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  1. 1:24 Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib car-door

    Thanks for that Jim - yes, that does sound quite reminiscent. I think I referred to the cowl sanding on my North African car door as 'industrial'. I have slider and car door production kits in the loft and will build them both eventually. I was reminded by the Tamiya 1/32 Mossie I finished recently, what accurate mould alignment looks like. No reason why Airfix can't hit that standard too and now tooling is a UK based exercise, hopefully it'll become the case. I had a chat with Matt on the design team at Telford last year and the 'other' reason for repatriating the injection bit was 'problems with the plastic'. When the canopy issues on the slider were all the rage, one of the Indian operatives remarked 'but it's only a toy aeroplane'. Stone the bleeding' crows... Steve
  2. 1:24 Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib car-door

    Hi Jim. Cracking 'car door' - you say the Tiffie kit 'punishes the senses'; what's meant by that exactly? TTFN Steve
  3. Airfix 1/24 'Car Door' Hawker Typhoon test shot...

    I'll do that Jim - thanks. :-)
  4. Tamiya 1/32 P-51D Mustang - 'Red Tail Raider'

    Cheers Artro - much appreciated. TTFN Steve
  5. Airfix 1/24 'Car Door' Hawker Typhoon test shot...

    Hi Jeroen - thanks for that. The car door's my favourite I have to say, quirky and quintessentially British and with a door flung wide you get to see the whole cockpit... Cheers Jim - I look forward to seeing your car door on the flight line; it'll be another cracker for sure. :-) I'm doing both days of SMW this year - you going? Cheers Mike - but truly; I'm not worthy... Hi Cees - much appreciated. Hi Bevan. Thanks for the nod. Yes, three went to North Africa to trial sand filtration with 451 Squadron RAAF...but not the three originally selected! Chris Thomas emptied out his image archive for DN323 for me. I believe his accompanying article covers off all this. TTFN Steve
  6. Airfix 1/24 'Car Door' Hawker Typhoon test shot...

    Here's that other shot - full build in Airfix Model World, Thursday August 4...132 page late summer special.
  7. Something wicked, this way comes... A sneak peak at this stage. I had hoped, after nailing the bubble top test shot together in 2014, to have a crack at the car door, which was so plainly evidenced though the parts breakdown, when finally released. Happily in the wake of that, the boss (Chris Clifford) decided to entrust Airfix's latest big Tiffie test shot to my tender mercies and the car door project was executed over another somewhat frenetic ten week build schedule. Finished the Saturday before last, I confess I was very, very happy to have had the chance to navigate this mighty kit a second time. Here's an informal shot on the bench via the iPhone. I'll post 'official' tasters later in the week. I've always felt that one of the coolest things you can do with a car door Tiffie is wind down one of the windows some 2/3rds, so the starboard door was so treated and winder handles added to the doors (Airfix don't provide them). Mk.1 Productions brass flaps and exposed cannon and recoil springs, the full Airscale cockpit decals suite, Eduard brass throughout the office, HGW belts, Xtradecal markings, Radu Brinzan brass rad mesh and Barracuda resin carb intake rounded out the project. As before, I had the benefit of direct dialogue with Chris Thomas (who Airfix name as one of the key contributors on the car door release) in settling certain details relating to the markings choice. I felt the North African scheme would contrast well with the European camo on the bubble top (on display in the Airfix Visitor Centre) and I'm doubly happy that Airfix have confirmed DN323 will also go on show with my earlier Typhoon - a great privilege. The build will be included in the late summer special issue of Airfix Model World (132 pages!), due out next Thursday August 4. Happy days :-) Steve
  8. Tamiya 1/32 P-51D Mustang - 'Red Tail Raider'

    Hi folks: As a postscript to this one, I wrote to Captain Brown on April 5, having located his whereabouts. Roscoe kindly signed the AMW USAAF special issues I'd sent him and returned them with a personal endorsement. I expressed my gratitude by forwarding a few small gifts to Roscoe (which he wasn't expecting) and a while later there was a soft plunk on the door mat when this arrived. The passage of time makes contact with veterans from WWII an increasingly rare opportunity now but I'm happy beyond measure to have had the chance to correspond with one of my heroes and receive his approval for my personal tribute. I was reminded of the increasing rate our veterans are leaving us early this month when I received news that sadly, Roscoe died on July 2 and has joined his Tuskegee comrades who passed before him. I wish Roscoe blue skies with the sun on his back. He was 94. Steve
  9. Tamiya 1/32 P-51D Mustang - 'Red Tail Raider'

    Cheers chaps. Jim - do I take it you have one in progress? Best regards Steve
  10. Tamiya 1/32 P-51D Mustang - 'Red Tail Raider'

    Thanks Jim - much appreciated.
  11. Tamiya 1/32 P-51D Mustang - 'Red Tail Raider'

    Thanks Jeroen - much appreciated. Steve :-)
  12. Tamiya 1/32 P-51D Mustang - 'Red Tail Raider'

    Thanks for that Dave - Roscoe's ride is one I've been looking forward to tackling for quite a time. Happy days! Cheers Mike!
  13. Tamiya 1/32 P-51D Mustang - 'Red Tail Raider'

    Cheers E! Steve
  14. Pegasus Hobbies 1/24 T Rex and juvenile Triceratops

    Thanks Ralph!