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  1. Looking at a photo of the underside on the caracalmodels.com website it is very clear that the recesses for one of the missiles runs to the trailing edge of the wing... The kit is different...... Right is the kit as moulded, left is a first attempt at extending the recess, it will need some more filling and shaping. I also feel that the corner of the wing fillet is too sharp, a little correction is needed. More, soon....
  2. Well, the airbrush..... some more bits to correct round the tail cone area first. ....
  3. My experience with dry decals is that you have no freedom to position, once it is rubbed down, that is it. It was limited to using letraset rub down letters back in the 70s... BUT they look "painted on"... Good luck...
  4. Here we have the key parts of the Airfix Kit, blue grey and PM Models Kit, darker grey..... The level of detail on the Airfix kit is simply unbelievable, the cockpit is detailed with a mix of moulded in details and a finely detailed tub, the first time I've needed magnifying glasses to assemble a seat, armour and controls. Overall I'm very impressed. Externally the PM kit has raised surface detail, the Airfix one us a mix of recessed and raised. It is interesting that the airfix kit has a larger cannon blister than the PM one, I'm not sure which is correct. I recall that the cannon were modified to allow aless draggy blister, but which is correct? More on this stunning little kit as it evolves.
  5. Unable to find the old Airfix Spitfire IX I've purchased the new Spitfire Vb... what a kit! Im looking forward to making this, the amount of cockpit detail that Airfix has managed to include is amazing! There were a number built... Thread title changed!
  6. After a lot of filling, sanding and polishing I've masked up ready for a sprayed on primer. The hardest part was where part J22 joins the wing/fuselage, and where parts E1 and E2 fit in. They fit where they touch, and fill and sand a step that on a real A/C would have been 1 inch!! I had to remove parts J6/7, fitte to the fuselage earlier in Stage 12 as with it in place it was impossible to properly seat J22 and it would have been impossible to paint the exhausts. It will go back when painting is complete. The instructions in step 13 call for 2 x K27 to be fitted, the afterburner petals at this early stage but in my view they should be almost the last part to go on, after painting. I'd already mentioned the problems with the wing leading edge and slats, where assembling Steps 9 & 10 risks compromising the fit of the leading edge slats in step 17. Anyway, from the upper side... Lots of filler, lots of sanding. The kit was released in 2008, it wasn't as good as it should have been back then. Since then kit design technology has moved on, alot. The next photos will be after priming and painting, a lot of dark green and dark earth to add...
  7. I acquired the PM Model Spitfire Floatplane kit and planned to build it. That decision didn't survive the first hour... the kit is crude and lacks any detail, it also looks undersized when compared to a completed 1/72 scale Spitfire in my collection. My first thought was to use the new Airfix Vc as a basis, then looking at my books I realised that the only Mk IX version, MJ892, might be more interesting. I will use the floats and rudder / under fin from the PM kit, the rest will be the Airfix Mk IX. Colours will be standard grey/green as the aircraft flew in 1944, but the question is the undersurface. There are few photos, but IWM HU 1675 shows the aircraft clearly with a yellow P in a circle between roundel and tailplane, and the tone of the P matches the underside colour on the lower fuselage. So I'm going for Yellow.... More as it happens...
  8. After fitting the wings the next job was to fit the leading edge slats, elavons and so on. The instructions are vague and the fit of some parts is questionable. Joining the upper and lower wings together there are a row of small arms that with the benefit of hindsight should slide in and out so the L/E slat can be positioned extended or retracted. Then when the wings are joined the L/E slats have to be positioned, as I had cemented the arms in I had to fit the slats in the retracted position. After fitting the slats there are jacks and covers to fit, but again the instructions are misleading in that when he slats are retracted so are the jacks and the cover is flush. This is a photo of the underside with. everything fitted. The result is unimpressive: it could have been so much better with clear instructions and good illustrations! The wheel wells are painted, some more sanding is needed and then it will be time to prime....and see how much remedial work will be needed.
  9. Now painted and ready for transfers... Left: DH Vampire Mk 1, 247 Squadron RAF Operated Vampire F1 from March 1946 to Feb 1949 TG/313 was flown by Flt Lt Covington, individual letter “N”. Based at RAF Chilbolton (Hampshire) in 1946, after converting from Hawker Tempests, in standard RAF camouflage, Ocean Grey and Dark Green over Medium Sea Grey with a Sky tail band. Based on the Airfix 1/48 F3 kit with an after-market conversion set to make an accurate F1 Right DH Vampire Mk 1, 605 Squadron RAF Operated Vampire F1 from August 1946 to March 1957 - 605 "County of Warwick" Sqn Royal Auxiliary Air Force equipped with both de Havilland Mosquito NF30 and Vampires and came from B.80 Volkel on 10 May 1946 when 605 was reactivated, it survived until 10 March 1957 when the squadron was disbanded along with all the RAuxAF units. Based at RAF Honiley, (Wroxall, Warwickshire, 7 miles (11 km) southwest of Coventry) Early 1950, TG/348 is painted in the short-lived fighter scheme of Medium Sea Grey over PRU Blue. The pilot’s name is unknown. The kit is the old Hobbycraft kit, which looks like a Vampire F1 from a distance, but compared with the Airfix kit there are too many errors to list, I replaced the U/C legs from those in the Airfix kit and modified the nose leg to show the oleo extended in the normal ground position. From Underneath... The PRU Blue doesn't photograph well, it is darker than in the model. And finally....from behind This is the last post here, the next will be a new Thread in "Ready For Inspection when these two F1s will be shown with the "Out if the Box" build of the F3. I'm all Vampired out!
