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PostPosted: Wed 12 Nov 2014 17:23 pm 
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Hello all, I started building plastic models kits in the late 1960's, concentrating mainly of WW2 military aircraft. All of my early models didn't survive for very long as they were not particularly well made. Petrol and matches soon sorted them out. I think the more i made the better i got. They stayed in one piece longer, they got painted and i didn't play with them as much. Saved heaps on petrol and matches as well... My production volumes probably peaked in the mid 70's when Girls became an interest. I still built models, not as many but would actually spend more time on getting things right. I primarily worked in 1/72 scale but ventured into 1/48 and 1/32 when my confidence was up. Over the years I would always have some aircraft on the go and I have also built cars, ships and motor bikes as well. During the mid 2000's i just stopped. i couldn't start anything new or finish anything i had started. On new years day 2010, I opened an Airfix 1/72 Short Stirling kit and tried to kick start myself again. It didn't last long. It wasn't until early in 2014, that i started an old Monogram kit, Rommels Rod. That kit was such a buzz that it blew me away. I have been in a modelling frenzy ever since. it got me excited enough to try out using an airbrush. I even got a mini compressor and a spray booth. I am learning new things with each model and look forward to the next.
I hope you will find these first lot of photographs interesting for starters. Hopefully I will add more when time and space permits. The first is a peak into my creative and destructive past. I wish I had photographed more of my models in the 70's... This is a grim backyard diorama...its a wonder the pilot got the thing down in one piece with all those cannon holes...subject is -
AIRFIX 1/72 P-61 BLACK WIDOW (04006-0)
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In 2014, i manged to acquire a 1970's AIRFIX P61 and had another go at it. This was the first model i used my airbrush on and luckily for me its only one colour. i applied invasion stripes to brake up the black. Using a gloss clear was an experience as well. Its way too glossy, but at that stage i was stoked with the finish and didn't want to chance ruining things with a badly done matt coat. Since completing this model I think I have got the matt coating thing sort of sorted...That is the original nose decal from set that came in the kit...so thick...but it bedded in well and from that angle it looks ok.
AIRFIX 1/72 P-61 BLACK WIDOW (04006-0)
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This next one is an old survivor. It spent many years atop the kitchen cupboards at my Mums house, forgotten. Rediscovered in the late 1980's where it went into the garage atop the relocate kitchen cupboards until the early 2000's when it came back to my home. It has real natural weathering that only comes from age...it was my earliest attempts at cutting out the flaps and repositioning them in a down position...i must have used a hacksaw to cut them out. I had always thought this was a Revell kit of the mid 70's. This was when Revell had that series of 1/72 kits that had moveable canopies. My mate had a Me109e that had the canopy that would hinge over, while i had the Spit and Hurri with the sliding ones. I remember i was so annoyed when i got the Tempest or Typhoon kit, that the beautiful teardrop canopy was already broken in the box. Anyway, i was pretty definite it's a Revell Corasair, that was until i looked on the web and found a picture of the kit from those days and it had different markings. Any way here it is -
(UNK) 1/72 CORSAIR F4U-1D (UNK)
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I just wanted to include this kit as it was the catalyst for getting me back on the horse...so to speak. Such a simple kit, goes together like a swiss watch. There are so few parts but each one complements each other. I didn't do any real weathering on it and kept it simple. I had never built this kit before and and might get another one. I'll do it in red and make it as the Red Baron's Rod...or...I'll do it in Uboat grey and make it as Donitz's Rod...or...
MONOGRAM 1/24 ROMMEL's ROD (85-4260)
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PostPosted: Thu 13 Nov 2014 00:39 am 
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Excellent work and a great start to your portfolio!

