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  1. The raised lines on the Frog wings are intended to represent the spar caps. Some thin plastic stip is very useful, but it's still too thick, so some judicious sanding will help there. The inlets outboard of the engines will need filling - there's a blanking plate that closes when the engines are at rest. Check as many reference photos as you can. That's one thing about a Frog kit I've yet to tackle. May be worth filling them and then carefully rescribing the outline. It's a fantastic piece of work so far, better than any I've yet attempted - TBH, the next Frog one I do will be a retro nostalgia build straight from an original box - and I'm really looking forward to seeing the thread progress.
  2. Some nice work there so far. Few tips DO NOT under any circumstances trust the Warpaint Ian Huntley plans. They've been drawn from inaccurate information and are chock full of errors. I'm sure David Collins will back me up on this and tell you what they are. The windscreen is one that springs to mind. A Hunter canopy might be a good replacement - Pavla do a detail set that includes a vacform one. It's certainly better than the kit one. Tempest wheels are good replacements for the Frog wheels, even though the latter are reasonable. A Vampire nosegear will replace the kit tailwheel. Looking forward to seeing the finial results.
  3. Not 02 - the scheme worn by that is too dark for 02.
  4. "The letter, yeah. With pleasure." Two photos from tonight's club meet featuring my latest two: Avro Lancaster B.VI "Special" and an Avro Shackleton AEW.3. The latter has yet to get it's aerials and the prop blade tip decals, but in my defence I've had zero energy when I've got in from work. Lancaster B.VI I've a feeling the major components (wings and fuselage) for this were from someone on the forum, either Herald Coupe or Wez, as they reckoned that they were unusable. The rest from my spares box and some illicit home cast resin. Shackleton AEW.3 I have a real dislike for the Shackleton as it fought me every step of the way during decalling and the Lancaster... It *still* isn't really talking to me. I'm not happy with the finish and TBH, it's a bit rushed. I just wanted it done and out of the way. Photos by Bob Towers
  5. Time to fess up! Complete fiction as usual. Kit base is the 1990s retool of the 1979 Airif Lancaster - the Dambuster issue had the mid upper deleted. Nose and tailcone are resin copies of an unknown resin conversion I got many years back.The wheels are copies of the Paragon Lincoln wheels. The engines are resin copies of the old DB Merlin 85s. The props are the kit ones - I know they should be either paddle blade or four bladers, but I haven't any of either spare that'll fit. There's another C6 on the go now and I'll bung that up in due course.
  6. Not quite finished - needs a few aerials, the wheels need touching up and the canopy needs the side blister panels - but here's a photo of the Lancastrian C.6 as she stands.
  7. I've a trio of unfinished Lancs that are going in Tiger Force, certainly SEAC markings, at some stage in the near future. The B.VI 'Special' is the first to be done - I'll need some Freightdog wheels for the others and he's out of stock... Just want to get a Shackleton or two finished first. The Beau? Oh yes, after an interminable wait of nigh on two months, Alleycat finally sent out the bits, so I can get on with the Griffon Beaufighter.
  8. Time to 'fess up, I guess! It caught out quite a few when it was unveiled at my club on Monday gone. The idea was for a developed 'Special' capable of carrying the larger bombs - particularly 'Grand Slam' - over longer distances with more power and with better armament. So has the deeper bomb doors as standard, it's up engined with Griffons complete with contraprops, the RAE designed nose used by the Lincoln (a similar nose is on one of the wind tunnel models for the Windsor and the drawings for the Vickers 1000 tone Scheme C on the front of the first edition of Tony Buttler's BSP: Vol 3), and the rest of the late Lancaster mods - Lincoln rudders and wheels, Martin mid upper, Village Inn and the FN82 tail turret. It's a real mish mash of a model bits wise. Base Revell B.I/III, Paragon Lincoln nose, Martin turret from an Airfix B26, Village Inn from the Hasegawa Lancaster (all of them have that part as a standard piece on the sprues), nacelles, props and engines from the Frog/Novo Shackleton (probably a Revell boxing as I got a load of them really cheap years ago) and the FN82 tail turret from the current Airfix Lancaster. That really needs some frame lines. The bomb doors are from the old Matchbox Lancaster - none of the bulged ones I had at the time fitted but I can explain that away - along with the anomalous H2S radome - when I write up the back story properly. The scheme is post war but was to have been used operationally had the war continued. 617 Sqn is an ideal choice for a user, but I tend not to go for the more obvious squadrons these days - I prefer subtlety over the more obvious front line users - so if it was being done now, I'd go for something like 44 (Rhodesia) Sqn just to be awkward. There was another two started at the same time. One was to be a post war test drop ship with a shape of a Blue Danube underneath, possibly with Centaurus engines and the mid upper from an Airfix Shackleton. Not sure about the other, possibly 9 Sqn in the far east dropping Grand Slams on hydro electric plants in Korea against the Japanese.
