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  1. The rear fuselage pieces are in place, it went together quite well, possibly because I did a lot of test fitting, sand, test and repeat until it all went together snugly! The nose cowls are something else, made up of multiple parts, including the forward end of the fuselage, there are 8 pieces to fit round the engine (mounted many steps previously) and that is without the upper panels. To get an even fit round the radiator intake much shaving and sanding is needed, here it is with 5 pieces in place... I'm reasonably pleased, but until it is primed and painted I cannot be certain. The rest of the front end goes on next, after I've re-fitted the round tank that sits behind the prop (glycol, perhaps?). Airfix suggest it is painted dull silver, but the photo I have (reproduced previously) with the erk on the nose shows it to be metallic black, so as I'd had to remove it to adjust all the nose panels it was easy to re-paint. Once the nose panels are all in place it will be time to prime, mask and paint. As to the colours, I've chosen "Option C", Shark Mouth but not exactly as Airfix describe. MP 197. This A/C arrived with 245 Squadron in July/August 1944. The markings in the kit are more typical of August/September: Red/White/Blue upper wing roundels and no invasion stripes. Early in its life I suspect it would have had underside invasion stripes and Red/Blue upper wing roundels, a sky spinner and probably the chequered rear fuselage band, the blue spinner, radiator center and U/C inner doors are less certain. The Shark Mouth seems to have been black and white with camouflage colour inside. I've seen some photos on the web but I think they may have been models. If anyone has and hard information it would be welcome.
  2. A Question for the Collective... Flaps up or down? All the photos I've found of a Typhoon sitting on the ground, with the top cowling off, show the flaps raised. Given there is no inner wing detail for the under surface of the upper skin it seems to be the line of least resistance to fix them up. Does anyone else have a view on this point?
  3. On the subject of German paints, as the war progressed the supply of paint pigments became a problem with the result that whilst specific paints, such as RLM 02, became somewhat variable in colour. Further, pigment density was reduced, so undersurface colours ghosted through. The evolution of German RLM paint codes and their association with the RAL codes is described here: https://emmasplanes.com/index.php/paints/rlm-colors/ As can be seen from the earliest paint swatches RLM 02, Grey, has a definite green tinge, which is why it was known as "grey green" for many years. There is a cross reference list showing RLM, RAL, FS and many of the main model colours, but not Humbrol.
  4. Test fitting the fuselage, it begins to look like a Hawker Typhoon.... This is a big, and heavy, model. I'm very pleased I bought the brass undercarriage legs! My plan this week is to get the fuselage and tail finished and then get it up on its wheels. I still haven't made a final decision on the cowling, as the panels are not removable as they are on the Hellcat. I'm also vacillating on the markings, but will probably go for Scheme A as I discovered that I'd bought the masks for the invasion stripes and also camouflage pattern, leading edge, etc, etc. Enjoy, and thanks for everyone for keeping me company on this long trip!
  5. Mine has been taken from me and, along with the Mk1a, quarantined until Christmas or I finish my 1/24th Hawker Typhoon, whichever happens first. I also have the Eurofighter Typhoon to finish... 1/32nd I'd love to be able to fondle them both! IF Airfix bring out a Griffon engined version I'll weaken, perhaps.
  6. Progress... Delated a bit by the need to dust and clean up my "Man Cave"....but back on track. This is a wheel well, with all the detail supplied by Airfix fitted. The location points for the 6 parts are vague, to say the least, but the result is good. Lining up and gluing wasn't easy, but I'm pleased with the result. On to the other wing and then the next big step, fitting the fuselage! The aircraft is starting to look like a Typhoon. I have a very old (1970s) car door 1/32 Revell Typhoon sitting in the display. I fear its time is numbered, once the big 1/24th monster is finished it will take the old lady's place. The build was reported here, ages ago, a model started in 1973 and finished in 2019..... Letting go is hard!
