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80 Years of Airfix GB

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  • Member since
    April 2005
  • From: Australia
Posted by taxtp on Thursday, November 14, 2019 5:10 PM
Thanks Bish. Please feel free to choose your favourite photos.

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

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Thursday, November 14, 2019 2:48 PM

I like me some red airplanes...

OK. On the bench:

Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Thursday, November 14, 2019 2:42 PM

We now have color 

 

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Thursday, November 14, 2019 4:13 AM

Thats no problem Tony. Good to see you back. 3 really nice looking builds there, they have all come out really well. Thank you for posting, i will update the roster at the weekend.

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

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  • Member since
    April 2005
  • From: Australia
Posted by taxtp on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 7:54 PM

The third model I've built for the GB was the Airfix 1/76 Tiger. When I built this one originally, circa 1977, I couldn't get the multi part turret to join correctly. With a bit more experience, I found it quite easy. Lol. I've made a bse for this one too, based on the current Airfix box art.

Cheers

Tony

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

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Posted by taxtp on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 7:48 PM

Next up is the Airfix 1/76 Panther. I really don't like the shape of the hull, but it was part of a project I've been doing to build all of the Airfix tanks that I built as a kid all those years ago. Use any photo that you like please.

Cheers

Tony

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

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    April 2005
  • From: Australia
Posted by taxtp on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 7:43 PM

I've been absent from the forum for some time and have been slow to show the models that I've built for this GB. They're all completed. My apologies, its not the intention to show all my photos after they're completed with WIPs along the way. Here's the first of them, the Airfix 1/76 Matador and 5.5 inch gun.

Cheers

Tony

 

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

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 3:53 PM

Very nice frank.

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

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 1:08 PM

She's almost there Frank. 

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Ju87 B2 Stuka

On deck: 

In the hole: 

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 10:08 AM

The drone is almost ready for paint. I sanded the whole model to knock back the rivets and panel lines. I glued on some of the small bits before paint so final assembly wouldn't be so tough. The canopy mask is from Pmask for the Eduard F6F. With some cutting and slicing the canopy mask now fits an Airfix kit...lol.

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Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, November 10, 2019 10:50 AM

Thanks Chad. I was really pleased with how it came out, great idea from Steve.

''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 Mopar Madness on Sunday, November 10, 2019 9:13 AM

I really like the look of the weathered deck!  I'll need to try that on my next ship. 

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Ju87 B2 Stuka

On deck: 

In the hole: 

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, November 10, 2019 7:55 AM

Been working on the Belfast gradually over the past couple of months until at the start of this week i had the main scheme done.

But the past week i have been working solely on her. I followed Steves suggestion on the wood decks useing Tamiya Deck Tan and a light Raw Umber oil wash. The raised areas around the main turrets don't have any raised deck detail so they are not quite as nice as the main deck, but overall i really like it. Thanks Steve.

With the rest of the superstructure painted and fitted there is only a few smaller bits left to add, though i still have some painting to do.

I plan on starting my Tiger I tomorrow, but i still hope to have this wrapped up by the end of the week.

''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 fotofrank on Friday, November 8, 2019 3:16 PM

The canopy paint mask for the Hellcat came in the mail today. I can finally start painting this weekend.

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Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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Posted by Bish on Thursday, November 7, 2019 3:49 PM

That was quick, looks really nice. Could do with a nice watery base.

I'll get the front page updated.

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

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Thursday, November 7, 2019 3:32 PM

Bish - I'm calling this one done!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Ju87 B2 Stuka

On deck: 

In the hole: 

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Posted by Bish on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 1:28 PM

Nice start TJ.

''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 Wednesday, November 6, 2019 1:27 PM

Piers, i like that. I can't make out any silvering in the pic.

