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jopres57

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 As Ratch said above, look it up online. When I get stuck, which is more often than not, I find a good idea is to check the internet for someone else who has built a model that is the same or similar. There's usually at least one, and nearly always with pictures and paint info. Also check out Google images for pictures of the real thing, you can always guestimate the colour of some smaller parts by comparing them to paint chips ( the 2019 airfix catalogue does one for humbrol paints). Plastic modelling magazines are also a good source of info if you buy them regularly.

jopres57

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I think that if you're considering a 1/72 WW2 subject then a Lancaster or Flying Fortress are often favourites. Post war a Vulcan is a patriotic choice and looks good. I can't help thinking though that the bomber that really looks the part is the B58 Hustler, the Italeri kit can still be found. Sorry to bring up a non Airfix kit but I wish they would produce an up to date model of this iconic aircraft. Probably not much chance but you never know? 

jopres57

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There's been a bit of discussion about this before. Check out  "Humbrol (Techniques, Tips & Craft) > russian army green WW2". It's about Russian Army green in general but I think T34's would probably have the same colour scheme as other vehicles.

jopres57

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Wiil, I'm sorry to hear that you seem to be a bit disappointed with the Tiger 1, hope you haven't given up on it. It is an old kit and not very accurate, probably more for people making it again for old times’ sake rather than for serious modelers. Still, it can be a satisfying build if you persevere, and ultimately it only matters if you're happy with it at the end. There's a close up of the back of a completed model below if it's any use. The joints on this are not perfect but don't look too bad.

jopres57

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Forgot to mention before, there are some good pictures of Tiger 1's in other parts of the Forum. Check out the 'Painted Tiger 1' sub forum, you may well get some inspiration.

jopres57

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I made one of these a couple of years ago and didn't really have any problems, there's a glimpse of it along with some other Airfix kits in the '1/76 Panther' sub forum. I think the main thing with this and most plastic kits is to check the fit of the parts before applying the glue, generally known as 'dry fitting'. Take a step back and you will probably spot where things have gone wrong. I think that things will probably turn out OK, just like the WW1 tank. If things do go pear shaped just try and put a good coat of paint on it and some decent decals, most people won't notice anything wrong. Never forget BBB (Bulshine Baffles Brains).

jopres57

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@Aussie Jeff

 There appears to be a lot of 'moving' parts for this model - front turret, blister windows & gunners, main & tailplane flaps, propellers and the main wing floats (?) - has anyone bothered with all this or are they a bit fiddly/gimmicky?  

There are actually a number of posts on this subject Jeff, but they are spread about all over the Forum. General consensus of opinion seems to be that moveable parts were best left in the Sixties, although I personally think that a model plane isn't right if it has propellers that don't turn. I think most people agree though that having parts that can be glued in different positions, generally referred to as 'posable', is an important part of a good kit.

jopres57

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This is my attempt at the Catalina, made in the nineteen eighties ( and using the wrong shade of grey for the wings). Apart from the decals I think the kit itself remained unchanged during the many years of production.

It's a great model but the main problem is that it's a chronic tail sitter. Another snag is that the main undercarriage legs are wide, thin and a bit fragile, so they won't take too much weight. A bit of a balancing act is required, or alternatively some stronger legs.

My effort has worn well but the varnished white has started to acquire a distinctly yellow tint. I used humbrol enamels and varnish at the time. If anyone has found a good way of avoiding the yellowing I'd be glad to know.

jopres57

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This is the same kit in its Kuwaiti Air Force disguise that I made some time ago. Looking at the Airfix Tribute Forum I was surprised to see that this scheme doesn't seem all that popular, I think a bit of bright colour makes a pleasant change. Saying that, the gloss varnish is a bit over the top, but my excuse is that this was built back in the eighties when I had just returned to the hobby.

I was disappointed that no new kit of an early version Hunter was scheduled for release in 1/72 scale this year. A certain German manufacturer does some excellent kits of the later versions, but the F4 of Suez vintage seems to be the forgotten cousin. It's really annoying when some good after-market decals are available. Still, as they say, there's always next year.

jopres57

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Good effort Tomek22, this is a sadly neglected vehicle so lets hope the Airfix kit is released again soon.  

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