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  1. A little outside of my usual timeframe of models, the TSR2 is a bit special. I first saw one at Duxford about a year after she arrived and my dad filled me in as to what she was. I took this photo in about 1978 I think and she stuck in my memory. She is XR222, a never completed pre production model. Only XR219 flew, and the only other survivor is XR220at Cosford. So when a 1/48 Contrails vacform came up at a good price I thought I would give it a go. I hadn’t built a vacform before but it would give me some practise in case I wanted to build another vacform in the future So here she is. Not perfect by any means and I left some of the kit inaccuracies, but had a go at fixing others. The intakes, for example, got a complete rebuild. The back end got a rebuild, with new jet pipes built in to shape around There was no cockpit so that was scratch built with resin seats. The vacform canopy was cut to pose the canopies open The jet pipes extend through the body and the main wheel wells and bomb bay are built around them from scratch The undercarriage had a totally rebuild with only the wheels surviving from the kit So so that’s her done. Not perfect but I enjoyed the build. Thanks for looking The build thread is here
  2. With my Bentwaters F-16 done I was all set to get in to an F-4G kit, but a Vacform kit I got on eBay a while back was looking at me from the stash. Now I have done some modifying & some scratch building before, but never a vacform. Couldn’t find the right subject at the right price. Then one day on eBay this Contrail 1/48 TSR2 popped up. Now I am sure the Airfix one is a better option, but at the price & as a first vacform kit I thought I would give it a go. I have had a bit of a fascination with TSR2 since seeing the Duxford example with panels missing back in the late 70s. I did wonder if I should have made progress with this before posting, but I figured there might be some useful guidance that people could offer. I am planning to go with anti flash white rather than ‘what if’ camo. And since it was never operational I guess weathering is a bit pointless. This could take a while...
  3. Star Wars BTL A-4 Y-Wing (VC03) 1:72 GreenStrawberry It's common knowledge that the new Bandai Star Wars model kits are pretty awesome, especially since they can be made without any paint or glue, but with this being a modelling forum there are likely to be a lot of us considering upgrades, because we just can't resist! GreenStrawberry have a raft of update sets for these kits that should satisfy most tastes, and they have now broadened their range by introducing a new range of vacform canopies, and with more planned and in progress. What does a vacform canopy do to improve your model? It gives you a more scale-accurate window pane to the full-size props, and it allows a greater view into the interior of the ship with less distortion. This is ideal if you're painting and/or detailing the area, or if you just want a more realistic looking canopy. The set arrives in a small box in the usual dark GS theme, with the two canopies inside protected by a ziplok bag, accompanied by an instruction sheet and a set of vinyl masks for good measure. The two canopies are different because one is moulded pre-cut into front and rear halves, while the other is moulded closed, allowing you to choose open or closed, or just build two and be done with it.  There's a lot of folks that are a bit wary of using vacform canopies, but they're actually not too difficult once you know how - if you do, skip to the next paragraph. If you fill the interior void with Blutak before you begin cutting, and use a brand new #11 blade, scoring round the cut mark lightly so that you don't drift away from the line. Once you've cut it out, offer it up to the model, and gently sand any uneven or proud areas with a sanding stick, being careful not to scuff the clear surfaces. When you're happy with the finish, peel off the Blutak and clean both sides, then dip it in your Klear/Future or whatever you use so that it's ready to use on your model. Conclusion A useful set that has been missing from the aftermarket scene until now, and they should hopefully sell well to anyone looking to add a bit more realism to their model. The range is continually expanding, so if your preferred topic isn't yet covered, keep checking back. Review sample courtesy of
  4. My first time posting any model photos here, so I hope this turns out ok. This is my recently completed Macchi C.94 flying boat, which uses the Broplan 1/72 vacform as a starting point. Most of my models are scratchbuilt, or based on vacform underpinnings which have a significant scratchbuilt content, so my completions are somewhat infrequent. Major projects like this typically consume around 1000 hours' work, thinly spread over several years as I usually work on multiple projects in rotation. As is typical with my vacform builds, only major components were used and practically everything else was scratchbuilt, except for the engines, which are Vector resin Bristol Pegasus. Cockpit and cabin are fully detailed throughout. The Macchi C.94 was a product of famed designer Mario Castoldi, but a distinct change of pace from his more familiar Schneider Trophy seaplanes. With an all-plywood structure and hull lines reputedly derived from WW1 Curtiss flying boats, it was a curious blend of ancient and modern. 12 were built: 6 Serie I aircraft with Wright Cyclones and 6 Serie II with Alfa-Romeo Bristol Pegasus engines. All initially served on the Mediterranean routes of Mussolini's airline Ala Littoria, beginning in 1936. But in 1938, the last 3 constructed were transferred to Argentine affiliate Corporacion Sudamericana de Servicios Aereos, where they were named Rio de la Plata, Rio Parana and Rio Uruguay. As their names suggest, they served the River Plate and tributaries and also a coastal route running from Rosario in the south to Montevideo in the north. After around 8 years of reliable service through the war years, all 3 were destroyed in a suspicious hangar fire and replaced by Short Solents. Probably the only 'Golden Age' Argentinian subject I will ever make. Most of my projects are American or British, but occasionally I get the urge to build something exotic !
