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  1. Hi all, No.2 in my planned ‘Battle of Britain’ 1/72 series - the rather nice Airfix Hurricane Mk I (fabric wing). The first offering was their equally nice (actually probably nicer even) new Stuka. I was waiting on a replacement canopy due to a slight overspray incident from Airfix. It’s just arrived as I write - very impressive customer service as it took 4 days from me submitting my request! So while that was on the back burner, I couldn’t resist dipping into the Hurri.. Extras are the beautiful Eduard interior set, canopy masks and camouflage masks (I’m a lazy builder). Additionally, I’ll be using decals from Xtradecal’s BoB 70th anniversary set. So far so good. The fit has been spot on and the Eduard set really brings the cockpit to life. Macro photography always highlights the flaws - and in this scale - it’s a nightmare! But I’ve done my best, and can only say I’m pleased with it in the flesh. I’ve managed to squeeze in a map so he doesn’t get lost - printed off the internet after being scaled down considerably: I really can’t take any credit for the instrument panel - it’s just the usual Eduard gem: The parts in situ: I’ve just closed her up and mounted the fuselage on the wings, the fit, again, is great. Just take care and time and it really slots together. I applied some filler along the edges, but it didn’t really need any, more of a just in case.. Thanks for looking, Guy
  2. As a teenager I was a fanatic scale modeller, but when I bought my first PC in the mid-'90s my scale modelling was pushed to the background as I focused more on my illustrator ambitions. I always intended to return to scale modelling and last year I made some initial steps by illustrating a couple of box tops for Tan Model (1/48 RF-84F re-release and 1/72 T-33A Limited Edition kits). Currently I'm taking it one step further as I'm in the process of designing an actual scale model conversion kit. It's a commission by Spitfire display pilot Espen Tjetland from Norway, who is a great fan of the Buchons in the "Battle of Britain" movie. This kit will allow conversion of a 1/32 Hasegawa Messerschmitt Bf 109 G kit into an accurate Buchon. Both "Battle of Britain" movie star and Spanish Air Force variants are planned, as well as other models and other scales in the long run. 3D photo scanning, measurements of actual aircraft and Me 109 engineering plans are used to ensure absolute accuracy and to capture the Buchon's iconic grin (love it or hate it!). Work-in-progress on the 3D design: Pre-prototype 3D prints of the first major parts for test-fitting against the donor kit. The final printing quality will be of higher quality. Prints and photos by SBS Model from Hungary. More to come! Cheers, Ronnie Olsthoorn
  3. I've been working on this for the last few months – this dio is my first born, so be gentle. It's 1/48 and consists of: Airfix 'Battle of Britain, Ready for Battle' set (amazingly good value), Italeri Mk.I Hurricane, and an entirely scratch built dispatch/billet hut, including corrugated roof & contents. A few words on the build: Airfix – great, Italeri – awful, hut & contents – enjoyable. Rivet counters please note: It's just a bit of fun and not intended to be a totally accurate representation of an RAF base, so please take with a pinch of salt. Apologies if this should be in the dio section, but as it is 90% aircrafty, I thought I'd put it here. Thanks for taking the time to take a gander. The photo on the desk is of my mum during the war and the photo on the bed is of her when she was 19. The orange booklets are pilots notes. Gorby
  4. Hello all, I needed a bit of a mojo-restorer build to get me underway with making kits again. I thought a couple of Spitfires would do the trick, both are from Airfix and are built OOB with the exception of some Tamiya tape seatbelts and fishing line aerial or IFF wires. The markings are as supplied by Airfix. I chose to model the BoB Mark 1 with blue undersides which I understand is open to speculation - however, it appealed to me to show some colour scheme evolution. The models are brush painted using Vallejo paints. It's my first time using these and I was very pleases with how easy they were to apply - I found them a little delicate however, and there is already some wear from handling on the trailing edges of wings, which needs some touching up! Weathering was a mix of florymodels wash, oils and humbrol and tamiya weathering pastels. I found a problem with maskol on the canopies - either I was not thorough enough in application or it reacted with my aerosol mat varnish. Either way there was some canopy fogging which has not polished out fully and would benefit from replacements. I also need to find a better option for the aerial and IFF wires as the fishing wire was difficult to tension and fix well enough. Feedback is welcomed and I hope you enjoy my first contribution to RFI!
