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I've already posted my Red Arrows pics from the Cosford Airshow, but I took a lot more than just that. As well as the flying display, there was a lot to see on the ground too.

The RAF Museum at Cosford has a lot of historic aircraft, including some unique experimental and development planes. One of the nice features of the Cosford Airshow is that every year the organisers and the Museum wheel some of these planes out of their hanger and onto the flight line so you can imagine them as they were in their heyday.


This is the Avro 707C. If it looks like a miniature Vulcan, that's because it was developed to test the flight characteristics of the Vulcan's delta wing.

Lots more aircraft! )

Now to sort through the photos of Flying Stuff Other Than The Red Arrows.
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When I bought my 1:48 TSR2 kit I thought I’d get a more mainstream kit in that scale to practice on, so I picked up the Airfix 1:48 scale Red Arrows Hawk. It’s been sat for some time in my to-build pile so I thought it would be my first serious project to test out airbrush painting on. After all, it should be fairly simple – as colour schemes go, the Red Arrows one is a lot more straightforward than many.

lots of pictures )

And here is the result:
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What did I learn from this?

1. Test-assemble the entire kit first before gluing it. And if a bit doesn’t fit well, file and sand it until it does – don’t force it!

2. It’s actually easier to build the cockpit first, add the canopy, mask it and paint it. Trying to add the canopy later makes it very difficult to match the paint on the canopy edges with the adjacent fuselage.

3. Check reviews of the same kit before you build it to look for handy tips and warnings. It turned out that other model builders had commented on the awful decals for this set and had I known I might have had a go at painting the white bits instead or have ordered a third party (and maybe more up to date) set of decals.

4. If you’re going to use third party components, order them in time for you to start building. That way you can stick to the manufacturer’s recommended assembly order, which has probably been arrived at for a reason. The seats could really have done with going in when I first build the cockpit.

Overall though I’m pleasantly pleased with the result. I think my next project will have to wait until after we’ve got our house move out of the way, though.


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Simon Bradshaw

September 2017



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