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  1. The Fairey Gannet is an aircraft of the Cold War era developed for the Fleet Air Arm (FAA) of the Royal Navy. The Gannet was originally developed to meet the FAA's dual-role anti-submarine warfare and strike requirement. The prototype first flew on 19 September 1949 and made the first deck landing by a turboprop aircraft, on HMS Illustrious on 19 June 1950, by pilot Lieutenant Commander G. Callingham. It was a mid-wing monoplane with a tricycle undercarriage, and a double turboprop engine, the Armstrong-Siddeley Double Mamba 100, driving two contra-rotating propellers. After a further change in operational requirements, with the addition of a radar and extra crew member, the type entered production in 1953 and initial deliveries were made of the variant designated AS.1 at RNAS Ford in April 1954 entering service in January 1955. A trainer variant (T.2) WN365 first flew in August 1954. The RN's first operational Gannet squadron (826 NAS) was embarked on HMS Eagle. The initial order was for 100 AS.1 aircraft. The Mamba created 2,950 h.p. It could fly at 310 m.p.h. Service ceiling 25,000 ft. Range 943 miles with a crew of three. Armaments were 16 x 60 lbs. rocket projectiles and two homing torpedoes, depth charges or mines and a crew of three. It was later adapted for operations as an electronic countermeasures and carrier onboard delivery aircraft. A total of 348 Gannets were built, of which 44 were the heavily modified AEW.3. Production was shared between Fairey's factories at Hayes, Middlesex and Heaton Chapel, Stockport / Manchester (Ringway) Airport. By the mid-1960s, the AS.1s and AS.4s had been replaced by the Westland Whirlwind HAS.7 helicopters. This is the 1970 boxing of the Frog kit originally issued in 1956 © Rovex-Triang.
  2. Right, a Javelin Jambalaya, and not in the Cajun meaning of the word. I won't be making a stew for dinner. I have three kits of the Javelin (EDIT - four), the Heller T.3, the Airfix "FAW.9" (and that's in quotes for a reason as we will soon see), the Plastyk FAW.9, and the Novo/Frog FAW.9 all in glorious 1:72 scale. Thank the woman above that I don't need to add crazy detail like I did on that big Spitfire. So let's see what we have as raw materials - first, the Airfix "FAW.9" which I purchased at a model show swap meet, but was in its original package and still sealed. The Javelin Illuminati among us (they come out occasionally and are dreadfully frightening) will immediately notice that the grey sprues are in fact those from the Heller T.3 kit, with the tailcone removed from the sprue on the right in the second photo. However, the white and clear sprues are indeed from the Airfix FAW.9 version of the Javelin. Everyone knows that the original T.3 tooling was modified to produce the FAW.9, and it seems that Airfix have mistakenly packaged surplus T.3 sprues (but correctly snipping off the tailcone) in my kit. Oops. It would be rather difficult at this stage to make an FAW.9 out of this kit. But I also have this kit from Plastyk in Poland: I'm told that this kit is based on the second Frog tooling of the Javelin, but I don't have that so I can't compare. The sprue layout bears no resemblance to the Frog kit as seen here in the Frog Museum. I've seen a few very nice builds of this kit, but it is quite basic. So maybe. Now, I also have one of these babies, along with a Print Scale decal sheet to replace the nicely curled and yellowed one that was unearthed at some archaeological dig and packaged with the plastic: The sprues from the Heller kit look just like the Airfix sprues above, except they're in a yukky silver styrene and, of course, include the correct T.3 tailcone. Oh, right, aftermarket. I've assembled some, but maybe not enough. What to do? If I had another T.3 tailcone, I could build two T.3s and an FAW.9, but I really don't need to have three Javelins in my display case. Two sounds like a good number. I'll give this some thought and make a plan. The Airwaves airbrake PE set is designed for the Heller/Airfix kit, but might be useful for Plastyk. I will need another to make two models. The other Airwaves set is for the Airfix FAW.9, but could most likely be used on a T.3 and few would notice. I don't think there is a set for the T.3 like this, so I would need another of those too. More aftermarket tyres and pitot tubes will be easy to acquire. Oh, I suspect I will need to source some ejection seats. Martin-Baker Mk.3J for the FAW.9, but which mark for the T.3? The easiest route is to build a T.3 from the grey Airfix sprues (I hate that silver styrene in the Heller kit) and an FAW.9 from Plastyk. Easy is a relative term here, as the Plastyk kit looks like it need a lot of help, where the Heller kit maybe needs just "some" help. First, though, I want to find some layout drawings that are reasonably correct to see what I'm starting with. I have the stencil placement drawing that came with the Airfix 1:48 kit, and I suspect that is pretty good for an FAW.9. Drawings for the T.3 I'm still looking for. I'm not sure why I always make things difficult for myself, but I think this will be a fun project! Cheers, Bill PS. I do like the fancy paint job on that red and white FAW.9. I'm a stickler for that kind of stuff.
