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RAH-66 Comanche

April 23, 2017 in Aviation

Hi folks, just a quick build whilst I take a break from the big harrier currently on the bench. This is Revells 1/72 kit of the Boeing-Sikorsky RAH-66 prototype. I made an impulse buy for £8 at the local model shop!
The Comanche was originally designed to be a stealth reconnaissance scout helicopter, which could either designate targets for the AH-64’s or engage smaller targets itself. There were two prototypes built and the first made it maiden flight in 1996. The program was eventually scrapped in 2004 costing the tax payer 6.9 billion!
The Comanche was armed with a 20mm Gatling cannon and could carry 6 hellfire missiles internally. There was also an option of fitting external stub wings capable of carrying a further 12 hellfires, at the sacrifice stealth capabilities.
The kit itself builds up… well like a sixteen year old, £8 Revell kit! There is the option of opening up the internal side stores to show the missiles, and also the stub wings are included along with the additional ordinance if desired. I decided to do a simple build and keep everywhere closed up to show the sleek stealthy shape of the air frame.
The prototypes were a light olive green, but I went with my own plan and built a ‘what if it entered service’. I painted it all in Tamiya XF-1 matt black and didn’t use any varnishes at all to try and capture the radar absorbing finish. This obviously meant no decals, so I left it completely unmarked.
The actual helicopter was quite small and measured 14 meters in length, and the model itself measures about 12cm. I was going to put a paint jar in one of the photos to get an idea of scale, but then forgot…
In all, well worth £8 and a fun little build! Thanks for looking.

Harrier Gr.7 – ZG-501 (1996)

March 12, 2017 in Aviation

Dear Mates,
here my recent finished build, a Harrier Gr.7 from Eduards Ltd. Edition.
I have to say that this kit was my personally nightmare, I had a lot of troubles with it (was not always the fault of the kit ;))
But at the end the result was not so bad, I like the NATO-Green camouflage and the complexity of this airplane.
Cheers, Christian

MonoFix SHAR FRS.1

October 21, 2016 in Aviation

Before Kinetic released the British 1st Gen. SHARs the only good way to build one was a kit-bash. Here is my bash from 2013/14. There is too much to describe here so I have included a link to my WIP on BM. This is old school modeling that I get the most enjoyment doing. Maybe that will change when I build some shake n bake kits that I have collected over the years.

Show & Tell – Lynchburg Air Show

May 22, 2016 in Show Reports

Mostly show, not tell – but I will say I never went to an air show before yesterday. Weather was questionable but worked out. I don’t use the word ‘awesome’ much, but will say the Blue Angels fit that description.
Also first I ever saw a P-51 in flight, or an AT-6 Texan, not to mention a DeHaviland Vampire and Royal Navy Harrier, which kindly parked in mid-air.

Monogram 1/48 AV-8B

March 22, 2016 in Aviation

Almost OOB build with a Black Box cockpit finished in Model Master enamels and Super Scale decals for VMF-214.


Kinetic 1/48th BAe Sea Harrier FA.2

December 8, 2015 in Aviation

There just something great about the Harrier and such a shame they taken out of service far too early.

Still there good kits released of this classic British aircraft and Kinetics’ 1/48th Sea Harrier FA.2 is a very good kit eventually. End product justifies the effort, but not the easiest to build.

Fly Navy!

Airfix 1/72 Harriers

November 29, 2015 in Aviation

I have been an Airfix fan for many years and in recent times their new moulds just keep tempting me to buy and build.

The Harrier kits are excellent, well detailed and an enjoyable build.

1/32 Trumpeter AV-8B II Plus

November 12, 2015 in Aviation

I finished this one in September of this year and it wasn’t without its challenges. Lots of ill-fitting parts and inaccuracies- some that were fixable, some not. I used an Aires cockpit and wheel wells. The cockpit did not fit very well and required much work to get the fuselage halves to mate properly. I modified the landing gear and fully articulated them so the are full extended at hover and compress when “landed”. I made the deck from styrene sheet and brass tie-downs. the non-skid surface was made by using an artist gel medium and a stiff brush. I custom mixed all the Polyscale paints. I was disappointed that it won 2nd place in the 1/32 scale jet category this year in McMinnville, but that’s the way it goes. You win some and you lose some.

Fujimi AV-8A 1/72

February 27, 2015 in Aviation

This was a difficult kit to put together well, especially to get the wheels and air brake retracted. The way Fujimi designed this kit it was very fragile and weird breakout of parts. Unfortunately, I’ve got 2 more old Fujimi AV-8’s in my stash!

Outside of a lot of slimming, filing and sanding (and a pilot), I didn’t add any extras to this. The reason I built it is that I purchased a decal set for a Sundowner’s F-4, and the set included these decals, and I wanted to test the decal sheet before building the F-4. Unfortunately (also), the decals weren’t the best to work with – not very pliable and didn’t conform well even with Solvaset. I used all the smaller decals, but for the stars and bars I went to my spares box, so they’d conform over the small inlets they sit over.

Overall, I’m satisfied with the result. This was a bugger to handle as it is really tiny in 1/72! Had to be very careful during painting not to knock stuff off.

Hasegawa Harrier Plus

January 28, 2015 in Aviation

Hi guys, here is my latest work, Harrier Plus from Hasegawa.The model completed with Aires cockpit, Aires wheels bay, Eduard PE.All comments are welcomed.

PS: In case you wonder, the fit of Aires cockpit is ok but not for the front wheelbays.