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  1. Hello All, I have been building a Breda 65 from RCR, build thread here. This is a short run kit, with the usual mix of resin, PE, white metal and, yes, plastic, with instructions that show parts magically coming together to be glued in mid-air next to other parts. Oh, and decals that shatter on contact with water. Actually, it wasn't that bad, although a certain amount of "fun" was had to make it all join up. Here we go: Thanks for looking, Adrian
  2. I'm in need of a little luck, and as Stew Dapple and Procopius have proven, nothing does so like building Spitfires. I've had a number of Spitfire projects in the planning stages for a while now, and it's time to quit dilly-dallying get something started. I rummaged through the stash - both decal and kit - and have gotten everything together to begin my 1/72 late Spitfire project, which consists of: 1. 32 Sqn Spitfire FR.18 based on This Picture I'm planning on using the new Sword FR XIV kit, with a rudder from the Special Hobby Mk 21 kit. Apparently (after lots of searching here on BM), the rudder used for Mk 21 contra-props was identical to that used on the XVIII, while the five-bladed prop Mk 21's shared the same rudder with the Mk XIV. The wings will also require a little panel line work, but I think I can get it done. The rudders marked up on the SH sprues. 2. 208 Sqn Spitfire FR 18 in the Dark Earth/Light Slate Grey scheme I'll use the AZ Mk XVIII kit for this one. As the Wooksta has pointed out, the AZ kit's rudder is a little wonky and I think I'll try and replace it. I'm the SH rudder on the Sword kit, so I'll try and acquire one of the new Freightdog resin replacements or just invest in another SH kit (I can't stress enough how useful those kits are even if you don't build the actual [some say misshapen] model). I'll also be using the AZ wing as a template for rescribing the Sword kit. Sword wing above, and AZ below. While both the low back FR XIV and Mk 18 had E-wings, the Mk 18 had the C-wing MG panels completely removed, and a Desert Survival kit compartment in their place. Here's a random fuselage comparison: AZ above and Sword below. 3. 612 Sqn Spitfire LF 16 based on this Picture I'm planning on using the new Eduard Mk XVI kit for this one - well I think it will be the Mk IXe overtrees which are identical to the 'early' Mk XVI sprues. I just have to remember to use the proper left cowling half. Also, PC, if you're reading this, note the ailerons askew in the pic, so I'll attempt to take advantage of the unpopular separate ailerons 'feature' in the Eduard kit. I've got the Freightdog decal set for this one (8W-K second from top) - silver Spitfire with mismatched panels, what's not to love? OK that's three!
  3. I like the Martin B-10, from the age of 8 or so when I was given a book about the history of the US Air Force. It had some pictures of a tour of Alaska by a flight of them which looked way ahead of anything else at the time. It would have been fantastic if the pics had been colour; I assume then they would have been olive green/brown with yellow wings; later in the 30’s the USAAC went for blue fuselages – and highly polished gloss finish too. Whatever the colour scheme the B-10 was the state of the art on introduction, influenced most of the turreted bombers of WW2 and indeed was still in front line service in the Dutch East indies during the war, though pretty much obsolete by then. At the spring FAA Museum show a couple of years ago I picked up this leprous box from a pile. The vendor assured me it wasn’t contagious, was fully complete and the decals had been stored separately. It looked okay and for ten quid what could go wrong – new boxings are still available but 3 times the price and I bet you don’t get the coloured plastic nor is it likely to be as crisply moulded. What did I get? One sprue each of yellow and blue plastic, a clear sprue, a stand (hooray – but no crew - boo) and optional rubber tyres! And a set of very nice microscale decals. Whilst the parts don’t have many joining locators it is obvious that Williams put a good effort into designing an uncomplicated and robust kit. Assembly was fairly straight forward and the parts matched up reasonably well. It may not be an ideal beginners kit but certainly no harder than some older mainstream products. I probably should have scraped the trailing edges internally to try to get them somewhat thinner. The wings virtually plugged into the root fairings forming a good solid airframe, especially with the two stabilizers interlocking in the tail. Having assembled the basic air frame, and before painting I needed to decide how to tackle the transparencies. Given the “not-painting-them-at-all-method” occasionally adopted in my youth is unacceptable at IPMS Romsey I would have to mask. Unfortunately the framing is only dimly etched on the inside of the canopies so I cut some thin tape and set to…and failed, there’s too much intersecting glazing. Plan B