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  1. I foresee the introduction of a new category there: 'Only Pete can Compete' Otherwise, the contest will become awfully lopesided () and the competitors brutally 'demoralised'. I'm off... ;--) Cheers Joerg
  2. February approaching. Here's hoping your shoulder has improved Pete, I'm in dire need for some Lopes Hope' shots... Cheers, Joerg
  3. Thank u for the extra clarification ;-)
  4. Fantastic! Positively Sci-fi. How were the pilots supposed to get into the cockpit during an alarm start? Backflipping by way of a trampoline?
  5. Given all the Alclad- and Reynolds-Aluminium-stamps on various panels, as seen in the above pictures (and beside the usual stencil fare), I foresee Peter to manufacture a complete rubber stamp-set for his Mustang. in 18th scale, IT COULD WORK ;-))
  6. Fantastic pics from Craig. Does anybody know what those rough-painted tracer lines over some rivets/welding spots and around the hatches actually are? I seem to remember to have seen similar traces on wartime pictures, but always assumed them to be perhaps from rainwater in the dirt, due to their random appearance. Some protective seal?
  7. Are you going to paint them? I cannot imagine that you'll have to bury that polished-concert-piano-black-surface under any kind of seal for the purpose of blending in stickers? Also: no panel line washes and generally no weathering, is it?
  8. You'll have to dust off this model every five minutes or so, as every single flake that settles on this perfect black surface will be tantamount to a fist in the eye. A high pressure laboratory environment seems to be required...
  9. I was about to tell you about that; staring at (pictures of old) aircraft for years&years, and still making such 'blatant' errors... That's the spirit!
  10. It's definitvely the first one. The second one is from earlier variants (up to A5 or A6, I think) with the straight gun cowling instead of the blown one represented in your kit. The most visible difference seems to be the shape of the ammo-feeders. Cheers Joerg
  11. Dear Chuck Once you have this bird with your famous gloss black finish on your shelf, you might perhaps one day make another one with no painting at all...? This meticulous surface preparation has its own asthetic, very much so! I seem to remember a model from Rodney Williams, where he painted only one half of a Corsair F4U, to show all the scratchbuilding going on on the other side. Of course, this was back in the time, when truly accurate kits were still a rarity and perhaps this kind of concept modelling is not your thing, but the sight of such a model from you would be very "educational" ;-) Thanks for showing your stuff here. J.
  12. I think these molds were originally done for some factory assembled & painted toy, which would not only explain the screw points, but also the rather poor fidelity and sparse detail of the cockpit and wheel well. The shape of the completed FW seems to be surprisingly accurate, though! And you really make things come to life with your painting, Guy! Can't wait to see the finished "canvas". (It's a shame Peter (airscale) does only natural metal birds—and there are no natural metal and/or civilian Focke Wulfs that I know of—for this kit could've been a worthy victim for his dark arts ;-)) Cheers Joerg
  13. Methinks the weathering will happen all by itself, e.g. when Peter works the wheelbay to install the gazillion gizmos, hydraulic, pneumatic and fuel line stuff, thereby scratching the surface and putting a lot of sweat & grease in there (no need to wear the gloves). This thing is so big, it does need panel accentuation as much as the original: None ;-)
  14. Simply amazing, Patrick. With all this intricate and perfect detailing going on in your build, I just HAVE to to ask, though: Are you planning to do something about the panellines on this kit? They seem to be more like trenches if not downright 'valleys'? ;-) The vertical line where the nose piece meets the baththub in the above picture seems to be just about right, at least to my eye. Please forgive any unwarranted intrusions, I know that eliminating and rescribing the lines would be a tedious business... Cheers Joerg
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