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  1. As the title says I have a host of builds to finish and this is the ideal place to do it. 1. Complete the Red Arrows from the Best of British GB 2. Engines and undercarriage of a Revell 787 in BA Colour scheme 3. Heritage 1:48 Glider 4. Heritage SA Bulldog 5. Revell GR7/9 Harrier as a BAE test jet. 6. A host of Spitfires in 72nd to get the airbrushing started! That should be enough to start with. cheers Graham
  2. Hi all, So this is my latest finish, Revell's 1/72 Hawk T1 in Red Arrows scheme for the recent 'Made in Britain' GB. The build thread is here and the kit is 100% out of box with the kit decals. Like all my builds, this one is brush painted and happy with how it turned out. Revell_04921_Red_Arrows_Hawk_Done (11) crop by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Revell_04921_Red_Arrows_Hawk_Done (6) crop by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Revell_04921_Red_Arrows_Hawk_Done crop by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Revell_04921_Red_Arrows_Hawk_Done (5) crop by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Revell_04921_Red_Arrows_Hawk_Done (3) crop by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Revell_04921_Red_Arrows_Hawk_Done (18) crop by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Revell_04921_Red_Arrows_Hawk_Done (2) crop by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Thanks for looking! Cheers, Dermot
  3. Red Arrows Hawk - panel lining?

    Hi all, So I'm well into an RAF Red Arrows Hawk build and thinking about the final finish - I know they keep these super clean and glossy but would it have any kind of panel lining ? Without, I think it might look a bit toy-like in 1/72... Suggestions welcomed! Cheers, Dermot
  4. Hi All, As a stop gap between more detailed modelling projects, I decided to do a straight OOB build of the Italeri Hawk, because who doesn't need a Red Arrows aircraft in their collection. I'm having some issues with the front seat positioning. The mounts seem to force the seat into the wrong positioning. Has anyone else made this kit that can perhaps give me some pointers, or even photos of how they did it? All the builds I've found have been hit by the Photobucket money grab issue. (please excuse the current paint job. Just getting some base colours on and was dry fitting and discovered this issue). Notice the front seat area has mountings angled down towards the front. The rear one has less mountings and they are horizontal. Position 1, Clearly not right, placed on the higher step. position 2, doesn't seem right either. Placed on the lower step, it seems too far forward. I can't get the seat flush with the back vertical section, and the base horizontal mounting section because they're not at right angles to each other, but the seat is. Please help!!!
  5. Advice required

    Taken at Southport Airshow last year Heavily cropped picture, Nikon D3100 aperture priority 1/3200s f6.3 iso 400 300mm Aps-c sensor size so 1.5 crop factor Spot metering.& I think the camera was on single point focusing. Now to get a sharper picture with my D5500 & 300mm lens what would you suggest? Bigger aperture & Matrix metering? Focus to infinity & switch to manual focus to stop it hunting & getting confused by multiple aircraft? Or use af with dynamic area tracking 9 point?
  6. Not only made in Britain, but in my opinion the best of Britian. Flying the Red, White and Blue all over the world since 1965 the Red Arrows are perhaps the premier aerobatic teams in the world and are great ambassadors for the United Kingdom. After a disastrous end to my last build I hope to make a better job this time around. I will be building both models from the Airfix 1/48 scale 50th Anniversary box set.
