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  1. Great news, I've always thought the Sh-7 was a very aesthetically pleasing design. At one point, I remember I was trying to keep a list of one-of-a-kind airframes that saw some kind of operational service...besides the Sh-7, the XC-99 and the An-225 come to mind...
  2. Excellent! Considering that this type was the big stumbling block for my plan to build every type used by RCAF overseas squadrons during World War II, I'm delighted.
  3. Ah, yes, Tamiya decals... Good work subduing them. And, in a related story, I think my NF. II will probably end up finished as a machine from 410 "Cougar" Squadron, RCAF using Xtradecal generic roundel, code letter and serial number sheets...
  4. It would be great to see an F-107A in this GB. I may try to track down a second YP-59 at some point (not for this GB, though) because I've always thought the YF2L-1 Airacomet looks very sharp in the USN Tri-Color scheme.
  5. Original, uncorrected version for reference purposes. See above.
  6. Thanks, Tony. Anytime! You're welcome and thanks for hosting this GB. I am way past overdue to edit my initial post a little, as I got the date the 412th stood up as a headquarters confused with when they first took delivery of their P-59s...the essential statement is correct, the 412th FG were flying P-59s before EKdo 262 got Me.262s, but I might have been overstating by how long (unless April '44 is when they stood up as a "paper" unit...) The way I see it, the He.280, P-59, Me.262 and Meteor all have a legitimate claim to "first jet fighter" status: First jet fighter to fly, first jet fighter (or jet of any kind for that matter) in squadron service, first jet fighter flown in combat (albeit initially by an "operational test and evaluation" unit, but still before the Meteor's first V-1 shootdown) and first fully operational jet fighter in service with a regular frontline squadron. I've been working away slowly on the cockpit, proceeding with caution as the limited run nature of the kit can make assembly "interesting" at times. The nose gear wheel well is going to be a bit of a challenge as there's no real indication on the fuselage halves or in the instructions of where exactly it should go, and getting it too deep or too shallow could throw the model's deck angle sitting on the ground right off. Here's how things are looking currently:
  7. The APU is tooled separately and although it looks like the wingtip options in this boxing are the original wingtips with no winglet, early style winglets and the new split scimitar type, some of the CAD images they released during development showed what are definitely MAX winglets. I'd say the odds that a MAX is in the works look excellent (after all, it makes good business sense for Zvezda to be prepared to keep their tooling as relevant as they can for as long as possible, given that the MAX was already flying while their kit was in development and enters service shortly after it hits the shelves). If not, it's only a matter of time before someone produces a resin conversion...I just hope Zvezda will eventually release a P-8 Poseidon and a Wedgetail as well.
  8. A Cessna 172 in a Record Breakers GB? Yes! Aside from being the world's most-produced aircraft at 43,000+ built and counting, the humble 172 has its place in aviation history as a record breaker... On December 4th, 1958, Bob Timm and John Cook took off from McCarran Field in Las Vegas, Nevada in a modified Cessna 172 emblazoned with the name of the Hacienda Hotel where Timm, a World War II veteran bomber pilot, worked as a slot machine mechanic...the owner of the hotel had agreed to sponsor the flight and had the idea of making it a cancer research fundraiser as well to give the record attempt a more altruistic justification than being purely a PR stunt. For the next two months, the two pilots flew around Nevada and southern California, refuelling and taking on supplies from a speeding pickup truck along an abandoned stretch of highway and sleeping in turns on a mattress that had been installed in place of the starboard and rear seats. They landed safely back at McCarran on February 7th, 1959, after 64 days, 22 hours and 19 minutes aloft, a total of 1,558.3 hours of air time. After breaking the existing record, Timm and Cook had decided to continue their flight as long as possible, but eventually had to discontinue it because their engine was wearing out and it was becoming difficult to climb away after taking on fuel. There are plenty of write-ups of the record flight online, two of the most detailed are on the AOPA website and at Disciples of Flight. Hacienda was later sold to at least two subsequent owners in Canada and had a long flying career before eventually being preserved and restored to its record-breaking configuration and is now on display suspended above one of the baggage claim carousels at McCarran International Airport. Modelling Hacienda should be a fairly straightforward conversion (famous last words) of the Minicraft Cessna 172, and a good chance to practice a little scratchbuilding building up the rear fuselage and fashioning the new fin and underfuselage fuel tank before I tackle the fuselage of my TK.4 over in the De Havilland GB. The big challenge will be tackling DIY decals for the first time... Available references are the internet and a reprint of a 1956 C-172 Pilot Operator's Handbook, which has a three-view and an instrument panel diagram. This isn't going to be an effort for extreme detail or accuracy given the amount of information available (trying to find scale drawings for a general aviation aircraft really makes one appreciate how lucky we are for reference material on most military aircraft) and the state of my modelling skills. I may well revisit the subject if and when a more AMS build becomes possible, but I have a definite soft spot for the 172 since it's the type of airplane I learned to fly on (and still accounts for most of my flight time, or at least more of it than any other type), so I couldn't pass this one up, given the theme of the GB.
  9. Welcome aboard! Thanks for your interest.
  10. Please count me in. Hurricane, Typhoon or Tempest (or maybe, just to be different, a Henley, if I can find a kit), in keeping with my personal focus on WWII builds during the 75th anniversary...though I might also sneak in a Sea Fury if I haven't built it for In The Navy already...
  11. Please count me in.
  12. Great build, Ced! Very impressive result...I have both this kit and the Mk.3 buried in my stash, must admit the prospect of tackling them seems a little daunting looking at parts of this build, but you've shown it can be done. Excellent work...an inspiration. Best regards, Jordan
  13. Both looking great so far, very nice work.
  14. Please count me in.
  15. Please count me in. No idea what I'll build, plenty of air options but I'm inclined to try for one each sea, land and air before getting into multiple aircraft builds. Would be a shame not to do an AFV since tanks were invented during World War I, whereas aircraft and submarines had both been used in previous conflicts...