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thorfinn last won the day on November 11 2019

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  1. FWIW, I've been using Postimage for a few years now and have found it easy to use...and delightfully free!
  2. Is he related to the Hamburglar?
  3. Very nicely done, my lad. That's one I've had in the stash for years and not yet quite gotten around to. Yours is a gem!
  4. If you see even late-war photos showing airfield areas with piles of drop tanks stacked up and waiting for use between missions, with the exception of the paper tanks -- which were normally silver -- you will typically see a mix of bare aluminum, all NG, and OD painted ones -- some of the latter even showing a 'textbook' demarcation with NG or NM below. I even recall seeing one painted and one NM tank on the same a/c -- probably in one of the Squadron/Signal volumes. Considering everything going on with prepping a/c for important missions, I'm pretty sure that whether the drop tanks matched the a/c scheme (or each other) wouldn't have been on anybody's radar. (Plus, as WIP pointed out above, planes would likely have different tanks for nearly every mission, so any configuration is likely correct unless you're modeling a specific incident or day.) Cheers
  5. For the pilot's canopy, yes, since the kit part seemed sort of 'squashed.' I was fascinated by the kit nose bubble with its panel lines molded on the inside -- something I'd never encountered before -- but it worked out well, as it let me sand the slightly-too-wide glazing to match the fuselage, then clean and buff it up, and still have the interior frame lines as a guide to masking. As to colors, the fighter ones might indeed be correct. The caption to the possibly-recolored photo I based my Malta-based bird on said TSS, so that's what I went with...it seemed plausible...but one is never sure how carefully (or not) these sorts of statements are researched. Looking forward to following your progress!
  6. Much admire your choice of both kit and scheme -- though you're doing high art (and showing vastly more patience) compared to what I did on my poor old thing. Loving every minute!
  7. Can't disagree, but I think it's pretty plain from the gun's odd location that a/c weren't seen as much of a threat at the time. When the Wickes and Caldwell DDs began to be refitted in the '30s and '40s, most of the Mk 14s were replaced with more powerful (and much better situated) AA guns better suited to the threat.😁
  8. Exceptional work! Just as an FYI, the little one -- which the old Revell 1/240 instructions always called a 'practice gun' -- was in fact the USN's first purpose-built anti-aircraft gun, the Mark 14 3"/23 Poole gun. It was a UK-engineered mod of the older 3" gun designed for submarines and small patrol boats. (Just a bit of the mind-clogging trivia I so rarely get to share.... )
  9. I do the same with my homemade 'wire and toothpick' CA applicator. Clean as a whistle with a (very satisfying) little flash and puff of smoke!
  10. Having been raised in lovely Chicago -- where asking for ketchup on the local 'loaded' hot dog is viewed as a crime vastly more vile than, say, strangling small animals for fun -- those who actually enjoy ketchup can find themselves unfairly vilified. Look at it this way: if I have ketchup on my butty or bap (or hot dog), it just leaves that much more of that tasty brown sauce for the rest of you! Cheers
  11. Taking nothing away from Bob's Buckles -- I have purchased and used them in quantity, over the years -- but they are also ridiculously easy to make at home. (And, just as an FYI, I started this when I needed them with much longer shanks than Bob's...not out of pure cheapness. ) A hook made of stiff wire -- chucked into something like a jeweler's screwdriver with a swiveling handle -- and micro wire from, say, a discarded electronics cord...and in 10-15 minutes you can crank out enough for even the most complex rigging project. Use any diameter wire you like for both the jig, and the stock, and you can make any size eyes you need for scale. Just a thought.
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