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  1. Back in 1972 Airfix released this kit and I bought and built it - not very well as the plastic cement in those days had been modified to combat glue sniffing and although it smelled nice, it was not to good at sticking plastic together! Later I would add the Frog Do-17Z and I already had the Airfix Do-217E, and much later I bought the Italeri Do-217K1. which I hope to build in this GB also. About 10 years ago I decided to strip and refurbish this kit and maybe add an undercarriage, as originally I had built it wheels up. Unfortunately it never got rebuilt but I have managed to find most of the bits. Since taking the above photo I have also found the transparent parts, but I have a Falcon replacement set I may use instead. It needs a bit more cleaning up before I start but the only parts currently glued together are the horizontal and vertical tails and the props mounted on the engine fronts, so it is below 25% complete. It is going to take a fair bit of work and given the number of GB I am involved in at the moment it might not get finished but we will see. Unlike the Do-17Z this is the true "Flying Pencil" version and will make an interesting comparison. As far as I can see the only difference between the E and F involved the bomb sight on the E, the F being a recce version, and the different windscreen, with the F having an extra mg stuck through it on the right. The Falcon set only provides this later type which it claims was standard on the E as well, but that is not quite true I think. Certainly I have seen pics labelled E with the later windscreen but also ones with the earlier one, but more on that later. See you later. Pete
  2. I'm building these two A05042 kits, one in each of the kit decal options. My main information source, and some RBF decals The kits are 1/72 scale with 112 parts moulded on five grey runners and one transparent sprue. Runner A Runner B Runner C Runner D Runner E Runner F The kit is manufactured in India and the decals are printed by Cartograf. The kit is marked as Skill Level 2 and the box carries 1 Flying Hour. Paints (not included) are listed as 11, 21, 22, 24, 33, 53, 56, 61, 85, 102, 145, 163, 164, 165, 167, 186 and 191 for both decal options and including the pilot. Instruction come in a 16-page A4 booklet. Assembly is illustrated in 43 exploded diagrams in the Hornby era style with red features. Two decal options are provided, printed to the usual high quality that Cartograf have become renowned for. · A. XS927 No. 74 Squadron, R.A.F. Tengah, Singapore, 1970. · B. XR728 No. 11 Squadron, (LTF markings for Group Captain John Spencer), Royal Air Force Binbrook, England, 1988. Option A is an NMF scheme, whereas option B has light grey upper surfaces. I compared the mouldings against the drawings of Richard J Caruna. There are small differences, although I could not confidently state whether the drawings or the kit are accurate.
  3. A Dutch Red Lancer. They fought alongside the Polish Lancers at Waterloo.
  4. My final entry in this GB is hopefully going to be the old Airfix Scout helicopter - I say hopefully because some of the parts are very thin and fragile and I am a lot clumsier now that when I built it not long after it came out in 1966! It looks like I may have to try making a number of modifications, which could cause problems, but first I need some info as I have to date only found one pic of a Scout in the Falklands and that is unclear due to a number of people standing by it loading a casualty. As moulded by Airfix there are bulges to glue on the lower rear fuselage to provide enough width for a stretcher to be carried but it looks like at some point these were replaced by bulged doors instead so does anybody know when this mod took place? Given how frail the structure is it could prove problematic but I will have a shot if it was a feature of the ones used by the Army's 656 Squadron or 3CBAS with the Marines, both units having 6 in action at the time. Another problem is the roof mounted sight for the SS-11 missiles - pictures definitely show it on the helicopter I have seen but in one source it mentions that the missile kit and rails was not always carried, and had to be mounted when a mix of Army and Marine Scouts carried out an attack on some Argentinian Artillery - does anybody know if the sight was carried all the time? Finally, immediately after Airfix released the kit an article in Airfix magazine showed it fitted with a pair of small wheels on the skid frame, apparently to make it easier to manhandle it about - I have seen pics of Scouts both with and without the wheels and a soldier is masking my view of the skids in my photo, so would the wheels have been fitted or not - I am hoping to do a machine of 3CBAS - the air support unit for the Royal Marine Commandos. By the time of this conflict the Scout was obsolete and being replaced by the Gazelle, but it was still used for scouting, moving small numbers of troops about, casevac and as mentioned previously for attacking enemy emplacements, guns etc. Of the 12 in theatre one was shot down by a Pucara and one damaged in a hard landing after a transmission failure. It was recovered but later written off. Cheers Pete
