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  1. As much as is fun. I didn’t do much on my Mk5 rescue. I have a 1/72 Hurricane with 38 parts in the cockpit, I also have a 1/72 Tigercat with a painted headrest and nothing else. We do this hobby to please ourselves!
  2. I just thought I would list some details that are missing from Hobbycrafts kits for those following Dennis’s adventure. Couple of tips as well. Some quick Googling will get you pictures to back me up. Feel free to correct me if I get anything wrong. First a spotters guide to the later Clunks. Mk1-3 differed in a lot of ways, so I will ignore them. 1. Mk4 short wings, short horizontal stabilizer, gun pack, wingtip rocket pods (early Mk4’s were guns only). Wingtip tanks an option. 2. Mk5 long wings, long horizontal stabilizer. Wingtip rocket pods only. 3. Mk5C short wings, long tail planes. Tip tanks only, extra ECM antennas. 4. MK5D same as 5C with added cooling intake at front of gun pack location. As far as the kits go, they are accurate, but simplified, only gotcha is the tail section, it may need some trimming to prevent drooping. A lot of people complain about the cockpit detail, but it is black…. There are plenty of photo’s on the net if you want to detail it. The worst thing is the main wheels, they look like they belong on a Jaguar. The real ones are very high pressure skinny tires with a unique rim pattern. If you have the budget, Flightline Engineering has them perfect in their set. Also, every photo, other than museum birds shows them with flaps down, they are really simple to drop, the centre flap only has two acuators for detail. My list is just a guide for things I have noticed. If you do nothing, it will still look like a Clunk. Details missing. MK4 1. Small cooling inlet, left side behind radome. 2. Cooling scoops behind cockpit both sides. 3. Radio compass and mount between seats. 4. There is a comb like discarded cartridge deflector on the gun pack, it is composed of a single row of tightly spaced triangles, if you guys can figure out how to make that look right, let me know! 5. Retractable landing light bottom of right wing. It is engraved on the kit. 6. Very small fences at wing tip leading edge. 7. De-ice vanes on engine inlet spinners. 8. Tailcone was a clear dome with two lights in it. 9. Small fairings for aileron actuators on lower wing. 10. Wheel wells are barren of detail. MK5 Same as Mk4, except no cooling scoops behind cockpit, cartridge deflector or de-ice vanes.
  3. Gear bays were bare aluminium. I only found one photo in Larry Milberry’s book with intake covers, they fitted in the nacelle with a diamond shaped canvas center covering the dome and de-Icing vanes. I don’t think they were commonly used. The vanes by the way, were on all Mk4’s and 5’s. They were removed somewhere around 1960 from some Mk5’s at least. They were found to be unnecessary.
  4. Looks like about 1 deg dihedral according to the Astra plans, from the wing root.
  5. Nope, no bend, wings are straight. Small amount of dihedral. I will get you a number. I see hot water in your future…..
  6. Glad to see I am not the only one who fails to mask everything! As far as stash reduction, you picked the smallest kit with the smallest box. Not going to help much….
  7. I wouldn’t worry too much about the cockpit, it is all black. I detailed my vacuform Clunk, you can’t see it. Ejection seats, blast deflector and the radio compass and it’s bracket between the seats are all you can really see, and that’s with an open canopy!
  8. Nice to see another Aeroclub build, but you have to start rigging them! John even marked them for you!
  9. Most issues I have had are resolved using the IT Crowd method. “Did you turn it off and on again?”.
  10. This. One of my favourite sets. https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/FNCV0272?result-token=Xg5do
  11. I have ordered from them. Very prompt service. https://www.abovebelow.ca/s/search?q=Otter
  12. I was getting ready to try to build my Astra Tutor. I guess I will wait until this hits the market. If it is accurate, it should sell decently, if not spectacularly.
  13. The Zeppelins are looking good, but I think you overdid the weathering on the table.
  14. Thanks for sharing. I once flew on a different aircraft with a guy who had flown Invaders with Airspray. His job interview consisted of “Get in the airplane, let’s go flying.” Roaring over the prairie, he told him how to aim. “Drop half the load (water) on that tree.” He missed, badly. Here is what you did wrong. Tried again, missed. Not as bad, back to airport. “ You’re hired. My colleague asked if there was a sit down interview to go over his flying experience. Response was, “We are in the water bombing business, if you hit the target, you are useful, if you can’t you are useless. I think you are trainable, I don’t care what your resume says.” Definitely the best job interview story I have ever heard.
  15. The Silver Wings 1/32 Siskin has the four hinges, and I did find a photo that showed the top and bottom ones, so four seems reasonable. The rudder is hinged on the adjustable post on your drawing and it appears plenty strong enough, if engineering overkill. It’s a single engine fighter, I can’t imagine the cg moving very far!
  16. Depends on who owns it and who physically has it. WnW stopped producing, but did not go bankrupt. The tooling for their Lancaster was clearly in China as a company is selling it. The rest could be in Peter Jackson’s basement for all we know. In the end, very little tooling gets lost forever, unless sunk-that’s happened, scrapped-rarely, usually if worn out beyond redemption. At some point most molds get re-released eventually.
  17. This one came from a fb group, spotted by Darryl Pajot. None of us have ever done that, have? It is a still from a YouTube video. It comes at the 11:23 mark. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJlRK5dI0VA&t=682s
  18. A lot of museums put the most unique stuff in storage, but display things that survive in the hundreds. The NASM is the worst offender for this. I think the USAF museum has tours of the storage areas you can sign up for.
  19. They have been putting up quite a few drone videos. You tube, their webpage or Facebook, take your pick to find them. You get some really unique views of the collection. I wish all museums would do this for those who can’t get there themselves.
  20. A mere mini series compared to a certain dual Hawk build elsewhere on this site. It is truly the modelling equivalent of Coronation Street. You can skip 10 pages and lots has happened, but nothing has happened!
  21. Just to continue the thread drift off decals, I did a trial fit of the Flightline set in a spare Astra fuselage. Fits fine, the biggest value of the set for me is the high pressure skinny tires. The intake rings will help with the hardest part of the vac. Here is a link to my Astra effort from 2014
  22. It has become clear that Fritag has become a victim of “Perfection is the enemy of doing something better than anyone else, but still not good enough for him.”, syndrome-or something like that.
  23. I tried to bribe him by giving him an extra “Canucks Unlimited” copy I had lying around. Then his shop and the book burned in the California wildfires. I would bribe someone to do a Mk3 conversion in 1/72 if I knew who to bribe!
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