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Giorgio N

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  1. Quick update... watching the pictures made me realise that the dark panel on the tail is too dark. Or better, that panel can get that dark but in most pictures it's lighter, so it was masking tape again and a quick respray. I've also managed to add some different shades on the intake auxiliary doors using Vallejo's model air metallics and a brush, I'm now really thinking of stopping here with the metallics. Not that there arent's other areas to paint.... Starfighters had a number of antennas under fibreglass panels that were generally left unpainted. There's a large panel in light grey on both sides of the fin, there there are panels in a light brown behind the canopy with another on the ventral fin and one under the fuselage. All these will have to be painted before applying the decals
  2. Airfix Hurricane

    The Revell wings are too wide in chord at the root compared to accurate drawings, if the Airfix kit is correct here (and IIRC it is), there will be a mismatch in this area. Said that, I'd rather have a wider chord on the wing rather than the opposite as trimming the trailing edge of the wing is easier than extending the root...
  3. AK Resin Texturizer

    Gaz, I can't remember plaster expanding, I remember the opposite, with some loss of material while drying. This can be easily sorted by allowing for some extra material when making the mould. This will still mean that you'll have some extra material but at least with plaster it's easy to simply cut the excess. Different types of plaster may have different behaviour of course.
  4. F-104 Starfighter STGB Chat

    Will be great to see your model ! I am of course very envious of your flight in a Starfighter ! Hope you'll tell us something about your experience!
  5. F-104 Starfighter STGB Chat

    Sounds interesting ! SImilar techniques were studied with other aircrafts and in a sense the ASAT/F-15 combination was too different. The 104 sure had a very impressive climb rate, the project could succeed. Another way to get something new from a Starfighter is this: https://www.landspeed.com/
  6. Thanks Andrew, your words seem to have brought good luck as the finish on the rest of the airframe is indeed quite nice. This is what I have at the moment, this time with picture taken in outdoor light (although on a cloudy northern Italian morning) Well, what can I say.. it's shiny ! I've used around 6 different shades til now, I may add another couple ones on a few panels, particularly on the intakes. A few comments on Vallejo's Metal Colors I used here: they are nice, very nice. Sometime a bit tricky with my airbrush, as I have to use a very low pressure to get the best results, but the finish is worth the trouble. Oh, and they are very tough ! This model has received a lot of temporary masking with tape and yet I've not had any proplem with paint lifting., Part of the merit may lay in the primer, in any case paint lifting is a potential problem that I'm happy to not have suffered from. One last word on these paints: it says on the bottle that they dry in 5 minutes and indeed they are dry in a very short time. Personally I leave them for at least a hour before masking though, just in case. Such a short drying time has allowed me to add several shades very quickly. With enamels I'd have had to wait a day for each shade of metal...
  7. MarkSH's NF104

    Fantastic job on this conversion ! I'm looking forward to the painted model now.
  8. Very nice progress ! And good job on the S ventral fin, it's a small detail often forgotten. These moulds seem very tired now, the kit has been in continuous production for almost 30 years and it shows. Maybe it's time we see a new kit that improves on the hasegawa offering ? Speaking of missing details, Hasegawa also missed the vent grills around the gun, if your aircraft carries a gun it's something that may be worth adding.. or not, I'm not doing it on my model
  9. Vintage Airfix Kits

    Fully agree on the nostalgia builds, it's a good way to enjoy modelling. More typical of people like me who have passed their 40th of course... I loved the circuit and bumps articles, they were a very interesting source of ideas. It should be said though that Mike is a very talented modeller with above average skills. Most important though, he has mastered a series of techniques that are not everyone's cup of tea while also having access to tools not immediately available to everyone and he put these to good use in many of his builds of Airfix classics. Not everybody casts resin parts or has an ALPS printer Azur kits are short run, made with different manufacturring techiques. The less than perfect fit is a consequence of these manufacturing techniques. Another consequence is that they can make kits with potential markets in the couple thousand pieces, something that allowed them and similar manufacturrers to give us kits of subjects that mainstream companies would have never touched. A fair comparison is not with Airfix or revell, a fair comparison is with "vintage" short run kits, for example Merlin and Pegasus. And here the superiority of the more modern kit is clear. (It can also happens that short run kits fit better than certain mainstrema ones as I found when I built my RS Re.2005.... but this is another story) Nice model! My copy also has Philippine Navy decals, now unfortunately useless.
  10. Groupbuild poll for 2018

    Thanks Rich for your updates ! I share Botan's feelings, and I'm sure others supporting those GBs right on the edge feel the same. Every day could be the one that gives ot takes those couple votes necessary to get through.
  11. Vintage Airfix Kits

    Cost was never discussed in the posts that led to my mention of these kits. We were wondering which kits had been bettered and these have been. Regarding cost and availability in hobby shops we also have to keep in mind that some of the kits mentioned here have been OOP for years. The HR Pup may not be available in your local hobby shop but neither is the Airfix F-86D. "Vintage" kits are not easily available in shops unless recently reboxed. If I have to search for an Airfix F-86D or an F-80 I have to go to model shows and check online dealers in the same way I have to find some more "exotic" brands. If I have to go through this to get my kit, then why spend to time to get an older kit when I can get a more modern one ? Ok, cost may be an issue, but is it really ? An example about cost: the Hasegawa Sabre Dog is quite expensive in the latest "limited run" boxes, however it can be found for better prices. I've seen a while ago a far eastern dealer selling a brand new JASDF combo for something around €40 posted. That is around £18 per kit, a reasonable price. Even with VAT on top it's IMHO an acceptable price. The Airfix F-86D can be found online from around £15 before delivery but I've seen boxes reaching the £30 mark. The same kit seem to be easily available for little money in the USA in both Airfix and MPC boxes, however postage to Europe makes the deal very unfavourable (as the OP is in the US however he may be interested in knowing this). Sure I may pop into the next model show and search for the kit at the many club stalls. At the latest local show though I found a brand new Special Hobby F-86L from a shop for £11 ! Ok, it's not a D but it's a close cousin with all the parts for a D in the box, including a nice PE sheet. In the end the vintage kit would have been the most expensive choice. Said that, I still like the Airfix F-86D, built one as a kid, still have one in the stash and will build it. Would I search for another one ? No, I know that I can get better kits with less hassle and paying less. With other subjects things would be different as there may be less alternatives around of course
  12. Vintage Airfix Kits

