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  1. I am on the home stretch with this one chaps. I have added the skids, and completed the decals earlier this evening. I have a few more bits to tidy up and then I can get the last of dangly bits fixed in place. So, I have just grabbed the last of the evening sunshine to take a few pics. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr Don't tell anyone, but the flags have been printed upside down.
  2. I have indeed Ray, this model of City of Truro was my first upgrade attempt and received similar treatment to Evening Star. And I did this Deltic Prototype at the same time as Evening Star, which wasn't quite as complex as the other two.
  3. Greg, you may find this Junkers 88 link useful - scroll down to relevant date. If I choose the 15th Aug option I'll probably build the 88A 4D+KL of 3./KG.30, shot down by a 73 Sqn Hurricane.
  4. Ray, here is a model of Dapol's (ex Kitmaster) Evening Star that I did some basic changes to a few years ago. I replaced the handrails with Alan Gibson brass parts (ebay), the paint I used was from Phoenix Precision, the nameplates etc are by Model Master and the lining details were from Fox Transfers. I also removed the moulded load in the tender, boxed things in with plastic card then and added some scale coal. The crew are 3D printed by a company called Modelu. I also added door darts to the smoke box door, updated the buffer plates with white metal buffers, vac pipes and etch couplings - unfortunately that company is no longer in business, but I think that the etch couplings are still available, and I scratch built a few other details to complete the job. It all depends on how far you want to take it in the end, I just wanted a better looking static model. I have supplied links to most of the companies I used and a link to the build. HTH
  5. The postie dropped this off yesterday, but due to shielding requirements, and with Mrs N, being the responsible adult out of the two of us, suggesting that the safer option would be to refrain from opening the box for 24 hours, I have managed to keep my grubby mitts off the package until this afternoon. But now the genie is out of the bottle. Anyway, enough of all that nonsense, this is my first entry for the group build, and the plan is to finish it as either one of the KG.30 aircraft that targeted Driffield airfield on August 15th 1940 (fortunately some KG30 markings are included in the box), or as the Ju.88 shot down by three Hurricanes of 312 squadron when based at Speke on the 8th October 1940, but I would have to see if I can source some unit markings for that aircraft. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr With both aircraft coming under fire from Hurricanes, I hope to add a second build of one of the other aircraft involved, if time permits.
  6. That's a fantastic looking Spitfire Little H. You should be really proud of your build.
  7. Really nice work Julian, and there were windows in the original kits, I built two a number of years ago, finished in Aer Lingus and Dan Air colours. I am waiting for two sets of decals to arrive from 26decals (BA and early B. Cal) so that I can strip and rebuild those. Your build is providing me with some great tips for when I start those.
  8. Here is a link to some self print camouflage templates which may useful for those who are building a Spitfire. I used them in a previous Battle of Britain group build on a 1/72 build and they worked OK. Spitfire Camouflage Templates by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr
  9. I went with standard Sky for my build, Tim. If you check through the photos and links (particularly those provided by @Troy Smith) in the build thread you will understand the reasons for me making that choice. I decided that there was enough there to go with Sky on the underside, but in the end it is your model and you should choose what you feel is right in this case. This link could also be useful for dates, detailing first flight date etc for X4321 - scroll down to relevant number. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/spitfire/p014.html HTH. A great back story and good luck with your build mate
  10. Thanks a lot buddy. I don't know about 'almost finished' though, I think that join is going to need a few sanding and filling sessions.
  11. I made a start on this yesterday, painting up the cockpit and adding that assembly to one half. I added the glazing to each fuselage half and backed the two open areas on the nose section with some plastic card, and I think that I may have some mesh stored away that I hope I can use to cover the outside of these. I then glued the fuselage together and once that had set up it was time for a test fit of the lower fuselage section applicable to the HAS.3/31B - supplied on the additional sprue for the type. The test fit showed that I needed to spread the sides a little to match up with the lower fuselage section, I used some sections of plastic rod for this, but offcuts of sprue would serve the purpose just as well. Here is how things look at the moment, I have to fill around the cockpit rear bulkhead and tidy up the fuselage join before moving on to the next stage. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr
  12. The ribs down the rear section helped a lot Adrian, using a new blade they proved to be a useful guide for trimming the tape. The trickiest bit was lining up the masking around cabin, and there are a couple of areas of paint bleed where I hadn't burnished the tape down enough.
  13. Terrific job mate, and a lot of fun. I have to admit that the black paint looks really sharp over that pink primer.
  14. Thanks very much Paul. With only three Scout exports to Jordan photos appear to be rarer than hens teeth, so I am having to trust the box art on this one.
  15. And I imagine there wouldn't be too many places to sneak away to, Craig.
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