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  1. 34 points
    Attached are photos of my just completed Vixen! Built with the addition of Eduard seat belts and shortly some Model Master Pitots (When they arrive). Painted with Tamiya and Mr Hobby. Lovely model to build, only a couple of areas that need attention the upper Ailerons, the lower side of the booms where the flaps join and the air intakes. One thing I'm not happy with is the paint around the canopies but I can't do anything about it now, not the best brush painter! Kept the weathering to a minimum, tried to keep it as true to a duty Vixen as I could! Thank you to the Gents who kept my motivation going and kept me informed during the WIP! The WIP can be found here - http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234984638-148-airfix-deh-sea-vixen-finished-2208/page-1 And a couple with the competition...!
  2. 19 points
    I have just completed the Airfix Engligh Electric Lightning F6. I made this on the back of my recent Lightning F2.A, which I thoroughly enjoyed. The F6 build was fairly similar to my previous build, however there were a few issues. The parts were covered with flash, there were a lot of huge ejection pin marks and some of the parts had sink marks where the plastic hadn't flowed into the mold correctly. You would like to think that some basic quality control measures would have spotted this and rejected the kit, it really was not up to the standard that anyone would expect of a modern kit. When I compared it to the F2.A kit the difference was like night and day. Having said that I still enjoyed the kit. The level of detail is great for my kind of modelling so I went straight OOB. The decals were superb. I have two Airfix Lightnings, and F6 and F2.A in the stash, so as my skills are progressing I think I will try some proper metalliser paints and an aftermarket cockpit on my future builds. Thanks for looking. I have a few photos of the two models together at the bottom. Any comments or questions will be warmly received.
  3. 17 points
    A superb piece of writing. Just a shame that the media is not taking the same line: James is a professional writer and reporter on global vintage aviation, and has been writing for over a quarter-century. Well done that man.
  4. 16 points
    PS888 - the aircraft who had flown the last operational of a RAF Spitfire on April 1, 1954. 81 Sqn, RAF Seletar, Singapore. Pilot: S/Ldr W. P. Swaby. After the last flight the aircraft was decorated with famous "The Last!". Later on the PS888 was transfered to Royal Thai Air Force. Nowadays PS915 can be seen flying with camouflage and markings (except for serial number) of "The Last!". Kit: Airfix (1/72). Exhaust tubes and upper roundels from Spitfire F.22 (Airfix). The model is made by my 8-years old son Gustaw with my little assistance.
  5. 15 points
    Here we have Airfix's 1/48 Supermarine Seafire F.XVII. It's my first time building a Spitfire or seafire. I chose the No. 800 Naval Air Squadron, HMS Triumph, 1947 scheme as i liked the full upper surface as the Extra Dark Sea Grey. Kit Manufacture: Airfix (A06102). Scale: 1/48. Type: Supermarine Seafire F.XVII. Extras used: OOB + scratch seat belts. Paints and colours used: Upper surface is My Hobby Aqueous H333, Extra Dark sea Grey. Lower is Tamiya XF-21 Sky. Cockpit was 50/50 of Tamiya XF-69 Nato Black and XF-71 Cockpit Green. The exhausts stacks were Tamiya XF-84 dark Iron and dry brushed with Mr Hobby Iron metalizer. Primer was the the Badger Stynlrez grey. Weathering: Flory models dark dirt wash and tamiya weathering sets. Other info: Full build is here : http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234986236-148-airfix-supermarine-seafire-fxvii-no-800-naval-air-squadron-hms-triumph-1947/
  6. 12 points
    Hello,Friends - The Canberra Kid and I have donated a number of scale models to the Warton Aviation Heritage Group for their future display.These photos show mine and I plan on replacing them with 1/48 builds for my own collection.('POISED TO STRIKE - KING COBRA!') being the first.I wanted to share these photos with you and thank you for viewing.All the best,Paul. The TSR2 and Canberra are Airfix.56 Sqn.and 19 Sqn.Lightnings are Trumpeter.The 111 Sqn.Lightning is Hasegawa and I built this well over twenty years ago.
