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  1. Hi Everybody! Seasons greetings to All! New Year,New project, first on the Martime Build Forum. I've been modelling for a good while,but this is My first major warship build,and My first intensive use of photo etch,and I would like to share the step-by step triumphs and tribulations in a full build log to show My attempts and welcome constructive remarks on. First step is to constuct a base to work on the model,that will be the eventual core of the display case. Mounting hardware consists of metal pedestals,spacers,bolts and captive nuts (to allow the model to be removed once the decks are fitted):- Base cut to size from 15mm Contiboard,hull and board drilled,and mounting blocks and nuts fitted and hull bolted to base:- Deck beams fitted,and decks test fitted-all good! :- As this will be a fairly lengthy project,I decided to construct a dust-cover 'tent',which will be also used to finalise the size of the final dislay case (cover made over-height as a do not know the finished height of the model):- That's all for now! Keep Sticking! Cheers, Pete
  2. 50's RN Deck crew in 1/48?

    Hi, does anyone know of some decent 1/48 figures of RN deck crew to go along with a Wyvern and/or a Sea Fury? I've only been able to find much more modern personnel figures and their equipment looks quite different. Any mention of possible other matching deck equipment would be appreciated as well. I want to create a small diorama for those aircraft, mostly for size comparison and nicer representation, nothing too fancy, just a little deck scenery.
  3. PK 61 HMS Ariadne

    Although I've already got one entry into this Group Build, with Peter Hall releasing the etched set for HMS Ariadne I couldn't resist entering my second ship. Ariadne is in an original but very battered Matchbox PK 61 box. I only bought Ariadne quite recently as my interest in the class had been piqued after reading an article on the class. Ariadne will benefit from Peter Hall’s Atlantic Models new etched set. I have Warship Profile no. 38 as primary reference plus whatever references I have in my library or has already been gleaned from the web. Improvements will generally follow what is in the etched set although she may need some additional work depending on when exactly I’m going to depict her. A colour schemes has yet to be decided. Other details to be added could include 3d printed light AA if needed plus crew figures, these might etched or 3d printed also. By all rights she should be belting along as the class were renowned for the high top speed. I might add some extra hull below the waterline to depict her heel as she turns. I will also need to add some flags. These might be hand painted or use Mike McCabe’s excellent Starling Models flags.
  4. Good evening mates, to be honest, at the moment my Jaguars’ main wheel bays are a little too demanding in terms of …inspiration and I’ve ended up postponing and postponing them. Now there are a few things happening to other members that have let me understand that probably…it’s normal to loose a bit of motivation when a project is taking too long to be brought to an end. Fritag has a perseverance I admire, but we’ve just seen he just went through what first it looked like an experiment (with those PE) and it may turn out as a new job!!! Ex-FAAWAFU was a bit tired with his Sea King and is now going Through Supermarine’ production!!! Perdu is passing with nonchalance from a “Perduxbox” Buccaneer to a “Pernovo” Gannet, Martian’s putting everything else momentarily aside to start a Kamov 28. Forgetting for a moment he did momentarily put his Roc project aside to go on with what seems to have been another project momentarily put aside … the Karel Doorman’s last cruise. This last Thread , whose meaning I understood only on a second time (initially I thought Karel Doorman was a friend of Martian’s!!!) reminded me an old dream I had for a long time , but I never started for lack of …existing models in the right scale (for me 1/48). Back in 2011, on one of my many journeys to the UK, I had bought Aircraft magazine’s April issue, to have something to read in the night. ] In it there was a beautiful article about Ark Royal’s last cruise.I literally felt in love with the opening page picture ( here below ) and I started dreaming of a diorama depicting a Gannet, a Phantom and a Buccaner parked on the flight deck. All those coloured tails were wonderful and a Wessex as that depicted in the article’s third page would have been a nice addiction. At that time, I discussed the idea with my friends modellers and I must say the picture was a real success. But then, the idea only remained an idea for all these years. The “Royal Navy… air” I’ve been breathing since I joined BM and in particular Martian’s friend Karel’s thread brought the old dream back to my mind. The only thing I’d liketo avoid, is to bring the Jaguars to an end first and start working to the Ark project every now and then. About it I have a question for the well informed,: did these helicopters belong to a Squadron ? The aircraft on board the Ark during her last cruise I found what follows: 1. NAS 809 on Buccaneers. 2. NAS 892 on Phantoms. 3. NAS 849 on Fairey Gannets EAW3. 4. ??? on Westland Wessex. 5. NAS 824 on Westland Sea kings. 