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.
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.
I've been banned from starting anymore 1/32 kits because they are already stacked on most available level surfaces around the house. What luck! I happen to have this it in my stash for the RNZAF build. This will be out of the box.
What's in the box?
The kit looks very nice. I got the gift set so I have the paints an brushes etc, but I won't use these.
Here's this morning's progress:
The kit is excellent so far. A real joy to build in fact.
Xtr3meNZer wrote: Must be brail scale compared to what you're used to!
Actually it's really refreshing to make quick progress rather than spend a whole week just filling and sanding a big 1/32 kit. This is the first of the newer mold Airfix kits I've made (even though I have lots in the cupboard waiting for me). Really impressive engineering.
Nice Grant. I've never really got on with Airfix plastic, but I don't have a lot of experience with it tbh. I do get the feeling that the details they add are more approximations and simplified than those that Trumpeter and Eduard are producing now, but they still come up very nicely. That's looking great, but considering it's 1:72 scale, and your track record finishing 1:32, the big question is, why haven't you finished already?
grover wrote: I do get the feeling that the details they add are more approximations and simplified than those that Trumpeter and Eduard are producing now, but they still come up very nicely.
Recent Airfix seems to aim to hit a consistent level of detail to a price point. So a lot of the detail is simplified (the seats and cockpit on this kit for example). I think I'd trust recent Airfix for accuracy and fit over either of those two manufacturers though. I'm a big fan of Trumpeter (for the incredible range of subjects mostly) but the fit and engineering is complete rubbish sometimes.
Started on the cockpit and then I realized I need to make a 1/72 scale photo base. I made it big enough for a B-17 and maybe even a Victor. I might have to look out for some ground figures and vehicles.
Grant wrote: Started on the cockpit and then I realized I need to make a 1/72 scale photo base. I made it big enough for a B-17 and maybe even a Victor. I might have to look out for some ground figures and vehicles.
Or build a whole squadron...you'd have it done by the weekend!
I was thinking about a 1/72 B-17 or 1/48 B-25 for Gary's bomber command build. I built a B-17 as a kid (and got tube glue on the inside of all the clear parts) so it might be interesting to revisit that subject.
Bought one yesterday at the show (and a new JP3), I'll do mine for this GB aswell.... although mine will be wearing Xtradecal markings. Must qualify as one of the speediest builds seen on KM, Grant. Looks very nice too.