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  1. Just finished this in time for the sunshine to reach this part of the world which enable me to take some outdoor photos for the first time this year It is an old boxing of the Monogram F-102 which is still a good kit but tricky to put together. The kit decals were well past their sell by date, which is the risk you take when you buy 2nd(3rd, 4th, 5th??) hand. Shame as the kit scheme was very attractive. Basically out of the box with the fuselage lights opened up and new lens put in. I used and old Repliscale sheet to produce a machine of the 431st FIS based in Zaragosa, Spain in the early 1960s. I changed the serials and Buzz numbers to portray a picture in one of my references. As always thanks for looking
  2. “Mad as a Hornet”!

    Hello all ... So Im going to Throw my hat in the Ring for this build. I have a 2nd hand Revell A-6E Intruder from a friend. It will be a straight OOB build with whatever i can scratch together for the cockpit. I will edit and add the sprue shots later tonight when i can. I will build it as an early “E” type in 1972. Markings will be VA-65 Tigers. It will look like this. The A-6 photo’s are from Tailspin turtles excellent blog about the Intruder. Thanks for allowing me to repost these. http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2015/09/grumman-6a-vs-6e-intruder.html I only have the standard markings with the kit. It doesn't come with the orange-red chevrons and tail codes of VA-65. I am planning on painting these using home made masks. There was an old Microscale sheet in 1/48 scale from many years ago. I seriously doubt any even exist now, and AOA is actually supposed to be releasing them in 1/32 scale. Now if AOA downsizes the sheet in the near future then I will purchase them.
  3. Here are a couple of photos of my Italeri 1/48th Saab JAS-39A Gripen. I haven't been spending much time on it lately, maybe a few minutes every couple of days painting something on the seat or the cockpit. Finally got to where I could put the big parts together. I'll add a little filler along some of the seams, but overall it went together pretty well. Easier than the Revell Eurofighter Typhoon. I plan on painting it up as a Swedish line jet with kit decals. Planned on straight out of the box but the long nose pitot is broken on the sprue, so I'll replace it with a blunted needle or something. Hopefully the one on the vertical tail will survive. I'll probably tape a piece of index card folded over it to try to protect it. I really don't want to spend the money on the brass pitot tubes and the AOA probe. The intakes look like there are big seams open, but it's bleed over of the black paint at the aft of the intake under the part. It's really a good fit. In the background is my G.I. Joe Astrolocker from about 1969 or so. It's been my model supply storage box since college. That's when I put the ROTC sticker on it. The exhaust areas aft of the cockpit look uneven. I think it's a combination of paint on the inside and the angle of the photo. They are lined up closer on the model.
  4. Finished this over on the KUTA X GB, was started over 25 years ago, a little bit of the story can be read in the GB. Only addition to kit parts were Eduard fabric belts. Finished in Vallejo ModelAir colours, Alclad II gloss varnish with Vallejo Matt top varnish. Techmod decals were not the best I've used, very thin but brittle.
  5. For part of our display at Telford 2018, my IPMS Branch went mad and bought a bunch of the new Airfix Mustangs. I said I'd build one or two and this is the result. Like all of the new Airfix kits I've built the fit is tight but by making sure the mating surfaces are clean and a bit of dry fitting it went together really well and needed hardly any filler. I used the Kits World decals for a 334th Fighter Squadron machine and they and the Airfix decals performed faultlessly. I thoroughly enjoyed the build and am already planning my next one.
  6. F-106B

    This ones set off so well, I got it at Telford last year and within days of purchase I had the basic assembly done, but from that high point things started to go wrong, and it languished on the shelf of doom. little things like my superglue deciding not to want to stick the undercarriage doors on, and the masking tape deciding not to mask slowed me down but some free time between Christmas and New Year got it finished. the kit decal are odd colours and fonts so I replaced them with the same markings but so much more accurate in all areas from Caracal. Then I lost the nose wheel door.... So that needed to be scratched built. Other than the port intake, the fit was very good and had none of the 'interesting' assembly features of the venerable but still good RevelllMonogram single-seater and I would do anther if the price is right. The final issue was that I had used vinyl masks rather than the usual yellow tape ones I normally use and they must have loosened over the three months since they were attached so there was some bleeding of the varnish onto the canopies. A wiser modeller than I suggests that the canopies sit too high as designed, I'm not so sure but I think a little filing will be in order if I get another one. Thanks for looking.
  7. Warhorse’s Fury

