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  1. Not the most unusual subject to be presented here, of course, but here's another little Airfix Hurri. It's built out of the box in 85 Sqn markings with just some seat straps added. I've done a few of these now, and better options are available in this scale, so this will be the last - I think... With my last attempt at this kit: Best wishes, Ian
  2. I am belatedly joining the party with a 1/72 Airfix BAE Hawk in Midnight Hawks markings. The kit is a re-boxed Red Arrows kit with Airfix club decals (which I am not using) so it is missing the weapons pylons usually seen on these Finnish Airforce Hawks. I will build it OOB and might dig into the spares to see if I can find some pylons. I started by painting the internal greys on the parts while on the sprues Because the kit had an 'aftermarket' decal sheet included the decals for the instrument panels were not included, so I had to dig into the spares to find a Red Arrows kit sheet where I was able to rob those decals for this build. The cockpit parts were assembled and decals added, I will trim the excess decal film when the decals have set. (sorry for the blurry picture!)
  3. Werk Nr.1304 ‘White 1’ (AE479), formerly flown by Feldwebel Karl Hier of I/JG76. He accidentally landed at Woerth near Bas-Rhin on the French border on 22 November 1939. The French evaluated it at Bricy before it was passed over to the R.A.F. on 2 May 1940 and flown to Boscombe Down under fighter escort. The aircraft then went to Farnborough for more evaluation by the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment. It was in Farnborough that White 1 was re-painted into R.A.F. colours and given the serial number AE479. On 13 June 1940, 'Sailor' Malan (No.74 Sqn) flew this 109 over Farnborough to test its performance. Bob Stanford Tuck (No.92 Sqn) may also have flown AE479 over the RAE to compare it to the RAF's own fighters. It was then passed on to No. 1426 Enemy Aircraft Flight at Duxford. This aircraft was eventually shipped to the USA on 7 April 1942, but it crashed during a test flight in November that same year and was finally scrapped at Chanute Field on 26 November 1942.
  4. The Airfix 1/48 Meteor 8 is the first 1/48 model I have completed in over 40 years! The build was a kind of commission for a friend, Bob. The model was bought for him as he had an uncle who served in 85 squadron on Meteors back in the day. Although Bob likes to build the occasional model, he is not by his own admission an experienced modeller and he found the contents of the box and the instructions quite daunting. He wanted it to be built by an experienced modeller, and he couldn’t find one of those so he chose me! The brief was simple, straight out of the box, no additions, no super detailing, just the kit as is. Since returning to the hobby around 7 years ago, an OOB build would be a pleasure, as I just can’t stop myself from deviating and adding detail. My first reaction having built almost entirely 1/72 and 1/144 aircraft, was that this was big! I’d like to say construction was straight forward, but it was not. It’s a nice kit, with excellent detail, but this one had some serious warping on the rear fuselage, which took some heavy clamping and superglue to fix. I also found some of the fit of parts not the best, but at least it comes out looking like a Meteor, and I’m certainly intending to build more 1/48 aircraft now, and probably more Meteors, having a Sword NF14 and a Classic Airframes FR9 in the stash, both 1/48. Those will not be OOB..... Although I did not do a WIP for this build, I did keep a reasonable photographic record on the way, so some of that is shown here. I used Vallejo metallic for the first time ever, probably a risky gamble on someone else’s model. They were ok(ish) but needed sealing as soon as possible for handling. They tended to rub off quite easily Dull Aluminium was used for the whole airframe and Dark Aluminium for the U/C internals. Initially the whole airframe was given several light dustings of Ammo Satin Acrylic. This was not a good result for me, remaining sticky and weirdly white slightly white in appearance. I left the model for some weeks deciding what to do, then on some recommendations gave the model a coat of Mr Hobby GX gloss, which hardened the finish and seemed to resolve the white issue. Phew! The Airfix decals are simply superb, if just a tad (hugely) numerous in the stencil area. This process took over a week, doing areas step by step, using the proven Micro set and Micro sol processes. The one area where I did not use the decals was for the yellow rectangles along the cockpit canopy bottom edges. Too many very small shapes to line up, so I masked them off and sprayed them yellow! A final sealing coat of Humbrol Acrylic gloss, followed a few days later by Humbrol Acrylic Satin. So here are some of the build pics, followed by a good few completion shots. And @Fritag @bigbadbadge @keefr22 and @RidgeRunner and any others who made such gracious comments in my glider build, the wait is over, hope you enjoy! So this is the box of parts that Bob gave me to work with: First up, the dreaded warping, easily discovered during test fits. This part looks ok....... But look at the rear! An out of focus shot, but you get the idea... Lots of other clamping needed: Fuselage fixed and wing to fuselage gaps filled with slaters finest: Some primer in the engine bays: Cockpit and seat painted with instrument detail picked out with paint. The internal detail on this is pretty good as it comes, although I would love to have used an aftermarket seat! Bob wanted the Derwents in, to be displayed. I used the basic kit parts, with paint to bring out details. These would be crying out for superdetailing! Primer coat used was Mig Ammo one shot grey. First coat of Dull Aluminum: And finally, much decalling and sealing later, we have a Meteor F8, OOB! Just noticed I need some black pin wash in those gun ejector chuts! And now with engines exposed Thanks for looking. Terry
  5. Hi all, great to be part of a BM groupbuild again after almost a year. This time it's an ambitious punt - going to bring the Airfix 1/24 behemoth with an Aerocraft conversion set for an NF II based at Drem in 1945. It's KD127 which is quite well documented and beautifully built in smaller scale by @tonyot here: Luckily the aircraft was a brand new example and so my weathering skills (or lack thereof) will not be challenged! This will be an OOB build apart from the ignition cables and HF radio wire (there, I've said it now, so inevitably it'll end up with tons of added detail ) Will be starting this on Monday, hope everyone enjoys their Hellcat building Alan
  6. This year is in dire need of ending as far as modeling goes. Seeing as my Vindicator hit a massive snag and killed my rather limited patience, need to get something done to boost my mojo and take with to the show end November. Anyway, this kit needs no introduction. Won't bother with a contents picture, by now it's a well known kit around these parts. Aftermarket consists of some True Details seats, brass pitot tubes and by end next month, a set of Reskit wheels. For scheme, I'm probably going with the box art shark mouth Vixen flying off HMS Eagle, but I could decide on the HMS Victorious bird simply because it's not well represented compared to the above. Will decide at decal time. Going for wings folded, saves space and my personal rule of thumb is to build things with wings folded when the opportunity presents itself. But again, that could change. Anyway, wish me luck....
