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Airfix Buccaneer S.2B - 1/72 scale and some diorama


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Here's my attempt at the 1/72 Airfix S.2B Buccaneer. For a kit which has had rave reviews, I had mixed feelings on mine, not helped by the fact that one of the wings was quite warped in the box, and I never managed to get it entirely straight. A couple of other fit issues around the big fuselage components left a bit of a messy finish, though I'm sure a more skilled modeller would have done a better job. That said... some components went together really nicely and were quite cleverly engineered, and the surface detail is pretty good too.

It was built almost totally OOB, with the exception of some Eduard etch for the cockpit, and those Quickboost intake FOD covers. Paints were Hataka acrylic, mostly airbrushed but a bit of detail added by brush. I wanted to weather it enough to represent a late-life, well worn example, and this was mostly done with oils (a little clay wash shading too).

To get that properly worn, faded look, the whole thing was sprayed with Windsor & Newton Galeria matt acrylic varnish. When they say “matt” they really mean it! The flattest finish I’ve ever used.

I deviated from the Airfix guide on the weapons colours, and went for 'live' markings on the Paveway and the AIM-9L.

All photographed on the dining room table, as usual... the 'night' ones were done with just two torches for illumination. The hangar backdrop photo is courtesy of Nick Challoner, and the first generic airfield backdrop was a large print made after purchasing the shot from Shutterstock.

Overall I'm fairly happy with it for the small scale - I think it was NavyBird who said how unforgiving close-up photos of small scale models can be, and he's right...don't zoom in too closely! Thanks for looking.

 

 

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That is superb!

Fantastic modelling and some extremely impressive photography!

The photos look real 😀

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10 hours ago, Vultures1 said:

That's brilliant work, and great photos too! I particularly like the night-time scene - very effective

 

9 hours ago, Andrew.S said:

Really nice scene! Good job done!:yes: :clap:

 

9 hours ago, Chrisj2003 said:

Very nice model, brilliantly displayed. :goodjob:

 

Chris

 

6 hours ago, Taylor Durbon said:

Thatˋs it what I call Pictures! Wow. Made this gem looking like 48th scale🥳

 

2 hours ago, HL-10 said:

That is superb!

Fantastic modelling and some extremely impressive photography!

The photos look real 😀

 

1 hour ago, ColinChipmunkfan said:

Very good modelling and ace photography.

 

36 minutes ago, Col Walter E Kurtz said:

Inspired ! very good. The diorama and night time pics are so cool!

 

13 minutes ago, AliGauld said:

A fantastic build along with great photos.

What's not to like.

 

Cheers,

Alistair

 

12 minutes ago, Richard E said:

Have to agree with my learn'd colleagues - a well finished model and excellent photography, the second (night time) shot is first rate.

Many thanks to everyone for these kind comments. It’s really interesting that whenever I do a mix of photo styles, it’s the night ones which seem to go down well… and that’s true on all the platforms I post shots on! Certainly it’s harder with the ‘daylight’ backdrop ones, to match the light temperature on both the model and the photo behind, which can sometimes make them look very subtly wrong. Also… the night ones hide a multitude of little errors 🤣

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Lovely work, and quite convincing of things much larger in the photographs.  Very well done!

 

Cheers

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That is superb. I initially thought you'd inserted some photos of the real thing as a comparison at first - particularly the night time pictures - as they are so realistic. Amazing!

 

Tom

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22 hours ago, CH-53D said:

Lovely work, and quite convincing of things much larger in the photographs.  Very well done!

 

Cheers

 

22 hours ago, Alpha Delta 210 said:

Lovely model, imaginatively photographed!:clap:

 

15 hours ago, Fred piket said:

Beautiful result! I love it..

 

11 hours ago, Lord Riot said:

That’s fantastic! Exactly the same weapons fit as I did on my 1/48 Bucc too.

I’ll look it out 👍

11 hours ago, tomprobert said:

That is superb. I initially thought you'd inserted some photos of the real thing as a comparison at first - particularly the night time pictures - as they are so realistic. Amazing!

 

Tom

Thank you all, much appreciated 

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