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  1. I love a Griffon engined Spit and this Mark is my favourite...that laminar-flow wing and the sheer brute power up front...great
  2. Nice work. I did one for the Inter-War GB a few years ago. Agree with your comment on the decals, they need a lot of work to get the gunge off them.
  3. Lovely model of easily the most graceful of the 109's (and rumoured to be a pilot's favourite too)
  4. That C-130 comparison shot is really quite striking. I can just remember the gate guard at Hendon.
  5. AndyC

    What's your day-job?

    I graduated as a Quantity Surveyor in the construction industry in 1985 and worked on the New British Libraray at Euston for 4 years before joining private practice. I worked all over the place on various projects (RAF Machrihanish, RAF Stornoway, Bingley Bypass, A16 Spalding until becoming a Partner in the business. Spent two spells abroad in Malaysia (coal-fired Power Station in Kapar) and Israel (new container dock in Haifa). Concentrated more on the construction claims and disputes after 2002 and had a hand in many a project gone wrong and settling stuff for my Contractor-clientele.
  6. Brilliant work...enjoyed today...highlights were the Finnish F-18, the Romanian MiG-21 and the AV-8B+'s again. How noisy is that F-35???????
  7. Love the AV-8B pics...the landing was a highlight, all that spray and steam! Left as the A-400 was taking off as it was obvious it was write-off for the day
  8. Stunning set of pics as ever AD...I may not do much (any) modelling these days, but I thought RIAT was a great show and you've captured the essence of it mate...I went Friday and Saturday
  9. Great shots as ever and thanks. Saturday am was so disappointing to have missed the Midnight Hawks, Typhoon, Belgian F-16, Spanish F/A-18 and Raptor - I was lucky to see all those on Friday. Highlights once it cleared after lunch were the SoloTurk, the Rafale, the Flanker and the C-27J doing a full roll...
  10. Was a great day - going tomorrow with the wife this time. Impressed with the F-22 today. Great shots as usual, mate. Look forward to the updates
  11. In the 8 years since returning to the hobby, this is the first that I've struggled. A combination of work (16 weeks away, all week, in Lancashire) and just a gradual ebb in my interest in playing with plastic meant that I've done nothing beyond July this year. I also didn't make Telford, for the first time in a long time, nor any other UK shows apart from Avon and Salisbury. I did make Prague again but actually enjoyed going to 4 Czech league football matches more than the superb show they put on there.. To be honest I haven't missed it either as I've been watching a lot of non-leagu
  12. Unfortunately guys this one is a non-finisher! I'm so busy at work, I've not glued or painted anything for weeks. Ho-hum. Not going to get much better as I'm going to be stuck in Manchester 3 days/week until Xmas.
  13. Not been near plastic for 4 weeks - work!

  14. Sadly work is manic at the moment so the Panzer IV will NOT be ready by the date. It will appear in RFI at some point
  15. Doh! I just thought their armour might be a bit better than their aircraft! Anyway, onwards and upwards. I had a scrape and file with the basket and the turret and by working on both of them at the same time and then stopping and dry-fitting to check, I cam up with this, which looks a lot better to my eye Filler has been sanded down on the turret now too I suddenly realised that I hadn't glued in the glacis plate earlier in the hull part of the build so put that right. The fit wasn't brilliant so out came the filler and after a suitable period, the files and sanders Next up was t
  16. Thanks guys. Andy, there is a picture of the top of a IV Ausf F in one of your references you sent me and, yes, it shows a gap. The issue is that the radius curve of the basket doesn't match the turret. I've done some filing down and sanding and I've now got both rear turret and basket to match - not 100% totally accurate as I think the Italeri turret is wrong but at least the basket inner curve matches the turret now. Good enough for me, I think
  17. Further to post #14 above...I've had a look. Not only does the basket appear to fit snug to the hull at the sides it is the wrong shape. However it appears to be the turret that's the problem. Online reviews on Armorama and PMMS etc seem to review that the turret is the wrong shape at the rear - I may have a couple of stiff ones tonight and think about filing the turret from it's sort-of-pear shape to a more rounded effort.
  18. Thanks and I agree - it's a lovely kit. I think there is "hugging the turret" and "having a large gap"...I'll have a close look at my references during lunch today...still think some surgery will be needed but hey...we're modellers not assemblers
  19. On to the turret. This is where I can use Andy's (Sgt Squarehead) references he kindly sent me and the instructions closely as there are detailed differences between the F1/F2 and G models Basic turret and cupola rings cut out. Again a bit of clean up with a sharp scalpel and sanding stick Putting together the basic turret mounted parts for the KwK 37/L24 - the actual gun parts fit over this on their own mantlet. Some minor surgery is needed for the short-barrelled F1 as shown and then this was clamped and glued Some generic doors and hatches fitted The turret front plate fitte
  20. Good choice Rich...sprinkle the fairy dust on that and it'll look ace...I'm ignoring winged things for this one
  21. I'm feeling in an Italian mood for this one... 1/35 Italaerei (this must be an old kit if it's spelt this way!) Semovente DA75/18 M40-M41 tank 1/35 Bronco CV3/33 Tanketa 1/35 Italeri Autoblinda AB40 1/35 Italeri Autoblinda AB43 1/35 Italeri M13/40 Tank Two of the above, I think....
  22. OK I'm conscious of the time running out so I thought I'd better get on with this... Mouldings are nice - rear plate fitted and glued Most of the small bits need some clean up - here are the return roller housings and then glued in place after cleaning Return rollers - 3 separate pieces to each and there are 8 in total - again all need some cleaning. Last one is them dry-fitted. Next up - 16 road wheels! Here they are on the sprue - you just kind of go into automatic mode with these - can't wait to paint the road tyres on these - NOT! Suspension brackets in place and t
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