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  1. 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".
  2. F9F-8 Cougar and an accurate Spitfire XIV/XIX series. Also +1 here for the Grumman Tiger.
  3. "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".
  4. +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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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:
  7. 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.
  8. 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??)
  9. 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.
  10. Very, very nice, well done, and thanks for all the tips along the way. Must make a start on mine ...
  11. 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 Fa
  12. 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.
  13. You could also try Paul Parkes. http://www.parkes682decals.piczo.com/?cr=5
  14. 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.
  15. Name and first letter of surname - fairly self-evident I hope. The avatar pic is Framlingham (aka Parham) airfield as it is today, one-time home to the 390th BG of the Mighty Eighth.
  16. This model really is a honey - very well done, and inspiration to dig mine out of the "deep stash".
  17. In case your good lady objects to being left in London while you head for Telford, MrsC informs me that the Telford shopping centre is a fine example of the breed, and it's a short walk from the venue. Hope you can make it.
  18. Just found this: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=234917813&hl= Nothing I can add to the sentiments expressed in the BM thread.
  19. MMmmmmmm: I like that. Very nicely executed.
  20. Very nice model. I hadn't realised how much the FJ-1 wing shows its North American lineage - it's almost pure Mustang with tip tanks.
  21. Interesting set of pics in the DT today. Not really sure where to post this, but Art seemed the most appropriate. Enjoy ...
  22. In "The Phantom Story" (Thornborough & Davies, Arms & Armour, 2000) a Lt Col John Roberts, USAF Ret, who was the former ops officer of the 92nd TFS at Woodbridge/Bentwaters, is quoted thus: "The alert aircraft carried one B61 thermonuclear weapon on the centreline, two fuel tanks and an ECM pod (my italics) on the wings and the usual four Sparrow AIM-7 missiles in the recessed fuselage wells." This implies it was SOP, certainly for this unit, and it makes sense if there was the requirement to carry the missiles - which the aircraft in the pic does not seem to be carrying when the pic
  23. "Appointment in London" complete with lots of library footage of Lancasters, plus an opportunity to play "Spot the Lincoln" "Went the Day Well"
  24. How many different boxes did these conversion kits come in? Your picture shows three different ones, all of those different from the box mine came in. Yes, I have one to build as well; I shall watch your Sabres with great interest.
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