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About djktrumpet

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  1. I think I'm going to declare this pretty much finished - I'll do some better photos for the gallery later. It's not perfect - what model ever is? - but I'm reasonably happy with the result, given the somewhat challenging nature of the basic resin parts, and it's given me an opportunity to try out some new techniques. I'm still blown away by how tiny the Mew Gull is - I've taken a quick photo of it parked next to a Spitfire in the same scale.
  2. Not a lot to add to this - but I did a bit of research on G-AEXF for my own 1/48 scale build. In 'The Flight of the Mew Gull', Alex Henshaw describes taking delivery of his plane: "...on the 8th of May Dad drove me by car to Luton to take delivery of the Mew Gull. It sparkled and looked every inch a thoroughbred as it stood alone on the tarmac in front of the factory doors, only a few hours old and re-registered G-AEXF in place of ZS-AHM. The gold letters and wingtips had been changed at my request to racing green".
  3. I'm being slightly controversial on the colour scheme. The instructions would have you paint the wingtips black, and the decals provided for the serials are also in black - and indeed, this is how the Alex Henshaw's restored Mew Gull G-AEXF appears now. However, in his book 'The Flight of the Mew Gull', Henshaw describes how, when he took delivery of the aircraft, he asked that the wingtips and serials be painted in 'racing green'. I'm not sure why the restored plane uses black, and maybe there's some reason I'm unaware of. Nonetheless, I though it would be fun to go for the green and white sc
  4. Can I join in, please? I've just hauled my Eduard 1/48 F6F-3out of the stash and have been ogling all those lovely olive green sprues... Cheers, David
  5. I've added some more bits in the cockpit - throttle levers, and an additional gauge on the starboard side, which I'm not sure what it is but is visible in photos of G-AEXF. These are probably a bit overscale, but do reinforce how cramped the cockpit is! The cover for the coaming, which is leather on the real aircraft, is made from wine bottle foil. Canopy going on next...
  6. I've got the wheels on, and after a lot of filling, sanding and priming, I feel like I'm on the home straight. White primer coat only at the moment - I'll get the cockpit bits installed next.
  7. One good thing about the resin parts in the Heritage kit is the nice thin trailing edges. Unfortunately this means that they're quite delicate and in my kit there are quite a few chipped and crumbled areas, which I've previously found awkward to repair on very thin sections. However, I have recently come across this stuff: which is a UV-curing liquid resin, with a fairly fine needle applicator and a built-in UV light, so you can apply it in small amounts and set it hard in a few seconds. The resin is viscous enough that you can rebuild thin edges, and it seems to sand quite nicely w
  8. Cockpit floor, seat and instrument panel painted up - I'm quite pleased with my scratch-built panel - it will be old hat to many people here, but it's the first time I've tried anything quite like this. I drew up some blanks based on the shape of the original resin part, punched out holes in the top layer, based on some photos of the Mew Gull I found online, and the instrument faces are from a set of generic instrument decals by Mike Grant Decals, punched out and set in place, then finished off with a drop of gloss varnish. Also main airframe now assembled and first run of filling done. I
  9. So, I've taken my first hesitant steps into the arcane world of home vac-forming. I made a master from Milliput, filled into the cockpit aperture oversize, and sanded to shape, polished, and then mounted on a bit of wood. After a bit of internet research I built a vac-forming box from scrap timber, and gaffer-taped the sheet acetate material to a frame cut from MDF. I heated the plastic with a hot air gun (paint stripper type) and after a few attempts have a got a canopy which, although not perfect, will serve, and is a whole lot better than what came in the box.
  10. I'm seriously unimpressed with the vacform canopies in this kit. They're rather thick, and not particularly clear - although two are provided, one is much less clear than the other. They also have quite poorly-defined side edges and the points at which you need to cut fore and aft are hardly defined at all. Finally, when I got them cut out as best I could, I found that they were never going to fit well, as they're much too wide at the back and overhang the cockpit edges on both sides. I'm going to have to find a way of making a replacement canopy - I'll let you know how I get on!
  11. The seat provided in the kit is a bit basic. I've found a photo-etch seat in the spares box left over from a 1/72 Blenheim build, and I've made some seat cushions from plastic card, which I think will look a bit better once painted up. Interesting that the 1/72 Blenheim seat is actually a bit bigger than that provided in this 1/48 kit! The Mew Gull really is a tiny aeroplane; it's quite astonishing that Alex Henshaw flew to Cape Town and back in such a cramped cockpit.
  12. HTH. Good tip on the filling. But wait - you mean that resin dust that I carefully swept up and put in the bin? ...
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