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  1. The postie dropped this off yesterday, but due to shielding requirements, and with Mrs N, being the responsible adult out of the two of us, suggesting that the safer option would be to refrain from opening the box for 24 hours, I have managed to keep my grubby mitts off the package until this afternoon. But now the genie is out of the bottle. Anyway, enough of all that nonsense, this is my first entry for the group build, and the plan is to finish it as either one of the KG.30 aircraft that targeted Driffield airfield on August 15th 1940 (fortunately some KG30 markings are included in t
  2. Re purposing this thread to be a general farewell to 1/72 thread. Not that I won’t build some models in that scale but 1/48 is now my default. the list Airfix Typhoon P51D FW190 Swordfish Gnat Revell Ta 154 Me 109G Heller Me109K The fw 190 and one of the 109s are earmarked for our ‘what if 2’ group build but the rest are fair game. First up the TYPHOON Found this when going through my stash for bits for my current wip (guns, engines etc) I also happen to be reading this and
  3. Whilst building a pair of BoB fighter's on the Group build I found this following rummage in a box. It was complete other than needing a coat of matt varnish and the masking removing from the canopy. Now this had sat in a box for at least nine years and I was concerned that the masking wouldn't budge but fortunately it did and I found I had put a pilot in it , which is very rare !! Built straight from the box. And on the bench It will have a BoB brother and two larger one that I am working on over on the BoB Grou
  4. Another of my 'lockdown' builds. I think this is a rebox of the MPM kit as it certainly isn't an Airfix mould. More like a short run offering with no locating pins and very basic instructions. But the surface detail is really nice and it went together pretty easily. I have to say that the engine /wing route design is a lot better than on the Special Hobby NF kit which seemed overcomplicated. Represents a No. 63 squadron aircraft mid 1950s. Paints are from Tamiya, Gunze Aqueous and Vallejo with Xtradecals to finish. Thanks again for letting me bore you with more builds!
  5. Hello everybody... as some of you know Im a fan of Robert Stanford Tuck. Last year I decided to start building collections of aircraft based on my favorite pilots. I started a build for Josef Pips Priller first and recently started the second series of builds dedicated to R.S.Tuck. He for some reason has always struck me as the quintessential RAF pilot. My first build in the series was his Mk.Vb and was built for the recent Spitfire group build. I present to you one of his Mk.I Spitfires coded QJ*Z from 92 Squadron July 1940. To build this I used the 1/72 Airfix Mk.I and aftermarket
  6. Afternoon all, My second build for the GB will be an 'in-flight' S.50 using: I hope to do the aircraft depicted carrying AS-30 training rounds, purely because I like the aircraft scheme and the black and white stripes on the missiles. I have some Alley Cat resin bits on order for the aircraft, they also do a set of Nord Aviation AS-30 missiles and pylons but I think that the Martel missiles still supplied in the Airfix kit and the spares I have from an earlier Tornado build will do as a basis for creating the AS-30s with some judicio
  7. Hello all. In a fit of nostalgia a couple of weeks ago, I ordered from KingKit a couple of Airfix Lightnings. Not the excellent F.6 and F.2A, but the rather old F.1A and F.3. I have built these many time in the past, when the world was different and my view of it more so. I have recently built a Sword Lightning F.1 with markings by Model Alliance. I had found the markings pretty good, except they silvered and were highly translucent. I wanted a cheap model which was not too important in my great scheme of things, and I wanted to try an alternative way of adding the transfers. This
  8. Hello all, I found it difficult to pin down a specific model that defined the feeling of ‘building as a kid’ but for me and I suspect many others it is the overall experience and brands that hold more in the way of memories, for me that brand is Airfix. I can remember building kits on the dining table (covered with plenty of newspaper of course) at my Grandparents house during the long summer holidays and being fiercely loyal to the brand, especially when my cousin was building a Revell kit, using some strange liquid cement and casting disparaging remarks about my favourite manufacture
  9. Hello everyone... Ive never done a Mk.I Spitfire so Im looking to build one of these pretty soon. If anyone can provide photo’s of the Sprues so I can answer some questions. I found some ok photo’s on cyber-modeler but they aren't the best. First question are the landing gear solid with the doors, and do they share the same odd mounting as the 1/48 Mk.I ? Second is it only the three bladed prop ? If so thats good but the two blade would be a bonus for future builds if its in there. Im looking to do either a 65 Sq. bird, most likely YT*L R.S.Tucks K9906 or YT*A R6883 F/Lt. Gordon Olive’s plane.
