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  1. OK - here we go! I've chosen an oldie for this 1) I've always wanted to build it, 2) I had it in the 'stash'! I plan on doing it as simple as I can. Allthough I have some aftermarket stuff: Pavla Intake and Exhaust and Pavla Wing Pylons, I'm not sure that I'm going to use them. I also have some rocketpods left over from an Academy Hawker Hunter and Xtra Decal X48107. Here are the 'Genesis' pictures: And here's the one I want to build: I'll start with the cockpit, but allready there I have a question: Is Monogram's seat the correct one for a RAF Harrier or is it a US Marines seat? Can anyone enlighten me? Cheers Hans J
  2. Hello gang. I saw this kit at 50% discount at the LHS today and immediately thought of this GB. I believe this is one of the earliest boxings of Hasegawa's F-16 line. It represents a block 15 aircraft, and comes with three decal options. Two Wolfpack squadron machines from Korea, and one Dutch with 311 sqn. None of the marking options are particularly interesting, and the decals look iffy (flat with glossy bits), but a stroll through the interwebs showed little in the way of alternatives. So Dutch F-16 it is! This build will be OOB save for seatbelts. This kit doesn't have the finesse of the Tamiya F-16, but I have a soft spot for kits from the 1980s, as that is what I grew up on. I never built this model in the 1980s, but a friend had it, and I always loved the boarding ladder and recessed panels (my Monogram F-16 had raised lines ) Work begins tomorrow. And you can bet I'll be including the boarding ladder!
  3. Hi guys, I recently dug out an old Tamiya 1/48 A-10A Thunderbolt II kit that I had stashed away for some time. Decided to build it as the decal has started to yellow. I probably got this kit 10 years ago so I did not know about its problems then. I am now fixing it and am wondering if anyone who have done this kit well, has any advice on how to patch the following without using aftermarket parts (since I don't want to spend more money on this kit). 1) The front wheel well is open on the top and front that you could see all the way to the cockpit. It befuddles me why Tamiya is so cheapskate to leave out two small parts that would make the wheel well complete. Its like someone forgot a wall and roof for a house. I was thinking of using some cheap plastic cards to make the roof however wonder how to carve the surface so that it is not a flat ceiling but has some semblance of cables and bars? 2) The two bulge on the wings for the landing gear, the rear part of each is a gaping hole. It seems like the engineer at Tamiya forgot to mold in the rear area. Sigh, looks like I have to fill these and mold them close with putty. Any easy way to do this? 3) The rear of the cockpit has a gaping hole too where the seat does not cover it. Looks like another piece of home made plastic panel. 4) The bottom of the nose for the front wheel well bulges out at the side and is not flush with the rest of the body. Trying to see if I can put a strut inside just below the cockpit to push out the fuselage a bit to make it flush with the bottom part. Problem is that area is blocked by the cockpit well and wheel well. At this point I am only thinking of fixing the major gaps. Not even going to reshape the other deformities.
