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The wooksta V2.0

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  1. I'm planning on Dark Sea Grey and Dark Green over PRU Blue for mine, if and when I get round to building it. IIRC, the serials were allocated for either 13 or 17 B2s then reallocated to additional B1s when the B2 was cancelled. I'm away from my references so don't have the numbers to hand.
  2. Revell's Buccaneer is the 70s kit, with no cockpit interior, no underwing weapons and much simplified detail. The new tool Airfix Buccaneer, in both Navy and RAF versions, is vastly superior. It's only real flaws are a simplified undercarriage, slipper tanks that are somewhat slim, and it was based on an airframe that had had all of the mods applied to the Brick in 30 or so years. The CMK one looks nice in the box, but those who've built it are less enamoured of it. One friend said he reckoned it was based on the 1989 Heller tooled Airfix kit. And even the latter is better than the Matchbox kit.
  3. You'll also need the larger tropical intakes for the engines - the B.VIIs were intended for Tiger Force.
  4. I'm using the usual Halfords primer for the aircraft I have on the go.
  5. I've always read it was in 02. Most prototypes were.
  6. Firstly, IGNORE any and all profiles. They're usually bobbins.Find a photo of the aircraft you want to do. Up to and including the B.IX and PR equivalents, the bomber nose aircraft had teardrop side blisters. From the XVI onwards, the bomber nose aircraft were pressurised, which included a revision of the canopy framing, making it chunkier. At this point, they got blown or bulged side panels. Some PR.XVIs sported astrodomes in the roof escape hatch but again, check photos of the aircraft you're building. The few PR32s may not have had the astrodome, there are few photos of the type to say definitively. All the PR34s did have it. The B35s largely didn't, having the flat escape hatch, but many of the B35s rebuilt as TT.35s had the astrodome so the operator could see the drogues. There are too few photos of the TT.39 to say definitively. The Canadian production bombers were all B.IV equivalents, albeit the wings and wheels were tweaked from the B.XX onwards, but they all had the canopies with blisters.
  7. Thanks. One to avoid as I try not to line the pockets of convicted criminals.
  8. Aviation News did a set of Spiteful drawings in the mid 80s by Keith Woodcock. As to their accuracy...
  9. The Revell GR1 kit is regarded as the best Tornado, although it's not my field - too modern.
  10. Every Hornet kit in ANY scale seems to have accuracy issues!
  11. I had one some years back. You'll certainly need a new set of engines as the ones supplied are... well, not great. Blackbird do a set of Merlin 85s as a Lancaster B.VI conversion, complete with props, that's a vast improvement over the kit ones.
  12. All the IRMA kits are ridiculously overpriced and I've yet to hear a convincing reason why.
  13. Airkit released a set of 100 gal tanks back in the 90s. Long OOP now.
  14. The B/PR16, PR32, PR34 and B35 were pressurised, none of the fighters were, other than the five NF.XVs converted from B.IVs.
  15. Email Colin at Freightdog as I think he's doing a TT.35 conversion for the Airfix kit. I did post a link to a shed load of photos of TT.35s in the rumourmonger thread whilst the Richard Frank's books (the SAMI Data file and the Valiant Wings bombers book) have some detail photos and drawings of the TT.35 and some data on the TT.39.
  16. It's definitely an early Czech master kit. It's more likely that the Pegasus kit used the Czech resin as the master as there were quite a few masters sourced there. I've several kits from both manufacturers and they are identical. The first tooling of the Pegasus Spiteful has an odd mould seam on the fuselages halves that shouldn't be there with injection moulding but is in the exact place where the resin wafer would be on a Czech resin. Offhand, I'm fairly sure that the following originated as Czech resin: Boulton Paul Balliol Boulton Paul P.111 Martin Baker MB5 Supermarine Spiteful Supermarine Seafire FR47 Supermarine Swift FR5
  17. Some B.IVs were converted to carry the 4,000lb bomb, but you'd also need the larger elevators for the Sea Mosquito and PR34. Currently, there are none available. Not in 72nd anyway. Freightdog do a conversion in 48th for the PR34. Some B.IXs had it too but I've not seen any photos to confirm. B.XVI, PR34, B35, TT35 and TT39 are your other options, but the latter is only served by a rough and long OOP Magna conversion.
  18. Sadly, 48th isn't my scale. The 72nd Brengun engines are good, so I'd say their 48th will be too. Valom's do not have a good press. A PM to @Neil Burkhill may get you a set of Paragon ones. IIRC CMK did a PR.XVI conversion but I'm not sure if it's still available. The engines were a little square
  19. Thanks, just seen it. Makes scribing it in a tad easier.
  20. You can fit it through the complete engine assembly later but it's not that easy to line it all up (see also the Tamiya kit). I had to trim the back attachment points and it still isn't a good fit. Mine's almost ready for final assembly, but I need to address that missing hatch and it's easier to scribe a round fuselage without pesky things like wings and tailplanes in the way.
  21. Yes. A PR.IX may be a tad more involved with the camera fit, but a simple engine swap should get you a B.IX. The Bren Gun engines are easy enough to assemble and fit perfectly. Decals... That may be a tad harder. Many of the sheets with B.IXs are now OOP.
  22. With all due respect to Neil Burkhill, it's beautifully moulded and clear but too big as the Tamiya canopy fits inside it. My NF.XV has stalled because of it. I've asked Airfix if I can purchase the clear sprue on it's own. Think I need about 3 to finish an NF.XV, a PR.XVI and a B.35.
  23. The framing on the 16 was revised due to the presurisation. The Airfix canopy will fit the Tamiya with some minor fettling.
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