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

223 posts

 

Laughing

 

Everyone else will have built theirs before I get a chance to build mine. Still, it's safely in the stash now.

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

223 posts

If they were anything like the ones in my Spitfire build they were very thick and didn’t want to play nicely at all. I ended up using third party sets.

 

Your Spit looks splendid, Ossian, faults and all. A good therapeutic quick build can do wonders for the mojo I find. Spotting errors and issues, even after the thing is finished, is all good. Sometimes you can correct them, other times you just shrug and move on.

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

223 posts

@james_mower

I don't think H for Heather is one of Decal Schemes, but R for Robert is and she's coming home to not to far from where her Tail and rudder was restored Cool

Sadly, I think my copy will just be going straight in the stash for the time being. I’m also likely not to use the kit decal options, if they don’t suit my 1940 theme.

 

I'm now sitting eagerly by the window, waiting for a delivery, like an over eager puppy!

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

223 posts

Well, there’s a Vickers Wellington box with my name on it at the warehouse, apparently. 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

223 posts

Panel lines. Now, there's a can of worms!

 

It's become fashionable to accentuate panel lines, usually by a wash of darker colour. Yet, if you look at a real plane, you can hardly see any panel lines. I actually like fine recessed panel lines on kits, but I don't feel a need to make them deeper unless I've sanded them away during fitting of parts. I only rarely add a wash, as I feel lines don't need to be accentuated in that way. It's like all this pre- and post-shading malarkey. When it's done well, it looks really good. The thing is, in my opinion, it's rarely done well.

 

Of course, it's down to personal preference. Everyone has their own ideas, and I'm happy for everyone to do just what they please!

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

223 posts

I need to get some decal film in. I don't plan on regularly using older transfers, but it would be a useful pot of stuff to have in the drawer.

 

Thanks for the lovely comments on my Rotodyne, by the way. The kit holds some memories for me, as it's one of the first kits I helped my dad build when I was knee-high to a grasshopper way back in the 1970s. I don't know what happened to the finished model, but I think the glue and paint fumes got into me then, and I have been building plastic kits on and off since.

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

223 posts

Thanks Patrick. Yes, lacquer may have helped. However, I think this particular sheet had gone too far. Most of the transfers came unstuck eventually, but really needed care to avoid them shattering. Having no alternatives, I had to press on.

 

Happy it's fnished. Now I have to find somewhere to keep it! Those rotor blades are very fragile.

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

223 posts

I just finished this for a group build on the Britmodeller forums. I'd had the Humbrol boxing of this 1959 vintage kit for a couple of decades, with vague plans perhaps one day to complete it as a "what if" in RAF Transport Command colours. 

 

In the end, I went with the kit colours and transfers. All the rivets had to be sacrificed in order to get some clean and smooth seams, and that entailed scribing replacement panels and doors on the rotor tower. The toy-like clamshell door hinges were filled, smaller scale representations fitted, and the doors glued shut to allow for a good fit. The transfers were paler than the quoted Hu14 gloss French Blue paint, and also decided to flake and fall apart on me. I had to do some creative colour matching to paint repairs and match the cockpit transparency frames. 

 

Still, it ended up looking the part. I added the cockpit side window slide rails, the nose instrument probe, and did some reshaping of various undercarriage parts to make them a lot thinner.

 

 

 

 

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

223 posts

That's a very tidy model. I wish I was as neat as that!

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

223 posts

 

Ratch has done a fab job on the Airfix Hs123, but I went for this one for my 1940 collection. I've not done an Avis kit before, so that might be fun.

 

 

Although I already have a Novo/Heller kit of this plane, this one might be better.

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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