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  1. This is my first WIP, as a newcomer to BM and many years since building anything! The kit was a much appreciated birthday present although it’s taken me a month or more to roll my sleeves up and get started! It’s a great kit of a fascinating aircraft with plenty of detail to get my teeth into. Here are a few photos from the early stages which I hope you’ll find interesting. I’ve also been testing out my macro photography skills as you can see. Phil
  2. Matchbox 1/72 Supermarine Walrus 23hours 5 minutes. Waterlined and rigged. Spitfire wing section from Matchbox kit. Figures from Matchbox and Airfix. Dinghy Milliput and Plasticard. This was the image that inspired my build
  3. I have my 1973 Matchbox Walrus kit washed and ready to go. I tried a sample of the original decal sheet (in Roobios tea!) and it came off well and didn't crack so may use that decal sheet just for old time sake. The reason I've titled it wading Walrus is that it will be waterlined. I will do basic stringing and one or two extras. Watch this space I also have an aftermarket decal sheet so will see which looks best. Some hints of whats going to happen
  4. Hi all, Given the strange times we all live in, I thought I'd go for an unusual build, and push myself a little again. Who can ignore an aircraft nicknamed 'Steam Pigeon', or even better 'Shagbat' Here's the beautiful box art: And the obligatory sprue shots: I could only lay my hands on the 'Silver Wings' boxing, whereas I had a hankering to build an RAAF type. I therefore laid my hands on a few extras, as shown below. This will lead me to a couple of major firsts in my modelling journey: Sprayed markings, and rigging a biplane. The plan is to build an aircraft of No. 5 Communication Flight RAAF, based in New Guinea in 1943. Photos of aircraft are relatively sparse, but this is the scheme as presented by Auntie: What could possibly go wrong?! With a degree of trepidation, I bravely started on the easy stuff, removing the multiple ejector pin marks from the fuselage interiors. This is mid way through the process - it did look better in the end I then used multiple drill bits opening up the rigging holes Today I then cracked on with the interior. I also learned a valuable lesson along the way that water-based paints actually thin very well with.... water! I've persisted with using Tamiya thinners for airbrushing, but delayed deliveries due to COVID have forced me to consider alternatives, and the interior green with which I've always struggled settled down beautifully when thinned with good ol' H2O. Here's where I ended up after a good day's self-isolation: Thanks for looking, Roger
  5. We finally got one finished! https://www.neomega-resin.com/rn-catapult-cradle-985-p.asp
  6. New Year Resolution complied with - my Walrus finished at last, not quite before the Hunter arrived but not long after. I got stuck last year on a couple of issues. The first was the finish - I started to get debris in the paint. I finally tracked that down to poor brush hygiene with Xtracolor paint. There was a quantity of paint still in the brush which remobilised every time I used it, giving 'hairs' of paint. I've since given it a really good clean and it's much better now although still not perfect. The other was the rigging. In 55+ years of modelling I've never rigged a biplane before and I finally decided on 8 gauge guitar wire following a tip on this forum. It's not perfect but shouldn't go slack with time. Ditto the finish - it is what it is and doesn't look too bad under a coat or three of matt varnish. It's from the box apart from Eduard harnesses, the rudder mast (curiously omitted by Airfix), and the window spray deflectors, fashioned from the trailing edges of the unused flap parts, The paints are brushed Xtracolor and the decals from Xtradecal. I wanted a scheme with a clean demarcation between the upper and lower hull colours and as an FAA scheme, AA5R was the obvious choice. Thanks to ex-FAAWAFU for his hugely helpful WIP thread. The photo of AA5R shows light bomb carriers so I used the kit practice bombs and also fitted the other bomb racks. The photo also shows the bracing wires clearly but no antenna from the rudder to the top wing aerials so I left that off. It's a brilliant kit and the struts are more-or-less self aligning - congrats to the new Airfix. Thanks for looking!
  7. I have started the new Walrus and done some initial construction and test fitting. As I only sprayed the interior green today I am letting it dry overnight then will do some of the detail painting and weathering inside tomorrow. This is going to be wings folded, hatches closed up and no rigging while the second one I will start later on will be wings extended, hatches open and rigged.
