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  1. Excellent @Grey Beema very dashing. Tally-ho chaps!! The moustache is a great touch. He looks the spitting image of Jason King! I'll have to do my pilot like that. I shall call him Deville Nuke! Cheers! Keith.
  2. Thanks for the replies everyone. It looks like I'll be painting P.O. Duke khaki drab. This is also in accord with most of the answers I got from this thread I started here:- Glad to have helped @2996 Victor Cheers! Keith.
  3. Wow! This is a fantastic response to my question. I never cease to be amazed at the depth of knowledge and helpfulness of people on this site. Thank you all so much! In a nutshell it seems that anything goes, although khaki drab seems to be most likely with blue also a possibility. Short sleeves look to be pretty common too but since my Airfix pilot is pretty well padded I’ll have to assume Pilot Office Duke was on a dawn mission after a very cold night and had his long sleeve tunic on. The colour photo from the IWM that you referenced is a great one @Corsairfoxfouruncle , thanks. It’s nice to see a bit of flamboyance with the red neckerchief. I think I’ll give Neville one too. That photo also answers another query I had by showing a soft edge to the camouflage on 112 Sqn aircraft. Another unanswered question is how many aerials does his ‘plane have? I’ve seen evidence of none, one, two or three and some aircraft seem to have a very thick and floppy cable going from half way up the mast to a few inches behind the mast. Any idea what that is? Should I set up another thread for this query? Once again thanks everyone. Regards, Keith.
  4. I’m currently building the Airfix P-40 112 Squadron, Libya 1941. I’d like to put in the pilot that Airfix supply but haven’t a clue what PO Duke would be wearing and what colour his clothes would be. I’m guessing RAF blue with a yellow/orange Mae West and brown leather helmet. But since he’s flying in the desert perhaps he’d be wearing khaki? Can anyone help please? Thanks, Keith.
  5. Some progress on my P-40 and plenty learned. I’ve found that now the upper cowl is on successfully, it’s spread the fuselage a bit more so I don’t need to pack out the gap on the underfuselage. I’ve glued the intake on which fits quite nicely. The real thing has a panel line on the centreline under the intake which the kit omits. I’ve scribed one in. The packing I put into the upper front fuselage has cured most of the wing root gap, but I had to insert a spreader into the fuselage to close the gap up a bit more. This pic shows the wings dry fitted. I’ll let things cure overnight before cleaning the joints up and glueing the wings on. I thought I’d put the pilot in this one. To make it a bit more interesting I’ve removed PO Duke’s head and reattached it at an angle. You looking at me? There’s a bit of filling to do. It’ll be interesting to see if I can work the filler at that tiny scale. Thank goodness for magnifiers! Speaking of pilots, does anyone know what colour clothes he’d be wearing? I haven’t a clue. I might open a thread in WWII and ask that question. Thanks for watching, Keith.
  6. Thanks for the encouragement all. It’s keeping me going, albeit slowly! I wholeheartedly agree with you Gingerbob, excellent advice. Despite the fact that I did indeed test fit and everything was perfect I still managed to make a hash of things though. I think I must have some special skill. I was very impressed with how accurately these newish Airfix kits fit together. The problem happened when I glued the fuselage halves together, clamped them too hard and applied too much glue. Everything squished together and the fuselage ended up about a millimetre narrower than when it was dry. One lives and learns! Since I've split the top and bottom of the fuselage and packed the top I've glued cowling on and it fits quite well. You can see the packing as a white strip just forward of the cockpit. Despite not clamping, just using a bit of tape, I still used too much glue so there’s a bit of plastic oozing out of the joint. I agree Mr T, that Tamiya glue sure is aggressive. Nothing that a sanding stick won’t obliterate this time thankfully. The other side looks a bit neater. I might still put a bit of filler in and rescribe. When that’s dried I’ll pack the underfuselage gap near the intake so that it and the wings fit neatly. I hope....... Happy modelling, Keith.
  7. Thanks for the comments everyone. Despite two more votes for getting another kit I’ve bitten the bullet and started a repair. I feel I’ve invested too much in this one to give up now. If fate prevents me then the paint mule idea’s still a very good one that I hadn’t thought of. Can’t get too much practice. I used a photo-etched razor saw and was pleasantly surprised how easily and cleanly it split the fuselage halves. I only split where I needed to, that is in front of the cockpit, underneath in front of the wing and the bottom of the pilot’s rear bulkhead. The canopy now fits. Phew! I kept the aft fuselage and the region of the spine intact so it’s still holding together. All the parts look as if they will fit if I pack out the gaps with the right thickness of plastic card Here’s the first cut packed with some 12 thou plastic. I’ll let that thoroughly dry before I glue the front upper fuselage on and then tackle the underside. I think I see light at the end of the tunnel. Cheers! Keith.
  8. That would seem to be the sensible option. However being a glutton for punishment I think I might have a go at fixing it and if it gets too much I haven't lost anything except time. I can always buy another one if my butchery doesn't work. At least it won't cost £75 to replace! Now, where's that razor saw? Cheers, Keith.
