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  1. As the restoration of TT193 gets under way  by Pioneer Aero  in New Zealand there will be a greater world wide awareness of the Dh103 , and keen interest in securing the to-date elusive 'accurate model'. It would seem those now closest to the definitive source material are the ex Wingnut folks of Kotare.

     

    Regarding market viability, the following are amongst those who have been convinced; Frog (1/72), Dynavector (1/48), Classic Airframes (1/48),Special Hobby (1/72), HPH Models (1/32) and  the currently available AZ Models plastic kits and Oxford diecasts in !/72 plus the strange 1/48 renditions  of Trumpeter with a 1/32 vacform on the pending list of Tigger Models. 

     

    Not bad for a subject of ' little wide interest'.

     

    Les

     

     

  2. Seems appropriate to mention this here- I build a lot of fuselages/bodies with a bread and butter profile technique and have learned not to use superglue. Its shrinkage produces wonderful bananas!

     

    Les

  3. I sometimes wish the AM resin suppliers would offer some sort of premium  service optimized for minimum shrinkage. I do a fair bit of home casting and generally use clear acrylic resin for just this purpose. Some of the resin aircraft I have bought have demonstrated up to 10% shrinkage- always assuming the masters had been worked to some closer approximation of actual scaled dimensions!

     

    les

  4. May I suggest the gear door fits may well have varied from aircraft to aircraft and have been adjustable to fit the particular airframe? (wheels up test etc).

     

    I have dealt with enough refits (not aircraft) to demonstrate stuff as made only approximately fits a drawing and even more rarely matches a stablemate to the nth degree.

     

    Otherwise my hat's off to North American for perfection.

     

    Les

  5. Hi Thannus

     

    Just for general reference and within the bounds of common facilities, brass and most thin etch metals can be made more maleable with just the heat of a candle flame (suggest non-soot type), electric heat gun or electric stove hob and is advisable whenever a fold or twist needs to be reworked. High heat blow torches etc are not recommended for the chances of competely melting the subject.

     

    Les

     

     

  6. Hi Thannus

     

    I don't know what metal or thickness has been used in the etches but when it is nickel silver or brass the etching process can work harden the material and a gentle pre tempering can be useful- particularly where twists may be involved. I have an idea Eduard has a penchant for stainless steel, an etching material that is very rare in my main hobby of railway modelling, mainly because it is bloody difficult to work with.

     

    Les

  7. Hi Gunpowder

     

    Noted Hornet expert David Collins has a thread on the Classic Airframes Sea Hornet here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234983720-classic-airframes-dh-sea-hornet-nf21/

     

    Well worth a look see for tips as your getting to the finishing point- especially on which panel lines should be there and which should not. from my own experience, David is very helpful in sharing his knowledge.

     

    BTW for those unaware, the full restoration of a Sea Hornet to flying condition is in hand in New Zealand, http://warbirdsnews.com/aircraft-restoration/de-havilland-sea-hornet-airworthy-restoration-project.html

  8. With apologies, I also use layered laser cut mdf in the creation of compound curves and profiles especially for for model railway vehicles- it is akin to contour mapping or a rather thick later 3d printing. A big plus is that properly sealed it is dimensionally very stable with a shell thickness of between 2 and 3mm. The trick is in the jigging.

  9. 20 minutes ago, mozart said:

    You're right, I'd forgotten about the Seahawk......four years or so ahead of the Hunter!!!  Damn......oh well, last and (nearly) first! :huh:

    Given German'y's use of the Sea Hawk and the  excellent Revell gmbh rendition of the Hunter, I live in hope of a 1/32 offering someday; there could be quite  decent interest (UK, Netherlands, West Germany, India).

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