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PostPosted: Thu 13 Nov 2014 04:32 am 
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This next lot is of my Meteor collection, or my Meatbox Locker. I was so excited when i got hold of my first Aifix Meteor kit in the early 70's and have built quite a few over the years. It was always one of my favourite aircraft, even before i knew that it was used by the RAAF in Korea. So much so that after making a few MIII's out of the box, I decided to do my own conversion to an F8. I got jolly with the knife and cut the bump under the tail, clipped the wings and clipped the elevators, which was easy enough to do. I reach the limit of my abilities when it came to the rudder, but i try to trim it a bit. I cut the front portion of the canopy and glued it in place. The rear bubble canopy was from my spares box and would be either a Mustang or a Vampire. It was a limited effort with my limited skills but it still survives today. Oh yeah, years later i applied a clear coat, because i kept read somewhere its what you are supposed to do. The clear coat i applied was a Humbrol clear varnish. It is not completely clear and it gave the model a yellowish tinge. I tried it on other models and depending on the colour you are painting over the result varies.
AIRFIX 1/72 METEOR III (268)
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I had only ever seen the Airfix model of the Meteor and was quite surprised to see that Matchbox had a Meteor as well. The hobby shops in Perth never really had a dynamic range of kits in those days. I thought this kit was great at the time. I have used either Humbrol's Matt or Semi Gloss varnish on it and it still yellowed a bit. Its worse on the underside with the lighter grey. As with all models that have nose weight, if you drop them, they will land on their nose...that long nose has seen better days...
MATCHBOX 1/72 METEOR NF.14/12/11 (PK-129)
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I was still on a mission to build my F8 and i got hold of this special run kit, which i think was Australian as it came with RAAF decals. For me and my limited skills this was never going to work. It was roughly moulded in what was probably styrene and nothing seemed to fit right. there was a vac form canopy and white metal ejector seat and undercarriage. This kit was for the advanced modeller...not me. I ended up getting another Matchbox Meteor and doing some mods to it to make it an F8. I did use the vac form canopy from the kit and the nose section. I went outside the box this time and got some Tamiya X22 acrylic clear to seal the model. Its clear though, even to this day.
MATCHBOX 1/72 METEOR NF.14/12/11 (PK-129)
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In 2014, i built this Airfix Meteor kit. I had some fun with it and it was like meeting an old friend. This was built as it was in the box, in the classic Green and Grey. The clear coat was too glossy again, but it was still early days with the confidence.
AIRFIX 1/72 METEOR III (268)
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In 2014, i found this Dragon Meteor kit and thought it would be different to try. Obviously, it s a more modern kit that the Airfix Meteor with a lot more detail. The kit was an effortless build. if Airfix were to retool their Meteor kit they should do it like this one, or better. i probably should have attempted some pin washing with this kit but i wasn't there yet. The clear coat was better on this as it had a nice sheen, rather than full gloss. i recently started using Tamiya XF86 Acrylic Matt Clear. it works well for me.
DRAGON 1/72 METEOR F3 (5044)
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In 2014, i got hold of another 70's issue Airfix Meteor and decided to build a winter version MIII. There is a book, which i bought years and years ago, i still have it somewhere, called the Airfix book of Modelling Jets...or something like that. It was a thin blue hard covered book full of tips and tricks. It had some Meteors in it and one that caught my eye was a Winter edition White MIII. Nearly 40 years later, i decide to actually build one, the time was right. For something different I decided to have it wheels up, and to use the original clear stand. I painted it using my brand new air brush. This kit, along with my P61 Black Widow, were the first two kits I ever airbrushed. I gave the two model a coat of acrylic green as a base. i waited a few days for it to dry before getting out the white. Apparently, i found out how hard white is as a colour to spray. by contrast the Black went on the Widow so easily, but the white was barely making a dent on the Meteor. Eventually it was done and then cleared and decalled. As it was so...white...I gently ran some fine sandpaper across all the raised panel lines all over the kit to expose the darker colour below. It's a simple thing that provides some relief and depth, and then I cleared it again...it was fun to get into the old girls again.
AIRFIX 1/72 METEOR III (268)
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I still have some Meteors in my stash and hopefully will be able to get stuck into those in the coming months.
