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  1. Thanks very much indeed for this link, they look very good, will definitely invest in a set or three given as how I shall be making Tamiya Spitfires for the rest of my life!
  2. Edgar, I gather from other posts on the Forum that you know Peter Cooke? I'm wondering at what stage his professional modelling career ended with the injury to his hand. When Richard Riding was Editor at 'Aeroplane' magazine we used to get occasional articles and updates on Peter's projects, and to the best of my knowledge the last we heard was that he had completed his Mustangs and Lancasters and was embarking on a batch of Hurricanes. Do you know if these were ever completed, or did his accident curtail the project? Twenty or more years ago Peter was kind enough to send me some Kodachrome slides of one of his 1/24th Spitfire PRXIXs (in silver rather than PRU Blue), and to this day I have not seen a Spitfire model that comes close for verisimilitude and totally convincing detail. His Spitfire models incorporated the washout in the wings which I don't think any plastic Spitfire kit has to this day, and I have often wondered if the lack of this washout may be the reason why the wings of the Spitfire Society's replica of K5054 don't look quite right.
  3. Thank you very much for your replies, and thank you Edgar for the drawing and tracking information. As you say, individual doors, being largely hand-made, may have differed slightly, but the shape of the Tamiya door appears to me less 'full' in the semi-circular portion than the doors on say MH434 or the BBMF's Mk IX, both of which I've photographed as full-on as possible, though of course we get into potential pixel ratio issues here. It doesn't help that, as Roy Sutherland has pointed out, the kit oleos are modelled at seemingly maximum compression, whereas extant Spitfires, lightly-loaded and stripped of armour and guns and other operational items, appear to be standing on tiptoe by comparison. I believe that Roy was planning on marketing some brass or white metal replacement oleos exhibiting less severe compression, though I don't know if anything has come of this.
  4. I'm new around here, even though my first-ever plastic kit was the first-ever Airfix Spitfire in 1955 or thereabouts. I've been trying to make Spitfire models ever since, and though I've yet to build one with which I was pretty happy I know a convincing Spitfire model when I see one, and the only totally convincing Spitfire models I have seen to this day were the 1/24th scale scratchbuilt models by Peter Cook (or Cooke). I think all of we Spitfire obsessives know the feeling when you see an otherwise beautifully built model and the sit of the undercarriage is absolutely to hell, or the doors are actually on back-to-front, as I've seen recently on the Spitfire Site gallery I think. So I should be in utter Spitfire Heaven when, towards the end of my life, Tamiya have given us their extraordinarily detailed and accurate 1/32nd Spitfire kits. But I'm not. Why? Well, is there really no-one else out there (as it seems from the lack of comments on the internet) who is far from convinced by the sit of the undercarriage, and the (what seem to me) excessively pointy (because not sufficiently semi-circular) undercarriage doors? Edgar, or Mark 12, what do you think?
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