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Brad Cancian

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  1. Thanks Roger - I know very little about Mustangs, so in this regard I simply followed the instructions, which say to paint the floor wood coloured. I had seen some other builds with black floors, but some also with wood, so I stuck with the kit instructions. Plus I think it looks slightly more interesting. I am sure there will be plenty more things I get wrong...! Cheers! BC
  2. I didn't get any responses here to my query, so I went with what I could find online... in the end I settled on natural metal doors and roof, and interior green spars. No idea if it's right, but oh well... Cheers, BC
  3. Hi all - I have a question re Mustang wheel wells and undercarriage doors. I have seen all kinds of combinations of bare metal and interior green, is there a general guide that I can apply? One machine will be RAAF (and I can see from photos what I need to do) but the other will probably be a US Mustang, either NMF or in Green and Grey - can someone point me in the right direction for colours? Thanks! BC
  4. G'day Pappy - hope all is well! Many thanks for the tips on this kit. Just checked out your build - a beautiful job as always! I'd already followed your tip re the tail fin and have been rewarded with a trouble-free fit in this area. The fuselage is now together, and I have taken your tip on the belly radiator and left it off to help with cleanup. The fit was indeed quite tight and there are some seams I need to clean up; hopefully I haven't compromised the fit of the wings once I get there by leaving the fuselage a feather too wide. We'll see, I suppose... Thanks also for the tip re the canopy - i'll have a think about how to tackle this, but it might just be a case of not having the canopy slid all the way back. Cheers again, BC
  5. Hi all, The Australian Capital Territory Scale Model Society (ACTSMS) here in Canberra runs an annual competition called "The Kittyhawk Cup", where all participants must build the same kit, out of the box. This year, the kit selected is the series of Airfix 1/48 Mustangs (any of the boxings). Kits must be built OOB, with the option to utilise other decals. I haven't entered the competition for a very long time, and have no real idea about Mustangs, but I decided to enter anyways (and I also needed a nice OOB build after my last build, the Lindberg Bristol Bulldog, here -https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235070808-148-lindberg-bristol-bulldog/). But not only that, I also foolishly decided to build not one, but two Mustangs, both at the same time (insert recipe for disaster here). I've selected their P-51D and Mustang IV, and will build a USAAF and RAF/RAAF machine respectively. So far I have been very impressed with Airfix's engineering. The parts fit together nicely (including the separate vertical stabiliser), and the cockpit seems nicely detailed. I am not sure how accurate the seat back or seat belts are, but as this is an OOB build, there's not much I can do. I have followed the painting guide in the instructions, so I make no apologies if I have the colours wrong somewhere (did I mention I pretty much know nothing about Mustangs?). Here is where things are at right now - the cockpit is painted up and ready to go. The instrument panel was done with a combination of decals and dry brushing, and I applied a splash of white glue on the dials to represent glass faces. I think i'll be able to get away with fitting the seat / seat back and radio boxes after painting is done (to aid with masking with the canopy off). here are some pics: The interior colour was Gunze Interior Green, with a bit of dry brushing. Humbrol Leather was used for the seat back as per the instructions, and the wooden floor was done with oil paints. Next step is fitting the interior, radiator / coolers and getting the fuselage together. It looks like this should be relatively trouble free from my test fitting. Anyone have any tips with building the Airfix Pony? All comments and feedback welcomed. Cheers, BC
  6. WNW have now updated their site message. They seem to still be shying away from confirmation of closure, and their suspension of orders seems to be linked with COVID 19. So I still hold some hope. Time will tell. Cheers, BC