  7. I haven’t made an aircraft kit since last Christmas and my local hobby shop has a pile of these in stock, so thought I would have a go. Sprue shots: Looks like just the right amount of complexity that I can handle at the moment - reasonably detailed but not too complicated. Transparencies still all wrapped up. A rather busy decal sheet - although I’m going to do the Army one, so not so many of the little stencils to be done for that one. Here is the one I am going to do - Middle Wallop was just a short distance from where we lived (for multiple postings) when Dad was in the Army. Started work on the cockpit straight away. This is going to be a straight out of the box job. All went together very nicely. Then paint, a couple of coats of Tamiya XF69 NATO Black were brushed on, followed by some dry brushing with a light grey acrylic. A wash with Army Painter Dark Tone wash, and the finished with a coat of Italeri clear flat. I used a few dots of Tamiya X22 gloss clear for the instrument dials. While the paint was drying I had a go at the canopy - which has me a little anxious. Airfix provide a little jig to align everything. It’s a bit fiddly, but I took it slowly, using very careful application of Tamiya Extra Thin Cement, and it looks like it’s worked ok. Couple of tiny gaps that some PVA will fix. That’s it for today, so far it’s a good start.
  8. Hi everyone, the A-4 Skyhawk GB is looming ever so close, and I have stupidly decided to finish this A-4B started eons ago. That is the plan no matter how silly it sounds. Silly because I am trying to finish my Etendard IV M from the Heller GB, and because I am entering another A-4B from Airfix in the A-4 GB... This one is being built almost OOB. I am using a Pavla Escapac seat. As the airframe I am modelling has the new type of rims, I have stolen the wheels from an Esci A-4E. And the underwing tanks a well, as they are better than the Airfix items. I jazzed up the cockpit slightly by representing the padding with adhesive aluminium foil marked with the back of a scalpel blade. Nobody will ever see it once the canopy has been glued shut! Here is a photo of the progress to date: Xtradecal will supply the markings. Thanks for watching. JR
  9. Hi All, It's mid Spring here in the Antipodes, and that means Summer is around the corner. My 488 Sqn Buffalo build is slowly wending its way to completion (another update soon) I have given some thought to my Summer projects, and the following ideas came to mind 1) Kick start my RNZAF Sunderland MR5 Build - I put that aside last Summer as there are a number of issues to sort to make it a correct MR5 , the impetus for this was a visit to MOTAT with my Daughter and a very special visit for with her Grandpa's Sunderland. It was her 16th Birthday, and because she is a descendant of a Serviceman who served on NZ4115, the Awesome MOTAT Volunteers went all out to get her a tour of NZ4115. My Daughter sitting in the cockpit/flight deck the "Tour Guide" was a Sunderland Navigator who served in the RNZAF/Lauthala Bay the same time as her Grandpa RNZAF Sunderland MR5 Build link So Earlier this year in the ANZAC Group build, I started a Memory Lane build with an RNZAF Avenger Target Tug build - NZ2504 was a Gate Guardian at RNZAF Base Te Rapa, and we used to see her in our travels (RNZAF Official - Air Force Museum of New Zealand - Used with Permissions) So, that along with some photos my Sister sent to me from my Dads collection, I decided to do some target Tugs from the era, my Dad began his RNZAF Service, the 1950's. Before I reveal the other two aircraft, a little history as I like to do in my builds. Obviously the 1950's was still "Post War", but while that is true, 1950 began a period of "Modernization" for the RNZAF, my comments are validated by this Book in my collection The Architect for the Modernisation was AVM Nevill who took over form AVM LM Isitt. Upon his recommendations the New Zealand Government agreed to order new(er) aircraft (this came with newer Schemes/Roundels and so forth). AVM Nevill CAS (Graduate of Duntroon and member of NZPAF/RNZAF since 1930) (RNZAF Official - Air Force Museum of New Zealand - Used with Permissions) AVM Nevill was followed by CAS AVM Carnegie (RAF) taking over in 1951 (RNZAF Official - Air Force Museum of New Zealand - Used with Permissions) So the following were ordered (Best part is I can use my Dad's photos) Bristol Freighter ( photo date circa 1958/59 note Fern Leaf on Roundel of Harvard - RNZAF Station Wigram) DH Devon (Photo at RNZAF Station Whenuapai) DH Vampire (RNZAF Station Wigram - Note Kiwi on Roundel so after Nov/Dec 1970 when changed to Kiwi) This Photo is definitely early 1950's, Note the Vampire in main hangar at RNZAF Station Hobsonville. Note the Auster with floats HP Hastings (NZ5801) I have flown on a Hasting (only young mind you, between Whenuapai and Fiji), this particular airframe when SOC, parts were donated to MOTAT (including flight deck (I have a photo of this, but can't find it at present) below is the power egg from this Hastings Last but not least Short Sunderland Mk V/ MR5 - this is 1960/61 at least, only one code