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Re: Night-Fighters - Cry "Havoc"!

Postby bell209 » Mon Oct 24, 2016 3:22 pm

RAAFBrat wrote:Thanks guys. Rob, there's a Revell NF Mosquito in the stash I'll probably do next, plus a Monogram Night-Lightning. I'd love a Blenheim & a Hurri. IIC as well.

I'd forgotten about the Blenheim - I had an old 1/72 Frog kit with the underbelly gun pack when I was a kid.
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1/48 Westland Scout (converted from Fujimi Wasp)
1/48 Revell AH-1S Cobra (converting to AH-1P)
1/48 Airfix Hawker Hurricane Mk.I
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Re: Night-Fighters - Cry "Havoc"!

Postby RAAFBrat » Mon Oct 24, 2016 6:19 pm

Not to mention a Defiant, of course ;) .
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Re: Night-Fighters - Cry "Havoc"!

Postby RAAFBrat » Thu Oct 27, 2016 5:45 pm

She's almost there, dulled down now, just the transparencies & final touchups to do. Unfortunately, I ordered the wrong masking set - for the A-20G model, rather than this earlier bird. The cockpit framing was fine but the G had a turret, not the older R/O's canopy. Have to see what I can improvise.
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Re: Night-Fighters - Cry "Havoc"!

Postby AndrewDoppel » Fri Oct 28, 2016 4:22 pm

Looks great Steve
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Re: Night-Fighters - Cry "Havoc"!

Postby surfsup » Sun Oct 30, 2016 12:35 pm

Lovely work Steve.....Cheers mark
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Re: Night-Fighters - Cry "Havoc"!

Postby RAAFBrat » Sun Oct 30, 2016 3:21 pm

Thanks guys. I've just tried to hand-paint the rear canopy with mixed success, so bit the bullet & ordered the correct mask for the B model Boston. That'll leave me with the front & rear masks for a G. Hmmm, maybe an excuse to do an Aussie Boston? :D

The irony of course, is that the nose of this Havoc has all the original "Glass-Nose" framing marked, but to be painted black as they did to conceal the secret Radar from prying eyes ;) .
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Re: Night-Fighters - Cry "Havoc"!

Postby RAAFBrat » Sat Nov 19, 2016 2:48 pm

Ok, this one's done, only just in time for Scale16 after waiting on another painting mask for the rear canopy. This is the Italeri kit, with Airwaves brass PE up front in the office & some Eduard coloured PE from the spares box in the back seat. I threw in the radar set from my Monogram Black Widow, probably not strictly accurate but looks ok to me & the very little info. I could find indicated that these a/c used much the same Radar as the P-61 & were mostly used for training Black Widow crews in any case. This particular 'plane was actually based at Port Moresby when it was in this guise.
The kit itself is pretty good. Fit was mostly good except for the very nose pieces which needed widening & it had some nice touches like weighted tires. The kit decals worked well, almost surprisingly :roll: . Paints were spray-can matt-black followed by British Paints gloss lacquer, followed by Humbrol matt-lacquer. Interior paints were mostly Tamiya acrylic with a little Italeri too.
Now, on to the 'Skeeter :) .
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Re: Night-Fighters - Cry "Havoc" Finished.

Postby RAAFBrat » Wed Dec 21, 2016 7:58 pm

Been extremely busy in the run-up to Xmas but have managed to get a bit done on the Mosquito. This is the ancient Revell 1/48 kit from the '70's that in true Monogram/Revell fashion can be done as a Bomber, Fighter-Bomber or Night-Fighter. Almost surprisingly for such an old mold, everything fits quite well. The wings just slotted straight in, for instance.
Ironically, I started this as the other option was my Monogram Night-Lightning (another old kit that can be built in 4 different versions) & I knew from my Teens that that kit required some fuselage cutting that I wasn't in the mood for. Lo & behold, the first thing I have to do on the Mossie is cut the Bomber nose off & graft on the FB snozz. :roll:
I've used the Instrument Panel & Belts from the Eduard PE set, but not much else as once the canopy is on, you can see bugger-all through it.
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Re: Night-Fighters - Mossie.

Postby Damian C » Wed Dec 21, 2016 8:39 pm

I've been fascinated watching you work through this theme. If I may ask, what is it about night-fighters that takes your fancy? Not questioning the choice, just interested in motivations? (I have, ashamedly still in the stash, a nascent collection of cold-war strategic defence fighters which sort of overlaps with the night-fighter theme).

Edit: I also note, if my recollection of the thread is correct, no loserplanes. Deliberate or just how it's panned out?
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Re: Night-Fighters - Mossie.

Postby RAAFBrat » Thu Dec 22, 2016 7:03 pm

Hi Damo. As a kid, I grew up watching stuff like "The Battle of Britain" & "633 Squadron" but most of all, on tv, the old series "Pathfinders". None of them Night-Fighters of course, but then some books along the way helped kindle an interest in NF's. Maybe something to do with the lone hunter as opposed to more regimented daytime Squadron activities? I also like the early jets. Stuff like the Meteor, Me-262, He-163, F-80, Vampire, Nakajima Kikka etc etc.
I haven't done any Axis NF's yet, partly by choice (Luftwaffe & Italian mottle paint-schemes give me the willies :D ) & partly through availability & price of kits. I have a Bf-110 in the stash to go in my "Achtung, Luftwaffe" theme, but it'll be a "Wespen" example. Ju-88's, for example are a big bird & correspondingly expensive. As is the He-219 Uhu. I'll get there one day. :)
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