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  1. While doing some organizing in my modeling stash, I came across a model of a Fiat G.55 "Centauro" sottoserie 0 in 1:48 a published by Special Hobby. The construction of it began a good few years ago. But during some work in the workshop I lost some of the finished parts and couldn't find them, and the model flew to the shelf waiting for me to find the parts. Finally, I managed to complete all the parts and you can move with the end of its construction. In such a state he was waiting for the end of work on him. And here's a set of parts that I lost somewhere for several years.
  2. The model has been finished for a long time and it is also high time to take photos for the gallery and post them on the forum. I treated it as a typical rest and straight out of the box. It's just a pity that the extras for it are not available from Eduard. That's the way I would have gone over it a bit and pootled it. The model itself was very pleasant to build, well-fitted, the very pluses. By the way Italeri has just reissued it in their range, only the decal is for other camouflages. Gallery below, enjoy. The workshop is here:
  3. Hello! I know I haven’t been in the forum for a long time, but that’s how it is with me. We started a little weekend project yesterday. My wife is happy because another box is disappearing on my closet. “Saetta” straight out of the box and without additives. Only these masks I make myself for the glazing. So far, only the contents of the box. It’s a pity there aren’t any extras. The studio isn’t finished yet, so the photos are completely finished. The glazing is beautiful and transparent. Painting is also chosen.
  4. The model has been built for a long time and now it's time to put it in the gallery. This time is always too little for me, and the worst is when I put something on the shelf. Then the topic drags on and there is no end in sight. I trusted the additive manufacturers for it and a few mistakes are there and I don't correct them, maybe someday I will come back to this model to correct it. There was a bit of fun with it, but in the end it resulted in "Hurricane" Mk.IIc in camouflage from 309 squadron RAF (Poland), june 1944.
  5. Its certainly been a while since I last posted on BM and the model building has taken a back seat due to work commitments however pushed through and finally managed to get this kit done, basically out of the box but the tail planes are from the Tamiya kit as they didn't sit as horizontal as the Kinetic ones. Moved from the shelf of doom and now hanging on the ceiling in the den Thanks for looking in... next kit, a 1:48 Gazelle in 705 sqdn colours :)
  6. Here to chew up the last of my remaining display shelf space. I picked this up at a consignment store in Savannah, Georgia on a vacation in fall 2020. The time finally feels right to build it. Once this goes on the shelf, along with a few other larger types i have in progress, I'll actually be out of space. Something I've been stressing about for a few years now. What will happen afterwards? I'm not sure.
  7. Kit - Tamiya Paint - All acrylics Decals - Kit & Aeromaster 48-149 Extras - Squadron vac-form rear canopy. Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat VGF-29 USS Santee Operation Torch, November 1942 Just over three weeks from opening the box until finish, not after a pat-on-the-head, it's simply that sometimes (often ?), it's just great to build a 'good' kit without the drama, bad language and high parts count. And I thoroughly enjoyed it ! So I'm not going into any detail about the process, there's so many folks who can do that far better than I can - some of them here on this very website - Suffice to say, the only additions are seat harnesses from masking tape and a Squadron vac-form (rear) canopy. What you see here is 98% from the box, including the decals. I carefully measured, sprayed and masked the yellow 'Torch' circle around the fuselage before any other painting was done. I used lightened Tamiya XF-18 & XF-19 as the main tones - there's a load of pre & post-shading that combined to give the final finish, followed by varying panel line washes & stains with oils, and some streaking and general dirtying with enamel washes. Not too much else to say, I took time away halfway through another more involved project 'just because...' and I'll go back to that build somewhat fresher and 'rejuvenated'. Feel free to make any comments, ask any questions or pass on any criticisms. All the best from Middle Earth. Ian.
