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  1. Seafire IIc from the Med

    When the Bf One-ten is done, I'll start building a Sword Seafire IIc here. I'm either doing one of the kit supplied decal schemes or, if I can get myself convinced to buy a set for an HMS Formidable based bird, I'll do that. No big difference in paint schemes, though! V-P
  2. Whilst spending a cold and snowy day indoors, and waiting for the paint to dry 🙄 on my Short Stirling build, I settled down and watched 2 episodes of Plane Resurrection on Netflix. The first being the rebuild of a beautiful Mustang and the second a Hawker Hurricane (Mk.I). This made me wonder which of these i had in my stash (and I had one of each, although my Hurricane is a Mk.IIC), and which to build next? I have built a Mustang in the past, but was keen for another attempt using my airbrush, and as of yet I haven't attempted a Hurricane. Unable to choose I asked my son, and he chose the Hurricane, so a Hurricane it is. Watching the documentary, has made me appreciate this little fighter more, understand its role in the Battle of Britain, how the fabric covered wing construction made it light, and able to withstand a little more of the onslaught, and how later variants moved on to ground assault, so he's hoping I do my little kit proud. So onto the build, I am planning to build Revell's 1:72 Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIC, in the colours of No.28 Squadron, RAF South East Asia Command from 1944. I picked the kit up cheap on EBay a while ago, and it consists minimal black and white instructions, and a little sheet of decals (I may well airbrush the white stripe to the wings and tail). There are 6 sprues, all with little to no flash but detailing is a little scarce. I plan to make this an out of the box build with landing gear down. Now the fun can begin......😀
  3. Having been mainly interested in the A-4 variant so far I was very happy with the Revell 1:72 kit. Lately I raised an interest in earlier A-5 and D-2 variants. I thought Zvezda would cater me with their A-5/A-17 kit - that I have yet to see and handle the plastic - good enough. Taking a closer look at many interesting subjects from the Mediterranean and North Africa I noticed the earlier Linsenlafette instead of the later Bodenlafette 39 variants. I haven´t been able to find out in the Zvezda kit reviews if the Linsenlafette in included or not? If not, is it available from cottage industry? Thanks in advance, V-P
  4. I know this GB is in full flow and I'm a bit late. I'd like to join with this Airfix SHAR which I bought just after it came out. I have already slapped on a few coats of paint for the interior and detail but everything is still on the sprue so I'm sure it's well within the under 25% started. I'm going to complete it as this 899 ship in Falklands war fit from HMS Hermes. Although the 700 NAS conversion unit scheme is nice. Some aftermarket; mask for the canopy and resin jet exhausts. Airfix moulded the exhausts in two parts. Apart from the fact I've about 5 sets of exhausts in the stash, it's about three weeks work to get rid of the inevitable seams on the vanes. So let's get going
  5. Hello all! This time quite old, but still very good kit: Me 163 B/S from Academy. In first part, as usual will be some about that plane, and inbox of the model. So, enjoy!
  6. Hello all, I'm finding myself bogged down in many complex projects. I have several biplanes, large scale planes, short run kits, and AFVs on the go. While I'm enjoying myself greatly, I'm in search of something simpler to slap together between strut alignments, fine detail scratchbuilding, paint shading, and super-detailing sessions. I'm thinking a 1/72 jet, with a simple paint scheme would meet these criteria, so I went up to look at what is in the stash, and found the following. Based on your own experiences, which would be the most hassle free? Most reasonable OOB detail, good fit, no really complex fiddly assemblies (I'm up to my eyeballs in fiddly assemblies already) 1/72 Hasegawa F-104S Italian Starfighter (NMF finish) German Navy 1/72 Academy/Italeri F-84G (I have some nice checkerboard adorned bomber squadron decals) 1/72 Hasegawa X-29 1/72 Fujimi Phantom FGR.2 (Barley Grey schemes) 1/72 Revell Eurofighter Typhoon (single seat, first moulding) 1/72 Italeri F-5E [USN 2-tone (i think) aggressor scheme] Please relate your personal experiences, and not hearsay, in your responses.
