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About Killingholme

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  1. Nice job. And proof once again that delicate, raised panel lines look a whole lot better than some modern kit's trenches!
  2. Hi, way back in a post in 2016 you said you had the book "Old Bill: London Buses and the First World War". Do you know if there are any reference to MET buses? I'm modelling a MET bus in Antwerp in 1914. Everyone knows the LGOC 'General' buses were red, but I can find no colour references for the MET company.



  3. Just a heads-up. The red intake stripes are too short. Will
  4. There will almost certainly be design plans at the National Maritime Museum. https://www.rmg.co.uk/shop/ship-plan-prints-scanning Brace yourself though- you'll be looking at a couple of hundred quid to get them to scan a set of plans...
  5. Sometimes the Cotswolds is just so, err, Costwoldy.... IMG_20181103_101037 by will.fenton, on Flickr
  6. 'In Ordinary' is one of the many book-keeping exercises done by the naval powers of the C17-19 to keep non-active ships off the exchequers's books. To put it simply (and disregarding a lot of quite important subtleties) the Navy worked on an estimate system (a pre-allocation of state funds; rather like that operated by the US federal government today). Money was allocated in three estimates- the ordinary, the service estimate, and the exrtra-ordinary. The Ordinary was supposed to account for the day-to-day management of the fleet- it not only included keeping vessels in general upkeep, but also accounted for the half-pay of naval officers who were ashore. The politics of the time meant that warships acted rather like the modern nuclear deterrent- seldom used but requiring VERY expensive maintenance. It was not unusual for an C18 ship of the line to spent 90% of its life moored up in an estuary 'in ordinary'. But when the time came, the funding structure meant it could be commissioned within days or weeks using money from any of the other budgets. Of course that is all theory- in practice C17-18 naval administration was a corrupt as any other public office of the period: being an established senior naval officer or dockyard worker 'in ordinary' was a good gig if you could get it- pretty much a state retirement plan. Will
  7. Couple of things if it's not too late- I think the camouflage colours actually wrapped around the insides of the intake housing. Also, the deck behind the canopy was black, not interior green. Good luck bringing this one to completion. I think it's got to be one of the best "out of the box" models Airfix has done.
  8. Ah, so that's where the designers of the FMA IA-58 Pucara got the idea from...
  9. Brigade Models did a short run injected 1/72 Mk.XII conversion. You can still get them from Hannants, at a price. Given it is designed for the Italeri Mk.V kit, I do wonder whether it might be easier to bash something together using more modern kits though! Will
  10. Hi all, The A-26B made its debut in the Pacific in June 1944, most notably with the 3rd Bombing Group 13 Sqn 'Grim Reapers', but the poor old A(later B)-26 seems to get little love from the decal manufacturers- unless the modeller is seeking a later Korean war, or other postwar French, Cuban, Brazilian machine... So, does anyone make 1/72 decals for a WWII era A-26B? If not, could anyone recommend a real-life Pacific theatre aircraft (preferably gun-nose) which could be easily modelled using generic decal sheets?
  11. I'm sure you've got it covered, but remember to mask the forward wheel well- the moulding is open back to the cockpit. When I sprayed the undersides of my model, I also sprayed the inside of the canopy.... Will
  12. Probably for the best- if my wife found out how much it was she would kill me... I have probably most of the the Prop&Jet back catalogue in the stash. The problem I have is I take them out occasionally, realise they are such jewels of kits, many now long out of production and probably quite valuable. All that means I never dare build them! Will
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