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The Wooksta!

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  1. The Wooksta!

    Best way to make a Spitfire VI in 1/72

    I think it depends on the aircraft as to which screen it has, because I've just found a pair of photos in the Aircam on the Merlin Spitfires of two different aircraft with the internal armour glass. AB534 is one, supposedly with 616 Sqn but no codes and t'other being ON-H of 124 Sqn (serial obscured).
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    Best way to make a Spitfire VI in 1/72

    There many ways, but I'd go with Giorgio's suggestion and try to source an older tool AZ Vb* as all boxings included the same plastic. All the mk VI bits are in the kit - extended wingtips, the pressurisation intake is moulded on the starboard fuselage half and you get the four blade prop. Only thing you'll have to scratch is the pressure bulkhead aft of the cockpit, but the one in the Airfix PR19 is a dead ringer and an ideal template. Internal armour screen. *The older AZ boxings are not too hard to find, but not that easy either. There are two mk VIs on ebay, both in Germany and the same price but the postage to the UK is extortionate. One alternate route would be the Brengun Spitfire Vb Floatplane. Use the Vb for a VI and the floats to convert an Airfix IX into a floatplane. No waste and if you find one of the Airfix IXs in the desert boxing with the Cartograph decals, it should give you a spare canopy. Alternatively, PM me your address. I'm sure I have the relevant bits in me vast collection of Spitfire spares. Jure, try finding a Sword Seafire in the UK these days! Not easy when you try hunting them down and they command stupid money on ebay.
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    Airfix - 2018 Release schedule

    Under no circumstances whatsoever should Airfix rerelease the Halifax. That tool is far too old to see the light of day again - I've quite literally binned the one I had - and given the price Airfix would charge for that fossil, a few extra quid would get you a shiny Revell one which is vastly superior. Yes please to a new tool Tempest, preferably a II. Would sit nicely with their Firedog Beaufighter.
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    Northern Model Show - June 3rd

    IPMS Tyneside invite all and sundry to our usual extravaganza in June, Sunday 3rd at the Parks Centre, North Shields. Traders and clubs. https://m.facebook.com/TynesideModelClub/ The Parks Sports Centre, Howdon Road, NE29 6TL North Shields. 9.30am - 4pm
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    Ju87 G/D tank buster Revell 1:72

    I enjoyed building the one I had back in the mid 90s. Apart from a bit of flash, it went together ok and looked right when it was done. Nice kit, despite it's age.
  6. Have we got a price on it?
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    Post-war RAF Mosquito

    Yes. It's correct for those marks and a B.35 too. However, IIRC it's geared to go with the Matchbox kit, so may not fit either the Tamiya or Hasegawa kits. The Tamiya has drop in side panels, so cutting out the blown panels and fitting them to the Tamiya glazing may work. I haven't tried it, although I have a Hasegawa one converted to a B.35 slated for it's use.
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    Pointers on building the S&M Hastings

    Hot water. Dip the bit in, let it soften then carefully bend it to the correct shape. You may need to repeat the process a few times as resin sometimes seems to have a "memory". Bulkheads may well make the fuselage conform.
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    LF Thoughts on Sword 1/72 Fiat G.55 Centauro 2 in 1 release

    If it's anything like their Seafire 17, two of whatever is stated on the box. The Seafire I found to be excellent value for money, especially with the spare Seafire XV (late) fuselages included.
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    supermarine spiteful canopy

    The Pegasus Spiteful canopy is frankly awful. Too thick and too wide. Besides which, the cockpit area on the Pegasus Spiteful had an odd cutout for the canopy that shouldn't be there - the real thing has the fuselage top deck continue all the way to the bulkhead. Not to mention the fact that the tail surfaces are too small and incorrectly shaped. Sadly, the Rareplanes one has similar issues. If it was me, I'd give up on the Rareplanes one as it's too much work to sort out and go directly to the AZ Seafang, which makes into a reasonable late Spiteful once the wing fold is filled and the sting hook replaced with the relevant section from an Airfix Spitfire F22. The AZ Spiteful is a complete abortion and a total waste of time, effort and plastic. Apart from being underscale, the cockpit interior is complete fiction and the fit is vile. I loathe the sight of the only one I finished. Avoid the CMR kit as it's just as bad. I'm of the opinion that the CMR Spiteful and Seafang were used as masters for the AZ kits. The Pegasus one, once the tail surfaces and cockpit/fuselage issues are sorted out, looks pretty decent. It has the brutal chunkiness of the Spiteful down to a tee. In the best "Blue Peter" tradition, here's one I finished earlier. The prop's from an Airfix PR19, homecast resin wheels and tail surfaces plus a spare canopy (as clear as it is ill-fitting) from a Magna Spiteful. Despite it's flaws, I'm rather fond of the Pegasus kit and the bulk of my whiffed Spitefuls have been from that kit. If you decide to go ahead with the Rareplanes, I'd advise stripping an Airfix Spitfire F22 of the tail surfaces and anything else useable. What's left can be used with the Airfix PR19 to do a Spitfire F21. It will crosskit - I've done it and I know of at least three other conversions. Edit: The AZ Seafang looks to be about right. I'm not sure how underscale the Spiteful is, but a standard Griffon spinner is too wide for it. The Seafang is a lot chunkier. The new one looks to be a simple reboxing with new FAA whiff decals, as well as a Seafang F32 serial.
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    Post-war RAF Mosquito

    You could get away with the early TR.33 sans folding wing and Lockheed u/c. The first 17 or so didn't have them. T3 conversion? Most of the post war ones appear to have come with tropical intakes as standard and no one does them. Paragon did, but apart from being unavailable, they were wrong, being too boxy and flat, whereas they should follow the contour of the cowling more. You could use Hurricane or Spitfire Vokes filters with some surgery, as they look to be fairly close. Pavla does a T3 conversion, but it's wrong in many respects and IMO not worth bothering with.
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    Pointers on building the S&M Hastings

    According to Colin at Freightdog, there's only a few who do clear resin casting and it has a high failure rate (I had a spin myself with only bad results). Hence he's sticking with vacform canopies with his Supermarine 327. Perhaps Mel should reconsider the clear resin and switch to vacform?
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    Pointers on building the S&M Hastings

    Ta for that. Just have to get one now - I bowled up to Mel on the Friday at Telford and asked for both the Hastings and a Cranberry, only to be told that he had neither. Pity, because he'd have had £170 instead of me putting it aside for next year.
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    Post-war RAF Mosquito

    Magna did a conversion for the TT39 geared to go with the Matchbox kit. Try finding either of them now... Best base kit for any Mosquito bomber or bull nose NF would be the Tamiya kits with resin engines. However, two stage Merlins are now thin on the ground - Attack Squadron have ceased production, unsure of the availability of the Blackbird ones (and they have a nasty solid section inside which will need grouting out before the u/c will fit properly), the old Airwaves ones were geared to go with another kit, so I don't know if they'll fit the Tamiya Mossie. CMRs are the wrong shape and short, Pavla's are too short. Paragon ones are spot on for the Tamiya but finding rocking horse poo is easier. Finding a blown side panel bomber canopy or the bulged bomb bay that'll fit the Tamiya kit is another story. Two options - Aeroclub and Paragon did both but like the latter's two stage Merlins, you'll have a hard job finding them.
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    680 Squadron RAF in the Mediterranean in 1944

    Without a photo, possibly. Their PR aircraft would naturally be in the relevant scheme, but given the theatre they operated in, the hacks are likely to be in a desert scheme.