  4. As my ludicrously long Sea Vixen build finally shows signs of drawing to a close, thoughts turn to what to build next. I always try to have two things on the go at any one time, with the other being my never-ending Ark Royal build - but there is a limit to how much 1/350 scratch building and detailing I can stand at any one time, and I need to have something in 1/48 (my aircraft scale of choice) to keep me going. I thought about a twin Buccaneer build - an Anti-Flash White S1 and an Ark Royal (4) final commission S2D. Those will come at some point, since I have the kits and the necessary conversion materials. But watching the splendid work of Steve (Fritag), Debs (Ascoteer) and others has convinced me that it is high time I built something that I actually flew myself. Sea King or Lynx, Sea King or Lynx... much indecision was finally tilted towards the Queen of the Skies by all the press coverage of its retirement from RN SAR service earlier this year (though the ASaC7 Baggers will soldier on for a while yet), and by markdipXV711's excellent build of an 819 SAR cab which he and I flew in together 20-odd years ago. So, since 819 (my other Sea King squadron) has just been done, I have finally plumped for an aircraft from my first tour. Pull up a bollard and listen to a true dit. 820 Naval Air Squadron, 1988, 18 months into my first front-line tour. We were part of Ark Royal (5)'s CAG (carrier air group) throughout my time on the Squadron, and in July 1988 the ship plus 801 (8 x Sea Harrier FRS1), 849B Flight (3 x Sea King AEW2), a detachment from 845 (2 x Sea King HC4) and 820 (9 x Sea King HAS5) set off for Australia, via Malta, Singapore, Hong Kong, Brunei and Subic Bay (Philippines), and home via Mumbai and Gibraltar. 6 months away, and a bloody good time was had by all... Less than 2 weeks after we sailed, we were taking part in a NATO exercise in the approaches to the Med; basically we were playing the bad guys trying to force a passage through the straits, and a number of RN, USN and Spanish units were trying to stop us... including HM Submarines Torbay, Otter and Opportune. The aim of these exercises is not to be 100% realistic, but to make sure that there is maximum interaction, so occasionally there would be a 2 hour pause where the submarines, having come right inside the screen and "attacked" the hell out of the ships, would withdraw 30 miles and start again. We would knock off tracking them and leave them alone to reposition. In those long distant 1980s Cold War days, ASW was our bread and butter, and on the whole we were pretty good at it. Most of the time we did passive ASW - chucking huge quantities of sonobuoys out of the aircraft and finding submarines that way, often working with our Nimrod and P3C brethren, and often working against USSR boats rather than friendly exercise ones. In my first few weeks on the squadron we rippled 3 (3 cabs airborne 24/7) all the way from Norfolk VA to Harstad in Norway, including several days of tracking 2 Victor IIIs that were taking an interest in our games. It was pretty exhausting, but we could keep it up almost indefinitely. For the guys in the back, passive ASW was often good fun; 3-dimensional chess, and all that. But for the pilots it was skull-shatteringly dull, flying around at 4-5,000' (nosebleed territory for any self-respecting helicopter pilot) and stooging at 70kts for maximum endurance for hour after hour after hour. But on this occasion we were doing active ASW, the task for which the Sea King was originally designed. Active ASW in the daytime is enormous fun for the pilots, especially when you are in contact. At night the aircraft flies the profiles for you, closely monitored by the pilots (since you are down at 40', you want to keep a close eye on things in the pitch black; it can be a tad buttock-clenching at night). In the day, however, you generally fly it all yourself ("manual jumps" as the jargon goes) without any assistance from the AFCS (automatic flight control system), and it's a blast. So there you have the scene. I am 18 months into front line flying, and have reached the dizzy heights of being captain of my own crew. My P2 for this trip is a hugely experienced USN exchange pilot (way more experienced than me, but flying as second pilot while he gets up to speed with RN procedures). We do 45 minutes of active Torbay bashing, but then reach the pre-briefed pause while she repositions. Rather than disrupt the flying programme, we simply keep going, so we have taken a plastic milk float with us (hi tech, I tell you) and are doing some grappling training; chuck the milk float out of the back and practice SAR with it - much harder than it sounds, cos the milk float thrashes around in the down wash, so it is great training for the back seat in conning the aircraft and the front seat in hovering it precisely. A few minutes into the grapple work, with Jim the USN guy on the controls, the port engine stops... or so we thought. The Nr (rotor speed) decays as the good engine runs out of puff (too hot and too heavy to hover on one engine) and we subside rapidly onto the water yelling Mayday and punching the windows out. Phil Smith, the Observer, says he had never