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  1. I've completed this Fw 190 in the summer of 2015. I had big expectations of the arrival of this new tool kit, reviews were very positive, sadly it did not proved to be an easy kit to build (for me). I had to work hard to make proper fit. The following main modifications were done, among many small ones: - thinned the very thick training edges of the wings - added the missing MG ammo racks in the wheel wells - replaced the guns and the pitot to metal tubes - shortened the undercarriage legs, added break wires - replaced the wheels Please also not the antenna wires are missing, as I only realized the small bump from the canopy is missing after the removal of the mask and I didn't risked to ruin the almost finished model to try to glue on it. Thank you for watching.
  2. Following on from my Canberra, this was my 4th Lightning in 48 scale (the previous 3 being an F.1 and T.4 built last year as a Firebirds duo, and an F.6 prior to these for a GB a while ago) but following the recent release of a half engine by CMK in resin, I was inspired to build this. I decided beforehand that I'd open a few panels up myself, wanting to stretch my skills beyond my norm, so with the timely publication of the Daco book "Lightning Uncovered" I purchased a donor kit and several resin items (I'll post a link to the WIP photos later) including the aforementioned engine, and cockpit, undercarriage bays, and (what CMK call) "electronic boxes" which in fact comprise of the rear spine gubbins ahead of the engine bay, plus two resin boxes that fit into the port side of the fuselage that don't really hold electronics, but hydraulic pumps and pipes... Also, the CMK instruction sheets are not very helpful, or accurate. Be warned if you use these sets. Aires provided the exhausts, as I always use them, Master the pitot, Eduard a few bits and pieces from a leftover set plus the RBF tags, Montex the paint masks, and Model Alliance the decals. The painting was my trusty Alclad shades, with Humbrol and Xtracolor providing other colours. The weathering was various Humbrol and AK sets of washes and powders. Please refer to the build pics for the scratch built stuff, I think most of it should be covered in those photos. All of the piping and wiring you can see I added from either copper wire, fuse wire or plastic rod. The shock cone wasn't really long enough to be displayed off, so to build up the "base" I glued a core of acrylic rod then wound very thin plastic strip around it til it sat flush with the end of the cone, before painting with aluminium. The Ferranti AI.23 I made from plastic strip and rod, and again more strip would around solid rod for the aft section. The dish is made from the end of a pipette. Some of the wiring and details is even too small for me to add so it's more a representation than 100% accurate. The individual small panels I made from very thin sheet, cut to size by tracing them through off the plans provided at the back of the Daco book. The corners were rounded off and fastener holes made with a metal point in a pin vice. In the last pic I have laid them out in the positions they would be on the airframe. Below is the build log, I hope you can see it Also I apologise for the amount of pics here, but I usually can't decide which base or background looks best so I present a selection of each. Many thanks for looking
  3. For some time I've been thinking of putting a small railway scene together using Airfix kits in a static display. Colin Marrow sparked this idea with his Airfix Village project. Alan Bean (Beany) and others added fuel to the fire with their projects, and with my recent railway builds I decided it was time to stop prevaricating and actually make a start. Firstly I measured all my kits - buildings, platforms, all statics - and cut out scale templates. I only have two platform kits, so decided this would be a terminus station with the Booking Hall facing the buffer stops. I was looking to use a single 607mm x 1220mm baseboard, and my crude plans indicated this may be possible - the determining factor would be the track geometry. Having reclaimed some track from my long-stalled loft layout, I laid out the point-work to discover that the station throat alone would need the 1220mm length, and an additional board was required for the station area. I purchased two hardboard sheets and four battens to support them an give them some rigidity, and set about gluing and screwing the frames to the boards. This had to be a simple construction as my woodworking skills are lamentable. The two boards bolt together giving an overall area of 2160mm x 607mm (that's 7'1" x 2' in old money) The tracks are glued down and only tacked at the ends. The turntable ring is dry fitted and positioned only. Likewise, the level crossing is an old one, merely laid down to check dimensions. I have found locations for the two footbridges I am working on.