was to create some painted magic tape frames which would be sealed in with Klear. That failed too so I just hand brushed. One day I may have another go, but generally once I‘ve finished a kit it stays finished. Having primed in grey to check the build was up/down to my usual standard, it was time to tackle the yellow paint, so I primed the wings white just for a base to these areas. Apart from the usual trauma of yellow paint coverage, this was reasonably straightforward, especially as I had the correct USAAC blue in a bunch of “Xtracolor” paints picked up from one of those piles of old paint giveaways at a club night! Even the yellow, an ancient Humbrol Authentic worked, though needless to say after the first coat I realised I’d forgotten to install the slats(?) between the fuse and nacelles. The Microscale decals went on beautifully, especially as this was my first use of the Microsol/set method (I previously used Humbrol Decalfix 1 & 2 which seemed to do precisely…nothing). I’ve got a feeling the black areas (walkways?) around the engine nacelles should be touching the blue but at least I got them reasonably symmetrical. The built model provided my first certificate (but not 1st place I should add) in the club’s annual completion at Christmas 2015, presumably the other members were blinded by the shiny yellow wings and entered the B-10 on their judging form by accident! Anyway, now I’m sort of getting somewhere with Flickr I thought it would be worth uploading to the forum. Cheers Will
  4. I only have a few kits of De Havilland aircraft in the stash so here's something predictable... a Mosquito. I was going to do a NF30, using the Blackbird Models conversion set but have changed my mind and will do one of the two options in the box. Speaking of boxes. Here are some photographs to prove the kit is, well under, 25% completed: I've made a start: The reason I changed my mind about doing a NF30 is that, although the conversion parts look good, I'm not confident about cutting up a Tamiya kit without making a complete mess. In fact, I did start cutting and made a complete mess; I managed to cut too much of the top of the nacelle away and have had to re-fix it and fill the cuts (which doesn't look too pretty). More to follow later. Thanks for looking
  5. I am going to join this GB if I may with another Airfix Vampire. We almost have enough being built for a separate gallery ;-) I will leave out the spurs shots if I may as there are plenty already posted. I have the Xtradecal Overseas Operator sheet which I purchased with the Swedish camo markings in mind. However Averdeda has already started building a T.55 in the Swedish colours so I may go for something different (I have 2 more Vampires in the stash so the Swedish markings will get built!). Any requests out there...? Cheers Dave
  6. 1/72 - MiG-21 Fishbed family project was finally officially confirmed by Eduard (english version soon) MF, bis and SMT versions expected first
  7. As a Swiss, I decided to build some aircraft models in Swiss markings this year and the first model will be the Mosquito PR Mk.IV in the colours of HB-IMO used by Swissair for a short time. This aircraft has an interesting history, being delivered to No.1 PRU at RAF Benson with serial DK310 where it received code LY-G. More about how it ended up in Switzerland in my next post. I will use the Tamiya 1/72 kit of the Mosquito PR Mk.IV for this build. I like to dedicate this build to Rolf Blattner who is known here as popeye. He past away very suddenly last October which came as a big shock for all who knew him. Rolf was a founding member of the IPMS Swiss branch in the Seventies and the reason I got into building plastic models after meeting him and seeing his already then huge collection of built 1/72 aircraft models. Sadly I missed the opportunity to get in touch with him after my return to scale modelling two years ago. Rolf’s passion were reconnaissance aircraft from the Luftwaffe, but he also built other PR aircraft including DK310 in No.1 PRU markings, which is why I dedicate this build to him. Cheers, Peter
  8. Hello fellow F-111 fans, My contribution to this long-awaited GB is an F-111D, built from Hasegawa's F-111E boxing, in 1/72 of course. Markings will have to be from aftermarket sources, mainly to help render the different version, but also because the original kit decals for both my F-111E and F-111D/F boxings are sadly in a poor state. Other aftermarket bits and pieces I plan to incorporate are Eduard etch for the cockpit, Eduard canopy masks, a Master pitot and possibly a Pavla canopy. Enough about the 'plan', here are some pictures: Hasegawa F-111E by Andrew, on Flickr Instructions, etch, mask, canopy by Andrew, on Flickr More sprues by Andrew, on Flickr Wings, fuselage, canopy by Andrew, on Flickr Fwd fuselage, intakes by Andrew, on Flickr I've (sort of) cleaned the bench and will make a start very soon - maybe tomorrow night, which is close enough to 1st of April for me... cheers, Andrew.