    Hello all .... As I said in my Scooter RFI I built this Hobbyboss FJ-4b Fury along side it. Its not a bad kit but i do think at least in some ways its a clone of the Grand phoenix Fury. I built the Grand phoenix fury as my 3rd model when I came back in 2014. I will add a few photos of it at the tail end of this RFI. I’m a bit of a nut with Sabres, Furies, and Super Sabres. I will let the plane do most of the talking. I chose to represent a Fury flown by VA-55 in 1958 off the USS Bennington. I had a spare decal set for the codes. But i hand painted the Checkerboards & made a mask for the Trident. Thanks to @Tailspin Turtle for his assistance in finding photo’s. So here is my VA-55 Fury. I chose to arm this with Two Aim-9b’s, two drop tanks, & two rocket pods. The Grand Phoenix Fury is from VMA-212 and has two Aim-9b’s, Two gas bags, & a data-link pod and a Bullpup missle. Ok the Grand Phoenix Fury is in the back, with the red markings. Yes i know the codes are reversed i didn't catch it right away when i built it. Well I hope they meet with your approval. As usual Comments, Questions, or Jokes ? Someday i hope to do a whif of both the FJ-5 fury proposal that was to compete with the A-7 and the Super Fury that was to compete with the F-8 Crusader. But this will be for another time. Dennis
  8. BlackSheep Scooter

    Hello all Im finally finished with this one, I started my first ever WIP on October 11th. Heres a link to the WIP It Represents an A-4E used by VMA-214 BlackSheep operating out of Chu Lai in late ‘66 or early ‘67. I represented it with a mixed load out of Mk.82’s and GP bombs left over from WW2 & Korea. There was a munition shortage at the time and all services were using up stored old stock. So here we go I’ll let the plane do the rest of the talking. I hope it meets with some good reviews. I built this in tandem with a Hobbyboss FJ-4b Fury. I will post the photos for the Fury soon. They are both completed. As usual any Comments ? any Questions ? any Jokes ? Have a great modeling day. Dennis
  9. Here's a quick, and a bit sad, story. I bought this not long after it first came out, the box says 1991, so must be around 25 years ago. I got as far as assembling the airframe and began to paint with my new fangled simple Humbrol airbrush which just didn't work out as I had hoped, made a complete mess of it and put it away, along with the 109-E I bought around the same time. Feeling a bit dejected with my modelling efforts as an 'adult' I got rid of the unmade kits I had and concentrated on wargaming stuff which doesn't require such attention to detail. The 109's ended up being given to an acquaintance of mine, who had taken up modelling, for him to finish if he fancied it. I got back into model making with a vengeance early last year, but previous to that, said acquaintance had passed away suddenly and I found myself in the possession of these and a couple of other kits from his estate. So, here we go. A couple of months ago I stripped the (Humbrol enamel) paint off and cleaned up and primed the airframe, touched in as much as I could of the cockpit and painted the underside RLM 65 (Vallejo ModelAir). Also primed the prop black. So this is where we kick off with this GB, with replacement decals by Techmod to do a Finnish machine, White 3 MT-213, 2/HLeLv 24 and Fabric seat belts by Eduard. Hopefully should be straight forward to finish. I originally intended to mount the belly tank so had glued on the mount, but could not find a photo of a Finnish aircraft with one fitted so removed it and cleaned up the fuselage as best I could.
  10. Hi All This is the excellent Zoukei Mura F-4C in 1/48th scale. I decided to finish it in a scheme I saw in a photo a few years ago, when the F-4's in Vietnam which were delivered in the original gull grey over white US Navy scheme were repainted in the SEA scheme. The problem was that the painters did not prime the aircraft correctly (if at all), and after a while the paint started peeling off in strips. I accomplished this by painting on 2 schemes then removing the paint in strips. I wanted to have something that was unusual, and I hope I have accomplished this. This airframe was a triple MiG killer, and is still on display in America. As a result, I decided an air to air loadout was appropriate. I still want to add some RBF tags at some time when finances allow. The pylons were taken from an Academy F-4B, as the Navy style pylons were in use at this time. Hope you like it. Ted
  11. M10C Achilles

