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RussellE
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Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 01:05 AM UTC
Somewhat inspired by Magnus and his Aircraft collection I thought it might be fun (and maybe a little embarrassing for me ) to collate my completed aircraft models since returning to the hobby in around 2006...

These are all 1/72 scale kits from Airfix unless otherwise noted

First up a Spitfire Mk1 circa 2009. Airfix sure have come a long way in terms of panel line finesse since then.


Then a Sea Hurricane circa 2010


And a PRXIX spitfire circa 2011


2012 and I decided to have a little fun with Wallace and Gromit, obviously not 1/72 but 1/12

2013 and along came the Walrus


2015 a Spitfire MkIX


2016 the Defiant made its appearance



and just now in 2018 I finished this Typhoon...




Obviously I'll add to this page as I complete more models in the ensuing years.

Hopefullly you guys who are masters of aircraft won't laugh too much but maybe I am getting better at these things
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Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 06:10 AM UTC
A fine collection and an excellent choice of subjects!

Cheers

Karl.
RussellE
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Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 09:48 AM UTC

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A fine collection and an excellent choice of subjects!

Cheers

Karl.



Thank you Karl

Hopefully I have improved over the years (just as Airfix have)

I know it's not a large collection, as my main focus has been ships, but that will probably change next year and I aim to complete at least 3 aircraft
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Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 08:24 PM UTC

Very nice work in a fine scale, Russell.

Improvements of kits and skills can be truly recognized.
Nothing to hide, thanks for showing.

Th mas
RussellE
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Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 09:56 PM UTC

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Very nice work in a fine scale, Russel.

Improvements of kits and skills can be truly recognized.
Nothing to hide, thanks for showing.

Th mas



Thank you Thomas

always keen to keep learning
magnusf
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Posted: Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 07:58 PM UTC
Russell! They are all beautiful and certainly NOT to be ashamed of! Keep on adding them ! How come you have standardised on Airfix by the way? (I could ask myself, I've done a fair amount of the new ones as well ).



Magnus
RussellE
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Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 10:11 AM UTC

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Russell! They are all beautiful and certainly NOT to be ashamed of! Keep on adding them ! How come you have standardised on Airfix by the way? (I could ask myself, I've done a fair amount of the new ones as well ).



Magnus



Hi Magnus!

Thank you for dropping by and thank you too for your kind words! High praise indeed coming from someone with your skills

Why Airfix? I guess at first it was a bit of Nostalgia along with support for the underdog when Hornby began their initiative to renew Airfix's tool bank.

Then it became a matter of value for money, general accuracy and subject matter: you may have noticed I tend to focus mostly on WW2 RAF

Like others though, over recent years I've noticed the quality of Airfix's kits has really improved. Maybe not to Tamiya standard, but for my money they are more than acceptable. The Typhoon was a dream to build and I've recently added 2 more kits to my stash (not to mention the 1/24 bubble top I have residing there as well )

Of course this is not to say I'm 'exclusively' Airfix. I have my eye on an Eduard Fw190 at the moment and I'm keen to build Tamiya's P47 bubbletop "Jug"

All in all, though, I can only hope to get somewhat as good as you guys who are masters of the a/c scene and try to finish more than my standard 1 kit per year
RussellE
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Posted: Tuesday, April 07, 2020 - 04:37 PM UTC
Well, after a bit of a hiatus from wing things it seems I've planned to get as many finished this year (2020) as I can by signing up to numerous campaigns

To that end, here's the first entrant into the Bae-Sopwith-Hawker Campaign: Airfix's most recent 1/72 Hurricane offering.

After completing it, I hadn't planned on posting any pictures of it to the Aircraft Hangar Collection, owing to several areas of disappointment with the build, but after photographing it I thought, hey, why not?

So here she is, first of the many: first wing thing completed for this year; and first Hurricane that will cross the bench in the coming months!




Once again, thanks for looking
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Posted: Tuesday, April 07, 2020 - 05:20 PM UTC
Aah, the Hawker Hurricane. The creme de la creme of aeroplanes. Very pleasing.