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PostPosted: Thu 13 Nov 2014 07:35 am 
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Nice start to your portfolio :thumb: You really can't have enough Meteors, but your Rommel's Rod brings back a heap of great memories!! :clapping:

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PostPosted: Thu 13 Nov 2014 08:40 am 
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This installment features my biggies...
In the early 1980's I treated myself to Tamiya's 1/48 Lancaster. It was the biggest thing i had made and probably still is. I don't know why I built the Grandslam version over the Dambusters variant, being a big fan of the Dambusters. Even though she was chock a block with detail the kit was dead easy to build from what i remember. As i did in those days, and now come to think of it, i used Humbrol matt paint. I didn't use any sealer on it and it shows. With the decals are flaking off in places, I did entertain the idea of freshening it up with new decals and a clear coat. Not just yet anyway.
The cockpit canopy frame was done using appropriately painted strips of sticky tape. Very tedious but worked ok. At least the accumulation of dust highlights the surface detail nicely.
Tamiya 1/48 LANCASTER BIII DAMBUSTER OR BI GRAND SLAM (61021-4000)
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Another one from the 80's is this 1/48 B24J Liberator by Monogram. Hand brushed in Humbrol Silver it was decalled up to represent one from 25 Squadron RAAF. You can get them now, but in those days you couldn't get after market decals to save your life. I made up the squadron letters using a sheet 'Letracet'. I also hand painted the swan on the tail fin. I don't know why i put the nose art on it as it shouldn't be there. Oh well its not sealed so i could scrap it off and re decal the whole thing...maybe later.
MONOGRAM 1/48 B24J LIBERATOR (5608)
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The Liberator kit also came with a tow truck. Its probably the first military vehicle model i have made.
MONOGRAM 1/48 B24J LIBERATOR (5608) - TRUCK
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Another kit from the 80's is this Revell 1/32 Mosquito. who doesn't love the mossie. This kit was easy to build and was finished with the wheels down. One day while some friends were over visiting we noticed that their kids had gone very quiet. We found them in my room dismantling the Tamita Lancaster and the Revell Mosquito. Oh the humanity! Luckily I was able to repair the Lancaster to showroom condition...but the Mossies undercarriage was no good. A few years later i finally got around to doing something about this kit. I thought...wheels up display stand. I put the Mossie atop a bespoke display stand. One of the Toggle switches turns on the four red lights on the base. the other switch turns on the electric motors to drive the propellers. When its all on it looks pretty cool in a dark room with the red lights reflecting off the aircraft's underside. Its a bit like a bomber flying over a burning city at night. I am currently working on a Revell 1/32 Beaufighter to do the same sort of stand. I have already got the flashing LED's in the cannon and machine gun ports done. Looks cool. Only hiccup is trying to get the the right electric motors into the radial engines.
Revell 1/32 MOSQUITO MK.IV (04758)
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I got the Airfix B29 kit in the year 2000 as a birthday present. It took me a while to realise that it was s the first model kit i ever got as a birthday present! Only took 40 years! It was started that year and progressed to about 90%. All the major construction was done and it was painted. The nacelles were not in place and a number of other little things needed to be attached. It was left it as it was for years until 2014 when i finished it. I attached and masked the canopy and other glass work and airbrushed it silver. It was lucky that i had all the parts and decals still in the original box.
AIRFIX 1/72 BOEING B29 SUPERFORTRESS (07001)
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The Short Stirling by Airfix was a kit that i had always wanted to do. I would see one there at the hobby shop as a kid. Always on a high shelf. There were many times when i would ride my bike to the hobby store after school thinking about buying it, but didn't and bought something else instead. It wasn't because it was too much of a kit for me, as i had built an Airfix Lancaster and an Airfix Halifax before with no problems. Who knows...not the time... I saw a Stirling again in the same hobby store in the 2000's and I bought it. No, it wasn't the same actual kit that had been there in the 70's...
