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  1. Another model from my favourite experiments category, this time Westland Lysander with tandem wing (Delanne concept). Some historical backgroud you can find here I built it in 2009 as submission to Matchbox madness group build on ARC (WIP thread is here). It consisted of normal Lysander kit by Matchbox and vacformed conversion set by Airmodel. My other builds: Northrop X-4 Bantam A-37 Dragonfly D558 Skystreak XF5U Flying Flapjack
  2. Matchbox kit PK-31, Curtiss P-40N Warhawk, re-issued by Revell in the Matchbox boxing, A Burma Banshee of 85th Fighter Squadron, AAF 10th Airforce CBI in Assam, India 1944, Fantastically enjoyable build and a very interesting subject, Build thread is here: I finished this (so i thought) for the recent Matchbox GB but I was unhappy with the provided transfers/decals (badly printed) and the fact that I hadn't completed the Mini Paint Plan with regards to the wing walks and the undersides of the gun bays. I 'borrowed' some more stars'n'bars from a Frog Mustang kit and duly painted in the wing walks (using masking) and undersides of the gun bays (no masking, just a very small brush and a magnifying stand). Now I'm reasonably happy to call this P-40 complete, droopy aerial wire not withstanding, and move on - i'm really pleased with how the 'Olive Drab' colour came out as it seems to be a very good match to the images of Burmese Jungle that I printed off as a backdrop. Thanks for your inspiration and support, BM Modellers!
  3. Hey, I might blow a gasket, I'm on a bit of a buildathon at the moment after a too long break. Feeling too enthusiastic and hurried. Maybe I will do a slow detail by detail build thread - I don't know if people want to see that. I usually wack up a few pictures, sort of beginning, middle and end. Anyhow - practice makes perfect, well I thought it should make it better at least. With my second hand but proper little compressor my airbrush has taken on a new life. A little preview of what is coming up. It's green, it has a white star and tracks - then it's a lot of fun to build! - Madame, pouvez-vous m'indiquer le chemin vers Paris - Mais Monsieur il y a un panneau!
  4. I goofed up on the post a bit so I think you can see the same twice. My apologies. The kit is 99.94% done (as is, "It floats!" for any US commercial from the 50's buffs out there). Sharp eye might notice the landing gear doors not on (should be later this evening) the gun and rear cockpit need to be finished, canopy frames not painted yet and the exhaust pipe not in place (tomorrow's tiny battle). GREAT GREAT kit! The more I build Matchbox the more I love Matchbox...growing up in Michigan we has Lindberg, Testors, and the occasional Airfix. I never even built a Matchbox until I was past 50! I love them!. Greg in OK
  5. Well now, here we are again. Not so sure how frequently I will update but this will get us started. I have a very very soft spot for the Matchbox / Revell kits in 1/76. I find so many good things about them. One is the build time and the variety. Some kits don't have a figure, but usually a figure one or more vehicules and a mini diorama. I still find the vehicules and the figures the biggest challenge. Here's a little sequence of the Humber dio. Just 4 parts. Needed some filler on the edges of the wall. I did a black white contrast base using vallejo (thinned with water) and Tamiya (IPA). After the colour coat some Tamiya panel liner and then dry brushes lighter and lighter shades. Finally some white highlights and I began to add a bit of tone with some oils. The wall isn't done yet.
  6. Ooof, I don't think I have posted anything, actually for that matter I don't think, if I'm not mistaken, I have put anything together for about 9 months now. Tidied up my model area and just got a half decent compressor (Edward the Compressor I call him). I think I am slowly beginning to understand the different materials and how to use them. I still have a very heavy hand and am too messy. Spend a lot of time fixing silly mistakes. Also got some decent glue. So I feel this will be a pivot point and hopefully the last of my messy builds. Not finished yet, got the jeep to do, I will use the box decals even though they are for NZ (so not historically acurate for the PPA), still I was dying to get something up, builds a bit of morale. Will start another small build thread soon - next up will be the Humble Humber and if I make an effort it will be somewhat tidier. Thanks again for all YOUR inspiring work which is so encouraging!
