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  1. 1/48 Eduard (mostly) Brokker glider, 1922: I have had the Eduard Bristol Fighter kit (weekend edition) for some time, but was always put off starting it by the complexity of the rigging. The obvious solution was to get an Eduard Fokker D.VII and combine the two kits. The Brokker was built for the Daily Mail gliding competition held at Itford in Sussex from 16 - 21 October 1922. Entered by Sqn Ldr A Gray and Fg Off W S Buchanan from RAF Northolt, it was a late arrival, only appearing on the final day of the contest. As it was hastily assembled, it became apparent th
  2. You complain about the deep panel lines, and then you deliberately accentuate them even further with dark washes. I don't understand. . .
  3. I don't know why the photos should work for some people and not for others. Just in case anyone is interested, these are the direct links. . . http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/DSC08424.jpg http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/DSC08426.jpg
  4. A Korean War vignette in 1/72 scale. (With apologies to Roy Lichtenstein.) Sea Fury is an Airfix boxing of the PM kit; MiG-15 also from Airfix. I was doing a Trumpeter Sea Fury at the same time, which made use of the propeller and decals from the Airfix kit, plus some minor surgery in a number of areas where the kit is inaccurate. . .
  5. Great result. I have always thought that the Matchbox Lysander kits capture the look of the aircraft much better than other more recent and expensive offerings.
  6. The instructions are now online at https://downloads.revell.de/Manuals-Modelkits/03854.pdf It appears the kit does not include some of the parts needed for an early nightfighter version, including the segmented wheels, short exhaust pipes, towel-rail antenna and early-style tailwheel. Nor is there any radar receiver in the rear cockpit. Other than that, it looks pretty good. . .
  7. Sorry to disagree, but I find the dark panel lining is overdone and obscures the subtle camouflage scheme. . .
  8. Spitfire night-fighters were used by two RAF squadrons in the winter of 1941-42, as something of an emergency measure, planned at a time when Russian resistance appeared to be crumbling and it was feared the Germans would soon switch their focus back to the west. By closely co-operating with radar-directed searchlights it was hoped that they would be able to find the enemy bombers. As it turned out, there was very little German activity over Britain, and Spitfires were not the easiest of aircraft to fly at night, so in February 1942 the aircraft reverted to their day-fighting colours.
  9. Rivets as far as the eye can see - that takes me back. . .
  10. Very nice. The amount of weathering looks just about spot-on. . .
  11. All very well done. I presume the Tetrarch tank in the Hamilcar is a dummy, or it would not still be resting on its tailwheel. . .
  12. I haven't done many jets recently, but I have memories of the pre-Hawk era of the Red Arrows, and these were on offer at the local shop for the same price as the 1/72-scale Gnat. I was pleasantly surprised to find the sprues in standard pale grey plastic, unlike the red usually found on kits of this type. The only significant change made was to extend the fairing for the tail navigation light along the port side of the fin so it matched the starboard side. The cover for the nose compartment was slightly ill-fitting; it was left off till late in the process in case it needed an
  13. I don't understand this obsession with panel lines. If adjacent panels are actually shaded differently on the original then by all means try and simulate this, but on most kits the panel lines are already much deeper and wider than scale and trying to accentuate them further makes them even more unrealistic. On a type like the F-15 most panels are close-fitting and the edges are almost invisible from any distance. Pre-shading and oily washes may satisfy your artistic urges but you just end up with a patchwork effect which is completely unrealistic and breaks
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