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Aurora Mark

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  1. C2J, FIrst off, thank you kindly for taking the time to give this excellent response. The way it's looking is that this cowl was either on, or off. Okay, as such I'll be building this kit with the cowl securely on. Thanks kindly! Mark.
  2. Hello everyone, I've posted questions about the Vega in a number of places online and have spent a ridiculous amount of time trying to find the answer. I'm hoping someone here can help. With regards to the engine cowl on the Lockheed Vega 5B (specifically Amelia Earharts Vega), does anyone have any pictures, diagrams or design sketches of what the cowl was attached to at the top/bottom when opened up? I'm not so much worried about the R-1340 underneath, or anything to do with the engine, engine mount, etc., but very specifically how the cowl itself was attached. The
  3. There are parts I need but I can happily send you those I'm not going to use (like the instrument panel and other components). PM me if interested.
  4. Gents, all, and I mean ALL my physical reference material (that book, numerous other books) are all at home in Nova Scotia and I haven't had a chance to get them shipped out to me in Ottawa, which is why I'm without this information. On the plus side, talking with the museum in hopes of getting much more up close and personal with the nose than the general public. Thanks a million, Cheers, Mark.
  5. Hello all. As things are still happening with my family in Ottawa and I'm here on a temp move there won't be many updates for the Viper for a while unfortunately. I decided that I'd rather move kits with me that weren't started (like the long awaited Avro Arrow project), and I didn't want to risk damaging the parts of this build in a move half way across the country. Meanwhile, I'm going through the fun times of moving all these pictures from Photobucket to another server as I'm sick and tired of PB dropping off. Anyway, merry Christmas and happy holidays to
  6. Evening everyone. I'm wondering if anyone has the correct nose-cone profile drawing of the Mk.II Arrow - or effectively RL-206, that would make for a good comparison/guide for the 1/48 HC kit. I'm working overtime here while in the capital to build up as much info on the Mk.II to build an accurate representation of RL-206, but understandably they don't want to let me at it with a measuring tape, lol. What's the worst that'll happen, right? Thanks in advance for any and all help, Mark.
  7. Yeah, to be back in 1934, right? So, 1/48 is the largest scale aside from paper models and wooden models... mind you in the RC world, the only sizes that lend themselves to being accurately shaped are far too big for the shelf. 1/32 and 1/24 would have been great.
  8. Hello all. Trying my hand at building up Amelia Earhart's Vega. I'm looking for reference images (plans, diagrams, pictures) of the engine area without the cowling. The Winnie Mae cutaway helps a bit but the setup as far as I can tell was different on the AE Vega. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated. Cheers. Mark.
  9. Hello all. I've got my grubby little hands on the 1/48 AMT Lockheed Vega. Curiosity has me right now in its grips in looking for a larger scale version of the Vega, but surprisingly the internet has turned up a lot of nothing. Does anyone out there reading this know of a Vac Form kit of the Vega in either 1/32 or 1/24? Thanks kindly! Mark.
  10. Sean, Long time no talk! I hope things are going well for you. Thanks for the tip. I've emailed them with fingers crossed (as the last two times I sent them a message they were out). Wish me luck! Mark.
  11. Loooooooong shot but I can always hope, right? Folks, I'm looking for either the Canuvk or Arrow Graphics decals for a 1/48 Avro Arrow. More specifically I'm looking for the placards and stencils for the aircraft. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated. Cheers, Mark.
  12. Brett they had a large selection and quantity still. The shop is Hobby House Ltd. in Ottawa. PM me if you want contact info or particular paints. Vern, thank you kindly for that! That will definitely come in handy when I'm back home looking for paints. Mark.
