Best known for their role in the Battle of Britain, Spitfire Mk-I fought alongside the Hawker Hurricane to defend Britain against the Luftwaffe, and arguably changed the outcome of the war. Many variations of Spitfire were developed during WW2 to counter the ever-threatening German air force. Over 20,000 Spitfires were produced during the course of the war.
Included in the kit are:
Laser cut balsa parts
Plastic nose cowl, canopy, radiator, propeller, and wheels
Wire propeller shaft
2. The frame was assembled using the building plan. Each basal piece was lined up with the drawing to ensure they were correctly placed.
3. Once the main pieces were glued together with wood glue, the stringers were cut to the required length and glued to the main frame. Here is the finished fuselage:
4. Building the wings was a slightly messy process. We made use of a few items available on hand to create the dihedral angle.
5. Here is the completed frame:
6. To cover the frame, the cover tissue was cut slightly large than each section and glued on with diluted wood glue. Finally, any excess tissue was trimmed off.
7. This is what it looked like after all the frames are covered, notice the winkles on the tissues:
8. We lightly sprayed water over it. Once dried, all the winkles are now removed. To protect the tissues, the frame was covered with a diluted layer of wood glue.
9. The plastic and additional parts are added. To make the rear windows, the paper and film from an envelope. I’m told the plastic film from a tea cake box works well too, but can you imagine the awful process of eating the cakes inside?
10. The plane was painted with enamel.
11. Lastly, the decals and landing gears were added. Here is the finished plane:
Admist our hectic schedule of kangaroo building and spitfire painting, we’ve been preparing for a war. A war of galactic scale. A war between mankind and alien species. A war that takes place in 2672…or in our case October 2017. That’s right, we are talking about the Dropfleet orbital battle between Space Craft (the challenger) and Mr Cooper Price (his real name – apparently) from Dundee Wargames Club.
In preparation, we’ve painted up the brand new Dropfleet Commander 2 Player Start Set from Hawks Wargame. Included in the set are:
UCM Starter Fleet (x3 UCM Cruiser and x4 UCM Frigates)
Scourge Starter Fleet (x3 Scourge Cruiser and x4 Scourge Frigates)
UCM and Scourge reference sheets
x2 A1 posters (Orbital Battlefield)
x8 Card Cities
x8 Card Debris
With the weight of mankind’s destiny on our shoulders, warily we assembled the fleets. Here are the assembled fleets:
So, with our battlefleet completed and the rulebook a permeant fixture in our living room; Mr Cooper Price, game on.
They say the Tamiya kits are so good, they are idiot proof. Today, we are going to see how true this saying is. The kit we are building is Tamiya’s Mechanical Kangaroo, and the idio…the person with normal intelligence assembling the kit is our beloved shop manager.
1) This kit included quite a few parts, including: coloured sprues, metal parts (screws, rods, shafts etc.), gears, motor, cables, and tools (hex wrench and screwdriver). The only items you will need to have are a pair of sprue cutters and an AA battery.
2) The assembly of the battery case does not require soldering. The cable sheaths were pre-cut and a rubber tubing is used to attach the cables.
3) Tamiya provided enough pieces to assemble the gearbox in two different ways: high or low speed. The high speed option results with a faster running motion, and the low speed produces more of a walking pace. In this assembly, I went with the high speed option.
4) Screw are used to attach the battery case and gearbox to the main body. Again, no glue or soldering is required. The main body has dedicated spaces to run the cables so they are neatly tucked away.
5) The final body parts are added. Take care in this step as the legs are attached differently based on the gearbox speed you chose in step 3.
6) Here is the finished kangaroo!
By adjusting the switch, the kangaroo can move both forward and backward. I did not realise this at first and panicked when it started walking backwards! Another nice feature is in the kangaroo’s tail. Simply changing the position of the tail can make the kangaroo walk in circular motion.
The Hawker Typhoon was initially designed to replace the Hawker Hurricane as a high-altitude fighter. However, this larger plane was almost deemed a failure from the start due to its engine problems and poor climb and altitude performance. Instead it was transformed into an effective low altitude fighter. The Typhoon successfully disrupted the Luftwaffe’s Fw 190 raiders, which terrorised the south coast of England between 1942-43.
1) This model came in 4 frames, which are alphabetically labelled to help you identify the correct parts.
2) We primed the sprues using a brushed on primer.
3) The individual parts were painted and then assembled.
4) Gaps were filled with a modelling putty and re-painted.