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

194 posts

Looking good. For a weapon of war, it's a very pretty aeroplane.

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

194 posts

@Tomek22

Hi, I have the SMER (Heller) Amiot 143, too. Very interesting kit, very old, but also there are no inerior detais- nothing like other old kits.

There is absolutely nothing inside the fuselage, as you say. There's a little flash, but for such an elderly mould, it's quite clean otherwise. I've already been all over the internet search for any cockpit detail photos, so there's going to be a fair bit of scratch building to do anything sensible before the fuselage halves get joined together.

 

That build, however, must wait its turn. I have to get a new cabinet made, and build some of the other kits that keep shouting for my attention. Oh, and earn a living!

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

194 posts

I think we have to remember this is Airfix's forum, so they make the rules. I know we can stretch the rules occasionally, as I have done but only in a direct comparison of the same plane by different makers, but I am strict and just post build threads of Airfix kits.

 

I know James blogs his builds on a model railway forum as well, and I think a proper dedicated blog is something I should consider to cover some of the builds I have planned.

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

194 posts

@james_mower

SMER? Isn't that an evil enemy spy ring from a fictious spy film Wink

That's a very obscure and unusual plane too - I had to google it

 

SMER - I think you're right. I am not certain which Eastern European country they hail from, but the number of accents in the text hint at probably what I still think of as Czechoslovakia. Looking around, it is possible this is an old Heller kit, but I've seen others say it's better. *shrug*

 

I think I have three more French types to acquire. One or two Dutch types are hard to come by, and let's not talk about the Belgians. I'm now wondering if I really should consider the Norwegian air force...  Undecided

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

194 posts

Oh dear.

 

 

You know, I think I may have to set up a blog somewhere to document my miniature 1940 air warfare museum. Airfix boxes in my stash are now outnumbered by oddballs like this!

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

194 posts

Cheers m'dear!

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

194 posts

I think brushing clear coat onto weathering powders will do precisely what you think!

 

If you aren't likely to handle the model much after weathering, you may decide not to varnish. However, a varnish coat would protect the model and weathering. I am loathe to point you towards aerosol can varnishes, as I have indifferent experiences with them, but a good brand other than Humbrol (sorry!) would do the job an airbrush would be used for, but with less finesse.

 

As an alternative, have you considered dry brushing? I'm sure there are plenty of tutorials on the subject of weathering and dry brushing on the internet if you search around. Dry brushing involves removing as much paint from the brush as possible, so that when you gently stroke the brush on the model hardly any paint is transferred. With care, it's possible to build up layers of paint, such as exhaust staining and dust or dirt deposits, to the level you think is right. It's a skill that needs practice, and which in my experience needs a paint like enamel that doesn't dry too quickly. It may well be worth experimenting on something other than the Thunderbolt until you feel confident.

 

Perhaps someone else more familiar with drybrushing acrylics might like to chime in?

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

194 posts

Jeff, you say you've used enamels throughout, but what you describe sounds a lot like the effect of painting acrylic over enamel.

 

I am always wary of applying acrylic over enamel, though I know it can be done provided the solvent-based enamel has had sufficient time for all the volatiles to completely clear. I have to say, I don't think 48 hours is sufficient for that to be completely and properly dry.

 

Other than that, if you say the varnish is enamel, then I really don't know what to suggest.

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

194 posts

 

 

I had to order in some suitable red cross transfers. My memory let me down, as I thought the ones in the old RAF Emergency Set might have given some useful ones, but they were too big. These came from Scalelink, and are originally BW Models sets. The side crosses are still too big, but what can you do?

 

Anyway, a tiny bit of weathering, and this can live next to a crash tender on a diorama one day. A fun little exercise. I wonder what I could turn the Bedford MW into... Innocent

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

194 posts

Thanks! It's a tiny model, and I have to admit I begin to struggle to see things this small without magnification. 

 

Keep at it. The more you build the better you get. At least, that's what I keep telling myself!

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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