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  1. Hi folks - not much progress, but the big 'bits' are together. I tried something slightly different, in that I attacjed the upper wing halves to the fuselage first before I glued on the single piece underside / belly. This worked well for the upper side of the wing, i.e. no filling or rescribing needed, but not so great for the underside. The way the wing is moulded, along the flaps and inboard from the wingtips, means that there was quite a bit of a step here and at the leading edge which needed a bit of filling and smoothing. It wasnt too bad in the end, but I suspect I would have had more t
  2. Hi all - here is my next project - the Airfix 1/72 Spitfire F Mk.22. I've had this kit in the stash for a few years, and have collected some odds and sods for it over the years... so now, it's time to build it! It should hopefully be a relatively simple build. Anyone have any tips? Here is where things are at after the first 24 hours - cockpit is done. The Arfix plastic is quite soft, but that makes it easy to work with for things like removing the cockpit door (as I did). The Pavla set is a very good fit and doesn't require any extra trimming. The primary com
  3. Thanks gents, you're too kind! Cheers again, BC
  4. Thanks all! Tony, that's awesome, looks like the old bagged kit box art - how did you do that one? Cheers again, BC
  5. Thank you everyone for your kind words - this indeed was a fun little build and did re-kindle some of those feelings from a more simple modelling time - it was great to not have to sweat over too many details. These old Airfix kits actually aren't too bad to build. The only real fit issue I had with this one was the lower wing piece, which needed a bit of filling and sanding to get into place. The struts were a tad fiddly too, and the horizontal stabiliser was split in the middle, but overall not too bad. I have been eyeing off their old DH4 from the early 60s as a fut
  6. Many thanks to you all for your very kind words about my little Albatros - I am humbled! Hi Bigglesof266 - I am sincerely sorry, I had no intention to be disingenuous - I have modified my post to say that I intended to build this largely out of box, but I couldn't help making a few refinements here and there. Sorry again. Thanks, BC
  7. Hi everyone, World exclusive – the seldom seen super-rare box tops from some of the classic kits! Feast your eyes! Just kidding ….or am I…? Have we gone back to the future? Is this life imitating art imitating life? Nup, I am definitely kidding. Every now and then I feel inclined to have some fun with our hobby. I remember some of the boxings of Revell and Airfix kits from the 1980s, which featured built up models, often in odd settings or clearly done in a hurry. For example, I
  8. Hi all, Here is my latest completion, the 1/72 scale Albatros D.Va from Airfix. This kit’s moulds date from 1957, making the mould around 63 years old! (that's 24 years older than I am...). This is the boxing from the early 2000s, picked up for $4 at a swap and sell. With this build, I wanted to re-kindle that child like feeling of building something for fun, with minimal modifications, and not a care for accuracy. To correct the ancient Airfix kit's flaws would be to scratch build an entire model. So, in the spirit of fun, I wanted to keep this one largely
  9. Thanks all! Duncan - don't worry, I knew very little about P-51s before I started these ones, but they are such pretty birds that they are hard to resist Cheers, BC
  10. Brilliant work Andrew - out of curiosity, what camera and lighting set up do you use? Your photography is outstanding. Cheers, BC
  11. Thank you all for your very kind words - I am very humbled! Cheers again, BC
  12. Hi all, The Australian Capital Territory Scale Model Society (ACTSMS) here in Canberra runs an annual competition called "The Kittyhawk Cup", where all participants must build the same kit, out of the box. This year, the kit selected is the series of Airfix 1/48 Mustangs (any of the boxings). Kits must be built OOB, with the option to utilise other decals. I haven't entered the competition for a very long time, and have no real idea about Mustangs (being mainly a WW1 aircraft guy), but I decided to enter anyways. Not only that, but I also foolishly decided to build not one, but tw
  13. Well, after spending several hours masking, spraying, and going cross-eyed, I think I can say that i'll never want to play checkers ever again.... Cheers, BC
  14. Hi all - finally got some paint onto them... I wasn't originally going to do two natural metal finishes (one was going to be a USAAF OD green and grey) but found a NMF scheme I wanted to do, so they're both now silver. I tried my hand at a few Alclads (well, 7 in total), and they came up ok... surface prep is so important with these, as you can see every little scratch (annoyingly). I'm probably going to flat coat it in the end as from what I can tell, the aircraft weren't generally polished, plus I want to use an oil wash... which means that it'll probably just look like 'silver' in the end,
  15. Thanks Roger - I know very little about Mustangs, so in this regard I simply followed the instructions, which say to paint the floor wood coloured. I had seen some other builds with black floors, but some also with wood, so I stuck with the kit instructions. Plus I think it looks slightly more interesting. I am sure there will be plenty more things I get wrong...! Cheers! BC
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