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Title: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on April 18, 2012, 07:40:05 am
.....is coming soon.
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on April 19, 2012, 09:11:07 am
BACK STORY - THE EARLY YEARS

So.  For as long as I can remember I've been building scale plastic models.  In the past there's been the odd Airfix tank or 1/600 ship, a few of the 1/12 historical figures when I was a kid, and even a couple of the 54mm Waterloo figures.  Oddities also included an Airfix Stephenson's rocket, a Heller Apollo capsule and even an Aurora U-boat!  I even went through a brief phase of Revell 1/32 WW2 types including a Stuka (resplendent in its fuselage snake marking).  But for the most part it has been 1/72 aircraft.

I don't know when I built my first kit.  I remember building them as a primary school kid but don't remember the first one.  I can recall a Spitfire (the venerable JE-J), a sharkmouthed Kittyhawk, a Lancaster and the 'Bit O' Lace' B-17 - all Airfix - being in my early collection but I guess my Dad built them for (or with) me.  It won't have been my mum or by little brother!  I was definitely an Airfix kid.  Airfix was readily available in a fairly nearby newsagent, the local Co-op and the central Manchester branch of Woollies.  They were also available in the toy shop up by my uncle's and a popular model shop in Ashton-under-Lyne.  If I was a good lad I would be treated to a trip to the mythical Bootle Street model shop just down the way from the Manchester Police HQ, and in time the Spring Gardens branch of Beatties.  None of these now exist, although the Bootle Street shop is the Deansgate Modelzone.

So yes, an Airfix lad.  FROG could also be obtained - generally small selections in various newsagents, toy shops and model shops (of course); Lincoln and Aurora kits were also sometimes available (I was baffled by the meaning of 'quarter scale') but avoided these.  Which is a shame really.  Perhaps they were too exotic for my simple northern tastes, maybe just not that interesting.

Revell was also available.  A local bicycle was the biggest local stockist I recall, but for some reason (and despite the rather glorious artwork) they didn't truly inspire.  I remember building their He219 and am looking forward to re-establishing my acquaintance with that kit in the near future courtesy of Wooksta's clearout; I also had one one of their rather gaudy red and NMF P-51s, but Revell really didn't appeal despite a stall on Ashton market selling lots of it too.  I recall thinking it was really crude and inaccurate, unlike Airfix (of course!).  It's odd, but it's only in relatively recent years that this early anti-Revell prejudice has been overcome, although I suppose it's not that supressed as I get very defensive of Airfix when they get slagged off for re-releasing ancient kits while Revell seem to get away with it (P-51D, Bf109E, etc).

So 1/72 aircraft it was, then.  No idea why, so just go with the flow, readers!  In the early days any subject was fair game, although it tended to be British, American and German.  Very little French, Russian or Italian, and no Japanese - dunno why.  Hung from the ceiling by white cotton - ideal for playing 'searchlights' with a small torch after bedtime!  Later I'd paint the lights with luminous paints and watch them glow in the dark.  'Searchlights' was still being played, mind.

Into the teen era.  I began to focus on British subjects - probably to save money on Humbrol Authentic Colours - and I'd like to think my modelling improved.  However, girls, college and beer beckoned.....
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on April 21, 2012, 08:12:05 am
.....not necessarily in that order, but you get the gist.

During my teens I remember buying the odd edition of Aviation News (when it was in a fortnightly (I think) newspaper format), and occasionally Airfix magazine.  Mad things such as conversion kits and decal sheets were, well, mad things you got from the dark unknown called 'mail order'.  That said I think the original (i.e. pre-ED Models) Almark sheets could be had from a couple of local model shops, but they seemed a little extravagant so it was kit components and transfers all the way.   I did indulge in some converting - the Alan Hall balsa way, turning my ancient Airfix Lancaster into a Lancastrian, converting an Airfix Harrier GR1 into a Sea Harrier FRS1, and some years later having a go with turning a Hawk T1 into a Hawk 200.

Student life really slowed down model making, although I did discover 'Scale Aircraft Modelling', my first edition being single-seat RAF Meteors (one of the earliest editions I think) and became an irregular buyer - always from WH Smiths, and only when the 'Aircraft in Detail' was of a post-WW2 RAF type, this being the sole focus of my rather limited modelling.  This would be the pattern for the next three years - one or two builds every year, that was all, plus some copies of SAM.  I think it must have been around my last year as a student I discovered Modeldecal sheets, which really was a revelation as I think first use of these, and the arrival a couple of years later of Precision Paints and Compuclour (Precision Paints were my preference) led to a mini resurgence in modelling.  Modeldecal, Precision Paints and Humbrol were the constants in accessory terms - god job really given my main modelling interest!

Thus was the general pattern of low volume modelling throughout the 1980s and the early 90s, due in part to the rather nomadic life of an RAF officer, and also married life and two small kids.  I like to think my modelling standards improved, however this was due - I'll be honest - to better aftermarket options.  Mid-80s saw me at RAF West Drayton with the Aviation Hobby Shop just around the corner.  Very handy for lunchtime shopping!

Then in the mid/late 90s a couple of opportunities arose.  Promotion led to my own office and the chance to display a couple of models in a a cabinet.  And my first whif emerged - not that I knew the term then, of course - an Airfix F-5A painted up in imaginary RAuxAF colours.  I think they were County of Gloucester markings from a Vampire Modeldecal sheet, pale blue/red national markings and I think a disruptive camouflage pattern of Medium Sea Grey/'Barley Grey' uppers and Light Aircraft Grey undersides.  The finished item was very much a prototype of my current tastes in whiffery, but didn't start the whiffing addiction.  

Subsequent posting to Boscombe Down as SATCO gave me a bigger office and a bigger cabinet - and the need of a past time to keep me away from the Mess bar every night!  So modelling witnessed a revival, but with a twist.  Post-WW2 RAF would remain my main modelling interest 'at home', but weekday modelling at Boscombe would for some inexplicable reason focus on WW2 RAF fighters.  I don't know why but I thought of this as very much a sideline that didn't warrant my full attention, although actually it got it!  After Boscombe came a staff tour to RAF Uxbridge, another cabinet and something of a return to post-WW2 RAF (but the WW2 interest continued), woth a focus on the Spitfire.  I also developed a taste for the FW190D - a handsome beast.

A deployment to the Kuwait brought about a further brush with whiffery.  I took some kits with me as a diversion - an Airfix Hunter that was finished in Kuwaiti colours, a Revell 1/144 Tornado, something else (can't remember what) and an Olde Worlde Airfix Mig-15 that was finished in Luftwaffe colours.  I remember them well!  They stayed in country.  They stayed in country for at least two and a half years as in the course of a subsequent deployment to Saudi Arabia and a swift visit to Kuwait I took a look in my old room and they were still hanging from the light fitting!  Incidentally, during the Saudi sojourn I did some kitbashing - an Italeri Spit Vb, Airfix Blenheim and Lysander, and a Matchbox Wellesley all in Middle East schemes, plus a Heller (ex-Airfix) Skyraider in US Navy colours - and left them all behind.  They were there for a while after my departure as far as I know (the Skyraider was quite international, having been bought in a Limmasol hypermarket whilst on holiday the year before) - there is some corner of a foreign field.....

Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on April 22, 2012, 03:44:14 am
BACK STORY - WHIFFERY BECKONS

So without realising what I would be getting myself into I'd taken my first tentative steps to unabated whiffery.  In fact I think it indicates that there is a whiffer in all of us, and I'd go as far as to say that there are two kinds of modeller - those that have whiffed at some point - and liars!  

In my case whiffery took hold whilst a member of the now defunct RAF Aviation Society.  Yes I'd been a schoolboy spotter and enjoyed air displays (I organised the first couple of Brize Norton photoshoots and worked on RIAT on six occasions, but haven't been to a show since 1998), but in RAFAS my main activity was modelling - and competing in the President's Cup each year at Telford.  Well I was never anywhere near the standard of Rod 'Otto' Ulrich and Chris McKee (both Farnborough IPMS stalwarts and Scale Modelworld medal winners - Otto is also a very keen whifffer) with straight builds so I thought I'd get around that little problem by means of a couple of inventions.  So my first 'real' wifs were my Centaurus Typhoon and Corsair:
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Typhoon%20IIb/1945-TyphoonIIb-4.jpg)(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Corsair%20V/1946-CorsairV-1.jpg)

No joy though - won nothing!  Although I got some satisfaction from overhearing one punter initially think the Corsair was a Sea Fury (it was painted in the later high Sky demarcation line scheme at the time) then realise what it really was after a double take.  With both models I took the internet plunge and submitted brief articles on each to ARC.  I'd not heard of the 'What If' forum at the time but the articles were spotted and an invitation to join the throng was sent to me - I did and the rest is history.
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on April 24, 2012, 01:38:29 pm
SO WHERE ARE WE NOW?

Firmly entrenched in whifworld, that's where.  I sometimes wonder whether the liberation of whiffery - the freedom the genre offers and to me an associated sense of modelling creativity that was previously lacking (yep, that's my spot booked in Pseud's Corner!) - is sometimes not a healthy aspect of the hobby if not kept in check.

As hinted earlier,I was definitely suffering from 'modeller's block', a condition a lot of us seem to suffer from at some point.  Since writing the last entry I've thought about that a bit more and in my case I know that part of the problem stemmed from a feeling of frustration at not being able to reach the exceptional standards of other modellers.  The other part stemmed from not having anywhere to display finished models - once built they went straight into storage and out of sight.  That's passed now, but is modeller's block also attributable to life changes?  Those of us with families will have juggled domestic priorities - work, family, kids - and time for modeling diminishes.  I guess my introduction to whiffery kind of coincided with kids going to Uni and leaving me with more free time.  I do know that whiffery inspired me and successive efforts have led to me actually developing my modelling skills even further.  Also I'm content with creating something that's all my own idea and of accepting it's deficiencies - I'm much more comfortable with my limitations as a modeller than I used to be (that's not to say I'm not inspired by some of the masterpieces at Telford, for example) and I'm enjoying modelling more than ever before.

My problem now is that I can get inspiration from all manner of places, sometimes even in a moment of reverie an idea will pop into mind and I just have to get on with it before someone else steals my idea (you know, the one only I know about!).  I'm not helped by having a large branch of Modelzone just around the corner from the office and The Aviation Hobby Shop just a short drive (or bike ride) down the road to fuel my whif habit.  What I need is a bit more discipline when it comes to starting a project, staying with it and finally finishing it before starting too many other builds.

So what is my habit?  Inevitable I guess but it's derived from my long-standing focus on UK military (mainly RAF) types (see earlier).  I've built some non-Brit subjects but not many, and to be honest it's sometimes difficult to strike up the same degree of 'affinity' with these.  That said, my Merlin Fokker D.XXIII was a longstanding modelling ambition (as indeed is a real world D.XXIII) and even though I say it myself I think my 'Swiss Venom FB4' is a much better rendition of a Flitzer than its original Swedish incarnation.  I've never been an extravagant kit buyer in cost terms - my biggest purchase to date has been an Airfix Nimrod, but the £10 off deal on Airfix Valiants in Modelzone is proving hard to resist - and i'm happier chopping up a cheap old Airfix or NOVO kit up than a whizz-bang expensive Hasejumiya kit from Japan.  PM kits are cheap and cheerful, and I'm one for rummaging thorough the bargain basement second hand boxes at model shows for something to chop up and rearrange in a different but (I hope) convincing order.  While I can admire some of the outrageous fantasy whif models you encounter on this forum, for me I have to have a sense of plausibility about my builds.  Some may call them boring, others may think I'm clearly just kidding myself in thinking there's even the slightest shred of plausibility in them BUT THEY'RE MINE AND THEY'VE BEEN FUN TO BUILD!   And I really, truly hope that's how we on this forum all feel about our models.

And you know what, I really there's a positive bunch of modellers contributing to this forum.  All appear to take their whiffing seriously enough but also with a healthy pinch of salt.  Most of all it always strikes me that we're all having a bit of fun courtesy of our hobby - and surely that's the point of any hobby, is it not?
 ;D ;D

Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: comrade harps on April 24, 2012, 05:14:08 pm
Well said in that last post. I'm rather limited in my modelling skills (and I marvel at yours) and rather than  :banghead: or progress, I've learnt to be happy with how I model and been lucky to find the people that take it the right way here. It's about getting these things in my head out and having fun with with. Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on April 25, 2012, 01:33:51 pm
SO WHERE ARE WE NOW? Part 2

On the modelling front you'll see from the bottom of my various posts what's on the go at any given moment  As with every other modeller, some of them have been on the go for rather longer than others!  For example, I must have started the Phantom FG1 over 10 years ago - it only needs painting and decalling for heaven's sake!  However, that's a newbie compared to the Jet Provost T4.  This beastie is a tidied up Airfix T3 that must be at last 20 years old.  What does it need?  A replacement canopy, that's all.  I've used the old, poor Airfix original as a master for a plunge-moulded replacement and have simply not done the deed.  Again I don't know why!

Of the rest the P12 stalled while throwing together my Operation Cosford efforts, ditto the Battle and the Mosquito NF.XXX.  Conversely I'm slowly progressing with a real-world Airfix Val and have nearly finished a 1940 Anglo-French fighter.  The idea for that creation came when OGL was looking for contributions for Operation Cosford and a late idea came to mind.  Biting off more than I could chew time again - fortunately Radish offered up his 'Parasol Spitfire' but my idea came to fruition when I snapped up the base kit for £2 at Cosford.  All will be revealed!

Another diversion is my 'Gnat F2', which looked finished at Cosford but actually wasn't.  I'd deliberately left it devoid of stores and unit markings so it would look like the Museum's Gnat F1 - anyone looking under the wings would have found holes for the original Matchbox drop tanks.  I'd elected not to fill these in as they would eventually lat be better align underwing stores rails - and they did.  Squadron markings and codes have been applied, now just a case of painting the pylons and missile rails and the Sidewinders to be attched to these.  Again, all will be revealed.

As for the others, a bit of work has been done on the 2-seat Meteor.  All the bits are in place for the Hawker P1030, T-tail Hawker P1067, Hunter T7, 'Super Hunter' and Sea Hawk whifs.  Meanwhile I'm trying (and failing) to strike a more even balance between whifs and non-whifs with pending builds of an Airfix, Hampden, dH88 Comet and new Zero; a Revell Walrus, Xtrakit Spitfire XII, Hobbycraft Otter, Heller Sabre (as an F6) and Hasegawa Curtiss SOC-1 Seagull also beckon, and I want to get a Hurricane IIb done before much longer.  More whif ideas rattle around (complete with the means to make them) and I really must build more real-world Spitfires.

Such a shame the realities of work and family get in the way of things!
 ;D ;D
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: Rheged on April 26, 2012, 01:15:53 am
BUT THEY'RE MINE AND THEY'VE BEEN FUN TO BUILD!     Most of all it always strikes me that we're all having a bit of fun courtesy of our hobby - and surely that's the point of any hobby, is it not?
 

A most succinct summary of what makes  Whiffery work for us!!
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on May 03, 2012, 11:52:36 am
Frustration.  No time for modelling the last week or so, but I'm just about to indulge for an hour or so.  Hopefully the long weekend will offer up plenty of time and I'll get soe projects closer to completion.  I want to get my Gnat F2 finished and make some real progress with 'painting and decorating' my Anglo-French WW2 fighter.  The it's some quality time with Val  ;) and hopefully my Fairey Battle too (both are real world).  There's some other odds 'n' s*ds I could be distracted by, but I want to stay focussed.  Although I could do some work on that Phantom and the Mosquito NF.XXX.
 ;D ;D
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Post by: kitbasher on May 07, 2012, 11:00:59 am
Hurrah!  :party:  A bit of modelling this weekend.  Gnat F2 is finished, pics to follow when the Anglo-French WW2 aircraft is also finished and ready to photograph.  The latter is built and painting is at an advanced stage.

Apart from that I had to separate warring goldfish this weekend (honest!), fix a radiator to a wall, and actually do some work for work.  Rock 'n' Roll or what?????
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Post by: NARSES2 on May 08, 2012, 03:27:07 am
Apart from that I had to separate warring goldfish this weekend (honest!),

 :blink: :blink:
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Post by: kitbasher on May 10, 2012, 01:16:42 pm
Apart from that I had to separate warring goldfish this weekend (honest!),

 :blink: :blink:

Yes, really.  Big Fish looked as though it was fighting Little Fish.  Explained the symptoms to the bloke in the local branch of Maidenhead Aquatics and he explained that Big Fish might be a boy and his hormones were probably kicking for the first time.  So 'Special Fighting' :wub: I suppose.  Little Fish might be a girl fish with a headache.....unless of course Big Fish is.....:o  :blink:.....surely not??
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Post by: NARSES2 on May 11, 2012, 07:35:03 am
I give up  :blink: ;D
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Post by: kitbasher on May 13, 2012, 03:25:08 am
Gnat finished, pics to follow.
Getting my plans together for the Folland Mosquito.
Anglo-French WW2 fighter painting done, markings going on later today, wheels tomorrow.  Varnishing and general touching up to follow in the week.
Last day of the Premier League (tense, come on QPR!  Roll over and let Utd put 10 past you Sunderland!), must do final Fantasy Football transfers in a mo.
And the fish have been re-united; Little Fish is much perkier and Big Fish is being well behaved.
 ;D ;D
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on May 19, 2012, 11:57:45 am
Gnat pics later this week on the new Gnat theme build thread, Folland Mosquito thread coming soon.

Anglo-French WW2 fighter all done, 'premiere' at Hendon tomorrow and pics here to follow later in the week.

So, 5 whifs in as many months!  MAd build rate by my ususl glacial standard.  Going to slow down a bit now though - need to get the real-world Val and Battle done, plus a couple of subjects for Telford.  Oh, and I think it's time to throw a couple of Spitfires into the mix (real world again).   So maybe not slow down that much after all!

I am going to cut back on the model spending thouh.  While the stash is but a fraction (about a tenth) of what OGL calls his stash (but civilians would call a branch of Modelzone) I'm never going to build it all.  So for now the only planned purchases for the remainder of the year will be 2 Airfix 1/72 Spitfire 22s when they come out.

That doesn't include anything I wight win on the tombola at Hendon tomorrow though.

Anyway, final episodes of The Bridge tonight.  It's OK, but not a patch on 'The Killing' (original Danish version).  Sarah Lund would have solved it all by the end of Ep 3!
 ;D ;D
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on May 22, 2012, 01:19:03 pm
If you've checked the 2012 Hendon/IPMS Barnet thread you'd have seen that the SIG display surpassed itself this year, and that I appear to have gained a stalker.  Sadly it wasn't the delightful bit of tall that sashayed past the stand on several occasions (and which caused OGL to turn his head, owl like, through some 350 degrees anticlockwise!), but you can't win them all I suppose.

Amongst my offerings was a Gnat F2 that had first appeared at Cosford, albeit not in its final guise; that's posted up on the Gnat theme build thread.  A brand new effort that was let out to play owed its origins to Cosford, but was built for Hendon.  The Dewoitine-Vickers DV521 Spitfire I is meant to be a product of Anglo-French collaborative builds that emerged in the mid-30s (I'm tempted to have a go at a Hawker-Morane Ouragan at some stage - whether it will be MS406 or Hurricane based only time will tell).  Now there's a grain of truth in the DV521 designation - a D521 project did exist and was intended to be a Merlin-powered D520 - and to add a further grain of truth of course the model is finished in the old Airfix Spitfire I's 1940 markings.  I say it's origins lie in the Cosford show - OGL needed a Spitfire for 'Operation Cosford' and I came close to obliging.  Thankfully Radish stepped into the breach in his own inimitable style and I didn't have to a) buy, and b) build anything (thankfully).  Still inspired by the idea of a D520 masquerading as a Spitfire, I snapped up a SMER boxing of the old Heller D520 for less than half the price of the HobbyBoss D520 I'd have bought had the build been needed for Cosford.

The build was quite a quick one, the only changes to the kit (apart from the obvious paint job) were the addition of an old Airfix Spitfire I prop, tailplane and tailwheel.  Decals, part from the wing roundels, all came from the Airfix kit.  Looking back I wish I'd replace the fin and rudder with Spitfire items, but that would have extended the build and hey, it's a hobby!
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Dewoitine-Vickers%20Spitfire%20I/DVSpitfire1.jpg)(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Dewoitine-Vickers%20Spitfire%20I/DVSpitfire2.jpg)(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Dewoitine-Vickers%20Spitfire%20I/DVSpitfire3.jpg)(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Dewoitine-Vickers%20Spitfire%20I/DVSpitfire4.jpg)
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 22, 2012, 01:46:23 pm
That may have been a 'quickie' but it sure looks great!

When I saw it in the Hendon pics I thought it was a D520, and then I looked again and thought it wasn't, and so it went on until your post clarified matters.

Excellent build!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: Go4fun on May 22, 2012, 04:45:38 pm
I like it. Make a hell of a sport plane too.
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Post by: NARSES2 on May 23, 2012, 02:11:39 am
I like it. Make a hell of a sport plane too.

