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  1. Well, I know this subject was quite popular last time but having recently got some decals from Ray at 26Decals to replace those that came with the kit (which were poorly printed) this will be my first foray into this year's GB. Photos taken by me at Ringway on 23 Aug 1966, presumably it was on the Manchester - Prestwick - New York route. I'm aiming to build at least two aircraft but have to get my From Russia with Love entry done before too much will be done in this GB. Regards Mike
  2. The future 1/144th Lockheed C-5B Galaxy kit - ref.330 - is now quoted as "in processing" in the Roden homepage. Also programmed C-5M Super Galaxy - ref.332 Source: http://www.roden.eu/HTML/models1.htm V.P.
  3. Roden is to release in 2016 a 1/32nd Cessna O-2 Skymaster kit - ref.620 Source: http://www.frogmodelaircraft.co.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=323 V.P.
  4. Hello everyone This is my new 1/32 WWI project : a Siemens Schuckert DIII. I've been waiting for a Wingnut wonder but since they probably won’t make it, I’ll deal with the Roden one.
  5. Many are started, few are finished. Here is one of the lucky ones. The Roden Rolls Royce Armored Car The fit was challenging to say the least. The front fenders were shortened so the ramps under the running boards would fit. 4 pieces of plastic were stacked, drilled and cut to make the plates on the radiator doors. The drivers window was opened. Transmission sump, starter, and generator were made of styrene rod and strip. The bonnet was opened,the side panels were scored at the seam and snapped cleanly. Braces for the front and the operating lever for the radiator doors were styrene angle strip, rod, and sheet. More styrene, battery box, rivet strips, and pistol port levers Added operating rod for front visor,the instrument panel was drilled and a styrene sheet painted black and scratched with a blade to simulate gauges was glued behind. Lewis Mg was drilled out. A pair of handles were added to the Vickers Mg. Every part needed to be cut,filed,sanded,filled or shimmed to fit, not an easy build but a satisfying one. The fact that I finished one is icing on the cake. Recommended for masochists. Garry c
  6. Somebody found a very interesting add in some magazine Link to the source of original news By the way, artwork of Vauxhall is simply stunning, isn't it?
  7. Roden is to release in 2016 a 1/144th Lockheed C-141B Starlifter kit - ref.325 Source: http://www.frogmodelaircraft.co.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=323 V.P.
  8. Roden 1/144th VC-10

    Taken from http://www.roden.eu/HTML/models1.htm This is a must for me!
  9. DC-6 SAS - withdrawn

    Now that the East of Scotland Model Show is over and my Donaldson International Britannia is well under way I’ve decided to start another build. Sticking with the propliner theme my second entry will be another Roden kit, the original "short" DC-6 in SAS livery using F-DCAL’s gorgeous sheet FD144-037S I’m using the “Independence” version of the kit rather than the standard Delta issue because it includes the Curtiss Electric propellors which are necessary for the SAS aircraft. They are noticeably different from the much more common Hamilton Standards. The box contents are entirely conventional... … the Curtiss props on the left As I’ve already said, the decals are gorgeous... The DC-6 is one of Roden’s earlier kits and isn’t to the same standard as the Britannia or VC-10. The plastic is hard and brittle and likely to be difficult to work. Generally the engraved detail looks good and it’s actually finer than the Brit although reinstating anything lost in sanding is likely to be a challenge. I’m not confident I’ll finish it before November (the Britannia will always take priority) but since I was going to build it anyway I thought I might as well add it to the Group Build. I’ve got some more work to do on the Brit and once that’s finished I’ll get the DC-6 underway.
