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  1. A good evening to you all, despite the sad events of today, First of all, a bit about me: From a young age I was first introduced to the RAF Museum at Cosford, I have been there during the construction of the Cold War hangar and although I can't remember it, I presume that I must have been there before the Nimrod (XV249) arrived and I have since become well acquainted with it when they brought it in during 2012. Out of all the exhibits there, the Nimrod is still the one that catches my eye- perhaps it is because of its size or it might be due to the red goose emblem of 51.sqn on its nose! (Pictured) Having gone to Telford in 2015 and having seen an Airfix 1:72 Nimrod kit, I simply couldn't resist! So, without further ado, the following is a quick summary of the kit and modifications: 1:72 Airfix Nimrod kit A set of fabulous decals from RAM Models (more on this later) A really excellent Raven Scale Models lighting kit (again, more on this later) A few scratchbuilt bits and pieces, mainly the "forest" of antennae and pitot tubes. Finished with a combination of Vallejo "Air" paints and some AK Interactive washes. NOTE: THE MODEL I HAVE CREATED IS NOT 100% ACCURATE and the positions of the lights are certainly not accurate! Issues with the kit: The wing-fuselage join was horrendous (although this might be due to the wires of the lighting kit getting caught in the internal structure of the fuselage) and so vast quantities of liquid poly glue were utilised and subsequently sanded down to get a "decent" seam. The wing-tip pods were not suitable for the R.1, these were made from bits of sprue which were sanded down and hollowed out. -This isn't much of an issue with the kit, but an issue nevertheless: trying to get the wiring through the wing structure and into the wing-tip pods was a nightmare, this is not a fault of the Airfix kit or the lighting kit- just a problem with trying to integrate the two. Now, time for some pictures! The superb RAM Models decals for the 51 sqn goose on the nose. And another view of the nose..... You can tell that I love that decal Last one I promise!!! (Note the effective texturing of the goose decal). A nose-on view A view of the wing structure, intakes, wing fuel pods, antennae under the wing, try and ignore the light to the right of the intakes, the hole is to allow a strong beam of light through from the LED A view of the central fuselage section, note the "forest" of antennae The flaps and engine nozzles. And the left side... (The rigging from the fuselage to the tail needs re-tensioning) A close-up of the tail section Excellent decals once again from RAM Models I attempted a moderate level of weathering using an AK Interactive wash From a distance... And underneath... A selection of AK Interactive washes were used for the landing gear bays, also note the antennae just in front of the pylon and another one coming out from the rear of the wing-tip pod (this one somehow survived without breaking off!) One final shot before I demonstrate the lights. As mentioned previously, I used the lighting kit from Raven Scale Models, the image below shows the underside of the Nimrod- note the position of the bomb-bay panel. Now you see it... Now you don't! -The wiring was redirected into the bomb bay area, where the battery holder is located and where the switch (silver coloured thin tube) is activated from. It lives! (sort of) Demonstrating the landing lights- I haven't added lights to the nose or to the inner wing-mounted landing lights, purely due to the fact that using fibre optics would ultimately reduce the intensity of light coming from the lights that are currently present, I would prefer there to be two bright lights compared to 5 dim lights. They're quite bright! The placement is pure fiction, but there is one red flashing light (pictured) and two flashing strobe lights Furthermore, there is one light in each wing tip (red and green), again their placement is somewhat fictional; i've been told that they should be swapped over (I'll be damned if I'm changing their position now!) And that, alas, is that. Thanks for having a look, she'll now be fitted with wire and hung from the ceiling- flying alongside the Shackleton, the Nimrod MR2's predecessor and stablemate in the ASW role during the Cold War. Perhaps I'll get round to doing an MR2 one day.... But for now, thank you and have a good evening- my best wishes, especially to members in Belgium. ;( Sam
  2. Third in our series of walkarounds of under appreciated gems is the mighty Argosy. This lorry of the skies resides at RAF Cosford in Shropshire. Lancs may have had rear machine guns but this aircraft trumps that with a 25 pounder! It would be great to know if anybody here used to work on them.
  3. Did any of you know about this? I can't wait to see the finished product! Looks like another modeling project for Tony! Mike http://warbirdsnews.com/aviation-museum-news/handley-page-hampden-fuselage-whole-again-at-raf-museum-cosford.html
  4. Hi, Just thought I might make a thread for this year's Cosford airshow. Looks like a great lineup: http://www.cosfordairshow.co.uk/intheair.php -Shame that the Lancaster was cancelled (removed from the list today I think) Sam
  5. "On Tuesday 7 February 2017 the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford will be marking the 10th anniversary of the award-winning National Cold War Exhibition with a special event for aviation fans." "To celebrate the 10th anniversary, visitors are invited to join Museum staff and volunteers for a special event that will see a number of Cold War aircraft opened for exclusive close up access, including the Vickers Valiant B1 and the Handley Page Victor K2." "In addition to the Victor and Valiant, other Cold War aircraft and vehicles being opened to the public for the anniversary event will include the General Dynamics F-111F-CF, Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG 21PF, Hawker Hunter F.4 (nose section), Avro York C1, McDonnell Douglas Phantom FG.1 (nose section) and the Short Brothers Belfast." "This rare opportunity to see inside these aircraft is FREE of charge for visitors. ... The Museum is open from 10am until 4pm and the event will run for the entire day giving visitors up to eight hours to climb on board and peek inside some of the Museum’s iconic Cold War aircraft." Full details here.