  7. M7 Priest

    I've started to build some of my AFV stash lately, usually as part of a GB. So it seems a good idea to join in here. I went through the stash to see what's suitable and came across this. Its the Revell rebox of the Matchbox Priest and comes with a set of US paratroopers. I started a few weeks ago but progress is slow, due to a combination of being insanely busy at work, rugby commitments and a bit of a health problem. However here is the obligatory sprue shot. Classic instructions as well. I'll finish it as an early desert campaign version
  8. D-Day Double build.

    So I am about to embark upon my next build adventure, Italeri's 1:72 Stirling Mk.IV, and As.51 Horsa Mk.I to recreate the glider tug and pay tribute to the role they played during D-Day. The first kit I'm using is the Stirling Mk.IV, the Short Sterling was the RAF's first heavy bomber to be used during World War Two. The Mk.IV was adapted as a glider tug and used to tow Horsa and Hamilcar gliders. The box includes 5 excellently detailed sprues, as well as a clear sprue and Pe parts. There are 4 different colour schemes, with accompanying decals. I am planning to go with the scheme of 299 Squadron which flew from RAF Keevil, and could have towed the Horsa I am planning to build. The second kit, the AS. 51 Horsa Mk.I in contrast is minimal in parts and appearance. The box contains 2 sprues (with very little detail, as you probably would expect on a glider) and a clear sprue. There is also a sprue of Paratroopers (although I am not planning on using them for this project). The colour scheme and decals are that of the Horsa used in Operation "Tonga" Pegasus bridge 1944. I am planning on building them in flight, with the Stirling towing the Horsa, for that I will be adding small stands, but apart from this adaptation they will be out of the box builds. It's going to be a long build but I'm very excited about the work ahead.
  9. Ready for inspection I offer my Airfix 1:72 Hawker Typhoon IB. This is an out of the box build, decorated in the colour scheme flown by Squadron Leader Basil Gerald Stapleton DFC. The kit went together well with no problems except for the invasion stripe decals, not wanting to play ball. I was lucky enough to get a new airbrush and compressor for Christmas, and got to test them out painting.g the camouflage top coat. Great little kit, and fun build.
  10. Looks like I’ll be doing an accidental companion build to @Enzo Matrix‘s Saturn V with my focus being on the splashdown/recovery. Old 66 Sea King & the module I’m armed with Airfix HAR 3 Sea King to be guddled about with as per the excellent Tailhook resource and have been playing with tinkercad to get a splashdown module which I’m currently planning to 3D print at my local library
  11. Hi! This is my latest effort. I have always thought that the Italeri kit was lacking in quality, so when I got this Heller kit I was thrilled as it has more finely executed ribbing and engines, alas some things are plainly wrong. The undercarriage legs are suitable only for late/post war machines and fit badly. Also the windows are 2mm too low, so I had to cheat things a bit. Mind you, if anyone wants to do a film aircraft from the movie Where eagles dare, this is the kit to go for. Sadly I've changed my mind during the build and finished it like an anonymous air ambulance. Vallejo and Revell acrylics were used throughout the build and the markings were hand painted. The only decals are a pair of very bad quality swastikas. My goal was to depict a machine that had surwived the winter with a badly washed away temporary white camouflage. You be the judges. Cheers! Josip
  12. 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?
  13. What to pick for this group build ? OA-10 Warthog ? Chinese WZ-10 helicoptor ? Something with a £10 price sticker on the box ? No, I'll go for an entry so obscure it doesn't even have a '10' anywhere on the box.... The Chengdu J-10 Here's the 'look I ain't no cheating weasel' pic to show it's < 25 % done..... still in the cellophane....
