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Airfix 1/76th Scale Panzer IV


Built OOB and painted with Tamiya and Vallejo acrylics, simple uncomplicated build.






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Revell (ex Matchbox) Pz.Kpfw II Ausf. F, 5th Light Division, North Africa 1941.


Third build of this one over the 40 some years since it was first released.






With the base. You can't do a Matchbox tank without the base :)




The obligatory penny shot, with my previous attempt from sometime around 1987. Sadly the very first one didn't survive. 





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Hi all, this is my only entry to the GB - the Airfix 1/72 P-51B Mustang 'The Hun Hunter Texas'.


This 1978 vintage kit was from the second release with the 'finished model sitting on plans' box with the oval Airfix logo. Built to commemorate my first attempt aged 10 to build a model kit 'properly' :lol:



Mounted on a classic Airfix stand with the title decal added to the stand, like the ten-year-old me would have done.


The Hun Hunter'Texas was the mount of USAAF 354th FS ace Lt Henry Brown. It was reportedly painted in RAF Dark Green over natural metal with white and black recognition stripes, so that's how it was finished.


Brown survived the war as a POW after being shot down in October 1944. Had he not been shot down he may have become one of the ETO's leading aces as he remained the 355th FG top scorer with 14.5 air-to-air kills plus another 14 destroyed on the ground.


The Airfix kit was an absolute joy to build. Finely detailed, very good fit and quick and easy to build. No wonder I remembered it from my childhood!


All the decals were the originals from the kit which must have been getting on 40 years old but went on beautifully.


I really enjoyed this foray into history and the feelings and memories it provoked surprised me. As I was building it I was seized with very strong memories of Britfix glue, Humbrol paints and sticky fingers, a sense of place, remembering the exact tile-topped little table I used to build models, even the patterned bowl I used for decal water.


So thank you very much Paul @Dansk for suggesting this GB, it was a great idea and I'm very pleased to be part of it.


All the best with your builds,


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Airfix 00-Scale Centurion Mk 8.


What a joyous build that was, for me anyway! The first tank I built as a kid, always Airfix for me, of course. Box art very evocative and you can 'hear' the squeak of the tracks as this Centurion rumbles over everything in its path. Once again, a learning experience both about the subject and modelling techniques and detailing.










Build thread is here:


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A piece of pure nostalgia from me, one Airfix F4 Phantom from 1965. I almost added a bit of extra detailing to it, but managed to catch myself just in time.  


The box and instructions, along with the same type paints I used all those years ago take equal billing with this one. This build had me re-living 1960's Earls Court, London and a very happy childhood. Ah, Jumpers for Goalposts...


Build thread here...





Gallery pictures here...











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The Esci 1/48 F-8E Crusader was the first kit I build when I was ten years old. 

As I have now redone it, I have done a bit extra. The seat, pilot, rocketpods and bombs came from Hasegawa.

I have done a better job now. I have placed it on a simple stand with a plastic rod.


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Here's my second offering for this very fun and nostalgic GB.  Thank you Enzo!


Lot's of little scratch-built items on these vehicles...shovels, ammo boxes, jerry-can racks, steel tow cable (around the VW spare tire), 2 jacks, sand channels, etc...The paints are all Vallejo Model and Vallejo Air.  Decals are OOB.  The jerry cans are from a resin set I have.  Sand is from down the street.  I live less than 600km north of Libya anyway, so I imagine it is similar in colour.  I adjusted the MG on the VW to be more relaxed...I also added a windscreen...
















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Hi all and what a great GB! Thanks @Dansk for the idea and all the great builds.

Here's mine, Airfix 1/72 Hellcat. The build thread is here but to recap:


Kit: Airfix 02023 1/72 Grumman Hellcat F6F-3. First release 1967 (1995 boxing)

Build: Mostly OOB with tape for seatbelts and some plastic boxes in the cockpit. Sanded down the rivets!

Paint: Revell Acrylics with airbrush. Klear, Flory Models Wash. 4B pencil and pastels. W&N Matt Varnish

Decals: From the kit for Lt James Flatley, Commander Air Group (CAG) of Air Group 5 USS Yorktown, August 1943. 


49930149166_5b844027ab_b.jpgAirfix Hellcat_fuselage_10 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr


49929632523_e73daef256_b.jpgAirfix Hellcat_fuselage_12 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr


49930148911_932465ae3a_b.jpgAirfix Hellcat_fuselage_13 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr


49930451802_d498efc11f_b.jpgAirfix Hellcat_fuselage_11 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr


49930148786_9eda1c0e58_b.jpgAirfix Hellcat_fuselage_14 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr


Thanks for looking and take care.


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Here's my contribution to the Group Build. Airfix 1/76 scale Matador and 5.5 inch gun. From the box plus glazing added from a scrap blister pack.









Here's the model built in 2020 along with the gun from the original I built in the late 1970's when I was a kid. This was in parts in the spares bin but I found all the bits and ressembled.


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2020 model with 1979 gun and Airfix Avro Anson built for the 40th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain in 1980 when I was 15.




Great nostalgic Group build so thanks to Dansk for the original idea. I have loved seeing all the old kits being built to a much better standard than we ever managed as kids.




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     Hello everyone... Well Im calling this one done. Its Monograms Classic 1/48 P-47D Thunderbolt done in the kits markings. “The Turtle #10” 509th Fs. 405th Fg. September 1944. Stationed at A-64 near Saint-Dizier. 


This is an aerodrome abandoned by the Luftwaffe and which will be identified under the code A-64. The men quickly took possession of the premises and the proximity of the town of Saint-Dizier.









Please feel free to ask questions, post comments, and or add thoughts to my build thread. 




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Hi folk's finished this duo Airfix Henshel 123,due to decal issues I had to improvise on a pre war Luftwaffe machine from a photo I found so off came the

Hump and scratch built an early spatted rear wheel.











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Evening Folk's,after a last minute struggle with the canopy finished her,I'm going to add the wiring to the fuselage/tail and wings/fuselage this week and I'll pop

a few pics in RFI but for this "as we built them on a stand" effort here she is.












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