Thursday, August 27, 2009

Trash the Canberra and get on with the Tyrell

Having finished the Morser - see the finished article here - My
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-and also my Young Miniatures 1/10th B-17 Waist Gunner, I got on with the new Airfix Canberra PR9. Now as most of you will know I haven't been getting on well with aircraft for some time and this proved to be the same story :-( I like to blame it on Airfix but I think that it is 50% me and 50% them. I found it tricky to get the detail right for the specific Hemp and Grey PR9 but I also found quite a bit that I didn't like about the kit. At the point that I ran out of ejector seat warning triangles (which all looked too large in any case) I decided that it would look better on Harry (my grandson) 's ceiling than on my display shelf. Harry's ceiling is my aircraft graveyard. At 5 years old - he is not as fussy as me - smile.

I thoroughly enjoyed the B-17 Waist Gunner - the photos don't do it justice as they tend to blow up all the detail which isn't really meant to be seen at that scale. Still, if you see it in the flesh you will, I hope, appreciate it more.

I have now returned to my current long term project which is the 6 wheeled Tyrell that I got for Xmas last year. Here are some photos of the current state: Click on any image for a larger copy.

As you can see, all of the Tamiya chrome plate has been removed and it has all been 'alclad'ed with the various finishes.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

I am horrified to see that the last item on my blog was dated March 2008!

I am back and modelling regularly now but am having some difficulties. It seems that I can no longer make aircraft models unless they are 1/72. Since Xmas, I have thrown away a 1/48 Tamiya Mosquito, a 1/48 Italeri Hawk and a 1/48th Eduard Il-16 Rata. All due to stupid mistakes.

Mosquito - Painted as a matt black nightfighter - the decals all silvered and looked like mirrors!
Hawk - Done in FRADU colours. I managed to misplace all of the yellow don't walk signs - which rather stood out on the gloss black finish. i then trod on the canopy - in the bin!
Il-16 - Finished in Spanish Civil War markings. When fitting the propeller, I placed my finger - with a blob of MEKPak on it - right on a decal and ruined it.

The big news is that I have finally finished my 1/35th Morser to sit behind the BR-52.

To see it in high resolution plus the Rata (from its good side!) go to

My Flickr Finished Models

Back at work from tonight on the Tyrrel. Hopefully I can get that finished soon as I have a list of models I want to get on with now.