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Andy Ball (Lerxst)
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I know I’ll be wrestling with these moulds right from get-go. I’ll build largely o.o.t.b.
Project: The Big Spit
1:24 Supermarine Spitfire Mk1a (Airfix A12001V)1:24 Sutton QK Harness (RB Productions RB-P24001)
1 | 24. January, 14:11
24. January, 14:34
Andy Ball
Cheers David, I fear this may be a while....
24. January, 21:14
David Taylor
I have yet to build a Spit believe it or not.Thinking about a 1/16 rc conversion of a MAN sx44 army truck.
24. January, 22:21

January 23, 2021

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Cockpit left open to access details...( a minor issue with the "45" whilst gently removing kabuki means we have to prete...
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Andy Ball
Hi Gordon thanks for the comments- I used Vallejo 70.808 for the base and then toned it with enamels if I remember!
15. September 2020, 23:06
Patryk S.
Fantastic build! Congratulations! The paintjob looks great!
18. September 2020, 09:15
Andy Ball
Thanks Patrick!, it was a challenge to bring the paintwork back to something more realistic!
18. September 2020, 09:44
Andy Ball
Sorry*Patryk*: autocorrect :(
20. September 2020, 08:54
Jivko Djakov
I like this plane. And the model is magical.
22. January, 21:51
Munkyslut
Amazing detail mate!
22. January, 21:57
Andy Ball
Thanks Jivko- it's certainly impressive even in 72, I know a few folks want to see this in 48 too! (=Huge!!)
23. January, 15:47
Andy Ball
Cheers Munkyslut! Thanks for popping by!
23. January, 15:47

January 11, 2021

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30. November 2019, 15:22
Andy Ball
On order from 'fix themselves...hope to get one of the first batches off the molds....
30. November 2019, 15:23
Sparky Rogers
I see they've corrected the Blue Steel fin in the box art. It was shown folded which is wrong with the landing gear up. Really bugged me
11. January, 14:36

January 8, 2021

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1:24 Supermarine Spitfire Mk1a (Airfix A12001V)1:24 Sutton QK Harness (RB Productions RB-P24001)
 
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January 2, 2021

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November 16, 2020

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November 15, 2020

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15. November 2020, 14:23
Andy Ball
Well, after 47 Christmas's I have decided to ask Santa for this one again. I know I'll be up for so much pain in building it....but it represents nostalgia and unfinished building business!
15. November 2020, 14:25
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October 17, 2020

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A great book, human stories behind the two aircrews and the legacy they left our village in January 1945.
11 | 5. September 2020, 14:34
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Andy Ball
Indeed I do Munkyslut, I drain it, but there's still some condensation in it, are you able to give any advice?, I am in the process - when I can - of looking on YouT for airbrush troubleshooting, I'm deep-cleaning the H&S too.
16. October 2020, 09:48
Łukasz Gliński
Glad to see you're alive Damp is coming everywhere, not only in the UK ;)
Looking forward to reading some comparison observations between Revell and Airfix.
16. October 2020, 10:32
Andy Ball
Haha Ł, very much so...no COVID here, yet. Feel I have a whole project to re-equip my studio with insulation and heat....and may change the compressor too. I guess you'll have more extreme weather where you are than us damp-Englanders!
16. October 2020, 10:52
Łukasz Gliński
Not so much actually, at least in my corner of the country ;)
I guess the extreme damp counts as extreme weather, doesn't it? ;)
16. October 2020, 11:00
Gary Kitchen
@Lukasz extreme damp feels like a particularly under-stated British bit of extreme weather. Not for us the hurricane, cyclones, Twisters, blizzards and monsoons that other parts of the world justifiably label as extreme :)
17. October 2020, 07:48
Gary Kitchen
Saying that I heard that rainfall to date in October ( the wettest on record) was enough to fill Loch Ness! Not sure if that has been scientifically verified though.
17. October 2020, 07:52
Łukasz Gliński
@Gary: has the estimation included the Nessie? ;) Sorry for OT, Mr.A ;)
17. October 2020, 08:24
Guillaume Blanchet
My 2 cents on the water in the compressor issue. Mine dosent have a purge valve so I try to keep it in a dry place. Usually Inside the house close to a heating source. I also let it purge itself when strating it up fo9r a few minutes. But if there is too much humidity in the air the water will accumulate again in the compressor. At that point, I usually purge it again when necessary for 2 minute and always spray away from the model to check if there is water before directing the paint stream toward my model.

