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  1. Notwithstanding some kits earmarked for GBs this is the last of the 1/72 aircraft on the stash, it’s also a fairly complex build and I have to admit although I’ve tried to build one in the past I don’t ever remember completing one. So for that reason I’m starting a new thread instead of adding it to my stash clearance one. An interesting fact I always thought the nickname was an allusion to the amount of rigging wires on the Swordfish however it isn’t. It’s a reference to the versatility of the plane that it was as useful as a stringbag. Still to decide on a colour sch
  2. I am entering this GB with the 1/48 Airfix Lightning F.2A - here's the obligatory box shot: It is completely untouched and will remain that way for a while - I've too many kits on the go at the moment and need to finish a couple before embarking on this one! Hopefully it won't be long before it’s underway...
  3. As my workbench is getting empty again, I have decided to get another kit started and build another model of 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: Th
  4. Airfix 1/72 Folland Gnat in Vietnam war flight colours.
  5. I know I should really finish one of the five models currently on my workbench, but I felt compelled to start another one...! This will be a very straightforward build, almost completely OOB with only minor improvements to the kit offering. Talking of which, I know there are various inaccuracies with this kit, but I'm just planning a simple build - no rivet counting on this one! There are some very talented modellers on this website who have already done wonderful things with the various Airfix Canberra kits - I cannot compete with that degree of commitment so I'm just having som
  6. Re purposing this thread to be a general farewell to 1/72 thread. Not that I won’t build some models in that scale but 1/48 is now my default. the list Airfix Typhoon P51D FW190 Swordfish Gnat Revell Ta 154 Me 109G Heller Me109K The 109s now have several friends and are reserved for the STGB but the rest must go. First up the TYPHOON Found this when going through my stash for bits for my current wip (guns, engines etc) I also happen to be reading this and have a new airbru
  7. I started this one a few years ago, after picking it up from a Debenham's sale for about £30. Here's the obligatory box top shot: Progress stalled for some reason - I think I was getting fed up with all the filling and sanding! Here's the current state of play: It's a big beast - I think it's a Series 18 kit... I'm not sure if Airfix produced anything bigger than this one? Despite the size, the build standard is not as high as it could be (my techniques have improved quite a bit in the past two years!) I will try to impr
  8. So we’re mete mojo restoring here as my PV Kitten pair ( over in the interceptor GB) is an antidote to the complexity of my PB31 (Also in the interceptor GB and coincidentally also dubbed the Nighthawk ) and other projects, as an even more straightforward mojo restorer I thought I’d dust off some if the little jets I bought last year. For the GB I’m going to do an F117a, a Tomcat and an Eagle, possibly a Hornet and an Apache too. So starting with the F117a Sprues. I’ve started painting the interior, more to follow. I think the challenge for this one will be
  9. I've just noticed this GB and have had a lonely helicopter kit in my stash for a while, so will be joining in with this one! It will probably be built OOB, due to the time constraints of a GB. I might be tempted to get some PE for it, but no guarantees... I'll take some photos tonight and get my WIP started soon.
  10. Here is my 12th completion for the year, 19 Squadron English Electric Lightning, Gutersloh, late 1974. Airfix 1/72 with Barracuda Cast seat and Master pitot. Finished with Hataka acrylics and Vallejo metalcolours. Built for the Interceptors a Group build. Thanks for looking. AW
  11. Nice little Kit. Pretty much Oob but in a Caunter scheme. Looking at it beside the T34 and the T55 you’d have had to be pretty brave to go into battle in one.
