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  1. Source: https://www.facebook.com/Lukgraphkits/posts/2601550333492357 V.P.
  2. B-26K Counter Invader (48279) USAF Vietnam War Attack Aircraft 1:48 ICM via Hannants The A-26 was built by Douglas back in WWII as their successor to the A-20 Havoc. Two types were designed, The C with a glass bomber nose and the B with a full metal nose filled with either 6 or 8 .50cal machine guns, which coupled with the three in each wing gave it quite a punch, deserving of the Strafer title. It also had a pair of turrets on the fuselage mid-upper and dorsal positions, which were both operated by a single gunner using a complex remote mechanism that flipped between the upper and lower turrets depending on where the gunner was looking through his binocular sights. This trained the guns accordingly and also calculated the correct offset for parallax and lead, but was very complex and caused some delays to it entering service, and even more issues with maintenance in the field. Then in 1948 it was re-designated as the B-26 by the US Air Force to confuse us, and later on back to the A-26 just to complete that process of confusion. It was developed a little after the Marauder and despite using the same engines it was designed totally separately from its tubular colleague. It was initially less than popular in the Pacific theatre where its poor cockpit visibility due to the canopy and engine position rendered it unloved by the first users. It was more popular in the European theatre and was accepted as replacement for the Havoc fairly quickly. After the war it served in Korea, early Vietnam engagements and other conflicts, ending its days in US service with the Air National Guard in the early 70s. In the mid 1950s some Aircraft were converted to the Drone controller role with the DC prefix to launch Ryan Firebee drones in support of combat training. In a late twist the B-26 would be brought back in the 60s for the Vietnam War. The aircraft externally still looked like the WWII aircraft. The turrets were removed in favour of the fixed forward firing guns and four hard points were fitted to each wing allowing the carriage of 8000lbs of ordnance. The wings of these aircraft were rebuilt and strengthened. The rudder was enlarged and permanent tip tanks (65 US Gal) were added. Anti icing was added to the airframe and new a new anti-skid braking system was added. In the cockpit the dials and displays were updated and a secondary control yoke was added to allow flight from either seat. New 2500 HP engines were added along with cuffed broad chord props. The USAF ordered 40 of the "new" aircraft which were know as Nimrods to their crew. As well as combat operations in South east Asia some aircraft flew with the CIA in the Congo. The aircraft were retired by 1969 with AC-130 gunships taking over their night interdiction role. Only 6 aircraft survive with "Special Kay" having been restored to Flight as a memorial to crews who fought the secret missions in South East Asia. The Kit This is a brand new tooling from ICM, when the new Invader family was announced many of hoped for day we would get a new tool Counter Invader. While you get many parts of the original Invader boxings they are for the common parts . The B-26K boxing features a new fuselage sprue, new wing sprues, a new rudder, new engine nacelles, a pylon sprue; and weapons sprures ICM previously released as a stand alone set. It arrives in the familiar top opening box with a captive inner lid on the lower tray. A quick look over the sprues reveals that panel lines are very crisp, narrow and restrained, the surface is matt and very neat-looking, with plenty of engraved and raised details on the parts, plus subtly indented flying surfaces mimicking their fabric covering. Construction begins with the aft compartment is built up, the rear bulkhead is installed, then a pair of bombs on their racks, the reason for which will become clear in a moment. The port fuselage half is detailed with some side console and panel parts and then has the bomb racks, nose gear bay sides being added. The rear compartment with radio/equipment racks is then built with the seat being added to the floor. This is then fitted to the port fuselage along with the wing spars, and at the front the port nose interior parts which holds the nose gear bay door. Next up we build the cockpit. The centre console is built up and added to the floor, rudder pedals are added to the right hand seat where as for the left hand seat they are part of the instrument panel. The panel goes in as well as both control columns. Here ICM have not got it right. The controls supplied are those of the standard B-26 not the new ones for the K. The modeller will have to make, or source these. The last items to be added to the cockpit are the seats. The completed cockpit can now be added to the fuselage half. After this the starboard fuselage side is prepped, with its own bomb racks and forward nose bay parts being added. The fuselage can then be closed up. The tailplanes and their separate control surfaces can now be built up, and added to the model. At the front the solid nose is made assembled and added to the fuselage. ICM recommend adding 40g of weight to the nose. An