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  1. The main exhaust pipes would not make sense that high. I am sure the installation was very similar to Gladiator, so I would try to get the inspiration from there. I will do so for my 1/72 Gauntlet build.
  2. For a long time, I have wished to post this diagram. Now, I have finally the right opportunity, however, if our esteemed Administrators think that I crossed the red line, just tell me please and I am going to delete it. So where do we stand with the new tool KP Ninak? For purely academic reasons, I purchased the “Silver wings” boxing. The rumoured CMR link is – well – obvious. Including the repeated mistake of using identical master as the resin ancestor. The masters for resin kits are made slightly bigger in order to account for the material shrinkage. Which does not happen with plastic and therefore all KP parts are slightly bigger than they should be. The differences are in the range of 1-2 mm, and therefore, I suppose many people will choose ignoring it happily. Otherwise very pleasant surprise. I believe the photos below speak clearly. The kit is mildly modified copy of the CMR resin, especially avoiding usage of the various PE parts contained in the resin original. The joy is marred by two issues. The first one is the decals. They are not too bad, but they contain trademark KP feature, which is the haphazard usage of symbols, text fonts and text sizes with zero relation to reality. The second one is more critical. CMR never issued post-war DH.9A kit (though they had planned so, as far as I remember). It means the KP fuselage represents the early one, with lower dorsal part of the rear fuselage. Correct for wartime Ninaks and for the Soviet R-1 copy, but incorrect for many (if not for fall) post-war airplanes, including at least two (J.8184 and E.8627) out of the three machines from the KP Silver wings boxing. I am not sure about J.7119, just because I have not been able to find a photo of J.7119 yet. If someone can fill in the info, I will appreciate it. Additionally, the transparent parts of the “late” fuselage are substituted by decals, but this is a minor issue compared to the principal problem described above. Incidentally, the photo below also shows the extent of the stretch of the plastic parts, fuselage in this case. For myself, I am really looking forward to see how the incoming ClearProp kit compares with the presented KP. However, attention all silver wing lovers, I am afraid we all have to wait for ClearProp to get proper interwar Ninak!
  3. Humbrol 166, which looks just right to me for the purpose. However, at least the one I have must be used carefully, takes more than 24 hours to dry properly.
  4. The IIIF etc. series is not over yet, at least I hope so, there are still a few gaps. Once discussed Fox with Kora, but stopped paying attention after the sentence "but forget Mk.I".
  5. Looking forward to comparing it with the venerable Aeroclub kit.
  6. Between vacation and vacation managed completing the interior. However, after closing the fuselage, you won't see much more than the seat.
  7. Too busy working week, managed just opening the slots for the Aeroclub fin and stabilizers. Warning for the potential pure AZ Gauntlet builders, like @AdrianMF. AZ stabilizers are butt joint and their position is pre-scribed on the fuselage. I do not comment on the variation in datum on both sides, however AZ also leads you to believe in rather extravagant incidence angles of the stabilizers - see red lines below.
  8. Interior more or less ready to be painted. Used the original AZ parts, somewhat improved, and added few more from scratch. The bulkhead should represent the fuel tank. People keep warning me about the AZ Gauntlet. Sometimes I can see why, because e.g. fitting the PE instrument panels in the fuselage and the related modifications (more precisely the related ordeal) could mean a deal breaker for someone less hardened by two decades of fighting shortruns as I am.
  9. Last week, my modelling was slightly hampered by imported Portuguese Covid. Nevertheless, I started the modifications for mating the AZ fuselage and Aeroclub wing. Hard work done, fine-tuning must wait until I close the fuselage. However, the fit is quite fine already now. Time to start playing with the interior.
  10. Thanks a lot again! By the way, @Maginot, would you share with us the reason for adopting our second greatest national hero (right after Jaroslav Cimrman), the bravest of the brave, good soldier Švejk, as your avatar?
  11. I think it is pretty obvious that (like absolutely everyone else I believe) I post my models here only for purely altruistic reasons and my own selfless pleasure, and at any time, especially on the record, I will categorically deny that I would be the slightest bit pleased to receive any praise from the audience. But damn, it feels so good… Thank you, guys!
  12. Thanks a lot for the warning, Paul. Checked the Aeroclub struts and they are not as much better (I mean longer), I am sorry to say. All things considered, I'm inclined to think that the Aeroclub Gauntlet was used as base for the AZ master. Even though it was for sure quite thoroughly redesigned. The good fit of the main parts between Aeroclub and AZ is rather suspicious, though it will make the kitbash definitely easier. Today, I used the opportunity, and while taking photos for my Armstrong Whitworth Atlas RFI thread, I took some farewell pictures of the old Gauntlet before disassembly.
  13. Completed as J-9552 in the livery of No. 2 Squadron (army co-operation), somewhere in southern England early in its carrier, most likely sometime in winter 1931/1932. Judging so by the rudder stripes, which are still in the pre-1930 order. However, all things considered, the plane was from the 1928 contract, it was stored for some time, and I do not think anyone in the service would have cared too much about repainting the stripes unless the rudder needed to be replaced. Therefore, probably the airplane could have worn the same markings anytime in its service carrier, i.e. from 12/1931 to 06/1933. The kit is quite a nice Phoenix vacform from the start of the 90´s, with white metal parts by Aeroclub. The main parts come from the kit, but many details were either scratchbuilt or taken from the spare part box. The build thread is here: Brush painted with an assortment of enamel paints, roundels by Xtradecal, serial numbers from the kit, stencils from my spare decals. No matter how hard I tried, the rudder serial number did not fully blend with. I will have to survive. Altogether very enjoyable old-fashioned job, though I will be glad to take a break from vacform modelling for a while. As usual with me, no rigging.
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