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  1. I've got one of these in the stash too. It's my first vacform I've actually started but so far it's easy going. I have the main parts cut out, fuselage halves are sanded to the correct depth and have been 'tabbed' as has the tail. I'm waiting for a contour gauge to arrive so I can cut some bulkheads to avoid too much flexing and cracks in the joins etc. When I was looking for a Scimitar kit a few years ago it was this extremely impressive build that drew me to find the Dynavector kit and I'm glad I've finally started to build it. Cheers, WV908
  2. Thanks I'm a bit sad I rushed the shackleton (although I did do a full interior) and the Lanc's flaws do show up in the photos, but I am quite happy with them. I was really annoyed though when the Revell Shackleton was first shown as the exterior detail, although not 100% accurate is terrific and the only reason I haven't built my AEW.2 yet is because this one will look pants next to it. Airfix did a good job on the engineering with the Lanc and Shackleton, but they really need to up their game with exterior detail. The Shackleton was evidently rushed in the tooling stage to beat the Revell model to market as the fuselage especially is very very poorly moulded at the ends. Cheers, WV908
  3. @Robertjon5 Here you go Feels good to finally wrap this one up - now just for the other two Lancs to go with it haha Cheers, WV908
  4. A project I started a good few years ago which featured in the WIP section here; I did eventually get around to finishing it after stripping it back and spraying it, but I never took any photos for an RFI and I figured it was about time, so here is my rendition of Avro Lancaster B.VII NX611 'Just Jane' The modifications to the base kit are as follows; - Eduard etched cockpit interior - Kitsworld decals - Modified tailwheel to A340 nose wheel type - Treaded mainwheels (Barracuda I think) - Modified Astrodome to Lincoln type - Canopy aerial bulge removed - Starboard side viewing bubble only - Payload bay door lifeboat cutouts - Starboard side fuselage heating vent - New, further forward mid-upper turret opening And with her younger Sister, a rendition of @richw_82's Shackleton WR963. Those of you who attended Telford SMW 2015 may have seen this on the Coastal command table. Admittedly it was rushed to get it there and it did survive the day, unfortunately falling to bits in a house move a few years later. I figured I'd fix it back up for this; Both airframes are finished to represent specific days in their history. NX611 is in her faded paint but with new Squadron letters from the Three Lancs event at East Kirkby which I attended and WR963 is modelled from the day she last did a fast taxy at Coventry and is a hybrid MR.2 / AEW.2 to suit with a cut down payload bay. Edit: Here is the RFI for the Shackleton. She originally had larger fuselage Roundels and the under-wing serials were wonky. The original decals were all Aeroclub and the replacements were Xtradecal; Cheers, WV908
  5. Hi Robert, The original declas were from CanMilAir who still produce the decals AFAIK and they are based the right side of the pond for you. The model was originally brush painted but I stripped it back and finished it off with Kitsworld decals. The nose 'H' is overscale by about 1/3rd but I haven't found something suitable to replace it yet. I don't think I ever did an RFI for this though. Equally I've still not taken any decent photos of it yet; Cheers, WV908 EDIT: Please note the model is finished as NX611 with the new serials but prior to the repaint, so the colours are wrong (too worn / dull) to portray her current state. I chose to build her like this as a have a few patches of the old fabric in these worn colours
  6. Hi Iain, Thanks That's the other problem with it - I can find two copies of the kit but they are both in the region of £20 and the nose bothers me enough to leave it when that is considered. I think I'll hold out for a Kinetic or CA kit. Cheers, WV908
  7. Hi all, Looking at picking up the Tiger Hobbies 1/48 F-5A and I know there are issues with it but nothing online states explicitly what. To me, the nose looks a little odd and the canopy looks squashed. Can anyone who has the kit and / or can compare it to other offerings confirm the canopy issue and state what is wrong with the nose please? I'd much prefer to get a Kinetic or CA F-5A, but they seem impossible to find Thanks, WV908
  8. The last few cans I've had of it have been pretty poor so I must admit I've turned to using their white primer and gloss coating that instead. Cheers, WV908
  9. Hi Iain, Nice looking build. I bought the airwaves set for my XV582 but it doesn't fit too well. The canopy rails are too short and too wide for the canopies and the hinge plate for the central fixed section is the wrong profile, but when the parts are fitted and faired in they do look very good. Cheers, WV908
  10. Hi, Yes please - pretty much anything spare from the sprue that has the CFM-56 engines on as none of those things are in the base Heller kit. Cheers, WV908
