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i used the paints provided but they really do need a good mix for at least a minute
on 8 October 2014
Ive just got into modeling and bought this kit as ive never done a 1/24 scale before ,there are a few pros and cons though ,pros ,the size is impresive and when finished it does look the part and comes with a pilot and stand .because its large i also lit the cockpit and navlights and managed to run fibreoptic to the wing tip lights with a little dremmeling and drilling,i used the paints provided but they really do need a good mix for at least a minute, the grey and green for the camo in my kit was a bit gloopy and thick and may need thinning to avoid brushstrokes (i used a little water to do this as there acrylic not enamel) and did 2 thin coats but you get 2 pots of these colours and 2 pots for the underside colour.
would recomend using an undercoat for this kit as the paint seems to go on much better.i just used a grey car primer- 2 light coats (halfords or carplan) i have used and none of these react with the plastic .they both say acrylic on the back !!!wouldnt use any coloured car paints as these might melt the plastic
OK dunno if this was just my kit and have read on here and elsewhere that the tooling is from the 70s .There was flash on every single piece (thats around 200 pcs) ,some was that bad you even end up cutting your pieces short as you cant tell where the piece ends or flash begins so have a good supply of exacto blades and sandpaper handy if youre kit was like mine!!!
the fit on my kit was not great and some lines did not match up and also had a gap on one side where the wing meets the cockpit area (under the RF in pic)
also struggled with getting landing gear lined up to retract and not get stuck, and the covers for the gun bays,biggest pain is the engine ,this must be spot on if you want the cowels which are removable to fit nice.you have to dry fit everthing you do to check its gonna fit before you glue,ah yes the glue supplied i dont use its too messy .i used the revell pricision glue.
there is no supplementary instructions to proper show how to fit all the new parts (to modify the kit to the Vb)and leaves you a bit in the dark ,also it requires cutting parts of the model in places to fit the vb parts which i didnt like,this kit also leaves you with a load of spare bits so dont be thinking youve missed a piece .
all in all i am happy with the end result but the work and time it took trimming and sanding and dry fitting every single piece because of flash was not good .i think airfix need to chuck the tooling in the bin and start again,unless i just got a really really bad 1
i would only recomend this kit to people who have done quite a few models allready!