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  1. 95 points
    Aptly coded D-Dog for a Manchester, L7301 and one other aircraft were assigned to 50Sqn to support a maximum effort raid of 1046 aircraft on Cologne on the night of the 30th May 1942. That morning, Manser and another pilot collected their aircraft from 106Sqn at Coningsby. This aircraft was slightly unusual as it didn't have the mid upper turret that most Manchesters had but what wasn't unusual was the performance, particularly as loaned aircraft were often used for training. It was to carry a full compliment of incendiaries but in doing so, it wasn't able to climb above 7000ft which wasn't untypical of the aircraft being pulled along by the poorly developed Vulture engines. The crew hoped that being away from the main bomber stream up above, they would get left alone but unfortunately, their hopes were fruitless. Flak initially struck the fuselage damaging the bomb bay doors. A second burst hit the port engine setting it on fire. The fire then spread along most of the wing. Eventually, they managed to extinguish the fire and set for home. Unable to maintain height on a single Vulture and badly damaged aircraft, the crew discarded anything they could from the aircraft. Despite the efforts, the aircraft was still losing height, so Manser instructed his crew to bail out over Belgium just a few miles from the Dutch border to which they all did successfully. Manser stayed at the controls to ensure his crew got out OK but shortly after they exited, Manser lost control and the aircraft plummeted into the ground taking Manser with it. Five of the six crew made it back home with support from the resistance whilst F/O Barnes who was the navigator / bomb aimer was captured. As a result of the reports of the crew, Manser was awarded the Victoria Cross for his gallantry in giving his own life to save that of his crews. The VC read “In pressing home his attack in the face of strong opposition, in striving, against heavy odds, to bring back his aircraft and crew and, finally, when in extreme peril, thinking only of the safety of his comrades, Flying Officer Manser displayed determination and valour of the highest order.” Leslie Manser VC 1922-1942 I've been after a 48 scale Paragon Manchester kit for some time and considered it to be the holy grail of Bomber Command aircraft. Following a request on Britmodeller, Dennis aka @spitfire responded to say that he had one so I set off and over a cup of tea we put the world and exchanged money for resin (Big thanks Dennis ). Having a 48 scale Lincoln on the go already, that was a lot of resin and chopped up Lancaster that was going to be cluttering up the workbench. I can mess the bench up with a 72 scale Spitfire so you can imagine the chaos! Anyway, bit by bit, often 1 step forwards, two steps back, the Manchester came together as you can see HERE. There's still a few things to do including adding some bombs to the bay, but I'm posting as it is now as its 99% done. It's painted with Tamiya Rubber black / dark green and Mr Hobby Dark Earth with a variety of decals to complete the scheme. My next build was going to be OOB to have a rest, but now it will be a Classic Airframes Blenheim and a Sanger Short Stirling Anyway, hope you like... Thanks for looking, Neil
  2. 84 points
    Hi mates, I've wanted a nice model of the TSR.2 in my collection for quite some time. I picked up one of the 1:72 scale Airfix kits (the one with the Stratos 4 Japanese sci-fi theme) and started collecting some aftermarket pieces. The kit, as moulded, is quite nice - but there were some areas that I felt could use some additional detail. Most of the aftermarket was from CMK, but I also used some photoetch from Eduard and a turned brass pitot from Master. As I found out, several of the CMK resin pieces could have used some aftermarket of their own, as I encountered some size and shape issues. I suspect this was due to shrinkage of the resin. Let me apologize in advance for the lousy photos. I had a devil of a time trying to get good shots of this model, and I think it was due to the overall white scheme. I tried direct and diffuse lighting, a couple of thousand different white balance/exposure compensation combinations...the list goes on. The photos here are the best ones I could get, but I'm not happy with them. Not only is overall white no fun to paint, it's no fun to photograph. No more overall white for me! I admit defeat. As usual, here is my executive summary: Project: Royal Air Force BAC TSR.2 Kits: Airfix TSR.2MS (kit number A08011) Scale: 1:72 (although the lady jockeys from the Japanese cartoon look smaller than this) Decals: From the kit, representing XR220, the ill-fated airframe that not only fell off its lorry, but was ready for its first flight on the day the programme was cancelled Resin: CMK sets 7131 Interior, 7132 Exterior, 7133 Control Surfaces, 7134 Undercarriage, and 7135 Armament (only used the bomb bay door actuators from this set); Odds & Ordnance revised fin with leading edge intake (thanks to a generous donation by a fellow Britmodeller) Photoetch: Some pieces from Eduard 73257 Vacuform: Canopy and windscreen that came with the CMK set - first time I cut out all the pieces without cocking it up! Metal: Master AM-72-102 Pitot Tube Paint: Testors 2143 RLM21 Semi-gloss White, 1180 Flat Steel; Gunze H335 Medium Sea Grey, H338 FS36495, H18, H11 Flat White, H12 Flat Black, H14 Orange, H21 Off-White, H77 Tyre Black, H89 Metallic Green, H91 Clear Yellow, H92 Clear Orange; Alclad ALC302 Grey Primer, 111 Magnesium, 112; Floquil F110015 Flat Finish Weathering: Not much, as the real aeroplane never flew and is setting in a museum. I applied a light grey wash (made from Gunze H338) to the panel lines, and toned that down with a mist of Testors 2143 RLM21 White Improvements/Corrections Accomplished with the help of the resin and photoetch sets: Lowered the main wing flaps Posed the taileron flaps Posed all four airbrakes open Posed the port avionics bay open Replaced intakes and posed auxiliary doors open Replaced the vertical fin to include leading edge intake Replaced all tyres and wheels for more detail Modified the kit's main gear struts to fix the splay angle issue Did a really bad job trying to replicate the main gear brake lines Replaced all gear/bomb bays and wheel wells for MUCH more detail Replaced kit windscreen and canopy with vacuform parts Gold coating on canopy windows made from a mix of Gunze Clear Yellow and Clear Orange Replaced cockpit and ejection seats with CMK sets Build thread: Linky So here are the lousy pictures: Some in-progress shots before the fin and canopies got in the way: I have to include this, as the metallic green tubes on the back of the seats can no longer be seen, and I thought they looked pretty cool. So here they are: Well, there she is. Unfortunately, I don't think she will fit in my display case unless I send some other models to long-term storage. Wait, I could get a bigger display case! Cheers, Bill
  3. 84 points
    My finished Sea Vixen.A very enjoyable build, the kit went together really well, with virtually no filler used.Painted with Hataka Red Line Extra Dark Sea Grey, and Orange Line Traffic White.Weathered with UMP wash, and AK Interactive pigments.Motion blur carrier deck (HMS Eagle) courtesy of Coastal Kits Display Bases.Ian G-1 by ian gaskell, on FlickrIan G-1 by ian gaskell, on FlickrIan G-1 by ian gaskell, on FlickrIan G-1 by ian gaskell, on FlickrIan G-1 by ian gaskell, on FlickrIan G-1 by ian gaskell, on FlickrIan G-1 by ian gaskell, on FlickrIan G-1 by ian gaskell, on FlickrIan G-1 by ian gaskell, on FlickrIan G-1 by ian gaskell, on FlickrIan G-1 by ian gaskell, on FlickrIan G-1 by ian gaskell, on FlickrIan G-1 by ian gaskell, on FlickrIan G-1 by ian gaskell, on FlickrIan G-1 by ian gaskell, on Flickr
  4. 74 points
