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  1. Hi Everyone, So today I'm starting my project log for my Fury inspired diorama build. This will be my first build in over 20 years so please go easy with me . I started the Sherman a few weeks ago and as such I have no photos from the start of the build, all I have is from the stages before primer and top coat, however the Tiger 1 only arrived today so hopefully I can give a build log for that at least. Anyways without further delay, onto the build log. So the two kits that I am using for this are as follows: Italeri M4A3E8 Sherman "Fury" - Kit #6529 Rye Field Model Tiger 1 (Early Production) - Kit #RM-5003 Both nice kits, the Sherman went together a breeze minus a few mistakes that I made in the assembly process, which I am going to put down to 20 years away from the hobby and not fully reading the instructions. Here is some shots of my build before primer coat: And after primer coat: And then today I went out and purchased a good quality compressor and a new airbrush as my old one died on me some time ago, I have now given the Sherman its first coat of Olive Drab: This is shortly after painting but I am hoping the paint goes to a Matt finish, failing that I will have to look at some alternate paint for it. Anyway, that's it for today and I will post up again tomorrow as I start the Tiger 1 kit. Please let me know any thoughts you may have but as I said don't forget this is my first build in 20 years Chris
  2. Hi all, As quick post of my completed Fury. It has taken me a while and has been a pig to build, as those of you who have tried it will know. It is so fragile in places! But, of course, it is the only option in gentlemen's scale. I got the markings from a small shot of her in Steve Ginter's book and home printed them. I added a Pavla cockpit set and tail pipe. The only other addition was a set of canopy rails from Plastruct square rod.I started by attempting the machine depicted in the Print Scale set but gave up as they are atrocious and too large. So I went for a sister ship that had a slight different dayglo pattern on the wings. So she is a machine that was based at Glynco. I had to scribe the panels - my first attempt ever! Weathered with Flory Dirt. All paints are Humbrol enamel. Words of warning? 1. if you go for the Pavla set the canopy is out of scale and too large. I kept the front end from the kit and added the rear sliding portion from the Pavla. Not the best but hey ho! 2. the undercarriage legs are so, so fragile. For the nose gear I set the leg in a small block of sprue and then added the supporting strut from Plastruct round .8mm rod. 3. the wheels are from a F-86H (Special Hobby). Not completely accurate but better than the flimsy kit option. 4. change the nosewheel light within the door to the opposite side and at the bottom 5. open up the intake fully. I then used a modified inlet duct from a Heller F-86 to give it depth. Not my best. Martin
  3. Any sign of one being produced? I don't really fancy starting my Falcon vacform .......Then again, maybe I should! It might urge somebody to produce one! It is the only member of the Sabre/Fury family not offered :(. Martin
  4. Hi all, An appeal to any builders of this kit to ask for any advice before I start the build. I have the Pavla cockpit set as well as the resin tail pipe. My area of concern is really the wheels. Is there an alternative? Has anyone found anything similar from another kit that could work? My first job is rescribing so I have time to pull together as much guidance as you can offer. thanks in advance. Martin Building Sabres one by one!
  5. OK it's time for one of "those" builds The NA FJ-3 Fury has long been a fave of mine - I mean effectively its a Navalised F-86, but it's got Gloss Sea Blue on it - so what is not to like??? Now when I say, "effectively it's a Navalised F-86", that's a little understatement, because actually there's a fair bit of work to do on Esci's 1980s era model to make it look right. Before I go further, I'm going to say this straight off: Without the excellent blog site of Tommy Thomason ( Tailspin Turtle on BM) this project would be a non-starter. Tommy provides free, modeller friendly info which enable anyone to find out a multitude of things about USN aircraft. The drawings you will see in some of the pics are from his blog, and are invaluable. http://tailspintopics.blogspot.co.uk/2009/10/fj-fury.html will be a good starting point, as will http://tailhooktopics.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/esci-148th-fj-23.html ( which follows on from my thread in Cold war aircraft on here - and is a testament to his willingness to assist). Basically Esci took their F-86 kit and sort of semi "Furied" it i.e. made changes that didn't require a substantial re tool. So you get an F-86 fuselage with the cut out for the tailhook, new 2 cannon gun panels, modified undercart, and a new windscreen & canopy with matched canopy sill modifications on the fuselage. Wings are slatted and have the wing fold join added. However in boxing the kit as an FJ-2 or 3 this presents some serious issues shape wise, as both the -2 & -3 had fuselages that were different from the F-86, and different from each other. Work to bring the model up to something that looks like an FJ-3 concentrates on 3 main areas then: Nose; cockpit & canopy, and fin/tailpane. So, ship mates, razor saw in hand, here we go..... First up - the Nose. The FJ-3 used a more powerful Wright J65 turbojet - which meant a larger nose intake was required to cope with the added airflow needed. This means the nose area is deeper. Heres a pic of the stock fuselage: Note the lovely navy blue plastic, which is brittle but pretty easy to work with !! Effectively this is a simple case of removing the lower forward fuselage and re-attaching to provided the added depth. The gap is backed with plasticard, and then filled in and made good. Next the cannon panels need to be modified: Esci provide these as inserts instead of the Sabre's 6 x 50 cal MG panels. However on the Fury the cannon ports are further forward than the Sabres MG ports, ( the upper front one is almost at the intake