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  1. RAF High Altitude Flight colour(s).

    General consensus of opinion I've read seems to be lighter than PRU blue, and perhaps not as light as Cambridge blue. Neil Robinson did an article on this a/c in an IPMS magazine a couple of years ago, I'll see if I can dig it out.
  2. 1/48th Airfix Meteor Fmk8 - due 24th March

    That is the flaw in the plan, and is what stops me trying to put the theory into practice. Still, plenty of other stuff in the loft.
  3. I've joined the Dad brigade.

    Congratulations, and don't listen to the doom-sayers, there will still be modelling time, but perhaps not as much.
  4. Hello again. Sorry for the delay, a busy weekend, including a minor re-arrangement of the modelling man-cave. I finally got around to a few more shots. I've tried to go for a heavily-used look, as evidenced by a couple of photos I found eg https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CDLyJGMWIAAkvAj.jpg and https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/89/73_Squadron_RAF_Spitfires_Prkos_Yugoslavia_1945_IWM_CNA_3525.jpg I wasn't convinced by the original chipping, and my opinion was confirmed by Joachim (above), so I had another go - I'm still not 100% happy with it, but it will do. On the other hand, I think the little bit of diluted Tamiya Smoke to simulate fuel overflow at the filler cap works reasonably well Thanks for looking, comments and any more constructive crits welcome.
  5. Thanks for the responses people. AD210, I will post the better photos soon, it's been a busy weekend! Vinnie, that's quite untidy for me - I can't model in the middle of a muddle. Joachim, thanks for the construcctive crits. I thought pretty much the same. Watch out for the better photos, as I've had another go at the scuffing. Dennis, agreed, I like All Spitties, but especially late-war/post-war schemes.
  6. IPMS Chiltern Show 3rd Sept 2017

    I'll be paying a visit.
  7. Hot off the workbench - in fact, still on it in these pics - is Tamiya's Spitfire IX, supplemented with a Yahu instrument panel and Barracuda wheels, and with markings from Xtradecal. The aircraft depicted is serving with 73 Sqn RAF, based at Prkos, Yugoslavia, in April-May 1945. They were flying mainly ground-attack sorties at the time, hence the name "Bombfire". 73 Sqn was one of the very few units to wear pre-war-style unit markings during the war - after serving in the Battle of France and the Battle of Britain, in Hurricanes, they transferred to the Desert and revived the markings there. Anyway, on with the show - these are on the bench, I'll do some proper "beauty shots" later. Thanks for looking.
  8. Yes, what he said. I've had some articles (which took somewhat longer than a weekend to write) published, and I admit it's gratifying to see your name in print. Yes, I want every one to be the best it can, as my stuff goes to shows too. In fact, I think I put more effort in to a model for publication, as a: it's going to be seen by the magazine buyers (and maybe dissected in threads such as this), and b: If I'm being paid, I want to feel I've earned it. As to why most aircraft magazines contain predominantly military subjects, I tentatively suggest that simply reflects the plastic kit market, at least where aircraft are concerned. Like John, I'd love to see some more inter-war civil stuff - how many DH (any variety) Moth kits are actually available? But how well would they sell if they were?
  9. I Don't Understand why......

    Isn't that the truth! Isn't any model a depiction of the subject at one instant in time? Or am I missing something?
  10. 1/48th Airfix Meteor Fmk8 - due 24th March

    Never mind another F8, when's the FR9 coming? And it's a fair bet it will, there are camera windows on the F8 clear sprue ...
  11. Well, that's it. Just deleted all my photos (they're on my hard drive anyway) and closed my account. I figured it was better to do that before I just couldn't get at them any more. The last straw was an ad that I couldn't get rid of urging me to upgrade to a paid PB account. My apologies for anyone who was looking at one of my old threads, but there will be more once I've found a new host.
  12. Hi Max, following this with interest. I've got this kit and the Alley Cat upgrade. Looking good.
  13. US Navy / Marines "Red" edging on undercarraige doors?

    If you haven't found this trick already, a red "Sharpie" marker is a quick and easy way to reproduce red edges on airbrakes etc, far easier than a paintbrush.
  14. Best British War Film Actors

    John Mills could play a submarine captain or an army corporal who didn't really want the stripes equally convincingly. Dirk Bogarde was an army photographic interpretation officer during the war. And all the supporting cast: Harold Siddons, Victor Maddern, Sam Kydd for example. Let's not forget the Germans either: Wolfgang Preiss must have played practically every officer in the Wermacht high command at one time or another.