Polish web site build here
Friday, 6 October 2017
Polish web site build here
Thursday, 5 October 2017
"....anticpation, achievement, art and creative
Starting a new model kit is a great thing. Not only does it mean that you have completed another build to get here, it means that a whole new adventure is beginning. A new world that you control to the very end. How do you want your paint? Camouflage please. It's all about what you want your kit to become. It's a platform for the precious imagination to be employed. Freedom in a cardboard box....."
Great sentiments expressed by the author of the 'Amateur Airplanes' blog. I've been looking forward to building an Eduard Fw 190..and I now have a couple of Eduard's 72nd Fw 190s making their way down the production line, including the A-5 'heavy fighter' boxing above. I have found one or two issues of course...ie, the cockpit etch in the Profi-Pack edition doesn't fit and the gear bay is way too tricky to go together as easily as some make it seem and that wing just snaps in ..not! A very nice and lovely looking kit, but not easy to build. Will keep on flogging it!
the Brassin cockpit set for the Eduard 72nd build - I have used some of the contents on an old Airfix A-8 being converted to an A-5 with some Aeroclub parts - also currently on the bench. Of course with the various Eduard Boxes available there is no longer any need to do this to get an early Fw 190 variant.
Sunday, 9 July 2017
Spitfire IX Revell 32nd scale - build review (7) - finished! PV 270 " AL" Al Deere Biggin Hill wing CO
First 32nd build for this blog and probably not my last - there's no denying the 'impact' and 'presence' of a large scale model. My 72nd scale Fujimi F-4 being built alongside this one seems a little pathetic now. Of course I can see where I have gone awry - Humbrol 30 for the dark green was not a good choice to start with! Camo scheme airbrushed free-hand which in this scale gives a reasonable impression of a hard-edged finish and avoids a heap of masking. Belts from Eduard, codes painted, pilot's seat armour from sheet, flap indicators scratched/ cut out of the wings. As for the kit, well it seems churlish to say anything too bad about it when you get this much plastic for £20. Most of the sprues of course are from the Mk II kit but Revell don't tell you which parts (pilot's head rest etc) to usefully leave out. I kept the head-rest in the end. If you know PV 270 (subject of this build) you will know that it was restored with this in place. The Revell box build pic showing an antenna wire (!) is not the fault of the kit though. I also deployed the flaps down, hence the upper surface indicators (scratched). Yes, yes I know. Not done. Or as Mal on aeroscale put it, " ..It was very rare to see lowered flaps on Spitfires on the ground. They were only used for landing and should be raised as soon as possible, to prevent any damage (apparently pilots would be fined if they didn't!) If the flaps are not lowered then these doors should not be open.." The Spit in my local museum (Manston) is on display in this configuration. Back to the kit - I will say though that I'm not terribly convinced by the dihedral in the wing. Far too 'flat' for me. But I have bought another one along with some Flevo Dutch decals. First three pics taken with my Ipad in fading light. I might try and take some more. My small tribute to a great Kiwi.
Seafire at Duxford, flaps deployed. More elsewhere on this blog here
Sunday, 2 July 2017
Decide to deploy the flaps down (only two positions on the Spitfire, 'up' and 'down') and then realised after the upper surfaces scheme was finished that I'd need to show the 'flap indicators' out. Which involved some drilling and cutting of my nice and freshly painted wing. And unable to find any suitable decals for the sky-coloured codes of my chosen scheme, I thought I'd have a go at masking and painting my own, after all 'A' and 'L' aren't going to be too difficult to mask up and paint, are they ?. My third attempt gave me something I'm more or less happy with ..at least you can do this sort of stuff in 32nd scale..by the way the kit decal codes are hopelessly 'green'..
and, below, gear on. Stance looks OK-ish to me - but I'm not liking the size/shape of those gear doors. Stuck now.
