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David A Collins

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  1. Result! Alley Cat have released some 1/48 decals for the Vampire, and these include 604 Squadron. These have been duly purchased and will find their way into another Airfix Vampire F.3 in due course
  2. Hi alzictorini, Having personally restored or created several original aircraft instrument panels in aluminium/tuffnel including: Vampire FB.5 and T.11; Meteor F.4 and NF.11; Hornet F.1; Sea Hornet PR.22; and Tempest II, I can say that you have done a superb job on this Hampden. It's indistinguishable from the original. Amazing work.
  3. Wonderful. I too had my first flight in WB627 at 5AEF! It was in the summer of 1987 I recall.
  4. I guess, with the covers off displaying the gas turbine that the undercarriage could alway be glued onto a diorama display base! This should prevent it being a tail-sitter.
  5. This engine is a nice addition. Its going to need one serious nose weight to counter the imbalance though!
  6. The Dalrymple and Verdun published book by Tony Buttler has several excellent TT photos within. Also, others can be found in the web.
  7. Hi T-21, I bet it was sad to stop flying these Tempests. Fingers crossed we will see two Tempest II's flying this year. One in the UK and one in Canada
  8. All paints are Humbrol rattle cans. Yellow is Gloss 69 I think, over Matt 33. Both appeared satin when dry. I'll be adding the towing attachment and also the anti-foul post beneath the rear fuselage, when I've scratch built them. The wires are beyond my skill to add, but if you search Britmodeller you'll find Mark's Heller Tempest TT.5 from a few years ago. He did a splendid job, including all the bells and whistles
  9. Hi T-21, Wow, what a coincidence! I hope I have done it justice. My friend Mark Gauntlet provided the colour artwork I used for this. I believe his father was ground crew a RAF Pembrey for his National Service.
  10. Here are both of the Airfix Tempests now finished.
  11. A sneak preview before the finished aircraft... This second kit also went together perfectly. No filler or sanding required, which was a real bonus for the intended high speed silver finish.
  12. Emerging from the spray booth next is an Airfix series 2 Tempest TT.5 This has been a challenging combination of aluminium, yellow, black and red paint! It'll make a nice contrast to display alongside the earlier series 1.
  13. Thanks Steve, I'll be making a TT.5 version of this next. It will make a nice contrast in both colour and being a later series 2 aircraft. As Airfix scanned the Hendon example, I bet they are planning a future release of a Target Tug version?
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