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  1. Awesome, I hope mine looks as good when I finally get around to building it.
  2. I like that a lot and I too would like a Tempest II kit!
  3. When I started getting back into modelling one early attempt was an Airfix Typhoon that I'd bought but not built as a child. Lots of raised detail, as you'd expect. Weirdly, despite not having learnt to apply decals to a gloss surface its markings adhered and conformed amazingly well, probably just as well or better than those on any kit I've built since.
  4. Is that the Meteor that's on display at East Fortune? I think I saw it the on Saturday.
  5. The Swedes seem to build the fighters that they want, then see if anyone else wants to buy them, as have France from time to time. Elsewhere in Europe more commonly a group of countries decide to collaborate then spend years arguing in an attempt to get everyone to agree what they want. This may be part of why Saab and the French firms seem to have managed quicker developments than groups like Panavia and the Eurofighter consortium. Maybe the UK plans to nail down the basic requirements and then see if they are suitable for any potential partner nations. That may result in a reasonable development time. However if there's an attempt to align Tempest to the Franco-German project then it could well get bogged down in development hell. There's also the risk that each time Lockheed, Sukhoi or MiG announces a new theoretical innovation that'll induce a new round of requirement changes too. As for its looks, it's just another stealthy fighter shape in my eyes. Nothing glaringly interesting nor offensive. I still dream that some forward swept design will become a reality (the Su-47 came closest) but we'll probably be stuck with blobby-yet-angular stealth jets for a while.
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    BBC news

    I've found a couple of articles that have renderings of the proposed Tempest. The wing's definitely got a different shape to the YF-23's and I reckon that the air intakes/engine layout probably shares more in common with the F-35 and F-22: https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/uk-unveils-new-next-generation-fighter-jet-called-tempest/ https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/farnborough-tempest-concept-underscores-uk-fighter-450327/
  7. Is there a decent 1/72 Fullback? I like the aircraft but it is very large! I have a vague idea that there's a fairly recent 1/72 tooling but at what almost seems to be 1/48 pricing, is it any good?
  8. Could you sand off the framing from the MS canopy then use micro mesh to polish it back up to clarity?
  9. I got some from eBay, I think they are marketed as tattoos for action figures. They weren't great (thick transfer film, a bit transparent), but they weren't expensive either.
  10. There are some good high resolution photos of the Strike Eagle demonstrator available somewhere online, I'll see if I can find them again. One thing I remember from when I asked a similar question some time ago is that the demonstrator was a modification of a really early airframe so it has the small airbrake rather than the larger one used by almost all Eagles. Here's my (7 year old) thread on the matter. Unfortunately some of the links (including the one with the hi res pictures) are now broken:
  11. Lots of great suggestions, thanks for pointing out that Airwaves kit! The Big Boy looks interesting too, but there's a risk with cool looking kits like that... I may end up wanting to build it instead of scavenge from it so it'll end up stashed rather than used! I'm a bit of a hoarder so I do have some bits and bobs lying around that may work well for a build. I found a surprising number of ribbon cables last week and I reckon they'll be a good source for scale cabling or ribbing.
  12. So far I've got the Airfix Tiger kit. It's cheap, though I imagine that a Trumpeter kit would have a better selection of decent bits. I reckon I may find a use for the Tiger's deck grills. The road wheels look like they shouldn't look too out of place as access hatches and I think that if I modify the barrel it may work as a laser cannon. My project isn't a Millennium Falcon sort of ship and I'm not planning to cover every available surface with greebly bits. That should keep me safe from the risk of bits of detail being obviously a ship's crane, bits of engines, the Batmobile, etc. Hopefully some of the detail I want can be created from non-model sources too. I think that some old hard drive ribbon cables and some cheap wires may work as a source of pipes and cables. I've also bought some nylon bolts that may be useful for ribbed pipes, though it sounds like Nylon can be difficult to paint so I'll need to check that out before I use them.
  13. In an ideal world that sounds awesome, but I'm an Aberdonian with a father from Yorkshire so I'm going to try and do this on the cheap!
  14. Good call, I hadn't thought about ships. A quick look at a selection of ship kits suggest that Revell do some cheap ones but they're 1/1200 scale and the detail is a bit limited. Once the kits reach 1/700 or so the details start to look promising.
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