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  1. Hello, I'm not sure if anyone can help me but I really would like to get in contact with Don.  I've just come across his thread of building of diorama of the Lancaster R5548 OF-A destroyed in 1942, but can't see the pictures.  My Grandfather sadly died in that explosion inside the plane, so I'm very interested in the subject matter.  Please can anyone help with getting me in touch with Don or showing me any pictures of the model.  Many thanks


    1. Gorby
    2. fort1878


      Yes it is, thanks so much!  (sorry I've only just seen the reply).  

  2. Thabks Thank you. Crew figures are very effective at bringing models to life. Thanks Yes, no place for the claustrophobic. And the Venture is quite a big one compared to many twins.
  3. Ooops! Should have been a Ready for Inspection. If there's a moderator out there can it be moved please?
  4. Hello folks. Allow me to present the latest addition to my very own very tiny aircraft museum, The Revell Vega Ventura in the markings of Slippery Sam of No.1(BR) Sqn of the RNZAF. (To save space in the exhibition hall we decided not to restore the outer wing panels) Carl Malden in command. Radar equipment just visible Radio operator's station Radio op and navigator having a chat
  5. So, what's been occurring? I got rid of that seam on the outside of the canopy, leaving the 'thingy' intact on the inside. Incidentally, while researching another aircraft, I came across this: So it's not just the Tomcat. Considering the large calibre of the wire in the canopy, I've come to believe the chappie on ARC who said it was a lightning rod. Canopies have become large and the pilot's head would be right in the firing line it there was a bolt from the blue. That might make your eyes water a bit. The polished plastic still app
  6. I'm following a very similar plan now but will have a lot more components in the 'Details' section than I would have done before (arrestor hook, coamings, Phoenix pallets, pylons etc). It's a change of emphasis, not a total revolution as obviously, I've made sub-assemblies before on this very build. I'll simply be making more of them.
  7. Oh my! You have a greater ability to tolerate chaos than I can even imagine.
  8. You are onto something there. I was thinking about this overnight. When I was young and had lots of time I used to paint almost every part before assembly. Of course I'd stick wheel halves or drop tanks together first but mostly it was individual parts that got the paint. Sometimes this was frustrating as I wasted time painting parts that I'd then spoil with glue or sanding to fit. Sometimes I'd waste time painting things that I could not even see in the finished aircraft. This was before I used airbrushes or primed my surfaces (I used Humbrol Enamels then). As I grew up time on th
  9. Thanks Tony. You know, that's the first time I've ever displayed my models in pride of place in the living room. Strange that, it's almost as if I was hiding my 'uncool' hobby as I did when I was 13 and trying to get a girlfriend. Lol Well thank you! Thanks very much. That was the main aim of these particular kits. Thanks Steve. Mine was started about a year ago I believe. I have moved house in the meantime but it had become a nagging task so I'm very pleased to have it done. Cheers, Yes they are both 1:48.
  10. And I read your post immediately after sticking D15 & D14 firmly to the intakes. I had to laff! Did you paint some panels in different shades of white or is that my imagination. If you did, the effect is so subtle that I can see it on my phone but not the old laptop.
  11. Nice one Joe! I think that a black wash on white paint is very stark but there's so much beautiful engraving under there that it would be a shame not to. You'd never mistake that for an Airfix kit would you? I'm inpressed by your MNF on the intakes - very tidy.
  12. I've got a Work In Progress in progress on the Tamiya Tomcat and there hasn't been much progress because of these two kits. The Boston has been in progress for hundreds of years and fought me all the way. It's Italeri, but I think it might have been Revell Monogram once. I'm pleased that I learned a lot but the final result is a disappointment. The Pilots canopy is cracked, the nose is full of plastic swarf, the undercarriage is just a mess. However, the painting is getting close to what I want it to be and that makes it all worthwhile. The Wildcat is a HobbyBoss offeri
  13. That canopy thing is very interesting. You told me just in time! ON closer examination there is a raised detail INSIDE the canopy, right under the very faint mould line on the outside. I'll still polish the outside line but leave the inner one. Too fine to paint, I wonder is a wash would work... There is one over each seat. Never seen anything like it before. Static discharger? I guess the canopy might charge up from the airflow but surely, they all do? Why would it be a problem needing this big fix? And yes please, post anything you have on here, I'm not territorial.
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