Jump to content
This site uses cookies! Learn More

This site uses cookies!

You can find a list of those cookies here: mysite.com/cookies

By continuing to use this site, you agree to allow us to store cookies on your computer. :)

Search the Community

Showing results for tags 'raf'.



More search options

  • Search By Tags

    Type tags separated by commas.
  • Search By Author

Content Type


Calendars

  • Community Calendar
  • Group Builds
  • Model Show Calendar

Forums

  • Site Help & Support
    • FAQs
    • Help & Support
    • New Members
    • Announcements
  • Aircraft Modelling
    • Military Aircraft Modelling Discussion by Era
    • Civil Aircraft Modelling Discussion by Era
    • Work in Progress - Aircraft
    • Ready for Inspection - Aircraft
    • Aircraft Related Subjects
  • AFV Modelling (armour, military vehicles & artillery)
    • Armour Discussion by Era
    • Work in Progress - Armour
    • Ready for Inspection - Armour
    • Armour Related Subjects
    • large Scale AFVs (1:16 and above)
  • Maritime Modelling (Ships and subs)
    • Maritime Discussion by era
    • Work in Progress - Maritime
    • Ready for Inspection - Maritime
  • Vehicle Modelling (non-military)
    • Vehicle Discussion
    • Work In Progress - Vehicles
    • Ready For Inspection - Vehicles
  • Science Fiction & RealSpace
    • Science Fiction Discussion
    • RealSpace Discussion
    • Work In Progress - SF & RealSpace
    • Ready for Inspection - SF & RealSpace
  • Figure Modeling
    • Figure Discussion
    • Figure Work In Progress
    • Figure Ready for Inspection
  • Dioramas, Vignettes & Scenery
    • Diorama Chat
    • Work In Progress - Dioramas
    • Ready For Inspection - Dioramas
  • Reviews, News & Walkarounds
    • Reviews
    • Current News
    • Build Articles
    • Tips & Tricks
    • Walkarounds
  • Modelling
  • General Discussion
  • Shops, manufacturers & vendors
  • Archive

Find results in...

Find results that contain...


Date Created

  • Start

    End


Last Updated

  • Start

    End


Filter by number of...

