- Show me your Christmas Airfix…
And thanks harry for the scalextrics / scx tips two months ago harry had a fab Xmas thanks to them .
No problem. 😀
Scalextric Party at mine in a couple of days. 100ft track, 50 cars and boys aged from 6 to 74. We’re doing Top Gear style Power Laps then having a head to head knock out tournament. Last year it was won by a 5 year old called Alex
…we’re not having him back.Posted 4 years ago
The painting is a big part of it but despite the photos I have posted hand painting with limited talent does look good to the eye if not the camera . The really stunning ones you see are done with spray guns thin washes and infinite time and skill.
I have not seen any pre painted kits.Posted 4 years ago
No, they come unpainted. My Panther tank was airbrushed with a wash of dark yellow, then the camo pattern was sprayed freehand with dark green on a very fine needle. The US tanks are simply dark green overall or in the case of the M18, pale olive drab.
it can be done with a paintbrush but you need a big brush and very thin paintPosted 4 years ago
…however, Airfix kits of more recent subjects (e.g. harrythespider’s Typhoon & Mig29) should be ok. Just stay away from their WWII and earlier offerings, and their 1:32 “vintage” cars, especially those in a “Haynes Manual” box.
Some of Revell’s offerings are reboxed Mathbox kits from the late 70s / early 80s and have raised rather than recessed panel lines – e.g the 1:32 Spitfire, Beaufighter and Mustang.
1:72 is the ‘traditional’ scale for aircraft & tanks but I prefer 1:48 for aircraft & 1:35 for tanks, 1:24 for cars & 1:12 for motorcyclesPosted 4 years agojfletchMember
That “quick build” stuff looks like all the worst bits of lego*, combined with the worst bits of airfix** into one horendous product.
*The worst bit about lego being the “bespoke” pannels that can’t be used in other self-build models
**The worst bit about Airfix being that once they are done, that is it, the end of the fun.Posted 4 years agoone_happy_hippyMember
This thread has sealed it for me! I woke up the other day to reclaim my childhood and build some models and have been looking on the airfix site and I’m going to have to buy a Vulcan and a Lancaster (new tooling) to build. I built a Lancaster nigh on 20 years ago and can’t wait now!Posted 4 years ago
This thread has sealed it for me! I woke up the other day to reclaim my childhood and build some models and have been looking on the airfix site and I’m going to have to buy a Vulcan and a Lancaster (new tooling) to build. I built a Lancaster nigh on 20 years ago and can’t wait now!
I’d start on a £5.00 Spitfire first! I picked one up for the first time in 30 years a couple of months back and made a right mess of it. 😀Posted 4 years ago
I’d start on a £5.00 Spitfire first! I picked one up for the first time in 30 years a couple of months back and made a right mess of it.
silk purse, sow’s ear & all that 😉
but it won’t get painted to the standards of John D’s work
TBH the allied tanks are an all-over green you could do with a spray can if you leave the tracks off until the end. Mine are pretty much “out of the box” and I haven’t even started on ‘weathering’…Posted 4 years ago
silk purse, sow’s ear & all that
True… but for getting your “eye in” practice they are better than a big expensive jobby.
Here is the BF109 that I abandoned after experimenting with my poor painting technique. I may try and rescue it.
Typhoon is coming along. Thanks for the “big brush” tip.
Posted 4 years agokja78Member
Airfix Mosquito NF Mk2. Four 20mm cannon, four .303 machine guns, top speed of 370mph and onboard radar. You didn’t want to be a nazi pilot over the UK with these about at night. Built whilst watching 633 sqn the other day. Brush painted with Tamiya Acrylics.
Also got given a Revell USS Voyager by the wifey, which is going to be huge when built up.
Regards the quality/buildability of Airfix kits – the newly tooled stuff is superb, if you fancy a Spit then model no A02010 is great. Or there’s a new Mustang, Tomahawk, ME109, Typhoon etc etc. If using one of the starter kits stir the paint really really well and dilute with about 30% water.Posted 4 years ago
that 109 is looking good, get it finished! tip for WWII German fighter wing upper camo schemes – paint the upper surface in the paler shade of green & leave it 24 hours. Then use Tamiya masking tape (not the stuff from B&Q!) to mark out the straight lines, then paint the darker green bits in between the tape. Leave 24 hours & then remove the tape. perfect camo!
the fuselage looks bob on to me
give it all a thin wash of GLOSS varnish (Revell Acrylic #01) before you do the decals, and allow to dry. apply the decals, then another coat of gloss. Then a coat of matt (Revell Acrylic #02)
Acrylic paints are water soluble, much easier to manage
go up a scale too! 1:48 has fewer really small parts, and yet the opportunity for more detail…Posted 4 years ago
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