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  1. Hi all, Being a Belgian and having about 25 subjects available for building in this GB, I'd say I would like to give it a try! Greetings
  2. Hi, I'd like a place in this one too. I too have some different Japanese aircraft kits in my stash, going from A6Ms, a G4M to an OH-6, a couple of Phantoms and last but not least a US-1 Shinmeiwa There's a nice anecdote when driving through Japan next year 10 years ago. We were on a spotting/touristic trip throughout Japan. And one time when I was not driving I was most of the time sleeping for the time I had to drive. In once we got in a traffic jam somewhere in a small town and I woke up. As if it had to be, the first thing I see is a model shop. Park the car!!! So we went inside and after a lengthy choosing moment I got to the cashier with a Fujimi Phantom FG.1, a Fujimi Spitfire XIVe, a Hasegawa F-16 Eggplane and the by then quite new Tamiya A6M5, all 72nd. The very polite shop owner understood very little English. He peacefully registered all the boxes I was to buy, but as he took the last one, being the A6M, he said "no no" while nodding his head. I thought I couldn't buy that one, and I was a bit surprised by that. He took away the box and placed it back onto the shelves where I took it. I was confused as it was one I'd really liked to buy. He came back, dove underneath the table, and came back up holding another Tamiya Zero, However this time with the box top autographed by someone. In his best English, he said: "Autograph from Mister Tamiya. Special box for special customer" and he put the box on top of the kits I chose. Now I was even more surprised and answered that I was very honoured but as this box was probably very special for him, that he must keep it for himself. but he insisted As it's not quite polite to turn down such offer, I took it with me and each time I see the kit, I think about this memory. I hope I can do the kit justice, or I might better buy another and keep that one complete. I even have the shopping bag preserved in my stash. So I hope I can build one of the above during 2022!
  3. Don't they have a couple Bombardiers which are exiled from active duty soon? They flew from RAF Waddington and could be reconfigured? A thing the RAF has great expertise in, no?
  4. I see it like this: -First draw the window shape in some CAD or even paint... -Use the backing paper from one of those return postal stickers which are to be found plenty in web ordered parcels. -Rip of the label and apply some masking tape where your windows are to be printed. -Print them on scale -Then cut all the plastic away inbetween the windows. Be sure to make the gap on all sides 1 or 2 mms bigger. -Get some acrylic or see through sheet and measure how thick it is. -thin down the edges of the window gaps accordingly to the thickness of the "window" sheet. -Cut a strip from the sheet and glue it on the fuselage. -blend in the seems of the windows into the fuselage -cut out the printed window masks and apply them directly above a straight strip of tape to get them correctly lined up... just a thought, anyway you address the windows, it'll be nice to see it in your collection!
  5. Hi Alistair, Amazing cockpit detail and love the seatbelts, 1st try you say? nice! Looking forward to see it's evolution to yet again a stunner so it seems
  6. I know and thank you for the picture. My question actually was, did 5/330 flew out of Cambrai or Mont de Marsan? As the profiles say Cambrai but I think Mont de Marsan. Just a small detail offcourse
  7. Is it me, but EC 1/12 was based at Cambrai, but I thought 5/330 were the cote d'argent tigers being flown out of Mont de Marsan, or? Another possibility that the airframe was hired by 330 and after returning to Cambrai it still flew in these markings afterwards. Anyone who could shead a light on this?
  8. Any updates on this Ivan? I do have an AZ rendition of the Hart Fighter, but also fancy doing a (Belgian) Hardy. Which is a kit only available in resin by Kora afaik... Any plans for that type? Thanks!
  9. I would like to try too. Hopefully I'll have a fully operational hobby suite (read attic) by then so I finaly produce something with a clear coat by the end... I do have a couple of candidates in the stash...
  10. As I'm not realy experienced in rigging and more specificaly the "horizontal crossing sticks" inbetween the front and aft main wing riggings, how did you replicate that? And are those decals the ones from the box? How did you get these to settle upon your model? Only that is a Distinguished Modelling Cross worthy
  11. I must say it's indeed a very beautifull result indeed! Sorry for being so late at the party For the landing gear legs, I think you should have "saved" 2mm of the vertical part, cutting off the entire block shaped thingy, which was the look without the wheel fairings. However there might be room to correct with your skills. But as it's such a beautiful finish, I wouldn't have it spoiling my joy over it if I were you!
  12. On the outside only the bomb decals will come from Revell, still undecided what loadout though... it's going to be 4 irons or a double paveway load. A triple paveway load is reserved for one of the actually visual confirmed aircraft. I think "Helen" is the contender for these. And a Saudi for JP233 like Jabba's. Where do you want it or "Miss Behavin" are also sparkling my interest, however, don't know if 4 Granby Tornado's might be a bit of overkill regarding all the other topics still to be made... The decals I'm going to use are the model alliance sheet. Iirc the stencilling was kept to a minimum on these desert Fins, weren't they? If so, the MA sheet has some stencilling which is all I'm planning to use unless I note otherwise on the pictures. Greetings and thank you for the positive note on the decals
  13. An update allmost of laughable difference, but hey we have two extra weeks time! Anyhow, focussed today on the cockpit again, particular more on the wso/nav instruments. The yellow safety thingy on the left hand was a bit of a mess, getting a shake in my hand which didn't go away... grrr... added a few decals, which makes me think these revell decals stick like a post-it in a sand storm... So....: Realy only a few small add-ons/touch-ups and I call my cockpit finished!
  14. Thanks! I must say all your nice comments keep me going regardless the few moments I get to build on it...
  15. You'd probably guessed, but had a small hour painting time, so some more detail painting on the cockpit parts. Then again time was soon up again and it looked like nearly nothing happened... Anyhow, some parts which got additional colours: Hopefully these can be soon constructed to the tub, which needs some small adjustments too... Good evening/night y'all!
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