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  1. The very early F-110s were loaner F-4Bs from the Navy; the finalized F-110 (F-4C) started to incorporate developments like the curved leading edge inboard pylons.
  2. i seriously thought about letting it slide, but i got an extra door for a friend who also has this kit in his stash...
  3. i realize that from a distance the model looks fine. Its just that we are all our own worst critics and we know where the bones are buried, so to speak. -d-
  4. Yeah, but you don't have to glue the parts of a CAD rendering together. Seriously though, from everything i've read about building the kit, it seems that engine crankcase diameter is the "bad actor" in the build. I also wonder if Airfix gets some wild variances in shrinkage rates of the plastic they use as it cools, because some people say the kits fit beautifully, some say they really put up a fight. The World wonders... -d-
  5. Interesting that you mention that. Memory is unreliable, but i seemed to recall a separate sprue displayed next to the kit when it was originally announced at Telford, that included radar accessories. Does anybody recall seeing it, or am i all wet?? -d-
  6. Wow, Alan! This thing is fantastic! You picked a very interesting subject as i don't know just how extensively the -5N was used by the FAA or if it was simply evaluated. As a former instrument flying instructor, i've gravitated towards night fighters and all-weather interceptors. I need to go look at your build log now... -d-
  7. i like it! Its an interesting choice of version, and you don't see a lot of these 72 scale Airfix Spitfires built up with this degree of precision. I like how you captured a lot of what my friend would call "gingerbread house details". -d-
  8. I was just pondering that. This is a good example where in the hands of a skilled modeler (or in this case, me) you can take an okay kit and really make something of it, if you put the time in on nailing the basics of construction. Most of them, anyway.
  9. Hey Alex, For its time, Revell did an excellent job at capturing the shape of the -990.... in its prototype configuration. The EE kit does a great job at representing the production aircraft, but by all means if you have a Revell -990 either hold onto it as a collectible, or build the upcoming Atlantis re-release. -d-
  10. Wow, Ray- that is just amazing. In my mind, the Convair 990 is the star-crossed pornstar of jet airliners. You did a splendid job of it. looking at the parts so far, it seems EE really nailed the shape of the plane in ways that other companies missed the mark. I've started cutting mine off the sprues and test fitting it. The fit so far, has not been too bad. If you were to do another one, anything you'd care to do differently? -d-
  11. i intend to take a close look at it, to ascertain how much work will be required to backdate it to an early B-52 H or G. -d-
  12. i also avoided the rookie mistake of dropping the flaps. In retrospect, i shoulda opened up the radiator flap... -d-
  13. i see what you're saying. It's not that i put myself down or anything but i like to say false modesty is preferable to true hubris. -d-
  14. I had been rather curious to see this model built up. The TF-33 fans look like quite the improvement over previous B-52H offerings. Now, the $64,000.00 question is...how is the Great Wall kit? -d-
  15. Nice looking Avenger, Stu. You see this paint scheme in reference books and the occasional Hasegawa boxtop, but this is the first one i've actuallly seen done up in JMSDF markings. You know, the JMSDF also flew Lockheed PV-2 Harpoons. Just sayin.... -d-
  16. "You see Joey, when a Martin AM Mauler and a Hawker Sea Fury love each other very, very much..." Seriously though, its an impressive build. Nothing looks quite like a Firebrand. Looking forward to the forthcoming Clear Prop! release. Do you think they made the rudder big enough?? -d-
  17. Oh my- what a wonderful build. First time i learned of the Caravelle was from a postcard of one in SAS markings, under glass on the coffee table of my grandad's house. Later i learned my Dad had flown on them a couple times. Truly an elegant aircraft; you can tell the French looked at the Comet quite closely before building this one. It served as the archetype for all short-medium range jet airliners to follow. Great choice of paint scheme. You're not gonna grace us with an SAS Convair 990A, are you?? -d-
