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  1. What! No new completions for nearly 10 days? Tsk, tsk. Acknowledging @Grunhertz and @BlackMike Models love of all things Spitfire, here’s another from the Septembers Fleabay debutantes: The venerable old Airfix IXc (ish) The scheme is OOB but using Eduard’s decals from their horrendously complex profipack boxing. Nothing to write home about, usual early “New Airfix” glitches, thick canopy, no IP or joystick ( not that you’d ever see them), off reg decals and some heavy handed detailing That said fit was pretty good and the shapes look right. Amazingly this same kit was the subject of my first ever RFI/WIP back in 2014 (warning, it’s in the other place). Easy , three to four hour build and it looks pretty spiffing or what ? I’m of the mood to do a Mk XIV using a dubious Academy kit with its hokey radiators I scored for £2.99 - its griffon filled snout calls to me (and probably the punters). I have a small heap of the Fujimis bought in Volks Tokyo last year for even less but have heard some horror stories about the fit and patience is not an abundant commodity at Kumar Towers these days… Lastly did you know that the humble split pea made an important contribution to the Spitfire? And I just liked them in my Irani stews.... Thanks for tuning in. Anil
  2. Here we go! this is gonna be interesting I'll be snipping plastic from tomorrow the review is here.
  3. Not a bad little model although for a new mold kit, the crispness of the detail was a little disappointing. I'm also not a fan of the plastic they are using, it's very soft. That said, they can be found at very reasonable prices even down here in Australia. Decals are from Hi Decal. Egyptian Mk 22's were handed down Rhodesian machines. They were painted overall silver and look to have been kept pretty clean, thus I did only minimal weathering. Also the first time I'm trying out my new lighting for photography. I'm very happy with the results. Thanks for looking. https://i.imgur.com/AHhjqmz.jpg[/img
  4. Had a pile of 72 Spits heading off to market in the past few weeks but this one jumped out at me: The Sky F spinner is a tribute to a heated thread on another modelling forum where the protagonists nearly came to blows analysing B&W images....Anyhoo, a light pre-shade ( which I hate but the punters love) and as usual no aerial wire. No need for a WIP, its an Airfix Spit I/II nothing new to anyone and this must be my tenth this year, man how the punters love that elliptical wing... The markings are from an excellent Xtradecal sheet that behaved impeccably as one expects. Paint/Varnish is Mr Color/Super UV Cut III. Thanks fer looking in. Anil
  5. Well as @Miggers was so kind in his remarks on my moment of metallic madness, here's the the whole completion replete with silly story from January of 2019 ( apologies to those who may have seen it "elsewhere") (From Whiffypedia) “Pilot Officer, The Lord Giles Cholmondeley Featherstonehaugh Rodd was one of the RAFs most exemplary WW2 pilots: Fearless, daring and a crack marksman he was truly feared when aloft. Perhaps his greatest achievement came in June 16 1944 when, single handed, he shot down 8 heavy bombers. As his commanding officer observed in the official report, “Rodd’s actions would have been considered more heroic if the bombers had actually belonged to the enemy…” Undeterred by this minor faux-paux, GCFR fearlessly patrolled the skies of south east England, keeping Lancaster pilots and their gunners alert and on their toes. Indeed at least 75 Lancaster’s were found to be inadequately armour plated against the Hispano cannon used by the RAF Spitfires, solely due to Rodders scientific and rigorous actions…In fact many credit his efforts with hastening the end of Nazi Germany: It was said any allied bomber crews with any fuel and ammunition left would often turn back to the Rhine and “Give Jerry another go” rather than tangle with “Rampant Rodders”. Wisely, in a rare act of wartime competence, RAF top brass moved him to the reconnaissance role, surmising that without any guns, Rodders would inflict less damage to RAF. That said GCFR become the only RAF pilot to receive the Iron Cross from the Luftwaffe for services rendered. They also sent a telegram asking him “Lass etwas für uns, bitte.” Embracing his new photo reconnaissance role, Rodders threw himself into his work with gusto: Within 3 months he’d mapped out every decent bistro and wine bar in the South of France. This meant, of course, RAF top brass enjoyed fine wine and dining ahead of the Americans and the hated British Army when France was liberated. He was highly commended for this and received a mention in despatches, 2 shillings and 6 pence in cash and a pound of pork scratchings. Post war, Rodders continued flying with renewed zeal, in his beloved new mount a Spitfire PRXIX named “Brunhilde” after his mother (the noted English countess Brunhilde Saxe-Tuborg Einspritz Doppelkupplungsgetriebe Cholmondeley Featherstonehaugh Rodd ). Sadly in early 1954 while executing his famous “reverse J turn” method of parking by locking up his starboard wheel , he hastened the destruction of his beloved “Brunhilde” and a visiting USAF Wing Commanders F-86. Rodders promptly limped, slightly singed, to the officers mess and demanded to know, “Which effing Yank parked in my space?!” He promptly resigned his commission and after the RAF top brass had finished their celebratory champagne, was given a full pension, 2 shillings and 6 pence in cash and two pounds of pork scratchings. He moved to the USA where he turned his hand to business and made his first fortune in the 50’s Texas Hair Oil Boom, when every American male decided what he really wanted was a decent hair style. Flush with cash, he retrieved the remains of “Brunhilde” and had her rebuilt. He also bought the remains of the F-86 which he installed as an outside lavatory. “Brunhilde” was invigorated from her rebuild and Rodders flung her around the skies of Reno, often leading from the start, mighty Rolls Griffon howling in true Wagnerian style, but always allowing the trailing pilot to overtake at the last moment on the grounds, as he put it, “Winning is dreadfully vulgar dear boy, it is the kind of thing only an American could possibly enjoy...” Thus he established the Great British Tradition of Sporting Failure. Flying into his seventies, GCFR made his second fortune by importing hairdryers during the 80’s Dallas Bobby Ewing Permed Hair Craze when every American male decided the last thing they wanted was a decent hair style. He died peacefully in his sleep, at 475 miles per hour when he & “Brunhilde” re-modelled Mount Rushmore in July 16 1999. Upon hearing of his death, Squadron leader Melvyn Crustbucket-Bangson (retired), the last surviving RAF WW2 Lancaster pilot said, “Good bloody riddance!” He left $1 million, some Spitfire spare parts (slightly used) and three pounds of pork scratchings in his will. Flags were flown at half-mast all over Germany.” Toodle pip! Anil
  6. Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat P No. A19004 RRP £119.00 History Grumman had been working on a successor to the F4F Wildcat since 1938 and the contract for the prototype XF6F-1 was signed on 30 June 1941. The aircraft was originally designed to use the Wright R-2600 Twin Cyclone two-row, 14-cylinder radial engine of 1,700 hp (1,300 kW) (the same engine used with Grumman's then-new torpedo bomber under development), driving a three-bladed Curtiss Electric propeller. Instead of the Wildcat's narrow-track, hand-cranked main landing gear retracting into the fuselage that it had inherited, little changed in design from the 1931-debuted Grumman FF-1 fighter biplane, the Hellcat had wide-set, hydraulically actuated landing gear struts that rotated through 90° while retracting backwards into the wings, but with full wheel doors fitted to the struts that covered the entire strut and the upper half of the main wheel when retracted, and twisted with the main gear struts through 90º during retraction. The wing was mounted lower on the fuselage and was able to be hydraulically or manually folded, with each panel outboard of the undercarriage bay folding backwards from pivoting on a specially oriented, Grumman-patented "Sto-Wing" diagonal axis pivoting system much like the earlier F4F, with a folded stowage position parallel to the fuselage with the leading edges pointing diagonally down.Throughout early 1942, Leroy Grumman, along with his chief designers Jake Swirbul and Bill Schwendler, worked closely with the U.S. Navy's Bureau of Aeronautics (BuAer) and experienced F4F pilots, to develop the new fighter in such a way that it could counter the Zero's strengths and help gain air command in the Pacific Theater of Operations.On 22 April 1942, Lieutenant Commander Butch O'Hare toured the Grumman Aircraft company and spoke with Grumman engineers, analyzing the performance of the F4F Wildcat against the Mitsubishi A6M Zero in aerial combat. BuAer's Lt Cdr A. M. Jackson directed Grumman's designers to mount the cockpit higher in the fuselage. In addition, the forward fuselage sloped down slightly to the engine cowling, affording the Hellcat's pilot good visibility. The unpainted XF6F-1 prior to its first flight Change of powerplant Based on combat accounts of encounters between the F4F Wildcat and A6M Zero, on 26 April 1942, BuAer directed Grumman to install the more-powerful, 18-cylinder Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp radial engine – already powering Chance Vought's Corsair design since its own beginnings in 1940 – in the second XF6F-1 prototype. Grumman complied by redesigning and strengthening the F6F airframe to incorporate the 2,000 hp (1,500 kW) R-2800-10, driving a three-bladed Hamilton Standard propeller. With this combination, Grumman estimated the XF6F-3s performance would increase by 25% over that of the XF6F-1. The Cyclone-powered XF6F-1 (02981) first flew on 26 June 1942, followed by the first Double Wasp-equipped aircraft, the XF6F-3 (02982), which first flew on 30 July 1942. The first production F6F-3, powered by an R-2800-10, flew on 3 October 1942, with the type reaching operational readiness with VF-9 on USS Essex in February 1943. Further development An early F6F-3 in blue-gray over light gull-gray The F6F series was designed to take damage and get the pilot safely back to base. A bullet-resistant windshield and a total of 212 lb (96 kg) of cockpit armor was fitted, along with armor around the oil tank and oil cooler. A 250 US gal (950 l) self-sealing fuel tank was fitted in the fuselage. Standard armament on the F6F-3 consisted of six .50 in (12.7 mm) M2/AN Browning air-cooled machine guns with 400 rounds per gun. A center-section hardpoint under the fuselage could carry a single 150 US gal (570 l) disposable drop tank, while later aircraft had single bomb racks installed under each wing, inboard of the undercarriage bays; with these and the center-section hardpoint late model F6F-3s could carry a total bomb load in excess of 2,000 lb (910 kg). Six 5 in (127 mm) high-velocity aircraft rockets (HVARs) could be carried – three under each wing on "zero-length" launchers. A total of 4,402 F6F-3s was built through until April 1944, when production was changed to the F6F-5. An early-production F6F-5 being tested with eight 5-in HVAR rockets The F6F-5 featured several improvements, including a more powerful R-2800-10W engine employing a water-injection system and housed in a slightly more streamlined engine cowling, spring-loaded control tabs on the ailerons, and an improved, clear-view windscreen, with a flat armored-glass front panel replacing the F6F-3's curved plexiglass panel and internal armor glass screen. In addition, the rear fuselage and tail units were strengthened, and apart from some early