Good luck with your studio improvement.
17. October 2020, 12:08

September 22, 2020

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September 21, 2020

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All ready for the close. It’s difficult to know why Tamiya re-tooled their Mark 1 recently- this tool is superb!
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Guy Rump
Looking good Andy :)
5. September 2020, 08:11
Andy Ball
Masking off and undercoating the wing leading edges and finishing the canopy masking and painting today- @Guy: many thanks for checking in!
6. September 2020, 14:28
Andy Ball
Determined to have this finished by the 15th, Battle of Britain day, (I know, it's a Mk.Vb...but it's a Spit)
13. September 2020, 19:21
Guy Rump
This Spit is really looking great Andy, I hope you meet your target of completion by tomorrow.. :)
14. September 2020, 20:35
Andy Ball
Working those washes Guy...it'll be nearly complete.....
14. September 2020, 21:15
Andy Ball
So here in the UK it's the 80th anniversary of the turn of the tide for the Battle of Britain. Essentially my country's been dining out on this magnificent achievement for this length of time! So what better way to announce said anniversary?....a Spitfire Vb !!!!(that never fought- in case you were going to comment!)
15. September 2020, 15:30
Roland Gunslinger
Nicely done
You don't have to be brave to use oil paint :D It is really very simple. I've only been using them for a few weeks / months either. The advantage is that you can still make corrections for a long time because they take longer to dry. You can also simply wipe everything off again.
15. September 2020, 17:44
Andy Ball
@Roland:thanks!!....re. oils: I've used them before and managed to wear off the paint underneath when using the turpentine: so my technique needs adapting. I have a tube of burnt umber to play around on the 2 Lancasters I'm putting together- I'll try them on the internals first.
21. September 2020, 13:29
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1:72 Avro Lancaster B.III (Airfix A08013A)1:72 Avro Lancaster Mk.I/III (Revell 04300)1:72 Lancaster Mk.I/Mk.III (Eduard CX211)4+
 
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Cuajete
Interesting project. It is a good occasion to compare both moulds.
Following one more time, Andy! ;)
17. September 2020, 18:25
Erik De Smet
Following too. I saw the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster a few times in the past (first in 1975 , I believe) , but is it still in flying condition ?
17. September 2020, 18:42
Łukasz Gliński
@Erik: Seen it in 2017, hopefully it's still flying
17. September 2020, 19:43
Andy Ball
@Erik: The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) still has its functioning, flying, Lancaster, based at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire. Additionally there's another Lancaster that taxis, but doesn't fly. Of course, our Canadian cousins have theirs- flying, based in Ontario I believe.
18. September 2020, 12:29
Andy Ball
@Cuajete: thank you. Again!
18. September 2020, 15:17
Jay Dubya
While there is no obvious Australian connection to this bit of tragic history, aside from being a training place, I'll be stopping by occasionally to have a sneaky peak from down under.
BTW: I too went to Hendon & Hennants, on a day off from a business trip, in 2018. I loved how Hendon was used for the bogus US General scene in the Dirty Dozen!
20. September 2020, 06:37
Andy Ball
@Jay: yes, I thought in one of the crews there was an Aussie....but only Kiwi's and Canadians with our boys whom perished. My cousin's airfield at Bottesford had the Aussie crews I believe (Manchesters and Lancs). Anyways, many thanks for popping by.
21. September 2020, 09:39
Munkyslut
Watching ;)
21. September 2020, 09:55

