Airfix 1/72 Sikorsky SH-3D Sea King: Part 4

Go to first post of this build log So, much masking later, I got the black, silver and red detailing done on the body of the helicopter. Gad, that’s hard work on something with so much rivet detail—very difficult to mask effectively without one pesky rivet being right on the edge of the masked region, … Continue reading Airfix 1/72 Sikorsky SH-3D Sea King: Part 4

Airfix 1/72 Sikorsky SH-3D Sea King: Part 3

Go to first post of this build log So there’s another weird, reclusive model-builder featuring in Fringe, season 5, episode 11. But, hey, he’s helping to save the world, so that’s all good. Here’s a good view of how the canopy turned out, after the blue glass paint: Things have gone a little slowly since … Continue reading Airfix 1/72 Sikorsky SH-3D Sea King: Part 3

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Airfix 1/72 Sikorsky SH-3D Sea King: Part 2

Go to first post of this build log I’ve just been watching the second episode of season four of Fringe, which features a serial killer whose apartment is stuffed with plastic model kits, for no reason that involves the plot. In fact, no-one comments on it. They’re just there, in the background on all the … Continue reading Airfix 1/72 Sikorsky SH-3D Sea King: Part 2

Airfix 1/72 Sikorsky SH-3D Sea King: Part 1

This one is pure nostalgia. There are much better Sea King kits around, but this is the one I built as an Apollo-obsessed child. It’s about 40 years old—a chance find on eBay. The instruction sheet really did get that yellow, inside a sealed box. A sticker on the lid gives its original price as … Continue reading Airfix 1/72 Sikorsky SH-3D Sea King: Part 1

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Hasegawa 1/48 SH-3H Sea King (Apollo Recovery SH-3D Conversion): Part 1

After building Airfix’s old 1/72 scale Apollo recovery Sea King, I swore a mighty oath that I was never going to make another 1/72 helicopter. But I recently got hold of a set of Starfighter Decals’ 1/48 scale markings for the “Old 66” Apollo recovery Sea King, which inspired me to go around again on … Continue reading Hasegawa 1/48 SH-3H Sea King (Apollo Recovery SH-3D Conversion): Part 1

Airfix 1/24 Wallis WA-116 Agile Autogyro: “Little Nellie”

This kit was first released fifty years ago. It’s a model of a real aircraft, the Wallis WA-116 Agile autogyro, designed by Ken Wallis and built in extremely limited numbers (five!) in 1962. It achieved fame because one aircraft, G-ARZB, was kitted out with some splendid yellow-and-silver livery and simulated weapons for the 1967 James … Continue reading Airfix 1/24 Wallis WA-116 Agile Autogyro: “Little Nellie”

Supermodel 1/72 Blohm & Voss 138 “Flying Clog”: Part 1

This is an old kit I’ve had lying around in the attic for years. It has more recently been reissued by Revell—same parts, but a better set of instructions (available online from Scalemates) and decals. Blohm und Voss is a German shipbuilding company, which diversified into aircraft production during the Second World War. Under the … Continue reading Supermodel 1/72 Blohm & Voss 138 “Flying Clog”: Part 1

Revell 1/72 Supermarine Walrus: Whale-Spotting in the Southern Ocean – Part 1

This the old Matchbox kit, reissued by Revell. I’m using it as a basis for a model of an unusual Walrus—one of two that were carried by the S.S. Balaena factory ship during the whaling season of 1946-7. Named “Boojum” and “Snark”, these yellow-painted aircraft could be catapult-launched, or lowered into the sea for a … Continue reading Revell 1/72 Supermarine Walrus: Whale-Spotting in the Southern Ocean – Part 1

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Revell 1/72 Junkers F13W: Two Builds – Part 2

By the end of my previous post, I’d completed all the necessary revisions to the kit parts to produce an in-flight model of Gidsken Jakobsen‘s ill-fated Junkers F13 floatplane, LN-ABH. (See the previous post for details of its fate.) Unusually, I painted the fuselage and wing parts before complete assembly—because of the boxy nature of … Continue reading Revell 1/72 Junkers F13W: Two Builds – Part 2

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