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  1. Having half (quarter?) built the Roden SPAD VII I can offer this: The panels are too thick to fit around the engine. Solution is to leave out the engine. The cooling panels around the engine changed during production and should be checked against your subject if you care about such things. The cooling holes are just depressions, and that's probably not good enough in 1/32. I used a Dremel to thin mine from behind to open them up: the difference between opening the cooling holes and grinding a hole in the panel is very little. There was a PE kit for these by somebody which might be worth it. The radiator face is also lacking detail. The cockpit could use more work but it has a good basis, this is probably quite satisfying work to do. With lots of test-fitting, the model looks good. Despite my complaints I don't regret buying the model. It's a shame Pheon closed because they always seemed to be sold out of everything whenever I looked. I'd love decals for a 19 Squadron plane.
  2. Truly stunning. And this is your easy project just to have a quick, simple build?
  3. I have the Roden SPAD VII half built in a box, I hope the cowl fit is better on this one. I also tried to sand the vented cowl plates thin to open up the vents, and went a bit too far in places. With thoughtful moulding that process could be made easier: in 1/32, filling those with black paint for 'depth' doesn't really cut it. And, yes, the decals. Shouldn't be having to buy aftermarket on a kit with this price tag. I don't mean to just complain, Roden's WWI models are mostly really good, well detailed kits. But just a bit more attention to detail and they'd be top shelf with the few flaws eliminated.
  4. So many modern and jet subjects in 2022... some of you really should sign on for the SE5a STGB and help us remember military aviation did not start in 1939.
  5. How do you get your panel lines so uniform and perfect? Do you use a wash, or a pencil.... or magic?
  6. A very big thanks for a comprehensive set of answers, and fast! For clarification I'd like to finish my model in SEA scheme: growing up in the time I did, and as my father was still in RAAF air traffic control when the early F-111s arrived, that's what looks 'right' to me. I built (well, more lashed-up) the RV Aircraft Mirage III-0 for a recent group build, my collection's first supersonic jet, so there's the inspiration. I'd rather wait than kitbash, especially extending wings and other more major surgery, because 1. It's Hasegawa and the kit going together easily is part of the fun, saving energy for the short-run kit pain and 2. I don't want to take risks with a kit that will probably cost me a day's pay and 3. If I were to make a major effort, Murphy's Model and Hobbies would announce that the F-111C is due for imminent release!
  7. I find I hanker for a 1/72 RAAF F-111C. My understanding is this version had wider span wings which were unique to this mark. As Hasegawa, being Hasegawa, don't want to sell the C model their mould cutters so lovingly worked on, is there any possibility of using the D/F recently released by Hobby 2000?
  8. Can't remember the exact source for this, must be one of my Yefim Gordon books. It's a (famous) story by Yakovlev, brought before Stalin in late 1942. On Stalin's desk are pieces of Yak fighters, whose leading edges have shed the glued-on cloth that apparently covered the wood. Stalin informs Yakovlev that 'only our country's mist bitter enemies could have brought about this situation'. Yakovlev heeds the message and the pragmatic, if paranoid, dictator allows him to 'fix' the production line issues (which are related to lack of supplies of needed chemicals, and the obvious need to get fighters finished and to the front line. Gordon's books also detail the troubled situation with Lavochkin's LaGG-3s, which are never able to produce their design performance due to poor quality. This is reported in some detail by investigations, but in the end it seems to come down to the skills and experience of the workers. And this is the key: in 1941-42, virtually every aeroplane production line worker in the world was pretty new at their job. Most planes were coming out of very new factories, with enormous pressure to hit production targets. Clearly, there were so many very different sets of conditions applying, across the world. Another favourite book of mine, The Relentless Offensive, details Arthur Harris's constant efforts to get Halifaxes improved and bombers generally fitted with effective defensive weapons. In a memorable letter and in light of the Yakovlev story above, he urged Churchill to consider the persistent refusal/inability of Handley Page to improve the quality of Halifaxes, noting that Stalin would have those responsible for such sabotage shot.
  9. Fast progress. Indeed this is a kit that has been in a dozen boxes, Hobbyboss is a nicer basis for a MiG-3, and better in shape, but the cockpit is solid so there's that to fix. Although not very well remembered, after the disastrous start of the campaign in Russia for the VVS, the MiG was one of the few fast, modern aircraft available in any numbers to help out the Polikarpovs.
  10. Your exams are over? Well, nobody hits a deadline with zero to spare like a student! Good to see this old kit come together.
  11. I used Gunze Aqueous paints as usual, Extra Dark Sea Grey and Olive Drab with a little extra 'green' added. The decals are easy to use, strong and thin, they move quickly off the backing paper in warm water. The demarkation of the white was very slightly off, you can see this on the roundels. It is however opaque. The colours are not really quite right and look 'inky'. I used Micro Set on application, followed by Mirco Sol, which the decals ignored. Ray's photo above makes it abundantly clear that I chose the wrong underside fairing. I choose to believe that I now have a spare that I can use in the future on a better build of the flying wedge. I will tone down the underside weathering as well. It's getting close now. I have no idea why the canopy fogged as you see. These images should show the good and the bad fairly well. Still a few bits to add and some painting. This is the most modern aircraft in my collection: until a few years ago I didn't even have anything with swept wings, my original self-imposed theme was 'up to 1945', and I stuck to that for about 60 models. In the last few years I did several straight wing jets, then a MiG-15 and Yak-25 snuck in, now all my principles are gone. Still, the Mirage is a truly beautiful plane and I well remember them streaking over Sydney in my childhood, at which time my father was an air traffic controller at Richmond and Williamtown. I'll take some good photos and add them to the gallery. A very big thanks to anyone who looks in and those who organised and helped make this group build another success. It really helps me stay focussed and get the model to completion.
  12. Nice work. I made the UM Marder III and was happy with the kit, this one looks at least as good.
  13. Nice! I bought one from King Kit a couple of months ago for about 20 UK squids. Golden age of internet second hand dealing, those noughties.
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