Airfix

16 Feb 19
The Daily Bounce

February 1945. Germany was in ruins. Yet even in the final stages of defeat somehow the assembly plants continued to function. At MNH (Maschinenfabrik Niedersachsen-Hannover) one of the last batches of Jagdpanthers was loaded onto a train and dispatched to the front. Among them was chassis number 303086, soon to be lost from sight in the maelstrom […]

15 Feb 19
Flying the Camel

On the special hobby gnat first the pilot’s seat needs built up. Note I have replaced the moulded grab handle with one fashioned from wire, the kit part just looked all wrong. after building up the seat and trying to fit it I discovered that it was easier to mount the cushions directly to the […]

15 Feb 19
Bob and Julie’s Adventures

We returned from Rome and what looks increasingly like our last ever family holiday, on Tuesday, leaving Mondays grey leaden thunder and lightening drab bleakness for an incredibly warm and clear blue sky to the airport and crystal clear views from the plane. A little murky over France of course but clarity over the channel […]

15 Feb 19
easy on the eye

For some reason there was a real interest in toy models of Guards Bands when I was a kid, I’m guessing this might have been a spin-off from the excitement of the Coronation in 1953.  Britain’s did some really detailed 1/32nd scale figures which could be purchased individually or in large box sets, and other […]

14 Feb 19
gerrard1813

The day arrived. After school I bought my bus ticket to College Road and watched as we passed the end of Billesley Lane. 2 stops later I got off and walked down Wake Green Road, past the Grammar School, and turned into the curving drive up to our front door. I had a new home. […]

13 Feb 19
johnkruseblog

When I was born in 1960, the Second World War had been over for just fifteen years.  By the late ‘60s I was old enough to register something of these past events and to know that the Tommies fought the Jerries- and won, and that this was what should happen too when my Airfix soldiers […]

13 Feb 19
Flying the Camel

This is one of those occasions where, briefly, I bring the builds together. The dashboards for each kit are dealt with in the same manner, yet very differently. In the Airfix gnat we have a single, yet well printed decal, a little cartoonish, but perfectly adequate under a closed canopy. A similar decal is provided […]

13 Feb 19
Bugman Jones

It’s really important to keep things in perspective. This was brought home to me, forcefully, when I was very young. It’s not just insects, or wildlife, or even nature that fascinates me. It’s everything about the world — and the universe beyond it. I’m embarrassed to say that it’s dimmed a bit of late, but […]

12 Feb 19
Beastie HQ

Hello everybody! Well, I think the title says it all – the terrible twosome are out on tour again, and look where they’ve washed up! I think Belfast’s Titanic Quarter had better brace itself… Paddy was only a little disappointed that he wasn’t allowed to climb up on one of the silvery points and shout […]

12 Feb 19
Mon Legionnaire

Here is a mixed bag of inspirational items related to miniatures (mainly 1:72 scale). 1. Plastic Soldier Review (PSR).  Two of the three new Strelets figures have been reviewed by one of my favorite web pages…the Foot Rif Rebels and the French Foreign Legion Early XX C.  PSR has not reviewed the French Foreign Legion […]

11 Feb 19
Just Needs Varnish!

Still working away on scenery, which means not much to show at the moment for my trouble.  But, following up from my last post, I’ve managed to tidy up another of my small armies, this time WW1 Austrians. I think I started this lot when Irregular Miniatures brought out their 20mm WW1 Austrians, expanding them […]

11 Feb 19
Malcolm V Lowe

The March 2019 issue of ‘Airfix Model World’ magazine contains my four-page history of a major Spitfire version, the Mk.XIV. This is also the cover story of the magazine. This incidentally is Issue 100 of ‘Airfix Model World’ magazine, and I have been a regular contributor since Issue 2, and so it’s a nice achievement. […]

11 Feb 19
Luhman-ations

My New-Ware detail set came in, so I’m getting back to the Saturn V build.  The resin detail parts are very nice.  I’ll be using the batted F-1 engines that came with the New-Ware set.  As far as the aft skirt goes, I’ll be using the resin air scoops that are on the engine fairings.  […]

11 Feb 19
H.A.W.K.S.

Rob Dean Continuing with the Portable Fantasy Game, I finished off a few more figures this week. The second figure from the left is, of course, from the Airfix Robin Hood set; the remainder are all from Linear-B’s Age of Tudors box of civilians.  When you are looking around for fantasy/medieval civilians in 1/72, you […]

11 Feb 19
Motorsport.ie

Ireland has a rich history in sport, and for a small nation we have always punched above our weight on the world stage, quite literally in recent years, with the magnificent Katie Taylor showing her class becoming World Champion, along with her Olympic success. We have seen our soccer stars reach the top levels of […]

11 Feb 19
H.A.W.K.S.

Rob Dean I have had a little time for painting this past week, and worked on some 1/72 scale plastic figures for the Portable Fantasy Game.  I decided to pull out all of the already-completed individually based figures, and do a quick visual inventory.  Here’s an overview of the 112 figures completed so far. Individually based […]

11 Feb 19
Warhorse Miniatures

    In 2010 Engineer Basevich came on the scene. Unlike most of the other Russian toy companies, Engineer Basevich produces figures in the classic plastic like Marx and Airfix of old. Most of there figures are on the same scale as Conte 1/32 figures. Today they are one of the leading toy companies of […]