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  1. Scale is lost due to trying to fit the page. Lots of RC babble which flies noisily over my head but there's some good general info here. Click image to get a better size. best wishes.
  2. Omsk District Soviet boss O. O. Smiglo was dismissed for his decadent anti-revolutionary liveries, in 1938. If I ever do a Sh again, well, this must be a contender. Souped up, baby. Rawr. Adrian, the RWDs are gems. They all have this cottage industry charm about them, before the storm loomed on the horizon. Chorozy make expensive ones, Plastyk make £2.99 ones, to the same overall satisfaction. Have a good day. Edit: The bayonet exhausts are too long on my boat. Always missing details like this. And yes, the prop clears the hull by a fraction of a parsec. o7
  3. Oho! Seek and ye shall find... sur l'abomination Ebay terrible. Pour €6. On the same subject... "After a series of little holes, I wanted to escape, like the average lilac punch. Without jokes there couldn't be pre-drilled their binoculars." -- Google translate (French). Contains a humungous RC plan (curiously, only the fuselage though) of exactly what was required but on a seperate page, wonderful scale drawings and info galore. On first glance 72nd scale, or close to it. The Hanriot - Pagny is a single rudder craft and it really won't take a year of effort to sculpt it from the Nie. IV, given enough determination and lack of sheer unmitigated laziness. Quite chuffed, mes amis! I'll scan the 3 view plan at soon as I remember to.
  4. Marvellous stuff. An excellent project. Now, about the ICM's chunky ailerons... I had nothing but trouble with them. You will probably do better, and it is a dead smart kit when all is said and done. Best wishes.
  5. Thank you, STAVKA. Since its all grey primers of varying descriptions atm, I shall gratefully accept your recommendation. Any tips for the prop? Grey or silver, or to liven it up, a spot of 'protective green' or similar? Best wishes.
  6. Oho. So I finally did some work on the wingless soviet bird. What a weird year. For example, on ebay luck was on my side with an Airco d.H.2 (in heretic scale), a vac Sopwith-ish Mitsubishi IMF 1, a vac UFAG C.1 (with full Blue Rider decals), a vac Avia BH-3 on the positive scoreboard. An Edward Sopwith Baby minus its PE fret (my fault; I didn't read the description) on the negative. ________ Worse, far worse was my wife almost getting caught up in the Plymouth gun massacre. By 4 to 5 minutes, we think. She went shopping exactly the same time as the swine was coming from the opposite direction towards the shopping complex, about 30 secs? after the Police arrived. She saw some of the victims' families. Man, what a terrible sick thing. I shouldn't really bring this here but, well. There are no words. ________ Yes, that's a genuine White Ensign Models tin of 'IMUP primer' still usable from 2010 or so in the first image. Learstang will remember the kerfuffles.The filler cap on the hull is a punched piece of card attached with humbrol gloss. The last items to attend to are the tiny wooden tailskid, the weathervane, attaching the floats with bungees and tying up the feathers at rear. CCCP L737 she shall be. The model is primed here and there with Halfords, at present. Skiis do not match the photo but they are staying, L737 is out there illustrated with them. Que sera. Thanks for your patience! At rear are languishing RWDs 5 bis and 8 PWS, and a strutless Italian Nie. 24. Lazy, lazy, lazy.
  7. Double post, please incinerate.
  8. Hello Chief. As a curious aside, are you using the semi-mythical Humbrol 155 as your PC10 for your Camel? These Sopwiths look very beautiful already, it has to be said. o7 Just finished "Pure Luck", Sir T.O.M. Sopwith's biography. Did you know that of all his WW1 designs the Strutter was his favourite? This particular Belgian babe is on my todo list. Note duck's bottom so typical of the design, but the fin looks wonky here. Duck's ... bottom. Ok. lol.