  7. Progress...slowly. The cannon are in, along with the ammo boxes. The cannon are a faff to fit, the holes in the main spar need easing and the barrels bending somewhat. It is a shame that the coil spring detail will be lost in the fairings! I look at my efforts and then at the pictures in the publish build guides and wonder how they do it. But then I look at my friend Mike's railway models and wonder how he does it. Some weathering to add, in the breech area some oily traces, I think and possibly dust in the corners. Once the guns are fitted the inner wheel well upper skin can go in place, with a LOT of clamping. In this photo the lower wing tip has been put in place, it isn't glued, the tooling is so good the part holds in place, defying gravity. I do find the assembly sequence strange: building the wings before the fuselage seems counter intuitive! Once the wheel well roof is in place I can add the plumbing, there is a lot to fit and the guides I've read say it is a fiddle. Much is VERY fine and looks fragile. We shall see.
  8. Well, the web is an amazing place place. I found this photo of a F24 camera mounted in FR IX Spitfire. It shouldn't be too difficult to put the clear section into the hatch and scratch build a camera body. The pink FR IX moves a step forward. I already have the aftermarket transfers.
  9. I thought this might amuse/entertain/frighten...(delete as appropriate) Upper: 2022, lower 1970. Tool making has come a long, long way. My photos are not as good as Mikes, but good enough to show that the surface detail on the 1970s version is, by the standard of the day, remarkable but by the standard of today, basic. I didn't photograph the underside of the top wing as there is nothing to show. So building the Mk 1a means scratch building the wheel well, or buying Sprue F from Airfix, as it contains the wheel well bits plus ribs. Having the 2022 kit for reference will be a big help. The 1970 motor will remain hidden, the 2022 one I think can be "on display". Mike mentions the flaps: they had two positions, closed and fully open. For take off in difficult conditions put wedges between the wing and flap to give 5 degrees of flap, but this was frowned upon as to release the wedge the flaps had to be opened and then closed. I believe this procedure was used on the Spitfires flown off carriers to relieve Malta. That's it from me, back to the Typhoon!!
  10. My box arrived this day... one point you didn't notice, Mike, or I missed it, is that the box claims the kit is designed and manufactured in the UK. No mention of India.. the plastic seems firmer, too. The radio hatch is pre-scored on the inside: perhaps we shall see a PRU Version? I have the Mk1a box as well... my plan is to build them in parallel and compare and contrast, but not until I've finished the big Typhoon 1b!
  11. I will get my BIG Spitfire tomorrow.... according to DHL and Airfix!
  12. It looks like, from right to left, aluminium, vulcanised rubber, untreated (raw) rubber, which swells on contact with petrol, vulcanised rubber and then a final skin of either rubber, or rubberised fabric. The layers fit with the known structure. The photo also confirms that the tanks should be black, like a tyre. Thanks for the photo!!
  13. Progress... After much debate over the colour of the self sealing tanks they are painted "rubber black" and fixed in place. If you'd like to read the discussion, it is here... There has also been much research into interior colours, mentioned in the above link. The probability is that the tubes are silver, cockpit interior black and other interior panels interior green. Some of the inside of the gun bay is probably zinc chromate primer, given the corrosive nature of gun fumes, but there is no real evidence. So I'm using it as much to provide contrast. I'm also working on the guns; I did buy a set of brass ones with wonderful exposed recoil springs, but as they will be invisible under the covers it seemed pointless. So they will go in the 1/24 Mosquito that is also waiting! I'm quite pleased with this, I'm lucky in that I get to see a lot of "lived in" aircraft and they soon loose the "as new" look, without looking scruffy. I think I've captured the look. Thoughts? I'm also mulling over the final finish and I'm very tempted by "Option 1" in the kit, as it has a lot of D Day stripes and I have a set of masks that I purchased when I got the kit, and forgot about. One of the joys of opening up a "Stash Box" are the little surprises you find!
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