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About Bigglesof266

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    Too many to list, but these days cycling, astronomy, model railways and plastics modelling take up much of my time.

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  1. Gear up in flight display. Lovin' it. Lubbly jubbly job!
  2. Minor critique/suggestion. It'd be beneficial to include the scale in the header or opening sentence next time. I'm interested in VVS subjects. many aren't. So no, not every reader is familiar with the "original ICM cast", and I couldn't discern the scale until I got down to the image with the model resting on Creos jars to offer perspective.
  3. I find it a double edged sword SAT69. I too lament the aged eyesight and hands rendering 1/72 a physical challenge it wasn't in youth, but by the same token, back in the day, no way could I ever have afforded 1/48 scale which I can today, limited selection of models in that scale as was in the day. The conflict of scale decisional triage for me today arises predominantly with larger twin e.g. Revell's 1/48 Ju 88A-4, and especially multi engine bomber types e.g. HK 1/48 B-17G, where not always, e.g. Tamiya G4M1 "Betty" but most of the time, size and space dictate 1/72 the pragmatic compromise, one or two especially favoured subject exceptions notwithstanding.
  4. Yes I read that too along with some various stuff other sources, but given that it's predominantly US centric diminishes its cred, and so general that what they do have to say is useless as regards this enquiry. If it's any consolation, apparently the Qld Museum (who own and restored "Mephisto" in 2011) didn't know either. I saw and crawled through it regularly in the early 1960s when it was out in the weather even before they built a tin roof stand to over it. But even by then for whatever reason in the intervening years since located there in 1919, its original paint was indiscernible as other than a rusty opaque flattish black. I'm still out on whether the Germans had available or used spray painting technology when they built these, but under the circumstances in Germany at the time of their construction and how few were manufactured individually, it stands to reason that in all probability the field camouflage would have been brush/hand applied. Is it even possible to tell from extant b&W photos? I wouldn't sweat it. Damn fine looking job you've done of a fascinating subject, a must have model for me.
  5. My thanks for that too. Hadn't been a consideration until you mentioned it, but sounds about right now you have.
  6. Any Zero is always going to get a thumbs up from me. I have a venerable Hasegawa mould late Zero (A6M5b) rebox from 2009 (61103), but that Tamiya 2008 tooling Tamiya shines. I like it.
  7. My hat off to you Faraway. Gutsy move. I recently took the opportunity to add that beautiful Tamiya kit to my stash, and whilst I'd like to, I won't attempt it in the all black night fighter scheme. I think it's one of the most challenging camouflages to pull off, even more so than a large all aluminium scheme. Well done.
  8. Thanks. Even my old eyes can clearly see the painted over former tail insignia. I wouldn't take a colourised b&w as gospel those unit markings were red without supporting evidence. I have reasonable doubt Hasegawa's tech writers/researchers would have produced them in blue for any reason other than fidelity. If I come across anything in my travels, I'll give you a heads up on it. Cheers.
  9. I have Hasegawa's 1/48 and 1/35 Ki-61 kits and thought they were good! Tamiya's recent mould Ki-61 certainly is the bee's knees. With no disrespect intended to him, it's nice to see an alternative to one of the ubiquitous 244th Sentai Kobayashi schemes, colourful as they are and with an opportunity to express national pride through him as the Japanese model making companies understandably are. Do you have any more reference info you can provide on the insignia from the decal sheet you used, or your research of it please? I'm still learning all the time about the unit roles, structures, designations and particularly unit symbolism used by the IJA and IJN. AFAIK IJA Hikōtai (4/1944 restructure, formerly Hikō Sentai?) were ordinarily designated by their white, red or yellow tail insignia colour indicating the respective Chutai within their Sentai , so I'm taking a stab in the dark that blue tail insignia here indicates a HQ shōtai aircraft, and the additional diagonal dorsal fuselage blue "V" represents a commander from the HQ staff within the Hikōtai? Not trying to be clever, just trying to learn, so if that's seemingly all "WTF is he talking about?!" babble to you don't worry, I'm just as confused. Also do you know what's that symbol in yellow under the blue 55th Sentai tail insignia is? Is it supposed to represent another different Sentai insignia hastily overpainted with the new or ? Any additional info you have which might be known appreciated.
  10. Oh man that's impressive. Envious of your photography skill.
  11. WOW! Total envy in the most flattering sense. Even had I the skill, with several other interests e.g. guitar, cycling, astronomy & more, to which I prefer to commit each its allocation of the finite amount of time available to each of us, I just don't have the will to commit the amount of energy, effort and hands on or elapsed time to achieve this kind of result that I once would have pursued if nowhere near as successfully. Kudos. Just a truly beautiful result worthy of the highest praise inspired by a dedication to your friend which inspires my deepest admiration. Superb subject choice too. I've had a particular fondness for the beautiful lines of the Nieuport 11 since first encountering knowledge of the type aged about nine as I recall.
  12. No personal ad hominem intended in this subjective criticism pizzapaolo, but to my eyes those sharply contrasted/delineated panel lines on the Wildcat look like trenches the Germans might have prepared prior Third Ypres at Passchendaele in The Great War. Not my preference, I had hoped Airfix had moved past that folly I first encountered in their 2010 newly tooled 1/72 Bf 110C. Is this a 'feature'of this kit or your preferred panel line accenting application? Cheers mate.
  13. Very nice. Delightful to see another type, originating within and from efforts of the hard pressed aviation industry in the dying days Dai Nippon Teikoku.
  14. I have an above average attention span, but my sincere admiration goes out to anyone who can last the distance on this one, particularly including full etch treatment. Envious in the most flattering sense. Just a beautiful model worthy of praise to both Hasegawa and the master model builder.
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