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About fightersweep

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  • Birthday 10/08/1969

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    Large scale planes! Almost any plastic kits. Vintage and retro modelling. Reading, drawing, films, music, my family. Collecting old toys, nostalgia and wine, women and song! Particularly fond of my home town, Southend on Sea!

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  1. The 51 wheel well looks amazing, and fills a big (literal) gap on the Airfix kit. I'm well up for anything that appears for the Spitfire too. Those kits are crying out for any aftermarket. As far as the wing dihedral is concerned, and this affects the Spit too, just add what the real aircraft had...a wing spar. I use Evergreen box tube and make spars for my kits. Works every time and appears to give the kit more strength too. Steve
  2. I'd love a Do-17Z with the Bramos, but a 215 would be cool too, along with any of the early true "Pencils" as those pre war tri colour schemes appeal greatly. I may have to revert to 1/48th to get what I would like to build though. Steve
  3. I had a feeling this new B-2 would just scale up all the issues of the 1/32 kit. A shame and very lazy on Trumpeter's part I think. I even thought about robbing parts from my Airfix kit to put the Trumpy kit right, but heck, I may as well build the Airfix one instead. It's still a good kit.
  4. Well, I'm still hoping for the Do-17 in 1/32. The 111 and 88 are needing the third Musketeer to complete the set. I won't hold my breath though, and besides, I've got plenty of other stuff to build while I wait for hell to freeze over. Personally, I think it's one cool looking aeroplane...but I do have a thing for twin tailed birds.
  5. Juggernut: Thank you for all the information. It's priceless. I think I like the look of Katy with the F style nose, so now the task of finding or making one begins! Best regards; Steve
  6. That's really interesting to know. Thanks for the info. All the years I've looked at that photo, and I never spotted that she had a F style nose blister fitted. I'll have to look back through her damage reports and nail down when it was likely replaced. The above photo was taken in August 44, and I have a nice close up photo of the nose taken at Valley on the way back Stateside in 45. I'll have to see if she retained that blister for the rest of the war. Looks as though I need to find a F style nose for my kit then! Best regards; Steve
  7. That's pretty cool! We've chosen two 17s only 9 apart on the production line! I spent about 15 years back in the 90s researching "Ice Cold Katy" of the 612th, 401st Bomb Group. Got the complete history and corresponded with many ex crew members, so she was the natural choice of build for the HK kit for me. I think she must have had the standard G nose fitted then, if the kit has the very late style nose glazing supplied. I guess this is was what was being explained to me. ice-cold-katy-one-engine Best regards; Steve
  8. Hi Juggernut; Thanks for the reply, and that photograph is great isn't it? Luckily, I have a nice photo of the tail area of the aircraft I want to model (42-107039), and she had an early stinger tail fitted, so that's that one sorted. She also appears to have had the wing tip vents, which strangley I can't see on the aircraft in the foreground of the above photo. So apart from staggering the waist guns and adding vents, I've been told that she had the earlier nose glazing fitted (the new HK kit has the later version fitted I've been informed). The waist gun mounts are also the same as those seen above. I think I'll pick up the B-17G early boxing of the kit and go from there. I suspect also that we're going to see a lot of aftermarket and mods appear for this kit once it hits the shelves. Happy days! Thanks for the reply! Steve
  9. Juggernut: Not being a total B-17 expert, apart from adding staggered waist gun windows, is there much else I would need to modify to get a B-17G-35-DL from this kit? Regards; Steve
  10. One point worth checking with references. The charts states that the markings can be either white on a black background or black on a white background. I know most decals follow this. However, on their NMF aircraft, I know that the 401st Bomb Group for example painted the triangle black and left the letter "S" in natural metal. Make sense I suppose, as the group letter would stand out just as well in silver as it would in white and would save the resources and time of painting it white. Not sure if any other groups used this method, but I wouldn't be surprised if they did.
  11. My pleasure. If you google Gerhard Schopfel, there are a few more images taken at the same time that will help with reference if you decide to build this scene. It would make a great diorama. Steve
  12. That's Bf-109E-4 "Yellow 1" belonging to Gerhard Schopfel of 9/JG-26. Photo most likely taken at Caffiers, France mid August 1940. Quite a well known bird with decals available, and probably a decal option with at least one Emil kit. Steve
  13. Thanks Jeff. If we can all help each other out, even if it's just a little bit, then the world's a better place. I think the overall conclusion that I came to was one of being overwhelmed. I had overwhelmed myself and my hobby to the extent that it stopped being a hobby and maybe more of an obsession. I had to put the brakes on that and clear the decks. I will admit that recently, I allowed myself to pull just one large scale kit out of the store. An Airfix 1/24 109E. I've started on that in between my smaller scale builds...so perhaps I can put my foot back in the door at LSP. Steve
  14. Hi Dean; It's just the way she is. She just seems to tolerate pain without complaining. If she does happen to say something, then I know it has to be very bad. If I remember correctly, she did use the meds initially, then gave up. I think she decided that she was going to deal with it in her own way, and as I said, it was pretty apparent that work, stress etc was the cause. Once we addressed as much of this as we could, it was amazing how quickly things turned around. Steve
  15. I've got the companion volumes to the Crescent Warplanes of the Luftwaffe: American and British Warplanes. Need to find them, but they were the other two volumes in the set. Basically just excerpts from the old Orbis Encyclopedia of Aircraft, a tome that was recycled many times!
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