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  1. Well, she's finished. You can find the build report here. Not my best build, but I'm pleased with it considering the small scale. This Resin model kit by Welsh is very nice with an excellent fit. I did add some extra details, such as the engine exhausts, various other details on the engines, the direction finder loop antennae and other antennae. I scratched the forward landing gear strut as I found the original to be too thick. The window and cockpit decals are also made by me. And as a bonus a comparison shot with my A330. The diameter of the engine intakes of the A330 is bigger than the fuselage of the Jetstream 41! Thanks for looking and see you next time! Regards, Martijn
  2. The Andover C.1 was a regular aircraft to be seen in my military days and I would like to build one in 1:144 scale for the Hawker-Siddeley GB. The problem is that I only have Welsh Model's Andover CC.2 version and cannot afford the outlay for their modern, resin/vacform C.1 version. My thoughts are pondering on doing a conversion of this Queen's Flight CC.2 kit to a brown/tan/black C.1 transport version. I have one diagram which shows the port side profiles but could do with more detailed plans or g.a. drawings. Can anyone help please? cheers Mike
  3. Consolidated Liberator GR.VI

    Is the Liberator GR.VI the same as a Liberator B-24J? I have a B-24J kit but would like to do it as a GR.VI cheers Mike
  4. Tried to find this out earlier but nothing on the web that I could see. But it's a distinctly unhelpful name to search (less so than S&M Models, but that's another story). Generally something shows up on one of those Russki forums around this time of year (greenmats?) but can't see anything there (or here for that matter). Anyone have any gen?
  5. RAF Britannia C1 XM496 'Regulus' 26 Models kit, 1/144. The bus is an Oxford diecasts 'N' gauge model. Since seeing Ian Turbofan's and Dave Skoadriver's lovely Roden Britannias, I thought I must get one. Well here we are! This is from Ray at 26 decals, who sells several versions of the Roden kit with various option of his own decal sheets, all a bargain price. Rather than a civvy scheme I opted for this RAF version as I have happy memories of seeing them at Brize Norton in the 70's on several trips with the Air Cadets. As Ian and Dave pointed out, the kit is a real beauty, one of the best airliner kits available. I chose XM496 simply because it is the only genuine RAF Britannia still in existence. the only mods I made were to add a small teardrop blister on the underside between the wings. I struggled to find references, and just 'eyeballed' it from photos cutting up a 1/72 bomb to make the shape.. It meant that the underside 'towel rail' aerials were relocated to the top, again located according to photos. The underside 'teardrop'; I also opened up the cockpit area and scratched up some basic detail, as I was masking the cockpit glazing to leave it clear. The windows are so tiny, that I might not bother to do it again. So what next? I've got this lined up. Airfix VC10 with Braz Super VC10 conversion. Some guidance would be appreciated here, I think all I need is the leading edge extensions and engines/pylons, & some wing fences. The RAF VC10's were standard fuselages with these other 'Super' fittings right? Cheers John
  6. I have wanted to do a conversion of an aircraft kit for a while, but not had the confidence to start one; or sure of which one to do. I have eventually overcome the doubts of my abilities and decided to convert a Minicraft 1:144 B-24J Liberator into a wartime PB4Y-2 Privateer. This will be trial and error; however, if I am successful then I intend get the Minicraft B-24D version and do another as a postwar Firebomber. For now though, I only have a drawing for a wartime version so will start with that. The donor kit will be this one: The drawing that I shall be using for reference will be this one: To help identify where to cut and the relocation of parts, I will re-draw the salient sections to 1:144 scale and print them off like this profile view: I will be happy if, at the end of this build, it at least looks like a Privateer! Mike
  7. I would like to enter with this Short SC.5/10 Belfast in 1:144 scale by Welsh Models: It is a good size kit for 1:144 scale and should give me lots of hassle, frustration and pleasure building it. Mike
