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About upnorth

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  1. Great model and gift to your friend. The Tempest was one of Heller's best kits for a straightforward and trouble free build. I'm glad it's still available in Smer boxing today.
  2. Most models I've seen built from that kit have had the engine doors closed. Some modelers I've spoken to who know the aircraft well say it's best to leave the engine out completely as it's somewhat overscale.
  3. No, it's not hard but it is fiddly and delicate work. Getting the actuator arms off those thin slats without breaking them takes some patience and gentle touch in my experience.
  4. The Hasegawa F-111 kits are designed to be built with the wings spread and everything hanging. If you want the flaps and slats tucked in and the wings swept back, you'll have your work cut out for you. Unlike most other models of variable geometry aircraft out there, Hasegawa did not design movable wings into their F-111 kits. That said, they build up beautifully. I built their RAAF F-111G kit a number of years ago and quite enjoyed it If you try to convert to the F-111C, remember that you also have the option of putting an extra weapons pylon under each wing.
  5. Not bad, but the choral music is rather cliche.
  6. Thanks so much guys. It looks like I'm doing the work to give her four seats then. Looks like there's quite a few antenna fits to chose from too.
  7. Thanks so much for help so far.
  8. Hi all, Very recently, I bought the newest reissue of Heller's 1/72 Saab Safir and have decided to do it up in the Austrian air force markings that come in the kit. I've been looking without much luck for pictures of the rear cockpit of these aircraft as they were in service. Most specifically, was the extra fuel tank taking up the cockpit behind the pilot a standard feature in Austrian machines or were they later models with four seat cockpits? Most references I've found say the Austrians had the D model, and I understand those didn't have the cockpit tank. The kit has that structure molded as part of the cockpit floor piece and the few photos I can find of Austrian Safirs that show a bit of the cockpit are rather ambiguous as to what's there. I think enough can be seen through the canopy that I should make some effort for it to resemble what really was. If the Austrian Safirs were the four seat version, can anyone point me to a few pictures of the rear cockpit positions so I can scratchbuild the correct arrangement? Thanks in advance
  9. I survived my first week of training on my new job. It was pretty crazy for the first couple of days, but things are settling down and it looks like it will be a good company to work for. I went to the Modellbrno show today and two things happened: 1: I picked up Heller's 1/72 Saab Safir in new boxing. I haven't seen that kit in years and I think it could make a good and undemanding nostalgia build. 2: I got into conversation with a fellow who happened to be a follower of my aviation blog. His eyes lit up when he found out I write a blog he quite likes and he asked someone to take a picture of him with me. Then it was time for my eyes to light up when he introduced himself as the author, Malcolm V Lowe. To have someone with his background and record of written work in periodicals and books tell me that my blog is good reading certainly means a lot. Tonight, I'm going out for drinks with a former colleague that I haven't seen much of since I left the company we worked at. Looking forward to getting caught up.
  10. Hi All, Today saw me out to visit the bi-annual Modellbrno show here in Brno, Czech Republic. I bought myself a new relaease of the venerable Heller 1/72 Saab Safir. Here's some of what was to be seen on the SIG tables: "What If" Biplane Fighters Hydroplanes and Flying Boats Some scenes from the club tables: There was also this stunner at the Amati display in the dealer area: Here's some of what was to be seen on the competition tables:
  11. I'll just put the Beech 18 out there. Many still flying and I've seen them in far too many films and TV shows to remember.
  12. As far as any connection to the Czech military goes, they are completely out of service. The flight school at Pardubice is a civilian contractor called CLV, they are the flight training arm of the LOM Praha company. They tend to all the basic training needs of the Czech air force, plus some international clients. The last Mi-2 in actual Czech air force service was retired in 2004. As far as I can find, the Czech civil register has only four Mi-2s listed though not much info about their current status.
  13. Hello all, This weekend market the annual Pardubice Aviation Fair event in Pardubice, Czech Republic. The event has its focus on civil and vintage aviation with a smaller emphasis on modern military. It was a lovely day and I got a bit sunburnt, but it was well worth it. Here's some of what was on hand: Upon entering the show grounds, I came upon this Mil Mi-2. The flight training school at Pardubice retired the type last year, so it was good to still see one at the show: The Mi-2's replacement, the Enstrom 480 was represented both in static and dynamic displays: The Czech air force had some of their gear on hand, including this Aero L-159 ALCA and a SAR demo with a W-3 SOKOL: As usual, Red Bull made a contribution to the show: Czech air racers, Martin Ĺ onka and Petr Kopfstein, demonstrated air racing with a pair of Extra 300s: A Czech owned Beech C-45: World War One was represented by some replica aircraft that included a Caudron G.III and Fokker D VIII: A Praga SM-92TE Alfa pulls into the static area: The Let L-200 Morava, a Czech GA type from the 1950s: A Bucker Bu-133 Jungmeister that was part of the interwar display: A Mustang on the ground and in formation with the Flying Bulls team: It did my Canadian heart good to see this Beaver: Some other warbirds on hand included a Vultee BT-13, Yakovlev Yak-3 and a Let C.11:
  14. Wow! My hat goes off to anyone who can get a model with that nice a finish out of a Pavla kit! I've built a couple of Pavla kits and they are definitely a "drive from the rough" to get anything halfway decent out of them.
  15. upnorth

    RIP Niki Lauda

    Not just a legend, but a time capsule. He and his contemporaries were an entirely different breed of driver from what we see today. A type that the rules of F1, as they've changed over the years, have ensured we most probably will not see again. RIP, Mr. Lauda.
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