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  1. Buccaneer S.2B Upgrade Set & Masks (for Airfix) 1:72 Eduard The new Airfix kit is one of the crop of new tool kits which are excellent direct from the box, this has not stopped Eduard from offering some upgrades. Upgrade Set (73742) Here we get a sheet of brass for the airframe parts, and a small sheet of nickel-plated and pre-painted PE for the cockpit and ejection seats. Firstly from the nickel fret you get new head boxes for the seats, firing handles, and complete seat harnesses. In the cockpit you get new multipart instrument panels and all the side consoles. New rudder pedals are provided. For the airframe you get the interior of the large prominent rear air brake, burner can details for the engines, and heat shields for the exhausts. Internal skins for the landing gear well are provided, as well as new skins for the gear door. Masks (CX601) Supplied on a sheet of yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the canopy both inside and out, with compound curved handled by using frame hugging masks, while the highly curved gaps are in-filled with either liquid mask or offcuts from the background tape. In addition, you get a set of hub/tyre masks for the wheels, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort. Review samples courtesy of
  2. Blackburn Buccaneer S.2B 1:72 Airfix (A06022) The Blackburn Buccaneer was an all-weather naval strike aircraft designed and built by Blackburn Aircraft Limited (later Hawker Siddeley) to fulfil a Royal Navy requirement for an aircraft to counter the threat posed by the Soviet Navy's Sverdlov class of light cruisers. The requirement called for a two-seat aircraft capable of sustained low-level flight at up to 550 knots over a combat radius of up to 800 nautical miles. The resulting aircraft made use of a number of novel features in order to fulfil the mission requirements, including the use of fully blown wings to improve low-altitude performance, area rule fuselage and very robust design and construction in order to ensure survival of the airframe in its tough operating environment. The Buccaneer was able to carry a range of conventional munitions, as well as the 2000lb, 20 kiloton 'Red Beard' nuclear weapon. The Buccaneer got off to an inauspicious start due to the relatively low power output of its de Havilland Gyron Junior turbojets, a feature exacerbated by the extra power needed for the blown flying surfaces. The S.2, fitted with more powerful and more efficient Rolls Royce Spey turbofans, was far more successful. The Buccaneer served the Royal Navy with distinction until the replacement of the last of the large carriers with the smaller 'through deck cruisers'. The Buccaneer was also offered to the Royal Air Force, but was rejected in favour of the TSR.2 and then the F-111. With the cancellation of both of these programmes, the RAF reluctantly accepted the Buccaneer as an interim measure until the MRCA became available. As it turns out, the Buccaneer served the RAF very well for over two decades and even participated in Operation Desert Storm in 1991 where it ended up lasing for its replacement! and even dropping some bombs itself. Another RAF Veteran who left on a high note. The Kit Notwithstanding the excellent-but-expensive CMR resin kit, fans of the Blackburn Buccaneer had been poorly served by kit manufacturers until Airfix came along with their new tool. Inside the red top-opening box adorned with the usual high-quality artwork, are five frames of grey plastic and a single clear sprue. For this boxing there is a new sprue with the bulged bomb bay which also contains slipper fuel tanks, two Paveway II LGBs, an AIM-9 sidewinder, an AN/ALQ 101 ECM Pod, and an AN/ALQ 23E Pave Spike Pod. The mouldings are clean and crisp, with fine, recessed panel lines throughout and plenty of nice detail on smaller parts. The assembly instructions are divided into 85 stages, which gives a good indication of the level of detail that Airfix have crammed into their new model. Assembly begins with the cockpit, the tub of which reflects the correct offset arrangement for the observer's seating position. Speaking of seats, the three-part Martin Baker Mk.6s appear to be a pretty good representation of the real thing, although some photo etched harnesses would be desirable. Crew figures are included if you are so inclined. The tub, instrument panels and side consoles are nicely detailed, although decals, rather than moulded details, are used to represent the controls. The nose gear bay fits onto the underside of the cockpit tub. Once complete, the forward fuselage halves can