- Christmas Airfix!
2 Spitfire MkVbs.
Wheels down for me, wheels up for my lad to dogfight in his bedroom with the BF109G once the Swastikas arrive in the post.
Things learnt on these.
1. 2mm masking tape is ace. I redid the leading edges on the Typhoon too.
2. The decals move about.
3. Not all Humbrol satin clear coats are the same. Hence the satin finish on the 109 and the gloss on the Spitfires.
4. I’m not as good as many on here, but I’m better than I was 36 years ago.
5. Revell cement is less viscous than Humbrol and doesn’t block up the needle. Basically, all of the Humbrol products have been a bit hit and miss.
Next up. Heinkel He-111 painted up in Battle of Britain colours to be mugged by another Spitfire and a Hurricane.Posted 1 year ago
you’ll be needing some new spitfires to go with the Heinkel 😉
Mk Bb IIRC was introduced after the Battle of Britain, as was the 109G you’ve already done (nicely done too!). Both 1941 vintage I think.
For the BoB you’ll be needing Spitfire Mk I or II and Bf109Es
to avoid brush strokes, (a) use a bigger brush and (b) thin the paint a little. Think watercolours rather than oilsPosted 1 year ago
Looking good Harry_the_Spider! I’m especially liking the Mk Vb!
Although I always thought that Airfix’s suggestion of bronze Hu171 was a bit too ‘brassey’ for the exhausts – see the Hurricane exhausts below
As a compromise I use:
75% Hu53 (Gun Metal)
25% Hu71 (Bronze)
And a bit of weathering ‘makeup’ from Tamiya
Posted 1 year agomonkfishMember
My least favourite part of the build as hours of work can be screwed in a couple of minutes.
I never settled on a favourite although I airbrushed. It may be worth having a look At Vallejo or something in an aerosol can from the likes of humbrol or winsor & newton.
Please test before unleashing on a pride and joyPosted 1 year ago
Revell Aquacolour give me good results. can be thinned with water (hence the Aqua part of the name) and if applied thin & wet with a big enough brush (size 6 or above) you shouldn’t get any brush marks. But airbrushing is better. Doesn’t have to be expensive airbrush & compressor at first but the more you do, the more you’ll want to. A bit like bikes really 😉Posted 1 year ago
Can anyone recommend a brushable matt clear coat, like you would use on a tank?
Try Humbrol Matt Clear – but make sure you stir it very well.
I agree with john_drummer – airbush is the way to go. It really is a worthwhile investment
I use Humbrol Matt Cote thinned 1:1 and airbrushedPosted 1 year ago
Quite pleased with this as I got it primarily as a painting exercise. Spent ages on the interior and even bought aircrew figures for almost as much as I paid for the plane itself.
Went off-piste with the colour scheme too as I wanted it to be Battle of Britain, but Revell GmbH didn’t offer that as one of the 5 options with the kit.
Posted 1 year ago
I’ll probably add a bit more staining over the decals now that I’m confident that I won’t mess it up. Errors on a bare painted surface are easy to rectify.
Got a Stuka and a Mosquito on the go also. Will probably finish the Mosquito first as I’m bored of German green on green linear cammo painting.Posted 1 year ago
Thanks. They are all 1/72. I don’t have the space for anything bigger unfortunately.
Currently working on an Italeri Sr71, but that has needed lots of filling and sanding joining the fuselage halves.
I am interested in the new Airfix Phantom. The one above was the Blue Angels boxing originallyPosted 1 year ago
Nice Phantom. I’ve got a soft spot for them after I built one when I was about 10. My Gran bought it for me from Woolworths in Blackpool and I made a proper good job of it. I bought a Matchbox one too in RAF colours. That was a nice kit but the panel lines were raised rather than recessed. Weird. Whatever, it looked good on my Cold War diorama with a Linka and papier mache blast pen and NATO ground force figures.
In other news the quality of the Airfix 1/72 Mosquito that I’ve got on the go is rubbish compared to the Revell Heinkel. Large amounts of moulding flash and really poor detail (the cockpit interior is two seats, a “lump” and a massive void that leaves the wing roots visible through the canopy). The pilot is supplied without any legs below the knee. Either he is Douglas Bader or they just couldn’t be arsed making a proper job of the instrument panel. The decal sheet is very basic too. Hopefully I can make a good job on the paint and use some of the decals left over from the various options on the Heinkel, specifically the red “no step” lines that need to go over the radiators.
My Gran bought me one of these too from John Menzies on Salford Market. A distant recollection is that it wasn’t that great 38 years ago either. Time for the kit to be retired.
The Revell Stuka that I’m doing looks way better in comparison. I just wish that Revell would supply the aircrew.
Just seen that I can get an Airfix English Electric Lightning for 8 quid! Will it be old and crap or a new tooling with better decals? Hmmm…Posted 1 year agotthewSubscriber
It’s been a while since I last didn’t complete a model, (a VW Microbus, which was costing quite a lot in terms of paint) so I just bought one of those Lightning’s as a starter kit.
Go on, you’re going to tell me that the cheap paints and brushes mean I’ll make a rubbish job of it aren’t you? I reckon artistic ability and patience may be the more limiting factors.Posted 1 year ago
Wow. They look real. Especially the brake on the bike.
I’ve just ballsed up the cockpit on a Mosquito be accidently melting it under a white spirit soaked rag. I’m now at the mercy of the Airfix spare parts dept or it is going to cost me the price of a new kit for one bit.
Got a Stuka on the go too. Will post pics.Posted 1 year ago
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