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  1. Never mind decanting Halford's Appliance White for an airbrush, I'd buy at least a couple of the largest spray cans. You might finish 'em both. Its going to look amazing when you're done with it. Phil
  2. Ironically it was Colin Chapman who got fuel centralised behind the driver in aviation-spec bag tanks as they've been ever since. Max size for each tank at the time was 80 litres but he needed fuel out of the way of the sidepods for his ground effect Lotus 79. He asked the CSI (FIA's predecessor) to change that rule, they did and within a year every car had its fuel tucked away from the perimeter of the car.
  3. Looking good Enzo. When people talk about 60s & early 70s F1 drivers sitting in a bathtub full of petrol, this monocoque shows exactly that. A breed apart, that's for sure. Phil.
  4. I ended up buying a full aftermarket sheet to avoid that issue. Apparently, Team Lotus had all their JPS gold (biscuit actually) stripes & logos signwritten rather than using decals - right up to 1986 when they switched to Camel. Phil.
  5. Who ever thought we'd get an injection moulded Lotus 72 kit, never mind 2 or 3? You can see the Tamiya DNA in the mouldings, tyres and decals. As for the tobacco logos, they've been illegal in new kits since the late 1980s. Enzo, I'm really interested to see what you think of the aftermarket decals' colour match to the kit ones when they're on the model. Emmo is looking cool as usual, even in 1/20 scale and that front subframe is going to look amazing. Are your sprue cutters getting impatient? Phil
  6. http://www.iritanikits.com/ has a lot of pics of the parts and full instructions.
  7. You are clearly someone of fine taste in racing cars and Brazilian driving masters. Will you be pairing your 72E with a Tyrrell 006 when Ebbro release it? Ebbro really picked up the classic F1 baton from Tamiya after they lost interest. Their Lotus 25 & Honda RA165 were lovely. That Shadow is a very nice thing isn't it? Ah good, so this is a safe space to mention my Tamiya 25, 78, 79, 99T & 102D? Some would think I have Lotus tendancies until they see my stash of Williams kits. Phil
  8. Top choice Enzo. I'll be following this closely as I have this one in the stash along with Ebbro's Lotus 72C... 33... 49... 88B... 91... are they a bit Lotus obsessed? Am I? The question is... will your build be Ronnie's or Emmo's car? Phil
  9. Pat, I could never be disappointed by an XB-70! You clearly have A) No fear, A large workbench and C) A much bigger house than mine! More power to you. Phil
  10. Hi Folks, Don't know if this has been mentioned before I came across a brilliant reference for anyone building the Airfix 1/72 kit or any other model of this subject. You can find it online at: Panoptic Motion Severn Class Lifeboat virtual tour virtual tour You can walk around (virtually) both above and below decks including the wheelhouse, engine room and survivor spaces plus on the flying bridge the Y boat is uncovered. Far too much info to be incorporated into the Airfix kit I'm currently building but maybe next time... Phil
  11. When I came across Ebbro's forthcoming 1/20 Lotus 33 on HobbyLink Japan a couple of weeks ago, I preordered one and in a rush of blood to the head, I backordered one each of Nunu's 1/20 McLaren MP4/2C kits & the accompanying detail set. It'll be a while, I told myself, before the credit card takes the hit. Well, the while was a short one. The McLaren stuff now sits in my private warehouse at HLJ! In other news, my nice postie did deliver a parcel yesterday which slipped through Royal Mail's system with no VAT & handling fee. It contained a Fujimi 1/20 FW14B & a Lotus 97T. They took 3 months exactly by surface mail after Hobby Search cleared their postal backload in March. Am I now expected to build some of this stuff? Phil.
  12. I've never needed to use Revell's clearly excellent service. I have, however, had good experiences with Airfix's customer service. The decals in my first issue Seafire FR46/FR47 disintegrated years ago so when the kit was re-released a while back, I emailed Airfix asking to buy a sheet from the second issue. Lo and behold, I received the sheet a couple of weeks later with a lovely hand written compliments slip saying there was no charge and they hoped I'd enjoy completing my model. I had a similar pleasant experience when I asked to buy a sheet to double up the notoriously translucent decals on their Severn Class lifeboat. Like a lot of people, that kind of service goes a long way with me. Also, as a good business knows, its a lot cheaper to keep a customer than it is to attract a new one. Thank you Airfix! Phil
  13. Hi all, I'm told I'll be late for my own funeral! I know this thread ended a long time ago but I have just discovered my favourite Modeldecal detail of all time. While perusing Set 98 for the 2 Sqdn GR1 I am building, I noticed a spelling error on one of the stencils. "RESCUE" is spelled "RESOUE". Aha thought I! A rare Modeldecal error until I read the Jaguar photo caption in the set; "... and if you spot a spelling error in decal 10... that's the way it was on the real aircraft. If you want authenticity...!" I always think of Scale Models' Geoff Prentice's comment that he wasn't supposed to be reviewing decal instruction sheets. They were worth the price of the set on their own. Having said all that, their printing quality was of its time. However they were and still are fantastic value. Modern print quality vs enthusiastic detailed research... you pays your money and takes your choice. Phil.
  14. Marco, Judging from the writing on the kit box, will your F-104 have a pilot? Phil
  15. Stunningly clean job on the camo. I have a couple of these little beauties so I can gauge just how small the airframe is. Phil
  16. Fantastic stuff Ron. The engine looks like a larger scale. Always the sign of excellent modelling. Are you getting a bit more used to 1/12 now? That gearbox is looking particularly amazing. That dull cast off-black finish is superb. Phil.
  17. I would say the Shuttle is a glider in wing-borne flight. Its doesn't carry its own fuel so its engines are only used for ascent as a rocket. After re-entry its a pure glider albeit one with very poor performance! It was certainly a glider during Enterprise's Approach And Landing Tests. Go on Erwin, give a Shuttle some love. Phil.
  18. Biggles can I interest you in twenty-seven 8 x 10 coloured glossy pictures with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one?
  19. That is extraordinary. I was looking for the 1/43 scale Colin Chapman in the background as it could easily be a full scale build photographed from a distance! Phil
  20. Top work Ratch. Will you follow it up with a bit of Hole In The Ground or even a touch of Gossip Calypso? Phil
  21. Great theme! How about Platz's 1/144 F-106A towed by a Roden C-141A? The Eclipse Project Phil
  22. Great project Craig! Martin's a star isn't he? Tom was a force to be reckoned with too. How about a TWR XJ-S to go with your XJR-9LM? Thinking about your exhausts, like Planebuilder62 said, how about 4 slices of plastic rod to fill the gaps then some judicious sanding? With the right thickness and plenty of liquid cement the excess will fill any gaps. or if you use slices of the kit sprue stretched, the joint will be virtually invisible. Phil
  23. This is great stuff Sloucher. It may feel like a slog but you're overcoming each issue. Your comments on enlarging screw holes and which screws to use are gold too. In fact, my credit card is starting give me ideas about buying thus kit myself now I see what are doing with it.
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