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  2. That's turned out really well, cracking bit of weathering
  3. Thanks, John. I also found a good pic of XH168 with 58 Sqdn on aviationphotocompany.com. David
  4. I found this photo just now and thought it might be of interest as a modeling project- get out your RS kits! I think it would be handsome in the RAAF colors and markings, photo caption stated it served with No. 1 PRU and later No. 87 Squadron, but I'm no authority on RAAF units, so you might want to confirm that. Looks to be pretty clean and has external tanks. Crikey, she's a beaut, as they say! Mike https://www.reddit.com/r/WWIIplanes/comments/4x5sd4/lockheed_f4a_lightning_a553_pictured_while/
  5. @David Womby David I found this photo of 'your' PR.9 when she was with 58 Sqn unfortunately XH168 is the one furthest from the camera! The the extra aerial on the flair bay door appears to be the Radio Altimeter Mk.7B. but as yet I've not found a photo of an early PR.9 with one fitted? I can't say when the mod was introduced. John
  6. Fantastic result of an simple idea. But has anyone ever tried to build one in 1/72 scale? Cheers / André
  7. Great work on a rather weary looking bird. Pete
  8. Thank you! This is the only way I have found to prevent the head from being deformed when I shape it. Regards
  9. I had to repeat saying to my self that it isn't an 1/72 kit. It isn't an 1/72 kit... Amazing work, fantastic build! Cheers / André
  10. Both the Airfix and Esci (also reboxed by Italeri) kits have IMHO pros and cons. The Italian kit is IMHO better moulded, with very fine panel lines, sharp details and a good fit. At the same time the cockpit is very empty, the ejection seat is useless and for some reason Esci moulded a fairing under the wing where the outer pylon is attached. This fairing exists but is only used when the pylon is not installed so should be sanded flush is the pylon is glued in place. The auxiliary doors on the intakes are moulded closed, Pavla does a nice resin set but of course this adds to the cost. Accuracy is pretty good overall but a few small details are more suitable for the Sea Harrier. Decals were not bad in the original Esci boxes but they may not be useable today. Italeri decals look good bit IMHO the stencils are too large and not realistic when applied. The British kit is not as sharply moulded but the cockpit is way better, with a decent seat. Instrument panels are decals on both kits but the shape in the Airfix kit is more correct. Auxiliary doors can be posed open or closed, very nice touch. The tail on the GR.3 is not accurate as Airfix added the RWR fairing without adding the extra height of the real aircraft. There are aftermarket parts for this. Decals are very good and IMHO superior to those offered by Italeri. My personal view is that as I have a Italeri kit in the stash I don't feel the need to buy an Airfix one. If I had to buy a new kit I'd probably buy whatever I can find cheaper and quicker
  11. Flickr is still on the fritz so here are a couple of images post-dealing...I am aware of a terrible build error on my part...the 'cheeks' on the side of the nose (for machine gun bulges, I guess) are too far back. Too late to do anything about it. You live, you learn. Still, I think it's looking good. I will add only a tiny bit of weathering as this aircraft did not see combat nor doI think it flew a whole lot. --John
  12. Apart from the short tail that needs replacing the Airfix GR3, far better than the others. Selwyn
  13. I first suspected this around the time I started calling you Martian, around the time you were building your Haunebu. That was confirmed when you asked for it to be changed on your login, and subsequent interactions just reinforced my conviction that you were stark-staring, eye-rolling bonkers Anyway - Ali has confirmed that he's received my parts (ooer!), and has begun to adapt the castor wheels for casting. I think he's going to leave my little oleo as I made it, although I've told him he can take it off if he feels like it. Thing is, it's just a pigment of someone's imagination, and nothing was fixed in stone at the stage that development was brought to a halt by the Russians barging in, so you could have air-bags, springs or even baskets of kittens to land upon, although the latter would be a lot cruel and make me very sad for a long time. No movement other than what Ali is doing, as I've had to get on with a few other things while I avoid deciding on the colour scheme I'm going to paint it in.
  14. Including by me. Thanks Jim. I'll try not to perpetuate that. I'm at the same e-mail as before or you can PM me here. Either way. Chris, right now the Hurricane is in a very innocuous Quonset hut at the Wetaskiwin airfield north of the Reynolds Museum, a 2 hour drive north of Calgary and can not be seen by Joe Public. It's in the final stages of being painted with the last few bits and pieces begin sourced to enable engine start up late next month. After that, the wings will be removed and the airplane shipped to Calgary for formal turnover to the Hangar Flight Museum in July if all goes well. https://www.thehangarmuseum.ca/content/location-map. Follow Hurrican and Mosquito progress here: http://www.calgarymosquitosociety.com/feature68/feature68.html Yes that museum is now the Hangar Flight Museum and as far as I know they never had a Mosquito there. Maybe you were thinking of their Lancaster? Our Mosquito was, at that time, in bits and pieces locked up in a warehouse in Calgary to be seen by no-one. It would not have been in Nanton in 2000 as we only moved it there in 2012. Perhaps you are thinking of Edmonton's Alberta Aviation Museum which has a Mosquito done up as "F for Freddie"? That museum is on the grounds of the now-closed Edmonton Municipal Airport.
  15. Will be up in the gallery once Flickr’s back up, only thing left I’ve got to do is glue the HARMs on and it’s finished
  16. I think the rep goofed up and is probably looking for alternative employment.
  17. Hi Anil, Actually I got one moore... I am trying to build one aircraft of 61, 62 and 63'rd FS. But when it comes to "nearly done" it's a slow build. I dipped the canopy's into "Johnson Clear" yesterday and maybe I paint the frames this weekend. I need to paint the props and wheels too... Cheers / André
  18. Plenty of subjects up my street, why not sign me up, think probably will enter a Hasegawa Foxbat if I’ve not done that one by then
  19. We need actual threads to even begin to diagnose the issue though Stuart. There's nothing we can do about "too many occurrences" unfortunately Where's your ping coming from? If you ping the site, that will get a realistic figure, so from a command prompt (type cmd<enter> at the run box on the start menu), type ping britmodeller.com - I got a consistent 90ms, which is decent. Don't forget that the site will then have to go and collect those pics from the various sources before it can show them, so you have to make allowances. I just pinged Imgur and got a very nice 32ms, and then photobucket at 113ms, so it varies, and it all adds up when you're looking at a picture heavy thread. Check out one of my threads, and you'll be getting the best performance, as all my pics apart from a few silly memes are hosted on the site. Those should be the gold standard, and if they're lagging, flashing or blocking for too long, then we could say we've got an issue as long as you're 100% certain of your connection speed at the time. It's a bit of a problem because we've got so many variables. 3rd party sources, variable connection speed, general internet vagaries and so forth. It's difficult without proof to know where the finger should be pointed, but in general a member looking at our site would automatically point the finger at us. It's all those variables that we need to root out.
  20. Hi to all In this update I made a structural change to the model concerning the intakes window I coated the fuselage with metal wire and colored the ventral panel with chrome-yellow. I fixed the Pitot tube of the Air Master with its adapter. I have highlighted all the details of the tail and the fuselage as well as the metal covered sub-wing tanks with advanced coating technique (MWP) I wrote the missing rivets on the model with the 1/32 scale riveting machine and this is the final result: for more info & pics :http://www.adventurephotomodels.com Thanks for the attention George
  21. It's far sturdier and solid this time too Adrian. So far at least.
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