Order before 5pm on the 19th December for UK Christmas delivery - More Information


Paul Brown

All Posts

Paul Brown

420 posts


You can find pictures of the guns traversed forward and lowered each side of the canopy. With the guns parked like this or facing aft the fairings are raised, so there must have been some sort of override on the fairing actuation. Also, you will find pictures of both fairings lowered, regardless of the turret position, so I would guess there was a manual override.

Paul Brown

420 posts


@Rob Mc

I don't understant the need to refer to social media users as "Facebook Zombies and Twitter twits" ...

 

Standard response from ossified dinosaurs who can't hack social media. Wink

Paul Brown

420 posts


The position of the movable part of the glazing and the the rear fairing are completely dependent on the position of the turret. With the guns facing centrally/rearward both will be fully up. When the turret was rotated both fairings dropped down to allow the guns to traverse. If you do a Youtube search you can find a film of the turret operation on the ground. 

Paul Brown

420 posts


It is possible to add the undercariage after building the nacelles, but you need to carefully compress the struts a bit to get them to pop into their bushes and the X shaped brace needs to be very firmly cemented so that it doesn't spring apart. It makes painting everything very much easier.

Paul Brown

420 posts


I think this one would probably look good with some pounce wheel applied rivet detail, although I don't like to think how long it would take to achieve it. I've seen the Airfix Shackleton given the rivet treatment and it elevates an already very good kit up to another level. I've got the Airwaves PE set for the Airfix Hampden and it does give you quite a few bits to dress up the cockpit and forward nose area so you can busy up the area under the glazing. To be honest I'd probably think in terms of getting the AZ re-release of the Valom tooled kit, assuming the new transparencies are a better fit than the original Valom parts.

Paul Brown

420 posts


On the menu bar at the top of this page click 'help and advice', then' parts and spares requests'. Fill in the form. I would imagine they keep a reasonable supply of Spitfire spares and you should be able to get a replacement.

Paul Brown

420 posts


It's by no means the first in 1/72 to feature engine detail under the cowling, off the top of my head I can think of two or three that have appeared in years gone by. I think somebody at Airfix may have seen the Fine Molds series of 109 kits that have a similarly moulded engine.

Paul Brown

420 posts


@Polaris

I think they've missed a trick in not maintaining an online presence against online model shops.

It's great, provided you're not an online trader or retailer with a bricks and mortar shop. I know several people in the trade who've been dismayed by some of the online offers and sales undercutting them to the extent they simply cannot compete. Maybe Airfix have been listening to them.

Paul Brown

420 posts


@T2B

The decals do lift better in warm water but as Ratch says its soon goes cold 

I have an enamel dish used in conjunction with a food warmer stand and tea light. Hot water is good to get a decal to conform, an old trick is to use a hair drier on the decal once it's positioned

Paul Brown

420 posts


Try parts and spares requests https://www.airfix.com/uk-en/contact

Forum Rules

  • The Airfix Forum is intended for discussion of plastic scale modelling. Primarily a place for newcomers to ask questions and seek assistance from like-minded individuals, the Airfix Forum offers users the chance to join an active and friendly community.
  • Discussion of other plastic model kit manufacturers is allowed, however, active promotion or advertising of our competitors is not permitted.
  • Please keep in mind that the Airfix Forum is a publicly viewable space and you should never post personal information (including email addresses).
  • While every effort is made to contact you before any censorship, we reserve the right to amend or remove any content without explanation.
  • All customer service enquiries should be directed to Airfix Customer Services.

Useful Links

Forum Guidelines

Membership Restricted Product