  7. 12 points
    Hi All, This is number 9 so far this year, it's the New 1/72nd scale Academy F-4J "Showtime 100". Built from the box the only addition being the ejector seat face curtain handles made from wire (a little thick), took a bit longer than I would have expected. Just a couple of teaser shots as this is to appear in a future issue of SAM. Comments welcome as always Thanks for looking Rick G
  8. 12 points
    Probably one the best helicopter kit out there. Great fit, nice details, impressive once build, Eduard Big Ed set is great and adds a lot of nice details on the inside and on the outside, a lot can be add with a bit of scratch build... The only downside it's the lack of rivets on the fuselage...none! And the real machine is covered in rivets...I found out about aftermarket rivets only after I finished the build... I have decided to go for the folded rotor option as the kit is already big. And with the blades open is something like 50cm diameter! I used some wire to reinforce where the blade are attached to the mast as they are quiet big and heavy, something that I suggest to anyone that would like to build this kit in the same position... P.s.: don't mind the crew chief heaving a break...
  9. 12 points
    Tim's Airfix 1/72 Boulton Paul Defiant (new release). Build thread http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234985667-tims-defiant/
  10. 11 points
    Never a truer word spoken. And when the hysterical, hand wringing "airshows should banned because of the danger to public safety" brigade start their usual media ranting, I would just like to mention four words to them - Ibrox, Heysel, Bradford, Sheffield. With numbers of dead and injured well into the hundreds at these four events, I wonder if the "ban them" brigade would be equally eager to ban all outdoor football and other sporting events on "public safety" grounds? No, I am not even trying to make light of the accident. I just hope (possibly in vain?) that a sense of perspective prevails.
  11. 10 points
    This is my first attempt at helicopter. It is Wessex HU-5 No 847 Squadron Royal Nvy Malaysia 1896. Built oob, no extras and brush painted. All comments good and bad welcome, but hope you all like.
  12. 10 points
    Hi, everyone! You can not always be serious))). This is my next model.
  13. 10 points
    The AFV AH-1W is basically the re-boxed Academy AH-1W NTS Update with a resin and metal turret gun. Excellent kit but is coming with Taiwanese Army decals was the only one that I found at the time. It's a really rare kit, a bit like the Dragon AH-6J... For this build I have used the TwoBobs decal set. They are really good but the instruction are so small that I scanned them and then try to zoom as much as possible to read something... Not my best build. The colour is too dark and, even if the marking don't have to come out to much, are kind of disappearing (live looks better tough...). The exhaust are a bit to gold-ish as well... But it's an impressive and cool looking model. I will try in a future to build another one as I still have the Werner's Wings exhaust update as well...
  14. 10 points
    Another great kit to build. Full of details, perfect fit...the only problem that I had was the terrible decals. The orange bits are been painted as the decals just disintegrated... Hope you like
  15. 9 points
    Hi everyone, Thought I`d show some photo`s of my just completed Eduard, Weekend Edition 1/48 Spitfire Mk IX Completed to represent a French Airforce Mk IX of: GC 1/4 `Dauphine`, Nha Trang, Indochina, 1947 Not quite OOB this time as after some research it became apparent that most French Spitfires in the theatre..... had `E` wings fitted and not `C`s as the decal instructions suggested. So had to modify the wings to suit which was a pain as I`d already 3/4 built the kit. The decals were from Berna Decals Sheet, BD 48-18 Otherwise just added seat belts and had to remove the aerial wires I fitted as I noticed at last minute they didn`t appear to have them. Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  16. 9 points
    Here are some photographs of the completed MKI Hurricane by Airfix in 1/72nd Scale. First of all I need to thank Mitch K for sending me a spare canopy after mine met with disaster through my own stupidity, so once again thank you kindly. I know the Brown colour is incorrect but I liked how it looked when it had dried so I left it instead of re-painting, I did have a couple of issues during the build (other than me being stupid) but I am happy enough with the end result. Painted using a mix of Tamiya and Revell Acrylics and Varnished with Windsor and Newton Matt on the top side of the aircraft. I hope you like it and if you have any suggestions for improvements theyll be greatfully received. Oh and I tried out a different paint chip/wear method out just behind the gun access panels on each of the wings to see which method looked the best just incase you wonder why they look different. Bit of a WIP can be found on my blog here if that kind of thing floats you boat: http://kitsandbits.tumblr.com/tagged/kitsandbits-Airfix%20Hurricane%20MK1/chrono Here's the photos and once again thanks Mitch!!