  5. Here’s my entry for this GB, an Airfix 1/48 Canadair Sabre F4: As the title probably gives away, I’m planning on building this as a Golden Hawks Sabre using these decals from Leading Edge: They’re actually for Mk5 or Mk6 Sabres, but I think the Mk4 was near enough identical to the Mk5, other than the engine? Although I’m sure someone far more knowledgeable about Sabre variants could probably tell me if that’s true? Either way, this isn’t intended to be a slavishly accurate build, more a fun one that’ll be a bit different to the norm (which seems to be my thing if my other builds are anything to go by). Sprue shots, to show it’s not started yet: Other than the decals, I think this one’s going to be OOB. I need to finish my Do 217 for the Do 17 family GB before I start this (and probably a couple of other builds as well), so expect a start towards the end of July. James
  6. In Summer 2022 - Airfix is to release a new tool 1/72nd Gloster Meteor F.Mk.8 kit - ref A04064 Source: https://uk.airfix.com/products/gloster-meteor-f8-a04064 V.P.
  7. Hi Guys here l am sorry no pictures yet l am keeping a build record, but atm can't download them. My build will be Airfix, s 1/48th RAF Sabre F4, 66 Sqn RAF Linton on Ouse .
  8. Ok, The chances of me completing this before the deadline are slim unless we get granted an extension but after my struggle with the new Whitley I felt the need to get back to basics. Yes, there are a lot of parts but I will be doing it with the bombays closed and may not do the tractor and trailers so that so together with the parts specific to the Mk III cuts out about 100 of the 270 or so! The kit was originally released in 1966 according to Scalemates and was the second kit in Series 6, the first being the Sunderland in 1959. At 10/6 (52,.5p) it was at the time the most expensive Airfix aircraft kit and I got it for a Christmas present. I build that one as the later Mk III but I will build this as the early Mk I - more on that later as I think Airfix made an error with the decs. Compared with the most recent Airfix RAF Bomber release, the Series 5 Halifax, it was far better detailed to my mind, and streets ahead of the old Wellington and Lancaster (first moulding of course). This should be fun, but then I though that about the Whitley! Pete
  9. hello everyone! This build took 8 days in total, possibly one of my fastest builds ever! WIP thread: And here she is!
  10. Hi Folks, I'd like to join this important GB if I may. Important in historical terms, and important to me as I was involved (in a minor way) as a young MOD cartographer making maps for those at the other end of the Atlantic. Yet another Harrier. They seem popular which is unsurprising to me and the GR.3 is missing from my collection. So without further ado... the very nice box art; A box of un-butchered (yet) plastic... And some aftermarket additions. The Pavla seat looks very nice, And if only the AIM 9L Sidewinders in the kit actually looked like those on the box. So some Eduard resin/brass replacements to hang on the pylons, Great - I can start cutting! Cheers,
  11. I have been building RAF grey / green jets for a while now and one kits continually eluded me. The Airfix Buccaneer. The kit is getting on & has been out of production for some time. I has a reputation for warped body parts and poor fit - a banana kit to got with the Buccaneer nickname of the Banana jet. I finally got a decent condition kit from eBay and then promptly added it to the stash and left it. Finally dug it out a few weeks ago and got started. The cockpit was a bit bare so added the Airwaves etch but stuck with the kit seats. Other than that I decided to light her up, adding wing tip navigation lights, tail light, nose wheel taxi light and top & bottom flashing anti collision lights. I left the bomb bay removable with ‘penny’ 3v lithium batteries and switches inside. The ladder is a very fine 3D print from eBay. She is finished as XW530 of 12 Sqn RAF Lossiemouth. She has the later short wingtips, so dates from around 88 to 92 although I am sure others can be more accurate on that. If I am honest I wanted to do a Honnington jet, but couldn’t seem to find the right decals. I live not that far from Honnington and sometimes see the last remaining Bucc there on gate guard duties. Anyway, here she is And here she is in the HAS And with lights on How she looks Thanks for looking