additional intake is added to the right side of the nose. The wings are next, and they are new tool parts for this kit featuring the heavy strengthening added to the wing for the carrying of external loads. The lower wing parts also have the recesses for the four pylons per wing. All of the control surfaces for the wings are separate. At the ends of the wings are the tip fuel tanks for the B-26K. These are a butt fit with no mounting tab which would have been a stronger join. The wings once assembled can then fit on over the wing spares protruding from the fuselage. Next up the two engine nacelles and these build up pretty much identically. These are on the sprues from the original kit They are split vertically, and each half has internal structure moulded-in, with bulkheads added fore and aft of the gear bays, coupled with bay lip inserts that bulk out the edges and also hold captive their bay door. This may require some clever masking and a little care during handling, but it shouldn't hold you back too much, as the hinge-points are relatively robust. The two halves are joined together, the prominent intake on the top of the nacelle is made up from two parts, then is added to the nacelle front which is in turn glued to the rest of the nacelle, with the completed assemblies attached to the wings from the underside, as yet without their engine cowlings or props. The engines are added later in the build, and the Twin Wasps are depicted in their entirety with both banks of pistons, push-rods, ancillaries and reduction housing at the front, plus the collector ring and exhausts at the rear, the latter made up from eight parts each. So that they are fitted correctly and mesh properly with the nacelles, they are attached using a jig that is discarded later, so remember not to glue it in! Again the engines are identical and interchangeable with each other, and they fit to the nacelles with a teardrop-shaped tab, after which the new engine cowling is slotted over them. The cooling flaps are last to be added in four sets around the rear of the cowling. The top of the fuselage is still open at this point with both the front and rear canopies going on. A hole needs to be drilled in the front canopy and ICM give detailed dimensions for where this is. Each of the three tyres are made from two halves with separate hubs applied from either side, then hung on their respective legs, which have retraction jacks and scissor links added along the way, these are new wheels for the B-26K. The main airframe is now essentially complete save for a host of antennae and the new props. Next up all of the pylons are made up and added from the new sprue. Weapons ICM previously released this set as a stand alone boxing. It arrives on 4 sprues, it gives the modeller the following stores, 2 x LAU-10A Pods of 5" Rockets. 2 x LAU-69 Pods of 2.75" Rockets. 2 x LAU-68 Pods of 2.75" Rockets. 2 x BLU-23 500LB Fire bombs. (Can be made with or without the fins) 2 x BLU-27 750LB Fire Bombs. (Can be made with or without the fins) 2 x Mk.77 750LB Incendiary Bombs. 2 x SUU-14 Dispensers. 2 x Mk.81 Snakeye Bombs. 2 x MK.81 Low Drag Bombs. 2 x Mk.82 Snakeye Bombs. 2 x Mk.82 Low Drag Bombs. All of the above bombs can be fitted with Fuse extenders) In addition there are 2 MERs all with Sway braces. There are also what look to be 12 Flares to load on the MERs. All of the parts are well moulded and there are enough parts to give some additional detail to the weapons. An included decal sheet gives markings for the weapons. Markings In this boxing there are four options included on the decal sheet, all in SEA topside with back undersides (ICM have released their own Acrylic paint set for this aircraft). From the box you can build one of the following: 64-17651, 56th Special Operations Wing, 609th Special Operations Sqn Nakhon Phanom 1969, "Mighty Mouse" name and artwork. 64.17649, Davis-Monthan AFB, 1970 "Sweet Therese" name. 64-17645, 56th Special Operations Wing, 609th Special Operations Sqn Nakhon Phanom 1969 64-17679, 1st Special Operations Wing, USAF Late 1960s "Special Kay" name. This aircraft has been restored and is the only B-26K flying. The decals are printed anonymously, although they look like DecoGraph's output to my eye. They have good registration, colour density and sharpness. In reality these aircraft did not carry a large number of markings. Conclusion This model should make a fair few people happy, me included. Detail is excellent and made so much nicer by the matt surface, and there's a good interior included for what is bound to be a popular kit. Following on from other kits it was highly anticipated the Counter Invader would arrive and it has! Keep 'em coming ICM! Very Very highly recommended. Available in the UK from importers H G Hannants Ltd. Review sample courtesy of
  3. Just started on doing XW666 R1 Nimrod from the 1980s. I am not that impressed with the Airfix kit so far, and it needs some modification to the windows and panniers.... The front pannier on an R1 was different and housed a large antenna separately. But first, I decided to build a decent cockpit, though little of it will be seen. I used Eduard upgrade and modified the original seats. Here it is. Tough going at 1/72 but it is much closer to reality than Airfix.
