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).
Start-up pic, of course I forgot to put a date on it... y'all are going to have to trust me :bat
Decals - these are all Aeroclub sheets, a small cottage industry virtually unknown outside the UK. Not even sure that they are still in business.
Extras - the nose-ring and radar pod are solid 'white metal' (lead) castings again by Aeroclub.
The plastic - yes it is two-tone - a legacy of buying from an eBay trader many, many years ago ! :oldguy
Stay tuned everyone, this is going to be a lightning-fast build (see what I did there ?), it'll be ready for paint very soon indeed, even with all those extra bits'n bobs. Have a great weekend everyone.
Yeah I bought one a couple of years back for about $60 at Model-X Auckland, the local Toyworld/Paperplus stand was knocking them out half price.
I thought they were new as well, but mainly because Mig J and a bunch of others were doing the charity build where they passed it to different modellers around the word to build differing stages and paint.
'Yea, Though I Fly Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I Shall Fear No Evil. For I am at 50,000 Feet and Climbing.'
It really is - builds very well with no vices or 'issues' that can't be sorted out with a little 'modelling skills'. I was (sort of) involved in the research for the F6 version, not in a major way, just in the interpretation of the camouflage colours and patterns for Trevor Snowden and his team.
grover wrote: It's still supposed to be one of the better Airfix kits though isn't it?
It is supposed to be one of the best of airfix's older era kits, along with the Seafire they released around the same time in the mid 90s.
If I recall, airfix got into financial trouble for a few years after this, was reborn under hornby and then started releasing new tools in the mid 2000s, which initially were a bit hit and miss, but by the early 2010s were top notch again (as long as you don't mind 'well defined' panel lines).
Fuselage done, no problem getting the 'bits' between the halves. but because it's going to be finished as a virtually factory-fresh unpainted machine, then the surfaces have to be like glass before I think of priming it. As you can see I've hit the fin with a couple of thin coats of TS-16 yellow: I'll gently sand them tomorrow and spray a coat of (deeper) Chromate Yellow as this one is a little 'anemic'. It isn't glued in yet, just pushed in to place for the pic.
Not done much in the pit as you cannot see a thing with the lid closed. Just a Quickboost resin seat which looks like a dog's dinner in the pic, but is actually very accurately detailed.
Hopefully the wings will be on tomorrow morning, and I may even get prime it tomorrow afternoon. As ever all comments, questions and criticism welcomed.
Fin now painted Tamiya TS-47 Chromate Yellow and I'm a LOT happier with the tone. Wings on and filled / sanded; in fact all the construction is done now (out of shot the missiles are done too). All filled / sanded and plastic polished with Micro pads & cloths...
...if you have a touch-screen computer you can feel the plastic, it's like glass isn't it ?
Bishop wrote: Is the yellow tail fin still under that or will it reappear?
Yep... still there, the fin will hopefully look like this when it's done:
Slightly different to my avatar (from an F.1A). Yes there are decals, but I thought there's a good chance that they may be too thin and lose some of their impact, and also because I'm a little bit of a modelling masochist I decided to paint & mask the fin stripe. All will be revealed when all the 'metalwork' is done after the weekend.
My mix of 3 parts Dark Aluminium & 2 parts Aluminium (both AK Xtreme Metals). Sprayed in two medium coats at low (12psi) pressure. Left to dry / cure for 24 hours then masked ready for [straight] Aluminium.
After the straight Aluminium, I'll reverse mask a handful of panels and spray them with Stainless Steel and that will be all the main 'metalwork' done.
More next week as I'm on duty both Sat & Sun. Have a great weekend everyone. :rockon
I've always liked 111 Sqn's attractive markings so I'm looking forward to seeing the finished model Ian. The aluminium finish looks really good and some subtle washes in some of the panel lines should break up the overall aluminum finish. With the different metallic-shaded panels this model should look the cats whiskers when decalled and finished.