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.
PJNZ wrote: Thanks Tony, and I would be very interested to see you have a go at an aircraft out of interest.
Thanks Corran, and yes your exhaust stains came out very well. I'll follow your lead and have a go too.
Think ya might have me and K2 mixed up mate..I'm Corran... But I agree with what he said! Im a bit jealous of your progress to honest!! Its looking real good!
"Of all the things I've lost I miss my mind the most"
Corran and K2 - got that mixed up for sure!
Thanks I'm pretty pleased with it so far for my first real go at a WW2 plane. I;m surprised at how many different aspects and how much time is involved tho!
Made some progress on canopy. First dipped in Pledge Klear, then masked using tape, then sprayed primer then sprayed RLM76. It didn't look a very good match with rest of fuse so washed some thin black to darken, then sprayed matt clear coat. Some edges are a little rough and the paint is too fragile / easily chipped off for my liking So I'm wondering how I might seal it on better? I also learned I should probably spray the canopy frame when doing rest of fuse to get a better colour match. Anyway it came out OK all in all.
This gives new meaning to the phrase 'Green Thumb'
Cheers guys. I've got the canopy just sitting in place here. I will try adding some chipping affects to the canopy frame with some silver paint or something to be consistent with the chipping on the body near it. But to me the glass itself looks way too clean and fresh compared to the weathered bodywork - not sure how to weather it somewhat while keeping it looking clear. A fine matt clear sprayed over top would make it murky eh? Hmm...
Xtr3meNZer wrote: Well if they were to clean anything, it would be what they see out of, so I wouldn't worry if it looks too clean... thatt's just my opiniom. Canopy masking etc looks very clean, good job
Thanks for the feedback K2 and I hear you about clean windows being a top priority for good vis. I'm ALWAYS cleaning my m/cycle helmet visor! I think tho these windows look too 'shiny new' for my liking probably because of the Pledge. They would look maybe more suited to a modern jet. I'm thinking back in the day the glass wouldn't have been as clear and pure as modern glass not to mentioned the slight build up of grime over time even with regular cleaning. I'm quite interested now in WW2 glass production quality and maintenance so will have to GTS
Thanks K1 - appreciate that. I'm now pretty keen to get her complete. Still have to figure out how to build a stand to pose her. Also wondering if I'll have time to create a sky backdrop to photogragh against...
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.
Thanks for all the encouragement guys! Yes great 'like' pic Kiwimav!
I've been doing a lot of fiddly stuff trying to get this machine complete - firstly trying to retro fit the cowling machine guns then trying to get the canopy and cowling to fit nicely.. and trying to get a reasonable colour and weathering match on canopy frame bla bla bla ...
Ripped cowling back off to insert guns, and sand some of the end because the front windscreen wasn't fitting in properly. Chopped out the guts under the hood to get room for guns with cowling seated back down properly.
Once I had cowling and guns re-assembled to my liking I looked up how to rig aerials on the net and had a go...
Firstly had a practice shot on a couple bits of skewer using EZ line and Krystal Klear as adhesive.
That seemed to go ok so then attached one end of cable to tail
I had the bright idea of stretching cable toward front with a jig to keep correct angle while glue dried.
So far so good...
Next attached front of cable to stork which I manually held in place for ages while glue dried. (By now I've spent probably 2 hours on this aerial)
So it's looking not too bad by now, right......?
While trying to paint the clear portion (glue) black I dissolved the adhesion and messed it up. Epic fail after lots of effort and patience!
Oh well it wasn't in quite the right spot anyway and the glue had stretched a bit much so must have been meant to do re-do it eh...
Stretched sprue is very easy For anyone interested this is how I do mine - Though it is normally rigging for 1/700 ships and I used it for the Aerial on my 110.
Get a piece of sprue, and light the end of it with a lighter, until it is lit. Once it's burned for a second or two, blow it out, and place the still melted end on to a piece of cardboard, and pull it away... you have to be fairly quick, and if you're steady with your hand, you can have a very very long piece of it. I think the speed you pull it will define the width of the strand.
Looking awesome PJ. Good idea for the aerial, pity it didn't workout using the Krystal Klear glue
I read a tutorial that suggested using a dab of CA adhesive on the plastic and the EZ line dabbed with a bit of CA Accelerator to create an instant bond.
I don't know how well it works as I've never tried doing it myself, but may work better with the "jig" you tried.
Cheers guys, thanks for the feedback and ideas. I did use the stretched sprue method for rigging when I built the WW1 Albatros and liked it. I wanted to try EZ line for the antenna here because I figured it's stretch may allow more resilience against bumps. That said, after reading the comments I did have a little go with stretched sprue and CA glue (1st pic). But when I pulled it taught to attach the other end it came off. So I figured the modelling Gods clearly wanted me to go with the EZ LINE and use CA glue which I did - and finally we have a rigged aerial! (pic 2) Good team effort!
Bishop wrote: Wonderful is the word. Did you drill the ends of the MGs out? If not you can still do so in place. Makes them come alive. Such a nice build.
Thanks Tony The ends of the MGs were already indented about 1.5mm and I just painted the inside black.
Little more progress...Masked and sprayed the red trim tabs.
My main wondering now is how best build a stand that poses the plane in a right hand dive.. Ideally I'd like to avoid drilling hole in fuse to receive a stand but may have to. Also what material might be best for stand - perspex, brass tube..? I can't find much info online re making stands. Any ideas chaps?