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  1. Looking really nice Nick. Lovely work on the riveting and canopy polishing. I'm going to give my He113 the overall Rosie treatment.
  2. Watching this. I have this conversion. Plan is to do double build with my 109H and Ta152. The big question is when?
  3. Hope of a November competition are fading. So perhaps mid November. Prime and painted the main frame is ready for the rigging to begin. Black from the attack. Gunze 117 RLM76 used thinned with Mr Leveling Thinner. 2:3 - RLM 76:MLT The details show up nicely with a coat of light paint. A few touch ups and its on the the rigging.
  4. 20 Thanks Maru. I'll get final dimensions to you. With the blades the footprint will be about 8x10 inches (20 x 25 cm)
  5. Cheers Mate! hanks Troy enjoy Aluxe Cheers Gazzas Thanks Thomas
  6. Great work on the finish Anxious to see the results mating the wings to fuselage.
  7. Added RB Productions trimmed turnbuckle to the skids. Cannot see it? Drilled .45mm hole and secured with epoxy. Priming to begin.
  8. More scratch work. Rigging bar on rudder, left. Grab bar on tail, right. Will reduce the rib via sanding prior to paint. Grab handles/rigging retainers .4mm styrene rod, bent via mandrel and hair dryer, top main body near base of rotor mast and bottom of main body installed. Tail pad just below stabilizer. Also added .4mm aluminum tube just forward to tail pad for rigging. Grab handles/rigging retainers on rotor mast. What the heck are these? Formed using a mandrel and hairdryer I glued the straight pieces to curved pieces. After a little trimming. Cleats don't fail me now. The cleats and grab/rigging retainers were offered in PE. I elected to makes these out of stryene so they cen weld to plastic. The PE would eventually get knocked off as there will be much handling during painting and rigging. I feel these will be stronger at PE attached with CA. Almost ready to start painting.
  9. looks great Alan, nice scratch work. the pics do not come through here but i got images from google search. where did you get that Kannon conversions? asking for a friend.
  10. Skids added. This required more .5mm styrene rods. The Fly plastic is soft and works well with welding the styrene to Fly plastic. Cement is Tamiya Thin Cement. MEK is too hot for this. Skids added using only one kit part for braces. All others were measured and replaced with .5mm styrene rod. I drilled a .7mm hole at base of rotor mast. Inserted a trimmed .7mm aluminum tube completely through. This will be used for the rigging.
  11. My plan is to crank this out by November then start something really big. The Fa330 always interested me as a unique aircraft with an equally unique mission. This was towed by a U-Boat so the pilot could see beyond U-Boat horizon view and report any enemy activity. Finally there is a lot of rigging and I will use either RB or GasPatch turnbuckles. This will get me feeling comfortable for my WNW build, next on the bench. That's right Kiwi Mike...no typo here. 30 minutes into this build I was already regretting this. This aircraft is mostly tubular and the parts are typical short run injection. Loads of flash and seams. Cleaning these tubes are going to drive me batty. So I will cut all remaining tubular parts from .5mm, .4mm and .3mm styrene rod. This will actually be easier than cutting from sprue and cleaning. Building balsa wood and tissue models experience will come in handy. Resin main control pully wheel (feel free to correct me on correct definition) and control stick installed with epoxy. I also wrapped the control stick handle with .2mm lead wire. A brush coat of paint will give the handle a ribbed appearance. Spar and 4 sub control pully wheels are cut from styrene. More fun with .5mm and .4mm styrene rods. The rudder gets a .4mm rod on both sides and will be sanded down and this was fabric. Will also add grab handle I cut out at top of rudder.
  12. interesting scheme. i was not sure of the "mottle" finish until I saw pic of actual a/c. great "sponge" work and overall finish.
  13. Superb effort. I enjoyed following this build and watching you conquer those WTF moments. Clearly a unique scheme you don't see too often. Always liked the early BOB Spitfires and Hurricanes camouflage and markings. Earth/Green and those B&W undersides, what's not cool about that? MRP rules indeed!
  14. Thanks Mike! Cheers Kev! Thank you. It's all in the photo angles. Time to take the plunge and brush up on your colorful metaphors. Thanks Chuck Cheers Richard. Thanks Graham. Tamiya XF-86 Flat Clear and Gunze Leveling Thinner about 1:2 ratio. For a dead flat use XF-86 and Gunze Rapid Thinner 1:2. These ratios work for me. You should start at 1:1 and see what best for you. Thank you Pascal. Cheers Lothar. Far from perfect, but I'll take it!
  15. Thanks Kev. I truly feel like I got a 800lb gorilla off my back with this build. I'm sure there will be more challenging builds in my future, that 190C comes to mind. Of course you may publish. I'd be honored.
  16. A Thing Divine For Nothing Natural I Ever Saw So Nobel Special Hobby Tempest Mk.V #32052 was used for Evan Mackies mount. Mackie, RNZAF, was the highest scoring Tempest ace with 20+ kills. Albeit, most of Mackies kills were in Spitfires. This kit is a most difficult build. I started this almost 2 years ago and binned it several times as my MoJo was clearly flattened with this. From the cockpit, wing root and landing gear construction offered me plenty of WTFFF! and Are You Kidding Me! moments. There was a good chance you may have heard my screams. This kit is clearly recommended for experienced modellers only. I chose Mackies build as I have several Kiwi friends and the lack of ordinance and invasion stripes show the beautiful lines of the Tempest. Weathering kept to a minimum as this aircraft was delivered to Mackie May 1945. See my build log. Build Details Yahu 3214 IP, center panel only as side panels do not fit Barracuda 32334 Nose Correction Set, 32140 Tempest Wheels, 32011 Spitfire Cockpit Upgrade Part II (Acemaker II gunsight only) Master Model 32096 Tempest Mk.V "short" Cannon Tips Maketar Masks 32122 Tempest Mk.V REXX 32043 exhausts ANYZ AN011 .5mm Braided Thread, AN016 Line Connectors MV Lenses 197 Amber, LS800 Red & Green, PN21 Clear Albion Aluminum Slide Fit Tubes .3mm, .5mm, .7mm and .9mm MR Paint 77 Nato Black 110 RAF Green 111 RAF Interior Grey Green 112 RAF Medium Sea Grey 115 RAF Ocean Grey 118 RAF Sky 122 RAF Marking Yellow 123 RAF Marking Red 135 Insignia White 183 Oxford Blue Vallejo 306 Dark Rubber Various Alclad Colors Tamiya X22 Clear, XF86 Flat Clear MiG Washes Dark Wash Streaking Grime 1203 Engine Oil 1408 PLW Deep Grey 1602 PLW Green Brown 1612 MiG Pigments Light Dust 3002 Black Smoke P023 Rust P025 Russian Earth P034 These publications, highly recommended, were critical helping me on this build. Especially the landing gear rake. Airframe Minature No.4 Hawker Tempest Osprey 27 Typhoon and Tempest Aces of WWII Warts and all this build yielded some great lessons. Thank you all for your encouragement and support during this build.
  17. Its a wrap...finally. A few teaser pics and will post in RFI. Follow this link.
  18. The photo shoot is under way.
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