  8. I have an interest in building some firebomber aircraft in 1:144 scale and would like to convert a B-24 Liberator to a PB4Y-2 Privateer. I know it will be a tough assignment, with quite a bit of scratchbuilding, but has anyone already done such a thing; in any scale? Are there any build or conversion links, plans or guidelines etc., such as information on where to cut, shape and join items to make a decent model? My build will only be to 1:144 scale so it doesn't have to be super-detailed. Although the aircraft concerned are WW2 airframes, hence why I am posting here, I would like to make a firebomber Privateer similar to the one below The basic shape and work would be similar to its wartime configuration but with glazing closed over etc., plus the water-tank bulge underneath. I would be grateful to hear from anyone with any information, advice or help on this please. Mike
  9. My newest build will be the BAE Jetstream 41. The 41 is a further development of the Jetstream 31, although it's more of a new aircraft then a simple stretch. The 41 is 4,88 meter longer than the 31 and can fit 29 passengers. It is a direct competitor of the EMB-120 and DO-328. 100 aircraft were build of the 41 (compared to 386 of the 31). Production stopped after 5 years in 1997. The 41 is still operational, though in Europe the only operators are Eastern Airways and Sky Express. Anyway this is going to be the build: The kit is from Welsh. The parts are from resin and metal. There aren't many parts, so I don't think the build will take a lot of time. I have to say the resin is very well cast, although the engines and wings lack detail. No worries, because with some scratch building, decaling and weathering, one can improve the model quite a bit. Instruction manual The flight deck and window decals are once more made by me. While I was at it, I made the -31 flight deck decals as well (the 31 is also available by Welsh, which I also have in the stash). Allright, let's get started! Firstly I have attached the metal nose and the vertical stabilizer. The fit is really excellent! The flap track fairings have been removed from the base (which went easier than expected (and glued on the wings. Added putty to the nose and vertical stabilizer. The model will be only 13 cm long. Compare that to my recent A330-300 build! I added a bit of styrene to the engines to give a little bit more detail to them I always find it hard to make the direction finder loop antennae. I usually make them out of styrene, but I find it hard to sand round or oval because they are so small. I decided on a different approach this time. I used small droplets of superglue on the fuselage. I will let them harden and then sand a bit afterwards. I also sanded the nose and vertical stabilizer meanwhile. The first priming round! Little bit of sanding of the direction finder loop antennae and after priming it a second time, it does give me the result I was looking for (although not really visible on the picture) I used a small straw to make the engine exhausts The result after priming. And that's the status at the moment! If all goes whel, she should be finished before the end of the year!
  10. My latest build is the 757-200 from PAS models (Russia), with decals from DACO, the Coroguard from Flying Colors and the windscreen and window decals from Authentic Airliners. I had fun building this model, but there were two problems. One was that I forgot the balance weight near the top of the fuselage, after I already glued and even puttied the two halves together. As such I had to cut open the model to add the weight to prevent it becoming a tail sitter (on the plus side, it did give me experience for possible future conversion projects). The second one was the decals. As said, I used the decals from DACO (normally they are very good), but the fit was terrible (most likely because it is designed for the terrible Minicraft kit) and I botched them up. Luckily TheFlyingDutchman (he can also be found on the Airlinercafe site) had a spare that I could use. Still, I had a lot of trouble with it, but in the end it turned out OK. As this is a resin kit, most will want to compare it to the Authentic Airliner offering. I haven’t build an AA 757 myself (yet), but in the far future I may make an Martinair one (I have the decals already). From what I can tell though, the PAS 757 is actually pretty good and accurate. The fit of the fuselage and wings isn’t too great and if I have to nitpick the leading edges of the wings are a bit thick and the engine pylon is a bit too short, but other than that it’s a very fine resin kit. Much cheaper that the AA one, although the shipping costs from the PAS website have increased recently. If you manage to spread out the shipping costs by buying various kits, you have a very good alternative to the AA 757. my next build is going to be the BAE Jetstream 41 from Welsh. I already started building it. I will probably make a build thread here at BM as well, as it’s a British build Aircraft and that’s appropriate I suppose Anyway, below are the pictures. And as a fun extra, a small Apron scene made with some of my previous builds: Hope you enjoy and thanks for watching! Martijn