  5. This is a placeholder for a project I'm hoping to get round to soon. Back in 1971 the 9-year-old me was captivated by the appearance in Woolworths of an exciting new box: The image of the 2 aircraft roaring across their grass airfield in Northern France was exactly what we had seen just a few months before with the release of the Battle of Britain film, and of course in those days we all knew that BoB-era 109s were 2-tone green and light blue with the high demarcation and no mottle spoiling the purity. Revell thought so too: https://www.scalemates.com/products/img/6/6/2/258662-13150-54-pristine.jpg That Airfix box art has long been one of my favourites but apparently the company didn't think so, as within a remarkably short space of time they had replaced it with this: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/59/85/e0/5985e06701418d6f5676496e32768570.jpg I'm sure they had their reasons but it seemed like a backwards step to me, then and since. I've never built the big Airfix kit but I have done quite a few 109Es in 1/48th, and I have a couple of Eduard overtrees in the stash. Appropriate markings for a pristine JG26 aircraft shouldn't be too hard to find. More shortly. John
  6. Well here it is folks – please be gentle – my first RFI… By the way - it is "going to be" a diorama - when I build a base This was actually built last year & was my first project – but I didn’t have a clue how to post pictures until today – thanks to another member “cathasatail” (thank you). The South Downs Flying Club is the fictitious aero club that Michael Caine’s squadron is sent to in the epic movie – The Battle of Britain. In the movie the club’s name has been white washed out – but it is still easy to see. This is obviously a scratch build with evergreen plastic & a lot of brush painted humbrol 70. I had trouble with the windows – so I added the shutters & closed 3 of them off. The others were “glazed” – but that didn’t work either – so… …the mother in-law – who is a bit of an “artist” pointed out that when she is painting windows they look black – rather than transparent – so black they are. I hope you like it & any comments would be most appreciated – I am still learning after all. Thanks for taking a look - I'm no David Bailey. Steve
  7. The first RAF bombers to attack Berlin?

    Are there any good resources on the first "real" Bomber Command raid on Berlin on 25/26 August 1940? I've seen a number of vague statements about it: it was all Hampdens; there were some Wellingtons; etc etc etc. Which squadrons participated? Are there any 1/72 decals out there for any of the bombers involved?
  8. This fantastic kit has just fallen onto my workbench & the artwork & "storyline" is as always - very compelling... I can find loads of info about the Hurricane - but nothing about this particular BF109E - does anyone have any extra information - unit / pilot etc... Any help would be most appreciated.
  9. Hi all, I recently picked up this for Christmas last year, It came with the Battle of Britain 75th anniversary set, I have finished the BF 109 but I won't show it here because I am kind of embarrassed about how it turned out. The Heinkel and Hurricane have been built but not painted because I ran out of masking tape. This was the first build I painted with an airbrush and I am really happy about how it turned out. It was all painted with Vallejo Model Air and some detail work with Vallejo Model Colour. Hope you like it
  10. Spitfire Mk.1a BoB 1/72

    Hello BM's, let me present to you my latest effort in the 1/72 scale - Supermarine Spitfire Mk.1a by Airfix. Built out of the box and I made the following modifications: 1. Added rivets using my new riveting tool 2. Removed opaque gun sight and replaced with translucent packaging 3. Made my usual masking tape seat belts 4. Added antenna wire made from elastic clothing thread which I'm not overly happy with. Any suggestions on a good, to scale, product? Pros: 1. Looks like a Spitfire to me! 2. On the whole builds well with the exception of some seam troubles on the fuselage 3. Great detail in the cockpit Cons: 1. Panel lines are far too deep for my liking 2. Decals are quite thick On the whole quite happy with the end result although next time would rethink how to tackle the wash on those deep panel lines... too pronounced for me, especially on the underside and rear fuselage. Comments, critique readily encouraged as I'm always striving to jump to the next level. James Next to my original Spitfire built when I first started the hobby again. This is the old tooling from the Duxfords Legends set. Some other shots from the other models in the BoB 75th Anniversary set: WIP:
  11. Pardon my lack of knowledge I have been waiting patiently to add to my Battle of Britain 1/48 collection - in the form of the conspicuously absent He-III. I have been waiting for ICM to add to their Luftwaffe 1/48 collection & today Hannants announced that this is on the way for 2017... https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/ICM48261 It won't be out until the Autumn of 2017 - but I have plenty to go at in the meantime My questions are - which particular variant(s) flew in this time period & assuming the He-111H-3 isn't one of them - (other than decals) what other differences will I need to work around (in your honest opinion). Any words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated Thanks in advance, Steve
  12. BoB Hurricane 1/72

    Good afternoon! A couple of months ago I picked up the AIrfix BoB 75th Anniversary set at a very good price online and going against what I said I would do when I started modelling again, I built an aircraft I had already completed! Let me present to you Hawker Hurricane L1592 of No.615 Squadron, RAF by Airfix in 1/72 scale: Despite a few seam issues along the way I really enjoyed making this. The main issues for me where that I couldn't get the canopy to be posed open as it doesn't fit along the runners. The landing lights were poorly moulded and fit badly. After my last attempt at a WW2 aircraft (see below), I decided to reduce the weathering and try a few new techniques: - I created my own wing tip navigation lights from clear sprue - avoided pre-shading and focused on highlighting - this can't really be see unless by naked eye and on the next run I'll be a bit more bolder with the highlights... I also think the clear coat neutralised the highlights some what - I airbrushed the exhaust fume and machine gun stains with mixed results. I ended up respraying the camo around the gun ports - added mud to the undercarriage and wing roots (minor) Hope you enjoy and thanks for looking: And the next few shots show L1592 next to my first model built during Spring 2015 from Airfix's Duxford legends set... notice this is the old tooling and I hadn't invested in an Airbrush back then!
  13. Hi all Haven't done a Work In Progress build for a long time, so thought I would bring this one out for one I'm currently reading "Battle of Britain - A day to day Chronicle" by Patrick Bishop, so the model fits in nicely with that This model was bought when I went on holiday this year to the Isle of Wight, where we had a stop off at Hendon and a short detour for me to the Hannants shop down the road. Would have been a wasted opportunity otherwise! The model cost me just £5 as it was from the second-hand section, but it was sold knowing some parts were missing so I will have to work around this as best as I can. Still, couldn't leave it at that price he said foolishly! So here's what I've got to work with: Most parts look to be still on the sprue and all the major parts are there as far as I can tell. I noticed one half of a aileron from one of the wings was missing, but should be able to replicate something to look like this. Now to get started on all that lovely internal cockpit detail! Cheers
  14. Some of you may remember this Anson. It was submitted for the "Training Types" GB around 2 years ago, but not proceeded with. Well, I am back and on to it now, and I have found out some more about it! L9164 was the last British casualty of 18th August 1940. Those who know about the Battle of Britain, and readers of the book "The Hardest Day" by Dr. Alfred Price will be aware that this was the day of the greatest loss, by both sides, during the Battle of Britain. Anson L9164 was involved in night flying over RAF Windrush on the evening of 18th August 1940. It was attacked by an He111 of KG27 and both aircraft collided. It was suggested at the time that the pilot of the Anson, Sgt. Bruce Hancock, had caused the collision on purpose. No one will ever know as Sgt. Hancock died when his aircraft crashed. It is further alleged that Sgt. Hancock survived the crash but died later, and may well have survived had the search been organised earlier. Again we will never know. I do do not know what markings L9164 carried, but I have found some very useful photographs. Not of L9164, but of L9162 which is close enough. L9162 was one of 2 Ansons that were involved in a mid air collision over New South Wales, Australia, in September 1940. Although locked together, the 2 aircraft made a successful forced landing on the fields below, becoming known as the Brocklesby mid-air collision, named after the town over which the incident occurred.