Joined

  • Start

    End


Group


AIM


MSN


Website URL


ICQ


Yahoo


Jabber


Skype


Location


Interests

Found 305 results

  1. There are a number of old threads that reference this colour, but nothing regarding Tamiya that I could find. Does anyone have a good way to mix ANA 610 Sky Blue with Tamiya acrylics? From this post, XF-23 appears too green to use as a base: X-14 looks like it may be 'too' blue? I wondered if white with a drop of XF-50 Field Blue, or possible XF-18 Medium Blue?
  2. This is my first finished model of the year, ready for inspection! I look forward to comments, suggestions and advice! It marks something of a milestone, the first I’ve started completed since returning to modelling after a 45 year pause….and the first where other than for the very small bits, no brush was used! I primed with a Humbrol primer can, sprayed the colours using my new airbrush, then sprayed with Tamiya gloss, applied transfers, a second gloss coat and then a flat coat. To seat the transfers, I used Micro Set and Micro Sol and finally fixed the canopy using Micro Clear. I’d had the Revell Horton Ho IX kit since it appeared, but it had been parked in the back of the stash as it doesn’t fit my RAF 1915 to 1995 mission. But after reading “Wings on my Sleeve” by Eric Brown I had an idea… So, here it is. The model represents the V3 prototype, it was discovered in Germany in 1945. You can see it now, fully restored, in the US NASM's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center next to Washington DC Dulles Airport. But why in RAF Markings? Well, according to Captain Eric “Winkle” Brown the aircraft spent time at RAE Farnborough where an attempt was made to fit the Metropolitan Vickers F2/3 axial flow jet, but although close in size to the Jumo 004 the effort was unsuccessful as the F2/3 couldn’t be made to fit into the Horton’s engine mounts. The F2/3 was 88cm in diameter and 4m long, the 004 was 81cm diameter and 3.9m long. My “What If” assumes this project was successful and the aircraft had been flown with the F2/3 engine, or the later “Beryl” development, by Brown at Farnborough during late 45 or early 46. The F2/3 produced about 2,700 lbs thrust, compared with the 1,900 lbs of the Jumo 004, so it would have been quite spritely. As mentioned, the kit is the Revell one, in 1/72 and whilst the basic build was simple but very fiddly, with many VERY small parts. The U/C is both complex and assembly is not exactly intuitive. I gave up building 1/72 scale some years ago and this build convinced me not to return to the scale, the bits are just too small. I finished the aircraft in the late war standard of RLM 83 Dunkelgrün and RLM 81 Braunviolett (Brown-Violet) on the upper surfaces with RLM 76 Lichtblau on the underside, all paints were Humbrol enamels. Where the German Crosses would have been I painted over with Dark Green on the upper surface and Medium Sea Grey underneath. The RAF late war markings were applied over these bands: there probably should be an “AirMin” aircraft number, these were usually applied to captured German aircraft flown in the UK. Most of the stencilling provided with the Revell kit I used. If this project has been completed and the aircraft flown in the UK then it probably wouldn’t exist today as elsewhere Brown writes that based on the problems at trans-sonic speeds experienced with the broadly similar wing form of the DH 108 Swallow, it would probably have crashed! I photographed my “RAF Ho IX” with a Spitfire XII in the same scale: the Ho IX is significantly bigger. It also shows the amazing development that occurred during the early 1940s given that only 7 years separates them, the Spitfire first flew in 1938 and the Horton in 1945.
  3. Just stumbled upon this site- huge collection of detail exterior and interior photos, some in color, of American and British types flown by the RCAF- many I have never seen before, There are also lists of squadrons and serials for some types. Some outstanding detail photos for model building projects. I hope you will enjoy them and find this a useful modeling reference resource! Mike http://silverhawkauthor.com/canadian-warbirds-3-the-second-world-war-fighters-bombers-and-patrol-aircraft-book_310.html
  4. I’m after some guidance and advice. I’m looking at building a 74 tiger squadron F4-J phantom. I’m looking at a ESCI 1/72 model or revell at the minute. The part I’m struggling to get are any after market decals of all the small stuff I.e no step, hook points etc for this aircraft. I’ve got the 74 main decals sorted. Just looking to add more detail with smaller ones. Struggling to find anything with xtradecal and modeldecal. Does anyone know of any or where to look further thanks
  5. Hello there, My first publication goes for the recently finished Sophwith Camel, in 1/72th scale from Revell Models. I had added some Ammo Rigging (Uschi) for upgrade the detail... Thanks for watching! Ricardo
  6. Airfix Tiger Moth in 1/72 in the kit scheme colours of No. 10 Elementary Reserve Flying School, RAF Yatesbury, Wiltshire 1940. Built oob except for scratch built seatbelts (from heavy duty kitchen foil), Albion Alloys 0.3mm brass tube (for the control horns in the tail) and Uschi van der Rosten Fine (0.02mm line). Paints were airbrushed Italeri RAF Dark Earth and Dark Green along with Humbrol yellow (I think it was 69 - colder compared to RAF Training Yellow) and Mig pigments and washes. I built this as I wanted to learn how to do rigging which was initially quite frustrating. I had many battles with medium and thin superglue and kicker just to get the lines to stay...so the surfaces around the struts became quite a mess in the end (along with the fuselage where it meets the wing). Despite my drilling out the lower wings and attaching the rigging lines to the upper wing with the intention of feeding the line through the lower wings, I only managed to do this for a couple, the rest were bodged in a pool of superglue. However, overall I'm pleased with the result even if the rigging is overscale and the rigging in front of the cockpit subsequently came undone.