  8. Hobbyboss has updated 3 new models for November 1:72 15U175 TEL of RS-12M1 Topol-M ICBM complex ITEM No.: 82952 1:72 Russian BM-21 Grad Late Version ITEM No.: 82932 1:48 “HURRICANE” Mk.I ITEM No.: 81777 via: https://hobbyzero.com/new-arrivals/hobbyboss-has-updated-3-new-models-for-november-2022/
  9. I'm posting my just completed Airfix Hawker Hunter 1:48 scale. Its quite a substantial kit, and the box art is A+. There are enough redundant parts to get started on a number of different versions. Three tail sections, different nose etc, but not the larger wing tanks or F6 onwards flaps, which is a pity. From extra parts included that aren't mentioned in the instructions, it's actually more straightforward to go off-piste, and NOT make the box F5 version (which obliges you to cut off the stepped leading-edge wing in the kit) F6A XF382 So having read up a little (actually, a lot of) history of the type, I settled on building an F6A, XF382 from the 1976 Greenham Common air tattoo. There are static display photos from that event to help show the way. According to the excellent source Weebly.com XF382 was originally built as an F6 in 1956 at AWA's Baginton factory, as part of a licensed production batch for Hawker. There's a comprehensive history of this airframe's journey on the website. XF382 was paid for under the United States Military Aid Program. This funding method was news to me. She is displayed at the Midland Air Museum, Coventry. Apparently as a permanent loan from the USAF Museum, who are custodians of all such funded aircraft. The colour scheme I've based my model on was applied in January 1975, when XF382 joined 234 Squadron Tactical Weapons Unit at RAF Brawdy in South Wales. On the same day, major damage to the starboard intake occurred when the starter unit exploded. She resumed squadron flying in March 1976 after the repair, and conversion to F6A spec with tail parachute, which is included in the Airfix kit XF382 F6A displayed at the 1976 Greenham Common Air Tatoo My model I attended the 1976 air tattoo as a teenager, so it's probable I did cast my eyes on XF382 back in the day, as I recall a long line of Hunters parked up. Some AM parts were added, including the 230 gallon drop tanks, and the tyres. Mixed results with AM, if I'm honest. I left off the tank steady straps as I didn't think I would avoid making a huge glue mess on the side of the tank. I was scratching my head with where Airfix represented the port canopy emergency release with scribing. Based on photos, I moved it a few mm's forward, and made it more of a feature by drilling a suitable hole which I then filled with glue n glaze. I also made holes for the gun pack winch attachment points both sides, and the engine bearing circular cooler outlets on the flanks behind the wings. Both features are often prominent on photos of active aircraft. I cut off the skid-protectors from the 2 spare tail sections provided in the kit to provide the upper-wing pylon explosive release units fitted to XF382, as they seem quite close enough in size and shape in 1/48 scale. The execution was probably an item best left off, like the tank straps I've mixed individual decals from 2 sets available from Hannants (FHP48223 & X48189). Overall I'm reasonably pleased with the final result, which represents a fair reflection on what I did ok, and equally reflective of parts of the process that didn't work so well for me. I trust the potted history was sufficiently intriguing. I'd be happy if the finished kit encourages more people to present their interpretations of this amazing aircraft. Shoreham airshow tragedy aside, I don't believe and hope wasn't due to a defect with the aircraft. Anyway, I'm definitely not done with Hunters yet and have more in my stash! Thanks for looking in. All critiques in good faith accepted in advance.