  14. Good evening fellow modellers, January is a good month to start by cleaning up shelf of doom This time, I've decided to build a Revell offering to test some of new techniques (and some patience). Despite the age, kit can be assembled with relative ease and leaves a lot of room for scratchbuilding. Both halves come together quite nicely, with very little sanding: Using excellent WNW reference, I've decided to build Rudolph Berthold's aircraft, though kits representation is not early type Rudolph reportedly flew. I've decided not to modify it, since I'd lose canvas representation on both sides of fuselage. As per reference, blue color was applied with slight opacity: Decaling phase, decals are actually quite nice and react well to solvents: Upper wing was then fitted and fixed in place: And a view from side, showing working area in all of its messy glory: That's all for now, enjoy
  15. Before Christmas I decided on a quick "out of the box" twin build of the Airfix 1:72 scale Mk I Hurricane. It all went well until I hit the canopies - which I made a complete hash of and had to strip and start again. They are still not terribly good - not sure what went wrong. Just out of practice I guess. Brush painted with Tamiya acrylics, with the white and aluminium undersides coming from Tamiya rattle cans.I tried a wash with oil paints rather than my usual water colour wash, and I finished with a matt coat from a rattle can (Tamiya Clear Matt). Pretty happy with how that worked out - although note for future reference the matt coat didn't react well with the aluminium undersurfaces of the 111 Squadron machine (even though I thought I had covered it enough with gloss coat). Both completed straight out of the box, the first as a 111 Squadron machine from 1938, the other as a 85 Squadron aircraft in France, May 1940. Thanks for looking. And some photos outside in the late afternoon sun.
  16. i have had a liking for the Bell X-1 since watching The Right Stuff many years ago. It ss the early part of the film with Sam Shepard's extraordinary performance as Chuck Yeager that I most enjoy. A colleague, who knows of my model making habits, was kind enough to send me a portion of the "stash" of a a friend of his who passed away a year of so ago. Within that batch he sent me was Tamiya's 1:72 scale kit of the X-1 and I thought that it would make a good kit to start 2018 with. It was a very quick simple build (i decided against using the transparent fuselage halves). I used Italeri Acryl Acrylic Flat Orange as the main colour, applied by brush. A couple of firsts for me - I used an artists oil wash to highlight the moving surfaces and finished with Tamiya Semi Gloss Clear from a rattle can. Maybe a little grubbier than I intended, but the semi gloss finish is exactly what I wanted. I will be trying the Flat Clear on my next build. Build thread here. Thanks for looking. And some photos taken in the late afternoon sun.
  17. i have had a liking for the Bell X-1 since watching The Right Stuff many years ago. It ss the early part of the film with Sam Shepard's extraordinary performance as Chuck Yeager that I most enjoy. A colleague, who knows of my model making habits, was kind enough to send me a portion of the "stash" of a a friend of his who passed away a year of so ago. Within that batch he sent me was Tamiya's 1:72 scale kit of the X-1 and I thought that it would make a good kit to start 2018 with for my first WIP. So what do you get in the box? Some very nice plastic, with just a little flash. Included are transparent fuselage halves if you want to reveal the inner workings of the aircraft - not for me this time. The previous owner had got as far as painting a few parts, but other than that the kit was untouched. A small decal sheet. I of course will be finishing the kit in the markings for the record breaking flight. One reason for choosing this as my first kit of the year, I happen to have some orange paint in stock that looks just fine when brushed onto a spare bit of plastic. So to work. First thing was to glue in the cockpit panel - I am going to finish this "all buttoned up". In a good sign, it fitted really well. Next the main cockpit components (what little there is - I think this is going to be a fairly quick build). Tamiya provide a steel ball bearing as a weight, that needs to be encased in part of the internals of the aircraft. Next time - onto cockpit painting!
  18. My last (14th) completed model for 2017. This kit began life as an entry into the 2017 BF-109 group build on this site. I was underwhelmed with the kit when I began working on it, and set it aside. I picked it back up, shortly before the holidays, and by the end of the project I was really happy with how solidly engineered the kit is, and with its fine surface details. The build is very simple and more or less idiot-proof. I chose the white winter finish, as I wanted something I could do quickly. There was some user error with the theater bands (maybe its not so idiot proof?), which made things go a bit slower, but in the end it turned out fine. I had a lot of fun weathering this one. Painting was done largely with Tamiya. I began with Nato Black base coat, then a light coat of Light blue/white mix underneath. I then repeatedly applied fine, uneven misty coats of flat white to the topside. The gelb is a mix of flat yellow and orange. Weathering was done with artists oils, and a bit of dark brown pigment powders on the wheels.