  7. Hi all, So the theme of this GB got me thinking that I probably couldn't get more Made in Britain than a Red Arrows Hawk. The Reds have been quite literally "flying the flag" all over the world since the 1960s, thrilling airshow crowds with their precision, professionalism and skill. While I only got to see them for real as an adult, I've plenty of childhood memories watching them as part of Farnborough and Airshow specials on TV as a 'lad, with Raymond Baxter on commentary. Splendid stuff. So Smoke On and here's to the Reds! While I was going to use this kit from the stash... Airfix Hawk A03085 Box by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr With these decals... RAF Red Arrows Hawk 2014 scheme by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr To end up with one of these RAF_Red_Arrows_depart_RIAT_Fairford_14thJuly2014_arp by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr (Source Wikipedia Commons - public domain image). If I've time, I might also try to build an early Harrier. Thanks for looking and good luck with your build. Dermot
  8. Red arrows to get new aircraft

    Hi all, Just read on the BBC that the defence secretary has stated two key things: 1. The red arrows will stay in operation 2. The team will get new aircraft in the "next few years" So, the obvious question is: what aircraft will they likely have? (I would like to see them reform with red f35's or typhoons personally but that doesn't seem likely...) Kind regards, Edit: link, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37833311
  9. My RIAT Experience

    Hi Everyone, This was my first visit to RIAT and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. My wife and I were going to go to a different airshow, but decided we would try RIAT out. As soon as the show finished, I said to my wife that I would like to go again next year especially as the theme is 75th anniversary of the USAF. I hope they bring the big bombers over including the B-2. I couldn't believe how many members went to the airshow this year, I wonder if I saw any of you without realising it. My wife and I were sat to the right of the P-8 Poseidon patrol aircraft all day and had a great view of all of the displays. Anyway I'll let my photos do the talking. Comments are welcome, if anyone would like to know what gear I used I can get the specs off the gear and put them up here tomorrow. F-16 Greek Air Force - Team Zeus on runway Red Arrows , F-35B Lightning II and 2 x Typhoon F-22 Raptor Red Arrows Wildcat F-35B Lightning IIFF-35B Lightning II Ramex Delta - Mirage 2000N Chinook V-22 Osprey (Static) F-16 Belgian Air Force - Tiger Meet F-16 Turkish Air Force 'Solo Turk' F-16 Polish Air Force Patrouille Suisse Breitling Wing Walkers MiG-29 Fulcrum Polish Air Force A400M Atlas Dassault Rafale Another F-16 I have lots of photos (I took over 800 in total) and edited 160 which are in the album these come from. Here is a link to the full album of 160 photos on photobucket : http://s1117.photobucket.com/user/mrpaddy1/library/RIAT%202016 If anyone has any further pictures of the planes that were at the airshow they would like to see, please leave a post and I'll see if I have any photos. Comments are welcome. All the best, Rick
  10. I honestly don't know how long this has sat on the shelf of doom, and for the simple reason that the fin decals were a tad too short and, on some of the lower arrow decals the wrinkling from Microsol/Microset hadn't fully pulled out. Anyway with a spare few hours and needing a break from the Junglie, I decided to try and wrap this up. I used fin decals from another of these kits in the stash to fill the gap at the top of the fin. The decal wrinkling, well there wasn't much I could do with that to be honest so I thought, to hell with it lets just finish this. Here it is decalled, the artificial light has given it a very pink tinge in the first pic, it's really not I promise - Mounted and in better light!! It's literally just stuck into a 2" x2" block of wood just now, I'm planning a better base for it than this, and a slightly different pose - Used a cut down pin for the pitot probe, and it makes a huge difference. The smoke is just cotton wool teased out and stuck to a steel 1.3mm rod, then sprayed a thinned blue colour. The rod goes all the way through the aircraft and stops in a hole on the rear cockpit bulkhead making it pretty stable once stuck in place with some Gator Glue. Hope this appeals to the masses. I'll post some more pics once the new base is done. Rgds, Eng