It would actually in racing colours

One of the classic double takes on the stand at Hendon. Had a few people puzzled, inc. me  ;D
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Post by: Old Wombat on May 23, 2012, 03:06:26 am
I like it! :thumbsup: :bow: :cheers:


Now, what I don't have time for is building one with the front end of a Spitfire attached (engine & cowling) plus radiators & the Spit's Malcolm hood replacing the French canopy. ;)
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on May 26, 2012, 02:13:35 am
Little Fish sadly passed away while I was have a 'paid-for-by-the-TV-licence-payer chortle with Shatner at the HIGNFY recording.  The highs and lows of life!
The ritual scrubbing of the Corsair continues, more on that thread to follow.  No other modelling this week though.   ;D ;D
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on June 16, 2012, 02:51:56 pm
Not much modelling done recently, other than the 'Little Corsair' recycle and slowly but surely building up an interior for my Airfix Val.
Acquired a pair of Airfix F.22 Spits this morning, plus some Aeroclub stuff from TAHS, for a mix of real world and whif projects (although one of the latter will be a Hawker P.1009 Sea Typhoon).
I like TAHS.
 ;D ;D
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Post by: NARSES2 on June 17, 2012, 04:48:09 am
Can't wait to see the Sea Typhoon. Always been tempted myself but always chickened out  :banghead:

Only seen one built and that was a few years ago over at a show near young Nick's neck of the woods.

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Post by: kitbasher on June 27, 2012, 01:25:57 pm
Don't hold your breath for the Sea Typhoon Chris!  It's a way down the project list, but if it moves up it you'll be the first to know.  Also the chopping that's needed for that model will actually throw up bits for some other ideas I have festering away, so it might not be a bad idea to make a start before this year's out.

But first, the Little Corsair continues to make progress, and the Val's interior is slowly coming along.  I'm quite enjoying building up the cockpit interior.  nothing fancy, just enough to add a little interest to a rather empty space.  Then I really must return to my Battle and the long drawn out Boscombe Down Phantom FG1.  All three are real worlders.

A bit further down the line are some whifs I've been tinkering with for Telford, so need to give them some attention.  And after that I think some Spitfires are long overdue; and Xtrakit XII that's been started (OK, some bits have been painted), an new Airfix I and then a pair of the new Airfix 22s (one as a 22 to replace my Pegasus 22, the other a 24) and a Legato 22/24 which, having languished in the stash for many years, will be finished as a Seafire 46. 
Each of the Spitfires and the Seafire will be real worlders and I'll post pics of the completed items in this thread in due course. 

But don't worry playmates, I've so many whif ideas to bring to fruition my head feels as though it might just go pop.  But then again, i think we're all that way inclined!
 ;D ;D

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Post by: kitbasher on July 14, 2012, 06:20:16 am
So with the Corsair reboot out of the way I should be able to focus on finishing the Val, returning to the Battle, staring a P-47D (never built a Thunderbolt before, even my whiffed 'Republic Cheyenne' recycled something my lad built when he was little), or maybe even finishing the long-long-unphinished Boscombe Phantom.  But what's this?  Suddenly I've started on a 'need to get that one off my chest before my head bursts'.  More to follow.....
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Post by: kitbasher on September 03, 2012, 02:33:31 pm
Hardly any modelling the last few weeks - too distracted by Stratford Sports Day Parts 1 and 2, a week in Sweden, etc, but making the effort to get back into the groove this last day or two.
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on September 26, 2012, 12:16:47 pm
So at long last I'm getting back into the modelling groove after a summer of distraction.

Progress on the Battle and the Val continues at a glacial pace, but I've two new whifs on the go and two that were put to one side a yearago have been resurrected.  Will they all be ready in time for Telford, though?  I hope so - although with a two week holiday in the States between now and a few days before SMW, I wouldn't bet on it!
 ;D ;D
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on September 30, 2012, 05:01:52 am
Well showtime (i.e. SMW) beckons.  With barely a month and a half to go I'm sure I'm not the only one who's thinking there's not enough time to get new builds for Telford completed in time.  In my case time is running out quite quickly as I'm off to Florida for a fortnight before October's out - and not leaving to come home until the day of the US Presidential Election!  Get home early 7 November, work the 8th (and a commitment in the evening), so basically  :o :blink: :o!

As ever I'm overstretching myself - I've 4 currently on the go for SMW.  One is in the painting/decorating stage, one is almost built but will obviously need painting and markings sorted, while the other two are very much still in the construction stage.  If I can spend an hour a night on the batch I may be done in time.

I'f I am successful that means I'll have finished 10 models this year - I think this is a 'personal best' - with hopefully time to finish the Val and the Battle.  I would like to get them done before the years is out - I've been working on them on and off all year!

I know what I want to build net so I must show a bit more discipline in drawing up and applying my 2013 plan.
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on October 04, 2012, 12:51:29 pm
OK, the force has been with me the last couple of days!
The Telford Four is still four, but one is nearly complete, another is definitely catching up and the other two....well they're progressing but are still in the PSR phase.
Hope I can maintain the momentum going, it would be a shame to stall and stumble now.
 ;D ;D
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on October 10, 2012, 04:38:58 am
The Telford Four:
Number 1 is definitely almost done.  Big push tomorrow should mean it'll be finished Saturday.
Number two essentially built, PSRed ajd ready to paint.  Primer tonight.
Number three has almost caught up with number two.  A bit more PSR but essentially built with painting to follow.
Number four is the concern.  Building is almost done but there's a fair amount of PSR required.  Thankfulkly the paint job is a simple affair, so maybe I'll be able to catch up then.

I need to get these done by Sunday 21 October because of a holiday committment that doesn't see me back in the country until 7 November.  Work and evening committment 8 November, pre-position for Telford after work on the 9th. So still 'aaargh' basically!  My own fault for being too distracted by the Olympics over the summer.  Well I say summer, I mean 'less wet season'.
 ;D ;D
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on October 14, 2012, 03:35:27 am
The Telford Four: One finished apart from a bit of tidying up.  Another two built and painting underway.  The fourth is almost built.
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on October 16, 2012, 02:01:04 am
The Telford Four: One is now finished - a small but still just about topical departure.  Painting continues on another two.  The fourth is almost built but I think it's going to have to be put on hold until after SMW.
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on October 21, 2012, 08:08:00 am
The Telford Four: One definitely down, one definitely shelved.  The other two are built and painted, with markings going on.  Possibility of finishing that task tonight/tomorrow but final mattng and a little bit of weathering will have tp wait until I get back from holiday.  
The shelved item will be finished after SMW, then the plan is to finish the Airfix Battle, the Val and a started Xtrakit Spit XII.  It would be nice to get the long half-done Boscombe Phantom done as well.
And then the 2013 build plan beckons!
I say the 2013 plan, it's basically the 2012 plan but without 2012's diversions!  I would also like to make a start on my long planned Hawker P.1009 Sea Typhoon and a Gloster Reaper based on an Airfix Pe-2. And then there are a few ideas for my personal 'I couldn't afford a......so I made my own out of a......' theme build.

OK, so that's the 2013 (ex-2012) build plan already torn to shreds!
 ;D ;D
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on November 05, 2012, 06:55:59 pm
Flying back from hols tomorrow, hopefully via Kermit Weeks' 'Fantasy of Flight'.  Pics to follow.
Have to hit the ground running when I get back on Wednesday - two models to finish for Telford (but only transfers and a bit of painting).
See y'all Saturday!
 ;D ;D
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on November 07, 2012, 03:16:47 pm
Mad 36 (or is it 48?) hours. Leave Clearwater for Orlando via Fantasy of Flight. Only three hours to spare there but time well spent. More to follow once I get a hang of the latest Photobucket changes so I can post some pictures.
On to Orlando to find flight delayed a couple of hours. Hang around the departure lounge watching the election results start to trickle in.
Finally airborne just after 9 pm local time. Lacklustre in-flight meal, listen to music, nod off now amd then. Pilot selflessly wakes us all up to tell us Obama has won. News mostly welcomed by a wave of tired indifference.
Land just after 0935 local and back home just after midday.
Unpack and straight into finishing the two for Telford - thankfully all done now.
Work tomorrow followed by the recording of this week's Have I Got News For You; guests are Damian Lewis, Nigel Farage (he'll be the butt of most jokes I guess) and the voice of Mr Burns many others, Harry Shearer. Work on Friday and up to Brum to in-laws for an early start to Telford on Saturday morning.
Looks ike it'll be via tha A5 given the roadworks.
Knackered already!
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on November 09, 2012, 02:38:19 pm
Borrocks!!!!
So in my haste to get up to the outlaws in Brum I've realised my IPMS UK membership card is at home.  Crap.
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: Go4fun on November 09, 2012, 02:43:13 pm
Oh bother! Surely they know you and will have someone vouch for you.
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 09, 2012, 06:15:06 pm
Oh bother! Surely they know you and will have someone vouch for you.

Sadly I doubt it. The current keepers of the gates have gimlet eyes and hearts of stone.  :angry:
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on November 09, 2012, 10:25:30 pm
How encouraging Kit!
But courtesy of the wonders of the age, son and heir located, scanned and e-mailed said scan of card amd it is sitting here in my phone. Hopefully.
Anyway, off to Telford in an hour.
How are things with you, mon brave?
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 09, 2012, 10:50:13 pm
Now that's what I call proper use of today's technology, well done kitbasher and kitbashers son and heir!  :thumbsup:

Me and Mrs PR19 are doing OK thanks, apart from a TOTAL lack of sleep last night on my part. I nearly started building the Super Connie that Nick sold to me and delivered yesterday.  ;D

Team PR19 made an impressive entrance to the Show y'day with me in our wheelchair sitting piled high with model boxes and walking sticks with Mrs PR19 providing the motive power.  ;D After that we reversed methods of transport and she whizzed off on a tour of the place in the 'chair while I reverted to walking stick support. Having said that I suspect that I'll be spending a LOT of time in my canvas chair over the weekend, the place is just SO vast now!

See you later today.
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on November 12, 2012, 01:08:36 pm
So that's Telford over for another year.  Nice to see more space available and to note that the organising committee resisted the temptation to fill the extra space with more displays, traders, etc, and instead allow things to spread out a little - and it worked too.  I think signs to/from the various halls could have been a bit more obvious and a bit more evident, but that is a minor observation.  Good to see the SIGgers and to note that the table attracted its usual quota of the curious and good humoured.  Also interesting to note that the number of whifs on the 'straight' displays continues to increase.  Maybe next year's display should no actually contain any whifs at all - that would confuse the punters!

Anyway, as mentioned before I got back from a holiday in Florida just a few days before SMW.  On the way to the airport SWMBO and I popped into Kermit Weeks' 'Fantasy of Flight' attraction - part museum, part vintage airrcraft collection that puts Old Warden to shame, part entertainment, part information, all good.  It's billing as 'the world's greatest aircraft collection' may be a little hyperbolic (at least according to other major aircraft museums around the world), but it can't be denied that it is very impressive, contains many rarities and probably has a greater proportion of airworthy aircraft than any other such collection - indeed there is a daily flying programme.  And it is all owned by one man - so it's probably truer to say it is 'the world's greatest privately owned aircraft collection'.  If you're in the area then do go - the whole facility is terrific.  For more information check out its website, http://www.fantasyofflight.com/, but for now enjoy some photos of a small number of the items on display just a week ago:

(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Fantasy%20of%20Flight%202012/01-F4U-4BCorsair.jpg)
F4U-4B Corsair

(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Fantasy%20of%20Flight%202012/02-GrummanF3F-2.jpg)
Grumman F3F-2

(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Fantasy%20of%20Flight%202012/03-GeeBeeR-2.jpg)
Gee Bee R-2 racer

(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Fantasy%20of%20Flight%202012/04-BuckerJungmann.jpg)
Bucker Jungmann

(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Fantasy%20of%20Flight%202012/05-RyanNYPreplica.jpg)
Ryan NYP 'Spirit of St Louis' replica

(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Fantasy%20of%20Flight%202012/06-FokkerDVIII.jpg)
Fokker D.VIII

(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Fantasy%20of%20Flight%202012/07-SopwithCamel.jpg)
Sopwith Camel

(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Fantasy%20of%20Flight%202012/08-PBY-5ACatalina.jpg)
PBY-5A (they claimed, I don't know for sure) Catalina

(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Fantasy%20of%20Flight%202012/09-AvroCadet.jpg)
Avro Cadet

(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Fantasy%20of%20Flight%202012/10-DGA-5replica.jpg)
DGA-5 replica - note the cowling!

(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Fantasy%20of%20Flight%202012/11-FordTrimotor.png)
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Fantasy%20of%20Flight%202012/22-FordTrimotor.png)
Pitcairn Auogyro, Bucker Jungmeister, Ford Trimotor, Bucker Bestmann and a yellow thingy I can't immediately identify - curved Trimotor leading edge courtesy of the 'stitching' of several photos.

(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Fantasy%20of%20Flight%202012/12-B-26BMarauderT-6TexanCiervaC30ARota1G-AHMJ.jpg)
Marauder, Texan and Cierva C.30

(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Fantasy%20of%20Flight%202012/14-P-51CMustang.jpg)
P-51C Mustang

(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Fantasy%20of%20Flight%202012/15-FM-2Wildcat.jpg)
FM-2 Wildcat - note the V-1 in the background.  Just out of shot is a Bachem Natter.

(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Fantasy%20of%20Flight%202012/16-P-51DMustang.jpg)
P-51D Mustang plus Po-2 behind it

(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Fantasy%20of%20Flight%202012/17-C-47Skytrain.jpg)
C-47 undergoing maintenance plus an L-18 Piper Cub.

(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Fantasy%20of%20Flight%202012/18-localresident.jpg)
Local resident - smiling for the camera!

(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Fantasy%20of%20Flight%202012/19-FieselerStorchdisplay.jpg)
The mid-afternoon's flying display - a Fieseler Storch.....

(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Fantasy%20of%20Flight%202012/20-FieselerStorchpost-display.jpg)
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Fantasy%20of%20Flight%202012/21-FieselerStorchpost-display.jpg)
.....which then parked by the hangar.  All were invited to take a close inspection and chat to the pilot.  Note 'airframe touching' - the H&S brief was 'don't touch the cowling'

and finally.....
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Fantasy%20of%20Flight%202012/23-MaintenanceHangar.png)
The maintenance hangar.  From left to right - Grumman Duck, Storch, Albatros D.V, Gee Bee Racer, Sikorsky S-38 and an Avenger.  Behind the S-38 you might just be able to make out a P-40 and a Stinson Reliant.  Right at the back and out of sight were a Spitfire LF.XVIe and the world's only flyable, non-restored, as built B-24J.  All in this hangar are flyable but unfortunately visitors were not allowed in.
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: NARSES2 on November 13, 2012, 01:36:28 am
Lovely photo's thanks for posting  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on November 24, 2012, 09:49:13 am
Ho hum.  Got home all fired up by SMW but no modelling since.  At least I've decided to have a bit of a clear out of the stash and have put a couple of kits into the 'might get rid of but will probably have second thoughts at the last minute' pile.
Daughter has split from long term boy friend and is moving back home for the first time since going to college.  This means my modelling stuff in her room will need a new home - and as that's where I bash my kits I'll need to find a new play area.  The man cave (aka shed) is down the bottom of the garden and lacks light and heat, and the loft isn't a proper room.
Bugger.
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 24, 2012, 01:07:15 pm
Get a proper sense of proportion, tell her to get back out there and find ANOTHER boy-friend pretty darn sharpish! I don't know, the younger generation have NO sense of responsibility these days..........  :banghead:
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on November 25, 2012, 03:42:35 am
You are of course correct, O Wise One.  :bow:
I think e-Bay seems a good place to start: 'Offer: daughter, 20-something. Can cook and has all her own teeth. Also a clean driving licence. Likes children (but couldn't eat a whole one) and pets. All bids considered'
 ;)
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: NARSES2 on November 26, 2012, 06:47:54 am
£5  :rolleyes: :rolleyes: ;D
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on November 28, 2012, 01:42:22 pm
So tonight I've decided to focus on a couple of half-finished real worlders rather than press on and finish the fourth of the Telford Four.  Interior green inside my scratch-built Airfix Val cockpit (seat and a few bits and bobs still need to be sorted there, but sidewall painting is a must at this stage).  Also proof positive that Marcel Lobelle was either a sadist or simply not a 1/72 kit basher, namely masking and painting the Airfix Battle canopy -he'd have gone for a much simpler affair if he had been a modeller himself!.  I've done it before with my 'Fairey Falcon' (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,21075.msg299160.html#msg299160 - can't believe I was building that 4 years ago right now!) and there's a further Battle-based whif waiting in the aisles (definitely a 2013 project).

Anyway, my New Year's Resolution (pick any calendar) is to finish off all unfinished builds, although I am tempted to build either an Academy P-47D or an Airfix Bird Dog over the Christmas period to to prove I can do it.

As fo next year, there's plenty on this year's 'to do' list that hasn't been touched yet, so i'll try and be a good boy and see this year's plan through to fruition, even if it is a year late!  Or I might do a load of other stuff.....  :blink:  :-\
 ;D ;D
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: NARSES2 on November 29, 2012, 07:14:09 am
Seems to be a Canopy thing going on at the moment with you, me and Pyro  :banghead:

Academy P 47D - nice kit, builds quickly and well  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on December 01, 2012, 03:16:00 am
Chilly, frosty Saturday morning. 
Weekly raid on Sainsbury's imminent, SWMBO is out for the morning so smuggling potential is very high and a sneaky visit to the LMS is seriously tempting.
Must resist though!  Promised myself I wouldn't buy any kits at Telford but failed miserably.  And I've asked Santa for an Airfix F-51D in the hope that they'll be out before Christmas (the Airfix elf at SMW suggested they would) and I've one of Colin's Mustang IVa conversions ready and waiting for it.  But why not just get one of the current boxings, I hear no one ask.  Well, I need one of the marking options - the one other thing I've asked Santa for is a Heritage Aviation 1/72 Cavalier/Turbo Mustang conversion for the Academy P-51D I've had in the stash for a while, so there's a future whif project giveaway!
Meanwhile I've managed to get a little more done to the in-progress Battle and Val, and I've two ideas for 2013 whif mini-themes rattling around my head.  There's a bit of a crossover between the two, all will be revealed in good time.
 ;D ;D
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on December 02, 2012, 03:43:41 am
Penny has dropped - I know how to do some serious modelling during 'The Interregnum' without actually building very much. 
Oh, and sort out the loft generally!
 ;D ;D
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: The Wooksta! on December 02, 2012, 02:30:24 pm
Could I be the first to scrounge the Dominican Republic markings from the F51 when you nab it?  There's a Spitfire 22 earmarked for their markings at some point.
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on December 02, 2012, 02:37:41 pm
Could I be the first to scrounge the Dominican Republic markings from the F51 when you nab it?  There's a Spitfire 22 earmarked for their markings at some point.

Aaah.  That's what I'm after, Lee.  More than welcome to the USAF markings though.  And if I get round to building the Airfix PR19 Spit in early 2013 you can have there Swedish markings.
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on December 28, 2012, 09:27:54 am
Well, no modelling since the last entry, but at least I've made a start sorting model reference material, cataloging my unbuilt kits (and associated accessories) and sorting out items for disposal.

Santa a brought me an new Airfix F-51D (very nice) and a Heritage Turbo-Mustang conversion has now been ordered for the stashed Academy P-51D.

Also dug out a Merlin Vampire T.11 that will offer up parts for what I've decided will be my first whiff of 2013.
 ;D ;D
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Post by: kitbasher on January 19, 2013, 11:05:44 am
Did a bit more sorting out of reference material that will be used for forthconing builds.  Still no actual model making though - must do a bit of hurling quick builds together before I forget what it's all about!  I have a number of builds in mind that should go together fairly quickly - I think I could do with a bit of 'back-to-basics anyway just for the fun of it, and a hobby is about fun, right?

Popped down to The Aviation Hobby Shop for the first time in a while.  Got some Aeroclub stuff, the 4+ Wyvern book and the brand new Combat Colours no 8 - Merlin Spitfires.  Yep, so new it's only just on the SAM website. Some of the stuff I'd already gleaned from old copies of SAM, but there are some surprises in there.

It was only £2.75 but I resisted the temptation to buy a 1/100 Tamiya A-6 for whiffery.  I opened the box and yes, my cunning plan would look both feasible and I hope convincing.  Seriously tempted to go and get it next week maybe!!
 ;D ;D

Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on January 20, 2013, 03:15:33 am
....on second thoughts I must be strong and not get the A-6!
Here is the cunning plan - and anyone can feel free o do the built as I will not now do it.  At 1/100 scale the front end is remarkably similar in size and proportion to a 1/72 Jet Provost T5/Strikemaster.  Think of the two small engines fitted to the T-37/A-37.  The fuselage length and span are not too dissimilar to a 1/72 JP.  Omit pylons and stores, paint up in Training Command/Support Command colours and you have an 'alternative' JP5

And the Tamiya 1/100 IL-28 is just crying out to be whiffed as a Luft '46 single-seat jet fighter (with a little tail surgery to get rid of the gunner's position).