    Hiya Folks, Another model that I have been wanting to built for some time now was this 1/72nd Hasegawa B-25J Mitchell in the markings of 2 Sqn RAAF, using decals from DK Decals. The model was brush painted and reference photos were found in a couple of books including the excellent Allied Wings No.9 `The North American B-25 in RAAF Service' by Phil H Listermann. I`m building a 1/48th scale Monogram B-25 kit alongside this one and was amazed at how similar the kits are in breakdown,......even when it comes to interior detail,..... almost as if the Hasegawa kit was an updated and reduced version of the older, larger kit. DSCF2502 by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2503_NEW by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2507 by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2504 by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2475_NEW by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2469_NEW by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2509_NEW by Tony OToole, on Flickr Here is the Allied Wings book; And the DK Decals; Cheers Tony
  5. 71 points
    So guys it's done, my first 72nd aircraft since my teen years and the first build for over a year. Its the Airfix HAR3 converted into a RN HU5, paints are almost all MRP and I'm well and truly converted to these now. I think I've put a bit to much of a bend the Perspex rod but I quite like the angle it's at Not a bad effort for an Ex Pongo who builds AFV's Enjoy the pictures, I'll try and get more done with a better background tomorrow. Cheers for looking and commenting on the build guys It all started here http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235023572-westland-sea-king-hu5/& Ta all Dan
  6. 69 points
    Hi Gents AIrfix has done a real good kit. She's wearing an Aussie dress for some change. Cheers Pierre
  7. 68 points
    Hi, here some pics of my new build: Tamiya`s brand new Bf 109 G-6. Built it OOB with some decals of the "yellow 5" of 9./JG 26 based at Nancy/France in Spring 1944
  8. 68 points
    Hiya Folks, I`m on a bit of a Liberator spree at the moment and my 2nd 159 Sqn aircraft is this 1/72nd Academy B-24D kit converted into an Indian based Liberator Mk.III, BZ938/W `Wottawitch' which was used for night time Radio Intelligence Gathering sorties over Burma, Singapore and Thailand. The 4 gun .303in turret came from a Matchbox Halifax and the decals were from the excellent DK Decals. Brush painted with Olive Drab on top, the undersides were sprayed black using a Tamiya rattle can with brush applied matt varnish. A set of blackout curtains made from painted paper were added behind the nose glazing, as the real aircraft had these fitted. Most of the Mk.III`s operated by 159 Sqn wore the USAAF Olive Drab and Neutral Grey scheme with SEAC markings but C Flight appear to have added Night black to the sides and undersides of its two SD aircraft and photos of `Wattawitch' most certainly had black added. This aircraft was flown by the C Flight commander, Squadron Leader Bradley, DFC,...which was returning from a special radio duties sortie over Rangoon and Mandalay when it was shot down over the Burmese coast by a Japanese night fighter on the night of 31st January 1945, see bottom of post for details including a story of immense courage. I must thank Matt Poole for his help with photos of this aircraft and his book, `RAF Liberators Over Burma- Flying with 159 Sqn' was a smashing read and of great interest as a reference source and inspiration too. The Model; DSCF2521_NEW by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2510_NEW by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2494_NEW_NEW by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2519 by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2520_NEW by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2510_NEW by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2500_NEW by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2512 by Tony OToole, on Flickr Here is Matt`s book; FINALCover by Tony OToole, on Flickr And here is an account of what happened after BZ938 was lost on the night of 31st January 1945,....a tragic story but one of immense bravery too; January 31, 1945 -- Aircraft "W" BZ938 lost in action; Three crew members were declared "missing in action" and are commemorated on the Singapore memorial with a date of death as January 31. LESLIE ADAMS Flight Sergeant 1592986 159 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Age 35. Son of Henry and Mabel Adams; husband of Gladys Adams, of Leeds, Yorkshire. SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Singapore, Column 449. WILLIAM JAMES JOHN LOWERY Flying Officer 156576 159 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Age 28. Son of Eli and Maude Victoria Williams, of Bagotville, Richmond River, New South Wales, Australia. Son of George William and Charlotte Wooddage, of Maidenhead, Berkshire. Son of Arthur and Edith Lowery; husband of Nellie May Lowery, of Bow, London. SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Singapore, Column 447. ARTHUR ROLAND WILLIAMS Warrant Officer 421484 Age 34. SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Singapore, Column 458. Four of the crew members who survived baling out were beheaded by the Japanese on February 7, 1945 and are buried in Rangoon. LESLIE BELLINGAN Flight Sergeant 710193 Co Pilot 159 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve RANGOON WAR CEMETERY, Myanmar, Coll. grave 3. F. 6-9. ROBERT JAMES SNELLING Flight Sergeant 1234723 Flt. Engr. 159 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Age 25. Son of Robert John and Kate Snelling, of Brightlingsea, Essex. His brother, Peter Roy Murray Snelling, also died on service. RANGOON WAR CEMETERY, Myanmar, Coll. grave 3. F. 6-9. JOHN DEREK WOODAGE Flight Sergeant 1803337 W.Op. [Air] 159 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Age 22. RANGOON WAR CEMETERY, Myanmar, Coll. grave 3. F. 6-9. STANLEY JAMES WOODBRIDGE GC (George Cross), Flight Sergeant 1393806 W.Op. 159 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Age 23. Son of James Henry and May Ashman Woodbridge; husband of Florence Edith Woodbridge, of Chingford, Essex. RANGOON WAR CEMETERY, Myanmar. Col. grave 3. F. 6-9. George Cross Citation: The following details are given in the London Gazette of 24th September, 1948, in which the award of the George Cross was announced: Flt. Sgt. Woodbridge was the wireless operator in a Liberator aircraft which crashed in Burma on 31st January 1945, and was taken prisoner by the Japanese together with 5 other members of the crew. All six were subjected to torture, and eventually the four N.C.O.'s were separated from the others, taken to a forest and there put to death by beheading. During the subsequent trial of three officers and three N.C.O.'s of the Japanese Army at which they were found guilty of the torture and murder of these four airmen, it was revealed that they had concentrated their efforts on Flt. Sgt. Woodbridge, in an endeavour to obtain techincal information (this was a special radio intelligence gathering sortie and he was the main radio operator) which would have been useful to the Japanese Intelligence service. Despite repeated and prolonged torture this gallant airman steadfastly refused to speak, and was beheaded on February 7th, 1945. Flt. Sgt. Woodbridge behaved throughout with supreme courage. His fortitude, loyalty to this country and complete disregard for his own safety constitute one of the highest examples of valour in the annals of the Royal Air Force. Two crew members, both officers survived as Japanese prisoners of war. Here is a fuller account of the sortie from a 1992 letter to Matt Poole from the navigator, RAF F/O Allan Graham Jeffrey: On this particular tour BZ938 made eight operational flights including the last one, the first seven of which were relatively uneventful. The last flight included a tour of southern