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  1. still have to decide on the scheme. But looking forward to the build.
  2. 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.
  3. The Revell boxing of these two classics. Just need to decide which colour scheme.
  4. 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
  5. 1/72 PM kit pretty much oob.
  6. And alongside my Me109 TL Jaeger only a paper project but still an interesting comparison.
  7. My internets been on the fritz all Christmas Day so a belated post. Christmas Day 8:43 sprues 10:50 all parts cut off and fettled. Turret partially assembled and ready for paint. My secret weapon a can of Montana Black Morpheus, ( I bought Dumbo but it wouldn’t spray ) 11:20 painted and a sharpie used for the black on the road wheels. St Stephen’s Day (Boxing Day) 9:50 major assembly finished. Next up, attach the tracks, a bit of brush touch up then decals, white distemper and weathering.
  8. 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.
  9. So after fifty-plus years of hammering bits of injected plastic together, I decided it may be time to build my first ever motorcycle. Didn't put any thought in to 'which one', just bought a cheap Tamiya kit, watched a couple of YT build videos and took a brave pill !! Nothing extra added except glue and paint (Tamiya TS51 Racing Blue and my own brew of 'dark silver'). Did I enjoy it ? - well yes, it really did fall together probably because I followed the instructions VERY closely; Will I buy another, erm... perhaps, if I do it will be a racing machine, but which one depends upon whether I can find another cheap - probably Tamiya - kit hereabouts. Feel free to ask any questions, hurl any insults or make any comments. All the very best from New Zealand. Ian.
  10. Been almost a year since my last car build so dragged this one to the bench to re-invigorate any skills that I may have had before diving in to something more exotic / expensive... glad I did as it turns out. Made a bit of a hash of the deepening-out on the front window frame - went through the plastic at one point, also managed to stone-chip the paintwork on the roof when I dropped a tool onto it, and on final-assembly I snapped one of the front axle pins !!. Yep, definitely a six-out-of-ten build. That said, I like the blue (Tamiya X13), it looks very 'period' to my eye, and the car itself looks like it came off the production line yesterday... stunning looking vehicle IMHO. As ever thanks for taking the time to look and / or comment. All the best from New Zealand. Ian.
  11. G'day all, I had to go away on a work trip for a few weeks so thought I'd take a kit and some tools with me to keep my sanity. A great kit straight out of the box which made it a fun build as well. Since getting back into modelling around 7 years ago I jumped straight into using an airbrush, however this build was my first brush painted model in over 20+ years. I have a lot of respect for the work that you brush painters do, but since tackling this my respect has increased further. I think I'll stick to my airbrush. Before this build I didn't realise what a mine field USN Dark Blue was (especially with the different ANA blues that have the same number), so I went with Humbrol 77 Navy Blue Matt followed up with some floor polish to get the gloss finish. Looks alright to me and my wife likes the colour too. Following this build I'll try not to get too wrapped up in colours, so I'll finish off my Olive Drab P-40N, move onto some Luftwaffe builds and maybe make a start on a RAAF Foliage Green Spitifre Hope you enjoy!
  12. 1/35 mr craft with a lived in look.
  13. 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.
  14. So I hear you say, zut alors, quell idiot ( pardon my French) how can a German plane designed by a Dutchman even qualify for this GB, well it can if it’s been captured and repainted. Now I said I wouldn’t start any new projects until I had a few less 109s on the bench, but I received the kit the other day from a fellow modeller who has sadly had to give up the hobby owing to declining eyesight. So I thought I’d start it and that to do justice to the build I would also try to ‘superdetail’ the engine and interior. With this as my guide.. I also have a Dragon 1/48 kit started so I may progress this as no copy the detail. So next step is to (possibly) fabricate an interior frame from .5 mm brass…
  15. 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!
  16. My first build for the GB this cute little monoplane. Sprues. I’ll probably stick to the kit Russian scheme. Next up will be one or more of these once I make a bit more space on the WIP shelf
  17. The Airfix 1/72 Fairey swordfish pretty much oob, a nice kit, builds up well but a bit tricky overall. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235088996-another-stringbag/
  18. 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.
