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  • Member since
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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Saturday, April 8, 2017 1:48 PM

Eagle90

I'm officially reporting for duty General Bish!

I finished the Yak-3's for the Secret Santa GB and now I can give my Victor 100% attention!  I'm excited to say I ordered the Scale Print set of decals from evilbay last night!  So I will be doing up my Victor as one of the tankers that was in Desert Storm.  I had an opportunity to see some of these beautiful planes up close and personal during the Storm.  I loved their nose art!  So now I just need to figure out what the "official" color those beauties were in.  I know it is not a regular tan.  So if anyone can help out with the color, I'd greatly appreciate it.  Also, I have decided to stray from my norm and go wheels up on this one!  Two reasons...1. No room on my shelves!  LOL! Embarrassed  2. I think I may hang her in my room...and do a 1/72 jet or 2 to have behind her getting refueled! 

So here are the opening pics. 

Did you say the same thing as I did when I saw the plastic?  WOAH!  Uhhhh, o.k.... Let's rock!  LOL!

Bobby

 

 

Looking forward to seeing this bad boy. My understanding is that the Victors were not repainted for the Gulf so they did not wear the same Pink scheme as other types. Though i know in some photo's it does look pink. This came from a guy on Brit modeller who was based at Marham and backed up by a few others. There is an ex RAF guy who was also based there in my model club, but he doesn't come regular. If he is there this month, i will ask him.

 If he is correct, then that means they are in the same colour as my Canberra, which is Hemp on top and Light Aircraft Grey underneath. I know the Xtracolor codes but will try and find you some alternatives.

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

On the bench: Revell 1/72nd Type VIIc U-Boat

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Posted by Justinryan215 on Saturday, April 8, 2017 3:50 PM

Bish

Glad to have you on board Justin, is that a 72nd kit. I am sure you will be fine with that, and its not a problem if you don't finish by the end of the GB, you can keep posting your build until your done.

Whats the dio idea you have for this.

 

....you know what I'm thinking. ....

 

 

 

Actually, in case you didn't know what I was thinking, I want to do an in flight/mid mission scene, where the bomber has just released the dam buster bomb and it is skipping off the surface, headed right towards it's target dam....

It is a 1/72 kit.  I started getting into that scale, due to the relative easy of assembly,  but then I opened this box, and I think it has more parts than the Revellogram 1/48 b17!

 

 

I just ordered a pair of scale pilot figures from ebay, but they are luftwaffe pilots, not RAF pilots.  If anyone has any leads on where to get british pilots....I'm all ears!

Justin

"...failure to do anything because someone else can do better makes us rather dull and lazy..."

Mortal as I am,I know that I am born for a day.  But when I follow at my pleasure the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the Earth...

 

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Posted by Bish on Saturday, April 8, 2017 4:05 PM

I thought it migt be somthing like that given you said it would take a loing time. It sounds very ambiotious and i am looking forward to seeing it.

The best i can offer for WW2 RAF seated pilots are these from PJ productions.

https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/PJ721136

As a 72nd dio building, figures are one thing that frustrates me. Even German figures, especially decent ground crew, are thin on the ground. And yep, some 72nd kits can surprise you in the parts count.

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

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  • From: Florida-West Central
Posted by Eagle90 on Saturday, April 8, 2017 5:17 PM

Thank you Bish!

I see what you are saying about the colour.  I'm looking at some pics now and the Tornadoes are definately in the "pink" colour.  The Victors do seem to be a tanish type colour.  Having a bit of a time finding the colour call out for it.  Thanks in advance for any help.  Wink

 

 

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Posted by Bish on Saturday, April 8, 2017 5:39 PM

Did a check on my paint convertor and the best matches for Xtracolor in the tamiya range are XF 49 for the top, and XF 55 underneath. I know these won't be exact, but they are the closest matches i could find and a bit of fine tuning might be in order.

