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Derek B

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Derek B last won the day on October 26 2014

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About Derek B

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  • Birthday 10/15/1959

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    Barton upon Humber, England (UK)
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    Most everything in all scales (and all aircraft types, but WWII aircraft in particular; oh, and P-61's especially). Been modelling forever (it seems). 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.

    I am married with two (now adult) children (one girl and one boy). My other leisure pursuits are motorcycle touring and archery - both of which I share with my wife.

    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 abs well as carrying out other aspects of aircraft maintenance.

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  1. Derek B

    Revell Spitfire MK IIa

    Nice work Dave - I hope that mine eventually turns out as nice as yours! Derek
  2. Derek B

    1/18 Spitfire Mk. XIVe - Race #80

    Geoff, Thank you for putting my personal thoughts into words. Derek
  3. Derek B

    1/32 Hasegawa HAF F-104 Starfighter

    Thank you Jim. At least I am know happy that I have a reasonably good colour to work with I should have done the same with the cockpit colour, but I guess that I shall use my ubiquitous Humbrol 140!). Cheers Derek
  4. In between other projects, I thought that I would have a go at this one. I will be completing it as a Greek Air Force (HAF) aircraft in NMF finish. I shall be using Icarus decals on the model. Clean up of the parts has commenced. One of the problems I have is trying to find a good colour match to the ADC Grey/US Airframe Grey (FS 36473/16473) colour fir the radome and wing undersurface. I could by the Xtracrylic colour, but I prefer to use enamel paints and the correct Humbrol 146 colour has been OOP from a number of years now. The answer is to colour match my existing collection of paints to a full size aircraft. Luckily, Bruntingthorpe has an ex-Marinefieger F-104G Starfighter that I could look at. so, armed with a few tins of paint that I thought would look close to the right colour (based on photographs), I went to see how close I was. The radome of this particular aircraft is painted US SEA light grey FS 36622. However, there are two very small chipped areas of paint on the radome that showed the original ADC grey underneath it. I found that the old Humbrol Authentic USN 3 (FS 36375) colour was a very close match, which I think looks good for faded ADC grey. I also found that Humbrol 127 (the Humbrol replacement for USN 3 light compass ghost grey) was a good match for fresh ADC grey when compared to the internal fuselage area where the wings are attached, which also appears to be ADC grey (it has a slightly bluer hue to it), but overall, in my judgement, Humbrol USN 3 looks like the best match. Derek
  5. Derek B

    1/18 Spitfire Mk. XIVe - Race #80

    Nice smithy work Peter Derek
  6. Derek B

    Nieuport 17 tweak list

    Thank you Thierry. Derek
  7. Hi Dale, The SAAB JAS 39 Gripen is one of my favourite aircraft - it is a few years since I last touched mine (see link below - unfortunately, my photobucket links have disapperaed!): http://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?showtopic=47348&hl=%2Bjas+%2Bgripen The kit has been long OOP. I bought mine second hand. The kit itself is generally OK in shape, but is based upon early SAAB prototype schematic drawings, not the final production form. The main problem with the kit is that it is undersize. From my own research into the issue, I believe that the problem originated from a simple mis-interpretation of the SAAB published aircraft dimensions, and not any deliberate intention to mislead. If the aircraft nose pitot probe is included as part of the overall aircraft length, then this is the overall kit dimension that Revell has produced it to. However, if the nose pitot probe dimension is left out, and the overall aircraft length is is taken from the front of the nose cone only, this equates to the actual length of the aircraft (confirmed by a check of the wingspan). To my mind, this is the basic error with the kit, so to bring the kit back to the correct dimensions, drastic surgery of the kit is required in terms of both length and span - this is what I am doing with my kit (if you are happy with it being underscale, then it can be updated to look like a current JAS 39 with a degree of effort). HTH Derek
  8. Happy birthday Barry and other fellow LSP birthday'ers. Derek
  9. Derek B

    TA-7C conversion

    Same here. If (and when) I can get the Trumpeter 1/32 kits (I'll need two), I'll convert one of them into a TA-7 version (both HAF of course!). Derek
  10. Derek B

    Time to do your first 1/24 scale model?!

    Sounds cool - I'm on the look out for an Airfix 1/24 Harrier kit (any type, but the GR.3 would be good). Derek
  11. I would certainly appreciate an extension to the Jurassic plastic GB, which by the very nature of the subject, generally requires more time and effort to bring them up to even a basic standard compared to more modern kits. Derek
  12. Derek B

    Flgvapnet J 33 (Matchbox 1/32 Sea Venom)

    This is still progressing, but I am obviously not going to meet the GB deadline (heavy work loads and been away too much on business to even think about modelling since Christmas), so could this be moved into the WIP area please? Many thanks Derek
  13. Derek B

    Revell Spitfire Mk.IXc is out in Germany

    As Richard said (and Cees intimated in his first post), this is the Revell Mk.II Spitfire fuselage halve mated against the Revell Mk.IX fuselage half. Derek
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