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  1. Thank you. Could be a nice trip out, and maybe pick up a few bits n pieces.
  2. I don't think this show has a mention here? http://ipmsuk.org/calendar/west-anglia-scale-model-show-2022/ I was thinking of popping over there for a few hours on Sunday. Does anyone have any info? is it still on? Cheers.
  3. Those North Vietnamese schemes are a bit of a mystery, I think. And the 'Ace' did he really exist? or is this just propaganda from those times. I don't think anyone knows for sure? Anyway. looking at that picture (typically in B&W) I'd lean more towards 2. A light colour with a darker colour used for the blotches. The lighter colour looks too light, even and solid to be just overspray of the darker colour, (although it is a good theory). Compare this with other schemes used on North Vietnamese Mig-17 and Mig-19. They did seem to use several different schemes with two different colours applied to the topside in irregular forms of blotches and stripes. Check these out http://super-hobby.co.uk/products/North-Vietnamese-MIGs-Mig-17-Mig-19-Mig-21-of-the-Vietnam-War.html#gallery_start
  4. Another nice project, Martin. A bit of a 'unsung hero' overshadowed by those flashy Century series and Phantom types I guess. But an attractive aircraft, with some nice colourful schemes out there. Looking forward to seeing how she comes out.
  5. Lovely work as always. I do enjoy your Silver Wings builds. I always feel it's a shame the Atlas doesn't appear to have received much in the way of the colourful squadron markings so evocative of the period. Unless I'm missing something of course.
  6. Thanks for your reply to my question, and your detailed answer. Very interesting, I shall have to get some Tamiya polishing compound and give it a try. And thanks for the link Following along. Cheers.
  7. Hi. Welcome back. This looks like a nice project, and you are off to a great start. I like the look of your metal finish. Could you please explain a little more about the 'Tamiya compound'. I'm not familiar with that, and I'm wondering if it might help prevent some of the metal paint from lifting off during masking. Metal shades are always quite delicate I find, at least in my limited experience. I hope you can find some pictures, it would be a shame not to use some of those lovely decals. Cheers.
  8. I think, possibly because of the large nose of the Lynx. Quite a few 815NAS ships flight Lynx had individual names, but sadly not many are recorded. Do you have any pictures, possibly showing the nose art/name? Cheers.
  9. That is very impressive. How on Earth do you get your canopy framing so sharp and the transparent parts co clear? I do struggle with that, especially on aircraft like this with such a 'greenhouse' affair. Thanks for sharing your work.
  10. Despite the awful events in Ukraine, Clearprop do still seem to be in business and producing kits. I note the DH-9A on Hannants website can now be placed on backorder. Does anyone have any news on the current state of the Tracer kit? It was/is still top of my list of most wanted new/future releases. I recently bought the 'Ghost of Kyiv' Mig-29 by ICM via Hannants backorder. Some of the profits are donated to the Ukraine Armed Forces. Maybe Clearprop are operating a similar scheme? I couldn't glean much information from their website. I do recall they have a Facebook page, and maybe some other social media? but I'm not on those. Is anyone on these platforms and maybe able to share some insights? Cheers.
  11. Nice. Looking forward to getting one.
  12. Ok, that would be good. I'll follow along and see how it turns out
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