be joined together, forming a small-sub assembly entirely separate to the rest of the aircraft. The distinctive profile of the nose, which has always looked off on the other injection moulded Buccaneers, looks spot on. The nosecone is not moulded as a separate part, however which means a seam to clean up. Once the forward part of the fuselage is complete, construction turns to the central part of the airframe. The lower part of the fuselage includes about 80% of the lower wing surface. In order for the pylons and fuels tanks to be attached, holes must be drilled at the appropriate points. The outer wing can also be cut away at this juncture if you wish to build the model with wings folded. The inner structure of this section comprises the main landing gear bay inner walls, front and rear bulkheads and tube structures for the engines. The front and rear faces of the engines are nicely represented and it should be possible to clean up the internal seams on the engine air intakes prior to final assembly. Once all of the internal detail has been fixed in place, the upper half of the fuselage can be cemented to the lower half. At this point in the build, you really have to decide whether to finish your model with folded or extended wings. If building the former, you can attach the wing fold mechanism and then miss out the next few steps. If finishing your model with wings extended, little spars are included to help you align the separately moulded upper wing surfaces and to give the model strength. Whichever route you take, the last major step involves assembling the rear fuselage and tail. The vertical part of the tail is integral to each half of the rear fuselage, while the horizontal tail is a single, solid part. There are separate parts for the RWR fairings, which is handy. Depending on the decal option chosen there are new airbrake parts on the new sprue with this kit. The foremost part of the engine air intakes, as well as the rearmost part of the engine exhausts, are moulded in such a way that the clean up of seams will be absolutely minimal. The bomb bay can be finished in open or closed position. If the former, there is plenty of nice detail to catch the eye. The prominent air brake at the rear of the fuselage can be finished in open or closed position as well, and is nicely detailed. The Buccaneer's robust landing gear is nicely represented and subtle flat spots are moulded into the tyres. There are different parts for the arrestor hook depending on whether you build the model with gear down or up. The canopy is nicely moulded and can be finished in the open position, although the instructions don't show this. Three options are provided on the original decal sheet: XV361 No.208 Sqn RAF, RAF Lossiemouth June 1990. XV361 As Preserved at the Ulster Aviation Society. XV885 "Sky Pirates" No.12 Sqn RAF, RAF Lossiemouth September 1993 XV361 carries the wrap around Dark Green / Dark Sea Grey scheme while XV885 the Medium Sea Grey / Camouflage Grey Scheme along with its Gulf War nose art. The decal instructions give the modeller a few variations on the schemes that both aircraft had at times due to replacement panels / radomes etc. Conclusion This kit has been eagerly awaited and the kit is worth the wait. The level of detail is very nice and it's clear that Airfix have put a great deal of thought into their model. There are plenty of options, such as folding wings, airbrake and bomb bay, and they are are all nicely realised. The option of a former Gulf War aircraft is a good one. This is an excellent model which finally plugs a huge hole in the world of injection moulded cold war British aircraft. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  3. Recap - ref. A06021 - Blackburn Buccaneer S.Mk.2C - RN https://uk.airfix.com/products/blackburn-buccaneer-s2-rn-a06021 - ref. A06022 - Blackburn Buccaneer S.Mk.2B - RAF https://uk.airfix.com/products/blackburn-buccaneer-s2-raf-a06022 ------------------------------------------------------------- Airfix is to release in September 2019 a new tool 1/72nd Blackburn Buccaneer S.Mk.2 kit - ref. A06021 Source: https://www.airfix.com/uk-en/shop/new-for-2019/blackburn-buccaneer-s-mk-2-rn-1-72.html V.P.
  4. Valom is to release 1/72nd Blackburn Firebrand (new variants) kits http://www.valom.net/?page_id=681 - ref. 72139 - Blackburn Firebrand TF.Mk.5 - ref. 72140 - Blackburn Firebrand TF.Mk.4 And the same in 1/48th M. Václav Lomitzki V.P.
  5. UPDATED - Clear Prop Models is to release in 2020 a 1/48th Blackburn Firebrand T.F. Mk.V kit - ref. CP480? Source: https://www.facebook.com/groups/greenmats/permalink/2711731475553044/ 3D render V.P.
