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  1. Cool subjects. I like Broplan kits- they fit well, the plastic is suitably sturdy and the injection moulded struts, whilst a bit crude, are usually the right length! More sophisticated than they look! Will these pictures of the surviving Finnish Ripon II help? http://www.virtualpilots.fi/feature/photoreports/ripon/ Good luck!
  2. Danton, Hobby Boss, 1:350

    I don't have much to show for my efforts, so far I am still hull detailing- opening up some of those typically French shuttered window openings. I have also reinstated the sheet steel bulwark right around the stern as this was a feature of her when first commissioned. There are some good pictures of the ship here, including extensive photos of her laid up damaged in Qingdao. http://tsushima.su/RU/shipsru/shipsrussiaru/shipsrussiabronru/shipsrussiabronebrru/tsesarevichru/tsesarevichphotoru/
  3. Danton, Hobby Boss, 1:350

    If someone said 10 years ago that a mainstream plastic kit manufacturer was going to release a French semi-dreadnought in 1/350 you'd have laughed at them! Look forward to see how this kit goes together. I am working on the Trumpeter Tsesarevich, and apart from a few errors that derived from trying to make different 'variants' from the same boxing, it is a very fine kit. Will
  4. HIJMS Mogami 1/350

    It's going to look swell!
  5. HIJMS Mogami 1/350

    Looks great. I don't know how visible they would be on the final model, but I think those two catwalks (complete with 'aztec' ladders) either side of the funnel do look a bit clunky compared to the fine PE detail around them. Worth rectifying? Will
  6. Diorama-"Return to England"

    Bravo. Really elegant modelling. Will
  7. Flight of the Intruder

    Might be harder to work out than you think. From the Osprey A-6 Intruder Units of the Vietnam War. "One of the more notable aspects of the deployments of both VA-85 and VA-65 involved the trials of camouflage paint on aircraft in both CVW-1 1 and CVW-15. Early in the war concerns had been raised that the US Navy's standard light gull grey and white paint scheme made aircraft highly visible in a tactical environment. After a flurry of paper on the subject and at least one test aircraft being painted by VA-42 in Oceana, AirPac authorised CVW-11 and CVW-15 to paint up to half of their aircraft in camouflage schemes using various shades of green, tan and blue. Paint application appears to have been done by the depot at North Island and by contractor NIPI in Japan, and covered all types in both wings. The results were truly unique as no two aircraft appear to have been identical. Indeed, detailed official documentation as to which aircraft received what specific pattern has yet to come to light."
  8. Painting a 1/72 B-36 without going bankrupt...?

    Thanks for the tips everyone. Nice photo- and it illustrates well that the fuselage skin differed between variants. The reconnaissance RB-36s had a pressurised photo compartment in bomb bay 1 (the foremost)- this was therefore skinned in 'shiny' aluminium. Compare the skinning to a 'straight' B-36, you can see the difference.
  9. Jaguar SS100, 1/32, Matchbox and Tomy

    The SS 100 was a svelte machine. From the pictures I think the Matchbox kit captures this better than the Tomy model- especially the front wings and the (radical for the time) way the wings/running boards seamlessly blend into the rear mud guard. Will be interesting to see what they look like completed! Will
  10. HMS Belfast : 2nd T26

    A long and glorious tradition of ship naming.... HMS Banterer, HMS Beaver, HMS Black Joke, HMS Camel, HMS Cockchafer, HMS Cheerful, HMS Flirt, HMS Heartease, HMS Spanker...
  11. 1/72 - Ilyushin Il-10 "Beast" by Fly - released

    I still have hope that it will look fine 'in the round'. And a LOT better than anything I could ever do with the old KP kit. Might have to give this one a go. Will
  12. Grumman Gosling - Airfix 1/72

    I did mine in the US tri-colour scheme but with British roundels. Whilst this is a contended scheme, it certainly makes for an interesting model! Will
  13. Are you serious, Hasegawa?

    £3.50 in 1973 would be the equivalent of about £39 today using just the basic RPI figure. Calculated relative to average income (GDP per capita) that 1973 £3.50 would take as much out of your wage packet as £70 would today! But back in 1973 you were buying a state-of-the-art kit... Will
  14. Hi all, I'm completing a Monogram 1/72 B-36 and turning my thoughts to painting it. This poses a few challenges compared to my usual natural-metal finishes 1) It's huge- I would need several bottles of Alclad (or equivalent) to cover the whole airframe- expensive! 2) It's huge- I'm going to hang this one from the study ceiling (yes, I know that makes me sound like I'm 12...) so the finish also has to be strong enough to withstand a bit of regular handling as it gets a periodic dusting- again, not sure delicate metal effect paints would hold up all that well. What would the Britmodeller collective modelling brain recommend as a way forward? cheers, Will
  15. Wondered if this might be of help: "During 1978, the Sukhoi Design Bureau proceeded with construction of the first aircraft prototype [of the original T-10-1 (and T-10-2 which crashed)] equipped with a new-generation engine, the AL-31F. This aircraft was assigned the designation T-10-3and was the third prototype of the SU-27. The AL-31F engines, installed on this prototype had an accessory box mounted underneath the engine. This required an increase in the cross sectional areas of the engine nacelles and alteration of their side profiles. The T-10-3 aerodynamc configuration had the following differences from the T-10-1 and T-10-2: - modified engine nacelle contours due to the lower arrangement of the engine accessories and the use of an axisymmetric, fully variable, convergent-divergent, supersonic nozzle. - canted vertical stabilizers mounted on the engine nacelles. The T-10-3 was completed during 1979 and, on August 3, test pilot Vladimir Ilyushin made the first flight. Many uneventful flights were made. The first flight tests stage was for developing the AL-31F engines. In 1982 the T-10-3 made it's first take offs from an inclined ramp, a predecessor of an aircraft carrier ramp. This programme was carried out by OKB test pilot Nikolai Sadovnikov. During 1983, the T-10-3 was equipped with a landing hook and this aircraft made several carrier-type landings using ground arresting gear. Simultaneously with the T-10-3 prototype, it's counterpart the T-10-4 was under construction. This aircraft was built during 1979 and on October 31 Ilyushin took it into the air. Along with engine operational tests the aircraft was used for optimizing the fire-control system and the flight and navigational systems. To extend the flight test program associated with the development of the electronic equipment installed on the T-10, it was decided to build a small lot of five aircraft at a production factory. These aircraft were called type T-10-5, but each of them were given an individual number(designation) , T-10-5, T-10-6, T-10-9, T-10-10, and T-10-11. The seventh and eighth prototypes radically differed from these. The Type T-10-5 series was similar to the T-10-1 and 2 prototypes in construction and arrangement, except for the canted vertical stabilizers. Each aircraft had a specialized set of electronic equipment customised to the needs of the flight test programme for that particular prototype. The T-10-5 prototype, built at the Gagarin Aircraft Factory in Komsomolsk-On-Amur first flew in June 1980. The T-10-6 was manufactured in the same year. The rest of the aircraft in this series were built in 1981 and 1982." Antonov, Gordon, et. al. OKB Sukhoi. A History of the Design Bureau and it's Aircraft. (Aerofax/ Midland, 1996) Will