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  1. Sorry about the hijack but what did you think of the book? It looks fascinating but quite pricey when its printed on demand and, according to reviews, not very well. Great build so far BTW - I like the way you can see the genesis of the Eagle in the design. Maybe make the landing pads square to provide another hint?
  2. I have this in the stash - any chance you might bundle up your upgrades and sell a few? I think there are sites were one can post files for others to print and get a cut of the proceeds. Also as you are probably aware the propeller is wrong - IIRC the blades are reversed.
  3. Sounds like you are planning a few 1:1 builds. It will be interesting to see how this will go, the Astute design would seem to be the logical starting point.
  4. Does anybody know if any extra goodies are available or planned? yes I'm making up an order for you-know-where and need to get to the free postage limit. Some glazing masks and fiddly resin bits would be nice. Are the Arctic decals still available? Thanks
  5. Lets face it, Airfix think this one's been done and won't re-tool. But is there any chance somebody else will produce a competing TSR-2? Pit Road did a 1/144 and I bought most of them - how were sales outside the UK?
  6. Paddle wheel day tripper/minesweeper - interesting wee tale https://www.deeside.com/discovery-of-world-war-ii-minesweeper-ship-aided-by-bangor-university/
  7. Marconi in Edinburgh (I think it was) had an EE Lightning on a pedestal as a gate guard. I was unaware of this until meeting it one foggy night at 2 in the morning, which made me think that I'd definitely had too many light ales and also, time appeared to have stopped. Most perturbing.
  8. Because they both topped the hard FAI definition of 100km - they had to, or the Soviet Union would have died laughing. In fact they did 100 miles just to be safe OK there is debate about where space physically starts, but spaceflight is 100km. Unless you are the US Air Force, for the usual political and parochial reasons (and the X-15 is one of my all time favorites, I have the books and models to prove it). I have slightly less issues with Virgin/Branson than Amazon/Bezos as businesses and human beings, but if I was to take one of their flights (and yes, I can afford one - but just one) it would be Blue Origin simply because they go into space, no arguing. If VG could top 100 miles with passengers they would.
  9. Very nice - just the right amount of gloss too. I've built the same kit, same boxing and it was a bit of a battle, not helped by blue-tack masking pulling off the Xtracrylic paint. The tooling is ancient, 1960. Maybe they tweaked it in 1983. My decals had better register but were just as bad. Still, its a Hunter. The Revell kit is much better I hear - so little chance of Airfix retooling anytime soon .
  10. That livestream was excruciating, but congrats to VG on nearly, but quite, going into space. Or as the BBC diplomatically puts it, "going to the edge of space".
  11. Sometimes with these partworks the publisher/manufacturer offers spare parts (for a price). Could be worth a try?
  12. My W4 had even more flash than that. But cut it off and its all fine. Personally I rather enjoy removing flash, maybe its a nostalgia thing.
  13. 1/600 is a natural imperial scale, 1 inch = 50 feet, so easy to work off plans. It was chosen by Airfix early on when every manufacturer had their own scale - so Heller, for instance, went for a metric 1/400. US manufacturers tended to go for 'box scale' where it varied to fit standard boxes, so your Lindberg (IIRC) Destroyer Escort and USS New Jersey ended up the same length, and other manufacturers had odd random scales like 1/570. But ship kits were always a niche market so no industry standard emerged. Except in Japan, where the manufacturers teamed up to form the 'Waterline Consortium' in the 1970s to do the entire IJN. 1/700 was chosen simply as it got Yamato into a standard box - and it suited smaller Japanese households. The Consortium branched out beyond Japanese subjects and eventually it became the global norm. 1/350 obviously is just half 1/700. But if you build in 1/600, you soon realise its the ideal scale for ships. 1/700 is just too small and fiddly, 1/400 a bit too large. 1/350 or 1/200 works for big 'display' models but not for a collection, unless you have a mansion. 1/600 is good for the eyes and efficient for shelf space. Unfortunately we will never see a new tool use it - another of those Betamax things I'm afraid.
  14. Nice build. Is the propellor wrong for just RAAF Bulldogs, or all of them?
  15. Funny, I just bought one too - the mouldings look very nice. Will follow with vested interest,
  16. Blue = engines at full thrust. Red = engines cooling after braking burn. This takes a while as somebody deleted the radiators from the design. Yellow = in between. So not odd at all - the EVA pod is doing a visual inspection after Jupiter orbit insertion. Infinity awaits... Beautiful build, wish I had the room for a Discovery.