  11. Dornier Do 17Z-2/3

    Dornier Do 17Z-2/3 Mark1 Models - 1:144 Scale The Dornier Do 17 was a twinned-engined light bomber which had a long narrow fuselage, giving it an outline that was often referred to as the "flying pencil". The initial requirement of this design was for a cargo or mail plane for Deutsche Luft Hansa [DLH] (no connection or legal association with the modern day Lufthansa) with the intent of expanding their airmail delivery service; there was also speculation that it could be utilised as a passenger plane with seating for four to six passengers; however, due to the long and narrow shape of the fuselage, it is highly improbable that this could ever have become a passenger aircraft for the airline. The initial prototype made its maiden flight on November 23rd 1934; however, Deutsche Luft Hansa rejected the design and it, with the other prototype Do 17's, was abandoned and stored in Dornier’s hangar. Few years later, a liaison officer from the German Air Ministry, who was a former test pilot with DLH , discovered that the prototypes still existed and, after test flying the aircraft, recommended that they should be purchased and modified to bomber standards for the military. One major modification was to replace the standard tail fin arrangement with double tail fins and rudders which, along with uprated engines, provided a top speed of 245 mph and matched any fighter speed at that time. Production of the Do.17 aircraft commenced in 1936, in time to be in service against Rupublican fighter aircraft during the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939. German Luftwaffe units formally took operational service of the Do.17 from 1937 onwards and became heavily utilised in the Battle of Britain and early years of World War Two. By then, the aircraft was deemed vastly under powered when carrying a full payload, thus giving a very limited range, and was superceded by the more powerful Junkers Ju.88 and a higher spec. version which became the Dornier Do.217. The Kit: The kit comes in Mark1’s typical, and immediately recognisable, yellow box with end opening and a very nice box-art rendition of a Do.17Z 2/3 on the Eastern Front. The back of the box shows illustrations of four aircraft; two Do 17Z-2 and two Do 17z-3 versions in colour profile; any of which can be produced using the decals provided. Within the box are two see-through jiffy style zip-lock bags; the larger contains the kit sprues, instructions, decals and a smaller bag that contains the clear sprue. There are 67 components attached to the sprues; 11 are clear parts and 65 are grey pieces, although 2 of these are not required in this version. The grey sprues are of a fairly rigid plastic, not too soft but not brittle either, and should be easy to cut and glue the pieces together. Panel lines are engraved and distinct which should allow them to be visible under a coat of primer and top coats. Sprue A holds the main fuselage, lower main wings plus some of the engine and cowling parts. The definition of the panel lines are crisp as can be seen below: Sprue B has the remaining items, including the cockpit area, upper wing, tailplane and rudders, main and rear wheel assemblies and the twin-engine cowlings and propellers: The clear sprue has all the glazing elements; for the canopy and nose glazing, the bomb-aimers window and the underbelly gunners position. The nose glazing is a complex set of fittings and the designers at Mark1 appear to have made the assembly as simple as possible by providing it as three separate components to ease the fit. Having said that, I am not looking forward to masking up all those glass frames at this minute scale. An initial count shows up 55 individual glass panes, although there could be more! Decals: The decal sheet has been produced in-house by MKM Mark1 Models and, although the sheet measures only 10cm x 5.5cm, it is stuffed full of over 40 individual decals, including complete swastikas for the rudders. The registration and colour is good and each decal has minimal clear backing surrounding them. The