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The cockpit painting is now completed, and the fuselage has been joined, securing the a number of small metal nuts under the floor with Blutac to make sure it's not a tail sitter. I had no issues at all with the cockpit join. Be aware that if you want the undercarriage down the nose wheel must be attached before joining the fuselage as it cannot be inserted through the bay opening.

The wings were also assembled, and I did have a very small gap along the leading edge, which I will fill later on. The smoke generator was also glued together. Nice to have this important piece of Red Arrows kit included for a change.

The cockpit was painted Hu165 (Medium Sea Grey). The instrument panel and side consoles were decals (I did manage to lose one side console), and the basic seat straps were painted Tamiya tape.

I was going to build straight from the box, but then I noticed that the underside of the ailerons were not engraved all the way to the end of the wing as they should be!

So a couple of swipes with a scriber (actually I used the upturned blade of my craft knife) later the aileron hinge is restored. It took all of 30 seconds work on each wingtip.


So next comes air-frame assembly, something I'm not really looking forward to as I have read some horror stories regards fit on the internet forums.

On a recent visit to the Hornby Visitors Centre I picked up a cheap boxing of the 1/72 Red Arrow Hawk kit. This was cheap because it's an old scheme from the 50th Anniversary in 2015, and since then the tail markings have been revised, but as I don't have a Red arrow in my collection, I decided to go for it.

I also got another 20% off the marked price with my Club Discount Laughing.


The Cartograf decals give options for all the team's aircraft.


The parts breakdown is similar to the 1970's original Airfix Hawk T1, but with recessed panel lines, and with the missing wing fences and airbreak strakes present. Still the 1970's kit was good, even with raised panel lines, so this being similar is not a problem.


I started by putting the cockpit together, no surprises here, all clicked together nicely. The seats aren't glued in yet, and a fuselage side was used to get the proper alignment.

More to follow soon.

Today the postman brought me a package containing a 1/72 Fine Molds Me 410B-1/U2/R4, that will be another gap filled in Luftwaffe collection.

Next on were the Sidewinder rails. These had lugs moilded on to mount the missles, but as mine was being serviced, and no missles were carried, these lugs were removed. These were followed by the undercariage legs and remaining doors. These were a bit fiddly to fix in place, but went on okay in the end. I would recommend that the small upper outer undercarriage doors be fitted before the wing drop tanks are fitted to save some almost impossibly fiddling overwise.


After that it was just down to fitting the wheels and canopies, and some detail painting like navigational lights, and the bird was finished.


I really enjoyed building this kit. Yes, it may have a few issues with missing vents and a little over-engineering, but the result is a good looking British Phantom with more options than you can shake a stick at! I have another FG.1 to build, and when the FGR.2 comes out I'll probably get a couple of them as well, and I'm looking forward to them all.

Just bought an Airfix Red Arrow Hawk 1/72, only £5.50 at the Hornby visitors centre then with 20% club discount only £4.40, then went out to the hobby shop in Spalding where I'm visiting relatives and got an Academy 1/72 Me163 and Revell (ICM) 1/72 I-153.

All the decalling on the main air frame is now completed, only some to put on the nose door and canopies when they are ready. After a few paint touch ups two coats of matt varnish went on and then the sub assemblies started to be added, such as nose, radar, belly tank, refuelling probe and Sparrow drill rounds.



When the aircraft was unarmed a pair of concrete filled Sparrow drill rounds were carried and these were usually paint inert blue.


Now just got to finish and attach the undercart, missile rails and canopies, but due to other commitments this may take a little while.

The 50's and 60's seem to be a favourite area for Airfix over the last few years, especially British aircraft (Lightning, Swift, Victor, Valiant, Gnat, Jet Provost, Vampire Trainer, Shackleton all in 1/72), so I should think that a few more from this era could be expected (hoped for) in the coming years. Some more helicopters from this age would be welcome though (Wessex, Whirlwind, Scout, Wasp, Skeeter, Belvedere etc).

Unfortunately for anyone who prefers 1/72, Airfix seem to be moving more and more to 1/48, good for some but not for me.

As for American or Russian aircraft from this period, they have only really done the F-86 & A-4 lately, but I agree a Spad would be wonderful, and there is the opportunity to give it Royal Navy markings if an AEW option is included. Airfix only seem to do American aircraft if a possibility of British markings are available, or if a British adversary used it (Argentine A-4).

Sorry for the delay in posting, but life's been getting in the way of my modelling.

I've finished the basic scheme, who would have thought that three shades of, basically, light grey would need so much masking?

That's light aircraft grey for the underside, medium sea grey for the wing inner sections and 'Barley' grey for the rest of the top surfaces.


I have a fairly large selection of Modeldecal sheets, many of which feature RAF Phantoms,so did not want to waste money buying the same schemes again from Xtradecal. Here are the sheets that feature the FG.1.

I was tempted by the RAE 'Raspberry Ripple' 25th Anniversary of the F-4 scheme, but in the end went for a 43 Sqn Anniversary job. Maybe that red, white and blue for the next one.

The chosen scheme, which resembles a flying chess board somewhat. Those orange wings on the left are for a Belgium F-16.


I've started on the decalling, and it certainly is striking! For decals that are around 30 years old they behaved very well, and after a coat of decal softener sunk into all the panel lines no problem.

I had to slice the fin decal to get it to go over the blade aerial on the side, and this will require a small amount of touch up, but no big deal.

More stencils to put on tonight, but luckily not to many, and as this was a C.O.'s aircraft in a display scheme it was kept pretty much spotless, so no weathering to worry about!

That 5th stand must be for the Mk Va boxing.

Now what should they put on the 4th plinth in Trafalgar Square.........?



Looks pretty cool, a bit like the tank in 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade', but missing the side guns.

Is that a Honey Tank turret on top?



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