Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Revell 1/144 RSAF English Electric Lightning Gate Guardian - Completed

  I started to make this one for a Group Build on Britmodeller.  It was called "Lesser Known Air Forces GB", basically you was allowed to pick an air force from around the world excluding Russia, Japan, Germany, the UK and the USA.  I choose Mexico (which will be coming up later) and Saudi Arabia, namely the RSAF.  I did have a Revell 1/144 English Electric Lightning that fitted the bill perfectly and also a Retrowings Hawk T.1 (I think it's an OZMods original).  But the Lightning won out, I didn't wanna just build the model, so I decided on a base/diaorama of some sort.  This is what I was going to make...

  Now trying to find information on this was bloody hard.  There is pratically 8 pictures on it that I could find.  Google Earth/Street View is next to useless.  So anyhow, I decided to measure this all out to produce this...

  Measured it as good as I could, looks okay to me.  Next I'll show the WiP pictures and other goodies...

 Gotta love a good old box top picture huh?

  No cockpit needed as this is a display model (quite literally), so it went together really really quick...

  After the prime and first coat of Ali, which showed up a few imperfections in the filling.  This be the second attempt to cover stuffs up.

  Here is the model pretty much finished, next my attention turned to the base, still had to source the SNEB pods and the Firestreaks (I think...)

  I managed to get some hard cardboard from Nats dad, so I made a mock up.  Now that I look at the pictures, I built this before I had finished the aircraft... my bad.  Anyhow I liked the base that much I decided to use it regardless, the model weighs next to nothing so the base didn't need to be too strong.

  Gave it a few coats with Vallejo paints, straight onto the cardboard.  It worked out quite well if you compare it to the original.

  I managed to win a cheap Revell 1/144 Hawker Hunter, these kits contain SNEB/rocket pods.  So that was a result, I liberated the rocket pods from said Hunter and used them on the lightning.  The plyon was scratch built using evergreen plastic, it isn't really that pretty but it works fine.


  The finished model, I did finish the model before the deadline, however I didn't pot the pictures up in time so it wasn't allowed to enter into the competition... oh well that learns me for being lazy huh?  The base is just clear acrylic I had liberated from work and sprayed black.  Simple but it works.  The decals where all that I had to hand, the badge and serial code is probably not the right ones for the actual aircraft, however I am happy with how she turned out.



Airfix 1/72 Messerschmitt Bf110, C-2


  This is my third build for Karen at work.  This time I have gone for the "enemy" and provided the BF110, before anyone asks or notices, I am not allowed to put any swastikas on the aircraft.  Complete crock I think but I can live with it.  I used an Eduard Zoom set for the interior and mask for the canopy, both I will be using again, but not relying on them.  Oh I also had an Eduard Brassin MG15, which I also like as well and I will be using the other one that I have.  I'm not too sure on the colours, but this is what Vallejo suggest and I am aware of the cock up on the right engine with the wash.  I am going with an oil leak for that one :P  Well here are the pictures of said aircraft.

  Apart from the greens being a bit off wack and the wash not liking RLM65 (I dunno). I am pretty happy with this build.  The fit of the parts was amazing, the wing join to the fuselage was perfect, could get away without glue but I didn't wanna risk it.



Monday, 12 October 2015

Airfix 1/72 Curtiss Tomahawk IIB (P-40B) 112 Sqn - Completed

  Hello Everyone,

  Well this is my second build for the Remembrance Day Lunch that the librarian, Karen, at work will be holding.  This Tomahawk will be displayed next to a Spitfire, Bf-110 and Bf-109, possibly a Lancaster too.  I decided to add this one as who doesn't love a Sharkmouth?!  Plus I was trying to convey the notion that the world war was just that, worldwide... you know what kids are like.  Anyhow, this the newer tool mould from Airfix of the classic Tomahawk (always liked this aircraft).  I had a few issues with it, I think most of those issues where my own doing.  Live and learn huh?  I had to strip the paint as the xtracrylix didn't wanna play for some reason.  I had to resort to Tamiya and mixing the middlestone colour.  I am quite impressed with it.  On to the pictures.

  Like the Spitfire, these photos where taken in the sunny weather, or what little we had this year.  I used EZ-Line, very cool stuff really, altho I think it's just the elastic out of a pair of tights/stockings.  This was the first time I had to drill a hole to feed the line through but I think it worked okay.  I do have another one of the Tomahawk to build this time in the AVG colours.  Will have to sort out the guns on the front and maybe the guns on the wings.  Apart from that I am really happy with the build.



Airfix 1/72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Ia - Completed

  Right this is the first of the updates, thought I would start with something classical and British!  The good old Supermarine Spitfire! This one is being built for a lady at work called Karen.  Every year she does a lunch for the veterans in November (as close to the 11th as they can) so the kids at the school I work at can get an better understanding about the wars we have been in and what it means to remember the ones who have given the ultimate sacrifice.  Being the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britian, the lunches main theme will be that, hence the Spitfire.  Over all the build was pretty easy with no massive pitfalls.  The wing root join needed some work, but I think that was probably the way I built the thing.  The rest of the fits well together well and panted up quite well.  I don't have any pictures of the build for some weird reason, but I do have the completed model.  Enjoy!

  These pictures where taken outside in the mid-September sun... possibly August I can not remember now.  This is the first time I have used grey paint to simulate the wear and tear on paint.  Not too sure how well it worked.  Unusually for me, the wash worked really well... think it's a little too dark.  I have got another 2 of these to do, just need to find some decals for one. I had isues with these decals just sticking on the model, I had enough gloss on it and the decals where soaked properly, it just didn't wanna move.  I don't know anymore... still she turned out okay and Karen loved the Spit (who wouldn't?!).