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general melchett

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  1. Hi all, only me with another build I finished recently, featured in last months issue of Airfix Model World. This time it's the soon to be reissued 1/48th Defiant Mk.1 by Airfix which really only combines the earlier Mk.1 and NF.1 kits with new decals including markings for one of each type, nothing else has changed in the box. Unfortunately the new decals weren't ready in time so I opted to use the earlier NF.1 markings for the sharmouthed N3328 of 151 squadron which, to be honest, looks more interesting than those of the newer offering (264 squadrons N1801, 'Coimbatore II') It's a lovely little kit in its own right but as is often the case with Airfix, a tad basic when it comes to surface detail. I decided to fill most of the overly heavy panel lines, (especially those on the tail planes and fin) and lightly rescribed them to a more respectable level. At the same time I decided to rivet sections of the thing too which was pretty straightforward using SBS's neat 1/72nd rivetting tool. A fair bit of aftermarket was thrown at it, including CMK's resin Merlin III engine (with exhaust stacks and replacement engine covers), their resin cockpit and replacement Mk2D powered turret along with Eduard's PE cockpit interior, landing gear bay and landing flap set. The resin cockpit set was mixed with the pre-painted PE parts to produce a rather decent Defiant cockpit and the same went for the turret. The model was sprayed using MRP lacquer paints and weathered using a combination of AK, AMMO MIG and Wilder washes and pigment products and staining came courtesy of Abteilung 502 oils thinned using their Matt Effect Thinner. All in all, a quick fun build. Airfix did a pretty good job with this one at a very fair price although personally I would have liked to have seen more restrained panel lines and a bit more surface detail. Thanks for looking and hope you like it. Melchie
  2. Great to see another Valetta on the go, especially a T.3. Lovely work James and a great choice on the scheme. I really hope Vaclav does release a Viking at some point as this was my father’s monthly bus ride, back in the early 50s when working in the Middle East for the Iraq Petroleum Company. Agree about the Nene Viking...
  3. Great work John, a big improvement on what's in the box, strange that Amodel got it wrong as their research is usually pretty sound. Looking at all this butchery gets me in the mood for attacking the Mach 2 lurking at the back of the naughty cupboard. A lot of work but to ease matters I'll be 3D printing new outer wings and a few 'things' to build a BEA 4B, (just taken stock options on Milliput and sanding sticks!) Must agree about the AA kits being a joy, (building their Trident 3B for a magazine). Look forward to progress...
  4. Well, it's a way off yet CC, we'll just have to wait until you're completely seaworthy. Oooh-er, I was going to mention that I don't think she'd have much trouble keeping you honest but in gridlockedown UK, you're probably right....
  5. Funny you should mention that Pete...your name as a likely victim came up in conversation more than once, yesterday, get the kettle on and stock up the fridge.
  6. Public safety announcement.... Latest on Martian contact.. Citizens of Earth, Martian contacted me across the sub ether today to announce that, for a wee while anyway, he won't be able to update his build threads due to a complete and gratuitous total existence failure of his one and only Dell PC. Apparently they have to order the parts from somewhere here on planet Wibble and transport them to Mars along with a goodly supply of toilet rolls and a copy or two of King & Country (as backup). Elon Musk has offered the use of his shiny flying grain silo, better known as 'Starship', so everything should be back up and running in an Earth week or two. He apologises for any inconvenience caused at this time, any complaints should to be forwarded to the local Martian Postal Service offices where they will be promptly vaporised... End of transmission...
  7. Thanks CC, Martian's a good egg, we often chat about all manner of things, Life, the Universe and Everything, (Everything being mostly unrepeatable, of course).... Actually, we recently discussed him coming up here to stay over at Melchett Towers (House of Healing or Lamentation, take your pick) when things have calmed down a bit, for a spot of R&R and some much needed insanity. Of course, it goes without saying that we'll take Sarah Jane out for a damn good thrashing, around the leafy lanes of Lincs and Notts (the counties, not adult role-play items).........she'll thoroughly enjoy herself We won't go into that here, suffice to say that Martian law is very different from our own and considerably more 'accommodating,' if you get my drift.
  8. Public announcement.... Latest on Martian contact.. Martian contacted me across the sub ether today to announce that, for a wee while anyway, he won't be able to update his build threads due to a complete and gratuitous total existence failure of his one and only Dell PC. Apparently they have to order the parts from somewhere here on planet Wibble and transport them to Mars along with a goodly supply of toilet rolls and a copy or two of King & Country (as backup). Elon Musk has offered the use of his shiny flying grain silo, better known as 'Starship', so everything should be back up and running in an Earth week or two. He apologises for any inconvenience caused at this time, any complaints should to be forwarded to the local Martian Postal Service offices where they will be promptly vaporised... End of transmission...
  9. Public announcement.... Latest on Martian contact.. Martian contacted me across the sub ether today to announce that, for a wee while anyway, he won't be able to update his build threads due to a complete and gratuitous total existence failure of his one and only Dell PC. Apparently they have to order the parts from somewhere here on planet Wibble and transport them to Mars, along with a goodly supply of toilet rolls, Snickers bars and a copy or two of King & Country (as backup). Elon Musk has offered the use of his shiny flying grain silo, better known as 'Starship', so everything should be back up and running in an Earth week or two. He apologises for any inconvenience caused at this time, any complaints should to be forwarded to your local Martian Postal Service offices where they will be promptly vaporised... End of transmission...
  10. They're on their way Martian...we had a particularly gruelling death-match against the Old Harrovians on Saturday so hopefully you'll be able to savour the full effect.
  11. No two kits seem the same. So far, with the three I've built, I've been lucky, no major fit issues, have to see what the other four are like, I'm sure there's a Friday afternoon job lurking in there somewhere. The instrument panel is indeed a pain, I find it easier to fit after assembling the fuselage. Overall a decent kit, the main thing to watch out for, I've found, is the join of the upper wing centre-section to the fuselage, best to carefully Dremel away until everything lines up, other than that, not too bad. Agree that HP Video footage of XM714 at Radlett is excellent, found it some while ago, very useful for an interim B2, the flying shots certainly emphasis the long, graceful wings of the Mk.2.
  12. Nice choice Tony, I'll also be getting one of these soon, definitely follow the build...you've got to love his choice of modelling subjects.
  13. Lovely job Loren, just my cup of tea, really looking the part now. Although I've built many resins I've never attempted a Collect Aire offering although a few, including this one, the F-108 and XF-103 sorely tempted me back in the day. Totally agree about Bondo, sadly missed. Good lord, sea food, well, why not, try anything, I say...
  14. Hello, what's gone off here? answers on a postcard...
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