Model Master Light Gull Grey might be better underneath, and there armour sand for on top. Vallejo model air has the hemp but not the underside colour. I know you use Acrylics and those are the ones i looked for. Where i in your position, i would go for MM grey and vallejo hemp. Unless you can get Xtracrylix.

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

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Posted by Eagle90 on Saturday, April 8, 2017 5:45 PM

Bish

Did a check on my paint convertor and the best matches for Xtracolor in the tamiya range are XF 49 for the top, and XF 55 underneath. I know these won't be exact, but they are the closest matches i could find and a bit of fine tuning might be in order.

Model Master Light Gull Grey might be better underneath, and there armour sand for on top. Vallejo model air has the hemp but not the underside colour. I know you use Acrylics and those are the ones i looked for. Where i in your position, i would go for MM grey and vallejo hemp. Unless you can get Xtracrylix.

 

Bish, you are amazing!  I'm researching like crazy and you come up with this.  THANK YOU!!!  I agree..Vallejo and MM look like my go to paints.  I found the FS colours, but having a hard time cross referencing them.

 

Thank you so much mate!

 

Bobby

 

 

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Posted by Bish on Saturday, April 8, 2017 5:53 PM

All i used was this paint convertor. You can download it or just use it. I find it really useful

http://www.paint4models.com/

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

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Posted by Justinryan215 on Saturday, April 8, 2017 5:53 PM

Bish

I thought it migt be somthing like that given you said it would take a loing time. It sounds very ambiotious and i am looking forward to seeing it.

The best i can offer for WW2 RAF seated pilots are these from PJ productions.

https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/PJ721136

As a 72nd dio building, figures are one thing that frustrates me. Even German figures, especially decent ground crew, are thin on the ground. And yep, some 72nd kits can surprise you in the parts count.

 

I wonder what shipping would be to get them across the pond!  Probably much more than their cost! Lol

And as for the actual size of the figures, I figure that any mistakes would be well hidden, since they will be in the cockpit...I'm even kicking around the idea of adding red interior lights, and some lights for the targeting system, along with German spotlights from the dam....I mean, since this month's finescale modeler as an article describing something similar.....you know, this is a very ambitious project...lol....

"...failure to do anything because someone else can do better makes us rather dull and lazy..."

Mortal as I am,I know that I am born for a day.  But when I follow at my pleasure the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the Earth...

 

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Posted by Bish on Saturday, April 8, 2017 6:21 PM

You might be able to get them in the US, but i think your right, once painted up and in the pit, you won't notice any differance.

That sounds impressive. Your planning on a section of the dam as well i take it. May next year would be the 75th anniversary of the raid, that would be a nice target to go for.

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

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  • From: Florida-West Central
Posted by Eagle90 on Saturday, April 8, 2017 6:37 PM

Bish

All i used was this paint convertor. You can download it or just use it. I find it really useful

http://www.paint4models.com/

 

You're still my hero!  LOL!  Thank you fo rthe link.  It's in my favorites now!

Right, so I have the decals coming from evilbay, the Vallejo Hemp and MM Light Gull Grey coming from SprueBrothers.  First time I've ordered from them!  Pretty excited about that. 

Should have some new pics of the Victor up tonight.  Lots of fit issues!  But still a really fun kit so far. 

Thanks again for the help!

Bobby

 

 

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  • From: Hatboro, PA
Posted by Justinryan215 on Sunday, April 9, 2017 4:33 AM

Here are the opening images to my build:

 Dambusters build by Justin Ryan, on Flickr

 

 Dambusters build by Justin Ryan, on Flickr

In that plastic in the center reside two more sprue trees of parts!

...and yes, my build area is a mess!  It is the central area for various projects for everyone in the family....there will be a mass cleaning, probably today, before I begin....lol

 

Justin

 

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"...failure to do anything because someone else can do better makes us rather dull and lazy..."

Mortal as I am,I know that I am born for a day.  But when I follow at my pleasure the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the Earth...