Burma. Everything had gone to plan and we were just leaving the coast to survey some islands a few miles off-shore before setting course for home when it happened. There was a fierce vibration on the port side of the aircraft. Sqn Ldr Bradley DFC (Pilot) came on the intercom to say that we had lost an engine and asked for a course for home, which I gave to him. I took a look at the repeat altimeter beside my desk and saw that we were losing height rapidly. Bradley came on the intercom again almost immediately to ask where we were heading, and when I told him out to sea, he asked me to direct him to turn the plane towards the coast, which I did. It was clear that the plane was going to crash and that we would have to bale out.Bradley told the crew the situation and told us to prepare to bale out. The question was would we make the coast in time to bale out over land, and I could see that it was going to be a very close thing. We were now so low, and, not yet at the coast, that Bradley had to give the order to bale out at the individual’s discretion before we reached it. To bale out I had to leave my desk, put on my parachute and open the door to the nose wheel, which was my emergency exit. I could see the altimeter, and as land appeared before me I left with the altimeter reading 1000 feet.I landed on the shore about ten feet from the water. The five on the flight deck left very soon after me at about 700 feet and landed in paddy fields. Although this is the end of BZ938’s story there are still some questions to answer. The first is what happened to cause the crash. Enemy action is highly unlikely. The failure of one engine should not have been enough to cause it. Liberators were expected to fly on three engines. What else happened I do not know, and I have no recollection of discussing this with Bradley later. No doubt we had other things on our minds. The really important question is what happened to the three in the rear of the plane. They had to exit via the bomb bays, which Bradley had opened for them. There are three possibilities to consider. Did they stay on the plane and perish in the crash? This can be ruled out for two reasons. There is evidence in one of the post-war documents sent to me by Ivor Smith that Bradley was sure they had left. And the search teams sent to the spot after the war found no evidence of bodies being found in the crashed plane. If there had been, the locals would have known and told the searchers. The second possibility is that they baled out over land. If they were killed or fatally injured in the process, and it is highly unlikely that this would have happened to all three, their bodies would have been found and reported eventually to the search teams. If they had baled out over land successfully, they would have landed near to the flight deck people and would have been captured along with them. The countryside was flat and open; there was nowhere to hide. This leaves the third possibility, that they baled out over the sea. If Bradley and I thought we knew that they had left the plane, it must surely be because we thought that they had left before us. I landed on the beach, so that anyone leaving before me must have fallen into the sea. I do not know what the chances are of surviving the immediate shock of baling out into the sea, but many have done so. It seems highly unlikely that all three were drowned immediately, so if, as I am convinced, they did bale out over the sea, why did none of them make it to the shore? They cannot have been too far out at sea. The sea was like a mill pond. There seemed to be virtually no tide, and it was a clear, starry night. The answer is probably that as the coast at that point is very low, there was just a narrow beach, a band of mangrove swamp, and then the paddy fields with very little rise from the sea. Anyone at sea level some way out to sea would have been unable to see the coastline. You will gather from this that it is my strong opinion that W/O Arthur Williams and his two companions were drowned off the coast of southern Burma. I think you will understand me when I write that I consider this a blessing, bearing in mind that, if they had survived the crash, Arthur Williams and Sgt Adams would certainly, and F/O Lowery probably, have suffered the same fate as the four members of our crew who were executed by the Japanese. (Cited from: http://www.militarian.com/threads/les-juicy-adams-raf-rear-gunner.5632/) This is the recollection of S/Ldr James Bradley DFC, the skipper. The source is the booklet "Five Times Reprieved", written in 1957. You will note that Bradley said that two crewmen were unaccounted for, but of course it was three: Lowery, Williams, and Les Adams. In 1945 came a mission that Jim Bradley, for many more months to follow, thought would be his last. He tells it this way:- "Early in that year we were flying over dangerous territory - Mandalay, Moulmein and Rangoon. We were all under tension. On this particular mission - January 31st, 1945 - my crew appeared to be in good spirits...that is until something out of the ordinary took place. We were approaching the coast of Burma - AND FOR THE FIRST TIME THAT I CAN BRING TO MEMORY IN ALL OUR MISSIONS I ORDERED THE CREW TO BUCKLE ON THEIR PARACHUTES. This was extraordinary. It could only have been God who prompted me to take this action!!!" "I remember the fuss the crew raised. Over the intercom came the voice of Jefferys, the navigator, 'Hey Skipper, I can't get my job done with that heavy junk on my back...you don't really mean it, do you?' From away back in the tail, came a sigh from Adams, a former boxer, 'Oh no! As if it isn't uncomfortable enough back here now - not a 'chute, Skipper!' Gripes came from every part of the ship. I stuck to my guns. Orders were orders. Bellingham, my South African co-pilot, climbed into his, and then turned to me and said, 'Say, Skipper, aren't you going to put yours on?' Horse-laughs flooded the intercom. I hadn't had the thing out of the bag since drawing it from the parachute section. "A little later I went back to the flight deck for coffee to shoot the breeze with Woodbridge, one of my radio men. I mentioned something to him about the thing not being properly adjusted and hard to get on. He turned, and with a smile, said, 'Skipper, I used to work in the parachute section. I know how to adjust that harness. I wouldn't mind a bit getting you set in yours.' I knew he was ribbing me, but I pulled it out, and we both yanked at the straps until it was adjusted - STILL WITHOUT THE SLIGHTEST IDEA OF ITS HAVING ANY PARTICULAR SIGNIFICANCE. "We were well satisfied with our night's work. I was heading the plane toward home, when suddenly without warning, there was an eerie whine of a runaway engine. Number one engine revved up to full power and caused our B-24 to vere sharply to the left. I tried to feather it with the emergency control. Nothing happened. Automatically I was countering the reaction of the aircraft and resetting a normal course. "While this was taking place, Bellingham called over the intercom that number three engine was on fire. I pulled the lever and released the anti-flame jets which are fitted around the engine. Number one engine was feathered, and we were flying on two engines. They threw overboard everything that could be moved. I struggled for an optimistic tone of voice and called over the intercom, 'Look fellows-it appears as though we might have to bail out. If I get down to 1,500 feet and I can't hold it-I'll give the order to jump. Get your escape aids, your maps, and make ready to jump if necessary: A Japanese NIGHT FIGHTER HAD FOUND HIS MARK AND WE WERE GOING DOWN. "We were losing altitude at about 300 to 400 feet a minute. The navigator informed me that we were about 40 miles southwest of Rangoon where the delta of the Irrawaddy River empties into the Indian Ocean. I couldn't hold a 1,500 foot altitude. And gave the order