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  1. This is easily the best build I've seen in the last few weeks! I'm really making an effort to stop buying kits but I don't think I'll be able to avoid picking up one of these PZL's - The IBG kit look wonderful and there's no shortage of interesting markings to choose from either.
  2. I don't know much about the F-94. but weren't the wings also extensively re-designed between the B and C models? I recall overhearing a conversation at a model shop once, but I don't recall well if the folks were talking F-94 or F-89. Either way I'll be following along because the F-94 is a plane I really do need to get around to modelling at some point.
  3. Thinking on it, I guess it isn't a surprise that the British operated in that region during and just after the Great War, but somehow, I'd never heard about the fact! This was a fascinating post for me - I've even gone out and bought Lionel's book about it all. And what's better than a great post is a great plane with it! I've always had a soft spot of sorts for the Buzzard, so it's nice to see another Martinsyde, much less one done so well!
  4. I've just reviewed the book I mentioned - unfortunately it doesn't discuss the Los very much. On the other hand, if you need information on the Potez 63 series...
  5. I have a book on the Romanian Air Force from 1939-1948. I'll give it a look in a few and see if anything is mentioned or if any photo's provide an indication.
  6. While paint dries on the 85, I've gotten a start on the 80 by reviewing the build previously posted by @Andrew.S. Soon, it'll all be ready for paint. So far, it's nice to get back to plastic! That's all for now, Thanks all, Tweener
  7. Naturally I see this reply just after throwing down the first layer of Deck Tan... In any case, I plan to buy another Leopard Moth, which I'll hopefully do a better job on, and I'll hunt down a source for Colourcoats when I do.
  8. Right then - time for wings. After some light trimming and re-shaping, they were attached today. Additionally, the landing gear and exhaust pipe were installed previously. Now all that remains is to attach the last two parts of the canopy and then painting can begin. How then shall it be painted? I was going to go with the provided scheme of a Dutch machine in RAF markings, but I couldn't find any reason to believe the indicated light blue-gray color has ever been made by MM, Humbrol, Tamiya, Vallejo, Mig, anyone! After some digging, I came across two photos on this site - https://www.belgian-wings.be/de-havilland-dh-85-leopard-moth. I decided to use this scheme as I recently purchased some Belgian roundels as part of a larger sheet. I'll use Tamiya Deck Tan, Vallejo Dark Earth, and Model Masters Olive Drab, and the underside of the wings and tail will be Model Masters Aluminum. Unless of course, someone knows the exact colors. That's all for the moment, Tweener
  9. I'm beginning to be very pleased with the dh.85 - it is certainly nicer than the dh.87 and it shows that the folks at Dekno have improved their craft over the years. I'm especially excited about this one and the Puss Moth, as I've just come across a few photos of their use by a certain air force that (by luck) I just obtained a fair number of roundels for without having any use in mind. As for the Hornet Moth, markings still need to be sourced as I don't have any intention of painting DE/DG over yellow. I may have to go for a civil example if I can't find more about their use in South Africa. It really is! I will try to go for something a little more "accurate" when I start my High Planes Beaufort IX / Beaufreighter, but for now I'm happy to settle with what I have - especially as the shade seemed to vary in the first place.
  10. How difficult do you all estimate it would be to create an Avro Commodore from the AMT 1/48 Stinson SR-9F? Obviously new wings would need to be scratched, new cowl, engine, and prop sourced, etc, but overall the shaping and size are fairly similar.
  11. Yesterday, after returning from a hike, I decided to continue this build by making progress on the dh.85 Leopard Moth. To that end, the floorboard was trimmed and the fuselage halves were joined, following painting of the main panel. I've come to learn that I likely got the interior colors backwards (seats should be grey, floor and walls garnet) but in any case I like the way it looks now and don't care to change it. Once the halves were joined, lots of CA was run over the gaps, and some Evergreen strip was trimmed to fill the largest gap, directly under the nose. Most of this has since been sanded back, and I've run a sharpie over the lines to see how much more work I still have to do. Additionally, the horizontal tail surfaces were added. The vertical ones will follow once fuselage sanding is complete and the tailwheel has been added. At the moment, this is the state of affairs - So far, I have noticed that the panels on the nose will have to be redone, and the opening for the rooftop transparency needs to be made wider / the clear resin part reshaped. Both of these should be relatively easy affairs. In the background, I also committed to finishing the Airfix Tiger Moth that has been on the edge of the shelf for a few weeks. A few paint touch-ups were made, and the flat-coat is currently drying. The green that I used isn't quite correct, but I didn't care to hunt down a spray-can of the correct Foliage shade. I've never had any luck brush-painting green other than MM Olive Drab, so I shied away from that prospect as well. Ask me about the 9 coats of Dark Green on an Airfix Spitfire... That's all for the moment, Thanks all, Tweener
  12. In that case, do you know how Roger could be contacted?
  13. Seeing the Flycatcher wants me to take down my Karaya 1/72 Resin kit and get started on it - the castings are as good as any plastic kit, but I would have to scratch the landing gear, which I don't fancy the prospect of. Perhaps in time.
  14. Some progress! I found another nice cutaway of the Oxford, as well as a selection of detail drawings. With these, I added oxygen bottles (made from the bombs from the Airfix Bulldog), a battery pack, the start of a radio rack, an extension to the box that covers the wing spars, and I cut away part of the left nacelle so that I can later add an oil tank. Now I only need to finish the radio rack, add more framing to the right side of the fuselage, source new wheels and the underwing rockets, and I should be set. What I am most happy with is my solution for the modified air intakes on the bottom of the engine cowlings - I recently bought Quickboost Wellington intakes meant for the Trumpeter kit, I believe simply because they were cheap. They're being used on the Consul now, and while they aren't perfect, they're certainly better than anything I have a hope of scratching. Painting was also started, which revealed a few areas that will need touch ups. That's all for the moment, Tweener
  15. Recently, I've come across some photos of the Mark VII Wellington while doing some research for an upcoming build, and I have to ask... WHY? What was the train of thought behind putting a 40mm on the top of a Wellington? I have read before that some were fitted with the same gun in the nose in an abortive attempt to create an anti-shipping aircraft, just the same as some Australian Beaufighters, and that seems reasonable. Was the turret supposed to be used defensively? What were the performance penalties outside of reduced airflow over the vertical tail? Any info and additional photos or plans would be most welcome. I plan to buy the Airfix Mark II as soon as it's available, and I think now that I will have to buy 2... We'll see. Thanks, Tweener
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