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nabe3

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  1. nabe3

    Canberra TT18 question

    Wow, I made a stupid mistake in picking up the wrong main wheels !! Thank you for bringing it to my attention. I still remember that you suggested me NOT to use the wrong wheels. However, I'm already too tired tackling the Canberra kit, and I may leave it as it is forever(Ha-Ha!!). I have my LAST question about the Canberra. When I applied decals on the lower fuselage, I noticed a couple of "K"-shaped markings/stencils, one is in front of the nose landing gear and the other is at immediately aft of the bomb bay. What is the meanings of these K-shaped marks??? Akira
  2. nabe3

    Canberra TT18 question

    Hello James and John, I finally completed my Canberra TT.18 model a couple of weeks ago, and I uploaded a short article about my recent Canberra project with some photos on my website. I hope you both can enjoy my Canberra article by clicking on the following URL. If you have any comment on the article, please let me know it. http://nabe3saviation.web.fc2.com/modelTT18.html I'd like to say "Thank you" again to both of you for your great help for my Canberra project. I'm really looking forward to the great pleasure of meeting both of you at Telford show this comming November. Akira
  3. nabe3

    Canberra TT18 question

    Hi there, I have another question. Could you help me again? What is the colour on the oval-shaped frame on the glass nose on the grey TT.18?? Is it light grey? or yellow?? or black??? Thank you in advance. Akira
  4. nabe3

    Canberra TT18 question

    Hi Jeffrey, I'm currently working on an Airfix Canberra in 1/48 scale, and I plan to finish it as a grey TT.18 with No.7 Sqdn markings. As for the canopy for my TT.18, I do not use an Airfix canopy in the kit because it doesn't look right(too flat). Instead, I plan to use a Classic Airframes' canopy part as it looks much better. Please send me an email before you come over Japan next time. I owe you a lot of money, right?(Ha-Ha!). Akira
  5. nabe3

    Canberra TT18 question

    This photo(yellow/blue/red lights) is exactly what I wanted to see!! Before I confirmed this photo, I mistakenly jumped the gun by painting the housing of the lights in black already(Ha-Ha!!), so I have to change the colour from black to white tomorrow together with adding two white separation plates between the lights. I plan to finish the assembly process by the end of March and I will start the painting process from early-April. I think I can complete my Canberra TT.18 by the end of April if everything work out well in smooth fashion. I lately well realized your words "Classic Airframes's kit is more recommended rather than the Airfix kit". What I found were. . . . . .(1),Panel lines are more accurate on the CA kit. (2), The Airfix kit is missing panel lines for the spoilers under the wing. (3), Shape of the vertical tail fin is more accurate on the CA kit. (4), Airfix kit ignores landing light under the port wing. (5), Spoiler heads are slightly raised from the wing surface, and the Airfix kit ignores it. (6), The airfix kit ignores a side window for the backseater on the right-side. (7), Shape of the wing-tip tanks does not look right on the Airfix kit, though the length of the tank of the AC kit looks too short. (8), Clear canopy of the Airfix kit is too shallow(flat), so I use the CA canopy following your advice. (9), Airfix kit ignores small air intakes at the leading adge of the inboard wing. (10), Serious modification is needed on the tailplane on the Airfix kit. However, I'm still happy with the Airfix kit and I'm enjoying building it. John and James, "Thanks again for your continuous support and useful advices". Hope to meet you at Telford this coming November. Akira
  6. nabe3

    Canberra TT18 question

    Hello, I have further questions regarding the following two items, which John mentioned above. (1), How the auxiliary window just back from the nose cone looks like?? Do you have a close-up photo looking up to the window from immediately below?? (2), What is the doward identification lights forward of the bomb bay doors?? What are these lights for?? Do you have a close-up photo looking up the lights from immediately below?? Thank you again in advance. I'm currently assembling the fuselage, and I want to put them in my model before I glue the fuselage halves together. Akira
  7. nabe3

    Canberra TT18 question

    Hello James and John, I'm currently making the bulges of the spotlight by using an artificial wood. I have another question about the spotlight. How should I make/paint the surface of the spotlight lens? Does it look like a clear lens with a silver reflector just like a landing light or a taxi light?? Or, does it have a black lens cover in front of the spotlight lens?? Thank you again in advance. Akira
  8. nabe3

