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  1. 1/48 Seafire XVII

    Getting back on the horse after the disappointing early end to the Super Etendard build. Having just finished an Airfix Spitfire Vb in the RAF centenary GB and been left wondering why it had been 30+ years between Spitfire models, here's another - the Airfix Seafire XVII. This will be part of a slightly ambitious Griffon Spitfire/Seafire triple build along with the Airfix PR.XIX and the Eduard/Airfix F.22/24 - ambitious because I'm going to try to get all three done before overseas travel curtails my modelling at the start of June - but given how quickly the Vb went together I think it can be done. Here's the box shot. I also have a Freightdog decal sheet, Eduard masks and Quickboost exhausts. Plus I have two Barracuda carburettor intakes and one set of Barracuda 5-blade props so will need to decide which kits get those. If I get time after work I'll start tomorrow.
  2. Whitley MK.V

    This will be my “on leave” project. I'm not sure if four weeks will be long enough to complete it but we'll see. I grew up only a couple of miles from RAF Leeming at Exelby, the crabs among you will probably know it, so a Leeming aircraft had to go in my cabinet at some point. Ive done quite a bit of reading recently about 4 & 6 Groups. One of the books being “The Whitley Boys”. A particularly poignant part for me is where the author says on arrival at Leeming from Dishforth 10 Sqn. quickly adopted the Green Dragon in Bedale as their local, the pub where I spent probably too much of my own leave but where I met my wife. This will be my tribute to the young men who served at RAF Leeming and especially those that never returned for a pint in “The Dragon”.
  3. F4F-4 Wildcat

    Back at home on leave and this little chap survived the train journey. I've added an aerial, a bit of a wash and some touch ups so is now ready for inspection .
  4. I'm back - been a while, but have been following some great posts on here. You may have seen my other 1/24 Scale Airfix diorama: Very pleased to win with it at Telford this year, a very nice surprise indeed. I said I would give aircraft a rest and get back to rusted cars & zombie stuff, my usual bread and butter when it comes to modelling. Well it didn't last long, I have had my eye on the Airfix 1/24 Scale de Havilland Mosquito for a while now, but something else normally got it the way. So I was happy to come across it again at Poole Vikings on Saturday 14th April (18), and at the price, how could I resist. Bring it back to the club stand I got the usual banter, "You cant rust that, its made of wood", etc. Well I had already formed an idea in my head as to what I was to with it, another museum restoration diorama. A quick search on the interweb and an idea had formed. I need to get a few models out of the way, a Revell London Taxi diorama with a couple of Nutsplanet figures and the excellent Italeri 1/9 Scale German Motorcycle with Side Car in a barn find diorama. Once these are done and dusted then its onto the Mosquito. As a said before, a quick look around the interweb and found some great resource images: Another source of inspiration are the Valiant Wings and Haynes books on the Mosquito: Plenty of reading with these two. I'm looking forward to this build and sharing its progress with you along the way. Thanks for stopping by. Richard
  5. The RAF operated the Sabre as a stop-gap measure during the early 50s until enough Hunters had been delivered, as it had become evident that the Meteor was by then obsolete as an air defence fighter. Although there was one wing in the UK, most RAF Sabres were based in Germany, and flew with cerulean blue undersides. One of the more colourful squadron markings were those of no. 4 squadron which flew the aircraft from RAF Jever.
  6. Sea Fury Update Sets & Masks (for Airfix) 1:48 Eduard Airfix's lovely new 1:48 Sea Fury hasn't been without its issues, but setting those aside we have a delightful new tooling of this last hurrah for the piston-engined fighter. Eduard's new range of sets are here to improve on the kit detail in the usual modular manner. Get what you want for the areas you want to be more of a focal point. As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE) and Mask sets, they arrive in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. Interior (49878) Two frets are included, one nickel plated and pre-painted, the other in bare brass. A complete set of new layered instrument panels, gun-sight, side console and sidewall details are the primary parts on the painted set, with new floor skin; replacement head armour details; canopy internal structure, track and rear seal are also supplied. Zoom! Set (FE878) This set contains a reduced subset of the interior, namely the pre-painted parts that are used to improve on the main aspects of the cockpit, as seen above. Whatever your motivations for wanting this set, it provides a welcome boost to detail, without being concerned with the structural elements. Seatbelts STEEL (FE879) In case you don't already know, these belts are Photo-Etch (PE) steel, and because of their strength they can be etched from thinner material, which improves realism and flexibility in one sitting. Coupled with the new painting method that adds perceived extra depth to the buckles and other furniture by shading, they are more realistic looking and will drape better than regular brass PE. Exterior (48946) This larger set of two bare brass frets contains some important upgrades, such as a complete new main gear bay that will require a degree of thinning of the lower wing to accommodate it; tail wheel bay skin; crew steps; radiator intake at the root of the wings; wing-fold skins with accompanying details; new laminated gear bay covers; brake discs and hoses; rocket ignition wiring; bomb fuse spinners and more in-scale fins for those bombs. landing flaps (48944) Eduard landing flaps use an ingenious technique to achieve excellent true-to-scale flaps using few parts, and requiring the modeller to simply remove the retracted flaps from the lower wing, plus scrape the upper wings to accommodate the thickness of the completed bays. Each half of the three flap sections (bay and flap itself) is constructed in the same manner, by twisting and folding over the attached ribs to create a 3D shape, with extra parts added along the way. The bays glue to the inside of the upper wing and the flap attaches to the rear wall of the new bay. Repeat this for the other side, and you're almost done. The bays have a "dimpled" panel in the small central section, and after pressing the details through with the tip of a ball-point pen, these are inserted in the same manner as the inner and outer sections. Masks (EX573) Supplied on a sheet of yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the canopy, with compound curved handled by using frame hugging masks, while the highly curved gaps are in-filled with either liquid mask or offcuts from the background tape. In addition you get a set of hub/tyre masks for all the wheels, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort. Review sample courtesy of
  7. F4F-4 Wildcat