  3. I bought this kit at Telford because I had vague memories of building one with my dad when I was a kid. I want to build it as I would have done, but hopefully with a better finish, so a nostalgia build. The Fairey Gannet is an aircraft of the Cold War era developed for the Fleet Air Arm (FAA) of the Royal Navy. The Gannet was originally developed to meet the FAA's dual-role anti-submarine warfare and strike requirement. The prototype first flew on 19 September 1949 and made the first deck landing by a turboprop aircraft, on HMS Illustrious on 19 June 1950, by pilot Lieutenant Commander G. Callingham. It was a mid-wing monoplane with a tricycle undercarriage, and a double turboprop engine, the Armstrong-Siddeley Double Mamba 100, driving two contra-rotating propellers. After a further change in operational requirements, with the addition of a radar and extra crew member, the type entered production in 1953 and initial deliveries were made of the variant designated AS.1 at RNAS Ford in April 1954 entering service in January 1955. A trainer variant (T.2) WN365 first flew in August 1954. The RN's first operational Gannet squadron (826 NAS) was embarked on HMS Eagle. The initial order was for 100 AS.1 aircraft. The Mamba created 2,950 h.p. It could fly at 310 m.p.h. Service ceiling 25,000 ft. Range 943 miles with a crew of three. Armaments were 16 x 60 lbs. rocket projectiles and two homing torpedoes, depth charges or mines and a crew of three. It was later adapted for operations as an electronic countermeasures and carrier onboard delivery aircraft. A total of 348 Gannets were built, of which 44 were the heavily modified AEW.3. Production was shared between Fairey's factories at Hayes, Middlesex and Heaton Chapel, Stockport / Manchester (Ringway) Airport. By the mid-1960s, the AS.1s and AS.4s had been replaced by the Westland Whirlwind HAS.7 helicopters. This is the 1970 boxing of the Frog kit originally issued in 1956 © Rovex-Triang.
  4. Another finisher from the FROG Squad GB, this was my attempt at improving what FROG provided. Off the top of my head, I did the following: - removed the moulded in interior detail and scratched a 'pit - removed the fin and dorsal fillet; replaced with a cut down Airfix Mossie fin and scratch-built strake - reshaped nose and tail cone with milliput - removed raised lip at rear of cockpit opening - opened up and enlarged radiator inlets; added scratchbuilt rad detail - thinned down wing leading edges drastically, moving point of max thickness rearward - cleaned up landing gear legs and added support stays from brass tube - replaced tailwheel with Vampire nose gear - replaced main wheels with resin examples - reshaped and rescribed engine nacelles - added spar caps, and fuse main spar cover from Tamiya tape - added nav lights from clear styrene - drilled out cannon troughs - windscreen cut from clear sheet to dimensions supplied by @David A Collins - smash moulded canopy - added bomb racks from Airfix Typhoon and bombs from Tamiya Mosquito - substituted rocket tail fins from the Hobbyboss Typhoon Phew! Not surprising it took me over 3 months. The decals are from the kit and Xtradecal RAF roundels. Paint was xtracrylics PRU blue and dark sea grey plus Tamiya dark green rattle can (not the RAF dark green, I later realised!). The observant will spot the howler I made when painting the camouflage. Enjoy! Martin
  5. Good evening everyone. The de Havilland Sea Vixen is an aircraft of singular appearance is it not? You notice it. The sweep and curve of its geometry. Formed not only from the requirements of naval aviation but (covertly, one suspects) from those1950s fantasies about how fast and silver a technological future would look. It was the kind of aircraft Captain Scarlet would have trained on and was capable, if required, of protecting the Earth from UFO invasion. At least I think so. I'm going to build two of them partly for the aforementioned reasons, and partly as a way of celebrating the friendship and generosity to be found on this forum. (More on that in a bit.) For now though, posting this in full view means there's no bottling out. Choice of Subject Having wanted to build one these for a long while, I'd been collecting various bits and pieces and images without (as often happens) a definite subject in mind. Always liking a build to be rooted in a meaningful narrative of some