  11. This coming Thursday's (23rd June) club night competition will have the theme of Jubilee Royale for which entrants can be anything in British service since the Coronation. I have nothing built although I suppose I could use the Vampire but as it has already won a club comp night it feels wrong to enter it into another club competition. I then struck upon the (insane) idea of attempting to complete a kit over two evenings and to a good enough standard. So here it is in progress 3 hours of work so far. Box Sprues (we've seen 'em all before) Assembly so far, cockpit just has basic paint so far but I'll try to liven it up a bit later. Little bit of Mr Dissolved Putty to be sanded down but otherwise fit remarkably good, as long as those mould lines are cleaned up That's it so far will post any further updates as they happen. Thanks for looking Phil *edited for multiple fat finger and spelling errors
  12. Lucky enough to catch the Red Arrows last weekend as they put on a display in Arbroath. Harder to see them around these parts these days since Leuchars closed its gates, so it was a nice surprise. Some of the pictures aren't as sharp as I'd like due to a combination of my cheapo lens's focussing ability not being fast enough and the higher ISO to keep the shutter speed quick enough but they're not *all* terrible... Red Arrows [Arbroath June 2016] by Stuart Wood, on Flickr Red Arrows [Arbroath June 2016] by Stuart Wood, on Flickr Red Arrows [Arbroath June 2016] by Stuart Wood, on Flickr Red Arrows [Arbroath June 2016] by Stuart Wood, on Flickr Red Arrows [Arbroath June 2016] by Stuart Wood, on Flickr Red Arrows [Arbroath June 2016] by Stuart Wood, on Flickr Red Arrows [Arbroath June 2016] by Stuart Wood, on Flickr Red Arrows [Arbroath June 2016] by Stuart Wood, on Flickr Red Arrows [Arbroath June 2016] by Stuart Wood, on Flickr Red Arrows [Arbroath June 2016] by Stuart Wood, on Flickr Red Arrows [Arbroath June 2016] by Stuart Wood, on Flickr Red Arrows [Arbroath June 2016] by Stuart Wood, on Flickr Red Arrows [Arbroath June 2016] by Stuart Wood, on Flickr Red Arrows [Arbroath June 2016] by Stuart Wood, on Flickr Red Arrows [Arbroath June 2016] by Stuart Wood, on Flickr Red Arrows [Arbroath June 2016] by Stuart Wood, on Flickr Red Arrows [Arbroath June 2016] by Stuart Wood, on Flickr Red Arrows [Arbroath June 2016] by Stuart Wood, on Flickr Red Arrows [Arbroath June 2016] by Stuart Wood, on Flickr Red Arrows [Arbroath June 2016] by Stuart Wood, on Flickr Red Arrows [Arbroath June 2016] by Stuart Wood, on Flickr Red Arrows [Arbroath June 2016] by Stuart Wood, on Flickr Red Arrows [Arbroath June 2016] by Stuart Wood, on Flickr Red Arrows [Arbroath June 2016] by Stuart Wood, on Flickr
  13. Hawk as used by the Red Arrows. Pic from Graham James.
  14. New Airfix Aircraft Kits !

    We've got three great new Airfix Aircraft Model Kits including one great Starter Set that's ideal for those new to scale model building! First up we have the Newly Tooled 1/48 Scale Gloster Meteor F8 Kit, next the 1/72 RAF Red Arrows Hawk Kit and last but not least, the 1/72 Westland Sea King HAR.3 Starter Set! Stocks of these kits may be limited, so order soon to avoid disappointment! For full details, please see our newsletter.
  15. BAe Hawk T.1 Red Arrows - 1:72 Revell

    BAe Hawk T.1 Red Arrows 1:72 Revell When the RAF began the search for a new fast jet trainer to replace the Folland Gnat, it was originally intended that the role would be fulfilled by the SEPECAT Jaguar. However, the advanced capabilities demanded of the new Anglo-French aircraft meant that it became too complex for use as a trainer As a result, Hawker Siddley Aviation began work on a private venture known as the P.1182. The design team of Gordon Hudson, Gordon Hodson and Ralph Hooper produced a relatively simple, subsonic aircraft with a number of clever features. The fuselage is designed around a large, tandem cockpit, which features a significant difference in height between the seat for student in the front and that for the instructor in the back. This affords the instructor a much better view than in the Gnat. The wings featured double-slotted flaps which gives the Hawk excellent low-speed handling characteristics. The first of the 176 Hawks ordered by the RAF entered service in 1976, designated the Hawk T.1. 