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Hepster

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    Anything military, but preferably British aircraft with roundels

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  1. Locally based AW109 G-TRNG, interesting colour scheme.
  2. Blue Steel was white for live and blue for practice. Most of the aircraft concerned would have carried practice rounds most of the time. I have heard it said that not many of the aircraft ever carried a live round; if so, then XL321 is surely one of the exceptions, since it has been photographed a number of times carrying a white one. The blue/practice rounds were not just a ballistic shape - the were fitted with some of the systems of the live weapon, such as inertial navigation along with the various umbilical attachments, presumably so that use of these items could form part of the training. The two tailpipes were fitted with covers until use, so externally they would have been identical. Conclusion - either colour is appropriate.
  3. You could try looking up details of the Vulcans used in 'Black Buck' missions. I think these were selected from those that had received the Skybolt plumbing, so that they could be fitted with pylons for the ALQ101(V)10 jamming pods and the anti radar missiles, amongst other reasons. Incidentally, the inert Skybolt shapes fitted to the trials aircraft didn't look much like the actual Skybolt.
  4. I'd go along with the above, the kit is said to have tight tolerances, even the new Airfix mag referred to issues in ensuring that the intakes fitted properly. In addition though, and after seeing several completed examples, I would say that you need to double decal the roundels because if you are doing either the red wings version or the fire orange version it may taint the white in the roundels.
  5. Alas, most pics of this unit have the CO's aircraft WK722 in the front just like this, blocking off the view of everything else! An exception to this is a colour shot of 601 Sqn on page 97 of 'Camera Above the Clouds' volume 3, which shows WH364 'B' in front with the CO's aircraft 5th in the line. 'B' is near the back in your shot, as they are arranged in alphabetic order. Can't read the other serials I'm afraid. WH364 currently residing in the Jet Age Museum, Gloucestershire, wearing spurious 601 Sqn CO's colours, which is how it was painted when in use as a gate guard at Kemble.
  6. You are certainly correct to avoid the Roden early He 111 kits, I built the He 111B about 8 years back and I still have the nightmares.
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    1:72/1:76 conversions

    Tony, Seeing as you have got the Gerald Scarborough book, you might look into old copies of the Airfix Magazine Annual, which used to contain the pick of the articles from the monthly mag, with the Crusader-Covenanter conversion being one of the best examples. Also, if you are looking at 1/76 scale, don't discount the Fujimi range. The airfix mag did a series of conversion articles for the Fujimi Panzer 38(t) kit to create various Marder III and flakpanzer types. The Fujimi Matilda is (arguably) more detailed than the Airfix example, tho' both are good.
  8. Nice one Tim. The Normandy look is a good idea, as the cupola makes it a later model Tiger anyway. It does look like zimerritt is out of the question, but if you take attention away from that by busying the hull up with dark green/red brown camo streaks or patches that may do the trick. The hull mg might do with replacing, the stubby thing provided by Airfix doesn't really do your good work justice. But considering the kit has allegedly been voted Airfix's worst ever kit - as mentioned in the 50 years of Airfix book - what you've done here is quite remarkable. Regards, Rob H
  9. I personally doubt that this is a 'sexist' thing at all... If the Buccaneer had been adorned with something like the 'Buster Gonad' artwork it might have been equally censored, if not more so. You have to consider the feelings of the visiting public, especially if it might risk an unfavourable TripAdvisor review.
  10. If you do get a Frog, FAW9, then do something about the nose which is a bit blunt. I fixed mine by adding a pointier tip and getting it blended in with a bit of sanding. Alternatively,spend some money and buy the Freightdog replacement nose. The Novo repop of the Frog kit is easier to find, and usually cheaper but is usually covered in flash. Incidentally, I recently had both a Frog and Novo kit of the FAW9 in my hands, and was puzzled by the fact that the Novo kit weighed nearly 50% more - guess its something they put in the plastic, it was too much to be accounted for by all that flash.
  11. Hepster

    1/72 B-17

    If you are guying an Airfix B-17G from your LMS, fine. If you get one at a show, where all sorts of stuff can crop up, be careful that you don't pick one of their earlier kits. It's unlikely that you would pick up their 1960s vintage kit, but they did also release the Academy kit of the B-17G under the Airfix label about 12 years ago - this might easily turn up at shows.
  12. Saw the new Tamiya kit at Telford last year, yummy. Looking at pics, pre-war Watts-bladed Spits had protruding gun barrels on the third and fourth gun positions working outwards. I suspect that these are flash suppressors that were left off later. The original Tamiya Spit Ia had these included,which meant that you needed to remove them for the options offered! Point is. if you want to do an early flat canopy Spit with the new kit, these need to be added as well.
  13. Hepster

    Box art

    I always found the 'background-less' Tamiya artwork very striking - I bought several of their armour kits in the 70s/80s...
  14. Of course UNIT would remember, they had a (non-functioning) TARDIS and an alien Timelord living in their base for a couple of years just to remind them that there is LIFE OUT THERE. I can just imagine one of their squaddies saying 'Daleks? Oh yeh, we saw them off in between the Cybermen and the Potato-heads'. Righty-ho then.
  15. It is indeed, I have just checked my copy! I'm afraid I had ignored it after realising my decals were so yellowed and brittle as to be unusable, but I will now try to rescue the logo! Thanks for pointing it out.
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