seen anyone strap in as fast as poor old BJ Sandoe, the Crewman who had been lying on the floor of the aircraft with his head sticking out, conning Jim onto the milk float, when suddenly the Atlantic Ocean came up to greet him. As I reached up to shut down the No 2 engine (cos you sure as heck don't want to abandon a helicopter while the rotors are still turning) it became apparent that the No 1 engine had not in fact failed, but simply run down to flight idle. The fuel computer had developed a fault and tried to shut the throttle, but there is a physical interlock built into the system for precisely this emergency, called the Flight Idle Stop, which is basically a screw jack that prevents the throttle from closing beyond a certain point - the very last thing you do when starting up is to engage it. So we over-rode the computer and managed the throttle manually, the Nr came back up to where it should be and shot off the surface of the sea like a startled rabbit, downgraded our Mayday to a Pan, and flew back to Mum. A Green Endorsement much later (still on the wall of my loo) and very shaky legs for a few hours afterwards. Well, it has to be this cab, doesn't it? So I present to you ZE419 / 014 / R of 820 Naval Air Squadron in July 1988; a bog standard Sea King HAS5. Dark blue (this was just before the days when everything became grey), black markings. Photos of the real aircraft to follow, I expect, but for now she is one of these in the distance (photo taken the day before we sailed from Pompey, so about 2 weeks before the ditching): The aircraft will be built much as in this photo, actually; folded, included the tail, with engine blanks in. The cabs in the photo have tip socks on, but I will probably build mine with the more robust blade support system known as "Forth Road Bridge" gear (as in this Mk 5 at the Fleet Air Arm Museum): The basis of the model will be the Hasegawa 1/48 Sea King, using the "Ark Royal HAR5" [no such thing; it should be HU5] edition (which for some reason Photobucket refuses to rotate, so turn your head): ...and the excellent Flightpath conversion set, which contains all sorts of goodies important to this build - notably weapons carriers, assorted aerials and a tail rotor much better suited to having a gust lock fitted to it. Herewith statutory sprue shot: ...and pic of the contents of Flightpath box and a couple of other aftermarket goodies: As it happens, I also have a Hasegawa AEW2a kit (acquired before the Mk5 kit was released, as the only game in town for a future Mk5 build). This will also be useful, since it contains a number of applicable bits such as Orange Crop ESM aerials (removed from the HU5). And since all the Hasegawa boxings are variations on the same theme, the kit already contains some parts that I will use - e.g. the HU5 has the sand filter in front of the engine intakes, but in my era we simply had the "barn door"; similarly the HU5 has the sonar removed and a blanking plate fitted. The kit contains both a barn door and a (sort of, -ish) sonar. [i also have a second complete "Ark Royal HAR5", designated eventually to be an 819 SAR aircraft... but not yet]. There will not be much progress for a few days, while I get the Vixen over the line.... Herewith photo of the appropriate log book entry (bottom line:
  5. Hello modellers, Here you are my last job, the beautiful Tamiya Sturmovik. It's a great kit that it's a pleasure to build (even if a bit expensive). The model is OOB just with few additional details on landing gear and cut of control surfaces in angled position. Paint, as well as glue and finishing spray are all Tamiya. Enjoy the pictures and feel free to comment. Cheers Andy P.S. Apologise for the quality of the pictures... I made them with my mobile phone instead of camera.
  6. Hi all Here are a few shots of my Hungarian Bf 109E-7 made using the Tamiya 1/48 kit. I got a big chub to finish a 109 in this scheme after I saw it in the Mushroom book on Hungarian fighters. The markings are as featured in the wartime aviation film Magyar Sasok (Hungarian Eagles) made in Hungary in late 1943. As I am an out-of-the-box builder, or one who only makes minor enhancements to my builds, I performed the following minor tweaks. Fuselage - kit seat replaced with Ultracast seat - antenna wire made from stretched sprue - upper cowl intake opened - cowl gun barrels drilled out - engine starter crank opening and lift points drilled out - kit propeller and spinner replaced with Ultracast resin parts - exhaust replaced with Ultracast resin exhaust Wings - wing gun barrels drilled out - kit wheels replaced with Ultracast resin wheels - tail planes modified to eliminate the anhedral Paint and Decals airframe painted with Xtracolor X384 Kaki, X602 Su 27 Light Blue and X213 Gelb RLM04 - all markings are a combination of Repli-Scale 48-5050 and Aero Master 48-056 - model is weathered with chalk pastels References - Model Art No. 375 Messerschmitt Bf109B-E - Aero Detail No. 1 Messerschmitt Bf109E - Hungarian Fighter Colours 1930-1945, Volume 1 A big thanks goes out to Scott of SnJ fame, who supplied me with a set of tailplane support struts, after I lost mine. Cheers Randy
  7. my contribution to this GB...