  4. A good evening to you all, despite the sad events of today, First of all, a bit about me: From a young age I was first introduced to the RAF Museum at Cosford, I have been there during the construction of the Cold War hangar and although I can't remember it, I presume that I must have been there before the Nimrod (XV249) arrived and I have since become well acquainted with it when they brought it in during 2012. Out of all the exhibits there, the Nimrod is still the one that catches my eye- perhaps it is because of its size or it might be due to the red goose emblem of 51.sqn on its nose! (Pictured) Having gone to Telford in 2015 and having seen an Airfix 1:72 Nimrod kit, I simply couldn't resist! So, without further ado, the following is a quick summary of the kit and modifications: 1:72 Airfix Nimrod kit A set of fabulous decals from RAM Models (more on this later) A really excellent Raven Scale Models lighting kit (again, more on this later) A few scratchbuilt bits and pieces, mainly the "forest" of antennae and pitot tubes. Finished with a combination of Vallejo "Air" paints and some AK Interactive washes. NOTE: THE MODEL I HAVE CREATED IS NOT 100% ACCURATE and the positions of the lights are certainly not accurate! Issues with the kit: The wing-fuselage join was horrendous (although this might be due to the wires of the lighting kit getting caught in the internal structure of the fuselage) and so vast quantities of liquid poly glue were utilised and subsequently sanded down to get a "decent" seam. The wing-tip pods were not suitable for the R.1, these were made from bits of sprue which were sanded down and hollowed out. -This isn't much of an issue with the kit, but an issue nevertheless: trying to get the wiring through the wing structure and into the wing-tip pods was a nightmare, this is not a fault of the Airfix kit or the lighting kit- just a problem with trying to integrate the two. Now, time for some pictures! The superb RAM Models decals for the 51 sqn goose on the nose. And another view of the nose..... You can tell that I love that decal Last one I promise!!! (Note the effective texturing of the goose decal). A nose-on view A view of the wing structure, intakes, wing fuel pods, antennae under the wing, try and ignore the light to the right of the intakes, the hole is to allow a strong beam of light through from the LED A view of the central fuselage section, note the "forest" of antennae The flaps and engine nozzles. And the left side... (The rigging from the fuselage to the tail needs re-tensioning) A close-up of the tail section Excellent decals once again from RAM Models I attempted a moderate level of weathering using an AK Interactive wash From a distance... And underneath... A selection of AK Interactive washes were used for the landing gear bays, also note the antennae just in front of the pylon and another one coming out from the rear of the wing-tip pod (this one somehow survived without breaking off!) One final shot before I demonstrate the lights. As mentioned previously, I used the lighting kit from Raven Scale Models, the image below shows the underside of the Nimrod- note the position of the bomb-bay panel. Now you see it... Now you don't! -The wiring was redirected into the bomb bay area, where the battery holder is located and where the switch (silver coloured thin tube) is activated from. It lives! (sort of) Demonstrating the landing lights- I haven't added lights to the nose or to the inner wing-mounted landing lights, purely due to the fact that using fibre optics would ultimately reduce the intensity of light coming from the lights that are currently present, I would prefer there to be two bright lights compared to 5 dim lights. They're quite bright! The placement is pure fiction, but there is one red flashing light (pictured) and two flashing strobe lights Furthermore, there is one light in each wing tip (red and green), again their placement is somewhat fictional; i've been told that they should be swapped over (I'll be damned if I'm changing their position now!) And that, alas, is that. Thanks for having a look, she'll now be fitted with wire and hung from the ceiling- flying alongside the Shackleton, the Nimrod MR2's predecessor and stablemate in the ASW role during the Cold War. Perhaps I'll get round to doing an MR2 one day.... But for now, thank you and have a good evening- my best wishes, especially to members in Belgium. ;( Sam
  5. See post 8 : https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235068063-172-hawker-nimrod-by-ibg-models-release-in-2020/&tab=comments#comment-3584921 Among the secret items from the IBG Models catalog 2020 (link) there might be a 1/72nd Hawker Nimrod kit. Source: The RVB Cocardes Nurnberg Toy Fair 2020 report link V.P.
