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Jimbo

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  1. Hi Mike Apologies for not replying sooner - a lot going on here. Email inbound very soon Very many thanks Jim
  2. Hi all In an attempt to get back to actually building models (as opposed to just buying and planning them!) I decided to have a go at some military vehicles, the reason being that as a mainly aircraft modeller, I know next to nothing about this subject and so wouldn't get bogged down in highly accurate colours etc.. Just an OOB build. That was the plan; however . . . After being unable to find the Airfix Bedford QLT & Bedford QLD Trucks in the stash (or what used to be the garage - sometimes I wonder why I have a database of kits, they're never where they're meant to be) I decided on the old Airfix refueling kit. Aware of the problems with the QL (small wheels, booms not applicable to wartime vehicles) I made a start on the AEC. I also discovered I had the D-Day Assault set and so the vehicles from that (Tilly and Bedford MWC) were added to the workbench. I then started looking at what colours they should be . . . and suddenly I was in drawn in to accuracy again! Thanks to the excellent research of Mike Starmer ( https://www.mafva.org/british-vehicle-camouflage-1939-45/ ) I know the timeline for the various colours and schemes, as well as mixes for the colours. I'd like to have the vehicles in a 1940 scheme, which is given as khaki green G3 with a 'disrupter' of Dark Green No.4. It's described as being bold horizontal/diagonal patterns of the two colours. However, I seem to be unable to find any pictures/drawings online showing the scheme. I've found what I assume to be the later schemes with upper surfaces in a dark colour, and the 'Mickey Mouse' scheme, but nothing with a horizontal/diagonal pattern. Mention is made of MTP20 but I've had no luck with this either, other than mentions of it. Would someone be able to point me in the right direction as to what pattern I should use? I'd love to be able to be as accurate as possible, having gone from 'whatever the instructions say' to 'oh no, I must get it right' ! Any guidance gratefully received Many thanks Jim5
  3. What a fantastic high gloss finish - and brush painted too! What paint are you using? This thread has just cost me £11 - seeing those 'How to go plastic modelling' and its sequel I was taken back in my mind to having them from the local library, so it was off to ebay and a short while later one of each ordered Looking forward to seeing the finished Hunter Jim
  4. Hi again Tony Thanks for the info on how you did the stripes - I might have to give it a go. A lot of people have a 'paint mule' for test painting, think I'll use a stripes mule! Cheers too for your thoughts on the fairings. Your mentioning possibly the age of the aircraft may have something. The two pics I've found online that show them are on VERY mucky aircraft, whereas those without look (relatively) clean. More investigation looms As you say I can easily fill my drilled holes towards the end of the build if I need to. Cheers again Best wishes Jim
  5. Hi Tony Just wanted to say what an incredible weathering job on those stripes! The fading/wear is perfect, how long did it take? I'd also like to ask a question about this and your photo B-25. I see in this build you've left off the fairings over the (intercooler?) exits on the top of the starboard wing while the other does have them and I wondered if you knew if there was any 'rule' about when these were or were not present? At first I wondered whether it was to do with whether or not the aircraft had the smooth cowlings as opposed to the Clayton(?) type exhausts - Airfix show the fairings fitted to both their kit options and both have the Clayton exhausts but a few pics (and indeed your model) show this isn't the case. My problem isn't helped by the fact that 95% of RAF Mitchell pics seem to be taken from the port side, and most of the remainder below the wing! From the few photos I've found online the only 'pattern' (from about 4 pics!) is that aircraft without the fairings are in Invasion stripes . . . I'm hoping to build one of the options on the DK Decals sheet, and it wsn't until after I drilled the holes for the fairings I suddenly wondered why the holes were flashed over - obviously optional for different airframes. If you (or anyone else that reads this! :-)) has any guidance as to which aircraft had these, and indeed their purpose, it'd be very gratefully received. If it turns out that photos are the only guide I'll just have to toss a coin (though as the holes are now drilled it'd probably be 'on' Lol!) Many thanks, looking forward to your next B-25! Best wishes Jim
  6. Hi Ali Just to say mine arrived today - beautifully cast! I have a fair number of items produced by yourself in the stash, each with an intent to build, but these might levitate to the top of the list :-) All the very best Jim
  7. Hi Ced Bit late joining in here, but as part of my catch up I've just seen the video of your flight - what an incredible experience! I love the 360 view on the video, especially as I could pick out landmarks! I'm from Portsmouth and my gf's just the other side of Bognor, so we often see 'your' Spitfire overhead or along the coast - it was great to be able to pick out Bognor Pier, Butlins and then the sea defences at Elmer. I thoroughly enjoyed watching it all - the 49 mins flew by (aha!). I have to agree with Biggles87 though, Battle of Britain soundtrack would be in my head too! I'm off to see what's in my piggy bank! (probably just enough for an Airfix Spitfire - 1/72 of course!) Best wishes Jim
  8. I used to work there (IT Dept) but I was going through a model car phase and so virtually ignored the aircraft there Love the pics, brings back memories (though there was no Merlin back then).
  9. Hi Ced I'm a bit of a lurker on your builds - enjoy them (and the associated chatter re BBQs, beer, etc!) very much, but don't often have anything to contribute. However . . . I started searching for the 6.35mm 3M tape, and found this: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/3M-Vinyl-Tape-471-06405-Fine-Line-Paint-Masking-Inc-Striping-6-35mm-x-32-9m-/332337380031?_trksid=p2141725.m3641.l6368 It's vinyl tape, not sure if the tape PC mentioned is too, but it's the right width. About to click 'buy' so I'll have to see what it's like. Great work on the Spit! Best wishes Jim
  10. Jimbo

    Thank you

    Hi Just received my Eduard Spitfire VIII Dual Combo - wow, what a package! Two kits, how many decal options?, that great book . . . But just as superb was the packing - not just in the box containing the box, but bubble wrapped and protected inside the kit box too. All safe against the rigors of the Royal Mail (successfully!) All this at a price I genuinely couldn't believe at first, and postage included! So a massive thank you Mike, you have a very happy and satisfied customer here! Wonder what else I can be tempted with? BW Jim
  11. Got back to the gf's tonight to find my 110 waiting for me Well packed and protected, fast delivery and at a total price less than other places had the kit exc delivery. Well impressed! Thank you Mike, full marks Jim ps I wonder what I'll be tempted by next?!
  12. Just weakened and ordered an Eduard 110G-4 Oh for the strength to resist . . .
  13. Hi Glad the picture has proved to be of interest. I think it's the first time in the 8 years I've been here that I've actually been able to help, rather than asking! A Very Merry Christmas to all! Jimbo
  14. Hi I found this photo when trying find out the same thing. I think it shows a Sutton harness Jim
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