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  1. A month of hard work and 'Foxtrot Oscar' is ready. OOB Airfix build with Authentic Airliners decals. The usual old Airfix woes, but a satisfying result after all.
  2. Hi All, Two in one day, I'm on a roll! This model represents Typhoon IB EK140 QC-K flown by 168 Squadron in Autumn 1944. During this period 168's Typhoons aircraft were being used exclusively as fighters and carried no racks beneath the wings. The actual photo of this aircraft can be found in Phil Listemann's book 'RAF, Dominion and Allied Squadrons at War: Study, History and Statistics - 168 Squadron' I hope you like it, Russ
  3. Hello All, Like many of you, I am a more senior modeller who has come back to it after the gap between childhood and comfortable later life. I must say that in coming back to modelling in recent years, I now realise that it was great fun in childhood but it is an obsession in later life with a great appetite to learn all about the kits and the companies - and websites/forums like Britmodeller are a tremendous help in that. Looking back at some of the quirks I had when building models in the 60's and 70's (last century), it had to be Airfix for 'detail' and Revell 1/32 for working features, aircraft had to have the undercarriage up, bombers had to have 4 engines and turrets and anything with radial engines was better because the propellers would spin when you blew at them. Sailing ships had limited life because Mum just had to dust them and they then looked like they had been through the Battle of Trafalgar. I am now becoming better educated and really get hooked on particular kits for their individuality once I have seen a few build reviews and options - still in the 'collecting/stashing' phase. Where will it all end? - enjoying the journey..... All the best to the other Members. Mike
  4. Hi all, I apologise about the amount of RFI threads I am creating but I just love taking photos in the new light box I really enjoyed making this although its not one of my best. Made OOB and painted with Vallejo Model Air in my usual way.
  5. Hi all, I know this is the third RFI I have posted within a short space of time but because I got the new lightbox I have been able to take better photos of my completed models. The tiffy was a pleasure to build with no real fitting issues at all. Built OOB with the exception of some super fabric seat belts, airbrushed in my usual way with Vallejo Model Air
  6. Well with the BMP-2 nearing Completion I had planned on building a Chivenor F.8 Meteor but Mr Kev "Longshanks" has lead me astray back to Coastal Defence craft. This is Nowhere near as ambitious as his Dog Boat and began a while back on a place a long way away. So it's off he shelf of shame and here's a quick resumé. The inspiration is from "Coastal Craft British Power Boat Company Vol 2" by Mark Smith. If you have any interest in wartime British Coastal craft you HAVE to get these (currently) 3 volumes that are all full of inspirational potential builds. MGB40 was a BPB 63 ft "Whaleback" boat originally built as an MTB for the Norwegian Navy and then requisitioned by the RN in 1940. It began life as an anti-sub boat then was converted to MGB. Original pictures are few - this is MGB 44 later sold to the Polish Navy with an identical configuration The kit will very obviously be the venerable Airfix Air Sea Resuce launch I've always felt there is a half decent kit trying to get out of this mid-70s offering. Coastal Craft come to the rescue with the twin Vickers MG tub, fittings and appropriate Decals.
  7. Despite making over a dozen of the Airfix Spitfire I, it occurred to me that I've never made it in the markings that are in the box. I plan to put that right with a quick out-of-the-box build. As my KP Spitfire I (cannon-armed) is nearing completion, I've made a start. Bits that are grey-green have had a first coat of Sovereign Hobbies RAF Interior Green, bits that are black a coat of Humbrol 33 and, bits that will be silver have had a base coat of Humbrol 33. This bloke will be looking for alternative employment. Here's the nearly done KP Spitfire Thanks for looking.
