Oldgitian Posted February 4 Share Posted February 4 The build of the mid 1990s released Airfix kit started out as something of a crusade for me after I'd been banging on, to anyone who would listen, about the price of the upcoming new release. I was, and still am, convinced that £70.00 for a 1/48 scale kit is over the top and I was therefore determined to have a crack at making the old version into an acceptable model. I'd been warned by many that the fit and finish of the old kit was at best poor and at worst diabolical. I discovered that it actually fell somewhere between the two. I set out to build pretty much from the box but that plan soon changed when assembling the cockpit. The ejector seats had to go followed by much of the instrumentation. The airbrake detail needed some enhancement and a new set of wheels seemed like a good idea. As the build progressed, I also decided to replace the flight refuelling probe and the pitot tube with metal parts. I always like my models to have a "parked " look so I also bought crew access ladders and FOD guards. Finally I invested in paint masks for the canopy and wheels. The bottom line is that with the cost of the original kit (bought second-hand under the table at some model show several years ago for about thirty quid) plus the extras and replacements, It's actually cost me just short of £95.00. So a valuable lesson learnt by this modeller. Don't shout too loud about the exorbitant price of new models unless you can prove the old "pocket money" kits are up to standard. By the way. I visited the Fleet Air Arm Museum a few days ago to check the details of my latest build against the real thing. Guess what? It ain't there. In their wisdom the museum have chosen to remove a surprising number of aircraft from display. The S2 Buccaneer on the Carrier section has gone together with the Sea Hawk, Scimitar, Sea Venom and Gannet leaving a yawning gap on the flight deck presumably to give a clearer view of a rather disappointing animated video. In other halls the two seat Hunter has vanished and also the Firefly is missing. I assume someone has a master plan to improve the visitor experience but at the moment it's not working. So, if you intended a visit to take some reference photos, don't bother if your next build is of a subject that has been relegated to the reserve collection. Enough of my rant, here are some photos of the finished Airfix circa 1995 Buccaneer S2D. 58 3 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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