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Aussie Jeff

Signature: After 47 years let's have another crack at this caper!

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Aussie Jeff

244 posts

In total agreement. For me, I started doing this again as a form of meditation. I can immerse myself in a build and 'disappear' for a while. However that is tempered by my desire to improve as I go, which means I am striving to make the next model better than the last. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes not. This applies to cnstruction technique, masking, painting etc. And, in fact, it is somewhat disappointing when a build finishes so I have to start a new one - a fact that kit, accessory  and paint manufacturers must be happy about!

And though I haven't seen  a post from him recently it is 'Jon the Pom' whose tag line is "Remember, we do this for fun".

After 47 years let's have another crack at this caper!

Aussie Jeff

244 posts

This is a first for me posting in this sub-section of the forum as I usually do aircraft but I'm away from my usual place of residence for a while so I thought I'd try something different. As I don't have access to the plethora of modelling paints, tools etc I went with a starter kit to see what i could do with just what is in the box.

On first inspection the kit looks good but as I have never built a ship before I really wouldn't  know. The only odd thing I noticed was the 'ratlines' on the fore & aft masts look somewhat thick! Maybe when I get home I'll replace them with something finer.

As well as the numerous frames of grey plastic parts (including a stand) there is a small frame containing anchors & propellers in gold plastic. As usual for starter sets are two brushes (0 & 2), six pockets of acrylic paint (33, 61, 70, 121, 130 & 186) and a tube of poly cement. It will be interesting to paint some of the larger surfaces with a #2 brush!

I'll post some progress pics.

After 47 years let's have another crack at this caper!

Aussie Jeff

244 posts

This is a first for me posting in this sub-section of the forum as I usually do aircraft but I'm away from my usual place of residence for a while so I thought I'd try something different. As I don't have access to the plethora of modelling paints, tools etc I went with a starter kit to see what i could do with just what is in the box.

On first inspection the kit looks good but as I have never built a ship before I really wouldn't  know. The only odd thing I noticed was the 'ratlines' on the fore & aft masts look somewhat thick! Maybe when I get home I'll replace them with something finer.

As well as the numerous frames of grey plastic parts (including a stand) there is a small frame containing anchors & propellers in gold plastic. As usual for starter sets are two brushes (0 & 2), six pockets of acrylic paint (33, 61, 70, 121, 130 & 186) and a tube of poly cement. It will be interesting to paint some of the larger surfaces with a #2 brush!

I'll post some progress pics.

After 47 years let's have another crack at this caper!

Aussie Jeff

244 posts

@Dominic Thomas

But when I look at things like the gun barrel thickness, the lack of internal detail, the crew shapes, then I feel I must look at the more modern editions.

Yep, those machine guns look like they came off the Ark Royal, the crew needed wheelchairs or a good feed but the lack of interior detail really didn't bother me. In fact I think the cut-out paper instrument panel worked better than a nicely detailed decal in this case. Smile

After 47 years let's have another crack at this caper!

Aussie Jeff

244 posts

Another Australian War Memorial build, this time Mustang A68-648 from a 1/72 Academy P-51D kit. Not the most exciting scheme but it is as displayed, was able to cobble up the correct serial number.

After 47 years let's have another crack at this caper!

Aussie Jeff

244 posts

Thanks all! Yes, it is the Lancaster in the AWM - I'm trying to build a 1/72 example of all their aircraft, inc choppers. And with these old kits I just try my best and use the experience to build up my skills ' cause they are challenging. And as for a bit of silvering on the decals, well that's an understatement - the wing roundels were 'okay' but everything else was falling apart as I was applying it. Should have tried to get an aftermarket set but I'm impatient.

After 47 years let's have another crack at this caper!

Aussie Jeff

244 posts

A couple more added to the stash;

- Airfix Gloster Meteor III (1/72)

- Arma Models Grumman FM-2 Wildcat Expert Set (1/72)

Almost forgot:

Airfix Titanic Starter Set - going to be away from home for a while so taking this to see if I can build something other than aircraft using only what is supplied in the kit. Could be fun (or not). Smile

After 47 years let's have another crack at this caper!

Aussie Jeff

244 posts

Just a quick post on this Lancaster build for my 'Unique Flight' project. Got the kit on eBay and the contents were still in there sealed bag but the decals were pretty stuffed but I used them anyway. The raised rivets acted like a grater on them. There weren't too many build issues but kits have definitely come a long way in 50 years. The clear parts were very think and not so clear and compared to the BIII I built a while ago there was a lot less detail. I never would have been able to afford this as a kid and it was good to get a reasonable result in the end. Just don't look too close.

After 47 years let's have another crack at this caper!

Aussie Jeff

244 posts

@Aad Gadgie

They're all fab, I especially like the Spitfire - it's a beaut.  I like the MiG 15, too!

Thanks Aad, yes, the Spitfire is possibly my best build yet. I was very pleased with it, particularly the paint job. The MiG was a bit of a laugh - 31 pieces, fit issues and you can look clean through from nose to tail. Should have tried scratch building some ducting/pipe work. But I'm not ready for that yet.

After 47 years let's have another crack at this caper!

Aussie Jeff

244 posts

@Patrick Camilleri

Lovely work Jeff!

Thanks Patrick. Only issue I had with the Sabre was the front of the canopy came adrift late in the build and got snapped in half when I stepped on it cracking it clean dow the middle. I'm going say it was a bird strike. Smile

After 47 years let's have another crack at this caper!

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