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About gengriz

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  1. Another quick lockdown build, the old (mid 1970s) FROG Maryland, in this case (I believe) its Novoexport guise. Actually it came in a dirty unmarked plastic bag from a vendor at Telford for the grand sum of £2, with no decals and moulded in what looks like brown chocolate. With the exception of the plastic, which was very brittle, but turned to melted chocolate if you even waved glue at it, this was a reasonable build. The split canopy, which I thought would be difficult to complete, only needed a little sanding to complete, although I did use quite a lot of Tippex as filler elsewhere. As is my want, I scratched up a set of inkjet and spares box markings for the Orkney-based RN aircraft that set out in a storm and confirmed the Bismark had sailed from its Norwegian lair, after the RAF cried off their flight because of the weather. I added a minimal amount of detail inside the nose as I thought it might be visible (it isn't). FredT
  2. Unfortunately not, which is a bit of a shortfall. Its styrene rod and bits of sprue. FredT
  3. Some Lockdown Friday Fun - this 1/72 Vickers Deck Tractor comes from Air Graphics. A little fiddly to build, but a lot of fun and just the thing to move a few of my Harriers todifferent spots around the deck! FredT
  4. Here are two new "lockdown" builds, both Fireflies, but in the opposite colour schemes from normal: Firefly FR.1, 766 Naval Air Sqn, RNAS Lossiemouth 1949 (FROG/Novo with own decals). Firefly Mk.IV, 814 Naval Air Sqn, HMS VENGEANCE, 1949 (Airfix, with own decals and Airwaves wing fold) Enjoy and stay safe everyone! FredT
  5. When all is up in the air, concentrate on something familiar and re-assuring - like a quick build of a FROG Fairey Gannet model! The markings on this one come from Modeldecal (and were possibly the first after market set I ever bought - for a Sea Hawk IIRC, so at least 35 years old). The kit has seen some minor mods - the radar dustbin was removed and filled, some underwing tanks (or are they baggage carriers - not sure) were added along with the wire aerial arrangement. This is another kit that defies its age. OK so the pilots are moulded onto a flat panel, heads only, the exhausts ar enot the right shape and the undercarriage bays are not cut out (I didn't change any of these by the way), but it still looks like a Gannet, and the sharpness of the wing trailing edges would put many modern kits to shame And finally, with a "vanilla" FROG Gannet: Stay safe everyone..... FredT
  6. When all is up in the air, concentrate on something familiar and re-assuring - like a Sea Hawk model! This is the 1/72 Hobby Boss kit, with Modeldecal transfers to correct some anomalies in the kit markings. At least I hope they "correct" ! What a marvelous little kit this is, even allowing for the age of the Airfix one that I am more familiar with. Its only real issue is the intake vane arrangement, which is too prominent. I did cut this one's vanes back, but clearly not far enough. I have 3 more in the stash to build and looking forward to them. And the collection grows: Stay safe everyone..... FredT
  7. Hahha - its certainly got its problems, but only if you want it to look like a Tornado! Most parts fit well, with the only real issue being the nightmare horizontal fuselage join, something it shares with many other kits, Tornadoes and otherwise. FredT
  8. Having retired (again) at the end of last month, plus reducing some pre-planned activities to avoid the Corona virus, I have had more time than usual for modelling. This is my second build of the month, the base kit coming from a local charity shop just after Xmas - it's the old Airfix Tornado GR.1 updated to become a GR.4 from IX(B) Sqn RAF. The kit is not the best representation of a Tornado but it builds well - mine has seen quite a few changes from the basic items supplied in the box, including: - The later Airfix GR.4 Decals - Wing tanks updated to reflect production versions - Replacement LRTMS and FLIR (Avia Graphics) - Sprue/plastic strip update to cockpit - Ejector seat sprue updates - Replacement Pitot (dressmaker's pin - never fails) - Replacement Sky Shadow/BoZ 107 (ESCI and Scratch respectively) - Storm Shadow missiles from Revell Kit (or was it a Rafale?) - Weapons rails from the spares box - Scratch chaff dispensers on inner Sidewinder pylons Clearly, there are easier ways to build an accurate GR.4 model - the Revell kit would certainly be my recommended starting point, but despite the issues with this kit, it came to me very cheaply with the profits going to charity and it used up a number of orphan parts from my spares box, whilst keeping me happily occupied for a few weeks. For me, that is what modelling is all about !!! ....and of course, it wouldn't be me without a group shot of my other Tornadoes! FredT
