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Everything posted by Wilks

  1. Outstanding result and inspiring build. Thanks for sharing both with us. Wilks..
  2. Love it. Very well done!!
  3. Coming along very well. Thanks for sharing it with us. I hope to follow in your footsteps before too long. Wilks
  4. Despite the challenges you’ve delivered an outstanding result. Well done!
  5. Thoroughly enjoyed watching this one come together. Truly inspirational John. The result was was well worth the effort. Outstanding. AGW..
  6. One in the same. Happy to elaborate on aspects of the build should you need it. Suffice to say it is a nice kit with no real vices. Given the closed canopy that is so prominent on this type take extra steps to ensure there is no dust inside when you close it all up. Make sure it is sealed up before you start sanding. Best of luck and do let me know if you need anything. Cheers,
  7. I’ve just come across this build as I do some research in advance of a civil version operated in Australia I want to build. I was fortunate to see this finished model at Telford and can attest to the quality of the result. Just outstanding! Having now seen and read your approach I feel I’m about ready to give it a go. Thank you you for sharing these and for thinking of others who may follow in your footsteps. Very much appreciated! AGW..
  8. Inspiring. Looking forward to progressing one or two of these myself in the not too distant future... Thanks for sharing. AGW..
  9. Just outstanding Dave. Great to see this one cross the line. AGW..
  10. Haven't had the opportunity to say well done! That came out very well indeed. Very good result from a fairly challenging conversion. AGW..
  11. Managed to move this one over the finish line yesterday. My third in what will be a long line of S&M Models 1/72 RAAF Canberra's. The kit is a good one and I thoroughly enjoyed researching and putting this one together. Details of the build for those interested can be found here: This particular aircraft was inspired by an all around good guy, Australian Aviation Historian and fellow modeler Roger Lambert. Roger and his platoon were the benefactors of this Magpie's work when on patrol in SVN. Rather than attempt to tell the story it is well worth a read here: 5 RAR Articles: Blondes, Bombs and Bunkers - https://www.5rar.asn.au/soldiers/blondes-bombs-bunkers.htm Magpie 31 - https://www.5rar.asn.au/soldiers/magpie-31-page-1.htm Magpie 31 Part 2 - https://www.5rar.asn.au/soldiers/magpie-31-part-2.htm I’ve also included a photo of Roger mid tour in 1969; L to R: CPL Jackson. Lt Roger Lambert and Platoon Sergeant, Peter Knight. Image was taken during a water resupply hence the empty water bottle carriers. Details of the mission: Pilot that day on the right The finished product In good company Now to starting thinking about the next one. Cheers, AGW..
  12. Thanks there 72modeler. Wishing you well with your decisions - not easy given the breadth of operators and schemes... Cheers, AGW..
  13. Many thanks there 71chally. Much appreciated. Starting to think about the next one... Cheers,
  14. Geoff, thanks for the kind words on the build. I had no problems with the butt joints. I addressed fuselage with plastic table that were glued into place on one half ahead of joining the two halves together. This ensured a good purchase using extra thin cement. I filled all the joins with Zap-A-Gap so extra strength built in there. For the wings I used extra thin cement followed by plastic card for any remaining gaps. This was adhered with a further amount of extra thin cement and then trimmed when dried to match the contour of the upper and lower surfaces. The wing join gaps were then filled with super glue. For the horizontal stabilizers this was all extra thin cement. A few helpings to ensure they welded together and the join was solid. The following may assist: I did drop the second model once it was in undercoat/primer. Solid as a rock. Given the 30 odd grams of nose weight I was more worried about denting the wooden floor... :-)! Trust this helps with your build. Happy to answer any other questions you have on these based on my humble experience. Cheers, AGW..
  15. Managed to move this one across the finish line this afternoon. The High Planes Models bombs and bomb racks are very nice and well worth the investment in my humble opinion. Painting and some Flory Models Weathering Washes and they were done. Additional braces and tubing for the racks were made with Evergreen strips and rod. Aerials and lights were done using the same plastic strips and rod. I enjoyed this kit as much as my other two S&M Models Canberra's. Time to ponder the next one. Cheers, AGW..
  16. That is really starting to look the part. Well done! AGW..
  17. Many thanks Dave. Appreciate the kind words. I do hope they help sell a few more of the S&M / Mikro Mir kits as a result. It is a good one and I hope S&M / Mikro Mir sell a heap and are able to reinvest in something else that closes gaps in our respective collections. Cheers, AGW..
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