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Navy Bird

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  1. Hi mates, For my next trick, I'm going to build something that doesn't have an overall white scheme. I walked into my warehouse stepped into the closet opened the cabinet fell over a pile of kits on the floor, and came up with the 1:72 Avro Anson made by Special Hobby. I don't recall if this is one of the box full of Czech kits I acquired from @occa or if I bought this elsewhere, but it's a short run, multi-media kit from several years ago. There are just a couple of injection moulded sprues, containing the fuselage, wings, cockpit floor, greenhouse, and sundries: It looks like at some point I also bought the masking set from Eduard. Inside the decal envelope are the photoetch fret, with the instrument panel, seat belts, trim tab linkages, etc., and a small piece of film with the instruments for the panel. The kit also has a lot of resin parts, most notably the engines (with individual cylinder heads), cowlings, seats, gear struts, exhausts, gun, wing lights, etc. If I understand correctly, the Anson was powered by two Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah engines, each with 7 cylinders. That's a total of 14. Not sure why Special Hobby give us 32 cylinders - I might drop one or two but I think it would be hard even for me to lose so many that I'd need that many extras. Speaking of resin, here's where the kit gets "interesting." This, of course, is one of the more recognizable features of the Anson - the tubular framework visible through the greenhouse. As you can see, in addition to the cleanup required, these pieces are warped. Hmm. I can always count on Special Hobby to be looking out for my modelling skills development. They're so kind. I did a bit of cleanup and got this: The sidewalls will eventual mount to the cockpit floor (the teardrop shaped piece at top left of the second photos) so they will need to be curved in order to conform to the shape of the floor. The tubular portions of these parts (let's just call it the roll cage), are not round in cross-section, they're flat on the side that is visible through the windows. This is due to the casting method and cleanup. The top portion of the roll cage is warped, too. Here's what I'm going to do. First, I'm going to pour libations and make sacrifices to Zeus (remembering, of course, to wrap fat around the thigh bones). Then, I'm going to construct my own roll cage using styrene rod. Let's try an experiment first. I measured the diameter of the tubes, and they're all somewhere around 0.030 inches. Great, I have some Evergreen rod of that size. Using the above piece as a template, a short while later I have this: OK, why not? This should work. I think the best way to do this is to cut off the tubular section from each sidewall, attach the sidewalls to the floor, close up the fuselage and add the roll cage later. As with most short run kits, there are no alignment pegs to show you exactly where any of the cockpit pieces go. There is usually quite a lot of dry fitting involved before any glue is, well, glued. You have to find the "keystone" - the one part that can only go in one spot, and then build out from there. For this kit, I think the keystone is the forward bulkhead for the turret compartment. That needs to align with the rear windows, so I'm confident that's where we'll start. Luckily, there are quite a few on-line photos and references that will help with this build. I'm not sure what markings I'll use, probably the ones shown on the box top. This is a famous Anson that actually shot down two Bf 109s (one for the pilot, one for the gunner). Imagine that. Although I also like the trainer schemes with the yellow undersides. We'll see. Stay tuned for another exciting episode as Uncle Navy Bird gets paint under his fingernails again. Cheers, Bill
  2. 1:72 Special Hobby Avro Anson Mk.I

    Things are starting to come together. I did a light wash around the framework on the side walls, added the floor and buttoned up the fuselage. In the process, you can see that I broke off a section of the rear roof on the port side. If you look back at the sprue pictures, you'll see that there was not much plastic at this spot to begin with. It's a wonder I didn't break it off sooner! But, when you get lemons, put the lemonade away and get out the Scotch. It turns out that this made it much easier for me to get a nice fit and alignment of the roof section, the rear port window, and the canopy. Here is the starboard side of the interior: And the port side. I believe the cylinder up front is a fire extinguisher. You can't see it in these pictures, but the "have a lay down" cushion for the bomb aimer is