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  1. I've built multiple Trumpeter Lightnings over the years and never bothered with making any mods to correct it, other than a very simple one which makes a huge difference to the overall 'sit' of the kit: removing 2mm from the main gear legs. This gives the characteristic 'tail down' sit of the real thing, and hugely improves the overall look - Trumpeter have it sit too tail high. For the nose ring, a simple FOD guard can me made which will solve the intake problem without any of the hard graft. Here's an F6 I built a few years back to see the corrected 'sit': Trumpeter 1/32 EE Lightning F6 | Large Scale Planes Tom
  2. Thanks, Alain. I don’t very often buy aftermarket stuff for my builds as I suppose I’m “old school” and try to do it myself. However, the fact that a set of engines would have cost me over £100 meant the decision was an easy one. Yes, my students do know about my hobby - I’ve run an after school modelling club for a number of years and it’s always over-subscribed and I’ve even got a waiting list. They love it - I encourage them to build their models their own way and certainly don’t get hung up on making them ‘accurate’. At their age it would take all the fun away. If they want to paint their P-51 bright pink, so be it
  3. You’ve lost me I’m afraid - but then I’ve never been the sharpest tool in the modelling box. It’s from K&S Precision Metals in the US - my local model shop had a whole range of different sizes of both standard alloy tube as well as aerofoils. It would be perfect for doing biplane struts with and great for giving extra strength. Tom
  4. I’m loving watching this come together - there’s certainly a lot of real estate with this beast of a kit. Not sure how fussed you are with accuracy, but Forts were unpainted internally. Natural aluminium from nose to tail, with only exposed metal on the flight deck being bronze green. However, E models still had olive green insulation fitted to the nose and radio room cabins at this time. All the best, Tom
  5. Afternoon all, Progress on this build has slowed somewhat after returning to teaching for the new academic year, so evenings have been taken up with marking books and planning lessons. It's such a shame when work gets in the way of one's hobby. However I've been working on the floats when time allows, so thought I'd share some pictures... The basic shapes were removed from their backing sheet with a sharp blade. I hold it at a 45-degree angle and score around the part numerous times before snapping it free. It then means there's only a very small 'lip' of plastic needing to be removed which cuts down on the sanding time significantly: To aid the gluing together of the parts I lined one half of each float with a thin plastic card tab: The floats are obviously going to be positioned on the outboard sections of the wing in quite a vulnerable position, so I made a trip to my local model shop and bought some alloy tube, helpfully in the shape of an aerofoil like the real thing. This will provide plenty of strength if they inadvertently get a whack! Before joining the floats together I worked out the position of the struts using the plans, before securing them in place using Araldite Epoxy glue: Here are the floats now together and the struts cut to the correct length. Everything about this model is massive - here's a pot of Tamiya paint as a useful size reference: I am now going to need to scribe and detail the floats before working out a plan to attach them to the wings and getting a nice and strong join. Stay tuned! Until next time, Tom
  6. Thanks as always gents for your words of encouragement. @mozart she'll be in the dark sea grey / slate grey over sky scheme so at least I don't have to worry about painting and weathering all of that white as seen on the later scheme. I plan for the model to look 'operational' rather than 'museum piece', but I always err on the side of 'less is more' when it comes to weathering. I'll try to get some decent tonal variation and the classic waterline marks (along with some quite heavy chipping in this area going on references) but it certainly won't get the 'tartan quilt' effect Tom
  7. Evening boys and girls, It's been a glorious sunny day here in my corner of Kent so I got the camera out and snapped some pictures of the recently installed engines. With each 'power-egg' complete it was just a case of adding them to wing-section of each nacelle. The Revell Beaufighter cowl flaps were an absolutely perfect fit for the kit's forward firewall, so it was just a case of applying some Araldite to the inside surfaces of the cowl flaps and sliding them into place. The relatively slow drying time of the epoxy glue meant I had ample time to ensure each engine was aligned correctly, both with the plans and each other. When installing them, I didn't realise that the engines canted outboard at such an angle, but references confirmed this was the case. It certainly looks a little strange that the thrust line is so off central, and I presume there is a valid reason for it, too! Anyway, on to the pictures... As you can see the fit is nice and snug, and engine no.1 looks the part now it's hung on the wing. The early MkII-style straight exhausts will be made and added later: Engines 3 and 4 - lots of care was taken to align the engines carefully during installation: When I was hacking about with the kit-supplied nacelles I removed and kept the very crude carburettor intakes in the hope I could make something useable from them - as you can see from the three finished intakes at the top of the picture they scrubbed up fine: These were than glued in position on the lower section of each nacelle: She's really starting to take shape now: Thanks for stopping by folks, and stay safe! Until next time, Tom
  8. There's a rivet 0.0004mm out of place 3/4mm back from the upper access panel below the fin fairing... This is just phenomenal - easily the best build of an F-4 I've ever had the pleasure to follow. Your surface detail work is just in a different league. I doff my hat, Sir! Tom
