The Bell X-1 is one of, if not the most well know 'X' planes in aviation history history. It was the first manned machine to exceed the sound barrier, piloted by Chuck Yeager on the 14th of October 1947.
This kit is the Eduard kit item 8079.
I didn't realise it but I hadn't added my version of Cleopatra III built from the 1/48 Hasegawa P-40N boxing. Head here to have a look at it.
It's been a weekend away for us so bench time has been pretty much non-existent. I've done a bit since we arrived home this afternoon but thought I'd post it up anyway.
As this is a later Lot jet there are a few panels that need be filled to make it up to date. Hasegawa kindly provide a diagram for the nose panels that need to be filled which is what I've done.
To fill the holes I've mixed up some CA and talc to make a material that's quite easy to sand. Mr Surfacer could probably do the job but as it dries it shrinks and leaves the filled areas still visible. This results in an added application and sometimes more depending on how big the area is. This mix of CA and talc has been around for a while and some manufacturers have even produced 'microballons' that act like the talc.
I've applied it with a toothpick on both areas of the nose which need correction. I'll hit them with some wet 400 once dry and then a scrotchbrite to polish to remove any sanding marks.
The Super Hornet continues.
The nose and cockpit tub is together though I've got a couple of seams to remove to make it a RAAF jet. The instructions are kind enough to show you which ones need changing and removal. The fit so far has been excellent with minimal cleanup work. Don't mind the bare plastic in bottom of the tub. I had to remove the locating rail for the bottom of the seat for the resin replacements when they eventually arrive.
The tub is basic but you get the idea.
I like Hornets...a lot. I don't know what it is about them but the combination of elegant design, capability and cool factor do it for me. I occassionally see them zooming around Brisbane although they seem to be flying a lot higher and faster than the F-111's ever did. I hear them but spotting them is a harder game, probably due to their colour scheme blending into the atmosphere.
Steve Evans from Ronin decals released the 1 Squadron Anniversary decals in 72 scale earlier in the year and I was quick to jump on them. My only problem was that I didn't have a kit so I was stalled for the moment.
Our recent swap meet here in Brisbane yielded nothing either so it took a trip into one of the Hobby Stores in the Brisbane CBD to acquire the kit that was appropriate to do a RAAF version that would wear the Ronin decals.
So with that in mind and a few accessories plus a few on order I'm going to turn this...
Probably one of the quickest builds I've done in a long time, I managed to finish the P-47 on Sunday just gone (4th June 2017).
This is the well known 1/48 P-47D by Taimiya. No introductions are needed for it as it's been established as 'the' P-47 to build in 48th scale. The kit is well know for its accuracy, ease of construction and popularity.
I’ve built it to represent “The Reamer’ flown by Lt. Jack H. Reams of the 347FS, 350FG USAAF during their deployment in Italy during 1944-1945. The connection of course being the pilot and my son share the same name, there always has to be a link!
Tamiya’s 1/48th P-47D Bubbletop version first came out in 1999 and I have no reason at all for why I haven't built the kit already. It’s a sad state of affairs that I’ve recently managed to remedy. I was supplied the Lifelike Decals sheet 48-049 ‘Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Part 9’ that contains three schemes to chose from. The first was a Razorback in the olive drab scheme that appeared in the original Razorback box, the second is a Bubbltop although the it has the fuselage fin extension and the final one was a rather plain natural metal scheme that at first glance looked unobtrusive. However on closer inspection it’s name ‘The Reamer’ and it’s glamorous art works had me hooked. And considering the pilot Jack Ream and my son share their first names, I couldn’t go past it.
With a new year it is usually followed by resolutions…I don’t go much for that sort of stuff. I purchased the already much lauded 1/48 Airfix Boulton-Paul Defiant from Paul at The Last Stand Miniatures and Gaming Hardware at Corinda just before the new year rolled over. On the first day of January I started building it, and without any resolutions in sight.
The 1/72 Academy kit of the Hornet has been released for a few years now and has become the accepted model to build if you're after a Hornet in 1/72nd scale.
Fortune would have it that I had been looking at this kit recently and through the gratitude of a friend I had a set of these recently released Worimi Hornet decals in my hand. Steve Evans from Ronin Decals manufactures then here in Australia and they've been released in the three major aircraft scales. I don't know if they're still available but this is his eBay store.
This is the 1/48th Trumpeter FGA.6 Seahawk. I started this about a year ago and I’ve just finished it today (16/10/16). It’s been around a while so and information about the kit is readily available online so I won’t cover that here but I will cover some of the issues that I had when building it.