    This is the Airfix starter set built as a "something to do in the final week of this trip at sea" project. There's not much in the way of work in progress photos I'm afraid as the WiFi has been slower than usual meaning uploading photos to Flickr takes even longer than it usually does. Lower surfaces have been painted with Mr Hobby 316, upper with Humbrol 27 enamel. This is the first time I've sprayed enamel and it is a test run for a future project.
  8. hi all, Another one chalked off, this time an Airfix 1/48 Lightning F Mk3 in 56sqdn checkertail markings. It has a CMK cockpit and Master pitot tube plus Flightpath decals but apart from that it is straight from the box. It's a reasonable kit to put together and is nicely detailed apart from the cockpit. The only real issues were twofold. The dreadful Airfix decals which were like cardboard, didn't sink into panel lines even with Daco Red and then peeled off when Tamiya masking tape was applied over them. I ended up using the FLightpath ones for everything and they turned out to be excellent but had a milky residue from the glue. At least that was easily removed during application. The other issue was the undercarriage doors which were a totally different shape to the wheel wells. Think square peg and round hole. I had to make a master and then cut/scribe new ones to fit. Either the original doors or wells are the wrong shape, it could be both of course!! The red Ds on the airbrakes were printed by Paul Fernandez at Blue Diamond Decals and went on superbly. I'm sure i will be getting his help again. Hope you like it Andy
  9. Tiggie

    This is the old tool Airfix 1/72 Tiger Moth with the front cockpit enclosed. Completed as part of the very first batch of Tiger Moths built for the RAF in 1931, numbering just 35 in total, and of these 6 were sent to the Central Flying School where they were modified and 5 became the traditional Aerobatic Display Team that the CFS were famous for. Central Flying School Aerobatic Display Team, RAF Wittering, 1932-33.
  10. Here I present my latest, a Hawker Hurricane IIc by Airfix and was a therapeutic 'test' build on a spare kit from the stash. From the start it was going to be a 'wheels up' subject as I plan to put the occasional aircraft on the ceiling of the future 'Man Cave (Mk II)' and being an Airfix kit, it came with pilot! The kit was built OOB and was very a good build with little or no problems, which surprised me some what. Cockpi was a little basic but was enough when you're stuffing a figure in the pit. Fuselage halves were joined and wings added, no filler in sight. Undercarriage and wheels fitted with no problems, nice and flush. I've never been happy with disks as dynamic props, so I ditched the blades and made a solid spinner, looks miles better to me. Everything was primed, and here comes the test, and painted using Colourcoat enamel paints. Paints were thinned 50/50, applied at 15psi and were lovely. Finished off using the kits decals for L8957, 34 Sqn, RAF SEAC, India, 1943/1944. The 'fluffy' stuff is some synthetic stuffing to simulate clouds. Stuart
  11. The Brisfit was first flown in 1916 and entered service with the RFC in April 1917. No. 38 Squadron were the first occupants of Stamford (Wittering) and by July 1917 were flying the F.2B. No 5 Training Station at Easton-on-the-Hill was equipped with them from 1918 to 1919. No. 138 Squadron was formed from newly qualified pilots transferring en bloc from Training Depot Stations, ‘A’ Flight was provided by No. 5 Training Depot Station, Easton-on-the-Hill, ‘B’ Flight from No. 1 Training Depot Station, Wittering (renamed 10-04-18 after the forming of the RAF). Easton and Wittering also supplied pilots for Nos. 130 and 155 Squadrons. The Brisfit continued in RAF service until 1932.
  12. Bristol Bulldog TM, Central Flying School, RAF Wittering 1934. Not really happy with this, but thought I'd post anyway for your amusement
  13. Harrier GR3