  17. 8 points
    Hi everyone, Here is my latest attempt at the very old Airfix Vulcan. This particular aircraft is now residing at the IWM Duxford, just up the road from me. Build thread should be here if anyones interested: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234975800-airfix-172-vulcan/ I wanted to build one with it's bomb bay open so the only option was to scratch build it which was a first for me at this level of complexity but I'm happy with the outcome. I also sanded off all the raised panel lines and rescribed... a very laborious job! I used the Freightdog 202 jet pipes and Fundekal decals set (beware, nose roundels provided in the set are to small in diameter). Painted with Xtracolor enamels and various bits of brass microtube, plasticard, lead wire, mv lenses and turned brass bits. Once again many thanks for all the technical help provided by various members, particularly that of Robvulcan's. Cheers gazza l Next to one I made many years ago.
  18. 8 points
    Good one Rob Here's some pics of the mottling now they're on their feet: Wick's 109 Machold's 109 I'll go over the cowling on this one with a bit of blue. The brush slipped a bit.. There's a bit of touching up to do on the wing/fuselage join, and then decals. Sean
  19. 7 points
    Hi Everyone, I have rethought my post and have limited it to just the picture of XH558 that I took yesterday. I have deleted the Facebook album from my profile and will be deleting the photos with the exception of the one below from my photobucket account as well. This photo shows the last time I will ever see Vulcan XH558 flying where she belongs : IN THE AIR. I asked the staff at the Vulcan Village to pass along my thanks to the crew for doing this flypast. I will miss the sight of this aircraft flying and will never forget her. All the best, Rick
  20. 7 points
    Airfix 1/72 Spitfire Mk1a 603 squadron August 1940, Basil Stapleton Build thread: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234987026-spitfire-mk1a-l-xt/
  21. 7 points
    First... the Avon oil drains (or whatever they are) with their aerodynamic end bits fitted: And then a moment that I have been working towards for a very long time... Yes! The first coat of primer:
  22. 7 points
    Here are my crab cakes: It was a small portion, more of a starter really. I had a cream cake on standby. I wanted to add some red stripes inside the nose gear doors, I found this in the spares box and trimmed it narrower: Here they are in place along with a label on the gear leg taken from the ever useful Mike Grant cockpit instruments sheet: As a reminder, this is what I was trying to reproduce: I masked up the lower door ready for some 308 grey which I am getting very low on: This is the last job for it so there should be enough. Then I noticed this strange white bloom on the tail decals (same on both sides): I've never seen anything like that before. I had a go at swabbing it off with a cotton bud dipped in water: That seemed to get rid of some of it, I also swabbed it with Micro Set and that seems to have fully sorted it. By the way, I am resisting the temptation to keep straightening the static dischargers of likely they will break off. I should have used stiff, black bristles like milktrip showed me a while ago, ah well live and learn. Here is how the door came out: Here it is after a dark wash: Then I gave all the undercarriage parts a smutty black Flory wash: Not forgetting the nose well: Now I could assemble the undercarriage, starting with the nose doors and leg: I glued the wheels onto the leg before inserting that as its all nice and vertical. Next the main gear: Next the wheels and main doors: Those two little struts proved a bit of a nightmare to fit, at one point I thought one had permanently glued itself somewhere inaccessible inside the wheel well but eventually I got it out. Here it is fitted: They do add a useful bit of strength to the doors at least. Here she is standing on her shiny new legs: Next I'm going to spray the interior grey on the step parts. By for now, Nigel
  23. 6 points
    Here she is hot of the production line, Airfix 1/48 Lightning F.1 "Demonstrator" WG331 Strait out of the box except the home made markings and resin seat. I hope you like her. Thanks for looking John
  24. 6 points
    To be featured in the October Airfix Model World (out two weeks from today), my recently completed Trumpeter Delta Dart with a few aftermarket upgrades - Caracal decals, True Details seat, Master Model pitot, and Royale Resin wheels. The latter were intended for the Monogram kit but with minor modifications fit Trumpeter's just fine. Cheers, Eriic
  25. 6 points
