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  1. Then getting close to the end. I rigged up a power supply and presto let there be light! Regretfully the lights in the fuselage have failed. So I need to get to the bottom of the problem. Might have to dig around in the bomb bay to find the reason. I'm currently working on the engine nacelle panels. With all the rebuilding there are a few gaps that need filling. Nothing serious though. Hope you liked my marathon update. But it was 4 months work which has been interrupted by my daughter moving out and my son and me making our mans cave for model building. Also started to build a new airbrush cabin to paint the monster. Cheers, Mike
  2. Now a few pics with both wings functional!
  3. Next the joints were nearly closed on top!
  4. Then the wing joints were built. Had a few problems here and two of the hinges broke. Fixed now though! Weapons mounted to see what they look like. All with magnets. Probably around 44+ magnets built into the wings.
  5. Next the engines where built no customizing. Just plenty of paint work. Still need some filling here!
  6. Then I got down fitting the wing tips with plenty of magnets and made all armory interchangeable.
  7. Next was the fitting of the canopy! Lucky everything inside is still visible. Canopy frame was hand painted. Took a while but I'm pleased with it.
  8. Hello all, back again. Lots been happening recently and I have to admit I didn't find the time to update my post. So lots of pics coming now and not so many comments! I installed LEDs in the undercarriage for the nice atmosphere. I know its not original but thought it looks good!
  9. Hi Harvey, Hi Rocky, glad you like it. But I do have to be honest I'm glad I don't have two of these on the shelf at the moment. Later perhaps, Cheers, Mike
  10. Hi, can you imagine the pleasure when the baby stands on its own feet. Not much to say in this round the engine nacelles have been put in the wings and now the Mossie can stand on its own two feet. The rear wheel has also been put in place together with e new mud guard "Cant see much as its inside the tail". Nothing else to say really only that the lamps in the nacelles will be connected in the next few days. Hope you like it. Cheers, Mike PS: Disappointing but the monster doesn't fit in my photo booth anymore.
  11. Hi Anthony, Hi Harvey, no need to feel guilty. If I had the Tamiya or HK Model and hadn't got so far I think the only thing that would stop me from abandoning the Airfix would be my greed and not wanting to waste an investment. On the other hand the Airfix does give lots of opportunities for improvements which I might then miss. A goody which is to come is that I have again placed an LED in the Wheels Bays, jut for the fun of it and the impression they make when the room is darkened and the lights are on. It looks brilliant, although it is not quite scale. As soon as they're in a situation to have photos made I'll do so and post. Cheers, Mike
  12. Hi, long time no updates, but now the program is rolling again. @Anthony: Glad you liked the Dads Army bit. Unit 12 Undercarriage, This being part of the Engine Nacelles means I'm keeping to the planned schedule. At least that's what I like to think. The Airfix kit really misses lot of details. And it has been quit challenging. Starting with the Engine Bulkhead in the Nacelles there are missing structural details. Looking at the wheels it is also disappointing to think that the Airfix Mossie apparently has no brakes, so all the hydraulics needed to be appended. Bit of electric work was also needed and more is to come. Also one of the main issues I found was the missing caps for the down folded suspension. I found a nice way to build these and will probably do some more detailing using the same technique later. I formed the shape of the caps with balsa wood. Then covered them with kitchen foil, Next a layer of elasic bandage was pulled over and fixed. Next step fine quartz sand and SUPERGLUE. Stinks to ......, however the end result is strong and stable. A little sanding afterwards and I it fits. Anyway no more talk from me but a few pics of the last three weeks effort. Hope you enjoyed this and I'll be back soon with more on the Nacelles! Cheers, Mike
  13. "One For the Road" Modular building of this Mossie caused a need for a small project to be inserted. As I need to put the Mossie away for a while due to lack of room for my hobby, our balcony is being renovated and the flowers need to come in, I decided to put everything into the glass cabinet. Then it dawned on me and I discovered I had a problem. Where do I put the bits that are currently not in use? I decided to call Mr. Mainwaring of the Home Guard and he said that he would ask Walker if he could find a Bomb Trolley. After three weeks he called back and said he had found one and would ask Jones to take it to the airfield. Hope you enjoy the pics: On delivery it turned out that Walker had actually scratch built the bomb trolley using resin wheels from a 1/48 Hummer, and the front wheel axles fell off a 1/24 truck. As always! Questions and Comments always welcome. Cheers, Mike PS: For all who are wondering, the names of the characters in this story are from the British Sitcom Dad's Army. The Ford Box Van in the first pic is a common sight on this great TV parody.