  10. Dear Friends, I would like to notify all of you about latest new items that arrived in our shop's stock. - Military beds with mattress, 2pcs from DAN Models in 1:35 scale (DAN35249) - Military beds with mattress and pillow, 2pcs from DAN Models in 1:35 scale (DAN35250) - Vauxhall D-type "Red Cross" from Roden in 1:72 scale (RN717) - M-42 US ¾ ton 4x4 Command truck from Roden in 1:35 scale (RN809) - Mechanical 3D-puzzle "Gun" from Wood Trick in scale (WT010) - Mechanical 3D-puzzle "Oil Tower" from Wood Trick in scale (WT011) - Russian strategic airlifter Il-76MD from Zvezda in 1:144 scale (ZVE7011) - Miles M.57 Aerovan from Micro Mir in 1:72 scale (MM72-011) - MD-11-GE "American airlines" from Micro Mir in 1:144 scale (MM144-017) Sincerely, Alex Scale-model-kits.com - plastic scale model kits on-line shop
  11. My take on Roden's Lockheed C141b Starlifter finished off using Caracal Decals. The only mod I made to the kit was to lower the windows of the rear emergency escape doors. Otherwise it's a cracking kit but I have to admit that the paintwork very nearly pushed me over the edge. Standard 4 x 4 walkaround : ...with an extra for good luck Okay, so my paintwork isn't entirely accurate but it's in 1/144 and it does have a cheatline ! Time to head off back to the work bench. Thanks for looking. mike
  12. Hello modellers, Here is my recently finished Roden 1/144 Bristol Britannia in the markings of British cargo airline IAS Cargo Airlines. Formed in the mid-60s to provide support to African Safari Airlines operations into Gatwick and Europe, International Aviation Services (IAS) later purchased their own Britannia in 1971 whenever ASA ended their services. Initially, this aircraft was flown on behalf of African International Airways mainly on cargo flights with loads of meat and machinery. However, in June 1972 IAS took charge of this aircraft and began flying to more points in Africa and the Middle and Far East as well as venturing across the Atlantic to North and South America. By 1975, the airline was operating to many points across the globe, in support of oil drilling, movement of cattle, machinery and just about anything that could fit into their fleet of Britannias, which now numbered five. They also introduced the DC-8 onto the British civil register and had offices in Nairobi, Lagos and Lusaka as well as an office in Sharjah. Expansion continued throughout the 70s, with more and more contracts working their Britannias and DC-8s hard. Merging with Trans Meridian Air Cargo in August 1979 (becoming British Cargo Airlines), they remained in operation until folding in 1980. Rodens nice little model of the Britannia is my current "favourite" kit!! It goes together relatively painlessly and captures the shape and form of the aircraft pretty well. There are a few areas that can be improved such as adding the servo tab actuators on the flying surfaces (these can be seen in close up pictures of the aircraft and are spaced along the servo tabs on the wings, elevators and rudder), the props can be refined a bit and for some reason the nose wheel axle is smaller than the hole on the nose wheels themselves. The model was primed with AK Interactive grey primer before spraying Tamiya XF-2 matt white, then overcoated with three (or four, can't remember) coats of Johnson Kleer. The underside is AK Interactive xtreme metal aluminium. Sprayed over the rough primer was not a success (and it wasn't the last time I did it so I've no idea why I did it again), but the surface finish of Rodens plastic does deserve a bit of smoothing out before painting commences. The texture of the engine nacelles in particular I find a bit coarse. The model was then given another coat of Kleer after decalling had finished. The decals are from 26decals and behaved nicely. Application of heat in the form of a tissue dampened with hot water helps to soften the tail decal allowing it to sink into the rudder/ fin joint. Optional registrations for two aircraft are provided - I chose G-AOVF (delivered December 1972). Careful study of photographs reveals that at various times, the titles were simply IAS or the full IAS Cargo Airlines. Also, study of your chosen Britannia is a good idea, as there are little details that varied between aircraft such as the upper navigation light not always on the fin and the position of antennae changed. Anyway, enough chit-chat, here's some pictures. Please ignore the weedy grass - I blame the gardener!! The model has had a little bit of weathering added, but it doesn't show up too well. Comments, criticisms or advice all gratefully received!!! Jeff
  13. Aviation Traders Limited Carvair. 1:144 Roden kit with Classic-airlines.com decals. The Carvair was developed to replace the Bristol Freighters used to transport cars & passengers across the English Channel to France, hence its name (Car-via-air). Modified from C-54/DC-4 airframes it was considerably cheaper than an all new aircraft would have been. The modifications consisted of a completely new forward fuselage, relocating the cockpit on top, much like the later Boeing 747, and a new tail fin to counter it. Its has been widely thought that the fin was from a DC-7, but appaently this is not true, they were new build units. The Roden kit build very well, although I did have to shim the upper inboard wings to avoid a gap where they meet the fuselage. The main gear legs were way too short, initially resulting in the rear of the fusleage almost touching the ground. I removed them and inserted a platform about 4mm deep to attach the legs to, in order to acheive the 'sit' you see here. I wasn't too keen on the kit supplied colour scheme for British Air Ferries, but found this 'British United' scheme at Classic-airlines.com, which I really like. There are also several others avaialble. They are laser printed on constant film, so you have to cut each subject out individually. I can heartily reccomend them though, they went on superbly and were easy to use. Enough chat, time for the photos (ugly innit?) ; 'With something else - an easy choice - A Welsh Models Bristol Freighter. Thanks for looking, John
  14. One ends up with something resembling this... Ugh, my own silly fault. There is actually a gloss white top coat underneath the grey primer that was applied without a primer to avoid filling in the fine panel lines. The primer sprayed over the white in an attempt to fix some minor paint pulls, but it got me worried so I tested the adhesion with some sellotape. Not very good. Shelf of doom for now, but I think it might be for the bin, never had much look stripping paint without damaging plastic. Regards, Darren
  15. Roden has just released a 1/144th Bristol 175 Britannia kit - ref.312 Source: http://www.roden.eu/HTML/312.htm Available here: http://rodenkits.com/catalogue/RODEN-312-Bristol-175-Britannia V.P.