  10. As I've been promising, this new thread follows on very quickly from the MTB, it is intended as a companion model and will cover the larger BPB boat before the addition of torpedo tubes. I've been working on the drawings while competing the MTB and so here we are ready to start building. For those who are not familiar with the type, this illustration from the Osprey British Motor gunboat publication gives a great idea of what the model should end up looking like I've managed to source about 10 high quality images of this class on-line, here are a couple of the better ones, MGB 75 and MGB 107 I've searched hard but can't find any commercially available model drawing sets, but the Haynes workshop manual featuring MGB81, the historic preserved MGB, is a great source of information and contains two extremely good drawing sheets that scale rather well and provide accurate lines. I've been able to scan, re-align and re-scale these and had them printed as A1 pdf's. They are based on drawings held by the IWM archive and to my delight, a number of the builder's drawings have been scanned and are available to purchase as art prints. Screen grabs of these provide useful back-up information and additional detail which is great. As It seems a shame that commercial model drawings are not available, this time, I really intended to completed a model markers set of plans that others could use. I'll make these available at both 1:48th scale and 1:72nd scale, more on that at the end of the build. The model will be 18 inches long, a nice size to work with. Here are some of the refence material I'll be using, the pdf reproduction of the Haynes drawings included below I'm not sure I should post a copy of the Haynes manual drawings here, but as a teaser, here is one of the IWM art prints you can buy (full size copies of original drawings, would look great framed) So, overall I'm happy there is enough detail for me to build a decent model of these vessels, one of the key criteria for me to start a project. If you are wondering why I've included the Anatomy of the ship Fairmile D book, it actually has the best drawings of the twin Oerlikon power turret which was shared with the dog boats. The Vickers 2prd turret on the bow is identical to that fitted on the SGB so I've already built one of those and have the etching drawings of the mount, the props look the same (as far as I'm concerned) as the MTB, I have a 3d model of Holman projector and the right smoke machine so this should be easy eh... I didn't have a drawing of the twin Oerlikon, but I do now This, together with the 2 pdr and the props are being cast by Shapeways and should be here in a couple of weeks, the guns in brass and the props in bronze, £80 for all 5 pieces inc shipping. So, progress to date, I've re-drawn the times and checked the gunwale, and chine alignments, that Haynes manual drawing is really good.. The whaleback deckhouse was slightly off, but I used the IWM construction drawing to correct it, think I have it right. Here is my outline lines drawing, the starting place for the frame drawing. On interesting point is the outer rudders are angled at @10 degrees to the vertical, that's a little challenge to get right. For this hull, I'm reverting to balsa infill hull construction which is then covered in diagonal planking. The MTB wasn't a great success in my mind as the inner curvature of the lower hull really didn't work well because the planking had no intermediate support. Also, the simple balsa infill I used on the S-boote actually leaves you able to see the frames in some lights which is bad. This combination approach should solve both these issues, it is what I used on the Fairmile B but that all happened before I started posting so I'll cover this in full detail here. This sectional drawing shows how the hull and deck house will be constructed. The deck-house top box stringers are deliberately composite as they curve in 2 directions and a single piece of wood would be too stiff and might actually warp the hull. The chine stringer is horizontal to allow the balsa blocks to be slid in, I'll show all this in the build. The vertical slot in this frame at the top is there to receive the open bridge side piece which connects frame 6 and 7. Frame 6 was moved forward a small amount to form the forward bulkhead of the open bridge, details details.... A new thing I'm trying on this project is the two locking bars, we'll see if they work. As I've said before, bent hulls are not good and using 1.6 mm ply for a keel is easily bent by the gluing process. Before I've dropped the deck-house into an open box structure on the lower hull and this box helps keep everything straight. With this whale-back deckhouse which curves in 3 dimensions, that isn't possible (well anything is possible, its just not easy) so I've drawn two side bars in the plan which will (I hope) slot through all the frames and then slide towards the keel to lock them and the frames in place to make sure it is all straight. Stick with me and you see what I mean From the lines above, each frame then needs splitting out, re-drawn to allow for the outer planking and the slots set in for the longitudinal timbers. The result is the following cutting plan, locking side bars at the bottom This was then turned into cutting artwork (colour changes and re-grouping) for cutting from a 1 ft x 2ft sheet of 1.6 mm ply (I just love mixing units, keeps the brain active...). 2 days later, this arrived in the post from 4D for a very reasonable £55, I'm getting so lazy in my old age... Add some balsa from SLEC and strip-wood from Cornwall Model boats and you have a wooden hull kit in the making The outer planking will be done in pear wood, it will look fantastic and be such a shame to paint it... Build starts tomorrow Cheers Steve
  11. Greetings one and all... This is my first ICM kit, but it certainly won't be my last, that is for certain! Cracking build and thoroughly enjoyable. What a delight to build this kit was. Had to think out of the box for the outboard wings, as I needed to force the gap to be larger to get everything to align correctly. (See last picture, and look to the outboard of the engine nacelles... for some reason, the lower wing portions needed to be forced out to line up with the nacelle itself...) In retrospect, and it's not a particular failing to this kit... (ALL manufacturers have the problem with overscale radar antennae for night fighters IMHO.) Were I to build another one, I'd go for AM antennae to enhance the scale effect.
