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  1. 4 points
    Yup - that's us Carl - well spotted! As some around here will know I'm a bit of a 'petrol head' - with a particular passion for all things Lotus - so being at the 70th Birthday at the Hethel factory (an old wartime B-24 base) was a bit special. We're also working on a possible feature on the car in another magazine next year. For any non-Evo readers - this is the bit Carl spotted: The piece mentions my excitement at having the car signed by Elisa Artioli - after whom the Elise was named when launched - all grown up now and a real enthusiast: Brilliant day - topped off with driving around the Lotus test track with 700 other Lotus cars: And, for F1 fans, Classic Team Lotus had a number of their famous cars out on track during the day - wonderful sights and sounds: Colin mentioned Wheeler Dealers - that was filmed in 2008 - same month we did a feature in Classic and Sportscar. Filmed at Kemble, that's me driving and not Mike Brewer (from 48 seconds). And photo-shoot for Classic and Sportscar: And the pair together - need to get the Esprit back on the road next year - she's been sat in garage last few years... Have fun! Iain
  2. 3 points
    Sorry to rain on everyone's parade but if it's an Austro-Daimler 6 (and it sure looks like one), then it can't be a standard Albatros D.III only the Austro-Hungarian version i.e. the Albatros D.III (Oeffag). The standard Albatros D.III used the Mercedes D.IIIa engine. It does mean we're likely to be getting something Austro-Hungarian from WNW for the first time, though.
  3. 2 points
    Hi Guys I hope that these should please many of you there are some new sets in production for the BIG CAT.......... Brass undercarriage set and doors for the Hellcat https://aerocraftmodels.bigcartel.com/product/airfix-hellcat-brass-undercarriage-and-wheel-doors Three different tyre options for the Hellcat https://aerocraftmodels.bigcartel.com/product/airfix-hellcat-tyres-cross-hatch-type https://aerocraftmodels.bigcartel.com/product/airfix-hellcat-tyres-straight-running-tread https://aerocraftmodels.bigcartel.com/product/airfix-hellcat-tyres-cruciform-block-pattern cheers Ali
  4. 2 points

    PCM TA 152C as a Peaceful Race Plane

    Hi Everybody, This is my Raffle Prize, PCM's Ta-152C. As it never reached factory production, I decided I would make it into a racing plane instead of doing the only historical paint scheme. I had a lot of fun trying to make it pretty and learned quite a bit about painting as I went. It also gave me a chance to try MRP's line of lacquer paints. There are a lot of photos, so I'll keep the words sparse. If you're interested in the building steps, the build log is Here! More to come....
  5. 2 points
    I have it pretty good. Though my wife may think the size of my (40-50 kit) stash is ridiculous, I regularly point out to her that it is much smaller than many. For Christmas and birthdays I either get gift vouchers to the LHS or I am to proffer a list of desired kits. Last year she got me 5 kits for Christmas. I often jokingly ask her if she wants me to bring her a Messerschmitt or a panzer from my club meet, or the LHS when I go. We have our own accounts and financial duties. I know guys whose wives see them at the bench and ask if there isn't something else they should be doing. Thank god that isn't my situation. I'd be a single as Jennings.
  6. 2 points
    Only too happy to help Peter! She is absolutely spectacular in the flesh! Interesting one here.... note the amount of random anodized rivets included in the mix. I trust yours will show the same!!!! They didn't have the cockpit open unfortunately, but I tried my best with the light, and people hmmmm, it's like I've seen this somewhere else before? Note the imperfect green and yellow lines on the strut This is super cool.... the dedication to the individual panel finishes in unbelieveable! I found this really interesting..... I always assumed the intake was a pressed/formed piece, but this looks like it's cast...... May be a good thing for you.... no skinning!!!! Also, amusing to learn he pretty much decided to issue himself the plane! Great read! Enjoy Peter Craig
  7. 2 points
    Yep, I cant wait. There are so many cool schemes. I may actually have trouble picking just 1 early and 1 late!
  8. 2 points
    It's going to be a long wait until next year when those Dreideckers are available!
  9. 2 points
    I do like how this looks like a nice simple build. I definitely want one. I am happy to see this kit being released, there is just that something about the DRI for me.
  10. 2 points
    I know it's not in the hallowed scale(s), but having purchased their Bf 109 and new tool Spitfire in 1/48, this one is on my 'must-have' list. (I know - #heresy)
  11. 2 points

    RAAF FAC OV-10A the back seater.

