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  1. One of the few kits that I gave up on and threw away so I am very impressed with what you've done with it.
  2. It would be really helpful for those of us eyeing up the kit to at least have a comprehensive list of the errors and fixes so we are well prepared when, not if, we buy it. Pretty please
  3. Excellent. Just 1 question. How on earth do you model the aerial wires to that configuration?
  4. Well, many thanks to everyone who helped and a special mention for those detail photos from @Finn. As ever, the simplest explanations are usually the best and thanks to @CT7567 for pointing out the difference between the AS.30 and R.530. In my defence of overthinking it, I am even less of an expert in French armaments than anything else. Now to put those yellow stripes under the fins(!). (BTW The offer of coffee and cake stands.)
  5. Excellent. Considering what you had to work with, OOB thats as good as its ever going to get. Meanwhile, mine lingers in the stash staring at me accusingly. I have, until now, found it easy to resist its 'charms'....
  6. Thanks for that. 2 supplementaries if you don't mind. If the -CT's didn't use the AS.30, did the -C and so were Airfix right to include them in their boxing? Would the Paveways have a separate targeting laser pod or would you rely on others to designate the target like with the AS.30'S?
  7. The AS.30 is not an LGB. It is a missile with a range of approx 10 km which was, in its initial form, guided to target by the pilot using a joystick. The -L version in the Airfix kit with the blunter nose was laser guided, usually by ATLIS.
  8. I'm currently building the 1/72 Airfix and Revell versions of the a/c and am about to start fitting 'things under wings' The Airfix kit has AS.30L missiles included but, not surprisingly due to the age of the kit, no laser pod. No worries I thought as I knew the Revell kit had lots of armaments. So it did, PHIMAT, RAMORA, BARAX, Magic I & II, Matra 530's, Recon Pod/Fuel tank. However the one thing it did not have was the ATLIS II pod which was usually used. Now, on the weapons sprue of the Revell kit there is a long square thingie with what appears to be glazing at the front which I cant identify. Is it a laser pod that could be used instead of the ATLIS ? ( It is depicted here next to the Phimat pod in the centre of the weapons sprue) If not, suggestions? There is one in the rare as hens teeth Heller Armements set for £20 on Ebay. Res Kit dont have one in 1/72 nor Eduard. There are alternative systems to ATLIS for the AS.30 but none of them are depicted in scale so far as I can see. If that thingie on the sprue is unuseable I'll be a bit stuck. So, any help will be gratefully received and I will be forever in your debt (redeemable as coffee/cake or beer when next at Telford) PS. I've also misplaced the exhaust nozzle from the Airfix kit so if you have one of those thats 2 coffees/beers!
  9. Good job on a v old and basic kit. I bought it, or my Dad did, when I was v young as the suggested scheme was all black and, with the kit being made of black plastic, it meant I didn't have to paint it. Can I suggest you now buy the Revell kit to see how the industry has come on in the past 60 years. Its a very pleasant eye opener. Compare and contrast!
  10. Good luck. The turret was the worst for me. Some don’t seem to have had the problems I did, and I hope you’re one of them, but if not the only advise I can give is keep cutting away the snagging parts until it fits and clean up the resulting mess as best you can!
  11. My most recent opus re the Beaufort in the RFI section seems to have been duplicated. I submitted, the error 500 message came up telling me to resubmit which I did and there are now duplicate threads. Can you shut down one please.

