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  2. Let's let this one lie. Thanks gents.
  3. Awesome!!! Thanks very much, Peter; ordered! Is there any chance you might do the same thing for the Airfix Mk1a Spitfire? That kit would really use some love in that area! Blue Skies! Captain Boogaloo
  4. One of the recurring problems that I seem to have with model cars, is removing the glue residue from bare metal foil applications (without messing up the paint, which can be tricky, to say the least). So, I've applied a chunk of BMF here to a spare test dummy hood, and tomorrow will try something rather odd, that I hear will remove the residue with no ill effect to the lacquer at all. Fingers crossed.
  5. A bit more work to do an A-1. In addition to everything else for an A-2, one would also need to change the fuselage sides to no fuselage side vents at all, no upper wing root gun blisters (fairly difficult? and I'm not sure of the panel line changes there), no protruding barrels for the earlier wing root MG17s and 2-rod headrest brace should do it. D
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  7. Looks like I inadvertently merged these backwards, sorry, fellas.
  8. It's been a while but I think I can get back onto this build. After starting this build, I've learned that the XIVe cockpit differs in some ways from the XVIe and I wanted to attempt to address some of those differences. The most significant is a big control panel that resides on the port sidewall. A rectangular box can be a relatively simple thing to scratchbuild but I personally have trouble getting square corners on boxes. When I saw that Mathieu at Laminar Flow Design was developing a set of XIV-specific cockpit details including the control panel, I decided to wait for it to save me some work. It took a while but I finally got it... Like his other 3D-printed products, Mathieu incorporates a protective crate around the printed parts. He graciously include an entire spare set and I found that the spare set was definitely needed. Here are the parts still attached to the base but with the protective walls removed. Many of these parts are super tiny and lots of patience and care needs to be taken when removing the parts for use. I tried to be careful but I still managed to lose and/or break a few parts. Mathieu includes two copies of the especially small or fragile parts in each set so sometimes I had four copies to work with. I needed all four removal attempts to get a complete throttle lever detached without breaking! After the parts were freed completely from their printed supports, I glued together the sub-assemblies. These included the pilot door and crowbar, throttle quadrant, landing gear control quadrant, cylinder priming pump. The control panel, waffle-style foot guards, canopy crank and a small trim wheel are stand alone items. The parts were given a light coat of primer (Mr Primer Surfacer 1000). I've got a lot of Spitfire cockpit stuff from Barracuda as well so I'll to sort out which bits I'll be using. One of these is a resin seat with the backrest cushion, which looks to be a nice upgrade from the kit parts.
  9. All caught up now. Thanks, fellas.
  10. Thank you Ron for your input. I know nothing about the P-47 and am learning about the real airplane - historical and technical matters - as I build the model. One of the many bonus of our wonderful hobby
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  12. Not your fault, buddy.
  13. Thanks, Dave. I don't plan on using this as a base for any NMF. It will likely be for more general stuff, at this point. I guess I'll find out once I get a chance to play with it. John
  14. 1:144 Revell kit. There should be enough aftermarket to do many variations.
  15. I’m not sure the point of this thread anymore. There are some eBay listings, which may or may not be sketchy, but the OP canceled their order, so we’ll never know if they are knockoffs or not. Of the few links posted, I don’t see anything different than the “warehouse finds/unsold inventory” that have dribbled out over the past couple of years, and none of the prices on the links posted seem to be that great. In fact, there is really nothing to indicate that these are Chinese, or other, knockoffs, so I’m not sure why this keeps coming up. To be fair, I think the reissues have probably cratered the demand for the kits for the collector/ investor market. For actual builders, I suspect almost every one who wants one to build has likely already gotten the kits they want. There are probably a few kits that are still sought after, but these usually aren’t the ones coming up in the “new” batches. As I said before, if people want to find out if they’re legit, buy one of eBay, see what you get, and tell us about it. As for how/why of the WNW shutdown, and what Sir Peter’s involvement or non-involvement in the shutdown was, or his motivation is currently, does it matter?
  16. That looks great, it's now a much more realistic and natural pose. Richard
  17. The dark metal you circle in green is stainless steel. Its to protect the skin of the fuse from the hot exhaust pipes going back to the turbo (black thinny in the right side of the green circle) is the turbo and the area the exhaust exits the plane. The area with the stains (red arrow) normally isn't the exhaust on a war time P-47. That is the waste gate for the turbo. Most restored P-47s have the turbo's removed for simplicity so the original waste gate is used as an exhaust exit.
  18. Can this rumour be put to bed... as its completely untrue.
  19. Well, that was fun! Merged in the wrong direction, and had to move it back here... Kev
  20. Awesome! I love the Yak-28! I really want one in 32nd, and have even thought about 3D printing the parts. Is this a vac base, or built up from card/bulkheads and then filled out? *Edit* Just saw the rest of the post after Kev merged things.
  21. I'd appreciate that Kev, thanks.
  22. Looking good, Chris! Kev
  23. Nice to this (and you) back, Tim. No new rules on image posting, so it was probably a glitch in the matrix. Kev
  24. Hi all, I've weathered the paintwork. Airbrushed thinned 'Tamiya' Smoke (X19). Airbrushed 'Alclad' Light Sheen (ALC311). Applied 'Flory Models' Dark Dirt fine clay wash. Removed the wash to leave slight staining. Airbrush sealing coat of 'Alclad' Light Sheen (ALC311). Now it's onto pre-rigging before assembly, Mike
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