 

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, April 9, 2017 5:00 AM

Bobby, i have ordered from SB a few times and have had great service even across the little stretch of water.

Those old matchbox kits can have issues but still nice kits, i rather liked the Chinook i did a few years back. And i thnik thats the only option for a Vicopr tanker at the minute. Hopefully Airfix will follow the bomber variant with the k2.

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

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, April 9, 2017 5:02 AM

Thats a lot of plastic there Justin. I am guessing some of it is for the normal bomber variant and so un used, but i don't expect thats to much of the kit.

Al off to a good star here. My Canberra is coming along, pit is almost done and ready for fitting, so should have some pics up tonigt or tomorrow.

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

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  • From: Florida-West Central
Posted by Eagle90 on Sunday, April 9, 2017 10:48 AM

Bish

Bobby, i have ordered from SB a few times and have had great service even across the little stretch of water.

Those old matchbox kits can have issues but still nice kits, i rather liked the Chinook i did a few years back. And i thnik thats the only option for a Vicopr tanker at the minute. Hopefully Airfix will follow the bomber variant with the k2.

 

Good to hear about SB.  I have heard a lot of good things about them.  Pretty excited to get something from them.

Boy you aren't joking when you say Matchbox has issues.  Stick out tongue  I actually thought this might be a quick build (other then waiting for the paint and decals) and I had even thought of doing the Vulcan I have (which I still might! Whistling), but after getting all the sub assemblies dont...woah!  Major fit issues.  Big gaps.  Parts that don't even come close to fitting properly.  Going to be some filling and sanding time.  LOL!

Here's a pic of the sub assemblies completed.  Now, time to start putting her together..and fill and sand, and fill and sand...LOL!

Bobby

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, April 9, 2017 10:54 AM

Just think of it as experiance Big Smile

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Posted by Eagle90 on Sunday, April 9, 2017 12:02 PM

Bish

Just think of it as experiance Big Smile

 

Oh this kit is providing a wonderful adventure!  LOL!

 

 

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  • From: Boise ID area
Posted by modelcrazy on Sunday, April 9, 2017 1:24 PM

To continue with the subject which shall not be named and the subject that doesn't seem to fit, I painted the base coat on the first and am moving along swiftly on the second.

Wow, that looks grey but it's not. I used MM RAF Interior Green. Poor camera setup. I plan on doing quite a bit of scratch detailing in the pit....especially since this old kit dosn't have a high parts count.

 

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, April 9, 2017 1:58 PM

Eagle90
 
Bish

Just think of it as experiance Big Smile

 

 

 

Oh this kit is providing a wonderful adventure!  LOL!

 

 

Well, your getting yur money's worth then Big Smile

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

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, April 9, 2017 2:02 PM

Some nice progress there Steve, that Zero is coming on quickly. I don't envy you sanding that wing root though.

Your right about the green pit, i always strugle getting decent photo's. But its looking good.

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

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, April 9, 2017 3:11 PM

Time for me to jump in. This is the first Xtrakit i've done and typical limited run. The only AM will be some resin wheels and some PE from the spares box. There is PE stuff for the Airfix kit, but i felt there was enough in this not to try and force the Eduard set to fit. I am doing an aircraf based at RAF Marham in 2006 in a retirement scheme for the end of the Canberra's service in the RAF.

The kit.

And the real thing.

So to star, get the pilots and navigators positions together. Not many parts, the seats are resin and rather nice.

After a coat of primer and a coat of Humbrol matt black, i painted in some switches and dials and painted up the seats.

I limited the weathering to some Tamiya silver weathering powder for chipping and then fitted everything in and got the fuselage closed up. It was a bit awkward and was done in several stages useing clamps to hold it together. No location tabs of course, so had to try and line it up as carefully as i could.

You can see here that one side of the fuselage is thicker than the otehr, so i'll use a needle file to sand that down.

Got a bit of sanding to do along the seam, but doesn't look to bad. The wheels bays were painted silver when i did the pit so once the sanding is done i can go straight into getting the wings on.

