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Navy Bird

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  1. Great work, Cookie! And good job with the free-hand camo - it looks nice, with just the right amount of weathering. For my taste anyway. Cheers, Bill
  2. Looks great! What's not to like when it's a Sea Vixen? How I wish Airfix would scale this down to 1:72...I guess I'll have to build another MPM or CyberHobby kit to make them do it! Cheers, Bill
  3. Looks very nice, Heather. It's great to see some of the more unusual schemes. And you're right, there is not much you can see inside a 1:72 Hurricane cockpit, especially with a closed canopy. The vac canopy really does the trick for realism - injection canopies for a Hurricane are always too thick in this scale, and the overlapping rear portion never looks quite right. Cheers, Bill
  4. The instructions for the original 1:72 Revell USA release and the 1:48 Monogram release can be found on the Scalemates entries for those kits. Cheers, Bill
  5. Does this seem like it's taking a long time? Must be the number of parts in the box, can't be the decrepit, lazy old man with his fingers glued together... I forgot to add these braces to the rear of the cockpit bulkhead - CMR have you scratch build these. I wonder why? They have some other resin parts that are significantly smaller than these guys. Weird. There is a photoetch canopy sliding rail to be added, and also a shade for over the top of the headrest. At least that's what I think it is. I've added a few more items to the underside, like the main gear tyres/wheels, the pylon for the torpedo, and some very tiny exhausts of some kind. First thing first, the tyres are extremely well detailed, especially for God's own scale. CMR give you two pylons for the torpedo, one for takeoff/landing/on the ground, and the other for in-flight. In the former case, the angle of the pylon/torpedo has to be changed for ground clearance at the aft end of the torpedo, and in the latter case, the angle changes to make the torpedo aligned with the airflow. Not sure you can see them well, but there are photoetch sway braces on the pylon. The small exhausts on each side of the pylon are resin, and let me tell you they weren't the easiest to remove from the casing block. Somehow I removed them without breaking them. And, to make @giemme cringe again, I added this teeny tiny photoetch lasso to the arresting hook housing. I have some more detail painting to do in that area soon. I think I'm going to do some very light weathering with my favourite H95 Smoke Grey, which I thin down dramatically so it is very transparent, then I slowly add shading to the model. Maybe then I'll shine and sticker her up. Oh, the black rectangle you see on the underside of the horizontal tail is a photoetch base for one of the IFF antennae. There is another one up by the torpedo pylon. The head of the torpedo can be either yellow or red (the body is black) - so what's the difference? Type of explosive? I thought blue was inert. I also entirely forgot about the codes that have to go over the gear doors. I figured out a way to cut them correctly - I scanned the decal sheet so I could print it out at actual size, then I scanned the placement instructions and scaled that to 1:72 scale. Once I had everything at the right size, I cut out the gear doors from the instruction sheet and I'll use those for my template to cut the decals. I tested this idea by seeing if the pieces I cut from the instructions fit on the actual gear doors, and all looks good. Cheers, Bill
  6. This what you're looking for? Note the two perspex panels. Cheers, Bill
  7. Very nicely done indeed. There's something about "X" planes that just reaches out and grabs you, no matter what country they come from. Some of the experimental stuff from the 40s and 50s was way out there. Cheers, Bill
  8. Superb modelling Neil! Really nice paint work, and not overboard on the weathering - just the way I like it. And a great selection of schemes, too. Cheers, Bill
  9. I added a gunsight and a lame canopy arch and rail. It will be hard to see any of this once the one piece windscreen/canopy goes on. I'm going to add the canopy tonight using Gator Grip thin blend and let it cure overnight. Then I should be able to finish the overall Tamiya XF-17 Sea Blue, followed by shininess. The markings will have to come from the Island of Misfit Stickers, as no decals came with the kit (which is why it was such a bargain!). I have a couple of Skyraider decal sheets which I think will give me enough to create a proper scheme. Luckily, the Ginter book shows all of the units which operated the Mauler and I'll be using that reference extensively. Cheers, Bill
  10. Navy Bird


    I think so, there are photos of several F8F-1 aircraft in Ginter's book shown with 5" rockets under the wing. Cheers, Bill
  11. No need to worry. I have it all under control - just like Our Leader said about the coronavirus a few months ago. Cheers, Bill
  12. I flapperized the old gal when she wasn't looking: Hopefully I've got this right, as there is not much information in the instructions on how to mount these. I found some information on-line that stated the angle of the flap, relative to the top of the wing, was only 29 degrees at full deployment. So they don't hang down too much. I only have a couple of photos that show the flaps lowered, and there seems to be some "daylight" visible between the wing and the flaps. In any event, it looks cool. If I've screwed this up, please tell me now!! Getting dangerously close to shining her up so we can stick on some stickers. Cheers, Bill
  13. Looks OK to me. Cheers, Bill
  14. Yeah, casting bubbles for sure. Here is a photo of the resin parts from an on-line review: I'll do my best to make mine look like that. Cheers, Bill
  15. Thanks guys. I think the bites have to go. That said, the propeller tip is an interesting shape. Cheers, Bill
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