up front. Probably won't be able to see it when the model is finished either! Now for the fun part - we start building the rest of the framework, what I call the roll cage (I've been to too many sprint car races over here in the States). I added the framework on the port side first since you have to build the desks and their associated tubes and supports on that side. Once I'm finished with that, then the framework on the starboard side, and finally add the cross members on top. All the while, remember to check the fit of the canopy to make sure that the roll cage is not interfering. Looks like there won't be any problems. You'll also notice that I added a thin slice of styrene in-between the sides of the rear roof. When I re-attached the piece I broke off, I carefully aligned it with both the rear window and the canopy. As it turned out, that left a tiny gap on top that I filled with styrene rather than putty. The rear desk will go in next. I think this was the radio operator, and as it turns out a small piece of the radio gear is broken off. I was thinking of hiding that behind some paperwork on the desk. What would the radio operator be looking at? (No more Zoo covers, please.) A map? Mission papers? The quick-start guide for the radio? I'd also like to spruce up the middle workstation. Is this the navigator's position? Some photos from the war show a lamp here, and I can probably do something similar to what I did with my Beaufort: Somewhere among the resin pieces is a additional jump seat, and I'm guessing this is for the bomb aimer when he's not laying down on the job. If anyone can point me to some wartime photos of the cockpit and crew, I'd be much obliged. Most of what I've been able to find are modern photos of restored aircraft. I think it was the iPad on the instrument panel that gave it away. Cheers, Bill
  3. The Su-57 are arriving

    Cheers, Bill
  4. 1:72 Special Hobby Avro Anson Mk.I

    Those, and the one right in front of them. Things poke out of that one occasionally. They all seem to be under the floorboards. Cheers, Bill PS. Question - I'd like to replace the kit tyres with some resin. Five slot wheels in the kit - anyone know what size the tyres were?
  5. Hi mates, I've wanted a nice model of the TSR.2 in my collection for quite some time. I picked up one of the 1:72 scale Airfix kits (the one with the Stratos 4 Japanese sci-fi theme) and started collecting some aftermarket pieces. The kit, as moulded, is quite nice - but there were some areas that I felt could use some additional detail. Most of the aftermarket was from CMK, but I also used some photoetch from Eduard and a turned brass pitot from Master. As I found out, several of the CMK resin pieces could have used some aftermarket of their own, as I encountered some size and shape issues. I suspect this was due to shrinkage of the resin. Let me apologize in advance for the lousy photos. I had a devil of a time trying to get good shots of this model, and I think it was due to the overall white scheme. I tried direct and diffuse lighting, a couple of thousand different white balance/exposure compensation combinations...the list goes on. The photos here are the best ones I could get, but I'm not happy with them. Not only is overall white no fun to paint, it's no fun to photograph. No more overall white for me! I admit defeat. As usual, here is my executive summary: Project: Royal Air Force BAC TSR.2 Kits: Airfix TSR.2MS (kit number A08011) Scale: 1:72 (although the lady jockeys from the Japanese cartoon look smaller than this) Decals: From the kit, representing XR220, the ill-fated airframe that not only fell off its lorry, but was ready for its first flight on the day the programme was cancelled Resin: CMK sets 7131 Interior, 7132 Exterior, 7133 Control Surfaces, 7134 Undercarriage, and 7135 Armament (only used the bomb bay door actuators from this set); Odds & Ordnance revised fin with leading edge intake (thanks to a generous donation by a fellow Britmodeller) Photoetch: Some pieces from Eduard 73257 Vacuform: Canopy and windscreen that came with the CMK set - first time I cut out all the pieces without cocking it up! Metal: Master AM-72-102 Pitot Tube Paint: Testors 2143 RLM21 Semi-gloss White, 1180 Flat Steel; Gunze H335 Medium Sea Grey, H338 FS36495, H18, H11 Flat White, H12 Flat Black, H14 Orange, H21 Off-White, H77 Tyre Black, H89 Metallic Green, H91 Clear Yellow, H92 Clear Orange; Alclad ALC302 Grey Primer, 111 Magnesium, 112; Floquil F110015 Flat Finish Weathering: Not much, as the real aeroplane never flew and is setting in a museum. I applied a light grey wash (made from Gunze H338) to the panel lines, and toned that down with a mist of Testors 2143 RLM21 White Improvements/Corrections