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  1. Tupolev Tu-134. CSA and Interflug Zvezda 1:144 with Avia Decals The kit is the beautiful Zvezda 134, one of my favourite kits of recent years. It really is a beautifully moulded kit with almost perfect fit, and a pleasure to build. Add to that the fact that is a beautiful looking bird, combining good looks with toughness and it is an all round winner! I already built one with the kit supplied Aeroflot markings, so got hold of Avia Decals sheet from Hannants, with CSA, Interflug, and LOT options. It is slightly pricey, but good value when you consider that you can do 3 models with it. All 3 options have a slightly different window layout to the Aeroflot version, with an extra window on the starboard side at the front, and the small forward window relocated nearer the front. It is pretty simple and Avia explain it all. They even supply a vinyl template that you line up on the existing forward window, and it has holes in to tell you where to drill out the new windows. Simple and very effective, I was very impressed with this set, the decals themselves went on beautifully. Thats a 10 out 10 for Avia from me! On with the photos. First up CSA; Interflug version. Very similair, I know. But I like both, so built both! Both together; And with the glass nosed Aeroflot version, built straight from the box Thanks for looking, John
  2. I am planning a future project to build a diorama in 1:144 scale of the scene below. It is of the dispersal area at Kuching Airport in the 1960's and the scene of a lot of military and civil air activity during the Borneo Confrontation. I served in Borneo in the latter part of the conflict, 1966-67, and this photograph epitomises the busy scenes around the air base. All of the aircraft visible in this scene are available in 1:144 scale and I am slowly acquiring them for my build; however, I am not certain if there is a set of decals available for a British United liveried Britannia, shown in the far right of the picture. Can anyone advise if such a set is available and, if so, who produces them? Thanks Mike
  3. Boeing 720 - United Roden 1:144 The Boeing 720 was a follow-on design of the highly successful Boeing 707 but primarily for short and medium-haul services within the continental USA. The Boeing 720 differed very little visually from its predecessor and only a careful examination could tell the difference between these aircraft. The main differences being that the fuselage of the Boeing 720 was 2.45m shorter and the wing had a slightly bigger sweep; most other changes were mechanical. The first production Boeing 720 was delivered to United Airlines and was allocated serial number N7201U. This aircraft was later purchased by private owners and refurbished as a VIP transport. The most famous occupants of N7201U were the rock groups Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple; plus pop stars such as Elton John and Sonny & Cher. The Boeing 720 did not fare as well commercially as the Boeing 707 though and they were often sold on by their original owning airlines; mainly to other countries who operated these until as late as the 1990's. The Kit The box art shows a fine view of Boeing 720, serial N7205U of United Airlines which is the subject model of this kit. The box itself is of very sturdy top and bottom style card packaging. There are six main sprues that contain the parts for the aircraft and these are produced in a light grey plastic. A seventh sprue is of clear plastic and holds the cockpit glazing and windows for the fuselage. A single sheet of decals is provided, for a Boeing 720 of United Airlines with the serial N7205U. The remaning items in the box are a four page booklet of instruction plus a single sheet containing full colour detail and decal marking positions. The first sprue holds the two fuselage halves and there are small amounts of ejector-pin residue at various points which will need cleaning off. The fuselage has window openings to take the clear windows; however, what seems to be a standard with Roden kits, there is no interior details in the cockpit. This means that one either paints that area a dark colour and then fits the canopy; or detail needs to be added by scratchbuilding seats etc. The windows are so small that there would be very little to see inside so it probably will not be of concern to most. Panel lines are nicely recessed and clearly defined. Locating pins for correct alignment are included on the insides of the parts but care needs to be taken as they are so small they may miss the location. Two identical sprues contain the engine mountings and a mainwheel assembly. Inside the cowling of each engine mount is a nicely detailed fanblade assembly; however, being an integral part will mean that extra care will be needed when painting for the demarcations between blades and cowling. The tailplane sections, wheel bay flaps and the nosewheel oleo are on the remaining sprue. The ailerons are integral to the wings and tailplanes so an in-line setting is only possible; unless these ailerons are cut away and re-attached at angles. The clear sprue holds the cockpit glazing section and strips for the fuselage windows. Four windows for the doors are also provided as separate items from the main window strips. INSTRUCTIONS AND COLOUR DETAILS A four page A5 sized paper booklet of is supplied and this contains an illustrated parts breakdown plus assembly instructions which are also in the internationally recognised illustrative method. The is following by illustrated exploded views of each area of assembly, with part number identified matching placements on the sprues There is also a single sheet of colour details for the United livery plus an aid for decal placements. The colour matching paint numbers, quoted on the page, are for Vallejo acrylic paints. DECALS A set of decals is provided for N7205U of United Airlines. The lettering and livery appear to be sharp and in good register and colours look to be correct for a 1950's era United Airways livery. CONCLUSION This is a nice little kit of a Boeing 720 and should look good in any display or placed in an airport diorama setting. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of UK Distributors for
  4. I had a bad feeling at the end of 2016 that I did not finish so much, so I have decide to finish this small F-14 from Revell in 1:144. It is OOB, colours Revell aqua.
