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  1. The FG.1 bits are in quite high demand as they allow someone to convert the Revell (Hasegawa re-pop) FGR.2 into the very hard to find FG.1.


    So if you aren't going to do that yourself I would suggest that you could raise a reasonable sum of money on a well known auction site with them. Same goes for the kit decals. 

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  2. Regarding the intakes the way I have done it on my Victor (which has a similar assembly) was to pre paint the parts in Halfords White Primer, 

    I then assembles using Tamiya extra thin, the glue that squidges out of the join mixes with the paint and hides the joints pretty well.

    Using the same technique on the Airfix Phantom resulted  in no sanding or extra work required at all. 

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  3. Sorry for no step by step updates but this just falls together so delightfully!


    A real Mojo restorer of a kit!








    In this last picture the stepped panel line is the joint between fuselage and wing, the straight one to the left is a poorly moulded panel line.  I'm staggered by the fit of this kit and have built a few Eduard Spitfires.


    Am a fully paid up Eduard 109 fan now!

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  4. 2 minutes ago, Adam Poultney said:

    Even still, I don't think it's a possibility. 

    Sure, new wings can be tooled, but you'd need to also retool the nose to have a version with no pitots (B1s had them on the wingtips), the tail itself needs retooling as a B1a/B2 rudder doesn't fit on a B1 (XA900 had one before she was scrapped, it didn't fit properly). All the landing gear parts need replacing, the jetpipes need to go, new control surfaces.... so much more.

    By the time you finish, you might keep... the interior? The airbrakes (actually, even these were different on early B1s). Easier to just tool a new kit, using the cad for the most similar parts of the B2 as a starting point. 


    What would be nice though would definitely be an early B2 with B1 intakes and possibly a B1 tailcone. Far more feasible and previously never covered by any kit, not even one as old as this frog one from this thread.

    Ahh, my lack of knowledge seeping through. 

    I presumed that the B.1 shared nose and tail, which would have made it simple to do.

    So very typical of a British manufacturer to make a updated version of something that shares nothing with the Mk.1!

  5. 10 minutes ago, Adam Poultney said:

    It has been far too long since I worked on this model, but I have asked a friend who has a 3D printer and is fairly good at designing 3D printed things to make me some intakes. I supplied him with drawings, sketches and photographs to work from, it doesn't have to be perfect; not much of this kit is even close to perfection, they just have to look kind of like Vulcan B1 intakes. Getting my new tool Vulcan B2 made me think of this thread again. Also I now hear the new kit could maybe have been a B1 had the lack of a kit and demand for one been known (I know I love B1s but I have seen plenty of people express some level of wishing the new kit was a B1, the old one built up into a perfectly good B2 with some effort).

    Looking at the parts breakdown of the new Airfix kit the wings being a separate sprue would allow (with the addition of a B.1 specific sprue containing intakes nose leg and tail cone (tail cones if you wanted) a B.1 to be made.

    Alternatively if someone very enterprising decided to make a B.1 conversion kit comprising wings nose leg and tail cones that would fit into Airfix's existing parts that could work too. 

    You know more than I do if this is possible. 

  6. 9 minutes ago, Bellerophon said:

    ...so I hope this is a big seller for Airfix, especially here in the States.


    There seems to be a renewed interest in Skyshield of late.


    A couple of YouTube history channels have made content relating to 'When Britiain Bombed America, twice' by Mark Felton.


    I doubt Airfix are priming influencers but it's a nice coincidence. 





  7. I have 2 waiting for me at home.


    I imagine that there will be a Black Buck boxing as well as a future XH558 standalone boxing with the correct (incorrect) roundels and the decals for the inside of the bomb bay.


    This has to have been Airfix's greatest success for years.

    I can't wait to see mine and will be looking forward to your builds too.


    Off the back of the reception this has had, the 1/24 Typhoon and Hellcat I imagine a similar response will await the 1/24 Spitfire IX which must be on the cards surely!

  8. Loving this kit.


    It is so well designed and moulded.  

    I had great trepidation with the multi part exhausts but they went well.

    I will definitely be building another one of these with the engine covers off to show off all that detail. 






    Anything I think may be visible through the engine and gun cowl vents got a coat of matt black with some gun  metal and then silver dry brushing.

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  9. Hello.


    I got a bit carried away so it's not very 'step by step'.

    Having limited supplies aboard ship I made some homebrew RLM02 using RAF Dark Sea Grey and Sky.  as it's down inside the cockpit I hopefully will get away with it.


    It looks so much worse in the picture than it does in real life!


    My love hate relationship with PE continues and as this will be cockpit closed I will not bother with the little PE levers and throttles etc.




    For those that are concerned I have a full set of the necessary RLM colours to finish this properly, and the flat areas behind pilots seat are easy enough to paint once the whole thing is zipped up.

    This is the first and last occasion when I shall sully my proud Luftwaffe machine with inferior Tommy paints!

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  10. Inspirational work!  I should really do some of these.


    I love an XJ-S and have had 3.  The only reason I don't have one now is I struggle with the current prices when a good one used to be £5k! 


    Blue distributor caps are interchangeable with black, it's just a question of what was available when you had your car serviced. 

    The black ribbed can thingumy in the vee of the engine is the pneumatic bellows for the cruise control system (which I always used to rip out because it is not great when working and a source of vacuum leaks).

    The oil filler is on the near side cam cover and the pipe stood up at 45 degrees represents the A coil.  There is also a B coil on the panel behind the grille and in front of the radiator. 

    If you are interested Jaguar used a Lucas licenced version of Bosch D-Jet.  On a BMW 3.0Ci (E9 shape) the D jet system fires injectors for cylinders 1,3,5 then 2,4,6 on alternate crank cycles. 

    The Jaguar system utilised a signal amplifier, to fire twice the number of injectors on alternate cycles, so fires injectors on A bank, then B bank.


    The dual coils were to provide a stronger spark with the very high compression used in the HE (1982 onwards) version of the V12 engine, 12:1 compression ratio, with swirl shaped heads to provide greater turbulence and a leaner mix.

    This raised the consumption from a woeful 11-14mpg to a tolerable 15-20 mpg.  The power remained about the same, and varies across all 5.3 engines from 1975-1990 at around 280-299bhp.

    My personal best as a reasonably high speed run from Stirling to Somerset at 21mpg. which shows if you use these cars as designed they aren't a terribly thirsty as they are reputed to be!






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