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  1. zebra

    1/48 Seafire XVII

    Getting back on the horse after the disappointing early end to the Super Etendard build. Having just finished an Airfix Spitfire Vb in the RAF centenary GB and been left wondering why it had been 30+ years between Spitfire models, here's another - the Airfix Seafire XVII. This will be part of a slightly ambitious Griffon Spitfire/Seafire triple build along with the Airfix PR.XIX and the Eduard/Airfix F.22/24 - ambitious because I'm going to try to get all three done before overseas travel curtails my modelling at the start of June - but given how quickly the Vb went together I think it can be done. Here's the box shot. I also have a Freightdog decal sheet, Eduard masks and Quickboost exhausts. Plus I have two Barracuda carburettor intakes and one set of Barracuda 5-blade props so will need to decide which kits get those. If I get time after work I'll start tomorrow.
  2. I'm sure we all know about the PFT, here's a short history if you don't- http://www.polishsquadronsremembered.com/PFT/PFT.html I'll be using the Airfix MkIX, I fancy something quick and have had this hanging around in the stash for a while (I think it was one of the first kits I bought on my return to aircraft modelling). Box top: Sprues: (The mote observant amongst you will notice that I've made a start by giving some parts a black undercoat.) I've made a start with the interior, by giving it a coat of Colourcoats Interior Green: Because the Airfix IX has a lack of detail (to say the least), I'll be adding these bits from the spares box: I'm off to fondle the sprues of an Eduard Spitfire MkVIII and decide if I should make a start on it. Thanks for looking.
  3. I am proposing (if not to late) a group build covering the kits first produced in the years in which Airfix was still an independent company. Airfix ceased being an independent company in 1981. The rules would be simple, any item that was included in Airfix catalogues up to and including 1980. This would include kits first released by other companies, such as some of the larger cars and military vehicles. I would be largely depending on peoples honesty as to what was included in these catalogues, a makers mark inside the kit such as Airfix 1962 would be ideal. It doesn't matter if the kit you would like to build is a 2017 reboxing, the only thing that matters is that it was first boxed no later than 1980. Pre 1981 kits still available from Airfix include the 1/72 scale Mosquito, Halifax, Sherman and Tiger tanks. The use of after market parts and decals is permitted. Later releases of old kits with added sprues for different variants also welcome. If anyone would care to lend a hand with this I would grateful. CLARIFICATION OF RULES What's allowed? 1) Any kit included in any Airfix catalogue up to and including the 1980 catalogue. 2) For aircraft, All after market parts and decals with the exception of wings and fuselages. 3) Airfix kits first released no later than 1980 but in modern day boxings. 4) Updated versions of pre-1981 kits. Airfix occasionally added extra sprues of parts to update it's pre 1981 kits. All such parts with the exception of wings and fuselages are permitted. 5) For builds other than aircraft please use discretion and common sense when considering the use of aftermarket parts. For example aftermarket tracks, wheels or decking would be acceptable for a vehicle or ship while a aftermarket turret, hull or car body would not. The rule of thumb is that the bare bones or carcass of the model needs to be pre-1981 Airfix, whatever flesh is added to the bones is the choice of the builder. Notes. I believe or suspect that Airfix adopted a number of larger armour and other vehicle kits from extinct manufacturers. If these kits were present in the pre-1981 Airfix range then they are considered acceptable. This is largely to avoid any arguments over pedigree or dna. If interested names below please.
