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  1. Source: http://frrom.com/index.php?page=jeu_N2-2 AZUR-FRROM is to release a aircraft new tool kit expected for release in March-April 2022. Three boxes will be provided. Guess the type? Game starts on Wednesday 17th of November at 06.00 PM Paris time The goal of the game is to guess what will be this new kit. Scale is : 1/72 nd . Every day additional informations on the plane or the kits (three clues each day) will be provided. Remember: AZUR-FRROM mainly producing 1/72nd kits of planes forgotten by mainstream kit makers. V.P.
  2. Trumpeter is to release a 1/48th Fairey Fulmar Mk.I kit - ref. 05822 Source: https://tieba.baidu.com/p/8249037080 V.P.
  3. 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.
  4. Trumpeter is to release a 1/48th Fairey Battle Mk.I kit - ref. 05831 Source: https://tieba.baidu.com/p/8249037080 V.P.
  5. Some days ago Dora Wings released a new tool 1/72nd Fairey Delta FD.2 kit (thread). And herebelow the Dora Wings season's greetings postcard... With a Fairey Delta FD.1 ! Looks like a subliminal message to me. So just a rumour. To be followed. Source: https://www.facebook.com/dorawingsofficial/posts/pfbid0uhJWDn4bVpujKU7ZTbtwCbmcofG2Dxm7DoSgJyiVMo7aSBkivB3xUEndG874RQTyl V.P.
  6. After completion of the Hawker Hart, my attention has turned to another interwar workhorse, Fairey Gordon. The successor of Fairey IIIF, named after the famous officer killed in Khartoum in 1885, could have been either of Ramleh or of Amman, as I am going to build it as K3992 in service with No. 14 Squadron, which was divided between Ramleh and Amman for most of the 20 years of its patrol duties in Palestine and Transjordan. K3992 is well-documented airplane, one of the final series of 24 Gordons (K3986 – K4009), referred as Mk.II and delivered in 1934. It also belongs to the few Mk.IIs that in fact made it to the regular RAF squadron service. Most Mk.IIs were held in reserve, 14 (some sources list 13) of them were transferred to RNZAF in 1939. The kit was introduced here, around two years ago. Mk.IIs differed from the standard Gordon. The most obvious change was a taller rudder with a horn balance merging into the upper part of the fin (same as Seal) and other less significant changes to rear fuselage and the empennage. Furthermore, both wings were equipped with Frise-type ailerons. Some of the differences are represented in the kit by alternative parts (blue above), some of them are left for the poor modeller to take care of (yellow arrows). The balloon wheels are cast in resin. The same for the AS Panther engine. However here I can't help but notice rather significant differences from reality, which I do not like. Unfortunately, as far as I know, there has been no direct replacement available on the market since the white metal Aeroclub engine, which is now a hard-to-find-rarity. Nevertheless, I am still looking for solution. As there is no ultimate book on Gordon, the pile of the reference literature is higher than usual.😀
  7. Finished, Fairey Gordon II K3992, serving from the airports of Ramleh and Amman over Palestine and Transjordan with No. 14 Squadron sometime in 1936. The build thread is here: Build more or less OOB plus inevitably some scratchbuilding caused by my rather pedantic nature. Seat belts by Eduard, Venturi by S.B.S. and guns by Mini World and GasPatch. Waiting for the right engine by Michal Zervan (ex Radial engines & wheels 72) was rather long, however the result was in my opinion worth the wait. Brush painted with my usual mix of enamels by Humbrol, Model Master, Revell and Tamiya, roundels by Xtradecal, serial numbers combined from various surplus decal sheets in my stash. In the end, just the letter “F” on the fin comes from the kit decal sheet. The wing roundels are of rather unusual size and position for the period, but I have a theory. The roundels were the same size and position as on the Fairey Seal naval siblings of Gordon. Therefore, in my opinion, the Gordon II wings were probably taken directly from Seal production line/stock and no one considered it important to repaint the roundels according to the post-1934 RAF regulations. As usual with me, no rigging. By the way, it feels a bit weird to present you today an airplane used 90 years ago in Palestine to monitor and suppress the revolt caused by increased influx of Jewish immigrants fleeing Hitler’s Third Reich. We have 2023 now, and regrettably, for the region, there still doesn't seem to be a long-lasting solution in sight …
