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  1. Airfix Bristol Blenheim MkIVF

    I think flikr may of had an issue. Try looking now. They are all working for me.
  2. Well it took longer than expected but enjoyable every minute. 16 years ago i built the airfix blenheim of the time. I was 10 years old, sat alongside my dad, using brushes and enamel paint. But today its all airbrushes and new tooled kits. This Airfix Bristol Blenheim MkIVf is the lastest tooling from airfix. It was a great kit with only a minor fit issue on the main fuselage join. Despite that every part was a great fit and had the resemblance of a Blenheim. The whole model was painted with vallejo model air which was a nerve racking task for me as this was my first camoflage aircraft painted using my airbrush. Ìt is a little rough round some of the edges but im more than happy with it. I learnt alot of new techniques along the way as well as some of the old tried and tested techniques. I used an enamal thinned paint for a panel line wash, and learning to preshade and create tonal variations in the paint. Finally the exhaust staining was done using chalk pastel shavings and also used some dry brushing to create chipping on the propelllors. Everything was then given a coat of matt varnish and finished off with removal of the masking tape. Overall i am happy with the Blenheim and cant wait for the 1/48 Mk1 from airfix. Thanks for looking in. On e again thanks for looking in.
  3. Airfix Bristol Blenheim MkIVF

    Here we go guys she has finally made it. @dogsbody chris i am still looki g at how i can replicate the the heat staining but in due course i will sort it out. However tknight was the last couple of hours getting her finished off and sorted out ready for the RFI. First was the turret, which had to be cleaned from the paint bleed. And also that poor fitting ariel on the front. There was also a couple of little touch ups which were done. At this point i decided to call her done before i do something and make a mess. So i finished off with a few more shots. So now its off to the ready for inspection for some showcasing. I will have a think about the engine casings before my next build. If i do manage to sort it ill post here but for now its off to tge ready for inspection. Thanks for following this guys been a pleasure to build and show.
  4. Airfix Bristol Blenheim MkIVF

    Right chaps moving ever closer to the finish. Last couple of nights had me on a go slow with the Blenheim as it was an evening of final touch ups and getting the matt coat on. I used vallejo matt varnish which was thinned down so it would flow smoother and passed over in several light layers to create an even finish. Here is how she was looking. And a view from the side. And one on the top. Until the matt varnish had set for long enough i left it for the night came back to it again last night. It was time to get the masking off, the part i had been waiting for. I used my knife to go around to break any paint joining the masking to the model and set about clearing the windows. First one off and looked good. After about half an hour they were all off 😁😁. And yes i was pleased. I cleaned all the dges with a cocktail stick and and a damp cotton bud to clean the windows from the masking glue. At this point i left it as it was and finished off a few small bits. All that is left now is the top turret and the ariel on the bottom. More soon and close to the finish. Thanks for looking in 😁😁😁
  5. Airfix Bristol Blenheim MkIVF

    Cheers Ced. Hopefully be finished soon. Just a few last bits and the clearvoat in matt then remove mask and few final touch ups. Cant wait to finish it before the mojo dies haha
  6. Airfix Bristol Blenheim MkIVF

    Evening all. This week has been a non stop week and very little was done on the blenheim. However sunday i spent my day at the Southwell model show, hunting down the bargains and boy did i find a bargain. Yes thats right its a 1/48 airfix sea vixen, which for a strange reason have been selling on ebay for anywhere from £60 - £80😑😑. I got mine for a steal of a price at just £22 still bagged and ready for action. This will be my big project with more aftermarket than injection moulded plastic 😁😁. Starting next year to keep your eyes out. 🙄🙄🙄 Right back to the blenheim. I managed to get an hour last night and decided to really hit it hard. To begin with the engines where fitted and the exhaust fitted and painted.all the small bits where fitted and touched up as well as some small details tidied up too. The engines fitted great and the propeller just pop on with a gentle push. Atill need to fit the bosses on and add some small amounts of chipping to the propellers. You can also see that the flaps are now on and all of the decals have been applied. The microsol and microset didnt really help the decals despite making them delicate. But they have gone on nicely. Overall i am pleased with the camoflage and the overall finish so i applied some thinned enamel black and made a very light wash to bring out the panel line detail. And also decided to start on the weathering on the underside as well. For the exhaust stains i used some grey and black charcoal sticks which are used for art and applied a powder to the areas around the aircraft exhausts. Again this is another first attempt at a new technique, still need more practice. One of the final techniques i wanted to have a go at was creating a chipped effect to show paint wear. Not too bad, but again maybe some more practice. By this point i left everything to dry and fettled around with the rear turret and housing. Not really anything to show so will get a picture up once i have made something of it. Fianlly one of the last jobs will be the matt coat to seal everything in and remove the masking 😊😊😊. I now cannot wait to see this finished. Hopefully get it to the end tommorow night. Take care guys. Be seeing you
  7. Airfix Bristol Blenheim MkIVF

    Cheers for the heads up chris ill make sure i ammend that before i finish. Still alot to be getting on with. Cheers stew hooefully i can get this thing finished by christmas haba
  8. Airfix Bristol Blenheim MkIVF