    1. Mike


      Job done :) if it happens again, just open a new tab to check it posted ok, then shut down the old one. It’s refreshing the page that causes the duplicate. It’s a pita, but we’re stuck with it until we can track the cause down. :( 


      if you ever need a thread closing or help with anything, just hit the Report button, and you’ll have the attention of 3 mods, and we’ll have a link to the thread in question :yes:

  12. Airfix Beaufort I 2021 boxing Now I know I’m going against the consensus but I really, really didn’t like this kit. How can you when it’s so difficult to build accurately? Anyhoo, Presenting my version of the kit. I used Eduard etch and masks. Paints were Precision Paints M7 for EDSG, Polly Scale for DSG and Xtracrylix XA1012 for Night Black. Humbrol 78 was used for the interior. It looks good but frankly it became a bit of a chore to build. 1. The engines, their cowls and associated nacelles are not easy to get to fit properly. Mine don’t despite using the WIP build articles, eg by @Rabbit Leader and @jackroadkill, to try and avoid trouble. Copious amounts of filler were required in consequence. 2. I really struggled to get the turret to fit together. I found it’s too long so fouls the floor of the fuselage, it’s too wide so fouls the upper fuselage as you try and instal it and the locators for the canopy and guns are in the wrong place so it just doesn’t fit, at all, and looks wrong with guns parallel to the upper fuselage line rather than at an angle to it. It is now installed only because I cut off the bottom few millimetres, cut off the locators and sanded the fuselage. 3. The wheel bay doors are, uniquely in my experience, a push fit. If that’s not asking for trouble I don’t know what is. A big risk for breakages I would have thought. Fortunately, I didn’t accidentally break anything but I had four to do. 2 went on fine, 1 was too loose so had to be glued. The final one (on the other nacelle from the loose one BTW ) just didn’t want to fit and I had to cut off the locating arms and glue the remnants. 4. The bomb doors are another example of the problems In assembling the kit. This is an area that should cause few problems. The convention used in most modern kits, including those of Airfix, is closed doors are provided that you cut up if you want to depict them open. The Instructions are confusing. You are provided with not only closed doors, as per convention, but a separate set of parts for open doors. For this kit though, you use the front and rear open doors but have to cut up the closed door part to get the central section. The open central section is designed for the doors to hang vertically when, I assume, bombs and depth charges are to be used. The vertical hanging doors were not used for torpedo planes apparently. Anyhoo, having worked that out, when you’re cutting up the closed door part to get to the central section for a torpedo plane you find the plastic is not scored at the back to help with the cutting. If you own a razor saw that’s not an issue. I don’t... so it was. Finally, I found, after I’d fitted everything together, that the closed part is handed and only luck allowed me to complete the assembly rather than having to dismantle it and start again. So, apparently a popular kit, and even mine looks good from a distance, but it’s not a kit I’d recommend. When you re read the reviews you see that other experienced and expert modellers also had issues. I also have the SH version, so when I get round to building it, it will be interesting to see if that is as difficult to put together as this one was. I’m a huge fan of new Airfix and enjoy their kits immensely. I regret this is the exception that proves the rule.
  13. In the words of @AdrianMF, more Fortressy goodness. This is the 2017 Boxing of Airfix’s 2016 B-17G of an RAF machine of 223 Sqn, 100 Group. OOB save Eduard harness and Uschi line. Paints were Xtracrylix with Humbrol Hu.33/78 for the interior. Exhausts were bespoke mixtures involving Humbrol aluminium, black and Bronze. Matt varnished with Windsor and Newton. Decals went on well and took solvents without issue. First of all a big thank you to Lynne Stirrups at Airfix Customer Service without whom this kit would not have been made. I ordered it from an online supplier but when it arrived and I opened the box the sprue with the wing spar was defective. Having determined the spar was essential and couldn’t easily be replicated, or bodged, I contacted ACS, got a replacement only to find it broken on arrival. No issues, a second was sent and I could start. Second, with new Airfix it is well known they are made to exacting tolerances. A lesson that I have to relearn every time. On this I cemented one of the pieces that make up the engine nacelle slightly off as I was rushing and oh boy what a problem that turned into. If the nacelle assembly is off you have a very visible misalignment of the nacelle body and therefore prop but also the undercarriage. A lot of swearing, filing, sanding, repainting and disassembly took place. I think it’s invisible now. I was also forewarned of problems with the closed bomb doors piece. I therefore inserted it earlier in the building sequence than Airfix would have you do and it fitted like a glove. Can I also thank @tonyot for his build and article which was invaluable. His influence can be seen eg in the scratch built wind deflectors for the waist gun and the scratch curtains and infra red, formation keeping thingy, in the nose which are quite visible in original photos. I started this in November. Worked on it solidly thru Xmas and then leant a bit heavily on the rear and the tail wheel snapped off. Repinning a tail wheel in 1/72 is, for me, too difficult and a sudden mojo loss occurred. A few weeks ago I dusted it off, bodged a repair such that from 12 feet away, if you don’t look too closely, it’s invisible and now it’s done and we can move on. Excellent. Tremendous subject, a bit left field and accurate. Subject to being careful on tolerances, it will go together well and to my eye looks the business.
