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  1. 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
  2. Hi everyone, old build, used aires cockpit and awesome figure sculpted by Mike Good cheers
  3. Airfix 1/48 Walrus 715 flight, HMS Birmingham, china station, 1938. Airfix's lovely walrus kit, abit disappointed in the moulding seams and some warping. went together well. painted with tamiya flat aluminium, kept the weathering to a minimum as they where kept very clean in service. decals by model alliance, used eduard steel seat belts, which are very nice and easier to use than brass, the guns are brengun resin ( just noticed the front one has disappeared in the photos, need to rescue it from the carpet monster.) just after i started this airfix announced they where releasing a 'silver wings' boxing!!! sods law!! thanks for looking.
  4. Well, it's 1/48 B-52 season... I'll try and finish this one (then I'll finish my Shackleton, and my Stratojet). The H version will wait, I'll start with my D. My inspiration is of course Tom Probert's build (which will be a masterpiece, as always). And a Japanese build of ID Model's BUFF: http://fg786.blog87.fc2.com/category178-63.html Check it, it redefines awesomeness. And while you're at it, check the 1/48 XB-70. And weep. So, back to my Stratofortress. My new friends are there: I'll start with building bulkheads. The fuselage halves aren't quite symmetrical, so I'll build halves that I'll glue later on. How? First, I copy the fuselage interior shape: Then I draw the contour on cardboard. That way, I'll be able to reuse the bits on my next B-52('s ?go figure). The cardboard bit is cut and adjusted to the fuselage quarter (yes, I know). The cardboard is copied on plastic card, which is cut and finely tuned with a heavy duty file. A bit bored with the blukheads, I assembled a fuselage half. I've seen cleaner assemblies... No doubt Milliput will help. I discovered something quite annoying for those who want to build their BUFF with the gear out. Gear doors are staggered, and end or start with a rectangle. The rectangle s the place where the gear leg will protrude from the fuselage. The rectangles have to be exactly symmetrical (lengthwise) for the gear legs to be aligned. Well, guess again... Feces happen, but fixing that will be entertaining. Instead of sulking, I decided to proceed with the cockpit floor. Two halves, a plastic strip to stregthen the assembly, all this glued to the first bulkhead: Fitted to the right front fuselage quarter: The B-52 flight manual will be invaluable (and for 10 bucks, it's a bargain). Here is a page of said manual with the front structure assembly: And the front structure assembly fitted to the fuselage: More fun to come, swear words to be said, plastic bits to be stomped again and again. I'm glad I bought a dozen 20"x24" 1mm plastic sheets. To be continued. I promise. Cheers, S.
  5. Hello folks, This is the famous dz367, unfortunatly shot down over Berlin in January 1943. As at the time it had logged only 80 hours the weathering is rather light. Some Eduard photoetched parts are used for the cockpit and bomb bay. Cheers
  6. Hello Gents, Im starting my first large build project this week and thought I'd do an online build to maybe get some feedback. I purchased a Trumpeter 1/48 scale VIIc sub and plan to do some changes. The Trumpeter kit is modeled as U-552 with the standard Turm 0 conning tower. Personally, I prefer the look of subs with the late war Turm IV installed. The version with the twin wintergarten and 3.7 cm Flak 42/twin 2.0 cm Flak 38. I've been doing some research and will convert my sub to U-380 as she looked when commanded by Albrecht Brandi, returning from a 33 day patrol Jan 21, 1944. Brandi was one of only 2 Kriegsmarine members awarded the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds. The following parts will be used: Complete photo etch from Rcsubs.cz 3D printed parts from Shapeways, designed by Sasa Drobac/DeStefan 3D Designs Brass access hatches and FuMO30 radar from Boris Nakropin www.smallrivetsstudio.com Photos to follow U-380 leaving for patrol
  7. This 1/48 Airfix BF109E is the first kit I have built for something like 50 years! My eyesight and clumpy fingers can't cope with 1/72 scale so it’s 1/48 scale for me. It's the first time I have used an airbrush or attempted any kind of weathering. All paints used are Vallejo Model Air. Some parts are missing/broken off, courtesy of a heavy-handed grandson, hence the retracting undercarriage. I've used a clear Airfix stand which has been removed from the photo by magic. I’ve got some of the prop blur thingies but not convinced they look that effective. I’ll maybe try the no-blade method to simulate a spinning prop. Currently building another Airfix 109E and an Airfix Mosquito PR.XVI (Both 1/48) with lots more waiting! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZUlNfLWG6QZNH309x7yCjHzJTCuzqGYn/view?usp=sharing
  8. Calling this one done. Was quite a big struggle for me at times... Mainly due to it's size alone. I broke off almost all the guns during the painting... All in all I really enjoyed the kit. The interior is nicely detailed, as are the engines. I had some real issues with getting the engines lined up inside the nacelles, but I think it just about turned out OK. The 4 colour paint job was a big jump for me - and due to my using Belton rattle cans (which come in an amazing variety of colours - but can be very thick) some of the surface details were lost under coats. I am quite happy with how the camo looks, but on reflection would have liked to make the sand / sky blotches a little more intricate. I used the box decals - with larger markings I sanded them a bit before applying them, which made it easier to chip at them with a sharp blade once microsol was on. Part of me wishes I had bought aftermarket decals for the actual unit... Was largely built OOB except for some wiring added to the gear, and some scratched details for the cockpit... I mainly enjoyed experimenting with varying acrylic shades on the interior and legs... WIP thread is here for those interested in my shambolic work along the way! Thanks for looking! Bruce
  9. This is the Tamiya 1/48 F-4U Corsair finished in RNZAF colours from Xtradecal's RNZAF Corsair sheet. I was looking for something other than the kit scheme & I noticed this one. The pilot named it after my wife AND she's got blue eyes so the ideal Valentine's day gift. Weathered with oils, Flory washes & Mig pigments. (The kit, not the missus). Any comments, observations or criticisms welcome as always. Pete Thanks for looking.
