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    World War 1: German Air Service, Zeppelins, SE5s
    World War 2: BoB, Malta, Bomber Command, Eighth Air Force, Burma
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  1. I just received my copies. I know that I'm biased but this is the first book to be printed by a new supplier... Malaysian I believe... and it's about a zillion times nicer in the hand than the Ferrari book I did last year. That one was printed in Nashville. Here's couple of shots - including AndrewE's gorgeous WNW build, which sits opposite King Kong.
  2. Thank you 73north that would be brilliant
  3. I'm afraid Christmas sort of got in the way of Upholder. She'll be finished before New Year. Still in a bit of a funk about the Gladiator but very pleased with the two I completed and very proud to be sharing the gallery with such fine builds from everyone else. Well done, all. And the best of the season to you.
  4. I'm sorry to report that we lost the patient with this one. I just could not get the struts to hold no matter what. In desperation I went for superglue. That set them but they were 3-4mm off mating with the holes in the upper wing. Snapped two interplane struts and two cabane struts. The paint's a mess and it's all going in the recycling bin. Not great for someone with a passion for biplanes that I can't actually build the darn things.
  5. Thanks, Cliff!
  6. No - would be a fun one! It's the Bristol Fighter. So plenty of post-war Empire policing as well as its wartime career. As Rob Millinship, Shuttleworth pilot, put it: The Camel's for a posthumous VC, the S.E.5 for scoring victories and the Bristol if you want to live to see peace. I think that the Fokker Dr.I is going to appear before the Biff. Snipe could be quite a hard sell to the people who sign off on the budgets!
  7. Nope - not enough wings!
  8. Many thanks, Beardie! The publisher's pretty happy. In fact I've now got another one to do. Any guesses on the subject matter???
  9. Upholder still in dock awaiting etch pieces, looking like the more likely of my two remaining builds to get to the finish. Tonight will be make-or-break on the Gladiator. I'll let you know how I get on with it...
  10. Apologies for going quiet on you, chaps. Work is continuing at nothing like the sort of pace I would hope but she's looking a bit like a Gladiator. I've decided to do the generic early camo as in the photo in my last post - no identification of any sort by the looks of things, and night/white on the lower wings only. She'll have a two-blade prop and no weathering. The more I look at this kit, the easier it is to see the heritage of the Gladiator - it's basically a bigger radial-engined S.E.5. Designed by the same bloke, different aerofoil (RAF-28 as opposed to RAF-15), but if you take the canopy off it's still very S.E.5ish, which is rather nice. Here are the pics after the first round of painting and before the really sweary bit for me of trying to fit the interplant struts and upper wing. I'll worry about the little runs around the cowling lumps and bumps and tidying up the camo once the wings are all in place and aligned. It's very seriously doubtful now that this one will make the finish line by Sunday. We'll see. I've still got a bit to do un Upholder as well, and it's all getting rather festive with the kids around all day hollering at me. As you can see, I'm making her all closed up. Paints are all Xtracolor - Slate Grey and Sea Grey on the lower wing, EDSG and DSG on the fuselage and upper wing. Hopefully she'll look rather different next time you see her. Canopy is Klear-ed and everything is about set for mounting the top wing once I make sure that my rigging holes are all clear of paint. See you on the other side of the madness!
  11. Many thanks Tony. Not so sure about cutting that triangle out - the fuselage is hardly determined to go together in the first place! I'll see how brave I'm feeling once I've convinced the two halves to hold shape with some degree of symmetry. No locating pins and fuselage halves like a cucumber. See earlier rant about Roden! Intrigued by the armoured screen. I'm aiming for a freshly-erected look from around May-June with the 2-blade prop. Do you think they had the armoured screens when the Gladiators were dropped off and stored in 1939 or was that something that arrived on a Sunderland once they were in action? Similarly I'm hoping that the actual early setup was with the two-blade prop as it looks so much nicer, even if it's all in black. Will make that call when I have to. I've always taken the pic below to be an early one - none of the wear on the paint that's seen on N5519 when she's got the three-blade prop and the codes and registrations aren't on yet so the camo follows its natural line behind the fuselage roundel rather than being pushed up to accommodate the lettering. Are you 100% sure that the fuselages were black/white underneath? This pic clearly has black/white on the wings but the rest of the underside is hard to tell. Equally hard to tell when that shot was taken, of course. Orders were, I think, night and white wings only, which was often carried over to the full underside at squadron level whether in error or eagerness... I'm tempted to keep a bit more Sky Grey on there but open to suggestions! I have taken a few more progress pics. Will post them in the morning.
  12. Roden really doesn't like modellers, does it? I'm not even off the first page of the instructions yet. The engine cowling needs to be made from three parts that have no desire to stick together let alone form a circular shape once joined. Then the engine... wow... let's make it too big to fit inside the non-circular ill-fitting cowl, shall we? That'll be a laugh! And the 18 separate pipes? Let's make them impossible to align in the correct position. To my mind, the objective of a model kit company is to sell your customers something that gives them the best possible chance of building a representation of the vehicle/figure/diorama that they desire. That way, they'll be happy. They'll come back and spend more money with you and they might even come on forums like this and tell other modellers how good your products are. This is not going well. At all. Somebody from Roden should really talk to the people at Tamiya, or Wingnut... or just buy a knackered old tool Airfix Gladiator and learn how to make parts properly. Rant over. As you were.
  13. Thanks John. Rigging is a challenge no doubt. I tend to find mounting the top wing to be my biggest problem. Getting the struts in, straight and at the correct angle of stagger and then getting the top wing on while the struts are still malleable enough to locate them properly without then collapsing like a bad soufflé is a bit of a trial but well worth persevering with!
  14. That Herald is outstanding work... and the 1/144s are little crackers too.
  15. Here are my MTO GB entries so far. The 1/72 Tamiya Mosquito built as the NF.II of 23 Sqn CO Peter Wykeham-Barnes: And the 112 Sqn P-40B of Neville 'Bowks' Bowker in original Temperate Land Scheme: