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  1. Thanks guys. Gutted I missed the gallery entry. I had been meaning to put them up all day, but as usual left it til the last minute. I'll post some inbetween pics when I get a chance to upload them. Thanks for hosting this Groupbuild Paul. Reckon there was sufficient interest to do it all over again sometime. There are plenty more old model kits from yesteryear waiting to be built! Cheers, Mark.
  2. The Gallery locked just as I was posting these I heard the ping . I'm calling it done anyway... I'll upload the final pics here and update the build log later as there is a big chunk missing.
  3. High time for another update. I've realised I have only 2 weeks left as it looks like summer holidays are back on. Thought I'd be best of attaching the fuselage to the under wing to line everything up, then adding the upper wing sections. Everything lined up - cannon and wing edges - but it left a massive gap for filling. I was ready for this though - I didn't expect the parts to fit perfectly. The air filter is just visible at the bottom of the shot. That wasn't much fun to stick the 2 parts together. I took a razor saw to the rear elevators so I can drop them seeing as this is going to be parked. Alas, no string from the bedroom ceiling anymore. There is no pilot figure anyway so that would look a bit odd. Second slight modification was drilling holes through the structure just behind the cockpit. Wing root gaps were filled with my new favourite filler for big gaps, Magic Sculpt from Green Stuff World. It's a 2-part epoxy which I find softer and therefore easier to work with than Milliput. Dries in about 2-3 hours and sands well. So after much filling and sanding, it was ready for some primer. Planning to use Alclad High Speed Silver, which is not one of the high shine finishes, so no gloss base needed. However, I wasn't happy with the front cowl and there were still some rough bits along the wing roots where the heavier filling had been done. As all the panel lines and rivets are raised, I had tried my best to preserve them first time round with the sanding. Not the second time round - I just obliterated them. Then had some fun re-scribing with a razor saw and trying to blend recessed and raised lines, which wasn't much fun. Final result after covering with primer again is alright though. Time for some silver paint... no more brush painting Humbrol 11. Heller decals next up. They actually look very good, so we'll see how they behave..
  4. Thanks for all the comments. It's high time for an update, particularly since my first post is now second to bottom of the pile when they appear in the order they were last updated. I thought I'd get a bit more time for modelling than normal during the lockdown, but somehow it didn't work out that way. First thing I noticed when I started cutting pieces from the frame (apart from the fact that everything is so damn small) was that the cockpit walls actually had some detail that I wasn't expecting from this kit. Not a lot, but enough to make me question my initial pledge that I would build this up in the most basic fashion without adding any extra detail. The instrument panel has some random dials moulded on it. There are also a couple of what look like ejector pin marks that could be masquerading as dials. The seat has a nice ejector pin mark in a place that was simply impossible to reach, so out came the Milliput and I added a cushion to hide it. There were a couple of annoying dimples in the prop blades that were fixed with a bit of putty. I just can't help myself when it comes to cockpits - despite not being able to see any of the detail when the fuselage is closed, if there is detail there I just have to paint it. I also added a seatbelt - an Eduard steel one. First time I've used the steel version of these - much easier to bend than the normal inflexible photo etch ones. And the printed pattern didn't come off either. There were 12 seatbelts in the pack though, so to get my money's worth I'm going to have to build another 11 late war 1:72 RAF fighters. The part I always dreaded as a kid was closing the fuselage. More often than sometimes, this procedure resulted in several failed attempts where more and more glue would be applied to already half-melted, deformed surfaces. Often the fruits of my labour would still be scarred with a massive gap down the entire length of the model because I hadn't put the cockpit or instrument panel in correctly. And I used to fill these gaps when I could be bothered with Dad's polyfiller. These were the days before the remarkable discovery of liquid poly. Or should I say my realisation of how liquid poly should be used. I remember buying a bottle at one point, trying it and putting it away thinking it was useless. I mean it was so thin, how could it possibly stick anything together? It had virtually dried before I could mate the two surfaces I had applied it to. Must have been before the science lesson on capillary action . I was still a little nervous closing the fuselage this time round, but was a little more patient about making sure everything lined up ok before applying the glue. Next up adding the fuselage to the wing. Those black things in the bottom right of the picture go into the radiator ducts to block them off and make them look dark inside. I suspect there will be some putty required to fill a few gaps when the wings are on. I'm not quite sure how to tackle sanding the fuselage joins. It's not as though you can re-scribe raised panel lines. Have to say - this is a truly huge group build. Clearly plenty of people out there wanting to relive part of their modelling past. Great to see. Cheers, Mark.