  8. Hi all, I finally got around to finishing this kit. It was painted using Vallejo Model Air and Model Colour The kit had some fitting issues but apart from that a good, fun build. Built OOB apart from a set of Eduard Superfabric Seat belts Also when disaster strikes in the light box
  9. Hi all, I completed this model around february but I didn't get the chance to take photos of it properly until recently. I enjoyed the kit but snags but no much, as with all my other builds it was painted with Vallejo Model Air. I scratch built some ejection handles on the seat out of solder, I know they are a bit thick looking but I like the look of them and it was the only material I had on hand at the time of the build
  10. Hi all, I finally decided to post a WIP after many months of lurking. I've decided to build the Airfix Spitfire Mk 22 For the first time ever I will be adding some aftermarket stuff to enhance the build. I've acquired some Eduard super fabric belts because I am not quite brave enough to use those fiddly photo etch parts yet. The first thing I noticed when opening the box is the large amount of ejection pin markings which is quite frustrating but I will have to deal with that. First off I removed the parts from the sprue for the interior and gave them a quick clean up and then prepped them for some primer. After a coat of black I then gave it a spray of Vallejo Model Air Interior Grey-Green I then painted the small details using a fine brush and then applied a wash over the cockpit walls I then applied the seat belts using small spots of white glue Thats all for today, tomorrow I'll be cleaning up the wash and connecting the fuselage havles Cam
  11. Hi All, Its been a while.....PhD is done now (apart from the viva) and as I have no job currently, there's some time for some modelling. In my grand vision, I will eventually own a collection of detailed and accurate fleet of modern Soviet jets. First up is the Su-27 'Flanker B', and I am using the venerable 1/72 Airfix kit. I felt I owed this kit another go, as I had made a gluey mess of it when I was a kid! I also had the PART photo-etch set, a Pavla resin seat and a Pavla vac-form canopy (the Airfix one is too short). When I get some cash I might get some Aires nozzles for it too. The scale plans that I have from show that the Airfix kit is very good in terms of accuracy. It has engraved panel lines, but most of them are wrong so what I am doing at the moment is laboriously rescribing correct lines and adding rivet detail, using photos of Masa Narita's 1/32 Flanker online and photos in Model Airplane International. I have rescribed the main upper fuselage and am part-way through the vertical stablisers. I have also started to detail up the nose gear and the front cockpit coaming, and will get going on the main gear soon. Yes, I am a masochist, but I'm actually enjoying this stage! Here are some pics, not too exciting yet I'm afraid but it hopefully gives a flavour of what I'm up to. Any questions/comments welcome. Cheers James
  12. Well, I didn't notice this one coming but I'm in. With all the firsts in the world to choose from, I'm surprised how aviation this bg looks and wanted to broaden it out. I'm going with which is The world's first steam locomotive, can't show you it yet as I've only just ordered it! Have to say not my first choice which was going to be the first locomotive to break the 100 mph barrier, City of Truro but Nimrod54 did this so brilliantly that I wouldn't come close, if you missed it here's his build Hunting around I came across the Airfix kit for Trevithick and a cheaper Minicraft version but that is a strange 1:38 scale while the Airfix is the more conventional 1:32, which is gauge 1 for railway modellers, so it might get a crew to attend to it. But all that to come, first I need the Postie.
  13. Hello again, long time no post. I'll be doing this in the white colour scheme. I want to do a bit of a diorama so I'm building my own AEC Mandator transporter for the Blue Steel,and possibly a trolley if I can get some decent photos of the trolleys used for the Victor. Anyway onto the build, I splashed out on some Eduard photo etch for inside and outside. Airfix rendition on the left, Eduard on the right. Kit detail of the undercarriage bay. Eduard version. For the cockpit Eduard would have your replace the Airfix equipment at the top of the picture here...... ...with this, which is not as detailed. Anyone know why? Lots of bits to make the seats look a bit better.......below Building the next bit was quite literally a pain in the neck, hunched over the desk with massive magnifiers on putting together the smallest clocks and dials Ive ever used. And finally a start made on the Mandator lorry. I believe AIM are supposed to be bringing one out, but I don't know when. (Probably the day after I finish this one) A couple of questions:- 1. What colour should the cockpit floor and walls be? 2. Has anyone got pictures of the blue steel trolley used for the Victor (am i right in thinking it was lower than the others?) That's all for now, thanks for looking. BB
  14. Unable to decide if the lack of WIP threads featuring the new Aifix Victor is a bad sign or not, I decided to take the plunge and start my own. I don't normally do build threads due to a lack of time (or rather a large number of demands on my time), but having recently rediscovered my mojo, acquired this kit and begun a 9 day break from work, the planets are all aligned for this to begin. I acquired the kit on Friday and started work almost immediately. The kit compares very well to other recent Airfix efforts. The mouldings are crisp and sharp and actually remind me of certainTrumpeter kits (and I mean this as a compliment). I've started the cockpit and the nose gear bay, as well as a few other structures which I have not yet photographed. The cockpit is almost there - it just needs a coat of varnish and a wash of thinned enamel to help the detail pop out. I'm not superdetailing this area as I imagine it won't be that visible once it has been sealed inside the fuselage. The nose gear bay has been primed and sprayed with alclad. An enamel wash awaits in order to help the detail stand out.
  15. Hello All! I'm jumping in (pun intended) with the Airfix 1/72 Harrier Gr1. I've got the Eduard PE set for it and I'll use as much of that as seems practical, mainly for gussying up the cockpit, using the kit decals. Have the Warpaint book for reference, but I think I'll mainly be using the internets especially the Harrier SIG. My recent record for group builds has been a bit hit and miss so here's hoping I have time to complete this one!
