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  • Birthday 02/09/1954

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    British Military operated aircraft in 1/72nd

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  1. A real blast from the past. I have built the SH one, that came out OK and many moons ago, I started to correct Frog Novo. Replaced the dowel with wood screws for cylinders kit engine with one from an Airfix Blenheim (I know not a Perseus) added chord to wings and rebuilt the tail surfaces as they were too small. Didn't get any further as I then moved to Leeds from Sheffield and most modelling stuff went into storage.
  2. The Medium Sea Grey and Black scheme was only apparently only applied to a few Lancasters at the end of their service as bombers. There is a very useful book by Martin Derry, 'The Avro Lancaster, Lincoln and York in Post War RAF service 1945-1950', that tells the story of the post war Lancs. I think what happened was that there were so many new Lancs around that most units that survived disbandment received newer aircraft and most of the aircraft in TLS disappeared quite quickly.
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    Martin Baker Mb5 1/72

    I have built the Skybirds 86 MB5 and as others have mentioned, it is not a kit for the novice. It is well engineered and you need to follow the instructions to the letter. It does need some fettling and the plastic is quite hard and it also has a vacform canopy, an object that even some experienced modellers are not keen on. I met Mike Eacock a few times and he was a interesting chap to talk to.
  4. I must admit I bought Midway cheap in Morrisons, watched it and it has gone on the pile of donations when the charity shops open again. The CGI was way over the top in terms of lurid colours and we seem to be back in the land of the inexhaustible ammo supply.
  5. Further work on the Fury courtesy of having to wait around for a parcel for Mrs T. The fuselage is together and although the halves went together well enough with a small amount of filling needed, the upper front fuselage piece caused some issues. If just added so that it was flush with the fuselage top along its lower edge then there is quite a discontinuity along the fuselage top line. This was solved by cementing the upper fuselage piece so that eh upper fuselage line was correct and then packing the resulting gap with some plastic strip chamfered to fill the gap. An annoyance, but it was f
  6. As Robin Hood probably never existed as a single individual, I never believed in him even when I still lived there. Having lived in Yorkshire for most of past 49 years, you do have to be proud of your own origins to avoid being swamped by the whole Yorkshireness of the place. BTW, Sherwood Forest at its greatest extent is reckoned to have straddled the original border between Nottinghamshire and the West Riding. There have been numerous changes to the county boundary, most recently in 1974 when amongst other places Finningley found itself in South Yorkshire.
  7. Nothing wrong with my county of birth, apart from the disappointing football teams. Nottingham was once reputed to have the prettiest girls in England.
  8. Hi Steve, welcome to the forum. Although not a figure modeller, I built some of the Airfix figures in the early 70's and very nice they were and I look forward to seeing them. I have lived in Yorkshire for nearly years 50 years, so still an outsider, although Mrs T is a Yorkshire lass
  9. With the Supermarine 224 finished and the Dewotine D510 at the painting stage, I think I might have time for least another entry. So I have started an Amodel Hawker Fury that I have in the stash. This is a 'short run' kit that offers the wheel spats for the Mk II and nice surface detail, but is probably a harder build than the Matchbox kit I first built in the summer of 1973 after my First Year Uni exams. The Mark II Fury was an upgrade to the original Fury bought by the RAF. It had a more powerful Kestrel engine, wheel spats and increased fuel tankage which gave it a top speed of 22
  10. It was a nuisance, the airbrush is an Iwata Neo and I quite like it as it is fairly easy to clean, but it does not tolerate slackness if you don't clean it properly. The really annoying thing about it was I had just ordered a couple of new 'O' rings as the one on the paint cup was worn and the one on the Air valve was sticking despite being kept clean of any solvents (I only use acrylics). I have got a spare and might order another one. My supplier is based in Harrogate and so supporting a 'local' business.
  11. Thanks, fairly pleased with it. Compared to the Spitfire it is a big old thing, especially considering the Goshawk was a fair bit less powerful than a Merlin. After I took the photos dropped the Spitfire. Fortunately the only damage was broken prop blade and a bit of chipped paint and I still had the jar with the mix in that was still usable.
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    What's your avatar?

    My photo goes with my forum name obviously and I chose it because it was what my secretary and the receptionist at work used to call me. BTW, MrT bears no resemblance to me apart from the fact I am follicly challanged in the head department. Also I am not into gold jewellery of any sort. Martin
  13. Thanks for the photos, the Tucano was a backdrop to my life from the time it entered service to the end. Mrs T came from North Yorkshire and although a student in Leeds when I met her she was living at Rainton and the Tucano was a regular from 1988, she then lived in York and when we moved to Rothwell the Tucanos were still around, even after 7FTS closed as Church Fenton was still used and they were frequent touch and go visitors to Leeds Bradford. Very distinctive engine note meant you always knew they were around. Lovely pictures of an aircraft that was always going to be around until one da
  14. This is my Supermarine 224 in 1/72nd from the old Rareplanes vacformed kit. Built in response to Spec F.7/30 for a four gun day and night interceptor with a top speed of not less than 250 mph, the 224 first flew in February 1934. The aircraft failed to meet the specified speed and the steam cooled Goshawk engine was basically a bad idea for a fighter aircraft and had reliability issues. Even at the time of its first flight R.J. Mitchell was refining the design by adding a retractable undercarriage and an enclosed canopy and changing the wing. Further refinement saw a new tailplane and a new
  15. At long last the 224 is finished and going into the gallery. Thanks for the comments and encouragement
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