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  1. Despite having multiple builds on the bench, most of them are now at the painting stage - time to crack open a new one! After checking GB eligibility with @Brad, I am throwing my hat into the ring with the 1/48 Airfix TSR-2. I've heard it will need some fettling along the way, but I've had plenty of practice with that particular skill recently... I bought it off eBay last month and it reeked of cigarette smoke, so the box was chucked away without delay. Here's a picture from the instruction sheet: It's a big model - look at the length of the fuselage! I'm hoping this will build into an impressive model to join my other 1/48 British jets. This one will be strictly OOB, to see what I can achieve solely with Airfix's kit. I will post some photos soon, once construction gets underway!
  2. At the end of WWI no. 1 were equipped with Sopwith Dolphins but also managed to obtain a number of Fokker DVIIs which they flew side by side with the Sopwiths, indeed several pilots preferred the Fokker. I'll be building the Blue max 1/48 Dolphin and an Roden 1/48 DVII for the GB. I will of course refrain from all the obvious jokes aboot Canadia(it's a Simpson joke) ehhhhy. Right I've gotten that out of my system, modelling next
  3. Hello all! I have been building this for a little while (about a month), and have decided rather belatedly to do a WIP for it, I hope you do not mind. I will update a few stages at a time to prevent overload! Way back when I were a nipper, Father Christmas delivered of me a fine, large box under the spreading Christmas tree, and inside I found a lovely sailing ship! Now, I were only 8 or 9 at the time, and I found it was a bit of a 'challenge', so my plucky dad built it for me. The kit was, from memory, moulded in a Cadbury's Milk Chocolate-coloured plastic. Dad did not paint it, but it still looked the bees knees to me, especially as the ship even had a crew of five supplied. And pre-moulded ratlines that he had to cut out and fit. A few years ago, I decided to revisit my childhood and have a go at Endeavour myself. I started painting it with oil paints to try and replicate a wood effect, that worked quite well, and then I decided to try something that I had read about in a book, and see if I could make the ratlines myself. I modified the appropriate parts, fitted the vertical ratline rigging, then found I was not dextrous enough to tie the knots. It was sat up on my hi-fi's speaker for years until it met a sticky end. Last year, my son gave me another kit of Endeavour as a birthday present, in the glorious red box that has become Airfix's trademark: I spent a lot of time abetween being given the kit and starting, because I did not want to make a mess of this one! The parts this time were moulded in a 'Caramac' chocolate bar colour, and I think they are beginning to show their age now. There was quite a bit of flash, lots of mould seams, and a few parts were warped a bit (one mast top was bent almost to the point of being broken). A lot of water has gone under the bridge since I was 8 or 9, and I felt a lot more confident this time. I decided to keep things simple, go pretty much out of the box, and add very little. An no, I was not going to hand-knot the ratlines, I would fight the 'rigging machine'! The first battle was to get the hull halves together, after I had confirmed the the deck would fit afterwards: As you see, a little assistance was needed, along with lashings of ginger beer Revell Contacta cement and a good amount of time to let it set. I then had cause to use my newly purchased clamps courtesy of Antics Gloucester: I had been on the lookout for these clamps for quite a long time and was right chuffed when I found them! There was a little filler needed at the front and back of the deck, and to remove a couple of ejection pin marks on the transom: At this point in the instructions, Airfix suggest that the attachment points are fitted for the ratlines, so I got the base painting done (Humbrol 26 enamel): These have seen better days - one is broken, one is poorly moulded and looks like it is coming apart at the seams, and quite a few were bent. I decided that I would be asking for trouble to fit them now, so I left them off. I got on with the paintwork instead, using Humbrol enamels again all thinned with Naphtha thinners, and they behaved very nicely indeed. Thankfully the black waterline section was very easy to mask, but the black along the railings was a little more time consuming. I have to admit I am not sure if I have interpreted the painting instructions correctly or not, but I like the way it looks. I popped some satin varnish onto the cabin windows as I suspect that the glass would not have been that shiny. Next task was to paint the white hatch surrounds, these were done with Revell Satin White acrylic, and they only needed two brushed coats - it did seem to work very well! It was also the first time that I had masked off a ship's deck to paint details. At least the shapes were quite easy to mask, and I had space to work with! So far it had been a fun build. I will not be dealing with any accuracy issues, and in the main, not dealing with any improvements at all. More soon, thanks for looking, Ray
  4. My kit bought for less than a tenner from Kingkit scrapyard. It’s missing one horizontal stabiliser but I should be able to make a resin cast from the one that’s still in the kit. In this scheme; SEA and a shark mouth what’s not to like
  5. This is the kit, almost a shame not to use the kit scheme, but tbh I almost always prefer to model something a little different. And here is its provenance; a photo with the Queen kindly suggested by @Enzo Matrix I don’t do that many modern subjects and even less in 1/72 so it’ll be a nice change from my usual fare. I’m looking at that decal sheet and have decided it’s a total waste not to use it. So instead I’ll be building this in the 25 years scheme. Trust me you won’t even notice the difference after a while
  6. Not sure if this really merits an RFI thread but it’s been on the shelf of doom so long I think I’ll do one anyway. Revell 1/144 Apache US Army completely oob, a nice little kit.
