Wow, pic #1 shows how lucky you are, A.! 😄 We're all jealous, aren't we folks? 😉
Jealous? Me?...ok, you've got me, Łukasz 😉
Count me in too.
I should start the Victor in my stash before buying the Vulcan. (Yeah, right, as if)
Following with interest 👍
June 29, 2021
This arrived directly from Airfix this morning. Big box. Big bird. Sprues are individually wrapped which seems a new Airfix trend?
June 18, 2021
Welcome back A., long time no see 👍
Hi Ł, I'm good thank-you....building an extension on the house, so the model studio is out of action....but I will be upgrading it to be more suited to our colder and damp nights later...I hope all's well with you too?, have you had your vaccines?...still working on 1:24th Spit, the two 72nd Lancs and trying to finish the 48th 'Vb.....
It's ok, thx. Got the bug and got jabbed, so there's no more I can do I assume 😉 Busy year you have over there, we're only struggling with a heatwave, so my attic is out of order for a while. Have to look at your Lanx in the meantime 👍
May 10, 2021
@Aleš appreciate you popping over with encouragement!
@Gary: it's a testing build, but I think all model makers need to tackle these 'bête noires'!
@Villiers: thank you for the comment, some of it is a flight of fantasy- but looks better than the Airfix's offering
Guy and Andy.Theres another model shop popped up in Morpeth JJ Models in the last couple of Years.The model shop in the arcade in Morpeth was always stuffed to the gunnels with kits.
@David: I remember the smell in the Sanderson Arcade so well, my mum knew the lady who worked there as she worked pretty much opposite the store. The new m/shop is long overdue for the town!
May 9, 2021
My wife's treated me for my birthday. Hoping to connect to my H&S infinity asap and have a blow! Anyone out there have any feedback on this compressor/tank combo?
Got to say, compared to the pump (made in China) that I did have, this is a terrific tool! The air comes out smoothly (it feels), and it's much less noisy and vibrations lower
May 2, 2021
I was wondering why I received a notification for a message that I'm not allowed to see
These take ages to soak off, and are a little jittery on the future-coated interior.
April 29, 2021
Had it a couple of years, proving its worth, just the operator needs to up his game.
April 27, 2021
Cracking upgrade, watch those fantasy print shop decals though....beautifully rendered and gossamer thin! I'll post some pictures soon of completed instrument panel on Airfix's 1/24th Spitfire 1a
April 24, 2021
April 23, 2021
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.
@Gary: has the estimation included the Nessie?😉 Sorry for OT, Mr.A😉
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.
Andy good to see you're active again although focussing in on the big Spits it looks like. How fairs the Lanc?
Hi Gary, yes the Lancs are on the workbench too, just a little to the right....they're being painted when I get to the Spit's Dk.Green/Earth - goal to finish all by summer!
April 21, 2021
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Disappearing down the rabbit hole away from "ootb" to "throw everything at it" 🙂
April 15, 2021
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March 30, 2021
The dark background & real sunlight work magic - @Neuling I recall another photographer using the sun as the finished models best friend😉
The metal tones look superb in that setup & the Engines too, definitely an aftermarket part that delivers 👍 - in respectively skilled hands, of course...
Thank you all for those concluding remarks, Guillaume, Slavo and Neuling I loved this kit- unusual and impressive- I know others have commented on its accuracy and I see with justification why. It still commands a presence on the modeller's shelf and am sure would draw attention at any club or fare.
This looks oddly familiar 😄
Did you add some detail inside the canopy? Seems like it.
@Alexander G - just a bit of detailing- actually plagiarised from your sources!
March 23, 2021
Don't know if anyone's done a review versus the venerable Tamiya?
Hello Andy, i read some review here:
Thanks David, I think this new one may have taken the subject up a notch.
March 20, 2021
A quick opening of the box and initial look reminds me of their Wellington- with great interior and a legs up or down option too.
Looking forward to seeing you building it 👍
Hey Łukasz, sure!!, I'll schedule for 2025 at this rate!!
