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80 Years of Airfix GB

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  • Member since
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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 8:03 AM

Those are 2 lovely looking builds there Ernest. Is that head armour just typical. You did a greta job on the spinner. I much prefer painting them to decals but no one does masks in that scale that i can find. Going to have to try and make them myself next time.

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

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 7:23 AM

Thats come out really well Dan, thank you for shareing that.

I do have a couple of Hase He 111's and have built one. It fits really well, but despite the issues with the Airfix kit, i do prefer that. The higher cost of the Hase kit is not justifide when you take in account the extra detail in the Airfix kit.

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

On the bench: AMT STAP/ Youngs Miniatures 1/10th Templar Bust

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  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 7:09 AM
Dan and Ernest. Great builds to finish the year

 

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  • From: San Francisco Bay Area
Posted by bufflehead on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 1:27 AM

First, thanks a bunch Chad, Bish and Jack for the info on the head armor!  Strange that Airfix included the part in the kit, but didn't indicate its installation in the instructions.  Confused  Too bad it was a exercise in futility (see below!)

Chad, your Lightning came out super nice!  I love the natural metal finish, the vibrant blue on the spine and tail and the colorful markings!  Did you use Alcad for the metal finish or something else?

Dan, fantastic work on the Heinkel 111!  The splinter camo and markings came out perfect! 

So, about the head armor I asked about.....I went ahead and started painting up the part, gave it a wash and then.....it disappeared. Surprise  Literally....just vanished.  I looked and looked and looked, but nothing. Bang Head Who knows, it might turn next year!!Stick out tongue  So after all your help, no head armor in the canopy for my little Emil!

And the FW-190 A8 is also complete!  Yay! 

I had a devil of a time with the spiral on the spinner.  I originally painted the spinner black/green thinking the kit decals included the white spiral...NOPE!  Then I tried stealing one from a different kit, but it didn't fit the Airfix spinner.  In the end I spent a couple of hours making my own mask from Tamiya tape and finally got a spiral mask that worked...sort of!  So I sanded off the old paint, repainted the spinner white, masked it off and painted black/green again.  Came out decent but then I noticed I made the spiral in reverse!  Black Eye  Ah well, definitely not perfect, but it will have to do!

Someone mentioned that I should add a pilot since its on the stand, but I totally forgot! Here's the Butcher Bird on the Airfix stand.  I think I'll paint the base a cool color next year!

Bish, thanks for creating and hosting the GB!  This was my first time building Airfix kits and I must say I REALLY like them!  I've already added a few more to the stash and hope to get to them soon!

 

 

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Posted by lewbud on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 11:15 PM

Looks great Dan!

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

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 9:11 PM

Glad to know I'm not the only one who couldn't get the side windows to fit.  Looks great Dan! 

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 Tuesday, December 31, 2019 8:03 PM

Nice work everyone, I'm calling the Heinkel He111 H-6 finished.  Man those little side windows do not fit at all.  I still think this is a great kit, with some problems.  Smile  I'll post a few more pictures showing the bottom and the torpedoes.  I wounder how the more expensive Hasegawa He111 goes together?

 

 IMG_9367 by Daniel Smith, on Flickr

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Posted by 68GT on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 5:47 PM

Love those two birds Ernest!

On Ed's bench, ???

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Posted by jgeratic on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 4:22 PM

Hi Ernset, about the head armour, this was introduced as the French Campaign of 1940 was winding down.  It would of been standard for the E-4, and easily retrotfitted to the earlier E-1 and E-3 models.

Happy New Year everyone!

 

regards,

Jack

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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 3:45 PM

Yep, Chad is correct. I believe the E-4 was the first to have it fitted as standard and earlier versions still in service had it retrofitted.

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

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 3:39 PM

Ernest, the E-4's & E-7's had the armor plate.

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 Tuesday, December 31, 2019 1:47 PM

Your not wrong frank, the year has flown by. meteor is looking good, can't wait to get that on the front.

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

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  • From: San Francisco Bay Area
Posted by bufflehead on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 1:41 PM

Hey guys, I need a bit of help with the BF-109 canopy.  I was checking the internet for pics of the proper position of the open canopy and saw that most 109s have an armored plate in the canopy behind the pilot's head.  Is the E4 version supposed to have this armored plate?

The kit DOES have the part, but it wasn't included in the instructions so I kind of ignored it! Looking now at all the pics on the internet makes me think it should be installed.....??Confused

Other than that the Emil is done.  The FW-190 needs a little bit of detail work which should be done tonight.

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 10:44 AM

Man! I can't believe a year has gone by already. It's been a whirlwind to be sure. Today dawned to clear skies, cool temperatures and low humidity. A good day to be on the patio painting, so I shot clear coat on the Meteor -- finally. I use Tamiya Gloss Clear thinned 1/1 and mist it on. We're going out of town for a couple of days so the clear coat will have plenty of time to cure. When we get back I'll paint the yellow leading edges and then do the decaling. Yep. The Meteor is my last build for 2019 and my first build finished in 2020.

OK. On the bench: Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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Posted by lewbud on Monday, December 30, 2019 5:39 PM

Chad,

You did a beautiful job on the Lightning!

