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  • Birthday 11/09/1954

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    1/35 WW2 Armour and 1/72 and 1/48 aircraft

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  1. @rtfxwp is correct about the Skyflash details, I tried looking for a photo of a live weapon but the only ones I could find on line are inert missiles in museums. This one best shows the warhead just behind the wings, as it is inert, there is a 2 inch blue band but a live missile would have a 2 inch yellow band in the same place. The 1 inch blue band further back from the warhead is the blue warning band for the inert rocket motor, on a live missile it would be a 1 inch brown band. Any black bands or markings are where to support the missile when being serviced or being loaded. Hope this helps Bruno.
  2. No problem Bruno, you are making vast improvements to this kit, it's just a pity they were not done by Airfix when they made the molds. The sidewinder covers were made of a yellow plastic material and were not painted, they have always been yellow, the colour only slightly faded with age and any grime they picked up.
  3. An amazing job of this rather poor effort by Airfix. Bruno. I am looking forward to seeing how it looks with the tanks, pylons and undercarriage attached. I'm not sure what time frame you have for your model but the yellow colour for the aircraft ground equipment, including the ladders had been replaced by dark green in the late 70s. The original idea behind the yellow colour was to make it easier to see in dark conditions and was changed to what was referred to as Infra Red Reflective (IRR) green, though to still help see ground equipment at night, there could be strips of yellow tape attached to the edges of equipment. The built in aircraft steps were used a lot for the pilot. This photo from the early to mid 70s shows the ground equipment in green, the power unit on the right shows well the strips of yellow tape. My era!
  4. Hope yours were OK, I cooked some caramelised onion sausages, mash and onion gravy last Monday. Absolutely lovely, but they gave me food poisoning. I haven't been able to keep anything in since then, just existing on fluids. On the plus side.... I'm now well below my target weight of 12 stone (75 Kgs)
  5. Always a problem with any of the Harrier family, their lack of range and the knock on effect of trying to carry a useable weapon load very far. They did a superb job in the Falklands conflict, but the difference if Phantoms and Buccaneers had been available would have been immense.
  6. That looks OK to me Stef, trying to move or cutting the rear idler might give you more problems so I would leave it well alone. Just for the record, when I was having trouble several years ago getting burnishing fluid, I did try giving my set of KT Fruils a good clean and sprayed them with Mr Surfacer 1500 black primer. It still rubbed off, the metal links look too shiny and bright for track wear, just in case you were thinking of that method.
  7. Just had a better look, not just an Iron Cross, one with oak leaves and swords, I think only the diamond encrusted one was higher. The kit looks really good, nice progress so far.
  8. Hopefully you'll be fine, never had a problem with them before. That's life, one minute you're enjoying some bangers and mash with lots veg and gravy, a couple of hours later you're making an urgent dash for the loo! (I say dash, at my age it's more like Douglas Bader doing the quickstep) Try a length of 46 pairs of links, if they sag nicely, job done. If not, there's adding or removing a paired link, but if either of those don't work, it's saw time.
  9. The two part cross country tracks used the 9 toothed sprockets like the kit supplies, that picture shows the last type of track used, single part track with an 18 toothed sprocket, that, or the narrow transportation tracks could be used on 18 tooth sprockets.
  10. I remember someone using a silver paint marker pen for doing this bit, easier than a hairy stick. They only seem to like sticking to flat surfaces.
  11. I've been laid up sick for the last few days, damn food poisoning. They looked such harmless caramelised onion sausages, who knew what harm they contained. Anyway back to the important things. Fixed rear idler, that's going to make things awkward to get the track correctly fitted and sagged, Perhaps cut them off, then drill and pin them using a nail or similar, something that can take the weight of the Fruils. As for burnishing, fluid, I had trouble getting some, be careful, I got some AK burnishing fluid but it is for p/e material/brass and doesn't do a thing to white metal tracks. I eventually ended up buying some VMS from Poland, that worked fine, but do follow the instructions, you don't want to dissolve the pins.
  12. Superb Starfighter. I have the Kinetic CF-104 boxing of this kit which has one of the options this red tailed test aircraft, but with the earlier Union Flag on the tail. I'm hoping to get to build it like that as it reminds me of the old Airfix box art.
  13. With the Dragon kit, it requires 46 paired track links each side for a full length, the movement of the rear idler allows you to get the sag correct, had you pre-glued the rear idler before starting to fit the tracks?
  14. Was it for a Tiger Meet? Looks very good, why not finish it off, hopefully there's a Tiger head on the turret.
  15. Thankfully those days are long gone.
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