Thursday 27 August 2015

Eduard new-tool 48th Bf-109 G-6 - build review (3)

..hard to believe that it is over a year since I started the Eduard new-tool Gustav (yes, that one!) - see here for a previous installment back in August 2014, putting the etch in the cockpit. Having picked the kit up again in June 2015 I've almost finished putting it together and have started painting. Fitted the wrong pilot head armour for the version I actually wanted to build, so I've had to do a heavily mottled example...
Below; showing off the radiator etch in the lower wing insert.

Here I've used the canopy mask from the Profipack edition - a little on the small size in fact, perhaps not surprising given that the kit is slightly - and famously now no doubt - overscale!

finished with my favourite Luftwaffe colours, Hannants Xtracolor enamels. The white tail is a clue to the example I'm building ...and a nice scoreboard for the rudder..

Friday 7 August 2015

new tool Airfix Spitfire Mk I 48th ( part 5) - finished

.I don't do many 48th builds or even Spitfires ..but my new Airfix Mk I is finished. Neat kit, lots of options, possibly a little 'over-engineered' in places, while the design of the gear legs is frankly a bit of an aberration; two parts that butt-join on the pintle in the well. In the markings of 602 Sqn's PO Osgood Villiers Hanbury who shot down his first Dornier on 15 September 1940. Osgood Villiers Hanbury was a local Kent boy, attending boarding school in Broadstairs before Eton and study periods in France and Germany pre-war, prior to getting a job in the City with Shell, where he made the acquaintance of one Douglas Bader as detailed in Roderick-Jones nice Grub St. bio entitled " Pedro.."... of course I've just seen Andy L's pic of this machine on with its 'non-standard' leading edge, might change that later...Airfix don't provide a decal for the personal emblem under the cockpit presumably because its impossible to see any detail on the only photo that shows it..