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  1. Joining you with this kit, Costing £2.99 from Home Bargains in 2016. I swapped one prop for leftovers from XtraDecal set X72-099 Mine most likely to be WDD with that black arrow symbol, as archery is my game.
  2. 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.
  3. Well, I made a start on this kit at my local IPMS club's meeting and build night yesterday. I got most of the interior painting done and glued the wings together. This should go pretty quickly. Before: After
  4. Hey everyone It seems that lately I've been in the modelling doldrums, I've started many kits but I have just lost interest as the build has gone on, my 1/48 Lysander and 1/32 Spitfire being prime examples, in fact the last kit I finished was my 1/48 Defiant which I believe was completed a couple of months ago.. ..So I've been off work for the past week with Bursitis (swollen elbow) and to be honest I was feeling a little hacked off. Anyway I was routing around the work shop and I dug out my 1/24 Hawker Typhoon and in a fit of enthusiasm I decided to spend some time on it, I'm detailing the motor and needed some plastic struct so I nipped down to the Kernow model rail centre in Cambourne. Looking around the shop I noticed, nestled amongst a load of other kits an Airfix 1/72 DC3 Dakota Mk IV.... I've read good reviews about this kit and it was only £22.99 so in a fit of passion I bought it. This happened on Thursday morning and here is where I am as of now, 15:35 on a rainy Saturday afternoon... ..I haven't been this enthusiastic about a model for a long time, the kit itself is brilliant and although it doesn't just fall together it is very satisfying to build and it certainly looks the part. The doors are only tacked on at the moment to help when it comes to painting, I'll finish her as G-AGKN. The build has been OOB other than four bits of masking tape to represent seatbelts and I have used the Eduard masking set CX-401 as its just easier than masking by hand. Later on today I'll go around all the seams to see what needs attending too, carry out any re scribing (there shouldn't be too much) and get some paint down. Cheers all Iain
  5. I had intended to build this one in the Airfix GB but unfortunately this particular kit was first issued too late to be eligible. The aircraft is one of five Boeing 727s used on the Cape Town to Jo'Burg route by Comair but finished in full BA livery. Modifications include: Rear wing fences removed and new leading edge ones added Full size nose gear doors from plasticard Daco cockpit Top edge of #2 intake reshaped where it meets the fin Rear HF antenna from brass rod FDcals for the tail art / doors and Authentic Decals for cabin & cockpit windows. Paints used include Halfords Appliance White and Fiat Capri Blue, MC218 Aluminium (leading edges) and SM07 Chrome Silver (engines). Build thread here Anyway, enough words so here are a few photos and one with a DelftBlue 727-200 (the blue really is blue and not black!)
  6. Well folks this one has sneaked up on me a bit! I got a sharp reminder while perusing the GB's for what was happening to see lots of you were piling in with some great choices. So with out further a do here's mine.... IMG_2743 by G DSC, on Flickr Box art from a 1992 issue made in France no less.... IMG_2744 by G DSC, on Flickr A big box full of bits, which i hope to make in to a Stirling shape! IMG_2745 by G DSC, on Flickr And, yes it does have the tractor and bomb trolley too. Looking forward to this immensly as i haven't made a 1/72 4 engine type in years. Cheers Greg
  7. Source: https://www.airfix.com/uk-en/shop/new-for-2018/hawker-hunter-f6-1-48.html Airfix is to release in October 2018 (?) a new tool 1/48th Hawker Hunter F.6/F.6A kit - ref. A09185 Schemes: 1) XF418 - 4 FTS Brawdy 2) XF509 - 4 FTS 3) Dutch AF V.P.
  8. Buccaneer S2A, XV339, afternoon of Friday 6th October 1972, before a test flight out of RNAY/RAF Sydenham, Belfast, during which it crashed. The crash was non-fatal but XV339 was totally destroyed. Yours truly witnessed the canopy being blown off, the two seats ejecting and the Bucc disappearing down behind the buildings. By the time I had run the 1/2 mile to the crash site the RUC had already cordoned it off.
