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  1. Much of 2022 has been focussed on building 3 DH Vampires, based on the new Airfix kit. This is the back story The results are here, ready for inspection..... The pair of F1s, Nose to Nose, airfix to the left, Hobbycraft o the right The Airfix kit is based on the F3, and looks about right. The Hobbycraft kit is wrong, in so many places. This photo of the undersides shows the full horror of the undercarriage and the jet pipe, in relation to the trailing edge of the wing, on the Hobbycraft kit. And now from the three quater perspective. And now the Airfix F3, straight from the box..... Underneath And finally, from the front three quarter. I think that is me done with early jets, for now.
  2. The new Airfix F3 and onwards Vampire arrived and was promptly "confiscated" by SWMBO as my Christmas present, so I don't get to see it until the 25th, but it did provoke me to dig out my 1/48th Hobbycraft Mk 1 from the Stash! My plan is to build the two in parallel, as "Out of the Box" builds and see how they turn out. This is a box review here... The F1 had very different fins and the tail plane is mounted low, this was changed for the F3 and later. The Goblin engines differed, the F1 had a 3100 lbs thrust Gobin II whilst the F3 had a 3350 lbs thrust Goblin III. I cannot find out if there were any external differences. Comparing the sprues on the Hobbycraft kit from 1993 with the photos of the Airfix ones on this forum shows just how much Airfix designers have done to make a better kit. The wings on the Hobbycraft kit are attached conventionally to the fuselage and as a result it is easy to end up with a pronounced anhedral, as this "Work in Progress" for the Hobby Craft kit explains... The way Airfix engineered the kit should mean that this error is impossible. In other reviews of the HobbyCraft kit there are comments that the exhaust end of the fuselage is "wrong". Assuming Airfix has got it right then it will be interesting to compare. The we come to the tail boom attachment. The Hobbycraft kit simply sats "stick the booms to the locating point on the back of the wing. There is a reasonable area to glue, but nothing like the positive and braced location provided by the Airfix kit. I think getting the booms secure and correctly aligned will be much easier with the Airfix kit. Although the Airfix kit contains parts for later and export versions some references suggest that when fitted with the Nene engine there were additional intakes under the fuselage. Research is essential! Enough, I'll post again once I've started comparing!
  3. I present to you my now completed model of a Spitfire Mk 22, as flown by 603 Squadron "City of Edinburgh" in the post war Royal Auxiliary Airforce. Spitfire PK 428 was built in the Salisbury group pf Supermarine factories and was fitted with a RR Griffin 61 engine. It was most probably flown from High Post Airfield to 33MU on 6-9-45 On 16-4-47 it went to RAF Chilbolton for modifications to cure elevator instability it was not posted to 603S until 5-5-48 where it stayed until 16-6-53. The following year it was sold as scrap by the MoS on 26-5-54. A short life. The model is based on the ancient Frog kit, later re-issued by Revell. I used the GreyMatter "Correction Set", which included a new nose, propellor spinner, blades, radiators, carb intake, canon barrels, canopy and 3 spoke wheels. Because of the weight of the nose resin casting I fitted Brassin U/C legs, which I later discovered are too short: the result is the Aircraft sits too close to the ground. The paint is Halfords Nissin Silver, the transfers are mostly from the later Revell kit, but with Squadron markings from the original kit. Although they looked aged, with a coat of liquid decal film they worked perfectly. The build is described here: It has been a long journey! The result looks reasonably good, but still has issues, partly due to the inaccuracies in the kit and partly to my lack of experience. Let me know what you think, please: be honest...but not too unkind! 1. Rear three-quater view. 2. From the Front: a pugnacious looking thing! 3. Now from above... 4. Front quater view. 5. And finally, from Underneath.
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