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  1. I will be purchasing this model on Black Friday (November 26th). However, due to it's size when built, I am unsure if it will fit on any of my shelves. I do have a spare ICM aircraft stand which I could use. I checked the build instructions via scalemates, but there is no indication where to make the hole in the fuselage for the stand to fit. I know it needs to be at the centre of gravity of the model, so how do I calculate that? I would be grateful if anyone has previously built this model and placed it on a stand (rather than free standing) and could tell me approximately where to cut the fuselage for the stand to fit. Thanks in advance.
  2. Hi Troy Thankyou for the reply. I did struggle to word the question, so as not to cause any confusion. I mostly build WW2 military and aircraft. When deciding to buy a particular model, I try to research which paints I will need so that I can check if I have that colour already (either in the model makers suggested manufacturer, or it's equivalent in another make),and, if not, I will purchase that colour when buying the kit. In the case of the IBG 1/700 series of boats, I could not find the equivalents of the Life Colour paints they suggested (hence purchasing the above paint kits). So now that I've finished the IBG kits, are any of the colours in the paint kits above equivalent to another manufacturer's paint colours? e.g. Humbrol 33 is listed as an equivalent to Revell 107 and Tamiya's XF-01 (the shades might be slightly different). The paints were not listed in the now being redeveloped, paint4models website either. I hope this makes my question clearer.
  3. I have the Life Colour paint sets Royal Navy WWII Eastern Approach "early war" (Set 1), and Royal Navy WWII Western Approach "late war" (Set 2). I purchased these for the IBG 1/700 series of model boats (12 in all). Since then, I have not used them again. Are these colours similar to other colours by other manufacturers (Tamiya, Humbrol, etc.- IBG do list Hataka as well in the instructions), so that I can use them if needed? I cannot find any comparison site that list these Life Colour numbers (or the Hataka equivalents). Many thanks
  4. Well I finished the model, only to find that there was no shaft to attach the propeller, despite the (rubbish) instructions showing one!!! So I have had to glue it to the engine. Also, when I glued the propeller in the 'Y' position, as I think is custom, the bottom blade rested on top of the cockpit!! There was no way I had glued the engine in wrong position, as the whole of the top wing structure, (yes, JWM, it wasn't easy to build), rested perfectly on the supports. Oh and no response from Special Hobby either. Many thanks
  5. Update: After a relatively good nights sleep, I had a re-think, and managed to re-attach the parts together. However, being made of resin, rather than plastic, I had to use superglue. At least, hopefully (fingers and other bits crossed), I should now be able to put the engine parts together and complete the kit. I still think that the instructions that came with the kit could be more explanatory.
  6. Has anyone built this kit? If so, how did you remove part PUR3 from its sprue, without the whole thing disintegrating into pieces, as that is what happened when I tried. The instructions clearly show this part unattached from its sprue (section 10) - it will not fit inside PUR2 otherwise. I now cannot complete the kit, unless I somehow manage to conjure up some way of fixing the propeller to the part. I've emailed Special Hobby and await their reply (offer of them sending me the completed part would be a start). Thanks in advance
  7. Many thanks and apologies for not replying sooner. I have now purchased the Tamiya version, though, although they give the colours to be used, they do not give the code number of the respective paints. I have sorted out all but black-blue, which is a 3:1 mix. However, as there are many different 'blacks' and 'blues', I have ordered the Ammo by Migjeminez Crystal Black Blue. Also, I couldn't find a Tamiya, orange-yellow either, so have ordered the Mr Hobby / Gunze Sangyo 10ml Aqueous Colour Orange Yellow # 24. I'm not worried if these are the correct shades or not, as I do not publicly show my kits. I just build them as a hobby. Once again, many thanks.
  8. I received a reply from Zvezda about an hour after posting this. The colour is metallic grey or metallic steel, (Tamiya XF-56). Can't do anything about the goggles as pilots are in situ. However, I should be able to paint other parts. Thanks Graham for suggestion. Hopefully, Zvezda will amend their instructions for the kit.
  9. Has anyone built the above model? If so, can you tell me what colour #7 (sections 11-a, 17, 17-a, 25 and 42-a) is supposed to be? There is no indication of this colour either on the box or in the build instructions. I have assumed it is white (goggles on pilots and lower struts on undercarriage), but I'm not too sure this is the correct colour for the attached bomb (section 42-a). I have checked scalemates to see if they list the instructions, but to no avail and have also emailed the company, but no answer as yet. Thanks in advance.
  10. Steve147


    Hi. I have built Airfix 1/600 Belfast, Bismark, Hood and Ark Royal. Not sure how I would post pictures of the kit(s) I have built on this site.
  11. Thanks for info. However, please can you give me a link to Nick's website?
  12. Steve147


    Hello everyone. My name is Steve and I live in South Devon. When I was a kid (many years ago), I spent most of my pocket money on building model kits (predominantly Airfix). I took up the hobby again a couple years ago and have getting on for 200 built kits to date. I am mainly interested in building WW2 military and aircraft, but do have the complete IBG WW2 1/700 scale boats as well as Airfix and a couple other scale boats and other kits as well. I have put a post on the WW2 aircraft, regarding the paints required for a 1/48 Mitsubishi J2 Raiden, so if you can help, please respond there.. Happy modelling everyone.
  13. Hi Everyone Although I am new to the site, I am not new to modelling. I am going to purchase the above kit. However, after contacting the on line store, unusually, there is no list of suggested paints in the instructions. I did find a 1/32 scale of the aircraft by Hasegawa, but there was no paint list for the kit on their website either. Does anyone have a suggested paint list (Humbrol, Revell, Tamiya or Vallejo paints preferred)? Looking at the box picture on the stores website, the colours do look similar to the Mitsubishi Zero, which I have made. On a separate note, does anyone know of a store where I can purchase the Tamiya Sherman Firefly which comes with 6 figures? As it's not listed on Tamiya's website, I am assuming that it is discontinued. Many thanks in advance for replies. Steve
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