  16. I built this a couple of years ago for a magazine article to mark the centenary of the outbreak of WW1. It's the Roden kit of the 1914 Pattern a/c. Not bad, but as I was constrained by time, I had to build it virtually OOTB, and if I was to do it again, I would change a few items, namely the poorly moulded Vickers gun and the headlights and searchlight. Roden do supply etched brass for the wheel spokes so that problem is taken away. I finished it using Tamiya acrylics and I tried to match it to the box art. An article that I'd read on these a/c's said that they were painted in "Service Green" or "Daimler Olive Green" which apparently is a bit darker then the tone that I have used, but with fading, who knows? One thing that was pointed out to me was that the two small roundels on the bonnet shouldn't be there and that there should be a large roundel on the turret roof. Thanks for looking. Regards, John.
  17. There haven’t been many airliners in RFI recently probably because most of the usual suspects, including me, have been working on the Airliner III Group Build. To keep the airliner flag flying here are some pictures of my group build entry, the Roden Britannia in the attractive livery of Donaldson International, an Anglo-Scottish charter airline which operated a clutch of second-hand Britannias in the late 1960s. Decals are by 26. http://SAM_2278 by David Griffiths, on Flickr http://SAM_2268 by David Griffiths, on Flickr http://SAM_2272 by David Griffiths, on Flickr http://SAM_2275 by David Griffiths, on Flickr http://SAM_2270 by David Griffiths, on Flickr Thanks for looking and the build thread is here if anyone wants to follow it. Dave G
  18. Well here's a hoary old subject for a winter's build! A Malta-based Sea Gladiator of the Hal Far Fighter Flight. The story is well worn and a bit tatty around the edges. When Italy declared war on Britain and France in June 1940, there were only a handful of Gloster Sea Gladiators available to defend Malta from the attentions of the Regia Aeronautica. These had been among 24 Gladiators that had been stored at the Kalafrana seaplane base during 1939 for onward transit to the carriers Eagle and Glorious. Six were sent elsewhere, the Eagle received her complement of eight but the ten bound for the Glorious remained unclaimed, and these were reassigned to form the Hal Far Fighter Flight. An appeal for volunteers to fly them brought forth eight pilots, led by staff officer George Burges, but then the Navy decided that actually it wanted its Sea Gladiators aboard the Eagle and ordered them to be dismantled and prepared for transit. A last minute change of heart saw only three of these Gladiators removed and remaining seven were left on the Island to be erected and flown from Hal Far. The arrester hook and naval gubbins were removed, armour plate fitted behind the pilot's seat and an intensive period of training began. Given the paucity of aeroplanes and spares it was decided to organise the pilots into two flights of four, working a rotation, and no more than two aeroplanes could be in the air at one time. When the Italian bombardment of Malta began, this was initially increased to three aeroplanes but practical reasons brought this back down to two after a couple of days. The sight of the Gladiators flying out to engage incoming fighters and bombers was a significant morale booster, and almost immediately the Hal Far Fighter Flight became enshrined in myth. Who first used the term 'Faith, Hope and Charity' is unclear: it may have been a devout and thankful Maltese, it might have been an LAC remembering his mother's locket, it may have been a member of Churchill's propaganda team. Whosoever may have coined the phrase did little to describe the realities of the Gladiators' battle but did give Malta a talisman. The Gladiators and their pilots gave as good an account of themselves as could be hoped for a handful of hopelessly outdated machines. They weren't fast enough to get their teeth into the bombers but their presence and persistence caused some disarray among the Italian formations. On 22 April, George Burges happened to spot an Italian reconnaissance aircraft below him and dived on it over the capital, Valletta, shooting the port engine off and causing it to crash into the sea. The following day, Burges was attacked by a Macchi C.200 which tried to follow the little Gladiator when it went into a defensive turn. When it overshot its target, Burges duly fired and hit the Italian fighter, which promptly caught fire and crashed. These victories brought enormous cheer to Malta and celebrity status to Burges and the Gladiators. In total, the Gladiators were credited with nine enemy aircraft destroyed and five damaged. By that time, the first Hawker Hurricanes had arrived from an overland crossing via France and would