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Title: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: BrianI on January 27, 2016, 07:53:55 pm
Owing to public demand, here is a thread for sharing of builds of Plastic Assembly Kits.

Here are some of mine:

Revell 1:25 VW T3 Samba Bus
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7318/10305477016_3d6f2a9f4e_c.jpg)

Revell 1:25 E-Type Jaguar
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5576/14051078162_000faec8b8_c.jpg)

Polar Lights 1:12 Robby, The Robot with Altaira  (from The Forbidden Planet Movie)

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8665/15751249437_0d433c7f6e_z.jpg)

Airfix Shaun the Sheep with Tractor, Bitzer and Billy:
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7734/17984308739_4f7678b0c1_c.jpg)

Revell 1:144 Virgin Galactic Space Ship Two and White Knight Two:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1471/23393944803_aafbd46a60_c.jpg)


Moebious Monster Scenes - Creepy Insect:
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/733/22011238015_08c57d4692_c.jpg)

Revell 1:12 Ford Shelby GT500:
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1504/24262579369_b040780eda_c.jpg)

And one I'm currently working on, A 1:25 scale, 1964 Ford Futura Convertible:
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/638/22908030759_1761878477_c.jpg)

 :)

Any other yacfers into model making? 




Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on January 27, 2016, 07:57:49 pm
Shaun the Sheep is my favourite.  :D
Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: Psychler on January 27, 2016, 08:40:57 pm

Any other yacfers into model making?


I have about 100 1/72 unbuilt kits in my loft which I shall make in my retirement, mainly WW1 and WW2 aircraft and armour, plus some railway stuff. 
Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: Jurek on January 27, 2016, 08:44:33 pm
Good call BrianI.
Let's see the rest  :thumbsup:
Any other yacfers into model making? 

I used to do it for a living.
At which point it takes on a different perspective......
Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: Jakob W on January 28, 2016, 08:36:42 am
I used to do it for a living.
At which point it takes on a different perspective......

It turns into work? :(

(Out of interest, what kind of model-making; architectural, effects, technical?)

I have a bunch of 1/72 kits in the loft; I'm hoping to get round to finishing some them once the toddlers give me a little more free time (so probably around 2037 then...)
Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: Wombat on January 28, 2016, 08:41:28 am
I'm still trying to pluck up the courage to start my Banzai 16th scale steam roller kit.  It is not the finest quality moulding, so some filling and sanding will be required.

I think its about 20yrs old.
Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: T42 on January 28, 2016, 08:49:57 am
I built a stack of Airfix kits in the 60s, my favourites being the Rosebud locomotive series (saddle tank in particular) and WW1/WW2 aircraft.  Of the latter I liked the Sunderland the best.  Gave them all away to local kids when I moved out.  My mum breathed a sigh of relief: they had lived on the piano and she'd been dusting them for years without saying anything.

I rather fancy doing a DO-X flying boat (as flown by Jerry Cornelius), but my hands are very shaky these days and I'd have to dust it myself.
Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: pcolbeck on January 28, 2016, 10:09:18 am
I did loads when I was a teenager. WWII aircraft and armour mainly but also some ships. Have thought about getting back into it as I used to find it very relaxing but then thought about what the hell would I do with them when I finished them as there would be no way Mrs Pcolbeck would let them be displayed.
Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: Exit Stage Left on January 28, 2016, 10:59:05 am
I used to send out remote control model Land Rovers and the like as Christmas gifts to customers. I assumed they'd play with them at the office, then take them home for the kids. I badged them up the same as my actual Land Rover.

I could adapt some of the Shaun the Sheep stuff for that purpose.
Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: TheLurker on January 28, 2016, 08:03:39 pm
Well, looking at the quality of those builds I'm certainly not going to post a picture of the 1/72 MKI Hurricane I built recently. I'd be ashamed to.

By way of an aside, the quality of  the mouldings and detail on the new/refreshed Airfix kits is astonishingly good as is the part fit; you can do an out of the box build and get very acceptable results without resorting to filler if you use a liquid glue.

The kit I want to get my hands on is the Bristol Belvedere, but it's not currently in production.

