2018 is the Centenary of the formation of the Royal Air Force on the 1st of April, 1918. The build will run until February 1st 2019 and is open to any scale and any subject that represented the RAF, including aircraft, ground vehicles and equipment, or RAF personnel.
Ideally the model must be built in its entirety within the specified build dates and the build, but kits that have been part started can be entered at the discretion of the group build leader.
The build should be accompanied by a thread in the group build forum documenting regular progress. Post shots of your sprues or the current state of the build at the beginning of your thread.
By the end of the GB (and no later than 24 hours after the completion date) participants should post five pictures of the completed build in the GB completed builds thread.
There is no entry fee for the GB, but a donation for the upkeep of Kiwimodeller is always welcome.
Entrants who complete a build, post their completed pictures and reside in New Zealand will enter a draw to win a prize (Prize to be advised; one draw entry per person; entrant must reside in New Zealand to qualify for entrance in to the prize draw).
As the title suggests I'm going to make a RAF 109 Squadron Pathfinder Mosquito flown by Kiwi Fl/Lt Alfred Relph DFC. There is a back story to Alfred's Mosquito. I'm going to depict the model in flight as he flew on a daylight raid on the Essen Eickel oil refinery (Ruhr district), where he was hit by flak over the target, had the port engine knocked out, and the other engine only having a maximum of half throttle available. He used his 28,000 ft. of height to use a power assisted glide back to the coast of England. Luckily no German fighters were encountered. Steadily losing height they came into sight of the English coast (5 to 10 miles) at which point he thought they would either have to ditch the aircraft either in the surf or the beach because there was insufficent power to fly inland. To land in the surf would not have been a good choice because his navigator could not swim! As they approached closer to land he could see a grassy area above the cliffs, and if they could make it, would enable a belly landing. Seconds after clearing the cliff with speed now down to stalling point they skidded to a stop on the grass all without injuries. Turns out this grassed area was an emergency landing drome for aircraft in trouble! Nothing like a happy ending.
If I manage to crank through this build above quickly enough I will be doing another 109 Sqn Oboe equipped Mossie Mk.IX ("Grim Reaper") flown by Kiwi Sqn/Ldr Keith Boles DFC. I might even build them both co-jointly. Keith was one of ten Kiwi pilots on the squadron and in true AVM Bennett fashion individual scores were kept as well as distance from target. His best was 17 yards from bullseye from 30,000ft. Cracking good shot! He is one of the very few Oboe pilots alive today.
F1xena wrote: Goodness me, what a glutton for punishment! TWO 1/32 Mossies?
I actually plan to make THREE Oboe Mosquitos (one might say I really like them!) but not all in 1/32. So yes glutton is apt The other Mossie I mentioned above will be 1/72 using a Tamiya kit as a base with Attack Squadron two stage Merlin set. However, the third Mossie I would like to do, ideally would be in 1/32 but that's another story for another day.
It LIVES!!! ! So I've been picking away at this project for a while now, and it was only quite recently that I got some momentum, but progress became heart ache last week when I dropped the model during a fuselage fit. I was standing up to give myself more room to handle the model, which also mean't it was a longer flight to the floor.... I managed to catch the fuselage, but the assembled main wing spar with attached engines hit the floor with such force it snapped off the starboard engine and cracking the fire wall mount to the the port engine putting it out of alignment. There was also a clusterfork of broken seams that were hard or next to impossible to access again to reglue without tearing it all apart.
I managed not to swear blue forking murder after it hit the deck. I did however think it was making a one way trip to the bin. I suppose I could have photographed the calamity, but I didn't have the will to. Sunken costs being as they were I chose to channel my time for a week into trying to save it. A week later I can happily report it mostly all fits. There are some gaps here and there which is to be expected, and I've still got some joints to clean up after glue got smeared as things parted company in the accident.
Oh dear....I have done this same thing with a Hasegawa Lancaster not so long ago......I know my frustration comes from me being as clumsy as I am. But I got it all together again and now it looks OK I guess. Yours is a great build and I'm watching
Wet wet wet day, so good for modelling. Primer is on. Picked up a couple of areas needing some minor touch up but otherwise feels good to have paint on at last. Painting should be easy enough but the base isn't started yet, which is quite important because its posed in flight! Month to go... no pressure!
Bishop wrote: What base will you use? Is it heavy or just large?
Kind of both. My initial plans were to use a Hebel Block (autoclaved aerated concrete) which I've hollowed out from below to reduce it's weight, and I've started carving the cliff face which the aircraft is cresting. It's still quite heavy at 6kg, but countering this disadvantage is it is also a very strong base in which to mount the two 8mm clear acrylic rods (drilled with 8mm masonry bit straight into top face) that will support the Mossie.
If I make a lighter base about the same size as the Hebel base I'm considering 6mm ply base with 3mm ply sides to contain several layers of carvable XPS foam or maybe dry floral foam blocks with plaster finish, but my overriding concern is the foam will not adequately support the rods long term, and removing replacing the rods for transport etc or worse a random "cat" event needs to be considered.
Right now I'm thinking of doing some more hollowing out of Hebel to further drop the weight. If I can get it under 5kg it should be easier to manage.
Some silver base coat now applied for chipping layer on the few metal panels on the wooden wonder.
Colour is on! I used Tamiya Acrylic RAF XF81-83 colours and thinned with Tamiya lacquer retarder type thinner which is helpful on these hot summer days. I've gone for some subtle variation in colour over the primer base coat, but it's not really important because I'll post shade and use effects from here on in anyway. Camo is freehand btw, and what a PITA handling this thing was freehand in the spray booth! ....
WNW Lancaster is going to need a bigger booth, or stand outside with it!
Decals mostly on. Will do codes and serials by mask and paint, placing fuselage roundel decals at the same time. Cartograf decals in the kit are both wafer thin with no discernible clear edges and went down like a dream. Prop in foreground is my attempt at prop blur. I've cut the kit blades removing the back half of the blade and replaced it with clear styrene annulus (no sniggering at the back of the class!) sector shapes which will be shaded black to clear to give a sense of movement on the starboard side only.
Now the part I really enjoy is coming up... weathering and making a mess of my beautifully painted model
First pass of upper and lower weathering complete. Oils applied for knocked out port engine. Second layer of weathering about to commence. Prop blur also completed and I'm reasonably happy with the finished look as well.
Most the painting now complete on the Mossie. Just a small handful of parts including clear parts to fit, some weathering finishing flourishes as well as a bit more engine oil. Serials and codes as soon as the masking aid package arrives from Te Awamutu. Cheers to G1.
Base is now well under way. Still more rocks and vegetation to add.
Mossie 99.9% done. Big ups to our G1 for cutting the code and serial masks for me. Worked like a treat. Just the antenna wire to go, but I'll wait a while for the glue to harden on antenna mast first. More photos when fully complete.