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  2. That's what we thought and the conversion works best with the Glacier Girl boxing. Best combination of plastic parts.
  3. Marvellous work. I did not know there was a kit of the Lightning I without the turbochargers. I need to get one of these, as I particularly like foreign types operated by the British armed forces, and I don't think my skills are up to converting a later variant. Thanks for showing what can be done with what sounds like a tricky kit.
  4. Yes, there's a 1/50th kit in the attic along with lots of photos of AH.1 XZ339 - black & green scheme with lots of Army mods when I get round to it
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    Post-War Mitchells

    That's a different race altogether. The California 1000, which went away a long time ago, was an unlimited class race, hence all the old fighter and attack aircraft besides Super Snoopy. The first race was 1000 miles, the next couple of races before they stopped it were 1000 km. Because of the distance most aircraft had to make a pit stop, something unheard of before in unlimited air racing. There is, or was, a seperate T-6 class, but I know of no restrictions on gender of the pilot. Air racing is not really my thing but I vividly remember going to the inaugural California 1000 with my Dad, brother, and step-brother. Just a few months later, a new freeway interchange that we had passed through but was not yet completed, was destroyed in the February 9th, 1971 Sylmar earthquake. Later, Dave
  6. I considered that fact, but I also considered the price and the "you don't know what you might use, if you don't have it". I think that the range of colors in the master set (all six sets for $20 dollars) should have me covered until 2112! Thanks for the tips regarding the edges, that will go into my "tips and tricks" file, which is growing by the day. I will play with the markers I bought, hope they work as imagined, but at least I have a fall back method, which I should also practice just to have a better arsenal. Anthony
  7. Nope, some elderly (25 year?) Superscale examples- I have thrashed them into submission, but I need some of that Microscale decal varnish for my old sheets.
  8. Front panel modified to reflect sloping plate, turret started and first wheel has straight cleats ground off so correct diagonals can be added once I've added a new plastic wheel outer to allow plastic to plastic glueing. IMG_3179 by tankienz, on Flickr
  9. Let me start by saying you've done a nice job on a really interesting subject. I am working on the same aircraft but in 1/72. I haven't figured out how I am going to do the registration yet. I'm not at all sure the final product will be Britmodeller-worthy. Since I have been doing some research on this particular subject, I hope I may be permitted to respectfully observe a couple of small inaccuracies. You appear to have placed the aircraft in the Falklands, where indeed it was captured. However, it did not receive the registration "G-HUEY" until after it arrived in Britain. In the Falklands it bore the hand painted registration "AE 413". The white "UK" on the green band was also hand painted in the Falklands, and only tidied up in Britain. G-Huey has small Argentinian flags on the vertical tail. Lastly, G-HUEY is a variant that does not have the narrow window in the hinged door forward of the sliding side doors. Still, I think it's a great subject, and a nice depiction.
  10. I was about to make the same..........errrrr........aaahhhhh............insinuation (accusation seems a bit harsh). Funny how things just "go missing", I have a feeling that a check around his work bench, we would find all the "missing" parts, lined up like little army men in formation, he just likes doing things that we mere mortals can only drop jaws over. Can't blame him, if we had the skills, we would be "losing" parts as well. Sometimes I wonder why he buys the kits at all. It looks like the end result is 90:10 scratch/kit. We could probably give him a few parts from our spares box, and he would build a new bird out of shi'ts and giggles! Don't tell him I said this, but watching him work is like being in the viewing room at Harvard medical school, watching a neurosurgeon repair the spinal cord of conjoined twins in preparation for a separation procedure. I think it will go to his head. Cheers, Anthony
  11. So now you’ve moved on in life, try the 1/50 scale kit. You can add so much more to it and would compliment this one nicely. Steve.
  12. Praise indeed from a pair of master modellers Thanks Kev
  13. Well I’m almost turning into the home straight with the “HMAS Vendetta” build. I’ve in counted a few problems with this build. 1, the tubs for the twin 40mm Bofors are small. I didn’t bring any extra tools or with me for this trip. 2, No brass for the catwalk between the Fw’d superstructure and aft superstructure. 3, I think the two motor launchers are a little bit over scale? 4, the mast is not straight due to the fw’d radar is not centred and this did give me a problems at assembling it. Over this build has been enjoyable, considering the instructions were a little on the basic side. I think if I’m back in Sydney next time I’ll try and pop down to her sister ship HMAS Vampire to do some measurements and take some photos for future reference.
