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  1. This model marks some firsts for me, it's my first Spitfire, my first properly British aircraft, and my first Pegasus Hobbies kit. Many of you may have read about this brand, which makes snap fit aircraft models. Now, some may consider them as unworthy of building because of their simplicity, but the decals that come with the kits are EXCELLENT: glossy, easy to work with and most importantly, need no setting solutions to conform into the panel lines (fifth photo). However, you should let them dry thoroughly before handling the aircraft, or you may end up distorting them (fourth photo). As always, the model was handpainted with Revell acrylics. Again, no decal softening solutions were needed.
  2. Hi everyone and happy new year! For the last 6 months or so I have been in the modelling doldrums, I've lost count of the number of threads that I've started only to loose interest at the early stage of the build. This is a model I stared when it was first released back in 2015 only to shelve it at the first hurdle. Anyway with a new year comes a new enthusiasm for modelling, my wife has allowed me to take over our summer house and convert it into my man cave and I have a real urge to build the RAF airplanes that took part in the Battle of Britain. I already had a Mk.1 Hurricane (this one) and I've bought the Airfix 1/48 Blenheim Mk.1F, Tamiya 1/48 Spitfire Mk.1 (new tool), Airfix 1/48 Defiant Mk.1 and a Tamiya Beaufighter Mk.VI (I need to look into what it will take to convert it into a Mk1), I'd like to find a good 1/48 Gloster Gladiator and I need to try and finish my 1/48 Eduard Lysander. So, first model first, the Airfix 1/48 Hawker Hurricane Mk.1. I wont bore folks with sprue shots as the can be found anywhere on the web but I will show the box art of the kit that I'm using, the 2015 release. For the markings I'll use the excellent Xtradecal set X48146 available from Hannants. Whilst I was looking for information on Hawker Hurricane Mk.1 P3675 UF*S I found a build thread on Britmodeller started by Tonyot, it threw open some interesting questions as to the validity of the picture showing UF*S and its rather gaudy markings for a RAF figther during the Battle of Britain. So the aircraft (and picture) in question. Picture credited to Asisbiz. Hawker Hurricane Mk.I UF*S was the regular aircraft assigned to F/L Michael L "Mike" Robinson of No 601 Squadron RAF Exeter during 1940. F/L Robinson claimed 4 a/c destroyed and 1 damaged whilst flying this aircraft until being posted to 238 Sqn on 28th September 1940. Ok to the build, I've added some extra detail to the cockpit (framework and fuselage sides) and I redid the instrument panel using Airscale decals and I've added some lap belts made from masking tape. Since these pictures were taken earlier today I've glued the fuselage to the wings and painted the prop and spinner. Cheers Iain
  3. So, having recently re-discovered a passion for model aircraft, I decided to start again with the first model I ever bought myself when I was about 8, the Airfix 1/72 Spitfire Mk.1a. I fully intend to build 1/72 kits to every (or as many as possible) aircraft that has served on 39 Sqn but to start I needed to break myself in slowly! It's taken me a full 3 weeks of trawling this forum for ideas as there is such a wealth of information (and it's so easy to get side-tracked by some amazing unrelated builds like the scratch built HMS Eagle in 1/144 which blew my mind!) As it's been about 20 years since I last built a model, so I've been scouring Hannants for extra decals, etched cockpits and new canopies which I certainly never had previously. I came across 2 of the new Airfix Mk.1a sets for stupid cheap and have bought Hataka Acrylics to brush paint them (I've never airbrushed but that's next on my list). I'm still researching which aircraft I will model them on but I'm drawn to doing a couple of 54 Sqn aircraft from summer 1940 ish. Any advice for a complete beginner (it's been that long and looking at the builds on here, I feel every inch of one) and any pitfalls I should avoid?
