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About gengriz

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  1. Another Matador resin model from my Telford haul! At first look, I thought this one wasn't as nice as the Fox, but once assembled and with a little paint, the fine detail really stood out. The kit includes two different upper hulls for the Mk4 or Mk5. I've assembled both just for comparison, but unfortunately there is only one driver's hatch to go around. Well recommended. FredT Mk.5 with Swingfire: [ Mk.4 With my BW Ferret Mk.2, (whose machine gun seems to have gone astray whilst taking the pictures): ... and with the Fox:
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    Give me a break.......

    One final one to squeeze in for 2018 - Matador Models' lovely little resin 1/76 FV721 Fox CVR(W) - and that's all fffolks...... :
  3. My last creation of 2018! This is the delightful resin Matador Models FV721 Fox CVR(W) that I picked up at Telford this year. Well recommended! FredT
  4. Very impressive set! The 262 diorama is superb (inspiring!) and I love that J-22 too - a type I've not come across before.
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    Give me a break.......

    This has not been a good year for me in any respect with the death of my mum, followed quickly by a major leg injury that needed two significant operations to fix. However, once again, modelling has proved to be a therapeutic hobby. Although builds from the early and middle part of the year were mostly built whilst lying on a sofa, or sitting on the floor (getting back up on the sofa required external assistance), I'm relatively pleased with my output and it definitely helped me to get back on my feet.... literally. As always, all kits were 1/72, hand brushed using Humbrol and Revell enamels. January started with two early Harriers to add to my collection - both ESCI 1/72 kits. The USMC one came in a bag with a warped fuselage and broken wing (I suspect the box had been squashed), but after some remedial work you can't tell. February saw two late WW2 kits of Axis aircraft intended to counter high flying bombers, an ancient FROG He162 and a slightly more modern Hasegawa Ki-44 Tojo: March was the month of disasters, but at the start of the month I finished a rather nice DeHavilland Sea Devon. April was more difficult - I had started and almost completed one of the new Airfix Hawks in Red Arrows colours before my fall. Overall red isn't too difficult to paint lying on your back and once it was complete, I threw together an ancient Airfix Gnat to join it (on the basis of "if I mess it up I don't care"). Both came out pretty well, although I was still a little shaky and struggled with hand painting the frames on the canopies: May saw the second operation and a bit of a setback. Rather than start anything new, I decided to fix an old model that was bugging me - after all, because I couldn't get upstairs, I was sleeping downstairs on a sofabed in my modelling room, so all was laid out in front of me for scrutiny. An Airfix Lynx HAS.3 ICE built in 2009 had some rather crude handling bars for its folded blades, so an easy replacement was overdue: And then, because AFV models are they are easier to handle and generally don't need any heavy duty sanding, I completed a Revell 1/72 MAN Truck. This was a surprisingly complex and satisfying little kit that turned out well. The brown is wrong, but was all I could get hold of at this point. At this point I shuffled down onto the floor to paint at a coffee table, which worked relatively well, although I couldn't actually get back up again and had to stay there most of the day until Mrs T came back home to help me back up By June I was feeling a little more adventurous (and a little impatient/frustrated) so took on a conversion of a 1/72 Airfix Spitfire 22 into a Seafire 46, using some Model Alliance decals. This was a real morale booster as it worked out very well. They say pride comes before a fall though and bouyed by my Seafire 46, I decided to try a resin CMR Seafire 45. For some reason I could not get the CA glue to stick anything together. I washed the parts thoroughly, then sent Mrs T into town to buy new CA (twice) to no avail and finally ended up using Araldite (truly horrible stuff). I got there in the end, but the result wasn't as good as I had hoped. I still cant reach the "Late Seafires" box in the garage, so no pictures yet with my Seafire 17 and 47. The heat of August wasn't good for modelling and I felt a little downhearted following the resin issues, so I played around with an old Airfix blister pack Spitfire Mk.9 hacking it into a passable Seafire L.III. Definitely "looks like a Seafire" and a satisfying build, although it would undoubtedly have the Seafire experts squirming. September saw a FROG Hunter FGA.9 as an easy and fast build. The pictures seem to overemphasise the apparent hook up of the forward fuselage - it doesn't look that bad in reality. October saw a little bit of serious bravado, as I started a Mach 2 Hu-25 Guardian kit. This is definitely old-fashioned modelling, which was a lot of fun. I made a few scratch additions to turn it into an Hu-25D with gps, satnav and optical sensors. Although the end result has its blemishes, it makes a striking impact hanging from my modelling shelf ! November was Canberra month, starting with a Cold War FROG B(I).8 kit and ending with a Vietnam Italeri B-57B. Same role, different approach, for different wars: And then December. Having returned fully to work in June (after working from home for a while), F-35Bs and QE First of Class Flying Trials have been a major feature. And now they are complete, QNLZ is back in Portsmouth and PWLS is progressing in Rosyth. So in a fit of excitement and pride, I had to build another F-35B, and it had to be in RN colours (don't scoff, it's not impossible, by a long way). I briefly contemplated doing one of the two trials aircraft, preferably the one with the coloured markings, but some of the prominent light grey lettering defeated me. So instead I built a new one in slightly toned down 809 Sqn markings and updated last year's build to add the badge of the F-35 Integrated Test Force to the inner tails: And that. I think, was a good way to end a bad year. Roll on 2019 - the coming year's objective is to find a model show I can display at and get some of them out of their boxes again! FredT
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    Lovely. The Scammell definitely hits the spot and that TR7 brings back some memories. The one I almost bought was a gruesome green though. With tartan seats......
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    Heather Kay's 2018 builds