to jump. My navigator went out through the nose, and the rest, except the radio man, went through the bomb-bays. The fighter had ruined our radio. There was no chance to give our position. And now every second counted as I rode that Bomber toward earth! I glanced at my altimeter and it read 700 feet. When I knew that my crew members had cleared away I pulled the controls back sharply to bring it into a stall so that it might crash nearby. We had to make sure that it was destroyed and that no information would fall into the enemy's hands. I dived through the open bomb-bay and yanked at my ripcord. For a moment I was horrified. Nothing seemed to happen. I felt as though I were an inkpot hurtling down through blackness. I tried to pull the chute out with my hands - and then, whoosh - a sudden jerk. It seemed that almost the same time I hit the ground and was rolling over and over. "I landed near my radio operator. Almost instantly the plane hit. I did not need to worry about destroying it. Flames from a thousand gallons of high octane gas did that job for us. I was unhurt. I began to run. I whistled and called for the others. I lost contact with everyone. "I could see silhouetted figures of Burmese standing as near as they dared to the sheets of flame. A crowd gathered. I knew I must be near a village. I spent that night prowling around in the woods. At dawn I noticed a chicken and began to stalk it. Burmese chickens are like our pheasants. Suddenly it flew away. "The Burmese soon began a wide-spread search. I reached for my little English:Burmese dictionary and looked for a word of greeting. I was a thousand miles from our front-lines-a thousand miles of jungle. So with my little book in my hand I introduced myself. "They chattered like magpies. They took turns in feeling my clothes. They didn't seem to be happy to see me, and I was worried. They were armed with long sticks with sharp knives attached to the ends of these sticks. I tried to explain to them that I was from the great king's army and that this great emperor would reward them handsomely if they would help me and my friends to escape. They pretended not to understand me, and marched me off to their village. There I met the rest of my crew,or what was left of them. Two were lost and never heard from again. I was the last one in." (Cited from: http://www.militarian.com/threads/les-juicy-adams-raf-rear-gunner.5632/) l
  9. 67 points
    Hiya Folks, Rescued from the shelf of doom,...... I`ve finally finished this one as a Liberator GR.III from 160 Sqn based in Ceylon and India during 1944. Used mostly for long range Photo Reconnaissance, many of the units aircraft had the rear bomb bay doors modified with a pair of camera apertures, as seen on the model. These aircraft had British Boulton Paul rear turrets mounting 4 x .303in Brownings and I used the turret from the Pavla RAF Liberator conversion set. Also the gun window from the front left part of the nose was filled over and the pitots were re mounted on toe side of the nose...... but probably the hardest conversion was to try and replicate the waist gun positions by cutting up the kits waist gun covers, adding clear plastic for windows and framework behind from plastic rod,...... here is a partial WIP; The model received quite a few coats of white using a rattle can and then the Temperate Sea Scheme upper surfaces were brush painted using Polly Scale acrylic Dark Slate Grey and Humbrol enamel 123 Exta Dark Sea Grey. As some of the units Liberator`s had their rubber de icing boots overpainted with camouflage, which appears to be badly flaking away, I sought to replicate this on the model too,..... by applying Humbrol acrylic black and then sanding sections away. The model was given a brushed on coat of Polly Scale matt varnish followed by a iwatercolour wash, with exhaust staining using MiG pigment powders. Decals came from DK Decals RAF & Commonwealth Liberators sheet. Here is the model; DSCF2689 by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2687 by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2645 by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2675 by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2685 by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2688 by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2683 by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2682 by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2665 by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2654 by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2647 (2) by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2645 by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2632 by Tony OToole, on Flickr Cheers Tony
  10. 64 points
    Hi everyone! Here is my completed 1/72 Airfix Do-17Z. Overall, I consider it a nice kit and fun build. Just make sure you do a lot of test-fitting, especially the cockpit! I used True Details wheels and Eduard seatbelts. MRP paints were used to finish the kit. Also used the Eduard masks...don't build this without them! LOL This was my first attempt at doing some post-shading...what do you guys think? I used MRP Smoke and Engine Soot from their clear line. Thanks for looking!
  11. 64 points
    As promised at the end of this project's Work In Progress here are pictures of my Stratojet conventional bomber in ' operational service ' . Change of Squadron colours from red to blue. Scratchbuilt MD-3 power trolley and 1/144 Boeing WB-50D Weatherfortress in background. Scratchbuilt MD-3 trolley. I was going to buy a resin kit of it but they were unavailable/out of stock so I decided to make my own from plastic card and plastic rod. I found the wheels in my spares box, they are the bogie wheels from an Airfix Panzer IV. Landing light in front of engine pod is hand painted. Windscreen wiper added. Thank you for viewing. cheers, adey
  12. 61 points
    Hi guys, I am back with another one of my old models. This is my 102nd, built some 18 years ago. Apart from the scratch built engine, the kit has been slightly reworked: split flaps, rudder & elevators set to non neutral, wing struts & propeller blades thinned down, wiring added. The No.2 Gipsy Six is exposed and totally scratch built from spares box & photo-etched parts, pieces of plastic and copper wire. It took me less than 10 months but still too long for this type of kit/construction because I was serving as an Officer of the Greek Army at the time. Enjoy:
  13. 59 points
    Afternoon all. So here's the Sea Fury from Aunty Airfix. A few problems fixed - like the short shot fin, daft rivets, the lack of gunsight, the solid underwing lamp apertures, fuselage foot step opened up and the headrest. But apart from some tape seat belts its "straight from the box". Decals a mix of kit and old Aeromaster to give an Aussie Sea Fury. Paints are Gunze and Tamiya acrylics for the main scheme and a 'Heinz 57' of acrylics for the details. It's a great kit, fits really well in the main and totally looks the part when done. My second is destined for a PAF scheme. All comments welcome as ever. Cheers Jonners
  14. 58 points
    De Havilland DH.104 Sea Devon C Mk.20 - 718 Sqn Fleet Air Arm - Amodel 1/72 My attempt to build at least one of everything in Ray Sturtivant's Aircraft of the Fleet Air Arm takes another step forward with this relatively obscure aircraft. The RN's Sea Devons were ex-civil machines used as VIP and light transport aircraft, based out of RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall. Definitely a short run kit, this one is very nicely formed, but needs a little care in building. The cabin windows caused me a lot of angst, but it was worth it. FredT
  15. 57 points
    Finally got round to finishing and photographing the beautiful Airfix 1/72 Stuka. The first in my intended ‘Battle of Britain’ mini collection Thanks for looking in... Guy ps Me109E next, and a Spitfire Mk1 on the bench...