  9. Due to summer 'distractions' this is not going to be a quick thread, but I'll try to keep you amused with occasional updates. The starting point is an Airfix 1/72 Chipmunk T.10 that I built way back in 1969, shortly after the kit was released; WK574, Cambridge UAS, c 1952 by Philip Pain, on Flickr I have never been happy with the look or accuracy of this kit, but at the time my skill only ran to doing something to correct the canopy, substituting the 'canadian option' windscreen which doesn't have an external frame at the front (it is internal on the real aircraft). WK574, Cambridge UAS, c 1952 by Philip Pain, on Flickr The model is showing its age and the transfers have yellowed. In this view it can be seen that I added the missing flap actuation hinges. WK574, Cambridge UAS, c 1952 by Philip Pain, on Flickr The main problem with the 'look' of the Airfix Chipmunk is that it doesn't have enough 'chin' at the front, also the propellor spinner is too short and bulbous. The intakes on the sides of the engine also too bulbous. WK574, Cambridge UAS, c 1952 by Philip Pain, on Flickr The other big problem is the undercarraige legs which are far too slim, and the wheels don't look right either, being too 'square'. WK574, Cambridge UAS, c 1952 by Philip Pain, on Flickr The cockpit has two seats and nothing else, so I added scratch-built instrument panels. WK574, Cambridge UAS, c 1952 by Philip Pain, on Flickr All of the raised rivets were rubbed down, not that they shouldn't be there, but they were far too prominent. I made a mistake with painting the yellow 'T-bands', they don't go on to the flaps. So I was delighted when AZ Models recently released a new 1/72 Chipmunk kit, and the box promises much; Chipmunk T.10 (1) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr Chipmunk T.10 (2) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr The contents were less inspiring, but seemed ok Chipmunk T.10 (4) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr It is a typical 'short-run' kit, a bit rough around the edges, and generally lacking mounting pins and tabs, making it hard to glue together at times. Chipmunk T.10 (7) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr It has a full cockpit interior, but a familiar problem soon became apparent - once again the canopy is wrong! External frames front and rear, don't Chipmunk mould makers ever go and look at the real thing!? The AZ Models canopy is actually worse than the original Airfix one, because the windscreen is too long with the main frame set too far back. So I've tried to disguise this fault by extending the forward instrument coaming to fill the gap. Chipmunk T.10 (8) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr So here is the basic assembly, and there were big gaps to be filled with modelling putty. Chipmunk T.10 (9) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr Also on the tail, and the spin-recovery strakes were a bitch to get right due to their small size, and vague fit. Also it should be completely flat from one tailplane to the other, but the AZ model has a raised rear fuselage in between. This took a lot of whittling down. So I was starting to lose faith with this model, so I dug out one of my un-built original Airfix kits, to compare notes and check out the differences; Chipmunk T.10 (10) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr And then I couldn't help but start making the Airfix one as well! This time using the AZ model as a guide to correct the Airfix one. Chipmunk T.10 (11) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr Added a basic interior to the Airfix one, and scratch built a pair of spin-recovery strakes for the back end. The Airfix kit also has an annoying feature at the back end, with the tailplanes split where there isn't a split on the real thing. This takes careful filling and sanding to get the required flat finish from one side to the other. But basically the Airfix main parts go together well, with smaller and better aligned gaps. Chipmunk T.10 (12) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr Using the AZ kit as a guide, the incorrect Airfix nose, spinner, and undercarraige legs were then improved using modelling putty. In this photo they still need a bit of finishing off. Chipmunk T.10 (13) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr So now there are two, roughly similar. The front instrument coaming on the Airfix Chipmunk (right) has also been extended, just to make it look better. Chipmunk T.10 (14) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr Chipmunk T.10 (15) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr Here are the two canopies, AZ on the left. Both have had the front and rear external frames filed off and re-polished. Also being made are the two prominent internal frames to go in the rear of each canopy, both absent from the kits. I'm not looking forward to gluing them in place, as there is no room for error with glue and transparencies. So that is the progress, so far.
  10. On the 27th September 1964, TSR.2 XR219 took to the skies over England. Flown by chief test pilot Roland Beamont over Preston, Lancashire, which on one engine; out flew an EE Lightning T.4 on full reheat. Designed as a long range, all weather, twin-engine supersonic bomber capable of precision bombing at both high and low altitude, the aircraft was fitted with advanced avionics that could deliver a variety of weapons. As it underwent extensive testing it soon became clear that the design exceeded its original expectations; the aircraft was 40 years ahead of its time. The following year, the newly elected Labour Government cancelled the project.