  10. Yes, yes I know about as much resolve as the bathroom cabinet after a big night out! As far as SWMBO is concerned my finger slipped OK! So, anyway the other big idea I had for this GB is now on its way to me: Cheers, Mark.
  11. Hello here is the Airfix 1/72 scale Hannover. This kits dates back to 1967 and shows every year if it’s age. Saying that enjoyed it a lot. The colour scheme of the aircraft is for an early version of the Hannover but I had no lozenge decals so you will have to let that one slide. I added a an impression of the cockpit but apart from that it is oob. thanks.
  12. Greetings! In January 1942, Sonderkommando Blaich under the command of Hauptmann Theo Blaich, conducted a daring long range raid against the Free French forces at Lake Chad. The raid was a success, but on the return flight the HE-111 ran out of fuel and was forced to make an emergency landing deep in the desert. Several days later, an Italian search plane located the stranded HE-111 and a JU-52 flew in with supplies and fuel. The stranded aircraft was subsequently refueled and returned to base. Although the actual aircraft used in the raid was a HE111, I wanted to twist history a bit an
  13. Here's my Lincoln, just finished in the Lancaster STGB - build thread is here. This is the Airfix 1/72 Lancaster II converted to a Lincoln using the Blackbird Models resin conversion and converted to the Armstrong-Siddeley Python testbed RF403 using a combination of 3D-printed nacelles and bits from a couple of Trumpeter Wyverns. I say 'testbed' but I don't think it really was - this was the third (I think) Python Lincoln, built for use at Woomera in high-altitude trials of the Blue Danube bomb. It was a fun build - the Blackbird conversion is excellent - just marred b
  14. The second 'lock-down' model! When I was little.........when I was a child I saw a picture of Revell's 1/32 Stuka with the RED (!) Wüstenschlange. This is my version of those childhood memories. Airfix' 1/72 Ju-87B7R - a great kit! : I know, I know - the RED (!) Wüstenschlange is debatable, but the memories - the memories..... Cheers Hans J
  15. Aaaarrgghhh I can’t take it anymore!!! The Messerschmitt Me 262B-1a/U1 By Airfix 1/72 Good evening you lot. I’d like to welcome you to my first build of 2020. As the title suggests “Aaaarrrgghhh I can’t take it anymore !!“ I’m talking about the kit I’m currently finishing off. It’s one of those Sci-Fi jobbies. There’s just no glue, fit issues, learning new stuff, banter, all the stuff I love about modelling. It’s looking good but all I seem to be doing is disassembling parts I’ve already assembled and painting said bits on sticks before assembling again. I don’t know wha
  16. OK, I wasn't going to get into another GB without finishing the one I'm in, (P-51) but I did get one done in the Kuta XII GB, so thought I might try this one seeing as I have until May 10th, starting late though. So, I was so keen I forgot to take the basic photos, and started spraying paint First the interior with Humbrol 78 and some of the exterior with Humbrol 230 PRU Blue, so I wouldn't have to mask the camera ports was my cunning plan After looking at it with some PRU Blue on it I thought the panel lines were way to big and deep, so using some Vallejo Plastic putty, this st
  17. Hello everyone... Id like to present my Airfix 1/72 Bristol Bulldog. It was built in the Nordic group build and wears Finnish markings. It represents on of two IIa Bulldogs donated by Sweden to Finland for defense in the 1939-40 winter war. They were used as trainers in the Finnish Air force. Here is a link to the build. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235066999-bulldog/ I did attempt to rig this but there was a minor dis
  18. Nice to get this one finished finally: Airfix's 1/72 Spitfire Ia tinkered with to produce K5054. The model depicts the aircraft in early 1937, around the time of its wheels-up landing at Martlesham Heath. By then the Spitfire had the eight brownings fitted and they were experimenting with different kinds of exhaust pipes. The cowling had a strengthening strip above the exhaust stacks, which I created with plastic card. The exhausts here came from the early Airfix Hurricane kit and look similar enough to what's in the photos. The aircraft also had a tailwheel by then, so it was looking very clo
