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  1. Weathering of a SLUFF

    An interesting feature of Air Force A-7's is the noticeable chromate yellow interior fuselage of the jet pipe area, visible in your pictures. Not sure if this applies to Navy Sluf's. Nice pictures, cheers.
  2. Italeri AU-1 Corsair 1/72

    Nice work. Great finish and I like the decal choice, the 'arrow' adds interest to the blue scheme. May I ask, which Italeri kit did you use as a base for the AU-1 ?
  3. AV-8B Harrier II FSD #3 Safety Chase

    Great stuff. Thanks for sharing, and very interesting about the chutes etc. Love Harriers, always nice to see some pictures, and in a nice sunny climate too! Good luck with the flame out, I believe the Harrier has the glide characteristics of a brick
  4. North American FJ-2 Fury

    Just a thought. I suspect the wing fold warning flag was to indicate correct engagement of the wing lock when in the down/un-folded position, rather than to indicate up or down? Anyhow, I am so pleased to see this elegant early carrier fighter elevated from almost forgotten to fully detailed and kitted in a modern kit Only problem is deciding how many kits to buy (depends on available decals I guess)
  5. North American FJ-2 Fury

    Sabrejet, amazing details and great photos. Thank you.
  6. HMS Belfast : 2nd T26

    That is excellent. HMS Fandango. I would love that cap tally. Brilliant. ( inadvertent use of HMS Brilliant and Excellent) I have utmost respect for anyone who served on convoys. However it could have been worse: Flower Class Thankful for small mercies.
  7. HMS Belfast : 2nd T26

    I suppose Warspite is out of the running then?
  8. SWORD releasing 1/73 FJ Furys

    I was searching for some sprue and decal info on the new FJ-2 and found this in the Rumourmonger section. I thought I would just put in a link for anyone that may come across this thread and might not be aware of the Rumourmonger thread. http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235024924-172-north-american-fj-2-3-3m-fury-by-sword-box-artspruesresin-release-in-2017/& I have to say it looks very nice. The resin seat is one of the nicest early ejection seats I have seen. And decals for VMF-235
  9. SWORD releasing 1/73 FJ Furys

    The new Sword FJ-2 Fury is out. Anybody got one yet?
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Revell 1/72 Bf.109G-10

    Thank you, I will let you know how I get on.