  8. My Seafire 46 is now close to RFI, so time to start something else. I have been toying with a Seafire 47 - and will probably do it in parallel with this build; however, having got hold of the new Airfix 1/48 Walrus, I find I cannot resist working on R.J. Mitchell's other great aircraft of the war. I have always planned to build at least one of these at some stage, as part of my long-term project to build an example of every aircraft I flew (which doesn't include the Walrus!) and every aircraft my father flew (which does). He only flew Barracudas front line, so I started looking at training squadrons, and found this: AA5R / W3040 was an old warhorse (she'd flown from HMS King George V earlier in the war) which served on 751 Naval Air Squadron at HMS Condor (RNAS Arbroath, which also had a satellite field at Dundee). 751 was an Observers' training squadron - the equivalent of the modern 750, where Lookers are brought up to wings standard (navigation, r/t, weapons work etc). My father was on 65A Drake Course and got his wings in July 1944, before moving onto Speke and Ronaldsway for radar training (bearing in mind that airborne radar was a new thing at this point, and many front line types didn't have it), and then to Maydown in Northern Ireland (747 NAS) for Barracuda conversion, and then to 810 NAS on the front line at RAF Beccles, then Machrahanish, and then embarked in HMS Queen. I think there was more than one squadron at Condor; my father's logbook only mentions being appointed to Arbroath, but not a specific squadron number. He certainly flew several different types during his training; Swordfish, Albacore & Walrus at this stage, but also Anson, Stinson Reliant, Defiant, Proctor, Blenheim, Whitley - even an hour in a Wellington! Anyway, I knew that the Xtradecal AA5R was a likely candidate because every RN Observer trained in the UK went through that squadron at some stage (every other course was trained in Canada and/or in Trinidad, but Dad's flying was all in the UK). It's better than that, though: not just the right squadron, but the right aircraft - 27 April 1944, with Sub Lieutenant Ure up front, he flew W3040 for 2 hours on a Surface Reconnaissance Exercise (SRX). So clearly this is the airframe I am going to build. Having done the Seafire largely OOB to get my mojo back, this one is going to be a bit more embellished; I have the Eduard interior and exterior PE sets, plus masks (and of course the Xtradecal markings). If you are remotely interested in the "Shagbat", you will no doubt already have read that this new release is the best Walrus out there by a huge distance - it looks really, really good when you open the box. Like all CAD-era kits, fit is by all accounts very tight; keep paint away from joint lines etc. - but we are used to that in Wing Nut Wings etc., so why not Airfix. The only criticism I have seen of this kit so far is that there are a LOT of ejector pin marks on the inside; probably the price you pay for all that moulded rib detail. There are a lot of them - about 20 per side - but nothing that half and hour with a sharp No 10 scalpel blade and some careful scraping couldn't sort out. I did take some before and after photos of the ejector marks, but some advanced camera muppetry on my part means you'll have to take my word for it! Here is a general view of the inside of the aircraft; the "duckboard" floor parts are glued, as is the forward of the two major airframe ribs - the aft one is dry fitted. You can see how much detail Airfix have moulded in to this beast! In the pic above, you can see that I have removed 2 sections of the floor - one on the port side immediately aft of the second frame, and one on the starboard side immediately ahead of the first frame. That is to allow some extra Eduard detail goodness to fit (the one on the right is a mere 9 pieces of PE...) I have also started adding PE to the side walls - I have been doing a lot of planning to work out what to add before painting (because the interior is going to need a lot of paint and weathering work before I close it up). Finally for today, here is a closer shot of some of that PE, complete with some pencil marks on the side walls where other bits are due to go: More soon Crisp
  9. Here is a few images of the completed Airfix 1/48 Walrus done as s/n K9515, No 5 Communications Flight RAAF. For the build log go to the link below:
  10. Hi. I'm after some help please. I have the Airfix 1:48 Walrus and have spent several weeks simply admiring the quality and detail of the mouldings. However, I do intend to build it... My father was a Flight Sergeant in the RAF during WWII, and for about 3 years was with 294 Squadron in Egypt and Palestine. During that time, he worked on Wellingtons, Walruses (Walri?) and Blenheims (although I can find no record of Blenheims serving with 294). I'd like to build my Walrus to represent an aircraft with 294 but my researches have not returned any information about individual aircraft codes, serial numbers or colour scheme, beyond that the squadron code was probably AF (thanks to Wikipedia). Can anyone point me in the direction of a good research source - or even provide some colour and code information? I'm not concerned about absolute precision but would at least like to produce something that looks the part! Thanks in advance, Brian
