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Filler

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    Late cold war aircraft and modelling them in 1:48

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  1. A week ago a said in the chat thread that I was tempted to join the GB with either the Airfix Lynx in 48th scale as an AH.1 or with Revells 48th scale CH-53G. I was going to sleep on it for a night and decide. Well, about seven sleeps later I have decided to join with them both. Here I will be making a stab at the CH-53G. It's quite big. 43cm long and with a 45cm rotor span. I will be going OOB for sure as there is next to nothing available in aftermarket and if I don't try and avoid any extra work I will 100% fail to finish it. I already have a Mirage IIIE that has been on the bench since the start of May and is a long way from being finsihed and there is also an F-16A that has been in progress since 2014. Here it is, box and fuselage halves. I've actually got two of these kits (sort of) as I bought one at last years Air Tattoo for a tenner. Turned out it was missing the tail rotor and stabilator. So I planned scratch building the missing bits, but knew this was likely beyond my abilities. Fortunately I picked up another for a similar bargain price and now can afford to mess up everything but the tail parts once. The decals are not in good condition, despite having the majority of four sheets, but as they're from 1986 that is not surprising. Hopefully I can find enough to work with. Paint is another issue as the kit has Revell refs circa '86 and as I like my Mr Hobby paints I have struggled to work out an equivalent. So I'm going to give H420 RLM80 Olive Green a whirl as it looks close and says Luftwaffe Aircraft on the jar. Probably means WWII Luftwaffe and not 1980's German Army though. Perhaps the biggest challenge I see at the moment is going to be the front end. As you can see in this image, the nose halves will take some forcing together due to different degress of curl and more than that, they curl much more than the clear part. Not sure yet what options I'll have for remedying that as there is a lot of glass and hiding any support or reinforcement will be difficult. This will certainly be no walk in the park, but it looks a nice kit with engraved lines and lots of raised rivet detail. I'll make a start in the morning.
  2. Good point Giorgio. I was being very Euro-centric, even UK-centric in my view. Interesting that Gundam kits are the worlds best sellers. I'm not sure about the rest of Europe, but the anime have never been broadcast in the UK and thus are not well known here, unlike Pokemon or even say Dragonball. It's probably not surprising that the scale model magazines on sale in UK newsagents and supermarkets feature aircraft, armour and ships. In fact, thinking of Airfix's mag, I don't recall often seeing ships feature - but I buy it very occasionally.
  3. Limited progress again. The seat is now painted and trimmed to actually fit into the cockpit. My scribing efforts were absolutely horrendous. Nothing was straight and there were scratches from slips all over the show. And after a disappointing start, I regrettably kind of gave up and finished it in a rushed and frustrated manner. Looking at it yesterday I decided that whilst it will never win awards, all the time spent to date and a small fortune spent on resin parts meant that I owed it to myself to make a better attempt at the panel lines. So I 'painted' over all the panel lines on the fuselage with sprue-glue. Late last night I then sanded it all down flat and smooth ready for another go. These are my scribing tools. Before I do go again, I might research if there is anything better I can use. I'm not going to rush this time and I need to try and find a decent reference of the IIIEs panel lines (the original kit ones I believe were closer to a IIIC), but I do want to get it done as I'm itching to start a Lynx AH.1 in the current Helicopter GB.
  4. I apologise for drifting a little off the topic, but it was mentioned in another thread on here that perhaps the biggest threat to this hobby recruiting younger practitioners is the demise of the real subject matter rather than the type of articles in the magazines. I am not a skillful modeler, rather just someone who likes to try and recreate the aircraft that captured my imagination at the airshows I attended in the 80's and 90's. A time when there was at least one airshow every weekend between May and September. There were a lot more active bases and types and movements too. I also attended quite a few Navy days at Plymouth and Portsmouth, so it isn't purely an aircraft thing. Another factor could be that the WWII was a bit fresher in the memory and my early Spitfire and Hurricane models were inspired by my D-day veteran Grandad reading a Warlord annual to me whilst sitting on his knee. I'm not sure if many people took up this hobby because they developed an urge to simply build models kits.
  5. We blow me down, 1:18? That’s crazy! You could train a rat to fly it!!!
  6. I echo everything @Tentacles has said, but I’d like to add one suggestion. For typical joints like those of fuselage halves I now use sprue-glue a lot of the time. As it’s just melted polystyrene it’s the same material as the rest of the kit and it doesn’t shrink, crack or split. So I’ve found less repeat applications are necessary in my experience. So if you’ve an older bottle of Tamiya extra thin or similar, then add some chopped up bits of sprue to it and after a couple of days you’re good to go. I should add that some work on the consistency is usually needed.
  7. Although my record of group build completion stands at 0 out of 4, I rather like the vibe of this one, so I'd like to join in and start to fix that record. My choice of entries are all 1:48 helicopters. I've a Revell Chinook HC.1, Revell CH-53G and Airfix Lynx AH.7 I'm ruling out the Chinook, so it's between the other two. The Lynx I would build as an AH.1 using the Rotor Craft conversion. I've read in the other builds in the GB that it's a good kit, but there are a couple of other builds of this kit already. Plus, the colours are troubling me a bit. The black mainly. Then it's the CH-53G. A giant of a kit and probably not as good as the Airfix Lynx. Also, the decals are ancient and look pretty terrible and there does not appear to be any aftermarket option. I'll sleep on it and decide in the morning.
  8. Filler

