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  1. This year I have produced two-thirds of last years output. Airfix 1/600 RMS Queen Elizabeth (What-if Conversion) (06203) Matchbox 1/72 de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter (PK-127) Airfix 1/72 Avro Lancaster B.III (08003) Airfix OO BR Mogul (04653-0) Airfix 1/24 Hawker Hurricane Mk1 (14002) Airfix 1/24 Messerschmitt Bf 109E (12002) Dapol OO/HO Stephenson's Rocket (C046) Dapol OO/HO Scammell Scarab (C033) Dapol OO/HO General Stores (C019) Dapol OO Village Church (C029) Airfix HO/OO Trackside Accessories (03606-1) Dapol OO Booking Hall (C014) Dapol OO Kiosks and Stairs (C018) Airfix HO/OO Station Platform (03611-3) Dapol OO/HO Service Station (C032) Airfix HO/OO Footbridge (4014) Dapol OO/HO Water Tower (C005) Airfix HO/OO Level Crossing (03612-6) As you can see, a lot of railway-related builds due to there being two Railway GBs on ATF this year. Although I won't be putting them on a layout, they make a nice change from the everyday wingy, floaty, clanky things! Dave
  2. Despite continuing shoulder problems this year, I managed to knock out my second highest yearly total since returning to modelling in 2004 - 33 builds. Here they are with the newest builds at the top: Airfix 1/144 Vickers VC-10 (04026) This was the tanker version of the VC-10 which was converted into a BOAC Super VC-10 using the Braz engines and fuselage plugs. Wing fences were fashioned from plastic card. BOAC decals came from 26Decals. Airfix 1/76 Scammell Tank Transporter (A02301) An OOB build apart from the addition of acetate windows. As it turned out, I put too many windows in and had to take four out again!. Airfix 1/72 Grumman TBM-3 Avenger (03033) This particular issue came with the VJ-Day Set (08672). It was going to be an OOB build but the kit decals were awful so I replaced them with decals from the Xtradecal set Yanks with Roundels Pt 3 - U.S. Aircraft in the Fleet Air Arm (X72142). I then decided to add a QuickBoost radar pod, bulged windows from an Academy kit and scratchbuilt exhausts. Airfix 1/72 Grumman F6F-3/5 Hellcat (02023) This particular issue came with the VJ-Day Set (08672). It was an OOB build but with decals from the Xtradecal set Yanks with Roundels Pt 3 - U.S. Aircraft in the Fleet Air Arm (X72142). Airfix 1/24 Junkers Ju-87 B-2 Stuka (18002-7) I included some extra detail in the aft section of the fuselage (including stringers and a first aid compartment and fitted a Eduard Luftwaffe harness to the pilot's seat. National markings and snakes were painted using Montex mask sheet K24035. Matchbox 1/72 McDonnell F-101F Voodoo (PK-411) A straightforward OOB build of the CF-101B version. Decals were a pleasure to apply considering their age but the undercarriage is really flimsy and prone to damage or snapping off! Airfix OO Saddle Tank 0-4-0 (02660-2) Built OOB. Decals were very poor due to their age. Airfix OO Saddle Tank J94 0-6-0 (R205) Built OOB apart from some brass rod handrails. Decals were very poor due to their age. Dapol OO/HO BR 10 Ton Meat Van (C041) Airfix OO Cattle Wagon (R5) Built OOB. Decals were very poor due to their age. Dapol OO Brake Van (C038) Built OOB apart from handrails which were replaced with brass and plastic rod. Airfix OO/HO BR ESSO Tank Wagon (R1) Built OOB. Decals were very poor due to their age. Airfix HO/OO Signal Box (03610-0) I used the Ratio Signal Box Interior Set (553) for most of the internal detailing and the fire buckets came from Bachmann. Handrails were made from plastic rod and glazing was made from acetate and white decal striping. Airfix 1/12 Black Prince (02502-7) A straightforward OOB build. Airfix 1/600 The Rommel (02202) A straightforward OOB build. I started to add railings and rigging but was unable to do so due to injury so left them off. Airfix 1/72 Bell P-39Q Airacobra (A01039) This was built as Airacobra I AH574 which Winkle Brown flew in another aviation first - first retractable tricyle landing gear aircraft to land on an aircraft carrier. It was brush-painted and I used aftermarket wheels from Aires and Balkan Models Winglet 1 decals. Airfix 1/32 Crusader (08301-4) A straightforward OOB build. Airfix 1/600 HMS Belfast (A04212) An OOB build with the addition of decal striping for the boot-topping. Airfix 1/72 Saab Draken (02039) The kit cockpit canopy was missing and I had to order a Pavla replacement which is not the best of fits. I had problems with the kit decals due to their age and had to use Flying Colors Aero FCASR710 decals instead. Airfix 1/72 Fiat G91 (106) I also had problems with this kit's decals due and used Xtradecal X72175 decals instead. Matchbox 1/76 Montys Caravan (PK-175) Airfix 1/72 Westland Whirlwind HAS Mk22 (02056) OOB build. Airfix 1/72 DHC Chipmunk T10 (134) OOB build. Airfix 1/72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk1a (01071) OOB build. Pegasus 1/72 Ryan FR1 Fireball (2002) A quick OOB build. A rather clunky affair with way-too-thick trailing and leading edges to everything! Panel lines are well done though. It comes with a white metal undercarriage that is pretty awful but I chose to build it wheels-up. The decals are excellent although there are no instructions as to where they should be applied. Airfix 1/76 RAF Refuelling Set (A03302) The AEC Matador had "glazing" fitted to the cab, while the Bedford QL has had a bit of work done on the top to look like a wartime vehicle and not post-war as depicted by the Airfix kit. Airfix 1/72 Beagle Basset 206 (02025-5) Not a bad little kit although I had a lot of problems getting some of the windows to stay in and problems with the decals (especially the fuselage stripes that I left off in the end). The glossy anti-dazzle panel should have been matted down before the photos were taken but that has now been done. Frog 1/72 DH Hornet F.Mk3 (F239) An OOB build of the old Frog Hornet that still scrubs up well. Airfix 1/72 Piper Cherokee Arrow II (01060-5) Another lovely little kit. Unfortunately, the decals had yellowed beyond repair which had an effect on the blue of the decals, turning it green. Heller 1/72 Caudron C.635 Simoun (80208) A lovely little kit. Unfortunately, my tin of H52 Baltic Blue was awful and so I replaced it with H222 Moonlight Blue. Definitely not the right colour but it produced a pleasing result. Eastern Express 1/72 Navy Interceptor DH110 Sea Vixen FAW-2 (72284) The fragile decals almost had me in tears of frustration and it is a worthy candidate for re-decalling in the future! Revell 1/72 Hien "Tony" (H-261) A quick OOB build of the Revell 1/72 Hien "Tony" (H-261). This was also an original 60's boxed issue which has been "de-rivetted". The decals were like cardboard and would not lay very well. In hindsight I would have been better to have painted the white surrounds to the meatballs. Airfix 1/72 P-47 Thunderbolt (125) A quick OOB build of the Airfix 1/72 P-47 Thunderbolt (125). This was an original 60's polybag issue which has been "de-rivetted". I am looking forward to getting full mobility back in my right shoulder/arm in 2017 and who knows I might even get my Flower Class Corvette dusted off! Dave
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