What’s in the box, or the Halifax mystery!

I got a few models from an estate, and 2 of them was Halifax bombers in 1/72 from Revell.
I decided to take a look in one of the boxes, just to see what the kit looked like, but to my surprise there was 2 kit boxes inside.
So I did a check on the other box, and it was crammed with sprues, instructions and a folder with pics and decals.

I just hade to take a closer look at the contents in the boxes.

Box one
Box one
Box two
Box two

These boxes was found in the first box.

Box 3 and 4
Box 3 and 4

An old Airfix Halifax and a conversion set.

In the other box I found this. A little more normal content.

Instructions, decals and reference pics
Instructions, decals and reference pics
Double sets of sprues
Double sets of sprues
The 2nd glass sprue
The 2nd glass sprue
Fuselage and interior sprues
Fuselage and interior sprues
Wing sprues
Wing sprues

Some sprues clearly are double but the other fuselage and wings seems to be missing.

So what’s in the Airfix box?

The Airfix box
The Airfix box
the contents laid out
The contents laid out

Here it seems the missing parts to other Revell kit is put together with fuselage and wings for the Airfix kit and some other parts that seems to be cast.

In the last box I found this.

Contents of the last box
Contents of the last box

My conclusion of what I’ve seen, is that the previous owner had planned to build a civil version of the Halifax.

There are some quite nice cast engines and other parts in white metal.

I’m not sure what I’m going to do with all this. I’ll do a check to see that I have all the parts needed for one kit at least. Then I’ll see what I’ll do with the rest.

Interesting find though! πŸ™‚

Spitfire MK XII – finishing touches

With all the decals done and a clear cote to seal them, I could start with the weathering.
So I used black oil colour and some white spirit to give panel lines a wash.

Panel line wash
Panel line wash

Then I let it sit for a few hours before I started wiping off the excess with cotton buds and some white spirit (where needed).

Excess wash removed
Excess wash removed

I then did some painting with aluminium to create a little wear on wings and prop blades.

Aluminium wear painted
Aluminium wear painted

Black oil colour was again used, but this time to create some dirt and grime like sooth from the shell ejection holes and some general grime.

Grime added
Grime added

I also added sooth from the exhaust pipes, removed the masking from the canopy and added the mirror and painted it. And with that I think I’ll call it finished, and will take proper pics later today.

Finished
Finished
Pic 2
Pic 2
The belly
The belly

Spitfire Mk XII – update 2

After a few sessions, almost all the decals are on.

Topside decals
Topside decals
Right side
Right side
Left side
Left side
Underside
Underside

Just a few decals left, and as the instructions are a bit unclear about some of them, I have to ask some who know, or eventually find the info on Google.

Spitfire Mk XII – update 1

The pilot was finished and some seams taken care of.

Pilot painted
Pilot painted

Then the pilot was put in place, which meant I had to carefully remove the front glass, as I couldn’t slip the pilot in as intended.

Then the underside was painted.

Underside painted
Underside painted

I have a roll of semi clear masking film that I wanted to try. The wings was fairly easy and part of the body, but I ended up resorting to blue tac and tape for the rest of the camo.

I think I’ve rushed the build a bit in an attempt to finish in time, so maybe the paint was too fresh. The masking film and tape removed parts of the paint.

Camo painted
Camo painted

Hard to see the flaws in the sun shiny pic but had to sort some of it with some freehand painting.

Camo touched up
Camo touched up
Underside
Underside

The the wings was masked and a yellow field painted on the front ledge.

Yellow front ledge
Yellow front ledge

I’ll check if more touching up is needed, and then put on a cote of varnish, before applying decals.

Big arrival

This was the last one according to the seller, and with permission from my mistress, I was allowed to buy it.
It took a while to arrive, but that was my own doing, which is corrected now.

Harrier AV-8B boxart
Harrier AV-8B boxart

1/18 will make it quite large, and here’s a sneak peak of the contents.

