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John R

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  1. As a Mach 2 survivor/veteran I salute you. Lovely job
  2. Thank you. To me the desert scheme makes it look like just another military a/c whereas the original is nicer to look at as well as being out of the ordinary. John
  3. I was a little reluctant to show this after the superb version produced by InFlames a while ago but I thought you might like to see what an ordinary modeller made of it and to hear of some of his problems. The Dassault Mirage 4000 first flew in 1979 and, as it was designed at the same time, looked like an enlarged Mirage 2000. It proved to be too large and expensive for the French Air Force and though it appeared in 1987 in a desert camouflage scheme, presumably in an attempt to sell it to a middle eastern country no sales were forthcoming. I first knew of the 4000 when I saw a model of it at Farnborough and thought that it was a great looking a/c so when I saw that Modelsvit had produced a kit I had to have one. However my reaction on getting started was ‘be careful what you wish for’. It seems to be a typical Modelsvit product containing lots of detailed parts some of which fit together nicely and some which do not. A case of the latter is the upper fuselage for which you have to join the two halves together with the engines nozzles in between with no way of ensuring that they are correctly aligned and then this assembly has to be mounted on the lower wing/fuselage. I thought that the chance of this actually working was small enough to find a different way of doing it. I fitted the upper wing surfaces to the lower part and then inserted each half of the upper fuselage into the gap using pieces of plastic sheet as packing to align the fuselage/wing joint. This was not easy but it did work. The main problem was getting the nozzle assembly into the correct position. The forward fuselage assembly went together easily but when offered up to the rear fuselage it did not fit and required trimming and filling. It might be an idea to paint the gap between the intakes and the fuselage at this point as it is not easy after assembly. There are the usual Modelsvit problems of getting the upper and lower wing surfaces and the two halves of the rudder to mate neatly. Once it was all together it was painted white using a Halfords Appliance White spray. - something that I was afraid of doing but it worked out quite well. I then went to paint the red around the intakes and discovered a problem. The masks provided are such that it appears that you are expected to apply the red, apply the masks then apply the white paint. Something that seemed to guarantee that red would show through the white. I used the masks to make other masks that would mask the white area and allow me to brush paint the red. I was not happy with the result as it did not look tidy and the red paint specified (Humbrol 19) did not look like the correct shade. Then on to the decals…I think that one has to have a Master’s degree in decaling before starting. They are thin, come of the backing sheet easily and settle down well but can be a little fragile. I would advise applying the blue areas of the wing last as you can see where bits have chipped off the leading edge on the wing. Getting the long, thin blue stripes on the fuselage sides and the fin leading edge straight was a nightmare and not a great success. Getting the decals to wrap around the wing leading edge was ‘fun’ and required Microsol before they would go around. There was one final problem. The nose probe looked too fragile to survive but as it is more than a simple tube I decided to use it and predictably it got broken almost immediately so another was made from pieces of brass tube and the bulged end was made from CA/talcum filler turned to shape using an electric drill. It’s far from perfect and there are several deliberate mistakes for you to find but it is finished, and so am I! John
  4. In Martyn Chorlton's book 'The Javelin' there is a picture of the prototype wearing roundels but not, apparently, camouflaged. The topside is one colour and the underside a lighter one. The topside seems to be gloss as there is a reflection of the tail insignia in the top surface. Did it make its first flight wearing this scheme and if so what were the colours? The picture also shows the original jetpipe configuration. Later pictures showing it wearing camouflage also show a revised jetpipe configuration. Another query concerns the top surface of the stabiliser where there is a large streamlined fairing which is not there in later pictures of it when wearing camouflage although it is there in pictures of the second prototype. What was it and when, and why, was it removed? John
  5. Can anybody please tell which paints match the colours used in French roundels? John PS. I posted this in the 'Modern' section and got no replies so I thought that I would try here
  6. Can anybody please tell which paints match the colours used in French roundels? John
  7. The last of the E-150 series set several airspeed records under the 'E166' designation. It suffered many of the same problems with engines, radar and aerodynamics as its predecessors and was unable to provide a stable launching platform for its missiles. It was cancelled in 1962 when the USSR decided ro rely on missiles for defence rather than a/c. Not the easiest kit to build. The jetpipe, cockpit and intake just don't fit into the fuselage. I would recommend dry fitting all those components before assembling them as trying to fit them after assembly resulted in much frustration and bad language when trying to close the fuselage halves. The grey missile is a dummy and the white, the live test vehicle. John