    I know what you mean @Blitz23 not cheap and a vacform as well. Would be lovely but maybe not yet haha. Good news, tonight i managed an hour or two and set about doing a few final touch ups and maybe start thinking about laying down the decals. Started of by finishing the engines just leaving the intake trumpets to be painted. Look so much better with the ends drilled out. I also made a start on the decals. I started off by applying micro set to the surface of the aircraft and laying down the decal. Then removing any air with a cotton bud and then giving it a heavy coat of micro set solution. I then left the micro solution to do their job and got the flaps fitted and undercarriage legs painted and wheels on ready for weathering. Not sure if i have done it right but hopefully they will settle down. My next task is going to be getting the rest of the decals on and getting the exhaust in place and applying some of the weathering techniques i havr been wanting to try out. Hopefully should get some more done by the weekend. Thanks for looking in guys.
  9. Airfix Bristol Blenheim MkIVF

    I think that could be a way to sort the fitment issues but still have to be careful about the window joins. They can be fiddley but they go together quite well. Be nice to see more blenheims on here as well. Especially the nightfighter. Like option B here. May have to buy another just to have a black one 😂😂😂😂
  10. Airfix Bristol Blenheim MkIVF

    Go for it trevor. It is a lovely build despite the gaps in the front and around tge bomb bay. Goes together great and has some really nice small details 😁😁😁
  11. Airfix Bristol Blenheim MkIVF

    Hi guys, well the last few weeks have been a constant battle with work and family jobs. But after 3 weeks i was pleased to say that there was finally chance for a few hours of work. So no hanging around. First job was to get all the white and black underside finished including undercarriage doors, flaps and other parts painted. Next it was onto the camouflage and getting the green down. For the first coat the green went down okay. My plan to spray freehand out of the question until my airbrushing skills and techniques had improved. After around an hour i went over the green once again finishing off the edges of the green and applying sone tonal variation. About an hour later after the airbrush had a deep clean i loaded up the airbrush with Vallejo gloss varnish and thinned it down a little. So it would spray smoother. The gloss coat went on well and after that i called it time and headed to bed. I took a minute to look at how much better the Blenheim looked compared to my older brush painted models. Before exiting the cave i had one last thought, how well is my masking holding up through all this primer, paint and varnish? Well the answer will be revealed after the model is finished but... Its looking positive. Next stop decalling time and finally have a go with the micro set and micro sol and also the weathering before i begin fitting all the fiddly bits. More soon folks. sorry for the delay in post may have this done by christmas. 😂😂😂
  12. Airfix Bristol Blenheim MkIVF

    Micheal. I think it doesnt help that the mk1 and mk6 are built on the same sprues except the glazed parts are seperate. I have found the mk1 cockpit parts in the mk6 kit so think that may be where the problems begin. 🤔🤔🤔
  13. Airfix Bristol Blenheim MkIVF

    Hi guys. Well i did post up laat week, but for some reason my post didnt upload. So time for a big update. Also there is a few new techniques i have managed to learn along the way. So to begin i finally got the intake trumpets drilled out and will be painted and fitted to the engines later on. Next it was on with the main aircraft. The large gaps and holes where filled and sanded ready for paint. Next was onto the paint. And a layer of vallejo white primer was sprayed over the whole of the aircraft. Once dry i began spraying the white colour on the underside one of a vouple of of coats. Once i had completed the white i tried my hand at preshading. Go easy guys, this is my first attempt. While i was laying down the black i also applied the underside black down as well. After a couple of days i bit the bullet and layed down a varying amount of layers of vallejo dark brown over the top half of the fuselage and wings. I can already see how much of an improvement the preshading is compared to solid colours. Hopefully soon i can lay down the dark green to complete the camouflage. I personally am pleased with my preshading. Still alot to learn but practice will prevail. More soon guys thankyou for looking in once again.
  14. Airfix Bristol Blenheim MkIVF

    Evening all. After this week of working i finally got back down the cave and set to work on the blenheim. The first job was to make a start on the engines. I gave both the cylinder heads and intake pipes in black and once dry they will be dry drushed. i have also painted the front supports and centre piece ready for painting. Another job was the intake trumpets which was certainly unimpressed with. So out with the drill bits and improve the look of them. As you can see right to left i have removed the mould lines. Drilled a small hole in the centre and used a small reaming tool to open up the end of the intake trumpets. 1 down 3 to go. I also made a start on getting the front cockpit section onto the main fuselage. However like most people have found the small gap is always going to happen. From the side it does look bigger than it is. And again this runs almost all the way around. A small amount of filler shluld remove the gap between the joints. Asyou can see i have a rather profound joining issue on the underside so looks like more filling is going to be needed However progress is progress. Also in the instructions it says the engine navelle rings on the front are to be painted in gun metal. Yet all of the referances i found half a copper/bronze colour. So may have to paint it by the references.more soon folks hopefully painting should be soon.
  15. Airfix Bristol Blenheim MkIVF

    Cheers Baron. Laat few nights have been a quiet run of getting the masking done. Unfortunately i got so into masking i forgot to take some photos. But on the plus side the interior colour has been applied. A marathon of masking has taken place just on the front. Made good progress so far. With the front drying i decided to start on the engines by fitting the engine bulkhead to the wings. The bulkheads will be painted before the engines are to be fitted and also tge engines will receive extra details as well. And finally the bombay has been fitted and drying to make sure everything is lining up square. More soon folks and next is the engines.