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About malpaso

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    "Strong Country" Hampshire, UK
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    Early aviation, interwar and classic 50's US jets

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  1. I seem to recall getting a teeny-tiny Clipper plastic kit in my cereal back in the day?
  2. The definitive filmic version is the one by The Muppets. It manages to combine both comedy and the really darker parts of the story very effectively. It really is a tour de force by Michael Caine, demonstrating what a superb actor he is.
  3. I usually use Galleria Matt on warplanes, but have done some post-war ones with Galleria satin which gives a nice finish too. To be honest my last was the Airfix 14 and I left it in the Future gloss used to seal the decals, and I rather liked the shiny warbird look!
  4. Hi, nice build of the Escort. Those big-arched rally Escorts always looked the business, although I was weaned on Minis as a driver! May I ask how you achieved the thin chrome / aluminium accent strip on the window rubbers? I see so many models where its either all black or all chrome, but either just isn’t right for most classic British cars. I’ve got both this kit and some Minis to build and haven’t worked out an obvious way to do the insert. Cheers Will
  5. Wow, looks fantastic. Nicely interpreted version of the original artists vision and no doubt you've added further imagination of your own for the bits not shown or clear in the picture. And the debris and "laundry" fluttering in the breeze works well too. The pilot would have to be a real hero, I expect there might be a fair degree of asymmetric handling to deal with! Thanks for thinking out of (quite a number of) the box(es)! Cheers Will
  6. That’s a lovely model, though back in the day I always thought the 928 a bit of a bloater. Still it’s positively svelte compared to some of Porsche’s current monstrosities! cheers Will
  7. The Napier-Railton at Brooklands has disc brakes (rear only as far as I could see) fitted in late 40s for (aircraft) parachute braking testing. But @elderly is right about first well known use being Le Mans Jags. In his books IIRC Hawthorn suggests Ferrari’s antipathy to discs was “not invented here” syndrome; pretty much everyone in the motor trade and racing knew discs were the way ahead from mid-50s, though it would be a while before some manufacturers could be bothered -BL I’m looking at you, cooking Minis were still drums all round well into the 80’s! I still have the special spanner for the miserable fortnightly adjustment, though it’s fortunately remained unused for 35 years.
  8. Joachim, The large visible prongs at each end of the wire are the insulators, which would only be there if the wire is, even if one can't see the aerial itself. The Mark V Manual records that aircraft for some theatres would still have external aerial due to continued use of HF radio there. Possibly there was no need for the VHF on BL676 as it was a test not combat airframe (at time of photo). Certainly you are correct about internal aerials for all Fighter Command Spitfires after mid-1940. Hope this helps Cheers Will PS just found this good quality photo https://www.baesystems.com/en/heritage/vickers-supermarine-seafire with wire clearly visible. Even the IFF if you look very carefully.
  9. It's quite nice if you manage to separate out the URLs in the OP! E.g. This photo
  10. As long as I'm just spraying Matt acrylics, my H&Ss (pauper - only two!) just get a spray through of thinners between colours - Carplan windscreen wash actually. That can be for sessions over a couple of weeks. Full strip down and clean in meths is mandatory after each metallic though, more to avoid contamination of following colours. Or obviously if I get a thinning ratio wrong and it bungs up when a full strip is required. After a couple of years I found on the online spares diagram (helpfully, NOT same as the one in the manual) there is another o-ring buried in the body of the airbrush which eventually gums up and stiffens the action. A standard long shaft screwdriver removes its clamping ring. Avoid Vallejo PU primers at all costs. I discovered there's a reason the guy was giving £60's worth away... Anyway glad to see your Sunderland coming on, the issues seem pretty similar to what I found on the Mk.1. I didn't bother with filling the panel lines although they seemed a bit alarming whilst building, after Halfords finest and then Gunze and Tamiya camouflage they didn't seem so egregious. Cheers Will
  11. I was of the same idea, but prop depends on handedness of the engine - Grebe had AS engine
  12. Nice build. I agree about sub assemblies but I break down the cockpit more as there's actually a lot more than just interior green - rear half silver, red seat (after mid 1940), black or dark green leather back rest and other details. Allegedly for the early Supermarine production the interior is a lighter green than later aircraft. Of course I do all that and then its virtually invisible through a closed cockpit in 1/72! I look forward to seeing how it turns out. Cheers Will
  13. Keith, as you asked so nicely... Transkits for the forged alloys and RF roof are on their way so I hope to create a 1/24 version too!
  14. Yes the RF is a lovely thing, I’ve owned my eye-searing orange one for two weeks now! You probably overestimate the boot capacity, a pair of steel toe cap boots and a hard hat is my limit for site visits! This was my view on the way to work this morning but the Mk.2 driver wasn’t as brave as me to have the roof open!
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