kind, I was leafing through some of the entries in the Dorset Crashes site and noted that a FAW.1 (XN708, from 890 Sqn) had gone down in Lyme Bay on the night of 25th November, 1964, killing both crew: Lt Michael J.W. Durrant RN. & Lt Basil A.Last RN. We can sometimes be guilty of building things only to celebrate the notable or the heroic in conflict; in this case it seemed fitting to build something to note those who end uncelebrated in the footnotes of history as peacetime or training casualties. This is the only clearly identifiable shot I've found so far of XN708/R244, original date of photo unknown: Image credit: Imgaylard Brian Patterson has an excellent colour gallery of a sister aircraft here though that will doubtless prove highly useful as references. For the second choice, I'm (as frequently the case in matters of naval aviation) indebted to @Ex-FAAWAFU for drawing to my attention the powerful, nay provocative, black & white diagonal scheme of XJ481 when undertaking Martel trials: Image credit: Roger Winser This has not only the challenge of building a replacement nose to incorporate that camera housing and a Martel to scratch up (I knows there's a 1/72 resin one out there but think the fins are too thick) but a snazzy 'dazzle paint' work to do also, for which @Terry1954 has also kindly supplied some colour references. The Kits I'm going to modify both the venerable 1/72 Frog offering and use the High Planes kit, which has a FAW.1 option. I'd mentioned above that this build was in part a celebration of the generosity no be found on this forum. Let me start by detailing such matters here: The High Planes kit was sent to me some time ago by @Procopius. How gracious is that? Thank-you Edward for this kindness. As a young shaver on the forum, not long after joining I'd mused aloud in a thread about the absence of FAW.1s in 1/72 and been overwhelmed by a (characteristically) generous influx of references and diagrams from both @71chally and @canberra kid regarding the feasibility of modifying the Frog kit. The fruits of these discussions are posted here and I must reread them myself prior to commencing any work in this direction! If you've had a look at Brian Patterson's colour shots above you'll notice prominent in one of them is a Palouste starter. I never used to know about these until seeing @perdu resinate superb examples in his Buccaneer build. Not only that but again without saying anything he'd tucked some of his output away in a package he sent and so I'll be proud to use one of his Paloustes in this project. Thanks Bill! The High Planes kit first: As it says on the box: In fairness I see 'adjustment of parts required' on every kit I buy.... I haven't looked closely-enough at the canopy yet to make any decisions regarding suitablility: Some replacement Aries wheels (I'd forgotten I'd bought them) to replace the originals: The Frog File: Check out the crazy patterning all over the plastic. Weird.... That nose: Subject of much discussion with John and James on the original thread, as might be imagined.... How to '1 a '2: Picked this up dirt cheap of 5thletter bay many moons ago. Think that resin is the 'Final Touch' set (?) but no idea about the white metal provenance. Wheels and legs don't impress: The Airwaves stuff was in the Frog box when I bought it, honest guv: Vaguely possible one or two of those bits may prove of use but certainly not the grotty wingfold. Here's what's really going to offset a diorama - a beautifully perduced Palouste: The markings on both aircraft will be painted rather than decals, but thankfully I've the Model Alliance decal set for the Ark's air wing that I can snaffle the moonlit witches from for the 890 Sqn Vixen: I'm aware of multiple issues with correcting the Frog to a FAW.1, but the High Planes I believe is to be generally trusted in shape terms? (Please correct me if wrong on the latter point). There will of course need to be a wingfold involved somewhere but this has given me a pause for thought: the colour scheme of the Martel-tester is so good that the wings on that one will have to be fully extended to display this handsome plumage, so XN708 will be the one to get the folding treatment, though which kit do do which with (if you see what I mean)? The Frog is moulded with the break in the wings where the fold is so a natural candidate, yet one with such problems