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  1. And -ho- eaglecals for "cripes a mighty" are ready on my desktop
  2. Ok not the vast majority, but a good half of them! If you want a relatively easy way to adjust it: cut away the part in front of the scuff plate with a sharp razor blade, add a styrene strip to the front of the door and level it with the scuff plate and door wall. When happy with the shape, cut away from the cut-before front element what you added to the main element, then glue the two parts again together, then fill and sand the external wall.
  3. Yes it seems like the scuff plate needs to be slightly extended at the bottom and slightly less at the top, and the small part of the rib underneath (In front) filled as it is not visible. Other details need to be adjusted too. Maybe you can better choose to let the door closed as is in the vast majority of period photographs, that will solve easily the matter !
  4. Both E-winged, both reflector gunsight. RM619 has fuel tank cover artwork, would be an interesting subject to model
  5. Hello, some people here has more knowledge than me about this matter so I may be mistaken but: -The early high back Mk.XIVs were produced with C-wing, and I suppose they were uniformly used with 2x20mm + 4x.303 -At some point in the production the wing switched to the E-kind. The difference is evident in most photographs, both because the cannon was installed in the outward station and by the different shape and position of the cannon blister. I think that RM-serialled a/cs had E wing and there were both high-backs and low backs. All the low backs were produced with E-wing. Gyro gunsight arrived very late; recently I finished my rendition of RM787 , an E-winged high back a/c and by close observation of the existing wartime photograph, I'm sure it mounted the early reflector unit well after D-day, so it doesn't depend on wing type.
  6. Hello Phoenix44, those pictured are C-winged Mk.XIVs and they had .303 gun bays, so the patch is justified. Thanks for posting! Stefano
  7. Outrageous proposal to Arma: why not to put in a pair of scribed and a pair of "filled" wings? At a small increase in cost everybody will be happy!
  8. I'd be happy enough with just "Eduard making models"... they talk a lot about making 1/72 Bf109s, Mustangs, Spitfires but all we receive are Zlins or whatever the crop duster is called...
  9. They are releasing the -C with and without the "big belly" modification, it seems. I wrote a couple of comments in their Facebook page hoping they enrich a bit the model, at the moment I noticed that: -it lacks the underwing fences; -it lacks the flap hinges covers; -it lacks the fuselage ceramic insulators for the wire antennas; -it has five instead of four underwing oval inspection panels in front of the flap section. The cockpit right wall seems a bit suspicious but the fact is- we have information about what it looked like with the original radio set, but not how it was rigged after introduction of the SCR522 in ETO
  10. The carburettor intake ( I call it a "Mk.VII style", but possibly it originated with Mk.XII itself?) need some thinning down of the walls and, most of all, the ice guard. After some thinking I did this The rightmost element is a section of a photoetched fret, it is thin enough (0,1mm) and has a useful T element that I will use for mounting to the intake (I know there are four small braces in reality....) Here I shaped it and soldered it All is left is gluing an acceptably thin mesh in front and mounting it to the intake part.
  11. It's two months I'm not posting progress on this Mk.XII! The work is slowly progressing. The main hurdle I'm currently facing is the main landing gear (chassis?) even if now I think I've found a convincing solution for it, I feel more confident and I can share some of the work done . Before starting the chassis saga, I would like to show some more work done on the propeller/spinner assembly As explained in the Mk.XIVe work in progress, Airfix prop blades are nice but lacking in chord about 0.2mm, which I compensated by gluing thin strips of 0,1mm card to the edges of each blade (I did 5five of them just to be sure) Here the blades are a bit in better shape. I discovered that working with the blades still connected to the hub is way easier! I thinned down the blade thickness a bit to get a more realistic look. The blade collar is not in the right position for a Mk.XII propeller so I decided to remove it entirely and create new ones using platic tubing Here the blades are removed from the collar. I marked with black ink the front of the blade. Also I cut four brass pins that will stenghten the joint between blade, new collar, and new hub. The new collar has been glued to each blade, and the first reshaping of the blade shape effected Dissolved plastic provides a fillet between new collar and blade. Here a comparison picture: left is unmodified Airfix (Mk,22) center is widened, thinned, new collar, first shape adjustment right is the final shape, similar but specular to the Mk.VII/VIII/IX profile: notice how different the blade root is. I smoothed a bit the profile of the whole blade and sharpened the angular tip Four blades, ready for paint Next the spinner: this time I checked times and again the shape of it (I don't want to repeat the Mk XIV experience), corrected it a bit, then etched and riveted the surface Near the left-most blade root, on the baseplate I represented the slot discussed some posts above; Added the hub cap too using a beading tool. This is ready for paint too!
  12. If I look at the screen at an angle, it seems to me (1'18") that the red/blue band is there
  13. Hello Thomaz at first sight I was mistaken too. It is a very interesting document, thanks for posting!
  14. Thanks a lot Walter! Very helpful! Stefano
  15. At 32'31"-32'32" of the above footage it is clearly visible that the stringers are YZC while the Alclad skin remains unpainted (NM)
  16. The YZC wing spar + natural metal well is the most probable condition in the P-51D-5s since it was still in use during the P-51B production. Please note that, most of the time during the WWII-operational lifetime of any P-51D the main wheel doors were closed, not open. It is fairly clear in all the wartime photographs, the doors would remain closed with engine running, then bleed open over time if the hydraulic circuit was bleeding pressure. It is also probable that pilots didn't force-bleed the hydraulic circuit after engine shutdown or crew didn't after servicing planes. It's in the photographs: most show closed doors or slightly and asymmetrically opened ones.
  17. Hello, the Spitfire's main gear locking arms (the < shaped device in the photograph, thanks IPMS Stockholm) are solid forgings in the late Marks, but I have seen photographs of different devices with lightening holes in early Marks. Which shape is correct for a Mk.Vc aircraft? Thanks for any reply, Stefano
  18. Ok il looks to me that the windscreen is perfectly proportioned, sorry if I expressed a criticism
  19. It looks to me like the windscreen is way too high, am I wrong?
  20. Also the windscreen lower fairing is way too pronounced and gives (in my opinion) a toyish look at the finished product. For sure an Eduard canopy/windscreen is a better choice! Ciao Stefano
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