Mark Inman - I got back into model making a couple of years ago after some 15 years away. I have always worked around aircraft and currently work at Farnborough Airport around business jets. I build aircraft and AFVs and whatever else takes my fancy.
Boeing B-29A Superfortress 44-6206 "Spirit of Freeport", USAF - Minicraft 1/144 scale with Kits World decals
Boeing B-29A Superfortress 44-69763 "Top of the Mark", USAF - Minicraft 1/144 scale with Kits World decals
AH-6J Little Bird "Night Stalkers", Dragon 1/35th scale.
Cobra Company FLIR turret, Werners Wings decals and scratch built interior details.
AH-6J Little Bird
English Electric Canberra PR.9, Airfix 1/72nd scale, OOB
Vickers Viscount 800, Kit: S&M models, 1/144.
In addiiton to the basic kit, I used decals from 26 Decals - BEA Red Square scheme; Propblur.com's PE props. Painted with Vallejo, Tamiya and Halfords rattle can.
This was my entry into the 6 Month Challenge 2015 - where I won a prize for it.
Convair B-58 Hustler, Italeri 1/72nd scale.
I choose to do the Aircraft 59-2447 Rapid Rabbit which unfortunately crashed on 15/02/62 - 38 miles E. of Lawton Oklohoma. The accident cause was loss of aircraft control due to Mach and airspeed system malfunction during normal flight. The aircraft was in an inverted spin when crew ejected. The Nav and DSO ejected simultaneously and collided injuring the Nav. Pilot who suffered a back injury due to loose harness at time of ejection. AF pilot Maj. John Irving, AF Nav/Bombardier Capt. John Fuller and AF DSO Capt. Donald Avallon all survived.
The kit is not bad as a whole requiring the usual Italeri persuasion to go together but nothing drastic. The area requiring special attention was getting the undercarriage into the wheels up position. The kit really doesn't allow for this and things had to be carefully modified to get things looking right. Right from the start I was looking forward to going mad with AK Interactive's Xtreme Metals and the paints didn't disappoint. The whole thing was sprayed Aluminium but this was far too shiny for what I was after so it was resprayed White Aluminium. In the end I used white aluminium, dark aluminium, matte aluminium, aluminium, duraluminium, steel, titanium, jet exhaust, pale burnt metal and gun metal on the build. One area that was a minor concern was adding Ammo enamel panel line wash to unprotected Xtreme Metal paint. I had seen a video on AK's YouTube page showing how the paint was resistant to weathering products but this was not the case for me. Luckily I had only decided to use this on a small area on the engines but still I should have tested things beforehand. The only aftermarket I used was a Master metal pitot tube to replace the kit part which was horrible. The highlight of the kit was the decals which were superb in every way and Italeri provided six schemes to choose from in the kit.