in its nose area that this really makes it a better candidate for (the unfolded) XJ481 viz. a totally new and angular schnozz. I'm sure that the High Planes kit can be 'persuaded' to fold so: High Planes = XN708/Palouste (wingfolded) Frog = XJ481/Martel (non-folded) Nearly forgot. XN708 will have the RR Avons visible. So I'll be building 1/72 Avons as well.... References As standard for me, along with contemporary photographs, will be working from original technical documentation, namely several thousand pages of these: I've all 4 volumes of the above, plus: - for the engine build. As the technical manuals are obviously for the FAW.2, help with that handful of specific differences such as canopy etc comes in the form of relevant sections from the FAW.1 manuals generously provided previously by John (@canberra kid). Who else? I'm hoping to have the current Anson build finished by the Autumn so if you've nothing planned for those long winter evenings you'd be very welcome to pull up a Palouste and keep me company here. Thanks for reading, as always. Tony
  6. Hi all and another blast from the past finished for the recent Frog GB here. Build thread is here but to recap: Kit: Frog F-4K/M Phantom Scale: 1/72 Paints: Halfords plastic primer, Revell Acyrlics, Flory Models wash, Klear, W&N Satin varnish Build: Small panel line rescribe. Scratchbuilt engine doors. Seats, cockpit & canopy from Italeri F-4S Decals: From the kit with some extras from the spares With an equally ancient Airfix F-4 I built a couple of years back. Good fun and looks like a Phantom from across the room! Thanks for looking and happy modelling. Cheers, Dermot
  7. Following the recent hugely popular posting elsewhere on BM, see link below. I thought it only right and proper that we channel all that enthusiasm for Frog kits into a Group Build. I had a look to see if this has been done already but couldn't find one. Participants 1. @JOCKNEY 2. @vppelt68 3. @Bonhoff 4. @Corsairfoxfouruncle 5. @theplasticsurgeon 6. @stevej60 7. @stevehnz 8. @Ray S 9. @bristol boy 10. @06/24 11. @CliffB 12. @Dermo245 13. @zebra 14. @Rabbit Leader 15. @TonyW 16. @Grandboof 17. @PhoenixII 18. @adey m 19. @Mjwomack 20. @MarkSH 21. @Romeo Alpha Yankee 22. @malpaso 23. @GREG DESTEC 24. @Mr T 25. @Paul J 26. @Redstaff 27. @wallyinoz 28. @gengriz 29. @John D.C. Masters 30. @rafalbert 31. @Black Knight 32. @AdrianMF 33. @Mancunian airman 34. @English Electric 35. @Crossiant Oliver 36. @djos 37. @Smudge 38. @Jinxman 39. @bigbadbadge 40. @Doccur 41. @Enzo Matrix 42. @jean 43. @shatters 44. @Sabre_days 45. @Peter B 46. @Atom.uk 47. @LDSModeller 48. Therefore if like many of us you grew up enjoying Frog kits or all the re-releases that came afterwards Novo, Revell etc this is for you. Given the recent amazing Matchbox II, and Classic Airfix Group Builds it will be great to see as many of the range as possible getting built. Cheers Pat
  8. This is a carry-over from the FROG Squad Group Build, which I didn't have time to do much with. However I still want a Lysander, so I'll move it to here. I'm going to build this aircraft: https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205126682 2 reasons for this. Firstly, I've always liked Lysanders. Secondly, when I turn up at work of a morning It's on the site of the old Grangemouth airfield and I'm slowly building up a collection of aircraft associated with it. 614 Squadron were also based here with Lysanders in 1940, but they were MkIIs and they were fitted for spraying mustard gas. I'll get round to one of those eventually. I think the only Lizzies I've built are the Airfix 1/72 scale second incarnation and the wonderful big Matchbox kit. I do have a bagged original issue Airfix MkII somewhere, but I doubt I'll be building that any time soon John
  9. FROG SPARE PARTS   As you know we currently have a "Spare Frog Decals" thread running, which has proved hugely successful in allowing many kits with missing or unusable decals to be included in this Group Build @Rob S suggested we could have an additional thread for Frog Spare Parts. Therefore if you have a Frog kit that is missing any parts or a "Spawn" kit that has brittle, warped, or malformed parts or conversely you have a kit that has extra parts or you have already relegated a kit to a "Spares" kit then here is the Thread to list what you want or what is available to complete those Frog kits out there and maybe take part in this Group Build.  So that it fits within the "No Trading in the Group Build Threads" Rule/s the Mods for this GB have obtained approval from @Enzo Matrix GB Mod Supremo, so long as Parts are not sold but Postage costs can be covered so that no Part Donor is out of pocket. We hope this proves just as popular with the participants of this GB as the decals thread and leads to many additional builds joining this every popular GB. Cheers Pat, Dave, V-P & Rob aka @JOCKNEY @Rabbit Leader @vppelt68 & @Rob S