September 16, 2020

Andy Ball and Micky are now mates.
16. September 2020, 13:24

September 14, 2020

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I remember being so gratified that I managed to paint yellow 23 on her.
Project: Flogger’D
1:72 MiG-27 Flogger-D (Hasegawa 712)
5 | 6. September 2020, 14:06
Thomas Bischoff
Great pictures! .. is this an older build?
6. September 2020, 19:30
Thomas Kolb
I first thought you threw it together as a quickie after the Tupolev, but I see now that it is an older build. Must be pretty old, I guess?
6. September 2020, 20:06
Andy Ball
@Thomas B and K: yes, one of my older ones- but recently smartened up.
6. September 2020, 21:04
Daniel Klink
Vety nicely done Andy
9. September 2020, 20:05
Andy Ball
Thanks Daniel!
13. September 2020, 19:23
Łukasz Gliński
That looks grand. What did the 'smartening' include?
13. September 2020, 19:32
Andy Ball
Hi Łukasz, just the pitot tubes and some static dischargers that had broken off. It's one from 1987, I think!
13. September 2020, 19:51
Łukasz Gliński
We all used to believe by then that Soviet 27s had a 3-tone camo (according to the instructions) ;)
14. September 2020, 08:53
Andy Ball
@Ł: Have I got it wrong?, I can't remember why I chose the three colours. References weren't my strong point back then!? :)
14. September 2020, 11:50
Łukasz Gliński
Had this kit years ago, having the local rebox too and they both provide such camo :D
Actually they used to look much more interesting:
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14. September 2020, 11:58
Andy Ball
Ah, well I'll do a Flogger again another day: maybe not the '27 perhaps a '23? Nice scheme for a WarPac workhorse.
14. September 2020, 12:40

September 12, 2020

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September 10, 2020

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September 8, 2020

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pleased with the W/O effects
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Chaz Gordon
Outstanding detail in 1/72nd, glad I'm not the only painter of detail that will be forever hidden. But hey, that's what photo albums are for.
6. December 2019, 17:49
Andy Ball
@chaz .... "we suffer for our art?!????"...
6. December 2019, 23:34
Patryk S.
Congratulations on a great build!
16. December 2019, 18:00
Andy Ball
@Patryk thankful for your comments
17. December 2019, 18:14
Mark
Superb work Andy, a fitting tribute.
19. December 2019, 21:37
Andy Ball
@Mark, thank-you, it's a great kit!
19. December 2019, 22:03
Gary Kitchen
Andy- a fabulous reference for me. I think this airfix kit blows the trumpeter one away for internal fittings (needless to say your build was fab) I think the exterior of the trumpeter looks like a match for the geodesic/stretched skin look. Also happier with my red dope now Ive seen yours which was tonally darker but I wasn't too far off.
8. September 2020, 05:58
Andy Ball
@Gary: thanks for popping by. I'm really impressed with yours and Trumpeter's kit- I guess the next MkIII in town?, I'm not sure the red-brick dope went everywhere, (note pilot's station area), and I think you've started the tedious interior aluminium cross hatching too?, that should make it really "pop"
8. September 2020, 07:31

September 6, 2020

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1:72 MiG-27 Flogger-D (Hasegawa 712)
 
6. September 2020, 14:01

September 4, 2020

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4. September 2020, 12:51
Andy Ball
OK, so these are from my 1983 build of the Hasegawa MiG-25. I rescued some of the finer details with the addition of a Master pitot (which subsequently got damaged and had to have a scratch built series of vanes added), plus some static dischargers from guitar strings, and new decals. I then accidentally sprayed flat base over some of it, thinking it was flat varnish...so some salvage surgery was then done. I'm happier with it now, and show it here for no other reason than it's one of my earlier builds in the days of Humbrol enamels and brushes!
4. September 2020, 12:59