below; my model to be finished as the Brendon Deere's NZ Spitfire IX restoration 'PV 270' in the markings of his uncle WC 'Al' Deere, Biggin Hill Wing, 1943. Avery Little photo here
Thursday, 29 June 2017
practically two whole days in the paint shop (ie garage..). In the end I didn't bother masking the camo scheme and managed to achieve a reasonably 'hard' edge freehand. Note the blue "Washi" tape used for masking. Covers the big areas and is almost Tamiya tape quality ..but much cheaper. Search for it on amazon. Paints are Humbrol enamels suitably 'faded'. FWIW there are a number of bulges on the upper wing surfaces that need filing off and sanding down too for a war-time machine. Good progress today with the fuselage band and yellow ID markings sprayed on. Plenty of scope for things to go wrong yet - the gear legs come in two parts for starters and then I'm planning to do my own decals !
Fnished model is here
Sunday, 25 June 2017
As a few have pointed out on our favourite modelling forum there is still no sign of the new-tool Airfix Me 262 in 72nd scale. Should have been here by now. Airfix are though still taking pre-orders on the website. It looks like it will be a nice kit although I've read one or two gripes about the apparent lack of options such as slats and flaps. I'm sure there will be lots of aftermarket; flaps, vac canopy, resin engines, wheels and so on. And just in time too. The Revell Me 262 is getting very long in the tooth nowadays - the last one I built I had to smash-mold a new canopy. The Academy 262 tooling was also first released way back - in 2007 to be exact! It is reasonably detailed but as with a number of Academy WWII kits the basic outline shapes are a bit off; the fuselage is rather fat and wide with an overly bulbous nose. The Academy glazing is, for example, far too wide for the Revell kit. The canopy in the last Revell 262 I attempted was un-useable but it can't be replaced with an Academy canopy (which also happens to be a tad 'flattened-out' at the top..). We certainly have no lack of aftermarket decal options for the 262 already!
Below; Airfix at Nuremburg - IMPS Deutschland photo
As far as the discussion about 'poseable' slats is concerned, see below - the 'famous' Transit films 262 walkaround sequence in the 'Wings of the Luftwaffe' video series clearly shows that the slats are deployed on the ground. They can be pushed in and pulled out - and could be left out. Whether this was because they had a tendency to stick or not I don't know. The sequence goes on to show the technician working on the inboard slats, pushing them in and then letting them slide back out...
Note that the Me 262's slats are not 'sprung' or have any actuators - they simply slide in and out on rails. In the clip below the technician is pulling them out and pushing them in - whereupon they 'slide' open of their own accord. Once landed and parked-up good practice says they should be closed up before leaving the aircraft for any length of time. You really don't want anything getting into the gap or into the mechanism. Checking the freedom of movement of free-floating slats as they open and close is part of good pre- and post-flight inspection on types thus equipped. Other points to consider; because the Me-262 has a tricycle undercarriage the wing is more horizontal to the ground compared to, say, the Bf 109, so that it is more likely that gravity will cause the Me 262's slats to drop out on their rails. You're less likely to see this on a Bf-109 because gravity will be acting with the coefficient of friction to keep them in. And they could be locked in.
So if you have a man in a black overall walking around your 262 model it would be entirely reasonable to have the slats open on one side and closed on the other. In other words when modelling the Me 262 wing slats could be deployed in any manner you see fit. Note though that in the air aerodynamic forces keep the slats in and they will deploy as the airflow is not sufficient to keep them in and the wing is losing lift. See this discussion here on britmodeller.com
Also on this blog; Revell Me 262 in 72nd scale;
Saturday, 24 June 2017
we have had a bit of a torrid time here in the UK with a week of +30 C temps in Kent - far too hot for modelling. Fortunately we are close to the sea so the breeze has helped a little, but even that got hot! Not much progress on the Spitfire, but at least it has some paint on it. The first 32nd build on this blog ..and to be honest it is hard work - every flaw, whether mine or the kit's - magnified. Picked up a cheap copy of Brendon Deere's beautiful book 'Spitfire - return to flight' at the Kent Battle of Britain museum in Hawkinge, so now thinking of finishing the model in the colours of Al Deere's PV 270 and doing my own painted-on markings, especially as the kit decals are so poor. (the codes are green!). We'll see..