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  1. Airgunner

    The Physics of Santa.

    I am lucky enough to be a friend of the gorgeous Sally, and have to say, like a fine wine she has aged very well. Her husband Mike is also a top bloke as well.
  2. Airgunner

    What's flying over your house? Thread #2

    Being on the flight path between Middle Wallop, Odiham and Bramley, I see the odd one everyday, and Chinooks all the time, but was getting at least one an hour from 0600 to about 2000. Maybe see a Merlin once a week but seen several both days, not moaning I love it, but it is unusual.
  3. Airgunner

    What's flying over your house? Thread #2

    Lots of Chinook, Apache and Merlin action over the last 2 days, with the odd Wildcat thrown in. Exercise on Salisbury Plain maybe?
  4. In as well. Going to be good this, with stuff to learn as well.
  5. Airgunner

    Heinkel He111 P-2, Airfix 1/72

    Very small update, after 2 hours of eye watering decalling, all the stencils are on... So thats it, it's now had a clear coat so will leave that to go off and on to weathering tomorrow... Steve
  6. Airgunner

    Heinkel He111 P-2, Airfix 1/72

    Time for another update, finally got some painting done..!! Started with a nice patchy coat of RLM71. I have used Xtracolour enamels for the first time as they didn't have the Luftwaffe colours I wanted in Acrylics. They are also gloss finish so will eliminate the need for a clear coat before decals... Then a couple of hours masking the splinter... Before lying down the RLM70... As you can see, it was probably was a bit too warm when I did the spraying and I got a slightly pebbly finish. Because it is a gloss finish, it looks worse than it is, so before decalling It will need a light colour sand and then a clear coat after all. So here she is unwrapped but not sanded.... After a light sanding to smooth the surface. This also has the added bonus of being able to add a bit of wear and tear and weathering. All done with 12000 grit Micromesh. So, finally time to start decals. I started with all the large ones so I could get them settled before attempting the millions of stencils the Luftwaffe like wasting paint on.. So, that's it for now, they have all been doused in Microset and Sol to snuggle them down. Tomorrow I'll start on the tiny stencils that come with the kit then get a sealing cost on ready for a wash and weathering... More soon, thanks for looking Steve
  7. Airgunner

    Heinkel He111 P-2, Airfix 1/72

    Another small update between bouts of impossibly warm weather, got some bits and pieces done. First up, cockpit glazing got a coat of RLM02 sealed in with black. A coat of primer then went down to check for any imperfections.. Whilst that was curing, I set about sorting some of the smaller assemblies, starting with the undercarriage... Other odds and sods done.. Gear doors painted and washed... Then cleaned up... A quick pre-shade.. Then the first coat of RLM65.... That's it for now, more soon hopefully.... Steve
  8. Airgunner

    Tom Neil

    Met him at Capel-le-Ferne, a lovely man who had time to chat and talk about his experiences, but I always sensed a far away look in his eye when talking about times long ago, probably remembering the boys he fought with. The Few get fewer still. Only seven left now I believe.
  9. Airgunner

    Heinkel He111 P-2, Airfix 1/72

    This hot weather is killing my bench time, far to hot to spend anytime in the shed. However, did get some thing done last night. First up, the instrument panels were painted and the kit decal used. I also added a bit of twisted wire to connect the two so I could add a bit more detail. Cockpit closed in. This took place over three separate sessions, it is a really good fit but needed a tiny bit of fettling to get perfect. Next time up I may assemble the whole thing first then fit it to the fuselage to see if I can save a bit of time. So, if you look carefully at that phone you will see my first balls up. I closed it up before I added the ip Fortunately there is just enough room through the hatch on the cockpit roof to wiggle it in. Just glad I noticed before I put the front gunners glazing on.... Also got a few other bits done, props built and upper gunners position started... So that's it for now, supposed to be a bit cooler today so I may try and start to lay some paint. More soon Steve
  10. Airgunner

    Heinkel He111 P-2, Airfix 1/72

    So, back from some time off and on with the build. Decided against masks so I'm doing it myself. Big mistake. It's very fiddly and there is A LOT of glazing. I started with the lower gondola, this comes in three pieces, so I started with the middle bit, masked it and stuck it in place. This is the first piece that hasn't really fitted perfectly, it took a bit of fettling to get in place. The goo at the back of it is dissolve sprue used as a plastic filler which is easy to work and obviously well once set. I also used it to fill the attachment points for the towel rail. I then masked and added the rear gun position.. And finally the front part... So with that done, I started on the cockpit glazing, with the bottom section first so I can the rest around it. The nose comes in four pieces so I will add one at a time and let it set up before moving on. It will be a slow process, but necessary I feel. So that's it for this update, hoping for a bit of cooler weather soon so I can get on with laying down some paint. One other quick item of note, those who saw my 262 build will remember I destroyed my old cutting mat by throwing Alclad thinners all over it. I was in The Works the other day picking up James Hollands RAF 100 book for a tenner, when I spied a pile of A2 cutting mats for a mere £8 each, so I grabbed two. Worth a look if anyone needs one. More soon Steve
  11. Airgunner

