Heather Kay

Signature: 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!

Bio: With my younger sister, we enjoyed adding details to our doll's houses. I learned to build plastic kits at my father's knee. I am particularly partial to the aircraft of 1940, although almost anything with some kind of engine fascinates me. People now commission me to build O Gauge model railway kits, so my light relief is settling down to building the new generation of Airfix kits.

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Heather Kay

250 posts

Very tidy. Nice plane, nice build. 

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!

Heather Kay

250 posts

Ages ago I posted images of a Dewoitine D520 kit from a new company to me, Mister Craft. Turns out the kit was the 1960s Heller mould with new transfers. I've been building it, and while it seems accurate, it's a bit lacking in the mod cons. I shall complete it and paint it, but I did a bit of digging around to see if there were recommendations for a better kit of the type.

 

 

Turns out this is recommended. An interesting approach to kits, too, as the fuselage and wings are moulded complete, needing no further assembly. 

 

 

To make it worth the cost of postage, I added this to my order from Hannants. I think this now covers most of the main French air force combatants in the Battle of France. 

 

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!

Heather Kay

250 posts

More for my 1940 interest bubble. Looks like I'm going to have to learn to rig biplanes properly, doesn't it?

 

Looks like an original 1979 boxing, complete with the instructions in French.

 

 

Desperate times, if you have to send crews across the English Channel in these planes to attack the invading German forces.

 

 

A slightly battered box, and some crusty looking vac-form transparencies, but plenty of options of which plane to choose. 

 

I'm going to need a bigger stash storage soon. Laughing

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!

Heather Kay

250 posts

I suppose these little models fit in this sub forum. They have wheels and internal combustion engines after all.

 

The Scammell Scarab was a three-wheeled tractor unit, a development of the Mechanical Horse that was created in the 1930s. A small and nimble tractor with an automatic coupling mechanism, and a range of suitable trailers, found favour with railway companies as well as manufacturing and local authorities. The Scarab appeared in 1948, and continued in production until the late 1960s. They began to disappear from Britain's roads as construction and use legislation came into force that required better braking systems on articulated vehicles.

 

As part of their railway and lineside series, Airfix released a 1/76th scale (00/H0) kit of the Scammell Scarab in 1962. It then promptly vanished again, receiving no packaging upgrades or revisions that I can see. The kit reappeared under the Dapol label in the 1980s, after that company had acquired most of the old Airfix lineside kits. The kit contained one tractor unit, a British Railways trailer, and a Watneys Brewery trailer, plus choice of transfers. 

 

Being a railway modeller among many hobbies, I had a few of these little kits stashed away. For my club's exhibition layout, I did some upgrades to correct a couple of minor issues with the models. This was mainly around the tractor unit, such as creating a more accurate representation of the coupling mechanism. 

 

These were put together for the "Airfix Golden Years" group build on the Britmodeller forum. I had never bothered with the Watneys tanker setup before, but with two kits to build it seemed churlish not to. I already had a BR tractor unit built as coupled to a trailer (a modification that involved assembling the trailer's jockey wheels on the tractor itself - don't ask!), so the BR one here was built as uncoupled to showcase my effort at representing the coupling mechanism. A coupled trailer in this model form requires a peg to drop into a hole. It's not meant to be uncoupled when on display. Oh, it's all a bit complicated, and unless you're particularly fond on these rather odd vehicles from Britain's past, it's not worth getting into great detail. There's plenty of information available online, and a couple of interesting period films can be found that show how versatile the Scarab was.

 

 

 

 

 

With that out of my system, I wonder what aircraft models I might decide to build next... Laughing

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!

Heather Kay

250 posts

 

That's better. 1940 gets more planes to play with.

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!

Heather Kay

250 posts

When in Hannants it is considered rude not to purchase. Sadly, unable to share the right format pic right now. =o\

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!

Heather Kay

250 posts

 

Just arrived. This will replace my venerable 1950s version. I’m going to have to get some suitable transfers in, though, as this boxing is all a bit modern for my 1940 period. 

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!

Heather Kay

250 posts

Cheers James! It wasn’t the paint. The primer I used, a standard car acrylic rattlecan one, seems to have been the issue. I think I have a dodgy can, as I’ve never had problems with the brand before. I need to do some tests, and then see about alternatives.

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!

Heather Kay

250 posts

Another quick and fairly fun build for a group build over at Britmodeller. The Whirlwind kit dates from 1978, and was the second tooling of this unusual and sadly neglected aircraft made by Airfix. The boxing I used came from the 1990s.

 

 

To fit my 1940 theme, I chose the earlier camouflage and transfer option in the kit, for a 263 Squadron aircraft, based in Exeter in December 1940.

 

 

Like many kits of the time, there's not much to it. What was moulded was clean and fairly fresh, with very fine raised panel lines. Overall fit was good. I opted for an aftermarket set of main wheels, as the kit ones are a bit slim.

 

 

I added some basic cockpit detailing. I replaced the wide bench seat with a PE seat from a Hurricane set, made some frames and bits from stryene strip, and modified a PE instrument panel to fit. Seatbelts were made from thin masking tape strips.

 

 

You can still just see something in the cockpit!

 

 

Very little filler was needed, and most of it was used to fill sink holes in various spots around the wings and fuselage. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was going to airbrush the model. In fact, I started to airbrush it. However, it turned into a disaster when masking tape removed the paint and primer at the same time. In the end, I resorted to brush painting, with a final airbrushed matt coat to seal things. Even then, a quick mask to paint the fuselage band also lifted paint off the model, and retouching caused more problems. Yell  By the time it was finished, I was fed up with the thing, what with the paint problems, so I haven't weathered the model. It's now in the display cabinet, and I don't think I'll be in a hurry to replace this example.

 

The transfers were a little translucent, but behaved themselves well enough. I used EZ-Line for the antenna wiring.

 

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!

Heather Kay

250 posts

Thanks Ratch. I would be much obliged. As I say, there’s no rush at the moment. You can probably contact me via the BM site.

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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