  14. Hi Anthony, sorry for not replying earlier, but I have had a few problems with the Mossie this time. The bomb bay doors now close and the hydraulics work (by hand) as well. Nevertheless the doors needed a bit of extra adapting to fit and it seems as if the hydraulic cylinders in the kit are a little out of proportion. I used PE hinges from ABER which are normaly used in model cars. They work fine but I needed to reduce the number from 8 to 4 so as to make it a little easier. The side wall can also be removed to give ease of access to the bomb bay for changing the interior. I'll probably shorten the main tank by about 2 mm also, so as to give a little extra room for the hydraulic cylinders. Anyway, here's the last part of this unit, and in two or three days ( I still want to clean a few things inside ) I'll wrap it all up in clingfoil and move on to the engine nacels. Here are the photos and I hope you all like them. Everything closed at last. This bit didn't fit quite so well so I had to build up a little. I'll be filling and sanding later when I move onto the outside. Wall removed for ease of access. Currently only the bombs installed. Opening !!!!!! Open !!!! Closing again. Well I am glad to have finished this bit as it did become a little challenging. Hope you enjoy the final bomb bay solution as I do. And as always Comments and Questions are always welcome. Cheers, Mike
  15. Brilliant Work, highly motivating. Wish I had seen it earlier!......... Cheers, Mike
  16. Hi Jim, I got the 2mm neodym micro magnets from Amazon. 50 for around € 9.00 so they are not really expensive. The problem is that they do have a will of their own, and don't even think of using tweezers to put them in place. It doesn't work. I used a toothpick with a little blue tack on the end. Then pressed in place with the rear end of a paint brush. Cheers, Mike
  17. Smaller tank in place Both tanks in place each tank has two magnets as counter parts to the bomb bay magnets. Bomb holding structure. This is held in place with a total of 12 magnets. Mounted bomb. Personally I think its too shiny so there will be a rework here. Overview Heating for the Hispanos. All photos have been made with the Mossie laying on its back. In a normal flight mode the magnets hold perfect, and there is no sign of anything falling out! Once the bombs have been reworked and additional wiring and piping is laid I intend to finish the walls and hydraulics. As stated above one wall will most likely be fitted with magnets. Will probably then move onto the bomb bay doors, a quick test show that they still fit well. Anyway, Hope you like the photos and if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask. Cheers, Mike
  18. Back again, glad you like it Anthony. its been a while but the bomb bay is nearly ready. Only a few pipes and wires to be laid, but that's something I'll do in the next few days. I was able to make all tanks and the bomb structure interchangeable with magnets. My favorite 2mm as usual. In total I have installed 28 magnets. Everything holds in place perfect, and when replacing parts they even jump into place with no effort. I'm still working on the bombs as I'm not satisfied with the shine. I'll also try and get one side wall set up with magnets as well to try and make the replacement of tanks etc. a little easier. Anyway here are the photos. One of the two smaller tanks. Long range tank. Long range tank install. This is held in place by 4 magnets in the bomb bay and 4 sets of two magnets on the main forward tank. Here you can see the bomb bay and the 4 magnets on the inside.