letter, foremost Sunderland is NZ4107 - Lauthala Bay So on with the history blog, the 1950's saw New Zealand and our Armed Forces in overseas conflicts, namely Korean war, Malaya Emergency, where RNZAF Aircraft flew Fire Dog Missions (Bristol Freighter/Dakota), we lost a few aircraft and crews there Other events were of note the London to Christchurch (New Zealand) Air Race this is a photo of an RAF Canberra at Harewood Airport (previous RNZAF Station Harewood) from mt Dads collection From the RNZAF Museum Archives a close up/additional Photos Pilot & Navigator (RNZAF Official - Air Force Museum of New Zealand - Used with Permissions) RAF Guards to keep the Colonials in check (RNZAF Official - Air Force Museum of New Zealand - Used with Permissions) This Race/ending in Christchurch, has a personal family connection (other than my Dads photo) This next photo from the RNZAF Museum, is of the then New Zealand Governor General Sir Willoughby Norrie presenting first prize to the RAF Canberra crew, - I am related to him through my Paternal Grandfather (Great Uncle) (RNZAF Official - Air Force Museum of New Zealand - Used with Permissions) Anyways on to what other two aircraft I am going to build? Well next aircraft is a 42 Squadron Mustang, again inspired by Dads photos this is one of Dads photos of an RNZAF TAF Mustang (No. 3 Christchurch Sqn at Wigram) A photo of my build topic - the NMF scheme will test my modelling skills (Used for Illustration Purposes only) Finally - the third aircraft is an RNZAF Catalina based at Lauthala bay circa 1951 My discussion with the RNZAF Museum, give me three aircraft there at the time, being NZ4050, NZ4046, and NZ4055. I don't have a photo of NZ4050, but my Dad has photos of both NZ4046/4055 NZ4046 - on the hard at Hobsonville NZ4055 in the main hangar Lauthala Bay -Note twin guns in "Eye Ball" turret OK, lastly the box art and I'll leave it there for tonight Avenger - yes that's a Queen Mary with it (see Original Photo of NZ2504 above) Mustang Last but not least the Catalina - Yes it's a PBY5A - The RNZAF flew PBY5/PB2B-1's, so major surgery there Well I'll leave it there tonight, I have more history/photos to share, so more soon. Thanks for looking in Regards Alan
  10. This is the old tool Airfix Vulcan. Glad they put it out to pass as the moulds were getting really bad. Thanks to @bentwaters81tfw for a set of intakes from an original tooling, the ones in this were really bad. Decals from before Airfix started using Cartograf and were not great. Still its finished and of the Shelf O' Doom. Even in 1/72 it fills my large photo tent!
  11. This model was a summer love. In July I've bought it to an old guy for just 10€. It was my perfect shot to build a 737 for my collection with the colors of my beloved TAP Air Portugal. In mind that I didn't finished my VARIG yet (and also my DC-10 from Lufthansa), I decided not to loose this opportunity and since it was an easy one to do I've started to do it, since I was alone in town because of the summer holidays. Knowing by hand decals for this plane existed, I've also order them from V1 Decals from Canada. Ben was really helpful and they arrived in one week! As you can see the picture from above, TAP's painting from the 80's/90's is very simple: White with a silver belly. And here is the guy! CE-TEO delivered brand new for TAP in July '83 and seen here in the beautiful Zürich Airport in May '95. This will be the exact plane I will do because it was the only registration available. So hands on work! In a first glimpse, the model looked very easy to do, without much detail. The two parts of the wings were very easy to attach to each other, among cabin and cargo doors. As usual, I've also puttied the windows in order to have that smooth surface to decals sit later on. I first sanded it and later on putty and after it got dried time to sand again. At the first look on this picture after the first sanding part there weren't much gaps on it. After applying the putty in the fuselage and sand it, I've attached the wings and the cockpit windows. Funny fact they broke in two pieces in my hand with the glue on the kit already. So I needed to do it in parts and in the end everything worked out very well. Due to this I needed to also put a bit of plastic putty on the cockpit gap and once again sand. And sand again. The airplane looked way more robust by now and the independent wing parts that alone looked very basic and out of shape started to gain some nice look as a whole now. I put the fuselage a bit aside and I've went to the elevators. Since they had a little gap between them and the fuselage, I've sanded a bit the part that attach them onto the fuselage and after that voila. No more gaps. I've painted them with a light grey (Vallejo 71 046). By the pictures this one was the most similar to the original color. After the grey got dried, I've masked them and I've painted the leading edges with a chromatic color just like I've saw on the pictures! I will repeat the process on the center belly as well in the wings. But first, I will apply the first layer of primary and then moving to the final paintings!