  5. Finally finished a Contrail vac in time to start a project for the Frog GB, so here is a 1/48 Bristol Blenheim prototype. Like all vacs the kit needs a lot of patience and filler but I was lucky enough to have a spare set of nose glazing and resin interior from a Special Hobby kit. K7033 went through a number of changes before being painted in camouflage and delivered to the RAF, the spinners were soon ditched in favour of easier access for maintenance and was fitted with the standard dorsal turret rather than the trial one on the model.
  6. Having a soft spot for all things Postwar Vickers aircraft, I thought I would try my hand at this Vacform model produced by Gene Hooker of USA, I think originally the moulds may of come from a Travel Agents desk model as the kit is not supplied with any props or wheels, but looking at the plans I have it looks quite accurate. This shall be a challenge as I intend to have the passenger doors open with scratch built steps, I shall be constructing the front part of the engines and making resin moulds from these, also the Aeroclub props are from the Britannia which will be modified, all the windows and doors will need cutting out, I am thinking of making the windows from clear resin, the only thing I shall need to find is some suitable wheels. Once I have constructed the basics such as the wings and such I can then add extra detail and start scribing Hopefully as this will be a challenge it will be painted BEA red square colours. The 4 photos below were taken from Carlos a memeber on Britmodeller and can be deleted at his request, as I did not take any photos showing how the vacform model looks straight from the box, but gives a good indication on how basic the model is and what work needs to be done to make it acceptable.
  7. So having tested the water with a couple of RFI's here, I thought I'd take the plunge and start my first WIP. Its a Vacform 1/72 T21 by Phoenix models. Like my T31 I posted in RFI a few weeks back, this is another aircraft that I spent some happy years experiencing the joys of flight as a teenager, with 615 Gliding school at RAF Kenley. As you can see, although basic, they are probably all that could be offered for such a kit. Thanks to some very helpful information from Chris @stringbag I also have some plans from an old edition of the Aeroplane. The plans appear very accurate and are ideal for working on this model in this scale. Thanks again Chris! So a start has been made on separating (almost) all the parts from the main sheet..... The first thing I plan to tackle is the wing which I think will be the biggest challenge. As Chris pointed out and the plans confirm, there are two stages of dihedral on the undersurface, but the top surface of each wing out from the centre is perfectly flat, with just a small amount of dihedral at the centre point. I decided to use some brass strip to help form this, which enabled me to produce a plastic spar (both seen below). The brass is very rigid and was bent in a small vice at the three points along the wing. The plastic spar was then assembled against the brass with superglue joins. The next stage will be to modify the plastic spar such that the outer two sections are flat across the top, but retain the anhedral underneath. At the moment this is a trail and error idea. I may end up having to produce some internal wing ribs as there appears to be some under camber on the lower wing. I cant promise this WIP will be quick, but it might be interesting watching me grapple with this thing and my ideas! Stay tuned if you are interested! Cheers Terry
  8. I'll start by wishing all Britmodellers a very happy 2019 So... a new year means a new project. I've had this ID Models' 1/32nd Sunderland MkI/II vacuform in the stash for a few years now, and decided that it was time to give it a go. The inspiration is in fact a multi-engine group-build that's going on over at Large Scale Planes for the duration of this year, and I thought this fitted the bill perfectly. I'm hoping to get this completed by the end 2019 - the fact that there's no landing gear/undercarriage bays or bomb bays to worry about having to scratch-build should mean this is doable providing the motivation remains. I'm planning on a fully-detailed flightdeck as well as opening up the bomb hatches on the sides of the fuselage. This thing is massive - the plans below are laid out on our kitchen table. The cutting mat is in fact A3 sized! IMG_0639 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr I'm busily rubbing down fuselage halves and opening various portholes etc. at the moment, so a pictorial update will be coming in the next couple of days. Until then, happy modelling! Tom
  9. I would like to enter with this Short SC.5/10 Belfast in 1:144 scale by Welsh Models: It is a good size kit for 1:144 scale and should give me lots of hassle, frustration and pleasure building it. Mike
  10. Hello All, A bit late to the party but here is my project, two Bristol Scouts, one injection moulded by MAC and a vacform by Libra. Some spare parts from the MAC one including decals will be used in the vac build. Not decided schemes yet but the Libra will be a 'D' and the MAC a 'C' Just noticed the Libra kit is issue 001, would have been a collectors item if I hadn't already started chopping it up!
