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  1. Finished finally aside the decals. It looks great if you apply the 3ft test. It fought me all the way but the end result is very pleasing indeed. Would love to have a Vostock but I'll never build another Mach 2 kit if this is the quality to expect. How do I post pictures again? The decals are simply a Soviet Flag and a Union Jack, no stencil details at all. It does make me wonder if I could print my own decals and go for Tim Peake's machine. I think most of the differences are not visible at 1:72 scale and I can live with the odd change on lumps and bumps as the kit is very approximate a
  2. Well it's arrived and I've started it. It's the worst moulding of a plastic kit I have ever seen. It makes Pegasus stuff look good. It's a nightmare of flash, poorly moulded parts and short-shot bits and general crapness. The main sprue trees are rough and what would ordinarily be a straight and smooth rod, they feel like I'm picking up a giant spidercrab's leg. The plastic doesn't like cement much either. I'm having to use cyno on the more stubborn parts. Is it unbuildable? No, but it's a putty queen and much sanding and filling is indeed needed. Fit and finish is blooming awful.
  3. Thanks Chris. I already have this shot and it looks rather good blown up like this. It makes me think the part that enters the fuselage at the bottom is actually a V shape but seen sideways on. There's an artefact hanging about in the centre of the assembly below the main framework. No idea what that is but it looks like there's a wire coming out of it and going to the fuselage. It wouldn't be a brake line. No idea what it could be. I've got some 1mm brass rod on order. I think I might try soft soldering a frame work and see what happens. Anyone tried this?
  4. I'm inclined to agree with you. So easy to damage parts otherwise. I just wondered if anyone had tried.
  5. Thanks Malc and JWM. Useful points there chaps. Currently I'm refurbishing the Contrail kit but when I master putting photos back on servers I'll take a few piccys of the OMM kit and show you. The attention to detail is excellent and whilst it's not for the faint hearted, it's certainly buildable and well engineered. The packaging is like a Japanese tea ceremony, quite exquisite!
  6. Thanks for the links @rossm, that last picture is probably the best. It's still not entirely clear how the tail wheel operates but I think I can work with it. Many thanks. Just need to look at the acetone trick now for sorting out the 3D printing texture! The props are struggling a little with the layered effects, less so the fuselage.
  7. Only taken me 4 years but I have a Mach 2 Soyuz on order. It's the Helen Sharman edition, Filing and sanding stuff at the ready...
  8. Doh! Just realised I put this in the military section not civil. That said, at least one of them had very brief military career, so I'm not entirely wrong...prob'ly...
  9. Hi all, Well I wait years to get my all time 'fave' aircraft on the bench and two come along at the same time. I bought a 3D printed kit from One Man Models last year and it's certainly not for the faint-hearted though it's a triumph of the 3D printed artform. Whilst the 'grain' for want of a better word is actually quite fine, it does need some attention. Thankfully the kit came with a test piece (a failed upper wing section) and whilst I've tried various fillers on it, it does look like a heck of a lot of work and I'm not convinced I'll get it looking as it should. I have however
  10. Just inherited an HP42 in 1:72 for repair. This thread is invaluable!!! Please keep the piccys in place on whatever server they reside upon. Amazing build, far above my standard but it gives me many pointers, not least a source of decals!
  11. Ooh goody, I'm in on a Ced build. Oddly enough I have the exact same kit in the stash and it's risen towards the top of the pile in since he sadly passed. I also bought the paints too, I think it's a green orange mix to make the orange of the aircraft, but you've sussed it obviously. I saw the original in the Smithsonian a few years back, quite something, great museum. CorsairFoxFourUncle, I hadn't realised that Chuck had made a cameo appearance in the film!
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    Stirling wheel wells

    Doh, of course it is. Schoolboy error. Black it is then. Thanks.
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    Stirling wheel wells

    Hi all, quick question, what colour were the wheel wells on a Short Stirling?
  14. Pulling up a chair to this one. I've got my mask on and will sit near the open window if I may? Always loved the Harrier. Did a GR5 last year but have most of the variants in the stash. Must get back to my Sea Harrier 'hovering' on the shelf of doom. Nice tips about the doppler panel colours, obvious now it's pointed out. Right, onwards and upwards Ced. Any particular aircraft you're modelling? Will you stick with the kit decals/serials or divert off-piste? Much variation and field (sea) applied paint alterations from what I gather.
  15. That really is something, it's stunning build and could pass for a much bigger scale. It's night and day compared to your older model. Deeply impressed at your skill.
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    Halifax bomb loadout.

