Decals decals everywhere!


So the Decals are going on the first Gnat at the moment, to be honest considering how small this kit is even for a 1/72 I can believe the number of tiny decals included. Top work Airfix. Almost done though!

Work continues on the Gnat


So I’m entering the home straight on the first of the two Gnats and i’ve noticed theres an error on the Airfix painting guide on the box, there should be a silver area on the rear fuselage in amongst the dayglo and another on the underside of each wing for the aircrafts serials. So I am going to have to try and work out the appropriate size for each and mask off the dayglo to apply silver to the areas in question! Other than that the canopy has turned out ok and the anti glare black is looking great.

Gnat Unmasked!


So I finally took the masking off the paint job on the first Gnat last night, and this wasn’t without incident. I had masked the straight lines with Tamiya tape, and had used maskol for the first time on the more intricate parts, what I didn’t expect that the maskol not only come away from the body of the kit but also the paint that had oversprayed on to it meaning I had to actually trim off the overspray with a scalpel.

This has meant that some of the finer details I was trying to mask using the Maskol haven’t come out the way I had hoped so a little touching up will be required tonight prior to masking and painting the matt black on the nose!

Airfix Hawker Hurricane MK1


Next up on the bench is another of Airfix new tooling 1/72 offerings. This time its the Airfix 1/72 Hawker Hurricane MK1. This is the fabric version of the Hurricane and although there are still a few inaccuracies compared to the actual airframe to annoy the Rivet counters out there, I personally think that looking at the parts on sprue that this is another superb little kit from Airfix, especially when you consider the old kits.

As you can see from the sprue shots its a 3 prop version of the Hurricane and theres a nice little decal sheet including a dashboard detail decal.

Looks a nice kit and hopefully shouldn’t be too many issues in the build, this is another I will be building OOB and won’t be adding any aftermarket parts to.

Tiny troubles!


So progress on the 1/72 Airfix Gnat T.1 is moving along at a nice pace. I have had a couple of small fit issues, where the wing panel joins the rear fuselage left a large panel gap. Material is too thin on one of the wings trailing edge but shouldnt be an issue, also on the underside the panel where the undercarriage would retract behind again theres a large panel gap. Also where the wing root joins the fuselage on the leading edge didnt look right so the filler came out and most have been sorted but truth be told I’ve probably not spent as much time as I should have fixing these.

I am going to be picking up another of these kits though and the next one I will be spending much more time on. The reason I am going to be getting another of these kits is because I cant decide which colour scheme would look better on a model of this scale. Within the Dayglo schemes there are a couple of options with the most common being the High Speed Silver / Dayglo combo thats on the box art, or there was also the Light Aircraft Grey / Dayglo scheme that although not listed in the kit I am sure would look pretty good too.

Anyway as you can see the first coat of primer is on, I will sand this back tomorrow before applying another tomorrow and then wait until Tuesday before starting the actual colour scheme!

The Build Begins!


So I started work on the 1/72 Gnat T1 fom Airfix today. Cockpits painting and sub assembly is now complete and the intakes are now on there appropriate halves of the fuselage with minimal fuss. I have to say although the cockpit is a bit over simplified the other detailing on this kit considering its size have impressed me.

Unfiltered shots of the F-5E

I am not happy with the final result, over did the weathering in my opinion but as the kit was only ever to get my hand back in I’m not too bothered. The ladder needs a touch up too, the list goes on.

F-5E Tiger II fail but finished


So the F-5E Tiger II is complete, of a fashion. The weathering like everything else on this build went horrible, so in the end I figured I simply wasn’t going to waste time trying to get the finish I was looking for when there were so many other issues and gave up, so there we have it, the complete what not to do when building a 1/48 Revell F-5!

Never mind though, its done. It can leave the bench, never to be seen again. To be honest due to my love of the F-5 airframe I do plan on doing another in 1/48 scale, but next time I wont be going anywhere near a Revell/Monogram kit and instead i will be using a Kinetic Kit with all its associated photo etch goodies. There is a filter on the above photo just incase you were wondering, just so as to hide as much as possible lol!

Next Up On The Bench! 1/72 Folland Gnat by Airfix


Ok so I had a look at my stack of kits and have decided to go simple with my next build. I am dropping down on scale to 1/72 and have picked out Airfix’s Folland Gnat T.1 Kit.

This kit is one of Airfix’s new tooling kits and on opening the box the I have to say the detailing does look great. Recessed panel lines look good, cockpit parts look pretty detailed compared to the Airfix kits of old.

I will be building this kit out of box with no aftermarket parts, although even with a kit as small as this in 1/72 there is a resin pit upgrade kit available made by Pavla. Truth be told I did consider ordering it but I decided I would build this as standard stock and then if I liked the result I would pick up another kit and the resin upgrade and build another but with a different scheme.

For this build I will be painting/detailing her in the scheme on the box art, Central Flying School, RAF Little Rissington, 1964.

My Airbrushes

Airbrushes and my new Neo by Iwata


So my new Airbrush arrived this week. As I have mentioned before I hadn’t really done much in the way of airbrushing in the past but over the last few weeks I have done much practising with the generic dual action one that came with my compressor kit. I have to say I thought the generic was an excellent airbrush and certainly probably more than adequate for most modelling requirements, however I decided I was going to treat myself and ordered a Neo by Iwata.

The Neo arrived well packaged, thick card box that put me in mind of iPhone packaging with the brush, nozzle spanner and small cup sitting nestled inside a High density foam insert. On unboxing the brush and comparing the brushes side by side you can see from the image above with the large cup attached to the Neo there is very little in it size wise between the two.

The detachable cup on the Neo is a nice touch and will certainly make cleaning and easier affair. There is quite a difference in weight between the two brushes too, with the Neo being a lot lighter in the hand.

I hooked the brush up to my compressor and straight away noticed the difference, the Neo atomised the paint into a much finer mist that strangely still seemed more dense than that produced by my generic brush, and the coat went down much more even.

Even the action on the brush seemed almost more responsive, it really doesn’t take much movement on the trigger to go from a fine line to a full wide coverage mist and the brush is capable of emptying even the larger of the two cups in what seems like only a couple of seconds.

The one thing that the Generic does have that the Neo doesn’t is the adjuster on the end of the brush that sets a limit to how far back you can pull the trigger and increase the flow. I have to say as a newbie to airbrushing I did find this feature particularly useful on the generic, but with the Neo I will have no where to hide and will simply have to learn better brush control.