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  1. Guys, I'm afraid I was a bit lazy in posting things, not that so much had happened. I just started to work on the Strutter, and tried to beef up the rather frugal interior. I didn't find too much information, so rather a work of fantasy, but at least adds a bit of live here. Here's a still life of the workbench with a few pieces, I'm currently working on.
  2. But I started some work on the strutter as well. I wasn't to happy with what's provided with the kit as interiour in general, as with the dashboard specifically. It's a rather basic PE piece, which probably could be turned into something ok-ish, but nothing spectacular: Here it is, I think it's #4, but you can easily guess: But I do have a slight fetish for brass-and-gold-kinda WWI dashboards, so I bought this some while ago: I'm afraid one can't see on the pics, it's a set of 1/48 PE bezels and decal set from airscale,
  3. Well, many thanks - let's say at least I didn't ruin something with this experiment.
  4. Also did work a bit on the fuselage, and it seems as it's comming together. Added some photo etch on the exterior as well as added the wood grain decals on the cockpit cover, and did some dry fitting. It seems to fit well, but didn't want to push it to far, so please forgive the gaps. Other than all the work for the rib structure masking the resin wicker seat really looks good. I remember I ordered these almost exactly a year ago and did wait around a month to arive, but was definitely worth it.
  5. Sorry for being off this for some time, but recent days I just felt like working on a bit here. Honestly, I felt the outcome from all the work, creating the see-throgh effect, a bit, well, "underwhelming". Here's the lower wings from the Camel: I guess to create a stunning effect here it takes some more skillful management of masking tape and airbrush, so I guess this won't becoming a regular for me. But hey, been there, done that.
  6. But it happens now and then, that I change my plans. So I think about making the nose detachable here. I too much loved tinkering on the radar module...
  7. Yes, I plan this to sit on the ground, with wheel bays open. Otherwise I wouldn't do it, I'm a rather lazy guy.
  8. Also I went along with the specific machine to build. As mentioned above, I plan to build an early bird as a part of quick reaction force (QRF), carrying the a nclear bomb. In the early days this was the B43 1 MT bomb, and as far as my researches go, were located in Norvenich, home of JG31 Boelcke, and Memmingen, base of JG34 (at least until 1975). Current favourite is DA + 237, shown in Danny Coremans book carrying a B43, as well as shown on some pictures on the web, dating this to 1965, so this would match. For obvious reasons, information on this specifi
  9. And a little more pieces, I tinkered along. I worked on the parts for nose and main landing gear wells, scraped away some of the molded-on structures (which is a pity, as these are very nicely done), and added some photo etch and wires. Nose well parts: Main well parts: Dry fitting show that these really fit well and tight together as well as the fuselage halves, showing again the quality of this kit. What it does lack, though, is some more wires and structure to depict the crowdiness of the wells, so I plan to work s bi
  10. I had some more ideas about the version; I lean more and more towards an F104 carrying a nuclear bomb, so either a B43 or B57. Research mode is on...
  11. And some more progress on the radar unit. Added some lines and did the assembly: Lines are only trying to depict the tons of wires running around the actual module. Will add a few more once installed, but as I don't even plan to show it open, that how far I plan to go, I guess. Currently working on the wheelbase, where I created a bit of a mess. Nothing to big, just decided to add the Eduard wires, after I've painted it. So, after scrapping the molded in cables, I have to repaint it. But: that 's modelling, right?
  12. And starting to work on the Radar and the wheelbays. Nothing to post so far on the wheelbay parts, just gave them a grey/silver base coating, then starts the washing/drypainting procedure to work out the structure. But a few impressions from the radar; the base assembly and painting is done: Sorry for the poor quality, but just wanted to use the phone cam, and that's as good as it gets in the dim light there. Structure of the radar module is good, but pictures show this is just covered over and over with cables, so I'd add at least
  13. And the engine. Nothing special here, it really falls together. Parts are provided for the earlier GE11 as well as for the later MTU engine, and consequently I build the earlier. Again, the quality of he kit is just great. The interior of the engine is also well depicted, but can hardly be photographed (and seen in real life, I'm afraid). Dryfitting also shows good fit in the fuselage halfes.
  14. In my case postage wasn't that much, as he sometimes makes trips to germany and send it from there - post from germany to austria is reasonable, sometimes. You'll see, his stuff is great.
  15. Not likely, mate! This seems a good explanation - usually, when build in, these seem to be wrapped at the back. When you pull the lever at the side of the seat to the front - my guess for releasing the seat? - you open the webbing. Having had a look at the Eduard resin seat this is from my perspective the most correct look when build in. Like in mine, this would look like you open it and pull the lever back down - my guess not a typical scenario. So, mine is wrong. Anyway, I'll leave it like that. What do the experts say? Grab a drink, have a
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