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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #960 on: October 08, 2018, 03:40:43 am »
Tie some rubber bands together and to the ear pieces. That will save you some money. Model building is more important!

I remember kids at school whose parents had done that. Poor so and so's had the mick taken out of them rotten. Always felt sorry for them.

I never had mine held on with lacky bands but they were often repaired with sticky tape.
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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #961 on: October 18, 2018, 12:00:47 pm »
Been thinking about changing Spot's nick name from "The Grey Shadow" to "Spot... the trip hazard"  :rolleyes: ;D

Think I have caught a bug.... for Spitfires and the Wooksta! must surely be to blame  :angel:

After buying a couple of 1/48 scale Spitfire bits and pieces which included the Aeroclub Mk 14/21 fuselage kit to allow you to use both sets of wings from the Airfix Seafire to create a 21 if you build the Seafire as a 47 with folded wings. Anyway, that got me thinking of how similar the Airfix 1/72 PR XIX fuselage was and how well that would work with the late wing from the Mk 22 and well one thing is leading to another so I am resurrecting the sorting out of Spitfire parts in my stash to produce a myriad of aircraft, mainly late Spits as I like them a little better than the others. This has produced "A Plan" not to be confused with "The Plan" which is the Wooksta's!especially as this plan is only real world.

So far the idea is this:
  • PR XIX, almost straight from the box, different decals and a vac form canopy.
  • Mk 21, with 5 bladed prop. this will consist of a PR XIX fuselage with wings from a Mk22 and decals from a sheet I found stuffed in a book on camouflage and markings in the UK post WWII. Extra bits and pieced such as tailplanes from the spares box.
  • Mk 21, with contra-rotating prop. As above but with the prop coming from the old Aeroteam F21 issued by Eduard and the tail fin from a Mk XVIII by Freightdog. Decals as above and all the parts are in the stash and in fact are now in the same box  ;D
  • Mk XIVc, Fuselage from a XIX with wings from an Airfix IXc, just need a spare set of Airfix XIX radiators to build this as I have both kits in the stash.
  • Mk XIVe, Fuselage from one of the Mk 22's that had its wings taken for either 2 or 3 above with the wings from either of those re-scribed and adapted to become an 'e' wing with the aid of parts from the spares box.
  • Mk XVIII, As 5 above but with the addition of a Freightdog Mk XVIII tail.
  • Mk 22, As per the box with a Freightdog improvement set and decals from the previously mentioned decal sheet.
  • Mk 24, Almost straight from the box, just need to shorten the cannon barrels. Decals from Legato as an 80 Squadron machine.

Total number of kits so far for this little project is PR XIX's x 2, MK 22's x 4 although I am missing a set of PR XIX wings which The Wooksta! has kindly said he will donate  :thumbsup:

Quite a fair amount of work especially matching the wings to the fuselages, mainly at the front and rear of the wings but that's part of the fun in modelling  :unsure:

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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #962 on: October 21, 2018, 01:50:37 pm »
Not all the F24s had the short cannon barrels and some had the same u/c doors as the Seafire FR47.  The position of the radio hatch on the starboard fuselage also moves, plus the prop is again different, but I can't remember how much by.  May be worth investing in the Freightdog Spitfire F24 set, because that'll give you exactly what you'll need.

There's two sets of PR19 wings set aside for you, plus something else I've just remembered and then forgotten...  Oh, yes.  Mk 19 radiators.  Sure I can find some in the spares box.
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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #963 on: October 21, 2018, 02:28:01 pm »
Not all the F24s had the short cannon barrels and some had the same u/c doors as the Seafire FR47.  The position of the radio hatch on the starboard fuselage also moves, plus the prop is again different, but I can't remember how much by.  May be worth investing in the Freightdog Spitfire F24 set, because that'll give you exactly what you'll need.

There's two sets of PR19 wings set aside for you, plus something else I've just remembered and then forgotten...  Oh, yes.  Mk 19 radiators.  Sure I can find some in the spares box.

Thanks Lee, however I can't find anything about a Spitfire F24 set by Freightdog although I do have a copy of their OOP Mk 22 detail set. If you can send me an extra pair of those radiators that would be great as it will allow me to use the Airfix IXc wing with a XIX fuselage for a XIVc aircraft.

