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  1. Opened my next build! The Airfix 1/144 Wasa. I find the history of this ship to be fascinating. This will be the smallest scale I have tried. Looking to really hone my skills and techniques on very small features, especially painting the stern. Pictures I have seen show it to be beautiful and I hope mine will reach that level when complete. I checked the MSW index and only see one build of this Airfix kit and that is by kpnuts. Fantastic job! I really like the ocean effects and the displaying of the ship lesning over before it eventually sank. Numerous other builds of other kit manufacturer
  2. Its taken me a while to realise "things with wings" were allowed on MSW, so here is a small selection of build shots from a recently finished project of mine of the mighty Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat in 1/24th scale! - A bit of a beast, but it actually went together fairly straightforwardly - well most plastic kits do compared to wooden model ship in my experience! 😆 The markings I chose were for a Fleet Air Arm Hellcat, JZ935 flown from HMS Indomitable by Sub-Lt T.B.Speak, as you will see from the reference photo, it came to grief on the flight deck (take a close look at the front of th
  3. Hello, this is my first model kit, started it the other week. Decided to post on here for tips/advice/ideas and thoughts. Thanks.
  4. This is my first attempt at model ship building... I plan to move on to wooden ships but thought I'd try my hand at a plastic ship first to ease into the hobby. The kit requires quite a bit of time spent removing the excess flashing. I tried my hand at acrylic paints initially but decided to stick to Humbrol enamel paints (hand painted) as recommended in the manual. Instead of Humbrol 81 Matt Pale Yellow, I opted for 63 Sand Matt as I felt it didn't look as bright and had a more muted tone. Got a sore throat while painting the hull and wondered if it was due
  5. My new one commissioned by my boss, the Airfix Wasa, I bought it off ebay and I've no idea how it was stored but its warped to hell, its been a real pig to get it together, didn't do it as per instructions as i could not get the deck atattched and level so glued the hull front together then when the glue set glued the rear the glued the deck a bit at a time using loads of masking tape to hold it till dry. Broke lots of these bits on the top rails (whatever they are) so will have to make so
  6. I decided to build another 1/600 Airfix kit, RMS Queen Elizabeth 2. This kit is also kind of hard to find and a bit pricey. The box is a little messy but the kit is complete and in good condition.
  7. After enjoying building the Airfix 1/600 RMS Queen Elizabeth I purchased as many 1/600 Liners as I could find. The rarest one is the Airfix SS France which I finally found on ebay at a high but reasonable price. She is my current project but I have to be careful since messing her up and trying to replace her would not be easy. So far she is in prime with the propeller shafts and stabilizers installed. I really would have preferred to leave them until near the end of the build but they needed a lot of filler which would have messed up the paint job. I'll just have to watch out for them as th
  8. I have a 1/350 Lusitania on hold waiting for parts so I decided to try out a 1/600 scale ship. I didn't think I would enjoy the smaller size but it's growing on me. I just added some PE and decals to the decks tonight. I am going to finish up all the inclined ladders/stairs with PE and add PE railings . I started gluing on a few decks and am test fitting on the superstructure. I used some left over 1/350 PE grills for the vents and printed up some basic window decals. I masked and painted the bridge windows and then decided decals were much easier and look about the same.
  9. Hi Everyone as a Newbie here, this is my first post, so I hope I have completed everything ok. Nearly finished painting all the parts for my Airfix 1:72 Golden Hind Galleon, won't be long before the Assembly begins ⚓⚓⚓⚓
  10. Greatings to everyone, I am very happy to be back in this forum again! All these years I have been admiring the magnificent work of the members. Here I'll post the built log of this old airfix kit which I was given by very good friend. The box is very old, 1970s packaging. Some paint traces on the hull from an old painting attempt, and some pieces of the original masts bend broken or missing. I know, a rather rough start. I'll attempt to built the kit and correct some of its problems while I am at it. I really love 17th century ships, and I really look forward for this built. Thank y
  11. This is a commision I undertook for a good friend last year. We had a correspondence through Facebook, whether it was possible to turn his Victory Kit, which was still unopened into a 74. Several ideas and plans were put into consideration. The ship would have no sails or masts, and it would be a kind of "Admirality" type, just the hull sitting on a base resembling a launching cradle. With the exception of the Heller's Superebe and Glorieux, there are no other 74 on the kit market, certainly no british, and seems nobody had done something like that either. The plan was as follows
  12. I have decided to make a slight distraction from my HMS Greyhound build, and start on my Sub kit instead, its been sat in the cupboard for a while so I decided to take it out - shake off the dust and have a go of it. When I used to live close to one of UKs RN ports I used to see these class of subs on an almost daily basis, so it is fitting to build her, the name fits in nicely also Here are a few pics showing he contents and also a couple of my pics from where I used to live showing one of the actual subs. OC.
  13. Hi all I decided to give this one a go, it's actually a very nice kit and at 12.99 cheap. Here's the box instruction booklet and my start on it. I intend to put it on a base in a very rough sea.
  14. Ahoy, as I promised I will start my first building log after the Easter holidays, so here we are. It will be my first Sailing ship kit after almost 10 years. My first kit was the Airfix HMS Victory at the age of 14 and it went right to the scrap yard. I already bought this kit another time for a second try, but til then it will be the HMAV Bounty. Excuse my photos, because they are taken with my mobile phone. Hopefully my new camera will arrive til the end of April. Anyway you can see my progress until now. First step was getting rid of the multiple layers of dust. After that I decided,
  15. With my 9 year old son now having three models under his belt (two ships) with my help: He asked what was next on the horizon. I was actually given an Airfix 1:180 HMS Victory model recently and I realized I now had two in stock. So.....we are going to do dual builds. The models are packaged differently but contain exactly the same kit components. We are laying things out and mapping out our plan. I am planning to do this one out of the box with no 'improvements.' His model will be all him. It will be interesting to get back into painting. The paint in both boxes is qu
  16. I am awaiting a new project to arrive soon in the shape of an Airfix Trafalger class RN attack submarine, it is in 1 350 scale and will be based on one of those that was based at Plymouth Dockyard UK. I have worked on a quick drawing here it is not colour accurate as the real ones are generally a combination of very dark greys and different black colours. OC
  17. Good Morning All, Normally, I would link to my Picasa album, but instead I think I will share the highlights and provide a link as well. As I mention over on my blog, this model is the one that finally got me into maritime historical research, way back in 1988. This is a link to my blog entry about the model and build - Building Airfix's "Santa Maria" And this is the link to my Picasa album - Airfix 1/384 "Santa Maria" Cheers, Robert
  18. Hi all well back off hols and made a tentative start on this one The kit comes with stubby half cannons for the lower decks( I may live to regret this but Ive decided to open up the gun ports and make some whole guns to put behind them, since they are below decks and you wont see much of them they wont need to be too detailed or accurate, and I am only doing one side as they would never do a broadside on both sides, I mean what admiral in his right mind would choose to take the risk of a broadside on both sides at the same time) also it means I've only got to make 30 guns
  19. Hi, When I wrote my profile. I said I was going to be building the HMS Victory with the Cutty Sark mixed in to help me retain some of my insanity. Well after getting the Heller Victory. And realising just how detailed she is. I realise I need a lot of research before wading in. So I've started the Cutty Sark just to blow away a few cobwebs. And relearn what I've forgotten and learn all that's new. Since the invention of the Internet... Now as I say I'm just having fun. But any suggestions or alternative methods whatever will be most welcome. And before any one says anything yes I'v
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