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  1. Decision time gang. After much dithering I've dug into the stash and unearthed one of the many Sea Harrier kits which have resided untouched for far too long. The Italeri kit and a Pavla resin cockpit along with an as yet undecided aftermarket decal option from that pile. There's also a growing stack of reference books appearing to support or complicate matters but I'll sort out some photos soon as I can remember how to work Flickr
  2. Hi again fellow modellers, As noted earlier I've recently moved so have not forummed(new word) anything for a while so I'm playing catch-up, so apologies for the amount of topics at short notice. This is Italeri's version of the Hellcat night fighter, pretty straightforward. I rushed it because it was my last build before the move so I'm hoping I've got the weathering OK; gloss sea blue is a challenge for weathering! The aerial in the kit is wrong, it's the forward angled one from the -3 version so fitted one made of wire plus whip aerials dorsal and ventral. I'm not sure but there may have been other aerials on the NF version but seraches on the net did not reveal anything. Paint is a ancient tin of Humbrol gloss blue and I think I put a satin vallejo varnish over it. Anyway here goes:
  3. Malta Spitfire Colour Scheme

    Hi, I am currently building the Italeri Spitfire Vb and intend to paint it in the colour scheme of the 229 Squadron Spitfire Vb EP606 'X-P' flown by F/O. Ryan Gosling RCAF, Spring 1943. The research is from Steve Nichols 'Malta Spitfire Aces' which suggests the scheme is dark earth and extra dark sea grey with azure blue undersides, would I be correct in interpreting this as Extra dark sea area - humbrol 123; dark earth humbrol 29 and azure blue humbrol 157 (or is it humbrol 89)? Many thanks in advance, Russ
  4. The Italeri 1/48 Hurricane Mk1 has been the subject of much discussion on the various forums, this one included, so I am aware of the various issues with this kit, this didn't however, prevent me from enjoying completing this replica of the famous Battle of Britain fighter. Finished in the colours of No 43 (Fighter) Squadron, RAF, (undoubtedly the finest Fighter Squadron that has ever, or shall ever, exist in any Air Force in the world ) the brutish lines of Sir Sidney's gun truck are captured well. P3386 was the first Rotol Spinner equipped Mk1 delivered to the Squadron, and was, by all accounts, a particularly successful Machine, being credited with the destruction of several enemy aircraft. No problems were encountered during the build, I was particularily impressed with the clear sprue which were very thin and distortion free. Decals are a mix of kit and spares box. Finished in Humbrol Duck Egg Blue, Tamiya RAF Dk Green and Mr Color Dark Earth, with a Flory wash to finish. Thanks for looking! Cheers, Troffa
  5. Douglas RB-66B Destroyer, 42nd Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 10th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, RAF Chelveston, 1961.
  6. Hi M8's finished these some time back, nothing special, no added etch or resin, Just out of the box as these go up in the loft to be slowly broken over the years. Used additional decal from Model Alliance for both jest. The Lightning bolts broke up which necessitated a replacement sheet. Of course that scheme pops up in the Revell boxing so could of saved me the 16 quid of a reorder for the new set. :/ AWC Jet.
  7. Sunderland Mk.1 DA@G

    I am just at the point of having to assemble and paint the turrets of my Mk.1 Sunderland so need to decide on the paint scheme. Italeri offer some nice alternatives, but I am minded to split the difference and wonder if anyone knows if my idea is in the realms of possibility. I prefer the brown/green/aluminium scheme but prefer the letters DA@G as a composition, that Italeri show in grey/green (yes I know those aren’t the official colour names) for Oban 1941. According to Coastal Command 1939-45 the famous photo of DA@G was taken in Summer 1940 so I wonder if it would still have been in brown/green then? Any observations welcomed, even if I end up following my own logic in the end! Cheers Will
  8. My dad´s next little armour project(s). Waited for some time now that Tamiya releases a towing vehicle for Italeri´s 88. Hoped for a FAMO halftrack but the Hanomag tractor will do too. DSC_0001 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr
  9. RAF Hercules C.1, mid-80s colours

    I recently got another eBay bargain, the 1/72 Italeri Hercules, which of course I'll be doing as the RAF C.1 option, as much OOB as possible (XV215). However, the decals have the 'last three' of the serial number for the nose and tail fin in black, despite painting instructions being for light aircraft grey undersides. I want to build the kit as circa 1980-85, light a/c grey undersides, am I correct to believe that all RAF Hercs at this time had white last three serial numbers, which only went black with wrap round camo in the 90s? Also, is the upper grey camo medium sea grey or dark sea grey? It looks a bit lighter than the DSG on Buccaneers or Jags for example.
  10. I'll be building an Italeri Douglas B-66B Destroyer (1/72) from the 42nd Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 10th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing based at Chelveston, 1959 The kit has decals for a Chelveston aircraft It looks like quite a basic kit I have a bit of reading to do before I start. The kit is marked as a B-66 whereas my Chelveston book says they were RB-66s so I shall try to find out whether there were any external differences between the bomber and reconnaissance variants.
  11. F/A-18 Hornet

