FAAMAN

Signature: Never fear, new release or massively collectable, you will be assembled . . . sooner or later

Bio: Building since1966, first kits were all Airfix, still lots of Airfix in the stash and still my first choice.

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FAAMAN

49 posts

My references tell me there were never any B-24s in the FAA (Fleet Air Arm) ever.

There were many B-24's serving with RAF Costal Command, RAF 100Group and the RAF in the far east.

The only serving Navy B-24's were in the USN and post war French Navy.

Hopes this helps.

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FAAMAN

49 posts

You cannot use the Airfix A-4B Skyhawk for anything other than an A-4A (A4D-1), B (A4D-2), C (A4D-2N), P (A-4B), Q and L as they are all J-65 powered and all have the same intakes as in the very poor Airfix kit. Adding aftermaket bits is fraught with danger as the kit has terrible shapes and just chucking an A-4C nose from Freightdog on the nose compounds the problem further hi-lighting the poor shape issue.

All later A-4's had the J-52 with different intakes, vents, access doors etc.

The Airfix A-4B is missing many details of the real aircraft along with having many details NOT on the aircraft or incorrectly portrayed

Being an exA-4 maintainer, these issues are beyond belief to me and many other A-4 admirers.

It is unbelieveably poor and needs serious work to make it right.

Get an ESCI or a Fujimi A-4E or F kit, worlds ahead of the poor airfix release.

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FAAMAN

49 posts

I've had three LMS's close here in Sydney in the past year. Two less than 10 minutes away and one some twenty minutes away.

I now have to travel almost 40min and pay huge council parking fees to get to my preferred LMS, a place I've been going to since I was four but being so far away precluding a lot of patronage by meself and 35 min with traffic to my model railway hobby shop.

I have to agree there is nothing better than perusing the kits on offer and snapping up the one (or three Wink) that takes your fancy, the best sort of "impulse buying" LaughingLaughingLaughingLaughing

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FAAMAN

49 posts

It depends on weather Trumpeter remembered this time to include the boot top height in the hull to begin with. They arn't very good with "correct" details in any scale.

If the height is there the boot top should be no more than 1mm deep.

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FAAMAN

49 posts

I am amazed at the number of 48th 'officienados' both here and on other sites I belong to unhappy with this years' releases Frown

I could've had a giant whinge about NO new tool 1/72nd Sea Vixen (a big hole!!!!!), Meteor, Walrus, Sea Fury, Fury 1, Merlin, EA-6B, Spitfire Mk.XII or Seafire F.XVII, all released in 48th but not a whisper of a new tool 1/72scale release of these subjects Frown

I could've gone on about the fact that Airfix has missed a great opportunity to release a 1/72scale tin wing Hurricane to go along with their rag wing Hurri (I've two of these) that maybe could've competed with the outstanding ARMA Hobby release but they've let that go. I'm about to purchase several ARMA kits so without a horse in the race Airfix loses out.

I'm only mentioning these points that I'm not 'pleased with' as an illustration that Airfix cannot possibly please everyone in all scales (said this before). It's just not feasible for any manufacturer in the hobby. Although if they did release the above subjects . . . . YIPPEE!!! Out with the wallet!!!

That aside, and I know I've said something like this in a prevoius post here, we should just support Airfix so they can generate the cash they need to enable them to produce those "new" tools us modelers are waiting for.

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FAAMAN

49 posts

I can't believe the poor reactions and negative comments Frown

Airfix does have their problems, I've railed about a few meself like the atrocious A-4B Skyhawk, missing appropriate crew figures in kits, and glaring holes in 1/72 and 1/600 scale new releases and too much 1/48 but that's just my own viewpoint.

Airfix can't possibly cover everyone's "want", and if that's your problem, find another manufacturer.

I must admit a little dissapointment in some areas with this years releases but I'm also impressed by what I see too, with a number of purchases coming to mind that need aquiring (some 1/35 vehicles are VERY tempting) like a 1/24 scale Hellcat, my first 1/24 kit in 35 years.

If you want new tool kits from Airfix then support them with purchases so they make the dollars (err Pounds) and can afford to invest in new tooling.

Over all, well done Airfix Cool

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FAAMAN

49 posts

Brilliant work so far Patrick Cool

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FAAMAN

49 posts

You've done some serious work there, well done Cool Cool

The finishes so far are really very well done. I'll be watching this with interest Smile

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FAAMAN

49 posts

When you get to the Argentine A-4P, just remember the Airfix model is not very good and needs work to correct it.

I have a thread here;  https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/airfixtributeforum/airfix-1-72-douglas-a4b-4p-skyhawk-a03029-t47356.html  on fixing it's problems.

In this post there is specific info on the A-4 C-228 in your kit and what Airfix got wrong;  https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/airfixtributeforum/airfix-1-72-douglas-a4b-4p-skyhawk-a03029-t47356-s45.html#p720333

Hope this will help

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FAAMAN

49 posts

Great work overall, the detailing on the Wessex and landing craft just add to it's overall level of realism. Bravo sir, bravo Cool

I don't understand why a great 1/600 build has to "look like" that other scale. Patrick has exhibited what a bit of skill and effort can produce in our own 1/600 scale.

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