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About Tweener

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    Interwar British Fighters and Flying Boats

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  1. Sign me up! I have a few kits that come to mind, but I think I will go with the Airfix 1/72 Trimotor or the Dekno 1/72 Y1C-19 Alpha.
  2. My first (I believe!) posting to the Armor WIP pages here on the BM is the (so-far) lovely UM-MT Models T1 Combat Car. UM-MT produces a whole range of Christie tanks and the BT tanks that were based upon them, and I intend to build more of them in the future. Most of the kit is injected molded plastic, but there are some photo-etch details such as the engine cooling slats and turret details. So far, the fit has been very positive and the details are lovely. My only gripe, and it is a minor one, is that some of the parts have a large number of sprue attachment points. A
  3. It was nice to find the image that I did, as I had no other ideas for the kit! I think it's a kit most of us are familiar with by now, so it was fun to see what I could change about building it. I've seen other P-40C's without paint, but they were all early birds with tail stripes and the 'meatball' roundels. I may do one of those yet! The information I found stated that the photo was taken from the right-hand waist-gunner position of a B-24 Liberator in either October or November of 1943, and that the aircraft may have been scrapped soon after the photo w
  4. Whilst starting into my Matchbox Bipe Triple build, I also concluded that it was time I finally finished up the last few details on a few other kits. One of them is the Airfix 1/72 P-40B, finished as a P-40C operating in the Panama Canal Zone, as seen below. Most of you will already know this, but the Airfix kit builds reasonably well. My biggest gripe with it is attaching the intakes on the nose of the fuselage, as I have yet to pull off doing so without also needing some filler. In any case, I think that my final result is acceptable. Next up will either
  5. I've been looking out for a second Bulldog to build the Nakajima JSSF No.1 with, but it looks like I'll need two more now! As for the decal sheet, I only spent a mere $67 US... Some of the best looking planes of their time in my view. Yesterday and today, a little progress was made on both the Fury and the Siskin, and they now look like this - The next step will be to install the landing gear on each and then painting can begin. Whilst paint dries, I've got a P-40C with an interesting scheme to photograph, as well as the Chinese Gladiato
  6. Hello all, Today I've started on a new set of builds to add to my British collection while I wait for parts and paints to arrive for the Stranraer and a few other builds I have yet to post. Among others, I have a Persian Fury, Avro 504, and P-47 in the works. The classic Matchbox kits are some of my favorites, as they can produce a great model with little work, or can be upgraded as the builder wishes. The Siskin, Gladiator, and Fury have to be my favorites, and so armed with one each of the Gladiator and Fury and 2 of the Siskin, I've set out on a Triple Build.
  7. They seem to have produced very limited numbers of a couple different American and British types in the late 20's / early 30's, which definitely makes for some interesting build ideas! No.1 will definitely be more difficult but I look forward to it as well! In the coming days I plan to take some outdoor shots of my last few completed builds and I will try to add them to this space as well! Thank you! Nice to build something different as well, thank you!
  8. Good day all, Today I have for inspection a modified version of the old Airfix Bristol Bulldog. While both of the kit provided decal schemes, an RAF and a Swedish option, are quite nice, I decided I wanted to build something a little different after learning that the Nakajima Aircraft company license-produced 2 Bulldogs with slight modifications. In the case of the second machine, a cowl ring was fitted, along with wheel spats and a new exhaust system. I took the cowl ring from a Monogram F11, the prop from a Matchbox Fury, and the wheel spats from an AModel Fury II to modify the k
  9. I ended up picking up the Xtradecal sheet for British Mustangs. As for the canopy, I personally can hardly tell the difference between the two types, but I may take you up on the offer.
  10. Many thanks you three! I'm definitely grateful for some of the kits they produced - not only are they some of the most fun kits I have done, but the subject matters are always fun and the box art even better! I have a few more Matchbox kits I still plan to build - namely the Swordfish and the Beaufighter. In the case of the Beau, I will likely add the Airwaves etch set for some practice with that material. I'll have to try and hold off until the GB begins!
  11. Good day all, Today I have for your inspection another Matchbox classic. This time, it is the Fairey Seafox, a catapult-launched gunnery spotting and reconnaissance aircraft from the mid 1930's. Like most Matchbox kits, it probably could have built itself if I had shaken the box enough. - The included decals were only halfway useable, with much of the 'protective' wax paper being firmly stuck to them. To this end, roundels were replaced with some from the spares, though the ones on the fuselage sides have an inccaurate white outer ring. In short, they are what I had, an
  12. I have never built 1/32, and certainly don't have the space for it, but seeing this build has made me decide I *need* one of these kits just the same! I'll have to find a way to clear out a shelf somewhere...
  13. Thanks for the assistance everyone. As I will be building a Floats Mark II in Portuguese colors with the first kit and a Wheeled Mark II with the second, I'll need Cerrux gray for the Fuselage and Aluminum for the rest, though the info about Canadian machines may prove helpful either later or to others. My question now is, is there a known FS # for Cerrux Gray? If not I will probably just use Light Gull Gray from a spray can, mask and paint the black decking, then try to attach the wings and floats which I'll have sprayed aluminum.
  14. Pre-war, circa 1935-1936 when they were still in front-line service, or the Portuguese machines at any point, as they don't seem to have ever been repainted. What confuses me is that the FROG / Re-Pop instructions all seem to indicate that the fuselage of the Shark was a light gray with black uppers and aluminum wings. Is this false?
  15. Which shade of gray would the Fleet Air Arm have painted their Blackburn Sharks with? I have 2 copies of the FROG kit on the way. Thanks all, Tweener
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