  6. Finally completed my Botha, or rather I can't look at it any longer! This is my fourth vacform, what usually happens is I choose a subject, Bombay for instance and then Valom produce a kit or Sparrow and...you guessed it. There is not much chance with the Botha. Out of my vacs so far this has been the most difficult, even the Iris for the Floatplane GB was easier. Not sure why this one has been so problematic but the main additions/changes are; -total rescribing -replaced cowlings with Halifax ones plus gills of plastic strip -cockpit interior -scratched landing gear -I overcut the front glazing and replaced it with a plunge moulded one -scratched gun turret detail etc Some pictures Hope you like it, very glad to move onto something else, a nice simple OOB Bristol Bulldog in the Airfix GB for instance, it will certainly be less Botha.
  7. hi All, finally got round to starting my Iris, as you already know Jockney is doing a very similar Contrail Perth. All parts now snapped from the plastic and the two halves of the fuselage sanded! Doesn't sound much but it's a start! Someone asked about Contrail v Sanger versions of these kits, the answer is Contrail as the Sanger ones don't come with any strut material, you have to make your own. If only Aeroclub still had some....
  8. I have really been looking forward to this Group Build, so it's only right that I should try build something a bit special. So here it is the Contrail Blackburn Perth, the largest Biplane Flying boat ever to see service with the RAF. Until I am corrected by someone with more knowledge anyway ! Pictures below to show it's not been started and despite my best intentions of cutting the parts out of the backing sheet, have done two other Group builds, I haven't got round to it. The decal look past it so, thanks to the interweb I have got in contact with someone in Russia, who is printing some, including the footprints for going on the wing ! This is only the second vacform I have ever attempted, my last one turned out much better than I hoped, but this is huge compared with it. Good luck to everyone on this GB, look out for Bristol Boy who is building the Blackburn Iris, which is the convertible version of this aircraft. cheers Pat
  9. Akatombo Works is working on a 1/72nd Blackburn B-48 Firecrest resin kit. Source: http://akatombo.world.coocan.jp/ V.P.
  10. Pics mine, Aircraft at Elvington. Aircraft at Duxford Aircraft at Hendon
  11. Blackburn Buccaneer S.2B XV350, at Aeropark East Midlands. Pics thanks to Dave.
  12. Blackburn Buccaneer S.1 XN964, aircraft at Newark Air Museum, pics thanks to Mike.
  13. Scale Resin (ex Resin Art) - http://www.cmrmodels.com/modely-scale-resin - has just released a 1/72nd Blackburn NA.39 [pre-production] resin kit - ref.A7202 Sources: http://www.aviationmegastore.com/blackburn-na39-pre-production-buccaneer-a7202-scale-resin-a7202-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=136080 https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/RAKA7202 V.P.
  14. Scale Resin (ex Resin Art) - http://www.cmrmodels.com/modely-scale-resin - has just released a 1/72nd Blackburn Buccaneer S.Mk.1 resin kit - ref.A7201 Sources: http://www.aviationmegastore.com/blackburn-buccaneer-s-mk1-a7201-scale-resin-a7201-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=136079 https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/RAKA7201 V.P.
  15. Hi All, Just thought I'd post a few pictures from last night's thoroughly excellent night shoot at Shuttleworth. Well organised, friendly and helpful - I can't recommend this event highly enough and I'll certainly be going when they run it again. As well as having a selection parked outside and four aircraft run up, there was free access to the museum hangars and kit like the Blackburn monoplane, Avro Tutor and several others were posed for us all to photograph. Want different lighting or a change of angle? Just ask the lovely people there and they moved things around! I've got a fair few files to process yet but here are a few - the Blackburn monoplane, a slightly out of time mix of Mew Gull and MG TA, and my absolute highlight of the night - the DH Comet being run up. I hope you enjoy the shots. Cheers all, Roger
