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1/48 Special Hobby Firefly Mk 1

Postby Calum » Wed Mar 20, 2019 6:17 pm

Am going to have a crack at the Special Hobby Firefly. The Mk 1 boxing took my fancy a few years ago at a swap and sell and it has a RNZN piloted aircraft as an option in the box.

Over the past 12 months I grabbed the Barracuda prop, wheels, Master Model barrels and a few barracuda vacuform canopies (ok more than few). I also picked up the Eduard Steel Seatbelts although there are for the Trumpeter kit, not that it should make a difference

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A pleasant few hours snipping and gluing and I have the basis of the cockpit. It looks pretty good in bare plastic

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And A few hours more and we have a finished cockpit from the box bar the Eduard Steel belts (for the Trumpeter kit). Detail is certainly acceptable. The instructions are a little vague although cmkkits.com has some build pictures that help and there's nothing that will challenge most people.

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Re: 1/48 Special Hobby Firefly Mk 1

Postby pacificmustang » Thu Mar 21, 2019 1:48 pm

good stuff Calum. Cockpits look suitably busy

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Re: 1/48 Special Hobby Firefly Mk 1

Postby rodenlee » Sun Mar 24, 2019 9:23 am

Looking the goods Calum. Nice to see it has a Kiwi connection too!

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Re: 1/48 Special Hobby Firefly Mk 1

Postby RAAFBrat » Sun Mar 24, 2019 8:51 pm

Looking good. I always struggle with SH stuff.
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Re: 1/48 Special Hobby Firefly Mk 1

Postby Calum » Sat Apr 06, 2019 5:29 pm

I've managed to get the main parts together. Fit was better than I expected but there was as till bit of filling and sanding to get some of the inserts sorted out.

I fitted the air scoops on each side of the nose even though these aren't mentioned in the kit. I had some vac form canopies to pose the front and rear cockpits open. However the vac forms are for the grand phoenix kits and the front one doesn't fit correctly over the fuselage behind the cockpit. So I've decided to use the kit clear parts and do closed cockpits.

The fit of the clear parts to the fuselage isn't that bad, although I did to do a fair bit of sanding and dry fitting to get a good fit. The worst bit is that the clear part for variant I'm building is quite a bit larger than the fuselage. Hence I'm in the process of using filler to try and build up the fuselage to match the contours of the clear parts.

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Re: 1/48 Special Hobby Firefly Mk 1

Postby thommo » Sat Apr 06, 2019 6:27 pm

Sweet as bro!

Damn you build fast compared to me!
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Re: 1/48 Special Hobby Firefly Mk 1

Postby Calum » Fri Apr 26, 2019 6:25 pm

Replacement Canopy received, thanks Chris.

Fit of the clear parts isn't the best being a bit larger than the fuselage.Still when you start a Special Hobby kit you know you'll have to use the sanding tools This is also one of those kits that you really want a mask set for, unfortunately I didn't have one so had to resort to some old school masking techniques..

I think it's just about ready for paint

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Re: 1/48 Special Hobby Firefly Mk 1

Postby surfsup » Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:03 pm

That is some really nice work so far Calum.....Cheers Mark
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Re: 1/48 Special Hobby Firefly Mk 1

Postby Calum » Fri May 03, 2019 8:38 pm

Paints on. I used Tamiya XF22 German Grey for the Dark Slate Grey and lightened Mr Color Extra Dark Sea Grey (EDSG) for the EDSG. My Color Duck Egg Green and Sky was used for the underside.

I'm assuming these got a bit grubby when based on the ship so I've used a RB productions Splatter Airbrush Stencil and a piece of ripped Scotchbrite to messy up the surfaces. I've also started the weathering process with some oil washer and coloured pencils.

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Re: 1/48 Special Hobby Firefly Mk 1

Postby Rabbit Leader » Sat May 04, 2019 8:45 am

Looking fantastic (as always) Calum. Thanks for the paint numbers, I wouldn't have thought that XF22 would be a good basis for Dark Slate Grey, however this Firefly most certainly disproves that.

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