  4. And it's another beauty: https://www.airfix.com/uk-en/shop/new-for-2017/messerschmitt-me-262-a-1a-schwalbe-1-48.html J
  5. Source: http://www.airfix.com/uk-en/news/workbench/exclusive-new-2016-announcement-airfix-at-ipms-telford/ V.P.
  6. I found this ages old kit on a fleamarket in my hometown for a bargain.All parts were still in the plasticbag and thus complete.The decal sheet however didn't made it through the years,means,it was totally unusable. Research on the net showed that Airfix re-released this kit somewhere in 1996 with a very nice decal set that included the blue cheatline as well.But that kit was already high priced on some auction platform,so buying another Airfix kit was not an option. A quick e-mail to Airfix got me a very fast and friendly response,although their answer was that they don't have the decal set anymore.So replacement from Airfix was also not possible. Further research showed that Revell issued the Rotodyne as well and re-released it as well under the 50 years Revell anniversary boxing. Revell's Rotodyne comes in the very unusual scale of 1/78 ?... but it has a very nice decal set and the price was right. I made a copy of this decal set so was able to use some parts for the Airfix kit such as the names and logos. The blue stripes I had to apply by airbrush and for the white lines I used white decal stripes. Paints used:Tamyia Pure white from a spray can,Revell Blue 51 for the cheatlines,Revell matt black for the propellers,Testors grey and metallics for the rest.Sealed everything with Testors metallic sealer.The cabin windows were filled with Krystal Klear. The Airfix kit is,for its age, very well detailed with 100+ parts but the fit is rather poor in most places. As all doors can/could be opened,its a pitty that the model has absolutely no interior.Only a simplistic cockpit is there together with two pilot figures,who look pretty unmotivated...Nevertheless,I put them in the cockpit as the large cockpit windows allow some insight.I glued all doors in closed position as the mechanism looks very toyish. I worked on the Rotodyne since last summer and got it over the finishing line during last weekend. I added some details on the rotor as it looked very basic compared to the Revell kit.The Revell Rotodyne even features a complete interior which makes this kit a nice comparison next to the Airfix. Sadly I miscalculated the weight,so the Rotodyne is a tailsitter.Because of that I have to place it on a display stand.As the gear is retractable I was able to simulate a take off. It was a very time consuming build,not perfect,but I am happy to have this rather unusual aircraft in my collection. The Revell Rotodyne will be build another time The Rotodyne was a very interesting project,that sadly never made it out of prototype status.It could be somehow called the grandfather of todays MV-22 Osprey. If some more information is required... http://www.aviastar.org/helicopters_eng/fairey_rotodyne.php Here some pics of the Airfix Rotodyne, Sorry for the average quality,the lighting was not the best and the model is pretty difficult to photograph due to the Rotodyne's special layout. cheers
  7. Hello All, Well, I see Martin is off building the old Airfix Ju88, which will doubtless cause him all sorts of grief. Why should he have all the fun?? So in a gesture of solidarity I've dusted off the old Airfix Blenheim, a kit that is not without (cough, ahem) "issues". I've been plodding away at it on and off for a while, and here it is with possibly the lowest point in Airfix box art: I've rounded off the pointy nacelle fairings and reduced the riveting with a light sanding. Wheels will be firmly up on this one, so that's one less job! The engines and cowlings are quite nice to my eye. I've replaced the turret with the spare one left over from my new Airfix Blenheim 1 build, and taken the Blenheim 4 parts from that kit and grafted them into the cockpit. The canopy has been replaced with the Falcon vac form and the fuselage has been fettled to fit. The only remaining changes are a light sanding to the fuselage rivets and re-shaping the tail fin and rudder so it looks like a Blenheim. I think the tail shape error started with "Aircraft of the Fighting Powers" (love that series of books even though the plans are all wrong). I'm going to do the Free French option. The decals look quite good for Airfix of the period, in register, not yellowed. The British option looks nice too - all you have to do is find the red disc for the fuselage roundel! Thanks for looking, Adrian
  8. The new museum at Filton, the home of the Bristol Aircraft Company are repatriating a Freighter from NZ shortly, which in my world is great news. To celebrate I have taken my Superfreighter from the stashlet and decided to make it as a Mark 31 using the Magna resin conversion kit. So without further ado.....the boxes. A little surgery... Now here's where I need some help, what goes on behind the pilots seat in that big hole? The answer is not freight.. there are I think some racks with equipment on and possibly another seat? I have looked at previous builds, searched the internet, bought the Freighter book etc. but cannot find a nice clear guide. Any one know?