Accomplished with the help of the resin and photoetch sets: Lowered the main wing flaps Posed the taileron flaps Posed all four airbrakes open Posed the port avionics bay open Replaced intakes and posed auxiliary doors open Replaced the vertical fin to include leading edge intake Replaced all tyres and wheels for more detail Modified the kit's main gear struts to fix the splay angle issue Did a really bad job trying to replicate the main gear brake lines Replaced all gear/bomb bays and wheel wells for MUCH more detail Replaced kit windscreen and canopy with vacuform parts Gold coating on canopy windows made from a mix of Gunze Clear Yellow and Clear Orange Replaced cockpit and ejection seats with CMK sets Build thread: Linky So here are the lousy pictures: Some in-progress shots before the fin and canopies got in the way: I have to include this, as the metallic green tubes on the back of the seats can no longer be seen, and I thought they looked pretty cool. So here they are: Well, there she is. Unfortunately, I don't think she will fit in my display case unless I send some other models to long-term storage. Wait, I could get a bigger display case! Cheers, Bill
  6. Looking at the sprue shots on Hobby Search, I don't see any NACA ducts on the booms...er, I mean "ailerons." It's also not apparent if the pinion tank stands a bit proud of the boom, or if its edge is just represented by a panel line. Cheers, Bill
  7. 1:72 Special Hobby Avro Anson Mk.I

    Hi mates, It seems that Special Hobby have forgotten about the bomb aimer's day/night indicators on the fuselage, which is odd since they include the windows themselves on the clear sprue. I went ahead and drilled out the portholes to accept the clear parts. There's one on each side. I attached the small windows using Elmer's white glue, which dries nice and clear. Hopefully the bond is strong enough so that I won't accidentally push it through. I may put a couple of small "Pop Out Preventers" on the inside. There are two small holes on the lower starboard side of the nose that Special Hobby have represented as panel lines. They recommend to drill these out and use something like Clear Fix for window panes. However, photos seem to show these are not windows, but doors of some kind. On some pictures I can see a probe sticking out of one of these holes - something to do with the bomb sighting? Special Hobby has thoughtfully made the nose cone out of clear styrene. Much easier to mask off the small windows that way. Plus, the landing light is a very prominent feature of the nose, and Special Hobby give you a resin piece for the reflector, and that will look nice painted up with some Alclad Chrome and placed behind the lens. The cowlings are nicely cast in resin, but you have to be careful when cutting them free from the pour block, and also when sanding the final shape. If you just use a sanding stick, you'll get a flat edge on the front of the cowling. I had to use some small sandpaper and blend that in with the curvature of the cowling front. Not difficult, and preferable to having the cowls made from two pieces if they were injection moulded. I finished the framework for the starboard side, shown here with the top pieces and the original resin. I took the resin piece and placed it on the platen of my printer/scanner/copier. I put a piece of black paper over the top and made a copy - an instant flat template that I used to make the framework. Although it was a little fiddly to make these pieces, it's going to look so much nicer than the resin. After cleaning up the resin, the frames are just not consistently round - plus they're a bit warped. The plan at this point is to paint the details on the sidewalls, add the rear windows, attach the floor, and get the fuselage halves together. Then I can add the seats and the port side of the framework (which I haven't made yet). This needs to be in place so that the instrument panels, navigator's desk (do I see another 1:72 scale map and goose neck lamp in my future?) and bomb aimer's seat and cushions can be added. There are also some instruments and a fire extinguisher up in the nose, and Special Hobby were so kind as to mould the relief tube at the back. At least it looks just like the relief tube that I put in my PB4Y - perhaps it's an intercom. I don't know -do you guys? There is a gun barrel which protrudes out of the port nose, so I'm wondering how much of this might be visible on the inside. Probably not worth worrying about, as it would be hidden behind the main instrument panel, and the glass up front in the nose is not large. Cheers, Bill
