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  1. Picked up an F-5E on Saturday, and went over to Aires and as if an F-5E cockpit was on their radar. Negative. Don't know how much was down to the language barrier or them pretending not to know what's coming... Jens
  2. The seats in the Revell kit ARE Escapac seats, not ACES II... And all gear legs are fragile. Bought and built this kit when it came out in the first half of the 80s, and the undercarriage legs were the first to go. Jens
  3. I see that Curt ("Netz") hasn't visited since 2008, so PM'ing him may not give any results. Would be nice to get some copies of the F-15 wheels I mastered for them some five or six years ago...:( Jens
  4. The profile of the bow looks a little off for Tirpitz - it looks more like the profile of the Bismarck that had a more concave shape and a shorter length over the waterline. Tirpitz was slighty more vertical (i.e. longer over the waterline) and not as curved. Started modifying the Tamiya kit, and from memory the difference would be around 5 mm in 1:350. Jens
  5. 0.03...inches I take it? 0.76 mm?
  6. Don't sell yourself short Kai - terriffic attention to detail in the cockpit, and the pilot figure looks good with all the modifications. As for helmet painting - if you are using a brush, Vallejo Acrylics are very good for brushpainting. Thin with water and mixes easily with each other on a palette thanks to the nozzle in each bottle. Jens
  7. Fantastic modelling and a sexy airplane results. Jens
  8. Fantastic! I hope you find a solution for the dust inside the canopy. Jens
  9. I got the decals I need Rick - thanks to Jennings who printed out the serials for 23546. Started the project some ten years ago, and decided to breathe some new life into it. Where did I put the ejection seats...? Jens
  10. Hopefully these websites will make you feel better http://silverhawkauthor.com/1-canadian-air-group-canadian-forces-europe_367.html http://www.dhc-2.com/Gordon_Macadie.html Jens
  11. Amazing plastic butchery - look forward to seeing it with paint on. Jens
  12. This looks really nice, and I can see myself getting a few of these. Will there be a pointy-nosed option on the sprues? And perhaps full intake trunking?
  13. Yep, the bottom of the exhaust shield needs to be thinned to the point where you can see daylight through it, and even then, the leads need to be angled down a bit to make them go together. Jens
  14. An alternative way to getting that armoured glass look on the windscreen is airbrushing it with Alclad Armoured Glass paint. Unlike the other clear Alclad paints, this doesn't attack the clear plastic (I've never had that happen yet - including Tamiya's clear plastic). If you get orange peel when applying it, let it cure, then micromesh it back to clarity. Here's the windshield I did for my (yet unfinished 1:32 Spitfire). Jens
  15. Mindboggling plastic surgery going on here... Jens
  16. A very good in-box review. Regarding the original - what was the reason for all that empty space behind the two front seats? Jens
  17. The PR.XI preserved at Gardermoen in Norway has three oxygen bottles behind the seat. Me theory for this is that the PR.XI had a longer endurance than the fighters (evidenced by the deeper lower cowling for the enlarged oil tank), and as the pilot would be expected to stay high and fast, there was a need for more on board oxygen than for the standard fighter. The two vertical tanks behind the seat on the port side were for air to cocke the guns (for the fighters) and presumably also the brakes since this PR.XI still have them installed, but were not oxygen designed for breathing. There is no fueltank in the fuselage behind the pilot of that particular aircraft, but it could have been removed at some point in it's life? Looking at my pics now, and I may be mistaken about that. The tank might be between the oxygen bottles and the camera installations? The cockpit is not complete - the undercarriage selector is obviously missing for a start... All my own photos. Jens
  18. At work we have used a company to scan a vehicle chassis that is then used to create surfaces, and the equipment is high resolution scanners that is accurate to less than 0.2 mm over 6 metres. The problem with scanners is that they can only register what it can see - line of sight, so there will still be a fair amount of guesswork when it comes to interpreting the scans and build up a more complete CAD model. To create surfaces that can be converted to a CAD format, programs that do that are used. This sort of equipment is not cheap - £five figures before the comma, approaching six... Yes, one could scan a seat, convert the files to a format that can then be 3D printed, but that's not going to be cheap... Jens
  19. I've been sidetracked for a while, but have got back to doing some more work on this. As I want it in flight and support it through the rather simple exhausts, I have added some bracing inside the fuselage that serves as support for the brass rods. This fuselage shouldn't flex... The Black Box cockpit needs a fair degree of fettling to make the pieces fit. At first, the rear bulkhead was several millimetres behind the kit panel line that marks the location of that bulkhead, and as can be seen, there are gaps. The sidewall panels weren't quite the same shape and pushed the cockpit tub too low. The instrument panel was made up from four pieces which made assemby more awkward than it needs to. Detail is great, but it does make me wonder if the master pattern was even test fitted to the kit... The BB cockpit features a radar display, but I don't think the Navy Aggressors had a radar, so what woud be in it's place? Jens
  20. I can only agree with what others are saying here. CAD modelling can in theory be very easy - a few mouseclicks and you have a basic shape. However, creating the multitude of shapes to make up an ejection seat and making them look accurate is a lot of work. Even with many dimensions to work from as one can't have taken all necessary measurements, there will always be some dimensions that will have to be guessed or estimated, and then one needs to check that the shapes and proportions look right. And then add a lot of detail that will be necessary to make a suitably busy appearance in such a large scale. In any case, CAD systems will easily generate mechanical shapes like the seat frame, but you will need a program like Z-Brush to create the soft, organic shapes of the seatbelts and cushions. For 300 Euros it may be worth investing in a simple CAD package which will allow you to create designs of your own. Give a man a fish vs teaching him to fish and all that... Jens
  21. I agree. And instead of creating masters that allow the use of undercuts in the high temp resistant silicone, they create parts that still obey the laws of draft angles fom steel moulds. Their 1:72 Privateer undercarriage certainly appears to be copies of the kit parts judging by the rather simple representation of the scissor links on the main gear... https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/SAC72026 Jens
  22. The nearest you will get to a clear filler is cyanoacrylate glue... Apply to the panel lines on the bottom, sand smooth and polish. The CA may not give perfect clarity, so some ghosting may be evident. Jens
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