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AIRFIX BUILD & CONVERT Part 7 - Classic Warplanes

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Build and Convert #7

Classic Warplanes
New Kits and Old Tricks – the Airfix Spitfire and Friends
By Alec Smith
Edited by Gary Hatcher

This latest episode of Build and Convert offers a selection of newly-comissioned articles by prolific modeller and IPMS Stalwart Alec Smith, taking a look at some of ‘tomorrows classics’ – new toolings of old favourites, brought up to date by the manufacturer - along with one or two original toolings to compare and contrast.
Alec’s work will be familiar to many from his involvement with IPMS Brampton and the Latin American Aviation SIG, and he is a regular on the show circuit. As a modeller he knows all the tricks and techniques and adds a few of his own ideas into the mix to demonstrate that whist modern injection moulding techniques may have improved the plastic, there is still scope for adding those personnal touches and taking a kit just that little way beyond the box, stamping your mark on it, and making it your own.


I Hurricane, Spitfire and P-40

Lend-Lease Tryptych, Under The Red Star, An Airfix Club Special



II Spitfire PR XIX

Photo-Recce, Spitfire PR XIX - Variations on a Theme. Marking the Differences



III Messerschmitt Bf 110

Brand new Zerstörer, Airfix Messerschmitt BF 110C. A welcome update replacing a vintage tooling



IV De Havilland Chipmunk

Airborne Early learning, Airfix DHC-1 Chipmunk Trio. A timeless classic that still gives a good result



V Dornier Do 217

Sharpening a Pencil, Dornier Do 217 E – the Luftwaffe’s Medium Bomber. Cross-kitting a Classic



VI Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX

Five of the Few, Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX Medley. Some easy but effective changes to the base kit



VII Avro Lancaster

Operation Guzzle, Avro type 464 Provisioning Lancaster. Some post war changes to an old veteran



VIII Hawker Typhoon

Wind of Change, Hawker Typhoon. Another ‘classic’ tooling updated – and built straight from the box



IX Spitfire BT-K

First of Quite a Few, BT-K The Original Airfix Spitfire. Spitfire archaeology...



X De Havilland Vampire T 11

Boom Time, New tool De Havilland DH115 Vampire T 11. State of the art engineering makes for a simple and enjoyable build



XI Supermarine Spitfire Mk 22

Three the Same but Different, Airfix’s New Tool 1/72 Spitfire 22 and more. Mk 22, 24, and Seafire Mk 46



XII Reggiane Re2005

An Able Archer, RS Models 1/72 Reggiane Re2005 Sagittario. Looking at a Limited Run



XIII Lockheed P/F-80 Shooting Star

First among Equals, The YP-80A. Backdate to Prototype



XIV Supermarine Spitfire Mk I

Beyond the Pale, The Tintin Spitfire. Any excuse to build a Spitfire in a new scheme…



XV P-51 Mustang

Mustangs Late and Early, North American P-51 Mustang. New toolings from the box and corrected



XVI Vickers valiant

Made to Measure, Vickers Valiant B(PR)K Mk1. Customising the kit with purpose-built parts



XVII Vought F4U-1 Corsair

Colourful Corsairs, The First and the Last. A Navy Bird and a Soccer War Veteran



XVIII Folland Gnat

Hot Shot and Arrow, Airfix’s new tool 1/72 Folland Gnat. A build from the box and a bit on the side



XIX de Havilland DH 88 Comet

Different Colours! DH 88 Comet Racer. A real classic updated and portrayed in an unusual scheme


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