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About shortCummins

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  1. I've just seen the Eduard downloadable magazine and the model built by Robert Szwarc has convinced to to get one, how long until payday?
  2. that's a good tip, I'll need to check for the decals but I'm sure that Montex will be doing some masks so that sounds like a "plan"
  3. Thanks FDDPenguin, my 1/32 build is at the stage were I "need" the aftermarket stuff or press ahead without so I've decided to wait, I've wanted to build the 1/32 Tamiya for years, a few extra weeks aren't going to hurt and I'm hoping this should be a reasonably quick build? Thanks Jamie, to be fair its the camo' scheme that drew me to the "tropical" Spitfire and because of my experience with Airfix's Mk.I I decided to have a go at Tamiya's version, I'm sure Tamiya makes a bad kit, I've not come across it yet (fingers crossed) thanks fubar57, your's looks very nice, I'll be stealing borrowing your colour mix for the camo', much appreciated rgds John(shortCummins)
  4. Thanks Chris, I had a number of fit issues with the Airfix Mk.I, namely the wing roots (no real surprise there!?) and where the fuel tank assembly fitted, or didn't, to the fuselage, I ended up having to use plasticard shims. The Eduard Spitfires are really nice, the landing gear bays are a little fussy and I'm not a fan of the way they do the exhausts but in my opinion they're far better kits than the Airfix, that might be because I've made more of them? 1 Airfix and 4 and a half, my then puppy decided to eat one part way through a build!, I'm tempted by the latest Mk.I from Tamiya, Eduard's version is around £50 which is a bit rich for me, I know you get 2 kits and lots of marking options but its more than I want to pay, at least until I see someones stunning model and then I'll probably want one only to find out they've been discontinued and they're twice as much on eBay! rgds John(shortCummins)
  5. While I’m waiting for Hannants to get a resupply of the parts I’ve ordered for my Tamiya 1:32 Spitfire I’ve been wondering “what to do in the meantime”? Last week we were lucky enough to have my 6 year old grandson to stay for a couple of days and managed to take him to the XXX aircraft museum, which I can highly recommend, it’ll be even better when the restrictions are lifted as you’ll be able to then go “into” several of the aircraft on display, due to COVID you can only currently see the outside of them. Still a splendid time was had by all and I managed to pick-up, at a surprisingly reasonable price £19.99, a Tamiya 1:48 Spitfire Mk.Vb TROP. I know that this kit isn’t as good as Tamiya’s latest Mk.I or Eduard’s various Spitfires however, many moons ago I saw this scheme… …this was from an Airfix offering, I’m not too keen on their Spitfires, I built their Mk.I a while ago but since then I’ve built mainly Eduard versions and they are streets ahead of Airfix so, being totally knocked out by Tamiya’s 1:32 Spitfire I thought I’d give this one a go. I know that this won’t be in the same league as the 1:32 kit, lets face it it you could buy 5 of the 1:48 Spitfires for 1 of the 1:32 so you’d expect the quality to be slightly less? Having said that looking at the plastic it doesn’t look half bad, so we’ll see how much putty is required as we go. I plan to have the pilot sitting in the aircraft, also I’m thinking of having it “wheels up” but I look at that option during the build. For the aircraft markings I’ve got a Montex mask set… Not sure which squadron codes I’ll use, this won’t be an accurate aircraft as I’m more interested in the camo’ scheme rather than a “specific” aircraft, I’ll probably try and get something “close” to one of the Spitfires that served in Malta but accuracy won’t be high on my agenda I’m afraid. While I was looking for “Mediterranean” schemes I came across this photo… …now I’m tempted to give her a red spinner. Next as usual I’m be starting with the cockpit, let the heresy begin. until next time as always, any suggestions, criticisms or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
  6. thanks guys, I'm taking my time with this as I'm really enjoying the whole process, its a fantastic kit and I know that I'll be building the Mk.VIII, love the shark mouth Grey Nurse, and probably the Mk.XVI rgds John(shortCummins)
  7. So while I’m trying to work out how to add the plumbing to the other side of the fuselage I decided to finish off the instrument panel bulkhead and control column sub-assembly. When I make another 1/32 Tamiya Spitfire I’ll remove the securing band for the 3 copper wires and attache them in one piece. Also I’ll replace the Tamiya IP decals with the Barracuda ones to get rid of the blue artificial horizon. As a by-the-by I’ve decided not to use the Yahu version, to my eyes it looks a little too flat. I had to dry-fit the IP and port fuselage sub-assemblies placed on the cockpit “floor frame”. The starboard fuselage plumbing will be next, once I work out what I need to do. until next time as always, any suggestions, criticisms or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