  11. My Airfix Walrus (actually two of them, but I'll save the second for another time) arrived in the mail today, and I couldn't resist getting started. Starting with the usual open box shot: This will be my first biplane in something like 30 years. It'll also be my first attempt at rigging. Is it a bit perverse that I'm actually looking forward to having a crack at rigging? Not sure what colour scheme to go for. I have the Xtradecals on order, but I'm also wondering about whether to do one of the SAR machines that was stationed at RAF Andreas, to carry on my Manx theme. thanks for looking Z
  12. Here's my Airfix 1/48 Walrus, finished as W3037/PV-W of 275 Sqn, RAF Andreas, Isle of Man, 1943. Built for the flying boats and floatplanes group build (if you've not been following this GB, take a look - there's some fantastic modelling going on there). This aircraft ticks a few boxes for me - it fits with my Manx-based aircraft theme, and I wanted to do an ASR Walrus. I had very little photographic evidence to go on - just a photo with half of a 275 Sqn Walrus coded W in the background - so the scheme is a bit speculative. Thanks to info from @Ivor Ramsden I was able to narrow the serial for this aircraft down to one of two and went for W3037 - so I think there's a 50/50 chance that the serial/code tie-up is right. The Airfix Walrus is a lovely kit - I really enjoyed this build. I used very little aftermarket - just some seatbelts from a spare Eduard set, and decals from various sources. The yellow codes were made up by cutting up and rearranging the codes from the ASR option in the kit. I tried Mr Paint acrylics for the first time on this - very pleased with them. This is my first biplane in about 30 years and my first attempt at rigging - not perfect, but showed me that it's nothing to be scared of, and although I'm not necessarily about to go and seek out more biplanes to build there are a couple of kits in the stash that might move up the to-do list now. Build thread is here. On to the photos:
  13. Hi everyone. I'm starting out on my new Airfix Walrus and thinking about the colour scheme. As I have a bit of a Manx theme going on, and there was a detachment from 275 Sqn based at Andreas between November 1941 and April 1944, I'd like to build one of the Andreas based machines. If I can't find out anything specifically about the Andreas detachment, I might go for anything from 275 Sqn on the basis that it would be fairly representative of the aircraft used on the detachment. I've not found much on these Walruses. There's a photo here with a Walrus in the background coded W (presumably PV-W since PV was the squadron code - there's someone standing in the way of where the PV would be) but that's all I've been able to find. Can anyone help with a serial for Walrus W or PV-W of 275 Sqn please? If not does anyone here have any info on serials and codes of any other 275 Sqn Walruses and, if possible, the ones detached to Andreas? cheers Z
  14. As mentioned elsewhere, I have an affection for Supermarine’s ungainly, initially unloved (by the Air Ministry at least), Steam pigeon, the utilitarian but ultimately highly successful Walrus. I have tried several times over the years to build one in 1/72, but have run aground on the shores of the elderly models available. Although limited run kits have been around for a while, Airfix’s new release is the first mainstream model in this scale for many years (Did Frog once make one?) I have a family connection, albeit tenuous, in that my maternal grandfather was a pattern maker for Saunders Roe in Cowes, and while I have no definitive proof he worked on the Walrus, it’s a close enough connection to give this build added interest. The model is unstarted (since I only got it today and box shots will follow when I get home. In the meantime, a trawl of the IWM archives found a number of inspiring shots for reference. Feast your eyes on these until I have some actual modelling to report! AIRCRAFT OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: SUPERMARINE WALRUS. © IWM (MH 6866)IWM Non Commercial Licence AIRCRAFT OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: SUPERMARINE WALRUS.. © IWM (CH 18540)IWM Non Commercial Licence A SUPERMARINE WALRUS AIRPLANE TAKING OFF AT MERS-EL-KEBIR, WITH THE SS EMPRESS OF AUSTRALIA IN THE BACKGROUND. 20 JANUARY 1943, MERS-EL-KEBIR.. © IWM (A 14367)IWM Non Commercial Licence NORTH AFRICA - FLEET AIR ARM SUPERMARINE WALRUS KEEPS WATCH OVER HOSPITAL SHIP. FORCE H AT SEA AND IN HARBOUR, 12 TO 14 JANUARY 1943, AT SEA AND AT MERS-EL-KEBIR.. © IWM (A 14168)IWM Non Commercial Licence Especially for Ced – ITMA! "ITMA" IN THE AIR; TOMMY HANDLEY & PHT VISIT FLEET AIR ARM. 14 JANUARY 1944, ROYAL NAVAL AIR STATION TWATT. TOMMY HANDLEY AND THE MEMBERS OF HIS "ITMA" COMPANY HAVE MADE A SIX DAYS TOUR OF THE HOME FLEET AND NAVAL AIR STATIONS IN THE NORTH.. © IWM (A 21446)IWM Non Commercial Licence "ITMA" IN THE AIR; TOMMY HANDLEY & PHT VISIT FLEET AIR ARM. 14 JANUARY 1944, ROYAL NAVAL AIR STATION TWATT. TOMMY HANDLEY AND THE MEMBERS OF HIS "ITMA" COMPANY HAVE MADE A SIX DAYS TOUR OF THE HOME FLEET AND NAVAL AIR STATIONS IN THE NORTH.. © IWM (A 21444)IWM Non Commercial Licence AIRCRAFT OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: SUPERMARINE WALRUS.. © IWM (CH 9027)IWM Non Commercial Licence THE ROYAL NAVY DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR. © IWM (A 20690)IWM Non Commercial Licence The last two images suggest how I have in mind to display the aircraft, if I can contrive a convincing water effect base.
