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  1. For my part I suggest something with a simple one colour paint job like the all blue US Navy Corsair/Hellcat etc.
  2. I thought that I would try a new type of jig for aligning the 12 struts on the Frog Westland Wapiti conversion (as opposed to the usual line it up by eye and hope for the best method). I used the kits top wing to make a clear plastic template of the wing then drilled holes in the clear template which aligned with the struts location holes in the top wing. Don’t know how it will work but as its now summer and I don’t do not much modelling at this time of year so progress is really slow!! But I have a bit of a problem. I started this conversion off without any serious thought about getting a Jupiter engine. Thought I could easily get a resin engine somewhere!! But no such luck so I will try to scratch build one as I have plenty of old engines in the spares box. So does anyone have a spare Aeroclub Jupiter engine with the with the Wapiti type exhaust collector for sale?? https://www.flickr.com/photos/55293722@N02/47965567021/in/dateposted/
  3. I thought Engine & Things was an American site- I am after a Bristol Jupiter engine but don't want to bring it all the way from USA.
  4. I have had this 1/72 scale Revell SE5 in the stash for years but was not too keen on building yet another bog standard green version. Then I saw a fellow modeller had produced a very nice 2 seater version and thought that I would have a go as it was a bit different. Nice easy build that I thoroughly enjoyed making this model. IMG_8504 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_8464 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_8545 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_8553 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_8586 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_8590 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_8595 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_8594 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_8595 by Ray Staley, on Flickr
  5. I went there last year- dam good museum but very cold in late summer!!
  6. Wonky Donkey I actually enjoyed building this kit but do watch the decals they are thick, have lots of carrier film and refuse to settle down IMG_8339 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_8401 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_8328 by Ray Staley, on Flickr
  7. IMG_8489 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_6207 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_6214 by Ray Staley, on Flickr
  8. My first try did not work so I revised the photo permissions and it now works properly. I think I mentioned elsewhere that this kit is not in the same league as the Wingnut Sopwith with its simplified cockpit, oversize struts, big pre drilled rigging holes, massive wing troughs and absolutely horrible decals!!! But it’s also not in the price league, I paid 1/5 of the WN price. But it fell together with no fit problems, has a nice engine and was a pleasure to build. I think that it has the makings of a pretty decent kit in the hands of someone with more talent than me.
  9. This link should take you to pictures of my effort with the Academy 1/32 scale Sopwith Camel. I think I mentioned elsewhere that this kit is not in the same league as the Wingnut Sopwith with its simplified cockpit, oversize struts, big pre drilled rigging holes, massive wing troughs and absolutely horrible decals!!! But it’s also not in the price league, I paid 1/5 of the WN price. But it fell together with no fit problems, has a nice engine and was a pleasure to build. I think that it has the makings of a pretty decent kit in the hands of someone with more talent than me. https://www.flickr.com/photos/55293722@N02/albums/72157706873786765
  10. I have had a 72 scale Revell SE 5 in the stash for some time as I don’t want another bog standard PC10 model. The civil post war typed don’t interest me that much. At a recent model show I saw a nice 2 seater trainer version and thought that I would give it a go. Apparently some trainers were finished in a silver colour and the internal fuel tank was replaced by gravity tanks on the top wing to allow for a second cockpit. As the photo caption says this did nothing for the aircrafts handling!!! IMG_8498 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_8463 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_8504 by Ray Staley, on Flickr
  11. I picked this 1/48 scale Eduard Nieuport kit cheaply at a recent model exhibition. This range of 1/48 scale Eduard Nieuports are terrific kits, easy to build with simple rigging. Yes I know that I forgot the elevator cables – remembered too late and I had dropped the elevators to far to correct the situation!!! The model depicts a machine flown by Lt Armand de Turenne of Escadrille N 48 in 1916. After advanced training at military flying school he was assigned to the Réserve Générale de l'Aviation (RGA) then finally to Escadrille N 48 on 13 June 1916 to fly Nieuport fighters. He scored his first victory on 17 November 1916. On the outbreak of World War II de Turenne was serving as the Commander of the 4ème escadre aérienne, stationed at Reims. He was appointed Commander of groupe de chasse 24, on 14 May 1940 during the battle of France. Following the French defeat de Turenne served in the Vichy French Air Force, as commander of the 8ème groupement de bombardement in Tunis from 19 October 1940, then as Commander of the 3ème groupement de bombardement at Oran from 1 February 1941. He was made a Grand Officier of the Légion d'honneur on 25 December 1941, but on 1 April 1942 elected to take unpaid leave for the next five years. He spent the rest of the war farming in Sidi Bel Abbès. He officially retired from the military on 2 April 1947. IMG_8391 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_8371 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_8370 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_8373 by Ray Staley, on Flickr
  12. This is the 1/32 scale Academy Sopwith Camel. Wingnut it is most defiantly is not with a simplified cockpit, struts and massive ribs on the wings. But it falls together, has a nice engine, is a pleasant build and as I only paid 12 quid for it not 100 pounds for it BUT the decals are rubbish, thick, and won’t settle with visible carrier film. I try to correct the situation but it may be too late. That said I enjoyed making so happy with that! IMG_8400 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_8367 by Ray Staley, on Flickr IMG_8366 by Ray Staley, on Flickr
  13. RAS

    Changes to Flikr

    The photo storage site Flikr have just announced that WIF Jan 2019 their free accounts will be limited to 1000 pictures. More than that and you will need a Pro account at about GBP 60 per year. I use Flikr storage as a back-up for my pictures (which are also on an external hard drive), as a vehicle to post the odd picture to BM and to share with a very small group of friends and family. In the past I have also used Photobucket but found it contained questionable adverts. Family member who are excellent photographers swear by Instagram but I have not tried it. Does anyone have experience of Instagram or any other picture storage site? Can you post to BM from Instagram or should I keep the free Flikr account for that purpose
  14. Dov Thanks for the info, will try a few on a wing from spares box. I normally use the drill a hole/glue but it gets fiddly for twin bay bi planes It also does not help when you drop a model when doing the rigging!! P1110016 by Ray Staley, on Flickr PS See you are from Auz, I have family in WA so have sent quite a bit of time “down under” over the last 3 years. Hope to go back in 2019
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