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  1. Hurricanes to the fore!

    Two Hasegawa 1/72 Hurricanes for my first build. I jumped a LITTLE bit assembling both stock cockpits tonight so I can start scratching some sort of improvement on the very spartan Hasegawa rendition. But it is official, I'm in! Greg in OK
  2. Hello everybody, For the Hawker (Siddeley) GB I’m going to build the Trumpeter 1/48 Hawker Sea Hawk FGA Mk.6, for reference I am using 4+ Publications’ Post War Wings booklet. I have a soft spot for the Sea Hawk as it was the Aircraft I depicted in one of the first oil paintings I ever sold (Tiger, Tiger see below); not surprisingly I intend to complete the kit as the very same aircraft as per my painting, the markings for which are conveniently included in the kit. I’m going to complete the kit out of the box with some added scratched extras; however I had already purchased a Pavla ejection seat which I’d forgotten about until I retrieved the kit from the stash. In preparation I have trawled through the forum and elsewhere looking for comparable builds and pitfalls in the kit generally. There do seem to be a few minor issues, the most annoying of which is a misalignment of some panel lines between the rear of the main fuselage and the tail section. I've been looking forward to this one, Cheers, M.
  3. Source: https://www.airfix.com/uk-en/shop/new-for-2018/hawker-hunter-f6-1-48.html Airfix is to release in October 2018 (?) a new tool 1/48th Hawker Hunter F.6/F.6A kit - ref. A09185 Schemes: 1) XF418 - 4 FTS Brawdy 2) XF509 - 4 FTS 3) Dutch AF V.P.
  4. AviS is to (re-)release a 1/72nd Hawker Audax kit - ref. BX72008 Source: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10513373 V.P.
  5. RAF Interwar types

    Quick question for the experten here. Im looking at possibly doing a plane for the RAF 100 Anniversary group build coming up in April. Im debating one of three options ? Im normally a WW2/Coldwar builder but im thinking of expanding into 1930’s types. For the build i was thinking either Bristol bulldog ? Hawker Fury ? Or if i stay WW2 an eagle squadron from the early years. I know there are airfix furies and bulldogs would these be good options to start with a 1930’s bi-plane ? Dennis
  6. Hawker Siddeley Kestrel FGA.1 XS695, at RAF Cosford, pics mine.
  7. I'll start with something easy-peasy; the Hawker Tempest II I'll do it in an RAF scheme [now; them] Photos; The kit makes a Mk.VI of the RAF or a Mk.II of the Indian Air force I'll be doing an RAF Mk.II Loverly; mustard and green plastic The decals are rough
  8. Hawker Typhoon - Construction Details

    Hi, I am about to start on the Airfix A19002 Hawker Typhoon, but this will be a museum restoration diorama. Some of you may have seen my Heinkel He 111 on the model show circuit: I posted some pics back in May 2015: Being new to modelling aircraft; figures, rusted vehicles & post apocalyptic are my usual thing, I was wondering if anyone can point me in the direction of some good reference material, books, websites etc, on construction of the real thing. I want to make this diorama as accurate as possible, as much as some of you on here who have made the finished article. I have Richard Franks "The Hawker Typhoon" book on modelling the Airfix 1/24 scale kit, which has some great pics of a real Typhoon in bits, this leads to some questions: Is the MkIb fabric, metal covered or a combination of both, is so which parts of the plane are covered in which material? Where does the wing attach to the central fuselage, is it the same as the Hurricane? As the build progresses, I'm sure I will have more questions, so suggestions, help greatly appreciated. I will be starting a build thread on this project very soon and will post the link here. Many thanks for reading this. Cheers Richard
  9. I finished this model last night. It represents the plane on which Pierre Clostermann was flying. You know everything about the models, there are no problems for work, except for the decals that are terribly fat. I am pleased that it all turned out in the end. Here's the picture. [
  10. Revell Hunter FGA 9 1/32

    I've had the revell hunter for a while and wanted to build it but just haven't had the time since i gave been very busy for the last few months with exams. However, with my final exam this week the group build seemed like the perfect motivation to start the hunter as a summer project, since i never seem to finish models without the pressure of a GB! Im going to be building the hunter without aftermarket parts although i may get aftermarket decals as i am very tempted by the idea of modelling XE601, the 'rasberry ripple' hunter which was sold for spares use a few years ago, as it is a much more exciting scheme than the green and grey camoflage. I've been taking abit of a break from modelling and this will be the first ket of the year for me, and also my first 1/32 kit so im excited to see what it will be like making a larger model. So far i have only started the ejector seat but more progress should follow soon. Work has started on the ejector seat. I need some new paints as they have all started to dry up! Will
  11. After the Tempest (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234931374-132-tempest-mkv-mkii-and-mkvi-by-special-hobby/#comment-1192212) Special Hobby is to release in 2017-2018 a new tool 1/32nd Hawker Typhoon Mk.1 "Car Door" - ref. SH32046 Source: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235016099-novelties-from-special-hobby/ V.P.