    This will be my project for my next 28 day trip away at sea starting Saturday. At the end of this trip we will be flying back from Norway so with that in mind I chose something from my meagre stash that would in theory be easily packed and should it get damaged no great loss. Also the amount of modelling gear, paints etc. is also having to be kept to a minimum. Once I get started, hopefully on Sunday, I'll try and post regular updates of my progress here.
  12. I've had this kit in the stash for some time, but also now have the much more up to date Kinetic kit. I therefore decided to take a flight of fancy and do it as a What If USAF ANG aircraft re-engined with a P&W F-100 taken from a kaput F-15E kit (together with the ACES II seat). Painted with Hataka Orange Line paints, weathering being a Flory Models dark dirt wash, and Tamiya Smoke. Decals came from an Eagle strike set. TBH this build has helped keep my head straight as my brother was diagnosed with terminal cancer just before Christmas, and passed away last Tuesday at the age of 56, can't tell you how torn up i am about this, but messing with bits of plastic and visiting forums such as this does help. Anyway enough waffle, here's a few pics (one day I will sort a proper set up for taking pics!): Mirage 2000C ‘what if’ by bryn robinson, on Flickr Mirage 2000C ‘what if’ by bryn robinson, on Flickr Mirage 2000C ‘what if’ by bryn robinson, on Flickr Mirage 2000C ‘what if’ by bryn robinson, on Flickr Mirage 2000C ‘what if’ by bryn robinson, on Flickr
  13. Hi Pals, I think I can finish this upgrade / "face wash" of this model. It has not been, let's say, very aggressive, because there is no metal element on it, of each and every one that can be added, only empty shells on top, although they are not attached. The fear to ruin the kit, has been able this time more, because the plastic is not too good (if to that we add the time that I have since it was built in the factory). Still, the products used to add, more than to simulate as before, the weathering, I think they have fulfilled their function. I would like to put it on a base, and add some figure, but for now, I can not, for lack of technique and space, maybe later ... Thanks for the comments about how to improve the finish. IHMO, I think it has deserved the effort, more than anything to see if at this time, I improved my technique somewhat, maybe, although I still have to continue persevering ... Thanks as usual for watch and comment, cheers mates Black background... With some picture effects...aka old pcitures or news images of the time Until next model....
  14. In 2017 Italeri will reissue the following aircraft: Source: https://www.italeriusa.com/product-category.php?comingsoon=1 V.P.
  15. This is the Italeri kit in 1/72 using the Blue Rider decal sheet. The kit is pretty poor, with the fit and detail lacking. What I should have done was bin this one and go and buy the Hobby Boss kit, but ah well. The Blue Rider decals are pretty good. I also whipped up a small base for it to sit on. Despite the fit issues, I'm rather happy with how it turned out. I'll glue it to the base later which will hide a few of the defects lol.
  16. Hello. My newest project that just got finished.
  17. "HIYA HONEY" 314th Troop Carrier Group, 9th Air Force, Spanhoe (Harringworth), March 1944. By April there were 30 Wacos at Spanhoe. No Wacos were used operationally from Spanhoe, they were used exclusively for training. I think the Vallejo Matt Varnish has reacted with the Tamiya paints I used I don't think I shall use Tamiya paints ever again as they don't seem to be compatible with products by any other manufacturer
  18. Happy New Year 2018 to everyone on this good old Britmodeller forum: wishing you health and success to you all and to enjoy our hobby as much as possible. Due to the crash of my Photobucket account, Part1 is now rendered useless and so i have started this new thread. As for the lost pictures on Part 1, after i finish my build, i will create a summary for Part 1; build & photos, and create a link here. Meanwhile, back at my bench, here is my interpretation of the right side of the famous 6 cylinder Fiat Engine, attempt at detailing as those who built this car can see, mostly metal additions, lots of plastic cut and removed, some brass welding, lots of eye drops consumed and lots of time and frustration believe me ! ...a nut case's nut job really i have tried to take it further than what i have seen, and there are already amazing and very beautiful reproductions already (i.e "Maysula's" Black Mefistofeles, and specially amazing Peter Buckingham's black Mefistofeles IPMS prized, taking some inspiration from the Fiat Botofogo engine and of course Hannes's very neat and beautiful red Protar Mefistofeles. So in this continuation, i hope the next modellers will take the detailing of this engine further. It is not difficult, just very time consuming. Technical : This is a FIAT aeroplane engine, 6-cylinder, 21.7 litre (21706 cc) Fiat A.12 producing 320 PS (235 kW; 316 bhp) built between 1916 and 1919. This photo is raw and of course, neither photoshopped nor touched in anyway (in my nut-case mind it would not be scale modelling to photoshop it, apologies for those who do) flash on this one : this one above with flash when i have finished the other side ( soon, only some paint jobs and final assembly required ) i will publish more detailed photos of the engine. Alternating my work between the engine and the body, for those who remember in Part 1, i am trying to reproduce the car with many red color filters, irregular and faded varnish and heavy battering and scratches on the body, as is the real car currently exposed in Turino. So more to follow and thank you for watching, happy new year 2018 Sam
  19. MH-53E Dragon One

