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

151 posts

@Pretty mediocre modeller

If you're interested Heather, Zvezda do a fairly decent Ju-88A-5, although an Airfix re-tool would be better of course

 

I've just finished converting an old Italeri A-4, which will do me for now. If something better turns up, I might look at it again.

 

So, the basic family resemblance between the early-ish Ju88 marks might play into a kit designer's hands. One tool for the basic fuselage, perhaps options for wings and tail...

 

Dream on! Wink

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

151 posts

While a Ju88A-1 would be great, an A-5 would be okay. The airframe is the same for the more numerous A-4, with just engines and other minor details different.

 

But that's enough of my obsession! 

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

151 posts

Being selfish and wanting really nice kits for my Battle of Britain obsession, I'd like to see new tool Fairey Battle, Handley Page Hampden, Bristol Beaufighter MkI, plus a Junkers Ju88A-1 (A-5 at a pinch).

 

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

151 posts

Bit late catching up with this thread. What a splendid model. Well worth the extra work.

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

151 posts

I've just received a parcel containing:

 

  • More sanding sticks and some acrylic paint thinners
  • Precut masks for Airfix He111P-2, Bf109E-4, Hurricane and Spitfire MkI (remembered too late I ought to have got one for the Blenheim MkIV. Next time.)
  • Azur 1/72nd Potez 63-11 (might need to source correct Battle of France period decals for this one)
  • MPM 1/72nd Fokker D.XXI

 

The last two may be the final planes I add to my Air War 1940 "others" collection. With the other two French planes I already have, I think I have a fair representation of the French and Dutch air forces. The Belgians tended to use planes bought in from other countries, including several British types.

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

151 posts

I find the standard Halfords or Holts acrylic car primers quite good. If I have to express a preference, then the Holts ones beat the Halfords ones. 

 

(I have a very good small independent hardware store near where I live, and they stock the Holts and Car Plan ranges, usually at about half the price of the big chain store brands.)

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

151 posts

It is odd. I only see empty squares here, but I can control-click on each to open them in a new browser window. It'll be slow going, but I shall now have a good look. Laughing

 

And now I've had a look, I can say I am very impressed indeed. 

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

151 posts

@Steven Budd

So, has anyone tried tweaking the build sequence, to produce conventional fuselage halves, rather than the front loading sub-assembly otherwise directed in the build guide?

 

I haven't, and if I'm honest the idea never occurred to me. I have a MkIV in the stash, and it might be fun to attempt your sequence. I'll watch how you get on if you try it!

 

I do like your idea of pinning the sprues above the bench like that. Sadly, it won't work with my setup, but it's been mentally filed in case my workspace is rearranged at some stage.

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

151 posts

That is rather special. 

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

151 posts

A tidy build there. Very nice.

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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