    Hi All, Been a while since I have posted, but I am still practising skills for my first ever group build, which is Eastern Front - so I had better do something Russian I suppose to practice their colour schemes, lol. Anyway here are some photos of the Spitfire MkIIa I have just finished, I am aware the Revell kit is not 100% accurate, but I am not much of a rivet counter so that doesn't bother me too much. Kit build oob apart from Eduard Brassin wheels, Barracuda corrected seat and Eduard photo etch in the cockpit. Appreciate any and all comments and tips to help me improve, now I just have to figure out where to put it.... Anyway - this is what I have been up to over the summer. Kept it pretty clean, not too much chipping and weathering - but it has seen some action ​
  26. 6 points
    Finished in one of the French schemes supplied, and given, what I hope, is a wash and dry brush to make it look like a machine used in Algeria Thanks for looking. Nigel
  27. 6 points
    Here are some of my recent builds. I just recently got back into scale models after a long break. In the 70s and 80s I hand brushed all my builds until I bought an airbrush, my results were better but set up, clean up and masking turned me off after a few years and a pile of unfinished builds. Over the years I have collected numerous aircrafts from the 70s and 80s I'll like to build. I am now back to hand brushing and having fun. Out of all the forums I like this one the most because there is a lot of quality hand brushers here. My builds are simple OOB minimal details and keep it simple. I use Testors paints here in the U.S. Because they are easier to get. I have brushed with their enamels and acrylics, but the jury is still out on the acrylics. They brush nice but even with a primer coat they sometimes chip or lift with masking. The enamels are very durable but a little harder to brush so any insite on hand brushing with Testors will be helpful. I am painting out of the jar with no thinning. I'm using Testors brushes.
  28. 6 points
    I erased that horrible photo (that came from the telegraph article) from my post, it wasn't my intention to hurt anyone. My apology
  29. 6 points
    Just finished, yesterday; this is the rather elderly Tamiya F-15J kit which I have built as a JASDF 60th anniversary aircraft (72-8960, 306sqn) from 2014. It is built OOB apart from Aries resin jet nozzles and Hasegawa after-market decals. I prefer the Hasegawa and Fujimi 1/48 F-15's to this Tamiya one in terms of build, but it looks pretty good built up. The aftermarket decals were superb - easy to use and bed into the model really well without any setting solution. Anyway; here's the model. Hope you approve.
  30. 6 points
    Please can I say how strongly I object to the use of the picture showing the flames and cars at the actual crash site on the A27. I was at the airshow very close to the crash site and saw it all happen. That pictures shows the death throes of 7 individuals that’s not something to be “gawked” at or speculated over. Sorry that’s just how I feel and I suspect many locals share my reservations (Yes I know it’s all over the news and I hope the sod that sold it to them burns in hell!!)
  31. 6 points
    Spot on Chris, The media are in a frenzy about it and it brings out the very worst in a flawed industry in my opinion, all major online news services have featured this downunder and if you think the bloke who got a suntan riled you well your lucky you didnt see our hopeless morons giving expert opinions, I turned my t.v off or it would not be in one piece at the moment, a very sad and tragic day that deserves respect and compassion something the media in general lack, it makes me feel so sad for the families and friends and those that witnessed it, God Bless all the emergency services involved they deserve our praise and respect, if you have ever ben near a tragic event and seen them work with speed, cool heads and compassion you know what i mean and hats off to the organisors who by accounts did a great job under the worst of conditions, The U.K has such a huge aviation heritage its part of everyday life , let us hope it is permitted to celebrate this in the future.
  32. 5 points
    Here is a What-if model I have been working on for a while. Still not completely done but wanted to basically test out a homebullt light box I built. So here are some shots of how it turned out after several editing in Infranview photo editor. Still not perfect but better than anything I have done. Again, the inspiration for this model was put into reality after seeing Igor Sobolevsky wonderful 3D art station work called 'Axiom Racing'. His 3d version is to 'die for'. Still need some touch ups in some areas and needs a stand, on a wooden base, when done. Hope you all like this build. ---------------------------------------------- The Seat before placement in cockpit. I could not take a decent enough photo of the display panel but will try later. Instead of a steering wheel, I made two sets of joysticks.
  33. 5 points
    I'm glad he's still alive, but I guess that he'll have burns and other injuries to cope with, as well as survivor's guilt, so he's got a long haul ahead of him. Here's hoping he pulls through. (I'm not a religious man, but you get my drift).