  19. Hi Richard, this is when I wish I had the room for tools. I like it, Cheers, Mike
  20. Hi Wolf, nice to see another Mosie growing. Great detailing makes me envious. I'll keep on reading! Cheers, Mike
  21. Hello all, Jim's good luck wished seemed to have worked. I finally mounted the ammo belts in the nose. As described before I used .50 belts in 1:35 as .303 belts in 1:24. There is a slight size difference but it comes down to 0.55mm and thats not really worth worrying about. Variations from the original. 1. Naturally the belts should be chutes. Regretfully couldn't find anything suitable, and I have to admit I liked the idea of actually seeing the bullets. 2. The coloring is off, I used copper, aluminum and flat black. I did try other colors that matched the original better but I have to say that detail went missing as it was to dark. Anyhow, one pic with a 1 cent piece for reference. Hope you like it and excuse the missing reference to the original. Cheers, Mike
  22. Hi Jim, seems your good luck wishes worked. I just bent the first one and painted it. I'll try and put it in place tomorrow, then once the rest are done the pics will follow. The technique I used was probably risky but it seems to have worked. I held one end in a pair of tweezers and held the belt about 8 cm above a candle. After a few secs of continuous moving the belts are flexible enough to bend into position. Bowl of cold water was used to fix the position once they were bent. Cheers, Mike
  23. Hello all, its time to continue Unit 11 Bomb Bays as this unit consists in my eyes of a few bits and bobs. I'll be splitting it up and posting after each sub assembly. This first the Hispanos has been nearly finished. As always when making photos I see that a few places need touching up, as as its only minor I'll be doing it in the next few days. The Hispanos from Airfix have been replaced with those from EDUARD and where the underside is not visible in the Typhoon, I had to slice off a few items from the Airfix guns and glue them to the filled underside of EDUARD's. Not to difficult but a little fiddly. The barrels where replaced with those from Master Casters. I haven't painted the the recoils as I am still wondering what looks best. There are also a few decals missing. Currently I'm not sure if the assembly will be fixed or interchangeable with a Molin Cannon as the Master Caster barrels are a tight fit and the risk of breaking something when changing is high. Nevertheless I still currently plan to build a Molin in 1/24. I received the ammo belts for a .50 in 1/35 from Live Resin and have to say they look great in the nose. I still need to bend them, and that could be quit a challenge as the resin is very thin. Anyhow the next task is planned so that will be posted soon. ( I hope and if everything goes as planned.) Here are the pics of the Hispannos, Hope you enjoy the pics and as always ! Questions and criticism are always welcome. Cheers, Mike
  24. Hi Anthony, thanks for the rewarding remarks. . I have to say I'm not really pleased at the moment. One bit I don't like is the piece between the ammo boxes and the entrance to the instrument panel. Not very tidy, I presume some glue oozed out. Yesterday I seem to have started on the Bomb Bays. I currently have all tanks from the kit assembled and laying on the bench ready for sanding. I have decided I don't now what I want to insert so its going to be quite a task and lots of magnets. Currently planned, but its a big dream and probably not possible. 1. All Tanks will be fitted with magnets so that they are interchangeable. 2. The Bombs will be fitted in the same manner. 3. The Hispanos will also have magnets and I intend to use the resin guns from EDUARD made for the Typhoon. 4. This is the best bit and I'm not sure how to achieve it. I plan to build a Molins 57mm Gun in 1/24 naturally also with magnets. This might be done at a later date, after the basic kit is finished. Now the bad bit. I will need to experiment with the magnets and hope that the 2mm sized will be strong enough to hold everything. If not then I'll either have to come up with another solution , or keep to one setup. . The work on your Auster T7 is really good. It doesn't look like its rebuilt more like new. I hope to get the Ammo Belts today. I might have a way of putting a chute around them, As there are 5 sets I'll be able to waste one on an experiment. Cheers, Mike
  25. Hi Mr. Noname, I presume you mean the decals and not stencils. I have a complete set from "airscale" in various scales. Both Dials and Placard Details. Very usefull when detailing smaller things as I often find something that matches. If things come to the worst I make my own using either white or transparent A4 decal sheets for the printer. Cheers, Mike
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