- Christmas Airfix!
I had a hard to find airfix Vulcan last year and got bored after completing the first stage which was the pilots and ejector seats. There was so much moulding flash and because I’m a perfectionist it took me hours of cutting and filing which soon got boring. I’m going to try and do stage 2 this Christmas.Posted 2 years agoMing the MercilessSubscriber
F-4 Corsair, very thempted but couldn’t do it justice.Posted 2 years ago
Hardcore aeroplane, one shot down a jet in Korea and another pilot had his guns freeze at high altitude so he used the huge prop to slice off the tail plane of the Japanese plane before getting home with 5 inches missing off the propeller tips!vinnyehSubscriber
I remember the Defiant from my childhood- as I remember there were huge gaps between parts in several places, not least the wing root.Posted 2 years ago
I have the 1:24 Spitfire and Harrier which I picked up cheaply a few years back- neither built, but the mouldings, esp on the Spit are awful- they’re probably too much work to bother building, really.
Been working on a Dragon sdkfz 251 off and on for about a year now, far nicer proposition.one_happy_hippyMember
Bit of a PSA:
TK Maxx in Merry Hill (Dudley) had 1:24 scale Airfix Spitfires in for £25 the other day. This was the modelling kit with glue, paints and brushes. Might have be a Battle of Britain edition or similar. Think normal retail is about £60-65
Edit: I think it was this version (eBay link) Example similar 1:24 Spitfire kitPosted 2 years agoDigbySubscriber
have airfix caught up
Some of the new ‘tooled’ Airfix kits are really very good I think … a far cry from the early ’80s when the amount of flashing and poor detailing etc led me to Tamiya before plastic models fell out of favour with me as a young teen who’d discovered sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. 🙄
I recently got back into it a few years ago when this missus bought me a Spitfire 1/72 starter kit as a bit of a joke …
It became a bit of a minor obsession and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting back into it! (now I can afford all the proper paints and tools etc)
Only problem is I am running out of storage space! 😳
Posted 2 years agospursn17Member
Airfix do some very nice kits now, just make sure that you get a newer one.
I got this LRDG truck
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Tamiya 10mm masking tape is ideal for those leading edge strips of yellow. And many other things too.
Just run a couple of lengths either side of the area to be painted and voila, nice straight lines.
I’m on the Airfix 1:48 Boulton Paul Defiant now. Much better quality kit than airfix of old. Just sprayed the underside with Tamiya “sky” (the model is of a Defiant before the Germans discovered it didn’t have any forward firing guns, which led to it being removed from front-line “day” fighter duties). Next up, tomorrow, mask off the underside and spray the upper surfaces with dark earth. Probably the specified Humbrol acrylic paint as I’m out of Dark Earth by anybody else. Then finally spray the contrast dark green camouflage. Haven’t decided to go freehand or use a mask of some variety. Probably freehand – here’s one I did earlier (a lot earlier)Posted 2 years ago
The yellow lines should have been a decal, but getting something 3mm wide to fold over the leading edge is somewhat optimistic. Hand paining was an emergency last resort.
I was surprised how good the kit was. A bit of research told me it was a new one. I’m doing a couple of MkVb Spitfires which are definitely from an older set of moulds and they are shocking by comparison.
My lad has watched me with some fascination over the last week or so once I’d told him that I was going to hang some from his bedroom ceiling. I’ve got the two MkVbs, a BF109 and I’ve just got a Revell He-111 for a tenner off ebay. No idea what Revell quality is like though.
What cement do you use? I’m on the Humbrol stuff that you squirt down the needle and it has given me a bicep like Martina Navratilova.Posted 2 years ago
I use Revell poly cement. It has a really fine needle nozzle which makes big globs of glue a thing of the past. For paints a mix of Tamiya, Revell & Humbrol acrylics
Revell kits are generally ok – unless you get one of the old Matchbox kits that Revell bought the moulds for (panel lines can be raised rather than inscribed) – although the instructions can sometimes be a bit vague.Posted 2 years agorockhopper70Member
I got my lad the airfix Vulcan bomber xh558 and we have agreed to have a proper go at it.
Any useful tips for what to us for tape masking and spraying.
It’s a heck of a box for a 1:72 model and I’m sure it’s going to dwarf the typhoon, hawk and harrier he currently has handing on fishing line from his ceiling.
This is all pending finishing the Lego technic across which is frankly brilliant.Posted 2 years ago
I’ve heard that the Airfix Vulcan is a bit of a filler queen…
Re masking – isn’t it an all over green & grey camouflage scheme? Mask the glazing with Tamiya masking tape, cut to shape in situ, and paint the undercarriage wells with Humbrol Maskol
If you don’t have an airbrush, Tamiya and Humbrol do rattle cans which would be fine for a model as big as the Vulcan – try http://www.modelhobbies.co.uk or your local Hobbycraft store
I use a cotton bud for the Maskol as it eats brushes.
Do not fit the wheels at this point; fit the undercarriage doors in “in flight” mode using more maskol as a temporary glue.
Spray the whole thing with the grey first, then the green. I would do the green freehand but you could use maskol to cover up the bits you want to keep grey and then spray the whole thing green
When the green has dried, peel off the maskol and tidy up the flaked off bits of green, then give the whole thing a coat of clear gloss varnish – I find it helps the decals settle. When all decals are done, go over them with more clear gloss.
When that has dried, a coat of clear Matt varnish helps it all settle down. Remove the undercarriages doors and all remaining Maskol, then fit the undercarriage. Et voila
Scale Aviation Modeller International is a useful magazine for more tips as well as kit reviews. Bigger Tesco stores should carry itPosted 2 years agorockhopper70Member
Thanks for the heads up on maskol, I’d not heard of that before.Posted 2 years ago
Indeed, I’m a complete amateur at this but thought we’d try and at least do a camouflage paint job.
Any recommendations for ready to use aerosol paints, I can’t stretch to an airbrush and all th gubbins.
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