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  1. Warpaint No. 66 on Bristol Bulldog contains both photos and colour profiles of K-3180 of No. 41 Squadron and K-3181 of No. 19. There are minimum two full 1/72 resin kits of TM. One by HRmodel and one by Omega Models. I have the former, not bad, just seems to be slightly undernourished in the fuselage. If you plan conversion, you will have to take care about three major differences - the obvious second cockpit, different fin and rudder compared to the single-seater (at least two types - check the references) and 3,5 deg sweepback on both wings, introduced in order to compensate for the shift of CG caused by the rear cockpit..
  2. The decals once again, this time scanned. On my screen, the tones seem to be just about the same as on the decals, though in reality, the colours are actually not that dull. Notwithstanding the decals, the kit is indeed an engineering wonder.
  3. I am afraid the photography is unfortunately misleading. The blue is more on the grey side. I will scan one roundel over the weekend and post it here. However, as said by @MrT above, the decals are not a deal breaker, for sure not for me.
  4. Yes, but you have the order wrong, Jason. First Bison, then Seamew and then only Sturgeon.
  5. Instructions and decals present in my box, see here: The interior structure has been broken in quite many places in my kit. Is it the same with yours or have I been just unlucky?
  6. Arrived mid this week, I have not had a chance to take and post some photos until now. The content of the box is rich and the level of the detail amazing, have a look at the engine or the interior parts. Instructions are very detailed and in my opinion foolproof. Decals look unusable to me. Not that I care about cutting them out of the sheet, but the pale blue-grey of the roundels is discouraging. The dreaded raster is indeed there, mostly on the biggest parts. I will make some tests and let us see later, how it looks under a few layers of colour. Nevertheless, I am looking forward to the build, which I plan to start right after the Vincent I am building now. It is going to be exciting new experience, I guess.
  7. The end of August and whole September are not going to be best suited for my modelling activities, unfortunately. Too much business travelling, interleaved with short vacation. Nevertheless, I have not been idle and I prepared the interior parts for painting. The number of them is quite extraordinary for a shortrun. The fit has been excellent so far, you just have to take care about the internal decking of the observer/radio operator cockpit (yellow arrow) which is about 1 mm too wide (easily correctable). The next photo shows the level of detail you get straight from the box without need to search for aftermarket parts. Be careful when gluing the pilot's seat though. If put in the logical position at the end of the framing, it will protrude to the second cockpit annoyingly. Instead you have to keep the two horizontal tubes (orange arrows) in a line perpendicular to the fuselage axis. I had to tear of the seat after first try and redo the job. Test fit, test fit, test fit.
  8. I think you are not appreciating we are all part of interesting international experiment in quantum mechanics. Until one of us receives the kit and posts some pictures, the model exists in various quantum states. I believe we can all name a few of them based on our years long experience in buying resin kits. However, would be nice to know, how many boxes were in the first 1/72 series. All modellers can be considered sort of crazy. But here, we would easily get the number of real madmen among us. Happily awaiting arrival of my package from Hannants. Patrik
  9. I appreciate the kind attention given to (relatively) obscure variation of an interwar biplane fighter, thank you. I mean all of you! In my opinion the metal panels were left in bare metal, which became less shiny later in the service, making the planes look more uniform. I used Humbrol 27002 Polished Aluminium Metalcote for the metal panels and Revell 90 for the rest. Unfortunately the difference faded away after the final coats of clear lacquer and now you would probably need spectrometer to detect it. Especially under such a direct sunlight as on my pictures. Regarding "Hore tunaj" I think the joke explanation is plausible. To my ears, the phrase sounds like coming from a dialect spoken in the Moravian-Slovak borderland. Kora has a seat in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm, which is, surprise, surprise, guess where?
  10. Put me on the list for Ninak and Wapiti. However, I will be waaay happier it's not AZ/KP that makes them. In the same way I would have been much happier back in the 90's, if the shortrun had been made by Aeroclub and not by Merlin.
  11. Finished a week ago. The most potent and most elegant version of the Hawker biplane fighter in service with 6. LP (Fighter Regiment) of VV (Army Air Force) of KJ (Kingdom of Yugoslavia) at Belgrade airport, sometime in 1938. The kit is typical A-Model shortrun, one of the better offerings by this manufacturer, if you ask me. Quite thoroughly researched, depicting not only the obvious differences, but also the more subtle variations from the standard Fury, directly from the box. The built was straightforward, the only real problems being the narrow front fuselage and the tricky alignment of the upper wing, as described in the WIP thread. Completed with Yahu instrument panel, Eduard steel seat harness and Mini World guns. Resin wheels from my spare parts box, but frankly, they looked nice in the box, nevertheless the painting revealed so many blemishes that most probably the original wheels from the kit would have been better. Decals by Kora. I have not found photos of this particular airplane and because I am no real expert on VVKJ, I decided to trust Kora used reliable references while preparing their decals. Although, I have my little doubts. Because they interpreted the “Lift here" stencil as "Hore tunaj", whereas it should be written as "Diži ovde” (or equivalent in Cyrillic). "Hore tunaj" means nothing in Serbo-Croatian, as my Croatian brother in law confirmed me last weekend over a bottle of wine. However, I decided to use the stencil on the model anyway as a lesson for future generations. Brush painted with combination of Humbrol, Model Master, Revell and Tamiya (the blue rudder stripe) enamels. As usual, no rigging.
  12. Principal butchery completed, observer's cockpit opened and the rear cockpit corrected. Time to start working on the interior. The apertures for the transparent parts and the transparent parts as such had to be modified to fit. Fortunately, the transparent parts were all slightly bigger than needed, which made the corrections quite a straightforward issue. After minor adjustment, the fit of the fuselage halves with the lower wing is exemplary.
  13. Had a fast look in the Putnam bible on the way to the office, and it says Hornet/Fury span 30 ft 0 in/30 ft 0 in, length 26 ft 3 in/26 ft 8 in, height 9 ft 4 in/10 ft 2 in. So in my opinion nothing to worry about too much.
  14. Ordered mine. Too tempting and the Contrail vacform in my stash too bad. What a sissy I am.
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