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80 Years of Airfix GB

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Posted by JOE RIX on Monday, December 31, 2018 6:27 PM

Bish

Happy New year to you all, now get those kits cracked open and begin.

 

Oh bloody hell! I still have to wait 6 1/2 hrs. 

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!

 

"Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did". George Carlin

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Monday, December 31, 2018 6:47 PM

No Joe, open her up if you so desire.

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

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Posted by JOE RIX on Monday, December 31, 2018 7:13 PM

Bish

No Joe, open her up if you so desire.

 

Thanks Bish. It's all good. I'm off to festivities. I'll be posting tomorrow later in the day.

"Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did". George Carlin

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Posted by fotofrank on Monday, December 31, 2018 8:50 PM

And so it begins...


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Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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Posted by jeaton01 on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 12:12 AM

I spilled the parts for my DH-125 into a build box on my bench tonight, fondled a few parts.  I swear I'm going to keep this one simple!

John

To see build logs of my models, go here: http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

  

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Posted by fotofrank on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 5:18 AM

Bish, this build runs through the entire year, correct?

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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 5:45 AM

fotofrank

Bish, this build runs through the entire year, correct?

 

Correct, so you better get your skates on Wink

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

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Posted by cwalker3 on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 7:07 AM

I'm in with only my second Airfix kit, ever. Their B-25 was my first and has gotten me hooked on this brand.

Anyway, I'll be building this one:

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Cary

 

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Posted by fotofrank on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 8:22 AM

Out of this pile of debris will emerge a nifty Boeing 314 "What If." I may have to buy a second kit. There seems to be one or two broken propellers.


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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 8:55 AM

Welcome to the group cwalker, nice choice.

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

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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 8:57 AM

Looking forward seeing that pile turn into a nice looking build Frank. Is there no way you can fix the props or are there parts missing.

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

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Posted by fotofrank on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 9:18 AM

[quote user="Bish"]

Looking forward seeing that pile turn into a nice looking build Frank. Is there no way you can fix the props or are there parts missing.

 

Bish, at least one propeller has severely twisted blades and one is missing a blade that doesn't appear to be in the bag of parts. The copyright date inside the right wing is 1964. A lot can occur in 60+ years I guess. I know the decals are beyond salvation. I can get another kit locally if need be. Is that OK?

I am having a difficult time restraining myself. I have some quiet jazz playing in the background but my head is down and my fingertips are flailing away at this marvelous old kit. So many tiny windows! I have to figure how I'll mask them all when time to paint.

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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 9:38 AM

Ye, that will be fine. Pity there are not any AM sets for it, i checked scalemates but there seems toi be nothing.

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

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Posted by fotofrank on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 9:53 AM

Bish

Ye, that will be fine. Pity there are not any AM sets for it, i checked scalemates but there seems toi be nothing.

 

 I'll just press on regardless. Thanks for checking, Bish.

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Posted by jgeratic on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 10:00 AM

Quickboost might have some replacement props for that Boeing Clipper.  Maybe not exact, but for the scale could be an idea.  Later versions  of the Twin Cyclone engine were used on Curtiss SB2C Helldiver, Douglas A-20, Grumman TBF Avenger, and the B-25 Mitchell.  I don't know for certain, so maybe the collective mind knows more?

http://www.quickboost.net/172.htm

regards,

Jack

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Posted by fotofrank on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 10:35 AM

I am pretty sure Route62 has another in his mega-stash. That's where I got this one last year. I've already sent him an email about my situation. I will check the Quickboost though. Thanks, Jack.

These forums and its members are the best.

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Posted by jgeratic on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 10:52 AM

Frank - yeah, I think you will have to rob the props from a second kit.  I had thought that Clipper was 1/72, but now I noticed it's only 1/144 and I'm not at all familiar with aftermarket in that scale.

regards,

Jack

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Posted by fotofrank on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 11:15 AM

Thanks, Jack. For this kit there just isn't anything in the aftermarket. Too old and not popular enough. I'll make this work one way or another. Thanks for your help.

I've been at this for better than three hours now. Time for a break. Maybe watch a couple episodes of the Doctor Who marathon on BBCAmerica. The DVR is already set to record tonight's New Year's episode. Beware the Dalek...

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 12:04 PM

fotofrank

 

 
checkmateking02

Cheers, Bish.  May the Force be with you!

 

 

 

Checkmateking2? Is this Sgt. Saunders? Where's Caje? LittleJohn? Sometimes I'll watch Combat on YouTube while I'm at my hobby bench.

Guinness? The Force is strong with you!

 

Here they are, plus a couple more:  Kirby and Nelson.

Still a good tv show, and has held up well over the years.  Sometimes I pop in a DVD and use it for background while prepping plastic parts.

As for Guinness--

it may be the preferred drink of hobbits.

I limited myself to one last night, else I'd not been able to finish the marathon.

Happy New Year!

  

Alifero tollitur axe ceres

 

 

 

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Posted by fotofrank on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 2:31 PM

Today's progress: Installed all of the little, tiny windows in the fuselage. I mean little. Assembled the wings, the horizontal stabilzers, and the sponsons.  They all need their seams sanded and filled. I worked the cowlings. The front openings weren't very round. Some filing and sanding fixed that. I'm wondering if I should paint the inside of the fuselage black before I close it up. The same with the windscreen. Can't really see inside anyway. GMorrison built this kit recently as a what if. That's where I got my idea. The raised detail on this kit is so delicate, I'm afraid that when I begin filling and sanding I'll lose a lot of detail. Hope y'all are having a good build time today. Anyway, here's what I did today:

 

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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 3:01 PM

Nice start Frank and your the first to post some progress pics.

