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  1. Have had one of these in the stash for many years, I would finish her in the colours of VFAW-3 too Hope this builds goes well. Michael
  2. Tuesday 9th October 1951, Royal Air Force North Luffenham, Rutland, England. This Griffon engined Supermarine Spitfire 22 serial PK431 is operated by the 102 Flying Refresher School coded 'M-41', her purpose is to help convert RAF Voluntary Reserve pilots onto the new jets, their first jet flight will be in the Vampire FB.5 just over a week later. The Spitfire 22 is virtually the last mark of these legendary fighters, too late for service in WW2 and destined to be sold for scrap just over a year later. To Flying Officer D.W.Baldock she was a true 'dream machine' and on that day he flew her cross country sortie at 15,000 feet to Llandudno, then Malvern, then back to North Luffenham. The flight was 1 hour 45 minutes duration. My tribute to my father and that day so long ago, thanks to the 1/48th scale Airfix Spitfire F22/24 kit plus some additional decals. This build meant a lot and am happy with the finished model. IMGP3403 by Ghostbase, on Flickr IMGP3404 by Ghostbase, on Flickr IMGP3406 by Ghostbase, on Flickr IMGP3399 by Ghostbase, on Flickr The Airfix kit dates back to 1996 and goes together fairly well. This is the First Spitfire I have ever made and the cockpit layout was a little odd to me but I soon adjusted. I used a little filler but that was all it needed. The dull aluminium paint was achieved by using Halfords automotive aluminium in a rattle can and I oversprayed that with acrylic matt varnish and I am very happy with the finish. I am considering whether to add a little weathering on the wings to replicate the ground crews boot marks! The decals were from the kit apart from the M-41 codes and the 1 on the end of the serial. Regards the historical accuracy of my build I had to make some assumptions. My father religiously wrote the serials and codes of the Spitfires he flew in his pilots flying log book so I know I have those correct for that day. He took a number of scenery photos from the cockpit which look like the Welsh coast and they show a silver wing so it was not a camouflaged Spitfire. The Spitfires that made up this unit were hand-me-downs from various units and some aircraft might have had coloured spinners from those units. I did enjoy this build and I would like to make some more aircraft from this era, the Spitfire is kind of cute compared to an F-4 or an F-14 Tomcat. Michael. A couple more photos:- IMGP3398 by Ghostbase, on Flickr IMGP3407 by Ghostbase, on Flickr
  3. Picked up this project today, this one is not going on the shelf of shame! I decided to get started on the decals and am applying all the markings common to an overall aluminium Spitfire in post-War Day Fighter Scheme. Fortunately the Airfix kit does have markings for a Spitfire operated by No.603 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force, Turnhouse, UK 1951. This is helpful because the Spitfire F.Mk 22's operated by 102 FRS were mainly hand-me-downs from the Auxiliary units and wore thir colour schemes. Where have we got to? IMGP3384 (2) by Ghostbase, on Flickr IMGP3385 (2) by Ghostbase, on Flickr I have had to be careful with the Airfix decals and they did need some decal set to get them to attach but other than that they are going on fine. Now, back to 5th October 1951 and my father is flying Spitfire 22 M41/PK431 on an 11(11) 15,000' X/C Base-Llandudno-Malvern-Base, this consisted of 1.45 flight time. He took several photos from the cockpit (I think that makes him a naughty boy!) and one of these shows an aluminium coloured wing so I believe that PK431 was in aluminium finish. IMGP3387 (2) by Ghostbase, on Flickr The next stage is to finish the Spit as PK431. The kit decals are for PK433 so those form a good base, just cut off the end 3 and replace it with a 1. Luckily I have an Extradecal set that can help: IMGP3386 (2) by Ghostbase, on Flickr And it does help IMGP3383 (2) by Ghostbase, on Flickr The 102 FRS Spitfires were a mixed bag of hand-me-downs, this really was the Spitfire 22 swansong, most were scrapped after their service in this hastily formed unit. As far as I can tell there were no unit markings other than the the M-xx codes. This was a camouflaged aircraft photographed by my father on another day: nluff3 by Ghostbase, on Flickr And a couple of aluminium finished Spitfires showing the large unit codes: nluff4 by Ghostbase, on Flickr Hoping to have this completed by this weekend Michael
