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  1. Likewise. Certainly not the Western Desert. The only Mossies in the MTO I can think of were PR variants in Italy. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Havilland_Mosquito_operational_history
  2. Looking good. It's always interesting to see what can be done with what's in the box and a bit of work. Vince at Models4Sale can usually be relied on for a bargain as I have found a few times (and I'm lucky enough to have a mere 30 minutes drive to pick up the spoils).
  3. I agree as far as the "1", but I'd put "B/C" rather than "D".
  4. "... one of their next projects ..." to me does not necessarily mean it will be project number two, it may be further down the line than that. Personally I'd love to see a Hornet, but I'd prefer to see some recce Spitfires first - one can but dream.
  5. I scratched my Scimitar itch many years ago with the old Contrail 1/72 Vacform. Very hard to believe this is from the same stable as the Spitfire. Now that's one I'd really like.
  6. I'm afraid updates are going to be a bit sparse over the foreseeable future: real life is getting in the way, and right now I have priorities somewhat higher than this. I'll post updates as and when I can, but they may be few and far between. Thanks for all the support and encouragement to date.
  7. I can't put it any better than Brian. ^^ My condolences for your loss and my admiration for carrying on.
  8. Excellent job. I spotted the bonnet of a Landy in one of the photos, what with that, the Houchin and the building in the background, it's raised the model to another level.
  9. Thank you You did say "cellar" didn't you?
  10. It's very useful stuff for making custom jigs for one's regular modelling.
  11. Had to look that up, being a Brit. Interesting and amusing.
  12. Next job: add the ID and landing lights and mask them ready for painting with the masks provided in the HGW set. The ID lights are coloured, and ideally are represented by painting with clear paint: however, I find that if I have the right colours, my trusty Sharpies do the job just as well. Remember the wheels are an Eduard Brassin set? The foam that comes in these sets as part of the packaging is ideal for some masking applications such as wheel wells: There's some more tidying-up to do, then it's off to the paint shop.
  13. I go for something simple to build of a subject I'm interested in. Usually a Tamiya 1/48 P-51 B/C or D.
  14. Very nice clean Dora, glad you stuck with it.
  15. Sorry, a bit slack on updates. I've made a bit of progress since the last post. The fuselage went together with no dramas at all, I am really quite impressed with the engineering in this kit. Then I came to the wings. The alternative wing panel is only supported part of the way round: call me Mr Cautious, but I added a little bit of thin plastic card to support it internally, checking first that it would not compromise closing the wing halves. After a suitable interval to let the wings set, they fitted to the fuselage. This took a little bit of work to get them to fit, but nothing too drastic. The main problem was avoiding a "step" at the wing-fuselage joint: a couple of clamps to align the parts did the job. (And yes, that's Lego, a very handy tool for building custom jigs.) In the meantime, the first stage of assembling the engine and its cowlings. After this lot dried I refitted the engine mount, added a little bit of filler which was needed at the wing root joints, and made a start on dealing with any seams still needing treatment. The next job to tackle was masking the canopy. The HGW seat harness I used also included a canopy mask, which is nice thin vinyl, similar to Oramask 810 or Artool Ultra Mask (in fact may even be one of those two products, I know not). The set provides internal and external masks, and fitted extremely well. As you see, outlines only are provided for the hood: HGW suggest using liquid mask to fill in, but I used Tamiya tape instead. And here's the interior framing painted: Edit: that large drip towards the rear of the canopy is liquid mask, not paint, in case you were wondering (it made me do a "double-take" when I just spotted it). That's it for now, I'll try and remember to take more frequent pics, honest ...
  16. That's very good, a great outcome. May I make one small suggestion though? Given the excellent weathering and the overall effect of a well-used aircraft, the seat harness looks rather new. Were it mine, I'd make it slightly grubby with some pastel chalk. Your call, of course. Again, a superb model, well done.
  17. I don't recall seeing it this side of the Pond, but in any case, I don't doubt it would have a heftier price tag. Anyway, I rather think I may be starting a bit of o/t drift here, so I'll try and answer the original question, starting with this thought: I think that's a lot of it. Early kits often had compromises designed in to enable "working" parts to actually work. I started plastic-bashing in the 60s, and building models from plastic kits was still struggling to gain acceptance as "proper" modelling. Those who had grown up carving models out of solid wood regarded plastic kits as toys, especially with "working" parts. Often the working parts had to be sacrificed to produce a better representation of the real thing. For example, adding undercarriage struts that weren't in the kit meant that the "retractable undercarriage" had to be abandoned, and this hypothetical example may also have had oversized or even fictional hinges on the undercarriage doors to allow them to open and close. Or props - I generally add mine, even now, as one of the last items on a model: fitting things like revolving props meant that the prop had to be added when joining fuselage or engine halves, so could not be painted separately, and was at risk of breakage. Then there was the fact that a lot of work was often needed to actually allow the parts to work, and even then a stray bit of tube cement meant that they ended up not working anyway. So I'm afraid by the age of 11 or so, when I bought my first Airfix Magazine (thus becoming a "serious modeller") I ignored working parts, and generally still do (although poly-capped props are fine).
  18. Was that the 1/32 scale Phantom Mustang with the clear fuselage? Always wanted one , never found one at a price I'm prepared to pay yet.
  19. Well here's an interesting thing I've never spotted before. At about 1:58 in the video we see Don Gentile and John Godfrey. On the right of their jackets, just above the breast pocket, they are both wearing RAF pilot's wings. The obvious reason is they were ex-Eagle Squadron, I guess, and as such had been through RAF flying training, but it's a little detail I never knew about, and the sort of thing I find fascinating. Edit - a bit more digging, it seems Gentile joined and trained with the RCAF, not the RAF, before joining the Eagle Sqns.
  20. I've placed a couple of orders with them, both times via their website. The last time was towards the end of 2020. No issues at all either time. https://www.videoaviation.com/product/1-32-raf-houchin-25kva-gpu/ I can see one of these in my future too.
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