  12. After the Hurricane, Airfix is to release in Q2 2017 a 1/48th Hawker Sea Hurricane Mk.1B - ref. A05134 Source: http://www.airfix.com/uk-en/shop/new-for-2017/hawker-sea-hurricane-mk-ib-1-48.html V.P.
  13. T.68 HB-RVV Pics from Graham James.
  14. A few years ago at Scale Model World HORNBY AIRFIX were giving out slips of paper on which visitors could write down the models that they wished for. On my paper I wrote 1/72 AW Argosy and as I handed it in to some young assistant who probably had no idea what an Argosy was I thought " no chance ". I have wished for an injection moulded 1/72 Argosy for years and hoped that a mainstream manufacturer would produce one. Then at last year's Scale Model World there it was to my absolute surprise, on display in a glass cabinet on the F-RESIN stand courtesy of Mr Palix of MACH 2 a built up RAF Argosy in camouflage scheme, And on the table were the sprues of parts for anybody interested to study closely. I already had experience of MACH 2 as I had built their Breguet Atlantic so I knew what to expect.............................. But there in front of me was a built up one so they must be buildable.............. They seemed to be flying off the stand to eager buyers so I thought I better get one before they ran out so I bought the RAF silver and white version. On arriving home a close study of the parts gave me some misgivings. The plastic parts had a rough surface with lumps of molten plastic stuck to them. Small parts such as aerials and vortex generators were so crude that they would require scratch making. But really this is what I expected anyway. The instructions only give a rough idea about particular areas of the model as you are expected to already know something about the subject you are building. What did impress me was the inspiring colour scheme and decal placement guide printed in full colour. The quality of the decals looked to be excellent. My wife wanted it to be a Christmas present so I became distracted with another project and it wasn't until March this year that I started cutting plastic off the thick sprues and set to on the laborious task of cleaning up the parts. The Argosy was finally completed in September and I was able to display it on our model club table at Scale Model World where it was the only Argosy to appear in the whole show............. What has happened to all those Argosies that were bought last year ? I took photos of the build as it progressed and so I will share these with you in the sequence that I built it as though I were building it now. Adrian I'm laughing because I know what's coming next...................TOMMY COOPER
