East Neuk 2018 Photo’s


Well it may have been cold and wet outside on Saturday but that didn’t matter as I spent the day indoors at the East Neuk Model Show in Cupar, Fife and not only were the Bacon rolls delicious but there was some fantastic builds to be seen.

This was my 2nd visit to this show and just as last years was, it was a great show. I love the intimate feel of this show, it feels to me much more of a social event than just a model show. The host club, East Neuk, had their full Commando Comics display on show; it was this display with which they won this years ASM Trophy for Best Club Display at the Scottish Nationals in April.

There was a good selection of vendors present as well as some fantastic club displays by the other clubs that were present.

I hope you enjoy the video and I will hopefully be back soon with more posts!

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Test Fitting the Resin!

Dry fitting the major components and the neOmega Cockpit into the Hawk was hassle free.. for once!
Dry fitting the major components and the NeOmega Cockpit into the Hawk was hassle free.. for once!
Dry fitting the ejector seats went without hassle
Dry fitting the ejector seats went without hassle
Rear Cockpit of the nEOmega resin cockpit set
Rear Cockpit of the NeOmega resin cockpit set needs a tiny amount of adjustment.

I have to say this cockpit set is some of the nicest resin I have used. Not only is it super detailed but the dry fit testing was without any of the usual problems of having to squeeze the resin in. It was almost a perfect fit first time with only the rear cockpit requiring a little adjustment.

Not sure if the level of detail really comes out in the photos above as the naked resin is difficult to get a decent contrast on but it really is a beautiful set and if you have one of these kits I thoroughly recommend picking up this resin.

Airfix 1:48 BAE Hawk 100

 

Box shot of the Airfix 1:48 Hawk 100
The Airfix 1:48 BAe Hawk 100
Sprues for the Airfix 1:48 BAe Hawk 100 and a nEOmoga resin cockpit set
Sprues for the Airfix 1:48 BAe Hawk 100 and a NeOmega resin cockpit set.

Previously I have posted about not liking too many builds on the go at the same time as I have suffered with my mojo and ended up with projects I have started but don’t want to finish.

Well this is right out the window as I attempt to keep my mojo high by starting another build, my thinking is maybe I wont lose interest if I am switching between many builds, it might go pear shaped but it might be a personal revelation so with this in mind here is the sprue and box shots of the Airfix 1:48 BAE Hawk 100 I am about to begin.

The keen of eye may have noticed that there’s a couple parts off sprue already and that there’s also a little packet of resin goodies in the photo too! This is a kit I picked up second hand off a Britmodeller member who was going through a little stash rationalisation, a completely foreign concept to me obviously as I bought it!

The resin is the NeOmega Cockpit interior set for this kit. In the box are decals for a Canadian scheme and a couple of RAAF schemes including the black panthers special scheme. I will be building one of the RAAF schemes, just not sure which.

Scottish National Scale Model Show 2018

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Well what a weekend! This years Scottish National Scale Model Show took place this weekend and what a show it was. This years show was held at its usual venue of the Dewars Centre in Perth and it was the largest model show in Scotland to date.

With approximately 67 exhibitors/demonstrators and 36 traders this puts the show up there amongst some of the biggest in the UK and is a fantastic achievement by the members of the committee who have grown the show into the event it is today.

There was some fantastic displays by clubs and exhibitors alike, the quality of the entrants into the competition this year was really high.

Above is a slideshow of some of my favourite models on display but there were so many fantastic builds on display the slide show last for hours had I included them all!

I will be posting more about the show soon, but I hope you enjoy the images in the mean time.

 

Drone done

Completed D-21 Sitting on it’s trolley
Completed D-21 Sitting on it’s trolley
Completed D-21 Sitting on it’s trolley

It’s been a while since I have done a completion photoset! Well this isn’t really a true completion as it’s only part of the kit really but as I think it’s the first one this year (shocking I know!!) I am counting it. Having said that we are going to be in for a few completions very soon.

I present to you the Lockheed D-21B High Speed Unmanned Reconnaissance Drone as launched from the underwing of B-52’s during the cold war.

You can’t really see any of the trolley she is sitting in the photos but to be honest I was more interested in making the most of the fleeting sunshine to try and make the natural metal finish look as good as I could.

Drone moves to paint

Main assembly on the D-21 completed
Main assembly on the D-21 completed
First coat on the D-21 using AK Extreme Metal
First coat on the D-21 using AK Extreme Metal

Well there wasn’t much construction to the drone itself as you can imagine, so I have put down my first coat of paint on her. For the paint on this I am going to be using AK Xtreme metals and the first one down is the White Aluminum. I will be picking panels out individually in alternative shades to try and get a convincing natural metal finish on this. We will see how it actually ends up looking though!

Nose job

Fitting the nose to the SR-71 Blackbird
Installation of the nose on the SR-71 Blackbird
Main assembly of the SR-71 is complete with only the intake cones and the vertical stabilisers remaining
Main assembly of the SR-71 is complete with only the intake cones and the vertical stabilisers remaining

Well with the addition of the nose and engine nacelles the main phase of construction is pretty much complete. I will fit the Intake cones once I have managed to sand the inside of the cowlings as there was a liberal application of Mr. Dissolved Putty on their internal seams.

The join between the nose and the fuselage isn’t the best and it will be interesting trying to blend the join without damaging the raised detail. I might actually leave the vertical stabilisers off until after paint and decals are applied purely to ease access.

I have to say, considering the kits issues I am having a lot of fun with this one, they are coming to me as interesting problems to be solved rather than headaches. It’s a pleasant change to have so much mojo!

D-21, The Speedster Drone


Whilst the fuselage is all clamped up I thought I would tackle the Lockheed D-21 drone included in the kit.

For those that don’t know the D-21 was an unmanned drone that was originally designed to be launched from the back of the M-21, a variant of the original Lockheed A-12 photo reconnaissance aircraft from which the SR-71 was derived. The D-21 was developed as a response to policies bought in by Eisenhower after the downing of Gary Powers. The original D-21/M-21 combination was designed so as the drone would be launched at Mach 3, complete a pre-programmed overflight of Russia or China then eject its recon package for retrieval before the drone was to self destruct, however this combination was short lived after an accident during launch of a drone lead to the loss of a crew member.

After this the drone program was modified to the D-21B which was to be launched from under the wing of a B-52. It is this D-21B that is actually included in the kit and whilst its inclusion with an SR-71 is slightly erroneous this they are know to be displayed together in museums and the two aircraft are linked.

The model looks fairly simple and is victim to some more of old Revell’s superb sprue gates as the photos show. Still it will make an interesting addition to the shelf and will look nice along side the completed SR-71, there is also the inclusion of the drones trolley to display it upon which is a nice touch.

Two big pieces of plastic get stuck together


Ok first of all sorry for the blurry photo, but here’s the cockpit installed into the fuselage and two of the largest pieces of 1/72 scale plastic I have ever seen have been fitted together.

The fit between the two halves is not great, there are some fairly big gaps in the seam but fortunately the seam is on the underside so even after I take remedial action it won’t easily be seen anyway. It appears that Mr. Dissolved Putty is going to be my friend on this one.

Blackbirds office


Well the cockpits for the SR-71 provided no issues at all and look pretty decent even if I do say so myself. There was a nice amount of raised detail to pick out so I didn’t feel the need for any aftermarket. Time to get it installed!