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ChocksAway last won the day on March 26 2014

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  1. Model of a model club display 1/12

    Chris Fantastic. It was an inspired idea and reminds us all that we are supposed to enjoy ourselves in this hobby and have some fun. If I have one criticism, it is that you forgot to put thick black panel lines on all the aircraft. I put this down to your inexperience with aircraft modelling. I shall let you borrow my black Sharpie pen so you can make suitable alterations. 😙
  2. SMW 2017 Telford 11th & 12th November

    Regarding thieves ... 3, maybe 4, years ago I sold a number of kits on behalf of a friend in Kit Swap. This collection included some of the original Airfix kits that were in the plastic bags with paper instruction tops - you know the type. At the reconciliation, 7 had gone missing and were not registered as sold, so some thoughtful person had obviously placed them in another kit and smuggled them out, either as a purchase or when collecting their unsold kits. My friend got neither his kits nor his money, as Kit Swap would not accept the liability for the loss. Not a good end to a good show and I was left with the proverbial sour taste in my mouth. Result - I will never use kit swap again to sell or even buy for myself or friends because it is all too easy to cheat people in this situation.
  3. Folks Here's my example, not-quite-finished, build that was on display at SMW ...
  4. Kinetic 1/48 T-Harrier...any good?

    APOLOGIES. I had hoped to have my "information sheets" as Nick (NG899) described them ready for SM, but work on the building of the kit has meant I have not had enough time to finish them. Sorry. I will get them done as soon as I can. Meantime you can read Rick G's review in the magazine and his photo shows what a great addition this model will be to your Harrier collection. Very nice build Rick - I'd like to compare notes! Show visitors will be able to see my build on the Harrier SIG table and I'll be happy to talk about my experience with it if you ask nicely. 😁 I built it as the Spanish Navy TAV-8S 01-808 wearing a shark mouth scheme and 25.000 horas markings of early 1995 (these decals are not in kit). I've still a few bits to finish (ejection seats, canopy, weathering). We also plan to have the kit contents available for browsing. Refer to Nick's previous post on this and other items. You can also speak to Kinetic! See you there.
  5. Touch 'n' Flow - Filler Bottles

    Thanks all for your responses .... I shall pursue some lines of enquiry as it is said. Meantime, I've found a fix with a syringe and a piece of rubber tubing (don't ask!) that seems to do the same job. Fortunately it means my Harrier build can return to production and hopefully meet the SMW deadline.
  6. Touch 'n' Flow - Filler Bottles

    Thanks for replies. In response ... Glues are horses for courses. I've used Tamiya Extra Thin and sometimes find it not strong enough in the bond. Yes PlasticWeld can be aggressive if not used carefully, so I like the option to use both as required. Here's a link Here to the product and description of use.
  7. Touch 'n' Flow - Filler Bottles

    Chaps Anyone found a replacement for the filler bottle that comes with the Touch 'n' Flow applicator? I don't mean the branded one, the cheapest of which I can find is about £8.50 with postage (strike a light, they're taking the mickey!), but an equivalent plastic bottle on FleaBay etc., with the right size top that doesn't require a mortgage to purchase? Thanks in advance.
  8. As Nick (NG899) has said, there are a few things to correct - plastic-wise as well as instructions-wise. Certainly nothing that will stop you in your tracks. As an example, it says T2N as a variant on the box cover, but you wouldn't stop buying it just because it says that, would you? Okay, I've seen a hand go up at the back. There's always one! Some of us have to make mistakes in order that the perfect folks stand out from the crowd, else we'd not notice you. With the kit, FRS.1 kit, Model Alliance decal sheet MA48153 and/or Vingtor decal sheets 48109 and/or 48118, you can pretty much do any Harrier I trainer that flew from a markings and schemes perspective. And with a little home effort and an inkjet printer, even the T8s at the SFDO. So if you're into one of a kind, you'll probably need 10 kits or so - like I will!
  9. AV-B Harrier Safety Chase Photos