  15. Hawker Hunter GA.11. WV382 at Aeropark East Midlands, pic mine.
  16. Hi All! I'm starting here to share with you this build of my second kit after finishing my first one 25 years ago (ok, I feel older now... ). I didn't documented the whole building process as I wasn't part of Brittmodeller when I started this kit, but I think these pictures will give you a good idea of it. I'm using an airbrush for the first time and I'm really happy with this incredible tool, I just can't believe it! All my paints have been Tamiya acrylics so far but I'm finding new tools and products almost every day. I moved from Argentina to Canada in 2014 and when I decided to start again building plastic models I was amazed with the variety of resources that I have here compared to Argentina. Just the chance to go to an airshow here in Edmonton and see warbirds from WWII flying is something that I was only able to dream about before moving here. I really like the quality of this Airfix kit, and this subject in particular has been always of my interest, the Typhoon looks so powerful aircraft that I always liked it. Ok, here are the pictures, I hope you like them but please give me any suggestions or comments that you might find useful, I'm trying to learn everyday so every tip even when it could sound too obvious is welcome. The fitting of the wings to the fuselage was a little tricky and I probably should have spent more time trying to make it fit better, but that will be something to consider on future builds The bottom part of the nose required a decent amount of putty but once painted it looked quite good. Ready to start the painting process After the first coat of the bottom color everything looked much better, that putty thing is magic! Yup, I didn't know where to find that impressive thing called blue tack to hold paper stencils with my camouflage so I had to do this with masking tape. It wasn't that bad after all but the edges were too sharp for a real camouflage. Murphy's law, I found the lovely blue tack on Staples right after finishing this part, LOL By far, one of the most exciting parts was to remove the tape and reveal the two colours there she is with the prop and spinner already painted Starting with the decals after two coats of Tamiya Clear, my original plan was to use these black and white stripes that look so good on the wings of the Typhoon, but I had a massive fiasco when trying to put the first one, that ended up destroyed. I was too upset to take the time to mask them and airbrush them, so I just decided to go with the other option from the kit (thanks Airfix!) I was trying to set the decals with Tamiya Mark Fit, but honestly I couldn't see if this thing is doing something to the decals at all. After my failure with the stripes I didn't even try to go with the yellow lines on the leading edge so I masked them and airbrushed these. Now I have found Micro Sol, which seems to work much better, but I couldn't find a bottle of Micro Set, so for now I finished using only a little bit of micro sol after placing each decal. I found this one to work much better than the Tamiya Mark Fit, but in some cases like the letters and numbers on the sides of the fuselage, I never saw wrinkles after applying micro sol. Not sure if the decal was too thick on these or what, but they didn't go into the recesses of the panel lines. Anyways I'm really happy with the result so far, I'm not sure if from here I should apply another coat of tamiya clear or try with Future to seal the decals before finding some courage to try a certain level of weathering, for which I'm kind of worried. I got a couple bottles of Tamiya panel line accent (black and dark brown) that I'll try to use. I have to glue the exhausts and then find the way to apply some smoke, but I'm a little scared to use my airbrush as I don't feel confident to do such a thin lines on the model yet. Not sure if trying with pastels would be less risky at this point. What do you think? After this I'm planning to apply either a coat of Tamiya X86 or a Vallejo Matt Varnish, what would you use? I tried the Tamiya one on a spare piece and it is quite matt but it gave me a white look that I didn't like too much, but I read later that this could have been related to the humidity in the air when I was spraying it. Suggestions are welcome here. Like I said before, I have lots of questions as I go, so your input is really appreciated. Thank you! Lomcevak
  17. Hawker Typhoon 1B - Radiator Question

    Evening fellow Modellers. I have a question that i'm hoping one of you clever lot can answer about the under side of the Hawker Typhoon. I'm in the middle of assembling and have noticed this: What is it and is it relevant for a 1B operating in Europe at the end of 1944? I'd like to add it as it will hide an 'orrbile seam but I do like accuracy... Thanks in advance!
  18. It looks like Christmas has come early! The new Airfix A19003 1/24 'Car Door' Hawker Typhoon 1B is on its way to us and will be in stock within 24 hours. It is available to order now at our usual discounted price. The kits comes with 4 decal options 1. R7752/PR-G of 609 Squadron flown by Squadron Leader R.P Beamont. 2. R8781/SA-H of 181 Squadron flown by Squadron Leader Denis Crowley-Milling. 3. EK270/EL-X of 468(New Zealand) Squadron. 4. JP671/XP-R of 174(Mauritius) Squadron. Among the options offered by this new version are the new ‘car door’ style canopy structure Earlier ‘car door’ pilots seat Alternative main undercarriage wheel Pneumatic tail wheel Alternate cannon fairings for the guns Different internal frame structure 500Ib ‘Long Tail’ bombs
  19. I've picked up one of these for £10 and having a quick search I realise I can't do a GR.1 without a lot of work, so can I make one of the 6 delevopement batch a/c prior to the pre-production GR.1s'. The ejection seat in the kit is with the large head box, when did this change from the earlier type. Cockpit colours look like gray. I need to fashion the two vents directly behind the canopy. I've just started to fill in the sink holes and research is ongoing but any info would be greatly received. Steve.
