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Hello Everybody, This is my first attempt with a WNW kit! In fact, this project contains a number of firsts for me. First serious aircraft model, first use of weathering on a model, first use of an airbrush, and I am sure a few more. I have been slowly collecting WNW kits, and have finally decided to put one on the work bench. The only way to learn is to do it right? So I have chosen the Bristol F2.b Fighter as my first exercise in these great models. You can see in the photo, my usual modeling subjects, wooden boats. I have made a decent start on the cockpit of the Bristol. Wood grain was done with Tamiya buff as a base coat, with an oil wash in the middle, and Tamiya clear yellow on top. A natural sponge was used to apply the oil wash. The pilot's floor board was done with the help of a superb wood grain decal from Uschi van der Rosten. Some weathering has been done already, with the help of some dark wash on the pilot's seat, fuel tank, and the observer's floor area. It should be noted that the missing instrument decal in the middle of the instrument panel has been lost due to my mishandling. That blank white space will remain as a reminder of my mistake. As I stated before this is all new to me, so let me know what you think!
Merry Christmas Everyone. I went for a ride to Shuttleworth (Old Warden airfield), my favourite place on the planet yesterday. I love this place, really old school place and so many vintage aircraft you turn round so fast your head almost comes off. Im lucky enough to know a few of the engineers here and some of the volunteers as I fly in here quite a lot in my little toy airplane (they're nice to me even though its not vintage). So whilst walking around I took a few photographs in the Engineering shed of the Lysander, Brisfit and a Chipmunk thats being renovated. AR501 the Spitfire is getting there too and looking great. Peter Vacher's old Hurricane (R4118 the only flying Hurricane that actually fought in the Battle of Britain). Pete just sold her and she is going to live at Shuttleworth for now and may be a permanent fixture with Shuttleworths own Sea Hurricane. The Gloster Gladiator was out doing a few engine runs and I took some of the lovely Ryan thats in one of the hangars too. I took tonnes of photo's and this isnt the whole set so can upload more if people ask for them. Shuttleworth really is a living museum and all the better for it. If you havent been do, its beats Duxford hands down in my book and is full of vintage aircraft, some of them the only flying examples in the world. Great place. Full details at: http://www.shuttleworth.org/ Shuttleworth Lysander. Shuttleworth Brisfit Shuttleworth Spitfire AR501. Hurricane R4118 Others RCAF Chipmunk, Shuttleworth Gloster Gladiator and Ryan and Moth.