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Dear All,

 

Just doing some research into the B24's used by the RAF/FAA and wondered if anyone can help please?

 

I'm looking to build a B24J model which I think was used and designated as a Liberator VIII (?) but can't find any definitive info on units/configuration/colour schemes etc.. so would appreciate some help if possible.

 

To be absolutely honest I do have the 60's Airfix model but will probably defer to a more recent (albeit very expensive) non-Airfix alternative as the Airfix kit from this date is now very much a collectors piece, especially given that mine is in totally mint boxed condition. Like most I have a 'stash' of kits but some are purely of nostalgic value and will never be built, even if they fill voids that current manufacturers are unwilling to address.

 

Oh for those heady days of just Airfix, Frog and Revell which made buying a kit was so much simpler as we had far fewer choices and much lower expectations - along with much smaller budgets to suit of perhaps 2'/6d pocket money each week in old money (12.5 pence in new fangled currency)! So buying a Series 2 or 3 Airfix kit meant saving up for a while whilst a Series 5 of 6 kit was definitely either a Birthday or Christmas present - happy days of sorts.

 

Kind Regards

Colin.

 Fair point well made.

 

I just find it odd that such well known and hardly esoteric subjects are being neglected by all major kit manufacturers at the moment such as the B24 (my pet love at the moment), Corsair, Thunderbolt, B29 (Enola Gay and/or Bockscar atomic bomb carriers) and both Italian and French WW2 aircraft in 72nd and 48th  scale. I'm no marketing expert and I'm sure Airfix and others are doing their stuff to maximise their considerable investments in new subjects and moulds but these gaps seem rather wide and a bit of an open goal.

 

Due to my early years I always look to Airfix for my kits, especially  since Frog disappeared many years ago, so perhaps I'm being a wee bit unfair but some of these kits are only available from Japanese/far east companies on the second hand market at very high prices so a bit frustrating. By the way I do have the Swift which is a lovely kit but in preference would have loved to have seen a Hunter, Meteor, Vampire/Venom or up-graded Lightning instead.

 

No criticism of Airfix is intended as this seems to be an issue across all kit makers and at the end of the day they all have to turn a profit so I will just have to keep my fingers crossed and see what comes.

 

Kind Regards

Colin.

 Apologies, just read the thread in full and it does indeed cover the issue of the front gun fairing between the 1a and 1c so now feeling suitably humble, although perhaps the instructions could be a wee bit clearer?

 

Kind Regards

Colin.

 Brillant build so far and well beyond my expertise so well done and look forward to seeing in its full glory.

 

My only issue/question is about the kit itself, which I have raised previously, which claims to represent both the !a and 1c versions where as it does not appear to offer any alternative parts which actually differentiate 

 Dear All,

 

This kit sadly fits into the case of being in serious need of overhaul given its age. Some have been updated in recent years by Airfix such as the Defiant, Lanc, Hurricane, Beaufighter and B17 etc..but many, many still await similar treatment. I could wax lyrical about the other types such as the B24 Liberator, B29, F4U Corsair, P47 Thunderbolt, Mosquito and ANY Italian WW2 aircraft but sadly we have to look elsewhere for these even if this is against the spirit of the forum and quite pricey!

 

Sadly Airfix seem intent on producing kits that seem to be of limited appeal, such as the Swift or the newly announced 24th scale Hellcat instead of filling some very obvious and lucrative gaps in both 72nd and 48th scale market.

 

Kind Regards

Colin.

 Ratch/Paul,

 

Thank you for your advice.

 

As such I've decided to stick with my current compressor as it works quite well and is capable of delivering an indicated psi of around 18 give or take the calibration of the gauge. A higher presure would be good for larger subjects to give broader coverage but as my interest is primarily 72nd scale aircraft then with my airbrush using its broader nozzle set up it works quite well even if it takes a few more passes for the Lanc and other heavies.

 

Also with the psi at an indicated level of 8 it enables me to draw quite fine lines when using paint thinned to a ratio of around 80:20 thinner to paint and getting very close to the subject, which is very handy when doing fine work to try and replicate those tricky Luftwaffe and Italian camoflage schemes. My attempts are not always that successful or convincing and have yet to yield a model I feel able to share on the forum but I'm sure practice will make perfect at some point.

 

Kind Regards

Colin.

 Dear All,

 

Just to add that my current compressor is badged as a 'Badger BA1000' and seems to work quite well but very much inferior to a SilAir compressor I had a few years ago which sadly died and had to be replaced. However the benefit this previous one had was that it had a holding tank which meant the unit only kicked in when the pressure dropped to the selected setting so guaranteeing a constant air flow.

 

I know that the actual pressure you get depends upon the airbrush itself and the nozzle size so the figures quoted for any compressor are just a guide but I'm pretty sure my current compressor never delivers the top end psi, which is occasionally required, and not convinced that it delivers the selected psi either as indicated by the pressure gauge given the reviews I've read and my own results.

 

Perhaps I'm being too picky as most of my work is done at 18 psi or less but as this new unit offers a holding tank it may perhaps be a better investment for me but have never heard of the brand (so perhaps another generic product sold by many?) hence my question.

 

Kind Regards

Colin.

 

Ps. my current airbrush is the excellent Iwata Eclipse which replaced my previous Testors 'Aztec' as the latter developed a fatal air leak in the body and would have required me sending it back to the USA to be fixed at considerable expense - so not a product I could recommend even though it features in various modelling guides.

Dear All,

 

I currently use a Badger badged air compressor (not sure who actually makes it as it was sold by a vaiety of brands) but never been convinced how accurate the pressure gauge is and what actual pressure I'm getting as it has no holding tank.

 

Have just seen a possible alternative on Amazon by Timbertech (Professional Piston Airbrush Compressor with Motor Cool Down Fan ABPST08 Airbrush Mini Compressor Oil-Less Quiet Spraying Air Compressor with Tank 220-240V) which has good reviews and also has a holding tank as well so just wondered if anyone has one and what they think?     

 

Kind Regards

Colin.                                                                                      

 Dear All,

 

Done some more digging and discovered that the set I've bought is 'Model Air' so should be OK as is as they all begin with 71***

 

Thanks for everyone's help with this as it's avoided a potential disaster!

 

Kind Regards

Colin.

 Ratch,

 

Thanks, I'll give it a go on some spare plastic sheet and see how I get on.

 

I know Vallejo sell their own acrylic thinner but I have plenty of tap water plus bespoke acrylic thinners for both Tamiya and Xtracrylics paints so will do some testing before mucking up my build.

 

Kind Regards

Colin.

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