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Another old build found in the loft. The problems with this kit are many and have been discussed at length elsewhere, so I won't go over them here again, just to say the shape isn't brilliant.

I don't recall to many issues actually building it. The oversized rivets suffered on the wings somewhat during sanding down and I should have removed them altogether, but didn't. The open bomb doors should have been replaced with thinner plastic card, and I've painted the bombs completely the wrong colour for a Battle of France period, they should be tan and not green, with green and red rings not yellow.

Really this kit needs retooling, hopefully it's on Airfix's list to do in the future.

 

Fairey Battle B.I, 12 Squadron RAF, Northern France, May 1940.

Thanks for the comments guys.

elkhart, for the mottle I used a old small nylon brush and stippled the paint on, then when it was dry, went over it with a drybrush of the original RLM 76 light blue so it was not to stark.

As usual now with Airfix kits the decals were of a good quality, and went on without silvering. As no tail swastika was provided I raided my spares box and liberated the tail crosses from an old FROG Me262 sheet. Even though they are from the seventies they still went on well without any sign of silvering. I placed all the white stencils on the black underside, as these stood out fine, but all the tiny black stencils on the top surfaces just disappeared into the motel finish, so I didn't bother with most of them. I did place the red dashed walkways around the inner wings, but these also are hardly visible, and if I did another I wouldn't waste my time with them again. The markings were so complete that even the main wheels had two decals each and the nose wheel has four!

Next up were all the small parts and aerials, including undercarriage doors, which are fitted before the actual wheel legs, then a couple of coats of matt varnish. Now the undercarriage. This was the most fiddly and difficult part of the build, the attachment points for the brace parts not being well defined, so they were glued where they touched. The main wheels have separate hubs, but these are very tight and had to be sanded down around the edges, and the wheel attachment to the leg was also tight. In fact the wheels wouldn't go on until I'd used some Tamiya Extra Thin glue to soften the pegs up.

Final tasks where cementing the drop tanks on and painting the wingtip navigation lights, and she was done. Hope you like.

 

I think maybe that replacement tail cross is a little on the large size? And somehow I managed to place the nose numbers about 5mm to far forward!

 

I used the kit supplied nose antenna, which is very fine considering it's injection moulded plastic and not etch.

 

Another recent escapee from  the loft. this again was built a long time ago. If I remember correctly it went together without problems, and the kit supplied decals worked well. As the Mossie is basically a smooth skinned aircraft, there was no chance for the Airfix mad riveter to get their hands on it, and only a very few fine raised lines are present. I would like to see this reissued under the vintage label maybe, so I could have a go at the 'Tsetse' version.

I've finished the basic colour scheme of my '262, and as you can see it's quite 'busy', with a RLM 81/82 splinter on the wings and tailplanes, RLM 76, with a 81 mottle on the upper fuselage and fin, and then the undersides and engine pods in black, not forgetting that replacement silver intake cover! All paints were brush painted and are Humbrol acrylics, thinned with Humbrol thinners. I'm not 100% happy with the mottle but it will do.

Canopy frames were hand painted without masking, then neatened with a cocktail stick.

 

Next up decals.

I came across this model and a few others in the loft recently. It was built many years ago, and I don't think it has been available for some time. It's based on the F.6 I believe, that was first available in the 60's, but was modernised to Mk 9 status in the 70's or 80's. It was a fairly easy build, but lacked detail in the wheel-wells and cockpit, and had raised panel lines as you would expect, but not overly done.

Nose weight is required, which I forgot to add, but I was able to put lead in the front of the drop tanks, which luckily did the trick, and prevented a tail sitter. If I remember correctly the decal options where for 20 Sqn with three colour roundels, or a Kuwait Air Force machine, I went with a set from Modeldecal. 

The underside was dirtied up to give it a worn look, and control surface edges were picked out in black paint.

Hi LeonF, I can confirm that only the Nightfighter rear cockpit is catered for. However, the decals for the instrument panels seem to be much better than previously.

 

Back to the build, and the engine pods went together well, with some good fan detail included at the front and rear of the engines, though this is hard to see once assembled. The fit of the assembled pods was very tight with the wings, and some minor sanding was required for a better fit. However once on and set, only a little filler was required around the upper front joint.

The only other area to require filler was the lower wing/ fuselage join. The clean up of all the seams was quick due to the good fit. The windscreen was fitted before painting, as a section of the upper nose is included with this part so it can be faired in without damaging the clear section. While I was at it the rest of the canopy was installed in the closed position, though if you want an open option is available, using the same parts.

When all was dry it received a wash in warm soapy water using an old toothbrush to remove grease and dust, and the model left to air dry ready for painting to start.

 

While I was at it the drop tanks were put together. Be careful not to remove the seam as this is an actual weld seam on the real tank.

 

The wingtip pitot tube was also attached as it included a section of the actual wingtip. This had broken on the sprue so the wingtip section was attached and the pitot left on the frame to glue on later.

 

Closeup of how the cockpit tub and inner fuselage walls make up part of the undercarriage bay, the instructions give you the option to paint the bays and door inners in either aluminium, RLM 02 or RLM 66. The filler at the wing/ fuselage join can also be seen.

Next up painting.

If it's the small one it's about 1/600

This kit arrived in the post last week from Hornby, unfortunately the box was a bit squashed but the contents were fine.

On the sprues the parts look very good, with the now usual nicely engraved panel lines, and a well detailed amount of cockpit components. One sprue has been changed out from the earlier single seater, containing new fuselage halves and cockpit tube, and a new clear sprue is supplied.

 

The Cartograf decals have three options for two different airframes, a German nightfighter, the same aircraft after being captured and tested by the British, and a post war Czech machine. A nice touch is a note on the painting instructions for the Czech machine about the overall colour being the same as buses that were made in the same factory. No Swastikas as usual.

Instructions are the usual pictorial style.

 

Construction started with the cockpit that looks more like half an oil drum when you start. However all fits in fine and soon I was ready to put the fuselage together tapping the cockpit, and the three bulkheads (one either end and one in the middle of the tube.

Seat straps were Tamyia tape.

 

The fit of the two halves went well, with only some minor cleaning up to do. Next the wing underside went on followed by the top halves. These had all the control surfaces attached resulting in fine trailing edges, and a small overlap at the front, meaning that hardly any cleanup was needed on the wings. Next up was the tail which also had a good positive fit.

On the underside photo you can see that the underside of the cockpit barrel cleverly makes up the top of the undercarriage bay.

Next up will be the engine pods.

Finally got the last few bits and pieces done and it is now finished. One more thing about the stripes on the fuselage is that the black shows through the star and bar marking if you don't undercoat it. Also on the photos you can see that the control surfaces have been painted a slightly faded shade of olive drab, as the fabric weathered differently to the metal.

Had some issues fitting the windscreen, especially the left hand side panel.

 

Notice the removable para boarding step (Fixed in place on the model)

 

 

Altogether an enjoyable build, with most of the parts fitting well, resulting in an eye catching model

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