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    Two linked models leaving the bench this month, both Vought Corsairs, both Hasegawa 1/72, but also very different: The first is a Chance Vought F-4U Corsair Mk.1, from the British Delegation at Roosevelt Field, New York in the late summer of 1943. and alongside the rest of my growing fleet of Corsairs: The second is the A-7A Corsair, as used by VA153 US Navy onboard the USS ORISKANY on Yankee Station in the Gulf of Tonkin toward the end of the Vietnam war. And alongside the Crusader that I built last month: FredT
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    Hi The Boeing 767 is a nice plane, especially in the British Airways livery! Revell released there 767 in the 1990's, they included RB211's as an extra sprue. They released one of there kits with British Airways decals, the Gulf Air boxing. The Revell 767 has been out of production for a while now, but it's still knocking about. Your best bet to do a British Airways Boeing 767-300 is finding one of the Revell 767's as they have the correct engines, RB211's. The zvezda boxing doesn't have RB211's, it has CF6's. These power nearly every other 767 in the sky! So your choices are buying a revell 767 and building it out of the box or buying the Zvezda kit and after market engines. Braz models have released 1/144 RB211's for the 767. They are solid resin and will need a bit of work, but they are RB211's. You cant use or even mod the engines from the Zvezda, they are completely different! The RB211's on the 747-400 have different pylons i think. If you can get a set of Revell 767 RB211's you can use them on the zvezda kit, just fill the pylon gap on the wing and glue it on! Anyone who has built a Revell 767 with CF6's will have a spare set of RB211's. The Engines CF6's RB211's The engines are different shapes. The Kits Revell Boxing's Ace Models Boxing Zvezda Boxing Braz Engines http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/BZ4006 Liveries You have plenty of choice when it comes to doing a British Airways Boeing 767-300. You have the Landor, ethnic and chatham tails. Chatham The Current Livery The current livery (with the crest) The Crest - RichW will supply them Ethnic Tails Old Livery Landor Old Livery The Decals Several decal makers have provided the decals for you. If you want the Chatham livery you have a choice between Two Six and RichW. If you want the Landor livery you have Two Six again. Two Six - http://www.twosixdecals.co.uk/epages/62035508.sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/62035508/Products/STS44178 & http://www.twosixdecals.co.uk/epages/62035508.sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/62035508/Products/STS44186 RichW - http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/user/7216-richw/ Boeing 767-200! For a short period in the 1990's US Airways operated a couple 767-200's in British Airways livery, these have the CF6 engines, so the engines in the Zvezda and Revell kit will be okay. Although it will require you to shorten the fuselage. The instructions are available on Draw Decals website. The decals for the 767-200 are also available by Draw Decals Draw Decals - http://www.shopdrawdecal.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=44-767-36 Other RB211 767 Options If you decide against doing a British Airways bird there are a couple other 767 operators who have RB211's. These are China Yunnan, China Eastern, Mongolian Airlines, Orient Thai, Saudi Arabian (Leased) and Qantas. Hope this all helps! Thanks Bradley
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    Moi? Mistreat a Dalek? Only starved when it came on board. Well treated since...
