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John Symmons

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Whoops looks like you've done a multiple posting.

Remember we do this for fun                         John the Pom

John Symmons

648 posts

Hi 24th Scale.

Welcome to the forum, and as Ratch said, looking forward to your's and your son's adventures. Well it looks like you've got your Christmas presents sorted for your son for the next few years, and maybe yours as well.

Remember we do this for fun                           John the Pom

John Symmons

648 posts

Great addition to the Airfix range, although not my scale or natiomality of interest it looks great and Airfix is to be commended. The model is just screaming out for some added diorama bits like air & ground crew figures, and equipment even if it's just a hand hauled bomb or ammuniton trolly & crew.

Remember we do this for fun                                      John the Pom 

John Symmons

648 posts

Hi T2B

I see you've already sussed out the machine gun thing. I had simular problems when I made mine, Just be carefull with the intake guards they can very easily get lost. When I made mine I also added the undercarriage afterwards using the same dodge as you by cutting the bosses into a "C" shape but still had to use pressure to keep the legs clossed while setting..

Just been re-reading my posting and saw that the navigator's seat can interfere with the starboard wing fitting, on mine I had to trim the wing lug back a fair bit to get it to sit properly in the fuselage recess. 

Looking forwards to seeing how you get on. Maybe I'll re-post the finished pictures after you've posted yours then a comparission can be seen.

Remember we do this for fun                             John the Pom.

John Symmons

648 posts

Hi Ron

Nice to see the finished Me 109E, If this is your first model in 40 years and brush painted, the finish is superb. You've obviously remembered much of your expertise. Well done and looking forwards to seeing more. One useful dodge to avoid the stark white swastika is to use a black one outlined in white, these were often used on the Ju 87's and many fighters early on in the war.

Remember we do this for fun                       John the Pom

PS Have a very happy Christmas. JtP

John Symmons

648 posts

Hi Yorkie 387

Welcome back to the wonderful world of modelling. Looks like Christmas has come a little early. You didn't give any indecation as to the subject matter of the kit; Aircraft, Armour, Ships, or were they a mixed bag. Any way looking forwards to see the results and hearing about your adventures. 

Remember we do this for fun                    John the Pom

John Symmons

648 posts

Hi TB2.

Built this kit last year sometime at the end of March, and thouroughly enjoyed it although mine was an Airfix release before the Hornby take-over. The posting is still there but sans photos, built mine as the Mk XVIII Tesse Tesse, you might find the build os interest. I did re-post a couple of photos of the build in the techniques forum as part of my reply to Nose Cone Painting, again you might find them of interest. Although the Mossie is an old kit, with a little TLC it makes up into quite a decent model and side-by-side with the Tamiya model it's stacks up pretty well. 

Looking forward to hearing how you get on and seeing the finished result, and I agree that the wheels are poor the old Frog kit's wheels were far better, but at least they'ere better than he awfull wheels from the original release in the 50's. Hopefully Airfix has a new tooling in the pipe-line but not saying anything just yet.

Remember we do this for fun                                    John the Pom

John Symmons

648 posts

Hi Skylark

Quite a few new tool Airfix kits offer Diarama options from open or closed canopies open or closed doors (See the beautiful Tiger Moth model.) to pose-able control surfaces, and open or closed bomb-bay doors. The Me 109E is the only one with the engine detail you mention but quite a few others while not purpossily having the engine exposed for inspection, could quite easily be made with the engine open. These are all radial engine aircraft namely the Swordfish, the Gladiator and the Dornier Do 17Z, some minor surgury might be required but it is do-able. If you do leave the Me 109E cowling open you'll need to add some machine guns. If you look back a bit on this forum I've posted photos of my 109E with the engine open, with added guns & detail, you might find it of interest.

Revell many years back did a Ju 88 with seperate engines ( Kit No # H-113.) although I've not made it I believe it's quite a fair model, and the engine detail adding an extra dimention to the kit.Personally I feel this is something Airfix should pursue, after all engines are included in many of their 48th and 25 th scale models and it is possiible in 72nd as  they've proved with the Me 109. It's a pity Airfix didn't include an engine in their new tooling of the Ju 87B,s all it needed was one extra part to sit on top of the exhaust pieces.

Possibly the autimate Diarama 1/72 model with engine detail is the Roden Bristol FB 2 fighter of WW1. If you've never seen it try the Roden web site. I have one in my stash and every time I get it out it scares me and I put it back with a "maybe one day" murmur.

Remember we do this for fun                                 John the Pom

John Symmons

648 posts

Hi James

Enjoying your builds and after the Shack Whitley & B17 to say nothing of your 25th scale Typhoon, this must seem tiny. 

One thing you might like to try is using painted decal paper cut into thin strips for the canopy & turret framing. I've just been trying that method on some old Airfix Ju 87's and it works a treat. I'll do a posting on it soon. It beats masking out the Ju 87's very complecated canopies, and when I've got four to do I felt there must be another method. In 72nd scale the strips have to be very fine, but 48th scale should be more managable, and using a setting solution they do sit down on compound curves.

Remember we do this for fun                          John the Pom 

John Symmons

648 posts

Hi 

As I said I was out of modelling from the mid 60's so I stand corrected. Thanks to all this has been a nice little discusion.

Remember we do this for fun                          John the Pom

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