  4. Hello, I'm glad to join this group with a build I have too long postponed. I saw the real subject, one of the last -200 in passenger service, during a wonderful trip to Victoria Falls for my tenth wedding anniversary. I well remember the contrast of this beauty with a modern BA A320 parked nearby: shiny metal wings and lower fuselage, the loud hiss of the turbojets, something I hadn't seen for years in european airports. Back to my home I immediately started searching for a decal sheet and I found a nearly suitable one in the Classic Airlines range: a few mail exchanges with Nick Webb later I had in my hands just the right decals, I only needed a decent kit to make justice but this proved quite a task. Over the years I accumulated the Airfix kit, Authentic Airliners ADV engines and a replacement nose I made myself duplicating the very good nose of the DACO kit. This GB came just at the right time to push me doing this model, so here are the raw materials: And this is the real plane, in all its shining glory! Thanks for looking Fabio
  5. This is one that I've been wanting to build for a long time. I was born in Alaska, and aviation in that state has always fascinated me. A few years ago, I came across the "Sandbar Mitchell" project, the restoration and return to flight of a B-25J Firebomber that made a wheels-up landing on a sandbar near Farbanks, Alaska. The restoration is also a mentoring program for youth to learn technical skills, and it seemed like a good cause to me (and still does!). You can find their website here: https://www.warbirdsofglory.org/index.asp I made a donation, and was given a small piece of the actual aircraft in return. I'd show a picture but my phone doesn't want to upload it, going to have to fix that before the build starts! The aircraft is going to be restored to the colours of a wartime aircraft, but fire aviation has been an interest of mine for some time, so I've now been keen to build a model of it in the colours it wore on the day it came down in the bush. When Airfix announced their new-tool 1:72 Mitchell, I knew what I had to do. Intended colours for the real aircraft (rendering by Ron Cole) The Mitchell as it looked on fire-fighting duties. As you can see from the picture above, this shouldn't be too difficult of a conversion from the stock Mitchell. So that's the idea. Stay tuned!
  6. Here is my Airfix Victor B.2 that I finished over a year ago but never got round to posting When it came to which Victor to model there was only one choice for me and that's XL231. Been a member of the team who maintain XL231 at the Yorkshire Air Museum the choice was simple. I added Eduard's excellent pre painted etch to the cockpit and despite the fact that much of it can't be seen it did give the cockpit a very much real look to it. The model represents 231 as she was as a Blue Steel aircraft of the Wittering wing. Enjoy Victor B.2 XL231 by Scott Clayton, on Flickr Victor B.2 XL231 by Scott Clayton, on Flickr Victor B.2 XL231 by Scott Clayton, on Flickr Victor B.2 XL231 by Scott Clayton, on Flickr Victor B.2 XL231 by Scott Clayton, on Flickr And here she is with the real XL231 shortly after finishing the build 100_2627 by Scott Clayton, on Flickr ScottC
  7. Hi, This model was finished last year but I haven't taken the time to share the pictures with you. The Airfix kit is a wonder to build. The only comment I may have is for the canopy: I don't really like the way Airfix proposes it on two parts (transparency + base). I also encountered some issue with the paint. I applied Alclad 2 paints on a Tamiya gray primer and had the unpleasant surprise to see the paint cracking. Twice... . Third try was with Tamiya Flat Black. No issue then. If anybody has had the same experience, your comments will be welcome. Decals are from Microscale. Seatbelts from Eduards. Gunsight from Quickboost. Hope you like it. Cheers, Antoine
  8. This will be my first Work In Progress thread, and I thought I’d kick off with what I hope might turn into a good one. Be prepared, though, for some lengthy gaps in progress as I only let myself work on play stuff when I feel I’ve earned the time. I am self-employed, and I suppose I’m lucky enough to be a full-time professional model maker. I generally specialise in railway subjects, at O gauge (1/43rd scale), and so building model aeroplanes is very much a relaxation for me. Some background about me, for those who didn’t see my New Member thread. I am very focused in my collection. Well, I was focused. Working to 1/72nd scale, my aim was to make representations of at least one of each type of plane that flew in the Battle of Britain. Starting out with just RAF Fighter Command (Spitfire, Hurricane, Defiant, Blenheim, Gladiator) and the Luftwaffe and Italian forces ranged against them. The Battle has been an obsession for me since my school days, around the time of the 40th anniversary. I soon started to spread my wings, as it were, backwards in time to encompass Operation Dynamo, then the Battle of France, the Phoney War, and in the end, I’ve decided to include the Night Blitz and even extend to the Norway campaign. I now find I’m collecting aircraft that operated in the Northern and Western European theatres for the whole of 1940. So, that’s all the RAF commands and support squadrons, Fleet Air