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Posted: Tuesday, March 01, 2016 - 09:03 AM GMT+7
well, its about time i started a proper workbench thread, so for a start, here it is in all its glory!


and i promise you, that despite how this looks i can always find things in this chaos!

so, what have i been up to exactly? a bit of housekeeping basically, nothing new really started, except for the stuka in the background thats had a bit of painting in the cockpit, and is just been pegged together to see how it looks, but more on that later...
firstly i put a new quickboost resin prop and spinner on my hurricane built for the battle of Britain campaign last year, i think this may be the fourth prop this kit has had up to now.


after that i went back to yellow 9, a kit i actually started at the same time as the hurricane, re sprayed the spine camo and the yellow nose, as i wasn't quite happy with them then pitched on with the decals



as for the decalling i actually departed from my usual method, and have got some nice results, i'll save the nuts and bolts of it for a later post as my fingers are getting a bit tired now!
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Posted: Tuesday, March 01, 2016 - 06:55 PM GMT+7
Some nice work there Phil; do I also see a Halifax and a Dornier?
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Posted: Tuesday, March 01, 2016 - 11:20 PM GMT+7
Nice nice nice Phil.

Paul.
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Posted: Wednesday, March 09, 2016 - 10:47 AM GMT+7
good spot mal! it is indeed the venerable airfix halibag, it was built by me back around march 1991, i know this because i was off work at the time with a broken ankle. it was re-released last year with two very nice decal options, so i bought a new one, and dug this old one from the scrap kit pile, stripped the paint off, with the idea of putting it back together, and using one decal option from the new issue on it.



moving on, it turns out that the deadline for the Ju 87A is the end of this month, so I've got a wriggle on with it-



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Posted: Monday, March 14, 2016 - 08:48 AM GMT+7
got the underside painted over this weekend, and took a leaf out of mals book in that, to pre shade it i used the rlm 65 as a base, then darkened it down using rlm 66 grey, also the small access hatches were done with a small marker pen.

and forgot to take a photo of the result!
heres how it turned out though-



this photo doesn't quite do it justice because its been gloss coated the nicely subtle panel lines are a bit washed out.
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Posted: Monday, March 14, 2016 - 07:19 PM GMT+7
Nice one Phil
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Posted: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 02:21 AM GMT+7
Nice one Phil, it's moving along.

Paul.
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Posted: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 10:15 AM GMT+7
thanks! coming along is right, the underside was the easy part!
now comes the three colour upper surface splinter camo-


and thats just the paint guide! as you can see the colours could be interchanged and according to the instructions that gives you six different schemes, i'm doing option B which is why it has RLM numbers in biro all over it, but the only right hand view is of option A, with the colours re-arranged, what fun!

so tonight i just blasted it with some RLM 62 to give it (and me) something to think about-


tomorrow i should be able to mask for the next colour and begin splintering.
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Posted: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 06:40 PM GMT+7
I'm looking forward to seeing this develop, I have always fancied doing one of these schemes
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Posted: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - 09:10 AM GMT+7

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I'm looking forward to seeing this develop, I have always fancied doing one of these schemes



make sure you've got plenty of masking tape in!


when future modellers talk about the great masking tape drought of 2016 this is the reason why!

with a few spare days over easter i got my finger out on this build



and how she looks today -




the only slight problem i had was one of the tail struts being slightly too short


i stuck a tiny piece of plastic rod in the gap, then wiped superglue over it until it matched the kit part -
and that was the only sort of fit issue i've had with this, which is why the build has has progressed in leaps and bounds.

so...... while the stuka was at the gluing tiny bits of p/e and plastic that could not be handled whilst drying stage, i decided to piddle about with something from the shelf of doom -

its an italeri junkers 86 that i think is probably a mid to late 70's kit (right up my street then!) the above is me putting a backing plate across the bomb bay doors because the kit parts were slightly smaller than the opening, so i needed to make sure they wouldn't fall through after this kit is built, i know its a shame to hide this fully detailed interior but its a price i'm prepared to pay!