  18. After more than 25 years, and more moves than i can count, Tamiya Spitfire P9546 is finished. This kit is, and please excuse the Fried Chicken reference, the "Original Recipe", 1993 vintage Tamiya Mk I Spitfire. Finished in the markings of George "Grumpy" Unwin's Spitfire while assigned to 19 Squadron in the late Summer/ Early Fall of 1940. I tinkered on and off with this model over many years, but i could not really get excited about the Mk. I. It just languished on the shelf of doom, not getting finished while not getting binned either, because there really was nothing wrong with the build. With the recent releases by Airfix, Tamiya, and Eduard of more modern offerings of the Mk. I , i thought it best to finish this one off before it faded into obsolescence. To be honest i'm glad i finished it. This model served as a test bed for many new modeling techniques. But first, let me give you the executive summary. Kit: Tamiya Supermarine Spitfire Mk. I, kit no. 61032 Scale: 1/48th It's British, yeah but...it's Tamiya! Aftermarket Products Used: Ultracast resin exhausts, part no. 08040; Ultracast resin seat, part no. 48020. Cockpit door (without the dreaded crowbar) on order. Decals: Select stencils taken from the new, "Extra Crispy" Tamiya Mk. I Spitfire, kit no. 60119. Insignia, Squadron Codes and Serial masked and painted. Paints: Interior: Model Master Enamels. Exterior: Tamiya acrylics, mixed by hand according to colour guidance provided by Martin Sanford, and thinned into oblivion with Mr Leveling Thinner. Mr Color GX114 Super Smooth Flat Clear used as a final finish coat. I mentioned that this project was a testbed for several new modeling techniques. So, in no particular order here they are... First test and application of mixed Tamiya Acrylic and Tamiya White Liquid Primer to create a zinc chromate type model primer First use of resin exhaust stacks (Ultracast) First use of resin cockpit seat (Ultracast) First effort at mixing almost all colours from scratch (Tamiya Acrylic) per tribal knowledge First use of Elmer's Adhesive Tack for masking Spitfire camouflage pattern First effort at painting RAF insignia using Oramask and Tamiya Masking Sheet media First use of Tamiya Masking sheet to paint squadron codes and serials First use of GSI Creos GX114 Super Smooth Flat Clear First time re positioning of Spitfire empennage control surfaces I have a saying: 95% of all model making mistakes happen in the last 5% of the build process. This would be an example of that. First off, my idea of leaving the gear legs pressed into their sockets and applying the future/water/tamiya wash in situ, led to the legs being effectively glued in place a lot earlier in the build process than i wanted. The gear leg alignment as it set up was pretty good, but not perfect. I thought it was not worth snapping the struts off in an effort to get the alignment perfect. I thought that i was doing the right thing, by installing all the clear parts in place before painting the model. This led to a foggy dust overspray getting into the aft fuselage transparency and it's proved to be impossible to remove. The good news is, the slid back cockpit hood at least distracts the eye from it somewhat. In the process of going back and touching up paint problems, i ripped up several small stencils that had to be replaced and re-finished. In the process of attaching the antenna wire to the mast, the wire, with C/A on it, landed on the aft fuselage transparency, making a bad situation worse. Finally, in an effort to attach the canopy to the fuselage with a non-fogging type glue, the excess MiG Ammo white acrylic glue that oozed out from under proved impossible to remove. So, in the end a lot of things conspired to make it sort of a S#%^show. Now, having said all of that, this kit is actually very nice. I'm by no means an expert on all of the subtle shape nuances of the Spitfire, but the kit has a relatively low parts count and excellent fit. Why Tamiya neglected to include a decal for the instrument panel is one of those "WTF?" moments in plastic modeling history. However, the kit really does not need all that much in terms of aftermarket to get it very close to contemporary standards. I would recommend this kit as an excellent beginners model. Had i said this in 1993, it would be seen as heresy. However, in light of the much better offerings now available, i strongly recommend the Spitfire newbie cut their teeth on this Mk. I before taking on the more sophisticated and complex Tamiya "Extra Crispy" and Eduard offerings. I don't have the most recent Airfix Mk I offering, so for now i'll withhold comment. The dreaded cockpit door with the crowbar you see here is strictly a placeholder, pending arrival of a replacement from Ultracast. And for my next Shelf of Doom rescue, there's this beauty which has been completely ignored since 2013... So, that is all for now. Keep your knots up, and your powder dry.
  19. I have the feeling we won't be seeing EE release the Coronado with AA decals, mainly due to licensing issues with American. However, i am sure that ingenious forces in the cottage industry are hard at work on aftermarket decals and dare i say..... masks?? BTW, it's beautiful. -d-
  20. Mike, its not exactly an update, but i've since received the Convair -990 and i heard the Trident I is now available. So, they are at least delivering on their schedule, one kit at a time anyway. Of course, the bitching about the price tags *is* a constant.... -d-
  21. Okay Lads, settle down. The boarding door, with the dreaded crowbar is strictly a placeholder until i get a replacement from Ultracast, but i think we can say "Grumpy's" Spitfire is done. Working on an after action report for RFI now. -d-
  22. I agree that in this day and age, the engineering/ tolerances/fit of those wing components is atrocious. Even the old Fujimi was much better in this respect. D-flated
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