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  1. After the Fairey IIIF (link), Kora Models has just relased a 1/72nd Fairey Seal kit. - ref. 72126 - Fairey Seal Mk.I - Peruvian Service - long type float late Complete plastic kit with photo-etched parts, resin engine and decals. Sources: http://www.lfmodels.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_5_73&products_id=3466 https://www.aviationmegastore.com/fairey-seal-mki---peruvian-service--long-type-float-late-kpk72126-kora-models-kpk72126-aircraft-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=174915 Box art V.P.
  2. Armory Models Group is to release a 1/48th Fairey Flycatcher (early & late) kits. Plastic injected kit with resin & PE parts Source: https://fr-fr.facebook.com/armorymodelsgroup/posts/2557179071173155 V.P.
  3. After the Fairey IIIF (link), Kora Models has just relased a 1/72nd Fairey Gordon kit. - ref. 72125 - Fairey Gordon Mk.I - Brazilian NAVY - long type float late Complete plastic kit with photo-etched parts, resin engine and decals. Sources: http://www.lfmodels.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_5_73&products_id=3465 https://www.aviationmegastore.com/fairey-gordon-mki-brazilian-navy--long-type-float-late-kpk72125-kora-models-kpk72125-aircraft-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=174914 Box art V.P.
  4. A new tool 1/72nd Fairey Albacore kit by Special Hobby - ref. SH72152 Source: http://www.specialhobby.net/2020/01/norimberk-2020-priprava-zacatek.html V.P.
  5. AZ model is to release in November, at SMW Telford 2017 2018 2019 (?) 1/48th Fairey Delta 2 or FD-2 kit - ref. Source: https://www.facebook.com/azmodelkits/photos/pcb.1416733228351282/1416733088351296/?type=3&theater V.P.
  6. This started out as a supposedly quick build in the last Blitzbuild here on BM, link below All was going swimmingly until I tried to paint the EDSG, something happened with the paint I had, and it started reacting until it looks so bad, I realised I couldn't finish it within the Blitzbuilds 24hours so gave up. However, looking at it has annoyed me so much I've decided to try to rescue it. So I cleaned off the failed EDSG, chucked the tin to avoid it happening again and repainted Much better this time, still lots of blooming masking on that epic canopy but it's a start. Cheers Pat
  7. I know I have a couple of long term builds on the go, but facing a major relocation and 2 to 3 months without any modeling, I don't want to get the other builds unnecessarily fragile for the trip, or masked for an extended period, so I'm going to start looking at another one I've always wanted to build. Although my main interest is WWI, I also have a long standing interest in the opening year of WWII and the Battle of Britain. To that end, I have built up a small stash of early WWII types, mainly new Airfix mouldings. However, there is one early type that is not yet represented by the new Airfix mouldings, and it needs to be included in my collection. That aircraft is the Fairey Battle, and the only readily available kit is the old Airfix offering, which, as we all know, is woefully lacking in accuracy! So, just how bad is it? Let's take a look at it against the plans in Ian Huntley's book on the subject, which seem to be pretty accurate and match the dimensions.... Rear fuselage and tail I lined up the underside of the fuselage with the plans, which gave the most accurate comparison. Not too bad - the rudder is totally wrong, and the top side of the rear fuselage is a little low, but both fairly easily corrected. Forward fuselage Not good! The nose is about 4mm too short. I drew around the fuselage on the underside to see how that matched up. OK, so the line is a little below the actual kit fuselage, but it's close....and not close enough to where it should be! So I have quite a bit of work to do on the fuselage to get it even close. How about the wings? The wing roots look pretty good! That's a good start.. The chord, however, is another issue.... Some work needed here to correct the chord of the outer wing panels. That, though, is a minor problem compared to what we find underneath...... The wheel wells, bomb bays, flare bays, and landing lights are all way too far outboard. I ran a pencil around the inside of the apertures in the lower wing part and this is what I found.... Not pretty! I think the best way around this is going to be to fill them, recut the openings for the wheel wells, and rescribe the rest in the correct positions. The panel detail on the kit wings is pretty awful, especially underneath (the flare bays and access panel for the machine gun are not even represented) so I think I'll sand it all off and rescribe it anyway. Finally, the tail surfaces Not bad! Compared to the rest of the kit! Fairly easily corrected. The prop needs the centre hub added. I have resin wheels, which are actually a little too thick, but far better than the kit offerings and easily thinned by cutting them in half vertically and reattaching the halves (minus what gets sawn out when cutting, so thinning them). I will also add a Falcon canopy, exhausts from the new mould Airfix Hurricane Mk1, and a Miniworld Vickers K gun. The undercarriage and wheel wells need some serious detail improvement, as does the cockpit. I'm going to enjoy this one - my type of modelling! But, come on Airfix, how about a new, correct one? let the Battle begin....... Ian
  8. Dora Wings is to release a 1/72nd Fairey Delta FD.2 kit - ref.72009 Source: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2106721216225111&id=1929101897320378 V.P.
