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  1. Does anyone knw the identity of the PV-1 that spotted the USS Indianapolis crew please? I would like to model it I think it may have been PV-1 U535 but thats about all i can find Thanks
  2. LOL thats a little mat we bought. Can you imagine have a whole floor covered in that! The spitfire runs out this evening and its only on £25!
  3. Airfix 1/24 Spitfire Mk1a https://www.justgiving.com/DaisyThorne/ Well its finally done. Its taken 1 weeks and more hours than i can count. The challenge was to get sponsored to build the kit in 1 week and then auction it off. All of the monies goes to little Havens. This was also built in Memory of our little 3 year old Daughter Daisy who tragically died on 14/02/14. I always new that there was a really nice kit of a Spitfire hiding in that Airfix box. With the kind donations from Airscale , John Dutfield model railways in Chelmsford , Grey matter Figures , and Dave T. This has been a slog that has mentally drained me. I found myself starting everyday at about 8am and working on until about 4pm every day. The kit went together OK and with a bit of scraping , filling , sanding , and swearing it worked out. I made a spar for the wings to get the correct dihedral. The gun covers and side panel are removeable. I wont waffle on any longer other than to say , " Daddy finished it my little Angel , for you and your little Boys and Girls".
  4. No photos tonight. I may as well save it for tomorrow. Its in its paint now so is on target to be finished tomorrow.
  5. Thank you Another fun filled day! Most of the work today was on the underside. Radiator , oli cooler , ammo covers and wheel wells boxed in.
  6. Thank you. Lots more done today including sanding all of the rivets off. Its really getting there now , but i will be glad when its done.
  7. Wow modelling marathon today , im exhausted! I got the dihedral i wanted though. Wings are now fitted , tailplanes just dry fitted. Tomorrow will be filling , sanding and boxing in the UC bays. See you all tomorrow!
  8. Its so hard especially as she was our only child. I was a stay at home Dad so my life is now very different. You have to stay strong for your own sake. I could go off on a tangeant and get really down , but the simple truth is , Shes not comming back and theres nothing i can do to change that. Its immensly heartbreaking and she has left a massive hole in my sole that will never be repaired. My wife and is 40 this year and i am 41 so its hard knowing what to do. Anyway other peoples thoughts and the charity build is keeping me strong so thanks. Heres my progress today so far. One of the things i have noticed is that there are alot of great 1/24 Spitfire builds that have been let down by the dihedral , or lack of it. I think this is a very important part of the build. I have added a thick steel rod mspar to keep the wings in the correct position. I made it from an old thick wire coat hanger. Guns have been added too. Hopefully the wings will be ready for fitting by the end of the day.
  9. Well its been a long day today. The Fathers day thing was OK in the end. I just concentrated on the Spitfire and tried not to think of anything else. The fuselage is now joined. I built the Merlin up but i think i will just leave one side panel loose. If it had not have been for the amount of cleaning up i have had to do on this , it would have been finished by now!
  10. Thanks People. Heres todays progress. Not done too much today as we visited the Hornby visitors centre , which was great! Fuselage halves now complete and the IP is finished.
  11. http://www.justgiving.com/DaisyThorne As some of you know , my Wife and I lost out beautiful little 3 year old Daughter Daisy on Valentines day this year. Its been the worst time of our lives.Since Daisy Died i wanted to do something for Charity. I chose Little Havens for terminally ill Children. Daisy was taken suddenly , but can you imagine being told that your child is dying and theres no cure. Thats Heartbreaking. The plan is to get sponsored , which i have , for building the model. I will then sell the finished model on eBay and all of the proceeds will go to Little Havens. Airscale and Grey Matter Figures sent me some stuff for the build for free. Take a bow chaps. My Friend Heather Wilkinson from John Dutfield model Railways in Chelmsford kindly donated a kit. The kit i have is the Mk5 version. Box art is stunning and i really want to build one in this artwork later on. I will be building the Mk1 from this kit , so the Mk5 parts are being auctioned off too. I still need some Mk1 decals so if anyone has any that would be great. I started the build yesterday and most of the day was spent cleaning the flash off the kit parts. I have got it into primer and thats it so far for yesterday. Once the parts are cleaned up its still actually a good kit seeing how old it is. Heres some photos so far. Check back for daily updates!
  12. Does anyone know if the PBM-5A shared wheels with anything else , they look like b-25 wheels but i cant be sure. Thanks
  13. Well its done. Its been a bit of a slog but the end result is well worth the effort . It basically looks like a resin studio scale kit but at about a quarter of the price. The modification to the basic kit were as follows Replaced the whole underside of the forward fuselage with plasticard and rescribed it Widened the intakes and seperated the rear engine part as it was a molded in one piece. Added some detail to the upper droid strip added detail to side panels on the fuselage Adjusted parts on the butt plate added LEDs to the engines Fibre optics to R2 and the cockpit Removed the molded on arms from the pilot and added new ones Total repaint and weathering.
  14. Well more than just oob or it would have only taken about 5 mins! Ive been waiting for this for a long time , but i was a tiny bit disappointed when i got it. Its a bit toy like for 50 quid. I wanted to accurise mine to represent one of the actual filming miniatures. Luckily ive built alot of 1/24 studio scale X-wings in the past so i have alot of refs. To be fair if you bought one and just repainted it , it would look quite good. Heres a list of what i have done so far Replaced the entire front fuselage underside. The kit one has a kink in it like the old AMT one , so it was out with the plasticard. I also rescribed it and added a few raised panels and that center hatch thats completely missing from the kit. The intakes have been opened up a bit and detailed , the kit ones were a bit too small and just did not look right. Ive added extra detail to the 2 small side panels on the fuselage , added a little detail to the droid strip , Made the engines as front and rear parts instead of the joined unit that the kit had. Whilst i was doing that i added LEDs The panels either side of the intakes on the leading edge have been corrected aswell. I still need to detail the cockpit and make another pilot figure , oh and remake the wing cannon bodies. Heres the overall look so far.
  15. Superb answers , thank you very much.
  16. I would like to buy a resin cockpit for my Trumpeter 1/32 F-14B Which would be closer , the Aires A or D cockpit? Thanks
  17. Glad i found this. I have a Bombcat ready for these!
  18. Thanks Guys. It looks like a beautiful model , but i have ordered the Aires cockpit!
  19. Guys i have never modelled a soviet built Aircraft in my life! I have bought the Trumpeter single seat frogfoot and i was wondering about the cockpit colours. Some shots i have seen them are in that green blue colour whilst others are dark grey. A little help please?!
  20. Well im glad i read this now. Ive bought a couple of Phantom sets in the past , and sung the guy praises. Well at least i now know and wont buy them again...
  21. Looking for the paragon designs UC doors , ammo chutes , and exhausts for the 1/24 mosquito please.
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