  10. F4U Royal New Zealand Air Force

    Chaps, planning on purchasing Tamiya's 1/48 F4U-1A to do a New Zealand bird, I wanna use Sky Models decal sheet as seen below, will be building as the bottom aircraft on the pic It quotes top colour as light grey but only picture I can find in colour is this one and it looks more like a very pale blue, just wanted to confirm the correct topside colour. Lee
  11. Hello all, Here is my next project - Tamiya's wonderful 1/48 F-16C, marked as a CM of the 480th Fighter Squadron (Spangdahlem AFB), during Operation Inherent Resolve in 2016. Kit: Extras: Will be using Eduard Brassin GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs (SDB), Pavla seat, Bullseye decals, Master brass pitot tube, Master static wicks, Sniper pod and a left sided Harm Targeting Sensor (HTS), both from Hasegawa Weapons set E. The kit will be armed with 2x AIM-120, 2x AIM-9X (both from the kit), 4x GBU-39, 2x GBU-38 (from the spares) and an ALQ-131 ECM pod (from the spares). Here's the scheme i'll be going for: Dave
  12. Hi Chaps This is my second GB for the year as I am well advanced with a Hawker Hunter FR10 in the Britmodeller 10th anniversary GB. I usually have 2 models on the go so I can tinker with one while I'm waiting for something to dry on the other. I picked this kit up last month in Singapore having read the review on Hyperscale last year. I have to say I am very impressed with the and the level of detail is not far short of the 1/24th scale Hurricane I made 20 years ago. That includes the engine which is about the only difference. So in good tradition despite having 20 years worth of kits in the stash I opened this and will build it next. Don't tell the wife! Well before I start here are the box and sprue shots. I have had a little look at the components and although the level of detail is excellent there are a few issues with alignment and distortion I do believe the angles should be 90 degrees and the lines straight. I might need to review the assembly sequence. Colin
  13. Hello fellow modellers, Last summer I had a chance to buy my firs Airfix kit since more that 25years and I have to say I have been positively impressed. Really nothing to do with the old stuff I used to buy when I was a boy. The Defiant kit is nicely detailed and quite easy to build even if the turret requires a bit of patience. As usual for me it is an OOB with just little additional details like belts, some wiring etc. Paint has been done using airbrush and Tamiya acrylics with Tamiya spray cans for finishing. Any comment or suggestion is always welcome. Enjoy pictures. Cheers, Andy
  14. Corsairs Mossie !

    Hello Everyone ... Been busy down in the Group builds area. However im still managing to finish other projects. Heres the first Mosquito Ive built since i was 15. I used Tamiya’s 1/48 Mk.VI Fighter and the kit decals for a plane that was assigned to 143 Squadron Banff Wing. I found photo’s of this Mosquito using the Double rail rockets, and wing slipper tanks. I scratch built the Rocket fences that would go between the Rocket rails and the slipper tanks. Im hoping you like it. I opted to leave the plane unarmed to show the bomb bay detail and the Rocket fence details. The only issue is related to a mixup caused by me while decaling. I wasn't paying attention and didn't align the fuselage roundels and codes correctly. Without further talk I give you my Mossie. 1st some build photos And now the Finished Mossie. I hope it meets with your approval and as usual Comments, question, and jokes are welcome. Dennis Im not sure whats next ? Harrier, Hornet, or P-40N but I will start it soon.