  5. Hi All. Hallo from Ukraine. One of exhibits and one of works in 1: 144, that I did in 2016 - it BOEING VC-32A. VC - 32A is a military passenger transportation version of the Boeing 757 for the USAF. One of preferred my producers - Minicraft. Interesting airplane and most optimal to my mind scale. Total utilized man/hrs = 178 (during 1,5 months). Paint: Humbrol, Pactra (acrylic). Thank You. Happy New Year!!!
  6. Season's Greetings Folks, Disappointing year really, lots of models started, few completed. This is the Revell 1/144 Airbus A380 with TwoSix Qantas Airways decals. It was built for an Australian colleague after they saw the Air New Zealand B787-9 built for a Kiwi colleague. May be it was me, but this kit fought all the way and practically refused to be built. First the wing dihedral was completely off, still cannot understand why, the end result being that the wings drooped so much the engines touched the ground. I ended up cutting hacking chord wise slots in the upper wing surface (two per side) and manipulating the wing angle section by section until the engine clearance look reasonable. Queue lots of filling and sanding of about a third of each wing's surface area, oh may be half dozen times until I was satisfied. And then a full rescribe of the upper wing surface. Things were so bad I contemplated starting again and bought a second kit. Not sure I have the will to endure this again... Enough ranting you get the picture. Other corrections were the body gear doors, shortening the length of the wing gear legs (so the body gear no longer hang in the breeze), and filling lots of fuselage sink marks. Paints were Halford's own Plastic White Primer, and Gloss Appliance White, first time used straight from the can due to the sheer size of this model. Fed up with Xtracolour Airbus Grey I tried the Revell Aqua 50/50 Blend of 371/374, which looks good, but some reason it turned into an unsprayable gloop in my airbrush even with Revell's own thinner. So I reverted to Xtracrylix ADC Grey for a pale grey, which is too warm a grey, but will have to do. And Xtracrylix Neutral Grey for the corroguard. Plus various Alclad shades for the engines. Kit decals worked well, even the wing walk markings, but why the spinner spirals are printed yellow is a mystery. 26Decals were incredible as always, exceptionally thin, very tolerant and snuggled down nicely with MicroSet and Sol. The final annoyance was that the damn thing doesn't fit in my photo studio, compromising the photos! Best regards, Darren
  7. Blackburn Beverley C.1 Mikr Mir 1:144 Designed and built by General Aircraft as the GAL.60 Universal Freighter, the first aircraft was built, then dismantled at the Feltham, Middlesex factory and transported to Brough in Yorkshire to have its maiden flight on 20 June 1950. This was followed by a second, the GAL.65, which was modified from the original. Clamshell doors replaced a combination of a door and ramp, and the tailplane boom received seating for 36 passengers. The Bristol Hercules engines became Bristol Centaurus with reverse-pitch propellers, a feature that gave it a short landing length and the ability to reverse under its own power. The takeoff run at full load was given as 790 yards, the landing run at full load, 310 yards. The RAF placed an order in 1952 as the Beverley C.1 (Beverley, Cargo Mark 1). All 49 Beverley aircraft would be built at Brough, with the last one being manufactured in 1958, and final retirement from RAF service was in 1967. The aircraft was a high-wing cantilever monoplane with a fixed undercarriage. The large fuselage had a tail boom fitted with a tailplane with twin fins. The tail boom allowed access to the rear of the fuselage through removable clamshell doors. A 36 ft (11 m) main fuselage space was supplemented by passenger accommodation in the tail boom. The main cargo hold could accommodate 94 troops, with another 36 in the tail boom. In operation, it was regarded as "ungainly but highly effective" and was described by Air Chief Marshal Sir Robert Freer as "like something out of the Ark, but it was a superb supply dropper”. A device called an Elephant's Foot could be fitted under the centre of the fuselage just forward of the clamshell doors when it was in use. The foot was held in place by pins inserted through a triangular arrangement of attachment points on the fuselage and was fitted during loading to prevent the Beverley from tipping over when heavy items were loaded into the freight bay. The aircraft was designed for carrying large bulk loads and landing on rough or imperfect runways, or mere dirt strips. It could trace its design back to the GAL49 Hamilcar glider of the Second World War. When it entered service it was the largest aircraft in the Royal Air Force (RAF). It had a large interior cargo area split into two levels which amounted to around 6,003 ft³ (170 m³) of space. Paratroopers in the upper passenger area jumped through a hatch in the base of the boom just in front of the leading edge of the tailplane. Paratroopers in the