  16. XV361 at the Ulster Aviation Society, pics from buccymad.
  17. XW530 now at The Buccaneer Service Station, Elgin, Grampian, Scotland. Pics thanks to Nigel Heath.
  18. Blackburn Buccaneer S.2B XV864, Aircraft at the Defence Fire Training School Manston, pics thanks to Alex.
  19. Hello All, For a long time I've been pottering along with a Frog-spawn Blackburn Shark in the background of my other projects, and I thought I'd bring it to the front of the bench this weekend. It's the Modelcraft re-pop: For a spawn, the moulding isn't too bad (although the struts needed a fair bit of un-warping and there are some short shots on the more delicate parts) and the decal sheet is nice, including an extra Canadian example (503). The outer rings of the roundels are a touch too narrow, but I will be using them. If I can find some matching paint I may paint a larger circle before applying them. For reasons that escape me, I have four Frog/spawn Blackburn Sharks and three Westland Wallaces in my stash. Not quite sure how that happened, but it's a good thing I like English inter-war biplanes! As you can see from the picture above, the cockpit detailing consists of a classic Frog plain floor with some comfy-looking chairs for the pilot and observer I have already cleaned up the struts and stuck together the wings, and I've replaced the flat moulded-in engine with something a bit more realistic. The wing struts needed a lot of cleaning up and test fitting, and I did it twice before I was happy enough. I'm going for wings folded on this one to hide the tragically thick trailing edges, which I will thin before assembly next time. I decided to busy-up the cockpit with some stretched sprue and card. I am working from the pictures of the "Canadian Wings" book on the Shark, which are the only pictures of the interior that I have seen. They show the cockpit of a target towing version, so some of the brackets may be for storing drogues! However, it looks busy now, so that's good enough for me. Thanks for looking, Adrian
  20. Akatombo Works (http://homepage3.nifty.com/AKATOMBO/) has released a 1/72nd Blackburn B-20 resin kit. Sources: http://homepage3.nifty.com/AKATOMBO/garage/B20.htm http://homepage3.nifty.com/AKATOMBO/garage/garage.htm http://akatombo.air-nifty.com/akatomboworks/2015/04/index.html http://www.coopersmodels.com/catalog/item/8905654/10134121.htm ] V.P.
  21. Good day to you all This is my latest impression of one of Her Majesties Fleet Air Arm not so great aircraft. Rejected by the Air Force so the Navy made do and it performed as well as it could but it was Too Big, Too Slow and Too Late! This is the 1:48 Special Hobby kit. It is a nice kit with some fine details, the only over size area was the fuel tanks behind the cockpit. It went together quite well but the wings do need alot of care and attention. Another pain was the engine, an exquisite rendition but to fit the engine to the exhaust ring was a right pain in the butt and caused quite a bit on chuntering and grumbling! Persevering it came out ok. The only problem I really had was when it came to painting. With the engine off there is a nice hole in the front to push a rod into so it can be held on that. However when I took it off again there was a rattle inside. On closer inspection I had shoved the rod up thropugh the cockpit and knocked off the instrument panel! With a bit of careful cutting and jiggery pokery I got the bugger back in but it was a little at times! Painted in Model Master acrylics, the sky was mixed approximately 2:1 with light sea grey to try and get that early sky grey colour. The camouflage was RLM 70 and 71 lightened about 1:1 with white. I think it came out ok and am pleased with the results. I think there has been a bit of criticism about MM RLM 70 and 71 but I find they are not too far off Fleet Air Arm colours! The underside was interior black and white. I did try a bit of preshading but i think i lost the effect. I shall try again though.I did a panel wash with my own mix from soft pastels and then used those for the exhaust staining. Decals from kit and a touch of rigging with elastic thread. Now for the fotos, I started off then as I uploaded I saw I had forgot the front canopy! so then went back and reshot but I have included some of the originals. All in all I like her. And her she is next to her new stable mate Next up is a Fulmar from MPM but due to lack of space I had to chop the wings up, I can feel myself going a little Cheers now Bob
  22. Blackburn B-101 Beverley, pics thanks to Steve (Britjet) XH124 was on display at the RAF Museum London, Hendon, was scrapped in 1989. XB259 Was at now closed, Museum of Army Transport that was in Beverley, Yorks. Now on display at Fort Paull, Hull, in England.