Arm, Dutch, Belgian, French, Norwegian air forces, Luftwaffe and the Italian contingent. At some point, perhaps I should start a gallery thread to show the aircraft I’ve built so far, and those that will be added in due course. That’ll be for another day. All that is a rather long-winded way to introduce the theme of this build, the Dornier Do17P. The Do17 development history is long and complex, and I can do no better than point you at the various online resources, including Wikipedia. Suffice to say, I already had the main Do17Z variant represented in my collection, in both the old Revell (ex-Monogram) boxing from some decades ago and the more recent Airfix one. I hadn’t originally intended on acquiring an earlier variant, though Airfix had produced the kit for the Do17E/F until relatively recently. However, a trip to a model show earlier this year saw a Do17E/F up for sale at a fair price on a stall - how could I resist? The 1986-style box was a little tired, but I was assured everything was in there. In fact, the stall holder insisted I should check all was in order. Sure enough, although some parts were rattling around loose, it all seemed complete. The moulding is in a hard light blue plastic. I was taken right back to my early days of sticky-fingered model building on the kitchen table! Surprisingly little flash was evident, though there were signs of age in the mould with mild sink marks and slight misregistration here and there. I was surprised to see quite a lot of detail available to fit out the cockpit. When was this kit first made? Crikey! 1971! Colour me even more surprised about the interior details, then! Outside, the Haldane Place Demon Riveter had been somewhat restrained, and there were even - gasp! - recessed panel lines. The instructions are old enough to still list the Airfix enamel colours. More memories came flooding back! The problem I had, though, was the Do17E was properly old hat by the start of 1940. I rummaged through my references to see if I could find any instances of an E or F in squadron service anywhere during 1940. All I could turn up was examples of the Do17M and P, meteorological and photo reconnaissance variants. As far as I could tell the biggest difference between the 17E and 17P was the engines. The E had BMW V1 inline units, the M and P had Bramo Fafnir radials, like the Z series. An idea began to form in my mind. A couple of decades ago, I built the Revell Do17Z to represent an aircraft that was brought down near Maidstone during the Battle of Britain. I threw everything at it, PE details, resin wheels and so on. I used the kit transparencies, as they were preferable to the vac-form alternatives I could find. Me being me, I wanted to open the pilot’s sliding window - and I cracked the transparency beyond repair! I went out and bought another kit, just for the cockpit greenhouse. Those were the days when I could afford to do such things. The remainder of the Revell kit remained untouched in the box ever since. I wondered, therefore, if I might be able to combine the Revell and Airfix kits and produce a Do17M or P. I had noted the Airfix kit used the same basic assembly arrangement for fitting the wings to the fuselage. If I was lucky, I might even be able to replace the whole wing assembly, rather than graft the engine pods onto the Airfix wings. Digging out the Revell box, I feverishly taped the wings together. I did the same with the Airfix fuselage halves. Now, that was encouraging. Some mild surgery, and no doubt a fair whack of filler, but this approach might well work. The Revell box might also yield various alternative parts, too. It looks like I can definitely create a Frankendornier to get a Do17P for my collection. Since my quick tests, I have decided to invest in aftermarket transparencies, PE details and resin wheels. If I’m going to do the work, I may as well do it properly! So far, no glue has been deployed, and it might be a while yet, but I wanted to start the thread to whet my appetite and see what you all think.
  9. modelling minion

    Minion's Comrade Mitchell "Mstitely"

    Well after having watched all the excellent builds on here and having acquired a couple of Airfix's excellent new B-25's and having also finished my Harrier for the Hawker GB I thought it was only right that I finally join in with a Mitchell of my own. I am still unsure as to which scheme she will be finished in, I have the new Xtradecal sheet which has some very nice schemes on it and one of my reference books comes with decals for several options including a B-25C or two which were based in the Pacific. What I would really like to do is a Soviet one in temporary winter scheme but finding decals for them is impossible as the Authentic Decals 1/72 sheet is out of print and nowhere to be found but I might try to make some up from the spares box, I have plenty of red stars so that isn't a problem but the individual numbers and markings might be an issue. As either choice is the same mark I don't really need to choose until I'm about ready to apply some paint, and even then they both have the same basic OD over NG scheme. Anyway here are the usual box and contents shots. And a couple of references I will be using. Thanks for looking in and as usual all comments and help will be gratefully received. Craig.
