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  1. Yes, Maestro, extraordinary results And the colour scheme is a great look. I can see it working with the white wall tyres option too if you wanted
  2. Very pleased to see this, and nicely done too I've just had an introduction to Dora Wings kits with the Percival Vega Gulls in civil decor...... It all started with an old Frog /Novo kit of a Proctor, and when I had a look around and saw the Dora options..... In 1.48 as well..... I put an order in at the lms. I'm WELL PLEASED with these, and this Curtiss looks great too. Are there civil options for it? I'd better get some more reading and research done Congratulations on some excellent subjects and kit making.
  3. Hang in there, CrazyCrank, this'll come good in the end I'm now going to ask the obvious question..... Go easy on me...... Why don't you paint the front fender piece in it's colour before glueing up and then having to mask to keep the 2 colours separate? I could say the same about the rear. Mudguards I guess, but that's a bit more tricky for assembly. I never did make a glue joint where the front fenders meets the bodywork. Instead I inserted a piece of wire in the starting handle position and let it go through the hole in the grille to hold the front up. This is to give maximum adjustment for the fitting of the front with the bonnet assembly I may get around to glueing now that I know the assembly works, but not so far
  4. A-HA....! Cheers, Patrick I see it now. Just an unfortunate coincidence that the window indication line is red too and goes right through the oval shape.! I'd guess the starboard side should get the same. Maybe attachment points for floats or something. Well, too late now, I'm not going to be creating that kind of wreckage at this stage. But if I was marking their graphics homework, they'd be doing it again in detention.....
  5. I've got the undercarriage parts together. Each side is a 3 legged structure plus the wheel spat. And some yellow primer applied. I wasn't too sure about the appearance of the 1mm inserts in the spats but in fact the finish over the top edge is looking good. I've left the maximum amount of "pin" on the legs where available, in fact I cut the leg pieces high up the attachment plastic on the sprues and then filed the extra to the pin shape and size. And I drilled the corresponding points on the fuselage to take the pins. And so I managed to dry fit my assemblies into position as I proceeded, with a view to getting the correct angles. I doubt if they are all precisely right but the hope is that they will adjust enough to fit to the 3 attachment points. Once they're painted and fixed, the triangulation of the 3 legs to the fuselage should be steady. Wheels will fit later. There's one detail on the instructions that has me baffled...... Have a look at this, Windows going in the port fuselage side. The 4th one back is left clear, all the others are clear plastic but painted over. But what is it they are trying to show for the 2nd one.?? Is it "Cut an oval of masking tape and stick it on the window."? There's nothing featured on the profiles or the box art for the 2nd window.
  6. I eventually found the missing tailplane piece, so I got the 2 of them fixed on. I don’t think my little pins will add much in the way of mechanical strength to the tailplane assembly but certainly useful in the glueing process for placing and alignment. I wanted to see how things looked with some primer so I gave it a good blast with spraycan yellow primer. I find that yellow undercoat gives the red a bit of glow that you don't get with the dull red primer. The airframe didn't look too bad, even the homemade fin piece, and Weather conditions were favourable so I got back on the case with the red gloss. Top seam looks OK behind the wings. I also included the cowling in the process. It fits to the engine and then the engine fits to the fuselage, so it's just sitting in place here to get the idea. The cockpit is a right little festival of glazing bars, and only a few of them have been outlined by the masking. This is not a favourite activity of mine I'm visualising thin strips of red Decal coming to my aid eventually. More pressing now is how to sort out the undercarriage struts and legs. There's no real structure designed into the kit parts, and I'd rather have some real pins glued into real holes. And I'm going to have to paint it and the wheel spats. Hmmmmm.....
  7. Looking superb, this is a great scheme! The reference picture you posted above, a few days ago, looks great with dark spokes and whitewall tyres. Very nice (and additional indication lights etc ). Were you thinking of doing the whitewall paint job? And that dashboard is a beauty, well and truly enhanced. So the open side windows is a good idea.
  8. Excellent hint there, @Tripod I may take a trip out to that location some time. I note that they have a nice 3view of a Sparrowhawk too. Perhaps a simpler mod for the old Frog Novo kit of the 2-seater for the likes of me. My Magister came with a Percival Proctor of the same ilk, and my attention has been caught by the Vega Gull type, incl getting the Dora Wings product which is quite an improvement. But I'm sure I'll be getting onto the Miles types in due course.
