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Mike

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  1. thanks Simon. It's the kit seat, which is slightly simplified, but the PE belts do bring it up to modern standards
  2. It had to happen, didn't it? I get a brand new Mig-25 in for review from those delightful folks at ICM, and next thing you know, the box just falls onto my desk, and all the cockpit parts jump out of the open box. How did that happen? Dunno, don't care, but I'm building it. I've not got very far with it so far, as it's been a tad busy here recently, so here are a few pics of the cockpit now that it's together. The parts are glued into the fuselage halves where appropriate, and not glued yet where it makes the painting easier. The seat is also constructed, and I'll be raiding the Eduard PE for the old (AHEM!) one for some seatbelts, and maybe a few other odds & sods that might fit this kit. Not too much though, as I don't want to spoil the "out of box" nature of the build. My friends are sick of hearing this, but so far the parts are just falling together with very little effort. Things just fit... with one exception, which is a teeny little knob on the port sidewall, which needed its socket expanding a little with a drill in a pin-vice... once I'd swept it up off the floor that is. Old butter-fingers strikes again Anyway - primer next, and then some of that nice AKAN Russian interior green that got a bit scarce when the AMK Mig-31 came out. If you're going to need some, get onto Martin @ Atlantic Models, and get your oar in early. I hope whoever it was that I nabbed the last bottle from last time has forgiven me by now A couple of pics. Remember - loosely taped together for the lulz: I have a feeling I'm going to be enjoying this build somewhat
  3. Britmodeller

    After six years of self-funding the site, we've taken the decision to open it up to donations from members to help with the massively increased costs that were accompanied by the recent move of server to a more powerful, more professional one. If you enjoy your visits to Britmodeller, and want to show your appreciation as well as keep us going in some small way, just click on the Paypal donate button you'll find on the homepage, and on the forum main page. Every little helps toward the upkeep of the site, and as a thank you, we've created a new member category called "Gold Member", which gives you some additional abilities and resources that members don't usually get. You get: A shiny gold name, which as everyone knows is priceless An expanded mailbox with space for 500 messages Search flood control is removed (2 seconds for members) Posting flood control is removed (100 seconds for members) You can open and close your own topics In addition, you also get the undying respect from us, as well as some kudos from the other members because you did your bit for Britmodeller. We were going to remove the bad word filter from you, but as this is a family-conscious forum, we baulked at that one Our man Dave (Shar2) is managing the process and documenting it all, so if you have any queries or would like to let him know you've made a donation, just drop him a PM with your name, your Britmodeller Display Name, and the email address you used to make the donation. He'll sort out your gold badge
  4. Them big Russian juts do have a certain presence, don't they? Just so y'all don't think I've been sitting there with my up my you-know-where, here are a few of the assemblies I'm just finishing off. I've been painting the cockpit lately, and have done the first install of the PE belts, which need a little extra fitting to conform to the shape of the seat, then I can matt coat it. it looks much nicer in the flesh, as I've managed to get quite a bit of shading going on with the rear quilting, but inevitably the belts are going to obscure some of it. Shame really I've still got to decide how to do the dials, but as I've lost my clear part (temporarily), that can wait
  5. There needs to be a before and after shot of this model next to the dictionary definition of "silk purse from a sow's ear"
  6. Announcement

    The luck seems to have worked! That was easier than I thought it would be It took me longer to find the settings than to change them. Click and it's done. Now, when you log in, the quick login thing isn't shown, but a mini-page pops up that is served SECURELY, served via https:// and super-secret This way you're guaranteed that no-one will be snooping your password, although you'd have to be a pretty good and determined hacker to do that. It's not as easy as it looks in Person of Interest, and it's not the sort of thing you can pick-up on the dark web for $150. Cool. The next step is to serve all the site via https://, which although nice to be able to do isn't critical. To do this properly we just need to wait for Invision to create the necessary code that will convert our existing repository of useful info, pics and gibberish to the new format, and then we'll go ahead. Meantime you don't need to do jolly bally thing
  7. We take the security of your account details very seriously, and as the world moves on in terms of technology, we have to keep up. We have been considering switching our server to the secure https:// protocol for some time now to give the ultimate assurance of security while you are browsing the site, but we have had to hold that in abeyance while our software providers, Invision play catch up and write some additional code that will convert the forum's historic posts to the new format so that users don't get bombarded with warning messages every time they look at an older thread. Recently, Google decided to re-categorise websites that don't collect passwords over https:// as less secure, which set us thinking about it again, and asking some questions of Invision and our hosts. After a bit of to-and-fro with subsequent questions and more answers, we have decided to implement secure login using a system called SSL that will handle all your logins via https:// to ensure that no-one is listening. That sounds like we've been less-than-secure in the past, but it isn't the case, just a good example of technology moving on, and us moving with it. Very few forums will be handling login via SSL yet, but we can see it coming in the fairly near future. We've just purchased the certificate, which is a costly affair, and are awaiting its issue from the Certificate Authority. Once issued, we'll install it and then activate the secure login function. I suspect we'll all have to re-login, although I'm not 100% about that yet, but other than that (and the subsequent Password Recovery rush!) it shouldn't affect you the members much at all. We just wanted you to know that we're working to keep your data safe, and that any disruption that may occur during the hand-over is in a good cause Please post any questions you might have in this thread, rather than starting a new one in Help & Support.
  8. It seems I've inadvertently cost the modelling community quite a lot of money with that thread Ah well
  9. Announcement

