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  1. In 2020 Airfix is to release a new tool 1/72nd Bristol Beaufort Mk.1 kit - ref. A04021 https://www.airfix.com/uk-en/shop/new-for-2020/bristol-beaufort-mk-1.html 3D render V.P.
  2. Hello! This is my recent project, an Airfix Avro Lancaster, 1/72. I usually build 1/48 aircraft, but this one would have a 60cm wingspan, too big for my space. Having built a few nice Airfix new tools, I have to say I was a little disappointed with this one. The fuselage halves and bomb bay doors were all warped. Not beyond repair, but it took quite some time to have them fit properly, even though not perfectly. I think that if I had tried to leave the bomb bay open, it would be a challenge. And almost all the clear parts came with some minor scratches. The canopy have you to g
  3. My mojo for things japanese was flagging so halfway thru a kit (yet to appear here) I saw this one on the shelf in the man cave and thought why not? This is the 2nd moulding of the 1/72 Airfix Lancaster. The mould itself dates from 1979 with this particular kit a 1983 boxing. Built OOB, it was excellent for its time, accurate, good fit and easy to build, but nowadays we would criticise its lack of internal detail, an almost complete lack of panel lines, and a lack of finesse and sharpness with some of the parts being obvious and not very good approximations of the real thing. Having
  4. Hi all, I've been super excited about this group build for a while, and even more excited when I saw that the rules were going to allow Bomber Command aircraft on anti-invasion operations! So, inspired by Larry Donnelly's excellent book "The Other Few", my plan for my first entry in this group build is to build an Airfix Blenheim as one from the many Blenheim squadrons that made nightly raids on the "invasion ports" - the ports on the French coast in which large numbers of barges were building as the Germans prepared for Operation Sealion, the invasion of Britain. Her
  5. I'm starting to build the current/new mould Airfix Lancaster as a very early example without the upper turret coaming, flat black and standard camo etc. etc. with the aim of it being the first Lanc lost on active service, KM+C of 44 Squadron. From pics I have the turrent internals appear to be painted in interior green at this point, subsequently being painted black at some point, presumably to blend in with the overall black appearance of the airframe. However I'm unsure as to the correct colour for the external framings as I've seen for example the front turret in what appears to
  6. Supermarine Spitfire Vb Airfix 1:48 The Spitfire hardly needs an introduction, an iconic war machine and graceful lines satisfying the technical theory that ‘If it looks right, it flies right’! With around 6000 aircraft produced across the various sites, the Mk.V was the most produced version of the 20,000+ built. Coming in to service in 1941, it incorporated many of the improvements developed in the Mk.III, however instead of using the planned Mk.XX Merlin which was in short supply, the Mk.45 with a single stage single supercharger was used as it could easily be fitted to the standard f
  7. Probably about time I posted my first RFI! I have been rather intimidated by some of the excellent photography on here, and have struggled to get anywhere near decent shots in my little dark modelling den. Then I had a long overdue brainwave this afternoon and decided to just shoot outside on a roll of wallpaper lining and let Mother Nature be the studio So, yes, it takes me six months to build a straightforward kit. No, I didn't build anything in between. Life with a VW camper has taught me it's all about the journey, not the destination I've learnt loads of
  8. Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat (A19004) 1:24 Airfix The Hellcat was a tough flying barrel of a 'plane, used extensively in the Pacific Theatre during WWII by the US Navy, as well as the British Fleet Air Arm. It was propelled (excuse pun) by the powerful 2,000hp Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double-Wasp, the same as used by its faster stablemate the Chance Vought Corsair. It was a rugged aircraft that could absorb substantial damage, more so than the faster Corsair, so it was well-used and well-liked by the pilots. It was faster than the Zero, which was of a much lighter c