production aircraft, the majority of the F6F-5's built were painted in an overall gloss of which 11,000 had been built in just two years. This high production rate was credited to the sound original design, which required sea-blue finish. After the first few F6F-5s were built, the small windows behind the main canopy were deleted. The last Hellcat rolled out in November 1945, the total production being 12,275, little modification once production was under way. Operational history An F6F-3 aboard USS Yorktown has its "Sto-Wing" folding wings deployed for takeoff U.S. Navy and Marines The U.S. Navy much preferred the more docile flight qualities of the F6F compared with the Vought F4U Corsair, despite the superior speed of the Corsair. This preference was especially noted during carrier landings, a critical success requirement for the Navy, in which the Corsair was fundamentally flawed in comparison. The Corsair was thus released by the Navy to the Marine Corps, which without the need to worry about carrier landings, used the Corsair to immense effect in land-based sorties. The Hellcat remained the standard USN carrier-borne fighter until the F4U series was finally cleared for U.S. carrier operations in late 1944 (the carrier landing issues had by now been tackled largely due to use of Corsair by the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm). In addition to its good flight qualities, the Hellcat was easy to maintain and had an airframe tough enough to withstand the rigors of routine carrier operations. Like the Wildcat, the Hellcat was designed for ease of manufacture and ability to withstand significant damage. VF-82 Grumman F6F-5 ready for launch from USS Bennington off Okinawa in May 1945: Most of the F6F-5s built were painted overall glossy sea blue. The Hellcat first saw action against the Japanese on 1 September 1943, when fighters off USS Independence shot down a Kawanishi H8K"Emily" flying boat. Soon after, on 23 and 24 November, Hellcats engaged Japanese aircraft over Tarawa, shooting down a claimed 30 Mitsubishi Zeros for the loss of one F6F.Over Rabaul, New Britain, on 11 November 1943, Hellcats and F4U Corsairs were engaged in day-long fights with many Japanese aircraft including A6M Zeros, claiming nearly 50 aircraft.When trials were flown against a captured A6M5 model Zero, they showed that the Hellcat was faster at all altitudes. The F6F out-climbed the Zero marginally above 14,000 ft (4,300 m) and rolled faster at speeds above 235 mph (378 km/h). The Japanese fighter could out-turn its American opponent with ease at low speed and enjoyed a slightly better rate of climb below 14,000 ft (4,300 m). Hellcats were the major U.S. Navy fighter type involved in the Battle of the Philippine Sea, where so many Japanese aircraft were shot down that Navy aircrews nicknamed the battle the "Great Marianas Turkey Shoot". The F6F accounted for 75% of all aerial victories recorded by the U.S. Navy in the Pacific. Radar-equipped Hellcat night fighter squadrons appeared in early 1944. A formidable opponent for the Hellcat was the Kawanishi N1K, but it was produced too late and in insufficient numbers to affect the outcome of the war. British use A section of Fleet Air Arm Hellcat F Mk.Is of 1840 Squadron in June 1944 The British Fleet Air Arm (FAA) received 1,263 F6Fs under the Lend-Lease Act; initially it was known as the Grumman Gannet Mark I. The name Hellcat replaced it in early 1943 for the sake of simplicity, the Royal Navy at that time adopting the use of the existing American naval names for all the U.S.-made aircraft supplied to it, with the F6F-3 being designated Hellcat F Mk.I, the F6F-5, the Hellcat F Mk.II They saw action off Norway, in the Mediterranean, and in the Far East. Several were fitted with photographic reconnaissance equipment similar to the F6F-5P, receiving the designation Hellcat FR Mk.II. The Pacific War being a naval war, the FAA Hellcats primarily faced land-based aircraft in the European and Mediterranean theaters, and as a consequence experienced far fewer opportunities for air-to-air combat than their USN/Marines counterparts; they claimed a total of 52 enemy aircraft kills during 18 aerial combats from May 1944 to July 1945. 1844 Naval Air Squadron, on board HMS Indomitable of the British Pacific Fleet was the highest scoring unit, with 32.5 kills. FAA Hellcats, as with other Lend-Lease aircraft, were rapidly replaced by British aircraft after the end of the war, with only two of the 12 squadrons equipped with the Hellcat at VJ-Day still retaining Hellcats by the end of 1945. These two squadrons were disbanded in 1946. Postwar use Postwar service: A bright orange F6F-3K target drone After the war, the Hellcat was succeeded by the F8F Bearcat, which was smaller, more powerful (powered by uprated Double Wasp radials) and more maneuverable, but entered service too late to see combat in World War II. The Hellcat was used for second-line USN duties, including training, Naval Reserve squadrons, and a handful were converted to target drones. In late 1952, Guided Missile Unit 90 used F6F-5K drones, each carrying a 2,000 lb (910 kg) bomb, to attack bridges in Korea; flying from USS Boxer, radio controlled from an escorting AD Skyraider. The French Aéronavale was equipped with F6F-5 Hellcats and used them in Indochina. These were painted in midnight blue, similar to post-World War II US Navy aircraft until about 1955, but have a modified French roundel with an image of an anchor. The Uruguayan Navy also used them until the early 1960s. The F6F-5 subtype also gained fame as the first aircraft used by the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels official flight demonstration team at its formation in 1946. The Kit Airfix! just when you think you have them twigged, you know what they produce well; British subjects mainly and post war at that, or yet another (yawn) Spitfire they go and do something different, I like a lot of people were at Telford last November knowing that Airfix were going to unveil something but to be honest I wasn't that bothered. I didn't want a new tool Vulcan or Scruggs Wonderplane and i certainly wasn't expecting a 1/24 scale kit, and to be honest I've had my disappointments with them over the last few years so was really not expecting anything that would float my boat. About 12.00 on the Saturday i spoke to another member of my local club i was displaying with and also a member on here Hello @Steve Weston, he said to me "what have Airfix announced" I said we'd best take a look and on walking up to their stand my first words were "oh B&**£r this is going to cost me" so when i got back from Telford I went to a Pusher supplier online and ordered one on there. it was expected May and I waited. yes it was pushed back and i started to get nervous, £100+ is a lot to spend on a kit for me and i was on the verge of cancelling once but stuck to my guns, on return from my holiday there was a nice BIG box waiting for me. so what have we got well a big box for a start about the same size of the Typhoon Box and typical Airfix fare, red bordered with an nice picture of a USS Princeton Hellcat sooting down a Zero at the Battle of Leyte Gulf. with side profiles of all the colour schemes on the box top with profiles of the other options, with photo's of the built model (that is probably the prototype from Telford on the sides) one thing i did look for was where the kit was produced and I wasn't surprised to see India (Airfix are only producing their quick build kits in the UK now). on opening the box what do we have? Fifteen sprues in Airfix's typical grey blue plastic which is soft and has a slightly soapy texture and one clear sprue the sprues are individually bagged and nicely enough lettered the clear sprue is wrapped in paper towel and then bubble wrap. (Nice one) a decal sheet printed by Cartograf, A3 sheets with the camoflage schemes and stencil placement and just for the fun of it a 72 page instruction book with 309! construction stages. There is no Photo Etch supplied and also no vinyl parts like tyres either. so we have a 100% plastic kit which is refreshing and shouldn't be necessarily a bad thing as Zokei Muira have been doing this for years. on kits priced similarly. Sprue A On this sprue we find the fuselage halves and the first of six yes six wing halves. Its how big the kit is that springs to mind here as there are two options one for folded wings and one for wings spread. the top wings spread option is available here. starting with the internal detail there are stringers and formers moulded inside the fuselage but i would say they are more a facsimile of the airframe as there is no rivet or bolt detail moulded on or is there much opportunity to see it all as you can only see inside the fuselage by virtue of an underbelly panel on the fuselage (and a pen light) If they tool an F-3 version then you may see more. ejector pins are there but fairly restrained and won't need much clean up (if you bother), the pins in the cockpit are very well covered. There is some small side wall detail on the port side interior cockpit that is there but it looks like it may need a little sharpening. which brings me to the exterior detail. firstly Panel lines on the fuselage halves these are mainly sunk rivet detail or inspection hatches and are quite restrained. Airfix have done a good job on the lapped style construction that the Hellcat is famous for. This brings me to the talking point and the latest vogue in large scale model aircraft and that is the stressed aluminium surface or oil canning as its became known. I saw it on the typhoon and was quite impressed, I then saw it on the test shots of the WNW Lancaster and was less than impressed as the airframe looked to my eyes inflated. On the hellcat fuselage this is in my mind somewhere between the Typhoon and the Lancaster and is a prominent as I would wish to see, it remains to be seen how it will look under a coat of paint hopefully it will tone down a little, I also have some reservations about moulding this in the first place as all airframes vary and some don't exhibit any of this effect at all where others show a lot (from what i can gather depending on the age of the airframe?). Still I will see what it looks like under a coat of paint. I have seen a test shot of this built where the panels were post shaded and I won't be doing it because it didnt work for me. Wing panels show the same effect consistently done by and again any panel lines are fine and generally look finer than their smaller scale kits. Airfix's designers are obviously proud of their work and justifyably so. the interior of the wing has cut outs for the gun bay and plenty of wheel bay detail evident, with no ejector pins evident. I have taped the fuselage together as one appeared on Social Media warped, mine was fine but check yours! Sprues B and C The two sprues are moulded together to fit in the box and on here there are the Bottom and top wing surfaces for the folded wings as well as the centre section for the wing, there is the same oilcanning and Airfix have this time got the panel lines and effects consistent as they have been guilty in the past of overdoing and underdoing it on the same kit. The sprue gates look suitably restrained here all of the attachment points are thankfully quite strong as this kit is going to weigh a bit when built. again there is a lot of structural detail moulded in to the reverse sides where needed. Sprues D and E Most of the cockpit components are on these two sprues and the cockpit is as good as I've seen in any large scale aircraft and looks like a modelin itself, from the ones I've seen assembled so far it looks pretty good and its good to see here that they have put a -5 cockpit in here because there is a lot of difference on side consoles between the -3 and -5 so if