  6. Hey guys, First post here, long time lurker but only first time geting round to posting! Im pretty well established on the Facebook pages and Instagram (@jonesy.models) but never branched out to BM yet! I thought id share a recent completion of mine here, Airfix's venerable offering of the Hawker Siddeley Nimrod... The kit itself is really quite remarkable, and offers the oppurtunity to build the MR1, MR2 and R1. I went with the MR1 at the request of recipient, who further detailed that he wanted XV230 in her handover days to the RAF. So i decided to represent her as she was at Hawker Siddley Aviation Woodford in 1969. Just in her standard scheme and markings, lacking the squadron details et al. I used a pick of markings from the Xtradecal X72080 'Grey and White Nimrods in RAF Service' sheet which provided all i needed for the final livery. The build itself wasnt without its difficulties. The main being when it came to affixing the wing. The lower wing section was fitted, and then when the upper halves were to be attached, it wouldnt go correctly, forcing an unnatural and unrealistic dihedral to the wings. As a result, it took a few good goes, and finally a bit of filler to get it correct. Otherwise, the build was uneventful and generally pleasent. Which is good, as i have two more of these beasts to build in the near future! The basic shots above show the completed model, and what a mighty looking aircraft the Nimrod is! I am a Volunteer at the Avro Heritage Museum, on the former Woodford Aerodrome, and here you see the mode in 'flight' over a model of the airfield at it once was in its heyday. Now, it has been demolished and is being turned to houses. A shame for the home of Avro, and birthplace of some of my favourite aircraft, namely the Vulcan, Nimrod and HS748. Finally, a shot of the model in profile with our Nimrod nose section, XV235, which holds many stories in its own right! Thank you for reading my post, my first here but i dont doubt therell be many more to come! Rhys Jones-Ager
  7. M40 Nimrod Tank Destroyer & Armoured AA Gun Armour Of The Royal Hungarian Army ISBN : 9786155583148 Peko Publishing Hungary was caught at the end of WWI on the wrong side and was treated harshly by the Allies. Under the 1920 treaty of Trianon they lost nearly half their population and more than 60% of their territory to hostile boarding nations. Which is the reason the joined the Axis forces in WWII, however it would seem they chose the wrong side again! The Hungarian Army knew they had to modernise and they needed a vehicle which could act as a tank destroyer and a mobile armoured AA gun. The solution to this actually lay in Sweden; Hungary was already producing the L-60 tank under licence as the 38M, and they were producing the 40mm Bofors gun under license as well. The L-60 chassis was modified to accept a large open topped turret for a single 40mm gun. As well as firing the standard ammunition types the Hungarians developed their own anti tank round for the gun. This could penetrate 46mm of armour at 100m and 30mm at 1000m. Internally the Nimrod carried 640 rounds. Later as it was found the 40mm gun was not effective against Soviet tanks the guns were all re-designated as anti aircraft units. They would still act in support of troop movements though, and late into the war they were fitted with a rocket grenade round that fitted over the barrel in a similar way to that of a rifle grenade. 135 Nimrods were built. A prototype LEHEL Armoured Ambulance was made from one chassis by removing the turret. The book is A4 hardcover in landscape format and 120 pages long, It is illustrated throughout with large black and white photos on every page showing all aspects o the vehicles operation. Conclusion This book will give the reader a very good look at this unusual vehicle. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  8. Hawker Fury and Nimrod Warpaint No.116 Guideline Publications Developed from the Hawker F.20/27 prototype the Fighter Fury would use the same Rolls-Royce Kestrel as fitted to the light Bomber the Hart. It was initially called the Hornet and was purchased by the Air Ministry in 1930, the later production aircraft would be called the Fury as the Air Ministry wanted aircraft names which reflected ferocity! Due to the depression only small numbers were ordered at first. The Fury was to be the first RAF Fighter to exceed 200mph in level flight. The aircraft was very agile with sensitive control which made it popular for the RAF Aerobatic teams of the day, indeed 19 teams would use it between 1931 & 1938. Interestingly a monoplane version of the Fury was designed. though not built it would form the basis of the prototype Hurricane. In 1926 the Air Ministry issued a specification to replace the Fairey Flycatcher in Naval Service. Given the work with the Fury Hawkers designer Sidney Camm insisted the new design not be that different apart from any specialised Naval Equipment that was needed. Like the Fury was originally the Hornet, the Nimrod was originally the Sea Hornet. The book looks at the development of both aircraft. The Fury in service with the RAF, and foreign Air Arms. The use of the Nimrod by the Navy, and again foreign Air Arms. The 56 pages include a lot of useful pictures with informative captions, as well as details of the squadrons that operated the types, technical details, lists of RAF & RN Squadrons with colour profiles of some. and a centre section with technical drawings. Conclusion The Warpaint series always gets a thumbs-up due to their inability to produce a dud! They are always well written and informative with a wealth of picture and profiles. