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Poles Apart - Henk's Fairy Firefly
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Posted: Monday, May 19, 2008 - 03:43 AM UTC
Mal has much to answer for.....

My chosen subject for the Group build was the Westland Lysander in 1/32 scale, as re-boxed by Revell. This was as much a sentimental journey as a build out of the ordinairy for me, as I build this kit many moons ago as a kit, although it was then (I believe) in the Matchbox guise. However, the lack of interior detail, in what is a very exposed cockpit, and a desire to add figures and a base, have stopped me from getting stuck in. The subject has non the less been on my mind....
I have now bought two (I know, 2 ... ) other wingythings, but in a more managable 1/72 scale. No, not because they are easier to hide behind the real models... . M LHS was selling of a lot of models cheap, and he asked me which I fancied, and to make him an offer. I could not resist... I tried, but alas, in vein...
I now have a Fairy Firefly mk. IV/V by Special Hobby, which comes with Dutch Royal Navy markings. No prizes for guessing why that one took my fancy...
The other one is a Spitfire Mk. XXI by Eduard in a Profipack. (I will get you for this Mal, one day..). This one includes markings for a bird stationed in Holland in 1945.
Both kits include a wealth of resin and photo etch, and both will be build for Telford.

To attone for this shamefull lapse, I will finish the Pz IV Ostwind for Telford as well.

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Posted: Monday, May 19, 2008 - 05:40 AM UTC
So you're going to build two proper models then Henk - good for you.

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Posted: Monday, May 19, 2008 - 08:25 AM UTC
This I have got to see, I didn't know and apparently neither does the modelling press, that Eduard have produced a Spitfire Mk XXI. In fact I'm not sure that Eduard know it either Henk if tou don't complete the Spit XXI I'll take it off your hands

Did you get my PM, ref Dragon sponsorship?

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Posted: Monday, May 19, 2008 - 05:24 PM UTC
Well, it says Eduard on the box, and Spitfire Mk. XXI The date on the instruction sheet makes it 1998.



There is some very tasty Photoetch and resin included, but you'll have to wait untill I start to see some close-ups... Mal, you'll love this kit...


This then, is the Fairy Firefly, it will be finished as per the box art, in the colours and markings of the Dutch Royal Navy.



This kit has even more tasty resin for the cockpit, and weighted wheels too. The plastic parts look like they need a fair bit of clean up. The detail of the recessed panel lines look realisticly restrained, but the rear elevators (?) don't have locator tabs, so that will be interesting..

planes.... what ever next, boats?



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Posted: Monday, May 19, 2008 - 05:26 PM UTC

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So you're going to build two proper models then Henk - good for you.

Andy




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No Andy, Henk said he was only finishing the Ostwind for Telford, so that's only one proper model



Andy, I could not have put it better than Derek...

BTW Derek, I count on an appearance of your ack-ack....

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Posted: Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 02:02 AM UTC
The mystery of the Mk. XXI is solved. After extensive research of all available references (i.e. I looked closer at the instruction sheet... ) it appears that this is a Mk. 21, rather than XXI.
Fair enough, as some might say, same difference. I blame Eduard for the confusion, after all, it's their box art that caused it.

I have been opening the box a few times, and nearly put the Panther D which is receiving a wash aside... I can feel the Dark Side calling... must .. resist....must...

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Posted: Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 07:28 AM UTC

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... I can feel the Dark Side calling... must .. resist....must...


Welcome to the wonderful world of aircraft Henk.
Now one thing to remember is that if you bugger up something, you can't hide it with mud or stowage .
Looking forward to seeing your progress.
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Posted: Wednesday, May 21, 2008 - 07:58 AM UTC
Sorry for jumping in Henk I was assuming that you were talking about Eduards re-boxing of the Airfix Spit Mk 22/24 in 1/48 oops.
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Posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - 12:43 AM UTC
Well then, progress report.

I have made some good progress I think, I must say that in comparison with the average AFV kit, the parts count is rather sparse. I suppose that that is indicative of the scale (1/72) and that larger scales have more parts.

The parts



The tea is not included in the box, but without it little would happen. Depending on the time of day, or my mood, the tea can be exchanged for black coffee.

The resin pieces up close



very fine detail, but rather flimsy, some of it just falls apart when you so much as look at it.

Photo-etch, and the dashboard dials insert.



The decals, specifically the Dutch roundels which I will be using.



Close up of some of the resin parts. It's a pity, that all the fine detail of the radios and dashboard will be hidden under the canopy, as they can't really be displayed open.



Surface detail. Restraint recessed panel lines (good) and plenty of flash and some hideous sprue gates ( ...not so good...). The instructions say something about this being a "high quality plastic kit..".. I wonder of that person now works for Dragon



The dashboard finished.



More pictures later.

Henk
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Posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - 09:43 AM UTC
A quick update.

This kit does this either/or... as plugs go, this takes some beating. Half of what you see hear will have to be removed. The razor saw is not really an option, so sand paper it is.



It looks good though, once it's inserted into the wing.



The resin cockpit went together well, and is even a good fit into the hull (sorry, fuselage.. ) , after you clean the HUGE pour stubs from inside the sides.. High quality my behind.





I have to finish the pictures of the latest bit of progress later, the hu.. fuselage is together, and the wings are getting there