Airfix do release a -3 they will need to provide another set of side consoles as well as other bits to make it a -3. The seat is a multi piece affair consisting of 5 pieces. and is pretty representative of the Hellcat with some nice bevelling on the sides so they wont need thinning. the next part of the seat however is slightly bewildering to me anyway, seatbelts; the seatbelts are separate and 4 pieces and a lot of work has gone into designing the tooling for this including the shape of them and the work thats gone into them, but, they are too thick and the detail is a bit clunky, I know why airfix have done this because a lot of people don't like Photo etch and I get that (plus PE at this scale is a bit 2 dimensional) I certainly won't be using them and will be buying the excellent HGW belts Fabric belts instead. another slight disappointment is the belly hatch which can be left on or off depending if you want to see down the rear of the fuselage, but if you choose to hinge it good luck because there is no interior detail to the hatch itself. which seems strange as the detail inside is quite substantial. On the whole the cockpit is pretty good though and I for one won't be spending a fortune on a resin or PE replacement for it. the arrester hook is also on this sprue and is full length a good thing as it will be seen through the tailwheel opening. Sprue F The internals for the wing centre section are in here as well as the oil cooler are on this one And I like the way that Airfix have done this as the sprues are pertinent to the assembly process which means that you don't get loads of half empty sprues with bits that are going to get lost. a lot of the parts are coded and there is a big centre section that will need assembling as this i suspect will give the airframe its strength. Wheels and tires are on this sprue too and the moulding looks nice and sharp, not as good as resin but probably as good as the airfix plastic will let you get to. the tires have the flats moulded into them and the cross tread pattern. I think you may need to be careful sanding the seam down on these tires as the tread pattern doesn't look particularly deep and may need re-defining. this sprue also has what can be desribed as a small trace of flash and mould separation seams which will need cleaning up. Sprues G and H Right and Left hand wing internals as well as gun bays are on these two sprues, what ever you do don't get these mixed up! detail in here looks good and certainly as good as anything AIrfix have done in the past, check your references and just see if there are any pneumatic hoses that may need to be added in here for the six fifty cals, and separate blast tubes are provided for the guns and separate panels are provided for open or closed gun bays with some nice interior detail for the open gun bays. the ammunition runs are nicely done also. the key to this whole area will be good painting. No sprue I, this points to other versions perhaps? Sprues J and K And here is the engine and the engine itself without bearers, exhausts and prop is fifty six parts, this is quite a part count and I have to say it looks good the cylinder banks are moulded in halves and the cooling fins look very fine. The engine is built up around a central core which everything surrounds, the strange thing here is that Airfix after having decided to produce over clunky seat belts have moulded an ignition ring for the engine but tell you to use 0.7mm copper wire cut to various lengths for the ignition leads? I remember building accurate minatures excellent avenger years ago in 1/48 which had a moulded ignition harness now they can't mould one in 1/24? those who are put off by photo etch seat belts certainly aren't going to muck about with copper wire. still its not too much of a problem and I'll order myself some wire. sprue K has most of the engine ancillary parts like bearers and ducting as well as a huge oil tank that will stick out like a saw thumb and really will make an impression. Sprues L and M Exhausts Propellers and Undercarriage legs are on here. the exhausts are multi part and i would suggest using something fairly slow setting glue so you get the pipes in the right position the undercarriage legs are multi part and look very sturdy the brake line which is certainly less than 0.7mm is moulded onto the leg and the scissor links. the tailwheel is well executed and has a choice of solid rubber tire or inflated. The prob is a one piece but with three or four parts for the prop boss which look pretty good, one thing that needs to be remembered with the Hellcat is the prop is big, not as big as the corsair but still pretty damn big so it is a surprise that it wasn't moulded in several pieces but it looks well executed. There are also the cowling ring pieces on these sprues as well as cowl flaps and cowling panels all of which look very good. the Cowling ring is the area where most Hellcat kits get scrutinised due to the "Hellcat smile" of the lower section and at this point I can't say how it will look because its in five pieces. fasteners and rivets look as well done as those on other parts of the kit. Sprues N and P (no O) On here there are all the control surfaces and this is a new for me, separate trim tabs, really nice touch and the fabric detail on the control surfaces looks nicely done with nice stitching detail. the wing fold brackets are on these sprues too and look nicely done and will thankfully be strong enough to hold the weight of a 9 odd inch wing this also has the wing lock detail as well as cabling, the tailplane surfaces exhibit the same stressed skin detail and have separate brakets to fit for the elevators to ensure enough strength is provided this is also the case with the rudder to fin mounting. for the flap actuators are fitted on other sprues and will ensure that the flaps are also mounted strongly enough. Sprue Q This is a sprue given over totally to stores and Airfix havent done anything new here in that all the sores are moulded in halves and we dont have any slide moulded lovleyness but what is there is well done, flash free and suitably detailed, for the stores there are: 2x1000lb Bombs 2x500lb Bombs 6x HVAR rockets 2 different drop tanks one of which i suspect is a napalm tank but it's not called out in the instructions. The rockets have two different mounts but again the instructions call out only one sort. The bobs are multi piece with fins moulded into one side and separate on the other part of a band that close around the bomb, there are separate tail fuses for the bombs to be fitted the fuel tank has separate mounting straps and fuel union pipe. On the whole every store that was fitted to a non nightfighter Hellcat is here so if you want to load it out go ahead but if you want to build it as a pure fighter for CAP duties over the fleet you can go with that also. This is a refreshing change as I am finding an increasing number of manufacturers that are not supplying stores. I like clean aircraft myself but there are plenty out there who like them so you can take your choice. Sprue R this is the smallest sprue in the box and contains the clear parts, and boy are they clear! there are two instrument panels, one with raised dials and one with clear dial faces, most will pick the clear dial face and use the supplied decals perhaps with a touch of clear varnish over them to simulate glass. the sandard light lenses are supplied and its good to see the navigation lights are moulded clear with the bulb moulded into the wing. the gunsight lens is also separate piece. the canopy parts are completely distortion free and nicely moulded. the windscreen is correct for a late Hellcat I would suggest if you can that you mask both sides here as the shiny effect on the inside will be easily seen in this scale. Decals Nothing on the Decal sheet that suggests it but if you look at the box there is the Cartograf logo so my assumption is the decals are printed by the italian manufacturer, the printing is sharp,glossy and in perfect register on there are the four options plus the decals for the stencils and instrument panel, I would think that main decals for a lot of people will probably be painted at this scale but at least you know you shouldn't have any issues with these ones. There are four options with the decal placement sheets printed in A 3 the options are A, Paper Doll VF27 USS Princeton October 1944, overall glossy sea blue with a sharks mouth on the cowling, this is bound to be popular, B, VF12 USS Randolph May 1945 Overall glossy sea blue with geometric ID markings common to the late pacific war C, No. 808 Squadron Fleet Air Arm, HMS Khedive March April 1945 Extra Dark Sea Grey and Dark Slate Grey over Sky D, Flotille 1F Carrier Arromanches (R95) Indochina 1953 To be honest its good to see a different colour scheme to Glossy Sea blue in the FAA and I am going to build a FAA aircraft but with the Roundel and Bar from the Okinawa Campaign whether it will be Camo or Glossy sea blue I haven't decided yet. Instructions 72 pages and 309 steps! ouch in Airfix's now standard assembly sequence which sow's what you put in last in red and colour call outs are in Humbrol so you may need to spend some time converting these to paints of your choice. on the whole the instructions are clear and well thought out with colour coding for the ignition wires. and how many you need Conclusion I bought this kit because I am a fan of the Hellcat and I would ask myself at this point would I have bought it if I wasn't and the answer is...............Yes Of course I would. This Kit deserves to do well for Airfix and they have had the benefit of TV publicity for it. Is it enough to get Hornby out of trouble? I can't answer that but if they produce more like this I would say things are looking bright. I have one or two caveats to that though: 1, Is the moulding quality there? I can't say until I start clipping plastic and gluing bits together. I have had plenty of Airfix Kits where they have looked lovely in the box only to be disappointed when assembling the kit. Time will tell, the bench is empty and stay tuned as this will be going together next on a build review. 2, The design, Airfix have every right to be proud of this kit because they have hit the design head on, However I do worry that they sometimes make things more complicated than their plastic allows them to be. So is it worth £120.00? looking at what you get in there I would say yes but (and this is a personal gripe) others for the same money are providing PE or resin, I will be spending the extra tenner for a set of belts, I don't have to but you Can't beat HGW's seatbelts I'm afraid and plastic doesn't even come close. But at the end of the Day it's a 1:24 Hellcat! I for one never ever thought I'd see one of these and it's fairly obvious this has a worldwide audience in mind rather than just European and it will be received well on the other side of the Atlantic as well as the UK. I can see maybe a nightfighter or an F6F-3 coming as there are two sprues unaccounted for on the list and it won't be difficult to produce the different bits for this. On the whole Airfix have done a good job here lets see how it builds Pro's Surface detail Removable panels Cons Airfix Plastic, Come on Airfix you have designed a world beater and then mould it in second rate plastic, Why? The need to buy wire to wire the engine at least supply a length of wire after giving us seatbelts. Verdict: Highly Recommended If you have the room for it My Thanks To Mike at MJR hobbies https://www.mjrmodelsandhobbies.co.uk/ and my long suffering bank account for the review kit
  7. This is the old Airfix kit in 1/72 with decals that came from my spares box. The kit isn't too bad, the detail is fairly light but it was a bit of fun. The kit had been lurking in my stash for over a decade.
