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  1. Many thanks for the comments everyone. One issue I didn't mention was the font style for the large serials and code letters. None of the Xtradecal or Modeldecal sheets I had matched the 'square' style of the real thing. I'd almost given up when I found a long forgotten sheet of RAF inter-war numbers and letters which were almost spot on. The only thing missing was the letter 'M' which was not used between the wars. Also the code number '8' could only be achieved by adding an up-side-down '3' on top of another '3'.
  2. I started this at the same time as my previous Martinet (Magna Models). The Pavla one is also a limited production kit, mainly plastic, but with resin parts and vacuform canopy. It appears nicely detailed in the box, but everything goes rapidly downhill from there on. It is the wonkiest model I've ever made - nothing is straight! And I did try hard to thin the wingtips, not that you'd notice ........ MS924, APS Acklington, 1949 (3) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr MS924, APS Acklington, 1949 (10) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr MS924, APS Acklington, 1949 (15) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr
  3. Many thanks everyone. I've been left with nothing but admiration for the TTO (Towed Target Operator) in the back seat. The 'seat' folds up against the right fuselage wall, the shoulder harness being strung from a beam across the rear of the cockpit. After take-off the TTO gets down on the floor where there is a permanent very large hole, and he sticks his arm out to thread the cable and attach the drogue, which I assume is in the 'target box' between the exhausts. He then operates the propellor/winch device, with the drum of steel cable being mounted sideways inside his cockpit, at
  4. I've had this resin kit unmade for decades, but finally gave it a go. There are only about eight lumps of resin main parts (some were warped), plus rather crude metal bits for the various details. There are no decals provided. The poorly detailed vacuform canopy I swapped for the spare vacuform canopy from the Pavla Martinet kit. Considerable trimming was required to fit it to the Magna model as the Pavla one has part of the fuselage structure incorporated into the canopy moulding. The metal Magna propellor was also made to rotate, with difficulty. HP147, Ouston Station Flight, e
  5. Many thanks for the fulsome comments, it has been an uplifting experience! The two Hurricane photos are the ones I used, as the aircraft wears the 'YE' codes of 289 Squadron. However I'm not convinced that its serial number is Z4048, which has a different official history? Mating the two noses I had been warned about beforehand. So I took a lot of care to make sure all the internal and external parts were cleaned of flash. There doesn't appear to be much flash on modern Airfix kits, but the fit of parts is so precise that even the smallest ridge of flash along a se
  6. Just finished the Airfix Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV, but not without difficulty. This was due to trying a new (to me) make of acrylic matt varnish, which reacted badly to what was underneath it. I did some test paints on spare plastic beforehand, but the problem didn't show up till the real thing. Z5880, 289 Sqdn det, Ouston, c 1943 (1) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr Z5880, 289 Sqdn det, Ouston, c 1943 (2) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr Z5880, 289 Sqdn det, Ouston, c 1943 (6) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr Z5880, 289 Sqdn det, Ouston, c 1943 (9) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr Z5880, 2
  7. This is an early Blenheim Mk.1, L1525, of 3 Radio Servicing Section 72 Wing at RAF Ouston, Northumberland in October 1940. The airfield was not officially opened until March 1941, but 3 RSS moved in far earlier and flew off the grass areas from 13th October 1940. L1525 didn't last long, and crashed on take-off from RAF Horsham St.Faith (now Norwich Airport) on 24th October 1940, the three crew were injured but safe. L1525, 3 RSS 72 Wing, Ouston, October 1940 (20) by Philip Pain, on Flickr L1525, 3 RSS 72 Wing, Ouston, October 1940 (34) by Philip Pain, on Flickr L1525, 3 R
  8. Many thanks to all for the comments. The 'runway' was some left over 'wallpaper' from a dolls house, which I stuck on a board. The 'grass' was from a roll of stick-on grass, probably for a railway layout. The airfield markings I added myself. It is all starting to fade in the sunlight, which wasn't too bad for my 'winter' photos, but now that Spring is here I ought to green up the grass! And as for "adey m"s comment above, I'll never look at the Vampire the same again!
  9. Following on from last month's Revell 1/72 Vampire FB.5, I carried on and have just finished a second one. Mainly because I don't like Vampires, or models of them, so the sooner it was out of the way the better! For this model I used one of the decal options from the Modeldecal Vampire sheet. VZ305, RLS, 607 & 608 Sqdns, Ouston, 1954-5 (11) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr VZ305, RLS, 607 & 608 Sqdns, Ouston, 1954-5 (14) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr VZ305, RLS, 607 & 608 Sqdns, Ouston, 1954-5 (15) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr VZ305, RLS, 607 & 608 S
  10. Finished yesterday, this is the Revell kit boxed as a Vampire F.3 but containing the necessary parts for a FB.5 or FB.9. The kits sprues show that it originated as an MPM kit. Goes together nicely although I had to remove some of the interior to create room for a large lump of lead. There are Modeldecal and Xtradecal sets of Vampire decals available, so a wide range of different RAF Vampires can be modelled. VV617, A, 607 Sqdn, Ouston, c 1955 (14) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr VV617, A, 607 Sqdn, Ouston, c 1955 (12) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr VV617, A, 607 Sqdn, Ouston, c 1955 (8
  11. Many thanks for the comments everyone, but no masking was done on the canopies, I hand paint them. Each bar is done in turn, interior undercoat first, and usually a right mess! My salvation comes from a clean brush dipped in white spirit, carefully removing offending paint to get (more or less) to a straight line. Harvard canopies - a job I absolutely hate!
  12. Finished a couple of days ago, this is the latest addition to RAF Ouston's Harvards, a Revell 1/72 T-6G Texan kit, converted to an RAF Harvard. The work involves making a longer rear end to the canopy, using an Airfix Canadian Chipmunk canopy, plus using the old Airfix Harvard kit long exhaust, removing the various hard points for the Texan's weapons, and various small detail changes. KF193, 607 Sqdn, Ouston, Sept 1951 (3) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr KF193, 607 Sqdn, Ouston, Sept 1951 (10) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr KF193, 607 Sqdn, Ouston, Sept 1951 (12) w by Philip Pain, on F
  13. I've now posted photos in the 'ready for inspection' thread, here
  14. Following on from the WIP thread for this kit, here are photos of the completed model VP974, 11 Gp CF, Ouston, 1961 (3) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr VP974, 11 Gp CF, Ouston, 1961 (5) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr VP974, 11 Gp CF, Ouston, 1961 (10) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr VP974, 11 Gp CF, Ouston, 1961 (17) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr VP974, 11 Gp CF, Ouston, 1961 (19) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr It is finished as a DH.104 Devon C.1 , VP974, of 11 Group Communications Flight at RAF Ouston, Northumberland in 1961. It had previously served with 13 Grou
  15. Been putting the twiddly bits on it, nearly finished Devon C1 (14) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr Devon C1 (13) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr The finished photos will be posted on the 'ready for inspection' thread in the next couple of days.
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