  12. I built this a number of years ago... And for some reason I never got around to posting either the build log, or the reveal shots.... From what I can recall, the build presented few problems and was a fairly cathartic build... So - with no further preamble.... I present to you my take on the venerable Hawker Hurricane Mk.1(trop)
  13. Hi, SPARKIT Models is a new French company that proposed 3D printed detailing sets, guns, wheels, ejection seat, engine. You find products in various scale, F-8 Crusader USN & French Navy ejection seat, Mirage III B/C/BE/E/R/RD wheels, MIRAGE IIIE/BE/R MIRAGE 5 - ATAR 9C EXHAUST, Mirage IV wheels ... https://sparkit-models.com/en/ Some sample products: Vickers gun S-3 Viking INTAKE AND EXHAUST SET : JAGUAR A AND E - MK.4 JRM EJECTION SEAT F-4 PHANTOM II - MK.H7 EJECTION SEAT US NAVY T-2 Buckeye - WHEEL SET DH VAMPIRE/SE535 MISTRAL - WHEEL SET (LATE TYPE) MIRAGE IVA/P - WHEEL SET Next product soon: Fouga Magister CM-170 Wheels Possible to follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any suggestions. I will update here with new products. SPang
  14. Kit Tamiya. Paint Tamiya & Mr Color lacquers, Xtracolour enamels. Decals Eagle Cal 48-173. Extras None. Fw190A-3 Stab IV / JG5 Herdla, Norway Late 1942. On another forum there is a group build in memory of Jerry Crandall (of Eagle Productions) who recently died of complications arising from Covid-19. This is my entry for that GB. This is the 1994 Tamiya kit, built without any modifications or AM other than the decals from Eagle-Cal sheet 48-173. Painted with Tamiya acrylics and Mr. Color lacquers (and Xtracolor enamels for the fabric control surfaces). My third ‘old’ Tamiya kit in three months and sixth WWII build in a row. The build is entirely predictable – in a good way – absolutely no surprises, what did surprise me was just how co-operative (if smelly) Mr Color and Tamiya lacquer paints are. I’m a recent convert and am finding them an absolute joy to work with. Lots of pre-shading, perhaps a little too much and careful weathering with W & N oils – no pre-mixed washes here. The decals behaved perfectly, but then Jerry Crandall prioritised accuracy & quality above all so not surprised by that. Please feel free to ask any questions or make any comments/criticism. All the best from a wet’n windy New Zealand. Ian.
  15. Manual-feeding a multi-page drawing set through a work-from-home bubble-jet printer ... loitering at the computer ... what better time to start a new thread! All going to plan, this thread will lead to a two-part finish! Finish 1 My local club is working towards an ambitious goal to mark the RAAF's 100th Anniversary; as part of the annual ScaleACT public show (for 2021, COVID delayed to February 2022) the club is preparing a display of one of every machine the RAAF has ever operated. This has involved much effort by the subcommittee to collate & administer a master spreadsheet, collecting members builds & new-build commitments to account for all types. I have found one of the dwindling final remaining machines which works for me, this Percival Vega Gull, as operated by RAAF No 1 Communications Unit & No 82 Wing Headquarters: This machine was 'impressed' into service in January 1940, retaining it's civil maroon & silver paint scheme, with registration replaced by roundels & RAAF serial no. As shown here on DEKL'S II decals sheet; So my plan is to build and finish in this scheme, to contribute to the club display, but with decals not sealed in, so they can later be easily stripped off ... Finish 2 Before stepping in for war service, this privately-owned machine was quite a competitor, being entered into at least two pre-war air races. One of these was the 1936 South Australian Centenary Air Race, from Brisbane to Adelaide, and this machine was the winner of the Speed Section! Despite the race being over 1,440 miles - via Coffs Harbour, Sydney & Cootamunda in NSW, then Melbourne & Nhill in Victoria, and on to Parafield South Australia - the Vega Gull beat the second-place Stinson Reliant by a mere 1½ sec!! So after I peel off the RAAF decals, I will add VH-UVG registration & race number 49 in white circle like so, returning it to pre-war race livery to sit with my other air racers: This is the kit, received in the post earlier this week: And this oh-so-beautiful sole surviving - airworthy - UK machine shall be my benchmark for the 'maroon & silver' base scheme common to this machine's RAAF & Racer finishes: OK, printing nearly finished, time to sign-off. February deadline requires rapid action, so I ought to have something to post of progress soon ...