  34. 5 points
    RAF 99 Squadron VTOL Transport aircraft, 2066 Imai Thunderbird 2 kit, RAF Hercules decals from Airdecal RAF Transport is Go! Build thread here
  35. 5 points
    I would have posted this earlier, but I had to temper my feelings otherwise I think I would have been asked to leave BM. I made the mistake of switching on the BBC breakfast news this morning. At around 07:10 they introduced their "aviation expert", a Mr Hair, who writes for one of the airliner magazines and who happened to be at the event when the accident happened. During his five minutes of fame, he offered his "expertise" on the crowds at displays wanting to see "stunts and barrel rolls" at air displays. However the part of his interview that I found really offensive was when they were discussing the enforced road closures at the time. His comment was "Well I got a nice sun tan while I was waiting to get out". Please accept my apologies for this rant, but he really did make my water boil this morning.
  36. 5 points
    Nothing comes to mind. While if I could go to any time, it would have to be 1940, I would choose the 1980s if I had to live day to day in an era other than my own. What an amazing, uncertain time, I feel that living as an adult in the 1980s would be the closest one could get to the delicious uncertainty and hope of adolescence. Got a little more done. Now it's mostly on to filling and sanding until the canopies and other bits go on. Also, I may have a small Vietnam problem:
  37. 5 points
    Not a problem, glad they arrived safely and looking forward to what you do with the kit - hint hint Anyway the big news today - apart from the amazing mini-heatwave (and other sadder events ) is that the RAF has now acquired a new transport vehicle... RAF Transport is Go! (Note the serial number )
  38. 5 points
    Ok - those involved in that little spat need to wind their necks in now. Any continuation of this behaviour will result in suspensions. Show some respect for those affected!
  39. 4 points
    Hello! I show to you one of my last builds: the 1961 F1 World Champion, i.e the 156 Ferrari better known as "sharknose" . After seven years with the 2500 cc atmospheric engines or 7,1961 was the first season with the new technical rules (1500 cc atmospheric engines), and the English teams (Cooper, Lotus, BRM) suffered the lack of a good engine for these new rules. Thus, Ferrari, that had already an excellent engine for the new formula (the 1500 cc Formula 2 V6 engine, named "Dino" as it was designed by the first Ferrari's son before dying by a muscular dystrophy) dominated the season. Phil Hill, Wolfgang Von Trips, Richie Ginther and Giancarlo Baghetti were the works drivers. At the end of the season, Phil Hill won the championship by winning the Italian GP in Monza, in the same day that Von Trips and 14 spectators died in a terrific crash. The model was realized starting with a South Easten Finecast 1/24 white metal kit. The SEF kits are very old (mid '60s), but they are still produced in their original version, with no updating. Although the Sharknose is one of the most reproduced racing cars in all scales, when I purchased this kit some years ago, it was the only 1/24th model of this car available. Today, an excellent resin kit from Fernando Pinto, Portugal, is available. As I already had the SEF kit on my shelf, I decided to work with what I had... This is the starting kit: an extensive cutting-welding-puttying-panel lines scribing-riveting job was done on the body... the wheels were replaced by hand-laced spokes items by Fernando Pinto, the steering wheel is an aftermarket item from MG Model Plus, and the seat was covered with real tissue (silk taken from my wife's old trousers)... the exhausts were lenghtened, the shock absorbers were scratchbuilt and many other details were added, This is the final result: Many thanks for your attention! One more thing: the model reproduces the Belgian GP winner (Phil Hill)
  40. 4 points
    once again built oob longer ago StuG.Abt. 1708, 708. Volks Grenadier Division, France 1944
  41. 4 points
    These parts received the interior grey: Apart from the final coat of varnish I think that is the last of the airbrushing for this model. I placed some masking tape in my flat jawed pliers in an attempt to protect the paint finish while scraping off the superglue residue from the blade aerials: I glued all four of them on, this was probably the one that came out best: Next on went the pitot tubes: Now the door was dry I set about painting the handle yellow and adding some decals from the spares box as well as giving it a light wash: For reference, this is what it should look like: I did look for a suitable curved yellow arrow but there was nothing in my (fairly extensive) spares box. I applied what I thought was going to be the last decal but looking closely at the instructions I discovered there was this decal for the upper door which extended onto the lower one: It actually overlaps the other decal which is a bit weird but there you go: The main bit of construction left is getting the side door attached but I think I am going to call it a night here. Bye for now, Nigel
  42. 4 points