  9. Hi guys, another one of my models. Finished some time ago, OOB. Colors are Gunze acrylics, decals from the box, a few things added in the cockpit. I simply love the Airfix Mosquito, somehow it looks just right to my eye. Thanks for looking, comments are always welcome!
  10. One can forgive the old Airfix 1/600 scale Bismarck it's inaccuracies as it was produced in a day when all that remained were mostly sea level grainy pictures and remote subs were way off in the future. It's still rather pants though. Would this stop me from building it? If you think that you don't know me vewy well Had this kit in the stash for some years bringing it out from time to time only to put it back as it required too much work. Well, a few weeks back, having been signed off work, I took it back down and began to tinker. The following is the product of two or three weeks of therapeutic plastic adjusting. The box art Some of the parts tree Hull halves and main deck assembled filled and sanded Portholes opened aft and forward Nasty, clunky moulded steps in the wrong place Marked positions for some of the superstructure surface detail Underside strakes added using Mr Dissolved putty masked with tamiya tape. Hatches and portholes added to lower superstructure Turrets redetailed removing the ranging wings deepening them and moving them to slightly lower down the sides of the turrets. Blanked off ranging wings on A turret. Also added rivet detail using small wheel riveting tool Also tried adding the ladder detail on the sides although it's just a pair of lines each side of each turret so far. And how they used to look More superstructure added with mahoosive gaps filled as best as possible And added porthole detail Turret Barbettes look a little bland A little more busy And forward turret barbettes Weird and ficticious teardrop shaped anchor guides filled And chain guide detail added Just going for a reasonable impression rather than millimetre perfect detail And that's it for now Thanks for looking in. Floaty Phil the cough captain
  11. Hi folk's I know this kit is older than me but it was a kit that sat high up on the shelves in the model shop when I was a kid out of reach and out of my budget,so it's about time I built one.I know it's far too long in the tooth with it's rivett's and moving parts but for twelve quid I could'nt resist.I'm doing an OOB build with only a tinker here and there especially the cockpit but more later. Boxing is a Humbrol era gray molding. Quite a large kit when built and the rivett's were not as bad as I expected,decal's OK. Glazing OK shame the cockpit glass is frameless. Among the many pitfall's to come are the way the turret guns are just poorly molded figures with a hole in to which the guns glue but I'll think of something all I want to achieve is a build of the basic kit hopefully finished with my present painting ability so as soon as the Banshee is finished I will make it my Christmas build.
  12. Hello All! I'm jumping in (pun intended) with the Airfix 1/72 Harrier Gr1. I've got the Eduard PE set for it and I'll use as much of that as seems practical, mainly for gussying up the cockpit, using the kit decals. Have the Warpaint book for reference, but I think I'll mainly be using the internets especially the Harrier SIG. My recent record for group builds has been a bit hit and miss so here's hoping I have time to complete this one!