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    If you had not guessed already I am planning to fill the neck with resin and again I want to reduce the amount of resin used by partially filling the cavities with old sprue. Here is most of my collection: I did a fit check and found the boxing round the switch was fouling the next section. The easiest way to fix this was to razor saw throught the stepped sector here and scribe and cut out the sides: After the long side was scribed through the surplus could be clicked off: This white hexagonal section sprue does not find many other uses and having flat sides should help it nest together so I chose to use that for the prefilling operation: About an hour and a half later I had had a lot of fun and created this amazing 3D sprue jigsaw: I could then glue on the next neck segment: I used superglue, with hindsight I wished I had used epoxy. One of the main reasons for filling with resin is to get this depression round the neck ring filled solid to better match reality. The other big reason is the stabilise the socket, giving it great strength: After about 20 minutes I checked the joint and it was not quite coming together and the glue was still quite liquid. I have to confess that I had slightly overfilled with sprue and it was preventing the segments form coming together (epoxy would have set by now and it would have sorted the issue). So I placed four milk bottle tops in the centre of the top segment to act as packers and applied this insane clamping arrangement: Incredibly it actually worked. With the glue set I did some electrical continuity tests and marked up what wires were for which LED: You will be relieved to hear that on the electrical front all was fine. In readyness for the forthcoming resin operation this flexible tripod system was devised: I had thought I was out of disposable containers but in court I remembered I had these plastic cups in the kitchen oddments drawer, ideal: There then followed the now routine resin mixing operation. I did not use too much filler to ensure the resin was nice and runny. I mixed exactly the same quantity as for the second base and dome filling affair, one scoup of resin to half a scoup of hardener: I then filled using one of my disposable syringes. When the resin was all used up it had just started to appear round the cut out for the switch box. If I mixed and added any more it would start to overflow so this is a good place to stop resin type operations for the day: Here you can make out the level of the dark resin: And no leaks, I think this is a good result. Here you can see the resin just starting to make an appearance around the socket: Looking for other jobs to do, I filled the dome pivot tube with black Milliput, I was going to make it flat but decided that a pan headed profile would look better, I will sand this to a better shape when it is set: The surplus Milliput (rule of modelling - there is always surplus Milliput) was used to make a better seal around the switch wires: My current thinking is that I should get a small tube of silicone sealant for all those potential leak paths before resin operations resume tomorrow. I did quite a bit of electronic work as well but the photos seem to have disappeared, you have had a lucky escape there. Bye for now, Nigel
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    Glad you liked the Halibag model fella`s and cheers for saying so,.....it probably looks better on a photo than `in the flesh'! I also meant to mention the Airborne Forces Halifax glider tugs from 38 Group which deployed to North Africa for the invasion of Sicily as these had Mid Stone and Dark Earth upper surfaces too. Some had Tollerton Fairings and some had the new clear nose cone,.....and off the top of my head some may have had faired over nose gun turrets too? Compared to the Airborne Halibags used a year later, the Sicily ones were quite a rag tag bunch with different mods and most if not all had the triangular fins. I love the desert scheme on a bomber, such as the Wimpey seen here; and have plans to build a Ventura Mk.I in this scheme for a magazine article,....having found a lovely photo! All the best Tony O
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    Just finished a Gazelle I picked up cheap on fleabay, I've put a little detailing on such as the 'H' antenna - although the ventral anteena has fallen off !! First attempt at some scratch seat belts as well, quite enjoyed doing this I think helo's can be more challenging than fixed wing at times......all that glazing and masking !!! The grey camo colour may be a bit light as I had some difficulties with humbrol acrylics 127 - so used a tamiya MSG I had to hand(fading perhaps?) Main thing is I managed to put in enough lead to stop it tail sitting!!
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    Brengun (http://www.brengun.cz/) is to release a 1/72nd Messerspit Mk.V kit - ref.BRP72010. Source: http://www.aeroscale.co.uk/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=15269 Box art V.P.
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    Ok, those of us of a certain age will remember the Space 1999 series of the mid seventies, and no doubt clamoured after the Dinky toy Eagle Transporter from the series. I certainly did, as it was and still is my all time favourite science fiction spacecraft. I was mildly surprised to find that the Dinky version was a lurid metallic green as opposed to the more conventional white of the prototype, but that didn't stop this seven year old having a whale of a time in the playground with it. A friend had the Eagle Freighter, which for some reason WAS white, and I was unsuccessful in getting him to swap his Freighter body for my Transporter body. A few years later when I started painting models, I gave my poor old Dinky toy a badly brushed coat of white Airfix enamel in an attempt to bring it closer to the TV version. Eventually it went west as did all my toys from my childhood, and I can't remember who it was passed on to. Fast forward a few decades, and idly perusing ebay one day I found quite a few Dinky Eagles for sale for spares or repair, and thought "why not?" From a couple of auctions I managed to gather enough useable parts to rebuid one Eagle. I actually had the idea of building a better replica with scratchbuilt parts, but as I've recently acquired an Airfix Eagle for an extortionate amount (and guess what's being reissued by Round 2 next month?!) I decided to leave the scratchbuilding for that. I decided to just refurbish a Dinky Eagle instead, but just like the one I wanted as a kid, rather than had. So, I started off with a pile of bits: Which I then soaked in Fairy Power Spray to get rid of the old chipped paint: Good stuff, eh? I gave the metal parts a good going over with white Halford's primer, and then a liberal coating of Halford's Appliance White, as I've heard good things about it and wanted to try it out: Remember I'm not going for accuracy here, or even originality - just giving it a good coating like it would have had in the factory: The engine cluster was given a spray of Plasticote Chrome from an aerosol can, which resembled the original chrome plating on these parts: The passenger pod was given a coat of Appliance White on top: ...and Halford's Satin Black on the underside, as per spec. All this so far and I haven't used my airbrush, only spray cans: With all the red plastic hardware added, it looked pretty original: The main body was then reassembled, as I couldn't resist seeing how it looked: But then I had to do a bit of masking for the cockpit windows: ...and I thought using the airbrush would be easiest for this: After that, the engine bells were added, and the refurb was complete: Ahh, that takes me back... Now, what's next..? Cheers, Dean
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    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2441319/The-man-keeps-Harrier-Jump-Jet-garden-Builder-spends-years-10-000-restoring-Falklands-plane-bought-eBay-telling-wife-first.html
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    That's a very comprehensive response to a question Bradley. Nice to see someone going the extra mile to help out a fellow modeller. Well done Fella. Chris.
