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  1. Considering how busy the Solent is, what with Portsmouth, Southampton and the IoW Regatta going on, its almost unbelievable! There must be more old wrecks down there than the House of Lords 😀
  2. I think I'll keep them both - I'm partial to a fine pair of Bristols......Brabazon and Bristol 408 😁
  3. I built this a few years ago, before the Airfix BE2c was released. It has RE8 wings, modified: Reduced chord to scale 5' 6" (Airfix got it wrong), reshaped tips, lower wing on the kit had incorrect rib pattern so a second upper wing was cut down to fit to save remaking the ribbing. Tailplane struts and wheels from the old kit, The fuselage, plus fin and rudder, was scratch built using the narrowed RE8 fuselage as a starting point. Cockpit furniture made from scrap bits (I think the curved back of the seats were made from a section of cut-down drop tank!). I rather over-did the ordinance, adding two candle-stick mounts, plus a Strange-mount for the observer's Lewis gun, a couple of 60lb bombs and even a camera mount with camera (which has fallen off!). I doubt if a BE2 could have got off the ground with that lot and a crew of two. I gave up when nearly finished as I reckoned the kit wings were too thick and heavy looking, and I definitely did make the fuselage about a millimetre too wide, and the engine sump cowling is far too deep. Iinitially thought I'd rebuild it with a new Airfix BE2c fuselage, and sand down the thick wings, but I'm tempted to leave mostly well alone, sliim down the cowling underside and just put it back together as a warning from history. What do members think? Have a look at the photos and lets have a survey......bit of a tidy up or total rebuild? Only one way to decide.....FIGHT! (apologies to Harry Hill) Either way, I'll probably build another one anyway.
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    Group Builds

    Change of plan.......this is nowhere near as bad as I remembered from maybe 8 years ago actually. BE2e sort of converted/scratch wings and bits modded from Airfix RE8 fuselage cut up from RE8's but would have been easier to make it from platic sheet. Definitely doesn't fit the parameters - I'll repost this on Work in Progress - now its out in the fresh air, I should really do something with it. now I'll need to find something else.....no shortage!
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    Group Builds

    I've got a leedle project/fail left over from 5-6 years ago. it's about 75% finished, but after removing quite a lot, there's still about 75% to do. Will this be the first ever model to be 150% completed? Part conversion, part scratch-build, part dismantled, parts missing. Will this fit the 'unfinished' parameters? Photos, application form and bribe to follow.
  6. Kept that one quiet... nice job though, doesn't look hurried at at. Maybe you should do it that way that more often!
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    A wee change.

    Was the kit nose that bad? You're not prone to spending money needlessly! By the way, did you buy it without your glasses on? If you stand closer, you'll see its not your usual 1/72 scale.
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    A wee change.

    That color is the same that you can buy now as a cellulose-based etch primer for aluminium. I've primed my alloy-bodied Bristol 408 in it. It adheres really well. I wonder if it was a Hawker original formulation. By the way, friends refer to the car as Huntley and Palmer because of its resemblance to a custard creme!
  9. Got an Aerovan a couple of years ago - not even opened the box yet! Considered converting to the high-aspect ratio experimental wing version HDM-15, or the detachable pallet version - or even the Merchantman 4-engined one. New year resolution - build at least ONE kit straight from the box!
  10. Not Buccaneer related eated, but I've had Enamels grief recently and wonder if anyone else has, and better yet, found out why. Painting civil aeroplanes (as is half my modelling interest) involves a lot of gloss white. Just lately, when I've needed several coats to get the density for coverage, I've had a reaction of the coat undeneath, which wrinkles a little. Very frustrating. Used Humbrol enamels thinned with a little white spirit, because the enamel was a very thick consistency. Anyone have a solution, or recommend a paint brand that doesn't do this? I intend to switch to acrylics for the first time to see what they are like. In the meantime, I'll get on with some wartime civies - camouflage you see!
  11. Not disputing your observations of the photographs, but I've never seen an oleo (apart from a rusty neglected one) that wasn't polished shiny metal. They sort of have to be - there is a seal at the bottom of the fixed part to keep the hydraulic oil in the tube. Any paint on the telescopic part will quic.kly wear off as the moving part deflects and probably destroy the seal at the same time. The oleo moving up and down will polish the metal, and anyway, it will have been manufactured as smooth and shiny as possible to protect the hydraulic seal and reduce friction. You don't want a sticky u/c oleo when landing on a heaving flight deck. I can't figure out how a non-shiny oleo would work!
  12. Sounds like a challenge! Like RWG, I didn't know about the conversion kit, and I too will not be buying the conversion that's nearly the same cost as the kit. Too rich for me, but the drawing AIM shows the fact that its possible, and the areas needed to be modded will be very handy. I'll give Mach2 a year or so to see if they bring their own kit out - they can copy the AIM mods! - I'll get the hacksaw out if they don't. I must tell RWG about the Airways vacform kit. 🤔
  13. Drat. Rumbled. Nobody believes revolutionaries any more. Viva Zapateria!
  14. You mean you have 1/700 scale warship versions as well? I really did think about buying that tin of Humbrol enamel, honest.
  15. Having seen that @Grunhertz and @RWG686 got their grubby hands on a @BlackMike Models mug I kicked up a fuss until he sent me one. I think he may have got mixed up with 1/144 scale model order. Still, appreciate the thought...anyone fancy a wee cup of tea?
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    1/72 VC-10.

    VC10 is pretty long. I was given a reason that Mach2 wouldn't do a Belfast or a Canadair CL-44 ( both with variations of Britannia wings) because their moulding machine couldn't do the size. That knocks that on the head then!
  17. I think, right here, we should own up - show and shame - to what we took home from this show, from the irredeemably cheapskate with two tins of Humbrol enamel (olive drab and neutral grey please, for my re-purposed USAAF Dak), to the fiscally incontinent with a 1/200 scale HMS Elizabeth-class Carrier or anything by Hasegawa tucked under an arm. Photos of the box if possible - and lets compete with what we think was the bargain of the day - so someone else can say they got it cheaper off ebay or a man in a pub. Any takers?
  18. Have you thought of putting it next to the heater?
  19. I think Scott's Models sells it in hundredweight bags in their DIY section. Let me know when you are going, I'll bring the van - its rated to carry 15cwt
  20. I signed up for multi-tasking lessons and a course in prevarication techniques, but I haven't got round to the multi-taking course yet, and I gave up on the prevarication class because I just can't manage two thing at once. Mind you, the assertiveness training course is going well, when the wife lets me go to it
  21. Did this on a Heron 45ish years ago. The heat from the curing resin melted the plastic around the windows a bit. Modern thin-wall moulded polystyrene might be a bit tricky - I sure wouldn't use it on a vacform!
  22. Rivet counter................Kiosk at the back of a model shop over which one can buy expensive model enhancements. Decals sheet..................Brief review of poor transfer quality by Mexican modeller. Austerity........................An aeroplane that looks a bit like an Auster
  23. Missed one..... 1/144 scale...................Standing a bit further away from 1/72 scale.
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