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  1. "I've just been to Supermarines. I've seen a small Amphibian. It looks handy, tough, and versatile... something the Navy needs. I want you to put its service trials. Off you go..." Rear Admiral Maitland W.S Boucher, D.S.O. Royal Navy So while waiting for paint to finish my other build how about I see what I can do with SMER's 1/48 Supermarine Walrus. Airfix it ain't , but it does appear ( I know appearances can be deceiving)to be much better than a Tauro debacle I waded through on another GB. So far, aside A LOT of flash, it looks doable. and hopefully enough room I can trick this out with some extra detail inside, naturally it will be hidden once all buttoned up. So lets see what I have to work with shall we? I know I'll be scratch building and printing parts and so forth so this SHOULD prove interesting. So on orders from the Admiral.... Off I go!
  2. Hello all, My entry for this GB is 1/48 Walrus from Airfix. With some extras from Montex and Eduard,
  3. Guys, my last build endet only partly sucessful (to say it politely), and as a next I need to have something that ticks some other boxes, to regain my Modelling Mojo. Mainly boxes in the "easy & satisfying" section that is, to be precise. I want to stay in the comfort zone in this build, rather than push the barriers here. So, what could these boxes be, and what, as a result, would be the best match in my stash? First, let me do the very nature of this forum justice, which means do tinker around on some British topic again, as was the Sopwiths, of course. Modelling to me had always a kind of British flavour (as the claim for this forum goes), as it was always always a match between Airfix and Matchbox. While in my youth I tried to lay my hands on those Matchbox kits whenever possible, as they played in a different, luxurious league with their multicoloured sprues and beautiful artwork. Even more so in their most basic "purple" range, which was my main target way back then, as it was compared to mainly blister bags from Airfix with boring, grey plastic. So, to tick the first of the comfort boxes, it's one of this childhood memory things, which we all love for making us feel comfy and warm. But a Matchbox kit - I ruled this out by the end of the Sopwith disaster, as this would rather quickly turn into scratchbuilding lane. Not a road I want to take this time... Maybe one of the new Airfix toolings, then? I always wanted to do a modern Buccaneer, or a Harrier, but, wait, there's a perfect match - and I have it in my stash already! It's not from Matchbox, but was one of my favourite ones as a kit. It was in their orange line, was three coloured in orange, I think green and brown, and Airfix released the same topic a few years ago... A new Airfix tooling I guess would be quite satisfying to build as well, as these seem to be very well engineered, and no need for bigger scratchbuilding here. Also, it would tick another childhood-memory-comfort box; I build the old forementioned Matchbox kit at a time when this young modellers shifted to other topics as well. And, as we're talking of a young boy at the age of around ten, you would expect the love for music to awake at this age (the interest in girls might be somewhat connected to this, but let's rule this out for the time of this build, to strictly stay in the comfort zone). And, what could be a boy's first favourite band at this age? It's again, very British, and one of their songs and the old Matchbox kit I build way back then got connected in my mind forever. The title is a mayor spoiler here, it's from this boys favourite track and favourite kit of those days, and, yes of course, ... it's the.... (drumroll please)... (you might have guessed it, by now) It's the ... (drumroll get's dramatic)... Ladies and Gentleman, we proudly present another build of the... (Big Fanfare!) Airfix Walrus in 1/48! (Audience gasps in relief and hopefully applauses...) Question is, will this Eggman get his Modelling Mojo back with this?
  4. I'm not sure where to put this question--it's an enquiry about a military aircraft in civilian service--specifically, four Walruses that were intended for catapult launch from a whaling ship, the S.S. Balaena, during the 1946-47 season. Although it could equally well be about military versions, none of the categories in that section seem particularly appropriate. Apologies in advance if I've chosen the wrong spot. I'm currently modelling one of them, "Boojum", and feel I could do a better job of rigging the various ropes if I understood their function. I have enough photographs of various of these aircraft to get a good idea of where the ropes went: As you'll see, these aircraft had a grab-rail around the bow which seemed to be an anchor point for a couple of the ropes. There's also a run on the starboard side that seems to have been stapled firmly to the forward fuselage. Here's what I've drawn myself so far: (The rear hatch in my base diagram is open, but will be closed in the model as in the photographs. I don't know if that's a significant factor in the run of the rear ropes.) Thanks for your time looking at this, and I'll be grateful for any information.
