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Pilots first flight and first love (BiplaneGB17)

Airfix 1/72 De Havilland Tiger Moth

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Richard Foenander30/07/2017 12:06:50
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Have been trying to decide which to build. I have quite a few Bi-planes in the stash, all wanting some extra finish and since the group build is to help deplete the stash i will pick one that is easiest to complete. The list below:

1. Revell 1/28 Sopwith Camel

2. Revell 1/28 Spad

3. Tamiya 1/48 Swordfish

4. Special Hobby 1/48 Polikarpov I-15 Chato

5. Tamiya 1/48 Henschel HS123

6. Airfix 1/72 Gloster Gladiator

7. Airfix 1/72 Tigermoth

It's a toss up between the HS123 and Tigermoth...

I'm going with the Tiger Moth hugely because it was the easier and like most pilots it was the first plane they took to the skies when learning...


New mold and finely detailed with interior...


Engraved lines...coloured instructions.


So I proceeded withspraying interior green...


Looks a bit dark here but with a bit of dry brushing in lighter tones should be fine...


next construction will begin...



John Race30/07/2017 12:09:43
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Neat idea to paint on the sprue Richard.


Mike Mortimore30/07/2017 14:28:09
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Afternoon Richard..

Hows the weather there in Malaysia? Here in France its overcast but very warm..... ideal for a relaxing Sunday afternoon.

I'll watch this if I may....... my brother has flown in a Tiger Moth, many years ago as the OC of an Air Cadet Squadron.

Cheers Mike dogdogdogcat

Richard Foenander30/07/2017 14:51:52
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Hi John R and Mike M, good to have your company.

John, basically not much to clean up so will also do the dry brushing on the sprue. Any painted parts that get snipped off is easily brush painted over.

Mike, weather here is surprisingly cooler than expected. Getting some tail end showers from the typhoon in Taiwan. It's so far off but there is nothing to block it in the South China sea. So your brother has experienced the Tiger Moth...that's he still flying?



Fernando Nijhuis30/07/2017 15:37:57
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Hi Richard,

I’m in too, nice sharply moulded parts you’ve got there.

Agree with John, neat idea to pre-paint the interior.thumbs up

Are you planning to go for the box-art scheme?

If so this will be a colourful p


jimbo30/07/2017 17:01:18
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Hi Richard

Nice choice thumbs up When you spray parts on the sprue do you have to clean paint from all the joins afterwards?


Richard Foenander31/07/2017 01:25:01
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Hi Fernando,

Yes, Airfix's latest offerings are clean and sharp. Have the Blenheim, Nakajima and Gloster Gladiator with all the new tooling. It;s a matter of time before I start on those.

Yup, going for the box art scheme.

Hey Jim, thanks.

I normally spray parts on the sprue if the joints are hidden in assembly. Fine thin Tamiya cement helps reduce glue stains, just a touch on one end and capillary action does the rest. Any tabs from the sprue is easily dealt with by touching up with a brush. As it is the locating tabs are out of sight.



Richard Foenander31/07/2017 15:06:16
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Did a little something...

Added wash and cleaned it with a moist bud.


A little heavy but with some dry brushing with lighter tones should do the trick.


Once closed not much can be seen so I'll open one of the cockpit doors.



Steve Jones 1231/07/2017 16:36:33
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Just arrived in time. Off to a cracking start. Good luck with the rest of the build


Richard Foenander12/08/2017 04:04:09
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Hi Steve,

Apologise for replying late. Thanks...I only just got time for bench work and squeezed this bit...


This is really tiny and similar in size with my previous Re8 I built. Painted the levers and highlighted the seats. Added seat belts and backing cussion made with tape and engraved plastic card.


Tackled the dash board on the sprue with paint for the leather padding and decals with a little decal softener to help settle it down.


All on including the stick columns ready for the two halves to close all that has been done. I will be leaving only the rear left cockpit door open hoping something can be seen for all that work done.

C&C welcomed.



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