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KelticKnot
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Posted: Monday, April 03, 2017 - 02:38 AM UTC
Oliver, your Typhoon looks amazing. Well done !

I'm working away at the Hurricane and have scratched some seatbelts out of masking tape which don't look too bad...
And since there is so much cool optional detail in the gun bays i've chosen to open one of them up.

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Posted: Sunday, April 02, 2017 - 02:40 PM UTC
Chris: Nice progress & thanks for the additional Infos and pics. I'll follow up the build and put the kit on my list.

Oliver: Great work - love it! Beautiful job on the paint, weathering and camo, really nice. The heavy armament let it look very evil. You made this scale "great again" . Cute kit, already bought it and looked inside.
Congrats for finishing
Thomas
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Posted: Sunday, April 02, 2017 - 02:53 AM UTC
Chris: Thank's for the detailed report on Your Blenheim. This kit is definetely on my wish list and Your experience with the kit is welcome!

Oliver
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Posted: Sunday, April 02, 2017 - 01:22 AM UTC
The Blenheim kit is just a little cracker! All the control surfaces are separate and posable including the split flaps. There are wing spars to attach the undercarriage to.

The undercarriage is scale thin but rather sturdy when all the parts are together. I chose to assemble the undercarriage onto the mounts in the upper wing before I glued the bottom section in place. This simplified the assembly and painting. The bottom wing slides easily over the gear once assembled so no issues there. Care will be needed in the continued construction but it's a trade I was willing to make.

I do recommend that you follow Airfix's instructions to the letter as the parts are very fine and the retraction gear is braced because it is so delicate. Once glued in place the supports are removed it ensures good alignment and that the parts come out of the sprues and go into the landing gear unbroken. Take care when removing them as mine broke but were easily repaired because of the bracing. I used snippers but I think a fine saw may provide better results when removing them from the sprue.

The fuselage is in two sections the nose and the fuselage itself and the wings. Parts of the wing joining surface on the fuselage were impact damaged because the plastic is reasonably soft. But straightened easily with a little judicious force. it'll require a smudge of filler to completely blend it in but it's no biggie.

The cockpit is nicely detailed right out of the box with lovely detail but some ejector pin marks that are rather visible. The construction of the pilots seat is particularly fiddly but looks a million bucks when assembled. Again here I suggest that you follow Airfix's instructions closely as there is quite a bit to cram in. I still need to apply wash's and a little wear in places. I've also still got to paint the pilots seat back. (Missed that just noticed it in the photo's!)

The bomb-bay is also multi part because of the way the wings are designed. But just requires a little sanding to get it to go together easily. There are locating lugs to keep everything aligned. It is well detailed right out of the box and is supplied with ordinance to fill it nice one Airfix! Fitting the one piece bomb-bay doors dose require a little packing out in places but the may have been excessive sanding on my part. The doors are supplied singly so you can pose them open and I'll do this for the MK-I I have to build.

However building the MkIVF none of it will be seen so the parts will be relegated to the spares department. I did struggle with the belly gun pack trying to get the barrels in place but this was my issue not Airfix's instructions. There is a blast shield for the belly but this is not shown in the instructions though the instructions do tell you to drill out the required mounting holes. Oops Airfix slipped up on that one.

The engineering of the kit is outstanding as are the panel lines. I'm really very impressed with this kit I'm loving it so far!. I will be buying more of these in the future as the camo and markings are just so varied.

Anyway here are some pics.





























Antilles
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Posted: Saturday, April 01, 2017 - 01:05 AM UTC
Paul: The Hurricane interior detail of this kit is great. Got to get one of these kits!

Pave Hawk: Nice kick off!

After having some problems with the Typhoon´s decals (the ones I had were really sturdy and reacted after 3 hours with the constantly applied MicroSol ?!?) I finished my Tiffy.

Hope You enjoy it.

And these guys better take cover:



...there is a storm coming:







Oliver
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Posted: Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 01:52 PM UTC
My spitfire builds have begun





KelticKnot
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Posted: Monday, March 27, 2017 - 05:45 PM UTC
The new Airfix Hurricane appears to be a beautifully made kit so far. The engraving and detail is sharp and all the structural parts which make up the cockpit lend themselves to the canopy being left open for sure.

Pave-Hawk
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Posted: Monday, March 27, 2017 - 12:30 PM UTC
Rather than the Salamander I originally intended, I have decided to go with my Aussie spitfire based in France, from Eduard.
I am building both Eduard spitfires from the combo kit together as part of this and the CBI campaign, and have started a build log here.
Antilles
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Posted: Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 06:06 AM UTC
Paul: Your build of the Mustang is really most enoyable! Landing gear bay is great with all this wiring and the wing improvement is awesome!

Thomas: Great work on this bad fitting butcher bird. I will remember Your solution of stretching the fuselage with sprues. Very nice idea!