88 T.1s were modified to T.1A standard, which allowed them to carry two AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles for use in the emergency air defence role. The Hawks reputation as an excellent aeroplane has been confirmed by the considerable success it has enjoyed in the export market. Users include the air forces of Australia, Canada, Finland, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates amongst others. A highly modified carrier capable version is in service with the United States Navy, where it is known as the T-45 Goshawk. The most famous role occupied by the Hawk, however, is as the mount of the world-renowned Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team the Red Arrows. We're not exactly short of kits of the Hawk, and it's easy to see why the diminutive British jet is such an attractive subject for model kit manufacturers. As the chosen mount of one of the world's foremost aerobatic display teams, the Hawk will always be a popular choice amongst the model buying public. Revell's new kit arrives packed into their new style end-opening box and comprises seventy parts spread across three sprues of coloured plastic and a single small clear sprue. Somewhat inevitably, this particular edition is moulded from bright red plastic. While this might be an annoyance for the po-faced, it does lend proceedings a sense of fun. The plastic parts themselves are beautifully moulded and engraved details are fine, crisp and clean. The overall shape looks promising on the sprue, and from what I can tell this kit should be free from any serious shape errors. In line with the usual model building clichés, construction starts with the cockpit. This prominent feature is made up of a large tandem tub, instrument panels and coamings, control columns and bulkheads. The ejection seats are each made up of three parts and look very good indeed, both in terms of detail and shape. Unlike its rival from Airfix, the cockpit is fully detailed, with instruments and controls picked out on both instrument panels and all of the side consoles. Decals are also provided, but I would be hesitant to cover up all of that lovely detail. Airfix have provided decals to represent details on the instrument panels and side consoles, as the plastic parts lack any raised detail. Once complete, the whole sub-assembly can be sandwiched between the fuselage halves, along with the jet exhaust pipe, fin fillet and airbrake bay interior (the airbrake itself can be fitted in either the open or closed position). The wing is moulded as a single lower span with separate port and starboard upper wings. Ailerons are moulded in place, and there are quite chunky sprue attachment points on the leading edges of the wing (and the horizontal tail surfaces too). These shouldn't cause any problems for most modellers , but care will need to be taken when removing these parts from the sprue. The undercarriage occupies six stages of the construction process and is very finely detailed indeed. The gear doors are moulded as solid pieces in order to make the wheels-up configuration a little easier to build, so they must be cut up along the moulded score lines in order to finish the model as it would appear on the ground. The cockpit canopy has been moulded in two pieces, so it can be finished in either the open or closed position. The smaller parts such as the blade aerials are very fine indeed. The parts specific to the Red Arrows variant are all included on one sprue and include a nicely moulded under-fuselage smoke pod, as well as the smoke injectors for the jet exhaust. As you might have expected, the decal sheet allows you to build a Red Arrows Hawk or more specifically a range of Red Arrows Hawks. The decals are extremely clear and crisp and judging by the serial number on the sheet were printed for Revell by Cartograf. Conclusion While there are a few Hawks available in this scale, in my view Revell's effort has surpassed the models already on the market, making it the go-to option for those wishing to build a model of the type. Hopefully a further boxing with extra parts to make some non-Red Arrows versions will follow in a year or two's time. In the meantime, let's enjoy this well-detailed little kit for what it is and build some Hawks! Recommended. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  16. Announced some time ago and confirmed as a new tool http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234973045-revell-2015/?p=1877100 . The Revell's BAe Hawk T.Mk.1 Hawk "Red Arrows" - ref.04921 Source: http://www.ipmsdeutschland.de/Flugzeuge/Wiegmann/Rev_BAe_Hawk_Red_Arrows_72/Rev_04921_Hawk_Red_Arrows.html Test build V.P.