  9. I thought I'd tuck this in as a mark of intent for the next build, although I don't intend any serious work commencing on it for at least a week or so yet: Italeri's Fairchild C-119 G Boxcar from 1985. I think this is going to be fun, and slakes two of my particular thirsts - cameras in the sky and in orbit - so let me explain.... Backstory 'When Harmon touched the capsule, he jerked his hand back because it was hot. Then he touched the capsule again and it wasn't really hot, but it was quite warm...Harmon was the first person on Earth to feel the heat of reentry.' Corona Star Catchers, p.88 As the Cold War developed throughout the 1950s, the increasing vulnerability of aircraft to interception led the US to foster 'national technical means' in order to conduct surveillance of the USSR (amongst other targets) from orbit. This led to the inception of the Corona program. This first generation of US spy satellites - more accurately referred to by their 'Keyhole' security designation eg. KH-4 - were film-based (this was long before any digital downlink capability for imagery remember) and faced the non-trivial problem of returning the exposed film back to Earth from orbit for development and analysis. Think the beginning of the film Ice Sation Zebra and you get the idea. After a succession of problems, the first operational 'take' was returned to Earth in August of 1960. Initial resolution was in the range of 35-40 feet (depending on atmospheric conditions) but over the course of the decade this resolution drastically improved with each successive generation of KH imagery. The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum has some quite exceptional KH-4 images in high resolution here:[set_name]=Corona Program Exhibit Posters Collection These will let you see both the improvement over time in resolution, as well as the scale of the context images in relation to enlarged sections. There's an evocative contemporary USAF film here that gives an example mission profile: What I'm going to do here is turn the 'G' kit version into a 'J' version that was used to collect the returned film buckets in mid-air. You can see this terminal part of the mission illustrated here: Although this is a later graphic showing the C-130, the procedure for the C-119 was effectively identical. The aircraft I intend building is 'Pelican 9' (s/n 51-8037), flown by Capt. Harold E. Mitchell, responsible for the first successful Corona film bucket collection. The National Reconaissance Office maintains a decent online Corona archive here: which includes an excellent oral history of the recovery crews who flew these missions: The best book in print currently on the Corona missions is Eye in the Sky: The Story of the Corona Spy Satellites, ed. Dwayne A. Day Although thoroughly researched it is a typical aerospace history in being drily technocratic and lacking any real critical perspectives on events. William Burrows' Deep Black provides a useful (and more readable) historical account of the transition from aircraft to orbital reconnaissance systems. For basic information on 'Pelican 9' I'm relying on the excellent Aerofax volume Fairchild C-82 Packet and C-119 Flying Boxcar, by Alwyn T. Lloyd, as well as the Starcatchers publication listed above, this latter volume has some superb interior shots of the rear of the recovery planes, showing details of the recovery gear that I've not seen anywhere else. The aircraft itself is currently preserved at the National Museum of the US Air Force: Now a little about the kit: I bought this second-hand off a gentleman online who had packed it immaculately between layers of Co-op paper: A gert big instruction booklet and canary yellow decal sheet (which I probably won't use anything from): The runners: Notice anything missing in the above shot btw? No wings! I just had a mild coronary until I dashed back to the box and found them under the bottom layer of paper which I hadn't turned over. Not an auspicious start! I'm not sure yet how accurate some of that interior is, so the jury's open on how much will still be there by the end. Same for what's up inside the front end (along with some tasty sink marks...) Is that a bullwhip on the port side behind those fire extinguishers? The engines are less than over-whelming however. As the kit is a 'G variant that would make these Wright R-3350s, which would also be suitable for the version I intend building I think. I'm not happy with the way these look here however - I'm wanting to replace one of them with one of these from Aerolines for a reveal possibly: However, I'm throwing this open to the floor for any eagle-eyed engine experts to correct me if that's wrong in relation to this: It's kind of hard to tell... This is also going to be a lot bigger than I imagined! A glimpse down the dance hall: There's going to be some fun kitting this out for sure. Look at all those bloody windows though... Gawd...lots to pop out later. Aside from doing something about the engines if I can, the biggest tasks are to built a new 'J' ahem beaver-tail instead of the 'G' ahemahemclam-shell rear door, build new aerial arrays for the nose, and do up the interior with all the various booms, winches, platforms, collection drum etc. I had toyed with some kind of 'capture' scenario with the aircraft it in flight dramatically snagging the parachute in the trailing wires: but it would just be too big to store anywhere with the chute dangling backwards from the booms. I'll need to go through the kit in greater detail now and start comparing it to references shots in order to do up a job list. Thanks for reading! Tony
  10. I've managed to finish two more Spitfires, and it's still not enough. They're both Post-war FR.18's based in Palestine and Cyprus with 208 and 32 Sqns, which were among the last Spitfires to see air-to-air combat. Ironically and tragically it was against other Spitfires, flown by Israel and Egypt. Both Spitfires have roundels and squadron codes painted on using masks from Pmask and Maketar, and Quickboost props made for the Fujimi Mk XIV. The build thread is HERE. The first is a 208 Sqn Spitfire built from the AZ kit, and is meant to resemble the REFERENCE PICTURE FOUND HERE. It's been painted using Colourcoats Light Slate grey, Dark Earth, and Medium Sea grey, which is appropriate since the aircraft depicted was maintained by Jamie Duff's (of Sovereign Hobbies fame) grandfather. Weathering was done with cheap poster paints and chalk pastels. The second FR.18 was built from the new Sword Mk XIV kit and represents a 32 Sqn aircraft, and is based on this REFERENCE PICTURE. It was painted with Lifecolor and Tamiya acrylics, and also weathered with poster paint and pastel chalks. And here they are both together.
