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  1. Messerschmitt Me-262 - Airfix 1/72nd

    Update time.. After a weeks wait, the decal sheet has arrived, so I can now crack on having decided which scheme I'm going for.. I scheme I have chosen is an old favourite, Red13 of Heinz Bar. So this is where I am at after a few hours at the bench.. The tub has been painted, RLM66, panels black and a dry brush of light grey. IP base coated black then kit decal used. Simple but effective.. Other interior bit sprayed with Alclad Aluminium... Tub closed up and in place on the lower wing. Fit here is very precise so everything was cleaned of paint, and has now been left to set up so it all stays aligned. This is where I am now, fuselage joined and lower wing parts setting. Hoping to get up to Hendon tomorrow to get some reference photos of the 262 there as I need some good detail shots of undercarriage, engines and other bits and bobs. More soon hopefully. Steve
  2. Will be following this one closely, I do like the Battle, always was a sucker for the underdog, and with no decent kit in 72nd will be good to see how you go about correcting it. Good you're going with a vac canopy, the one I remember from days of yore was about a foot thick!
  3. After a six month modelling hiatus following my Defiant caused by life, work, family, Dragon-in-Law, I have managed to find some time to get back to the bench. To ease myself in gently I am going to have a go at the new Airfix 262, one of my favourite kits from years gone by, or one of my favourite aircraft. I must admit I was delighted when Airfix said they were going to retool it, and on a pre-Christmas visit to Salisbury I popped into Endless Models and secured myself the last one on the shelves. On that note, obigatory box top shot... On opening the box, as usual everything got a close inspection and as per Airfix latest stuff, it all seems beautifully moulded in their usual soft grey plastic. Having read reviews it does look as it will fit together tightly so the normal care on cleaning up painted surface will have to be done. I am not going with the decals in the kit, I have found Xtradecal set X72269 which contains decals for loads of different aircraft in a variety of schemes, so I suspect their will be a few more of these in my future. Cutting, cleaning and sticking wise, not much has happened yet, other than I have joined a few of the interior bits, and taken the rest off the sprue ready to get some paint on them. Not much to see really, but as I'm still trying to get used to Flickr, here's a few pictures I took as a test... I've also glued in the spars on the wings that locate the cockpit tub etc., so hopefully they will good and solid by the time I get some paint on there ready to get the thing together. Not much I know, but it's a start. Now I'm back in the saddle hopefully benchtime and updates will happen regularly. More soon Steve
  4. 1/18 Spitfire Mk. XIVe - Race #80

    Utterly astounding, I don't have the words... next question, how big is the queue of museums that want to display it?
  5. Another Hero gone

    Not been here for a few days, and was surprised to see no-one has mentioned the passing of another of the Few, Squadron Leader Nigel Rose. Just 11 left now apparently. RIP Sir.
  6. What's flying over your house? Thread #2

    Out at the farmshop and got a fly past by a Tornado, first pass low and slow, wings unswept, second burners on and a full tilt departure. Followed moments later by a display by a Griffon Spitfire but too far away to see which on. About an hour earlier two Apaches headed that way too. I'm guessing it may well be Odihams families day?
  7. Airfix Defiant - 1/48th

    Bit more progress over the last few days... Dot filter on, and the colours used.. This took a good few days to dry, probably down to the warm weather.. Whilst that was drying I added a the reflectors for the landing lights, I used some small pieces cut out of a Swann and Morton blade packet as it is aluminium coloured.. The canopies and turret clear parts have been painted too, first the interior colour, then Alclad Aluminium and then the exterior colours.. Once these have been left a day I will start on chipping them. More soon... Steve
  8. Monday RIAT departures

    Hi all, can anyone suggest a good area to watch/photograph departures, I was supposed to be working Monday but have now been stood down so have the day free. I see the 'official' area is sold out so would like a decent alternative, happy to pay. Thanks in advance.
  9. Airfix Defiant - 1/48th

    Well, that seemed to work so I'll try and get some more photos up later...
  10. Airfix Defiant - 1/48th

    I've hollowed the exhausts out with a micro drill and a sharp 10A blade...
  11. My town from the air.

    Now renamed to Upton in Severn I believe.. 😄
  12. Airfix Defiant - 1/48th

    Bloody annoyingly, thanks to PB all my photos now seem to have gone the way of the Dodo. So, I am now using Flickr, and this is going to be a bit of and experimental post. Got all the decals and stencils on now....
  13. Airfix Defiant - 1/48th

    Got a good bit more done over the last few days, so here's an update.. Got the Dark Earth on, used Xtracrylix for this as to my eye the Tamiya version is a little too red. A marathon masking session then followed and the Dark Green was sprayed. This is Tamiya, heavily thinned.. Once it was dry, it was time to unwrap it.. Whilst the paint was soft I started on the chipping.. I also got on with the drybrush on the turret, and added the etch.. Got the prop done too... The step has some obvious detail on it, but the kit part is just a flat bit of plastic. There are lots of clear photos out there so I formed the basic shape from plasticard and added that. The end is in sight now, just getting some paint on the little bits and bobs, clear parts have all been dipped in future and are now drying ready for paint. Hopefully I'll get this finished over the next couple of days. More soon Steve
  14. Airfix Defiant - 1/48th

    Frustrating day today, wanted to get the underside done, but had a real fight with the paint. Used, as I always do for RAF Sky, the Xtracrylix Sky which has always worked a treat but just couldn't get it to go down well. Tried loads of things but I just think the conditions I was trying to spray in was the perfect storm for it to go wrong. After about three hours I got it looking like this.... It's not horrendously bad but I'm not sure I am happy with it. I have put the airbrush away for today and will have a look with fresh eyes tomorrow. It may get away with a gentle flattening with Micromesh cloths and be presentable, we will have to wait and see. So much for getting some progress, today was the most time I've had at the bench, but the smallest amount got done. Oh well, there's always tomorrow.
  15. Airfix Defiant - 1/48th

    Moving on.... Basic airframe together, primed with Halfords grey plastic primer and polished with 8000 grit Micromesh... ....ready for a coat of Alclad Aluminium in the areas there will be wear and chipping... And pre-shaded underneath. I try to preshade with a darker shade of the colour to be painted. TO me, RAF Sky has a greenish tint so I preshaded with RAF Dark Green.. While the compressor was running, I gave the turret an initial coat of Tamiya Semi-gloss Black... And one other thing that was bugging me. the wheels are not the best. One side of each wheel on the opposite side of the mounting hole was a deep sink mark, so I punched out a couple of discs to covered them, and also they add a little more depth to the wheels. A centre bolt was also added from a piece of round sprue.. Thats all for now, looking to get the underside painted tomorrow, and hopefully will get some of the other ancillery bits done like the prop and undercart etc. Steve