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Navy Bird

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  1. Hi mates, I recently acquired the beautiful 1:72 Combat Decals sheet(s) CD72-005 for use with a Harrier project, and it also includes markings for Tornado F.2 ZA254 at Boscombe Down in the "early 1980s." I rather like that scheme, it's quite smart. So I wondered if I could use it with my 1:72 Italeri Tornado F.3 kit. I'm afraid I know little about the differences between the F.2 and F.3, but I know they both have long pointy noses! What do you guys think? Are they any gotchas in trying to pass this kit off as an F.2? Cheers, Bill PS. By the way, the Harrier section of this decal set includes tiny numbers 1-26 to put on the fan blades. In 1:72 scale. Really - would I kid you?
  2. As I was dusting the models in my display case, I came to the realisation that I did not have a SHAR of any flavour. Really! For someone who has the audacity to call himself "Navy Bird," this is an abomination. It must be rectified. I was also reminded recently, by someone who shall remain nameless, that my stash was growing faster than my waistline and perhaps I should build a kit that I already have. Actually, pretty good advice but don't tell her that I said that! I have three SHAR kits in my stash (all in glorious 1:72 scale, natch). They are the Fujimi and Hasegawa versions of the FRS.1 and the Airfix FA.2. I used to have the Airfix FRS.1, but I put it on eBay and someone actually bought it. Now the Airfix FA.2 has many of the same issues that the Airfix FRS.1 has, so I think I'll put that on the back burner for now. That leaves either the Fujimi or Hasegawa kit. I spent the better part of this afternoon poking around BM and the net at large, and I think it's best to use the Fujimi kit. Yes, I know that the Italeri/ESCI kit is considered the best 1:72 FRS.1 available, but I'm not going to go out and buy one. Stash reduction is the order of the day! Just for giggles, I downloaded some of those drawings from that Russian site. I scaled them to print out at 1:72 scale and compared the two kits. These drawings have no known provenance, and cannot be used to judge the accuracy of anything. Nonetheless, the Fujimi fuselage matched quite well in longitudinal cross section, perhaps just a half a tad long in the nose. The Hasegawa fuselage was considerably short in the nose, and the entire nose section seemed to be turned up a bit. Interestingly, these are two observations that are often applied to the Hasegawa FRS.1. In plan view, the Hasegawa nose was thinner than the drawing while Fujimi matched quite well. I have some FRS.1 aftermarket goodies, none of which are designed for the Fujimi kit. However, because I like to make things difficult, I'm going to try and use some of this stuff. Stash reduction, remember? That goes for aftermarket too! The cockpit is a wee bit wide, but I'm pretty sure it can be made to fit. The nozzles look OK, and some of the photoetch can be used. I also have the Master turned pitot, but it was late for the photo. The Fujimi kit has a one-piece canopy, and anyone who has followed my builds knows that I like my canopies open. Now, the Hasegawa kit has a two-piece canopy - maybe that can be used in some way. To be determined... There are more sprues than what is shown in this photo, but for some reason I didn't think they were worthy to be included. Strange. The markings provided with the Fujimi kit are all Falklands birds - I'm afraid I don't know enough about that conflict to know if any of them are historic in any way. Markings are quite sparse - were squadron codes and emblems painted out or removed for some reason? Of those choices, I kinda like 77 from 809 Squadron. The DSG paint and low-vis roundels are different. Others are 14 from 899 Squadron, and 27, 23, & 30 from 800 Squadron. I also have an old Micro- or SuperScale sheet with several EDSG over White aircraft with squadron crests and artwork. These are XZ451 from 700 Squadron with the red A on the tail, XZ454 from 800 Squadron with the red chevron and crossed swords, XZ457 from 899 Squadron with the white bird, and XZ498 from 801 Squadron with a circular crest. All are shown with the funky refueling probe. Any of those guys famous for anything? A Falklands plane is probably in the offing here. What is the missile on the sprue above (the big one, not the Sidewinders)? Falklands would be too early for Sea Eagle, right? So perhaps it's not appropriate for any of those markings. I'm told the bombs are pretty good in the Hasegawa kit, maybe they can be used depending on which aircraft I end up building. So that's it - I guess this is my next project. Hopefully I have it finished before the F-111 Group Build starts on April 1. Gonna do an F-111B - I told you I like to make things difficult! Cheers, Bill