And they are cheap kits too.
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Post by: kitbasher on January 20, 2013, 03:29:03 am
Meanwhile the original scene from the excellent 'Downfall' has has been used on numerous occasions for comedy subtitles (I think there's even one about Ryan Giggs!), but here's a version dealing with the perils of light aviation, and the disruption landing at the wrong airfield can cause: http://myflypal.com/video/loststudent.html

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Post by: PR19_Kit on January 20, 2013, 04:14:55 am
Hehehe, I've seen that clip SO many times, including the real thing in 'Downfall' of course, but that one takes the cake. Superb.  ;D :lol: :thumbsup: :cheers:
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Post by: kitbasher on January 27, 2013, 02:01:58 pm
Yay! Got my modelling room back!!
Celebrated by starting on two quick and dirty (I hope) Hawker Hunter builds but must get back to the Battle, Val and a couple of other part builds that I need to finish before starting any more projects. I feel a real-world Hampden coming on, I must admit.
Dunno why, just fancy the idea.
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Post by: kitbasher on January 27, 2013, 02:06:55 pm
Hands up those who knew Boris Karloff was born in a house that is now a chippy?
Saw the blue plaque today. Peckham Rye, SE22, literally round the corner from where my daughter now lives.
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Post by: NARSES2 on January 28, 2013, 07:06:17 am
Now I knew Boris was born in Peckham Rye but not that the house is now a chippy. Brings a whole new meaning to Kenneth William's line from Carry On Screaming "Frying tonight"  ;D
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Post by: kitbasher on January 28, 2013, 08:48:30 am
The 'Sea Master' fish & chippery is the place. Blue plaque clearly visible on Google Street view but not legible. Will post a picture soon.
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Post by: kitbasher on January 28, 2013, 02:13:32 pm
Hunters are getting some more attention, as is the front end of a Matchbox T7. The freebie Angel Interceptor from Nick has had some work done on the joins, and a little bit of work has been done on a Merlin Meteor F8 that's been in the stash since about 1986-87!
Just need some quickish builds to get back into the groove following the recent hiatus.
Angel Interceptor BTW will acquire some additional stores and I think will be grey. Initially tempted to put some Paveways on it but on second thoughts keeping the interceptor vibe is more attractive.
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Post by: kitbasher on February 16, 2013, 01:56:43 am
Any modeller who does not think the Airfix Vampire T.11 is a lovely, lovely kit is a soulless curmudgeon!  Can't wait to build it (as a real-world T.11 - probably 5 FTS OOB)

I was going to fight a long-stashed Merlin Vampire T.11 into submission and turn it into an NF.10 but no - a conversion of the Airfix T.11 will be so much easier.  I do have plans for the Merlin kit, though - watch this space!

Whilst on the subject of the Merlin Vampire, it was only when reading discussions in threads elsewhere on this forum and (I think) Britmodeller that I became aware that Chris Gannon had been the pattern maker for Mr Merlin.  The latter's name escapes me and I think the threads developed following his recent death.  Anyway, back to the Merlin Vampire.  A close look at the parts, the nature of the plastic, etc, definitely reveals a kit that to me could have passed as a Pegasus product around the time of the Balliol, Defiant target tug and others.  Perhaps not so much in the actual execution, but certainly in the design.  For example, there is some really fine recessed panel line detail, especially on the fuselage pod halves.

As for my current builds, the Merlin Meteor, Matchbox Hunter and Airfix Hunter are still being worked on.  A mixture of slapping parts together and some PSR - hopefully they'll be finished soon and I'll be able to return to the other part-builds.
 ;D ;D
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Post by: PR19_Kit on February 16, 2013, 02:16:07 am
For example, there is some really fine recessed panel line detail, especially on the fuselage pod halves.

Such a pity that you have to do so much PSR on the bits to make them fit properly that all that fine detail vanishes!  :banghead:

I'd be surprised if the Merlin 'TSR2' (the phrase 'TSR2' is used here in its WIDEST possible sense!) had anything to do with Chris Gannon, I can't think of one single positive thing to say about that diabolical 'kit'! (The word 'kit' is used etc etc....)
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on February 16, 2013, 02:20:12 am
Such a pity that you have to do so much PSR on the bits to make them fit properly that all that fine detail vanishes!  :banghead:

Very true.  The Merlin Meteor is a surprise though - parts go together reasonably well with little PSR.  The plastic is somewhat brittle and takes a fair amount of liquid cement to get it to melt enough to bond to other parts, fingers, etc.  I recall seeing somewhere that it is a clone of the old FROG F8 - certainly looks like the one I saw unbuilt.  Again some very refined detail (almost invisible to be honest) combined with some that is somewhat hit and miss.  I do like the swirls in the plastic that look and feel like finger/big toe prints though!
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Post by: The Wooksta! on February 16, 2013, 08:41:31 am
The Merlin T11 looks likeit would do as a decent front end for the DH116 "super Venom".  An Airfix Hunter would give you the arse end and a Sea Vixen (or reshaped Novo Hunter F1) the wings. That's the recipe I came up with anyway.
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Post by: kitbasher on February 16, 2013, 08:59:50 am
Oddly enough Wooks I enlarged the BSP Super Venom plans to 1/72 scale and came to a similar conclusion about a fortnight ago.
However for now at least I've plans for some Merlin components (I've got the remains of a second Merlin Vampire as well) for another BSP that could use NOVO Sea Vixen outer wing panels too.
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Post by: kitbasher on February 24, 2013, 06:09:19 am
Stash census finally complete!  At 212 it's small by the standards of many but it seems a lot to me.  
Included in the tally are:

So, the total will be down to 184 when the builds are done and the sales are sold.  And the only new kits I'm hankering after are the forthcoming Airfix Typhoon Ib and Lightning F.2A.  Although an Airfix Valiant would be nice t- take note AGAIN Santa!

Assuming 186 in the stash at the end of this year, no subsequent purchases or disposals and a build rate of one per calendar month, they should all be built by 1 July 2029.  I will be very old by then; my daughter will be 42 and my son 39.

So how big are your stashes, and do you think you'll live to see it all built?
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Post by: PR19_Kit on February 24, 2013, 06:21:38 am
So how big are your stashes, and do you think you'll live to see it all built?

HUGE!  :o

At the last attempt at a census Mrs_PR19 and I got as far as 1000 and gave up the unequal task. As I'm now 70 there's NO way I'll ever build them all so it'll be down to my two daughters to sort that lot out eventually. Do I care? No...........  ;D
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Post by: The Wooksta! on February 24, 2013, 06:25:08 am
I think mine is well over the 1,000 mark.  I don't know how many Spitfires I have, I have a considerable number of Lancasters (full set of Hasegawa ones plus some dupes), Hornets* and Mosquitos.  I like line ups and if I have one idea, I usually have a few more and want to do them all.



*The De Havilland one, not the overated US hairdrier.  I intend to do a new version of The Plan for the DH Hornet at some stage.
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Post by: kitbasher on February 24, 2013, 08:10:04 am
*The De Havilland one, not the overated US hairdrier.  I intend to do a new version of The Plan for the DH Hornet at some stage.

Look forward to seeing Plan 2.  As for Hornets, yes, the de Havilland Hornet is a beautiful and overlooked aircraft.  As for the F-18, I actually rather like it - the F-16 is the 'overrated US hairdrier' to me.  I've always been able to see the F-18 as an RAF/FAA aircraft (but never the F-16), ditto the A-5 Vigilante (but never the F-111).
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Post by: NARSES2 on February 24, 2013, 09:31:58 am
Stash size - got to 1,000 and stopped counting  :banghead: Gradually reducing it via E-bay
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Post by: Father Ennis on February 24, 2013, 10:26:26 pm
I haven't a clue as to the size of my stash.  I don't really care,either. There is always room for a few more ...
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Post by: kitbasher on February 24, 2013, 10:51:08 pm
I haven't a clue as to the size of my stash.  I don't really care,either. There is always room for a few more ...

Ha ha! Healthy attitude!
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Post by: PR19_Kit on February 25, 2013, 04:24:04 am
There is always room for a few more ...

Not in my house there isn't.............  ;D
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Post by: Pellson on February 25, 2013, 04:39:56 am
So how big are your stashes, and do you think you'll live to see it all built?

No idea and most likely no. But I share Kit's view on that, and I have three kids that can share the burden once I'm gone.   :thumbsup:

Far more worrying is the fact that I am foreseeing severe spatial problems IF I actually build some of my most cherished shelfqueens such as the A400, the Nimrod MR2P, the RC-135W, the KC-135R, the Sentry AEW1 etc etc..   :banghead:
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Post by: PR19_Kit on February 25, 2013, 08:08:25 am
Yes indeed, perhaps we need a Shelf Stash too?
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Post by: kitbasher on March 03, 2013, 03:17:07 am
Current builds are progressing steadily (just about to do some sanding), pleased with that.

Good bit of news in the week - invited to a local airspace meeting involving Fairoaks and Brooklands 'at a venue to be decided'.  I selfishly (but openly) suggested Brooklands because of the Hawker archive and.....they said yes!  So a meeting for a couple of hours in the morning then a couple of hours snooping.  Dammit I will find a drawing of the Hawker P.1032!!!!
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Post by: Martin H on March 03, 2013, 06:58:23 am
So how big are your stashes, and do you think you'll live to see it all built?

1599 unstarted 1/72nd scale aircraft kits (6 more enroute, via Ebay). 60 72nd/76th scale targets and 17 Scifi star ships of several flavors and scales. And (insert what ever divine being you believe in here) only knows how many 72nd scale conversion sets.

And thats not counting my dads small scale armor stash
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Post by: Gondor on March 03, 2013, 07:16:01 am
Yes indeed, perhaps we need a Shelf Stash too?

I have a storage room that is full of packing boxes of kits, a rack and several shelves full of kits and it's starting to spread to piles of kits on the floor! Not started using the loft yet but may have to resort to putting the 1/35th scale items up there to make space for what I have at the moment and the ikley expansions as well.

Gondor
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Post by: McColm on March 03, 2013, 08:34:07 am
I tried to go down the 'folding wing' route as the rule of thumb normally states; the length of aircraft is equal to the length of its' wing.
This is working well on my 1/72 Welsh Farm Sea Monster, using the stub wing of a Revell Victor on a Airfix Short Sunderland with 5 jet-podded engines. Well it's reducing my spare parts bin!!
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Post by: kitbasher on March 24, 2013, 05:58:42 am
An impulse purchase of a very old, recently re-released kit - an unplanned diversion from my current projects and an attempt at a quick build.  It's an aircraft that I've always found attractive - fascinating in fact.  The kit is so simple I forgot to read any of the intructions when spending the last twenty minutes putting together some sub-assemblies.  Threw together some rudimentary cockpit details to replace what came with the kit - and yes, you can buy a resin cockpit detail set but at more than twice the price of the kit!  A little bit of sub-assembly painting later today I think.
 ;D ;D
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Post by: NARSES2 on March 24, 2013, 08:05:15 am
Tease  ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: The Wooksta! on March 24, 2013, 10:08:06 am
DH Comet?
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Post by: kitbasher on March 24, 2013, 12:05:36 pm
Nope, although I do have a part-finished build that does use some Comet parts.  More on that later.  Much later.  Maybe 2017 at this rate!
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Post by: kitbasher on March 25, 2013, 02:07:30 am
Assembly essentially completed last night (one sub-assembly to do), some gap filling and seam sorting to follow tonight.
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Post by: kitbasher on March 25, 2013, 12:00:09 pm
Had the good fortune to attend a meeting at Brooklands today that included a brief prowl around some of exhibits:

(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Brooklands/IMG_1112_zps1f8d6ea1.jpg)
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Brooklands/IMG_1113_zps12d1b5d7.jpg)
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Brooklands/IMG_1114_zps714ff8bf.jpg)
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Brooklands/IMG_1118_zps4199580a.jpg)
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Brooklands/IMG_1116_zps10804209.jpg)
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Brooklands/IMG_1115_zps8bea43f8.jpg)
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Brooklands/IMG_1098_zpsaa88e5b0.jpg)
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Brooklands/IMG_1100_zps5b3192b2.jpg)
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Brooklands/IMG_1099_zps64cbb62d.jpg)
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Brooklands/Hunter_Swift1_zps8e0c0998.jpg)
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Brooklands/WellingtonHangar1_zps59905558.jpg)

All taken with my phone, so apologies for any duffers!  Sadly didn't get to see the Hawker Archive as hoped for, but I do now know a man who could help me out with a query!
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Post by: Logan Hartke on March 25, 2013, 12:46:50 pm
Looks like another sunny day in jolly old England!

Cheers,

Logan
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Post by: kitbasher on March 25, 2013, 01:41:12 pm
Ha Ha!
It was bloody freezing!
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Post by: jorel62 on March 25, 2013, 03:16:19 pm
Great pics.....
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Post by: kitbasher on March 30, 2013, 08:14:29 am
Typical.  Quick impulse buy and build gets to the 'all done' time for filler' stage, gets filler in the gaps and lets it set - only to have first born visit this weekend.  And then we've family visiting briefly from Sweden.  So no menaingful modelling until the end of net week.  However that's not too bad a thing really, as a mail order purchase this morning means  I can change the look of the quick build rather more than originally intended.

All will be revealed.

I think all I'm going to get done this week are the rest of the markings for the ex-Nick Angel Interceptor.
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Post by: kitbasher on April 22, 2013, 09:59:15 am
Away in Ironbridge this weekend.  Dragged SWMBO around the museum at Cosford on the way home today - brief visit, noted the shuffling around of the aircraft that had happened since I was last there (last year's model show actually) and I think the change around is for the better.  Everything seemed lighter and more spacious, don't know why, and good to see the Nimrod put back together.  Overall the pace felt different somehow, as if it had finally stepped out of Hendon's shadow.

Anyway, far too much on at work the last few weeks so a bit of a modelling drought.  Hope to put that to rights this week - need a few new items to be ready for Hendon, so it's skates on!

And more on the Bristol Beaumaris to follow very soon!  :o
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Post by: NARSES2 on April 23, 2013, 07:13:49 am
Away in Ironbridge this weekend.  

Nice place  :thumbsup: Always tried to volunteer to accompany the new graduate recruits on their "this is the industries heritage trip". Most of them were bored silly by it, some found it as interesting as I did. All found out that you shouldn't just assume that because the "old geezer" accompanying you is 30 or so years older means you can try and drink him under the table  :rolleyes: What I may lack in speed I make up for in stamina  :cheers: :cheers:
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Post by: kitbasher on April 28, 2013, 02:42:29 pm
Yay!  Totes amazeballs - got some modelling done today! 

Also sorted out some sales to take to Hendon (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,37040.0.html)

Now all I need to do is finish three models off for Hendon.  I think I should be able to get two done - they'rer pretty advanced - and maybe even the third.
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Post by: kitbasher on May 05, 2013, 01:06:29 am
Not one of the builds I'm trying to get done in time for Hendon (although did do some long-overdue work on one of them yesterday), but rather one I didn't actually do much of the build for - yes, I've joined the Angel Interceptor Club courtesy of Nick's very generous recent 'part-built model giveaway'.  Some modifications made - some obvious, some less so.
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Angel%20Interceptor/AI3_zps411549c8.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/Angel%20Interceptor/AI3_zps411549c8.jpg.html)(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Angel%20Interceptor/AI5_zps6b3d042c.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/Angel%20Interceptor/AI5_zps6b3d042c.jpg.html)
 ;D ;D
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Post by: NARSES2 on May 05, 2013, 01:27:59 am
Now that looks nice  :thumbsup:
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Post by: kitbasher on May 05, 2013, 11:37:50 am
Generous praise, Chris, thank you.

Many, many years ago (as a kid) I built an Angel Interceptor when it first came out.
Only ever built one other sci-fi model, from 2009 and now gathering dust hanging from a rafter in the loft:
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/X-Wing%20Spitfire/X-wingSpit8_zpscfcdf8ca.jpg)
Two old Airfix 'JE-J' Spitfire IXcs were needing to be disposed of were used (no idea AT ALL why I had them but they'd been in the stash for a couple of years).  A load of old rubish, frankly! (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/X-Wing%20Spitfire/X-wingSpit8_zpscfcdf8ca.jpg.html)
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Post by: McColm on May 09, 2013, 02:29:58 am
Wow!! :thumbsup:
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Post by: kitbasher on May 11, 2013, 02:24:41 am
D'Oh!  Just achieved the impossible and PM'ed myself this morning!  Thought I was quoting a reply from another forum member but in fact was replying to my own PM to someone else.

Please can someome remove all of the sharp objects from the house in case I injure myself later?????
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Post by: kitbasher on May 11, 2013, 08:17:20 am
Decent hour or so working on three works in progress.  Had hoped to have one or two of them ready for Hendon but I just don't see that happening now.  Two were started at the beginning of the year and I'd hoped to get them and another two done by Easter, but it 'twas not to be.  Never mind, should both be done by the end of this month, then it really is back to the Val and the Battle before getting stuck into the Beaumaris.

And as for that diverting 'quick build' started in March (ha!), finally some sanding down of filler.  To be honest the total time spent on this build will be about three hours - maybe four - but spread out over several months.  Pathetic really - I honestly do want to do a quick build and at the moment I think converting a Hobbyboss Hawker Typhoon into a Hawker Tornado seems possibly the best bet at the moment.

Came to the conclusion today that Hendon will not be a spendathon - an new mould Airfix Hawker Typhoon and some decent flat, broad paint brushes.  Ad possibly something cheap, cheerful and second hand for whiffery purposes.

Anyway Dambuster fans - check this out (see on Britmodeller): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NMfBKrdErY&feature=player_embedded
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Post by: NARSES2 on May 12, 2013, 02:22:42 am
D'Oh!  Just achieved the impossible and PM'ed myself this morning!  Thought I was quoting a reply from another forum member but in fact was replying to my own PM to someone else.

Please can someome remove all of the sharp objects from the house in case I injure myself later?????

You'll soon be joining the same club as me and Rad  :rolleyes: :rolleyes: ;D
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Post by: NARSES2 on May 12, 2013, 02:24:43 am
Came to the conclusion today that Hendon will not be a spendathon - an new mould Airfix Hawker Typhoon and some decent flat, broad paint brushes.  Ad possibly something cheap, cheerful and second hand for whiffery purposes.


Got my last flats from the arts section in the local WH Smiths. Very good and have survived a fair time in good nick with some looking after  :thumbsup:
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Post by: kitbasher on May 12, 2013, 04:22:40 am
Got my last flats from the arts section in the local WH Smiths. Very good and have survived a fair time in good nick with some looking after  :thumbsup:

We've a good independent art shop in the town but the brushes never seem quite soft enough to me.  Maybe I need to look more closely at what they've got.
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Post by: Rheged on May 12, 2013, 06:47:45 am
Got my last flats from the arts section in the local WH Smiths. Very good and have survived a fair time in good nick with some looking after  :thumbsup:

We've a good independent art shop in the town but the brushes never seem quite soft enough to me.  Maybe I need to look more closely at what they've got.

Try "The Works" as a source for  brushes.  Some of their art material stock is dire,but some of it is actually worth consideration...........and fairly cheap.
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Post by: NARSES2 on May 13, 2013, 07:01:12 am
Try "The Works" as a source for  brushes.  Some of their art material stock is dire,but some of it is actually worth consideration...........and fairly cheap.

Agree with that
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Post by: kitbasher on May 13, 2013, 10:04:19 am
Good tips, chaps, thanks.  May go to the London Graphic Centre in Covent Garden during my lunch as well.
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Post by: kitbasher on May 15, 2013, 01:37:36 pm
Ooops, forgot to look for paintbrushes today!  Not the end of the world though as slowly but surely I've regained momentum on three builds: PSR on what I laughingly hoped would be The Quick Build; patent sludge wash/dry brush a pair of bang seats and and make bang seat pull handles for said seats on another; resolving vacform canopy mismeasuring crisis on one more.  All good fun, shame none will be ready for Hendon.  Still, gives me time to get the brushes sorted out during the lead-in for painting.  Two of the three have their colour schemes sorted out, the third I'm wavering between two options - one might be a tad clichéd, the other not but may not work.  Both are real world schemes, however.

Meanwhile Chris Hadfield, the man who has made space travel interesting again, plus two astronaut colleagues is back safely on Earth.  The man has over 750k Twitter followers (I was approximately follower 244752-ish) and untold 'friends' on Facebook and has posted some short but insightful updates plus some magnificent photographs (plus the 'Space Oddity' video clip) - the true value of social media, not the 'celebrity' twaddle that predominates.  Worth Googling his name just to see.

And Wigan relegated.  Shame.  Roberto Martinez as Everton manager next season I'm sure.
 ;D ;D
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Post by: kitbasher on May 18, 2013, 03:15:48 am
To Pinewood last night for the recording of the 'Would I Lie To You' Christmas special.  Very funny; Rob Bryden, David Mitchell, Lee Mack (as usual) plus Stephen Mangan, Miranda Hart, Barry Cryer and Miles Jupp.  Revelations about David Mitchell, Dr Who, an airing cupboard and a cape - but were they true?  If that bit makes the cut all will be revealed at Christmas.
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Post by: kitbasher on June 11, 2013, 02:18:57 pm
Finally got back to painting a couple of long-past-their-target-date-to-finish items, coming into the home stretch now.

Still admiring the new Airfix Tiffie and Gladiator.  My original plan was to convert the latter to a Sea Gladiator (saving my long-stashed Heller Gladiator for WW2 Gladiator status), and my recently robbed-for-a-whif Matchbox Gladiator will become a Gauntlet.  Change of plan - the Airfix Glad out of the box, and the Heller kit to Sea Gladiator.  Real world, all of them.  Do need to compare the Airfix and Heller kits as I go misty eyed over the Heller example; I fear the memory can play tricks and that the Heller kit my not be as good as I like to think it is compared to the new beasty.

