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Ventora3300

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    Still a 'Nostalgia Modeller' - I'll get over it...
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  1. Funny the 1974 tooling should get mentioned (thanks @klr) - I managed to lay my hands on one of those as well, 'Cripes A'Mighty'. This kit has a good cockpit interior (for 1/72) and I quickly assembled this to act as a guide to some quick scratch-building for the older kit ('stick' omitted for safety!)
  2. Thanks for these hints - now that you mention it, I'll have a look at those.... I also had in mind doing some sort of mod to represent the oil and air outlets on the underside of 'the doghouse' as apparently this was a key feature in making the Mustang so fast.
  3. Had some spare time today so got this old kit started. Using Tamiya extra thin: Stand assembled (!) - needed the holes in the base drilled out slightly to get the pins in. Prop spindle into the rear of the spinner/prop (meant to be the 'cuffed' version?) - looks like a much larger hole but if you push the spindle in, it seems to locate into a smaller hole inside. Checked for 'spin' in the dry fitted fuselage halves, of course. Main wing halves assembled and I will be doing this wheels up so undercarriage doors fitted - pins at the top of the doors (there for location if wheels down) were removed as per the 'locate and cement' instructions. Also, the 'strut' across the inboard edge of the wheel wells needs to be removed to let the large inner doors mate up. Stabilisers fitted to the fuselage halves. Large undercarriage doors fitted to the fuselage halves - curved corner forwards to match up with the cut-outs in the wings. Dry fit of the wings was very good. Exhaust stubs fitted to the fuselage halves - they seemed to be along one edge of the 'carrier' plates and I put these so they are along the lower edge of the raised area on the fuselage Drop tanks assembled - I'll need to check that 'smooth' tanks, i.e. without the horizontal seam, are correct. The canopy will show up the yawning hole beneath once the fuselage halves are together so doing something about that will be the next job
  4. Here we go - I have the green light to inflict the original tool Airfix P-51D 'Fool's Paradise IV' on this GB - sorry, chaps. Dependent on time, I may bring in newer tool kits as I go along. I've got the Red Stripe Bag 'boxing'... The kit comes in silver-grey plastic, only 30 parts. Raised detail outside but absolutely zero detail inside the cockpit area, other than two pins for the pilot to perch on. That said, the pilot has gone AWOL so I'll need to set up an 'office' that will tempt him back. All the gen on the 'North American P-51D Mustang' - I fancy doing a check on how this lines up with the wealth of reference material made available here. Ditto for the colour scheme given for this particular aircraft...
  5. Lovely build there, Tony, (as well as the others you are doing in the GB) and I did wonder if the plastic of the old kit - that silvery grey - would stand a polish up with your oft quoted S n'J without losing the raised detail. I don't have any of that but did think of trying Brasso or even 'Barman's Friend'. I'll be getting the build thread going shortly. All the best. Mike.
  6. Thanks, Charlie, and I may add in some 'enhancements' to show this old kit off in a good light.. All the best. Mike.
  7. Many thanks, Patrice. Yes, I know that the decals may be the 'weak link' and my plan was to give them a coating of something well in advance. However, your link will be extremely helpful if I get in trouble. Time is short but I may bring in another older Airfix kit as a comparison if I get cracking. All the best. Mike
  8. Aerial wire is now on behind the mast on the Airfix Tomahawk IIB and it is finished. (The superglue got out of hand and I damaged the starboard fuselage 'flash' across the roundel but I'll repair that another day by overlaying a replacement transfer. A tiny bit of smoke staining at the shell ejection ports was all I ventured on this one. A lovely kit to build and I've got another two in the alternative 'Desert' scheme and one in the 'Pearl Harbour' set which I'll come back to another day. This is only the second of the 'new tool' modern Airfix kits I have built (where have you been, ya fossil?) and it was mightily enjoyable. Time to set this one aside now.