  3. Thanks for posting that! This was on display at the Luftwaffe Museum Berlin-Gatow the last time I visited, and I thought it had to be a real wild ride. Cheers, Bill
  4. One last time before I leave for Florida. Decalcomania! All of the stickers are on except for the starboard fuselage roundel. Setting solutions were still drying when I took these photos, but I think she'll look quite sharp. All five tyres are touching the ground, thanks to the new Quickboost outriggers. Remember those PE lash-down rings that I had superglued to the Fujimi outriggers? I actually snapped those off and added them to the Quickboost resin parts. I expected several to go "zing" when I did that, but I got lucky instead and they all survived the trip. The stickers are a combination of Microscale, Fujimi, and Hasegawa. Unfortunately, Microscale did the pilot's name in black letters, when they should be white. I used the decal anyway, to honour the chap. Although you can't see in either of these pictures, there is a red X at the bottom of each intake. Even though the Sea Harriers were painted with a glossy EDSG at this stage, this model won't stay shiny like she is now. First, I'm a firm believer in "scale gloss." Models that are super shiny in 1:72 scale just look like toys to me. I think that's because we create glossy finishes with clear overcoats. This clear paint has an illusion of depth, and when that gets multiplied by scale, it looks unrealistic. That's my opinion anyway - most people disagree with me. This model will get a satin, or eggshell finish. I started working on the canopy - it is missing the rear shelf and detonator control box, so I started making one from card stock. That control box is tiny! Plus, it's going to need some fiddly things sticking out of it. Well, we'll figure out something. Luckily, the windscreen looks like it will fit nicely. You'll remember that the Fujimi canopy was one piece, while Hasegawa's was two. I'm using the windscreen from the Fujimi kit, and the sliding portion from the Hasegawa because I didn't want one to think I was favouring the other. By the way, the Fujimi canopy has to be just about the thinnest injection moulded canopy I've ever seen. At first glance, you might mistake it for vacuform. The Hasegawa part is thin too, but not like the Fujimi. Makes me wonder why they're not all like that... While on holiday, I may sign in on my phone and leave a comment or two somewhere, but that's it for this WIP until I return. See you next week! Cheers, Bill
  5. Thanks! We've been pretty lucky the last few years. Most of the big snow storms have gone up the Mid-Atlantic coast and missed us. My son, who lives outside Baltimore, has had more snow storms than we have had here in Rottenchester. We've probably had more total snowfall, but it's three inches here, three inches there with a melt in-between. Bare ground today, but it is chilly, 25 F or so. Next week is supposed to be 40s and 50s. Weird. Back in the 60s when I was but a wee lad, it would start snowing in mid-November and stop sometime in late April, and rarely did we have a January thaw. 24-36 inch snowfalls in one storm were not unusual. The banks along the roads were huge. Or maybe that was because I was so short then... Cheers, Bill
  6. That explains it - genetics! Thanks Adrian! I think it will end up as XZ454 from 800 Squadron in 1980. I know it's been done to death, but I really like the red trident on the tail with the sceptre and crossed swords. It just looks British. The instructions for the sticker sheet has the aircraft number 250 on the forward fuselage, below the cockpit. However, every single photo that I can find of this plane has the number just aft of the fuselage roundel on the fairing that leads to the cold nozzle. So that's how I'll do it - typical Microscale instructions, wrong again. But at least the stickers are still good, being 30 years old or more! This is how mobs start, old chap. Let's just leave it to PC to take care of him in his own way. Hopefully involving hedgehogs with pointy teeth! My wife and daughters have some kind of Disney gene and have to go every year (sometimes more!) So I broke down and bought a Disney time share with some money I got from cashing out an insurance policy I didn't need. Now when we go, we don't have to pay for a hotel room. So we'll be in Orlando, never venturing outside of the Disney force field. Although we will have to summon Uber to take us off-site to some Disney Outlet Store. It's never too early to buy Christmas gifts for 2020. Well...I haven't painted it back to EDSG yet. With the canopy open, it won't show too much of the deck. I really wish I knew what shade it should be! We leave for Florida first thing Monday morning. After I pack today, maybe I can get some more stickers on and post a picture. Cheers, Bill