  7. Thanks again everyone - Jannie, indeed, Bader was flying a Bulldog when he had the crash that caused the loss of his legs. The RAAF only purchased eight Bulldogs in total, and from their introduction, they were considered almost sacrosanct. A pilot had to be of Instructor rating before being allowed to fly one. However, toward the end of the aircraft’s life the novelty had worn off and other pilots were permitted to fly the aircraft. Stealing some words from another site - "For a high performance aircraft most pilots reported that it was a delight to fly, very precise and forgiving and extremely easy to land. During its service career there were only two fatal crashes and they were both from pilot error: one where the pilot dived into the water doing gunnery practice and the other when the pilot misjudged his height when doing low level aerobatics. The only oddity the aircraft exhibited was during spin recovery but once pilots mastered this eccentricity the aircraft proved a delight in the air. Part of the training regime in the period 1930-5 included several annual long distance navigation exercises from Point Cook to Adelaide 1930, -31 and, Adelaide and Perth 1932, -33, -35. These exercises were quite a feat for the day as the aircraft had to be refueled every two hours and had no navigation equipment. Pilots were trained to perform minor maintenance and it is a reflection of the Bulldog’s reliability that only three failures caused forced landings in an era when forced landings were almost a daily occurrence for many aircraft. By the start of WWII only three aircraft remained in RAAF service. Two had been destroyed in crashes and three had been reduced to components, the last three were all converted to Instructional Training Aids in 1940 and finally scrapped sometime during the war years. Sadly no Bulldog airframes remain extant in Australia, a fate all too common for aircraft of that era." An interesting part of Australian military aviation history. Cheers, BC
  8. Thanks everyone! Though this one did fight me here and there, to be honest the base kit isn't actually that bad (it would have been a 'wonder kit' in 1968, i'd imagine). The overall shape (nose aside) is pretty good, and fit is reasonable, it just needs some TLC on those surfaces, and bit more work on the interior. The kit engine is passable if you squint, but for a 50+ year old kit it really isn't that bad. I think my next build will be something simple, OOB.... Cheers again, BC
  9. Thank you everyone for your very kind words on my little bulldog build - I am truly humbled There are still plenty of mistakes that i've made in building this one, some clangers in fact, but at the end of the day, I had fun, and that's what our hobby is about! Cheers again! BC
  10. I'd say that ship has sailed there Pete I do take your point but this is just one of those modelling liberties i've taken, because I just like the look of those wee little things. I've made enough stuff-ups with the rest of the model to not worry about absolute accuracy....! Cheers, BC
  11. Hi all - she be done....! See more pics here: Thanks for all of your kind words through this build - is great to have gotten something finished...! Cheers, BC
  12. Hi all, Here is my latest build, the 1/48 Bristol Bulldog kit from Lindberg. This kit traces its lineage right back to 1968, which makes the moulds 52 years old…! Extensive modifications were made to the kit, including reworking all of the external surfaces (the kit comes with horrible textured fabric surfaces all over and raised panel lines), scratchbuilding the cockpit (the kit cockpit is non-existent), correcting the underside of the nose, correcting all of the nose panels, adding the chin radiator, adding the under-belly panel and circular under-fuselage fairing, replacing and detailing the engine cylinders, pushrods, sparkplugs and other details, scratchbuilding the windscreen, adding gun sights, bomb racks, navigation lights, and a whole bunch of other changes too numerous to list here. I painted the machine in the (rather boring) markings of a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) machine, using Red Roo decals for serial numbers. The national markings were spray painted. RAAF machines did not appear to be fitted with radio equipment. No photographic evidence found to show that RAAF Bulldogs sported antenna wires, nor do any photos show that RAAF machines sport lower starboard wing mounted air-driven generators (though the fittings for said generators remained). RAAF machines could be seen with various combinations of bomb racks, upper wing navigation lights and lower wing flare racks. Any combination can be seen. The combination I chose was bomb racks and upper wing navigation lights. The build took me just under four months all up. It was a fun build, but it fought me most of the way. It’s good to finally have something off the bench for the year… Anyway, here are some pics: Build progress and more detail shots are here - All comments, criticism and feedback welcomed. Cheers, BC
  13. Side note - I couldn't resist playing with the below photograph... .... and turning it into something that I can use to make my own little bulldog decals: Some aircraft carried these at various times. Again there's no consistency from what I can see... I'll apply them if they print out ok onto decal paper.... BC
  14. Thanks everyone The top wing is now mounted (it was surprisingly easy, given the age of the kit) and rigging has begun. No pics at this point, but I think the rest of the build will finish relatively quickly once the rigging is done... Cheers, BC
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