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  1. [Edited] Alas Mark @dodgem37 that was the best I could do in a hurry. The autofocus on my phone camera could't really grasp what I was trying to photograph. I had another go today when I had a bit more time: I've been doing a few construction-type bits here and there: on the wings, one needs to remove a strake and drill some holes if fitting the wing pylons. A small start there, and completed here. It needs a bit of fine-sanding to fully restore the surface, and I'd normally tut in horror at that wonky rescribed panel line and sort it out. But in fact, the pylons will cover it when fitted, so there's not much point. Thanks for looking folks.
  2. Just a small update, I've been working on the panel. It really was a shame to lose all that detail. Getting there: Ah, that's more like it. There'll be a bit more when I've got more worth showing, but apart from a little construction of the basic cockpit module, the tailplanes and the tanks, that's as far as I've got.
  3. And it's always good to see these old kits being done.
  4. I thought so too; I'm pretty sure I remember this in my local model shop in the 1970s. Edit: yep, Scalemates.com gives it as 1971 https://www.scalemates.com/search.php?q=mustang&fkSECTION[]=Kits&fkTYPENAME[]="Full kits"&fkSCALENORMALISED[]="1:00032"&fkCOMPNAME[]="Revell"
  5. I've not been yet, but aim to one day. Thanks for the info.
  6. I'm an aviation geek, I assure you no apology is needed.
  7. Very well done. It's of particular interest as I've just started one, but I'm just using the Hasegawa kit plus a little aftermarket. I agree, it's an excellent kit, certainly from my current perspective of opening the box, fondling the plastic, and making a small start yesterday. I certainly won't be taking it to your level. And as I'm originally from that part of England, it's always good to see a Mighty Eighth bird.
  8. Thanks Kev, I've uploaded it to the Masks forum, I'll be posting the marking-specific bits of this over there as well.
  9. Thanks to everyone who posted in my thread asking for advice regarding ordnance on US aircraft in RAF service, specifically Thunderbolts in Burma. So I thought that the least I could do by way of a "thank you" was to post a WIP. Here's the kit: And here are the bits: I'll be adding a set of RAF bombs per the advice in due course. The nondescript square top right is my sheet of home-cut masks, I thought the cuts wouldn't show, but it deserves to be there. And I decided to start with a bit of "creative destruction" on the panel to fit the Yahu one. I've only just started here. It seems a shame somehow, but I had already bought the Yahu panel. If I do a second one I may not bother, I'll see what I can do with the kit panel. That's it for now, more in due course.
  10. Interesting. Loved the Concorde nostalgia, but "Overture" lost, for me, all credibility when at 04:55 the billboard says "Mac 1.7". If you don't even know it's "MACH", or you do but you don't pay attention to such detail, it does not bode well! But as for Concorde, my last house was on the approach to Filton, Bristol, and occasionally a Concorde (presumably coming in for major maintenance) would come right over us on long finals. Happy days.
  11. I happened across this recently, and thought it would complement this excellent thread: it's a film of no 617 VGS, RAF Manston, during the silver/dayglo era. Although the film is not the best quality, for reasons explained at the start, I'm sure that those of us who have "been there, done that" can use a healthy dose of nostalgia to fill in the blanks, and I expect a fair number of us can still run through the checks as they're doing them. "Spoilers fully open and in line!" Enjoy ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXvk3OQOUpo
  12. Great shot, not just for the aircraft but the atmosphere. "Hands to sunbathing stations".
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