1. I had been waiting for years for a Decent Gannet AEW 3 in 1/48th , but finally went for the Sword model in 1/72nd, as I saw it and couldn’t resist! That was my first model in 1/72nd after more than 20 years!!! The model looks great and I thought to depict it while landing… …so I purchased the Eduard PE flaps ( I love that system and some times I’ll scratch build it for my Wyvern, which I…left momentarily aside a few years ago!!!). Of course, the fact this set is dedicated to the Revell EAW1 kit wouldn’t have been a problem…untill I heard on this version the wing was shorter!!! My wife, whom I call “Treasure” is always disappointed as she says I don’t listen to her and she’s got to tell me twhat I’ve got to do at least twice! Eduard Staff may have been listening , and that’s probably why I had a doupble copy of theinstruction sheet!!! Anyway this isn’t going to be important, as I’m not going to use most of the set!!! I also purchased the ALLEY CAT decaal sheet dedicated to thie version of the Gannet, as I heard the orignal stencils are so thin, the ay just …get lost in the decalling process. 2. The news that Airfix British Phantom’s will be released in the next few months, together with the high quality standard this glorious Manufacturer has reached in their last products, did the rest! I’ve got it on order. I also ordered Xtradecal dedicated sheet 72268, to have more choice. The Phantom doesn’t say much in the parking configuration, much better to show it ready to launch, maybe with the deck’s heat deflectors open. 3. Perdu’s Matchbox Buccaneer’s thread gave me strength and I bought aRevell reboxing of the thing. If I follow Perdu’s instruction , I can do it!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNIrEYimmXs …sorry, but I couldn’t find the english version!!!! The only problem seems to be the decal sheet: I’ve got the Airfix sheet for 1/48th kit, but 4. Italery Wessex will be chosen to represent the SAR aircraft. About it I have a question for the well informed,: did these helicopters belong to a Squadron ? I can’t identify the crest on the top starboard (…correct…???) side, behind the cockpit. 5. Hannants seems to have only the Airfix kit on stock, which should be a new tooling. Any ideas if there’s some PE or decal suggested for the version belonging to NAS 824 on board Ark Royal in her last cruise? On second thoughts, I’m getting interested in depicting the Ark herself. The model which seems to be the closest one to this configuration of the famous ship seems to be Fujimi 1/700th scale kit. The main question mark for a project like this is: how to develop it? I mean, the first idea started from was a diorama with a Gannet, a Phantom and a Bucc as shown in the picture. This could do, with all aircraft in parking configuration with wings folded. On the other hand, these aircraft could be depicted in a quite effective “ready to take off” pose . • The Buccaneer is quite singular in both cases, ( wings and airbrake folded or nose up , ready for launch).Even showing it on the lift notfully up wouldn’t be bad!!! • The Phantom’s best configuration is with th nose gear extended , ready for launch. • The Gannet is quite singular with folded wings , hook down, open canopy and ladder out, but it’s not bad even with those curious flaps extended. Even a pre-flight configuration could be interesting , with a couple of crews and what seems to be a starter, as seen for Buccaneers too. At the moment I’ve already started cutting the Gannet’s flaps, just to discover the Eduard PEset is wrong for this model. I could still use the folding mechanism struts( if this is the right name for them!!!) and modify the flaps cut off the wings. • The Wessex could be depicted parked with folded rotor or even i 1/144 scale in the background of a Buccaneer or the Phantom ready for launch, as shown in one of the article’s pictures. • The Sea king is the less colorful of the party and is still a question mark. Suggestions are welcomed. I could : 1. build a big base depicting the flight deck for the three aircraft as in the article’s picture; 2. Build a separate base for each model; 3. Build a big base with some sort of …”islands “for each model, something like my F-15, as in the picture below.I like this idea, but room might be a problem. That’s all for now… enough written modelling , for this weekend!!! Hope I’ll soon share some real modelling. In the meantime, any answers to my questions or suggestions are welcomed. Thanks for your patience!!! Ciao Massimo
  5. This is my build of HMS Belfast as she was at the sinking of the Scharnhorst in December 1943, she sits in my collection alongside my Sheffield and Jamaica at the same engagement, but more of that in a bit... I'm relauctant to give Trumpeter too much credit for this one, by the time I'd fixed all the issues and errors, I think I'd have been better off scratch building this one. As usual for me, I made great use of aftermarket - Northstar, L'Arsenal, White Ensign and 3D printed, along with a fair amount of scratch work. Paint is all Colourcoats. And with the rest of the fleet: Front to back - Jamaica/Belfast/Sheffield Left to Right - Jamaica/Belfast/Sheffield Andrew
  6. Looking at Thunder and Lightning http://www.thunder-and-lightnings.co.uk/phantom/history.php was there any talk of any other front line Royal Navy Phantom squadrons apart from 892 ? TIA Robert
  7. Hi guys! This is the new member of my Aerobatic Collection. Hobbyboss 1/72 Sea Hawk Red Devils Aerobatic Team. The Hobbybos kit is really nice. I did not use putty anywhere, just sandpaper. It is the first time I paint with Vallejo acrylics, which I found very good becouse the drying time compared to enamels, wich allowed me to finish it only in 6 days from the opening of the box until the photo session. The finish was made with Humbrol Clear Gloss Varnish and decals are from the "Royal Navy Aerobatic teams" set from Model Alliance. Cheers! Orlando.