  10. After building a not-any-more-exisiting Tamiya Mk.I years ago, my dad thought it is time to add a Mk.I again to our collection, using the new Airfix kit and doing an early version with the 2-blade prop. DSC_0002 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr
  11. This is a placeholder but I will be starting these two in the very near future. One will be this one: and the other will be this one:
  12. This GB has crept up on me, I've been busy with other GBs when I should have been getting ready. Still, I have 7 or 8 builds planned; the first one is this: I'll be using the old Airfix kit, suitably modified, and Xtradecals transfers from their Fighters over Africa and the Mediterranean part 2 sheet. Here's the kit: It's bits: The extra/ replacement bits: The profile: I'll be making a start on Wednesday. Thanks for looking.
  13. Lord Riot

    Harrier GR.1

    Well this looks like a superb kit from Airfix, I'm very impressed with the kit detail and decals. And what a subject! One of the greatest aviation marvels of all time, and one that the RAF would still be flying in its GR.9A guise if anyone who made political decisions in this country had any realistic concept of military requirements. Or didn't put balance sheets ahead of the lives of our boys and girls at the pointy end. But enough political ranting, and back to the very early 70s, for this fantastic Harrier GR.1. I'm erring on the side of the 1 Sqn jet, although wondering about changing serial numbers as apparently both of the kit subjects were written off in accidents in the 70s. I don't suppose anyone has a list of 1 Sqn serials/codes for Harriers circa 1970?
  14. Hello all, hope you are well? I've not done a build thread for a very long time. Tell the truth, I sort of fell out of love with making build threads. Nothing to do with you lovely people or the great site in general. It was a reaction to the Photobucket situation. However, that was now several months ago, we've all got new hosting sites and have moved on. Time for me to do the same, and what better way then with a Hawker GB? I'm going for the Airfix 1/72 Hurricane Mk.1. Here she is boxed up and ready for action! The first task was to get all the bits which will be black ready for paint. I'm undercoating the cockpit with black where necessary. The exception to this is the prop. I'm going to undercoat this in whatever primer I choose and will paint the brown front bit first. I think it'll be easier to mask the front and paint the rest black rather than the other way around. And here they are painted in Tamiya Rubber Black. The exhaust stacks are painted black effectively for an undercoat. I've also got all the aluminium bits ready for paint/assembly. I was a little concerned about the wheel well. It's complex how it goes together for 1/72 and with the soft Airfix plastic and lack of totally positive fit, it raised alarm bells. But actually this was misplaced, it went together a treat and a dry fit indicates I should have no issues further on. Next step was the cockpit green. The instructions call out for a lot more metal and other colours I've not really seen before on Hurricane interiors, but I'm not following them. I'm really not going to get bogged down in the pit as the canopy will be closed. I image it's going to be 90% invisible by the time I've finished! I'm just going to pick out one or two details in black, quick wash and dry brush and move on to more on. I've being doing this a few years now, and while I'm not claiming to be any sort of expert (the opposite in fact), I have learnt there's things which are more worth while putting time into than others... Not a comment at all on the amazing work others do, it's just that I regularly get bogged down and miss deadlines! So that's it, more soon! Val
  15. My Fulmar is at the 'waiting for the Future to dry before putting om the transfers' stage so it's time to start another kit. I've decided to make the recent Airfix F4F/ Wildcat/ Martlet. The obligatory box-top photograph: I think Airfix box-art is really good at the moment. The sprues: The bottom sprue is unique to the Martlet. I actually made a start on this the other day, here's the cockpit bits after a coat of Humbrol 226 and a gouache/water/Future wash: and the wheelwell bulkhead after a coat of Colourcoats Sky and the same wash: (I suspect that the wheelwells were aluminium, at least they are on the photographs I've found, but I believe that the FAA liked to paint things the underside colour.) Airfix tell you to remove these lumps: So I did: Next up is the undercarriage; I need to decide what colour to paint it, Airfix would have it painted satin black and Sky but I think it'll be Sky and chrome (for the slidey bits). Thanks for looking.