  9. Hi mates! Last August, I started a project for a "quick build" of the 1:72 Special Hobby kit of the Fairey Firefly FR.1. Naively I let my fellow Britmodellers talk me into doing a "dual build" since I also had the Special Hobby kit of the TT.4 in my stash. And then the final elbow - I succumbed to numerous requests to fold the wings on the TT.4. Dementia had finally shown its face. So here we are, six months later and the kits are finally done. You can read the whole sordid work in progress thread here. (It's really not so bad!) I don't think I need to provide a short history of the Firefly. The fine Britmodellers on this forum are keenly aware of their aviation heritage and the important role their aircraft have played throughout the years. Special thanks to Steve Long (NAVY870), our friend from Australia, for his incredible help during this build. No matter how silly my questions were, he always had the answer. Of course, he lives with a real Firefly TT. As usual here is my Executive Summary: Project: Fairey Firefly FR.1 and TT.4 Kit: Special Hobby Fairey Firefly FR.Mk.1 (kit no. 72195) and Fairey Firefly TT.Mk.4 (kit no. 72066) Scale: 1:72 (the only scale that matters) Decals: From the kits, Fairey Firefly FR.1, MB464/272-Y, 837 Squadron FAA, HMS Glory 1945, Fairey Firefly TT.4, VG974/501-TD, 700 Squadron FAA, RNAS Ford, 1955 Resin: Extensive cockpit and wheel well resin components included with the kits; Barracuda Studios Firefly Early Main Wheels (72137) and British 4-Slot 32 inch Main Wheels - Block Tread (72222) Photoetch: In addition to the frets included with the kits, the Marabu Designs British landing lights (72002) were used Canopy Masks: Montex set (72108) Paint: Colourcoats BS 640 Extra Dark Sea Grey, BS 634 Dark Slate Grey; Gunze H364 Interior Grey Green (my own custom counterfeit recipe), H74 Sky Type S, H77 Tire Black, H90 Clear Red, H94 Clear Green, H95 Smoke Gray; Testors 2072 RLM 04 Gelb; Floquil 110100 Old Silver; Tamiya XF-69 NATO Black; Alclad 125 High Speed Silver, 302 Grey Primer, 314 Klear Kote Flat Weathering: Pastel chalks; Prismacolor Silver Pencil Improvements/Corrections/Modifications The FR.1 was built essentially out-of-the-box, the only additions being the aerial wire, IFF antenna, and the landing and navigation lights (made from a clear plastic fork). Most of the extra work was done on the TT.4 as follows: Carburettor intake under engine cowling was left out of Special Hobby kit, so one was scratch built by scabbing formed styrene on the lower fuselage and blending it into the cowling Separated the wings for folding - since the full span Fairey-Youngman flaps fold with the outer wings this made for some interesting cutting patterns All exposed inner wing details were scratch built All wing fold mechanism details were scratch built Wing jury struts made from 0.025" styrene rod Inner fuselage structure and associated details (where the Fairey-Youngman flaps attach to the center fuselage) were scratch built Radiator inlet vanes were replaced with 0.015" styrene Navigation lights were scratch built and added to each wing, made with clear plastic silverware Landing light was scratch built from clear plastic silverware and photoetch reflectors from Marabu Design Rear view mirror and housing added to top of outer port wing Cables on horizontal and vertical tail, to prevent drogue chute from interfering with flight surfaces, made from 0.005" Nitinol wire Cable tie-down brackets on end of horizontal tails made from copper wire VHF whip antenna made from 0.005" Nitinol wire Added photoetch catapult hooks Elapsed time: 6 months! A fair bit longer than anticipated. At this rate, my stash will be exhausted in 2157. At 13:30. How about some photos? First, a family portrait. As can be seen in the following photos, the folded wings are aligned with each other and are at the same height: To achieve this, I designed, built, and used a high precision alignment and gluing jig constructed from the highest technology aerospace alloys: A splendid time was had by all! Cheers, Bill
  10. Lost British Projects aka Rikki Wolfe (link & link) - rikki75@btinternet.com - is to release very soon a 3D printed 1/48th Fairey Rotodyne kit . Source: https://www.facebook.com/groups/695711033832473/permalink/2649776965092527/ V.P.