  8. Hi all, my (First, there may be more) effort for this GB is Eduard's "Weekend Edition" DH-2 in 1/48th scale. Apparently not for beginners, before starting this my sum total of experience with biplanes is one Matchbox Walrus, a Frog Gladiator and a Revell Fokker DVII. The Walrus remains on the shelf of doom as all the single struts scared me.... Still, there are a couple of Airfix's recent biplane efforts in the stash for another day but I'm looking forward to the challenge of this one. If not the rigging....
  9. Hi folks, I've had the Revell Mosquito B.IV sitting in the stash for a good few years so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to get it built. To correct the kits flaws I've bought some ultracast wheels, extended the main gear using the Tamiya kit as a reference (adding the tyre guards at the same time) and sanded the spinners to a better shape (although they remain too short). I hope this doesn't classify as jumping the starting gun?!?! I've got a set of Eagle cal decals and I plan to build DZ415 of 627 Squadron in 1945. Looking forward to getting started on this one! Chris
  10. Hi gents! Here I'll try to build Vought XF5U-1 at 1:48 scale from Kitty Hawk. So he can make the company to recently completed Vought V-173 References: Naval Fighters #21 Chance Vought V-173 and XF5U-1 “flying pancakes” (Steve Ginter, 1992) XF5U-1 Illustrated Assembly Breakdown (F.N.Dickerman, 1945) [special thank's for Marin aka Martian Hale and Michael aka Space Ranger for it) Useful links: Texts: XF5U-1 Flying Pancake - Design and Structural Features @ Vought Heritage KH XF5U-1 kits review & comments - @ Tailhook Topics by Tommy H. Thomason aka Tailspin Turtle (also great photos of subject here) Vought V-173 Flying Pancake Interior, etc. @ Sprue Bits/Internetmodeller Videos: Chance Vought XF5U-1 Flying Pancake Fighter @ YouTube by Jaglavak Military Tuft Studies of Chance Vought XF5U-1 Airplane Model @ YouTube by NASA Langley CRGIS Builds: 1/72 Hasegawa XF5U-1 Flying Pancake by Nigel Heath Vought XF5U-1 "Flying Flapjack" by Martian Hale PDFs: Low aspect ratio aircraft @ DG2 Communique Iss#3 vol#1 pgs.24..30 The Flying Flapjack @ Mechanix Illustrated, may 1947
  11. After building several 1/48 jets, many RAF, I really fancied adding a different jet to the range. After thinking about it for a bit I settled on an HS-125 Dominie. Trouble is no one does a 1/48 Dominie kit. There are a few desk models about but not a lot more. So I should have given up there really. Then I got a 1/72 plan and copied it up in size, and put it away for a year or so. Then dug it out again & worked out the central fuselage would be about the size of a plastic waste pipe. and I started wondering what it would look like. So what size would it be built up? Some cardboard and some messing about came up with this: Then started on the back end in plasticard. I am planning to put circular formers in and overlay strips of plasticard. Then build it up with some P38 car filler to try to make the shape So one quarter of a back bit started. No idea if this will really work or if I have the skills to do it. All advice and tips gratefully received as I clearly don't know what I am doing or am taking on! Oh, and if you know a Dominie well, please look away now. I don't wish to cause offence.
  12. I'm attempting the bobcat models yak 28 p firebar, picked it up today,and first impressions are it looks really nice on the sprues, while ive spent most of my modelling day getting my harrier gr9 a bit closer to completion ive spent the last 45mins dryfitting ,I've not done a whole aircraft in alclad before and i understand from a bit of research that as good of an initial fit is essential to getting a good finish,that is the less damage to panel lines and minimal filler the better,second impressions are ,while not really a criticism the plastic seems a bit waxy, but this is a criticism the mating surfaces of the fuselage are ,to be kind not exactly tamiya,now to be honest i never expected tamiya build quality,but theres going to be a bit more sanding than i would have liked,and hopefully the filler i use,will be ok with waxy plastic,time will tell. Photos tomorrow, cheers Glynn
  13. Hi there, I'm going to be doing a trumpeter DH.100 Vampire, not sure which scheme yet, have to have a think about that. See you soon!
