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Black Knight

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  1. If you go via Historex, note that their scale is 1/28 to 1/30 whereas the Airfix 54mm are nominally 1/32. Not a lot in scale difference except Historex spares are too big for the Airfix kits. Also Historex is a French company and they concentrate on the Frenchies, British kits from them are hard to come by.
  2. Currently I use Vallejo Gloss varnish thinned a bit with 'Astonish' floor 'polish', which is actually a water thin acrylic varnish For matt I'm using Vallejo Matt varnish thinned with water and applied in several coats. Two coats of the gloss to get this; and three coats of the matt to get this On your job, it sounds like the surface is contaminated. Wash it down with some warm soapy water and give it a very slight going over with some toothpaste on your finger. Then try varnishing again. Also, if its Humbrol enamel varnish, dump it. The enamel varnishes go yellow after a while
  3. Unless you have certain information you'll need to decide if he was 'Centre' 'Light' or 'Grenadier' company as each had a different shako plume and shoulder epaulette The 'Centre' company plume was white over red, no epaulettes, white cords on the shako The 'Light' company plume was all green, green with white lace edged with tufted wool epaulettes, (usually but not always) green cords on the shako and the 'Grenadier' company plume was all white, red with white lace, edged with tufted wool epaulettes, white cords on the shako. You'll also need to choose which gun he used. There were 4 versions of the 'Brown Bess' musket plus many in the 'Light' company used the Baker rifle. The Baker was a version of rifle initially made by a gunsmith Ezekiel Baker but there were at least a dozen variations from different manufacturers Regulation issue was that the round water bottle was a medium blue colour but every example I have seen in museums has been tarred black on the outside to seal it. Highly likely that your man wore the stove-pipe shako as supplies of uniforms were intermittent until late 1814 Have a look at this website. Although its devoted to the 1815 campaign it will give you a taste of the general look of the uniforms http://centjours.mont-saint-jean.com/detail_uniformes_uniteBR.php?rubrique=U&uniformes=23&drapeau=
  4. You'll need to choose a year for your figure. The shako changed from the stove-pipe to the Belgic in 1812, but not all regiments changed at that time. Some keeping the stove-pipe through to 1816 Gaiters were worn up to 1809 then full length white trousers with pale grey overalls over them. Sergeants usually wore the gaiters until 1817 The hair was queued until about 1806 then it was allowed to be cut short, but not all regiments followed this and again sergeants preferred to keep their hair queued until about 1820 The breast plate linking the cross belts is a pressed brass plate with the regiment number on it, usually within a wreath design Best kits by far are the Airfix 54mm Collectors series. If necessary, cross kit the 1776 British Grenadier and the 1815 Guardsman, and if needed the 1815 95th Rifleman. Some scratch building may be needed. I cross-kitted the 1776 Grenadier and 1815 Guardsman and some scratch building to get an 1805 Royal Marine
  5. I'd given thought to that one and whilst I'm fond of biplanes I thought there might be too many participants afraid to tackle one
  6. I propose two kits 1. Revell 1/32 VW Buggy (a beach buggy) 2. Revell 1/32 VW Beetle The Opel GT is oos, pre-order only right now on the Jadlam website
  7. I been thinking some thunks on this 1. I think it needs to be something that can be built very differently by the modellers, especially in different colour schemes How can a non-modeller choose between 15 grey & green Spitfire IX, or 15 all silver Mirage, or 15 all-grey Harriers? The P-51 had the potential of so many different schemes. The P-40 has a few but not many, and the BAe Hawk has so very many more, from the ubiquitous Red Arrows through the different display schemes by the various squadrons, such as that Finnish 40 Years Anniversary scheme pictured above 2. Does it have to be an aeroplane? As modellers, sometimes we should push the boundary of what we like to build How about a car? Jadlam has the Revell 1/32 Beach Buggy, VW Beetle and Opel GT all at around the £10 price range. Each of these are easy to build kits and of course cars can be painted and decorated as much or as little as the builder chooses
  8. this. If I need to buy in a kit. Spare funds are not great at the moment I'm currently in a situation of financial embarrassment
  9. In the past the 'prize' was awarded by the sponsor. The sponsor chose their favourite irrespective of the scores-on-the-doors of the builds in the gallery
  10. I'm ok with either version of Hawk. I have at least one of each required in my stash as well Although, at this stage my preference would be the P40 I have too many BAe ones on the build shelves right now
  11. Standard sizing was the wing chord between the leading edge of the wing and leading edge of the aileron less 2 inches at 1/6 wing span from the wing tip. The two inches to be 1 inch from the wing leading edge and 1 inch from the aileron leading edge Of course there were a great many which differed to this.
  12. That ain't ugly. Its got interest and character and I want a model of it!
  13. you can have my set if you want. 1 they are printed mostly in register, most noticeably not are the tiny roundels for the top of the wings 2. they seem free of cracks 3 but they have yellowed a bit, the old UV light/ in the window trick might clear them PM me if you want them
  14. afaik, the working practice was that the primary pilot flew the Amiot to the target where the secondary pilot took over for the bombing run. He had better visibility of the target from inside and lower and placed close to the bomb aimer
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