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  1. Hi Peter BIG thanks for the correction and info ( I was going by the site) Will certainly toast you with a VB Don't want to seem rude by hijacking this thread (maybe PM me?) but you dont happen to know what RAAF Wapiti interplane struts were painted with? From photos they dont look like wood. Maybe silver or grey? Pinback
  2. Hi - More progress. First to the engine. The two main exhausts leading from the collector ring were fashioned from wire. I was mulling over what glue to fix but decided on heating each wire and melt/forcing it through the collector ring. Sometimes you just have to be a bit brutal! I first drilled two indentations in the collector ring to help locate. I had a practice heat and force on spare bit of sprue from the kit. Had no issues apart from slightly burnt fingers from the hot wire. The main problem now is the colour of the exhaust. The RA
  3. Hi bjohns5- Have been doing some digging myself regarding RAAF Wapiti props. Hope this link to a topic (regarding Bulldog anti glare colours) on www.key.aero is some help. https://www.key.aero/forum/historic-aviation/147340-colour-code-for-anti-glare-green-on-bristol-bulldog There is a photo of an RAAF Wapiti prop hub giving what looks to be a diameter of 8'10 1/2". (its one of pics attached by powerandpassion 24November 2017 00:13). Interestingly this one is painted in NIVO which I was not expecting. Frustratingly this prop is just down the road from me bu
  4. Hi Brad Thinking of VFA 102 "Diamondbacks" F18 Hornet. Check out the fine example in Ready for Inspection by @Jurek Greinert Also the USN Bicentennial S3A Viking (on the tail but not so visible) Pinback
  5. Thanks @mahavelona appreciated! - not seen the Mk IV layout at the bottom of the page before . If you like birdwatching you may be interested in the live feed to this peregrine falcon nest. The nest is situated right in the heart of Melbourne over 30 stories up a skyscraper. We are 10 hours ahead of the UK at the moment so if you take a look in the morning your time you will get a night view . There are three chicks at the moment and plenty of pigeons about for food! There have been peregrines nesting at this site for nearly 30 years https://www.367collinsfalcons.com.a
  6. The engine... so far. This is what you get with the kit. Doug sawed the back off to help make the observers cockpit. I sawed the front off for the exhaust collector ring. I obtained an aftermarket Pegasus (should be a Jupiter but you wont see the difference- honest). This shot below also shows the exhaust collector ring sawn from the kit's engine. I could not just slap the ring onto the front of the engine. To get the dimensions right the ring needed to stand further forward and I was toying with the idea of using a washer as shown but ended up addi
  7. Hi @Dunny Sure Didn't take any main U/C shots - sorry! Here is a link to their website which gives details on their previous projects including the P39. http://www.classicjets.com/oldprojects.htm Hope these are of some help- most are self explanatory Plenty of boxes in the rear cockpit here This shot is looking upwards in the front wheel well showing the pipe enclosing the propshaft. Lastly - couldn't resist it- their magnificent P 38 restoration w
  8. Hi @Dunny Hope you are good- Did you get to see the P 39 restored by the Classic Jets Fighter Museum? (I think its now in Russia) Have a few up close up shots if you want me to post. Pinback
  9. BIG thanks Chris - they both help!- the second one especially for the main engine exhaust detail and deck access above the wireless compartment Really appreciated Pinback
  10. Thanks @mahavelona - much appreciated. I have a couple of plans but am trying to track how the undercarriage sits. The plans I have both have the wheel to wheel cross axle as in the Meccano Magazine plans that @stevehnz kindly linked us to. (thanks Steve I only had the Wapiti article. As a very young kid I had the Plastic Meccano advertised - had completely forgotten about it !). The RAAF Wapitis (not sure if all) had an "x" shaped brace similar to what is supplied in the Frog Novo Wallace kit. This Australian War Memorial shot gives an idea. So if your plans show thi
  11. Hello again - yesterday the lawn was cut , the Saints won (bit of a nail biter) but Wonky had better things to do. I can hear him fluffing about in the back garden as I type this. For the observer's position Doug McHard drilled a hole in the kit's fuselage transparency. He then sawed the back end off the engine part and used that as the Scarff ring. The transparency in the kit I have was a bit too brittle for drilling and I don't think the angle would have been right with mine. I opted to use the transparency as a mould for a replacement bit of fuselage made from plast
  12. Feel free Chris Yep - Doug would not have had the luxury of an aftermarket engine back in 1966. If it had not been for the one I obtained I don't think I would have made the starting line on this one
  13. Hi Modellers have been converting the Frog/Novo Wallace into Wapitis for over fifty years. I’d been contemplating starting my attempt for what seemed nearly as long. The danger I faced was that I would have carked it before I’d even glued part 4 (port fuselage) to part 5 (starboard fuselage) and started the sawing, cursing, drilling, cursing, sanding and more cursing. (I love this hobby). Then I came across an article from the May 1966 edition of Meccano Magazine by Doug McHard detailing his conversion. (Other features for that month included an electronic metronome and p
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    Lost mine There was a reprint of the Scale Models articles in 1990... quickly snapped it up! Now used more for reminiscing about my younger modelling days. .
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