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  1. This looks excellent! Now I'm just left to wonder how a Beau would look with twin tails and merlins as well, or worse, a MK. V with twin tails... Maybe if I ever get a spare HPM MK. V I can find out!
  2. That they can be... and to think, I just bagged a vacform DH.90 and Fairey Hendon as well... To the back of the stash for a decade, do doubt!
  3. 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.
  4. Did I miss why the top wing looks so rough?
  5. 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!
  6. Is the front cockpit on the TM in the same location as the cockpit on a standard fighter?
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. I was thinking this as well - it would make more sense to be pure aluminum in line with I-16s, etc
  12. 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...
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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!
  18. 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...
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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
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