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Paul Brown

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The problem with the paint is known as beading, it will be worse if there's any excess release agent on the plastic so washing as Ratch suggests might help. You could also try adding a tiny drop of detergent to the paint (washing up liquid will do the trick), this will reduce the surface tension in the paint and assist the coverage. To be honest I wouldn't be using the type of paint supplied with the starter sets on bare plastic, it doesn't provide enough of a key for the paint to grip properly. You could try roughing the surface a little with very fine abrasive, but personally I'd get an aerosol can of acrylic primer. If the glue is runny I'd decant some onto a suitable palette and use a cocktail stick to apply it, you have much more control as to where it goes in any case.

Paul Brown

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Probably decals, but the instructions and other stuff will no doubt appear in due course and everybody will then know for sure.

Paul Brown

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To get back a little on topic, I would suggest that Airfix have pushed out all available stock to their retailers. That's the way it works now, they don't stockpile, as soon as stuff arrives it gets distributed asap and none, or very little is held in storage. If you're looking to buy Airfix and don't have a local retailer who can supply, then get looking online, or on their own website. 

Paul Brown

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@steven_kerfoot

I'd request Airfix review the comments of moderators and act accordingly.

 

Use report then. As far as I'm concerned anybody that can't see this as making a mountain out of a molehill (we're talking about one tiny little panel) needs to go outside and give their head a wobble and no, I'm not going to be moderating myself.

 

Paul Brown

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I can confirm that 'the artist' was not, ahem, fully aware of the different glazing configurations. I think the box art is almost certainly correct for L6739 as of February 1940, although it's equally possible that L6739 could have been fitted with the gun pack before the panel was overpainted. The paint guide is correct for G-BPIV which wears the original L6739 scheme. I don't think anybody has mentioned that the transparency frame has two parts, 4 and 12, that to me appear to be identical. I suspect one of them was meant to have a clear, not a frosted panel. If this is the case, then it's a production faux pas, not a conspiracy by Airfix to encourage people to buy more kits (perish the thought).

Paul Brown

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Well I never! A manufacturing company answerable to shareholders has a business plan to sell more products! Who'da thunk it? 

Paul Brown

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This is the kit that was first released in 2007, not long after the Hornby takeover. It must have been one of the last projects developed by pre-Hornby R & D. I've built one before and it's akin to the curates egg, good in parts. With some TLC it can result in a passable replica and it has a good outline shape, but some of the bad points weigh heavily against it. The trailing edges to the wings, tailplane and rudder are very thick, fixable but tedious to sand everything down and reinstate detail. The posable flaps are a terrible fit if you want them retracted rather than deployed - they're not usually deployed on a parked aircraft. The decals are OKish, some of the colours have a noticeable matrix effect, but they otherwise work OK. To be honest the more recent kits A05125 and A05126 are superior in every respect, but, I happened to have this one in the stash and it's needed as a little Christmas gift. So here we go:

 

 

As you can see I have an Xtradecal sheet to go with it, this will solve the decal issue. I made a start with constructing the cockpit and giving everything a squirt of paint, then a quick wash of Klear+water+smidge of Tamiya Nato black mixture.

 

 

That's it so far, apart from the pilot figure that is in the process of being painted. The 'client' is not especially discerning so this will be strictly out of the box (apart from the decals) and I wasn't especially fussy about cockpit details, simply what the kit provides and not a lot is visible through the hood with the pilot in place.

 

More anon!

Paul Brown

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That is a very pretty looking vessel (even with the funnel so far aft) and I was persuaded to Google some images. Fantastic work Patrick, I'll forward to looking at the finished article, whatever the livery.

Paul Brown

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Historically Airfix never did any 1/32 aircraft kits, but as Ratch points out they opted for 1/24 for a large scale series of kits and have stayed true to that. There's a lot of competition in 1/32, I doubt they'll ever venture into it. Maybe they look at it from time to time, but I wouldn't hold my breath on it ever happening.

Paul Brown

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Yes, it's called an honest mistake.

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