  15. Supermarine Walrus L2301 at the FAA Museum, pics thanks to Merlin101. This is a composite aircraft, using the fuselage and engine of Walrus L2301. It was built in 1939, for the Irish Air Corps, who flew it during World War 2 carrying the Irish designation N.18. During its delivery flight, on 3 March 1939, it suffered engine failure and later hull damage from ditching in the high seas. The aircraft was towed to the former launch strip at the US Naval Air Station, Ireland. On 9 January 1942 it was stolen by four Irish nationals who intended to fly to France to join the Luftwaffe. However, they were intercepted by RAF Spitfires and escorted to RAF St Eval; the aircraft and its occupants being returned to Ireland. After the war, it was transferred to Aer Lingus and given the Irish civil registration EI-ACC. However, the Irish airline never flew it and instead sold it to Wing Commander Ronald Gustave Kellett in 1946 for £150 It was given the British civilian registration G-AIZG and flown until 1949 by members of No. 615 Squadron RAF for recreation.[38] In 1963, it was recovered from a dump at Haddenham airfield (formerly RAF Thame)[40] by members of the Historic Aircraft Preservation Society. They presented it to the Fleet Air Arm Museum who restored it between 1964 and 1966, it has been an exhibit at the Fleet Air Museum since then.
  16. Having a break from painting (a wall not the plastic) I glanced at the stash and thought " why have I 3 biplanes and 2 Parsols when I hate rigging?"...and thus the story begins... Would it be sacrilege to wiff with a Matchbox Walrus? Probably not thanks to the Revell re-issue, albeit without the multicolored plastic we all love so dearly. ok so ideas now began to form in my crazy mind... Turn this: into this: From Turning to Burning. Or maybe this: Monoplane it (although Supermarine already beat me to this with the Seagull) Or a simpler: Just drop the rigging, and repaint in a new scheme wether alternative warbird or civi. Of course there other whacky options: 'gunship' - rockets, torpedos, turrets etc 'electric' - long before the EKA-3, predating the F3D-2Q, and making even the TBM-3Q seem positively modern. '2000' - well if Dornier can modernise their WW2 vintage boats... 'racer' - didn't a Walrus do a lap at Reno? Not looking like this... ...and I'm sure there more! Some things would be hampered by the rather bare stores box, others by the skill box - but nothing by the 'outside the box'
  17. After a long slow-down in my modelling activity due to other pressures my lovely wife gave me this kit, Special Hobby's re-boxing of the Classic Airframes kit, for Christmas. Inspired by a Grumman Duck build article in SAM last summer, I decided to try my hand at a diorama for the first time. After all, a seaplane sat on wheels always looks a little odd, in my opinion... The kit is well described elsewhere and the tribulations of the struts and rigging severely tested my patience! That said, I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. I used shade variations to try to get a slightly worn look to the camo and the whole plane was washed with a mix of black and payne's grey oil paints. I used sewing elastic for the rigging and one of my daughter's hairs for the arial wire. The downed airman is in a K Type dinghy made from Fimo, wine bottle foil and tissue paper. The figures are an Airfix pilot and Eduard aircrew. The latter had some pretty drastic surgery to make their knees bend far enough, but filler is a wonderful healer! The rope is embroidery thread set with thinned PVA. The guy in the dinghy looks like he might be about to fall out, but he'll be pretty desperate to catch that rope and get back on board a plane... The base is made with foamboard and plaster of paris. I sealed the plaster with a thick coat of PVA and painted it with acrylics. One unexpected effect was that some of the acrylic paint 'split' as it dried to leave tiny flecks of white in the water which look better than anything I could have produced with a brush. The whole thing had a few coats of future to make it look wet. Once the plane had been set in place, the gaps were filled with modelling clay and the painting touched up. I brushed gloss varnish onto the sides of the plane, but was a little wary of getting too carried away... Let me know what you think!