  12. Kit - Airfix A05138 Paint - Acrylics (internals, checks, stripes, glare panel, etc). AK & SMS lacquers for NMF. Decals - Model Alliance & kit (stencils). Extras - None. NA P-51D Mustang / Mustang IV Assigned to Flt. Lt. A.S. Doley 19 Squadron RAF Acklington, Spring 1945 Been determined to build 'Dooleybird' for years simply because of 'that' box art from 1974. Had the MA sheet in the stash since the early 2000's and even had a set of resin 'gills' to fit the Hasegawa kit. BUT WAIT, Airfix announced they'd be doing a 1:48 British Mustang IV in 2019, so I ordered it locally and guess what... the 'finless' D-1 (A05138) turned up - b*gg*r !. Well I always wanted to do 'Frenesi' from the 357th FG anyways so why not, and that's when I discovered that all the parts for the Mustang IV except the Aeroproducts prop are in the box. OK, not an issue, let's just see if that the spare (Aeroproducts) prop in the Hasegawa kit fits ?... (spoiler alert) yes it does, and perfectly. So here t'is, 'Dooleybird' in 1:48 but not quite as Airfix intended and definitely not as the old Matchbox box-art showed. Kit builds nicely and any flaws in the finish are mine alone - and there are plenty of flaws. This is the third paint job that this build has worn, no idea how I 'effed-up' the previous two, but I did, spectacularly however both times I somehow managed to save the painted-on yellow stripe & checks. Please don't look too closely at the NMF, it's much rougher than I'd normally do, TBH after three tries I was just happy not to have a thumbprint in the paint ! As ever please feel free to ask a question, offer a comment or scream abuse, it's all fine. Next will be another Series 5 Airfix build, then on to a couple of Fw 190's. All the best from NZ. Ian.
  13. Good evening all, Tonight I have for inspection the well known Airfix Mustang. I won't run through the build process as everyone should be aware of it by now. As usual, I wanted to pick a less common scheme - this often proves to be the most fun part of model building (the research and gathering of pics). Accordingly, I used an Xtradecal sheet to build an Italian Mustang from shortly following the war, while Italy was awaiting Vampires. They also used P47s, Spitfire Vs, P39s, and heavily modified P38s in this time. In a break from tradition, this one was brush painted instead of spray painted. I think the results are slightly better, as the finish looks a little tired, but in the future I may stick with the rattle cans for the sake of expedience. Right, the pics - Next up will be a Gladiator or 3, the PRU Hurricane (Honest! I just need varnish.) and a 109G. A Defiant may sneak in as well if I get around to finding a spare roundel. Thanks all, Best, Tweener
  14. Firstly if I don't get this finished by the end of this Group Build I'm blaming @Adam Poultney - he told me to do it! I never got away with that one as a kid but it's worth a try! The Rotodyne has always interested me and over the years I've managed to collect copies of the different kits from Airfix, Frog, Revell and Kader. The Airfix kit has probably always been the easiest to get hold of but for years they sold for relatively high prices. When Airfix re-released the kit in 1996 I bought one to build as it had new and better decals compared with the earlier releases . As often happens, other things got in the way and whilst looking for a second subject to enter in this GB, that might actually stand a chance of completion, I pulled this out of the stash.... The parts are probably very well known but here they are anyway. A few sink marks and lots of fairly restrained rivet detail, not bad for a kit originally from 1959. My main reference for this build, I'm not going to be doing anything drastic to the kit but it's useful to check the details. Steve
  15. I really should not be doing this as it is totally insane, but as my Stirling build has gone quite quickly I may have a go at this. It is certainly big for its day and not small even by modern standards! Whether or not I complete it probably depends on the other kits I have to build and whether or not we get granted an extension to this GB but I will give it a go, The kit was first released in 1967 and I must have bought it straight away as I can remember getting it from the old Frizinghall model shop, later Frizinghall Model Railways, which was just round the corner from my school, which I left that year to go to Uni! The shop closed quite a while ago after the business moved to a warehouse. The model survived 2 house moves but was then knocked off a shelf and broken beyond repair though I still have quite a few of the bits, and this is a 2012 replacement boxing. The nice thing about this kit is that the various main wing sections are split into upper and lower halves and unusually for the time Airfix have provided holes and instructions for some rigging, however basic. As you can see from the box art there were either 2 or 3 wires in most cases but I will stick to just a single one for simplicity and speed - not accurate I know but at least it gives an impression of the real thing. There were originally 2 paint schemes - an PC-10 over natural linen one and a Post War Nivo ("Night Invisible Varnish-Orfordness" which was the result of testing at that establishment to find the best colour for night bombers) overall version though the reboxing has two in overall Hu155 pretending to be PC-10. Two types of roundel and fin flashes are provided but just the one set of aircraft ID markings for both which seems a bit strange, and there is also an optional big single 1650lb bomb to be carried externally if preferred, though I will probably go with the normal internal load. I have very little info on this machine so it will be OOB with rigging and maybe some replacement Aeroclub white metal Lewis Guns. Liked I said, it may not happen and I doubt it will be finished by the current deadline but what the heck! I like a challenge sometimes, particularly after the odd glass of "Scottish Wine". I had hoped to build at least one of my "V Bombers" in this GB but I just don't have time. Pete