Richard: Be careful with the fitting of the lower wing on Your Typhoon. You can avoid lots of sanding, when You glue it in correct. Mine wasn't! Hence more sanding is needed!

Chris: Nice choice! like to hear more about this kit!

Oliver
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Posted: Friday, March 24, 2017 - 04:00 PM UTC
okay guys I'm in with this kit the Airfix new mould Blenheim as a night fighter. It's a gorgeous little kit with heaps of detail I can't wait to build, so here we go!

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Posted: Friday, March 24, 2017 - 01:19 AM UTC
1/48 Fw 190 A(G)8 Revell/Dragon/Trimaster

After filling, sanding and a coat of primer over the cowling I'm here now...





Quite happy, much more useful now. Mybe still some minor touch up's.

Thomas
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Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017 - 07:22 PM UTC

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I'm going to be waiting on paint and varnish drying on my current ship project for a few days so instead of twiddling my thumbs it's time to officially crack open the box on the Mk1 Hurricane from Airfix.

Im excited to start this one, the detail and molding looks to amazing.



It's a very nice kit Paul! I wish I had several more. You'll enjoy it. Really glad to see Airfix back in the game!

I hope to get started on the 1/32 Tamiya P-51D this weekend. We'll see...

Michael
KelticKnot
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Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017 - 06:55 PM UTC
I'm going to be waiting on paint and varnish drying on my current ship project for a few days so instead of twiddling my thumbs it's time to officially crack open the box on the Mk1 Hurricane from Airfix.

Im excited to start this one, the detail and molding looks to amazing.
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Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017 - 07:05 AM UTC
Meng 1:48 P-51D Mustang

Time for another update, continuing on with the landing gear bay.

I added break lines to the landing gear and installed them into the gear bay. The lines are 0.015" lead fly wire with fittings made from aluminum micro tubing. I like the effect these give, and it is a pretty simple addition to make.

The gear bay is now complete with the exception of the tires. I'll add those at the end, they are going to require some cleaning up to make them look good. The mold seams will need removed and likely the tread pattern redone with a micro saw.


The legs click into place with some pressure. The fit was so tight there seemed zero chance they would come loose but I glued them anyway to guarantee it won't collapse suddenly one day.


Brake lines added. I considered using micro-tubing for the upper and lower lengths which were not flexible on the real thing, but decided just to paint them silver with black for the flexible hose through the oleo scissors.


Decent view of the gear bay and all of the added wiring detail. I like how it came out, it looks much busier now.

One thing of note. I debated replacing the wheels with resin, but it was going to be tricky. Meng have molded the brake drums into the gear leg unlike most every other kit out there, which just have the legs and axles. This meant I'd either need to modify the resin wheels by removing the drums from each, or I'd have to conduct some surgery on the kit gear to remove the drums. In the end I decided to keep the build simple and go with the kit wheels. They aren't bad, they just are not as nice as the hollow wheels you can source from Eduard or Barracuda.

On to the wings...

I am happy with my putty work. A quick coat of primer showed almost no flaws.


The wings are nice and smooth now, with just a few panel lines remaining. I do need to correct the bottoms.

If you notice the five clusters of rivets in a line towards the rear edge, those will need filled. Meng molded the wing as a P-51D-25, meaning those are the mount locations for the HVAR rails that became standard with this version of the Mustang. It's honestly a nice touch, but I need to get rid of them as "Big Beautiful Doll" was a P-51D-20 and wouldn't have have the zero rail mounts. FYI, the kit does not include HVAR's, just the mount locations on the wings.


All those rivets are gone finally.


This was the only flaw I found. I'll need to sand this spot smooth so it doesn't show under paint. Easy fix.

I'm going to put the wings together and then do the final pass with filling and repairing the seams. It should be easy now that the majority of the putty work is done.

One last note while I am on the wings...

Meng did another small detail that really made me appreciate the detail they put into the kit. While I was hollowing out the gun barrels (so easy to do in this kit!) I noticed something I hadn't before: Meng molded the plumbing locations for the drop tanks.


Nicely done, Meng!

Adding plumbing to the drop tanks will be a snap. I am not aware of any other 1:48 Mustang that the kit manufacturer bothered to go to these lengths to include these little details that stand out. I don't know, I just found that to be a nice touch.

More to come soon. I should have the wings assembled this week.
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Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 07:31 PM UTC
1/48 Fw 190 A(G)8 Revell/Dragon/Trimaster

And again, as expected the fit is awful.
The cowling/fuselage connection is horrible! To join at least the upper and under portion (guns and wheel wells) and aligning the exhausts I had to use a trusty stick of a cotton bud to stretch the cowling. So there will be "only" gaps on both sides...



Thomas
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Posted: Friday, March 17, 2017 - 06:51 AM UTC
Meng 1:48 P-51D Mustang

@Terri - So far I am very happy with the kit, personally I think it is a big improvement over the older Tamiya and Hasegawa kits. They are nice, but Meng had close to 20 years to improve on them. I will get another but I'm curious to try the Airfix and Eduard offerings first. My only real criticism is the same as many others have noted, fit is good but the kit needs glue to get some areas perfect. That's not a black mark in my opinion, I for one don't get offended it isn't truely "glue free".