Cheers

Karl.

RussellE
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Posted: Tuesday, April 07, 2020 - 06:45 PM UTC

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Aah, the Hawker Hurricane. The creme de la creme of aeroplanes. Very pleasing.

Cheers

Karl.




Thanks Karl

I've got another Airfix Hurricane on back order so that I can execute a better build and am planning to add some Arma kit MkII's to the collection as well so watch this space
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Posted: Wednesday, April 08, 2020 - 02:18 AM UTC
You've got a nice little collection going here Russ, great to see this thread revived!

The Hurricane is up there with the P-47 Razorback and Boomerang as my favourite WWII single. A beautiful airframe.

You need to drop a photo of the Firebird in here, it's got wings on it too!

Cheers, D
RussellE
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Posted: Wednesday, April 08, 2020 - 09:46 AM UTC

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You've got a nice little collection going here Russ, great to see this thread revived!

The Hurricane is up there with the P-47 Razorback and Boomerang as my favourite WWII single. A beautiful airframe.

You need to drop a photo of the Firebird in here, it's got wings on it too!

Cheers, D



Hi D! Thank you for your kind words... Hopefully over time, I can see improvement in my work, which is part of the reason for this blog.

Of course, now that Wing things are dominating my workspace I hope to ad a lot more in the ensuing months

Ah, the P47-D. Yes, me likey, but the bubbletop is top of my want list-that Tamiya kit in 1/72 of course, maybe one day Kinetic's 1/24!

As for the Thunder-Chicken, well, she's better off in the Garage
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Posted: Wednesday, April 08, 2020 - 10:14 PM UTC
Russell! Why do we always overestimate our own modelling mistakes? In this case, they certainly aren't obvious in the photos (cleverly chosen photo angles ?) and it looks like a fine Hurricane to me! Reminds me of picking one of these up when I find it.

Well done Russell, Gladiator next in line?



Magnus
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Posted: Thursday, April 09, 2020 - 11:03 AM UTC

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Russell! Why do we always overestimate our own modelling mistakes? In this case, they certainly aren't obvious in the photos (cleverly chosen photo angles ?) and it looks like a fine Hurricane to me! Reminds me of picking one of these up when I find it.

Well done Russell, Gladiator next in line?



Magnus



Thankyou for your kind words Magnus

I guess it's true: we're our own worst critics when it comes to assessing our own models.
Basically it comes down to several errors on my part: the camoflauge pattern isn't as clean as I'd like; the colours aren't in register (maybe something to do with the brand of paint, to be rectified on the next build by a different choice of paint brand); the decals didn't lay down neatly (my doing); and lastly the exhaust stain is vastly overdone.

All items which don't really show on photos. Lucky me

As for the Gladiator, well, that's in the queue, but first up a BF109E, Mustang & a Spitfire for the Big Three Campaign, then a Me262 for the Schwalbe Campaign and hopefully a do-over of a Hurricane at the same time, all before I start the Bi-Planes campaign with the Gladiator! Phew! I might even try to build a swordfish for it too!
RussellE
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Posted: Sunday, June 28, 2020 - 11:53 PM UTC
Hi everyone!

I've just finished Airfix's 1/72 F Mk22 Spitfire for the Big Three campaign.

This has been an enjoyable build of a nice kit. Trailing edges were fine and panel lines appropriate for the scale... I've gone with a cleaner look for this aircraft as they didn't really see any action as such in WW2...

So on with the pictures for the 2nd one to make it out of the stash and onto the display shelf for 2020!

















Thanks for looking
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Posted: Monday, June 29, 2020 - 12:01 AM UTC
A great kit, and very well made Russell. AND in the markings for 603 Sqn based at RAF Turnhouse Edinburgh. My local.
Good job Russell.

Pete
RussellE
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Posted: Monday, June 29, 2020 - 12:24 AM UTC

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A great kit, and very well made Russell. AND in the markings for 603 Sqn based at RAF Turnhouse Edinburgh. My local.
Good job Russell.