Ernest,

The Emil and 190 are looking good! I really need to expand my horizons and learn washes and weathering. There are a couple of interesting 109's on the Xtra Decals German BoB set. Two that I intend to do eventually are similar to the one you did. One has a totally white nose and white wingtips, the other is a yellow nose with yellow wingtips. After that, I have no desire to build another.

Sitrep on my 109. Whilst painting the landing gear and wheels for the 109 and 110, my can of air ran out. I will be at the LHS as soon as they open to get a new can so I can get them glossed and decalled. Just remembered I forgot to paint the scoop on the left side of the nose, so I'll have to mix up some 65. Hopefully I'll have pics of a finished model tomorrow.

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

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Monday, December 30, 2019 4:12 PM

Just a quick reminder guys, the GB officially ends as the clock strikes midnight GMT tomorrow. But of course, if your on the list, please keep posting your builds.

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

On the bench: AMT STAP/ Youngs Miniatures 1/10th Templar Bust

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Posted by Bish on Monday, December 30, 2019 4:10 PM

Those both look stunning Ernest, can't wait to see them wrapped up.

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

On the bench: AMT STAP/ Youngs Miniatures 1/10th Templar Bust

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Posted by Bish on Monday, December 30, 2019 4:10 PM

Done that more than once Chad. Its been a real pleasure seeing all your Airfix kits, some really nice subjects, great variety and lovely builds. And that Lightning is really up there. Thanks for being such a big part of the GB. I will update the roster tomorrow.

I have a few GB's planned for the coming few years, so i am thinking i migt go for 2024/25 for another one. Hoefully we will still all be here. I will sure you will have re-built your Airfix stash by then.

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

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Monday, December 30, 2019 2:41 PM

Bish, I made a rookie mistake by throwing away the clear parts when I was cleaning off my workstation! So the navigation lights on the wingtips are void. Normally I would commit one build for each group build I participate in but this is my favorite manufacturer so I had to represent my interest accordingly!  Thank you for hosting this group build. The first picture would be most appropriate for the front page.

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 Monday, December 30, 2019 2:37 PM

I love those Ernest!

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: San Francisco Bay Area
Posted by bufflehead on Monday, December 30, 2019 12:25 AM

Chad/Mopar Madness - Yeah, metallics can be a PITA, especially if you don't prep everything properly!  What metallic paint did you use for the Lightning?  Whatever it was it came out great! I love the black/blue combo on the top!  Looking forward to seeing it all done!

Theuns - Super looking Kate!  I especially like the chipping you did, totally gives it a weathered/worn look.  Pre-shading on the metal finish looks good!  I tried that once and the metal paint just covered it all up!! Sad

lewbud - The Emil is coming along nicely!  Gotta luv those yellow nosed Me-109s!!  Sweet job on the camo, trying to airbrush that on 1/72 is krazy, but like you said, not impossible.

Speaking of Emils, my Me-109E is almost done.  Gave it a wash of Flory Dark Dirt, then matt finish applied and landing gear installed.  Just have to finish up the prop assembly, add the MGs and paint up the replacement antenna.  No aerial wire for this guy....the new antenna is fragile and I'll probably break it off again if I try to add the wire!

And I think I'll finish up the Butcher Bird in time.  Here she is all decaled up and nowhere to go! 

The P-51 is getting closer to completion, but I don't think I'll finish it in time.  More likely I'll finish by next weekend.

 

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, December 29, 2019 9:33 PM

Nice Buddy!

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

  • Member since
    June 2008
Posted by lewbud on Sunday, December 29, 2019 9:13 PM

Thanks Bish. I forget who makes them, but I have seen some photoetch stencils to make airbrushing easier. It would be easier to airbrush freehand in 1/48, but not impossible in 1/72.

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

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, December 29, 2019 2:51 PM

Thats looking very nice lewbud. They BoB mottling looks though it would be tricky to do with an airbrush, good soloution.

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

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    June 2008
Posted by lewbud on Sunday, December 29, 2019 2:38 PM

Theuns,

That is a good looking Kate! I really like your natural metal finish.

I was wondering where I left off with my 109, turns out that I had retired for the evening with something that looked like an airplane in primer gray. I was going to do one of the 109E-4s from the Xtra Decals German Battle of Britain set, but decided to use the kit decals instead (I have enough BoB 109 decals to last several lifetimes). I thought about how to replicate the mottling as shown in the painting guide for the model, but it looked like it would have been a couple of hours dotting the model with a piece of .5mm brass wire. I found some microbrushes (actually they are small sponges on sticks for cleaning airbrushes) and proceded to dot away. Not accurate according to the instructions, but suitable for my tastes. All she needs now is a coat of gloss and then the decals.

All I have left to paint is the prop and the landing gear. I might actually get this done in time!

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

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  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Sunday, December 29, 2019 12:30 PM

Well done, Theuns.

John

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, December 29, 2019 10:36 AM

Nice subtle weathering!

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

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, December 29, 2019 9:20 AM

Will do mate, and thanks for taking part.

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

On the bench: AMT STAP/ Youngs Miniatures 1/10th Templar Bust

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Posted by Theuns on Sunday, December 29, 2019 9:19 AM

You can go ahead and post one Ta

 

Theuns

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, December 29, 2019 7:48 AM

That loks lovely Theuns, really nice work. Do you want me to post one of those pics or wait until you have done a matt coat.

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

On the bench: AMT STAP/ Youngs Miniatures 1/10th Templar Bust

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