Alan 45 Battle of Britain Aircraft , RAF, Luftwaffe

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First part of the cockpit is now assembled and there is a bit of fiddling it get this together , Ive had to widen all the guide holes to get it together and it's still not as flush as you'd expect


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Still it is better detail than the tamiya release :smiling3:
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After my little adventure with the glue I have got back to this this morning and filled some gaps and file one are so I could get the rear section of the cockpit canopy for a new tool it does have the little annoying problems of ill fitting parts or parts just that little bit over size but at least I never had the problems with the cockpit one of the lads in my club had with the same kit


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I have left off the aerial until last I only knock them off when painting
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Main paint scheme now on View attachment 106529

I have given the underside a burnt umber oil wash and just left it I think it's dried out nicely and given it a bit of a discolouration without ruining the base coat :smiling3: View attachment 106530

just a black oil wash and gloss clear on top and then decals and weathered next :smiling3: extra bits like aerial, that L shaped thing and the wheels to go on oh and the cockpit canopy and she's done :smiling3: image.jpg

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That Airfix cockpit has got more detail that the Academy 1/48 XIVc that I've got Alan!


But although it looks good, why do you apply the wash before the gloss coat? It's much harder that way!
 

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That Airfix cockpit has got more detail that the Academy 1/48 XIVc that I've got Alan!
But although it looks good, why do you apply the wash before the gloss coat? It's much harder that way!
It's a very good cockpit and better than the tamiya release I think :smiling3:


I find that I can limit the overspill on a matt coat and I can use a clean brush to pull it a little so I get more of a streaky look than a puddle , I find it drys quicker as well :smiling3:
 
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It's a very good cockpit and better than the tamiya release I think :smiling3:
I find that I can limit the overspill on a matt coat and I can use a clean brush to pull it a little so I get more of a streaky look than a puddle , I find it drys quicker as well :smiling3:
But with a gloss coat, there's no need to worry about where the wash goes - a tissue will wipe it off very easily! I only wait a couple of minutes before wiping away the excess (of which there isn't much due to capillary effect)
 

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But with a gloss coat, there's no need to worry about where the wash goes - a tissue will wipe it off very easily! I only wait a couple of minutes before wiping away the excess (of which there isn't much due to capillary effect)
Yes that's correct but I want the discolouration for a weathered look and it's easier to get it where I want it to be by using a clean dry brush at application instead of doing it after :smiling3:
 

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It looks really good!


Do us a favour! When you add the 'L shaped thing' by which I think you mean the pitot tube and its attachment pylon, please don't paint the whole thing in the underside colour. It should look like this:


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The actual pitot head should be a brassy colour:


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Seeing the whole thing in Sky or whatever is one of my pet hates :smiling3:


The pitot tube is part of the system that measures air speed. The electrical connection is for heating. An iced up pitot would leave the pilot unable to know his airspeed which might well have fatal consequences.


Cheers


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Thanks for the info Steve I always wondered what it was called and what it was for :smiling3:


I usually paint it in the sky colour but will change now :smiling3:
 

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Thanks for the info Steve I always wondered what it was called and what it was for :smiling3:
I usually paint it in the sky colour but will change now :smiling3:
No worries Alan, it's the whole point of the forum! Now your excellent model will be just a tiny little bit more accurate :smiling3:


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Great thread, just caught it, the German fighter looks ace - I think its a Stuka but I am very ignorant of old planes - something that threads like this will correct in time, I really really like the look of them and want to build some, your builds are pushing that feeling!
 