  14. Yes, and unusually I would take the Academy over the Hasegawa. They are both good representations but the Academy was easier to build square and true.
  15. What a good save. It’s massive or they’re really small bear bottles, err correction just seen your location - they’ll be big bottles. where the refuelling probe from - scratchbuilt. Steve.
  16. Nice job Steve, but......... Have you my same problem in exhaust zone? This is right side: correct Here left side, see the end edge ! Missing a trapezoidal piece of plastic, perhaps problems during printing
  17. Looking forward to seeing this Dave, a GREAT choice of subject to my unbiased eye. Steve.
  18. Wow, its a monster, a good looking monster for all that though. Steve.
  19. Thanks Dave, I'll set up Build Thread markers over the week before the GB kicks off Thanks Alan
  20. This should be fun, I am definitely along for the ride! You are very different than me, that is for sure. But back when I was building in the 80's, the only available paints were the testors enamels and information on how to fix a mucked up paint job were non-existent, we didn't have the internet. I remember doing an F-15 back then, and messed up the paint job something fierce. I tried in vain to remove the paint with spirits, but it just became a gooey mess. So in typical viking fashion, she took a final flame flight out my back window! Back then, unless you had money to buy magazines (I could hardly afford to buy the tiny paints, much less a magazine) modeling was a learn on your own experience. I would get tips from my dealer, but that was still of limited value. I had no patience back then as well, so when things went south, it usually always meant a quick death, when I think about it, I am surprised that I ever got a kit fully built at all! Good luck in your do over! Anthony
  21. Hello all I want to fit a SAC D704 Buddy Pod to my 1/32 Hasegawa A4 Skyhawk but am having trouble finding drawings/detail photos of how it mounts to the centreline pylon - lugs, connectors, pipes etc - also correct positioning of the pod in relation to the nose gear - it looks pretty close to the rear of the nose wheel bay in what photos I have been able to find but again I have found no drawing that gives an exact location - any info would be appreciated. thanks Chris
  22. The mud-flaps are a bit of a pain to fit as the surface details on the rear plate and the details of the mud flap fixing points do not actually correspond. It's a case of 'does it fit here? Yes, Does it look right? No. Does it also fit here? Yes it fits there as well. Does it look right? No. Let's try it here then..... etc, etc' Anyway, they are on and so are a few other bits and pieces. I went for the long starting handle (bottom right) The circular feature beneath the handle's grip gives access to the engine's manual start. The tracks look to be on 'wonky' but that's because there's a tiny bit of slack in them which I didn't 'take up' at the sprocket end, so they are hanging at this end. I I did say that I was going to replicate the damage to the Tiger in the period photos - well, I am, but the damage will be transposed to the RHS of my Tiger. That makes so much more sense! TFL Badder ps. I gather Flickr is 'down'. Anyone know what the issue is?
  23. Italeri 1/48 C130K - Markings are mainly Xtradecal I flew in XV185 during an RAF Lyneham family day back in the eighties. They used to take the kids up for a flight and how some were not lost out the back when the ramp came down is still a mystery. Current status on XV185- scrapped This was built over a decade ago and was badly damaged in transit from the UK to Oz. Not flak as such, just over stressing the airframe due to my packing. Fuel tanks detached, fin partially detached. Now partially repaired with undercarriage raised. It's a bit big so stands on its side on a shelf in the den. Today has been such a beautiful autumn day I thought I would give it an air, although I found the direct light a bit harsh for photography.
  24. Ducked out for a couple of hours, but now I'm back at it. Here's the fuselage mostly together. The little pieces that make up the cowling/inboard end of the wing leading edge were a pain to get in, but with enough wrestling eventually made it into place. It's also time for lunch! Thanks to @emily for making a run to the bakery.
  25. Looking very nice from here, love the paintwork
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