  9. Some major assembly has occurred Fuselage joined, cockpit glazing in place and the wing is on.... The gap in the middle of the wing is a kind of interference fit on the sloping sides of the canopy and this took a bit of fine tuning to let the wings down onto the fuselage structure behind. This leaves the roof glazing panel just a fraction proud of top wing surface, and looking at the moulded detail here it seems like the cockpit roof slides back on runners for access. I haven't seen any pictures of a pilot getting in or out of a Vega, but there is no room for a door behind the pilot's seat into the cabin and there are details of footholds up the port side at the front. Anyway, that little raised edge at the back of the roof can stay for the moment. The kit has a smaller vertical tailfin in styrene and the larger one required is in resin. This leaves me with a resin-to-plastic butt joint in a rather crucial place. After a couple of goes with the CA produced no results that would be described as straight or vertically aligned, I opted for a Plan B. I snapped off the rudder and made my own fin from stock sheet honed to shape. Now with a styrene-to-styrene joint I was back in the comfort zone, with time for adjustment and straightening etc and no panic. The resin rudder was added later. It has a slight deflection and that's OK - that wasn't a problem. I've lost one of the tailplanes though. The one with the pin and dropped elevator that was in the earlier picture. I may end up scratching this as well!
  10. Assembly progressing with the internals done ready for the fuselage joining ceremony. I have tried masking the window panes before they were fixed in to see if its any easier. In fact it looks like there are only two are left clear, one in the door and one opposite. The rest are painted over. So I haven't gone overboard with interior decorating. There is a separate passenger door supplied with the parts, which is always a temptation, but they haven't made it easy to cut the door out of the fuselage, so I'm passing on that one. The wing is done and I got a bit of deflection on the ailerons. Special Hobby have produced quite a shine and finish on the surfaces. And the little Wright Whirlwind radial comes up rather well too. That'll do me nicely at this size. So she's coming along.
  11. That's good news! It all looks good there I'm reading with interest what you say about the construction. You could well be right. It's a complicated, 3 dimensional puzzle getting all the pieces aligned and fitting. Plenty of opportunities to get something out of alignment.
  12. Cheers Brad, gotta keep on the case @CliffB yep, in fact it's the only option in the kit, Although I'm sure there are other options available in other boxings. Interior seats are on the sprues but marked as Do Not Use, their place is taken by a couple of auxiliary fuel tanks that look very like 50gal oil drums. Some action has been going on..... From the left, a drill and pin effort on the tailplanes which otherwise rely on a simple butt joint with no alignment aids. The enlarged fin is supplied as a resin item. The spats and wheels look way too thin to me. I've sandwiched a piece of 1mm stock between the sides and added a disc of the same on the inside of the wheel /tyre. Most of the wheel is out of sight inside the spat in the end. And the prop has been drilled and fitted on a shaft of Ali tube. This will run inside a piece of brass tube fixed into the hub of the radial engine. That's my usual method. There are a few names that crop up in various places and periods of aviation development, often at interesting stages of development. You know, where you think - "That's interesting" and then it's - "Hang on a minute, I've come across this name a couple of times already...... What was it??" Well Jack Northop is one of those. He just seems to have been in on the action and creating innovations and development throughout his career. Well, the Vega is one of his early designs. I've got a Northrop Gamma, the Williams Bros kit, and a Delta although my version is a Canadian Vickers Delta. They took over his design and business.
  13. Well, there was me thinking that we've got LOADS of time on this group, all the way August...... and then I realised that June is basically gone and we're counting weeks rather than months ! So rather than get tangled up in a complicated multi project involving a bunch of Percival Vega Gulls, I'm opting for a simpler job in the hope of getting a finisher. It's another Vega - the Lockheed one. The decor supplied is for Amelia Earhart's "Little Red Bus", also described on the box as "Lady Lindy". Special Hobby box art also includes a little image of her Lockheed L10 in which she was lost out over the Pacific. This plane, the single-engined Vega 5B, she flew solo from Harbour Grace, Newfoundland to Derry in Northern Ireland in 15h 18m in May 1932, followed by her trans-continental coast to coast USA trip in August. Pretty good going for her and the plane! Looking like a nice simple build and paint job, no crazy pe bits etc. Afraid this GB, and the "Less than a tenner" group, has coincided with a fair bit of work stuff and a lack of modelling time for me, but I have some hopes for this one.
  14. Here's the little Citroën Traction Avant by Tamiya in 1.48. It's generally presented and promoted as a German military staff car..... Can you imagine It's the very epitome of French automotive engineering and styling It's not a scale I'm used to for motor cars but the plan is for it to go with a couple of Lockheed Twin passenger planes I'm working on. Tamiya kits reputation is fairly gold plated and this one didn't disappoint. Basically fell together. My box contained a pe and resin addon which was mostly the front grill. Not easy, and the kit part isn't bad. I was in 2 minds but decided to go with the pe parts for the see-through look. I'm still trying to improve the gloss on the bodywork, but I'm calling it done German staff car indeed..... Mon Dieu!
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