  5. I'm planning on building an in-flight model of G-AHFL "Boojum", one of two Walruses that were operated from the S.S. Balaena as whale-spotters during the 1946-7 southern whaling season. I was inspired to this build by a set of JBOT decals I bought, with the original intention of modelling G-AJNO of Scottish Airlines. But the sheet included markings for G-AHFL, which introduced me to the "whaling Walruses" G-AHFL "Boojum", G-AHFM "Moby Dick" and G-AHFO "Snark", which seemed like more interesting subjects for a model. Only Boojum and Snark sailed on the Balaena--Moby Dick was left in South Africa. (One can see why, with a name like that, they decided they didn't want to take it on a whaling voyage.) A sister aircraft, G-AHFN, ended up flying in the Folkstone Trophy Race. There are a reasonable number of reference photographs of the four aircraft. As a flying model, I need a rotating prop, so I printed up two propeller discs to depict the Walrus's "four blades in two planes" propeller, and mocked up the propeller boss from styrene tubing. I moved some of the kits interior detail around and did some scratch building to depict a pilot and navigator/observer. I didn't spend a lot of time on this, since the interior will be minimally visible. I also opened up the two side windows in the kit fuselage and "glazed" them with some slivers of overhead projector transparency. There's also a neodymium magnet strategically placed to allow the final model to lift off and on a stand without any sort of visible slot in the underside. I've made the necessary magnetic support out of another magnet surrounded by plastic card and epoxy, but haven't yet decided on the detail of the stand itself. Here's the rather unedifying underside of that object: The main scratch-building challenge for this one is the grab-rail around the nose. I drilled out the fuselage halves and inserted lengths of 0.5mm brass rod as the rail supports, in positions judged from photos and diagrams. The bulge on the side of the nose (a thermometer housing, apparently) needs to be removed--it was only present on the port side of this aircraft. I'll also fashion a little fairing in front of the side window, which the kit depicts on the port side but for some reason omits on the starboard. Here's the finished grab-rail, and some styrene strip added to the rear fuselage for the rails on which the rear hatch slides: The kit depicts the rear hatch in the retracted, open position. I want it closed, so I split the kit part and flattened it out, and added a little styrene sheet to its forward edge to suggest its real shape. I also opened up the small windows in the hatch cover, replacing the frames with styrene strip. And you'll see that starboard thermometer housing has gone, though I still need to make the fairing in front of the window. So far so good, then. But I will need to scratch build a rear wheel and extended oleo, because the kit includes only a version with a compressed oleo and the standard rudder fairing around the wheel. This is also my first venture into rigging a biplane, so there's that to look forward to, too. And I'm going to need to do some work on JBOT's decals. Despite being my inspiration for this build, they have a few shortcomings. There's only one set of large letters, and the aircraft needs two, for the upper and lower surfaces of the wings. The decal sheet gives a choice of black or a strange dark green for the fuselage letters. This aircraft is often depicted with (rather brighter) green lettering on its yellow surfaces, but I don't know the origin of that--I've only ever seen black-and-white photographs--so I need to come to a decision about what colour of lettering I want. And there's a problem with the lettering on the nose of the aircraft, which should (among other things) read "Ex S.S. Balaena" in flowing script. The JBOT decal sheet looks awfully like it reads "F.F. Balarna". The writing is almost certainly too small for anyone to notice ... except now I've noticed it, dammit.
