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  1. Good luck! You'll never look back. EZ line may be useful for rigging, but in my experience anything elastic will tend to pull all but the strongest injection moulded masts out of line. Many modellers substitute these parts with brass rod for this reason. I know it sounds old fashioned, but I still haven't found anything better for rigging small-scale models than good old stretched sprue! Will
  2. Wait, they've released a kit of one of the world's most famous spy planes, but forgot to represent the bit where the cameras go?! Will
  3. Wow. I'm sure a lot of people of said it before, but if you found a good resin caster to team up with, you've got a business there- I can imagine a good international market for detailed standard US Naval fittings such as these. Will
  4. Great to see scratchbuilding skills like this! 1/100 is a really nice scale. Will
  5. I think I'm right in saying the two outer parts of the shield folds back onto itself. There's a picture here which shows it- https://uboat.net/technical/flak.htm (5th picture down) Will
  6. Hi Guy, If you really want to go down the rabbit hole when it comes to getting a model of Mikasa right, check out the Mikasa Preservation Society's blog. It's a mine of information on small details. If you're adding all that etched detail it would be jolly to know what it represents! http://blog.livedoor.jp/studio120/ Will
  7. Just musing Could I graft the 'PF' radar nose from an ancient 1/72 Smer Mig-17 kit on to the new Airfix Mig-17 kit to create a more detailed model of this type? Other than the nose (and attendant radar scope in the cockpit) are there other changes I should consider? Will
  8. Nice pictures! Thanks all. Interesting scheme, it looks for all the world like someone was trying to emulate the WWII era US Navy tri-tone scheme. I'm guessing the USAF or USN at Da Nang wouldn't have access to those WWII era ANA606/608 colours though? Anyone care to speculate on what likely paints they would likely have used?
  9. Hi all, I have seen a few colour profiles of a grey/white HU-16 operating out of Da Nang during the Vietnam War that was crewed by Pan Am pilots in the USAF reserve. Does anyone know of any images of the actual aircraft? Would anyone care to speculate on the likely paint colours? Here's what we're talking about by the way. Will
  10. Thanks both for your suggestions. Sean, that Intrepid kit does indeed look very nice. It's not a question of the model not fitting in my cabinets (it probably would), rather the issue is that I can't conceal something so large from my wife, and (more importantly) I don't know what I would be able to tell her when she inevitably spots it and asks how much I spent on it... Will
  11. Hi all, I don't do many floaty things, but I have an itch I would like to scratch. My modelling focus for the last few years has been Vietnam war aircraft in 1/72. I've done a few naval aviation subjects, and it got me wondering whether a Vietnam era Aircraft Carrier might make an interesting addition to the cabinet to complement my display of aircraft. Are there any kits available of US Aircraft Carriers that (more or less) out of the box would depict a Vietnam era fit/ aircraft complement? I would be looking at 1/700 scale simply because of available cabinet space, but could be convinced to go bigger if necessary. I could also consider buying an appropriate aircraft complement separately from the aftermarket if that's the only route. Thanks! Will
  12. Thanks all for your suggestions. I will go with the Mk.82s. I know the 'G' had only a minor part to play given it's smaller bomb capacity, but the SIOP camo scheme is an interesting contrast to the more familiar SEA scheme. What everyone really wants is a modern tooling of a 'tall tail' B-52. I was disappointed by the Modelcollect B-52G/H kits, and their supposedly pending tall tail version seems to have been indefinitely postponed now anyway. Looks like I'll be dragging my Monogram B-52D kit out of the stash afterall! Will
  13. Hi all, Currently building a Modelcollect B-52G as a "Linebacker II" era machine. (I got it very cheap from someone who took one look at it and decided it wasn't worth the effort!) It's not their Vietnam era boxing, but most of the correct parts are there. Could I ask what the typical bomb load of a B-52G would have been during those Linebacker II raids? I'm guessing sticks of MK.82s? This is going to be a wheels-up, bomb-bay-open build so I want to make the bomb bay a bit of a focal point. Thanks Will
  14. The chances of me getting that huge multi-part canopy fixed without a tiny amount of glue bleeding through a join somewhere is practically zero. So I better buy two, just as insurance...
  15. Had this ever gone in to production you could guarantee it would have been affectionately referred to in the service as the "Snoopy". Will
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