  16. My first non-World War One aircraft in over 35 years is now complete! The kit is the new tool Airfix one in 1:72, with a resin wing conversion by Alley Cat to make it a metal winged version. I also added Eduard PE details, Rexx metal exhausts, and CMK resin 5 spoke wheels. The wing conversion is beautifully cast, with excellent detail, and fits the kit almost perfectly. I needed to sand under the nose to reduce a step there, but that was the only fit issue. My wing was also a little thick on the trailing edge so I had to sand that down, meaning I lost the detail of the ailerons and had to rescribe the rearmost panel lines, but others have stated that theirs were thin enough to not require sanding. Other issues I had were that the Rexx exhausts didn't fit so I had to open out the slots in the nose - unfortunately I hadn't checked the fit early on and didn't discover that until I was almost finished! I got them to fit, but it would have been much easier to do before anything had been assembled. The wheels also require reshaping of the mounting lug on the kit leg as the kit wheels have a slot, not a hole. Easily taken care of. The squadron codes and "N" in the serial are from the Microscale BoB sheet, while the serial number is from the Pegasus WWI RFC/RNAS serials sheet. All other markings are from the kit. The full build log is here. The aircraft modelled is VY-P, N2319, of 85 Squadron based at Lille-Seclin in early May 1940. Flown by Sgt G "Sammy" Allard who claimed 2 He111's destroyed on 10th May. Many thanks to @Troy Smith for all the help with the details of this aircraft and very useful info on Hurricanes in general! Anyway, enough of the chat, here are the pics! ] I hope you like her! Ian
  17. Hello All, Well, I see Martin is off building the old Airfix Ju88, which will doubtless cause him all sorts of grief. Why should he have all the fun?? So in a gesture of solidarity I've dusted off the old Airfix Blenheim, a kit that is not without (cough, ahem) "issues". I've been plodding away at it on and off for a while, and here it is with possibly the lowest point in Airfix box art: I've rounded off the pointy nacelle fairings and reduced the riveting with a light sanding. Wheels will be firmly up on this one, so that's one less job! The engines and cowlings are quite nice to my eye. I've replaced the turret with the spare one left over from my new Airfix Blenheim 1 build, and taken the Blenheim 4 parts from that kit and grafted them into the cockpit. The canopy has been replaced with the Falcon vac form and the fuselage has been fettled to fit. The only remaining changes are a light sanding to the fuselage rivets and re-shaping the tail fin and rudder so it looks like a Blenheim. I think the tail shape error started with "Aircraft of the Fighting Powers" (love that series of books even though the plans are all wrong). I'm going to do the Free French option. The decals look quite good for Airfix of the period, in register, not yellowed. The British option looks nice too - all you have to do is find the red disc for the fuselage roundel! Thanks for looking, Adrian
  18. I like to have 3 models underway at any one time. Definitely no more. This way I have something to work on while paint is drying on two other models. So, this one got started today as number 3 in the queue. 3 shall be the number of the count, and the number of the count shall be three. Anyhoo, was quite interested to take a look at one of the latest releases from the all new and improved Airfix. I'm a lazy modeller - I no longer have any time for hours and hours of re scribing and filling. I want good quality kits that minimize the amount of that stuff I have to do. My hat's off to the serious modellers who do all that to get the most accurate representation of a subject possible - it's an awesome approach. But I'm too lazy for that. So having heard good things about the recent Airfix incarnation kits, this seemed like fun. Box: The mouldings do look nice. There are very small amounts of flash here and there, but nothing serious. I haven't found anything in the way of sink marks either - so far so good. Made a start with the cockpit tub and ejector seat. Gone are the old days of a crudely moulded seat to be placed into a bare cockpit area - now the tub is made up of several pieces, as is the seat. Not bad really - I think that will look OK through a closed canopy once painted up. Certainly not up the look of a nice resin cast seat, but not bad. I thought it was interesting that there were two seat options - one without moulded in seat harness. Great idea - but no pilot chappie to put in place on the bare seat. Oh well. Cockpit parts Front wheel well assembles on to the underside of the tub. Dry fit of the seat into the tub looks good. I also assembled up the undercarriage bays on the wings. Really, I'm quite pleased with this model. For the price, there is plenty of detail included. I think that with some basic techniques this will make into a nice OOB model Meteor. I got as far as priming some areas today, and I'm looking forward to picking this up again next time I get to the bench.