  17. Fantastic - having built this kit myself I know what an achievement yours is. I ended up replacing the fuselage completely with an Academy one and just using the nice thin wings and superb decals. Nice base too - the oil leaks are perfectly done. (Technically, can a rotary engine 'leak' when its designed to throw fluid out in all directions?)
  18. A very expensive way to shift mud - or sand. Beautiful model though, superb finish and photography
  19. Does anybody know how many inspection ports should be on the bottom of the fuselage for an Albatross W4 (or failing that a DII, assuming they are the same)? I filed off the ports on my 1/72 Roden to replace them with PE without making a note of how many there were - and now I can't find conclusive evidence anywhere. Just a sprue shot would do! Thanks
  20. The base is the one in the kit - I painted it wood effect with brass bits by Humbrol, shading by Flory. The pintels were rather too long and spindly for my taste and made the model easy to knock over, so I cut them down by about 25%, drilled them out and fitted brass rods through them into the base and keel for strength. I also filled the base with Liquid Gravity for heft, and added a slab of plastic card to the bottom to keep it all in.
  21. Micro-Mir's 1/350 K class submarine (early), built as the unfortunate K4. The K class are often cited as technological horror stories, but the Royal Navy did eventually solve the many issues with this incredibly ambitious concept, if you count 'not suddenly sinking' as successful resolution. But it was a time when anything seemed possible and it was thought that a high speed "submarine cruiser" could make everything else obsolete. Turns out this theory was correct, but it required the power of the atom. Doctrine was the real problem - the idea was the Ks would essentially be destroyers that could submerge to lie in ambush, but were expected to fight just as much on the surface, thus the guns and deck torpedo tubes. The result was a vessel that "had the speed of a destroyer, the turning circle of a battlecruiser and the bridge of a picket-boat", and led to several tragic collisions that cost many lives. Micro Mir's K Class kit is available for rebuilt 'swan bow' boats or this version, as built. Its a nice kit with good fit but suffers from a lack of sources. The Maritime Museum plans are available online, but they don't show good external side views and depict the K's as built - modifications immediately started! There are few good photos available, by far the best being the famous photo of K4 beached showing the starboard side: The kit has the port side exactly the same, which isn't possible as the hull beam torpedo tunes are staggered. I fixed the tubes and repositioned the ballast tank openings to match other photos. The kit comes with photo-etch but its designed for a K after rebuilds that moved the 4" guns onto the superstructure deck. As built the Ks didn't have a hand rail or ladders, instead there were hand and foot holds which I drilled out. So all I ended up using was the propellers which look very nice. I also: Added flood and drain holes as required Added railings made from brass rod and EZ Line Scribed various deck details Filed out the funnels Cut out and faced the funnel wells Built the main deck hatch on the starboard side of the superstructure Added life rings per photos from rolled up brass rod. The kit's main sprue comes with guns, propeller shafts and masts, and then there is an extra sprue with the guns, propeller shafts and masts again, but better cast. All the guns are identical, so I improved two of the 4" with some small details and rebuilt the other as the superstructure's 3". The masts and shafts are nicely done but I replaced them with brass rod, using Albion alloys 0.4/0.6/0.8/1mm tube for the masts. Until rigged and painted they worked, retracting into 1mm tubes set into the hull. I painted them duraluminum to look like greased metal, but they may have been simply grey. The spread aerial was worn by on fitting out trials, I can't tell from photos if it was used in service but I thought it would be good practice. The triangle is nickel silver wire and the aerial itself 0.08 fishing line. The kit provides the bridge windows as decals, but I drilled out the round ones and built the square ones out of photoetch ladder with Krystal Klear glazing. The bridge has an interior with pelorus and hatches, but its invisible. Oddly the decal sheet has nothing that fits the name plate on the kit stand, so I used 1/72 8" RAF letters which fit nicely. Paints are Humbrol satin 123, 164 and 165 with each used to weather the others. I ignored the kit paint scheme and followed photos - K's had black decks. Flory was used for washes on the details. Note the kit depicts the submarine in an unlikely configuration - funnels up but the boiler air intake doors (between the funnels) closed. So she can't be under way. I chose to build K4 not for the famous photo, but because she lies with K17 and her entire crew just over the horizon from my house. Brave men.
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