Work has been demanding of late and haven't really felt up to much modelling once home as a result.  Hopefully that will change as I'm nurturing some lng-cherished whif ideas at the moment and wanrt to get these and some real world stuff on the go.  Maybe getting the nearly-dones actually finished will provide some impetus.
 ;D ;D
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Post by: kitbasher on June 15, 2013, 09:14:47 am
So, of the two 'almost dones', one is silver, the other blue.  Hard on their heels is my wannabe 'quick build' prop job which has sufferred a bit of 'mission creep', let's say.  Having toyed with a a number of real-world-based colour schemes this too will be silver.  After that I'll be working to finish the real world Battle and Val, plus a whif and a 'secret project' item.  Must do a couple of Spitfires too, I think.  Oh, and the Beaumaris.

Then it will be 2014.

More to follow.
 ;D ;D
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Post by: kitbasher on June 16, 2013, 08:20:07 am
Father's Day.  Persuaded by son and heir to go to Hendon, primarily to check out the Airfix display there.
Rather diasppointing to be frank.  Original box artworks on diplay in the gallery and just one display cabinet with Airfix artifacts in them.  Don't know why but was expecting much, much more in the way of Airfix history through its kits, boxings and moulds (there is a part mould for the Me 163 on display).

Airfix Make and Take Father's Day Special: £2 for an Airfix 1/72 Hurricane I (A02082, the 70s edition that was recently reissued with an Irish Air Corps decal option).  I persuaded the pretty girl running the Make and Take to let me Take and Make two of them!  Well, one's for my lad.

Maybe.

For now at least.
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Post by: kitbasher on June 23, 2013, 03:10:23 am
Finally!  Something finished.
Next item in the queue is built and partially painted but will have to wait until I get back from hols to be finished.  Hopefully won't take too long to wrap it up.
Off to Sweden on Wednesday, my bro-in law's getting remarried next weekend and after that SWMBO and I are off to Oslo for a couple of days before heading over to Bergen for 5 nights.  Being a good boy I've told her that there's a model shop (Smallsize/Hobbyland) a mere 600 metres from our Bergen hotel!  Checked out their website and the range of kits look good, but prices are unsurprisingly higher than in the UK so I don't think I'll be buying.
 ;D ;D
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Post by: kitbasher on June 26, 2013, 08:33:55 am
Sweden (Kungalv, near Gothenburg): heaving with rain.
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Post by: NARSES2 on June 26, 2013, 11:48:45 pm
Sweden (Kungalv, near Gothenburg): heaving with rain.

Now that's a simile (if that's the correct word - it's 46 years since I did "O" level English  ;D) I've not heard before. I have visions of some Nordic God having had too much the night before, wasn't that de-riguer back then ?, and having to use the bathroom in a hurry  :blink:
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Post by: kitbasher on June 27, 2013, 02:29:37 am
Popped into Lilla Edets: toilet paper manfacturing capital of western Sweden. Leading brand is called Kräpp.

Honest.

Raining again.
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Post by: kitbasher on July 01, 2013, 09:27:23 am
And so via a Swedish wedding, some more rain and  :o some sun (Swedes confused by large ball of fire in cloud-free sky - went into missionary mode to explain it was quite normal and nothing to be afraid of) on to Oslo.

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Post by: kitbasher on July 04, 2013, 12:43:42 am
And now Bergen beckons.......
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Post by: kitbasher on July 05, 2013, 08:01:21 am
So at 60o North, Hobbyland AS in Bergen is the northernmost model shop I've ever been to:
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/general/IMG_1204_zps0bfaabc3.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/general/IMG_1204_zps0bfaabc3.jpg.html)

Got me thinking about the rest.
BC Shavers in Victoria BC at 123o West is the westernmost.  In 1999 I discovered a model shop in Kuwait City; at 29o North and 48o East that's both the easternmost and southernmost model shop I've been to.  Wish I could remember where it was in the city.
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Post by: kerick on July 05, 2013, 03:22:44 pm
That was about the same time I was in Kuwait, missed it!
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Post by: kitbasher on July 05, 2013, 11:39:17 pm
That was about the same time I was in Kuwait, missed it!

I just happened upon the shop when browsing around one of the modern souks/malls between Sheraton roundabout and the Sharq Centre off Arabian Gulf St. I can recall the shop itself but not its location.
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Post by: PR19_Kit on July 06, 2013, 10:10:33 am
Somehow I imagined you neck deep in snow in Bergen Dave.  ;D

Or had they ploughed it by the time you got there?
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Post by: kitbasher on July 06, 2013, 10:25:32 am
Somehow I imagined you neck deep in snow in Bergen Dave.  ;D

Or had they ploughed it by the time you got there?

Ha ha!
Today we had glorious weather, Kit, and took a 51/2 high speed cruise up Sognefjord (in fact a scheduled service on something akin to a Thames Clipper that powers through the water like you wouldn't believe) to Flam; back on the Flam railway to Myrdal and then the local schedule to Bergen.  An amazing country, feel privileged to be here.

P.S. Hobbyland is actually a rather good general purpose model shop selling a fair (actually surprising) variety of plastic kits, railways, and a very good selection of RC cars, boats and aircraft.  Would satisfy any modelling cravings I would say.  Norwegian prices though - apart I think from something by Unicraft (which had a Hannants sticker on it!)
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Post by: NARSES2 on July 07, 2013, 08:12:17 am
Farthest Westward Hobby shop would have been in Hawaii, Oahu but out on the Leeward Side  :thumbsup: Farthest East would have been in Sydney Australia.

Was in Norway years and years ago. Me and some mates took the postal ferry up the coast. Great trip, fantastic country. Glad you are enjoying it Dave
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Post by: kitbasher on July 07, 2013, 09:30:27 am
Farthest Westward Hobby shop would have been in Hawaii, Oahu but out on the Leeward Side  :thumbsup: Farthest East would have been in Sydney Australia.

Was in Norway years and years ago. Me and some mates took the postal ferry up the coast. Great trip, fantastic country. Glad you are enjoying it Dave

You win Westerlies and Easterlies I guess, Chris (at least amongst those of us living close to the Greenwich Meridian). But as lats and longs are fixed then can anyone out there in Whifworld claim more extreme co-ordinates?
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Post by: PR19_Kit on July 07, 2013, 10:56:22 am
You win Westerlies and Easterlies I guess, Chris (at least amongst those of us living close to the Greenwich Meridian). But as lats and longs are fixed then can anyone out there in Whifworld claim more extreme co-ordinates?

No chance! I might get somewhere with the Northerlies and Southerlies though.

My northernmost was a place right at the top of the Gulf of Bothnia in Finland called Tornio. Our hotel was right across the road from a hobby shop that was called 'Hobby Shop'!  ;D My colleagues were convinced I'd fixed it.  ;D

The Southernmost was one in Cape Town, South Africa. A wonderful little place just like a UK model shop in the 50s, lots of nooks and crannies and shelves all the way to the ceiling.

My furthest west would have been in Los Angeles and furthest east perhaps in Brno in the then Czechoslovakia.
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Post by: kitbasher on July 07, 2013, 11:13:06 am
So who can beat Chris and Kit then? You know you're out there somewhere!
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Post by: NARSES2 on July 08, 2013, 06:53:36 am
My northernmost was a place right at the top of the Gulf of Bothnia in Finland called Tornio. .

Went there for a Stainless steel conference at the Outokumpu site just after they'd merged with Avesta Sheffield.  Never knew there was a model shop  :banghead: but had some wonderfull reindeer meat burgers  ;D
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Post by: PR19_Kit on July 08, 2013, 07:18:24 am
I was there in 1967 Chris, in the dead of winter for some cold weather car and truck testing. Who knows if the 'Hobby Shop' was still there when you got there?
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Post by: NARSES2 on July 08, 2013, 07:35:05 am
Yup my visit would have been early 90's ? Bloody cold
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Post by: kitbasher on July 20, 2013, 09:07:34 am
To TAHS today to treat myself to something under a fiver that could be hurled together so I could prove to the world (and more importantly myself) that I could do a quick build..I'm forever trying and failing!

So I've plenty in the stash I could work on (real world and whif) but I know I'd be distracted - the quick whif I'd blogged about a while ago still needs to be finished as a result of self-induced 'mission creep'.

Instead I'll be building a £3.60 Kopro BH-3 OOB and real world (successfully resisted the temptation to get a cheapo Zvezda Su-25 for whiffing into a 1980's cheaper alternative to the A-10 in RAF service).  Wish me luck!
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Post by: kitbasher on July 22, 2013, 01:16:59 pm
BH-3 quick build begins.  25 parts in toto.  Don't have all of the correct Humbrol colours but do have plenty that are close so some old school mixing will be the order of the day.

So, propeller and cockpit assembled (9 parts, honest), cockpit interior, som undercarriage struts and wheels painted.  35 minutes total (including clearing up some flash). What could possibly delay me?

Decals finished on a whif.  Some touching up here and there needed tomorrow.

Oh, and Holborn Modelzone shuts its doors at the end of August.  Branches closing down steadily throughout the country, with stock beng moved to those still open.  Might be further price reductions over the next few weeks according to te shop assistant I spoke to.  Sad.
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Post by: kitbasher on July 23, 2013, 02:54:39 pm
Speed build part 2: cockpit assembly completed (inc painting) and fitted to fuselage half (instrument panel was attached yesterday); fuselage halves assembled; tailplane, rudder (there's no fin) and wingas attached. 6 more parts down, 11 remaining.
Things will slow down with filling (has to dry) and painting (I use enamels - they need time to dry), but the momentum is encouraging.
Wing struts, undercarriage asembly and at least anstart to filing tomorrow, hopefully.
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Post by: NARSES2 on July 24, 2013, 07:11:24 am
Didn't realise you were still a dedicated enamels man Dave. However in this weather their extended drying time might be useful ?


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Post by: kitbasher on July 24, 2013, 02:25:42 pm
BH-3 Day 3:
Joint filling and sanding; wing struts fitted; undercarriage assembled and fitted to fuselage - a bit of a fiddle but seems as though it will be very strong when the glue has cured; some additional filling.  Tomorrow probably won't present much time for modelling due to an evening commitment, but hope at least to finish the residual sanding and cleaning up and at least some priming.  60 minutes tonight, plus 50 minutes last night.  2 1/2 (give or take) hours total build time so far - not bad for me!

Will probably attach the wheels, leaving just three more parts to fit thereafter (gun muzzles and windscreen, all of which will follow painting). 

Sadly no modelling this weekend as away at in-laws' Diamond Wedding party (plus a bit of Midland Expo on Sunday).  Still, the build is coming along and so far I'm not distracted by other half-builds awaiting completion.


Didn't realise you were still a dedicated enamels man Dave. However in this weather their extended drying time might be useful ?

Yes, die hard enamels man, me.  I realise at some point acrylics will probably rule the world but as a brush painter I've had little success to date with acrylics.  i know practice makes perfect and I guess I should persist.  I do like the Revell matt varnish (which can be nicely thinned with tap water, or mixed the Klear to make a satin varnish) and they do a colour they call Anthracite that's good for tyres.  I guess I should try the Humbrol acrylics; tried Xtracrylic once but found (as with Xtracolors) they are best used over Humbrol matt base coats.  Again this may be due to my being a brush painter and I'd get markedly different results with air brush.
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Post by: Gondor on July 24, 2013, 02:49:58 pm
Anthracite is a type of coal, hence the colour being a very dark grey

Gondor
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Post by: kitbasher on July 24, 2013, 02:57:28 pm
Yep, used in steel production I believe (anthracite, not the Revell paint!) due to its excellent burning properties and therefore heat output.
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Post by: NARSES2 on July 25, 2013, 07:33:33 am
Yep, used in steel production I believe (anthracite, not the Revell paint!) due to its excellent burning properties and therefore heat output.

Put my old work hat on here  :rolleyes:

Anthracite is used for steam raising in steel works but hasn't been used in the steel making process (in the UK at least) since the early 20th Century. Iron making (Blast Furnaces) uses coke which strangely comes from coking coal. I won't go farther for all our sanity's  :wacko:

Re your use of enamels Dave - I to am a brush painter and must admit I have no trouble with Xtracrylic but then again I don't get your standard of finish  :bow: As for Humbrol acrylics I find they dry out in the pot, not a problem as they can soon be sorted with water. My favourite acrylics however are Lifecolor. The original "clear" bottles dried out rather like Humbrol but the new "opaque" ones don't seem to. Again good old tap water is all you need.

The only problem with Lifecolor is getting them, but the Aviation Hobby Shop is the main stockist  :thumbsup:

I've just started using some Vallejo Model Colour and they are good as well
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Post by: JayBee on July 25, 2013, 08:07:17 am

I've just started using some Vallejo Model Air and they are good as well

Interesting Chris, as far as I understand the Vallejo Model Air range is the stuff that is intended for airbrushing being pre-thinned and having finer ground pigment. Does it brush well?

Mind you it is a bit of a moot point as I can not get that range anywhere near here. We do have a local model shop which does stock Vallejo standard range but he is very armour orientated. So what is available is rather limited.

Jim
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Post by: NARSES2 on July 25, 2013, 11:08:32 am

I've just started using some Vallejo Model Air and they are good as well

Interesting Chris, as far as I understand the Vallejo Model Air range is the stuff that is intended for airbrushing being pre-thinned and having finer ground pigment. Does it brush well?

Jim

Sorry Jim, I meant Vallejo Model Colour  :banghead: which is the one designed to brush. Thins well with water
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Post by: kitbasher on July 25, 2013, 02:23:27 pm
BH-3 day 4: all primed.  May get up a bit earlier in the morning to apply the first of the three upper surfaces camouflage colours, so I can put the second one on in the evening before the weekend layoff.

Anthracite:  thanks for the clarification Chris.  New it had something to do with steel ('O' level knowledge never leaves you!).

As for acrylics, must try out some Lifecolor and Vallejo.  I have looked at them and considered buying them, but always default to enamels.  Humbrol matts make good bases for Xtracolor topcoats, I've found.
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Post by: NARSES2 on July 26, 2013, 12:21:41 am

As for acrylics, must try out some Lifecolor and Vallejo.  I have looked at them and considered buying them, but always default to enamels.  Humbrol matts make good bases for Xtracolor topcoats, I've found.

Next time you need to top up the basic colours on your pallet give Vallejo a go. I was a little sceptical about the eye dropper type bottle at first but it works fine. Shake the bottle, small drop of paint onto a pallet, add water to taste "et voila". Very, very little waste which was one of my concern to start with.
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Post by: kitbasher on July 26, 2013, 03:33:54 pm
BH-3 latest: two of the three upper surface colour applied.  The recommended Humbrol 83 seemed a tad garish, so I toned it down with some Humbrol 84.

That's it for the weekend, up in Brum and popping in t Midlands Expo on Sunday for a couple of hours.  Will be looking out for a Kopro 1/72 Piper Cub.  Last of the big spenders, me!
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Post by: Martin H on July 26, 2013, 10:40:34 pm
Does it matter if it has floats?

Ive got one in the stash that im unlikely to build anytime soon.
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Post by: kitbasher on July 26, 2013, 11:55:26 pm
That's a generous offer Martin, looking for the wheeled version and from what I've seen on t'interweb the wheels aren't included as an option in the floats version. Need to check the spares box to see what could be adapted before saying one way or another.
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Post by: kitbasher on July 27, 2013, 12:28:21 am
Pah! I can make the u/c - PM how much you asking for it Martin.  ;D ;D
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Post by: Martin H on July 27, 2013, 10:41:40 am
we can haggle over it tomorrow at the Brum show
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Post by: kitbasher on July 28, 2013, 12:50:56 pm
Dark brown on the BH-3 tonight.  Some touching upof the tan/ochre shade and possible silver undersides tomorrow.
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Post by: kitbasher on July 31, 2013, 03:13:27 pm
Sod's Law.
Just when you think your quick build is going swimmingly......
.....the decals act up.

BH-3 all painted and ready for its markings.  Nicely printed sheet and decals go on well.  A bit of splitting along the upper aileron but nothing a little paint can't sort.

Then the bummer: there's a white square either side of the fuselage and a choice of two are provided.  Selecting the one with the black outline the first is applied.  Sticks immediately in the wrong place at the wrong angle AND WILL NOT BUDGE.  No matter what.  And of course it breaks up.
So, remove all traces and apply remaining outlined square; not quite the right angle - able to move it about but small corner piece detaches and that will not budge from its new resting place.  Remove detached scrap.  And then the top of the B in one of the serial numbers (BH-3.5) breaks off.  

Sense of humour being tested now.

So tomorrow - a day of anticipated joy and celebration at the the thought of finishing the build - will now be spent adding a black border to the damaged outlined square, adding a black border to the border-free square and touching up paint here and there.  Friday (hopefully) will see the gun muzzles and windscreen attached and the BH-3 given a coat of matt varnish and done.  If so it'll have taken about an hour a day for 12 days to complete.  Could be a lot worse!

 ;D ;D
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Post by: kitbasher on August 01, 2013, 01:00:35 pm
BH-3 News: touching up with paint tonight - sorting the damaged decals will have to wait until the weekend.

It really is a nice little kit and I would recommend it to anyone.  OGL it transpires has built several over the years - and still has some in the stash - and will vouch that it's nice to build.  Also has whiffing potential - think WW1 Junkers monoplanes and JMN spoofing potential.
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Post by: kitbasher on August 04, 2013, 01:02:39 pm
Huzzah!  BH-3 finished:
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Avia%20BH-3/BH-311_zps2d5c0519.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/Avia%20BH-3/BH-311_zps2d5c0519.jpg.html)(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Avia%20BH-3/BH-313_zps40c56fea.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/Avia%20BH-3/BH-313_zps40c56fea.jpg.html)

Looks like a decent new Dr Who (start a campaign now for William Shatner as the new Master - originally rumoured a year or more ago, BTW).

And finally its now time to concentrate on the Bristol Beaumaris.
 ;D ;D
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Post by: PR19_Kit on August 04, 2013, 01:10:44 pm
Some serious 'squarals' there Dave!

As I'd never even heard if a BH-3 till you mentioned it at the Brum Show could you tell us what's whiffable about your model please?
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Post by: kitbasher on August 04, 2013, 01:29:47 pm
As I'd never even heard if a BH-3 till you mentioned it at the Brum Show could you tell us what's whiffable about your model please?

My BH-3 isn't a whif - OOB real world - but to me it looks very much like the Junkers monoplanes of late WW1 and therefore I think is prime material for some German spoofing.  Just check Google out at https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Junkers+D.1&rls=com.microsoft:en-US:%7Breferrer:source?%7D&rlz=1I7SVED_enGB454GB455&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=uLj-UdJtz6uEB6P9gJgB&ved=0CDEQsAQ&biw=1920&bih=912 for a start.  Also Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Junkers_D.I.

At a time whe Britain was pumping out the Hawker Woodcock to me the BH-3 looks almost revolutionary.  I don't know whether an Airfix Bristol fighter engine and tailplane would fit but if it did that would make a great 20's RAF monoplane (oh no, feel a project starting!).

And what if it was fitted with an early Kestrel engine?

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Post by: NARSES2 on August 05, 2013, 07:19:19 am
That is really nice mate  :thumbsup:
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Post by: kitbasher on August 05, 2013, 01:42:53 pm
Revised pictures attached in previous post - camera not phone this time.

And thanks for the plaudits, although Mr Kopro deserves some.
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Post by: kitbasher on August 17, 2013, 01:53:39 am
And so to the New Oxford St MZ after work last night armed with a 20% off voucher from a colleague.  Yes, the Airfix Fulcrum with 30% already off that has been calling me for the last couple of weeks is finally purchased.
A kit I've never had any interest in but the markings options were the attraction.
That will be my last visit to the shop, so farewell Modelzone.
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Post by: kitbasher on September 07, 2013, 01:59:47 am
Chugging along with the Beaumaris and a couple of others that may or may not debut at Telford.

Meanwhile some amusement:

www.youtube.com/embed/3_i3PPe3i9Y?rel=0

(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/th_Quadcopter_hits_groom_in_the_head____Epic_Fail_-_Seriously_zps7a38e715.jpg) (http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Quadcopter_hits_groom_in_the_head____Epic_Fail_-_Seriously_zps7a38e715.mp4)

(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/th_InstructionalVideo1_zps6e6493b6.jpg) (http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/InstructionalVideo1_zps6e6493b6.mp4)
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Post by: kitbasher on September 15, 2013, 04:15:22 am
Have had a real tussle using parts of the 'brown paper' sheet from last reissue of the original Airfix Gladiator.  Despite the odd nature of the sheet (purely due to the backing paper) it is very nicely printed with everything in register.  Colours for the WW2 subjects are way off but many items are handy for pre-war subjects.

But getting them off the backing paper!!!??? What's all that about???  Took well over an hour's soaking to get some serials off the sheet, yet the roundels came off pretty easily.  I had read of problems associated with the sheets but wasn't expecting the fight I had.

