My 2020 build log
I started this year with Revell’s 1/48 Typhoon finished in the RAF Battle of Britain 75th anniversary display scheme.
I then moved on to two old 1/32 Revell kits that I picked up for £10 each.
The Corsair has very little internal detail so I used this kit to practise scratch building. I made up a lot of the interior bulkheads and wheel wells, added details to the cockpit and added the window under the cockpit floor.
I converted the Mosquito from a fighter bomber to a nightfighter with a resin nose kit. I know that there are other changes I should have made such as the canopy, but I couldn’t find replacements for these.
A differrent, and fun, build came next. Italeri’s 1/12 F-104 cockpit kit. The colours used in the instructions don’t match reference pictures so there’s a bit of artistic licence employe in places. Adding all of the thiny details to the instruments was time consuming but well worth it. I would love it of Italeri re-issue the F-16 kit again or even release other kits like this.
Two new kits finished out the year for me, both Airfix and 1/48. The Tiger Moth is a great kit to practise rigging as there isn’t too much of it and it’s relatively easy to postition. I added the Eduard PE kit to add detail and used a mixture of PE and lycra lines for the rigging and control cables.
Finally, I built the Mk.1 Tropical Hurricane. I wanted to try weathering on this one as up until now my kits had been cleanly finished. I used hairspray chipping and pastels to attempt a battered, well-worn finish to the Hurricane as I’m sure that the North African theatre environment was not forgiving.