  8. I was reading an old copy of Flypast when I came across the attached article, and the black and white photo just said "Build Me" It was a race sponsored by the Daily Mail, a Transatlantic Race - top of the Post Office (BT) Tower to the top of the Empire State Building. The RAF entered 3 harriers, the RN a Phantom FG1 2019 is the 50th anniversary of the attempt and Jet Art Aviation are restoring the victor - Harrier GR1 XV741 My brain has already worked out how to do most of this. I am Tempted to enter it into the RAF100 Group Build, but I don't knowhow I'll find the time! My build mantra seems to be "Let's not make life easy"
  9. Here's my Airfix new mold 1/72 Spitfire PR XIX using Blackbird Models Turkish Spitfires decal sheet. It's a pretty nice little kit, only taking a week to build. The only fault with it is the lower camera bay clear parts are a bit small for the area they are meant to cover, so I used Testors clear parts glue for the clear there. Also new was my use of SMS paints PRU Blue. I bought it on a whim as Humbrol has discontinued their colour and Gunze don't match it. Very nice paint, sprayable right out of the bottle. I'll be buying more of them for sure.
  10. This will be one of my entries And a little aftermarket in the form of an Aries cockpit And this will be the marking option But I have to finish at least 1 project first
  11. Test shots of the 1/48 Hunter, first off a CAD render: Test shots: Also paint guides for the 1/72 Lightning and Vampire:
  12. So after recently completing an Eduard Lysander and AMK Delfin, I decided to give modelling a break for a few months. So here I am two weeks later, and I've already started two new kits... This is the Airfix Tiger Moth, released in 2014. I had high hopes of it being a straightforward build, judging by how well the Airfix Gladiator had gone together. I was disappointed (although not entirely surprised) to find an issue with it before I'd really begun, in that the nose didn't fit correctly. That was about four years ago, and I put it back in the box and forgot about it until this week; on Tuesday evening I attended a great RAeS talk by Dodge Bailey, the Chief Pilot at the Shuttleworth Collection. Obviously the Tiger Moth was mentioned, and that, along with Len's examples of what can be done here: inspired me to try again with this one. So...mug of tea and sanding sticks at the ready, I'm ready to do battle: I also got an Eduard photo-etch set for it: Here's the issue: The top of the engine cover and front fuselage should form a continuous slope, as shown here: But if you assemble the Airfix nose to the fuselage to get the top slope correct, it's all sorts of wrong everywhere else: The engine cover hinge line is also then angled incorrectly (it's just visible above the white marking on the real aircraft photo, and the discrepancy is obvious, although acceptable as a compromise): So after much cutting, head scratching, filing and fettling, I've reached a compromise: I removed too much from the stbd. side, so it'll have to be built back up with plastic card: I doubt it could be eaily modified such that everything was spot-on, but hopefully it will look OK once complete. It should be better than the much maligned orginal Airfix Tiger Moth from 1957, here's one I built in another modelling life:
  13. Deanflyer

    Vampire T.11

    Hi folks, It's been a while what with working away from home a lot, but I've had the past week off for Christmas and managed to get back to the bench, and took 11 hours to produce this. It's Airfix's offering, and is a very nice kit, going together with the minimum of fuss. I know the real version isn't as shiny as this, but I wanted to try out the Xtreme Metal Aluminium. I did it as a quick build just to get my hand back in, but it's come out ok. Tiny though - I don't usually build 1/72, and now I remember why... Ahhhh...1952... Cheers, Dean
  14. skwonk

    NASU Phantom

    A few quick phots, not great but proof I occasionally build something. Took a while to get finished. Did the NASU bird as it was different. Had a few issues with decals, namely the starboard bird, roundels and the peck canopy lines. They did a bit of a NOVOesque on me. Can't understand why this happened. Oh and the stencils! Dear God! And the missing venty doo-dah stuff seemed the proverbial 'Ha'peth of tar.' Fuselage panel lines seem a bit die-cast as well. Opened up aft fuselage bits and put the tail planes at a down angle just to be different. All done in Xtracolor. Dummy under fuselage missile rounds used as the other ones had overly thick fins. Would I do another one? Not just yet but when I do it will be another EDSG/White. Here it is, endure.
  15. Len Thomson

    Tiger Moth

    Here are my two Airfix Tiger Moths in 1/72 scale. There was a request from Walrus about correcting the nose which, out of the box, is rather incorrect. I finished these some years ago and can't recall exactly what I did. I seem to recall it is simply a matter of removing a locating block for the cowling and fixing it at the correct angle. You need to ensure that it is pushed fully home and that there is a continuous slope down from the front cockpit along both the fuselage and the cowling. I seem to recall that you must ensure that the cabane struts are in the right place too.
  16. In order to prove that I do, occasionally, make a model and even more occasionally finish one here is my first of the year, A Spitfire PR.1b in 72nd scale from the recent Airfix starter kit set. Started on 27th of December and tried to keep it simple. This resulted in me finishing it yesterday after only 10 days. Adding some very basic seatbelts from foil along with the seat adjustment handle from plastic rod to the kit part after thinning down it's sides and drilling out the small slot in the back and removing the gunsight from the instrument panel was the only changes made to the kit interior. Externally the wing gained the majority of the attention with the gun access panels and ports filled in then holes drilled in the undersurface to represent the camera port in each wing and the messy lumps close to each tip replaced by small sections of rod to better represent the navigation lights. A little extra work was done on the radiator cowl and the rudder control rod added. Then the kit canopy had it's windsreen armour filed off and polished up to represent the curved PR type windcreen before the centre section was removed and replaced with the blistered piece from a Pavla replacement set. With the aerial left off and it's location hole filled as well as the rudder tip post removed the model was ready for a coat of some old Humbrol Hu230 enamel. All went well until I started adding the Model Alliance decals from their Photo Reconnaisance Spitfires Part 1 sheet MA-72131. Some big claims are made on the instruction sheet about how marvelous these decals are but the reality is rather different; the lighter colours lack density with the white in particular turning a dirty grey when applied over the PRU Blue, the yellow faced a similar fate and was also printed slightly out of register - ironic when the red centers are supplied seperately to avoid this issue. In the end only the slightly fuzzy serial codes were used and all four roundels were replaced by ones taken from various other Airfix Spitfire kits. This later move delayed the proper finishing of our subject by a couple days while I cursed MA decals and tried to think of a solution other than hiding an otherwise fun project in the back of my display cabinet. In summary I can honestly say I enjoyed this one. So much so I've started two more PR Spitfires using the same kit
  17. 1/48 North American P-51D Mustang Airfix Catalogue # A05131 Available from P&S Hobbies for £21 The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang is an American long-range, single-seat fighter and fighter-bomber used during World War II and the Korean War, among other conflicts. The Mustang was designed in 1940 by North American Aviation (NAA) in response to a requirement of the British Purchasing Commission. The Purchasing Commission approached North American Aviation to build Curtiss P-40 fighters under license for the Royal Air Force (RAF). Rather than build an old design from another company, North American Aviation proposed the design and production of a more modern fighter. The prototype NA-73X airframe was rolled out on 9 September 1940, 102 days after the contract was signed, and first flew on 26 October. The Mustang was originally designed to use the Allison V-1710 engine, which, in its earlier variants, had limited high-altitude performance. It was first flown operationally by the RAF as a tactical-reconnaissance aircraft and fighter-bomber (Mustang Mk I). The addition of the Rolls-Royce Merlin to the P-51B/C model transformed the Mustang's performance at altitudes above 15,000 ft, allowing the aircraft to compete with the Luftwaffe's fighters. The definitive version, the P-51D, was powered by the Packard V-1650-7, a license-built version of the Rolls-Royce Merlin 66 two-stage two-speed supercharged engine and was armed with six .50 calibre (12.7 mm) M2/AN Browning machine guns. From late 1943, P-51Bs and Cs (supplemented by P-51Ds from mid-1944) were used by the USAAF's Eighth Air Force to escort bombers in raids over Germany, while the RAF's Second Tactical Air Force and the USAAF's Ninth Air Force used the Merlin-powered Mustangs as fighter-bombers, roles in which the Mustang helped ensure Allied air superiority in 1944.[10] The P-51 was also used by Allied air forces in the North African, Mediterranean, Italian and Pacific theatres. During World War II, Mustang pilots claimed to have destroyed 4,950 enemy aircraft. At the start of the Korean War, the Mustang was the main fighter of the United Nations until jet fighters, including the F-86, took over this role; the Mustang then became a specialized fighter-bomber. Despite the advent of jet fighters, the Mustang remained in service with some air forces until the early 1980s. After the Korean War, Mustangs became a popular civilian warbird and air racing aircraft. Except for the small numbers assembled or produced in Australia, all Mustangs were built by North American initially at Inglewood, California but then additionally in Dallas, Texas. Extract courtesy of Wikipedia The kit This is my third Airfix review in the last week or so. A few years ago, I wouldn’t have been interested in their output, but they seem to be pushing all of my buttons at the moment. I have to say that when I saw this in P&S Hobbies in York, I knew it was going to leave with me. Whilst the artwork style of these new kits is very different to the Airfix kits of my youth, they still manage to draw the modeller to them with their gorgeous computer-generated imagery. Again, this is another sturdy and glossy box with which incorporates a parts tray and separate lid, and one where you need to get your fingernails under the lid to prise it off. Inside, all of the six frames of light grey styrene are packed into a single heat-sealed polybag. Another bag within this contains the single clear sprue. I’m always very vocal about all parts frames being packed into a single