T42 - shaky hands.  Yup and the improved detailing makes it more "fun".  F'rinstance the old Hurricane kit wheels down variant had the oleo and wheel well covers moulded as one piece, the new one has 4 or 5 parts per wheel.
Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: hatler on January 28, 2016, 09:05:09 pm
Nice thread. And ref old Airfix models, in particular unfinished ones, I had a clear out recently and came across a still-in-the-bag SR53. It was about to go in the bin, and then, for a laugh, I checked on eBay.

Good grief. (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Airfix-Saunders-Roe-SR-53-1-72nd-Scale-/401017020907?hash=item5d5e7a21eb:g:1kEAAOSwYHxWLS3s)
Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: Jurek on January 28, 2016, 09:45:14 pm
I used to do it for a living.
At which point it takes on a different perspective......

It turns into work? :(

(Out of interest, what kind of model-making; architectural, effects, technical?)


I have a bunch of 1/72 kits in the loft; I'm hoping to get round to finishing some them once the toddlers give me a little more free time (so probably around 2037 then...)

My bold.
Exactly that.
Mostly product - I trained as  a product designer, relatively little architectural (thank god - booooorrrriiiinnnggg - too many windows), no SFX although plenty of people I worked alongside did SFX.
I did stuff ranging from paper or foam conceptual ideas, to fully engineered, working prototypes.

You got SKY TV? Footprint shaped remote control? I did that, (No, I didn't invent it, like with the rest of my work, there was a team involved), around 25 years ago. It has developed over the years, but the fundamental shape remains the same as it was 25 years ago.
Flown business class on BA? They were the first to introduce full length beds. I did the conceptual 1:1 scale foam modelling for those. (Somehow, as a result of that job, my courier bags have ended up having aircraft seat-belt buckles  ;))
Titan washing machine? (Look it up) The people I was working for did most of the development for that. I played my part.
Beer fonts, for Carlsberg, Stella etc etc.
Samsonite luggage - I made models for all that they put on luggage trolleys in the early 90's
Also, loads of work for museums, The Science Museum in particular.
Anyway, this is just turning into a list.

Time to get back to Brian's gallery :thumbsup:



Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: Ham on January 28, 2016, 10:10:17 pm
Another lapsed enthusiast here, didn't Airfix go bust at one stage?
Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: Jurek on January 28, 2016, 10:21:45 pm
It goes without saying that BrianI's photography skills do well to show off his modelling skills.
It takes only the slightest squint in the eye on some images to blur the difference between model and reality.
Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: drossall on January 28, 2016, 11:19:38 pm
Did anyone else build the Protar Provini 1:9 Raleigh and other bicycles?

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/HHWo7IGuku-aRRXpxLu8TnVKw6Srx9apYr5SvLkP2P6SlyazDaKs18y4esXOjhIkCBs=s667-fcrop64=1,00001c4dffffdcc5)

I think they did a Colnago and maybe a Bianchi as well. I have the above one and also the blue/yellow/white Panasonic Raleigh.

Couldn't say I'm a great model maker though.
Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: T42 on January 29, 2016, 07:47:32 am
T42 - shaky hands.  Yup and the improved detailing makes it more "fun".  F'rinstance the old Hurricane kit wheels down variant had the oleo and wheel well covers moulded as one piece, the new one has 4 or 5 parts per wheel.

I can't remember building one but I'm sure I did.  The fiddliest one I do remember was the Supermarine Walrus with the engine nacelle on eight struts. Getting that straight with my father breathing over my shoulder was hell.
Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 29, 2016, 09:05:41 am
I recall hours of fun with sandpaper and rubber bands trying to get the two halves of a C-1301 fuselage to mate up once the load bay floor was installed.

1: Also included a Lard-Rover towing a trailed Bloodhound missile and, IIRC, an RAF policeman.
Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: Steph on February 05, 2016, 07:39:07 pm
I recall hours of fun with sandpaper and rubber bands trying to get the two halves of a C-1301 fuselage to mate up once the load bay floor was installed.