  10. I'm at the stage on my builds now that I am fairly confident that I can add another 'Trailblazer' kit to this GB - the Bleriot XI. I picked this one because it is fairly small and uncomplicated and should mostly be painted before assembly and it's also a really fascinating subject as well. There does look like there will be rigging though! Also, what other kit comes with a piece of the Dover Cliffs turf as a diorama? The kit colour is 'linen' anyway so I can leave those parts 'bare' Educational list of parts included. There's the extra piece of history text that comes with the Trailblazer kits - lovely! Oversized figure also present as well as the scaled pilot - hope I get the colour of Louis' moustache right!
  11. Well, since we got 2 more weeks on this great Classic GB, I feel safe to commit to another build to really keep pushing the stats through the roof. Another of the Trailblazers series not already covered - the D.H.88 Comet Racer. Note the colour chart only has one colour specified - Red! Since the plastic is already this colour, I will have little to do. I'll retain the kit colour as far as possible and just do a bit of detail painting as required. I've never built this kit or aircraft before so it will be interesting. First off, I can see that the seated pilots are missing but two 'larger than life' standing figures have been provided. ??
  12. Hi folks, Our esteemed GB fuhrer, aka @Rabbit Leader, has persuaded me to add a build here. I am going to try to update the FROG DH Hornet F3 and correct a few of the things that bug me about the kit. Masochism? Yes, but I'll consider it a small price to pay if, by annoying the modelling gods, they nudge Airfix to do an accurate new tool Hornet, with @David A Collins as technical consultant. So, what might I do? Well, reduce the thickness of the wings, improve the outline of the fin and rudder, gash up some cockpit gizmology, improve the canopy shape, and make the nose a little less blunt. We'll see how this goes; it's not a full-on accurising job, but if I do it right, it should look more like a Hornet. Of course the existing kit also looks like a Hornet oob, so I may be onto a hiding for nothing! More when I've gathered some bits n bobs and worked out how to post pics after the PB debacle. Regards Martin
  13. Hi all, FROG reboxed some of Hasegawa's output including a number of 1/32nd scale models.... https://www.scalemates.com/kits/frog-f289-messerschmitt-me262a--953399 So I'll be building this Hasegawa boxing of the ME262. So what's in the box? I'll be building it OOB and on a stand as the wheel wells have nothing in the way of detail at all and I don't really want to spend money on aftermarket or time on scratch details. Plus I'm not sure where it's going once it's built! Work has started. KR's IanJ
  14. Hi everybody, I am throwing my beret in the ring with this MS 406. This kit was very kindly sent to me, in the middle of nowhere in Zimbabwe by Pat @JOCKNEY who himself resides in the middle of nowhere in Scotland! Thanks again Pat! In all honesty I haven't finished a kit in a long time and I have a goodly number of models that are very close to completion... A shrink would love me! So this 406 will be built as a supreme mojo restorer to break the spell of non completion haunting me, when it comes to plastic models. To that effect it will be built 200% OOB: I shall be ruthless with my other self. What Frog did not include will not be added. And I will even use the pilot and the stand (very nice one they made in those days!). This kit is from 1963, so accuracy is not its forte, and in those days the 406 was still a state secret in France, so... The decals will be changed though, using only AM roundels as I do not have specific MS 406 decals. But it is OK. This kit will be built as a memento of what Frog used to produce in its early-ish days. Then I did not even know Frog existed, but Heller was there to keep me happy! Cheers. JR