bag, and with good reason. My sample kit had a few parts that were skewed on the frames due to the packing. A reasonably large decal sheet is included, as is the instruction manual, printed in Airfix’s new format. Airfix don’t include any PE in their releases, but the detail within should be more than enough for the average consumer. If you want a further detail-fest, then Eduard has a full suite of resin and PE for this particular release. Frame A It’s interesting to see the part’s breakdown and engineering of this kit. Airfix seem to be offering some very nice options with their new kits….even single seat fighters such as this one. Note the fuselage is moulded without a tail section? If that’s a hint that we might see an early un-filleted tail in a future release, then that would only be an extra bonus to us, as this kit offers two styles of the later filleted tail. Yes, two styles. Modelling is certainly an education in itself. Looking at the exterior of the fuselage, you will see some very neat panel line depiction and fairing and fastener details. I think these panel lines are perhaps a tad heavier than they could be, but certainly not in the realms of a few of their kits of recent years. I also think my photography seems to emphasize it a little too. It’s certainly not a deal breaker for me, in the slightest. Note that the exhaust manifolds fit into a recessed slot from the outside of the fuselage, meaning you can add them after painting. The cowl also has a hole into which one of two options of breather plate can be added. Within the fuselage, there is no detail, but a recessed area indicates where the separate cockpit wall panels will sit. The most unusual part on this frame is the cockpit floor area and fuel tank section, which extends back to, and incorporates the tail wheel well. Coincidentally, this is pretty much the same method that Revell has employed with their new P-51D Early release in 1/32. Anyway, this part forms the base into which the various other parts will sit, including the battery and radio gear. There are some ejector pin marks, but these are in the area to the rear of the fuel tank, and don’t form part of anything that can be seen. Mustang wings. This is always a subject that draws debate and argument, pretty much every time a P-51D kit hits the shelves. To putty, or not to putty, is undoubtedly the question at all times. Now, whilst this model isn’t riveted, per se, it does have key rows of rivets and fasteners that are recreated. This also includes the wings. We have to remember that Tamiya’s own Über-kit had riveted wings, albeit very faint. You can of course choose to fill this particular detail if it goes against your own personal taste. It can also be seen that the leading-edge MG section is a separate piece. Internally, there is no wheel well detail moulded as this will be separate too. Both regular and paper drop tanks are included. The texture on the paper tanks is very nice. This will probably be the option I use. I also quite like the texture on the fabric rudder, although it could benefit from a few light strokes of a sanding sponge. Frame B This larger frame shows that Airfix has designed the wings to have a full-span lower part, which is complete apart from the separate front wing to cowl fairing that forms the leading edge of the inboard wing area and main gear bay. I’m not absolutely sure of the reason why at this stage of an out-of-box review, but nothing leads me to think that this isn’t done with good reason. Again, wing surface textures are very nice, depicting key panel lines and rivets. There are positions here for what look like rockets, but with this release, you are asked to fill these and sand these flush. Should you wish to install the bazookas, bombs or drop tanks, then you will need to open up the locations from within the wing panel. The upper engine cowl on this model is a separate part, meaning that it installs along a natural cowl panel line, and of course, you won’t need to remove any troublesome seams that would otherwise run right down the middle of this area. There is some nicely innovative engineering going on at Airfix, these days. Here you can see the tail wheel walls which fit into the rear of the aforementioned cockpit tub area. I’m still amazed that they did this in the same manner as the new 1/32 Revell kit. Great minds think alike! Detail is very good, despite you not really seeing too much in the way of anything once installed. Note the detail on the main gear bay doors too. These incorporate part of the main well wall details. Earlier, I did say that there are two versions of the filleted tail, and here they are. The differences here are fillets themselves, and the stabiliser fairing area. These parts will install along a natural panel line. The cockpit walls are moulded here. I am more than happy with the detail which is depicted, plus the extra parts which enhance them, but there are a couple of what appear to be ejector pin marks in awkward places. Not all of these circular marks are pin marks. Some are actual details, but I fear not all. That is a little disappointing. If you want to take this model to another level, then Eduard’s replacement pit will not only remove this issue, but improve things yet further. This is a very reasonably-priced kit, so you might have a few coins left with which to invest. Lastly, the scoop intake is moulded as halves and simply installs within the belly of the model, before you bring the fuselage together. Frame C Instead of moulding the gear bay detail on the ceiling of the upper wing, Airfix has chosen to engineer this as a separate part, as did Meng with their recent 1/48 release. This is quite nice in depiction, but could perhaps do with a little extra detail added, such as plumbing etc. Squared sockets exist for the main gear struts to locate to. Two landing flap options have been provided for this kit. Of course, these are for the neutral and deployed positions. The flaps themselves are identical, bar the angle of the plug tab that fits into the socket on the trailing edge of the wing. There’s no doubt this provide a very solid approach to fitting these parts. A little panel line detail is moulded here, as well as some leading edge detail, but no rivets. Another part on this frame is for the forward centre wing to engine cowl section with the same cowl fastener details as generally seen on both the fuselage sides and upper cowl. Lastly, Airfix has included a three-part pilot figure (quite average), a wing spar that incorporates gear bay detail for the rear face of this area, and also the four-blade, cuffed propeller. The blades on this are nice and thin too, but the connection gates are on the blade cuffs, so care will be needed when cleaning the part for use. Frame D We have quite a large parts count with this frame, with most of the cockpit being found here, plus the undercarriage and other extraneous airframe parts. I did say earlier that Airfix’s rendition of the cockpit is certainly more than adequate. In fact, it should look very good built straight from the box, with its fairly high parts count and nice detail. The instrument panel itself should provide a good centrepiece to your work, the seat being provided with moulded belts. Note the quilted effect on the backrest, along with the draped harness. You will also find the battery and radio pack plus frame here. There are two exhaust options here; shrouded and unshrouded. Neither are moulded with hollow stubs, so you’ll need a micro drill bit and some patience. Two breather plate options are also provided. If you want more options, then there are also two types of wheel with different tread patterns. The hubs on these are integrally moulded and the wheels are weighted. I think the undercarriage legs are reasonable….not great, but reasonable. They have a mixture of both sharp and soft detail and the prominent seams will need to be removed. This is where I hope Eduard have plans for a bronze alternative. It could certainly benefit from such. The tail gear strut is very nicely detailed. Other parts on this frame include bombs, belly scoop fairing, undercarriage trouser doors, two-part spinner, radiator shutter and numerous other cockpit parts. Frame E This frame is for the clear parts. Note that Airfix supply THREE hoods, all with slight variations in profile. I can’t see the Dallas hood, unless I’m mistaken. There are also two forward windscreen options. Both of these incorporate a small section of fuselage skin, as per Tamiya’s 1/32 kit, providing a better way to fit these parts without gaps or glue smears being had. Framing detail is sharp, and clarity is excellent. The parts are also nice and thin. You’ll notice this frame also contains wing underside lamps and gunsight options etc. Frame F One of the kit options provides for underwing bazookas. These are very reasonable, despite the seams you’ll need to remove, and there appears to be an indentation at the point where the connection gate is. Decals A reasonable-sized decal sheet is included with this release, and would appear to be printed by Cartograf (Italy). The sheet is split into common decals (national insignia and stencils), and the two schemes. The stencils themselves are numerous and will certainly take up a couple of bench sessions to apply. Included with the individual machine markings are the various black bars and stripes. I would probably mask these and airbrush them instead of using decals, but the option is there. Printing has a satin finish, and the decals are thin, with solid colour reproduction and minimal carrier film. Everything is also in perfect register. The two schemes are: P-51D, ‘Little Indian’, 2nd Air Commando Group, 10th Air Force, United States Army Air Force, Kalaikunda, India, 1945 P-51D, 44-15152, ‘Jersey Jerk’, Captain Donald Strait, 361st Fighter Squadron, 356th Fighter Group, United States Army Air Force, RAF Martlesham Heath, Suffolk, England, 1945 Instructions A sixteen page booklet is included, breaking down construction into seventy stages. All illustration is CAD-generated, grey-scale shaded, with good use of red ink to denote new part assembly. Colour references are given throughout for Humbrol paints, and two glossy sheets are supplied which show paint and decal application, plus a stencil guide. Conclusion It’s nice to see Airfix revisit the subjects that I slavishly built as a kid when most of my money went on the old boxed and packet kits from this veteran manufacturer. They obviously know what should sell very well, and I imagine the Mustang is one such kit. What also sells this for me are the various options, such as the canopies and exhausts/breather plates too, plus some innovative engineering. The schemes are quite nice, but not particularly varied, although the addition of the underwing bazookas certainly adds to the mix. A very nice kit with plenty of detail and very well moulded. It’s not a perfect release with some softness here and there, but it’s most certainly worth £20 of anyone’s money! Give it a shot. My sincere thanks to P&S Hobbies for the review kit seen here. To purchase, contact them via their website, here, or visit them on Walmgate in York, or Castle Road, Scarborough, UK.
