So in a brief interlude from the Attacker build (waiting for the filler to cure properly), I decided on a quick build. This kit arrived Thursday morning:
The parts removed very cleanly from the sprue and only need a minimum of clean up.
Though an older tooling (2006) the fit was very good.
Obviously I've diverged slightly from the instructions because of pai
Hot on the heels of the Tempest and defying my normal convention of posting a cameo of my next build - as I have three unfinished (and I'm unmotivated to finish them yet), I opted for a quick and simple build instead.
I've had the Attacker in my stash for nearly a year, so I thought what the hell let's build it.
Up first here's what's in the box...
The sprues a clean a crisp, no sho
Time for Part 4...
So where I'd left it, there were bits painted & part painted and a Tempest waiting for them...
With the silver parts retrieved from the loft and the wheel centres masked so the tyres could be repainted - these were sent back to the spray-booth. The undercarriage doors were fitted to the main legs and the dry fitted to the plane - along with various other undercarriage & underside parts (saves glue & paint going everywhere), before gluing int
On with part 3...
Progressed slowed to numerous railway commissions anyhow fresh from paint and after some touching up, I painted and fitted the engine exhausts..
I then masked up to do the partial invasion stripes..
Once everything was dry, I gave the Tempest a gloss coat of Tamiya Clear in prep for the decals..
Once this had cured I decaled the underside
Better late than never, here's part 2 of the Tempest V build:
With some light fettling the wings were assembled and fitted to the fuselage.
Rudder, tail-planes & ailerons were added next:
The fuselage base for the canopy was also dry fitted at this point.
A cameo from her troublesome elder sister
I had some aftermarket arrive..
Late last year, I brought the elderly Revell (ex Frog) Shackleton MR.3 kit with all intention to build it..
Then early this year I saw photo's of a new MR.3 version, but couldn't find any info on it..
Then last week I saw it in one of Phil Flory's live shows on Flory Models, a brief visit to Amazon and she was ordered and the Shack 3 arrived a day early on Tuesday.
I've decided to a mini sprue review, before I eventually can get started on the kit
Final part of the Coaling Stage build, in this it focus on final assembly, painting, detailing, weathering and even some soldering
Adding the coaling drop to the front - the instructions were very vague on how it went together!
The time consuming part, hand painting the exterior, I applied a coat of light concrete and then dry brushed the exterior with light brick acrylics..
I then painted the interior walls white and th
On with part 2.
With first floor inner walls in place (and dry), they were trimmed to height.
End wall veneers were added next.
Test fit of tank.
Adding the exterior detail..
And finally for this part, fitting the tank (roof will be fitted at a later stage).
Till next time..
As I was feeling Loco'd out, a client brought me something else to build - a Timber Tracks GWR Coaling Stage.
Initial impressions, it's a big kit - in fact Mum when she saw the box assumed it was 3 kits!
First up the instructions guide you in easily, with the relatively simple task of building the tank - in fact this shows the way the whole construction of the kit will go (layers)..
Next up is starting to bui
Back last October, I started construction of an Academy Boeing B-29A Superfortress - however due to railway commission work I didn't get very far (and it was proving a challenging kit)
A big box of parts..
Start of the cockpit..
Test fitting in the fuselage
Cockpit, tunnel & rear crew area test fitted together.
Crew area's painted.
Fuselage nearly ready to
After a little over a month away from the build (and feeling slightly demoralized by the B-29A build - blog entry to come), I felt it was time to complete the Sea Hornet..
Assemblies were given a wash in soapy water and allowed to dry. I then masked up the canopies and used foam to mask up the undercarriage bays..
Then painting could begin...
First up the Sky underside
Then I hand painted the undercarriage bays silver (as
I decided to have a short break from railway commissions, but instead of going back to the Sea Vixen, I opted to start something new..
.. so I dug this kit out of my stash - the Trumpeter 1/48th Scale DH Sea Hornet NF.21.
I'm glad I did to, this kit has gone together beautifully and quickly, with the minimum of flash and only a few minor bits of filling needed (bit like the Wyvern).
Typical of me, I built things out of instruction order!
As sneak peaked in the last part of my Shack build, the mighty Sea Vixen was my next build from Airfix.