  20. Vokes filter on Hurricanes

    Hello all, I'm currently researching the Vokes filter for my Hurricane IIC build. None of the plans seem to fit the filters I see on the period photographs. Also it would appear to have slight differences between the filters. Maybe some were field replacements and others factory-installed? I have also seen the words 'Aerovee' or 'Aero-Vee' associated with 'Vokes'. What are they? Brand name, variants? I'm counting on you Hurricane fans to shed a light on that matter. Thank you for your help, Cheers, Quang
  21. This is my Revell Hurricane in 1/72, this one being in No. 336 (Greek) Squadron, Desert air force, RAF, LG 8 Mersa Matruh, Egypt, 1944. The kit is good, with great surface detail and nice cockpit. Fit of parts is average, with the panel on the bottom of the fuselage and sand filter being the worst. Other than that, it's a great little kit. It was airbrushed with tamiya acrylics, weathered with tamiya acrylics and humbrol enamels. (Ask if you want to know details) To some it may be over-weathered, but I'm not too fussy I would hav liked to make it more dusty, but I'll live with it for now You'll probably notice that one of the cannon flash marks is a bit crooked, and the canopy frames may be in the wrong place, but this is my first time ever (I know ) masking a canopy!!! Enough of my yapping, on with the pictures! Hope you like it (Sorry about the pictures... it was cloudy for once!! But WOOHOOO! [You will by now know I'm not a Brit, but I am a modeller..... ]) Oh yeah... base was wood, ground cover was sand, water, PVA glue, and Humbrol 93 acrylic paint.... Thanks for looking!!
  22. Airfix have a treat for us this month, with the release of the Hawker Hurricane Mk.I Tropical Kit! This highly detailed 1/48 scale kit features new tooling and two great decal options for RAF No. 274 Squadron and the Rhodesian Air Training Group. For full details, please see our newsletter.
  23. Good morning, as some of you may know, I finished the Hunter in a rather quick period of time. Actually, it was my fastest build ever! A few details about the model: it's the well-praised Hunter F.6 from Revell, which unfortunately is a bit hard to find nowaday. It was built strictly OOB, I only added two rods connecting the nose wheel leg to the gear door, and added some transparent nav lights, no resin, no PE. Painting was done with Gunze acryls and Tamiya flat alu, oil wash after some gloss cote, semigloss at the very end. Decals had to be altered a bit, as the front part of the pizza slice is straight, not curved (see WIP in the Hunter GB) Still, the confidentional "internal error list" is rather long, but I guess I will have forgotten the most items after a few days. Thanks for watching! Alex
  24. Well, Dan Jones, who lives a stones throw away from me has come up with the idea of a buddy build... We share this kit in common, although I'm not sure if Dan has all the extra greeblies that I do... We shall post regular updates on progress, as I am certain that Dan will start his own thread once we take steel to styrene tomorrow. Without further ado... The aforementioned victim.... Box art Extra greeblies Sprues & Destruction sheet Let battle commence.....
  25. Hi again everybody! Here is my second black and white airplane – Hurricane Mk.I in the colours of 87th Squadron in the autumn of 1939 in France. On 10th November 1939 this particular machine (L1619, squadron code LK-P) was flown by Plt Off Horatio Dunn. He chased a Luftwaffe reconnaissance aircraft but went too far from the airbase and ran out of fuel. Dunn made an emergency landing near Aalbeke in Belgium. He was caught by the Belgian police and imprisoned but managed to escape from the Belgian prison on 27th November and returned to his base. The Hurricane was interned by the Belgians as well, however its fate is not known. The German aircraft that Dunn chased (Do-17P) incurred some damage and crash-landed near Stuttgart killing all crew. The link to a photo of L1619 after landing in Belguim Airfix kit is very well known and truly nice to build. The only substantial issue I had was with the wing. It seems that the upper and lower parts have different dihedral The upper part is correct while the lower part has dihedral in excess. I cut joint tabs and pressed the two parts to match dihedral to the upper part. This resulted in a lower side being 1 mm longer than the upper one on both ends. I simply sanded excessive plastic. Also some surgery was needed to properly insert landing lights. To make things prettier I used Eduard’s PE for the cockpit, resin wheels and exhausts. Paints are same as for my Defiant - Hobby Color for the camo and Vallejo for almost everything else. Decals are by Xtradecal + stencils by Aviaeology. And here the two black-and-white RAF warriors together: Thanks for looking! Hope you enjoy Dennis