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    Tamiya A6M2b Zero (1:72)

    Got this one a while ago to go with the Eduard Hellcat: It’ll be OOB apart from the seat harness and possibly brake pipes. I think it’s the best 1:72 injection moulded kit I’ve ever seen in terms of part fidelity; some parts are remarkably small: Others, like the u/c doors are so thin they are semi-transparent under a decent light: So no thinning required there! The fit of the parts is also pretty phenomenal. You wouldn’t think this: Was a three part dry fit: Panel lines and surface detail is beautiful - I hope it doesn’t get dulled by the various coats of paint... Most of the way through cleaning up the parts now, I’m hoping this one will take days rather than months!
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    Lancaster Exhaust Stains

    Re the aerials - I did find a couple of photos of modified Upkeep aircraft where what appear to be the insulators are visible near the fins, even thought the wires are too thin for the resolution. Also a few 3-views and colour plates show aerials (including the box art).
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    Lancaster Exhaust Stains

    Thanks Muttley.
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    Lancaster Exhaust Stains

    Thanks Miggers. Sometimes you can’t see aerials on old photos so I wondered if they were specifically used or omitted. They do add a bit of interest though. Im building OOB for a review, and there is also a question mark for me over the bomb sight present in the bomb aimer’s dome; I don’t think it should be there.
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    Lancaster Exhaust Stains

    One other question: Where did the aerial wires from the fin tips terminate on the canopy (assuming they were fitted to these aircraft). Thanks!
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    Lancaster Exhaust Stains

    Thanks guys! After all that, I was concentrating so hard on the task that I applied 8 streaks of grey rather than 6! Ah well, it’s those exhaust shields directing it over the outer wings you know...
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    Lancaster Exhaust Stains

    Thanks very much Miggers. I think I’ll stick to a light dusting of German grey with maybe a hint of buff mixed in. I’m not going to attempt the multi-coloured stuff. Can’t really figure out how much staining would remain on a Dambusters aircraft as prepared before the raid. Presumably some evidence of dark discolouration (maybe lighter underneath against the black), but not much more?
  8. Guys, I’m building the Airfix Dambusters Lancaster. In addition to the three prominent exhausts stains on the top of each wing, was there staining from all the exhausts on the underside of the wings too? I’m assuming it was there (and fairly prominent), but can’t find any references. Thanks!
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    Paper Ship: SMS Emden (1910), 1:250

    Scored the tangent lines at the radii edges, and formed the radii themselves by rolling around the end of a cocktail stick. After glueing together, I flattened the central panels if they were slightly bowed.
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    Paper Ship: SMS Emden (1910), 1:250

    Started on the funnels tonight: Still a lot of laser-cut details to add, and another two to make.
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    Focke Wulf 190 a4

    Beautiful job - exactly the kind of finish I aim for. Looks a nice kit.
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    Paper Ship: SMS Emden (1910), 1:250

    Started on the port side rail today. Attached the laser-cut frames to the front, and attached the rail in stages to keep it straight. The cocktail stick is there to apply a bit of force upwards while the glue sets: Glad that’s over! This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 720x382. This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 720x540. Another page done... Next step: Funnels.
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    Paper Ship: SMS Emden (1910), 1:250

    The rail and cantelevers are doubled paper, the lifeboat supports laser-cut card.
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    Paper Ship: SMS Emden (1910), 1:250

    Next up is bending and installing this insanely difficult starboard longitudinal rail - presumably for a pulley block to move shells etc. around the deck: It’s suspended from a series of horizontal cantelever beams and the lifeboat supports: I used a short piece of rod to ensure alignment of those. Now for the other side...
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    Paper Ship: SMS Emden (1910), 1:250

    Few more structures added to the middle deck roof: