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  1. Not wanting to hi-jack @SeaVenom's post, but yes, I tried KK , but when I came to mask the windows, a little pressure on the mask loosened the window and threatened to push it inside. Arrgghh! The styrene glue and the 'interference' fit (tight with no glue) were safe from falling inside. If I was doing it again, I'd fix a sheet of thin clear acetate inside the fuselage behind the window area and fit the windows from the outside on to this with KK. I've no idea if this would work , but until I can find a solution to keep windows level and parallel, I won't be able to tackle another kit wi
  2. I built an MPM Hudson recently and had difficulty with the fuselage windows - so much so that I've abandonned the build for now! The fit into the apertures was variable (mostly the windows were too large) and, since they were without a flange on the inside, it was very difficult to get them aligned properly. Once they were installed, even slight difference in allignment meant the light reflections were all over the place - sounds trivial but very noticable and annoying! Furthermore, without a backing flange, there was nothing to which to apply the glue, which spread onto the clear parts. I ev
  3. For subtle re-arrangement like that, I'd go with careful study of photos rather than line drawings - Loganair still operate a couple of Twin Otters and under other circumstances I'd scoot over to Abbotsinch and try to get a few shots, but we're on 'restrictions' just now - Covid-19 is not to be trifled with. Closer observation will have to wait. I''m sure your description is right, your model does seem a little 'less sleek' than the original. Not noticable until you've pointed it out though!
  4. Lovely bit of work, especially that difficult white! Used to often see this one in Loganair colours at their Glasgow base, and on approach low over the Campsie Hills to the North. I'm inspired.....must unearth my kit and get on with a build. Thanks for the tip on the windscreen - hadn't noticed that before. Might have go at 'rearranging the architecture' as you put it, if its not too difficult. So good to see a Civvie on here amongst all the greens'n'browns
  5. Not 'arf! PC 12 was used early-on in WW1 in Middle East theatres once the rapid deterioration of clear doped linen under a hot sun was observed. It was generally applied to aircraft sent out from Blighty (the Middle Eastern armies tended to get/invariably got the second hand or obsolete machines) which would have been originally delivered from the manufacturers in clear dope. The PC12 was intended as a preservative, not a camouflage! The Bristol would have been declared persona non grata for use on the western front due to official distrust of monoplanes, and would almost certainly
  6. Can I suggest you have a look at the prices achieved on ebay for some obsolete vac/resin kits - in some cases fairly attrocious renditions to boot! I'd have suggested many of de Havilland's designs have a pent-up demand, though it looks like the Eastern European manufacturers are catching on here. I'd also urge caution on pricing. Failing to get price points right can so limit the number of sales they could render the production of a kit pointless. I feel that Wingnuts - absolutely the benchmark for quality in their area - may have just exceeded the price:disposable income ratio for most
  7. Certainly is, John! Is it likely to be PK148/G-AKPC/OO-XAM? If so, I don't think it ever got as far as Belgium because it was scrapped at Thame. Do you know if it ever carried its British registration though? I'm sure I've seen a pic of it carrying OO-XAM, probably in an old Aeroplane monthly.
  8. The intechangeability got even worse than that! There are pictures of wings with a roundel on one aileron but no roundel on the wing itself , and vice versa. Insert any comibnation of that that you like!. I've also seen a photo of an aircraft with the roundel on the aileron mis-aligned with the roundel on the wing by one rib bay. Its use as a trainer meant that frequent damage could be repaired quickly - to be fair, the DH6's flying characterists might have had something to do with that. Great shot though....thanks for sharing.
  9. If your aim is scratch-building using other kits bit's n pieces, there is one bit of info that has been useful to me for 50 years: There seems to be a ubiquitous 5' 6'' chord common to almost all British 2-seaters....DH4, BE2c, RE8, Bristol Fighter, AW FK3 and many more! Get yourself copies of Harleyford's WW1 books, turn to the appedices giving dimensions and let your imagination run riot!
  10. BA testing the water to splt back to its European and Overseas division? You heard it here first!
  11. I built a vac-form DH1 by Phoenix, in tandem with a scratch built one, both in 1/72 scale. The Phoenix kit is pretty old I think, and pretty crude but accurate. . The engine, props and wheels were vac-formed rather than white-metal or resin as more recent vac offerings, and were replaced. The scratch-built one gave a more satisfactory result, I think You'll find the build on here maybe a couple of years ago.. Link below. Ialso posted the finished model on a separate page. I saw their DH6 once recently on ebay, but decided against buying and began renovating my scratch-built DH6 from 45
  12. G-APWA was not a BEA service aircraft. It was only painted up that way for a sales tour of South America (with Prince Philip I think!) subsequently sold there. However, It came back and is preserved somewhere in the UK. (is Woodly a place?) G-APWB/C/D were the BEA service machines on Scottish regional routes. All 4 were short, earlier version.
  13. I've been following this thread for a while and now I can't recall whether the definitive method had been arrived at in 1/72. Having done the 9A conversion from Alan Hall's Airfix article (and the DH9) about 50 years ago (!) I'll add my tuppence worth (pre-decimalisation you see). So here goes...... Mr Hall just used a big lump of balsa (talcum and dope painted/impregnated) with the kit rear fuselage, but even then I didn't like this method and fabricated a new front from plastic card on mine. The Liberty engine of the 9A makes the front fuselage bulkier overall than the 4, and neede
  14. G-AFGN is a model 14 = Hudson type That aircraft is the historic one that brought PM Chamberlain back from Berlin with his 'piece of paper' from Hitler!
  15. It does. but good, economical. writing stands out, whenever its from. Sir Walter Scott I still find readable, Treasure Island and Robinson Crusoe too! It surprised me that Sherlock Holmes was a bit impenetrable, I gave up after a few of the short stories (What the hell is the 'Mystery of the Red Haired Men' all about?). Most 1960's Science Fiction (and other 'cool' novels) I loved at the time are almost all complete drivel now. See, fashion and contemporary style dates badly. Surely tech articles never date? Must dig out the few Airfix and Aircraft Illustrated that I still have from the late
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