  9. Another Ebay purchase. Not my favourite aircraft growing up, but like the new Lightning its grown on me, plus I think the box art for this one looks amazing. Normally i have a mooch around on scalemates and on here for reviews and builds for any pit falls to lookout for or aftermarket needed, but for this one I went in blind. Having just built 2 airfix buccs, and in the past the jaguar and tornado gr1 I wasn't really expecting much, but that was fine, planning on just a quick out the box built after stalling trying to build the revell gr4 farewell tornado. Box Art and Sprue
  10. Hi all and looking forward to joining with this one.. Airfix Bf 109E-4_box by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Decals will be from this lovely sheet produced by Southern Expo for the 70th Anniversary with all proceeds going to a local hospice which is wonderful. Airfix Bf 109E-4_BoB by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr For this build, i'm going with 'White 2' of 4./JG51 from August 1940. According to the notes on the sheet, this a/c flown by Ofw. Johann Illner collided with a Spitfire flown by Al Deere on 9 July 1940 but managed to return to France. Illner wa
  11. Hi all, I would like to enter this GB with the 1/72 Airfix Me Bf 109 E-4. I started this kit a couple of years ago, and only built about 20 % max of it. I will take a couple of photos of the plastic in a day or two, and leave the final decision to our learned and esteemed leaders!!! Here is a photo of the box: As usual, I shall be boring, and build the box scheme. Not my fault if I like it! But before I start, I have to finish my Stuka who is in the last throws before completion. In addition I owe it to @JOCKNEY to finish the MS 406, that
  12. Good evening, here is my take on the Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-4 flown by Franz von Werra of JG 3, and eventually shot down on British soil during the Battle of Britain. Not very original, but I like the paint scheme. This is the 1/72 Airfix kit, built OOB (with the exception of PE belts and scratchbuilt cockpit sides.) After looking at photos of the plane, I decided that the RLM 02 was quite dark as it showed little contrast with the RLM 71. In addition the contact between both colors was wavy on the wings. I have attempted to reproduce this pattern, and that is a nice chan
  13. As my builds for the AFVs are proceeding I thought it time to get on with something with wings. As well as the defence of Malta Sea Gladiators were active in the Med as Fleet fighters for a significant period up until mid 1941. Swordfish pilots formed 813F NAS to give a fighter defence using some of the Sea Gladiators left as a reserve on Malta where they were Eagle's Fighter defence in 1940 until mid 1941. My base kit for this build will be the new mould Airfix Gladiator. A little bit of work will be needed to scratch a dinghy pack and the arrestor hook housing. I'll use some transfers left
  14. Hot on the heels of the MkI Blenheim RFI, is the belated Mk.I Spitfire that preceded it on the workbench, finished 6 months ago. Today's soft overcast light was ideal again, and all the tools I'd used for the Blenheim shoot were still handy. This conversion was mainly based on the 2010 mould of the 1:48 Mk.I Spitfire that I picked up cheap-ish second hand. (I was told the Mk.V Spit makes a better candidate for this conversion) The transfers were the Xtradecal ones. Again, this recent Airfix kit went together easily, great for a relative newbie to the hobby to cut
  15. What with theSpadgent's impressive O/400 and Moa's equally impressive O/700 WIP, I've gone and started on my own Airfix Handley Page, having been in denial for over a week I reckoned I'd start a WIP. If you're looking for the definitive, expert, mastercrafstman approach, this isn't the thread for you, go look at the other two., I will be representing the average modeler (I hope) and bodging my way through to something I'm pleased with and which hopefully won't be entirely unlike a HP O/400 (or 700) I still haven't entirely decided on the colour scheme, but I'm edgin
  16. Why build one Bird Dog when you have two? Actually I have three, but one of the two that I bought second-hand on the cheap is missing a couple of parts, although it could probably be salvaged. So that leaves just the two: My intention is simple: Build both the USAF and South Vietnamese subjects represented in the standard boxing: Of course, the first (nay the main hurdle) is the usual one: colour. The grey is presumably meant to be a matt version of ADC Grey, but I don't know if I have anything suitable in my Humbrol and Revell collection. I wil