  15. The Italeri 1/48 Hurricane Mk1 has been the subject of much discussion on the various forums, this one included, so I am aware of the various issues with this kit, this didn't however, prevent me from enjoying completing this replica of the famous Battle of Britain fighter. Finished in the colours of No 43 (Fighter) Squadron, RAF, (undoubtedly the finest Fighter Squadron that has ever, or shall ever, exist in any Air Force in the world ) the brutish lines of Sir Sidney's gun truck are captured well. P3386 was the first Rotol Spinner equipped Mk1 delivered to the Squadron, and was, by all accounts, a particularly successful Machine, being credited with the destruction of several enemy aircraft. No problems were encountered during the build, I was particularily impressed with the clear sprue which were very thin and distortion free. Decals are a mix of kit and spares box. Finished in Humbrol Duck Egg Blue, Tamiya RAF Dk Green and Mr Color Dark Earth, with a Flory wash to finish. Thanks for looking! Cheers, Troffa
  16. Hey everyone I’ve been away ‘up country’ for the past few days so I’ve had no chance for any modelling - until tonight when I made a start on the Airfix 1/48 Defiant. So far its proving to be a lovely kit, well detailed, well engineered and well fitting (I understand the glazing on the turret is a little tight though)... I have a set of Montex masks so I intend to finish her as N1801 PS*Y, 254 Sqn RAF Biggin Hill 1941.. I also have some quick boost bit and pieces plus the Eduard masking set. Cheers all Iain In a very wet Kernow (it was sunny up country 🙁)
  17. Hello Ladies and Gents, So after a 20+ year hiatus from mutilating and butchering 1/72 plastic aircraft models, I've decided to pick up a knife and paint brush again to get through these winter evenings. This forum has been a trove of information and advice which I've quietly browsed for several years, as such I already owe many members thanks for sharing their wisdom though I haven't even started a kit yet. Seeing the vast range of kits that are available these days, combined with the abundance of after-market items and weathering/finishing techniques that have evolved over the last two decades has me excited but also a little intimidated about returning to the hobby...the leaps and bounds taken during my break has me questioning whether I even really know the basics anymore, let alone the advanced stuff, so fellow members can expect some bone-head questions in the near future. I've decided to take things slowly and learn as much as I can about each stage of the build process, so will be making a nuisance of myself on these forums over the next few months. I've decided that 1/48 is now my scale of choice. I'll stick to aircraft, but no particular theme...just whatever takes my fancy, an airframe I admire or have some connection with. My first two projects will be a Spitfire V, (one of Malta's so-called Blue Defenders) and a commonwealth P-51D Mustang. My third project is intended to be an F7F Tigercat Air Tanker, but I'm trying not to get ahead of myself. Right now I'm purchasing tools/equipment and going through the research stage. The two former kits will most likely be Tamiya products, though I'm aware they have some issues (the Sptifire wings will be annoying). The Tigercat, probably the AMT kit. Any advice offered regarding these products, or potential alternatives, will be graciously received. Though I do prefer a degree of anonymity online, I certainly look forward to getting invovled in this the community which appears to be very generous and supportive! Cheers Everybody Launchpad
  18. Japanese Lear

    I built this several years ago but re-photographed it more recently. It's the Hasegawa 1/48 U-36A, a militarised version of the Learjet used by the JMSDF. The basic Lear kit was simplified in detail but fit really well, and the radome/wing pods etc were supplied as resin. I couldn't find any reference of the interior so I depicted some of the blinds half-closed to hide the lack of detail. I did some basic re-scribing and airbrushed the model with Gunze lacquers.
  19. Hi M8's finished these some time back, nothing special, no added etch or resin, Just out of the box as these go up in the loft to be slowly broken over the years. Used additional decal from Model Alliance for both jest. The Lightning bolts broke up which necessitated a replacement sheet. Of course that scheme pops up in the Revell boxing so could of saved me the 16 quid of a reorder for the new set. :/ AWC Jet.