  19. OK, i'm doing the newish Airfix F-51D kit which has the later Hamilton Standard uncuffed square tipped prop in the box Also plan on the kit option of Dominican Republic, last world operator of Mustangs in an air force that I know of, and a long time operator of Mustangs in total I have the Aerofax Datagraph 1 on North American F-51 Mustangs in Latin American Air Force service for eference I have been reading up on the FAD Mustangs, and these later ones had been through some upgrades with Cavalier over time, some to the full standard some not. On o
  20. Morning All, After a pause for the Cenotaph this morning I'm now able to post up my first completion in a good while. One of my favourite Mustangs, again using the Airfix 1/72 kit. It's an early D-5 model from the 20th FG. The beautiful nose art and KIS(S) fuselage codes have stayed in my mind since I first saw the colour profile in my Dad's copy of "The Mighty Eighth". So when I found that PrintScale had done the decals in 1/72 I knew the time had come to build it. The Airfix kit is straightforward enough but I had to remove/reshape the tail fillet and correct the hing
  21. Just completed this one and another cracking kit from Airfix. It's worth buying for the box art alone! Construction was fairly straightforward but joining up the fuselage halves seemed to give me a little bit of trouble. The seat is 'suspended' and fitted between two locating pin holes as well as the tailwheel in the same manner, which made alignment tricky. Also the instrument panel and coaming were a tight fit and once the fuselage was sealed up i realised the instrument panel wasn't seated correctly. In trying to reposition it i lost it into the abyss never to be seen again! Oh well it's da
  22. Now i know this is not totally accurate, as i only found out part way through finishing this one off that the A-4C has a different nose shape to the A-4B! I was too eager to have a go at the unusual White / Green / Blue camouflage to notice the difference and reshape with putty. Oh well.. it was a fun build, gave me some airbrush practice and looks ok at the back of the display cabinet with the lights dimmed! Decals are from Xtradecal. Paint from Vallejo. Pin wash from Mig. I may compliment this with a Navy A-4Q machine that Airfix had just released next....at least that will be accura
  23. Hi, here I'm sharing with you my Vampire in the RNZAF colors! It's the 1/72nd Airfix vampire starter kit. Little bit of a back story, I chose a started kit because it's the first aircraft kit I've done, and the first time I weathered (washes only), and also the first time I used acrylics extensively (used a lot of lacquers and enamels on my ships), and also the first time i have to mask that many things (canopy and all). So first of a few things, I'm quite happy with it, please be frank and full of tips, I'd love to learn new things for my next model (1/72 AB-212). I initially want
  24. This was a cheap and cheerful kick-start to "ye flagging mojo:" Pulled an Airfix Hurricane gift set out out of the stash and did it as the Science Museum example. WIP here. Paints are Mr Color, OOB except for some Eduard belts. This proved to me that you can easily build an acceptable ( to my standards) model in a few days if you really want...something to remind me to JFDI instead of whinging about depleted mojos... And while I was
  25. Good evening For this Gb Iam building the Airfix kit https://modelingmadness.com/scott/allies/previews/airfix/a06015.htm With the Albatross decals sheet https://www.scalemates.com/kits/993350-albatros-modelworks-alc-72008-b-25-c-d-g-h-j-mitchell I am going to build "Worth Fighting For" An aircraft of the 428Bomb Squadron 310 Bomb Group based in Tunisia in 1943 Some books I just started to paint a coat of Interior Green .. Patrice
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