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This Spit is really looking great Andy, I hope you meet your target of completion by tomorrow.. 🙂
Working those washes Guy...it'll be nearly complete.....
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!)
Nicely done 👍
You don't have to be brave to use oil paint 😄 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.
@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.
@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.
@Cuajete: thank you. Again!
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!
@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.
September 16, 2020
September 14, 2020
Great pictures! .. is this an older build?
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?
@Thomas B and K: yes, one of my older ones- but recently smartened up.
Vety nicely done Andy 👍
That looks grand. What did the 'smartening' include?
Hi Łukasz, just the pitot tubes and some static dischargers that had broken off. It's one from 1987, I think!
We all used to believe by then that Soviet 27s had a 3-tone camo (according to the instructions)😉
@Ł: Have I got it wrong?, I can't remember why I chose the three colours. References weren't my strong point back then!?
Had this kit years ago, having the local rebox too and they both provide such camo 😄
Actually they used to look much more interesting:
Ah, well I'll do a Flogger again another day: maybe not the '27 perhaps a '23? Nice scheme for a WarPac workhorse.
September 12, 2020
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@Patryk thankful for your comments
Superb work Andy, a fitting tribute.
@Mark, thank-you, it's a great kit!
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. 👍
@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"
September 6, 2020
September 4, 2020
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!
September 3, 2020
One of my favorite all-time aircraft; nicely done.
@Spanjaard...same old tale...the girl disappears into the dark!.....thanks for the comment
@Gary - thanks: I hope I haven't diminished your attraction for the 'Widow!
The girl disappears into the dark, but night looks very good! Nice weathering, Andy. Congrats!
@Cuajete: sadly, these ladies of the night all disappear into the shadowy world of the model-maker's imagination! Many thanks for the observations!!
I must have missed this Andy, what a beautiful aircraft, we (UK) really mucked up cancelling this project. Great model btw! 🙂
@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).
August 24, 2020
I'm in, as soon as your idea will get alive. looking forward.
I'm always up for a lovely pin-up girl... I mean plane 😛 On board!
Heh hehe Chris!, just gotta find the gal !!
Thanks Juergen....I'm trying to line all the ideas up with my over-stocked stash!!
Chris, that autocorrect is funny sometimes...😉
I declare this a Black Day Start
I declare this a Black Day, finish!
congrats - 👍 - the bird looks great!
Thanks for your comments and encouragement Juergen! Glad you like it.
August 23, 2020
The weathering and rigging on the Tomahawk is excellent Andy, love it. I think some lessons on how to rig are required for me. 🙂
It's the one I'd love to get one day too. Looks really battered 👍
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!
@Łukasz: cheers and thanks for popping by....they didn't 'arf abuse 'em in the desert!
August 17, 2020
Well....let's try 48 and see what it's all about, and save the optician's fees!?
August 15, 2020
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@David: slowly, just like the bomber. (Great kit though, can't be rushed!)
Excellent work, Andy, again!
great looking Do17 ! congrats
Cheers Peter, I'm glad you've had a look!
Juergen, many thanks-I think the Pencil's inherently good looking....I merely coloured it in a bit!
August 10, 2020
August 7, 2020
@Choppa Nutta: glad we've resolved that!
Haha, indeed !! 😄
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 🙂
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 😄
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...
@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.
True - "War. War never changes"
August 5, 2020
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@Carlos: yours is shaping up really well too!, thanks!
@playtime 222 thanks for the technical check!
@Daniel: if it's convinced you- I am all happy, Sir!
Excellent Hurry, Andy, like weathering and detailing!
Thanks Oleg! Enjoying your builds too!
August 2, 2020
A re-vamp of an old kit: new aerial, wires and a small re-spray.
August 1, 2020
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😉
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!
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 🙂
There's more I *could* do and *should* do: but I declare her complete.
Well done. Congrats!
A few post-decal, preshade pictures added. Final leg....
Blenheim is now ready to receive her guests....,all done
Great finish Andy, you're on a real roll of finishes at the mo, and all of them a triumph 🙂
Really nice Blenheim 👍
@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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