September 3, 2020

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Here we are....start line again....never tried Hobby Boss before...
Project: The Nightfly
1:72 P-61B Black Widow (HobbyBoss 87262)1:72 Northrop P-61B Black Widow (Eduard CX519)1:72 P-61A Black Widow gun barrels (Quickboost QB 72 082)1+
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Andy Ball
@Thomas: yeh, the X-1 was intended to be a 'sheen' coat, and some of the freckles are the matt aluminium distressings applied.
25. August 2020, 12:37
Andy Ball
@Alec and @Roland: appreciative of your comments, I think I've leaned quite a bit on this build.
25. August 2020, 12:38
Spanjaard
very nice job. pitty about the gal...
25. August 2020, 14:22
Gary Dahlström
One of my favorite all-time aircraft; nicely done.
25. August 2020, 16:06
Andy Ball
@Spanjaard...same old tale...the girl disappears into the dark!.....thanks for the comment
25. August 2020, 16:40
Andy Ball
@Gary - thanks: I hope I haven't diminished your attraction for the 'Widow!
25. August 2020, 16:42
Cuajete
The girl disappears into the dark, but night looks very good! Nice weathering, Andy. Congrats!
29. August 2020, 19:43
Andy Ball
@Cuajete: sadly, these ladies of the night all disappear into the shadowy world of the model-maker's imagination! Many thanks for the observations!!
3. September 2020, 21:39
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When the UK was at the forefront of aircraft technology....
2 | 1. November 2019, 14:54
Guy Rump
I must have missed this Andy, what a beautiful aircraft, we (UK) really mucked up cancelling this project. Great model btw! :)
3. September 2020, 09:44
Andy Ball
@Guy: thanks for looking- this one was built a few years back, rebuilt as slightly damaged and rescued from a previous life I had....I remember it to be a real challenge (fit issues), but ultimately commands a presence on any modeller's shelf!, (plus it's good to see the one at Cosford too).
3. September 2020, 10:28

August 24, 2020

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1:72 P-61B Black Widow (HobbyBoss 87262)1:72 Northrop P-61B Black Widow (Eduard CX519)1:72 P-61A Black Widow gun barrels (Quickboost QB 72 082)1+
Northrop P-61B-2 Black Widow
US Military US Army Air Forces (1941-1947)
6 NFS Sleepy Time Gal II -239414
Black
 
3. January 2020, 16:36
Juergen Klinglhuber
I'm in, as soon as your idea will get alive. ;) looking forward.
3. January 2020, 22:01
Chris Greathouse
I'm always up for a lovely pin-up girl... I mean plane :P On board!
3. January 2020, 22:04
Andy Ball
Heh hehe Chris!, just gotta find the gal !!
3. January 2020, 22:53
Andy Ball
Thanks Juergen....I'm trying to line all the ideas up with my over-stocked stash!!
3. January 2020, 22:55
Maciej Bellos
Following!

Chris, that autocorrect is funny sometimes... ;)
3. January 2020, 22:57
Andy Ball
I declare this a Black Day Start
5. August 2020, 11:53
Andy Ball
I declare this a Black Day, finish!
23. August 2020, 20:49
Juergen Klinglhuber
congrats - - the bird looks great!
24. August 2020, 05:38
Andy Ball
Thanks for your comments and encouragement Juergen! Glad you like it.
24. August 2020, 06:58

August 23, 2020

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Project: London Pride
1:72 Kittyhawk Mk.IA (Special Hobby SH72377)1:72 Kittyhawk I, Ia, II, IIa and III Seat with Sutton Harness for Special Hobby Kit (CMK Q72302)
2 | 21. March 2019, 19:35
Guy Rump
The weathering and rigging on the Tomahawk is excellent Andy, love it. I think some lessons on how to rig are required for me. :)
23. August 2020, 10:43
Łukasz Gliński
It's the one I'd love to get one day too. Looks really battered
23. August 2020, 19:30
Andy Ball
Thanks Guy: again another kit that drops together. I know Airfix's is good- but I reckon this one blows it away, especially with CMK additions. I'm now using Ushi rigging which is more to scale but if you need to be dexterous as essentially it's nylon yarn, very thin, flexible and tricky to attach!, but worth it!
23. August 2020, 19:34
Andy Ball
@Łukasz: cheers and thanks for popping by....they didn't 'arf abuse 'em in the desert!
23. August 2020, 19:35

August 17, 2020

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In progress
1:48 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vb (Tamiya 61033)1:48 Spitfire Mk.Vb (Eduard 49256)
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vb
GB Military Royal Air Force (1918-now)
316 (Polish) Sqn. BL479/SZ-X
World War 2
Scheme A
 
17. August 2020, 11:11
Andy Ball
Well....let's try 48 and see what it's all about, and save the optician's fees!?
17. August 2020, 22:04
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August 15, 2020

