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  1. It’s the chipping for me, I love it. How did you achieve that look Pete, silver paint? Whatever you did you’ve nailed it!
  2. I love this, it’s a work of art Lootenant. You’ve completely nailed the atmosphere and the tatty desert underside, hats off to you! Don’t know if you’ve seen Etienne du Plessis’ slide collection on Flickr (it’s gorgeous) but this wouldn’t look out of place there at all nice one! Matt https://flickr.com/photos/8270787@N07/sets/72157605269786717
  3. Glorious! My goodness you’re prolific, each model is more gorgeous than the last. I adore your prose, too, Moa, it’s always a pleasure to read your posts. Wonderful stuff.
  4. Perfection Andrew, congratulations. I’m building an A model at the mo and am grinning from ear to ear! Well done for an absolutely superb Tomcat!
  5. Valerio that truly is a thing of beauty, my congratulations. Beautiful sheen, Excellent photography an presentation, too. Stay safe!
  6. Sincerely hope all you BM’ers are doing ok during this unprecedented time, I know that some time at the bench is a great help for most of us when the proverbial hits the fan. Very grateful to have such a great hobby (and some time to do it!) at the moment. A major milestone passed in my modelling career, my kids are SO proud of me! These suckers have lain fallow for several years and from what I read have been the undoing of many a modeller. I’d just given up, which was a pity as the rest of the build had gone quite well .... ’Challenging’ AMUR Reaver PE wing gloves fitted
  7. What an absolute cracker, I love it, we’ll done it’s beautiful Gregax
  8. That's fine Andrew. Truth be told I'm not really going to lose any sleep over it, but well done for pointing it out. I've found the Avieaology sheets to be meticulously researched, they pride themselves on their semi-obsessive approach and I would trust them to know their onions. If you have your reservations, that's cool. I don't have a huge amount of time for modelling, and I enjoy the research phase as much as the next man, but there comes a point when one must just crack on. I've too many stalled builds these days, and I'm resolved to get several posted up in RFI this year!
  9. Sure, Andrew that what I reckoned too, but the Aviaeology sheet I took reference from suggested that while the guns weren’t present on these early E wings, the blast tubes were, and were patched over as if the 303’s had been present. Maybe some overlap at supermarine, or they had a load of C wing leading edges that needed using up?! Cheers, Matt
  10. Hi Jason, I’m afraid it’s been absorbed into another overly ambitious mega-build! The Seafire 47 is forging ahead though, detailing the engine and sorting the canopy at the moment, although struggling to find the time at present. Rest assured I’ll post up when it’s nearer the finish line. The other builds are under ‘sigh for a griffon x3’ if you fancy a look (sorry can’t figure out to link to another build thread within a post yet - would anyone be able to tell me how it’s done? Cheers matt
  11. I’ve succumbed to the Fr. 47 I’m afraid, so no progress on the other 4(!) until it’s been ‘caught up’ to the others. Apologies to anyone hollering encouragement for a glorious griffon engined 4-plane RFI post, it will happen eventually! I’ve been collecting Aires resin bits for the Fr. mk. 47 for a while, essentially an equivalent to the Grand Phoenix version of the Airfix kit - resin cockpit, engine and wing-folds (these were hard to come by!) I started with the wing centre section. The flaps were very much Fr.46. I’ve filled the 46 lines in here. The inboard fl
  12. Great - I consider myself fully informed, thanks for the advice everyone, looking forward to getting going when the paints arrive. I’ll have a go with the odourless probably, to preserve my popularity with the family-but then won’t they miss out on white spirit nostalgia when they’re older? Thanks chaps, much apppreciated.
  13. Hi Troy - thanks for the white spirit heads up - I never realised that!! Would you say actual turps is the thing? Or can you only get turpentine substitute these days? Either way that’s another evocative childhood smell so it’s win-win! Yeah mums old oil tubes did resurface but the lids were welded on after 40 years of sitting in a drawer, so I bit the bullet and bought some new ones. They’ll see me out though (unless I turn into Isleworth’s answer to Bob Ross) Cheers, matt
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