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Simon Dyer

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  1. Hi folks Just a bit of an update Just a couple of things before I carry on. I would have liked to have done this kit as a Tuskegee Red Tail, However, the decals seem to a bit few and far between (in general & suppliers who dont have them in stock), unless you get them from the US and then the carriage is more than the item. So Ive decided to do the kit version. (bare metal). Bare metal is the other thing, did funnily enough a 1/72 mustang as a kid, I seem to remember I think it was Humbrol No.11 silver with a hairy stick, no weathering or anything. So now armed with Alclad II. Ive heard great reports of it and I sprayed the Mustang the other day and I totally agree. It went on really well (see pics below). Now the metallics, hopefully they will go on just as well? So this will be a proper first bare metal for me. If you dont get any further posts on this you know why haha Apologies for the pics, it looks much nicer in the flesh so to speak. Take care all & safe Si
  2. Hi Fellow Modelers Tamiya P51B Mustang, Eduard Cockpit & PMask canopy mask. This kit and bits were kindly given to me by a friend. Few personal things going on at the moment this end so modelling keeps me focused, Unfortunately on this occasion I got a bit engrossed and carried away and didnt take pics from the start of the build. Having said that though there is not anything really to report thus far, its a Tamiya after all. However there is one very minor point with the Eduard set, in that the film sheet is black with clear holes. When placed over the gauges/instruments PE you can hardly see them. So I would recommend using a thin clear piece of acetate sheet. You will see what I mean by the pics below. You could barely see these instruments with the Eduard film Aaaaaagh dreaded exhaust holes to be drilled out (below) Bit of work to do here with the wash and the belts Not quite sure at this stage as to what colour to to do, there are so many brilliant schemes out there. Im leaning though towards a Tuskegee Red Tail. for a number of reasons!! Hope you like, thanks for looking Take care & safe Si
  3. Hi JammedKenney I was sent your link for this by Laurie Stewart who is a very kind, thoughtful and generous person and friend, who has given me a kit of the T3. What an absolutely cracking build you have done, I would go to say that I personally think its damn near museum quality, superb work. It has really inspired me to do the one I have from Laurie, it would mean 3 on the go which I've never done Well done an absolutely cracking job, I love it Thanks Laurie for giving me the link to this superb build. Take care All the best Si
  4. Hi noelh As promised a story, I have two but will have to do the other one tomorrow as I have quite a bit on. I have replied via the quote so not sure if it will be just you getting this, Im assuming that all else should too!!! Im not absolutely certain if this is true or not but I dont have any reason to disbelieve my brother. Two USAF F4 Phantoms landed to refuel or something. Both aircrews got together with a chat and bit of banter. It was remarked by one of the American pilots that the Phantom was a far superior aircraft to the Lightning. One of the RAF pilots laid down the gauntlet and challenged a first off the runway challenge. This somehow was authorised, may be for a morale boost or something for both sides? Both aircraft at the end of the runway, green light given and they were off with the Phantom quite a lot quicker than the Lightning. But soon after the Lightning did its infamous power climb, I seem to remember that it almost looked as though it stopped then went almost vertical and disappeared. Unknown to the Phantom pilot who had just got his nose wheel of the ground in a loud and confident voice said "how about that limey Im off the ground" response was "what are you talking about Im 15000ft and climbing. Everything went a little quiet then but I wonder who won that one. The Lightning was famous for a climb rate of between 15,000ft to 20,000ft in a minute, incredible. Like I say I have no reason to disbelieve my brother and as we all know that these sort of stories over the years get flowered up to make them more exciting. I will leave it to your own imaginations but I think a good story none the less. Tomorrows story though I know for a fact is genuine as I was a very very close witness, almost myself. Take care all Si
  5. Hi noelh It does not surprise me at all. I think it's a beautiful aircraft but I know that there are folks out there that would not agree. The thing that really impresses me is, I think they call it the power climb, incredible. My brother was in the army (RAOC) and attached to the RAF in Germany. Cant recall if it was Wildenrath or Laabruch. He has a very amusing story of the Lightning which along with another story on my time with the Hunter which I will post tomorrow at some time if folks are interested? Take care Si
  6. Thank you very much sterver219 much appreciated. I don't know what they are going for nowadays but if you can get hold of one they are a fantastic kit and a pleasure to build Si
  7. Thank you Steve much appreciated. If you can get one at a good price go for it, it's a lovely model and a pleasure to build. Si
  8. Thanks Graham much appreciated, yes was very scary at times
  9. Please do post aerotechi. I miss the sound, smell etc of it all
  10. Coming along nicely look forward to the end product Totally understand Mr Laurie
  11. Superb superb superb, what a beauty. Keep up the great work aerotechi and your colleagues. Need to keep these wonderful aircraft in the limelight for everyone to enjoy. There is something special about those RR Avon's. Was fantastic with one with the Hunter let alone two on the EEL Si
  12. Thank you Laurie for your kind words. I have to say that my problems would have been a lot worse if it were not for the very kind people like you. I thank so much you from the bottom of my heart. Si
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