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  1. Really looking forward to this. I hate to be that person, but the Falklands scheme needs a correction. All the aircraft that were repainted in theatre were original natural metal, and the horizontal control surfaces were not painted in order to preserve their mass balance. References show that many simply had the 'Fuerza Area Argentina' below the cockpit masked over before painting and so should have a natural metal rectangle around them.
  2. Hi Terry, I found some references to colours on the instructions to the decals. (Like an idiot, I hadn't read them properly!) There's a nore referencing the aircraft being painted 'with local paints, not following FS codes' that weathered to darker or lighter shades. They point at FS34088 for the Olive Drab and FS30118 for the Dark Earth. FS35550 is recommended for the 'wells and main gear'. Whether that means just the main wells or nose as well I don't know. I think they are probably good starting points to compare to references. Cheers, Gareth
  3. Actually, I've found some more references so I think I've sorted this. Cheers.
  4. Hi All, I'm building A-4B C-237 as it would have appeared during the Falklands War. Does anyone have any recommendations for colours? I've seen a build with FS30118 for the green and FS30117 for the brown. Looking at 30118 it appears to range from an olive like green to a brown shade, depending on manufacturer. (I'm afraid I'm hopeless at matching colours by eye, hence my request ) Cheers, Gareth
  5. Marvellous - Thanks again.
  6. Cheers Mal! I don't supoose you know of any going for sale anywhere?
  7. Hi Gang, I'm looking for a way to build the cruiser General Belgrano. I'm Googling like mad but I thought I'd ask the experts as well! Is there a kit of Belgrano, or more likely USS Phoenix in any scale? (I've not built a ship since I was about 10, so it's a new adventure for me )
  8. It is. I got in touch by accident on Twitter, and offered to build another model of 'C-407' after completing one for my collection a while ago. Almost ready to go now.
  9. This thread is very timely as I’m getting ready to ship a Dagger to Argentina (to the pilot who flew it during the Falklands / Malvinas conflict no less) and I’m starting to fret about how to get it there with as little damage as possible. Thanks!
  10. Thanks for the replies. I've got some decent results using Vallejo Model Colour 70.733. It's not perfect as win't take much handling but under a few coats of clear I think I have a solution.
  11. Hi All, I'm looking for some tips for painting flourescent orange I'm using Zero Paints' flourescent orange on a 1/12 Mazda 787. It's a perfect match for the colour, but terrible to work with. It chips easily and I've also worn down the white primer when polishing it. It's impossible to touch in with the paint itself, and spraying it back in a again is impossible. Does anyone know of a good product for touching in flourescent orange? Thanks for any help, Gareth
  12. Thanks for the generous comments everyone.
  13. Hi, thanks for the ideas. They are pretty simple shapes so should be simple recreate. I just like a short cut!
  14. Hi kids, Here's my latest completion. This is Italeri's 1/48 Wessex HAS.3, in the markings of 'Humphrey' used during the abortive SAS mission to retake South Georgia, and the subsequent rescue from Fortuna Glacier on 21st May 1982. As far as I can tell this is how the aircraft appeared over these few days, confirmed by a conversation with Chris Parry (radar operator on the said flights). He is hoping to get 'Humphrey' restored in time for the 40th anniversary in 2022 and has invited me to the FAA museum to participate. Hopefully I can get down there for a weekend. Many thanks to Scal
  15. Hi Gang, I'm working on a 54mm Gurkha, which I think is about 1/32 scale. Does anyone know of any British pattern mess tins or cooking equipment (hexi burner would be great) appropriate for the early 80s? I'm guessing 1/35 wouldn't be too far out if that's available. I've searched and searched but can't find anything. Cheers, Gareth
  16. Thank you for all the extra information. I wasn't aware that Humphrey has been largely untouched at the FAA museum so was discounting that as modellers do with restored examples. Look at that pic of the aircraft airborne I can see that the Royal Navy title has been done in black. I think the scheme was evolving so quickly at the time I might have to abandon my attepmt to tie it down to one moment in time. Thanks again, Gareth
  17. Thanks for that Pappy. I'm hoping to show the helicopter as it was on the morning of the rescue. I've corresponded briefly with Chris Parry (radar operator on the day) and he says it had been repainted, most stencils overpainted in black and the Antrim crest 'toned down'. Not sure whether this means totally blacked out, so I'll have to go back to him if I can't find out.
  18. Thanks Bo. It's been a while but if I remember correctly I used Xtracolour enamels for the camouflage. I think I found a source for closely matching FS numbers. Sorry, not much help!
  19. Marvellous, thanks David.
  20. I get that, but WHAT gun is it? Manufactrer and model. I'm trying to find one in 1/48 scale and the choice is baffling. Not all, if any, have GPMG as part of the description.
  21. Thanks Trevor, but I'm trying to tie it down to which GPMG it was.
  22. Hi All, I'm starting the Italeri HAS.3 built as Humphrey on the morning of the SAS rescue from South Georgia. Italeri's decals are crap / inaccurate - is there a third party sheet, or at least an Antrim crest on a sheet somewhere? Knowing the square root of nothing about guns, what, exactly, is a GPMG that was fitted in the starboard window? Is there a 1/48 product available? Many thanks, Gareth
  23. Hi Everyone, I hope you're all well, staying safe, and not being too affected by the current situation. I'm so glad to have modelling as a hobby at the moment. On Facebook I am a member of the Model Factory Hiro build group, and one of my fellow members posts fantastic photos of his WIP with a 1/12 pallet, and a reconstruction of the disitinctive boxes MFH kits come in. I wanted to do something similar, and went trawling the doll's house pages. (1/12 is apparently a popular scale.) I bought a wooden workbench kit, and a photo-etched brass toolbox and tools. I had the idea to paint th
  24. Oh crikey, don't let Sarah read this, we've only got a small garden!
  25. All the photos show the probe still in place so I assume that if anything actually broke off it was jus the tip.
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