  16. I found this in the stash and thought it ideal for this GB as well as another attempt at stash reduction. It's been sitting in a box for quite a long time. Two small green sprues with the upper and lower hull. Classic Airfix moulding but little flash, though I suspect there will be a little bit of cleaning up along the way. Classic Airfix instructions on one page and colour call outs for a single tank. And a tiny transfer sheet.
  17. Finally decided on my entry, I will be building Airfx’s 1/48 Vampire in the kit suppled scheme for No. 442 ‘City of Vancouver’ Squadron. Not sure when I will start as I have two ongoing builds in the Century Series GB, a build still to start in the Revell-Monogram GB and the F-5 STGB starting soon.
  18. Hi everyone Well I finally got her finished, my 1/48 Airfix Chipmunk. It really is a lovely little kit, well detailed, well thought out and well moulded for me it was a real mojo restorer after quite a long modelling drought. I built her OOB and only added some seat belts from Eduard, I finished her in the No 2 FTS colours as I think its the quintessential scheme for a Chipmunk. I'd like to thank everyone for their support and I think its about time I finished this old girl.. Cheers everyone Iain
  19. I've become infatuated with Eduards Spitfire (probably a bit too much) lately and that got me thinking. Would it be a good idea to chop the Griffin of the Airfix XII and marry that to an (preferably Overtrees) Eduard VIII airframe? That way you'll get a lovely detailed XII, with a sliding hood that isn't made in one piece and looks a bit weird. Or am I trying/thinking too much, since the Airfix XII is a quite fine kit anyway? //Christer
  20. Hi, There are a couple of posts describing the conversion of combining various kits to end up with a Mk XIV high back. I am lacking the Spitfire knowledge despite reading through the various builds here on BM and P.B. on YouTube etc. to confidently build an accurate XIV. There is also a reasonable possibility that if I don’t post it as a WIP on BM, it may not be finished at all and keep lingering in it’s boxes. So here we go: Probably no surprise but the bases are the Eduard Mk VIII weekend ed. and the Airfix FR Mk XIV. In my naivety, I think below should probably accomplish the construction of the MkXIVc Highback. 1. Mostly use the fuselage of the VIII which should fit nicely in the: 2. C-Wing of the VIII 3. Using the bigger Airfix underwing air scoops 4. possibly filling in some fuselage panels on the port side and scribing a new panel on the Eduard starboard side 5. Use the nose and prop from the Airfix kit and attach it to the Eduard Mk VIII fuselage 6. Use the entire tail section of the Airfix kit As I write this I have a feeling that my assumptions are already wrong and I have cut off the wrong sections and made a complete hash of it, but perhaps not. The bases To my surprise after trying to figure out how to correctly scale and print a drawing, the outlines all match up. (Making sure everything will be aligned ok) The question is what to do with the fuselage panels? Use the air intakes from the Airfix kit: Any feedback confirming or pointing out flaws in my build assumptions are very welcome. If successful I may finish it as a MkXIVc in RAF 322 Squadron markings. It will not be a fast build as I will start work on my RF-101 Voodoo and continue on my ship build as well. At least, that is the plan. May do a WIP on both. Anyway, that’s all, Thanks for watching, Rgds, Rob
  21. Back in February I went to Duxford to see the "Evolution of the Spitfire" exhibition which was on at the time, stroll up to the American hangar, and generally soak up the atmosphere. I finished in the gift shop, and as one does I left with some plastic, an Airfix Spitfire Ia in 1/72. It was a bit of a challenge as I generally work in 1/32 and 1/48, and I don't think I've built a 1/72 Spitfire since about 1995; but I thought I'd do it completely out of the box with no additions and the kit marking for an aircraft of 92 Sqn in May 1940, just before the Battle of Britain. And 10 hours or so of modelling time spread over three weeks later, here it is, and it made a nice little "palate-cleanser" before getting back to something bigger. (I used sharpie markers to do the nav lights, looks as if the starboard one strayed a bit - oops!) And finally, I had forgotten just how tiny a 1/72 Spit is, but here it is compared to a 1/32 Revell IIa fuselage half. Thanks for looking.
