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Potato Pete

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  1. That cockpit looks lovely, excellent work Pete
  2. Blimey, those RS kits look a bit scary. Still I suppose that's what filler and sanding sticks were made for....... Anyway, looking forward this, I have a soft spot for the P variant - radials but still the slim nose. Pete
  3. And the spurious cockpit detail now added based very vaguely on a pic I found Not exactly the finest work ever, but with a coat of paint and the fuselage closed up I think it will pass muster just about I've also put bulkhead in the nose and will add one behind the rear gunner's position AndI was right about the butt jointed control surfaces -knocked off one of the rudders already. . Safely recovered and reattached for the moment Pete
  4. That looks like an excellent box of goodies. And the desert scheme looks really striking. Pete
  5. Very nice start there. It really looks just like a scaled done version of their 1/48 offering Pete
  6. OK we're away... Couple of sprue shots to start Basically not too bad at all. Mainly fine raised panel lines and only a bit of flash I was going to start off adding some spurious detail to the cockpit but having recently moved house, I've lost all my plasticard bits and pieces so that's on hold for the moment. The cockpit is pretty basic so I think it will benefit from even a wee bit of detailing and tape seat belts. The kit also comes with a joystick type control column rather than a yoke(?) type so I'll alter that. So instead, on to the bigger bits Wings and tail assembled and the pilot's seat fitted to the cockpit floor. The tail is just clipped into the fuselage halves at the moment. Fit of the major components is good with only minimal clean up required. The control surfaces are just butt joined, a little bit more positive fitting would have been nice. Equally the fit of the roof of the undercarriage bay to the engine could be a bit better, there are locating logs but they're pretty soft. But nothing too traumatic. Italeri would have you drill a couple of holes in the undersurface of the port wing but I can't see what's meant to go there for the life of me, so I didn't. Might regret that later. Anyway, a pleasant start Pete
  7. After much umming and ahhing I'm going to do this chap. Not sure about the colour scheme right now but leaning towards this from the AIMs after market sheet as I like the high demarcation line I'll also probably replace the kit aerials with aftermarket. The kit would benefit from a bit more cockpit detail so I may scratch something "in the style of a Do 217"....... Pete
  8. Just snaffled a Copper State 1/32 early Nieuport XVII. It looks very nice in the box indeed. Only downside I can see so far are the generic colour call outs - can anyone give me guidance for the Light Green, Chocolate Brown and Light and Medium blues? TIA Pete
  9. Just finished a couple of books on Passchedaele. I started with the newish Passchendaele - A New History by Nick Lloyd. A good general narrative history of the campaign covering both sides, with plenty of personal accounts. It suggests that the British army had got to grips with warfare on the Western Front using bite-and-hold tactics for offensives with limited objectives. Where things went wrong it was because of the weather and deviation from the bite-and-hold method. Overall, the thing was a tragedy. I then read Passchendaele - The Untold Story by Robin Prior and Trevor Wilson. Originally published 25 years ago, it's now in its third edition. This is a much more damning read, focussing on British military and civilian leadership. Neither come out in a good light. They agree that bite-and-hold was the way forward, but then point out that the military kept drifting back to weak, poorly supported attacks in poor conditions, guaranteed to produce failure. If the military had learned what was needed to succeed, they often failed to apply the lessons. And it seems questionable whether Haig had even learned the lesson, dreaming of mass break throughs and, when the campaign bogged down, letting his army commanders pursue the slogging match in the mud instead of calling a halt. The civilian leadership was just absent - Lloyd George and the war cabinet might not of liked what was going on (when they could be bothered to turn their attention to it) but couldn't muster the will to tell Haig to halt the offensive. Instead, the campaign was allowed to drag on with ever diminishing returns. Here it's not so much tragedy as incompetence and negligence. The New History is fine and provides the general background before reading The Untold Story. Its conclusions seem weak, but if you were to read just one book on Passchendaele it's probably the one. However Untold Story, whilst more limited in scope, gives a clearer account of why Passchendaele was such a futile campaign.
  10. The Windsock datafiles might be the sort of thing you're after. https://www.windsockdatafilespecials.co.uk Don't own any myself but I've always had the impression they are the go-to references for WW1 aircraft Pete
  11. Just started Snow by Orhan Pamuk. Not really sure where it's leading but found myself 50 pages in without really noticing so fingers crossed
  12. Hi John Hannants stock Aerobunus figures https://www.hannants.co.uk/search/index.php?adv=1&product_category_id=&product_division_id=&manufacturer_id=&product_type_id=1880&code=&scale_id=955&keyword_search=rfc&setPerPage=25&sort=0&search_direction=asc&save_search_name=&save_search= There is also Model Cellar https://modelcellar.com/product-category/1-48-scale/ Mainly pilots, not much in the way of ground crew Pete
  13. A large sack of peanuts to keep the birds happy
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