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  1. Hi there Living in Norway has exposed me to the lesser known aircraft used over here. Put that together with IPMS Norway members Nils and Ruben who respectively run Vingtor Decals and Lima November Decals, it is now possible to build models of many civil and military plane operated here over the years. One of the first Lima November decal sheets came out for the Norseman. I liked the green colour used on this plane so I thought it would be an easy build. Nils has given out a book about the Norseman in Norwgian service that describes the plane, includes lots of detail pictures as well as awrite up of 2 of his builds. Anyway, all this meant that there was some work needed to improve the kit. These were: 1. Roof hatch moved further aft. 2. Heater outlet fitted to left side of nose. 3. Carburetter intake opened up. 4. Leading end of ribs removed from wings. 5. Blisters fitted to upper wing over fuel pump locations. 6. Cargo hatch size and location moved. 7. Float width and height increased. 8. New struts made to suit plans and new float profiles. 9. The right green colour was found. Some testing with all the enamal paints in my draws was done, see the spoon picture below. After some trial and error I landed on an old Humbrol Authentic HF 2 green mixed 2:1 with white. The basis for the shade of green was a picture of this plane in Nils`s book. 10. The white stripes for the fuselage and engine were discarded ans the off-white sprayed on. 11. The green in the Wideroe decals needed toning down with a light overspray of white to match the grren of the plane. 12. The beaching gear was made from scratch with some Bf 109 tail wheels and F-104 main wheels. 13 Albion Alloys pitot tube Onto the pictures. Along the way a jig had to be made to get the floats and the plane in the correct position/orientation for the struts. Here it is along with a picuture of Nils book. And here is the spoon test for the green. Regards Toby
  2. Hi there I recently completed my second Norwegian Air Ambulance using the Revell EC-135 kit. The first was using the Airfix MBB BO 155 kit. To make an up to date EC 135 I had to steal the radar nose from a Heller EC 145 kit. Both were finished using the excellent Lima November decals produced by one of our local IPMS club members. I see the EC -135 flying over my house sometimes when they are on a mission. These helicopters are often in the news for their rescue operations. There are some good clips on Youtube showing their rescue’s which are often very risky. Look for: Norsk Luftambulanse. There is a very good clip of a helicopter balancing on the roadside crash barrier to let the doctor out due to insufficient landing space on the road next to a cliff wall.. Unfortunately there was a fatal accident a couple of years ago when the helipcopter struck power lines when landing. Anyway, on the the pictures.
  3. I started this one at Christmas thinking it would be a nice quick build. Few parts, rattle can of white paint, a bit of red at the front end...... Well it has taken me until now to get it done! I always thought the Dreamliner was a bit on the ugly side, but I have to say that building this model has changed my mind. It has lovely flowing lines and had gone from ugly duckling to beautiful swan. Maybe it has something to do with them now appearing in proper airline liveries rather than prototype colours. The kit is the Revell boxing of the Zvezda mouldings, and is beautifully done. The fan blades in the engines feature individual blades, cleverly moulded as two rings of blades that fit together. The cockpit glazing was a slightly oversize fit and required sanding to blend it in. I polished it back to clarity with micromesh cloths as I prefer clear glazing to window decals. Decals are from Lima November and very nicely done. I chose EI-LNB (Irish reg. as these aircraft are leased and not on the Norwegian register) 'Thor Heyerdal' as my Grandmother was at school with him! All in all an enjoyable build, not as quick as I thought it would be, but it is a big aeroplane especially when seen next to a 737. Thanks for looking John
  4. This summer I took the family for a holiday in Stavanger, Norway, flying from Manchester with Norwegian. The aircraft waiting at the gate was LN-NOM 'Greta Garbo' so when Ruben of Lima November decals announced a sheet for this very aircraft I just had to get one. The kit is the Revell 737-800 with my own mods to extend the winglets and fix the undersides of the engines to get the correct shape. This particular aitcraft carries a satellite receiver on top of the fuelsege in front of the fin, and this was scratchbuilt from plasticard. After that it's an easy enough build. The Lima November decals are superb, fitting very nicely and with good colour density. All are silk screen printed except for the 'Greta Garbo' on the tail which is laser printed. The instructions are very good, even containing photos of the real aircraft including a good close shot of the satellite instalation. So, I introduce you to Miss Garbo.... And with another of my Norwegian fleet, "Edvard Grieg" Thanks for looking, John
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