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David Paul Cope
Converted from the Dragon 1/48th kit using the Alley Cat resin conversion set.
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Eric Berg said on August 7, 2021
This is one of my all time fave kits, David. You have done a particularly spectacular job paint job and conversion build with this somewhat difficult kit. What did you use for the tarmac base?
David Paul Cope said on August 7, 2021
Thanks very much for your kind comment!
The base is a jpg I downloaded from the internet. It's been resized appropriately, the colouration and contrast altered then printed off and sealed with matt varnish.
Spiros Pendedekas said on August 7, 2021
Excellent result, David Paul!
The basic kit itself is not among the easiest, the Alley Cat conversion, though comprehensive, would have surely required its extra attention and effort.
Yes the kit is a little tricky in places, mainly the very pronounced wing droop and the poor fit of the nacelles. The droop was overcome by heating the wing halves with ridiculouly hot water (I really don't know what they put in the plastic!) then tweaking until they were straight.
I then araldited some lengths of fibreglass rod inside to keep them straight.
I can't recommend the Alley Cat set highly enough, definitely the best resin conversion I've used. Little distortion and no significant problems fitting it to the kit.
Robert Royes said on August 7, 2021
Jeff Carle said on August 7, 2021
Really nice model! I like the camo, but my brain immediately said those propellers are to close! I bet it was loud in that cockpit!
David Paul Cope said on August 9, 2021
The visibility must have been awful too!
Haslam Yeoman said on August 8, 2021
Seriously good build.
John vd Biggelaar said on August 8, 2021
Very nice result on this not so often presented TA154, David @davecope109
Maybe not an easy kit but you turned it into a realistic looking night fighter.
Especially the paintwork looks awesome.
dale travis said on August 8, 2021
Really great job on this. I've had this kit and conversion set in the storage closet for years maybe it's time to get at it.
Walt B said on August 9, 2021
I have the Pro-Modeler version of that kit. Your results are spectacular, especially with the incorporation of all that resin. I love that scheme and have done a couple of models with variations of that scheme. Yours turned out really nice, with the right amount of weathering, considering the service life of the aircraft. Aside from the resin addition, I understand this is not an easy kit to build. Is that correct?
Thank you Walt! The main problem areas of the kit are the wing droop and the fit of the nacelles. The wing was fixed with hot water and some additional strengthening. The nacelles would need plenty of filler around the joint with the wing however, this wasn't such an issue with the conversion as the kit nacelles weren't used.
Greg Kittinger said on August 9, 2021
A great-looking build - don't see many 154s! I like the camo choice.
Brian Kirwan said on August 11, 2021
Nice result on the Mosquito.
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