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  1. At close of play tonight, tailplane fitted along with side pod cheeks and various antennae and counter-measures items: Underside view showing the lower aerial fit:
  2. At close of play tonight, tailplane fitted along with side pod cheeks and various antennae and counter-measures items: Underside view showing the lower aerial fit:
  3. Haven't noticed 'flashing' as such, more a brief flicker before the grey panel is replaced by an image... ....and on the laptop and desktop I've not had the 'lag' or failure to load that others describe... ....but pics do not load at all via the phone, even when using the same connection as above...
  4. The model as it appears this morning with the side pods in place, along with the tailwheel - now looking less like an anorexic Praying Mantis: Also fitted were the underside fairings, so apart from the tailplane and various small items, the main airframe is now substantially complete:
  5. The model as it appears this morning with the side pods in place, along with the tailwheel - now looking less like an anorexic Praying Mantis: Also fitted were the underside fairings, so apart from the tailplane and various small items, the main airframe is now substantially complete:
  6. A brief update - the stub wings and main gear legs have now been attached, as the side pods have to fit over both. I have left the fragile wheel guards off at this point, as it would be all too easy to break or knock them off altogether - they will in all probability not go on until painting and decalling is completed. Speaking of painting, the legs and interior faces of the gear wells were painted at this point, as it would be almost impossible to get to the latter after assembly: Also fitted at this stage were the large upper aft panel, and the tailwheel mounting plate.
  7. A brief update - the stub wings and main gear legs have now been attached, as the side pods have to fit over both. I have left the fragile wheel guards off at this point, as it would be all too easy to break or knock them off altogether - they will in all probability not go on until painting and decalling is completed. Speaking of painting, the legs and interior faces of the gear wells were painted at this point, as it would be almost impossible to get to the latter after assembly: Also fitted at this stage were the large upper aft panel, and the tailwheel mounting plate.
  8. With the two interior sub-assemblies complete, painted, and ready to install, I've gone ahead and joined the fuselage halves. I fitted their exterior panels in the process - fore-warned is fore-armed, and from reviews I was aware they needed some slight sanding in order to get a reasonably flush fit: While they were sitting aside to set thoroughly, I put a couple more sub-assemblies together, namely the stub wings and engine nacelles and their exhausts:
  9. With the two interior sub-assemblies complete, painted, and ready to install, I've gone ahead and joined the fuselage halves. I fitted their exterior panels in the process - fore-warned is fore-armed, and from reviews I was aware they needed some slight sanding in order to get a reasonably flush fit: While they were sitting aside to set thoroughly, I put a couple more sub-assemblies together, namely the stub wings and engine nacelles and their exhausts:
  10. I believe that the actual colour is BS 381C 112 Arctic Blue... ....can't give you a FS or RAL equivalent, though, I'm afraid...
  11. From the width of the red stripe, I'd strongly suggest that's XV371 in the 'Raspberry Mivvi' scheme shown in #9...
  12. Pleased to report our girl is back home and all's well... ....minus two teeth and currently staggering a bit due to after-effects of the anaesthetic, but wolfing down food like there's no tomorrow, having not eaten for 21 hours!
