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  1. Some small, fiddly progress. I decided to divide the upper canopy part into its static and sliding portions at this point, because I think this will make the positioning of the canopy parts easier. Here's the kit part: And here's the necessary division, which involves a little awkward side cut with the razor saw: The tail wheel also needed a bit of work, removing a fairing and shortening the part. Kit part again: The chunky fairing needs to go, and the remaining part needs to be trimmed down to reflect a shorter (and compressed) oleo strut. Here'
  2. For the life of me, I couldn't work out how Eduard intended me to fit the parabolic reflectors of the landing lights into the spats. The kit is pretty short on locating pins and flanges anyway, but this was just annoying. The kit part seemed to be shaped to fit something, but nothing inside the spats matched. I ended up sanding and chiselling away a significant amount of plastic and fitting them right behind the transparent covers. I suspect they're supposed to be set a little deeper somehow, but here's what I ended up with, once the spats and wheels were assembled: Then it w
  3. The CMK rudder looks like a pretty neat fit when matched against the kit tail, but then needed a little adjustment with filler and sanding once I'd scribed away the kit plastic. Here it is in place, completing the tail assembly: I've also fiddled the CMK flaps into position: The kit provides a set of photoetch flap hinges, which are of course configured for the "up" position. I found it was easy enough to clip this part in half along an etched seam, and position the two halves realistically. The inboard hinges are in place; the outboard hinges awa
  4. I've finished work on the CMK parts for the horizontal stabilizers. I seem to have two port tailplanes, to judge from the fitting tabs. There's no difference between the top and bottom surfaces, and in any case I need to revise the tab position so that I can model the tailplanes in the tilted "Take Off" position (a notorious feature of the Lsyander). So it was just a matter of sawing off the tabs and repositioning them. This is slightly complicated by the fact that a triangular plate, properly mounted on top of the tilting tailplane, is moulded into the kit tail:
  5. While waiting for my repainted Bristol engine to dry (thanks, @dogsbody), I made an adjustment to the undercarriage. As other have noted before me, the Eduard kit portrays the wheels with shock-absorbers uncompressed, so I did a bit of work with a fine chisel to reposition the wheels a little deeper inside the spats, working from photographs of parked aircraft. Before (left) and after (right):
  6. Well, I messed that up, didn't I? Thanks! I spent a lot of time peering at photographs to convince myself that "dark iron" was wrong, and there was a flat bare-metal finish to the cylinders. Sigh. The gear casing's just neglect on my part, though.
  7. The engine, with its PE parts, is assembled. I briefly turned it blue, because I forgot that LifeColor's panel liner leaves a slight blue residue on metallic paint, but a very light overspray corrected that. The cowling comes in four parts--three curved panels and the front end. I'm keeping the front separate, for now, to make painting easier. I also dug a square hole to accommodate the kit's PE air inlet The CMK exhaust (dark grey, bottom) is a better match for my proposed aircraft than the kit part (pale grey, top), so it will be getting a coat of pale gold-bronze to match the fro
  8. The interior is assembled. Positioning the upper tank, behind the pilot's head, was a bit of trial and error, since the Eduard diagram is unhelpful, to say the least, and it's a tight fit. The unpainted flanges at the top connect to the wings, in due course. My depiction of the rear compartment is that the plywood has been given a coat of interior green, and is just starting to get a bit worn, with just a little wood showing through and some dirt on the floor and bench--nothing too bad, since in January 1942 the French pick-up service hadn't been running for long. In a couple of places wh
  9. While painting and assembling the interior parts, I wanted to make some progress with the wings. I wanted to dry fit these to the locating flanges which attach to the top of the interior assembly, rather than discover a problem later. I want to depict this one with the flaps and leading edge slats deployed, which happened automatically at low airspeeds. (I chased around for a while trying to find more information about a passing reference in Hugh Verity's book, about passengers being asked to "push back the automatic flaps as they left the aircraft", which would also have stowed th
  10. I'd just like to say that whoever was responsible for the choice of that horrible "Lord of the Rings"-style typeface on the box should be shot. Really. This is going to be yet another Special Duties Lysander. I'd like to build John Nesbitt-Dufort's all-black Lysander from 138 Sq., famously pranged in a French ditch (and then destroyed by a train) in January 1942. Tail number was T1508, squadron code would have been NF, but I don't know the aircraft letter, or how the plane might have been marked--photographs don't seem to cover the necessary parts of the fuselage. So there's a prob
  11. Thanks all. I feel I can make a very marginal case for flaps up and inboard slats retracted, but I'm leaning toward slats out and flaps down. The deciding factor will really be how well I can manage to make a set of inboard slats (I have the outboard slats and the flaps from CMK). A bit of experimentation required before I start sawing, I think!
