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For this build I am doing the Jach 1/72 Baynes Bat kit. It is nice and simple, having just 12 plastic components and a little bit of photo etch. This is a 'family friendly' Blitzbuild as my partner has tolerated a lot of my plastic modelling this year which is why I started at 3pm - we had a nice walk with the puppy first. Hence this will be the most leisurely build, starting 'Boxing day' and probably finishing two days later on "Boxing day" 😉

 

My subject is a glider flown in 1943 to test the viability of the swept wing configuration for attachment to a tank to deliver said armour to the battlefield. This 'batty' idea was manifested in a 1/3 scale glider which had good handling characteristics but the project was cancelled before a full size wing was built.

 

I'd also like to introduce to you 'Hammond', the rubber crocodile - already a veteran of two Blitzbuilds and many other model projects this year, who is here to see fair play.

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39 minutes ago, AdrianMF said:

Looks great! If it needs company in a similar vein, I can thoroughly recommend the Fly Hafner Rotachute, also in 1/72. My daughter made me buy one at a model show a few years ago because it was "cute". Very economical on shelf space!

Adrian, I have just looked it up. Hannants have them in stock, I must get one 🙂

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2 1/4 hours of my budget. Made some good progress.

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There is a sink hole issue to be dealt with and whilst puttying can tidy up wing/fuselage joint

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After a little fiddling I worked out that I was safe putting everything in cockpit before joining fuselage. Amusingly the control panel will only go beyond rudder pedals - seems kit designed like that.

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A small bite to eat, socialise, and then return to bench. 

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Day 2 and finally got to model bench !!!! After rubbing down I will now airbrush the yellow for speed. Black stripes and brown and green will be brush painted.

 

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Oh, and thought a little ginger wine as it is nearly noon !

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Kushan, this may be of interest : http://www.ipmsstockholm.se/home/tailless-and-canard-experimental-aircraft-of-the-raf/

 

I once had a 1/76 white metal Vickers Tetrach tank which would be a suitable vehicle. My point being a 'kit' of the tank is available.

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Not sure if my lover wants to kill me with love or the 'trifle of doom'. I'm lucky to have a lady who cares for me so much

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At least I can give the paint on my Bat some time to dry whilst I simultaneously work off calories and take our lovely puppy for a walk 

 

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Second coat of black and signing off for day. I think I have about ten hours left on my budget

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This is how I do my demarcation when brush painting

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It is quite clear that I am rushing this a bit. The best description of my paint job could be a quote from Alan Bennet's "The lady in the van" who brushed her van with household paint in which she had dropped a madiera cake !

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