    I've been building this for a while now, I stalled because I wanted to find suitable crew figures but I'm still struggling even after visiting Telford last month. I really need figures in shirt sleeve order but not in shorts as the real vehicle was used in the spring of 1945 by 31 Battery 7th A/T regiment, 4th NZ Armoured Brigade in Northern Italy. So I finally got a bit of time and decided to finish the model and worry about the correct chaps later. The desrt order chap is just for scale and the base id just one for the photographs, I will update both later. Thanks for looking.
  12. Hello Phantom Phans. This WIP is for the forthcoming Brigade Models conversion set for Academys F-4B into the prototype F4H-1. I have obtained from Kevin a pre production test shot of the mouldings as seen at SMW this year. This does not include canopies or decals as they are not ready yet. Availability of the set should be March next year. Kevin has agreed to add a second seat so later small radome aircraft can be built. Any changes for this will be up to the modeller, as the main purpose here is for a first flight aircraft. Also, there are no instructions (I suspect I may be writing them now). Onto what you will get. This first picture shows what you get. This first pic shows the parts, except for canopy, decals, and the pitot probe, which I do have. This pic shows where to cut on the wings (for the perforated airbrakes) and the fuselage. Close up of the wing where the airbrake goes. Note that either the wing can be cut, or alternatively, the resin part could be used as a master to drill your own holes in the wing. Here is a close up of the fuselage cut point. And the cut made. Another part that needs cutting is the forward under fuselage (part F40) The resin intakes and the kit trunking is being joined. Some fettling may be required for a perfect fit. Airbrakes being sorted. Airbrakes fitted. Note that the gap is my fault, not the kits (my cutting skills still need work). First look at the front fuselage. The black parts are kit parts. They mate to the resin perfectly. That is all for this introductory part. Ted
  13. This is Airfix's very nice 1/48th scale Hurricane kit, I really enjoyed this build. I added a few details to the cockpit and gun bay, improved the landing lights by open the structure around them, removed the cowling Dzus fasteners and replaced them with a beading tool, added Brassin wheels, used the Aires exhausts which had to be cut apart and glue back together in the correct place as it has the exhausts are too far apart. Painted with Humbrol enamels and decals from Xtradecal.
  14. Hi All. I managed to get hold of a Zoukei Mura F-4C from Japan, and I will present the build here, stage by stage. I plan on sticking to the order of play as much as possible, but not completely. In fact, I failed right at the start, as Iwill be using True Details seats instead of the kit seats. The kit seats are good, but do not have any straps. Onto the build. Stage 001 is the seat construction, so not done. Stage 002 This sees the start of the cockpit. The first change from the -J model is seen here, with rudder pedals in the rear cockpit. Also the nose landing gear bay is built here. Stage 003 This stage sees the construction of the bulkheads and guide rails. Also, there is a right cockpit wall part added. Stage 004 Construction of the cockpit continues. I decided to try something different with the front IP. I thinned down the back, drilled out the instruments, and used the decal on a bit of scrap plastic and attached it to the rear of the IP. It has to be better than my painting skills. The cockpit parts go together well. This will be all for now. So far so good. Ted
  15. Thanks to the good offices of Camper1, I was able to source an original issue Monogram F-192A with Case XX wing. As with all these Century Series models, a bit of TLC is needed to get an acceptable outcome, but they are fun to work with. I only add a metal pitot and a resin seat though the kit seat is perfectly acceptable under the close canopy. It is finished as a machine flown by the 318 FIS based at McChord AFB in Washington state around the end of the 1950's, thanks to the excellent F-102 Sheet from Fundekals. The sheet also has a couple of options for the 32nd FIS based in the Netherlands so guess what I'm looking for at Telford. As always thanks for looking.
  16. Ju 87B-1

