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  1. Not Battle of Britain, but there are: http://www.hannants.co.uk/search/?FULL=MPD48502 with machines flown by Frantisek Perina, Frantisek Dolezal and Frantisek Fajtl; and http://www.hannants.co.uk/search/?FULL=AMD48682 with AR501/NN:D of 310 Sqn. Some famous names there, I'm pondering doing Fajtl's as I have decals for both that Spit and his La-5. And I'm a fan of DBW as well - excellent film on many levels, for me the most poignant scene is the shadow of the hangar door closing over the Czech roundel, or is it where the funeral with full military honours is contrasted with the body being
  2. PJ Productions do a seated USN Aviator, but I couldn't say whether he's wearing the particular gear you specify, you'll have to judge for yourself. HTH,
  3. Perhaps this page (scroll down for the F-104s) may help ...
  4. I had a Hasegawa -4 which I built as something else, so I have a part of the sheet: decal no 15 is "18" and decal no 13 is "WS" somewhat larger. I'm not sure if this was an original release, or the one you're interested in. PM me if interested.
  5. Can't help directly, but here's a little bit of inspiration for you - Leiston airfield (Yoxford is a nearby town, but not the name of the airfield) as it was a couple of years ago. It's a holiday caravan (trailer) park. No I wasn't staying there, this was a "drive-by". Hope this is of interest.
  6. See my previous answer to your other post. :D
  7. :wub: :wub: Thanks for posting. Happy memories of when I lived less than 20 miles away from that temple to classic aviation ... :D
  8. Put it this way: when I owned an Aztek it went back under the "lifetime guarantee"; the only reason I didn't send it back a second time was that I got rid of it. I've owned an Iwata for a few years now and the few problems I've had with it have been of my own making. So go for the Iwata, no question of it.
  9. Yes - enjoy the little one! Being a grandparent has the following advantages: 1: You get to enjoy the good bits, play with their cars, read all the books you read to your children complete with silly "sound effects", and whatever else you enjoy together; 2: You are allowed - nay, required - to give them back to Mum and Dad when they become noisy or smelly. 3: You get to tut about how children today have no idea how to bring up children ... :D Advice - most emphatically embrace it, enjoy it, and read this: http://seniorjournal.com/NEWS/Grandparents...nts%20Credo.pdf Congratulations to
  10. Sorry Jennings, but oh no they're not! One (Testors) is a U-2C, the other (Italeri) is a U-2R/TR-1. Two very different aeroplanes.
  11. I've built both the Italeri and Testors kits in 1:48. Given that I'm not a detail fanatic the Testors, for me, builds up to an acceptable model with a few minor enhancements: I think I replaced the pogo wheels, had to add the "sugar scoop", and do one or two other minor additions - it's a long time since I built it. The Italeri U-2R/TR-1 I built as the two-seater. Make sure you remove the "fences" on the tailplane if applicable - iirc the U-2R had then, the TR-1 didn't, or was it vice-versa? Anyway, building the kit as a twin-stick had two major problems: you need to omit the pods on the
  12. Very good, thanks for posting. However, I'd suggest that level of disassembly is only appropriate for very occasional deep maintenance. My CS gets the following treatment after each session: Take the back off, loosen the chuck, move the needle back so it's clear of the tip. Now take off the tip as the video showed, then remove the needle forwards, ie through the front. Doing it this way, and particularly putting it back this way, almost eliminates the risk of damaging the needle tip, which happens (go on, ask me how I know! :unsure: ) when you try to put it in from the rear. Clean the b
  13. What can I say, other than thanks for posting!!!!! Wonderful photos. Cheers,
  14. MikeC

    ICM Spitfire

    Very true - the engine is very fiddly to construct andthe installation is not very robust anyway, so as Edgar says leave it out. It's also a good idea to reduce the width of the firewall slightly, this makes for a much better-fitting wing root join. As said above, it is (imo) the best long-nose Merlin Spit on the market in 1:48. Early releases of the IX did have sink mark problems, this was improved fairly early on in production. Here's what can be done with the IX with a bit of TLC and some Carpena decals. I've built one or two ICM kits and they're not bad provided you don't mind a lit
  15. MikeC

    Avia S-199

    Lovely rendition. How did you do the slats?
  16. Very nice job, those old Inpact kits still build up well. Must dig the Fury out of my loft sometime.
  17. MikeC

    FM-2 Decals?

    Techmod do these: http://www.hannants.co.uk/search/?FULL=TM48050 http://www.hannants.co.uk/search/?FULL=TM48056 http://www.hannants.co.uk/search/?FULL=TM48051 I have 48051 intact for sale, and 48056 with "White 16" and the tri-colour scheme used - PM me if interested in a deal.
  18. Steady on there - this is possibly heresy here, but not all NMF aircraft are shiny. Aluminium and its alloys can be quite dull; the lovingly restored warbirds of today are not necessarily representative. As ever, look at reference photos of your subject. That said, I find a small polish with my carefully hoarded stock of SnJ powder often works wonders on any acrylic metallic.
  19. MikeC

    One for D-Day

    There has, but considerably more expensive than this one was. http://www.hannants.co.uk/search/?FULL=HAJT060 http://www.hannants.co.uk/search/?FULL=HAJT059 http://www.hannants.co.uk/search/?FULL=HA09862 Perhaps I may be tempted one day, in the meantime there are Mustangs I've not modelled yet ...
  20. MikeC

    One for D-Day

    Thanks for the kind words folks. I think that as well as the subject the simplicity of the kit and a decision not to do a lot of scratch-building of detail* meant that I had a great time building it - nostalgia for modelling as it used to be perhaps? * There was plenty of scope to improve what was there, but as I said, the level of detail was quite acceptable from the box: engraved instrument panel, cockpit sidewalls and furnishings for example. Basic but perfectly good under a coat of NATO black (more realistic imo than "pure" black) and some dry-brushing in the cockpit. Thanks again.
  21. MikeC

    One for D-Day

    We've got to have a fully-striped aircraft today of all days. It's the old Monogram Typhoon which I picked up for "peanuts" at a show. Despite being 40 years old - the date "1969" was moulded inside one of the wings - it's been great fun to build. The level of detail in the box is perfectly acceptable, despite the fact that many parts that would be separate nowadays are either moulded integrally or just omitted. The fit was superb, and would put many newer kits to shame; very little filler was required. The only two complaints I had were that the decal sheet was unusable because it was
  22. Very nice. I did exactly that aircraft recently - same kit, same markings. Did you find this site? http://www.ghostbombers.com/ Very interesting, and yes I did buy the book. I went for a red spinner though, and omitted the "2" from the rudder as it may have been a factory-applied number. Your rendition is excellent.
  23. Cutting Edge 48173 had an F-86A of the 116th FIS, 81st FIW, based at Shepherds Grove, Suffolk, which incidentally is about two miles from where I grew up - albeit that "The Grove" had F-84s then RAF Thor missiles, then deactivation by that time. I do wish that someone would do some of the Manston-based Ds, I have a Revell Sabre-Dog saved up for whenever some kind decal manufacturer does exactly that. I've also got an RAF and Canadian pair of Canadairs on my dolist - Eagle Strike and Cutting Edge decals respectively. As to "they weren't as flashy", perhaps true, but some nice colour schemes
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