whole package is completed with the inclusion of an eight-page set of instructions, colour markings and decal placement guides. The first page shows the components breakdown on each sprue and is followed by three pages of assembly instructions, which are in illustrative form only. Painting of parts before assembly or insertion into the fuselage etc., are described with RLM colours. The remaining four pages, which are printed on the other side of the same sheet, provide four full-colour plan and profile drawings; each depicting an aircraft that can be produced with the enclosed decals. Conclusion: This looks to be a nice little kit; the panel lines are nicely recessed and there all that glazing should allow for some additional detail to be added into the cockpit and bomb-aimers areas. Whether built out of the box or by adding extra detail, this lovely little kit should build up to a great model of the formidable 'Flying Pencil' of the Luftwaffe in WW2. Well done to Mark1 Models for producing a kit of this light bomber at 1:144 scale in plastic. Highly recommended. Mark1 Models can be purchased from mainstream model shops or on-line retailers. Review sample courtesy of:
  12. I'm looking to find a set of decals to the size and design of the one on this Hawk below. Does anyone here know of an existing 1:144 scale kit that has these decals, with the white outer band, or a decal producer that has them to this size? I'm not sure if the wing roundels are the same size and would be grateful for confirmation of that as well please. cheers Mike
  13. Hello all you phabulous Phantom enthusiasts. I am building up the info I will need to convert a 1:144 scale F-4J Phantom into a F-4K/FG.1 version and would like to know whether the nose contours are the same. I have some info on the enlarged rear and underside for the engines but could do with some differences in contours if that info is out there. At this scale, it is not imperative that every inch of detail is exact and I just need to work out where to add milliput to get the shape correct. Thanks in advance for any helpful advice, and plans/drawings if possible. Mike
  14. Hullo. I built this for a GB over on Kampfgruppe 144, where there's a full WiP. Like one of those soppy parents who can't help but show you pictures of their child at every opportunity, I'm afraid I'm pretty proud of it so felt compelled to post here. Forgive me. The French inherited some Spits (VIIIs initially, latterly IXe's) from General Gracey's British forces that re-occupied Indochina after the Japanese defeat in August 1945. In the war of ground support against the Viet Minh, the nippy little interceptor that was built to take on the Fw-190 was really pretty inadequate really: they lacked the hitting/lifting power of the big, brutish American Hellcats, Helldivers and Bearcats that the French later received in the late-1940s, and they also lacked the legs to conduct close air support where they were needed most (i.e. along the Chinese border and upcountry Tonkin highlands where suitable airstrips were few and far between). The Spits rapidly became knackered - the photo below gives a sense of this. The scheme (of GC. 1/4) is relatively popular, being one of the more colourful kit options for the Eduard 144 IXe. I used the kit decals, but added some bomb racks (Brengun), bombs (3D printed via a seller on Shapeways - superb little things)…. I actually had a devil of a time finding RAF 250lb bombs in this scale so was delighted when I found these and discovered they were of such good quality/detail. I also used Eduard's own (and really quite lovely) photo etch, cutting open the cockpit door. This is really only the second aircraft I've attempted with reasonably serious photoetchery - a skill I've learned over the course of the Vietnam GB this was built for (the other build was my Toucan). I've been pleasantly surprised to find that it's not as daunting as I had once thought, and the process can even be enjoyable! I used pale pastels to weather and fade the the panels. In the harsh light of the photo booth this has not come out very well, but looks great to my (naked, possibly biased) eye. I'll use that technique in future, I think. Prismacolour silver pencil for the chipping (which I tried not to overdo, but these poor Spitfires really were knackered). I have to say, I've enjoyed this build enormously. Although it has taken me a while, it has been a blast (and a welcome sanctuary from nappy changes) - which is what this hobby is all about, I reckon. Much fun had. Thanks for looking!
