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  1. Strictly OOB, except I substituted lead foil for the plastic belts. Painted in acrylics.
  2. Painted with Andrea, Vallejo and Humbrol acrylics.
  3. Good afternoon everyone. It's been a long time coming but I felt I had to get this done as it was such a fun build. A quintessential 60s jet in 80s clothes. "Are 'friends' electric?" in this case my friends the answer is definitely yes! Please bare with me while I pass a bunch of photos past your eyes. I hope you approve of what I did to the heaps of plastic that I found in my box. The English Electric Lightning. 1/48 by Airfix There you are, a lovely bird, not to everyone's liking but I find her mesmerising. I hope you liked the RFI It was a pleasure to have you all along for the WIP. I'm currently building the Mahoosive Tamiya Lancaster 1/48. If you would like to tag along you can grab on here. Looking forward to more plastic in 2018. Happy Modelling guys. Johnny Newman.
  4. This had been in the stash for ages; the Airfix 'Design a Hawk' boxing picked up cheap, Midnight Hawks decals from a previous kit, also a knockdown PE kit from Hannants(Eduard made I believe}......what's not to like?? !!!LOADS!!! Firstly the kit is the early tool Airfix....one piece canopy, so won't see lovely PE cockpit anyway I think the PE was made for the newer mould it was so hard to fit(gave up on most of it) New aerials to build/fit and no pylons or smoke gennies. Screwed up the det cord lines in the canopy(again...how do you paint these without taking the paint off later?) Paints were Tamiya XF-61 dark Green with a drop of black and Vallejo MA 010 interior green. So slightly dissapointed by this build but here it is anyway, a 'problem shared' and all that !!
  5. Hi again Fellow Modellers, This is my first build in my new home, intended to be a bit of a mojo restorer however I tried to use Airwaves PE kit with it and disccovered that Mojo and photo-etch don't mix at all well First time with PE and couldn't work out whether you are supposed to stick the PE onto existing stuff or scrape/cut the plastic off, used only the seat belts in the end. The decals were from Sky models Spitfire sheet and paint is Tamiya and Vallejo MA. To me the tailwheel looks a bit long, this is the 'Project Airfix' edition that I think is based on the new tool. Thanks for looking........I know Airfix Mk1's are ten a penny after the Aldi/Daily Mail thingies. I've just noticed the engine has had a major oil-leak Either that or I've over-weathered again !!
  6. I'm starting the weathering on my 1/48 Airfix Mossie converted to a Tse Tse - I'm doing the oil pinwash prior to decaling so that I can do the pastel dusting after the first flat coat. We'll see how that works.
  7. This 1/48 Airfix BF109E is the first kit I have built for something like 50 years! My eyesight and clumpy fingers can't cope with 1/72 scale so it’s 1/48 scale for me. It's the first time I have used an airbrush or attempted any kind of weathering. All paints used are Vallejo Model Air. Some parts are missing/broken off, courtesy of a heavy-handed grandson, hence the retracting undercarriage. I've used a clear Airfix stand which has been removed from the photo by magic. I’ve got some of the prop blur thingies but not convinced they look that effective. I’ll maybe try the no-blade method to simulate a spinning prop. Currently building another Airfix 109E and an Airfix Mosquito PR.XVI (Both 1/48) with lots more waiting! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZUlNfLWG6QZNH309x7yCjHzJTCuzqGYn/view?usp=sharing
  8. One of the first models I started up my return to modelling, she slipped back for a variety of reasons but now is finished. The colour's are those as given by Airfix, so not really right, apart from the underside which is my own concoction in an attempt to get the colour I thought Airfix was aiming for. Anyway, on with the pics...