    Evening all. Latest one finished is the Airfix Harrier GR3, built with the CMK resin cockpit set and Xtradecal GR3 set. Not the usual WW2 aircraft that I normally do. I was planning to do one of the Belize based aircraft as I was based there 92/93, but the wife saw the decal set and suggested I did the Ex Matchcoat aircraft. I was not as happy with this Airfix kit as I have been with the others I have built recently, the fuselage join and nose fit was terrible and need much filler and rescribing. the wing to fuselage fit was particularly poor and required 0.5mm shims to fill the gaps. I corrected the tail fin, adding 1.5mm in height with plasticard as shown by 06/24 on his build. As usual all comment are welcome. IMGA0175 by neil Connor, on Flickr IMGA0174 by neil Connor, on Flickr IMGA0176 by neil Connor, on Flickr IMGA0177 by neil Connor, on Flickr IMGA0185 by neil Connor, on Flickr IMGA0186 by neil Connor, on Flickr IMGA0190 by neil Connor, on Flickr IMGA0191 by neil Connor, on Flickr
  14. My Fulmar is at the 'waiting for the Future to dry before putting om the transfers' stage so it's time to start another kit. I've decided to make the recent Airfix F4F/ Wildcat/ Martlet. The obligatory box-top photograph: I think Airfix box-art is really good at the moment. The sprues: The bottom sprue is unique to the Martlet. I actually made a start on this the other day, here's the cockpit bits after a coat of Humbrol 226 and a gouache/water/Future wash: and the wheelwell bulkhead after a coat of Colourcoats Sky and the same wash: (I suspect that the wheelwells were aluminium, at least they are on the photographs I've found, but I believe that the FAA liked to paint things the underside colour.) Airfix tell you to remove these lumps: So I did: Next up is the undercarriage; I need to decide what colour to paint it, Airfix would have it painted satin black and Sky but I think it'll be Sky and chrome (for the slidey bits). Thanks for looking.
  15. 1/72 RAF Sabre

    After a brief hiatus it's back to the Cold War RAF modelling, and what better way to resume than with an RAF Sabre F.4. I'm thinking I'll do it as a 4 Sqn aircraft as these markings are quite eye-catching. I was going to make a 92 Sqn one with silver undersides, but I don't have any suitable XD serials, so I'll have to see if I can use the kit ones for an XB serialled jet and maybe swap some numbers around or look in the spares bag. Looks like the kit has the '6-3' leading edges, so I'll need to make sure I pick the right serial for this too.
  16. It's Easter here in Greece and tonight and tomorrow I'll be with friends, witnessing the festivities, eating kokoretsi, grilling lamb, etc...so I'll take a couple of days off before I start on my next build, the Airfix 1/72nd scale Bolton-Paul Defiant. It'll be OOB except for the guns and probably seat belts. I'll be building the Mk.I from No. 264 Sq. out of Martlesham Heath, Suffolk, July 1940. I've never built one of these so that'll be fun. I have some nice masks for the canopy which'll make my life a little bit easier, I hope! Lots of glass on this one... --John
  17. This is one that I've been wanting to build for a long time. I was born in Alaska, and aviation in that state has always fascinated me. A few years ago, I came across the "Sandbar Mitchell" project, the restoration and return to flight of a B-25J Firebomber that made a wheels-up landing on a sandbar near Farbanks, Alaska. The restoration is also a mentoring program for youth to learn technical skills, and it seemed like a good cause to me (and still does!). You can find their website here: https://www.warbirdsofglory.org/index.asp I made a donation, and was given a small piece of the actual aircraft in return. I'd show a picture but my phone doesn't want to upload it, going to have to fix that before the build starts! The aircraft is going to be restored to the colours of a wartime aircraft, but fire aviation has been an interest of mine for some time, so I've now been keen to build a model of it in the colours it wore on the day it came down in the bush. When Airfix announced their new-tool 1:72 Mitchell, I knew what I had to do. Intended colours for the real aircraft (rendering by Ron Cole) The Mitchell as it looked on fire-fighting duties. As you can see from the picture above, this shouldn't be too difficult of a conversion from the stock Mitchell. So that's the idea. Stay tuned!
  18. Airfix Model World May 2018 issue

