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  1. Thanks all so much for the helpful, knowledgeable input. My build will be a "service overhaul" type static display, with all the ports open - I'm now on the hunt for any upwards-looking mechanics in 48th scale, to inspect the hatch from below! Again - much appreciated.
  2. Hello folks, I'm reaching out to the likely very limits of Luftwaffe airframe knowledge here, but I have a particularly specific question about the fuselage aperture for the internally mounted camera of the FW 189 UHU. I'm starting off the 1/48 GWH kit, which incidentally is proving to be lovely (bar the ejector pin circles), and plan to open at least one engine up, the roof entry panels, drop the flaps and essentially open everything up that is viable... That brings me to the question – does anyone know how the 4-plate fuselage aperture of the A1/A2 on the underside actually opened when the downwards-facing camera was in use? The GWH kit provides a very nice if not completely accurate rendition of the RB 50/30 camera, and an exact opening in the floor of the cockpit compartment. However, and this is the kicker, the actual fuselage within which it will be ensconced is flat plastic with engraved panel lines and 'rails' at the sides. There's no mention in the instructions of opening it up, and I cannot for the life of me find a reference shot which shows this aperture open. The mod will be easy enough - scribe out the panels, thin the fuselage in that area approximately to scale and add the 'doors' for want of a better term from styrene stock. However, I need to know how they open and thus should be created! I can envisage two ways - either from the centre of the four panels in a double 'V' concertina, or probably again from the centre, sliding over each other to give a clear view for the lens. Here are the panels in question: Any help would be greatly appreciated, and sorry for the enormous image. Not sure how to scale it! All the best, Al
  3. Absolute stunner. I've just ordered a GWH SU-27B, and hope I can remotely do it the justice you've managed here. Beautiful.
  4. I'm happy to have sparked such a lively and interesting debate. Thank you all for your contributions. As a little thanks, here's a WIP of the underside in its preshaded state...
  5. What an incredible find... Thank you so much for digging that up. What an unusual thing to see... Maybe I'll go ahead and have a roundel-less spit for a real change!
  6. That's absolutely superb. I have one sat in the stash - and your build has made it jump to the front of the queue. Gorgeous finish on the paintwork.
  7. Hello gents, Hope there's a Spitfire-brain out there who can help me with what seems to be a very strange error in Eduard's instructions for the markings of their Mk.IIb Profipack, specifically the scheme of Frederick Gaze, flying from Westhampnett in June 1941. In the profile, there are no upper wing roundels shown. Not a sausage – just the dark earth/green pattern and walkway stencils. I'm perplexed. I've not been able to find any reference to his specific aircraft online, but despite that, I'm almost certain it's an error on Eduard's part, as I've never, ever come across a Spit with no upper roundels, and can find no reference to support this unusual omission. Underwing absence, sure. Different theatres, sure, overpainted, different sizes, different operators...we know the drill. However, NONE? I simply can't believe it! Can anyone shed any light on this little puzzler? For what it's worth, beyond the quandary it's an outstanding kit. Thanks in advance, and happy modelling, Al
  8. That's an absolutely beautiful build. Superb work all round - and I love the instrument panel!
  9. That's a corking build. Nice detailing with the engine cowlings removed - it adds a lot to the overall finish of the model. Great job.
  10. What a lovely build! I think the chipping effects are very very effective... super weathering all round.
  11. What a lovely Spit. That's a great build, and it's really set off by the display. Lovely detail in the interior. Great work!
  12. That's a very nice build, well complemented by the diorama. Great work.
  13. That's a work of art. Absolutely magnificent. I doff my cap to you, good sir.
  14. That is absolutely gorgeous. Interesting info r.e. the canopy form, but it's not detracting for a luftwaffler like me - it's certainly good enough for the relative philistine. The painting is just spot on... how did you find the AK Real Colors?
  15. How absolutely lovely. Very very nice build - I've just picked one of these up, and having seen this am going to make a start on it today. Really very tidy build, and I like the subtle weathering. I think mine may well be rather more of a beater!
  16. That is tremendous. Really lovely build, and great paintwork. Nice to see something a little different with the flashes of colour.
  17. Thank you so much, everyone, again for your thoughts... It's only fair to follow up, I think: So - not too bad for a first attempt at this kind of modification I'm satisfied that it's just about good enough. The sliced hole was stuffed with plasticard, trimmed, sanded, filled, cured, sanded, filled, cured and finally sanded and polished. It's not perfect, but encouraging enough to try again, and possibly something a little more complex. Epoxy putty is on the shopping list... Again - thanks for the inspiration. I'll have this in RFI in the next week or two.
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