  11. Special Hobby is to release a new tool 1/72nd Fairey Barracuda Mk.II/.III kit - ref.SH72306 Source: http://www.ipmsdeutschland.de/Ausstellungen/Nuernberg2016/Bilder_AT/Special_Hobby_11.htm V.P.
  12. Albacore Bomb Racks (48981 for Trumpeter) 1:48 Eduard Trumpeter's hit & miss reputation struck with their recent Albacore kit, but if you have taken a punt on it there are already a bunch of update sets available from Eduard, which we reviewed here. Following along tail-end-charlie style is this set of underwing bomb racks, which will probably fit just as well on the more aged Special Hobby kit with a bit of luck and a prevailing wind, not to mention some cutting of holes. As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE) and Mask sets, they arrive in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. The set is on a single fret of bare brass, and builds up into three single and one four-bomb semi-recessed rack for each lower wing, which require their shapes to be cut from the wing undersides before you proceed. The instructions first show how to add the spinner to the torpedo and detail the bombs with front and rear spinners, after which you fold up four short racks that fit into the recessed box that is also folded up from parts, then you make up the three longer racks and their boxes, replicating your work on the other wing in mirror image. Review sample courtesy of
  13. Albacore Upgrade Sets (For Trumpeter) 1:48 Eduard The new Trumpeter kit was awaited with baited breath (really must do something about that), but proved to be a curate's egg as a few brave builders have found out. Eduard's new range of sets are here to improve on the kit detail if you've bought one despite the reviews in the usual modular manner. Get what you want for the areas you want to be more of a focal point. As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE) and Mask sets, they arrive in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. Upgrade Set (49945) Two frets are included, one nickel plated and pre-painted, the other in bare brass. A complete set of new layered instrument panels and side consoles are the primary parts on the painted set, with new rudder pedals; side wall details; internal framework; replacement crew access door and a little canopy internal structure also supplied. Zoom! Set (FE945) This set contains a reduced subset of the interior, namely the pre-painted parts that are used to improve on the main aspects of the cockpit, as seen above. Whatever your motivations for wanting this set, it provides a welcome boost to detail, without being concerned with the structural elements. Seatbelts STEEL (FE946) In case you don't already know, these belts are Photo-Etch (PE) steel, and because of their strength they can be etched from thinner material, which improves realism and flexibility in one sitting. Coupled with the new painting method that adds perceived extra depth to the buckles and other furniture by shading, they are more realistic looking and will drape better than regular brass PE. As well as the four belt set for the pilot, there are also two pairs of lap belts for the other crew and their curious-looking seats. Masks (EX633) Supplied on a sheet of yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the canopy, 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 all the wheels (including the out-riggers), allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort. Review sample courtesy of
  14. Trumpeter is to release in 2018-2019 a 1/48th Fairey Albacore kit - ref. 02880 Source: https://www.facebook.com/TrumpeterModel/photos/ms.c.eJw9UtmNRVEI6mhy3LX~;xiYX5X0SBRUceRYRoh5plX~;z4RQdUZ2Ww9lRPTF6uPTr14jFpYm6OfkNfl090kfUng75sfzTi9r5cfPD5dMruf6IAN~_a~;Q0s1O~;Fj9gTer~;9~_2G~;frcv~_Nrk19jXL9y~;UlC326~_eg8~;9qgv9Tj1r4B7y5~_v3~_c3fe516sv5xfpoDj7FeWz~;99AfcRT~_gX4~;6b~;1T5qebXwnz2XuK89ffoL85CpxNvVo9zo8HPed~_XtBz~_rF5CvOsGWA9vQrcJ2XUA3~_M~;L1feH8m8tC8PEI332S~_ihcoIzb4aUM~;Ff~_apv9w7JUi.bps.a.910355045789756.1073742119.103526326472636/910355559123038/?type=3&theater V.P.
