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  1. Thanks for your kind comment @TheyJammedKenny! but I had no intention of giving the impression of my being a newbie. It's rather that I'm very out of practice. I've made only two models in the last twenty-odd years, both Spitfires, but prior to that I did do the occasional build. I currently have 24 built models, some dangling from the ceiling, made over a period of about 50 years or so from schooldays to now. Previously to those, in my extreme youth I made quite a few models, but those have long gone. One day I might dust off some of the survivors and post some pictures. N
  2. I’ve been suffering from terrible modellers block since July and haven’t done anything since. Before I sank into the abyss I took a few photos which I have only just got around to posting. I painted P.O. Duke and created a screen to protect him from the enemy and a reflector gunsight with which to point his guns at them. It’s all bit crude and inaccurate but I just wanted to give the impression of something going on behind that rather thick Airfix canopy. This is the screen attached to the windscreen. Here it is from
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 @Corsairfoxfou
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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 Extr
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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 cours
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