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    ICM kits

    The ICM Stearman certainly looks like a winner. It comes in two flavours, the PT-17 and PT-13 so both Continental and Lycoming versions are available.
  2. This suggestion won't help the present situation of course but a tip or two for next time: Make sure the underlying surface is really smooth before applying the tape. That eliminates gaps. Burnish the masking down with a flat hard tool like the edge of a wooden spoon. After masking apply a coat of the underlying colour. It will seal the edge and be invisible because there is no colour change. Then apply the second colour. Pray.
  3. Some details on 'Ropey': Ropey was KB772, a Mk. X, and did 66 trips with 419 Squadron. I believe the shark mouth markings were applied for the trip home. There are several photographs on the 'net taken at Yarmouth Nova Scotia after the return. If you google KB772 for images you will see an RCAF pattern hangar in the background. The trip home must have come as an enormous relief and high spirits seem to have resulted in a proliferation of non-standard markings. Somewhere there ia a picture of a machine outbound for Canada with what amounted to Type C round
  4. With all those fixes, changes and refinements it looks like more fun than the average kit. Have you estimated the time it will take, beginning to end? I'm not sure I'd be too confident trying one that big without a dedicated workshop and a door with a lock on it.
  5. Sounds OK in principle and I'm sure there are many who would applaud it. But how many of us would actually part with coin of the realm? How many of that smaller number would build it? Speaking for me, there are enough UnFinished Objects (UFOs as the knitters call them) to keep me occupied just about forever. And for my executor to have to dispose of. One has to suppose Airfix have it somewhere on a wish list, together with a graph showing how many examples they'd have to sell to generate a break even position. The usual slurs on the bean counters may be injected here but it so
  6. I'm curious to know exactly what is wrong with the Frog kit. I'm sure many - even most - kits are imperfect in some respects but what specifically are we talking about here?
  7. This kit originated with Inpact in 1966 as part of a series of pre-WW I types. There was a movie tie-in with Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines. Some or all later appeared under the Pyro, Likelike and finally Lindberg names. They were well received way back when they first appeared and the pictures seem to say they've held up well. Curiously, Scalemates indicates the later of two Lindberg releases include new parts, though indication what they might be. Ideas? Hmm, just had a thought, the kit was released 55 years after the original flew, and here we are
  8. Not just USAAF equipment, the change applied to all arms. Whether or how quickly the change was actually applied to specific machines could vary with local conditions, as did the length of time the variation existed after the official change to blue. As always, photographs are the best guide.
  9. Hannants has been around since 1890 and I have always found them utterly reliable. Seasonal postal delays are a fact of life but they don't seem to have bitten - yet. Just this morning I received (in Toronto. Ontario) a letter from my solicitor in Yeovil. It was posted on November 23 and arrived here in four days flat, plain old air mail no special service. No muss, no fuss.
  10. Moulded in markings were all the go. The Aurora kits of my youth took it a step further. They didn't just do outlines, some of them had a rough raised finish that ensured the decals didn't stick snugly. Eventually trapped air let them flake off. If there had been aftermarket transfers back then a kid could have had another go at it. Hawk did better. Their T-6s and others had cleanly engraved outlines, easily solved with a swipe of tube filler and a bit of primer.
  11. This publication covers the evolution of Typhoon markings in some detail, including the use of the yellow upper surfrace bands: https://boxartden.com/reference/gallery/index.php/Modeling-References/Camoflage-Markings/04-Hawker-Tornado-Typhoon
  12. There are loading diagrams in both the Haynes Owners Workshop Manual for the Lancaster and in The Lancaster Manual. Useful stuff. Bearing in mind that bombs were temporary items, unless you want a specific load or are depicting a specific job you're on pretty firm ground following the charts.
  13. The Airfix VI / XVIII didn't have you saw the nose off. I wonder if you're thinking of the bomber-nose Frog effort with its alternative Mk VI parts. That one did need rhinoplasty. It was nowhere as sly as the way Tamiya provided for alternate noses. Instead, the panel with the 20 MM gun apertures was separate on the Airfix kit and there was a similar one for the 57 MM.
  14. AIrfix has had a lot of Mosquito kits over the years - which one do you mean?
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