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  1. Of course, thanks Ade. Will Italeri give us all versions I wonder? Cheers
  2. Hi Matt, Now that makes more sense. TBH it did seem odd that someone who took such meticulous care over getting the airframe weathering to perfection should skimp on the ordnance. Now that you've posted the close up I can see that you've applied exactly the same skill and thought to the munitions. Once again, great job. Cheers.
  3. Very nice finish Matt. I agree with other members that you nailed the weathering on the radome. I am also impressed by the grime on the aft area of the wingtanks and the soiling of the underside, particularly under the engines. Great job. It's a pleasure to see someone who thinks about how real aircraft weather. One item that does leap out a bit though is the ordnance. All of the bombs are exactly the same shade of green and uniformly painted. I may (probably am) wrong but I thought that these iron bombs were quite old and often stored outside so got pretty beaten up? Meant as more of an observation than criticism as I like your model very much. The crew look extremely natural and do indeed add life to the finished article. Since that it a first for you, great work. Cheers
  4. Hi Chuck, The nozzles look good so far. It is quite a challenge to get down inside the nozzle with an airbrush and replicate the staining seen on the real birds This is one area where the Flightpath etch has a definite advantage. Sure, it's a chore to assemble but each petal starts out individually. If layed flat on a strip of double sided tape they can be sprayed alongside each other to form the intricate stained patterns. Maybe on your next one eh? Edit* Hope to catch you before you begin the outer face of the nozzles. If you check out your reference images you may spot that the sawtooth shaped "teeth" of the outer face of each inner petal (phew! what a complicated description) are light in colour. It's a little detail that is generally either missed or skipped over by modellers but it can add alot of visual interest and busy up the area still more. Perhaps it might be possible to drizzle a light wash into those details? HTH
  5. You raise an interesting question Wolf. I suspect that the arrival of folk's kits may be the most probable reason. The UK and European allocation seems to have hitched a ride on a slow boat from China that's going the longest way around the globe.   Fairly sure the number of on-line builds will escalate in due course. Although not everyone's cup of tea, the Camel is generally a popular aeroplane with a great many schemes on offer.   I am very much looking forward to seeing how yours turns out.
  6. Looks good on my monitor. I like the tinted canopy and glazing parts plus the zig-zag masking will save alot of time. Conspicuous by their absence are markings for an RAF aircraft I expect aftermarket companies will cover that though. I'm probably behind the times but I thought the UK was a contributor to the programme? This aircraft is growing on me the more I see videos of it flying. Not sure I'll stump up the cash for it though. My stash is already too large. Looking forward to seeing what other's do with the kit. Great work Italeri.
  7. Hi Chuck, I agree completely with your decision to use the kit petal actuator arms. I did the same myself as the PE parts are too 2D in this scale. (I actually had to remake them all with brass tube and wire because I wanted to show the nozzles in a more closed position). The parts I was referring to in my previous post are the tiny bits that fold into a "U" shape and replace the molded on detail all the way round the back edge of the "donut" where the actuator arms attach. These are the "turkey feather" attachment points. The metal gives more fidelity to that area. I understand how sanding the donut smooth might reduce it's diameter so can see why you'd choose not to go that route. I used the Flightpath part wrapped around the kit donut to achieve the smooth effect. (Gary used the same technique in his post above.) Since it is actually metal it can be heated to get some cool metal effects as a bonus too. Just a thought....... Truth be told, I'm confident that the burner cans on your Eagle will look $million no matter what so keep up the great work. Cheers.
  8. Hi Chuck. Neat work on your burner cans. The additional etch adds another dimension. Two questions..... 1, no desire to use the etched petal attachments in place of the kit plastic? 2, Had you noticed the visual difference between the kit "donut" ring with it's tiered effect and the actual version which seems to be much smoother? Looking forward to seeing these under paint. Cheers.
  9. I think that the images that show significant "oil-canning" on modern aircraft are often of jets making hard manoeuvres and under extreme stress. The g-force appears to temporarily ripple the aircraft skin which then settles back to nearly flat when in normal flight. Jari's images seem to show that there are certain areas that appear distorted even in normal flight though. Cheers.
  10. Hi Peter, Nice subject choice. I really like the look of the later "pumped up" block Vipers. I shall follow along with this one as I'd love a grimy HAF or Polish Viper all decked out with big spine and CFT's alongside my F-16C at some point. Do you know if this build includes the bits needed for alternate blocks? Also, are the fuselage top CFT's included? Looking forward to seeing more. Cheers.
  11. That's my contention Dennis. https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=xr-d%2c+p7308&FORM=HDRSC2 The link I posted should take you to a search for XR-D, P7308 which will give you a glimpse of the airframe I believe Revell used as their basis for this kit. Ironic that you could have built the kit OOTB and still shown those same markings. (I built the same airframe painted as JZ-E, AR213). Keep up the good work. Cheers.
