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Fun with a classic Airfx kit....I hope!
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Posted: Monday, February 04, 2008 - 06:33 AM UTC
After buying the AZ Models Avro Tutor intending to have an easy build for this week, and qualify for a ribbon in the "Between The Wars" campaign on Aeroscale, I had to change my plans when I realised that due to the short run nature of the kit its going to be quite an involved build and one that not exactly going to be a " quick, fun simple oob build"
The Tutor deserves to be,,and will be,,a longer project.
So, while working on the oil washes on the Thunderbolt, I noticed at the bottom of the stash the Airfix 70th Anniversary Of The Spitfire box set.
Out came the S6B for a quick look.
Seconds later the major components are dry fitted, and they go together surprisingly well for a kit of its age.


Im planning to have this finished in the next 7 days,,but with my build rate anything could happen!
Nige
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Posted: Monday, February 04, 2008 - 07:40 AM UTC
way to go mate! it looks like you've been talking to somebody who's into these old school kits recently
actually its a shame my other computer died because i had a nice little folder of reference pics, because i've actually got three of these kits. btw did you cut out the cockpit? i'm sure mine had a pilots head moulded onto the fusalage, unless i'm mixing it up with airfix's DH88 comet racer, and my S6B'S are all up in the loft at the minute
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Posted: Monday, February 04, 2008 - 10:45 AM UTC
Hi Phil.
The pilot, if you can call it the pilot,, is separate.
I have loads of reference photos of the S6B so no need to rush up to the attic mate
Interestingly,,the rigging holes are present in the kit parts,but they will need filling and re drilling. I may make a trip into Derby and get some thin brass rod or something similar to use for the bracing wires.
Nige
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Posted: Monday, February 04, 2008 - 12:37 PM UTC

Sheesh!!----that brings back a load of memories ..............didn't think there were any still around .................will watch this for sure .....Now thats one I could have been pesuaded to do OOB:D
aye
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Posted: Monday, February 04, 2008 - 11:20 PM UTC
General mucking about with this today inbetween finishing up the P-47.
Nothing worth photographing yet though.
The floats and fusalage are together. I'll work on the seams and also fill in the oversized rigging holes next. I bought some brass rod which I may use for the lower bracing with the usual thread for the top wing-fusalage rigging.
The pilot may well be replaced with one of standard Airfix 1:72 pilots,,or more accurately, part of one
Barv..this kit is from the 70th Anniversary Of The Spitfire set, and also available in a special edition 70th Spit/75th S6B limited edition tin. Mines #75 ,,I know someone whos got a couple of these,,lol.
I can honestly say its the only "kit" in my stash Ive got no intention of building!
Nige
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Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2008 - 04:12 AM UTC

Did I say --"OOB".......
Sheesh!!
aye
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Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2008 - 05:16 AM UTC

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Did I say --"OOB".......
Sheesh!!
aye
BARV
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Aye Barv,,you did.
It would probably become an S6B Bulldozercraneshowerunitrecoverythingemewotsit if you got let loose on it,,lol
Love your work
Nige
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Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2008 - 11:45 PM UTC

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Did I say --"OOB".......
Sheesh!!
aye
BARV
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Aye Barv,,you did.
It would probably become an S6B Bulldozercraneshowerunitrecoverythingemewotsit if you got let loose on it,,lol
Love your work
Nige



YEAH MAN!!!! Never a truer word spoken Nige!
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Posted: Wednesday, February 06, 2008 - 11:12 PM UTC
After a small rearrangement of my modelling space after a trip to Ikea,,(Swedish for Hell), Ive made a bit of a start on this old kit. Quite how far Im actually going to get with it is another thing.
It certainly makes a difference from Tamiya Thunderbolts etc, but isnt that part of the fun?

As you can see Ive done away with the cross braces that came with the kit. This is just a dry fit. Now I know it works I'll take it apart and paint the floats before assembly.
As the title says...
Fun with a classic Airfix kit...........I hope!
Any suggestions as to what I can use to prime the brass rods?,,and will normal CA work for glueing them in? Dummy questions but its the first time Ive used any brass rods.
Nige
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Posted: Thursday, February 07, 2008 - 12:34 AM UTC

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It certainly makes a difference from Tamiya Thunderbolts etc, but isnt that part of the fun?