  15. I already have one Catalina build ongoing in this GB and that represents a standard PBY-5A Catalina; however, I would like to build another kit but something like this type. Note the redesigned nose and lack of side gun sponsons. As before, I shall be using a Minicraft 1:144 scale kit of the Catalina. I haven't decided on exactly which firebomber markings to complete this in yet, although it will probably be bright colours and so I'll start with a white primer base. I need to find a good profile plan which shows the re-shaped nose contours correctly; then I can start to build the new nose. In the meantime I can start filling the sponson openings. Thanks for looking. Mike
  16. Work on my Short S3 Empire Flying Boat is somewhat slow, mainly due to a little diversion to build some engine cowlings. In the interim, I thought I'd add another build to this GB, this time a PBY-5A Catalina. The kit is by Minicraft in 1:144 scale and I intend (I think) to build it as is, straight out of the box. Mike
  17. Vickers Viscount 701. Early BEA Scheme. Converted from 1:144 S&M Models Viscount 800. The Viscount served BEA very well from 18 April 1953 when series 701 G-AMNY operated the worlds first regular turboprop service, until the last service flown on 28 March 1982 by 806 series aircraft G-APIM. Incidentally, G-APIM is preserved at the Brooklands museum.Such a significant aircraft deserves to be modelled, and when I found this decal sheet at classic-airlines.com, the project was on! As I had a few of the S&M 1:144 Viscounts in the stash, I decided to try modifying one from an 800 series machine to a 700 series. The major difference was to shorten the forward fuselage by 8mm and try to reduce the bulging of the engine cowlings. I'm not after a competition winner here, just a bit of enjoyment from enhancing a basic kit. Cutting out & rejoining the fuselage went remarkably well, and the join vanished under a coat of primer. I also did quite a bit of reshaping of the kits nose area as it is far too blunt as it comes 'out f the box'. I reshaped it side to side & top & bottom with Milliput and sanding until I got it to look like it does in photographs. The noseleg was also shortened a touch, and an air intake fashioned from a section of sprue, and glued on the underside near the trailing edge of the wing. Paint on the fuselage & cowlings is Alclad highly polished aluminium, as these aircraft had almost a mirror like polish to them. I did the wings in a duller aluminimium from Vallejo 'Metal Colour' Aluminium to provide some contrast. The white is Halfords appliance white. The decal sheet does not have any white printed on it, so the white top demarcation with the silver fuselage sides had to be vary carefully masked to give a white pinstripe under the Peony cheatline. Likewise the badges on the nose needed an underlay cut from white decal sheet. The underlay was applied first, then the 'BEA Sir Ernest Shackleton' decal on top. Because I had reshaped the nose, the peony trim was a little fiddly to apply, but I did it in sections to leave white stripes in in, and it wasn't too difficult. The 26 Decals detail sheet was used for the panellines & wing details. It adds hugely to this model and is almost essential. I'm reasonably happy how it turned out, I'm trying to use up the 3 S&M kits I got at a bargain price and this seemed like a good way to use one up. With the BCAL 800 that's 2 down and 1 more to go, with a British Midland waiting its turn on the workbench now! Thanks for looking, John <Edit>18 Dec 2017</> A short update... Ian (Turbofan) noticed that this livery had 'BEA' logos on the upper & lower wings, and very kindly produced some decals for me; Easily applied; Thanks Ian!
  18. The French built these after the war because they had all the tools left over in their factories from the German occupation in 1945 so why not? I built this for a Vietnam-Indochina GB over on KG144, there is a full WiP thread here. This is No.414, Groupe Transporte I/64 'Béarn', Tan Son Nhut, Indochina, 01 October 1952 Toucans were used as bombers, general transports and paratroop aircraft in Indochina in the late-1940s until surplus USAAF C-47s (and later C-119s) reached the French Armee de l’Air and became the backbone of aerial resupply in that theatre. Toucans limped on getting increasingly knackered until the French withdrew from Indochina in Autumn 1954. The Toucan had a walk-on role in Algeria and a few more French African states for a few more years, but was relegated to dusty corners of French aerodromes by the mid-1960s. There are a few little differences that differentiate the Toucan from the Ju-52 proper - all are small enough that a bit of light scratch building will overcome them. You'd want to add some C-47 wheels, some square air filters under each engine, exhaust stubs on the outboard side of each wing engine cowling, a passenger door on the starboard side behind the cockpit