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  9. 1:72 Airfix Nimrod MR2P “And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord.” - Book of Genesis X - 8-12 The Nimrod holds a special place in my memories as an aviation enthusiast. Although sadly I never did have the chance to see one in flight, my local airfield of Coventry, has Nimrod MR2P XV232 in a live, engine-running, near taxiable state. Having had the opportunity to witness her complete her engine runs close-up, and even on one occasion, take the co-pilot seat onboard for one such run, has implanted many experiences in my mind with this machine. There is no other describable feeling as sitting, feeling the nose oleo underneath you gently moving under the force of each Spey 250 being brought to full power in turn. She's a characterful aircraft, one that impresses with her size in person, and from every angle, she oozes that true, esoteric 'Cold War' look. A distinguished jet, having been very versatile and dependable in her decades of service, through MPA, SAR, ELINT/SIGINT, and proposed AEW roles. That shrill note as she runs up her Speys, and the orchestra changes from a screaming, to a Vulcan-reminiscent howling through her intakes as they reach full power, accompanied by the blackening efflux pouring into the air behind them. Truly powerful stuff! As such, it is my intention to document my tribute to this aircraft here. This is my first post under a new account (I couldn't log into my old one, seems I have misplaced my password all these years)! Since then, much has changed, the modeling interest had waned greatly, but it's slowly returning! Years have clocked on, skills have been learnt, techniques refined somewhat, spray cans finally ditched in favour of airbrush, and the burgeoning 'shelf-of-doom', which I am desperately trying to whittle away at. This Nimrod will be my fourth of the Airfix kit... The first built almost 6 years ago as a child over the course of a long weekend, brush painted, warts-and-all, filler was not heard of... The second finished in 2014-15 with spray-paint as XV244 and uploaded to the RFI on here (Photobucket links back then, so now in the abyss)... And the third finished with some pricey, but superb, Tamiya lacquers as XV232 in her current Hemp scheme about a year ago. So, what is the plan with this one? She will be finished with all manner of paints, in an undecided scheme at the moment. 206 Sqn special XZ284, 120 Sqn special XV260 are two possibilities, since I adore the Hemp/LAG and coloured fin combination. Although still 'pie-in-the-sky' at the moment, the plausibility of a post-major overhaul bare-metal stripped 'Rod is always present. Construction begins with small components of the airframe first. Flaps first. As you can see above, they have been glued and the edges have not yet been tidied up. As I write these words, they have been and are ready to add to the wings when all is ready. Some annoying slithers of flash between the fuel dump vents, but easily cleaned with a sharp blade and fine sandpaper. The nose wheel bay box was up next. I started with looking at reference photos and walkarounds to find some images of this bay. Detailing was added with sheet styrene for the wall ribs and for the protective hatch on the forward wall. There is some pitting in the butt-join of the ribs to the lower edge of the landing gear doors, folded upwards into the bay, that cannot be seen when the bay box is put together, so they need not be tidied up. Look at the second highest rib on the righthand of the two large panels and you will see a small pit that is hidden by the step between it and the gear door. Another view of the work on the nosewheel bay. Here you can see the majority of the plasticard work added from reference photos. Some of it is for a cosmetic purpose solely, i.e the smaller square and rectangular panels are to hide the holes in the original kit part for the cockpit sections on the reverse side. Here I have dryfitted the nose wheel components together. You can see how the T-shaped rib structure and smaller details under the nose leg are now inconveniently hidden from all but the most prying eyes. But some comfort can be taken in the fact they are indeed there, and with paint and weathering the details should show better. I have not added any wire or stretched-sprue cable details at this stage. The aerials on the gear doors folded inwards, will be added with the Eduard exterior panel photo-etch set on order. Here are the wheel components all glued, sanded and ready for further processing and detailing. The main gear wheels are fairly competent out of the box, with the exception of wheel tread. As far as I