Anyway, back to the Beaumaris later today, and the plan for a little something for Telford has I think firmed up.
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Post by: kitbasher on October 05, 2013, 03:18:40 am
So frustrating.  Work has been mad this last few weeks, Mum was down for a few days, things to do in the house.  Just the usual domestic trivia we all have to get on with so not on the stump looking for the sympathy vote but the net result is no actual model making for at least three weeks.  Some research for future builds and tidying up of reference files which I guess does sort of count.  But with SMW only a month away and some builds I want to get done.....aaargh!  :banghead:
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Post by: PR19_Kit on October 05, 2013, 04:38:06 am
You need a different space/time continuum to escape into Dave. I have one but it's called 'retirement'..........  ;D
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Post by: NARSES2 on October 05, 2013, 06:10:51 am
You need a different space/time continuum to escape into Dave. I have one but it's called 'retirement'..........  ;D

Same here and I still run out of time  :banghead:
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Post by: kitbasher on October 08, 2013, 01:16:12 pm
So Telford is just under a month away and as ever I've bitten off more than I can chew regarding SMW builds.
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Post by: Gondor on October 08, 2013, 01:29:07 pm
You need a different space/time continuum to escape into Dave. I have one but it's called 'retirement'..........  ;D

I need that answer as well, only I can't afford it!

Gondor
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Post by: PR19_Kit on October 08, 2013, 01:42:15 pm
and the cockpit is being built up from the inside out.  I know :blink:

Can you build it any other way?  :o
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Post by: kitbasher on October 08, 2013, 01:48:25 pm
and the cockpit is being built up from the inside out.  I know :blink:

Can you build it any other way?  :o

Yes but no but.....I mean bits have been fitted to the fuselage and now I'm putting other bits inside and then I'll paint it, when the cockpit should be made and painted as a sub-assembly and then fitted.  Aaw c'mon gimme a break!
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Post by: kitbasher on October 09, 2013, 02:34:28 pm
Number 1 touching up still required.
Number 2 sanding (again), hopefully no more PSR required.
Number 3 bit more work on the cockpit
Number 4 some more cutting, plus painting of sub-assemblies begun.
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Post by: kitbasher on October 13, 2013, 12:41:48 pm
Number 1 gun muzzles drilled out (a first for me!) and the barrels painted.  Finishing off the prop next.
Number 2 essentially all assembled, some work on the canopy I think will be necessary, but painting and decalling can begin this week.
Number 3 more work on the cockpit, wheels and other bits painted.  PSR looms too!
Number 4 fuselage and wings assembled, wheels and other bits painted.  PSR looms too!
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Post by: kitbasher on October 18, 2013, 03:55:24 pm
Number 2 is finished.  Number 1 should follow soon. Will be concentrating on Number 3 after that with Number 4 probably now not going to be done until after Telford but I'll do my best to meet the deadline.

Looking back on my blog entries I note I was trying to get four built for last year's SMW and failed to finish one.  History repeating itself I fear, but at least that particular model is finished!

And dismay at noting the pair of real world builds that were put on hold top get those Telford efforts finished - they're still not finished so I really must get on with those in November.  Must knuckle down and get the partial builds out of the way.  Mind you, I feel myself being diverted by the prospect of possibly two Wellesley whifs.  Must be strong and deal with those in the new year.  Oh, and then there's something I'd like to get done before the Asiarama theme build expires.
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Post by: kitbasher on October 21, 2013, 01:57:36 pm
Sadly no building tonight but will get the chance tomorrow.

Just briefly opened up my Smer Amiot 143.  Hilarious comedy aircraft - ' M. Hulot builds a bomber' written all over it!  The wing definitely looks very Whitley to me.  The while thing actually could be the illegitimate offspring of a Boulton-Paul Overstrand mated a with a Whitley.  Only not as pretty.

Nicely printed decal sheet though.
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Post by: Father Ennis on October 21, 2013, 02:49:50 pm
Google it and check out what was on the inside.  Then you will really have a laugh...
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Post by: kitbasher on October 21, 2013, 03:34:44 pm
Oh I already have: the writing table, the ladder (no honest) the fridge and the pool table.  OK so I'm lying about the fridge.

http://fighters.forumactif.com/t37786-amiot-143-smer-heller-1-72
http://maquette72.free.fr/amis/GMazon/2011_129_amiot143/index_g129.php
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Post by: PR19_Kit on October 21, 2013, 04:03:18 pm
Where does the bath go then?  ;D
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Post by: Rheged on October 22, 2013, 03:41:23 am
Where does the bath go then?  ;D

....and surely there  MUST be a kitchen sink!
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Post by: Captain Canada on October 22, 2013, 06:01:36 am
Glad I clicked on that Amiot build link ! Wow !

 :cheers:
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Post by: kitbasher on October 22, 2013, 07:58:30 am
I think there is a kitchen sink in there somewhere.  And a minibar probably.  Oh, and there's a large walk-in cupboard affair at the back end of the conservatory that alledgedly stored bombs but was probably for the latest male fashions from Paris.

It's great isn't it?  Makes Fred H-P's Heyford look sensible.  Suspect M. Amiot had had an absinthe or two too many when he sketched the 140 family out!
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Post by: Father Ennis on October 22, 2013, 03:27:28 pm
WoW !!!  That WASN'T the sites I found !!!  All the sites I found were of the actual aircraft and its insides. My French is limited,to say the least but I really enjoyed the buildup article. Now that I've seen that,I have a much better idea of the interior layout.  BTW,I think the bar is infront of the lower piolets seat ...   That I saw a bottle on the table in one shot !!!
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Post by: kitbasher on October 26, 2013, 06:44:47 am
SMW build Number 1 is complete, need to focus on Number 3 now.  Number 4 very doubtful but will be worked on in the margin.

Never say never!
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Post by: kitbasher on November 02, 2013, 06:35:21 am
Reluctantly concluded that that's it for Telford builds and the two that are done will be it.  Quite liberating in a way as I can complete the other builds at a more relaxed pace and hopefully get better results.

Mind you, started a quick, therapeutic build of an Airfix Comet today.  Now that really is an ancient kit!  I don't see Airfix ever giving it a 21st Century makeover but I'd be tempted to buy one if they did.
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Post by: NARSES2 on November 02, 2013, 06:37:08 am
Which Comet ? Prop or jet ?
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Post by: kitbasher on November 02, 2013, 06:56:29 am
Well, in the space of 15 minutes I've assembled the fuselage, the engine pods and fitted the wings and tailplane.  All is setting (one engine pod to fit later) and then the fun and games of PSR begin.  Enough clues?  ;)
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Post by: NARSES2 on November 02, 2013, 07:06:00 am
Yup, it's a kit I never built
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Post by: PR19_Kit on November 02, 2013, 12:47:36 pm
IIRC the Frog version was much neater but of course they're MIND bogglingly rare these days.
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Post by: The Wooksta! on November 04, 2013, 01:05:28 pm
Novo examples aren't that hard to find though - saw at least two at the Newark show a few weeks back.
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Post by: kitbasher on November 29, 2013, 02:41:57 am
Now I understand why The Wooksta! rubbishes the PM Ta154 at every opportunity!
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Post by: PR19_Kit on November 29, 2013, 04:57:53 am
Now I understand why The Wooksta! rubbishes the PM Ta154 at every opportunity!

Is that the same mouldings as the Airfix one of a short while ago?
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Post by: kitbasher on November 29, 2013, 06:09:31 am
It is indeed.  And in fact the PM boxing I have has the struts to take a fighter in Mistel configuration.
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Post by: PR19_Kit on November 29, 2013, 06:14:35 am
Hm, I have an Airfix one, but not even opened it to date. It sounds like I'd better not even try!  :o
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Post by: kitbasher on December 15, 2013, 06:43:03 am
Fed up.  No modelling done since Telford, though it's not through lack of desire, loss of modelling mojo, etc.  So much going on at work, stuff to do in the house (e.g. doing some PSR and painting of a 1:1 scale bedroom this weekend -  and of course it's the room that doubles as my modelling room - soon to go altogether when daughter moves back in January).  I have managed a bit of filling on a couple of projects but I really would like the chance to spend a couple of days just playing with plastic - PSR, painting, decalling and nothing else.  And with a full house over Crimbo I don't see much kit bashing getting done there.

Let me be the first to officially say BAH HUMBUG!!!!!

Where's a scowling Ebeneezer Scrooge emoticon when you need one most!
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Post by: kerick on December 15, 2013, 06:56:31 pm
In January you will be snowed in, isolated and nothing else to do but build, build, build....
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Post by: NARSES2 on December 16, 2013, 02:23:10 am
I really would like the chance to spend a couple of days just playing with plastic - PSR, painting, decalling and nothing else.  And with a full house over Crimbo I don't see much kit bashing getting done there.


Easy answer to that.....retire  :rolleyes: ;D
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Post by: kitbasher on December 17, 2013, 10:13:47 am
Oh dear.  Sad news - LHS to close at the end of the month after 35 years of trading.  Very sad.

I will be there again between now and the 31st, probably to stock up on sundries and also a kit or two.  Maybe three.

Really must now get that cheap Maquette Su-25 for whiffery before it's too late.
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Post by: NARSES2 on December 18, 2013, 07:35:11 am
Oh dear.  Sad news - LHS to close at the end of the month after 35 years of trading.  Very sad.


Very sad and my main source of Lifecolor  :banghead:
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Post by: kitbasher on December 18, 2013, 10:19:40 am
I'll be calling in for sundries, the Su-25 and an Airfix Valiant. Taking orders for a couple of guys at work.

Still a sad development.
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Post by: Martin H on December 18, 2013, 12:44:36 pm
I take it your referring to TAHS?

Id heard rumors they were closing but nothing confirmed.
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Post by: kitbasher on December 18, 2013, 03:48:59 pm
Yep. First kit I remember buying from there (may not actually be the first, of course) was an Airfix Sunderland in around 1984. Celsia Models (long gone) was just down the road at the time. Much rivalry!

Sunderland is still in the stash. Still unbuilt. Santa ignores my annual pleas for an MR5 conversion kit - should have got the Canovac conversion when I could!
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Post by: lancer on December 19, 2013, 01:23:06 pm
TAHS closing??? Damm! why? I never thought that place'd close. There goes my closest place for buying kits other than Airfix and Revell, decals and bits BUGGER... :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:
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Post by: kitbasher on December 19, 2013, 02:39:45 pm
Tony was taken ill last year at SMW, and it seems he's still on the mend. Also business has not been so good of late, so he and Jan are quitting while they're still ahead.
All is not entirely lost as they will in the new year be operating in new pemises selling mostly books but also some kits. Meanwhile their sale continues.
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Post by: kitbasher on December 19, 2013, 02:42:28 pm
Meanwhile on a happier note, whilst at Glasgow airport this evening I ate a Christmasburger.

Yep, made of Christmas.

Assuming Christmas consists of adding cranberry sauce to everything on the menu!
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Post by: Captain Canada on December 19, 2013, 08:10:49 pm
Made of Christmas....that's funny !

Sorry to hear that your LHS is closing...I dread the day that happens here.

 :blink:
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Post by: kitbasher on December 27, 2013, 05:37:52 am
Hurrah!

Crimbo visitors all gone.

Modelling room is mine again!!

And the farewell tour of TAHS began this morning.

Finally Christmas has arrived!!!
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Post by: Captain Canada on December 27, 2013, 09:08:44 pm
Celebrate Christmas by getting over Christmas ? I like the idea !
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Post by: kitbasher on December 28, 2013, 12:50:11 am
Celebrate Christmas by getting over Christmas ? I like the idea !

It's like mindedness such as this that helps forge the bond that ties our two great nations.

Were you affected by last week's ice storm, Captain?
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Post by: kitbasher on December 30, 2013, 01:29:27 pm
And so to The Aviation Hobby Shop for the very last time today.  End of an era (but see the news at http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,38194.msg623572.html#msg623572).

Got some paints, glue and filler.

And a Kopro Avia S-199.  A really obvious (to me at least) whif that has been bugging me is to Luft '46 an S-199 (Bf109J (for Jumo - I believe however that the designation was originally assigned to the batch destined for Spain that eventually grew into Buchons).  But having got it home I came round to the idea of building it OOB.
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Post by: kitbasher on December 31, 2013, 04:14:22 am
Just put my modelling stuff away for the last time this year.

2013 modelling high points? The continuing resurgence of Airfix; actually getting some models finished; this forum.
2013 modelling low points? Not getting all of my current builds finished; being distracted by new builds mid way through partial builds; Modelzone closing down; farewell to TAHS.

2014 promises? Finish off current builds (some now actually getting close to completion!) before starting new projects; limit stash growth to Airfix Lightning F.6 and both Blenheims; build more from the stash; speed up builds.

And on that note may I wish you all a very safe, happy and prosperous 2014, wherever you are in the world.
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Post by: kitbasher on January 01, 2014, 03:19:03 am
So into Central Olde London Towne yesterday to be a tourist for a couple of days. Absolutely rammed on the Embankment for the fireworks but everyone in good spirits.
Different start to a new year this morning: going to breakfast and squashed in a lift with a dozen cheerleaders!
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Post by: NARSES2 on January 01, 2014, 03:29:16 am

Different start to a new year this morning: going to breakfast and squashed in a lift with a dozen cheerleaders!

Good Lord sir, that took some planning  :bow: All that RAF training put to good use  :rolleyes:

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Post by: kitbasher on January 03, 2014, 03:47:01 am
Happened again later in the day.  Warm and dry the first tmie, cold and damp the second.

Seems that all of the New Year's Day Parade cheerleaders were in the The Tower Hotel.  And they were all Americans.
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Post by: The Wooksta! on January 03, 2014, 03:03:44 pm
And a Kopro Avia S-199.  A really obvious (to me at least) whif that has been bugging me is to Luft '46 an S-199 (Bf109J (for Jumo - I believe however that the designation was originally assigned to the batch destined for Spain that eventually grew into Buchons).  But having got it home I came round to the idea of building it OOB.

It's an idea I've been pushing for a while - older or rebuilt airframes refitted with Jumo 211s (or 213s as it's externally similar to the 211) and given to the training schools. Call it the Bf 109L.

If you can fly a Mezec, a Gustav or Kurfurst wouldn't be much of a problem.
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Post by: kitbasher on February 02, 2014, 07:49:17 am
Finally.  The first modelling session of the year (apart from doing some research for future builds - assuming that counts as modelling).

Brought two in-builds closer to completion (all will be revealed).  Also broke the Modeller's Prime Directive (every year's New Year's modelling resolution) of starting a new build before finishing off all of the part-builds that are squirrelled away here and here.  Still, it's not the first time, won't be the last time and it's the rule of modelling we're all guilty of breaking.  And I enjoyed myself, which is the key thing.

The new build BTW is the Maquette Su-25 I bought for the anthonyp memorial build.  Can't find any reviews of it on the web.  No matter, it's an odd kit; simplistic kit moulded in quite brittle plastic (quite crude in some respects (and by current standards), with very fine raised panel lines.  Can't vouch for its accuracy (but I doubt it's that accurate); instructions are basic but the decal sheet, while small, looks OK.  Not that 'll be using it of course, as this is the basis of my Finnish Frogfoot.  So pretty fictitious in most respects I quess!   ;D ;D
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Post by: kitbasher on February 26, 2014, 12:37:58 pm
Today I am mostly in Cologne.
Drinking Kolsch.

The place is swarming with Germans. Who'd have thought, eh?

An belated congrats to Canada for getting double gold in the hockey at the weekend. Top banter passing between me and my expat bro-in-law on Sunday.  He lives in Sweden (I was supporting Canada).
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Post by: kitbasher on March 23, 2014, 08:43:49 am
This year has so far been a right royal struggle as far as modelling has gone.  Inching ever closer to getting something finally finished - the first of this year - hopefully with a couple or three soon(ish) afterwards.

Losing my modelling man-cave (aka spare bedroom) to prodigal daughter and having far too much much on at work have conspired against me.  Not really enjoying modelling at the moment - need a quick build to get the juices flowing again.  A Kopro Avia S-199, a new-mould Airfix MiG-15 or an Airfix Il-28 see to be what I need for a bit of a kick start.  All real world (although I must admit a couple of real world Spitfires may be on the cards.  And then again I've got a Battle and a Val (both Airfix, both real world) to get out of the way so perhaps I won't start a new real world build until they are done.

Vowed not to start any new whifs until the several I've already got on the go are done.

Does a Cavalier Turbo Mustang in Dominican markings count as a whif?  I guess it must.
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Post by: JayBee on March 23, 2014, 09:04:11 am
Does a Cavalier Turbo Mustang in Dominican markings count as a whif? 

Oh yes indeedy.  :wacko:
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Post by: kitbasher on April 13, 2014, 07:19:45 am
So at last, something finished this year (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,38729.msg635773/topicseen.html#new)!  
My third Flitzer whif (although only two kits actually built).  The first, a Swedish Air Force 'Focke-Wulf J28 Flyga':
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Focke-Wulf/c093537a-96e3-47b8-9264-08f3e18463b3_zps8c98bf3e.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/Focke-Wulf/c093537a-96e3-47b8-9264-08f3e18463b3_zps8c98bf3e.jpg.html)
morphed into A Swiss Air Force 'Venom FB.4':
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Focke-Wulf/CosfordVenom3a_zps299e40ed.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/Focke-Wulf/CosfordVenom3a_zps299e40ed.jpg.html).

Sorely tempted to do yet another Flitzer - this time either in early Vampire F.1 colours (Ocean Grey, Dark Green, Medium Sea Grey) or the later Medium Sea Grey and PRU underside scheme.
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Post by: NARSES2 on April 13, 2014, 07:35:16 am
Oh that looks nice and neat as a true denizen of Switzerland should  :thumbsup:

As for the prospective colour schemes, it has to be MSG/PRU Blue  :wub:
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Post by: kitbasher on May 05, 2014, 01:51:08 am
THE LONGEST DAY - D-DAY 70TH ANNIVERSARY
The latest edition of Flypast magazine (http://www.flypast.com/view_issue.asp) includes an article about the lead aircraft on 550 Sqn's mission to bomb gun emplacements on the Cherbourg Peninsula on the night of 5/6 June 10944 - these were the first Allied bombers over the Normandy beaches on D-Day.  
Just behind the aircraft that is the subject of the article was my Uncle Billl, flying in Lancaster PA991 (BQ-E) .  His pilot was Flight Officer G P Fauman, a USAAF exchange pilot and Bill’s pilot for the whole of their tour on 550 Sqn (see the extract from Bill’s log book at http://www.550squadronassociation.org.uk/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FOGPFauman/LogBooks/WilliamAlexanderDrakeRAFLogBook.pdf).  
Fauman was a rarity – an exchanged NCO pilot who was a Sergeant (later Tech Sgt) during his RAF bomber training and ops.
I eventually acquired Bill’s copy of the photo of the painting of ‘Bad Penny II’ and it now resides in the 11 Group bunker (http://www.raf.mod.uk/battleofbritainbunker/) on the site of the former RAF Uxbridge.  It may of course not be on current display, but it’s there.
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Post by: NARSES2 on May 05, 2014, 07:25:32 am
Interesting stuff mate
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Post by: kitbasher on May 05, 2014, 08:39:17 am
Thanks Chris.

When writing that last post I got to thinking about the film, 'The Longest Day', in which Richard Burton's character is billed as 'Flight Officer David Campbel.'  Well of course this should have said 'Flying Officer David Campbel'; some internet 'film blooper' sites claim that the WAAF rank of Flight Officer was erroneously used.  This is in itself a blooper, as a flight officer was the equivalent of the RAF flight lieutenant (Section Officer being the WAAF equivalent of flying officer).
So did the film's researchers use the old USAAF rank of flight officer (akin to Warrant Officer - or RAF Master Aircrew) by mistake?
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Post by: kitbasher on June 15, 2014, 03:21:37 am
So, yesterday.  Number 1 son married off at last.  Will change all the locks in the house later today.

Couldn't have planned this better, but just as people were making their way to the church what should they be treated to but a very nice, low BBMF flypast!

Well OK not a flypast as such but the Lancaster plus 2 Spits recovering to Northolt after the Trooping of the Colour.  Still went straight over the top of our house, though.  My half-Swedish nephew was mega-impressed!
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Post by: PR19_Kit on June 15, 2014, 04:22:35 am
So, yesterday.  Number 1 son married off at last.  Will change all the locks in the house later today.

Couldn't have planned this better, but just as people were making their way to the church what should they be treated to but a very nice, low BBMF flypast!

Well OK not a flypast as such but the Lancaster plus 2 Spits recovering to Northolt after the Trooping of the Colour.  Still went straight over the top of our house, though.  My half-Swedish nephew was mega-impressed!

I always knew you moved in higher circles Dave...........  ;D
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Post by: NARSES2 on June 15, 2014, 07:15:45 am
Hope you had a good day mate - great start  :thumbsup:
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Post by: kitbasher on June 15, 2014, 08:30:59 am
Hope you had a good day mate - great start  :thumbsup:

Many thanks Chris, and yes we did.
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Post by: kitbasher on June 22, 2014, 04:07:43 am
So, yesterday.  Number 1 son married off at last.  Will change all the locks in the house later today.

Couldn't have planned this better, but just as people were making their way to the church what should they be treated to but a very nice, low BBMF flypast!

Well OK not a flypast as such but the Lancaster plus 2 Spits recovering to Northolt after the Trooping of the Colour.  Still went straight over the top of our house, though.  My half-Swedish nephew was mega-impressed!