    Thanks for that Just got an email from support to say that the certificate has been installed, so I guess now I have to figure out how to use it. There's always a snag with everything, isn't there? I'll let the ramifications of it all sink in for a bit, then I might just press the necessary buttons to make logon happen via SSL. So if you all get logged out, you have my humble apologies in advance, and please bear in mind that it's a security upgrade that's for everyone's benefit, so don't be too irritated when you realise you've forgotten your password! If you haven't got it saved to your browser, or it doesn't carry it across because it's now being served via https:// then go through the password recovery process if you have forgotten, and you will get back in quick enough Wish me luck
  10. You're no fool - you bought a cracking kit, and in the process joined a BIG club of people that own it. There are a lot of build threads to help you with the fine details of painting and construction, and having built it myself when it first came out, it'll spoil you for other manufacturers once you've finished My build is linked from my signature if you're interested
  11. You certainly did, and thanks for the compliment I sometimes think that doing a clean build can be harder than a weather-beaten airframe. Both are quite satisfying to look at, just in different ways
  12. Very nice - not quite so weather-worn as the one I did last year
  13. version 4

    Posting pictures on the new forum version couldn't be easier, and you don't even need the old Image button that looked like a Polaroid of a tree any more. It is so simple that you'll wonder why you even needed to ask Firstly though, if you're a long-time user of the forum you'll know that we don't allow images to be uploaded to the forum as attachments. It's just not secure, and it would overload our server's storage capability and burn through our data quicker than you can imagine. Once you need more storage and more data allowance, that increases costs. A good enough reason not to do that on its own! Ok - assuming you already have your photos hosted online somewhere, you just copy the DIRECT link from wherever it is (Photobucket, Flickr, you name it), and you paste it into your posting window. Press either enter, or space, and SPANG! The forum software will automatically convert it to a photo. If for some reason you didn't want it as a photo, a little notification bar appears at the bottom of your posting window to give you the opportunity to undo the action. Look smug. You've learned how to post a photo. Told you it was simple, didn't I? If you've got a lot of photos to post that are numbered sequentially or with slight changes to the filename, you can post those easily too. Paste your image as above, but before you press space or return, just edit the filename to the next in the sequence. Rinse & repeat as necessary until you run out of pictures. Pretty simple, eh? If for some reason you have SPACES in your URL (why would you do that????), or it doesn't seem to be working with the automatic system, don't panic. Down at the bottom right of your posting window, there is a button called Insert Other Media. Click that and choose Insert Image from URL and enter your URL in the box that pops up. Save that and you should have a pic when the screen finishes loading it. "What's a URL" you might be wondering? It stands for Universal Resource Locator, and is a short form of "web address". You know - the thingy that begins with http:// and has lots of fun characters after it. You'll find the URL for this page at the top of your browser in a long box that is called your Address Bar
  14. ICM

