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  2. They'll be at SMW if you're planning a trip there, with a preorder discount. If you're not going maybe someone local to you is. Ask around, you never know your luck.
  3. A fitting tribute to his memory. ... My guess is the Avro 504 & RN ship are for other relatives ? Im doing a similar thing for my Relatives. Grandfather and Grand-uncles from WW2, Korea, & Vietnam.
  4. There's some serious random babbling going on here & it's not just mick4350.
  5. Thats just lovely Neil. I really love these pre Munich crises colours and thinks it suits the Blenheim very well. Now I've got this same kit however just wanting to know where you managed to get those small under fuselage bombs, it's a great touch for this period of aircraft. Cheers and very well modelled.. Dave
  6. Mig Eater

    Cuban Cigar

    I've made a preliminary start on the build, I tested the MiniArt tracks on the Trumpeter drive sprockets & found that they dont fit! The sprockets seem to be oversized & have the wrong shaped teeth so I doubt that any after-market tracks would fit. MiniArt make a set of sprockets & wheels but this was meant to be a cheap project so I dont want to buy any more after-market parts for it. So I'll have to design & 3D print some new sprocket instead, my printer is broken though (I accidentally damaged the UV screen) & I'm currently waiting for new parts to arrive, so the sprocket will have to wait a week or two. As I've been looking over the rest of the kit things seemed a bit off, so after some research I found the the size of the hull is all wrong & it would require some major surgery to fix! I knew the kit had some accuracy issues but I wasn't aware it was this bad (should have just got the MiniArt T-55!). So I'm now mulling over if I'm going to just ignore the size problems or get my hacksaw out...
  7. Jordi

    FAA Hellcat query?

