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Everything posted by stever219

  1. One of the Thunder City two-sweaters was overall gloss black, but I can't remember if either of the single-sweaters was so finished.
  2. I stand erected sir, thank you.
  3. My pleasure. The whole jet was sprayed, even the external bits that are aluminium. I think it was down to a combination of uniformity of appearance and corrosion prevention.
  4. It still looks futuristic. I would love to have talked to the designers to see why they did what they did to create such a wonderful aeroplane. Shame the airliner derivative never happened. Not to worry: it does seem a bit odd to take off with those socking great drag-inducers sticking out. I think the photos of XM715's last "flight" show them quite clearly. I know she was never intended to get airborne that day but I believe the crew used all of the normal drills up to the point just before V1 when the throttles were [to have been] closed and the brake 'chute streamed. Needless to say, as a dyed-in-the-wool rivet counter, my model of XL231 as a QRA jet will have the RATs out.......
  5. You've done a lot better with he wing to fuselage joint than I did, more filler than kit! If you can get hold of it small lead or steel shot also makes good ballast and can be secured with PVA adhesive. As much of the Vampire structure was, like the Mosquito, fabric-covered moulded plywood a "natural metal" finish isn't appropriate; the aeroplanes were sprayed High Speed Silver, an aluminium-pigmented finish with a satin sheen, rather than highly polished or dead matt. I've used Humbrol matt aluminium Metalcote for this finish with varying degrees of success, usually satisfactory, but automotive spray paints will also do the job.
  6. I think they stay open until the jet's airborne as a precaution against electrical failure. My references are inaccessible at present, but I'm sure someone who knows more will be along for us soon.
  7. The new premises and toy sales were definitely the wrong way to have gone: at one point the horrid orange supermarket next door (also the shop's landlord) was selling the same toys for less than MR & ME could buy them for. Goldings recently changed hands and the new owners are trying hard to expand the kits range but they've got their work cut out as the previous owner thought kit bashing is a dying hobby. Sounds like a good excuse to employ my new bus pass on an excursion to Biggleswade!
  8. January/February 2007: the Nightmare Psycho Monster Horror Child From Hades was walking at 13 months, so before the shop closed, and that was October '06. We spend their first two years teaching them to walk and talk and then the rest of our lives telling them to sit down and shut up. Logic anyone?
  9. Our paths may well have crossed at MR & ME: I almost invariably dropped in on the way home from work, or having picked my then 1-year-old from nursery. Goldings on Bedford High Street has now become my drop-in centre for a chat and a sponged coffee. I don't remember Gascoignes though; it had closed before I moved to Bedford in 1994. I have friends who remember it fondly though. There was an ironmongery and model shop in Biggleswade, near the railway bridge, but I've not visited the town for a couple of years so I don't know if that's still there. i lost my modelling mail-order virginity to Modeltoys too........
  10. As a14 year-old I hated masking the red and black areas as there was no obvious starting point or waypoint shown on the instructions, an obvious panel joint for example , to line up the tape with. Apart from that I really enjoyed this kit and I really should succumb to temptation if I see another one on a trader's stand at a show this year. As for XX946 she is now in the care of the RAF Museum at Cosford, albeit now wearing Dark Green and Dark Sea Grey camouflage, having ended her working life as a weapons loading trainer. She does, however, appear still to have the original fin root trailing edge fairing between rudder and tailpipes. Yellowing Humbrol: if you wanted something that really yellowed you should use the gloss varnish (35?), a true horror! Having slapped this on to give a shiny base for the transfers I then applied matt varnish over the top (I was trying to model XZ631 in full camouflage). This changed the Humbrol 27 Dark Sea Grey substitute to something approaching Humbrol 31. I didn't do that again!
  11. I hope everything goes well for you on Tuesday and that we can see the follow-up to the '109 soon. All the best.
  12. Humbrol equivalents for Dark Sea Grey are 27 (matt) and 164 (satin), 167 for Barley Grey/Camouflage Grey (satin) and 166 for Light Aircraft Grey (satin). You'll probably want to use the satin paints for all three as they should provide a better base for a gloss coat prior to transfer application.
  13. The catering is one thing I miss about the Peterborough show: in the Town Hall itself there was old-fashiones village hall catering (bacon butties, home-made cakes, tea, coffee) and in the town centre outside all the calories/cholesterol/refined sugars/hydrogenated fats and everything else growing modellers need. The new venue's got one burger van, no contest....