  9. Checking carefully @TEMPESTMK5, no-one has inflicted the old tool Airfix P51-D 'Fool's Paradise IV' on this GB as yet, not even @TonyW! No blue in sight on this one so I may steer clear of trouble? Shall I get cracking on a 'nostalgia build? (The last time I built this kit, I painted it with old spare silver paint I found in the cupboard under the stairs at home, and it never dried....
  10. Side canopy frames painted and on and main canopy masking and painting in progress. Transfers going on - no major issues other than the teeth at the front. Helpfully, in this kit, each side is supplied in two pieces to reduce the number of curved surfaces in progress simultaneously. You will also be aware that the background to the serial number has been coloured green to represent the previous camo colours before re-painting for the desert - a bit too bright a green to my eye. I was also surprised that the fuselage roundels and squadron codes seemed to be all in one piece on the backing but separate when taking off. It all helps to position these letters Matt cote is on, still drying on the spinner. Ring and bead gunsight also put on plus the pitot tube changed to an 'L' head rather than the bayonet type supplied with the kit - both fiddly nerve-wracking jobs. The more observant will notice that I now have the wheels round the right way now with the flat sides with four securing bolt heads outermost - a bit of extra detail added in this re-boxed kit. Got a flying visit from the first old tool P-40E to make a few comparisons - I like the Desert Yellow rather than the Mid Stone in the camouflage.
  11. Decided to go with aftermarket rather than try to scratch build a tiny, tiny 1/72 ring and bead gunsight for the Tomahawk IIB - the instructions said to drill 0.3mm holes - smallest drill I had was 0.5mm and these invisible items seemed to be falling into a massive sink hole when I looked at it through a magnifier. After losing a few bits, I eventually got something on tacked on. Matt cote now on and I've decided the only aerial wire that is required to be put on is one from the aerial mast to the radio compartment.
  12. Here are the components of the replacement prop blades and spinner on the reboxed P-40E - I used a sanding block to remove the waste resin on the rear face of the spinner as I wasn't confident of holding the cone steady while sawing off the unwanted piece. The prop blades basically snapped off the forming block. Excellent tool to set the blades at the right angle (and the right way round) included. Cut off the original blades - you can see the difference in length compared with the longer new blades (allowing for the long end which goes into the spinner. My first thought was just to fit the new blades to the hub and re-use the original spinner but the new spinner has an engraved line in front of the blades and looks pretty good. Also, the original spinner has long slots in it to let it slide over the prop blades, which doesn't really represent the real thing. Blades and spinner painted and assembled using superglue and the blade setting tool. The rear needed to be drilled out to 6mm to slip over the original hub and now on the P-40E - spins a treat so a very worthwhile modification. Undercarriage on as well. Some touching up required and I thought my camo lines were a bit straight and sweeping so I added in a few smaller scale curves to to to make it more realistic. Canopy masking next.
  13. The re-boxed old tool P-40E has the Dark Earth on now and spinner in red - research indicates that RAF 112 Squadron always had red spinners and the box art showing DE is probably to reflect the acrylic colour pots provided. Fuel and oil tank caps dotted in - generous size! Wing nav lights also dotted in - trying to match positions actually molded on the Tomahawk IIB. I have been wondering what the mysterious fairing is below the starboard wing beside the wheel well -I found a pic showing it as a gun camera pod. I'll dot in a lens on the front face. Canvas wheel well liners still to go in then transfers on. Spinner on although it would have fitted better if put on before the fuselage closed together to set the prop blade distance within the slots. This kit really needs the prop blades made the correct length so some goodies have arrived - includes ring and bead gunsights.
  14. All transfers are on the new tool Tomahawk IIB now - except for all the small stencils - I tried the first one but it just looked like a small mark on the paintwork - far too small. I'm not a big fan of the two-tone blue flash through the fuselage roundels but heigh-ho. Gunsight next, aerial wires and matt cote to finish off
  15. Continuing with the acrylic paints supplied with the Old Tool P40E, it is now Humbrol 93 Desert Yellow. Looks good to me. 29 Dark Earth to go on next.
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