  6. Just a couple of my better pics from Cosford. Not up to the same standard as some of the more regular contributors here, but you've got to have aspirations, right? Apart from the weather towards the end, and the surprising amount of no-shows (Sea Vixen, Puma, Gnat, P-51 etc.) it was another good show. Was nice to see the Scout/Wasp, and it was great seeing the Gazelles doing their thing. If only the BUFF could be trusted to fly a little lower during it's flypast... Anyhow, hope you enjoy! Daryl.
  7. Good evening all, Just been to Bruntingthorpe's cold war jets day-superb stuff! Anyway the point is, I picked up a 1:48 TSR-2 for £28 and I was wondering what sort of things I should probably look out for in terms of building the kit (fit issues, etc)? I was thinking of not painting the kit (seen as it is moulded in white plastic) mainly because whenever I have sprayed stuff white in the past, thousands of dust particles suddenly appear on my previously white model and are trapped by the paint when it dries. So, what do you think of that? Is that ok for getting a decent finish on the model? I have also heard rumours that the landing gear can break rather easily, is this true? Thanks, apologies for any grammatical mistakes -i'm rather tired! Sam
  8. Hi everyone, a few of my photos from Cosford are below. It was a bit dark at times, but had a great day seeing some really enjoyable displays. Steve
  9. Nice quick and easy build of the Special Hobby Sea Balliol as the aircraft on display at Cosford. I originally drew and printed my own decals to use on a Pegasus Balliol kit I had in the stash but left it there after getting this kit for about half price at a show last year. Painted with Halfords Nissan Silver and Xtracolor dayglo, with a matt varnish after decalling. Steve
  10. Far to busy to get everything, but this is what I got in an hour before pulling all my hair out (what's left) from people walking into my photos... Untitled by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr Untitled by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr Untitled by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr Untitled by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr Untitled by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr Untitled by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr Untitled by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr Untitled by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr Untitled by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr
  11. Hi guys, A few photos from the show last weekend.. It was a rather good day. I loved the Canberra, totally stunning..!! In no particular order. Kestrel 'Harrier' on display at Cosford Air Show 2014. by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr XZ991 Gr.3 on the Harrier display, RAF Cosford 2014. by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr ZD465 - It's great to see this aircraft outside. I painted this airframe during my time at RAF Cottesmore. by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr Sea Harrier FA2 ZH796 seen on the Harrier display, RAF Cosford Airshow. by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr Classic Air Force Venom by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr Pitts Special by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr Vulcan-in-the-Sky... by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr 'The Blades' by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr Belgium 'Red-Devils' by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr Canberra by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr Canberra-pass by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr XH134 Canberra close up by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr Canberra banking. by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr Canberra 'dirty-pass' by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr XH134 Underside on the 'dirty-pass' by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr Canberra XH134 by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr Canberra Head-on by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr Canberra Underside by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr Wing Walkers.. by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr Fokker DR.1 by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr Venom passing by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr Venom underside by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr Apache display, Cosford Airshow 2014. by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr XX119 'Spotty Jag' by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr Spotty nose on. by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr Scottish Aviation Bulldog - Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr Smokey Vulcan. by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr XH558 pulls away. by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr Thanks for looking
  12. Just visited the excellent museum at Cosford and fancy doing the ACT Jaguar. I found a thread here based on the 1/72 Revell Jaguar GR.1 but the kit does not seem to be available now from Hannants. Should I go for the Hasegawa or Italeri offering instead? Got a nagging suspicion the Revell boxing was one of these anyway? Not seen on this visit (making space for the EAP??) was the Martin Baker Meteor that I also fancy modelling - but I am stumped as to finding a 1/72 Meteor T.7 fuselage to attach the F.8 tail to... Advice gratefully received. PH
  13. Hi this is my first post in a few months the model was completed earlier in the year but this is its first real showing off since the build. the lovely smaller Vulcan B1a XH498 Performing a display in the 60s..... hmm Here she is the day before cosford show and before the satin varnish was applied. This is were she started. For anyone wanting to see the build which is still on going and about to resume work for the two silver b1s and a further white b1 but with pale roundes go here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234936632-1st-one-finished-dragon-vulcan-b1a-2-b1-big-surgery-for-3-small-kits/ I hope you enjoyed this post comments welcome good and bad. Cheers Rob My Fave shot of her
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