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John D.C. Masters

Merlin Thomas-Morse Scout 1/72nd scale. From a pigs ear to a cotton(not silk)purse!

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Ok...here it is.  Finished as far as I can tell and it wasn't a physical problem so much as an emotional one.  I became so discouraged somewhere along the line that I almost shelved the project.  Perhaps it was the heat here in Greece...Then the wind shifted and the weather improved and I buckled down and got on with it.  I must say that once I had it painted and assembled (sans markings) I was more enthused and then when the stars-and-meatballs went on, I breathed a sigh of relief!  It really does look like a Tommy!

 

Paint is Valejo Russian Uniform Green, Flat Red and the nose is Humbrol Yellow from the can.  Decals are scavenged from the excellent Kaydet sheet by Xtradecal.  Rigging is a mix of stretched sprue (rear bits) and nylon thread (flying wires).  Bit and bobs from the spares box.  This is a fictional craft as far as I can tell.  Not exactly a "what if?"

 

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I refer to this kit as the "Montgomery Clift"...from the right profile it looks like a star.   Now on to something that is moulded well, fits together properly and, well...you know what I mean.

I am very happy with this build and I think it may have been the last Merlin Tommy out there.  I hope I did it justice.  

 

--John

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I'm glad you persevered.  An interesting subject, it looks great, well done.

Modelling should be fun, and what you have shown us here is a supreme example of the love of modelling.

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What a fantastic little bird !!!

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What a marvellous little model.  The Morse has a certain "rightness" about it's proportions.

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Nicely done, Sir.

 

That 'Russian Uniform Green' seems a very good match for U.S. olive drab at this period.

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Thanks malpaso...I have always felt the Tommy had a sporty look, as if a Nieuport 11 and a Camel had been combined somehow...

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Definitely done it justice- well done for sticking in there :)

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On to the next!  I have a nice little resin set of Venezuelan upgrades for the Dewoitine D510 that I might begin...or maybe the old Hasagawa Kawanishi Type 94-1 floatplane with some new decals...

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Only just found this - really glad you persevered to the end because this model has been really worth it. It was quite a challenge but you have made a very good representation of the type.

 

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Thanks Pheonix.  Once the decals were on, the rigging done, etc...I was happier with it.  It looks very good in the cabinet.

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