  9. The R-4 was the first true allied helicopter, undergoing initial trials at sea in 1943. Recognising its potential as an ASW convoy protection weapon, Britain ordered 240 of them for use by the RN and RAF, but with the end of WW2 this order was reduced to 45, most of which went to the Fleet Air Arm. The US Army and USCG also used R-4s, the former for jungle rescue in Burma and the latter for coastal patrols. Limited in the ASW role by their small payload, precluding a useful weapons load, the RN’s R-4Bs were used in a variety of Fleet Requirements roles (such as radar calibration) and as ASW aircraft until eventually replaced by the much more powerful Dragonfly. Well I definitely had some fun with this one. Who would have thought something so small could be so frustrating. Most of the kit is OK, with some nice etch parts, but that acetate canopy deserved a little more engineering thought from MPM. I managed to fudge it in the end and now have an important addition to my early helicopters collection. FredT
  10. Ah, the memories! My first ever kit was the Airfix P1127, built for me by my dad in 1968. A friend had one, plus a 737 and an old (Frog?) Vulcan; I came home espousing their virtues and the very next day dad came home from work with a P1127 for me! I've been obsessed with Harriers ever since (still the most numerous type on my collection - 25 built, another 15 in the stash). My first "self build" that I can remember was the Airfix SM.79 at about the age of 7 - goodness knows what it looked like when I finished because its not an easy kit - and it was definitely finished in a paintless light Airfix blue. First model of the "back to modelling after a break" era was, predictably in 1984, an ESCI Sea Harrier just after I finished my degree. First model of the "kids have grown up" era was an Italeri Merlin HAS.1 in 2000. FredT
  11. This is Zvezda's Helix kit, with slightly altered decals. A straightforward build "out the box" for my first real completion of 2020. and with my older Airfix Ka-25 Hormone kit: FredT
  12. Scooters have been a bit of a theme for me over the last few months and this is what I've been building over Xmas - two more Skyhawks to add to my collection: Douglas A-4M Skyhawk II VMAT-102 “Skyhawks” - USMC Aviation, MCAS Yuma, Arizona, 1980s. Italeri 1/72 with markings from Hasegawa and spares box. This kit came without any markings, but provided an excellent excuse to use the very colourful spare set from my Hasegawa A-4E build from October (the kit-supplied ones would have been very "grey" in any event!!!!. Douglas OA-4M Skyhawk H&MS-12 “Outlaws” USMC Aviation, MCAS Yuma, Arizona, 1988. Italeri 1/72 OOB. I struggled with the blended grey on this one - brush painting doesn't always work! Interesting to see how much the double canopy changes the look of the Skyhawk. and finally - here is the full set as it currently stands. there are at least 3 more in the stash, so watch this space!!!
  13. RN Buffaloes were part of French & Belgian orders taken over by the British Purchasing Commission in Washington - not their biggest success! Most UK Buffaloes went to Commonwealth and RAF Squadrons in Singapore, where they were quickly lost to the Japanese. Three were used by the RN in Crete, where they were found to be poorly built (e.g. guns failing due to over-tight wiring that snapped when fired) and were considered worse than useless. Subsequently, some fought successfully with RN Squadrons in the Western Desert; the remainder ended life in Yeovilton as fighter trainers and local defence aircraft. It wasn't a bad aircraft; the USN originally preferred it over the WIldcat and the Finns used the Buffalo with great success against both Germans and Russians; but only after they had rebuilt them to their own satisfaction. A case of poor build standards and sloppy procurement, British disappointment was repeated 2 years later with the Brewster built Corsair III, leading to a US Senate Investigation of Brewster, amidst (unproven) accusations of sabotage, Nazi sympathisers and enemy agents within their workforce.
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