  15. It's more efficient to have two kits on the go, isn't it?? This is another of the Frog Trail Blazers range which caught my eye as a unique subject, the Bristol 138/A. From Wiki, the Bristol Type 138 High Altitude Monoplane was a British high-altitude research aircraft developed and produced by the Bristol Aeroplane Company during the 1930s. It holds the distinction of setting nine separate altitude world records, the ultimate of these occurring on 30 June 1937, during a 2¼-hour flight flown by Flight Lieutenant M.J. Adam, in which he achieved a record altitude, which was later homologated by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale as having attained a maximum altitude of 53,937 ft (16,440 m). The Type 138 was designed as a dedicated research aircraft capable of reaching high altitudes; aeronautical engineer Frank Barnwell (connection with Stirling, my current home, here), had first proposed the design to the British Air Ministry during November 1933. The revised design was produced in response to the issuing of Specification 2/34 by the Air Ministry during June 1934, which sought an aircraft that would be capable of achieving the unheard-of altitude of 50,000 feet. In addition to Bristol's own work on the Type 138, the Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) and National Physical Laboratory also made valuable contributions to the development effort on designing the type. On 11 May 1936, the Type 138A performed its maiden flight, piloted by Cyril Uwins. On 28 September 1936, Squadron Leader F.R.D. Swain set a new world record altitude record, having climbed to an indicated altitude of 51,000 ft (15,440 m), which was homologated as 49,967 ft (15,230 m). After this milestone, research flights continued, along with further attempts to break the altitude record. Further development of the aircraft after the first record-breaking flight led to a series of small modifications being implemented. The last record-breaking flight was flown on 30 June 1937. Very individual colour scheme. I hope the 'crewman' (do they mean pilot?) is to scale. When you unfold the Instructions, it's like opening up a treasure map! Transfers look OK and a different type of 'Replacements' slip. Here's the history on the reverse of the Instructions and 9 Gold Tokens this time. Two kit listings to compare. Clear stand and canopy look like they need a wash and polish up. There is a very small 'hinge' type piece which is off the sprue and I have the feeling that there may be more required - must look in the corners of the box, which will double as a work tray, of course! With this kit's high altitude pedigree, it won't be happy until it's suspended from the ceiling!
  16. I've already finished three and two are already in the gallery so with the GB extension, in an ambitious leap I've decided to do another from the stash. I was tempted by the Revell rebox of the Vengeance as another target tug but as I'm away for two weeks from the middle of next week that's definitely over ambitious. So I've decided to have a go at this one. It must be quite old as I think this packaging goes back at least to the 70's. Card has instructions on inside and colour schemes for two versions, an FAA and a RNZAF kite, on the other side. Four small grey grey sprues with nice raised detail and not much in the way of flash or unsightly seams. And a single canopy of a clear plastic sprue. A little thick but something that can be worked with. There is a mystery piece of tape on one wing which will need removed but otherwise all looks pretty good to go. The transfers don't look too bad and if they're the same as on the Shark, they should go on fine. And there's no sign of yellowing. I've a few for Corsairs in the stash but for simplicity I'd like to stick to the FAA overall Gloss Sea Blue version
  17. Quite possibly the worst pun since they finished making "Carry On" films ! I will be building the F274 Nakajima G8N1 Renzan "Rita" bomber. Mine in an AMT boxing of the Frog Kit, which I got from the good ol USA, when I had more money than sense. The kit is still sealed in the bag, so here is the box picture as a place holder. This is what the Frog kit box looked like Good luck everyone, this is going to be great ! cheers Pat
