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  1. Oh-ho. That's the mysterious aircraft that's been puzzling me, on display in the IWM atrium in recent episodes of "Secrets of the Imperial War Museum"! It's looking good. (And jeez-o, the CoG must have been incredibly far forward in the real aircraft. I can see why you had trouble balancing the kit version.)
  2. Nicely done. Happy memories. I've built this one twice. I may now have to build it again.
  3. Thanks. I'd forgotten the phrase "flying flatiron" for these lifting bodies (and the Gloster Javelin, IIRC). I'm hoping Fantastic Plastic eventually get around to producing their promised X-24B, which really looked the part.
  4. Thanks again for the kind comments. My eye is of course constantly drawn to the worn areas on the Alclad! Yes, there seems to have been some interesting patch work done on the starboard fin, in the photo featuring the mock-fighting pilots. Difficult to make out what's going on, though, because of the reflective surface.
  5. Extremely impressive work, beautifully painted and weathered.
  6. Many thanks, all, for the kind comments. Just to continue with the theme for this model, I noticed after I'd posted that one of my bits of detailing (the little fin under the nose, which I carved from a bit of styrene sheet) had contrived to fall off unnoticed at some point. Sigh. I've replaced it, and updated the relevant low-angle photos in which it appears.
  7. I guess it was a bit of larking around during the same test-pilot group photoshoot that produced this image. The guy being dragged away from the cockpit is Peter Hoag, an Air Force test pilot, and I at first assumed that what was being enacted was a bit of the inter-service rivalry that military pilots seemed to enjoy cultivating when working for NASA. But the fella pretending to wield the mallet on Hoag's fingers is Jerauld Gentry, who was also Air Force, so it doesn't really make sense. Maybe it's a reference to the fact that, of the four pilots pictured, Hoag had made the fewest flights, and the others are pretending to be trying to stop him catching up?
  8. Thanks. Yes, the cockpit's a bit of a mess, and the instructions require a bit of detective work to figure out how it's all supposed to fit together. Here's what I came up with before closing the two halves, showing the harness and dials I added to try to perk it up a little.
  9. This is the experimental lifting body flown during the late '60s, familiar to many (as the box art suggests) from the opening sequence of The Six Million Dollar Man. (Remarkably, Steve Austin left the B52 in an HL-10 and crashed in an M2-F2.) The kit doesn't have many parts, and those it has are relatively undetailed. The resin needed a lot of hot-dipping to straighten out various kinks, and a lot of filling and sanding to eliminate seams or improve fit, in particular at the join between upper and lower fuselage halves. The decal sheet was badly printed. I contacted Fantastic Plastic about this, but got no reply, so ended up scanning the sheet and rebuilding or replacing several decals using Experts-Choice decal paper. The paintwork is an experiment I very soon regretted. Other people appear to be able to use Alclad unsealed, but I'm not one of those people--the surface of my polished aluminium got distinctly unpolished and worn just with the very careful handling required to bed down the decals, and the different reflectivity of the decals is a bit of an offence to the eye from some angles. Altogether it was a dispiriting build, which very nearly ended up in the bin several times, and I never mustered the enthusiasm to begin a WiP thread. The highlight of the whole experience was the point at which I lost one of the control surface parts for a week, only to discover it in my trouser pocket while hunting for change for a parking meter. Old age doesn't come itself ... Here's what the real thing looked like: And here's what I produced. Some additional detail with styrene and brass rod. Paint is Alclad polished aluminium and matt white. Ejector seat straps are cannibalized from an Airwaves set, and the cockpit was detailed up a little using Airscale early Allied jet instrument decals. Either the kit undercarriage gear is too long, or I mistook part of the pour stub for part of the gear, so the model sits a little too high. This annoys me, but doesn't annoy me enough to make me want to revise it at present. It's a tail-sitter, of course, and I've made no effort to edit out the transparent rod I tucked under the engine bells for support. Thanks for looking, and well done for getting past the outpouring of negativity with which I started this post!
  10. Yes, that aircraft always looked to me as if someone had been kitbashing with real aircraft parts. The model looks great.
  11. Thank you. Not to everyone's taste, I find, but I prefer uniform discs to the "blurred blades" effect, which reproduces what we see in photographs, but is less representative of what we see real life. (Yes, I know there's irony in my showing photographs of the final result!) I try to get the colour profile, spinner to tip, as realistic as possible by doing a bit of mathematics using measurements of the kit propeller to produce an appropriate transparency gradient. If anyone's interested, I wrote a little description of how I do it on my blog: https://oikofuge.com/how-to-model-rotating-propeller-discs/ I use an inkjet printer and overhead transparency sheets--laser printers unfortunately bake in a curve that's almost impossible to flatten. In the past, I've printed the discs as decals, and applied them to slightly thicker transparent plastic discs, which works pretty well, too.
  12. Thanks. It's a display base from a UK company called Coastal Kits.
  13. Thanks. Here it is in uniform: Started out with the RAF as AQ-Z, in Air-Sea Rescue. Grierson describes the refitting for the Antarctic as being so extensive they were effectively new aircraft.
  14. Thanks. That was Hannant's Xtracrylix Trainer Yellow, with Tamiya thinner, over a coat of light grey primer. It went on nicely. Here it is after I glossed it up for the decals. I'd certainly use it again.
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