  8. Royal Navy Phantom Decals 1/48

    Hi Paul I'm after a set of four red 'omega' logos, the four white Royal Navy decals for the Hasegawa 1/48 Phantom FG.1, as well as two sets of nose banners, Four fin 'R's and those weird degree stencils by the rear stabilisers. I'm fine for numbers and roundels and stencils. Is this something you could do? Any help appreciated. Best Rgds Ben
  9. All fingers legs arms and toes crossed here that this coming week brings this particular model subject much closer to reality; subject to wind and tide, we should see a Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier back at sea for the first time in many years, ready for the first F-35B to land on later next year. These markings for 809 Sqn in HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH and HMS PRINCE OF WALES are largely from my own imagination and courtesy of my inkjet printer, but perhaps not that far from the truth. This is Fujimi's delightful 1/72 F-35B kit, with a little hacking about from me (e.g. the rather obvious auxiliary air inlet is missing on the kit) and my own decals. I haven't fitted any weapons in the open bays yet - but some scratch built Meteors and SPEAR 3s are on the workbench! For those who doubt that colour can ever be applied to these aircraft, check out the USN variants at sea now! And as a comparison, here she is alongside Italeri/Revell's old X-35B kit FLY (ROYAL) NAVY ! FredT
  10. It's been a while, but I've finally finished a ship! This is a scratch build of HMS Jamaica that I kicked off about 2 1/2 years ago, but then stalled while I collected a few accessories and brass sets. My aim was to model her configuration in December 1943 during the Battle of NorthCape. Here's the rest of the photos: Closeups And a couple of shots alongside my HMS Sheffield, also at both North Cape nad Berents Sea battles: I'll try to be a bit quicker off the mark with HMSs Belfast, DoY and Norfolk... Andrew
  11. Right gang, time I made a decision and got cracking, there's plenty options in the stash but I've picked this one; Did I say one? Well yes, I know this is a double boxing but only one will get built here, the kit is going to need some work due the fit being what would be called a 'sair fecht' or a 'tchuave' in this part of the world. I've got no less than five of these in the stash but picked these two because they came to me from the stash of a former local model club member who passed away a few years back. John had made a start to both kits and so far as I can see almost all parts are still present apart from the pilot figures. No loss there as they are, like many other parts, not well moulded so I've grabbed a pair of the far better ones from the Airfix Lightning kits. John had added a few extras including the Eduard interior and exterior etched brass sets which I'll make use of along with a replacement decal sheet I had long forgotten about... ...with this option being current favourite Here's the cockpit tub. Basic and without detail but a starting point.