  9. Lancaster pilot's seat

    A friend is building the Lanc from the BoB flight set. Unfortunately he's lost the seat! Can someone give me the dimension from cockpit floor to the top of the headrest. He's scratched one but I think it looks a little over scale. Thanks All, Tom
  10. 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
  11. Well I've been lurking on here for nearly three years only occasionally sticking my head above the parapet, so it's high time I contributed a bit more. For my first WIP I'm going back forty years or so to the first kit I built with Dad's help, or was I hindering him building it? Said kit was the venerable Airfix Wellington. I've no idea what happened to that model, nor another Wellington I made on my own a couple of years later. For most of the intervening years I've pottered around in the model railway world not really achieving that much. Three years ago though I fell off my bike and broke the top of my leg. Unable to direct my wife to the railway kits and bits in the shed down the garden I remembered how good a friend had said the new Airfix Spitfire was. Well it wasn't just the one Spitfire that was liberated from the LHS and my wallet has felt feint ever since. Coming up to date I purchased from an auction site a Wellington of similar vintage to the original one and with the upcoming release of a new version I thought it about time I got cracking with it. The intention is not to build a super realistic Wellington but hopefully have a reasonably competent bash at assembling the kit well. Opening the box showed that the plastic bag was still intact which was very pleasing to find. So with a bit of a James May moment I slashed my way into it. And it's still got its stand :-) That's where the initial joy ended. There are sink marks and flash all over the place. A degree of fettling will be required to get bits to fit, but that's part of the fun. The two biggest problems are probably going to be that the upper part of the port flap is slightly short shot and the port fuselage just in front of the bomb aimer's window is also. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the ribbing yet. It's a quite pronounced but vague in where it's going. Hopefully the sink mark remedial work won't obliterate it and I'll be to gently calm it down. I've seen some builds where it appears the ribbing has been removed and it doesn't look right. Airfix have provided some crew, though I'm not sure that Tie fighter pilots were acting as gunners during WWII The crew have all been cleaned up and had spears shoved up their ... ready for painting Much of the work over the last couple of days has been cleaning up the fuselage, turrets and glazing and then carrying out dry fits. The cockpit fitted relatively well and only needed lifting a bit on one side (it'll need plenty of filler though!). The bomb aimer's window and the front turret were both a bit wide so strips of plasticard have been added on one fuselage edge. I've also assembled the cockpit such as it is. Starting with this horror Thanks Airfix! And there's only one of them. Wimpey's seem to have been dual control. Cleaned up and looking a bit more like the real thing. With the jam jar glass of the cockpit not a lot will be visible anyway. And assembled The pilots and cockpit glass will hopefully hide much of the seat horror, though I must dust the filings off before taking future photos. Thanks for looking, comments are welcome - are the photos too large?
  12. Airfix 1/48 Hurricane Mk I

    Hi all, I finally got around to joining a group build for the first time. I'll be entering the only two Hawker aircraft I have in my stash; a 1/72 hurricane and a 1/48 hurricane. This build thread will focus on the 1/48 one. First of all the obligatory box shot and sprue shots Thanks for checking in -Cam
  13. This is the old Airfix kit completed as a Crusader II. It is based on a picture of the 2nd Northamptonshire Yeomanry training at Castlemartin in December 1942. My colours are based on the records of a tank commander present at the time.
  14. Hello All, I'm nearly finished on a pair of Bristols (titter ye not - a Blenheim (MPM) and a 188 (vac)) and I have dragged out a bargain bin Airfix Storch, with "Tomy" secondary branding. The moulding quality looks terrible: all the struttery looks misshapen and wobbly, and the clear parts are a combination of short shot (windscreen) and roughly moulded. Not anyone's finest hour. Although I remember building it as a kid and thinking it was pretty good so it must have had better days. I jumped straight in: the cockpit (which isn't bad for 1967 Airfix) and the canopy (minus the short shot windscreen). I wanted a strong canopy to hang the wings off, so I used Tamika extra thin, which promptly ran everywhere! Here it is after an hour's remedial polishing with sanding sticks and toothpaste: You can see the two halves of the windscreen below. I have worked out a paper pattern for some folded acetate to replace this. You can also see how the canopy is way too low for the fuselage - I'm hoping it will be more fun when I get past the clear bits! Thanks for looking, Adrian
  15. Hello fellow modellers, Last summer I had a chance to buy my firs Airfix kit since more that 25years and I have to say I have been positively impressed. Really nothing to do with the old stuff I used to buy when I was a boy. The Defiant kit is nicely detailed and quite easy to build even if the turret requires a bit of patience. As usual for me it is an OOB with just little additional details like belts, some wiring etc. Paint has been done using airbrush and Tamiya acrylics with Tamiya spray cans for finishing. Any comment or suggestion is always welcome. Enjoy pictures. Cheers, Andy
  16. I was thinking (I know, I know- dangerous!) that maybe this topic might be a good idea, now that the new-tool Airfix kit is on its way. I have attached a link to some interesting photos of the only known surviving B-25B. Not much use as a modeling resource, but might be of interest. A shame her wing spars were cut, leaving a static display aircraft as her only real option. I have also attached a link to a B-25 website that might be interesting/helpful to many of you. Enjoy! Mike http://b-25history.org/aircraft/402347.htm http://b-25history.org/index.htm
  17. Ready for inspection I offer my Airfix 1:72 Hawker Typhoon IB. This is an out of the box build, decorated in the colour scheme flown by Squadron Leader Basil Gerald Stapleton DFC. The kit went together well with no problems except for the invasion stripe decals, not wanting to play ball. I was lucky enough to get a new airbrush and compressor for Christmas, and got to test them out painting.g the camouflage top coat. Great little kit, and fun build.
