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  1. This one is purely a nostalgia build. When I was in my early teens (45 years ago) I built models of everything... planes, cars, monster trucks, dragsters, armour, ships, space - you name it, I built it. I entered a few competitions and did OK, and what were the prizes? More kits! And so more model building! But I distinctly remember that my last armour build was a diorama of a nondescript French or German town (depicted in ruins, late 1944) with several tanks and trucks passing through. One of the tanks was the Matchbox Sherman Firefly, as you can see in the photo below. With a couple of mates and the encouragement of a supportive teacher at our high school we also set up a dark-room to process our own film and develop our own prints, so this was an example of one of my prints. I did zero research into these builds, everything was OOB but I was having fun! The diorama won a contest and I remember the prize was a 1/48 A-10 which took a long time to build! After that diorama I lost interest in armour and concentrated on aircraft models, R/C models and my school-work! So I've found a Sherman Firefly on eBay, and I'm now waiting for it to arrive (from Russia) and will add it to this GB...
  2. @Rabbit Leader Dave, I grew up in Oak Park, so the Glenroy shops along Pascoe Vale Road were our "local". For a while we went to a doctor in West Street!
  3. I'll enjoy watching this come together, the Matchbox Lynx was the first helicopter kit I ever built, back in the late '70s.
  4. Thanks to our hosts for pulling this GB together! As a kid in the seventies I would spend all my (meagre) pocket money allowance on Matchbox kits, pretty much one (Purple series) a week, purchased from the local newsagent in Glenroy (a northern suburb of Melbourne, Australia). Sometimes I had to save up over two weeks for a larger (Orange series) kit, that was a severe test of my patience! I built the P-51 kit in both of its guises back then, most likely it was unpainted. This time around it will represent a CAC-built Mustang, and it will be following my theme of "fast & red" racing or record-attempt aircraft. This gives me three options from which to choose: Ron Flockhart's VH-BVM/G-AKRD (former A68-5) Flockhart's second aircraft VH-UWB/G-ARUK (former A68-113), or Chris Braund's VH-FCB (former A68-192) which was raced by Jack McDonald. Aubrey "Titus" Oates also had VH-AUB (former A68-107) in an overall red scheme (decals available from Red Roo) but I don't think this aircraft was used for racing or record attempts, so it's not on my "possibles" list. I just won my "Dooleybird" on an eBay auction yesterday, so more updates once it arrives...
  5. Hi @Rabbit Leader or @JOCKNEY, am I too late to enter? I just won a Dooleybird in an eBay auction (yay, A$32!), and I have a plan to add it to my "fast & red" racers stable. Yes, I know it's not a Wirraway, but it will be another CAC product...
  6. Work continues steadily on A20-434, our post-war trainer Wirraway. Below you can see some small progress on detailing the cockpits and the fuselage frame. This particular model will be mostly out-of-the-box, with only a few small additions to dress it up. The seats are ready to have the harnesses installed. This mostly involved opening up the slots in the middle of the seat-backs for the lower section of the shoulder harnesses. The resin seats in the SH kit are nicely detailed, but they are too deep (not a big issue for this build) and they are missing the channels on the sides where the lap-belts are anchored, so I added those from some 0.5mm styrene sheet. In most photos of Wirraways you'll see that the rear seat sits lower than the forward seat, so I've mounted the rear seat (on the right) lower on its rails. The instrument panels are straight from the SH kit. They are over-size by about 25%, but I'm not going to correct that for this build. I had to check if 434 had the standard rear instrument panel or the large triangular panel. This was tricky without any photographs of the exact plane. So I cross-referenced the photos of Wirraways with the large instrument panel with RAAF service cards and it appears that all the Wirraways with large rear instrument panels underwent "major servicing" at CAC between 1950 and 1953 (124 of them). Luckily 434 was not among this group of aircraft, so the rear panel from the kit will do. The rear instrument panel is exposed behind the front seat, so I added some instruments to its rear using 1.6mm rod. These will be painted black. The "control shelf" on the port side of the fuselage frame was glued lower than indicated on the instructions, as the instructed position is too high. More to follow...
  7. Before I attach the wing to the fuselage (after the remedial work on the wing), I wanted to add seat-belts to the cockpit, and this is finally done. I have some photo-etch Sutton harnesses on order, but I decided to try my hand at forming a set using the thin aluminium from the top of a sardine tin. I think they are quite acceptable, given that I'm not about to add buckles at this small scale! Wirraways were fitted with D.117 Sutton-type harnesses from February 1942, replacing the D.115 lap-type belts which were originally fitted to aircraft delivered up to that time. You can't tell from this angle, but I also removed the wartime T.1052 and R.1083 radios which I had installed on the rear cockpit radio shelf (under the instrument panel, visible in some of the earlier pictures), since these had been removed from Wirraways by the 1950s, and I should not have installed them in the first place! This cockpit is now ready to be glued into the fuselage...
  8. Ian, you're making great progress! By the way, what colour did you use for the cockpit interiors? I'm building the Trumpeter 1/72 T2 kit as XA514/878 in the same scheme you're doing here, wanting to know if these aircraft had all-black interiors, or was there some Gray Blue as per the Trumpeter instructions?
  9. A brief update... having cut away the rockets from the zero-length rails, I'm ready to attach the wing to the fuselage. But first I need to add some seat-belts in the cockpit, so I'm also working on those. Here is a shot of the wing underside with the zero-length "rails" in place (sans the US HVARs): Don't look too closely, or you'll see there is also some remedial work needed from my accidental dousing of the wing in styrene cement. I'll need to fill a couple of areas, and re-scribe some panel lines... not too much work I hope.
  10. That's a fabulous build from that kit Red Dog! I have several of these in my stash, may get around to them once my Wirraways are done. For other builders - note that the dished infill behind the rear windows was always painted black. There is no reference to this in the instructions, but photos will confirm this.
  11. Greg, great research there, fascinating information. The race rules stated that flying duties could not be shared (from the AHSA Journal, March 1964, The 1936 Brisbane-Adelaide Air Race by Ian D. McArthur).
  12. Excellent plan Greg! The sweetest Percival design in my opinion! Looking forward to seeing your rendition
  13. Lovely work there Mark! I have 4 of these in my stash for various projects, so I always enjoy seeing one completed.
  14. Ian - Show us the LALA-1 !!! It will blow the minds of most here...
  15. Hi Bob, most likely yes. I get my 3D stuff printed by Shapeways, so if the intakes come out half decent, I may put them in a Shapeways store... we'll see...
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