  7. During the course of the Matchbox GB, I got so excited that I started to pick up other kits. Still a week to go before this GB finishes so there is time to squeeze in one of the kits not covered yet - a favourite aircraft of mine, the Curtiss P-40. Such a pugnacious-looking piece of US heavy metal and much has been written about the instant appeal of painting shark's teeth on the big jawline! Matchbox offered the P-40N Warhawk version with a skull motif so here we go.... Surprise...when I bought the 'unstarted' kit, I noticed that someone had already applied some paint to the spinner. Got going on the first few stages of the build - as usual, a very good fit of parts and next to no flash (just a little at the rear of the fuselage pieces). I'll leave the pilot out for now until he is painted but cracking on with assembling the fuselage and the prop.
  8. It's one of my all-time favourite aeroplanes and not one that I've ever managed to build properly - so why not try and do one in a week? Yes, it's the Gloster Gladiator as my second and final entry in this GB. My first attempt at a Gladiator was with the old tool Airfix kit. It went together OK but looked rather anorexic. My second attempt at a Gladiator was the 1/48 Roden Sea Gladiator which collapsed into a gluey blancmange. Third time lucky? Let's hope so with the old Matchbox kit repopped by Revell: If my Hawker Fury was anything to go by, I hope that this will be a confidence-building experience. I've got all manner of decals for Gladiators but given the time available I'm going to stick with an all-silver pre-war scheme. The question is: which one? All have their merits and all will be done at some point. As I've done the silver-and-yellow Fury I feel it would be quite nice to come up with something that complements it. I fell in love with the Gladiator as a small boy on my first visit to The Shuttleworth Collection when their example was in 72 Sqn colours, so that has appeal... ... but the 73 Sqn scheme of 'Cobber' Kain that Shuttleworth's Gladiator wears today is a lot more attractive to my eye, and I've got those decals in the new tool Airfix kit... ...and then there's the 87 Sqn scheme that is in my Pavla upgrades box... ...and as a final choice there's the 3 Sqn decals which come with the Revell kit. It's plain silver all over but I love the art deco '3' for the tail. So while I'm getting on with building a standard silver Gladiator I'm going to throw this one open to the floor with a poll. Which scheme would you like to see in the Gallery next weekend? All thoughts gratefully received.
  9. I started this kit very early in the GB and finished it completely just today. In my defense, I took off a couple of months for health issues. (Much better now.) I bought this kit for $3 but it was in a NASTY box with NASTY instructions and decals (which where both tossed). I could have found some decals but when I washed the kit I found it was badly warped. So I decided to build a WWII 1/72 scale "ID Model" which tend to have warped a lot anyway. First I looked for a photo of an ID model of the He-115 to make sure they existed and yes indeed they did. This is the ID model I took my inspiration from: And here is my finished Matchbox "ID Model: and finally at home with my other "ID" models hanging above my workplace. Greg in OK
  10. Hawker Fury Mk.I

    Well, Matchbox was always fêted for its bipes so here we go with a rather breathless build of the lovely old Fury. This could go one of two ways... Here is the kit: Time to read the instructions... quickly!