  19. Hi, I've just started a new model which (funnily enough) is the Airfix Vosper Motor Torpedo Boat. Problem is, I know literally nothing about this type of boat, so I'm wondering if people could help me with the following... 1) I need some colour pictures of the wheelhouse of a WW2 RN torpedo boat, or at least some good description of one so I can get the colours right 2) Some detailed description of the crew number, roles, ranks and uniform (colour pictures or paint guides would be appreciated) 3) What do all the different types of flags mean? eg: there is a red and white thin stripe one, green and white stripes, white and black cross, and a white square flag with a smaller blue square in it Links to information websites are helpful, but if you could just explain that'd be fine Many thanks, PlasticSoldier
  20. Hi mates! For those that haven't been following the WIP, here is my first model of the iconic Messerschmitt Bf 109. That's right, my very first in nearly 50 years of modelling military aircraft. Why did I wait so long? I don't know - I haven't built a Fw 190 or Me 262 either! Project: Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4 Kit: Airfix Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4 (kit number A01008) Scale: 1:72 (because I don't want my thumbs to turn into sausages!) Decals: From the kit, representing the aircraft flown into a field in Love's Farm, Marden, Kent by Oberleutnant Franz von Werra, Gruppen-Adjutant I/JG 3, September 5, 1940. Also, swastikas from Techmod sheet 72101. Photoetch: Eduard Detail Set No. 73 453 Masks: Eduard Set CX 331 Resin: BarracudaCast BR72091 Messerschmitt B,C,D,E Main Wheels Paint: Gunze H70 RLM02, H67 RLM65, H64 RLM71, H65 RLM70, H416 RLM66, H90 Clear Red, H94 Clear Green; Tamiya XF-69 NATO Black, XF-2 Flat White; Testors 1180 Flat Steel,1149 Flat Black, 1790 Silver FS17178, 1795 Jet Exhaust; Floquil 110004 Crystal-Cote; Future; Alclad Klear Kote Flat Weathering: All weathering was done with pastel chalk dust, and is sealed underneath the top coat of flat varnish. No panel line wash was done externally; a light burnt umber wash was used in the cockpit. Improvements/Corrections Applied the Eduard PE set to the cockpit, including the canopy retention cable. PE hand holds on front windscreen. Eduard PE used for both main wheel wells and landing gear doors. Replaced kit wheels with resin set from Barracuda Studios. Lowered the ailerons by 11 degrees to match typical landing configuration (leading edge slats were previously stowed by der Erksters). Scratch built the starboard wing fairing attachment plate (to match the detail that Airfix forgot, even though it was properly moulded on the port side). Radio mast from kit was broken; replacement part from Academy kit was shortened and its profile altered. Added antenna and lead-in wires with 0.005" diameter Nitinol wire. Build thread: Link What a sweet little kit! I only encountered a few areas that were strange - for example I had to remove the alignment pegs from the wings in order to get the top and bottom halves to line up properly. Once I did that, the alignment was very good, and the wing assembly joined the main fuselage with the proper dihedral. I also had to remove an alignment peg from one of the tailplane struts so I could mount it in the correct position. The propeller can be mounted either way - you have to be careful to make sure that the straighter edges of the prop blades are the leading edges. Very little putty was used on this kit. Some of the small parts were quite difficult to remove from the sprues (I was using a new #11 blade to carefully cut through the sprue gate). I only broke one part, namely the aerial mast which I replaced with an altered piece from an Academy kit. All told, I really enjoyed putting this little guy together! By the way - no attempt was made to "fill" the panel lines with anything other than the normal amount of paint that I used in airbrushing the camouflage scheme. The next time you read someone saying this kit has "trenches" please direct them to this build, give them a light tap on the head, and tell them to stop believing all the nonsense you find on the Internet. Except for this thread, of course. The paint scheme and markings are of course from the famous 109 shot down over Kent. I think I represented the aircraft with the proper colours and weathering, at least based on current research. A fellow Britmodeller sent me a copy of the crash report which included descriptions of some of the colours; for instance the black and white spinner and the fact that this aircraft had no armor protection in the canopy. Enough of all this stuff - here are the pictures! Enjoy! Edit - My fellow modellers pointed out some errors in my build, which I quickly corrected. Updated pictures on further down the thread. Thanks mates! Cheers, Bill (who can never decide what to build next...)
