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Posted by fotofrank on Thursday, January 9, 2020 1:16 PM

Thanks, Jeaton. I don't know if or when I'll build another Meteor. I do know I'll be adding a BoB Spitfire Mk. I and a Hurricane Mk. I later this year.

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Posted by jeaton01 on Thursday, January 9, 2020 12:50 PM

Well done, Frank.  I've built three 1/48 scale Meteors so far and made up some masks for the camouflage.  They are on this page, about in the middle.  You'll have to scale them to 66.7% for 1/72.

 

http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/meteor/3meteor/3meteor.html

 

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

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Posted by fotofrank on Thursday, January 9, 2020 9:48 AM

Thanks, Mopar...

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Thursday, January 9, 2020 9:02 AM

That's a good looking Meteor Frank!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/144 Revell Snowberry

On deck: 1/48 Tamiya Fw 190A4

In the hole: 1/48 Hasegawa Fw 190A4

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Posted by fotofrank on Thursday, January 9, 2020 8:18 AM

Finally! The Meteor is finished. Finished it yesterday and photographed it this morning. The finished model looks way better than I thought it would while I was building it. The one big thing I learned with this build is that the next time I do an RAF camouflage I'm going to use stencils for the color breaks rather than trying to free-hand a camo pattern. While the national are accurate for the period, late 1945, the other marking are spurious. I even put kill marks on the nose below the cockpit. The 20 year old decals didn't settle too well even with massive doses of Solvaset. I sealed the paint and decals with Alclad Semi Matte Varnish. At the time these airplanes were kept pretty clean. They didn't show a lot of the wear and tear of other types then in service. So, here it is for your perusal: Airfix Gloster Meteor III.

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Now that it's on the shelf, it's on to other projects. Thanks, Bish. This has really been a fun esperience.

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Posted by fotofrank on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 10:15 AM

Here is the first bit of work on the Ford:

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The windows are on and painted black. The mail bin doors are attached and glued closed. The first part of the landing gear is attached before the floor gets glued on.

As I look back on it, in my lifetime I've owned a '63 Falcon convertible, a '70 Torino, and three Mustangs, two of those convertibles. I guess I have Ford in my DNA. Oh yeah. I have flown on the Island Airways Ford three times and one of the EAA Fords once.

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Posted by fotofrank on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 1:25 PM

Finally! I finished the decals on the Meteor. Yay! I'm gonna hafta learn how to paint insignia and whatnot so I can bypass this tedious aspect of modeling. Anyway, I'm going to let it sit overnight before I clear coat the finished model. And being the total glutton for punishement that I am, I'm starting this today:

It's original 1968 issue. I'm starting with the side windows, which are warped so I'm having to glue the strip of windows in a little at a time. But since there is so little to see on the interior, the inside of the windows will be painted black. Not sure what the finished livery will be, maybe U.S. Navy.

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Posted by fotofrank on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 8:17 AM

I've been doing decals on the Meteor for the last couple of days. Twenty-year old decals can be pretty fragile. I'm having to use Solvaset rather than Microsol to settle the decals over the panel lines and rivets. I'm hoping I can finish the process today. Putting on decals can be so tedious.

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Monday, January 6, 2020 7:01 PM

I was surprised we didn't see a new tool F-35.  Seems like the timing would've been perfect. I would be really surprised if they didn't include an Op Granby livery considering their shown on the box art of the latest Victor release. I hope we'll be surprised. 

Unfortunately, when it comes to Airfix, my wallet is always on high alert. Wink

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/144 Revell Snowberry

On deck: 1/48 Tamiya Fw 190A4

In the hole: 1/48 Hasegawa Fw 190A4

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Posted by Bish on Monday, January 6, 2020 2:52 PM

Ashide from the Vulcan, which we alreday knew about, and the RAF Bucc, which was a given, nothing else there for me. Glad the Type 45 has been re-released. I was hoping for a 72nd Wildcat and an F-35.

I think the cars will go down well and good to see Airfix doing their own 35th armour and not doing the obvious and over done. I know schemes shown and open to change, but i am surprised the RAF Bucc isn't in Op Granby colours. Not that it worries me as i will do the wrap around anyway.

At least my wallet can breath easy.