    Mikoyan Mig-25RBT Foxbat 1:48 ICM In Cold War Soviet Union, just as in the West, there was a perceived need for a supersonic interceptor that could take off, climb to height and attack an incoming bomber stream, which at the time was the most efficient method for delivering the newly invented nuclear warheads. The Mig-25 Foxbat was conceived to fit this bill, which it did to a certain extent, but as it never truly achieved its goals, it was left until its successor the Mig-31 Foxhound before the job was done properly. This fact was hidden from the West however, until the famous defection of a Soviet pilot to an airfield in Japan revealed that the Foxbat wasn't as high-tech and all-conquering as we had been led to believe. The prototype flew in 1964, and was constructed primarily of stainless steel, and reached service at the turn of the decade, although it had been seen before that, both in reconnaissance photos of the West, as well as at some parades. The West assumed that the large wing was to aid manoeuvrability, when in fact it was a necessity due to the aircraft's enormous weight, which made it a fast aircraft, but changing direction was a chore due to all that momentum wanting to carry on in the direction it was travelling. It was also lacking in the avionics department, especially in one crucial aspect. It had no capability for targeting aircraft that were lower than itself, which coincided with the change in tactics to low level attack by the Western Allies, so a lack of look-down/shoot-down capability was a serious deficiency. Nevertheless, several hundred were made, with the last one rolling off the production line in 1984 with a number of export orders into the bargain. Although it suffered from some deficiencies, it held a number of speed and altitude records, and was theoretically capable of Mach 3, so could give an SR-71 a run for its money, probably at the expense of significant damage to its engines however. Attempts to improve the Foxbat were unsuccessful, and the Foxhound was its eventual replacement, and delivered everything that was expected of its forebear, staying in service until it is replaced by the Pak-Fa at some point in the near future. The Kit After a paucity of accurate kits in this scale for some time, which in fairness the old Revell kit was based on some blurry photos and inaccurate data, we have only one modern kit of the type, which has issues of its own. There seems to be a rush to market from a few manufacturers currently, and ICM have managed to be first in the race, with this 100% new tooling coming just in time for the new year. Let's find out what's in the box. If you have any of ICM's recent offerings you'll know that their boxes are an oddity, having a top-opening cover, under which is another card box with its own integral lid that flips up to reveal the contents. The boxtop has an atmospheric picture of a Foxbat taking off at night, but it's the plastic we're interested in, right? There are seven sprues in mid grey styrene, one in clear, plus two sheets of decals. The instruction booklet has a glossy colour cover with matt colour interior pages, and ICM have also moved on with their drawings, which are shaded and have colour call-outs in red. Right from the outset the detail is apparent, and the fuselage is broken down to facilitate other variants – this is the reconnaissance bird afterall, so who won't want an interceptor, or even the hauntingly ugly twin-seat trainer? I SOOOO want one of those! If you think that construction is going to start with the cockpit, you'd be kind-of right, but not in the way you think. Cockpit parts in the shape of one of the side consoles are added to the inside of the cockpit section first, followed by the rear bulkhead and then the nose gear bay, with gear leg included but easily left off 'til later. Rudder pedals are then added to a short cockpit floor; the base of the seat with its stirrups and ejection actuator handle; control column and the instrument panel are joined before being added to the side console in the short fuselage section. The back and headbox of the seat are then installed, the opposite side console made up, and then fitted to the fuselage, which is then joined together. A large M-shaped former is added at the rear to hold the intakes, which are built from three sections and are then fitted to the former. I told you it was weird, didn't I? At the rear of the intakes a pair of conical intake trunks are glued in place with the front engine face, leaving you with a rather odd looking assembly. This is set to one side for a while as you add the main gear bays to the lower fuselage, which all bears more than a passing resemblance to its replacement. The nose (minus radome at this stage) is then joined with the lower fuselage, the main gear legs added, and a capital B shaped bulkhead fitted to the rear to hold the exhausts in place. Fuselage sides are then fitted to the bulkheads, with the rear missing, as it is attached to the two big fins that are made up next with separate rudders and lower strakes. The exhausts are next, with the afterburner flame-holders attached to the rear fan section, which is shaped like a figure-8 and linked to obtain the correct exhaust spacing. The trunking is then added in four parts, with detail within, and with careful alignment, you should be able to get away with a hidden seam. Another figure-8 part, the base of the exhaust rings links the rear of the tubes together, and two further layers give it depth and detail, with the inner petals added in sections to complete the assembly. This is painted titanium gold, but if you check your references, some parts are sometimes painted green, so keep your options open. The fronts are slid into the rear bulkhead on the fuselage, and the top fuselage panel is added along with the twin fins and the tops of the intake nacelles. It finally looks like an aircraft, but a wingless one at this stage. The pen-nib fairing between the fins is added from two parts, and it's then time to give her wings. Unlike the various new Mig-31 kits, the wings on the Mig-25 are separate from the top fuselage, and their tabs fit in traditional slots once they have their control surfaces, strakes and stubby pylons added. The elevators fit into holes in the sides of the fuselage too, in much the same way as the full-size parts. The nose is split vertically, and the instructions advise you to add 25g of weight to avoid building a tail-sitter, and before fitting you must add the reconnaissance pack insert under the nose, which has a number of clear lens to add to the facets. This then joins with the fuselage, which has a retaining lip moulded-in, but always remember to check fit before you apply the