Pete



Thank you for stopping by and checking out my Spitfire, Pete
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Posted: Monday, June 29, 2020 - 12:56 AM UTC
Very nice builds! Like you, I have a soft spot for Airfix. Your Walrus build has inspired me to do that next! Keep up the good work.
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Posted: Monday, June 29, 2020 - 06:29 AM UTC
Russell! Nicely done Spit! A silver one was on my shortlist but I ended up with a camouflaged one instead. Anyway, a nice kit it is and I never thought there would be a mainstream Mk 22/24 in this scale!



Magnus
RussellE
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Posted: Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 11:44 PM UTC

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Very nice builds! Like you, I have a soft spot for Airfix. Your Walrus build has inspired me to do that next! Keep up the good work.



Thank you Hans for stopping by to check out my Aircraft Hangar

The Walrus was a simple, but nice enough kit... I live in hope that one day Airfix apply their 1/48 treatment of the Walrus to 1/72 scale and release a new tool... Hopefully followed by it's contemporary adversary, the Arada Ar196


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Russell! Nicely done Spit! A silver one was on my shortlist but I ended up with a camouflaged one instead. Anyway, a nice kit it is and I never thought there would be a mainstream Mk 22/24 in this scale!



Magnus



Hi Magnus Thankyou for stopping by... Agreed, this is a nice kit of one of the prettier marks of the Sptifire
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Posted: Wednesday, July 01, 2020 - 12:35 AM UTC

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Agreed, this is a nice kit of one of the prettier marks of the Sptifire



I will add my agreement as well. Even with the clipped wings, bubbletop profile, 5-blade prop and cowl bulges, it is still unmistakeable and a beautiful airframe.

Great build Russ, well done!

Cheers, D
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Posted: Wednesday, July 01, 2020 - 06:15 AM UTC
A lovely collection you have here, Russell. You really not only have a soft spot for Airfix but also for RAF birds.

Your last Spit has come out beautiful. As I mentioned before, a silver Spit always looks special. And it's a Griffon-Spit. Far better sound than a Merlin....

Keep up the great work here!

Torsten
RussellE
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Posted: Thursday, July 02, 2020 - 09:32 AM UTC

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Agreed, this is a nice kit of one of the prettier marks of the Sptifire



I will add my agreement as well. Even with the clipped wings, bubbletop profile, 5-blade prop and cowl bulges, it is still unmistakeable and a beautiful airframe.

Great build Russ, well done!

Cheers, D



Thanks D. There is a certain elegance to the balance between form and function on this mark of Spitfire


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A lovely collection you have here, Russell. You really not only have a soft spot for Airfix but also for RAF birds.

Your last Spit has come out beautiful. As I mentioned before, a silver Spit always looks special. And it's a Griffon-Spit. Far better sound than a Merlin....

Keep up the great work here!

Torsten



Hi Torsten Thankyou for stopping by and checking out my aircraft builds

You are correct: I do seem to have a soft spot for RAF birds from Airfix... My stash is certainly dominated by red boxes I guess they have knack for combining topics that interest me with value for money... Although that is shifting away as Arma seem to be producing some great kits and Eduard and Tamiya have a couple of planes as well that are on my wishlist...

First, I must drain the stash, as they say, before I can spend any money on more kits
RussellE
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Posted: Friday, September 11, 2020 - 01:05 PM UTC
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you...

Airfix's 1/72 Me262 built for the Schwalbe 2 Campaign







And of course this post wouldn't be complete without this shot, even if not entirely accurate


This brings to 4 the number of kits finished this year, 3 aircraft and one Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
And there's still a chance I might finish a couple more this year...


Thanks for checking in...
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Posted: Monday, September 14, 2020 - 11:45 PM UTC
Congrats to a nice 262 AND to your productivity !

I like the blue-and-white checkers a lot, must have been a tricky decal!



Magnus