  13. Apart from a trial grey scheme, you can have a US Army AH-64D in any colour you like, as long as it's FS34031 - but when it comes to it, there's the official colour, and how the aircraft look in real life and/or photos. Take the below seven different greens and shades of olive drab applied to a scrap F-4 fuselage half, including (third from left) a perfect match to 34031 in my FS595a fandeck: Those marked HG1 and PVDD were (to my eye) too green and too brown respectively - the other five each had one half of their swatch given a coat of Klear, followed by a coat of matt varnish, to bring out their eventual tone. As can be seen, both OD41 and 34031 reverted to their original shades almost exactly - of the other three, HR140 came out lighter, and HF1 and HM3 darker than their pre-varnished states... ....the point of the exercise was to find the best match(es) to apply to the models, which I needed to establish at this stage as some painting was required prior to joining the fuselage halves, and before installing and attaching some external items - but, comparing them to published photos rather than online pictures (which as we all know, can be notoriously unreliable), I quickly discovered that all 10 variations of the seven colours matched at least one photo or another from some 80 in the World Air Power Journal Number 29 feature! Given that the main rotor base and shaft assembly which I needed to paint is largely contained within the airframe, and therefore less subject to weathering and fading on the real thing, I decided to go with the exact match FS34031 - a tin of old Precision Paint M86 - and while that was drying, I went ahead and opened up the holes in the fuselage halves as indicated in the instructions, prior to separating them from the sprues:
  14. You can have a WAH-64D in any colour you like, as long as it's FS34031 - but when it comes to it, there's the official colour, and how the aircraft look in real life and/or photos. Take the below seven different greens and shades of olive drab applied to a scrap F-4 fuselage half, including (third from left) a perfect match to 34031 in my FS595a fandeck: Those marked HG1 and PVDD were (to my eye) too green and too brown respectively - the other five each had one half of their swatch given a coat of Klear, followed by a coat of matt varnish, to bring out their eventual tone. As can be seen, both OD41 and 34031 reverted to their original shades almost exactly - of the other three, HR140 came out lighter, and HF1 and HM3 darker than their pre-varnished states... ....the point of the exercise was to find the best match(es) to apply to the models, which I needed to establish at this stage as some painting was required prior to joining the fuselage halves, and before installing and attaching some external items - but, comparing them to published photos rather than online pictures (which as we all know, can be notoriously unreliable), I quickly discovered that all 10 variations of the seven colours matched at least one photo or more from some 80 in the World Air Power Journal Number 29 feature! Given that the main rotor base and shaft assembly which I needed to paint is largely contained within the airframe, and therefore less subject to weathering and fading on the real thing, I decided to go with the exact match FS34031 - a tin of old Precision Paint M86 - and while that was drying, I went ahead and opened up the holes in the fuselage halves as indicated in the instructions, prior to separating them from the sprues:
  15. Age is slowly taking its toll on our beautiful cat... ....we got her at an estimated six-months old from a small rescue shelter 17 years ago - she's always been an indoor cat, only rarely venturing out to the garden(s), and then always supervised, as on a couple of occasions she went after 'intruders' and had to be retrieved from neighbours' gardens when she couldn't get back on her own... ....when we moved here 20 months ago, I used the box from a flat-pack wardrobe to transform the entire rear seat of my car into her 'mobile home' for the day - complete with spare piece of the lounge carpet covering the 'floor', a 'window' looking out between the front seats, her litter box to one side, food and water bowls to the other, and scratch post in the middle. She was in it for around 12 hours - from when the removal men arrived to load up until we got here - and as her 'jailer', she totally ignored me for the following two weeks... ....as she did before, she completely rules the house here (our part of it, anyway, as she's not allowed through the door leading to the guest accommodation) - eg., we replaced our sofas a couple of months ago, and after initially 'claiming' the wife's new armchair, she suddenly decided that one side of my new sofa should be her exclusive domain instead. When it is 'vacant' and I stretch out, she will come and lay on me for a while, before then trying to push and 'dig' her way under me until I move... ....now, bouts of throwing up are becoming more frequent, and what started as an occasional cry at the foot of the stairs early of a morning because of an empty food bowl has developed into full-blown howling sessions (she started at 4.45 again this morning), that continue until one of us gets up - at her check-up last month the vet suggested dementia, but we've now noticed that she appears to be at least partially deaf... ....her check-up urine test showed signs of early kidney problems, confirmed by a subsequent blood test, but the opinion was that she's otherwise still in general good health - but because of the vomiting cycles, she's having to have a last-minute check tomorrow morning to see if she's well enough to undergo having some teeth removed... ....despite the vet's reassurance that a drip throughout the procedure will give added support, we're quietly terrified that she may go in for the surgery tomorrow, and not come out...
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