  17. Hi Everyone, Here are some of my photos from the Eastbourne airshow, I've tried to pick my favourites out of the almost 1,000 photos I took, but still this is going to be very photo heavy. If you want to view the full 135 photos, they are in an album on my facebook, linked here : https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.488656594634727.1073741851.100004711722357&type=1&l=0724244a56 Anyway lets kick off the photos, I hope you like them. I'm trying to persuade my missus to let me go to either Bournemouth or Shoreham airshow (preferably Bournemouth) this weekend. Chinook Jet Provost Breitling Wingwalkers Typhoon Spitfire MiG-15 Grob Tutor Bulldog Sea King Eastbourne's Tamar class Lifeboat (At High Speed) Hawk T.2 Blenheim Norwegian Vampires P-51 Mustang "Ferocious Frankie" Vulcan XH558 Dakota Patrouille Reva The Blades Red Arrows Anyway, thats all of the photos I'm going to post. You can view the rest on the facebook link at the top. These photos were all taken with a Canon EOS 20D DSLR body with a 100 - 400 mm canon lens stuck on the front of it. Boy was that heavy without a tripod, but made life easier when tracking the planes. They have all been edited to improve colour balance etc. Please let me know what you think. All the best, Rick
  18. With some trepidation, my first RfI... I got back into modelling fairly recently; this is my first 'try and get a reasonably decent result' build, as well as an opportunity to try out airbrushing. I had a lot of trouble with the decals. Not long after doing them I saw a post from someone else here building this kit (or what I assume is the reboxing of it with the Gnat) who commented about how bad they were, so I was relieved it wasn't just me. Thin and fragile, and came out pale and rather speckled, and the less said about the ones for the underside arrow the better. Efforts to patch up with white paint only showed up the problems more... Other lessons learned included making sure I had a proper fit. I ended up with slightly down-bent wings that needed straightening, but that left me with a lot of problems getting the intakes to fit. Built OOB, except for two Pavla Mk 10 seats as I wanted to build without aircrew in the cockpit. Oh, and the pitot tube is replaced by a pin - even that is far more realistic looking than the plastic part supplied! Painted in Humbrol Arrow Red and finished with several coats of Humbrol Clear for the right gloss finish.
  19. Just when Airfix, italeri, Revell etc are bringing out (or have brought out already) their Hawk kits with the Union Jack-tailed 50th season from last year....... http://www.raf.mod.uk/reds/news/index.cfm?storyid=5C445744-5056-A318-A8568FFB3C4C1245 Oh well, hopefully the designers at Xtradecal may be sharpening their virtual pencils right now, or Airfix will release a 'c' boxing of their RA kit, but what do you think of this design? I think it looks neat, vaguely reminiscent of the british airways swish tails
  20. RAF Red Arrows Hawk - 50th Display Season 1:48 Airfix - Gift Set When the RAF began the search for a new fast jet trainer to replace the Folland Gnat, it was originally intended that the role would be fulfilled by the SEPECAT Jaguar. However, the advanced capabilities demanded of the new Anglo-French aircraft meant that it became too complex for use as a trainer As a result, Hawker Siddley Aviation began work on a private venture known as the P.1182. The design team of Gordon Hudson, Gordon Hodson and Ralph Hooper produced a relatively simple, subsonic aircraft with a number of clever features. The fuselage is designed around a large, tandem cockpit, which features a significant difference in height between the seat for student in the front and that for the instructor in the back. This affords the instructor a much better view than in the Gnat. The wings featured double-slotted flaps which gives the Hawk excellent low-speed handling characteristics. The first of the 176 Hawks ordered by the RAF entered service in 1976, designated the Hawk T.1. 88 T.1s were modified to T.1A standard, which allowed them to carry two AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles for use in the emergency air defence role. The Hawks reputation as an excellent aeroplane has been confirmed by the considerable success it has enjoyed in the export market. Users include the air forces of Australia, Canada, Finland, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates amongst others. A highly modified carrier capable version is in service with the United States Navy, where it is known as the T-45 Goshawk. The most famous role occupied by the Hawk, however, is as the mount of the world-renowned Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team the Red Arrows. This particular version of Airfix's Hawk dates from 2005 with new parts for the Red Arrows boxed in 2010. The change is that in this kit decals are provided for the markings celebrating 50 years of the Red Arrows. These decals include the new tail design. It is noted the box now says that this is an officially licensed kit by the RAF, a sad indictment of the times we live in! The Kit The kit arrives on 5 sprues of light grey plastic with a clear sprue. There is no flash evident on any of the parts. Details are done with engraved panel lines. The detail is a little soft in places and could do with a little re-engraving by