    I would be careful making assumptions about the color(s) of the codes. There are far too many variables in a photo like this to say anything with absolute certainty. When I look at it, I do not see the “B” as anything like the same color as the center of the roundel.
  8. No Phantom model needs nose weight. The length of the nose wheel strut makes no difference.
  9. My only claim to fame is that I was in the same class at school with Sting's brother Phil.
  10. Thanks Paul J, as a big fan of the band I think I'll need to get this one, even if it is out of my chosen scale. Scale Aircraft Modelling can be fun too, right? This looks right up my street, nice one. The actual Iron Maiden stage show Spitfire is just a generic show balloon/blimp, no particular mark or variation Its just a generic big inflatable Spit that is a fun thing to see at their shows when they play Aces High. I went to see Iron Maiden last year and this was the song as the inflatable Spitfire appeared over the band ... it was good fun indeed, one of Iron Maidens best tours ever for so late in their career. Not my recording, someone else's from You Tube ... please don't use this Spitfire as reference material Guys
  11. HI Chris Thanks yr reply. I must confess that i was considering posing this question on ubootwaffe.pl but as they don't speak much English i thought i would try here first. This is also a good site: http://www.tvre.org/en/home-page What started this was a purchase of RCSubs PE kits for this scale U-Boat. In the kit are optional doors or shutters - I asked RCSubs twice what they were for but got no answer other than if i thought parts were 'bad' to not use them. So looked at books, photos on internet etc without success until last night - Eureka! It seems that there was an additional plate or shutter that protected muzzle doors from shock waves. These moved 90 degrees amidships simultaneously with the opening muzzle door. Last night i found photo U-505 (a type IXc) which clearly shows these plates/shutters which have same vertical gear mechanism in parallel with muzzle door mechanism. I think this is the reference on Ubootwaffe.pl. So with two plates/doors moving 90 deg simultaneously, this would have to happen BEFORE the bow doors open otherwise the bow doors would interfere with the movement of the shutter plate. Therefore the bow doors must open against open muzzle doors??? Frustratingly cannot find (yet) any ref/photo to confirm this. There is this one of U-505 which appears to show edge of open muzzle door resting against open bow door but this would mean the bow door opened first... or is is just the photograph angle? It would be a pity to have to conceal open PE muzzle doors behind open bow doors. Another thing that occurred to me is that U-505 being a type IX may have had different mode of operation for bow doors as photo suggests they might have slid forward somehow as they opened? However, RCSUbs (known for their historical accuracy) claim their torpedo PE set with optional shutters is suitable for all type VIIs but these shutters are not supplied in type IXc kits. Cheers Note bars on limber holes to prevent entry objects into bow compartment.
  12. Hi Woody37, Indeed the fuselage your working with is way better than mine. As we know the reason for the poor quality of the molding is simply FM staff pulled the plastic runners out when hot and deformed when cooling. Every joint needs to be double checked to ensure fit (Square and true) so it makes it a long tough build. For that matter each component clean-up is time consuming and sometimes frustrating so test fitting is essential. The main spar assembly is critical for strength and its key is to ensure when fitted for the proper width for the wing bays and depth for the main bomb bay. Also one needs to build up the sunken wing form in each fuselage half to allow for a curtain blanket of card for the side wall of the bomb bay. The Halifax truss web spar arrangement is visible at every wing opening. I intend to get the top wing aligned and square (including the correct width for span) before attaching bottom wing, spar, and bomb/wheel well boxes. It appears some kits are better than others...when it comes to this FM Halifax. The colours for the FM decals is simply off...as we know. There are other aftermarket companies that produce 1/48 Halifax decals but I have no idea of their quality. I have early pictures on my Photobucket page but they are locked and wouldn't help with your build. Your working with someone else's build and doing your own thing...and I don't wana seem to hijack your thread. Your doing well...keep going. PHIL.
  13. Am I crazy for following, when I just spent 3 weeks on 2 of my own Spitfires? Maybe. I do have one of these in the stash.... I'm excited to see this develop!
  14. I've never taken part in one of these before, but this one feels an appropriate place to start, as I've been meaning to build a model in memory of my great uncle (on this topic, I also need to build a very early Avro 504 & at least one Cold War RN ship...). I don't have any info on the Spitfire(s) he flew during the Battle of Britain aside from the squadron, but I do know the serial number & squadron for the one in which he took his final flight a year later, aged 20. I'll be using either a Revell MkIIa, or possibly an Eduard later version modified back to MkIIa appearance, in 1:72 scale.
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  16. Hello everybody, well, this slanted front part of the Cable Tray(Part 3.4) really has it in it and has almost already become to a nightmare of my sleepless nights ... But meanwhile I'm of the opinion that one edge more or less doesn't matter, and therefore I will be content with an approximate solution, especially since later one cannot see this part under the orbiter from the outside anyway. The biggest difficulty in interpreting the course of the contours in the front area was this red circled notch directly under the Center support, which I have yet still decided to do, Source: NASA which can be clearly seen again on this image section. Source: forum.nasaspaceflight.com (DaveS) And in this image one can also see the front area relatively well, where I will then orient myself during scratching, Source: NASA especially since this is only a short stub of about 5 mm length anyway, as one can see here. For the upper closeout, I've glued a Strip (0,25 mm x 1,5 mm x 3 mm), and the lateral closeout will follow next in a similar way, wherewith I will then content myself.
  17. 72modeler

    FAA Hellcat query?

