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.
"Now I can see his properly I can see just how good a job you've done on him. Superb!!"
Thanks Tony overall I like having a human involved. I did quite a bit of trimming etc to get him to fit properly and hold control stick etc. But I can’t take credit for the figure painting – I bought him pre-painted on E-bay!
"That figure really helps bring it to life. Will be great seeing it all together as you have envisioned it. Though it is a shame that he will be in the way of all the instrument work you done on the cockpit there..."
Hey Xtremer yeah he pretty much totally obscures the cockpit walls that I spent about 42,000 hours detailing!
Haha Grant, Yes - Did I turn the oven off? Did I lock the front door? Did I come across as a pompous dick at my ‘Ace’ ceremony speech? Or…
Do figures in planes still seem a bit unfashionable? Maybe because they are associated with the hobby in the 70s. I'd personally love more of an opportunity to incorporate them. It would be nice to have a crew for the 1/32 He-111 for example.
Having got back to some modelling recently after many years II guess I benefit from no current modelling "fashion-sense". I consider that a good thing because I love the figure in this plane! It adds such a sense of context and scale for me. Realising how cramped the cockpit is really brings home the intensity of the pilots experience - noise, smell, restricted movement etc. Since I'm going to try posing the plane in flight a pilot seems apt
Yeah a whole crew for the Heinkel would be sweet Grant..
PJNZ wrote: Having got back to some modelling recently after many years II guess I benefit from no current modelling "fashion-sense". I consider that a good thing because I love the figure in this plane! It adds such a sense of context and scale for me. Realising how cramped the cockpit is really brings home the intensity of the pilots experience - noise, smell, restricted movement etc. Since I'm going to try posing the plane in flight a pilot seems apt
Yeah a whole crew for the Heinkel would be sweet Grant..
Very cool Paul he looks great in the pit
The noise,smell and restricted movement helped the pilots be one with there plane.......
Coming along great Paul.
I think your 'rough' cockpit weathering is great. The pilot figure looks excellent too although he obscures the cockpit somewhat. Still, we've seen the photos ... we know its there.
Looking forward to the engine and more ...
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I'm going to have the cowling closed so wont bother painting engine etc but I think I still need to insert it all so the prop and exhausts etc all have a platform to attach to.
I applied a dulling wash over the instrument panel because the decal colour was too bright and fresh - see comparison dash decal along side
She is coming along nicely PJ! Check your instructions ...I cant put the cowl on mine with the engine inserted...there are two options in that regard!... In hindsight I wouldn't have done mine as it is fighting me every step of the way!!!!!
"Of all the things I've lost I miss my mind the most"
Repeating what others have said, I too like the dulled down instrument panel for the scale effect. I'm somewhat amazed a modern kit with an engine in it does not fit properly. This is something that seldom gets picked up with box reviews online that I find annoying. It's all well and good waxing lyrical in reviews about detail and rivets etc but if the kit doesn't fit together why bother writing a review at all? The real review worth reading is WIP builds just like this one. Keep up the good work PJ.
Thanks guys Yes the dulled down dash looks better. I might try painting the upper dash and see how it compares to the decaled option.
Corran I read instructions (remarkable!) and am now working on the engine out / cowling closed option. I had to cut the machine gun mounts off for the rear top cowl to fit. I'll keep dry-fitting all parts as I go before final gluing of all cowlings. Then hopefull it'll look pretty good and ready for assembly of wings etc then painting.
I think I'd like to try a yellow now colour scheme.
Well I had a go at painting the upper dash. First applied an overall enamel grey
Then started picking out the details of dial bezels
Continued painting details and applied a few drops of Krystal Klear over the dial faces to simulate glass. After quite a bit of time and concentration I had had enough and the result looked half decent.
Last thing was to apply a wash to dull it all down a bit. I had a great idea how to dry the paint and KK ready for wash - just sit it near the desk lamp bulb for a few minutes...
To be fair thhis isnt quite the dried out result I had in mind....
Grant, Yeah hopefully once is enough! Funny how in hindsight it was so obviously not the best idea..
Kane, Yeah he’s looking blank cos he’s heading into heavy cloud with no HSI or Altimiter!
Thanks Andrew that’s kind of you mate. I actually nearly asked you or Corran if you had one but then got impatient and just used the decal version. Cheers tho!
K2, Yeah kinda funny! Actually I was surprised how little it bothered me at the time considering all the effort I spent on it.
Von Drinkoften, Ouch warping the T-26 tracks would have been a bit harder to replace than this panel!
Hey Tony, A scotch is the trick huh? I’ll keep that in mind
So I stuck the decaled version in and accentuated it a bit with some painted details and then washed it to dull it down. It’s not that flash but still ok I think. Then I started cleaning up and gluing some wing bits. Hopefully soon I will stick all wings on fuselage and fill gaps (especially where main wings meet body underneath) and then apply some primer! Looking forward to getting into painting!