    1/48th Academy F-4J

    @iainpeden, that RF-4EJ discussion does take some following and I'm still not sure about what exactly kai means to the various Phantom versions in Japan. I stumbled across another Phantom discussion on here that might even trump the kai conversation though: Noses and pylons and slatted things. I see now that Phantoms beat the F-16 for version confusion. Also, wrong thread, but that Finemolds Phantom looks like one heck a kit. It's 1/72 but there appears to be more detail in it than any 1/48 kit I've ever seen. Phabulous!
  9. I know I know (raises hand excitedly) - it’s Battle Damage Repair. I think most, probably all USAFE bases had a BDR Flight that featured a Phantom or some other retired airframe. My question is, did the RAF have something similar? I only ever recall old airframes being on fire dumps at RAF stations.
  10. I always thought the Zhengdefu kit was a copy of the Academy, to the point of being identical. Chinese reverse engineering at work. Despite the greater detail of the HobbyBoss Varks, I’ve always felt that the Academy (Italeri) kits are the favourites as their shape is considered more accurate.
  11. Those Aardvarks look amazing and the camo on the F is perfect. Mind, you smashed the paint jobs on the A-10 and F-4G as well. This is without doubt the finest era in military aviation (in my opinion).
  12. Filler

    1/48th Academy F-4J

    I thought the F-16 was confusing with the numerous blocks yet aircraft of the same block having different engines and crazy things like that. I’d always assumed things were straightforward with Phantoms. Starting to see they enjoy similar complications with versions.
  13. Filler

    1/48th Academy F-4J

    Thanks Jens. I’d seen some photos of the sprues but I couldn’t make them out.
  14. Filler

    1/48th Academy F-4J

    A bit of thread revival. Does anyone know if Academy’s F-4J is only short of decals for a UK version? I’ve tried researching it, but I’ve not found anything definitive. My main concern is that the radar warning receiver fairings on the intakes are not in the kit. I’m likely wrong but wasn’t the F-4J UK actually more of an N or S than a J?
  15. They certainly were regular visitors to the UK in those days based on photo searches. Even noticed that the full wraparound camo started to appear in 1987. There was a deployment to Waddington with aircraft in both schemes. I thought this photo might be of interest as it’s a good front cockpit photo from 1984. I guess you’ll need to add some detail there as Esci kits didn’t tend to bother with any cockpit detail. https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1430078 Looking forward to your progress. Just don’t put it in your new hangar as you might not be able to find it again!
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