''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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  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 8:09 AM

Well I've started my second build for this. The Red Arrows Gnat in 72nd. Man this thing is tiny

 

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  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 8:07 AM
The Vampire is such a cool aircraft

 

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 7:26 AM

That's such a neat looking aircraft!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Ju87 B2 Stuka

On deck: 

In the hole: 

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    April 2014
  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 5:55 AM

Bish, great work with the Gladiator, the finish, the rigging and the base are all super. And only 1/72? You’re kidding me!
And then the Mossie – another great one, with interesting history with it. Obviously the service was very important if they could keep a great plane like the mossie off the hands of bomber command. A very nice build and finish Bish.
The vampire is up to decals, loads of stencils to go on. There are some self printed decals, but the big number for the nose was bleeding as soon as it hit the water – this was despite three coats of microscale liquid decal film. Have to try a few different sealers to see what is waterproof.
So this is what it looks like so far. Between the Airfix decals and the metallic surface, there is a bit of silvering:

 

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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 2:10 AM

Thanks guys. I think there is a lot of interesting history out there that we hear little about. I like coming across things like this.

''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 JOE RIX on Monday, November 4, 2019 7:42 PM

What an exceptional subject Bish. You did some righteous justice to that amazing Mosquito. I also greatly appreciate the very interesting lesson on some little known history. Wonderful stuff mt friend. Cheers!

"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: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Monday, November 4, 2019 6:41 PM

Nicely done.  I have  set of decals to do this bird.  Ernie Gann wrote about the BOAC Mosquito operation in "Ernest K Ganns Flying Circus", 1976 Isbn 0340206934.

John

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Monday, November 4, 2019 5:14 PM

Very cool Bish!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Ju87 B2 Stuka

On deck: 

In the hole: 

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Monday, November 4, 2019 2:06 PM

So here are the final pics of the Mossie, first just the aircraft. As you can see, i left it clean ashide from the exhaust staining. BOAC only operated these for a short time before having the undersides re-painted black, so i just left it looking new.

When i saw this decal sheet on Hannants, it was the frist time i had ever come across these military aircraft operated by BOAC, seems to be a forgotten part of the war. The companies role was to keep the UK in touch with her Colonies, Allies and neutral nations. This often involved flying close to enemy territory, and those aircraft flying to neutral contries of course had to be un-armed and maned by civilian crews. One of these routes was between Scotland and Sweden. This of course involved flying between German held Norway and Denmark, a task that became more tricky after the Germans deployed Fw 190's. In 1942, BOAC asked for faster aircraft and recieved a single Mosquito Mk IV in Dec 1942. In early 43 they recieved a further 6 aircraft, this time Mk VI's, painted in an over water scheme at BOAC's request. In August, the 5 remaining aircraft (one had crashed and been written off earlier that month) had the undersids painted black. In 1944, a further 3 Mk VI's were delivered with the undersides already in black.

These aircraft carried diplomatic items, cargo such as ball bearings and passangers in a modified bomb bay, with a mattress installed and in flight service consisting of a flask of tea.

One such passenger was a Danish physicist Niels Bohr. It seems that Mr Bohr didn't filly understanded the instructions on donning his oxygen mask. Durying the flight, the pilot could get no response from his cargo and, guessing what had happened, dropped to a lower altitude, saving his life. It is claimed that on landing, Niels claimed it was the best sleep he ever had. He went on to join the British team working on the Manhatten Project.

BOAC operated these routes until the end of the war and continue as a company until 1974. It was merged with BEA to form the UK's current flag carrier, British Airways.

I have not added any figures, just the aircraft awaiting its next flight to Sweden.

I really enjoyed giving a different look to this old kit, thanks Bobby for sending it over.

Now, time to get the Belfast wrapped up.

''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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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Monday, November 4, 2019 9:16 AM

modelcrazy

 

 
Bish
This has been one of the trickest GB i have hosted because the builds are coming thick and fast, i'm struggling to keep up and it takes me ages just to scroll to the bottom of the roster post to edit it.

 

That's because it's hosted by a rockstar Big Smile

Your GB's are always hopping Wink

 

I wouldmn't mind the money of a rock star, but i am not sure about the rest Wink

 

Cheers mate, but thats only down to you guys.

''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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    July 2014
  • From: Boise ID area
Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, November 4, 2019 9:03 AM

Bish
This has been one of the trickest GB i have hosted because the builds are coming thick and fast, i'm struggling to keep up and it takes me ages just to scroll to the bottom of the roster post to edit it.

That's because it's hosted by a rockstar Big Smile

Your GB's are always hopping Wink

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    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Monday, November 4, 2019 8:37 AM

Thanks guys.

''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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