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  1. And now on to my third GB for the year so far - no pressure then - the perfectly formed little De Havilland Vampire from Airfix: This is of course one of Airfix's more recently tooled models and for me it's a little cracker. I'll be building predominantly oob as is my way but there's plently of nice detail for the scale. You'll see from my pics below that I've filled the nose cavity and the space behind the pilots seat with lead weighting to prevent her from being a tail sitter. This stuff is brilliant - so small but yet so heavy and can be perfectly arranged to fit into even the tightest spaces and glued in place with PVA. I will be adding the pilots to the build too - pic below - although they need a lick of paint first. So below is my progress so far and will update as soon as possible: Instrument panel painted up and awaiting decal which isn't bad for this scale and should look fine once fitted
  2. Greetings to all forum members. Today it was a sunny day on my balcony, so I was able to do some photos. Unfortunately, it has appeared the colour red under sunny conditions changes to orange. All the same, I hope the photos of the model are okay for you. You find a WIP here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235010360-follant-gnat-t1-airfix-148-britains-old-school/#comment-2509923
  3. Hi all! I finally managed to complete my first ever ship build. Mostly spend my time building planes and trains. Let me know what you think of the build and finished model? I found it to be quite fiddly, what with the small pieces and the fit not being great. Sits on my window sill now though in pride of place XD
  4. 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
  5. Commanding officer’s tank of No.3 Squadron, No.1 Tank Division, Malaya, 1942. 5th Company, 17th Tank Regiment, 1943.
  6. 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
  7. Source: http://www.airfix.com/uk-en/news/workbench/exclusive-new-2016-announcement-airfix-at-ipms-telford/ V.P.
  8. Further to the two recent posts on the individual buildings, I've now put together this small diorama as a photo-base for AFVs
  9. Hello folks! I wasn't sure if I should post this, but what harm can it do (me, with my reputation, at 3 am.....). Those that know me will know that I returned to the hobby briefly in 2003. At that time I hadn't built anything since a Star Trek Next Generation Enterprise in 1990. Moreover, I knew nothing of advanced or even the more fundamental techniques. Everything was hand painted, I only used enamels, only Humbrol filler, no scribing. At that point the hobby was different. I got back into it to help me through a bereavement, but was saddened when told by a LHS owner that it was 'a dying hobby' . Also told rhat this was the reason that they had hardly any models in stock, just a few dusty paints and no after market transfers. The chance of me getting after market wheels, etch, canopies, anything, seemed grimly remote after that. I didn't really know how to use the internet for my hobby, so just used it to buy a few low cost kits. One of them was the now called 'old tool' Airfix MiG 15. I built it absolutely OOB. I admit this model looks very rough, but I thought, why be embarrassed, just show what things look like when one is floundering, just bashing kits for fun (in my case to try to keep my marbles at the time), with very limited knowledge and resources. I remember that the fuselage halves really didn't go together well at all. The few panel lines there were wouldn't line up if the locating pins were lined up. The halves had slightly different curvatures and sink marks. The cockpit didn't fit well (what there is of it). The airbrakes are too thick for the closed position. The canopy really doesn't fit at all, no matter what one does (or at least, what I did). If left 'as is', looking in from the front intake, the model is completely hollow (no engine). I filled all of the exterior with lashings of Humbrol filler and sanded, filled, sanded....for a couple of evenings. I filled the inner fuselage void with dense kitchen foam pad sponge, dipped in black ink, then also stippled with Humbrol Matt black enamel paint. It is actually painted in the exact colours called out by the instruction sheet, right where the sheet told me to. I'm pretty sure the black bits are all wrong, but I just went with what it advised. This is, indeed, painted in real Airfix 'Silver Fox' and Matt Black . The decals crumbled so I rescued what I could and painted the numbers (is 'Bort' the word?) using the Matt Black and a little masking tape (Halfords car masking tape with a bit of 'tack' taken off, cut into fine strips) to help me. The pilot is improvised a little, I'm not sure they called out for a white helmet, but 'why not' was my attitude at the time. The aerial wire is stretched sprue. A bit of history. Now Airfix, Eduard and Special Hobby all have newer tools of the MiG 15 out. Moreover it seems that back then, a KP kit would have been kinder to me, but this kit cost me 99p, and was painted with enamels I had had since 1975, so overall, great value for money. At the end of these pictures is a link to Flickr, to a recently found set of pictures of nearly all the models I made between 2003 and 2006. They're all rough, but I liked them and thoroughly enjoyed building all of them . After 2006 I had a gap until 2015. Now I'm trying airbrushes, acrylics, after market everything, but haven't finished a thing since I started trying it all. It's a big learning