  12. I'm working on a triple Spitfire build in 1/48, using a new issue Airfix Vb, a Special Hobby Vc, a Classic Airframes Vc (same as the Spec. Hobby) and they will all be Malta birds. The Spec. Hobby fuselages need to be stretched, tail canted down, and the wings moved forward using info and suggestions kindly provided by Troy Smith (thanks again). I'm using the Airfix Fuselage as a guide, as it matches the drawings I have nicely ... it's interesting how many of the available Spit's come up with a different length! With the stretch done, my attention turns to the cockpit. The Spec. Hobby kit has a nice cockpit with a few updates needed, The seats are accurate, but the cushion is to long, and needs to be shortened in order to use the nice photo etch Sutton harness provided. The Airfix seat in indistinct and too narrow, so I'll be using an Ultracast seat there. (Dark grey is Spec. Hobby, seat on left not modified yet, also frames drilled out on all) The Airfix panel has a compass, which the Spec. Hobby missed, so I had to make my own. I'll replace the Airfix one also as mine will be easier to paint and decal, compass being separate. The other thing I looked at right away was the weird (IMHO) way Airfix attached the landing gear. I cemented the legs together, then drilled a .020" hole down the center, about half way. I cut the leg back apart just above the upper flange and cemented in a .020" brass pin into the lower section. Fit the leg back together, and solidly cemented the trunion into position. Now the gear can be attached solidly later and fine adjustments made if required bending the pin. It's the first time I've tried a triple build, hopefully it won't take 3 times as long!
  13. I have the Dmold corrected item, had a look at it and thought: "so nearly round" I want to try my hand at turning one in alu and 'deforming' it to the right shape (will be hard, as it Is and elusive non circle) does anybody have four view drawings of the ring (front, back, side, top)? it would help in determining if it would be worthwhile.
  14. Bugatti Chiron QuickBuild (J6044) Airfix Bugatti, now part of the Volkswagen Audi Group (VAG) empire stunned the world when they released the Veyron, a 200+ mph hypercar that could chew through tyres in a few miles at top speed, and had some pretty radical, polarising looks. Car designs are in constant development, barely standing still from year to year in order to separate us from our cash and convince us that our current car just doesn’t cut it anymore. Named after famous driver Louis Chiron, the new design debuted in 2016, with a complete re-design that carries over the W-12 engine, although in a very different form than its predecessor, which makes it capable of reaching an electronically limited 236mph. Why is it limited? Because the tyres capable of withstanding the rubber-shredding energies above that speed just haven’t been invented yet. Let that sink in for a second. The Kit This is a new Quickbuild kit from Airfix’s fun range that provides access to realistic-looking models without the need for tools other than perhaps a pair of tweezers to accurately place the stickers. This is a new tooling with 45 parts, and arrives in one of their orange boxes with a hanging-loop included in the top should the retailer wish to display them on a carousel. Inside are two bags of parts in tough ABS plastic with the clear parts in the smaller second bag, a sheet of stickers and an A3 fold-out instruction sheet printed in colour on both sides. The parts are in three colours with dark blue for the underbody, rear body and black for the tyres, dash & wheel wells, white for parts of the interior and the front of the bodyshell and silver for the rims, front grille and exhaust. The sprue-bound wheels have flexible rubber tyres that are also on their own floppy sprue, and another pair of short sprues holds the two small wing mirrors and the intakes behind the side windows. Construction begins with the floor pan and axles, moving on to the wheel wells, the interior door cards and dash with stickers, plus the seat. The clear windscreen and side windows are moulded as one, and fit over the interior with a scuttle at the front and the visible part of the engine bay with engine insert at the rear. Two black stickers give the impression of the limited rear-view windows here. The rear valance with moulded-in light clusters are stickered with some poorly fitting lights that wrap around top and bottom of their location, plus a full-width brake light that fits just fine. The side panels are each given carbon fibre stickers that wrap around the scalloped cut-out, and are an utter swine to fit. I ended up cutting mine in two and fitting them separately, being very careful that the sticker didn’t protrude past the edge of the panel. The wedge-shaped intakes go in next, then the white inserts with the wing mirrors finish off that area. The splitter at the rear has a twin exhaust stub and blue detail panel slotted into it before it is located under the rear, then another pair of awkward mesh stickers are applied to the front valance, with another aerodynamic panel under the chin. The front wings and central badge are next, and the multi-segment headlights are formed by stickers that fit well. The grille and emblem are another matter, as the sticker is oversized and the slightest pressure to make it fit better brings off the printing. If you look carefully you can see the end result of this in the accompanying photos. The bonnet panel is last to be installed, then it’s a case of neatly nipping off the rims, slicing the tyres from their sprue and bringing them together, remembering that the slightly larger tyres are at the rear. They clip in with quite a bit of force required in their form fitting wells. Conclusion This is the first of the Quickbuild range that has caused me some trouble, and a child would struggle immensely with the stickers, especially the carbon fibre ones around the doorframe, which must adhere to a concave curve whilst avoiding studs and sticking close to the edge of the panel. The front grille stickers were also intransigent, and one ripped while being removed from the backing, while the rear light clusters were a nightmare. Finally, I think a different colour scheme would have given the kit a much more upmarket look. Plain blue and white is rather basic. Recommended, but with caveats about the stickers. Review sample courtesy of
  15. I'll sneak in with this one, if I may - the Airfix Bristol Blenheim Mk IV in the 'red stripe' boxing and 'all action' artwork. Look at that sky blue plastic!!! There were a couple of extra clear parts in the box and there is an 'empty' spot on the trees - might be a bit missing. Locate and cement.....
