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Graham T

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  1. Top job! Can I ask about the seats? Are they the kit seats with enhancements or A/M? I ask because I couldn't find A/M seats (MB Mk.9?) for my GR1 that I built recently.
  2. Thanks! The white is Xtracolour enamel. Generally white is a PITA to spray. I bought some of the Tamiya white lacquer to try on my HP Victor refurbishment a few months ago but wasn't impressed (I actually binned the unused bottles in case I was tempted to give them another go!) so I'm sticking with Xtracolour!
  3. Not bad for a limited run kit but those with better skills than mine will make a better fist of it. Basically OOB but I invested in a set of masks for all those windows! Biggest problems was the decals (which look good once on but they stick as soon as they touch & come apart very easily if you try to move them, the "Far East Transport Wing" legend on the starboard side is a mess). And the engine mounts which, unless cut back will project them too far forward. Also I followed the decal placement instructions (as you would) but it seems that the large decal on the forward cargo door SHOULD be on the aft door - highly annoying. Anyway, there it is. Photographed with the Dakota (Airfix) that the Valetta was intended to replace. Armed with this experience, I've treated my elf to their Twin Pioneer for a future project.
  4. I'm not an expert but weren't the RAF examples later Comets 2/3/4? Longer fuselages than the 1 and bigger wings? If so using a 1 as a basis would require "some work"!
  5. On the home straight with my Valom Valetta but a bit stumped by the positioning of the sundry aerials etc. The instructions show positions for them - DF loops, ILS aerials etc. but split them according to the a/c serial number, quoting alternatives for VX574 & WD197, NEITHER of which are the options in the kit I'm building (VW202 & VJ497 which is the option I'm building). I'm assuming that perhaps the instructions are "generic" with other Valetta kits from Valom. Can anyone tell me what I should use for VJ497? I have found an image of 497 that at least shows the DF loop but anything else is either not fitted or not apparent on the photo!
  6. The cockpit of the Texan looks big enough to play tennis in!
  7. Thanks Mate. Sadly my scratch building skills suck big time so I guess I'll just have to live with the kit seat. But at least I can stop looking for a replacement!
  8. Trying in vain to find this seat in 1/48 scale to suit my Kinetic Harrier GR1. Anyone know a source? Tried CMK & Wolfpack.
  9. Just finished & it's rather a nice little kit. However not helped by the rather confusing & contradictory instructions! Aside from that it goes together quite nicely with the only fit issues for me being the main u/c bay which is very hard to align. I remembered this from their Sea Harrier I built last year so took a great deal more care with this one but to no avail. Therefore the main & nose bay doors are closed (as they often were to avoid FOD so there!). Seat is over simplified with some spurious etched seat belts provided; I've just dropped mine in to place pending a resin A/M seat if I can find one. Also the MARTRA pods are a joke with the rocket heads poking out - even Kinetic know they got this wrong as they advise you to drill them out! I didn't fancy that so I used a pair of resin pods (Flightpath) that I found in the spares box. In addition, I read on here somewhere that the wing pylons are incorrectly positioned with the inner ones too far forward & the outer ones too far inboard so corrected this without too much trouble. Xtracolour paints & kit decals (really very good) for a 1 Squadron machine 1970.
  10. I can only imagine the patience needed to apply that camo!
  11. I built the Monogram F106 last year & found it as good as I remembered in from 30 years ago. Raised panel lines of course but great detail!
  12. Im currently building this kit & see here: I simply cannot believe I am the ONLY modeller to have cocked this up but it LOOKS that way!
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