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  1. Great, thank you Dana! Hope to post in RFI the finished images soon. Cheers, Fabio
  2. Hi Dana, thanks for all those details: I was mislead thinking of an early production P-40 because Detail & Scale 61 gives that identification. Now I understand why it has a one-off bulged tail wheel fairing! I'll see what I can do for the arrowhead marking, It would give additional character to colour scheme I really love. Just one more question, if I may: what would be the radio aerial installed? Two wires from fin to wingtip as in the P-36? Cheers Fabio
  3. Hello, I'm currently finishing the Airfix 1/72 P-40B in this very early natural metal livery: http://warbirdsnews.com/wp-content/uploads/Xp_40.jpg Not finding anymore images I'm wondering about the correct markings: I see one small 'MD11' above the underwing 'ARMY' and I guess this should be under both wings, right? Going with the markings I saw on P-36s I think there should be also a bigger 'MD11' above the left wing. Any suggestion is welcome, thank you!
  4. In 1/144 Welshmodels did a complete resin kit a few years ago: http://www.welshmodels.co.uk/MT23.html http://www.welshmodels.co.uk/MT24.html The site says it is "temporarily sold out" though I don't know when it will be available again, maybe better ask the owner if you are interested.
  5. Thank you Patrick, not only for identifying the first antenna but also explaining its purpose and functioning, always nice to know. Knowing what to look for, now I found similar devices in other RCAF planes: Canadair C-4 http://silverhawkauthor.com/images/site_graphics/Aircraft/Aircraft---Canada/Canadair-C-5-North-Star--Experimental-and-Proving-Establishment--26-July-1949---MIKAN-No--3584272.jpg Canso http://silverhawkauthor.com/images/site_graphics/Aircraft/Aircraft---Canada/Boeing-Canada-Canso-A-RCAF--Serial-No--11005-.jpg It was also used in the much old
  6. Hello, I have a query for Labrador aficionados, no, not the dogs.... I'm speaking of the Canadian Boeing Vertol V-107, especially in its earliest form when it still wore the original livery in red, and blue. I'm putting the finishing touches to a model I built here for the Helicopter / Autogyro / STOVL GB and I got curious about the strange aerials just behind the cockpit. Those on the left are simmetrical and can be seen in the first few years of service (late '60s - early '70s) while the strange plate came later and I think is only on the left side (on the right there would
  7. Sorry to say that progress was null on this build... At least the "relaxing" Labrador is finished!
  8. Hobbycraft Boeing Vertol CH-113 Labrador 1/72 Finished in delivery scheme (around 1965) with the aid of Belcher Decals, here the build thread: I know some details are missing and I will add them in due course, but the main goal to me is achieved since I wanted to model this rare paint scheme. Thanks to the hosts and to all that contributed with their threads and encouraging others in this fantastic group build!
  9. Glad to know I'm not the only one I found this decal set challenging! Well, since I really wanted to post the finished model in the gallery but time and will were very limited lately, I hereby state that the model is completed, despite all aerials, pitots, lights I perfectly know are missing, perhaps also some walkways (I have to check my references). So, if you are willing to believe my claim, images will be shortly in the gallery.
  10. And this is the other side completed. I had to source elsewhere a suitable decal for the underside dayglo rectangle which is neither provided nor mentioned in the instructions. Speaking of dayglo, here the contrast between "RESCUE" wording and the painted areas is exacerbated by the camera rendering, but the decal is unfortunately orange and not at all red-orange as it should be.
  11. Thank you Craig! A bit of comment on the decals: God bless Michael Belcher for producing them, I reckon this is the only Canadian firm currently on the market. They went on quite well, just needed liberal applications of setting solution but I think it's also a consequence of the multiple colors used. There are though a few annoying things to be aware of if you care about such things: BD11A is a multiple subjects sheet covering Labradors/Voyageurs, Chinook, Cormorant and Bell 412 as an addition. Nowhere in the instructions you are clearly told which decals on the
  12. Revell black is slowly drying up. Meanwhile I applied transfers on the right side.
  13. Thank you all for the positive comments, they help a lot to keep high the motivation Lack of updates is because I had to redo some areas of white and dayglo after lifting the masks, then I shooted some coal black for the rear engine area plus rotor blades and I ran into troubles. I used for the first time after many years a tin of Revell enamel SM302 (I was fed up of the good old Humbrol 85 new formula behaviour) seems the Revell paint is even worse: after 4 days is still tacky but not uniformously. Really puzzled. Last evening I started applying the decals, very c
  14. Finally some colour! Well.... some paint! This is only the white coat already masked. Ok, now we are talking! And then blue (it is not actually so bright and violet, the hue is shifted by the fluorescent light over my paint shop)
  15. A little step back in the timeline: I refined a little the cockpit parts since they are really very clunky. I added also the perforated side panels for the transparent nose but I failed to notice an important detail that will emerge later... The main transparency required a lot of adjustments with plasticard and filler to obtain a smooth joint. I think most of it was caused by the front fuselage distortions not fully cured.
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