  18. Hey everyone I’ve been away ‘up country’ for the past few days so I’ve had no chance for any modelling - until tonight when I made a start on the Airfix 1/48 Defiant. So far its proving to be a lovely kit, well detailed, well engineered and well fitting (I understand the glazing on the turret is a little tight though)... I have a set of Montex masks so I intend to finish her as N1801 PS*Y, 254 Sqn RAF Biggin Hill 1941.. I also have some quick boost bit and pieces plus the Eduard masking set. Cheers all Iain In a very wet Kernow (it was sunny up country 🙁)
  19. Airfix Tiger Moth in 1/72 in the kit scheme colours of No. 10 Elementary Reserve Flying School, RAF Yatesbury, Wiltshire 1940. Built oob except for scratch built seatbelts (from heavy duty kitchen foil), Albion Alloys 0.3mm brass tube (for the control horns in the tail) and Uschi van der Rosten Fine (0.02mm line). Paints were airbrushed Italeri RAF Dark Earth and Dark Green along with Humbrol yellow (I think it was 69 - colder compared to RAF Training Yellow) and Mig pigments and washes. I built this as I wanted to learn how to do rigging which was initially quite frustrating. I had many battles with medium and thin superglue and kicker just to get the lines to stay...so the surfaces around the struts became quite a mess in the end (along with the fuselage where it meets the wing). Despite my drilling out the lower wings and attaching the rigging lines to the upper wing with the intention of feeding the line through the lower wings, I only managed to do this for a couple, the rest were bodged in a pool of superglue. However, overall I'm pleased with the result even if the rigging is overscale and the rigging in front of the cockpit subsequently came undone.
  20. BAe Hawk T.1a in the 75th anniversary scheme of 234 Sqn, 1 TWU, RAF Brawdy, 1992. Airfix kit oob with Xtradecal decals and scratch built seatbelts, cushions, nose light and pitot tube. I tried to replicate the grime toward the rear.... Overall went together very well but I could have improved the finish on the fin and around the canopy.
  21. Well, second time around for this project, but other than cut my finger getting something off a sprue and buying decals and paint, I never did much. Actually, cowls/noses have been attached to their respective fuselage halves. I'm going to investigate the possibility of using an Airfix fuselage, with Hasegawa Mk.IIC parts, but unless it looks really easy I'll just stick with Hase. It'll be in the blue "air racing" paint job. Back about the time that Billy Joel was making a splash with 'The Stranger' and '52nd Street', an older gent gave me a stack of RC modelling magazines. There was a 3-view in one of this subject (which I bet I still have in a file somewhere lost in storage), and from that day I've wanted to build it. Considering that it was the pride of the Hawker (_____) Company, and that they saw to its survival, it seems an appropriate choice for this GB.
  22. Looks like I’ll be doing an accidental companion build to @Enzo Matrix‘s Saturn V with my focus being on the splashdown/recovery. Old 66 Sea King & the module I’m armed with Airfix HAR 3 Sea King to be guddled about with as per the excellent Tailhook resource and have been playing with tinkercad to get a splashdown module which I’m currently planning to 3D print at my local library
  23. This is a warning for all those who have bought or ordered the new Airfix 1/48 Sea Fury. We just got our stock in today, when one of our regular customers emailed us asking if our kits were Ok, as he got one with a short shot tail fin leading edge, on the starboard fuselage. I checked all our kits and they all had the same fault. I phoned Hannants (that's where we got them from) and they said all the kits are affected! So we're having to send ours back for a refund and I would suggest everyone who has got one to double check it and see if it has the same issue. If it has, I would suggest contacting Airfix (as this is really bad) and returning it to where you bought it from (unless Airfix will take it back, which I doubt). If it is as bad as we're been led to believe, this is a pretty bad situation! thanks Mike
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