main body exited through side doors. The Beverley was equipped with toilets, which were situated in the tail beyond the paratrooper hatch located on the floor of the tail boom. One fatality was caused by a serviceman who fell twenty feet to the ground when exiting the toilet, unaware that the paratrooper hatch had been opened. Modifications were made to prevent the toilet doors from being opened when the paratroops hatch was open. The Model This is the first injection moulded kit of the Blackburn Beverley, the other releases being either resin or vacform. As such it is very welcome, as whilst the aircraft wasn’t built in any great numbers, it was an important type for the RAF in the tactical transport role. The kit comes in the standard style of box that Mikr Mir use, inside of which there are seven sprues of light grey styrene, one of clear styrene, a small sheet of etched brass and quite a large decal sheet. Whilst there is quite a bit of flash around the sprues, there isn’t that much on the parts themselves, but this is expected due to the short run nature of the moulds. The parts themselves appear to have been moulded very well with no sign of other defects such as sink marks or short shoot parts and the detail is really rather nice at this scale. Construction begins with the cockpit, naturally, and the fitting of the centre console to the cockpit floor, followed by the instrument panel, two seats, the control yokes, and the rear bulkhead. The cockpit assembly is then glued into one half of the fuselage, whilst to air intakes are assembled and put to one side to dry. The cargo floor is then glued into the same half of fuselage, and the two rear doors fitted with PE parachute door cards, on the inner skins. If you wish, the two clamshell doors can be left off and two deflectors fitted in their place, for use in parachute drops. Each engine nacelle is made up from two halves, as are the cowlings, with the engine face fitted between the halves the air intakes are fitted and the propellers, each of three parts glued to the crankcase cover. The upper and lower wing panels are glued together and the engine/nacelle assemblies attached. The wings are then fitted to the fuselage, as is the tail boom lower panel, which incorporates detail within the clam shell door area. The tail assembly is then built up from a single upper section, two lower sections and two, two part vertical tails. The completed assembly is then glued into position. The main undercarriage is assembled with the main faired oleo fitted, to which the horizontal support is attached, with four single piece wheels. The nose wheel is a simple oleo to which two wheels are attached. The clear parts that make up the cockpit canopy and navigators window are now fitted, as are the large air intakes on the fuselage roof and under the tailplane, as well as several aerials and the sighting blister. More aerials are added, this time made of PE, and the instructions show their positioning very clearly. The main and nose undercarriage units are glued into position ensuring that all wheels are touching the ground, and to finish the build off the PE paracord deflector rails are attached to the rear fuselage. Decals The main decal sheet includes all the standard markings required for one aircraft, but individual serials etc for four aircraft. The decals are nicely printed with thin carrier film, good density and opaqueness. There is a smaller secondary sheet which I cannot find a use of as they're not mentioned in the instructions. The aircraft included are:- Blackburn Beverley C.1 of No.47 Sqn, 1962 Blackburn Beverley C.1 of No.30 Sqn, 1967 Blackburn Beverley C.1 of No.84 Sqn , Yemen, June 1967 Blackburn Beverley C.1 of the Royal Aircraft Establishment 1973 Conclusion There’s something about the Beverley that is uniquely British, and it’s always been a plane that I have been keen on, ever since I saw the one that used to be outside the RAF Museum at Hendon. It’s great to have one in injected moulded plastic, and even in this small scale it will look very nice amongst the model collection. Now, who’s going to do one in 1:72 injection moulded? Review sample courtesy of
  8. I'm going to join on with this little guy. Not my usual scale but the moulding on this is nice and crisp. And it should be a lot more straightforward than my previous battle royale with the Magna Sea Devon. Four options provided, and I was tempted by both the true Junglie green 707 Squadron and the 771 Squadron SAR cab but the 60's camouflage Wessex's from Albion and Bulwark always invoke my childhood. I always recall the black and white pictures in the Royal Navy magazine my school library used to have. Happy days. I do like the 'Versatile Helicopter ' branding on the box. Says it all about the Wessex. The variants in the box Don't know why it's upside down. Probably Photobucket on one of its usual meltdowns. Here is the gratuitous sprue shot and instructions I'll see if I can sort out the pictures later. But enough of talk and pictures let's get modelling.