  7. Absolutely exquisite, mate! Your weathering is always spot on. The new engine nacelles really make this kit - it just doesn't look right OOB. Cheers, Bill
  8. Hi mates, I'm off to Florida for the next week for a holiday, so I'm afraid there won't be any updates for a while. When I get back, I'll have a couple of days of free time before I get to enjoy another round of chemotherapy. Hopefully I'll have an update sometime before the chemo. Cheers, Bill
  9. Thanks, mates. What I was asking about was the fixed portion of the deck. Sounds (and looks) like I should go with EDSG for the fixed portion and DSG for the sliding portion. Cheers, Bill
  10. Thanks Col.! Yes, definitely - we want to see you tackle a Falklands Dogfight Double! What scale? So true. I just wish the UK magazines would print the photos a bit larger. Crap, I just painted the rear decking with Dark Admiralty Grey (I use Gunze Dark Sea Grey as a substitute). I guess I have to paint it back! OK, who was the chap at MOD or FAA or Hawker who decided it was a good idea to put the fuselage roundel on top of the intake blow-in doors? I seriously need to have a word with him! Cheers, Bill
  11. I have the Valom boxing of the Hampden #72033 and it did not include any hedgehog exhausts. I also bought the separate Valom conversion set #DSV01 for this kit, the one that has the torpedo, and it includes the hedgehogs and they are part of an injected moulded sprue. I haven't seen any resin exhausts, but I've not seen any of the other boxings from Valom. Cheers, Bill
  12. How did I miss this one? I love your work with the flat white plastic bits - you need to tell me when you start a build, as apparently I'm not capable of finding these threads by myself. The pit is looking fab, mate! Cheers, Bill
  13. How about the Curtiss XF15C? I think that would qualify as a prototype, as it never entered production. The Olimp resin kit is setting on top of the stack right under the workbench and it's always looking at me. Cheers, Bill
  14. If Hasegawa confused the length with and without the probe, they'd be off by 13 mm according to the drawings I have. So I think that's just an urban legend. I found this photo that compares Hasegawa (top), Fujimi (center), and ESCI (bottom) and you can see that the Hasegawa kit is short, but it ain't that short: By my measurements before I assembled the Fujimi fuselage, Hasegawa is short by 2-3 mm tops. I think the bigger difference is that the bottom of the nose turns up too much on the Hasegawa kit. That makes the radome diameter smaller than it should be. But I'm not the expert! Cheers, Bill EDIT: Oh, just to make sure I get this right - for this scheme, the cold nozzles should be EDSG, correct?
  15. I'll have an update soon - things are moving along! In the meantime, I've been fondling the Special Hobby Sea Harrier FA.2. As I mentioned before, this is obviously a derivative of the Hasegawa kit, the similarities are numerous. My first concern was the wing - would the Hasegawa FRS.1 wing (which includes the vortex generators) fit the SH fuselage? The answer is yes, it's a near perfect match. The only modification that is needed is to lengthen the slot in the fuselage for the wing tab. Or you could shorten the tab I suppose...but either way it fits nicely. A couple of easy mods to the FRS.1 wing, and one of the shortfalls of the SH kit is fixed. Many folks have complained that the front end of the SH FA.2 doesn't "look right." (Let;s face it, though, the front end of a real FA.2 doesn't exactly look right!) I compared the front fuselage pieces between Hasegawa and SH, and the SH part matches the outline of the Hasegawa part without its radome. The FA.2 radome is supplied as a two piece affair in the SH kit, and it attaches to the forward fuselage in the same place as the FRS.1 radome. Is that the way it was done in real life? There were no other extensions or modifications to the shape/size of the forward fuselage? I have the Pavla resin FA.2 nose designed for the Airfix kit, but it is too large in diameter to work with the SH kit. The Pavla radome has a circular cross-section where it attaches to the fuselage; the SH is slightly oval with the vertical dimension being about 0.5 mm larger. Who's right? Probably doesn't make much difference, 0.5 mm ain't much. SH correctly has the mid-fuselage extension. What's weird is the the plastic is a different thickness in this area, so if you hold it up to the light you see a distinct dark band. I'm not going to speculate what that means. Cheers, Bill
