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  1. I've just finished Bandai's little box scale A-Wings (when I should really have been finishing the Gigant), and I decided to finish them in the colours of Phoenix squadron from Rebels, which in turn are based on the original McQuarrie concept art. The markings aren't a perfect match, as the A-Wings in Rebels have a number of differences to the original ROTJ ones, as represented in the kit, but they're close enough for me. They're built OOB as there's not a lot you could do to improve them. Now we've got the A-Wing, along with the X and Y, lets just hope we can finally complete the set with the B-Wing before too long, preferably in 1/72 as well as the box scale line Thanks for looking Andy
  2. Thinking about my next build and fancy having another go at a dio. So with that I have a small tank and a robot with a massive axe......robot smashing tank.....sounds good to me. This is the tank and I must say it's very nice little kit. This it snapped together with no effort. But should end up a bit like this.
  3. H's Clutch of Mud Hens.

    I was planning on doing just the F15E with bombs but can't resist a bit of orange, so will be doing the Tiger meet too. I have the RetroWings goodies from Domi to enhance the cockpits & burners. Obligatory box shots ready to start.
  4. Hi everybody, I'm going to try a build log. It will be slow but hopefully it will get there. The subject is Airfix's 1/44 Boeing model 314 Clipper, a fine example from the golden age of luxurious, noisy and vibration-rich air travel. All detail is raised lines but in this scale I think that works better, though repairs will be tricky. I intend to omit the glass and use Krystal Klear instead to save masking. The 1989 boxing from ebay looks complete, here's the sprue shot, though actual sprues are few and far between and the breakages and escape attempts have already started. My first dilemma is which scheme? Airfix include NC18605 "Dixie Clipper" in pre-war silver or G-AGCA "Berwick" though both paint schemes are full of known errors (Berwick should be DSG not Dark Earth which also makes her look fat). A USN blue Dixie would (I think) be possible with the decals if I can find a profile. Opinions welcomed, I'm honestly stumped which to do. I've also just spent ten minutes trying to find the 'missing' central tail fin... Cheers John
  5. This is the Revell 737-800 with modified engines and added winglets. The Jet2 Holidays decals are by @RICHW I flew on this to and from Majorca which was the first time with Jet2. Steve
  6. The French built these after the war because they had all the tools left over in their factories from the German occupation in 1945 so why not? I built this for a Vietnam-Indochina GB over on KG144, there is a full WiP thread here. This is No.414, Groupe Transporte I/64 'Béarn', Tan Son Nhut, Indochina, 01 October 1952 Toucans were used as bombers, general transports and paratroop aircraft in Indochina in the late-1940s until surplus USAAF C-47s (and later C-119s) reached the French Armee de l’Air and became the backbone of aerial resupply in that theatre. Toucans limped on getting increasingly knackered until the French withdrew from Indochina in Autumn 1954. The Toucan had a walk-on role in Algeria and a few more French African states for a few more years, but was relegated to dusty corners of French aerodromes by the mid-1960s. There are a few little differences that differentiate the Toucan from the Ju-52 proper - all are small enough that a bit of light scratch building will overcome them. You'd want to add some C-47 wheels, some square air filters under each engine, exhaust stubs on the outboard side of each wing engine cowling, a passenger door on the starboard side behind the cockpit and a conventional pitot (not the t-shaped torture implement on the Tante Ju). Phew. Not that it's that much work, really. I got a severe case of early onset mod-itis on this, and proceeded to buy most of the available modifications in existence for the standard Eduard Ju-52 to convert it to a Toucan. This included the full Eduard etch set (including throttle quadrants and flap levers in the cockpit - nope, even squinting you won't see those); Armory Li-2 wheels (well I wasn't going to rob my Roden C-47 kit was I?) and Brengun BMW engines (actually these are not designed to be built on to the kit, but for dioramas - they caused me all sorts of headaches but are a big improvement on the existing Eduard plastic). As I was doing all the interior I decided to pose the doors open and added a cargo load of ammo boxes, a crate or two, some rice sacks and a Brengun etched bicycle (the little 1:144 scale irony being that despite all these powerful transport aircraft, the Viet Minh bicycle and A-frame was what largely defeated the French at Dien Bien Phu, and so in Indochina). Can you see any of this? Sort of, if you're me and I know where to look; but no I can't really photograph it. Still, I had a load of fun doing it. Decals were Berna decals' superb sheet. I totally failed to get the decals to conform to the corrugations on the fuselage and wing despite some vicious application of decal setting solutions. I painted the tail flash on and had to make my peace with the roundels separately - now I've told you it's really obvious I suspect. Great fun - really enjoyed that build. My first serious effort with photo etch and I have to say I enjoyed the experience. Some build photos: Thanks, as ever, for looking! I really recommend the Eduard or Revell 1/144 Ju-52 to anyone with a passing fondness for them. If you have an urge to add things to them like I did, so much the better. Xtradecal are releasing a Ju-52 sheet soon with an RAAF option and there are plenty of other aftermarket decal options out there - I may have another on my horizon...
