Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Start of a New Year's Resolution

Make More Models!

I got a nice 1/10 scale bust for Christmas. This one goes with my Afrika Korps Tank Commander. This is the Young Miniatures Luftwaffe Pilot North Africa WWII

I also have the Life Miniatures MG42 Tripod Carrier, Totenkopf Division, Kharkov 1943

Before I start either of these, I am making the new tooling Airfix Hawker Typhoon 1B. This is typical of the latest Airfix kits. It is very nicely moulded with very clear instructions and a nice couple of marking choices. 

As you can see, I have got the major parts together. The cockpit is very well detailed but you cannot see much of it once the fuselage is put together.   I have made some seat belts from painted masking tape as these can be seen. The joins on the fuselage and the wings needed a tiny run of Vallejo acrylic filler. One great extra provided by Airfix are both gun bays. You have to cut out the panel but this was easy with a sharp scalpel. You also get the folded doors to fix on top of the wing to complete the effect. I have only opened up one bay.

When painted, this will look really good. I am going to try and get this finished before the end of the year to give me a boost for my resolution.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Progress on the Whitley

It took a long while but I have now finished the re-modelling of the gun turret positions. I have given the plane a coat of white primer and will start the camouflage next.

It looks a bit strange but this is what they looked like. It now has to be painted with RAF Dark Green and Brown on the upper surfaces and Aluminium on the underside. Then I have the fiddly part resin/part plastic propellors and undercarriage to put together. I think I might do that "after" I have recalled it.