I forced myself to start it on new years day 2010, but it wasn't until 2014 when i got to happily finish it. As a kit it wasn't bad. The fit of some parts was ordinary but nothing that would really hurt you. The only thing i got a little concerned with was the undercarriage. They went together well but when i would try to dry fit them in the nacelles i couldn't get them to bed down into the mounting holes. I thought i should just leave them out until the very end. In the end, I gave up and got the glue out. i remember thinking what ever happens...happens. With the glue applied to the first undercarriage, i was surprised when it just popped perfectly into place. There was no problems with the other one either. Dry fitting parts obviously doesn't work all the time. After i applied the clear the decals went on. The roundel on the starboard wing needed a lot of coaxing to settle down over the very raised detailing on the wing. I used a MrHobby rattle can of Matt spray on this model and it gave it a nice sheen. I decalled it to be representative (as good as i can get it) of the Stirling that Pilot Officer Rawdon(Ron) Hume MIDDLETON RAAF won his VC with.
AIRFIX 1/72 SHORT STIRLING B1/111 (07002)
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PostPosted: Thu 13 Nov 2014 10:14 am 
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PostPosted: Thu 13 Nov 2014 10:16 am 
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These are my WW2 Luftwaffe models.
The oldest model i have of the Luftwaffe is this Monogram 1/48 Me262 I got in the 80's.These Monogram kits were so good.I took the liberty of giving it some nose art from a Focke Wulf i think.
MONOGRAM 1/48 MESSERSCHMITT ME262 (5410)
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Early in 2014 when i got the modelling bug back i went to my local hobby store looking for a cheap kit.I saw an Airfix 1/72 ME109 which i thought was perfect for a weekend build. When i opened it up I found out it had been re-tooled...wow. This what not your old Airfix weekender, this was a proper kit. The only issue i had was with the nose. It all got very tight but eventually sorted itself. I always liked the E version and was happy to build it as the one that got away.
AIRFIX 1/72 MESSERSCHMITT ME109 (A01008)
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In May 2014 A mate of mine flew back home to Blighty (Devon) to visit family. I asked him to pick up an Airfix kit while he was over there and he came back with two Focke Wulf's. Whats not to like about the Fock-Wulf 190. Once again both these kits were new tooling. I built them both at the same time, which was easy as they really were basically the same kit. For something different they have different canopy configurations. I also tried to weather them a bit more. Its still early days in my weathering competencies... I presented Red 2 to my friend to keep as a souvineer of his trip.
AIRFIX 1/72 FOCKE-WULF Fw190 F-8/A-8 (A02066)
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AIRFIX 1/72 FOCKE-WULF Fw190A-8 (A01020)
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I always thought the TA154 was a cool looking aircraft although it is a bit of a sad story. I had built a radio control version of the TA154 Moskito and of the DH Mosquito out of plans found in a magazine. When i saw this kit that had the Moskito and a 190 strapped together as a bomb i thought it would be interesting. As it was i built both aircraft seperately. Joining them together didnt interest me somehow. The Moskito was a rather labour intensive build. Lots of filling and sanding. The FW190 in the kit was straight forward. Old tooling this one. I had to add some cockpit detail as there was none. I was just starting to use my Tamiya pin wash on these models and realised i needed to concentrate more. i didnt pick up some spots until after i had applied the clear...oh well.
AIRFIX 1/72 FOCKE-WULF TA-154/Fw190A-6 MISTEL (A105040) FW190
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AIRFIX 1/72 FOCKE-WULF TA-154/Fw190A-6 MISTEL (A105040) FW190
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One of my faves from the olden days. The Airfix HS129. In 2014 I acquired a 70's issue HS129 and started building it. Simple kit but so much fun. I added some cockpit detail and drilled out the barrel of the big cannon and the small cannons. The exhaust pipes got drilled out as well to add some depth. The after market decal sheet also came with instruments to go on the engine nacelles. The tooling on this kit was pretty crisp and everything fitted well. I don't remember my Airfix HS129's from the old days coming together as easy as this.
