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  1. Thanks for that Ed - it would definitely be a good avenue to look at (and thanks for the instructions offer- have seen a copy- appreciated though) 21 mins to curfew!
  2. Hi Acky - certainly have but my work rate is not the fastest and have four other aircraft in the pipeline so this may take a while. But here is some proof Engine - I have actually splashed out on an aftermarket Pegasus that cost nearly three times more than the kit -£7 versus AUS$5 (about £2.50). But its worth it as the engine has to look right.( yep know ideally should be looking at a Jupiter but 9 cylinder, virtually identical diameter so am happy) Have cut off the circular exhaust collector (presume that's what it is) off the front of the kit engine but need something like a washer to insert between to get the correct dimension. Creating the 18 sections of piping connecting the collector to the cylinders and on the reverse will be a challenge (especially to the eyesight). At the moment I'm looking at very thin stretched sprue, glued, then very lightly sanded (if not already melted) to blend. This may end up in tears and a lot of swearing. Wings - sanded and filled Fuselage - rear end shortened slightly and have started making the cockpit look busy. Have used the kit's clear part to help mould a replacement rear deck using plastic card and hot water. (its the big white bit bottom right waiting to be cut right back!) The rear deck will need to be flattened where the wireless compartment is. Stay safe in Dorset! Pinback
  3. Hi Jur - Well I think that they are rather smart! I'm with you on the minefield bit. Dana Bell and other kind people have given me useful points on a Curtis P6E and am heading for something between your Kaydet and P26 . Vaguely RAF blue (!) Hope Swindon is good - Lived there for a fair few years. Could quite happily have a pint now in the Roaring Donkey, Beehive etc but can't see that happening for a long while. Stay safe!
  4. Hi- Is this the same type/ sub type (?!) Not sure if these pics are of any use. This is a replica Etrich Taube at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre in New Zealand. ( Sir Peter Jackson, of WingNut models fame, chairs the trust )
  5. What a splendid model .... and good to see its inhabited!
  6. I'd be happy with it Flankerman I'm surprised it wasn't a tail sitter in real life! (Next time I get back to the UK it will be straight to Michael's Butchers for a breakfast then a shufti to the Smoking Dog to see if its changed - hope they survive)
  7. Hi Gary - Well, the ALCOA smelter and Ford have both gone but Geelong is a still great place. As for slot car racing then the annual Geelong Revival Motoring Festival may pique your interest especially with the quarter mile sprints along the waterfront. You can book now for November but not sure how the COVID will pan out ...... and you need a car! Look us up if you get over here
  8. Hi. Here is the Moorabbin Beau This was the one rescued from the children's playground in the article. Beaufort restoration in he foreground. Great museum to potter about in.
  9. Not odd at all Chrispisme. With four you would be Flight Leader, Lead Wingman, Element Lead or Element Wingman depending on where you want to position yourself. When you get to twelve we would call you a Squadron Leader ... might even salute you !
  10. Hi Michael - I'm in the same boat as it were (!). I have been looking at videos on You Tube and will be using casting resin. It seems that a good recommendation is to always have a practice session first if starting out. Another way is maybe following how Michael Jack did his wonderful diorama of the Apollo 13 recovery. Sorry my photos are a bit blurred! This used a wooden base (bit like a deep picture frame) with a Perspex sheet laid on top as the main components. He wrote an article on the build in ModelArt Australia magazine back in 2014. In the article he says he used some Perspex (bought from a hardware store) that had an embossed ripple effect pattern which looked like water. He covered it in epoxy to a depth of about 2mm and used a large brush to create waves. He added more epoxy to replicate further detail including the helicopter wash. The interior of the wooden base was painted dark blue. The divers legs were glued to the underside of the Perspex along with the sea anchor and parachute. The parachute is not clear in my photo- its the light blur to the left of the capsule. The capsule was scratchbuilt. Hope that helps!
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