  13. Hi Everyone, I finished this model just before the end of 2016 but did not really had time to make photos under daylight. Finally that’s done! So here is my DH Vampire T.11 of the 63rd Squadron RAF in the late 50th. Airfix kit is extremely well-known so no need to describe construction process in details. Extras included CMK resin + Eduard PE for the cockpit, resin main wheels from Pavla, Xtradecal transfers to make something different from standard Airfix liveries. Some scratchbuilding was used to invert anti-shimmy front wheel (by adding thin plastic stripes on the sides), add sleeve ejectors, aerials, and transparent navigation lights. Original pitot tube was sacrificed to the Carpet Monster so I had to recreate one from wire. Otherwise it was an easy and enjoyable build. On to more photos! Thanks for looking! Dennis
  14. Fairey Swordfish Mk.1 1:72 Airfix Every now and then I like to go into a mdel shop and just pick up something on a whim. The new tool Airfix kits, particularly the 1:72 kits, often appeal as the are small enough to be realtively quick builds while I am working on bigger projects, and also reasonably priced. I've always liked the Swordfish, and it needs no introduction other than to say it is an 824 Sqn machine from the Taranto raid. So here it is, a random choice bought and built just for the pure fun of it like when I was a kid! the kit comes with a torpedo handling trolley. And finally, a 'With something else' shot for comparison. A Tiggie, also 1:72 Airfix, which helps show how big the Swordfish was. Thanks for looking John
  15. Hello I have just started a new build - the very new Airfix set - B-17 in 1/72 scale. First video is as always with an unboxing (maybe some of you think of buying this set - see it first).
  16. Hello, Just wonder concerning Airfix RAF Mustang IV (A55107)... ...does this kit have the correct propeller? What I knew it´s not correct but just want to be sure... What I am aiming with is to build that Mustang IV that made an hardlanding att Getterön, Sweden 1945... http://www.forcedlandingcollection.se/RAF/RAF105-KH695.html https://books.google.se/books?id=wLjWCgAAQBAJ&pg=PA11&lpg=PA11&dq=Getterön+Mustang&source=bl&ots=WHmbIODNDI&sig=LSvEc8Lxrcsu4-2fDIwQzXPPyE0&hl=sv&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj0oYPT2fjRAhXDApoKHT2mBbsQ6AEIITAB#v=onepage&q=Getterön Mustang&f=false What's still missing concerning this nice kit is the uncuffed props, the landing light (comes with both Italeri and Tamiya kits), the second type of exhausts (those coming with the Tamiya kit fits the Airfix kit as well with not so much work) and photo/camera housing for the Swedish S 26 Mustang. Whit these parts a lot more variants could easilly been made. http://www.flygmuseetf21.se/mustang.htm I really like the way Heller did with their P-51D making it possible to build an early P-51D. Sad that Airfix didn't use this possibility as well. But still it's the best kit. By the way, was the wheelhouse on the Mustang Mk IV's painted or.., ? And if painted, what colour was it painted in? Cheers / André
  17. Well, I resisted as long as I could but the arrival today of the Xtradecal sheet with markings for a 112 Squadron aircraft with a sharkmouth and desert colours broke my resolve: I've also been waiting for a suitable opportunity to field test Humbrol's excellent new Azure Blue: John
  18. Hey all. Haven't posted much on here for several months. Not that I haven't been building (I managed a total of 17 builds for 2016), I guess I just haven't had the mojo for making up some forum posts. Anyway... Today I present builds Number 1 and 2 of 2017, but first. 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. Happy 150th Birthday! As such, to show my patriotic spirit, I am going to primarily focus on the Canadian subjects in my stash this year.... with exception to the T-72 currently on my desk, which is being built to try out the new Mission Models paints... However... Build Number 1: First out of the gate this year was Tamiya's 1/48 Mosquito B.Mk.IV finished as a De Havilland Canada B.Mk.XX. De Havilland Canada managed to crank out 1133 Mosquitoes by the end of the Second World War, seeing service with the RCAF, USAAF, RAF and the Nationalist Chinese Air Force in their fight against the Communists in the immediate Post-War period. The first 5 examples of the Mk.XX were named after 5 Canadian communities leading in war bond sales other forms of support for the war effort. Acton, Ontario; New Glasgow, Nova Scotia; Saskatoon and Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and Vancouver, British Columbia. KB162 "New Glasgow..." went on to serve in 139 "Jamaica" Squadron until it was lost on the night of 13/14 October, 