    I bought this just after it came out, earlier this year, but it has been sitting on the to do pile as a couple of modelling friends said it was a tricky build. Anyway I thought I'd give it bash and gosh what a surprise, it was a joy to put together. After last years Defiant, I thought Airfix could get no better but the Stuka literally clicked together. I used the merest smear of filler to repair a scar where I had been clumsy removing the part from the sprue and though there are ejector pin marks on the inside none are visible after assembly. I don't normally like to have my aircraft with their innards on display but the engine was so lively that I thought I'd give it a go. I don't know how the kit assembles with the cowlings in place of the engine but that's for the next one. I did have trouble fitting the rear bulkhead which did need a lot of sanding, I also have a large bag of spare parts, probably about as many as I used to finish the kit. I used some ROP decals to finish her as a machine of 8/St.G51 I've always wanted to do a Stuka in this scheme with the comet tail since reading a book on the aircraft of the Battle of Britain in about 1970!. I know the actual markings are dated for the French Campaign but thought it might till be carrying them later. I have built a number f Hasegawa B-2s and converted a couple to B-1s using resin conversions, but this is a class above those kits. I hope you see that I am very impressed with kit. Thanks for looking
  17. P-47D Razorback

    Hello all I thought I’d show this one next. Its a Revellogram P-47D Razorback i did in foil about a Year ago. I did mine as a war weary squadron hack that has a second seat behind the pilot. I chose to do it in the 356th Fighter Group markings circa july or August ‘44. This was before they got their P-51’s and did the famous Red/Blue Diamonds on the nose. So mine only has a simple Red nose. I chose to use the term “4F” as its the US military term for unfit for duty as the plane’s noseart. I added hollow brass barrels to the guns. For the Invasion stripes they were sprayed before foil on the lowers and fuselage. For the upper wings and fuselage i Dry brushed the black and white. I thought it represented the scrubbing off after they were no longer needed pretty convincingly. And yes some P-47’s wore a fifth star & bar because of trigger happy infantry and AA gunners in the beachhead. Mine being War weary likely didn’t fly over the Normandy area but i figured it was done as a Precaution. Hope you like it.
  18. Hello gentlemen, The Airfix Walrus was what I intended to build for this group build. But as it looked a long way off I decided to build a Aichi Seiran instead. With the Walrus now available, I had a chat with Jaime and decided to put the Seiran on hold and start the Walrus now. I'll take a few photos of the kit sprues and post them tomorrow. Thank you, Joe.
  19. Hawk T1a

    This one has been sitting in my stash for quite a few years, , pretty much straight from the box, but I did use Neomega Martin Bakers and Xtradecals to finish it as a display machine from 2TWU based on a set of photos I took more years ago than I care to remember. Sadly for me the internal blast shield has moved during painting but I don't think I can remove the canopy without doing more damage. Thanks for looking.
  20. Need help with my Mosquito

    Help !!! I need a bit of help with my Mossie. The problem im having is the area directly behind where the Radiators are located on the lower wing. Tamiya has you glue a vent cover over the area so that its mostly closed. Probably correct for a parked aircraft (not sure as im not a Mossie expert). My problem is the area located under the louver door is still visible. Is it painted the same as the rest of the underwing in the medium grey ? In they interior Grey/green ? Or would it be left a bare metal ? The instructions don't say which. Any help you can give me is as always greatly appreciated. And in case anyone is curious ive opted for the "Banff Strike Wing" markings of #143 squadron. I needed to shelve my RN FG.1 & RAF F.3 Lightnings for the moment as im out of the Proper colors to paint both. So i started the Mossie.
  21. F-106