AIRFIX 1/72 HS129 ‘TANK BUSTER’ (02032-3)
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I remember the old Airfix Me110 being pretty terrible in the olden days. In 2014, i saw this kit and decided to give it another chance. When i saw that it was a re-tooled kit, the pressure was back on me. I remembered how good the re-tooled 109 kit was and this was up there. I got some tips from ATF build forums on what to expect. I found no other issues. Basically, it was built out of the box apart from some added cockpit detail. Although the kit is specifically for a tropical version i didn't go with that. I also overdid the pin wash again. i had a production line going at that stage, so that batch of models all had that in common.
AIRFIX 1/72 MESSERSCHMITT Bf110E/E-2 TROP (A03081)
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PostPosted: Thu 13 Nov 2014 12:33 pm 
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Thank you FAAMAN.

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PostPosted: Thu 13 Nov 2014 13:48 pm 
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This next lot are the kits i started years before and finished in 2014.
Just like the Meteor I had a thing for the Airfix Westland Whirlwind. I had built many in the old days and just like the real thing they had a unhappy ending. I got hold of three kits and i had planned to make the prototype, and as i would say, make a Grey one and a Brown one. iI had already started them sort of a few years ago and 2014 would be when i finished them. I built them all at the same time for efficiency. With the prototype i cleaned off all the lumps and bumps and filled in the holes for the cannons in the nose. That was about it really. The colour scheme was a bit difficult to really nail down. Some pics showed it as a dark grey, others as silver. I have a fourth Whirlwind which is wheels up and on a stand. I fitted small electric motors from those miniature helicopters in the nacelles to spin the props. i will include when done.
AIRFIX 1/72 WESTLAND WHIRLWIND MK1 (02064)
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AIRFIX 1/72 WESTLAND WHIRLWIND MK1 (02064)
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AIRFIX 1/72 WESTLAND WHIRLWIND MK1 (02064)
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While i was visiting London in 2001 i bought a small kit as a momento. it was a 1/72 Revell Tempest bought in a shop in Hyde Park. For years it remained unfinished on a luntil i got to it in 2014. I repainted it and located all the unattached pieces. My first attempt at painting invasion stripes and I was pretty happy with the way the invasion stripes turned out. gotta love that Tamiya tape...
Revell 1/72 HAWKER TEMPEST MKV (04176)
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My introduction to the Defiant was through Commando comics 'Upside down Ace'. In 2014 i dragged this kit out of storage and finished it pretty quickly. I love these one colour aircraft. Detail is pretty minimal in the cockpit so i had to add a floor, instrument panel and seat belts. It Looks good in black.
AIRFIX 1/72 BOULTON PAUL DEFIANT (A01031)
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The Beaufighter is up there as one of my favourites. Tough and rugged andthey look good sitting there full of bombs, torps and rockets. i bought this kit in 2006 while in Melbourne on holidays. I had already started it but finished it in 2014. The invasion stripes are decals that came with the kit and I was surprised how easily they went on.
AIRFIX 1/72 BRISTOL BEAUFIGHTER TFX 1/72 (02003)
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I got this Corsair kit as a a gift from Secret Santa a few years ago and started it before parking it. When checking my stash for something else to do i found it again. Looks in better nick than my old one...the box is lost and i would have a clue what brand it is.
(UNK) 1/72 VOUGHT CORSAIR F4U (UNK)
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Another kit a started years ago and finished in 2014 is this 1/48 Kittyhawk. I could see why I left this kit back in its box. it looked like i had done a heap of filling and sanding already and there was still some unsanded filler on it. I got stuck into it and it didnt atke any time at all to finish. Its decked out in 450 Squadron RAAF markings.
OIOICIOI 1/48 P40E WAR HAWK (NO17)
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Very nice collection Tex, and great you have some of your older models.

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These are the kits I have bought, built and finished in 2014.
The Skyraider is an awesome beast of an aircraft. I remember seeing it in action on the movie 'Flight of the Intruder' and thought yeah, gotta have that. I never actually built a Skyraider as a kid so when I saw someone doing one on the ATF, I figured I would get me an Airfix one. It was 70's vintage from ebay. I am surprised how many of those old kits are still out there. Obviously some old modellers just keep on hoarding and not building. Anyway, i gave the interior some detail and got it to the painting stage. I went for the Vietnam scheme and got it fully laden with stores. I had some fun getting it dirty but still need more work on that skill. I have a few more Skyraiders in the bank and the next should be an improvement...hopefully.
