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  1. Hi all. I have always admired the RAF Phantoms in dark green/ocean grey camouflage since I was a boy. They looked powerful and brutish not to mention much more different from the other Phantom oprators. In I /32 scale there are a few options. Wait for the upcoming HK Models kit, get a second mortgage to buy the Wild Hare conversion or....make your own conversion. I do not want to wait that long, a second mortgage is out of the question so option three would be it. Luckily I am not the only one with this desire. Master modeller Frank Mitchell did just that and with his articles on LSP for reference it was time to wield my trusty saw. Based on Tamiya's F-4J kit the differences are mostly in the intakes and rear fuselage/exhausts as te Spey was larger than the standard engines. The intakes need to be widened and the exhaust cans have a larger diameter and are shorter. With the articles to hand work began on the intakes. I let the pics do the talking. Cees
  2. Just signed up after lurking for a while...so I thought I'd introduce myself... I've been making kits since I was about 11... joined IPMS long ago: my membership number is 224..... hence 224 Peter! Model making tailed off somewhat in the mid 80s when children arrived, has a brief flicker in the late 90s but now, with retirement, I'm back to where I was in about 1979... I've always been tempted by large scale models, 1/48th, 1/32nd and then 1/24th when Airfix introduced them. Although my modelling dried up, kit buying didn't: I have a stash that should keep me active for years. This year I finished the Revell "car door" Typhoon, started in 1973 and the Revell Beaufighter started in 1974. I'm presently working on finishing the Revell Hurricane, started in 1972 and the Airfix Harrier: this is a conversion to the FGR 3 that was detailed by Alan Hall shortly after the big harrier came out. I'm also finishing the Matchbox Spitfire F22, what a terrible kit. I've fitted a resin nose, Brassin U/C legs and applied a lot of filler.... Photos soon. I'm also doing a "What If" Grumman F14 J, the one bought by the RAF after the F111 was cancelled. So it is in Desert Storm "pink". The next challenge is to finish the Revell Hunter, started in 1999.....and the Airfix 1/24th Ju87 started when it came out...to add to that challenge it has to be a captured one in RAF markings! When all that is done I can start something new, from the stash.... probably the Airfix 1/24th Typhoon. Making these old kits makes me realise just how far the tool makers art has progresses. The Matchbox kits are crude, compared with the later 1990s kits and when compared with the new 1/48th Airfix Blenheim... chalk and cheese. Now we have the ability to research information, buy from the internet and talk with fellow modellers undreamt of back in the 70s... I am starting to learn to paint with an airbrush, use resin, PE, etc. Always something new to discover. Some may have seen me post on "another" forum, but I feel that this place, with its focus on big kits, is more "me"..... Cheers, Peter
  3. Long long ago in 1973 I went, as an exchange student, to Houston TX. I took some basic modelling tools and tins of Humbrol paint. There I purchased the then new Revell Hurricane and made a start. Returning home in September I carried on, painting the camouflage and RAF roundels, using a spring bow compass and paint, intending to finish the aircraft as one of the aircraft flown in France, based on a photo in "Fighter Pilot": I have a copy of the original 1942 publication in hardback, heavily censored: no mention of the Squadron, the names of the officers or anything much else! So, move on to 2018 and retirement: I came across a 1990 edition the same book, by Paul Richey DFC and with much more information about the aircraft of 1 Squadron and 73 Squadron. Richie flew JX G, which as late as April 1940 was sporting a 2 blade Watts propeller - which broke up and fell off at 20,000 over Metz.... Other photographs from April 1940 show it with full height RAF colours on the rudder, and only the letter G, the squadron codes had been painted over, along with the A/C Serial Number. In flight photos show that the deletion of squadron codes was not universal, in one of 73 squadron some show "TP" as the squadron code, others just have a single letter. All have 3 blade propellors and rudder flashes with one wing undersurface black, the other white.. So, a particular aircraft could have the 2 or 3 blade prop, squadron codes or just an identification letter. Time to re-start a stalled build, after 44 years. The first job was to finish the job: the Hurricane needed a partial repaint, but still a lot to do with filling and some details. I ordered 2 sets of after market parts, first white metal U/C legs, from Scale Aircraft Conversions, mostly because the original legs had become very fragile over time and the rear leg had "disappeared" and then a Watts propellor from Brian Fawcett, intended for the PCM kit but will work on the Revell one. The prop is a delight, beautifully moulded from resin. This photo shows both and the Hurricane in the background. I've got the U/C attached, prop fitted and "all" that is needed now is some further paint touch up, landing lights fitted and the canopy painted and finally the letter S applied in light aircraft grey. S was flown by Peter Prosser Hanks, a brilliant pilot who survived the war. There is an excellent photo of his aircraft, with a 2 blade prop, coming in to land at Vassincourt airfield. I've also found that there are some very conspicuous details on the nose of these early Hurricanes, as this next photo shows... the detail is so obvious that I have to add it. But I've never seen the two small pipes below the exhaust manifold, anyone know? The photo shows how muddy and scruffy these aircraft were, operating from grass airfields in France. So some less than subtle weathering will be needed! The next photo will be off the finished model... next year!
