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  1. Here she is! And what an impressive beast, such a big kit and a beautiful aeroplane and an important part of the RAF's maritime patrol history. A capability the service still misses today in my opinion. This aircraft is depicted as detached from Kinloss to RAF Luqa, Malta in 1977 just before 203 sqn disbanded and its Nimrods passed to the remaining units of the Kinloss and St Mawgan wings. It was converted to an MR2 at Woodford six years later and eventually became an R.1, surviving to this day. It was a straightforward kit to make despite its size, and the demarcation line worked superbly with spray cans and masking tape. The only slight issue I found was the fuselage roundel showed the white/grey paint line through it so I used two layers of decals on this one to mask it a bit. In my opinion, the traditional grey/white was the best Nimrod colour scheme. Colours used were satin white and RAL7035 light grey. Kit completely OOB as XV249 and no aftermarket parts.
  2. Lord Riot


    I’ve ordered the Airfix Nimrod from eBay - really looking forward to making another of Woodford’s finest! I’d like to do a grey and white one, but we’re any MR2s that colour or were they all painted hemp when converted?
  3. Lord Riot

    Nimrod colours

    I've managed to acquire two Airfix Nimrods from eBay at reasonable cost, under £25 each! But, it seems I'm going to have to spend about the same on spray paint as it's almost impossible to find satin hemp acrylic spray and satin light aircraft grey acrylic spray. Firstly, does anybody know a decent online source for these that isn't either sold out or costing about £15 a can? Secondly, would BS 381C Light Stone 361 be an accurate substitute for the hemp? I'm going to do one as a grey/white MR.1 and one as a hemp/grey MR.2.
  4. stever219