  18. 1/48 Gloster Meteor F.8 Korea Airfix Catalogue # A09184 Available from P&S Hobbies for £36.99 The Gloster Meteor was the first British jet fighter and the Allies' only jet aircraft to achieve combat operations during the Second World War. The Meteor's development was heavily reliant on its ground-breaking turbojet engines, pioneered by Sir Frank Whittle and his company, Power Jets Ltd. Development of the aircraft began in 1940, although work on the engines had been under way since 1936. The Meteor first flew in 1943 and commenced operations on 27 July 1944 with No. 616 Squadron RAF. The Meteor was not a sophisticated aircraft in its aerodynamics, but proved to be a successful combat fighter. Gloster's 1946 civil Meteor F.4 demonstrator G-AIDC was the first civilian-registered jet aircraft in the world. Several major variants of the Meteor incorporated technological advances during the 1940s and 1950s. Thousands of Meteors were built to fly with the RAF and other air forces and remained in use for several decades. The Meteor saw limited action in the Second World War. Meteors of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) fought in the Korean War. Several other operators such as Argentina, Egypt and Israel flew Meteors in later regional conflicts. Specialised variants of the Meteor were developed for use in photographic aerial reconnaissance and as night fighters. The Meteor was also used for research and development purposes and to break several aviation records. On 7 November 1945, the first official air speed record by a jet aircraft was set by a Meteor F.3 of 606 miles per hour. In 1946, this record was broken when a Meteor F.4 reached a speed of 616 mph. Other performance-related records were broken in categories including flight time endurance, rate of climb, and speed. On 20 September 1945, a heavily modified Meteor I, powered by two Rolls-Royce Trent turbine engines driving propellers, became the first turboprop aircraft to fly. On 10 February 1954, a specially adapted Meteor F.8, the "Meteor Prone Pilot", which placed the pilot into a prone position to counteract inertial forces, took its first flight. In the 1950s, the Meteor became increasingly obsolete as more nations introduced jet fighters, many of these newcomers having adopted a swept wing instead of the Meteor's conventional straight wing; in RAF service, the Meteor was replaced by newer types such as the Hawker Hunter and Gloster Javelin. As of 2013, two Meteors, WL419 and WA638, remain in active service with the Martin-Baker company as ejection seat testbeds. The kit Airfix released their newly-tooled Meteor F.8 in 2016, and until I walked into P&S Hobbies in York a few days ago, I had no idea that a new incarnation had just been released. In fact, it was fresh into the shop and in the owner’s hands! I thank them for the review kit seen here. This is a reasonably large and very sturdy box with an artwork depicting a No.77 Sqn. Royal Australian Air Force Meteor F.8 having successfully engaged a North Korean MiG-15. The whole package has a superbly glossy and high-quality finish. The box sides depict the THREE schemes available, as well as some CAD renders of the completed model. It really does take patience to remove the lids of the new Airfix kits, such is the sturdiness and tight fit of things. Once inside, all SIX frames are packed into the same bag which is folded and heat sealed. I sound like a cracked record, but I really so wish they would bag frames in separate sleeves to prevent damage. There are a couple of very minor marks on my sample, and they will need a little buffing out. Nothing lost, but hey! Last year’s original F.8 release contained only 5 frames of plastic. The whole kit is identical to the previous release with the exception of this having a frame that contains the rockets. We now get chance to use the older, faired canopy, and to make use of the flashed over rocket positions on the wings. Note also that this styrene is darker than what we are currently seeing from Airfix, including their brand-new P-51D that I will look at very soon. Certainly strange in the current scheme of things, so perhaps an indication of a new moulding facility being utilised? There is a single clear frame, within its own sleeve. The windscreen has come adrift from the frame, but all is still in good order. In the bottom of the box is the now familiar styled Airfix instruction manual, some glossy sheets for the schemes, and a single decal sheet. Frame A As certainly tends to be the case with Meteor kits I’ve seen, Airfix also adopts the full span lower wing approach. They have moulded the landing flaps in the retracted position, but Eduard do have a very set of PE alternatives if that floats your boat. Airbrakes are moulded separately and can be posed, as can the ailerons. Note that the nacelles are without the front intake portion. We’ll look at the reasons a little later. Surface detail is very fine, as befits the improved trend that Airfix has adopted with their new releases. One thing I will mention is that the parts have the same slight patina as their light grey-moulded counterparts of recent, i.e. they haven’t polished the tools as much as Tamiya, Eduard or Hasegawa etc. I find it reminiscent of the degree that Revell polish their tooling to. Into the interior of the wing fit two spars, with rear one incorporating the rear engine bay firewalls. Yes….engine bay! This model comes complete with two reasonably detailed Rolls-Royce Derwent 8 turbojets. A very nice touch. This spar, as with the shorter front spar, also contain detail that makes up two walls of the main gear bay. The remaining gear bay detail is moulded across four ribs that can be found on this frame. The first two cockpit parts are also moulded here and these form the port and starboard office walls with detail that is certainly commensurate with the larger scale HKM 1/32 kit. As a cockpit aficionado, I’m certainly more than pleased with what Airfix has presented here. Note that these connect at the rear, where the walls form the rear cockpit wall. Also on this frame are optional underwing drop tanks. To accommodate these, or the rockets included in this release, you will need to open up the moulded location points that exist inside the main wing lower plate. Frame B The eyes are immediately drawn to the fuselage halves. These are moulded sans nosecone, weapons panels and rudders. The MG fairing panels have a very slightly rippled texture, representative of stressed skin, and this also appears on the panel to the rear of the weapons bays. I originally thought they were minor sink marks, but can confirm they are not. The effect is very subtle and should look very nice with the high-speed aluminium that will be applied to this particular release. External details are extremely fine, including panel lines and access ports. Whilst the model isn’t riveted, it does have various fastener lines reproduced. Something I have noticed is the raised circumferential line which runs around the fuselage from the point of the trailing edge fairing. I must admit that I’ve not noticed this on a Meteor before. Internally, it also coincides with a stepped ridge. I really don’t know the reasons for this, nor the external raised line. No other internal detail is moulded as everything is added from the modular cockpit and gun bays. Also provided as separate parts are those rear wing roots. These are also moulded here with a raised rivet detail. Other parts on this frame include the exhaust pipes for each nacelle (split into halves and with scribed internal detail), rudder parts with more raised riveting, and also the elevators. These have the same raised rivet detail, and something I can’t discern…..this is whether they have stressed skin finish or maybe small sink marks. If they are the latter, then I’m not overly concerned as the finish looks quite nice. Frame C You can clearly see from the upper wing panels that the nacelles are moulding with separate engine access covers so you can display those Derwent engines. Note those engine panels moulded on this frame. Again, more airbrake area detail to facilitate the positioning of those parts. The wing leading edge extends across the intake area, as this forms a vane for the intake. All remaining wing flying/control surfaces are moulded here too, with the later having the same raised rivet detail that we saw before. Note that the nosecone is moulded here, as halves, with their forward gun channel trough. You will need to decide from the outset whether you will build your model with the gear up or down. This is because Airfix had designed the closed bat doors to fit from within the wing and inner cone. If this is your preferred mode, then also note that you may not be able to have the engine bay opened without surgery (and why would you with a model in flight!), because the main gear door looks like it would foul the spar areas for the other option. Should you wish to pose gear down, then note the two main gear bay ceilings on this frame. Again, detail really is excellent. Frame D This frame concerns itself almost entirely with parts that are required for either the cockpit, gun bays, and undercarriage. The cockpit tub itself, is constructed from the sidewalls we previously saw, fitted to a lower floor onto which the nose gear bay sits and the well protrudes into the pit, and the two gun bays that flank the outside of the cockpit walls. Onto this fits a nicely detailed rear turtle deck. Those gun bays are also very nice with some excellent constructional/plate/rivet details within. The guns themselves are separate, as are the ammunition drums and ammunition feeds. I quite like the moulded instrument panel in this release, but Airfix also supplies a decal for this. You’d struggle to get it to conform to the raised details, I fear. Eduard also has a colour PE option in one of their aftermarket sets. I also think the seat is a very nice representation, and two are included; one with and one without seatbelts. It appears that the undercarriage itself is simplicity when it comes to construction, with all units have a left and right half that includes the mudguard etc. I also think there will be enough spring in these units to allow them to be prised apart so that the completed wheels can be put in situ later in the build. Those wheels are also supplied weighted, and are moulded with hub detail. Other undercarriage-related parts here are the doors for open bay options as well as closed nose bay parts, nose gear mount frame and bulkhead, main gear door actuators and other well details. Frame E You can clearly see that Airfix has provided this kit with two different intake options. These are for the short-chord intake, and the narrower opening long-chord variety. Which you use will depend on which scheme you decide upon, and the options are clearly stated within the instructions. Both options have a common intake liner that must first be inserted before being fitted to the model. Apart from the gun bay doors and a very small number of other parts (internal and external), everything else here is dedicated to the engines, including a rather nice service cart onto which you may display one of these. Whilst the engines might not be the most detailed, they certainly do pass muster, with the majority of parts being more than adequately represented in styrene, along with ancillary pipework, exhaust vane, starter motor, pump, filter and oil tank. More than an admirable