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AntPhillips

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  1. Hi Andre, Great start, just as a quick addition, the Tamiya 1/32 F-4C/D Phantom gives AS-13/14/15 as the upperside colours for the USAF SEA camouflage scheme (FS34079, 34102 & 30219) and I think they're fairly good matches, however they also give AS-16 as the underside colour (FS36622), but just to complicate things Tamiya also recommend the same AS-16 for USN Lt. Gull Grey (FS36440) in both the 1/32 F-4J Phantom kit and in the recent 1/48 F-14 Tomcat, IMHO AS-16 is closer to the Lt Gull Grey than to the SEA Camouflage Grey, but it's food for thought.
  2. I'm pretty sure Martin said it will hopefully be a similar price to the MiG-31, that kit was about £40-£45 when it was first released but that seems to have drifted up over the months, but that could be down to the fall in value of the pound since last June as much as anything else. I wouldn't be surprised to see it reach the market at around the same price as the Tamiya kit, but I'll be a happy camper if it's cheaper.
  3. It looks tempting but be wary, I fell into a similar trap pre-ordering a Tamiya 1/48 Tomcat, when I put my order in the price in GBP including shipping looked like it would be at least £15-£20 lower than the predicted UK price, but we had Brexit in between and the pound plummeted and then when it came time to ship, the box was too big for SAL shipping so it had to go via EMS which is more expensive and also meant it was delivered the UK end via Parcelfarce instead of regular Royal Mail and as often happens when PF are involved the parcel got caught for duty too, it ended up costing me probably £25-£30 more than they were retailing for in the UK. I suspect the box for this one will be on the large size too, just something to be aware of.
  4. I did once patch a cracked exhaust weld with a blob of milliput, stopped the racket until I could get it rewelded 😉
  5. My sentiments exactly, from a young age I've been a firm believer in learning by doing or at least by seeing it done. I thought I knew quite a bit about helifloppers but Crisp has brought a real depth of knowledge along with the build.
  6. Ooh La La, c'est magnifique! Great looking build as usual from you Mathy, it seems I look forward to every RFI you post these days.
  7. Well, if it was going to start anywhere
  8. It looks awesome, and it really was an old fashioned announcement, they really played their cards close to their chest on this one. I may have to consider selling off at least one of my step-daughters to be able to get one I wonder how long it will take the red line brigade to start marking up the renders.
  9. Great looking build, I like the subtle weathering. I built one of these years ago using a set of VF-111 markings from a Hasegawa kit, sadly it got lost/damaged in one of my many house moves, the detail is a lot softer than the Hasegawa kit but the build is a lot more straightforward and most importantly it looks like a Tomcat when done. Did you use the kit seats? I seem to remember they were the weakest point of the kit.
  10. I inherited a shed that was on a concrete base when I moved in with Gill, unfortunately it had started to rot from the base up and was also home to a family of mice although this was only confirmed when I emptied it pre-demolition, although I had suspected it beforehand. When I replaced the shed a couple of years ago I decided I was taking no chances of this happening again and built a frame from 4" square x 8 ft long treated garden fence posts laid on their side on the concrete base, I built it with my mate who's a surveyor and he suggested we put a plastic membrane over that to act as a damp course and we then erected the shed on top of this. Raising it up by 4" has also made it easier for me to enter without hitting my noggin' as I'm over 6' 1" and that's the height of the doorway, so instead of me stooping slightly, I now step up as I enter and in 2 years I've yet to hit my head, whereas I was always hitting it in the old shed which had a similar height door but was at ground level. There's no evidence of unwelcome visitors either, and I do have every intention of double skinning it and insulating in between. The only problem I have is there is too much non-modelling stuff stored in there so I can't really call it a workshop, don't tell the boss but I'm thinking of getting another shed to put the non-modelling stuff in so I can have a dedicated workshop.
  11. Anyone fancy doing it in 1:1 scale: https://whitelabel.globalauctionplatform.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/wca/catalogue-id-witham1-10000/lot-1fd803a3-f364-4132-9a4d-a70e00ab4005?clienturl=wca Looks like it's mostly been built just needs finishing
  12. If they do a 'B or a 'C I might be tempted, I actually find the shape of the F-35 more pleasing to the eye than the F-22, although I wish they could get rid of the 'gaffer tape gone mad' look, surely they could make the RAM material on the opening panel edges blend in to the overall colour a bit more.
  13. I saw that myself, and I hadn't heard of it previously, the Tomcat pilot kept his wings but wasn't allowed to fly anything that carried a lethal weapon thereafter. He made a career in Navy Intelligence and eventually made Rear Admiral.
  14. Looking at Mike's review the windscreen on the review sample appears to have rounded corners, not as pronounced as the CAD's but more so than the test shot build to my eye.
  15. Here's some scans, the first is a 2 tone grey NFWS a/c and the second a tan/brown a/c from VMA-142 although there's no unit identifier other than a tiny MB code on the fin. Hope this helps.