  15. "FIRST LIGHT" Flying Officer Geoffrey Wellum DFC. Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Ia. 92 Squadron, ROYAL AIR FORCE. Summer 1940. This model is my tribute to Geoffrey Wellum and "The Few" The kit is the Revell 1/32 MK.II Spitfire backdated to a Mk.Ia. I used Eduard P/E and Barracuda Resin on the Spitfire's cockpit. The figures are from Wings Cockpit figures. ​Geoffrey Wellum was the youngest RAF pilot during the Battle of Britain. His book, "First Light" was his memoir of his experiences as a Fighter Pilot in 92 Squadron during WWII and is now recognised as one of the most definitive first hand accounts of the Battle of Britain. Wellum went on to win the DFC and 92 Sqn. went on to be the highest scoring squadron of the Battle of Britain. Geoffrey Wellum (right) and Brian Kingcombe 1940. 92 Squadron RAF, 1940 92 Squadron Spitfire's
  16. Since my Mosquito build has temporarily stalled, I thought that I would give something a little more straightforward a go. This is a 1/72 Airfix new tool Hawker Hurricane Mk 1 made up as YB-J "Flying Popeye" of 17 Sqn, RAF Debden, 1940. Generic Decals were Airfix (the large fuselage roundels being from Nicolson's GN-A from the VC Icons boxing) whilst YB-J, etc were from the old Esci set, the whole brush painted in Humbrol acrylics.
  17. Hello Chaps, It's been a long haul build- 8 weeks in total, but that is because my wife and I are actively involved with contractors working on our new home that we will be moving to in mid-April....sorting out kitchen design, wood flooring, carpeting, tiles for kitchen and bathrooms, shower designs, paint colors for every room, new faucets for all sinks, choosing granite countertops and sinks for kitchen and bathrooms, new light fixtures and door handles etc etc....I hope this is the last time we have to move now, moving is a stressful and tiring event! Anyway, enough of the waffle and lets get on with sharing photos of my completed build, which is built straight from the box, no after market additions, only using 1.010" fine black EZ-Line for the antenna cables. I hope you like.... Regarding what I think of this kit: It's a great kit that goes together well, has some nice features such as a highly detailed cockpit, pose-able ailerons, flaps, elevators, rudder and air-brakes, recessed panel lines and other surface detail. The parts were all molded very well, with minimal flash and/or parting line miss-match that required clean up before painting. It offers two sets of markings, I chose to do this version that was active in the "Battle of Britain", and the decals are excellent- they go down very well on a gloss clear coat with no silvering, and once the finishing matt clear coat was applied, they look painted on. I did come across two issues during the build: 1) When fitting the engine nacelles to the undersides of the wings, I had a considerable gap between the mating areas of the front and rear nacelles. This is discussed in my "Final Reveal" video and can be seen in my "WIP" thread....links below: 2) When fitting the wheels onto their axles, both axles sheared off very easily and remained inside the wheel mating holes. I drilled these out of the wheels and drilled corresponding holes into the wheel struts and fitted steel pins. I then took a black rubber Tamiya propeller bushing and cut it down the middle to create two thinner bushings. I slid these over the new steel axles and super glued them into place. These then provided some surface area for the wheel hubs to glue to. Again, I used CA glue to fit the wheels in place and it worked a treat, providing me with a very rigid and stronger undercarriage. WIP thread link: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234996419-revell-pro-modeler-132-junkers-ju-88a-1-bomber-build-update-5-31516/ My YouTube "Final Reveal" video link: This kit would be superb if it came with two completely detailed Jumo 211B-1 engines, external bomb pylons and bombs and an open bomb bay with internal bomb racks and bombs!! That would make it super eye candy and a fabulous kit to work on.....I can dream! Thanks in advance for taking a look at this RFI and for any comments left, they are greatly appreciated! In the meantime, and until the start of my next build which won't be until we have moved and settled into our new home-probably the end of April, happy modeling and have fun! Cheers Martin