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    P-51 In FAA service (Bristol Centaurus engine)
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    acrylics would be easier to use ..
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    Hi all I know I have another thread set up in the WIP section (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234947163-what-ifrnli-had-a-merlin/), but I didn't want to add my research and plans for it in there and clutter it up The base model is going to be the Italeri 1:72nd Merlin HMA.1, makes sense really being the Navy version Hers an idea on the scheme, I think im gonna run with run with question, where are the lights on the outside of the merlin???? im thinking of doing electronics on this too for now, mark
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    Slightly off topic, I lived near the circuit for Hucknall from 1963 to when the Rolls Royce closed the airfield and saw the Spitfire on several occasions as well as the Meteor and the VC10 RB211 test bed was a regular. At school once in about '68 the Spitfire practiced aerobatics whilst we were having games. PE teacher knew I was no good at cricket, but as I could identify it as a Spitfire XIV he let me watch. Also remember being told for watching Harriers during an English lesson in '69 or 70 when they were obviously doing an off base exercise. My school was between Gedling and Burton Joyce near Nottingham. Sorry to have somewhat hijacked the thread, but seeing pictures of GLT bought a lot back.
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    Looks like a cool scheme. I will be watching your build with interest
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    The Aircraft is RF 517, from what little infromation I have it was one of the aircraft detached to Tengah, Singapore for duties in connection with Firedog between March and July 1950 from Waddington
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    Undercarridge, prop and canopy done. Klear and some decals requried, plus a littl painting of the wheels and the u/c panels.
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    one of those KG 26 machines with (likely 76) blotches and black under surfaces (from the on-line archive of the Preußischer Kultur Besitz )
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    Or as we referred to it as, "The Macho Nacho". -d-
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    Thank you so much for making us aware. I had a PM from Ronnie out of the blue on the 1st August, basically because he and I had exchanged a few conversations in the past, often when he was disposing of his collection and if I thought he might have got his prices out of phase with 'the market' and I had a dig around first to see what this or that was being sold for so that he could adjust his price if he thought he should. Prior to that we had a couple of exchanges on various matters when he had been selling bits and pieces. I was quite moved that he should go to the trouble to contact me and I replied in as positive a way as I could but he was obviously very well aware of his situation but said that he would continue to keep his eye on all of use here. So its sad when his journey comes to an end but, as I said to him, 'Blue Skies' and we can be grateful that he has been part of our hobby. Simon
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    Nice work, particularly well finished.
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    No pre-shading there, or weathering in fact.
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    cool mark just a thought mate.. cant wait to see it started so c`mon ...
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    sure it wasnt the commander not the tank your interested in mate.. he he...
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    finished!! i will post more pictures in the inspection page tonight. thanks for the comments and views! thanks for looking, jw
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    That must be a monstrous tail-sitter. How did you do the feathered edges on the camouflage?
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    fantastic build russ,looks great very nice paint and scheme and nice weathering
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    Most of the time its all kept in my head but if it gets a bit complicated I will commit to paper.
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    ....now I *could* spend ages looking thjrough all the topics on BM [that I've already contributed to - and give answers]....but I'm not going to....
