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  1. A little more work has been done around the nose section of the big BUFF - I am determined to get this as 'right' as possible as the nose area is so distinctive on the later models of B-52. I've done a little more remedial sanding and added in the missing panel lines. I then added the raised ribbing on the radome from Evergreen, and have also made and added the ejection hatches above the positions of the rear crew members from plastic card: Next came a coat of primer to blend it all in: I think that's about as good as I'm going to
  2. Awesome job on the GR4 - I’m very tempted to treat myself to one of these at some point but have managed to resist the urge so far... seeing results like your’s is not helping! Your son’s effort ain’t ‘arf bad either - I wish I could model like that at 13 (or even now come to think of it!) Tom
  3. Evening guys and gals, More progress on the mammoth B-52 project to update you on. I've been beavering away on the cockpit and flight deck of late and have built a basic interior using the Sanger seats with a few mods. I've also used the Sanger control columns even though they were, in my humble opinion, a little oversized: There's scope to add more detail here but life is too short to waste time on making things that'll never be seen! I've made and added the escape hatches for the ejector seats above the pilots: And th
  4. I know I’ve said this before, Peter, but your metal work is simply first class. I really look forward to your updates as it’s just so inspiring - something for us all to aspire to
  5. That is a foiling job of the highest calibre!
  6. The nose on the B-24 is where the main differences are - perhaps, like the Hasegawa 1/72nd kits you could have a 'standard' rear fuselage and wing up to the rear cockpit bulkhead, and then do a separate nose for the D-model and J-model with the Emerson nose turrets. This would leave the majority of B-24 modellers happy I'm sure - those that want to convert to later, enclosed waist gun versions, early tail turret for the Ds as well as the H-model and later nose configurations could, theoretically, be covered by clever converting or possible later releases from HK. The after-market
  7. I've had the Sunderland out again over the weekend. At some point in my future I'll learn to focus on just one model at a time, but I seem incapable of that at the moment... Now that I'm happy with the interior structure I've done the final positioning of the bulkheads which are now all firmly in place and give a lovely and strong structure to the model: I've also begun working on the hefty support frames for the pilots' seats - these will be fitted after the fuselage is together but it's easier to work out dimensions and positioning whilst the halves are separ
  8. This is such a great project. Out of interest, how much has the plastic cost you so far - as in the raw material? Just curious as to how this would compare with a mainstream kit. Tom
  9. 1) Yes. Olive Drab over Neutral Grey as you state 2) Control surfaces, being fabric-covered, faded quicker than the surrounding metal but were OD when they left the factory 3) Medium Green 4) No - but the stars were 'greyed out' to make them less visible on the upper left wing. Hope that helps, Tom
  10. An amazing update on all counts. Congratulations on the new addition to your family. All the best, Tom
  11. Along with painting the entire interior of a Fortress interior green...
  12. Set ordered - fantastic stuff, Ali. I can now get my F-4J(UK) off the shelf of doom and complete it! All the best, Tom
  13. Time for a long over-due update on this build which has had some attention of late... The landing gear has been painted and installed: I still need to add some of the retraction struts, but these will be done at a later date. I've also made a start on the flight deck painting. It's had its first coat of grey, and I've also sprayed the inside of the cockpit transparency having masked off the windows beforehand. I've also scratched the instrument panel and coaming ready for further detailing later:
  14. Beautiful work and additional details - this is going to be a show-stopper! Tom
  15. Hi Matt, I'm not really the correct person to ask re. accuracy as this kind of thing doesn't bother me too much. However, although the HB nose isn't perfect, it's not too bad. We're used to seeing the 1/48th Monogram kit and using this as a bench-mark, but the nose on that kit is actually too pinched, especially in the lower quarter section, when compared to the original. The Lib was known as the 'crate the B-17 was delivered in' for a very good reason! This is going to be done in olive drab over neutral grey - I've been doing a bit of research and 'Satan's Angels' (
  16. Ha! I've spotted a mistake! The clock is set to the wrong time! You're human after all Simply amazing work, Peter - this is so inspirational. Tom
  17. I often see threads of the subject/nature you describe and think exactly the same thing, John! Please put my name down for a 1/32nd Do17 as I've been waiting for one of these for years to complete my 'big three' of Luftwaffe BoB bombers - I will finally be able to give my He111 and Ju88 a long-awaited buddy! Hope all is well with you, Tom
  18. Thanks for the kind words, gents. This week I've been working on mating the fuselage halves as well as the wings which are now attached to the fuselage. The fit is excellent the huge spar gives a very positive and strong join - there is no flex at all in the wings and everything is nice and rigid which is most reassuring considering the size of the thing. As usual, I'll let the pictures do the talking: Next up is attaching the underside of the nacelles and getting the wings finished off.
  19. The engine in question is the Pratt PW4000 series - not GE. Interestingly, a Pratt-powered 747-400BCF shed a load of fan blades on climb out from a Dutch airport on the same day (or possibly just before) with debris hitting cars and injuring a young girl on the ground - there are now naturally quite legitimate questions about the integrity of these older PW engines in terms of metal fatigue. Going back to the 'art' or journalism and the recent reports on the 777/747 incidents, notice how quick they are to state it was 'a 26-year old 777' or '30 year old 747...' So what
  20. My word there is some sensationalist 'reporting' used in that article - no wonder the Mail is known as the 'Daily Fail' by so many in the UK. 'The troubled history of the 777'... despite it being one of the safest airliners in service. Quick! Let's dig up every single 777-related incident to sensationalise this as much as we can and let everyone know how dangerous the 777 is! Don't fly on triple-sevens, folks! 'We started going down' - well of course you did - the pilots immediately started a return back which, believe it or not, means getting closer to the ground as one has t
  21. It's been a while since I updated this thread but that's how long it's taken me to finish the interior of this monster! I've been working on it on and off and in between other builds to be fair, but there's lots of detail painting needed and plenty to keep the builder quiet even out of the box: Sadly, most of it disappears when the fuselage halves are joined, but at least I know it's there! Joining the fuselage halves will be the next job - hopefully progress
  22. Oops - apologies for starting a new thread on this as I hadn’t seen Dennis’ original.
  23. I’ve just seen over on Britmodeller that HK have scaled down their Lanc and will be releasing it in 1/48th scale. We can finally bid the Tamiya veteran a fond farewell!
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