.....and finally

a couple of weeks ago i spent the last of my birthday pennies on a potential queue jumping kit and a blatant nostalgia build-


the queue jumper


the nostalgia build (stop laughing at the back!) i picked up the tank transporter a while back so i had to get the churchill to stick on the back as per the artwork!
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Posted: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - 07:07 PM GMT+7

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make sure you've got plenty of masking tape in!



Yep that is sorted, I have 600mmx50m rolls of the stuff I may even produce a mask set for it

That is looking good Phil

I'm really getting into the Airfix 1/72 scale new tooled kits I started building 1/72 scale kits to be able to check out and test camo masks but I now have a few on the go, plus I'm dabbling in 1/48 scale again with the Airfix BP Defiant and the Gloster Meteor
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Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 06:20 AM GMT+7
Nice one Phil, that Ju-87 looks great in Condor Legion marks and I'm looking forward to seeing the Ju-86, that's something you don't get to see very often.
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Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 04:40 AM GMT+7
@ mal - the new 1/48 meteor is something that could tempt me to build a kit in that scale, although last year i built a revell/classic airframes meteor Mk4 in 1/72, it would be nice to build a few more versions in that scale.

@ Luciano - yeah the Ju 86 in model form does seem to be like rocking horse poop! thats why i snapped this one up, i think at the southwell show 2014, and at the time the feller who took my money said something along the lines of "you do realise that won't be the most detailed kit" it made me laugh because a lot of my stash is stuff like that anyway!
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Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 06:45 PM GMT+7
The Meteor is ready for me to pick up in Truro I am really enjoying building the Airfix 1/72 Beaufighter and 1/48 BPDefiant and I started another Airfix kit yesterday, they had the 1/72 Dakota on sale at 10.99, so I got that too! I started it as soon as I got it in the man cave. I actually purchased the civilian kit! I don't build airliners but something was telling me to get it. I am currently searching for a scheme, but I might (probably) go with the kit scheme
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Posted: Saturday, July 02, 2016 - 08:10 PM GMT+7
well with one mundane real world thing after another modelling time has been a bit patchy of late, however i have managed to actually finish two kits

first one, yellow 9 -



very pleased with how this turned out, as an old tool airfix kit, i ended up re scribing the raised panel lines, and sanding off all the rivets, a light preshade and weathering which i feel is enough to make it look used.

second finish -
the splinter stuka!




this kit started fighting back at the end of the build, when i broke off one aileron/flap whilst finishing, then i broke off the opposite one while fixing back the first one

something a little different, whilst sorting out the man cave, i went through this pile of stuff



these mags date from around 2004, i am missing some issues but ebay will come to the rescue for the missing ones, i built the engine at the time, had all the parts for the guns, so i built them last month.




I've now hit the first missing issue, so this will go on the back burner for a while.

and now back to the plastic stuff, the Ju 86 needed a hell of a lot of work to make the wings fit the fuselage, and i slightly boxed in the wheel wells.





and thats me up to date with whats been going off here, hopefully today i can get the 86's wings fettled, and i watched a very interesting panel lining tutorial on youtube last night, that i may try on this kit, but more later.
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Posted: Sunday, July 03, 2016 - 12:09 AM GMT+7
Nice one Phil, that 109 and 87 look real nice especially the camo on the 87, itching to see your 86 finished, what camo scheme you going with?

Seeing that the mg's are 13.5 in length I imagine that the Dr1 is going to be rather large once finished.
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Posted: Sunday, July 03, 2016 - 07:42 AM GMT+7

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Nice one Phil, that 109 and 87 look real nice especially the camo on the 87, itching to see your 86 finished, what camo scheme you going with?