    Sven Thanks for swift reply and additional information - I shall keep searching. Chers
  10. AV-B Harrier Safety Chase Photos

    Cracking set of shots and thanks for posting - these are very useful and very timely and interesting. Have you got any images you could share where it carries "Radar" on the nose and trialling AIM-120s? I've only seen one image and have no documented evidence that it did them, so maybe it's fake? Alpha Delta 210 - I believe the jet is at the Carolinas Aviation Museum in the grounds of Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina. No longer in this scheme though.
  11. Harrier Send-Off - Show us your models

    Finally got around to building a Harrier after a long sabbatical ... this is #27 and it is the old Airfix 1/48th scale Sea Harrier FA.2 build as a homage to Art Nalls and XZ439 ... it's a close approximation I hope to his 2017 scheme ... Better get on an do a few more!
  12. 1/48 Eduard Harrier GR.7/9

    James In response to your question "Does anyone know if they'd ever sit with the Terma and SNIPER, plus fuel tanks and then empty rails for the rest?" I'm saying I've seen a photo of ZG501 in that configuration taxying whilst with 41(R) Squadron in the UK. It was not on Operation Herrick at the time. It's a possible scenario for Herrick if the jet had been carrying 4 Paveways IVs and dropped all four on a mission. Given two Paveway and two CRV-7 was the standard, four Paveway must have been for a specific mission rather than CAS. Folks who were out on Herrick are best placed to answer this, not me I'm afraid. CRV-7 pods are brought back rather than jettisoned I believe - but you need a Harrier armourer to give you chapter and verse on this subject. If you've not already done so, I suggest you download this document before completing the rest of the build.
  13. 1/48 Eduard Harrier GR.7/9

    James Look at this file for what's available for 1/48th scale Harriers - it's only a few months out of date, but I will be updating it later this year after the Kinetic T-bird is released ... http://www.harriersig.org.uk/models/kits48.pdf L'Arsenal do Paveway IVs (re AC 4833 5.95 Euros for a pair), but you're right, I've only seen Belcher Bits for CRV-7s. You could probably scratch build the CRV-7s if necessary - I'm sure we can get you the dimensions and a few photos for you to do so. I've not seen photos of the configuration you suggest for Herrick, but ZG501 when with 41(R) Sqdn was testing out this configuration in the UK! I have seen a jet with 4X Paveway IV, TERMA, DJRP, Sniper, Fuel tanks and BOLs if that helps (serial not known). Does it matter though? It's your model. Sure someone will criticise, but remember criticism says as much about the critic as it does the criticised. HTH
  14. 1/48 Eduard Harrier GR.7/9