  5. When I saw the title for this GB, I just had to join. So many good memories of building models, but also so many models to chose from. My output these days is very low as when I get a chance to sit down the the bench I take my time. Of course as a kid, models flowed through the production line very quickly indeed. Quality was very much compromised in favour of quantity. I wondered if I could get hold of the very first model I ever put together (proper plastic kit, I'm not counting the Greendale village of Postman Pat fame crafted from cardboard boxes). I managed to find one on ebay of course. A Heller Humbrol 1:72 Spitfire Mk XVIE. I had my eyes on this kit for some time before I was allowed to buy it from the Post Office in the village where I grew up. I remember wasn't allowed to buy it until I had turned 8 as my mum pointed out that I was too young and the box was clearly labelled 8+. This was probably in an effort to discourage me as she will have foreseen the mess of glue and paint. So it must have been 1986 when I was finally able to buy it and armed myself with a tube of polystyrene cement, some tins of Humbrol enamel and a brush all from the hardware store which was conveniently located next to the Post Office. I have good memories of this kit and was very proud of the final product. It was probably awful, but I don't remember it being so. I can't say the same about my second project, which was a Mitsubishi Zero also by Heller-Humbrol. I used so much glue trying to put the radial engine on, it melted into a detail-less plastic blob. I quickly graduated to Airfix kits bought from Beatties or the great Gee-Dee models in Nottingham (which is still there). Mostly Series 1 and 2 stuff. 3+ was only attainable with holiday or birthday money. I had good intentions of working my way through the entire Airfix catalogue, but was never very good at saving money for the bigger models. There was one notable exception. Being a big Nigel Mansell fan I did buy a Tamiya Williams Honda FW11 which at £7.99 (I think) was the most expensive thing I had ever bought. I was hopelessly out of my depth putting that together. I must have been 9 or 10. The FW-11 still survives to this day, albeit hidden in a box. Alas, the Spitfire has long gone, so unfortunately there will be no before and after photos here. The first thing that struck me on opening the box was how small everything is. 1:72 seemed big when I was 8. I dismissed 1:48 kits as being too enormous to contemplate as well as too expensive. My usual scale now is 1:48 for aircraft, mainly because I can still see them ok at this scale. I painted my first Spitfire silver to match the one on the front of the box, so that is the version I will replicate this time around. This is JWL-F, RW396 RAF Central Gunnery School 1948. The decals actually look to be in good condition. My record of finishing GBs in the allocated time is poor. Played 2, lost 2 so far. But with only 37 parts in this kit, surely this is going to be the first one I actually get to finish.... Happy modelling to all, Mark.
  6. Beautiful. I had one of these too. A series 4 Airfix was always quite a thrill if you were used to series 1 or 2. I remember trying to stuff the nose with modelling clay (it's all I had) in a poor attempt to make it sit correctly. I also remember horrible silvering of the decals which I applied over a lovely matt black Humbrol 33 finish
  7. I'd like to throw my hat in the ring please. Just managed to get hold of a Heller-Humbrol 1:72 Spitfire XVIE off ebay (alas it didn't arrive in anything as interesting as a Tunnocks Teacakes box). It was the first model I ever made back in the mid-80s, so should bring back a few memories of tubes of polystyrene cement and spilt enamel paint.
  8. So I didn't quite make it, though I've put some pics in the gallery anyway. The bodywork looks a bit grubby as the decal solutions still need cleaning off. I needed a clear run to the finish, but encountered a fitting issue with the engine cowling which meant I could not line-up the last few decals. I fear it could be due to the way the engine is attached to the monocoque as it did not fit the way it should according to the plans. I reckon the engine/gearbox is slightly further back than it should be - I'm talking maybe 1 mm at the most, but it is not a quick fix. No need to apologise Paul - it's good discussion that makes these forums what they are. I can offer my experience from this GB. I think that if I had done just one, it would have been completed by the deadline. But now I'm left with one ~75% and one ~90% complete, so overall it has increased my output. It was easy to get disheartened when having to do fairly dull, tricky or laborious things multiple times. With the tyre decals, for instance there were in total 16 to apply for 2 cars. For most of the parts and sub-assemblies, there was one set I thought I'd done a better job on than the other, but the difference in this build was small and probably only visible if you're me and know where to look! There weren't any parts I completely messed up and so I haven't ended up with one looking significantly better than the other. I can see how this could be a problem though if there are several challenging elements in the assembly which could lead to one becoming a test piece and the other being superior as practice makes perfect! It was tempting to leave one behind at times and accelerate one to get it finished. In the end I did just that, but too late. Got to make sure that these don't end up on the shelf without being completed. Maybe if I set a new deadline of Christmas, I'll get them done! Cheers, Mark.