  18. After the 1/48th Airfix Spitfire build and being in the middle of the 75th anniversary year of the Battle of Britain I wanted to try my hand at reproducing an actual event from the Battle. Inspiration came from within the pages of the Flypast special Luftwaffe Eagles. The article was titled Down on the Farm describing how, on 15th Sept 1940, two Spitfires from 609 Sqn forced down a Dornier 17z of 8/KG76. The article also showed two paintings by aviation artist Geoff Nutkins which depicted both the attack on the Dornier, called Height of the Battle and the scene after the Dornier had force landed on the farm entitled The Castle Farm Dornier. Both titles provide shortcuts to the relevant pages on Geoff Nutkins' website as copyright applies to the paintings (and I recommend you visit the site as there are some great paintings of which signed prints are currently available) In brief the events in the paintings are described as follows: Height of the Battle: Flight Lieutenant John C. Dundas and Pilot Officer Eugene "Red" Tobin of No.609 Squadron pursue a Dornier 17Z of 8/KG76 down the Darent Valley, Kent, September 15th, 1940. The Castle Farm Dornier: Sunday, September 15th, 1940. A Spitfire of No.609 Squadron piloted by Pilot Officer "Red" Tobin roars over a crashed Dornier 17Z from 8/KG76. Smoke still rises from the crashed Dornier's starboard engine as the bomber's pilot, Feldwebel Heitsch is led away. Heitsch and his crew were attacked by two Spitfires from No 609 Squadron over North Kent. After a low-level pursuit along the Darent Valley, Heitsch made a forced landing in a field at Castle Farm, Shoreham. For this build I decided on 1/72 scale and wanted to use the newer mould Airfix Spitfire Mk1a and the new Airfix Dornier 17z I purchased 2 Spitfire starter sets for the build and was already in posession of both the individual Do17z and the Dogfight Double boxing with the Defiant. I also purchased Peewit mask set for the Dornier as well as Techmod decal sets for the Dornier and stencils for the spitfires along with Xtradecal and Sky models decals for the Spitfires. After a certain amount of detective work I found enough information to deduce that John Dundas was flying PR.T SN R6922 and that Eugene Tobin was flying PR.C (if the painting is correct) SN K9997 (Tobin was definitely flying this aircraft because, on his return to the airfield the following occurred: 1230hrs: Middle Wallop. Spitfire K9997. 609 Squadron Warmwell P/O E.Q.Tobin unhurt. (Crashed into airfield truck on landing approach).) I started on the Spitfires prepainting the interior green and applying an oil wash Although the moulding for the aircraft were quite nice and sharp the same coud not be said of the pilots who looked half melted. So I raided the Boulton Paul Defiant kits for the pilot figures (Yep I had 2 of them too ) which were much better. Getting carried away I decided to drill the lenses on the goggles to try to give them more depth. Makeup on and sink mark addressed And dressed to kill The office painted and assembled (the other one was the same..trust me) Fuselage halves assembled and thin clear acetate (I think) for the gunsights. Wings thrown on with wild abandon (the fit on this kit is brilliant) and the control surfaces deflected as this guy was going to be banking away to the left. Canopies on and yellow tips to the props sprayed. BTW I had heard that some people had experienced fit issues especially with the canopies. I have found that careful cleanup of the mould seams allows everything to fit very precisely. A little smear of filler here and there but otherwise the fit was excellent. Props received a coat of Tamiya Rubber Black after tips masked off. And the result after the masks came off... Canopies and other apertures masked off with Tamiya Tape, new sharp scalpel blade, geek goggles set to maximum mag and a valium sandwich. A nice clean coat of Halfords primer (cue your choice of any track from the Beatles' psychedelic phase.. that stuff is pungent!) Phil's Tip No.1: If you value your marriage, spray the primer outside! Matt aluminium coat along with the preshade and we are ready for the camo. Because this build was so lengthy I'll break here and continue once I have received an infusion of tea. All comments welcome
  19. Some pictures I took today of the completed build. WIP can be found here Next time I'll dust the model before taking the pictures And without the stand (removed using Inpaint) And paired with the older tool Airfix Sptitfire Mk1 which was the next build after this one. And again with stand edited out. And yes, I know the aerial connector is going to the wrong place in the fuselage on the 109. Also the Spit has both HF and IFF fitted which appeared correct according to the Xtradecal drawings for LO.A and, in my innocence, I reasoned that there might have been some crossover . Anyway I hope the above images meet with your approval. Comments and criticisms always welcome.
  20. The Battle of Britain Hawker Hurricane

    Hi All, Now that I finally have an example of the new tool 1/48 scale Airfix Hawker Hurricane Mk.I kit with one more on the way I will be building them as P3166 of 85 Squadron, during August 1940 and P2961 of 242 Squadron, during a date as yet undecided. At some point I also hope to build at least another example of this kit representing P3576 of 249 Squadron, during 16 August 1940 as well. Anyway since the Hawker Hurricane Mk.I is my favourite British single engined monoplane fighter aircraft from the Second World War and since I also have little access to primary source information on the Hawker Hurricane. I was hoping some of you fine gentlemen and gentlewomen might be able to help me with information relating to my builds, on the occasions when my 17 magazines and 22 books on the subject are sometimes found wanting. Cheers, Daniel.
