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  1. "There is no other help for us, no stronger wall to ward off disaster, no city with its ramparts to hide inside, no other army to turn the flow of battle. Here on the plains of Troy are we, our backs to the sea facing the mail-clad Trojans, far from our native land. So in the strength of our own hands is our salvation, and there can be no surrender in this fight." -- Homer, The Iliad, XV (trans. A S Kline) "Only fully experienced pilots must come here. It is no place for beginners." --Hugh Pughe Lloyd, AOC Malta, to Arthur Tedder, 25 April 1942
  2. I'm new to this site, and just back into modeling (thanks COVID-19!) after 20 years or so away! I always loved it as a teenager, but turns out it's every bit as fun as an adult. Plus, more patience and more cash really make the hobby a lot more interesting. Still, for now I'm sticking to OOB and (mostly) brush painting. We'll see if the hobby sticks after this pandemic is behind us... I've benefited a lot from these forums over the last few months, and want to join in the fun. On the bench (i.e., my late grandmother's old dining room table) as of yesterday is Airfix's classic,
  3. Kit - Airfix 1:72. Paint - Humbrol, WEM & Xtracolour enamels. Decals - Kit. Extras - LAU-3 pods from Hasegawa Weapons Set. Hawker Siddeley AV-8A Harrier VMA-513 'Flying Nightmares' MCAS Kaneohe Bay 1976 Bought this on impulse from a mate here in NZ just a couple of weeks before Christmas and decided to get it built more-or-less immediately. Hit the bench at the same time as the Skyraider and built side-by-side. Definitely does not 'fall together' i
  4. Hi All, My first completion for 2021 is Auntie's lovely Lancaster B.II. This mark of the Lancaster was a little different to the iconic Merlin-powered Lanc as it used the Bristol Hercules radial engine. The B.II was conceived as a backstop in case of production restrictions on the Merlin. This never eventuated, and the type was relatively short-lived due to inferior performance at normal operating altitudes. However, 300 or so were produced, and many ended up with RCAF squadrons until they were replaced by Halifaxes. There are 2 well-documented aircraft in the schemes
  5. Good day to all, I wanted to try some new techniques for weathering so I started this Airfix Spitfire Mk.II as a test bed. I learned some lessons that I will and will not apply on subsequent projects. While most everyone knows this kit, here are my thoughts........... 1. Paints used : A. Mission Models RAF Dark Green #MMP-077 B. Mission Models RAF Underside Sky #MMP-080 C. Tamiya Flat Earth #XF-52 D. Model Master Medium Sea Gray E. Various other colors for the exhaust, cockpit, wheels, tires, etc. 2. Seven different colored w
  6. Back in 1975 Airfix issued their kit of the F-86D and I built one not long afterwards. Later I bought another one cheap to use as spares. I have used the national insignia from the decal sheet and for some reason "borrowed" the rear end of the jet tailpipe for another kit. Both the decs and the tailpipe can be replaced, and as it fits in with the time period I am modelling for this GB I thought I would have a go at building it. The decs are currently taped to a window to get rid of some yellowing. I guess most of us are fairly familiar with the development of the F-86 Sabre,
  7. It's been a while since I posted anything on here but as @tonyot and @bigbadbadge have given me some encouragement here goes. I've made a lot of Spitfires in the last couple of years, there are about 50 finished in my loft, three in progress, and an unknown number to be built. Anyway, this thread is about the new Spitfire Vc. I bought seven on release and have done two already. A 185 squadron one: A 91 squadron one: This one may not be an RAF one. I'm tempted by the Italian and Greek ones on the Xtradecal Vc sheet. We'
  8. Airfix 1/72 Folland Gnat T.1 in Yellowjacks (No. 4 Flying Training School display team) scheme, 1965. I won't go into the history but here's good links: https://www.thunder-and-lightnings.co.uk/gnat/index.php https://aerobaticteams.net/en/teams/i208/Yellowjacks.html Airfix’s neat little Folland Gnat was tooled 2012 I believe. Just £5 from Lidl in starter set boxing and built in a record time for me of only four weeks! It’s a very nice model, some builders have reported flash but mine had none. Panel lines might be a bit big
