I have my Airfix TSR-2. Because I ordered it so long ago it went to my old address, despite the fact that I’ve bought, and received, other stuff from the suppliers in the meantime. I’m not likely to build it for a while, but here are a few pictures of the sprues. No in depth review, I have only taken them out for the pictures and put them back again. Click on the image for the full picture.
The box art. One presentation of the model suggests itself- the TSR and Lightning on the tarmac whilst their pilots chat in front of them and technicians run through pre-flight checks.
The sprues were sealed in a plastic bag and the transparencies were in their own bag inside this.
The fuselage halves are on a large sprue.
The pilots, some cockpit detail and a selection of non-undercarriage struts. I won’t be putting the crew inside the plane, I’d rather have a couple of figures on the tarmac in front of the plane.
Mostly bomb bay and engine details on this sprue. There are two loads, an instrument package from the test flights (bottom right, I think) and atomic bomb (I’ll let you find that for yourself). You know I’m not going to be putting the instrument package in it.
The wings have an interesting design that a few people have commented on. It should cut down on the amount of filler where it meets the fuselage.
Mostly undercarriage and underside details on this sprue.
I need to build a couple of other large aircraft kits before I’ll feel confident in tackling this one- I have a Vulcan and a Revell built “Amerika Bomber” flying wing that I can practice on. And those aren’t going to be started until I have somewhere I can safely airbrush.
Another reason to put off building the kit is that there are few detailing sets available yet. I expect some will appear in a month or two. There are the “could have been” decal sets, though. I like the look of “Bad Attitude/ Hello Saddam” from Gulf War 1.
I ordered it through Hannants ages ago, before moving to the new casa Spinneyhead. This, and the fact that the old casa Spinneyhead has one of those “It was too large to get through the letterbox” cards, leads me to think (hope) it may have gone to the old address.
Airfix hs announced the date that TSR.2 kits arrive in the UK. I should, if Hannants have remembered my order, get mine some time after the 20th of Febryuary. Anticipation is tinged with the knowledge that it’s a large kit and there is no way I’ll get to build it whilst living in this flat. There’s nowhere to store it and definitely nowhere to do any spray painting. I need a workshop.
We are now in a position to give dates on TSR.2 availability. The kits are due in the country on February 15th and, assuming no delays with customs, will start shipping week commencing February 20th. Customers can expect to see the first kits appearing in shops later that week, with other stockists following shortly afterwards.
Club members will have exclusive access to a further 250 kits which will be pre-sold on Airfix.com shortly and strictly limited to 2 kits per club member. As we expect this offer to offer be over-subscribed, we will advertise the timing in advance to ensure fairness to all.
The February edition of Scale Aviation Modeller International, available to buy shortly, features an exclusive first look at the TSR.2 via pre-production test shots.
It’s taken me longer to edit and upload this video than it did to make the model.
Last November there was a rash of timelapse videos of artists at work. I thought they were cool, and I decided I should do the same with a model.
Obviously, I couldn’t do a really detailed model, and I’d be putting it together so quickly that I didn’t want to waste money on something grand. I settled on the Airfix Tiger tank.
Neither my new digital camera or video camera has a timelapse feature, so I had to improvise. I set the delay on the camera to ten seconds and had it take two pictures. This gave me enough time after pressing the shutter to pick up where I had left off and get some more painting or construction done before being photographed. The total build lasted about two hours. To put the model together in such a basic way would have taken an hour without the photography.
There were almost four hundred pictures in total and I stitched them together at two frames per image and uploaded the result to Revver. Enjoy.
I picked this up mainly because it had an article about the TSR.2 and I’ve ordered the upcoming Airfix kit. the article gave a potted history of the failed project and backed it up with 1:72nd scale drawings so now I know just how much space I’m going to need for the model. The plane is depicted with the leg of the front wheel extended in an extreme nose up attitude designed to help short take offs. It’s tempting to model it this way, but god knows how much weight I’m going to need in the nose.
Other features included the evolution of the Zero fighter, and a round up of various models of it, and lots of full colour paint scheme illustrations. The F-16s are the dullest of the bunch in different shades of grey.
