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  1. This is superb, great finishing restrained weathering, just perfect to my eye. Thanks for posting, well modelled, sir. Ian.
  2. Flawless finish my friend, well modlled sir ! Ian.
  3. Hey Alan

    Hope you don't mind me contacting you.

     

    A few weeks ago I finished a 2 FTS Harvard III as NZ1077 which currently sits in the TATATM museum here in New Plymouth. The museum contacted me, and long-story-short, I took it up there this morning to sit in their model collection.

     

    Whilst I was there I was shown a collection of built but unpainted models that they have recently acquired and would like restoring & finishing. (Again) long-story-short I now have an Italeri Sunderland III sitting on my workbench. The obvious way to go to my mind is to finish it as a late-war transporter using Johns (OMD) sheet 0949. So the question is: the scheme, Extra Dark Sea Grey & Dark Slate Grey, or something else entirely ?

     

    Any help or direction you can offer would be more than welcome. All the best from New Plymouth.

     

     

     

    Ian.

    1. LDSModeller

      LDSModeller

      Hi Ian,

       

      No Problem you contacting me to ask questions 😀

       

      Not sure if you have seen this on BM, I currently have a WIP

      build of a Mk III RNZAF Transport, which may/or not be of assistance

      to you?

      RNZAF Sunderland Transport Build

       

      To answer your Query directly, the Sunderland's Arrived in Standard

      RAF TSS (Temperate Sea Scheme). which they wore till Wars end

       

      Just a quick comment on the OMD Mk Sunderland III Sheet, is that the Lower wing roundels

      are too small.

      39710419-2b98-40a8-8b20-5bb0c1689e49.jpg

      I can say this with some authority, in that I have copies of the original RNZAF drawings

      of the Sunderland Roundels, from the RNZAF Museum

      Both Upper and Lower Wing Roundels are 72 Inch (72in Blue/ 24in White/ 18in Blue),

      the white Bars are 36 in Long/18in wide

      I plan to use the Other 72in Type C  Roundels, and colour in the Red with Blue, adding bars,

      for the lower wings (the blue is much the same so shouldn't be too difficult)

       

      The other thing to bear in mind, is that the RNZAF Mk III's didn't have a the drop down

      bomb bay doors (if planing to doors open) like the normal Sunderland's, but rather folded up

      at the top of the door inwards.

      Seating was built and installed here in NZ (austerity seating), and the Bomb Room became the

      Galley (for some 30 passengers)

       

      Hope that helps? If you have any other questions, just let me know

       

      Regards

       

      Alan

       

    2. Ian

      Ian

      Cheers Alan.... 

      The reason I reached-out to you was because of that build thread - how's it going for you ?

       

      Well now that I've had a l-o-n-g look at the kit, turns-out that it's not the Italeri one, it's actually the Jurassic Era Airfix kit !! - build quality is what I would describe as by an 'enthusiastic amateur', no attempt at rubbing down anywhere, fingerprints on the transparencies etc. On the plus side, all the flying surfaces are 'true' except the fin which is a couple of degrees off and easily corrected. No idea what glue the builder used but this thing is truly solid !!

       

      I'll need to prize-off the dorsal gun and fairings and patch the resultant hole, fair-over the front & rear turrets which should be straight-forward, but other than that there's nothing much in the way of remedial works needed to make it more representative - I'm not going for complete accuracy, that would be a huge undertaking and I'm doing this as a favour to the museum.

       

      May come back to you in the future, but in the meantime, thanks for your input, much appreciated.

       

       

       

      Best

       

      Ian.

    3. Ian

      Ian

      Cheers Alan.... 

      The reason I reached-out to you was because of that build thread - how's it going for you ?

       

      Well now that I've had a l-o-n-g look at the kit, turns-out that it's not the Italeri one, it's actually the Jurassic Era Airfix kit !! - build quality is what I would describe as by an 'enthusiastic amateur', no attempt at rubbing down anywhere, fingerprints on the transparencies etc. On the plus side, all the flying surfaces are 'true' except the fin which is a couple of degrees off and easily corrected. No idea what glue the builder used but this thing is truly solid !!

       

      I'll need to prize-off the dorsal gun and fairings and patch the resultant hole, fair-over the front & rear turrets which should be straight-forward, but other than that there's nothing much in the way of remedial works needed to make it more representative - I'm not going for complete accuracy, that would be a huge undertaking and I'm doing this as a favour to the museum.

       

      May come back to you in the future, but in the meantime, thanks for your input, much appreciated.

       

       

       

      Best

       

      Ian.

  4. Kit - Zvezda Paint - All Tamiya acylics Decals - Spares Extras - DEF Models kit-specific resin mantlet and aluminium barrel. So here' my first ever Zvezda kit which I started about six weeks ago, and other than some cursing around the link & length tracks which seem a half-link or link too long... it went together very easily in just three sessions. I mixed my own version of 4BO green using various Tamiya greens, yellows and possibly some witchcraft. I gave it two co
  5. Thanks to everyone for taking the time to comment and 'like', always appreciated and never taken for granted. Next I'll finish-off and post an AFV build, then I'll take a wee break and gather-in some extras and refs for my next 'big' aircraft project. Stay safe friends, have a great weekend, all the very best from NZ. Ian.
  6. Elegance realised.... simple as that. And those BOAC colours were perfect for that machine. Beautifully modelled, sir. Ian.
  7. The IIIC was able to mount a ventral rocket pack for point-defence intercepts, the area where the rocket blast hit the fuselage was coated in a greenish yellow primer to try and protect the metals - AFAIK the IDF never used or fitted the rocket packs, but the aircraft came from the factory with the coating anyway. Ian.
  8. Good question Dave I use Tamiya 2mm vinyl tape to outline the panels then a cheap low-tack auto painters tape for the larger area around the panel. I always place the auto painters tape on my forearms - your skin oils reduce the adhesion - then on an old t-shirt or cloth before laying it on the model, I know tape affects the metallic finish, but mitigating the 'sticky' beforehand is the way to go. Works for me every time. HTH Ian.
  9. Kit - Hobbyboss Paint - AK & SMS lacquers Decals - kit Extras - Aires resin ejection seat, drop tanks & missiles from spares AMD Mirage IIICJ 119 Squadron IDF/AF Tel Nof Airbase Summer 1969 One of my all-time favourite aircraft from the the original Airfix 'Dogfight Double' box-art to my tiny die-cast toy when I was very young and on to 'The Aeronauts' TV series then finally seeing them 'in person' throughout the 1980's & 90's... I absolu
  10. Museum quality modelling, right there.... simple as that. Ian.
  11. Cheers Alan, and thanks for the photo... that machine looks just about spotless, which is the look I was aiming for with the build. Ian.
  12. You aren't wrong, matey ! Ian.
  13. Kit: Monogram Paint: All enamels Decals: Old Models Decals 0799, Aeromaster generic RAF roundels Extras: Eduard pre-painted seat belts. NA Harvard III 2 FTS, Woodbourne, New Zealand Late 1943. This is an original 1979 issue of the Monogram SNJ kit that I've had sitting in my stash since there were Brachiosaur's roaming around . Built in just over three weeks without instructions - lost those so many years ago - I've finished my Harvard as the same a
  14. I've met a number of enthusiasts since moving here nine years ago.... so many of them still remember the 'Ohakea Vulcan' it made a h*ll of an impact on the locals ! - Superb model, matey, like the others have said it 'just looks so right'. Best from NZ. Ian.
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