  9. I'm stuck at home, post major surgery, and am looking at the nice little pile of Christmas cash that I have received as presents in front of me. As I cannot get out I thought I would trawl the usual bazaars to see if there are any Boxing Day bargains to be had but things appear to be rather quiet at the moment, unless you want a new Smart TV or Sofa etc. My modelling scales are 1:144 aircraft and 1:350 ship kits, anyone spotted anything out there? cheers Mike
  10. Today I finished the Anigrand Vickers Windsor, something I started back in February while in exile. Windsor The Windsor has an incredibly complex history of design and redesign as the parameters of Bomber Command's needs shifted during the course of the war. Initially it was planned as a successor to the Wellington; then it was designed as a high-altitude Warwick; finally in 1942 it found a role as a successor to the Lancaster. It had a long design-life, in part because its designer, Barnes Wallis, was supposed to be working on this while he was in fact working out how to breach the Ruhr Dams. The aircraft was fast (300 mph) and could fly at 24,000 feet with 8 tonnes of bombs. Geodetic construction meant that it was light but very strong, although difficulties of marrying geodetic construction and the demands of high-altitude flights further complicated the design. Fabric, as used on Wellington bombers, ballooned at altitude, ruined the aerodynamics and was feared not strong enough - eventually it was decided to use a steel-weave fabric with flush metal formers on the exterior to give the skin tensile strength. This is what gives the aircraft its distinctive and unusual ribbed appearance (more on that in the build). Three prototypes were built and tested at Brooklands, but VJ day came before testing was complete and with the war's end so ended the Air Ministry's interest in the project. I sense it was always something of a lost cause for Vickers, with upgrades on the Lancaster proving effective and a successor (the Lincoln) in the pipeline. This is the last Windsor (NK136), designated the Vickers Type 461. It had 20mm cannon barbettes fitted to the outer engine nacelles, directed from the unarmed position in the tail. It also differs from the earlier two prototypes in the larger radiator housings for its RollsRoyce Merlin 85s. Kit Anigrand can be hit and it can be miss. Although I am grudgingly happy with it now, it was an ordeal getting it here. In large part this was self-inflicted. I made the possibly rash decision to scribe all the formers onto the otherwise plain surface of the Windsor's fuselage and wings, cue: lots of time spent with a Tamiya scriber and shares in DymoTape soar. Unnecessary to some, but to me one of the distinctive features of this aircraft is that longitudinal panelling, so it had to be done or I would be copping out and no matter where I hid the completed article on my shelf, it would still invoke guilty twinges and whisper "coward" to me. The issue that will always bug me, I'm afraid, is the colour scheme. This, it must be said, is largely my fault and unrelated to the kit. The kit says to paint this grey and green which I took to be RAF Ocean Grey and Dark Green. I went with these upper colours, and yellow underbelly. However, having completed it, I can find little evidence for it being grey/green and suspect that it should be in the standard RAF Bomber scheme of Dark Earth/Dark Green like Lancasters and so on. There is no conclusive evidence for NK136 (some of the Windsor prototypes were definitely earth/green), but the only suggestion that the grey/green scheme was used on this aircraft comes from colorised photos. Oh well. As the jury is out, I've made my peace on this. I certainly couldn't face repainting it all. But at least if you try to build this kit then you might be at least aware of this as a potential issue. Add to this my issues with matt varnish of a few days ago (white blotches and streaks) and that I noticed while decalling I had painted the yellow incorrectly (the yellow line on the fuselage under the wings should go up to the wings themselves), and you can appreciate my relief to have this on the done pile. The Last Word Finally some shots with the equally long build/correct of the Anigrand Halifax Mk.I. It's definitely a big old thing… By the way, has anyone any experience with the S&M kit? Not that I'm looking for another, just intrigued to know if the extra cost of that resolves some of my gripes. Thanks for looking!