    OK, I have had another crazy idea (it just might work) for a MH-53E as Marine One. I have an italeri VH-71 Marine One which is being used elsewhere, so I have the spare decals and instructions plus a second set of decals to stretch the stripes. My main question is which green to use as all the pictures of Marine One are of a deep green not drab olive and all the blogs and posts I've read mention green but don't say which green! I eagerly await your response with gratitude....
  20. M4A1 in 1/72.

    I had this kit in my stash. I bought it some time ago, to add to my little 1/72 WWII tanks collection, and chose it over other kits because, as a cast hull variant it was a little "different". Italeri's 1/72 "M4A1 Sherman" comes in an end-opening box, with a nice portrait of a somewhat anonymous cast-hull Sherman on the front, and a 4-view colour scheme and decalling drawing on the back. 3 colour and decal options are shown on the foldout instruction sheet, but the one on the box is only one with any description of an identity, although US Army, Normandy campaign, 1944 is, to say the least, a bit vague! Tracks are provided as polystyrene "link & length" and also as continuous vinyl strips as the modeller prefers. Apart from the tracks sprues, the kit's parts are presented on 2 sprues. I didn't take a pic of the decal sheet, it is simply a selection of white stars, with or without circles around, and some numbers! I'm looking forward to this, I realise the GB has already started, but I won't stat building until after Hogmanay . . .
  21. This is going to my entrant for this GB: I picked this up at Telford, I was drawn to it as I have a bit of a Russian theme running through my models. I bought it without researching it's history and was slightly disappointed to find it was first tooled by Italeri back in 1977. It has subsequently been re-boxed by Revell, TOMY, Testors, Heller, Tamiya and even Matchbox so it's had quite a history. This re-boxing is from 2009. The kit consists of four khaki runner frames: Funny, the box states "Figure not included" but what do we have here? Those vinyl tracks are easily the worst feature of the kit and need to be replaced. I think there are several aftermarket options and would be keen to receive any advice on the best option. Despite it's age the surface detail is actually pretty good: I was also impressed by the crispness and lack of flash such as on this grill detail: Monotone decal sheet: The kit offers four scheme options with frankly not much to choose between them: I might go for the one in the top left hand corner. I'm not sure how much progress there will be on this, at least initially, as I would like to finish my He-280 V2 before starting. Bye for now, Nigel
  22. #27/2017 Ok, this is now definitely my dad´s last model for 2017 The old Italeri (Testors) kit built oob, only added the antenna on the tail boom. Would have preferred the Hasegawa kit but it hasn´t been produced for some time now and is hard to get. When I finally managed to get one, my dad was already halfway with the Italeri kit and kept going with it. Not the best or most correct kit, also the model turned out with some glitches, but nevertheless we hope you like it. Painted with an olive-grey acrylic selfmix. Build thread here The model shows a chopper of 1-82nd Attack Helicopter Regiment, called "Wolfpack", Dharhan, Saudi Arabia 1991. Don´t know if this scheme is correct or if it´s just an artist´s fantasy, found no pic. DSC_0001 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0008 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0009 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0011 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0012 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0013 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0014 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0015 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0016 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0017 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0018 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr
  23. My entry for this GB is Italeri's M-32 Recovery Vehicle. Undecided at to build it with the lifting arm raised or stowed. Would like to build it raised but need to check if it will fit in my display case. So what's in the box? Also have AFV Clubs M-10 in the stash, but saving that one of the Britmodeller 10th Anniversary GB.
  24. Well it's done - not sure what to make of this kit, it's full of 'niggles' and silly errors by Italeri but it does end up quite nice. If it was Revell pricing it would be great, but it's Tamiya pricing so feels overpriced for what you get, especially with the errors. Peter
  25. A nice little kit this, fitted together well and looks a bit different in Taiwanese colours. The Taiwanese operate 57 of these capable French jets, all based at Hsinchu in north western Taiwan. The three squadrons of the 499 TFW are the 41st and 42nd TFGs, tasked with air defence, and the 48th TFG, tasked with conversion training for the type.