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  1. Today I have for you all a finished Hawker Demon - The Airfix Vintage Classics kit. Some of the struts are slightly short, especially those for the tail, and one cabane strut broke but was more or less repaired. Wheels were sourced from a Heller NiD 622 so that I had a hope of actually painting the tires. Not my best effort, but one I am happy with, Up next for my British interwar collection is a Fury, and then a Gladiator. The Fury will likely have Print Scale Decals, and the Gladiator will hopefully have Swedish markings. Thanks for looking, Tweener
  2. Hello everyone. This is my first WiP posting, and I'm using it as a means to encourage me to get the job done! All the raw materials are ready: Rummaging in the loft, I found the instruction sheet from my last attempt, when it was first released back in the sixties. Saw it in the window of the model shop which was conveniently next to my primary school. Had to have it - those markings did it for me. Am I weird or does anyone else keep all their instruction sheets?! My next posting could take a while! Haris
  3. I don't suppose many of these get built nowadays, but there was a time when the various Aeroclub kits were the best available if you wanted to do any member of the Hawker Hart lineage. Recently John from Aeroclub was kind enough to hunt up a couple of his old decal sheets for me, which was a tremendous help in a scratch-build project, and so I thought I would dig out of store and build one of the old Aeroclub kits I have, by way of a small tribute to all he has contributed to our hobby. I got a good many of these Demon kits years ago secondhand from a gentleman in Australia, shortly after taking up the hobby again. One I converted to a Nisr and one to a Hardy, and one I did up as a 'Malta Demon' in a scheme I now know to have been wildly inaccurate. I still have two, more or less, un-built, as well as an Audax and an Osprey. Even today, stacked up against the newer limited-run offerings from A-Model and AZ Models, they still have points to recommend them. I approached this build in an 'out of the bag' spirit, and since the instructions include direction to 'detail to choice' (as well as to make some of the struts), I think a bit of fiddling and some little extras stays well within that. The white metal parts supplied include a fair start towards a detailed cockpit, but I decided to recruit a couple of likely lads in Sidcots to save time and keep me concentrating on the over-all finish. I used the kit decals, which went down without any fuss at all. The subject of the Aeroclub kit, K2905 of 41 Sqdn., flown by C Flight leader, was chosen by the Corgi people as one of their 1/72 die-cast subjects not long ago. The aluminum dope finish is craft acrylic silver mixed with some white and cut with Future, brushed on over white primer. The metal panels of the nose are done with aluminum foil, boiled a while with egg-shells to take off the shine and darken it a bit, with MicroScale foil adhesive applied. Rigging is done with EZ-Line elastic for the long lines, and 0.004" brass wire for the short lengths. Wife tried a new technique in these pictures. Not long ago a picture was accidentally taken without the flash of another model, and in processing she removed the shadow and did a couple of other tweaks, and we both liked the result. So these are done without flash in indoor sunlight, and treated as she did the earlier picture.
  4. Hawker Demon 64 Squadron colours Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden, 2014 This is a fairly rare thing for me - I'm usually a Lightning / Phantom / Buccaneer / Harrier / Hunter sort of modeller. A recent visit to Old Warden inspired me to do this one. I had had the old (ancient) Airfix Hawker Demon kit for years and years and never got around to it till now. I was also looking at doing a 229 OCU / 64 Sqn Phantom so this would seem to be a good companion for it. I'm no expert on pre-war stuff so I'm not sure about the accuracy of this, but I couldn't resist all that rigging and wiring! Good fun anyway. Basic airframe was sprayed in a mixture of Xtracolour Silver and Light Aircraft Grey. Metal areas on the nose were Alclad Polished Aluminium covered with Silver Rub N Buff, polished, then given a coat of Klear.
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