  4. As a teenager I was a fanatic scale modeller, but when I bought my first PC in the mid-'90s my scale modelling was pushed to the background as I focused more on my illustrator ambitions. I always intended to return to scale modelling and last year I made some initial steps by illustrating a couple of box tops for Tan Model (1/48 RF-84F re-release and 1/72 T-33A Limited Edition kits). Currently I'm taking it one step further as I'm in the process of designing an actual scale model conversion kit. It's a commission by Spitfire display pilot Espen Tjetland from Norway, who is a great fan of the Buchons in the "Battle of Britain" movie. This kit will allow conversion of a 1/32 Hasegawa Messerschmitt Bf 109 G kit into an accurate Buchon. Both "Battle of Britain" movie star and Spanish Air Force variants are planned, as well as other models and other scales in the long run. 3D photo scanning, measurements of actual aircraft and Me 109 engineering plans are used to ensure absolute accuracy and to capture the Buchon's iconic grin (love it or hate it!). Work-in-progress on the 3D design: Pre-prototype 3D prints of the first major parts for test-fitting against the donor kit. The final printing quality will be of higher quality. Prints and photos by SBS Model from Hungary. More to come! Cheers, Ronnie Olsthoorn
  5. Dear All, This is my rendition of Airfix's 1/72 Boulton Paul Defiant Mk I. The kit comes in an Airfix Dogfight Doubles boxing, which also includes the Dornier Do 17z. These two aircraft met over Britain in August 1940. The Defiant managed to shoot down the Dornier but was, in turn, itself shot down next by an escorting German fighter. This specific Defiant was based in Martlesham Heath, where BT Labs were later built. This is quite meaningful, personally, because I did my MSc. Project there in 1993-4 (on self-pulsating lasers for fibre optic communications systems, by the way). I started the build in the Summer of 2015, in the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain GB but didn't manage to finish it in time and shelved it in November of the same year. The build was resumed in June this year for the 100th Anniversary of the RAF GB. Again, I didn't finish it in time and only managed to conclude it last week. Some points of interest regarding the kit and build: The fit is generally good. The only problem were the joins between the wing and fuselage, including the wing roots I used Eduard's PE sets for detailing the interior, exterior and flaps (my first use of PE flaps). Eduard's masking set was also used. The kit is good in terms of detail out-of-the-box but the PE sets really improve it a lot The navigation lights on the tips of wings and on the spine were scratch built from transparent sprue. I used Alclad black primer on the external surfaces to provide pre-shading but it only worked well on the undersides. On the top sides it looked like the effect was killed by the dark camouflage colours, so I resorted to post-shading. I tried to not overdue the weathering, as period pictures show the aircraft in a relatively clean state: panel lines were enhanced with a dark wash a silver pencil was used to provide some chipping on the walk-way area of the wing and around the cockpit pigments were used to make exhaust stains and earth stains on the undercarriage area and elements "fresh engine oil" was applied around the carburetor The WIP is here. And these are the photos of the finished build: 1. General views IMAG5936 IMAG5937 IMAG5938 IMAG5939 IMAG5940 IMAG5941 IMAG5942 IMAG5943 IMAG5944 IMAG5945 IMAG5946 IMAG5947 IMAG5951 2. Details of wing and navigation lights IMAG5950 IMAG5955 IMAG5956 IMAG5960 3. Details of flaps and radiator IMAG5961 IMAG5962 IMAG5966 4. Details of cockpit, machine gun turret and exhausts IMAG5948 IMAG5964 IMAG5965 IMAG5957 IMAG5959 IMAG5958 5. Details of cockpit interior before closing the fuselage IMAG5565 IMAG5566 IMAG5568 6. Details of undercarriage and wheel wells IMAG5953 IMAG5954 To finish with, pictures of the real thing: I hope you like the build. All comments and criticisms are very welcome. Thanks for looking Jaime
  6. Three from the BoB - well actually the Hurricane is April 1940 according to the painting guide but perhaps it made it home to defend the Home Isle against the Luftwaffe??? I really like these 1/72 Airfix kits. The are fairly accurate, easy to assemble, come with a "wheels up" option and a pilot figure! I acquired a set of AIrfix stands and used them here - talk about a step back in time!!! They are all built out of the box and airbrushed using Tamiya paints on top and Gunze aqueous for the Sky. Kit decals too. I built them over a year ago but put them into storage. This week I got them out and painted them. I lost a few bits along the way including a pair of the turret guns and the rear antenna for the Defiant. They look pretty cool together and I think the large code letters suit these older types. Cheers!!
