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  1. I am sorry I am a bit late to the thread. This booklet should not be that hard to find. https://www.scalemates.com/books/avia-bh-33-3-ji-i-vrany--106486 I have one at home, but as I am on vacation now, I cannot check if it contains Ba.33 plans too. But I guess it does, so if you like, I will scan them for you when I am back. Which is in about two weeks' time, I am sorry to say.
  2. The collection of the photos made by your father is fabulous, Sandeha. I just wish he was more interested in the airplanes he flew than on the people he met. Joking, of course. Have you been able to find out the serial number for the camouflaged Vincent? From the photos it looks like KU x 3, K6???. Do you perhaps have some photos of camouflaged Fairey Gordon in your possession? Or eventually even camouflaged Fairey IIIF?
  3. Lovely start. Will be following with interest. Building a Vincent here, some of the posts may help you in your build. However, please do not be distracted by my pedantic approach, build as you like.
  4. Hi Ray, I for one do nor vote for Cerrux Grey. Similar shade differences can be observed on the early prototypes or on the Vincents serving in desert. So I would say the panels were not painted silver dope, but left natural metal with some kind of treatment which makes in appear duller on the photos. In my Vincent build, I plan to solve the difference by adding a few drops of light grey in the silver dope in order to flatten it a bit. However, your build, your colours. Patrik
  5. Brief report on my re-scribing activities before vacation. New panels indicated by arrows, one or two of them are just modified originals. Masks by Peewit
  6. Almost in parallel, I am posting the build on modelforum.cz, as not all my countrymates follow BM. And when I was doing so, it occurred to me that I have also the Eduard PE set for the Airfix Swordfish. So I dug it out and guess what was there? Much better than the original Airfix part. Means I have to fill in the holes in the green circle above, however the result will be worth it, I am sure.
  7. I was referring to the one particular post only. However, thanks a lot for correcting me, Piotr. And thanks a lot for following the hundreds of post in the Eduard section on modelforum.cz so minutely!
  8. Thanks! The re-scribing job finished, but it was nor that enjoyable task after all. Below my 2021 interpretation of the rear cockpit, with the new parts still unpainted. After confronting the photographic references, I decided to disagree with the instructions regarding the position of the holes for the underwing bomb racks and this is the result. Additionally, most Vincents were equipped with the light type Mk.I universal carrier. I had given up on this one already, because the scratch-building efforts seemed simply unnecessarily too much for me. But then, yesterday evening, I was searching through my stash for the Mini World gun barrels (found later elsewhere anyway), when I spotted exactly the right kind of carrier on the boxart of the Airfix Swordfish floatplane. After opening the box I found it winking on me from the sprue, and as I have two Swordfish boxes, and I will for sure not use the carrier in both of my builds, the problem was solved. The extra holes are marked green above. However, I was not as pleasantly surprised by the quality of the Swordfish moulding. The detail is rather soft, and the sprue gates are simply huge, resembling much more a shortrun kit than mainstream production.
  9. I am sorry to say that, but the modelforum post was most likely referring to 1/72.
  10. The fuselage halves joined. Unfortunately, the panel lines, especially in the rear part, are more or less completely wrong for a Vincent. So I decided to correct them, eventually add new ones where missing. Phases 1+2, filling and sanding, completed. Phase 3, scribing, left for tomorrow. The plastic is quite hard and easy to scribe in, so it seems it is going to be a pleasant job.
  11. Found them by pure coincidence one month ago, while searching for some references for my recent Vickers Vincent build. Never heard about them before, so decided to share the info with you. Have a look here please: http://fuerzasmilitares.es/. Ships, armed vehicles, and of course airplanes. I test-ordered two of the booklets and I like them. A5 format, 32 pages, lot of photographs, some color profiles and tables. Reasonable price, reasonable postage. I cannot comment on the text yet, as Spanish is not that easy reading for me. The only drawback I had - ordered on the 28th of August (Saturday). It was posted instantly, the Madrid mail stamp on the envelope was from the 30th (of the same month). Received yesterday. Madrid to my place - 2190 km by foot (says Google). 31 days = 70 km daily. Too much by foot I guess, but in horse saddle in leisurely pace?
  12. 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..
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Yes, but you have the order wrong, Jason. First Bison, then Seamew and then only Sturgeon.
  16. 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?
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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?
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
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