effort for an out-of-box build. The parts themselves are very nice with the combustion chamber depiction and the mesh filter intake area. A dark wash over a metal coat, should make this pop. Frame F Here we have the clear parts. Unlike the original release in 2016, we now get to use the faired canopy. This was included last year, but not slated for use. The windscreen on my sample has come adrift, but nothing is damaged, thankfully. All clear parts are beautifully thin and crustal clear. On the canopy parts, framing is very good, and it shouldn’t be difficult to mask these parts. Interestingly, there are a couple of clear parts here which look like they are scheduled to be used in a future PR version….or at least I’d like to think so. Frame G This frame is the real difference between this and last year’s initial release. In fact, apart from the decals (of course), it’s the only difference in plastic. Eight rockets are provided, along with their pylons. The rockets are provided as two parts each, with one part being a separate cross-fin. One of those fins is missing on mine, unfortunately, so I’ll need to contact Airfix’s spares dept. The only non-rocket part on this frame is an additional framework that sits underneath the windscreen, and is only applicable to the rocket-equipped versions (not surprisingly). Decals A single sheet is provided, printed in Italy (probably Cartograf), and this includes not only national markings for three schemes, but also a comprehensive set of stencils, and I really mean that! I’ve not counted them, but I imagine there are over 200 small decals here. There is quite a lot of orange on the Dutch machine, and forward fuse arrows and nacelle flashes. My own concern here is matching your orange paint to these, especially the flashes where the colours meet. I would perhaps mask and airbrush these instead. Decals have a satin finish, and are thinly-printed. They have solid and authentic colour and minimal carrier film. Decals are included for: Meteor F.8, A77-851, flown by Sergeant George Spaulding Hale, No.77 Sqn, Royal Australian Air Force, Kimpo, Korea, March 1953 Meteor F.8, No.77 Sqn, Royal Australian Air Force, Kimpo, Korea, 1953 Meteor F.8 (Fokker-built), No.327 Sqn, Ruiten Vier (Diamonds Four) display team, Koninklijke Luchtmacht (Royal Netherlands Air Force), Commando Lucht Verdediging (Air Defence Command), Soesterberg Air Base, The Netherlands, 1952 Instructions I quite like Airfix’s new style of instruction manual. They are clear, concise and whilst printed in greyscale, a good use of red ink denotes new parts placement. Humbrol colour references are supplied throughout. Parts options for specific schemes are posing modes, are easy to follow. Colour schemes are supplied on two glossy sheets, along with a stencil placement guide. Conclusion I really do like the Meteor, having recently built the HKM kit with the T.7 Fisher conversion set, for the current issue of Military Illustrated Modeller. When I was handed this new release in York a few days ago, I really couldn’t say no, even though it wasn’t in my usual 1/32 format. I have quite a liking for the new Airfix 1/48 range, having recently reviewed the 1/48 Walrus that I’m now building, so I really couldn’t resist this. These current kits have everything…..lots of superb and finely portrayed detail, good parts options and some attractive schemes. They also play on my heartstrings for subjects that I fondly remember from my childhood, but being created in a state of the art way that I could only have dreamt of back then. Bravo Airfix! I really want to see more kits of this standard. My sincere thanks to P&S Hobbies for the review kit seen here. To purchase, contact them via their website, here, or visit them on Walmgate in York, or Castle Road, Scarborough, UK.
  19. 1/48 Supermarine Walrus Mk.1 Airfix Catalogue # A09183 The Supermarine Walrus (originally known as the Supermarine Seagull V) was a British single-engine amphibious biplane reconnaissance aircraft designed by R. J. Mitchell, and first flown in 1933. It was operated by the Fleet Air Arm (FAA) and also served with the Royal Air Force (RAF), Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) and Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF). It was the first British squadron-service aircraft to incorporate in one airframe a fully retractable main undercarriage, completely enclosed crew accommodation and all-metal fuselage. Designed for use as a fleet spotter to be catapult launched from cruisers or battleships, the Walrus was later employed in a variety of other roles, most notably as a rescue aircraft for downed aircrew. It continued in service throughout the Second World War. The single-step hull was constructed from aluminium alloy, with stainless-steel forgings for the catapult spools and mountings. Metal construction was used because experience had shown that wooden structures deteriorated rapidly under tropical conditions. The wings, which were slightly swept back, had stainless–steel spars and wooden ribs and were covered in fabric. The lower wings were set in the shoulder position with a stabilising float mounted under each one. The horizontal tail-surfaces were positioned high on the tail-fin and braced on either side by N struts. The wings could be folded on ship, giving a stowage width of 17 feet 6 inches. The single 620hp Pegasus II M2 radial engine was housed at the rear of a nacelle mounted on four struts above the lower wing and braced by four shorter struts to the centre-section of the upper wing. This powered a four-bladed wooden propeller in pusher configuration. Although the aircraft typically flew with one pilot, there were positions for two. The left-hand position was the main one, with the instrument panel and a fixed seat, while the right-hand seat could be folded away to allow access to the nose gun-position via a crawl-way. An unusual feature was that the control column was not a fixed fitting in the usual way, but could be unplugged from either of two sockets at floor level. It became a habit for only one column to be in use; and when control was passed from the pilot to co-pilot or vice versa, the control column would simply be unplugged and handed over. Behind the cockpit, there was a small cabin with work stations for the navigator and radio operator. Armament usually consisted of two .303 Vickers K machine guns, one in each of the open positions in the nose and rear fuselage; with provision for carrying bombs or depth charges mounted beneath the lower wings. Like other flying boats, the Walrus carried marine equipment for use on the water, including an anchor, towing and mooring cables, drogues and a boat-hook. Edit courtesy of Wikipedia The kit Airfix can’t be accused of putting their wares in crappy, flimsy boxes (take note, Revell), and this kit is packaged into a reasonable sized box that isn’t insubstantial in construction. It certainly takes effort to prise the lid from the parts tray. The box art on new Airfix releases certainly captures the atmosphere of the kits I remember from the 70s, but these are digital creations and do look great on the hobby shop shelf. The sides of the box contain CAD images of the finished model, as well as profiles of the THREE schemes that are possible with the kit decals. Inside the box, there are FIVE frames of light grey plastic, and a single frame of clear parts. Whilst the clear parts are individually bagged, the others aren’t, being packed into a single clear sleeve. Whilst my sample kit wasn’t at all damaged, I would like to see manufacturers bag frames separately to avoid possibility of damage. In the bottom of the box is quite a substantial instruction manual (which I’ll look at later), with a colour scheme chart sat within, plus a single decal sheet. Frame A The main players here are the hull sides (not fuselage as this is a flying boat, folks!), and a separate hull bottom. I know that some newly-tooled Airfix kits over the last years have suffered from panel lines that are way too trench-like, but this kit, as with many others of recent, most certainly don’t have that issue. Surface detail is superbly rendered with fine panel line and rivet detail. There is most certainly a lot of finesse when it comes to recreating the individual details, such as foot holds, wing root connection, radius arm and catapult spool locations. Those rivets I already mentioned also are very fine in their depiction. Note also that the upper, forward deck is separate, as is the upper rear deck, incorporating the upper MG ring hatch area. It can also be seen that the fin isn’t full height, with the top part being a separate entity that is fitted after the stabiliser is attached. Sensible engineering. Inside the fuselage, the various frames and other constructional elements are fully reproduced. You will see that there are a large number of ejector pin marks within here too. To do full justice to the sheer level of detail that this kit supplies, you will need to eradicate these marks. These are either just below the surrounding surface, or just above them. A little filler and/or a fibreglass pen can be used to remove these from view. If any panels seem troublesome, then a small piece of plasticard can be used to plate over the mark. A similar frequency of pin marks lay in the lower hull too, but I feel many of these won’t be seen as other parts obscure them. Other parts on this frame include the top sections of the wingtip floats and also alternative folding flap parts for the lower wing. These options are for flaps raised (to facilitate folding wings) or for neutral positioning. A very nicely rendered fabric and rib effect is to be seen on these parts. Frame B Here you will find the upper wings, split into traditional upper and lower panels, and with separate ailerons. Surface detail is first-rate, with very fine panel lines and a believable and authentic-looking rib and fabric representation. This looks properly pitched and not at all contrived. Rigging points are present and will just need drilling a little deeper with a micro drill bit. Strut positions are also very positive and should provide for an easy build. Turning the wings over reveals some engineering designed to give you alternative finishing options. Airfix has designed the Walrus to be displayed with the wings either folded or unfolded. Here you can see the tracks within the wings into which the wing positioning arms will fit. If you want to pose them folded, then you will need to clear a little plastic out from the entry point for those arms. Likewise, you will also need to remove a little plastic, depending on how you pose the arms, when it comes to the two-part centre wing section. Those arms are also provided on this sprue, along with the various end rib options for this. Note also the upper, forward hull, complete with interior detailing, and the lid which fits to this if you wish to pose that crew position as closed. Frame C The most obvious parts are those for the lower wings, again moulded as upper and lower panels, and exhibiting the same finesse and detail rendering as the upper wings. Of course, there are differences here, namely the separate folding flap adjacent to the aileron, and also the main gear wells. Whilst these are simple, circular openings on the lower panels, the inside of the upper panel contains the well ceiling details. Should you wish to add underwing bombs, then the locations are moulded here for you to fit the various