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  1. Does the box lid say "Experience Level: You've successfully also constructed our TSR2 and Concorde..."?
  2. I've been seeing them over Brize doing circuits over the past couple of weeks. Consensus seems to be they are the the one's sold to Chile and are working up before they fly the nest for good. The E-3Ds selected by the FACh are registered ZH 101 (c/n 24109/993), ZH 103 (c/n 24111/1004), and ZH 106 (c/n 24114/1011). Will
  3. Rumours of my death are greatly exaggerated! E-3D Sentry ZH106 has been on holiday in the Cotswolds today, coming down from Waddington to do a couple of hours of circuits of Brize. Will
  4. Properly impressive fabrication there!
  5. I'm sure there's a lot of inspiring parenting stuff in there ("I'm not going to bug you anymore...", LOL), but I've learnt an important lesson that it's perfectly acceptable to normalise the presence of hobby paints in the main part of the house. I'm beginning to worry that my kids think I'm the random homeless guy who lives in the outbuilding. Will
  6. I wouldn't worry. Part of growing up is finding that happy median between hiding in a box and exposing yourself to strangers.
  7. Hi all, I live a couple of miles from Brize, so I usually don't bother looking up when something is doing circuits. But last week I noticed a slightly different noise breaking the peace when I was walking the dog, looked up, and saw a E-3 Sentry doing circuits. What's the deal with them? I thought the RAF had withdrawn them? Will
  8. Wow. I'd consider buying this kit, but I'm worried it would sit in the stash for years until I felt myself worthy of building it! Will
  9. Is that a representation of "oil canning" effect in the area around the radiator intake?! Will
  10. Thanks for the link to the instructions. The Zvezda parts breakdown certainly helps! All the various lumps and bumps appear to be optional drop-in panels. Perfect! Now all I need to do is pick an interesting Vietnam-era scheme. Surprisingly, there's very few aftermarket decals out there for that period. I suppose because they are rather generic schemes on the whole. Will
  11. Hi all, Would it be possible to lop various bits off the new Zvezda C-130H kit to backdate the airframe to an early 'H', or even an 'E'? If so, what generally would be involved? I've had an Academy kit sitting on my shelf of doom for years and I wondered whether rather than persist trying to correct big things like the fuselage 'chines', it might be a better bet to start again with the newer kit? Will
  12. Cool project! Re the deck planking, you may find this article useful: https://ontheslipway.com/ever-more-deckersizing/. Will
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Great to see scratchbuilding skills like this! 1/100 is a really nice scale. Will
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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?
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
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