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  2. Personally, wing panel lines are insignificant compared to the windscreen and cowl differences.
  3. Well put ! WNW’s oil canning is potentially a real game changer for metal skinned a/c.
  4. Thanks CPJ, Yes, with the new technologies in model-making and quick turn-around parts coming on stream in recent years, I'm wondering if the old hands-on skills ( demonstrated here and else-where by some other very talented people on this site) will fade in time and into obscurity with the new push-button modelling renditions done in a micron of the time and arguably more accurate as well - compared to hours and hours - days - weeks - months - years!... of the old-fashioned hands-on modelling. Don't get me wrong - I think the new technologies ( 3-D printers, CAD design etc) is becoming more accessible now for making new model parts - is fantastic. Pip
  5. This is my first time doing an interior, the ones i’ve done before were R/C. I think some people do cutaways, most leave some sort of removable panels. I plan on having some panels so they come off, but most of the detail will be hidden away. I’m happy knowing it’s there though. This has been a monster of a build, especially with all the corrections and scratchbuilding. The turret is a whole project on it’s own, and one that will wait till I’ve built a few planes!
  6. Thanks Muchly Kev! I'm itching to get these parts into resin soon!... it's a pity I've got a few coals in the fire - as far as other projects going on at the same time! But I'm determined to make some inroads here. Pip
  7. Yep Thanks Craig - Busy cockpit it certainly is! .. and it's keeping me busy too! Pip
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  9. Will any of these threads help in your search. Showing results for 'F-4 Phantom dihedral' in topics. - Large Scale Planes https://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?/search/&q=F-4 Phantom dihedral&type=forums_topic
  10. And what did you think of the book overall? I found it a good read.
  11. Looks all good, perfect scratch-building on those cameras!
  12. You are one gifted modeler, Eric. Fantastic presentation. Sincerely, Mark
  13. I have to say, this kit looks really nice. I can't afford it, but I can dream about it lol!
  14. Hi guys, The instrument cowl is done, and interesting to have the original part next to it for comparison. Hope it looks okay to you, because I'm rather new to 1/32 scale, and not so sure whether it's enough detail or did I just stop adding before I go crazy...lol Cheers
  15. Here are some more photos. First, a photo of the tail wheel of 'White 48' when it was at Namur. You can see the very dark color. Compare it to the black boots of the solider. (Source: Hideki Noro, LO+ST).: Another example of this dark tail wheel fork can be found on Fw 190 A-8 Yellow 8 captured at Ansbach (Source: http://www.354thpmfg.com/galleries_wwlouie_pt5.html): Then the photo of the recovered Fw 190 D-9 tail wheel fork from lake Schwerin (Source: http://www.daedalus-berlin.de/Fw190D9_fahrwerk.htm): And another example of such a dark brownish finish can be found on the Fw 190 at the Belgrad museum (unfortunately, I could only find a low quality shot; Source: http://axis.classicwings.com): I tend to believe that these dark looking forks were not painted, but had this dark brown metallic surface finish. I assume that it was some kind of protective layer that was electrochemically created, but I am not an expert on surface treatment technologies in WWII. Any thoughts?
  16. Cool, thanks very much Ben! I'll look into it. I'm sure Tim or Peter can provide some advice on the subject. Cheers, Craig
  17. That is really good, well done. Looks well-used, but still airworthy.
  18. Just to have an idea of the work in progress for correcting the issues
  19. Beautiful decal sheet and interesting options! Kabuki-tape is the perfect material for the masks, never liked any vinyl masks! But, 1/24 is too big for me, I´m sorry to say... IF you scale this down to 1/32 I´ll buy it in a heartbeat ! I have a Trumpeter -5N (1/32) on the bench and a new sheet with decals/masks for a more appealing option is really needed. I really like the #64 with it´s white and yellow markings.... Stefan
  20. you sure? the oilcanning effect is a result of the stresses in the metal due to rivetting. With a thin metal skin it cannot be avoided. not to be confused with the stresses while the aircraft is in flight where the dihedral increases due to aerodynamic forces and the resulting "creases" in the wingskins. The fuselage while on the ground sags because of the weight. I had the pleasure to see Lancaster NX611 yesterday and there is oilcanning everywhere. Also a wish came true when I sat in the pilot seat. Great inspiration for building the new kits. Cees
  21. Looks fine to me. Appears to be a cut line missing on the Stars and Bars though. I know its preliminary work. Be great if there was some masks for the USS Essex Carrier Group markings too. Because I'm lazy and hate having to measure stuff myself..... Though the splash of colour from the Cape Gloucester scheme is appealing.
  22. Well observed! I have to admit I would not have expected this conversion to cause so much work... just don't stop right now, it'll look excellent!
  23. After night of rest I took again on the general lines and I discovered that there is an issue on the shape of the air duct. It is too flat as shown compare to the pics of the real thing. So, more filling sessions to come ......
  24. Hi! What is the easiest way to reduce the excess dihedral of Tamiya's kits? TIA Stein M
  25. When you first exported from Rhino! I do not have experience with Rhino, but when you export parts from Inventor and have the STL resolution turned to 'low', my parts look like yours. Check if there are any options when you export your part to STL and if so, check if you can turn the export resolution to 'high'.
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