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  1. Thank you for the compliment!!! Not sure what final aircraft I'll do, I have always kind of liked the recon mosquitos with invasion stripes, I like the 8th air force ones and the South African ones that flew out of Italy with the "Barber Stripes" on the tail.
  2. Making a little progress, filled in the side entrance door to the cockpit and cut in the new lower door. I have sanded in the new bomber nose and the door patch, I have cut in the nose windows and added the flanges for the windows to sit on. I'm pretty happy with the 2 stage nacelles, I still have make some new exhausts for them and add some more flanges to the lower intakes.
  3. I have been waiting for Airfix to come out with a bomber variant if their kit, but it hasn't happened so I figured I would go ahead and do it on my own. I haven't wanted to spend a fortune on a kit that I was going to be cutting major parts off and I just happen to find the answer on ebay. A seller had a kit that had been damaged in shipping and listed it with photos of the bags and the instruction manual with all the parts circled on the individual trees that were damaged, nothing looked really bad so I went ahead and bought it at a really good price. I had to laugh when I finally got to see the kit first hand, ironically the most damaged parts were the very front of the nacelles which were to be removed anyway !!! Good karma.. Last week I knocked out a pattern to form the 2-stage Merlin nacelles and the lower intake, also I made a pattern for a bomber nose, things are moving along pretty smoothly so far...
  4. Does anyone here know what type radios were used on U.S. Army Air corps Mosquitos ?
  5. Thank you !!! Harold/AMS RESIN makes the ejection seat and wheels. The parts that I made masters for are the cockpit tub(the tub has the seat rails molded in place), left and right consoles, main instrument panel and shroud, the forward windscreen frame and the left and right cockpit walls, also a filler piece to go behind the seat. You'll have to contact Harold directly, he will sell you copies of them. Good luck with the build !!!
  6. Hello all, I was wondering if anyone here might have a decent drawing of the 2 Stage Merlin cowlings that were on the late production Mosquito bombers, I would like to make some and I haven't located anything yet without investing alot of money on it for a one-time use. Any help is appreciated !
  7. I decided to work on the wings a little bit for a change of scenery, I wanted to remove the leading edge strakes/wing fences I am replacing them with .020 aluminum(I wanted metal for handling strength) I took a razor saw and cut right up against the side of the fences this way I could keep the same line to the wing where the original fences are located. I slipped the aluminum into the slots and traced the fences onto the metal blanks, pulled them out cut them out, piece a cake, right ??? wrong for some stupid reason something told me to look at a photo, sure enough Hobby Boss made the fences the wrong shape...so I made about 8 different ones until I was happy with the shape...I took my sprue cutters and remove as much of the molded fences as I could and then sanded the leading edges out. The really good thing about removing the fence is that you can scrape and sand the entire leading egdes with no obstructions(which needs to be done due to the lack of radius on the kit's leading edges).
  8. One thing I forgot to mention that might be of help to anyone needing 1/18 scale instrument dials. I went on the internet and found a flat image in color that reprsents the Harrier's panel, I printed and then figured out what size I needed and re-printed. I thought about what to do for clear bezels ? So I ended up spraying a light coat of flat clear on both sides of the printed sheet (this to make sure the ink would'nt start moving from any adhesive that I would be mounting with) I then took regular old clear packing tape and covered the entire printed sheet, next I took the sheet and used my punch set to get the proper diameters. This method worked very good, inexpensive and easy !
  9. LET THERE BE LIGHTs !!!...open the side door ???
  10. Made some rear view mirrors and pull handles today...
  11. A little progress, Have been working on the inside frame for the canopy, what a pain, it's very complicated with plumbing, brackets boxes, bolts, shapes you name it....
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