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Quiet Mike

What to build after K5054? Blenheim MkIF won!

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Right, I hesitate to call this a 'problem', as in the crisis we currently face is it obviously anything but that. And even under normal circumstances I don't think it is.

Anyway, my procrastination pickle. What to build next. The completed K5054 has been sat on the shelf for a couple of weeks now. I was going to add some weathering, but I haven't plucked up the courage for fear of spoiling it. It would have to be very subtle on something like this, and I'm a little too heavy handed.

 

I am now set up working from home, with this humble little stash sat behind me. I am struggling to pick which one to start next, despite much (too much!) thought. My procrastination illness runs quite deep, so that even if I had one kit to choose from, I'd then deliberate over which paint scheme to do.

Top of the checklist that usually holds me back? Usually fears that choice of aircraft exceeds my modelling skills! A love of early flying boats and float planes doesn't help in that department.

 

So, starting from the bottom, the venerable Walrus. Kit Skill Level ****, my skill level **. And since getting this kit I have found that one crashed locally to me in Dec 1939, less than a mile away. All four crew perised. I'd like to build their aircraft, as a personal homage to them. I have photos of it just prior to the outbreak of war, in silver dope. Would it have recieved camouflage paint by December, a few months later? Probably not. I think using the prewar photo as reference is the best bet.

 

The wonderful Blenheim, and also in 1/48, my new favoutite scale! An ebay bargain my parents found, under RRP, and inside it was loaded with canopy masks and PE! A top contender, although the kit supplied markings don't do it for me. I have a hankering for either prewar RAF livery with those bright yellow rings around the roundels, or Finnish ...

 

My nemesis, the Stranraer. I have early memories, under 10 years old, badgering the folks to buy me this in Tescos. It can't have been out long? I loved the box art ... anyway, it was way beyond my blossoming modelling skills and I remember my mother chucking the failed mess in the bin. An expense we couldn't really afford, not that little me knew that. But the memory of it still pains me 40 years later.
 

MkI Spit. Looking forward to this, but not straight after K5054. Plans to build a 1938 19 Sqn kite.

 

Supermarine S5 ... Another kit I reckon is a **** skill level! But seriously tempted regardless. Another kit that comes with PE as well. Even though it's 1/48 it's still a small kit.

 

1/72 Spit and Hurri. After the 1/48 Spit these look teeny tiny too!

 

Well, if you've got this far thanks for humouring me. I hope you're all doing OK!  Fingers crosse I can make a decision soon and start another build thread here ...

 

  

 

On 3/24/2020 at 9:20 PM, Quiet Mike said:

I push pixels around for a day job, so had the tools to hand to bang these ghost images out. It's good fun, and there is a wealth of material out there locally of Southampton.  I should really do more, damn this procrastination illness!  (Says he who has spent weeks deliberating what kit to make next from a very meagre stash)

 

On 3/25/2020 at 3:15 AM, greggles.w said:

As you push pixels Mike, so I predominantly vie with vectors (CAD!)

Some might contend that this a core part of the hobby.  Perhaps you should throw the question to the audience? 

 

 

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The stash by Mike, on Flickr

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Personally I’d go for the Walrus ( I completed a Smer one recently) and the Airfix one should be so much nicer to build, or the Stranraer, but then again I tend to favour the eclectic these days  and much as I love that Spitfire and the Hurricane I’d much rather follow your building the former than the latter:)

 

hmm doesn’t that make the S 5 the reasonable middle ground :) 

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Hi Mike,

 

first of all let me say that I think you sell youself (and your skills) quite short. Your Spit is top notch and I think you have the necessary skills to tackle any of the listed kits.

 

Regarding procrastination, well, that's my second name 😆 After 2 weeks working from home I finally decided to show one of my builds here (still in preparation, I keep reviewing the text for the first post...talk about procrastination).

 

Anyway, I would maybe start the Blenheim. No rigging, modern injected kit that fits together with good level of detail, no short run. So no excuses why you shouldn't be able to build it.

So whatever your decision is, please share your build with us.

 

Cheers

Markus

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May be worth choosing one that you've got all you need to complete it in stock...? Don't want to have to abandon it due to lack of paint or other materials..

 

Matt

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51 minutes ago, Shorty84 said:

Hi Mike,

 

first of all let me say that I think you sell youself (and your skills) quite short. Your Spit is top notch and I think you have the necessary skills to tackle any of the listed kits.

Cheers

Markus

Thanks Marcus. I'm still quite new to the game, and only just realising you need much more than just a steady hand and good eye. Patience and thoroughness are far more valuble skills! Airbrushing a nice layer of paint is useless if you don't have the patience to wait for it to dry 😆 

And it's no secret the only way to improve your skills it to attempt trickier tasks. Rigging still terrifies me though!

 

 

1 hour ago, Mattlow said:

May be worth choosing one that you've got all you need to complete it in stock...? Don't want to have to abandon it due to lack of paint or other materials..

 

Matt

 

At the moment it's between the Bleneim and the S5, with the Blenheim just ahead.  I don't think anyone's posted a build thread on the S5 yet? I'm not sure I want to be the first!

I don't have the decals I need. I'm assuming Hannants have closed the shop for the lockdown? That won't hold me up though. I imagine the Blenheim will take twice as long as K5054, so 4 months before I need to even think about them!

 

4 hours ago, Marklo said:

Personally I’d go for the Walrus ( I completed a Smer one recently) and the Airfix one should be so much nicer to build, or the Stranraer, but then again I tend to favour the eclectic these days  and much as I love that Spitfire and the Hurricane I’d much rather follow your building the former than the latter:)

 

hmm doesn’t that make the S 5 the reasonable middle ground :) 

 

 

When I do make the Stranraer Marklo, this thread will be my bible!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 minutes ago, Quiet Mike said:

I'm assuming Hannants have closed the shop for the lockdown?

