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  1. It could be very useful if you want to turn left...? Nice fix - given a coarse sanding stick and my natural talents, I'd have filed the fuselage back to the cockpit before getting it square... Keep up the good work! Cheers, Nick.
  2. I think there's a 1:48 Firebrand build thread on here somewhere where the engine installations on the Firebrand and Sea Fury are compared - they are indeed very similar, but not the same. The top and bottom of the Sea Fury cowling are more or less straight and parallel where the Firebrand has a subtle curve underneath, I seem to recall. I can't find the thread now, of course - not that I'd know how to add a link to it in any event... Anyway, delighted you're doing another esoteric (i.e. almost totally useless) Fleet Air Arm type Bill - it's what makes them (and your wonderful build threads) so interesting... Cheers, Nick.
  3. Well done Bill - that's the right answer! Lovely job on the Javelin too - a beautiful result. Cheers, Nick.
  4. Your experience of learning to fly brings back happy memories - it was G-OBFC for me - at Bournemouth flying club. Often referred to as "Fox Charles" or less flatteringly as "the thunder slug" it lacked some of the performance of the flying club's other PA-28s, but it had the most comfortable seats and best instruments. Sadly I think it was written off after overshooting the runway somewhere - it might have been Henstridge... I've often thought there is a market for a decent injection moulded PA28 with the tapered wing. I like the start you have made and will follow your progress - good luck with the rest of the build. Cheers, Nick.
  5. I don't usually approve of whifs - but this is a stunner! Lovely job. Nick.
  6. Really lovely Russ - another fine example of your considerable skills. Cheers, Nick.
  7. Wow, Bill, that is one seriously smooth silver finish - lovely work as usual... Cheers, Nick.
  8. Next thing you know you'll be painting the underneath white and putting a winged fist decal on the tail... FLY NAVY! Nick.
  9. Yes please! I've only just caught up with this thread - but have enjoyed the read. Hanging from my study ceiling is a 40 year old Airfix Do17 - complete with the short shot nose glazing that you refer to...! I think the Dornier design is the most attractive of the German bombers - personally I like the in-line engine versions, but appreciate that this doesn't fit your theme... I shall await developments. Cheers, Nick.
  10. Lovely work so far, Ken. Not really my thing or my scale - but it is such an intriguing subject. Looking forward to following your progress... Cheers, Nick.
  11. Another lovely result Tony - always a pleasure to follow your builds. Nick.
  12. ...and I should have added that I love the work on the Hurri. I have one part built in the stash - the only kit I have which I have started but not finished before moving onto the next as I became a bit bogged down in trying to add detail to the engine, as well as wanting to convert it to a Sea Hurricane. Your build is certainly making me want to dig it out and finish it off...! Cheers, Nick.
  13. Blimey CC, there's never a dull moment in your life! I love the silver Roc - it's looking very good - and these Special Hobby kits are hard work. Having done a couple of Skua's I thought they were difficult enough - and there was no turret to worry about with them! I'm sure your second Roc will come together more easily with all that you have learned from the first one - although the wing fold will be an added challenge. There is a resin wing fold set out there somewhere - Alley Cat made them, I think - although it seems you are well on your way to scratch building your own... I have a Roc in the stash, but need to be "in the mood" to take it on, so haven't started it yet... Cheers, Nick.
  14. Your scribing efforts have been well worth it Bill - the lines look very good under that coat of grey... Enjoying following this build... Cheers, Nick.
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