  6. Greetings all, The first build of the new year is the Revell (Matchbox) Supermarine Walrus, which will likely be finished in post-war French Navy colors, as provided. Construction progresses fairly quickly, as there are only 3 seats in terms of interior detail. The interior was spray painted flat back and one of the hatches closed to hide the emptiness. The tailplanes fit so well that they actually clicked together without glue, but were glued anyways. The tail struts were all the correct length and fit into their holes well. In about 3 hours times, the Walrus looked like this: After this had been left to set for a while, construction continued this morning, and now she looks like this, ready for paint: The first layer of silver will be sprayed sometime tonight, and hopefully she will be all painted by the middle of next week. That's all the progress so far, Thanks all, Tweener
  7. Well, I've finally completed my Walrus! It’s taken far longer than I’d anticipated, but I guess that’s par for the course... In my case it’s largely due to being a novice (with an eye for detail), so I’ve tended to spend a lot of time researching the aircraft, squadron history, paint schemes, thickness of rigging wires, etc, etc. I’ve been impressed by the quality of this kit, the only minor niggle was the omission of the short aerial mast atop the tail fin. Within the cockpit I was surprised that Airfix didn’t include the second pilots control column in its stowed position nor the stowage cradle for the F24 camera. I did consider building these from scratch but in the end decided to save enhancements for future models. Apart from that a very clean build, perfect for a modeller coming out of retirement! Major lessons learned - plan the build better and apply all transfers before rigging (which I didn't do...). The Walrus also gave me a chance to have a go at airbrushing (thanks to the loan of equipment from a good friend and ace BM modeller - 'Johnson'. I primed the whole thing with Halfords grey primer and then airbrushed the final aluminium finish. It all went surprisingly well for a first timer... I then hit problems with a damaged roundel - which meant printing a replacement using transparent and white decal paper. It worked a treat with a close colour match to the original. I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of reference material available online, plenty of images, and an original Walrus service manual on the Seawings website. I used this to study the interior detail and work out the gauge of wires needed for the rigging. The rigging is far from perfect and I'm sure I'll add more detail to my next projects - a Tiger Moth and Swordfish seaplane. I decided to create the bracing wires from fishing line (0.14mm), and tension them using the techniques that have been well explained in various BM posts. Very satisfying process although tricky at times! Once we get our freedom back I must re-visit Yeovilton FAA museum to check out the real thing! Merry Christmas!
  8. This is my first WIP, as a newcomer to BM and many years since building anything! The kit was a much appreciated birthday present although it’s taken me a month or more to roll my sleeves up and get started! It’s a great kit of a fascinating aircraft with plenty of detail to get my teeth into. Here are a few photos from the early stages which I hope you’ll find interesting. I’ve also been testing out my macro photography skills as you can see. Phil
  9. Matchbox 1/72 Supermarine Walrus 23hours 5 minutes. Waterlined and rigged. Spitfire wing section from Matchbox kit. Figures from Matchbox and Airfix. Dinghy Milliput and Plasticard. This was the image that inspired my build
  10. I have my 1973 Matchbox Walrus kit washed and ready to go. I tried a sample of the original decal sheet (in Roobios tea!) and it came off well and didn't crack so may use that decal sheet just for old time sake. The reason I've titled it wading Walrus is that it will be waterlined. I will do basic stringing and one or two extras. Watch this space I also have an aftermarket decal sheet so will see which looks best. Some hints of whats going to happen 😉
  11. Hi all, Given the strange times we all live in, I thought I'd go for an unusual build, and push myself a little again. Who can ignore an aircraft nicknamed 'Steam Pigeon', or even better 'Shagbat' 🤣 Here's the beautiful box art: And the obligatory sprue shots: I could only lay my hands on the 'Silver Wings' boxing, whereas I had a hankering to build an RAAF type. I therefore laid my hands on a few extras, as shown below. This will lead me to a couple of major firsts in my modelling journey: Sprayed markings, and rigging a biplane. The plan is to build an aircraft of No. 5 Communication Flight RAAF, based in New Guinea in 1943. Photos of aircraft are relatively sparse, but this is the scheme as presented by Auntie: What could possibly go wrong?! With a degree of trepidation, I bravely started on the easy stuff, removing the multiple ejector pin marks from the fuselage interiors. This is mid way through the process - it did look better in the end I then used multiple drill bits opening up the rigging holes Today I then cracked on with the interior. I also learned a valuable lesson along the way that water-based paints actually thin very well with.... water! I've persisted with using Tamiya thinners for airbrushing, but delayed deliveries due to COVID have forced me to consider alternatives, and the interior green with which I've always struggled settled down beautifully when thinned with good ol' H2O. Here's where I ended up after a good day's self-isolation: Thanks for looking, Roger
  12. New Year Resolution complied with - my Walrus finished at last, not quite before the Hunter arrived but not long after. I got stuck last year on a couple of issues. The first was the finish - I started to get debris in the paint. I finally tracked that down to poor brush hygiene with Xtracolor paint. There was a quantity of paint still in the brush which remobilised every time I used it, giving 'hairs' of paint. I've since given it a really good clean and it's much better now although still not perfect. The other was the rigging. In 55+ years of modelling I've never rigged a biplane before and I finally decided on 8 gauge guitar wire following a tip on this forum. It's not perfect but shouldn't go slack with time. Ditto the finish - it is what it is and doesn't look too bad under a coat or three of matt varnish. It's from the box apart from Eduard harnesses, the rudder mast (curiously omitted by Airfix), and the window spray deflectors, fashioned from the trailing edges of the unused flap parts, The paints are brushed Xtracolor and the decals from Xtradecal. I wanted a scheme with a clean demarcation between the upper and lower hull colours and as an FAA scheme, AA5R was the obvious choice. Thanks to ex-FAAWAFU for his hugely helpful WIP thread. The photo of AA5R shows light bomb carriers so I used the kit practice bombs and also fitted the other bomb racks. The photo also shows the bracing wires clearly but no antenna from the rudder to the top wing aerials so I left that off. It's a brilliant kit and the struts are more-or-less self aligning - congrats to the new Airfix. Thanks for looking!
