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  1. Many thanks @Murdo, @bigbadbadge and @Johnson for your kind and encouraging comments on the build so far . I have now completed adding further details to the engine bay. I've left most of them unpainted so they can be picked out in the photos. One item missing from the instructions is a pipe (part C14) that attaches to the Coffman engine starter at stage 64. I didn't notice this until too late and used wire for the piece of pipe, but I thought it a bit strange that Airfix had provided location holes for it!....
  2. Very interesting information, Chris. That settles the matter perfectly. I'll also let the presenter at the Jet Age Museum know, as he had been studying the life of Robert David Ackers. Thank you so much for giving your time and expertise to help me out, I really appreciate it. Best regards, Pat
  3. Chris - thank you looking into answering this question, I much appreciate it. Additionally, thank you for researching and publishing on this (and other) aircraft, it's been the go-to source for me. I'm glad I didn't go for JR128, that would have been an embarrassing error! Although I guess it is not an important point, but is one I'm curious about, do you know whether David Ackers was shot down by flak (squadron report) or by Bf109s (The Combat History book by Richard Townshend Bickers)? Thanks sgain, Pat
  4. Some nice subjects and scales there - I'm looking forward to them hitting the shelves, Pat
  5. Hi everyone, Progress has slowed since my last posting, but I have now installed the kit parts for the engine bay and started on adding some extra detail. I have also reached the point where I need to decide on the aircraft to depict and have spent some time working on this (and maybe you can help me with this? - see later). The engine block needed to be massaged into position: there is a cruciform-shaped spine that runs throughout the length of the engine and supercharger, and protrudes out to locate the assembly to the fire wall. To get this into place also requires t
  6. Thank you, Iain - I'm getting closer to fitting that grill. I glued the engine in place today and have started attaching the various conduits. Should be ready for the grill within a week or month! I'm glad you like it Alan . This big model is a good way to get to know the ins & outs of the aircraft, although I'd much rather work on the real thing of course! With the cockpit about done, now onto the engine. This was primed with black Mr Surfacer 1500. I noticed some flanges were missing on the four supercharger outlets so added these from rings cut from plastic c
  7. Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery, Crispin. Please do keep us posted. All the best, Pat
  8. Hi everyone, I have made a little more progress and the cockpit is about complete. I have continued to add details here and there that I have spotted in photos, but the Airfix kit is pretty comprehensive as it comes. I finished decalling the instrument panel and popped one or two details on the reverse side (a cable, support plate and windscreen heating duct) that are visible though its openings as an "amuse yeux". Here is the completed job, save for the pilot's seat that I'll add later so I can check it sits centrally in the fuselage.....
  9. Hi everyone, Thanks again for your interest and comments. I'm continuing to enjoy myself making this kit. One thing I find attractive about this large scale model is that you get a good idea of how the real aircraft was constructed. Airfix have done a good job of including some of the key items of pipework as well. Having looked at photos and diagrams, I thought it a good opportunity to add some more plumbing so that I could get to know the aircraft more. I started at the cockpit side of the firewall and added a cross and piping which I think are for the air pressurisation of the fue
  10. It's looking good, Mike. I've got my own one following along and it's the biggest kit I've done in decades, so will be interesting to see how well my painting and weathering methods scale up for it. Good luck and I hope all goes well, Cheers, Pat
  11. Instrument panel...... The kit has a front and a transparent rear part. I spent some head-scratching time trying to figure out how best to proceed as the clear part had one or two problems - it didn't fit too well to the front piece and had some gaps and shrinkage dimples in the instrument faces that put me off. Ideally I would had cut individual thin clear discs to pop in each instrument hole, but do not have punches of the right diameters. However, I have inherited my dad's little lathe which is fun to use so decided to make some instruments from a piece of clear plastic (a cocktai
  12. Hi and thanks everyone for your help and interest. I would have posted a progress update earlier, but had problems with the image hosting site. But it seems okay now. Seat..... I have been working on the seat recently, using the Airfix one as a practice piece before working on the Barracuda resin one I had bought. Here are the two ready for paint.... First step was to prime with Mr Surfacer 1500. I chose the black so it would help with shading... The following day I masked the back cushions and then airbrushed with Alclad
  13. They arrived safe and sound in the today's post, Iain. Thank you once again for your help and generosity All the best, Pat
  14. Iain - that is very generous of you - yes, I would love to have them. Let me send you a message with my address, Cheers, Pat
  15. Thank you, Mike - I'll take a look at your thread. I took a look for the RB radiator mesh, but I don't think it is available at present owing to supplier problems. Thanks again, Pat
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