  16. 57 points
    Airfix’s 1980 kit of the 1/48 Mosquito FB VI converted to a Molins’ 57mm Mk XVIII ‘TseTse' sub-hunter. The main gun was a standard British Army 6 pounder anti-tank gun, fitted with an auto loader and could fire 25 rounds in 20 seconds! The .303 machine guns were reduced to 2 (for sighting purposes) and an additional 900 pounds of armour were added. 26 were so modified. The kit was rescribed, the small scoops and the carb intakes on the engine nacelles were opened up, and a scratch built gunsight, details and wiring were added to the cockpit. The propeller blades were reshaped and the spinner openings reduced. The mods required were adding the late style bulged canopy, removing the 20mm cannons and shell chutes, and replacing with brass tubing for the 57mm cannon, breech fairing from spare pieces of bombs and missiles, breech hatch and shell eject chute from plastic sheet, reinforced inboard flaps with strip, and adding additional armour plate to nose I used Eduard brass seatbelts, a Squadron vacuform late style bulged canopy, Griffon etch carb intake screens, and a lot of plastic sheet, strip, brass tubing, and assorted bomb/missile parts for the breech fairing. Paints are Tamiya Acrylic and markings are a mix of Aeromaster nationality, Barracudacal stencils, Aviaeology serials, and masking and painting for the “O”. Weathering is with oil paints and pastels. Hope you like.
  17. 56 points
    Roden's 1/144 C-119 'Flying Boxcar'. I struggled a bit with this one, the plastic was pebbly and grainy on many parts and the overall fit wasn't great (though that could be down to user error). I added some detail to the flight deck but it's not visible at all through the tiny nose windows. The final finish was Alclad – the Humbrol tinlet is just there for scale.
  18. 55 points
    Finally completed, and what an effort! I started this on 1-1-17 intending it to be the build for the year. It was put onto the shelf of doom after 4 months, where it resided having killed any form of mojo. Resurrected in December and the final "push" for completion. Added parts were: Filler. Pavla resin cockpit and seats. Resin intakes and inlet blades (Kits for Cash, thanks!) and made larger intake "bullets". Airwaves wing-fold and airbrakes etch sets. Modelmaster pitot and refuelling probes. More filler. Sanding sticks, and finally, Filler. A kit that fights every step of the way. Fuselage mouldings not lining up, wing mouldings not lining up, decals that seem to have had a one-night-stand with a jellyfish and been "slimed" somehow, etc, etc. I've modified the tail-hook and recess, added a few wires into the main gear wells (really, they are in there), and moved the drop tanks inboard somewhat. airfix seems to want you to have the tank centreline almost underneath the wing hinge line... Remembered to scribe in the canopy track running down the spine behind the cockpit. I also painted the walk lines on the upper surface as it was far easier than using the decals. Some areas are brushed, bigger areas are sprayed. Yes, the intakes are white (only got that message well after the fact) 20180314_112447-1, on Flickr 20180314_112003-1, on Flickr 20180314_111945-1, on Flickr 20180314_112025-1, on Flickr 20180314_112151-1, on Flickr 20180314_112327-1, on Flickr 20180314_112538, on Flickr 20180314_112047-1, on Flickr Hope you enjoy.
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  20. 53 points
    Hi, here is my last build, a third Eduard Spitfire VIII from the Aussie Eight combo. I used one of the many kit schemes from the Grey Nurse 457 Squadron. I used the Tamiya RAF colors and Gunze for the Foliage Green and RAAF Dark Sea Grey overpaints. The overpainted Sky band and RAF flag were badly chipped according to pictures, I reproduced the chipping with AK chipping fluid. The weathering was done with Mig Ammo panel washes, Mig pigments and ink pens. I made a small base with polystyrene foam coated with AK textured paint. The red laterite earth is done with various pigments, best, Christian. P1050518 by Josip Djugashvili, sur Flickr P1050524 by Josip Djugashvili, sur Flickr P1050522 by Josip Djugashvili, sur Flickr P1050520 by Josip Djugashvili, sur Flickr P1050527 by Josip Djugashvili, sur Flickr P1050526 by Josip Djugashvili, sur Flickr
  21. 51 points
    Finished this a while ago, but can't remenber posting any pictures. This must be the coolest looking aircraft in the world! Flash Gordon would have loved it! The red missiles were test missiles, I am not sure if this very individual carried any red ones, but could not resist painting them red, making the whole model even cooler. Built mostly OOB. It is a rather strange model, mostly brilliant, partly pretty poor. Engines were pretty difficult to get a good fit, especially the rear part where they meet the wing. Some sink marks had to be filled. The worst thing IMO is the soft plastic, similar to that used in recent Trumpeter/Hobbyboss releases. Decals were thin and great - however I think that the real ones did not have red stars with white/red outline (just red). I added seatbelts (made from foil from a whisky bottle) and a few details in the cockpit, the rest is OOB. And of course I would love to build the Brewer in the future. I just have to forget some of the shortcomings of this kit first... Thanks for watching!
  22. 50 points
    Did this a few months ago, the 1/48 Hasegawa F-104J formed the basis of this build. The model depicts a Canadian Air Force CF-104 belonging to 441 Squadron, 1980. Decals were a mix of Belcher and Canuck. Andrew
  23. 50 points
    Good afternoon everyone. It's been a long time coming but I felt I had to get this done as it was such a fun build. A quintessential 60s jet in 80s clothes. "Are 'friends' electric?" in this case my friends the answer is definitely yes! Please bare with me while I pass a bunch of photos past your eyes. I hope you approve of what I did to the heaps of plastic that I found in my box. The English Electric Lightning. 1/48 by Airfix There you are, a lovely bird, not to everyone's liking but I find her mesmerising. I hope you liked the RFI It was a pleasure to have you all along for the WIP. I'm currently building the Mahoosive Tamiya Lancaster 1/48. If you would like to tag along you can grab on here. Looking forward to more plastic in 2018. Happy Modelling guys. Johnny Newman.
  24. 49 points
    Hoping to finally show winter the door with something a bit breezy and tropical: the Revell (ex-Matchbox) DHC-6-300 Twin Otter, in the sunny livery of InterCaribbean (formerly Turks & Caicos) Airlines. As one of Matchbox's better late issues, the kit holds up reasonably well in its current Revell/Germany release. Old options still included are skis and floats as landing gear alternatives, and choice of the blunt short nose (used on military aircraft) or the longer tapered 'shovel' nose I used on my civil build. Build was pretty much out-of-box, with a few minor add-ons. The kit's completely blank cabin got some basic 'seat shapes' to have something visible through all those windows. I slipped several fishing sinkers into the nose, to keep her solidly on all three wheels. The simplified landing gear itself got a semblance of brakes for the main wheels, and scissors for the nose strut to replace the solid triangular chunk on the molding. Remaining additions were mainly assorted exterior bits and bobs such as windscreen wipers, aerials, and slightly more petite pitot heads to replace the large kit parts. Last necessary fix---for a grounded bird---was to remember to feather the props, since they do so automatically once hydraulic pressure bleeds off. Decals were home-made, based on the lovely photo of the same aircraft on the Airline's own website. Paints were mainly Tamiya acrylics, with special Testors fluorescent acrylics for some of the bright tail colors. There are a few things I'll do differently next time...one structural, one cosmetic. As to structure, the kit's main gear axles are especially spindly, and might best be replaced with heavy-gauge wire or even paper-clip sections. The cosmetic fix will be more challenging: the kit's windscreen isn't quite wide enough, and the 'A pillars' (to use an automotive term) consequently too wide; this does much to lend a 'blocky' look to what is supposed to be the Twin Otter's fairly sleek cockpit area. (There are some other problems with this area on the kit, but that's for those far more expert than I.) All in all, a nice winter-beating project. I hope you enjoy the pics.