I always knew you moved in higher circles Dave...........  ;D

Just to make it clear, the BBMF overflight was a pure coincidence.  Still impressive, mind!

And finally!!!  Real world project complete - son's 1:1 scale ex-bedroom redecorated.  Temporary modelling man cave (MMC) until daughter moves into it from former MMC, into which I can return and actually get some modelling done!

Several builds on the go - the Finnish Frogfoot is first priority (more or less built, PSR required before building can be completed), then the real world Battle and Val.  Several other whifs in progress and these will be chipped away at.  A few ideas bubbling under too.
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Post by: NARSES2 on June 22, 2014, 07:30:20 am
What's your Battle build Dave ? I know it's real world but as I'm currently building a Wif version I'm interested as to what you have planned for her
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Post by: kitbasher on June 22, 2014, 10:25:13 am
What's your Battle build Dave ? I know it's real world but as I'm currently building a Wif version I'm interested as to what you have planned for her

Essentially OOB 63 Sqn option, Chris, with a bit of rhinoplasty courtesy of an OGL resin Merlin.  Also improving the profile of the rudder.  Kit decals to be used - may utilise the leftover Greek markings for the Hs123 I bought off you at Hendon.

I know the wing shape is wrong but basically as the kit was bought for a trip down memory lane/quick build (ha! that's a joke - started off that way then stalled - not much building to do though) I can live with the inaccuracy.
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Post by: NARSES2 on June 23, 2014, 07:02:04 am
Right  :thumbsup: I was hoping to get a Belgian boxing but like you got the Greek option. Not sure where those markings will go, possibly a Do 17 ?

Like you I can live with whatever is wrong with it as it looks like a Battle to me
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Post by: The Wooksta! on June 23, 2014, 07:52:17 am
Might have the Belgian markings from the older kit somewhere.  I'll be doing some archaeology over the next few days so I may turn it up.
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Post by: kitbasher on June 23, 2014, 08:24:37 am
Would need to check the ratios but could Matchbox Meteor Belgian markings solve the roundel problem? I have some of those.  I suspect the early WW2 ratio matches UK roundels.

Also as you seem to have bought the entire stock of Airfix Hurricanes do you have any leftovers that could get you on the right track?
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Post by: The Wooksta! on June 23, 2014, 08:55:18 am
He could have the Belgian markings from that too.  Doubt I'd ever use them...
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Post by: Nils on June 23, 2014, 09:34:13 am
well, there is a slight difference between the wartime and post-war Belgian Roundels.
the black dot in the middle was smaller during the war.

this is the roundel, up to 1940.

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/misc/BAF1940.png)

and post-war  ;)

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/archive/8/8e/20130706153202!Roundel_of_the_Belgian_Air_Force.svg/120px-Roundel_of_the_Belgian_Air_Force.svg.png)
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Post by: kitbasher on June 23, 2014, 02:59:00 pm
As I suspected (without having checked). Earlier roundel close to Type A roundel (to use the Ian Huntley nomenclature); early post-WW2 Belgian roundel had the same ratio as the British Type C markings, the later post-WW2 (and current) roundel the Type D ratio.
Not surprising the huge influence the British had in shaping the post-war BAF/BLu/FAB in the 40s and 50s. Even during my exchange with the Belgian Air Force in the late 80s the legacy was still evident in many ways.
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Post by: NARSES2 on June 24, 2014, 07:11:08 am
Also as you seem to have bought the entire stock of Airfix Hurricanes do you have any leftovers that could get you on the right track?

I'm going daft - move over Radish - I completely forgot about those  :banghead: They'll sort the roundels and serials shouldn't be a problem  ;D

Thank you for reminding me
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Post by: Howard of Effingham on June 26, 2014, 07:00:48 am
may utilise the leftover Greek markings for the Hs123 I bought off you at Hendon.

a greek AF Hs123? sounds plausible to me and would make the punters look twice.
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Post by: kitbasher on June 26, 2014, 08:21:53 am
may utilise the leftover Greek markings for the Hs123 I bought off you at Hendon.

a greek AF Hs123? sounds plausible to me and would make the punters look twice.

Hope so, would b real world!
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Post by: kitbasher on July 12, 2014, 01:30:26 am
may utilise the leftover Greek markings for the Hs123 I bought off you at Hendon.

a greek AF Hs123? sounds plausible to me and would make the punters look twice.

Hope so, would be real world!

I meant a Greek Hs126, sorry Trev.  Mind you, a Greek Hs123 would be interesting.
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Post by: kitbasher on July 25, 2014, 11:44:22 pm
Saturday.  Chance of a lie-in but woke up the usual weekday time.

Tried to get back to sleep but to no avail.

So to the antisocial person across the road who was clearly born out of wedlock SWITCH YOUR BL••DY CAR RADIO OFF SO I CAN AT LEAST LIE AWAKE IN PEACE!!!!

BTW reading Al Murray's memoir 'Watching War Films With My Dad'.  I think Al and I may be clones!
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Post by: kitbasher on July 27, 2014, 05:21:48 am
I can honestly say that the PM F-100 is a better kit than their Ta154.

More to follow regarding both.
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Post by: kitbasher on August 16, 2014, 12:46:54 am
The world is conspiring against my modelling this year.  I do blame society!
Family and work diversions/priorities all competing for time, such that it almost feels like a modelling sabbatical  :banghead:, such that I may be able to get to Telford.
So frustrating as I've a number of part builds that I want to get finished before I start new builds that I'm itching to get started.  Completed only two models so far this year, and even then one of them still hasn't had its stores fitted  :banghead:
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Post by: Thorvic on August 16, 2014, 12:55:01 am
The world is conspiring against my modelling this year.  I do blame society!
Family and work diversions/priorities all competing for time, such that it almost feels like a modelling sabbatical  :banghead:, such that I may be able to get to Telford.
So frustrating as I've a number of part builds that I want to get finished before I start new builds that I'm itching to get started.  Completed only two models so far this year, and even then one of them still hasn't had its stores fitted  :banghead:

If you fighting circumstances might be better to let the mojo flow and go where your creativity leads you rather than force into finishing other builds, the spur of getting one done may prompt the motivation to get others finished ?


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Post by: kitbasher on August 16, 2014, 01:50:13 am

If you fighting circumstances might be better to let the mojo flow and go where your creativity leads you rather than force into finishing other builds, the spur of getting one done may prompt the motivation to get others finished ?

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Maybe.  Trouble is, I fall foul of that already, hence the part builds!
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Post by: NARSES2 on August 16, 2014, 05:19:24 am
The world is conspiring against my modelling this year.  I do blame society!

Retire mate  ;D You don't get half as much done as you thought you would but it's still a massive improvement then when working  :thumbsup:

Chris (retired 7 years 3 months and 16 days  :rolleyes:)
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Post by: PR19_Kit on August 16, 2014, 08:03:52 am
The world is conspiring against my modelling this year.  I do blame society!

Retire mate  ;D You don't get half as much done as you thought you would but it's still a massive improvement then when working  :thumbsup:

Chris (retired 7 years 3 months and 16 days  :rolleyes:)

Amen to that, best move I ever made too, retired 6 years, 3 months and 16 days.   ;D :lol:

Cor, you were exactly a year ahead of me Chris!  :o
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Post by: Gondor on August 16, 2014, 09:25:42 am
I wish I could retire! Saying that I am looking forward to getting my bus pass  ;D

Gondor
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Post by: NARSES2 on August 17, 2014, 07:31:57 am
The world is conspiring against my modelling this year.  I do blame society!

Retire mate  ;D You don't get half as much done as you thought you would but it's still a massive improvement then when working  :thumbsup:

Chris (retired 7 years 3 months and 16 days  :rolleyes:)

Amen to that, best move I ever made too, retired 6 years, 3 months and 16 days.   ;D :lol:

Cor, you were exactly a year ahead of me Chris!  :o

Yup went a month after my 55th in order to get my full 40 years service in, inc purchased years.

I wish I could retire! Saying that I am looking forward to getting my bus pass  ;D

Gondor

Even better value in London we get trains, tube, Overground and trams within the Greater London Area and national buses for nothing, and when the national age limit went up (and I missed out) Boris brought the London one in at the original age - Long live Boris and Ken  :bow:

Get my heating allowance this year as well  ;D
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on August 17, 2014, 08:34:58 am
The world is conspiring against my modelling this year.  I do blame society!

Retire mate  ;D You don't get half as much done as you thought you would but it's still a massive improvement then when working  :thumbsup:

Chris (retired 7 years 3 months and 16 days  :rolleyes:)

Amen to that, best move I ever made too, retired 6 years, 3 months and 16 days.   ;D :lol:

Cor, you were exactly a year ahead of me Chris!  :o

Yup went a month after my 55th in order to get my full 40 years service in, inc purchased years.

I wish I could retire! Saying that I am looking forward to getting my bus pass  ;D

Gondor

Even better value in London we get trains, tube, Overground and trams within the Greater London Area and national buses for nothing, and when the national age limit went up (and I missed out) Boris brought the London one in at the original age - Long live Boris and Ken  :bow:

Get my heating allowance this year as well  ;D

This is why I still have work - so my taxes can fund all these lives of unparalleled cosseted luxury! ;)
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Post by: Rheged on August 17, 2014, 08:41:55 am
The world is conspiring against my modelling this year.  I do blame society!

Retire mate  ;D You don't get half as much done as you thought you would but it's still a massive improvement then when working  :thumbsup:

Chris (retired 7 years 3 months and 16 days  :rolleyes:)

Amen to that, best move I ever made too, retired 6 years, 3 months and 16 days.   ;D :lol:

Cor, you were exactly a year ahead of me Chris!  :o

Yup went a month after my 55th in order to get my full 40 years service in, inc purchased years.

I wish I could retire! Saying that I am looking forward to getting my bus pass  ;D

Gondor

Even better value in London we get trains, tube, Overground and trams within the Greater London Area and national buses for nothing, and when the national age limit went up (and I missed out) Boris brought the London one in at the original age - Long live Boris and Ken  :bow:

Get my heating allowance this year as well  ;D

This is why I still have work - so my taxes can fund all these lives of unparalleled cosseted luxury! ;)

Thank you for your generous contribution to  my retirement!!  I can claim my old codgers bus pass next month, and Madame and I will be getting the heating allowance too........more cash to spend on plastic.......... and Madame to spend on gardening.
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on August 17, 2014, 09:59:47 am
You're welcome!
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Post by: PR19_Kit on August 17, 2014, 10:50:55 am
The world is conspiring against my modelling this year.  I do blame society!

Retire mate  ;D You don't get half as much done as you thought you would but it's still a massive improvement then when working  :thumbsup:

Chris (retired 7 years 3 months and 16 days  :rolleyes:)

Amen to that, best move I ever made too, retired 6 years, 3 months and 16 days.   ;D :lol:

Cor, you were exactly a year ahead of me Chris!  :o

Yup went a month after my 55th in order to get my full 40 years service in, inc purchased years.

I wish I could retire! Saying that I am looking forward to getting my bus pass  ;D

Gondor

Even better value in London we get trains, tube, Overground and trams within the Greater London Area and national buses for nothing, and when the national age limit went up (and I missed out) Boris brought the London one in at the original age - Long live Boris and Ken  :bow:

Get my heating allowance this year as well  ;D

This is why I still have work - so my taxes can fund all these lives of unparalleled cosseted luxury! ;)

Your turn will come Dave                                                  eventually.   ;D :lol:
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Post by: kitbasher on August 28, 2014, 10:55:30 am
A few day's leave comes to an end.  A few days in lovely Whitstable, including a visit to the Hornby Visitor Centre where I was treated to a shiny new not even on the shelves F.6 Lightning kit.  After some negotiation, that is:
     a. with the wife who wanted to get me a reduced-price F-5A starter kit - she was encouraging me to whif it and generous an offer though it was it's a horrible kit that needs to be quietly put out to grass.
     b. with the staff as the new 1/72 Lightnings weren't due to be put on the shelves until the next day.

So a day to myself spent mostly researching modelling subjects or tidying up my references - but more importantly catching up with some part-builds and bringing them closer to completion.  I've decided that the first new project of 2015 will be an English Electric P.6/1 (OK there may be a bit of approximation/artistic licence but that will be kept to a minimum).  In addition, having been inspired by something Chinese, I know what to do with the Academy MiG-21 that donated its markings to my recent Frogfoot (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,38357.msg627370.html#msg627370).

Finally - and I've been itching to start it and I know it's a kit with problems but still it will be an OOB fun build - several parts of an Airfix MiG-15 (A02037) were cut and stuck.  Brought back memories of building one of the original Airfix MiG-15s many many years ago - in mum & dad's kitchen I recall - and again in 1999 whilst in Kuwait (and as a whiffed up WW2 Luftwaffe model, ages before I'd got into whiffery).  Looking forward to a relaxing build - planning to finish it in Hungarian markings, but that may change.

EDIT: the 'something Chinese' is, specifically the Guizhou JL-9 JL-9 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guizhou_JL-9, http://www.military-today.com/aircraft/jl9.htm, http://www.tomcat521.com/afspace/jdqy/jl-9/04.jpg), likely to be in Swiss colours.
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: McColm on August 30, 2014, 04:32:11 pm
You'll be going on Saga holidays next!
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Post by: kitbasher on August 30, 2014, 11:25:43 pm
You'll be going on Saga holidays next!

That must be the cruellest thing said on this forum.

Saga holidays? NEVER!!!!  I'd rather cut off one of my arms and beat myself with the soggy end than do that!
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: NARSES2 on August 31, 2014, 07:18:41 am
 ;D ;D
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on August 31, 2014, 10:42:55 am
So a day to myself spent mostly researching modelling subjects or tidying up my references - but more importantly catching up with some part-builds and bringing them closer to completion.  I've decided that the first new project of 2015 will be an English Electric P.6/1 (OK there may be a bit of approximation/artistic licence but that will be kept to a minimum).  In addition, having been inspired by something Chinese, I know what to do with the Academy MiG-21 that donated its markings to my recent Frogfoot (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,38357.msg627370.html#msg627370).

What I should have said was that deciding on the P.6/1 build followed a path of such meandering it made the Amazon look as though it went in a straight line!  Originally inspired by Weaver's EE P.7D I was simply going to do my take on that using a Kopro Su-9 as the base kit (it's OK, we swapped PMs about it).  Then I was simply going to build the Su-9 'as is' but in Egyptian markings (no, not real world  - only the USSR operated Su-9s) but a recent thumb through the 'British Secret Projects - Fighters' book and some photocopying at work, the P.6/1 is back on.

And another early build will be a Westland W.36 Jet Wyvern courtesy of some of my own research, The Wooksta's great generosity and some inspiration from one of Lenny 100's builds.  Thanks guys, I hope I do well!

As for the MiG-21, that's back in the melting pot/possible SMW2014 Kitswap fodder!
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on November 02, 2014, 07:01:07 am
Quite a while since I updated my blog.  Probably an accurate reflection of the amount of time I've devoted to modelling of late.  Just haven't had the time or motivation.  Keeping up on the forum though, mostly through my phone.  Ho hum.

Well, I guess 'Telford Fever' must have got a grip as the least few days I've been tinkering with some works in progress.  At this time of year I'm trying to get things done for Telford; well, not so this year.  Concentrating instead on some leisurely finishing off of unfinished builds and resisting the temptation to start something new when so much is only partly done.  I have been seduced by an Airfix MiG-15 - yes it has its well-documented faults but it it's a nice little kit to play with as a bit of relaxing modelling 'therapy'.  Goes together nicely OOB (and it will be real world OOB in the Hungarian markings), minimum filler and sanding needed.  A bit of a departure for me, and the last Airfix MiG-19 I built was done in 1999 in whif Luftwaffe colours and hung from the ceiling in my room at Ali al Salem.  It was still there three years later!

This time of year I'm also clearing out stuff from the tash for sale (hopefully) at the Kitswap.  The sorting is happening but not for Kitswap (not this year at least).  May sell them through the forum or use them as part exchange with Collectakit or (maybe, don't know whether Tony and Jan would consider it) with AJ Aviation Publishing.  Thy may all still be in the sales box this time next year, of course!

Amazing to think that this time next week SMW will be almost over for another year.  Where on earth does the time go, eh?
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Post by: The Wooksta! on November 03, 2014, 01:26:19 pm
Remember, anything Spitfire related may well have a home with me!
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Post by: kitbasher on December 24, 2014, 01:56:02 am
Well it's nearly Christmas Day and I'm pretty certain now that Santa won't be delivering a new Airfix Swift in the morning.  Which is not a bad thing really as I really do have plenty in the stash to contend with - a bit of a wait for a Swift won't hurt - and what with so little kitbashing having occurred this year, said stash isn't going to go down in any sort of hurry!  Which is a shame as I'd got back into the modelling groove courtesy of whiffery.  Still, I can only hope 2015 sees a return to form, that enough modelling time materialises and that I can finish off the incomplete builds.

So about 2015.  What an amazing regeneration job Airfix have done in recent years - the 'James May Factor' clearly hasn't quite worn off judging by the speculation surrounding the 2015 releases.  Being a dyed in the wool 1/72 aircraft builder here's my thoughts about the new products:


And that concludes Kitbasher's Kritique of the new Airfix 1/72 aircraft for 2015.  Which pretty much leaves me to wish you all a very Merry Kitmas and Whiffy New Year.
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Post by: Captain Canada on December 24, 2014, 05:09:41 am
Merry Kitmas to you as well ! Nice read on your take on the Airfix news. I'm excited for the Shak but then again not. Probably wait and see if they come out with the AEW conversion/ new kit as well.

 :cheers:
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Post by: Howard of Effingham on January 11, 2015, 06:25:45 am
how are the builds going now its well into 2015, kitbasher?  :thumbsup:
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Post by: The Wooksta! on January 12, 2015, 09:14:21 am
A Shackleton AEW3 is a non starter - no ground clearance for the radome, at least not without a much extended (Vulcan?) nosegear.  It's one I did look at.  Although an AEW2 with the MR3 canopy might look just that shade different... Especially if it's in Hemp/LAG...  I'm keeping that one for the Revell kit.
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Post by: Captain Canada on January 12, 2015, 09:51:39 am
That's too bad. I'm looking forward to seeing a plethora of Shaks next year !

 :cheers:
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Post by: The Wooksta! on January 13, 2015, 04:30:43 pm
Actually, having looked at it further and experimenting with a built up Frog Shack and a resin radome, you'd have ground clearance with an extended nosegear.
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Post by: kitbasher on January 17, 2015, 02:01:40 am
Well, anyway.....

In answer to Trev's question 2015 has picked up from where 2014 left off.  That said I've been nibbling away at a whif that is slowly reaching completion, pics in due course.  A few more in the pipeline too so if I get my botty into gear they may be done this side of Christmas (that's Christmas 2015).

And for now I'm contemplating some Defiant-based whiffery.  Torn between getting an old school Airfix Defiant and using that as the source/base kit (quality of the kit is not an issue, no qualms about chopping up a dodgy old kit), two new Airfix Defiants (one real world, other the source kit) and getting rid of the MPM Defiant what-is-in-da-stash-innit, or just using the MPM kit (the basic version, not the hi-tech version) and having done with it.  The latter does mean not shelling out on a new kit, and I reckon I'd probably only make £8 on a sale which merely covers the cost of a new Airfix kit.  So why bother, I guess - use the MPM kit.
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Post by: NARSES2 on January 17, 2015, 05:32:32 am
Must admit I'm now trying to figure out what to do with a couple of MPM Defiants ? Thinking of a naval variant or maybe as a single seat attack aircraft with the bombs in small bays in the wings as was the style in the late 30's ?
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Post by: zenrat on January 17, 2015, 09:51:19 pm
How about something along the lines of the Lysander beach strafer?
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Post by: PR19_Kit on January 18, 2015, 03:39:09 am
How about something along the lines of the Lysander beach strafer?


Put the turret on the bottom so the gunner has a better view?  ;)
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Post by: Captain Canada on January 18, 2015, 03:53:47 am
the MPM Defiant what-is-in-da-stash-innit

Sounds like Buddy Wassisname !

Single seat, big chin rad, bombs and desert camo.

 :cheers:
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Post by: kitbasher on January 25, 2015, 10:33:07 am
Ssssshhh...keep it to yourself but I may have finished a model by the end of this month, with another done next month.   :o

Both whifs, too!
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Post by: Captain Canada on January 25, 2015, 05:11:28 pm
Your secrets safe with me !

 :thumbsup:

Looking forward to it
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Post by: kitbasher on February 01, 2015, 03:52:46 am
Well after a 13-month 'temporary' stay, First Born moved out to share a house with friends in Twickenham.  One again the house is ours, and our alone.

That can only mean.....

.....The Return of Naked Tuesday!!!
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Post by: Howard of Effingham on February 01, 2015, 04:13:46 am
does that really mean david that you get the modelling den back? or is it the extension?  ;D
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Post by: kitbasher on February 01, 2015, 04:35:19 am
Oh got the modelling room back when second-born got hitched and moved out in June, Trev.  Trouble is that matter that has questionable marriage status of its parentage (i.e. 'work') has got in the way big time in the last twelve months.  Too much to do and now a 4 to 41/2 total daily commute really saps the enthusiasm when one gets home in the evening.