  9. Well, it doesn't need to be 72nd. Some of your links will send Her Indoors into a frenzy. Long story. They're nicely done, clearly. Very evocative. Reminds me somehow of the WW1 tribute to Tommy Atkins made in modern Railway stations a few years ago, with period uniforms and a haunting song, sung at volume: "We're here because we're here because we're here because we're here. We're here because we're here because we're here because we're here". Sung to "Auld Lang's Syne". Very emotionally powerful I can assure you. Thank you!
  10. Beautiful. N6455 in a stunning photograph that answers a lot of questionsand reveals much, in fact it will form the basis of the scene-to-be. Thanks, I owe you one, Our Ned.
  11. Mr Roden, nee Toko, gives useful detail in their Sopwith 2F.1 Ship's Camel boxart. This gives a glimpse of better detail. If it's accurate? The search continues. Learning about modern ships as an aside. Its all fine.
  12. Brilliant. Truro is sort of nearby too. Thank you for your timely help!
  13. Hello. I do not know a thing about trains except Mr Michael Portillo lives wildly in them with his coral pink and peppermint green dinner jackets and that they sell revoltingly inedible snacks for a tenner per joule. Fig. 1. Michael used to make the Spanish trains run on time. My wife does love the whole train thing though. She finds the early 20thC trains almost spellbinding, with their association with the Great War and whatnot and frequently breaks out into Helena Bonham-Carter Edwardian mode. Question is, where to look to start building her a nice small replica train and carriage? Presumably suitable WW1 era steam train models are out there. Scale 1/72nd or so? I wouldnt know OHOO gauge things from Yoko Ono, if that makes any sense. It should. Oh, Yo-oh-oh-Ko. Fig. 2. Yoko in happier times. What is a nice WW1 train kit to build, plastic probably? Thanks for looking. If this is the wrong forum section, apologies. Seemed like a good choice at the time.
  14. The business end of H.M.S. Bloody Big Guns. Presumably a typical stowage option. Looking at this, the ramp was moved into place directly where they stowed the a/c? Or permanent structure elsewhere? What is the calibre of the gun, please? Thanks for all of your likes and input.
  15. N6453. Thanks. That'll be the main Pup in the diorama. Sorted. : ) Edit: So a colourised photo from one of Mr Bruce's books. Cabbage green aicraft notwithstanding, this is unlike many others in that there are specific, different, 'sections' to the ramp.
  16. Nice one, @Chewbacca. Noting the early upper roundels, more inboard. Beardmore tail feather colours. Standard PC10 on upper horizontals only, vis a vis RNAS. Standard Lewis aperture. Plain fuse otherwise. Do we see a plain varnished wooden section around the cockpit though? Beauty! Getting some interesting info now in dribs and drabs. This is a post-war ship, below? No matter, these are dioramas in themselves with excellent 'props' to contemplate. Huge underlying gun barrels look to be a 'must'. Edit: What size guns are they in proper nomenclature?
  17. Thank you all. There are plenty of old photos of the Pup taking off and of the background sea itself, this latter not so useful. I'm unearthing more photos with structural detail, slowly though. Fascinating times. Although the "Pioneering" days of Bleriot, Dumas and the Wrights had gone, technology never slept at all thanks to a new Gen. of pioneers. RIP Cmdr. Dunning -- hope you can look down and observe a sleek modern jet strut YOUR stuff... : )
  18. Hello there! I am starting the research stage for a diorama with a beautuful 72nd scale Sopwith Scout readying for a launch from an R.N. ship of 1917 or so. Typical skis with some kind of trialing arrestor gear could form part of the aircraft as was the custom of these pioneering days. Knowing next to nada about ships after the 11th Century A. D., I thought I would seek advice from experts hereabouts about details regarding the actual platform and associated gizmos that these frail craft flew from. Its assumed the ramp was a wooden structure, sloped in a particular direction, (up or downwards for launch?) HMS Furious is the kind of ship we're talking about: but doesn't necessarily need to be that ship. Any period ship that possessed launch capabilities in 1917 is fine. Other details are: 1. The details to be looked for is not only the ramp but any surrounding ship's structure, included as preference. 2. Could or did R.N. ships of this type stow a 'spare' aircraft, disassembled and/or under wraps nearby? Since the aircraft(s) are 72nd scale, this could be a large diorama -- but first 3 view plans or photos related to all of the above would be very welcomed! Best wishes.