AIRFIX 1/72 DOUGLAS SKYRAIDER (02030 7)
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I built one of these Sturmy's in the olden days and i thought it would be fun to revisit. It comes in a nice big box and i thought it was a retool until I opened it up. Looks like the same kit i bought 40 years ago...at least the decals are fresh. I put a floor in, an instrument panel control column rudder pedals etc etc whatever i could. This is the fun part, bonding with your model, the more you put in the more you get out. As it was, she went together well and made me smile.
AIRFIX 1/72 ILYUSHIN STURMOVIK (A02013)
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I wanted to get a hold of the Airfix kit of the Petylakov PE2 because it was what i had as a kid but had to settle with this one by Italeri. Not bad, though and very Airfix like in the interior detail. Saying that the control column looked great. Very peculiar that the Russkies never had their red stars on the top of the wings...wonder why?
ITALERI 1/72 PETLJAKOV PE-2 (056)
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I liked the P51B and one of my first was a FROG kit. I remember building it and then showing it to my older brother, who said 'what's that?' I told him it was a P51 Mustang and he said 'No its not, Mustangs have a bubble canopy'. Gotta love older brothers... i suppose that's one thing about the P51B is that its been pretty much overlooked. I am here for the underdog. I got two of these by bidding on too many things on ebay at once. there is the Academy kit and the Revell kit. Both seemed fine and pretty similar. one was going to be in USAF markings while the other would be in 3 Squadron RAAF markings. I didnt like the way Revell made you assemble the props. iI got it done in the end, though.
ACADEMY 1/72 P-51B MUSTANG (12454)
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Revell 1/72 P51B MUSTANG (04137)
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Love the Hurricane, who doesn't. I have built a few in my day and i got hold of this Revell kit through another ebay accident. This builds easy and has the right look about it.
I wasn't keen on doing another desert scheme Hurri, but due to my heritage I went for the Greek squadron markings. Quite a surprise. I gave it some subtle weathering and dirtied it up a bit...maybe getting better.
Revell 1/72 HAWKER HURRICANE MK.IIC (04144)
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The Hellcat is a monster plane. Its bigger than most other 1/72 fighters that I have. this kit was a peach and it built itself. I like his one though, but i should have dirtied it a bit, it looks like it just came out of the factory with its price tag stuck on the windshield.
ACADAMY 1/72 F6F HELLCAT (2121)
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When I got the Airfix Airacobra it had a nice new box just like the Sturmy, and just like the Sturmy it had the old tool kit. Not really a drama as I liked the old Airfix A'cobra. just like the Sturmy, I had some fun with this. It has the markings for 24 Squadron RAAF.
AIRFIX 1/72 BELL P39Q AIRACOBRA (A01039)
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PostPosted: Thu 13 Nov 2014 16:32 pm 
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This is some more of my old kits done mainly in 1/48 or 1/32
Spitfires are everyone's favourite and i have a few old kits still kicking from the 80's. This one from OTAKI was a ripper. Old 'Killerl Caldwell's MKVIII. I loved the colour scheme i put on it but it might not be accurate. I am happy with this one.
OTAKI 1/48 SPITFIRE MK.VIII (UNK)
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I got this old MATCHBOX 1/32 Spitfire MK22 or 24 probably in the late 70's and she was an absolute pig to put together. The engine didn't want to go together and when it did, it didn't want to go in the engine bay and when it did the fuselage didn't want to go together. I have seen some beautiful examples of this kit on the web, but this isn't one. Over the years the weak undercarriage broke so many times I changed it to wheels up and on a stand. Why has it lasted in my collection for so long? Have a look, she's beautiful.
