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Mr T

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  1. Best of luck John I would like to see a 111F, on a different note , what is in the Halifax set? and I am after a list of to match catalogue numbers with bits. Will be missing Huddersfield as down to one car and Alison is working and also I am not keen on driving these days post stroke. Would you mind PM ing me so I am not clogging the board up.
  2. Built one in 1980 as an Israeli aircraft, it is a nice little kit and from what I remember went together quite well and is definitely worth building. Mine got lost somewhere in moves marriage, kids etc.
  3. Thanks for the comments,it does seem to look the part in a crowd with other RAF aircraft of the period.
  4. It is nice to see such good builds of these old kits, are you going to do the one tested by hte Air Ministry?
  5. A nice build, limited run Spitfires all seem to have problems with wing to fuselage fit, as do a lot of mainstream kits. Just to think that at one time a fair number of kits had the same fit issues, anyone remeber the Airfix Yak 9?
  6. This is my only attempt so far at what iffery. It is an F111K (Merlin GR1?) of 15 Squadron in early 1970. The model is basically the Italeri, ex Esci F111A oob apart from the in flight refuelling bay door scribed in front of the cockpit, which is where I understand the probe was going to go. I built it ‘clean’ as I remember as a teenager seeing the then new Harriers and Phantoms being shown this way at airshows etc. Camouflage and markings are based on illustrations of a model I found on the web as to the pattern and the colours are as specified for the period. The serial comes near the beginning of the allocation for production airframes and I have chosen 15 Squadron as from what I have read this was a likely contender at the time. It is finished using Xtracrylix paints with the Green being largely applied with a hairy stick. Stencil decals are from a Microscale sheet (72-452) I have kept for years and the roundeletc. Are from Modeldecal sheets and the spares box. The photos do not show the panel lines that well but they are there. Writing this has set me thinking and somebody may be able to help me. When I was at School in nottinghamshire one Monday afternoon in either 1969 or 1970 (I think it was the former) there were a number of Harriers buzzing around including some which appeared to be landing or taking off. The school was located between Gedling and Burton Joyce on the A612 Nottingham Southwell road. It was a damn sight more interesting than the English lit lesson I was having at the time. I assume they were on exercise, the nearest RAF stations being Newton and Syerston.
  7. Very nice, it captures the delicate and compact look of the original
  8. Well done!, I only saw the kit in the box and never realised what how much work was needed. All your effort paid off with a very nice build.
  9. Lovely builds, and very quickly done. One way round the see throught roundels is to invest in some Fantasy Printshop white backing disks, they do them in a variety of scales, and seem to be mainly meant for modern aircraft, but can be adapted. The 1/48 ones can be used for bigger roundels in 72nd scale. Link is http://www.fantasyprintshop.co.uk/White-Backing-Patches_B216LT.aspx
  10. A very nice build. I have always had a soft spot for the Fulmar and my first vacform build was the Rareplanes Fulmar (alas long gone), makes me want to get mine out the stash Very impressed by hte finish.
  11. I am sure i remember seeing a 57 FIS F15 at an International Air Tatoo in the late 80's early 90's it when the static park was full of fighters. i will go through my slide collection and look as i may have a slide of it,
  12. A very nice model Tony and shows what can be done with a brush. I must admit these days most of my stuff is airbrushed using acrylics, but I always used to brush paint and enjoyed it. The thing that put me off airbrushing using enamels was clean up and the amount of solvents involved and residual smell despite my best efforts to avoid it and which never went done well with SWMBO and young children.Using acrylics I find is much easier and domestically acceptable. As always you provide interest and inspiration with your models.
  13. Following on from a forum topic about Magna kits I thought I would post some pics of a couple of Magna kits that were finished about 28 months ago. Martin Baker MB2 One of the older Magna kits that used a harder slightly brittle resin. The MB2 was a private venture built to conform with Specification F5/34, that called for an eight gun fighter with a top speed of no less that 275 mph. Although built as a private venture it was bought by the Air Ministry and although some of its handling qualities were seen as less than desirable it received a lot of praise for its ease of maintenance. The kit itself was relatively straightfoward as it had few parts, e.g. one part wings . The surface detail was quite well done and the major compoments were put together using epoxy resin as they are quire heavy. The white metail detail parts had quite a bit of flash on them which is about par for Magna and one aspect that could be improved upon. The vacform canopy gave me some moments as I did not take enough off the base at first and I am still not too convinced about it now. From what I have read it is said the MB2 was finished in Green and so I used Xtracylrix Dark Green . The decals were from various Modeldecal/Xtradecal sheets. Gloster F5/34 A more recent kit that is cast in a white resin that is actually fairly easy to work with. The white metal was better too, but still not up to Aeroclub standard. Again fairly few major parts and this time some assitance is given with some location slots. The canopy went on better as I have found on a couple of kits recently with vacformed canopies, that if you do take off about the right amount of acetate (which seems to be a bit trial and error for me!) all of a sudden they fit reasonably well. The model depicts the first prototype that was apparently unarmed, at least at first. Looking at photos the aircraft appears to be in overall aluminum with a natural metal engine cowling (which is on the model, but does not show up too well on the photos. Iused Xtraclriyx Again some Modeldecal shhets were used as only recently have Magna provided decals with some of their newer kits. Hope you like them, off to decal a CMR Welkin. (P.S.sorry for any odd spellings etc, words on a computer still a bit of a struggle sometimes)
  14. A very nice build and inspirational, makes me want to retreive mine from the stash, although I do have a Skybirds86 kit and wonder after reading the WIP whether it might actually be easier, provided I follow Mike Eacocks' instructions to the letter. I love to see such wonderful quality models in 72nd.
