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  1. Aside from the riviting, did the 109 molds feature any other problems over time, loss of fit, warping etc? (wondering hooooow crazy to go on first releases ) Eg if u got an initial revell p-47m it was tamiya-like... Now it has tons of flash, poor fit....flash on the lip intake being so bad it became 3mm solid and u have to cut away now
  2. Eduard staff hard at work on profipack edition of project Tora Tora Tora. *Brassin Martin Balsam TBC
  3. My reaction "Wierd, Special hobby must be getting bored, dabbling in fictional aircraft.......wait, it was real?!...... prototype..1939!! WUTTT!!!!!"
  4. a fine day here, so I got some of the base colours down on the wheel wells and the cockpit. Despite going though threads on the forums, Im not particularly closer to figuring out of the aifix instructions of 'brick red' are accurate for the headreast area! at the moment its green....i used tamiya ts-17 alminium for the cockpit and As-12 for the wheel bay ( as i ran out of TS-17!) its far shinier in the photos than in real life (looks almost like crome in the pics!!! )
  5. good to know, Mk.I then interesting regarding the prop and CoG issue Thanks for the information, photos and album links! a good find with the armour plate protusion - ( ive seen the term 'doghouse' but never understood why?) based on everyones feedback im going without armour it must of been somewhat nerverwracking flying without armor plate! wonder how it affected the CoG/handling when fitted... started work today: fitted the fuselauge light with obligatory tinfoil, and begun looking at wheels.....I really dont want to order aftermarket if I can avoid it, but all the 5 spoke wheels i have are from spitfires and are smaller tyre diameter and larger spoke size....trying to think of what other 1/72 british kits i could 'liberate' some from started reading threads on BM about cockpit colours....oh boy......
  6. Hiya! I've been been enjoying reading about the east african campaign from: - 'The First Victory'(good overall acount) - 'Air War in East Africa 1940 - 41'(a good summary of sqn diaries, but a very dry read) Ive decided I would have a go at modeling '277' using the Airfix 1/72 Hurricane Mk.+Xtradecal SAAF pt.1 decal sheet: I have a feq questions regarding the SAAF Mk.I 'ragwings' posted to Kenya that im hoping someone can help with these two photos look like they might be for 277 'Q': - it appears they have the latter exhausts of the Mk.Ia - it looks likes like armour plate wassn't fitted? onto the model! Starting with the wing I filled the horrible ejector pin marks in the wheel and attached the upper spar: Now the upper wing has a pretty good dihedral, where as the bottom wing one side sits higher ( atleast in my example). To rectify this i placed slower curing super glue behind the lower wheel bays and clamped to the upper wings. now the lower wing fits nicely into the upper, with the correct dihedral.
  7. Wonder if they will have the parts for a Mig-23MLG(23-57) This example has no shortage of markings!
  8. ...So, i decided to trust the folk at LM decals, so will use the airfix kit with the larger cannon bulges I expected getting references to be easier - I thought there would be a ton of HAF spitfire pics floating about, but alas! The aboukir will come from a Tamiya Vb that I have different plans for! Initially i was going to use the tamiya insert piece on the airfix kit, but as the tamiya nose is a bit fatter i woudl either have to widen the airfix nose, or sand the tamiya piece to fit, loosing detail in the process, so I opted for just using the filter with the airfix nose insert I i first glued the kit insert, then cut it off and filled the rest with putty. Dry fitting showed it aligns better than it sits in the photos!
  9. Hiya Started working on modeling rhaf spitfire vc ER890: ive seen other modelers give this aircraft narrow cannon bulges, but the lm sheet represents the larger type, not entirely sure which is right! Does anyone have info helping confirm which is correct? On a side note: knowing that these spitfires were converted from Vb to Vc - looking closer at EP694 the distance of the cannon bulges to the reinforcing strips on the wings seems greater than if the cannon bulges were in the typical C wing position (as on the airfix kit) from the distance it looks like the C type cannon bulges are still in the B wing position!? Am i seeing things?
  10. I jsut noticed something: knowing that these spitfires were converted from Vb to Vc - looking closer at EP694 the distance of the cannon bulges to the reinforcing strips on the wings seems greater than if the cannon bulges were in the typical C wing position (as on the airfix kit) from the distance it looks like the C type cannon bulges are still in the B wing position!? I havent seen this discussed before? If so, its a major PITA because id jsut finished these (assuming builds online are correct) ohwell, if not they can be for a future conversion!
  11. Hey folks! Having been back into lockdown here in NZ has allowed me some time to actually try and build something! (rather than endless aquiring!) Been rather interested in the mix-n-match Spitfires of the RHAF after purchasing the excelent LM decals sheet, and decided to have a go a modeling ER890: ive seen other modelers give this aircraft narrow cannon bulges, but the sheet represents the larger type, not entirely shure which is right! still researching - if i can find evidence its the large cannon bulges, ill use the 1/72 Airfix kit, else it with be the tamiya image hosting
  12. Neat! Always liked the mk. I, cleaned up tool a bonus (was going to sub parts from an airfix martlet if/where needed! )
  13. ahh ok, yea it looked 'modern' tooling, but basic - couldent place it ( good to know the starter set dossnt contain the regular Vc!)
  14. If the internets taught me anything - there will be a neiche group into it!
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