  14. Hi guys, I will be building the 1/48 Tamiya Mosquito FB mk. IV/NF mk. II. It will be build mostly out of the box. Foto's will follow later. Cheers,
  15. Many moons ago I kind of started on this kit, I got a far as gluing the bulkheads to the floor, dry fitting the parts and tried to figure out how to position the gunner's tunnel where it made sense - gave up on that idea and quietly put it back in the box and placed a few more models on top of it hoping I'd forget about it and my kids could dispose of it after I was long gone. Well, the bug has bit to finish up those models that were never finished. I struggled with the fuselage trying to get the length of it not to look like a worm, as this one had a tendency to want to curve sideways. So after fighting this issue for 10-12 minutes I decided to glue it up as true as I could sighting down the spine. I'll then then add the extra bracing details in the interior. The tunnel was both glued with Tamiya glue and acc'd in place and then liberal amounts of Tamiya putty was used to blend it into the side walls and bottom of the fuselage. I don't remember building a kit with this much putty being used in the first hour nor having to use every clamp I have available and wishing I had more. Anyway we are off and running.
  16. Finally...... AMK Микоян МиГ-31, Саваслейка Air Base in 1/48 scale with Eduard Interior. A superb kit of a beautiful russian aircraft! I hope you gents like it, thanks for watching! Oliver
  17. My poor poor winterized Harrier hit a big snag recently, so much in fact that Ii put it back in the box for a while. To cheer me up a little, I decided to have a deeper look into my Christmas gift: 31 different decal options, but only 2 complete set of kits. I really hope that Eduard will offer more Overtrees soon! First, I thought that I should do one of the Grey Nurses, since I do have a thing for Sharkmouths... And I definitely want to do a brown/green one, and a desert one with the blue/light blue roundels and one green one with bomb racks... So, instead of botching Bobby Gibbes rather spiffy looking machines I decided to start with this to learn how to build an Eduard Spitfire. Pictures to follow! //Christer
  18. Hello, I have been planning this since the 1980's Group Build. Can I join in with my Phantom FGR.2 in 'Bombs & Rockets' guise. 31 Squadron RAFG Laarbruch.
  19. Hello all, Just wanted to give everybody and heads up that a new eshop has opened dedicated solely on 1/48 scale offering accessories and detail sets for post WW II aircrafts. It can be found at: There is a 20% discount on all products until Saturday 18 February. Thanks, Ilias
  20. I am going to attempt something a little more exotic than my first WIP build. And back to my preferred scale. This kit caught my eye after I saw a very impressive build of it on this very site, here. Though I doubt I will be doing as good a job as that, I will give it a crack, and it's nice to have something to aim for. I plan to finish mine with some worn away winter camo over-paint. There don't seem to be a lot of photos of the SU-2 with this scheme in action, but a quick google threw up a few examples, albeit very small and pixel-y ones: I had a look in Osprey's Russian Aircraft 1875-1995, and though there are some nice photos of the SU-2, they are in what looks like one-colour schemes: In what might seem a rather perverse move I finally took on an enormous He111 that's been hiding under my table for a year now as a practice run for the winter camo on the comparatively small SU-2. I had never tried the hairspray technique before, and was rather daunted by the idea of it. Turns out that, as promised, it's remarkably easy - and very rewarding. My only problem was that it was so satisfying seeing the white coat chip away that I had to really force myself not to rub all of it off. Anyway - He111 is below. And with the hairspray technique demystified I will now plod on with the SU-2.
