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  1. Hi everyone, this F-4 is fighting me all the way. The fit is nasty, and every joint requires CA glue, putty, and a lot of sanding. This is not the Fujimi I remember... So last night I decided to tackle the sanding of the belly and tail, as the bugs have returned in force and painting, etc. at night is now out of the question. I was not totally committed and I should have listened to the "Voice" that was telling me to go and read a book. I didn't... For my sins, I broke the pitot on the tail, the fuel drain at the very back, and to cap it all I banged the right wing tip on the edge of my desk and snapped the trailing edge wingtip!!! Here is a photo that tells the story... Nothing too serious and the repairs will not be difficult, but this means more time wasted unnecessarily! Rats!!! Anyway, I need to rescribe the panel lines, fix the breakage and deal with the cockpit and canopy. No pressure!!! Thanks for watching. JR
  2. Hi Jerzy, Humbrol 125 looks good to me. I am not sure what grey is Humbrol 144, really. At the end of the day, it is what feels right to your own eyes, Have fun with your next MS 225! JR
  3. Hi again Jerzy, yes, usable photos are not legions. The MS 225 in use by the Aeronavale (French Navy) make a nice difference from the ubiquitous pre-war green. They did not get fitted with an arrester hook. Humbrol 125 would be perfect for them. Re the additional tanks fitted under the top wing, my memory seems to bring back the words"flotation devices", rather than tanks. I stand to be corrected, but this is what I kind of remember. They cover part of the large alpha-numeric underwing code. Whatever, these Morane Saulnier aircraft are really iconic in the French air force history. You must build more of them! JR
  4. Hi John, 1/144 has never turned me on, but you have a knack to build really attractive models that make me wonder why I don't like this scale!!! This one is no exception. I really like it! Superb job!!! JR
  5. Hi Ratch, great build! The 109 E is such a good looking plane that any type of camouflage will look great! I love it. JR
  6. Hi Jerzy, these two models are really nice and they scrub up well in camo paint. I have never seen pictures of these planes painted that way, but it suits them. Period documents are indeed not easy to come by. Your spoked wheels are impressive! Congratulations. JR
  7. Bad influence is my middle name! Prior to WW2, French aircraft, mainly because of the ineptitude of the powers that were, have always been in a class of their own. Another proof that ridicule does not kill, except the ones who tried to fly them. So you should be happy to be given such a chance to broaden your horizons. As to your mate in Africa, anybody I may know? Have a great, lazy day! JR
  8. Hi Pat, as we all know, the past always catches up with us... The Loire 130 curse is one of the most powerful and only used by a handful of illuminati at their risks and perils... This is way above my pay grade! Knowing that indeed the lost cockpit will reappear once a new one has been scratched, would you like me to send you some photos of the office, in the event none can be found at the Oban library? Just let me know. Plus you have the colonial (dirty word that, nowadays!), as I said you have the COLONIAL version, which will give you the pleasure of a bigger radiator! If you managed to build the Late 298, this one will be a breeze. OK, almost a breeze. OK, it's going to be hell!!!!! Have fun! JR
  9. Hi everyone, life has reared its usual head and modelling has to go on the back burner for a while. My A-4B is nonetheless progressing, even if rather slowly. So decalling is now almost finished. I cursed the vortex thingies on the wings, as they made a usually pleasant task, far less so. But the problems were beaten into submission! So things are moving, but not really fast. There will be quite a few micro touch-ups, especially on the checkered tail. Here is a picture of the progress: Have fun! JR.