glue. The gear bay covers are fitted along with the wheels, which are well detailed and the mains are split vertically around their circumference, while the dual nose wheels are single parts. Due to its prodigious thirst, the Foxbat was often seen carrying a huge belly tank, which is supplied in the kit as a two-part assembly, split horizontally. The final act sees the windscreen added along with the coaming, and a choice of either open or closed canopy parts. Stick the two-part pitot in the nose and you're done. The recon bird often didn't carry weapons, so that's your lot! Markings The majority of Foxbats wore overall grey schemes, with only their markings to differentiate. They did wear an awful lot of stencils however, and this is what fills the smaller decal sheet. These are detailed on a separate page in the instructions, and there are a LOT of arrows showing you where to put the decals, with the text in red on the page to assist you. There are four decal options in the box, and you can build one of the following from included sheet: Mig-25RBT, Soviet Air Force, late 1980s – Red 72. Mig-25RBT, 47th GRAP, Russian Air Force, May 2001 – Red 46. Mig-25RBT, Iraqi Air Force, late 80s. Mig-25RBT, Libyan Air Force, 2000s – Black 499. The decals are printed in house, although the backing paper looks very similar to that used by recent Eduard sheets. The printing is to a good standard, is in register, has good colour density and sharpness, with a thin glossy carrier film over each one. Conclusion This looks to be a great addition to my growing interest in Soviet Cold War Warriors, and I will be putting it together just as soon as I can to sit next to my Foxhound on the shelf. Detail is good, construction is logical if a little unusual, and I'm looking forward to getting it built. Now – about my 2-seater? Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  15. Albatros D.III OEFFAG 153 (Weekend Edition) 1:48 Eduard The D.III was the follow-on to the successful D.I and D.II, and entered service in late 1916, immediately finding favour with its pilots for its handling and climbing ability. After a problem with the lower wing spar briefly grounding it, it went on to be a successful fighter aircraft, with around 500 being produced until it was superseded by the D.V. This boxing depicts one of the Austro-Hungarian aircraft that were built under license in Wiener-Neustadt by the keyboard skills testing Oesterreichische Flugzeugfabrik AG, which was thankfully for me shortened to Oeffag. The 153 stands for the series, of which this aircraft was the middle, the first being the 53, the last 253. This aircraft was engined with a 149kW Austro-Daimler engine, which gave improved performance over the usual Mercedes blocks. The Austrian aircraft had their Schwarzlose machine guns mounted within the fuselage, which made them impossible for the pilot to coax back into action if they failed, which was a problem as they were quite unreliable. The kit arrives in a Weekend Edition badged box, which if you're unfamiliar with Eduard's boxings, means that you get the plastic and a single set of decals, and you're supposed to finish the kit over a weekend. Being a slow modeller however, I tend to ignore that! Inside the box are five sprues of a sandy colored styrene, plus a small sheet of decals and a small instruction booklet. Construction begins with the engine, which is nicely detailed for the scale. The cockpit is next, with a few decals provided for the instrument panels, after which the fuselage is closed up, with a helpful side-view drawing showing the proper location of all the component parts. The top deck is a single piece, and attaches along panel lines, which should make for easy filling. The aerodynamic tapering nose fixes to the front, and a cowling goes over the Austro-Daimler engine. The wings and tail feathers are all single thickness parts, and the detail is excellent, including a small dip between the ribs, and rib-tape detail evident. The trailing edges are nice and thin, and the scalloped edges are pleasing to the eye, as are the separate flying surfaces. The V-shaped interplane struts fit into small sockets top and bottom, as do the cabane struts. The V-struts are handed, with the longer strut of the pair facing forward, so a little care will be needed here. The landing gear and tail skid build up simply, and the last item on the build list is the prop with snub-nosed spinner. A single rigging diagram is included in the last construction stage, which is nice and simple, featuring a relatively small number of wires. What might not be evident from that diagram however, is that there are wires holding the landing gear taut, but these can be seen on the box-art, which should assist in placement. The decal sheet depicts airframe 153.27, flown by Georg Kenzian of Flik 55/J, Pergine Winter 1917. The overall finish is a dark green, with light blue undersides. A stylised digit 2 and blue/white bisected arrow shape bring a little color to this otherwise simple scheme, and plenty of stencils are included to add more interest, which are detailed on a separate decaling diagram. The decal sheet is clear and in register, with a thin carrier film, which has only a small overprint. Conclusion A great little kit of a lesser known variant and operator of this attractive aircraft, which is bristling with crisp detail on every sprue. My only minor gripe is the rigging diagram, which would have benefited from being in two colors, so that the less prominent wires showed up better against the lines of the airframe. Review sample courtesy of
  16. Can't help you at this stage Murray, as I've not even thought about the painting of mine, but I know Ya-Gabor will probably be able to help. I was hoping he'd be along by now to offer his pearls of wisdom, but there's no sign of him yet However, Arkady has just posted up his build of the KH kit, and you might get some info there Sometimes it just has to be done if it's a case of getting it done or not
  17. Announcement

    It has denuded the coffers a bit, and the crappy exchange rate isn't really doing wonders for us. All donations are (as always) highly appreciated
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  19. That's a helluva project you've taken on Steve, especially as it's going to be shiny! THE most unforgiving of paint finishes You Sir, are a brave man
  20. I must have a look at those myself. They're a great company for anything Soviet, and that's reminded me that I must finish my stalled Mig-31 take 2 at some point!
  21. Starts to get expensive then unless they did them separately? can't remember TBH I didn't know or had forgotten (you choose which) that they used the same seats.
  22. to the forums chap