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About MadNurseGaz

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    Primarily fighter aircraft of WW2 and the Cold War

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  1. MadNurseGaz

    A Mythical bird?

    Thank you, everyone, for your kind comments. Now, where was I? Oh, the turret. Ah. Yes. The Turret . . . There is a 2-piece clear plastic "cupola" which I felt might need greater strength than PVA or canopy glue could give. So, a very thin film of tube cement(!) was applied to the joint and left to dry. I then masked up the cupola for paint. It is my belief that the cupola framing was finished in black- this is backed up by the well-known photo of Finnish Rocs at Dyce, the framing looks very dark. I had had my doubts whether these aircraft would have had armament fitted for a ferry flight, but the same photo makes it clear that they were armed. The turret interior consists of a 2-piece (top & bottom) "block" that has a vertically disposed pair of MGs on each end, and what I take to be a little suspended "perch" for the gunner. Great, you say, but when it's assembled, the barrels of the guns are more widely spaced than the slots in the cupola! So, saw block in half, sand down joint faces and trial fit. Repeat until guns fit slots! When this is painted it will go into the turret and the fuselage will be closed up. I'm hoping construction after that will be straightforward, taking note of Ms Kay's caveat regarding the landing gear.
  2. MadNurseGaz

    A Mythical bird?

    Go for it! They're not much different from a primitive old FROG or Airfix kit. Usually it isn't compulsory to use all the PE, and sometimes the same applies to resin parts (Sadly, not in this case!) Most of the PE in this kit could be left out, and the detail level would still be better than a 1970s mainstream kit. However, the wheels, engine (including intakes and exhausts) and various other miniscule parts are only provided as resin- I'll find that, shall we say, challenging? Anyroadup, the fuselage on this is almost ready to close up. The interior is assembled and fixed in one fuselage half Next, the turret . . .
  3. MadNurseGaz

    A Mythical bird?

    I've just spent a few minutes taking and uploading this kit's mugshots, so here goes with my usual GB-opening inbox review! The kit comes in a sturdy (better than Revell's!) end-opening box with a nice piece of artwork showing 2 Rocs on patrol somewhere. Inside the box, the modeller will find a large polybag containing 3 sprues of parts, and another 3 smaller polybags, and the instructions First, the airframe sprues: There are no locating pins, and ejector pin marks are evident on internal surfaces. Sprue attachment points are fairly small for a short-run kit. A small clear sprue is in the first smaller bag: Inside the second smaller bag are the decals, a small PE fret labelled "Blackburn Skua" and a film for the IP. The decals supplied provide markings for 3 FAA machines; 759NAS with a low demarcation camo scheme, 806NAS in a high demarcation scheme, 778NAS in overall Aluminium, and a Finnish machine in a high demarcation scheme with provision for full Finnish Swastika insignia, or the plain white discs where they were covered over. The final polybag contains resin parts; engine, wheels, air intakes, 18 individual exhaust pipes . . . Lastly, an 12-page A5 instruction booklet includes a sprue map, full colour 3-views of all the scheme options, and colour exploded diagrams in 13 construction stages. As usual, consruction begins with the cockpit. Now all I have to do is build it . . .
  4. MadNurseGaz

    A Mythical bird?

    Phew! This GB sneaked up on me, that's why I'm late! The mythical(?) bird in question is the Roc, not the one that carried Sinbad's ship away, but the one designed by Blackburn, built by Boulton-Paul (I never knew that until now!)and sold to Finland, but never delivered. Due to the lateness of the hour, I'm not taking and uploading photos now, I'll do that tomorrow (hopefully)- I have an appointment with a half-built scooter tomorrow! Blackburn's Roc was a turret-fighter version of their Skua dive bomber, a sort of Royal Navy equivalent of the same flawed concept that created the Boulton-Paul Defiant for the RAF. The Roc first flew in December 1938, and production aircraft equipped 4 FAA squadrons, but only supplementing Skuas, none flew exclusively Rocs, which even before the start of WW2, were transferred to training and target-towing units. Some Rocs were embarked on HMS Ark Royal on the outbreak of war, and later served at Hatston. They never encountered an enemy aircraft. By mid-1940, Rocs were being withdrawn from combat units and used by second-line units for target-towing or training. Meanwhile, before he became Uncle Joe, Stalin's Soviet Union attacked Finland in what became known as The Winter War. Britain decided to sell 30 Rocs to Finland as part of a policy of extending help to that country. Finnish serials and insignia were appllied, and then the insignia covered over as it was felt that aircraft emblazoned with large Swastikas in flight over the UK might attract unwanted attention from trigger-happy Anti-Aircraft Artillery units! The first batch of Rocs had flown as far as Dyce (now Aberdeen Airport) in Scotland. The Winter War ended, and the Finns had no further interest in the type. I will be building the Special Hobby 1/72 scale Blackburn Roc Mk.1 in Finnish markings for this GB. See more in the next post . . .
  5. MadNurseGaz

    What are you reading?

    Oh, Darby, you're such a wag! . . . Anyroadup, I'm just finishing "It Can't Happen Here" by Sinclair Lewis, an interesting work of fiction written in the 1930s and relevant in today's world with neo-nationalism rising in various places.
  6. MadNurseGaz

    Just a thought......

