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  1. @f5guy and @jenshb I'll be your guinea pig - I'll build mine with the kit parts and we'll see how the plastic holds up. In time there may be some metal legs released and I can always replace he gear in due course if needed. Tom
  2. Yeah I'm inclined to agree - I think the kit parts as they come are workable but there's certainly room for improvement. I'm going to build mine as it comes, but may then replace the gear with metal parts if they become available as it's a heavy old brute! I've begun working on the engines - here they are in their raw form: Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr It's useful to have the intakes as single pieces which means you don't need to worry about hiding an unsightly join. The pylons have been assembled and added to the wings - fit isn't great
  3. Afternoon all, I spent some time at the bench last night sanding the wing joins. A pretty successful operation - the leading edge of the port wing has been corrected with Milliput and it now matches the starboard side: Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Milliput easily took care of the gaps where the upper wings joined the fuselage fairings: Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr The underside was a similar story -no drama here other then needing to reinstate some obliterated panel lines: Untitled by Thomas Probert, on
  4. You're too kind, gents - I just throw caution to the wind and don't get hung up on the small details... saying that... see below! Dutch - you're correct about the leading edges, and I've given the left wing a good sanding at the root before applying the filler. This has already significantly removed the added length and the 'kink' is now, more or less, gone. The filler is currently curing so I'm hoping to get at it later with the sandpaper. With the wings securely attached to the fuselage and the Milliput drying, I set have about the horizontal stabilisers. As with the
  5. Hi Dutch, I'm not going to use the kit's cabin windows - they're not particularly clear and I prefer to use Micro Kystal Clear or the like. Saves a lot of faffing with masking too! I've built up the wings over the last few sessions at the bench - you'll be pleased to know that were no dramas here and they build up absolutely fine. Again I was impressed that top and bottom panels lines largely matched up: Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr I've now mated the wings to the fuselage. Being Mach 2, and knowing things were going too well, these didn
  6. Greetings all, The DC-8 continues to progress well - all joints have been filled with Milliput which is my filler of choice. I put on more than is needed as it helps with blending process. Sandpaper and some water to keep dust to the minimum are the tools of the trade! Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr The sanding process proved to be completely trouble-free and now all joins are blended nicely. The tail fin issue is now a distant memory, and the rear fuselage section has a seamless join: Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Unti
  7. Feel free to borrow away! Make sure you start a build thread when it arrives! I think you're right and the windows are a little square - this could be easily remedied by lining the window apertures with Evergreen strip and rounding the corners off - if one was so inclined. I've still got the bit well and truly between my teeth with this build - I nipped into the shed and sprayed some of Halfords' finest grey primer on the cockpit and interior to make it nice and dark in there: Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr I added some lead to the extr
  8. Afternoon all, A rather large package arrived from Hannants the other day - Mach 2's 1/72nd DC-8 has finally arrived! Having got my civvy-aviation mojo thoroughly going, I've dived right in this straight away... I've gone for the Iberia scheme as I love its retro look: Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr The box is literally crammed with parts: Untitled by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Instructions are - how can we put it? - basic, but should do the job on a relatively simple kit such as this: Untitled by Thomas
  9. I'm not going to Telford this year - although I think it doubtful it'll be on anyway - but if it's finished I'll likely bring it along to the 2021 show. I've finally had the opportunity today to add a splash of colour to the flap bays. Trouble is, this beast is a little too large to fit in a spray booth: IMG_0277 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Equally, finding a place for it to dry off is equally problematic: IMG_0280 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Anyway, size issues aside, Xtracolor's Zinc Chromate has brought this area to life:
  10. Afternoon all... It's been a while since an update on this monster - work and a lack of mojo conspiring against any significant progress. However, I have made some in-roads into the cockpit transparencies, which are vital in capturing the look of the BUFF. You only get one canopy with the kit so there's no room for error - definitely a case of measure thrice and cut once. When the cockpit glazing had been trimmed to the correct shape, it became apparent that it was quite significantly wider than the fuselage. This is because as the fuselage immediately below the cockpit
  11. Afternoon folks... The flap aperture detailing has progressed well - the main structure is now done, with the exception of the flap motors that'll need making and adding later on: DSC_0292 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr DSC_0294 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr DSC_0296 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr DSC_0298 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr When the final detailing has been done, these ares will be given a good spraying of zinc chromate - but that won't happen until the model is ready for painting. In other news, I've fin
  12. The wheels have been designed and produced by a friend of mine - unfortunately he has no plans to produce them commercially. Since my last update work and life has got in the way of this project a bit, but I've had this monster back on the bench (well, actually the kitchen table) again recently... IMG_1694 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr IMG_1693 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr As you can see I have begun working on the flap apertures in the lower wings. The ribs have been individually made from plastic card: IMG_1702 by Thomas Probert, on
  13. It does look that way - but why I have no idea...
  14. Apparently, this aircraft was hit by a heavy hailstorm whilst operating out of Guam - hence the 'sand-blasted' finish. Since my last update I've been working on the stabilisers of the B-52. They were first removed from the backing sheet and sanded to the correct thickness, with extra attention being paid to the trailing edges to ensure they were as thin as possible. The stabilisers are very large on this model, and therefore needed a substantial spar structure in order to keep them rigid: IMG_E1266 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr IMG_1267 by Thomas Probert, on
  15. Thanks for the kid words, chaps. I'm currently in the process of adding the stabs and wing tanks - I'll post a picture update soon. In the meantime, I spent a great day yesterday at RIAT at RAF Fairford, and one of the star exhibits in the static display (at least for me) was this fine specimen of USAF heavy metal: IMG_1319 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr As well as taking lots of reference shots for the current aerial fit and other various lumps and bumps, what really struck me was the state of the thing. I'm used to seeing pictures of the current BUFF fleet i
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