  11. Hello! This is the Amodel Albatross which I finished this week. The triphibian was equipped with skis so It could land on snow more than six inches deep, in case you were curious. All brush painted with humbrol mainly, some Vallejo along the way. I have an airbrush now and just learning on it - would have made quite a lot of this a bit easier I suspect! For various reasons I spent a good deal of time detailing the interior, although predictably little of it can be seen even with the door posed open! It's a great little kit and surprisingly small, even for this scale. Quite a bit of sanding and rescribing to get it done but one of the more satisfying builds of the last year. Looks the part, I reckon. Bit of a rough finish in areas but I'm happy with it. Thanks for looking!
  12. A kit pulled from the "shelf of doom" circa 2005! The kit had been in storage (along with others) from many,many years. It was rescued along with my other belongings two years ago. I decided to build a few 1:144 scale kits recently and this was one of them. Trumpeter 1:144 scale F-86F Sabre in Pakistan Air Force markings circa the 1965 Indo-Pakistan War. The model was painted with Tamiya and Testors Acrylic paints. Decals are courtesy of I-94 Enterprises. The base is an oval piece of wood with a tarmac printed out and glued on.
  13. Tupolev 104 'Camel' 1:144 Amodel The world's second jet airliner to enter service (in 1956), the Tu-104 was based on the Tu-16 'Badger' bomber. Some 200 were built by the time production ceased in 1960. They remained in service with Aeroflot until 1979, with CSA being the only other operator. This is the Amodel kit that comes with early Aeroflot markings, however i wasn't sure about the deliacte looking decals and when I saw the BOA decals sheet for the early blue CSA scheme, I thought it would be a safer bet. Plus it makes a good companion to my CSA Tu-134, albeit in the later red scheme. And with the Tu-134... Thanks for looking John
  14. hello! Model aircraft builders with a special interest for (US) navy will have concluded, just like myself, that except for a few inaccurate diorama bases in 1:72 and 1:48 scale and some figures here and there, there is not much out there to build an accurate diorama. Having read an article in the IPMS Netherlands magazine about designing your own 3D print some time ago, I though that I should give it a go and create my own parts for a nice piece of 1:144 carrier. It turns out that, having designed a highly detailed Jet Blast Deflector in scale 1:72 and 1:32 that was welcomed by many fellow model builders (build report on Large Scale Modeller site), the same print can be simply reduced to 1:144 scale without the loss of any detail. My first try started out with designing tie-down points for the deck, which I got printed at Shapeways some weeks ago: There is no way that I would be able to get these from scratch building or photo etching. Now I just need to drill holes in a base plate and glue them in. the resin is a bit brittle so you can simply snap each 2mm tie-down point off with tweezers, no clean up necessary: this is the part of the deck that I have in mind with some nice F/A-18F's parked and a Hawkeye on the catapult. I designed the deck in CAD, using many internet photo's as reference. Luckily the tie-down pattern is very regular so it is a very easy measuring aid: for anyone out there with a wish to have more navy accessories available on the market: I know how you feel. So I published my models on the shapeways site for everyone to have printed on https://www.shapeways.com/shops/klekotech. I am currently busy with flight deck crews in all scales, and much more to come after that. In the mean time I am building this project and one in 1:32 in parallel. to be continued!
  15. A P-38F I finished this afternoon. This is a Gashapon Japanese pre-painted kit which I stripped down, rebuilt and repainted. Very satisfying and the level of surface detail is fantastic - a beautifully-designed mould that captures the original aircraft's lines very well in my view, certainly much better than anything else in this scale. The aircraft is Capt. Jack Ilfrey's P-38F Texas Terror/The Mad Dash. I used the Kitsworld decals not the F-Toys decals which provide for the same aircraft (on a sidenote - Kitsworld decals are just beautiful to use). Ilfrey was the first P-38 ace in WW2 and he flew this aircraft in North Africa in late-1942. He had quite an adventurous time getting to North Africa, being forced to land in Portugal after engine troubles, but managed to escape internment when demonstrating to his gun-toting Portuguese guards how to start the Lightning's engines! I had to do a bit of filling and sanding of some of the joints between the nacelles and the wing, as well as some on the aircraft's nose, but nothing onerous. The aircraft tail-sits despite the small piece of metal that goes in the cockpit nacelle. I scratch built the mass balances on the tail, as well as the aerial under the nose and added a pitot which seems to have pinged off sometime while I was photographing it. I used pastels and prismacolour pencils to weather it. And with a teeny-tiny Stout Skycar II I finished this week as well…! Thanks, as ever, for looking!