  18. If / when I finish the Renzan, this will be the next build And here is why As RAF Macrihanish, is local to me, that Campbeltown in case you were wondering. How could I possibly not build this one. All the parts seem to be there, along with a very robust looking stand. I couldn't help but notice that the pictures for the painting guide show multi antennas on the above and below wing ariels whereas the kit parts don't have them. Is there any aftermarket kits available for this kit that might include them and or other bits ? cheers Pat
  19. Good evening fellow Froggers Seeing as everyone is getting excited and posting their intended builds, I thought I'd follow suit and put my name in with a Frog Grumman A6A Intruder, F272 from 1970 to start with Seeing how time goes I may do a Vampire FB5 and Meteor IV as well as I don't think they are going to be long drawn out builds Pics now uploaded, now Flikr has got it's act together Ian
  20. Hi all I hope this is not too cheeky as it was built as part of the Fabulous Frog Group Build. There have been may beautiful kits built in that group build. I am very pleased and proud of this build. I hope the GB mods and participants don't mind. The Cockpit is pretty much scratch built as there is not much in the kit and there are the radio sets in the rear although they can't be seen when assembled . The seat is part of an Airwaves Photo etch set for Spitfire and hurricanes and therefore is not correct but it was all I could find at the time. IP is scratch built as is the floors, side frames, rear seats etc. The raised panel lines were scraped off and rescribed leaving the lovely rivet details . The engine was replaced by an Aeroclub AW Tiger engine in white metal and the moulded pushrod tubes were scraped off and replaced with brass rod. The Aeroclub engine comes with a lovely exhaust collector ring and propeller and so the kit exhausts were cut and bent to connect to it. The kit was missing a couple of struts, one of which was scratched and the other was built from one of the Float struts was used with some modification. Various parts such as hinge covers for the ailerons were made along with their actuators and the elevator actuators were also made. Rigging is from Invisible thread along with the aerial wires. the Vickers K gun is a lovely bit of kit from Miniworld . Navigation lights were made from Lazer bond UV glue and plastrut and the bomb rack mounts were made from the an Airwaves PE fret inserted into holes drilled in the wing and then CA'd into place. There are other bits I have forgotten to mention I'm sure. The initial decals failed me and a new set was kindly sent by @PeterB and they went down effortlessly again a real testament to Frog, thanks Pete. Also a big thank you the Moderators on the forum @Rabbit Leader and @JOCKNEY and to all who have offered encouragement along the way. I hope they don't mind me posting this here, but I am very proud of this kit. There are many kits built in the GB and they are all wonderful and there are loads of kits that I had not realized Frog had made, check them out you will be amazed at the beautiful results. I have really enjoyed making this and the Kit actually fitted together beautifully and is a testament to the wonderful world of Frog Kits. Thanks for looking in All the best Chris
  21. Just a placeholder for now but once I've progressed my builds in another two GBs a bit further I'm going to start on this - the Handley Page Dart Herald. I have a Novo boxing of this kit with BIA decals, which I won't be using. This will (probably) be Air UK, using decals intended for an F-27 (if they fit ok - if not I have BIA decals as a back-up). This is a bit of nostalgia for me as I remember a couple of flights in Air UK Heralds 38 or 39 years ago. When I was growing up we used to fly from Manchester to the Isle of Man two or three times a year to see my grandparents - until about 1980 this was with BA on Viscounts, when BA pulled out they were replaced by Air UK, initially with Heralds but pretty soon after with Friendships. Heralds can't have lasted long on the route as I only flew one return trip on them - no idea which particular airframes but one of them was still in BIA colours and the other was in full Air UK colours. As a 7- or 8-year old I loved watching the undercarriage retract! So this is one I've been wanting to build for a while.