  7. RAF in Camera 1970s by Keith Wilson and published by Pen & Sword follows on from his 1950s and 1960s volumes. Got mine today and it follows the same format as the earlier volumes using official photographs, is mainly in colour and looks like an great reference source for the RAF during that decade with green and grey Phantoms, Harriers and Jaguars everywhere just for starters. RRP is £40 although I ordered mine through a third party seller on Amazon for £32 last week and on checking again this morning the same source is now offering it for £28 with free shipping. Hope that the 1980s follows in due course.
  8. BAe Harrier GR.7 No.1 Squadron - Royal Air Force - Bardufoss Air Station (Ex. Snow Falcon) 2004 1/48 Revell With the vast majority of recent RAF aircraft adorning not so attractive grey on grey schemes, non standard schemes tend to catch the eye. Whilst going through my Dad's images from the early 2000's there are a number of images of white winter camo Jaguar's, Tornados and a few Harriers. Cue a project that I am glad to say I am one model into, recreate a series of winter deployment camo aircraft! The first of which comes from Revell's rebox of the Hasegawa GR7/9 kit. Marked as a 1 Squadron aircraft from the final Harrier deployment to Bardufoss, Norway for Exercise Snow Falcon '04 the aircraft has been finished in the state a lot of my reference shots show during the deployment. Decals were provided by the Model Alliance "Harriers: The First Ten Years" 48-102 and the cockpit was replaced with the Aires GR7 cockpit, annoyingly the canopy fogged a little whilst trying to attach it and so the interior is somewhat obscured, but I am going to play it off as it's cold in Norway and the canopy has glazed over a little Onto the images; Thanks for looking and expect a WIP for the next RAF Winter camouflaged jet at some point, but I'm yet to decide on Jaguar, Tornado or Buccaneer! Nick
  9. I had a choice of 2 kits for my next build, Revell's 1:72 Hurricane or Airfix 1:72 Typhoon. After some deliberation my son chose the Hawker Typhoon. I have just finished 2 bombers, so fancied building something smaller. In my stash I have Eduard's Royal class Spitfire's (I love building Spits), but fancied making something similar but very different. So here it is, Airfix 1:72 Hawker Typhoon IB. I got the kit for only £5.99 and am very impressed with the detailing. The box includes clear instructions, with a choice of 2 paint jobs, and a nice sheet of decals. There are 4 grey sprues, with little flash and loads of detailing. As well as one small clear sprue. I have decided to go with the markings of the aircraft flown by Flight Officer A H Fraser, No.439 (Westbound) Squadron, No.143 Wing (Royal Canadian Air Force), 2nd Tactical Air Force, Eindhoven, Netherlands, February 1945. I have given the sprues aquire wash, and can't wait to get started.
  10. My second, or first, build will be a Percival Provost T. Mk.1 [box and frame photos to follow asap] Photos; I'll be doing the RAF version, the top option The decals are rough and have foxing. The roundels will need replacing as they are printed out of register. I hope I can use the badges. I have spare day-glo decal incase its needed
  11. 1/72 Airfix P51-D Mustang starter kit. Okay it's taken me two months on and off (more off than on really) but found it a mix of relaxation/frustration/elation over these dark winter nights. Coloured in with mostly a flat hairy stick and then dirtied up. I throw myself at your mercy! ;-) TTFN Steve
  12. Hi guys, Thought I would get some photos up of the Mach2 Argosy. It won't be a full on WIP, just little updates from time to time. Booms just pushed on for photo. and where it's at now, that centre wing section has been a PITA & will need a rescribe, but other than that it's been an OK build. My weakness has always been building 'neat' and finishing seams off perfectly.... but this time round it's looking a lot better... More, soon....................
  13. Hi everyone After my Mosquito I have a real burning desire to build a large twin, I can’t justify spending the money on the Tamiya 1/32 Mosquito so this evening I was pottering around in the attic (as you do) and I found this.. ...I’d forgotten I bought it back in 2012 when it was first released (after a couple of sherries) and on seeing the size of it I packed it up and stored it away, until now. I intend for this to be my slow build for 2018,I am going to throw some AM at it such as brass guns, metal undercarriage, resin wheels and props, new seat harnesses, and Airscale instruments and placards and I’ll build it as an RAF example. I’m going to build it along side my FLY 1/32 Hurricane....wish me luck and why don’t you come along for the ride...it’s going to be a long one. Cheers all Iain.
