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Airfix 1/72nd SM. 79 WiP

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  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Airfix 1/72nd SM. 79 WiP
Posted by Bish on Sunday, January 06, 2019 12:47 PM

I have had this kit well over 20 years. It was bought with the aim of building it in German markings of a profile i saw in the frist referance book i got in the mid 80's. A number of years ago i found a set of Kora decals for that same aircraft, so no fancy Italian paint scheme on this (thankfully).

Ashide from the decals, i also have an old Eduard PE set which while rather basic, does fill out the spartan pit on the kit. The upper pieces is the pit and rear compartment and the gondola.The radio behind the pit is flat, but as the fuselage wilkl be closed up it won't be an issue, as long as there is somthing visible through the small side windows.

The PE set didn't include seat belts, so i pulled a set from my Lutftwaffe spares box.

I then closed up the fuselage and fitted the wings. There is still more filling to do and clean up the seams, some large gaps around the dorsal hump.

The undercarrage legs have been left movable as Airfix designed them. This way i can fold them away and mask before painting. Once thats done i can add the rear braces and fix them in place.

Quite a bit of filling and clean up to do before i go on.

'I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so'

On the bench: Dragon 1/72nd Ar 234B-2b

                      Airfix 1/72nd SM.79

  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Sunday, January 06, 2019 12:57 PM

Cool. Always like that plane.  Looking good.  

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, January 06, 2019 1:16 PM

Thanks John, still got a bit to do to get it up to scratch.

'I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so'

On the bench: Dragon 1/72nd Ar 234B-2b

                      Airfix 1/72nd SM.79

  • Member since
    August, 2012
  • From: Parker City, IN.
Posted by Rambo on Sunday, January 06, 2019 2:34 PM
You got a lot of seams to fill on this one. Off to a good start.

Clint

  • Member since
    April, 2015
Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, January 06, 2019 4:59 PM

Of all the Italian tri-motor bombers, I’ve always liked this one the best. Nice to see new life given to an old kit. 

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 GWH Fw 189 A-1 Nachtjager

On deck: 1/48 Bronco IF-17

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  • Member since
    November, 2003
  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Sunday, January 06, 2019 4:59 PM
Watching this one Bish

 

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Monday, January 07, 2019 2:29 AM

Thanks guys.

Clint, yes indeed. I am now finding it hard to believe i just used to slap these old Airfix together in the 80's, they must have looked a right mess.

'I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so'

On the bench: Dragon 1/72nd Ar 234B-2b

                      Airfix 1/72nd SM.79

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, January 13, 2019 3:57 AM

Just a one pic update this week. Construction is done after quite a bit of sanding and filling. Around the hump was especially bad. The clear pieces were a pain. The 2 side pieces behind the cockpit came out when i applied masking tape so i had to prize off the hump, refit the clear parts and refit and sand the hump. The main canopy was especially interesting in that i would be interested to know what kit it was designed for, because i am sure it wasn't this one. But its in.

Its since been primed and the first coar of yellow went on this morning.

'I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so'

On the bench: Dragon 1/72nd Ar 234B-2b

                      Airfix 1/72nd SM.79

  • Member since
    August, 2012
  • From: Parker City, IN.
Posted by Rambo on Sunday, January 13, 2019 6:08 AM
Looks like you've been awful busy with this one Bish hopefully them windows will be the only hiccup.

Clint

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, January 13, 2019 11:13 AM

Cheers Clint. I am just hoping they don't pop off when i take the tape off.

'I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so'

On the bench: Dragon 1/72nd Ar 234B-2b

                      Airfix 1/72nd SM.79

  • Member since
    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Sunday, January 13, 2019 11:50 AM

I've only built the Sparrows from Supermodel and Italeri, both of which were a tussle as well. It must be something about all of the weird shapes.

Did you know the bombs were stored in a vertical nose-down position?

Here's a favorite photo:

  • Member since
    January, 2015
Posted by TheMongoose on Sunday, January 13, 2019 11:57 AM

It’s looking really good. Efforts definitely paying off. On a $ per hour of entertainment you’re getting a hell of a deal!

In the pattern: 1/32 T-38 Thunderbird custom build, and a 1/32 BaaBaa Black Sheep Corsair for a tribute build!

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, January 13, 2019 12:41 PM

Cheers guys, Mongoose, your not wrong.

GM, no, i didn't realise that. Looking at pics of other models i did notice here the bomb bay was, there is a blank space in my kit, but i didn't pay that much atention. But thinking about it, i can see that now.

I did come across that photo while trying to find a pic of mine. That little kid on the right must be scared out of his mind.

'I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so'

On the bench: Dragon 1/72nd Ar 234B-2b

                      Airfix 1/72nd SM.79

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