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  1. I like the prominent display of the large hammer - "yes we fixed it with this"
  2. TallBlondJohn

    F- 16 C bl. 52 Kinetic 1: 48

    Its filthy - what have they done to the poor thing? Nice build though .
  3. Gorgeous photos and look how fine the panel lines are. Back to raised lines and rivets perhaps!
  4. Crikey she's a big girl! My 1/144 Clippers are the size of 1/72 Lancasters but your collection shows it so much better. Great to see it done JW and glad I could contribute in a small way. Nice detail of the blinds in the windows and great job on the trolley too given the lack of sources - maybe a little bulldozer one day to shift it across the case? I do suspect the 'experimental' part of the scheme was 'just how cool can we make this plane look using an unlimited paint budget?'
  5. The ball turret would have been a bit tricky... Fun what-if though. In reality too big, too expensive? The side sponson design would have restricted downward visibility a lot, a big deal in maritime patrol. The great range would have been very useful but still, you'd be better off building three Catalinas for every Clipper.
  6. Built this as a kid - I think it came in a packet of cornflakes? My parents still have it somewhere I think.
  7. Always loved the HE-115, got the old matchbox 1/72 in the stash. If you go for the winter camo check photos, it was field applied very roughly over the existing pattern.
  8. Oooh, here's another good one. Amazing how the same old searches suddenly throw up new pictures. Good look at the flaps and beaching trolley. I'm sure this is the prototype after the tail rebuild, no boots yet. Are those lights in the tail tips? Ain't she a beauty!
  9. Well... any lines are going to be hard to see against that grey. In #63 there seems to be a darker line in the right place, just touching the back of the nacelles... glad its not my call! Here's a nice photo showing the location of the bulb aerial - and those lovely lines! . Also the lines on the sponsons can be seen:
  10. Wow that scheme does look trippy! Are you going to apply the wing/fuselage don't walk markings (or whatever they are)? I've never seen the top of a US Navy Clipper but all the others had them. Also note that the bulb aerial behind the cockpit is offset to starboard. The extra nose aerial could be the same? That trolley looks really good now, I admit I wasn't sure about the tanks either.
  11. Sadly nobody seems to have followed up this ring wing idea - except perhaps for the 1:1 replica Moa is working on in secret - or maybe that's his flying saucer. This is the wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee-Richards_annular_monoplane
  12. TallBlondJohn

    Airfix vertol Swedish Navy.

    They even camoed the blades?? Looks lovely though
  13. TallBlondJohn

    HMS Penelope 1944

    Fine wee build. As you say 1/600 is the perfect scale - so much more easier to detail than 1/700 but not too big. Shame we will never see another kit released in 1/600 but wonders can be achieved with the old Airfixes if you put in the time. One tip - if you can get an older moulding they are much better than recent re-pops.
  14. TallBlondJohn

    Lets scratchbuild an FE2b...

    Anybody know if all digital calipers have that back 'ledge' as part of their design or is it just the Mitutoyo? Thanks
  15. TallBlondJohn

    Paper Real Space Models

    And there are some AMX builds on Paper Modelers, might be worth asking there? http://www.papermodelers.com/forum/pasa-paper-aeronautical-space-administration/