  14. Fortress Mk.III Upgrade sets 1:72 Eduard - For Airfix Kit Eduard offer us Front Interior Set (73616) This set has both a colour nickel fret and a traditional brass one. Parts are provided for the side panels inside the nose, the bomb-sight & mounts, hatches, machine gun barrels, mounts, ammuntion boxes & feed chutes. Radio boxes, electronics boxes, the doorway back to the cockpit, front access hatch, radar parts, and mounts inside the astrodome. Rear Interior Set (73617) This set has both a colour nickel fret and a traditional brass one. Parts are provided for the inside fuselage, equipment racks and mounts, bulkheads, doors, racks, radio operators compartment, crew doors, crew toilet, hatches, waist machine gun barrels, mounts, ammuntion boxes & feed chutes, and the rear gunners compartment with sight. Exterior Set (72659) This set is one larger brass fret, and one small one. Parts are included for the inside of the engine nacelles, firewalls, cowl flaps and the wiring harness for the engine. The openings in the wing leading edges are replaced as are various grills and hatches. There are brake lines for the main landing gear and new wheel hubs. New ends are supplied for the turbo chargers and new external aerials are included. Unique to the III are some parts around the wait guns windows, scoops to improve cooling airflow for the electronics inside, and additional aerials. MasksThis set provides masks for all the glazing and wheels. Review samples courtesy of
  15. I'll start with something easy-peasy; the Hawker Tempest II I'll do it in an RAF scheme [now; them] Photos; The kit makes a Mk.VI of the RAF or a Mk.II of the Indian Air force I'll be doing an RAF Mk.II Loverly; mustard and green plastic The decals are rough
  16. Does anyone know if any manufacturer makes an F-4M or K with the Spey engines that could be made as an RAF Phantom in 1/48th scale? Ebay just seems to throw up American versions, with only F-4Js suitable as a 74 Sqn jet, but I'd like an FGR2 ideally.
  17. Hello mates! This is my very oldest surviving model that i never gave up, Tamiya 1:100 Frightning. Hardly survived my yobro's abuse (playing dart!!!) and was in pieces until yesterday (as the Sabre) but i reassembled it minus the missing parts to show it to stevej60 and YOU!! You see, as the Germans say: he is also only cooking with water.... So many EE Blitz unbuilt kits i have, but i am a builder not a collector, i think i will start now... Crazy, this early one has recessed lines, later Tamiyas not! (Marketing said: Behave!!! You can't do that! They don't want that!! Puuuuh.....) Cheers!
  18. For some reason, I seem to be thinking about centenaries. In 2018, there are three centenaries that I think of that might interest members of this forum: the formation of the Royal Air Force (RAF, 1st April 1918) the first tank battle, three British Mark IVs met three German A7Vs at Villers-Bretonneux (24th April 1918) and the Armistice on 11th November 1918 This group build is about the first of those centenaries: On 1st April 1918 the RAF was formed by merging the Naval Air Service with the Royal Flying Corps. Historically, the RAF has been about more than just flying. My intent is that the group build should reflect the history of the RAF. That includes aircraft, but it also includes (for example) High Speed Launches of the Marine Branch, and armoured cars from the Armoured Car Companies. Rules - to be decided. A General Group Build Each build thread should represent one year. The thread may contain one or more models, but all models should belong to the same year. If the mods are happy with an a GB as open as this, then I'd add Standard GB rules, with no What Ifs. What do you think? Any suggestions? CliffB (1921) charlie_c67 (1935) JackG (1939) PlaStix (1940) Thud444 (1975) Roland Pulfrew (1983) wyverns4 (Something from 1st 25 years) Procopius Robert Stuart (Something from 1st 20 years) Caerbannog (Something early) PhantomBigStu
  19. Hi Just before many 1/72 Phantom are about to flood our shelves I have just finished this Fujimi Phantom FGR.2 in grey-green camouflage. It was an easy kit to build even if the level of details is basic in the cockpit. That is the reason why I prefered closing the canopy. I have been inspired by a picture in the book RAF Phantom from Peter Foster and this is the Phantom FGR.2 XV497 #A of No 19 squadron in August 1983, a climax year in the Cold War. Transfers are coming from different Xtracolour sheets. I hace still in my stash another box of this kit but I am looking forward for the FAA Airfix one to come. Patrick
  20. Airlift Force RAF Transport Command 1948-1967 ISBN : 978190856310 Guideline Publications It would seem that in RAF service, like life the more Glamorous Fighters, and even bombers get the limelight while other aircraft do their jobs without getting notice. However to this reviewer what shouts RAF more than the VC-10 or the Hercules? indeed on a recent visit to RAF Cosford as well as maybe the V Bombers the main hall is dominated by the Belfast, Hastings and York. It is just a pity there is not a Comet there as well. This new book from Guideline Publications looks at history of the RAF's transport command from 1948 until 1967 when it became RAF Support Command. Following on from the massive effort of the Berlin Airlift, through the post war contraction Transport Command seemed fade from the public's eye. Despite this they would continue to support RAF operations the largest being the Suez crisis of 1956. Aircraft such as the Beverley and Hastings would come on stream and the Command was a supporter of the Comet. Later they would get new aircraft in the form of the Belfast, Andover, and VC-10. Even though emphasis is on the larger aircraft, smaller types such as the Dove, Twin Pioneer; and Helicopters such as the Belvedere is covered. The book looks at RAF Transport Command with the following chapters; In The Beginning Post War Contraction & the Berlin Airlift Pared to the Bone Turbine Power Arrives Operation Musketeer - Suez 1956 Beyond the Comet 1966 - Three New Aircraft Aircraft in Service 1948-67 RAF Transport Command Sqns 1948-67 The End.... and a New Beginning.. The book is A4 softbound and 90 pages long. It is illustrated throughout with black and white, & colour photographs. Conclusion If you're interested in the transport side of the Royal Air Force, then Transport Command was this at its pinnacle, Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  21. Lord Riot

