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About daryl_five_zero

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  1. Fantastic end result! The hard work and attention to detail have really payed off Nice one!
  2. This is the contact I went through when I had parts missing from my UH-1Y. There were no quarrels with regards to getting the spare parts (all they needed were pics of the missing bits on the sprue) but I did feel that having to fork out around £15 for delivery was a bit of a kick in the teeth. If it was a replacement for a part I had lost or damaged, fair enough. But having to pay almost half of the kit price again for their mistake did sting a bit.
  3. Evening, all! Not too much progress to show since my last post I'm afraid. According to the missus, apparently we can do other things whilst in lockdown like wallpaper walls and this thing called housework... that one was lost on me However - after much deliberation - I have decided that I will stick with the Aires cockpit for this build. There are a couple of reasons, such as the IP and nicer sidewalls, but above all I feel like I have gotten the rear bulkhead to a level that I would be happy with. I've made a couple of small adjustments and feel that some of the detail isn't as oversized as it was. I had a go at the side consoles and although they again don't really share too much in common with the real thing, the CMK didn't offer much better in that respect either. Now to move on to the part I'm looking forward to the most in the Aires cockpit - the main instrument panel! Cheers, Daryl.
  4. Gorgeous! Always had such a soft spot for the Stringbag.
  5. I always look forward to seeing your builds, Fuad - this one is no exception. The E-7/Trop is my personal favourite of the Emils, and you've finished yours superbly! Fantastic build.
  6. Fantastic pics there, thanks for sharing Gary.
  7. Wow Now that is an eye catcher! Beautiful build, nice one.
  8. Hi all, Just a quick update; I received the CMK cockpit this afternoon. After closer inspection I thought I'd share my findings on here for you all. This is the CMK Cockpit. As I suspected, the rear canted bulkhead is a far more faithful rendition of a GR.7/9, rather than an AV-8B. There's not too much of a difference in the between the side consoles. I do actually prefer the throttle on the CMK kit. These are the Ejection seats from both sets; Aires on the left, CMK on right. Both have pros and cons. It seems where one has detail missing, the other has it, and vice versa. The Aires seat gets bonus point for containing a comprehensive PE seatbelt harness, whereas the CMK seat has the harness molded in (albeit very well done.) One area the Aires is lacking is in the general dimension; when compared to both the CMK and Eduard seat, it does come up rather noticeably short. I feel this is the biggest letdown for the Aires seat. It does offer more intricate detail thank the CMK seat, but I find the detail on the CMK seat is cast with better definition. Overall they both have their strong and weak points. I feel that between the two, I would lean slightly towards the CMK kit, purely for the right height once in the pit. However, when placed next to the Eduard seat, I don't feel there is any competition. Here are the main instrument panels offered by both - again, Aires on the left, CMK on the right. Here, I find the Aires offers a little more than CMK. The CMK IP has all detail moulded into one piece - very nicely moulded in fact, with very crisp detail that should look very effective if painted well. The Aires IP however, has a multiple parts breakdown, with the UFC/CDC moulded into a separate unit, and the MFDs supplied on the PE fret. I feel this is particularly useful as they also offer a printed acetate sheet with dial details to place underneath that should look very effective. Overall, I feel that the CMK kit has the upper hand when it comes to faithfulness to the real thing. Some of the detail does seem some somewhat simplified in places, such as the side walls, and it does lack some of the delicate detail that the Aires kit offers. I think the overall impression I have of both of these is that when Aires gets it right, it gets it better. But the CMK kit seems to get it right quite a bit more than Aires. Moving on from this, I think that the best course of action may be to see if I can mate parts of each kit together - perhaps use the main cockpit tub from the CMK kit, along with the IP from the Aires kit and see how that comes on. Saying that, I may still decide to use the Aires cockpit I've worked on and try to improve that a little. Decisions, decisions... Cheers, Daryl
  9. I feel the need... Serioisly though, you're gonna love this kit. I built their - D model tail end of last year and loved every minute of it. Can never have too many big Cats. Have you decided on a livery for it yet?
