Some of my builds.

Joined: April 20th, 2018, 5:03 pm

June 8th, 2018, 5:11 pm #1

'evening all,

My first post on this forum, best I make it a colourful one!

I'm a collector and a builder, the best of both worlds in my opinion. Whenever possible, I like to sit an out of the box build alongside a mint and unbuilt kit. I also like to photograph my models and boxes alongside period references and tools. It takes all sorts😉

Enough rambling, here's a few of my builds and restorations...



The FROG Hunter is a rescued built model. Old paint and rivets rubbed down and and coat or two of early Humbrol Eau-de-Nil masquerading as the Duck Egg Green of the Hunter prototype.
Not strictly accurate by any means, it's still a striking looking model on display. 





A first issue Airfix Buccaneer, painted with ancient Humbrol colours, in a box top colour scheme. I do have a grey one knocking about in the loft, I quite like the inaccurate blue though.





FROG's Hunter again, also done in the box scheme. The real prototype, as shown above, got a new nose, canopy and a Hot Rod red paintjob for it's World Record run in the fifties. The Air Trails magazine adds a bit more colour to the shot.



An entry on another Forums Floatplane group build, this is my take on Matchboxes Dornier flying boat. Smoothed out bodywork, painted glazing areas and clear plastic discs to give the plane  the look of an early wooden kit. 
The base is a plastic bacon crisper (!), filled with polyfiller and painted with tamiya clear colours. A brass rod curves up behind the model to support it.

The black background in the above shots is a sheet of black perspex with the model sat on top of it. Get the angle right and there's minimal reflection.

There's plenty more where they came from!

Tony.
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Joined: June 12th, 2008, 8:08 pm

June 8th, 2018, 7:22 pm #2

Really like your old Frog kits. Favorite subject of mine are the kits with the heads molded in!
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Joined: May 19th, 2013, 4:37 am

June 9th, 2018, 12:49 am #3

Excellent finish and photography on your Dornier!  It really looks the part, and the composition of the base and photo evoke the period ... nice work!
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Joined: March 30th, 2008, 7:09 pm

June 9th, 2018, 2:16 am #4

Good looking aircraft, Tony.
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Joined: December 1st, 2004, 8:42 am

June 9th, 2018, 2:21 am #5

I dig the retro look/sense of the Dornier boat! Pretty nice :-)
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Joined: August 20th, 2010, 11:34 am

June 9th, 2018, 10:24 pm #6

Great stuff! Memories come flooding back. .  I recall building the FROG Hunter as a nine year-old and my dad serving the base to the wall over my bed so that I could move it around in 'flight' - does yours have its original ball'n'socket stand top ? I have one left somewhere , for the Canberra I think.
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Joined: April 20th, 2018, 5:03 pm

June 10th, 2018, 6:37 am #7

gcarter17 wrote: Great stuff! Memories come flooding back. .  I recall building the FROG Hunter as a nine year-old and my dad serving the base to the wall over my bed so that I could move it around in 'flight' - does yours have its original ball'n'socket stand top ? I have one left somewhere , for the Canberra I think.
The FROG circular stands had a slot, much like the Airfix boomerang stands. The bigger FROG airliners had a ball and socket type stand, usually in blue plastic. The Shackleton also had one of those. FROG later did a pale blue stand with a swivel top that came in two sizes. They could be screwed to the wall like you remember. Here's what they looked like...

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Joined: June 13th, 2009, 11:31 pm

June 11th, 2018, 12:16 am #8

Thats a great collection and build of "golden oldies"
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Joined: November 19th, 2009, 8:27 am

June 12th, 2018, 8:54 am #9

Wonderful models with a lovely touch of nostalgia! Keep up the good work. Tally Ho JB
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Joined: April 20th, 2018, 5:03 pm

June 18th, 2018, 9:47 am #10

A couple more to keep the thread rolling...

Type 2 Airfix circa 1962. 



More Type 2 kits...



Matchbox's Stranraer. One of their best kits in my opinion. This ones straight out the box, nothing else added. 



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