    RAF Hercules

    Morning all Is it still possible to get a 1/72 Herc kit that can be built almost OOB as an RAF Herc from the 70s to 90s period? There seem to be a few American ones but are they suitable to build as a C-130K?
  22. Hi I'm currently working on some RAF ground vehicles from Airfix Vehicle Set and Refuelling Set, however I wanted to make them into 1950's vehicles, not Second World War. As far as I can find, vehicles around that time would be blue/grey with yellow tops. Is this correct for every vehicle, and are the vehicles I'm building from the sets ones they would use in the early 50's in Germany? And would the markings they have in the set still be the same? Many Thanks PlasticSoldier
  23. Seatbelts RAF Late 1:72 Eduard This set contains six sets of harnesses for late-war RAF types such as later Spitfires, Mosquitos or Typhoons. If you don't want to spend a lot of time or money on aftermarket bits and bobs, a simple seat harness can still make a big difference to a kit's cockpit, particularly in this scale. This set should prove to be good value if you manage to use all of the belts. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  24. Jaguar GR.1/GR.3 1:48 Kitty Hawk We discussed the creation of the Jaguar in our review of the French Jaguar A release here, concentrating on the French airframes for obvious reasons. The British order of 165 of the initial GR.1 models with a further 35 T.2 two-seat trainers resulted in the formation of two active squadrons and one Operational Conversion Squadron in the mid-70s, which became operational with the British nuclear deterrent in 1977. As the fast-jet training aspect of the Jaguar's initial requirements was by then removed, further squadrons were raised to carry out reconnaissance tasks. After an avionics upgrade they became GR.1As with more powerful engines that went at least some of the way to dispel their reputation for being underpowered. The GR.3 upgrade saw the avionics and power plants upgraded further still, but only 10 years after this upgrade they were retired before their time (as usual), which marked the end of the Jag's faithful service with the RAF. During her time at the front line, she served in Bosnia, and the first Gulf War, narrowly missing the later invasion of Iraq after Turkey withdrew permission to overfly their airspace at the last minute. The final scheme was a stunning salute to this interesting aircraft, consisting of a blazing orange Jaguar pattern showing through the simulated torn outer skin of the aircraft. After a number were sent to museums the rest were reduced to main assemblies for storage, thus ending an era. India and Oman still operate a number of license built and former RAF airframes, with India carrying out upgrades of their own, including radar systems similar to those proposed for the Jaguar-M in the 70s, with a projected out-of-service date of around 2020. The Kit This is the follow-up to the water-testing (in the UK market at least) that was the French Jaguar A, and as such has seen a couple of changes following comments made about the initial release. The kit arrives in a similarly small box with a desert liveried Jag down in the weeds over from scub land with his wingman in the background. While a lot of Jags will doubtlessly be built in the Gulf War era camouflage, it might have been better to differentiate the two kits by putting another scheme on the box in order to stop the myopic amongst us from choosing the wrong one! Inside the box we get to the important part - the plastic. There are two loose fuselage parts plus seven sprues of pale grey styrene of a type identical to the last kit, so good to work with. There is also a clear sprue of parts, a small sheet of Photo-Etch (PE) brass, a pair of decal sheets and finally a small instruction booklet with a glossy cover and two fold-out pages with full painting and decaling guides in colour. One of my gripes about the A boxing was that the painting guides were incomplete and small, so likely to confuse the hard of thinking like myself. Well done for listening, KH! My name also appears on the cover with a thank you, but my input was so slight that it didn't warrant such a gracious gesture, but thanks anyway Anyone that has the A boxing will be very familiar with the contents of the box, as the majority of the parts are the same, for obvious reasons. The fuselage is split between fore and aft just forward of the engine intakes, and again, I'd consider gluing the two parts together before proceeding. It worked well for me with my A build here, but it might work just as well following the instructions. I did find the filling of the seam to be nice and easy with none of the sticky-out parts installed though. The cockpit is different, and uses a Martin Baker seat