  13. Here is a few images of the completed Airfix 1/48 Walrus done as s/n K9515, No 5 Communications Flight RAAF. For the build log go to the link below:
  14. Hi. I'm after some help please. I have the Airfix 1:48 Walrus and have spent several weeks simply admiring the quality and detail of the mouldings. However, I do intend to build it... My father was a Flight Sergeant in the RAF during WWII, and for about 3 years was with 294 Squadron in Egypt and Palestine. During that time, he worked on Wellingtons, Walruses (Walri?) and Blenheims (although I can find no record of Blenheims serving with 294). I'd like to build my Walrus to represent an aircraft with 294 but my researches have not returned any information about individual aircraft codes, serial numbers or colour scheme, beyond that the squadron code was probably AF (thanks to Wikipedia). Can anyone point me in the direction of a good research source - or even provide some colour and code information? I'm not concerned about absolute precision but would at least like to produce something that looks the part! Thanks in advance, Brian
  15. Here's my Airfix 1/48 Walrus, finished as W3037/PV-W of 275 Sqn, RAF Andreas, Isle of Man, 1943. Built for the flying boats and floatplanes group build (if you've not been following this GB, take a look - there's some fantastic modelling going on there). This aircraft ticks a few boxes for me - it fits with my Manx-based aircraft theme, and I wanted to do an ASR Walrus. I had very little photographic evidence to go on - just a photo with half of a 275 Sqn Walrus coded W in the background - so the scheme is a bit speculative. Thanks to info from @Ivor Ramsden I was able to narrow the serial for this aircraft down to one of two and went for W3037 - so I think there's a 50/50 chance that the serial/code tie-up is right. The Airfix Walrus is a lovely kit - I really enjoyed this build. I used very little aftermarket - just some seatbelts from a spare Eduard set, and decals from various sources. The yellow codes were made up by cutting up and rearranging the codes from the ASR option in the kit. I tried Mr Paint acrylics for the first time on this - very pleased with them. This is my first biplane in about 30 years and my first attempt at rigging - not perfect, but showed me that it's nothing to be scared of, and although I'm not necessarily about to go and seek out more biplanes to build there are a couple of kits in the stash that might move up the to-do list now. Build thread is here. On to the photos:
  16. My Seafire 46 is now close to RFI, so time to start something else. I have been toying with a Seafire 47 - and will probably do it in parallel with this build; however, having got hold of the new Airfix 1/48 Walrus, I find I cannot resist working on R.J. Mitchell's other great aircraft of the war. I have always planned to build at least one of these at some stage, as part of my long-term project to build an example of every aircraft I flew (which doesn't include the Walrus!) and every aircraft my father flew (which does). He only flew Barracudas front line, so I started looking at training squadrons, and found this: AA5R / W3040 was an old warhorse (she'd flown from HMS King George V earlier in the war) which served on 751 Naval Air Squadron at HMS Condor (RNAS Arbroath, which also had a satellite field at Dundee). 751 was an Observers' training squadron - the equivalent of the modern 750, where Lookers are brought up to wings standard (navigation, r/t, weapons work etc). My father was on 65A Drake Course and got his wings in July 1944, before moving onto Speke and Ronaldsway for radar training (bearing in mind that airborne radar was a new thing at this point, and many front line types didn't have it), and then to Maydown in Northern Ireland (747 NAS) for Barracuda conversion, and then to 810 NAS on the front line at RAF Beccles, then Machrahanish, and then embarked in HMS Queen. I think there was more than one squadron at Condor; my father's logbook only mentions being appointed to Arbroath, but not a specific squadron number. He certainly flew several different types during his training; Swordfish, Albacore & Walrus at this stage, but also Anson, Stinson Reliant, Defiant, Proctor, Blenheim, Whitley - even an hour in a Wellington! Anyway, I knew that the Xtradecal AA5R was a likely candidate because every RN Observer trained in the UK went through that squadron at some stage (every other course was trained in Canada and/or in Trinidad, but Dad's flying was all in the UK). It's better than that, though: not just the right squadron, but the right aircraft - 27 April 1944, with Sub Lieutenant Ure up front, he flew W3040 for 2 hours on a Surface Reconnaissance Exercise (SRX). So clearly this is the