  4. I have always preferred 1/48th scale jet aircraft since the first ESCI kits came out in the late 70's and I agree with Filler that we have been through a sort of 'golden age' over the last ten years and this is due to new kits largely designed and produced by Chinese manufacturers, and maybe Academy as well. Errors? Well... Personally I find Kitty Hawk to be the most frustrating because right from the start with their F-94C Starfire they have produced kits of first and second generation jets which I have prayed for for years and looking in the stash I see the F-94C, the FH-2 Banshee, and the F-9F and TF-9J Cougars. I have built their F-101A/C and RF-101C Voodoo with varying degrees of success but they look dead impressive in the display case. My frustration is that they tackled these much wanted subjects yet at the same time do seem to make very basic mistakes, the size of the jet air intakes on the Banshee is probably the best known and the Voodoos do have their issues. Hobbyboss, what an incredible output of different jet aircraft types! I am still in awe of their tackling the F3H-2 Demon (and two different marks too) which I understand is a good build and their A-6 Intruder series has likewise gained much positive feedback. I have built a few of their smaller kits and they go together well though again even the detail-unconscious me can see that the jet air intakes are not quite right on their F-80C Shooting Star. I love their A-7 Corsair series and I have all of them however that air intake... But then, who else has produced an A-7A, A-7B, TA-7C, A-7D, A-7E and an A-7K? Trumpeter has added to my 'golden age' feelings with their RA-5C Vigilante, A-3D2 Skywarrior - I mean, did we ever really expect to see a Skywarrior in 1/48th scale, let alone several variants? I understand that their twin-tub F-106B Delta Dart builds well as does their series of the F-100 Super Sabre. I also have a lot of time for Academy, especially their F-4 Phantom series, the first new moulds since the Hasegawa kits. I have built the Academy F-111A 'Vark and it looks dead impressive in the display case, for all the faults around the canopy shape. Special mention to Eduard too, they take reasonably good kits and upgrade them to the next level with their detail sets and impressive decal sheets. To conclude, for me the last ten years has definitely been a 'golden age' with kits released in 1/48th scale that I never expected to see. My most recent build was the Kittyy Hawk RF-101C Voodoo which has been at the top of my wish list for decades! I agree with Filler that there have been some very well publicised lemons however in the internet age we are made aware very quickly of the faults contained in them and that gives us an informed choice of whether to buy or not. Going to finish with a nod to the home team, Airfix. Their 1/48th Gloster Meteor was a pleasure to build, the Hunter looks really good and now a Canadair Sabre to look forward to All I want now is an RF-8G Crusader... Michael
  5. Thanks for the confirmation, is helpful to know that the cannons were removed. I wonder if the loss of weight made the F Mk.22 a bit of a hot rod? Anyway, to work... Michael
  6. Need to talk about guns. I believe that the Spitfire 22 has 4 x Hispano 20mm cannon however my dad did take a couple of photos which raise a question. These are a close-up of the photo I posted above, and one whilst in flight:- NLuff005guns by Ghostbase, on Flickr NLuff009guns by Ghostbase, on Flickr The First photo is of PK328 which had joined 102 FRS only 12 days earlier. The second is believed to be from PK431 / M41 on a cross-country to Llandudno. So the question is, are the cannon capped or covered, or have they been removed? I suspect that they were removed. The purpose of 102 FRS was to assess and convert pilots onto jets and according to my dad's log book there was no air to air training or delivery of bombs / rockets. Would be interesting to know though. This really was the final Swan song of the Spitfire F Mk.22. Just for comparison, photos below from the kit: 20200125_194625 by Ghostbase, on Flickr 20200125_195459 by Ghostbase, on Flickr Anyway, cut the barrels back and sand them to a smooth round end. Michael
  7. Have done a little more work on the Spit 22 and she is starting to give some idea what she will look like when finished. Pretty well all the main parts have been cemented together and I have applied a coat of Halfords Aluminium from the spray can, this has gone on well and shown just a couple of small areas that might need filler however, overall, I am reasonably happy. So, on to the photos:- 20200123_220625 (2) by Ghostbase, on Flickr Just a little filler needed to seal the upper engine cover bulges... 20200123_220535 (2) by Ghostbase, on Flickr The underside has gone together well, I did attach the radiators but they did not sit well so I have some sanding to do. The air intake under the nose needs sanding. 20200123_220749 (2) by Ghostbase, on Flickr This next photo reveals a problem, the Spit is not sitting level on her undercarriage legs. It looks worse than it is (thanks to a groove on the circular stand) but overall she is 4 mm out and also the legs should be slightly splayed outwards whereas I have attached them at 90 degrees. Corrective action needed 20200123_220602 (2) by Ghostbase, on Flickr This last photo shows some of the few remaining parts to be attached. 20200123_220941 (2) by Ghostbase, on Flickr A few challenges to overcome but still motivated Michael
