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80 Years of Airfix GB

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    March, 2017
Posted by Armor_Aficionado on Tuesday, July 09, 2019 5:27 PM
BTW, Bish, you can use that first picture of this series for the front page completion picture. Thanks!

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    April, 2015
Posted by Mopar Madness on Tuesday, July 09, 2019 7:08 PM

I sure like that P-40 AA!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 ICM Fw 126

On deck: 1/72 Airfix Lightning

In the hole: 1/72 Airfix Hunting Percival 

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    March, 2017
Posted by Armor_Aficionado on Tuesday, July 09, 2019 11:36 PM
Thanks, Mopar!

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    June, 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Thursday, July 11, 2019 9:08 AM

I was going to have the F-80 sitting on its landing gear but the main gear appears to be just too fragile. I used my wife's new Dremel to cut a slot for the stand. What a great tool!! Shoulda had one of these a long time ago. Now that I've cut the slot I can attach the gear, bombs and tip-tanks. I should be done later today. Then I have to find another old Airfix kit to build.




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Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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    June, 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Thursday, July 11, 2019 11:45 AM

Well, here it is. Airfix 1/72 F-80C, "The Spirit of Hobo", 80 FBS, 8 FBW, Suwon, Korea, 1952. Looks like it will sit on its landing gear but I'm going to put it on a stand anyway. I'd like to find another kit so I can build it gear up. The overall color is Alclad Aluminum with MM O.D. and flat black. The kit decals were pretty much useless but I lucked into a set of Microscale decals that are an exact match to the kit decals. Too cool. I really like these early jets. Now I have to find another kit for my next contribution.






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Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Thursday, July 11, 2019 2:49 PM

Very nicely finished on the P-40 AA, thanks for shareing that with us. And will do, i'll do the updates at the weekend.

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

''Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?''

On the bench: Airfix 1/600 HMS Belfast/AMT Trade Federation Tank

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    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Thursday, July 11, 2019 2:51 PM

Very nice finish on that frank, good looking NMF.

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

''Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?''

On the bench: Airfix 1/600 HMS Belfast/AMT Trade Federation Tank

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    April, 2015
Posted by Mopar Madness on Thursday, July 11, 2019 6:42 PM

Great F-80 Frank!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 ICM Fw 126

On deck: 1/72 Airfix Lightning

In the hole: 1/72 Airfix Hunting Percival 

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    June, 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Thursday, July 11, 2019 8:08 PM

Thanks, Bish. Thanks, Mopar. The F-80 has always been one of my favorites.

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Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Friday, July 12, 2019 4:39 PM

Finally blew an inch of shop dust off the box and got the cockpit placard decals on and ready to button up the fuselage.  

Going on a week long campout with my lady's bus driver's retirees group, in another week.  Since I don't have a lot in common with them, should give me plenty of time to work on the Mustang and the Santa GB.

Hoping it won't take me as long to finish this thing as Airfix has been in business......

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    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Monday, July 15, 2019 3:34 PM

Assembely was done on my 111 and everything masked up ready for painting.

One of the things i have always like about this scheme is the contrast between the light grey RLM 63 and the 2 darker colours. When i painted the 63 i used the last of my older tins of Xtracolor. After adding the other 2 and removing the masks i noticed a couple of spots i had not masked properly and had some darker overspray. So i grabbed a newer tin of 63 and to my horror noticed it was a completly different colour, a darker grey green. Xtracolor have a habit of changing the shade of certain colours.So i sprayed a bit on to see just how different it was, knowing i didn't have any of the ligter colour left.

Before commiting i did a bit of checking. It turns out that 63 did come in the 2 shades and the grey green one is correct for this scheme. It explains some of the profiles in some of the books i have. So, i completly re-masked and re-did the 63. I'm a bit gutted as i did like the other colour, but i am geting used to it.

Next up the decals.

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

''Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?''

On the bench: Airfix 1/600 HMS Belfast/AMT Trade Federation Tank

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    August, 2014
  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Monday, July 15, 2019 5:09 PM

Night and day difference in them, but not as "in your face" difference between all three on the aircraft and the original.

 

Will add some contrast in the display case as well.  I like it, will look great when finished, as usual with your work.

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    April, 2015
Posted by Mopar Madness on Monday, July 15, 2019 5:54 PM

Bish, love that early camo.

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 ICM Fw 126

On deck: 1/72 Airfix Lightning

In the hole: 1/72 Airfix Hunting Percival 

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 4:13 AM

Cheers guys.

GH, i know just what you mean. And the darker colour does make more sense than the pale grey. But when you look at some photo's, i can see how the error was made in thinking it was the lighter colour.

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

''Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?''

On the bench: Airfix 1/600 HMS Belfast/AMT Trade Federation Tank

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