  16. This is Mark 1 Model's 1:144 lovely Beaufighter which I finished to take a break from rigging my Gladiator from the same company. A great little kit - lovely build that took practically no time at all. If you haven't tried one I urge you to do so - this is Mark1's most recent RAAF boxing of the Beau, featuring a brace of Mk.Xs and a pair of DAP Mk.21s. The resin conversion parts consist of dihedral tails, extended carburettor intakes, a replacement rear gunner hood for one of the Mk.Xs and a dolphin radome nose that is not used in this box at all. And that funny bulge thing on the nose in front of the cockpit. This is a Mk21 of 93 Squadron RAAF, stationed at Labuan airfield in Northern Borneo in the summer of 1945. I wanted it to look like a properly beaten up and knackered old warhorse so I did a fair bit of weathering - washes and pastel fading, but didn't go overboard with the chipping. Not all of it has come out in the photos (foliage green seems to be a hard shade to photograph), but I'm happy with it. 93 Squadron were involved in a number of anti-shipping strikes in late-July to August 1945, but arrived quite late in theatre so saw limited action. Most used rockets for shipping strikes, so I stole some from an F-Toys Beaufighter and used putty to build up the warheads. It builds up well with no real vices (a small step in front of the pilot's windscreen to be aware of) and no huge amount of filler (having just finished the Mark1 Buffalo I was expecting more). Thanks for looking - sorry for the terrible photos, I've found RAAF Foliage Green very hard to photograph! Angus
  17. For something so small this took quite a long time - mostly because I kept getting distracted it must be said. A good build with decent- if unspectacular-fitting parts. It's great that the ventral window is provided but it's a beggar to fit and keep fitted. I was impressed with a lot of the detail though - especially the wings and cowling. The decals are also excellent. Not something for a weekend, sure, but a great little kit. Built out of the box, but added a few things that are conspicuously absent: - pilot's roll-cage and radio equipment in rear cockpit - exhaust stubs - pitot - telescopic sights - opened up guns in cowling Painting took most of the time on this. I had a nightmare with the white on the tail for some reason and have ended up obscuring much of the panel detail there. Matching the green for the decals also took time. Decals were great and settled down well - even the wing stripes were well behaved despite going over that awkward-shaped lump thing. It was supposed to be a double bill, as I was hoping to build two pre-war livery yellow/silver buffaloes from the Mark 1 F2A-1 box but the decals provided will only cover one US version out of the four on offer (unless you can source additional mice, stencils and so on). I shall get another box to complete the decals in due course (unless anyone happens to have some spare?). I can see a few more of these appearing on my shelves in the coming years... Especially if they produce a F2A3 that I can do in Midway colours. Thanks for looking!
