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  1. Very nice. Its eye catching with an air of chaos and desperation. Well done.
  2. That is an absolutely mind boggling amount of work. Great work and best of luck on the remainder of the build.
  3. I think the photo colours are off. The Coastal Command scheme is basically white on the fuselage with a red strip around the wing chord. The wings have white leading engines and nacelles while the upper surface is camouflaged and the underside a pale duck egg blue. I thing the orange hue of the table distorts the colour. Apologies for the confusion.
  4. Thanks for the kind comments everyone. I appreciate it.
  5. Hi Everyone, I present to you my Bristol Beaufighter TF.X from the World War 2 Twins Mega Group Build (GB). The kit is old, a Mark IC version from Revell circa 1974, and its accuracy is questionable at best. That said, as the saying goes only a bad workman blames his tools, so the result of the build, good or bad, rests with me. So what did I like about this kit? The engines, landing gear and wheel wells stand out but I think the most obvious attribute is the sheer size of the thing. It’s a beast. It’s large and ungainly but I cannot help but liking the Beaufighter. I modified it by extending the tail plane and cobbled together a workable thimble nose; though I am unsure if the dimensions are quite right. The twin schemes I used were of a Coastal Command strike aircraft and as an RAF night fighter, depicting just two of the many roles in which the Beaufighter was successfully employed. Participating in the Group Build was a great experience and I highly encourage people to sign-up for one or more that appeals to you. All thoughts, comments and constructive criticism are welcome. Attached is a link to the GB if you are interested: Bristol Beaufighter Mark X - World War 2 Twins Mega GB - Britmodeller.com Regards, Tomcat101
  6. Thanks James and Wings Unlevel, I appreciate it.
  7. Hi Everyone, At long last it’s done and I present to you my Bristol Beaufighter. It’s good to be finished and yet after approximately 60 hours of work I remain undecided what to think of the result. The kit is old, circa 1974, and its accuracy is questionable at best. That said, as the saying goes only a bad workman blames his tools, so the result of the build, good or bad, rests with me. So what did I like about this kit? The engines, landing gear and wheel wells stand out but I think the most obvious attribute is the sheer size of the thing. It’s a beast. It’s large and ungainly but I cannot help but liking the Beaufighter. As to the build I made mistakes, plenty of them I’m sure, but nothing massive. The extended tail plane worked out ok and despite many reservations I cobbled together a workable thimble nose; though I am unsure if the dimensions are quite right. The twin schemes were interesting to paint and as a Coastal Command strike aircraft or as an RAF night fighter the schemes illustrate just two of the many roles in which the Beaufighter was successfully employed. Of the two I prefer the night fighter but that’s me. Well that’s it; a great aircraft that I was thrilled to build even if I remain undecided as to the success of the result. To all who have viewed and commented on the build and have accompanied me on this journey thank you. It was great to participate in this group build and I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. All remaining thoughts, comments and constructive criticism are welcome. Regards, Tomcat101
  8. Hi Everyone, Well at long last the Bristol Beaufighter build is coming to an end. Over the past week, I completed painting and adding four rockets to the rails on the underside of the wing. I also completed the engines; adding the front cowlings, props and hubs. I then installed clamshell coverings to each of the engines placing each of them in the open position with bracing bars. I will say this in advance that I have no idea if the set-up is even remotely correct. I poured over hundreds of photos of the Beaufighter without result so I will concede it is likely representative than accurate. Next I completed and installed the front landing gears. Throughout, I added touch-ups in a thousand and one places and suspect I have missed many more. Today I added a gloss coat and decals from an assortment of sets in my spare bin. The original decals were junk as were some of the replacement set I intended to use. Case in point, the decal with roundel and red letters for the night fighter version was atrocious and with loads of flash. The roundel was salvageable but the letters had to go requiring me to cut them out and replace them with grey letters. The decal surgery was a pain but the new look is a definite improvement. There is still plenty to do including a dull coat, the addition of aerials and wires etc. and I suspect some more touch-ups. That said, it is slowly but surely, getting there. Till next time. All comments and suggestions are welcome. Kindest Regards, Tomcat101
  9. Great Mirage F1. The finish gives it such a realistic effect. Very well done.
  10. Stunning. That is one fantastic Mirage! Well done.
  11. Fantastic X-15. Great build of an unusual subject. Well done.
  12. Looks great. I love the two tone paint job, gives it that early 60's vibe. Well done.
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