  21. Valiant Wings Airframe Extra No.3 The Battle of Britain. Many modellers these days seem to like building subjects based on a theme, which can often be historical events. This series of books from Valiant Wings will look at specific areas, and events in the history of aerial warfare with this in mind. Each title will cover the history and details details of these event. Each will contain period photographs, and colour artwork from Richard J Caruana. More importantly to the modeller each will contain kit builds in all three major scales (1/72nd, 1/48th and 1/32nd) from modellers; Dani Zamarbide, Steve A. Evans and Libor Jekl. The books are A4 soft cover format very well printed with clear text, good artwork and clear build photographs. The Third book in this series covers probably one of the most famous aerial battles of all time; The Battle of Britain. The colour artwork features many aircraft taking part from both sides. The six models features in this volume are; Airfix 1/72 Boulton Paul Defiant Mk.I Airfix 1/72 Hawker Hurricane Mk.I Eduard 1/48 Messerschmitt Bf 110c Revell 1/32 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IIa Trumpeter 1/32 Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3 Special Hobby1/32 Fiat G.50-II Freccia Also of interest to the modeller is a list of commonly used colours of this period with reference to commonly used Enamel and Acrylic paints. Conclusion This is a great third book in the series from Valiant Wings. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  22. Hello all, This is the next project which should (!) Be an easy one.... For the BofB GB I did three hurricanes, these didn't get completed, which meant I also didn't even start the spitfire's! I had planned on building two from the Xtradecals 75th BofB sheet, so these are still going a had but in here.... Joining them will be a guest from the airfix bbmf that was given to me when I left my old job... what a kind bunch they are. So first up is the airfix mki spitfire boxing of DW-K This will be be oob apart from using the Xtradecals set below I wanted something a bit different so went for GR-U as it still has the old style roundels and black/white/aluminium. Next up is the bbmf mki/ii spitfire boxing, this comes with transfers for a mki kit from the BofB but again waned something different from normal sky/DE/DG so kit and transfers option below. Last up is the airfix pr mkxix spitfire from the bbmf boxing, this one is going to be a gift to my sister for my nephews room and will have his initials on the wings. Pic's below I plan to get some work done over the weekend so will post as soon as i get it done, I also plan to get these finished before Christmas. Feel free to tag along! Rob
  23. Hi everyone and just finished this one for the excellent Battle of Britain GB here. You can read the WIP here but to recap: Kit: Airifx Mk.1A Spitfire new tool. Scale: 1/72 Build: Mostly OOB Extras: Tapes for seat belts, cut out cockpit hatch, replacement open vacform canopy Paints: Brushpainted throughout with Revell Aquacolours. Future, W&N Matt Varnish, Flory Models wash. Pencil weathering. Decals: RAF Hornchurch v Luftwaffe - Southern Expo Decals. The plane is R6626, 'XT-Y' flown by Flt Off Ron 'Ras' Berry of 603 Squadron, RAF Hornchurch as she appeared on 31 August 1940. According to what I've read....."On 31 August 1940, Flt. Off. Berry took off from RAF Hornchurch just before 1800 to intercept an incoming raid. The pilots intercepted the escorts of I/JG3 over South London. In a confused, running dogfight Flt Off Berry caught and shot down the Messerschmitt Bf109 flown by Oblt Helmut Rau at 1845. The 109 landed on the beach at Shoeburyness where the pilot was taken prisoner unhurt". Ron Berry served with distinction through the war and after with the RAF and rose to the rank of Air Commodore. You can read his remarkable obit here Dedicated to all who served at that time, including the six from my own country recognised on the memorial on London's Embankment. Thanks for looking. Dermot
  24. Evening all, Having shared more than a few photographs on here over the past few months, I thought it was about time I shared a model! I've spent the last few weeks quietly working away on the new Airfix Defiant for my Battle of Britain project, finally adding the finishing to it this morning. A lovely little kit with no vices at all, the only additions being some Eduard seat belts and decals from the Xtradecal 2010 Battle of Britain anniversary sheet, which I found to be a little disappointing in their application; not particularly receptive to Microsol and prone to cracking rather than conforming, particularly along the fin leading edge. I also utilised Peewit's mask set for the heavily framed canopy and turret as life's just too short! Weathering was kept fairly light, with the cowling chipping applied in accordance to the Xtradecal's recommendations. A new technique to me, I applied some liquid mask with a sponge to the cowlings and walkway over Alclad aluminium prior to painting, and was pretty pleased with the effect after removal, despite the need for a little touching up by hand. All in all, an enjoyable, simple build to ease me back into the swing of things now the airshow season is done and dusted. Thanks for looking, comments welcomed as ever, Cheers, Shaun
