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PostPosted: Thu 28 Feb 2013 00:15 am 
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Looks like a great kit Rich. I'm looking forward to building mine.

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I had never considered intentionally cutting "fiddly bits" off anything to stop them disappearing under the model builders cloak of invisibility.. and then re-attaching them with a bit of evergreen or anything else to make them look "right" again :think: :Pilot: might be an option for the two planes I have agreed to build (next year-in2014) for a 1:72 carrier deck....


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Looks like a lovely kit,I'll wait for the 1/48th version so it can sit with the Sea Vixen!! Lol

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PostPosted: Thu 28 Feb 2013 01:52 am 
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That's funny because I'm still waiting for the 1/72 Sea Vixen :pray:

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We shall both rejoice with the coming of our wanted kits! :-)

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PostPosted: Thu 28 Feb 2013 18:21 pm 
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Now to Basil Brush's favourite part of the build...
The two booms had the main gear legs glued in place as per the instruction. If I were to build another I would add them later after the booms are fitted into the upper wing.
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The booms slotted into place, the fit on the upper wings is excellent.
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Underneath you can see how they fit into the slots. They pretty much stay in place on their own and just need some liquid cement run around the join. The alignment is virtually foolproof.
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Closeup of the main undercarriage, the oleo leg (blue arrow) is supposed to fit into a slot in the upper wing (red arrow), it would be better to fit the leg once the boom is in place rather than onto the boom beforehand, as it was I had to force the oleo leg into place which skewed the main gear leg.
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I also fitted the engine intakes in place with just the upper wing on, in hindsight it would have been better to wait until the lower wing was on to ensure the best alignment on both surfaces. The fit to the upper wing was very good though.
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I don't know how accurate that wheel bay structure is, but since I'm working on some for a Mustang this week, I have to say that I appreciate it! :)

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Basil brush.....priceless ! :rotfl:

The more I see you build this the more I want to build one :thumb:

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PostPosted: Thu 28 Feb 2013 19:00 pm 
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The wheel bays are boxed in too! I have to say, having built two of the new Airfix Mustangs, that the Vampire is actually my favourite so far, it really is a superb little kit.

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OK. Hopefully should be picking one up this weekend. Can't wait.

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PostPosted: Thu 28 Feb 2013 19:49 pm 
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Richard M wrote:
The wheel bays are boxed in too! I have to say, having built two of the new Airfix Mustangs, that the Vampire is actually my favourite so far, it really is a superb little kit.

My LMS hasn't stocked a new-tool Mustang yet. I'm working on a 1978-vintage P-51B :)

Having said that, I don't know whether or not the LMS has stocked a new-tool P-51D. All I can say for sure is that whenever I've been there, there were none, and I haven't asked them to order them in. I did ask them to get a Spitfire 22, and that hasn't arrived yet.

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Very nice,glad to see Airfix getting better with the new releases. Hope the Javelin will be as good? ;-)

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Horizontal tailplanes attached. These slotted into place and a bit of pressure completely removed any join lines.
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Everything lined up nice and square.
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The lower wing was then glued in position, a bit of care was needed to make sure everything lined up, and I would add the engine intakes after this stage to make the process easier. The slight gap between the lower wing and fuselage just needed some liquid cement and some downward pressure on the wing to join up seamlessly.
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All the wings attached. The only 5 places I used filler during the build other than the wing sink holes were on the spots where the sprue attachment points were and one small spot on the left engine intake (which wouldn't have been needed if I had attached it after the wings).
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The overall fit really was excellent.
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Last thing to go on were the mass balances on the tail, again even though very thin the soft plastic made getting them off the sprue in on piece straight forward.
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All ready for primer, just have to impale my Vampire on a wooden stake...

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Im finding that on the Merlin build that the really small bits are easily cut off the sprue with a few swipes of the Swann Morten.....down to the soft plastic as you say Rich :thumb:

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Taking shape nicely.

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Vampire onna stick...

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Vallejo White primer applied ready for the yellow ID bands to be sprayed on.

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Vampire onna stick....

You gonna freeze it :rotfl:

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Nice build so far. My two are at same stage. Agree with leaving intakes off till after wings are complete. Fit is very good but superb once wings are on. It's a simply amazing kit, hard to fault and impossible to grumble given the price tag. (Bring on the gladiator!!).
Surprised at lack of after market decals so far but given popularity of kit I suspect there will be many soon.

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Base coat of Vallejo Model Colour Sand Yellow applied. The much brighter Vallejo Model Air Yellow is very translucent and not very colour dense, it works much better over a base of the model colour;
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Gear door exteriors done the same way.
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PostPosted: Tue 05 Mar 2013 16:37 pm 
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Doesn't look a lot different, but it's had two coats of Vallejo Model Air Yellow applied.

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Letting it cure before trying to mask it.

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Whats that Vallejo primer like Rich?

I've always used good old Halfords grey out of the can which apart from being a bit grainy if you don't shake it up enough has always done a pretty good job for me for enamels.

The Vallejo looks good in your photos, I wonder if its time to try it?


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Vallejo primer I find is very good, it is self leveling and dries to a very smooth finish. The only drawback is it takes a few days to fully cure, if you try sanding it before then (e.g on filler added to a seam you noticed after priming) then it chips and won't feather in. Leave it a few days and it sands OK. It also doesn't seem to like some plastic or mold release agent - it didn't get on at all with my new tool Airfix Mustang, even after washing all the sprues in soapy water, on the Vampire it went on smooth as silk with no prep :shrug: . It also comes in a handy variety of colours, although I've only used the white and grey.

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Yellow panels masked off with a mixture of Tamiya tape and clingfilm ready for the silver to be applied.

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This looks like a great kit, Rich, and you're doing it terrific justic :thumb:

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