  16. PZL LIM-5 A03092 1:72 Airfix Although outwardly similar to the MiG-15, the MiG-17 was in fact a heavily revised design that drew upon the lessons learned in the development of the USSR's first swept-wing fighter. While the forward fuselage, landing gear and engine were carried across from the MiG-15, the rear fuselage was longer and more tapered. The wing was entirely new as well, being both thinner and more sharply swept. This both raised the maximum speed of the aircraft and aided controllability at transonic speeds. Although it shared its armament with its predecessor, it also gained a radar gun sight, cribbed from a captured F-86. The MiG-17F was fitted with an afterburner, which significantly boosted the rate of climb and meant supersonic speed was just about possible in a shallow dive. The MiG-17 was built in huge numbers, with over 10,000 rolling off Soviet, Chinese and Polish production lines. It was used in combat by several nations, most notably in the Vietnam War where it was credited with 28 aerial victories. The LIM-5 was licence built by the WSK-Mielec factory with 477 being built. These were supplied to Bulgaria, and East Germany, as well as Poland. The Kit This is re-boxing of the MiG-17 from Airfix in 2020. The parts are nicely moulded but the panel lines are on the heavy side, which is always more noticeable on a small kit like this. From reading Airfix's workbench blog it's clear that this is a Lidar-scanned model, so the dimensions and general arrangement of shapes should be spot on. There are three sprues plus a clear sprue in the box. Construction starts with the cockpit, and like most kits of the MiG-15 or -17, the cockpit tub is made up of parts that also form the inner part of the intake fairing. Moulded detail is actually very nice. Not on a part with Eduard's MiG-15, but then the two models are not really comparable in terms of engineering and philosophy. Decals are provided to add extra detail to the instrument panel and sidewalls. I'm not sure what happened to the ejection seat, but Airfix appear to have carried this across from the MiG-15 rather than replicating the seat commonly fitted to the MiG-17. Should this trouble you greatly, aftermarket alternatives are available. Once the cockpit sub-assembly is complete, the engine exhaust and afterburner can be assembled. Because the external faces of the jet exhaust also double up as the insides of the air brake assembly, there are alternative parts with and without moulded detail for this area - a really nice touch from Airfix. Once both of these parts are assembled, the fuselage can be joined. A clear part which represents the radio compass cover must also be fitted at this stage. Once the fuselage halves have been joined, the front-lower part of the fuselage, which includes the muzzle detail for the cannons, can be fitted, along with the engine air intake fairing. The wings are next. If you wish to fit the optional drop tanks, you will need to drill the pre-marked holes in the lower wing surface at this stage. The wings are pretty simple to build, with the wing fences moulded in place. The kink in the wing leading edge is present and correct, but you may wish to re-profile the leading edge if the apparent lack of sharpness troubles you. With the wings in place, the tail planes can be assembled. The landing gear is nicely detailed and there are some nice touches such as detail moulded on the inside of the gear doors. As mentioned above, the air brakes can be fitted in open or closed positions, although you'll need to have committed to one option or the other earlier in the build process. The canopy is nicely made and has the periscope moulded in place. There is even an oil drum included to prevent the model from sitting on its tail if you didn't manage to cram in the necessary 20 grams of weight. Decals Two options are provided on the decal sheet: ⦁ Red 905, Jagdbombenfliegergeschwader 37m East German Air Force, Drewitz Air Base 1986 ⦁ Red 1717, 45th Experimental Air Sqn, Polish Air Force, Modlin 1993 The decals themselves look thin and glossy and a full set of stencils are included. They are produced by Cartograf so you know there will not be any issues. Conclusion This is a nice release of the Original Kit with different decals for the Lim-5. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  17. I really enjoyed the Nordic GB last year - so much so that I built all the Swedish planes in my stash - Tunnan, Lansen,Draken,Viggen and Gripen. I thought I had nothing left for this GB but then I remembered this. I had two of these kits and was intending to build both of them in the 109 GB but this never got started, and as it has post war Finnish markings as an option I though I might enter it. It is not a bad kit externally but for some reason Airfix never quite got round to providing a proper cockpit, but that is easy enough to remedy, as I did in the other one earlier this year. It is a basic and rather simple kit but I should be able to slip it in between several rather more complicated builds I am thinking of doing in other GB. Pete
  18. Out of sheer nostalgic memories and the challenge of an old kit I took the plunge for an accurate small model of Hms Devonshire Sadly no plans for this particular ship although still not feasible paying for large scale plan Lot of photos of the class but they have to be of the actual ship The actual model is far too inaccurate main issues forward superstructure short and far too back main mast on wrong structure Aft deck too short
  19. Airfix is to release in Summer 2021 a 1/48th de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk T.10 kit - ref. A04105 Source: https://www.airfix.com/uk-en/shop/new-for-2021/de-havilland-chipmunk-t-10.html V.P.
