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Colin W

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  1. How did you know it was a 'bad batch' and was the PETG better? I use plain old PET.
  2. Great job on the PL7 and the Comanches are comong along beautifully as well. Great stuff
  3. Great solution to the exhausts. I did a similar trick using plastic tube but your shroud idea is excellent
  4. Shame about the B-25. I have had the AM kit in my stash for the last 30 years and am really looking forward to building it one day. It was disappointing to read your comment as I've built a few Am Kits and been very with them all. The Kiwis in the RNZAF did a lot of air to ground attack in the New Britan and PNG areas during WW11 so graound attack for sure.
  5. Seeing the state of the 'kit' it would be better to buy a rolling pin from Lakeland Plastics and start with that. (Other rolling pins are available)
  6. Well 21 parts in the kit. 8 for the prototype wont be used with leaves 13. The 5 making the body of the missile are assembled. Above pic is the 2nd application of filler. It fits like all other Mach 2 kits.
  7. Ooops. I thought the Marauder cockpit was relly good and deserved to have the plane built around it. So now you have a draw. Again Sorry.
  8. And now for something completly different. Looking back at @Col.'s original post, this Group build was to be about ICBM's and artillery. I'm not sure if this was planned to get away from 'the usual subjects' but it seems like a great idea. So just as I was reaching for another Airfix Buccaneer I remembered this kit which I bought from Hobby Bounties in Singapore about 4 years ago. It fits better to the original theme so shall be my first build in 2022. I might get round to the Buccaneer as well since this looks quite straighforward. Although Mach 2 are not known for the great fit of their kits. Lets see.... Decals and everything Luxury!
  9. Actually it was a really well thought out and quite comprehensive kit. Certainly not the most challenging resin kit out there. Thanks for the great comments @RMCS, @wellsprop @cngaero. I love looking at dioramas when I go to shows but space is too limited for many 1/48th aircraft dioramas so I like to just do them for the pictures! Glad you liked them.
  10. Ha ha yes. but let @Enzo Matrix put it in the bunfight
  11. Great choice. I saw one at the Chinese Air museum. Quite a good looking aircraft but you are right about it being forgotten
  12. Thanks Al. Compairing different types is one of my favourite parts of the Hobby. There are few opportunities to do this with the real aircraft. Regarding the Gannet, I thought they were very similar but now it seems that the propellers and the name were the only common things.
  13. Hi All, Thanks for the comments. I am classing this as finished. I've posted pictures in RFI but here are some more. Here she is at RNAS Culdrose after completing time on the Ark Royal in 1978. Thanks to all those who made the comments along the way. I just noticed I have forgotten to add the nose wheel front door!
  14. Hi All. Here is my first completed model for the year 2022. Over 20 years after finishing Dynavector's 1/48 Vacformed Gannet AS1 we finally have a kit of the AEW3 and I have managed to build it. Like many others, I expected Dynavector to release one of these as many of the bits in the ASW Gannet could have been reused but alas it was not to be. I built the Dynavector ASW Gannet in about 2002 and waited for the AEW but nothing has been heard from Dynavector for a few years. Special Hobby announced an AEW3 about 10 years ago but still nothing in plastic so when I heard about a resin kit made by Alan Wilson here on BM I decided to fill the gap and ordered one. I've had it about 18 months so here it is finished. The Radar operators doors are open as I scratch built a complete interior. See the WIP thread (link and the Bottom) for whats inside! Arestor hook replaced by an old white metal hook from Aeroclub lengthened with a sewing needle. The kit cockpit canopy was clear resin which presented a few issues as expected. Quite a bit of material needed to be taken off the inside of the windscreen and coaming to allow a good fit without having to repolish the clear parts. Having the rear section of the canopy open was driven by the 3 supplied in the kit all being very thick and having air bubbles. I figured the air bubbles would be less noticable with the canopy open. However the thickness of the resin left it perched unrealistically on top of the fuselage. I decided to plunge mould a new one and got it right on the 4th attempt. This is paper thin and very fragile. The kit decals are useful only as a template. The roundels came from Xtradec, the serials were home printed and the bee was drawn from scratch then home printed. Sitting on Ark Royal's waist catapult August 1978? The aerial fit is dated for August 1978, lines are EZ line. The 1/48 Gannet collection is now looking like this. Thansk for looking More pictures at the WIP in the link below.
  15. @Kingswear1 @224 Peter Yes glad to see you figured out the name of the jig maker. They lazer etch their name in the bottom of the units so its hard to read upside down! Shar 75 The info you need is in the first post. Not much progress but a lot of work. The canopy presented a few issues as expected. Quite a bit of material needed to be taken off the inside of the windscreen and coaming to allow a good fit without having to repolish the clear parts. Having the rear section of the canopy open was driven by the 3 supplied in the kit all being very thick and having air bubbles. I figured the air bubbles would be less noticable with the canopy open. However the thickness of the resin left it perched unrealistically on top of the fuselage. I decided to plunge mould a new one and got it right on the 4th attempt. I actually used a spare 'square brush holder' part from the Ebma unit as a holder for the plastic, showing these sets are even more useful than I thought. I decided to use the kit decals for the bee on the fin. Naturally as soon as it hit the water it scrunched up into a blob and was lost. After messing about for a while with photos of the bee I just decided to start from scratch so used MS paint to create a new bee artwork which I printed onto white decal film and popped in place. Aerials locations made from wire and drilled into the respective places. Rigged with EZ line which has to be painted black. I was surprised how much the aerial rig changed over the life of the aircraft. Kit undercarriage doors added using rod and card linkages to the legs. Just to show it never goes fight first time..... Colin
  16. What stunning workmanship. Really enjoying watching you build this!
  17. Cracking stuff. I thought the Pemberton Billing and the Oertz were excellent models and very well done. Despite seeing you in several GBs I am surprised to see you did 40 in the year. A sterling effort with so many scratch built ones. Looking forward to seeing some more in 2022
  18. Thanks for the comments all. Its coming along well. @alhenderson I use Gunze Mr Color lacquer, the Sky is #26. @224 PeterAfter many years using paint tins and rubber bands I decided to splash out at Telford and bought this stand from Ebma Hobby. I also bought a set of tube holders and drawers to replace all the old mugs used previously. They are very useful and I wish I had bought them years ago,
  19. First post for a while as bench time was sporadic across the festive season. This is how far I got. Main scheme completed, most decals on and a couple of coats of Future laid down to protect the finish. I have fitted the wheels and some monor parts. Undercarriage doors are done and the canopy is ready to fit. Minor details to finish before the Group Build season kicks off on the 22nd! Happy New Year to All.
  20. Some great models in there. What a good years effort!
  21. Sorry to hear about your Dad. Its great to see a lovely collection of classic air liners. My wife's a psycologist but she usually finds me jobs when she sees me at my work bench!
  22. Some excellent work there, espacially when I think how small they are!
  23. A great collction for the Year. I remember you starting the Snargasher but missed you finishing so thanks for posting the update. A lovely model resulting
  24. Many thanks all for the comments. I wish I had bought more Fonderie models when they were available rather than just the few I did. Certainly a better feeling of satisfaction than the mass produced jobs.
  25. Great models yet again Mark. Excellent detail work expecially the BE2C!
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