  16. I just remembered - I never got round to doing an RFI for 'Oliver's Army' - my 3 Airfix Cromwells. I finished these a couple of months back - but in my rush to get on with something new I completely forgot to take some proper final pictures - so here they are... 15/19 Kings Royal Hussars - sometime after 8th August 1944... ...again - there is a WIP if you're interested... https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235032983-oliver’s-army…-a-trio-of-cromwell-ivs-completed/ If you have any comments - please chip in - if not thanks for looking in and I hope you like them - they were really nice to build. Cheers - Steve
  17. Seafire F.46 - RNAS Lossiemouth Station Flight, 1948 Scratch conversion of Airfix 1/72 Spitfire Mk.22 - Model Alliance Markings I'm still immobile and broken at this end, so modelling on a coffee table next to my sofa whilst my bones heal! However, that's no excuse, so this month I have tried something a little more adventurous. The Seafire 46 is essentially a navalised Spit 22, so a relatively easy conversion in this scale and this is exactly what Airfix did with their 1/48 kit (same markings too!). The contra-rotating prop was scratched up from the kit spinner, suitably extended and thinned by a blob of Milliput, plus a spare blade from another kit. Shaping it, then drilling holes for the blades was a fairly major challenge under the circumstances, so it is a little rough, but I'm pleased to have managed at all. Likewise, the tail-hook will require some more work when I am back on my feet again and can fabricate an actual hook. Decals come from a Model Alliance set for the Lossie CO (Capt Caspar John RN)'s personal mount, which was, by all accounts, maintained to gleaming Captain's rounds standard. Brush painted as always, with Humbrol Enamels, a light oily wash and Klear topcoats (and I went for a half black/half green cockpit option FWIW). With thanks to Mrs T, who is doing a lot of the basics for me at the moment, but happily did a lot of extra fetching and carrying for me from my model room to my coffee table! FredT
  18. When I opened the new Airfix Phantom FG1 I was blown away by the various options for the finished model. I know the kit has problems with missing vents etc but this is countered by the variety of poses available. I generally build my aircraft 'wheels up' but I fancied a change. I wanted lowered flaps and slats etc but didn't really want to pose it launching so the obvious solution was a landing aircraft. I also wanted the hook down so this necessitated a carrier landing. Finally I wanted something a bit different to the RN aircraft provided by Airfix. A quick browse of Hannants website resulted in some decals and PJ Production aircrew (I still don't understand why Airfix omitted these). Fours months of work later and a steep learning curve with my new airbrush resulted in this: Phantom 1 by Brian Mather, on Flickr Phantom 2 by Brian Mather, on Flickr Phantom 3 by Brian Mather, on Flickr Phantom 4 by Brian Mather, on Flickr She is far from perfect and I am not sure about the historical accuracy of an A&AEE Phantom landing on HMS Ark Royal but I am sure you will allow a little modeller's licence!
  19. My first work in progress in which I’ll be using Vallejo Model Air paints that I’ve just switched over to. For this I’ve plucked the Airfix Stuka from the stash. I’ve never built a Stuka before, so I’m really looking forward to this one. The kit kit seems well up to the usual standards Airfix are setting with their new release kits. There’s no flash, and all the mouldings seem very clean and crisp. The clear sprue also seems very impressive. I’m going to build this straight out of the box, a nice quick build while another kit is on hold waiting for the right paint to arrive.
