Cockpit complete




Well after what seemed like far too many parts of etch the cockpit is pretty much complete and it’s time to shut the fuselage up, meaning that most of the etch will never be seen again but that’s nothing new is it! Onward!

Multiple Builds


I thought I would make a post about how I find trying to cope with simultaneous multiple builds.

Usually I try to only build a single kit at a time, this in theory allows me to focus all my energy into the one build and try and get the build complete as quickly as possible. However like every one else builds, there comes a point in the build where you are stuck waiting for filler to cure, or primer to dry, glue to set or decals to settle where you can’t do anything else that day and it is usually at this point I start looking through the stash and planning my next build, checking I have relevent reference materials, after market parts, paint and so on.

The reason I do this is I have tried to have several builds on the go at the same time in the past but it has never really worked out well. I end up tinkering a little with one, then picking up the other a tinkering a bit with that too and not really acheiving much considering the time spent at the bench.

This time however I have taken a different approach, as I already have my next few builds prepared and planned I thought I would make a start, and although I found myself getting side tracked by the new build a couple of times I have found that if I set myself daily goals or targets of what I want to acheive each day on both builds, I find I am less inclined to waste time faffing about with silly little issues on each of the builds and I am actually able to make some progress.

This got me wondering how other people approach their builds, do they like multiple kits on the go at once, or a single kit? How do they manage their time on each of the builds and do they like the builds to be at around the same stage of build or staggered? Finally I wonder whats the most kits they have in progress at any given point, and I don’t mean cockpit painted, fuselage dry fitted and back in the box not to be seen for months/years as I got a new kit I wanted to start!

Tamiya Modeller Sidecutters


As a side from my builds I recently picked up a pair of these Tamiya Modellers Side Cutters or sprue cutters as they are sometimes called on a visit to my local model shop and I am that impressed thought I would post about them.

I was always skeptical about these when I saw them on the shelves of the model stores as they seemed so expensive, especially compared with my cheapo Draper cutters I had been repurposing as sprue cutters but I have to say these are worth every penny.

They feel solid and extremely well made, the handles are nicely moulded and don’t feel like the plastic is going to come off in your hand whilst you’re using them. The cutting edges are extremely sharp and the blades are narrow enough to get fairly close to the model part but easily avoid cutting too close and damaging the part.

I know theres nothing exciting about sprue cutters but if your in the market to get a new pair or are looking to upgrade your existing set then you could do a lot worse than to pick a pair of these up. They really do make the tedious task of removing parts from the sprues a little less tedious!

German Night Fighters versus Bomber Command 1943-1945 by Martin W. Bowman.

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Whilst this book may not be a modelling resource as such many modellers do have an interest in this period and its events and this book gives detailed accounts of some of the unforgiving meetings between the aircraft and crews of allied forces under Bomber Command and those of the Luftwaffe’s Nachtjagd during the latter years of WWII.
Much of the information provided of these encounters and the bitter aerial battles that resulted is given first hand, as experienced by aircrews on both sides of the conflict.
This wealth of information depth, first hand testimony and operational details along with the profiles of many of those involved from both sides of the conflict provides the reader a great insight in to the units and people involved during this period of the war.

Academy 1/72 MiG-27 Flogger D


Well my Spitfires decals were settling so I was stuck for something to do so I decided I would make a start on one of the builds I would like to do for the From Russia with Love GB over on the Britmodeller forums.

This ones just going to be a quick out the box effort on Academys 1/72 MiG-27. I know the kits got its issues, I beleive the nose is wrong for a D and the cockpit detail is almost none existant but I’m just looking for a quick build again at the moment and not get bogged down with corrections and detailing etc on this whilst I’m waiting on parts for a couple of other builds I want to get done for this and another gb so onwards.

 

Decal Time


This really is a lovely little kit of a fantastic looking aircraft, looks fast even when at a standstill.

I forgot to take an image during primer and paint, but to be honest the Tamiya fine primer and Vallejo Faded PRU Blue was uneventful in a good way!

Office Installation

 


I noticed that the main instrument panel was just to be left black matt with no decal or details on it which didn’t really sit right with me so I got out the styrene sheet and made a main instrument panel, drilled some holes for dials and filled these with PVA glue for the lenses. I also made a camera control box from lamianted styrene sheet which fitted above the main IP.

As you can see I have also painted and fitted the camera, this was all glued in place and the fuselage was shut. The seam lines need a little fettling to blend in but nothing much at all.

It’s safe to say I am fair enjoying this kit, it’s fit its almost spot on, it’s exterior is nicely detailed and the kits nice and simple to construct. Just what the mojo ordered

1/72 Airfix Spitfire PRXIX with Resin Camera


A new project begins! So I have been pottering about the bench and started a couple of kits but my heart just wasn’t really in them, a combination of not really being interested in the subject matter and difficulties with the builds meant they stalled. So after my visit to the Scottish Nationals I figured I would just throw myself back into it, I was looking through the stash for something that would be a simple enough task but would still produce a good looking model at the end and I settled on the Airfix 1/72 Spitfire PRXIX. 
I had a couple of resin cameras in the stash that would fit this kit too which I had picked up for about a pound from an online clearance sale so I figure I may as well use one on this build. 

I have decided to go with the Swedish markings for this build, I have a couple of these kits in the stash after picking them up at £2.99 a kit and I am glad I did buy in multiple on this occasion, the kit looks great from what I can see, no flash, nicely engraved detail, although the panel lines may be a little deep its only a small thing that could easily be rectified and for the first time in a long time I find myself looking forward to getting on with the build! 

Messerschmitt Bf-109, The early years – Poland, The Fall of France and The Battle of Britain


This book is part of Frontline Books Air War Archive series covering various historical and famous aircraft types with this one taking a look at the Bf-109.
This title is a fantastic resource for modellers, it begins with a short description of the aircraft type, development during service, with an explanation of the markings they wore during this time.
The book then continues on with a wealth of fantastic images, each with a detailed caption full of the intriguing and incredible stories of those aircraft and their airmen captured in the images.
The images begin with shots of pre-war aircraft of 1939 and continue on through the ‘Sitzkreig’, the fall of France, the Battle of Britain and end with images from 1941.
Whilst the images provide a great source of reference material for the modeller, their captions give further life to the images and make this a great addition to anyone’s collection of wartime reference material.