  9. After a long absence from the hobby I built an Airfix Spitfire Mk Ia. I enjoyed it so much I decided to build another similar Airfix Kit; The P-40B starter set A55101. This is a desert camouflage aircraft flown by Neville Duke of 112 Squadron in Libya 1941. It started nicely. A dry fit of the wings to the fuselage showed that everything fitted together really well with almost no fettling required. I fitted the wings and cockpit. So far, so good….. After I’d painted the cockpit side walls I glued the fuselage halves together with Tamiya Extra Thin adhesive. Just to be sure, I clamped them with some clothes pegs and let things set overnight. The next morning, Aaaaargh!!!! The glue had softened the plastic, the pegs had squashed the joint and the fuselage was now about a millimetre too narrow! I taped the top/front fuselage on one side and it massively overlapped with the other side, there were huge gaps at the wing roots and because I’d closed a small gap on the pilot’s rear bulkhead the canopy was now too wide! What to do? Do I:- a) Write it off, bin it and start another of my 292 unbuilt kits? Yes, really, I have a spread sheet you know. b) Buy another Airfix P-40 and use the fuselage from that? c) Split the fuselage with a razor saw and try to pack it out to the correct width with plasticard and glue it more gently this time? d) Give up and go to the pub? Rats! Can’t do that. Wretched Covid-19! What I have learned:- Don’t get cocky after a successful build and rush things without thinking. Tamiya cement is fierce! Don’t use pegs to grip things when they fit very nicely without persuasion. Aaaaand relax…………..
  10. Thanks for your kind comments everyone. As a newcomer to posting on Britmodeller I can tell you they are much appreciated. Gordon, I've taken your comment about proliferation to heart and have therefore begun my Airfix P-40B starter set. It's the Neville Duke Desert scheme with codes GA-F. I'm not at all knowledgeable about P-40s and the Airfix instructions are effectively useless for colour call outs, so any advice would be appreciated. Happy modelling! Keith.
  11. Thanks SAT69, It's my first try at weathering so I kept it understated. I'm pleased with the result although I could have been a bit bolder on the upper surfaces and exhaust staining. This is my first "modern" kit and I really enjoyed making it. It's inspired me to make the Airfix P-40B next I think.
  12. Hi Dogsbody, This is my first time posting on Britmodeller so I'm still finding my feet. The picture appears for me, but I've found a different way of doing it now which you might be able to see. It's my post about the Spitfire Ia in Ready for Inspection. There are two similar posts next to each other only one is mine. Sorry I can't figure out how to insert a link to it yet. I'd be curious to see if you can see it. Keith.
  13. This is my second finish in about 20 years. It’s the nice little Airfix Spitfire Ia starter set A68206 made as DW-K. My eyesight sure has deteriorated in that time! The Fundecals website has some info about DW-K and inspired some interesting variances from the Airfix instructions and decals. Cutting the kit decals to size and researching Sky Blue No.1 for the underside made things a bit more interesting. Whether my interpretation is accurate is debatable, but I really enjoyed researching and making the model after a long abscence from building. Of course I’ve bought dozens of kits in those years! This is my first attempt at weathering using black-basing and oil dot filters. I used the double action on my airbrush for the first time to try the black-basing and a bit of post-shading. It sort of worked but I’ve got a lot to learn. I take my hat off to those who can do mottling at 1/72 scale. My cockpit was a bit crude, but you can’t see much through the six inch thick canopy. The canopy fit wasn’t great and I bodged it as best I could but its still a bit too wide. Even the paint thickness makes a difference to the fit. Despite not using superglue anywhere near the canopy it still fogged somehow. The main flaw in the kit as far as I can tell is that it is lacking in dihedral. My solution was to narrow the cockpit frames and file the fuselage wing root down a bit. I used a lego jig to hold the wings in place while the glue dried and more by luck than good judgement it came out just right. Camo on:- Decals on:- Some more pics of the completed model:- The starter kit doesn’t have walkway or stencil decals so I scanned those from my Airfix Mk.I/IIa and printed them on clear decal film. It worked OK but my printer is low resolution and they came out a bit too thick and dark to my eyes. Some of them got damaged by my oil wash. I think that may be that I didn’t leave enough time for the Tamiya X-22 to dry. I reduced the diameter of the fuselage roundels and the height of the fuselage codes on the basis of what Fundekals say and the evidence of photos of that particular aircraft. One thing I failed to do was create a breakout panel for the canopy. I just couldn’t think of a way of doing it. Any ideas Britmodellers? My printer is too low resolution to create a decal for it. I used Uschi superfine thread for the aerial wire. Paints were Mr Color Aqueous for the underside, Tamiya and MRP for the upper surface camo, and Tamiya acrylic varnishes. Here it is next to my previous build; Heller’s XVI built as a SAAF Mk.IX. I’ve another three of these kits to make so please feel free to comment and criticise I’ve a lot to learn! Happy modelling, regards, Keith.
  14. Test2 https://www.flickr.com/photos/189002410@N06/50026373527/in/dateposted-public/ Test2 Success!
  15. Test https://www.flickr.com/photos/189002410@N06/shares/688Zc4 Test
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