  11. Hi! Let me introduce one of my projects started in May'2016. It is slightly parked now due to lack of free time, unfort... So, Revell SAAB JAS-39C GRIPEN 1/72 (04999) Master AM-72-057 Master AM-72-018 Eduard 73524 Eduard CX413 Eduard Brassin 672 067 Aires 7326 Part S72-127
  12. Hello one and all, Some people on here who either remember or read some of my previous posts will know that for the last few years I have been supporting a Liberian friend I used to work with at a school. Teaching kids about Remembrance Day and why we will need to respect those who paid the ultimate price even after 100 years. The format usually goes as thus, she gets in contact with the local RBL branch asking for veterans to come into the school to talk to the kids, a postie from my area collects war memorabilia and medals and displays the various things he discovers and my part is very simple. I try to link the whole lot together with models of various subjects so the kids can relate to a Spitfire or a 109, Sherman, Tiger.... you get the point. Anyhow last year, I found out that one of the veterans we had turning up was a member of the Operation Deadstick (aka Pegasus Bridge Attack) on D-Day, to say this chap is a legend is an understatement. I can not remember the chaps name for the life of me, but he had a wicked sense of humour and was great to talk and listen to. Unfortunately I found out too late about this chap so I couldn't get a Horsa out in time for it, I felt kinda embarrassed as he had nothing to represent him there. That will not be the case this year... so I am going to build a Horsa for him to talk about. So follow my many cock ups below... The Revell/Italeri Horsa Mk.I/II to my knowledge you can only really build a MK.I from this kit as the nose needs to be pointed from the top view and the sides need to be flattened abit for a mk.II? At least to my research that is so? Please correct me if I am wrong. I want to build the version that was used in Operation Deadstick, which I understand where Mk.II's? I may just have to make a "best fit" kinda model unless I can find some decent material on the subject. Pictures below... This wont be the fastest build in history as I have a few models on the go that I want to finish and get off the shelf of doom! But I am hoping to get a good start on this during the bank holiday. I can't remember if it was me or the person I bought the kit from that started the tail. However, that's one less job to worry about either away. Any and all comments are welcome. Kind Regards, Dazz
  13. So, seeing that quirky/inspirational thread titles are all the rage recently I thought I'd join in... However having been told a few times about my sense of humour, I myself will keep this thread serious with no banter. What you guys do is out of my control. Nor will I distract or diverge with history as I am no expert in that area. So will just keep it modelling 👍🏿 JKIM. Anyways back to why we are here... (JKIM) I had planned these spring build spitfires for a while, with some overtrees to use up the foreign options from my Royal Class boxing. (Anyone who has seen my stuff lately will know I like doing things in bulk - the tomcats got ignored/postponed for the Christmas wip, then F-16's and now these) The quattro I had planned from the Royal Class decals was going to be the US/French/Soviet and Israeli ones. However the french and soviet ones were done very recently by @Procopius and the US and Israeli ones are quite common too... So I trawlled the net for lesser spotted spits and found some interesting decals. The project then grew from a quattro to a sextet. (Also because I had more paint shades to try) So the builds planned are 3 C wing and 3 E wing planes. C's Serb - Mr Paint Greek - Ak air US and A - Mr Color E's Norse - Hataka Lacquer Line Turk - Colourcoats Russian - xtracrylix The builds will be pretty basic as they are overtrees with no etch and no stencils etc. I have a couple ideas to compensate for etch and the like. Also not worried about lack of stencils as they are all foreign or postwar so most stencils will be worn or possibly not replaced after a repaint... I did get some techmod ones to do the odd one here and there. I will be using some masks too for the paint jobs to speed up the project, apart from the serb and yank which will be freehand as they have non standard patterns or areas of repainting. The paint manufacturers chosen have been allocated to help this work best. Lets get to it. Note, American and Russian decals still inbound. Mr Color and xtracrylix not shown. I only have the day fighter colours from @SovereignHobbies, no interior shade so will use some alcald paint to keep that build enamel themed. Also can't wait to try the orange line by @HATAKA OFFICIAL, and the blue line (brush) bottles will used to detail paint all builds. Thanks for looking!
