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  1. Another refugee from t'other place before they wipe me from their history books a la Orwell: The little honey of the Airfix new tool with some fine Xtradecals. Added some period correct nav and formation lights, hollowed out cannon and a scale wire aerial on the nose. .Paint was Mr Color of course and the decals were bedded down using the hot water method. I went for the factory fresh look as Scooters look so cute when they're clean, even the two wee bombs look cute to me...
  2. 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
  3. The Airfix Vb OOB, A fussy kit with far too many badly fitting parts but overall, rather handsome when done. The scheme is the OOB of the restored fighter collection bird , the Airfix decals responded well to the boiling water method. Paints are Mr Color + Super UV cut to finish Added bits are new dorsal beacon with actual bulb, hollowed out exhaust, a proper scale metal rod for the rudder control, hollowed guns, scratch built gunsight and Alclad armored glass. this one will be off to join last months FW190 in sunny California. Might try the Tamiya version with clipped tips and grey green camo soon as I rather like a nice Spitfire. WIP
  4. Deanflyer

    Airfix Gnat

    Hi all, Here's the 1/48 Airfix Gnat with the markings from the rereleased kit. It was built for the September issue of Airfix Model World magazine, and incorporates aftermarket resin cockpit and seats, wheel wells, and electronics bay. Paint was AK Xtreme Metal Aluminium and Vallejo Fluorescent Fire Orange for the tanks. First, some walk around shots: And a few shots from the magazine article: Cheers, Dean
  5. The lovely Spitfire 22 built as a commission for my favorite 1/72 collector: This is this the third one I've built and have to say its a dream of a kit with lovely lines. Paint was Alclad High Speed Silver finished with Aqua Gloss (Alclads and Mr Super UV cut don't play nice as the thinner in the UV cut dulls the metallic sheen). Additional bits are sprayed wing walks ( hate the silvering with decals), scratch built gunsight with 1 mm reflector dome and 0.1mm film glass, clear coloured resin nav lights with clear resin covers, etch belts in the empty cockpit ( as requested), Eduard stainless landing lights with coloured resin covers, hollowed exhausts and 0.2mm rod whip aerial ( which of course stabbed me multiple times..). I discovered while searching for this kit that I have a decent pile of these lovely kits and must finish one of the actual plane I used to look after... # Thanks for looking in, Anil
  6. Hi Folks, what are the external ( visible) differences between a navy FG1 and and an RAF FGR2: I have been gifted several Airfix FG1s which I fancy doing in a three colour camo seeing a Hannants are flush with sexy decals for said and don't want to make too many howlers in re-purposing my FG1s. BTW the extended nose wheel doesn't come into it as mine will be up a perspex pole buzzing the fruit bowl... Thanks in advance Anikl
  7. I recently acquired this kit, I've not seen much said about it so I thought I'd do a quick 'in-box'. Over the years a state-of-the-art 1/48 has been something akin to a search for the Holy Grail. There have been other kits, most notably John Adams' Aeroclub effort, but that is now scarcer than hen's teeth. I would suggest this kit more than fulfills the hopes of modellers looking for something that would really do the subject matter justice. The parts are beautifully moulded, very scaleish and delicate (in some cases too delicate, if you look carefully you can see a broken cabane in the pictures). Ribbing is perhaps a little over emphasised, but personally it suits me and should be fine under paint and decals. The decals are superb, even if I weren't a fan of the aircraft itself, the red and white checks are very seductive - the alternative scheme ain't half bad either. Print quality is as good as you'll find anywhere and the sheet includes tiny stencils and instrument faces. The instructions are comprehensive and include guidance for the rigging. Both decal options feature the spin strakes, so this is the first issue with more on the way, plus it looks like the decal aftermarket has already gone to town on this, fill yer boots. Looking at the box contents I'm finding it very difficult to find anything to dislike - except that broken cabane! Check out the box art, you'll be reaching for your wallet.
  8. Hi All Does anyone know if this has the parts to do a standard no vokes filter Hurricane e.g a metal wing BoB machine? Cheers Anil
  9. Evening all, My fourth completion of the year, the lovely little Airfix Ju 87B-1 Stuka. I added some Eduard seat belts and main markings came from an Xtradecal sheet, otherwise it's completely OOB. Finished with what has become the usual Hataka Orange Line Lacquers and W&N matt varnish. 1/72 Airfix Junkers Ju 87B-1 Stuka by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr 1/72 Airfix Junkers Ju 87B-1 Stuka by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr 1/72 Airfix Junkers Ju 87B-1 Stuka by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr 1/72 Airfix Junkers Ju 87B-1 Stuka by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr 1/72 Airfix Junkers Ju 87B-1 Stuka by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Thanks for looking, comments welcomed Shaun
  10. This looks like it will have been worth the wait.
  11. Fellow Swashbucklers,Sky Pirates and Bucc fans. The "old bits"were the airframe ,30 odd years old,the new,slipper tanks,SNEBs,air brake assembly,wing RWR fit and IFR,the borrowed,the original IFR and undercart(Matchbox)and the blue-ish,well,as you see,she's always been in EDSG "Pusser's Grey". Very big thanks to the Laird of Dunoonshire and Cap'n Darby-Skwonk of Cornwallis for parts,decals and encouragement. As she was when she came down from the loft airfield after sitting up there for nigh on 30 years: Here she is in all her new EDSG glory, now with her souped up undercart,open airbrakes,new wing RWR fit,new slipper tanks,new IFR,SNEBs and lovely new Airfix decals giving her 809's "Phoenix" on the fin and correct powder blue serials and titling at last. The undercart is the originally "borrowed"Matchbox Bucc set suitably reworked and a spare Frog/Revell Sea Vixen nosewheel/lower leg rewroked and grafted onto the Matchbox upper leg. She'll be back on the loft airfield come the weekend with her Ark Royal mate,"007" Thanks for looking and all comments welcome. Back to the Green'un and Duncko "Black Mike"Black's favorite subjects next,SPIFFIRES(1/48th XVIII and F.24 to be exact)
  12. OK, 48hrs? It's doable. With the Midway film still ringing in my ears I thought one of the planes involved would be a good idea. Quick visit to evilbay and I'm ready. Except one small problem, no decals. Again, the web almost helped, except I couldn't find a Midway relevant set - or, at least one I could use with comfort. So, this won't be a US Dauntless Dive Bomber. Oh, and if like me you're thinking whats SBD? It's, Scout, Bomber, Douglas So, that's the kit, a good old skool Airfix, and comes in a lovely deep blue colour. And as you see, a Vallejo US Navy colour set, which I've had for a while and been waiting to use. That's the pre work set done. It'll be primed when i head out to the Post Office to pick up the decals and resin engine first thing tomorrow. Right, That's me ready to Dive in. Talking of Diving into the drink. It's beer oclock🍻
  13. 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
  14. Here we go! this is gonna be interesting I'll be snipping plastic from tomorrow the review is here.
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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"
  21. 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.
  22. Test shots of the 1/48 Hunter, first off a CAD render: Test shots: Also paint guides for the 1/72 Lightning and Vampire:
  23. 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:
  24. 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
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