  16. Kit - Airfix A05138 Paint - Acrylics (internals, checks, stripes, glare panel, etc). AK & SMS lacquers for NMF. Decals - Model Alliance & kit (stencils). Extras - None. NA P-51D Mustang / Mustang IV Assigned to Flt. Lt. A.S. Doley 19 Squadron RAF Acklington, Spring 1945 Been determined to build 'Dooleybird' for years simply because of 'that' box art from 1974. Had the MA sheet in the stash since the early 2000's and even had a set of resin 'gills' to fit the Hasegawa kit. BUT WAIT, Airfix announced they'd be doing a 1:48 British Mustang IV in 2019, so I ordered it locally and guess what... the 'finless' D-1 (A05138) turned up - b*gg*r !. Well I always wanted to do 'Frenesi' from the 357th FG anyways so why not, and that's when I discovered that all the parts for the Mustang IV except the Aeroproducts prop are in the box. OK, not an issue, let's just see if that the spare (Aeroproducts) prop in the Hasegawa kit fits ?... (spoiler alert) yes it does, and perfectly. So here t'is, 'Dooleybird' in 1:48 but not quite as Airfix intended and definitely not as the old Matchbox box-art showed. Kit builds nicely and any flaws in the finish are mine alone - and there are plenty of flaws. This is the third paint job that this build has worn, no idea how I 'effed-up' the previous two, but I did, spectacularly however both times I somehow managed to save the painted-on yellow stripe & checks. Please don't look too closely at the NMF, it's much rougher than I'd normally do, TBH after three tries I was just happy not to have a thumbprint in the paint ! As ever please feel free to ask a question, offer a comment or scream abuse, it's all fine. Next will be another Series 5 Airfix build, then on to a couple of Fw 190's. All the best from NZ. Ian.
  17. First and last - Supermarine Spitfire -1:48 Eduard Mk. 1 & Airfix Mk. 22 Not my usual area of subjects but I just could not resist Eduards 'First of the Few' dual combo boxing of the Spitfire. It did not disappoint, being an absolute joy to build. Naturally this led to me wanting a late mark spitfire to compare it with, so the Airfix 22/24 was purchased to go with it. I'm not into excessive weathering, preferring a lighter and more subtle approach with 'less is more!' No more intro is really needed, so on with the photos. Spitfire Mk.1 19 Squadron RAF Duxford 1938 Spitfire F. Mk.22 No. 607 (County of Durham) Squadron And because the Eduard kit is such a lovely model to build, I've started on a few more! 19 Squadron RAF Fowlmere 1940. F/Sgt George Unwin. Shades of the old Airfix 1:24 kit, 54 Squadron RAF Hornchurch May 1940. P/O Al Deere RNZAF. Now, time to get on with the Eduard Vb and IX in the stash! Thanks for looking, John
  18. More than 20 years after finishing my last model I felt I wanted to try out some modelling again! Last time I was "active" was in 1999-2000 or so, when I moved out from my parents house. Out of my old builds nothing is left except for some photos, but I recall some fun builds like the revell F101-B Voodoo in 1:72 and the Airfix S A Bulldog in the same scale, and of course also the Airfix Bf109 in 1:24. So, after many years I want to get off where I left and as a start I will try out with something rather easy where I can focus on trying out some new techniques. This turned out to be the Hasegawa P-47D in 1:48, so here we go! I started this build already in january 2020 but it was first now I decided to publish a build log of it - for this reason not all steps have been documented. The pace has not been the most rapid one, but I will drop some posts on the current progress and hopefully things will move faster now when I have the tools etc in place. The first thing I did was to replace the exhausts in the front with new ones that I made from beer can aluminium. The parts provided in the kit (seen on top of the exhausts in the photo) were not too convincing. The new ones were somewhat better even if the openings in the end felt a little too large. The rear (intercooler?) openings were good in shape but of course too thick as they are moulded parts. I considered removing them and replace them with brass, aluminium or crash moulded / vac formed plastic sheet, but in the end it turned out I could just carve them out and still get a decent result.