  14. The Most Famous Lancaster of Them All? Or Keeping Up with Upkeep I present G-George. Not the old Airfix one but Revell’s Dambuster of around 1964. And not straight from the box but as the star of 1955’s film, which must now have been seen by millions more than any of the surviving airframes. I remember seeing this kit in one of our local toyshops back in the 70’s and thinking the bomb was wrong – it didn’t look like the one in the film! Great artwork though! Why did I go down this route? Firstly I am obviously mad, as pointed out by my colleagues in IPMS Romsey, and apparently prefer to resurrect these manky old kits than state of the art ones. Secondly as I’m not much into preshading or interiors, the new kit’s benefits are somewhat wasted on me and the old one is bound to be simpler. Isn’t it? Thirdly, I gradually came to the conclusion that Revell’s kit seems to have been based on the film as much as the previously secret Dambuster info, first released in Bruce Robertson’s 1964 book “Lancaster – The Story of a Famous Bomber”. Admittedly my evidence is somewhat circumstantial: the 3 film planes were modified by Avro – as they had to fly I can’t imagine they invented new fairings, as that would have required expensive aerodynamic design work, those on the film stars seem a good match except for the bomb’s drive system (a fourth B.Mk.7 was used unmodified for shots needing a standard Lancaster). Just for good measure this kit has the rear fairing similar to that on the Airfix kit whilst the newer Revell version has a flat ramp! the kit has paddle blades the kit decals show AJ-G with wider squarer post-war style letters as per the film rather than taller round-bottom letters (but the box art looks more wartime style!) the kit instructions call for “light blue” spinners Okay, its hardly conclusive and Revell obviously didn’t go much beyond the basics of modifying their ordinary Lanc kit. Interestingly the kit includes the early ventral turret, which was probably only on McCarthy’s machine, as he took a spare aircraft that had only just arrived at Scampton. Obviously there are other changes needed to make the film plane as it was a post-war B.Mk.7 rather than a real Type 464 which were early-ish production modified. As I went for a character sketch not all were adopted in the model, but here’s my shortlist: Different aerials at the front end (didn’t bother) Two bigger MGs in the rear turret (okay technically it should be a completely different turret with twin 50’s – I just omitted 2 guns, which are the size of 20mm cannons on the kit anyway) Fill the side windows (recesses on the ancient kit – a couple need to be made into “proper” windows) Open up windows near the Nav’s and bomb-aimer’s stations Sort out the ventral turret area Infill the bomb drive recesses Exhaust stubs – frustratingly the other two film planes (acting as P-Popsy and M-Mother) retained shrouds which are on the kit! I liberated the exhausts from a new-tool Revell Lanc. As to the bomb, in various books it has been described as inaccurate in the film. Okay it’s just a dummy, but I think they actually followed the earlier outline with the spheroidal casing. This would make sense as the wartime films used would match this better, as any showing the cylindrical mine only came available many years later. The shape would also match for Avro’s aerodynamic calculations. Conveniently and artistically, it also stuck out more so would be more obvious in the film. Anyway this gave me some geometry to start with to make my “bomb” – out of balsa laminates. Halfway through my build I found a book in the library “Post-War Lancasters in Military Service” which (finally) provided a view of the movie Upkeep from the front. This pretty much confirmed my earlier assumption that the shape is the original Upkeep “wood-barrel” shape, with no driving gear. For visual enhancement on the film I think they dropped it further down to be more prominent, at least I shimmed it down on mine for that reason. As to the colour scheme, the film was black and white and any making of colour pictures I’ve found seem to have been colourised rather than be original. One of these making of photos shows the film crew by a Lanc with red/white/blue roundels on the upper surface, and another with Richard Todd shows that the underwing serials have been rather obviously blanked out. Similarly on the port side below the cockpit of “G” there is heavy wear, perhaps some nose-art had been removed? Only Gibson’s (Todd’s) aircraft was serialled as the original and the overmarking is again obvious – from the photos it seems only on the door side, presumably for the sequence replicating the famous pre-raid photo?. Later shots show wartime style B roundels on the upper surface, however the disruptive pattern of the dark green is hardly period-authentic. And the camouflage contrast seems much greater and the background lighter than in wartime photos of Lancasters in Dark Earth / Dark Green. So I was left wondering if they just painted a Dark Green pattern over the post-war Bomber Command grey over black? I initially couldn’t decide whether that would be too weird to model at the time. That same library book confirmed my earlier suspicion that the colours (it even has a plan and profile) were grey / green rather than brown / green so in the end I decided to adopt that scheme. It certainly makes a different look for the Lancaster. I used the upper wing transfers from the kit though on the real planes red/blue proportions were a bit all over the place where they repainted the post war markings. One thing that isn’t in doubt from photos is that the film planes had coloured spinners, I wasn’t sure whether blue or red as neither seemed to match the roundels, but then the Revell instructions settled my decision. Until someone proves otherwise! Oh yes and whilst the original planes were almost brand new, those in the film had been around a while, probably unloved and overlooked in the heroic new jet-age RAF. In the first shots where Richard Todd appears as Gibson you can see the crusty flaking paint around the cockpit. So I guess some weathering would have been in order. The actual building of the kit wasn’t any more demanding than usual. The slightly odd-proportioned Revell crew are present, and I tried to represent Todd in his shirtsleeves and German life-vest (Gibson wore one as a souvenir of his night-fighting period, as did some other RAF pilots, supposedly they were more comfortable). Manually flying a 30-ton plane for hours at very low-level* was warm work. Filling used up half a tube of Squadron Green. Mostly this was due to the modifications, particularly infilling the side window divots and around the bomb bay insert. The kit parts fitted together reasonably well, though the breakdown of parts meant a bit (a lot) of filling required around the engine nacelles. Of course most of the green putty was then sanded off along with many of the rivets. As its more of a character sketch of the film plane I decided not to rescribe the lost “detail”. Masking the canopies was just tape and time-consuming. I just followed the moulded lines, though these are not very prototypical. It looks reasonably Lancaster-like but I think I’ll try a different method than cutting out tape for individual panes next time. I found that another Britmodeller had built a film Dambuster, though approached some of the mods differently. He had suspended the model via Perspex searchlight beams so I decided to investigate this aspect further. I couldn’t see any signs of the famous height-lights on any photos of the film aircraft. So in a flash of genius I watched the film (again) and discovered…no lights! This seems to be how they do it on each test or bomb run: Long shot of plane running in – no lights, lots of “tracer” Close up of a spotlight turning on Straight down view of two lighted circles merging to figure 8 shape Long shot of plane running in – still no lights, lots of “tracer” Great, one less mod needed. A major benefit of the way this kit is designed is that you can keep the wings, fuselage and tail all separate until the last moment. This makes handling, masking and painting much easier. All these joints are quite stiff so it would almost be feasible to go without glue! I went for a flying aspect to show off the plane’s modifications better; initially with plan B, an old Airfix stand, but the plastic was somewhat brittle so now the stand is wood with a reduced size film poster alongside when displayed. Despite its rough standard, the model achieved a highly commended in the group’s annual competition – I was well chuffed as I’m usually tail-end Charlie. It would be interesting to do a full-spec version with a modern kit, I believe the latest Airfix Dambuster kit includes the B.Mk.7 parts for “Just Jane” NX611. But in the meantime I think I’ll go for something with less engines next…and a lot less canopy masking Cheers Will *PS I’m sure we all know that 617 had to bomb from 60 feet. When the RAF crews flew over the dams and reservoirs at this height for the film they were told it didn’t look low enough. So they went even lower; if you look at stills or the film you can see they are considerably lower than half a wingspan so possibly only at 30 – 40 feet! Quite an achievement, even if they were flying in daylight with filters on the cameras to simulate moonlight.
