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About Nickthebrief

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. I think the only 1:32 kit I've ever built, also many moons ago, is the Matchbox Tiger Moth - otherwise it's 1:48 for me. But when the Tamiya Spitfire kit came out the reviews were so positive and the plastic just looked so good, I nagged my other half into buying it for me. It has been in the stash ever since (wrong scale, didn't fly with the Royal Navy...) and I've never really had the urge to break it out and build it, but you could be on your way to changing that... Cheers, Nick.
  7. Lovely pipes Bill! They look fantastic - and beautifully aligned. As ever with your work, I'm really enjoying this build. Cheers, Nick.
  8. That is a fabulous Swordfish Russ - I love the weathered look you've achieved there - a really good rendition of a war weary aircraft. It is a great kit - my only gripe (which you seem to have avoided) is the slightly saggy lower wings... Lovely work, thanks for sharing! Cheers, Nick.
  9. What a lovely Gannet - as other's have said the finish is superb. I also agree with your comments about Dynavector kits and how good they are. My first vac-form was their Sea Vixen - I would accept that the Airfix offering is probably superior now - and I followed that with the Scimitar - also a good kit although I felt the panel lines were a little softer and less distinct - and still the only option for 1:48... For a Gannet I went down the Classic Airframes route and whilst it is not a bad kit, I think the Dynavector one might be an easier build - the resin nose of the CA one is not a great fit and requires a lot of work. I do have a Dynavector one in the stash and will build it one day - I love the wing fold on Tony O'T's and might copy him (again!) Great job, thanks for sharing. Cheers, Nick.
  10. Well, as it's you Mick... (Have you not seen it before?) Thanks Russ. Cheers, Nick.
  11. Given that the theme is "yellow", I think probably not... But hoping to make it there for the first time in ages. Cheers, Nick.
  12. Many thanks Pat. It certainly is a curious looking machine - but the more I look at it the more I like it! Thanks Rich. The early war campaign in Norway does seem to be a bit forgotten - perhaps overshadowed by the events of the retreat to Dunkirk and then the Battle of Britain - so it's good to be able to use the model to shed a bit of light on these less well known aspects... It's kind of you to say so Mike - although personally I prefer the silver one! I have built a couple of Swordfish - one pre war and one camouflage (is there a theme here...?) Hopefully I will get round to posting up some pictures one day... Thanks Davey. You're right - very odd to leave out the sight in the larger scale in particular - I really should have tried to replicate it... As ever, all your thoughts and comments are really appreciated. Cheers, Nick.
  13. I do! I have built one in 820 NAS markings from HMS Courageous - but I love the various different colours and schemes and so an Ark Royal one is on the wish list! Cheers, Nick.
  14. Many thanks for your response Ian - it is info and expertise like this that makes Britmodeller such a great place... I knew I was taking a bit of a punt with the tail code; I'm glad the underside colours seem to be right... Hooefully I can tap into your expertise earlier in any future builds ( now that I can finally post photos, I might even risk a WIP thread...!) Thank you Steve - I'm really chuffed that you and others like it. Cheers, Nick.
  15. Thanks Tony - that's much appreciated. Apart from a very nice 1:72 build on here by Navy Bird, it seems silver Skua's are rare creatures - not sure why as they do look good in silver - and I've always liked Ark Royal's blue - red - blue chevrons.... Cheers, Nick.
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