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  1. Thanks Adam. Good to see the old girl still survives. The model goes nicely with the rest of the S.1 collection :
  2. Buccaneer S.1 700Z Naval Air Squadron, RNAS Lossiemouth, 1961 Having finished the beautiful recent Airfix 1/72 Buccaneer S.2 I was left with all kinds of bits and pieces designed to turn the old Airfix 1/72 kit into something decent so I thought I may as well use them up on the old kit. The result was this pre-production, or very early production – not sure which – Buccaneer S.1. This is something I’ve always wanted to build but never got around to it as there was always another S.2 to do using my old Airfix kits. This is what I was aiming for: I wanted to keep the natural fibreglass panel on the fin which XK532 originally had – just visible in this photo (the farthest aircraft): This was a fairly major rebuild of the old Airfix kit which included (from front to back): - Freightdog resin nose (a must have item for any Buccaneer) - Whirlibirds resin S.1 main air intakes and wing root intakes (access panels scribed in and fasteners added). Fitting them was a real struggle as they were designed for the Matchbox kit: - Cockpit interior and seats from the CMR resin S.2 kit (I bought one of these cheaply years ago then found there were too many surface bubbles and never built it – amazing instructions though) – note there was no internal blast screen for the observer in these early aircraft. - My own crash-moulded canopy, based on the Frog S.2 kit. - Aeroclub white metal undercarriage. - CMR resin undercarriage doors. - Pitot replaced with a sewing needle. - Wingtips cut back to S.1 shape - Missing vortex generators on wing top surface added – one on each wing (correctly missing on the old Airfix S.2 kit which represents a Martel capable aircraft). - Fin leading edge air intake removed – replaced with small side intakes on these very early aircraft only. - Blisters added to the bomb door - Anti-col light added under fuselage ahead of the bomb door. - Aeroclub white metal tail bumper added. - Freightdog resin tailplane / fin tip. I should have modified the exhausts. They look too big but I thought I would get away with it – lesson learned. The finish was Halford’s Appliance Gloss White for underside and fin, with Xtracrylic Extra Dark Sea Grey on top. The pale red/blue roundels, codes, underwing serials and ejection seat warnings were from a Freightdog decal sheet, with the small white serials from Modeldecal. The correct size and style ‘Royal Navy’ on the fin was difficult to find but I came across them on a Model Alliance sheet for HMS Ark Royal’s air wing. Photos are not that brilliant (indoors in ambient light) and maybe I will replace them a) when the sun comes out and b) when it’s warm enough to mess about with outdoor photography.
  3. Hi Marcello. Best of luck with your Seamaster. My canopy was made by the plunge method using clear acetate sheet. The mould was a Milliput shape created on a plasticard base. The pictures I hope show what I'm talking about. The second picture shows the new canopy next to that awful kit version. Chris
  4. It's basically the same kit as the single seater. I built an A-4E from the kit many years ago. The two seater has the same raised rivets and panel lines - I enhanced a few of the raised lines and panels by going over them with an HB pencil before the Klear coat. There are a few indented panel lines around the nose area on both kits.
  5. TA-4F Skyhawk H&MS 12, US Marine Corps MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, 1970 1/48 Fujimi kit of old – Superscale decals There are much better Skyhawk kits of course, but I’ve had the Fujimi 1/48 TA-4F/J for a long long time and it was time to build it. It was one of those builds done just for the pleasure of putting an old kit together and using some just as old decals and I enjoyed it. It was never going to be a competition winning model – I would have bought the Hasegawa kit if I wanted that sort of modelling – so there were a number of compromises and short cuts. It was the discovery of the TA-4F version that inspired me. This was a TA-4J which retained the guns and hardpoints from the A-4F and used by the USMC. I came across this photo and the markings for it were there on an old Superscale decal sheet : I couldn't resist rebuilding the cockpit interior (resin seats by Pavla) and opening the slats, but other than that it's from the box. So this is how it turned out:
  6. ...but only just...after a loy of polishing. The King Air story is here by the way :
  7. Hello John - it's what we do isn't it? Not really bothered whether someone else has one but all our creations are unique aren't they.
