Gern's 'Less than a fiver' Cosford build.

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As usual, I'm behind everyone else in this mini GB, but I have made some progress. I picked the old Airfix 1/72 Boulton Paul Defiant and I put up the box and sprue shots in the Cosford thread. Here's where I'm at:

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Interior parts fitted - both of them! I may add a seat cushion from milliput depending on how well the pilot figure fits.

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I blanked off the u/c bays as otherwise you'd be able to see right through into the cockpit. I put the ailerons at slight angles to help hide the fact they're too short by nearly 2mm. Lots of fettling on the wings as they were slightly different sizes - which is why the trailing edges have slight curves here and there.

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Pilot figure done. I'll have to include him to hide the lack of other details in the cockpit - and I'm not adding huge lots of 'scratch' on a cheap build.

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Ooops! Some plasticard inserts will fill those gaps at the wing roots, and some serious sanding to fair them in properly. At least the fuselage seam looks like it should clean up with minor filling and sanding.

I have vague memories of building this kit as a child and I don't remember having to think how to solve any of the problems shown. Were my standards that low I'd accept anything that I could get to glue together?

I know I only paid £4.00, but I'm thinking now I should have charged the dealer for taking it off his hands!

Anyway, it's all good practise and stress free as I'm not looking for any sort of special final result. Please folks, if we do this sort of thing again, give me a kick up the butt if you see me picking up an old Airfix kit!!!
 

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Its certainly an old dog dave , i think this ones older than me ! Perhaps the one you built as a kid wasnt just rose coloured glasses , the mould being a lot newer and unworn it probably did fit better. Its a kit with well known outline inaccuracies and detail typical of the time its no wonder airfix decided to release a new version. Anyways great start , the pilot looks excellent and will do a sterling job of hiding the lack of any cockpit, cheers tony
 

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Thanks guys.

Tony - You're probably right about the fit being better with a newer mould all those years ago. I do like the Defiant and had a look at the new Airfix (sucker for punishment or what?) 1/48 release. Looks impressive from the reviews so I've bought one.
 

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I don't remember having to think how to solve any of the problems shown
Well, two things here. Firstly, we weren't bothered. It was all done in a weekend. Secondly, we expect so much more these days.
However, only true modellers battle with ancient kits (even though we like the new ones now)
 

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Didnt airfix also release a new tool 1/72 version too?
 

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....serves you right. you should have stuck to big boxes.

Nice start, Dave. You can do it.
 

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Col - You got a point there. I used to buy kits as toys - not as faithful representations of the real thing - so the quicker they were built, the quicker I could put them into my war games.

Tony - Just checked. There is indeed a new tool Defiant in 1/72. Looks pretty good too - certainly a VAST improvement over the original!

Ron - My fault!!!???? 'twas you what suggested the 'Under a fiver' build! I can't hardly see 'ow you make it out to be my fault for buyin' a small box!

Next year I'm gonna suggest we all do an 'Over £50' build! THAT'LL sort the men from the boys - and the big box specialists from the amatchoors! Mind you, I 'spect I'll be the only one entering so I'll be able to cope with the competition.
 

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OK. Thanks to the quality of work from the rest of the guys in this 'ere cheapo build, I've been forced to try and improve the kit offering. Thanks guys :confused:!

Here's what Airfix offer in their new tool 1/48 kit (which looks very, very nice in the box):

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This is the best I can do. A quick respray of the interior green and pick out the extras with black and it should be OK:

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Trying to give some idea of scale:

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I've added some plasticard strips to fill the gaps at the wing roots. I thought this would be the easiest way (Bit blurry 'cos my nerves are shot having fiddled around with all those tiny bits! But you get the idea). I'll trim them to fit when I join the wings to the fuselage:

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But that's it for the interior! I've still got my Shilka and King Tiger to finish so I don't want to be spending too long on this thing.
 

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Good work Dave. I think it's often worth tarting up a blank cockpit a bit. Even if it wasn't accurate, it's better than nothing. I like to employ a lot of 'artistic license' at times.
 

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Thanks guys.

Col - You're right, it is better to have something there. I've test fit the pilot and canopy, and I'm quite surprised that you can still see the additions. So my time wasn't completely wasted.

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Time for the undercarriage. Oh dear:sad:

This is all that you get in the box:

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Using the 1/48 version as a reference, this is what should be there:

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You can't see it too well I'm afraid, but part 33 (step 39) consists of two seperate struts linked by a triangular structure:

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Looks like I gotta break out the plastic rods and card .....
 

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OK, best I can do:

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Hopefully they'll look OK under a coat of black (the white tack is just to help hold them in place while the glue sets up).

Can I remind you folks to give me a really good kick up the butt if you see me looking at an old Airfix kit at any of the shows please?

Bit of foam in the cockpit and off to the spray booth.
 

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OK, best I can do:

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Hopefully they'll look OK under a coat of black (the white tack is just to help hold them in place while the glue sets up).

Can I remind you folks to give me a really good kick up the butt if you see me looking at an old Airfix kit at any of the shows please?

Bit of foam in the cockpit and off to the spray booth.
Keep going Dave your doing great. You'll get that nice warm feeling inside after the battle/fight is over.
 

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Keep going Dave your doing great. You'll get that nice warm feeling inside after the battle/fight is over.
I do get some satisfaction from any little improvements I may make to a kit, but I still prefer to build 'shake and bake' kits and leave my few scratch talents to dios.
 

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I decided I'd finish off the u/c before painting:

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Not brilliant, but I think it looks better than it would if I hadn't bothered.

Off to bed methinks. It's back to the salt mines today .....
 

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A little more progress:

Canopy and pilot dry fit, but painted and Kleared ready for decals

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My additions to the U/C don't look too bad, but the pic shows I've missed some clean-up on the front edges!

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