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  1. A cracking model nicely photographed, their 1/32 scale Gladiator is another good model. My question about the photography. I build bi planes and find that the top wing inevitably casts a strong shadow on large sections of the model. How did you light these pictures? Also assume that you “photo shopped” out the background and increased the depth of field with a small aperture setting. Any hints would be appreciated.
  2. First the bad news Maintrack went out of business about 10 years ago. Good news - I think that I have a book somewhere with pictures and drawings will have a look when I have a chance
  3. Hi Paul Few pictures of AEF Chipmunks at Shoreham probably 1966/67. 1960 flying 2 by Ray Staley, on Flickr 1960 flying 4 by Ray Staley, on Flickr 1960 flying 5 by Ray Staley, on Flickr 1960 flying 6 by Ray Staley, on Flickr 1960 flying 7 by Ray Staley, on Flickr 1960 flying 8 by Ray Staley, on Flickr 1960 flying by Ray Staley, on Flickr
  4. At the start of the latest lock down I decided to rescue three kits for the “shelf of doom”. I bought this Hasegawa 1/32 Boeing F4B-4 second hand about 20 years ago. Construction went well until I tried the decals which were complete rubbish. Over the years the kit languished on the shelf mainly being used as a test bed for different paints being applied to other models. Hannants had the Yellow Wing Decals for this kit in stock and I ordered a set. Some of the missing bits turned up in the bottom of the spares box (yes I know I have forgotten to fit the auxiliary wing struts) but it was mostly a question of repainting. Yellow Wing Decals This Yellow Wing Decals set has been reviewed elsewhere on this site. Sufficient to say you get decals for 3 Navy and 1 Marine aircraft. They handle and adhere very well indeed. My only observation is that you have to be careful applying the various very small warning stencils they provide. I managed to get them to roll up into tight little balls!! Apart from my own ham fistedness these are really good decals. IMG_0664 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_1596 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_1598 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_1599 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_1600 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_1656 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_1657 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_1658 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_1660 by Ray Staley, on Flickr
  5. Mark - Scroll back to page 1 of this post and you will see pictures of the kits - they are 1/72 scale
  6. This is my attempt at the Pegasus 1/72 Vickers FB5 Gun Bus. I posted the pictures not because it’ my best ever model but simply because I finished the bloody thing!! Like all Pegasus kits you have to fashion all the 12 FB5 wing struts as well as fabricating the rear tail boom and it is an absolute rigging nightmare. Unfortunately the original decals were useless so replacements came from the spares box. This is my 5th Pegasus kit in 12 months and I have to say that they all require a bit more effort than mainstream models but turn out worth the extra work. IMG_001 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_002 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_003 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_1040 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_1043 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_1044 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_1046 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_1048 by Ray Staley, on Flickr
  7. As some of my comments and pictures that appear earlier in this thread were from me I suppose should post the end results. The only problem with building two of the same kit is that you need to make a different set of markings. The blue markings are painted decal paper/paint the other is OTB. I belong to an American model group and US models said Tamiya Mini XF-3 Flat Yellow Acrylic Paint with a semi-gloss varnish was a good match. For various reasons end up not using the varnish but overall I think they turned out OK. IMG_9913 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_9914 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_9916 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_9921 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_9922 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_9925 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_9933 by Ray Staley, on Flickr