  16. Hi mates, Last year I only managed to complete four models, just dreadful. I did a little better this year mainly due to my chemo regimen getting a bit easier. I'm now in full maintenance mode and the specific batch of chemicals doesn't seem to knock me down so much. I think I would have done even more this past year if it wasn't for the arrival of grandchild number four (the first boy!) and the other grandchildren advancing to the point where you can have a sort of conversation with them. Plus it's so cute when my granddaughter comes over and the first thing she does is go to my Keurig machine and make me a cup of Joe. Sweet kid! So here are the 2016 completions - could 2017 bring even more? If wifey doesn't sell off the stash! 1:72 Fairey Firefly TT.4 (completed in February 2016) Special Hobby Technically this one was started at the end of 2015 along with its sister FR.1. I had a momentary lapse of reason on this one, and decided it would be a good idea to fold the wings. Arghhh! Nobody in their right mind ever builds a model of Fairey aircraft with folded wings. I mean, whoever was in charge of wing-folding at Fairey was clearly in charge of the Spanish Inquisition ("Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!"). The link above will take you to the RFI page where you can see more photos, a list of all the corrections and additions that were made, plus a link to the WIP. 1:72 Northrop F-89J Scorpion (completed in March 2016) Revell This one came out of left field - a mojo restorer that just kind of happened while I was working on the Sea Venom. I was stuck in my usual paralysis by analysis mode when I decided that I really needed to finish a kit. I was home alone for the weekend, so I pulled this off of the shelf of doom where it had languished for a couple of decades. The cockpit was already finished as was the main fuselage construction, so I just needed to clean things up, paint it and throw on some stickers. Three days later there it was! The link above will take you to the post in the middle of the Sea Venom WIP. The kit was built OOB, nothing was added to it or changed. 1:72 de Havilland Sea Venom FAW.53 (completed in June 2016) CMR Another fantastic, highly detailed resin kit from CMR. Armed with the expert technical assistance from NAVY870, one of our distinguished forum members, this one is finished in the markings of a RAN example that he restored. There is something about de Havilland twin booms - you just gotta love 'em! I think there's a Vampire and another (gulp) Sea Vixen in my near future. The link above will take you to the RFI page where you can see more photos, a list of all the corrections and additions that were made, plus a link to the WIP. 1:72 Supermarine Spitfire F.Mk.XIVe (completed in August 2016) AZ Models What year would be complete without another Spitfire to add to the brood? This year it was the AZ kit of the beautiful F.Mk.XIVe in the markings of Ginger Lacey. I love the AZ/KP Spitfire kits and have a ton of them in the stash. The ones I've built have gone together well and certainly look the part when they're done. I helped this one out with a resin prop, photoetch cockpit, and vacuform canopy. I think next year I should do an F.21 with a contraprop...what do you think? The link above will take you to the RFI page where you can see more photos, a list of all the corrections and additions that were made, plus a link to the WIP. 1:72 Blackburn Buccaneer S.1 (completed in November 2016) Scale Resin This is the beautiful new resin kit of the Blackburn Buccaneer S.1 from Scale Resin. The detail on this is exquisite, and it is likely the most accurate Buccaneer model available today, thanks to the expert help Scale Resin received from subject matter expert Andy White. I really enjoyed building this kit (even though I hate painting white!) and it looks great next to my CMR Buccaneer S.2. Unfortunately, I relied on some bad information and made the jury struts too long - the wing tips should be much closer together than they are. As soon as I get some spare time, this will be fixed! Now that I know about it, it really bugs me... The link above will take you to the RFI page where you can see more photos, a list of all the corrections and additions that were made, plus a link to the WIP. 1:72 Grumman F7F-3 Tigercat (completed in December 2016) Monogram Last up for this year is the sleek Grumman F7F-3 Tigercat. I started this almost four years ago, and it's been on and off the shelf of doom several times. I went a bit out of control on this one, but can honestly say that it was built "OOB." Only, there was a lot more than one box! After a complete rescribe, there is a ton of aftermarket in this bird. The Aires Super Detail Set fought me here and there, but in the end I think the result was worth it. You have to admit she is a beautiful aircraft - just a wee bit too late for WWII but in time for some combat in Korea. The link above will take you to the RFI page where you can see more photos, a list of all the corrections and additions that were made, plus a link to the WIP. Thanks for reading all the way to the end, I hope it was worth your time. See you here next year, and let's hope it's more than six builds. I'll never get through my stash at that rate! Cheers, Bill