  13. Thanks Brett. It's also here in part to help me remember what I was thinking about through all these late nights. I did manage to sneak away and take some time for myself this afternoon which involved me walking down to a local hobby shop here in Ottawa. With my paint chips in hand I wanted to find the right combination of paints in order to have them when I eventually make it back home and get back to the Viper build. The problem I have is that back home the only "hobby shop" is a single aisle of models and basic supplies with a limited supply of paints. Ordering paints through t
  14. So a bit of fun to put colours to rest... sort of. I was always bothered by the notion that the Viper was 'white' as it wasn't. It was some... some sort of grey colour. There were some references on a great website that still has not come back (galactiguise.com) so I took matters into my own hands. Turns out the original Viper is sitting at a movie-prop museum in France. They also give a good description of the actual prop itself and the colours used. The grey and burgundy colours used on the viper were the same as the grey and burgundy used on the hangar decks and throughout the ship during p
  15. Hello all, As per the title I'm looking for the bare bones of a 1/24 Merlin. Preferably the earlier types offered in the Airfix 1/24 Spitfire and Hurricane. No prop, firewall or engine mounts, simply a complete engine as it would come out of the crate. If you can help in any way that would be absolutely fantastic. Cheers, Mark.
  16. Thank you Ikon. It's going to be a bit of time still before I'm back home. Such is the nature of these things. Regardless, I'll post an update as soon as I can. Cheers, Mark.
  17. Thank you Sir. There is a lot more still to come. However updates will be a bit sparse for the foreseeable future due to unforeseen circumstances in the family. Once we're out of the woods the building of the Viper will continue. Thanks everyone. Mark.
  18. Thank you. This cockpit is definitely having me step out of my comfort zone but it is a lot of fun to say the least. Brett, right now I don't want to even think about the rest of the work that needs to be done, hahaha. So, back to the seat. Last step was just the bucket seat itself with some Tamiya filler. The next step was to smooth out the padding and then draw out the plan for the padding itself. Using a marker I traced out the layout for the padding as best as I could using the few shots of the seat that were available:
  19. Si, First off, your build is something else (speaking to the Star Destroyer). Working with small pieces of plasticard here is one thing... what' you're doing is a whole new level of added details. As for what you wrote about the aversion of replicating props and this build peeking your interests, well, thank you kindly! I really do appreciate your comments. Work on the seat back, because, you know, the seat is taking FOREVER to work on... rather than going right into the plastic building of this part, I figured it would be a bit fun to go at the whole process star
  20. Thank you kindly Ikon! No pictures for tonights work simply because I lost track of time and need to get some sleep rather than editing the pictures and posting them up. That being said though quite a bit of progress has been made with both the cockpit and planning future steps. This model will most certainly have more challenges in future steps. While going over reference pictures of the Viper there are certain things that have come to light. The cut outs in the fuselage as well around the engines for example. Areas that offer a lot of detail to the eye that will reall
  21. Very impressive! More and more I'm thinking we are going to see model "kits" become available as purchase/download for 3D printers and we assemble them ourselves. But that's for another time. This is one really impressive bit of work! Can't wait to see more progress. The 'grooves' for the jack posts are a very smart touch. Cheers, Mark.
  22. Brett, thank you very much! Yeah, this Green Strawberry set has it's small (read: very small) quirks that I'm discovering as I move along. However it is a valuable set for the cockpit for sure. Even if it was the earlier Viper I would strongly recommend this set. And as for those small quirks that I've mentioned so far, as you can see none of them are a game stopper in any way. Next up was the seat. The seat in the Viper was a slightly modified bucket seat commonly available - RCi's high-back racing seat (p/n 8000S): In the Viper they cut the head rest por
  23. First up was the harness. The Viper Mk II had an RCi Latch Type 5-Point Harness (p/n 9210D). Although you'd think with the G's pulled in the Viper. Looking up this harness as a reference I started by cutting the scale 3" straps out of Tamiya tape doubled over. But soon it became apparent that Green Strawberry didn't do the same... For starters, there were buckles missing in that the adjustments for strap length were present on the actual harnesses for the 4 main belts. The lap belts in the PE set were a good 3 inches, but the shoulder harnesses were not... mino
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