    Thanks for the info guys. Some more pics from Graham. Cu Chi airfield and HQ 25th Division. A typical fire support base. I wanted to sort out the fuel filler caps. Due to there being 5 of these in top of the wing in a very visible location, I felt that the kit depiction wasn’t going to cut it. As can be seen, the new panel that I scribed in the middle of the wing looks like the outer panel, whereas the inboard panel has an indent in the middle of the larger circles to represent the refuelling hole. None of these are right compared to the reference pics as posted above so I had to come up with a solution. With a pin, I scribed a deep circle in the middle of the larger circles of each fuel panel using a microchisel, I removed the plastic in the scribed circle without breaking through to the other side. I then used a 4mm punch to spread and enlarge each of the holes slightly and make them all exactly the same size. The hardest part was going to be coming up with the fuel filler caps. I needed 5 of them to look roughly the same as they will be easily seen. I experimented with trying to make a small template out of brass sheet to scribe each one but this did not work so come up with this solution. It would have been almost impossible to cut such a small shape into plastic card and keep them all looking the same so a little innovation was required. I punched 1.6mm holes offset into 3.8mm plastic card disks. I then cut these disks into small crescent shapes through the 1.6mm holes, and then cut some blank 3.8mm disks in the same place. I cut a small slot in the larger of the two parts I joined the two parts up to make the fuel filler cap. Mounted in place. I probably won’t do the small pull tabs that sit inside the holes as a dark wash will imply that there is something in there. Another small but worthy addition.
  12. 1 point
    All I can say so far is WOW. Just WOW. Absolutely jaw-dropping.
  13. 1 point

    Tamiya P-51 Racer

    This is my Tamiya P-51 converted into the Reno racer "Bardahl Special". I scratch built the rear cockpit removing all surplus equipment including the fuel tank. I also removed all armament, and used a propeller from a Bearcat to create a P-51H propeller as used on this airframe. AMS resin drop tanks are used for the 150 gallon tanks that Bardahl carried during the race to Reno. Decals are from Draw Decals. I have another set of racer decals reroute since I enjoyed this build so much.
  14. 1 point

    Hasegawa A6M5c Type 52

    Finale: Build thread here:
  15. 1 point
    Foxtrot 14

    Yokosuka K5Y Willow reference?

    Try also looking for literature on IJN Trainers as well as it's common nickname "Akatonbo/Akatombo" (red dragonfly). Being a biplane trainer their cockpits lacked a lot of advanced features. I just yesterday finished the Entex-branded kit (same as Nitro/Doyusha but with both wheels and floats for variants as well as including wire for rigging.) First biplane I ever made, modified it with a bomb and marked to look like the kamikaze that sunk USS Callaghan.
  16. 1 point

    1/24 Aftermarket R-2800's?

    I have to be honest here and say i totally disagree with you, i recon the kits are the same and its the assemblers that are at issue , i see it quite a lot here and on BM, 50 people build a perfectly good model from a standard kit but number 51 seems to thing theirs is a different tool or similar silliness the amount of people i see moaning about ‘warped’ parts that wouldnt need so much as breathing on to straighten them frightens me....
  17. 1 point

    1/24 scale airfix F6F-5 Hellcat

    Let's all keep this civil gents, were all on the same team here, and we all are after the same thing. We can all do without any personal jabs.
  18. 1 point
    Hi Guys I have a new set of brass undercarriage in production for the MiniArt Triebflugel, please see my website https://aerocraftmodels.bigcartel.com/product/miniart-focke-wulf-triebflugel-brass-undercarriage cheers Ali
  19. 1 point

    Eiko decals, anyone?

    Count me still in
  20. 1 point

    Fokker Dr. I 'Skeletal'

    I've been wondering about that too Wolf... My bad, I wasn't paying enough attention. I was basing the wooden coverings on the aftermarket parts. Apart from being the wrong size, they show the coverings being mirrored around the exhaust, but they obvious aren't. This photo of a Fokker build, clearly shows the issue with the wooden covering. It didn't become clear before the top covering was in place. I'll just have to redo the wooden side coverings to make them larger at the top. Cheers: Kent
  21. 1 point

    1/24 Airfix F6F-5 Hellcat

    Many congratulations Guy, the build thread was an interesting one to follow and the final result is a real winner. Superb.
  22. 1 point
    I bet they heard enough "gimme a Dr. I" that they now have a way to pay for all of monster sized planes they've had made.
  23. 1 point
    Also some sprue shots here to https://www.themodellingnews.com/2019/08/review-tamiyas-148th-scale-p-38-fg.html#more
  24. 1 point

    1/24 Aftermarket R-2800's?

    Oooooooo.....Might have to get a set or two of those upgrade sets!
  25. 1 point
    My worthless opinion is that they knew very well the DRI was on the road map and have known the same for a long time. They did not want to admit it so the put Roden on the MVR release. They always hedged what they were saying about the DRI for example saying things like we have no plans for a DRI or we do not have one in development. Some claim they said never but I believe there was always some nuance and I don’t think WNW has ever said never to a WWI aircraft possibility.
  26. 1 point
    I just got the MVR Albatros D.V kit, with the extra DR.I decals, but for the Roden kit! I was just wondering if those would work on the upcoming WNW kits. Probably would with maybe some adjustment here or there. Now that we know WNW had been planning these kits, their decision to provide those Roden decals is a bit more confusing. Maybe when they did that they had not yet decided to go forward with their own kits??
  27. 1 point
    Wrong scale? Wouldn't hold me back a minute.
  28. 1 point
    The HP O/100 looks more interesting to me.
  29. 1 point
    I would have not expected a duelist boxing of Voss' aircraft. So few F.1's built in the first place (3, IIRC). If one of your two boxings is the F.1 (early Dr.1) You are cutting down your options really fast for the five or six that WNW usually offers with their standard releases. It seems so obvious and passe' but maybe we will see Von Richtofen vs. Brown as a duelist boxing that also features the markings of the other Camel that "the Baron" was chasing. I know Brown is already featured in the BR.1 boxing of the Camel but the markings of the "chase Camel" are not out anywhere to my knowledge.
  30. 1 point

    1/24 Aftermarket R-2800's?

