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thorfinn

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  1. Revell TWIN OTTER Adventure

    Thanks, Michael! Believe me, if I had the time and resources, I'd build them all! (I just started this project, and I've already found a half-dozen more schemes I really want to do....)
  2. Revell TWIN OTTER Adventure

    Thank you, Alex. I must confess, Air Seychelles was my near also-ran for a livery choice---they've got some truly stunning tropical flowers and seabirds schemes---but I decided to go with something a bit simpler out of the gate: VQ-TCG from InterCaribbean Airways. Lovely great photo here, on their website.
  3. I decided to combine a current 'civil aircraft' streak with taking a kick back at bleak winter, by doing Revell's (ex-Matchbox) lovely little 1/72 DHC6 Twin Otter, with bright tropical markings suggestive of sunshine, balmy breezes, steel drums...and perhaps a few rum-laced libations. I have never built the kit before, but multiple online reviews uniformly laud it as one of Matchbox's very best late efforts, with much more subtle surface detail than their generally-well-earned reputation for 'trench'-style panel lines would suggest. I have what I believe is the most current boxing from Revell Germany, with markings for the Swiss Topographic Office: The kit still comes with its original options of long or short nose, and floats and skis for the landing gear. All of those will go into the spares box except the long nose. I began by sanding off the molded-in raised panels---what I presume are wind deflectors of some sort---adjacent to the forward cabin window on each side, since the photo I'm working from shows these locations as flush panels. The kit has a reasonably well-appointed cockpit...but nothing at all for the cabin between the cockpit and aft fuselage bulkhead. The clear cabin windows are fairly thick and non-optical...but there are a lot of them...so I opted to rough out a very basic interior, consisting of a simple floor and seats made up mainly from scrap left over from my last project. The seats will be painted a dark color, so no real detail was needed: I just wanted 'seat shapes' to be visible through the plentiful cabin windows. As to these windows...they started the project off with a truly delightful surprise. As I said, they're rather thick...but the fit to the fuselage is better, bar none, than any similar kit I've built in my 5+ decades in the hobby. The windows are molded individually, so there's no 'mounting strip' to obstruct the fit (as they typically seem to do); and best of all, they are cleanly beveled to match the fuselage openings. All I had to do was lay each piece in its little cut-out, and hit the corner with the slightest touch of Tamiya Extra-Thin; the cement wicked cleanly and perfectly around each rim, leaving no worry about water-based clear adhesives weakening and windows possibly popping loose in mid-project, or while trying to mask. That's it for the present. Thanks for looking in.
  4. 1/25 49 Mercury Wagon

    Oh, I do love that! Really fine work on a classic design.
  5. I dimly recall a feature on military versions of the 247 in my collection of old IPMS/USA periodicals. If you're interested, I might be able to dig it out and scan it for you. Can't remember off the top of my head which egines the C-73s used...but I do recall they had T-6 style cowlings and twin-blade props.
  6. Gun camera on P-40 - how common?

    Many later-model P-40s (-K onward?) had type N-2 or N-6 cameras mounted in the right landing gear fairing rather than the earlier underwing 'bulge.' Cheers
  7. Thanks to one and all for your gracious and supportive comments! Many, many thanks, Roger, for your very useful information. The blue interior actually wasn't based on the restored aircraft---which I know can be 'dodgy' as a reference source for such things---though, having studied those photos so often, I don't doubt I was subconsciously 'nudged' in that direction. I actually ran across an unpublished contemporary passenger account describing the 247's interior as something like 'a soothing palette of colors, with dignified deep-blue upholstery and baby-blue walls.' That account didn't give the airline or exact date...but since blue had early-on been a color associated with UAL, it seemed a plausible choice, so I took the leap...and naturally guessed wrong! Likewise the door: with the usual whimsy of the 'modeling gods,' I ran across this photo, literally within hours of having posted: I thought it might have dignified my guess about the interior color...though it reminded me I needed to cover the interior structure with a flat panel. Fortunately, I always 'back up' my home-made decals with 'extras.' so that's an easier fix than the interior scheme. I confess I have quite fallen in love with this largely-forgotten aircraft...one I confess I didn't know diddly about, before I started researching this build. I will definitely be building at least one more of the Williams Brothers kits...sometime...so I made a careful listing of the changes made and things added to the basic kit, so I won't have to start from 'zero'---or rely on hazy memory---next time `round. Thanks again for your kind words, insights, and taking the time to comment!
  8. Finnish P40.