  19. 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 some fun with this one! To start, here's the box: A £14.99 bargain from Modelzone, many years ago! This is the scheme I will build, a 213 Squadron B(I)6, based at Bruggen in 1969: From other threads, I know this model can be a tail-sitter. The instructions recommend 100g of nose ballast! That seems excessive (I really hope I don't regret saying that) and I have settled on about 75g of rolled up lead on top of the bomb bay, held in place with silicon: The cockpit interior was painted dark grey. I think once it's closed up it will look pretty black. I have also picked out the details on the axe, just in case it can be seen: Work on the cockpit was basic - I suspect the rear two seats will be almost impossible to see once the fuselage is closed up. Here's the current progress: Ejection seat handles were roughly fashioned from a paper clip. Here's the other side, which will be more visible through the open cockpit door: I applied some dry-brushed aluminium to this side, as it might just be seen through the door! This was then glued into position: I intend to close the fuselage up tonight and start the wings.
  20. I got this kit from and collegue at work who said he will not get it build, but maybe I could find the time. Well now it is the time for this old kit! I've build a few Mustang, but all in 1/48 scale so I guess that won't help me much. I'll be building it straight OOB, and my plan is to do it as a "fast" build, since I've have another kit waiting for me as well Anyways, here a some pictures: The box The sprues - which looks like they'll need some filing and sanding The instructions and the decals. They look good, hopefully the will work fine
  21. This is the kit, it’ll be oob as much as possible. Sprues. There’s a nice decal sheet but that’s gone straight to the decal box as I won’t be using it. This is the scheme. Although I think it should be khaki not PC10.
  22. My weapon of choice. I quite like the kit scheme so may well be completely oob. Unless of course I fid something more interesting.
  23. I’m thinking I’ll save the Yf24 for the prototypes gb (if it happens) but I think I’ll start with the Su-47 as imho the quirkiest one there, then maybe a Typhoon next.
  24. I'll be joining with a 'speed build' of the Republic of Singapore Air Force Black Knight. It will be completely OOB. I was just finished with construction of Tamiya F16 when I saw this group build, and thought, well, I need something to do and a reason to finish something from my stash, so... two F16s in a row it will be. After quite a hiatus building models, as well as acquiring them, I seem to have got my mojo back having just finished a X-47B. What I have decided is that while I do enjoy building models, I particularly enjoy finishing them, and like to do the painting and decaling most of all. At the end of the day I put them in my cabinet, and all I need is for them to look good in there. I've therefore decided to only focus on what I see as 'value added' tasks which mean the plane looks good enough on the shelf. So for example, basic cockpit colours are done with a drybrush and black wash. No primer on these small areas. Wheel wells will be also basic colour with a light wash and nothing more. Final finish particularly on top will still follow a standard procedure so the main paint job looks good. I will do this approach for a few kits to thin out the stash, then perhaps pick one to do as a more detailed model. A big help to build this fast will be the lack of weapons and even pylons. A big hindrance is the fact I cannot airbrush at home any more, I don't have a spraybooth, and outside is Dubai summer, 40deg + during the day, and early mornings 99% humidity. Lucky the local hobby shop here has some fantastic spraybooths which can be rented for about 2USD per hour Including compressor and a few tools and alligator clips etc. I hope to finish the basic construction this first weekend and prime and maybe paint next weekend. However, I do have a lot of other models requiring a prime job, so it may just be a priming weekend. Let's see! I did live in Singapore before and certainly saw these aircraft during National Day celebrations. They have a very impressive colour scheme, and I actually acquired this kit in Singapore at a local hobby shop there. My only real concern is going to be getting the white of the paint to match the stars and moon decals, and I'm also worried about the red showing through on the white decals. Any hints or pointers regarding this would be most appreciated. Good luck everyone with your builds and I look forward to following what you all are doing.
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