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  2. Another amazing Me-109 added to your collection, once again in very unusual, faithfully reproduced scheme and markings Beautiful modelling work, as always !!!!
  3. 17 cockpit parts you say Pete, so when do you start attaching the PE!?? I agree with all the fiddly bits and think most of it is not exactly necessary in this scale. It’s probably the reason why I like 1/72 as you can get away with leaving out a fair bit if you want to move things along. I’m afraid I’ve got not idea what your fuselage is resting on, could be some car engine component, but I’m honestly guessing. Oh, that’s right. I managed to take a look at the Airfix instructions for this kit and they mention 3g of nose weight. They also show a ‘hand’ image where they point to the main undercarriage support struts, however nowhere is their a key to say that this hand means ‘make it yourself’? Cheers.. Dave
  4. Oh, I lick all the kits I review. You never know when one might taste of strawberries or peppermint!
  5. Time for an update! Wings painted green and underside linen, brush painted. Decided the underside of the wings need something to add interest o looked for a way to add tapes without masking, found a white fine marker and drew them on! Obviously a bit stark so oversprayed lightly with white and added a burnt sienna oil wash, happy with the result. In the process of trying to get the dihedral right and the underside wing struts I managed to break the wing off! Some wire pins should sort it out. More soon!
  6. Just a reminder on these 2 as we are seeing quite a lot of large pictures upto 3500 pixels in one case, Aslo please avoid quoting large amounts of pictures in a thread. Thx Julien
  7. Thanks Brian ! I did a first check of the fit and I can see one main problem area: the lower fuselage insert. This may be slightly longer than the recess it's supposed to fit in and bulges outward. I'll have to check how the shapes have to be in this area, I guess with the part sitting flat against the fuselage.. Of course gluing such a long and thin fuselage together can always be tricky but hopefully I'll manage it One thing I didn't mention is that there's quite a bit of flash on several parts. In some parts this is also quite thick, not ideal but should be manageable Thanks Pete ! I considered backdating the kit to the prototype but the changes were too many for what I was hoping to be a quick build. I am of course quite envious of your experience with the real aircraft ! I only managed to visit the interior of some of the preserved aircraft, first was the the one at Le Bourget Museum, followed by the one at New York and then the one in Duxford. I later visited the interior of the Tu-144 in Sinsheim and duly acquired the Revell rebox of the ICM kit... at some point I'll build this one too and place it beside the Concorde, should make for an impressive pair. Must say that I'd quite like ICM to make a Concorde to the level of their TU-144...
  8. Well, that came out rather well Martian! and in just a blink of the eye, (or so it seems to me, trapped in the ever shrinking space/time continuum bubble that surrounds me these days). Bravo, wonderful result old sausage...nice to see the old bus wearing esoteric apparel for a change.
  9. You might want to decrease the size of your pics down from 1600 pixels as not everyone has a large screen, or maybe accessing on a mobile device. We recommend 1280 at best. Julien
  10. More or less. Batch to batch things shouldn't change. We will be consistent in how we manufacture until some factor causes a change. E.g. if a particular commercially available blue pigment becomes unavailable and we need to recreate the formula to use another which requires different balancing with red or green. I think (and this comes from some of the bizarre ideas that come up on the subject of variance one might see in real paint) that many not directly involved in manufacture have a romantic idea of a guy with a cigarette in his mouth making paint subjectively adding all sorts of pigments like a witch adding frogs legs and dragon scales to a cauldron. The reality is much less fun (but also eliminates most of what casual observers imagine the variance possibilities are). Most real paints use a clear-ish binder, colourless pigment extenders to some degree, white to add opacity in most cases and then 2 or 3 specific tinting pigments to arrive at the final colour. Maybe a tweak with a very small measure of something else for balance. In summary, unless there's a very strong reason to revise the formulation, each batch of the same paint will feature exactly the same type of pigments. The only variance would be measuring margin of error on those specific ones. As an example of what I meant above, I think all of our paints are safe to use with white spirit, turpentine, naptha (which we recommend for various good reasons) and cellulose thinners, but our RAL2005 day-glow orange has a pigment unique to it that curdles for want of a more illustrative description if exposed to cellulose thinner. If a particular batch of paint contained a new pigment not in other batches of the same colour, something drastic has happened. It would be more difficult to achieve that than to just do it properly. Indeed modern paints are generally made on computerised paint mixers such that once we are happy that the dried sample hits the CIELAB target values, the history of how much of each pigment has been metered in to that can is saved and next time a batch is produced the computer simply meters out exactly the same again (to within 1/192 of a fl.oz, for example). Hope this clarifies. I realise there's a lot in there but I wanted to offer a more full explanation of my earlier comment
  11. Finally another update, yellow paint on (Mr Hobby Color H329) and a Xtreme Metals Pale Burnt Metal around the exhaust area.
  12. Thanks for the heads up. I'll certainly be up for one of these. Never had a "proper" Raleigh Chopper myself, but did get an Italian made Chopper copy back in the late 70s. Used to strap my short wave/AM/MW/Police band radio to the back of the seat with the aerial up and pretend I was in CHiPs. Happy days! Steve
  13. Thanks Robert, I was stuck in other things and had almost forgotten... my bad ! I promise to do better at following things if the GB goes through the voting process.. That's great Allan ! Added you to the list, hope the GB goes ahead as I'm very curious to see the many wingy things Welcome to the list Paul ! There are indeed plenty of sibjects for such a GB, I hope to see the most diverse choices from modellers Yes, one more name needed ! We need just one more volunteer, who's up for this ???
  14. Bulges started with the G-4. My dad was wrong-thinking too, already drilled the holes through the upperwings for the bulge parts, then he had to fill them again.
  15. Nice kit! I have built a couple and also the earlier CL-215 that Heller did. Common sprues between the two with the white sprue for parts to make the 415. The decal choice was also done by Leading Edge Models which I plan to do sometime. Leave the rivets though,,, they are prominent on the real thing too!
  16. The helicopter will be from San Theodoros, 'Tintin and the Picaros'...
  17. Great progress John, she’s all coming together rather well and it’s all looking great. Now keeping clear parts super clear is best done with the ‘dipping in a clear solution’ method. There are many products out there however not all are available in every country so it’s a bit hard to recommend something that might not be on sale where you live. Might be best to do some YouTube-ing to see what others have done as I’m sure you’ll get more out of that then reading my text! Cheers.. Dave
  18. Lovely work as always John. Really enjoying watching this build
  19. Very nice, Mark. I’m rather keen on these sleek machines Martin
  20. If you can, check out: Gibb McCall Flight Most Secret -Air Missions for SOE and SIS published by William Kimber & Co Ltd. London 1981 There are also some pictures from Lysander and Hudson. And Check out for Kings visit in Tempsford for inspection the 138. and 161, Squadron on November the 9th 1943. modelldoc
  21. Hi, There is quite a lot, but after all the badgering about them, there is hardly any uptake for the 125ml tins of RN colours which is surprising as they have a big radio control contingent in Australia and it's vastly cheaper per unit volume to get it in the big tins Infact there's only an anti-fouling red or two asked for from memory
  22. Nice progress pics, looking really sharp there, quite unlike your Gall Bladder which hasn’t been too kind to you! Glad you’re on the mend and back on the modelling bench. Cheers and best of health.. Dave
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