Heather Kay

Signature: A professional modeller of railway subjects, and a reborn Airfix fan. Definitely into combat aircraft in service on all sides in the summer of 1940, but known to occasionally veer off into other interesting things!

Bio: With my younger sister, we enjoyed adding details to our doll's houses. I learned to build plastic kits at my father's knee. I am particularly partial to the aircraft of 1940, although almost anything with some kind of engine fascinates me. People now commission me to build O Gauge model railway kits, so my light relief is settling down to building the new generation of Airfix kits.

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Heather Kay

260 posts

I wouldn’t give up on it. There are various model paint strippers available which would let you take the paint back off and try again.

If you decide not strip the model, then keep it as a practice piece to try various painting ideas and techniques on.

A professional modeller of railway subjects, and a reborn Airfix fan. Definitely into combat aircraft in service on all sides in the summer of 1940, but known to occasionally veer off into other interesting things!

Heather Kay

260 posts

Hmm, let’s see...

 

Airfix 1/72nd

  • Fairey Rotodyne
  • Supermarine Spitfire MkIa (1978)
  • Hawker Hurricane MkI (1978)
  • Westland Whirlwind MkI (1978)
  • Handley Page Hamden MkI (I finished it New Year's Day 2018, so I’m counting it!)

Airfix 1/76th

  • Scammell Scarab
  • 20 ton Brake Van
  • 10 ton Meat Van
  • 20 ton Prestwin Cement Wagon
  • 20 ton Presflo Cement Wagon

Others 1/72nd

  • RS Models Avro C31 Rota MkI
  • Special Hobby Blackburn Roc MkI
  • Matchbox Westland Lysander MkI

Currently on the bench are RS Models Bloch MB.152, Hobby Boss Dewoitine D.520, AZ Model Curtiss 75 Hawk, and Azur Morane-Saulnier MS.406. You might spot a bit of a theme going on there. ;) Of course, in the wings (ha!) I find some new Airfix kits, waiting for time and display space: Wellington, Heinkel He111, Blenheim MkIV, Tiger Moth, old skool Stirling, Fulmar, and for some odd reason 1/48th Defiant and Blenheim kits. 

A professional modeller of railway subjects, and a reborn Airfix fan. Definitely into combat aircraft in service on all sides in the summer of 1940, but known to occasionally veer off into other interesting things!

Heather Kay

260 posts

@T2B

That's for your help, hope I wasn't a nuisance and making too much of a fuss??

What‽ Any excuse to rummage about in a huge box of plastic parts is always welcome here!

 

=oD

A professional modeller of railway subjects, and a reborn Airfix fan. Definitely into combat aircraft in service on all sides in the summer of 1940, but known to occasionally veer off into other interesting things!

Heather Kay

260 posts

@T2B

Yes I agree Heather your research is probably right and it would have been easier just to paint over a clear part! And I'm surprised that with Airfix's current level of research and attention to detail they have made such an error? Just a long shot but are there 2 parts in the kit, 1 clear glazed and 1 frosted for the 2 different night or day fighter schemes?

I just had a closer look.

 

There are three cockpit glazed parts, but only two (G4 and G11) are intended for this MkIF boxing according to the instructions. Both parts have frosted lower nose panels. Although the paint guide shows the glazing to be clear here for the No 54 OTU version, I think those panels should be painted over for the radar-equipped plane. One of my references shows a MkIF in winter 1939/40 at RAF Wittering, carrying the camouflage and markings found in the box for No 23 Squadron, and that shows a shiny nose panel which intimates unpainted and clear.

 

Part G12 is an alternate port nose - with clear unfrosted panels, mark you - which I will assume is intended for a future MkIB kit: the difference is the layout of the pilot's side windows. There are bombs in the kit as it stands, which indicates plans for the bomber variant and, and one might hope, a MkIV in due course. Having checked my references, perhaps G12 is intended for the MkIF, and the instructions have shown the wrong part.

 

This needs a proper Blenheim expert to unpick.

A professional modeller of railway subjects, and a reborn Airfix fan. Definitely into combat aircraft in service on all sides in the summer of 1940, but known to occasionally veer off into other interesting things!

