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  1. As a sort of practise for future kits, I've had a go at couple of long-term loft residents.

     

    Firstly a Fujimi Bf109G-6. Quite a nice little kit. I have no idea on its acuracy but it looks OK to me. Finished in Vallejo RLM 74, 75 and 76. I'm not sure that the contrast between the two upper surface colours is strong enough. My attempt at mottling is still a bit heavy handed.

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    Next is a Hobbycraft Bf109G-14 finished in Vallejo RLM 76, 81 and 82 (or is it 83?). Another decent little kit that goes together quickly and easily. Again my mottling didn't turn out quite as I wanted but like Father Ted's car, the more I messed with it , the worse it got.

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  2. My latest additions to my 1/48 Spitfire collection.

    Firstly the new Tamiya Mk.I. A fantastic kit with superb fit and detail. Finished with Hataka paints, and the kit decals as N3200/G-CFGJ.

     

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    Next is the Airfix Mk.Vb. Again another superb kit, probaly Airfix best Spitfire. Again finished with Hataka paints as JH-C BM597/G-MKVB.

     

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  3. It's been a very productive year with a fair few that have been acting as loft insulation for a while now.

     

    Trumpeter 1/72 JHU-6

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    Revell1/32 Tornado GR.1

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    AFV 1/48 F-5E

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    Airfix 1/72 B-29A

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    Anigrand 1/72 XF-12 Rainbow

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    RVHP 1/72 Shadow R.1

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    Revell 1/32 Hawk T.1

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    Valom 1/72 DH-91 Albatros

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    Eduard 1/48 Mirage IIIC

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    AMT 1/72 XB-70 Valkyrie

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    Hasegawa 1/48 F-15C

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    GWH 1/48 F-15C

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    Condor 1/48 He178

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    Tamiya 1/48 A-10A

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    Italeri 1/48 Tornado

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    Revell 1/32 Spitfire IX

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    Hasegawa 1/32 Spitfire V

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    Tamiya 1/48 F-84G

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    Kopro 1/48 Su22

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    Airfix 1/24 Fw190A

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    Tamiya 1/32 Spitfire IX

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    Revell 1/48 Tornado F.3

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    Revell 1/48 Tornado F.3

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    Airfix 1/24 Spitfire V

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  4. My two latest builds, built simultaneously. This is the newish Revell 1/48 version. Interesting kit, very overengineered in places but very detailed. The 56Sqn aircraft was fitted with the flaps and slats deployed. This means fixing the wings in place. The black one is supposed have the wings (and pylons) moveable but the paint finish has stopped all that. Some aspects weren't so good. The intake fit and taliplane fit wasn't good and some instructions were a bit vague. Some parts were so small I struggled to pick them up, that's if the carpet monster didn't claim them first.
    Both using Xtradecal decal sheets.
    Firstly ZG757 finished in black in the 43Sqn anniversary markings from 2006.

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    Secondly this one finished as one of the 56sqn display jets in 2005.

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  5. Another stash lurker that was crying out to be built. I can't really add to what's been said previously about this kit. It all fits beautifully and goes together surprisingly quickly. I added the Eduard Brassin instrument panel and brass cannons. The only issue I had was getting the cowls to fit after assembly. I suspect it's my own fault. Everything fits so precisely that the slightest error is compounded by the time final assembly is reached. Finished in Hakata acrylics in the markings of MH737 FF-Y of 132 Sqn at RAF Detling in 1943 from the Xtradecal sheet X32020.

    I would happily build another one if it wasn't quite so expensive.

     

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  6. Another long-term stash resident, this the Airfix 1/24 scale Fw-190. Finished as an F-2 variant.
    Some parts of this kit aren't too bad, the interior, the engine, however the fit of the fuselage and wings is truly awful. It took several attempts to get it to fit and frankly it still doesn't. The cowl parts don't really fit with the engine and exhausts in place.The landing gear looks OK but is a bit wobbly.
    The kit is sprayed in Vallejo RLM 74/75/76 scheme. I don't think there is enough contrast between the top surface colours - Xtracrylix are better in this respect. Anyway, here it is is.

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  7. Bought cheap at Telford a few year back, this is Tamiya's F-84G in Thunderbirds colours. The major kit parts are coated in chrome which is both good and bad. Good - great natural finish. Bad - the chrome needs scraping off before glue is applied and the decals didn't stick to it. I did spray some panels in silver just to tone down the finish.

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  8. Another one form the dark corners of the stash. A decent enough kit with one or two awkward fits and some vague instructions. The kit decals were pretty poor, falling apart too easily. I got some after-market decals and finished as a Polish AF example.
    The best guess camouflage has 6 colours and was good fun masking and spraying. Mostly Vallejo RLM colours were used.

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  9. Another couple of 1/32 scale Spitfires. Firstly the old 1/32 Hasegawa MkVb in the "Nightfighter" boxing. Quite an old kit but builds up nicely. Finished in the markings of 111sqn W3848 JU-H based at Debden. Sprayed overall black using salt as mask for the chipped paint.

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    Next is Revell's newish Mk.IX finished as MJ250 UF-Q of 601Sqn based in Italy in 1944. Nice kit but has some odd omissions and errors, no seat armour for example. Revell show this aircraft as having clipped wings, which I have done, but others seem to think it had standard wings. Clipped wings were relatively unusual on Mk.IXs.

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  10. Last one of this batch and one I've wanted to do for a while. The Italeri kit is fairly straight forward, even more so as I built it with the landing gear up and cockpit closed. It is basically painted gloss white then covered in decals. Two A4 size sheets of them. Fortunately they were very good and only a little over-size, requiring minimal touching up. Anyway, here is.

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