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tomprobert last won the day on December 25 2015

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  1. Afternoon all, I spent some time at the bench last night sanding the wing joins. A pretty successful operation - the leading edge of the port wing has been corrected with Milliput and it now matches the starboard side: Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Milliput easily took care of the gaps where the upper wings joined the fuselage fairings: Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr The underside was a similar story -no drama here other then needing to reinstate some obliterated panel lines: Untitled by Thomas Probert, on
  2. Getting there, Kev - it’s all good fun! And I’ve done the same with the windows - that’s how I worked out which stab was in the wrong place. Interesting... maybe some information/measurements were ‘borrowed’ from the earlier kit for this one..? GREAT shot of the engine there - thanks. I visited this very aircraft a couple of years ago and got some similar photos... she’s in need of a bit of TLC to be honest and is starting to look a little shabby.
  3. Hi Neil, I think it'll be something along those lines with the canopy - the pictures above are as it comes in its raw form, and with some filing of the lower front edge to bring it down and the rear up a bit, I think it will improve both the fit and look significantly. We'll see! Tom
  4. Morning all, With the wings securely attached to the fuselage and the Milliput drying, I set have about the horizontal stabilisers. As with the wings, after the removal of a little flash, the fit was absolutely fine with no filling needed: Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr However, my joy was short-lived... and you know I said this build had been reasonably trouble-free thus far? Famous last words! I was checking out the fit of the stabilisers and was scratching my head a I simply couldn't get them to align properly. Then I discovered a bit
  5. I reckon the kit parts are workable - I'll have a play when the time comes to see what I can make of them. The engines I think will be fine too - they look OK on the sprues and I've always been one to try and use what comes with the kit - I usually only buy aftermarket if absolutely essential. I've built up the wings over the last few sessions at the bench - you'll be pleased to know that were no dramas here and they build up absolutely fine. Again I was impressed that top and bottom panels lines largely matched up: Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr I'v
  6. That's an interesting solution for the cockpit - genius! I'm going to go with the kit parts, but I am considering sanding the frames back a bit and polishing and then make my own masks which may improve the look a little. For the cabin windows I am going to use Clearfix to reduce the faffing needed with masking.
  7. Greetings all, The DC-8 continues to progress well - all joints have been filled with Milliput which is my filler of choice. I put on more than is needed as it helps with blending process. Sandpaper and some water to keep dust to the minimum are the tools of the trade! Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr The sanding process proved to be completely trouble-free and now all joins are blended nicely. The tail fin issue is now a distant memory, and the rear fuselage section has a seamless join: Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Unti
  8. I love that DC-7C and have been considering Neil's conversion myself. I have 2 x DC-6s in the stash plus the Formaplane vacform which I thought if I combined the three, I may get a decent model. Hmmm.... Tom
  9. Good man, Frank. Good to hear another one will be on the go soon! I’ve not seen the Viscount so can’t comment, but from what I’ve heard about other Mach 2 kits this one certainly sounds like an improvement. Yes - see comment above. Some careful cleaning of parts and she’s going together reasonably well so far. I’ve got my civil aviation mojo in full flow at the moment... the DC-10 is the Transport Wings 1/72nd vac that I’m also making very slow progress on. I’ve got a Douglas production line at my place at the moment! I’ve allowed the glue on th
  10. Good man, Frank! The Navy option is rather tasty and I’ll look forward to seeing you tackle this! Yes no problem - I’ll dry fit the canopy for you and take some pictures ready for the next update. Having heard horror stories about Mach 2 kits but never having built one myself, I started this build fearing the worst but so far it has been fine - it’s your typical short run injection kit. So far so good, anyway! I must confess to knowing little about the DC-8 in regard to its shape so I can’t really comment on the nose. As you said, if one wants to improve
  11. Absolutely agree! The truth is when you buy a Mach 2 you know exactly what you're getting - there will likely be some cursing and swearing along the way but they do build up into some reasonable models if you persevere and can overlook the odd error here and there. Here we go... Tail: Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Nose: Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr I've still got the bit well and truly between my teeth with this build - I nipped into the shed and sprayed some of Halfords' finest grey primer on the cockp
  12. More DC-8 progress last night... The tail cone sections are now securely attached to the fuselages, with the fit being fine: Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr The cabin window apertures are a little 'flashy': Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr These were cleaned up and made more uniform with a file and some sandpaper: Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Here are the basic flightdeck components: Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr ... and as these come don't fit too well:
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