    As I suspected, there were a few more early types that I didn't think of. The Pup though was recently covered by HR Models with a kit that looks good in the pictures I've seen. Not being knowledgeable about WW1 subjects I'll leave comments on its quality to others. Checking on thr web, there's also a Choroszy kit of the R.E.8. This is in resin so maybe hard to find. Choroszy though generally offer very high quality kits. The Heller Puma is indeed the Airfix kit, the Puma cousins are IMHO better served but it's true that the original one is not Among those possibly still not bettered I have been tempted by including the Lynx, however the HB kit may be less accurate but is honestly a better kit. I'd add the Hawk to this list.. while the new Revell kit may be less accurate in some shapes, it is undoubtedly a nicer build. It's also more accurate in some areas. Of course the Bf.109G, don't know how Hornby could let that thing hit the market... Not sure about the Revell Hurricane. It's older than the Airfix kit by many years, it's indeed a nicer kit in terms of details but accuracy leaves to be desired.
  13. Vintage Airfix Kits

    I understand that some brands may not be immediately available in some parts of the world but neither are vintage Airfix kits. A number of the kits mentioned in this thread have been OOP for many years and can only be found at model shows or online. Finding an Airfix F-80 for example is going to be way more difficult and expensive than buying a kit from the far east or from a European short run manufacturer. Only last week I was looking for Skyrays online and there were Japanese shops that could get me a Tamiya kit delivered for way less than what an Airfix costed without delivery. Where a number of these vintage kits are easily available is because Airfix reboxed them and some are still in the current catalogue. However for many subjects there are newer Airfix moulds available and these are invariably better. But are they that many ? I can only think of a few Airfix kits that have not been replaced at some point. Granted, I may have forgotten some interwar type but I doubt that the total number is beyond 10 to be optimistic and some of these are not what are generally considered "vintage airfix". As for kits that have been replaced but not surpassed, I can only think of a couple that have not been surpassed for certain aspects. Any suggestion ? The F-86D has been replaced by a much more accurate offering from Hasegawa. It may expensive and not easy to find but it's a way superior kit. Even the Special Hobby kit, while not as accurate as the Hasegawa one, is in many aspects much better than the Airfix offering. I can think of a better option for the Spit Vb and it's the AZ/KP kit. Shapewise it's similar but being more modern is a much better kit
  14. All very interesting subjects ! And they remind me that a British Abroad GB would be great for the many lovers of Commonwealth air forces: there seem to be many here who are big fan of Canadian, Australian and New Zealand subjects, as a lot of equipment in these countries was and is of British origin this GB would suit very well. Among my personal future projects that could fit in this GB is also an Aussie Hawk, I fell in love when I saw them at Williamtown in 2010 Other candidates are an Irish Vampire and Chipmunk, an Australian and an Egyptian Spitfire and a Spanish Harrier
  15. Vintage Airfix Kits

    I've gone down memory lane to try and asnwer this, trying to remember the many old Airfix kits I built in the past, the ones I have in the stash and comparing them to today's kits, trying to imagine the old and new side by side Spitfires ? Not a chance, the vintage Airfix ones were nice for their days but would they hold up to something like the Eduard Mk.IX. Hellcat ? Same. The 109s could never compete with the AZ kits, and let's not mention Fine Molds...The Fw.190A mentioned was a really nice kit but when I think of the Zvezda A4 I built recently, the Airfix one suddenly feels old. And why an Airfix Skyray when Tamiya did a much superior one ? I may give a higher rating to the F-80 that has always been a favourite of mine. Now there aren't many modern F-80s around so this may still be a valid choice but comparing it with say the Academy Sabre the difference is clear. The same applies to the Mosquito, both kits are a valid base onto which the modeller can add a few things to get a very nice model. As for holding their own against modern kits today though, I'm not really sure. There sure were some kits that may still be the best around for a certain subject... the Seasprite is for some aspects superior to the Fujimi kit, but the Seasprite may not be considered vintage and the Fujimi kit is not really modern itself (and of course the Seasprite is not a WW2 subject). So after thinking a lot about this I came to the conclusion that IMHO no vintage Airfix kit can hold up to what is available today if built OOB. They are kits of their era, some were very nice for their days while others were not great even in their time. Some may still be a good base for a modeller to make a good model, others may even still be the best for a certain subject while others are hopelessly outclassed. My personal view on building this kind of kits is that they sure can be built OOB to have fun or try to recapture the spirit of modelling as it was 30-40 years ago. They can be sure improved, a good modeller could take any of these kits and turn them into masterpieces but the same modeller could to the same with other kits with less hassle. Some are the only game in town, so there's no choice for the modeller, get the oldie and work on it. As for choosing one of these kits against a more modern one and hoping to get a better result without putting a lot of work into them, it would be a waste of time. I'd build them for what they are
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