  10. Thanks, Richard. I have the SAM publications booklet on the AV-8B here, and from what I can make of the limited photos of the cockpit, it does seem to be from am AV-8B. As it stands, I have a more faith and slightly higher expectations from the CMK pit now! I've managed to get a lick of paint on my modified Aires bulkhead. Whether I use it or not relies solely on how I feel when the CMK pit arrives, but it doesn't look as bad as I was expecting. The cabin pressurisation valve and corresponding pipework look a little oversized to my eyes, but I'm not sure how much smaller my greebling can get. I may readdress the plumbing if I can find some thinner gauge craft wire. I'm quite pleased with the home-mixed Dark Admiralty Grey. I used a blend of Hataka MSG, with a couple of drops of DSG in just to darken it ever so slightly. From the two, I still wasn't getting that nice, slightly Blue-Grey tinge, which came courtesy of 2 or 3 drops of Revell 57. I try not to mix different brands if I can help it, but in this case, I think i got lucky! Now I know that wasn't an absolute disaster, I'm a little more inclined to crack on with the side consoles and see how it goes from there! Take care, folks, Daryl.
  11. Morning, all! The other night found the (Dutch) courage to strip the back of the rear Bulkhead of the Aires cockpit in an attempt to get it looking a little more...well, Harrier-ish. I wasn't happy at all with their rendition (I'm going to assume they had based their cockpit off an AV-8B?) This is what the Aires cockpit offers: I won't post pics from the references I'm working from through fear of Copyright infringement, but the pictures I'm working from scarcely resemble what Aires have moulded into theirs. As a contingency in case I muck up my attempt I have ordered the CMK cockpit; partly because I'm interested to see how it stacks up against the Aires cockpit, which seems to be the go-to when building a UK Harrier in this scale. This is what CMK are offering: It's still not perfect, but looks a lot more promising the Aires kit. I'll be sure to offer a more informed opinion when I have the physical object in my hand! Well, all of yesterday was spent trying to rectify the Aires bulkhead. I would like to point out that I am most definitely a self-admitted assembler, rather than a modeller. There's still a lot of tidying up to do, but here is my crude attempt: I feel it's more accurate than what was there before, just a little messy than I would like. Looks like more work today! I'm not too worried about detailing between the seat rails as this won't be seen, but the rest will be quite visible once the seat is installed. Hopefully I'll have more progress to report back later! Daryl
  12. Always liked the look of the Fortress in this scheme. Whichever you decide on I'm sure it'll be a stunner!
  13. Thanks for the kind words, Werner. Although I can't take too much credit; the kit practically builds itself. May be the most enjoyable kit I've ever built!
  14. Evening, all. I hope everybody is managing to make the most of the beautiful weather in a safe manner. I believe this is what they call 'beer garden weather,' whatever that is... I wish I could say I've been sat in the garden with beverage in-hand all afternoon. I guess I'll have to settle for a couple of tinnies at the modelling desk (not that that's anything to complain about.) I have found time to get the ejection seat to a level where I'm happy to call it done, however. I'm sure I'll look at it in a few days and decide there's something I've missed or I'm not happy with, but for now I'm sick of mixing Green with Green to get another Green. Although I must admit, I am quite happy with the outcome. The Fox Two book is worth the cover price for the invaluable pictures of the seats alone. Next is to try and tackle the Aires cockpit and see if there's anything I can do with that to bring it up to a level I'm happy with. I may still order the CMK cockpit just to see how they stack up side by side. Worst case scenario, whichever cockpit I don't use can go in another Harrier build in the future (the horror!) Take care, folks! Daryl
  15. That paint on the AV-8B is looking great. The 2+ has always been my favourite of the septic harriers, you're going a cracking job of it!
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