  22. I n August 2022 Airfix is to re-release its 1/72nd Supermarine Spitfire F.22 kit - ref. A02033A Sources: https://uk.airfix.com/products/supermarine-spitfire-f22-a02033a https://uk.airfix.com/community/blog-and-news/workbench/spitfire-zenith-swansong-aviation-legend Scheme A - Supermarine Spitfire F Mk.22 PK596, No.613 (City of Manchester) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force, RAF Ringway, Cheshire, England, 1949. Scheme B - Supermarine Spitfire F Mk.22 PK396, No.603 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron, Royal Air Force Turnhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland, July 1950 - Aircraft took part in the Cooper Trophy race of 1950. V.P.
  23. I utilised the horse from my first 54mm build and used it with a figure I was given. The horse was painted using oils and the figure with acrylics. This was a fresh build but using the Life Guard's horse. The horse was airbrushed and the figure had painted, all in acrylics.
  24. These days we are used to companies either merging or being taken over, but it is not a new phenomenon. The company founded by W. G Armstrong was a major player in heavy engineering and armament, when in 1897 it merged with one of its rivals to become Sir W G Armstrong, Whitworth and Co Ltd. They expanded into building cars in around 1906 and then set up an aircraft subsidiary in 1912, but when they were taken over by another big conglomerate – Vickers in 1927 to become Vickers Armstrong, the car and aircraft arm were split off and merged with the Siddeley-Deasy company. It continued to trade as Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft even after a take over by Hawkers in 1936, but after building the Argosy freighter the name changed to Hawker Siddeley in around 1960! A-W aircraft were originally based at Whitley, a suburb of Coventry, hence the name chosen in 1935 for my next build. but they moved to a larger site at Bagington in the late 1930's. In 1972, Frog brought out their Whitley and I bought one. It was a nice enough kit and filled a glaring gap in the aircraft of Bomber Command, but it remained the only mainstream kit of this aircraft until Fly released theirs in around 2011, but I seem to remember it had mixed reviews. Then I saw that Airfix intended to release one at last and so I put in a pre-order - it arrived in 2015 and has been in my stash since then for a variety of reasons but now I hope to get it built. And here it is- Quite a lot of plastic on some of the biggest sprues I have seen in quite a while - it is certainly British and I think it qualifies as big! Compared with my MPM Wellington II, this should be fun - I hope. I have to clear a few other builds from my desk and get another storage shelf put up in my roof, but should be able to start within a few days. Cheers Pete
  25. Hey everyone For my next build I intend to finish a kit I started last year the Airfix 1/72 Lancaster B.III. I have a little after market in the form of resin guns from Quick Boost.. Eduard Zoom set... and decals from Xtradecal... As the title says I want to finish her as EE136, WS*R, 9 Sqn RAF Bardney 'Spirit of Russia' that finished the war with 109 missions, 93 with 9 Sqn and 16 with 189 Sqn (she was transferred to 189 Sqn RAF Fulbeck as CA*R). Pinterest I don't have much to show yet other than I've painted the fuselage halves but I will post some progress pictures in due course. Cheers Iain
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