Monday, 12 August 2019

1/48 Special Hobby Fairy Firefly Mk I - 1771 Sqn FAA

The Special Hobby Firefly Mk 1 took my fancy at a swap and sell a few years ago as it was in the attractive RN Dark Slate Grey and Extra Dark Sea Grey scheme.  It also had a Kiwi option in the box.



This particular aircraft was operated by 1771 Squadron Fleet Air Arm (FAA) from HMS Implacable in 1944. It was lost during an attack on the Rorvik port in Norway on the 26 October 1944. The pilot Sub Lt R.M Shaw (RNZN) and his observer Sub Lt G.M. Smith were killed during the attack.

The Kit

  • 1/48 Special Hobby Fairy Firefly Mk 1 (Kit No 48127)

Detail is pretty nice straight from the box.  They build up well albeit with the exception of the clear parts which do take a bit of work to get to fit. I do wish they’d moulded them so they could be posed open to display the nicely detailed cockpit. I think I’ll build another at some stage.  



Aftermarket

  • Master Model barrels 
  • Eduard Steel Seatbelts although these were for the Trumpeter kit
  • Barracuda Wheels
  • Barracuda Prop


Prior to the build I'd also grabbed a few Barracuda vac form canopies I had intended to use the Barracuda vac form canopies so I could pose the front and rear cockpits open. However the vac forms are for the grand phoenix kits and the front one doesn't fit correctly over the fuselage behind the cockpit so I decided to use the kit clear parts and do closed cockpits.  



Paint

  • Tamiya XF22 German Grey for the Dark Slate Grey 
  • Lightened Mr Color Extra Dark Sea Grey (EDSG) for the EDSG. 
  • Mr Color Duck Egg Green and Mr Color Sky was used for the underside
  • Black - Gaianotes German Grey
  • Various Vallejo Acrylics for details

Clear Coats

Gloss - Mr color Super ClearGloss
Flat - SMS Clear Flat

Weathering

  • Oil paints
  • Coloured pencils
  • Pigments
  • Tamiya Weathering Sets

Build Threads

The Photos


























Saturday, 27 July 2019

1/48 Eduard Hawker Tempest - 486 (NZ) Sqn RAF


This was built as a review build for The Modelling News. The aircraft I have depicted is JN803, which is option B in the series II boxing. It was operated by No. 486 (NZ) Sqn RAF. Another reason I chose this aircraft was that it as fitted with a filter covering the whole of the intake - something I'd not seen before.

This aircraft was one one of the earliest Tempest Mk.V Series 2 aircraft and was flown by many different pilots in the campaign against the V-1 flying bombs. It is believed that the 26 kill markings relate to claims made by pilots flying the aircraft rather than claims by any one pilot. This total makes JN803 one of the most successful Tempests against the V-1. . JN803 was often flown by F/O ‘Jack’ Stafford, who had shot down 4 of the V-1s on its scoreboard.

JN803 - IWM Photo

The Kit


  • 1/48 Eduard Tempest Mk. V Series II (Kit# 82122)




Aftermarket

  • BarracudaCast Resin Seat
  • BarracudaCast Resin Spinner
  • BarracudaCast Late Typhoon Wheels

The Figure

  • BarracudaCast Pilot  - He is quite nicely cast. He was painted with Vallejo Acrylics with a simple wash used to bring out the facial features.

Paint

  • Dark Green  - Mr Color Dark Green C361 and Tamiya XF81.
  • Ocean Grey - Tamiya AS 1. with some Mr Color C362  Ocean Grey spots 
  • Medium Sea Grey -  Tamiya AS 11 with some Mr Color C363 medium Sea grey spots
  • Black - Gaianotes German Grey
  • White -  Mr Color C69 Off white
  • Various Vallejo Acrylics for details

Clear Coats

  • Gloss - Mr Color Super Clear
  • Flat - Gaia Notes Flat prior to weathering
  • Dullcoate as the final Clear Flat

Weathering

  • Oil paints
  • Pigments
  • Tamiya Weathering Sets

Build Threads

















This last photo shows a comparison between the Typhoon and Tempest. As you can see the Tempest is significantly bigger.