A pair of Fairey Fireflies, AZ model 1/48
So, here's my take on a favourite airplane of mine. I decided early on to divert from the classic paint schemes and go for the more colorful, obscure schemes. So here we have an Ethiopian plane with an interesting camouflage, and an Indian target tug with a unique and difficult camo.
As for the kit, anyone with an AZ model under their belt will know it's not a one-week project. Fit is average and pieces need a lot of preparation. However the resin parts are amazing and account for the whole of the cockpit (plus photoecthed) and the landing gear bays.
The Indian plane was more challenging as I decided to use a vac form canopy and also required some changes to be accurate, most importantly the removal of the wing cannons and differences on the observer's canopy. And of course an aluminium finish is troublesome for ill-fitting kits.
Indian planes also carried two external fuel tanks but these are not included in the kit, therefore I used the ones provided in the Special Hobby kit.
Other extra work involved was the use of resin cannon barrels and resin prop and spinner, as well as a full riveting process.
Painting was done with AK xtreme metal and Vallejo paints.
Fortunally decals were obedient to typical application methods. The big lettering on the Indian's underside is painted using a custom made mask, and the small "indian navy" decals on the side are home-printed.
Anyway, not an easy build for this kit, let alone when tackling two of them, but considering the challenges faced, I'm quite happy with the result.
Thanks for looking!
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