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  1. Italeri P-47N Thunderbolt

    Hi Mike, Thank you for all of that, a very comprehensive list of issues. I guess it's worse than I thought! I think I will try and seek out a Sword kit of the 'N'. I have been having a look, but it seems to be out of production and out of stock everywhere. Maybe one will turn up at a show or a second hand dealer. (I have a post in the wanted section ) Cheers.
  2. Italeri P-47N Thunderbolt

    Ok guys, that's great. Thank you. Looking at the Italeri kit wings, I would say that they had done a reasonable job of interpreting that. There is an extension of the wing inboard of the main gear, leaving a gap between the bay and the fuselage. The Italeri wing is shorter/thinner in chord at the root to fuselage join in comparison to the Revell 'D' model, but the difference seems to be in the flaps. It should be a reasonably straightforward fix to the flap, if indeed it is incorrect.
  3. Italeri P-47N Thunderbolt

    Hello Guys, I was in my local model shop and on impulse picked up the 1/72 Italeri P-47N Thunderbolt. Mainly I think the nose art of '2 Big and too Heavy' suckered me in, but I was interested in the 'N' version as I didn't really know that much about it. Reading a few reviews of the kit online, I think it is fair to say that it is not that well regarded. The main feature of the 'N' version over the 'D' appears to be the different, larger wing, with the squared off tips. I was surprised that when comparing the kit wings to my Revell 'D' that the span was about the same, as I was expecting something much larger. I did find some measurements online and I think the 'N' was only a couple of feet wider in wingspan. Is the Italeri kit wing an accurate rendition? Also, the fillet in front of the fin seems to come in for some criticism for being too thick. Would it benefit from being replaced or thinned down, or is it not really that bad? Your thoughts please, Gentlemen.
  4. How to get a 1/72 Bf-109K ?

    Thanks Mike, those FM kits do look nice. I have been acquiring a few of the AZ kits, but wouldn't rule out a FM kit or two. Cheers.
  5. Revell 1/72 Bf.109G-10

    Thank you, I will let you know how I get on.
  6. Airfix Supermarine Spitfire PRXIX

    Nice work so far. I like your tape harness.
  7. Thanks for taking the trouble to post those lovely pictures. I was thinking of going myself, but wasn't sure if it would be worth it, what with the lousy weather and all. Looks like it was a good day. Those Hornet moths are gorgeous
  8. Revell 1/72 Bf.109G-10

    Thanks Paulo. I cut the flaps out with a scalpel blade. I chickened out on the slats. Yes, not far off starting the painting. It will be my first attempt at Luftwaffe camo with my airbrush. Hope it comes out as nice as yours. Cheers.
  9. Thank you for your interest. http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235024707-revell-172-bf109g-10/
  10. How to get a 1/72 Bf-109K ?

    Thank you Troy, that's brilliant. Now we can all see what we're talking about
  11. How to get a 1/72 Bf-109K ?

    Hi Troy, That's a shame. I knew I should have printed them off! 72modeller, welcome and thanks for the link. Some nice photos, I will have a good look later. I'm not too sure about the leg's. Too late for mine, I've 'corrected' my Revell kit! Although I do think there may be some panels missing from inboard of the legs on that museum aircraft. The bay seems to go into the fuselage a little to far?
  12. I have asked a few questions about late 109's on Britmodeller, and had a lot of helpful advice. So I thought I would share a couple of pictures of progress so far on my Revell Bf.109G-10. Undercarriage wheel bays and legs moved inboard, to correct the kit original slightly outboard positioning. (Need to do something about that seam in the radiator intake) A new spinner and prop from AZ models, thank you Jan Polc I have separated all the control surfaces. Looking at pictures of 109's at rest, the flaps could be at any combination of settings. I fixed the AZ armour plating behind the seat, but I think I may take it off and set the canopy open. The Revell canopy is not a great fit, being a little too narrow on the cockpit sides. The overwing bulges are also AZ, as are the wheels. Cheers.
  13. How to get a 1/72 Bf-109K ?

    Troy Smith, If you ever come across this thread and have some spare time, please could I ask you to be kind enough to re-post some of the now missing pictures (thank you PhotoBucket), especially of the three different cowling types. Thank you.
  14. That's a nice looking 190. I really should get more Tamiya stuff.
  15. Hi Paulo, Just found this and read through it. Very interesting to me as I am doing the same kit, the Revell boxing. I enjoyed the intro and the personal story about the pilot and the individual aircraft. I like the personal marking, the 'E' and the pig. I will look out for this kit and pick one up if I ever see it. On my model I have used a few parts from the AZ models series of late 109's, they do help, especially with the spinner and prop. Great work on the painting and mottling. I was going to mask my top surfaces to get the sharp edge splinter scheme. Seeing you do yours I think maybe that would be wrong? Probably they were the softer edge sprayed on effect? I will do a little WIP and post some pictures of my build, I look forward to your comments. Cheers, all the best.