  21. Hello All, I've just finished the new(ish) Airfix Bristol Blenheim 1 (build thread here). I have taken advantage of the evening sunshine to get some pictures: And one from underneath. I was pretty pleased with the underside weathering, but the camera has struggled with the contrast and done neither side any favours: It's more or less OOB, with seat belts and a couple of interior details. I brush painted using Humbrol and Revell acrylics, and kept the weathering light. So what did I think about the kit? It does have fit issues. The fuselage is harder than it should be, and the cowlings are difficult to do neatly. I think the issues are exacerbated by soft definition of the moulding - nothing seems to be quite sharp (the closed cowling gills are a prime example). I hate the new way of attaching propellers, too. On the other hand, I didn't use much filler at all (once I'd done some fettling) and some parts, like the undercarriage, fell together beautifully. The canopy is very toylike and distorting, (the old Frog Blenheim is much better, and I'm regretting not using my Falcon vac), but the turrets are clear and very nicely done So, for me, it's accurate, detailed, mostly enjoyable and miles better than the old Airfix MkIV (and the MPM). But I don't think it's as far ahead of the 1969 Frog moulding as I would hope. I'm looking forward to building that as a Finnish example. Thanks for looking, Adrian
  22. Hey Britmodellers I wanted to share a build I did for the Beyond The Box SIG at Telford. I finished the model at the beginning of November (just in time for the show, very last minute dot com!) but I have only just got round to taking some pictures outside. The idea behind the SIG is to take one of the Aardman inspired Airfix kits (i.e. Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep) and to give it a bit of a twist. The theme for last year was 'From Military to Civilian'. My idea was to take the Land Rover kit as if it had been demobbed and had a Harvey Frost crane installed at the back. I knocked up the Wallace Motors signage in Powerpoint choosing 1950s versions of the Shell and BP logos. The red, yellow and green colours in the signage in turn influenced my choice of colours for the Land Rover and the woodwork. The Harvey Frost style crane was scratch built from plastic tube / plastic card and detailed with various items from the scrap box. The stonework was created from a cork floor tile. I cut out brick size pieces and sanded them down to take off the sharp edges. The cementwork was done by grouting with Polyfilla. The door and window were built from a pack of bassword bought from Hobbycraft and glazed using the clear plastic from a CD case. I will bring the model along to the Cosford model show in April. Regards Richard C
  23. And now on to my third GB for the year so far - no pressure then - the perfectly formed little De Havilland Vampire from Airfix: This is of course one of Airfix's more recently tooled models and for me it's a little cracker. I'll be building predominantly oob as is my way but there's plently of nice detail for the scale. You'll see from my pics below that I've filled the nose cavity and the space behind the pilots seat with lead weighting to prevent her from being a tail sitter. This stuff is brilliant - so small but yet so heavy and can be perfectly arranged to fit into even the tightest spaces and glued in place with PVA. I will be adding the pilots to the build too - pic below - although they need a lick of paint first. So below is my progress so far and will update as soon as possible: Instrument panel painted up and awaiting decal which isn't bad for this scale and should look fine once fitted
  24. First ever post on this forum so here goes... This is my attempt at the 1:600 HMS Iron Duke released many moons ago. The kit itself was a nightmare (to be expected given the age). Flash was off the charts, pieces wouldn't fit together without some serious filing/cutting/total removal of parts. I admit I made quite a few mistakes trying to glue things together (for example some of the boats are rather squint...) but the whole purpose of building this was to get some practice at ship modelling, being an aircraft modeller normally. I used an artwox wooden deck and vallejo paints plus pastels for weathering. Any constructive criticism would be gladly welcomed, my next build will be Trumpeters 1:350 HMS Dreadnought from 1915 in honour of my great grandfather who served aboard her during World War I.
  25. I am slowly assembling the bits to make a small diorama of a downed Spitfire, with the Pilot leaning nonchalantly against his machine whilst he waits for the Wehrmacht's finest to make their way over.... well that's the plan. Stage one is to make a downed Spit. Airfix Mk1a kit was used. Some of the inner walls were ground away to make them wafer thin, then a sharp pin and drill were used to make some holes to represent battle damage. All flaps were cut away to allow them to be "drooped" and the tail was mutilated to show it had been shot away. Cockpit door cut out, so it could be posed open. And one piece canopy cut up into 3 pieces, although in my case the sliding part was blown off in the fight (ahem - I lost it...) Painted with Mr Color (I think I have a new favourite brand!), decals applied, damage picked out with a bit of Aluminium on a cocktail stick, and all sealed with Citadel Paints Purity Seal (Varnish to me and you). A heavy Flory was of Grime was applied all over, then Black was used to stain the area aft of the engine cowling to represent heavy smoke staining. The spinner and propeller are only test fitted - I have to figure out how I want them rotated. EDIT: Just noticed I haven't fitted the *(&%£ exhausts!