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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I admit I tend to stop looking at threads once they get long, but you can skip to the last page right after the original post which helps if you have been following the thread.

So, on balance, it might help combat thread fatigue so may be worth trying.

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Dad Paul B

335 posts

One technique you could try is to look up the RGB codes of colours online (from any manufacturers) and print a test strip for comparison. Then paint up a test strip of the most promising colours. This won't be perfect as printers can vary a bit and the paints can vary a bit, also depending on the colour of the primer.

This may cut down the number of paint samples you need.

Paul - Classic Jet Fan

Dad Paul B

335 posts

You could also look at Ark Royal as it has a small superstructure or a smaller ship like Belfast, Campbeltown or Graf Spee. If you want to go for something very basic look for the series 1 kits like Great Western. You will need to hunt the model shows for some of these.

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Dad Paul B

335 posts

There was a build in Airfix Model World. Their interpretation was that the doped linen showed pink on the inside from the brick red sort of colouras applied to the outside. They had the geodetic frame in natural metal which looked very nice but painting is plausible, though photos of damaged examples tend to look shiny but this may just be the outsides.

The 1A variant needs the turret shrouds cut away to expose more of the rear arc of the turret so both can be modelled.

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Dad Paul B

335 posts

This is my second Butcher Bird, the first was painted in RAF colours. This time I completed it as a Ground Attack version on the Western Front. Straight out of the box with only the fin markings added from Xtradecal's sheet as Airfix don't include them due to legal issues in some countries which would prevent sale.

Again this is a nice little kit. I put the outboard cannon in this time so it has the ejected cartridge chutes in place, though as I was using the bombs I should have left these off (didn't check the instructions too well). Still, I like the effect. The RLM 74, 75, 76 camouflage scheme is nice and masking took care of the yellow stripe around the rear fuselage. The only bit I struggled with was the spiral marking on the spinner. This was my second attempt and I didn't try and redo it again.

I mounted it on a stand so it can appear over my wargames like the Typhoon I did recently. Heavy use was made of oil streaking and weathering pigments as these aircraft were busy and opportunities for cleaning were limited so the airframe was assumed to have got very grubby.

Another pleasing build. The only real issue on this kit is around the nose. You need to realise that the bit on the lower part of the engine mount is not meant to bond flat and I lost the prismatic gun sight so had to fill the hole in the coming. Also having the machine guns mounted onto the cowling is asking for trouble an I duly lost one when sanding. Otherwise this went together beautifully.

Here are the results.

And just for comparison - here is the RAF version from the enemy aircraft flight at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough. Kept reasonably clean in comparison

Hope you like the 'proper' version

Paul

 

 

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Dad Paul B

335 posts

Epoxy is good for most purposes and contact adhesives like evo-stick don't spread when you put surfaces together so maybe the best to try first. Cyanoacrylate is not as strong as you might expect but is generally quicker. I have not had much success with glue guns

I would suggest doing some tests before committing to your actual work.

Paul - Classic Jet Fan

Dad Paul B

335 posts

Decent sable hair brushes are available from most art shops, like Hobbycraft. You can pick and choose the sizes you need.

The other thing to check is how well the paint goes on to the surface - ceramic is non-porous so any surface contamination, especially if it is oily, can cause water based paints to form droplets on the surface - though a rough surface will usually give good adhesion. A good clean with soapy water usually works but you may need to use a primer - though I am not sure what would work best on ceramic.

Paul - Classic Jet Fan

Dad Paul B

335 posts

Thanks for the complementary feedback. The canopy was nicely mouled and I painted it by hand (mixed Primer/Grau with Schwarzgrun on top - all straight lines so relatively simple. One comment I would make is that the open canopy is moulded as a single piece which means the ribs of the underneath sections can be painted under the glazing of the outer sections. This is one area where aftermarket would be a boon.

Paul - Classic Jet Fan

Dad Paul B

335 posts

Another relatively straightforward build. This is the new tool Typhoon as released in around 2014 and picked up when Hobbycraft were clearing out their non-starter set Airfix stock (along with an FW-190 which will be next.

This is a beautifully tooled kit. The cockpit interior has the foot boards above the wing box floor, though you won't see this once built since once closed the gap is not that big, and once filled with a pilot all that detail is hidden. The chin radiator is well moulded and cleverly engineered. ANother nice feature, rare in 1/72, are the cannon breeches which can be exposed by cutting out the access panels and fitting the open doors. A nice touch but not followed on this build.You are committed to fitting the cannon before closing the wings which limits options for cleaing up the edges but the fit is good enough not to cause much worry.

The fit was excellent throughout, just a small amount of well diluted filler in the wing roots. I left off the small features (Stores, Arial, mounting step) until after painting. Then it was painting. I used Vallejo Dark Sea Grey and Bronze green for the camouflage and Sky Grey for the underside (I originally used the recommended Medium Sea Grey but the contrast between greys wasn't that strong so I repainted. Masking went very well - no bleed through.

The kit decals give an option of a 1944 and 1945 scheme. However this is a Typhoon so Invasion Stripes are de rigeur, so 247 Sqn it was. The stripes are provided as decals and only cover the underside. I could not get the underwing decals to conform to the wing leading edge, despite several attempts with Micro Set and Sol. I therefore cleaned up the edge with a sharp scalpel. I didn't even try the yellow leading edge decals as I have had problems with these before, so a quick mask and paint job. The underfuselage stripes went on well and settled nicely with Micro Sol. Decalling took several sessions as there are some areas when decals go down on top of others so plenty of setting time was needed.

Stores were another simple choice - had to be Rocket Projectiles. The drilled out holes need to be picked out after the stripe decals are fixed (and I did all the weathering before this step too).

Finally I decided that this should be a busy airframe - 6 sorties a day were not unusual in Normandy with thousands of Rocket Projectiles being fired per operation (for example around Mortain during Operation Luttich). They didn't hit much but scared the opposition so much that many vehicles were abandoned or went to ground at the first sign of air attack.

A really nice build with some fine detail options.

And finally overflying a troop of Desert Rats somewhere in Northern France in the summer of 1944.

Paul - Classic Jet Fan

Dad Paul B

335 posts

Excellent to see the vehicles back and at prices competitive with the 'Fast Build' producers. I suspect I will get an '88 and 25 pdr for Airfix battles.

The other release that looks tempting is HMS Ark Royal which I did with my brother back in the 70s and am really tempted to have another crack - maybe have a go at replicating her after she got torpedoed.

Paul - Classic Jet Fan

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