    Thank you Ozzy. Yes I think I'm quite happy with how busy the cockpit interior looks. Thank you Rob. The reason I have to put in so much effort is to try and keep up with you guys! Thank you giemme. I agree about the line - hopefully you'll let me know if you think it looks better now - please see below..... Thank you John. Yeah, alright - good point. I'd just been looking at the Spitfire Manual PDF I've got and in there it refers to them as stabilisers. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!On the point of emoticons: I use my work's iPad - you can add emoticons by typing a colon followed immediately by the one you want (eg. goodjob) followed immediately again by another colon. For example : goodjob : (but without the spaces at the front and rear) gives etc. you'll need to find out the names for each though. First job this morning: fill the terrible panel line across the front and the re-scribe it: Now the following may be a bit crazy but this is what I spent a fair chunk of time sorting out this morning for the Tamiya version: I saw this Airfix motor in a local toy shop and, realising I'm probably never going to use it in the 1/24 kit it's designed for, bought it for fitting in one of these two 1/48 kits - I found it better for the Tamiya kit. It took some time to get it into the right place for it to work. I've also still got to figure out what I'm doing with the wires. While the glue for the motor was drying I went back to the Airfix kit and cut out the panels to show off the armament bays in the port wing: I cut them out carefully with a craft knife and then filed them. Once the glue was set for the motor I added the cockpit parts: .......and spent a while test fitting the fuselage sides with these in place. Then I started fitting the parts for the insides of the wheel-wells and armament bays on the Airfix kit: Next, according to the instructions, the tops of the undercarriage legs need adding, but I already know these are a weak part of this kit. The parts in question: ......and the legs: Rather than installing the top parts into the wheel-wells I've glued them onto the tops of the legs: Once these are set solid I intend to cut them off straight across the join line then drill the ends out to accept some wire to strengthen the whole lot. Comments and suggestions welcome. Kind regards, Stix
  43. 4 points
    Thanks again Kev for the encouragement Yes I,am having fun and learning Found another good REF photo Also been playing with a new toy to add a little style to the base using an old bit of DADO rail been trying my hand at some woodwork. Tiny bit of filler needed sand down and stain the edging should look OK i think. Thanks for looking in on the FUN Beefy
  44. 4 points
    Thanks for your help snapper, slowly coming together in my head Not had a lot of time of late due to work but slowly prep/painting parts & experimenting with ideas for non slip finish. Had a look at the figures and I've got to say I'm well impressed with the Bravo 6 figures Couple of shots in primer. The figure on the left is Tamiya, good enough considering how much will be visible. The right hand figure is playing a mouth organ, Thanks for looking in Kev
  45. 4 points
    Take a deep breath Andy, and go and make a Mach 2 Valiant instead. The Swift will be a doddle after that.
  46. 4 points
    Just a quick update tonight, did a little bit of work on her and decided I needed more work!! First up started tiding up the canopy, have decided to stick with the current one and not make another….well for the moment! With the tape covering the “glass” bits it now has the look I am after. Just need to spend a bit more time on the rear cowling to get the shape right, but this task is nearly done. So really it’s just the wings and tail to go on till painting time!!! Arrr the wings…….This was going to be an easy bit until started to do some test fitting and positioning, or to find the port wing sat about 5mm lower than the starboard one!! So it would need to be moved up so they would be even. About now I started to think more about the wings and their size. The wing loading on this aircraft was really high, around 102 lb/ft2 (495 kg/m2) about the same as an F-104 and a lot more than a Eurofighter Typhoon! I want to drop this a bit and give her a bit more of an evolved look. Plus being Australian it can’t quite be normal, we just love to modify things…….so time to add a big wing to her (well it worked on the F/RF-111C!). So a little bit more fuel, lower take-off speeds, plus she needs to have a smoother ride at medium altitudes for precision bombing and the Pave-Gat! So a wing job it is! I did a rough drawing of what I’m after, longer tip and a small increase at the wing root for stage 1, stage 2 is to increase it half as much again. Will have to see how it looks after the first stage to see if I go any further. It’ll look something like this. So new wing root extensions added first, these will match two pieces a plastic strip I’ll add the fuselage so I can get a better bond with the fuselage (the two strips on the fuselage will be tired together with plastic rod through the fuselage, all will make sense in a later update). Next a quick check where the tips have to come off. Then off with yee tips with yea!!!! A wee bit of plastic to help give me profile. A wee bit of laminating which will make the shaping process a bit easier and require less filler! Now that looks better, just need to wait for the glue to harden. ….and a trial fit to see if it will look any good! That does look amazing, going from something that looked a bit odd and stumpy, to something that has a real modern look to it!! We aussies know how to make things look good!! Now what else can I modify……….
