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Airfix 1/72nd SM. 79 Complete

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  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Airfix 1/72nd SM. 79 Complete
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: Hasegawa 1/72nd Ju 188A

                      Fine Molds 1/72nd Me 410

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

Cool. Always like that plane.  Looking good.  

Thanks,

John

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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: Hasegawa 1/72nd Ju 188A

                      Fine Molds 1/72nd Me 410

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  • 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

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    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

In the hole: Who knows!  

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Sunday, January 06, 2019 4:59 PM
Watching this one Bish

 

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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: Hasegawa 1/72nd Ju 188A

                      Fine Molds 1/72nd Me 410

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  • 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: Hasegawa 1/72nd Ju 188A

                      Fine Molds 1/72nd Me 410

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  • 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

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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: Hasegawa 1/72nd Ju 188A

                      Fine Molds 1/72nd Me 410

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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:

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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 BaaBaa Black Sheep Corsair for a tribute build!

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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: Hasegawa 1/72nd Ju 188A

                      Fine Molds 1/72nd Me 410

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Thursday, January 24, 2019 8:26 AM

Time for some paint and decals. I started out with the yellow surfaces and then the RLM 70/71 on top. Theres a few areas i would normally redo. The rudder is a bit patchy and theres some yellow over spray. But in this case i decided to leave it. This was re-done in the field over the original Yugoslav scheme. And the Germans did not hang onto these for long as they were soon handed over to the new Croat air force, so i decided to leave it as it was.

Paints are all Xtracolour and are rather shiny.

Then it was time to add decals, fit the engines and sort the undercarrage. These Kora decals go down nice but are delicate. The sheet is one decal so you have to trim each one to remove the folm. But in handeling the sheet i nocited some of the black coming away from the decals under my fingers. So i had to be extra careful. The portion of decal over the lower side windows has been cut but i will remove that with the masks after the flat coat which will hopefully prevent damaging the rest of the crosses.

Got the wheels and exhausts to finish off and fit, them some exhaust staining and light weathering.

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

On the bench: Hasegawa 1/72nd Ju 188A

                      Fine Molds 1/72nd Me 410

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, February 24, 2019 8:19 AM

I got the 79 wrapped up a couple of weeks ago and finally soted the pics today. Finishing off was just adding the last parts and some light weathering. The Germans did not use these for very long so didn't want to go to made. I did a simple dio which included one figure just inside the door.

Was nice to get this done after all these years of wanting to do it. I am very glad Airfix has moved on since these were the norm, did bring back some memories of my early days in the hobby when i didn't know any better.

Thanks for looking, al comments welcome as always.

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

On the bench: Hasegawa 1/72nd Ju 188A

                      Fine Molds 1/72nd Me 410

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, February 24, 2019 9:37 AM

Yes, I remember opening up those early Airfix goodies and thinking, “Look at all that realistic rivet detail!”. Back when gaps and raised panel lines were no big deal.  That sure is a beautiful trimotor you made. 

Chad

God, Family, Models...

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

On deck: 1/48 Bronco IF-17

In the hole: Who knows!  

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, February 24, 2019 9:39 AM

Thanks Chad. Its now hard to believe this was about all i could get hold of back in the 80's. How times change.

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

On the bench: Hasegawa 1/72nd Ju 188A

                      Fine Molds 1/72nd Me 410

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  • From: Parker City, IN.
Posted by Rambo on Sunday, February 24, 2019 9:45 AM
Great job on this old airfix, nice clean build and base.

Clint

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    December, 2002
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Posted by Bish on Sunday, February 24, 2019 9:47 AM

Cheers Clint.

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

On the bench: Hasegawa 1/72nd Ju 188A

                      Fine Molds 1/72nd Me 410

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Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, February 24, 2019 10:56 AM

Well done. It's nice to see an early war transport. It looks super nice.

BK

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1/72 Meng F-102A Case XX

1/25 MPC Deserter GMC 4x4.   Shelf of doom for now.....

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1/48 Hasegawa P-38J Lightining

 

 

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, February 24, 2019 1:21 PM

Thanks Brandon.

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

On the bench: Hasegawa 1/72nd Ju 188A

                      Fine Molds 1/72nd Me 410

fox
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Posted by fox on Sunday, February 24, 2019 1:39 PM

O-U-T-S-T-A-N-D-I-N-G work Bish! Toast

Jim  Captain

OH, by the way, where did you get that jig that you used during the build? Never saw one like that before.

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, February 24, 2019 2:38 PM

Thanks Jim.

Its from a company in the UK called EBMA. They do a lot of stuff for modellers, i also got a couple of holders for my glue bottle and decal soloutions, which i tend to spill al the time.

http://ec2-52-56-128-123.eu-west-2.compute.amazonaws.com/index.php?route=common/home

Theres a couple of companies at least over here that sell varous laser cut items for model builders.

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

On the bench: Hasegawa 1/72nd Ju 188A

                      Fine Molds 1/72nd Me 410

fox
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  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Sunday, February 24, 2019 5:34 PM

Thanks Bish! Added it to my wish list that the wife uses once in a while for surprises.

Jim  Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Monday, February 25, 2019 2:10 AM

Your welcome Jim. This is another one i have used, this is quite local to me and the guy who owns it isa memeber of the same model club, he does some amazing figure painting. I have bought a paint stand for my vallejo bottles as well as a couple of paint brush holders.

http://www.sphereproducts.co.uk/

I like this laser cut wood, as well as coming in very handy i think it looks nice as well.

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

On the bench: Hasegawa 1/72nd Ju 188A

                      Fine Molds 1/72nd Me 410

fox
  • Member since
    January, 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Monday, February 25, 2019 9:20 PM

Thanks for the link Bish! He's got some good stuff there. Think I'll put some of his stuff at the top of my special wish list.

Jim  Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

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