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About F1xena

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  1. Charlie, you are in luck! Italeri kit details here: https://www.super-hobby.com/products/Supermarine-Spitfire-F-Mk.VII.html MD114 is indeed an option. I have a bunch of these kits as one of the other options, YQ-W, Isobel II, was flown by my grandfather’s brother, Jack Cleland. cheers Tania.
  2. If you can find a cheap Italeri HFVII kit, the decals are quite nice, and the pressurisation intake is a seperate part. The rest of the kit is pretty average, and is incorrect for a MkVII (wrong canopy, cockpit door etc) but probably no more expensive than an aftermarket decal sheet? cheers Tania
  3. Wow, great information. Thanks very much!
  4. Sturmovik, could you tell me which Museum? I’m in Buenos Aires from time to time and always looking for something to do. Any model shops worth visiting? I found “Top Gun” on my last visit, and another one near by, down an arcade on a previous visit. Cheers Tania
  5. I dearsay it wouldn’t be past Matchbox to have made a mistake with the serial size! To be honest, I never clicked that it could have been incorrect. The decals in my kit were marginal, both in colour and quality. The wax-paper cover sheet had stuck to the decals, and the carrier film was quite badly discoloured, hence the Chakra and fin flash markings being more “brown” than “orange”. It would be nice to see the aircraft re-tooled, instead of “yet another Spitfire/Hurricane/Messerschmitt” by one of the mainstream kit companies.
  6. I love tiger stripe liveries and you have done a great job on yours. Congratulations on a lovely result!
  7. I used to play cricket in Wellington, NZ as a schoolgirl. The ground was under the downwind flight path for the SAFEair Bristol Freighters enroute from their home base in Blenheim. Even then I was aircraft mad, and couldn’t help but look up at these lumbering giants as they flew overhead. It proved such a distraction that my teammates used to call me “Bristol”. Later, when I actually became a pilot, I had the opportunity to join SAFEair, but turned it down for an airline career...fortuitously as SAFE ceased operating a few years later. Still have some pictures somewhere of the inside of a Bristol when they were parked up, having been retired, in Blenheim.
  8. Caught! There was no way I could get those plastic pins to fit, so after snapping a few I made my own out of wire
  9. Do it! I’m sure you will enjoy it The only experience I had with armour was 1/76 scale Matchbox kits back in the 70s. They had different coloured sprues, so I didn’t even paint them. This Dragon kit was almost trouble free, with the exclusion of the single link parts for the tracks...and trying to get the little pins in place to hold the spare tracks on their racks. There will be more armour kits in my future for sure
  10. Love that zebra stripe livery! Excellent builds. Thanks for reposting them...they deserve to be seem
  11. Looks really nice in white. Top job
  12. Hi, Long time lurker here, but finally worked out how to post pictures. I’m not an armour builder, but have always loved the look of the Jagdpanther. I decided to take a break from racing cars and try my hand at the Dragon kit. The build is pretty much OOB with the addition of some aftermarket cables and a wire aerial. Dragon Magic Tracks....what a nightmare! I’m not a “weatherer” (yet!) so went for a relatively clean look. I know this will be sacrilege to some, but I didn’t want to be too ambitious on my first attempt. Camo was masked with bluetac and I used the Mr Color German paint set colours. I gave it a wash with Tamiya brown panel line wash, but went a bit overboard and it ended up too dark. Removing the worst of it with thinner helped, but some paintbrush touch up of the yellow was required. I really enjoyed the build, and am pretty happy with the result...even if the tracks etc should be more weathered. Cheers Tania
  13. So now I’ve finally sorted out the picture posting procedure, I thought I’d post a few builds. I got back into 1/72 aircraft recently after years of building cars in 1/43 and 1/24. I’d always loved this aircraft after seeing it in a magazine back in 1984. I built one from an old kit (possibly Italeri) back then, with hand painted tiger stripes, but never managed to source decals for it (pre internet!) On a trip to Japan I found the Hasegawa kit, and that is what encouraged me back into 1/72....and I’m enjoying the ride! This is an OOB build (except for Tamiya tape seat belts) using the kit decals....all the yellow is decal. Paint is Mr Color or Alclad and the sharp eyed will pick that the nav light colours are transposed...since corrected. I was pleased with the exhaust affected rear area, although I learned that Alclad doesn’t like Mr Color clear (underside of the left tail plane) The decals settled reasonably well, but it was the devils own job to get them aligned from top to bottom and panel to panel. If I was to do this kit again (and I have one in the stash) I’d probably mask and paint the yellow using the decal sheet as a template....but that was too much effort for this “mojo-restoring” build. I love Tiger Meet aircraft, so I have accumulated a number more. Hope you like this first one! Cheers Tania
  14. I remember having the Tempest kit as a kid and wondering why anyone would build any option other than an RAF Tempest V with that lovely big aggressive nose. So recently when I came across a bargain priced unbuilt kit, what did I build?
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