  19. There it is again: unsure whether its your lighting or paint proximity or the metal Muse or any combination of same but there's that bronze patina hue coloration thing again around the engine area and its rather splendid. Dunno, but I fell in love with bronze, real bronze alloys many years ago and look out for its sultry burnished charms everywhere as a matter of course today. To me gold and silver are lesser metals, probably because I am a weirdo. Keep up the beautiful work on Tommy's best!
  20. These MAC kits aren't cheap but A: these Bristol Scouts are so attractive ( you have seen the restoration DVD by a proud grandson for his grandad? ) and B: they're not Hansa Brandenburg D.Is, this latter is very important to one's well-being and joie de vivre. On the ebay experience they're going for a stiff price for a 72nd model and it's good to see you tackle it and to appraise it. Best wishes.
  21. Did you know that one of the minor French Aces, Henri 'le Pew' Plumedematante preferred the stable smells of his youth to the fussy castor oil, brylcream and lacquer paints of the Aerodrome Militaire. Every morning before he shaved he ordered his batmen to liberally hose his Hanriot down with liquid farmyard 'fertiliser' and lots of it. Mmm, this was the stuff of his joy filled childhood growing up outside Issy-les-Moulineaux, fourth arondissement to your right. They (the boche) didn't see him coming but the smell disturbed even the Kaiser, who might have actually preferred hanging. We salute you, Henri. More seriously, there are what seems like copper and bronze hues aplenty in your photography. It is just really attractive. o7
  22. It starts to look like a regular model kit, not an Eastern Express abomination. It took a few hours to get here, if you can believe such a thing. I like the CDL colour already. It's just a regular rattlecan for home repairs, 'sand' colour, about a fiver for 250ml.
  23. It's disheartening. Not checking box contents before starting wasn't a great idea. The thing is supposed to be fun but is anything but. Thanks for the encouragement. Not going to be deterred although it has become an object of distaste. Primary irritation is that the 'weak' sprue has a tension in it more or less through its centreline. Release any molded part on it and it breaks into smaller pieces. The short molded tail unit is another joy. And so on. The upper wing has been sanded almost flat since yesterday and I did wonder why they provided full length decals for the thing. That you can guarantee it too could break into 60 pieces very easily. Best thing is to finish it and post again. I loathe the thing but we'll see it finished. Edit: perversely the struts are just fine. They sand easily, are solid and are in no need of dressing up. Whether they'll actually fit into place is the work of satan of course. Best wishes.
  24. That is the kit. What with every part breaking in half -- IP broken, Seat support broken, engine cylinder bank broken and this horrible wing defacement, this beats the flash ridden Roden Albatros W4 by several country miles. And then some. But finally with its broken IP inserted and the fuse halves pretending to adhere to one another, its buttoned up. Seat belts look great! Not that you can see anything. *sigh* Take care. So. Mr Toko. If that's your real name...
  25. Finally having time to push ahead with Roden/Toko/EE's exquisitely molded Hansa D.III I started by priming with a single sand coloured coat. It revealed, at least on the upper wings, such wondrous, fine, detail I did a double take and considered building another arabian Dhow ship. Perhaps this time an Omani vessel? An Indian dhow? Not one of mine; it is too classy a build. So... Well. At least the lowers aren't that bad. The wings do have more rib detail than the camera picked up - but not by much. The upper wing is as you can see a simple rectangle; therefore I shall scratch it, retaining the centrally located manhole cover. I note that the PART Hansa Brandenburger PE contains this but the fuse is going to be buttoned up next. So no, Mr PART, you and your shiny brass baubles. Not today. Best wishes until next time.
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