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Everything posted by MikeC

  1. I like the AMT kits, despite the fact that the last one I bought - second-hand at a model show - had a P-40B canopy in the box instead of the original parts - but hopefully that's a problem unique to me. Here's one I did earlier with their N kit and Sky decals: http://www.arcair.com/Gal4/3301-3400/gal3311_P-40_Chilestone/00.shtm Someone mentioned the Arii/Otaki/Airfix P-40E - the wing leading edges have a sweep-back that was not there on the original. I think I did a reasonable job on my model of a 49th FG E which I made some years ago, but I don't display it next to any others as the difference is all too apparent. Sorry, I don't have any pics.
  2. I paint mine in a reddish-brown colour mixed with a dash of aluminium, then when good and dry rub in graphite ie ground pencil lead. Gives a convincing (to me, anyway) dark colour with a metallic slightly "burnt" sheen.
  3. Works for me, I'm using Firefox.
  4. How about "The Jet Pilot" starring John Wayne, Janet Leigh, F-86s, a T-33 painted black as a Soviet jet, B-36, F-94, F-89 et al; or "The Hunters" starring Robert Mitchum, Robert Wagner and a lot of F-86s in Korea. As to the OP, I like F-4s which handily covers both USN, USAF and many other countries, and the F-86 which, with the FJ Fury, does the same. Apart from those if I have a bias it's probably towards USAF - all those Century series jets plus my local connection as I grew up near Mildenhall and Lakenheath, and have family near Bentwaters/Woodbridge.
  5. Many people - including me - are wary of the FM kit, as they have a reputation for being pricey with very poor fit. However, it can be made to scrub up well, as this example I snapped at the IPMS Scale Modelworld last year shows. No, it's not my work, it's by one Bill Allan from IPMS Salisbury.
  6. Today is the 70th anniversary of the first Bomber operation by the Mighty Eighth, when 18 B-17s of the 97th BG were dispatched to Rouen-Souetteville and other secondary targets. Casualties were light with two aircraft sustaining superficial damage. One of the pilots on the mission was one major Paul W Tibbetts, later to achieve fame halfway across the world less than three years later.
  7. MikeC

    Seven Years

    8 years next week for me, I cannot believe how the time has flown!
  8. Brampton Grange is a historic building in Brampton, England, which has had many uses over the years, notably as HQ 1st Air Division of the US Eighth Air Force in World War II. Since its closure as a hotel a few years ago it has been sadly neglected; now a small dedicated local group is campaigning to get it listed by English Heritage and thus ensure its preservation as a historic building and monument. Please take a few moments to look at the website and the Facebook page (link via the website) and consider lending some support to the campaign - thanks. http://historicbramptongrange.webs.com/
  9. Eduard Avia B.534: I thoroughly enjoyed this, and it was the first biplane I'd made for many many years - I thiink I was traumatised in my youth by the Airfix RE.8! It's also interesting historically, as it was one of these that scored the last ever air-to-air kill by a biplane - in 1944. http://surfcity.kund.dalnet.se/slovakia_cyprich.htm
  10. Yes, add these to my wishlist with the Swift before the Javelin (FR5 of course, see the SIG in my sig as it were). There have been vacforms of these at least - Dynavector Javelin, Ventura (or was it Falcon?) Swift and Dynavector Scimitar iirc ... Never seen an FM kit, but I've not heard good things about them and the prices need to be considerably lower before I think about having the "Are you a modeller or a mouse?" conversation with myself. :D Sooner do a vacform tbh. These as well - I'm going to be very busy if all these come to fruition.
  11. Bought at the annual Tankfest at Bovington last year, I have one with a picture of a Scimitar (I think; I'm really an aircraft sort of guy) light reconnaissance tank, captioned "Recce do it in front of everyone".
  12. F9F-8 Cougar and an accurate Spitfire XIV/XIX series. Also +1 here for the Grumman Tiger.
  13. "Being in denial" or "Head in the Sand" seems to cover it. Or how about blind optimism? Summed up in the theatrical phrase "It'll be alright on the night".
  14. +1 - that's how it was, "warts'n'all", and the mis-painted "F4-S" is a point of interest as far as I'm concerned.
  15. Which just goes to show that however much you know about a particular subject there is always something new to learn! Thanks for adding to my store of Spitfire knowledge Valerio.
  16. Nice job, and one doesn't often see an Italian example modelled. Small point: you've captioned it as a IXc, but it appears to be an "e" wing? :unsure:
  17. Not really an aircraft, but bear with me: I built a Revell 1:24 Mustang "64 1/2" car as a change from my usual airborne fare. Gave it my own custom paint job of Silver (Ford Stardust Silver from a Halfords can), then added yellow bonnet and front wings and the numberplate "LOU 1V" ;) Sorry I haven't got any photos, but P-51 afficianados may well recognise the scheme.
  18. I'll do the list I usually do, all in my preferred 1:48 scale: Another vote for the RF-8; F9F-8 Cougar, with an option for that so-ugly-it's-beautiful recce nose, and perhaps another boxing with a two-seater; F11F Tiger from a mainstream manufacturer; A Spitfire IX that combines the accuracy of ICM's (which I'm aware is not perfect, but it's the best we've got) and the ease of build of the Tamiya P-51; Similarly a decent XIV with hi-back and lo-back options; MiG-21 F-13 (I have high hopes of Eduard); MiG-21UM (again will Eduard oblige??)
  19. Well I'm just building the Eduard MiG-21; the first issue (the one with the Egyptian bird on the front) does have a Polish option. And it's an excellent kit imo - the fit is up to Tamiya standards, there are enough weapons included to arm a small Warpac air force, and the ejection seat is a model kit in itself - 18 plastic parts plus etch! The jet pipe/afterburner detail is similarly very well done - shame most of it will be hidden once the fuselage is closed. Thoroughly recommended!! :thumbsup: PS - mine will be a Czech example.
  20. Very, very nice, well done, and thanks for all the tips along the way. Must make a start on mine ...
  21. From the age of about 8 I remember a constant stream of USAF and USN aircraft over my house and school, C-130s and KC-135s being very common, also VT-29/C-131s, C-117s and many more. But I've never lived anywhere but England. How so? Grew up not far from Mildenhall. Fond memories of open days there, and also at Lakenheath and Bentwaters; Wattisham too where I got my fix of Lightnings which were based there at that time, 29 and 56 Sqns iirc. Mildenhall air days had a unique aroma, a heady mix of burnt jet fuel and barbequeue. 1974, I was "on the fence" to see the SR-71 arrive after its Farnborough vist. Impressive!! Happy days ...
  22. This happened just 12 miles down the road from me: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/aviation/9368141/Pilot-killed-as-rare-1920s-plane-crashes-at-airshow.html Please spare a thought for the pilot's family.
  23. You could also try Paul Parkes. http://www.parkes682decals.piczo.com/?cr=5
  24. Simple answer from me is alas, no, and I wish I did know of one, I'd rather like to see an F9F-8, particularly the so-ugly-it's-beautiful recce version.
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