  11. Well after completing my first build, (a 1/72 Mk1 Hurricane) its time to give its big brother and my xmas pressie a good crack. I have definitely caught the modelling bug and im looking forward to putting some of the techniques learned to good use as well as trying out some more! Please forgive any boring photo's that you have all seen a million times before, just kind of want to see the whole journey from start to finish (Humour me im a newbie lol) Here goes nothing! The storey so far (In my head i have the opening bars of the Star Wars theme tune playing )- Firstly the sprue shots Untitled by andrewbudd2, on Flickr Untitled by andrewbudd2, on FlickrUntitled by andrewbudd2, on Flickr Untitled by andrewbudd2, on Flickr So according to the instructions the first thing to tackle was the merlin! so a bit of dry fitting and a load of flash removal commenced (Think there could be alot of this required in this kit) Untitled by andrewbudd2, on Flickr Untitled by andrewbudd2, on Flickr Untitled by andrewbudd2, on Flickr Not sure if i missed something at this point but was slightly confused regarding the pin that holds the prop in the engine, The instructions say to place the pin inside and then but the top of the engine on meaning the prop would then be permanently in place before painting as the pin would just push out if adding the prop later? Anyway i solved this by glueing some old sprue in behind the pin so it cant drop out when adding the prop later. (Go on somebody tell me what i missed :-)) Untitled by andrewbudd2, on Flickr Untitled by andrewbudd2, on Flickr After a spot of priming i sprayed the engine black as per instructions except for the cam covers which i thought would look better aluminium (Have seen pics of both so i thought its not gonna look to out of place!) Untitled by andrewbudd2, on Flickr Then picked out some details Untitled by andrewbudd2, on Flickr Untitled by andrewbudd2, on Flickr Painted up the engine mounting frames Untitled by andrewbudd2, on Flickr Next my first attempt at dry brushing (Think i was a bit heavy handed in places) & glued all the other engine parts on. Untitled by andrewbudd2, on Flickr Untitled by andrewbudd2, on Flickr Untitled by andrewbudd2, on Flickr Untitled by andrewbudd2, on Flickr Untitled by andrewbudd2, on Flickr Overall pretty pleased with it, think i want to put a bit of a wash on the cam covers to make them look a bit more oily but other than that all good. That's were i am folks, thanks for looking and any comments/tips/observations gratefully recieved Cheers Andy
  12. I found the start kit in the stash so all ready to go. Going very Whiffy with the paint and markings, apologies up front. Thinking mabe NMF and olive green, or something with Orange. will be needed.
  13. Hi all, Just finished this lovely little Airfix 1/72 Fokker E.II Eindecker. Bought this one last month as a quick and simple summer build, and it turned out to be just that. Fit is mostly pretty good, and the detail is quite sufficient for a 1/72 kit. The only little problem I had, and every one else using the kit decals, is the decal for the top fuselage striping, as it doesn't match with the side ones. Oh well. I wanted to keep it simple, so it's all brush painted with Vallejo and some Italeri paints, and no weathering this time. I did try rigging for the first time on this kit, using the finest EZ-line, and I must say it was quite easy and fun. Maybe next time I will also try to paint a wood grain pattern on the prop. Hope you like it, and thanks for looking. Pete
  14. Hello all. Just recently I have been enjoying building old mould kits. Having done quite a few aircraft it was now time to revisit my childhood and build a liner. Right on cue the Airfix:The Golden Years Group Build came up so I had no excuse did I? I had built this ship a few times in my yoof, and I wondered if I had improved. The build log is here if you want to have a look: I was going to build it out of the box, but the etch-itch soon surfaced and I thought the ship would not look right if she did not have railings. I ordered some from Toms Modelworks in America, and they turned up in just about a week, which I thought was brilliant service from them. It was only when I was nearing the end of the project that I noticed that White Ensign did a specific set for this ship, and that would have helped more than somewhat, especially with the many lifeboat davits. Ah well, it gives me an excuse to get another (or the Revell Queen Mary in 1/570 as the etch was apparently okay for that one too). This kit does show its age (just like I do), and there were a few fit issues which I did not quite solve. The worst were when I tried to fit the decks, no matter what I did they would not fit level and flush, but in the end that helped when I fitted the railings around the stern. One or two sections had some quite large gaps too. I used Simonez red primer for the hull bottom, Tamiya white spraycan for the upperworks, Revell matt black acrylic brush painted for the hull sides and Colourcoats Teak for the decks. I added a Revell Wood Brown acrlylic for the railings top rail to represent the wood topping. I used EZ-Line for the rigging, and it is fairly close to the box top illustration. I had fun and games on the fore-mast rigging on one day, and a delight on the rear mast rigging on the following session. Why there can be two totally different experiences doing the same job on different days I do not know! Anyway, enough waffle. Safe to say though I really enjoyed this build, and have plenty more to do! That is it for now, thanks for looking. All the best, Ray PS I am thinking of doing a scratch build for my next major project. A clue - I need to 'Gleaner' information about it!
