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Old Sep 27, 2012, 08:52 AM
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Well I didn't get my FW190 finished as planned but some of it is complete and the one thing that struck me is how much FUN this thing is to put together. It's a classic desktop relaxed build.

Nice one, Jon
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Old Sep 27, 2012, 02:31 PM
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Heros of the Skies is on Channel 5 (UK) right now! Very cool gun footage! Its all about George Beurling and lack of Rule following but Expert flying and marksmanship!

Could be a good model for the fleet
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Old Sep 27, 2012, 04:22 PM
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Heros of the Skies is on Channel 5 (UK) right now! Very cool gun footage! Its all about George Beurling and lack of Rule following but Expert flying and marksmanship!

Could be a good model for the fleet
Great history. Just finished watching it on 5+. Those programs contain a huge amount of extremely interesting info but they are produced or edited by people with a complete lack of attention to any sort of detail. Narrator is saying that he's shooting down a Fw190 but the CG animation is clearly of a Bf109. The Spitfires change from standard grey green to tropical brown and sand in a split second and there are Bf109Es flying all over the place as if its the BoB. There were so many misidentified aircraft and irrelevant historical footage used to fill time it just got annoying after a while.

Such a fantastic subject of such an unusual and focused pilot was just made a hash of by poor, really poor production. I'm a bit angry about it actually
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Old Sep 27, 2012, 04:36 PM
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Such a fantastic subject of such an unusual and focused pilot was just made a hash of by poor, really poor production. I'm a bit angry about it actually
HAHA i know what you mean. I worked on C130s a few years back. Ultimate Force used some shots of our hercs... The outside was a K model herc. and they used J model Herc for the internals as it was glass cockpit and looked nicer


So how about it... The Falcon of Malta's Spitfire
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Old Sep 27, 2012, 04:56 PM
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Well, the first Spit is going to be that of ace pilot Eric Lock. Highest scoring British ace of the BoB. I couldnt go to a 5th kit without having a British Ace in there. I'd probably be executed for treason!

So Eric's is a Mk1a with a 'baby spinner'. You know, the stubby little thing the first few marks had. It'll take some new or extra tooling to produce a Maltese Mk Vc with that enlarged intake under the chin and its bigger spinner, but the defence of Malta is such an important part of WWII it should and will be a subject to tackle, just not right now unfortunately.
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Old Sep 27, 2012, 05:37 PM
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Well, the first Spit is going to be that of ace pilot Eric Lock.
Looking forward to that!

Motivational reading here.

Gene K
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Old Sep 27, 2012, 05:53 PM
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The Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight have actually repainted their MkIIa Spitfire as EB-G Mk1a as a tribute to Eric. Means I can go and have a look at a real one as part of my research!

Eric's story is certainly not well known but is very interesting none the less!

Jon
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Old Sep 27, 2012, 09:16 PM
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Tell me more!

I havent done a great deal of research into the RAF Mustangs as the majority of Ace pilots I found seemed to fly the Mustang MkIII (P-51C)

At some time in the future I plan to do the P-51B & C, but if there is a suitable D type then I'm all for it as it's a lot more simple to do.

Jon
Part of the collection owned & operated by Vintage Wings of Canada, out of Gatineau, Quebec.

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She's a Mustang IV in the markings of 442 Sqn. RCAF, which apparently flew the last operational fighter mission in the European Theatre.
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Old Sep 27, 2012, 11:53 PM
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I just completed my build of the Old Crow P-51! All I can say is that it is a wonderful kit that is fun to build. I like the idea of using the stickers on this type of model. I had fun watching her come alive as I added them per the instructions. The build is a little addicting. I started out slow, working an hour or so a night. I then worked a marathon build session yesterday to complete her.

I woke up early today, and checked the wind. It did not look that bad, so I went out to give her a test flight. The model flew great on the first hop. The design flies very scale like. I was doing nice rolls, loops and even some knife edge flight without the gear. I then added the gear and flew her again. I was still able to do a loop and some nice rolls! I was very happy to see that the model has good stall characteristics that are easily recoverable. The model slows down nicely for landings. Overall great job!

Joe.
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Old Sep 28, 2012, 02:11 AM
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I just completed my build of the Old Crow P-51!
Looks good, Joe, and glad to hear that the maiden was very successful!

I haven't finished my FW-190, but would like to pass on that I used chalk pastels to dress up the bare white Depron that shows between stickers. It's easy to use a razor blade to scrape and mix chalk to match the stickers before adding them. I use a stiff brush to apply the chalk to the Depron edges, then rub in lightly with fingertip. Makes a nice difference to me.

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Old Sep 28, 2012, 02:34 PM
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Got to see that Gene, can't wait to see the pics.

For anyone with 24 minutes to spare here is the video of the first few steps of the build.

MICROACES - Starting the build (23 min 47 sec)


It's long because it goes through everything. I thought for those making a Microaces kit for the first time, these first steps are the most important as you learn a great deal that can be applied to the rest of the kit in a very short space of time.

I'll try and keep the rest of the vids down to under 10 mins a piece, promise!

Jon
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Old Sep 28, 2012, 03:18 PM
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Good video!
Are they available in the USA ?
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Old Sep 28, 2012, 03:48 PM
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Hi rcrich, yep, I ship worldwide. The shipping rates are on the Microaces website (bottom left). If you place your order on there it usually gets shipped out next day.

It's a signed for and tracked service from the UK and takes 7-15 days.

Jon
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Old Oct 02, 2012, 03:36 PM
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Thanks for taking the time to create these videos. I also received my kit and was very impressed at the craftsmanship and quality of the entire kit. Bravo and you have my thanks! I will definitely purchase another in the future.
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Old Oct 03, 2012, 12:43 AM
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I agree with jake, the kit is very well prepared, a lot of care, very smart construction. The vids are also good thing to see the little tricks when completing the model. Manufacturer did really good job.
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