and a conventional pitot (not the t-shaped torture implement on the Tante Ju). Phew. Not that it's that much work, really. I got a severe case of early onset mod-itis on this, and proceeded to buy most of the available modifications in existence for the standard Eduard Ju-52 to convert it to a Toucan. This included the full Eduard etch set (including throttle quadrants and flap levers in the cockpit - nope, even squinting you won't see those); Armory Li-2 wheels (well I wasn't going to rob my Roden C-47 kit was I?) and Brengun BMW engines (actually these are not designed to be built on to the kit, but for dioramas - they caused me all sorts of headaches but are a big improvement on the existing Eduard plastic). As I was doing all the interior I decided to pose the doors open and added a cargo load of ammo boxes, a crate or two, some rice sacks and a Brengun etched bicycle (the little 1:144 scale irony being that despite all these powerful transport aircraft, the Viet Minh bicycle and A-frame was what largely defeated the French at Dien Bien Phu, and so in Indochina). Can you see any of this? Sort of, if you're me and I know where to look; but no I can't really photograph it. Still, I had a load of fun doing it. Decals were Berna decals' superb sheet. I totally failed to get the decals to conform to the corrugations on the fuselage and wing despite some vicious application of decal setting solutions. I painted the tail flash on and had to make my peace with the roundels separately - now I've told you it's really obvious I suspect. Great fun - really enjoyed that build. My first serious effort with photo etch and I have to say I enjoyed the experience. Some build photos: Thanks, as ever, for looking! I really recommend the Eduard or Revell 1/144 Ju-52 to anyone with a passing fondness for them. If you have an urge to add things to them like I did, so much the better. Xtradecal are releasing a Ju-52 sheet soon with an RAAF option and there are plenty of other aftermarket decal options out there - I may have another on my horizon...
  19. This will be my subject for this group build: There are three sheets of vacformed pieces plus a set of props, wheels and struts in white metal: The letters on the decal sheet appear to be black; however, other references show these to be blue. I may have to make my own decals in the correct colour. I have a set of Aeroclub engine cowlings which I had set aside for this build and will hopefully enhance the model. This kit has been stored in the loft for quite a few years so the first thing to do is give the plastic a thorough wash with warm soapy water, to clear and grease and fingerprints etc. Then comes the tedious phase, to cut out and sand off all the unwanted residue around the parts before I can start any gluing. Mike
  20. BAC 1-11,Scandinavian Airline System (SAS) 1:144 Airfix, with classic-airlines.com decals. In 1968 SAS leased a BAC 1-11 from British Eagle, which was painted in full SAS colours, but retained it's British Registration (G-ATPL). I believe the reason for the lease was to alleviate aircraft shortages pending the arrival of their DC-9's. I rather like the old Airfix kit, but it represents the 1-11 prototype more than a production machine. However a few simple modifications make it look a lot better, see the end of this post. Having spotted this decal sheet on classic-airlines website, I thought it would make an interesting model, as not may people know SAS operated the 1-11. G-ATPL went on to serve with Dan-Air after the collapse of British Eagle 'With something else', a sister 1-11 in British Eagle colours, also an Airfix kit with classic-airlines decals. And with part of my growing SAAS fleet. If you have one of these kits in the stash, it is well worth building. These are the basic mods I did; Thanks for looking, John
  21. The WIP is finished, so I decided to post the finished pictures here as well. I've wanted to make a DC-9 for a while now, but never came around to it until now. The DC-9 was the last civil aircraft that was designed exclussively by Douglas. I'm sure many civil aircraft enthousiast knows about the venerable DC-9, so no need to go into details here KLM had a total of 25 DC-9 aircrafts (both the -15 and the -30) and they served the airline from 1966 to 1989. I decided to build the DC-9-30 from Authentic Airliners. Many a great build has been made with Airfix and the kit is actually reasonably accurate, but this time I choose ease of building over price. With the airfix kit you have to do a lot more filling and sanding and I wanted to do something easy for now. Some things that I’ve noticed though is that the engines of Airfix are too short and too thick, the fuselage is too short, the vertical stabilizer has the incorrect shape and the wing sweep isn’t a 100% correct. Whether or not that is worth a more expensive resin kit is up to you. Anyway, without further ado: The DC-9 by Authentic airliners is a joy to build (as are all the other kits by AA). I’m happy with the way the colour of engines turned out. I’ve experimented a bit with the metal colours as I want to get more experience with them. After all, aircraft such as the DC-8 or DC-10 in KLM colours had their bellies entirely metal coloured in more or less the same colour as the DC-9 engines, so I can use all the practice I can get before I even start working on those! Thanks for looking and see you next time! Regards, Martijn
