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Made some progress. One thing I noticed when I was halfway through applying transfers to the undersides of the wing, before I fitted the floats and their respective rigging. The 'big numbers' (what is their proper name? Underwing Identification Numbers?) are shown the same orientation on each wing on the instructions. I only noticed this after I had fitted one already. I'm fairly certain the numbers are actually flipped, so one is upside down to the other one. As I was already committed on one 40 year old transfer I let it be, and flipped the opposite side. I've got a 50/50 chance of it being right, and if it is wrong, I wont lose sleep over it.

 

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PK-601 Supermarine Stranraer by Mike, on Flickr

 

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Rigging the wing floats by Mike, on Flickr

 

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Rigging the wing floats by Mike, on Flickr

 

And my method of rigging the floats. 6 strands of fishing line glued into the float. Then pull them through into the wing, and glue the two float struts in. I left this for a little while then came back and struggled to get the fishing line tight, and fix with superglue. I was just one hand short. In the end I used an old straw I saw kicking around and saved in the come in handy pile yesterday. I cut it into short lengths, pulled the two lines though straw so they came out of the top, then bunged in a shorter length to act as a clamp for the lines. I could then pull on the lines to get the tension tight, and they didn't slip back through the straw, it clamped onto them. It gave me that extra hand I needed.

 

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Rigging the wing floats by Mike, on Flickr

 

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Rigging the wing floats by Mike, on Flickr

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Impressive work!  On post-war aircraft, the left wing underwing surface had the inverted numbers.  Not sure how it was done on pre-war machines.

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Cor blimey Mike, this is looking really good! The camo looks great and I am following your rigging technique with great interest. Mind me asking what shades you used for the Dark Earth and Dark Green?

 

For what it's worth, I followed the Revell instructions for decal placement and they concur with both @TheyJammedKenny! and this photo https://www.peoplescollection.wales/items/532186 in suggesting that the port serial should be "upside down". Alas the coin flipped the wrong way on your guess!

I am just about to reply to your PM about roundels, if you are sufficiently bothered about the serial orientation I actually have enough Stranraer serials going spare for you to do them again! I ended up with no  fewer than three decal sheets for this kit...

 

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Thanks Phil, really appreciate that. 👍

 

You won't be surprised to hear, after sleeping on this, I couldn't live with the serial numbers being the wrong way round. I removed them both yesterday. One pealed off with little drama, and just needed a slight blow over with silver. The other side was stubborn, and I ended up cutting the lines on the float and removing it to do the job properly. Should be back on track in a few days!

 

So, I have now committed to memory that RAF serial numbers read from the wingtips in towards the fuselage, not the other way around 😆

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A good tip: better than the one I remember is that on one wing they should be read from the front, and on the other wing from behind.  Which leaves open the question as to which wing which way!

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Apologies again for the lack of updates! The Stranraer now has it's lower wings on, and is a mass of fishing line and dry fit engine nacelles and spars. I'm resisting the urge to crack on with the wing assembly as I want to weather the paint a bit first. I had no success with a salt wash (my very first attempt though) so may try an oil pin wash next to add a little interest to the camouflage. (Again, another first attempt!)

The roundels @Vulcanicity kindly sent are on and looking splendid!

No photos yet, as we've been away in the camper on a little tour of East Anglia. We managed to squeeze about 4 holidays into one! Staying loosly on topic, I did manage a look around the Muckleburgh Military Collection as we were camping nearby on the coast. It's a varied collection so will have something to suit most people there. Plenty of models as well 😉

 

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4 days in East Runton, Cromer by Mike, on Flickr

 

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4 days in East Runton, Cromer by Mike, on Flickr

 

Other points of interest on the trip - we stayed with an old pal who lives on a barge on Martlesham Creek, and walked the 6 miles to Sutton Hoo (and back) with the mutt. A superb exhibition and well worth a visit. Next up was a vintage camping and hiking weekend with friends near Theberton, where L48 crashed in 1917. The church was locked, but you could peer in through the door and see the massive relic of the zeppelin in the porch!