  8. In 1918 Antony Fokker designed a two seater ground attack aircraft based on Fokker D-7 components. Apart from the pilot’s cockpit was moved forward and a gunner’s compartment added, the wing span was increased. So confident (or consented) was Fokker that his design was going to be ordered that he started production on 36 air frames. The military rejected the machine as no great advance over existing types. In Nov 1918 Fokker bribed officials to provide trains so he could smuggle air-frames, engines and components to Holland. This including the 36 two seat Fokker’s. The Fokker’s were bought by the Dutch military as the C1 where they proved popular, the last one retired in 1936. This model is based on two of the old Revel 1/72 scale D-7’s as the wings need to be lengthened. The D -7’s wingspan was 29ft 5 inches and according to my book Fokker added 2 meters to the span (don’t you just love it when they mix imperial and metric measurements!!) I used a spread sheet to calculate the new wingspan. Camouflage and markings Photographs suggest that the prototype had lozenge camouflage but I did not have any suitable decals. But the all metal Junkers C 1 two seater was painted green as were the Dutch aircraft. So my 2 seater is green!!!! IMG_0704 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_0847 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_0848 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_0849 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_0883 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_9846 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_9856 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_9866 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_9870 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_9872 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_9876 by Ray Staley, on Flickr
  9. Here is the story behind of one of the WW1 military grave at St Nicholas’s church in Old Shoreham It is the final resting place of Canadian WW1 fighter pilot Captain Albert Desbrisay Carter who was killed on Thursday 22nd May 1919 when the captured German Fokker D.VII serial 8482/18 he was flying was seen to break up in mid-air. Albert Desbrisay Carter was born in Point de Bute, New Brunswick Canada and joined the 13th Reserve Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force in March 1911. On 1 October 1917, Carter transferred to No. 19 Squadron Royal Flying Corps in France flying Sopwith Dolphin scouts. He subsequently becoming an ace by shooting down six enemy aircraft. On 18 March, Major Carter was shot down by German ace Lieutenant Paul Billik. Carter fell behind German lines, survived the crash, and was captured. He finished his war in a prisoner of war camp being repatriated on 13 December 1918. In 1919 Number 1 Wing Royal Canadian Airforce reformed at Shoreham airport with Captain Carter serving with Number 1 Squadron RCAF. The accident report can be seen at: http://sussexhistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=1839.25;wap2 Carter by Ray Staley, on Flickr Fokker_D.VII_with_Major_W.G._Barker_V.C._captured_aircraft_at_Hounslow_Aerodrome_UK_April_1919._Library_and_Archives_Canada_Photo_MIKAN_No._3214714 by Ray Staley, on Flickr 2009_0622Annabel0008 by Ray Staley, on Flickr
  10. RAS

    Fury colours

    I have an ancient copy of Camouflage and Markings Number 5 Gladiator, Gauntlet, Fury and Demon which cost 6 bob or 30np when it was published. According to page 115 “43 Squadron based at Tangmere, Sussex with Number 1 Squadron had the distinctive Black and White checkerboard markings. When the Fury’s were first delivered in 1931, the Black squares were only painted on the Aluminium finish, but eventually the White squares were added. On the fuselage the rectangle of Black and White squares was positioned forward of the roundel, and on the upper surfaces of the wing a long rectangle of similarly coloured squares was painted between the roundels. The Squadron Commander had the entire fin area painted Black and White, and the flight commanders aircraft had their fins painted in flight colours. The wheel discs were also painted in the respective flight colours. Although photographs of 43 Squadron Furies taken in 1936 and 1937 do not seen to exist, it appears almost certain that the Squadron crest was painted on the fin inside the standard ‘spearhead’ on many aircraft. “ I have built three of these nice Airfix Fury’s but chickened out so two are Camouflaged and one is Trainer Yellow.
  11. Ordered Thursday – delivered today Well done IMG_9756 by Ray Staley, on Flickr
  12. This is thread is well timed as I would like to make 3 US Navy Yellow Wing kits from the stash but the only paint that I have is Revell 15 mat yellow. How close is it to the US Navy Yellow? IMG_9731 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_9730 by Ray Staley, on Flickr
  13. May I ask for a bit of non-modelling information relating to this thread? I live near Shoreham airport where 277 Squadron (in part) were based. Does anyone have any pictures of 277 aircraft at Shoreham, I have a few from the Air Sea Rescue film made there and at Newhaven but always interested in more pics? Many thanks 12622063_10153527437499005_3486163099722266532_o by Ray Staley, on Flickr
  14. Very Nice indeed. Which paint did you use for the main body?
  15. For my part I suggest something with a simple one colour paint job like the all blue US Navy Corsair/Hellcat etc.
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