  7. Hi All, I'm taking a bit of a break from my Thunderbirds project to work on a new game I just received in the mail (ordered last September)! I now have as the titles says 27 very small aircraft to paint, and this is a scale unlike anything I have ever attempted before. I began by giving them all a nice hot bath as some of the aircraft had slightly misshapen wings. The soak soon sorted that with very little effort. I took the opportunity to give them a ll a bit of a wash as well, to make sure there was no residual mould release agent or other chemicals. Once dry, I cleaned up the surprisingly few mould lines, took some time to admire the details and then got them under the airbrush for a coat of light grey primer. Here are the Spitfire mkII and BF-109E after their primer was applied. and the Boulton Paul Defiant MkI Apologies for the photo quality. I then flipped them all upside down and gave the RAF aircraft a coat of Vallejo RAF Sky, and the Luftwaffe got a RLM76 I've now masked the undersides of all the RAF aircraft in preparation for a coat of RAF Dark Earth. This is where your help comes in, please! I know very little about Luftwaffe camo schemes, and even less about year specific patterns. I have begun researching, but my goodness the rabbit hole appears to be extremely deep, and wide, and oh so very dark! So any diagrams/patterns etc that are simple to follow would be appreciated. In addition to this, I want to get a standard camo pattern across the Spitfires as I do know enough about them to know they ran either the Pattern A camo or Pattern B camo, applied using rubber mats as stencils. My research here seems to suggest that the same pattern was rolled out across multiple squadrons at the same time, so the chances of my aircraft sporting different patterns seems to be slim. Is that correct? If so, does anyone have any tip, tricks, advice or suggestion on the best way to do this? I was unable to find masks in the correct scale, which leaves me either attempting to make 13 of my own using tamiya masking tape, or finding another method, perhaps brush painting would be the best way forward? If it is of any help, the markings I will be using are: Spitfire Squadrons 19 and 609 and BF109 Schwarm Gruppe I, II, III and IV All help and suggestions are greatly appreciated and needed.
  8. Are there any good resources on the first "real" Bomber Command raid on Berlin on 25/26 August 1940? I've seen a number of vague statements about it: it was all Hampdens; there were some Wellingtons; etc etc etc. Which squadrons participated? Are there any 1/72 decals out there for any of the bombers involved?
  9. Hi all, No.2 in my planned ‘Battle of Britain’ 1/72 series - the rather nice Airfix Hurricane Mk I (fabric wing). The first offering was their equally nice (actually probably nicer even) new Stuka. I was waiting on a replacement canopy due to a slight overspray incident from Airfix. It’s just arrived as I write - very impressive customer service as it took 4 days from me submitting my request! So while that was on the back burner, I couldn’t resist dipping into the Hurri.. Extras are the beautiful Eduard interior set, canopy masks and camouflage masks (I’m a lazy builder). Additionally, I’ll be using decals from Xtradecal’s BoB 70th anniversary set. So far so good. The fit has been spot on and the Eduard set really brings the cockpit to life. Macro photography always highlights the flaws - and in this scale - it’s a nightmare! But I’ve done my best, and can only say I’m pleased with it in the flesh. I’ve managed to squeeze in a map so he doesn’t get lost - printed off the internet after being scaled down considerably: I really can’t take any credit for the instrument panel - it’s just the usual Eduard gem: The parts in situ: I’ve just closed her up and mounted the fuselage on the wings, the fit, again, is great. Just take care and time and it really slots together. I applied some filler along the edges, but it didn’t really need any, more of a just in case.. Thanks for looking, Guy
  10. Well here it is folks – please be gentle – my first RFI… By the way - it is "going to be" a diorama - when I build a base This was actually built last year & was my first project – but I didn’t have a clue how to post pictures until today – thanks to another member “cathasatail” (thank you). The South Downs Flying Club is the fictitious aero club that Michael Caine’s squadron is sent to in the epic movie – The Battle of Britain. In the movie the club’s name has been white washed out – but it is still easy to see. This is obviously a scratch build with evergreen plastic & a lot of brush painted humbrol 70. I had trouble with the windows – so I added the shutters & closed 3 of them off. The others were “glazed” – but that didn’t work either – so… …the mother in-law – who is a bit of an “artist” pointed out that when she is painting windows they look black – rather than transparent – so black they are. I hope you like it & any comments would be most appreciated – I am still learning after all. Thanks for taking a look - I'm no David Bailey. Steve
  11. Some of you may remember this Anson. It was submitted for the "Training Types" GB around 2 years ago, but not proceeded with. Well, I am back and on to it now, and I have found out some more about it! L9164 was the last British casualty of 18th August 1940. Those who know about the Battle of Britain, and readers of the book "The Hardest Day" by Dr. Alfred Price will be aware that this was the day of the greatest loss, by both sides, during the Battle of Britain. Anson L9164 was involved in night flying over RAF Windrush on the evening of 18th August 1940. It was attacked by an He111 of KG27 and both aircraft collided. It was suggested at the time that the pilot of the Anson, Sgt. Bruce Hancock, had caused the collision on purpose. No one will ever know as Sgt. Hancock died when his aircraft crashed. It is further alleged that Sgt. Hancock survived the crash but died later, and may well have survived had the search been organised earlier. Again we will never know. I do do not know what markings L9164 carried, but I have found some very useful photographs. Not of L9164, but of L9162 which is close enough. L9162 was one of 2 Ansons that were involved in a mid air collision over New South Wales, Australia, in September 1940. Although locked together, the 2 aircraft made a successful forced landing on the fields below, becoming known as the Brocklesby mid-air collision, named after the town over which the incident occurred.