  20. Vickers Valiant B(PR)K.Mk.I 1:72 Airfix (A11001A) The Valiant was the first of the V-Bomber fleet into service, and was also the most conservative of the three, being of a very conventional design. It dropped Britain's first Atomic bomb during exercise Grapple, but once the nuclear deterrent role passed to the Royal Navy, shortcomings in its design became evident. In the low level bomber role, where the air is more turbulent, and the demands on the airframe during manoeuvres are more intense, the spar of the aircraft was found wanting. One aircraft's rear spar fractured during flight, but it managed to limp back to base and landed safely. Examination of the rest of the subsequently grounded fleet found that tiny stress cracks were starting to appear, which led to the remaining serviceable airframes being re-tasked with in-flight refuelling before they were permanently grounded on the basis of the cost of repairs in January 1965. Sadly, the B.2 "Black Bomber" version that had progressed to prototype stage as early as 1955, with upgraded wing strength and extended fuselage would have been a much better aircraft for the Valiant B.1's eventual role, but that was cancelled and ended its days as a gunnery target. Although designed from the ground up as a high-altitude strategic bomber, the Vickers Valiant was adapted to a number of other roles throughout its career. The Valiants high-altitude performance and long range made it ideally suited to the photo reconnaissance role. The first converted aircraft, known as the Valiant B (PR) K Mk. 1, equipped No. 543 Squadron, based at RAF Wyton. The photo reconnaissance equipment was installed in the bomb bay, with nine windows being fitted to the bomb bay doors. Photo reconnaissance Valiants operated successfully until replaced in service by PR Canberras. Valiants were also deployed successfully in the tanker role. These aircraft, designated B (K) Mk. 1 were adapted by the installation of a Hose Drum Unit (HDU or HooDoo) in the bomb bay. The benefits for the RAF were immense, providing true strategic offensive capability as well as prolonging the endurance of the fighter force. The Kit The kit arrives in a gigantic top-opening box, with a lovely CGI painting of a PR Valiant banking over clouds. Inside are seven sprues of light grey styrene, one of clear parts, a large decal sheet, instruction booklet and a large folded A3 decal instruction sheet. This is a re-issue of the original kit with the inclusion of the Photo reconnaissance parts Airfix released as an additional set back in 2016. The cockpit is depicted with all 5-seats, with the three rear crew situated on a lower platform facing the rear. Decals are provided for both instrument panels and side consoles, as well as control yolks for the pilots and a ladder for the pilots to exit the cockpit. Detail here is acceptable and streets ahead of the Mach2 kit, but given the small size of the windows, very little will actually be seen, even if the crew access door on the port side is opened. The large coaming behind the pilots is included, scoring point here for accuracy over expediency, as it will hardly be visible. The bomb bay can be posed open or closed, and a separate set of bay doors is included if you opt for the closed version, as well as four strengthening bulkheads, which are numbered for ease. If opting to open the bomb bay, the modeller can choose configurations for Blue Danube, closed doors; or the PR pack, and again two bay roofs are included depending on which option you choose. The Valiant had a retractable portion of the fuselage behind the bomb bay, which stopped any falling munitions from impacting the rear of the bay due to the speeds at which the Valiant could fly. This is depicted by an insert that fits behind the open bomb bay, or if you close up the bay, this panel is attached to the main bay doors. The open bomb bay roof was a criss-cross pattern of ribs and stringers, which is replicated well here, and the bomb "pallets" for the conventional bombs are supplied, plus a full complement of 21 x 1,000lb iron bombs are still in the kit. The Blue Danube nuclear weapon filled the bay, and was suspended from the roof by a cradle, which is depicted here. The bay doors retracted almost totally into the bay to reduce drag, and here they plug into sockets in the bay roof, with the actuating arms also provided. Once the cockpit and bomb bay are completed, the fuselage can be closed up, and here a nose weight of 22 grams is suggested, although there is room here for plenty more. The engines are mounted in the wing root,. Each pair of intakes are made up from top and bottom halves, and once a couple of ejector pin marks are removed, the two parts can be glued together. A pair of compressor faces is supplied for each trunk. The intakes and the main gear bay boxes fit into the underside of the wing, with the intakes being supported on three platforms to ensure correct positioning. At this point the modeller must drill out the external fuel tank mounting lugs before offering the two wing undersides up to the one-piece wing upper. This route is a great idea, as instead of two long seams running over the smooth upper wing area, the modeller only has to deal with the two short seams fore and aft of the wing. The underside seam will be very difficult to see, so as long as care is taken here, it should need little in the way of filler. The horizontal tail slots into a hole in the vertical tail, and the vortex generators should be on the underside once installed. It has posable flying surfaces, so the modeller can add a little visual interest to the tail, and indeed the main wings. The rudder is moulded integrally however. If modelling the Grapple airframe a portion of the rear fuselage under the tail should be cut off, as this was a different shape in later models, while a choice of tips is given for the other versions. The exhaust cans slot into their fairings and are glued to the main wing, and care should be taken here to ensure that the fine trailing edge segment lines up with the rest of the wing. The landing gear are nicely detailed, with a large retraction jack moulded into the roof of the wheel bays (paint this part white), and the main X-supports mounting in turn in the middle of the bay. If you choose to model the Valiant in flight, the same bay doors can be used but with their mounting tabs cut off. The main doors are ribbed just like the rear thing, and have strong mounting surfaces, so shouldn't be knocked off too easily. The main wheels have separate hubs to help with painting, and the tyres have circumferential