  47. 4 points
    Well....my new Hurricane turned up yesterday, and I thought I'd get a start on the old girl today, but.. I was working yesterday, and then out last night playing pool with my brother in law, and quite a bit of Harp Ice was consumed. So the worst for wear most of the day, I finally came around this afternoon and took a look at the kit. This one is from 1979, and has a fair amount of rivets, especially on the wings, and this boxing being from 1990 has a small amount of flash, although nothing major. So while it was out I got a sprue shot: I think I last made this about 15 years ago. Since it was out I compared the fit to what the new Hurricane was like, oh dear........: What about the wing to fuselage join? Oh dear again. Never mind, I have this: Homemade filler I made for my Meteor vac-form, using Airfix's new blue sprue and tubes of glue from the gift sets. I had seen it on Rick's BoB threads http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234984990-old-school-spitfire/ (post 11) , works a treat. Sure while it was out, a quick paint inside the cockpit, (there's no detail, just a board for the seat and Johnny Pilot ), a bit of glue...hey presto: So, that's me off again.... Sean
  48. 4 points
    Work continues apace. I forgot to sand down the gear wells of the AZ Spitfire, so the wing needed some encouragement to go on: Both wings needed a little help, in the end. I also managed to get some liquid cement to pool around the claw holding the wing to the fuselage on one of the Airfix Spitfires, a new variant on the classic glue fingerprint. Mr Surfacer 1000 is coming to my aid.
  49. 4 points
    To put it some context, this is the first incident at an airshow in the UK in which people on the ground have been killed since the DH110 crash at Farnborough in 1952 -63 years ago. British air display regulations are among the tightest in the world, and to have hysterical, hand wringing calls for them to be banned ignores these facts. Something happened here that as yet we do not know the causes of; there will be an investigation and at the conclusion of that there will be recommendations for the authorities to amend the rules as necessary to ensure it does not happen again. There will be enough stupidity coming out of the media over the coming days without it being added to here.
  50. 4 points
    I started today by getting the last remaining parts ready for an airbrushing session: The PE parts first with some grey primer: That allowed me to check them over and do some tidying up (mainly picking off bits of fluff). Next the parts for 308 grey and matt black: Here are the black parts done (the loose blade ariel is one of the first ones I made and I painted it up as a spare): Next I got some pale burnt metal Alclad on the pitot tubes and side door stays. The idea behind the latter is that the real parts are wire rope with what looks like a yellow zinc chromate finish which I thought could be simulated with this metallic. The end fixings I will paint interior grey later: The camouflage demarcation line on the lower side door runs at a distinct angle which I laid out from the model with tape. During this one of the hinges started to detach as you can see so I glued that and put it to one side to set: Now I could get on with some detail painting, first the hydraulic jacks on the U/C legs: Next some 337 grey on the base of these mushroom aerials: I had also realised that the main wheel dust caps should be yellow so I did those: Those and a number of other undercarriage parts need a wash and they can then be fitted. Finally I painted the actual pitot tubes with burnt iron Alclad and then used some diluted clear blue and orange to try to create the prismatic burnt metal look: Now for some assembly, I snipped these parts off their painting holders: This is where they go, many months ago I recorded the length of the rod on the instructions: Here they are fitted, I smoothed off the cut end of the rod and will touch it up later: I also glued these blade aerials on: The PE one lasted about five minutes, the black finish allowed me to find it easily enough - I think I'll leave it off until after the undercarriage is fitted now. I glued on the mushrooms: Finally the retracted upper side door: That was tricky to photograph but hopefully you get the idea. That's it for now. Bye for now, Nigel
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