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  1. This emphasises the leading edge depth and shape. Taken form the walkaround section. And this, the depth of the wingtip which looks overly thick on the test shots. And the trailing edge fillet...
  2. The Vampire T.11 is one of my favourite aircraft so the news of PR doing one in my favourite scale was music to my ears BUT, and I hate to get into speculation before getting hold of the plastic, something does seem a bit off here. Vampire T.11 wing trailing edge fillet area. Also, the wings on the models shown appear to be quite deep and lack a sharper more defined leading edge. (Aircrew just keeping getting younger!) The 'crease line' of the leading edge should be central and not in line with the top of the intake which would suggest that the chord of this portion of the wing is incorrect. Just my observations from what are admittedly test shots. Must wait and see. Vampire T.11 leading edge.
  3. Impossible, I didn't bookmark it......still, I totally agree with the second part...
  4. You could be right, Steve, but looking closely at the photos, there is some fisheye distortion going on that may give that impression. I'd be surprised if PR got it that wrong, as they had a few examples to go on and generally turn out accurate kits. Have to wait for more information.
  5. ''Did someone say Fairey?'' asks Darling, his interest piqued. Another wonderful 'inLincs' production is underway, hoorah. I'm sure the result will be something to behold, young Pete. The old Rotodyne lends itself to so many ideas: land, sea, air, and space. You can even build it as a compound gyrodyne..I know, mad! It doesn't seem like five minutes since we were floricking hand in hand, singing boisterously amongst the trade stands and SIG tables at the Lincoln show. How time flies. Baldrick says if it's not too much trouble, he'd like a couple of slices of Vieux-Boulogne (more commonly known as 'Trenchfoot') with a side order of rotted haggis, garnished with a bucket of over-boiled mature cabbage in fish sauce. The latrine is optional. Nope, but I'm sure it'll become as clear as mud as we move on.....tallyho
  6. Thanks chaps, very kind of you all. Personally I'm more interested in these older 'Dreadnoughts' than the later vessels. Thank you Thom, the model appeared in the February issue of Airfix Model World magazine. The editor agrees with you and wants to include more maritime subjects in future so that's what I'm currently working on...plenty more interesting ships on the way.
  7. Thanks guys, appreciated. Thanks Jeff, yep, very similar class layout to both, along with the Lion class battlecruisers, on which the Kongos were based. Kongo was, after all, designed by the British naval architect George Thurston and built by Vickers, at the Barrow shipyards. Thanks Andreas, yes, the three-funnel arrangement does look a bit odd, especially as they are all of different designs...it looked even stranger post-1926 reconstruction with the large smoke deflector fitted...
  8. Thanks Jeff, I agree. Although I also like the quirky look of the pagoda battleships, these earlier Kongos look sleeker and more balanced. I'm just finishing off a Fujimi Fuso in 1/700th which really is the opposite end of the scale, an ungainly beast but still very interesting. I'm glad you like it.
  9. Thanks Stuart, yes, a ridiculous amount. Talk about a cash grab. The basic kit is quite good enough but still fairly expensive, and the 'enhanced' version with a few extras, even more so. The full blown deal is way over the top for what it is...
  10. At ease man, you'll do yourself an injury...You really should have a go at it. I've built quite a few vacs over the years, and this was definitely one of the easiest to date. Yes, the Hendon served with only one squadron, No. 38, replacing the units Heyfords at Mildenhall in 1936. They were then passed on to 115 squadron (formed out of No. 38) and eventually replaced by the Wellington in 1938. Melchie
  11. Halfway through mine, (a planned magazine build). It's a great kit, as Joe says, builds easily with excellent fit and superb detail. It's a surprisingly large aircraft. The clear resin canopy is of the usual quality we've come to expect from Alistair. Care must be taken when removing the supports, particularly with the wings, as the small supports can be a bit awkward to get to. Having done 3D production for an aftermarket company in the past, I know that getting the supports to work efficiently and be easily removed can take quite a bit of thought. Overall, a great product, especially for those of us interested in these fascinating projects, let's hope for a few more in time. It'll make a great companion for the Fantastic Plastic (Anigrand) Supermarine 559 I have on the go...
  12. Cheers Pat, a blast from the past! If you have any questions regarding the build, please just ask. Martian's too caught up in his flying loofahs to get on with his Hendon, unfortunately. Look forward to seeing what you do with yours...
  13. Hi all, this is my most recent maritime model, built for last month's issue of Airfix Model World. A great model can be built from the basic kit boxing, but to fully realize its potential, you'll need to purchase the extra packs of PE, wood decks, and brass, as well as a very natty (and expensive) acrylic and metal base. As to be expected, all these extras come at a cost, bringing the total to an eye-watering £200! That is ridiculous for a 1/700th ship kit. Fortunately, Kajika provided all of the extra aftermarket to AMW. These extra parts significantly increase the build time, and to be honest, you have to look for most of them with a magnifier as they're so small. The model is still a work in progress and will soon receive additional deck and superstructure weathering, as well as an acrylic water base, which I'll post for anyone interested. All in all, it was a lot of fun to build, and with Kajika being a part of Flyhawk, the quality and details are, naturally, superb. Quick history of the ship. The design of the Kongo Class battlecruisers originated in Great Britain. Impressed with the new Lion class adopted by the Royal Navy, the Japanese opted for this design over the earlier Invincible class. Vickers & Sons at Barrow built the lead ship, Kongo, however, the following three vessels of the class were built in Japan. Around 30% of construction material used to build the Hiei originated from Britain whereas the other two were built solely from material sourced in Japan. Weighing in at 34,400 tons with a length of 704ft (214m) and a beam of 102ft (31m) the Kongos were built as fast battlecruisers requiring high speed and good range. Power was supplied from no less than 36 boilers that used oil spraying to increase both power and range. Throughout their lives, all four vessels underwent numerous design changes and reconstructions, so much so that they were all rerated as battleships. During the first Battle of Guadalcanal, Hiei was hit by a torpedo but managed to limp back to Savo Island, where she was bombarded and sunk by USAAF bombers, USN, and USMC attack aircraft in the early hours of November 14, 1942. Ignominiously, Hiei was the first Japanese battleship sank during WWII. Thanks for looking. Cheers Melchie...
  14. Got mine recently...amazing job Ali, beautifully printed, a LOT of high detail parts. It's big! Went straight to the top of the build list.
  15. Thanks Bob, I'll have a look through the photo library and see if I can repost all or some of the missing photos.
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