This group build is to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain. It will run from 10th of July to 31st of October, 2015, following the dates of the battle.
The build is open to any scale and any subject that played a role in the Battle of Britain. While the Battle of Britain is foremost remembered as an air battle, builds including figures (e.g. famous historical figures from the battle), vehicles and armour (e.g. AA guns) and dioramas (e.g. airfield dioramas) are eligible provided a documented link can be established.
The model must be built entirely within the build dates to qualify, and the build should be accompanied by a thread in the group build forum documenting regular progress. Post your sprues at the beginning of the thread! By the end of the group build (and no later than 24 hours after the completion date) participants should post five pictures of the completed build in the group build forum which will be organised shortly.
To discourage cynical entries the build is open only to those who have been members of KiwiModeller for two months at the start of the group build and with at least thirty posts in the forums. So lurkers, get posting now if you want to enter! I will also vet for cynical or “gaming” entries and vote rigging.
No entry fee will be charged, but this is a good opportunity to make a donation to the upkeep of KiwiModeller.
The winner of the group build will be decided by popular vote. Voting will run for the week following the 1st of November, ending Midday the 8th of November. A deadlock will be decided by a separate run-off vote.
Prior to deciding not to include the engine I had glued the Prop shaft to the engine block which of course then eliminated the possibility of using it for the no engine option. So I devised a cunning plan to create and mount my own prop shaft. It was made a bit trickier by the fact that I had already closed the main cowling. I spent a fair bit of time and fiddly effort getting the backing plate and shaft united successfully inside the closed cowling! Out of interest the shaft is a piece of sprue from the Academy 1/32 Nieuport kit (whittled down a tad) as the sprue from this kit is quite a bit thinner. Anyway my home grown solution seems to have worked out OK
Thanks again guys, I'm appreciating the moral support especially as I'm aiming to meet the looming deadline!
So I removed the masking from wheel wells. Next time I probably won't use bubble gum - too sticky to get off!
Had a go at a grimy wash...Mixed some black oil paint with a touch of white and washed it over whole model then let it partly dry and rubbed off. Not sure it's really got the effect I was after, might have to mess around with it a bit more. Then want to add some mud, exhaust smoke, chipping (should have done before the wash probably) etc...
Update In Stash:
Lots of 1/35 Armor mainly WWII German and a few Modern British/American pieces, 1/32 Aircraft and 1/48 Aircraft. Aircraft chosen to replicate RNZAF and RAAF types through the years. Some RAF & USAF types exist also.
Cheers - yeah good call Kane - I'll try n remove a fair bit of wash to remove the water stain look. Will then try n accentuate panel lines with pin wash.
I want to finally pose the plane at the beginning of a right hand rolling dive as if about to pounce on unsuspecting Spitty below.
Anybody have any ideas how I might create a stand for this? I'm wondering about strong wire or perspex or something? Also wondering about trying to create a painted sky backdrop so maybe I could suspend the plane from something above (out of shot) or attach a horizontal stand to backdrop wall? Anybody seen or tried anything along those lines?
I think it looks great and I think you have the technique down pretty well. It's a matter of taste really. Some people will say that dark panel lines are not realistic, and they probably have something there, but it often makes for a good looking model. Realism isn't everything.
Looks pretty good to me mate. I don't know about realism, as the only real ones of these around now a days are normally kept immaculate. I don't think they would have had a lot of time to clean her up all nicely in between missions...
IMO having the panels lines darker really does make for a good looking model, and yours is really looking awesome
My preference - WW2 RNZAF & Pacific Theatre, Allied & Axis, ETO, Mediterranean, AFV & figures
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PJNZ wrote: But my question is...how the hell am I going to get the exhausts inside the engine cavity??
Can you not just feed them in from the outside? I'd leave off a couple of aft exhaust stubs off the kit mounting plates (E21 and E26) and put some plastic dowel through the exhaust stub hole. This will allow you to use the dowel to wriggle the mounting plate into the gap without fear of it dropping into the interior as you glue it up.
shaunfletcher wrote: Well I cannot imagine why it would be telling someone not to schieben there?
Good spotting Shaun. I munted one of the red 'no step' decals when applying it so had to rip it off and use the 'dont push here' black decals instead (that are meant for the slats at front of wing! Shh...
Well I decided that's enough messing around with weathering and fluid stains etc. So blasted a couple of flat clear coats on. Still have to do canopy and aerial and rear wheel and couple other tiny bits. Also I forgot to stick the dam machine guns in before gluing main cowling in place. Any ideas how to retro fit them welcome!
And should I risk trying to add exhaust stains - Yes or No?