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Michael louey

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  1. Brewster F2A-3 Buffalo

    Very Nice Pierpaolo! About the only thing I'd change would be the canopy. It's always difficult to get the right "sit" with an open sliding canopy over a rear spine. Usually the best solution is a vac replacement if it exists. Cheers Michael
  2. Flory / Ultimate - Washes - WANTED - Opinions / Advice

    Hi, I've been using "Ultimate" for a while on my aircraft. The effect is reasonably subtle in the photos but it does have an effect. Here's the latest post on Britmodeller - I find it quite easy to use. I tried to make my own washes using watercolours or artist oils but found the results were not consistent and if I made mistakes they couldn't be removed. The Ultimate wash is quite controllable and can be cleaned up (usually) if you make a mistake. They are probably even more useful for AFV's. I don't build targets normally but my son does and the wash made a world of difference to his last 2 projects. We used dirt and mud. Sorry, no photos of them as they are Nathan's models not mine. I believe flory sold his company and name but then started a new company with a modified formula. I've never used the original. Cheers Michael
  3. Hi, It's both the decal and conversion bits. I could see resin and maybe a brass undercarriage. It was right next to a Pete's Hangar C130 brass undercarriage which I bought (for no good reason other than it was half price and it "might come in handy" ) Cheers Michael
  4. oops sorry Bill - I posted on your Part 1 - Should really be here: Not sure if anyone is interested but I had to pop into the city Metro Hobbies store in Melbourne at lunch. This branch is closing down and is having a clearing sale. They still have a store in Box Hill. The city store is the old VHC mentioned in this thread. The reason for this post is that while rummaging through their decal sheets which are marked 50% off, I bumped into the 1/72 F111B Pete's Hanger conversion. They must have found one in the back rooms while clearing up. I know it's quite rare but I'm only really interested in F111C's and G's. There web site is here - https://metrohobbies.com.au/ The item doesn't seem to show up in their web site which I'm not surprised about but if you're keen, you could probably email (or phone them if you're in Australia) The shop closes Sep 1 and I guess this item will get sent to their other store if not sold by then. Cheers Michael
  5. 1:72 Grumman/General Dynamics F-111B "Beta Tomcat"

    Not sure if anyone is interested but I had to pop into the city Metro Hobbies store in Melbourne at lunch. This branch is closing down and is having a clearing sale. They still have a store in Box Hill. The city store is the old VHC mentioned in this thread. The reason for this post is that while rummaging through their decal sheets which are marked 50% off, I bumped into the 1/72 F111B Pete's Hanger conversion. They must have found one in the back rooms while clearing up. I know it's quite rare but I'm only really interested in F11!C's and G's. There web site is here - https://metrohobbies.com.au/ The item doesn't seem to show up in their web site which I'm not surprised about but if you're keen, you could probably email (or phone them if you're in Australia) The shop closes Sep 1 and I guess this item will get sent to their other store if not sold by then. Cheers Michael
  6. Brewster F2A-3 Buffalo

    Hi Pierpalo, You're progressing well with the kit. I built this kit a few years ago and I recall the major issues I had was closing up the fuselage as the cockpit parts (especially the cowling combing) were too large for the fuselage. I ended up shaving heaps of plastic off bulkheads, cockpit parts and combing to get everything to fit. Here's my completed one - http://z15.invisionfree.com/72nd_Aircraft/index.php?showtopic=2988&hl= I noticed you're building the Navy version so I was wondering if I could bother you for some of the parts not required for this version. I've managed to lose my spinner from my Hasegawa kit (It was a combo so I robbed the second kit) and some of the props and tail cone are required for RAAF versions but not in the Hasegawa kit. I'll send you a PM Cheers Michael
  7. Aussie Matilda`s,....... what colour?