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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #964 on: October 21, 2018, 03:04:57 pm »
Colin *definitely* did an F24 set as I got one in 2012 and the resulting model was done for Telford 2013 (and I detested it, but that's another story).  There's a resin scribing template with it and I'm sure I have one kicking about *somewhere*.  I'll add it to the bits if I come across it.
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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #965 on: October 21, 2018, 10:25:49 pm »
Colin *definitely* did an F24 set as I got one in 2012 and the resulting model was done for Telford 2013 (and I detested it, but that's another story).  There's a resin scribing template with it and I'm sure I have one kicking about *somewhere*.  I'll add it to the bits if I come across it.

That would be fantastic Lee, especially as I have been unable to find one on the net  :thumbsup:

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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #966 on: October 22, 2018, 05:07:35 am »
Found one in the spares box.  I know there's another somewhere as I'll want that in the future meself.  Also dug out several (at least four) sets of PR19 radiators, there's a pair of 19 wings, the back end from a Fujimi 14, some wheels and other bits.

It's a good job I went looking as I found my missing Attacker canopy!
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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #967 on: October 22, 2018, 11:26:55 am »
Found one in the spares box.  I know there's another somewhere as I'll want that in the future meself.  Also dug out several (at least four) sets of PR19 radiators, there's a pair of 19 wings, the back end from a Fujimi 14, some wheels and other bits.

It's a good job I went looking as I found my missing Attacker canopy!

Not worried about the wheels and undercarriage legs as I have a half dozed Eduard Spits myself so I have the odd one or two spare, nice haul by the way  :thumbsup:

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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #968 on: November 03, 2018, 04:00:09 pm »
"The Return of the Carpet Monster"

While the girlfriend was watching the Rugby this afternoon I decided to do a little modelling. I carefully cut the nose from one of the recent, relatively that is, Harrier Gr Mk 7/9 kits so that I could add the Aeris Gr 5 nose I received today. The 7/9 nose will go onto an older New generation Harrier kit by Airfix as the new nose if far better than the older kits rendition. The resultant model will be following on from an idea planted by some of Spinners recent postings of Japanese Harriers. Basically, what if Japan bought the ex RAF machines and gave them a small upgrade to integrate them with their own weapons systems?
While trimming excess resin away from the Aeries nose in an attempt to misname the amount of work needed to blend it into the contours of the kits nose I was interrupted by my cat joining me on the chair I was sat on, shortly followed by the cat moving to the table which although it concerned me was not much of a worry so I looked back at what I was doing when the next thing I know is the cat has attempted to climb over a pile of kits causing an avalanche!
Since managing to catch the sliding mass of model boxed without much actual deposition of their contents from their respective containers I have yet to find the nose I was working on  :banghead: it appears for all intents and purposes to have diapered into thin air!  :angry:
An area described by the length of my arm from my seat and including a corresponding area below the table has been searched too!  :banghead:
Perhaps the carpet Monster has claimed the part which disappoints me intently as I only got the part this morning  :banghead:
I do have a spare nose from a Hasegawa Gr 5 kit which I am not building as a Gr 5 due to the lack of aerials under the tail that I decided I would not model myself. I found the Hasegawa nose after I received the resin item which is typical  :banghead:
Perhaps it will turn up at some point, hope it's sooner rather than later though  :-\

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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #969 on: November 03, 2018, 04:47:57 pm »
 :angry: :angry:  Laaaaaaaaaaaaaame.


Considering the shape, I bet it has fallen prey to "soap bar" antics and has probably flown off farther than expected. A good deal of the time when I lose a part it turns out that it has bounced or flown quite a ways further than I had anticipated.

Then there's the "I can't believe it, but..." scenario of things like: one of the kits that toppled over might have landed on it and somehow the nose piece became wedged between the box and its box lid, etc.

Might not be much solace at the moment, but we can hope!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #970 on: November 03, 2018, 04:52:37 pm »
...it appears for all intents and purposes to have diapered into thin air!...

Because you said "oh s**t"?

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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #971 on: November 03, 2018, 05:05:00 pm »
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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #972 on: November 04, 2018, 02:19:26 am »
...it appears for all intents and purposes to have diapered into thin air!...

Because you said "oh s**t"?

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Actually I didn't. It was "where the heck did that go?"

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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #973 on: November 04, 2018, 05:54:39 am »
I dropped a vital piece, or a few vital pieces, on Friday and couldn't believe how far some of them flew. Found all but one in the end and I haven't found that even by using the normally full proof method of walking barefoot  :banghead:
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Re: Gondor's Grumblings
« Reply #974 on: Yesterday at 08:04:25 am »
Managed to get around to repairing show damage to a few builds from Glasgow, some of them from last year  :o

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