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Tom Cobbley

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    Portsmouth UK
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    Fleet Air Arm. any era but 50's best of all<br />50's Brit experimental jets<br />polish airforce <br /><br />mostly 1/48 occasionally 1/32<br /><br />Polish armour 1/35<br />and also quite interested in LRDG, no reason just a bit different.

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  1. Thank you Bill, Just what I have been looking for. Don’t know how I missed it
  2. Hi Ian. If you can get a shot of the rear cockpit it would be great. I have been looking for years without success. I suspect the test equipment may have been stripped out but it would be great if it’s still there !
  3. Hi Melvyn. If Fantasy Printshop are able to print more I would love to have a set. Happy to contribute to set up costs if they are a special
  4. Hi Melvyn. This is a truly inspirational thread, especially in what are difficult times for all of us, but most especially for you. Your cheerfulness is humbling. I wish you all the best for the future, your spirit means a lot for all of us who read this I have been attempting the same project but sadly it had been on the shelf of doom for Rather too long. After reading your thread it is now back on the bench. I got stuck on sourcing the white codes. You mentioned Airscale but I can only see black codes on their website. Do they do specials. all the best Melvyn, keep drinking t
  5. Hi Zigster. I think what we are looking at is a one off field modification. This is a non standard liberated vehicle. My guess it that the original wide tyres were unavailable and that someone has used overinflated narrow tyres as a substitute. That would account for the wierd bulge and narrow tread. That said. how to model it? I cant see any of the aftermarket wheel manufacturers going for a one off. I have been puzzling over this one for a while now. It might be posible to turn down the original Tamiya wheels and add tread from something else, the photograph shows a road type tread.
  6. I think this is a harsh view. I am keenly awaiting the new 1/32 P11c. I now know that 3 more 1/32 kits are being planned which is nice Variations on the P11c or diffent aircraft? Dunno. I can wait, and speculate. All part of the fun, after all it is only a hobby!
  7. Where would modelling be without pedantry?
  8. Thank you gentlemen, your thoughts are helpful. Following your advice I took a rule to the Tamiya wheels. The hub diameter is indeed 20" ( near enough) , By one of those funny coincidences Mirror Models have just released a sand tyred version of their Quad wheels which are 10.5x16". A tad too wide and a smidge too small but certainly good enough at this scale and frankly its highly unlikely that anything else will appear. Order placed , lets see what they look like.
  9. I am currently planning to convert the Tamiya 1533 LRDG patrol car to its 1311 little brother. I am aware that the wheels were smaller but am trying to understand by how much. The LRDG website provides some great information but at the same time not quite enough. The 1533 wheels are quoted as 10.5x 20" and the 1311 at 7.5x 17". What do these numbers mean, I am trying to work out wheel diameter, tyre diameter and tyre width? Once I know that I will then have to work out how to make them but that is the next problem!
  10. Thanks Guys. I thrive on encouragement. Work will take me away from home for a week but next task will be the wheel wells. Update in two weeks with luck.
  11. Ok. This is my first work in progress post and , after a lot of thinking about it and putting it aside for another day, my first Canberra build. I have a cupboard full of Airfix Canberras acquired cheap when Modelzone passed away. They seem to be nice kits, basically accurate but to my eyes let down by deep trench lines and simplified detail. No worries, that what’s modelling is all about. The beauty of these Airfix kits is that they have nice thick basic shells that can take a lot of butchery. Top of my list for a long time has been WH793. This was a PR7 that was converted into the aerod
  12. http://www.ww1aircraftmodels.com/page40.html Build logs don't get better than this one. WW1Aircraftmodels website will keep you distracted for hours.
  13. I am in need of some advice. I am close to finishing a 1/32 meteor T7 using the beautiful Fisher model conversion. I am finishing mine as an all black 728 sqn FAA based at Hal Far. So Far so good, I have managed most of the markings from standard sheets and all looking lovely but I am stumped on the stencil detail. There are various 1/32 sheets out there but they are all in black. Is there anyway of producing white versions? I am presuming that if I do something clever with a sheet I have purchased for my own use there are no copyright issues but I may be wrong At this scale the s
  14. This one caught my eye too, but I suspect not. The Revell Beau has been around awhile and there has not been much produced so far. I think Techmod are making use of a sheet they already have and letting us get on with it. The main issue is the different tail, not too difficult to scratch. It is a nice, reasonably accurate kit but is a 70s moulding and lacks the detail we have come to expect at 1/32. However: Vector produce a nice Hercules engine and Quickboost hedgehog exhausts. A new collector ring and cooling gills would be great. Maybe we can persuade David Parkins to do a short run of
  15. Looking forward to these Jon, I was hoping for a 19 sqn CO's aircraft so I am a happy man.
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