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Hi All,

 

This is my attempt at Special Hobby's lovely Firefly MkI, modelled as Z1830 of 1770 Sqn FAA, HMS Indefatigable, July 1944. I have not found any photos of the actual aircraft, but apparently it was the first production Firefly MkI and thus has the 3-bladed propellor, early canopy hood and the unfaired Hispano cannon (that's SOOO unfair!). 1770 Sqn took place in Operation Mascot, which was the unsuccessful attack on Tirpitz when she lay at anchor in Kaarfjord, Norway. Here is a link to the WIP if anyone is interested:

 

 

Special Hobby's kit is a lovely offering with the usual vague engineering and part callouts. There were a couple of 'improvements' made along the way:

 

- Added instrument panel transfers as the one supplied with the kit was rubbish

- Cut both canopies as they were presented in the closed position only

- Addition of scratch-built navigation light and housing on the port wing

- Addition of front antenna as there was no component in the kit

 

Aside from that is was a very pleasurable build apart from a transfer drama - all fixed in the end. Painted in a mixture of AK Interactive and Vallejo acrylics. So onto the photos:

 

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And here's a final one with my recent Chesapeake - two aircraft with very different levels of success in their operational history:

 

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Thanks for looking,

 

Roger

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4 minutes ago, bigbadbadge said:

Hi Roger, looks absolutely stunning Fella.  Great work on the model and paint finish etc. I like this a lot with the unpaired cannons and interesting back round. 

What a cracker 

Chris

Cheers Chris - thanks for the support along the way!

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20 minutes ago, Hawkers Finest said:

Ditto from me.

Regards

Hawkers Finest

 

13 minutes ago, Britman said:

Lovely build. No need to be concerned as to how that was going to turn out.

 

Keith

Thanks for the kind words - much appreciated!

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16 minutes ago, mahavelona said:

That is a seriouslly impressive firefly!

 

34 minutes ago, SAT69 said:

Excellent work!

Thanks for the kind words!

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Hello, Roger -

 

Your model Firefly really looks the part - great looking model that has not been over weathered - nice kitchen too!

 

Regards

 

Dave

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That looks superb Dunny (as does the Chesapeake),...... really good job mate.

 

I plan to do an early Mk.I with the low pilots canopy, unfaired cannons etc,...... some day! 

 

Cheers

           Tony

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4 hours ago, Alpha Juliet said:

Beautiful!

 

4 hours ago, ForestFan said:

That’s a fantastic job there, nicely done

Thanks for the kind words!

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3 hours ago, tonyot said:

That looks superb Dunny (as does the Chesapeake),...... really good job mate.

 

I plan to do an early Mk.I with the low pilots canopy, unfaired cannons etc,...... some day! 

 

Cheers

           Tony

Thanks Tony - much appreciated! I'm sure you already know but the SH kit looks to be a far better proposition than the Trumpy kit (which I also have in the stash),

 

Cheers,

 

Roger

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4 hours ago, Epeeman said:

Hello, Roger -

 

Your model Firefly really looks the part - great looking model that has not been over weathered - nice kitchen too!

 

Regards

 

Dave

Thanks for the kind words Dave - much appreciated!

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Superb Firefly! The restrained colours help it look BIG and the open canopies break up the impression of a massive hunk.

 

I shudder every time I see naked fingers holding a beautiful model, though. The acid in the skin oil will very likely imprint the model with the fingerprints of its creator, in due course…

 

Lovely modelling!

 

Kind regards,

 

Joachim

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5 hours ago, Spitfire31 said:

Superb Firefly! The restrained colours help it look BIG and the open canopies break up the impression of a massive hunk.

 

I shudder every time I see naked fingers holding a beautiful model, though. The acid in the skin oil will very likely imprint the model with the fingerprints of its creator, in due course…

 

Lovely modelling!

 

Kind regards,

 

Joachim

 

5 hours ago, stevej60 said:

Great work again Roger another beauty (new tool 1/72 kit please Mr Airfix!)

Thanks for the kind words - much appreciated!

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