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Uncle Pete

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  1. Uncle Pete

    F104 Noseweight?

    Little help, please... I'm in the process of seeing if Italeri's 1:72 F 104G can take a joke and wondering about the "sit". There doesn't seem to be anything in the plans calling for nose ballast and it certainly looks like it won't need any but before I close up the fuze, can anybody tell me if a typical 104 is likely to sit back on its bum? I'd hate to get it all done and dusted only to find it pointing somewhat skyward instead of nicely on all three feet but I'd rather not put the weight in if it's not necessary. Thanks in advance.
  2. I think we may have found the title of your autobiography...
  3. Beauty! Scratching is not for the faint-hearted but scratching in 144 of such a small plane is sheer madness! Hopefully, when they carry you away to the asylum they'll let you take your tools so you can show us some more.
  4. Is it worth the effort? Better question, is it worth the effort to you, the builder and to hell with everybody else. As the eternal newbie I'm happy to get a Spit looking roughly like a Spit (even if it's not actually a Spit but a Seafire) and leave the wing bulges, wheel choices and moving bits and pieces 1mm here and there to you pros. Both of them are the goods, though, as far as I can see and I wouldn't know which was the modification. Smashing jobs. Much as I'm a fan of the traditional RAF war paint, I must say the silver one is rather yummy.
  5. I think you might be confusing Martians with Russians...
  6. Another couple of gems. Another couple that make me say, "You ain..." well you know the rest! But your description of the many changes the machine went through in its life reminded me of an old joke... A fella was hiking in the hills in Virginia and stopped to chat with an old-timer who was chopping firewood. In the course of the conversation he remarked. "That's a fine axe you have there, sir." The old-timer said, "Well. believe it or not, this is the axe used by George Washington when he chopped down the cherry tree." "Good heavens, "said the hiker, "It's in remarkably good condition considering it must be abut 300 years old." "Well, it's been well looked after... it's had five new heads and eleven new handles since then."
  7. Cracking job and nice to see a 17 in war paint. The usual American bare metal finish is eye-catching but good old RAF camo looks so much more businesslike.
  8. If anybody is going to the London Science Museum, let me know... I live only about two miles away and would love to meet some of the mysterious characters I see on here. (You just have to be patient with my deafness... Occupational hazard and the reason I'm retired)
  9. With such self-deprecation I would tend to assume you're a transplant from the UK but earlier in the thread you mentioned your midwestern accent. I've decided you're an honorary Brit whether you like it or not! I was a long-time honorary American, having lived over there from 75-09 in various states. (My personal state was usually confused.)
  10. I don't normally bother with WIP threads since, as the eternal newbie, I find the techniques involved are beyond the reach of my ten magic thumbs but I was drawn to your name when somebody on a RFI thread mentioned your magnificent prose. (And magnificent it is indeed). But looking at the office detail you've done... If I ever acquired the skills and patience to pull that off (and it would have to involve a deal with the Devil himself) I'd never close a fuselage, simply leave it open for all to see. I console myself in the knowledge that in 45 years as a professional musician I had skills others found remarkable and mysterious. If, however, I ever discover you to be capable of playing Charlie Parker transcriptions o a saxophone I'll be forced to fly to Chicago, rent a suitable car and slam your fingers in the door!
  11. Uncle Pete

    New shelf time ?

    Have you considered perhaps you need a bigger office?
  12. Uncle Pete

    Airfix 1/72 Spitfire PRXIX Whiffer

    That plane is a beauty. I've often thought a Spit would look great as an air racer and you've demonstrated it to the Nth degree. As for the backstory... I was rolling on the floor! I can see Squadron Leader A.C. Plonk will really have to get his finger out on my next build!
  13. Seven was a babe, to be sure... I'd gladly surrender to the collective for her. (Well... I would have in my younger days. At my age even 23rd century Geritol wouldn't help).
  14. Uncle Pete

    Jak-18 Amodel 1/72

  15. Admit it... You have a gang of elves in your workshop, right?