  12. Hi guys, belated thanks for the kind words. I wish I'd spotted them sooner but know that they are appreciated. Hi Jim, thanks for the gentle nudge on this one. When the topic popped up I saw the start date,.......2009? Oh my! Where did that time go? In answer to your question I'm sorry to tell you that I have n't touched her since the last update. She's not dead, just dormant for now. If I'd realised just how large an undertaking this was going to be I might not have started but I've come too far to let it go now. The thing with this bird is, she takes a huge amount of time and concentration. Recent projects have been much simpler (and possibly, dare I say it?) more enjoyable... It's difficult to deny the satisfaction of seeing a finished model sitting on the shelf so tackling these complex sub-assembies becomes less appealing. Add to that the fact that we're all a few years older now and some of our eyesight and manual dexterity is not as good as it was eight years ago. I may be making excuses but scratch building these teeny, tiny details is n't getting any easier.... With that said, I'll make you a promise. After I've built the ASK 21 for the "Keep it Civil" GB I'll do some more on the Big Turkey. Believe it or not, I'd like to see her finished just as much as you guys Hi Shaka, my most recent builds might suggest otherwise but I got back into modelling by building a string of 1/32nd scale jets. If you do a search (should you be at all interested) you might find a couple of others. The warbirds are a bit of a pleasant distraction but in all honesty my heart still lies with the big kerosene burners. Hi F's are my Faves, thanks for the kind words, much appreciated. You and I have very differing modelling styles but I think what you do exceeds my skills by some margin. Keep at it. Hi Peter and Steve, thanks for the gee-up. I'll do my best to bring you guys something before too long although I can't promise that the standard will be the same. I feel I'm a bit rusty when it comes to adding tiny bits of wire and hose to wheel bay interiors. Those warbirds usually only have one brake line on their gear legs. No wonder they're so popular Hi Ian, good to have you along. If you're building a Trumpeter Tomcat and care anything about the way the model looks then the Zactomodel intakes are the minimum you'll need. From what I've seen it builds up into a delightful model with their addition plus there are a few things that are an improvement over this kit. Now, if Tamiya ever brought out a new tool, 1/32nd scale, Grumman F-14A Tomcat to their current stellar accuracy standards, the question becomes, would I ditch this and start again or plough on and simply finish this one? Would n't that be a nice dilemma to have? Cheers.
  13. I think I can already answer that Chuck........very sharp indeed! Nice work on the underside and good catch on the petals around the engine. I shall take note of that. Hope the recovery continues to gathers pace. Cheers.
  14. Hi HL-10, that's a busy looking bird. I can imagine the mottle camouflage took alot of patience but it came out well. Good job. I'm curious, are the swastikas on the tail included on the kit sheet? Cheers.
  15. I have pre-ordered one of the WNW Camels from Hannants. The pre-order has a 10% discount over the RRP so that should go some way towards postage. Interesting comments re:the super kit pricing. For those that add the extra aftermarket stuff to their kits already, what would the sum total run out at by comparison? If one treats themselves to a fist full of aftermarket like HGW belts, Part etch, Taurus(?) engine accessories, Aviattic or Wingkit figure I would have expected the cost to be right up there with the suggested WNW pricing, no? The Camel will be my first (and probably last) WNW model so I'm looking forward to it. Cheers
  16. This will look wicked with those gargantuan wheels and tyres. Cool stuff. Cheers.
  17. Superb bookmarks MARU, thankYOU. Those will be extremely helpful. Duly bookmarked.
  18. Hi, I would urge caution with the kit decals. My experience with Tamiya decals is not good, even with setting and solvent agents. If you can find some aftermarket that you like you may have better results. The Daco decals can be hit and miss. Apparently, later versions of the sheets behave better than earlier editions. I cannot help with how you would find out which is which. I used an early set on one of my Eagles and even with the Daco own brand strong solvent they still would n't work well and took alot of settling down with some slight residual silvering. Danny offered to replace them when I contacted him but the model was already finished. I believe his explanation that later sets are better and I do have some Daco decals waiting in the wings for the F-15C when I finally get it done so don't let my bad experience put you off totally, just proceed with caution HTH Good luck in your search. Cheers.
  19. Hi David, I can imagine seam clean up took quite a while given all of those round section webs and spars. It's worth it though as the boom section looks superb. Nice work. I shall keep my fingers crossed that you can balance out the weight. Cheers.
  20. Please do. Great photos Steve, especially the first one. Cheers,
  21. There's one thing Brian, you should n't have any difficulty finding space for this little gem in your cabinet. Lovely work as usual. Cheers.
  22. Nice progress Martin. The stressed skin is a neat touch. Cheers.
  23. What a fascinating aeroplane Aeropoxy. This is the first time I have seen anything like it and I will be sure to follow your progress to see how you work your magic. (I wonder if his chums called him "Wacky Wagner" back in the day?) Cheers.
  24. Very neat IP Mark, good work mate. Cheers
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