airframe I am going to build. Having done the Seafire largely OOB to get my mojo back, this one is going to be a bit more embellished; I have the Eduard interior and exterior PE sets, plus masks (and of course the Xtradecal markings). If you are remotely interested in the "Shagbat", you will no doubt already have read that this new release is the best Walrus out there by a huge distance - it looks really, really good when you open the box. Like all CAD-era kits, fit is by all accounts very tight; keep paint away from joint lines etc. - but we are used to that in Wing Nut Wings etc., so why not Airfix. The only criticism I have seen of this kit so far is that there are a LOT of ejector pin marks on the inside; probably the price you pay for all that moulded rib detail. There are a lot of them - about 20 per side - but nothing that half and hour with a sharp No 10 scalpel blade and some careful scraping couldn't sort out. I did take some before and after photos of the ejector marks, but some advanced camera muppetry on my part means you'll have to take my word for it! Here is a general view of the inside of the aircraft; the "duckboard" floor parts are glued, as is the forward of the two major airframe ribs - the aft one is dry fitted. You can see how much detail Airfix have moulded in to this beast! In the pic above, you can see that I have removed 2 sections of the floor - one on the port side immediately aft of the second frame, and one on the starboard side immediately ahead of the first frame. That is to allow some extra Eduard detail goodness to fit (the one on the right is a mere 9 pieces of PE...) I have also started adding PE to the side walls - I have been doing a lot of planning to work out what to add before painting (because the interior is going to need a lot of paint and weathering work before I close it up). Finally for today, here is a closer shot of some of that PE, complete with some pencil marks on the side walls where other bits are due to go: More soon Crisp
  17. I have started the new Walrus and done some initial construction and test fitting. As I only sprayed the interior green today I am letting it dry overnight then will do some of the detail painting and weathering inside tomorrow. This is going to be wings folded, hatches closed up and no rigging while the second one I will start later on will be wings extended, hatches open and rigged.
  18. Hi everyone. I'm starting out on my new Airfix Walrus and thinking about the colour scheme. As I have a bit of a Manx theme going on, and there was a detachment from 275 Sqn based at Andreas between November 1941 and April 1944, I'd like to build one of the Andreas based machines. If I can't find out anything specifically about the Andreas detachment, I might go for anything from 275 Sqn on the basis that it would be fairly representative of the aircraft used on the detachment. I've not found much on these Walruses. There's a photo here with a Walrus in the background coded W (presumably PV-W since PV was the squadron code - there's someone standing in the way of where the PV would be) but that's all I've been able to find. Can anyone help with a serial for Walrus W or PV-W of 275 Sqn please? If not does anyone here have any info on serials and codes of any other 275 Sqn Walruses and, if possible, the ones detached to Andreas? cheers Z
  19. My Airfix Walrus (actually two of them, but I'll save the second for another time) arrived in the mail today, and I couldn't resist getting started. Starting with the usual open box shot: This will be my first biplane in something like 30 years. It'll also be my first attempt at rigging. Is it a bit perverse that I'm actually looking forward to having a crack at rigging? Not sure what colour scheme to go for. I have the Xtradecals on order, but I'm also wondering about whether to do one of the SAR machines that was stationed at RAF Andreas, to carry on my Manx theme. thanks for looking Z
  20. As mentioned elsewhere, I have an affection for Supermarine’s ungainly, initially unloved (by the Air Ministry at least), Steam pigeon, the utilitarian but ultimately highly successful Walrus. I have tried several times over the years to build one in 1/72, but have run aground on the shores of the elderly models available. Although limited run kits have been around for a while, Airfix’s new release is the first mainstream model in this scale for many years (Did Frog once make one?) I have a family connection, albeit tenuous, in that my maternal grandfather was a pattern maker for Saunders Roe in Cowes, and while I have no definitive proof he worked on the Walrus, it’s a close enough connection to give this build added interest. The model is unstarted (since I only got it today and box shots will follow when I get home. In the meantime, a trawl of the IWM archives found a number of inspiring shots for reference. Feast your eyes on these until I have some actual modelling to report! AIRCRAFT OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: SUPERMARINE WALRUS. © IWM (MH 6866)IWM Non Commercial Licence AIRCRAFT OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: SUPERMARINE WALRUS.. © IWM (CH 18540)IWM Non Commercial Licence A SUPERMARINE WALRUS AIRPLANE TAKING OFF AT MERS-EL-KEBIR, WITH THE SS EMPRESS OF AUSTRALIA IN THE BACKGROUND. 