  9. Thanks for that - I can now see your pictures without issue. I’m really looking forward to seeing your progress with this. Tom
  10. This sounds like a great build - it's great to see another vac getting some attention. Not sure if it's just me, but I can't see your photos. Tom
  11. Well I suggest you crack on and get your Brit Toom finished and order yourself a BIG Sunderland for your next project! I got the engines attached to the wings last night, so hopefully some pictures over the weekend - all being well. Tom
  12. I’d be honoured! There is quite a bit of tonal variation in the paint which I achieved using one of the Artool Texture Stencils - sadly it didn’t show up in the pictures but i can assure you it’s there! I always err of the subtle side to weathering my models - I see so many where over zealous weathering ruins what is a lovely build and has no resemblance whatsoever to the real thing. But that’s just my opinion of course
  13. That surface detailing is insanely good - these things take so much time but the end result will be well worth it Tom
  14. Another super update - a brain surgeon would have nothing on you! How about a thermos and half-eaten sarnie on the table... complete with crumbs Tom
  15. Morning all, A little more progress to share on the Sunderland - I've been working on the engines of late which has not been the most fun (I hate engines and cockpits!) but I'm at a stage where they are ready for installation to the airframe. Sunderland IIs were powered by the Bristol Pegasus, of which aftermarket options were very expensive and to fit four to model would have cost me nearly £100! Therefore I did originally plan to modify the Revell 1/32nd Hercules engines from a Beaufighter, but being two row seven cylinder engines, that was going to be quite a challenge. With the Pegasus being a single row nine cylinder set up, a better starting point would have been a Wright Cyclone and thankfully a fellow forum member came to the rescue (thanks, Mark!) and sent me a set of his unused HK Models' B-17 engines. The reduction gear housing more closely resembles the Hercules set up, however, so I used the HK cylinders and the Revell Hercules reduction gear - not perfectly correct but close enough... The Pegasus is actually, at least at first glance, a quite simple engine to replicate (used for illustration purposes only): I won't have to worry about detailing the cylinder heads as these will all be hidden by the cowling, so it would just be a case of adding the single push-rods. First up I sprayed the inside of the cowlings black and then I needed to check the cylinders fitted inside the cowlings properly - in the picture below you can see they sit quite happily in the correct position and actually needed no glue to hold them there. The reduction gear housing is just sitting on the cylinders to get the 'sit' of the engine correct in regard to clearance for the propeller: I then painted the cylinders and reduction housing, and made the pushrods from Evergreen before adding and painting: A final test fit in the cowling - as you can see not much can actually be seen so the detail I've added is quite adequate: All four 'power eggs' are now complete, with the engines secured with Araldite Epoxy to ensure they don't fall into the nacelle: Next up will be installing these onto the wing... stay tuned. All the best, Tom
  16. Many thanks, Anthony - I must confess watching your build inspired me to get this finished. Yes - paints are all Xtracolor enamels - really good stuff and they spray beautifully. The only disadvantage is the longer drying time (the airing cupboard soon sorts that!) but you end up with a lovely glossy, ready for decals finish. I love them!
  17. Greetings all, This has been a long-time 'as and when' project that I completed this weekend - Tamiya's 1/32nd F-4J finished as an F-4J(UK) of the famous 74 'Tiger Squadron' in the mid-1980's. It was built more or less out of the box, but with Mastercasters' FOD covers and YellowHammer decals. Paints were all Xtracolor enamels. It's the first time I have added crew figures to a model as my daughter requested that the pilots should be in it. I might add crews in the future as it adds a bit of life to the cockpit! All the best, Tom
  18. Just outstanding! I thought for a moment that your first picture was a reference shot of the real thing. I can’t wait to see the interior finished off and the fuselage finally come together. All the best, Tom
  19. Having built that myself, I doff my hat! Tom
  20. That’s it. I give up! Absolutely outstanding... as usual. Tom
  21. Just superb! Those guns and mounts are little masterpieces in themselves. Will you have the windows slid back so all this work can be seen? I sincerely hope so! Tom
  22. Sorry... very little progress to report as we’ve all been wiped out by a sickness bug. We think my 1 year old picked it up at a baby group and it’s progressively worked it’s way through the rest of us. I was wiped out for 2 days and since recovering have been nursing the wife and looking after my daughters so modelling has taken a backward step. We’re all recovered now though but are away next week on a short break so will get back to it as soon as I’m back! All the best, Tom
  23. Absolutely! If I ever have any spare parts left over from a kit I always keep them as you never know when they’ll come in handy. I have an old Revell 1/32 He-111 box and Trumpy 1/32 F-18 box crammed full of parts and I’m always dipping into them to scrounge bits for builds such as this. Never throw anything away!
  24. Thanks, Paul - the HK parts I have are going to be fine as far as my initial fiddling has shown. Nothing worth photographing yet, but I'll shoot some pictures when there's something worth reporting. All the best, Tom
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