  10. An update for this week. 1. I got the brass cast front leg from Aerocraft, the part is intended for the Revell Eurofighter and it needs modifying to fit the Trumpeter kit. Quite a bit of trimming and the leg and bracing strut need shortening. To make a secure fitting I drilled out the top of the leg and used epoxy to fit a metal pin. The axle is finer than the hole in the wheel, so the hole had to be filled and then drilled out. This is the result, there is a second jack strut to be added from the kit, but this will wait until the end stage of completion. All the U/C legs are grey, the oleo part needs to be highly polished steel. 2. I finalised the underwing load, simply a C/L fuel tank - it is vital to drill out the holes before sticking the fuselage to the wing - and then a single outboard pylon plus the wing tip ECM pods. Irritatingly the under wing pylon pylon holes are pre-drilled, so all had to be filled: I did tey from the inside but not all worked and needed more filling. .As can be seen from the above photo the joins at the sides of the intakes are poor and will need filling and from the photo below the upper wing surface where the join the lower side, not only a gap, but a step. All the unused weapons load will be offered in the "For Sale" section once the model is finished. This is the underside, the main U/C legs are held with BluTak. With the legs in place I put it on its wheels: it will need nose weight, there is still quite a bit of plastic to add aft of the wheels. But it does have the right "'nose up" stance. And YES, UI know the wheels are facing the wrong way.... The many vents and holes are far too see through, with hindsight I should have blanked them off. The rubber tyres are not very realistic, yes on the real A/C they are inflated to 300 psi, but there is a small flat contact patch There is an after market resin wheel and tyre set from ResKit, and I think I may have to give in... https://www.super-hobby.com/products/Eurofighter-Typhoon-wheels-set-39442157.html#gallery_start Let's see what happens next week.
  11. Down at BDAC we have a sectioned WE177, without the "energy pack". It is green, close to your colour, but with a Red nose cap. I was told that all nuclear free fall bombs were so marked From the people I meet who were at Boscombe Down when TSR 2 flew, the U/C needed work and didn't always have all 4 wheels square on the ground.
  12. Steady progress, the instructions are somewhat vague in places so test fitting is advised at every stage. The wings are assembled, the fuselage halves joined and the inlet trunking and engines located so the next step is to join them together. Getting the inlet trunking lined up requires some clamping and persuasion.... as the photo shows. I don't understand why there is so much invisible internal detail, I left almost all of the setail bits off the engines. I do wonder if this kit was offered with a clear fuselage, other it makes no sense whatsoever. After the wings are joined to the body the flaps and slats can go on: the front canard winglets I'll leave until the very end as they could easily be broken. The main U/C legs look robust enough, but the nose wheel leg looks very flimsy for such a big model. Fortunately Aerocraft Models offer a beautifully cast brass leg, which will be more than strong enough. It is designed for the 1/32 Revell kit, so some work is needed to alter the fitting..I'd forgotten just how tough brass can be! Details here: https://aerocraftmodels.bigcartel.com/product/eurofighter-typhoon-nose-wheel-undercarriage-strut The next photo will show the wings completed and the nose inlet fitted and the I/C sitting on its wheels. I doubt it will need much, if any, weighting at the front but even if it is needed the radome has plenty of space!!
  13. Sadly, the EE P1A WG763 at BDAC and owned by the RAF Museum has had the inside of the wheel wells, and the legs, sprayed silver, covering everything, hoses, wires and cables. A bit of scraping suggested that this was over old, dirty silver. Quiet when it was tarted up is unclear, the airframe was at the. now defunct Manchester Museum for many years where although under cover wasn't looked after very much. Externally the airframe is unpainted, grimey aluminium of some sort. The engineering team is slowly removing the grime, but it will not be mirror polished as is the one at Cosford, which looks rather too "new" Once cleaned up it will be parked next to the cockpit section of our F2A, XN 726. WG763 flew often from Boscombe Down and had its maiden flight on 18 July 1955 reputedly piloted by Roland Beamont.
  14. I'll have a look at our EE P1 and report back on Friday, but from memory everything is grey aluminium.
  15. They are both now assembled and at the first finish stage. The Airfix Conversion is painted what is supposed to be Ocean Grey, but it seems to be rather dark. The HobbyCraft kit is siver. From above: The Airfix kit is accurate, the WellProp F1 booms look right. There are many things wrong with the Hobbycraft kit, especially the fuselage and the span of the tail. More as the Conversion moves on...
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