This is the Airfix 1/800 HMS Victory that Rob has gifted me, its a big box!
Scroll down for progress so far

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Just completed the Revell 1/32 Colonial Viper with the Micrografix cockpit and some LED’s to light it up.


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Just completed, the Hobby Boss 1/72 scale F-84E Thunderjet:

There’s not a lot in the box, but it is very well packaged:

Two marking options are provided:-

I’m going to go with the checkered pattern even though I don’t believe placing the decals will be easy 😀

I’ll do the build on Thursday, I don’t think it will take very long and I will complete the paint job and decals  once I get home.

The build was simple enough just needed to paint the cockpit interior to start with

Gloss black prime

Silver and green applied…

…and yellow in the wheel wells

Making a start with the decals – lots of Micro Sol

Top view – and more Micro Sol

Once the all the decals had been properly bedded down and various imperfections had been touched-in a liberal coat of Flory Models Dark Dirt wash was applied and left to fully dry

The wash was polished off with slightly damp paper towel and the panel lines pop out

In all this was to be a ‘nice quick build’, the application of the decals took ten times as long as the kit assembly did! But enjoyable never the less. 

The photos came out well and managed not to reveal most of the flaws in the decals 😉

This was one of 5 kits I bought that worked out at less than 7 pounds each delivered just to have some cheap simple kits to build when I just wanted ‘build something’.
This is a Hobby Boss 1/72 kit, no.87249

As you can see there is not a lot of plastic but what there is looks quite cool, each sprue is individually bagged with the clear sprue being extra wrapped, so a good start there!
Very little flash with the details being very crisp and the part fit was brilliant, so a quick build!
This build was done ‘away from base’ ie not at home. Basic tools were cutters, blade and a set of Flory sanders, for paints I used Vallejo primer, Metalic and Varnish but the colours are my old set of Citadel paints that I ‘re invigorated’ before we left on our summer of wandering 🙂

The pictures aren’t the best, sorry for that but they do give a fair view of a nice little kit! The paint job didn’t come too badly considering I did all the airbrushing standing outside on a balcony!

The clear parts are crystal clear the decals are very good but I couldn’t get the nose decals to join up completely so I used them as a guide and painted in the red – Citadel Red Gore!

A nice quick build and paint job, in all about 10 hours.


Summer is well and truly here, the first of our visitors have been and gone and we are settling in our house-sitters before we leave for Athens and Sofia. Over the next 3 months there will be little chance for serious ‘hobby’, so for me this summer (as last) is mainly a time for planning…

A workbench upgrade is planned, I want to increase the depth of the bench and add a back if possible, re-position the desk lamps and turn two of the large drawers into cupboards. I already have a new daylight lamp and a new Dremel 4000 and one of the drawers is done.

On the hobby front the partially build Lancaster sits in the cabinet waiting for October! I have a couple of packs of ACW 6mm dismounted cavalry and a pack of wagons from Baccus6mm  awaiting painting for some Sharp Practice 2 games. I also have two GHQ unit packs, Italian and Commonwealth from Magister Militum for some 6mm Chain of Command action awaiting painting!

Last but not least I have a copy of “Charlie Don’t Surf” from Toofatlardies as I can feel 6mm Vietnam War action beckoning in the distance 😀

During the summer any ‘odd days’ that we are at home and without visitors I plan to resize two of my gaming 4’x3′ tables to 3’x2′ and make some trestles for them (I hope!)


This is where we left off in step #1

It’s worth noting that I haven’t fitted any of the fuselage windows that should have been fitted prior to the two halve being glued together, I’ll tackle the windows once the build and painting are complete.

The wing interior and main gear wells were primed in black then the wing interiors were given a coat of AK cockpit interior and an interior wash.

Black detailing applied to the main well.

Gear Well frames assembled.

Prior to gluing the wings in place each wing was dry fitted to ensure fit and it was found that the area around the wheel wells was too tight and needed some sanding to ensure an accurate fit.

Upper wing surfaces were positioned and clamped into place prior to applying the glue – Tamiya Extra Thin – allowing capillary action to spread the glue.

The lower wing surfaces were then clamped into position and glued.

The fit between the wing root and the fuselage is exceptional although the leading edges needed a small amount of filling.

The tail-plane assembly was straightforward

as was fitting to the fuselage

Thats the ‘big’ part of the build done the next part will be the engine nacelles.