  12. Hi all Haven't done a Work In Progress build for a long time, so thought I would bring this one out for one I'm currently reading "Battle of Britain - A day to day Chronicle" by Patrick Bishop, so the model fits in nicely with that This model was bought when I went on holiday this year to the Isle of Wight, where we had a stop off at Hendon and a short detour for me to the Hannants shop down the road. Would have been a wasted opportunity otherwise! The model cost me just £5 as it was from the second-hand section, but it was sold knowing some parts were missing so I will have to work around this as best as I can. Still, couldn't leave it at that price he said foolishly! So here's what I've got to work with: Most parts look to be still on the sprue and all the major parts are there as far as I can tell. I noticed one half of a aileron from one of the wings was missing, but should be able to replicate something to look like this. Now to get started on all that lovely internal cockpit detail! Cheers
  13. I've been working on this for the last few months – this dio is my first born, so be gentle. It's 1/48 and consists of: Airfix 'Battle of Britain, Ready for Battle' set (amazingly good value), Italeri Mk.I Hurricane, and an entirely scratch built dispatch/billet hut, including corrugated roof & contents. A few words on the build: Airfix – great, Italeri – awful, hut & contents – enjoyable. Rivet counters please note: It's just a bit of fun and not intended to be a totally accurate representation of an RAF base, so please take with a pinch of salt. Apologies if this should be in the dio section, but as it is 90% aircrafty, I thought I'd put it here. Thanks for taking the time to take a gander. The photo on the desk is of my mum during the war and the photo on the bed is of her when she was 19. The orange booklets are pilots notes. Gorby
  14. Hello all, I needed a bit of a mojo-restorer build to get me underway with making kits again. I thought a couple of Spitfires would do the trick, both are from Airfix and are built OOB with the exception of some Tamiya tape seatbelts and fishing line aerial or IFF wires. The markings are as supplied by Airfix. I chose to model the BoB Mark 1 with blue undersides which I understand is open to speculation - however, it appealed to me to show some colour scheme evolution. The models are brush painted using Vallejo paints. It's my first time using these and I was very pleases with how easy they were to apply - I found them a little delicate however, and there is already some wear from handling on the trailing edges of wings, which needs some touching up! Weathering was a mix of florymodels wash, oils and humbrol and tamiya weathering pastels. I found a problem with maskol on the canopies - either I was not thorough enough in application or it reacted with my aerosol mat varnish. Either way there was some canopy fogging which has not polished out fully and would benefit from replacements. I also need to find a better option for the aerial and IFF wires as the fishing wire was difficult to tension and fix well enough. Feedback is welcomed and I hope you enjoy my first contribution to RFI!