  7. Hi all, I thought it was time I tried some of these Bandai Star Wars kits I hear all the kids are going mad for... I'm not sure I'll have much to add to Andy and Adam's efforts, but I'd like to move some of the Star Wars-ey plastic from my stash to the cabinet where I can see it I started by putting the little ISD together, which was a pleasant experience. There are some fiddly seams in the superstructure and I'm not delighted with the fit of the bridge tower, but with some clothes pins and thin glue it seems to have mostly closed up. I managed to get glue to squeeze out of most of the superstructure joins so I could pare it down and sand it, but I haven't tried as hard with the joins on the vertical surfaces. I'm trying to decide whether to rip off Andy's "aztec" panelled finish or not - the movie ships are quite flat looking, after all. If I do try the panels, I might keep them to the recesses rather than the raised stuff, really not sure yet. Perhaps more interestingly, I've built up the contents of the 1/144 U-Wing box. The U-wing itself is in a variety of bits as I need to paint the interior, but the TIE Striker and Occupier tanks can be pretty much fully assembled before paint: Fit on both is the usual mix of perfection and not-quite-perfection - you can see some seams where the end-caps of the TIE Striker cabin attach, for example. I thought about running some CA into them, but I'm wary of cracking the plastic or indeed making a mess of what's currently a very sharp line. The same line appears on the 1/72 so presumably it's a legit panel line? The tanks fit pretty well and the seams are such that you *could* fill them all but maybe don't have to? And the U-Wing seems great from what I can see. There's a join right through the radiator fins at the back, so I opted to assemble these around the rear plates first and clean up the join. That means I'll need to make around it to paint the rest. I'd hoped that I could cut away enough of the pins that I could join the pieces and slide them into place, but some of the interlocking stuff is visible so I gave up. I'll put some more pictures up when it's in primer, as well as finish that Zoid Cheers, Will
  8. More 1/144 Eagles

    Hello all, As I was involved in the last F-15 STGB (wow has it really been 4 years?!), I thought I would join in with this one. I have been in bit of a rut recently with my model building, I've still got an Bear, Typhoon and Horsa to finish yet. But, after seeing the builds started by parip and azureglo, I have been inspired to give these a go. I'm not 100% sure on what scheme I will be going for yet... I have a few to choose from. I think I had the aggressor scheme for the last STGB?... I also have these... The kits I shall be using... The two top kits are from LS and are F-15A models, the bottom left is the wonderful Revell F-15E and I have about 12 of them (seriously) and the bottom right is the Dragon/DML version, I have about 3 of them. The resin goodies you can see in the top middle are two F-15A cockpit sets with an F-15E cockpit set and two exhaust can sets from RetroWings. I was going to order more, but the website will not let me order anything. I have sent in a question asking why but not had any responses yet. I also have the Res-IM resin wheel replacements and Brengun vacform canopy as well as the Shelf Oddity PE set for the F-15. Going all in on this one, however I am not going to guarantee that I will get any done. I am planning to make an F-15B ACTIVE alongside these ones, but this is one from a computer game thus not allowed to be included in the rules of the GB. However, I will include the build of that as well if anyone is interested and I am allowed, seeing as it isn't the main build. Picture below... The fuel tank will need to be replaced with a gun pod, like the F-4 carried on the centre line station which I have in an Arii weapon set (I have a lot of stuff in 1/144). Now sure on what decals/version I will build first however. I am tempted by the Digi-camo, 23 Sqn and the White Dragon set. Any advancements? I'll probably be starting at the weekend as I await bits to turn up. Kind Regards, Dazz