  8. Thanks Glen. It did seem like a lot of messing about but it all came together in the end!
  9. Jetstream T.1 45(Reserve) Sqn, RAF Cranwell, 1990s This is the old Airfix kit with the almost as old M&E conversion, which provided the Astazou engines in short run injection moulded plastic. Needless to say, fitting these involved endless fun with wet n dry and Milliput. The props were Aeroclub white metal. Changing the Airfix fuselage to the RAF version was also a bit of a challenge as it involved filling in the window in the original kit doors, fitting the doors and filling and rescribing the RAF style door. A new window was then drilled into the rescribed door. Fuselage windows were glazed with Humbrol Clear Fix after everything else was finished. There was general messing about with the fuselage (tailcone and antenna plinths mainly) to get the RAF look. The main undercarriage arrangement for the RAF version was also quite different without the inboard doors etc which provided more fun with Milliput. Decals were from Modelart. I was waiting for the new Xtradecal Jetstream sheet for a while but I realised that I needed a full set of stencils which the Modelart sheet provided. I could have, of course, just bought the A Model kit and saved myself a lot of modelling, but why would I when modelling is what its all about? I’m also not sure about the fuselage shape around the windscreen are in the A Model kit – to my eye the Airfix version looks better here. Anyway it’s good to have finished another kit that’s been in the stash for so many years that I can’t begin to guess! With its replacement - King Air (Mach 2 kit)
  10. That does look really good. The only thing is XV791 was finished in that very glossy camo during the red/white/blue roundels period (see photo) so maybe a coat of gloss varnish ?
  11. Vickers Varsity T.1 5 FTS, RAF Oakington, 1967 Way back in time I was on an ATC summer camp at RAF Oakington near Cambridge. The only thing I clearly remember about it was standing behind the pilots’ seats, one hand on each (the seats, not the pilots) actually flying in a Varsity doing circuits. I’ve always wanted to model one since then. I built a Welsh Models 1/144 vac form years ago but finally I managed to get my hands on an Aeroclub 1/72 version. I didn’t buy it as a kit, but as an already built up version from Paul Janicki who you may know from this forum. Paul’s build featured in Scale Models magazine many years ago. This is what it looked like before refurbishment : All it needed really was some extensive dayglo adding but I decided that I really needed that 5FTS version so I took off all the decals and paint. The outer wings had developed a bit of droop so I cut them off outboard of the engines, took them apart, and re-assembled them. The Light Aircraft Grey and white respray was easy enough but the dayglo was a different issue. In the end I masked and sprayed the dayglo areas with white, then matt orange, then a couple of top coats of Vallejo Model Air Flourescent Red. I had considered using decals for each piece of strip dayglo but that was just too daunting so in the end I used white and Light Aircraft Grey decal strips (from Fantasy Printshop) over the dayglo. This was also daunting and took far longer than I wanted to but got there in the end. I must admit that I tired of counting the number of strips needed and just got on with it so it looked something like the original. I will admit that the exhaust staining is a bit on the heavy side but they were very dirty engines! I would also thank Aeroclub for providing sturdy white metal undercarriage legs as the beast weighs a ton. The upperwing roundels are the right size according to my references so I think the wing is just a little short in chord. I ran out of steam when it came to replicating the emergency escape markings around the cabin windows so if anyone happens to have an unused decal sheet from the original Aeroclub kit it would be very gratefully received and put to good use! Anyway thankyou Paul for doing all the hard work in the first place.
  12. That is fabulous. The very best era of colour scheme as well. I've been building 800NAS jets for while and have 3 Buccs done now but you have made me look at 801. A Bucc and Sea Harrier in that scheme would look so good together. I finished my Airfix Bucc with kit decals - a rarity for me but they were brill. Couldn't help but attach a pic or two (the grey / white one is the old Frog kit with resin nose and tailplane). You're gonna hate me for this, but early S.2s didn't have that landing light on the nosewheel leg - get out the knife!
  13. P-38J Lightning 20th Fighter Group / 79th Fighter Squadron USAAF King’s Cliffe, Northants, 1944 This is the Dragon / Italeri 1/72 kit which had been in the stash for more years than I can remember. My motivation to build it at last came from some USAFE research work. I thought it would be good to have something meaningful to display next to a Tiger Squadron UH F-111E (which, by the way, I haven’t built yet – but I keep looking in the box of that very nice Hasegawa kit). I’m no P-38 expert so those that are will probably find something not quite right but it looks like a P-38 to me. Finish is AK Xtreme Metal Polished Aluminium sprayed over Tamiya light grey primer. The yellow is from a Halfords spray can – Ford Signal Yellow – over Tamiya white primer. Decals are from Tally Ho.
  14. This is really sad and shocking news. Mel was always bright and cheerful and ready to chat and he will be greatly missed by many of us.
  15. That's beautifully done. I was just thinking to myself 'hang on - Tamiya don't do an N', then I saw the pics of your conversion work. Top drawer.
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