soon take over the lion's share of the defence. Nevertheless, the Gladiators remained in service thanks to the ingenuity of the ground staff. When two Gladiators were written off in landing accidents on successive days, they were cobbled together into one functioning aeroplane. A six-gun Gladiator was built, with additional Brownings located under the upper wing. Famously, worn-out engines were replaced with those taken from wrecked Blenheims, and jury-rigged to operate their three-blade variable pitch props. Burges was awarded the DFC on 19 July for being credited with three enemy aircraft destroyed and three more damaged. On 31 July the Gladiator N5519 was shot down, with its pilot suffering severe burns. On 2 August, Operation HURRY brought another 12 Hurricanes launched from the carrier HMS Argus and all the Island's fighters were amalgamated as 261 Squadron. The Gladiators remained on strength until January 1941, when there were sufficient Hurricanes for them to be retired from front-line duty. In 1941, the remaining Gladiators were officially on the strength of 806 Squadron, Royal Navy, making Meteorology flights. One by one they gradually disappeared either from lack of spares or bomb damage. As with so many old airframes, the broken Gladiators were dumped into an old quarry near Luqa airfield and forgotten about until 1943, when one skeletal fuselage purporting to be that of N5520 was presented to the Maltese to mark the lifting of the siege. To this day it remains in the Malta War Museum in the old sea fort in Valletta, and is the subject of much debate between the various historians and organisations on the Island. I love the Gladiator, it's just about my favourite aeroplane and has been so since the age of five, when I was first taken to the Shuttleworth Collection and came away with a postcard of their glamorous silver machine. There's a fleet of 1/72 Gladiators in the stash - mainly the new tool Airfix - a but for this GB I'll be doing the bigger Roden kit. My plan is to build it in original June 1940 trim, with the 2-blade prop and no arrester hook. The decal options for Malta in the kit cover N5519 in her June-July appearance and N5520 as she appeared in the summer of 1941, but I'll make the final decision on markings further down the line. To get us started, here's a rather charming little film that someone has done about the legend of 'Faith, Hope and Charity'. It's littered with errors of all kinds but rather enjoyable nonetheless:
  19. Where Eagles Dare

    http://www.roden.eu/HTML/framemodels.htm Eagles dare dio with the bus ??
  20. Just started this one, picked it up at Telford for £12! I hope to post up the progress although it may be slow, never actually rigged a 1/72 biplane so why not start at the deep end 😬 Started with the two engines, found them fiddly due to the fact tamiya cement wouldn't react in its usual manner, so I may switch to revell or humbrol. The kits seems relatively simple (famous last words) and I hope to keep the wings separate for painting as the dazzle options are quite complex, I'm also hoping to rig the main wings before attaching them. Everything does look a bit flashy and bulky, especially the canopy but it should all be fine once it comes together as a completed model. thanks Jason
  21. I've not done a group build before. Joining late, hope that's ok? I'm going to do two VC10s from Roden kits - a BA Super VC10 and a BCal standard VC10 (type 1103). Making a start on the super-to-standard conversion first. Box photo - both kits, including the two six decals I'll be using for the BA Super. Two six decals for the BCal standard are on their way, although Australia Post has been so slow lately I wouldn't be all that surprised if the group build has finished before they turn up! Roden VC10s ready to go by Julian Griffiths, on Flickr
  22. Back to the 1960's for a glimpse of a couple of 1/144 scale models.The C54/ DC4 is in the formation livery of Air Ferry who were a Manston based independent.Formed in 1963 by Wing Commander Hugh Kennard the company initially operated Vikings and DC 4s on IT and charter work.G-ASOG was lost at Frankfurt with her crew in early 1967 whilst operating a contract cargo service for BEA.The kit is the mini craft moulding which goes together very well.The decals are by S&M.The inspiration for the build was the book "Twilight of the Pistons" by Malcolm Finnis. The ATEL 98 Carvair was a British development of the C54 by Freddie Lakers Aviation Traders.The model was built in the British United Sandstone livery introduced in 1966.The symbol by the titles was meant to represent an African swallow,but around Southend where the Carvairs were based,it was known as the toppled mushroom livery!The kit is by Roden.Decals S&M.Unfortunately, I failed to add enough weight to keep the beasts nose down.
