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  1. My father built model airplanes and as a little boy I was inspired to build them too. I do remember that he was against building jets because, in his mind, they were all about creating havoc, death, etc...nothing beautiful about them, he felt, nothing romantic. So be it. I mean, what have any military aircraft been about? That was his philosophy and I must admit it poisoned me ever since. No longer! So I have built another jet, my 4th so far and certainly not my last. I have had more fun with these jets than a barrel full of monkeys and I cannot wait for the NATO/Warsaw Pact GB this summer... This is OOB completely. I used Vallejo Air Chrome for the overall colour and I think it works better that the aluminum for this. Very little pin washing since I imagine these birds were kept pretty clean while on duty in Thornaby. The decals were excellent and sucked down well with some softener and fix. It is a tail-sitter so I crammed as much lead as I could in the nose and it still sat. I mashed up some more into little bits and tossed them in the cockpit where they promptly disappeared. That did it. About 3 grams all told. I could have puttied a little more on the booms and the wingtips, but I didn't. Next time I will. There was already a fair amount of filling needed along the wing roots and the cockpit nacelle. I have a little over a week before the next GB begins. I think I can squeeze in another build before the Nieuport 10's come out... I present Revell's DH. Vampire F.3 in 1/72nd scale, 608 Squadron, Thornaby, 1951. --John
  2. Here's another two decade-old build, restored somewhat and improved with the addition of Tasman Models drop tanks. An F.20 of 771 NAS at RNAS Ford in the early 1950s.
  3. Sea Vampire prototype, FAAM

    The aircraft in which 'Winkle' Brown made the first landing of a pure jet aircraft aboard a carrier.
  4. Two were built and the first one flew in December 1948. Rather similar to the De Havilland Swallow they were designed to investigate transonic flight. Both survived, the first is at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and the second is in storage at the USAF Museum. Not a bad little kit. I resisted the urge to add any extras. It really should have had boundary layer splitters in the intake and perhaps more could have been done with the wheel wells and gear doors. Overall it seems about the right size and shape. I'm not too convinced about the canopy size and shape and the nose profile but it looks OK. Stars and bars came from a search through the stash to find some I would not need. USAF and 6676 were home-made. Colour? An interesting question. When with NACA it was white but I wanted to represent the first prototype at first flight stage. Airmodel reckoned it was orange with black stripes but I could find nothing to justify this. Someone on ARC reckoned it was light gray. Looking at pictures gave me the impression that there was a difference in colour between the white of the insignia and the colour of the fuselage so I went with the light gray and used Xtracolor ADC grey. Maybe I should have used a lighter grey for the paint job but it will do until someone comes up with a definitive answer. Build details here - non-injected group build http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234985829-northrop-x-4-airmodel-172/ It was quite a tiny thing - seen here with a Meteor 4 for comparison As usual any comments or extra information welcome John
  5. Hello from Sunny Stockport

    Hi, my name is Pete and I'm returning to a hobby I last did when kits came with cardboard headers with stapled plastic bags attached, so obviously more than a couple of years and as a hobby it has changed out of all recognition. Have managed only three builds so far so need to get cracking as there's only one of them I'm really happy with, so rather than the displaying my latest forum I think I'll be more asking question on the 'how to' forums! All the best, Pete
  6. Here's another recent build, the Revell Ho229 (not Go229 as mislabelled on the packaging). More or less straight from the box, but with the inaccurate side panels removed from the cockpit bathtub, the voids underneath the exhausts filled and the Airwaves and Eduard photo etch sets employed to add detail. The guns weren't really visible after assembly, whereas the engines most certainly are. Curious how Revell decided to represent parts that were not apparent, but not those that were. Hope you like it.