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John Masters

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  1. A lovely aircraft and a fine build sir! Very pretty.
  2. This is a handsome aircraft from this heady days of the mid-Cold War. I gave it a little age since it had been around for about 10 years. The kit is pretty good too, but caution with the fragile decals. Maybe shop them out in the aftermarket. WiP here... --John
  3. Thanks to @VG 33 again. I applied the decals tonight. I also attached the undercarriage, painted the wingtips green and the top of the fin a light blue. The kit decals were ok...just ok. Opaque enough, but oh, sooo fragile. Those long arrows on the side split quite a few times. The trick was to let them soak for a long time, then run a very soft brush beneath the decal to release it from the paper. Slide it on with a lot of water. Tomorrow I'll carefully give it some varnish, then a bit of pinwash here and there for panel detail. --John
  4. Perfect! Thank you1 I am applying the decals on this tonight. I must wrap this up. I have other builds wish to begin! The anti-glare area... --John
  5. Typical resin kit, but nicely made anyway....some fettling required. The instructions say to attach the inner spars to the cockpit floor. I tried that. Didn't fit too well, so I glued the spars to the interior of the fuselage (red circle). That worked. The turtledeck and headrest area...the turtledeck needs to be hollowed out a bit so it fits above the seat back with the headrest attached (green circle). And the motor is very nice but the pushrods and coolant pipes need be separated and then bent inwards once the CA is set up (blue circle). None of this is difficult but requires some test fitting etc...I did away with the PE harness. I lost a piece then a second...tiny things. Masking tape came in handy. Speaking of tiny...control horns! Two on the lower wing, two on the stabilizer and a third "double" on the rudder. There are moulded horns on the rudder but I sanded them off and used a saw to create a gap for the PE piece. They actually have holes in them for rigging line. Hmmm.... Now. I really have to get back to the three other aircraft on the bench. I have been lax in my obsession. Decals for the Mystére; some paint for the Dornier and some work on the Tripe. --John
  6. Thanks. I agree. Something a bit different. PM me the reason please! Here's what i have to work with... Wings and fuselage are very nicely moulded... Note the damaged cowling. My fault! I will use this injection moulded piece. I think it is from a Bristol fighter of one sort or another. I will have to scratch built the cabane struts and probably the landing gear struts. The interplane seem alright. Some brass wire will come into play. Old style PE. Looks alright. So there we are. I'll dig in tomorrow. --John
  7. Thanks @Torbjorn That's a superb page. And than you for the link! I am not sure if KORA still makes the kit.
  8. Now this is cute. If there is one good thing about moving house it is that I was able to do some inventory. I found this one buried in a box of other kits. I remember buying it years ago and stating it (and damaging the cowling when I started)...so there is a different cowling on this one. It looks the same, just not resin. Anyway... The wiki page is good and has some images of a reproduction that flies...good for rigging diagram and colour. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FVM_Ö1_Tummelisa Resin, some PE... Your basic exploded instructions... And markings options. I like the 'heart' so I am going for that. I'll start in on it later tonight with a clean up of the parts, etc...drill the very few rigging holes. --John
  9. My vote is cast! Thank you for a superb GB. I really hope my candidate wins!
  10. Thanks @modelling minion… it’ll be a slow process and probably include models moved mid-construction!
  11. That will be part of the difficulty with unpacking: using a fine soft brush to dust the models before the go back on the shelf. It'll take some time. Thanks! Slowly, slowly...
  12. If you hadn't said the kit was dog, I would have never guessed from your build. Superb!
  13. Even more stunning when one considers the scale! Outstanding!
  14. Finally back at this! This feels really good. I chose Vallejo Air Silver for the first stage of the NMF. I'll give the exhaust some Burnt Iron, some of the panels will get Duraluminum. I'll Levi the anti-glare panel on the nose matte black unless someone tells me differently. Btw...I began to move house a few days ago. I will take a long time to keep it mostly painless. I owed up and moved all the built models this morning. Below is an example...a Box of Migs... Process..layer of aircraft on a bubblewrap base. Then the peanuts. Then the lid. I dis this repeatedly. Most bins have two layers. I think I need to build more Migs. And I ended up with these... Not bad. The hard part will be unpacking them carefully, re-shelving, etc. --John
  15. Nice! Well done with the weathering. Perhaps some should have happened on the cowling too? Your choice, I think.
  16. Nicely done. I have this kit as well and look forward building it. I'll peruse your WiP to see how it went.
  17. Some of the glass went in. I used Revell Contact. It dries slowly. I added the little exterior pieces, mostly having to do with radar and communications...some fun drilling... These need little holes.... So I did that. Very carefully. Added the aura bubble, glued the little ears on, added the step and what will be a green light underneath. I may replace that with something clear. So...I am almost ready to fill the interior with foam and give it some primer. --John
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