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Monday, January 6, 2020 2:36 PM

It looks to be a great mix of vintage, new tool, and some long overdue re-issues.  Glad to see the Javelin and 1/24 Bf 109 are making a reappearance, and I'll definitely pick up one of those 1/35 Centaurs!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/144 Revell Snowberry

On deck: 1/48 Tamiya Fw 190A4

In the hole: 1/48 Hasegawa Fw 190A4

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Posted by Bish on Monday, January 6, 2020 2:29 PM

Hijack away. Have been checking it all day at work, but they must have released it late. Looking now.

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Monday, January 6, 2020 10:29 AM

Bish, I don't want to hijack this thread but I must say I am really impressed with the 2020 roll out!!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/144 Revell Snowberry

On deck: 1/48 Tamiya Fw 190A4

In the hole: 1/48 Hasegawa Fw 190A4

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, January 4, 2020 12:55 PM

And I would be the sucker who would buy it! Cool

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/144 Revell Snowberry

On deck: 1/48 Tamiya Fw 190A4

In the hole: 1/48 Hasegawa Fw 190A4

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Posted by Bish on Saturday, January 4, 2020 10:31 AM

Mopar Madness

Great point. My guess would be typo.  Maybe in the next year or two we'll see a 1/24 109 or 190 on that list! Big Smile

 

I was just looking through scalemates. Airfix's recent new tooled 24th kits all seem to be subjects they have not done before. The 109 and 190 and have both been re-released in the last few years. So i think we can expect more new subjects from them in that scale.

A 1/24th Lancaster maybe Big Smile

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

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Posted by Bish on Saturday, January 4, 2020 10:25 AM

Good to see you up and running again Svenne and was a pleasure to have you on board. Nice haul of Airfix there, look forward to seeing you build those.

Keep your eyes on this space, it could be 23, depending on what else comes up. I do like to plan ahead.

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, January 4, 2020 10:06 AM

Great point. My guess would be typo.  Maybe in the next year or two we'll see a 1/24 109 or 190 on that list! Big Smile

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/144 Revell Snowberry

On deck: 1/48 Tamiya Fw 190A4

In the hole: 1/48 Hasegawa Fw 190A4

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Posted by Svenne Duva on Saturday, January 4, 2020 10:04 AM
Dear All,
First, best wishes for 2020!

And congratulations to all "Finishers" to this GB but also best greetings to all supporting the thread throughout the year.
Unfortunate for myself I had to withdraw unfinished since I needed treatment for retinal detachment in the late autumn, all god now but at the time doc advised against any efforts even using optivizor’s.
Loaded with stash though – born optimistic and don’t know realistic


Thank you all, been fun to watch this and @ Bish, I'm up for 2024-2025

Very Best Regards

Svenne

sic transit gloria mundi

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Posted by Bish on Saturday, January 4, 2020 10:01 AM

Mopar Madness

 

 
Bish

I am not sure when Airfix's new releases are due to be announced, i believe its been the middle of the month the last few years. But it seem that either Airfix are getting some out early, or someone is leaking info. Some new releases have appeared on scalemates today.

https://www.scalemates.com/kits/news.php

I noted the 1/35th Cromwell's. If they are indeed new tools, is this Airfix's first attempt at their own 35th armour?

 

 

 

Their new tooled 1/76 Cromwell and Tiger II were pretty nice kits so I'm really looking forward to a new-tooled Tiger I.

 

 

A bit different for Airfix to produce the Tiger and Firefly in 72nd and not 76th. I wounder if thats a typo.

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, January 4, 2020 9:59 AM

Bish

I am not sure when Airfix's new releases are due to be announced, i believe its been the middle of the month the last few years. But it seem that either Airfix are getting some out early, or someone is leaking info. Some new releases have appeared on scalemates today.

https://www.scalemates.com/kits/news.php

I noted the 1/35th Cromwell's. If they are indeed new tools, is this Airfix's first attempt at their own 35th armour?

 

Their new tooled 1/76 Cromwell and Tiger II were pretty nice kits so I'm really looking forward to a new-tooled Tiger I.

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/144 Revell Snowberry

On deck: 1/48 Tamiya Fw 190A4

In the hole: 1/48 Hasegawa Fw 190A4

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Posted by Bish on Saturday, January 4, 2020 9:58 AM

Ye, was just looking at that thread over there Jack. I guess we will get the full line up on Monday.