  14. I think I was too. I certainly remember being allowed into the cockpit of the '352. Living in Dover at the time GWAD was one of our local shows and one year we were treated to fly-bys by G-BJHS, the last airworthy Sunderland. I really do miss that show, and hope that those who demanded the closure of West Malling as an airfield have really enjoyed having all the heavy lorries thundering past their doors servicing the industrial estate that was built all over it.
  15. Thanks Perdue. According to Wikipaedia 275 Squadron was re numbered as 228 Squadron late n 1959. As I entered this world very late that year I might find a 228 Squadron Shackleton to finish my second Airfix Shackleton as.
  16. I was contemplating picking one of these up at the Peterborough show a few weeks ago but settled for a pair of Provosts instead. The yellow one's RAF, not Navy, and the squadron emblem looks like 202 Squadron's mallard (but I could be wrong) rather than 275's, unless 275 re numbered as, or was absorbed into, 202.
  17. Interesting narrative: who was screaming; you or Mrs Skiny? Also interesting colour scheme choice. One of the former Thunder City T. 5s was painted gloss black. Biggest gotcha is likely to be the front section of the ventral tank where it meets the rear section and the tailpipe assembly. For the latter you might want to remove the locating ribs inside the rear fuselage and/or thin down the front face of the rear bulkhead so that you can push the tailpipes and their "8"-ring fully home. The airbrake s don't fit very well either, you'll need some thin plasticard behind them to bring them flush with the surrounding skin.
  18. 1/48th. That's an interesting combination of features on that Meteor: early canopy, early ailerons and deep-breather intakes. With a serial number in the WK9xx range I'd have expected the later canopy from new but I've recently found a photo of 604's boss' aeroplane, also with a WK9xx serial, that also had the early canopy. That's a really nice example Ian, please consider me very jealous.
  19. A quick web trawl hasn't thrown up any images showing previous use of the checks for 801, possible risk of confusion with 43 Squadron Real Air Force? (Runs away bravely).
  20. Churchill described the Battle of Britain (how I abhor the commonly-used abbreviation "BoB"; would the Americans accept Pearl Harbour as "PH"?) as "their finest hour": 2020 will mark the 80th anniversary of that pivotal moment in history which, had it ended differently, would probably mean that none of us would be doing this (or perhaps even being permitted to do this) if we had ever come to exist at all. With so few of the participants remaining alive that may be the last opportunity for those of us out here who have cause to be grateful for it to publicly show our gratitude and where might be better than a national museum exhibit........ Oh, we haven't got one any more, half of it's gone to Cosford and all we've got are some broken hands-on, no-longer-interactive gadgetry (the last time I visited the "Aeronauts" display a very high proportion of the "exhibits" in there were showing more than a bit of wear n tear and a number were completely inoperative). I'm sorry this has become a bit of a rant: RAFM has, like so many other great museums, become a victim of the Blair government's "free museum access" policy which has denied them all day-to-day income, reducing immediately-available and locally-controlled funding for acquisition and conservation. When one has a SWMBO whose attitude to donations is somewhere further to the right than Atilla the Hun and a monitoring system that makes the CIA look like rank amateurs it's difficult to slip the odd fiver or tenner in the box (yeah, rants and guilt trips in the same post, and lots of brackets too).
  21. No. I've not built any of the others but I've built two of these and found them relatively stress-free. There are those who say that they're a bit basic, and I have my doubts about prop blade chord and undercarriage leg length, but apart from that it depends on what YOU want from the kit. Do you want every last nut, bolt, screw, rivet, split pin, washer and grommet? If you do, and you want to spend lots in the process, go buy a Tamigawa or Hasejimi kit and all of the aftermarket you can find for it. If you just want something affordable, easy to build and with a number of options catered for in the box (but not neccesarily specified in the instructions), as well as plenty of eye-catching colour schemes, go get one (or more) of these and have some fun with it.
  22. If it's the one I think it is there was a Dayglo band across the top of the fin and triangular patches on wing and tailplane leading edges. Apparently the patches stayed on until somewhere around rotation.
  23. Are you really surprised? Our self-styled greatest ally knees us in the nuts when we were down on our knees after a war that had nearly bankrupted us and desperately needed an achievement we could be proud of just so they could be first through Mach 1.