  8. Hi mates, Finally, I have an F-111B in my collection! This is a conversion of the 1:72 Hasegawa F-111C/G kit, with quite a few modifications necessary to represent F-111B BuNo 151972 as she appeared during Phoenix missile testing at Hughes Aircraft. As I'm sure you're aware, the F-111B was an attempt to develop a version of the USAF F-111 "TFX" to meet the US Navy's fleet defense requirement. If you don't know the story, I suggest you start here on the Tailhook Topics blog, maintained by @Tailspin Turtle. Tommy also literally wrote the book on the F-111B, which I've been keeping under my pillow each night, and who also was a tremendous help to me during this project. Thanks Tommy! Only seven F-111Bs were built, and they differed from each other in many ways. The subject of my model also differed significantly from the Australian F-111C on which I based the conversion. Nevertheless, it was probably the easiest way to do it. Here is my usual executive summary (skip to the pictures if you don't want to read all this clag!) Project: Grumman/General Dynamics F-111B Kits: Hasegawa F-111C/G R.A.A.F. (kit number 00952) & Revell F-111 TFX (kit number H-208) Scale: 1:72 (really, is there any other?) Decals: Representing 151972 during Phoenix missile testing at Hughes. Phoenix Missile Testing logo and BuNo on vertical tail created in CorelDraw and printed on Canon ink jet printer. Stencils from Microscale 72-452 F-111 Stencil Data. National insignia, canopy seals, all red stripes, and other miscellaneous markings from the Island of Misfit Stickers Photoetch: Eduard set 88175, and an occasional bit from the Drawer of Fiddly Stuff Resin: Pavla S 72086 Escapac 1C-6 Ejection Seats; Pete's Hangar PHD 72001 F-111B Conversion Set Paint: Gunze H315 FS36440 Light Gull Gray, H11 Flat White, H90 Clear Red, H94 Clear Green, H12 Flat Black, H13 Flat Red, H77 Tire Black; Alclad 101 Aluminum, 111 Magnesium, 112 Steel, 314 Klear Kote Flat Improvements/Corrections Modified cockpit to include Escapac ejection seats (151972 did not have an ejection capsule) Replaced kit nose with resin replacement from Pete's Hangar set (which needed to be extensively reshaped) Modified kit intakes to represent the early translating cowl type in the open position; replaced kit "kinked" intake ramps with straight ones made from sheet styrene Detailed cockpit with Eduard photoetched instrument panel and seat harnesses Filled in triangular vents on fuselage spine and used decals to represent the smaller vents on 151972 Added vent covers made from sheet styrene immediately below the wing glove Shortened wing slats due to absence of rotating glove on 151972 Modified main gear door and scratch built deployment mechanism to represent early type Added sculpted resin motion picture camera housing on top of vertical fin Replaced fuselage boat tail with knife edge version from old Revell kit Replaced blunt fuselage extension fairings with pointed ones from old Revell kit Modified resin tail hook fairing from Pete's Hangar conversion set and scratch built arresting hook Added numerous telemetry antennae used by Hughes Modified nose of Phoenix missile from Hasegawa Weapons Set; pylon from Hasegawa F-18 Build thread: Part 1 and Part 2 Pictures! First, here is what she really looked like (this is called "leading the witness"): Cheers, Bill
  9. Has this been posted yet? Paul Allen has found Lady Lex. More aircraft pix on the Hyperscale thread. The F4F has four kill markings. But why does it have the Felix the Cat emblem? I don't recall VF-3 being on-board Lexington. Unless I'm wrong... Cheers, Bill
  10. A bit of text here, but this is worth reading. This is a post from the Hyperscale forums by Brandon Wood concerning the identity of the Wildcat and its pilot. http://www.network54.com/Forum/149674/thread/1520540277/last-1520700777/(View+All+Messages+In+This+Thread) Cheers, Bill
  11. 1:72 Special Hobby Avro Anson Mk.I

    Well, I already borrowed two of those for my Beaufort build, so there's just one left for the Blenheim. Wait! I have another Blenheim kit (the Mk.IV) - let's have a look there. Ah ha! It needs two, and Airfix give you three. OK, snip, snip. To be honest, it's not much different than the resin part. I'll paint them both up and see how they look. Thanks for the reminder. Cheers, Bill
  12. 1:72 Special Hobby Avro Anson Mk.I

    You can see the sprues at these reviews: http://www.ipmsdeutschland.de/FirstLook/Special_Hobby/SH_Avro_Anson_Mk1_early/SH_Avro_Anson_Mk1.html http://www.ipmsdeutschland.de/FirstLook/Special_Hobby/SH_Avro_Anson_Mk1/SH_Avro_Anson_Mk1.html Cheers, Bill
  13. 1:72 Special Hobby Avro Anson Mk.I