  20. Greetings! New tool Airfix kit of the Curtiss P40B Warhawk completed in the U.S. Army Air Corp colour scheme for the 79th Pursuit Squadron, 20th Pursuit Group at Hamilton Field, California in 1940. Airfix has done a great job with this kit and it comes together very easily straight from the box. I did not use the kit decals and went with the excellent Starfighter Decals 1/72 Pre-War USAAC P-40B set #72-134. Many thanks for having a look, questions and comments always welcome! Bill
  21. Hi all, This is my first wip I've done for a long time. Has a few on here know I've spent the last 10-15 years caring for both parents so time for modelling and posting pics up has been hard to come by. Unfortunately my Mum passed away suddenly and totally unexpected last August, something I'm still having trouble coming to terms with. Dad has not long passed away, after developing Pneumonia whilst in hospital, 6 months after Mum went. To say those 6 months have been very trying time is a under statement! I will say modelling has been a great help in getting me through the dark times, not forgetting looking in on here of coarse. Anyway enough of the waffle and onto the build! As soon as Airfix announced they were releasing a Sea Fury I knew I was going to have to build one, originally I was going to build it as a Iraqi one as I remember the one based at Duxford in those colours being taken by the scruff of the neck and flung round the sky, however as one is already being built on here I didn't want to bore folk with yet another so I've decided to do mine as a Cuban one see here, http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235034521-cuban-sea-furies/ First job was to sort out some known problems with the kit whilst I waited for my replacement starboard fuselage half. So cowl first up the engine cowl Nice gap! Ali hadn't released his resin cowl when i'd started my kit. So I filled the gaps up on both sides of the cowl with CA/talc. Using what i'd found out after looking in on Ali's site I re scribed the joint line in the correct position using this scriber and tape. Got to say that scriber is the best I've used to date. Then using my verlinden scribing template I redid the latches on the cowl. Just got to tidy things up a bit now. Also on my kit the port wing fold was short shot so instead of waiting for Airfix to send out yet another replacement part I decided to fix the problem myself. Used plasticard for the said fault. The end result. Will most likely require a bit more fettling after a coat of primer. Can anyone explain to me why my pics are so big and how to shrink them down please. Cheers, Tim.
  22. I know this GB is in full flow and I'm a bit late. I'd like to join with this Airfix SHAR which I bought just after it came out. I have already slapped on a few coats of paint for the interior and detail but everything is still on the sprue so I'm sure it's well within the under 25% started. I'm going to complete it as this 899 ship in Falklands war fit from HMS Hermes. Although the 700 NAS conversion unit scheme is nice. Some aftermarket; mask for the canopy and resin jet exhausts. Airfix moulded the exhausts in two parts. Apart from the fact I've about 5 sets of exhausts in the stash, it's about three weeks work to get rid of the inevitable seams on the vanes. So let's get going
  23. Blitz23

    A-4B Skyhawk

    Just putting a marker down for my build thread, picked up the starter set today in Hobbycraft as I've been thinking about adding a Skyhawk to my collection for a while and I've heard this kit is good. Got a backlog of 1//48 props to clear but with a week off coming up I might take a break from them and smash this one out before maybe attempting a F6F in the stash. I'll add pics in the week
  24. So as I mentioned in the GB Chat, I've never built a Japanese aircraft to date, despite having been modelling for many years. I have about 3 in the stash but had just never got round to getting one on the bench - so with the Carrier GB afoot I thought this would be a perfect baptism of fire for me. I've decided to go with the following kit with this being one of Airfix's more recent new toolings. It's full of detail and should be great kit to start my foray into Japanese types. Here she is: So here goes and wish me luck - hopefully I won't let the side down for all those fans of Japanese aircraft. Thanks Kris
  25. Hi all, After just stumbling upon this group build and feeling the urge to participate, I realised the choice of model was already made for me. The delivery time of new kits measures in many weeks, and the only kit I have hidden at home that could be built to an RAF machine is an Airfix Gladiator. It fits well though, since I can build it to represent a plane from the unfortunate but valiant No. 263 squadron sent on almost sacrificial missions here in Norway. The decision on which particular airframe it will be will have to wait until I find suitable decals... In addition to the Swedish/Finnish plane on the front cover, the box comes with decals for a machine of No. 605 squadron, which refitted with Hurricanes before the fighting began, and the machine in question was transferred to met duties before crashing in a tree. It does have the same squadron code as No. 263 so there is a backup plan. I just opened the red box, enjoying a moment of boyish enthusiasm probably driven as much by nostalgia as anything else. The kit contains parts for both a Mk I and II, which leaves all possibilities open for choice of stickers.