    XV230 and XV239

    Today marks the 22nd anniversary of the loss of XV239 at the Ontario air display and the 11th anniversary of the loss of XV230 in Afghanistan. In both cases all aboard lost their lives and, ironically, both crews were from 120 Squadron. Rest in Peace gentlemen.
  5. Hawker Siddeley Nimrod R1 XV249 at East Midlands aeropark, pics thanks to Dave.
  6. A good evening to you all, despite the sad events of today, First of all, a bit about me: From a young age I was first introduced to the RAF Museum at Cosford, I have been there during the construction of the Cold War hangar and although I can't remember it, I presume that I must have been there before the Nimrod (XV249) arrived and I have since become well acquainted with it when they brought it in during 2012. Out of all the exhibits there, the Nimrod is still the one that catches my eye- perhaps it is because of its size or it might be due to the red goose emblem of 51.sqn on its nose! (Pictured) Having gone to Telford in 2015 and having seen an Airfix 1:72 Nimrod kit, I simply couldn't resist! So, without further ado, the following is a quick summary of the kit and modifications: 1:72 Airfix Nimrod kit A set of fabulous decals from RAM Models (more on this later) A really excellent Raven Scale Models lighting kit (again, more on this later) A few scratchbuilt bits and pieces, mainly the "forest" of antennae and pitot tubes. Finished with a combination of Vallejo "Air" paints and some AK Interactive washes. NOTE: THE MODEL I HAVE CREATED IS NOT 100% ACCURATE and the positions of the lights are certainly not accurate! Issues with the kit: The wing-fuselage join was horrendous (although this might be due to the wires of the lighting kit getting caught in the internal structure of the fuselage) and so vast quantities of liquid poly glue were utilised and subsequently sanded down to get a "decent" seam. The wing-tip pods were not suitable for the R.1, these were made from bits of sprue which were sanded down and hollowed out. -This isn't much of an issue with the kit, but an issue nevertheless: trying to get the wiring through the wing structure and into the wing-tip pods was a nightmare, this is not a fault of the Airfix kit or the lighting kit- just a problem with trying to integrate the two. Now, time for some pictures! The superb RAM Models decals for the 51 sqn goose on the nose. And another view of the nose..... You can tell that I love that decal Last one I promise!!! (Note the effective texturing of the goose decal). A nose-on view A view of the wing structure, intakes, wing fuel pods, antennae under the wing, try and ignore the light to the right of the intakes, the hole is to allow a strong beam of light through from the LED A view of the central fuselage section, note the "forest" of antennae The flaps and engine nozzles. And the left side... (The rigging from the fuselage to the tail needs re-tensioning) A close-up of the tail section Excellent decals once again from RAM Models I attempted a moderate level of weathering using an AK Interactive wash From a distance... And underneath... A selection of AK Interactive washes were used for the landing gear bays, also note the antennae just in front of the pylon and another one coming out from the rear of the wing-tip pod (this one somehow survived without breaking off!) One final shot before I demonstrate the lights. As mentioned previously, I used the lighting kit from Raven Scale Models, the image below shows the underside of the Nimrod- note the position of the bomb-bay panel. Now you see it... Now you don't! -The wiring was redirected into the bomb bay area, where the battery holder is located and where the switch (silver coloured thin tube) is activated from. It lives! (sort of) Demonstrating the landing lights- I haven't added lights to the nose or to the inner wing-mounted landing lights, purely due to the fact that using fibre optics would ultimately reduce the intensity of light coming from the lights that are currently present, I would prefer there to be two bright lights compared to 5 dim lights. They're quite bright! The placement is pure fiction, but there is one red flashing light (pictured) and two flashing strobe lights Furthermore, there is one light in each wing tip (red and green), again their placement is somewhat fictional; i've been told that they should be swapped over (I'll be damned if I'm changing their position now!) And that, alas, is that. Thanks for having a look, she'll now be fitted with wire and hung from the ceiling- flying alongside the Shackleton, the Nimrod MR2's predecessor and stablemate in the ASW role during the Cold War. Perhaps I'll get round to doing an MR2 one day.... But for now, thank you and have a good evening- my best wishes, especially to members in Belgium. ;( Sam
  7. BAe Nimrod R-1P Retirement Scheme 1:72 RAM Models This latest release from Martin at RAM Models is for one aircraft and one aircraft only, that of the mighty Nimrod R-1P XV249, which now proudly resides outside the museum at RAF Cosford. The single sheet of decals contains everything you need to reproduce the markings for the retirement scheme she wore as part of 51 Squadron, based at RAF Waddington/RAF Wyton in 2011. The sheet also includes a full set of stencils, and it is these that will take plenty of time and patience in applying. All the decals are beautifully printed by Fantasy Printshop, with very thin carrier film, the decals are in perfect register, nicely opaque, quite glossy and with some amazing printing. The gold for the squadron crests and the RAF Waddington/RAF Wyton titling is amazing to behold, and something this reviewer hasn’t seen reproduced so effectively before. Unfortunately it doesn't really come out in the photographs.The flying goose decal, for either side of the forward fuselage, whilst superbly printed, the lighter shading is perhaps a little pixelated, but that’s looking at it under a magnifier and is probably a function of the printing process. Decal placement and colour call-outs are contained in the middle of the gate-fold instruction leaflet, and it is here that you realise just how many there are on this aircraft. Conclusion It looks like RAM Models have released another winner, and if you’ve got a Nimrod filling a large space in your stash, you should be very tempted to get it out and build it with a set of these decals. Since the aircraft is still extant, you’ll also have an excuse, As if you need one, to visit Cosford and check out XV249. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of Martin at
  8. I am just starting Airfix's new 1:72 Shackleton MR.2; I'd like to build it with the bomb bay open, but the weapons supplied with the kit are a bit on the sparse side, comprising 2 x Mk.30 torpedoes and 2 x Mk.44 torpedoes. However I do have quite a few weapons left over from the Airfix 1:72 Nimrod, principally items 24 and 26; I am assuming that items 24 are sonar buoys and item 26 is a depth charge? Can I use either or both of these to supplement the ordnance in the kit? Did the Shackleton use these in practice, and if so, what would be a typical load? I have done a quick search online but haven't been able to come up with much useful information. TIA Martin
  9. Pics mine taken at The Norwich City Aviation Museum.
  10. Nimrod XV250 at Elvington in 2013, pics thanks to J.Dowse / WV908.
  11. XV232 at Airbase Coventry. Pics thanks to Rich Ellis.
  12. XV229 At the manston Fire Training Centre, pics by alex (Acky190)
  13. Had this laying around for a number of years now, been wanting to make it for a while too but it is really intimidating. I haven't done many vacforms and never one this chunky, but I am now willing to do or die. So the kit is a Historic Wings 1:72 vacform H S Nimrod MR1/MR2 (P) The Plastic on this quite thick and the detail in places is smudged . . . so a bit of work will be required to correct these areas. Fortunately some of the really bad areas I don't need to worry about as the kit comes with some handy white metal replacements. The only other problem is the canopy it is blurry and the surface area is filled with small pock marks. Don't know yet what I will do about that, maybe there is an aftermarket canopy I could purchase, failing that I could cast my own . . will see.
  14. Nimrod R1 XV249 shot at Cosford by Rich Ellis
  15. I started this mighty bird a few years ago, but got tired of all the shortcomings of this model. This summer I decided to finish it, and to my own surprise I made it! I know there are lots of corrections that should be made to create a perfect Nimrod. And if I had done that, the model would have been finished about 2020. So most of it is OOB, with some additions. I added some extra detailing on the rear part of the body, I made proper intakes between the engine air intakes, I drilled a number of holes on the poorly detailed engine underside. I also replaced most of the kit antennas and added a number of antennas that was not included in the kit. I painted it with Gunze acrylics and used the stencils from the decal sheet in the box. This was the worst decal sheet I have ever worked with. Besides the bad printing and silvering problems, the whole sheet had a thin decal film that meant that every single decal had to be cut out. And there are plenty of them! Apart from that, the decal placement guide is difficult to read, which meant that a few decals were placed wrong. For the national insignias and numbers, I used Xtradecals Nimrod sheet. I wish they had included the stencils. Apart from the problems of the kit, it is difficult to work with such a huge kit! I am impressed of all model builders that regularly build large aircraft. My paint box was too small, and I managed to broke the refueling probe six(!) times. Three of them when the kit was painted, which meant filling, sanding and painting once again. But still, this is an impressive kit. I am proud that I managed to finish it, and it looks really good in my collection. And this is really a great aircraft! And for those of you that hade not seen it completed: It is really huge! Compare to the Canberra not a small aircraft. And the tiny Harrier, that probably could have landed on the Nimrod wing. Thats it. Next time I will build something smaller, I think. Like a 1/72 Spitfire or something.
  16. Julien

    Hawker Nimrod

    Hawker Nimrod, pics thanks to Mark Mills.
  17. Here are a few negative and slide scans from 20 years ago. These were taken on the 4th May during a large NATO Exercise 'Resolute Response'.
  18. This is XV226 Nimrod MR.2 shot by me at Buntingthorpe.