Anyway, as far as my progress goes. I added some wiring to the gear bay just to spruce it up a bit. A couple strands of copper wiring and some braided lengths as well to give it a busier appearance. I loosely based it on some googled photos of the gear bay. It's not remotely accurate to a rivet counter but I like the way it came out.


A splash of color and a little busier appearance now with the wires. Brackets were added from bare metal foil.

I will have the wings done tomorrow, I'll post some more pics after I shoot some primer to see how my putty work turned out.
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Posted: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 04:41 AM UTC
Wings are looking good Paul . Finally made a start on my and got the base colours on for the cockpit .

What do you think of the kit so far ?



Terri
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Posted: Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 01:19 AM UTC
First obstacle cleared! I successfully dremeled out the exhaust openings and cooling gills on my 1/72 Hasegawa fw 190! Now I suppose I should be filling them with some pipes but first I need to fit the resin AML wheel wells and make sure that will work out because if not Ive already chopped up the wing and I'll need to move on to a different kit.


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Posted: Friday, March 10, 2017 - 10:25 PM UTC
Meng 1:48 P-51D Mustang

@Michael -I didn't completely fill the wing panel lines, just all of the rivets.

I used J. Heilig's diagram for P-51 wings to determine which ones to fill. It's easily found on the web but I'll re-post it here in case anyone wants it as a reference.


Credit and copyright to J.R. Heilig, as indicated.

As you can see, there will still be a few panel lines remaining. Meng covered the wings in rivets though, which would look nice on a plane whose wings had been stripped but I don't know if Big Beautiful Doll was one of those. It's possible but I chose to fill them as I wanted smooth wings.


After the first pass of sanding. I need to touch up a couple of the lines and re-putty.

I used Tamiya Basic Putty thinned down with lacquer thinner for the fill work. It was easier than Mr. Surfacer 500, which I tried and found too thick.

Anyway, that's where we are now. I will post some shots of the wheel wells next. I added some simple wiring to spruce them up a bit.
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Posted: Friday, March 10, 2017 - 09:39 PM UTC
Great point Michael. My experience on the F-16 is that the 'putty' was actually applied under the panels. They laid a bead of putty along the wing structure (stringers and ribs), then pressed the panels into place and held them in location with spring loaded pins, When the putty cured, they trimmed it flush to the adjacent skins. Then they removed the panel and trimmed the overflow putty with the edges of the structure. This left an upside down "T" shaped gasket between the panels. So that when they reassembled the skins and riveted or screwed them in place there was no gap between the panels.

So they could have done this on the gun access panels and kept a reasonably flush surface even with combat maintenance.
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Posted: Friday, March 10, 2017 - 07:53 PM UTC
Quite the putty job Paul! But I have a general Mustang related question. I know the wing seams on the real aircraft were puttied and painted to keep the airflow smooth, but would that have extended to the gun bay doors? The had to be opened for every mission to service and re-arm the guns. I just have a feeling that in front line combat units, they wouldn't have been re-puttied and painted every time that happened, and NAA would have recognized that and not done it to them either.

My 2 cents worth.

Michael
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Posted: Friday, March 10, 2017 - 07:30 AM UTC
Meng 1:48 P-51D Mustang

On to the wings...

One day I hope someone molds the wings smooth for a change. Are you listening Eduard???


Got putty?
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Posted: Wednesday, March 08, 2017 - 10:40 PM UTC

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Thomas: Nice progress. The bomb seems really big for the Focke Wulf. I guess the performance of the plane was bad carrying this bomb, and the pilot was glad to get rid of it.

Oliver



Thanks Oliver!
Yep, and now imagine 2 additional fuel tanks...
To compensate the weight they usually remove the cowling guns and/or at least a pair of the wing guns. And often they use only 1 fuel tank under the wing. But at the late wartime all versions were possible and mixed depending on the mission.

As for my build there is a major issue with the wing roots. Comparing my last post it wasn't easy to fit the wings. So there was no chance of fixing the wing roots on the fuselage before assembling the whole wing.
... and of course there is a huge gap on both sides

But instead of using amounts of putty I spreaded the fuselage with 2 styrene spacers to fit - turned out much better, just few putty should be enough.
Next step will be the cowling - first look shows a hard way too...


Thomas
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Posted: Saturday, March 04, 2017 - 10:55 PM UTC
Here is my entry for this campaign:-





I have a aftermarket set to go with this but have misplaced them
Antilles
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Posted: Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 08:23 PM UTC
Thomas: Nice progress. The bomb seems really big for the Focke Wulf. I guess the performance of the plane was bad carrying this bomb, and the pilot was glad to get rid of it.

Oliver