    Hi Tony, I thought one of the Australian sites had info on the colour of the Matildas but the closest I could find was on the Mouse House Enterprises web site (They do a lot of accessories and even paints for Australian Armour). This article has info on markings and marking colours - not sure if the "service colour" is meant to be the overall green on the tanks or not. http://www.mheaust.com.au/Aust/Research/Matilda/Markings WW2.htm Regards Michael
  8. I noticed this first on the other main site I post on - 72nd scale aircraft. After hearing from others there and here, I've moved to postimage. It is quite a bit of work reloading and linking photos. The other difficulty is remembering which pictures I originally posted if I didn't individually caption each (I usually have more pictures than I actually post of each topic) however it does mean the posts may have a different set of pictures to look back on! I've started redoing all the pictures progressively. Fortunately I never rely on online storage as a main location. I usually have the masters backed up on an external hard drive and dvd's. External Hard Drives do crash as well. Hope the other hosting sites don't go the same way. I wonder how they do make money without ads.
  9. Best / Easiest kit to build a 1/72 Vc Spitfire (Trop)?

    Hi Wombat, I nearly forgot - There is the High Planes kit. Here's a built one - http://www.aussiemodeller.com.au/pages/Gallery/Aircraft_I-O/Jarvis_SpitVc.html It has the advantage of having RAAF decals too but an easy build it probably isn't. It would also have vac canopies. It does have the advantage of being available. Not sure if it might be better for accuracy on the items mentioned by Finn. Regards Michael
  10. Best / Easiest kit to build a 1/72 Vc Spitfire (Trop)?

    Hi Wombat, Dave's right, the best kit currently is the Sword kit. I did a review a while ago on Aussie Modeller - http://www.aussiemodeller.com.au/pages/Reviews/acft kit/Louey_SwordSpitVc.html I was at the Melbourne Model Expo and was sure I saw some on some vendors stands but since I wasn't looking for one I didn't pay much noticed. Since you're in Australia, these should be affordable if you can only find them. It *may* have been Aeroworks from Adelaide or then again it could have been one of a couple of vendors I didn't catch the name of. Best wishes searching. Michael
  11. 1/72 Spitfire F.24 - 80 Sqn

    Hi Cookie, Thanks for the suggestions again. I looked at my Mk 21 though and there only appears to be one spinner backplate, so I would transfer the problem of completing a set of aligned props to that kit. I suppose you are using your SH kits as cannabilization subjects so it may not be an issue for you. I'll think of what to do next when I get back to the Mk 24 soon. (I have 2 projects I have to do for club displays which need to be finished in the next month - One of them is a Spitfire but not as we know it Cheers Michael
  12. Hi Tony, Thanks for the clarification - I haven't looked at my copy for a while - I only recall it came with an extra cowling and the single seater fairing. As this is an early version I thought the new cowling would be the one for the early airframes. I've seen the photo of the "Secret Weapon". I'm pretty sure it was in one of my AHSA (Aviation Historical Society of Australia) journals. I'll try to find it and if so, I'll pm you to see if you want a scan. Cheers Michael
  13. 1/72 Spitfire F.24 - 80 Sqn

    Thanks Cookie, I'll probably go with the lengthened props and the original u/c covers. I'll also use a spare Eduard canopy like you suggested. Cheers Michael
  14. Tony's covered the details pretty well. Just a few comments - The MPM kit has a major outline flaw in it - the fuselage sides taper from front to back when looked at in plan. They should be parallel. The SH kits are correct here. The 2nd SH boxing (Rabual) has extra resin to cover the different early cowling type and a fairing for a once off "single seater Wirraway" The other kit available is the High Planes kit which is very accurate in outline and has a nice vac form canopy (which may need to be trimmed down for height based on experience from a friend's build). It's a limited run kit (actually High Planes first kit) and needs a lot of small detail scratched but ends up looking very nice. Cheers Michael.
  15. 1/72 Spitfire F.24 - 80 Sqn

    Hi Cookie, Great Spitfire! I have a couple of questions for you. I'm also building the Airfix Mk 24 currently though mine is in camouflage PK682. I've just been reading my Phileditions book and noticed this was a rebuilt Mk 22. Do you know if all Mk 24's had the long prop blades and updated undercarriage covers? I have a Special Hobby Mk 21 which has these spare parts so I can change them if required. Regards Michael
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