  15. Having made good progress on the Interceptor, I thought that I would throw this one into the mix. According to Scalemates, this kit was originally released in 1960 as a 1/72 scale model, but by the time the Red Stripe boxing came along in 1971 it had changed to OO Scale and this particular boxing is OO Scale kit from 1973. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr I do hope that this doesn't prove to be a kit too far, but we will see how things progress.
  16. Blenheim Mk.IV Update sets & Masks 1:72 Eduard for Airfix Kit The new tool Blenheim was welcome for those who build WWII British Aircraft, Eduard are now along with some sets for it. Get what you want for the areas you want to be more of a focal point. As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE) and Mask sets, they arrive in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. Interior Set (73634) This set has one pre-painted fret. You get cockpit details, seat belts, instrument panel, throttle details, machine gun details and rudder pedals. Exterior Set (72669) This set contains many fuselage and wing access panels. Undercarriage bay fittings and interior, and engine details, Landing Flaps Set (72670) This set contains as the name would suggest a new set of detailed flaps. Some removal of the kit areas is needed to fit these. Masks (CX514) Supplied on yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the glazing. In addition you get a set of hub/tyre masks for the main and tail wheels, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort, plus a landing light mask. Review samples courtesy of
  17. Hi! Finished another one yesterday. It´s the new tooling Airfix Hurricane. I did everything OOB except for fishing line (0,10mm) for the antenna wire. I´m not sure if I got the wire right... I used War Scenic enamels (that´s a brazilian brand of paints). There are some good things here in Brazil but most of the time it´s just a crap country. I forgot to do the navigation lights early in the build so I left them unpainted. Don´t hesitate in giving me feedback.
  18. 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
  19. As a diversion from my usual 144 Airliners, I'm joining this GB with the arrival of three kits from Jadlam A very nice Xtradecal sheet arrived from Lowestoft earlier in the week My aim is to build at least two of the kits together - the first one will be finished as J-2113 of the Swiss Air Force (Dubendorf 1951) and the second will probably be the Italian 4.28 from 1952. Perhaps they met at an Airshow in the early Fifties? Time to get started...………... Regards Mike
  20. robgizlu


    Well with the BMP-2 nearing Completion I had planned on building a Chivenor F.8 Meteor but Mr Kev "Longshanks" has lead me astray back to Coastal Defence craft. This is Nowhere near as ambitious as his Dog Boat and began a while back on a place a long way away. So it's off he shelf of shame and here's a quick resumé. The inspiration is from "Coastal Craft British Power Boat Company Vol 2" by Mark Smith. If you have any interest in wartime British Coastal craft you HAVE to get these (currently) 3 volumes that are all full of inspirational potential builds. MGB40 was a BPB 63 ft "Whaleback" boat originally built as an MTB for the Norwegian Navy and then requisitioned by the RN in 1940. It began life as an anti-sub boat then was converted to MGB. Original pictures are few - this is MGB 44 later sold to the Polish Navy with an identical configuration The kit will very obviously be the venerable Airfix Air Sea Resuce launch I've always felt there is a half decent kit trying to get out of this mid-70s offering. Coastal Craft come to the rescue with the twin Vickers MG tub, fittings and appropriate Decals.