  15. I have built the Buckmaster, Venom, MB2 and Gloster F5/34 and posted the Venom on this site a while ago. Yes they are crude compared to CMR and not cheap, but I think that is an issues with all resin kits, the time and material make them expensive. I did not consider them unbuildable by any means and I have built worse injection moulded kits. It depends on what you want to build and how confident you feel about tackling one. I think some of the issues with Magna kits are that they varied the resin used and certainly the more recent kits use a better quality resin. The white metal could be much better in terms of the amount of flash on it. The parts are quite chunky, but on the kits have built they cleaned up quite well and the fit is not too bad. I think the main problem with Magna is it is stuck in a bit of a time warp in terms of technology, The most recent kit I bought still looked as if the instructions etc were bashed on on an old Remington or Imperial. Nowhere as bad as a Merlin Kit and at least they try to tackle subjects no one else will look at.
  16. Best of luck to you. I made one in the late eighties when the real thing was out and about. Like others have suggested i used bits of discarded Tornado. I can distinctly remember the wings not being a good match shape and thinkness wise and it seemed that the kit pushed Chris's moulding machine to the limit and possibly a bit beyond From a build point of view I found that the core of the kit to get right was the two rear fuselage halves and the fuselage underside, once I got a reasonable fir on those the rest of the kit seemed to work, although a stuggle.. Like others have said, be prepared to use of lot of filler and patience and stock up on expletives. Sadly mine went to the scrap heap some years ago. Despite its problems it was still a better kit than the Merlin TSR2, which I actually got as far putting the airframe together
  17. Looking closely at the fuselage halves it is possible to see where Italeri have used plugs for the upper fuselage, rear turret and step and so unless you want to make a Mk5 straight away it migth be worthwhile waiting to see if they plan on releasing a MkIII, which would be easier to to convert. In adition to what Patrick mentioned The are also underwing blisters to add and the front and rear rurret to are different. Martin
  18. On a dry fitting most of my Gnat seemed ok, apart from wing and tanks. Worst fitting Aifix kit, Spad VII, Yak 9 or IL2 seemed pretty dire at the time (1980ish) Merlin TSR2 was definitely awful, mine had bits of mould attached. Martin
  19. I built one sometime in the 80's when it came out and still remember it as a beautiful kit to build and very well detailed for the period. It was at the peak for of my modelling output (No offspring and a less stressful job!) and I was into US Navy amonst other things. I hope you enjoy the build as much as I did. Sadly my model has not survived the ravages of time.
  20. As a film not the greatest, but worth watching for the late seventies US Navy heavy metal. I understand some of it was filmed in the Med (Nimitz being an Atlantic fleet ship at the time). The dogfight sequence is interesting watching the Tomcats split-Sing to stay with the 'Zeros', which were the converted T 6's from 'Tora, Tora, Tora,' One of the other things in the film worth looking at are some good shots of an RF8 Crusader
  21. It is a decal from Blue Rider, a company I think is long gone, although I have seen that Techmod may also offer the pattern
  22. Nice build and I agree wholeheartedly with your comments. Mine is virtually complete structurally and has been sat around awaiting masking of transperancy for the last year or so because I became irriitated with MPM overenginerring the damn thing. I heard a rumour that the moulds were damaged when they were being made and I wonder if there was a rush job to meet a contract deadline with Italeri as it has the feel of being rushed in places. Some more positve location of parts, e.g. the nose would have been helpful. Your build is inspiring me to get mine out again and finish it, as has been said it is buildable but requires patience.
  23. The Albatross D111 was lience built by OEF in Austria and stead of using the lzenge type printed fabrics the Austrians devised th sworl pattern. I am not sure what else it was used on, bu I think it was also used on Hansa Brandenburg aircraft, but do not quote me. At eh the end of World war One withe break up of the Austro Hungarian Empire and the creation of new states in Eastern Europe there were a number of border clashes and out right war. The newly created state of Poland was engaged in major conflict with the Bolsheviks in Russsia and the Poles seemed to used aircraft from where they could get them and so flew a real mix of British, French, German and Austro-Hungarian aircraft. I suspect some of the German and Ausro Hungarain aircraft were left behind, but some may have been bought, how some of these aircraft came to be in the country seems to be a little murky. The Bolsheviks pushed very hard against the Poles to gain (or regain, depending on your perspective!) territory and at one stage in 1920 it looked as if Warsaw would fall. However the Poles fought very hard and stopped the Russians, but the war soured relationships between the two countries up to outbreak of World War Two and the dismemberment of Poland between the USSR and Nazi Germany in September 1939..
  24. After reading some other threads on biplanes, I thought I would put this up. It is an older build (about 2000 I think) using the 1/72nd Revell Albatros D111 and a Blue Rider vacform conversion kit. Not a bad build as the vacform fuselage fitted quite well. The engine and wheels were resin, but I cannot remember whoseand the decals came from Blue Rider. It was the swirl pattern fabric that attracted me as I do not normally build Polish subjects, although I did have a bit of a go at them at the time. The idea of putting what looked liked 1970's carpetting on an aircraft appealed to me. On the photos I have just noticed that a rigging wire has gone slack.
  25. A very nice build, I have one in the stash waiting. Looks better than either the Magna resin or Frog Novo kit. I have built the Spiteful from AZ and that was an ok build for a short run and fitted surprising well in most places. Still I was bought up on Airfix Yak 9's and Vacforms!
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