1: Also included a Lard-Rover towing a trailed Bloodhound missile and, IIRC, an RAF policeman.

That was a kit I always wanted
Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: BrianI on November 09, 2016, 08:25:11 pm
Bit of an update, with a build which has taken 11 months 15 days to complete (due to several painting issues.)

(https://c5.staticflickr.com/6/5637/30847463516_35f94af39c_c.jpg)

(https://c3.staticflickr.com/6/5634/30767512082_f0bab8aae5_c.jpg)

(https://c7.staticflickr.com/6/5614/30847463886_ba811c3bb0_c.jpg)

(https://c7.staticflickr.com/6/5539/30767512382_8ee43ec1de_z.jpg)

 :)
Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: hatler on November 15, 2016, 10:17:50 am
Can anyone please explain why this model (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/122208115267?ssPageName=STRK:MESOX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1559.l2649) attracts such a premium ?
Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: Jakob W on November 15, 2016, 11:33:10 am
Never re-released? Dunno how much of a silly eBay premium there is on that auction, but I'd have thought an old kit like that (note plastic bag rather than a box) would get the collectors going.
Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: Paul on November 15, 2016, 01:39:29 pm
Bit of an update, with a build which has taken 11 months 15 days to complete (due to several painting issues.)
 :)

That is stunning.
Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: BrianI on November 15, 2016, 02:15:11 pm
Bit of an update, with a build which has taken 11 months 15 days to complete (due to several painting issues.)
 :)

That is stunning.

Thanks!   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: rafletcher on November 15, 2016, 02:56:51 pm
Bit of an update, with a build which has taken 11 months 15 days to complete (due to several painting issues.)
 :)

That is stunning.

Thanks!   :thumbsup:

Yes, amazinngly good and consistent panel fit/gaps.
Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: rafletcher on November 15, 2016, 03:06:09 pm
I used to like to make biplanes in particular, the 1/72 scale ones.  If I did any more (and I'd like to) I'd go for larger scale, but they get a bit pricey!
Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: T42 on November 15, 2016, 03:16:34 pm
Can anyone please explain why this model (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/122208115267?ssPageName=STRK:MESOX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1559.l2649) attracts such a premium ?

Dunno, but I noticed a Swordfish at £100.
Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: pcolbeck on November 15, 2016, 04:39:44 pm
Can anyone please explain why this model (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/122208115267?ssPageName=STRK:MESOX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1559.l2649) attracts such a premium ?

Because it is extremely rare. Only available 1958 to 1966.
Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: hatler on November 15, 2016, 06:34:55 pm
Can anyone please explain why this model (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/122208115267?ssPageName=STRK:MESOX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1559.l2649) attracts such a premium ?

Because it is extremely rare. Only available 1958 to 1966.
Thank you. Anyhow, there is a chap in Southampton who will absolutely delighted when he gets that in the post in a couple of days. I despatched it safely wrapped up in a biscuit tin.
Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: TheLurker on November 15, 2016, 06:52:18 pm
Can anyone please explain why this model (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/122208115267?ssPageName=STRK:MESOX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1559.l2649) attracts such a premium ?

Because it is extremely rare. Only available 1958 to 1966.
Thank you. Anyhow, there is a chap in Southampton who will absolutely delighted when he gets that in the post in a couple of days. I despatched it safely wrapped up in a biscuit tin.
Ummm, you haven't got a Bristol Belvedere kit hidden in the loft as well have you? :)
Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: Manotea on November 15, 2016, 07:04:59 pm
Holy Nostalgia Rush, Batman.
I spent my formative years making up 1/72 scale airfix kits, mostly WWII planes, tanks and battleships. Half a crown a pop...
Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: hatler on November 15, 2016, 08:19:52 pm
Ummm, you haven't got a Bristol Belvedere kit hidden in the loft as well have you? :)
Sadly not. Though I did have a Tamiya Fairey Swordfish (sold for £32) and a part-completed SR.N4 Hovercraft (also £32).
Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: BrianI on December 03, 2016, 02:52:39 pm
Holy Nostalgia Rush, Batman.
I spent my formative years making up 1/72 scale airfix kits, mostly WWII planes, tanks and battleships. Half a crown a pop...

