- First Airfix kit to build with my boy.
My first was an F-15, the Airfix plastic was grey so we only painted the afterburner nozzles and the missiles.
The German ones are fun to paint with ‘speckle’ camo, the FW190 was my favourite kit.
B17 and B29 were both good, used tinsel to make it look like one of the B17s engines was on fire, had that thing hung up in a dive. The pressure bulkheads for the bomb bay of the B29 taught me a thing or two.
Got rather into them, sadly (for my Dad) I lost interest just after starting the B52 😉Posted 4 years agospawnofyorkshireSubscriber
Beyond the planes (spitfire, hurricane, lancaster et al.) I also did a few gp500/motogp bikes
It’s long gone now but this one done out with Gary McCoy’s 24 was always my favouritePosted 4 years ago
I even did the heat effects on the exhaust with a nice purple and orange wash jobgavtheoldskaterMember
wow, thanks for the thread, just read the first post and had a sudden flash memory of sitting by the open fire at my gran’s house, in her huge rocking chair, building a kit when i was a kid. maybe it was a mosquito, though stephensons rocket rings a bell. either way, great memory long lost, thanks for bringing it back.Posted 4 years agograham of redmarleyMember
My first was a Hurricane which my dad got for me, he was biased because he was in Hurricanes. Followed by Lancaster as my uncle was in them. Eventually Saturn % which took me ages & seamed huge at the time. my dad & I would spend ages painting & building them. Good timesPosted 4 years agothecrookofdevonMember
My 6 yr old decided he loved Airfix before we had even built one. Got him a Spitfire Mk1 and obviously I built it and he loved it. Subsequently joined Airfix Club. The catalogue is thing of beauty – he learnt to read properly just so that he could understand it. He also mastered Roman numerals which are a necessary part of the skill set. We now have numerous spits, hurricanes, mustangs, and ME109s around the place. However the half finished Bismark was perhaps a step too far at this stage. Age 6 and a half he is now a world authority (and bore) on all things WWII.Posted 4 years agoPTRMember
Wheels up on ours, they look better and we use them as toys as well as models, some of the finer detail gets omitted too.
One thing I have noticed though is that the transfers don’t stick like they used to (maybe environmentally friendly), they fall off in a day or two. We have to use microsol and microset then coat them with Humbrol mattcote.Posted 4 years agocheez0Member
Warhammer models are robust as they are made for gaming.. and reasonably simple to build.
Plus you can have great fun painting as there are few rules, unlike ‘real life’models
Great for small people.
Agree with airfix being old worn out dies for the traditional kits but the newer stuff should be ok (brit afghan tanks etc)
All the chinese/ far east made stuff is top notch but can be expensive and complex for beginners. (1/35).
Will fish out some pics in a bitPosted 4 years agoCougarSubscriber
This is still in my old childhood bedroom at my folks, I believe.
Though it wasn’t so much something I built with my dad as something my dad built whilst I watched on enviously, desperately wanting to help but not being allowed to. Which about sums up our relationship really. Still, the model’s cool.Posted 4 years ago
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