  17. This is back to Plan A for me. I decided a while ago to make the Airfix's 1/24th Spitfire for the BoB GB. But then got distracted by the prospect of Eduard's new 1/48 Mk1 which after a couple of resin Spitfires in the STGB seemed an easier option, which may well be true. But on reflection I expect there will be many of the new Eduard kits appearing here, and better made than I can manage. And there's the challenge of the big Airfix kit which bizarrely has its attractions for me . I made it when it first came out in 1970. The obligatory sprue shots;
  18. With the Hudson all but complete it's time to move onto another project. For a while I've wanted to do a group of models associated with the Battle of Britain film. One of those is to be Keith Park's Hurricane, except rather than the IIc used in the film I'm going to do a representation of his actual aircraft from the Battle of Britain. I think there is only one known photo of this aircraft - I'm going to use the Airfix rag wing kit along with Alley Cat's tin wing conversion. I'd bought three of these when they came out and want to use them before moving on to the Arma Hobby mo
  19. Ford F-150 Raptor (J6037) Airfix Quickbuild The Ford F-150 truck is the most popular truck in the United States, and has been in that position since it was launched in the late 40s, with thirteen generations and a fourteenth announced in the summer of 2020 that is an evolution of the previous gen., but is very much different under the similar-looking hood. Ford are also looking for a way to produce a practical electric-powered F-150 down the line to continue the legacy, but in a more environmentally friendly manner. The Raptor is a special edition that was launc
  20. HMS Belfast 1:600 Airfix HMS Belfast is a town-class cruiser, one of ten constructed for the Royal Navy between 1934 and 1939. As of 2019, the ship is probably most famous for being moored on the River Thames where it has served as a popular museum attraction since 1971. HMS Belfast was build by Harlaand and Wolff in Belfast and was commissioned in August 1939. The penultimate of the town-class cruisers, she was originally designed to carry sixteen 6 inch guns in four quadruple turrets, but this proposal was shelved due to the difficulty of designing s
  21. Here we go then! Really, really wanted to do one of these for a long time now. This will be my first Russian jet, and ashamedly I’m going to finish it Vietnamese style. This is of course Airfix’s new tooled 1/72 offering and I’ll finish it out of the box using their scheme with some home made mods along the way. With sprues inspected and washed, let’s get on with the tub. Nice and straightforward construction. They’ve moulded belts this time which is new to me, well at least for Airfix. They’ll be ok for 1/72 for me, so no need to make them this time, p
  22. After a long absence from the hobby I built an Airfix Spitfire Mk Ia. I enjoyed it so much I decided to build another similar Airfix Kit; The P-40B starter set A55101. This is a desert camouflage aircraft flown by Neville Duke of 112 Squadron in Libya 1941. It started nicely. A dry fit of the wings to the fuselage showed that everything fitted together really well with almost no fettling required. I fitted the wings and cockpit. So far, so good….. After I’d painted the cockpit side walls I glued the fuselage halves together with Tamiya Extr
  23. Hello there and welcome to my workbench thread - on here I'll post details and photos of my builds as and when they happen, which will be quite slow as I work at the speed of continental drift. Rather than clutter up the Forum with multiple WIP threads, however, my plan is put them all here with an index in this initial post, updating the title and index when I start something new. So, a bit of background about me before getting into the nitty gritty: I started aviation modelling when I was seven or eight years old, my first effort being a Matchbox Westland Lysander, bo
  24. Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Ia (A05126A) 1:48 Airfix The Spitfire is perhaps one of the best known and well-loved aircraft in Britain, and deservedly so for its work in the Battle of Britain alongside the doughty Hurricane. It thrived in its point-defence role, and shone during its finest hour, the through many versions and types to the end of WWII and beyond. The Mk.I was predictably the first in-service type, and sported eight .303 Browning machine guns, and by the time hostilities commenced in 1939 many of them were using the blown canopies that gave the pilot a
  25. Now that the Iraqi Bf110 is finished it is time for the next 2-mot. DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0009 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
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