  22. A warm and heartfelt welcome to yet another Classic kit Britmodeller Group Build. This time we are honouring one of histories true legends of Plastic kit construction - FROG (Flies Right Off the Ground). This Group build will be running for just over four months (01 June to 20 October), so there’s plenty of time to jump onboard and build that classic Frog kit thats been lurking in your stash for ages. Here’s a quick note on the GB rules, however as always - if in doubt, check with the GB hosts first! What is eligible: 1. Any kit that was originally designed and issued by ‘Frog’. 2. Any kit that was boxed by ‘Frog’, however designed by another manufacturer (these are mainly Hasegawa kits from the late 60’s). 3. Any kit that can trace it’s original history to a ‘Frog’ mould (commonly called “Frog Spawn”) - these are mainly Novo, Novo Export, Chematic, Revell, Modelcraft, Eastern Express, Donetsk Factory, Gomix, ZTS Plastyk, Ark Models, AMT etc. 4. Any kit that has been reworked by a new manufacturer, however has clear evidence that it was ‘copied’ from an original ‘Frog’ mould - some Academy kits fall into this category. 5. In summary, any kit that at one point or another carried a FROG ‘F’ number - Scalemates can help you here. 6. Your kits can be built straight OOB or you can go to town with as many After Market products you so desire. 7. Modifications to the basic kit is allowed, however please use the majority of the kits main parts during the construction phase. 8. A WIP thread must accompany each build and once complete you can showcase your efforts by placing up to five photos in the GB Gallery. 9. Due to the vast volume of entries anticipated, an end of GB vote to determine an overall winner is unlikely to occur. In the hosts eyes, all GB entrants are winners so we should all be happy with that. 10. Feel free to encourage your fellow FROG modellers along the way by leaving as many nice comments and hitting the ‘Like’ emoji frequently! Special Addendum: Given the age / antiquity of the very earliest kits produced by FROG and the fact that there may be no available examples still below 25% assembly, a refurbishment build involving some of the constituent parts will be considered acceptable.  The intention of the Classic Group Build is to stroll down memory lane and perhaps take a second look at some of these pioneering plastic kits from yesteryear. Although we certainly have a preference to showcase original Frog produced kits, we have opened the eligible criteria just enough to encourage as many modellers to join in as possible. These Classic GB’s are always great, so please stay within the rules, don’t take things too seriously and (as always) have a lot of FUN. Please feel free to ask any questions to @JOCKNEY, @Rabbit Leader or @vppelt68 should further clarification be required. I would like to use the Group Build banner below please feel free, it's now regulation size, and if you can read it without glasses you are either telling fibs or very lucky ! Cheers and happy FROG modelling, Pat, Dave & V-P.
  23. This FROG Trailblazers kit of Spirit of St, Louis is a recent completion. It was built as it comes with some added extra details like the flying control cables and fuel tank vent pipes, I also replaced the kit static pipe with some brass tubing. It was painted with Tamiya's Silver Leaf from a rattle can and the doped fabric areas received a couple of coats of acrylic matt varnish. How best to replicate the engine turning on the nose panels in 1/72 scale caused some head scratching, in the end I decided to go with dots of chrome using a Molotov pen, and this was coated with satin varnish to tone down the effect. The decals are from the kit and performed really well considering their age. Ryan NYP Spirit of St Louis FROG F166 - 1/72
  24. This FROG Trail Blazers boxing of Charles Lindberg's Spirit of St. Louis is going to be my second entry to the group build and here are the photos of the box and its contents. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr and a final shot of the parts that have broken away from the sprues and the decals. by John L, on Flickr With no plans for any extras, other than maybe some scratch building, this will be a quick out of box build.
  25. Having completely gone overboard with GB fever, I thought I could put in this small kit of the General Aircraft Hotspur II Glider - no engines so must be simple! I have been extremely impressed with all the builds going on in the 'Trainers' GB currently in progress with all the yellow paintwork so I thought I might cover two GB's with one kit and build this for the Frog Squad GB as well. If I'm to make it, I can't start until 1st June and need to finish by the 9th, having started my other two kits in order first. I don't really know anything about gliders so here is a new arena in which I will need to to study up. Lovely yellow and black colour scheme on this one. I'm going to send away for that modelling knife.... Look at that fantastic yellow plastic! I must find a way of preserving some of that. The original crew appears to be missing so I have brought in a couple of trainees from a Novo Tupolev SB-2 Katyuska which I am using for spares. At least they came from a Frog mould. Must try to get those transfers out into a bit of sunlight to clear the yellowing. Only 5 Gold Tokens this time.
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