It sure is part of the fun, and makes you appreciate how good the tamigawa kits are.

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Posted: Friday, February 08, 2008 - 02:01 PM UTC
You put me to shame Nige, I have the Testors 1/48 S6B part built and it has been for years. The Airfix kit looks to be on a par with it.

Yep CA will be fine for your brass rods and normal primer

Do you have any decent references? Lack of was one of the reasons my build stalled

Mal
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Posted: Friday, February 08, 2008 - 04:27 PM UTC
Hi all.
Ive got a few photos of the S6B in th Science Museum,which is making the rigging easy.
The RAF site has some line drawings,which helped when I needed to know what the wing dihedral was. ( they are flat).
I got the wings on last night and cut/dry fitted the brass rods for the top side. Only 8 more to measure and cut now
Ive primed everything now and Im cleaning up the seams and wing roots.
Im really enjoying this
Nige
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Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2008 - 03:58 AM UTC
More madness.
In order to hopefully make life easier in later stages of the build, partially due to the demarcation lines between the blue and silver Ive elected to paint the bulk of the S6B partway through assembly.
Consequently any "normal" assembly sequence has gone out of the window. I realise that Im going to be spraying over certain areas but generally theres a method to all the madness
Using brass rod has made the "rigging" pretty easy. Im hoping the kit struts will be up to the job or I may end up having to figure out a way of scratch building them.
The basic blue is painted and Ive dry fitted the top bracing wires. Im going to paint the 3 colour rudder and then protect it with Klear before adding the horizontal stabilisers.

Nige
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Posted: Monday, February 11, 2008 - 04:46 AM UTC
Todays fun and games.

Nige
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Posted: Monday, February 11, 2008 - 02:02 PM UTC
Great work Nige you made it look so easy.


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You put me to shame Nige, I have the Testors 1/48 S6B part built and it has been for years. The Airfix kit looks to be on a par with it.

Mal



Mal I've got me a SMER 1/48 Macchi Castoldi MC.72 sitting in the stash, dug it out this morning to see what work is required to make it into a desent offering. Answer Lots

Ciao
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Posted: Monday, February 11, 2008 - 11:30 PM UTC
Thanks Luciano.
This little kit is certainly giving me a lot of fun
Now the rudders painted I can attach the horizontal stabilisers, and then it'll be time to see if it all actually fits together



Although completely innacurate, Im considering leaving the brass rods as they are, purely because I like the way they look.
Nige
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Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2008 - 05:40 PM UTC
Almost there with this lovely little old kit.
The S6B is now sitting on its own legs ,,err,,,floats,,for the first time

Nige
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Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2008 - 10:05 PM UTC
Ive found a way of fitting the brass rod that seems to work quickly and accurately.
One side of the rigging complete.

Nige
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Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2008 - 10:20 PM UTC
Looking good Nige.
Its amazing how quick this build is coming together.
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Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2008 - 10:38 PM UTC

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Looking good Nige.
Its amazing how quick this build is coming together.
Andy



Thanks Andy
Its certainly coming together very quickly.
Took me about 20 minutes to cut and fit the rest of the rigging.



Its even symetrical,,,,I can hardly believe it



Airfix rocks!

That young wippersnapper Mayfield doesnt know what hes missing out on. First the Tiger Moth and now this!

Nige
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Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2008 - 08:10 PM UTC
All done.

Start to finish just over a week, probably my quickest build ever, and lots of fun!









Nige
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Posted: Friday, February 15, 2008 - 12:30 PM UTC
nicely done mate! it seemed to me that this kit can be turned into a really nice eye catching model with a bit of tweaking, which is exactly what you've got there.
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Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2008 - 02:20 AM UTC
Stunning Nige, looks great There is one, well 2 things missing

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Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2008 - 02:55 AM UTC

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Stunning Nige, looks great There is one, well 2 things missing

Mal



Well,,I know one thing that was missing, and Ive just fitted it tonight. The small rectangle of clear plastic that was supposed to be the cockpit cover. I sanded down a piece of clear sprue to the correct size,( the kit part was too short) and fitted it tonight.
The 2nd thing missing?,,,you must mean the pilot, but the kit part looked more like a blob of plastic so I didnt fit it. ( never put pilots in my planes anyway )


If thats not what you mean then I havent got a cluse what I missed,,lol.
Nige