  25. Evening all, After Cosby, I thought I'd share some images from my final three events of the year last month to round off what's been a largely enjoyable season. Firstly, a handful from a day on the fence at Yeovilton to catch the Sea Vixen performing for her supporters, with added Swordfish as a bonus. DeHavilland Sea Vixen FAW2 XP924/G-CVIX RNAS Yeovilton 12/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr DeHavilland Sea Vixen FAW2 XP924/G-CVIX RNAS Yeovilton 12/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Fairey Swordfish I W5856 RNHF RNAS Yeovilton 12/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr DeHavilland Sea Vixen FAW2 XP924/G-CVIX RNAS Yeovilton 12/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr DeHavilland Sea Vixen FAW2 XP924/G-CVIX RNAS Yeovilton 12/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr DeHavilland Sea Vixen FAW2 XP924/G-CVIX RNAS Yeovilton 12/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Fairey Swordfish I W5856 RNHF RNAS Yeovilton 12/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr A few days later, I headed to Goodwood for the Battle of Britain day commemorations. An absolute nightmare of a day getting to the airfield and subsequently home, but one which was totally worth it for the sheer number of aircraft present and the significance of the occasion- one of those 'I was there' days. Supermarin Seafire XVII SX336/G-KASX Kennet Aviation Goodwood 15/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Goodwood 15/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Hawker Hurricane XIIa AG244/G-CBOE Goodwood 15/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Supermarine Seafire LF III PP972/G-BUAR AIr Leasing Goodwood 15/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Supermarine Spitfire IX TD314/G-CGYJ Aero Legends Goodwood 15/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Hawker Hurricane XIIa AG244/G-CBOE Goodwood 15/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Supermarine Spitfire I X4560/G-CGUK Commanche Fighters Goodwood 15/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Supermarine Spitfire LF Vb EP120/G-LFVB The Fighter Collection Goodwood 15/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Supermarine Spitfire LF IXe SL633/N633VS Historic Flying Limited Goodwood 15/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Supermarine Spitfire LF XVIe TD248/G-OXVI Spitfire Ltd Goodwood 15/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr North American P-51D Mustang KH774/G-SHWN Norwegian Spitfire Foundation Goodwood 15/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr The following Sunday, it was up to Duxford for their own BoB anniversary airshow and the spectacular 17-ship Spitfire routine. Quite possibly the highlight of the season. Supermarine Spitfire 'Big Wing' Duxford 20/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Supermarine Spitfire 'Big Wing' Duxford 20/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Supermarine Spitfire 'Big Wing' Duxford 20/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Supermarine Spitfire 'Big Wing' Duxford 20/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr 'The Red Arrows' and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight 'Big Wing' Duxford 20/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Supermarine Spitfire Ia N3200/G-CFGJ IWM Duxford 20/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Supermarine Spitfire Ia N3200/G-CFGJ IWM Duxford 20/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Bristol Blenheim IF L6739/G-BPIV Aircraft Restoration Company Duxford 20/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Supermarine Spitfire XVIII SM845/G-BUOS Ltd Duxford 20/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Hispano HA-1112 Buchon G-BWUE The Aircraft Restoration Company Cosby 06/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Supermarine Spitfire LF IXb RR232/G-BRSF Duxford 20/09/15 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr As usual, more can be found by following the Flickr links. Thanks for looking, hopefully they were enjoyable Cheers, Shaun