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Pete F

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    Mainly 1/72nd scale aircraft and armour.

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  1. Forgive me if this is in the wrong place or has been answered before. I have searched but can't find the answer. My question is what is the purpose of the line of five small holes that run centrally the length of the belly tank on the EE Lightning F6 1/72 Airfix kit. I have seen builds where they are filled and others where they are not. Any advice would be appreciated so I know how to deal with them.
  2. Each to their own but I don't find Model Air needs thinning for airbrushing.
  3. Pete F

    Lockdown Genealogy

    I'm always amazed when people manage to trace their linage, with any degree of certainty, to a time before the English Civil War. It is hard for us to imagine these days how much the administrative infrastructure of the country was devastated during that period.
  4. Thanks for your comments. RLM 2 is a strange colour. I think there are certain colours that are so close to another colour that different people perceive them differently. I see RLM 2 as much more green than grey but others see it more grey. I guess that's why there are so many discussions about it.
  5. The aircraft modelled is an early prototype for the B series of the Heinkel He112 fighter. It was named V9. From 1937 it toured Europe in an effort to make sales and then, in 1938, saw action in the Spanish Civil War where it was given the code 8.2. It was piloted by Hauptmann Harro Harder who gave it his own distinctive swastika insignia. Harder was later killed during the Battle of Britain. Following the Spanish Civil War, V9 resumed its European sales tour but in February 1939 crashed during a demonstration flight in Hungary. This is the link to the WIP:
  6. Finished. I will post pictures to the gallery. In the meantime here is a comparison with one of the few pictures of this aircraft from the Spanish Civil War. Some thoughts from the build: A really nice little kit to make. One thing that this has taught me is not to be afraid of raised panel lines. In many cases I think they look as good as, if not better than, recessed lines. I found it easier to use washes without it looking excessive. The He112 is a more attractive aircraft than I had
  7. That suddenly makes me feel very old. In my mind they are as fresh as the day I first made them. Age and time are a funny thing.
  8. I hope you were wearing a string vest when you were sailing it.
  9. Shame you still haven't got it. Would have made an interesting read.
  10. Interestingly mine was in the same style box but the swastikas weren't present on the decals. There was just a blank space so they hadn't been printed. I wonder if this was time related (e.g. someone made a decision to stop or start printing them) or geographical (e.g. being sold in a particular country).
  11. This is looking good. Nice detailing on the nose gun ports. It's a great kit. Make sure those wing roots are well glued, they are a minor stress point.
  12. The Heinkel Spitfire approaches completion. The fuselage and wings are now finished. I have applied an oil paint filter to add some weathering to the base coat. I then added a layer of Future, the decals and another Future gloss coat. The wash is one from Flory. I tried to copy the level of weathering in one of the two photos from Spain (see above). Then a little exhaust staining and finally a matt varnish. The decals are excellent. Very fine and easy to apply. I used the diluted Future method described elsewhere on this forum for the first time. It worked
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