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, January 4, 2020 9:56 AM

I saw a pic of the CAD images for the Beaufort and Sabre and they looked amazing.  Can't wait for Monday!!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/144 Revell Snowberry

On deck: 1/48 Tamiya Fw 190A4

In the hole: 1/48 Hasegawa Fw 190A4

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  • From: ON, Canada
Posted by jgeratic on Saturday, January 4, 2020 9:41 AM

Official Airfix announcements are suppose to be coming this Monday.

Over at Britmodeler forums, any threads containing images of these new toolings have been deleted.  Apparently the 'leak' was a page image from Airfix Model World that was either released too soon, or someone managed to obtain an image of the announcements page.

 

regards,

Jack

 

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Posted by Bish on Saturday, January 4, 2020 9:22 AM

I am not sure when Airfix's new releases are due to be announced, i believe its been the middle of the month the last few years. But it seem that either Airfix are getting some out early, or someone is leaking info. Some new releases have appeared on scalemates today.

https://www.scalemates.com/kits/news.php

I noted the 1/35th Cromwell's. If they are indeed new tools, is this Airfix's first attempt at their own 35th armour?

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

On the bench: Academy 1/35th Warrior FV511

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  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Saturday, January 4, 2020 12:29 AM

This was a fun group build,. very well done, Martin.  Some really nice builds here lately.  I like the light colored 109 especially, and the He-111.  Last one I built was the Italeri Z, with spirals on the spinners.  I still remember the pain.

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

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Posted by Bish on Friday, January 3, 2020 1:35 PM

Dan, that Hase 111Z-2 is a re-release, this one has Bv 246 bombs. The original was released in 2011. The year before they brought out the 111Z-1. I built that in 2013, nice kit, much better than thye Italeri. But they are not cheap.

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Thursday, January 2, 2020 9:57 PM

It really is a great kit and you've done a smashing job on yours! 

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/144 Revell Snowberry

On deck: 1/48 Tamiya Fw 190A4

In the hole: 1/48 Hasegawa Fw 190A4

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  • From: Cincinnati Ohio
Posted by DantheMan85 on Thursday, January 2, 2020 9:08 PM

Thanks Bish.  I see Hasegawa has re-released there He 111Z-2 kit, two He 111's in one box. Wink

Thanks Mopar:  Man that bare metal finish and metalic blue looks great, great job on the Lighting.

Thanks Bufflehead: Great job on he Bf-109 and Fw190, really nice look with the snake decal running down both sides.

Fotofrank: The Meteor is lookin' good.  Nice two tone camouflage.

Thanks Jgeratic.

Thanks Johnny.

Thanks Lewbud.  Nice camouflage on the Bf109, I've always liked the nose to be paint yellow.

 

I photographed the Heinkel with better lighting.

 IMG_0067 by Daniel Smith, on Flickr

 IMG_0066 by Daniel Smith, on Flickr

 IMG_0065 by Daniel Smith, on Flickr

 IMG_0063 by Daniel Smith, on Flickr

 IMG_0061 by Daniel Smith, on Flickr

 IMG_0070 by Daniel Smith, on Flickr

P-40 and He 111

 IMG_0074 by Daniel Smith, on Flickr

Here are the trouble spots,

 IMG_0068-1 by Daniel Smith, on Flickr

 IMG_9356-1 by Daniel Smith, on Flickr

The eight small windows opening need to be enlarged, putty was needed around the engine nacelle's, the front nose canopy frame was wider than the fuselage.  The frame where the clear part is under the torpedow needed to be enlarged.  For a list price of around $40.00 USD this is a great kit, the small problems can be over come.Stick out tongue  Thanks Bish for hosting this great Airfix group build. Smile

On my Work Bench: Italeri 1/72 B-52G, Revell 1/72 B-52.

Up Coming: ?

           

 

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 9:20 AM

Ernest, those are two superb examples of 1/72 Luftwaffe birds!  The spinner on the 190 came out great!  To answer your question, I used the Vallejo Metal Color line of metallic paints and found them to be super easy to use and clean up. 

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/144 Revell Snowberry

On deck: 1/48 Tamiya Fw 190A4

In the hole: 1/48 Hasegawa Fw 190A4

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  • From: ON, Canada
Posted by jgeratic on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 9:14 AM

Dan and Ernest, those are respectfully each fantastic looking builds - as were all throughout this past year.  Yes

The Airfix kit pilot head armour may as well been thrown out anyways as it is out of scale.  It had 8mm thickness, so @1/72 it would only be 0.1mm - scrap corner section from a PE fret could be used if you ever want to fashion your own.

regards,

Jack

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