Thats it for now.

 

 

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

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Posted by taxtp on Sunday, April 9, 2017 6:43 PM

Bish, I had been just about to start on my Airfix Chippy, but I've just read that a brand new release by AZModels is imminent. I'm going to put this build on ice for a little while and see if  I can get one. I've already built 6 Airfix Chippies in recent years, and I know it's from 1969 and pretty basic. I can't see myself building anothe if a new release kit is available.

Cheers

Tony

I'm just taking it one GB at a time.

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Posted by lewbud on Sunday, April 9, 2017 6:59 PM

Bish,

Put me down for a Canadair Sabre F.4. Kit will be the Fujimi F-86 in 1/72 with Airfix's decals. I had planned for this to be an all Airfix affair, but the canopy is missing from the Airfix kit and the canopy from the Fujimi doesn't fit the Airfix. Markings will be a shark mouthed aircraft from No. 112 Sqn. RAF Germany, that participated in Operation Carte Blanche, June 1955.

Buddy- Those who say there are no stupid questions have never worked in customer service.

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Posted by Bish on Monday, April 10, 2017 2:03 AM

taxtp

Bish, I had been just about to start on my Airfix Chippy, but I've just read that a brand new release by AZModels is imminent. I'm going to put this build on ice for a little while and see if  I can get one. I've already built 6 Airfix Chippies in recent years, and I know it's from 1969 and pretty basic. I can't see myself building anothe if a new release kit is available.

Cheers

Tony

 

Tony, i don't blame you. I just looked on Hannants and they have 4 due out. Seems to be a habit with them producing lots of versions and marking options. I have been thinking about some of their 109's for a while. Hopefully it won't be to long, i will be keen to see how that builds.

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

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Posted by Bish on Monday, April 10, 2017 2:06 AM

lewbud

Bish,

Put me down for a Canadair Sabre F.4. Kit will be the Fujimi F-86 in 1/72 with Airfix's decals. I had planned for this to be an all Airfix affair, but the canopy is missing from the Airfix kit and the canopy from the Fujimi doesn't fit the Airfix. Markings will be a shark mouthed aircraft from No. 112 Sqn. RAF Germany, that participated in Operation Carte Blanche, June 1955.

 

Nice one, filled in a nice gap in the post war era, will be looking forward to that.

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

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Posted by rooster513 on Monday, April 10, 2017 8:54 AM

Nice start there Steve! I'll be watching the Spit build close since I have the same kit. I did a dry fit of it a while back and it all looked pretty good except for a rather large gap at the wing root. Just something to watch out forBig Smile

-Andy

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Posted by BrandonK on Monday, April 10, 2017 10:07 AM

Not sure that I've ever seen one of those, Bish. I am keen to see that one come together.

BK

On the bench: Alot !

On Deck: Alot more !

 

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Posted by Bish on Monday, April 10, 2017 10:11 AM

BrandonK

Not sure that I've ever seen one of those, Bish. I am keen to see that one come together.

BK

 

No, don't see them often. I have seen a couple of B-57's, but not the Canberra.

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

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Posted by Bossman on Monday, April 10, 2017 9:39 PM

Hello All,

I've been occupied with some other stuff that has prevented me from building and posting for around the last two weeks - so I wasn't at the starting line for this GB with you.  I just started to cut parts from the Hurri's sprues this morning.

Progress so far - not much - but she is started !

Chris

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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 2:04 AM

lewbud, gotyour build added. Chris, no worries, its nice to have builds starting throughtout the GB. Off to a good start.

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

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Posted by Armor_Aficionado on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 7:26 AM

Alright, I'm game.  I just got a 1/48 scale Spitfire from Tamiya, gonna mate it up with some various pieces of airfield equipment/ground crew for a Battle of Britain diorama.  May end up throwing in a Hurricane as well (just ordered it but haven't received it yet, so I'll have to see if it's up to snuff first).  Tally ho!

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