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TimReynaga
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Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 11:29 AM UTC
The wing decals went on without any problems, but the fuselage markings presented more of a challenge with the roundels and codes being a single decal with a large clear section connecting them.





I applied the alternate markings in the kit on a test hulk, and as I had feared, the clear areas remained visible even after careful application of decal setting solution. They might still have worked fine under a final clear coat, but just to be safe I cut out the roundels and codes and applied them individually.





The smaller separate markings not only eliminated potential silvering, but they also made it easier to thoroughly soak the decals with setting solution and get them to conform to the rather deep panel lines on the model.





In the end, the kit decals performed beautifully!
WIggus
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Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 12:23 AM UTC
Ooooooohhh, Lysander!
I'm watching this one.

I finally got some flat coat to finish my Eduard Spitfire.
And in subsequent handling I broke the rudder right off.
I'll have to drill it out for some new pins. Grrrrrrrr.....
WombatWal
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Posted: Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 03:56 PM UTC
Something a bit lower and slower, from me, than most of the other marvellous aircraft being built. That Heyford is a wonderful looking aircraft and those Matchbox colours are a horror.

Kit Eduard Lysander Mk. III
Start Date 16 August





Torpon
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Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 08:02 PM UTC
Tim, Joe, great looking Spitfires!

My Harrier has decals on and it is superglossy at the moment. Unfortunately I am now on holidays and it will have to stay like that for a couple of weeks.



Carlos.
TimReynaga
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Posted: Monday, August 13, 2018 - 07:32 AM UTC

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some nice builds here. tim nice spit and i am relieved to see your sky matches the sky i'm using.



I hope we aren't both wrong!
bomber14
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Posted: Monday, August 13, 2018 - 12:47 AM UTC
thanks chris/michael. i too had seen photos of both used but it's hard to tell some times if it is during the BOB time frame.
michael i was actually thinking the pointy spinner was matched to the rotol. i think the techmond sheet i am using shows the specific plane with the stubby spinner.

thanks again joe
MichaelSatin
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Posted: Sunday, August 12, 2018 - 11:59 PM UTC
Actually both types were used at the time of the Battle of Britain, with the Rotol unit probably predominating. Use the smaller, more pointed spinner with the sharper De Havilland prop and the larger, more bulbous spinner with the larger Rotol one.

As for which aircraft had which prop, you're sort of up in the air on that (so to speak). I don't think something like serial number will tell you. You either need to research the specific airframe or take a guess. As I say, I believe the Rotol prop was more widely used at the time.

Michael
c4willy
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Posted: Sunday, August 12, 2018 - 04:49 PM UTC
I believe it's the one to the right Joe, the one to the left looks like a rotol unit.
bomber14
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Posted: Sunday, August 12, 2018 - 03:54 PM UTC
does anyone know witch prop would be right to use for a battle of britain hurricane? airfix supplies two props in their 1/48 kit but don't say which is which. thanks, joe

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bomber14
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Posted: Sunday, August 12, 2018 - 03:37 PM UTC
some nice builds here. tim nice spit and i am relieved to see your sky matches the sky i'm using.
since these photos i have pre shaded and sprayed the sky

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TimReynaga
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Posted: Sunday, August 12, 2018 - 11:52 AM UTC
Decaling began with the underside.


Unlike those not-so-great decals I was used to from my childhood Airfix builds, the decals in their newer releases are fantastic! I especially appreciate the extensive stenciling and clear instructions on where to place each of them.
TimReynaga
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Posted: Friday, August 10, 2018 - 12:50 AM UTC
Hi Carlos,

That Harrier scheme looks great - I think you got those acrylic colors looking just right!

On my Spitfire, the undersides have received a coat of Model Master Sky Type S enamel.

The fuselage band was painted Model Master Duck Egg Blue.


After that, the whole airframe was prepped for decals with a coat of Future acrylic.
Torpon
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Posted: Monday, August 06, 2018 - 01:42 AM UTC
Tim, That is a great looking Spitfire.

I have done lots of painting this weekend. Most of it fixing previous mistakes, I should have done better the first time.

I had my first go with Mig acrylics. They didn't work for me. I normally use Vallejo and I found them too opaque even heavily thinned and too tricky. Colours look spot on for me, though.




Carlos
TimReynaga
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Posted: Monday, August 06, 2018 - 12:47 AM UTC
The Airfix kit-provided markings for their Spit Mk.IIa were the much modeled machine P8088, “The Borough of Lambeth.”

This was the aircraft so beautifully depicted in the old Profile Publications monograph on the Spitfire I & II from 1965.

After painting a base coat of Model Master R.A.F. Dark Earth enamel, I used that rendering as the pattern to make camouflage masks.

The green parts of the scheme were then shot with Humbrol HB1 Green enamel.


Gotta love that sand and spinach!


Kanguroo
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Posted: Saturday, August 04, 2018 - 03:07 AM UTC

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K, another GR.3! I love them.

Nico, good progress on the Gladiator, I love the model but I am too scared of rigging.

Mike, the spit camo is looking good.

Some progress with my Harrier, I have finished the cockpit and done main assembly. Airfix model fits well and I am really enjoying the build. I would say that panels are overdone but we will see...

So far I have made a couple of mistakes: I glued the wrong tail and the colour of the cockpit is wrong. I googled for so long that I got confused... Next time I will choose the right one!



Carlos.


Thank you Carlos.
Follow your build.
TimReynaga
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Posted: Saturday, August 04, 2018 - 01:41 AM UTC

Airfix has always made good Spitfires, and their most recent 1/72 Mk.I/Mk.IIa release is no exception.


This build will be mostly out of the box; here’s the cockpit as provided in the kit – excellent!


The only alterations I made were to replace the kit’s rectangular gunsight with a simple Barr and Stroud GM2 made from plastic discs and to add masking tape seatbelts.

Go Airfix!
PasiAhopelto
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Posted: Friday, August 03, 2018 - 06:01 PM UTC
I'm also enjoying an Airfix build:



Some small fit issues with intake ring, but otherwise builds fine. I think this is 1997 kit with new decals.
Torpon
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Posted: Thursday, August 02, 2018 - 09:36 PM UTC
K, another GR.3! I love them.

Nico, good progress on the Gladiator, I love the model but I am too scared of rigging.

Mike, the spit camo is looking good.

Some progress with my Harrier, I have finished the cockpit and done main assembly. Airfix model fits well and I am really enjoying the build. I would say that panels are overdone but we will see...

So far I have made a couple of mistakes: I glued the wrong tail and the colour of the cockpit is wrong. I googled for so long that I got confused... Next time I will choose the right one!



Carlos.
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Posted: Thursday, August 02, 2018 - 02:46 PM UTC
Very slow progress on my Spit but the camo is coming along:

phantom_phanatic309
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Posted: Wednesday, August 01, 2018 - 06:13 AM UTC
Some cool buids going on.
Hopefully will get my Jet Provost started this weekend.
nico37
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Posted: Wednesday, August 01, 2018 - 03:51 AM UTC
Hi all,

some progress :









cheers
nico
Kanguroo
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Posted: Wednesday, August 01, 2018 - 03:25 AM UTC
Hi,
Here's my entry.


Cheers,
K.
nico37
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Posted: Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 01:48 AM UTC
Hi,

time to close the fuselage :







Nico