  31. 1 point
  32. 1 point
    Jennings Heilig

    Eiko decals, anyone?

    And this is the JASDF-specific, Italeri-specific stencil sheet... Again, subject to some final tweaking, but essentially complete.
  33. 1 point
    Jennings Heilig

    Eiko decals, anyone?

    This is pretty close to final. I may have to make some tweaks, but essentially this is what you'll be getting...
  34. 1 point

    What will be Airfix's next 1:24?

    Quite truthfully i can't get a Trumpy one for a decent price so god only knows what the price of a 1/24 would be lol. But as for space..... i'm working on that
  35. 1 point
    Antonio Argudo

    Forgotten War Mustang

    great job on that cockpit man, could be that the rear of the cockpit was also painted in black, like these? cheers
  36. 1 point

    PCM TA 152C as a Peaceful Race Plane

    More.... Thank you for looking! Gaz
  37. 1 point

    1:18 Hobbyboss AV-8B Harrier

    Had to use a little freindly pursuasion on the forward fuselage to get it closed up snuggly.
  38. 1 point

    1/24 Airfix F6F-5 Hellcat

    Thanks, perhaps you could contact Airfix and get them to send cash - that would be great I wasn’t a Hellcat fan either, I just got the kit as a sample - but it’s totally grown on me, I’ve really enjoyed it. I didn’t fancy the dark blue finish either but it looks great on this size model. The stressed skin really gives the uniform finish some interest! I got the masks today from Top Notch and have just finished painting the markings. They are great and really easy to use as there’s only one colour to mask. Guy In progress!
  39. 1 point

    The next WNW kit..? 3 wishes...

    You guys and your giant planes! I'll take this:
  40. 1 point
    Dave Williams

    The next WNW kit..? 3 wishes...

    If we’re talking Italian bombers, I’d be in if it started with a “Cap” and ended with a “roni”.
  41. 1 point

    The next WNW kit..? 3 wishes...

    Maybe ONE day Soon...
  42. 1 point

    Cute Porsche 956 / 962

    Man, starting around .43 mark that is one HELL of a straight away! Mesmerizing at a sustained 225mph!!! Thats got to be a thrill
  43. 1 point

    The next WNW kit..? 3 wishes...

    I can only imagine what a WnW Macchi M-5 would be like......
  44. 1 point
    I’m sure the reference is standard boilerplate legalese to cover any changes they may, or may not, make when they do the actual production molds.
  45. 1 point
    In may ways, alot simpler than the Roden offering, too. Meaning: less parts forward of the ammunition magazines (no fuel/oil tank or engine detail aft of the firewall). The cryptic reference to the production models looking different is suggestive, but what specifically?
  46. 1 point

    1/24 Airfix F6F-5 Hellcat

    I’d love to say I was that clever Adam! But no. To be honest, there’s quite a bit of negativity towards the stressed skin effect , but having handled it close up over the last few weeks - I really like it, I think it’s very well done, and I don’t really see the uniformity of it, the fuselage in particular is very random and convincing to my eye? I think it’s great! Yep, you can see all my mistakes in full technicolour Matt! Talking of which, I have given it the first couple of (thin) coats (about 50% thinners in fact) of the Mr Color Blue and I’m actually very pleased so far.. all the pre painting showing through nicely. My plan next is to overcoat it with MRP Sea Blue, which is the correct, darker midnight blue, hopefully still leaving the pre shade subtly showing through. The Mr Color Blue looks great, but I think it’s too light to be accurate. I haven’t seen any pictures of the real aircraft faded like the Corsairs? They all seem uniformly dark blue. Which is fine, but I reckon that would look a bit boring on a scale model. The MRP paints are very translucent, so hopefully I’ll be able to get a balance between the two...
  47. 1 point

    1/24 Airfix F6F-5 Hellcat

    Thanks! I’ve pushed on and I’ve pre shaded and highlighted- it may be a waste of time as the top coat will be so dark, but I’ll build it up in thin layers and see how I go! The engine is only placed on and the wing is just resting - to see what she’ll look like... Guy
  48. 1 point
    I am very much leaning towards getting the 0/400 for my Christmas present to myself. Such a neat airframe and the folding wings make actually display friendly.
  49. 1 point
    Its's not Iain's first brush with fame thanks to that beautiful Lotus, in the UK car restoration program "Wheelers Dealers", there's a sequence with the host Mike Brewer driving an Esprit at speed, that was Iain's car,,, ColinR
  50. 1 point
    Mr b

    1/12 ESCI F-16 Cockpit

    Nice finish - the simulated fabric is great done one myself sometime back. It does make a nice conversation piece rgds
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