MATCHBOX 1/32 SPITFIRE MK-22/24 (UNK)
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This Skyhawk is part of my RAN collection. It was a simple kit. There is a lid you can open at the top of the fuselage to see the detailed engine. She was sitting all painted up since the 80's waiting patiently for her decals. I managed to finished her off this year when i got some proper decals. I painted the checks on the tail.
ESCI 1/48 A-4E/F SKYHAWK (UNK)
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This Seafury is also part of my RAN collection. Another simple kit in a simple colour scheme. She looks very purposeful.
HOBBYCRAFT 1/48 HAWKER SEA FURY (UNK)
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This is a kit i made in the 80's. This was my 1/48 phase. This Phantom was another simple ACADEMY kit that is big and impressive. The RAAF got a bunch of these when there was a hold up with the F111. The RAAF boys didn't really want to hand them over in the end.
ACADEMY 1/48 F-4E PHANTOM II (1636)
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This is another 1/48 scale kit from MONOGRAM. Another great kit that just went together well. Presented in RAAF markings. Still looks good but might need a freshen up.
MONOGRAM 1/48 P51D MUSTANG (5101-0302)
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The RAAF used the P38 Lightnings as Photo Recon in WW2. It wouldn't have had guns, but mine was on its way to get its guns out and cameras in...Another great well behaved Monogram kit that went together well. You can see the old Humbrol varnish yellowing away.
MONOGRAM 1/48 P38 LOCKHEED LIGHTNING (6848)
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Another 1/48 scale model, this time of the beautiful Mirage in RAAF colours. How sweet she looks but if i turned her over you would see the Gloss varnish yellow tinged grey underside. From the silvering of the decals you can work out i didn't clear coat my models prior to decalling ion the 80's. Still, a few pointy bits have snapped off but she stands up well.
ESCI 1/48 MIRAGE III EA –RAAF EO (UNK)
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It would have been in the 90's that i made this AIRFIX 1/48 Hurricane. This year i freshened it up by fixing the broken aerial and the underwing decals which must not have been put on. very slack.
AIRFIX 1/48 HAWKER HURRICANE MKI (04102)
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I made this old Hurri in the late 70's. Nice and big in 1/32. I made the Squadron letters by painting the fuselage white and masking where the letters should be. After painting the fuselage colours I removed the the masking tape to show the letters. Worked a treat, only trouble is...i think i made a blue as there is no RAAF squadron with the codes letters LT...oops. I refurbished it this year when i noticed the roundels were looking like they were melting. The letters were fine...She look nice and fresh ready for another 30 years.
Revell 1/32 HAWKER HURRICANE (UNK)
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PostPosted: Thu 13 Nov 2014 16:54 pm 
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Lots of stylish and clean builds in that collection.


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PostPosted: Thu 13 Nov 2014 17:49 pm 
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This is the last of my completed Aircraft up to now...
I made this in the 80's and it is another one of my big 1/48 MONOGRAM kits. I didn't have to do much to this kit other than widen the main wheels with a piece of sheet balsa. The original wheels were too thin when compared to pictures of RAAF F111's. One of the requirements the RAAF insisted on for the F111 was that it could land on rough airfields and needed fatter tyres.
MONOGRAM 1/48 GENERAL DYNAMICS F111 (UNK)
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Another 80's built 1/48 MONOGRAM kit. I wanted to build a series of the Century Series fighters in 1/48 scale. Had the 104 and the 105 but ran out of steam.
MONOGRAM 1/48 F100 SUPRESABRE (5496)
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Another 80's built 1/48 Monogram kit. The F86 Sabre was a favourite of mine for sure. I converted it to a RAAF Sabre with its two 20mm cannons. The decals just blew off when I was cleaning it but oddly enough, the Southern Cross decals on the rudder stayed on. Must be something about the silver paint. the paint on the tail is a gloss red and the decals must have bedded in better. Looks like a refurbishment coming soon. Such a great kit.
MONOGRAM 1/48 F-86 SABRE JET (5402)
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The last of my 48's is the AIRFIX Mosquito. Great kit this one and went together well. Sadly the Humbrol Gloss Varnish is yellowing.