  9. I really like the austere look of the 1980s-vintage Hawker HS-125 CC.3 in RAF service, painted gloss white overall and a roundel blue cheat line, similar to that shown on the Matchbox cover-art of the CC.2. To do justice to the type requires kit-bashing using two different generations of kit: the 1974-vintage Matchbox of the -600, and last year's Sword model of the -800. Sword's kit offers many details that can be cobbled onto the -600 to turn it into a -700 jet, such as the engines, underwing details, and possibly the landing gear. As others on this board have pointed out, the Matchbox kit
  10. Multipose WWII British Infantry Figures Airfix 1/32 The Kit I can vaguely remember getting a set of these in the early 1980's. The set was first issued in 1977 and has been re-released a few times over the years. Airfix have now released this in a starter set with 6 paints, 2 brushes and a tube of glue. The figure parts look well sculpted and the weapons are very well moulded. There is very little flash on the sprues considering the age of the moulds. There are 6 figures in the set. Running with rifle Walking with sten gun Throwing grenade Kneeling with rifle Lying with rifle
  11. Hi all, I thought I'd start sharing with you my current build on the bench - the 1/72 Airfix Vickers Wellington Mk.1A/C - before I get much further on. I started on this kit to really get back into the swing of things as with everything going on in the world, my modelling productivity took a bit of a nose dive and I really enjoy using the forum to see what everyone is up to and to share what I'm doing too. So to kick us off - here's the standard box art pic: So far I've built up the cockpit and the two fuselage halves and everything is about ready to be put t
  12. Bristol Beaufighter TF.X 1:72 Airfix A04019A The Beaufighter was originally developed as a fighter variant of the Beaufort, aiming to utilise as many components from the light bomber as possible to speed development, construction and minimise tooling costs. It didn't quite work out that simply, as it needed additional power that could only be provided by the new Hercules engines that was in development, as even a Merlin engine would leave it underpowered as they later found out. This meant a mid-wing mount had to be created so that the props had sufficien
  13. My other attempt for this GB will be the Airfix Fokker F-27 converted to a Laser Airborne Depth Sounding aircraft operated on behalf of the Royal Australian Navy. I will again be using a Hamilton Hobbies conversion as well as some replacement white metal under carriage legs Decals are from Southern Sky this time around From Wiki The Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight was a unit of the Royal Australian Navy. Unlike the rest of the flying units of the RAN, it was not controlled by the Fleet Air Arm from HMAS Albatross (NSW), but
  14. I used the old Airfix Jet Provost kit as it represented a very early production aircraft with the extended wing leading edges. I replaced the canopy with one I vacformed to represent the version used on the few T2 versions which were part way between the heavily framed Provost style and the production T3/T4 style. The decals are home made. With the Jet Provost T1 demonstrator I built a few years ago using the old Airfix kit, rear fuselage and canopy of a Matchbox Provost and home made decals. Steve
  15. M12 Gun Motor Carriage 1:35 Airfix A1372 The M12 was born out of the need for mobile artillery for WWII. The design was originally rejected by the Army but 100 were built after the Artillery board supported the Ordnance department. The M12 was based on the M3 Lee chassis. However the engine had to be moved to mid chassis to accommodate the 155mm gun. The armoured front was kept which enclosed the driver and commander, however the rest of the crew had to ride on the open back or on support vehicles. Due to the size of the vehicle only 10 rounds of ammuni
  16. Airfix is to release in Spring 2021 a 1/48th de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk T.10 kit - ref. A04105 Source: https://www.airfix.com/uk-en/shop/new-for-2021/de-havilland-chipmunk-t-10.html V.P.