  18. OK, this is is my first foray into the odd world of airliner modellng, so be gentle! This year I've been introducing my lovely girlfriend Louise to aviation history, bit by bit. Among other things we've been to Duxford for a look round, and enjoyed a couple of Shuttleworth shows and Flying Legends together. ] Anyhow, for no reason that I can determine, the two aircraft she has most taken to, out of all the things we've seen, are the DH Comet and the Fieseler Storch. She's also shown quite a bit of interest in my modelling, so I bought her the Academy Storch for her birthday (very much still a WIP) and agreed to make her a Comet for Christmas! So here's the result. From the start I wanted to convert my 1:144 Airfix kit into a Comet 4 of BOAC, as well as improve the detailing. Changes to the base kit are was follows: Cut 1.99 scale metres (two windows) from the fuselage length-this was tricky as the fuselage tapers subtly outward towards the nose! Cut off the wingtips, and added new carved from scrap plastic to reach correct wingspan for longer-winged Comet 4. Wing pinion tanks from 1:72nd Vampire T.11 drop tanks (they're an amazingly good match) Tank fillet fairings from scrap resin and filler Re-profiled fin tip Detailed exhaust cans Added rudimentary cockpit including floor, instrument panel, seats and yokes. Cut out near-nonexistent nosehweel bay, built new to appropriate depth with plasticard, detailed with more plasticard. Thinned out nose and main u/c doors and added extra struts to legs Replaced cockpit glazing with individual windows from CD case Cut out underside thrust reversers and various vents etc. Lined intakes and added rudimentary compressor faces. Drilled out auxiliary intakes between main ones Drilled out landing lights outboard of intakes and replaced with shaped clear sprue Plasticard aerials, intake scoops, anti-collision beacons added to added to fusleage and centre section Plasticard fuel dump pipes added to wings and tanks, hinge actuators added to aileron trim tabs, and wing fenclets added to leading edge. Scribed majority of panel lines, filled and re-scribed double joints between control surfaces The model is shown below before painting with Halfords Appliance White and Hunbrol Metalcote rattle-cans. I used the S&M sheet for Comet 4 to represent G-ADPC, one of the two aircraft which flew the first scheduled transatlantic jet service in 1958. The decals were of very good quality but rather over-sized, for example the tailfin decal was much too big, and the fuselage stripe needed cutting down to fit the kit windows better. The bit where the stripes widen and join around the nose was a nightmare, especially as I had to cut around the cockpit windows. In the end I mixed paint to as close a match as possible for BOAC blue, and had to touch up! It doesn't notice too badly under a coat of gloss varnish though. Hope you like the results! Horrible flash shot shows up all sorts of nightmares, but it's the only way to see the intakes properly: U/C bay. Just noticed the ruddy stripe isn't central. Grrrrr! Happy customer.
  19. Boeing 737-200 South African Airways 1:144 Airfix with modifications The third of my modified Airfix 737-200's. The mods are to cut away the cockpit area and replace it with the clear moulded part from a Daco/Skyline 737 kit, and correcting the engines from the 100 series to the 200 Advanced. This involves lengthening them and fattening the pylons. I also added a bit of cockpit detail and a pair of crew figures from N gauge railway passengers, and opened out the wheel bays to make them 3 dimensional. The Airfix kit is old but basically good, and benefits from these few mods. After all this work some top quality decals are required, so it was straight to Draw Decals website where I found this beautiful scheme. SAA had one the best liveries of all time, and their aircraft were usually kept in sparkling condition. Underside showing the opened out wheel bays Crew at work! With something else. No contest. It has to be my other ZS- registered aircraft, the hilarious 737-800 in Kulula livery, also from Draw Decals. Some info about the modifications. Test fit of the cut out for the Daco clear part Modified engines. Lengthened with a 6mm section of a bomb, covered with Milliput. Pylons widened with plastic sheet. Basic parts for improving the model It was all extra work, but well worth the effort. Thanks for looking, John
  20. Are there any/many external differences between the A-10A Thunderbolt and the A-10C? I have an A-10A kit which I want to build as an A-10C. It is only 1:144 scale so I'm not looking for the minutiae but anything big and obvious when completed. Thanks Mike
  21. Douglas DC-3, Trans World Airline. 1:144 Roden. This aircraft needs no introduction! It is the new Roden kit in 1:144 and a lovely little kit it is too. No issues with construction, it fits together beautifully. The decals are a big improvement over previous Roden offerings, but still need to be handled carefully. Finish is Alclad with Citadel silver for the control surfaces. We could do with a few aftermarket decal sheets for this one, I'll certainly build more, it is a great little kit and a huge improvement over the Minicraft offering. It isn't very big at all, with the modellers standard reference point, a jar of Tamiya paint; And finally, the 'with something else' picture. It could only be the Fly Models DC-9-10 with Draw Decals TWA markings. Thanks for looking, John
