- Christmas Airfix!
Looking good. I’ve got a better airbrush than the eBay cheapy that i’ve been using, but i’m too lazy to clean it up. I shall have to give it a go now.
Meanwhile, I’ve been battling with the Revell Victor K2 and it is nowhere near as terrible as the reviews would have you believe. Well worth £15, but not something that can be chucked together over a weekend.
Finally, did anyone see the James May thing on BBC4 last night about Hornby/Airfix? Well worth a look.Posted 7 months ago
Destroying all of the old tooling was criminal. It costs nothing to keep them.
I like building old kits from my youth. If you buy one that was tooled in 1968 you have to expect that the detail will be a bit “off”, as long as you know it is old and the price isn’t “premium” then so what?
I would have thought that there would have been a market for them, as long as it still goes together and isn’t completely worn out, if they were branded in a way they that explained they were dated.Posted 7 months ago
Airfix say on their web site that much of their old tooling still exists and they are in the process of re-releasing some of the old kits. Maybe its the really old stuff thats gone? (I didn’t see the TV show).
All the recent kits I’ve built have been very good in terms of fit etc. I did byy a Corsair in error which turned out to be an old tooling and that was shockingly bad in comparison!Posted 7 months ago
But if you know it is going to be “shockingly bad” and are on a nostalgia trip then that is OK. I’ve got a Revell TA 152 from a 50 year old tool. It is rubbish compared to a modern one, but at a fiver I saw it is a challenge and it turned out OK.
Ancient kits in brand new boxes are a different matter.
Airfix and re-issuing the Saturn V. I had it as a kid, but can’t justify getting it again. Not because it is bad, but because i’ve got the Lego one. 😀Posted 7 months ago
Get down to Aldi and hoover up any £5 airfix kits. They will probably include glue and paint too.
The only truely bad cheap kit I’ve had was a Hawker Hunter from Mister Craft. Absolute garbage.
Jadlam do cheap ones from Airfix, Revell etc with free delivery starting at about a fiver.
The Airfix Spitifire, Hurricane, Warhawk and A6M Zero are really good and cheap.Posted 7 months agoscuttlerMember
Thanks Vinnyeh, got The Works Revell F-16 Air Team and MIG-21 PF bundle** for £17 plus three quids worth of glue sticks and scissors (not for model making) to get free postage. Two 1:48’s seems great value as presumably they’re actually easier/less fiddly than a lot of 1:72 counterparts.
** Now to build a Tension in Kashmir diorama….Posted 7 months ago
Watch out for that metal paint – its looks great but it doesn’t like being handled much so I’d spray it with Klear or similar before you do much else to the model. It doesn’t like masking tape either, even the low tac stuff.
It handled being smothered in Blutack ok, I did let it dry for a couple of days in a warm room first though. Need to mask a couple of bits later to correct some errors. I’ll report back.Posted 7 months ago
Cool! Its impressive stuff that Alcald Metal paint. Stinks though. I set up a fan to keep the fumes away from me then managed to knock my bottle of thinners over! Being heavy they collected downstairs in the kitchen and lounge so I had to ventilate the whole house!Posted 7 months ago
Can you still get ‘Klear’ floor polish? Never seen it for years.Posted 7 months ago
I’ve found an equivalent alternative though, acrylic floor polish ‘aquired’ from the prison service. It looks like milk but dries clear & quickly, needs 2 coats to put a glossy enough finish for decals.
If the canopies are scratched or not very good plastic it can make them clear and shiny again, so for a cack-handed person like me it can help the recovery process if you’ve had to scrape off excess paint, for example. Some people seem to use it regardless. Britmodeller has several threads on this, plus the quest for alternatives now that Klear is no more!Posted 7 months ago
Ahh but we all know now!
Didn’t go mad on the seats because a) they are rear facing, b) I’m going to sit crew on them and c) you can’t see them anyway.
The rear bulkhead was plain so I thought I’d give Nav Radar and his mates something to look at.
Looks rubbish when blown up in hear, but see points a, b & c above.
Posted 7 months ago
Rio, that engine looks incredible! Electrical solder would be good for wiring, easy to bend and available in very thing gauges.
This is the last of my Aldi Xmas ones.
And a nice little JP I finished on Saturday.
I’m afraid this is getting a bit out of hand now! I’m runnng out of space to display them and I’ve got five more in my stash and two on the bench being built.Posted 7 months ago
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