  7. The kit, bought for less than a tenner from the Kingkit Scrapyard, missing the machines guns, but I’d probably have replaced them any way. Still haven’t decided on the finished scheme, but it won’t be Richthofens machine. Built many times as as a kid, I’m finally going to try to do justice to the kit, and put a high level of detail in as it’s such a large scale.
  8. This is what my stash and my local toy ( not hobby) shop contained. In the interest of not overly confusing myself I’ll build them as a trio. They’ll be pretty much oob except where there’s some obviously wrong that needs correcting and I still haven’t decided on colour schemes yet.
  9. Kit Tamiya. Paint Tamiya & Mr Color lacquers, Xtracolour enamels. Decals Eagle Cal 48-173. Extras None. Fw190A-3 Stab IV / JG5 Herdla, Norway Late 1942. On another forum there is a group build in memory of Jerry Crandall (of Eagle Productions) who recently died of complications arising from Covid-19. This is my entry for that GB. This is the 1994 Tamiya kit, built without any modifications or AM other than the decals from Eagle-Cal sheet 48-173. Painted with Tamiya acrylics and Mr. Color lacquers (and Xtracolor enamels for the fabric control surfaces). My third ‘old’ Tamiya kit in three months and sixth WWII build in a row. The build is entirely predictable – in a good way – absolutely no surprises, what did surprise me was just how co-operative (if smelly) Mr Color and Tamiya lacquer paints are. I’m a recent convert and am finding them an absolute joy to work with. Lots of pre-shading, perhaps a little too much and careful weathering with W & N oils – no pre-mixed washes here. The decals behaved perfectly, but then Jerry Crandall prioritised accuracy & quality above all so not surprised by that. Please feel free to ask any questions or make any comments/criticism. All the best from a wet’n windy New Zealand. Ian.
  10. The kit. Still no idea what colour scheme I’ll build it in. But at least it’s now in the mix.
  11. The second of my GB entrants. I may use the box scheme unless I can come up with something a bit more interesting. How brave am I feeling Ok spoiled for choice.
  12. As my workbench is getting empty again, I have decided to start a new kit and build another model of an aircraft I have flown. This time it is the turn of the ATR-72, which was the first aircraft I flew when I became an airline pilot for Cityflyer back in 2000. This kit will be my first foray into the world of resin, which is a completely new material for me to work with. All I really know is don't inhale the dust - is there anything else important I should know?! The kit is the 1/144 offering from F-RSIN. Here's the obligatory box shot: The contents inside look a little sparse - decals, fuselage, wings, flap fairings, tailplanes, engine nacelles, propellor sections and undercarriage components: I'm hoping this one will go together quite quickly! At some point in the past I have applied some filler to the fuselage, which is dotted with minor pinholes - apart from that, the kit is untouched. My first job will be removing and cleaning all the components, followed by filling and sanding.
  13. I’ll be building this, it’s a superb kit which I was going to build in the kit scheme, but owing to world events no red stars will be crossing my work bench. So it will be in one of the schemes below. Decisions, decisions, I’m leaning towards the second one but I like the way the first one looks like someone took a 6inch brush to it in the field,
  14. My build of the Matchbox 1/72 Messerschmitt 410 (PK-113) will be reported here. It really will be an OOB build as I am going to make it unpainted to show the different colour parts as per the box illustration: Box contents and build details will follow. Dave
  15. still have to decide on the scheme. But looking forward to the build.
  16. I received my new 1/72 Airfix Vulcan yesterday and despite having an overflowing workbench, I just couldn’t resist having a look! As is traditional, I’ll start with a shot of the box. It’s big - note the 12” ruler along the side: To be honest, the box could probably have been smaller as the largest sections are the wings, which are half the size of the box… I guess Airfix were aiming for as large a presence as possible when stacked on a shelf! The scheme options are all white, or white undersides with camouflage on top. I will go with the latter: I already have the old kit in a similar scheme: I would have liked to do the new model in wraparound camouflage, but it was not an option and I’m planning to make this one OOB, to see what can be achieved with the basic Airfix offering. Time to look inside! Every sprue is wrapped in plastic, presumably to protect the plastic from scratching. The first sprue has the tail fin, control surfaces and engine plates: Once the bags are opened, some very crisp plastic is inside. Here’s the nose, cockpit and bomb load: And a close up of some of the pieces: The construction is completely different from the old kit. You build the nose and tail sections and then attach them to the central wing section. There are no large pieces in the kit, hence my comments about the size of the box. Here are the wing top sides: Note the housing for the air brakes. The wing top side in more detail: I’ve never noticed those protrusions on the wing before. The panel lines look a little large, so I will probably end up filling these. Here’s the underside: You can see the nose gear bay is moulded asymmetrically. The detail is again very crisp: This is the largest sprue: And again some more detail: All very nicely detailed, which bodes well for OOB! The last major sprue shows the spars - this should be strong: Some lovely detail for the bomb bay and undercarriage bays too. The intakes look far better than the old kit, which is a relief! Finally the transparencies: This looks to be a great kit and I am looking forward to seeing this one come together.