  22. I've wanted to make a DC-9 for a while now, but never came around to it. Now's finally the time! The DC-9 was the last civil aircraft that was designed exclussively by Douglas. I'm sure many civil aircraft enthousiast knows about the venerable DC-9, so no need to go into details here KLM had a total of 25 DC-9 aircrafts (both the -15 and the -30) and they served the airline from 1966 to 1989. From an old Dutch newspaper article: "KLM has chosen the twin engined DC-9 as its successor to the six Vickers Viscounts, that have been in use since the sixties. There wasn't much choice. Apart from the DC-9 only the British BAC 1-11 was a possibility. However, since the positive experienceKLM has had with the DC-8, the DC-9 was an obvious choice" That wasn't entirly true though, as KLM did think about the French Caravelle for a while. However, when the negotiations with Air Franch in Air Union came to naught, a possible order for Caravelle's fell through. On hindsight not a bad thing, as the DC-9 was a better choice in this case. Still, she would have looked nice in a KLM livery... On a final side-note, KLM did fly the BAC 1-11, which was leased while waiting for their DC-9. I'm definitely going to build the BAC1-11 from AA in KLM colours one day. Anyway, I have flown on the DC-9-30 at least once! I can't remember exactly when, but it should have been somewhere by the end of the eighties, begin nineties. I can't remember if I have ever flown in a KLM DC-9, but I did fly one from Iberia of which I have a picture. The man with the red shirt in front is my father. The little running guy with a cuddling cloth in is hand is me I decided to build the DC-9-30 from Authentic Airliners. Many a great build has been made with Airfix and the kit is actually reasonably accurate, but this time I choose ease of building over price. With the airfix kit you have to do a lot more filling and sanding and I wanted to do something easy for now (my next build is probably going to be the Aeroflot AN-10, which will require a lot more work I presume). Let's get this show on the road! This is going to be it: The parts (all crisp and greatly moulded as per usual with AA): The decals are from F-Decal The cockpit and window decals are from Authentic Airliner decals. Resin models should be thoroughly washed. If not, you can have severe problems with painting later on (as I have learned from experience). Next, the parts can be removed from the casting leftovers. I use a small saw for this like on the picture, or a Dremel. Make sure to use respiratory protection and proper ventilation. Resin particles can be nasty for your lungs. The rudder should be attached seperatly. Nice one from AA, this makes for a more realistic effect! The stabilizers can be glued too. See what I mean when I say AA builds quickly? The engines will take up most of the time, due to the necessary filling, sanding and airbrushing the different shades of metal. Glued the behind of the fuselage. The engines have been glued as well and have been filled, just as the stern of the fuselage. The flap hinge fairings have been attached, Those look a lot nicer compared to the Airfix kit. The fit has been excellent so far. The small crannies that are left will be filled with Mr. Dissolved putty. The engines have been sanded, but still some slits are left. It will require a second round of filling and sanding. The stern has been sanded down as well. The fuselage, tail and engines are now ok, so they can be primed. I have used Mr. Resin for a primer. However, the wings can no longer be primed with Mr. Resin, as it is no longer available on the market. Hopefully the normal primer will work as well. The line that was left over from casting on the fuselage was still visible, so I had to sand that down a bit more. Still some small holes where left on the engines. I filled them with car filler and sanded it down with a fine grit for a more smooth whole. The airbrushing can already commence. I masked the lower half of the fuselage and added a normal white primer. The top of the fuselage has been airbushed! Is used Revell 50 with a bit of white to get the 80's KLM blue. The engines have been primed with Alclad II Gloss black primer (as a base for the metal) I'm not sure which metal colour to use for most of the engines. It's a dull metal colour, so I'm guessing I'm going to use either aluminium or steel, but I'm open for suggestions. To be continued!