  23. My contribution is hopefully going to be the Roden Britannia in the livery of Donaldson International, an Anglo-Scottish charter airline which operated a clutch of second-hand Britannias between 1967 and 1972. Although I’ve never built the kit before, several Britmodellers have posted beautiful Roden Britannias in RFI giving me a lot to live up to. The Boscombe Down machine also featured in the Made in Britain GB although I’m not sure if that model was ever finished. Here’s the raw material …. http://SAM_2014 by David Griffiths, on Flickr http://SAM_2015 by David Griffiths, on Flickr http://SAM_2016 by David Griffiths, on Flickr For reference I’ll mainly be using “The Whispering Giant” by Frank McKim, “Classic British Propliners” in the Aviation Archive series and “Bristol Britannia” Issue No.4 in the Airlines and Airliners series. For older aircraft books are sometimes better than the internet although the Britannia is pretty well documented on the net and Britmodeller has an excellent walkaround featuring G-AOVT and “XM497” which I believe is really G-AOVF, not that it matters. I won’t actually start the build until the middle of next week since I’m heading off to Aberdeen for a few days and I won’t be home until Tuesday. See you then. Dave G
  24. Lockheed C-141B Starlifter 1:144 Roden The Starlifter was introduced into the USAF 1965. Early in the 1960's the USAF realised that the existing airlift aircraft were too slow and lacked large enough doors for outsize cargo. Requirement 182 asked for a new aircraft which could fulfil both Tactical and Strategic missions. Lockheed came forward with its design called Model 300. It was designed from the outset to carry freight. It would feature a swept main wing, four jet engines and a cabin floor height of only 50 inches above ground, and a high mounted wing enabled a nine foot high cargo area. Large rear opening door allowed access to cargo, and side opening doors allowed the dropping of Paratroops. The rear cargo doors were also able to open in flight for the dropping of cargo. While the original Starlifter was designated the C-141A it was often found that the aircraft was out of space before it was out of lifting capacity. A plan was put forward to stretch the airframe in order that it could be used to its maximum capacity. Two plugs were added in front of and aft of the main wings. A total of 24 feet 4 inches was added to the aircraft. As well as the stretch an in flight refuelling system was added enabling full strategic airlift operations to take place. The new version was called the C-141B. The Kit Many people including myself have been waiting for a new tool injection plastic C-141. Roden have delivered the goods here with this ew tool aircraft in 1.144 scale. Even in this scale the model will be nearly 36cms long. The kit is in a medium grey plastic well moulded with fine engraved panel lines. There is a small amount of flash in the main undercarriage bays, but none on the rest of the kit. The kit is fairly basic as kits go, the exterior is complete but here is no interior at all and no ramps etc if you were to try and open things up. There is no cockpit, and no details in the under carriage bays. Construction starts with the undercarriage units. The nose unit and the two main units are completed the legs and wells look good but there is no detail inside the bays as already mentioned, though when complete you wont be able to see in there anyway. Next up the four engines are completed. These feature a fan face and exhaust nozzles for each unit, which for this scale will look the parts. Next step is to complete the main wings. These are of a conventional layout of upper and lower parts for the left & right hand side. Once the wing halves are together the engines can be attached. The main undercarriage bays are added to each fuselage half and they can then be joined together not forgetting to add the nose wheel bay at the same time. No mention is made of nose weight but I would be sure to add some in. The main gears can then be added into the bays and the doors added for the main and nose wheel bays. To finish off the wings are added to the main fuselage along with the tailplanes and the cockpit glazing. Decals Markings are provided for one aircraft only 65-0257 from the 452nd Air Mobility Wing, March Air Force Base from 1990 in the overall grey scheme. The decals are printed my Roden and are not the crispest I have seen. All markings for these aircraft were in back/grey with the exception of the coloured tail flash. Conclusion This is a great modern tooling of an important US Strategic Airlifter. It is a shame there is no cockpit in the model just a blanked off area. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of UK Distributors for
  25. Well I finally finished her... I have to say a big thank you to BM member sailorboy61 for kindly sending me a replacement BOAC decal after I managed to rip off the original removing some masking tape! Cheers Iain
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