    Regarding the part of the Hellcat flap that is not visible when the flaps are retracted, I think would be in the surrounding uppersurface color- at least it looks that way for USN Hellcats. The flap coves would be finished in the surrounding undersurface color, which for an FAA Hellcat would be sky or sea blue, depending on variant. @Dana Bell or perhaps @Tailspin Turtle would be a better source, as they are the authorities on WW2 U.S. colors and USN aircraft. Regarding those painted patches/areas- it's a b&w photo, so very hard to determine for sure, but looks close in tone to the roundel blue to me. Mike
  18. Oh we are about to get a LOT of new ships!!! https://photos.app.goo.gl/7yMLn4wNwVWHNML19
  19. i'll not write in detail what i had to correct and shape, cause it would be too much. It really took me a long time come to this step. Priming! Before i assembled the engines and masked them. The engine cowlings and the intake rim needed some work, but that was quickly done. Also Mr.Surfacer forgives a lot. I masked all intakes and exhausts and cut some oversized masks for the cocpit, somthing like 5% larger, to ensure a good fit of the decal later without having any primer inside the window frames. This is by far not a short process. As you can see the window outlines are still slightly visible (as said before i used revell glue and thats a bad choice). it needs some rework here and there and small issues reveal after priming, usually 2-3 steps of priming should be ok, NOT WITH THIS KIT! it took me a whole 5 times between spraying and correcting. i will post some final pictures in the next few days. these are from the first layer:
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  21. Looks like Tempestwulf has sorted me out; hopefully the decals will make it to me safely from the antipodes, and if they do, I'll be doing Bob Doe and Pat Hughes' 234 Squadron Spitfires.
  22. I've not been able to build anything for a while having moved house in the Summer from London to Flintshire but finally managed to get a workshop set up in the spare bedroom. I stumbled upon Revell's Wright Flyer in a bits and bobs shop in Mold, paid far too much for it (don't ask) and took it to my new home in anticipation of a relatively easy build. How wrong could I be? This was an absolute ig-pay to put together! I'd looked at the plans and the parts and thought, I can handle this, I'll have a look at the Britmodeller site and see if anybody's done it so I can pick up a tip or two. Right now I have to give many, many thanks to Bengalensis who put his excellent build on the forum abut 5 years ago and without who's help mine would have been in the bin after the first few sessions at the bench. As I looked through his procedure and the way it varied from the instructions I saw the logic of his process and decided shamelessly to copy as much as I could. With a confident cry of "Onward and upward!" I donned the magic glasses... When I got this far... ... I began to suspect a phone call had been made... ...but I soldiered on. I've never tried to rig a biplane before but I thought, this is a big scale, 1:39 (Excuse me? 1:WHAT??? What kind of wacked out scale is 1:39?) so how hard can it be? By the time I got this far I'd stretched my vocabulary, honed over 40 years in the music business, 20 of them at sea, to the limit and the cats were wearing earmuffs lest they die from shock. Fortunately the missus is a working class lass from Liverpool so she was unaffected... I couldn't make head nor tail of a lot of the rigging despite having several pictures and diagrams available at my googletips and the excellent pictures on Bengalensis' build so my attempt went progressively from "I wanna rig this right on the nose" to "Let's get it really close" to "Maybe I can get it reasonably convincing" finally settling at "Well, it's near enough for rock n roll". All in all it's the hardest build I've attempted to date but I think it can get through the "Two Metre Test", even with clean glasses. I've never attempted any sort of diorama work before either so I used a bit of hardboard for the base figuring it was a decent facsimile of sand colour and did a bit of Jackson Pollock to mucky it up. Here she is, all done and dusted. Wilbur came out looking like my dad, although I can't picture the old boy running with so much energy. I think the last time dad ran at all would have been in RAF boot camp in 1940. I'd thought a successful engineer and businessman like ol' Willie would have worn a watch but when I considered my chances of painting a fine chain across his waistcoat I decided he just kept it loose in his trouser pocket. And is it my imagination or does Orville bear more than a passing resemblance to Super Mario? That moustache gave me a lot of headaches and went to the point of "Stop, Pete, before you make it even worse!" I know it won't win any prizes at the model shows but I'm betting it's the best Wright Flyer on my street,if not all of Buckley. There are four kits waiting for me in the shed including the new(ish) Airfix Wimpy that's supposed to be the cat's pajamas but the workshop has to get removed from the guest bedroom for a couple of weeks in anticipation of a visit from my sister so you're all spared from viewing more of my bodging a little longer. A table cluttered with paints, glues and the other various accoutrements of plastic sticking is not the sort of thing an old lady likes to see in the morning before she's had the first cup of tea. Cheers, lads, as usual I hope the prose gave you more to laugh at than the pictures. illie
  23. Wow! Neil, that's some awesome work. I love the way you've painted the exhaust collectors. Could you please tell me your method? Chris
  24. .....I suppose the Eddie figures might have been a little lost in the smaller scales, and maybe Revell have a shed load of the 1/32 Spits to shift. (I was up for loads when I first saw the kit announcement....then I bought one!
  25. From the IWM: The caption: Groundcrew pack a parachute into a supply dropper before fitting it to the stub winglets of a Westland Lysander Mark II of No. 225 Squadron RAF at Tilshead, Wiltshire. Chris
  26. dogsbody

    Post war Blenheim

    Wow, Antti! Thanks! Chris
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