racks for the internal and external bomb loads. If you don’t wish to fit them, then blanking plates are supplied for that purpose. Airfix’s approach to the wing top floats is superb. On Frame A, we saw the upper panels for these. Here you will find the left and right halves. All of these fit together either along the lower hull ridge, or coinciding with panel lines. As I said before…smart engineering. A single-piece stabiliser is also to be found here, and this simply plugs into the location on the fuselage fin. Elevators are separate parts, and channels are moulded into the stabiliser underside, for you to locate the strut. The top of the fin is also moulded here, and strangely, as a two-part item. Can’t fathom the rationale there. Of the same authentic style as the elevators and ailerons is the single-piece rudder, with integral trim tab. Whilst the hull exterior detail is quite exceptional, on the rear, upper hull part moulded here, you will find a small degree of stressed skin oil-can effect that we fell in love with on their 1/24 Hawker Typhoon kit. You will need to fit the hatch ring into position on this, followed by removal of the spacer that holds the front and rear sections of this piece together. This is well-illustrated in the manual. Again, this part is thoroughly detailed on the underside, and there are some ejector pin marks, but I really wouldn’t bother about the removal of these. Lastly, the single-piece ailerons can be found here too. Frame D You will find a large number of internal parts on this frame. Airfix really did go to town in this area and seemed to fit everything but the kitchen sink (I’m sure if there was a kitchen sink though, they would still have included it!). More or less everything is included here, such as the detailed duckboards, bulkhead frames with lightening holes, seats, tables, instruments, fully detailed pilot/co-pilot position, radio operator compartment, rear upper cupola hatch/gunner position, forward observer/gunner position, and also a padded section on the floor which I assume would be used for either a bed or area for rescued/downed aircrew. Other identifiable internal details include rope winch, anchor, fire extinguisher, instrument panel, compass, drogue case, and what I assume is a rolled up, deflated life raft in the very rear fuselage section. They really have pretty much nailed this. I have the 1/32 HpH kit too, and that is detail heavy, but this kit does an immense job in comparison, especially for 1/48. The rest of this frame is taken up with the engine, nacelle, strut mounts etc. The upper and lower struts for both front and rear position, are moulded as single-piece units and look incredibly sturdy. There are three main parts to the engine pod and one of the connecting strut parts contains the engines exhaust system. Detail is excellent, with the engine itself being moulded with very fine cooling fins, and the pod being detailed with the finest of rivets. Two two-blade props are included which of course plug on onto the other to create a 4-blade unit. To prevent ejector pin marks on many of these fine parts, a series of ejector tags are moulded in various locations, which will all need to be snipped off and cleaned up, of course, but it’s sure better than having to fill indentations with putty. Frame E This is a whole mish-mash of different parts, such as the wing and stabiliser struts, bombs, undercarriage struts, two wheel options (weighted and un-weighted), wheel hubs, cupola ring, cupola hatch (folded/open option), tail wheel etc. One note here is that the stabiliser struts are moulded with a spacer that is designed to help achieve the correct spread of the struts, and is supposed to be removed after the part is fitter. I don’t think this is really necessary as the locating points on the airframe are more than suitable, plus you may want to add these after painting anyway. Frame F The last frame contains the clear parts. Most noticeable is that there are two canopy options. One of these provides for a fully closed cockpit canopy, and the second is moulded whereby the upper glazing is slid backwards, and the port side window is separate and can be posed. A closed option is available for the rear, upper cupola, moulded as a single part. For the open option, a glazed part is moulded here, and this will be fitted to the grey part moulded on Frame E. Other parts here are for side windows, leading edge wing light etc.Moulding is beautifully clear, with reasonably thin parts and defined framing lines that will make masking this a fairly easy job. Eduard already has a set of masks available, as well as a swathe of other goodies for this release Decals A small decal sheet is included, and I’m not sure of its origin, although I can probably guess at Cartograf. The decals are printed with a mat finish to them. I do admit that I prefer glossy decals, but these do look nicely printed, with solid/authentic colour, minimal carrier film and perfect register. Cockpit instrument decals are also supplied, as are a full set of stencils. The schemes available in this release are: Walrus Mk.I, No.276 Squadron, Royal Air Force Harrowbeer, Devon, England, 1944 Walrus Mk.I, No.700 Naval Air Squadron, HMS Sheffield, 1941 Walrus Mk.I, Royal Australian Air Force, Australia and New Guinea, early 1943 Instructions A 24-page manual is included, breaking down the Walrus into 108 constructional stages. Illustrations are in greyscale, but with newly assembled parts being coloured with red ink. A small use of other colour is included which signifies parts that need modifying for various options etc. Illustrations are very clear to follow, and the modeller should have no issues with following them. Humbrol colours are noted throughout with reference to paint colour. The colour schemes are printed on separate, glossy sheets, with one side containing illustration for rigging the model. Conclusion I’m rarely ever tempted away from my preferred 1/32 scale, but the Walrus is one that will always break that rule for me. Airfix has created a seriously nice kit here that drips in detail and just looks correct. No nasty trench-like panel lines, and just a finesse that is readily expected from a modern-tooled kit. This one really ticks all the boxes for me. All I can say now is that I hope the forthcoming Bristol Blenheim is every bit as good. If so, that’s another scale-breaker! My sincere thanks to Model Kits for Less for the review sample. To enquire about this release, head over to their FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/271077163071577/
  20. The second one of late following on from the Italeri one. Not a bad kit. Tolerances twixt wing to fuselage are very tight. May have been me though, and there was a step for'ard where it joins the nose underside which needed smoothing out. What you don't get in the Airfix one is the oil collector ring and the rear view mirror as well as a few of the stencil decals. And the instructions don't tell you to make two holes for the cat spools. Nothing insurmountable though. Both kits have construction pro's and con's but I'm not counting rivets. Anyway, here it is with a gratuitous shot of it next to the Italeri one. Phots taken indoors as the showers are on and off and it's ruddy breezy here. Quite restrained weathering for me and the tail band/serial/7Y were spares from the Italeri kit. Paints were the same as last time. I did use a few stencils from the Aviaology set but one or two silvered. No doubt due to my less than smooth finish.
  21. One that's been going on twixt Sea Hurricane builds of late. Many are familiar with the kit so nothing further to add apart from beware of the fuselage stripes. I don't know if it was only me but I couldn't for the life of me get them to line up. Used a bit of spare white decal on the top of the fuselage but It's not perfect. Has the underside one split on me and that was after sealing in. Oh well. Whole thing brush painted with Xtracolor Sand and RLM02 with metallics Revell Aluminium and Steel. The prop was also Revell with a Tamiya clear orange coating. I did try a laminated effect on the other prop but it looked more like a mint humbug. Rigging was EZ line and had a few 'pingy' moments along the way especially when attaching to the upper strut so gave up trying to connect each line to the metal stubs.
  22. Latest completion for my 9 year old. This kit was f.o.c., from Airfix at the Telford model show last year. It didn't come with decals, so I donated a spare set from my Tamiya Zero (had to cut around the roundels to remove their white outlines - not perfect). He had a crisis of confidence with the canopy framing, so opted to leave it unpainted, despite die cut masks being available. Whatever. It's all brush painted with Tamiya/Vallejo acrylics. I showed him how to do a neutral wash too, to break up the single camo colour a bit: He is very happy with it.
  23. Len Thomson

    Beaufighters

    These are probably the first models I have finished in a year or so. First up is the Hasegawa Beaufighter TF X , representing a very late production airframe. This aircraft served with 489 (NZ) Squadron at Dallachy in 1945. Next up is a very early Beaufighter TF X from 404 (Canadian) Squadron whilst at Wick. This is the new Airfix kit. The panel lines were reduced somewhat. Markings are a combination of kit decals and Aviaeology. I am out of practice with my painting skills. I still think the Hasegawa is a better quality kit......
  24. Hi everyone! My first project to be shared on this here new forum! Cool! Over the last few months I've been working on my dream project, one that I've wanted to do for around 30 years, convert the ancient 1:24 Airfix Harrier into a two-seat T.2 trainer. Those of you who ever tried to build even the basic kit will know just how tricky that can be(!), so adding to the load with a scratchbuilt nose, tail, tail fin and a complete redetailing job, is bordering on insane! Still, I've started and now there's no turning back! So far I've lengthened the nose, and started to scratchbuild all of the cockpit detail. I've also reworked the intakes and started work on the stinger extension and the new tail fin. Most of this work involves basic tools, techniques and materials as well as not only a huge number of photographs (around 350 and counting just for the details...), but also the help of some very generous people, without whom this project would not be possible. So thank you to Nick Greenall, Dave Fleming, David Haggas and Tim Perry! Here are some images to show you what I've done so far. Also, if you would like to see me explaining how I've proceeded with this project, here are links to the so far three videos that I've created for it as part of my YouTube channel... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfQeFAMdUVY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwdnUcZldFA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWs1lMxWZmQ I hope that you like it! Spence
  25. Airfix 1:48 Folland Gnat T.1 (A05124) The Red Arrows Aerobatic Team, Royal Air Force Kemble, Gloucestershire, England, 1979. A great kit, the only problem I had was the translucency of the white on the decals, however a set from my other kit resolved these as I doubled up on them. Brush painted with Humbrol acrylics, primarily HU238 Gloss Arrow Red, glossed with Humbrol clear and Decalfix on the decals. Thoroughly recommended, excellent engineering.
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