curve. I sometimes wonder if 'basic and rough but completed' was better? I suspect I'm attempting to cop out and avoid the fact that I should get on with these new fangled techniques and finish something again, like everyone else! This model, and all but two others of all the ones I built, were destroyed during a move from England to Australia in 2008, so this RFI is 'virtual' in many ways. A blast from the past. Don't worry, I know it's rough! Best regards TonyT These are in artificial light as I was in a very poorly lit room, in December. The last few are the (dim) natural light: Natural light: Here's a link to some pictures of the others: https://flickr.com/photos/144781950@N05/sets/72157678997310210 I hope you enjoyed this little truly historic build . I may put a bright red Yak here too, if I'm brave enough. Thanks for looking TonyTiger 🐯
  10. Hi folks, I seem to be recovering some mojo after the traditional Christmas modelling slump, I got the airbrush and paintbrushes out today to paint the cockpit of this little Tiger Moth. I wasn't sure if there was enough detail initially but seeing the paint on I think it's fine. Rudder pedals and control rods would be nice but not really that visible. It's a bit dirtier than the real G-ACDC too (and I have the quadrant backgrounds in the wrong colour I think) but I prefer the look like this. I've done the instrument panels as well (trim all the film off the decals, and some of the black, and cut them in half and they will fit around the compasses) but they're drying after applying microsol. The decals themselves look great - sharp and great colours. So far it seems like a good kit - fit is good if a bit creaky, and the surface detail is nice. Sadly drilling the holes for partial (this is my first biplane) rigging cost me two 0.2mm drill bits Cheers, Will
  11. Hi all, I finally decided to post a WIP after many months of lurking. I've decided to build the Airfix Spitfire Mk 22 For the first time ever I will be adding some aftermarket stuff to enhance the build. I've acquired some Eduard super fabric belts because I am not quite brave enough to use those fiddly photo etch parts yet. The first thing I noticed when opening the box is the large amount of ejection pin markings which is quite frustrating but I will have to deal with that. First off I removed the parts from the sprue for the interior and gave them a quick clean up and then prepped them for some primer. After a coat of black I then gave it a spray of Vallejo Model Air Interior Grey-Green I then painted the small details using a fine brush and then applied a wash over the cockpit walls I then applied the seat belts using small spots of white glue Thats all for today, tomorrow I'll be cleaning up the wash and connecting the fuselage havles Cam
  12. Hi everyone, I am about to start my Airfix B-17G and would like to know if it would be alright to follow the instructions and paint almost all of the interior sidewalls, etc. in aluminium to resemble unpainted natural Aluminium. I somewhere here read a thread about B-17 interior colors some time ago but can't find it anymore. IIRC the general outcome of the discussion was that B-17s could have appeared in almost any combination of painted and unpainted interior sections. Would it be likely for a late B-17G like the Airfix "Skyway Chariot" to have been left unpainted inside - regarding side walls and bulkheads? My second queston is about the interior green itself - Airfix instructions say Humbrol 195 Dark Green. I would like some opinions about Airfix' choice of color and maybe a recommendation for alternatives because I do not have 195 amongst my Humbrol cans. Ingo
  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. Hi All, Its been a while.....PhD is done now (apart from the viva) and as I have no job currently, there's some time for some modelling. In my grand vision, I will eventually own a collection of detailed and accurate fleet of modern Soviet jets. First up is the Su-27 'Flanker B', and I am using the venerable 1/72 Airfix kit. I felt I owed this kit another go, as I had made a gluey mess of it when I was a kid! I also had the PART photo-etch set, a Pavla resin seat and a Pavla vac-form canopy (the Airfix one is too short). When I get some cash I might get some Aires nozzles for it too. The scale plans that I have from www.airwar.ru show that the Airfix kit is very good in terms of accuracy. It has engraved panel lines, but most of them are wrong so what I am doing at the moment is laboriously rescribing correct lines and adding rivet detail, using photos of Masa Narita's 1/32 Flanker online and photos in Model Airplane International. I have rescribed the main upper fuselage and am part-way through the vertical stablisers. I have also started to detail up the nose gear and the front cockpit coaming, and will get going on the main gear soon. Yes, I am a masochist, but I'm actually enjoying this stage! Here are some pics, not too exciting yet I'm afraid but it hopefully gives a flavour of what I'm up to. Any questions/comments welcome. Cheers James
  15. 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
  16. 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 brake 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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?
  22. 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!
  23. 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.
  24. 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!
  25. 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