    There won't be a LOT of white styrene, most likely just the tubular framework. But we'll see...it is a Special Hobby kit after all. Nice video! Thanks for posting it. I wonder if the push-button starter and iPad were original equipment back in the mid-30s. Well, if you think about it, that's a lot better than not being able to use the convenience. Wow, thanks for all those photos Tony. Lots of great schemes - now you've really got me thinking. And, yes, you're right that was the decal sheet I was referring to. I'm not sure the colours are any darker on that one, it could just be the photos. Something about Dark Earth, Dark Green, and Yellow that's intriguing. The overall Yellow birds are nice too. Ah, the Vindicator. Whenever I see one, I think I'm Errol Flynn. I have the Chesapeake boxing sitting around here someplace. I like unusual schemes, but I also have a fondness for Extra Dark Sea Grey too. Don't tell anyone, but I have the Cyberhobby kit (I've given up waiting for Airfix to scale down their 1:48 scale kit) and it will be in standard FAA trim. As far as the MPM Sea Vixen kit, I did a few things to try and make it better. Here is what I highlighted in the RFI post: Improvements/Corrections Replaced nose cone to improve shape Replaced tail cone and jet exhaust to provide correct depth and proper shape for arresting hook bay Replaced engine face plate to provide correct appearance of vanes, engine cone, and tube Added boundary layer inlets and intake vanes Shortened booms by 4mm to match drawings Reshaped front of pinion tanks to remove “blunt” look and added fairings to blend pinion tanks into wing Reshaped top front of tail fins to better match drawings Added bulges to main gear doors Added photoetch scissor links to main gear struts Added hydraulic lines in gear bays with 0.3mm solder Replaced fuel dump pipe to correct size, and relocated to starboard wing Added de-misting duct to front windscreen Reworked rain removal/air conditioning ducting Added target tug brackets on lower front fuselage Moved observer’s window up by 1mm (should have been 2mm) Replaced Hobbit-sized ejection seats Re-positioned observer’s instrument panel to correct position Reworked observer’s radar hood to correct length Detailed the cockpit and ejection seats with color photoetch Added hinge and handle to observer’s hatch Added photoetch attachment points to pylons Scratch built rear pressure bulkhead and canopy jettison release strut Added gunsight using photoetch and items from the Magic Box of Fiddly Bits Replaced front fuselage red pinstripe to get correct width Correct black stripe pattern on undersides (Model Alliance have you do six stripes at a 20 degree angle from aircraft centerline instead of the correct five stripes at a 30 degree angle) Used proper size roundels on forward fuselage sides Added various blade antennae and whip aerials; wing pitot tubes made from two different size of hypodermic needles On top of that, the fit wasn't the best. But I had a lot of fun building it. I wonder if mine was an early pressing? I'm lucky to have no flash, warp, or short shots in the plastic. Some warping of the resin framework, but that's about it. I suppose that is one of the disadvantages to these short run kits - the tools don't last forever. I'm not surprised that the Falcon canopy doesn't fit well as it's designed for the Airfix kit. Sometimes you can make that work, but other times maybe not. Thanks for using the word coracle to describe a model kit. Thanks! I've been called a lot of things, but never an inspiration. Wait until I tell my wife! So, a short update. First, I removed the rather nasty looking framework from the resin sidewalls, and then attached the walls to the fuselage halves. I added the prominent wing spars to the cockpit floor. The openings for the rear windows have to be enlarged just a wee bit so that the window glass sits flush with the outside of the fuselage. The way it is now, they're recessed a bit. You can also see that the bulkheads and floor for the turret compartment have been glued to the starboard fuselage. I'm going to use a little filler and smooth off the top of the sidewalls with the fuselage openings. At this stage, I always like to test fit the canopy. This is for one simple reason: It is easier to make the fuselage wider than it is to make the canopy narrower. Or vice versa. So I taped the fuselage together and did some light sanding on the canopy pieces to see where we were. It looks like things will be fine, and no shims or sanding will be required on the fuselage halves. Now I'm off to see what's available in a 1:72 Vickers gun. The resin gun supplied with the kit is uninspiring. Ta for now. Cheers, Bill
  14. 1:72 Special Hobby Avro Anson Mk.I

