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  1. Yes, good call, Adrian. I had fixated on plastic and forgotten about paper as a modelling material! A quick plan is to roll it around a suitable sized felt tip marker, lather with PVA, let it dry, trim to size, slice longways to let it slide around the lower beacon part and then paint as appropriate! Thanks! Now may also be the time to put a bit of weight in the nose as insurance. Hopefully the stand can take it!
  2. Jeff, thanks for staying with it! Thanks Adrian and I think I may prefer the modern kits with the fibre optic harnesses! This must surely be the last picture of the internals that I'll need to post - not sure if it is clear from the pic but the @Rabbit Leader 'packing' has been squeezed in across the width of the fuselage between the bulkheads and below the window line. On top of that is the @PeterB foil to maximise on reflection of light where needed and I have extended the foil over the lower red beacon area to try to keep all that flashing light away from the windows - I really need some sort of preformed plastic tube to butt right up to the provided shield over the flashing bulb, so I am hunting round the house for something suitable - @AdrianMF must have some suggestions here! There is a piece of bubblewrap glued across the front section of windows both sides of the fuselage to try to cut down the brightness from the steady bulb directly behind. Up in the forward area, there is a slice of packing to separate the black cockpit area from the two home made 'light tubes' below which are to channel light down to the nose landing lights, again some foil lining underneath to assist. Also, I have glued a couple of layers of blue celllophane across the opening in the bulkhead that lets the steady light into the cockpit area. Also, I have tried to form up a sort of coaming at the front of the cockpit which will be visible from outside. I'm tempted to put in a couple of 1/144 heads.... When closing up the fuselage, I just need to position in the front undercarriage leg and the rudder which are currently painted white and drying, not forgetting the port side nose landing light tube which will be a b****r to fiddle into place.
  3. This looks like a really interesting build, Adrian. Look at those massive deep radiators on the thin Tempest wing! No wonder they moved them to a chin on the front! I came across a reference to the Hawker Tornado in a copy of the Feb 1941 issue of 'Flight' I got as a Christmas pressie - no mention of Typhoons/Tempests at that time. Maybe a follow on project for some modeller somewhere.....
  4. Lovely work, Adrian, (Past and Current!) That was a lot of additional detail put into the cockpit 'chunk'. I've always fancied doing the Frog Baltimore although I didn't imagine it needed all these corrections as well as improvements. This is an enjoyable build - for us spectators, anyway! Regards, Mike.
  5. Th three bulkheads are in and the flashing beacon and window/tail light tubes fitted. They needed anchoring in the tail space with a daub of Clearfix to keep them in place and I've dry fitted the stabiliser unit to check there is enough of the lights showing. The flashing red beacon on the tail is a perfect length but the steady clear tail light looks a tad long so will get a bit of a trim. I've also strung in the starboard wing light tube (and the port one will follow during close up of the fuselage as it's going to be too restrictive to do afterwards. The starboard nose light 'scratch' tube is in, again anchored with a blob of clearfix - I'm hoping that fills the hole in the nose and brings the light through so it's visible. The flashing red beacon under the fuselage is in and I'm wrapping a piece of plastic round that area to help concentrate / keep the light in. I've been colouring the ends of the light tubes with felt tip pens - needs building up in several coats. Additional light 'insulation will be going in next.
  6. Jeff, this kit has (been) built up beautifully -lovely work! The decals came out really well and set off that aluminium finish. And we now have a new standard set for Frog stands - we'll all need to adopt this method. Well done. Regards, Mike.
  7. Patience required with the many thin coats of white paint! (Btw, if Hermann is to fly, the Whif should possibly include no serious injury so no drugs and weight gain. He then fits in a Bf109 no problem). Looking at the size difference, I wonder what the Luftwaffe pilots thought when the P-47 first hove into view! Good luck with your build. Regards, Mike.
  8. Got that, many thanks Jeff. Being left to my own devices for the day, I took a trip to the nearest LMS to me but no Hu 15 - only managed to get some Revell 54 Night Blue - looked just the same as my tin of Oxford Blue. Had a tentative go at adding some black to the Oxford Blue and touching in - looking OK so far. I think the wrinkles in the cheatline transfer are more visible and it was hard to keep them in a straight line along the length of the fuselage anyway. Trying to move along the paint drying with a hairdryer and got a couple of coats of gloss varnish on - a couple of smudges appeared and a chunk of transfer disappeared from a door but I'll deal with them later. Spent some time sanding the filler on the tail and engine pods, checking with primer. Some more work to do on the engine pods but going in the right direction. Windows are now in without issue so fitting out the interior next!
  9. Many thanks @MrB17 - that tinted Hu 15 is definitely ‘BOAC’. Your stand looks brilliant and so will the Beaver when it is sitting atop it! Well done. Regards, Mike.
  10. Oh…my eyes (now crossed) say it is the top right rear prop that is the right way round and the other three suspect. I always thought the straight edge of a prop blade was at the ‘front’ face to cut into the air with the curved edge at the ‘rear’. You’ll need to get a Shack reference pic to check they are all the correct orientation.
  11. The Swordfish build is progressing well, Pete, and well done for just enough enhancement of the cockpits to please the eye and to allow the fuselage to get buttoned up without disappearing off on a detailing crusade! However, bad luck, we have all seen what looks like large zig zag stitching on the canvas (?) in your reference pic so expectations have been raised....only joking! Good luck with the rest of the build. Regards, Mike.
  12. Thanks for those links, Steve, really informative. Also, I'm now wondering if I could get away with using my ready to hand Hu 104 Oxford Blue as a base for touch up - came out looking very 'BOAC' on the Honda CB450 - I'll dig it and the BOAC Comet 4 out of 'storage' to check.
  13. Thanks for that encouragement, Pete. I think it will probably be trial and error. ...but these camera pics are merciless! Thanks for the encouragement, Gavin. Thanks Adrian. The transfer fragments seemed to be a good idea but you can't distinguish between them and the base colour when pushing them in place. More luck than judgement, I'm afraid. Keep your fingers crossed for the fuselage seam painting!! Thanks, Jeff. Hu 15 is getting the most votes but I will have to wait until Mrs. V is out at work before dashing out to see if I can lay my hands on some. The dog is due a trip out tomorrow...! (Don't be daft!) Thanks Dave and hopefully it will start to speed up a bit now with the windows going in. Thanks Martin. The key to good touch up matching will be to keep it to the bare minimum and I'm looking for my thinnest brush. Someone recommended SMS detail brushes somewhere so I'm keeping an eye out for them.
  14. Mistype! I meant Hu 15 Midnight Blue, but I think still some black required. Maybe start with black and add blue…
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