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I've gloss coated and decaled up now and as always I lost a decal and it's not stuck to my sock like many I have found later in the day :D View attachment 106679

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I have made a mistake with Mr locks spitfire and I only noticed once I done half the fuselage in decals, Ive painted this in the 'A' camo scheme and not the 'B' camo like it should be View attachment 106683



Just got to wait for the decals to dry property which will be tomorrow now and I can put the little bits on and a bit of weathering and it's done :smiling3:

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Well it's done , the carpet monster ran off with the rear view mirror after it popped out of the tweezers


The kit is good but it has its little problems and I must of got a good kit from the horror story I was shown by a member of our club , all guide holes need widening to allow the parts to fit properly, this helps in a big way when you come to fit the cockpit, the undercarriage is a bit of a pain , they added a seperate piece for wheel struts to fix onto I suppose it's how the undercarriage looks in full scale but you don't get a guide hole to fit the struts it's like an 'L' shape attachment and this can be very fiddly when positioning the undercarriage to make sure they are in the right position and IMO there was no need for this extra piece of detail considering you can't see it when it's built


The panel lines are very good just as thin as the tamiya release but deeper this is a good thing for brush painters


It's good but not as good as airfix other new tool and it seems to me there was a lot of that'll do mentality when they tooled the jigs for this kit


The tamiya is still the best release and it's cheeper


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About Eric Lock


Eric Lock


Battle of Britain. By the time of his death in 1941 ‘Sawn Off Lockie’ Lock was a quadruple ace with 21 kills with the majority of these coming during the Battle of Britain -16.


Eric Lock was born in 1920 near Shrewsbury. His family ran a quarry business and a farm and he had a comfortable middle class upbringing. Lock had a private education at Prestfelde School in Shrewsbury. Lock had his first flight in an aeroplane as a fourteenth birthday treat when his father paid for a fifteen-minute flight at an air circus. When Lock was sixteen, he left school and joined the family business.


When it became clear that war was almost inevitable, Lock joined the RAF Volunteer Reserve in 1939 and trained as a fighter pilot. By the time that war was declared on September 3rd 1939, Lock was a Sergeant Pilot. Further training led to Lock being given a commission and he joined No. 41 Squadron as a Pilot Officer. He was posted to RAF Catterick in Yorkshire and flew Spitfires.


RAF Catterick defended northern industrial towns from attack. These attacks were infrequent and by being based in the north, Lock missed out on the initial stages of the Battle of Britain. Lock gained his first kill on August 15th 1940 when he shot down a Me-110 that was escorting a bomber formation.


On September 3rd No. 41 Squadron was moved south to RAF Hornchurch in Essex. Just two days later on September 5th, Lock shot down two He-111’s as they flew over the Thames Estuary and a Me-109. The following day, Lock became an ace when he shot down a Ju-88. On September 9th, he shot down two Me-109’s and on September 11th a Me-110 and a Ju-88. In total, in one week Lock shot down eight German aircraft. For this he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC).


Lock’s success against the Luftwaffe led to a bar being awarded to his DFC when he became a triple ace – just three weeks after receiving his first DFC. His second citation referred to his “great courage” and “coolness in combat”. In the same time span he had bailed out of three damaged Spitfires.


By mid-October Lock was a quadruple ace – one of just a handful of pilots who achieved this. By the time the Battle of Britain officially ended, Lock was the highest scoring British-born fighter ace. He received a lot of media attention – something he disliked, as he was by nature a shy man.


On November 17th 1940, Lock was seriously injured when he was shot down by a Me-109. Too injured to bale out, Lock crash-landed his Spitfire in Suffolk. He spent three months in hospital and had fifteen operations to remove shrapnel from his body. During this time in hospital, Lock learned that he had been awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) on December 17th 1940. His citation read that Lock had “shown exceptional courage” and “magnificent fighting spirit”. It concluded with the point that Lock had acted in “the highest traditions of the service”.


The only time he left hospital during this time was to go to Buckingham Palace to receive his DSO from George VI.


In June 1941, Lock was promoted to Flying Officer and in the following month to Flight Lieutenant. He was posted to No. 611 Squadron.


On August 3rd, 1941, Lock was killed during an attack on a German troop convoy in Pays-de-Calais. In total during World War Two, Lock shot down 26 German aircraft. Neither his body nor his Spitfire have ever been found despite thorough post-war searches of the area.


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