    Nice! Was it this one? I think she's based in New Zealand. She is beautiful. I'm a big fan of Special Hobby/MPM/Xtrakit/All Those Other Brands. They make some very interesting subjects, many that the mainstream guys wouldn't bother with. Here are some blasts from the past, all 1:72: DAP Beaufort Mk.VIII Blackburn Skua Brewster Buffalo B339E Fairey Firefly TT.4 Fairey Firefly FR.I de Havilland Sea Vixen FAW.2 (TT) Hi Martin! I'm slowing working my way through the Care package you sent me. Someday I'll finish them all. I was just looking at the XP-56 Black Bullet kit today - cute little bugger. Hi Tony! I was on Hannants today, and saw Xtradecal sheet X72143 with an RAF (I think) Anson based in Canada in Temperate Land Scheme, but with yellow areas on top of the spine, wings, and tailplanes. Different, you know? I like different. I might have to get that sheet. Cheers, Bill
  15. 1:72 Special Hobby Avro Anson Mk.I

    Ham & Swiss on rye...with mustard please. Oh, yeah, I'll take a beer too. Can you have too much resin? I don't think so. This is the beauty of my plan! I'm going to replace the resin tubework with scratch-built styrene rod tubework. Maybe you can have too much resin. There is a seat left, but it's way up front in the nose. You have to lay down on your tummy and look out the bomb aimer's window in order to see anything. Well, you see it's like this. I look in the background of the photos you post, pick an aircraft and then build that kit. This way I know you'll come around and help me avoid making anything other than silly mistakes. But seriously, glad to have you aboard. What mark is she? Oh, and stick around for later - I've got one of those 1:72 Aki Sea Furies looking at me with beguiling eyes. Cheers, Bill
  16. 1:72 Airfix BAC TSR.2

    Thanks! I really struggled with the photos - you should have seen some of the first ones I took. I wasn't able to get the photos to look the same as what I was seeing with my eyes, hence my disappointment with them. Maybe it's because the photos are flat, and the overall monotone finish doesn't help that. Perhaps I should try with a different colour background? Something darker might make the model "pop" some more. Thank you. It's looking like I may not be able to attend this year's show at all. That's my son's birthday and I will probably be in Maryland. Thanks - have you seen this one by @Seversky? It was my role model during the build. It's amazing. Cheers, Bill
  17. Is it just me, or does this look like the "5" has been repainted at some point, and perhaps the previous number was different? Pure speculation, but this might have happened when the VF-3 machines came over to VF-2. Do we know what Gayler's number was when he was with VF-3? Those "stripes" on the fuselage side where the paint has worn off are interesting. They appear to be under the kill markings and Felix. Cheers, Bill
  18. 1:72 Airfix BAC TSR.2

    Thanks Giorgio! I'm still waiting for your A-10 to be finished - get to work! Thanks - it seems the late 50s and early 60s saw quite a few projects that either never got off the drawing board, made it only to mock-up stage, or were cancelled after the prototypes were flown. In addition to the BAC TSR.2 and CF-105, I can add projects like the North American XB-70 & XF-108, Republic XF-103, North American F-107, Bell XF-109, Vought XF8U-3, and I'm sure there were many Soviet and European projects that I'm not familiar with. In some cases new missile technology made the planners change their other mind, but so many simply fell to economics - the host nation just couldn't afford to do all these things. Ooohh, I hope she didn't hear you say that. However, I am letting her go on some chocolate tour while I'm at the RAF museum with @CedB, so I think that should be sufficient justification. I did get everyone's subtle message - a bigger display case it shall be! (I'll let you in on a nasty secret though - I recently binned five 1:48 scale Phantoms that I built in the mid-70s. These were built before I knew what I was doing, and had sprouted these nasty brown stains around the decals. I wonder if this is some residue from the decal adhesive or the setting solutions that yellow with age? Anyway I needed the space. They were the old Monogram and ESCI kits I think. And maybe Italeri, too - one was the Testors F-4G.) Thanks, Terry. Judging by the number of times you posted your desire for me to build the Valiant, I shall pull out the box and take a look at her again. But no white, please! Aren't there some HSS or Grey/Green schemes? Thanks so much! I used Floquil Flat Finish for the final varnish, and despite its name it provides a satin, eggshell-like sheen. I've always used this stuff for any 1:72 scale models that are supposed to be shiny in real-life. To me, most high-gloss finishes on small models (not that the 1:72 TSR.2 is small) don't look right. I think there's a "scale effect" for gloss. Floquil, of course, is no longer manufactured by the evil parent of