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  1. Hi Peeps Way way back when the world was much younger, summers longer, a night out gave you change from a shilling,52 hour shifts in t'mill were a part-time job a foolish SleeperService entered the 70s WarPac/NATO GB with this offering LINKY LINK Fortunately I found the abandoned project sobbing quietly to itself while stash mining and @rob85 was kind enough to grant it a second chance at life. As it stands lies scattered on my table top may be viewed below Hmm table not as clean as I thought However while my Bolly III is in the early sand, prime, inspect, fill, repeat stage I need a reason to avoid chores and this will do I had intended to do a Royal Marines 2CV for this GB but that has been thwarted by my complete inability to find the kit, or possibly even buy it. However that's on the list to be dealt with. So Dear Reader to work.
  2. With a nod to @Mjwomack I've dug this failed attempt out of the Boxes of Doom. This is the ancient Sanger Blenheim IV in 1/48. It was intended for the Maritime Patrol GB but then I discovered that it never flew any missions while attached to 5 (BR) Squadron RCAF so that was that. I also realised that my attempted fuselage corrections had been way off the mark so it went into the Four Boxes of Doom. It will be the one and only Bollingbroke III floatplane. A rather lovely aircraft actually improved by being given big boots. The other reason for building it is to ensure that Airfix announce a 1/48 Blenheim IV at Telford this November. I've spent a couple of days splitting the fuselage, widening it and fitting the nose section. The wings have been worked on too and all is being sanded and shaped. I will post the fruits of this effort when I can take it out of the airing cupboard and remove the jig holding it all firmly in place. The wings have been a 'challenge' but were finally forced to conform. That seemed like a good reason to pause to me.
  3. I promised @trickyrich an F-82 for the NAA GB but 17 months later my meds are working and a look at the Modelcollect kit with sanity filtered eyes has caused a change in plans. So with nearly a year to build it I'm chucking my hat in the ring with this Brought from the BM For Sale thread way back in 2014 it's the original Monogram P-51 Mustang kit. If it goes well the F-82 may* happen afterwards. Arrived with the raised panel lines removed and scribed although the wing joints were filled in real life (cos it's a laminar flow wing see). Airframe & Miniature 6 confirms that the kit is basic but sound so I'm going to build this THIS PAGE among much else shows that the P-38 equipped group used it in their 'Clobber College', these were Combat Schools set up by Groups to instruct new pilots in combat and operational technique after the 8th Air force training units were closed. It was also probably employed by officers attending meetings at other airfields, have a gander HERE at the last photo showing several different unit's aircraft parked up together, seems like a better idea than WW2 British roads More info HERE and HEREABOUTS. The aforementioned A&M 6 will be my main reference along with Jacek Jackiewicz's 'Hacks - Utility Planes of the Mighty Eighth' I highly recommend both titles. I will be using a little artist's licence on this; I don't see the yellow exhaust pipes lasting long, I also believe that the first time it hit the workshops at least some stencils would be reapplied. The US taxpayer got good value from this aircraft as it survived the European War and nearly WW2 entirely. All round a worthy subject I feel. * - Not a cat in Hell's chance the Sanger Blenheim is enough masochism for one year.
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