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  2. One more thought, if I may. This kit lends itself well to doing PR XI conversions too. You'd think that would be easy for the AM resin chaps. Digits crossed. Cheers, Michael
  3. Really glad to see this back on the bench, Patrick. Thanks for sharing with us. Cheers, Rockie
  4. This one will definitely be making its way into my stash. Matt
  5. Today
  6. It’s a series called Mysteries of the Abandoned that’s shown on the Science Channel. It included one of the pilots talking about it while sitting in the cockpit as it is today. The cockpit is actually in excellent shape, considering how the exterior looks. It listed on the web as Season 9, Episode 2 “The Beached Leviathan”, but on my TiVo it’s listed as “Castaway of Soviet War” ETA: Watching the segment again, I can see one error on the kit. The aircraft has a dorsal strake on top of the forward fuselage that’s offset to the left of the centerline. In the kit, the strake is molded as part of the one of the nose halves and so is erroneously on the centerline, and it also looks to only about half as tall as it should be.
  7. Don't about spacing but from a P-40 manual: Jari
  8. Any updates on this one? I have really been enjoying watching your build here.
  9. Lots of sanding, bondo, and waiting while working on the drop tanks tonight. Did the 1st round of clean up on joints that didn’t look right after primer. Just a few more minor touchups to do, then finish mocking up the landing gear, and then paint. While waiting for different parts to dry I made up one of my Tamiya 1/32 stands and rigged up a vertical stand for a lazy susan in my paint booth so I’d be able to spin the plane while painting this scheme.
  10. I spent an entire day photographing the FHCAM airplane, but I didn’t put a ruler on the rivets. Mainly because from more than about a foot away, you can’t see them.
  11. I’m glad I’m not the only weakling…
  12. If you have Discovery channel streaming, season 9, Castaway of Soviet War has a segment on this. Watching right now. Damnit…I’m gonna wind up ordering one before the night is over.
  13. Fantastic Flanker ..! Build, paint & weathering, just beautiful ... -Gregg
  14. I don’t see why you couldn’t post them. They’re not my pics, and I don’t think they’re secret (or why would you post them on FB?)…
  15. hi all, having less time to devote to the workbench, I decided to face up the engine and find solutions for the various issues of that kit's part. the first one was the general aspect of the cylinders on the front face, solved by using the rear one to form a mould and do a copy in resin. the second one is the carters that cover the tappet rods: these have a peculiar shape, that I tried to emulate at first with a master to be vacuformed, and after with some evergreen profiles glued and filed. to accomodate these I had before to carve the proper channel in the upper cylinders. weel, green parts: vacuformed items; white ones: evergreen; and at 5 and 11 o'clock the channel exposed. finally I elected the evergreen ones. then I put these aside and inserted a brass central axle to accomodate within the prop axle and have a solid core to build around all the parts. the rear end of the external axle will be also the part that will guarantee a firm root to glue the complete engine and cowl to the fuselage. I'm still fighting with the front anular exaust ring and its 18 (!) stumps that must connect it to the cylinder row. assumed that this solution is acceptable, i have now to calibrate the exact* lenght of the stumps: from that depends the right position of the engine within the cowl, and the right distance of the full cowl from the fuselage. it's still a long long way... consideration 1: having on the stash at least another three kits that would benefit from an accurate bristol Mercury engine, it would make sense to explore the possibility to have a 3D print of it. consideration 2: this project is too far ahead in the "old school way" to benefit from any third millennium shortcut. consideration 3: at least i could use this one as a test bed to realize a semidecent master to be cloned fot future projects. consideration 4: I'm too fu**y lazy to even think at these possibilities. so, I think I'll do the minimum necessary to have just the front end of the engine in an acceptable general shape, and carry on. cheers, Paolo *well, more or less
  16. With respect to Sandbagger /Mike (LSP member). 1:32 scale - Siemens-Schuckert D.III - LSM Work In Progress - Large Scale Modeller https://forum.largescalemodeller.com/topic/7906-132-scale-siemens-schuckert-diii/
  17. looks like they were not at pronounced or bright in the beginning if their production , but lozenges were there as far back as 1917... if you click of thumbnails you can see more.. J.Herris - Siemens-Schuckert Aircraft of World War I /Centennial Perspective/ https://flyingmachines.ru/Site2/Arts/Art29071.htm
  18. Chinook back on the table… small update nothing crazy.. cut out front left window so the FE/CC could yell at people lol
  19. Yesterday
  20. I have been searching Google for a while, and am trying to get an answer on the rivets and spacing on the Curtiss P-40. Would anyone know the diameter of the rivet head, and what the spacing between the rivets is? Not sure if different areas of the airframe have different diameters/spacing, but I am looking mostly in the forward fuselage area.
  21. Blue Angels are just amazing . thanks Gregg.
  22. I loved seeing the C-17. Woo Hoo. Very MAJESTIC watching it coming in , in the skies, to landing.
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