Testors, so I have to buy it off of eBay at crazy prices. I have 6 bottles in stock, and the last one cost me 15 bucks. Who woulda thunk - collectible paint! I've gotten away from panel line washes recently, but I had to do something with that big white monotone. I made up a wash from Gunze H338 (which is a very light grey) but even it looked too dark. Over-spraying with highly diluted white allows you to tone it down to the shade you want, and seals it in the process. I do the same thing with models where I've post-shaded with Gunze Smoke Grey, like on my Buccaneer S.1: **** Thanks to everyone for the wonderful compliments. I'm not sure what I'll build next, but I'm thinking something smaller with a propeller or two. Cheers, Bill
  19. Another Devastator - this one is T-8: Cheers, Bill
  20. A close-up of the kill markings on the Wildcat: No doubt about the identification: So far, they've found 11 aircraft. She went down with 35, so I guess we have to stay tuned. Cheers, Bill
  21. I've just read that they they found (so far) 1 Wildcat, 3 Dauntless, and 7 (seven!) Devastators. Wow! The carrier itself is in three major pieces. Another shot of two Devastators: Cheers, Bill
  22. Truly. I see T-4, T-5, and T-9. I guess I shouldn't have painted the wing fold areas with zinc chromate green! Cheers, Bill
  23. Correct - Noel posted this link in the maritime chat section: https://books.google.ie/books?id=pouHCwAAQBAJ&pg=PT163&lpg=PT163&dq=albert+o+Vorse&source=bl&ots=Inx5iY2Tod&sig=Ab3yN8e84mfPyiyyfTpRvevk8Zc&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjXgYHs49fZAhUFWsAKHQhNBPcQ6AEwEXoECAUQAQ#v=onepage&q=albert o Vorse&f=false Cheers, Bill
  24. But where did it come from? VF-3 isn't listed as part of the Yorktown's air group either. Thanks for finding the pilot of 2-F-5, but that Felix logo has me intrigued. More photos - Devastators! Cheers, Bill
  25. Time for a new project! The TSR.2 needs no introduction to the fine folk here on Britmodeller, and I couldn't do justice to an introduction anyway. I just finished reading Damien Burke's exquisite book "TSR2 - Britain's Lost Bomber" and besides the superb reference photos and drawings, I think it presents a fair and balanced history of the aircraft. As Joe Friday used to say, "Just the facts, ma'am." I also just picked up (at an antique swap of all places!) a copy of Tim McLelland's book "TSR2 - Britain's Lost Cold War Strike Aircraft." Similar titles, same subject matter, and I'm hoping to finish this as I start the build. Let's take a look at the goodies I'll be starting with. First, the kit. I opted for this version of the Airfix offering because first, it was available, and second, the decal sheet is much better than in the first release. I still can't fathom the lady pilots riding jockey-style in the cockpit, though! Of course, I'll be saving the lady pilots for another project. In the meantime, they'll be keeping us safe from meteors. Next, how about some resin? On Damien Burke's lovely website Thunder & Lightnings, the aftermarket sets from CMK are recommended, which I think means a lot coming from a subject matter expert. I procured several sets, which contributed significantly to Hannant's shareholder dividend for 2017: No. 7131 Interior Set includes the usual cockpit pieces, but also a nice vacuform canopy (but only one - oh dear!), an avionics bay, and some nice photoetch. Next is No. 7132 the Exterior Set which includes the engine exhaust along with the intakes and FOD covers. Set No. 7133 features the control surfaces and air brakes: Set No. 7134 is sold by the pound (literally and monetarily), and in my eye significantly improves the detail in the wheel wells, tyres, and gear covers. And lastly, set No. 7135 has some improvements for the weapons bay: While I was in a resin buying frenzy, I also bought two items from CMK's Quick & Easy line, not realising that these were included in the Interior Set. So now I have some spares just in case... I also found an Eduard photoetch set in my stash, which I absolutely remember selling to someone. Either I bought two to begin with (why?) or I never shipped it to the poor bloke. I sincerely hope it's the former! The set consists of several frets as shown here: To be honest, I suspect a lot of this is not necessary especially the wheel well pieces. We'll see if any of it gets used at all - maybe I can still ship it to that chap if he comes forward and identifies himself! Let's see, what else? Oh yeah, the Master turned brass pitot tube and Eduard's masking set: Hmm...now that I look at it, this seems like a rather big project. Suitable for starting the new year, wouldn't you say? What with resolutions, promises, visions of grandeur, and all that stuff? Wish me luck! Cheers, Bill