  15. MGB 40 awaits a paint job and I'm awaiting parts for a defunct compressor. So...inspired by Kev Longshanks and his Dog boat build MGB658 I'm going to kick off my attempt at a Fairmile B. They were in many ways the unsung work horse in motor launches and were deployed in a miriad of roles including acting as navigation leaders to mark channels for landing craft to use in their approaches to the D-Day beaches - as represented by ML 196. Pictures of these comparatively rare types are hard to come by. I am indebted to Christian Sheppard-Capurro for passing on some pics This pic portrays ML or Q196 as she was on or about D-Day... Mark Smiths "Coastal Craft History Volume 3 - Motor Gun Boat, Motor Torpedo Boat and Fast Patrol Boat depicts Q196. It's an indispensible volume for anyone interested in British Coastal Craft of WWII as our volumes 1 and 2. Volume 4 is due and will specifically detail Fairmile As, Bs and Cs. Further references will include And unlike the Dog boats there are still a few extant originals of which RLM 497 is probably the best well known having served as a ferry and pleasure day boat around the Dartmouth estuary for many years, she now resides in Portsmouth and I believe will become part of the Naval museum Th hull comes courtesy of Christian at MTB hulls and is truly a thing of beauty. if you have any interest in coastal craft - check his site out - he does a huge number of different hulls in different scales and here it is against the HDML that he also supplied ( this is approximately Vosper MTB sized) As Longshanks reports with his Fairmile D - the moulding is superb with barely a blemish. The deck is loose and will need epoxying down which fits with my plans I'll also be using Coastal Craft Model products Coastal Craft Models from Martin Blundell which are uniformly excellent. And Thanks Also to Longshanks for his encouragement and help to date. If I make half as good a job as MGB658, I'll be delighted. More soon Thanks for looking Rob
  16. Hello All! I'm jumping in (pun intended) with the Airfix 1/72 Harrier Gr1. I've got the Eduard PE set for it and I'll use as much of that as seems practical, mainly for gussying up the cockpit, using the kit decals. Have the Warpaint book for reference, but I think I'll mainly be using the internets especially the Harrier SIG. My recent record for group builds has been a bit hit and miss so here's hoping I have time to complete this one!
  17. Oh well - here goes: When I'm finished with the Caribou over in DeHavilland MegaGB I'll start on the Mercury in the Prototype GB and when THAT is done, I'll come back here to start on this: At the moment I'm going for the F with a whole bunch of Durandel missiles! Cheers and I hope to see you back here! Hans J
  18. I often dream of Spitfires myself. Lately, that I've made a decent job of the Sword XIV. Having made two, one of which was reduced to spares after suffering Cat E damage, and making a half-decent stab at the other, I think it's time for another go. First of all, I have to locate one in the stash, which has recently been moved (for the sixth time in six months): (To the left is my extensive modelling area. To the right is my hiding place, if family or other unwelcome visitors arrive.) We're having some carpet laid today and I'm sorting-out my home studio, so I'll be making a start later this afternoon. Here's the start of the studio: I'll be installing a desk at some point.