  17. Maserati Indy (A55309) 1:32 Airfix Maserati’s Indy was named for their two Indy 500 race winners that occurred in 1939 and 1940, the design debuting in 1968 at the Turin Motor Show, and reaching showrooms a year later. Its sleek lines, pop-up headlights and Coupé good looks and styling making it a popular car to lust after. It continued in production until 1975, and was firmly placed in the Grand Tourer, or GT category, thanks to its ability to carry four passengers swiftly with the aid of a V8 4.2 litre engine, and later a larger 4.7 litre alternative that was
  18. Airfix is to release in September 2019 a new tool 1/72nd Blackburn Buccaneer S.Mk.2 kit - ref. A06021 Source: https://www.airfix.com/uk-en/shop/new-for-2019/blackburn-buccaneer-s-mk-2-rn-1-72.html V.P.
  19. Maverick's F-14A Tomcat - Top Gun 1:72 Airfix A00503 The Tomcat was a much-loved and capable aircraft that had a unique look, and was brought fully into the mainstream media by the original "Top Gun" in the 1980s. It has its origins in the late 50s and a need in the 60s for a replacement to the (also much loved) Phantoms with something more agile and adaptable. After much faffing about (does all defence procurement do this?), a Grumman proposal was picked for development and to avoid any further flip-flopping by the then US Defence Secretary, building of a
  20. Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vc 1:72 Airfix A02108 The Spitfire hardly needs an introduction, an iconic war machine and graceful lines satisfying the technical theory that ‘If it looks right, it flies right’! With around 6000 aircraft produced across the various sites, the Mk.V was the most produced version of the 20,000+ built. Coming in to service in 1941, it incorporated many of the improvements developed in the Mk.III, however instead of using the planned Mk.XX Merlin which was in short supply, the Mk.45 with a single stage single supercharger was used as it
  21. I’ve decided after building two Airfix kits in succession (Spitfire and P-40) that I would branch out and build my first Special Hobby kit. It’s the 1/72 scale Folland Gnat F Mk.I “British Single Seaters” No. SH 72322:- These are the options in the kit:- I’m not sure that any other than the grey/green camouflaged versions actually flew. Perhaps there are some experts out there in Britmodellerland who could confirm or disprove that. In any case, I’ve decided to go with the kit option of XN326 with the pointy radar nose. It’s not quite as pretty
  22. https://www.airfix.com/uk-en/jaguar-420.html The old Airfix Jag 420 is back, and there are a lot of people getting excited, so as it's only been mentioned in other threads so far, here's a new thread exclusively devoted to it for everyone to tell us how many they're getting. I'll link to some constructive comments by @keefr22 (I think?) in another more whiney thread, so you can have some actual info about what's coming. Speaking personally, I don't know what all the fuss is about. Wrong scale,, and it's an old man's car!
  23. Gloster Javelin FAW9/9R (A12007) 1:48 Airfix The Gloster Javelin was an all-weather interceptor that started as an advanced concept just after WWII, but due to protracted design difficulties didn't see service until much later. It took until the FAW7 and the later FAW9 before it was capable of doing its intended job, and even then it was challenging to fly by all accounts. It was an important type for the RAF however, bridging the gap between the first generation and more recent designs by carrying external missiles, having afterburners for extra speed and
  24. Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vb (A50125A) 1:48 Airfix The Spitfire is perhaps one of the best known and well-loved aircraft in Britain, and deservedly so for its work in the Battle of Britain alongside the doughty Hurricane. It thrived in its point-defence role, and shone during its finest hour, then on through many versions and types to the end of WWII and beyond. The Mk.I was predictably the first in-service type, and sported eight .303 Browning machine guns, and by the time hostilities commenced in 1939 many of them were using the blown canopies that gave the pilo
  25. Hi All, A switch of scale for my next build - the first of 2021, although it might get started (just) in 2020! I'm going to build Airfix' Avro Lancaster B.II, which as you are all no doubt aware was the variant which used the radial Bristol Hercules in place of the ubiquitous Merlin. The B.II was conceived as a backstop in case of production restrictions on the Merlin. This never eventuated, and the type was relatively short-lived due to inferior performance at normal operating altitudes. However, 300 or so were produced, and many ended up with RCAF squadrons until they were replac
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