  19. Morning all Being a good way through my first 1:48 Tamiya kit (F15C) I’ve been bitten by this ‘big’ bug ! So starting to look for my next kit and being very green I’m not sure what goes together nicely and what doesn’t ? I’ve only ever built airfix, tamiya and revell before so know little aboutthe plethora of other manufacturers out there and their kit/moulding/instruction quality. I’m thinking either Flanker or Mig 29 at present but I’d also look at anything from late 70’s on too - Growler and Gripen have caught my eye as well. After the Tamiya kit (which for an old mould I have been really impressed with in the main) my main focus is quality mould and fit and a good (but not insane, I’m still learning!!) level of detail - complete authenticity and accuracy are (at this stage at least) slightly less important to me. Top on my list so far are one of the GWH Mig 29’s (though they seem a pig to find in the shops) or the Meng EA18 Growler. But I’d really appreciate some more experience on what else you guys have built and can recommend looking at Have a good weekend and Thanks in advance !
  20. Kit - Tamiya Paint - All acrylics Decals - LF 48-07 Extras - none Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3 Vanatoare Gr.7 Central Front Summer 1942 The Tamiya 1:48 109E kits are just great for quick builds, yes there are newer and better detailed kits around, but for sheer VFM, the Tamiya kits are hard to beat. I've added only belts made from masking tape and AM decals to this one because I wanted a quick project to keep my recent (Tamiya) Spitfire company on the shelf - also a factor was the very simple two-tone (three if you count the yellow) paint scheme. Nothing else really to say, the paintwork is heavily faded with pre & post shading which unfortunately my phones' camera isn't clever enough to bring-out so you'll just have to trust me on that. Not added the aerial wire yet because the next model show here isn't until November !! The Romanians were supplied a large number of refurbished 109E-3's in early 1941 just prior to the invasion of the Soviet Union, hence the title of the thread. Feel free to ask any questions, make any comments or criticism - yes I have dirtied-up the wheel hubs since I took the pics, they don't look as stark now. Have a great weekend everyone, all the best from a decidedly autumnal Middle Earth. Ian.
  21. Kit - Eduard 'Profipack' original issue. Paint - All acrylics. Decals - Kit & Aeromaster Extras - none. Bell P-39Q-20 Airacobra GC 1/5 'Champagne' Southern France September 1944 Not sure if this has happened to anyone else, but I genuinely forgot that I had this kit until it 'appeared' during a stash tidying session... happy, happy modeller ! Everything you see here comes from the Profipack box with the exception of a couple of decals. The build was so straightforward - not one to rush, you need to really think it through and read-ahead - but virtually problem free until you get to the wings which are realistically thick on the leading edge but unrealistically thick on the trailing edge. It's a known issue with the kit and easily solved with the robust application of 'some modelling skills'. After the usual primer-coat, I decided to try to achieve a heat-faded / bleached effect for the paint using the usual pre & post shading techniques and lightening the OD & NG tones (both Tamiya). I read that many of the French P-39Q's were taken from stockpiles that had been in North Africa for a few months in open storage so this is what I've tried to replicate. Weathering & leaks etc are mainly achieved with W & N oils and some MIG washes, the exhaust plume is Tamiya 'Buff', 'Red Brown' and dry-brushed oil-paint and I'm really pleased with how it came out.. Eduard would have you build the French 'option' as a late P-39Q-25 with a four-blade prop but by changing to a three-blade Q-20 and altering the side number I've employed a little artistic license (also explains the painted-over Stars'n Bars). It may upset a purist or two, but I can live with that. Please feel free to ask any questions, make any comments or criticisms. All the best from an Autumnal NZ. Ian.