AIRFIX 1/48 DE HAVILLAND FB.VI (06100-7)
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The Black Mossie, inspired by the classic Commando comic. I bought a couple of Airfix 1/72 Mossies this year and would make a black mossie and a silver RAAF one. Airfix made it easy by having the decals there for me. These kits are great and with a little effort they build nice. I followed someone's build on the ATF and he had some great ideas on some nice cockpit detail. Tried it myself and was happy with the result.
AIRFIX 1/72 DE HAVILLAND MOSQUITO NF.MkII/FB.Mk.VI/FB.MkXVIII (A03019)
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AIRFIX 1/72 DE HAVILLAND MOSQUITO NF.MkII/FB.Mk.VI/FB.MkXVIII (A03019)
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I hadn't built a DH Hornet before and got a FROG kit in 2014 and tried it. Another simple kit. I gave it some extra cockpit detail to spark it up. A fun build.
FROG 1/72 DE HAVILLAND HORNET FMk3 (F239)
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The decals on this HELLER Spitfire MkXVI just blew off when I went to clean it so it received a refurbishment in 2014. She got a clear coat and some fresh decals and then a shiny top coat. She's pretty and she is just like new. Ready for you to jump in and fly!
HELLER 1/72 SUPERMARINE SPITFIRE Mk XVIE (UNK)
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This late 70's P40 still looks ready for action, resplendent in RAAF markings. Shane about that yellowing...
Hasegawa 1/72 P40N WARHAWK (UNK)
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Another late 70's kit. An RAAF Sabre in 1/72. I changed the decal on the side to read Mad Max...it was the style of the times...
HELLER 1/72 F86F SABRE JET (UNK)
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I left these three until last as they were last kits i ever completed before i stopped. It was hard for me to believe that I had never built a Blenheim before. It was an easy build really with minor filling required. The canopy i got in my kit fitted very well and i had none of the other issues i read about in the ATF. it was a fun build.
AIRFIX 1/72 BRISTOL BLENHEIM IV (02027-1)
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The Australian made Boomerang was another happy Airfix kit. I have built a few over the years. A quick and easy build. I will buy another if I ever get hold of one.
AIRFIX 1/72 CA-13 BOOMERANG (02099)
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This was my first Airfix Hunter build. Simple and straight forward and fun to build.
AIRFIX 1/72 HAWKER HUNTER F6 (02008)
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Right, that's all me planes...better get building.

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PostPosted: Fri 14 Nov 2014 01:15 am 
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Great builds Tex :) That cloudy backscene you've photographed them against sets them off so well.


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PostPosted: Fri 14 Nov 2014 06:42 am 
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Super additions :clapping: , great subjects :thumb: , I know the pain of yellowing decals and varnish in my old builds as they stand now :hithead: Some comments :roll: :roll: Brilliant prototype Whirlwind, a definite fave of mine :clapping: , Your Revell Tempest makes mine look ordinary, great work :clapping: , An A-4G in my squadron's 1970's scheme (before my time there), well done on the tail feathers :thumb: . Knew it was the 1/48 ESCI kit canopy too big, windscreen too small and no cranked refuelling probe, Great Sea Fury :thumb: , seen this one up close, Great RAAF F-4E :clapping: , not wrong they didn't want to give up their 23 Phantoms when it came time to hand them back!! Somewhere I've pics (slides maybe :think: ) Dad took on one of RAAF Richmond's open days/airshows of 4 Oz F-4Es, ignited my love of the big beast :love: , And lastly, great attempt at turning a sow's ear into a silk purse, the very bad Monogram (ex-Aurora) F-111A that is, I've a half completed one in the "Started" box :fear: :fear:
Keep up the great posts!!! :Pilot:

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What a start to your portfolio! Very impressive. I look forward to seeing more.

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PostPosted: Tue 18 Nov 2014 13:30 pm 
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Thanks Guys, I appreciate you guys taking to time to look and comment.
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Holy cow what a cracking line up, brilliant subjects. Meatboxes are a highlight.
Amazing collection.

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