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Viking last won the day on July 20 2013

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  1. What a lovely model, surely the most colourful ever! Cheers John
  2. Norwegian Albatross

    How did I miss this? A real treat to look at. You've done wonders with the old Monogram kit, one to be very proud of. Cheers John
  3. You're right Ian, it is Scandinavian Airline System. Don't know what I was thinking! Yes, I have 2 LN sheets for the SAS DC-9 plus the kits, all ready to go. I'm going to do a -20 and -40 with them when I get around to it. So many models, so little time! Cheers John
  4. BAC 1-11,Scandinavian Airline System (SAS) 1:144 Airfix, with classic-airlines.com decals. In 1968 SAS leased a BAC 1-11 from British Eagle, which was painted in full SAS colours, but retained it's British Registration (G-ATPL). I believe the reason for the lease was to alleviate aircraft shortages pending the arrival of their DC-9's. I rather like the old Airfix kit, but it represents the 1-11 prototype more than a production machine. However a few simple modifications make it look a lot better, see the end of this post. Having spotted this decal sheet on classic-airlines website, I thought it would make an interesting model, as not may people know SAS operated the 1-11. G-ATPL went on to serve with Dan-Air after the collapse of British Eagle 'With something else', a sister 1-11 in British Eagle colours, also an Airfix kit with classic-airlines decals. And with part of my growing SAAS fleet. If you have one of these kits in the stash, it is well worth building. These are the basic mods I did; Thanks for looking, John
  5. Another interesting, original, and attractive model Russ, I always love seeing what you come up with. Cheers John
  6. Looks great in that livery, lovely job! Cheers John
  7. That is modelling of the very highest standard, just brilliant. Add me to this list of those who love the Wessex. Cheers John
  8. That's lovely! I like the 'in-flight' stand you have for it. Cheers John
  9. What an absolutely cracking little diorama! The figures really bring it to life, I like the idea of adding the Civvie designer to the scene. I really get visions of Dick Dastardly and 'Stop that pigeon' when I look at this! Cheers John
  10. Albatros DVa