  8. Hi Werner, just want to say 'Thanks' for your support, encouragement, and the information that you gave me to get the paint scene correct, is very much appreciated I have been bitten by the Sabre 'bug' so maybe a better build in the future?? Thanks again Michael
  9. Started as part of last year's 50s NATO v Warsaw Pact in Europe GB and completed as far as it will get, this is the 1979 vintage ESCI 1/48th scale North American F-86F Sabre operated by the Spanish Ejercito Del Aire from 1955 onwards, built OOB using the original kit decals. I have added "illusion" to the title because all is not what it seems with this kit, ESCI marketed the kit as an F-86E but supplied decals for the F-86F, the kit itself is most likely a Canadair Mk.5 or 6 with a 6-3 wing with leading edge slat and no outward wing extension. I rapidly learned much about the various Sabre wings! On to the photos... 20200123_195255 (2) by Ghostbase, on Flickr 20200123_195532 (2) by Ghostbase, on Flickr 20200123_195215 (2) by Ghostbase, on Flickr 20200123_195617 (2) by Ghostbase, on Flickr 20200123_195820 (2) by Ghostbase, on Flickr This 40 year old kit goes together well with engraved panel lines. The kit decals went on very easily indeed. I painted her with Halfords Aluminium from a rattle can and sealed her with a coat of Humbrol acrylic matt varnish to give that dull aluminium effect. I made a complete mess of the wing tanks so they have been left off for now. The wing walk decals are inaccurate, that is my fault as I managed to destroy the originals! Oh, and the canopy isn't sitting right so needs attention tomorrow. On the plus side this is my first 1/48th Sabre and I love the lines of this pugnacious looking swept wing fighter, I would like to make a few more this year and look forward to the Airfix offering later this year. Here's hoping Michael
  10. Keeping going, thank you! Might even have found my mojo. Seems that all the Spitfire 22/24 finished in aluminium had the same color wheel wells and undercarriage / door parts so I have completed the lower wings (apart from the radiators) and sprayed them with Halfords Aluminium rattle can spray, very happy with the result: 20200117_212900 by Michael, on Flickr I did manage to fit the cockpit instrument panel and bulkhead as I intended, maybe slightly off centre but can live with that. I also fitted the seat and rear bulkhead after taking this photo: 20200117_212932 by Michael, on Flickr Michael
  11. So much for building it in four days! Still, I got started. I think I must be the only Brit modeller over 60 who has never built a Spitfire, I have almost always built jets and compared to those this kit is so small and dainty. For a 24 year old kit the detail is good however I am having problems with where to fit the bulkheads in the cockpit and the instructions are a bit vague. I will probably cement the nose together first, add the instrument panel bulkhead, then add the rear bulkhead and cement the tail together. I have used an old pot of Humbrol 226 acrylic paint for the interior green and that didn't work too well! Onwards... 20200117_143248 by Michael, on Flickr
  12. My sister's birthday is in 10 days, what to buy for her? I have an idea, make her a model kit, the 1/48th Airfix Spitfire F.22/24. You will probably think I have lost my marbles however there is method in this madness (I hope). Starting with the box art, this kit was originally released in 1996 and this looks like the 2004 'rebox': Spit22004 by Ghostbase, on Flickr The obligatory sprue shots, this was just prior to an application of Halfords grey primer: Spit22001 by Ghostbase, on Flickr The kit has three decal versions available, I could adapt two of these depending which colour scheme I decide to finish the Spitfire in: Spit22003 by Ghostbase, on Flickr So have started to detach the main parts from the sprues and cleaned them up, a few dry fits and this feels like a nice kit to build so far, have started to cement a few parts: Spit22002 by Ghostbase, on Flickr Why build a kit for my sister? This is the reason why: Spitfire22PK328NLuffenham51DWB by Ghostbase, on Flickr My father flew Hawker Tempests with 16 Squadron out of Fassberg in Germany 1946/47 then he went into the Royal Auxiliary Air Force when he demobbed and happily