 

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This is the life! by Mike, on Flickr

 

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4 days in East Runton, Cromer by Mike, on Flickr

 

While we were camping in East Runton near Cromer, I took a cycle ride into town to check out the model shop there, one of a couple local with a heavy leaning towards model railways (there are two vintage railways nearby) but also a very useful stock of modelling supplies and a modest little plastic kit section. It was an oasis of calm from the very busy seaside town centre. (There's also a great second hand bookshop in town too)

https://www.facebook.com/buoystoysandmodels/

 

Our campsite was next to a car boot, and early Thursday morning on the day we were elaving I could hear them setting up, so it would be rude not to have a quick walk around. I found one guy selling a pile of Scale Aircraft Modeller mags for 20p each, and took a handfull. I'm now kicking myself for not buying the whole lot, but I'd already filled our little camper up with second hand books and my other half, who doesn't read, and begrudges every old book I bring in the house and leave on arms of chairs, had already made several comments about pushing my luck 😆

 

We finished off our holiday with a volunteer working weekend at https://www.greatwarhuts.org/ working on 1:1 scale First World War amry huts that are lovingly restored in an army camp setting, as a memorial to this once common site in our landscape. Now sadly become quite rare as they were never designed to last over 100 years!

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Great War Huts Volunteer Weekend by Mike, on Flickr

 

So, I'm hoping to get a couple of evenings at the workbench soon, but next weekend I'm off again, to Anjou Velo Vintage, so it looks like another month will go by again before I post a decent update 🙄

 

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More distractions from modelling. It was good to get back to France after nearly two years though. Those fancy red tyres that meant funds were diverted from the modelling pot performed very well.

 

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The 130km Authentic 1868 ride at Anjou Vélo Vintage by Mike, on Flickr

 

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Anjou Vélo Vintage, Abbey Cyclette ride on Sunday by Mike, on Flickr

 

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The 130km Authentic 1868 ride at Anjou Vélo Vintage by Mike, on Flickr

 

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The 130km Authentic 1868 ride at Anjou Vélo Vintage by Mike, on Flickr

 

A busy couple of weekends still on the cards. A favourite weekend away at our friends festival in Wiltshire this weekend, Vintage Nostalgia Festival, and then Goodwood Revival, helping out on the Eroica Britannia stand promoting their event next year. Got to get the youngest to Falmouth for uni in among  all that lot too.

Hopefully the Stranraer will get some attention towards the end of September ...

 

 

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"Hopefully the Stranraer will get some attention towards the end of September ..."

 

Make that October ... Sorry!

 

Anyway, what's peoples thoughts on Uschi van der Rosten customer service? I odered a mask set off him a several weeks ago, after seeing @The Spadgent get excellent resutls with some. I was told after I ordered to expect some delays with dispatch, which is fine, but 5 weeks on and no reply to a couple of polite emails asking for a sit-rep? A quick google and it looks like Alexander struggles to keep on top of things, which is rather worrying, despite an announcment that he made in 2019.  Now wondering if I should cut my losses, as he obviousy has form for letting customers down?

 

https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/missinglynx/whats-up-with-uschi-van-der-rosten-t319433.html

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28 minutes ago, Brandy said:

I have never heard any complaints against him for poor customer service and I specialise in WWI subjects.

 

Ian


I'd check out the link I posted and see Alex's May 2019 reply posted on the WNW fan page Ian. Alexander outlines why he was having problems keeping on top of orders, and intoducing a new member of staff and a new 48 hour dispatch policy. I guess the last two years have screwed up everything. If anyone has an update I'm all ears. But so far my first expereience of ordering from him is not good.


 

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Although I've only been getting my kit fix building from following all your projects on here of late, rather than building my own, I can't wait to pick up the peices again!


I was lucky at an autojumble and picked up a bundle of little files and tweezers, a tiny bendy steel rule, and a lovely old pair of brass dividers, which I'm sure will come in handy.

 

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Tools by Mike, on Flickr

 

And also I lucked out and found a stall selling a suitcase FULL of Commando Comics 😂  I spent ten minutes flicking through every one, (like a little kid!) and just picked out the ones illustrated by my favourite artists, mostly Jose Maria Jorge and John Ridgway, but a couple by Denis McLoughlin and Gordon Livingstone too. This little haul I bought didn't even scratch the surface, he had hundreds!  There's also a strong aviation bent going on here, and several flyingboat and float plane themes, just to keep this very loosly on track 😉 

I must admitt, I'm enjoying them just as much as a 48 year old!

 

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Commando Comics by Mike, on Flickr

 

And no reply from Alexander at Uschi, on either email or facebook. I really don't want to cancel my order as these small businesses need our help, but it's been nearly 6 weeks now since I placed the order.

 

 

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Feedback from Alex at Uschi. The delays are due to problems with the supply chain that have got worse during Covid but it's hoped orders will go out in the next two weeks. He apologised for the lack of feedback. That's all I needed to hear. I'm glad he finally got back to me as my finger was hovering over the paypal problem button, and I really didn't want to flag up a complaint.

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