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thorfinn

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  1. Haven't done a large-scale eggbeater in a while, so I thought I'd have a go at the old Panda Twin Huey in its non-gunship boxing. The bird I'm doing served as a combination base utility a/c and in the SAR role, so I don't have to worry about adding (or correcting) all the combat accoutrements; it'll be more or less OOB with a few additions to dress up the cockpit and cabin a bit. The kit's auxiliary consoles have nice raised relief, but the main panel is flat and featureless with a kit-supplied decal for gauges. I dressed it up with a random assortment of left-over etch bezels and a few decal data plates added. The kit collective parts looked more like levers on a steam-engine, so I added the switch-panels from styrene bits to fancy them up a bit. To dress up the rear cabin I added a 'spares' fire extinguisher, plus belts and headphones made up from white-glued tissue, plastic scraps and wire. For SAR equipment I added some spares duffles (left over from a 1/25 police vehicle) and made up a reasonable facsimile of a typical 'Huey' hoist from tubing bits and lead wire. I'll add in a few more duffles and such before 'buttoning up.'
  2. If you could find some aerial view of a 'period' cityscape, that might look cool on the base.
  3. I'm a great fan of the Roden WW1 kits...but they're nowhere close to WNW quality. They tend to be quite good basic shapes and generally cleanly-molded, but simplified in design and features, and tending toward softly-molded surface detail. That said, they're great basic kits which can easily be 'detailed up' to suit the builder's preference. Also note that others have commonly reported problems with their decals. I've never had much problem myself over a half-dozen or so kits...but I've also taken to coating any kit decals used with Micro Decal film, just to be safe. --edit-- BTW, the Part company from Poland makes a pretty complete line of etch sets specifically for the Roden kits. They tend to be somewhat 'over-engineered'--for instance, having you laminate 6 etch layers for a part easily made from a single bit of styrene sheet (if you've got it)--but they provide a very nice range of interior parts with some engine detail and things like control linkages and turnbuckles. As an example, here are links to two of my Roden builds using Part etch sets: Se5A 'Viper' Nieuport 28
  4. FWIW, I use Firefox on both the phone and the PC. Both are bookmarked to open on the New Content page--so I don't have to hit any 'extra' buttons--and I've experienced none of the issue you've described. Hope you get it sorted, whatever it is.
  5. This is more likely down to the printer. Having wrestled with various inkjet brands and models for printing decals over the years, I have found that certain ink cartridge types...unconnected to particular brands or models...have ink formulae that simply will not lend themselves to decal printing. No matter the combination of decal paper brand, printer settings or sealer used, the inks will always run, bleed or blur. Unfortunately, I've never found any way to predict which will work and which won't, other than by trying a particular printer out. I've had top-end machines that always blur...and I've had (more) cheap-o or 'free with the computer' printers that do decals like gangbusters, even with discount ink cartridges. It just depends on the random type of ink any given printer is built to use.
  6. I would also offer--based on experience--that visual appearance is no perfect indicator of an aged decal's condition. I've had 'perfect'-looking decals with no signs of visible cracking or damage still shatter into fragments hitting the water. If your whole batch was stored under similar conditions, the whole lot may be compromised. I hope not...but it might do to expect the worst.
  7. I think--given the sort of 'Edwardian elegance' of the base vehicle--that the PZL style is definitely more fitting. (This project just gets better and better....! ) A friendly suggestion that just occurred to me: If you were to alter your thread title slightly to reflect the...ahem...unconventional nature of your build, there might be more loonies (present company enthusiastically included) enjoying this fine process. (It's easy to miss at a quick glance that it's in the 'What If' category if--like myself--one always opens on the 'new content' page.) Just a thought....
  8. thorfinn

    Maths quiz

    ...And perhaps a 'Mrs. George' who's got that familiar frosty look, again....
  9. That's why 'D-Day' is in parenthetical quotations; it seemed less cumbersome than using 'invasion-striped.' I'm most familiar with the history you cited. Thanks for taking time to post it.
  10. I am filled with admiration for your dynamic propulsion solution. Dare I wave my spanner by wondering how you will meet the fuel stowage situation? (It doesn't seem likely to be an engine setup with a 'lean' setting on the throttle.) Just asking....
  11. As promised...(or threatened?)...my 'pony is done. RFI is here: Horbaczewski's 'D-Day' Pony. Thanks again to all for tagging along!
  12. This is Revell's '60s-vintage 1/32 P-51B Mustang in a 1993 boxing, with the RAF-style Malcolm hood as the included canopy option. The faults and deficiencies of the kit have been well-covered elsewhere; this build was undertaken simply to enjoy revisiting a favorite old kit, 'dressing it up' a bit with a few chosen details. These included plumbing the kit's somewhat anemic Packard Merlin engine with lead wire and assorted tubing and etch left-overs, substituting the gorgeous Aires resin cockpit (designed for the Trumpeter kit) for the kit's rather-lower-relief parts, and adding the True Details resin 'Napalm' set...modified back to their original 75-gallon drop tanks. Paints are Tamiya acrylics; the excellent decals are from Techmod's extensive 'Polish Mustangs' sheet. [BTW, the rough-edges and uneven spacing of the invasion stripes are actually 'toned down' from what photos show for the real aircraft. There's a short clip on YouTube of Horbaczewski 'rolling out' for takeoff, showing parts of the fuselage stripes on both sides of the a/c...and they look like they were painted by a blind man. (Or an aircrewman in a hurry, who had better things to attend to!)] Biggest challenge was the kit's pretty awful clear parts; big square 'hinge holders' (for the original greenhouse-style canopy) had to be carefully chiseled from both windscreen and quarter-lights, and those areas made smooth and clear again. The Malcolm hood part was too short length-wise to be displayed closed, and too short in height to fit in an open position. I ended up adding on extensions in the way of the 'sliding' portion of the bubble to stretch the height a bit, but it's still a very near thing. [WIP for those who are interested may be found here.] The aircraft depicted is the second of three Mustang Mk. III's flown by renowned Polish ace Eugeniusz 'Dziubek' Horbaczewski, C/O of No. 315 (Polish) Squadron. FB382, decorated in full D-Day invasion stripes, was flown through much of June-July 1944, until 'traded in' for the more-frequently-depicted FB387--the aircraft bearing the well-known victory tally for his four V-1 kills. [It is possible that FB382 was marked for one or more V-1 victories as well, though no photographic evidence seems to exist to show them.] The drop tanks are suited to what seems to have been the last combat mission flown in this particular aircraft before it was exchanged, a long-range Beaufighter-escort mission to Norway during which Horbaczewski was credited with (1) Bf109 shot down 'solo,' and another shared with his wing man. The third-highest-scoring Polish fighter ace was KIA on 18 August 1944 during a 'Rodeo' mission over France; he was credited with 3 Fw190s during that flight before he himself was shot down, for a final total of 16.5 aircraft confirmed (and one probable) with 4 V-1 missiles destroyed.
  13. My sentiment exactly re the 'egg' planes, but this one looks like it lends itself perfectly to that cartoon configuration (try saying that five times, fast!). Nice 'in the box' review!
  14. You've got my attention! Quite anxious to see how this one proceeds. Expecting good things....
  15. Welcome aboard! Quite a few of us Yanks here--made to feel most welcome, despite our occasional 'funny' spelling of their language!
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