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Rob de Bie

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  1. Air Britain's Aviation World

    Graham, many thanks for the fast reply! The article did not discuss the Postjager as far as I know, so that matches. I understood it would be a rather general article on using older drawings. Enjoy your holiday, and please post again if you indeed still have the article. Rob
  2. Air Britain's Aviation World

    Are there any readers or subscribers of Air Britain's Aviation World here? I'm trying to find out whether they ever published an article on the pitfalls of using old drawings as a reference. Please note that this is probably a bad description of the article's subject! I can't find an index of 'Aviation World' plus I have the handicap of not knowing the exact subject. The reason for my question is that I'm working on a drawing of a 1930's Dutch mailplane, the Pander Postjager, and this article was mentioned as useful for the research for this drawing. Rob
  3. Ecuador T-33 - calling Latin experts!

    I was about to mention that title too. I don't have it, but I checked 'Militair 1982' by John Andrade, and it lists: "About a dozen are active. Call signs include AT-707, AT-799, AT-919 and FT-872/52-1872" Rob
  4. Scratch building a roll cage

    Maybe some tips on the build sequence, based on the single roll cage that I've partly built so far. I used 2 mm polystyrene tube with brass wire inside, otherwise the bends will not stay in the plastic. I started with the main hoop. That can be lot of work to make fit properly, since it needs to fit tightly against the roof and the B-pillars. I think I test-fitted it two dozen times. And then I bent a fresh one because the first one was a bit worn out. Next were the two stays to the rear. That way you stabilise the main hoop nicely, giving you a solid base. The third part was the roof hoop. Not all cars are built like this, in some the A-pillar tubes run all the way to the main hoop. Since the roof hoop cannot float free, I installed some temporary braces. The fourth part consisted of the A-pillar tubes. They were very difficult for this car, and the one in the photo is not the definitive one. I even had to build more temporary braces / jigs. Turns out those A-pillar tubes required another bend near the roof hoop. That's how far I got. It can be a lot of work, but it is fun to do. Looking at other scratch-built roll cages, I often see tubing that is too thick, and that makes it look like a toy. In this case I found out the correct diameter in the class rules from that era. Another thing I notice often is that the roof tubes are set too low, so they are very visible through the windows. On real cars this is usually not the case. Good luck with your project! Rob
  5. Maintrack Project X

    I have the Olimp Short SC1. I compared it to photos of the Maintrack kit, and they are different kits as far as I can tell. I found the quality excellent, except for some air bubbles in the leading edges and in the fuselage bottom. Here's mine partly assembled. Rob
  6. Porsche 917k reference material

    You will very likely find some photos here, hundreds and hundreds of sportscar photos. But it's like looking for a needle in a haystack. https://sportprototipo.tumblr.com/archive Rob
  7. Looking for 1/48 48" raf white codes

    You can have white decals of your own design printed on an Alps, here's a list of custom printers: https://robdebie.home.xs4all.nl/models/decals.htm#custom Rob
  8. Airfix Skyraider - Resuming work after about 20 years

    Possibly Apocryphal, despite being at opposite ends of the globe, I did remarkably similar work on my Airfix Skyraider! I think I was 15 years of age when I started it, and I spent years fiddling with it. The inspiration came from a Modeldecal sheet, that my local hobby shop sold. For a long time I used its tiny drawings as a guide for the modifications. I stopped working on it when I held a test-shot of the Hasegawa Skyraider in my hands, Scalemates says it issued 1996, so maybe it was 1995. A couple of years ago, after it rested in a box for many years, I airbrushed the model in a neutral grey to judge its build quality. More photos and details here: https://robdebie.home.xs4all.nl/models/a1h.htm Rob
  9. Dave, in case the length of the wingtip launcher still is a question: it was 113.185" long according to the structural repair manual. That's 39.9 mm in 1/72. As explained by others, they slide over the wingtip. I once measured the stripes indicating that on a RNLAF 104, and it was 120 mm at the leading edge and 125 mm at the trailing edge. Let's round that off to 1.7 mm in 1/72 scale. Rob
  10. 1/72 Su-24 & Su-27/33

    Gondor, sorry for slightly hi-jacking your thread - I jumped in because hardly anyone knows or builds the VES / Gran / Zlinek Su-15TM kit. It's not a resin kit, it's injection moulded, but judging from the mould decay over the various issues, and even the damage in my first issue, it was a limited run mould. It's a bit like a High Planes kit: underneath the flash there's a sweet model hiding. Rob
  11. Aircraft Tug.

    Sorry, double post..
  12. 1/72 Su-24 & Su-27/33

    Thanks for sharing your experiences with the various boxings of this kit. It sounds like the mould wasn't made to last very long! So far, I only assembled the center fuselage, being super-extra-careful to do it correctly, because it's so easy to create an ill-fitting assembly. And then, blasphemy maybe, I will remove all rivets. I don't like rivets, I don't see them on the real thing, and many disappeared already in the assembly process. I'm very curious how the model will then look! Rob
  13. Dave, here's a photo of my Hasegawa plus Esci/Italeri kitbash. In the mean time I added the RWR antennas from the Revell kit, so officially it's now a kitbash of three kits :-) Rob
  14. 1/72 Su-24 & Su-27/33

    Apex, thanks for checking! Yes, the VES / Gran Su-15TM is labour-intensive, but I still like it a lot! I find the level of detail unbelievable for a kit of that age and (limited) mould technology. It's too ambitious in many places, for example scribed rivets on vertical faces of the mould, so the mould will scratch the hell out of the part when it's ejected. Plus a fuselage in I don't know how many parts. Still, it's probably my respect for the designer and the mould maker that makes me like this kit a lot :-) Rob
  15. 1/72 Su-24 & Su-27/33

    Interesting! I have to ask: are other models by Strim / VES still available, especially the 1/72 Su-15 ? Rob
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