  9. Hi All, Although I'm not a regular armour modeller I do dabble from time to time. I'd recently completed the Revell boxing of Dragon's 1/35 Artilleriewagen and picked up this smaller scale version from a show with an idea in mind. Working on the logic that 1/144 is not that far removed from 1/148 - British N Gauge - I fancied the idea of motorising one. To this end, following some research on interweb, I concluded that a little Kato 0-4-0 chassis might fit in/under if I ignored the difference in wheelbase. A chassis was ordered from Amazon for a very reasonable £12 - Very reasonable indeed if you consider that the chassis came with free p&p from Japan! With delivery only taking a week too. Here's where we are before the off. A couple of hours later, after removing the base of the Kommandowagen, removing all the internal bulkheads from the hull and some fairly extreme trimming down of the chassis we were here. The chassis fits, just, but sits a little higher than the original height. I'll live with that. Does it run though? Click on the picture.... 20170803_001000 by Bonhoff1966, on Flickr Could do with a longer piece of track and a better controller but you get the idea.... All part of a bigger plan.
  10. Hi everyone, this is a little bird i made some time ago, it's the Academy sepecat jaguar in 1/144 scale. It's only 10cm long! it was painted with humbrol enamels. I added: - New sidewinder rails -New sidewinder missiles -scratch built avionics pods -new pitot tube -new dorsal antena and light -Also i hand painted the roundels here are a few photos of the process and the final result: Boxart: not sure why they show this scheme because they add desert storm decals xD IMG_7262 by basco.br1, en Flickr These are the new rails IMG_7309 by basco.br1, en Flickr The new missiles: IMG_7345 by basco.br1, en Flickr Here is the final result (before the armament): IMG_7346 by basco.br1, en Flickr IMG_7349 by basco.br1, en Flickr IMG_7352 by basco.br1, en Flickr IMG_7355 by basco.br1, en Flickr my weird looking scratch bomb: IMG_7360 by basco.br1, en Flickr IMG_7361 by basco.br1, en Flickr IMG_7362 by basco.br1, en Flickr IMG_7365 by basco.br1, en Flickr IMG_7364 by basco.br1, en Flickr IMG_7366 by basco.br1, en Flickr IMG_7367 by basco.br1, en Flickr IMG_7369 by basco.br1, en Flickr IMG_7370 by basco.br1, en Flickr IMG_7371 by basco.br1, en Flickr IMG_7372 by basco.br1, en Flickr IMG_7373 by basco.br1, en Flickr IMG_7374 by basco.br1, en Flickr Hope you like it! greetings from Chile Bruno.-
  11. I have started to work on the Caribou I just received form OzMods as per the review I posted on the main site. As I expected I needed to do some clean up of the leading and trailing edges of the wings and tail planes as well as the rudder, nothing bad though. I used some 400 grit then 2000 grit wet and dry to smooth the edges down and they are now good.The mold mark on the top of the fuselage was/is easily taken care of with some Humbrol putty, I have just added a second coat as I missed a few small marks with my first try. The rudder was trimmed to fit on the tail as were the tail planes and they are ready to fit once I finish sanding the putty I have used on the mold mark and the wing join. I will be doing the aircraft in the later camouflage scheme involving two greens and black areas..
  12. RGC-80 GM cannon

    My little build has just be given a 3rd place for the build off, Im very please with that. Thank you all for entering! There was a great range of skill and concept on show so very well done to everyone who entered. Now to announce winners! Winners are as follows (all very close!): 1st: MrAdam5 - Powered GM Cannon Advance http://mecha-lounge.com/index.php?topic=458.0 2nd: naMECHianGunpla - MG 2.0 MS-06-J Zaku Ground Type (Melee Spec) http://mecha-lounge.com/index.php?topic=463.0 3rd: Rockpopandchips - RGC-80 GM Cannon http://mecha-lounge.com/index.php?topic=437.0 I built this as a build off for over on the http://mecha-lounge.com/index.php?board=22.0, it should be a great comp and my first. I hope you like it and any comments welcome. and a few arty ones Im trying out........ and one with my Gonk, in the living room!