  8. Entry #4(For now) Dynavector's 1/48 Fairy Gannet AS-1 Reputed to be one of the Ugliest aircraft ever envisioned by the mind of Man. Perhaps, we shall see. But I did add the Airwaves P/E set so I can make this little gem look like a throwback to the Karate Kid. This should keep me busy and out of trouble for a day of two. nahhhh who am I kidding...Now time for awax on...awax off
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Hi, We have started a new project with a short series of the Fairey Fulmar. I still have to add one or two more aircraft with the Sand Spagueti (scheme). This series will include aprox. 23 models. This is the preliminary list. As usual, any comments suggestion will be more than welcome. Number Mark Serial code letter Squadron Pilo tPlace Time 1 Mk I N1980 768 Naval Air Squadron HMS Argus21-22 September 1941 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/1060045401 2 MK I N1858 1940 Airbrake test 3 MK I Unknown Farborought RATOG 4 Unknown Sky band 5 K7555 Hestonmay-38 Prototype 6 Mk I N1854 A&AEE Dec 1939 7 Mk I N1855 A&AEE April 1940 8 Mk I N1868 7L 807 HMS Ark RoyalOctober 1940 9 Mk I N1881 H 806 HMS IllustriousAugust 1940 10 Mk I N4005 Takoradi Dec 1940 11 Mk I N1916 Takoradi Dec 1940 12 Mk II N1854 After May 1942 13 Mk II X8641 A&AEE October 1941 14 Mk II BP791 BO-J 784 Squaron RAF DremLate 1944 15 Mk II N1925 RAE June 1943 16 Mk II N8566 V 889 Fayid Egypt November 1943 17 Mk II Unknown HMS Indomitable may-42 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/1060007035 18 Mk II X8812 6F HMS Victorious August 1942 19 Mk II Unknown 7B 809 HMS Ark Royal 20 Mk II DR641 6B 809 NAS HMS Victorious November 1942 21 NF Unknown 889 March to August 1943 https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/67571-889-squadron-fulmar-desert-scheme/page/2/ 22 Sand Spagueti 23 Sand Spagueti Cheers Santiago
  13. 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
  14. Kora Models has just released 1/72nd Fairey Firefly IIM kits - ref. KPK72158 - Fairey Firefly IIM - Belgian fighter "Silver Wings" Source: https://www.lfmodels.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_5_73&products_id=3936 - ref. KPK72159 - Fairey Firefly IIM - Belgian fighter in WWII Source: https://www.lfmodels.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_5_73&products_id=3937 - ref. KPK72160 - Fairey Firefly IIM - British & Soviet services Source: https://www.lfmodels.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_5_73&products_id=3935 - ref. KPK72161 - Fairey Firefly IIM - Belgian fighter & trainer in WWII Source: https://www.lfmodels.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_5_73&products_id=3938 V.P.
  15. 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.
  16. New book published by European Airlines from Norway that I would gladly recommend to all interwar (and early war) airplane fans. Describes the development and service of Fairey Fox in British, Belgian, Swiss and Peruvian air forces. 120 pages, illustrated with a lot of nice photos and considerable number of colour profiles. On the left is a “collateral damage”, ordered together with the Fox book. Very nice booklet from 2017 on (mainly) Gladiator service in Norway, which I would probably enjoy even more, if at least half of the articles were not in a strange barbarian language evoking longships and rounded wooden shields.😀
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. Lost British Projects aka Rikki Wolfe (link & link) - [email protected] - is to release very soon a 3D printed 1/48th Fairey Rotodyne kit . Source: https://www.facebook.com/groups/695711033832473/permalink/2649776965092527/ V.P.
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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.
  25. 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
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