  25. 49 points
    This is my recently completed Phoenix Models Vacform of the Kirby Cadet Mk 3 glider, circa 1971. This aircraft was one of three on hand at 615 Gliding School, RAF Kenley. I had many happy flights in this particular aircraft, XA301 and its sisters XA300 and WT875. Happy days they were! This is my second ever Vacform, built mostly from the kit but with scratch build cockpit and other small detailed parts. Struts are all brass aerofoil from STRUTZ (no longer available sadly) and some fuse wire. Dayglo is Revell enamel flourescent orange, and the silver dope finished was achieved using Alclad Dull Aluminium, All painting was with my Iwata airbrush. The decals are all home made except for the roundels which are good old Modeldecal. The last picture gives an impression of size. I can also say that given it is a Vacform, even with the brass struts it is VERY light! Comments/constructive criticism welcome! Thanks for looking Terry
  26. 49 points
    Resin kit ArmaHobby + Master Pitot tubes and ModelMaker decals. Some scratch added...
  27. 49 points
    Finished this little resin kit last year, went together really easily for a limited run kit. Scratch built the test bed. The build article and history feature is in this months Airfix magazine. 19-DSC_0932 by Dave Oliver, on Flickr 12-DSC_0924 by Dave Oliver, on Flickr 15-DSC_0927 by Dave Oliver, on Flickr
  28. 48 points
    Grumman TBF-1C Avenger Battle of the Atlantic USS Block Island - May 1944 Here is the my final hang-over from last year which I had started for the Radial Engines Rock GB and failed to complete in time. This the 1/48 Accurate Miniatures Kit built straight from the box, and represents one of 12 Avengers flying anti-submarine duties from USS Block Island in May 1944. Aircraft from VC-55 were involved in attacks on U-Boats on May 3, 1944. Task Group 21.11 continued to harass these submarines and eventually sank U-66 on May 6. USS Block Island herself was sunk on May 20, 1944 when all of these aircraft were lost. Though these aircraft operated in harsh conditions they were maintained in top condition, which was all the excuse that I needed not to weather the model - although I would expect there to be some exhaust staining and oil leaks from that big radial, maybe later. I tried to mottle the topcoats by allowing the primer coats to show through in places, this effect shows up more on the grey but it is not quite as successful on the white. I'll try a different approach when I attempt it again. Paints Used Xtracolor X131 Dark Gull Grey Colourcoats ACUS09 Interior Green ACUS30 Bronze Green ACUS37 Insignia White Citadel Acrylics Various by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr Cheers
  29. 48 points
    Hiya Folks, Here is the new 1/48th scale Airfix Sea Fury and on the whole I was very happy with it as it is light years ahead of the older Hobbycraft and Trumpeter kits and really does look every inch a Sea Fury too,....... but the fit of the cowling parts was a bit off and required plastic shims to be placed along the seam lines of the engine access doors which need to be bulked out so that they match the dorward cowling ring and rear engine ring. The model was brush painted using Tamiya and Polly Scale acrylics and had a nightmare with the gloss varnish,......initially used Humbrol 35 varnish but the brush shed some bristles and the dog must have had a good shake nearby as the varnish dried,......because the model ended up almost as hairy as Chewbakka from Star Wars!!! The varnish was carefully sanded smooth and polished,..... with Kleer floor polish and the decals added,......followed by a watercolour wash to add some panel line detail. The markings came from an excellent sheet by Mike Grant Decals,.....here is the partial WIP from the painting stages onwards; Here is a WIP pic showing the Mike Grant sheet; And here is the finished model; DSCF2534_NEW by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2538_NEW by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2530_NEW by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2529_NEW by Tony OToole, on Flickr And here is the old Hobbycraft kit that it has just replaced in my cabinet!; DSCF2540_NEW by Tony OToole, on Flickr Cheers Tony
  30. 48 points
    Hello folks, This is the Academy (Accurate Miniature) kit. It is very detailed but the manual is poorly designed as it retained only the pictures of the Accurate Miniature's one without any explanation. I also used some Eduard photoeched in the cockpit, the decals are from Berna. Hope you like it. cheers
  31. 48 points
    I'd never even heard of this aircraft until I saw the Stoppel kit advertised, then I desperately needed one of course. It's a lovely little kit (the mouldings reminded me of recent Special Hobby kits), all I added were seat harnesses and a few tiny details like aerials and foot steps.
  32. 48 points
    Loved building this, no fit problems at all, can't wait to stat the next one ,Black Mike IMG_4665 (2) by Tony Osborne, on Flickr IMG_4661 (2) by Tony Osborne, on Flickr IMG_4672 by Tony Osborne, on Flickr IMG_4671 by Tony Osborne, on Flickr IMG_4670 by Tony Osborne, on Flickr
  33. 48 points
    Finally finished my new Airfix 1/72 McDonnell Douglas Phantom FG.1 this evening.
  34. 47 points
    I started the Academy B-19 about 20 years ago as a KB-19 tanker, and then about 15 or more years ago decided to use my Cutting Edge Modelworks Kong Jiang-1 Chinese AWACS conversion: I didn't do much to it until mid-2016 when I picked it up again, and then put it to one side until the past few weeks. It's rough and ready, but at least it's now done.
