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PostPosted: Sat 28 May 2011 14:27 pm 
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I've got quite a lot of projects in progress.

For starters today I have these nice old boxes which I got for free from Fred. Which almost have kits in them. They will be used by me for some airbrush practise.
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First up is the Jaguar. This was built the way I used to do it as a kid: no instructions, lots of tube glue and fast result. Those with a sharp eye for detail might notice that something isn't right with the parts count!
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So, I took the port wing and stuck it on as a tail fin.
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If you could finish the jag it would make a very nice "What-If". :idea:

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could do it as a crashed jag,,,,

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With that big fin it reminds me of a Tornado.  I'll be using it for what BAC would have used such a mishmash of parts for - testing paint finishes and experimenting with construction techniques.

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Today my daughter had the "I'm bored" look that teenagers seem to have a lot even with computers, games consoles, more money than wit, smarts phones, facebook, internet....

Of course we never had this problem because we built Airfix kits when we were young so I thought I would apply a tried and tested solution to her boredom on the holidays. I built an Airfix kit (for her :oops:). She has an interest in art and the history of the Tudors and so we have Anne Boleyn for my daughter to paint (when she has a break from being bored :roll:).

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The bits:
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Airfix often engrave the date of the tool on a hidden part of the kit. Not this time (I hope).
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This old kit isn't in bad shape. Some flash, but really not too bad and easily remedied. The parts assemble pretty well too. Some super glue was flooded over some holes in the parts and tipp-ex was used to smooth out some blemishes. I'll certainly need some filler along the seams but not too much. Her main 'fuselage' is held together by tape and a rather fetching little white wire ties around her waist.
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Very Nice. i think i may have to have a look for one of these 1/12 figures

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PostPosted: Sun 31 Jul 2011 20:06 pm 
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Here's Anne's progress: I've tidied up all the seams and had to rescribe some of the embellishment on her dress (trans: some of the panel lines on her fuselage needed replaced after sanding).

I also had to add a spot of filler and shape in the bottom of her bonnet since the mould had her hair starting in mid air about a millimetre below the bonnet.

Tomorrow I'll give all the parts a coat of primer and then it is over to my daughter.

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excellent unusual project, great way of engaging your daughter. I made this kit with my Daughter a few years ago and she took it into school when they did the Tudors. I do wish there were more model kits out there for girls, or at least of female subjects from history, Victoria, Annie Oklea, Nightingale, Mrs Thatch ect to name just a few ideas.

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Coat of Halfords white primer has been added and this project is now in the hands of my daughter. I've left the arms and little detail parts separate to ease access for painting.
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Nice work on Anne.

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PostPosted: Fri 23 Aug 2013 23:24 pm 
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Oh boy this thread has been gathering as much dust as my daughter's Anne Boleyn which hasn't moved since the last photo :Julie:. I think she just liked the idea of me spending my money on her. I'll stick to chocolate from now on!

Here's something I have been working on which will hopefully progress to completion pretty rapidly. The Club kits from 2009 were all Fleet Air Arm inspired. I previously completed the Wildcat and Swordfish and now I thought I'd complete the box with the Seafire IIc. This is the old Spitfire Vb tool with an extra sprue with type C wing and Seafire arrester hook. The wing is a more modern effort with recessed detail while the fuselage is raised detail. However, the fuselage and old b type wing (also included) are at least a decent shape. The new type C wing in this box is very chunky.

Since the recessed detail is quite heavy I gave the surfaces a heavy sanding down and also sanded the mating surfaces of each half before gluing the upper and lower parts. This at least reduced the bulk of the wing a bit. I needed to add shims in before added the cannon blister parts because they sat too low in the holes. They're now nice and flush.

The fuselage needed a bit of work on the engine cowling to smooth out surface defects but other than that everything fitted okay. At this point in the build the pilot is painted, in residence and all sealed up. The rear of the fuselage has a hole cut to size for the arrestor hook assembly. I'm thinking of rescribing the fuselage so that the detail style matches the wings.

Does anyone know where I could find references for the fuselage amendments made to Seafires (from Spitfires)? :shrug: The kit only contains the arrestor hook but I believe there are other details missing such as lifting hooks and strengthening plates.
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All the fuselage rescribing is complete. I think I've also found some plans that will let me approximate the Seafire amendments to the standard MkV Spitfire design.
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Nice work on the Seafire :clapping: :thumb:

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PostPosted: Sat 21 Sep 2013 23:55 pm 
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I researched internet sources and added hoist points on the fuselage along with strengthening plates around the radio hatch and fuselage using cake box plastic.
The canopy has been masked with 'Frog Tape'
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You've done a nice job with those details.....I got horribly bogged down with mine. :oops:

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The arrestor hook body has been glued in place and faired into the fuselage profile. The fuselage was too narrow for both the arrestor hook assembly and the C type wing. So it was spread and the gap filled with Green Putty. The wings have been attached to the fuselage and a first attempt at filling and sanding the joints applied. A bit more to tidy up there on the underside but not much. The top wing root looks almost perfect, a little superglue run into the small gap will be fine there.
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The Seafire amendments are now complete: the catapult spools have been added to the rear fuselage and under the wings. The under-wing spools are made from parts left over from my Mosquito NF-II. These are the ends and mounts of RPGs sliced off and cleaned up. They are a good approximation of the catapult spools.
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The undercarriage and propellor parts have been cleaned up and painted (front undercarriage legs are painted and masked with Maskol in this photo). The exhausts have cleaned up with Green Putty in preparation for painting.
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The pre-paint detail construction is now complete. I have painted the arrestor hook bay and the inside of the arrestor hook casing H11 silver. It has all been coated with Maskol and set into the fuselage for painting.
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PostPosted: Tue 01 Oct 2013 18:39 pm 
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Great work on the seafire

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