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August 14, 2020

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August 12, 2020

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Pleasant port profile view: another coat of matt varnish and I’m saying Dornier Do-ne!
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Andy Ball
@ Alec K, Cuajete, Łukasz, Roland and Skywalker: thanks for the replies, @ Łukasz I think this one's "fodder" for Glowacki's 303's....
4. August 2020, 16:09
Łukasz Gliński
O rly? What a nice coincidence
4. August 2020, 18:37
David Januska
Slowly, but nicely. Perfect result
5. August 2020, 08:28
Andy Ball
@David: slowly, just like the bomber. (Great kit though, can't be rushed!)
5. August 2020, 12:10
Peter Mollenhauer
Excellent work, Andy, again!
12. August 2020, 18:03
Juergen Klinglhuber
great looking Do17 ! congrats
12. August 2020, 20:13
Andy Ball
Cheers Peter, I'm glad you've had a look!
12. August 2020, 22:19
Andy Ball
Juergen, many thanks-I think the Pencil's inherently good looking....I merely coloured it in a bit!
12. August 2020, 22:21

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August 7, 2020

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Finals: last shot of varnish, and despite the dusting some small incursions from the spiders in my studio- darn them!!
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Andy Ball
Hmmm @Choppa Nutta: you maybe right?, I'm not as meticulous as some regarding references- but I take Brett Green's endorsement that Tamiya's G6 is the best in town in 72nd, alongside the out-of-production Fine Molds one. Perhaps this will come to light elsewhere?
4. August 2020, 22:22
Choppa Nutta
I've just had a quick rummage through Eduard's offerings as they tend to be the most accurate and a number of their G6 models have the same rudder as yours but the Bf 109G-6/AS has the newer rudder like most G10's but some G10's have the older rudder too... seems I was a bit wrong then :)
4. August 2020, 22:44
Andy Ball
@ James C, yeh you can't be human if you don't feel for what those two warriors went through on that day
5. August 2020, 12:02
Andy Ball
@Choppa Nutta: glad we've resolved that!
5. August 2020, 12:02
Choppa Nutta
Haha, indeed !! :D
always nice to have dispelled a misconception :)
Anyhow, always nice to build something with a good back story to it and it is a testament to the bravery and humanity of those brave warriors :)
5. August 2020, 14:08
Slavo Hazucha
Well you had to sort it for the 109, on the B-17 it's way easier - any questionable or version-uncertain parts may just be "shot off"... Imagine the coolness/boss factor on a show with someone tellong you that a part is wrong & you just break it off :D

I've heard the story, but not that specific video... In the war, they were proud of victories & aircraft kill numbers, years after the most valuable action to cling to is the one time not pulling the trigger...
5. August 2020, 15:47
Andy Ball
@Slavo: yes, I would have a huge latitude of artistic licence on Brown's B-17....and I could play some sort of styrene-god too!
What does strike you when listening to Stigler (and I guess all warriors) is the 'natural' approach of de-humanising the target..it's a piece of metal- I have to take it down.
It makes me wonder what the US ground attack guys would have thought when obliterating the Iraqis on the highway out of Kuwait City in GW1...was it almost like a computer-game turkey shoot for them?...what if they'd seen the faces in the dark?
War IS Hell.
7. August 2020, 09:32
Łukasz Gliński
True - "War. War never changes"
7. August 2020, 19:57

August 5, 2020

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This Squadron attacked targets in Holland, and lost many
Project: Ace Ventura
1:72 PV-1 Ventura (Eduard 72 202)1:72 Lockheed Ventura II (Academy/Minicraft 2105)
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August 4, 2020

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Carlos Martin
That looks amazing! Congratulations.
3. August 2020, 18:06
playtime 222
Credited with being a more stable gun platform on top of the convergence issues which they both had. Agree worse on spit in theory
3. August 2020, 20:50
Daniel Klink
Completely Convincing Result Andy :
Bravo
3. August 2020, 21:14
Andy Ball
@Carlos: yours is shaping up really well too!, thanks!
4. August 2020, 16:11
Andy Ball
@playtime 222 thanks for the technical check!
4. August 2020, 16:11
Andy Ball
@Daniel: if it's convinced you- I am all happy, Sir!
4. August 2020, 16:11
Oleg Smilyk
Excellent Hurry, Andy, like weathering and detailing!
4. August 2020, 16:37
Andy Ball
Thanks Oleg! Enjoying your builds too!
4. August 2020, 22:16