  20. Sat thinking the other day, I've not done a kit review and build for ages because along with a quite a few of our like, I seem to have lost a bit of Mojo! Anyway, I saw this sat on the shelf and thought, why the hell not use your semi-interesting, A-Level journalistic training and do a bloody review... so here it is! Eduard 1/48 Avia B.534 III One of the last mass-produced biplane-fighters, the first of the type flew in August 1933 and an initial order of 100 units was placed by the Czech Army Air Force with deliveries taking place in late 1935. Main users, were the Czechs, Bulgaria and the Luftwaffe and in 1939 after the German occupation of Bohemia and Moravia, large numbers of B.534s were acquired by the Slovak Air Force and used against the Russians. Powered by a 850hp Hispano Suiza HS-12Y in-line engine, it had a max speed of 245mph, a range of 360 miles and a service ceiling of 35,00ft! The Kit Standard Eduard 'Weekend Edition' of no frills, no extras and minimal marking options. This cames with 2 sets of livery and I'll be doing the Luftwaffe version totally OOB build with no extras and what could be described as a 'quick build'. Four crisp sprues of grey plastic and one transparent greet you when opening the box and still one of the things that bugs me about Eduard kits is their insistence on sticking everything in one bag! Nice, clean decal sheet and finally an A5 sized instruction/construction manual. Theres plenty to be built before you have to think about paint, so the cockpit and fuselage sides were built up before being primed and painted in Vallejo Silver. Sub assemblies of the radiator and instrument panel were primed and painted and wings were also primed to check for any flaws. It's looking far too clean so tomorrow will be an oil wash on the tub and murk it up a bit. So although I only spent an hour or so on her today, progress seemed swift but I suppose that is the idea of the Weekend series kits!
  21. So after the me262 I've opened this (bought on here - can't remember who from but a bargain ): came with airwaves set and cannon barrel set: So internal detail removed: but left the mounting points for the seat as it seems the whole detail set hangs off it: Anyways, this isn't about showing off my modelling skills ( hahahhaaaa) but rather for advice. I've read that the pe parts should be either soldered (not for me - i'd burn my fingers before I'd plugged a soldering iron in) or attached using superglue (ca?). At this point my question is how do I "hold" the pe part before attaching? Read various posts about using wax pencils, uummm ear wax and various other things. Any advice? TIA! Ian
  22. This is a warning for all those who have bought or ordered the new Airfix 1/48 Sea Fury. We just got our stock in today, when one of our regular customers emailed us asking if our kits were Ok, as he got one with a short shot tail fin leading edge, on the starboard fuselage. I checked all our kits and they all had the same fault. I phoned Hannants (that's where we got them from) and they said all the kits are affected! So we're having to send ours back for a refund and I would suggest everyone who has got one to double check it and see if it has the same issue. If it has, I would suggest contacting Airfix (as this is really bad) and returning it to where you bought it from (unless Airfix will take it back, which I doubt). If it is as bad as we're been led to believe, this is a pretty bad situation! thanks Mike
  23. 1/48 Kinetic Harrier T4

    Time to stake my place in this GB with kinetic's excellent new 1/48 2 seat Harrier. I don't need to give much of an introduction to this kit as there have already been some great reviews and builds here on Britmodeller so you will already know that it is a very nice kit indeed so no doubt any problems or mistakes will be my own. Here is the ubiquitous box top shot; And the sprues all tightly packed inside and still sealed; The options available from the kit; And the very comprehensive decal sheet; As you can see there are markings for every operator of first gen Harriers on there and pretty much any one built can be made from it, which is good as as per usual I will not be sticking to an out of the box example and want to do something a bit different and having a liking for winter camo schemes have found this; Now if I can find a picture or serial number of one of the T4's which went with 1 squadron on one of there Norway deployments and received a proper wrap around job I will build that one instead. And here are some of the references I will be using; Hope to make a start on Saturday so hopefully won't be too long before the next update. Thanks for looking in. Craig.
  24. Another Sea Fury

    This one will be slightly different. I haven't decided on which of two schemes I'm going to do, and I'm not sure how much work will be needed for one of them but I can say both are monochromatic and neither feature EDSG or Sky. Postie has been, so I'll add some pics as soon as my camera is charged. Andy
  25. I have always been a fan of the F-8 Crusader and A-7 Corsair. Something about that nose & intake. Always looked purposeful. I am sure A-7s used to sometimes appear at Mildenhall air shows on static display in low viz grey schemes. One day I will have a go at one of those. Until then I have a cheap eBay buy of an old Lindberg F-8J that looks to be an imposing beast, if not the most detailed kit going. You don’t get the amount of parts in a kit like this that you do in a newer kit. And I am sure some filler may be neede at some point. Its got some gimmicks i wuld have loved as a teenager but feel wary of now. Like push in retractable undercarriage and open / closing wheel well doors. And moving flaps and tail elevators and rudder. Now spending on resin & etch isn’t in budget (unless you know of very cheap options) but I don’t rule out some scratch bits. The kit comes with one decal option Nothing against this scheme, although I do have a hankering for low viz, French navy, NASA or something else. Cheap option would be kit decals & try out some toned down weathering & salt effect Whatever she is a sizeable beast - 2 part body to fit in the box for a start. Here next to a Jag for comparison So any advice / hints / tips gratefully received. Only thing for sure is she will get built not binned!