× The Air Force act was passed on April 1, 1937 officially heralding the birth of the RNZAF from the remains of the NZPAF. To mark the 80th Anniversary nect year, this group build will cover any subject that was used by the RNZAF (including Army and Navy aviation in NZ), and will run for 1 year; 6 months either side of the anniversary date.

The build is open to any scale and any subject involved in the formation and history of the Royal New Zealand Air Force. If you are unsure, the definitive list can be found on Wikipedia, but will also be posted in a separate thread under the GB forum. Note, no what-ifs or aircraft in colours they wore prior to service. Must be in actual markings used while in service.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_aircraft_o...yal_New_Zealand_Navy

As with other GBs, The model must be built in its entirety within the above dates and the build should be accompanied by a thread in this group build forum documenting regular progress.
Please post images of your kit and its contents (including proof of start date) at the beginning of your thread. Partially started kits that have not had much major assembly may be allowed at the discretion of the GB moderators. If in doubt, just ask.
There is not going to be a requirement for people to build different subjects. If it's on the list and you want to build it, then have at it.

By the end of the GB 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 welcome
The winner of the group build will be decided by popular vote, but there will also be a judged category at the Armistice in Cambridge in Nov 2017
Voting will run for the week following the 1st of November 2017, ending Midday the 8th of November 2017. A deadlock will be decided by a separate run-off vote.

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RNZAF 80th Anniversay GB - KMC 1/72 B727-22QC, 40 Sqn

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3 years 8 months ago - 3 years 8 months ago #1 by Craig Sargent
So, I have kits in 1/48 of A-4s, TA-4s, CT-4s, MB339s and Strikemasters - all the types I worked on in the Air Force, but they are all in a stage of progression where I deem them too far advanced for entry into a GB, so this leaves me with 2 options, neither of which will be straight forward (thank goodness for 1 year time frame).

I can build this:


Or this:


Undecided at this point, but leaning toward the 727. Biggest issue is that it has to be shortened significantly as we flew the -100 and the kit is the -200. Here is a rough size comparison.

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Hasegawa 1/48 OA-4M Skyhawk conversion
Hasegawa 1/48 A-4M Skyhawk
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3 years 8 months ago #2 by Tiger
Replied by Tiger on topic RNZAF 80th Anniversay GB - 1/72 TBA
I'm not a huge plane buff but I would probably go with the Orion :whistle:
Just chucking it out there .B)

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3 years 8 months ago #3 by Powder
Replied by Powder on topic RNZAF 80th Anniversay GB - 1/72 TBA

Craig Sargent wrote: (thank goodness for 1 year time frame).


Fair call. :P

Either one would be good to see finished but the 727 would be a good project to follow on the forum.

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3 years 8 months ago - 3 years 8 months ago #4 by 1/35th Battalion
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Crikey, I guess you've noted that 727 conversion would not be a simple fuselage chop? Looking at your illustration above and a few other images around the web I note that the wings are mounted somewhat further rearward on the 100. Now there is a challenge, amongst several, in this proposed conversion. :whistle: :P
A brave, or mad, fulla? :lol:
Of course, there are always those smaller scale kits of which there are quite a few 727-100's still available . . .:whistle: :whistle: :whistle: :whistle:
I'll be watching, whichever way you go, so good luck on the journey.

David

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3 years 8 months ago #5 by Craig Sargent
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Yes, the complexity of the required surgery is noted, and I was well aware of it going in to this. I've decided my entry will be the 727, as the Orion will actually require more time to detail and build (believe it or not), but I plan to get the Vietnam GB A-7 build out of the way first, and then will start on this, most likely in the New Year when I get back from the US (which will mean late Jan). Events may overtake me and I may make a start sooner, but see how we go. There is also quite a bit of detail needed and possibly some corrections/additions.

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Hasegawa 1/48 OA-4M Skyhawk conversion
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3 years 6 months ago #6 by Craig Sargent
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Boxing Day was quiet so made a start on converting/shortening the fuselage halves. Port side done, but starboard a little more complex as I have to move a door as well.


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Hasegawa 1/48 OA-4M Skyhawk conversion
Hasegawa 1/48 A-4M Skyhawk

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3 years 6 months ago #7 by grunzter
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Wow, a craftsman is at work here!
Awesome to see this take shape, and I know you will pull it off!

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3 years 6 months ago #8 by Bishop
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A way better choice. Nothing like chopping up a perfectly good kit and making a masterpiece. I AM WATCHING THIS ONE!!!

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