puttered about in Tiger Moths out of Rochester for a few years. By 1951 the Korean War was getting serious and the government decided to upgrade the piston engine pilots to jets and my father found himself at RAF North Luffenham with 102 FRS (Flying Refresher School) in September 1951. After an introduction on Harvards he found himself flying the Spitfire F.22 and I think the photo above shows how thrilled he was to finally fly the Spitfire. She is PK328 but I don't know her code. I do know that he flew PK431 coded M-41 which was in an aluminium finish and I hope to finish the kit in these markings. My sister has a small display case dedicated to her dad and it already contains a Trumpeter De Havilland Vampire FB.5 which I built for her a few years ago and I think she will like a Spitfire F.22 too. I have four days to build this kit! Michael
  13. Thanks Enzo, I did put both of them on the RFI forum when completed and was delighted with the feedback. The standard of my scale modelling has definitely improved thanks to the BM forums, still a way to go yet Airfix Victor B.Mk2 'Sun Run' Voodoo Again, this forum will help me to stop feeling like a failure because I never seem to be able to complete a GB within the timescales. Must get that N.A. F-86 Sabre started... Michael
  14. I have been trying to get my head round this year-round GB! What it will cover and how it will work, also is it for me? Well... What a BRILLIANT idea! For someone like me this is a breath of fresh air. Of the seven 'rejected' GB ideas listed I can easily think of a potential build subject in six of them. My problem with GB's here lies with the timescales. On the face of it the normal two to three months scheduled should be more than adequate however for someone like me it just doesn't work. I tend to have half a dozen or so builds on the go and they work on what I can only describe as 'enthusiasm' which ebbs and wanes over many months depending how I feel. My last completed build, a 1/48 Kitty Hawk 'Sun Run' RF-101C Voodoo, took five months, an Airfix Handley Page Victor B Mk.2 prior to that took exactly one year and six days! They were good builds and I am proud of them however they just could not fit inside the standard Britmodeller GB timescales. The kits I tried to produce in GB's last year - a 1/48 F-86F Sabre and an F-104 Starfighter - both ended up as non-completions and my attempt in this years KUTA didn't even get started! Yes, there are questions. Of course. How might this work as we near the end of the year? If one of the GB's listed were to be voted in next year could I carry my build forward to that GB? I am sure there will be more questions So sign me up! This could work. I have wanted to start a 1/48th Monogram Sabre F.Mk.4 for a while, I have the decals, I have the kit, I have the enthusiasm, I have a GB that gives me time, I think I have what I need And again, what a BRILLIANT idea! Michael
  15. Not a productive year for many reasons On a positive the one kit I did finish was a subject I have wanted since I started building in 1/48th and that was the McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo, the only variant of the Voodoo which went into harm's way in several theatres. The kit was from KittyHawk, it does have a few quirks, but the end result is impressive and is definitely a focal point in the cabinet! IMGP0552size by Michael Baldock, on Flickr IMGP0550size by Michael Baldock, on Flickr IMGP0561size by Michael Baldock, on Flickr IMGP0570size by Michael Baldock, on Flickr Looking forward to 2020 Michael
  16. Earlier in the build I think I did refer to a couple of other Italeri 1/48th scale Phantom kits and I just unearthed this RF-4C from the stash. It was the granddaddy of them all, being released in 1980 and was moulded in glossy silver plastic with decals for a USAF unit and also a West German RF-4E. Interestingly it was also released by Testors in 1980 with markings for the same RF-4C and a USMC RF-4B which I think is the kit that Ron VanDerwarker is referring to above. This kit has the hard bulged wings and I understand that could apply to some of the later RF-4B aircraft however I am not an expert so will leave that alone! RF-4C kit by Michael Baldock, on Flickr I also posed the question "Testors or Italeri?" and the photo below appears to contradict my theory that the base model was produced by Testors! RF-4C nose by Michael Baldock, on Flickr Am just thinking I might as well build all three kits and clear some space in the stash. I could sell them but they would go for pennies so not really worth that effort. Michael
  17. Thanks gingerbob, I think I am going to try your idea of adding styrene sheet "plates" to build up the lower side, or at least to the nose cone. Michael
