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Everything posted by stever219

  1. Had I seen this thread when it first appeared I would have advocated using the original FBI. VI wings from this kit and butchering the two-stage engine cowlings to fit. The newer wing parts, with engraved panel lines (including the spar caps above and below), are poorly moulded and, as you have discovered, an appallingly bad fit. The spar caps can be better reproduced by applying a strip of 5 thou plasticard cut to fit between the engraved panel lines, or masking off and applying a thick-ish layer of paint over the area. Have a look on the web for photos of, for example, TJ138 at Hendon and you'll see what I mean. There is a barely-visible ridge along the wing above and below the front spar position. Similarly the joint between the fuselage halves is covered by a very fine external strip. The blue that you've used on the spinners looks about spot on (I concocted something very similar for my 42 Squadron SEAC P-47D). Good idea to salvage the Tamiya undercarriage too: the Airfix parts aren't too bad but the Tamiya parts look better and they did at least provide the oil tanks.
  2. Again the Walkarounds pages are your friend, but remember that some of the airframes on there are extensively weathered while XX765 at Cosford is (IIRC) almost pristine. As Dave has suggested start with a greenish lemon and work from there.
  3. The main wheel and leg doors look better than the Airfix kit: Trumpeter have moulded them separately where Airfix have moulded them as one piece. Guess how much bad language I've used separating the bits in the Airfix kit, go on, guess! The exhausts look from their orientation and location on the sprue as though they have been moulded with open ends (can anyone check please?) which is another job and/or additional expense avoided. Trumpeter have also moulded the tail wheel and its leg as separate parts, so one up on Airfix there too, but I don't think it's enough to get me to change allegiance from Airfix on this occasion.
  4. My first Duxford was 1982 when the Trident made its last-ever landing. Some while later in the display there was a call on the PA system for "the man with the keys for the Trident [to] bring them to Air Traffic so it can be towed to the apron." I still sometimes wonder what he was up to.
  5. Any colour you like as long as it's black. I'm sure there are photos on the Walkarounds pages on here and on the web in general. AFAIK there was no difference between any of the variants or operators. I remember sitting in the front cockpit of XX144 at Coltishall in early 1975 and being surprised that it was "still" black when I knew that other contemporary types such as the Harrier, Phantom, Lightning 2A and 6, Tornado and Buccaneer were in grey.
  6. My apologies. It's so long since I've seen mine that I can't remember how bad tha gap is. Then again I can't remember breakfast time most days......
  7. Now you know why so many TSR 2 models have the undercarriage bay and weapons bay doors open. One thing to note is that the vertical fin is an all-moving surface so it's base doesn't need fairing in to the fuselage.
  8. You may find that you'll need to trim the outer edges of the gun bays in order to get the fuselage halves to mate properly. On my first kit I cemented the gun bay doors on before assembling the fuselage as it appeared easier to get them to sit flush with the surrounding skin by doing it that way. If you're not doing a target tug there's a small semi-conical fairing below the rear fuselage that needs to come off.
  9. I know they've taken an awful lot of flak lately but try contacting Airfix's spares department: you've photographic evidence that the part wasn't in the bag when you opened the kit. If they don't prove helpful I may well have a (painted) spare you can have: one of our kittens permanently "rehomed" an assembled undercarriage leg & door (please don't ask!) so I've already reached the "build it wheels up" stage with one of mine.
  10. Many of the franchises have already gone: a small independent department store near us had one and it closed just before Christmas (logic anyone?). We still have one kit retailer in Bedford, but the local branch of Hobbycraft looks like it hasn't had a restock of Airfix since it opened two or three years ago. There's a lot of fresh air on their shelves, along with a preponderance of kits that are old and tired. i believe that Hornby took quite a lot of flak at a trade event late last year and that the present management have been handed a very poisoned chalice, but if they want a business to hand on they've got to get their act together, rapidly.
  11. Thanks Bentwaters: my excuse is that I've heard neither for some time, and I'm sticking to it.
  12. I think it's the outro to Dire Straits' "Romeo and Juliet" from, IIRC, the Brothers In Arms album. But I could be wrong and I might be lying......
  13. The aeroplanes were taken from the main production line as they became available: the modifications to enable them to carry and deliver Upkeep were undertaken away from this area. The mods were not undertaken at Boscombe Down as this was a specialist test and evaluation establishment? The dorsal turret was not replaced with a hatch cover, simply a circular plate riveted over its hole. These 21 aeroplanes were referred to as "Type 464 provisioning" (Type 464 was the Vickers designation for Upkeep) meaning that they had provision to carry the weapon (sorry if there's some egg-sucking teaching here). Avro type numbers started at 500, so this reference on drawings, orders or correspondence might take a little bit of working out by anyone not directly concerned with the programme.
  14. I tend to read through the instructions before starting work to see which parts need painting which colour and then hit them all in one go especially if it's a subject that I'm not familiar with. Likewise I'll be looking for wrinkles in the assembly sequence, for instance Airfix's new 1/72th Typhoon or 1/48th Hurricane.