    Canberra TT18 question

    Thank you very much for your quick answer. Akira
  9. nabe3

    Canberra TT18 question

    I have additional two questions below, and could you help me on these questions?? (1), Number of backseat on the TT.18, only one? or two?? According to the instruction sheet of the Classic Airframes' TT.18 kit, they instruct to place only one ejection seat in the back side. However, according to the TT.18 cockpit photos of the Canberra SIG, it clearly shows that there are two ejection seats in the back side. (2), According to the paint instruction sheet of the Classic Airframes' TT.18 kit, there is "NO" national roundels on under surface(outboard side) of the wing of WJ639. I wonder if the grey WJ639 did surely not have the roundel on the underside of the wing???
  10. nabe3

    Canberra TT18 question

    James and John, Thank you so much for your prompt feedback. I fully understand the shape of the rear view mirrors and the spotlights. I surely will add them on my TT.18 model. Thank you again. Akira
  11. nabe3

    Canberra TT18 question

    Hello James, I did not know the uniqueness of the WJ639 you mentioned. Do you have some close-up photos of the spotlight and the external rear view mirrors of the WJ639?? Thank you in advance. Akira
  12. nabe3

    Canberra TT18 question

    Hello everyone, thank you very much for your discussion on the question I asked to you yesterday. I understand that the colours of the questioned areas are not specified in one designated colour but the colours vary in a few different ways. In other words, I can paint them in any colors(Ha-Ha!). At the beginning, I plan to finish my TT.18 as a grey "WH856" which I pictured at St.Mawgan in 1974. However, I realized that the WH856 did not carry my favourite tail marking of the No.7 Sqdn at the time of my photography. So, my current plan is to build it as a grey "WJ693", mainly because the Classic Airframes' TT.18 kit has this WJ639 decals within the kit I have. Also, you provided me with a few photos of the WJ639 on this forum. Judging from my 1974 photo of the grey WH856, the nose wheel hub is clearly "aluminum" and the nose wheel leg(strut) is clearly light grey(NOT white). Inner surface of the nose gear door looks very dark (could be black??) due to extreme under exposure. Anyway, thank you again for your great support. I plan to finish my TT.18 sometime in May, and I will upload some photos of my TT.18 on my website as soon as it is completed. Akira
  13. nabe3

    Canberra TT18 question

    I started building the Airfix Canberra(1/48) at the beginning of 2018. I have a question, and could you help me with the following questions? What is the color of (1) interior surface of the landing gear wells, (2) landing gear struts and (3) inner surface of the flaps??? According to the Airfix kit instruction, they all are "Aluminum", however, judging from the walkaround photos you provided, the landing gear struts look light grey (almost white??) and the inside surface of the flaps look light grey too. I'm quite confused, and I'd appreciate it greatly if someone could kindly help me in this matter. I plan to finish my Canberra as TT.18 with grey upper surface operated by No.7 Sqdn in the mid-1970s.
  14. nabe3

    Canberra TT18 question

    Thank you James for your helpful advice. I surely will keep it in mind. Akira
  15. nabe3

    Canberra TT18 question

    As always, thank you very much for your continual suppot. I'm so glad to know that an Airfix's Canberra "B(i).6" kit can be used as a base kit for my TT.18 project. I do have a Classic Airframes' Canberra TT.18 kit(1/48), so I plan to use some Classic Airframes parts as well, including the Rushton target system, the engine compressor fan and the B.2 wheel, etc.. So, I don't plan to buy an Alleycat parts(set). In any case, thank you James for your Alleycat information and thank you Andy for your kind consideration. I've never visited St.Mawgan again after 1974, James. I plan to start building my TT.18 sometime in September. I'm pretty sure that I'll have some additional questions during the process of my TT.18 building, so please let me ask you further questions on this Britmodeller.com. Naturally, I will upload some photos of my TT.18 on my website as soon as it is completed (hopefully by the end of this year), and I will post the notice on this Britmodeller page. Will do my best efforts on the TT.18 project in order not to disappoint you all. I do hope I can meet you all at the Telford show in 2018, as I'm seriously considering my first visit to the Telford show next year. Thank you again.
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