20 JANUARY 1943, MERS-EL-KEBIR.. © IWM (A 14367)IWM Non Commercial Licence NORTH AFRICA - FLEET AIR ARM SUPERMARINE WALRUS KEEPS WATCH OVER HOSPITAL SHIP. FORCE H AT SEA AND IN HARBOUR, 12 TO 14 JANUARY 1943, AT SEA AND AT MERS-EL-KEBIR.. © IWM (A 14168)IWM Non Commercial Licence Especially for Ced – ITMA! "ITMA" IN THE AIR; TOMMY HANDLEY & PHT VISIT FLEET AIR ARM. 14 JANUARY 1944, ROYAL NAVAL AIR STATION TWATT. TOMMY HANDLEY AND THE MEMBERS OF HIS "ITMA" COMPANY HAVE MADE A SIX DAYS TOUR OF THE HOME FLEET AND NAVAL AIR STATIONS IN THE NORTH.. © IWM (A 21446)IWM Non Commercial Licence "ITMA" IN THE AIR; TOMMY HANDLEY & PHT VISIT FLEET AIR ARM. 14 JANUARY 1944, ROYAL NAVAL AIR STATION TWATT. TOMMY HANDLEY AND THE MEMBERS OF HIS "ITMA" COMPANY HAVE MADE A SIX DAYS TOUR OF THE HOME FLEET AND NAVAL AIR STATIONS IN THE NORTH.. © IWM (A 21444)IWM Non Commercial Licence AIRCRAFT OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: SUPERMARINE WALRUS.. © IWM (CH 9027)IWM Non Commercial Licence THE ROYAL NAVY DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR. © IWM (A 20690)IWM Non Commercial Licence The last two images suggest how I have in mind to display the aircraft, if I can contrive a convincing water effect base.
  21. Having a break from painting (a wall not the plastic) I glanced at the stash and thought " why have I 3 biplanes and 2 Parsols when I hate rigging?"...and thus the story begins... Would it be sacrilege to wiff with a Matchbox Walrus? Probably not thanks to the Revell re-issue, albeit without the multicolored plastic we all love so dearly. ok so ideas now began to form in my crazy mind... Turn this: into this: From Turning to Burning. Or maybe this: Monoplane it (although Supermarine already beat me to this with the Seagull) Or a simpler: Just drop the rigging, and repaint in a new scheme wether alternative warbird or civi. Of course there other whacky options: 'gunship' - rockets, torpedos, turrets etc 'electric' - long before the EKA-3, predating the F3D-2Q, and making even the TBM-3Q seem positively modern. '2000' - well if Dornier can modernise their WW2 vintage boats... 'racer' - didn't a Walrus do a lap at Reno? Not looking like this... ...and I'm sure there more! Some things would be hampered by the rather bare stores box, others by the skill box - but nothing by the 'outside the box'
  22. After a long slow-down in my modelling activity due to other pressures my lovely wife gave me this kit, Special Hobby's re-boxing of the Classic Airframes kit, for Christmas. Inspired by a Grumman Duck build article in SAM last summer, I decided to try my hand at a diorama for the first time. After all, a seaplane sat on wheels always looks a little odd, in my opinion... The kit is well described elsewhere and the tribulations of the struts and rigging severely tested my patience! That said, I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. I used shade variations to try to get a slightly worn look to the camo and the whole plane was washed with a mix of black and payne's grey oil paints. I used sewing elastic for the rigging and one of my daughter's hairs for the arial wire. The downed airman is in a K Type dinghy made from Fimo, wine bottle foil and tissue paper. The figures are an Airfix pilot and Eduard aircrew. The latter had some pretty drastic surgery to make their knees bend far enough, but filler is a wonderful healer! The rope is embroidery thread set with thinned PVA. The guy in the dinghy looks like he might be about to fall out, but he'll be pretty desperate to catch that rope and get back on board a plane... The base is made with foamboard and plaster of paris. I sealed the plaster with a thick coat of PVA and painted it with acrylics. One unexpected effect was that some of the acrylic paint 'split' as it dried to leave tiny flecks of white in the water which look better than anything I could have produced with a brush. The whole thing had a few coats of future to make it look wet. Once the plane had been set in place, the gaps were filled with modelling clay and the painting touched up. I brushed gloss varnish onto the sides of the plane, but was a little wary of getting too carried away... Let me know what you think!
