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Col Walter E Kurtz

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  1. well it was a lovely day at Duxford.plenty of flying aircraft and yes they do have a P-47 there. Took a few pics. always cautious about 'restored' aircraft details. what struct me was how may dings and ripples the underside had.. as modellers we strive for a perfect finish along seams etc. nothing wrong with this of course. The guide in attendance was quite informative and told me this a/c was made from salvaged parts of 3 aircraft .. will get back in the modelling groove soon and post my progress!
  2. I think so too Alan! Might forgo some of the innards if I can't get them all to fit to my satisfaction! Off to Duxford IWM today! Heading for the American Airforce Museum part wearing my replica A11 USAAF hacking watch. It's a replica of those types issued to USAAF aircrew in WW2. Also just fancied a bit of inspiration seeing the real things . I don't think they have a Thunderbolt there but it's the other planes I'd like to see again, the Liberator and the B17. Will do some more work on the Jug this weekend and hopefully post some pics! Kind Regards, Andy
  3. Hola Josep! Thank you for the compliment on my progress so far. im finding the cowling a problem to fit also. I've been doing a lot of dry fitting but like you I will need to do a lot of sanding before I finally glue the engine and cowling together. A better design might have been to have an extended lip that the cowling could have slipped on to. I might make up some plastic tabs myself so it can glue to those , which will be hidden from view inside the rear of the engine. Its also hard to see what's going on with the cowling as it's clear plastic! These minor criticisms apart, I love this kit so far. I'd be interested in seeking my yours when completed in your RFI posting too! Kind Regards, Andy
  4. Thanks Marcus. Maybe I'll have a go at a barrier method between wheel and tyres. A very clear explanation on your part. I am much obliged! Cheers, Andy
  5. Thanks Chris. I also have a 1:32 Trumpeter Stuka in the stash! I'd love to do a swordfish but the rigging frightens me! Lol A question for this Jug is - should I attempt invasion markings sprayed on? Not done this before so a little research is needed how wide the stories should be in scale,and should I lay the black down then mask for the white? The decal sheet unlike the excellent 1:48 Tamiya Jug doesn't have the stripes... I'm going to put the big 500lb bombs on the racks for this one too! Should look quite the piece when finished.. hopefully! Regards, Andy
  6. Cheers Roger. It's nice to be back making something! Must be my age but I'm trying to remember all my little modelling short cuts lol! It's a nice kit and for the money think it was £53? It's going to be an enjoyable journey! Andy
  7. That's great piece of advice. Thank you. I wasn't aware of this at all! I wonder why this has ban the case? Cheers ,Andy
  8. It's been a fair few months since I started a kit. So as winter approaches I thought I'd have a go at one of my favourite aircraft The Thunderbolt. I bought this kit from Trumpeter back in early Summer and decided it was the next project to start. The last build I did was a Tempest V as a tribute build. I've not made a Trumpeter kit before but I'm quite impressed with the quality. Rubber tyres, fair to good mouldings, PE parts all included. I've never done any PE work before so this is going to be a nice learning process. The kit has a lot of internal supercharger parts which are totally hidden. I've made these up but I won't paint them. For this model I want to concentrate on the visible side. Photos to follow very soon! Regards, Andy Anyway here's some photos of my progress so far. Not sure why they decided to model all this hidden detail? Nice to know it's there I guess! The instructions for the engine were a little confusing. But I decided to paint it after a fashion anyway. my first attempt at PE seat belts. I think they look pretty ok and I enjoyed doing them! The front end will have to have a lot of fettling to sit nicely and allow the fuselage halves to come together within tolerance. Its not a Tamiya kit of course but I'm still impressed with the quality of the mouldings . Not that much flash. If I was designing the kit I think I'd have done some things differently. One thing is the clear plastic cowling. Nice to have I guess if you'd like to display the engine detail but I think it is going to be a bit brittle and difficult to paint. Might have to very gently key the glossy surface first. I do like the rubber tyres. It's always hard to get a really nice delineation between the metal of wheel rims Andre the rubber. Hopefully this approach with the tyres slipped on will look very precise!
  9. Hi Notty. Yes keeping well and have been busy. Not started any new models until now since my Tempest V build! Thanks for adding the pics in low light. It's absolutely amazing! Thank you! Maybe I'll have a go at one of these light and sound add ons in the near future. Will be a prop driven kit I think. Just started my Trumpeter Jug so look out for my WIP for this
  10. Notty. love this offering. Looks and sounds so realistic! I think such a high quality kit like this deserved the full 9 yards! Well done! I loved the cockpit illumination and the flashing lights especially. Would love to see some video of it activated in the dark? Cheers, Andy
  11. Choppers are not usually my main interest but i have to say.. this looks amazing Tony. superb weathering! a very convincing model ! Beautifully executed! Thanks for showing this!
  12. Thanks Alan. Nice to know my Tempest V build inspired you! I'm tempted to buy another one and build it as the first Tempest Uncle flew. I enjoyed your shelves too. I recall a couple of the finished aircraft from threads I think? 1:32 is a lovely scale to build in too. Kind Regards, Andy
  13. Love it Alan! Exceptional build. love the invasiòn stripes and your home made decals are a very inventive touch! I did this kit recently.. tribute build to my Uncle's plane from 56 Squadron. He flew some sweeps with 486 Squadron in 1945 I seem to recall. This kit was lovely to make I agree. Would love you to do a 56 Squadron bird for one of those you've acquired in your Stash! Regrds, Andy
  14. I agree. There is something almost ' whimsical' about these British designs that is very attractive. Maybe it's because we British love an underdog and sort of muddling through? Impracticality in design but well damn well make it fly! No offence to our American ' cousins' of course !
  15. Yes Henrick. I'm sure you might find something local that does the same job. It's always hard finding these things. I couldn't find Pledge Kleer anywhere in the U.K. Maybe a laminate flooring company local to you might help you? Regards, Andy
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