  23. Blackburn Buccaneer XX894. Preserved in taxiable condition by The Buccaneer Aviation Group based at Bruntingthorpe. Even though delivered to the RAF in 1975 the aircraft has been restored in Fleet Air Arm colours. Pics thanks to Alan Brown
  24. Hi mates, I've decided to take a bit of a breather from my PB4Y-1 project. I've been working on that for three months or so, and I need to refresh my modelling mojo with a smaller project. Something to clear my mind so to speak. So I figured I would take up this nice little 1:72 scale kit of the Blackburn Skua by Special Hobby. The rules say I need to have an obligatory shot of all the stuff: Not much to it, as you can see, so this shouldn't be a long project. The kit includes a small PE fret with goodies for the cockpit, engine, landing gear, machine gun, rudder pedals, and bomb (or is it torpedo?) rack. In addition, nicely moulded resin parts are provided for the engine, tyres, and exhaust collectors. Panel line detail is recessed, but maybe a bit on the light side. Hopefully it doesn't disappear. As you can see, the marking schemes are for silver birds from 1939, both 803 and 800 Squadron from the Ark Royal. I'll do the 803 Squadron leader's mount, L2887/A7F, as it's a bit more colourful than the others. Did this plane participate in the downing of the Do 18 flying boat in September 1939? First is the cockpit, and as is typical with these short run kits it wasn't immediately obvious from the instructions how everything fits together. There are very few pegs and holes in this kit, so butt joints are common, even with the cockpit floor panels. But do the bulkheads mount on top of the floor panel, or to the end? It's shown one way in one illustration, and the other way elsewhere. However it goes together, the bulkheads need to be positioned where the small cutouts in the horizontal ribbing are: What looks like a huge ejector pin (which it probably is) will help locate the cockpit floor, but will be hidden by the fuel tanks. I decided to start by gluing the forward bulkhead in place (there are raised bosses to align it against) and then work my way aft, gluing each piece to the sidewall, one at a time, rather than trying to assemble the entire cockpit at once and then attaching it. This method seemed to work, as the bulkheads lined up to the small cutouts and it became obvious how they attached to the floor. Next up is a nice coat of British cockpit grey-green, or whatever it's called. I grabbed my handy jar of Model Master RAF Interior Green and found it had turned into, well, rubber by the looks of it. And no amount of Testors thinner would reduce it back into a liquid. No problem, stop by the LHS on the way home from work and pick up another bottle. Nope, sorry, there's been a run on that colour as it seems like everyone is building a Skua this week (which is really quite odd over here in Rochester New York). I decided to mix my own home brew, matching the Model Master paint. I used Gunze paints and the final mix consisted of H41 Pale Green, H48 Field Grey 1, H312 Green FS34227, and H322 Phthalo Cyanine Blue. Testing this against an old Revell Hurricane cockpit that was painted with the Model Master colour showed a really good match. The cockpit was then sprayed: With the vagaries of PC monitors, digital cameras, and the lighting in my photo booth, the photos are not an accurate rendition of the colour, which has more grey to it in real life. But it's gloss (the Gunze paints used to create it are all gloss) so this will take a wash without having to apply a separate shiny coat on top. Being generally lazy, I like being able to delete a step! Well, that's the start. Dry fitting things together shows no really problems (unlike some short run kits) so I'm pleased so far. The canopy even sits down over the pilot's roll-over frame/headrest, and I've read on-line that some folks had trouble with that. I'll keep my fingers crossed for the rest of the build! A Skua! Woo hoo! Cheers, Bill PS. To deepen the insanity, there's a Roc and Defiant lurking near the top of the stash! Yikes!
  25. Was up delivering at the "buccaneer " service station today and the blackburn buccaneer is still there a bit faded but in great nick . So it was a nice day so grabbed some picts dont know if any use to anyone ?? think its went to the top of my list ,
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