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Revell 1/72 Junkers Ju88A-1 of the Battle of Britain. Built from the box, only addition aerial wires. Okay kit, but the nose area is very over engineered.

The more involved link and legth running gear has now been added. This is what it looks like on the sprue.

There's some clear engineering around the front sprockets, and return roller at the back. However, be very careful as I think some of the part number call outs for the construction of the sprockets, and shorter track parts are wrong on the instructions.

After some head scratching, and ripping sections of track off as I had the chevrons facing the wrong way, I finally completed adding the tracks and they didn't look too bad!

 

Next the spare track armour was added and the whole thing got a coat of olive drab. The top and bottom hull are not yet glued together.

 

Painting tracks, wheels and on with the decals next. 

Staying with the US Navy theme, 1/72 E-2C Hawkeye of VAW-126.

One of my latest completions, 1/72 Boeing GA-18G Growler of VAQ-129, US Navy. This is from a training unit, so in real life wouldn't be fitted with all the live missiles.

 

Anyway Airfix, if you're going to bring out a movie kit of a second generation Hornet, this is the basic shape it should be!

After building and enjoying the new Tiger kit from Airfix, as a break from Aircraft, I decided to order the Firefly as well, and it arrived yesterday lunchtime.

Yesterday evening I got right on with the build, and these are the results after one evening work. So far everything has fitted fine. I do like the choice between easy and slightly more complicated and detailed running gear, and also the plan view of a tank molded into the base part of the main hull, to make sure you get it the right way round!

The base part of the hull. It has a clever tongue and groove system to make sure of proper alignment.

The next step should be the running gear, but I've left it off for now.

 

The top hull done. Notice how step 43 shows fitting a machinegun to the hull, while step 45 shows the blanking plate. I went for the blanking plate. There is an interesting way of fitting the lifting eyes and lights from inside the hull.

 

The turret put together. when dry fitting the top and bottom halves together the fit was really tight, and they kept popping apart, but when liquid cement was added they went together perfectly. The separate hatch on the left side of the turret has no guide to location molded in, so care is needed.

 

I won't be using it, but here are the one piece track assemblies.

 

Finally, here are all the sub assemblies dry fitted, with simple tracks.

Next up will be assembly of the tracks, and maybe the start of painting. There is another sprue full of kit to busy up the tank, such as ammo boxes, jerry cans and spare wheels and track.

building this has brought back memories of building 1/76 Matchbox Fireflies and wargaming with my mates as a teenager. All I need now is a half destroyed stone bridge to display it on(anyone who remembers the Matchbox kit will know what I mean!).

@BillyJamesMcDevitt

I have seen that when you get your passpor, there is a fainted 1 flying token. Does that count as a token or is it just an example? 

No, sorry it's just an example.

I've now finished the weathering, and I'm calling it done.

 

As I said before, I'm not usually an armour builder, but this kit seemed to go together easily enough, though the detail did appear to be a little simplified in places, such as the detail on the inner side of the tracks, and missing lights. Overall I'm pleased with the results and will be having a go at the Firefly soon I think.

The main construction is now completed, and in the view below the first coat of the sand yellow colour is applied, but no cables or turret track links.

The camouflage colours and some detail painting then took place. All colours used were as near as I had, and not exact, as I'm not usually an armour builder. Decals went on next, all 7 of them, then the cables and spare tracks.

 

I'm not an armour expert, so can't say how accurate this kit is, or if it has the correct features for the chosen mark, but it went together well, and does look like a Tiger in my opinion.

Just a bit of weathering to do now, and I'm calling it done.

@PanzerMeister12

Thanks everyone, I have found this all very helpful...I am currently looking at the new tiger kit any thoughts?

Hi PanzerMeister12,

 

I've put the new Tiger together. Very straightforward, and good fit, especially if the two part running gear is used.

 

Regards

PMM

A bit more progress, I assembled the turret next. First I removed all the parts (except for the individual track links for the turret sides) from the runners, and opened up the flashed over holes in the turret sides with a pin vice.

Then the parts were assembled using liquid cement. To be fair it took longer to clean the parts up than it did to put them together. All went together nicely with no fit issues, and the gun moves easily, but with enough friction for it to stay in the chosen position. The joint line at the rear of the turret is mainly covered by the turret bin, which saves some sanding.

The only issue with the kit so far is that none of the hatches are separate parts, so none can be left open without some major surgery.

 

Next up the tracks. As this is a one off I'm using the more complex link and length tracks, which has more detail on the track faces. However the simpler two part running gear is still nicely detailed, and if I were building several for, say wargaming, I would be happy to use them. In the picture below from left to right we have a completed link and length assembly, the link and length without tracks fitted, and the two part quick build assembly.

The link and length was a bit fiddly, and the track teeth around the return roller were very tight, but when completed it does look slightly better than the simpler version, but not much. If I were to do another I would go for the easy version.

Next up is painting and final assembly.

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