    James Shameless plug from me for some of my Harrier reference / walkaround photos and also examples of how not to build the Hasegawa/Revell Harrier can be found here ... http://p1127.co.uk/Harrier/index.html Good luck with the rest of the build.
  15. Welcome to Chocksaway’s plastic shelf-filler model builds for 2016. (Yes, I'm still here.) A funny old year - I lost the modelling mojo for most of it and had to do some rapid builds to support the club's display at SMW, now we - West Middlesex Scale Model Club - have returned to the IPMS fold. Onwards and upwards then .... First up, a pair of Hurricanes using the new Airfix kit. The first is a fabric-winged Hurricane Mk.I, flown by Sqn Ldr John "Downwind" Gillan, 111 Sqn RAF, on 10 February 1938 when he managed an average speed of over 400 MPH for his Edinburgh to Northolt flight (Airfix 1/72nd). And this is another: Hawker Hurricane Mk.I, VY.G (serial unknown), 85 Squadron, RAF, Lille-Seclin, May 1940 (Airfix, 1/72). A further step back in time now to WW1. Here's a Sopwith Pup, B2192, as flown by Captains Foote and Balfour of the Gosport School of Special Flying, circa 1917. (Flashback, 1/48th). There's some dispute over the stripe colours - I went with the black and white option. Continuing the WW1 theme, this is the Fokker D.V flown by Theodor Osterkamp in 1918. (Eduard Weekend Edition, 1/48th) And now the well-worn joke about a pair of old Fokkers: a Fokker Dr.I (serial unknown) flown by Staffelfuhrer August Raben, Jasta 18, 1918 (Revell 1/48th). And this is Fokker Dr.I, 546/17 from Jasta 11 in early 1918 (Eduard Weekend Edition, 1/48th). And now back to something more modern, though the plastic probably isn't. This is the Lockheed-Martin X-35B protoype (Panda Models, 1/48th). So far, so good. At this point in the year my mojo disappeared. To get it back - some 6 months later - I re-visited one of my favourite genres. At this point, I should say this ... WARNING - The rest of this thread contains images that some model makers may find offensive. Withdraw now, to save elevating your blood pressure and having to wipe spittle from your keyboard and display. Please note that no resin or photo-etch was harmed in the making of the following models. Any similarities to the real aircraft are entirely coincidental. ... .... ..... ...... Now for some Eggstreme modelling .... Grumman F-14B Tomcat - "Thief of Baghdad" (BuNo not known), VF-24 "Fighting Renegades" based at NAS Fallon, 1991. McDonnell Douglas RF-4E Phantom, 35+76, AKG 52, West German Air Force, Tiger Meet scheme, 1984-85. Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor (Block 40), AF 10-4195 (Pre-delivery scheme - mint and chocolate egg) Kawasaki T-4, 15-5666, 6 Hikotai, Tsuiki Airbase 50th Anniversary special markings, JASDF Grumman A-6A Intruder, 151816 / NL-406, VA-65 “Tigers”, June 1966 Lockheed P-38 Lightning F-5B, 4268213, GIR 2/33, Free French Air Force, Bastia, Corsica, 1944 Boeing 747-100, N479EV / 979, Evergreen International Aviation, 2009. Lockheed-Martin F-16 Block30D, 86-0305, 18th Aggressor Squadron, Eielson AFB, Alaska, November 2007. [Thanks Julien - see, I did finally get to use the decals!] Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero - BI-12, ATAIU-SEA, Tebrau AB, Malaya, 1946 F-47D Thunderbolt - 473, Cuban Army Air Force, 1956. Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse ... The "Flying EGGSTEAD" (Exhaust Gas Generated System: Thrust; Elevation; Attitude; Direction) made by Bristol Engines. Not to be confused with the Rolls-Royce TMR (Thrust Measurement Rig). And my only Harrier build of the year (I know, shock horror!) ... Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.1, XV741, 1(F) Squadron, RAF from the Daily Mail Transatlantic Air Race in May 1969. Lift-off from St. Pancras, New York bound. McDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagle, AF 79-041, 173rd Fighter Wing, Air National Guard, Kingsley Field, Klamath Falls, Oregon. Two from the 100 Hours "Soccer" War ... North American F-51D Mustang - #407, Salvadoran Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Salvadoreña, (FAS)), July 1969. Chance Vought Corsair F-4U 5N, FAH-609 flown by Major Soto, Fuerza Aerea Hondureña, July 1969. Continuing the Central American theme ... North American Mustang F-51D, #312 - Fuerza Aerea Guatemalteca (FAG) Aerobatic Team. Yes, it was meant to be similar to the USAF Thunderbirds scheme. A6M2-N Rufe, R-106, 5th Kikutai, Kiska, Aleutian Islands, September 1942. Ducks from the fridge door, in case you're wondering. And finally ... Shenyang Aircraft Corporation J-15 "Flying Shark", #556, People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). And here's how they all came together with my previous eggplane builds at SMW 2016 - for those of you who forgot to stop and have a look ... Happy Modelling New Year. PS - if you have been affected by any of the images seen in this thread, please go here or here