_zpslqoqxkgy , The kit looks fantastic in the box, hopefully it builds up nicely too. Kittyhawk allow you to build a model with engine cowlings, gun access panels, cockpit doors, radio access panels, oil tank hatch and radiator flaps open. In addition, landing flaps can be displayed in the lowered position as well as separate elevators and rudder. I plan to take advantage of all of this! Despite this multitude of open panels, I decided I needed more. Quite a few photos I saw of Airacobras being serviced show not only the main rectangular cowling that Kittyhawk supply as a separate part off, but also the triangular panel behind it, so the first thing to do was separate this with the aid of a scalpel cowling removed , YIKES!!! Thats quite a large hole Of course this then meant I had to actually build the additional structures you might see. Why do I do this? Anyway, some interior structure was knocked up using plastic strip. , Im certainly not a super detailer or even decent scratchbuilder. It took me about six goes to get that bulkhead the right width! To me it looks a little over scale, but the strips were the only sizes I had, and , yes, I know I should have laid the stringers down first, then done the ribs but honestly, once its all said and done, I don't think you will notice. I just wanted some structural components visible rather than a blank opposite wall. I also purchased the Eduard sets for the kittyhawk kit. On the exterior set Eduard supply the fastening framework for the cowlings so I combined both to outline the open panels on the one side. The centre divider has a plastic strip behind it. The other fuselage half has the cowling and radio hatch glued in the closed position with no fit problems , To Be Continued Bruce