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  1. I show no favouritism to any of my favourite children .. . . .but the others ?
  2. ah, let me make it a bit clearer. I'm building 3 Matchbox Messer 109s 1 x on here in this GB 1 x on another forum which is also running a Matchbox GB at this same time 1 x on my workbench as it was another 'scrap' kit but too far built to be eligible for either GB Thus, as I work on the 3 simultaneously some photos will show parts and workings for 3 kits
  3. I've made a start on this as the first to be started The Messer 109 had lots of holes on the nose parts. None of these are on the Matchbox kit so I decided to put some of them in. Once started it became, 'just another one, then another' Starboard side fuselage half. Untouched, top, and some holes cut in, lower. I've gone over the holes with a pencil so you can see them The top of the engine cowling, untouched, left and with holes cut in, but some fillers not smoothed, right Underneath the nose, the oil cooler radiator air inlet and outlet cut away. Don't worry about the size of the holes, this will be dealt with later in the build I'm building 3 of these kits at the same time. Two props just about ready and three sets of main wheels painted The pilot doesn't look too happy I've decided this will be a Spanish Air Force E3, post-SCW
  4. No answers on here, but Mid light grey interior sides and a slightly lighter grey on the control panels with a mid-shade olive green material on the seats
  5. One aspect not mentioned; wearing armour is very claustrophobic. I have mild claustrophobia and even wearing chainmaille sent me into a mild panic. What helped, and you cannot see in my photo because of the surcote, is my chainmaille byrnie is split down the front and held together with buckles & straps and lacing. And make sure you've gone to the bog before you are in your armour. No chance of going for a pee afterwards
  6. All have some problems some times but I'd go Xtradecal before the others every time. Often they are more accurate. I have some Printscale which are not only inaccurate in colours but also in sizes of things like roundels
  7. Would you believe that there were books of instructions for knights and squires? I have a modern repro copy of one of them. Its in storage right now but one instruction always amuses me. It goes like this; "Should you find yourself unhorsed during battle, turn over onto your front and push downwards with your hands and knees so that you are kneeling like your hound. But be careful that in doing this that you do not present your bottom [the writer used the ar.. word] towards the enemy lest you make a good target and get an arrow up your fundament. Having got to this kneeling position, push downwards with your arms and lean back ways until you are just on your knees, then raise yourself upwards. Do this very quickly as you surely will present your enemy with an opportunity to lop off your head as you kneel before him. Your squire should be on hand to help raise you to your feet, to helm you and arm you. If your squire is not by your side and he not be dead, then he should be"
  8. As per title. Does anyone know if any company makes the aileron mass balances in 1/48? I can find 1/72 ones only If not, it looks like I'll have to start moulding them myself
  9. You build whatever kits you want to build. It doesn't matter if someone else is building the same kit I think there are four or five of us all building the MG TC car. My build will go onto my model display shelf. As your builds will go on yours.
  10. I'm on a 15 inch screen lap-top. The images are on the smaller side but easily viewed. I'd say, maybe about 50% bigger would be nicer
  11. Do you drink tea? Take some used tea from a tea-bag, dry it and then mix it with some PVA. Use this under & slightly around [on the road] the wheels which do not touch base. When dry the old tea leaves look like leaf-mold on the ground
  12. There is good for and agin for both colours; I did mine blue as 1. The pilot himself did not disagree when he had the model in his hands 2. 19 Squadron colours were and are blue with white 3. afaik Dooley was a B flight leader, B flight colours are usually blue [flight colours being, usually, A = red, B = blue & C = yellow] against this is 1. Was Dooley just being polite about the kit colours or forgetful ? 2. not much 3. the letter V would often fall into C flight, ie yellow 4. In a more recent interview with a ground-crewman, he is quoted as saying the colour was yellow. [but that is taken out of context, in the interview he was remembering the wing leading edge, but on the nose stripe his response was 'did it have one?' ] Do it as you think it pleases you. Its your model Let everyone else who argues with you about it take a long walk off a short pier
  13. I went-to-town on 'improving' mine in the last Matchbox GB https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235030741-pk-13-na-p-51d-mustang-dooleybird-~~finished~~/ Just showin' off I've kept the box from that build as one of my 'collectibles'
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