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  1. It's extremely difficult to do an acceptable job painting the exterior colors with the top wing in place. For that reason I think most of us assemble everything else while gluing the struts to the lower wing and fuselage but not the top wing. Then paint, decal, clearcoat, weather, and all that fun, and drill holes for rigging if using Easy Line or thread. Then glue on the top wing, touch up any oopsies on the paint, and install the rigging.
  2. I wish they'd get off the stick with the 1/48 PiperCub/L4 kits. The kits available now are pretty deficient.
  3. https://www.hyperscale.com/2008/reviews/kits/montexrma7201reviewpm_1.htm
  4. The P-35As were still a better aircraft to fly against the Japanese than the P-26s they replaced. But honestly nothing the US had stood up well to the Zero until US flyers stopped flying the way they were taught and devised tactics that played to the strengths of their aircraft instead of taking on the Zeros in their own element.
  5. This is true of plastic extrusion printers like most Shapeway parts are made from. But Dekno uses light-hardening resin 3D printing which has a much finer resolution. I have Dekno's 3D printed 1/48 Hornet Moth kit they released several months ago and if you didn't know it was 3D printed you would think the parts were traditional resin castings.
  6. Dora Wings kits so far have been injection molded. Are you confusing them with Dekno Models who announced a 3D printed 1/48 Mew Gull a couple weeks ago?
  7. The blue is the only color that is difficult to match. Here is a suggested sample based on an actual 1940 French Air Ministry paint chip book. Most commonly folks interpret it as a true pale blue when it actually was a blue-grey. http://memorial.flight.free.fr/nuancieruk.html
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    Douglas O-38

    The O-38 is another subject I wish a top resin maker like Chorosy Modelbud or Planet Models would address in 1/48 scale.
  9. Something to consider in your Fury/Hart planning is the excellent AMG Hawker Hart kit already has in the sprues the wider upper wing center section and the cut down gun position coaming needed to make the kit into a Demon. It only lacks the 2nd gun trough in the nose. AMG will likely release other Hart family variants in the future. Several years back John Adam's posted on how to correct both the Airfix and Impact kits to make them much more accurate, and I also somewhere have an article on how to make an even more accurate Fury by kitbasking the two kits together which I recall involved slicing the nose off one kit and grafting it onto the other. You can also make an Osprey fairly simply by sacrificing a second Fury kit to get the necessary additional wing section to make the wider wings. You just need to fabricate the pilot's headrest.
  10. If you bought one of these or are thinking of it, Mushroom Model Productions is just now releasing a possibly helpful reference on the RWD-14. http://mmpbooks.com/shop2/scale-plans-no-69-rwd-14-czapla.html
  11. Remember that the Air Ministry Specification the Wapiti was designed to called for the aircraft to use as many existing components and spare parts from the RAFs vast fleet of surplus DH-9a aircraft as possible. Westland basically lifted the wings and tail directly from the DH-9a design.
  12. What started my questioning, below the starboard wing on this Tiger Moth assigned to an anti-submarine "Scarecrow" flight is what certainly looks like a Holt flare mount. I don't see the elastic cord so I assume it is the newer split-bracket style.
  13. That is really nice work. especially for 1/72. I'm amazed at how tiny the Tiger Moth is in 1/48 scale. But it's enormous compared to a typical 1/72 biplane.
  14. Thanks guys, that helps a lot. Looks like there were at least two styles. One with a single support and an elastic strip, and one with double support and no elastic.
  15. Can anybody tell me the official name of the landing flare holder that 1930s RAF planes had mounted under each wing? And does anybody have more detailed photos or drawings of one so I can scratchbuild a pair to put on my Tiger Moth since Airfix didn't include them?
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