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Hello All. Probably my longest running build ever due to finding any time in the cave of solace... Please find my attempt at Airfix's Vintage Classic SM.79 Sparrowhawk. This is there re-release of the original mould with raised panel lines and very minimal detail. I wanted to build this as I had had a go when I was very young and remember thinking that there was no way I was going to attempt the camo pattern, so just painted it a sandy colour with the humbrol enamels and brush back in the day... no air brush then! I've added a lot of scratch built interior detail that can be seen in my half finished build thread (link below) and scribed most of the panel lines except for the fuselage, which I thought looked 'better' left as is. I have also added some external detail in the form of antenna wire and so on. Painted with my normal go to of Tamiya XFs and weathered with oils and washes. I have also blended the entire upper frame with the base colour to give it that Mediterranean sun-bleached looked. I decided the airplane looked a little bland so added some artistic chipping, oil, fuel and simulated an engine fire on one of the wings to liven it up a little. Historically inaccurate, yep, probably! Hope you enjoy and feedback warmly welcomed.
Well this is a bit unexpected, I had planned to build another Macchi C.205 in 1/48th but it hasn’t arrived yet and I was a bit surprised to see only one SM.79 in the build! I have so wanted to build this one or the resin one for so long that I really couldn’t at least attempt it for this GB. This was the original choice when the GB was suggested, so it’s always been in the back of my mind. Ok the model is produced by Flashback and appears to be a re-boxing of the old Classic Airframes SM.79 but with an Eduard PE set and different decals, which are rather nice. The model has a full set of resin extras, in the way of a nice cockpit area, propellers/engine faces and guns etc. I’m adding a nice set of Sky decals, …..some additional resin bombs and main wheels, which I may or may not use, …plus some additional PE from Eduard that was to be for the resin version. I’ll be using some of this just for detailing up the model a bit. I’ve already made a bit of a start to it, I haven’t build a limited run plastic model for a while and had forgotten about ejector pins, there’s plenty to remove! I’ve glued and cleaned up the wings already…no photo’s that part is a bit boring. The main section of the fuselage is bare, unlike the cockpit that is fully detailed, so with having the main door open as well as the upper turret, I need to have some sort of detail for the interior. So using that was the first job, making up the exposed framework. I’m not to sure how far I’ll take the interior, a lot will depend on time and how much will actually be seen. I haven’t decided yet whether to build the bomber or torpedo version, the kit supplies the parts for both, the same with the colour scheme. For that I intend to be a bit adventurous with that one, as there are some really colourful ones to choose from. So I can’t promise to have the one finished by the end of the build, but I reckon I’ll be close and will try to have it done, even it I have to forget about the 1/48th C.205!