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  1. It’s worth it…I have it in my office now and it’s a great discussion starter.
  2. More walkaround photos including the riveted aluminum skin on the nacelles. https://warbirdswalkaround.wixsite.com/warbirds/tv959
  3. That’s completely wrong. The nacelles are ENTIRELY metal with no wood whatsoever. The rest of the airframe is wood but not the nacelles. In fact there are references in the thread from a Canadian restoration showing the metal nacelles. I also used extensive scale references.
  4. Nice to see a finished one. I tried to build one of those once but gave up on it.
  5. That desert camo scheme is gorgeous. My big spit was a Mk I
  6. The flap linkage doors on the wing remind me of a 1/4 scale Spit I built (back in 1998) where I made those functional. Getting them (and the fiddly two piece on each wing split flaps) to work smoothly and for the door to open/close properly lead to a lot of swearing. Took several weeks to get it to work. Eventually my wife thought these were Spitfire parts called the “F**king flaps” and the “F**king doors.”
  7. At one time, I had an encyclopedic knowledge of Spitfires but had never read about this one. Would be an interesting subject for a kit basher:
  8. They’re too expensive just to have a barrel poking out and the mount in the turret is for a GPMG. The 1911 mounts are impossible to get because they were all removed and trashed when they were replaced by GPMGs.
  9. Always a modeler, I had to paint the correct vehicle number on the real one.
  10. Jey Leno just did a segment about his. You can see the driving position. His was built in the same batch of 225 Ferrets as ours.
  11. You’ll find that you get huge “bang for the buck” if you start with a tan dry brush. REALLY dry brush...barely any paint. It’s not necessary to go nuts with chipping and grime but a dry brush will accentuate details and edges in a way that makes the shape look like a miniature object and less like a model. Corners, raised rivets, edges and then fading and streaking from normal sun/rain exposure. Then consider it was driven largely on dirt roads so the tracks/wheels would always get dirty. Then some washes to accentuate lines, shadows and the areas of dirt that run off the machine when it gets rained on. Doesn’t need to look battle worn but the first week it gets left outside and driven on dirt and it will stop looking “fresh.”
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