the modeller. The layout of the parts and construction is standard with two fuselage halves, a one part lower wing and two part uppers. Even though this is a Red Arrows boxing with the smoke pod, the normal gun pod and other stores are included if a non Red's Hawk is wanted. Construction starts shockingly enough with the cockpit. Pilot figures are provided for both seats though for display flying generally only one seat is occupied. If wishing to use the figures the modeller could always paint the Pilot in his red suit and the rear seater as one of the blue suited support team (after all with out the support team they don't fly!). If not using the figures then no seat belts are supplied. The ejection seats are a 5 part affair and don't look to basic in this scale. Once the seats are complete the figures can be added if needed. The seats, control columns and instrument panels are fitted to the cockpit tub. The instrument panels and side consoles feature raised and engraved details as appropriate. Once the cockpit tub is completed it can be glued into the fuselage along with the exhaust. The fuselage can then be closed up. Once the fuselage is closed up then the engine intakes can be assembled and added. The next stage of assembly is the wings. The lower wing is one piece with the two upper parts being attached. The flaps are moulded in the up position. However if the modeller wishes to model them down alternate parts are supplied. If this option is to be done then the moulded "up" flaps will be needed to be cut out. Wing fences and nav lights are added at this stage, though I suspect most will leave the nav light off until the end. The next stage is to finish the main fuselage. The upper insert with its intakes is added along with the tail planes. The panel between the pilots is added along with the canopies. The instructions would have the modeller add the pitot probe at this stage, though I suspect this is another detail which most will eave until last. Once the fuselage is complete the main wing assembly can be added. Next it is the choice of the modeller as to whether the under fuselage air-brake is open or closed. The landing gear parts are the next to be assembled. Flap actuators are then added, along with the lowered flaps if you are using this option. Remember to fit the parts inside the wing if you are using the dropped flaps! Final stages of assembly are then to add the landing gear doors, and the landing gear itself. Finally the smoke pod can then be added. Canopy The Canopy and clear parts come on their own sprue. The parts are fairly thick for this scale, some of that comes from moulding in the Det Cord which breaks the canopy up during the ejection sequence. This will be hard to paint and I cant help thinking a decal might have been a better choice. The canopy is fairly clear despite its thickness but there is one moulding flaw in the review sample. Decals The new decal sheet has the markings for the 50th Anv design tail, and the serial numbers to build any aircraft from the team. As is usual for Airfix they are produced by Cartograf and look excellent. The white markings look dense enough to use over bright red paint. Conclusions This is still a good kit by Airfix and with the addition of the new Red Arrows Decals should prove a winner. Overall recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  21. Kit - Airfix 1:72 (2012 release) Paint - All Tamiya acrylics Decals - SM Silk Extras - None Folland/HS Gnat T1 'Red Arrows' Final Season, 1978 Interesting to read that the builder of the other Gnat posted here a few hours ago had 'issues' with the fit. I definitely did !! - The separate section between the gear bays fought me all the way and when I'd finished painting and decalling, came to insert the jet-pipe and ended-up with a 10mm split in the under-fuselage join.... B*gger !! Ahh well, it's only plastic modelling, not brain surgery, right ?? Ian
  22. RAF Red Arrows Hawk - 50th Display Season 1:72 Airfix - Starter set My colleague Paul reviewed the new tooled Hawk back in July in this thread, the plastic for this kit is exactly the same. The change is that in this kit decals are provided for the markings celebrating 50 years of the Red Arrows. These decals include the new tail design. It is noted the box now says that this is an officially licenced kit by the RAF, a sad indictment of the times we live in! Decals The new decal sheet has the markings for the 50th Anv design tail, and the serial numbers to build any aircraft from the team. As is usual for Airfix they are produced by Cartograf and look excellent. The white markings look dense enough to use over bright red paint. Conclusion Its a RED ARROW of course we want it. The model will look good in these markings. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  23. Just received my IPMS Magazine and included is an excellent 24 paged illustrated history of all the colour schemes and marking variations of the Gnats and Hawks used since 1964. What a reference source!!
  24. Hi A few shots from up on Beachy Head on Saturday. The two Lancasters looked magnificent:
  25. Red Arrows Dye Truck?

    Hi there Anyone know if it's possible to get hold of a Red Arrows Dye Truck in 1/72 or 1/32? Watching the documentary now and fancy trying a little scene with one. Thanks Steve
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