Speaking of Holy Nostalgia, Batman, look what happened to fall in my basket when I popped into my localish (https://www.wonderlandmodels.com/ (https://www.wonderlandmodels.com/)Wonderland Models, Edinburgh) for some paints and glues...

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v298/BrianInnes/BatBox.jpg)   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: Kim on December 03, 2016, 09:00:17 pm
Proper Batman, that.  None of this taking-itself-far-too-seriously gothic rubbish you get nowadays.
Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: Steph on December 03, 2016, 09:16:08 pm
Proper Batman, that.  None of this taking-itself-far-too-seriously gothic rubbish you get nowadays.

Yeah, before Batman went (non) West.
Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: drossall on December 03, 2016, 09:51:27 pm
Slightly off-topic because it's not a plastic kit, but for my birthday last month the (proper, West) Batman movie and a boxed set of TV episodes arrived :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: BrianI on December 23, 2016, 09:03:07 pm
I've been having issues with my airbrush. So I broke out ye olde worlde hairy sticks, and got some paint on Batman!

Mostly dressed in Halfords rattle can primer, but I've brush painted some dark blue on his hood / mask, and some Citadel Cadian Fleshtone on his face.

(https://c3.staticflickr.com/1/405/31456246410_fc6da3053e_z.jpg)
Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: TheLurker on January 07, 2017, 06:49:05 pm
If you're Oxford based.  Boswells is closing its model kit and railway models dept. Remaining Hornby products (Humbrol, Airfix, Hornby) all 30% off.  Ends next weekend or earlier if they get shot of the stock before then.

Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: TheLurker on February 25, 2017, 10:16:32 pm
This winter's project is now finished.  Never going to win any prizes, but I'm happy with it.


(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3754/32269750934_5304d79ca1_z_d.jpg)
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3955/32732383940_15f8127ac2_z_d.jpg)
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/622/33073298276_c979201d01_z_d.jpg)

For those that are interested here be an icongraphic record of the build. (https://www.flickr.com/photos/41392773@N02/sets/72157676860847084)


Some variations in build.  Used Tamiya flat Al for the doped canvas areas and Al rather than Ag as indicated in painting instructions. It's a brush paint job and high gloss metallic is a bugger with brushes and even when airbrushed looks out of scale at 1/72, at least it does to me. It also gave me a chance to test the scheme out for a planned build of K5083 - prototype Hurricane.

Airfix have suspended production of this kit (cashflow according to customer care bods) but if you've got an unbuilt one (A02052) and would like my build notes PM me.
Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: BrianI on February 26, 2017, 09:18:01 am
That is a rather nice build, Lurker!

At the moment Batman is back in the batcave, as I've been struggling to get a decent flesh tone on his face. My last attempts either had him looking peelly wally and sickly, or a cross between David Dickinson and Donald Trump   :sick:

But i have pulled the Revell 1:16 1912 Model T Ford out of my stash, and made a start to it:

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3953/32269240374_31fbe602aa_c.jpg)
Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: T42 on February 26, 2017, 09:31:44 am
This looks rather nice. I didn't even know it had existed.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SAUNDERS-ROE-A-29-CLOUD-RAF-MARKINGS-1-72-VALOM-RARE-/361865802312?hash=item5440e1f248
Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: TheLurker on February 26, 2017, 10:05:52 am
That is a rather nice build, Lurker!
Ta, but if you look closely you'll see quite a few imperfections. 

Quote
At the moment Batman is back in the batcave, as I've been struggling to get a decent flesh tone on his face. My last attempts either had him looking peelly wally and sickly, or a cross between David Dickinson and Donald Trump   :sick:
Sounds like you have the makings of an interesting scratch build for a new Bat-Villain there.  Only trouble is what to call him?  Agent Orange?  Mr. Tangerine Man? El Trumpet?

