1/72 AIRFIX GNAT – RED ARROWS

March 2017 – Finished this quick build of the recent new tool version of the Red Arrows Gnat

I built the original crude Airfix version back in the 1970s a few times as a kid;modern kit is nicely done but fiddly around the intakes and panel lines are a little deep

Paint is Tamiya Gloss Red acrylic airbrushed on then sealed with Tamiya Gloss after the decals had been applied

Stand is a coffee lid with a piece of acrylic rod (bent over a candle) hot glued in a hole drilled in the top. Some coins were hot glued inside to add weight to the stand.

Bit scrappy in places but had fun building it

Work in progress pictures here: https://twitter.com/search?q=Airfix%20Gnat%20CJHM

1/24 REVELL 1966 MUSTANG

April 2017, calling this one done

It’s the 1/24 Revell 1966 Revell GT350 Shelby Mustang which has appeared in various guises within both Revell and Monogram boxes over the years as regular and Shelby versions

I drilled out the distributor and cylinder heads to add thin wire ignition leads with a small piece of plastic rod as a coil

Engine block is Tamiya X14 Blue, Chassis and Interior X18 Black, Body is X13 Metallic Blue – All applied by Airbrush

Painted body was clear coated with Tamiya X22 which was polished with a Novus set once dry

Chrome is Bare Metal Foil for window frames and door handles; badges, scripts and other details all hand painted

Work in progress pictures here: https://twitter.com/search?q=Revell%20Mustang%20CJHM

1/72 AIRFIX EE LIGHTNING F6

This is the Airfix 1/72 F6 kit from a few years back, I built the F2A when it first came out (http://blog.cjhm.net/172-airfix-lightning-f2a) and have now got around to this version as well.

I don’t remember having problems with the earlier kit but this one fought me all the way; fit around the nose in particular was very poor; you can see pictures of my troubles on the WIP link here: https://twitter.com/search?q=cjhm%20airfix%20lightning

I used the kit markings for XR728 which is preserved at Bruntingthorpe (http://www.lightnings.org.uk/). Dark\Medium Sea Grey are Tamiya with Lifecolor Barley Grey, all airbushed using my Iwata Neo. I glossed with Tamiya X22 before the decals then finished with MiG satin varnish which is very thin and pooled in places on the wings so could have turned out better.

Details are painted with Lifecolor, Citadel and Vallejo, the nose surround is bare metal foil.