Trying to work though it though and slowly getting back into the modelling rhythm since Xmas.
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Post by: NARSES2 on February 01, 2015, 07:00:32 am
Where are you commuting to Dave ?

If I'm honest it was the commute that finally did for me. It just gets to you the older you get I found. Mine was about 3 hours a day...walk, train, another train, walk...so not to bad compared to a lot of others down south.

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Post by: kitbasher on February 01, 2015, 09:24:55 am
Where are you commuting to Dave ?

If I'm honest it was the commute that finally did for me. It just gets to you the older you get I found. Mine was about 3 hours a day...walk, train, another train, walk...so not to bad compared to a lot of others down south.

Uxbridge to Gatwick 4 to 5 times a week.  Brief walk to the Tube, change at Finchley Rd and again at Green Park to Victoria then the Gatwick Express and a brief bus ride.  Could drive but the M25.......well, you know what that can be like, and the M23 is just as bad at times.  At least I get chance to either read, work or vegetate on public transport.  And to be honest it's only another 30 minutes longer than the drive seems to be for the one or two I know do something similar.
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Post by: NARSES2 on February 02, 2015, 06:44:36 am
Right, didn't realise you were down to Gatwick.

At least it's a good train service from Vic and you are going in the opposite direction to most of the commuters once you get to Vic
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Post by: Howard of Effingham on February 08, 2015, 10:10:39 am
is it too cheeky to ask 'don't you wish you could work from home?'  ;D
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Post by: kitbasher on February 08, 2015, 10:37:14 am
I do occasionally.  Helps a bit.
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Post by: zenrat on February 09, 2015, 02:14:01 am
Ahhhh, the London commute.  I so don't miss it.
It was only the fact that I paid a mere 25% of the full season ticket price that made never ever getting a seat on the train or the tube bearable.
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Post by: kitbasher on March 01, 2015, 06:43:59 am
Ssssshhh...keep it to yourself but I may have finished a model by the end of this month, with another done next month.   :o

Both whifs, too!

So, failed miserably there then!  Said builds are inching closer to completion, so the end of this month is probably a realistic bet for their completion.

Have now finalised what I want to have done for Telford, so I guess at my current build rate I need to start then both at the beginning of April (around the tine of the one-week build).  One is Airfix, the other isn't.

And I've today started throwing together the parts of a build I want to get done by the end of this month.  Using a kit originally released way back in 1963, with 29 parts.  7 of these assembled in about 20 minutes.  Three other parts not worth using, and a fourth (the pilot) wouldn't be used anyway may change my mind in this case though).
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Post by: kitbasher on March 28, 2015, 07:25:29 am
RAF Super Sabre FG.1 almost done, real world FROG MC.202 right behind it.

And then it's the 1WGB, and after that I start my Telford builds.

Finally making more time for kit bashing.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Captain Canada on March 28, 2015, 01:47:26 pm
Mmmm Sabre FG.1..... :wub:
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Post by: NARSES2 on March 29, 2015, 02:32:04 am
real world FROG MC.202 right behind it.


Memories. A model that was my first encounter with Italian camouflage. I loved it then and ever since. The only difference is that back "then" I just dabbed some spots on with a brush and was happy, now without an airbrush I have severe anxiety pains even thinking about some of the complicated double mottles  :blink: Thank goodness for the availability of Mike Grants Italian squiggle camouflage sheets, please, please do double mottle Mike.
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Post by: kitbasher on April 03, 2015, 09:57:55 am
Seen at Cologne Airport on Wednesday:
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/general/Beef_zpsfxsdvmnt.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/general/Beef_zpsfxsdvmnt.jpg.html)
The vegetarian version - 'Cabbage' - was nowhere to be seen.
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Post by: kitbasher on April 26, 2015, 01:45:21 pm
Well, back from ModelKraft. Restrained spending I'm pleased to say. Although to be honest I wasn't looking out for much. Tried my best to be inspired by something for under a fiver - purely for whiffery - but frankly the 2nd hand traders (bar Collectakit) were asking silly prices.
As always came back with the urge to finish builds - must make more time for that and try and stick with a recent pledge to self to finish of the part builds before starting anything new.  Fat chance! Given my building rate I need to get started now on things for Telford!!
And thanks Mr Spackman for some tips on a subject seems we've both hit upon doing - great minds, etc 🎓 - although it may just mean that one of the two kits involved in the subject mashup may insted form part of a stash reduction and the other take a new course, inspired by one of the Planet Models range.
And I think I'm going to recycle some builds over the coming year or so rather than add to the stash. Some reccycling may be more radical then others, and there should be at least two cases of rerecyling.
Just saving the planet, that's all, dudes.
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Post by: kitbasher on April 26, 2015, 11:20:43 pm
Meant to say yesterday that following much grumbling with Mr Spackman over trad rs prices for Matchbox Hunters and why I was looking for one:

So actually I don't need a Matchbox Hunter after all. As Ian Fletcher would say, 'so that's all good'.

And has anyone been watching Peter Kay's 'Car Share'?  Very very funny and very well performed.
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Post by: PR19_Kit on April 27, 2015, 01:20:45 am
I found that M'box T7 that I mentioned y'day Dave, so if you find you do need one after all just give me a shout.
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Post by: kitbasher on April 27, 2015, 10:06:14 am
Willdo, Kit. Many thanks.
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Post by: kitbasher on June 19, 2015, 11:10:57 pm
Lots of chatter on Facebook this morning concerning the imminent delivery of an ex-Luftwaffe F-4F set to join HHA at Scampton to be flown in UK colours as a contracted target facilities role.

Follows a number of year's speculation on several forums, most recently the Key Publishing forum.

So, OGL. Which direction will your Phantasy Phantoms head of in next?

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Post by: kitbasher on July 10, 2015, 03:27:32 am
No modelling for a couple of weeks, work induced.

And now in sunny Portugal. Was 40 mins from Lisbon's biggest model shop all week. The other day I was tantalisingly close to the Museo do Ar near Sintra, ditto Portugal's biggest model shop (also outside Sintra).

Anyone know of a model shop in Porto? 
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Post by: Captain Canada on July 10, 2015, 06:14:43 am
That would be painful to be that close !

 :blink:
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Post by: DogfighterZen on July 11, 2015, 01:27:31 pm
No modelling for a couple of weeks, work induced.

And now in sunny Portugal. Was 40 mins from Lisbon's biggest model shop all week. The other day I was tantalisingly close to the Museo do Ar near Sintra, ditto Portugal's biggest model shop (also outside Sintra).

Anyone know of a model shop in Porto? 

Try looking up BigCat modelismo, in Maceda. Bigcat.com.pt  Close enough? Try looking in this list from a Portuguese forum.
http://forum.modelismo-na.net/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=14542
 All addresses should be easy to find on your GPS app or google maps. Coming to the south of the country, the Algarve?  :mellow:
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Post by: kitbasher on July 13, 2015, 08:07:51 am
Thanks for the tip. Started off in Lisbon, now in Porto but not heading to tge Algarve.  Back home tomorrow.

Did try the link before I left home byt none of the shops were going to fit the itinerary.  At least not without some serious before and after diplomacy!
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Post by: DogfighterZen on July 13, 2015, 05:04:53 pm
Well, main thing is enjoying the trip, never good upsetting the lady... ;D
Hope you guys enjoyed your time here, next time head south! Have a good trip back home. :thumbsup:
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Post by: kitbasher on July 16, 2015, 03:02:24 am
Well, main thing is enjoying the trip, never good upsetting the lady... ;D
Hope you guys enjoyed your time here, next time head south! Have a good trip back home. :thumbsup:

Yes had a great time, thanks.  Hope to see more of the country sooner rather than later.

Anyway, modelling opportunities have been rather thin on the ground of late so I'm putting the remaining few days of freedom from work to good use and will be returning to my numerous unfinished builds and a weekend project - an Airfix Hs129.  My younger brother had one when we were kids, and I know it isn't the greatest kit, etc, etc, but I've never built one so it's now or never!  Real world subject to spare decals, so I guess it may yet turn out to be a whif of sorts.
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Post by: kitbasher on July 17, 2015, 01:57:19 am
Home Alone Day 1 and Day 2 Part 1

So.  Yes.  Modelling.

Put the flags out - actually did some yesterday! 

And this morning:

Anyway, some 1:1 PSR and painting of a porch beckons, more later.....
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Post by: NARSES2 on July 17, 2015, 06:30:07 am
I think with Revell's Plasto it depends on the batch ? I've had some good tubes and some not so good. Got some of the newer Humbrol stuff to try out on my next builds that require that much filler. Most of the more modern toolings I build I can get away with P.P.P. However I have a Vallom kit to start which will probably need some filler of a more robust nature.

Hope you had good hols  :thumbsup:
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Post by: kitbasher on July 17, 2015, 10:31:59 am
Home Alone Day 2 Part 2

Decided that the Corsair is to be stripped and priming/painted restarted.  May still use acrylic Hu64 as the primer as just applied some to the MC205 and got a smooth semi-matt finish.  So I guess a combination of the wrong brush maybe, rushing and not stirring the pain sufficiently may have been factors.  I have to say I do get on with acrylic varnishes.  Still to be convinced by colours though.

Returned to the Mr Whippy tank - some window preparation.  Have decided to add the MG sponsons, albeit modified to make for better serving hatches.

Hs129 engines fitted to nacelles and mounted on the wings, cockpit interior quickly painted.  No detail added to the latter as it is very tiny and you've more change of getting a detailed view of the inside of a letter box by peering through the slot than by looking through the tiny canopy!

And due to rain the porch didn't get done, but I did do some stash sorting.
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Post by: kitbasher on July 26, 2015, 05:19:57 am
Home Alone Postscript

Surprise surprise, the Hs129 wasn't finished but all of the major sub-assemblies are done, some PSR on the wings and fuselage and then it is essentially built.  Shouldn't take long for that to be done and the on to painting and decalling.  That is now number 2 on the 'to finish' list.

Number one is an Airfix MiG-15 ('new' mould, although it came out 6 years ago almost) and this 'quick OOB build' (to be finished in the Hungarian option) has been slowly on the go for over a year.  More stop-go to be honest as the Great Initial Modelling Flourish was overtaken by other builds, diversions, etc. We've all been there.  Anyway, it is still OOB although I'm replacing the main wheels with something from the spares box as the kit items are way under scale and woefully chubby.  The rest of the kit's shortcomings I'm living with as it's supposed to be a therapeutic build. 

Like all of them, right?  Ha!!

Much frustration with all of the ongoing builds at the moment despite the modeling enjoyment the Home Alone time brought:

At least I've now got an Airfix Swift in the stash!  Lovely looking kit, thank you Airfix.  Held up components from the Pegasus Swift against it for comparison and all credit to Chris Gannon - although the Pegasus offering is unsurprisingly clunky the shapes match up very well.  The Pegasus Swift will be finished as F.4 WK198, which I used to see languishing in the famous Manchester Unimetals scrap yard when I were a lad.  I've an Xtrakit Swift in the stash that will be the basis of an F.t courtesy of Freightdog's conversion kit.  Tempted t do all three alongside each other.  when is another matter altogether as I've two new projects that I really would like to have ready for Telford, and a third which has been a long-standing ambition to do but there's no way it could be done 2015 Telford 2016 I hope!

Ho hum.  These things are sent to try us I suppose.  Here's to plodding on then!
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Post by: Captain Canada on July 26, 2015, 07:17:36 am
So much fun to be home alone eh ? Lovely.

The Swifts sound great. It would be interesting to see some photo comparisons. Can't wait to see them on this side of the pond.

 :cheers:
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Post by: PR19_Kit on July 26, 2015, 09:20:09 am

The Swifts sound great. It would be interesting to see some photo comparisons. Can't wait to see them on this side of the pond.


I can't wait to see one on THIS side of the pond too!  :banghead:
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Post by: The Wooksta! on July 27, 2015, 05:15:17 pm
Mine arrived this morning, courtesy of ebay...
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Post by: Captain Canada on July 27, 2015, 07:51:20 pm
Really ? Hmmm.....

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on August 02, 2015, 08:52:32 am
Yay!  90 minutes of modelling!!  The MiG-15 is built, painting beckons.  Surprisingly little filling so far for the Hs129, initial PSR beckons.  The Val attracted my attention, so the fuselage halves and the engine were attached.  Seats plus undercarriage and initial PSR next.

So much for real-world builds.  Decided to cut myself some whiffing slack to help get through modelling block.  It's not that really, just want to get part-builds finished, out of the way so I can turn my hand to a number of ideas that have been rattling away in my head fr ages.  So the Ju88 whif is abandoned and the Do217 whif simplified to an extent.  Finally sussed what to do with the Ta154 - that too will be much simplified.

The Mr Whippy tank meanwhile is to be my focus for the next few weeks, the Corsair's paint stripping will be completed and the model set aside for completion further down the line; ditto the MC.205.  Will whittle away at the Blenheim, but there are a couple I do want to get done for Telford.  Time will tell.
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on September 27, 2015, 07:31:43 am
Been making more time to get some modelling done since the last blog entry, although September has been a busy month away from modelling, and October will be just the same.

At least I've been making some progress with the BoB GB builds (more on which later).  Speaking of which, I had been considering a fourth build but as my GB completion-within-the-timeframe record isn't exactly the best I think I may save that for another day.  Especially as it requires some nose and rudder surgery to make it more, let's say, 'Armstrong-Whitworthy'.  At least deciding on the scope of that build has led me to decide the scope of a 'Handley-Pagisation' of a non-British design into something that will retain much more of its original lines (but with a touch of Britishness added) and is a less radical whif.

UPDATE Oh, and finally decided on how to finish off a PM Ta154 that's been languishing in the 'in progress' draw for over a year.  Had first planned it to be a 'Miles Monitor' (inspired by the vague similarity with the Miles Martinet), a Flet Air Arm fighter used in the Pacific.  Would require new engines and was continuously changing ideas about the source of these - some form of Merlin with leading edge radiators.  Then thought about shifting the timeline a bit and fitting Darts plus either a raised cockpit or side-by-side seating using a Matchbox Hunter T7 cockpit and canopy.  All sorts of ideas really, until finally deciding upon something closer to the real 154.  Way down the list of builds at the moment, although it could climb the progress ladder!

UPDATE 2 I'd even considered a 'scalorama' airliner build - in some respects the Ta154's shape reminds me of the HP Herald.  Once again getting the engines right was a niggle.

Anyway, knife, filler and wet-and-dry paper beckon.....
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Post by: kitbasher on October 25, 2015, 06:16:43 am
On the go at the mo:

(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/IMG_2225_zpszxkkogeg.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/IMG_2225_zpszxkkogeg.jpg.html)

(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/IMG_2226_zpswtctrxj2.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/IMG_2226_zpswtctrxj2.jpg.html)
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Post by: PR19_Kit on October 25, 2015, 07:25:07 am
You must be related to Dizzy................  ;D
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Post by: kitbasher on November 28, 2015, 09:19:36 am
You must be related to Dizzy................  ;D

Yeah, right.  So while he has 20 on the go at any one time and gets them done in a week, I may have 10 on the go and they take over a year to do!

Meanwhile.....

A trip to the fairly nearby de Havilland Museum where this weekend they are celebrating the 75th anniversary of the first flight of the De Havilland Mosquito.  Designed in next door Salisbury Hall, built on the sight of the museum and then transported by road to nearby Hatfield for the flight:

(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/aircraft/IMG_2311_zps7lmltc9p.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/aircraft/IMG_2311_zps7lmltc9p.jpg.html)

and where I leave with a half-price Special Hobby Hornet F3/F4 and 99% certain I'll be signing up as a volunteer at the museum.

More pics to follow.
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Post by: kitbasher on November 29, 2015, 03:22:12 am
And here are the pictures as promised.  

(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/aircraft/IMG_2305_zps7qfhgzam.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/aircraft/IMG_2305_zps7qfhgzam.jpg.html)
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/aircraft/IMG_2306_zps2xuepmqq.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/aircraft/IMG_2306_zps2xuepmqq.jpg.html)
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/aircraft/IMG_2312_zpsqy0jjvli.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/aircraft/IMG_2312_zpsqy0jjvli.jpg.html)
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/aircraft/IMG_2316_zpss2ec6wgz.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/aircraft/IMG_2316_zpss2ec6wgz.jpg.html)
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/aircraft/IMG_2317_zps6flpsnnd.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/aircraft/IMG_2317_zps6flpsnnd.jpg.html)
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/aircraft/IMG_2318_zpshikkpttt.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/aircraft/IMG_2318_zpshikkpttt.jpg.html)
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/aircraft/IMG_2320_zpsotuksbkb.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/aircraft/IMG_2320_zpsotuksbkb.jpg.html)
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/aircraft/IMG_2321_zpsmzvbmbqc.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/aircraft/IMG_2321_zpsmzvbmbqc.jpg.html)
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/aircraft/IMG_2323_zps7qkqrvfh.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/aircraft/IMG_2323_zps7qkqrvfh.jpg.html)
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/aircraft/IMG_2324_zpsly9gfonc.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/aircraft/IMG_2324_zpsly9gfonc.jpg.html)
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/aircraft/IMG_2329_zpspjashx9r.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/aircraft/IMG_2329_zpspjashx9r.jpg.html)
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/aircraft/IMG_2322_zpszdh2lbyk.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/aircraft/IMG_2322_zpszdh2lbyk.jpg.html)

Great use of the Trident baggage hold - and a Comet cockpit that looks like a 1930s Belgravia gentlemen's club than an airliner cockpit!

The site is rather tiny, all run by volunteers.  Not the palace of treasures that is the RAF Museum but rather a little gem of a place where you can get really close to (and occasionally in) the aircraft.  Feels organic - stick your head inside one of the open Mosquito hatches (or an engine mount) to get a lung full of that curious but heady mix of fuel, rubber and hint of smoke that  you won't get at Hendon.

The museum (http://www.dehavillandmuseum.co.uk/) is appealing for support to build a second hangar on the site to house the external exhibits - work begins next year (http://www.dehavillandmuseum.co.uk/product/new-hangar-donation/).
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Post by: PR19_Kit on November 29, 2015, 02:28:21 pm
Aahhh, de Havilland.  ;D :thumbsup:
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Post by: Martin H on November 29, 2015, 03:08:31 pm
I once sat in the cockpit of the mossi prototype. Its as near to a religious experience as I'm ever likely to get.

I had been invited to the museum by the former owner of the firm I work for. he was there with his vintage car club, And he knew id love the place hence the Invite. He gave up his own chance to sit in the prototype so I could go. Thanks Big Al!
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Post by: PR19_Kit on November 30, 2015, 01:09:08 am
Having been there a few times I can almost SMELL those pics Dave, great work.

And green with envy over you having sat in W4050 OGL, that's got to have been a very memorable experience.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: kitbasher on December 15, 2015, 02:37:53 pm
 :banghead: i wish I could enjoy my modelling  :banghead:
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Post by: NARSES2 on December 16, 2015, 02:41:21 am
Problems ?
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Post by: kitbasher on December 20, 2015, 12:26:26 pm
All rather rushed in the end but actually managed to supply what I committed to the BoB Group Build.  Here are the final two just finished:
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Hurricane%20whifs/IMG_2368_zpsprzvv2sj.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/Hurricane%20whifs/IMG_2368_zpsprzvv2sj.jpg.html)

Many thanks to the Mods for the one week extension.

So no new builds over Crimbo (tempted but must resist).  Aim instead to finish off as many part builds as time will allow.
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Post by: NARSES2 on December 21, 2015, 05:43:51 am
Yup, I want to finish a couple of things before starting the next couple
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Post by: kitbasher on December 31, 2015, 02:56:10 am
Well, 2016 looms ever closer (hell, I'm still catching up with 2014!).  In modelling terms 2015 was better than 2014 - even so I completed only 5 x whif and 1 x real-world builds:

(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Comet%20whifs/Comet%20A_zpsis2zpj4d.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/Comet%20whifs/Comet%20A_zpsis2zpj4d.jpg.html)
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Super%20Sabre%20FG1/SuperSabre01_zpsomdedfgx.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/Super%20Sabre%20FG1/SuperSabre01_zpsomdedfgx.jpg.html)
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Comet%20whifs/CometPR26_zpsiqtz9ubb.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/Comet%20whifs/CometPR26_zpsiqtz9ubb.jpg.html)
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Bf109s/Bf109Emilio11_zpsn8iqtj4l.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/Bf109s/Bf109Emilio11_zpsn8iqtj4l.jpg.html)
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Hurricane%20whifs/HurricaneIc11_zps6bqvpsp4.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/Hurricane%20whifs/HurricaneIc11_zps6bqvpsp4.jpg.html)
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/non-Whifs/Airfix%20A02037_zpsr7ksjzqc.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/non-Whifs/Airfix%20A02037_zpsr7ksjzqc.jpg.html)

All OOB apart from the obvious mods.

New Year's resolution (again!) is to finish off part builds (whifs and real worlds) before starting something new.  OK the Corsair rhinoplasty doesn't quite fit that bill as it's one of several builds I want to recycle to varying extents.

