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.


After received the Airfix Bomber re-supply Set I ‘lost my hobby mojo’ somewhat in the belief that I wouldn’t get a chance to build it and the Lancaster which I bought it to serve support for until October time! But in a renewed push to complete ongoing projects I finished painting a pile of 6mm figures for a wargame and completed the base/stand for the Martin B-57B.

So with renewed determination I set about the Lancaster project. A gift from Rob the Airfix Avro Lancaster B1(F.E.)/BIII in 1/72 gives the option of building one of two versions, I chose the B1 from No. 35 squadron the ‘Tiger Force’ option.

First job was to convert the Humbrol colour call-out to the Vallejo paints that I use, I’m not strict when it come to colours, I believe if it looks right it is right. Next I marked up the instructions highlighting any holes or cuts that need to be made and crossing through the instructions for the variant that I’m NOT doing.

On to the actual build! I decided that Step #1 would be the interior and joining the two fuselage halves together.

Assembly was straightforward and the inside of two fuselage halves and the cockpit were given a black priming coat.

The areas of the fuselage that were to remain black were masked off and a coat of AK’s interior green was applied this was also hand painted to the appropriate parts of the cockpit. The interior green was then given a wash with AK’s interior wash. The remaining black areas were given a light dry-brush with neutral gray and some edges given a very light dry-brushing with gun-metal.

The pilot figure was given a basic paint job and decals were applied.

I had dry-fitted the two fuselage halves and smoothed out any major problems and decided that the best fit would be achieved by gluing in sections, this took about 5 hours in all.

Once the glue was dry I gave the joins a light sanding.

Followed by a light dusting with primer along the joins to check for gaps which I filled and re-sanded.

I’ll finish the fuselage by polishing. In the background ‘Step #2 – the wings’



I bought this kit along with 3 other kits and it cost just less than 6 quid delivered – its not the greatest kit in the world and as the tooling seems to date from 1957! I suspect not the most accurate but builds into a nice representation of an aircraft that is hard to find in kit form.

The finish is not quite right but AK interactive have a new product out that I may try later in the year.

As the landing gear was a bit naff I decided to have the kit in ‘flight mode’, the base was made from a piece of olive tree branch from last year’s trimmings together with a piece of acrylic rod from ebay @ about 8 quid, I still have 2/3 of it left.


I’ve had this kit in the ‘Stash’ for over 5 years, by Atomic City / MRC if assembled with the escape tower its about 30 inches tall!

The kit comes complete with a vinyl astronaut figure that paints up very well indeed. The most difficult part of the build was attaching the retro pack to the heat shield with the metal straps – very fiddly but looks good once done. I added some wiring to the rear of the console that can be seen with the hatch open.  Decals are supplied for all of the Mercury missions, I chose Friendship 7.

Another Eduard kit in 1/48th scale, I wanted to do this to compliment the F4 Phantom, I did both aircraft as flown from The USS Coral Sea.

Again a great offering from Eduard featuring a highly detailed kit with resin, photo etched and masks.

The hardest part of the build was the tail decal, the tail needed to be painted blue and then the multi part decal applied over the very irregular surface – loads of Micro-Sol used!

I completed this some time ago its the Eduard ‘Good Morning Da Nang’ F4 Phantom II, it has all the bells and whistles, Photo Etched, Resin & paint masks to compliment some great details in the plastic. One of my favorite aircraft I’m tempted to get another in the USAF version, this was a detailed but fun kit to build and a joy to paint and decal:-

Rob has so kindly sent me an Airfix Lancaster for my birthday!!! I promised that I would do it as my ‘Birthday build’ and start by posting an ‘unboxing’:-

Airfix 1/72 Avro Lancaster B1(F.E)/B.III kit number A08013.

The kit comes in a very sturdy box with some very striking artwork on it of the Tiger Force (F.E) version of the aircraft, not the view of the Lanc that most of us are used to.


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Once the box is opened your’re greeted with one bag containing all the sprues although the clear sprue is thankfully in another bag – the downside of packaging this way is that delicate parts can get broken in transit as in my case part 16 on sprue C 🙁 not a show stopper.

Inside the box

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The Instruction booklet is well laid out with clear indication of where holes or cuts need to be made and a clear differentiation between the two versions offered, although there is no sprue call out. The colour call out is on the side of the box and lists only Humbrol numbers (who else?)


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Two version markings are supplied a ‘more traditional’ 1943 scheme and a very striking 1945 black and white ‘Tiger Force’ scheme. The decals look good and feel quite thin with very little carrier film outside of the colours.


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Sprue H Clear

I’m afraid can only be called adequate with a number of parts showing ejector pin marks although I’m not sure if or how much they will show, all parts show signs of distortion with part H16 being very poor

Clear Sprue H

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Sprue A

The parts are very cleanly molded with no flash and ejector pin marks light and well out of the way, the outer surfaces have a fine texture to them that will take paint well. Each main wheel comes in two halves (yuk) but is already weighted (yes),

Sprue A

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Sprue B

As Sprue A

Sprue B

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Sprue C

Contains the bomb bay doors, engine hatches, landing gear and many finely molded parts all clean and flash free. There is also a pilot figure – I don’t think that Airfix have changed or improved their 1/72 pilot figures in the last 50 years!

Sprue C

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Sprue D

More finely molded parts with some great details! With the gun barrels looking particularly good for 1/72 scale!

Sprue D

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Sprue F

Mainly the engine nacelles and props, two types of propellers one for each version. The details on the nacelles is stunning, panel lines and rivets brilliant!

Sprue F

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Overall this is a stunning kit with some great details and proves that Airfix are really upping their game, the choice of markings for me is a winner and I’ll be building the ‘Tiger Force’ aircraft. The real challenge will be to maintain all that lovely detail!

It’s been over 50 years since I built a Lancaster and I’m very much looking forward to building this one – Thanks Rob!!


Been ages since my last update, but I have completed some stuff so here is the first update:-













An older kit from 1976 as Revell so kindly (!) Doh molded onto the external surface of one of the tails.


















Even so not too much filling or sanding (although I probably should have done more 😉 )

The advantage of the kit is that it was a cheap easy build so that I could get on with the painting.










Had a disaster when priming – I sloshed primer over the kit while air-brushing so I had to clean all the primer off and re-prime!

I used AK Xtreme metal aluminium which went on easily – the only change I would make in the painting would be to air-brush on the yellow band around the fuselage as the decal (once on) doesn’t match the wing stripes!