  12. Hellcat Mk.I 1:72 Eduard "Weekend" Since 1938 Grumman had been working on its successor to the F4F Wildcat. The new aircraft would feature a wider undercarriage which would retract into the wings. This was arranged with a new hydraulic system which rotated through 90°. The wing was mounted lower and a hydraulic folding mechanism was fitted. Grumman worked closely with the US Navy to provide a fighter which would defeat the Japaneses Zero. The design was further refined using combat reports with a larger engine being fitted . The British Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm would receive just over 1200 aircraft under the Lease Lend programme. Originally these were alled the Grumman Gannet Mk.I but this was changed to the Hellcat for simplicity. These would see combat in Norway, the Med and the Far East. The FAA would eventually feild 12 Squadrons of Hellcats. After the end of WWII the aircraft were rapidly replaced in the British inventory with the last two Squadrons retiring them in 1946. The Kit The original kit was released by Eduard back in 2011, and has been re-released in different boxes periodically over this time. Now it is in a light grey plastic and the moulds are wearing well with crisp finely moulded parts. The kit featuring fine engraved panel lines. There are three main sprues of the grey plastic, and one clear sprue. Construction starts where else but in the cockpit. The rear bulkhead and right side panels are attached to the cockpit floor. The main instrument panel is made up and then attached to the cockpit floor as well, along with the control column and pilots seat. Seatbelts are provided in this kit as decals. Once the seat is on the left hand side panel can be installed and to finish of the cockpit the rudder pedals are attached. The cockpit assembly can then be inserted in to the fuselage and the main fuselage closed up. Before this is done remember to add the tail wheel part and a panel under the cockpit. The flashed over tab hole for the external tank must also be opened up at this time. Construction then moves to the wings, these are of conventional upper & lower parts each side. Before they are closed u the holes in the outboard lower wings for rockets must be closed up, and the insert for the main guns must be added in. Once assembled the wings along with the one part tailplanes can be added to the main fuselage. The modeller then moves to the front of the aircraft. The engine cowling is made up as is the 5 part engine. The engine is attached to the front of the main fuselage and the cowling added. Next up for construction are the wheels. These are of two part construction being the main wheel and separate hub. When complete these are attached to the main leg, and the main gear door is attached to the outside of the leg. Lastly the canopy parts are added. These can be posed in either the open, or closed position. Decals Decals are from Eduard and should pose no issues, markings are provided for 2 examples; FN427 - Sub Lt. McKenzie, HMS Indomitable, Bay Of Bengal October 1944. JV105 - HMS Emperor, Aegean Sea, September 1944. Conclusion This is a welcome re-release from Eduard with markings for the Fleet Air Arm. Highly recommend. Review sample courtesy of
  13. I decied to build this kit as a what if because the kit is for a prototype and to bring it up to latest standard would involve a lot of work. I did however cut out the window by the front door and even though you cannot see it the seats and consoles are in there. Painted using modelair paints and Kleer with decals cobbled togeather from kit decals, modeldecal and spares box decals. The actual painting was done with a cheap £6 chineese badger 150 copy it hasen't come out too bad. I am pleased with result and reckon that it could actually be done on the full size aircraft. There is presidence as there was a MK5 done in a simaliar scheme a few years ago. Normal 5ft viewing distance please. And with a proper HAS2 Thank you for looking Rodders
  14. This project started last winter as FGR.2 XV436 of No. 6 Squadron. Then I read Aircraft Artificer Lionel A. Smith's "Phantom at sea" from the book "Phantom from the cockpit". It was "hook-up" for the FG.1 and "bolter" for the FGR.2. Lionel Smith was sent ashore to NAS Roosevelt Roads (Puerto Rico) on June 1971 when XT861 was diverted to the island to make some repairs on the "Cab". His style impressed me at once and I started to build my first ever RN aircraft. I built the model using Aires seats, jet pipes, wheels and air scoops. A lot of scratch building was required because I made the keel box and engine air intakes myself. A lot of re-scribing and rivetting was also required. Finally I painted the model with a brush using Humbrol enamels 27 and 34 and when the decals were on (343 of them to be precise) two final coats of Hu 135 was applied with a "Leonard's" brush. Weathering was made with "Caran D'ache" oil baesd crayons. As this was FGR.2 boxing the decals came from Alley Cat, Extra Decal, Hasegawa, Icarus, Impact Models and Model Alliance. It's a shame that no one provides good quality stencils for the British Phantom. Let's see some photos. I hope you like them I add a couple of WIP photos also if they are allowed to show you some details I mentioned about... Here is the home made Keel Box and engines. Intakes made from styrene sheet, Milliput, a pair of surplus tanks and Compressor wheels. The air brakes were closed in parked aircraft but this was too good a detail to miss... Note also the scratch built Auxiliary Air Door. Best Regards, Antti
  15. Dambusters to Fly From Carriers

    http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/defence/dambusters-to-fly-again-on-navy-s-new-carriers-1-7386221
  16. Ex ARIES TOR

    Morning all, Thought I'd share a selection of images from last week's Royal Navy support of the Ten Tors Challenge on Dartmoor. AgustaWestland Merlin HC3i ZJ118/B Royal Navy Okehampton Camp 07/05/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC3i ZJ118/B Royal Navy Okehampton Camp 07/05/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC3i ZJ136/U Royal Navy Okehampton Camp 07/05/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC3i ZJ136/U Royal Navy Okehampton Camp 07/05/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr. AgustaWestland Merlin HC3i ZJ118/B Royal Navy Okehampton Camp 07/05/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC3i ZJ118/B Royal Navy Okehampton Camp 07/05/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC3i ZJ118/B Royal Navy Okehampton Camp 07/05/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC3i ZJ136/U Royal Navy Okehampton Camp 07/05/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC3i ZJ136/U Royal Navy Okehampton Camp 07/05/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC3i ZJ118/B Royal Navy Okehampton Camp 07/05/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC3i ZJ136/U Royal Navy Okehampton Camp 07/05/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC3i ZJ118/B Royal Navy Okehampton Camp 07/05/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC3i ZJ136/U Royal Navy Okehampton Camp 07/05/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC3i ZJ118/B Royal Navy Okehampton Camp 07/05/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC3i ZJ136/U Royal Navy Okehampton Camp 07/05/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC3i ZJ118/B Royal Navy Okehampton Camp 07/05/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Thanks for looking, comments welcomed Shaun
  17. !/32 Lynx rotor blades

    The Revell 1/32 lynx is a great kit except for the main blades which bend down when on the real thing they are rigid. Does anyone know of anyone does after market one? I was thinking of drilling them out and using a metal rod to stop them drooping. I used brass tube when doing the Rotordyne but this is not an option on this kit. Any help greatly appriciated Rodders
  18. Hi Guys & Gals...I present to you, my lastest completion. The New Tool Sea King. It took me 3 attempts to get the camo half decent, the 3rd of which was achieved by 8 hours of masking.