  15. This is a placeholder for a project I'm hoping to get round to soon. Back in 1971 the 9-year-old me was captivated by the appearance in Woolworths of an exciting new box: The image of the 2 aircraft roaring across their grass airfield in Northern France was exactly what we had seen just a few months before with the release of the Battle of Britain film, and of course in those days we all knew that BoB-era 109s were 2-tone green and light blue with the high demarcation and no mottle spoiling the purity. Revell thought so too: https://www.scalemates.com/products/img/6/6/2/258662-13150-54-pristine.jpg That Airfix box art has long been one of my favourites but apparently the company didn't think so, as within a remarkably short space of time they had replaced it with this: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/59/85/e0/5985e06701418d6f5676496e32768570.jpg I'm sure they had their reasons but it seemed like a backwards step to me, then and since. I've never built the big Airfix kit but I have done quite a few 109Es in 1/48th, and I have a couple of Eduard overtrees in the stash. Appropriate markings for a pristine JG26 aircraft shouldn't be too hard to find. More shortly. John
  16. This fantastic kit has just fallen onto my workbench & the artwork & "storyline" is as always - very compelling... I can find loads of info about the Hurricane - but nothing about this particular BF109E - does anyone have any extra information - unit / pilot etc... Any help would be most appreciated.
  17. Hi all, I recently picked up this for Christmas last year, It came with the Battle of Britain 75th anniversary set, I have finished the BF 109 but I won't show it here because I am kind of embarrassed about how it turned out. The Heinkel and Hurricane have been built but not painted because I ran out of masking tape. This was the first build I painted with an airbrush and I am really happy about how it turned out. It was all painted with Vallejo Model Air and some detail work with Vallejo Model Colour. Hope you like it
  18. Hello BM's, let me present to you my latest effort in the 1/72 scale - Supermarine Spitfire Mk.1a by Airfix. Built out of the box and I made the following modifications: 1. Added rivets using my new riveting tool 2. Removed opaque gun sight and replaced with translucent packaging 3. Made my usual masking tape seat belts 4. Added antenna wire made from elastic clothing thread which I'm not overly happy with. Any suggestions on a good, to scale, product? Pros: 1. Looks like a Spitfire to me! 2. On the whole builds well with the exception of some seam troubles on the fuselage 3. Great detail in the cockpit Cons: 1. Panel lines are far too deep for my liking 2. Decals are quite thick On the whole quite happy with the end result although next time would rethink how to tackle the wash on those deep panel lines... too pronounced for me, especially on the underside and rear fuselage. Comments, critique readily encouraged as I'm always striving to jump to the next level. James Next to my original Spitfire built when I first started the hobby again. This is the old tooling from the Duxfords Legends set. Some other shots from the other models in the BoB 75th Anniversary set: WIP:
  19. Pardon my lack of knowledge I have been waiting patiently to add to my Battle of Britain 1/48 collection - in the form of the conspicuously absent He-III. I have been waiting for ICM to add to their Luftwaffe 1/48 collection & today Hannants announced that this is on the way for 2017... https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/ICM48261 It won't be out until the Autumn of 2017 - but I have plenty to go at in the meantime My questions are - which particular variant(s) flew in this time period & assuming the He-111H-3 isn't one of them - (other than decals) what other differences will I need to work around (in your honest opinion). Any words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated Thanks in advance, Steve
  20. Good afternoon! A couple of months ago I picked up the AIrfix BoB 75th Anniversary set at a very good price online and going against what I said I would do when I started modelling again, I built an aircraft I had already completed! Let me present to you Hawker Hurricane L1592 of No.615 Squadron, RAF by Airfix in 1/72 scale: Despite a few seam issues along the way I really enjoyed making this. The main issues for me where that I couldn't get the canopy to be posed open as it doesn't fit along the runners. The landing lights were poorly moulded and fit badly. After my last attempt at a WW2 aircraft (see below), I decided to reduce the weathering and try a few new techniques: - I created my own wing tip navigation lights from clear sprue - avoided pre-shading and focused on highlighting - this can't really be see unless by naked eye and on the next run I'll be a bit more bolder with the highlights... I also think the clear coat neutralised the highlights some what - I airbrushed the exhaust fume and machine gun stains with mixed results. I ended up respraying the camo around the gun ports - added mud to the undercarriage and wing roots (minor) Hope you enjoy and thanks for looking: And the next few shots show L1592 next to my first model built during Spring 2015 from Airfix's Duxford legends set... notice this is the old tooling and I hadn't invested in an Airbrush back then!