Final post of this year so may I wish you all and your families and friends a happy, safe and prosperous 2016.  May the modelling force be with you!
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Post by: NARSES2 on January 01, 2016, 06:15:38 am
I do admire your Comet's  :bow:
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Post by: Rheged on January 01, 2016, 07:17:34 am
I do admire your Comet's  :bow:

....and I do too!!!!
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Post by: kitbasher on February 03, 2016, 01:48:57 am
ho hum.  So tomorrow we were set to go to visit brother-in-law and family in Sweden for a few days when mother-in-law has heart attack last night and scuppers that plan.  Dash up the M40 to see her in hospital and also look after father-in-law for the next few days.

i guess a quick trip to Wednesbury IKEA will have to compensate!
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Post by: NARSES2 on February 03, 2016, 06:19:01 am
Hope works out ok mate
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Post by: kitbasher on February 03, 2016, 07:09:10 am
Thanks Chris, all getting back to normal. Not a heart attack but a 'cardiac event' caused by arrhythmia. Mother in law discharged. Weak and shaken but OK. Staying to keep an eye on her and look after father in law.
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Post by: PR19_Kit on February 03, 2016, 11:32:28 am
Hm, yes.  The medics seem to be shying away from 'heart attack' these days, Mrs_PR19's similar 'event' was classed as a 'cardiac event' too, and many months afterward they stull have no idea what caused it.

I hope your Mum-in-Law recovers as well as Mrs_PR19 has done so far.
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Post by: kitbasher on February 05, 2016, 03:39:43 pm
Thanks guys.  Yes she's on the mend and it's been downgraded to a 'cardiac event'.
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Post by: kitbasher on March 20, 2016, 01:21:28 pm
So not much modelling over the last few weeks but have decided to treat myself to a Revell Shackleton at some pint and not struggle with converting a long built (and damaged) FROG MR3.  That means the Aeroclub conversion kit will go in the 'for sale' box at some point soon.

Meanwhile today was my first day as a volunteer at the de Havilland Aircraft Museum (http://www.dehavillandmuseum.co.uk/).  Quite a lot has been shifted around since November's visit (see earlier photos) and indeed the volunteer interview.  The old 'Robin Hangar' has been emptied of exhibits prior to dismantling ahead of a new hangar build.  Said exhibits are now in a temporary building (although the Horsa fuselage section is with the Mosquitos).  Only today was I struck by the rather rudimentary - almost garden shed-style - construction of the Horsa.  Brave men indeed who went to war in those.

The German-registered Dove has been sold on.  The Sea Vixen is still outside (albeit in a new position) and will be the next major restoration project once the Sea Venom is done.

(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/aircraft/IMG_2545A_zpshuzsiekt.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/aircraft/IMG_2545A_zpshuzsiekt.jpg.html)
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/aircraft/IMG_2547A_zpstpcmmomz.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/aircraft/IMG_2547A_zpstpcmmomz.jpg.html)
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/aircraft/IMG_2548A_zpswmrhvaqo.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/aircraft/IMG_2548A_zpswmrhvaqo.jpg.html)
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/aircraft/IMG_2549A_zpsjp3ze7ar.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/aircraft/IMG_2549A_zpsjp3ze7ar.jpg.html)
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/aircraft/IMG_2550A_zpsb2xocdyn.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/aircraft/IMG_2550A_zpsb2xocdyn.jpg.html)
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/aircraft/IMG_2551A_zpsv4k7ncza.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/aircraft/IMG_2551A_zpsv4k7ncza.jpg.html)
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/aircraft/IMG_2553A_zpswgt5wu5b.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/aircraft/IMG_2553A_zpswgt5wu5b.jpg.html)
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/aircraft/IMG_2554A_zpsmbwshusp.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/aircraft/IMG_2554A_zpsmbwshusp.jpg.html)
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/aircraft/IMG_2556A_zpsy1tzpfjw.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/aircraft/IMG_2556A_zpsy1tzpfjw.jpg.html)
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Post by: PR19_Kit on March 20, 2016, 01:45:10 pm
What's this Dave? It's in two of your pics and it looks remarkably like a spare Comet fuselage, so I wondered of you've transferred your well known skill at Whiffing Airfix Comets into the full-size version.  ;)

(http://imageshack.com/a/img921/4626/OUvhoQ.jpg)

(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/3424/KzzSyX.jpg)
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Post by: kitbasher on March 20, 2016, 03:42:34 pm
It's a replica Comet, Kit, built for a film or TV series some years ago as Black Magic (G-ACSP). Currently being restored. Don't know where the wings are but the museum has them. Aould be nice to get invol ed in that build!

Have got a shoe in the door in the refurb of damaged plastic models. With the agreement of the other guys on site I'll try and slip a whif or two into the mix over the next few years. There's already a number of whifs + 'projects cancelled' courtesy of a number of models of Airspeed projects, including MR Ambassadors. THAT's where there's scope for a bit of fun, I think.
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Post by: PR19_Kit on March 20, 2016, 04:06:22 pm
It's a replica Comet, Kit, built for a film or TV series some years ago as Black Magic (G-ACSP). Currently being restored. Don't know where the wings are but the museum has them. Aould be nice to get invol ed in that build!

Hm, I can only print decals up to A4 size, you know?  ;D
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Post by: NARSES2 on March 21, 2016, 07:05:53 am
There's already a number of whifs + 'projects cancelled' courtesy of a number of models of Airspeed projects, including MR Ambassadors. THAT's where there's scope for a bit of fun, I think.

 :rolleyes: :rolleyes: ;D

The Mossie does look good but it appears to be a tight fit ?

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Post by: kitbasher on March 21, 2016, 01:10:55 pm
There are 3 Mossies inside, plus a Sea Venom fuselage, tail booms and wings, plus a Horsa nose section.

Snug is a good description!

Pics of the shop sometime soon.
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Post by: kitbasher on May 30, 2016, 12:18:26 pm
Actually finished a build - RW Airfix Hs129 OOB with Print Scale decals as the kit had none.  Excellent decals, well printed but be warned - they are thin, stick like muck to a blanket and need the briefest of dips into water to release them.  Don't be tempted to let them soak.

(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/non-Whifs/Hs1291a_zpscv57fse5.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/non-Whifs/Hs1291a_zpscv57fse5.jpg.html)
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/non-Whifs/Hs1292a_zpssspb1jxo.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/non-Whifs/Hs1292a_zpssspb1jxo.jpg.html)
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Post by: PR19_Kit on May 30, 2016, 01:30:20 pm
My, what a BIG gun you have Herr Henschel!  :o
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Post by: zenrat on May 31, 2016, 03:52:21 am
Nice work.  I glue bombed one of these as a kid.
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Post by: DogfighterZen on May 31, 2016, 05:30:11 am
That looks scary... :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: Old Wombat on May 31, 2016, 05:45:42 am
I've always considered the Hs129 to be a gun with a plane attached, rather than the other way 'round. ;)
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: Captain Canada on May 31, 2016, 05:47:44 am
What a great looking museum ! Defo somat I'd like to check out. Love the look of that Comet nose.

The 129 looks great as well. That gun does look scary !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: NARSES2 on May 31, 2016, 07:19:11 am
I've always considered the Hs129 to be a gun with a plane attached, rather than the other way 'round. ;)

Absolutely. The pilot must have crossed everything available when he pulled the trigger  :blink:

I've also one of them in the stash. Keep thinking Finnish or maybe Hungarian ?

Nice build by the way Dave  :thumbsup: Interesting your comment re the transfers. The Airfix ones I've just used on the Beau' took and age to come off the sheet unless the water was fairly warm and then they responded in a timely manner. One or two old sets of after markket ones I have (read 30 years and counting) take so long to work use you can brew a cuppa  :rolleyes: and don't get me started on old Hasegawa
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on June 30, 2016, 01:04:23 pm
Tomorrow I am mostly flying to Newfoundland for hols.

Seal flipper pie, cod tongues, Screech and mooseburgers beckon.

:drink:
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on October 22, 2016, 02:04:41 pm
Blimey, it's a while since I've posted here.  Modelling on and off in between work, life, ground floor of the house being fixed, etc.

Anyway, earlier today I popped into what's reputedly Canada's biggest hobby shop, Udisco.  Located just down the road from the Cuban consulate in Montreal and next door to a dodgy-looking Romania cafe, it's part shop, part warehouse. 

(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/IMG_3244_zpsnkc9pc2v.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/IMG_3244_zpsnkc9pc2v.jpg.html)
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/IMG_3250_zpsy2zee3vp.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/IMG_3250_zpsy2zee3vp.jpg.html)

(no its not on a corner, just a pano shot with my phone)

(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/IMG_3246_zpskmsfr1l4.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/IMG_3246_zpskmsfr1l4.jpg.html)
the last is a shot of half of one of the many aisles stocke with plastic kits - a curious mix of the latest releases and the ancient:
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/IMG_3249_zps1s4pv7mz.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/IMG_3249_zps1s4pv7mz.jpg.html)
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/IMG_3248_zpsbnipfifd.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/IMG_3248_zpsbnipfifd.jpg.html)
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/IMG_3247_zpss7zbccra.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/IMG_3247_zpss7zbccra.jpg.html)

Some clearly not a new as claimed, not least the world's largest stock of clapped out Revell Me262s in one location (the stock was three deep, must have been well over a hundred there)!  Upstairs is packed with RC boats, trucks and aircraft, and everything you need for model train layouts.  Selection of mostly Humbrol paints of various vintages, lots of tools but oddly almost no decals.  A tad random/eccentric but worth the visit when in town.

Anyway, treated myself to this for all of CA$5:
 
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/IMG_3253_zps2mo2cnio.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/IMG_3253_zps2mo2cnio.jpg.html)

Likely scalorama  Old Kit GB material, don't know why the pic won't rotate properly.

Apologies about the photos - can't resize at the moment.
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: NARSES2 on October 23, 2016, 05:37:59 am
Just a couple of 262's in stock then  :o
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on October 23, 2016, 05:49:08 am
Indeed!
And none were priced up (price labelling their can only be described as 'selective' and of course doesn't taxes).  A check of their website indicates CA$6.49 before tax.
The more recent Me262B-1 nightfighter sells for $1.50 more.
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: NARSES2 on October 23, 2016, 05:59:46 am
It always annoys me when I go to countries where the prices you see on an article or for a service don't include the Tax  :banghead: Now I think I know why but it's just that I'm so used to seeing everything gross here in the UK and then the VAT shown on the bill when you get it. Just in case you can subsequently claim it.
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on December 24, 2016, 02:09:56 pm
Well for those of us East of anywhere two hours ahead of the Greenwich Meridian, Merry Christmas.

To everyone else in Whiffworld, have a good one when it comes.

And with 2017 looming, a thought.  Were 2016 a GB would we ask for a traditional two-week extension?  I din't think so.
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on December 29, 2016, 03:11:10 am
Having deposited the in laws back at home in Solihull I decided to pay a first quick visit to the Midland Air Museum:

(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Midland%20Air%20Museum/MAM02_zpssj4j56jw.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/Midland%20Air%20Museum/MAM02_zpssj4j56jw.jpg.html)(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Midland%20Air%20Museum/MAM04_zpsozckvblw.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/Midland%20Air%20Museum/MAM04_zpsozckvblw.jpg.html)
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Midland%20Air%20Museum/MAM09_zpsxrps0ol1.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/Midland%20Air%20Museum/MAM09_zpsxrps0ol1.jpg.html)(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Midland%20Air%20Museum/MAM06_zpsy9twquxe.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/Midland%20Air%20Museum/MAM06_zpsy9twquxe.jpg.html)(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Midland%20Air%20Museum/MAM03_zpsvq1eudns.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/Midland%20Air%20Museum/MAM03_zpsvq1eudns.jpg.html)(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Midland%20Air%20Museum/MAM01_zpsd6owx3gv.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/Midland%20Air%20Museum/MAM01_zpsd6owx3gv.jpg.html)(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Midland%20Air%20Museum/MAM08_zps1pf0sh6q.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/Midland%20Air%20Museum/MAM08_zps1pf0sh6q.jpg.html)(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Midland%20Air%20Museum/MAM07_zpsdlnzurmb.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/Midland%20Air%20Museum/MAM07_zpsdlnzurmb.jpg.html)
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff90/kitbasher_2007/Midland%20Air%20Museum/MAM05_zpslnev9qoc.jpg) (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/kitbasher_2007/media/Midland%20Air%20Museum/MAM05_zpslnev9qoc.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 29, 2016, 11:34:22 am
It looks better when there's a model show on.  ;D
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on December 31, 2016, 09:33:35 am
So farewell - almost - 2016.  A year that will be remembered for all the wrong reasons (and there I will stop in order not to fall foul of the forum's no politics rule).

Disappointing on the modelling front - not enough time to do the builds I wanted to do.  Don't think I'm alone there, somehow.

So 2017's new modelling year's resolutions are:
Anyway, HNY already to our antipodean and Far Eastern forum friends, to our forum friends in the Americas - still a way for 2016 to go for some of you, and for the rest of you enjoy the rest of the evening.  May you all have a safe and prosperous 2017. :party: :drink: :cheers:
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on October 22, 2017, 05:06:59 am
Totes amazeballs - actually done some modelling.  First time since whenever, and have noticed that this is my first blog update in 2017!  Says it all really, done no modelling really, so must get back into the groove.

Old school Airfix Blenheim IV being progressed - loved it when I built one as a yoof, bloody awful kit by today's standards.  Still, it was cheap. 

So are I've failed miserably in trying to keep 2017's new modelling year's resolutions, although I suppose the Blenheim work is in keeping with #2.  Being tempted by a Matchbox J29 and some spare Irish markings!

Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: Old Wombat on October 22, 2017, 06:44:57 am
Totes amazeballs

OK, now I'm silently (everyone else is in bed asleep, as it's 0013hrs here) pi$$ing myself laughing, as that's the phrase my eldest daughter uses when she's surprised but being really sarcastic about it. ;D ;D
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: PR19_Kit on October 22, 2017, 06:54:18 am

  Being tempted by a Matchbox J29 and some spare Irish markings!


I like the sound of that, and a pretty logical placement too.
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on November 30, 2017, 11:21:29 am
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4573/24876070908_d454ae32f7.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/DUdndh) (https://flic.kr/p/DUdndh)
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 30, 2017, 01:48:27 pm
Hmmm, 'LY'?

That'd be 541 Sqdn. or the Photo Recce Development Unit as it was called previously.
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on December 01, 2017, 09:46:26 am
Hmmm, 'LY'?

That'd be 541 Sqdn. or the Photo Recce Development Unit as it was called previously.

1 PRU, 1941.
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 01, 2017, 11:42:19 am
Hmmm, 'LY'?

That'd be 541 Sqdn. or the Photo Recce Development Unit as it was called previously.

1 PRU, 1941.


Benson or St. Eval?
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on December 01, 2017, 12:15:26 pm
Hmmm, 'LY'?

That'd be 541 Sqdn. or the Photo Recce Development Unit as it was called previously.

1 PRU, 1941.


Benson or St. Eval?

I think Benson
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: The Wooksta! on December 04, 2017, 03:38:11 am
I'm calling Mosquito.
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on January 07, 2018, 10:04:55 am
I'm calling Mosquito.

You're calling..........maybe right, maybe wrong.
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on February 15, 2018, 01:24:00 pm
OMG a build is complete!  First in about a year!!

More to follow over the weekend.
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on February 17, 2018, 03:10:40 am
Old school Airfix Blenheim IV being progressed - loved it when I built one as a yoof, bloody awful kit by today's standards.  Still, it was cheap. 

So that's the Blenheim done (http://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php/topic,44903.msg799752/topicseen.html#msg799752).  Third one I've built and never again.  The first time as a kid when stuff didn't matter, then 15 years ago in the middle of the GAFA whilst OHMS.  Did that in the Free French colours, actually quite enjoyed the build and left it in country (there is some foreign field that is forever....).  but this one.  A combination of not really being in the mood, work getting on top of me a bit, I don't know what, but after the initial burst of building I went off the boil.  Tried to work out what it was as the boxing was not different to the second effort.  Then I realised: the clear parts were awful and the masking was tedious beyond belief, not helped by the parts breakdown and poor fit.  Hey ho!

I swore never to make another Blenheim again, and then I was distracted by the recent Airfix Blenheim IV, which is unsurprisingly light years ahead of it's ancient forebear.  I look forward to building that.

Anyway, numerous part builds that are slowly making there way towards completion and I'll press on with these.  I do have a Cold War GB idea that'll be a newbuild but I do want to do it (if the measuring up makes it feasible).  And the Blenheim's got me thinking about my approach to whiffery: I'm happy chopping cheap old kits (Revell Flitzers excepted) but maybe after the current ongoing projects are done I need to be more discriminating in what I buy to whif and make more use of better, mor recent kits (not saying more accurate kits, just better produced its).

Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on February 21, 2018, 06:52:29 am
Yesterday's playtime in a Tilbury lock up:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4656/25529486437_6fd977aa73_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ETXhTg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4618/40401216901_826c27ec2f_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ETXhTg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4611/25529486947_39745b7cdb_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24y7Nec) (https://flic.kr/p/ETXi34)
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 21, 2018, 07:37:44 am
WHAT'S all that about?  :o :o

It looks like de Havilland's reject line some time in the late 50s!
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: Steel Penguin on February 21, 2018, 08:03:30 am
like wat Kit said, ?? spill the beans
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: NARSES2 on February 22, 2018, 05:49:33 am
Interesting photos, like the lads say ; more information needed
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on July 01, 2018, 04:01:21 am
Modding this year's one week GB, throwing my hat in the ring with the RAF100 GB and failing miserably in meeting the Cold War GB deadline got me thinking about the eligibility of part builds in GBs.  So I'm not going to argue the pros, cons and any associated moral issues, rather pose a couple of questions:
• To what extent is an unstarded Hobbyboss (or similar) quick build kit any different to a partly built 'conventional' kit? 
• Could a Hobbyboss quickbuild be taken 'standing guidance' as to what constitues a part build in the GB context?
The role of GB moderators could be made easier if the 'Hobbyboss' metric is applied, but it would remain a guideline with moderators having the final say.
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: Leading Observer on July 01, 2018, 04:07:31 am
Modding this year's one week GB, throwing my hat in the ring with the RAF100 GB and failing miserably in meeting the Cold War GB deadline got me thinking about the eligibility of part builds in GBs.  So I'm not going to argue the pros, cons and any associated moral issues, rather pose a couple of questions:
• To what extent is an unstarded Hobbyboss (or similar) quick build kit any different to a partly built 'conventional' kit? 
• Could a Hobbyboss quickbuild be taken 'standing guidance' as to what constitues a part build in the GB context?
The role of GB moderators could be made easier if the 'Hobbyboss' metric is applied, but it would remain a guideline with moderators having the final say.


IMHO any kit, quick build or not, which is unstarted, should be considered as OK. After all, some of the Hobbyboss kits probably contain as many parts as the early Airfix kits and can be useful fodder of whiffing
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on September 30, 2018, 10:24:31 am
A decent bit of plasting smashing today, first time in ages.  Work in particular is getting in the way of, well, everything, at the moment.  Then family obligations on top of that, but the tend t be good so no point grumbling.  Work though just never go away.  However shouldn't really grumble about that either as there are some perks, e.g. off to Montreal for another ten days next week (second time since September), and with a bit of luck will pop into Udisco.  But I really would like a few days finishing all the unfinished builds - and finishing something by a GB deadline!!  Anyway, today I...
So nothing too exciting but enjoyable.  I very much doubt I will get any of them done by the deadline (and at the moment I'm not sure which one would be the front runner for completion anyway), so the target is to get all three finished for Telford.  Other than doing something for the Racing GB I will resist the temptation of starting something new - I will do this :banghead: if I don't clear at east two of the part builds by the end of 2018!!
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: kitbasher on November 25, 2018, 09:13:17 am
Telford has been and gone.  Missed it last year so it was good to be there and catch up with the guys who made it.  What a great bunch, too.

I was very well-behaved when it came to spending.  I knew what I wanted, and although tempted by resin Pioneers and T-6 Harvard IIs I saved myself for later when TSRJoe's P1128 conversion hits the streets.  I've plenty in the stash; I know it's probably very modest compared to many but I already know I'll never build them all, so best to focus on the ideas I have - or reduce the stash and get the replacements I want. Speaking of which, a tidy profit was had from the Kitswap thank you very much.

Anyway.  Various builds continue.  I want to finish of the RAF100 GB efforts that weren't finished in time plus crack on with the Racing GB effort.  Then really it has to be finishing off all of the various part-builds (whifs and real world), if only to get my modelling head tidied up!  However.....got a bit distracted whilst visiting ailing father-in-law last weekend.  Surprising how much of a FROG Barracuda can get done with a cutting mat, a modelling knife, glue and some clamps.  And before anyone tells me the Special Hobby Barra is better it's OK, I know.  this thing cost me £3 at Telford and is some simple whiffery.

And pretty soon I'll post up my Telford pictures!  Not too exciting, just the SIG stand.
Title: Re: Kitbasher's blog: Too many ideas, not enough time.....
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 26, 2018, 11:15:15 am

  Surprising how much of a FROG Barracuda can get done with a cutting mat, a modelling knife, glue and some clamps.  And before anyone tells me the Special Hobby Barra is better it's OK, I know.  this thing cost me £3 at Telford and is some simple whiffery.


Indeed it is, but at £3 a FROG Barra is a STEAL! Well done.  :thumbsup: