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Airfix 1/72nd Gloster Gladiator Mk II Completed

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  • Member since
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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Thursday, November 7, 2019 6:18 AM

Cheers buddy.

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

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  • From: Florida-West Central
Posted by Eagle90 on Thursday, November 7, 2019 5:54 AM

WOW!  I really like the build!  The base is awesome as usual, but there is just something about this build...it pops!  The pilot maybe, but again..brilliant build my friend!

 

 

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    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Thursday, November 7, 2019 3:07 AM

Thanks guys.

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

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Posted by TREYZX10R on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 4:46 PM

Wow You are cranking out the quality builds Bish! Very nicely done Sir!

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Posted by UnwaryPaladin on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 4:05 PM

Looks fantastic! The rigging turned out really nice. Your bases and figures always add that "spark" of life to your models

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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 3:05 PM

Me to Mike.

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Posted by Buckeye on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 2:41 PM

Bish

I just partly drilled holes in the upper wing and then drilled right throw the lower. Inserted the line through the lower hole and secured it in the upper wing and let dry. Then stretched it night and glued the other end. Useing CA i only needed to leave each bit to dry for 10 mins, but took a couple of evenings.

 

Thanks for the info!  Have always been a little intimidated by a biplanes rigging.

 

Mike

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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 1:55 PM

Thanks Pat. I hope it works for you and look forward to seeing the results.

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

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Posted by PFJN on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 1:52 PM

Bish

Thanks Mike.

I just partly drilled holes in the upper wing and then drilled right throw the lower. Inserted the line through the lower hole and secured it in the upper wing and let dry. Then stretched it night and glued the other end. Useing CA i only needed to leave each bit to dry for 10 mins, but took a couple of evenings.

 

Hi,

Your build looks great.  Thanks for posting your info. 

I have a couple older A/C models (a Vickers Vimy Commercial and a Curtiss Condor) that I have been putting off for a while until I figured out how to address the rigging.  I will definitely give the method you noted above a look.

Pat

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 1:47 PM

Cheers guys.

This has made me less concerned about rigging, i was worried about it, but was much easier than i had expected. The plan Airfix provides really helped.

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

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Posted by BrandonK on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 9:30 AM

Excellent work, Bish. You make the scale look lifelike. I totally jellous.

BK

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Posted by Greg on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 9:19 AM

Outstanding, Bish! YesYesYes

I've never done a biplane but dogone it, this one has my attention. And I agree, it does have a more rugged and capable look than a lot of bipes I've seen.

Not sure how I missed this.

-Greg

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 9:15 AM

Thanks Mike.

I just partly drilled holes in the upper wing and then drilled right throw the lower. Inserted the line through the lower hole and secured it in the upper wing and let dry. Then stretched it night and glued the other end. Useing CA i only needed to leave each bit to dry for 10 mins, but took a couple of evenings.

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

On the bench: Dragon 1/35th Tiger I/AMT STAP with Battle Droid

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    February 2007
  • From: Brunswick, Ohio
Posted by Buckeye on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 9:11 AM

One fine build!  The rigging is amazing in that scale!  How did you do it?  Pre-drill holes for the ends then shrink the line?

Nice presentation too.Cool

Mike

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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 2:03 AM

Thanks Hoss.

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Posted by Hoss WA on Monday, November 4, 2019 5:06 PM

Very cool!  Nice job.  

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Monday, November 4, 2019 2:18 PM

Thanks guys. baron, it is, its a great kit.

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

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Posted by the Baron on Monday, November 4, 2019 12:56 PM

I missed this while you were in progress. Bish.  That's a beautiful finish!  It does look like a great kit, too.

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Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, November 4, 2019 12:24 PM

Straight up beautiful Martin!!! Always like watching your builds come to life.

                   

 

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Monday, November 4, 2019 6:18 AM

Cheers guys.

Mike, its a great little kit, i would deffinetly recomend one of these boxings. I am tempted to get another and do one of the more colourful marking options on the Print Scale sheet.

Chad, thats the first time i have seen a starter handle with a kit, it was a nice touch.

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

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Monday, November 4, 2019 5:52 AM
Very nice indeed.

 

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Posted by keavdog on Monday, November 4, 2019 1:27 AM

Wow Bish, very nice.  Well done my friend 

Thanks,

John

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Posted by jeaton01 on Sunday, November 3, 2019 11:08 PM

Very nice, Martin.

John

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Posted by M. Brindos on Sunday, November 3, 2019 6:18 PM

I had the 1/72 scale Airfix kit way back, but this one looks amazing. I may have to add this one to the stash eventually.

Well done, Bish!

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, November 3, 2019 5:19 PM

I'm not one to waste a good starter handle either! She's a beauty with fine rigging!

Chad

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, November 3, 2019 3:55 PM

Got the Gladiator wrapped up today. The one pic i have of the real thing shows a larger than normal antenna mast on the fuselage and what appears to be another mast on the wing. I have seen pics of other aircraft with this wing mast, so i fitted one. I used EZ line for the rigging.

Then finished it off by fitting to the base and adding a couple of figures. The decal instructions place this aircraft at Bircham Newton. But the info i found is a bit confuseing. But from what i can tell, they were at Bircham in 1942 when they were merged with another Flt to form 521 Sqn. But in early 43 521 were broken up and 1401 reformed this time at Docking, not far from Bircham. As i alreday have a subject for Bircham, i have placed this at Doking after 1401 reformed.

I had planned on having the pilot walking away from the aircraft after returning from a sortie. But as the kit includes a rather nice starting handle, i reversed it.

Thanks for following along.

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

On the bench: Dragon 1/35th Tiger I/AMT STAP with Battle Droid

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Posted by Bish on Monday, October 28, 2019 3:55 AM

Thanks Paladin, ye, this is the same kit. I have only rigged one, the old Airfix 0/400. Its the one stage i am most concerned about, but at least the kit does have plans for the rigging and locators in the wings.

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

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Posted by UnwaryPaladin on Sunday, October 27, 2019 8:43 PM

Looking great! Very neatly built, as usual

I have the kit with the Finnish version, snow camo and skis. The rigging has me stalling on this kit, I've never rigged a biplane!

 

 

 

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, October 27, 2019 12:51 PM

Cheers guys.

frank, its a lovely little kit. I have been told that this boxing is hard to get hold of, but they have released several others.

Chad, yes, i know what you mean. It doesn't look as fragile as most other bi-planes.

Trey, it does go together really well, perfect if you want a nice quick build.

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

On the bench: Dragon 1/35th Tiger I/AMT STAP with Battle Droid

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