  11. I've always had a love for the Meteor. It goes back to 1972 when I bought my first modelling magazine: something I still have as you can see below. It was a fascinating and intimidating article in equal measure. I knew there was a Meteor III and Meteor IV, the marks I and II were a mystery and to discover that there were marks 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, even 20! Meanwhile, the article gave me a glimpse into past treasure with the original 1956 Frog Mk.8 model (regarded as unobtainable - see later) and then described how to build a vacform machine out of wood, aluminium and asbestos (yes, really) that you placed under the domestic grill. At age eleven, you might have well given me the plans to build a moon rocket... Nonetheless, I was hooked on Meteors! Roll forward to 1988 and I was well into modelling and absolutely delighted when Matchbox brought-out this beauty: Now, a little context is required here: in the 1980s, there were no Meteors in catalogues: Airfix's Mk.III was discontinued and Frog's Mk.IV was, well, Novo so in that pre-internet age you found them where you found them. So to get a model with THREE, say it again, THREE variants was a Meteor fan's dream. It was an excellent choice because it was a kit-basher's dream too: combine it with the spares box or accessories and you could pretty-well model any post WW-II version. - PAUSE - 1988 to 2017: house move, climb the career ladder, raise two children (not on my own, naturally) and spend all your spare time involved with this: https://www.e-v-r.com/ - still my obsession - and so scale modelling disappeared from view. I still had all the kits tucked away but I'd lost my mojo. 2017 and the mojo came back. Slowly at first with lots of gentle dipping of toes into the water and a great deal of uncertainty as to what to begin-with. To cut a long story short, I decided to more-or-less pick-up where I left-off with the Matchbox Meteor. I decided to add a couple of extras to jazz-up the model and decided on a standard Mk.11. I had made a start on the model, having painted the rather bare interior black (which had dried glossy - no wonder I'd given-up) I chose to add the Airwaves etched cockpit walls and hack-around the Czech Master nosewheel bay to replace the flat plate moulded by Matchbox. This proved to be a challenge as the resin insert really didn't fit the different profile of a two-seater: So, off I went with superglue, Milliput a razor saw and a lot of nerves and - to all intents and purposes - bodged it together: Meanwhile, I attached the quite beautiful etched instrument panels: I then came to glue it all together. It was a struggle: the etched sidewalls and the resin u/c bay required a great deal of hacking and gluing the whole assembly together took a lot of patience and tape: I then came to add the 'lid' for the Mk.11 and Mk.12 versions. As you can see, the application of filler was a given: the mouldings had slightly rounded edges and leaving them unfilled would have looked terrible: Similarly, the tailplane was provided in two versions and the fit was similarly 'challenging': Meanwhile, I assembled the wings, using the narrow (early) intakes (thank you Matchbox) and filled the HUGE gap in the rear wing fillet. Once the fuselage was glued (it stuck together nicely), it was greenstuff time: As an aside, the orange fillings above are ear defenders! Those small foam thingies that you roll-up and place in your ear does an excellent job of sealing orifices while filling, sanding and painting. So, with the wings on the model starts to look like a meteor: TO BE CONTINUED...
  12. Hi folk's just a couple of pic's of my penultimate build for the Matchbox GB,not a bad little kit sadly the decal's were useless only just managed to save the titles to at leastput something on it!Many thank's for looking in.
  13. Hi all, Just got this one finished for the Matchbox GB here on the forum - those with an eye for general accuracy or rivets, please look away now! Talk about a trip down memory lane. While I never built this one as a kid, I remember their kits and great boxart and how they seemed to be in every newsagent and corner shop. Happy days. The full build thread is here but to recap: Kit: Matchbox PK-128 Build: OOB except for tarting up the pilots' seats: Paints: White from a rattle can, all others Revell Acrylic with a brush. Klear. Decals: From the kit! This aircraft XX915 was written off in a non-fatal crash in 1984. Taking off from Boscombe Down on a routine flight, No 1 engine failed and the pilot Sqn. Ldr. Tim Allen began to prepare for an emergency landing. During approach, No 2 engine ignited fuel leaking from the failed No 1 engine and the pilot ejected and landed nearby at Porton Down. The aircraft crashed onto open farm land 0.75 miles from there. You can read the full accident report here. Matchbox T2 Jaguar EPTS PK-128 (1) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Matchbox T2 Jaguar EPTS PK-128 (7) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Matchbox T2 Jaguar EPTS PK-128 (9) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Matchbox T2 Jaguar EPTS PK-128 (10) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr And along with my Revell Jag.. Matchbox T2 Jaguar EPTS PK-128 (13) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Matchbox T2 Jaguar EPTS PK-128 (14) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Thanks for looking and enjoy your modelling. Cheers, Dermot
  14. Thought I would share this here. This is my recently completed build from the Matchbox GB. My clear parts and decals were missing so the screen is scratch built using spare PE & some clear plastic. The engine was wired & spark plug caps made from Albion Alloys. Sprayed in Tamiya Aluminium from a rattle can. AKs metal paste Aluminium & gold was also used. The decal is from evil bay & it has been modelled after testing, hence no car numbers, engine and front cowlings off and the dirty lower sides. Enough waffle Thanks for looking. C&Cs welcomed.