  22. Vickers Valiant. 7 Sqn. RAF Honington 1961. 1:144 Mikro Mir Second in my planned group of the 3 'V' bombers is the Valiant. Well known as the first of the trio to both enter and leave service, it was the simplest of the three, but no less attractive. Doing them in 1:144 is more practical than 1:72 for space reasons, and they also make an interesting comparison with my airliners. The kit is from Mikro Mir, and has more of a 'limited run' look to it than the Victor and Vulcan from Great Wall Hobby. It requires a little more care and preparation than the other 2, but is a perfectly buildable model. A brass etch fret provides several detail parts. I used the wing fences as patterns to make copies from plasticard, and also the vortex generators on the outer wings. The only reason for this is that I believe that a stronger bond is possible with plastic-to-plastic than brass-to-plastic, but the kit parts are perfectly good. Lovely box art too! Could go without a shot of the 2 completed so far; along with next one to head for the workbench. Although it is the tanker boxing, it also contains all parts & decals for a Black Buck version. Thanks for looking, John
  23. First post of a build since joining. Bit of whim building this - the first kit from the stash that I grabbed after a 1 year break from the hobby. WiP on the KG144 forum. Comes as a bonus kit in the Lockheed XB-30 box. I'm also building the large bird at the moment. Anigrand also produce a 1:72 kit of this. XP-62 was basically a monster B-29 Superfort engine and eight 20mm Hispanos with a pilot and some wings. Oh and some contra-props. It was never actually tested properly because Curtiss-Wright were drafted into build additional P-47 Thunderbolts. The engine and cabin pressurisation systems were truculent and that really screwed the project from the start. It first flew in July 1943 but was scrapped in late-1943 after the contract was cancelled that September. Good kit - goes together well with no real vices and decent level of detail. Small argument with canopy, with some fairing in to do with Vallejo filler, but much better than a lot of kits of this scale that I've played with. Otherwise pretty sweet. Humbrol and Tamiya paints used. Markings were very unexciting on the real thing so just a few stars to contend with. It's a very, very ugly aircraft. But possibly one of the only ones built in this scale. Which is nice. A quick and painless build to ease me back into the hobby. Thanks for looking! Angus
  24. BAC/Aerospatiale Concorde 1:144 RAM Models Martin of RAM Models has just released this new line in what I would call What-If territory. When the Concorde design was first mooted, there were around eighteen airlines that pre-booked orders for the aircraft. Unfortunately due to the oil crisis all but British Airways and Air France stayed the course. One of the other airlines was Pan-Am who ordered one aircraft on 3rd June 1963 and a further two shortly after. By 1973 Pan-Am had cancelled all orders. The decal sheet offers two options; the first is based on Pan Am’s very own Concorde advertising material from the period, whilst the second option is the classic “Billboard” scheme. Once again RAM Models have used Fantasy Printshop to print this sheet and the quality is superb, with thin carrier film, a good opacity and slightly glossy. The markings include door outlines, the Pan-Am titling, the tail “globe”, US flags, serials for any number of different aircraft, not just the first one ordered and five names using the famous Clipper prefix. Conclusion Whilst I’m generally not into whiffing, these decals do allow the Concorde aficionado the chance to have something different on their shelves. The excellent quality of previously reviewed sheets means that these should be as easy to use and look fantastic. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of Martin at
  25. Morning all! This is my quick OOB (almost) build of the Roden VC-10 K3 1:144 kit. Nothing much more to say so lets get on with it : Kit: Roden VC-10 K3 1:144 (From my LMS- Mike's Models) Paints: Vallejo Model Air custom-mixed grey (based on reference photos) Vallejo Model Air black, Model Color silver Washes: Vallejo Model Wash-dark grey Additional Details: Refuelling basket (inside the central refueling pod) made from rolled up tissue paper Spare RAF roundels had to be used on the side of the fuselage due to an error made by myself Flaps were produced, cutting out the kit's flaps on the underside of the wing and using plasticard to make up the rest of the structure Spoilers/speedbrakes were produced from paper Pros: Great recessed panel lines on the wings and rear control surfaces Nicely detailed engine pods (especially the thrust reverser gratings) Lots (and lots!) of decals, especially on the refuelling pods, which were not all used in this build Window masks (which i stupidly put on every single window and ended up running out of masks half way down the other side!) Relatively cheap- depending on your LMS/supplier Numerous tiny aerials and probes supplied Cons: Very shallow panel lines on the main fuselage body Ejector pins on fuselage join, when these were removed I found that there was a poor fuselage join Very unusual scheme, I can find only one image of this scheme on the internet-apparently the crews "were not a fan" Decal placement sheet was sometimes difficult to interpret Base kit does not have an option for spoilers or flaps Quite a few decals were out of register, but this shouldn't really matter Thanks for having a look Kind regards, Sam