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Bill Bunting

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Bill Bunting last won the day on August 24 2013

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  1. I normally build aircraft in all scales but I was recently asked by someone to build this. I loved the experience and I think I just might have to build one for myself. I think it was about 120 hrs in the building. Tamiya kit with the "Detail Up" accessory chain set (360+ pieces on its own). The gaps between the cowl / headlight are a result of the parts not being cemented in place. They come together OK but will "pop" open a little very easily. I will need to make a small adjustment to them. I guess I should have cleaned the fingerprints off the tank before taking the pics....
  2. Hello BM'ers! I am involved in a small group named the Edenvale Classic Aircraft Foundation http://www.classicaircraft.ca/ in Stayner (north of Toronto) Ontario Canada. We are a small museum based at an ex- BCATP field and we have two 1943 trainers that we use to give the public "Experience flights". They are a Fleet PT-26 Cornell and a DH98a Tiger Moth. Our Cornell is in great shape and we are busy giving rides, however, our Tiger Moth was damaged in a accident in 2017 and is still under repair. Although we are going through insurance to repair the aircraft, there is a large gap in what they are paying and what is required to get everything back to top condition. Once you open an 85 year old wing and fuselage to fix it you inevitably find more work to be done replacing worn or just too old components. As a result we are finding ourselves in a position between not getting our Tiger back into the air at all or running our small not for profit organisation into debt. We are running fund raising activities locally and we are also looking to the world wide aviation community to see if anyone out there would like to help. We have started a Gofundme campaign and I would like to present it here and I ask that you consider the request and/or spread the word to others who you may feel are interested. And if any of you are visiting in the Toronto / Georgian Bay area anytime please contact us or me and perhaps come visit. You may even consider a flight over some of the best scenery in Ontario. Thank you!! https://www.gofundme.com/restore-a-1943-dehavilland-tiger-moth-to-flight
  3. Thanks Tony. Not sure about Lanc FM104. It was awarded to a BC group but they haven't seemed to have started packing it up yet. If they default we get it which would be pretty good. Cheers!
  4. Yes Guilty as charged. The colour guide does show April 1940. Cheers.
  5. That's a beauty! In the best scheme too!
  6. Three from the BoB - well actually the Hurricane is April 1940 according to the painting guide but perhaps it made it home to defend the Home Isle against the Luftwaffe??? I really like these 1/72 Airfix kits. The are fairly accurate, easy to assemble, come with a "wheels up" option and a pilot figure! I acquired a set of AIrfix stands and used them here - talk about a step back in time!!! They are all built out of the box and airbrushed using Tamiya paints on top and Gunze aqueous for the Sky. Kit decals too. I built them over a year ago but put them into storage. This week I got them out and painted them. I lost a few bits along the way including a pair of the turret guns and the rear antenna for the Defiant. They look pretty cool together and I think the large code letters suit these older types. Cheers!!
  7. Thanks - yes the decals are much improved over years gone by. Regards the green on the drop tank - well there was a 35 hour period in 1944 when the RLM issued a memo to all forward units in the SE portion of crete that during the hours of...... Just kidding! It is a trick of the LED lighting in my booth or a shadow??? The tank is the same shade of blue as the undersides - a mix of Tamiya XF23 light blue and XF19 sky grey. I can see how it looks green in the pictures but if you look at the top photo in the series which is a bit dark the green patch is not there. I will watch for that effecty in future photo sessions - still lots to learn! Cheers!
  8. Thanks. I attached the decals to a piece of wine bottle foil which is thicker than kitchen foil. The edges were touched up with tan paint, next they were cut out and sprayed with clear varnish. Voila! Not as nice as they newest "soft" belts available but they are no extra cost. Cheers!
  9. Thanks. I have the rods but yes I forgot to pop them in for the pics. Cheers.
  10. Just finished. Straight out of the box and a straightforward build. Finished with (old) Aeromaster paints on top and a mix of Tamiya blues underneath. The interchangeable parts work as advertised. It's important to be careful of the antenna, pitot and canopy when changing parts. One thing to note is the decals were very good. Easy to apply and dropped into the panel lines by using Tamiya Mark Fit decal softener. Lots of stencils too. Cheers.
  11. I would like to weigh in on this thread as I am a contributor to SAM. I am also the writer of the Do17 article that appeared in January and the same text that was applied to Gordon Scott's excellently built He219 article in the February issue. Please note that as mentioned previously the He219 article in its correct form along with an apology was reprinted in the March issue. In pevius discussions with Gary Hatcher, it is clear that the way that this magazine is built from a mass of articles, editotials, advertisements and other materials into published paper form is not as we may envision. It was explained to me that the Editor receives dozens of files individually to approve and select for an issue. They are then assembled by other people and departments into the pages that eventually are printed. Gary has say on the theme of the issue, selects the articles and has some authority on the order in which they appear. The real surprise to me was that he never sees the final assembled issue as a whole draft before it is published. This may sound unbelievable but it is not unique in the industry as other publications follow a similar method. It is clear, to me at least, that Gary Hatcher truly wishes to produce a high quality and error free product and is very very annoyed and concerned when less occurs. I believe that SAM is a good entertaining read and worth the cover price. Let he who has no sin... BB
  12. Wish I could be there. Maybe one day... Terrific Wimpy BTW. Cheers
  13. That's a beauty there GM! I'm really looking forward to getting one of those ASAP. It may be a while to get it done but I hope it turns out as nice as yours. Thanks for the insights and I might just have to buy my first Airfix mag for your article. Again that's a great model there! Cheers!
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