    One of my favorite kits! What a superb job you have made of it, the lozenge work and rib tapes are very well done, as is the rigging. I have an interest in Jasta 18 and have been slowly building several of their aircraft. I can't afford to do them all in 1:32 so am using Eduard 1:48 kits, Albatros D.V, Fokker Dr.1, and Pfalz D.iiia completed so far, Fokker D.VII under way, and a captured DH.4 under consideration. A 1:32 line up would be very impressive though! Cheers John
  11. Like others have said, that is a real beauty with very nicely done weathering. I like the different panels too. Also, like several others, I have one of these in the stash and periodically take it out and consider building it. I really want to, but just don't know where I would put it when finished! Anyway, it is great to see one built up. Cheers John
  12. Stunning! a real beauty with a perfect natural metal finish. Cheers John
  13. Beautiful job Ian, having built one I know its not the easiest of kits. I think you have the weathering just right, nice and subtle but visible if you look. My junior school used to be under the flightpath to Heathrow, we aviation kids used to gather at breaktimes and watch what was coming over. With sneering disdain the call 'Trident' was often heard. We really did not like seeing so many of them, one after the other! And I well remember the lines of Trident tails visible from the central roads at Heathrow. That and the smell of fuel that was ever present at Heathrow in the 60's & 70's. Does anyone recall the Trident's nicknames ? Most commonly they were the 'Gripper' (as in Ground Gripper), or alternatively the T3 was also the 'Quadrant' (due to it having 4 engines). Ah, you've stirred some good memories there Ian! Cheers John
  14. Great to see so many Tristars making an appearance here. Those mods make a real difference to the old Revell kit an I jsut love that colour scheme! Cheers John
  15. Sopwith F.1 Camel Sets for Wingnut Wings 1:32 Eduard Wingnut Wings recent release of six different Sopwith Camel kits seem to have been very well received by the modelling community, judging by the comments around the internet and the number of builds that have appeared on Britmodeller alone. Eduard have now released some neat little set to complement these kits, which will be useful on all six of the Wingnut Wings releases. It must be pretty difficult to come up with items that will improve a Wingnut Wings kit, as they are already very complete. However, Eduard have chosen wisely here and provided some very useful items. 32911 Sopwith F.1 Camel. One area that proved to be really fiddly on my first Camel build was adding the control wires to the rudder pedals and joystick. It is do-able with ‘invisible mending thread’, but the challenge is getting them all ‘double’ and neatly lined up. Eduard have provided etched versions, already correctly spaced, thus making this job simplicity itself. For other areas in the cockpit have a fine etched throttle assembly to replace the one molded on part A26, the port interior frame. The seat in the full size Camel had a woven wicker back piece, with a noticeable band of exposed ‘X’s of framework along the central part. Due to molding limitations part A34 does not have the gaps, but rather is a solid piece. The Eduard fret provides a replacement that will need to be rolled to a semi-circular shape and added to the rounded edging of part A34, once it has been cut from the solid plastic wicker work. The seat is then finished off with a very nice set of pre-painted seat belts, with very fine detail that I find almost impossible to paint by hand. Moving to the exterior, a very complete and moderately complicated looking bomb rack is provided. Some bending and folding is required, so a ‘hold and fold’ type of tool will probably be needed to help with shaping all the components. The plastic one in the kit is already an impressive piece of molding, but this etched version will no doubt give you a very fine and delicate rack. I expect it would look best if displayed without bombs loaded on, in order to show off all the fine detail. One of the best things on the fret is the tiny 5 bladed propeller vanes that fit on the bombs, to arm them as they fall. These are not on the WnW etched fret, so it is great to see these really useful items here. They would be almost impossible to scratch build, and almost all photos I have seen of cooper bombs have them fitted. If you are going to build a ‘bombed up’ Camel, then these alone probably justify the purchase of this set, with all the other items being a bonus. Finally, we get some very delicate little brackets and pulleys to go under the clear inspection panels in the wings. There are some molded in the kit wings, but these will make painting them a lot easier as you can do so before fitting them. You’ll need to scrape the kit detail away first though. A very well thought out set that provides some useful items that are either not in the original kit (Cockpit control wires, Bomb vanes), or will improve the kit parts (Throttle, Seat back, Bomb rack), or just make things easier (Seatbelts, Bracket/pulley details). You could probably use this fret to enhance more than one model, particularly if you purchased an extra set of a pair of seat belts to go with it (see below). I am not a fan of using etched brass for its own sake; rather I like to see it used where it is the appropriate material for the job. Happily this set does exactly that, and will definitely enhance any of the 6 Wingnut Wings Camels. Especially those bomb vanes! 33170 Sopwith F.1 Camel Seatbelts. I have often said that there seems very little that Wingnut Wings could do to improve their kits, but one aspect would be pre painted seatbelts. You do get a set of etched seatbelts in all WnW kits, but they are plain brass and need priming and painting. A pair of these is supplied here, appropriate for all the Wingnut Wings Camels (you did buy more than just one didn’t you?). They are virtually the same as the ones on the bigger fret mentioned above, with the same fine detail that is almost impossible to hand paint. JX202 Sopwith F.1 Camel Mask set. This die cut set of items comes on Eduards usual yellow kabuki tape. It will mask all those awkward areas such as the clear parts of the windshields (all three types - Parts C1, C2, & C3), the clear pulley inspection hatches, propeller boss, and the tyres. These are always handy sets to have in and if you are careful you can often use them a second or third time. I would advise gently burnishing the edges down with the tip of a cocktail stick, and spraying paint with an airbrush if you can. Spray or brush the paint lightly from on the mask to the model, and not the other way around, or you risk building up a ridge of paint along the mask edge, or worse getting paint creeping under it. Conclusion. A very nice set of three ‘extras’ that will be genuinely useful, and perfectly complement the gorgeous Wingnut Wings F.1 Camel range. Review sample courtesy of