Airfix 1/72 scale
by Andrew Judson
images by Brett Green
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Some time ago
a friend asked me to build this kit for him and it sat in a pile for
some time. Recently, I sudden got the urge to build something different
other than a tank or figure, so out it came.
inspection, I thought I was going to be up for a lot of work, with
cleaning all the flash and getting correct alignment, however it wasn't
too bad at all.
I put the kit
together in sub assemblies for ease of painting and as construction went
on, I constantly checked for correct fit.
everything was assembled, I got out my trusty Aztek A470 and some Tamiya
Acrylic paints, and got to painting.
with the boats hull which received a coat of XF-19 Sky Grey followed by
some masking and then XF-54 Dark Sea Grey up the sides.
The top of
the hull was painted in XF-66 Light Grey which has a real strong glue
tint to it. Once dry the top received a light dry brush of Testor's
Camouflage Grey, to bring out some of the detail.
The rest of
the upper details like the forward gun platform and Commanders
superstructure were all painted in XF-19.
I then put
every thing together and began to randomly give a slightly weather
beaten look using XF-63 German Grey.
also received a spot wash of Burnt Sienna oils heavily diluted, like
around the port holes et cetera.
Next was the
fun part of putting all the rigging on, using a dark tinted mending
thread, from the local sewing supply store. I think it looks better than
cotton or string and is also stronger.
Last but not
least were the decals, all five of them, being the boat's number and and
its name on the stand.
At the time
of building this kit, I heard that Airfix were in some serious financial
troubles and may be no more, which is a shame as most modellers would
have at some stage of their life put one of these kits together. That
will be a big part of the hobby history gone if they are destined to be
For me, it
has made building this kit a little more special. I hope that you enjoy
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2006 by Andrew Judson
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21 February, 2007
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