  11. Hmm, this may be a tad ambitious ... The kit ... Not shown are two round contrail rods, and a small, really small, sheet of clear plastic. No decals, and no guns or bombs - none of these were in the kit. And the instructions ... Looking at the photo of the instructions, I've just realised that something I thought was an alternative tail skid is really the break. Planned changes: I'll see about replacing the engine, either scavaging from another kit, or scratch-building the thing. The fin/rudder and tailplane/elevators will probably be replaced with plasticard, which is easier to work than smoothing a flat-plate vacform cut out p.s. I'll have to work out a solution for the wing root spars - plastic studs just will not be strong enough.
  12. Back in the days before the internet , when we had to look at books for refferences , after market was virtually nil , an amazing man produced a quite limited kit of the Lightning in 1/32 scale. OK Yes it was Vacform , but it was superb. I was a teenager and was looking through scale aircraft modelling magazine and saw an ad for said kit. I had to have one. My Dad drove me from Essex to Maidenhead to get one from the Man himself , Frank Brown. He was a very friendly man. He showed me some built up ones and also the most gobsmackingly good solid resin fuselage with white metal inserts. I believe it was a master for the kit. No idea what resin it was but it was glass smooth and dark blue.Fantastic. The kit was built and displayed in my room before finally getting destroyed years later somehow. I have built a few over the years , i even started one using the Aires bits for the Trumpeter kit , but sold it on to a friend before finishing it. I now want to build another one. One came up on the web for a good price and it arrived today. All is good and the kit it as beautiful as the first time i saw it. Unfortunately the canopy is very yellow. Not to worry i will attempt to make a vac form machine and make a new one. I will post photos of the kit this evening.
  13. Finally completed my Botha, or rather I can't look at it any longer! This is my fourth vacform, what usually happens is I choose a subject, Bombay for instance and then Valom produce a kit or Sparrow and...you guessed it. There is not much chance with the Botha. Out of my vacs so far this has been the most difficult, even the Iris for the Floatplane GB was easier. Not sure why this one has been so problematic but the main additions/changes are; -total rescribing -replaced cowlings with Halifax ones plus gills of plastic strip -cockpit interior -scratched landing gear -I overcut the front glazing and replaced it with a plunge moulded one -scratched gun turret detail etc Some pictures Hope you like it, very glad to move onto something else, a nice simple OOB Bristol Bulldog in the Airfix GB for instance, it will certainly be less Botha.
  14. New project- Contrail Blackburn Botha 1/72. Guaranteed to be long winded and difficult. Not sure why but I have developed a liking for unusual ugly aircraft and keep acquiring vacforms, this is actually my third following a Bombay and sparrow. I've been tinkering with this for a while so most of the bits are cut out and sanded, the first issue is the nacelles supplied are far too big so I am using a couple of old Airfix Halifax ones with new gills and added detail to the engines. The down side is that my Hali now has two nacelles missing, so if anyone has any spare I would gladly purchase them! Does anyone have definitive proof of the number and distribution of porthole windows along the fuselage? Despite looking at numerous photos and drawings I am still not certain, my current thoughts are 5 on the port side and 4 on the door side? The Aeroplane magazine article is an invaluable source of photos and details, it cost a few quid on ebay. Some pics..