  19. I decied to build the whirlwind after all. I dont do highly detailed models so losing the etch is no big deal I might even find it again it must be in a box somewhere. Donar kit and the converson kit sprues Marked out ready for cutting The nose is going to need some filler to make it akk join up nicely I will keep the door shut Next up get rid of the cooling grills I will use the red and blue/grey colour sheme supplied in the kit It will look nice along the HAR10 I have already. I have the kits and bits to do the MK7 and HCC12 which is what I will be doing after this one. Cockpit and grill next Rodders
  20. Hi, built for the GB on this site. Enjoyable build (though frustrating that the tail rotor blades had to be cut and repositioned the correct way!) Used some Eduard Etched brass (other bits too small for me!) Painted with Xtracolour RAF Blue Grey enamel and Gunze Mr Hobby RLM04 Yellow acrylic, with tamiya X-22 for the gloss. Thanks for looking Untitled by bryn robinson, on Flickr Untitled by bryn robinson, on Flickr Untitled by bryn robinson, on Flickr Untitled by bryn robinson, on Flickr Untitled by bryn robinson, on Flickr Untitled by bryn robinson, on Flickr
  21. HMS Bligh K467

    Greetings everyone I thought it about time that I post some of the latest of my ship builds. The trouble is I rarely know when to stop on a ship build, so although they are classed as RFI there is still a bit of tinkering to go. If I waited until I completed them then I would never get them up here! So first up is HMS Bligh, which was a Capatain Class Frigate, on Lend/Lease from the US, originally a Buckley class Destroyer. She is the USS England release from Trumpeter in 1:350. I also used the GMM models etch fret which is excellent and also has conversion parts and notes to convert to a Captain class. I did also buy the WEM boat set for the Captain Class but I have only fitted the life dinghies so far (see second sentance!). Paint is from WEM (when they existed) and the rigging is very fine black thread which was a total . It worked out fine apart from the flag stay(?) which need a bit of tension as it seems a bit flappy! I started this build probably about 8 years ago and it spent many years on the shelf until I felt up to the rigging. The base was once a nice shiney brass but has tarnished over time, maybe need to get the brasso out! Any way here she is! Apologies for the poor photos, I did try to use flash but it kept causing shadows behind, it is only a point and shoot after all! Thanks for looking Bob Edit: Just noticed the missing anchors
  22. Royal Navy Rothesay Class Frigate. pics of HMS Plymouth F126. First pic is crown copyright and only used to show the overall outline of the vessel. The rest of the pictures are thanks to the team at Scale Warship.com, and taken while she was on display at Birkenhead Docks.
  23. Wessex HAS3 colours

    Hi, I am currently building the Italeri 1/72 kit, and will probably do the yellow over blue grey scheme. I believe the blue grey is RAF blue grey and can only find an Xtracolour paint. As I prefer to use acrylics (I have use of the spare room but try not to be too stinky!), anyone know of an acrylic alternative? Thanks
  24. The following images have been taken at various locations around Cornwall since Jan 2016. Unfortunately the few remaining 771 Squadron Sea Kings have been rather elusive. Locations here include Bodmin Moor, Davidstow airfield, Godrevy etc:
  25. A friend who lives in Plymouth took the photo's below of HMS Ambush whilst entering and leaving Plymouth Dockyard last week. I am hoping he will send more as there are some nice detail views for anyone modelling the kit of this boat. Mike HMS Ambush approaching Devonport Dockyard, Plymouth on 16/01/2016 - All photo's courtesy of Jeff Stevenson. HMS Ambush leaving Devonport on 22/01/2016
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