    Only if he chose to be King Louis. On accession to the throne, princes (and princesses) can choose any of their given names to be their regnal name. Kings Edward VII & George Vi had both been known as Prince Albert ("Bertie") before becoming king, I believe Prince Charles has said he'd quite like to be King Henry IX,Victoria was that queen's middle name, but our present queen is named Elizabeth Alexandra Mary . . . Funny, though, but I can actually imagine Prince Harry singing it . . .
  7. MadNurseGaz

    IAC Fouga Magisters

    Thanks, murfv, those walkround photos are great! Giorgio, those photos you found are great too! It seems that unpainted French 'big' tanks had a grey gelcoat to the fibreglass, where the tanks in noelh's pix of '215' appear to be in raw fibreglass. Giorgio, that civil Magister in grey & white looks superb. I really am going to have to build more of these . . .
  8. MadNurseGaz

    IAC Fouga Magisters

    That sounds plausible to me. So displaying birds would have the small tanks, then. I see what you mean about the colour of those tanks; yes, they look like unpainted fibreglass, but unpainted fibreglass where the gelcoat is grey! I'll experiment with tans/browns/greygreens in drybrush/wash techniques until i'm content with it! . . .
  9. MadNurseGaz

    IAC Fouga Magisters

    Well, this is confusing! The more we find out, the less we know! It looks as though the safest option is to build '215' with unpainted big tanks . . . Maybe I'll have to build another one . . .
  10. MadNurseGaz

    IAC Fouga Magisters

    Thanks, Alistair, that's a great pic of '215', this time she's wearing painted large tanks! (I think!) The dayglo on the outer side would be the same for large or small tanks- I think the giveaway is the nav lights in the outer part of the nose of the tank (the small tanks have the nav light lens over the entire tip of the nose. (now someone will post a pic of obviously small tanks with a nav light like the big 'uns!!)
  11. MadNurseGaz

    IAC Fouga Magisters

    Thanks to all who have contributed, your input is greatly appreciated. It's especially good to hear from Irish-based members with photos of the actual aircraft I'm likely to model! Those pix of '215' with the unpainted fibreglass tanks are wonderful reference material, and may well form the basis of my model. Now, how to replicate unpainted fibreglass in 1/72? Looking at the lower pic of '215', maybe a coat of Humbrol 118 US Tan, followed by a heavy dry-brush of H29 Dark Earth, followed by a light dry-brush of H31 Slate Grey? All topped off with a satin varnish . . .
  12. MadNurseGaz

    IAC Fouga Magisters

    Thanks again to Giorgio and Trevor, who have managed to set the cat among the pigeons with this new information. You see, the 2 IAC Magisters for which decals are provided in the boxing I have are 216, of which Trevor has displayed a photo appearing to show large tanks, and 215, Giorgio's large-tank-carrying aircraft! Perhaps big tanks (I like big tanks!) are the way to go. It would make providing wingtip nav lights easier . . .
  13. MadNurseGaz

    IAC Fouga Magisters

    Thanks very much for your input, Giorgio and Dennis! I followed the link to that Max Decals page about the book, and the sample pages displayed there with the enlarged pictures, seem to me to show the smaller tanks in use on the Irish aircraft. I base this assessment on the length of tank showing behind the trailing edge of the wing. The big tanks have a much larger "overhang" at the back. Small tanks it is!
  14. MadNurseGaz

    IAC Fouga Magisters

    Hi, Guys! Here I am with another query, this time concerning Irish Air Corps Fouga Magisters. I cannot find the information I need. Even though DuckDuckGo is my friend, it is unable to find out what I need. I have looked on airliners.net, and studied walkrounds (you can't find a IAC Magister walkround anywhere!) but I can't find the data I want, but I know some of the regulars here are Irish-based and might know this. I am building Heller's 1/72 Fouga Magister, in a limited boxing with IAC decals. Now, this kit includes 2 sizes of wingtip tanks, a large pair with nav lights built into the front end, or a smaller set apparently without lights. The instructions cover a kite from the Austrian Luftstreitkraefte with the big tanks, the little tanks aren't mentioned in the instructions at all, but the separate IAC colour scheme diagram appears to show the smaller tanks fitted. The few pictures I've found on the 'net are inconclusive. SO . . . which wingtip tanks for Irish Magisters, big or small? Any guidance gratefully received!
  15. MadNurseGaz

    Anti-Virus Software

    Thanks for your input, Gorby. I hadn't seen those 'Which' results before. Perhaps I've got a bit a bit complacent about the effectiveness of Avast. The reviewers I was talking about are sites like tomsguide.com, pcmag.com, techradar.com and windowsreport.com, although I haven't checked out what they say about the latest versions. I've been happy with Avast Free edition. The review sites to avoid have names like "top10bestantivirus.com", and they will be prominent in search results if you Google (other search engines are available) "Free Anti-Virus" Time to check out Bitdefender, methinks! I'd switch from Windows if I could find an equivalent to VSO's "ConvertXtoDVD" that will run on Linux . . .