  12. Some time ago in a fit of charitability, I bought an old Heller 1/50 (clearly not 1/48, how very Gallic) Puma helicopter from Newark Air Museum on an Open Cockpit day. I don't know why as helicopters are not that interesting to me - I think it was £8. So this GB is an ideal way to hopefully get rid of it! Having seen superlative builds of RAF Puma HC1s with all the detailing around the cockpit, rear interior and various external antennae fits, not to mention rotor heads in Britmodeller builds - I won't be going there! This will be OOB: I will try
  13. Having finished the T34 and almost completed the T55a I’m enjoying large scale armour so I’ve decided to start on my M3, as with the previous it will be largely oob but I’m going to do a Caunter scheme as I think it’s a wonderful looking camouflage. The kit has rubber band and link and length tracksThe rubber band tracks are quite good and could be stuck down to get realistic sag so I’m not entirely convinced that the individual tracks are all that much better, but I decided to use them. So I’ve started on the individual tracks, talk about fiddly, but I shall just chip
  14. Now that my 1/48 BoB Spitfire Mk.1a is approaching the finishing line, I thought I would build its stable mate: It's another wet day outside, so I'm getting stuck in!
  15. With my other Spitfire build coming to an end it seemed an ideal opportunity to start another one! Here's my offering into this GB: It will be built OOB in the colours shown above on the box artwork - a Mk.1A Spitfire from 610 Squadron, based at Biggin Hill in July 1940.
  16. planning on completing this, will be oob but I may change the colourscheme if I find anything more interesting.
  17. I have LOADS of subjects for this GB, don't know where to start. I think I'll start, hopefully, with an easy one, Airfix's Wellington Mk 1 in 37 Sqn markings, part of a detachment to Greece in March 1941. Using the Plastic Planet Club's decals, don't know yet which one but they're both in Dark Green/Dark Earth over Black. Should be straightforward. Already decided to use Airfix's method of not using all the interior parts, I'm firmly in the 'if you can't see it, it's not going in' club. I have the GR.VIII boxing as well which has markings for a 'Desert Scheme' one as well....
  18. This is my first build on the current MTO GB. Built OOB with decals by Plastic Planet Club decals. Vallejo ModelAir paints airbrushed throughout. 'Klear' gloss coat with 'Galeria' matt varnish airbrushed on. A stress free build like all of the new tool Airfix I have done lately, I left out most of the internals as you can't see much through the glazing. I resisted doing much in the way of weathering as usual with my models. The decals were very thin and worked well, I only broke one of the fuselage roundels due to my cack-handedness! Comments and criticism welcome. Davey
  19. Hello all. Here is another boat I have recently finished, the Airfix 1/72 Severn Class Lifeboat. I have had this in the stash for quite a long time, but back in October I decided to finally give it a go. I had heard numerous stories about it being a difficult kit to get together. First thing I did was check the transfers, and found they were unusable - I had not stored them properly and the instructions had stuck to them. I contacted Airfix and bought a replacement set, and then I was set to go. One online build suggested building the superstructure off the hull, and then fitting t
  20. My third Triplane finished, the DR 1 next.
  21. I don’t normally come over to this side of the house much but I do like the occasional AFV build, this marks a milestone in that it will be my first 1/35 AFV in around twenty five years. It will be largely OOB, but weathered a bit, no PE, no fiddling but I can’t stand the boring kit olive drab schemes, so either a Syrian or Ethiopian camo I think. First off a coat of desert yellow, the scheme I’m thinking of is desert yellow with green patches and black stripes.
  22. This will be my entry into the GB: It will be built OOB, due to the time constraints of the GB - that should mean I have a fighting chance of getting it finished! The scheme I will use is the one shown above on the box. Hopefully work on this kit will get underway over the next few days.
  23. So this will be my entry: It will be another OOB build, in the scheme shown below: Work is not starting on this until at least one of my current builds gets finished! Hopefully that will coincide nicely with the start date for this GB!
  24. So I really wanted a Flogger in my collection. The Academy kit was pretty much all I could get my hands on but, knowing the issues with fit and low level of detail, I was hesitant. Ended up biting the bullet after all and steeled myself to expect very little from the build. As expected, the cockpit detail was sparse (and that's being generous) so I stuck a pilot in there after having raised the seat to a more reasonable height, and closed up the canopy. The intakes on both sides of the fuselage had the most horrible fit; these needed large amounts of putty and coarse-grit sanding to sh
  25. My entry to the group build, my first piece of 1/35th armour in over thirty years It will be oob, no PE no aftermarket, but I’ll try to do a serious job of camo and weathering. Still haven’t entirely decided on the scheme yet but will probably be a winter one.
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