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About Killingholme

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  1. Killingholme

    Why car-doors?

    Another factor with the P-39 is that the fuselage structure is based around a strong 'keel' and integrated roll-over structure on which the engine, prop shaft and armament is fitted. This design allowed large doors to be fitted without compromising the rigidity of the fuselage. Only the rear fuselage is stressed as a monocoque. If you look at a P-39 with the servicing panels detached you can easily see that the skin doesn't carry load. You can also easily make out the integrated (inverted 'U' shaped) roll-over structure/ firebreak immediately behind the cockpit. As well as incorporating the firewall, the pilot's seat also 'hangs' from this structure.
  2. Killingholme

    Good photo of WWI ambulance

    Hi all, Just stumbled across this really good photo of a WWI Ambulance in the Historic England archive collection. Might be useful for anyone who's bought the recent Roden kit! It is part of the Bedford Lemere collection- they were professional photographers who did jobs for big corporate clients in the late 19th century- early 20th. They were commissioned to photograph everything from London's first skyscrapers to the interiors of Ocean liners. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bedford_Lemere Historic England holds the surviving archive- nearly 25,000 company photos are digitised online. https://images.historicenglandservices.org.uk/motor-ambulance-bl23011/print/8701073.html
  3. You have at least discovered a good way to apply a zinc chromate finish. You can achieve some nice effects spraying yellow over black and grey base coats.
  4. Killingholme

    Heinkel He70 Revell 1/72

    I always assumed the Revell HE-70 kit was another re-box of the old Matchbox kit. What's the kit number of the Revell/ICM kit so I can look out for it?
  5. Killingholme

    Zvezda 1/72 109F Finished

    The ME-109 looks really excellent, but your base isn't up to much...
  6. Killingholme

    Airfix Classics Launched

    This is the problem with Airfix's back (aircraft) catalogue. Once you strip out the kits which are popular enough to have been replaced by modern toolings, what's left? With respect, it's a load of obscure 1960s and 1970s trainer and utility aircraft that in most cases haven't graced our skies for 30+ years. Don't get me wrong, I love this subject matter, but I doubt a Beagle Basset would fly off the shelves in the IWM shop!
  7. Killingholme

    Bearcat 1/72: Options?

    Such a waste. I managed to salvage the cockpit part too. (although it didn't end up in a Bearcat- it went in a Valom XF-8B-1...)
  8. Killingholme

    Airfix Classics Launched

    Nothing that can't be found easily enough on ebay, but then a kit sold on ebay doesn't make any money for Airfix.
  9. Killingholme

    B-17F to a B-17E

    My experience with B-17s, little as it is, is to pick your chosen airframe first, and then ask the Britmodeller brain "how do I model this specific aircraft?".
  10. Killingholme

    Bearcat 1/72: Options?

    I instantly regretted not buying one of those when they came out- and then sold out- and then promptly abandoned making resin kits altogether! I wonder whether the moulds got sold on? Anyone know?
  11. Killingholme

    1/72 Hobby Boss F-84G "Easy Assembly"

    "It's OK darling, I only spent £5 on this Easy Build kit" [...and only £50 on paint ]
  12. Killingholme

    Bearcat 1/72: Options?

    Avoid the Art-Model kit like the plague! I really struggled with this kit, and I'm sure it wasn't user error: I'm confident enough in my abilities to conclude that it is just a bad kit. I'd go for the little Monogram/Revell F8F-1 kit every time. Clever engineering makes for good fit, the discretely raised panel lines look a lot better than many modern trenches, and in recent re-issues you'll get some excellent decals. All you really need is the Airwaves etch and some effort to bodge-up the wheel wells. It's not perfect, but it is genuinely one of my favourite kits.
  13. Killingholme

    HMS Beagle 1/96

    Interesting technique, and it's certainly very effective.
  14. On the plus side you've discovered an excellent way to achieve the chipped effect seen on WWII Japanese aircraft! Will
  15. Killingholme

    1/350 IJN Maya with Flyhawk

    It's a miracle they hit anything really! For anyone that's interested, everything you need to know (and probably quite a bit more) about the development of fire control can be found on the Dreadnought Project website: http://dreadnoughtproject.org/tfs/index.php/Category:Fire_Control Superb model! Really coming along.