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Vanroon

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  1. I recall that conversation Steve. I also recall an earlier effort you showed at your home. Shall be tagging along on this build, best wishes. G
  2. The term 'B wing' was an armourers shorthand for a 20mm + 2x0.303" per wing. A being the 4x0.303" and C being for the bomb rack capable newly designed wing able to be fitted with 2x20mm. Fitting the necessary radiators to the old style of wing would involve a hideous number of hours. Grant
  3. I'm not sure that's so. when 453 (RAAF) sqn were withdrawn from channel cover duties they handed in Mk.IXs and were reassigned to Cornwall getting issued renovated Mk.Vbs with the above mods. All concerned were unimpressed.
  4. I'm going to chime in here. The term for second-line RAF Spitfires fitted out so was Clipped, Cropped and Clapped. http://spitfiresite.com/2008/05/clipped-cropped-clapped-yo-q.html Grant
  5. I've not had the pleasure of using that brand. Look nice. Measure the sill width of the canopy and a dry fit of the ICM fuselage at the same point.
  6. If you are going for Falcon canopies check the width as ICM were a bit slim at the top of the spine. I put in a wedge of plastic on second build with vacuum transparency. Watching as you go. Grant
  7. The A19-xxx series being British manufacture had a few versions of the Bristol cowl exhaust ring. Most if not all A8-xxx series had late power-eggs shipped from Britain to be installed on the Mk.21 airframes. Hope this doesn't muddy the waters too much. G
  8. I believe that to be correct as I have a spare P-51 tail fin fillet which will not fit any of the P-51B or Cs I've done. G
  9. Heres that drawing which shows the two construction methods. The Mk.I used the left hand method. G
  10. An example of form following function.
  11. Shiny metal Spitfire 5cs. Photos made at Pearce Western Australia in 1945 when Dad was there. G
  12. Well, Darwin Harbour and environs would be tricky even at 1/600 scale. The tidal variations alone would require two sets of scenery for the initial morning raid and the follow-up at noon. The bomb falls and aircraft crashes alone would need a tennis court to encompass. Then there are the shoot-down and strafings as far as Mellville Is. Perhaps 1/2400 may be a better scale? Hold that thought, onward with the Carpathia.
  13. Did it in front of an audience of critical friends. Glad to see it made it home with out moths and leaves getting into your oggin.
  14. Canning Highway, Victoria Park. Western Australia today, Scads of beautifully restored/preserved Austin Healeys making their way through 11:00am traffic. Adhesive badges on doors, so a rally of enthusiasts. G
  15. An Aussie would think 'yeah, nah' and record regardless.
  16. Hi 757flyer, I received that Hakata set and was surprised at how dark the blue is compared to most other brands. It sprays quite nicely but is a bit translucent and glossy, so undercoats and pre shades need to be right prior to finishing. G
  17. Blinds were visible in all of those portholes. Not necessarily patterned. 15w bulb or 75w overhead lighting? Oh the choices I know the direction I would take. Calico in beige.
  18. An interesting set of photos showing early civil use of the 504 in our town. http://www.goodall.com.au/australian-aviation/west-australian-airways-1/westaustralianairways.html HNY G
  19. Hi Steve, Grand job so far, especially the introductory metalwork. I'm with _matt on the need for a hot job to get good solder flow. Perhaps you could try a heavier tip on your iron, yours looks sized for soldering PE or electronics. G
  20. Sorry I missed the start of this build. My experience with two back in 1993 was to assemble the fuselage parts into halves, but I've missed that stage. I'll search for any notes. Good work, carry on. G
  21. Red Texta marker pens on the gummed portion of a Rizla is my method.
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