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Derek B

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  • Birthday 10/15/1959

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    Barton upon Humber, England (UK)
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    I model in all scales - my main interests these days is Hellenic Air Force and Swedish Air Force (Flygvapnet) aircraft, although there are a few other aircraft types that that distract me occasionally!

    I have produced master patterns for other companies here in the UK since the mid-80's. I am also a former RAF VR(T) Fg Off within the Air Cadet Organisation (ACO) and also used to own and run aircraft resin model company Eclipse Model Design - EMD.

    Since February 2014, I have been a member of the Lightning Preservation Group (LPG), who own and operate two operational (but non-flying) EE Lightning F.Mk.6 aircraft at Bruntingthorpe airfield in Leicester in the UK; I look after and pack the aircraft braking parachutes as well as carrying out other aspects of aircraft maintenance and operation.

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  1. Hi Nick, I have found this book very useful, and although it specifically covers the Hellenic M2000 (in most part; there is also a section on the M2000D), it is essentially identical to the M2000C in terms of colours, so there are some very good pictures of NMF C/L tanks in it. https://www.themodellingnews.com/2018/04/read-n-reviewed-mirage-2000-under-skin.html Derek
  2. Hi Dan, Our own Frank Mitchell made this kit some years ago: https://www.largescaleplanes.com/articles/article.php?aid=209 Derek
  3. I would love to have the Combat Models F-102 Delta Dagger. But the F-106 is extremely good looking, so I shall fo!low. Derek
  4. Hi Rainer, I am using the DACO Lockheed (T)F-104G book for my HAF builds, which has some very useful detail images. https://www.dacoproducts.com/ Regards Derek
  5. Nice start! (I need one of these kits, as I want to make a t-140D). Derek
  6. When I start my scratch building my Trehantiris (or kaiki (Caique): traditional Greek fishing boats), I think that 1/35 scale will be an ideal scale for them. Derek
  7. Hi Rainer, I can't believe that those are home printed decals on your thrust reverser petals - amazing! There are some really talented modellers (no, more than that, amazing artisans) here on LSP, of which you are clearly one. Thank you for sharing your gift with us lesser mortals! Derek
  8. Hi geedubelyer, I have not really heard anything about Rafale conformal pallets, so I don't know the answer to that question? (although they would definitely be a very much needed and a worthwhile addition, as well as look very cool into the bargain!). Derek
  9. From what I have just read in Greek reports, providing that the vote is approved (which has just been accepted) and ratified, then the HAF could have their first six Rafale (refurbished) aircraft by July this year. Derek
  10. I have just checked Jens; it was imminent within days as of the 15-18 December 2020, but I have not seen anything to say that they have done so, so I do not think so yet as we speak. Update: The Greek parliament will vote this week on the purchase of the Rafale. https://www.reuters.com/article/greece-france-defence/greek-parliament-to-vote-this-week-on-rafale-jets-purchase-idUSL8N2JN25K Derek
  11. Hi John, Good build just to add to Chuck's advice about the of CA as a filler, if you mix it with talcum powder (any type will do) thoroughly first before you apply it, you will find that it still hardens within 10 minutes (working time 2-3 minutes), but is much easier to sand (no more difficult than the plastic, and, the more powder you add, the softer it becomes). It does not shrink, but is very easy to sand and can be scribed if wished (unlike straight CA, which is too hard). I have used this method for over 40 years successfully, so it may help. Regards
  12. Dassault subjects seem to be somewhat perennial in terms of modelling choices, so I would expect a 1/32 Rafale to sell well over the longer term. For me personally, it is a type which held no real interest to me initially (although its beauty and potency cannot be denied), however, now that the HAF are going to acquire it very soon, I now like it! (I have recently bought a 1/48 Revell rafale kit, but would certainly like a 1/32 version). Derek
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