  15. Welcome aboard. Good choice of kit: some of the cockpit parts are a little fiddly so a good set of tweezers will help, especially those with a reverse action (squeeze to open, the arms are crossed halfway down to permit this) which generally hold the parts without too much pressure and reduces the risk of pinging parts across the room and into the maw of the ever-hungry Carpet Monster. As Drift said the starter set paints ain't brilliant, so give the parts a quick wash in warm soapy water and rinse them off before starting, and maybe buy a pot of acrylic primer to sling on first: grey and white are generally regarded as good starting points. i assume you'll be brush painting, so invest in a small size 0 or 1 brush for detail work and a small- or medium-sized chisel-edged/flat brush for larger areas as that'll reduce the likelihood of ridges in the paint. This is one kit where you will need to study and follow the instructions: the assembly sequence is unusual and doesn't allow build up of the wings and fuselage as separate units before joining them. Just take your time and enjoy it. Post some pictures of your work (being a complete IT numpty I've never yet managed it) as it'll help to inspire other new members and to explain any problems you might run into. All of us on here have been where you are now, some starting younger than others, and we've all got experience and information that we'll happily share with you. Just go and have some fun with it.
  16. Airfix nstructions have changed over the years: the ones that you've picked out are no worse than many and better than quite a few. I, and many others, started out with an exploded diagram containing up to 40 components and numbered steps describing each element of the process, e.g. "1. Locate and cement pilot (1) to seat (2) after first painting if required." "2. Locate and cement lug on back of seat into cut out in bulkhead (3) ensuring rib on bulkhead faces to the rear." and so forth. Sadly the requirement for multi lingual instructions and the decline n the teaching and learning of proper English capable of being understood by anyone spelled the end of this deathless prose. if you thnk Airfix's nstructions are bad you should (a) see some produced by some eastern European or former Soviet bloc manufacturers, or even the likes of Revell or Eduard (to name but two) and (b) write directly to Airfix and tell them how you could do a better job of designing their instructions. The trend has been towards more stages in construction, each involving fewer components or assemblies in order to avoid swamping the builder with information.
  17. Airfix have tried doing brass in the past, most recently for some of the Operation Herrick vehicles, and it doesn't appear to have done particularly well for them. Perhaps your enquiry would be better directed at Eduard (who did the frets for Airfix IIRC) and who seem to have had a more successful experience with it.
  18. Upnorth's plot is pretty much spot on. The ADV Tornado features a two-foot-odd extension in the centre fuselage to provide the additional length for the Sparrow/Skyflash installation on the belly and additional fuel capacity. This caught the Airfix designers of the day out when they produced their 1/48th scale F. 3: they put the rear of the F. 3 cockpit in the same place relative to the intakes as it is on the GR. 1, thereby making the rear cockpit that much too long. Whichever F. 3 kit you start with it might simply be easiest to screw your courage to the sticking place and carefully cut out just over 1/6th of an inch just behind the taileron pivots (there's a small fairing around these just behind which it might be a good place to make the forward cut). You may be able to modify the fin lower trailing edge fairing or "acquire" a spare GR. 1 fin through the good offices of one member or another of this forum (sadly I don't have one going spare at present otherwise it'd be on its way to you). Looking at the decal sheet artwork and a few photos on t'interweb the lower trailing edge fairing is a relatively simple shape to make up from thin plasticard which can then be faired into the rear of the dorsal spine with a dob of filler so, hopefully, no need to rob a perfectly good GR. 1 of its trademark, unless you're planning to use it for an RTP diorama project.
  19. You forgot Operation Pedestal B-25 + Sea Hurricane + Ju87 + SM 79.
  20. Oh good: another kit of this ghastly contraption that I won't want to buy, so I can spend my money on Airfix Victors and Shackletons (amongst others).
  21. Expanding slightly on Wez's post the extra length, 14 inches, in the F. 3 is behind the taileron pivots and was built in to accommodate the extra length of the RB199 Mk. 104 reheat sections. On the full-size jet there is a noticeable reduction in the taper of the rear fuselage at that point when compared to the GR. 1/4 rear fuselage. As a result of the fuselage extension to accommodate the longer reheat sections the fairing below the rudder in the F. 3 is also different to the preceding variants. The shape of the fairing went through a number of changes during development flying until the final form was arrived at. i'm not sure whether ZA254 had a forward-facing camera on the fin; I think she did, and it was located where the forward RWR fairing is on the mud movers. It's not huge, but it is longer and angled slightly downwards. Usual rules: check photos and don't forget ZA254's appearance changed from time to time during her life. Please post some photos of your work: '254 was one of the first aircraft I encountered at my first Fanborough show in 1980 and I've always had a bit of a soft spot for her. Sadly no-one at the Misery of Disarmament considered this significant airframe worthy of preservation.
  22. Do you know how hard it is to suppress a full-blown guffaw in Waterstones without wetting yourself? I do. The "new ! Ladybird" books are, generally, hilarious. The "Neighbours" and "Students" volumes are also particularly good fun. Sorry for the appalling thread drift raguk.
  23. The Tupolev was definitely in Aeroflot colours: gorgeous! Don't remember the Dove though.
  24. I had that book too! Do you remember the picture of the Gnat in the HSS/Dayglo extremities scheme, apparently in a screaming dive? Wonderful stuff. Also loved the illustration of the Tu-114. They just don't do 'em like that any more.
  25. Sorry to disagree with you but I prefer having the less common option "from the box". The HSS/Dayglo scheme uses a different Dayglo (more red than orange IIRC) but I wouldn't put it past Airfix to reissue this kit with a new tailplane as a Mk. 4 and with markings for a HSS/Dayglo example. Failing that Xtradecal might consider a follow-up sheet for the present one.