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

@Ratch

 I have a Pavla Miles Master in the stash too

Ooh! Could I be cheeky and ask if you might be able to scan or copy the instructions for me? There’s no rush, as this box will be in the stash for a while, I expect.

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 already have a Pegasus Master, but I believe the Pavla one was recommended as better if I could find one. Well, I found one. I'll need to seek instructions for it, which won't be a problem I hope. The CR.42 effectively completes my 1940 Italian Air Force set, I think.

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

@Tweezers

Any tips for the aftermarket vac-form canopy?  This will be a first for me on the Spitfire that came with the Mail on Sunday.  So I also shall be seeking replacement decals.

I found these on the Hannants web site.

 

https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/PAVV72081

 

You can find decal sets on that site, too, and all kinds of aftermarket goodies. Mind you don’t get carried away!

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

 Looks like I have some corrections to make Cry

Frown

 

I hadn't meant to create more work for you. I guess it depends on how obsessive you want to be. Wink

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

https://youtu.be/o53u0X0Ik0w

 

That's a a link to the TSR2 documentary on YouTube. It should drop you in at a point where they are filming XR219 from a helicopter as the plane is being prepped for various pre-flight tests. Almost all the steps and ancillary equipment round the plane is in a dark blue. I think I painted my steps in Hu104.

 

I spent a while replaying this section to pick up details of the scene for a potential diorama, which I will build before I die!

 

If the video doesn’t drop you in the right place, aim for about 26 minutes. 

 

I have to to say I really do love the TSR2. The shape just seems right to me.

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

If I may be picky, all the film footage and photos show the crew ladders were dark blue. 

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

 

 

 

All done and in the cabinet! The original kit has AZ-H for the squadron markings, and funnily enough my Xtradecal Battle of Britain set had the same aircraft. So, N3277 AZ-H, No 234 Squadron, RAF Fighter Command, Middle Wallop, April-August 1940, lives on.

 

It was a pleasant little build, no major issues to worry about. First kitted in the late 1970s, it still stands up well, albeit with raised panel lines. I found a substitute pilot with positionable arms, so he could be waving "all clear" to the ground crew. I used an aftermarket vac-form canopy so it could be posed open. Otherwise, this is straight out of the box. 

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

Very tidy. At my current rate, I expect my Wimpy won't be started until about 2023. 

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

Another quick build for a Britmodeller group build, this little kit isn't exactly taxing. My kit, purchased in its slimline box in the 1990s, has 1980 inside the fuselage - though I think the original kit dates from 1978 or 1979. 

 

 

 

 

 

Happily, there is little of the cockpit visible, so I got on with getting the fuselage and wings together. A little filler is needed along the fuselage seams, though the fit isn't that bad all things considered. The wings needed a little fettling to sit neatly in general. The pilot's seat and floor can, thankfully, be inserted from below before the wings go on. That means I could paint the interior a little after fixing things together.

 

 

 

Unusually for me, I'm fitting a pilot. The kit example would have been fine, but I wanted one with arms that could be posed. I have an idea to have the pilot just waving to the ground crew to indicate he's happy to take off. I first tried a figure from the Revell set of pilots and ground crew, but my chosen example proved a little large for the available space. Essentially, I found I couldn't fit the floor and seat with the pilot in place after the fuselage was stuck together. Into my bits box, and I found a *ahem* Luftwaffe pilot who was petite enough to fit nicely, and had arms that could be positioned.

  

 

I got a squirt of primer on the main components, and a coat of Humbrol 90 Sky acrylic on the undersides earlier today. This evening, while listening to the England-India first test match, I brush painted Xtracrylix Dark Earth and Dark Green on the top sides. The wings still haven't been glued to the fuselage, as I am still working on the pilot detailing. Funnily enough, the Xtradecal set of transfers I have include AZ-H, so I shall be able to replicate the original box model without risking aged Airfix transfers.

 

If the temperature and humidity eases a bit, I shall hopefully get transfers done tomorrow, and the vac-form canopy organised.

 

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

Excellent build none the less Heather!

Thanks James! The Spitfire is under way, and I have a Whirlwind in the queue. im steadily filling in tiny gaps in my display cabinet!

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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