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Old 21-06-2008, 10:48 PM   #1
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Default AIRFIX "Welcome Aboard " Tardis Kit

I finally picked up the AIRFIX "Welcome Aboard " Tardis and Doctor figure kit(s) set today after umming and aahing since it's release and I must admit , first impressions are pretty good . I was surprised to find the heads, hands and feet of both the Doctor and Martha figures are cast in a vinyl-like material instead of the polystrene of the rest of the kit . This means the likeness of the headsculpts is very good ( the Doctor more so than his companion ) and the detail of the castings is sharp and crisp ( especially the hair of both heads ). The kit features light and sound effects, but as I don't have any batteries at the moment , I can't comment on the effectiveness of these features . Another feature which pleasantly surprised me was the inclusion of 12 paints and 3 brushes , which initially didn't interest me, but on inspection of the ( very good) instruction booklet it dawned on me that the painting instructions are pretty well thought out and if the paints are of a decent quality then they're a worthwile inclusion . I'll most likely use them ( and the brushes) as I'm taking a "low-tech" approach to building this kit , that is , no airbrush work , no "super-detailing" or any of the usual malarky , I'm just going at it straight from the box because this model is going to take pride of place on my lad's "Doctor Who shelf" and I intend to have it done in a week or so of "relaxed modelling" !( Yeah right !) After all , I think that's the intention behind this release , it's not some "high-end" model , it's a Doctor Who model for God's sake !
Anyhow , if anyone has any experience of this kit worth sharing , let me know as I'll no doubt keep you all informed of my progress .
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Old 22-06-2008, 01:18 AM   #2
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This may be a stupid question: you say the heads, etc are made from a 'vinyl-like material' - it's not the soft plastic Airfix toy soldiers were moulded in? Will it take paint? I remember trying to paint some Airfix figures as a kid, and the paint just flaked off.
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Old 22-06-2008, 03:21 AM   #3
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Me too. Spent hours painting HO/OO Germans and Brits, and well ... the rest is flaky history. Photos of your build up when you can
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Old 22-06-2008, 08:44 AM   #4
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Try here:


http://cs.finescale.com/forums/951177/ShowPost.aspx
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Old 22-06-2008, 11:12 AM   #5
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I intend to get hold of this set for myself, I may even have a commission to build two more of them for other people, still working on the details of that one at this point though.

The Dalek set that I keep hearing rumors about sounds interesting too.
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Old 22-06-2008, 01:29 PM   #6
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There were some aftermarket decals available for this set primarily for Martha's tattoo & pattern on her top - I got some myself, as well as the artwork for printing my own.

I'll dig out the contact details if anyone's interested.

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Old 22-06-2008, 02:41 PM   #7
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Chris that would be good thanks.
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Old 22-06-2008, 03:53 PM   #8
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They were available from "jimjames2001 at hotmail.com"

If you send him an e-mail he may be able to assist...
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Old 23-06-2008, 08:53 PM   #9
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what size are the tardis and the figures?
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They work out at about 1/12 scale(?). Unfortunately , my build is on hold as I've discovered my Doctor has two left hands . ( So much for the quick build!)
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Old 23-06-2008, 09:28 PM   #11
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1/12th, I had thought that they were to 1/10th scale, but that may just have been poor memory on my part.

The Dalek Encounter kit sounds rather good with a Dalek opened up revealing the inside of one of them. There is also a set entitled Gridlock, and a Kylie figure with Titanic coming out in in the autumn too.
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Old 23-06-2008, 09:36 PM   #12
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You're probably right TonyB . I guessed at 1/12 from the size of the heads and hands , I've taken nothing else off the sprues . The Dalek kit does indeed look good .
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Anything else wrong with the kit? I won one on ebay but then the seller said there were problems with the kits they got and they had to wait for replacement parts.
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Old 25-06-2008, 10:28 PM   #14
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Now you mention it , I've had to contact Hornby customer care due to my Doctor figure having two left hands! Still waiting for a reply after two days .
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Old 26-06-2008, 12:48 PM   #15
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I now have two of the kits, I picked one up yesterday from the Samaritans for 8.00 still sealed, my what a bargain .

My mate who I share the workshop with brought me one from the wholesalers this morning, heh I forgot to let him know that I picked up the cheap one, anyway no problem as I will build both and sell on the other fully completed diorama.
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I now have two of the kits, I picked one up yesterday from the Samaritans for 8.00 still sealed, my what a bargain
A bargain indeed. A local retailer wants $95 Aust for it - that's about 45, or $90 US.
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Well , I managed to make a start on the Tardis set . (Still waiting for a replacement hand) . Some reviews I've read of the kit have pointed out that the construction of the Tardis itself can be hampered by poorly fitting parts , but I found quite the opposite ! What I will say though , is that paying close attention to the instruction book at this point pays dividends because although the parts look alike ,they aren't . ( Maybe this is the source of the rumours of bad fitting parts ). Anyway , I had no problem with the basic construction and soon the familiar contours of the Tardis were taking shape . No filler was needed and next I undercoated/primed with a can of Halfords Satin Black . My idea , as I don't intend to use the airbrush , was to use the black basecoat as a pre-shading coat and then to "mist-coat" the blue over this . As I had a spare can of Humbrol Acrylic "French Blue" , this is what I used . ( This colour is a pretty good match , though in photos it looks a little too light ). I was pleased with the results I got and after a couple of washes with a dark blue/grey mix , the texture and shading on the surface was brought out nicely . The clear window parts were masked off and sprayed with the same blue spray can . I must admit , this job was a little rushed and the results reflected this ! But , I reasoned that I could get round this when I treated the windows to a couple of grimy washes . I think I got away with it . ( just!) The back of the windows got a misting of white from another spray can . At this point I made the decision not to utilise the opening compartment for the phone as I didn't have the reference to paint it accurately and the fitting of the opening door was a little TOO loose and rather obvious . The working light and sound feature works a treat though and although the top section fits a little loosely , it's not enough to really cause concern . That's it so far and it must be said , I'm really enjoying this build . Within the space of a few hours , I've got a respectable looking replica on the go and I'm looking forward to the next stage , the Tardis interior!
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"At this point I made the decision not to utilise the opening compartment for the phone as I didn't have the reference to paint it accurately and the fitting of the opening door was a little TOO loose and rather obvious"

Can you explain this a little further. Is this something you access from outside extra to the opening door for the interior?
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Old 02-07-2008, 08:18 PM   #19
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Sorry Tony , the panel to the left of the door ( the one with the white notice on ), opens up a boxed off compartment which contains a telephone . There's nothing wrong with this feature , the phone is quite o.k , but as can be quite common on this type of thing , the opening panel is quite "obvious" and toy-like . With minimal work it could be made to look pretty effective , but as I'm building this kit "from the box" and I'm not overly bothered about this feature, I can live without it .
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I found these pictures of Ms Agyeman's tattoo for anyone who fancies hand-painting the design. Apparently the Farsi script means 'free'.



I have retained a copy of the picture on the left for... er... future reference.
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