  15. Good evening ladies and gentlemen, I have sadly been rather busy and lost a little enthusiasm for modelling the past month. Partly that's also because I have lost my big lever arch binder full of decals which contains the sheet of swastikas I need to finish my Stuka WIP. It's here somewhere, but I am suffering from man-vision where things sat right in front of me are invisible. Anyway, I went to the Aberdeen Modellers' Society meet on Tuesday as I try to do every month since I restarted going, and spotted this little white box sat in a pile of unloved kits. When I were a lad, there was a man named Steve (who also goes to the AMS meets now) who used to run a stall at a Sunday market nearby. The market was rubbish, frankly. My parents used to drag me along. It was full of tcheuchter tat and music vendors specialising in Danny O'Donnell cassettes and sometimes CDs. Steve's little stall however sold, as far as I can remember, pretty much only Welsh Models kits. In exchange for my good behaviour, my dad would usually buy me a one of the simpler vacform kits. Hence in my teenage years I built a surprising number of vacuum formed kits. Mostly these were Welsh Models things such as the SA Twinpin, Valetta, Hs748, Beverley, Boeing 757 and so on. I also conquered (although in retrospec, it wasn't the masterpiece I thought it was at the time) the 1:72 BAe Nimrod from Formaplane?? (the fuselage was split behind the wing - Aircraft In Miniature I think re-did it with a one-piece fuselage - I have one in the stash) and some 1:72 prototypes including the Republic Thunderscreech supersonic turboprop and de Havilland DH.110. I saw the Valiant and decided I really, really wanted it. I haven't built anything in this scale in a long time. It's cute, and it really appeals. I am hoping to get this finished quickly. I'm absolutely not about to claim to be any sort of authority on making vacuum formed models, but since some fellow modellers have not yet had the satisfaction and seem reluctant to try, I've taken a few snaps along the way to show how I do it, if only to show that it really isn't a dark art and they are surprisingly satisfying to build in an age where kits generally fall together and somehow I personally am still never content with what I produce. So, what's inside? It says it has resin wings and tail on the box, but I didn't read that. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the sanding would be limited to the fuselage. The resin castings are of good quality. To work with vacuum formed parts, I like most start by drawing around the parts with a permanent marker, such as a Sharpie pen. Next, I use a fresh scalpel blade and score around the part around 1~2mm away from the part. The surrounding styrene can be cleanly snapped away. To prepare the mating surfaces, I use a fresh piece of fairly coarse (180grit) wet and dry paper on a hard flat surface, used wet. I rub the part against the paper. This is why you want the paper wet - imagine the dust and clogged paper otherwise! When the pen can be seen through the reverse side of the plastic, you're almost there, and the 1~2mm surround left just peels away. That's pretty much all there is to it. I tacked the wings on with a small blob of medium CA. This revealed that the wing roots moulded on to the fuselage are not symmetrical. Not a big issue really, but best prepared for now rather than later. The under camber of the resin wings also doesn't match the aerofoil on the fuselage: I made a tool (a cleverer person would just buy one) to sand the cockpit and bomb aimer's fairings: The tail castings are nice but the tailplane sat slightly too far forward on the fin. This was easily rectified by filing the backs of the slots slightly to let them engage deeper. The acid test where you get to see if your fuselage sanding was correct - this is good enough for me ! Also, the panel lines on the resin wings are assymetric, so the offending line was filled, the jet pipe fairings adjusted to suit and a new line scribed. To address the wing root issue, I backed the roots with Milliput, inserted the kit supplied fuselage formers (I changed their positions to suit my preferences) and taped it up to harden whilst I went out to lunch. It's not often I get a day off my day job so thought lunch with my wife was in order. I'm now about to attack those wing roots ...