1944. Build Number 2: Whilst researching other subjects I came across another Mosquito with a unique Canadian connection. This machine was a Mk.XVI belonging to 692 Squadron, Pathfinders and crewed by Ft. Lts. Andy Lockhart and Ralph Wood, both of Moncton New Brunswick who bestowed upon not one, but three different aircraft, the name Moncton Express, numbering I, II and III. Now the search began for a Mk.XIV mosquito, a search that did not last long with the Airfix 1/48 example being the only route that didn't involve various resin conversion parts, which in hindsight, may have been the easier option... New Glasgow was given resin seats, exhausts and 50 gallon tanks from Ultracast, with the decals for the nose art and serial coming from Iliad Decals (of which two sheets had to be purchased as only one "New Glasgow..." is given on the sheet, whereas it is on both sides of the real aircraft). Painted with Tamiya's three RAF colours and given a minimal weathering job to depict a factory fresh example. Moncton Express III was given a resin cockpit modified from the True Details set for the FB.Mk.VI, resin wheels, elevators and 50 gallon tanks from Ultracast, with the nose art and serial being printed with my laser printer on "Experts Choice" decal paper. Aircraft codes were modified in MS Paint from a colour plate, printed on Tamiya masking sheet, cut out and painted. The rest of the model was painted with the same Tamiya colours as New Glasgow. This one, however, was given some heavier exhaust staining befitting a machine in active service. Additionally, the carburetor intakes were removed and replaced with Evergreen tube and blended in. Any questions and comments are always welcome, especially with regards to the Airfix kit as I know there are not many reviews online. Regards, ANS Links to my Flickr albums for both builds: https://flic.kr/s/aHskRkJKqd https://flic.kr/s/aHskUy6mEE
  19. I have three new Airfix Martlets and rashly a few days before Christmas though; 'I'll bash up a couple of them for the Mediterranean Theatre GB as the markings in the box are for two Operation Torch aircraft'. Not a good idea with three days to go and my speed of building. Thankfully sanity prevailed and I will work on them alongside by Tungsten Barrracuda at a more leisurely, and eminently sensible, pace. I'll still build two together and do one of each of the options in the box. They are both for aircraft from 888 Squadron from HMS Formidable. Both are classic Dark Slate Grey/Extra Dark Sea Grey over Sky but one has the US Stars instead of British roundels so they will look quite different. Airfix also give the option of folding the wings so I'll do one with straight wings and one with folded. No idea why Photobucket has inserted the pictures upside down. I'll see if I can fix them later. There are things about Photobucket that only Photobucket knows.
  20. Not sure if this is the right place to put this, mods please move if needed. Over the last couple of weeks I've visited 4 Cumbrian model/ toy shops looking for the odd impulse purchase. I was surprised to count the number of airfix on the shelves on one hand, yet multiples of almost the entire Revell range could be purchased at any one. I realise that Hornby are having difficulties at the moment, but surely they need to have kits available for those who don't normally shop online. Just my two pence worth. Phil
  21. Hello again, long time no post. I'll be doing this in the white colour scheme. I want to do a bit of a diorama so I'm building my own AEC Mandator transporter for the Blue Steel,and possibly a trolley if I can get some decent photos of the trolleys used for the Victor. Anyway onto the build, I splashed out on some Eduard photo etch for inside and outside. Airfix rendition on the left, Eduard on the right. Kit detail of the undercarriage bay. Eduard version. For the cockpit Eduard would have your replace the Airfix equipment at the top of the picture here...... ...with this, which is not as detailed. Anyone know why? Lots of bits to make the seats look a bit better.......below Building the next bit was quite literally a pain in the neck, hunched over the desk with massive magnifiers on putting together the smallest clocks and dials Ive ever used. And finally a start made on the Mandator lorry. I believe AIM are supposed to be bringing one out, but I don't know when. (Probably the day after I finish this one) A couple of questions:- 1. What colour should the cockpit floor and walls be? 2. Has anyone got pictures of the blue steel trolley used for the Victor (am i right in thinking it was lower than the others?) That's all for now, thanks for looking. BB