  8. thank you Shark444, this is the most expensive kit I've bought and I've got to say that its, by some distance, the best kit I've built (so far). I 'saved up' for a couple of years to buy this kit and I'm already saving to buy either the Mk.VII or Mk.XVIe, the Mk.VII is favourite at the moment. rgds John(shortCummins)
  9. thanks Chris So far I'm really enjoying this build, I'm taking my time, probably over thinking everything but I'm really pleased with my efforts so far, still there's plenty of time to stuff it up ha ha, you're correct, the other side has lots of dry-fitting and plumbing going around and over various bits'n'bobs that I don't want to permanently fix in place. A good example is the oxygen tube, I can't find any photos but surely it must attach to the small oxygen tank behind the pilots seat? I'll make a tube longer than needed and perhaps just run it into the rear of the aircraft if I can't find "proof" of where it goes. best rgds John(shortCummins)
  10. This is just a little indication of the well thought out engineering of this kit. The location point is tapered ensuring that the modeller fits the part, in this case the radio selector, the correct way. If they had used a square or round location point then it would have been easy to fit the part incorrectly, this is a simple, elegant solution. In order to fit the “plumbing” I first drilled small holes where I will super-glue (CA) the end of the wire. A small pice of lead wire to represent the wire/conduit… …and with the fuselage side-wall and compressor tanks “dry-fitted”. Additional wires added, I’ve also added some “generic” placards… …and painted. Next I’ll be adding the plumbing to the other side of the cockpit. until next time as always, any suggestions, criticisms or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
  11. very, very nice and she looks very smart in her Canadian livery rgds John(shortCummins)
  12. very nice "little" racer the vac canopy looks fine from the photos rgds John(shortCummins)
  13. On with the “weathering”. As dov pointed out, thanks dov it was a timely reminder, there is a potential danger of “over-weathering” the cockpit and therefor making it quite unrealistic. My aim is to make the aircraft look “lived in” not a “showroom” example nor an “after the apocalypse” version, it’s a fine line and something I try to achieve with every model, sometimes I get closer than others. So far the “paint work” has been scuffed and dirtied with XF-24 dark grey and XF-66 light grey, now I want to add some “subtile” wear using these pencils… The silver prismacolor is a fairly recent, last 5 or 6 years, addition while the ‘film marker’ is a relic from a former life, late 70’s to mid 80’s, when I worked with computers and microfilm, the film marker is a dark grey rather than black and gives a nice polished/worn dirty metal effect that I like. Although using a pencil gives you (me) more control than brush and paint the main problem I have with it is that once you applied it you can’t really remove it, so you have to be sure where you want to add it or face the prospect of re-spraying the part. Bearing this in mind here I’ve masked off the top of the slot where I don’t want to show any wear… …and this is the result once the tape was removed. I think I’ve gone too far with the corner of this armour plate? I’ll leave it for a day or so and see how I feel, at the moment I’m tempted to clean it off and start again, not a big deal but I’d prefer to “sleep on it” and decide later. The fuselage walls have had some of the “edges” treated with the pencils, currently I’m thinking they needs a bit more work but I’ll probably wait until some of the other components are added and decide then. The areas where the pilots feet could have been I think there would be heavier wear and grime. Other components have been “dry-brushed” with the pencils to highlight the buttons and panel edges. This piece is currently my favourite however, this is such an excellent kit I’m sure something else will gob-smack me! Next the I’ll be adding some of the plumbing. until next time as always, any suggestions, criticisms or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
  14. very nice, as others have said that Malta camo' really makes her stand out. rgds John(shortCummins)
  15. Hi John You've not mislead me, although given half a chance I'll always take the wrong end of the stick . I'm guessing that you used this Barracuda side wall? I'll use this as a "guide" for adding the plumbing. whereas the stuff I've ordered is this... as you can see there's decals including replacement artificial horizon and direction indicator, as for the resin I'd be looking to use the oxygen hose although I've already worked out, in my head anyway, how to make one using wire wrapped around wire. Barracuda also have this... once again thanks for the advice and encouragement, it is much appreciated stay safe rgds John(shortCummins)
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