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elger

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  1. Dear all, The shape of the Spitfire fuselages of various marks is being discussed extensively, but there is less discussion about the Spitfire's wings. Which manufacturer's wings are considered most accurate? In terms of outline of course, but also the well known "gull wing" section. Thoughts on the matter would be very much appreciated.
  2. So the Spitfire fuselage has been discussed, what about the wings? If the ICM kit is generally regarded as having the most accurate fuselage outline, is that also true for the wings? (which of course is one of the defining features of the Spitfire).
  3. I have to say that the new Revell fuselage does look very good in tonyot's build. It works very well with the Airfix wings!
  4. Work In Progress thank you for the complement! And woody37, I enjoyed your Halifax build a lot. I learn a lot from forums so I think the more information people share the better
  5. From looking at the various pictures of the new kit (and not having a physical copy) my suggestion would be to use the new fuselage but use the old wings to make a Merlin-engined variant. I've spent quite a lot of time working on the old Matchbox kit a couple of years ago and I got to know the subject quite well (link to build thread on ARC) and the new Revell kit does look quite appalling from what I can tell. However, the old Matchbox fuselage did need a lot of work - not just in detail, but also regarding shape. The front sections needed to be shortened in order for it to look right. The new fuselage also has problems, most notably the asymetrical step in front of the windscreen, but that could be fixed relatively easily. Although I don't know whether the old Matchbox wings would match up with the new Revell fuselage, that's the way I think I would go if I were building a Merlin-engined variant. For a Hercules variant, since it seems that the new kit's wings have been engineered to also accomodate Hercules engines, perhaps it would be possible to simply fit the Hercules nacelles from an Airfix kit rather than using the entire Airfix wing?
  6. I have been pondering the same thing
  7. it does look like there's an optional part for the mk V undercarriage in the sprue lay out: part 211. the 3-bladed props look very strange (far too much like late lancaster paddle blades)
  8. that's really fantastic looking. also really like the pilot; any particular technique used on the face? the skin tone and the eyes look very natural.
  9. looking great! adding the WEM detail set to the Airfix kit seems so much easier than adding it to the Matchbox kit like I once did. Although it says so on the packaging, the WEM detail set (it really is exquisite) does not fit on the Matchbox Halifax at all. Looking forward to your progress!
  10. your work is wonderful. could you be a little bit more specific about this comment? I don't quite understand what you mean exactly. would love to try this myself.
  11. this is where the model is now (started back in june, only working on it on and off) It's going to have the MPM kit markings of an aircraft of the 14th PRS, 7th PRG, USAAF
  12. actually that's some pretty helpful things! thanks!
  13. I'm doing research on the Vickers Wellington - hopefully starting a model of one soon. I have a question regarding the reconaissance flares - the yellow-orange rocket-like items fitted on the right hand side in fuselage just behind the navigator's compartment, and featured very prominently in other models I've seen online. I'm wondering what they're for exactly, and more specifically, whether or not they were carried on Bomber Command aircraft. Were they used for anything in particular, or were they considered unnessecary balast? Any thoughts? Elger
  14. Some more progress: I marked the panel lines on the wings that needed to be filled, and scribed some new ones. several bulges had to be removed, and others added here you can see the new chin from the MPM kit. The MPM fuselage is slightly wider, but with a bit of sanding the front pieces fit quite well. Also note the bulges on the undersides of the wings which I transferred from the MPM wings. The radiators are also from the MPM kit because I liked their shape a little better. I was going to use the MPM carburettor intake, but that didn't fit so I ended up just using the Airfix piece. almost ready for paint and the base coat on. I painted it with Citadel Mithril Silver. Thanks for looking!
  15. Dear all, After lurking on this forum for a long time now I thought it's high time for my first post here. I've been working on a Spitfire PR XI in 1/72 scale by combining the Airfix IX with parts from the MPM XI kit. Above you can see the Airfix fuselage, below that the MPM. The Airfix fuselage is slightly longer, and the nose in front of the cockpit is less curved. Below are the wings from the two kits. The Airfix wings are broader than the MPM wings. This picture illustrates the length issue of the fuselages. In this picture the Airfix upper wing half is held up to the MPM lower wing half, illustrating that the Airfix wing is about 2 mm broader. I have also added the Pavla cockpit set for the IX kit, and I've added the cameras from the PR XIX detail set. I know that's not 100% accurate but I just wanted to cram as much detail into it as possible. It's all about fun with this one Here the construction of the cockpit is finished. I also added some Eduard instruments and seat belts. I'll be adding control surfaces (also from Pavla) and I tried to position the control stick in accordance with the positions they will take. It looks a bit awkward though. Thanks for looking! Comments & feedback are always appreciated! Elger
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