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  1. 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. . .
  2. Sorry to disagree, but I find the dark panel lining is overdone and obscures the subtle camouflage scheme. . .
  3. 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.
  4. Rivets as far as the eye can see - that takes me back. . .
  5. Very nice. The amount of weathering looks just about spot-on. . .
  6. 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. . .
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Thanks. The tyre is actually from a 1/35 BMW motorcycle and so is slightly larger than it ought to be. The wooden areas were primed in brown and fabric areas in cream, and then thin coats of yellow added until it looked about right. . .
  10. Special Hobby Grunau Baby IIB 'Over Western Europe': This kit has 28 parts and is a quick build, but it is a recent production and appears very accurate and detailed. It has separate ailerons and rudder, while the elevators can easily be cut away so as to deflect them to the normal position seen when the glider is resting on the ground. The cockpit cover is a single transparent part incorporating both the windscreen and the little circular windows for illuminating the instrument panel; much easier than trying to fold a tiny piece of acetate. There are decals in the
  11. The Airspeed Horsa assault glider could carry 28 troops (including the two pilots who were also trained as fighting soldiers), or cargo such as a Jeep towing an anti-tank gun. It was made entirely of wood, with a wingspan of 88 feet and a length of 67 feet. 3,793 Horsas were built in total. Some aircraft were built by Airspeed at Christchurch, but the majority were assembled at RAF stations from sections produced by a large number of sub-contractors, including furniture manufacturers, motor works and railway workshops. About 1,400 Horsas were used on operations, chiefly at Norma
  12. Very nicely done. I can't see anything wrong with it, apart from the size of the serial numbers, which is the fault of the kit.
  13. The first kit I have actually gone out and bought for several years: £17.50 from Antics, Gloucester (other recent builds have relied on my diminishing stash). It was practically faultless, a far cry from the old Airfix kits I knew and loved. The only part that needed a little fettling was the instrument panel. The gun turret is a nice little kit in itself. It is a snug fit but can be removed and replaced quite easily. Just a few minor changes were made: two support tubes and the turret fairing actuator were added inside the rear canopy, and for the gunner a joystick and a foot
  14. I wish I had seen this thread before I completed mine. I may have overdone the patchwork anodised panels. . .
  15. I have just finished a Tamiya Beaufighter as a night fighter, and am now planning to get a Revell version for comparison. The Tamiya kit dates from the 1990s but goes together beautifully. It is said to have a slight pot-belly ahead of the tailwheel, and wrongly-shaped tailplanes, but these are not really noticeable to me. I had to try and fix a number of small inaccuracies and omissions, but most of them appear to be issues with the new Revell kit as well: Wheels: both kits have the later style; the earlier-type five-segmented wheels are not catered for. Revell wheels look ra
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