tread moulded in, as well as a discreet flat spot to give a realistic impression of the weight of the airframe on the tyres. The door jacks on the outer doors are missing, but these can be quickly fabricated from rod, or brass tube. The twin nose wheels have their guards built in, which seems a shame, but the detail is crisp, and careful painting will convince the viewer that they are separate parts. The nose gear leg is detailed, and looks to be correct from my memories of hacking about the Mach2 leg. The bay doors fit into the notched edges neatly whether posed open or closed. The underwing fuel tanks that were almost ubiquitous in contemporary photos are quite cleverly moulded, and stronger due to the fact that the tanks sandwich the base of the pylon with large attachment tabs ensuring a good fit. The large round pegs then attach to the wing, making them harder to knock off. The glazing parts are All crisp and clear, with the non-glazed parts of the mouldings frosted over, making masking a doddle. There are two Bomb Aimer's windows provided, as the 2nd Prototype had a simple oval window with no side-panes. The main glazing in the prototype also didn't have a quarterlight above the cockpit side windows, so two are provided here. The small oval window next to the crew door is there, as is a large clear insert for reconnaissance aircraft, with 10 raised clear squares. Decals Decals are printed by Cartograf in Italy, and from the box you can build one of two options: WZ393 - No.90 Sqn RAF. RAF Honington 1957 - High Speed silver? XD818 - No.49 Sqn RAF. Based at Christmas Island 1957 For Operation Grapple. This is the only complete Valiant to Survive at RAF Cosford. This aircraft dropped Britain's first Hydrogen Bomb. Conclusion Its good to see this kit re-released as they were commanding high prices on the second hand market. The inclusion of the PR parts in the kit is also most welcome. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  21. This is my 1/144 scale Hawker Siddeley Trident 1C that I built ten years ago from a very old Airfix kit. It's actually the first airliner model that I had built after my youth in the 1960's. With this Trident model I got so hooked on airliners that I have so far built almost forty of them. The old Airfix kit has probably many errors that I didn't notice but the obvious one was that the kit's front landing gear's attachment point is erroneously in the centreline of the fuselage when the location is in fact 61 cm. to the port (4,2 mm in the model). The front landing gear turned up sideways and this unusual arrangement was caused by the need to have more space in the nose for the sophisticated avionics. (Trident was e.g. the first airliner with equipment for a fully automated landing). I modelled the Trident in the BEA "Speedjack" livery for which I ordered the decals from 26Decals. In order to make the blue shade of the cheatline match with the tailplane's colour I discarded the too light blue cheatline decals and painted instead the cheatline and the tailplane with Xtracolor BAE blue paint (the cabin windows were fortunately separate decals). I mixed the light grey shade of the lower side of the fuselage and sprayed the white parts of the fuselage with Humbrol rattle can white. The wings were painted with Vallejo red and Humbrol silver. Building the model was straightforward but quite a bit of puttying and sanding had to be done. In the 1980's I flew many times in business class with this nostalgic three holer between Helsinki and London Heathrow.
  22. BIG Airfix News… We have some exciting news from the Airfix team today, the news we know you have all be waiting to hear! Airfix Club is back and goes live today at 12pm! This is going to be the biggest news today for our fans all over the World. From 12pm (U.K) the Airfix Club webpage will be live and awaiting its first members who we know are eagerly waiting after we sent out a teaser on our Social Media platforms yesterday. The above image shows what member will receive if they decide to go with our Airfix Club Plus option, as we have not one but two types of Club available, which are both available to UK and overseas members. Airfix Club Membership Packages We know that not all of our members are interested in the same subjects, so we are offering an option to become a member without a model, so that if the model being offered doesn’t have much interest, then no problem, the Airfix Club is the right option. Airfix Club Membership This option comes without the kit, and will include a Welcome Pack, which as you can see from above contains an impressive Keep Calm poster, an Airfix Club Trolley coin and the Airfix Club Flying Hours passport. Flying hours can be collected from most Airfix Kits, and then traded in for more kits! All you do is collect the tokens, fill in the back of your passport with your preferred kits and send it in. All of this comes packed neatly in an Airfix Club box, unique to members only. The cost of this option is: RRP UK £14.99 RRP International £34.99 Airfix Club PLUS Membership This option comes with everything you see in the image above, including the Club Exclusive Kit which is a remarkable Surrender/Evaluation Kate. The cost of this option is: RRP UK £24.99 RRP International £39.99 The above isn’t all you get, both Memberships include many benefits, and if at a later date members decide they do in fact want the exclusive kit they simply log into the Club Members Area and place an order (as long as there is stock). There are lots of Airfix related products also available to Club Members at discounted prices. This includes several Airfix tins and tubs, and some very iconic Airfix prints. This range will keep on growing, so we suggest you keep checking the Airfix Club page to see any updates. And not forgetting our exclusive Club magazine, with members receiving three editions a year. Members will also receive a calendar at the beginning of the year. What is not to love? These packs are ready for dispatch, and our Customer Services team are eagerly waiting to get these orders and get the packs sent out. We now had a credit card style membership, which will be sent out separately within 28 days of signing up. Be one of the ‘first 1000’ And finally, one last bonus. If you are one of the first 1000 members who join the Airfix 2020 Club, then you will receive a printed copy of the Complete Airfix artist and kit list (6th Edition). This has been compiled by a very good friend of ours, and the master of all Airfix knowledge Jeremy Brook. Airfix are very grateful for all of Jeremy’s continued assistance.
