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Dad Paul B

Signature: Paul - Classic Jet Fan

Bio: Started building kits back in the 70s from the age of about 7. Spent a lot of time doing wargames figures before coming back to styrene for a work project this year. Since then I have introduced my own children (5 and 6) to the delights of model making, planes only as we don't have enough surfaces for models so back to the ceiling, just like when I was young.

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Dad Paul B

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Joe

You must have timed your last renewal just before the change. If you have a club limited voucher then email the club email address and they will provide a new voucher code (you will need to provide your current voucher code and be within its 1 year validity).

The £15 pounds on anything has been the standard since very early this year.

Paul

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Dad Paul B

290 posts

Well, these 2 kits come from very different eras in modelling. The Tiger I dates from the early 1960s and it shows. There is a lot of flat surface and the 3 pieces of the main hull connect by simple butt joints (as do the 2 turret halves). I did find that fixing the lower hull into the running gear and then adding the rear before putting the upper hull on helped. The shape is OK, through reports of it being undersized appear accurate as the hull is noticibly shorter than the Cromwell (though should be about 7 inches longer in real life which is only about a thenth of an inch or 2.5 mm in new money). The other bugbear with this kit are the vinyl tracks. Getting the pins through the holes is difficult and rivetting them can be unreliable. They also sit quite awkwardly on the running gear which is reasonably well modelled.

The decals are basic and if you want to place them in the indicated position then you will need to separate one of the nembers to fit round the single surface feature on the turret side. Alternatively to can just put them behind that boss as is the case on the built example on the product web page. I chose to finish them in 2 different camouflage schemes.

The Cromwell is a very different beast. Tooled in the Hornby era is has some very nice, delicate, surface detail and hard styrene tracks. The running gear builds very well, though watch out for the gateways on the sprockets as these are so large they fill in the gaps between the teeth and run up the inner surface. This makes fitting them to the tracks very difficult and the tracks can sit slightly proud at the rear which makes the he fit of the rear mud flaps and track guards a little tricky. Otherwise the fit on this kit is beautiful and it really looks the part, especially with a black wash to highlight the detail.

My 2 were finished using Plastic Soldier decals for the 5th Royal Tank Regiment (7th Armoured Division) in Normandy.

With Airfix battles hopefully bringing new interest I would like to see more vehicles get the new tool treatment. Here are some shots on the Airfix Battles map boards representing elements of the Desert Rats advancing through the town of Villers Bocage in June 1944 and about to receive a nasty surprise.

Paul

 

 

 

 

 

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Dad Paul B

290 posts

I favour applying the small decals using a cocktail stick to move them off the paper and around the model until I am happy with the placement. It's not usually an issue with WW2 birds but the jets can be very busy (the Phantom clocks in at over 200 - even more than the V-Bombers.

I do lose sight of them where the contrast is poor (black over dark green or Extra Dark Sea grey) and some grey on grey schemes. It is horses for courses - I generally try and put the lot on but some really are just a dot which might be better painted on with a cocktail stick.

Paul - Classic Jet Fan

Dad Paul B

290 posts

Without checking I think the Casa 111s and Hispano Buchons (Me 109) had just left Spanish service when pressed into service for filming. Interestingly the Buchon had a Merlin engine so the exhaust stacks will be in the 'wrong' place in the film. However it is quite likely that retired or vacationing Spanish airforce pilots would have done a lot of the flying.

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Dad Paul B

290 posts

The photo upload is now working (shrunk the files to 1.8 MB)

Paul - Classic Jet Fan

Dad Paul B

290 posts

Pictures are 2 MB each - typical of past uploads.

Paul

Paul - Classic Jet Fan

Dad Paul B

290 posts

Unable to upload pictures at the moment (10th Nov) getting the error message

"The uploaded file exceeds the maximum allowed size in your PHP configuration file."

Looks to be a site based issue as I get the same response in multiple browsers.

Anyone managing OK?

Paul - Classic Jet Fan

Dad Paul B

290 posts

First up this was actually the Sea Hurricane Mk 2 from the Operation Torch club set of a couple of years ago (bought with club voucher when the prices were knocked down and I got Hurrican, Swordfish and 2 harriers for a tenner). The tooling is very nice and had the all metal wing - the kit has 2 sets of wings for a MG  A-C or cannon armed D model. I decided not to build the naval version as it required cutting out a section of fuselage to fit the arrestor hook underside. Besides I wanted to produce a 303 (Polish) Squadron airframe.

The only cutting needed was to remove a flange around the nose and I drilled out the gun apertures with a 0.7mm drill in a pin vice - and got 1 out of place!. The Hurricanes are lovely to build. My son's first kit was a Mk1 when he was six. Painting was also simple and I used decals by Techmod with Aviaology stencilling to to RF-F, a Battle of Britain machine generally flown by Squadron Leader Witold Urbanowicz with some chalked graffiti giving a score of 26 kills. 303 was the most successful squadron in the Battle - and less given to overclaiming than most (especially the Duxford wing who were hampered by operating in crowded skies due to their big wing tactics - which also meant they often missed the action entirely due to arriving late).

Given that 303 were very busy in September 1940 I went for a heavily weathered look. Streaking was applied with oil paints and then heavily attacked with revell pigments (the basic set) mainly desert yellow underneath, white on top with black for the exhaust staining and then extra mud green and dark earth underneath around the landing gear where more dirt would be thrown up and dark earth around the guns.

I was delighted with the ease and overall effect of this and have enough decals to do a squadron mate.

The Hurricane is a great choice for a first attempt and kit building.

Photos will follow once the website starts accepting them again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul - Classic Jet Fan

Dad Paul B

290 posts

Ratch

I have also suggested a V-Bomber resupply set to go with all the nice bombers (if/when the Vulcan gets the new tool treatment). I would definitely get a set.

The WW2 range needs a refresh as Airfix Battles may be stimulating interest (I have just ordered 2 Tiger 1s and 2 Cromwells with Flying Hours). Need to start with the Basics (Sherman, Panzer 4, M3 Half Track and Sdkfz 251 and Panther followed by recce vehicles, support weapons and conversions like StuGs, AA Tanks, Kangaroos, Priests/Sextans and Hummels etc.) which will sell in multiples as a platoon is 3 or 4 vehicles; and new figure sets as the old toolings and soft plastic are well past their prime. Otherwise the likes of Armourfast and Plastic Soldier will hoover up the market. It might also be worth arranging a distribution deal with Modiphius to promote cross sales.

I am not fussed if they are 1/72 or 1/76 (apart from the airfield sets) as the difference is not big enough to make a difference in a wargames set. The difference is less that that between different ranges of 25/28mm figures of the same notonal scale.

Paul - Classic Jet Fan

Dad Paul B

290 posts

The Humbrol filler is OK (a little like polyfiller so sands easily but does go off), I am currently using Vallejo putty which is soft and easy to sand but sanding can pull some out of the gaps and require second applications.

Milliput is harder to work with as it is quite stiff and hard to sand. A lotof professionals swear by Mr Surfacer (available in many grades).

For the paint finish I recommend spray for the white (I used Tamiya extra fine white primer spray and humbrol acrylic gloss white spray). The upper surfaces were humbrol Medium Sea Grey and Dark Green satin acrylics (brushed on) which were a pain as the pigment and medium often separated while drying. I now favour vallejo acrylics. Keep experimenting until you find materials which work for you.

I also sprayed the varnish (humbrol acrylic cans - gloss). Just make sure you have brushed varnish over the decals if using spray cans as the solvents/propellants can attack them.

Good luck.

Paul

Paul - Classic Jet Fan

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