lip) and the ports have a characteristic down angle when viewed from the side on. Its pretty easy to reposition the gunport panels to achieve this, and then back fill in the gaps. On my model this is achieved using some plastic card spacers inside the panels to pack out the internal void, and then its all back filled with CA/talc filler. Which gets you here. Note the angled down gun panel, with muzzles further forward, and the lowered lower nose profile - which is also evident here: The kit intake lip part is now cut, with the plan being to splice in a section from a spare F-86 nose ring to deepen it. I've also cut out a section of the nose intake side to cope with the more forward location of the gunport panel. Now one side is done, I will repeat this for the other side. Finally - ever wonder what happens when you try to gently bend some warp out of a large brittle lower wing moulding from a 30 year old bit of plastic? Fortunately its a clean break right long a very obvious stress flow line!! ( you can see the one on the other side as a dark line pretty much in the same place!) But there was a moment last night when the words "Oh deary me!" were uttered a few times More to come. Jonners
  6. Hi all, After my current set of builds I want to add a Fury to the collection of Sabres. I have just invested in the Falcon vacform kit to go with a Fujimi F-86F-30 (short 6-3 wing) but having received it I am tempted to try and blend the key parts to the Fujimi fuselage rather than simply using the entire vacform one. Any thoughts? It looks like the rear end at least of the FJ-3 was pretty much an F-86F? I'd appreciate your thoughts. Thanks. Martin
  7. Hi, Over the past few weeks I've put this little collection of 1/72 scale 1930's fighters of the RAF together. They are a mixed bag of Airfix and Matchbox kits, some old, and some new. I must admit, they have all been a pleasure to build. Some of the kit decals couldn't be rescued owing to their +40 years age, but on the whole they went on ok. Additional decals came from friends half-used sheets. Thank you John and Chris. These aircraft certainly add a little colour to the display shelf. I have a couple more to build, but so far the collection includes: Airfix - Demon, Bulldog, Gladiator, and a Gauntlet (converted from a Gladiator) Matchbox - Siskin, and Fury. I am in great admiration of those who can add the bracing wires.... you will see that I didn't. Life's too short, and well beyond my skill! ;-) Thanks for looking,
  8. Hi, Hawker Spanish Fury was a modification of Hawker Fury (I) . Out of planned production of about 50 only three of them saw combat in SCW. From outside it had different cooler and undercaridge adopted from Gloster Gladiator (I heard it that way - please corect if I am wrong). Now A-model is producing such kit, but mine is scratch converted from Matchbox kit - well ... - fourty years ago, in 1975.... I was 16. OK, still it was quartary... Markings are from 1938, where "4-1" was reconstructed by canibalization of wrecks of original "4-1" and "4-2". My original build was without rigging, with blue undresurfaces and relatively small national markings (Spanish roundels) from below. This was following some article in a British model magazine those years - I do not remember exact reference. Now, before posting I wanted to add rigging, I've bought EZ wire just to try. I failed with attaching withour drilling holes, perhaps it is possible, but I failed... So I have to drill. Then I have to fix them and mix the colours (to match Airfix colours which I used in 1975) to paint filled holes. Therefore I decided to take this oportunity to change botorm colour to silver/alumnium dope. Overal "silver" were Spanish Furies painted before SCW. Since they left roundels from bottom - it means that bottom colour was not changed - so it should not be light blue but aluminum dope. By this chance I replaced bottom roundes to bigger one, following some photo presented in book "Aviones el la Guerra Civil Espanola" - which was mentioned here (in my posts on SCW machines) several times. And I added Pitot tube. And a bit repainted pilot's suit (helmet and colar). Here is the result: EDIT And here is a whole set of my Britts, from Spanish Civil War (on both sides due to GAL Monospar...) Comments welcome and regards Jerzy-Wojtek
  9. Gee this GB came around a bit quicker than I had hoped/planned for! I had a hard time planning what I wanted to build, originally planned a Luftwaffe Sabre or Sabre Dog, Hartmann’s F-86 of JG 71 “Richthofen” does look fantastic!! Hmmmm a later project I think!!! But then I can across the Grand Phoenix FJ-4B Fury, looks cool and plenty of resin, I just had to build it. (I bet no one noticed I had the wrong box photo here!!!) Not sure which scheme yet, the grey one certainly looks interesting....but I have 5 lovely resin Bullpups! I have just about finally finished the Heinkel so will start this one then.......hopefully! Oh I even managed to get a second one for next to nothing due to it missing decals.
  10. Hawker Fury replica K1930, pics thanks to Mark Mills.
  11. FJ-4B Fury, pics thanks to Bootneck Mike.
  12. Had this one on the on and off for a couple of weeks, Only the second biplane I have ever rigged and the first 1:72 This was mainly a test run to see what pitfalls lay ahead when I tackle Airfix's new 1:72 Gladiator. I'm not entirely happy with this one but at least I know what to do on the next. And finally one for scale Thanks for looking
  13. Hi Everyone, This is my first model after having bought so many and not building them over the years, i have alays been hesitant to assemble and paint them and finally decided to give it a go, if you look closely enough you will see several mistakes, I learnt alot with this model and it took longer than I thought it would, I have never filled and sanded before and I learnt what puttys I like and which ones I dont. I didn't like the empty space behind the seat so I scratchbuilt several things based on 2 grainy pictures of that area something i thought i would surely stuff up. Masking was a disaster on several occasions the paint peeled off with the tape. I could talk for ages on it.