  23. Hi there. Here is my, late, entry to this group build. The zvezda ekranoplan. looks like it's going to be a fairly quick build, as there isn't a lot of plastic in the box. For instance there is no cockpit, or any other interior detail whatsoever. Here's what's in the box.. Two fuselage halves. Some nice engraved details on it. A pair of stub wings. Two rather wide tail sections. This sprue contains the rest of the kit plastic. One rather small transparency. The decal sheet. Gives two options for operational craft. I'm not sure if the decals have yellowed, or not, or if they should be that colour. The kit has a tooling date of 2013 cast inside the fuselage, so doubt they've had chance to yellow. Construction has started, and will post some progress later. Matt
  24. I've had these on the back burner for a while - they're good tinkering projects while main pre-occupations like the Grumman OA-12A Duck I'm building on KG144 as part of a group build and other biggies are drying (or being otherwise uncooperative). The North American T-6G Texan is Valom's kit. Pretty nasty really, I'm afraid. Poor to non-existent fit, shape issues and thick, clunky detail. Compared to the Platz/F-Toys kit (of which I have quite a few) it pales very rapidly in fit, surface detail and everything except decals. BUT it remains cheap, readily available and actually very, very good fun. I also think you can get it to look ballpark like a Texan if you totally ignore the panel lines scribed onto the canopy (which would have you create square side windows that look very off). Pretty much out of the box except for a bit of cockpit detail and the undercarriage doors which are plasticard. Valom's decals are excellent, however. Good, interesting schemes, thin and well behaved - can't ask for more and really raise the kit up a notch. I did mine in markings for aircraft No.74 of the Ecole de Pilotage de l'Armee de l'Air, based at Cognac (Base aérienne 709 Cognac-Châteaubernard) in 1964. I'm happy with it and feel I gave it my best shot without getting out the scriber. I have another in the works, again on the back burner. The Miles M.14 Magister is a conversion from the Anigrand Trailing Wing bonus kit that comes with the Short Shetland (another Titan on my workbench at the moment - more of that soon, I hope). The basic resin kit is quite, er, basic. I filled in the slots in the wing which on the trailing wing aircraft take the booms. I decided quite early on that I wanted to do one of the yellow pre-war ones with an incredibly polished cowling and the glam spats. I thought that could look marvellous in this scale. I sprayed the aircraft with Halfords white primer and then airbrushed with vallejo yellow, then when I was happy with the tone I painted the cowling glossy black. Over this I brushed AK Interactive True Metal, which I know can give a superb natural metal finish. I polished this with a cotton bud. It took several applications but I'm happy with it. I added the IFR hood behind the rear cockpit using small gauge lead wire bent to shape, with the canvas being vallejo filler built up in layers backwards to give the wrinkled effect (not really visible in photos), then painted green, before washing in a darker green to bring out said wrinkles. I also added the curious two-pronged pitot and an exhaust pipe (using more lead wire). This was an absolute joy to build, I have to say. One of those kits where you really look forward to every little bit and every step, no matter how small is somehow hugely satisfying. If I win the lottery, I may buy more Shetlands simply to build more Magisters. I've done it in markings for L8338 of No.30 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School based at RAF Burnaston in 1939. I think. I don't really know but that's my guess based on serial numbers. Doesn't matter hugely - they all got moved around a bit. Decals all spares and Mark1 for the pre-war serials. Thanks for looking!
  25. Hi guys, To celebrate/commemorate the last day of sixth form for me (yesterday) I've decided to embark on a little project. Unfortunately I damaged the seals on my airbrush after trying to thin down Alclad with cellulose thinners; a new airbrush and official Alclad airbrush cleaner will need to be sought at the start of next week hopefully......Anyway... Running alongside my 1:48 Canberra pr.9 build (found here) I'm going to build an aircraft in a particular scheme that I have been wanting to do for quite a while. The kit is the new(ish?)-tool Revell A320 1:144 in an Ethiad scheme: I won't immediately reveal which aircraft I'm doing, I shall reveal bits and pieces as I go along (what a tease I am! ) but I shall start by giving a considerable hint; Red. Any guesses? That's all for now, at least until the airbrush is sorted. Kind regards, Sam