am aware no aftermarket manufacturer offers these details. Mastercaster's wheels are slightly more refined in the hubs, and contain better and less generic brake disc details, but still, no tread. They offer miles better nose wheels as well, with accurate tyre thickness, hub diameter, and seperate guards for the correct wheel. I will elect however to use the kit wheels for the moment. Nose wheels will be discarded and instead Alleycat Models' resin nosewheels (along with the SCP intake and fin correction) set, has been ordered to use instead. Alleycat's nosewheels are equally impressive and just as accurate as Mastercaster's set, but with the added correction parts and lack of, IMO, less necessary main wheels, makes it a better value purchase for a budding Nimrod modeller I think. Nose wheel leg in this view has another horizontal 'rung' added at the apex of the V-section, that needs to be faired in a little better once cured. A brief showing of the standard kit cockpit parts. Eduard sells a comprehensive PE set that covers the cockpit in detailed panels, seatbelts, and gauges (as well as adding detail to the nosewheel bay), but little will be seen from the windscreen panes. So I will elect to keep these standard parts. The bulkhead and cockpit door in the kit is too short in height so out of view, this is being detailed and enlarged with strip plastic details. With some IP decals, and some neat seat painting and scratched details, I think the Airfix offering is a good base point for further work. And finally the latest port of call on the journey of making a Mighty Hunter - the engine intakes. Airfix has received some criticisms in the past for their inaccurate representation of the intake tunnels. They are slightly too oval, the outboard intakes appear to have too little of a hump in the upper wing like the real thing, and from what I see, the lips of the intakes are slightly too pointed, not more blunted as they should be. The grille between the engine intakes is also of the wrong shape and no matter how you attach the wing halves, you will be left with an awful seam to clean. Thanks to the Eduard exterior set again, a new grille of the right shape is included. Filling in the grille detail on the kit, and applying the grille on top, or even drilling the kit grille out and attaching the PE grille on top, should provide a convincing alternative to this very-visible part of the model. I have seen people elect to drill out the cavity and make the grille from strip card which is something to consider also. Alleycat makes a comprehensive Engine Set for the Nimrod, which fixes a lot of the shape issues of the intakes. However, for the surgery involved in cutting the wing parts and the already tricky join between intakes, fuselage halves and bomb bay skirting without added resin, brings me to choose to make my own modifications instead. Early days yet, but a plan of action is being drawn. The upper panel 'humps' and NACA intakes will be attempted, the reverser grilles will be added from the Eduard PE and in the correct location, unlike the Airfix kit again. Underneath the intakes the Airfix representation of the is wrong, so that will be corrected by me with thin tubing and drilled holes. The intake lips will be sanded to try to make them blunter. In the image the intakes have been glued, and roughly sanded. They received a finer sanding, followed by a dip in white latex paint, and have been set aside to dry. I am in awe of the WIPs on here, and I make no promises as to the quality or regularity of posts on here, being just out of A-Levels and always wanting to escape to airbases - but hopefully this won't be another project that burns out and gets relegated to the shelf of doom! The Eduard external photoetch set, Alleycat resin wheels, SCP intake, fin, payload bay, and canopy set have been all ordered today - hopefully in due course they will arrive and work can really begin. George (formerly G-EORG - cheesy, right?).
  10. Here she is! And what an impressive beast, such a big kit and a beautiful aeroplane and an important part of the RAF's maritime patrol history. A capability the service still misses today in my opinion. This aircraft is depicted as detached from Kinloss to RAF Luqa, Malta in 1977 just before 203 sqn disbanded and its Nimrods passed to the remaining units of the Kinloss and St Mawgan wings. It was converted to an MR2 at Woodford six years later and eventually became an R.1, surviving to this day. It was a straightforward kit to make despite its size, and the demarcation line worked superbly with spray cans and masking tape. The only slight issue I found was the fuselage roundel showed the white/grey paint line through it so I used two layers of decals on this one to mask it a bit. In my opinion, the traditional grey/white was the best Nimrod colour scheme. Colours used were satin white and RAL7035 light grey. Kit completely OOB as XV249 and no aftermarket parts.
  11. I’ve ordered the Airfix Nimrod from eBay - really looking forward to making another of Woodford’s finest! I’d like to do a grey and white one, but we’re any MR2s that colour or were they all painted hemp when converted?
