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  1. I have followed your build of this with great interest as I am kinda doing the same thing. I am doing the full range of the DH/HS/BAe 125 from Mk.1 through -800, so the -700/CC.2/3 is just another one for the line-up For the -700 I am doing the same conversion using the Sword kit for various parts including the engines Your build highlighted a problem with the Sword kit engines regarding their length as these include the thrust reversers of the JASDF version. What you may not know is that Sword have just released a new version of the kit # SW72141 which is billed as a C-29A/U-125/BAe 125-800. It does not have the underbelly radome, and it does have the full window complement and most exciting the shorter engine nacelles. So I will put the longer nacelles on my -800 and the shorter ones on the -700. Now I just need to decide what to do with other 3 copies of the new kit that I bought. Graham Columbus OH
  2. IIRC the Revell A340-300 kit has the same wing as the A330 and all you have to do is open up the holes for the extra engines. Or in your case, not open. So, all you need are the engines, and I am pretty certain that I have a spare set of engines I can send you. Just let me know.
  3. No, I haven,t seen those, though finding a 1/35 B-17 would be tough. I will search them out.
  4. This is the dio that I am most excited about. I have that figure from SKP and have been waiting for the AA Katy to be re-released for years. This is fantastic news.
  5. I saw what you did on Kent and ordered some from Bob as well. Took 4 days to come across the pond. Not sure whether I will use then on my Cornwall or my version of the Lord Nelson. Which goes back to the question regarding LN and the eyelets/rigging. Have you placed the eyelets and then rigged one line through all in one go or done each line individually?
  6. This is certainly a fantastic piece of work, thanks for your effort. Graham
  7. There is a kit of the Battle class in 1/700 made by HP Models. HP models do not sell them any more, but they are freely available on the secondary market, indeed I bought three just the other week. There are pretty nice and come in both 1942 and 1943 versions. If you are interested, let me know and I may be able to source one for you. Graham
  8. Simon, First, if you want to make a 1/700 USN WWII Aircraft Carrier, you are fortunate in that just about all of them are available in one way or another. As a result the claim of “Best” is tough to answer. Here are the available options. Note, I have owned/built or still own almost all of the ones below: CV-1 Langley Loose Cannon-Resin Only one is in resin and from what I have seen, pretty nice kit. Hard to find CV-2/3 Lexington/Saratoga Fujimi –Lex Older kit, nice but there are better alternatives. Meng – Lex & Sara, very new, Meng’s first ships kits and from their reputation, likely to be pretty good. This is one of the few that I don’t own. Tamiya, Sara late war only. IMHO, the best one available especially if you can find the one with the Pontos upgrade set Trumpeter. Can make early war Lex as well as pre-war Sara. No bad kit and cheaper and easier to find than Tamiya. Pit-Road. Not seen these but believe they were the kits that the Trumpeter ones were based on. CV-4 Ranger Corsair Armada. Resin but beautiful kit. Hard to find CV-5/6/8 Yorktown/Enterprise/Hornet So many versions of this, you take your pick. Academy, Doyusha, Tamiya, Trumpeter, Mini Hobby. Academy is the newest and probably the best. CV-7 Wasp Aoshima (3 boxings). Very nice kit. Corsair Armada. Resin but beautiful kit. Hard to find Essex Class Once again, so many versions of this, you take your pick. Hasegawa is old, stay away from, Trumpeter is good, but the best is probably Dragon, available in several versions. Both Trumpeter and Dragon do short and long hull versions. Independence Class The same sprues are sold by three companies, Pit-Road, Dragon and Revell. All the same kit, and very nice. All of the kits listed can improved by aftermarket PE and 3D printed AA guns, but assuming that you want a buildable plastic kit that looks good, I would go with any of Tamiya Saratoga, Meng Lexington, Aoshima Wasp, Academy Enterprise, Dragon Essex or Dragon Independence.
  9. Hi David, I have a copy of that book also and can send it via Media Mail from Ohio on loan if you want. Good to see that you have finally taken up ship modelling and a great subject to start with. Graham,
  10. Mike, One quick follow up question to get your thoughts. The Shipcraft renderings show the early 1942 scheme having Y turret as the darker colour (507B), but my analysis of your photos seem to show that is it X turret that is darker. Thoughts?
  11. Yes I have the 2013 of Burt, not sure why I never noticed that before. I also have the Shipcraft book, but as I am also making a 1/7/00 1944 version of QE I keep looking for QE pictures and missing the photos for the 1/350 Valiant. Thanks for the pictures and the help, nothing holding me back now.
  12. Looking back at my photos, I have none that show this scheme, but have an April 1940 that has her in a dark scheme with large roundels on A and Y turrets. I agree that most likely she was repainted sometime soon after her arrival in Alex in Sept 1940. In his book, R.A. Burt states "Dark Home Fleet grey until early 1941 when painted up in two-tone grey (507b and 507c or possibly B5). Worn until Christmas 1942." Given Jamie's recent research I think that the B5 reference is wrong and that they are the new 507b and 507c colours that Jamie has as NARN 22 and 20 respectively. This would match Warspite nicely. Burt then states "Unofficial Disruptive scheme painted up in late 1942/early 1943. Repainted Admiralty Disruptive type in May 1943. Repainted Admiralty Standard type in 1945. All grey by end of 1945." I have plenty of pictures of these schemes, but like you, my Valiant will be as at Matapan. The only thing this leaves is the exact demarcation lines as your pictures are not quite clear enough to discern.
  13. I haven't seen the Meng one yet, but having owned and then sold the Trumpeter one I can honestly say go Tamiya. https://www.scalemates.com/kits/tamiya-31713-cv-3-saratoga--316915 This is a beautiful kit that blows the Trumpeter one out of the water. Having said this, the Tamiya kit depicts her as she was in 1944 and that may not be what you are after. She did after all change a lot.
  14. Mike, Sorry to hijack, but can I ask you about the above statement? I too am doing Valiant at Matapan time, but what have you found out about her paint scheme then? I have a photo of her in 1940 where she is all grey and another that is dated May 41 where she is still all grey. I have my doubts about the date on this latter photo but I have found nothing to prove it wrong so I am really interested in hearing what you have discovered. Graham
  15. As Jamie states the Hood turrets need replacing, and WEM and Flyhawk are good replacements, but don't forget the 3D printed ones from Shapeways. MicroMaster make some really nice ones.
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