Seeing that the mg's are 13.5 in length I imagine that the Dr1 is going to be rather large once finished.



rather large is right! i'm guessing it will be about 3 feet long nose to tail, its just that the first missing issue i've come to, has the parts i need to start the fuselage!

as for the Ju 86, there are two options, one is a rlm 65 underside,with rlm 71 top, the other is a more traditional 70/71/65 colour scheme with a yellow theatre band on the fuselage
i've not made a final decision, but after the stuka paint job, the simpler of the two schemes looks very tempting!
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Posted: Sunday, July 03, 2016 - 05:16 PM GMT+7
Nicely done Phil, that 109 looks really nice and you have done a very good job on that Ju 87 Camo

What in the name of what is modelling possessed you to get that huge DR1? If you put that on the club stand there won't be room for anything else!
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Posted: Saturday, July 09, 2016 - 04:47 AM GMT+7

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Nicely done Phil, that 109 looks really nice and you have done a very good job on that Ju 87 Camo

What in the name of what is modelling possessed you to get that huge DR1? If you put that on the club stand there won't be room for anything else!



the Dr1 seemed like a good idea at the time! although i may still have to check it will fit out of the door if i build it in here!
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Posted: Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 06:52 AM GMT+7
.....and now for something completely different.

its an airfix 1/32 MG K3 magnette...


had this kit lurking on the shelf of doom for roughly four years now, it was almost finished, just needing the exhaust and windscreens fitting and some final fettling


only took me five minutes to break it!

how she looks now -



i think the tread on these tyres is ever so slightly illegal!
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Posted: Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 07:54 AM GMT+7
Nice one Phil, I've never built any of the Airfix 1/32 cars I may have to remedy that.
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Posted: Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 03:00 AM GMT+7
@ lucky - the magnette was a pretty nice build, nice crisp parts and no real fit issues, I've also built the airfix Mk1 ford escort for a friend, as i remember that was a nice kit too.

not sure whether i can call this a progress report as i've been mainly un-building kits.....

what happened was, last Friday one of the lads i work with turned up on my job with a bin liner full of old models, said where he'd been working they were going to be binned, so he told the woman he'd take them to pass on to me.

to say these kits weren't of the best build standard is an understatement! i got them home, sorted through them and realised the majority weren't even fit for spares, there were a lot of modern jets and some ships which i don't really build anyway, so as it looked like they'd been put in a bag, a couple of tubes of glue emptied in, shook til it vaguely looked like its subject, then painted with childs paints, back in the bin they went.

amongst this carnage there was some savable stuff, helped by the fact some of the kits were built with a stretchy rubbery glue that could be easily pulled apart.


airfix hampden with boxart to show my mate at work what it should look like! amazingly none of the guns were broken off, but the landing gear has had a bit of a pasting, this was broken up for spares as its now the third hampden i have (two as yet unbuilt)


airfix henschal 123, built but not painted, and all parts there, i was actually thinking about buying this kit to pose next to the stuka!


airfix arado 196, again all there, but the canopy has been ruined by glue, however it turns out i have a vac form one i'd sort of forgotten about.


airfix westland whirlwind, as i already have a WW2 whirlwind fighter built, i can now add the helicopter version to the collection!

there is some more stuff but i'm getting hungry now so i'll leave this post and go foraging for my tea!




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Posted: Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 06:14 AM GMT+7
Wow, good luck with those Phil.

Looking forward to seeing a Hampden finished at some point, not a great aircraft but one I have always liked and one of those forgotten RAF types along with the Whitley. Many many years ago when I was knee high to a grasshopper and had aircraft hanging from the ceiling I had a Hampden, Whitley, Battle, Halifax, Stirling, Lancaster, Wellington, Blenheim, Anson and Mosquito all hanging together with a Spit and Hurricane flying escort. Those kits were from what I remember Airfix, Matchbox and Frog. Seeing your builds brings back fond memories.
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Posted: Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 07:53 AM GMT+7
i think i have a fair few of those kits in my stash now! in fact i have three halifaxes, two airfix one matchbox/revell re-pop, two hampdens with all sorts of aftermarket, both the matchbox and airfix mosquitos, and a genuine frog boxed whitley.

as for hanging planes on ceilings i've been meaning to post a couple of pics i have of phils bachelor pad circa the mid 90's, complete with aerial armada and migrane inducing wallpaper!
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Posted: Tuesday, August 02, 2016 - 07:46 PM GMT+7
A fantastic blog to read Phil,
Some of those kits bring back memories of reading the airfix catalogue every summer holiday.

Happy modelling mate.

Paul