- Christmas Airfix!
I did a 1:100 sailing ship once. Vowed I’d never do rigging again
Crikey … now that’s what I call rigging! That’s enough to cause a migraine!! Very impressive. Where do you park that?
Thanks john_drummer …! 🙂 Yep – the above bi-plane was done with EZ-Line and C.A.
A ‘needle-threader’ came in very handy.
More ‘involved’ than ‘easy-peasy’ I reckon! 😉Posted 7 months agoHandsomedogMember
Not officially xmas airfix but I was tidying the study in prep for a house valuation and came across a long forgotten box that I’d never got round to properly unpack (actually the wife said ‘over my dead body’ to displaying any airfix 🙁 ).
Anyway, these two now dog fighting above my desk:
And this poor guy who needs a bit of TLC before I can properly display him as he’s missing a propeller blade and one side of his undercarriage:
Now where did I put my model making box…?Posted 7 months agomonkfishMember
EZ line is the easiest rigging material IMO
My particular niche was WW1 Biplanes and whilst rigging can be frustrating to the point of gouging your eyes out it is ultimately rewarding when complete.
My particular favourite was a DH2. Fishing line would have been too structurally strong to keep the Booms square whereas EZ line did the job magnificently.
A needle with the eye cut into a U is a good tip, you just have to constantly burn off the dried gluePosted 7 months ago
Airfix 1:72 Douglas Dauntless. £2 from QualitySave. Canopy fit is a bit rubbish, but it is a nice little kit and infinitely better than the Revell Me262.
Scratch built the exhausts because, whilst they are shown on the pictures, they are not in the kit.
Had a lot of fun doing the exhaust stains and other muck with a water based wash. Panel lines done with a 6B pencil.
It goes nicely with my Zero and I’m doing a F4U Corsair to go with them.Posted 7 months agoninfanMember
Anyone got some spare plywood?Posted 7 months agoCountZeroMember
I saw the piece about the Mossie drawings, incredible find, and thank your favourite deity someone was on the ball when they spotted that lot!Posted 7 months ago
Does anyone else think it might be an interesting training and apprenticeship project to set up a production line for building a bunch of Mossies of different marques? Seeing as how they were all built in furniture factories during the war, the woodworking skills would be applicable to all sorts of other industries, with the added cudos of having helped build something really special, ‘cos once you’ve made jigs and built one, it’s cheaper to build another, then another, the production line process allowing new students to come in and learn the skills that the first students already have.
Plus helping give Kermit Weeks the finger, after he bought the only airworthy Mossie from BAE and taking it back to the States.
He also did the same with the only airworthy Sunderland, but there could never be another one of those built.
Revell 1:72 helicopter has had two coats of colour (deep metallic blue)Posted 5 months ago
Needs a coat of clear gloss before I mask off & paint the window frames in semi-gloss black. Then decals. Then more clear gloss (and semi-gloss) to seal them in. Then i can unmask the windows & add the fiddly bits – and at that scale they really are fiddly
1:72 Italeri F4U Corsair.
Korean War decals, but I went free-style with a WWII inspired paint job.
Nice little kit. Didn’t bother with the bombs, rockets and drop tank as they spoil the lines of it.
Did the Copydex paint chip effect thing again and probably went a little too far with the staining. Used a PVA for the canopy after frosting the last one with model adhesive.
Next up will be some Cold War era jets which will have less muck and such on them.Posted 5 months ago
Not so happy with this one. It was a test to see if I could do a reasonable brush cammo finish on a Dambuster’s Lancaster that I’ve got stashed.
The jury is out whether I brush paint the Lanc or save it and have a go with an airbrush at some point in the future.Posted 4 months agoesselgruntfuttockMember
Your’e miles better off airbrushing something the size of a Lanc I’d say. Have a good practice on some plastic sheet, even paper, just to get a feel of the airbrush & the paint consistency. (here’s me, the expert!)
Anyone going to….
Me & the Mrs are going down (not that she’s remotely interested) & a pal of mine is working for/helping one of the organisers. So Harry, if you need to know ANYTHING about Lancasters… meet up & I’ll introduce you to Paul, there’s not much he doesn’t know about RAF Lancs!Posted 4 months ago
Wait and airbrush it, if you back out you owe me a ‘Ling’ (£500+VAT)
You are right. The Lancaster has large expanses of black that need to be uniform, so it would make sense to airbrush it.
It doesn’t help that the Hurricane cammo scheme is so… well… er cammo. I’ve done a lot of bright colour schemes of late and this one is just a bit dull.
I’ll have to delve into my stash to see what is next. I’ve got a Revell Fairey Gannet that looks interesting.
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