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  1. aircro

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    I scribe this kit some 2-3 years ago and start interior
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    Scratchbuilt prop feathers from expendable coffe spoons
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    Back
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    THEN :mad:I discover that engine cowling is to thin
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    Btw. doing that I sucesfully broke two feathers
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    Horizontals
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    Under nose
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    Gunsight
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    Old and new gun holes
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    Wheel wells
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    By now
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  2. Wurger

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    Looking very good. :) Are you going to replace the "drop-shaped conopy with the "car" one?
     
  3. Airframes

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    Nice work on such an old kit. BTW, the wheel wells were painted in 'Aluminium', a semi-matt silver coating.
     
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    Very nice work indeed! Using the spoons is quite clever and you did a brilliant job resurfacing the cowl. I'm looking forward to seeing more.
     
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    Serious work on that one and nice outcome so far. Looking forward to more.
     
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    Ooohh wow I like that!
     
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    I like the Frankenstern stitching around its neck. Have you considered leaving them in?????? LOL
    What a lot of work, but it is good to see how it's done. Thanks for that!
     
  8. aircro

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    Nope, I don't need extra job, except that I have Maquette Car dor Typhoon - maybe an ex Frog?
     
  9. aircro

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    Oh no:confused:, did all Typhoon wheel wells was in Aluminium? And so that means that only one surviving Typhoon w.w. is in wrong colour?
     
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    I see. THX for your replay.:)
     
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    #11 Wurger, Oct 23, 2010
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    Unfortunately many of surviving WW2 planes are of incorrect colours at some area.And I agree with Airframes. The silver painted wheel bays were quite common for the Hawker factory.
     
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    I thought this was a Wurger bird for a moment....:D

    Nice work aircro!
     
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    :lol: My two Typhoons still are waiting for finishing.
     
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    Yes, Hawker painted all their aircraft wheel wells in Aluminium, including the Typhoon and the Tempest. The inner faces of the landing gear doors were also this colour. As far as I remember, the only surviving (almost complete) Typhoon, in the RAF Museum, has the 'silver' wheel wells. I have seen some colour pics where this appears to be green, but close examination shows it's a colour cast from the lighting - unless it's been re-painted since I saw it last!
    There are a couple of things not quite right with the RAF Museum Typhoon, through no fault of the restorers at RAF St.Athan.
    The aircraft was returned from the USA with some parts missing, and some re-painting had also been done whilst in the US.
    False ailerons had to be made, and the radiator is the front of a truck item, with plywood and card sides, and canvas trunking !
    The spinner is made from two pieces from, I believe, a Varsity or Valleta, or perhaps a Bristol Freighter, and the prop is fitted as best as possible, at the wrong pitch angle, which was unavoidable. There are other items, such as cowling panels, which had to be fabricated, and therefore lack the internal stiffeners, and consequently, there are no rivet lines where these would normally be.
    In at least one photo of the cockpit, it can be seen that there are American additions, such as the yellow tape around the 'basic six' flight instruments, and an American-produced pilot's manual !
    As a restoration for display purposes, and especially as it's the only almost complete survivor, it is superb. But as an accurate reference for modellers, extreme caution is advised !
     
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    One new photo
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    Nice work Airco!
     
  17. aircro

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    Brushed last night
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    And some things I forget to show:
    lost old aileron so ...
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    Same material as prop feathers
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    but for exhaust
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    Very nice, esp the exhaust!
     
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    Yep..looking good.
     
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