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Grant does 1/72 1 year 3 months ago #1

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I've been itching to build but I don't really have the space for any big 1/32 builds unless I get rid of some of my completed models, and unfortunately I don't really have the time either given that I will be working and travelling pretty solidly for the next year. So my thought is that I'm going to start building the 1/72 kits I have in the stash. I have most of Airfix's new 1/72 WWII kits and bunch of other brands. A few years ago I thought of trying to build all of the main WWII fighters and bombers in 1/72. Maybe I'll give that a go. :woohoo: If so, I'll post all my progress in here. B)

First up, Airfix's 1/72 P-51d in the Redtails scheme Lollipoop:



The kit is excellent. Fit and engineering is generally very good (apart from some slight shape problems with the forward canopy which required a bit of filler). The fit on the wing to fuselage is very nice indeed. I've painted the cockpit, finished assembly, primed it in black and given it a coat of Vellejo Metal Colour Aluminium which is my go to aluminium.Tomorrow I'll mask it up ready for the fuselage colours. More soon.
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Grant wrote: A few years ago I thought of trying to build all of the main WWII fighters and bombers in 1/72. Maybe I'll give that a go. :woohoo: If so, I'll post all my progress in here. B)


Ambitious idea, and depending on what you mean by "main fighters and bombers" could make 1/32 seem less of shelf hog! ;) :lol:

Go Grant go.

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Great idea, and that's a very good list too. It has about everything I was considering. That's forty aircraft. :whistle:

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The P-51 is nearly done. I changed the scheme to something simpler than the box scheme. Decals next, and then a tiny bit of weathering to finish it. The undercarriage aren't flimsy but they are a little crooked (hence the brace).

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P-51d done. I might do a little more weathering and take some better pictures, but this is one down, 39 to go. :side:


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Powder wrote:

Grant wrote: P-51d done. I might do a little more weathering and take some better pictures, but this is one down,

The P-51 looks real nice.

Grant wrote: 39 to go. :side:

Didn't you do a Hurricane recently? Or have you already removed that from the tally?

I built the Bf109 kit last year. It went together nicely. I think if I was to do another I'd consider leaving the stencils off - or at least most of them. There were dozens of them and they stood out too much. I ended up doing a dusty/dirty overspray to try and blend them in and make them less apparent.


I think I'll count the Hurricane as done then too now that you have suggested it. :) Thanks for the advice on the 109. I've actually got to the point where I am very relaxed about leaving stencils off.

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Powder wrote: As Terry hinted, things could get out of hand without some ground rules. So I thought perhaps tie it down to the contents of a book?
When I was a young'n Bill Gunston's 'Aircraft of World War 2' was one of my main reference books.
Here's the contents page:


Malcolm, do you have this book? I'd like to have a look at a copy. I'd imagine it's out of print. I'm going to go with that list though. There are a few notable exceptions, but when I tried drawing up my own list it quickly ballooned to about 70 aircraft.

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P-51 looks nice bring on the 109

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Nice Mustang Grant, and very ambitious list of kites to build.
Watching here :woohoo:

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Nicely finished. Good work

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Tiger wrote: Nice Mustang Grant, and very ambitious list of kites to build.


Not nearly as ambitious of the list I just put together of what I would like to build:

1. Mustang
2. Buffalo
3. Airacobra
4. Catalina
5. Helldiver
6. Dauntless
7. Wildcat
8. Hellcat
9. Corsair
10. Avenger
11. Mitchell
12. Flying fortress
13. Superfortress
14. Warhawk/Kittyhawk
15. Skytrain/Dakota
16. Lightning
17. Marauder
18. Texan
19. Thunderbolt
20. Liberator
21. Spitfire
22. Hurricane
23. Wellington
24. Mosquito
25. Defiant
26. Lancaster
27. Ju-52
28. Ju-87
29. Ju-88
30. Do-17
31. He-111
32. He-162
33. Bf-109
34. Bf-110
35. Me-262
36. Beaufighter
37. Blenheim
38. Fw-190
29. Typhoon
40. Tempest
41. Val
42. Kate
43. Zero
44. Oscar
45. Betty
46. SM.79 Sparviero
47. Fiat G.50 Freccia
48. Macchi C.205 Veltro
49. Yak-3
50. Mig-3
51. Polikarpov I-16
52. Me-163
53. Sunderland
54. Petlyakov Pe-2
55. LaGG-5
56. Ilyushin Il-2
57. Meteor
58. Ar-234 Blitz
59. He-177
60. Tupolev Tu-2
61. Gladiator
62. Lysander
63. Swordfish
64. Stirling
65. Ki-61 Hein
66. Dinah
67. Emily

