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Kit builder

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  1. Salt is hydroscopic, meaning it attracts water to itself and absorbs it, so I wouldn't go that way myself even as a base. Plaster is relatively stable when cured, but if used as a powder, you'd have to avoid any possibility of damp.
  2. Not to be pedantic, but the 7.5 in measurement would be the width of the wheel rim between the bead seats.
  3. Thanks for that DA. It was remiss of me not to close this one out myself. Thanks everyone.
  4. Xtracolour isn't bad, either, though it might need a spot of white for fading/scale effect.
  5. The Kittyhawk IV entered service in 1943, so wouldn't have been delivered in DE/DG, as the scheme ceased to be used in 1941, except for bombers, though some machines delivered to the far east and India might have used it. Aircraft delivered to units in the western hemisphere would either have been in DE/MS/Azure, or OG/DG/MSG. A quick Goggle for Kittyhawk mkIV brings up plenty of images of desert camouflaged examples, some of which are original colour images.
  6. On my 1/48 triplanes, I use the same method the factory did. With a bit of practice, it's actually not too difficult and if you intend to do more than one, each is unique, rather than an identically marked, decalled lineup.
  7. Fine work, Kev. I'm glad that I had the chance to see this progress in the flesh, as it were. Quite inspitational.
  8. Marco, Sorry it took so long. PM sent. Chris
  9. Thanks for thee info, Chris. I'll follow that up. Kit
  10. They do a range of decals, but specifically, I am interested in their 1/35 scale land ships sheets.
  11. Marco, PM me. I might be able to help you. Chris
  12. I'm thinking of ordering Penguin's decals for the mk I male, as I quite like the idea of doing HMLS Daphne. Does anyone know of a UK supplier, or am I going to have to order them direct? Thanks in advance, Kit
  13. I mentioned the problems with Humbrol paint since the manufacture came back to the UK, to the guys on the Airfix stand at Telford. They were surprised that there was a problem, as they'd not heard of it. They were concerned enough to ask if it was limited to a particular colour and suggested I check the batch numbers. When I said it wasn't and I had, they asked me to email Hornby about it and said that if I heard of anyone else with similar issues, to get them to do so, as well. I've used Humbrol almost exclusively for over 40 years and never before had issues with the chemistry of the paint, though some of the shades have been off at times. I have found that one needs to add significant amounts of enamel thinner, just to make many of the new tins' contents thin enough to draw into a pipette for transfer to the mixing cup and that's a bug-bear to start with.
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    Biggles's Camel

    During his time on Camels, Biggles served with 266, not 226. The fact that it was a squadron in the 200 range, would indicate that if it had been real, it would have been 66 sqn, RNAS until 1 Apr 1918. On the creation of the RAF, all former naval squadrons were incorporated into that service with the addition of 200 to the existing number. 266 as described in the Biggles books was entirely fictitious, though the events portrayed in the stories were, according to W E Johns, based on real events.
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