  19. Hello, Once upon a time in a galaxy far far away . . . everybody knows this opera of the biggest space opera all the time: STAR WARS. I always thought about the wonderful spaceship of Han Solo which is the most beautiful space ship ever in my eyes... now I want to build the Falcon finally... in 1/72 scale from Revell's Master Series. The kit is equal to the Fine Molds kit with more then 900 parts. Additionally I will use the etched parts from Paragrafix, some 3D-printed parts for the guns, the cockpit and the antenna. The engine will receive some clear resin parts, the exhausts some resin updates as well. And ... the most important thing for the Falcon.... I will illuminate it. It is the first time I will do this ... So let's start... I began with the planning of the lights. Finally I have decided to go like this: Red = red LEDs (8), yellow = warm white LEDs (14), blue = cold white LEDs (5), light blue = LED strap for the engine (1), plus one blue LED and some fibre optics for the cockpit. Here we go with the LEDs marked on the hull (downside): Next I will add some details on the outside and inside of the bottom side of the ship, then I will drill the holes and make the wiring ... I hope you like the new project ... Cheers Micha
  20. "My objective is peace in Europe, I trust this trip is the way to that peace." -- Neville Chamberlain, 22 September 1938 "How horrible, fantastic, incredible it is that we should be digging trenches and trying on gas-masks here because of a quarrel in a far away country between people of whom we know nothing." -- Neville Chamberlain, 27 September 1938 England expected every man that day To show his motives were ambivalent. They played the fool, not to appear as fools In time's long glass. A deprecating air Disarmed, they thought, the jeers of later schools; Yet irony itself is doctrinaire -- Donald Davie, "Remembering the Thirties" "My good friends, for the second time in our history, a British Prime Minister has returned from Germany bringing peace with honour. I believe it is peace for our time." -- Neville Chamberlain, 30 September 1938 "[W]e have sustained a defeat without a war, the consequences of which will travel far with us along our road; they should know that we have passed an awful milestone in our history, when the whole equilibrium of Europe has been deranged, and that the terrible words have for the time being been pronounced against the Western democracies: 'Thou art weighed in the balance and found wanting.' And do not suppose that this is the end. This is only the beginning of the reckoning. This is only the first sip, the first foretaste of a bitter cup which will be proffered to us year by year unless by a supreme recovery of moral health and martial vigour, we arise again and take our stand for freedom as in the olden time." -- Winston Churchill, Hansard, "Policy of His Majesty's Government", 5 October, 1938 20170402_141451 by Edward IX, on Flickr I've struggled all week to think of what I wanted to build next. I have something coming in the next few weeks which will be a drop-everything build, so I didn't want to get too involved in a big kit (Wellington, Halifax II, Whitley ruled out, then), or do anything too complicated (CR.42, Tempest II, Blenheim, PZL P.11c with PART photoetch). Additionally I've been under so much stress at work that I'd just go down to the grotto and find myself paralysed with indecision, too mentally exhausted to even just pick a kit. I must have pulled seven or eight out of the stacks and looked over the sprues before putting them back. Finally, with less than two hours before I had to go to the airport and collect Mrs. P and Winston and (sigh) my mother-in-law, I settled on an AZ Gloster Gauntlet. It's a small kit, has a low parts count, comes with PE for the seatbelt (the windscreen is a PE frame with acetate sheets for the panes, which is a little worrisome), and is the rare RAF biplane to not use the shadow scheme of Light Earth and Light Green on the lower wings, which is good, because I forgot to buy a pot of Colourcoats Light Green. Anyway, as we all know, the Gauntlet was Gloster's predecessor to the Gladiator, and the fastest RAF fighter until the late 1930s, faster even than the Hawker Fury, which certainly looked faster. For the RAF, it was the last gasp of the open-cockpit biplane fighter with two machineguns; every fighter that came after it had an enclosed cockpit and four or more machineguns. Some have said that this marked the end of the romantic era of aerial warfare (if a contest between two men, intended to lead to the death of one, can be romantic, but Twilight sold a million copies, so why not?), particularly at the time, but then they couldn't see forward a few years to see a few handfuls of Hurricanes and Spitfires trace contrails in the blue expanse over the cliffs of Dover as they curved into the attack. So the romance might not have died with the Gauntlet. But the Gauntlet did see the end of the interwar RAF, the "best flying club in the world", and the birthing pangs of the fighting service that would save the world in 1940. In 1938, the Munich Crisis broke out. As Chamberlain and Daladier scrambled to sell out the Czechs, who had put their faith in allies who now rushed to abandon them, the Royal Air Force's sliver biplanes were being readied for the war that appeasement would only delay. The colourful squadron markings were painted out; the silver wings were painted Dark Green and Dark Earth. Had war come, the RAF's Gauntlets would have been more than a match for the Luftwaffe's He 51, slower by nearly 30 MPH (the He 51 was even more inferior to the Czech Avia B-534: 50 MPH slower), but would have been woefully outclassed by the new Bf 109B/C/Ds in service; the Germans had five hundred of them, though none of these early models could exceed 300 MPH in level flight. So let's get going. The kit has a resin cowling, which I separated from its casting block: 20170402_142926 by Edward IX, on Flickr 20170402_142932 by Edward IX, on Flickr Cute. It also has a little resin Bristol Mercury radial engine, which fits in the cowling quiiiiite snugly and likely won't once paint is added: 20170402_142941 by Edward IX, on Flickr I then sprayed the photoetch instrument panel with some aerosol Mr Surfacer 1000 rather than fire up the ol' compressor: 20170402_142941 by Edward IX, on Flickr I'm labouring under the impression that the Gauntlet had a wooden (or wood-coloured) instrument panel, as seen on this preserved Finnish example: Some of those instruments look suspiciously modern. Of course I just glanced at it earlier and thought it had a wood grain, so I painted the panel Light Earth with intent to go over it with Clear Orange later and then some oil paints for a sexy wood grain effect that's now going to fall by the wayside. Bother. 