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Paul Thompson

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  1. Paul Thompson

    Seatbelts in WW1 aircraft: when did they come in?

    Probably more a function of not realising what a good idea ithe extra straps would be rather than indifference. I have a theory (well, I just thought of it) that shoulder straps came in as a response to people smashing their faces against the safe end of the guns in what would otherwise have been mild crashes.
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    Seatbelts in WW1 aircraft: when did they come in?

    Bristol Fighters only used broad lap belts until post war, when 4 pointers came in.. The observer also had one. Sopwith Pups and Camels, also lap belts. BE types used as fighters (12 a and b for example) also lap belts. Basically, you can't go by modern reproductions, or oldies that are still going, because they have to have 4 pointers to be legal to fly. Even static museum exhibits can have had inappropriate harness installed at some stage. Your best bet is to study a stack of photos, as in Windsock Datafiles. Usually there will be one or two shots that give the game away, especially where the aircraft has nosed over. Paul.
  3. Paul Thompson

    Chequered BE2c: a few questions

    >Your experience with the struts may well differ from mine: unfortunately I bent the front centre-section struts out of true trying to "persuade" them to fit into the slot in the underside of the upper wing, after which I couldn't trust them for that firm and square alignment. Oddly enough, they look okay now.< Maybe mine went okay because of the extra squareing up needed to rectify the mould slippage. Serendipitous. >Roundel: even with my most critical eye, I did not detect any perceptible build-up of transfer thickness. Maybe that was the problem: the disks were too thin to work. I doubt if the compass cutter idea would work, for the structural integrity reason you give.< Ah well. Forearned is forearmed, etc. I do have stacks of spare cockade decals I can try if I have to. >The only (minor) constructional problem I had was the need to add a 5 thou shim to the front of the left fuselage half to stop the engine pod being out of true but I put that down to my own cackhandedness in assembly rather than the kit. As for mould misalignment and the need for endless tedious clean-up of flash, that's about par for the Airfix course in my experience: certainly no worse than others like the Ju 87 and Me 262.< I've found it varies wildly with the newer kits. Some have been fine, but the BE2 was the worst. The 1/72nd Ju 87 only needed minimal tidying with sanpaper. The 100 Group B-17 I'm currently doing is a mixture - plenty of flash to pare away, but thankfully no mould slippage, but that flash is on every single edge, and with the zero tolerance engineering has to go. That said, I've not had any of the fit disasters I've read of with the new kits either, but then I always use a headband magnifier to check over all mating surfaces before assembly, which is tedious but saves a lot of grief. It also helps that I occasional fling together old Airfix, Revell, and limited run WWI kits to remind myself how the goal posts have moved over the decades.................
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    Chequered BE2c: a few questions

    FWIW, being too late to help, I find some of the Citadel blues and reds work well for touching up RFC national markings, depending of course on the exact shade offered by the decal producer. Blood red is particularly forgiving - the blues usually need a bit of tweaking, based on Regal and Ultramarine (those 2 are old pots and have probably been renamed when they changed the pot type). I think I'll try cutting the black from the chequer decals where the roundel is to go with a compass cutter when I come to do mine, if that leaves enough carrier film for strutural integrity. A trickier alternative would be to mark the roundel position after the chequers have set on the fuselage and overpaint with white. That at least would avoid the build up of decal thickness with multiple backing disks. BTW, I built one of these when it came out, for review somewhere on-line, can't remember where. Mine had particularly horrible steps where the mould had slipped which took a lot of cleaning up and threw the building tolerance completely out. However, I still found the jigs unneccessary. Care lining up the centre section struts was enough to be able to mount the top wing firmly and squarely, using Revell Contacta. I could then get at the centre section more easily for rigging before springing the interplane struts into place.
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    Injection moulded WW1 pilots

    Nice. But the German Imperial Air Service wasn't called the Luftwaffe, to pick nits...............
  6. Paul Thompson

    NEW FROM WINGNUT WINGS

    Richard Alexander, in the April GWSIG newsletter Cher Ami, says they're still planning on the extra resin and lots of PE sets some time in the future. In the context of the Bristol Fighter "10 colour schemes, half a dozen figures and hundreds of photo-etch detail parts." Paul.
  7. Paul Thompson

    Trying to like Italeri kits. Honest!

    It's not really mysterious, is it? Some of us are getting on a bit and have experience of older kits. Our expectations are thus not so high as those brought up on modern stuff. There was a thread on here a couple of years ago where someone complained about the poor fit of Hasegawa kits, and there was a chorus of agreement, with nary a nay-sayer. Ludicrous on the face of it, but you can't blame people for being seduced by progress. Well, you can, but it might not be such a good idea to tell them that . Paul.
  8. Paul Thompson

    Uamf down?

    I'm also getting the same message.
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    Wingnut Wings announcement

    Special Hobby, 2 boxings, $36 or so. and in stock at the big H. Not WNW quality of course, but still perfectly buildable. Ther was also one not so long ago by Alleycat as was, which I've built, and that was an excewllent kit. So I'd rather WNW put their effort into something unavailable elsewhere. Paul.
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    1978-80 RAF decal sets

    Hannants still stock around 38 (rough count without my reading glasses) Modeldecal sheets at £4.00 a throw. They do list which subjects are covered, with dates, and smallish photos of the contents. Paul.
  11. Paul Thompson

    S.E.5a spoked wheels

    The company is called Part, from Poland, and they have a habit of including spoked wheels on every one of their otherwise nice WWI detail set they. Just ignore. I think I've seen just one photo of a coverless SE5a, and that was only the one wheel.. If I were you, I'd worry more about sticking something in the engine compartment. Just an aluminium coloured shape will do, because if you're of a mind to look from the underside you can see the lack of an engine quite clearly when the model is finished. Paul.
  12. Paul Thompson

    csm lanchester armoured car 1:35

    The price from CSM is Euro 44.77, or around £40.
  13. I doubt that. As per a previous thread on here, French aircraft have so far not been a priority with WNW (for whatever reason). You could just as well say CSM have declared war on Academy/Hobbycraft, who already do a Nie. 17 (and for that matter a Camel). Paul.
  14. FWIW, to be honest, all of the biplanes except the new BE2C are old enough that they need replacing. The worst are the Fokker Triplane, Sopwith Camel, Albatros and RE8. But to be honest, those of us who specialise in WWI stuff are probably comfortable with the many alternative offerings from other companies (although that wouldn't stop me getting some of anything new). The between the wars biplanes are much better than the old WWI efforts, although still not up to the current standard, and can be built to a good standard without that much effort. Pity the Bulldog mould is suffering wear, and it and the Demon aren't currently in production anyway. I still think it's a pity they repopped their awful Camel for the RAF centenary. Not a good kit when released, and by any measure truly awful now, it was ideal for retooling. Paul.
  15. Interesting. Although the background is different, the aircraft illustrated is painted almost identically to the box subject of the 1/48th Gavia kit, as if the outline was copied and then the colours tweaked a bit. Same artist's signature. Paul.
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