  21. Hello Guys, Because I have to wait 8 weeks now for the missing part and damaged part to arrive from Revell Germany for my Revell 1/32 Spitfire Mk.IIa, I'm now going to start a new kit that will be my 2nd entry into "Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary GB" both on here and on YouTube- hosted by Ukscalemodeller and CharlesScaleModelling. This is Eduard's "Weekend Edition" of this model. You can buy what is called a "Profi-Pak" version that is more glitzier, that includes a full color booklet, photo-etch and more color/marking options. This kit was kindly given to me by a modeling buddy and so the sprues had already been taken out of their bags and some parts had been removed from their sprues. The Box is made from a two-ply card base and a single-ply lid making it very sturdy, which I prefer moreso than the single ply Revell boxes that open at one end. The box contains a 8 page black and white instruction/assembly/painting and decaling booklet. Only one option of color/markings is offered, that of Major Otto Bertram's aircraft who was a Luftwaffe ace fighter pilot with 22 kills credited to him that earned him the "Knights Cross of the Iron Cross".... The instructions look straight-forward and the color call outs are for Mr. Color and Hobby Color only, so conversions to your preferred paint will be necessary. Front Page 1 and Back Page 8 Pages 2 and 3 Pages 4 and 5 Pages 6 and 7 There are two sheets of decals/stencils that are very thin, nicely registered, almost zero carrier film around the edges and they are a nice satin/matt finish. Decal Sheet Stencil Sheet The kit comes with 6 olive colored sprues and one clear sprue, but as mentioned earlier, because this kit was given to me, the sprues had been taken apart. But, here are photos of all the parts on their sprues or removed with some close ups too, to show the nice fine panel line and rivet details and also how nicely molded these parts are. There is zero flash on the majority of these parts, with the tiniest amount in a few places. The parts are crisp and clean with zero warping/distortion and ejector pin marks are absent from seen surfaces. One thing that I'm excited about is that this kit includes a Daimler-Benz DB601N engine and removable cowlings to display it if you wish to do so, unlike the Revell 1/32 BF109G-10 build I did recently that didn't include one... The Clear Sprue is very clear with thin molded parts that include riveted frame details. They are free of any aberrations and very little distortion of image when looking through them... At first sight, this kit looks like a really nice kit, well engineered and excellently molded, although it would have been nice to have one or two more options of color/markings. This kit is available from on-line USA distributors for $35.85, which is about 24.00 quid in the UK, which is $12.00 (8.00 quid) more than I paid for the Revell 1/32 BF109G-10, although the Revell kit didn't have an engine and open cowling options. At the end of this build, I'll let you know my thoughts on how well it goes together and compare it to the Revell kit I built to establish my personal opinion on whether it is good value for money. Okay, with that out of the way, I can now go and wash the parts in readiness to make a start on her next Monday! I have the grandson coming soon and he's here until Sunday evening! In the meantime, if you'd like to see my YouTube "In-Box-Review" video for this kit, here is the link: https://youtu.be/H23GCnQS9os Happy modelling and have fun! Cheers Martin : )
  22. After the 1/48th Airfix Spitfire build and being in the middle of the 75th anniversary year of the Battle of Britain I wanted to try my hand at reproducing an actual event from the Battle. Inspiration came from within the pages of the Flypast special Luftwaffe Eagles. The article was titled Down on the Farm describing how, on 15th Sept 1940, two Spitfires from 609 Sqn forced down a Dornier 17z of 8/KG76. The article also showed two paintings by aviation artist Geoff Nutkins which depicted both the attack on the Dornier, called Height of the Battle and the scene after the Dornier had force landed on the farm entitled The Castle Farm Dornier. Both titles provide shortcuts to the relevant pages on Geoff Nutkins' website as copyright applies to the paintings (and I recommend you visit the site as there are some great paintings of which signed prints are currently available) In brief the events in the paintings are described as follows: Height of the Battle: Flight Lieutenant John C. Dundas and Pilot Officer Eugene "Red" Tobin of No.609 Squadron pursue a Dornier 17Z of 8/KG76 down the Darent Valley, Kent, September 15th, 1940. The Castle Farm Dornier: Sunday, September 15th, 1940. A Spitfire of No.609 Squadron piloted by Pilot Officer "Red" Tobin roars over a crashed Dornier 17Z from 8/KG76. Smoke still rises from the crashed Dornier's starboard engine as the bomber's pilot, Feldwebel Heitsch is led away. Heitsch and his crew were attacked by two Spitfires from No 609 Squadron over North Kent. After