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A re-vamp of an old kit: new aerial, wires and a small re-spray.
2. August 2020, 21:09
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1:72 PV-1 Ventura (Eduard 72 202)1:72 Lockheed Ventura II (Academy/Minicraft 2105)
Lockheed Ventura Mk.II
GB Military Royal Air Force (1918-now)
21 Sqn. AE924/YH-V

Dark Earth, Dark Green, Sky
 
2. August 2020, 19:03

August 1, 2020

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1:72 Hurricane Mk I (Arma Hobby 70019)1:72 Hurricane camo scheme A (Eduard CX422)
Hawker Hurricane Mk.I
GB Military Royal Auxiliary Air Force (1924-present)
501 (City of Gloucester) Sqn. SD-A | V7234 (Sgt. Antoni Glowacki)
August 1940 World War 2»Battle of Britain - RAF Gravesend, Kent
Dark Green, Dark Earth, Sky
 
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Maciej Bellos
About joining in, my Spit has a Pole in it, it is 4 years after BoB in Belgium however.
11. May 2020, 18:33
Andy Ball
To qualify: your Polish pilot has had to have flown over the English Channel/la Manche (hence 'Briney'), oh, OK...we'll allow the North Sea too!
11. May 2020, 18:35
Maciej Bellos
Well, Aleksander Gabszewicz  served in the ranks of No. 607 Squadron RAF and No. 303 Polish Fighter Squadron before being transferred to 316 Polish Fighter Squadron and later was the commanding officer. I suppose he qualifies.

