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Jon Bryon

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  1. Hannants took delivery of new Iroquois stock on 20th Nov 2020, so he is still in business. Mr Laverty (who I believe is a Canadian living in the UK) has what might be described as an 'interesting' reputation. You can find various bits and pieces on the relevant forums with some Google searching. Leaving SAM under a cloud did not do his reputation much good. I am on his blacklist on Ebay because I ordered some Quickboost items through his online shop earlier this year. The items arrived late and I gave the according feedback (i.e. the item did not arrive by the quoted d
  2. I have X007-48. From memory (it's in the loft as I type) the envelope has been torn open but it is all complete. I can trade for X48-155 or will have to sell for £10 (inc. postage) to cover purchase of another sheet so I can build the Hawk. Or you can have my sheet from the Hasegawa boxing for free (I think I still have it...) PM me if interested and I'll go and have a look. Jon
  3. I doubt it. The list of British early/mid-cold war jets not done by Airfix is about the same length as the list of the ones they have done: Vampire, Venom, Sea Venom, Armstrong Whitworth Meteors, Swift, Scimitar, Attacker, Sea Hawk, Jet Provost vs Lightning, Meteor, Hunter, Sabre, Javelin, Sea Vixen, Canberra, Gnat, Buccaneer...and I think that's being generous! Jon
  4. The Kinetic kit box is a bit misleading. You get three schemes: a brown single-seater, a blue single-seater and a blue two-seater. The decals are designed by Fightertown and as I made comment in my article, are not quite right for the model I made. Kinetic also got the actual camouflage scheme wrong in the instructions. Fortunately, you can find the Fightertown instructions online if you look. Another option is the Eduard kit (if you can get hold of it) but I have some accuracy concerns in relation to the markings there, too. Thanks Jon
  5. Thank you all for your comments. It was a fun scheme to model! I shall be doing a Kinetic F-16B in the blue Flanker scheme next. Jon
  6. Hello all, My eighth completion of the year is the venerable Hasegawa 1/48 F-16A. I believe this tooling originates from 1983, which makes it kind of sad that IMO this is still the best kit of the F-16A available in 2020! Aftermarket is limited to a Quickboost seat and Eduard main wheels. The nose pitot is scratchbuilt. Paint is MRP and Hataka lacquer and the flat finish is Mr Color GX113 thinned with Mr Rapid Thinner, which has resulted in a grittier finish than when I use Mr Leveling Thinner. The decals are from the Kinetic F-16A/B kit and are not quite accurate in detail.
  7. There are not many, but 'Nimrod' and 'Whirlwind' also spring to mind. Any others? Jon
  8. I've built that. It's an amazing little kit: https://jonbryon.com/amp-1-48-kaman-huk-1-huskie/ However, it's not a model of the subject of this thread... Cheers Jon
  9. Has anyone seen this for sale? Ebay doesn't bring up anything reliable. I'm particularly interested in the early markings boxing (bottom left). Thanks Jon
  10. Yep, I've used it https://jonbryon.com/mig19pm-html/. Jon
  11. If the boxart is correct, it's interesting that they are including both the S and PM versions. I don't think Trumpeter has ever done that. Jon
  12. Thanks for the update. Sounds promising with much to look forward to! Best Jon
  13. The latest issue of SAM popped through my letterbox this morning. In the editorial, Chris Meddings announces it's his last issue and is moving on. There's no mention of who's going to take the reins. A shame, I think, as I liked what Chris was doing (although I was a Gary Hatcher fan as well). Anyone heard who might be his replacement? Jon
  14. Thanks everyone for the comments. Cheers Jon
  15. Thanks all Yes, an HH-43B/F would be great. However, there appears to be very, very little commonality between them and the early piston-powered Huskies. As far as I can tell, a turbine powered 'Pedro' would need an entire new fuselage, engine and tail. Since it would be basically a new kit, I've no idea if AMP intend to release one, but maybe if they sold enough of these they'd consider it! Cheers Jon
  16. Hello all, This is my latest finished model, AMP's HUK-1 Huskie in 1/48. It's the most fun I've had building a model in a long time. There's no aftermarket and I only made some small changes to better reflect this particular airframe. Paint is Mr Color 365 and the decals are from the kit (although I replaced the national insignia). It's a tiny model (excluding the rotors, about the size of a 1/72 WWII fighter) with lots and lots of parts. The close-ups show a much rougher finish than I would like, although in real life it looks pretty smooth. Comments welcom
  17. You're right that operational RN markings for the FG.1 in 1/48 are very, very hard to come by. I'd have been very happy with the kit decals, but I've got an FG.1 in a special boxing and have been unable to find any aftermarket for a bog-standard 892 aircraft. I've had to settle for an Aeromaster sheet with a 700P example. RAM Models make this sheet with an eye-watering price of almost £25: https://www.modelhobbies.co.uk/ram-decals-148-early-british-mcdonnell-douglas-phantoms--48001-83748-p.asp Jon
  18. Undercarriage failure as soon as this was completed... Oh well, it was a tail sitter anyway! Revell 1/48 Catalina. Jon
  19. Me too, except I'm exclusively 1/48. Jon
  20. Thanks for the reply. Any photos would be much appreciated. Cheers Jon
  21. Hello, In relation to the 1/48 Rug Rat Resin (AIM) Cessna U-3 series, has anyone got one of these kits, or even better, built one? Some basic googling throws up nothing in terms of build articles. I'm quite interested in the quality of the resin, clear parts and decals. https://www.scalemates.com/kits/rugratresins-rr4803006-cessna-u-3b--1229282 Cheers Jon
  22. I'm assuming option #7 should be labelled #6. I'll be waiting for an aftermarket sheet with a GR.3 in the white winter camo, but I'll be buying this kit as soon as it's out! Jon
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