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  1. When I started modelling in the 50s, the only small paint pots were primary colours of gloss house paint. I mixed the right colours, but was always disappointed by the result - the models looked like toys. Then I discovered artists' eggshell varnish. The difference was amazing! Substitute modern products and application methods and that's still what I do, except for subtle exhaust staining where it's typical. Even oil stains make it look like I've messed up the painting. I bear in mind that nearly everyone who sees my models has never seen the actual aircraft or even a photograph of it. Every aircraft had a factory finish at one stage.
  2. I have the Mk.1, and got the vacform canopies that were intended to convert the Mk.1 to a Mk.3/4. However, there would be considerable messing about with the fuselage to accommodate the different rake of the windscreen, so that by the time I got around to it, Tamiya had at last produced the Mk.3 kit. Great, except that the sliding part of the canopy is badly coke-bottled. Both vacform canopies are the correct width of 2'6" = 15.9mm wide, but the Tamiya canopy is 2.4mm narrower to fit a narrower cockpit in a presumably narrower fuselage. The current plan is to use the sliding part of the Falcon canopy (https://www.falconmodels.co.nz/clearvax/set40.html) pruned to fit and posed in the open position. But it still looks too narrow compared with photos of the actual NZ6001.
  3. To digress a bit: I'm making a Mk.III of the RNZAF, and the canopy of the Tamiya Mk.III I'm using looks wrong. Far too small. The after-market canopies (Aeroclub, Falcon) are much bigger and won't fit the fuselage. Now, with the measurements given here, I can be specific. The 2'6" width equates to 15.9 mm in 1/48, but the Tamiya canopy is 13.5 mm wide. I always thought that Tamiya measured an actual aircraft. So the question is: was the earlier fuselage narrower and the canopy actually smaller, or did Tamiya just get it wrong?
  4. Just a polite correction. The De Havilland Dragon is the DH.84, a slightly gawky plane with straight, square-cut wings and dangly undercart. There were 137 built in Australia, so at least one ended up in this country although I haven't seen it flying (ZK-AXI). The Dragon Rapide (aka Dominie) is the DH.89 -- the graceful sibling that we're talking about here. Tony
  5. Bit of a puzzle about the vacform canopy. I've got the first version of that kit (UG2001) because I sort of drew the decals for it. (This is about 30 years ago.) The canopy was done by Falcon, and was drawn into a female mould cast from the kit canopy. Without cutting assembling the kit or cutting out the vacform, they both seem to be the same roughly 15mm width. I wonder what went wrong with yours (apart from both being munted). I'd offer to send you what I've got, but the shipping might take about six months judging by my experiences in trying to order from overseas recently. (I'm exaggerating — the offer is open.) Tony
  6. Didn't the real thing use a Bristol Mercury IX? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gloster_F.5/34
  7. I think you're right about the problem being heat-related. That's why professionally produced vacform kits and canopies are produced with moulds made of resin mixed with aluminium powder. It has something of the heat-conduction property of metal moulds without the cost. Tony
  8. Steve, you might be interested in this photo that I took at Hood Aerodrome in Masterton. WNW don't often get things wrong, but the rib on the SE5's fin was one of their oversights. Tony P
  9. Looked in my stash. This what I have for the big Hunter: * Flightpath photo-etch detail set * Flightpath white-metal & photo-etch display set (gun pack, trolley, towbar, ladder) * Master AM-32-035 metal pitot tube * KMC 32-3009 resin cockpit (for F.6, with Mk.2H seat) * Paragon 32041 resin Martin Baker Mk.3H ejection seat
  10. Just one thing -- That silly-looking white ruff around the kiwi's neck is complete fiction, possibly based on someone's misinterpretation of a fuzzy photo. A dab or two of black will fix it. Tony
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