  10. Hi, put my name down for a 190. I am already building one in the Matchbox GB, and that leaves two more. This will be fun! JR
  11. Hi Pat, this is not a good evening for me, having just discovered this Frog GB.... I have 10 kits that qualify, mostly original Frog plastic. So yes please, count me in!!! JR
  12. Hi Tony, as if I didn't already have too many kits on the go, Pat aka @JOCKNEY has just now twisted my arm from very far away! As I am genetically 200% Italian, I cannot see how I could get out of it! I just checked and I have 6 kits that can fit the bill. Alas the same Pat Gambino had some persuasive arguments, and an Italeri CANT 501 Gabbiano will be the sacrificial capra... So please enter my name in this GB. Cheers JR
  13. In real life, there was no obstruction at the back of the canopy. Fresh air was flowing freely! I guess nobody will ever notice your home-made blockage. Yes, Supermodel kits were ahead of their time. I still have Fiat CR 32 in the stash, and it is a beautiful little kit. Have fun! JR
  14. These are great planes you have modeled, and they look really good, so congratulations are definitely in order! Re the fit of the canopies at their rear ends, it is quite correct. They do not conform to the cross section of the fuselage, so no panic! I just hope you did not try to sand them to shape! Bottom line, they look great, and Supermodel did make great Italian kits. JR
  15. Hi, this is a superb Thud! Your paint work is great and the weathering just right! All the ingredients for a masterpiece. Congrats! JR
  16. Hi Steve, this is fast work indeed! You seem to have minimized the use of putty and the seams look fairly clean already. Way to go with twin booms! I have done a serious introspection, and have come to the conclusion that I am loosing it! I am getting totally mixed up and the French Navy never had Mistral, but Aquilon... Twin boom plane as well. Damn! Anyway, your Mistral is going to look great. JR
  17. Hi Steve, Nice plane, nice kit and a great build so far. I have a complete blank as to whether there were Mistral in the French Navy!!!! Brain freeze... For some reason I can see dark blue Aeronavale Mistral.... I must stop stop smoking origanum. Great job Steve, keep at it! JR
  18. Hi, great P-40!!! Find me a build that goes without any disaster, small or big... The next build is always better, anyway. Great show! JR PS: Posting more than 1 photo is encouraged! As I said above: great build.
  19. Nothing beats a Norm 72!!!! jr
  20. Hi happy B'mers, here all is great! After a horrid 38 Celsius day yesterday, today it is grey, windy, cold and raining!!!! This is how Africa should be! A small progress report on the Phantom. Most of the seams have been dealt with and I glued the wings today, so the model is starting to look like the real thing. Next is a thorough and hopefully final seams' check up and then I can get started on the ejection seats and the cockpit transparencies. Not fast, but the F-4B is running in parallel with my Skyhawk in WIP. But real fun! Cheers JR
  21. Amazing! How did you "put back" the panel lines (this is a great semantic shortcut!)? Stretched sprue? JR
  22. Hi Julien, beautiful Vulcan. Doesn't look old tool at all. The most amazing, is that despite the age of the kit, you managed to keep pretty much all the raised panel lines? Was there no sanding required? Congratulations. JR
  23. Hi guys, yes it is a great looking paint scheme, and you are right Adrian: despite all my misgivings due to the stiffness of the Xtradecal transfers, the checkerboard settled down beautifully. The few cracks I will have to deal with are nothing serious, and I can promise you that I was not optimistic at all on the outcome when I realized the decal was not conforming at all. Thanks guys for your comments. JR
  24. Hi everyone, thank you for your kind comments. I had to bite the bullet and have a go at the big checkered placard on the rudder. No right to a mistake! I decaled first a roundel and it behave fine, although the Micro Sol did not seem to have much effect. Xtradecals are beautiful but rather stiff, and making them conform to the panel lines can be a mission. In this case, it was. The checkertails flag on the tail gave me grey hair! I was lucky it landed pretty much where I wanted it, but even to move it a couple of mm proved a lot of fun... After one night I realized that the rudder looked like an A-4A. Not a single rib could be seen. So I tried a stronger decal solution I had never used before. It worked well for the roundel, but only did half the job with the rudder. No alternative but to gently perforate the bubbles and flood the area with setting solution. Because the decal was already very soft, a few cracks appeared, but at long last the decal conformed much better. So now some micro touch ups, hoping that with more gloss and then some matt or semi-gloss varnish,the fiasco will become invisible! Anyway, here are two pictures to illustrate what I went through. The various cracks are quite visible below, but this should be not too difficult to sort out. Need the right paint color. Thanks for watching. Have fun with your kits! JR
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