  23. Apologies in advance if these should be their own individual categories and will adapt if so. Here are a selection of my builds involving Flying Boats and Float Planes since restarting model-making a few years back after a break of around 35 years. 1/72 Airfix Junkers Ju52/3m finished as a WHIF, used by the Regia Aeronautica on Rhodes in late 1940 OOB Build. (I had posted this previously in a Junkers thread but seemed appropriate to include it here as well as it has floats! ) 1/72 Airfix Short Sunderland III with Wrapround Camouflage. OOB Build with slight scratch cockpit. Roundels from Original Kit, Lettering from Revell Heyford 1/72 Airfix Supermarine Walrus in USN Colours. OOB Build, but missing canopy glass. WHIF scheme. 1/144 Airfix Boeing B314 'Clipper' in wartime BOAC Markings. OOB Build. 1/72 Matchbox Heinkel He-115 FloatPlane as a Swedish TB-2. OOB Build. Roundels & Lettering from Airfix Mosquito J30 kit This is my first Airbrushed model and really like the finish that can be achieved over (my) brush 1/72 Airfix Auster AOP (kit #01023), represented in a fictional Swiss Flying Doctor scheme. OOB Build with slight cockpit "clutter" added. Decals raided from spares box Lovely little kit to build 1/72 Matchbox Dornier Do G/Do-18 Flying Boat (Kit #PK-409), finished as a Deutsche Lufthansa South Atlantic Mailplane. OOB with slight mods to convert kit to more accurately represent civilian service.
  24. Just started on a build of the Revell nee Matchbox Walrus and have been doing some dry fitting and I am puzzled about the dihedral or lack of it on both sets of wings!! Does anyone have a decent set of plans for the Supermarine Walrus which gives the dihedral for both the upper and lower wings? Or was there specific instructions on one of the 1/48th kits by Special Hobby? In the old Profile booklet the centrefold profile seems to show no dihedral in the nose-on-view but the side profiles seem to hint at dihedral on the lower wing. The (basic) rigging diagram on the Revell instruction sheet has both wings flat but it is only a simple drawing to aid basic rigging not an accurate plan. The mouldings when dry fitted give some dihedral on the lower wings but very different angles on port and starboard!
  25. As Hannants with the 1/48th Blenheim Mk.I/IF (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234965380-classic-airframes-blenheim-mk-11f-hannants/), Special Hobby is to re-release the old Classic Airframes 1/48th Supermarine Walrus Mk.I kit in several limited editions. Source: http://www.mpmkits.com/en/1/1-1-6/8/ - Ref.SH48161 - 1/48 Walrus Mk. I Early Warriors source: http://www.mpmkits.com/en/1/1-1-6/1-48-walrus-mk-i-early-wariors.html - Ref.SH48162 - 1/48 Walrus Mk. I Battleships Eyes source: http://www.mpmkits.com/en/1/1-1-6/1-48-walrus-mk-i-battleships-eyes.html - Ref.SH48163 - 1/48 Walrus Mk. I Air Sea Rescue source: http://www.mpmkits.com/en/1/1-1-6/1-48-walrus-mk-i-air-sea-rescue.html V.P.
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