  15. Hi folk's coming to the end of my Matchbox GB entries with the Buccaneer,as with the other's OOB wheels up on the stand,kit decal's didn't attempt to correct the poor fitting canopy take it as it is a piece of 1970's nostalgia,many thank's for taking a look.
  16. Hi Guys, today a recent Build of this nice little Bird which was a real Pleasure to build. Superb Decals and a nice colourful Version Revell offered. Paints are Agama Silver and Alu from Model Master, done by Brush as allways. I hope you like this Bird. Kind Regards Stefan
  17. Lightning T55 55-714 RSAF (ZF595) BAe Warton. c/n B1/95027 Built 1/2/68 as 6-27-73. 22/3/68 Coltishall coded D/212 it was delivered to the Royal Saudi Air Force Jeddah 11/7/69
  18. Hello everyone. Here's my entry from the recent Flying Boat GB. This is the old and wonderful Matchbox kit, modified here in order to represent M7+YK - a D3 variant of the Dornier 18 from 2/Kü.Fl.Gr 506 and one of the first Luftwaffe casualties of WWII shot down by the FAA on 26th September, 1939. My interest in the subject was piqued back in the summer by coming across a valedictory HMSO book published in 1942 on the Ark Royal (after she was sunk) that had a page of incredibly evocative contemporary photographs taken from HMS Somali of the downed seaplane. There's further details and reproductions in a rather lengthy WIP here. Those of you familiar with the aircraft will no doubt wonder about the inclusion of the large antennae on the gondola! It is the night/blind flying apparatus that is detailed extensively in two of the handbucher for the D variant. It appears to have been a collapsible item and stored in the cargo space when not in use, (in which a series of batteries were also positioned to provide power for it via an electrical circuit leading up to the top of the gondola). I have not discovered a single photograph demonstrating this gear in operational use but as the aircraft here is seen in a maintenance pose, I thought it might be fun to include it as part of a systems-test being run by the ground crew. Notes on process The kit itself has been made many times and was a pleasure to work with. In terms of broad dimension and shape it yields an accurate rendition of the aircraft, but did need significant remedial work on the bow, propellors and sponsons. Aside from fuselage, wings and struts, the rest of the kit (including flaps and ailerons) was discarded at the start as too crude for a decent representation. Having bought the original Lufwaffe handbucher (in digital form) I had the necessary parts and maintenance volumes to enable me to construct an accurate interior and add whatever detailing was necessary to the airframe out of brass and plastic. I won't bore you here by repeating a full list of those things (which are fully covered in the WIP) but the main elements I wanted to achieve as much accuracy for were: Drehkranz gun mountings -3D printed, with the mounting rings themselves built out of brass watch parts. Propellor assemblies were hand built from scratch (the blades themselves being canninbalized from a Lancaster and reshaped) I vacformed a new canopy and scratched all other from glazing transparent packaging. Flaps, ailerons and all hinges/acutators scratch-built from brass and plastic. The RLM paint-scheme was homebrewed from Tamiya acrylics and mixed directly on the aircraft itself using a technique I've been developing. All aircraft markings (aside from unit badge and hakenkreuz which were custom printed), were masked and airbrushed on. Working up the overall visual 'finish' involved experiments in salt-fading and the production of a variable lustre using polishing tools. On with the pictures then! Interior Sunshadows
  19. Another one from the Matchbox group build. A few years back there was a thread with a pretty convincing argument that several Heyfords were used for trainers in WW2 and at least one was painted in trainer colours, with yellow undersides. Well, here it is, best as I can make it. Matchbox PK-605 1/72nd Handley-Page Heyford, acrylics by Tamiya, rigging by ez-line, plenty of putty by Tamiya and Perfect Plastic Putty.
  20. Westland Wessex HU.5

    From the Matchbox Group Build A straightforward kit made needlessly complicated by me overthinking it - aftermarket decals, marines and a plywood/sandpaper base
  21. Morning folk's,hope you don,t m ind indulging me in one last little Matchbox build for the ongoing GB,Revell,s re-box of the AA version of the white half track,as usual the base is supplied as per the original,as there is no figures I decided to pose it damaged and abandoned in a winter scene,thank's for looking in. One last photo pre the "snow storm".