I like the idea of El Trumpet; Trump dressed as an  over the top stereotypical  _Mexican_ bandido/Generallisimo with lots of bling, epaulettes and undeserved but shiny medals.  Ah, and one final detail; a smoking pistol and a hole in his right foot. :D

ETA: And his henchmen should be Mariachi style musicians with guitars that double as machine guns!  He, of course, would be carrying a gold trumpet in his left hand!
Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: TheLurker on February 26, 2017, 08:01:26 pm
This looks rather nice. I didn't even know it had existed.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SAUNDERS-ROE-A-29-CLOUD-RAF-MARKINGS-1-72-VALOM-RARE-/361865802312?hash=item5440e1f248
Valom is new to me, www.valom.net, but they have some very interesting looking kits. Lots of types that the bigger MFRS never even consider. Quite a young company it seems.

One review of the SARO A-29 kit indicates that their kits aren't suitable for beginners.  So I can see me sticking with mainstream mfrs like Airfix/Revell/Tamiya.
Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: Torslanda on February 27, 2017, 01:35:17 am
One here (http://www.revell.com/germany/aircraft/80-4950.html#.WLOB7_J0HIU) for TimC...  ;D
Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: TimC on February 27, 2017, 10:06:37 am
One here (http://www.revell.com/germany/aircraft/80-4950.html#.WLOB7_J0HIU) for TimC...  ;D

Ah, the Air Atlanta Ed Force 1! Not Bruce's most successful rental, after an engine was written off by a careless ground handler. Great plane, though I never flew the 744 - my 747 experience was on the Classic 747-100/200 series.
Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: BrianI on May 01, 2017, 11:26:30 pm
Batman's still waiting on getting his coupon painted.

But here is my most recently finished build (as in 40 minutes ago!), a Revel 1:16 1912 Model T Ford, painted using ye olde worlde hairy sticks:

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4193/34351462326_6dd1e8ab22_b.jpg)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2863/33583119373_922b3fce0e_b.jpg)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2887/33583119003_12d6911250_b.jpg)
Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: T42 on May 02, 2017, 08:36:55 am
Very pretty! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: TheLurker on May 02, 2017, 07:12:55 pm
That's a nice one.   Now try and tell me, on the basis of the finish you got on this,  that an airbrush is a necessity.  :)

BTW.  How did you sort out the spots where the chromed parts came of the sprue?



Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: BrianI on December 24, 2017, 05:14:51 pm
Not much of an update in this thread.

But here's Batman's noggin looking a lot like Adam West! Previous attempts looked like the love child of Donald Trump and David Dickenson (of Antiques fame)!

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4685/24384226537_d1876109f1_z.jpg)

For those interested, a base coat of vallejo model colour red beige acrylic paints for the flesh tone, then shaded using oil paints. Then a matte coat of varnish once cured.   :)
Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: TheLurker on December 25, 2017, 07:55:04 am
That's a top notch bit of work.
Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: BrianI on December 31, 2017, 11:47:11 pm
Heeeere's Batman!

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4643/39416607991_472698df1c_z.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4643/39416608061_370b6c791c_z.jpg)

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Plastic Assembly Kit Thread
Post by: BrianI on February 01, 2019, 09:31:43 pm
Back by popular demand, I thought I'd update this thread.

My current WIP is the Moebius Models Catwoman.

Box shot:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4872/39987656683_b4cd5a8163_c.jpg)

Torso assembled and primed after major surgery to her left shoulder area to get her hand to sit on her hip:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7898/46952311331_b6a469ca5a_c.jpg)

And testing some thinned, strained through a 190 micron mesh paint strainer, black glittery holographic nail polish through the airbrush to try and recreate Julie Newmar's costume:

Crash test spoon primed and airbrushed flat black.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4891/46038277825_e8d131c756_z.jpg)

 :-\ Glitter is a bit big for airbrushing:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4898/39987656843_616957aa97_c.jpg)

But thinned and strained:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4843/46227647694_a604792376_c.jpg)

it actually went on quite nicely (albeit at 30psi through the airbrush). Camera hasn't picked up the nice glittery look though:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7833/46227576284_12f981d318_z.jpg)

And here's Julies costume:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4860/46038277705_199b07e8e4_c.jpg)

 :)