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  1. Another day, another lockdown completion! Not quite; I’d started this model some months ago, but only painted parts on sprue and partly assembled the cockpit. I picked it up again as the time filler between paint coats on the Tsu-Chang (see other RFI). Its an interesting contrast to the Taiwanese jet given both were designed 50 years apart for effectively the same job! As you can see it’s the civilian boxing, though the strakes show that G-ACDC is ex-wartime RAF (though built as a civilian and later called to the colours). Painted in Tamiya acrylics, probably the red should have a tinge more maroon. I went with red DH “hubcaps”, though Airfix instructions say silver – I think silver are the bare wheels in some photos of Delta Charlie. Just to show how small it is: It’s a nice kit that generally goes together okay. The fit of the extra strakes could have been done better (by me) so that less filler was required. Rigging was metallic embroidery thread (a suggestion somewhere on the net), which is probably overscale but gives a good effect. The only real issue is keeping everything tightened correctly, pulling a line taut can result in another distant one slackening off (the same issue would be true for fishing line or invisible thread options). In the two mornings since it was rigged its appeared different lines are tight so maybe picking up some atmospherics? To my eyes there’s possibly a slightly greater stagger on one side than the other, whether it started crooked or was induced by the rigging is a bit late to worry about now. This is a hairy Tiger Moth: Unfortunately robust clean up of such a delicate and mostly painted model is difficult; added to which the silver colour highlights any flaws so there are some defects where the wires were trimmed and made good. Nevertheless it was a good primer in small scale biplane construction, there’s plenty more in the stash…unfortunately most are RAF or USN interwar types so there’s a lot of rigging vs silver paint rectification in my future. Cheers Will
  2. It was my original intention to model one of these Tiger Moths, T-7938 since my father flew her a month beforehand, but in the meantime I've picked up a couple of the venerable Revell 1/32nd scale Tiger Moths, so "in for a penny, in for a pound" I've decided to do a dio of the crash! Madness??? Yes, probably.....challenging definitely but I think it'll be fun. It gives me licence to model the extent of the damage as much, or as little as I think. I'll probably start off before cutting plastic by doing a few sketches from different angles so that I have a plan of attack, as it were. I'm also doing a little research on the cadet pilot killed in the 14 May 43 crash, Sergeant Ernest Thomas Rees from Llanelli. He's an interesting character because he was 27 years old (most like Dad were 18 or 19), married and had been mentioned in despatches! So far I've found out that his MiD was during the Battle of Britain where he was commended for "gallant and distinguished service", presumably as ground crew. I've got a small feature asking for info from any family members being published in next week's Llanelli Star newspaper, keeping my fingers crossed. Max
  3. I've started too many threads recently without making any decent progress. I can't promise this will be any different, but I've spent my weekend back in 1938.
  4. After making what could be considered as an unfair criticism of Paul J's Tiger Moth G-AOEI I thought perhaps I should post one of my own Tiger Moths. Depicted as of 2013 at Cambridge Airport where it is operated by the Cambridge Flying Group (alongside G-AOEI). That's me in the back seat, and Dave in the front (other instructors are available It's an old Airfix kit, with the anti-spin strakes added, and home made decals for the serial and logo on the fin Steve pictures changed 27Mar14 after I deleted the originals without thinking, and again 18Aug2015 !
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