    Th enew issue of Airfix Model World comes with a free chart of the hawk family, mainly because there's a build of the Airfix reissued Hawk T.1A in the magazine. Thing is, I bought mine in Tesco, and it comes with the free chart loose in a pastic bag. As well as the same chart stapled in the magazine itself! I therefore have a spare copy of the chart, which to be honest is a little redundant for me, as I'm not a great Hawk fan. I'm just surprised that Airfix have made what appears to be a slight but expensive mistake, unless it is only magazines sold through Tesco. (still expensive though, I guess) I'm afraid the obvious question is has anyone seen this in any other shops, and the next question is would anyone like the duplicate I have? I'll be at Cosford on Sunday, so can pass it on, or anm happy to post it to someone. Any takers?
  19. One of my favorite Airfix kits is their Bristol Bulldog. Here's an Estonian example pretty much OOB (with skiis), and a much-modified Finnish Bulldog IVa. Changes includes engine, tail, wings and forward fuselage panels. Cheers, Herb (Success! Thanks Troy!)
  20. After a short break away from the workbench and then a bit of a struggle with the decals (many thanks to CedB for these) I managed to turn an ordinary Airfix kit into something of a dogs breakfast. I decided to skip the stencils as that seemed like a step too far. Don't look too closely; you may prefer to regard it as an 'impressionistic take' on a Spitfire rather than an accurate scale model. It's built OOB, but on this particular build I decided to add a driver, which I don't normally do. Paints are mostly Xtracolour enamels with some odd acrylics splashed about here and there. W&N flat finish applied liberally to hide the worst of the brush marks. Chipping round the cockpit frame - accidental! Decals were kindly supplied by CedB from a KP kit, as I was seeking a scheme for the November/April period. I adapted and modified these as you can see. I later discovered the Airfix starter kit had this aircraft as its subject. Hey-ho. Personally I think the best bit is the airfield grass. It is an upturned cork-based table mat painted with some green paints that were mouldering in a long unopened tin..... that bit turned out well. And lastly. I must master that damn camera!
  21. Hi everyone Here is my Boulton Paul Defiant, 264 Sqn, Royal Air Force Station Biggin Hill circa 1941. National insignia, fin flash and codes were painted on only the Tail number, kill markings and Red hand of Ulster elbelm are decals. Cheers Iain
  22. Finished these a week or so ago. Enjoyable builds both. The Fw190 I had attempted previously when I just started getting back into modelling and hurled it against the wall in frustration (probably my own lack of skill) so it was good to revisit it and get right on second attempt. I tried varying the Beaufighter greys somewhat which I thought worked fairly well but its not come through in the photos. All painted with Vallejo Model Air colours.
  23. I'm putting this here as a placeholder meantime, until I can decide what to contribute to this GB. When I turn up at work of a morning at Falkirk Council's new £18M Technological WonderPalace (aka Carrongrange School) I'm slap bang on the site of the former Central Scotland Airport, later RAF Grangemouth. We're pretty much located in the yellow shaded area in this photo: 58-o.t.u.-operational-training-unit-grangemouth-airfield-w640h480 by John Walker, on Flickr It doesn't look like that now, but the 2 pre-war hangars survive. The new school was opened in August 2017, they had to do an explosive ordnance survey of the site before they could start piling operations - which could have ended interestingly! Carrongrange-ASN-Secondary-School-Grangemouth by John Walker, on Flickr Grangemouth played host to Spitfires, Hurricanes, Masters, Lysanders, Gladiators, Whirlwinds, Defiants, Bleheims, Tiger Moths, Ansons, Harts and probably others so I'm spoilt for choice. 58 OTU Spitfire Mk1, May 1941. John
  24. The Battlle of Britain was, when I was a kid, already something mythological. These brave men, with the magnificent Spitfires and Hurricanes, who defended the last free place in Europe against the Nazi war machine. Growing older, I realised how much human effort went in to this battle. Reading more about the men, you come to understand that with this great victory and the magnificent machines, the toll on them was immense. I want to honour those men (in my own humble way) by building an Airfix Spitfire, but as a part of a diorama. I am fascinated by the photos of waiting pilots, ready to scramble. So, to complement the Spit, I'll try to build a small vignette of airmen waiting for the scramble to sound. I might fail in this, but I hope it will be a small reminder of the Few, of which so many ow so much. Next post I hope to add some pictures, still working out that since the Photobucket-disaster...
  25. Hi! Finished another one yesterday. It´s the new tooling Airfix Hurricane. I did everything OOB except for fishing line (0,10mm) for the antenna wire. I´m not sure if I got the wire right... I used War Scenic enamels (that´s a brazilian brand of paints). There are some good things here in Brazil but most of the time it´s just a crap country. I forgot to do the navigation lights early in the build so I left them unpainted. Don´t hesitate in giving me feedback.