  4. AERO Line AL 4058 1/48 Pilot figure for BAC Lightning Available for $11.30 or Eur7,90 from Plusmodel. The blister pack contains one 1/48 resin figure of an English Electric / BAC Lightning pilot in 1960's flightgear. This is how the figure looks when unpacked, a fine film of resin "flash" has to be removed. Just breaking away the flash on both sides gives the following result, without me removing the last traces of mould lines: It's evident that the figure is beautifully mastered and cast. It looks quite accurate too, except for one detail which I will highlight later. First have a look at the characterful face: There are no written paint instructions or mention of what colors to use. What is provided is a nice color drawing of a Lightning pilot: Comparing the torso of the pilot to the drawing and some period photos we can see the issue that I mentioned before: the life jacket is not going around the back of the pilot and the inflatable part looks to be too wide as on the shoulders of the figure. Of course it doesn't have to be a deal breaker: The inflatable part of the life jacket can have it's corners softened with some use of a modeling knife or a file, the textile part around the back can easily be made from some putty that figure modelers use to make straps or pieces of textile. The rest of the details like the oxygen hoses look very good indeed! At first I had some doubt on the accuracy of the flight helmet but it has a very good likeness to the Mk.1A flight helmet, only lacking in the widening of the sides for the earphones. The fact that the helmet isn't empty is also accurate, since the Mk.1A was used together with a cloth inner helmet. All in all HIGHLY RECOMMENDED with only the tasks to paint or model the back part of the life jacket and the slight bulges on the sides of the helmet if the modeler wants. I'd like to thank Plusmodel for providing LSM with the review sample! A shot of another two RAF pilots. Slightly different gear since they are bomber pilots on the Canberra:
  5. Hi guys, What are the findings at this time by aviation historians / archaeologists on the interior colours used by the RAF in WW II? I've always thought it was the well known grey-green as exemplified by this walk around-photo from the Aircraft Resource Center's walk around section: However, I remember someone telling me (or did I read it on the internet?) that this grey-green was more of a post-war color and the interior -or at least the cockpit colours- of RAF a/c in WW II were much greener. Is this true or is it a legend or just mis-information? Thanks in advance! Erik.
  6. Hi all, Here is the completed Tempest which as a sample was reviewed by Jeroen Peters and me Here on LSM ( and LSP) Last year. Although a great kit, it gave me fits sometimes because of il- fitting Parts such as the cockpit and the canopy. Nothing that couldn't be solved though. The result is a very good representation of Hawkers finest. Apart from the wheels, which were replaced By Barracuda items, the kit was built from the box. You can find the work in progress here: http://forum.largescalemodeller.com/topic/1271-pcm-hawker-tempest-v/ Hope you like it. I know I do. Cheers Cees
  7. HK's built-up sprue-shot of the Meteor Mk.4
  8. Hello, everybody! it is my first question in this forum. I have in my hands the Wingnut Wings Fokker DV.II and I would like to paint it in the RAF colours. Please, could anyone tell me the appropriated colours for my project mainly to the wings (upper and lower sides). Must I keep the lozenge pattern camouflage? Any help is welcome. All the best, Fabrício
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