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    Next year marks the 75th anniversary of the start of WW2 and the 100th anniversary of WW1. Whilst there are undoubtedly a number of modellers who are interested in the aircraft used in both conflicts, I don't think that, except for the 'icons' and regular 'good sellers' the is a huge market for the lesser known types in the wider community, and probably not in most of today's youth. I think that Airfix will continue to upgrade classics in 1/72, sadly this may exclude most of the lesser known types such as the Defiant, Blenheim, or even the Whitley. Anyone know how well the Revell Halifax sold? IMHO They will concentrate on popular types from this era. Moving onto larger scales they seem to have found a ready market in Cold War aircraft which will appeal to modellers of a certain age, and who remember seeing these at numerous air shows of 50s and 60s. They will also see a market for some of these in the smallest scales where colourful markings mean that Dad will persuade little Johnny not to have the £ mega bucks large scale version, but the cheaper smaller version -after all it is the same aircraft. I think we'll see some more early-mid Cold War jets in 1/48 and 1/72, and some models moved up and down scales -such as the Vampire T11 into 1/48, the Javelin into 1/72 (in bright RAE colours), and they might test the larger scale market with a Meteor - probably a Mk8. Peter
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    Everything is closed now and I should put some pictures tonight. Patrick
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    Nicley done. As for weight in the nose, i packed the radio operators compartment with lead and it was a hair trigger on the tail sitter.
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    Very nice Marauder and great scheme !
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    Hi Pip, Yes definitely best removed! They represent a small flap that popped open to allow the flap actuators sufficient room to deploy the flaps and then closed back down once the flaps were selected up, flush to the surface of the wing. The actual structure is a flat metal plate that is hinged to rotate up and away from the actuator, so really nothing like the little cheese wedge supplied by Airfix! If you look in the same place on the XII you will see these panels engraved. As leaving the flaps down resulted in a CO's interview (i.e. bollocking) and a stiff financial penalty (buying a round in the mess), it was rare to see them open unless, i.e. the airframe was undergoing maintenance on the flaps or immediate area, etc. It always amuses me to see just how many wonderfully made models of the Spitfires have their flaps deployed but not the actuator or its little flap! Happy modelling, Christian the Married and Exiled to Africa (but today it is not raining!)
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    Test shot pics. Source: http://www.hphmodels.cz/index.php/en/shop-2/produkty-hph-models/modely-v-meritku-1-32/dh.103-hornet-in-scale-1-32-detail V.P.
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    Regarding the downward facing lights, Dave Brown's book has 1:48 scale drawings which show the lights as well. I definitely recommend that book, it has a wealth of information - although especially the drawings are sometimes quite small. http://www.sampublications.com/books/aviation-guide/mosquito-fb-vi/prod_35.html
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    That clamping arrangement may have looked insane, but it clearly did the job. Do you sketch out what you intend to do, or keep it all in your head? Fascinating stuff .
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    Very nice...very very nice!!!
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    Yes those guys at Hogwarts make it look so much easier.
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    I think I might make do with a broomstick and some duct tape for now
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    But with RAF roundels...See - http://www.spyflight.co.uk/yar.htm which has one photo of an 'RAF' B-45. Also: http://i957.photobucket.com/albums/ae59/VIProds/RAFCrewsRB-45Cs.jpg
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    The CEO of one the companies we do business with brought a Parrot quadcopter that's controlled by an iPhone to show us. If you're on FB, here's a link to it in action: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=610513785628136&set=vb.174956842517168&type=2&theater We didn't larf at all when he misjudged it and bounced it off one of the lightning spikes on one of our dishes and crashed it!
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    Another small update. I continued with the rather boring work of correcting the nose and, to take a break from that, I also started with the interior. It would be much easier and faster to turn a piece of balsa and vacuform two halves for the nose than following this way. Live and learn! For the tail cone I'll certainly do it. In the meantime I must spend some time filling, sanding, measuring, and do it again, and again, and again... I marked the location of the cockpit and cut the limits. It would be better to make the front round, but I'll fix it later. The cockpit is inside a tub, as can be seen in the following image. So I went again to the spares box and found this part of long forgotten origin I cut it in half and narrowed it a little, put some notches at the extremes so I can open and close it and maintain the relative positions. That tub will support the interior parts that I am doing taking the book, but mainly this photos as reference: http://www.cmpr.it/Campini/Campini.htm You don't need to count the holes, I admit I cheated a lot! Hopefully next update will show the cockpit and the nose complete.
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    Cheers guys. A bit more done on the B- 52 today. Painted the wing walkway lines.
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    Annoying when anything like this happens I once bought 2 revell 1/144 airliner kits picking them off the shelf at the same time not noticing anything out of the ordinary the guy in the shop even took each one and scanned the box,got home and one box did,nt even have a kit in it! just decals and instructions,took it back and maybe because i was a regular changed it,pop a wanted add on the site I am sure you will get a response I have given and received decals this way.
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