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Lynx7

Airfix 1/72 RAF High Speed Launch

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That is really good, setting a great little scene and compactly telling a story really well..

Edited by Rob 1

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Love the spitfire's back end stickin out the water. Sea looks great to.

Edited by Aimee'sDad

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Absolutely stunning!

The sea looks good and the setting as a whole with the spitfire is one top idea!

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Nice! a cracking little diorama! I see you did the aerial with rings. I did when I did mine - a right bugger of a job.

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Thank you very much all!

Seadog, I used EZline for the rigging etc and then found some suitable PE (I think they were portholes for something or other). They were round but had the little hinge brackets at cardinal points so it made it quite easy to place them within the nice and flexible EZline. The elastic tautness of the EZline holds them in place.

I was lucky enough to get second place in the diorama category and best Airfix kit at the Yeovilton show this weekend just gone :-D

(I initially entered it in the ships section but someone whined that it was a diorama.....he had a ship in the ship section)

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I've never used EZ line, yet. IIRC I used ceramic wire and can't offhand remember what I used for rings. I'll have to have a look. There seem to be new materials coming on stream fairly frerquently these days. Eee when I were young.....etc.

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loving the Diorama……. even down to the bullet holes in the tail of the plane.

modelling skills at their best well done.

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Nice job and full of inspiration!

Congrats for silver and special Airfix award!

Well deserved.

The HSL is such a nice boat and you pushed me with your tremendous model forward, so I`ve to start with my kit.

:thumbsup:

Edited by Sarcococca

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Hi Tony, don't know how I missed this thread, what a superb build, you got the sea spot on and it's not easy. Thanks for sharing your pics.

Colin

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As some will be aware, in between building Lynx and Wildcat helicopters, I do like to diversify by building 1/72 boats - MTBs, Patrol boats and HSL's. I find them a great scale because they arent too small to put some good detail on and they dont take up a huge amount of room. Not only that, they just look great (Perkasa, lots of the Vospers and several other lesser known boats). I decided to build the very old Airfix RAF HSL as a part of my clubs theme for this years Telford - Rescue, Repair and Recovery. I decided to set it on a base to give it a bit of context. Nothing too adventurous; just a tail from an old Revell Spitfire in the drink with the pilot in his dingy getting rescued. It did however allow me to experiment for the first time making a sea base. I'm satisfied how it came out and may even make bases for my ever growing collection of MTBs.

For the base, I simply used a piece of stiff picture mounting card (dark green) then loosely painted it dark blue using artist acrylics. After that I added differing shades of greens and blues to add a bit of depth. I then applied artists gel with a large(ish) brush to replicate the waves and crests. This product dries clear so it helped to also add a bit of depth. Once that had dried, I then applied more greens, blues and dabs of white. Once it was all dry, I chucked on a coat of semi gloss artists varnish to lock it all down and also give it the final sense of depth. Prior to all this, I carefully cut out the hull shape in the card. I decided to do this instead of cutting the hull on the kit down so I could still mount the craft on a stand if I wished. The boat simply sits in the hole on the base (excuse the bits of white-tac filling the gaps!). To finish, I placed the whole base in a suitable picture frame.

Despite it being an old kit, its actually really nice and simple to build. It took me about 2 weeks to complete and its pretty much straight out the box apart from adding rigging (EZ line) and various bits of rope to dress the deck and the bloke in his dingy (CMK). EZ line is the way ahead when doing rigging and the like as it is very forgiving and simple to attach. Another bonus is because it is effectively elastic, it wont snap if youre a bit clumsy!

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Thanks for looking

Tony

Stunning build, I would like to know which product you used to replace the Anchor & Chain plus the ''EZ-Line'' is this the product used to tie bait to the hooks ? Please excuse my ignorance ,but this sounds like an awesome [MUST-HAVE] rigging product. PS. thanks for sharing the Great Sea How-to !

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Hi Tony

The base is a work of art in its own right

Stunning build, you could spend hours looking at it and still see something new, outstanding.

Cheers Pat

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Smashing set

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Brilliant Diorama, so much detail and looking realistic, I remember seeing it at some shows, hope it lives in a nice case 😊

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A long time since I saw this splendid work. I think I appreciate it even more now if that is possible!

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Blinkin' flip. That's awesome. As someone said above.  Would look at it for ages.

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