  35. 47 points
    Information about the crew and aircraft from http://www.zzairwar.nl/dossiers/954.html : Photo of the graves, also from http://www.zzairwar.nl/dossiers/954.html : I started out wanting to build the best possible B.IV in 1/32 scale. I wanted to expose one of the engines and the project started out with trying to come up with a way to fit the Eduard Brassin Merlin intended for the Tamiya IV to HK Models Mosquito. Playing around with the parts I figured that it would be possible to fit the HK Models nose to the Tamiya airframe, which I thought would be the easiest way to incorporate the Brassin Merlin. The Tamiya kit also has more detailed wheel wells, and the rear fuselage is also more accurate (position of lights) - the HK Models fuselage has a generic "late" mark Mosquito. A problem with the HK Models mosquito is the size and the position of the nose windows; they are pointed down whereas they should be symmetrical and horizontal. They should also be a little bigger, but I didn't address that. So the build started with switching the left and right windows to fix the side windows issue. Cockpit was detailed with Profimodeller, Eduard, HK Models and Tamiya parts, as well as some scratchbuilt items. HK Models fuel tanks fitted to Tamiya wing centre section: Eduard Brassin engine: And finished: Thanks for looking & comments and criticism is always welcome! - Elger
  36. 47 points
    The Kinetic Harrier T2/4/8 is a lovely model, and builds to a very nice representation of the ugliest of the Harrier family. However, it is not perfect, and benefits from some tweaks. This was the second one I built, after I suffered a bad reaction between the oil paint thinners I used for weathering and the Alclad varnish on the first. As I had had several problems with the paint, I decided to start again. The second time I spent more time checking fit, and got a much better build much faster. Some of the following have been covered in other (better) builds, but I decided to list all the changes I made. Some were to improve fit, others to improve accuracy. I'll come the only real error of accuracy at the end. I normally don’t care too much, but I spent several years working on Harriers and wanted a good model of one I was lucky enough to fly in - even if I was very air-sick. Most of these fall into the "you must be mad" category. The main wheel bays roof should have 2 indentations to fit the Harrier's enlarged wheels over the earlier P1127. I just scraped some indentations out of the thick plastic. The main wheel bays benefitted from a lot of check fitting and adjusting, both as an assembly and then when fitting to the fuselage. The easier solution would be to position the wheel doors almost closed - they drooped an inch or so on the ground but could be unlatched to open fully for maintenance. The rear cockpit did not fit well, with a gap between the interseat area and the port fuselage side. First time round I thought it was my mistake, but the second time I reduced the width of the port rear shelf to fit the fuselage side better. Result, no gap. I added a plate with 3 holes to the port sidewall of the rear cockpit to simulate the fibreglass liner. The throttle and nozzle control levers are far too small. I added larger ones using wire and plastic rod. The wing tip reaction nozzles on top are too wide (spanwise) and shallow. I reduced the width by 1mm using plastic strip, and then cut out the middle to make it deeper and simulate the rotary valve. The LRMTS nose should have bulges for the laser door pivot points. I added a small disk of plastic card to each side. There has been a lot of discussion on the inner wing pylons, which need the nose profile straightening. However, the pylons are also too long. I cut each pylon in half horizontally, then moved the lower portion forward 2mm, cut the nose at 45 degrees and cut 2mm of the rear. This also ended up with the right profile still on the wing underside. The tailplane pivot is 4mm too far forward. Kinetic have assumed that the fuselage bump is due to the pivot , but it is really there to allow the tail plane actuator and front spar to fit at max incidence. I moved the pivot back on the fuselage and tailplanes, opened up the area in front of the pivot and added some basic structure and actuator. This allowed me to show the tailplane at typical resting incidence. The tail plane tips needed a quick reshape from a sanding stick. I opened out the APU inlet and exhaust, and added the ducts and inlet mesh. The exhaust had a separate inner liner added as well. I filled the wing leading edge sawtooth depressions on the underside. I added additional bulges to the gun pods, drilled out gas ports, then added small plugs to the fronts to simulate the wooden cones that were fitted when the pods were not fitted with gun - to save weight. I added 5 thou plasticard shims to the horizontal part of the joint where the wing attaches to the aft fuselage. This raised the rear of the wing, and with a clamp pushing the wing down I got a joint that needed no filler. The only problem I could not fix entirely to my satisfaction was the intake. The engine fan is too small, and this throws out the intake shape in subtle ways. From what I can find on line, the Pegasus 103 fan was 115 cm diameter, so should be 24mm. The Kinetic fan is 21mm across, so 3mm too small. The picture shows the Monogram fan for comparison (on the left). The result is that the intake slopes in too much - I modified the forward portion it to be closer to the original profile using plastic card inserts to replace the intake trunking. The result is that the intake slopes in too much - I modified the forward portion it to be closer to the original profile using plastic card inserts to replace the intake trunking. This makes the blow-in door intakes shallower, which is more accurate - they should be visible from the front. The rear of the intake and fan can't be fixed easily, but the undersize fan is not too noticeable and I did not feel like building a new one. At the end I added Flightpath's CBLS - very nice if fiddly. Decals came from several Xtradecal sheets as well as Kinetic's, and the codes and serials were home-printed. Finally, here are a couple of pictures with an earlier member of the family - Monogram's Harrier GR1 backdated to a Kestrel. Roll on the Kinetic GR3…
  37. 47 points
    Handley Page HP 67 Hastings C.1 of 99 Squadron RAF Transport Command 1956 S&M Models resin hollow cast kit. 1/72 scale. Notes on the build appear in the Cold War section.
  38. 47 points
    Puff the Magic Dragon, A bird of days long gone, Came to fly the evening sky, In a land called Vietnam. 1/72 Italeri AC-47 Gunship "Puff the Magic Dragon" Here is my build of the classic Spooky Gunship which provided much needed CAS for troops in contact and remote, exposed SF camps and outposts in Vietnam. Built pretty much OOB except for EZ Line for aerials and a bristle from an old paintbrush for the whip antenna. Used Xtradecal Stars and Bars as the kit ones were out of register. The kit is superb and goes together very well - it was a pleasure to build apart from the cockpit glass. In retrospect I should of split it down the centre and attached it to the fuselage first. Primed and then airbrushed freehand using Xtracrylix matched FS colours for the camo and Vallejo for the lower grey. A Flory Grime wash was used to add a touch of subtle panel line highlights (I think black would be way too much). Glossed, decaled and then sealed using Xtracrylix flat varnish. This was the original Puff Gunship which started its life as a converted Mail Courier sporting a lovely NMF and white livery (1965). It was repainted in the standard and familiar SEA TAC scheme in 1966. Weathering is of a minimum as I wanted to depict it as it would of looked as it returned to operations with its new clothes. I have an ESCI kit in the stash that will be built in a simlilar scheme but sporting a black belly. Thanks for looking. Cheers all, Phil
  39. 46 points
    Hi folks Tamiya's Il-2, the ultimate mojo restorer. Regards J A
  40. 46 points
    Hi, I finished this one about a year ago and decided it was time to give it a more public airing! The Special Hobby kit is not bad but quite basic. The wing/fuselage joins were a little off, but overall the surface detail is very fine. I did some work around the wheel wells and the underwing flaps. For the main colours I used Alclad II Dull Aluminium ALC 117 for the metal areas, White Aluminium ALC 106 for the fabric parts, and Xtracolour XA 1213 Gelb for the wing top surface. I mixed the Willow green on the cowling to match the decal wing chevron. I also gave the model a very fine wash of darker shades of each corresponding colour. I fabricated the bomb from the spares box adding plastic card fins etc. I like this period of US Navy aviation (yellow wings) and have a Special Hobby 1/72 Grumman F3F and Valom 1/72 Devastator in the stash to join this one soon I hope! The picture quality is variable as at the moment I'm having to use my mobile phone. Comments/questions welcome. Thanks for looking. Terry
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    Hiya Folks, While clearing the cellar out I found this old 1/32nd scale Revell Corsair that I must have built over 25 years ago and as I`ve never taken a photo of it, I decided to take some and share them with you. Of course it could do with new wheels and conversion of the cowling cooling gills and engine crank case,...... and also needs the British air vents in the rear fuselage to be correct for a British flown Corsair Mk.IV,...... but at least I`d managed to clip the wing tips back then! It was brush painted using Xtracolor Sea Blue Gloss,....... with decals from the spares box. Now the new Tamiya and Trumpeter kits have totally eclipsed this old kit,..... but with some additional work a decent replica could still be built with this old model for a fraction of the cost! So here it is,..my effort from another era.......for a bit of nostalgia; DSCF2584 by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2592 by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2590 by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2593 by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2589 by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF2587 by Tony OToole, on Flickr Cheers Tony
  43. 45 points
    Hi folks, here’s my latest. I think its my fifth Tamiya corsair now and I still think they’re great. Many of you will have seen this particular aircraft before it’s certainly one of the more popular corsair MkIII’s. JS479 was with 718 Sqn at Ballyhalbert in Northern Ireland. I used Maketar Masks for all the roundels and codes. Sky decals provided the serial. Sprayed with Hatakas late US Navy colours. Mods to the kit include: Flaps up Tie-down added to tailwheel Release lever on to canopy Ignition harness Clear plasticard used for three camera ports Ventral and side CO vents Clipped wings Wingtip Lights from clear sprue Fuel caps filled and placed inboard to correct position Underwing fuel vents Brake lines to main undercarriage Fairings on tailwheel doors deleted. Thanks for looking! Nick
  44. 44 points
    My first new-build model of the year is the Hobbycraft P-40F kit built as a P-40L the crashed during the Anzio invasion due to sabotage and is now displayed in the museum at Piana del Orme in Latina, Italy. These markings interested me due to the non-standard insignia, old code repaints and errors (see the right-side fin-flash). I used Eduard seatbelts, resin wheels, Squadron canopy, Vallejo paints and Sky Models decals to finish this model. Thanks for looking, Chris
  45. 44 points
    Good day, everybody! It's my next model of legendary flying training deck Po-2 from Ukrainian 'ICM".