Got the interiour of the SM 79 together and ready for paint, though not much to it. Got some pics and will post at the weekend.

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

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Posted by MrStecks on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 4:01 PM

I'd like to join in on this GB, with this kit.  Normally I only build things that have wings... so this should be interesting.  Smile

 

Probably won't get started before February, but wanted to get my name on the list.

Cheers,
Mark

 


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Posted by JOE RIX on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 4:05 PM

I'm off and rolling. Well...somewhat.

It has been just shy of a year since I've activly sat at my bench for any active modeling. As such, I needed to do some clean up and organizing on the bench to get ready. So, I tackled that task yesterday.

The same story goes for my paint booth. Unfortunately, it has been so long since I've used the paint booth that our new cat, Thera, decided it is her own personal perch of prominence. Getting that all sorted out is going take a bit more effort. She is the princess of the household anyway.HmmBig Smile

On to today. Having slept in followed my naps in response to staying up well past my bedtime, as well as hosting our annual New Year's dinner for family and friends, I was limited in what I was able to do today. Yet, I managed to at least get the sprues and resin parts out for a pre-game bath. 

Perused my AM selection as well:

Might be able to get in some more activity this evening after everyone leaves. Here's hoping.

"Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did". George Carlin

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 4:06 PM

I’ve been really curious about that Omnibus. I’ll be interested to see how you evaluate it. 

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Ju87 B2 Stuka

On deck: 

In the hole: 

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 4:10 PM

JOE RIX

I'm off and rolling. Well...somewhat.

It has been just shy of a year since I've activly sat at my bench for any active modeling. As such, I needed to do some clean up and organizing on the bench to get ready. So, I tackled that task yesterday.

The same story goes for my paint booth. Unfortunately, it has been so long since I've used the paint booth that our new cat, Thera, decided it is her own personal perch of prominence. Getting that all sorted out is going take a bit more effort. She is the princess of the household anyway.HmmBig Smile

On to today. Having slept in followed my naps in response to staying up well past my bedtime, as well as hosting our annual New Year's dinner for family and friends, I was limited in what I was able to do today. Yet, I managed to at least get the sprues and resin parts out for a pre-game bath. 

Perused my AM selection as well:

Might be able to get in some more activity this evening after everyone leaves. Here's hoping.

 

Joe, I know the struggle!  That A4 is an awesome kit because the overall fit and finish is exceptional.  I know you’ll enjoy building it. 

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Ju87 B2 Stuka

On deck: 

In the hole: 

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  • From: Far Northern CA
Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 4:50 PM

Joe, if someone had put coarse sandpaper instead of soft towels in your booth, Thera might have had less interest. Just kidding! I lost a 2' x 8' workbench by putting a pillow and a space heater on it - my shopmate Cookie now owns the bench. I have to laugh at myself for the number of workarounds I do to keep from disturbing her.

Happy New Year!

Mike

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Posted by modelcrazy on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 4:56 PM

I finally got organized and sat down to start the Blenheim. After washing the parts I sprayed everything NATO Black and then RAF interior green for the interior and metal for the engines and gear struts. I also started on the fuse. Airfix split the fuse into 4 pieces, kinda like a modern twin engine jet. Not sure why they did that so I'm a little intrested on how the seam is going to fit.

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Posted by JOE RIX on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 5:02 PM

Thanks Chad & Mike. Good to know that I'm not the only one who is a cat's kept man. Lol! Actually my biggest issue is coming to the realization that I have yet to actively work at the bench with Thera around. And she is all about being in my business. My old cat, that passed away this time last year, had absolutely no interest in getting on the bench and messing around. He was great about that. Now, I've got some training and adapting ahead of me.

Chad: Thanks for the insight on the A-4 kit. It certainly has excellent reviews and appears to be a fun kit ahead.

Frank: Looks like a sound start there aside from the prop issues. I'm certain you'll find a solution and turn out a beaut of a build.

Steve: Outstanding start there. Way to come out of the gate.

"Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did". George Carlin

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 5:09 PM

modelcrazy

I finally got organized and sat down to start the Blenheim. After washing the parts I sprayed everything NATO Black and then RAF interior green for the interior and metal for the engines and gear struts. I also started on the fuse. Airfix split the fuse into 4 pieces, kinda like a modern twin engine jet. Not sure why they did that so I'm a little intrested on how the seam is going to fit.

 

Interesting how they laid out the fuselage. 

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Ju87 B2 Stuka

On deck: 

In the hole: 

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  • From: western North Carolina
Posted by kensar on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 5:33 PM

Starting my build - 1/48 P-40 Warhawk.

I'll be doing an out of the box build - my first OOB in about 15 years.  I will be doing Welch's Pearl Harbor defender machine.

Starting on the cockpit.



Dry brushed the cooler screens.  Used the kit decals in some different places and painted details in.  IP will be next after some shading in the cockpit.  Too bad not much of the sides will be visible.

Kensar

 

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