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Re: The Wooksta! - The Plan, a Spitfire Blog
« Reply #150 on: November 05, 2018, 06:12:48 am »
"What about Jelly Botty, where you have to eat 18 curries?"


Decalling all done bar a few small bits on two aircraft and I'll get them done later after I've had a bath and something to eat.  The bulk of the varnishing is all done.  Need to find a few small bits for one or two and we're good to go.

There's quite a few now that I'll stick to the back of the queue for various reasons.  The Egyptian mk 18 just doesn't work, but I think it's down to the decals which aren't geared to go with that particular kit.  And the two Hasegawa mk 8s, but then I really dislike the Hasegawa Spitfires and I don't think I've yet to finish one that I've been entirely happy with, although no, I did quite like the one I converted to a Seafire IV.  The Seafangs just don't work either, although I'm quite taken with the Dutch one.

Got a coat of aluminium on the cloned Eduard Brassin wheels I was given some time back.  The castings didn't look that impressive but the paint has really brought out the detail.  May have to do some moulds for myself!

There's still a lot to do, but it's starting to come together.  Slowly.

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Re: The Wooksta! - The Plan, a Spitfire Blog
« Reply #151 on: January 02, 2019, 04:06:52 am »
"We never did get to watch the video!"


Telford's been and gone.  Not a lot of new stuff finished since then and the bulk of the abandoned stuff is still that - abandoned.  Which is some cases is a pity, as the finished models could be rather spiffing.  The Spitefuls need canopies and they are always a pain.  However, one of the lads at the club has some rather interesting resin and a vacform machine, so he's been politely asked if he can copy a canopy.  I've several copies of the old Czech resin kit that Pegasus used as a master, so this canopy should fit.  I'll also twist his arm to do the trainer canopy from the CMR kit, as I know I'll be needing quite a few for the planned T-birds I'm hoping to do this year.

My plan to do several models for a minitheme on 421 recce flight has now blown into a proper family tree, starting with several mk IIs, taking in a PRIV and PRXI before mutating into a proper squadron (546, which never formed) with PR19s and FRXIVs, finally ending with mk 16s as target tugs for the AACU.  The three end models are done, although I'll need to respray the mk 16 before I can get the decals on. Rather pleased with the two NMF 19s but I really want a PRU Blue one to go with them.  I have one in primer that just needs the canopy on and it's good to go to the paint shop.

 Hopefully, I'll have a trio of all new things at Bolton, but possibly a few more.  I got one of the last 607Sqn post war aircraft finally finished last night and another isn't too far off.


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Re: The Wooksta! - The Plan, a Spitfire Blog
« Reply #152 on: March 29, 2019, 09:22:38 am »
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especially those sodding yellow 2 shaped things -  compounded by the fact that they're for a slightly different airframe.

They're the 'Hoist Here' markings, and they're mean to look like hooks. The RAF seemed to be psychotic about dumping them all over their airframes during that period for some reason.
Any aircraft can be improved by fitting longer wings, and/or a longer fuselage

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Re: The Wooksta! - The Plan, a Spitfire Blog
« Reply #153 on: September 08, 2019, 11:42:33 am »
"Hi, Neil. Is this some sort of sick joke? Why isn't supper ready? You haven't done a bloody thing, have you, Neil?!"

I kind of lost my mojo for some time.  The tour on Lancasters petered out, largely due to a minibreakdown caused by stress at work.  I just haven't wanted to touch plastic for some time since then, but the arrival of september means the clock is running down and I need to look at this year's display.

Having drawn up this year's issue of The PlanTM, it went in the bin and got re-written as V2.0.  Quite a bit - actually most of it - is written around a great number of stuff part started, assembled and in several cases even primed.  There's a few I'll need to start sticking plastic together for, but not many.  Probably no more than six.  I say that now, but undoubtedly it'll go up as the cogs start turning.

The whole thing revolves around two ideas.  The first being the whole 421 Recce Flight/546 Sqn.  They had the codes LZ- but 66 Sqn had LZ.  Hmmmn, how do we get round this?  Well, I have 607 Sqn reforming on Spitfires after they come back from France having lost their Hurricanes and I kept them in the UK, so 66 Sqn go to the far east in their place, naturally with Spitfires.  So I get to do several far east ones - actually, V2.0 has half a dozen.  This gives me two small themes and bulks out my far east section.

The second revolves around a chance find of a photo of an F21 in the markings of 122 Sqn.  Now, they had Mustangs from early 44 until post war, when lend lease ended and they got F21s before being re-badged as 41 Sqn.  This changes now, so they get a few 'e' wing mk IXs before changing to the F.XIV as part of ADGB and then they get re-assigned to 2TAF, ending the war with F21s in April 1946.  41 Sqn remains as they were in history, but their Spitfire F.XIVs are replaced with Spitefuls before they get Hornets later as per reality. 

This thinking resolves the fact that I gave 41 Sqn Spitefuls some years back, but I realise now that I need to build one in late war 2TAF markings.  Not such a hardship, as I have one assembled that I was never happy with and would be only too delighted to give it a respray.  Failing that, there's a part started one that wouldn't take too much work to get to the primer stage.

I just need to start gluing a few bits of plastic together and start looking at sorting through the boxes with the part assembled stuff to get it into some sort of order.  I have two weeks of assembly time, and not that much that really need assembling.  And depending on the kit, I can through them together *very* quickly.



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Re: The Wooksta! - The Plan, a Spitfire Blog
« Reply #154 on: September 09, 2019, 04:26:59 am »
"I must be hallucinating. What's good for a hangover?"

Well, I've got a pair of Hasegawa mk VIIIs on the go.  I don't like the kit at all - lack of detail and the fit is less than stellar - but I had a pair in the stash and they go together reasonably quickly.  I did find an assembled wing too, so that could be useful, although the fit to the fuselage when it's assembled is more challenging as I've discovered in the past.

Out with a pair of mk XIIs - I'd thought about one or two being issued to 122 Sqn as ground instructional airframes when they convert to the mk XIV but they keep one flying as a hack.  I had a pair of part started Xtrakit ones so they were handy.

On looking for something else, an assembled Hobbyboss mk Vb, complete with Vokes filter, revealed itself.  Handy, I think, as it'll do for the 66 Sqn one I'd planned for the far east.  Unless they do a quick tour in the middle east before transiting out later when war breaks out there.  Means I can do another Airfix Vb with the spare Airkit filter that arrived as part of that box of bits I got a few weeks back.  I've a pair of those dug out and they go together very quickly.  It's a kit I've always liked, even if it's a bit long in the tooth now.


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