Only thing is to retrieve the Spit from the shelf of doom. What is the time frame for our builds?
11. May 2020, 18:47
Łukasz Gliński
I have to admit I didn't get the meaning of "Briney"...|
Thanks Maciej for your inputs, I'm more into planes than their pilots ;)
11. May 2020, 20:04
Andy Ball
Łukasz , I don't know if Monty Python is understood in Poland, but they did a fantastic sketch about RAF 'banter' or slang if you will: one of the RAF officers mentions "cabbage crates over the briney", ( I guess meaning the Luftwaffe were coming over the sea), to which the other officer states " don't understand your banter, squadron leader. It's hilarious, trust me!
11. May 2020, 20:13
Łukasz Gliński
Mkay, I have to admit it's really hard to understand the Monty Python unless you're a native speaker. And the local subtitles (or the infamous Polish lector) sound completely different ;)
But I found a transcript and I can say I moreless get the sketch :)
11. May 2020, 20:21
Andy Ball
There's more I *could* do and *should* do: but I declare her complete.
31. July 2020, 19:09
Cuajete
Well done. Congrats!
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GB Military Royal Air Force (1918-now)
62 Sqn. L1134/FX-F (Arthur Stewart King Scarf VC)
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Thomas Kolb
Seems like you had to do a lot of faffing with these resin engines, drilling and adding brass rods and stuff... but they sure ended up nice!
7. July 2020, 09:48
Guy Rump
Looking really good Andy :)
8. July 2020, 17:36
Andy Ball
thanks Guy, apart from a few well-documented minor alignment issues with the canopy, this is a great fit'er
9. July 2020, 09:55
Andy Ball
A few post-decal, preshade pictures added. Final leg....
23. July 2020, 12:14
Andy Ball
Blenheim is now ready to receive her guests....,all done
31. July 2020, 19:18
Guy Rump
Great finish Andy, you're on a real roll of finishes at the mo, and all of them a triumph :)
31. July 2020, 20:55
Thomas Bischoff
Really nice Blenheim
31. July 2020, 21:16
Andy Ball
@Guy: I've had 4 on the workbench all close to completion and decided to weather them all together once the Hurricane was on finals. @Thomas: thank you, Sir- you have some great works too!
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Guy Rump
Lovely model and great weathering Andy :)
4. January 2020, 18:43
Andy Ball
Thanks a Guy, it's been sitting on the bench in near-complete state for a while. I can recommend it, (apart from oversized wing tanks).
5. January 2020, 09:22
Peter Mollenhauer
Nice Fury, Andy! I've got the foreign Service kit, intend to build a Cuban example. Thanks for the hint with the tanks.
28. July 2020, 07:36
Andy Ball
@Peter, thank-you. It's a great kit apart from the inaccuracy, perhaps better than Trumpeter's. I didn't trim the canopy down to the correct profile either- because I'd not had much experience of working with vacuform.
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love her lines from this angle....
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Skywalker
Looks like you lost your refueling tube at some point. Nice to see more of your builds.
29. June 2020, 21:49
Andy Ball
@Skywalker: yes this was one of the builds pre-divorce that managed to make it!, I've been looking for an after-market alternative- do you know of any?
29. June 2020, 21:59
Skywalker
I have looked because I had such a problem with mine breaking, but I never found an after-market solution. I would think your best bet would be to fashion one out of stretched sprue.
29. June 2020, 23:00
Andy Ball
Yep, just ordered a NATO fuel 'nipple' and will scratch the rest.
30. June 2020, 15:04
Alexander G.
nice was also considering a gallery of all my builds in chronological order, early sins included
30. June 2020, 15:41
Andy Ball
yes, I catalogue all my faithful attempts on here...stinkers through to "got it half-right"...I'm simply stunned at how some folks are able to do such tidy work in the 'one true scale'!...hence, just like in my real job, I have to say I "practice"
30. June 2020, 17:02
Andy Ball
added a scratch built refuel probe, t make it a little more complete. Finished!
23. July 2020, 13:17
Łukasz Gliński
A gem from pre-preshading and pre-washing era ;)
23. July 2020, 14:29
Skywalker
The new refuel probe came out well. Good job.
23. July 2020, 17:48
Andy Ball
@Łukasz and @Skywalker: appreciate your tolerance of my old build!, all enamels and brushes....
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Andy Ball
Academy's F-6F is a super wee kit!
21. July 2020, 16:57
Patryk S.
Very nice result! Congratulations!
22. July 2020, 09:22
Andy Ball
Many many thanks Patryk - it's an oldie- and one hopes we've changed building techniques a little since then!
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14. April 2020, 21:47
Andy Ball
some of these were a little warped from their castings...so warm water helped.
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21. July 2020, 14:21
Andy Ball
great resin, despite my early reservations.
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17. May 2019, 16:22
Irving González
is a nice kit
15. July 2019, 23:40
Andy Ball
One day!.......
17. July 2019, 20:07
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Andy Ball
just about finished it...if you're thinking....do it!
2. July 2020, 13:40
Irving González
Oh good, now i am moving out, about 2 weeks without modelling, but want to start ASAP thank you
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20. April 2020, 21:57
Łukasz Gliński
Wanting to build it one day, will follow
6. May 2020, 15:53
Ben M
Giant silver soviet interceptor. All in.
6. May 2020, 15:58
Maciej Bellos
Following!
6. May 2020, 16:47
Augie
I'd love one in 1:48.. Just something about the 128..
7. May 2020, 13:00
Andy Ball
@Augie: think there is one, I'm sure I saw it at Telford last year?....(the 128 is the sort of plane only a mother would love)
7. May 2020, 13:58
Guy Rump
Interested to see how you get on with etched parts Andy, I haven't tried any yet. :)
10. May 2020, 08:44
Augie
Thanks andy, will be on look out.
10. May 2020, 09:08
Sergej I
This looks like a promising build, looking forward!
10. May 2020, 11:56
Cuajete
Very nice interior. Following!
10. May 2020, 18:55
Łukasz Gliński
The cockpit is amazing
10. May 2020, 19:19
Andy Ball
Hi all...I have no idea what I have done on here...I seemed to have deleted, (YET AGAIN), my photos associated with this build.
I am finding SCM's user friendliness very taxing!! - so I've updated with some more. Hope you enjoy...it's been a long day!!
10. May 2020, 19:37
Andy Ball
Thanks Sergej, Cuajete, and Łucasz, I hoe you'll follow the build on the "other channel"....take 2, I've just started the fuselage and think this is a 48'er...it's huge!
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to be added to a scratch-built arm for the Mirage 2000
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29. June 2020, 20:30
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Made many years ago with enamels and brushes- refuelling probe long lost
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Munkyslut
Ooh I like that a lot
3. January 2020, 23:28
Andy Ball
Thanks Munkyslut!: a lot learned in that kit...built over far too many years!
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Giannis Kaltapanidis
Ha ha ha!! Devilish little (russian) creatures!!!
17. June 2020, 05:18
Sergej I
Great weathering!
17. June 2020, 06:28
Andy Ball
@Giannis : "Boris the Spider"?
17. June 2020, 07:10
Andy Ball
@Sergej: many thanks, it was a little bit of a mistake, but perhaps turned out better than I thought
17. June 2020, 07:11
Philip61
Thank you Andy
17. June 2020, 15:23
Harvey H.W. Wong
Very natural fading winter camo,impressive!????
20. June 2020, 20:05
Andy Ball
Cheers Harvey, I am very much following your Su-24...looking great!
22. June 2020, 11:02
Łukasz Gliński
Last years thing, but I haven't seen it till now. Nicely done
22. June 2020, 11:29