    Heinkel He111 P-2, Airfix 1/72

    Thank you Ian. I am more than minded now as this build goes on to go to town on one will PE goodies etc, despite it's little annoyances it really is a nice kit to build. Onto progress, a couple of better shots of the nacelles, they went together well, but needed a little fettling with a file to clean them up afterwards. The nacelles were then fitted to the wings, again a little fiddling about was required to make them fit, nothing drastic, but they would go in the gap without it. Once in there was a few steps on the joins to sort out, but nothing a bit of filing and tidying with wet and dry can't sort out. A quick dab of filler was needed to sort out a small gap at the top, this was more my fault than the kits, it's the only filler I've used so far. Next up the exhausts got a quick blast of Alclad Exhaust manifold. These will be opened out and a quick tart up with some pastels later. So this is where we are now. Starting to look like she should, everything has been an excellent fit and goes together simply. Making a start on the smaller ancillery assemblies now, like the upper gunners position and undercarriage. The quandry I have now is do I hold for a couple of days and try to get some pre-cut masks for the glazing, or try and do it myself? There is a lot of it so I may wait, but it is now at the point where it is critical to the build to get it done. More soon, thanks for looking. Steve
  12. Whilst waiting for a new canopy for my 262, I thought I would make a start on another of my favourite subjects, the Heinkel 111. It remains one of my favourite aircraft to this day, I remember as a boy in the very late sixties going over to Blackbushe with my Dad to see the planes there, the airfield owner at the time had several Ju-52's, a couple of B-25's various Spitfires and, over in the corner of the field, a 111. Alright, it was a Spanish CASA, but to a boy brought up on stories of the BoB, it was the real thing and of massive interest. One day, we saw some blokes working on it, and cheekily asked if we could have a look inside. They told us they were preparing it for a taxi run to the hanger at the other end of the airfield and would I like a ride? Well, no need to ask twice and a delirious 8 years rode about two miles around the perimeter track in the bomb-aimers position. I've loved the type ever since! On to the kit, no box top shot as it's covered in paint. The kit is molded in very soft grey plastic, and there seems to be quite a lot of mould lines on most parts, but they are easy to remove with a swish of a file. More concerning is the huge amount of ejector pin marks that need to be cleaned up first and some are in some pretty prominent areas. On reading the instructions, it seems the build process is quite modular, with various sub assemblies coming together later in the build. Construction starts not with the cockpit as usual, but the interior. I will be building this buttoned up so I'm not going to massively spend loads of time in here, infact, it got a squirt of RLM02 and the control boxes painted black, incase they can be seen through the windows. The fuselage can then be closed as the design of the cockpit means it fits on the front of the fuselage. For those that want loads of detail, the bomb racks are very well done, but other than a coat of RLM02 I am doing nothing with them so no photos here. Onto the cockpit bits and bobs, the main floor is assembled and painted, no massive detailing here as I want this to be a quick build to see if its worth getting another and going to town on it, The seat and control column are next.. This is the fuselage closed up with sidewalls etc painted., ready for the completed cockpits assembly. And with the cockpit in place.... Whilst waiting for that lot to dry, I started the engine nacelles, which are mini kits in themselves. That's it for now, more later...
  13. Airgunner

    Messerschmitt Me-262 - Airfix 1/72nd

    So, after another lengthy delay, this time caused my by hamfistedness in breaking the canopy and then ruining the only vac one I have, I decided to contact Airfix to see if they could send a replacement. Took a couple of weeks following my email, but arrive one duly did, at no cost as well. Good stuff Airfix. So, stencils on.. And then, basically that was that. Here's a couple of Iphone shots of the finished article, I'll put some decent one up in RFI if my son ever returns my camera. I have to say, with the care you need to show these new Airfix kits, this one builds up into a very nice little model. As long as the seam lines are clear of paint everything fits well and it is a well thought out and structured build. The decals I have came with several interesting schemes so this most definitely won't be the last I build. Thanks for looking, Steve
  14. Airgunner

    Messerschmitt Me-262 - Airfix 1/72nd

    This supposedly quick build that turned into a stop/start build, has started again. After freezing weather that stopped me getting in the shed, then we had the ludicrously hot weather which did the same. But, last couple of days I've managed some bench time.... Underside done at last.. So basic camo done... Then bloody disaster. I hamfistedly knocked over a bottle of Alclad airbrush cleaner all over my desk. Fortunately the model didn't suffer too much as it was the other end of the bench and sat on its engines... Can't say my cutting mat fared quite so well though.... ahh well, was looking for an excuse to buy a new one... Repairs complete, got some mottle on, then a coat of Future and then the main decals. The Microscale decals behaved immaculately, despite being so very thin.. That's it for now, she's all ready now for a marathon stencilling session, then I should be on the home straight... Steve
  15. Which shop? Use both fairly regularly but haven't been down since 'the Incident'. Not linked I hope?
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