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Everything posted by TonyOD

  1. I was wondering where this one went! Looking forward to it!
  2. @JWM I've sent you a PM Jerzy, I can help you with those decals. Those are some great pics of German LeOs. The one at the SNCASE plant is particularly interesting. Early in this build I assumed (wrongly, as is usually the case) that this captured LeO that I'm building was a one-off, just a random plane that the Luftwaffe grabbed somewhere and pressed into service. Not so! The story is that in May 1943 the SNCASE factory near Lyon was captured by the Italians, who found a stock of 39 LeO 451, presumably at different stages of production. the Luftwaffe took one look at their sleek li
  3. It's Heller. I never expect too much.
  4. I've spotted one on the Bay from an overseas seller but they're asking for a couple of limbs. One limb I might stretch to but you know how it is.
  5. I had a Dutch girlfriend for a few years. Loved to visit her family. Poffertjes at Scheveningen!
  6. @neilh. Beautiful British name.
  7. True that. I'm not a fan of the sticky-onny bits right at the end. By that stage I just want to get the damn thing done and of all the parts they're the ones maybe most deserving of a bit of care and attention.
  8. The Amiot is not ugly. She is selective in her appeal.
  9. I'm getting some Heller armour for Christmas if Santa comes up with the goods (let's put it this way, I ordered it online and handed the box to SWMBO for the purposes of wrapping.) I've never done a tank before (vaguely remember doing a Wehrmacht halftrack when I was a kid) so I'll be watching for some tips on this one! Enjoy!
  10. Looking forward to this one. A Spitfire's a Spitfire but it's always fascinating to see them in the colours of other nations.
  11. The callouts with the sheet show 728 on the nose (decal "Q") and that's what I'll send with the roundels and fin flashes, does seem a bit odd though that 728 appears on a Polish plane (albeit in a slightly different typeface) whereas first pic on a google search of "cuban mig 19" shows 82 (in a very different typeface!) Where did the profile with Cuban 82 you put further up the thread come from? There's always something with decals!
  12. Oooh this looks interesting. haven't seen that one before. Which of those Hi-Decal schemes are you going with?
  13. Gotta love a Spit. Looking sleek and smart!
  14. OK, I'm back in the game. Just picked up a Smer boxing of the Leo together with a Heller Humbrol boxing of the MS 230 on the 'Bay, both for a tenner. This means that I will have a new canopy for the LeO and the sting of the additional cost (because God knows I've been chucking enough money at this build what with rare decals and abortive vacform canopies) is eased by adding a kit that I don't already have to the Heller stash. I will beat this kit if it kills me. To be honest I think it my Falcon nose canopy was doomed to failure from the start. I spent over an hour carefu
  15. I've committed my Crusader to the Interceptors GB, but now I feel like I'm letting the side down by adding it to the HCGB pile!
  16. Haven’t got much done this weekend, ordinarily I like to get out and about in the hills but with this mockdown they’re off limits again, so last night I did a cheeky wild camp at a local and probably frowned upon location. (There’s no trace of my ever having been there...) And this afternoon I’ve been for a bike ride with SWMBO. Tonight I’ve knocked up some seatbelts for the two pilots out of a wondrous material, the thick foil that is used as a seal on big tubs of Tesco Gold coffee. And I’ve been fitting (and test fitting - sage advice from Mr
  17. Back in the days when things like cars and caravans got solid, patrician names because the man of the house would make the purchasing decision. Ambassador, Senator, Consul etc. Sorry @halcyonjet, I feel your thread has been hijacked by a nostalgiafest...
  18. Cracking job on the two Polish kites, even if those weirdo squardels are still freaking me out.
  19. The Maxi was the caravanner’s automobile of choice. We nearly bought a maroon one, I remember thinking it was enormous inside and gave huge adventure potential. I used to travel to Blackpool in the boot of my uncle’s Cortina estate. Cousin Glen was sick in my lap once. Good times.
  20. I used to love those Leyland cars when I was a kid. The Princess, the Maxi, the Allegro (Vanden Plas! The absolute last word in refinement and luxury!) Our first family car was a blue Morris Marina, MMJ 856P. It was the coldest place on Earth in winter. If Heller did one I’d be all over it. Going to be following your build a bit misty-eyed, possibly.
  21. With a sharp knife, sandpaper and infinite care and patience I’ve been fettling the two halves of the vacform nose cone for about 90 minutes, but I’m pretty sure I’ve rendered it unusable. I have the pilot’s canopy prepped up but I’m not comfortable with the mismatch between the transparencies. I’m not writing this build off but I’m really not in a good place with it right now, so I’m going to put it on the back burner and concentrate on my Amiot for a bit. If anyone happens to have a spare LeO 451 kit pilot’s canopy's kicking around...
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