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  1. You're off to another brilliant start, Chuck. I'll be checking in on occasion to see what progress you've made when not enjoying your summer 'down time'. I guess it will be a bit different than our spring 'down time'. Take care of yourself and enjoy the break free from isolation. Got the roadster out yet? The Mustang will be coming out on Monday, not that I really have anywhere to go. Stay health and stay safe my friend. Mike
  2. Sorry I'm a little late to the party but here's my mug. My friend Paul (left) and myself on the 18th green at Harbour Town Golf Course in January 17. Before I played it, every time I watched the RBC Heritage Classic and someone missed an incredibly short, easy looking putt, I'd say to myself, "How could you miss a putt like that?" Now I know EXACTLY how they could miss a putt like that. It was like putting on a tile floor. Mike
  3. So much for working smarter rather than harder on stuff you won't see. Just funnin' ya, Chuck. You know that no good deed ever goes unpunished? That seems to have happened here. It's unfortunate that the detail was covered up but it's very impressive none the less. Enjoy your vacation and decompression time. A battery recharge is never out of order. Mike
  4. I'm looking forward to this release as well. I have already broached the subject with The Boss. Her reply, "Go for it and have fun!" In many other circumstances, that could be interpreted as "Don't you dare!" or "Have fun sleeping in the spare room." but this time it was sincere. I don't have many vices or other expensive tastes so she was quite supportive when I said I was going to get one of these kits.
  5. Nope but I'm 6' tall and at the time was about 260 lbs so my girth simulated the bulk of the Irvin jackets and everything else. For a big airplane, there's bugger all room inside. And the noise of four Merlins on the flight deck, and no ear protection except for foam ear plugs, was unbelievable. You could feel it in you chest. This is my friend, Mr. Bob Bradley. He completed a full tour as a mid upper gunner on a Lancaster with 576 Sqn, RAF. He proudly wears the Bomber Command Clasp on his Canadian Volunteer Service Medal.
  6. Enjoy it, Graham. About 15 years ago, The Boss got me a one hour flight in the CWH Lancaster. I can't put into words the emotions and feelings of that one hour. One of the other guests that day was a Polish pilot with 33 wartime sorties on Wellingtons, Halifaxes and Lancasters. When he spoke, everyone listened. The entire day was a real eye opener. The 60 degrees of bank over the museum before we landed was indescribable. The turbulence we encountered during the flight ( a very windy day that almost canceled the flight) gave everyone pause to imagine what ops on a bomber would have b
  7. Splendid work, as usual, Chuck. You've done a very convincing job on that Merlin. Mike
  8. Very nice work Brad. I've built two of the Italeri 32nd scale Sabres (same kit, except for wingtips and slats) and you've done great justice to this kit. I have one of these in my stash and it will be an RCAF Sabre 6 ( RCAF 421) based at Grostenquin, France, 1962. Keep up the fine work. Mike
  9. Saw some really good golf and some not so good golf. Glad to see Jordan laugh at himself on the 12th on Sunday after safely clearing the water in front of the green just like Tiger did on Saturday after his missteps there Thursday and Friday. Sorry to see Rory muddle his way through the round after the promising start and missing his opportunity, until next spring, to win the career Grand Slam. Sorry to see Jordan miss his putt on 18 to take the lowest 18 hold record in the final round. Nice to see Hoffman's ace on the 16th. Ugly to see what Finau did to his ankle while hamming it up afte
  10. Some very nice looking models there. I also like the Typhoon cutaway. Glad the show was a success. Mike
  11. Chuck in reviewing your post and the photos, you did make it clear. I just didn't read all the words. You clearly said, "Remove pin marks at rear." Don't I feel stupid. Move along. Nothing to see here. Sorry about that Chuck. Mike
  12. The engine in the cradle looks fantastic Chuck. In the first picture of the unpainted framing, had you already filled and cleaned up the pin marks? I can't see any marks there. Keep up the fine work sir.
  13. Good morning, Chuck. It's very easy for me to say but don't get discouraged. I know it's easier said than done. This is my first visit to LSP in about a month. My last visit was certainly before your recent engine painting and building tutorial posts. I really appreciate the level of detail that you put into your builds and the time you take to photograph and explain how you do things. I look at your work and the work of some of the other outstanding builders here on LSP and I live vicariously through you because, as you say, "...I'm just not good enough. Sometimes less is more, if you'r
  14. Good morning Chuck. Sorry that I'm a day late and a dollar short to your latest project. What a great memento to your Uncle Will and a fine Lancaster build as well. Your work on this Spitfire has been terrific. I applaud your attitude of working smarter, not harder when it comes to details that won't be seen. That should help you tremendously. As I've said before, I really appreciate your attention to detail as it shows in the finished product and it give the model that added 'pop'. I'll continue to follow along to see how this masterpiece turns out. Mike
  15. Plasto...welcome and that's some really nice work. Fantastic and realistic look of the scuff marks on the cockpit floor. Well done. What was your technique for this, please and thanks? Mike
  16. I was going to pass on this kit and wait for the filleted tail of the later block Mustangs but with all the great reviews, I bit the bullet and picked one up the other day. If it goes together like some of the other RoG Germany kits I've built, I'll be very happy.
  17. Here's a helpful tutorial that Jennings Heilig put out years ago regarding the different Sabre wings. [/url] I recently built a 48th scale Sabre 4, sort of. It's not a true Sabre 4 because, as has been previously mentioned, no manufacturer makes a true North American F-86E or Canadair Sabre 2 or 4 in 48th or 32nd scale. Canadair Sabres that were delivered to the RAF were equipped with the narrow chord slatted wings of the Canadair Sabre 4. The Sabre 4 was basically a Sabre 2 with some modifications. Some of these Sabres were retrofitted by the RAF with the '6-3' wing leading edge w
  18. I think I may have to splurge...
  19. I know it's a restoration but the Vintage Wings of Canada P-51, marked as above (Y2-C), doesn't have the red "L" / step here on either wing root.
  20. Kev - Surname is Murphy but I'll answer to just about anything. Joe - thanks very much for taking the time to visit and leave a comment. Mike
  21. Chuck, I appreciate brutal honesty and I respect your opinion on the matter. Understood on both aspects in your reply. The Kinetic / Italeri plastic gear are sturdy enough. I was just thinking that the metal gear might be a little stronger. You're right; the SAC gear would require a lot of clean up work and if there's no real difference in strength between them and the kit part, why bother. Have a great weekend and thanks very much. Mike
  22. Bill / Kev: Thanks for your kind words. I appreciate them. And by all means; please feel free to publish it to the website. Have a great weekend! Mike
  23. Hi Chuck. I was on ARC the other day and I saw a thread pointing everyone this way to see your Eagle WIP. I have finally had the chance to read the entire thread. I can't say anything that hasn't already been said. Your attention to detail and the dedication to your subject is second to none. I'm very impressed with the level of your craftsmanship. Keep it up. I have a quick question for you. What type, shape and size of rotary tool bit do you use to clean up the metal landing gear legs? I have a set of SAC white metal gear for a Sabre project that I'd like to use instead of the ki
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