  17. A placeholder for now. http://village.photos/images/user/4687b1d8-729a-4290-bd01-dd7e49aa5009/be013bac-75d1-4d0a-b992-e45333c139e5.jpeg I'll probably do it in the kit Egyptian air force scheme but these also take my fancy. A variation in the scheme above. http://village.photos/images/user/4687b1d8-729a-4290-bd01-dd7e49aa5009/7be8940e-943a-4da2-ae53-aa1e9d01c3a8.jpeg http://village.photos/images/user/4687b1d8-729a-4290-bd01-dd7e49aa5009/01a6cb1f-114d-4050-bf89-c086deb406c6.jpeg http://village.photos/images/user/4687b1d8-729a-4290-bd01-dd7e49aa5009/4cfb6a1e-63d3-4df7-a32f-f4797a7c79a2.jpeg Decisions, decisions...
  18. While I blatantly put off riveting my 1/48 corsair in this GB, I’ve decided to do a relatively quick OOB build from the stash. This one was a bit spur of the moment @modelling minion This fella… sprues look pretty good, (although with kinetic’s 2 in 1 box that one gets a ton of waste. not sure of the logic as theres enough parts to make approximately 1.5 models.) and stop… …actually i was going to post all the sprues here, but they’re all out there on multiple sites photographed much better than i can… so i wont. if one is interested you can find reviews via scalemates. but just wanted to personally share that some detail is great and some isnt… and the decals are ace although i might stencil the roundels as they look a pain round the intakes glue has been used! and we’re away… I will load it with some ground attack ordnance of course
  19. Got this yesterday ( ignore the Nesher) it’ll be a bit of a mojo restorer and a quick build. AMW built one a few issues back and it looks like a lovely kit ( head and shoulders above the last Sherman I built which was the Airfix classic Sherman crab, dog rough. And the last Sherman I didn’t build but used for parts for my St Chaumond)
  20. Kit - Revell 1:72 Paint - All enamels Decals - Xtradecal & Kit Extras - None Hawker Hunter FGA9 XE552 'R' 229 OCU / 79 Squadron RAF Chivenor Early 1970's So the second finished build for this weekend and my last Revell FGA9 kit - I did have four at one time, and I still have one last F6 in the stash. Nobody needs me to say anything about this kit, it's all been said before. Personally I love it, and the only 1:72 kit I've built more of is the Hasegawa F-4 series. This is straight from the box except the decals which are from an early Xtradecal Hunter specific sheet, I forget the catalogue number, personally I think the red is too bright, I'd have probably been better using the kit ones, but I can live with that. Unusual for me to finish two builds almost at once, doesn't happen too often. Please feel free to ask any questions, make any comments or criticisms. All the best from a still sunny New Zealand. (All credit to Robin A. Walker / Air Britain). Ian.
  21. I’ll probably keep the kit scheme on the Academy, going to have to find something interesting for the LS. I’ll start chipping away but I reckon I won’t really get going properly till I’ve got my two F16s done.
  22. The Revell boxing of these two classics. Just need to decide which colour scheme.
  23. The other builds A legion Condor E-3 Airfix with a new canopy A 109 E-3 from III/JG 53 Battle of Britain during the period where Goering ordered them to paint out the Pik Aus badge so they painted out their swastikas in protest. Airfix oob Finnish G6 Oob italeri Swiss G6 oob italeri Hungarian G6 oob probably the Hasegawa Italian G6 as probably the Heller K4 with minor modifications Yugoslavian G10 Revell oob Croatian G10 Revell oob Another Yugoslavian G10 Revell oob. if my AVIAs arrive within the GB I’ll post them here too ( not holding my breath in them ) Have to post some sprue shots next.
  24. It’s been quite the year and it’s going to take a while to post the complete list. It’s a pretty eclectic mix. So bear with me as I work my way through it. So in no particular order. 1. 1/48 scratchbuilt RAF Ariel target the first drone. 2. 1/72 mr hobby Me109G2 in Italian colours 3. Airfix 1/72 Bf109E4 in Condor Legion colours. and 4. Airfix FW190G8 in Hungarian colours. 5. Revell 1/144 Typhoon. 6. Williams 1/48 Ford Flivver 7. Airfix 1/72 Swordfish 8. Revell 1/72 me109 G10 in Yugoslavian colours 9. Airfix 1/72 in III/JG53 Battle of Britain colours. 10. scratch built 1/48 Bristol Scout F 11. scratch built 1/48 Bristol Scout F1. 12. Trumpeter 1/144 F117
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