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17. June 2020, 10:13
Andy Ball
Got this, plus over-trees. This looks even more complex than the Hurricane.....
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June 11, 2020

Andy Ball
Hello SCM fraternity!! What's the best way to seal Mr Hobby metallics (I think they're lacquer-based)?...I note that many of Mr. H clear lacquers are out-of-stock, and don't want to inadvertently spray a clear coat that may disrupt the high-sheen pigments of these products. I thank you in anticipation!......
29. May 2020, 11:24
Munkyslut
I would have thought the safest would be Future Klear Polish, either sprayed undiluted or brushed.
It's very forgiving & self levels beautifully
Are you after a high gloss finish?
29. May 2020, 11:28
Andy Ball
thanks for getting back Monkeyslut!, I'm not too worried about a high-gloss per se, but don't want to create a reaction with the pigments that would, say, alter the sheen dramatically or disrupt them to such an extent that the colours may change [I applied CA glue on a PE part previously painted that had broken off and noted it went almost dark grey, meaning I had to re-paint]
29. May 2020, 11:49
Munkyslut
I always worked on the theory that if Future can make clear styrene parts look even clearer it's not gonna harm anything ;)
29. May 2020, 12:36
Andy Ball
Thanks all: I think my initial apprehension was alleviated by your collective advice, and the "just do it" approach!
9. June 2020, 22:27
Augie
Future works well.. but each to own.. try it on scrap plastic :)
9. June 2020, 23:01
Jimmy L
How about a Tamiya TS clear?
10. June 2020, 20:10
Andy Ball
Thanks Augie and Jimmy L for the advice, too!
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26. May 2020, 14:07
Andy Ball
think I've bought the last one in UK
26. May 2020, 14:08
Łukasz Gliński
How big is that? :o
27. May 2020, 09:00
Andy Ball
I'll let you know when it arrives!- bigger than the Tu-128 most likely!
27. May 2020, 12:31
Łukasz Gliński
Must be, it took couple more folks on board than the Fiddler ;)
27. May 2020, 12:51
Thomas Kolb
So cool! That's one crazy model! One of my friends in Stockholm built that one a few years ago - I think it weighs over 2 kg and is big as a house! I am definitely looking forward to you building it! :)
29. May 2020, 09:32
Andy Ball
It has the presence of one of those airline models that would sit in a travel agents window in the 1980's! Boy, will it be a test of skill....I'm gonna sit on this one for a while, see if anyone else has a crack at it first!
9. June 2020, 22:29

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So, I thought the Tu-128 was big....
Project: Classic '62
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1. June 2020, 14:48
Maciej Bellos
Whoa!
I thought that the only ones available were in 1/144 and 1/100.
Back in the 80s I flew in those (LOT Airlines, Athens-Warsaw). Beasts, even bigger when seen through the eyes of an 8 year old. I like the Tu-154 more though!
1. June 2020, 17:53
Andy Ball
She sure is big!, in the late 1970's I remember riding my bicycle to Newcastle airport to see a TAROM Tu-154 land, it was quite a rare creature amongst HS Tridents, BAC1-11s and 727s!!
1. June 2020, 21:52
Ben M
Alright, another great subject Andy, can't wait to watch it. I have a 1:72 airliner to build myself, possibly after I finish my dirigible. Can only do one "big" kit at a time on my table.
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