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About Nickthebrief

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  1. Many thanks - I know Special Hobby kits are tricky, but this one did feel like a battle! Thank you gents - your kind comments are much appreciated. Thanks Pete - I agree - beautiful she aint! But with the gear up, from certain angles and with eyes half closed a Barracuda can look.....quite sleek? Like many out there, I'm sure, it's the ugliness that turns out to be one of the big attractions! Hi Bill, I've really enjoyed following your build. First, I wish I could say I only took 3 weeks to build mine - it turned out to be months! Secondly, as I mentioned in your build thread, I sense that SH took more care with the 1:72 version - it does seem more detailed. And thirdly, yours is a great build. I love the weathering and will try and copy some of your techniques in future... Thanks Gary! Many thanks Steve, I agree that the post-war scheme seems to suit the aeroplane well - and is something a bit different. I think I've seen a photo of a Swordfish in EDSG over Sky somewhere - I might have to try that one day...!!! Cheers, Nick.
  2. Thank you Harold. With all those panes I was quick to use a Montex mask to help with the painting of the canopy! Nick.
  3. After much wrestling with plastic and filler, and a build that felt, at times, like it was never going to end, I am finally able to post up a few pics of my Barracuda - another Fleet Air Arm favourite of mine with its strange looks and dubious performance. This is the "Hi Tech" boxing of the Special Hobby kit, with some extra bits from the Brengun (formerly Griffon) set. The build followed a fairly typical course for a Special Hobby kit, in that the interior bulkheads were all a little too wide and lots of dry fitting was needed before committing to glue. The biggest difficulty I encountered was the fit of the port wing. From above it was raked forward at more of an angle than the starboard wing, and from ahead it was a mm or two lower. A plasticard shim, lots of filler and round after round of sanding and smoothing eventually resulted in wings that looked symmetrical - to me at least... I didn't like the look of the kit spinner so blunted one from a Seafire XV and used that instead. For the markings I decided to go with a post war scheme as I think it suits the aircraft and I haven't seen this kit in the EDSG over Sky before. The upper surfaces should, I think, be quite liberally festooned with various white stencil markings that I didn't have.... I ran out of steam a bit towards the end of this one - this shows in the wingtip nav lights which are only painted, and let the finished model down a bit; the underside is a bit too clean and the prop should probably be a bit weathered too... The markings are intended to show a machine from 815 NAS at Eglinton. And so to the pictures, and thanks for looking, Nick.
  4. Good to have you back Tony. Was it that Trumpeter Albacore that did for you for a while?! Thus looks like another of you interesting and informative builds - I shall look forward to following your progress... Cheers, Nick.
  5. That is VERY good progress for 3 day's work! It seems that Special Hobby put more effort into their 1:72 Barra than the 1:48 one - where the Observer's cockpit has no detail at all; the wings have a completely flat butt joint and the overall fit is "interesting".... I shall enjoy watching your build progress. Cheers, Nick.
  6. Being "almost right"... the story of my life! With regard to undercarriage doors, I have no doubt your model will soon have a lovely set. In case of any confusion, I was referring to the photo of the real aeroplane, where the door seems to be missing? Cheers, Nick.
  7. CC, I think you might be right - given the performance of the Skua or the Roc releasing a parachute into the enemy's face might be the best defence... Didn't I read once that Firefly observers used to throw rolls of toilet paper out to try and distract enemy fighters - or am I imagining that? Cheers, Nick.
  8. If the Roc had the same arrangement as the Skua, I think one cable is to enable the pilot to deploy the anti spin parachute from it's housing above the centre of the tailplane, and the other is the cable to release the parachute - presumably once it has worked, and the spin has been recovered, you don't want to tow the 'chute all the way home! It still seems incredible that a front line fighter was so dangerous in a spin that it needed a parachute to help it recover - can you imagine deploying it in the middle of a dog-fight? Cheers, Nick.
  9. CC, This is really starting to "look the part" - the Roc was never a very lovely thing, but yours is a lovely model of it. In the photo above, what's happened to the undercarriage door? My recollection of the ones in the Skua kit (which I assume are the same) is that they needed some work before they fitted, but perhaps you don't need them? Anyway, keep up the good work! Cheers, Nick.
  10. This is looking seriously impressive Tom - amazing work. As someone who cannot seem to scribe a new panel line over a couple of millimetres without unwanted scratches wandering about all over the model, I really am in awe of this particular skill of yours - amongst many. I hope the summer holidays give you plenty of chances to keep up the good progress... Cheers, Nick.
  11. This is looking very interesting - you're making good progress. I think the Seafox is a really attractive aeroplane - I don't suppose anyone has ever made a 1:48 kit of one? Vac? Resin? Keep up the good work and I will follow along if I may? Cheers, Nick.
  12. Having just bought the lovely looking Dora Wings kits (1:48) of the Proctor and the Vega Gull, I'm keen to find out what colours the Fleet Air Arm painted these. TLS on the upper surfaces, it seems - but would the undersides be yellow, or Sky, or something else? Cheers, Nick.
  13. I'm a bit of a sucker for panel lines - so I really like the finish you have achieved here. A great looking model of a not so great looking aircraft. Now how about a Wyvern or Sea Hawk?! Cheers, Nick.
  14. What a great build, Russ. A really lovely finish, weathered just right! And I agree with all the positive comments about the background and photography too. I'm just in the throws of building this kit myself - foolishly thinking "you never see these built"! Glad you've proved me wrong there. I found that, from above, the port wing on mine was raked forward at more of an angle that the starboard one, and from ahead it was at least 1.5mm lower at the "shoulder" where it joins the fuselage! So I have spent quite a bit of time and effort trying to correct that... I plan to paint mine as a post war 815 NAS aircraft in EDSG over Sky... I shall be doing very well indeed if it turns out anything like as nice as yours... Thanks for sharing - very inspirational. Cheers, Nick.
  15. Good things come to those that wait - that's looking really lovely. Decals are always fun (aren't they?) and weathering too - so it's all down hill from here, right? I hope I can do this kit as well as you have when I finally drag it from the stash. Cheers, Nick.
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