  16. The Andover C.1 was a regular aircraft to be seen in my military days and I would like to build one in 1:144 scale for the Hawker-Siddeley GB. The problem is that I only have Welsh Model's Andover CC.2 version and cannot afford the outlay for their modern, resin/vacform C.1 version. My thoughts are pondering on doing a conversion of this Queen's Flight CC.2 kit to a brown/tan/black C.1 transport version. I have one diagram which shows the port side profiles but could do with more detailed plans or g.a. drawings. Can anyone help please? cheers Mike
  17. This will be my subject for this group build: There are three sheets of vacformed pieces plus a set of props, wheels and struts in white metal: The letters on the decal sheet appear to be black; however, other references show these to be blue. I may have to make my own decals in the correct colour. I have a set of Aeroclub engine cowlings which I had set aside for this build and will hopefully enhance the model. This kit has been stored in the loft for quite a few years so the first thing to do is give the plastic a thorough wash with warm soapy water, to clear and grease and fingerprints etc. Then comes the tedious phase, to cut out and sand off all the unwanted residue around the parts before I can start any gluing. Mike
  18. This little kit has been bugging me for a long time so I decided it was time to give it a go. It's the Welsh Models Vacform DH 104 Devon in 1/144 scale. I'd like to start with the (generally) required box shot but it just comes in a wee, clear plastic bag and here's the mammoth set of instructions: And the "kit" itself? Marked up for the worrying part of separation: The worrying part of separation over, all snapped off in clean peices: Let the worrying part of sanding commence: Almost there for the fuselage, another ba' hair off should do it. The vacform comes with two internal bulkheads (The two oval discs between the wing and fuselage on the right of the second pic) but I don't know what scale they are, they certainly won't fit inside this thing so that's it for now until I get them sorted out to size.
  19. I am building this kit for a 34SQN (RAAF) 75th Anniversary display in November at our annual competition, using the Proteus CV440 with some nice Hawkeye Models Australia decals. Hoping it will turn out something like this Started earlier this year with the bulkheads and cockpit, the supplied resin floor piece was a bit thin/weak so it was replaced with plastic card, which also helped to secure it into the fuselage side. I don't get along with super glue for structural joints. Installed into the fuselage half Cockpit roof removed to fit clear section, cuts were not so perfect, some filling required when the parts are finally glued. Reinforcing strips added for the canopy section, where I could fit them that is! Some white metal parts in the kit This much plus a little more already in the LHS nose cone. [ Fuselage together and seams puttied (round 1) The opening for the wing is a tad large ( resin shrinkage causing some of this?) Some packing applied Most of packing applied and tidied up, this also gives a larger glueing surface. Lots of putty work and sanding on the way
  20. This is my first Vacform, so with a promise to build a Contrail Blackburn Perth in the flying boat GB to come, I had better start learning. This Rareplanes kit was still sealed from New with little copper staples, so it's a real blast from the past. The moulding looks very good especially compared to an ID Models kit I was looking at in the stash today that is completely smooth and devoid of any detail ! The first obvious challenge apart from it being Vacform is the lack of decals, if anyone can give me a clue on these it would be greatly appreciated. My instructions below, nice and basic, so let's hope this kit wants to be built after all these year. Painting and decal guidance, so that's Silver and find some then.... Whats all the little "pip" marks ? Looks like they need need to be sanded off ? I did say it was my first Vacform cheers Pat
  21. Greetings all, This is the Welsh Models 1/144 MD-11 vacform with Delta Airlines late 1990's livery laser decals by 26decals. Build thread here. Relatively straightforward, though the build up of the wing mounted engines from bits of vacform and resin was tedious and slow work. Because the decals are laser printed on clear film, the Delta writing on the centre engine is clear and results in a very large blue decal to wrap around the centre engine. My first attempt didn't go well, so a huge thanks to Ray at 26decals for supplying a replacement set. Paints were my usual Zero Paints white primer, Zero brilliant white top coat and various Alclad shades. Clear coating with Alclad Aqua Gloss with a wide flat brush. Despite not turning out quite as good as I hoped, it certainly looks the part alongside my Delta TriStar. I just need a decent DC-10 kit - Authentic Airliners have been out of stock for months now... On with the photos. Regards, Darren