  9. 1978 Lotus Type 79 - Ford DFV Some final fit issues on the engine cowl mean I just can't get this one over the line. I don't have time to fix it and get the last decals on. Shame not to post something in the gallery after all that effort, so you will just have to look at her mostly naked . Congrats to everyone on some great models. Thanks Dave for hosting - you've been a great encouragement.
  10. Fantastic build and finish. In need of a damn good wash - just as I like my model aircraft! You can't beat going to town with beating them up. Nice one.
  11. Thanks. They do usually come together fairly quickly towards the end as you say because of the sub assemblies. I've been trying to crack on rather than spend time giving updates, but thought I'd let you know what was happening as we get close to the finish line. I am struggling a bit to get completely done by Saturday, but I reckon I should be able to get one mostly completed - good enough for a few gallery pictures, but probably with a few bits of touching up to do at a later date. When I say 'get one completed', I have a confession to make. I've been making two 79s - I'm doing an Andretti version and a Peterson version. The reason is this: While pondering my appalling modelling output earlier in the year, I decided to try doubling up on future builds. I spend a lot of my time prevaricating on the best way to fit parts together, or the order to paint different bits, or indeed painting said bits. So doing the same thing twice, doesn't take me twice the time if you see what I'm saying. Also, I can never decide which version to build, especially with aircraft, so doubling up also made sense to mitigate my indecisiveness. Though with F1 cars, of course, there is very little difference between the sister cars within the same team. The verdict? It has definitely been quicker. My output is ~2-3 models per year, so nearly getting 2 to completion in less than 4 months is a (quite literally) rapid improvement . I have made progress on the bodywork, which on the Lotus 79 is considerable! Will try to post some pics later in the week. All I can say is, when I close my eyes, all I can see is those damn pinstripe decals. They are a bitch and a half .
  12. Beautiful model. The finish looks perfect. Were the cables to the front brakes in the kit, or were these an add-on?
  13. Just a quick update to keep this ticking over as there is less than 3 weeks to go now . Added what will just about be the last bit of PE to the radiator and oil cooler (spot the difference - they look almost the same). Adding all the parts in and around the gearbox has been a bit delicate, but managed most of it without too much damage to the paintwork. Still a couple of bits to go on including some heat shielding around the exhaust outlets which is a PE part. It needs to wrap around the oil tank, but is stubbornly refusing to comply as I don't have a tool to achieve the required curve radius. I have a cunning plan though to replace the PE with something a bit more pliable. Exhausts are prepped and painted up using MRP's graphite - lovely dark grey metallic effect with this paint. The sculpted floor is finished matt black and stuck to the monocoque. The next bits should come together quite quickly, then I can concentrate on the main body work. Not looking forward to the pinstripe decals...
  14. Good to see something completely different. I had one of these once upon a modelling time. Think it was the 1988 boxing - one of my childhood efforts that was always destined for the bin. I always thought it strange that the scale was OO, yet all my Airfix aircraft models at the time were 1:72. Close enough I suppose!
  15. Maybe it was in their spare parts box . Seems a tad strange to me that they would put an over-sized warning light on an otherwise sparse dash. I've done some work on the gearbox over the last couple of weeks. Interesting inboard placement of the rear brakes, which caused the 79 brake fade issues due to overheating. Pictures of the car in the 1979 season show the brakes moved outboard. The black cylinder is the oil tank. I've also been preparing the main bodywork, including the sculpted base that the monocoque and nose will sit on. The inside of the side pods had some more nice ejector pin marks to get rid of. I have a new weapon in the fight against pin marks - Mr Dissolved Putty. I have to say I'm impressed after one use. It performed better than Mr Surfacer IMO. The underside of this part is sculpted like an inverted aircraft wing for the ground effect. These innovations were kept well hidden from the opposition by Lotus when the car first appeared in 1978. There will be some of this part visible when the engine covers are off, but as you can see from this picture, the innards were certainly no oil painting. The side pods, rear of the engine cover and rear wing all fit together to form one piece. The rear wing end plates are PE parts. I messed up a little and got some glue on the surface of one of the side pods, but the whole assembly needs some more work anyway, because those gaps will need to go.... ...as can be seen in this picture of the real thing, the side pods are nice and smooth all the way back to the openings for the radiators.
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