  21. Unfortunately one of my intended builds for the Airfix group build has been ruled out as this particular version dates originally from 1983. So I'm intending to build the 1/44 Airfix Boeing 727-200 in the time span of the group build. This will be one of the few 727s ever to carry British Airways livery via its franchise partner Comair of South Africa, who operated five aircraft of the type on the Johannesburg to Cape Town route. My chosen example is ZS-NOV in the "Delftblue Daybreak" livery - the only BA 727 to have ever worn this livery. Decals are from F-DCAL - I've recently purchased a few of their sets and hope that they are easy to apply. The first stage will be to remove the raised panel lines and fill in the windows...……….more to follow. Regards Mike
  22. At the risk of over-stretching myself (I already have four builds on the go in the Group Build), I'm going to start this some time this week. Using these transfers: In particular this one: There were some goodies in the box: and two sets of canopy masks... I'll add the obligatory sprue shots later. Thanks for looking.
  23. Ventora3300

    Bristol Fighter F.2B

    I'm feeling confident about finishing the Comet 4B now so here is the venerable Bristol Fighter F.2B to fill the gap for '1956' - confirmed on the Airfix Tribute Forum and Scalemates agrees. I've actually got two 'boxings' of this kit - one from 1962 in the well known 'Red Stripe' bag and one from 1987 in the 'no explosions / blueprint background' with different transfers for 5 Squadron. The box is / was still sealed and you can see that at one time in its career, it was on sale in Selfridges (no less) for £1.75. The older kit looks good with no flash but the transfers...! Those roundels look like eyes squinting sideways! Instructions are the traditional 'locate and cement' kind that actually educate you in all the aircraft terminology. Date inside the fuselage says 1957 - that makes the kit older than I am. Needs to be handled appropriately. I've decided to 'squirrel away' the early kit and build the later one - I'm not an antique dealer, honest! Here it is and it is from the period when the kits made in France - the plastic is more silver as opposed to silver-grey. Still a lack of flash though and the decals are good. I think I built the 'Dogfight Double' version of this first time round (last century) and this time I fancy trying some rigging (gulp) and a 'wood effect' on the prop - there have been bags of tips on BM.
  24. And we're off! Like so many of us, Airfix the Golden Years represented my formative years in the hobby. And while I've mostly moved on to modern kits, I've still got that nostalgia bug. I never built this kit back in the day but always liked its design, the twin engines and big gun. You can read more about the plane here. I can't remember where I picked this up but there she is in all her box art glory.. Airfix Hs 129 Box art by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr According to the very helpful box, this is the 1975 edition Airfix Hs 129 Box side by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Airfix Hs 129 Box art_2 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr What's inside the box.. Airfix Hs 129 instructions by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Buster and Valiant comics - nostalgia overload! Airfix Hs 129 club by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Everything there but the decals are shot so will use spares instead. Airfix Hs 129 contents by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Henschel X-Wing Jaeger! Airfix Hs 129 dry fit_1 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Thanks for looking and good luck with your builds! Dermot
  25. It is known that I probably have the worst self control on this side of @corsaircorp but this is actually @Roger Newsome s fault. I was looking at his Whitley build thread when it dawned upon me that this bomber should not been named for a suburb in Coventry, it should have been named after the king of the woods, the moose! After all, someone must have taken a close look on the muzzle of the moose when designing the nose of the Whitley. spot the difference? Atleast I cannot unsee it anymore But I digress... Vacation is getting closer by the minute, and the need to start another summer kit grows equally fast or even faster. Yesterday I couldn't stop myself anymore, I just HAD to cut some plastic and stick a few bits together, and whoops, another kit was started. But who's counting? Anyway, I started with the wings since I'm still waiting for some Eduard Etch to complicate the office a bit. After a happy evening snipping plastic and shoot some primer I arrived here. Very novel approach to the rear fuselage I'd say (it was called corridor, right?) Can't wait to shoot some grey-green on it and see how it looks... The engine nacelles was both tricky and great at the same time, but that's typical of moderin Airfix IMHO. There's a nasty ejector pin mark on the firewall and I didn't take the time to fix it since my judgement is that it'll be impossible to see! Right, lets try to work for a few more hours before heading home to start spraying.