I have history with the real Sea Vixen, I worked on one during my time at Dunsfold - speaking of which here she is..
The kit itself is very well molded, the fit is very good - though there's been a few issues, more on those later in the blog entry..
Cockpit assembly, I replaced the ejector seat loops.
Cockpit fully painted
After nearly four months off the workbench, due to Railway Commissions - the Shack is back to be finished.
To be honest there wasn't a much to do - main undercarriage, wheels, props, a few aerials/pitot tubes, some painting and an awful lot of transfers!
Prop assembly - 3 parts to each prop, 8 props and once painted 9 decals per prop!
Painting the main under carriage wheel bays - while I was doing this, the wheels & undercarriage struts & doors where in paint.
A slightly different format for this blog entry, I've decided to group several builds together - as they were quite simple builds.
The Higgins is quite a new tooling and went together very quickly - however progress was slowed somewhat due to the large amount of Loco/Rolling Stock Commissions I have..
It took just over a month to get back to work on her, painting didn't take too long - even with the camouflage scheme..
Time for another Shackleton AEW.2 Blog entry and it's rather large..
Brief recap, I was in the final stages of prep and installation, before closing up the fuselage in the last entry and parts were missing (more on that later)
Final parts added to the interior
Fifty Shades of Shack (the fuselage halves glued together)
As this is the AEW version - I decided to model the shorter weapons/bomb bay with the doors closed
Sometimes a bit of gentle persuasion is
Finally after a few weeks away from the Wimpy due to Loco commission work (& brief venture venture back to WW1 with the Eindecker) & number of exchanges between myself and Airfix (more on that later) - it's been full steam ahead on the with build...
Test fit of the bomb bay partitions.
Making sure all the main assemblies fit together.
And so the fun with Airfix Customer care began..
I noticed that a part was malformed (E2 main under carriage support strut), so I
While I was waiting for Airfix to sort themselves out with some parts for both the Wellington & Shackleton (I will cover those issues in the next blog entries for them), I decided it was high time to start the smallest kit in my model stash - the diminutive Fokker Eindecker E.III.
The kit is very straight forward to build and goes together really well, however for the insane amongst us (namely me) - the kit comes rigging diagrams!
It only took me a few hours in total to build and pai
When this kit arrived direct from Airfix (courtesy of my regular DPD Courier Boran), on opening the box I knew the Shack would be put on hold temporarily will this kit was started.
The Aircraft division of the Hornby/Airfix of the design/research team have done an amazing job of this kit - they've captured the Geodetic structure perfectly.
The fuselage and it's interior is incredibly detailed and takes a while to build (though a number of parts can be left out if you wish)
I promised the Shack would return in 2018 and she has albeit as a different version - the AEW.2.
The build so far, is pretty much the same as the MR.2 version I built last year and so far easier the second time around (I guess).
The photo's are pretty self explainatory, so I won't go into to much detail - unless I have to.
Basic cockpit assembled
Using the fuselage halves as a jig to ensure fit and alignment
Seats painted & fitted, along with the base of the mai
The Messerschmitt BF 109E-3 is finished at last (after a big break due to GWR locos)...
Ready for transfers.
For such a small fighter there's a lot of Decals!
Decals done and final details being added.
Finished and the obligatory next build cameo (I did promise Shack Attack Part 4 would be coming!)
Posing in the late Longest day Sun..
Until the next build or another Loco oriented entry..
After a brief interlude (okay a month), due to GWR Loco's - I finally resumed work on the Bf 109...
Before I masked up the underside, I painted the wheel wells and radiators.
I masked up the underside and parts of the cockpit canopy - which had I pre-painted prior to fitting and masking up (next three photo's show that sequence)
Once the topside of the fuselage had been given a few coats of BS Dark Earth and allowed to dry. I used the blu-tak & masking ta
Okay, so I've been busy renaming/renumbering/repainting Bachmann Halls over the last few months (eek) - I'll let the pictures do the talking..
First up 5998 Trevor Hall (Mk. 1)
5998 Trevor Hall (Mk.2)
4943 Marrington Hall
This loco had been been renumbered & weathered before..
From 4936 Kinlet Hall to 4948 Northwick Hall and now to 4943 Marrington Hall (in Post War GWR unlined Green)