  13. Dear fellow modelers, Being serial starter, I could not refrain myself from starting new build, this time an excellent Eduard's offering in 1:144 scale. Since I'm a clumsy sod, I've managed to break its left wing, so additional sanding was required. Otherwise fit was good and only minor gaps on vertical stabilizer needed filler: Painted in primer, together with rest of the gang: Base green paint was applied: Then dark green paint was applied (treatment with blue tac): Some minor touches were needed before proceeding: Brown paint was quite challenging to paint, since a lot of masking was required: So, here we are, little Mig is proudly standing on its feet, some touches of paint still needed before drowning it in Future: And that's all for now
  14. Hi folks, I finished the first part of my small scale Star Wars models-in-progress, this is the TIE Striker from Rogue One. It's available not in the Vehicle Model series but in a larger box along with the rebel U-Wing and two of the Imperial tanks. Irrelevant factoid: It turns out these are supposed to be tracked tanks (like the full scale vehicle built for filming) and the fact that Bandai and Lego have them as hover tanks is a mistake. I built the TIE Striker first since I've never built a TIE anything - or I think any Star Wars models at all - and it seemed like a straightforward place to start. (click for more/bigger) It's easier to see the fuselage with the wings up, but they aren't seen that way in any shots I could find in the movie, so all the rest of the pics are wings down. The base is a little wooden coaster (four inches/10cm square) with a piece of clear PET sheet glued to the top. I painted the underwater stuff underneath the sheet, and then built up the water on top a little with gloss acrylic gel. It took a few goes to get this the way I wanted and it's still not quite right but it looks nice in the pictures and hopefully looks a bit like Scarif The TIE is painted with Tamiya acrylics and the solar panels were masked and painted Rubber Black and given an Alclad Steel overspray to give them a bit of sheen. I also tinted them with Alclad Hotmetal Violet and Blue on different panels, which is *just* visible in the photos, I think I'd do that again but make it a bit more obvious and maybe use a gloss black undercoat? If you're interested the WIP thread is here - thanks to everyone who commented with feedback! Cheers and thanks for looking! Will
  15. Here's my Revell 1/144 BAe 146-200 finished as G-MIMA of Manx Airlines, using F-DCAL decals. This was my entry in the Made In Britain II group build, WIP thread is here
  16. This was a refurbish project of an old A300 build. I decided to update the model since the Airfix kit missed a few A300 features. I started with this: As it was finished about 15 years ago How it was before the restoration Rubbed it back with the associated voluntary disassembly Started a repaint Scratched up some missing parts Modified the engines Added some paint and decals.. The decals are from an A310 Flying Colours sheet. Due to a deadline (today) I used A310 registrations instead of mucking around with making up A300F4 regos.
  17. Tornado MW-1 bomblet dispenser

    Hi ! I have started assembling a pair of Revell 1/144 Tornados ECR, but I would like to assemble them as IDS with a MW-1 bomblet dispenser, though I can't find this part anywhere. Any ideas ? Thank you !