This would take a few years. :pinch:

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Nice list. You could take a few weeks off you build time if you only make one DO-17 :P 30,36. Im sure you could knock a few fighters out pretty quickly, one a week maybe? the bombers would be the time consuming bit

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Oh, Rock me Amadeus. :side:

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yak wrote: Nice list. You could take a few weeks off you build time if you only make one DO-17 :P 30,36. Im sure you could knock a few fighters out pretty quickly, one a week maybe? the bombers would be the time consuming bit


Good spotting. I'll slot something else in there. There is no lack of choice.

I'm going to give this a go I reckon. I'm not taking it too seriously though. :P

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Funny thing is when I read DO-17 twice I thought it mean't you were going to do the inline engine and radial engined variants. Both nice looking aircraft imho. Anyway that's quite a list there Grant, and so long as you don't distract yourself with variants (like 109's or Spit's) you'll be done in no time! :P

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DO-17 for a Halifax?

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Falco is cool...there is (was?) one in the BoB Hall at the RAF Museum at Hendon before it was cleared out for renovation (both the hall and the aircraft, I believe)
What is the best kit in 1/72.....those ones in the stash appear a bit dated perhaps?

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Powder wrote:

Leavemygoosealone wrote: DO-17 for a Halifax?

Hey, no queue jumping, my Falco is next in line. :P

:lol: :lol: :lol: i didn't realise we could nominate a replacement. How about replacing one german twin with another? any one of these :whistle: just my 2 cents :P
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Great. Will keep an eye out for one!

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Back on to this silly plan. This build was a bit of a pain. The canopy doesn't really fit, and the small parts are very small and the plastic is brittle, meaning lots of annoying breakages. Still, it's done and I can cross it off the list. :P



The collection:

Up next:

1. Mustang
2. Buffalo
3. Airacobra
4. Catalina
5. Helldiver
6. Dauntless
7. Wildcat
8. Hellcat
9. Corsair
10. Avenger
11. Mitchell
12. Flying fortress
13. Superfortress
14. Warhawk/Kittyhawk
15. Skytrain/Dakota
16. Lightning
17. Marauder
18. Texan
19. Thunderbolt
20. Liberator
21. Spitfire
22. Hurricane
23. Wellington
24. Mosquito
25. Defiant
26. Lancaster
27. Ju-52
28. Ju-87
29. Ju-88
30. Do-17
31. He-111
32. He-162
33. Bf-109
34. Bf-110
35. Me-262
36. Beaufighter
37. Blenheim
38. Fw-190
29. Typhoon
40. Tempest
41. Val
42. Kate
43. Zero
44. Oscar
45. Betty
46. SM.79 Sparviero
47. Fiat G.50 Freccia
48. Macchi C.205 Veltro
49. Yak-3
50. Mig-3
51. Polikarpov I-16
52. Me-163
53. Sunderland
54. Petlyakov Pe-2
55. LaGG-5
56. Ilyushin Il-2
57. Meteor
58. Ar-234 Blitz
59. He-177
60. Tupolev Tu-2
61. Gladiator
62. Lysander
63. Swordfish
64. Stirling
65. Ki-61 Hein
66. Dinah
67. Emily

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Turned out very nicely actually

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Looks good. I'm a little surprised and disappointed to read this modern tooled Airfix kit has canopy fit issues, but thanks for putting this out there Grant. I'll put a note in with my kit to be on lookout for fit related troubles, and to handle with care!

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Terry wrote: I'm a little surprised and disappointed to read this modern tooled Airfix kit has canopy fit issues, but thanks for putting this out there Grant. I'll put a note in with my kit to be on lookout for fit related troubles, and to handle with care!


The problem is with the back part of the canopy as you can maybe see in the pics. It's too small. It would not be such a problem if you wanted the canopy open, but with the canopy closed there is a gap unless it is pressed down as it is in the pics. Honestly If I had taken more time and care I could have found a work around, but for whatever reason I was inattentive when I built that bit and only really noticed the extent of the problem later.
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Very nice :)

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