  22. New title, because I'm now interested in converting the Meteor 1/3 (I have the original Tamiya kit, without the wing change), to an F.4. I know I need larger intakes, common to the Derwent 5 engine. My question is, how much larger, in 1:48, are the intakes of the 4 from the 1? Taking into account the use of the 1:48 Meteor from Tamiya. Also, if it's possible, I'd like to know the size of the base of the intake base to the wing (length and and hight) of the Tamiya kit, so I can send the measures to the man who'll print them
  23. My second finished kit. Top notch Eduard quality. Easy cartograph decals. Any mistakes and inaccuracies are my fault, not Eduard's lost one gunbarrel, used piece of copper instead. Don't be judgemental please it's my second build and the learning curve is long. Enjoy guys.
  24. A bit of a departure from my normal subject.. a More modern 'jet' though this is strictly speaking a Turbofan engined bird! It was the kit that got me back in to modelling which I started nearly 2 years ago.. on the ordnance load. I got side tracked in to my real love and interest WW2 planes... its a very well thought out kit in my opinion. The engines and the wings marry up nicely with the fuselage.i decided I'd like to depart from the serving suggestion of a cammo model pattern and go for a Grey scheme. I've not decided which decal set to use yet but I'm not that bothered about historical accuracy for this project. I just wanted to enjoy the build and experiment with something new.. that doesn't have a propellor! I got some AK Real Colours US Modern Aircraft Greys paint set and so far I've sprayed Grey Vallejo Primer and then the Dark Ghost Grey sections. I did think I could just use Primer and maybe mix my own Dark Ghost Grey but a little research encouraged me to splash out on the rather excellent AK set. The model is surprisingly large for 1:48 scale. I think this is my perception as I've been engaged doing smaller WW2 planes so much ! I've enjoyed the kit so far . I made some mistakes on the painting of the ordnance load I know.. apologies in advance .. but I'm finding the masking tasks a bit too much so I'll make it look mean and ready for a fight rather than accurate.. Any advice on weathering , especially the turbo fan exhaust patterns/ colours would be gratefully received! Also I'm guessing that the overall General weathering would be very restrained for this type of aircraft? I'm thinking non combat situations allow more time for cleaning aircraft and maintaining them ? I've always liked the Warthog. It looks like it means business! Here's a shot of the progress so far...Regards, Andy
  25. Kit - Tamiya 61032 Paint - All Mr, Color lacquers Decals - spares & Superscale Extras - none Spitfire Mk.I 611 (West Lancs) Squadron RAF Digby Summer 1940 One of my favourite [modelling] memories is the first time I built this kit sometime in the late 1990's. It was, I think, the first Tamiya 1:48 kit I ever built and it was a revelation. Fast forward to now and I bought this from a club member for very few dollars simply because I really wanted to re-live that original 'rush' of building a quality kit without extras just for the joy of it. Yep it was an absolute joy. Three weeks start-to-finish and easily as good as I remember it from first time around. Not too much more to tell (unlike the Airfix F.XVIe which I built alongside it !) - first time using all Mr. Color lacquers and apart from the horrendous odour, a great experience and now firmly set as my 'go to' paints for as many builds as possible. Still have a load of enamels and acrylics, but I will use these as often as possible. Superscale decals were probably twenty years old and behaved perfectly, their Quality Control back in the day was incredible IMHO. Just in-case you were wondering about the 'local' reference... I'm Liverpool born & bred, and before moving out here to Middle Earth, I lived about a mile from RAF Woodvale so 611 West Lancs Sqn is as about as local as I could get ! - Thanks all for taking the time to look, all comments, questions and outrage welcomed. Best from NZ. Ian.
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