  12. I've managed to acquire two Airfix Nimrods from eBay at reasonable cost, under £25 each! But, it seems I'm going to have to spend about the same on spray paint as it's almost impossible to find satin hemp acrylic spray and satin light aircraft grey acrylic spray. Firstly, does anybody know a decent online source for these that isn't either sold out or costing about £15 a can? Secondly, would BS 381C Light Stone 361 be an accurate substitute for the hemp? I'm going to do one as a grey/white MR.1 and one as a hemp/grey MR.2.
  13. Today marks the 22nd anniversary of the loss of XV239 at the Ontario air display and the 11th anniversary of the loss of XV230 in Afghanistan. In both cases all aboard lost their lives and, ironically, both crews were from 120 Squadron. Rest in Peace gentlemen.
  14. Hawker Siddeley Nimrod R1 XV249 at East Midlands aeropark, pics thanks to Dave.
  15. I am just starting Airfix's new 1:72 Shackleton MR.2; I'd like to build it with the bomb bay open, but the weapons supplied with the kit are a bit on the sparse side, comprising 2 x Mk.30 torpedoes and 2 x Mk.44 torpedoes. However I do have quite a few weapons left over from the Airfix 1:72 Nimrod, principally items 24 and 26; I am assuming that items 24 are sonar buoys and item 26 is a depth charge? Can I use either or both of these to supplement the ordnance in the kit? Did the Shackleton use these in practice, and if so, what would be a typical load? I have done a quick search online but haven't been able to come up with much useful information. TIA Martin
  16. Pics mine taken at The Norwich City Aviation Museum.
  17. Nimrod XV250 at Elvington in 2013, pics thanks to J.Dowse / WV908.
  18. XV232 at Airbase Coventry. Pics thanks to Rich Ellis.
  19. XV229 At the manston Fire Training Centre, pics by alex (Acky190)
  20. Had this laying around for a number of years now, been wanting to make it for a while too but it is really intimidating. I haven't done many vacforms and never one this chunky, but I am now willing to do or die. So the kit is a Historic Wings 1:72 vacform H S Nimrod MR1/MR2 (P) The Plastic on this quite thick and the detail in places is smudged . . . so a bit of work will be required to correct these areas. Fortunately some of the really bad areas I don't need to worry about as the kit comes with some handy white metal replacements. The only other problem is the canopy it is blurry and the surface area is filled with small pock marks. Don't know yet what I will do about that, maybe there is an aftermarket canopy I could purchase, failing that I could cast my own . . will see.
  21. Nimrod R1 XV249 shot at Cosford by Rich Ellis
  22. I started this mighty bird a few years ago, but got tired of all the shortcomings of this model. This summer I decided to finish it, and to my own surprise I made it! I know there are lots of corrections that should be made to create a perfect Nimrod. And if I had done that, the model would have been finished about 2020. So most of it is OOB, with some additions. I added some extra detailing on the rear part of the body, I made proper intakes between the engine air intakes, I drilled a number of holes on the poorly detailed engine underside. I also replaced most of the kit antennas and added a number of antennas that was not included in the kit. I painted it with Gunze acrylics and used the stencils from the decal sheet in the box. This was the worst decal sheet I have ever worked with. Besides the bad printing and silvering problems, the whole sheet had a thin decal film that meant that every single decal had to be cut out. And there are plenty of them! Apart from that, the decal placement guide is difficult to read, which meant that a few decals were placed wrong. For the national insignias and numbers, I used Xtradecals Nimrod sheet. I wish they had included the stencils. Apart from the problems of the kit, it is difficult to work with such a huge kit! I am impressed of all model builders that regularly build large aircraft. My paint box was too small, and I managed to broke the refueling probe six(!) times. Three of them when the kit was painted, which meant filling, sanding and painting once again. But still, this is an impressive kit. I am proud that I managed to finish it, and it looks really good in my collection. And this is really a great aircraft! And for those of you that hade not seen it completed: It is really huge! Compare to the Canberra not a small aircraft. And the tiny Harrier, that probably could have landed on the Nimrod wing. Thats it. Next time I will build something smaller, I think. Like a 1/72 Spitfire or something.
  23. Hawker Nimrod, pics thanks to Mark Mills.
  24. Here are a few negative and slide scans from 20 years ago. These were taken on the 4th May during a large NATO Exercise 'Resolute Response'.
  25. This is XV226 Nimrod MR.2 shot by me at Buntingthorpe.
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