  18. Apologies in advance if these should be their own individual categories and will adapt if so. Here are a selection of my builds involving Flying Boats and Float Planes since restarting model-making a few years back after a break of around 35 years. 1/72 Airfix Junkers Ju52/3m finished as a WHIF, used by the Regia Aeronautica on Rhodes in late 1940 OOB Build. (I had posted this previously in a Junkers thread but seemed appropriate to include it here as well as it has floats! ) 1/72 Airfix Short Sunderland III with Wrapround Camouflage. OOB Build with slight scratch cockpit. Roundels from Original Kit, Lettering from Revell Heyford 1/72 Airfix Supermarine Walrus in USN Colours. OOB Build, but missing canopy glass. WHIF scheme. 1/144 Airfix Boeing B314 'Clipper' in wartime BOAC Markings. OOB Build. 1/72 Matchbox Heinkel He-115 FloatPlane as a Swedish TB-2. OOB Build. Roundels & Lettering from Airfix Mosquito J30 kit This is my first Airbrushed model and really like the finish that can be achieved over (my) brush 1/72 Airfix Auster AOP (kit #01023), represented in a fictional Swiss Flying Doctor scheme. OOB Build with slight cockpit "clutter" added. Decals raided from spares box Lovely little kit to build 1/72 Matchbox Dornier Do G/Do-18 Flying Boat (Kit #PK-409), finished as a Deutsche Lufthansa South Atlantic Mailplane. OOB with slight mods to convert kit to more accurately represent civilian service.
  19. As Hannants with the 1/48th Blenheim Mk.I/IF (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234965380-classic-airframes-blenheim-mk-11f-hannants/), Special Hobby is to re-release the old Classic Airframes 1/48th Supermarine Walrus Mk.I kit in several limited editions. Source: http://www.mpmkits.com/en/1/1-1-6/8/ - Ref.SH48161 - 1/48 Walrus Mk. I Early Warriors source: http://www.mpmkits.com/en/1/1-1-6/1-48-walrus-mk-i-early-wariors.html - Ref.SH48162 - 1/48 Walrus Mk. I Battleships Eyes source: http://www.mpmkits.com/en/1/1-1-6/1-48-walrus-mk-i-battleships-eyes.html - Ref.SH48163 - 1/48 Walrus Mk. I Air Sea Rescue source: http://www.mpmkits.com/en/1/1-1-6/1-48-walrus-mk-i-air-sea-rescue.html V.P.
  20. Just started on a build of the Revell nee Matchbox Walrus and have been doing some dry fitting and I am puzzled about the dihedral or lack of it on both sets of wings!! Does anyone have a decent set of plans for the Supermarine Walrus which gives the dihedral for both the upper and lower wings? Or was there specific instructions on one of the 1/48th kits by Special Hobby? In the old Profile booklet the centrefold profile seems to show no dihedral in the nose-on-view but the side profiles seem to hint at dihedral on the lower wing. The (basic) rigging diagram on the Revell instruction sheet has both wings flat but it is only a simple drawing to aid basic rigging not an accurate plan. The mouldings when dry fitted give some dihedral on the lower wings but very different angles on port and starboard!
  21. Hi all, I'm calling this one done (for now), only got to add u/c legs. Anyway, if you ask me, this is R.J. Mitchell's other design (the Spitfire being the first). It's very hard to believe that the Walrus and Spitfire were designed by the same person only separated by a couple years. This particular Walrus was used by 277 Squadron on D-Day and I've taken inspiration from this painting; I added a vacform canopy, resin engine Vickers gun to improve the old kit as well as scratch building the interior and a few other bits. IMG_7515_zpsc44ac00d by Ben Standen, on Flickr IMG_7512_zps5f55e312 by Ben Standen, on Flickr IMG_7511_zps8b896ea7 by Ben Standen, on Flickr IMG_7510_zps51d841d9 by Ben Standen, on Flickr Pretty happy with how it turned out and very pleased with the water (first time I've ever tried to model sea). Thanks for looking! Ben
  22. Gday All THought I might dive in at this late stage on a complete impulse after perusing my stash the other day, having been inspired by this GB. I have been neglecting my theme of RAAF a/c with recent builds, so thought "what the hell, lets have a go with the CA walrus, I mean, how hard can it be, what can possibly go wrong!!" Anyway, to start off, the obligatory box and contents shots I'm not a big one for WIP's as everyone gets to see your fails, but we'll see how we go. Stay tuned Bruce
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