  22. PK-126 T55 Lightning

    Another one missing from the list, Matchbox's 1982 PK-126 Lightning T55 I have a soft spot for the Lightning. I can remember being taken to Gaydon with my grandfather, laying next to the runway and watching in awe as the Lightnings came down the runway at what seemed like zero feet, and then hearing the roar... I bought the kit 6 years ago and have only just opened it. The previous owner had stuck in the rear wall to the cockpit and painted it grey. My work on the pilots.
  23. Hi Guys, today, I would like to show you a recent build. This Bird is mostly ooB, The Bomb is Revell, the Bomb-carriage is from Academy, Stencils and Roundels are from the "Spare-Department" out of the deep of my Stash. Paints are Agama, done by Brush. It represents a Plane from the 250th Squadron, Italy, 1944. This Squadron uses not repainted Birds, that's why this Plane carries US Camouflage and no British Camouflage. The Kit could not hide his age, so please be patient. But it has two-coloured plastics......... Best Regards Stefan
  24. Matchbox RF-101B Voodoo

    Hello everyone. As I have never participated in a Group Build on Britmodeler before, I'm not certain what I must do. I have not "registered" or signed up anywhere special, and am not certain whether to post here, or in the regular W.I.P., which I have frequented from time to time. If I am in error, please advise my next course of action. But for now, I'll begin here. For some reason, I had it in my head that this build would start Jan 1st, so I am late to the party! I had already determined to add my Matchbox RF-101B (kit PK-411, IIRC), because I needed a new variant for my collection of USAF VooDoos. I have had this kit laying about for decades, and as with many other folks', it was definitely the lowest on the F-101 totem pole of builds. That being said, I felt that this would be a quick, easy build, with another build in the books. As you will see, when I actually got into it, various gremlins reared their ugly heads... To begin, the kit at first looked like this: I had long ago tossed the old "loose ends" box for fear of losing some parts. (This was to be prophetic, but not a salvation!). The fuel tank halves had been glued together, and almost the entire airplane had it's panel lines re-scribed, as was the fashion in the early 80's. I had decided to go with a made up cockpit, as the kit's was really way too simple, and again, I was going for an easy "quickie". The first mod was to drill out the little light window on the left side of the rear cockpit, which was then opened to size with various tiny needle files: Next, a piece of old clear plastic kit stand from the spares box was sawed up to provide a lens piece. When nearly the precise size, the edges were sanded at a slight bevel, so that the lens would fit down into the hole, yet protrude a bit above the surface. This allowed me to apply liquid cement only to the edges, and keep it off the lens face: Later, it would be sanded down and polished smooth, as shown in the next pic. Meanwhile, using white canopy cement, I glued the resin cockpit tub into the right fuse half, along with some lead fishing sinkers (Figure "A"). (About 20 years ago, I bought a couple hundred pounds of 70/30 lead solder bars, as the old automotive body men used to use, for around $.50/lb, for casting lead soldiers. I still have enough left to skoff at the lead police!) Figure "B" represents a plastic card structure to hold the cockpit tub level, while globs of white canopy glue were heaped to hold everything in place: I decided to use an old resin F-101A cockpit tub that I had laying about. I also have a Revell F-101B kit to build, and since I had bought a resin cockpit set for that, I will use the Revell instrument panels, their decals, ejection seat, control sticks, etc., on this kit, which will hopefully upgrade the kit a bunch: Well, that's it for a start. Next time, I'll get into my boo-boos, and how I hope to solve them. I hope I can get this "simple" project done by the end of February! Later, Ed
  25. My Bf-109 is nearly finished and it's time to think of what to do next. I've always liked the Tempest (not as much as I like Spitfires mind) and, as my Academy MkV has just been written-off after receiving Cat E damage in an accident involving wrapping paper, it seems like a good idea to join the Tempest fun. (Needless to say, it didn't cost 45p) Sprues: Decals: A bag of goodies from a scrapped Academy Tempest. I'll definately use the cockpit bits.) I'm undecided as to whether to do a MkII or a MkVI... I have an Xtradecals sheet that has some nice MkIIs (but no MkVIs). Luckily, I'll not have to make a decision until Wednesday. Thanks for looking.