  46. 44 points
    Hi folks, this is one of my first projects finished this year, specially commissioned for the upcoming Valiant Wings title North Africa Campaign. This RS Model effort is in my opinion one of their finest lately. The markings were combined of several decals sheets leftovers to depict the last D.520 (No.300) this famous French ace flown before converting to P-39 and his unfortunate death. Cheers Libor
  47. 43 points
    Hi all, Here are a a few shots of my just completed Sea King. It represents a CH-124A from 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron, while deployed on HMCS Iroquois, as part of STANAVFORLANT (Standing Naval Force Atlantic) at the East India Dock, London England in November of 1999. Some of the mods listed below are necessary to correctly model a Canadian Sea King, while some are just the usual stuff done. Cockpit - kit seats replaced with Quickboost resin seats - centre console modified to correctly depict Canadian style without CRT screen - auxiliary instrument panel console added to coaming Fuselage - scratchbuilt infra-red jammer mount added to tail rotor shaft housing - GPS made from styrene and added to tail shaft housing - scratchbuilt FLIR mount added to nose - central fuel filler port filled in - scratchbuilt cabin heater air intake - port and starboard windows above sponsons filled in - scratchbuilt Beartrap haul-down system track guide added - UHF blade antenna added to bottom of fuselage - APR-39 RWR blade antenna added to bottom of fuselage - scratchbuilt Doppler antenna added to bottom of fuselage - horseshoe shaped antennae added to both sides of cockpit - Belcher Bits resin radome added - scratchbuilt directional stability strake added to rear fuselage - Belcher bits resin CPI added - scratchbuilt laser warning receivers installed on windshield - landing lights replaced with MV lenses - scratchbuilt ILS sensor added in front of FOD deflector - fuel dump tube drilled out - various lumps and bumps removed - Belcher Bits sonobuoy launch tubes installed - American style radar panels removed from bottom of fuselage - cabin heater exhaust drilled out - antenna wires made from stretched sprue Wings and Sponsons - Belcher Bits resin sponsons installed to replace incorrect style sponsons - sponson wheel bays detailed with sheet and strip styrene - new fuel filler caps added to sponsons - landing gear torque links and tie downs drilled out - MV lenses added to lights on bottom of sponson stub wings - rear tail plane shortened to RCN style Paint and Decals - airframe painted with Xtracolor X158 Air Mobility Command Gray FS 16173 - all national insignia by Belcher Bits - all stencils are a photocopy of incorrectly coloured Model Alliance markings References - photos of 12429 found on internet - official DND paint specification drawings - IPMS Canada RT Volume 15, Number 3 - IPMS Canada RT Volume 16, Number 6 - IPMS Canada RT Volume 21, Number 3 - IPMS Canada RT Volume 22, Number 5 - IPMS Canada RT Volume 23, Number 4 [urlhttps://imgur.com/4Rklgep][/img][/url] [urlhttps://imgur.com/rXamqvm][/img][/url] [urlhttps://imgur.com/tVOd2b4][/img][/url] [urlhttps://imgur.com/YWg65Hn][/img][/url] [urlhttps://imgur.com/cXc3KH5][/img][/url] [urlhttps://imgur.com/UBZF5Dr][/img][/url] [urlhttps://imgur.com/QDsRamX][/img][/url] [urlhttps://imgur.com/aB2Uxv1][/img][/url] [urlhttps://imgur.com/d1EEqYR][/img][/url] [urlhttps://imgur.com/IV4EgtC][/img][/url] [urlhttps://imgur.com/fBDqxbo][/img][/url] urlhttps://imgur.com/uZEhluO][/img][/url] Cheers Randy
  48. 43 points
    Hi all, this is AZ's 1/72 Spitfire IXc. Not a bad kit with nice surface detail, but the next time I would try the Eduard kit. Decals came from the Kagero booklet on the Spitfire IX. The model represents an aircraft of No. 340 Sqn filmed at Merston apparently on 18 June 1944 before flying to Normandy. It was piloted by Sous Chef Denys Boudard who had joined the RAF after quite a remarkable escape from France. On 29 April 1941, Boudard and a fellow conuntryman had dressed to resemble German mechanics, walked into a Luftwaffe airfield, stole a Bücker Jungmann and flew to Britain. Two pictures of this aircraft can be found in Christopher Shore's and Chris Thomas' fantastic book on the 2nd Tactical Air Force. These pictures also show that this aircraft was unusually heavily weathered by Spitfire standards, something I tried to replicate on the model. Thanks for viewing and all comments welcome.
  49. 43 points
    Hi folks! This is mas last completion, the really good Airfix Hurricane Mk.I in 1/72. Straight from the box. The only modification is that I vacuformed the sliding canopy. I hope you like it, althought I made several mistakes and it´s not my best kit. Best regards from Uruguay! Ignacio
  50. 43 points
    So here's something a bit different. Not from a kit, but it is plastic. Sorry if it's not the right place to post it. A friend at work recently learned to use our 3D printer, and for his first print was a (roughly) 1:72 SR-71 Blackbird. It was made from this model: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2381619 It started out looking like this: I offered to take it home, sand it (it REALLY resisted that!) and give it some paint. It was never meant to be totally accurate, but it was a bit of fun and an experiment into what sort of finishing techniques worked on PLA plastic. A few spare decals later, and here it is, painted up as an M-21 drone carrier (for which I didn't have a spare decal of the correct tail number, oh well): Sorry for the crummy phone photos. Hope you enjoy! Beggsy