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Whirly

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  1. Really very nice build Einar! It is a complex kit and you made justice to it with fine painting too. I have the same kit but I'm a bit scared by the amount of work you have to put in it even for an out of the box build. I would like to attempt modifying the body to a shorter RM since it looks better to my eyes, seems a relatively easy mod and I'm sure somebody already did it just here on BM, but what really put me off is the lack of any 'aftermarket' advertising: I browsed through hundreds of old images but never found something I could cobble together and print myself...
  2. Hi Alan, no need to check: I'm pretty convinced by your recollections. I also found this recent post where the builder added some red to International Orange which seems quite correct to my eyes. By the way, I appreciated your photo contributions: I plan to build soon a Red Chequers Harvard in the Group Build so they will be most useful!
  3. Hi Steve, thank you! Looking ahead to the painting stage: the instructions specify Grey 16440 and Orange 12199. The latter seems too orange compared to images but I know reds and oranges can be really treacherous in photographs. Anyone who have seen this paintscheme in the flesh can confirm the correct hues?
  4. Some more progress to report, however at glacial pace! The canopy was treated just like the front fuselage, much filing and sanding will follow. I added some furnitures to the cockpit for a start: a central console, a rear shelf and a "bulkhead" behind the seats. Now the fin... I sawed away the front part since it is thick like a brick. I patiently shaped some brass sheet from an old etched ladder with a much better effect as you can see with all glued and treated with Mr Surfacer 500.
  5. Boy, what a fight this kit is! Seems the width problem is just a minor issue counting all the details to rebuild/add. I managed to add the tailplane after much refining the joint and checking countless times the relative position of fuselage and fin. Lacking a good three view to aid alignment of the pieces is a real problem. I cleaned up the metal seats and cockpit parts, that's all is provided. Much more is needed with that big clear canopy! And then the wings. Oh dear! Incredibly thick, I worked a lot to refine the shape of that horrid soap
  6. Thank you @Corsairfoxfouruncle ! @LDSModeller Hi Alan, I'm glad there is some interest in this airplane: it is quite confusing to sort through all the variations and you just showed in a few images the main ones. I plan to do it in the first Red Chequers livery as per your first image, later yellow/black colors are ruled due to being CT-4Es. Anyway, before speaking of painting schemes I discovered there is quite some work ahead. @Rob S pointed me in the right direction noting that the fuselage is way too narrow, unfortunately he is right and a quick check with images of
  7. Hello, this is a late entry for a subject very rarely seen built in modelling forums. I had this kit in my stash for nearly twenty years and I thought this could be the right chance to finally build it. Let's start with an overview of the box contents: The package is really rich, but coming to the really important things you need a good stomach! On top of this I have two fantastic canopies, still perfectly transparent after all this time but... badly crushed! Unfortunately the flimsy box did nothing to protect them and when I received t
  8. Thank you @Rob S for your comment: I quickly checked a few images of the real plane and sadly you are right! @Corsairfoxfouruncle I will open a thread soon: despite the difficulties I'm going to take the challenge, thank you for your suggestions.
  9. The resin blades should be in a black resin different from the rest of the kit: it is a stiffer type and very robust, similar to nylon.
  10. Hello to everyone, I would like to enter a late contribution to this excellent group build. I have in my stash an old Tasman kit of this indigenous trainer which I'd like to build: I think this is a good occasion to give it a chance, though I found nearly nothing over the internet about its buildability. I know it is very short-run and some modelling skills is needed, but I would like to be warned in advance of any pitfalls: I will have to remedy for both canopies crushed and if there are other obstacles ahead I doubt I will finish it in time. Waiting for your opinions, thank you!
  11. Hello Bob, Some years ago I thought exactly along the same lines when I ordered four decal sheets from Drawdecal (USA). Upon receiveing the envelope I had to pay custom duties and VAT as per any standard parcel. I was very disappointed because there's no other sales channel for those decals and I ended up paying them more than doble the list price due to expensive postage+duties+VAT, but I cannot blame Greg for doing all the correct declarations: it is his own business and if he doesn't feel like breaking a little the rules to please the customer I can't complain. I think the same g
  12. Nearly: I bought the special sheet produced by IPMS Austria from Meteor Productions in the USA, maybe 15 years ago. Then I started a low priority search for the Classic Plane kit and only a few months ago I casually found it at a local model event! Thank you all for your contributions, seems I'll have to scratchbuild those seats after all !
  13. Hi all, I'd like to build an old Classic Plane 1/72 kit of the Turbo Porter with this special scheme: I know the usual seating arrangement is for a number of folding seats with a very complicated web structure, though I read that when in Austrian AF use it was used mainly for parachuting. I guess in that case the interior would be much different to save space, maybe a bench along the cabin wall or something similar, though I can't find any fitting image on the web. Could anyone with direct experience on the plane give me some advice? Thanks a
  14. Great, thank you Dana! Hope to post in RFI the finished images soon. Cheers, Fabio
  15. 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
  16. 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!
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. Sorry to say that progress was null on this build... At least the "relaxing" Labrador is finished!
  21. 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!
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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
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