a low-level pursuit along the Darent Valley, Heitsch made a forced landing in a field at Castle Farm, Shoreham. For this build I decided on 1/72 scale and wanted to use the newer mould Airfix Spitfire Mk1a and the new Airfix Dornier 17z I purchased 2 Spitfire starter sets for the build and was already in posession of both the individual Do17z and the Dogfight Double boxing with the Defiant. I also purchased Peewit mask set for the Dornier as well as Techmod decal sets for the Dornier and stencils for the spitfires along with Xtradecal and Sky models decals for the Spitfires. After a certain amount of detective work I found enough information to deduce that John Dundas was flying PR.T SN R6922 and that Eugene Tobin was flying PR.C (if the painting is correct) SN K9997 (Tobin was definitely flying this aircraft because, on his return to the airfield the following occurred: 1230hrs: Middle Wallop. Spitfire K9997. 609 Squadron Warmwell P/O E.Q.Tobin unhurt. (Crashed into airfield truck on landing approach).) I started on the Spitfires prepainting the interior green and applying an oil wash Although the moulding for the aircraft were quite nice and sharp the same coud not be said of the pilots who looked half melted. So I raided the Boulton Paul Defiant kits for the pilot figures (Yep I had 2 of them too ) which were much better. Getting carried away I decided to drill the lenses on the goggles to try to give them more depth. Makeup on and sink mark addressed And dressed to kill The office painted and assembled (the other one was the same..trust me) Fuselage halves assembled and thin clear acetate (I think) for the gunsights. Wings thrown on with wild abandon (the fit on this kit is brilliant) and the control surfaces deflected as this guy was going to be banking away to the left. Canopies on and yellow tips to the props sprayed. BTW I had heard that some people had experienced fit issues especially with the canopies. I have found that careful cleanup of the mould seams allows everything to fit very precisely. A little smear of filler here and there but otherwise the fit was excellent. Props received a coat of Tamiya Rubber Black after tips masked off. And the result after the masks came off... Canopies and other apertures masked off with Tamiya Tape, new sharp scalpel blade, geek goggles set to maximum mag and a valium sandwich. A nice clean coat of Halfords primer (cue your choice of any track from the Beatles' psychedelic phase.. that stuff is pungent!) Phil's Tip No.1: If you value your marriage, spray the primer outside! Matt aluminium coat along with the preshade and we are ready for the camo. Because this build was so lengthy I'll break here and continue once I have received an infusion of tea. All comments welcome
  23. "FIRST LIGHT" Flying Officer Geoffrey Wellum DFC. Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Ia. 92 Squadron, ROYAL AIR FORCE. Summer 1940. This model is my tribute to Geoffrey Wellum and "The Few" The kit is the Revell 1/32 MK.II Spitfire backdated to a Mk.Ia. I used Eduard P/E and Barracuda Resin on the Spitfire's cockpit. The figures are from Wings Cockpit figures. ​Geoffrey Wellum was the youngest RAF pilot during the Battle of Britain. His book, "First Light" was his memoir of his experiences as a Fighter Pilot in 92 Squadron during WWII and is now recognised as one of the most definitive first hand accounts of the Battle of Britain. Wellum went on to win the DFC and 92 Sqn. went on to be the highest scoring squadron of the Battle of Britain. Geoffrey Wellum (right) and Brian Kingcombe 1940. 92 Squadron RAF, 1940 92 Squadron Spitfire's
  24. As I'm writing this I'm lucky enough to be sat in our kitchen looking out at the back garden, watching the local squirrels industrially going about their business of acquiring nuts from the feeders and then digging holes in the lawn to bury them. There's the distant sound of the motorway we live near and occasionally the sound, overhead, of aeroplanes off to sunnier climes. It's drizzling with rain here. As has been mentioned by others on BM before, it's difficult for someone my age (55) to imagine what it must have actually been like at this time 75 years ago. When I was growing up in Derby, in the sixties, I remember being fascinated by the stories told by my relatives about the war. I'm pretty sure I was building kits by about the age of five or six and I know some of the earliest kits I built (badly) were British and German World War 2 fighters. I was 9 or 10 when I first saw the Battle of Britain film at the cinema and remember being absolutely obsessed with everything to do with the actual Battle of Britain after seeing it. I spent ages going through the booklet about the film, which was bought for me at the cinema (those were the days!) and any other reading matter on the subject I could get hold of. I know I built more aircraft from both sides in the months/years after. I remember I was was particularly impressed with the sound of the Spitfire's engine in the film. Then, a year or so after, I was lucky