  23. Gidday All, 1/600 scale warships are my modeling interest, and since progressing from OOB builds I usually try to make various ships that actually existed. However, I sometimes make whiff ships also, and when I do I try to make them as plausible as possible. To date I think I've made seven, the first nigh on 20 years ago. This was waaay before I even knew of the term 'what-ifs', or modeling forums such as this. This first was a battleship I named HMS Monarch, and was made from two Airfix KGV kits. I decided to make a ship with four quadruple 14-inch turrets. Here is a photo of one such kit, built OOB, and shows what I started with. This meant that the bridge superstructure had to be moved aft a little, to accommodate the larger "B" turret. Also a complete extra turret was added aft, hence the hull needed to be lengthened somewhat. I also removed the aircraft launching and recovery arrangements, rearranged the boat stowage and added more light weapons. Here she is, the battleship whiffed from two KGV. Quite powerful in fact. The two hull halves were joined midships but the deck was joined just fwd of 'X' turret. I also added quite a few light AA guns, as you can see. I'll add more at a later date. Regards, Jeff.
  24. For a nearly 50 year old tooling the, Airfix Do 17E is still quite nice. Needed to do a bit about the spartan interior though, and the miscast bomb aimer's window was replaced with a home-vac. Aftermarket decals are from LF models. The full build video can be viewed here Cheers, Luka
  25. Vickers Wellington GR Mk.II (A08021) 1:72 Airfix The Vickers Wellington was a twin-engined medium bomber that entered service with the RAF in 1938. It served throughout the Second World War before finally being retired in 1953. Although the Wellington hasn't quite enjoyed the profile of some the RAF's heavy bombers such as the Lancaster or Halifax, it was produced in far greater numbers than either and made a vital contribution to the Allied war effort. It is popularly believed that the Wellington was designed by Barnes Wallis, inventor of the famous bouncing bomb. While it's true that the geodetic structure was invented by Barnes Wallis (albeit originally for airships), the Wellington was actually designed by Rex Pierson, Vickers' chief designer and father of the Vimy biplane bomber. Although superseded in the night bomber role by heavy bombers, the Wellington proved adaptable to other purposes, such as those of Coastal Command. The Mark II was powered by Rolls Royce Merlin engines instead of the Pegasus engines on the Mark I. 401 Mark IIs were built. The Wellington was the only British bomber to be manufactured throughout the war. The Kit This is a new release from Airfix , continuing their policy of replacing old kits from their back catalogue, and giving us different versions of the new kit. Inside the red top-opening box are six frames of grey plastic and a single clear frame. The mouldings are clean and crisp, with fine surface detail and delicate rendering of the characteristic surface texture of the Wellington. The assembly instructions are divided into over 105 stages, which gives a good indication of the level of detail Airfix have managed to pack in to this model. The interior in particular is very detailed. In fact Airfix also show some parts which can be omitted as they are not easily visible. Interior details include full crew stations for the pilot, wireless operator and navigator, as well as the ubiquitous Elsan. The interior structures reflect the geodetic structure of the Wimpey and will occupy many fruitful days of modelling time to assemble and paint. The front bulkhead fits to the main floor and behind it the navs station. The cockpit and pilots seat fits onto the front of this bulkhead. The bomb bay doors are moulded open on the fuselage sides, and to close the bomb bay you will have to cut those off, thought why you would want to hide those details I dont know, Some detail is added into the fuselage sides and then the floor is fitted into the left side. Further internal bulkheads are added for the rear crew stations, and in the tail towards the rear gunners position. Once you make it to step 30 of the instructions, it's time to fit the wing spar and cement those fuselage halves together. There are different parts to use depending on whether you wish to finish the model with the bomb bay open or closed and the landing gear up or down. As a result of all of these options, even something simple such as the assembly of the engine fairings occupies fourteen steps of the instruction manual. The interior of the main gear bays are nicely detailed though. Once the wings have been assembled, the ailerons can be fitted as well as the engine firewalls and the landing gear legs. Before the engines themselves can be fitted, the instructions skip ahead to the rest of the flying surfaces. the rudder and elevators are all separate parts, which introduce the option of posing them in different positions. The instructions then return to the engines. You dont get any interior details for the Merlin unlike the Pegasus as you cant see anything inside the cowling, the lower radiators are detailed though. With the main structure of the aircraft complete, the bomb racks, complete with bombs, can be added. The nose and tail turrets can also be assembled and fitted at this stage, each of which is nicely detailed right down to the .303 inch Browning machine guns (there have been reports of short shot barrel ends but on this boxing they are all good). All of the fuselage glazing can be fitted in place from the outside of the fuselage at the end of the build, which is a big bonus. The main landing gear wheels are fitted next. These feature nicely rendered flat spots, so your model won't look like it's on tiptoes once finished. To finish off the exhausts, props and a few antennas are added, along with a crew access ladder if the modeller wants. Decals Two options are provided on the decal sheet, ⦁ Z8330 - No. 305 Polish Bomber Sqn RAF, RAF Lindholme, June 1942 ⦁ W5442 - No. 214 Sqn RAF, RAF Waltham, March 1942. The decals themselves look thin and glossy, they are by Cartograf so there will be no issues with them. Conclusion It's about time we had more decent Wellingtons in 1/72 scale, and Airfix haven't disappointed. The parts count is high and a highly detailed model can be built. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
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