  18. Most of the airliner modellers were thrilled when Mikro-Mir in co-operation with Eastern Express anounced the first injection moulded MD-11 kit in 1/144. First pictures of the sprues looked very promising with great attention to detail and accuracy. I was also looking forward to this release and initially ordered 3 kits with the General electric Engines and placed another order for 3 kits with the Pratt & Whitney engines at my local hobby shop. When I received the call from the hobby-shop that the first batch arrived I was excited...till I saw the price tag Well,I bought them anyway,because the MD-11 is one of my favourite airliners and I started with the first one immediately. I planned to build the first one OOB and also using the kits decals to see how they work,so I could give some feed-back at the model shop for other builders who might be interested in this kit. All the parts looked good at first glance,but I realized that the parts had no locator pins at all.Which is not a big deal but I was surprised. Soon after construction commenced I had to realize that this would not be going to be an easy build as,as good as the parts may look,the fit is not the best and on almost every part filler was needed or some correction work had to be done. The most serious fitting issue is at the wing to fuselage join,were at the top side a quite large gap appears between the wing and fuselage... The construction of this section is actually quite smart by the manufacturer,as they provide a inspar panel (I guess its called that way...?) that will provide a good sit and places the wings at the right angle.But mounting the wings isn't as easy as I thought. I filled the gap with Krystal Klear and painted this section in the respective colours,as I built and painted the parts individually. Another "trap" is the front gear which needs to be installed before glueing the fuselage halves together.That way,as careful as one may be,snipping off the gear leg while handling the model is almost inevitable. I chose to cut off the lower part and put it back on after main assembly was done. I drilled a small hole at both sections and reinforced the leg with a thin wire,then glued the parts back on. After all construction and paintwork was done,it was time for the decals. The decal set looks really impressive and immensely improved compared to earlier Eastern Express sets. It has lots of details and even includes coroguard panels for the wings. The quality of the decals is really superb,but...and thats a real pain...the decals tend to settle almost immediately on the model after sliding them off the backing paper.Decal solutions are not much help,only lots of water can help you placing the decal in the right position. Once the water has been soaked off the decal sticks on the surface. Another issue are the dark blue stripes on the KLM set.They are printed with the front ends looking up.If applied as they are, the stripe will go up to the cockpit window instead of running in a straight line around the nose. I was lucky to have 2 sets, so I cut off the bent part (approx.3cm) and used a straight part to put it around the nose and then cut off the missing stripe from my other set to extend it again to the tail cone. The fit of the decals is otherwise fine and the details and the silver parts are great. For the front edge of the tail fin and the edges of the winglets,I used thin silver decal stripes instead of painting them. The build of this kit is really time,and nerve,consuming but in the end a very nice MD-11 will appear in front of you. But for being a CAD manufactured and very new kit together with the way too high price tag ,its a bit of a disappointment. Bad fit of the parts,and also the arrangement of the parts on the sprues is not very logic.Together with inept construction sheets,one needs to be very careful while building.A few times I used the wrong parts and had to correct the error later by either replacing the whole part with spares form my sparepart box or leave it as is. Those things wont happen on my other 2 kits,thats for sure. I chose to build the MD-11 of KLM who did the final passenger flights and the farewell flights in 2014; PH-KCD "Florence Nightingale. Painted entirely with Revell and Testors enamels using my airbrush. As mentioned before,this kit unfortunately isn't up to the standard in the likes of Zvezda or Revell airliner kits and its also over priced. For this money you may be better off with Kurts (Authentic Airliners) resin kit. Anyway,here she finally is...the Mikro-Mir/Eastern Express MD-11 Cheers,
  19. A journey of one thousand miles begins with a single step... I began modelling airliners back in 2006, and ever since have wanted to build one of my favorite designs: the MD-11. I have seen the Welsh kit, but didn't want to deal with vacuform. I have seen the authentic airliners kit, but didn't want to deal with resin. I have seen the DC-10 conversions, but didn't want to deal with essentially scratch-building the whole model. Today, though, today I received this: You're probably familiar with the kit by now... This is the Eastern Express/MikroMir MD-11 in the "American Airlines" packaging. Feel free to ignore the Atlantis sticker covering the original MikroMir logo. This packaging includes decals and masks for the Varig MD-11 shown on the box art, as well as a TAM and a World Cargo option. I am planning to build the Varig MD-11, though that will depend heavily on the quality of the kit decals. Anyway, on to the build... The fuselage comes in five main pieces with panel lines and no windows: perfect for my style of airliner modelling! The parts had a lot of flash and excess