  11. Plenty of work to do, even on a basic 727 kit then. Thanks That's interesting about the nose - it's the same issue as the Anigrand VC-10, but this looks easier to correct. Ironically enough, I have some CFM-56's from a scrapped AMT KC-135 to use on this. I still have the mortal remains of that 135 in a box (it used to be hung from my ceiling when I was kid but it took a nose dive) which I may attempt to rebuild and graft to the combat conversions Rivet Joint set, but I know those things are another kettle of fish. Is there any chance you have any spares from the E3-D sprues you have that you'd be able to send my way please? Namely the wingtips and refuelling probe Thanks, that's a lot of help Cheers, WV908
  12. Another +1 on the undercarriage set please Alan Cheers, WV908
  13. I didn't know about the different 707 wings, thanks for that I'm hoping it shouldn't be too much trouble to add in a fuselage plug or two, depending on extention points? Cheers, WV908
  14. I've seen a few of that resin kit going for £400, but I'd happily stump up for the Welsh models kit. The problem is every thing me I go on their website I'm drawn to the Comets first. I'm building the Heller E3 at the minute, converting it to an RAF one (having to do my own decals and 3D printed engines though) - does that have the same cockpit issue? Heavens no, I can cheat through the use of a 3D printer though haha It's likely it's too much work to the wings and rest of the airframe though. Cheers, WV908
  15. Afternoon all, I intend on building the Oil-Spill response 727 G-OSRA, which is based only 15 miles from my home. I was hoping that I could relocate the wing box, shorten the span of the wings and scratch the tail area. If the wing is way off I'm better just putting my money into the Welsh models kit. The idea of using a Heller 707 was for the cost - Nearly 1/6th of any available 727 kit. Cheers, WV908
  16. Although the Classic - Modern cutoff on these forums is 1968/1969 and the 727 entered service in 1964, it has of course lasted way beyond that and with classic generally being the realm of propliners, I though I'd ask this here. Knowing very little about the two types, is it possible to convert a Heller 707 into a 727? I know that both types differ in lower fuselage cross section, but I do not know by how much or where. The primary thing I want to know is can I use the fuselage and wings of the Heller 707 and does the vertical stabilizer have roughly the same planform (ignoring engine No.2 on the 727)? Cheers, WV908
  17. For those who wanted the Royal Navy test squadron sheet, he's done it; https://www.kitsworld.co.uk/index.php?GOTO=618&PICFILE=618&STKNR=618&STRH=&ORDN=&RNZ=549892&THISVIEWMODE=2&SUPPLIER=&FINDRETR=1&WIDENET=1&CATEGORY=0&SUB=&VWW=1 Do we know for certain there will be a gulf war sheet? Cheers, WV908
  18. Holy cow, That's it. @XV107 Thankyou! As little as I can remember from being a kid (would have been eight at the time) the Tornado had come from an air display and was on it's return. There was also a BBMF Hurricane (LF363 I recall) and when i'm able to get to my Mum's after lockdown I should be able to ID the Sea King too from the photo I have in the photo box there. Thankyou so much for the help everyone Cheers, WV908 EDIT: XR appears to be ZE812?
  19. Hi @Reparty Thanks Your suggested method certianly is food for thought and i'll weigh up my options when the kit arrives. Your method may well be better as, unlike the Hasegawa kit, the Italeri kit has the other wing panels split into upper and lower, meaning fabricating new single piece slats rather than trying to work with two cut off bits of leading edge. Cheers, WV908
  20. Thanks John, With the missile being silver I would assume the markings on it are black, or did it looks like the extant example at Cosford? Cheers, WV908
  21. Hi all, Been on the hunt for a slatted wing F-4E Phantom at a reasonable price for a while and never find anything sub £50. The Italeri (ex-ESCI) Phantom E is readily available fairly cheap but has the earlier 'Hard Wing'. Does anyone have experience in modding this to rebuild it as the slatted wing? As far as I understand it in modelling terms, I just need to add three bulges to the underside leading edges of the main wing sections to sort those, but can I cut off the leading edges of the outer wing sections, re-profile those, create a new leading edge and affix them with tabs? Cheers, WV908
  22. What can I say chaps but Thankyou. What you've both provided is absolutely perfect and I have no reason to believe that WD935 would have been fitted out or painted any different. The chequer markings will be interesting to do, but I look forward to scratching the parts for my Canberra build. Cheers, WV908
  23. Thanks @rossm This is the problem - any documentation that is around lists the theoretical P.12 attachment point as the wingtips, mounted on strengthened PR.9 style wings. It sounds like this strengthening was to be built in during production and as WD935's strengthening was retrofitted one would imagine it was external, which begs the question of if the trial pylons / missiles were mounted further inboard. I'd also quite like to know how she was painted. Thanks, WV908 EDIT: The Canberra Tribute site lists the pylons as 'underwing carriers' which was much of the basis of my query.
  24. Hi all, Does anyone know how the Red Dean missiles and pylons / carriers were fitted to the Canberra trials aircraft? I'm specifically looking for info on WD935, the nose of which survives locally to me at Doncaster Cheers, WV908
  25. Does anyone know if the yellow tiger heads are actually accurate? I have yet to come across a photo of a 74sqn Phantom with the tiger heads in yellow. Cheers, WV908
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