Heather Kay

260 posts

@T2B

@ Paul Brown

 

I see you have got the new 1:48th Scale Blenheim. Have you seen the post in the Aircraft thread from hawkerhurricaneguy about a frosted glazing issue? Is yours the same before I take the plunge and get this kit??

I have the kit, but I didn’t notice the frosted section when I inspected it.

 

Now, I understand from my research and the 1/72nd version I built, that the overall black OTU option in the kit would have had all the nose glazing overpainted, including the lower panels. I believe this was due to the AI radar equipment installation. The reasons for painting it may have been to do with security, or making it easier for the radar operator to see what he was doing sat up in the nose section.

 

I rather think Airfix have made a small boo-boo by making this section frosted, though. It wouldn’t have been hard to overpaint it as a clear part, after all.

A professional modeller of railway subjects, and a reborn Airfix fan. Definitely into combat aircraft in service on all sides in the summer of 1940, but known to occasionally veer off into other interesting things!

Heather Kay

260 posts

@Ratch

Don't railway modellers build/modify their own models?

Many do. There are some who feel they don’t have the requisite skills, so they are happy to pay folk like me and James to do it for them. I work in O gauge (1/43rd) chiefly, where building things for people is a bit more common as there has historically been less ready-to-play stuff than the smaller scales. That’s now changing, but I’ve still got work enough for the next couple of years.

 

Complaining? Me? Never! Innocent

A professional modeller of railway subjects, and a reborn Airfix fan. Definitely into combat aircraft in service on all sides in the summer of 1940, but known to occasionally veer off into other interesting things!

Heather Kay

260 posts

@james_mower

The railway stuff takes priority at the moment. 

I know exactly what you mean. I currently have three O gauge locos bunging up my bench. I try to get a lot of work done on them, then treat myself to some styrene wrangling. I fear the Blenheim will linger in the stash for some time to come. 

A professional modeller of railway subjects, and a reborn Airfix fan. Definitely into combat aircraft in service on all sides in the summer of 1940, but known to occasionally veer off into other interesting things!

Heather Kay

260 posts

I’m not a club member, so I paid full price. I placed my preorder the very day the kit was announced. I've had a good rummage in the box now, and noticed some parts on the sprues that are obviously meant for the bomber variant. I am certain there will also be a MkIV in due course, probably depending on sales of the MkI. 

 

Happy days.

A professional modeller of railway subjects, and a reborn Airfix fan. Definitely into combat aircraft in service on all sides in the summer of 1940, but known to occasionally veer off into other interesting things!

Heather Kay

260 posts

 

Oh dear. That isn't 1/72nd scale. InnocentLaughing

A professional modeller of railway subjects, and a reborn Airfix fan. Definitely into combat aircraft in service on all sides in the summer of 1940, but known to occasionally veer off into other interesting things!

Heather Kay

260 posts

I made the mistake Innocent of visiting the IPMS Scale Model World show last weekend...

 

 

I had a lovely chat with the vendor, who I believe is the French proprietor of FRROM/Azur. The R-31 is the only Belgian aircraft, designed and built in Belgium, to have served in 1940.

 

 

I know it has some issues, but it's a Sunderland MkI. What's not to like? Well, apart from where it's going to live. I forgot how big a Sunderland actually is, even at 1/72nd scale!

 

 

An oldie, not without its problems. However, it wasn't expensive, and I like a challenge. Although the box is battered, the plastic inside is still in its sealed bag. Another one crossed off my 1940 want list.

 

 

Again, technically superseded by a modern variant from A N Other manufacturer, this 1970s boxing is well under half the price of the newer one. My theory goes if there are flaws that need working around, I'd rather do it on this kit than a really expensive one. Besides, the option is always there to get the newer kit eventually. I hadn't planned on a Stirling for my 1940 fixation, but apparently they were beginning to enter squadron service at the end of the year, albeit not at full mission strength until 1941.

 

I also got some tools, but they're not worth photographing. Laughing

 

So, my stash is rapidly outpacing my storage area. I may need an urgent rethink about how I keep the growing hoard.

A professional modeller of railway subjects, and a reborn Airfix fan. Definitely into combat aircraft in service on all sides in the summer of 1940, but known to occasionally veer off into other interesting things!

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