  12. Very useful, thanks. It's interesting that the flap lock (with options for up and 3/4 down) is described as having been removed in later aircraft. This is borne out, to some extent, by the labelled photo of the port side of the Lysander III cockpit in the Pilot's Notes, which shows the curved slot for the flap lock (just behind the throttle), but doesn't attach a label to it, and doesn't seem to show any kind of control knob. But if there was no flap lock in the French SD Lysanders, what would be the point of the passengers fiddling with the flaps? The flap lock slot is also visible in ph
  13. The agents who were being ferried out certainly got a fair amount of training, including practice at exiting the aircraft--there was a well-established drill to get people in and out in the shortest possible time. So it would seem possible that they also practised whatever it was they were supposed to do with the flaps. The flaps were certainly easily accessible from the rear compartment, but do look like they'd be more of an exit hazard in the "up" position rather than "down". Here's an illustrative photograph from the Haynes manual: That does look as if the corner of a raised
  14. Thanks for this. The Pilot's Notes for the aircraft seem to imply that slats and flaps deployed smoothly, rather than in stages, driven by air flow. The Haynes manual says that the pilot could lock the flaps (though I can't seem to find the relevant control in the Pilot's Notes cockpit diagrams). This explains the photographs of parked aircraft with inboard slats stowed and flaps raised. But asking the passengers to find an appropriate flap position for take-off, in a rush, in the dark, seems fairly fraught. But likewise, locking the flaps fully raised (an easy position for the passengers to f
  15. I've started thinking about my planned 1/48 "Special Duties" Lysander, and I ran across something in Hugh Verity's We Landed By Moonlight which has puzzled me. I'm aiming to model an aircraft as it would have appeared on the ground in France during a pick-up, and had assumed that this would involve wing slats extended and flaps lowered. But in Peter Proctor's appendix on "Modifications to the Lysander" he says, "I also remember the pilots telling the passengers to push back the automatic flaps as they left the aircraft." I think this means that the passengers in the rear compartment lifte
  16. Ah, that's great, thanks. Looks like I'd have had a lot less messing around with plastic card, brass wire and scribing tools if I'd waited for the Avis model! I see I was mistaking the separate roof panel for a side door in your initial picture. Thanks again.
  17. Looks great. Excellent detail work! I'm planning a 161 Sq. "Special Duties" Lysander, using the same kit, so I hope I can get mine looking half as good. I've found your build log very useful, particularly with regard to the rear compartment--I was disappointed to find Eduard hadn't supplied an SD version. Yours looks very convincing. May I ask what references you used? I've only been able to glean the vaguest of detail from the usual pilot memoirs.
  18. Thanks. Yes, I'd love to build a Shadow, too. The solar panels and weird Buddhist(?) art might be a challenge, though.
  19. Thanks! I have the Avis kit on backorder from Hannants. Thanks for the glimpse of what's in the box. From the sheer number of transparent parts, it looks like it's possible to build the model with at least one door open?
  20. Thanks. I think the fact you don't know the movie puts you in a significant majority.
  21. Well, I wouldn't want to sell you a set of decals to be applied to a different version of the same aircraft--I suspect there will be differences in proportion between my modified Sharkit kit and the Avis kit. And there are things about the decals I designed that I don't like. But you're very welcome to have (and modify as you like) the decal images I built for myself. They're at the end of this link--it's a zip file containing a single .png image with a transparency channel, at 600dpi.
  22. Sounds like what happens when you get a "like" on your first post, rather than a comment on the thread. Scroll to the bottom of your first post and check out all the little hearts that are accumulating from people who appreciate your work.
  23. I, too, am a big fan of the Hurricane and feel the Spit hogs the limelight too much. And that's a very lovely Hurricane. Well done indeed.
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