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  1. I plan on doing this when I get mine, mainly because it’s necessary to do a bit of surgery to the engine, to get the top cowl to fit snug. I am pretty sure (I hope) we will see some aftermarket exhausts, the kit exhausts seem to have a large cavity underneath, presumably to counter sink marks. Scratch a backing plate for the exhausts and scratch a bearer block for the prop shaft. The engine mounts could be mounted to a scratch trolley or even something simpler, to display the engine. The engine deserves to be seen, but I don’t want to break up the beautiful lines of the Spitfire either. Cheers Jeff
  2. Probably missed some, it’s been fun. Airbus A-320-200, Allegiant Avro Anson Mk.V, Wetaskawin Museum Beechcraft King Air, Awood Air Bell CH-135 Twin Huey, CAF Boeing B-17G Sentimental Journey (my Last Flight) Boeing CC-137 CAF Boeing 727-200 Air Canada Boeing 737-200 Pacific Western/Aer Lingus, CP Air, Canadian Boeing 747-200 Air Canada Boeing 747-400 Air NewZealand Boeing 757-200 Allegiant Boeing 777 Air NewZealand Boeing Vertol CH-47 Chinook CAF Cessna 152 Aerobat Cessna 172 Various Cessna 180 (floats) Sabourin Lake Airways Cessna 310C Cessna L-19, Air Cadets Tow Plane DeHavilland Tiger Moth, Point Cook DeHavilland DHC-3 Otter (wheels), CAF DeHavilland DHC-6 Twin Otter (wheels), CAF DeHavilland DHC-8-300, Horizon Air, Jazz Douglas C-47 Dakota, CAF Douglas DC-8-63, CP Air Douglas DC-9, Air Canada Grumman HU-16A Albatross, USN Richard Sugden Lockheed CC-130E-H, CAF Lockheed L-188 Electra, Pacific Western Lockheed L-1011 Tristar, Air Canada Morane Saulnier Rallye, Victoria Air Maintenance Nan Chang CJ-6A, Various, Victoria Air Maintenance Noorduyn Norseman (floats), Sabourin Lake Airways North American Harvard, Bob Diemert ex RCN North American Harvard, Kieth McMann “Red Knight” North American T-28D Trojan, Victoria Air Maintenance Piper J-3 Cub Piper Cherokee 140, (my First Flight) Piper Apache Piper Navajo Awood Air Piper Warrior Schweitzer 2-22 Air Cadets Solo Schweitzer 2-33 Air Cadets Solo Starduster Too Biplane, (Home Built) Cheers Jeff
  3. I rely on good photographs, the real thing, or factory blueprints, or someone knowledgeable ie. Arthur Bentley, who have based their drawings on factory blueprints, and measurements. The drawings on the website are not blueprints, in spite of the name. They are simply a quick reference for the differences between versions, but can’t be taken very seriously. Cheers Jeff
  4. Agreed, I learned this from the 1/24 Airfix Spitfire IX, wrong wide cannon blisters for the early versions. I hope this Hurricane, makes Revell review their design team. They really dropped the ball on this one, too bad for Hurricane enthusiasts, but even worse for Revell. No amount of polish is going to remove the tarnish from their new Hurricane. Cheers Jeff
  5. Just saw this in my newsletter this morning. I am glad I have the FLY kit. It was very disappointing to see. Immediately noticed the wing dihedral and the out of whack mid section, and the cockpit would be hard to fit a weasel into, much less a pilot. Yeah, I know it’s a test shot, but most of the test shots I have seen lately are exactly what you get in the box. Not for me, unfortunately. Cheers Jeff
  6. Very tragic, I can’t and won’t look at any photos or videos. The news has shaken me to the core. Rest In Peace Humbly Jeff
  7. Saw some photos on LSP, parts trees, a cutaway and a built up, all in light grey plastic, extremely difficult to see surface details. Some close ups of the painted example would be nice. A thin coat of flat aluminum paint would really show off the surface details. Next releases are Mk.I Early and Mk.Va. I’m sure more photos will be up by the end of the day. Cheers Jeff
  8. I am seeing it as £91.66, although that may be without the vat, due to my location. I had already preordered it a few weeks ago direct from Kotare anyway. It’s going to be about the same price in the end, as the Airfix 1/24 Spitfire IXc, which I also preordered a few months ago, again due to my location. Cheers Jeff
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  10. That shouldn’t have been a problem, considering the later narrow blister in the kit, would have to fit over the same cannon breech. Mysterious, why Airfix came up with that shape. Not only is it incorrect in outline as viewed from above, the profile is also too flat. The high point is about half way, and this is where the highest point of the outside cannon breech would be. The Airfix 1/72 Spitfire Vc cannon blisters have the perfect outline and profile, and this is what should have been provided by Airfix, in 1/24. Barracuda is looking into it, so I am confident that this will be among the first resin or 3D printed aftermarket parts available. If you’re going to do any early IXc’s, this would be a great help. It is a little disconcerting to see those squarish blisters on a beautifully made model. I went to great lengths to find a photo of a cannon blister that looks like the Airfix one. I was only able to find one photo, it’s not the clearest, but it appears on the ground, next to a RAAF Vc with a 4 cannon installation. I seriously doubt that any IXc would have had that type of blister, and there are plenty of photos of early IXc’s with the teardrop shape blisters, including the ones on Airfix’s marking options. I have no doubt that this will be one of the first resin or 3D printed correction parts available as aftermarket. Let’s hope they pay attention to the profile as well, as I feel that this is one of the elusive shapes that when viewed from certain angles, may appear to look flattened and squarish. Here’s the link to my extensive research on this little issue. I may have to change my title to MisterBlister, instead of MrB17 haha. Cheers Jeff
  11. Airfix have a new teaser video for the 1/24 Spitfire Mk.IXc. Also there are photos of 4 different 1/24 Spitfire IX’s on the Airfix website, these are featured on their decal sheet in the kit. The 402 Squadron Spitfire has the incorrect mysterious cannon blisters, so I don’t believe that they have fixed them. The models look good done up, except for the wide cannon blisters, and the drilled out rivets. Some modelling experience will be helpful. This line from their blurb, gives a pretty good clue to the release date: “our new Spitfire is almost here, so prepare to put those clocks back”. Hmmmmm. Here’s a link to the teaser, and wear your bib. Cheers Jeff
  12. Wow! If that’s the case, then it may explain the delay in the release. I have the 1/72 Airfix Spitfire Vc and the cannon blisters are spot on. (Vc cannon blisters are the same as the early IXc’s, because they were converted from Vc airframes). If it makes it here for Christmas, I might have two Spitfires under the tree. I have the Kotare on preorder as well. Things are looking up. Cheers Jeff
  13. Very early underside (prewar) was entirely Aluminium paint, (dope on fabric). Also the serials were painted on the underside in black with starboard facing forward and port facing aft. I’m sure it’s covered somewhere in this thread. Cheers Jeff
  14. I think you must have the latest version, previously they had preformed shrouds with rat lines all in one, made with fine string covered in a black rubbery substance. You can cheat on the shrouds and rat lines by using heavy black thread and just gluing the rat lines on. As for the deadeyes attached to the shrouds all in one piece, apart from the lighter rigging, these look better done with separate deadeyes and thread. However I have seen some clever painting of the plastic ones, where you have to look real hard to see they’re plastic. Cheers Jeff
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