  22. Well hello there and welcome to my latest endevour. "The Airfix Messerschmitt 109-e 1/24" This will be my biggest and first build at 1/24 Scale, I plan to scratch some stuff together as I want to be able to take The cowl off and expose the engine. It's a lovely looking kit to go with a lovely looking subject. I bought this while having a few swift halves on a caravaning trip to the new forest, Ebay special £19 I had planned to build it OOB only using scratch additions but that has gone out of the window already. I hope you will follow me on a bit of a bumpy ride through a wonderfully large model that I have wanted to build since I was about four years old. Oh by the way the Title "yellow nosed b*stards six o'clock high" Is a movie quote from "The battle of Britain" 1969 shared to me by the wonderful TonyTiger. It referes to the yellow paintwork on the planes nose. There is a definate custard theme running through a lot of my builds of late. If you're all sitting comfortably then I shall begin. The obligatory box. And the sprews these are really quite crisp for an old kit. aaaaand a big pile of stuff that fell off in the bag I think this must happen a lot with these large kits? the cartograph decals look smashing although I'm missing a Swastika from the tail and an IP ? what? why ? I'll be going for this scheme I think but who knows what might happen? the clear parts are divine. well the canopies are, although looking at the pic the gates look rather large. any way on with the build. The engine is first up........ oh befor I do start I bought a ref book, my first ever ref book, rather nerdy of me, here it is. Can anyone see what might be wrong with it? any way back to that Engine..... a few bits of flash and a bit of sanding. but as dry fits go its pretty good. ( sorry Tony no electronic spinning I'm afraid ) the top got some sanding as it had some weird crease lines. then glued. The details aren't bad. I'll add more but I'm impressed. The pipe on the join in the top left of the pic will ge fettled to just work rather than sanding the whole thing off. more parts dry fitted. and some rather iffy looking sink holes. where's my Mr Surfacer gone? aaah good old filling I've missed you. And that as they say is where we are. Hopefully I'll get some more time in the morning but I do have an Ivy to fight back. Take it easy and happy Telford to one and all. Happy modelling. Johnny BIG nose.
  23. Question for the Mossie afficionados! What colour was the cockpit floor of a Mosquito FB VI? I am slowly putting the Airfix 1/24 kit together (the later A version) and am about to paint the initial cockpit construction. Very few real aircraft photos are colour and even fewer actually show the floor. Now, the Airfix instructions show Humbrol 53 which is metallic gunmetal, but all the work in progress model pictures I have seen, both on here and elsewhere, seem to have finished it in weathered cockpit green. Answers on a postcard please!
  24. My poor poor winterized Harrier hit a big snag recently, so much in fact that Ii put it back in the box for a while. To cheer me up a little, I decided to have a deeper look into my Christmas gift: 31 different decal options, but only 2 complete set of kits. I really hope that Eduard will offer more Overtrees soon! First, I thought that I should do one of the Grey Nurses, since I do have a thing for Sharkmouths... And I definitely want to do a brown/green one, and a desert one with the blue/light blue roundels and one green one with bomb racks... So, instead of botching Bobby Gibbes rather spiffy looking machines I decided to start with this to learn how to build an Eduard Spitfire. Pictures to follow! //Christer
  25. Unable to decide if the lack of WIP threads featuring the new Aifix Victor is a bad sign or not, I decided to take the plunge and start my own. I don't normally do build threads due to a lack of time (or rather a large number of demands on my time), but having recently rediscovered my mojo, acquired this kit and begun a 9 day break from work, the planets are all aligned for this to begin. I acquired the kit on Friday and started work almost immediately. The kit compares very well to other recent Airfix efforts. The mouldings are crisp and sharp and actually remind me of certainTrumpeter kits (and I mean this as a compliment). I've started the cockpit and the nose gear bay, as well as a few other structures which I have not yet photographed. The cockpit is almost there - it just needs a coat of varnish and a wash of thinned enamel to help the detail pop out. I'm not superdetailing this area as I imagine it won't be that visible once it has been sealed inside the fuselage. The nose gear bay has been primed and sprayed with alclad. An enamel wash awaits in order to help the detail stand out.