  14. Curtiss P-40B Tomahawk IIA/ Hawk 81-A-2 This is my build of the Airfix 1/72 kit first issue (#AO1003) with the Flying Tigers decals. No flash, no moulding defects, no fit issues save the rudder and side glazing, decals were good. Paints used were Hu.28 for the undersides , Hu.119 for the brown topside colour with Airfix M3 ( Yes, you read that right) for the green. Engraved detail was sharp and its depth appropriate. Nose inserts were slightly off needing some sanding to be rid of small steps. Similarly the wing/fuselage join had a small step which needs eliminating. Comments Assembly. a) The undercarriage legs in my kit were, surprisingly, a very loose fit to the wing. Thus, and contrary to the usual advice for recent Airfix kits, give them several coats of paint to try and tighten them up. b) The pitot tubes for AVG Tomahawks are of the kinked design, not the straight rod the instructions would have you use. c) I assumed the aerial wire was the usual rudder to both wing tips, a feature of the P-40/P-36 range. Again, references were unclear as to whether there was, additionally, a central wire from rudder to top of the fuselage. Some showed it, others didn’t. I left well alone as there was no definitive contemporary photo of the plane with it fitted. Decals and Colour Scheme The major error in the decals is the ‘Hells Angel’ figure. It should be depicted as walking to the rear on the starboard side and the legs are in a different position to the one on the port side. I didn’t know until too late and so it’s the Airfix decal unaltered. Similarly, the shark mouth should be coloured inside with a light blue on this particular aircraft. Stencils are included on the decal sheet but some are so small as to be, for me, impossible to work with. Consequently 2 are lost Colours on the Tomahawks of the AVG are extensively discussed on this site and elsewhere. a) For convenience, I’ve kept to the Airfix recommendations, on the assumption they are for an aircraft whose colours are weathered by the tropical sun but recognising that the underside grey should have a blue tint and the roundels on the underside should be in a much darker blue than the sun drenched roundels on the topside. b) Curtiss interior green was depicted by, ironically, Nakajima interior green from the Colourcoats range (ACJ04) as being the closest to the actual colour. c) I’d run out of my go-to Dark Green, Hu.116, but found, tucked away, an old, unopened tin of Airfix M3. I opened it, not expecting much, and to my surprise it was perfect. That tin must have been purchased in the mid ‘60’s and so is 55 years old. It’s followed me round the country with all my many house moves. Amazing. d) At the last minute,ie today, I found a contemporary photo showing one of the AVG planes where the rear of the propeller was natural metal. Investigating, it seems that factory fresh USAAF planes had props with natural metal and maroon on their rear sides but as these were delivered to the British where they were fitted out, I left mine as black and presumed the photo showed an exception to the rule . In short, an excellent kit with all the detail you could reasonably expect. There’s certainly no need for AM stuff save to get the right decals. All the other issues I’ve listed can be easily rectified. The only kit I can compare it to from my own experience is the Hasegawa P-40N, moulded decades ago .... and it shows. How Airfix make kits as good as this for the price is alchemy. Recommended to all without reservation
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