Not yet. 

So it's worth a shot if you want.

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Most online stuff is still open. There are posted warnings that delivery times may be subject to change.

 

Personally although I like Hannants, unless I’m putting through a big order I tend to favour eBay as it is usually cheaper.

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Personally, I would build the kit that inspires you the most. The inspiration will, in itself carry you a long way.

 

Helpful of Mars 👽

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28 minutes ago, Martian Hale said:

 

Personally, I would build the kit that inspires you the most. The inspiration will, in itself carry you a long way.

 

Well put Martian.

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1 hour ago, Quiet Mike said:

 

 

When I do make the Stranraer Marklo, this thread will be my bible!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aw thanks! For what it's worth, I think you should go for it :)

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After building the first Spitfire, what about PS888 - "The Last!" (which carried out the very last RAF Spitfire sortie).

 

Or simply as Martian suggests, build the kit that inspires you the most.

 

Nils

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On 3/27/2020 at 9:27 AM, Vingtor said:

After building the first Spitfire, what about PS888 - "The Last!" (which carried out the very last RAF Spitfire sortie).

Nils

 

They'd look good next to each other on the shelf wouldn't they? Great idea! I'll bank that for future reference Nils.

 

 

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K5054 by Mike, on Flickr

 

A quiet day in isolation. A quick ride around the block for me as I hadn't been out on the bike since Wednesday, and at the moment local cycling is still encouraged as a daily exercise. My usual route is down to Hamble, and around the old aerodrome there, where I pass the lovely little ATA memorial. (And a little up the road is a gate gardian Folland Gnat in Red Arrow colours)

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ATA Memorial, Hamble Airfield by Mike, on Flickr

 

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ATA memorial by Mike, on Flickr

 

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ATA memorial by Mike, on Flickr

 

 

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Alternatively the last production variant, the Seafire FR.47, to show the Spitfire's evolution.

 

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I like doing things in sequential order, so why not build K5055! 
Cheers.. Dave (who seriously thinks the Blenheim is a good choice!). 

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Hi Mike looking forward to this if you build the Blenheim or change your mind , I think you have the skills to pull off any model you choose, just believe in yourself fella. 

All the best

Chris

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2 hours ago, bigbadbadge said:

Hi Mike looking forward to this if you build the Blenheim or change your mind , I think you have the skills to pull off any model you choose, just believe in yourself fella. 

All the best

Chris

Taking little steps Chris, little steps! 😆

 

Started the Blenheim MkIF last night, nothing to show as yet but very enjoyable so far. I'm looking at the interior PE set, and really doubting any of this is actually worthwhile including? Being a relative newbie, I'm still coming to terms with how detailed new tooled airfix kits are over the old 70's Matchbox I grew up with!

 

Also, I think I am bulding the MkI, not the MkIF, so this build will not have the belly gun pack. Then much deliberation about having the bomb bay doors open or cloesed ... I decided the Blenheim has such clean lines that closed would look better.

 

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26 minutes ago, Quiet Mike said:

Taking little steps Chris, little steps! 😆

 

Started the Blenheim MkIF last night, nothing to show as yet but very enjoyable so far. I'm looking at the interior PE set, and really doubting any of this is actually worthwhile including? Being a relative newbie, I'm still coming to terms with how detailed new tooled airfix kits are over the old 70's Matchbox I grew up with!

 

Also, I think I am bulding the MkI, not the MkIF, so this build will not have the belly gun pack. Then much deliberation about having the bomb bay doors open or cloesed ... I decided the Blenheim has such clean lines that closed would look better.

 

I just added a ton of pe into an airfix 1/72 109 and came to same conclusion given a set of levers on the lower panel cannot be seen anyway....,..good luck on the build

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Right, a belated progress report. I have been very busy working from home this week, on an important (for my company at least) job with a deadline, that hasn't gone to plan and has lead to several late nights. Working from home hasn't been the usual 9-6 for me, and I seem to find my myself still trying to work out problems long gone midnight. I hope this doesn't come accross as a whine, it's not. I don't often have stress at work, and this is utterly insignificant in the current crisis we all face. Anyway, 'Furlough' is just around the corner for me, and I look forward to being a slightly poorer but time rich modeller for a little while.

 

A tentative start has been made on this lovely kit. My usual demons have surfaced though and I find myself unable to decide what path to take with the detailing of the interior. I am a 'PE' virgin, and still usure of the benefits of straying too far from the path of 'OOTB'.  I stare at the sheet, and marvel that they can make such little jewels of detail, most only visible under magification. My heart tells me to stick to what I know, but my head is saying while we have the PE, it would be a waste not to use it. I'm still undecided!

 

Anyway, I feel a bit 'all mouth, no trousers', as I have posted several photos, that show very little of what most people call progress! Hopefully that will change next week, and this post hasn't disappointed you too much.

 

I shall put more paint on, and dry fit as much as possible to I can see for myself how much of the interior is visible.

 

One this I have noticed is lots of circles on the inside, are these injection marks? What do most folks do about them?

 

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Starting the Blenheim by Mike, on Flickr

 

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Starting the Blenheim by Mike, on Flickr

 

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Starting the Blenheim by Mike, on Flickr

 

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Instrument panel options by Mike, on Flickr

 

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Starting the Blenheim by Mike, on Flickr

 

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A lot to trim off! by Mike, on Flickr

 

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Office seat by Mike, on Flickr

 

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Wondering how good the transfers would look by Mike, on Flickr

 

 

 

 

 

 

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