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About neilh

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  1. I'd like to get one of these. I am stalled on building the resin I -3 from Rest models since I snapped the cabane struts, and this one looks equally as nice. Biplanes are not my favourite either - because I do struggle aligning struts - hence the snapped cabanes! Susoectthis one might be a bit easier as the top wing won't weigh quite so much and styrene has more flex than resin.
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    Alclad 2 - RAF Colours

    Range here- only they will know if it is destined to be expanded. There is a " contact us" drop down section. Google shows no US stockist holding the Mil spec paints, but several who sould ship to the USA. https://www.alclad2-online.co.uk/index.php?CATEGORY=1&SUB=8
  3. I've ordered a Scimitar and it's yet to arrive, but based on that I'll likely order a Swift. Wish however Airfix had considered scaling up their 1/72 offering.
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    1/48 Luftwaffe Code Letter Decals

    may also be worth asking on here or other forums for the letters you seek as many people ( including me) may have used aftermarket decals and have either kit decals or unused aftermarket decals.
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    Seafang Cockpit

    Hi Steve, When I build my Spiteful, I chopped the cockpit floor to create that clear " step" up to the foot rest area you can see in Troys photos, using just plastic card and scraps to bridge the gap and make a closer resemblance. It was quite easy to do and looked much better in relation to the position of the seat and panel. The cockpit opening is quite small but I felt it worth doing once completed. All I had to work with were the same photos shared above.
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    White Meteors

    unfortunately that's 1/72, the Tamiya Meteor is 1/48th.
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    White Meteors

    Thanks Troy- now does anyone have his set and is prepared to sell/swap a canopy for the Meteor Mk III? For swaps I have 3 sets of Falcons canopies, mainly WW II fighters and US Navy ( or anything else).
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    Best Hurricane Ml.1 1/48

    There have been plenty of threads on this topic. Search out posts from Troy, who has researched all the available kits pretty thoroughly. If it was me, I would go for the Airfix kit as long as you are OK with a metal winged version. According to Troy, the curve where the wing meets the fuselage is not quite right but shape wise it is much better than the Italeri kit and the Hasegawa kit. The Hasegawa is still a nice kit and as a non expert it looks pretty good to me, but the under fuselage joint is a little tricky. If you want a rag wing , and can find one , the Classic Airframes kit is harder to build but you can substitute some detail parts designed for the Hasegawa kit ( like metal undercarriage legs) that ease the clean up and build. Personally having built one and trashed 2 , I would avoid the Italeri effort. My favourite is the new Airfix kit. If you do go for that one, read the build reviews because its a complex kit and one little misalignment will make the rest of the build tricky.
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    White Meteors

    Came across this thread in a Google search an opportune time. I wanted to build a white Meteor, however the only one in my stash is the Tamiya Mk 1, but the later boxing paired with the V1 so does not have the airbrakes moulded into the wings. Does that mean I can convert it easily into one of the early Mark IIIs described above? There are two canopies in the kit so one may be the later version or if not I can perhaps find a vac form for the rear section?
  10. no problem, I am modelling a Hunter Mk 1 from 54 Squadron " the Black Knights" 1954- 1956, so pretty early in the Hunters career.
  11. Thanks everyone who responded, single loop and red it is. Finished result will be on the IPMS Avon table at Telford.
  12. I've converted the Academy Mk 6 back to an Mk 1, but Googling Hunter cockpits only shows later Mks with the double loop yellow and black stripe firing handles, yet I could swear I have read somewhere that the early marks of the seat had the single " U" shaped handle in red? Anyone confirm or deny please? Thanks.
  13. I suspect I am being dumb, but why 72nd and 32nd scale decals? Do they scale nicely for the required sizes in 1/48th?
  14. Just back from nearby Lanzarote - nice cooling breeze every day. Back to the topic and Arties question - I have one of these on order personally I would prefer masks to decals printed on an EDSG background as matching the colour is likely to be very tricky indeed. Wonder if someone like Fantasy Printshop would do a short run of decals at a reasonable price? Could these or other similar " generic" codes be used? https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/ML489022
  15. Thanks for all this useful info. My " profile" in a SAM feature on RAF aerobatic teams suggests red wingtips and there is a colour photo in that feature that definitely has red wingtips.