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About riever49

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  1. Excellent job. It's a lovely model and I wish mine looked as good. One minor query, though. How do the crew get in and out with the doors blocked with kit?
  2. Love the model and I'm impressed with your solution to the spinning prop question. Props show up in photographs, but move too fast for the human eye, so disappear when the aircraft is in the air. Your approach is really convincing.
  3. I think that Colonial troops generally used the Mk3 Lee_Enfield throughout the war. Identifiable by the longer forestock and 'snub-nosed' look, it was a better rifle in most ways than the Mk4, but was more complicated and expensive to make. When Britain re-armed after the equipment losses at Dunkirk, they needed a rifle capable of mass production, which the Mk3 SMLE was not. The rifles in the Tamiya kit are Mk4's, in use with UK troops from1942.
  4. Lovely model, really well presented. If I was being picky, I would suggest that the Mk4 Lee-Enfields probably didn't reach NZ troops until much later in the war than the Caunter camo would indicate. They weren't issued in the UK until 1942.
  5. It's a lovely model of an attractively quirky aeroplane. I saw a whole squadron arrive at HMS Goldcrest (Brawdy in Pembrokeshire) in, I think 1967, when Hermes and Bulwark were refitting as Commando carriers. IIRC the radars went on from the Gannets to the Shackletons.
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    May I display my ignorance please? What do you mean when you refer to "eyelets"? Do you make them yourself? I have a WNW SE5a stalled because I'm afraid of the rigging.
  7. Lovely rendition of this remarkable tank. The crew obviously haven't had to use the grousers, which look to be in pristine condition.
  8. Lovely model and a great finish. While the exhausts are great and would look brilliant on another model, the exhausts on the Spitfire nightfighters were painted with a thick coat of iron oxide paint in an attempt to cut down the extent to which they glowed when hot. I don't know if it worked, but the use of Spitfires at night was quietly abandoned as a result of a high loss rate due to accidents.
  9. While it's always desirable to be as "accurate" as possible and refer to original sources if you can, it's also worth remembering that wartime shortages of materials resulted in variations of colour between batches of the "same" colours. I also use Xtracrylics, largely because they airbrush well especially if thinned with their own thinner.
  10. Great looking figures. If used in a diorama, would need to be set behind the lines. An officer dressed like that on the Somme front line would have a life-expectancy measured in minutes. Junior officers took pains to make themselves as inconspicuous as possible on the front line, many carrying rifles and wearing other ranks' kit in an attempt to avoid sniper attention.
  11. Not just best looking but also was, and I believe, still is the fastest airliner ever.
  12. Don't go to Caen without visiting the Memorial. It's the only place in Normandy my kids asked to go back to. Unlike the war museums that dot the area, it seeks to explain the background to the war, starting with the 1919 peace treaty. It is a truly inspiring visit to a place that describes itself as a peace museum.
  13. I am always amazed at the level of detail gone into by many modellers - aftermarket cockpit details, special etched brass kits and all the rest - who then go on and religiously emphasise panel lines. Panel lines are hardly visible on the prototype aircraft and are invisible on any aircraft sufficiently distant as to appear the size of a 1:48 or 1:72 scale model. The same goes for all the stencilling on the aircraft. This is not to say I am not impressed by models finished in such a style, because I am, deeply impressed. But a model showing panel lines as dark lines on the surface is quite simply not realistic. They may win prizes at model shows, but they are caricatures, not accurate images.
  14. Spectacular model, very well presented. Love it!
  15. Nice model. Makes a pleasant change from all those heavily weathered/ panel lined models.
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