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About gengriz

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    The biggest construction kit in the whole world, ever: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctkY391dEYQ

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  1. Utterly, utterly outrageous. I really feel for all those people affected by this mindless act. It's not about the financial value of the physical damage. Model railway exhibits in particular take tens of years to acquire and build, involving a level and depth of personal emotional investment that most of us can only imagine. It's not going too far to suggest that an older person may genuinely never recover from an event like this.
  2. Thanks Tony - you have no idea how infuriating that blasted cheat line was. I tried masking and painting it first - a disaster ensued, so then I sanded it all back off, revealing the carefully hidden grey coat under the white, so then I set about painting the (5 coats of) white all over again...... and so on. I then made up some inkjet decals for the thin stripes along the fuselage, but they stretched and broke, so I started all over again! In the end it was inkjet decals for the thin bit and masking for the engines/tail. They still need a little tidying up. Next up - the original raspberry ripple Dominie (XW930) with the Blue Vixen nose! FredT )
  3. Thanks all. As an update, I've managed to dig out my other 125 and photo them together (Airfix, out the box):
  4. This one proved a lot more difficult than I thought it would, but I reckon the end result is worth it. It's an old 1/72 Matchbox HS125 converted to become the Blue Vixen (Sea Harrier FA2) radar/weapons integration trials aircraft, using putty and elbow grease! The nose was cloned from an Airfix FA2, using silicon and Milliput, to give me:  New nose  Block unused cabin windows  Stbd Cockpit modifications (but only those that can be seen!)  Doppler altimeter fairing under fuselage  Wing Pylon  Various underwing strakes and flap operating fairings  Open up and fill landing lights  Open up and fill Nav Lights  Add new antennae FredT
  5. I’ve decided that it’s now time to stop polishing this particular "Curd". It will never get any better than it is now, no matter what I do to it! This Leoman kit was another cheap acquisition from last year’s model swap at Telford. My expectations were pretty low, and have proved well founded, but at least I only paid £5 for it! I have very little I can say that is good; shape is vague and suspect, detail is non-existent or wrong, panel lines are either heavily raised or very deeply engraved, fit is variable, filler is needed and the canopy (to my eyes) is much too large. In fact the whole thing looks overscale. The intake is solid, whilst there is no tailpipe at all, allowing you to see right into the fuselage and up to the laughable cockpit and seat. Mind you, the instrument panel is actually quite good, as are the AA-1 Alkali missiles. The very basic decals worked well, but the “bort” numbers seemed much too large to me and I’m not convinced yellow was that common, so mine come from the spares box. So not recommended in any way, except perhaps as a canvas to practice your hand brushed aluminium finishes. Move on……………….. FredT
  6. Hi Mark, it doesn't ring a bell and I don't remember having any doubts at the time. (PS there are many more in-build pictures on my web blog - try http://www.gengriz.co.uk/2015/dec15.htm#top. ) I used the Aerofax book as a reference and there are pictures on page 65, 90, 109 and 110 that seem to confirm I got it the right way round, with the divider strut tapering to a thin end at the windscreen. I must admit though that I did wonder if the little tab on the end should have been removed as I couldn't see its purpose. FredT
  7. Matchbox certainly chose some interesting and obscure subjects for their kits. Nowadays we have become used to seeing short-run unusual aircraft kits, but in the late 1970s this was a bit of a gamble to to try and avoid overlap with the established major UK kit manufacturers. This one came from last year's Telford Kit Swap and although its decals were a little tired, it has been a very satisfying build of something that I knew very little about. As you would expect from Matchbox, it assembles with no real issues although you have to take a little care with the separate nose sections and the split cowl. It also has a rather fragile undercarriage (cue the marvelous Matchbox stand). Replacement vacform canopies are readily available (and the previous owner included a set of these), but I'm not sure they are actually needed so I used the kit set instead. I built up the space behind the pilot's seat with plastic card to reflect the frame and head rest, plus added some paper seatbelts. Two nicely moulded aircrew figures joined the spares box. The tropical air filter is actually included on the sprue, but not listed on the instructions - I fitted it as an afterthought having seen it on reference pictures and as a result, it is a little lower than it should be. The wire aerial is stretched lycra thread. Hairy brush painted as always, using Humbrol enamels and top coated with Klear to apply the transfers, followed by a finishing coat of matt Windsor & Newton acrylic varnish. FredT
  8. 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:
  9. One final one to squeeze in for 2018 - Matador Models' lovely little resin 1/76 FV721 Fox CVR(W) - and that's all fffolks...... :
  10. 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
  11. Very impressive set! The 262 diorama is superb (inspiring!) and I love that J-22 too - a type I've not come across before.
  12. 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
  13. 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......
  14. The Rotodyne is fantastic, but for some reason it's the Lysander that is my favourite. Thanks for sharing!
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