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  1. Greetings all, The first build of the new year is the Revell (Matchbox) Supermarine Walrus, which will likely be finished in post-war French Navy colors, as provided. Construction progresses fairly quickly, as there are only 3 seats in terms of interior detail. The interior was spray painted flat back and one of the hatches closed to hide the emptiness. The tailplanes fit so well that they actually clicked together without glue, but were glued anyways. The tail struts were all the correct length and fit into their holes well. In about 3 hours times, the Walrus looked lik
  2. Well, I've finally completed my Walrus! It’s taken far longer than I’d anticipated, but I guess that’s par for the course... In my case it’s largely due to being a novice (with an eye for detail), so I’ve tended to spend a lot of time researching the aircraft, squadron history, paint schemes, thickness of rigging wires, etc, etc. I’ve been impressed by the quality of this kit, the only minor niggle was the omission of the short aerial mast atop the tail fin. Within the cockpit I was surprised that Airfix didn’t include the second pilots control column in its stowed position no
  3. This is my first WIP, as a newcomer to BM and many years since building anything! The kit was a much appreciated birthday present although it’s taken me a month or more to roll my sleeves up and get started! It’s a great kit of a fascinating aircraft with plenty of detail to get my teeth into. Here are a few photos from the early stages which I hope you’ll find interesting. I’ve also been testing out my macro photography skills as you can see. Phil
  4. Matchbox 1/72 Supermarine Walrus 23hours 5 minutes. Waterlined and rigged. Spitfire wing section from Matchbox kit. Figures from Matchbox and Airfix. Dinghy Milliput and Plasticard. This was the image that inspired my build
  5. I have my 1973 Matchbox Walrus kit washed and ready to go. I tried a sample of the original decal sheet (in Roobios tea!) and it came off well and didn't crack so may use that decal sheet just for old time sake. The reason I've titled it wading Walrus is that it will be waterlined. I will do basic stringing and one or two extras. Watch this space I also have an aftermarket decal sheet so will see which looks best. Some hints of whats going to happen
  6. Hi all, Given the strange times we all live in, I thought I'd go for an unusual build, and push myself a little again. Who can ignore an aircraft nicknamed 'Steam Pigeon', or even better 'Shagbat' Here's the beautiful box art: And the obligatory sprue shots: I could only lay my hands on the 'Silver Wings' boxing, whereas I had a hankering to build an RAAF type. I therefore laid my hands on a few extras, as shown below. This will lead me to a couple of major firsts in my modelling journey: Spray
  7. We finally got one finished! https://www.neomega-resin.com/rn-catapult-cradle-985-p.asp
  8. New Year Resolution complied with - my Walrus finished at last, not quite before the Hunter arrived but not long after. I got stuck last year on a couple of issues. The first was the finish - I started to get debris in the paint. I finally tracked that down to poor brush hygiene with Xtracolor paint. There was a quantity of paint still in the brush which remobilised every time I used it, giving 'hairs' of paint. I've since given it a really good clean and it's much better now although still not perfect. The other was the rigging. In 55+ years of modelling I've never rigged a biplane be
  9. I have started the new Walrus and done some initial construction and test fitting. As I only sprayed the interior green today I am letting it dry overnight then will do some of the detail painting and weathering inside tomorrow. This is going to be wings folded, hatches closed up and no rigging while the second one I will start later on will be wings extended, hatches open and rigged.
  10. My Seafire 46 is now close to RFI, so time to start something else. I have been toying with a Seafire 47 - and will probably do it in parallel with this build; however, having got hold of the new Airfix 1/48 Walrus, I find I cannot resist working on R.J. Mitchell's other great aircraft of the war. I have always planned to build at least one of these at some stage, as part of my long-term project to build an example of every aircraft I flew (which doesn't include the Walrus!) and every aircraft my father flew (which does). He only flew Barracudas front line, so I started lo
  11. Here is a few images of the completed Airfix 1/48 Walrus done as s/n K9515, No 5 Communications Flight RAAF. For the build log go to the link below:
  12. Hi. I'm after some help please. I have the Airfix 1:48 Walrus and have spent several weeks simply admiring the quality and detail of the mouldings. However, I do intend to build it... My father was a Flight Sergeant in the RAF during WWII, and for about 3 years was with 294 Squadron in Egypt and Palestine. During that time, he worked on Wellingtons, Walruses (Walri?) and Blenheims (although I can find no record of Blenheims serving with 294). I'd like to build my Walrus to represent an aircraft with 294 but my researches have not returned any informatio
  13. My Airfix Walrus (actually two of them, but I'll save the second for another time) arrived in the mail today, and I couldn't resist getting started. Starting with the usual open box shot: This will be my first biplane in something like 30 years. It'll also be my first attempt at rigging. Is it a bit perverse that I'm actually looking forward to having a crack at rigging? Not sure what colour scheme to go for. I have the Xtradecals on order, but I'm also wondering about whether to do one of the SAR machines that was stationed at RAF Andreas, to carry on my Manx the
  14. Here's my Airfix 1/48 Walrus, finished as W3037/PV-W of 275 Sqn, RAF Andreas, Isle of Man, 1943. Built for the flying boats and floatplanes group build (if you've not been following this GB, take a look - there's some fantastic modelling going on there). This aircraft ticks a few boxes for me - it fits with my Manx-based aircraft theme, and I wanted to do an ASR Walrus. I had very little photographic evidence to go on - just a photo with half of a 275 Sqn Walrus coded W in the background - so the scheme is a bit speculative. Thanks to info from @Ivor Ramsden I was able to narrow th
