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  1. Another market tester, the cheap and cheerful Airfix 1/72 P-51D, which could be had for as little as £2.99 recently. The decals were from an ancient 15 year old Hasegawa kit and were headed for the bin until the miser in me kicked in, apart from needing a new bogus tail code due to some ill advised Daco Red all was well. Paint is Alclad and Mr Color as usual, along with my no hole magnetic stand. No aerial wires and pitot left off as this is a "to be posted" item but a personal one would have got some Uschi "rig that thing" fine that looks right in this scale. Only thing that needed effort were the guns which are Albion tube. So number 12 for 2019 and 2 already for July, loving my build fever right now. As I can't get up any enthusiasm for building anything for the display cabinet, these one-a-week builds are keeping my modelling skills honed til inspiration strikes me and I finish my 1/72 'Nam Spook thats been sat forlornly since March. Mind you would be nice to finish at least 25 1/72 airplanes this year.... WIP here: And beauty shots here: Thanks for tuning in. Cheers Anil
  2. Hi all. Since finishing my last efforts a couple of days ago, I decided to do a little update and maintenance work on some oldies that have been laying about the display case, needing some love and attention. One of these happens to be my conversion of the old, original Airfix A4D-1 kit, back-dated and modified to better represent the prototype, on the day of her toll-out. I can't even remember when I first built this model, but has certainly been many years ago. The model itself was sort of simple and crude, and to a much greater extant than now, so was the level of my work upon it. That being said, making the conversion was a joy and a pleasure. In fact, to confess the truth, I still more dearly enjoy cutting up and modifying a kit, than actually completing it! That may be the reason that at least a couple of walls of my kits have been started, but never finished! In any event, this kit had been finished to my "then" standard, but over the years I found that the landing gear legs had been painted white, and should have been metal; the cable cutter (or is it the pitot?) was missing from in front of the windscreen, and so on. I decided to fix some of the errors, but not to redo the whole aircraft to a higher state of modeling. She is what she is, and shall remain mostly as she has been -- a proper marker for the type of models I built long ago, to get to the type of models I build today. She may not be as fancy as today's effort might be, but, I love her still... As to the mods to the original kit, IIRC, I had to add a bit of a "hump" behind the canopy, made of CA cement, and sanded to the correct shape; I had to backdate the aircraft's tailpipe to the original straight-through tube, vs the "sugar-scoop" king of exhaust of the later variants; I had to add the fairings on either side of the horizontal stabilizers where they meet the vertical stabilizer, and of course, add the long "test boom" to the nose. I may have had to do a little work to the rudder, can't remember for certain: Anyway, here she is, gussied-up a little bit, but not all the way: At the roll-out, the serial number and model type were hidden with paper and tape stuck over them, and this is depicted above. And finally, I was amazed to find -- after much research -- that the underside was actually painted like this: As often happens with people of Scotch and Irish descent (my maternal grandmother was a Flynn, and my wife's grandmother was a MacEntegart), we all spend a lot of time around this time of year...reflecting. Here's to old models, old modelers, ...and days of Auld Lang Syne.... Ed
  3. Hi folks,my eldest wanted a Lancaster so we split Revells British icons set and I got the fighters.The Hurricane was posted a few weeks back but the spitfire was awful due to warpage and a broken canopy,so having an Airfix MK1 in "stock" I used the Blisters,cannon barrels, prop,spinner,and filter from the revell kit to represent a V model,sorry to the purists but no panel line changes were made or anything else that I,m sure were different.Hope you like thanks for looking.
  4. stevej60

    Spitfire PR MkXIX

    Hi folks,just started Airfix,s Spitfire PR Mkxix ,and looking on the web have seen the BoB memorial flights example with invasion stripes and would love to finish it as that example,I can rustle up the fin flash and roundels out of spares and as no serials seem to be worn be able to do it,was there aircraft finished in an authentic scheme with the stripes and no codes? thanks Steve
  5. Hi folks,I am at the painting stage of the newish tool airfix spitfire two blade prop WZ-T and cannot bring myself to finish it as per the instructions with one upper wing roundel,it just does,nt look right.I have seen a superb build by Bill(Navy bird) on site which I can do from my spare decals stash but I thought I had seen this aircraft with smaller upper wing roundels. but cannot remember where.If this is the case would it still have the two blade prop and carry serials thanks Steve
  6. Hi folks,here,s another Airfix mk1.totally different scheme to that shown on the decal sheet,I had originally asked for information on the underside colour on the sheet and amongst the replies Troy sent me some excellent photo,s of the real aircraft with the sky paint overlapping the wing leading edge and his take on the spinner colour.thanks for looking
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