that was actually present in the other boxing. Detail is nice and a set of PE seatbelts are included, which are a bit thicker and more detailed than the earlier ones, so again KH have been listening. The instrument panel has the option of a large PE MFD screen for the later mark, or the original circular screen fitted in the GR.1s, although the instructions seem to imply that you put this on behind the main panel, but that could just be my enfeebled brain's way of looking at it. The PE is of higher quality in general this time around, and the instrument panels and side consoles are all much busier. There are also additional instruments applicable to the British machines on the edge of the coaming, which sit either side of the HUD enclosure. The New Sprues The gear bays are identical in this edition, as are the gear legs. The nose gear bay is still a little over-sized, but the main gear wheels have been reduced in diameter to closer replicate the actual size, and are now only a fraction of a millimetre from the now-extinct Paragon replacement parts that were made for the old Airfix kit. The nose of the British Jags were almost without exception of the chiselled variety with the glazing panels beneath the pitot probe. This is depicted by a single piece of clear styrene that depicts the nose, glazing, and a socket for the probe. Behind this is placed a large clear hemisphere depicting the lens within, so a little black paint in the nose might be wise just in case anything can be seen through them. The other glazing is identical, and based upon the two samples that I received, the glazing issues seem to be behind us, and no cracks were visible in the windscreen part. It might be my imagination, but it looks a micron thicker than the one on the A that sits to my right here in the workshop. The error with the two APU exhausts has been carried over to this kit, so you'll need to remove the starboard one from the equation and place a box in the bay instead, using some of our detailed walkaround pictures (found here) as guidance. Of course, if you're leaving the air-brakes closed this that would save a lot of work, but it's entirely up to you. The engine bays are exactly the same as the A boxing, and here you have the opportunity to show the basics of the engine un-fettered by the cowlings that surround them. The fit is good either way, as long as you make sure that everything is correctly seated and test-fit at each stage. I built one open and the other closed, and they both fit pretty well. The engines are the same too, and you have the full body supplied, with forward and aft engine faces, plus a nice PE burner ring that sits inside the rear. The nozzle outers are styrene with a PE inner and petals that you fold in to create the constricting inner exhaust. There is an overlapping tab to secure the end, and careful rolling will result in a nice cylinder that fits snugly inside the plastic outer. Tweak the petals inward, and secure them with super-glue from inside when you are happy with their angle. The intakes are built from two L-profile parts, and as with the earlier kit, they fit together well with minimal sanding or filling, and if aligned carefully with the fuselage, there should be little work there either. Don't forget to paint the insides white or very light grey, and mask off the insides 5mm or so with the body colour, as it'll save a lot of faffing later. There is no forward fan-face or deeper trunking in any of these kits, so a set of FOD guards will ensure there is no see-thru look - there's not much to be seen inside anyway once all the bays are installed, but I have heard stories of modellers with torches at shows. The wings have the slightly concave curved inner panel that caused some scratching of heads on release, but the slats have been reduced in chord, particularly inboard, which as well as showing that KH listen, should also result in a better looking leading edge to the wings. The flaps, aileron and spoilers are all there, with the spoilers the only parts that can be easily placed in either deployed or stowed positions. Drill a couple of holes in the wing underside for your pylons, and install the clear wing-tip lights, and you're done. Just remember that you'll need to hide the seam on the upper side when you install them on the fuselage, but underneath they pretty much sort themselves out. Oddly, the construction of the tail fin and elevators has been omitted and the instructions jump from section 18 to section 22, back to 21 and then on to 22 again. Somewhere the printers have managed to bind my instructions up incorrectly, missing out steps 19 and 20, that would presumably cover the construction of the fin, the under-fuselage strakes, chaff-and-flare dispensers, sundry antennae and lights both underneath