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Everything posted by Oldynewby

  1. Over a grand for a toy spitfire? I don't care how many bells and whistles it's got, they're having a laugh!
  2. It's only a modest bomb bay. If the aircraft is being converted the CG is liable to change depending on what equipment is fitted. Heck, it's only a whif!
  3. How about an ELINT model like the Sentinel? I think if the original Concorde had been militarised it wouldn't have carried any external stores as that would have ruined the top speed due to drag. I also think there would have been room for a modest bomb bay as the fuselage isn't that narrow compared to other bombers.
  4. Hi, OP here... No I don't expect Revell to go nuts printing a Gucci decal sheet for a cheap (old) kit, neither do I expect them to waste their own resources printing a big sheet of nothing. Just give us a simple set of decals commensurate with the value of the kit, then if the builder wanted to spend more on a/m decals, that's their choice.
  5. Nothing wrong with that, I'll be doing the same. I just thought it strange that Revell would go to the trouble of printing a "blank" decal. How did yours turn out?
  6. Fair do's. But I still don't see the point of Revell printing the thing with no colour. Why not just choose a simpler design?
  7. Surely if the decals are printed using the CMYK system all of the colours are available.
  8. Yup! I've seen those. £14.40 per sheet against £4.99 for the kit... Well they've gone to the trouble of printing a new full colour decal sheet so I can't believe that "colouring in" the lozenge would have taken any more investment.
  9. I'm speechless! I just bought a Revell Fokker D VIII and I couldn't believe it when I saw the decal sheet. The colour scheme calls for a 'lozenge' pattern on the underside but Revell in their wisdom have printed it in white with a colour callout for you to paint yourself. Surely the whole point of decals is to provide the finer markings so that you don't have to paint them. Revell, if you're not going to bother printing your decals in colour then offer the model with a different scheme! BTW Where can I get a job folding Revell instruction sheets? I'm guessing I don't need a black
  10. I can't see a theatre or unit marking being allowed to obscure the swastika, it being the force identifier. Also I don't think that the Luftwaffe flew such regimented formations as to warrant a formation marker, why not just use the swastika? Could be. Although the Nazi Party weren't really known for their compassion in the face of dissent! Could it (they) have been captured aircraft used for evaluation, or as Bish states, defectors?
  11. Doesn't look like it, the stripe extends onto the rudder. Besides there're more convincing ways to Photoshop out a swastika.
  12. I see the Skyraiders are carrying the (relatively) new AN/APS-20 Hard to think that it wasn't particularly good in the first place yet it lasted for 40 years in UK service. Where did we get this talent for taking the mediocre and wringing the nuts off it to great effect?
  13. Buccs might have been capable of holding stores with the wings folded but I'm pretty sure that it wasn't a feature used by the RAF as the necessity for them to be squeezed into small spaces wasn't really a requirement. There are some photos on the web showing RAF Buccs with their wings folded but I don't think these aircraft are 'operational', rather than retired examples on display. As ever, happy to be proved wrong. Paul.
  14. Looks like the top pic shows the seat pack parachute with its back panel against the seat back and the shoulder straps draped outside the cockpit, while the lower pic has the parachute back folded forward to show the seat and aircraft harness.
  15. Why not just buy a 1/72 sheet from Hannants and scale it up on your scanner?
  16. It's not unkind, The seats are rudimentary at best, certainly not the multi part luxury of the Revell. I fancy they're a bit undersized as well; not a problem if your pilots are midgets! Seriously though, compared to the Revell the whole kit is undernourished, although, in the interests of fairness I will say that the Revell undercarriage is so finely moulded as to look a bit flimsy. That's just my opinion though, having not built it yet I can't comment. Given that the original incarnation of the Airfix Tornado was based on the MRCA prototype and preceded the type going into servic
  17. Possibly because it's designed for 1/24th and could be a bit big. Plus there are plenty of more suitable motors out there. Try mobile phone vibrator motors. You'll need a puller of some type to remove the weight but they should slot in just about anywhere.
  18. Although I haven't yet built either the Airfix or the Revell, I'm looking at them both on my desk as I write this and I can safely say don't go for the Airfix! To put it kindly, it's basic; very, very basic. My kit is dated 1992 and comes moulded in the old style light grey styrene (the brittle type) with raised panel lines and no real cockpit to speak of. Correct me if I'm wrong (and I'm sure somebody will...) but I think it's an adaptation of the original Panavia MRCA kit from 1976 and first coming on sale in 1983. The same kit was rehashed with extra sprues as the GR4/4A in 2004 so it's def
  19. Oi! That'll be HM KGVI to you young fella me lad! Show some respect and get yer 'air cut, you 'orrible little man! Seriously though, there's a very good description of the Sutton Harness here:http://spitfiresite.com/2010/04/the-sutton-harness-on-the-spitfire.html
  20. Sorry mate. If I'd seen it sooner I'd have mentioned it.
  21. Great work so far Rich. Unfortunately I must point out an error but keep it in mind for future reference as it's too late to deal with it now. On a swb Landy, as well as a shorter (88") chassis, the bodywork behind the rear axle is also shorter resulting in the bottom edge of the overhang lying at a steeper angle. Sorry!
  22. Looking at those last two pics, I would suggest that the builders sprayed the airframe cockpit green/zinc chromate before fitting the canopy then painted the camo pattern when the build was completed. This would leave the coaming area "unfinished" in green.
  23. I doubt I'll be following this. I don't like tractors anymore, I'm an ex-tractor fan! Boom-Boom...
  24. I'm thinking of doing an homage to Black Buck 1, seeing as it's never been done (By me!). Obviously I'll be starting out with the Airfix Vulcan, which, allegedly, comes with the correct Olympus 301 engines and I'll be using the AN/ALQ101 pod off the last issue of the Buccaneer - a case of art imitating life. My questions are fairly minor but I haven't been able to find photographic proof so I'm putting the feelers out... Firstly I've confirmed the overall colour scheme on 607 was faded camouflage uppers and new EDSG below. The ECM pod seems to be olive green. For the mission the sq
  25. The dimensions of the F4J are pretty well known, couldn't you extrapolate the dimensions of the ID letters from a photo?
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