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Thanks for the comments T2B and John. John, just remember that the plane is just a tool and not responsible for what's done with it.


The last few bits and pieces are now on and the kit is finished.

The remaining flap actuators were fitted over the white decal and painted to fit in with the underlying colour.


Overall an enjoyable and pretty easy build. The moulds have been modified since their first release, and the panel lines are now not so pronounced, and the wing fences are no longer separate parts. The only major issue I had with the kit was the canopy that did not fit well. A relaxing project after the Fortress and Phantom.

Good luck with this kit, as it is really showing its age now, and there are much better Ju88 kits on the market ( some of which are much more expensive). Let's hope that Airfix listen to us and produce a Ju88A-1 to complete their Battle of Britain trio.

Ps. if you get the chance compare your Airfix kit to the latest new tool Revell Ju88A-4 from about 8 years ago.

Once all the seems were sorted out, some of the smaller parts, such as undercarriage and doors plus the smoke generator went on. The generator and inner undercarriage doors were painted and decalled before fitting to save some awkwardness later. 

Another small modification I made was to the nose wheel doors. Airfix has them as divided into two halves, whereas in reality the first 3/4 of the doors are divided down the middle while the section nearest the leg is a smaller separate door. Hopefully the photo will explain what I mean.  

You can see the new door made from plastic card, and also a small blade aerial from card which was missing from the kit (but on the cover illustration and painting guide).


Next the one part canopy was painted and attached. The frames were first painted black (the interior colour), then white as an undercoat for the final coats of red. The fit was very tight, and much sanding and scraping of edges took place, and pressure had to be applied all the time the glue dried.

Can you spot the mistake, yes I forgot to install the clear internal shield between the front and rear cockpit! Luckily it was fairly easy to remove the canopy as I had used wood glue as it dries clear.


An undercoat of white, and three top coats of 'Arrows Red' followed. All hand painted.

The fin was not painted as it will be completely covered by a decal. The shield is now in place!


A couple of shots of the main decalling completed. It was most tricky as everything has to be lined up exactly or it is really obvious. Smaller decals and finishing off next.

The fin edges will need some slight touching up with paint.


The two inner flap actuator fairings were left off the underside of each wing as it would have been impossible to place the white arrow head decals over them. I would be nice if Airfix mentioned this in the instructions.

Well, I putting the air-frame together with the upper decking piece just behind the cockpit. I'd read that this was a particularly poor fit so was ready for trouble. As noted on the 'net, and also the latest Airfix Modelling World review, the rear bulkhead is about a millimetre to high. However it was very easy to reduce the height with an emery board and craft knife and took about 3 minutes to sort out, with constant checking of the fit of the part until it was right. The fit then left a very small seem, that was quick and easy to get rid of later when fully cured with some wet and dry paper. 

Next the wings went on, and the fit here wasn't terrible, but nor was it perfect. I was left with a slight gap at the rear underneath join, and quite a large gap at the forward underside. The top side wing roots also had a small gap, which was filled with water soluble Perfect Plastic

Putty, and smoothed out with a damp cotton bud. That took all of five minutes to do both sides, The other joins were filled and sanded. 

The tail planes were no problem whatsoever, and that left me with the intakes. Again I had read how these do not fit at all well, so I faced them with some apprehension. One half had a rough mating surface, so this was quickly sanded smooth, then all the halves joined after painting the insides red and adding the decals (yes decals inside the intakes!). They were then offered up to the fuselage, and lo and behold the fit was fine with just a touch of filler need.

The completed air-frame assembly completed, and filling and sanding started. The thing on the right is a flex-i-file, which is great for sorting out seems without leaving flat spots.


The seems at the front and rear of the underside wing/ fuselage join, which in fact did not take long to sort out.


Getting very near the time to start painting now.

The cockpit painting is now completed, and the fuselage has been joined, securing the a number of small metal nuts under the floor with Blutac to make sure it's not a tail sitter. I had no issues at all with the cockpit join. Be aware that if you want the undercarriage down the nose wheel must be attached before joining the fuselage as it cannot be inserted through the bay opening.

The wings were also assembled, and I did have a very small gap along the leading edge, which I will fill later on. The smoke generator was also glued together. Nice to have this important piece of Red Arrows kit included for a change.

The cockpit was painted Hu165 (Medium Sea Grey). The instrument panel and side consoles were decals (I did manage to lose one side console), and the basic seat straps were painted Tamiya tape.

I was going to build straight from the box, but then I noticed that the underside of the ailerons were not engraved all the way to the end of the wing as they should be!

So a couple of swipes with a scriber (actually I used the upturned blade of my craft knife) later the aileron hinge is restored. It took all of 30 seconds work on each wingtip.


So next comes air-frame assembly, something I'm not really looking forward to as I have read some horror stories regards fit on the internet forums.

On a recent visit to the Hornby Visitors Centre I picked up a cheap boxing of the 1/72 Red Arrow Hawk kit. This was cheap because it's an old scheme from the 50th Anniversary in 2015, and since then the tail markings have been revised, but as I don't have a Red arrow in my collection, I decided to go for it.

I also got another 20% off the marked price with my Club Discount Laughing.


The Cartograf decals give options for all the team's aircraft.


The parts breakdown is similar to the 1970's original Airfix Hawk T1, but with recessed panel lines, and with the missing wing fences and airbreak strakes present. Still the 1970's kit was good, even with raised panel lines, so this being similar is not a problem.


I started by putting the cockpit together, no surprises here, all clicked together nicely. The seats aren't glued in yet, and a fuselage side was used to get the proper alignment.

More to follow soon.

Today the postman brought me a package containing a 1/72 Fine Molds Me 410B-1/U2/R4, that will be another gap filled in Luftwaffe collection.

Next on were the Sidewinder rails. These had lugs moilded on to mount the missles, but as mine was being serviced, and no missles were carried, these lugs were removed. These were followed by the undercariage legs and remaining doors. These were a bit fiddly to fix in place, but went on okay in the end. I would recommend that the small upper outer undercarriage doors be fitted before the wing drop tanks are fitted to save some almost impossibly fiddling overwise.


After that it was just down to fitting the wheels and canopies, and some detail painting like navigational lights, and the bird was finished.


I really enjoyed building this kit. Yes, it may have a few issues with missing vents and a little over-engineering, but the result is a good looking British Phantom with more options than you can shake a stick at! I have another FG.1 to build, and when the FGR.2 comes out I'll probably get a couple of them as well, and I'm looking forward to them all.

Just bought an Airfix Red Arrow Hawk 1/72, only £5.50 at the Hornby visitors centre then with 20% club discount only £4.40, then went out to the hobby shop in Spalding where I'm visiting relatives and got an Academy 1/72 Me163 and Revell (ICM) 1/72 I-153.

All the decalling on the main air frame is now completed, only some to put on the nose door and canopies when they are ready. After a few paint touch ups two coats of matt varnish went on and then the sub assemblies started to be added, such as nose, radar, belly tank, refuelling probe and Sparrow drill rounds.



When the aircraft was unarmed a pair of concrete filled Sparrow drill rounds were carried and these were usually paint inert blue.


Now just got to finish and attach the undercart, missile rails and canopies, but due to other commitments this may take a little while.

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