    Those quarter-panels were easily removable for either maintnance access or repainting, so the area beneath generally matched the exterior camouflage. Interpretation of b&w photos of the -M in Finnish markings isn't definitive, but suggests the area was left in the original O.D. finish.
  9. Here she is: Williams Brothers classic 1/72 Boeing 247D airliner, modified to the original 247 (no 'D') configuration. That conversion included modifying the kit's 'straight-line' fin/rudder to the earlier 'notched' style, and detailing the hinges; cutting off the kit engine nacelles and scratchbuilding new smaller-diameter ones (from Monogram 1/48 F4U-4 drop tanks); and using the engines and speed-ring cowlings from an Airfix 1/72 Ford Trimotor to replace the kit's late-style NACA-design fully-enclosed engine cowlings. (Both real aircraft utilized the same Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp engines, so it was an easy swap...just requiring new scratchbuilt exhaust collectors.) The kit includes the early-style 'forward slant' canopy as an option; though I had to cut out the centerline pilot's hatch and replace it with an acetate piece, since the kit canopy is a two-piece affair with the seam running right down the center. I added the early-style tall aerial mast forward of the canopy from a shaped section of bamboo barbecue skewer, to give it enough strength and rigidity to stand up to the tightly-stretched EZ-Line aerial. Details on the finish can be found in the WIP here. Decals were all made up on my PC and printed on my faithful HP inkjet, using Testors decal paper and their Decal-Bonder spray to seal. The decals included something I tried for the first time: 'printed' panel lines. Uncertain of how visible my usual 'pencil' technique would be against assorted shades of silver, I made up a bunch of straight and curved lines in various thicknesses and colors, to apply as decals. I used the charcoal-grey versions exclusively---the black were much too high-contrast---and it worked fairly well, particularly on the 247's complex curved nose panels. There were two main drawbacks: homemade decals tend to want to curl, and with tiny strips of panel lines this became an exercise in patience in some areas. The other drawback comes from putting mainly clear-film decals over a silver finish: even with a Future undercoat and liberal use of Solvaset, there were some 'silvering' areas that remained invisible until the final finish-coat was applied. Most could be dealt with, but a few rough areas frustratingly remained. The aircraft I chose to depict---NC13304---was the fourth production machine of the total 75 built, and went into service in April 1933; it is the same one shown in a well-known overhead photo taken over the Chicago World's Fair in the summer of that same year. Here's the same aircraft as it might have looked on the evening 0f 10 October, 1933: United Airlines' regularly-scheduled 'Trip 23'---they didn't yet refer to them as 'Flights'---preparing to depart following a twenty-minute refueling stop at Ohio's Cleveland Hopkins Airport, on the next leg of her trans-continental route from Newark, New Jersey to Oakland, California. Now headed for Chicago, the ill-fated airliner was about to enter the annals of aviation history...but for all the wrong reasons. At approximately 8:49 PM, the pilot radioed his regular position report, with all normal and the aircraft on-course for the Windy City. When the next scheduled communication---twenty minutes later---wasn't made, it raised no particular alarm, since radio communication was still highly subject to weather and/or occasional technical difficulties. Alarms were raised a short time later, as confused reports started to come in from ground witnesses: an explosion had been heard in the night skies over the rural farm area near Chesterton, Indiana. A short time later, wreckage was found: the aircraft had been torn apart in mid-air---by what authorities later determined was most likely a nitroglycerin bomb planted in a lavatory storage cabinet---with the loss of all aboard: four passengers (the aircraft could have carried as many as ten) and three crew, including pilot, co-pilot and stewardess. This first-ever bombing of a commercial passenger aircraft---an act of what we would now call 'terrorism,' though then it was merely referred to as 'sabotage'---was extensively investigated by the FBI and civil aviation authorities. Despite pursuing numerous seemingly-promising leads and an ever-widening list of possible suspects who had any potential connection with the airline, the flight, or its passengers or crew, no credible motive for the act was ever determined...no probable suspect(s) firmly identified...and no credit claimed by any individual or organization, for having brought the airliner down. The puzzle of the ill-fated United Air Lines 'Trip 23' remains the oldest 'cold case' in commercial aviation---and one of the most frustrating and elusive 'unsolved' cases in the entire history of aviation.
  10. Japanese Lear

    Writeups on the U-36A mention 'sensors' (unspecified) and a 'missile seeker simulator' for tactical training, which I believe is the stbd fixture. (Nice closeup here.) All that being said...it's a gorgeous model! Really well done.
  11. My feelings precisely! Following with great interest. (Perhaps your efforts will inspire me to tackle the old Rareplanes Gotha G.IV still mocking me from my stash....)
  12. You've got to get past this state of denial. You're among friends here: you can freely admit you have a problem.... But seriously...looks like an awesome project! Will be following with rapt interest....
  13. That camouflage is positively dazzling! Well done, that man....
  14. IAR 80

    I've had the old LTD kit in the stash for donkeys' years, and yours is serving as fit inspiration! Following along with much interest and admiration. Cheers
  15. Really exqusite work! Well done, indeed.
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