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PlaStix's 2014 yearbook - all brush painted


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In 2013 I managed to finish a fire truck and an astronaut. This year seems to have been the year of the Spitfire with a few 1/72 tanks and a Mk.1B Typhoon thrown in! The year started with the idea of working on my model making skills in order to do justice to the Eduard Mk.IX Spitfire that I planned to make at some point during the year.

My practicing began with some 1/72 Spitfires from Airfix and Italeri.

Airfix 1/72 Mk.Ia Spitfire (new tool)

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There are more photos of this Mk.Ia available in the RFI section which can be found here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234955941-172-airfix-mkia-spitfire-new-tool-photo-heavy/

Airfix 1/72 Mk.IIa Spitfire (new tool)

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Italeri 1/72 Mk.IX Spitfire

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There are more photos of both of these two Spitfires above in the RFI section here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234959818-two-172-spitfires-airfix-mkiia-and-italeri-mkix/

The latter two Spitfires were built as part of the 'Less Than a Tenner' GB where I also made the Revell 1/144 Mk.Ia Spitfire:

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This is my current avatar picture.

I then thought I ought to practice on a 1/48 Spitfire but a much cheaper one! - Revell's Mk.XVI:

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There are more photos of the Revell Mk.XVI here in the RFI section: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234969553-another-148-revell-icm-mkxvi-spitfire-diorama-b-w-photos-added/

When I actually got around to building the 1/48 Eduard Mk.IXc Spitfire (late), as part of the D-Day GB, it ended up looking like this:

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More photos of the Mk.IX Spitfire can be found in the RFI section here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234967960-eduard-spitfire-lfmkixc-ml135-yod-no401-squadron-as-flown-by-jerry-billing-on-7th-june-1944-b-w-photos-added/

Also as part of the D-Day GB I made a couple of German tanks and a Mk.IB Typhoon.

Airfix 1/72 Mk.IB Typhoon (new tool):

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The RFI for the Typhoon can be found here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234968242-airfix-172-mkib-typhoon-new-tool-version-mn526tp-v-france-july-1944-b-w-photos-added-including-one-from-the-sarge/

1/72 Dragon Panther Ausf G:

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1/72 Dragon Tiger 1 Ausf E:

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The RFI for the two tanks can be found here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234968244-two-german-big-cats-in-172-dragons-panther-ausf-g-and-tiger-i-ausf-e-both-with-zimmerit-b-w-photos-added/

Once complete I put the three above into a bit of a diorama:

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The RFI for the diorama can be found here where there are a lot more photos!: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234968243-somewhere-in-france-july-1944-typhoon-panther-and-tiger-in-172-b-w-photos-added/

My final completion for the year is Airfix's old (and I mean old!) 1/76 Tiger 1. I bought it thinking it would be lot better than it turned out to be in the box but I ended up upgrading it a bit and I was rather pleased with the completed model. There's a few spares included from my D-Day tank builds and some scratch built parts as well:

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I haven't done an RFI post for this Tiger yet as I intend to make a base for it soon but the WIP can be found here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234971585-airfix-176-tiger-i-yeah-that-old-one-upgraded-a-bit-update-291214/

My current project is to build two 1/48 Mk.Vb Spitfires so they should be my first completions in 2015.

I'd also like to thank everyone who stopped by my build threads this past year and supported my builds either with advice, encouragement or, on a couple of occasions, spare parts! None of my builds would have turned out like they did without this Britmodeller community - so THANK YOU!

Kind regards,

Stix

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I continue to be amazed at your brush painted finishes, they are truly wonderful.

I am going to try to follow in your footsteps and brush paint some of my ongoing builds during the "off season" for airbrushing. I don't think you'll have any competition from me!

Happy New Year to you and yours.

John

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I think your photography is as good as your model making.

Both of a very high standard.

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Excellent Stix, from a simple Spit to your "bit of a diorama", it's been very enjoyable following your builds throughout the year,

Vive le brush,

Sean

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Your collection is great, but I am sorry, everything pales in comparison to the Typhoon/tank diorama. That is just amazing and unbelievably good. I would love to see it in person because I bet pictures do not do it justice. It really is a thing of beauty.

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I was looking forward to this thread the minute the '2014 yearbook' section went active. And it does not disappoint PlaStix!

One day my formal builds will be as good as your Spitfire practice builds - it could happen, maybe.

Thanks for sharing these with us.

JD

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Thank you to everyone for your very kind comments and I'll take this opportunity to wish everyone a Very Happy New Year!

Kind regards,

Stix

PS I have run out of 'likes' today but I will add more as soon as I get some back!

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Great models Stix!

The Typhone diorama is excellent.

Cant wait what you have for us in 2015

Cheers

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Hey Stix, i was few days without web connection, but as soon as i got back online, i was trying to find your 2014 yearbook and here you are.. absolutely beautiful and great collection, i love your painting skills and the dioaramas are great, love the figures and all details painting. It looks soooo excellent :) Cant wait to see more of your work at 2015 :)

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I managed to completely miss the diorama when it was first posted. Wow!

I particularly like the upgraded Airfix Tiger because I built a load of not-upgraded ones in my teens - it's nice to see how it can turn out.

Regards,

Adrian

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Hi sdk_uk, Andy, Wolwe and Adrian. Thank you all for the very kind comments.

With regards 2015 I already have plans for several builds including some in the Achtung Panzer, Vietnam and Battle of Britain Group Builds plus I still need to finish the two current Spitfires. Should be a busy year! Can't wait.

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