  22. Happy New Year all! I'm going to start the New Year with a brave and possibly vane work in progress of the Welsh Models vacform 1/144 McDonnell Douglas MD-11. My last attempt at a WIP ended in disaster and the kit being binned. And work often interferes in my modelling time so if you're really interested in what is likely to be long-haul I would advise subscribing! Excuses done, I thought it might be good to start with what a Welsh Models kit looks like. Because these are vacforms, the boxes are surprisingly large, yet quite thin: Inside there are two large vac-formed plastic sheets, one containing the fuselage, fuselage bulkheads (4), a wing spar, tail fin halves, centre engine intake liner, engine nacelles: The instructions state that these nacelles are for GE-powered MD11s and not for the PW-powered Delta variants and so are surplus. A separate smaller sheet provides dedicated nacelle and pylons for the PW engines (see later). I wasn't sure what the two small boxes were at the bottom middle, but I've just realised these are the nose and centre gear bays - the L1011 TriStar kit didn't include these so I was expecting to have to scratch build them. A second large sheet contains the wings, tailplanes and redundant GE engine pylons: Finally a smaller vacform sheet includes the Delta Airlines specific PW-powered engine nacelle and pylon halves: Nacelle leading edges, engine fans and exhaust core plugs are provided in resin: The undercarriage, winglets and flap track fairings are provided in white metal: There's a bit of mould seam to clean up, but past experience is that after priming any casting texture disappears. Instructions are sparse, yet provide all the relevant details: Decals are by Two Six Decals. They are laser printed and a little soft, but based on my MD-90 build respond well to Microscale Set and Sol, settling down well. Now for tedious part of vacforms, cutting out the parts and sanding down. Hopefully incremental progress tomorrow.... Regards, Darren
  23. While searching for something I came across a box with half buil Yak-25RV Prop&Jet vacform. I started it many years ago, surely before AModel kit was released, but the fire has gone and I totally forgot that I once had it started. Prop&Jet kits are Tamigawa of vacforms, unfortunately I don't have not made photos of my kit but I found a review on the net in Russian: http://www.rumodelism.com/sunduk/obz090.shtml I also found a dozen of pics I made previously: It took me a couple of days to build wingtip pogo nacelles, stabilizers, merge engines with wings and wings with the fuselage Group portrait of all three of my KUTA entries - all three are NMF and non-injected (resin kit and two vacforms) - need to refresh my supply of Alclad Aluminium
  24. All seemed to be going quite well after starting to build one but when I came to fit the wings to the fuselage it was obvious that something was very wrong. One wing seemed to be higher than the other. Further investigation revealed that when the fuselage was viewed from thr rear one engine exhaust outlet was significantly higher than the other. Has anyone else encountered this problem and what can be done about it? John PS. I wonder if the same problem is present in the Whirlykits version?
  25. Hello Everyone! When I found out that a new Airliner Group build had been organised and was about to start, I started thinking about what to build. The last GB project involved a major cut and shut to bash a Beluga and A340 into an A300-600 which was moderately successful, despite a very stubborn seam at the wing fairing joint Although it didn't make it to the finish line, it's still inching toward completion. Every now and then I work on it, the decals are on but no engines or landing gear are installed. Anyway that's history; shifting through the stash looking for inspiration and something different I came across this: On opening the box revealed the fuselage and bulkheads had been cut from the backing sheet but no other work. I should think this counts as less than 25% started : Sorting everything out confirmed it was all present and correct: The kit was actually bought (along with the Welsh Models A321) about 1996! At that time British Midland was looking to expand the fleet and the competition was between the Boeing 757 and the Airbus A321. My plan at the time was to do both types in the Diamond Service BMA livery as tasters. As it happens not only did we buy the Airbus we changed the livery to the dark blue and grey version around that time, so they would have been a double 'What If'! About 10 years later a 757 did operate for bmi when we wet-leased one from Icelandair to supplant the A330 across the Atlantic. http://cdn-www.airliners.net/photos/airliners/6/6/1/0838166.jpg?v=v20 The kit is, as you would expect, very basic but looks to be a better starting point for a decent 757 than the Minicraft effort. One day I may get the superb Authentic Airliners version, for now this will give my rusty vacform building skills a workout. One thing will definitely have to be changed - the engines. These are pretty awful, the white metal fans are somewhat indistinct and the exhaust is just a blank wall at the back of the nacelle. Most likely I'll replace them with a set of Bra.Z RB211-535Es. I don't know what the livery will be, I might go with the USAir one if the decals have survived after 20 years and feel up to doing a natural metal finish. Maybe if I can find the marked up Icelandair jet it'll be that. Since WhIfs are allowed it could even be the original plan of a full British Midland jet! Now, where's the wet and dry paper... Jonathan
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