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  1. Gotta love an Auster, and it looks superb in the silver and dayglo scheme. I notice it seems to have an RAF serial number in the first pic and "HKG4" (if I've read that correctly) in the second. Transferred to Hong Kong Auxiliary AF perchance?
  2. The aircraft is substantially complete. I just need to touch up a few "dings" in the paintwork and add some weathering consistent with the photos of the real-life subject; then just mount it and Henry on the base. Nearly there!!
  3. I think I may have mentioned that I was considering a purchase. After reading this and other threads here and on Scale Model Paint Masks, and after vacillating between the Cameo 4 and the Portrait 3, I've gone for the latter. It looks like it will do what I need it to, it's smaller, and I wasn't sure the extra features and facilities on the Cameo were worth the price difference. Looking forward to trying a few masks.
  4. This is great stuff, they look really good. I'm one of those people. I really do not like the current fashion for "weathered" profiles; it becomes more about the artist and less about giving the reader an informative reference.
  5. That's indeed a 748; I did not know the RAAF operated them. Found more info here: http://www.adf-serials.com.au/indexbak.html HTH
  6. That's interesting, I did not realise there were so few of them. Although we can bolster numbers a bit if we count the military derivative, the Andover: the RNZAF operated a number of ex-RAF aircraft for some years. But that's probably a bit o/t, sorry.
  7. Really sorry for your (borh of you) troubles, and glad she is on the road to recovery. The 748 is a classic, this looks like it's going to be an excellent model.
  8. Thanks Gents. Sorry, what you see is what I've taken. As I said, I'm not that good at remembering to do WIP shots.
  9. The last couple of weeks have seen setbacks like a broken strut; diversions like a HKM Meteor (also on the bench) and doing a bit of "due diligence" on a potential mask cutter purchase; and some real life stuff. So there has been slow progress, but progress nevertheless. To cut a long story short, she's now a biplane! OK, no more modelling today, that's going to need some serious setting time before rigging the flying and landing wires, adding the engine, tidying up the paintwork, weathering, and sorting out a base. Do I dare say the end is in sight?
  10. If you reproduced it in model form, make sure you've got a copy of that photo to display with it if it goes to a show.
  11. Having built the old Testors offering I can confirm that a 1:48 Blackbird is considerably bigger than a lot of the LSPs in my collection. Looking forward to this one.
  12. I've built the 1:48 one. It's an unusual breakdown but it works, and goes together well apart from fitting the cockpit and nose module to the main fuselage.
  13. No update today, I've been taking advantage of some good (ie not rainy) weather to paint my fence in 1:1 scale, and it's a long job. Sadly, none of my friends happened along, so I wasn't able to do what Tom Sawyer did.
  14. Looking good. I'm one of them: I learned that from a very experienced figure guy at my local IPMS club. He started by saying, "Look at that chap over there [other side of the rather large room] - can you see the details of his eyes?"
  15. Thank you all for the kind encouragement. Progress is slow but steady: the empennage is on and the control wires in place, it now awaits the tail rigging wires before I tackle the wings. I've also yet to put some paint on the control horns. [Edit] Yes, the rudder is slightly off, the top attachment came adrift; it's been fixed.
  16. This is a real minefield, the OD vs RAF dark green debate. But everyone please remember, "in the field" implies quite primitive conditions. Leiston, where the 357th were based, was a permanent airfield, albeit a hasty wartime construction. I'm undecided on o/d or green, but you took the decision on dark green and have produced a valid interpretation and an excellent model.
  17. There are indeed, although not as many as it may seem, the Avant-Garde/AMK and Wingman kits are, I understand, reboxings of the Kinetic kit: https://www.scalemates.com/search.php?fkSECTION[]=Kits&q=Fouga+Magister&fkTYPENAME[]="Full kits"&fkSCALENORMALISED[]="1:00048" Been there, never quite done that. I have a 1:48 T-6G on the go, and the rear canopy in the kit is the wrong configuration for the subject I'm doing, as is the exhaust. I tell myself that there is no such thing as the Model Police, if I just go ahead they won't confiscate my stash and ceremonially drum me out of IPMS, yet there it sits on the shelf of doom because I can't quite manage to get on with it. Still, it's not as if I haven't got enough to keep me busy anyway.
  18. Yes indeed! Me too.
  19. It's always a milestone for any model when it stands on its own legs for the first time. I rigged the undercarriage with monofilament rather than EZ Line to add a bit of structural strength. If you're wondering what the strip of tape is on each wing, it shows me where the control horns are, so I don't accidentally rest the wing on one.
  20. I am thanks, I don't do resin.
  21. Given ICM's predilection for 1930s/40s biplane trainers, can I be the only one hoping that the next release after the Canadian Tiger Moth might turn out to be an Avro Tutor or an Fw 44 Stieglitz? Or both??
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