2017-04-02_10-09-06 by Edward IX, on Flickr The interior of the aircraft seems to be a rather lurid green up top and then grey below -- does anyone know what RAF examples might have been painted with? I also put together the cockpit floor, less the seat. There's, uh, not a lot to it: 20170402_152854 by Edward IX, on Flickr You may notice it's slightly more substantial than the actual floor of a Gauntlet. Also, some googling uncovered this thread (started by yr. humble corresp. way back in 2014, when the world still made some measure of sense), which seems to indicate Gauntlets may have actually had the shadow scheme of Light Green/Light Earth on the lower wings. Looks like I need to order more Colourcoats. On the other hand, I'm inclined to doubt that everyone went to a lot of trouble to do the shadow scheme on the lower wings -- certainly the colour photos of Gladiators linked to don't seem to show it. However, if anyone has any information on Gauntlet camouflage (or access to the old Colours and Markings book, mine is in a storage locker still), please let me know. Lastly, I know the UK is having an interesting time right now, in the Chinese curse sense of the word, and I thought I'd just say to you what my parents never said to me after I ran away from home: I'm worried about you, and I love you, and I hope you're doing what's best for yourselves. Please don't destroy yourselves in the process. Anyway, that's a bit heavy, so here's a truly ridiculous picture of Winston: IMG_0087 by Edward IX, on Flickr My friend Jessica suggested "ONLY THE DEAD HAVE SEEN THE END OF PLAYTIME" as an appropriate caption.
  21. Time to add some meat to the GB As usual, I start with cockpit... What a heresy! One should start with something beautiful, like X-22 missile, for example. I'm planning to display it separately on a dolly, the kit suggests such an option Evidently, this is a short run kit so dry fitting, puttying and sanding are the ingredients of enjoyment
  22. Time for a new build. This time I was looking for a quick easy build. So something new, without the need to rescribe, and an easy paint job. A quick delve into the stash and I came up with this. I've already built the Airfix FS1 Gr1, Gr3 and Gr9 versions, so this will be a nice addition. I also love the way these kits go together so it should be an easy build with very little filling and sanding. I'm going to build it as option A on the Airfix colour sheet. This is is a Harrier XZ457 from the Hermes battle group during the Falklands war. It should look well in my cabinet next to the other 4.
  23. With my Shorts SC.1 on final approach, thought I would start the thread for my next build. Mach 2s 1/72 SNECMA Coléoptère. Developed by the French company SNECMA in the 1950s. It was a single-person aircraft with an annular wing designed to take-off and land vertically, Amazingly this flew nine times before being destroyed on its ninth flight. The pilot Auguste Morel survived. The obligatory box top shot. The detailed instructions. Just from initial looks, i know its not going to be a quick build. Looks like it will require lots of sanding & filling. Also the cleat parts are anying but.
  24. Hey folks! in this thread ill be posting my two builds: one martlet mk.I and one f4f-3 (bu.1863) Early w/ spinner :-) first up: Martlet Mk.I Using the airfix 1/72 Martlet IV as a base, Ive started by modifying the cowl by adding the intake fairing on the top; it should protrude a bit further forward so will add a bit more stock card then sand smooth F4F-3 BU.1863 first up I dug out the gun troughs, though got a bit carried away and dug them too far back! - i filled up with the excess with some black sprue and will sand smooth as this airfraft had the earlier R-1830-76 minus the magnetos, I saved the airfix engine for another day and found another replacement ( not much will be seen behind the spinner anyway! the spinner is from the spares and from an academy p-40 from memory, the kit blades were attached to the spinner: more soon!
  25. Hello All, After several years on the shelf of shame, my Matchbox/Revell Privateer is done. It has been converted to the Coastguard version and the next time I see him it is going to a pal of mine. His Dad flew in these back in the day. The conversion involved replacing the side gun turrets and with big picture windows and replacing front and rear turrets with observation canopies. I also added interior framing (mostly now invisible) wheel well detail, exhausts and some other minor engine detail. I could have done more accurisation and improvement, most notably the air intakes around the cowling and the propellers, but it isn't appropriate for a desktop model (and would have taken another two years at my rate). This is my first 4 engine "heavy" and my biggest model ever. My wife's only comment on it has been "It's very big isn't it" so I think she's quite happy it's going to my pal's house! The insignia are from an aftermarket sheet but all the lettering, coastguard emblems and engine grilles are all laser-printed onto clear decal paper. The "DANGER" lettering was applied on top of scrap white decal squares and the coastguard logo was applied over a spot of white paint to deal with the transparency issues. Pics: Thanks for looking, Adrian