  19. I did mention I was going to do two Kingfishers in tandem. I did start the Airfix one at the same time but have been tardy in posting photographs, although I have been taking them as I go along. It's late, and I was chided earlier by Pat in the other thread for staying up too late so we'll start with a little taster. I think i got this one in Modelzone when it was closing down. I've made it twice before. The first time back in the 60s (I think) when first released in dark blue plastic and a few years back when I built it as a wheeeld version SEAC colours, although I think I never completed the canopies. This one will be in TSS colours from the transfer set on the right below.. Here's what Airfix put in the box Simple model, clear instructions and nice transfers. Cockpit detail minimal, but Airfix do provide an IP transfer but no actual IP. Sprues for your delectation. I must have opened the box before and shoved on some paint, but certainly nowhere near the 25% that would disbar the build. More tomorrow.
  20. I'm going to go for it. A speed dance equivalent of two Kingfishers. This is the first, a Lindberg boxing procured somwhere I know where not. Found amongst the loft insulation a count of days ago. It did cost £10 though. It's basic, but OK, the plastic is like post multiple colour Matchbox, a kind of silvery shade. There are a small number of sink marks and there are holes for both the undercarriage and floats. Also the cockpits are minimalistic with weird seats. No gun ring or control column the wings are moulded inone piece upper and lower parts that threads through the fuselage as does the tailplane. The instructions are seriously but rather fetchingly old fashioned and the transfers don't look great but I'll not be using them.. The Airfix kit will be another thread Here we are all in the comforting sturdy box. I will refrain from asking Mr Revell to see how good these old fashioned boxes are. Sprue Instructions, transfers and the transparencies. You can see the transfers look suspect, even at this early stage.
  21. The Gladiator is nearly done and the Phamtom is flying along almost ready for painting so I thought I'd go for this. classic instructions Sprues with diorama bases
  22. I had a choice of 2 kits for my next build, Revell's 1:72 Hurricane or Airfix 1:72 Typhoon. After some deliberation my son chose the Hawker Typhoon. I have just finished 2 bombers, so fancied building something smaller. In my stash I have Eduard's Royal class Spitfire's (I love building Spits), but fancied making something similar but very different. So here it is, Airfix 1:72 Hawker Typhoon IB. I got the kit for only £5.99 and am very impressed with the detailing. The box includes clear instructions, with a choice of 2 paint jobs, and a nice sheet of decals. There are 4 grey sprues, with little flash and loads of detailing. As well as one small clear sprue. I have decided to go with the markings of the aircraft flown by Flight Officer A H Fraser, No.439 (Westbound) Squadron, No.143 Wing (Royal Canadian Air Force), 2nd Tactical Air Force, Eindhoven, Netherlands, February 1945. I have given the sprues aquire wash, and can't wait to get started.
  23. Hello to all! Today, something small and fast to assembly. Namely, howitzer from Polish wargaming series, First to Fight. Enjoy!
  24. Best BP Defiant in 1:72?

    I had an interesting discussion at SMW about which 1:72 kit of the Defiant is 'best'. We were comparing an modern Airfix kit with another (not sure if MPM or Pavla) side by side and there were differences in cowling shape (not length) and length of u/c and gear doors and the corresponding sit of the aircraft. Let's say best means best overall shape and dimensions.
  25. Douglas Boston mk IV Havoc A-20G

    I couldn't believe my luck back in the summer, when on a trip to Abingdon airshow I purchased this 1977 Matchbox kit, and so I'm ready to join the group build. This is a vintage kit, the box has a certain patina and the decals have aged some what but it's a nice looking kit, and I'm hoping some modern materials will help bring it to life. The kit comes with a tri fold set of instructions, which for an older kit are nice and detailed, although I fear Humbrol may have discontinued some of the paints needed. On opening, the tatty box revealed 3 sprues (one black, grey and brown), and a clear sprue. There is little to no flash, however, several parts have come loose. I have looked and believe (hope) all the parts are there. The kit offers 2 colour plans, and I have decided to go with 675th Bombardment Group 'Green Hornet'. This squadron were known as the 'Dauntless Demons' and we're involved in bomb attacks on Japanese airstrips in 1944. I think this kit may be a bit of a challenge, but I'm already enjoying the history attached to it. Let tue build commence.