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Finchley Bantam

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  1. I've always been fascinated by the Starfighter, it's such a beautiful (and weird) looking machine and I've never build one - so I decided to put that right. I opted for the Eduard "Bundesfighter" kit as I saw it reduced – superb Hasegawa plastic, with 10 decal options and plenty of PE and resin goodies included - what's not to like! I chose the Bavarian scheme because coincidentally I saw the actual aircraft at the Luftwaffe museum at Berlin Gatow quite a few years ago. It's been repainted and stuck on a pole since it's glory days in the 80s though. It's a great kit but probably at the extreme end of my skill level with some tricky (and very small) detail work in the cockpit - I left the canopy loose as I couldn't bare to seal up all the work, hence it doesn't fit in some of the photos. Anyway, here's some pictures, hope you enjoy them!
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    Eduard F-104g (Dutch) NATOfighter

    Hi - Iooking good so far. As it happens I'm currently building the same kit, I'm a bit further along the process, putting on the decals now. I see you've built the IP - just a heads up... fit it to the fuselage before you join the two halves together. It just doesn't slot in later as shown on the instructions. I'll have to snip off the control column and throttle lever to fit mine. Very frustrating!! Anyway, everything else goes together like a dream, it's a great kit and I've had fun building mine, I hope you do to.
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    Italeri 1:32 F104G Starfighter Double Build

    I'm building the Hasegawa currently - it's a great kit but watch out for the instrument panel - fit it before you join the fuselage halfs together as it doesn't just slot in later as shown on the instructions. I'm going to have to snip of the control column and throttle lever to get mine to fit - very annoying!
  4. Absolutely love that!
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    Auzzie Mozzie

    Thanks. If there's crew on the sprue I'll put them in - although in this case the pilot was literally legless. (His legs finished where the instrument panel began).
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    Auzzie Mozzie

    Oh I hope they do! It's been 45 years since the last one...
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    Auzzie Mozzie

    I feel your pain! It was all going quite well until I messed up the undercarriage legs. Doesn't show too badly on the photos but they aren't the best...
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    Auzzie Mozzie

    1/72 Airfix Mosquito. I wouldn't normally build anything of this vintage (nice new re-boxing but early 70's plastic inside), but as I received it as a gift it would have been rude not to! I found it a quite challenging build - gappy fits, lots of filling and sanding, raised panel lines, victorian water tank like riveting and let's not mention the undercarriage. Also the fuselage is twisted right along it's axis, so the tail section doesn't sit vertically. I went for the Australian silver scheme, which I think accentuates the aircraft's graceful curves and is more interesting/unusual than the all black night fighter and RAF camo options which were also available. I'm reasonable happy with the results, considering the limitations of the kit, but the main thing is that I enjoyed building it (apart from the undercarriage!)
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    Tamiya 1:48 P-51D

    Thanks to you all for your encouraging comments and likes. The kit went together beautifully, letting me concentrate on the tricker task of painting it. One thing worth mentioning is the NMF. I was initially a bit disappointed with the Humbrol Metalcote which didn't buff up as shiny as I'd hoped. But once under a coat of varnish it looked better - like a slightly tarnished aluminium giving it a used look which helped with weathering. I doubt the USAAF spent much time polishing their aircraft during WW2! Cheers guys.
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    Tamiya 1:48 P-51D

    Here's my one and probably only model of 2016. Tamiya's wonderful Mustang with Kits World's decal sheet of Lt. Abner's P-51D "Daisy Mae". The original never carried invasion stripes but as I'd never painted any before I couldn't resist adding them! Enjoyed every minute of this one. Painted with Humbrol Metalcote and Halford's finest car paint rattlecans!
  11. That looks amazing! Tempted to give the foil technique a go myself - test my patience!
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    Airfix 1/48 Spitfire MkXII

    Thanks for the comments about the finish. I used Vallejo Model Colour for the first time, a couple of coats straight out of the bottle. It dries quickly and very smoothly without brush marks. With a coat of Vallejo satin varnish on top it looks great. I'd definitely recommend it to brush painters out there who are still searching for the perfect acrylic.
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    Airfix 1/48 Spitfire MkXII

    Thanks for your kind comments - as far as the position of the control surfaces are concerned I copied the positions from this photo I took at Duxford a few years ago: I agree though looking at it once it's finished - elevators down would have been more pleasing to the eye... Cheers!
  14. Well covered subject matter - but my first 1/48 in a long time. Brush painted with Vallejo Model Colour, which is the best I've come across so far. Pretty happy with the results - although I lost the undercarriage suspension arm to the carpet monster when removing it from the sprue - so they didn't go on. Also just noticed those massive ejector pin marks on the access door! All OOB except for Eduard Zoom cockpit interior - it's the first time I've used PE - gosh some of those bits of metal are microscopic! Thanks for looking.
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    Airfix 1/72 FW190 A-8

    This little Airfix kit went together pretty nicely. From the off I gave myself free-reign with the camo and markings as I didn't fancy attempting the mottled camo with a paint brush. Not one for you guys who like authenticity! The Airfix decals provided were pretty meagre so I bought some Eaglecals, the yellow flash inspired me to give it a kind of splinter scheme. Added the badge and flying skeleton from some left over decals from my last build. I used Vallejo satin varnish for the first time, which gives a great finish. All in all reasonably happy with the outcome, I think it looks pretty mean!