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Work In Progress

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  1. Yes, that's likely to be better than the post-war Xtradecal one I linked: well spotted. Beyond that don't worry about the exact letter forms (they aren't fonts) - no-one will notice
  2. But being 1/32 scale is not relevant to this discussion
  3. He must be match-fit by now, I think we should commission him to do all of ours...
  4. Serials are eight inch rather than nine. In some unusual cases they are four inch and even more rarely six, but nine inch serials aren't a thing. What you want for serials - really the only game in town, unless you feel like drawing them yourself in white ink with a mapping pen - is https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/X72158 They are strictly speaking post-war so some of the letter forms are a bit different but probably closer than you will get them by hand so if it were me I'd look the other way and just use the post-war ones. Letraset effectively died out as an economically viable technology in the 1990s, which is a shame as laying down white Letraset over colour was a significant craft pleasure. You could also use Letraset as masks, if you didn;t have the right colour. If you had e.g. black and wanted white, spray white, rub down the black lettering onto it, spray the top coat, and when it's all dry use sellotape to rip off the Letraset revealing the undercoat. Happy days, those were. Even if you can find any antique Letraset aircraft sets 25 or 30 years on, I am not sure I would rely on them being usable today. The D, Q and Y in 1/72 are big enough that I would just blow up whatever I can find by way of profiles or decal sheets in other scales on a copier, and then carefully cut out the letters over Frisk film in layers, use those as masks. Personally I would, as with Letraset, undercoat white and use the letter positives as masks before shooting the dark camo colour over the letters. Using the weeded negatives as masks is also possible but harder if the letter you want is light coloured against darker background. Using the letter forms to mask off a letter-coloured undercoat means you are not doing the always-tricky "white/pale paint over a dark colour" which tends to lead to excessive numbers of coats, and paint creeping under the masks.
  5. We did this at length fairly recently in this thread so you should read that and then see if you have any unanswered questions remaining. The main question you need to think about is the date of the aircraft's existence upon which you intend represent it, as all of the above were date-dependent
  6. Having spent many hours in and around Rapides I think this captures the character of the type superbly. Magnificent work, well done
  7. As usual, everything that group of fantasists says can safely be disregarded
  8. Given that it's the most-produced aeroplane of all time, has been manufacturered continuously for 60 years, is in service in just about every country in the world and has a personal connection to more aviators than any other type, it seems very strange to me that this is a resin kit rather than an injection-moulded mainstream kit.
  9. Bear in mind that the only thing that's news is the increased level of legal protection. The existence and location of the wreck have been well known in the UK for more than 40 years. Most of the time it is completely inaccessible anyway.
  10. As were the B.1(FE), though obviously the earlier type of mid upper turret
  11. Yes, that was the intended Tiger Force colour scheme. Yes the same variants and in some cases those actual airframes... NX611 "Just Jane" being a case in point, as the European war was over and the RAF had no use for most of them when the idea of Tiger Force effectively became redundant with the nuclear attacks on Japan in August, and Tiger Force then being formally cancelled at the end of October .
  12. Very late production. The interesting patchwork aeroplane being towed out of the hangar early on is NX792 so that's an Austin-built B.VII with Martin mid-upper turret (as are the others we see in various stages of work). I guess if that is its initial roll-out then it must have re-used scrap components from an eariler airframe "reduced to produce". Note also the Lincoln-style rudders 04:35 on NX793, and the large radiator housings associated with the Far East airframes. We know that NX611 ("Just Jane") was built in April 1945 so these shots are unlikely to predate that.
  13. Blues might look grey but I can't see how anyone comes to mistake a blue or blue/green or grey/green as anything PRU pink.
  14. Agreed. And, having been in salt water all that time, much like like the Do.17 if raised it will make a seriously disappointing exhibit anyway. Arguably worth the effort for a globally unique subject like the Dornier, but not for a common type of which there are 26 intact examples in the world.
  15. Many, many examples of the Hurricane I were abandoned at Merville in May 1940. It could be ex 87 Squadron or 79 Squadron, possibly amongst other units.
  16. Exactly this, and beautifully demonstrated
  17. I have not seen one of those for a LONG time. I owned one once, bought from a show, it had been slightly started and was the original 1972 issue. with the best box art. Decided it was going to need more scratch building than I wanted to put in at the time, and sold it on eBay for a considerable sum. In addition to having some areas of glaring simplification it is based on a pre-production aeroplane, not a standard service aeroplane. I am vaguely tempted to get one to build as a P.1127 (RAF), rather like this: https://www.largescaleplanes.com/articles/article.php?aid=2882 This article gives a sense of what it takes to make something resembling an early service GR.1 or AV-8A out of it. Lots of work https://www.largescaleplanes.com/articles/article.php?aid=220 There is some good info in this thread here on BM too:
  18. Agree, which in this circumstance (small area, behind a clear panel, nothing else on the airframe as a direct comparison) means you can get away with either, without risk of (reasonable) criticism
  19. Fair point It looks a lot heftier, because it's such a "solid" shape but in overall length and span there is not a huge amount in it
  20. They have also released the very nice Heller Tempest from time to time though I imagine that is a less attractive option for them now that the two lines are under seperate ownership again
  21. Well, I suppose you really need to have a think about exactly what it is that you want to catalogue. I had thought by "he thought Airfix made every British WW2 type" in the OP you were referring to types used by British forces in WW2, and had only left out the obvious A-list US-designed types because they were obvious and A-list, just as you left out the obvious UK-designed A-listers. For example, there was never anything remotely UK about the spec or design of the C-54, but you wanted that in.
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