The magazine is rounded out with reviews and short build articles, previews of upcoming product and an end page opinion piece that returns to the TSR.2.
I wanted a T34 for photo reference for the webcomic I’ve just started working on. It’s actually in the centre of the very first frame, advancing up a shattered Berlin street, so I can’t go any further until I’ve built this. The plan was to get a cheap kit for a fast build- it’s an alternate reality tale, so historical accuracy isn’t so important- but this one (bonus) comes with a Berlin colour scheme.
I don’t know what the current state of the art for small scale armour is, but I’ve read reviews hinting at assembling tracks from individual chain links, a long way from the bendy soft plastic tracks I remember from my youth. Thankfully this kit manages to hit an acceptable middle ground, with the tracks formed from five or six separate pieces of varying lengths with long flat stretches under and atop the road wheels and shorter links going round the drive and end wheels.
Despite it being a fast build I’ll try to do the model justice, with an amount of painting if not major detailing. Expect pictures of the beast going together.
The Airfix Russian infantry were bought to go with the T34, but I could almost have gotten away with any 72nd scale figures milling around. They’re not awful, but the detail is soft and only the occassional pose is distinctive. I don’t know if any other companies do World War Two Russian figures in this scale. These guys could make up the massed ranks backing up the more detailed frontline troops or would be ideal for wargaming.
Today I finally received the Airfix Bristol Bloodhound model I won on EBay a month and a half ago (it did have to come surface mail from the States). I don’t know where this fits into the to-do pile of kits, but thought some reference photos were required.
The APMA has this page and some pictures of completed versions of the kit, and other Bristol aircraft, on this page.
A shot from the Transport Archive of a Bloodhound on the Woomera proving grounds. It might be worth trying to reproduce the circular base it’s mounted on- they’re shown on the box art as well.
I found out yesterday that Airfix have released a model of the U-2 spyplane in 1:72nd scale. If a suitable model of a Chevrolet Camaro could be found (do Cararama do one?), the scene above could be modelled as a diorama. The Camaro is a chase car, relaying information to the U-2 pilot to keep them out of trouble.
Original image from Air Force Link, a great source of reference photos for modellers. Larger image here. Related images here and here.
Some time soon I want to do some figure modelling. 54mm seems the best size to start at, neither too large nor too small and not too expensive. It also equates to 1/32nd scale and, thanks to Ebay and good deals in the local model shop, I have a few cars to pose figures beside.
The Aston Martin DB5 I just won will be a great backdrop for Andrea’s Secret Agent. I can imagine the champagne bucket and glasses on the back seat and maybe a few super-spy style gadgets (does anyone do 1/32nd ejector seats?)
The Airfix 1930 Bentley is going to be a bizarre battle car, with Lewis guns mounted on it and various other outrageous elements. Who better to be driving it than a First World War fighter ace.
Historex is a great big treasure trove of, mostly, figure modelling coolness but so far I haven’t found an Al Capone or other ’30s gangster to go with the Packard Victoria that should be on its way to me. I must continue looking.
And finally, two figures I don’t have cars for yet. The Virtual Fighter and Cyborg 2020. These two could just fight each other, I guess.
Something I’m going to do from time to time- a short list of kits for sale on EBay that I think are cool or interesting.
NB These are not things that I am selling on EBay. If I’m trying to pimp up my own stuff I will say so. Also, I am not responsible for any problems arising from the sales.
Here’s a few to start with-
Airfix SnapFix Flying Saucer. As the seller says, Airfix’s attempt to jump on the post Star Wars sales bandwagon. I doubt that this is one of those kits whose rarity is going to lead to increased value down the line. It might look good with a bit of kit bashing and weathering.
Airfix 1914 Old Bill bus 32nd scale. You might just be able to get away with mix’n’matching this bus with Emhar’s (35th scale) WW1 tanks and infantry.
Revell Snark S-M -62 missile Revell made a load of missile models in the 50s and 60s. Sadly 1- they’re very hard to find 2- they were “box scale”, sized to fit the box and therefore all different scales.