  8. Actually I am no longer a member. I have just finished another 'aluminium tube' but it would have been no good anyway as my car is u/s with an elecrical fault. John
  9. According to 'X planes of Europe' by Tony Buttler & Jean-Louis Delezenne only the Languedoc was used as a launch plane starting with the 010 in 1949, then the 016 and finally the 021 in 1953 John PS. I presume you are the Adrian from the IPMS Mid-Sussex. In which case 'Hi'. John
  10. Yes it belongs to Shuttleworth. details here https://www.shuttleworth.org/collection/fauvelglider/ Sorry for the delay. I wrote the reply and failed to post it! John
  11. That Comet is the real thing. It's the one that won the MacRobertson air race to Australia back in 1934. It had a somewhat chequered history before ending up as part of the Shuttleworth Collection. It was restored and flew again but the u/c collapsed on its first flight. It was then 'down' for a few years whilst that was sorted out. It now flies regularly at Old Warden. Wikipedia has more details. John
  12. A difficult day with the weather. Occasional flashes of sunlight but mostly grey. For me it was made more difficult by having a new camera which seemed determined to underexpose and also being allocated a parking space close to a belt of trees which blocked the view of oncoming a/c. I hope these look OK as many had to be 'rescued' by Photoshop. 'NHS' Spitfire Westland Lysander Polikarpov Po 2 Provost Parnall Elf Eon Primary Glider Miles Magister DE Havilland DH 60 Moth. Richard Shuttleworth's first aeroplane Avro Tutor Fauvel AV36 flying wing Sopwith Pup Sopwith Camel Bristol Monoplane De Havilland Comet
  13. It was a tough day photographically wasn't it? I had two extra problems - a new camera that seemed to want to underexpose everything and my allocated parking space was almost next to the trees so oncoming a/c could not be seen. I'll try and get my stuff up soon. By the way, did you stay until the end? What was it like getting out? My friend and I cleared out just after the first Spitfire and Hurricane pass as the light had gone, we had a long way to go and it looked like there would be a lot of cars trying to get out at once. John
  14. Apologies - I should be more careful. My eyes went straight to the list of a/c. John
  15. XF-92 Mach 2 injection and Airmodel vacform ( are you counting vacforms) XF-91 and XF-10F available in resin from Planet XP-87, XF-88, XF-90,F5D and F8U-3 were issued as vacforms YF-93, XF-88 & XF-90 Anigrand Resin I wonder if there is a market for the prototype of the Phantom. There has been a lot of interest in the one I made one a few years ago and posted on BM. Over 7000 views John
  16. Giorgio, Any chance of getting a copy of that article Please? John
  17. I would not recommend the Anigrand kit. I had a rush of blood to the head and ordered one without seeing it, took one look at it when it arrived and put it back in its box where it remains. John
  18. I just checked and there is a David M ( for Molina) joined Feb 27, last seen March 2. If that is not you maybe there is a duplicate I'll try and contact admin with your problem
  19. The same one appears in 'MiG' by Belyakov. In neither can I see black on the missile fin that is canted inboard - which means an easier paint job! John
  20. Here's one for the nerds/rivet counters amongst us. I am building a Modelsvit E-152M and just about to paint the test missile. According to the instructions there are black markings on each of the edges of the missile's fins but from the only picture that I have seen it appears to me that this is not the case. My thoughts are that if all are marked identically and the missile flight path is being tracked optically then it would be difficult to establish its orientation whereas this would not be the case if some were marked differently. Has anybody got any other information that would resolve this matter? What is the point of those markings if not for the purpose of tracking ? John
  21. You didn't mention that it never flew. I decided not to build one because of that. Just as well considering the problems that you had. Do you think A&A just don't care about their customers knowing that modellers who have an interest in Russian a/c are so keen to get their hands on such kits that they will put up with their deficiencies. Anyway well done for producing a silk purse from a sow's ear! John
  22. Can you cut glass? If so a useful source is old double glazing units which usually just get chucked into a skip.
  23. Superb job and I wish mine was going to turn out that good. I'm just in the throes of painting mine and got rather a shock when it came to dealing with the red around the intakes. There are masks supplied for this BUT they are the same shape as the red area implying that you have to paint the red first, apply the masks and then apply the white finish, which is a recipe for disaster. I assume that this is what Inflames found. I wonder if saw this coming and didn't get a shock as I did. Did you brush paint the red? Airbrushing it looks a nightmare. Interestingly the canopy on mine fitted like a dream but I did have trouble fitting the nose section in between intakes. John
  24. Really nice job. I wrestled an Amodel version to the ground several years ago and it generated a lot of interest because almost nobody else managed to finish one. I hope yours was a lot easier. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234914842-tupolev-tu-128-a-model-172-scale/ John
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