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Mike Dean

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  1. Yup, that's definitely a P-40, sharks teeth and all! The boxart looks very toy-like, but the kit's turned out well. Top job .
  2. I'm one of the guilty parties Tony named up-thread. This is one I "found" on April Fools Day this year. It's a physical box not just a trick photo. Sorry about the watermark, but I've done other fake boxes before and the images have been stolen and copied elsewhere. I do these for fun, but draw a line at theft. The kit is the Hornby/Marks & Spencers issue 1/32nd GT40, with aftermarket decals from Indycals in the US. It's a lovely kit and the Airfix Porsche 917 driver fits a treat.
  3. QV-K (P9386) was the same code as used on the FROG Spitfire Mk.1a (F220F), and the spinner on that one looks like the same colour as the undersides, so I think you were right not to go with yellow. Lovely builds again, and great photography.
  4. Just a general question about the beaching gear. Was there a facility to take it with them (carried somewhere in the fuselage) or were they totally reliant on the base they were going to having a ready supply?
  5. That's good enough for me. I can just see that hanging from your shed roof. Clear plastic spinners? Can we also have a shot of the painted "Wingco" with his bally top notch soup strainer before he's dicky-birded in his crate? Hairy blighter.........
  6. Are you quite sure that's Azure? Running away very quickly...................
  7. I think the clue is in the word "ram" there Tony! Nice idea for a colour scheme though - Looks like the early C-130 Hercules. My suggested route is purely fictitious BTW, but sounds plausible enough to deserve a desert camo paintjob.
  8. Working out of Alexandria, down the Red Sea to Aden then across the Arabian Sea on to India? It works for me.....
  9. According this Stingray site, they were called W.A.S.P Spearhead bombers. The trivia section mentions them also being used in Thunderbirds. One of the pictures in the gallery looks like them flying over Tracey Island. https://stingray.fandom.com/wiki/WASP_Spearhead_Bomber Re: B-58. What an absolute beast of a bomber. And the noise it must have made when taking off! This build is going to be a good 'un.
  10. Sold just yesterday for £30. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Airfix-RAF-Diorama-Set-1-72-Mosquito-FBVI-And-RAF-Refuelling-Set-/174291108454
  11. Sorry about that, I guess I wasn't specific enough. I bought a job lot of decals from eBay and it turns out the ones I bought were from the most recent Dogfight Doubles kit A50068. The Me.262 decals were missing from my set, so I didn't realise they were from a DD set and I didn't know that the warning marks weren't in the earlier Airfix kits. You can just see them in this listing. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1-72-Airfix-Kit-A50068-Messerschmitt-Me262A-amp-De-Havilland-Mosquito-/313019217422 Your manufactured warning marks look spot on though. The finished article looks very good too. The swapped-in pilots look so much better. Mike.
  12. That's coming together very nicely. One of the disappointing things about the decals (apart from being out of register and uncooperative in releasing from the backing paper!) is that there are no big red rectangular-with-red-cross "no step" decals that go above the inboard radiators. They are there on the box art but not included in the kit, which is a shame. I put some Airfix ones on my Matchbox Mosquito and it made such a difference.
  13. Started: Monday 25/05/2020 06:00 Finished: Monday 25/05/2020 13:52 Total build time: 7 hours 52 minutes (less 15 minutes for a bowl of cereal and a cup of coffee). In summary, I thought a kit with only 36 parts, one coat of blue paint (two coats for the white) and a mist of satin varnish would be easy to do in 8 hours. It was really full on though, trying to get the small details right (the aluminium wheels and black tyres were constantly touched up), and trying to make a really good job of it. The decals behaved superbly, although the individual decals aren't numbered and there are no placement instructions as to which green stripe goes on which wing, which way up the green fuselage band goes on etc. It was trial and error until I worked them out. The time went by very quickly, which I suppose it does if your concentrating hard on something for so long. I'm glad I didn't chose anything more complex. By starting at 06:00 on the last day only gave me 18 hours, not 24. I'll start on the first day next time! The blue is matt Oxford Blue (Humbrol 104), sprayed with a satin varnish, which is much darker in real life than it looks in the pictures. I'll experiment with my crap camera to see if I can correct it later. I'm off for a snooze in the sunshine. Mike
  14. CAN ONE OF THE MODS PLEASE DELETE THIS AS I HAVE NOW MOVED IT TO THE BLITZBUILD GALLERY WHICH IS WHERE I THOUGHT I WAS POSTING IT IN IN THE FIRST PLACE. THANKS. MIKE. Started: Monday 25/05/2020 06:00 Finished: Monday 25/05/2020 13:52 Total build time: 7 hours 52 minutes (less 15 minutes for a bowl of cereal and a cup of coffee). In summary, I thought a kit with only 36 parts, one coat of blue paint (two coats for the white) and a mist of satin varnish would be easy to do in 8 hours. It was really full on though, trying to get the small details right (the aluminium wheels and black tyres were constantly touched up), and trying to make a really good job of it. The decals behaved superbly, although the individual decals aren't numbered and there are no placement instructions as to which green stripe goes on which wing, which way up the green fuselage band goes on etc. It was trial and error until I worked them out. The time went by very quickly, which I suppose it does if your concentrating hard on something for so long. I'm glad I didn't chose anything more complex. By starting at 06:00 on the last day only gave me 18 hours, not 24. I'll start on the first day next time! The blue is matt Oxford Blue (Humbrol 104), sprayed with a satin varnish, which is much darker in real life than it looks in the pictures. I'll experiment with my crap camera to see if I can correct it later. I'm off for a snooze in the sunshine. Mike
  15. Well, it's up on paint tin chocs as the undercarriage is very flimsy and the undercarriage supports float in midair, but it's all there! Decals went on like a dream. 37 years old (kit was from 1983). 7 hours, 52 minutes! Phew.................... A late lunch is in the offing. As an aside SWMBO came into my study and asked "what are you doing"? Reply: "I'm trying to make a kit in under 8 hours". Brief pause "How long does it usually take". Stunned silence resulted in SWMBO making a quiet withdrawal.............
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