Lid off
Lid off

It sure would be nice to build it, but I need to clear some other builds first, and also the work space.

Warrior – Revell 1/72

This is a kit that have been sitting on the shelf for several years. When looking for something else I found the instructions and “missing” parts, I decided to try and finish it.

Little  shelf queen
Little shelf queen

From the start I intended to do somekind of what if future vehicle, but decided to build it as it is this time.

Revell has it own colour markings with their colour brand and very often mixes which doesn’t make it easy to translate, and it isn’t always easy to find the right corresponding colour.

I was told that Hu29 with some white might work, so I tried.

Dark earth painted
Dark earth painted
Turret in place
Turret in place

While handling it I accidently broke the barrel. Have to sort that later.
I wasn’t happy with the colour though, so I ordered a colour I think should be a proper match and repainted the vehicle.

Repainted
Repainted

Now I’ll just mask it and paint the od colour. Then I need to paint the tracks and wheels and all the details.

BAE Warrior – Airfix 1/48 – Finished

This kit I also intended to have in a small diorama with the figures I also got. The figures are about half done, meaning they’re assembled and painting is started.
I also need to figure out how I want the dio to look. I’ll get to the dio later, and meanwhile, here’s some pics of the finished Warrior!

Pic 1
Pic 1
Pic 2
Pic 2
Pic 3
Pic 3
Pic 4
Pic 4
Pic 5
Pic 5
Pic 6
Pic 6
Pic 7
Pic 7
Pic 8
Pic 8

Enjoy! πŸ™‚

Fairey Flycatcher – Armory 1/48 – box peek

I got this kit as a Secret Santa gift from a friend in USA.

Boxart
Boxart

As I’m going to start with this build very soon, I took a good look at the contents.
First of all, it’s a short run kit with resin engine and etched parts, and it looks nice at a first glance. So what’s in the box?

Inside the box
Inside the box

I’m starting with the instructions, which looks fairly nice and starts with parts layout, which might come in handy.

Instructions front page
Instructions front page
Instructions 2-3
Instructions 2-3
Instructions 4-5
Instructions 4-5
Instructions 6-7
Instructions 6-7
Instructions last page
Instructions last page

Then the painting instructions.

Painting instructions front page
Painting instructions front page
Painting 2-3
Painting 2-3
Painting rear side
Painting rear side

I think the instructions looks nice and clear and the paint options are quite nice.

All parts comes in one bag with bags within, and all are zip-lock, which is nice.
First the engine parts that are cast in resin and looks very nice.

Resin engine parts
Resin engine parts

The rest are injection molded and also looks very nice. Time will tell when when I start the build.

Sprue 1
Sprue 1
Sprue 2
Sprue 2
Sprue 3
Sprue 3

The other wing had loosened from the sprue, but I didn’t notice until I picked it up.

Sprue 3 wing
Sprue 3 wing
Sprue 4
Sprue 4
Sprue 5
Sprue 5

Lastly there was a bag with etched parts, instrument film and decals.

Decals and photo etch
Decals and photo etch

By the looks of it, this is a very nice kit, and will prove quite interesting to build especially as I usually don’t build biplanes or mid war planes. Looking forward to the build!

Academy 1/35 – M3 Stuart Honey – finished!

Here’s some pics of the finished Stuart Honey! Enjoy! πŸ™‚

Finished 1
Finished 1
Finished 2
Finished 2
Finished 3
Finished 3
Finished 4
Finished 4
Finished 5
Finished 5
Finished 6
Finished 6
Finished 7
Finished 7
Finished 8
Finished 8
Finished 9
Finished 9
Finished 10
Finished 10

Even if the build totally took quite some time, it was a fun build. Nice with interior details even if they’re not seen with the top on. The worst part of the build was the stiff decals, which seems to be a problem on older Academy models. Newer models have decals made by Cartograph, that are excellent.

If I can find a suitable figure set I might do a small dio.