    This is the final of my triple build of the classic Monogram Century series, I've posted the F-102, and F-101 earlier, but they are lost in the PB fiasco. Anyway this is the earliest of the them all, modelwise, seeing the light of day in the 1983 and yet I think it is the best fitting of the three. Pretty much out of the box apart from a Master Probe, which given the number of times I knocked it during the build was a necessity and a set of the always excellent Caracal decals for a Michigan ANG machine, which sits nicely with another Revell Monogram oldie, my F-4C which where the same unit markings. Now for something smaller... Thanks for looking.
  22. Bf 109 G-6 flown by Frenchman Rene Darbois, an interesting story behind his career can be found on various websites, suffice to say he basically joined the Luftwaffe to escape across to the Allies and this depicts the aircraft he did it in! A nice build, I had problems airbrushing the camo scheme, mainly due to inexperience and the heat, so its ended up being a 'near as dammit' rendition! See the build thread in the Bf109 GB. Inner flaps are in fully down 'cold start' position...... ahem!
  23. RM F-86D

    Here is my latest, it is yet another Revell Monogram F-86D, this time from the 324th FIS. Superscale decals and four colour metallic from various sources. Thanks for looking Just finished this a the Photobucket ransom started so lets see how long Flikr lasts.
  24. Here is my latest foray into the world of Old Monogram. It is a 2007 boxing on the F-101B Voodoo. This kit has long been on my list of 'wants' and has been curiously hard to track down so when Ian at Kits for Cash had it at the Southwell show for a princely £9 I bit his hand off. When I opened the box, not only were there two sets of canopies there were decals from two different boxings of the kit. I had stocked up on a Master brass probe, some Quickboost intakes and a gorgeous set of Caracal decals for a Four ANG machines prior to my purchase so they had to be used. I decided early in the build not to re-scribe the panels lines just to knock back the raised lines with some light sanding to enhance the smooth and sleek lines of the original. This had worked well for my F-102. Sadly after all the anticipation, I really didn't enjoy the build. I expected some fettling and filling but this had to be done in industrial proportions, the whole wing/fuselage/ missile bay just fitted where it touched and I got fed up with the whole process. After languishing on the Shelf of Doom for a couple of months I gave it another chance and this is what I came up with. O-70445 of the 179th FIS, Minnesota ANG. Both the kit and the Caracal decals were a joy to work with and even Photobucket has co-operated today. I had planned to get another one to do as a Texas ANG bird but I doubt I'll bother, So on to the F-106.... Thanks for looking Andy
  25. T-34/85 Model 1944.

    Finally reached saturation point with the pigments on another build, so I thought that I'd drag something out of the stash cupboard and try a quick build. I can hear my wife laughing saying "You! Quick build! Your builds are similar to the gestation period of an elephant!" Well, that is true, but I thought I'd give it a go anyway. Hobbyboss produced two versions of the T-34/85 and I built the other one about 10 years ago and was pleasantly surprised at the amount of detail that they had crammed into a kit of this scale. A full interior, including engine bay for the princely sum of around £15, although I picked it up from a dealer at Telford for £10. The 21 stage assembly instructions are well laid out and easy to follow. One thing that I did find strange are the decals. Hobbyboss include a sheet with five colour profiles of one of the tanks included on the decal sheet, but looking at the decal sheet, there are what appears to be five separate tanks included on it, but no drawings/profiles of these tanks. Daft or what?? All the parts are contained on ten sprues, plus a separate engine intake which incorporates an etched brass mesh, two clears sprues with the headlamp lenses and a length of metal wire for the tow rope. Finally, the upper and lower hull parts are packed separately. I can't fault Hobbyboss for the way that they pack their kits, but those decals are just plain stupid. So now I'm off to wipe the smirk off of my wife's face and get started on this build. (Hopefully) I'll post some progress soon. John.