and on the upper spine, as well as the important cockpit heat exchanger on the spine just behind the cockpit. Hopefully this is an omission peculiar to my copies that will be rectified in later printings. I'll scan the omitted steps later and post them up for reference, but the fin will differ from the French version, so I'll update it with the correct part numbers. The weapons fit for the RAF Jags was different from the French, but the same "cross-over" sprues are included as well as the same pylons. The over-wing pylons for the Sidewinders were in the box for the A, but unused, and here they are designed to be used, as there is no cover-strip included for when they are not installed. There's not much to them however, so a little scratchbuilding should see you sorted, and it's a good thing, as the over-wing pylons weren't always present in service, especially when there was no perceived air-threat. The weapons included for use with the British Jag are as follows: BGL1000 x 2 Matra 155 x 2 OBL755 x 2 BGL480 x 2 AIM-9M x 2 Fuel Tank x 1 The PHIMAT pod and Magic.2 missiles are hangovers from the A instructions, so shouldn't be used. The load-out diagram also shows the French weapons, and shows the single fuel tank installed on the centreline pylon, whereas the RAF often suspended them from the inner wing pylons in pairs. Markings There are three schemes included on the decal sheets, and it's safe to say that they should please a lot of modellers. The basic schemes are Desert, Green/Grey camo, and the unsual winter distemper scheme. The majority of the decals are printed on the larger sheet with the smaller sheet having the loviz roundels and a rather fetching caricature of Saddam Hussein for use on the Desert scheme. From the box you can depict one of the following: GR.1 XZ364 "Sadman" Gulf War 1991 - all over desert sand GR.1 XX732 54 Squadron, Coltishall 1979 (Bull's Eye '79) - green/grey camo with red shark mouth and blue/yellow checkerboard on the intakes GR.3 XX725 54 Squadron - green/grey camo with white distemper overpainting of the green. Blue/yellow chequerboard motif on tail and intake sides with crest. The latter shows a little of the colour underneath showing through, but unless my eyes deceive me, it has been depicted as grey, when in fact it should be green, matching the green that was over-painted for the Arctic Express exercise in 1994. Decals are well printed and in good register with the exception of the white background printing, so there are likely to be some touch-ups required in places, unless you elect to cut the offending white sections of the roundels off. It's not the end of the world though, as roundels are easy to source, but it would have been nice for KH to have got it right, or ensured that their printers were aware of the need for precision. On the upside, the representation of the Sadman figure with a British combat boot up his backside is excellent, and shows some subtle shading on his uniform and the attacking boot. Stencils for the weapons are included, and annexed off on a per-weapon basis by dotted lines, and KH have thought to include a few white boxes with "Training Use Only Suspension Capable" written upon them. Conclusion A number of issues have been fixed with the RAF boxing, which will please a lot of British modellers (British by birth or interest). Like any model, it's not perfect, but it has got closer as a result of the additional work that's been put in - compared to the old Airfix kit though, it's streets ahead for both the "out of box" builder and the detailer. It's not a kit that you can blunder on regardless and expect everything to fit regardless of application of skill, but if you take your time, learn from others' successes and failures by studying online builds, you will end up with a very good replica of the famous RAF Jag. The instruction goof could have been avoided, but in this online world, it's not insurmountable, and now it's out in the open, it is easily resolved. Now we wait with baited breath for the two-seat trainer, which I'm seriously looking forward to, as it has some unusual lines that if done right should sell plenty. Highly recommended Review sample courtesy of and available soon from major hobby shops
  25. Apologies to you who have seen these before but since the 'Photobucket event' I have only just got around to loading these on to a new server. In no particular order... XT596 FG.1 No.2 as delivered to A&AEE 1968. XT597 FG.1 A&AEE circa 1982. XT861 FG.1 767 NAS 1970. XV484 FGR.2 31 Squadron 1976. XV492 FGR.2 92 Squadron 1985. XV498 FGR.2 92 Squadron 1983. XV470 FGR.2 19 Squadron 1989. XV492 (again) FGR.2 56 Squadron 1991. All built from the Hasegawa (or Revell) kit in 1/48 using an assortment of aftermarket bits and bobs. Enjoy!
×
×
  • Create New...