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  1. I was lucky, I picked up all 3 1/72 kits in Japan for less than $30 US combined. Now I can't seem to find any of the three for less than $25 each.
  2. Did I miss why the top wing looks so rough?
  3. I did receive them, but naturally didn't think to compare them to plain plans. Has college worn me down so fast? It's been 3 weeks!
  4. Is the front cockpit on the TM in the same location as the cockpit on a standard fighter?
  5. Does anyone have any photos of the Bristol Bulldog TM Two-Seat trainers? And does anyone know where to obtain the Maintrack resin conversion for one? Thanks in advance, Tweener
  6. In the lead up to the production of the Hawker Fury, various designs and engines were put forth, among them the Radial-Engined "Interceptor", V-12 "Hornet", and finally, the Fury. There were also a number of other Hawker aircraft that shared a very similar design, including the Hoopoe and Hawfinch. My goal is to build each of them, starting now with the F.20/27. Using the fuselage parts from a Tombo High Speed Fury (low-quality copies of the Matchbox kit), the wings, struts, and landing gear of the Matchbox Fury, the prop of an Eduard BK-534, the engine of a Pegasus Gamecock, the seat of an HPM Beaufighter V, and the wheels of an Airfix Bulldog, I'll slowly be working on this kit between classes. Two versions of the F.20/27 existed, the first with a Bristol Jupiter VI, and the second with a Bristol Mercury VI. I'll be building mine with the Mercury. So far, I have only built up the cockpit. Once this is painted, the nose will be added, and then the tail surfaces will be re-shaped and hopefully I can find a way to replace the fabric detail. That's all for the moment, Tweener
  7. I have read that the Hawker Hornet, the Fury Prototype, was a slightly smaller aircraft than the Fury, but I can not confirm this or seem to find plans. Is this true? And if so, what other modifications might I need to make? Thanks, Tweener
  8. If I remember right the new kit out this winter is just new decals on the 2010 era tooling, but hopefully that isn't the case.
  9. I was thinking this as well - it would make more sense to be pure aluminum in line with I-16s, etc
  10. Is the scheme provided by Kora on sheet 72.361 accurate? Sorry for not having a photo, for some reason google insists that I save the image - from any source, as a weblink and not an actual photo. Conveniently, this means that it can't be copied, inserted, uploaded, shared, anything, or at least not that I can figure out...
  11. After a considerable delay, work has continued on this triple build. I blame paint problems on the Leopard Moth and issues finishing up a Defiant and P-47. In any case, work on the Siskin has been prioritized, and now, it is almost done. All that remains are the rudder serial numbers, right side exhaust, and windscreen. Markings were used from a Model Decal sheet to represent a machine of 43 Squadron RAF, the "Fighting Cocks". Upon retiring the Siskin, 43 took on the Hawker Fury before using Hurricanes and Spitfires during the war. Matchbox provides 43 Squadron markings with their Fury. I took these 2 photos at the same time and place. so cant explain the difference in brightness. Work should be finished tomorrow, and then painting on the Gladiator will begin. Work on the Fury is postponed while I await the possible reception of a 1/72 "High Speed Fury", for which I may need the landing gear and some struts from the MB kit. More soon, hopefully. Uni starts in just over 2 weeks, and I have several projects to finish. I'll do well not to rush. Thanks all, Tweener
  12. Well, I suppose I oughta get back to that GB I joined... Now that I have finally started painting the Bristol 138A after inexplicably losing motivation, I've decided to see if I can't squeak in a second build for my first GB. That brings me to here, the HPM Beaufighter Mark II, the Merlin Beaufighter. Originally I was planning to build a MK.V, but that's still in the post from Singapore, so this will have to do. It should be noted on the topic of the MK.V that the kit has recently received some upgrades, including new turret parts and seats. Chris at HPM is a pleasure to do business with. Right then, the kit. The parts are fairly rough, as is to be expected from a 1990's short run kit. Or at least, they seem to be whilst on the sprues, The reality is that the detailing on most all parts is very nice, save for the wheels and perhaps the props, which are all separate blades. For some reason I bought resin props for a Defiant thinking they would fit on this just because it shares an engine type... (They don't!) Cockpit detail is generally sufficient, but I made some spurious changes, and then I scratched all of the rear seat area and added some framing and a tailwheel bay. I built the wrong type of engines for the Beau I am hoping to build, which will use decals provided by @DaveyGair. I'll have a pic of the scheme up in the next post. and the correct engines should arrive with the MK. V kit in about 2 weeks. Hopefully I can finish up the build in the 2 weeks following, prior to leaving for Uni, where I won't be able to make much progress. So far, things look like this - Note the replacement wheels in the second pic - meant for the Hasegawa kit I believe. They probably aren't the right type, but they're good enough for me. More soon, as well as Consul and Bristol 138A updates, Thanks all, Tweener
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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!
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