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  2. Recurve bow, simpler to handle, less pull weight and shorter, plus the added bonus of you not going totally raving bonkers by handling Yew!
  3. The scene looks great. The paint job is a bit artistic here and there, but it still looks great.
  4. in essence this aircraft has been known about for some time, what is relatively new is that RNLAF are going to recover the aircraft, I guess this is what the media have picked up on. We've borrowed parts from the civilian recovery group in the past which we've used as patterns (seat structure etc). One of the most significant parts we have from this aircraft is the Pilots windscreen de-icer pump John
  5. That is stunning What a beauty. Fabulous job
  6. Ex-AC, Ex-Academy B-25D 1:48... I can sense Will Pattison's blood pressure rising.
  7. @Whofan, think you'll find the kit moulds were originally 'Max'. Everybody else seems to think these were 1/35, sorry guys NO, they were 1/32 and sold as such.
  8. You are more than welcome Andwil, I shall add you to the list, and a RAN A-4 will be most welcome in the GB. I think this news will please quite a lot of people who have been after these for a while.
  9. Or maybe I'm just being my usually consistently inconsistent self.
  10. Note in the upper photo that the sunlight from a high angle is touching on the front cowls and the rear of the nacelles The metal parts will be marginally smoother than the fabric areas so slightly more reflective. I think that the prop blades would also have been Grey with a natural wood centre. Perhaps the lack of contrast is due to the type of film used. John
  11. High Speed Silver was a colloquial name for a new finish for use on external metal surfaces of high speed aircraft. Post war it became apparent that the existing Aluminium finish was not resilient enough for use on high speed jets. One example cited was a Meteor that was subjected to bad weather on its delivery flight and on arrival needed repairs to its finish that required two skilled finishers three days to effect. As a result, in 1949, a new finish to specification DTD 772 was introduced. The scheme was a composite cellulose/synthetic which was classified as cellulose finish as its final finishing coats had a cellulose base. The system consisted of a pigmented synthetic resin primer for direct application to metal; a pigmented nitrocellulose or synthetic filler suitable for application over the primer; a glossy nitrocellulose or synthetic resin finish suitable for application over the primer by itself or both primer and filler; and two polishes, one an abrasive cutting compound, the other a liquid polish, both free from wax. The finish was supplied by Docker Brothers. The colour was identical to the earlier Aluminium finish but much more glossy.
  12. Good choice and your progress is good too. I'm looking forward to seeing this done.
  13. May I jump in as a painter (fine art) and say that white spirits is a paint destroyer but can be used for oil washes effectively if used sparingly. Avoid turpentine substitutes as they are just white spirits. I personally use lighter fluid (beware it dries very quickly!!!) and be prepared that it can leave a residue but that can be cleaned up easily. Pure Turpentine is an oil more than a solvent and, whilst can be used for washes, it can go tacky if you use too much. It was used by artists as a painting medium and is technically a resin. Too much it will go sticky! Use odourless thinners by winsor Newton (sansador) as not only is it odourless (faint scent) it doesn’t go gummy. For oil paints, raw and burnt umber are drying pigments with burnt and raw sienna being slower drying. Don’t believe the bs that you can varnish over oil after a day. Give the earth pigments a week to dry as regardless of if it is touch dry, oil paints dry by oxidisation not evaporation. If you use white spirits, don’t use too much as it will dilute the oil too much.
  14. After the airfix Bentley I'm never respoking anything.
  15. Thanks for that. I have a mate (ex GrpCpt, RAAF) who now works for RAAF H&H Branch - I should have thought of him a long time ago! Will also chase up the Squadron association, if there is one - I seem to remember when I last kicked this boat out into the stream that there used to be one, but no longer active.
  16. This link may be of some interest. http://ww2in172.com/?tag=academy Is your question how do we know Ruptured Duck had color while the others didn’t? From that link it seems most of the information regarding names and/or nose art on the Doolittle planes comes from Ted Lawson’s book Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo. The planes used on the raid had no art on them when they left on the Hornet so there wouldn’t have been much at their disposal at sea in terms of paint, hence why three of the four planes with actual art had it done in white. If the man Lawson approached was indeed an avid painter, it’s possible he might’ve brought a few things with him to paint with for after the mission when they were in China if it was a hobby. It’s plausible considering one crew member went so far as to bring a phonograph and records with him on the mission. Long story short, the lack of documentation is due to the crews hastily painting shortly before the mission and not everyone being photographed and the reason Ruptured Duck had color was Lawson just happening to know the right person.
  17. Yet another modelling masterclass from you sir. Fantastic. Cheers Matt
  18. Some people were asking about the wall plug in the nose of the mustang. Here's some pic on how I use it with the stand I made for holding my projects. So far, I've only worked with 72 scale subjects. I use a drill bit to turn the plane, as shown in the pic. It's not my idea, I did read about it somewhere in the internet. (Sorry I'm unable to give a reference to where I go this idea from.) Share some of your ideas on how you hold your subject for paint and handling. (I guess you would have to post it somewhere else, since this is the GB forum.) Enjoy. Feed back is always welcomed. Moe
  19. If that's the case then get in touch with the squadron association (if there is one, there should be, or should have been). Your next step is to try and track down logbooks of others in the same flight (I imagine they were B Flight?) because almost certainly PZ350 will have been flown by other members of the flight who very probably recorded the code number for the sorties they flew in her. If you have information regarding 464 at this time you should be able to make a list of those flying in the same flight. After this it is a matter of tracking down the logbooks via family via the squadron association, via specialised fora such as RAF Commands, 12 o'clock High, genealogy websites. Sounds daunting but it's actually not as awful as it sounds. I was able to hunt down a lot of information and documents for a fellow who flew with the AFC during WWI (which is an even trickier proposition). You also want to get in touch with the RAAF History and Heritage Branch and their Heritage centres at several RAAF bases around Oz as they will be able to help as well.
  20. Up to your usual high standards my friend, excellent drybrushing and the washes are really bringing out the details on what appears to be another very nicely detailed Tamiya kit.
  21. Never mind, better get in some practice with your longbow.
  22. As seen on Braille scale discussion group and scalemates
  23. The Heller 1/72 C-47 Dakota is of interest. I don't recall Heller ever producing a kit under their own label. Chances are this is a rebox of someone else's kit. Cheers.. Dave
  24. for hardened dessert connoisseurs
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