  17. What I'll miss most of all is her beloved Memorial Skillet. Cheers, Bill
  18. Thanks, I'm happy to be of some help. I'm learning loads, too, that's one of the best things about posting WIPs here on BM. There are so many subject matter experts that can chime in and guide your way. It not only helps me learn more about the subject I'm modelling, it also makes the model better. Win-win as they say. I'd love to see that article. I'll send you a PM with my email addy. Back in 1983 I was still subscribing to the worst hobby magazine of all time, Scale Modeler. I think this was just a US publication. Then Finescale Modeler came along which was so much better that Scale Modeler perished soon thereafter. To be honest, I no longer read Finescale Modeler either as I think the content is getting pretty stale, as least as far as modelling techniques go. Same old stuff, over and over. "New in this issue - how to make your 1:72 panel lines look like they have tar in them!" Me too - putting stickers on is one of my favourite parts. Along with assembly, putty, sanding, gluing, painting, and displaying. Cheers, Bill
  19. I bought the sticker sheet from Hannants: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/COM72005 I suspect this project will happen sometime in 2017. I have the Sea Harrier to finish, then the F-111B for the group build, then a tarted up TSR.2, and then most likely the Tornado. Of course, there is always a chance that a Spitfire or two will interrupt this schedule. Or the Aki Sea Fury...or the CMR Firebrand...or the Trumpeter Wyvern...or some two seat Harriers...or the new Barracuda...maybe even a two seat Spitfire...or the Curtiss XF15...how about a Moonbat? It just goes on and on. Thanks guys, you've all been much help. I now have a pretty good idea of how to approach this one. If any other information comes to mind, please feel free to post it. I'd love to have a nice set of "reasonably" accurate F.2 scale drawings - any sources for that? John mentioned that the one he posted was not intended to be a scale drawing, but I can always use it as such in a pinch. Cheers, Bill
  20. Are you sure they're new? I have two sets of Barracuda's Barracuda Early Main Wheels (#72137) in my stash for a couple of years. I think they were released in 2013. Cheers, Bill
  21. Wow, great stuff John! It looks like no matter which path I choose, I will be taking a saw to the fuselage. Maybe it's best that I use the Italeri kit as the guinea pig, rather than risk mucking up an expensive Hasegawa kit! So many projects, so little time... Cheers, Bill
  22. Another one of those silly questions - I painted the PWR (?) on the front of the vertical fin and the radome at the end of the tail Gunze Radome Tan. I'm not sure that's a good colour to use. I think there are a couple of patches on the bottom of the ventral fin which should be the same colour as these two as well. The Hasegawa instructions say to use Middlestone, while Fujimi says Tan. Hmm...notice I ignored both of their advice. They almost look metallic in some photos, especially on the bottom of the ventral fin. Thoughts? Cheers, Bill
  23. Here is a quick photo to show where we are while I'm waiting for the new outriggers to dry. As you can see, the silly outriggers aren't needed anyway, she sets just fine! I think the nose high attitude looks about right. I think the inside of the intake is OK. I probably brought the white a bit too far inside at the bottom, but I won't tell if you won't. So what about the shelf behind the cockpit? I can't tell from the photos what colour it should be painted. My inclination is to paint it Dark Admiralty Grey like the cockpit, but in some photos it looks like EDSG. Anyone know for sure? I opened up the Fujimi canopy. This will sound strange, but I'm going to use the windscreen from the Fujimi kit, and the sliding portion from the Hasegawa kit. I like the shape of the rear edge of the Hasegawa one better. Hasegawa had raised detail on the inside of the canopy to denote the detonator cord - I sanded this off and polished the inside prior to dipping both clear pieces in Future. I'm going to use the photoetch detonator cord from the Eduard fret and that will be added later. I'm going to have to use card stock to build up the inside at the back of the canopy where the detonator control box is, as neither of the two kits supply anything in that regard. The control box will need to be scratched, too. It's too obvious to leave out. LOTS of work yet to do... Cheers, Bill