  15. Swordfish Mk.II Update Sets (For Tamiya) 1:48 Eduard Tamiya's Swordfish has been around a while, and it's a great kit. Eduard's new release of range of sets are here to improve on the kit detail in the usual modular manner. Get what you want for the areas you want to be more of a focal point. As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE) and Mask sets, they arrive in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. Update Set (49901) Two frets are included, one nickel plated and pre-painted, the other in bare brass. A complete set of new layered instrument panels and other side mounted instruments and radios are the primary parts on the painted set, with new rudder pedals; cockpit details; top skins for the machine gun drum mags, with ring & bead sights; ammo feeder, outer jackets and ammo box parts for the fixed guns; wiring harness and bracing parts for the engine; launch rail and ignition wire details for the kit rockets; small parts for the interplane struts; details for the torpedo and bombs; a new mounting point for the underwing bomb racks plus the racks and bomb shackles themselves. Zoom! Set (FE901) This set contains a reduced subset of the interior, namely the pre-painted parts that are used to improve on the main aspects of the cockpit, as seen above. Whatever your motivations for wanting this set, it provides a welcome boost to detail, without being concerned with the structural elements. Seatbelts STEEL (FE902) In case you don't already know, these belts are Photo-Etch (PE) steel, and because of their strength they can be etched from thinner material, which improves realism and flexibility in one sitting. Coupled with the new painting method that adds perceived extra depth to the buckles and other furniture by shading, they are more realistic looking and will drape better than regular brass PE. The pilot's "armchair" needs two slots cutting in the sides to admit the lap belts, with the two shoulder straps draped over the seatback. The other two crew get lap belts only, with their location on the cockpit framework shown in the drawings. Masks (EX595) Supplied on a sheet of yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the small windscreen and spotting windows (plus other glazed parts), plus a set of hub/tyre masks for all the wheels, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort. Review sample courtesy of
  16. Trumpeter is to release in 2017-2018 a new tool 1/48th Fairey Firefly Mk.1 (image from Firefly Mk.VI...) - ref.05810 Source: https://www.facebook.com/TrumpeterModel/photos/pcb.718760784949184/718760511615878/?type=3&theater V.P.
  17. hi, as said in the title, i am looking for scale plans of a Gannet, for a project in a bit strange scale, 1/87. Hope some one can help me, regards theo
  18. Does anyone have any good shots/ drawings of the swordfish leading edge wing slats please? Thanks
  19. Mikromir AMP is to release a 1/72nd Fairey Ultra-light Helicopter kit - ref.72002 Sources: http://www.greenmats.club/topic/3047-mikromir-рисует-fairey-ultra-light-helicopter-172/http://www.greenmats.club/topic/3047-mikromir-рисует-fairey-ultra-light-helicopter-172/ https://www.facebook.com/1416295571781508/photos/a.1416729748404757.1073741828.1416295571781508/1437141239696941/?type=3&theater V.P.
  20. Fairey Gannet T.2. XA508 is not only the first T.2 produced but is now the only one left as well. On loan from the FAA museum to The Midland Air Museum. In service the aircraft was polished metal but it is now painted silver. Pics mine.
  21. My friend sent me pic's of a kit he picked up at a flea market. Anyone recognize it?
  22. This is my first RFI as a newbie member of the forum. When I decided to get back modelling I picked up a few cheap and basic kits to practice on with a view to trying out at least one new technique with each. In this instance the goal was rigging but I ended up trying out a whole lot more. Despite the age of this kit it was a real pleasure to work with and it's whetted my appetite for more! I've already started on the next two 'practice pieces' from the (rapidly expanding) stash. As I intend building another, more detailed, Swordfish in the future this one was was built in the radar equipped (pic 3), rocket toting, Mk III guise. WIP is >HERE< Swordfish RFI 1 by Martin Fay, on Flickr Swordfish RFI 2 by Martin Fay, on Flickr Swordfish RFI 3 by Martin Fay, on Flickr Any feedback, criticism and advice welcomed! While researching for the build I found myself intrigued by the aircraft, the missions it was involved in and the men that flew them. As a result I've ordered copies of "The last Torpedo Flyers" and "War in a Stringbag" to learn more on the subject. Cheers, Martin
  23. At Moson Model Show 2017, Special Hobby will propose its stock of 1/72nd Fairey Fulmar kits: SH72143 Fulmar Mk.I (link) & SH72196 prototype (link) - see box art herebelow. New variants Fulmar Mk.II and NF.Mk.II will be release in June 2017. Source: http://www.modelforum.cz/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=95825&start=2805 V.P.
  24. Swordfish Mk.III, NF370 at Duxford, pics thanks to Mark Mills. Swordfish Mk.I W5856, of the Royal Navy Historic Flight, pics thanks to Mark Mills. Swordfish Mk.II LS326, of the Royal Navy Historic Flight, pics thanks to Mark Mills.