  9. Finally, after being in my mind since 2009 and in build since mid 2013, The Hybrid is *finally* done. I'll try to get some better photos taken soon. Photo by Rob Sullivan IPMS Tyneside. Thread named after a track by Welsh Nu skool Breaks band Hybrid. Finished Symphony was released in 1999 after several years in development. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuWAO9QSG2Y
  10. Personally, I'm sticking with Xtracrylix. Looks good to me, although I do miss the old Aeromaster stuff. IIRC, I used my last bottle on a Tamiya PR.IV I picked up at the Mosquito Museum - it was one of the first bomber nose kits in 72 Tamiya released to the UK.
  11. It should be fine - the Freightdog set has the relevant late Lancaster bits you need - Lincoln rudder and wheels, plus the tropical filters for the engines and the rear fuselage camera fairing. All you need to do is cut the requisite windows in the rear fuselage. Don't rule out the Hasewgawa kit if you can get one cheap, try that instead - it comes with the tropical filters and rear fuselage camera fairing on the sprues anyway, plus the glazing for the later rear fuselage windows is also included. The build is much easier than the Airfix kit but less detailed whilst the outer engines may need some shims to get them to hang correctly.
  12. Having followed the build thread with interest, I can honestky say that it's some of the best modelling I've seen. Quite simply, exceptional!
  13. Have modellers gone soft? Yeah, the Sword kits are a bit challenging, but no more so than the Ventura ones - what with their MASSIVE sprue gates and dead hard plastic, and that's before you have to add all the detail yourself. For Cliff's sake, even the Fujimi ones are horrors to build, with their overengineered approach to get as many versions as possible out of the moulds. I've built quite a few of both manufacturer's kits and really dislike the Fujimi kit. There's something wrong about the dimensions, especially the highbacks, but I can't quite figure out what it is. It just looks wrong somehow whereas the few mk XIVs I've built by mating a new wing with the Airfix XIX fuselage - which I know is short somewhere between the firewall and the cockpit - look right.
  14. Troy mentioned me upthread so I'm a bit later for the party! Simplest and cheapest way to a mk XII in 72nd is a Sword Seafire XVII double pack - hear me out! - and a Sword mk V. The XVII comes with a free Seafire XV fuselage, so use that to replace the mk V fuselage and source the retractable tailwheel from the spares left in an Eduard mk IX. You may have to copy the XV/XVII cowling upper in rubber and resin. Or play about with a Quiickboost one intended for the Fujimi XIV (and it's too short for that anyway!)
  15. It's a conversion I attempted a decade back. IIRC, I started with a PM Sea Fury as they're cheap and basic, plus some Aeroclub bits (canopy and u/c), a Matchbox Tempest Sabre cowling and some copies of the LF resin Tempest I conversion. The depth of the cowling isn't the problem everyone seems to think it is - I chopped the cowling below the exhausts and fitted the resin piece. This comes with the exhausts integral and you're meant to cut away the cowling to the line above. I just fitted it a tad lower and sanded the exhausts back. I don't have any photos of the finished model - I lost them during technical difficulties a few months back, but here's something similar I did with a whiffed Tempest. If you look carefully, you cabn just make out the deeper cowling on the last photo.
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