enough to go to some kind of event at Crich Tramway Museum, in Derbyshire, where they had aircraft doing displays, including at least one Spitfire. I remember I was so excited, not just to see one, but to hear one too! I took some photos of it/them in flight but when the prints came back from the chemist I seemed to have only taken photographs of the sky with the odd black speck in it. We're now lucky enough to live within a mile of a place which holds a two day air display every year, so I actually get to have Spitfires, Hurricanes, Lancasters, etc. flying over our house! So I now have some photos of the aircraft, not only in flight, but over my house! My younger self would never have believed it possible. If anyone has seen any of my previous builds here on BM they'll probably know that, since getting back into building kits, after a gap of too many years, the bulk of the few kits I have made have been Spitfires. So, when this Group Build was mentioned I knew I wanted to be a part of it and I knew which aircraft I would be building. At the time I signed up for the GB, the kit I chose to build was the slightly flawed 1/48 Tamiya Mk.I and I also picked up the Eduard PE set to go with it. Then Airfix released their new tooled version and, as I've not long finished two Mk.Vb Spitfires, I thought I'd do the same with these two Spitfires and build both alongside each other. Although I haven't, as yet, fully decided which actual aircraft I'm going to build these two kits as, I thought I would post a photo of the bits and pieces I'm going to use: I'm really looking forward to getting started next weekend and I know, while I'm making these, I will think about what it must have been like 75 years ago for The Few and, as a result of their efforts and sacrifice, how lucky I am to be sat in a peaceful location, building kits of my favourite aircraft and occasionally watching squirrels digging up our lawn. To The Few
  25. Hello Chaps, It's been a long haul build- 8 weeks in total, but that is because my wife and I are actively involved with contractors working on our new home that we will be moving to in mid-April....sorting out kitchen design, wood flooring, carpeting, tiles for kitchen and bathrooms, shower designs, paint colors for every room, new faucets for all sinks, choosing granite countertops and sinks for kitchen and bathrooms, new light fixtures and door handles etc etc....I hope this is the last time we have to move now, moving is a stressful and tiring event! Anyway, enough of the waffle and lets get on with sharing photos of my completed build, which is built straight from the box, no after market additions, only using 1.010" fine black EZ-Line for the antenna cables. I hope you like.... Regarding what I think of this kit: It's a great kit that goes together well, has some nice features such as a highly detailed cockpit, pose-able ailerons, flaps, elevators, rudder and air-brakes, recessed panel lines and other surface detail. The parts were all molded very well, with minimal flash and/or parting line miss-match that required clean up before painting. It offers two sets of markings, I chose to do this version that was active in the "Battle of Britain", and the decals are excellent- they go down very well on a gloss clear coat with no silvering, and once the finishing matt clear coat was applied, they look painted on. I did come across two issues during the build: 1) When fitting the engine nacelles to the undersides of the wings, I had a considerable gap between the mating areas of the front and rear nacelles. This is discussed in my "Final Reveal" video and can be seen in my "WIP" thread....links below: 2) When fitting the wheels onto their axles, both axles sheared off very easily and remained inside the wheel mating holes. I drilled these out of the wheels and drilled corresponding holes into the wheel struts and fitted steel pins. I then took a black rubber Tamiya propeller bushing and cut it down the middle to create two thinner bushings. I slid these over the new steel axles and super glued them into place. These then provided some surface area for the wheel hubs to glue to. Again, I used CA glue to fit the wheels in place and it worked a treat, providing me with a very rigid and stronger undercarriage. WIP thread link: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234996419-revell-pro-modeler-132-junkers-ju-88a-1-bomber-build-update-5-31516/ My YouTube "Final Reveal" video link: This kit would be superb if it came with two completely detailed Jumo 211B-1 engines, external bomb pylons and bombs and an open bomb bay with internal bomb racks and bombs!! That would make it super eye candy and a fabulous kit to work on.....I can dream! Thanks in advance for taking a look at this RFI and for any comments left, they are greatly appreciated! In the meantime, and until the start of my next build which won't be until we have moved and settled into our new home-probably the end of April, happy modeling and have fun! Cheers Martin
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