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Paul Brown

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The figure set is well worth having, it's actually Preiser tooling from quite some time ago, but the sculpting and tooling itself is outstanding.

T2B

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Thanks Paul and yes the figure sets are good and essential for a Luftwaffe diorama scene! They are becoming difficult to get hold of and sometimes go for silly prices on auction sites so this was a bargain so I was pleased to snap it up

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Paul Brown

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Airfix Blenheim (amongst other things, including some more Thunderbirds stuff) 

 

 

 

T2B

1076 posts

@ Paul Brown

 

I see you have got the new 1:48th Scale Blenheim. Have you seen the post in the Aircraft thread from hawkerhurricaneguy about a frosted glazing issue? Is yours the same before I take the plunge and get this kit??

GNR-Gordon-4

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@Paul Brown

 

I love the look of those two Thunderbirds kits that you have bought. Who makes / made them? What other Thunderbirds branded kits do you own?

 

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Heather Kay

260 posts

@T2B

@ Paul Brown

 

I see you have got the new 1:48th Scale Blenheim. Have you seen the post in the Aircraft thread from hawkerhurricaneguy about a frosted glazing issue? Is yours the same before I take the plunge and get this kit??

I have the kit, but I didn’t notice the frosted section when I inspected it.

 

Now, I understand from my research and the 1/72nd version I built, that the overall black OTU option in the kit would have had all the nose glazing overpainted, including the lower panels. I believe this was due to the AI radar equipment installation. The reasons for painting it may have been to do with security, or making it easier for the radar operator to see what he was doing sat up in the nose section.

 

I rather think Airfix have made a small boo-boo by making this section frosted, though. It wouldn’t have been hard to overpaint it as a clear part, after all.

A professional modeller of railway subjects, and a reborn Airfix fan. Definitely into combat aircraft in service on all sides in the summer of 1940, but known to occasionally veer off into other interesting things!

T2B

1076 posts

Yes I agree Heather your research is probably right and it would have been easier just to paint over a clear part! And I'm surprised that with Airfix's current level of research and attention to detail they have made such an error? Just a long shot but are there 2 parts in the kit, 1 clear glazed and 1 frosted for the 2 different night or day fighter schemes?

 

Heather Kay

260 posts

@T2B

Yes I agree Heather your research is probably right and it would have been easier just to paint over a clear part! And I'm surprised that with Airfix's current level of research and attention to detail they have made such an error? Just a long shot but are there 2 parts in the kit, 1 clear glazed and 1 frosted for the 2 different night or day fighter schemes?

I just had a closer look.

 

There are three cockpit glazed parts, but only two (G4 and G11) are intended for this MkIF boxing according to the instructions. Both parts have frosted lower nose panels. Although the paint guide shows the glazing to be clear here for the No 54 OTU version, I think those panels should be painted over for the radar-equipped plane. One of my references shows a MkIF in winter 1939/40 at RAF Wittering, carrying the camouflage and markings found in the box for No 23 Squadron, and that shows a shiny nose panel which intimates unpainted and clear.

 

Part G12 is an alternate port nose - with clear unfrosted panels, mark you - which I will assume is intended for a future MkIB kit: the difference is the layout of the pilot's side windows. There are bombs in the kit as it stands, which indicates plans for the bomber variant and, and one might hope, a MkIV in due course. Having checked my references, perhaps G12 is intended for the MkIF, and the instructions have shown the wrong part.

 

This needs a proper Blenheim expert to unpick.

A professional modeller of railway subjects, and a reborn Airfix fan. Definitely into combat aircraft in service on all sides in the summer of 1940, but known to occasionally veer off into other interesting things!

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