  18. Thanks Ron, I think that you have identified the problem and the solution. maybe next time I might try a tad more dry-fitting before cementing things together! Michael
  19. Yep "Ouch!" and "Argh! Bummer" about sum it up However I am not deterred! Today I cemented the nose cone onto the model and then gave it a spray of Halfords grey primer and took a step back to decide what to do next. I am happy with the 'good' side of the model as seen below. Maybe just a little filler on the nose cone join but I am confident I can make something of this. IMGP3329 by Michael Baldock, on Flickr The 'not so good' side will need work however I placed the intake splitter plate on the model and I can see more clearly where I need to work on this. Just not sure how yet IMGP3330 by Michael Baldock, on Flickr My decision is to continue with the build. Overall, for a kit of the early 80's I am pleased with how it has gone together. The next step is to add some F-4S detail under the wings: IMGP3328 by Michael Baldock, on Flickr Plastic card and filler next Michael
  20. A couple of posts ago I asked what could possibly go wrong? It wasn't entirely tongue in cheek, I did try to build the F-4G version of this kit quite few years ago and it ended up in the bin! Lets see why... Have added the cockpit tub to the main fuselage. Looks good from this angle: IMGP3324 by Michael Baldock, on Flickr A closer view of the nose and cockpit section. It looks a bit sparse for a Phantom but this is an old kit so happy to make allowances for that. IMGP3325 by Michael Baldock, on Flickr The join between the cockpit base and the fuselage is very good on this side, had had an initial sanding before a coat of primer: IMGP3326 by Michael Baldock, on Flickr And this is what went wrong: IMGP3327 by Michael Baldock, on Flickr I think what has happened here is that the cockpit assembly connects to the fuselage halves via two tabs on either side, these tabs push the fuselage sides too far apart hence the lack of fit. I decided to get one side to sit flush (my previous photo) and accept the misfit on just one side. If I complete this build it will be going into a display cabinet so only the good side will be visible. At the same time I wonder if I can fix this with maybe filler or plastic card? Or is it even worth trying? Am going to think on it. Michael
  21. AIM-9 Sidewinders! Which ones should I fit to this Phantom? Bear in mind that the F-4S Phantom only served with VF-103 from 1981 to January 1983 so quite a narrow window. The kit offering appears to be the AIM-9J/P which I understand was only used by the US Air Force so definitely not correct for this build! The Academy kit supplies four marks of the Sidewinder, I am already using the AIM-9D on my F-4B build, so I would like to hang the AIM-9L on this F-4S. Michael
  22. Just looking in the Academy F-4B spares box to see what could be used to upgrade this old Testors kit of over 30 years ago and I identified these parts: IMGP3307size by Michael Baldock, on Flickr Burner cans a definite possibility and I have started to reduce on in size to see whether it might fit. Several antennae. The kit wheels are decent but again the Academy wheels would be just a little better. Michael
  23. Thanks for the lead, I took a look and there is an update set for the F-4S although it is for the Hasegawa kit. Wll be interesting to see what improvements the Steel Beach set could make to the Testors kit as I proceed with this build. Michael
  24. The final stage yesterday afternoon was to put the cockpit together. The end result looked like this: IMGP3300 by Michael Baldock, on Flickr The cockpit base is one piece and is supposed to have a backing panel as well as two plain instrument panels where the instruments are depicted by decals. Each of the seats is made up of three parts, a left and right half and a panel on top with the ejector seat handles. I have just put them together and painted them. Hmm. One IPMS reviewer described the cockpit as "a work of fiction" and I am inclined to agree. I did make one change, I had a rear seater's instrument panel spare from my Academy F-4B kit so I decided to use that in place of the flat piece of plastic supplied by Testors and I dry painted all the instrument panels with silver. I think it is located too far forward but I am going to wait until I fit the assembly into the forward section. IMGP3298 by Michael Baldock, on Flickr The next stage was to cement the two fuselage halves together: IMGP3302 by Michael Baldock, on Flickr Well, it all seems to be going along swimmingly well, even mounted the cockpit base onto the forward lower fuselage panel ready to be installed into the main fuselage. IMGP3303 by Michael Baldock, on Flickr What could possibly go wrong? Michael
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