  15. Hi everyone. I'm starting out on my new Airfix Walrus and thinking about the colour scheme. As I have a bit of a Manx theme going on, and there was a detachment from 275 Sqn based at Andreas between November 1941 and April 1944, I'd like to build one of the Andreas based machines. If I can't find out anything specifically about the Andreas detachment, I might go for anything from 275 Sqn on the basis that it would be fairly representative of the aircraft used on the detachment. I've not found much on these Walruses. There's a photo here with a Walrus in the background coded W (pres
  16. As mentioned elsewhere, I have an affection for Supermarine’s ungainly, initially unloved (by the Air Ministry at least), Steam pigeon, the utilitarian but ultimately highly successful Walrus. I have tried several times over the years to build one in 1/72, but have run aground on the shores of the elderly models available. Although limited run kits have been around for a while, Airfix’s new release is the first mainstream model in this scale for many years (Did Frog once make one?) I have a family connection, albeit tenuous, in that my maternal grandfather was a
  17. Supermarine Walrus L2301 at the FAA Museum, pics thanks to Merlin101. This is a composite aircraft, using the fuselage and engine of Walrus L2301. It was built in 1939, for the Irish Air Corps, who flew it during World War 2 carrying the Irish designation N.18. During its delivery flight, on 3 March 1939, it suffered engine failure and later hull damage from ditching in the high seas. The aircraft was towed to the former launch strip at the US Naval Air Station, Ireland. On 9 January 1942 it was stolen by four Irish nationals who intended to fly to France to join the Luftwaffe. However, t
  18. Having a break from painting (a wall not the plastic) I glanced at the stash and thought " why have I 3 biplanes and 2 Parsols when I hate rigging?"...and thus the story begins... Would it be sacrilege to wiff with a Matchbox Walrus? Probably not thanks to the Revell re-issue, albeit without the multicolored plastic we all love so dearly. ok so ideas now began to form in my crazy mind... Turn this: into this: From Turning to Burning. Or maybe this: Monoplane it (although Supermarine already beat me to this with the Seagull) Or a simpler: Just drop the rigging, and repaint in a
  19. After a long slow-down in my modelling activity due to other pressures my lovely wife gave me this kit, Special Hobby's re-boxing of the Classic Airframes kit, for Christmas. Inspired by a Grumman Duck build article in SAM last summer, I decided to try my hand at a diorama for the first time. After all, a seaplane sat on wheels always looks a little odd, in my opinion... The kit is well described elsewhere and the tribulations of the struts and rigging severely tested my patience! That said, I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. I used shade variations to try to get a slightly worn look
  20. Apologies in advance if these should be their own individual categories and will adapt if so. Here are a selection of my builds involving Flying Boats and Float Planes since restarting model-making a few years back after a break of around 35 years. 1/72 Airfix Junkers Ju52/3m finished as a WHIF, used by the Regia Aeronautica on Rhodes in late 1940 OOB Build. (I had posted this previously in a Junkers thread but seemed appropriate to include it here as well as it has floats! ) 1/72 Airfix Short Sunderland III with Wrapround Camouflage. OOB Build with slight scratch cockpit. Roundels
  21. As Hannants with the 1/48th Blenheim Mk.I/IF (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234965380-classic-airframes-blenheim-mk-11f-hannants/), Special Hobby is to re-release the old Classic Airframes 1/48th Supermarine Walrus Mk.I kit in several limited editions. Source: http://www.mpmkits.com/en/1/1-1-6/8/ - Ref.SH48161 - 1/48 Walrus Mk. I Early Warriors source: http://www.mpmkits.com/en/1/1-1-6/1-48-walrus-mk-i-early-wariors.html - Ref.SH48162 - 1/48 Walrus Mk. I Battleships Eyes source: http://www.mpmkits.com/en/1/1-1-6/1-48-walrus-mk-i-battleships-eyes.html - R
  22. Just started on a build of the Revell nee Matchbox Walrus and have been doing some dry fitting and I am puzzled about the dihedral or lack of it on both sets of wings!! Does anyone have a decent set of plans for the Supermarine Walrus which gives the dihedral for both the upper and lower wings? Or was there specific instructions on one of the 1/48th kits by Special Hobby? In the old Profile booklet the centrefold profile seems to show no dihedral in the nose-on-view but the side profiles seem to hint at dihedral on the lower wing. The (basic) rigging diagram on the Revell instruction sheet
  23. Hi all, I'm calling this one done (for now), only got to add u/c legs. Anyway, if you ask me, this is R.J. Mitchell's other design (the Spitfire being the first). It's very hard to believe that the Walrus and Spitfire were designed by the same person only separated by a couple years. This particular Walrus was used by 277 Squadron on D-Day and I've taken inspiration from this painting; I added a vacform canopy, resin engine Vickers gun to improve the old kit as well as scratch building the interior and a few other bits. IMG_7515_zpsc44ac00d by Ben Standen, on Flickr
  24. Gday All THought I might dive in at this late stage on a complete impulse after perusing my stash the other day, having been inspired by this GB. I have been neglecting my theme of RAAF a/c with recent builds, so thought "what the hell, lets have a go with the CA walrus, I mean, how hard can it be, what can possibly go wrong!!" Anyway, to start off, the obligatory box and contents shots I'm not a big one for WIP's as everyone gets to see your fails, but we'll see how we go. Stay tuned Bruce
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