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  1. Delightful pictures! I particularly enjoyed seeing the details on 6087, previously R9893. You can even see the overpainting of the previous owner's serial numbers on the fuselage and rudder. I can say that the Mk.V CF-HOT also had the same fitting, visible in photographs dated 1980 in the red/white/blue scheme of a corporate aircraft owned by Inco. It was re-registered that year to Canadian Warplane Heritage at Mount Hope and painted as RCAF machine 12417 when they refurbished it, though an Air Britain caption makes it 12103. The wire used by CWH does not appear to be streamlined, just round section cable, tightened by a turnbuckle. After many years as a flying display aircraft it was stored outside. I was at CWH just today hoping to get a close look but it was not to be; apparently it has now been disassembled and stored though I have no useful idea about its condition.
  2. I don't think that's Monogram, theirs was 1/48. I know it isn't Airfix from the parts breakdown but Lindberg did a Kingfisher and it looks like their work.
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    Plan 'D'HC

    I was prompted to pull my half-built Airfix Beaver from the back of the closet and have a look. Those rivets really are too prominent - off with their heads, says the Queen of Hearts. Something else to look out for - the prop warning stripes on the floats are moulded as raised lines where they really should be painted on. Easy to fix.
  4. In cooking, you remove the backbone of a fowl so it can be flattened. It will look odd but it cooks more evenly. In rubber glove culture, you slit the glove along the thumb side so it can be opened flat. It yields a bigger piece of material to work with, so less matching of seams.
  5. He wasn't suggesting that there was no variation in real life but only that he wasn't interested in pointless criticisms of his models. As for me, I am perfectly willing to accept the idea of full-size masks. Reliable witnesses beat latter-day opining all day long as far as I am concerned.
  6. My friend's concern was with variations on his models. There will always be some eagle-eye with an opinion. This way he avoided that using only a minimum of care.
  7. Many years ago, a friend was on a bit of a Spitfire kick. He figured otherwise innocuous variations in pattern between models on a shelf would be annoyingly obvious. So he bought some household rubber gloves, spatchcocked them, drew out the pattern in ballpoint pen and cut them out with kitchen scissors. I forget what he used to stick 'em down but he was able to re-use them time and again. The hardest part must have been transferring the pattern to the rubber and I wondered later if he'd used a paper pattern and a photocopier. Cheap, easy and re-usable.
  8. Low tech works well for plastic surgery. If the cut is a straight one may I suggest a backsaw like an X-Acto saw or something similar. Full strokes with a longer blade makes a more stable (therefore accurate) cut than short blades and short strokes. If you take it slowly a basic saw won't get away from you. If you do go wrong it's easy to stop - and easy to correct with filler - before the piece is ruined. Marking the cut line with a sharp 2H pencil is a good start. Use a straight edge if the cut is a long one. I like stiff cardboard for that, from a good quality file folder. The lines are erasable too if you aren't satisfied. Then the saw. Clean up the cut with a good file until the parts dry fit well.
  9. That Modeldecal sheet rings a bell. There is also Modeldecal set 17, also from Hannants at 4.99. Besides the RAN A-4 there is a camouflaged one from the RNZAF, plus a Danish Draken, an RCAF T-33 and a Mosquito FB.VI postwar in Germany. The description on the website is incomplete.
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    The SAM article was by Peter Lockhart, December 1984. The base kit was from Heller and the conversion from Falcon.
  11. Merit released a 1/48 Bulldog in 1957. It was later reboxed under the Artiplast and Smer labels. It was distinctly crude compared to the entirely unrelated and completely new one from Inpact (never 'Impact', a common error) released in 1968. This later kit was also reboxed under several names - Pyro, Life-Like and finally Lindberg. Inpact had a series of interwar British biplanes - Hawker Fury, Fairey Flycatcher and Gloster Gladiator. Inpact also released some pre-WW I types, most (all?) of which were reboxed by the same names as the 30s fighters. All worth searching out.
  12. Does the sticky surface attract and hold dust?
  13. I built the kit when it was new and liked it very much. It was a step ahead of the usual rivet treatment we saw back then, just a few fine raised lines that fell to a basic scraper in seconds. The parts fit and the colour shceme made it different from anything else on my shelf. A few years later, Replica in Scale (mid 1970s?) had a short piece on the kit and suggested some improvements. The cowling was solved by wrapping it in card to bring the diameter out level with the cowling gills. Once that was done there was some easy file work to open gun troughs, exhausts and an air intake. The cowling leading edge had to be recontoured, putty being the suggestion. That done, the whole cowling had to be mounted 2 mm aft of the kit location. The prop needed replacing and the suggestion was for one from the Revell Bf 109E, which also supplied mass balances. Longer guns from the spares box. Nothing in the article seems too onerous. That said, I have no way of comparing overall shapes and accuracy but it was pretty sharp in among the more common Mustangs and Spitfires. Would a new kit be welcome? Certainly, but there's modelling fun still on them bones.
  14. The Alan Hall article included drawings by Richard L Ward, a useful thing to have. The article was probably less a challenge for modellers back then - 55 years ago! - than now since the entire fuselage was carved from balsa and the grain sealed with talcum and dope. I suspect, in this day of resin and aftermarket, the skill needed is an unopened - or burnt and buried - book. I know I never mastered the art. Ian Huntley had useful drawings in SAM September 1986.
  15. Was there a serial number?
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