  21. After buying a house and finishing the basement, and man cave, it is time to start a new model! I finished up an old one to get in the groove again, but this F-16A will be the first new one in almost 2 years! This is the kit I'll be building. image search host images Keeping this a mostly OOB build, only adding decals for the 174TFW in GW1. Oh, and some ordnance later on, there's nothing useful in the kit... free screen capture References in place... free screen capture free screen capture This doesn't look like an A model instrument panel... free screen capture After a short rummage in the stash I come up with this...much mo bettah... free screen capture That's it so far... Ken
  22. Hi Guys. Now that I recently finished 2 projects (one Bearcat and one Lavochkin), it's time to move on with another one. My next client will be the Bf109D in 1/48 from Academy. I intend to use the Eduard zoom set for this kit also. Because I want to convert it to a Bf109 A, I bought myself also the Kagero Top Drawings edition dedicated to Bf 109 early (A to D) series. I hope that it will guide me in order to obtain a decent 109 Anton replica. First, I present you the mandatory pics with kit box and its contents. Hope I will be able to finish this one. It will be a long-term project anyway, because I'm such a slow builder... So, I'm thinking about Spain...1937...
  23. I wasn't sure I had anything already in the stash that qualified for this GB and Mrs K is keeping a close eye on purchases...but I pulled out a Weekend Edition of the Eduard IIIC with a rather nice NMF Armee de L'Air from April 1976 based at Cazaux. The actual plane is No.92, EC 02/010 Seine, Armee de l'Air, BA120 Cazaux. I have found a couple of reference pictures but am still doing my research. I should mention that I have never attempted NMF before and so this is going to be a bit of a learning curve. I am planning to use Vallejo Metal Colours. Finally I should like to dedicate (my attempt at) this build to my good friend Tim, the only modelling friend I had to share builds with in person (as opposed to you lot) who died in a tragic motorbike accident last month and whose funeral was yesterday. Although not a member I know he had enjoyed browsing the forum for inspiration. Love to his wife Charlotte, son Hugo and daughter Petrie. On with the build. Some photos of the kit: As always all comments very welcome. Dave
  24. Following on from my Canberra, this was my 4th Lightning in 48 scale (the previous 3 being an F.1 and T.4 built last year as a Firebirds duo, and an F.6 prior to these for a GB a while ago) but following the recent release of a half engine by CMK in resin, I was inspired to build this. I decided beforehand that I'd open a few panels up myself, wanting to stretch my skills beyond my norm, so with the timely publication of the Daco book "Lightning Uncovered" I purchased a donor kit and several resin items (I'll post a link to the WIP photos later) including the aforementioned engine, and cockpit, undercarriage bays, and (what CMK call) "electronic boxes" which in fact comprise of the rear spine gubbins ahead of the engine bay, plus two resin boxes that fit into the port side of the fuselage that don't really hold electronics, but hydraulic pumps and pipes... Also, the CMK instruction sheets are not very helpful, or accurate. Be warned if you use these sets. Aires provided the exhausts, as I always use them, Master the pitot, Eduard a few bits and pieces from a leftover set plus the RBF tags, Montex the paint masks, and Model Alliance the decals. The painting was my trusty Alclad shades, with Humbrol and Xtracolor providing other colours. The weathering was various Humbrol and AK sets of washes and powders. Please refer to the build pics for the scratch built stuff, I think most of it should be covered in those photos. All of the piping and wiring you can see I added from either copper wire, fuse wire or plastic rod. The shock cone wasn't really long enough to be displayed off, so to build up the "base" I glued a core of acrylic rod then wound very thin plastic strip around it til it sat flush with the end of the cone, before painting with aluminium. The Ferranti AI.23 I made from plastic strip and rod, and again more strip would around solid rod for the aft section. The dish is made from the end of a pipette. Some of the wiring and details is even too small for me to add so it's more a representation than 100% accurate. The individual small panels I made from very thin sheet, cut to size by tracing them through off the plans provided at the back of the Daco book. The corners were rounded off and fastener holes made with a metal point in a pin vice. In the last pic I have laid them out in the positions they would be on the airframe. Below is the build log, I hope you can see it Also I apologise for the amount of pics here, but I usually can't decide which base or background looks best so I present a selection of each. Many thanks for looking
  25. OK, I'm in with a dh 60G from Amodel in 1/48. The most commented downside of this kit is that Amodel don't give a rigging diagram in the instructions - but that should be solvable from the web. In the box, there are three decal choices - I'll probable go for the forth option On the sprue, this kit looks great, and I must admit that I'm tempted to get one, or both, of the other Amodel dh60's (Cirrus or Metal Moths) ... but let's start simple(r)