plastic along the edges, and the main components were lacking in locating pins. While locating pins almost always fail to properly align fuselage halves, they do help to at least start the process and hold various pieces in place. On the other hand, I have done enough type conversions before to be comfortable with cutting and re-gluing fuselage components. My preferred method involves applying strips of styrene behind the joint for reinforcement and alignment, and it seemed that same process would work well on this build. A feature on this build is the availability of a flight deck... I love flight decks! They always provide a convenient place to mount my weights: At issue next was the nose wheel bay. The kit instructions call for installing the nose wheel strut prior to closing the fuselage... No, thank you. Instead I decided, after studying the drawings, that I MIGHT be able to get away with simply cutting a notch in the wheel bay and installing the struts later. I don't actually know if this is going to work, but it has worked before and I see no reason why it shouldn't work here. I will let you know once I try it, of course. Also worth noting is that the locating holes for the horizontal stabilizers are covered over... I opened these up prior to closing the fuselage. From here, then, a final dry-fit before taking the plunge and closing the fuselage... One can see that the roof already has very good alignment, so I did not expect any particular difficulties. Having said that, though, I was not surprised to see this misalignment pop up where four of the fuselage parts meet... There are a number of curves on the fuselage that exert force on this particular area of the model, so extra care will be required to get the pieces properly aligned. In my case, I applied solvent glue and then pushed one side, pulled the other side, and squeezed both sides. The resulting joint was, I think, good enough. The bottom of that same area, though, is a tragedy! On the other hand, this area of the fuselage tends to present a problem, for me at least, on most of the airliners I build. The solution is a simple matter of applying elbow grease and reshaping these curves... No worries. Also worth noting is that the cockpit glass is every-so-slightly smaller than the opening in the fuselage, and so pressing the clear plastic down into the slot results in a step along the roof line. Instead, I glued the cockpit part in at its front, aligning it with the nose, and then glued the part at its roof line. This process, I believe, properly aligns the piece along the roof but leaves a small gap at its base. Again, no worries. Filling the base will be significantly easier than reshaping the roof line. And this is where she sits so far! I've heard a lot of moaning and groaning about the quality of this kit, but I am excited to hit it with full-steam. None of the issues I have encountered to this point are particularly unreasonable, in my opinion, and none of the issues that I see coming have concerned me yet. What problems have I not foreseen, though? I guess we'll find out! In the meantime, I have, for the first time in 11 years, an MD-11 fuselage sitting on my table... and we're just getting to the good part! I will work next on the wings and stabilizers, and then will progress to the engines... Until then, comments are welcomed... Thanks for looking!
  20. I wanted to have an EC-135 ARIA version of the KC-135 in 1/144... and I only saw one way to accomplish that...! So, out came the saw, plastic sheets, glue, and references... Minicraft KC-135E is the starting point... I didn't take any in progress pics (like I should have) but after adding epoxy wood, miliput, super glue, plastic putty, Mr. Surfacer, and primer... here's where I am now...
  21. This little kit has been bugging me for a long time so I decided it was time to give it a go. It's the Welsh Models Vacform DH 104 Devon in 1/144 scale. I'd like to start with the (generally) required box shot but it just comes in a wee, clear plastic bag and here's the mammoth set of instructions: And the "kit" itself? Marked up for the worrying part of separation: The worrying part of separation over, all snapped off in clean peices: Let the worrying part of sanding commence: Almost there for the fuselage, another ba' hair off should do it. The vacform comes with two internal bulkheads (The two oval discs between the wing and fuselage on the right of the second pic) but I don't know what scale they are, they certainly won't fit inside this thing so that's it for now until I get them sorted out to size.
  22. Hi everyone. This is either very stupid, or it could be a hit. What about a 1/72 Group Build? Anything goes, as long as it is in 1/72 scale. It would be nice to see a 1/72 build "win" a GB, and with this proposal it's guaranteed to happen! Any takers? Cheers Jimmy EDIT 2017-02-03 I changed the thread title to "Small Scale Group Build" because it's much more inclusive than 1/72, which is mostly aircraft. EDIT 2017-02-06 Just to make the rules clear, "small scale" in this scenario is 1:50 or smaller. Time to bring our those big (although small in scale) naval vessels! Participants 1. JimmyZ 2. TrojanThunder 3. Arniec 4. snapper_city 5. PlaStix 6. PhantomBigStu 7. milktrip 8. CliffB 9. Caerbannog 10. Grandboof 11. vppelt68 12. bootneck 13. TEMPESTMK5 14. draggie748 15. S5 modeller 16. zebra 17. TonyTiger66 18. Hockeyboy 76 19. Corsairfoxfouruncle 20.
  23. BRP144003 He-162A 1/144 will be in stock at EDAY Model show, Prague ( www.eday.cz ) boxart: source: http://ipmsnymburk.com/forum/viewtema.php?ID_tema=39445
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