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Looking forward to this one.

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Alternatively, cut about a mm or two OUTSIDE where you need the line and sand back to it, checking the fit every few minutes. Sometimes Paragon's 'cut here' lines were a bit out.

That's a lovely kit to work with. Built quite a few over the years and there's a lot of them in the stash for when I go back to doing Mosquitos.

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Alternatively, cut about a mm or two OUTSIDE where you need the line and sand back to it, checking the fit every few minutes. Sometimes Paragon's 'cut here' lines were a bit out.

That's a lovely kit to work with. Built quite a few over the years and there's a lot of them in the stash for when I go back to doing Mosquitos.

Definitely the way forward for me, that. My cutting isn't the greatest as it is! The new nacelles have got the end of the u/c bay moulded in to them, which is helpful.

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The first cut is the deepest, according to Cat Stevens. I'm assuming he bought some Paragon parts as well.

This is the first time I've ever intentionally made a model to look different to the way it appears in the instructions. Be gentle with me. I did the wings first tonight, as doing the nacelles will be a much more involved job.

First I removed the rear part of the nacelles from the top surface of the wings, then sanded down and re-scribed the flaps into single-piece versions. I know you can still see an outline, but there's no indentation left. After spray filling and primer I think I've done enough. Here's the original:

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My handiwork!

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And then I removed the strengthener from the starboard fuselage. Before:

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After:

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Tomorrow I'll assemble the nacelles, cut the back off and then sand them down and the new, shorter rear 'wedges' to fit as measured on the wing.

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Once that's done I guess it will be time to do the interior. Here's the 1:1 aircraft during stripdown for restoration...

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Mojo restored... time to crack on with the Mossie!

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Thanks Mish, I'd rather lost the will to live after stuffing up a kit as basic as the Airfix Mossie, so having to graft a bit to get a result out of these tiddlers was a tonic. From the rear they have a very suitable look for this GB!

Now it's time to butcher some nacelles...

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The Comets look lovely. Bought a part started Novo one last year but I'll be doing it as an impressed aircraft in the "Cotton Club"

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Great looking Comets looking forward to

your build

Les

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Thanks Les, finishing work early today to try and get some bits done...

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Chop, chop, rub, rub... panic a bit... it's all go now!

Once the primer's on the wings the single-piece flaps should come up a treat:

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Meanwhile the Paragon shortened nacelles take a bit of fettling to seat properly in the wing. On the left is a raw piece, on the right is one shaved and sanded to fit the curve of the upper surface:

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When put in place it's nice and flush. A bit of filler needed to get rid of the gap is all that's needed:

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Meanwhile the kit nacelles have been cut and sanded to sit as tight as I can make them. Again, a smear of filler and a lick of primer should conceal all this knifemanship to make a nice, smooth transition.

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Very nervous about mucking these bits up but I think that's helped focus my attention pretty well so far. Touch wood!

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Paragon parts all now fitted! My first ever resin conversion and I can't speak highly enough of the quality of the parts... but that's probably not news to most on here...

Fuselage halves and wings ready for the peg-a-thon...

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Peggy the Mosquito...

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Exhausts filled in, stumpy wingtips and new tail surfaces fitted...

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Almost ready for paint... just the doors and greenhouse. I'll give it another wash and then the primer should even out the worst scratches...

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Thanks Mish, after faffing around with 50 year-old Airfix repops the base kit's certainly a bit easier!

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Nice Build going to be good

Les

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Looking great, mate. Methinks you did a better job with those nacelles than I did. Anyone know if the short wings are prototype-only, or are they on all Mark 1 Mosquitoes?

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Thanks Peter. As far as I can tell, the shorter wingtips, short nacelles and smaller tail surfaces were all only fitted on EO234/W4050 the first prototype - together with the leading edge flaps. They're next on my 'to do' list!

The flaps and the short nacelles are still on the airframe, they were discovered during the restoration.

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The first ten or so production BIV/PRIVs had the short nacelles and tailplanesand the weird exhaust set up. They're referred to as B.IV Series I, the standard Tamiya kit is the Series II.

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Yes, that's where my evidence points: 'squared off' wings and leading edge slats were prototype only, the smaller tailplanes and short nacelles lasted a bit longer. Production was under way while they were still working on a buffeting problem, so the form of the nacelles and tailplanes took time to emerge as a result of this work.

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It's all getting a bit serious now... first coats of primer and Broom Yellow applied when things warmed up and dried out a bit yesterday...

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Nice colour! :hypnotised:

I can't wait to see some decals on it.

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Looking good ,dose Mish know there is another Big yellow bird lo

Les

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