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Hi All, In between (still) continual pattern making, I have decided to have a go at making a smaller model and attempt to try and have it completed for the IPMS Newark and Lincoln Expo competition in October (something I last did 16 years ago!). I am not confident that I will achieve my target as I have got a lot of other things coming up to stop me, but I will give it a try. I have selected the Heller 1/72 AMD Mirage IV A kit as my first attempt at 'rehabilitation' back into normal modelling again (whatever 'normal' is measured as!). The first thing to tackle is the cockpit. As can be seen, it is pretty basic at best (and inaccurate as well). This is the re-worked and detailed rear cockpit weapons operator's instrument panel (I am amazed that I can still even see any details in this scale let alone make them!). Kit landing lights installed and sanded. If I get the kit completed in time, I will foil it, as the last time that I did this (2004), it seemed to come out pretty well. And hopefully, it will turn out something a little like this! If I do get the Mirage completed in time, and there is any time left, I will also try and complete one (or both) of these in a similar foiled NMF finish - I have elected to make the Sk 37 Viggen and S 29C Tunnan from these kits (the old Matchbox J 29F Tunnan has been assembled purely as a test airframe for foiling technique practice). Derek
After finishing my Mi-8 Gunship and seeing that there are still three months left to the GB, I decided to tackle another big helo that has been in the stash for quite a while: the Heller 1/35 Super Frelon and so I plan to go from here: to there: and very likely that particular bird: There is no aftermarket for this kit and I am no great scratchbuilder so I plan an OOB build to focus more on painting and weathering the tri-tone Israeli camo, but I do plan to scratchbuild the gun mount on the side door and the landing gear frames (eliminating the floating devices). I have not decided if I want to open the ramp or not, It took me so much time to detail the mi-8 cargo hull that I am not sure I want to repeat the experience just yet. Thanks for watching and merry Christmas to all. David