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  1. Yes, by Petersplanes but I'm not sure how widely available these were/are. Tailored for war gaming by the looks of it. https://www.scalemates.com/search.php?fkSECTION[]=Kits&q=petersplanes&fkTYPEGROUP[]=%22Bristol%20Blenheim%22 If anybody would produce a typical kit in the future, it might be someone like Mark I Models. They've released a family of Beaufighters not so long ago. https://www.scalemates.com/search.php?fkSECTION[]=Kits&q=1%2F144+bristol+beaufighter&fkCOMPNAME[]=%22Mark%20I%20Models%22&fkSCALE[]=%221:144%22&fkTYPEGROUP[]=%22Bristol%20Beaufighter%22
  2. A wash should generally be of a dissimilar paint type to the painted surface you are applying it to. To use an enamel-based wash, ensure the underlying surface is finished in an acrylic or polyurethane paint/clear coat. Conversely, to use an acrylic wash successfully, apply over an enamel paint finish. The solvent in each wash type will simply attack a like-solvent paint when applied over the top. It's obvious isn't it ? I've used the Tamiya enamel product mainly for interior pin-type washes as as Martin points out, a further thinning adds to the utility of the Tamiya product. HTH
  3. A general comment about navigation and communications antennas seen on commercial passenger aircraft (and other aircraft for that matter). Most of the common types are actually made by companies who specialise in these things. It is rare for an airframe manufacturer to design/manufacture antennas. Sensor Systems, Cobham, etc are some of the well known manufacturers. Once you know the system, it's pretty simple to home into the specific antenna type/family. Manufacturers websites will usually have some sort of basic product data which usually includes general arrangement drawings of their antennas, from which you may appropriately scale your required dimensions.
  4. Great job on your Blenheim, Adam ! Don't feel alone in encountering the assembly issues you have. I've had the same.
  5. Most impressed by your progress after such a long absence. You clearly 'have a feel for it' as the former Irish Chief Designer I worked for used to say A couple of other things to throw into the mix, Trav.............. Windex is fabulous for stripping acrylics from painted parts/assemblies. Similarly, an ammonia based windscreen washing solution will do the same for you. I recently had the need to strip four assembled Airfix Blenheim cockpits and a soak in the stuff for a couple of hours, a brisk shake and rinse/dry, had them ready to go for the paint again. By the way, this is the same reason I don't use Humbrol's Maskol liquid masking agent on acrylics, as having a similar make up, I found it leaves a 'footprint' behind on the paint once removed. On the matter of 'stains' from Micro Sol/Set, I've used cotton buds dampened with warm water to remove such minor blemishes. All this 'stuff' will become second nature to you soon anyway
  6. Hi Trav, I just spotted your build thread this evening. Welcome 'back' and I hope you're enjoying yourself. Don't get to serious about wringing your hands over minor issues. There's always the next build to get it just right. If you find you still have 'a thing' for the Zero, and you've built up a little more confidence, you might want to try one of the Tamiya 1/72 Zeros. They are gold. Almost a dozen parts in the cockpit alone. As I think you are discovering, the Gunze paints are a dream to airbrush. I 'converted' to them in the last few years after being a 'Model Master enamels man' since my early 20s. I like your choice of kits for your 'initial stash'. I am a Bf 110 fancier of the Eduard variety. You'll find them exquisite kits. The new tool Airfix kits are very cooperative and buildable kits. Great choices ! I think all but the Curtis Hawk are new tools. As someone stole a favourite saying of mine earlier in your thread - "Well done that man" !
  7. Hello gentlemen, I've another question regarding the Blenheim. Engine cowls. Was the upper cowl effectively a single 180-degree segment ? The Airfix kit breaks the engine cowl into three circumferential segments however. TIA
  8. Magpie22, Thanks for sharing the information you have about the Boomerang's wing construction. Very enlightening, but also not surprising when you understand the engineering design approaches and fabrication methods of that time. I 'chewed the cud' with Kent on this matter via another avenue in parallel and wasn't too far off the mark. I 'rescued' some material from CAC/HDHV before what remained in the 'archives' was disposed of. 'Criminally negligent' was that disposal action IMHO. gingerbob, Your insight is also appreciated. Structures engineering is my 'forte' as an engineer. Good work ! mhaselden, I appreciate your info regarding Alf Clare and 453 SQN Buffalos. I am planning a 453 SQN Buffalo build and this information might give me a better focus on the specific aircraft I may elect to build. Kent, A final acknowledgement to you for 'bringing' this all together !
  9. Prompted by the Spitfire and Hurricane topics I've noted with the same intent, I trust it's not out of order to establish one for the Blenheim, as I suspect a few of us are getting stuck into the Airfix Blenheim kits. I have 4 on the go - a pair of Mk. I and Mk. IV types respectively. When I get a moment, I might put links to some of the recent questions about the Blenheim in this post/thread - and start my build thread.
  10. Troy, Thanks for the links and some fabulous images ! I guess aluminium makes sense; possibly castings ?
  11. Many thanks for the additional turret info, Selwyn.
  12. I have a question regarding the colour of Blenheim wheel hubs. I ask because most of the painting references I have (Airfix, various aftermarket decal sheets) are 'silent' in this matter. The Airfix kit provides guidance for a single flat black/coal black shade. For many of the original Mk.I aircraft with the black underside this makes sense to me. As we know, Blenheims of other persuasions and colour schemes (Sky Blue, etc. under surfaces) exist and are covered pretty well by the range of decal sheets that have been released in recent times. I am wondering if the wheel hubs where ever matched to the under surface colour of the factory/service-prepared aircraft. Or were they predominantly black, including spare wheels ? Any assistance would be gratefully accepted.
  13. I was considering the question posed by PaulR also. Then I thought about it. Appropriate check-list actions by the pilot (in the case of the Blenheim) should have been to 'stow' the items when they were no longer needed (i.e. after landing). Also, I imagine the engine cowl flaps were only required to be 'open' on the ground while taxiing or doing engine runs to facilitate cooling of the engine. So if modelling your Blenheim parked, flaps (wing and cowl) are 'all tucked away', while if taxiing (out/in), 'let 'em all hang out'
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