  25. Fairey Swordfish Mk.1, (E)5H/P3999. 824 Sqn. Taranto raid, Nov.11, 1940 Pilot: Lt(A) J. Welham Observer Lt. P. Humphreys Model: Matchbox 1/72 When I began this Matchbox build back in March, WIP here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234999297-another-matchbox-swordfish/page-1 I naively assumed it would be a relatively simple undertaking. Nearly six weeks of research and obsession later I feel able to present my first RFI on this forum of a Swordfish from the Taranto raid. I'd like to start start with the words of the pilot, John Welham, describing the run in as part of the second wave: 'There was some light cloud but it was a beautiful starlit night with a rising moon, and I remember that it was surprisingly cold. When we were more than an hour's flying time from Taranto we could see flickering lights on the horizon, and when we were closer this was clearly the mother and father of all anti-aircraft barrages.' (Sturtivant, Ray. The Swordfish Story p.60) A Matchbox mystery... I don't intend saying anything derogatory about the limitation of the kit - it was fun to make as a teenager in the 70s and just as much fun to do again now. However, as I started doing a bit of research online about the 824 Sqn aircraft option offered in the kit (and featured in the typically evocative box art) I started to get rather confused at the lack of clarity on aircraft 5B/K8419, as an aircraft seconded from HMS Eagle with this designation didn't seem to have taken part in the Taranto raid. Not being a naval historian, I put this down to my inexperience and duly posted a query on this forum about the matter. I'm greatly indebted to 'Seahawk' who solved this conundrum, pointing out that John Welham's autobiography (p.85) clearly states that (E)5B was ashore at Deikhela airfield in Egypt at the time of the raid. Indeed, the last page of Stuart Lloyd's magnificent Fleet Air Arm: Camouflage and Markings reproduces a photo of 5B undergoing repairs in the Western Desert in late August of 1940. For the Taranto raid in November, Welham was flying (E)5H instead, so by a process of elimination regarding aircraft from Eagle, the Matchbox box art and decal option would appear to be wrong. The individual aircraft histories in Sturtivant's Swordfish book backs this up by indicating that 5H/P3999 did take part in the Taranto raid. 5B's only engagement is listed as the Bomba Bay raid on 22/23 Aug (when presumably it sustained the damage seen being repaired in the photo in Lloyd's volume?). Last night I discovered an apparently correct illustration of 5H from Replic magazine (issue 100), reproduced online here: http://wp.scn.ru/en/ww2/b/564/9/3 Mentioned in dispatches.... A number of other individuals have also been provided invaluable help on the build: 'iang' did his best to keep my colours and markings matching the historical record (though I'd already applied 'Sky' undersides by that time and decided to live with the shame..). 'John Aero', 'Ex-FAAWAFU' and Nick Millman also weighed in with info and images on the Observer's 'monkey-chain' that stopped him pitching over the side. 'Seahawk' also confirmed the weapons loadout. 'Spadgent' just made me keep buying more gear - watch that lad.... The build... This marked a number of firsts for me: airbrushing, scratch building, photo-etch, custom decals, rigging. Some plan views: And some obliques: Technical matters For those interested the following changes were made to the basic kit: 1. Opened up rear cockpit and added long range fuel tank. 2. Cut Observer in half and rebuilt him as standing figure. 3. Built a new arrestor hook and carved out a recessed channel for it to sit in. 4. Added sleeves to oleo legs. 5. Rebuilt torpedo with more detailed prop/fins at rear and added detonator. 6. Built new torpedo cradle. 7. Added a pitot tube and wiring to port wing. 8. Added torpedo sights. 9. Built a new rear cockpit interior, including a (slightly) more accurate mounting for rear Lewis gun. 10. Added control horns for elevators and rudder. 11. Added control cable shrouds, ballast inspection hatch and catapult attachment to mid/rear fuselage on either side. 12. Scribed sides and undersides of fuselage/wings, added fastener details. 13. Added dinghy housing to port topside wing. 14. Added x4 mountings and azimuth compass to rear cockpit. Also added leather trim. 15. Built (Marabu M72011) PE flare racks and a flare. 16. Added folding wing tie-backs onto underside of tail planes. 17. Added canvas cover to housing for rear Lewis gun. Decals Roundels and tail flash were OOB, serial and tail number added from Ventura V7252 RN number set. (I'm aware that the tail number/letter should be a bolder style but I only had the ones in this sheet to work from...) Weathering Tamiya acrylics for paint scheme, home-made pin wash, various W&N black/umber/sienna oil washes for detailing. Powdered lavender chalk for final fading/weathering prior to final matt varnishing. Thanks for reading and to all who pitched in on the WIP. Now to try and choose the next build. Meteor or Stranraer - anyone any preferences? Regards to all, Tony
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