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  1. It might be a tad heavier than before with the new resin extremities, but it does go to show that the 'one before last' Airfix Spitfire was basically very good in outline, if a bit unsophisticated in details. The quality of rescribing from the original refurbishment is rather impressive. Jonathan
  2. That's absolutely sublime. And to keep everything so straight during the rigging is an incredible feat. Jonathan
  3. Most of us are familiar with the term 'limited run' and its connotations for more challenging builds. So presumably the opposite would be 'unlimited' run, and Revell's venerable Sopwith Triplane as been in and out of production for more than 55 years. For most of that time is was the only option for 1/72, until the advent of 21st Century versions from Kora. If its age should command some respect, this is tempered by the mould being absolutely shot, sharpness must have gone long ago, and oddly most parts seem shrunken. The kit must have repaid its investment many times over my now, so ought to
  4. Thanks everyone for their kind comments I would reiterate the S&M Viscount has an unjustified reputation as being difficult or inaccurate. The engineering is sound, and everything fits together pretty well. As regards accuracy, the one tweak that makes all the difference to the overall appearance is to flatten and the angle of the top top front of the cockpit. Two minutes with a sanding stick to introduce a bit more curvaceousness is time very well spent. Reshaping the nose and adding an extra 1mm to the nosewheel leg are secondary. Of course, a desirable extra woul
  5. That's very nice indeed - and perfectly straight and aligned rigging. Looks lovely. Jonathan
  6. Commercial aircraft are not my usual fayre, but a change is as good as a rest (and the horrors of Eastern Express's original Boing 737 have faded from memory). There must be literally thousands of S and M's Viscount 800 in circulation, and whilst crude in places, they are easily improved and offer a nice canvas for the multitude of aftermarket decals available. This one is adorned with Classic-Airlines offering, a personal nice reminder of 1970s departures from East Midlands Airport for holidays in the Channel Islands and slightly more exotic locations. Nose reshaped with Milliput, o
  7. A model that is started and finished in the same calendar year is a notable event for me, the fact I've only taken three months over this must define it as a quickbuild. Mac Distributions Fokker D.VII (OAW). Purchased in Prague for 245Kc according to the sticker on the box, the equivalent of £7.80 at present exchange rates, Hannants has this in stock for exactly twice this price. It must have lived in the stash for 14 years, as I've only ever been to Prague once, an unforgettable trip, luggage didn't arrive until 24 hours after us, broke a toe on the first evening......
  8. I can't take too much credit for the canopy painting. After about three days of trying to cut Tamiya tape masks (the canopy still bears a couple of scars) I discovered Pmask do a set specifically designed for this model. My relief cost a mere £2.40 from Hannants.
  9. A reasonable person might thing that the imposition of 'working from home' would be an ideal opportunity for starting one of those big modelling projects. No travelling time? Lunch breaks at the workbench. At least for me, its turned out to be the opposite. It seems to take far longer to get work things done than it used to, and I'm now in need of a new laptop battery. But, a few minutes here and there have enabled be to finish a couple of things that were being overlooked, including Tamiya's original A6M2 from the best part of half a century ago. It says a lot for the quality of the model whe
  10. Roden also seems to be quite competent when it comes to research and their kit 025 is quite correct in having no louvres on the cowlings. Jasta 15 was an early recipient of the D.VII, (June 1918) and received a batch of early Fokker built aircraft, which lacked the louvres. The well known photo of Berthold's plane shows the typical Fokker streaking on the forward fuselage. Jonathan
  11. That's a fantastic build and finish of a rarely modelled aeroplane. The linen effect on the underside of the wings is lovely.
  12. The quality of the rescribing alone is incredible - especially if the curves have been done freehand, but the entire module looks fantastic.
  13. Whilst the numerous small 'semi-circular' were unique to OAW built Fokker D.VIIs, they were only one stage of the development of the cowling louvre pattern of OAW's output. The Windsock Anthology relates this to mid-production, the earliest production having no louvres, then one two or three tall louvres each side appearing. The final version (serial numbers 6300-6649/18 and 8300/18 onwards) had multiple tall louvres on each side. Eduard seem to have it right - all of the marking options seem to be from the later batches. Most of the D.VIIs which ended up in American hands after the war c
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