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.
I'll start this build log with a look-over of the kit before getting into the build. Overall, Airfix has done a pretty good job with this kit and to date, it appears to be the best 1-48 Spitfire Mk.1 currently available.
really looking forward to watching this build of probably one the most beautiful fighters ever to grace our skies
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.
The following pix show the Eduard parts and the Airfix parts for comparison. My preliminary thoughts are that you don't gain a lot with the Eduard interior. The Airfix interior is pretty well detailed. The Eduard wheels and exhaust stacks are a different story though. Wheels are better detailed and the exhaust pipes are hollowed.
On the bench:
Airfix 1-48 Tiger Moth
Last edit: 5 years 4 days ago by Viperbuilder. Reason: Dropped a word
And thanks to fellow KM boarder Silver Arrow I'll be modelling this build as one of Alan Deere's aircraft, which had a bit of form to it. In R6981 Deere had a confirmed Bf-109E kill, two damaged claims and a probable on 15 August 1940 but suffered damage to his own aircraft in the process and he ended up having to bale out over Kent.
I’ve done a preliminary dry-fit of the kit and it appears to fit pretty well in most places. The fit of the engine cowl to the fuel tank cover is a bit gappy but I’ll be able to fix that with a plasticard shim to tidy it up.
I like the addition of wing spars to the kit because Spitfires had a wing dihedral of six degrees and on most Spitfire kits it is a challenge to achieve this without some slight modification. I’ve seen many Spitfire builds in my time that fall well short of the required dihedral. This kit appears as though it’ll get there without too much trouble. Airfix has also made provision on the kit's wing for three of the four gun covers on each side to be removed. A bit odd when you would really want all of the covers removed if modelling an ammo change.
The control surfaces have been done quite well are reasonably restrained. At least Airfix resisted giving them the shrink-wrapped look like some other manufacturers tend to do.
With the preliminarys over its now time to start sawing all the resin blocks of the Eduard parts so a bit of painting and assembly can commence.