    Interesting data there, quite fascinating. Quite a few things strike me: The number and type of aircraft used as pathfinders. I assumed they would have been Mosquitos to mark the area, but it was a sizeable force. The number of incendiaries was notable, though clearly they wanted to burn what was left. Could the Halifax really take anything bigger than a 2,000lb bomb? Surely not? Likewise the Wellington? I'm also amazed by the report that only 2 scientists were killed. You'd have thought anyone in the vicinity would have been blasted to bits in that pit of hell. Clearly not, I ass
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    Halifax bomb loadout.

    2am and I've been mooching about on the National Archives. What an easy way to spend an evening. Now found the 77 Sqn stuff I was after, the website is a bit clumsy but I got there. I've pieced so much together and it's now solved so many little mysteries. I've been cross referencing a Navigator's logbook with the records and building a better picture of his experience. Found a 2,000lb HC bomb now, coming from Poland. Thanks everyone for all the really fabulous contributions.
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    Halifax bomb loadout.

    Brilliant!!!! That's what I wanted. I need 'G' so it's 1 x 2000 lb HC inst, 1 x 1000 lb HC inst, 6 x 500 lb HC inst. That's 6,000lb in total, not huge. Now where do I get a 2,000lb from? Interesting that some did carry incendiaries. I guess they thought they'd burn what was left? I couldn't find 77Sqn ORB 16/17th August 1943 in the archives. It only goes up to June. I've been mooching about in there and getting lost. Loads of stuff...
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    Halifax bomb loadout.

    Thanks guys. The ORB looks like a fascinating resource. I'll have a delve. I've been listening to a talking book that covers the raid (Lancaster by John Nichol), and it discusses the main target being the scientists in the housing estate. Whilst it didn't mention the bomb loads I am wondering if incendiaries would have been particularly useful in such low density housing? Sure it would set a house fire and de-home them, but the likelihood of it killing the occupants who could escape, probably wouldn't be great. I guess the intention was to kill them in the explosive blast? The housing was targ
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    Halifax bomb loadout.

    Ooh that's interesting, thanks for that. Peenamunde is about as far away as Berlin, so I guess it could have been just 6,000lb? The set has 6 x 1,000lb bombs, so that works nicely. I'm going to have them on the trolley with the tractor, so that works out nicely and there's no need to muck about with the bomb bay as the aircraft is already built and finished. Just been looking at Peenamunde on Google Earth, you can still see the bomb craters even now,
  21. Hi all, quick question. I'm putting together a diorama with a 76 Sqn Mk2 Tollerton-nose Halifax preparing to go on the Peenemunde raid. What was the likely bomb load? I'm using the Airfix bomber resupply set. The cookies are out, the Halifax couldn't carry them. I guess they didn't bother with incendiaries as they wouldn't have been suitable. That leaves me the 1,000lb and 500lb bombs. On that basis, what combination and total load would have been likely? Thoughts, best guesses?
  22. If you find yyourself needing a little more red decal, I nicked a bit from the tail stripes of the previous scheme on the same decal sheet. Admittedly it was the Airfix decal sheet but they were the same colour. The Revell sheet is better printed and has graduated edges, worth a look though. I also found mine looked a bit odd and wrinkled until I mucked about with Microscale solvent and setting solutions, they conformed a treat in the end.
  23. I hadn't realised that. @One Man ModelI think your kit is incredible and a work of art even in kit form. I'm in the process of building it (well, only just started looking at it) and I'll have some feedback for you to make it even better. The work involved in making it is astonishing. I think a Dornier Do-X is my next order...
  24. Coming on nicely! Just to hijack the thread with one post, my HP42 has arrived from Japan and it's rather splendid I must say. For the most part the printing 'grain' is quite fine. Everything arrived exquisitely packaged, bags with tape had the end of the tape folded back to facilitate easy opening, each model is a labour of love even in kit form. Whilst much of the grain wont be tended to (e.g. internal parts), there is some clean-up to do, especially on the underside of the fuselage. I'm considering using Mr Surfacer possibly even through an airbrush. Any thoughts on doing that? The kit even
  25. No worries. Some clarification: The 1:72 Concorde requires much work but not of a highly skilled nature. Keep at it and you get a nice model, it's generally easy work, just lots of it. Thus if you're prepared to stick with it (fill-sand-repeat) you soon get a splendid looking model without it being too technical. Of course you CAN get all skilful and technical if you like (e.g. moving nose wheel bay) but it's not really necessary unless you're a rivet counter. My message is, 'don't be put off if a Concorde is what you always wanted'.
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