    The Rotodyne is fantastic, but for some reason it's the Lysander that is my favourite. Thanks for sharing!
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    PlaStix's Brush Painted 2018

    Wow! Well done.
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    Raven's 2018 - a pair of battlecruisers.

    Superb. I am in perpetual awe of ship modellers who manage such fine and perfect detail in such small scales ! FredT
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    RN F-35B Frenzy - FLY NAVY

    I did hear a rumour that one may be painted up in full RN colours next year to celebrate 80 yrs since the Inskip Award (24 May 1939)
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    RN F-35B Frenzy - FLY NAVY

    John, the paper came from Amazon (Mr decal paper). I found it a lot thinner and stretchier than the sheets I have bought at model shows. It's white, so I left a grey background around the markings and trimmed as close as I could. The printer is a bog-standard Canon inkjet, using OEM print cartridges. I then overcoated with MicroSol decal coating. Not so sure about the last; the red ink bled slightly. FredT
  12. Now that First of Class flying trials onboard HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH have completed with a flourish, fast jet flying has returned to the Fleet Air Arm with a vengeance! Time for another F-35B model, methinks. And, I just couldn't resist another speculative RN Scheme, after all, what exactly do the RAF plan to do with theirs? This is the Fujimi kit, which is better than Hasegawa in some respects, but less accurate in others. I now have both and I'm not sure that I have any preference for either. Decals (for 809 Sqn - which is the first RN F-35B Sqn) are a mix of kit and home made inkjet printed - I have toned them down slightly compared with my previous build as befits a more operational colour scheme. As my first one has its intake barn doors open and nozzle rotated, this one is relatively clean, although I opened up the weapons bays and added some AMRAAMs (as this option is missing on the Hasegawa kit). ... and then to finish the year, I have updated last year's F-35 build to include the badge of the Integrated Test Flight (another inkjet decal print) worn during FOC trials. Mine is a little larger than reality, and worn on the inside tail surfaces, but it makes the point! FredT
  13. 3 Down, 3 to go in my Canberra project This time, its a Vietnam-era US cloned Canberra all set to attack the Ho Chi Minh trail: Not a lot I can say about this kit, it builds very easily, doesn't need any filler and clearly shows the differences between the US variant of the Canberra and the British B(I).8, which was intended to fill much the same role. Italeri provide a good representative 500 & 750lb bomb load showing just how much of a bomb truck this aircraft was. No pilots though, so I have added a Matchbox navigator and Airfix pilot to fill the open (but nicely detailed) cockpit. Flaps and air brakes are open, as provided for in the kit. ... and finally, all 3 (thus far) lined up. I will need a bigger board to photograph them on when the next one is finished: FredT.
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    Canberra B(I).8

    Thanks. The 88 Sqn markings are those supplied in the original FROG box. It comes with a South African option too. The TT.18 is the Italeri B-57 kit with the fantastic Airwaves resin nose/engine/wheels, plus decals from various sources. I'm hoping to do a goldfish bowl B(I).6 before Christmas as part of this theme using the Airfix kit (I'm not quite sure what to do with the nose). There do seem to be a lot of Airfix B.6s on sale on e-bay at the moment, which makes me wonder if someone knows something and an announcement is imminent?
  15. This Canberra B(i) Mk.8 is the second output from my ongoing Canberra builds. The first (a TT.18) was completed 9 years ago, so this has not been a fast project; However, the third (a B.57)is nearly at the decal application stage. A PR.9 and B(I) Mk.6 await! FROG (and spawn) Canberras are easy to find and cheap. I'm not exactly sure why, because it is a reasonable, if simple kit. The only real issue I experienced was the vague attachment points for the wings, which make it awkward to get the wing dihedral correct. Seams needed a little attention and filler, as did the canopy. Paint is hand brushed Humbrol enamel, with panel lines emphasised in light pencil above and silver pencil below. A coat of acrylic Micro Satin finishes off the shiny 1960s high speed finish! This is clearly a kit from a different era, but it remains a fun build with enough scope to add your own personal touches of simple detail. Mine was a late FROG original issue; I haven't seen one of the more recent releases so can't say how the mould is holding up after all this time, but originals are still plentiful and easily available online for about £10 even from established secondhand kit dealers. FredT