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).
Here's my entry for the GB, whether I finish or not we will see but lets give it a go.
I will be doing the boxtop artwork version for 41 TES. Coincidentally I also have the Revell Tornado GR4 with the same tail scheme and will also try to get the Jaguar decals for the same markings for my Kittyhawk kit.
One minor issue before I start is the kit only comes with the 65% LERX whereas ZG478 was fitted with the 100% LERX. If anyone has a boxing with both and isn't going to use the 100% LERX I would be interested in getting it off you, if not then I will build as is in lieu of a resin replacement being available.
Loadout will be like the following photos (for reference use only, copyrights acknowledged) with Mavericks or possibly some inert paveways.
Craig, you wouldn't happen to know what the pod on the centreline in a couple of those photos is?
Could well be a Digital Joint Recce Pod or DJRP.
I don't see them in the pictures but targetting pods Sniper/Tiald were normally found on the port port strake
and Terma countermeasure pod on stbd strake. the pic you have doesn't have those fitted, in place are the empty gun pods in some photos and full strakes in the others.
As for the pod, a) it's British, b) pics are a bit indistinct, c) it's British. Likely candidates would be LITENING, Sniper or TERMA or perhaps a luggage pod, which given the training load is more likely. For TERMA, LITENING and Sniper, Eduard Brassin does both and very nicely. Baggage pod was usually converted napalm canisters, MXU pod baggage pod is available in Hasegawa F-16, Daco F-104 improvement set and a few other places.
I may have a spare 100% LERX. I'll need to check. If I do, I'd be keen to do a swap for the 65% LERX as always short of those.
So cracked open the kit this morning and the first thing out, the decals are no good. The yellow colour layer is too far left by about 3-4mm. Luckily it won't stop construction but still annoying to say the least.
Have emailed revell germany to see if I can get a replacement sheet so we will see how that goes.
I had a Revell Bf109 kit arrive without decals and Revell were very good in responding quickly, but be prepared to wait a while for the decals to arrive. My parts request for decals was confirmed mid May this year and they're still in transit (I assume). The form letter reply did point out delivery timeframes as follows:
Please retain this information for your records, and allow 6-8 weeks for processing and delivery (at least 12 weeks outside of Continental US). Parts for Revell of Germany kits can take up to 12 weeks depending on availability.
Some good news and bad news. Managed to source a 100% LERX (thanks to Craig).
Bad news, the decals are no longer available from Revell.
I do notice that the Eduard GR7/9 kits has the markings for 41 TES, if anyone happens to have this kit and doesn't require those airframe markings, can we sort something out? All the stencils on my decal sheet appear to be ok so it's just the tail markings and forward intake sqn markings that look to be no good.
Appreciate any news if someone can help.
Have decided to press on with the kit and deal with the decal issue later, I am weighing up whether or not to get the Eduard boxing which has the markings I need in it or am thinking of doing the same airframe as it was in Afghanistan just before it crashed (there is a famous youtube video of it). I have also go the Eduard harrier GR7/9 resin upgrade kit on it's way, you get a seat, wheels, nozzles, sniper pod and pylon and TERMA pod and pylon. Plus the kit was the same price as just the wheels and nozzles on their own. I may get another one or two for my other british harriers. If I go this way I might need to track down a DJRP pod for the centreline, if anyone has any leads on one of these would be greatly appreciated. I also have some CRV7 pods coming as I am thinking I will do the below loadout.
Not much to show yet, am wrangling the fuselage together and also working on the wings so when I have something to show, I will chuck some photos up.
So some progress, have the wing upper and lowers together, the fuselage halfves and lower insert as well as the forward section halves done. I used Craig's method here, mating the forward nose halves to their respective cockpit halves, making for an invisible join (luckily there is a panel line here anyway).
Good to keep moving, the stickers will sort themselves later. Just remembered I used to call decals stickers when I first started as a kid. Was very proud to be able to move on to the correct terminology lol.
Well both, but I was referring to the join between the nose and the forward fuselage. Apart from a little near the windscreen framing and the 3 (or 4) square-ish access panels, the rest of that join should not be there.
On the images below, you can see better what I mean about what needs filling and what remains.
Ah yep, I see now. Most of the side panel lines are there for panels anyway so it's really just the underside aye. Also, other than the resin you used, any other way to do the reaction control nozzles that you've seen?
So a bit more progress, got the 100% LERX joined onto the wings, will need to fill a few small panel lines but from what I can see the main join between the back of the lerx (light grey plastic) and the wing appears to be a natural panelline anyway, just a few around the leading edge that shouldn't be there. I will shamelessly use images from Craig's many builds to sus out which need to be filled. I also filled the vents that are moulded as intakes using tamiya light curing putty, have sanded them smooth and will redrill them the right way round.