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  1. Hello! This is my new model. First in this year. I hope not lust. Building was hard. The set was not of the best quality. I used some additional details- resin wheels and exhaust. Painting- Tamiya and Mr. Color. Weatering- sold dots, oil dots, pigments and washes.
  2. Hi all, I finally got around to finishing this kit, I've had it built but unpainted in it's box for months now and I recently saved it from the shelf of doom. The kit was built and painted in my usual way using model air colours. Any criticism or comments highly welcome!
  3. Just wanted to share some pics of one of my latest finished models. Supermarine Seafire FR.46, LA546 / 600 LM, RNAS Lossiemouth, 1948. From the Special Hobby kit #72231, just added a few details in scratch, a new instrument panel, scribed some lost panel lines and rivetted the whole airframe. Here's the model: And a picture of the real thing... Hope you like it! UnCarlitosModelista
  4. Seafires, options in 1/72

    As I slowly add to my retirement list/ stash, it's time to move to 1/72 Seafires. If you had to build say 4 marks from beginning to end, what would they be, what kits, what AM? I'd like to cover scheme differences and major 'visible' changes. Over to you guys. Stuart
  5. Hi Guys, I've been coming here on and off for a while now with various technical questions for projects, so I thought it was about time I put my money where my mouth is and actually post something. This is the first scale model I've made about 15 years, and last time I tried something I had no idea of techniques and no money to buy proper colours, air brushes etc. So with that in mind, please go easy as I'm both a beginner and out of practise! This is the Airfix Seafire L.III, straight out of the box with Eduard etched brass cockpit details. I've done nothing else, other than my first attempt at scribing as the fuselage is an old mould and a friend of mine said I should! I went very easy on weathering as I know this is easy to get carried away with, but I've subsequently increased the dirt and stains on the underside of the aircraft. If any other beginners are considering this model, I'd probably recommend to look elsewhere. I've got a couple of years experience with wargaming - some of the skills are transferable, some are not - but things like attaching the arrestor hook were a huge job because the parts simply did not match up once the lower fuselage was cut away on the guidelines, resulting in a lot of man-hours being spent with modelling clay and filing.
  6. We've just added the next batch of Eduard and Sword kits to our future release section on http://mjwmodels.co.uk The Sword kits are the new 1/72 FJ-2 and FJ-3 Furies and the double kit of the Seafire XVII, all at 10% off RRP! The Eduard kits are the new 1/48 Spitfire IXe Israeli AF Ltd Ed, SE.5a Hispano Suiza Profipack and P-39K/N Airacobra Weekend. There is also the 1/72 Fokker DR.1 Profipack. All the Eduard kits are between 20-25% off RRP!! If anyone would like any of them, simply go on our website, find the one(s) you want and fill your email address in on the listing(s). You'll then be notified when they are in stock, so you can place an order. If you want multiples of any of the kits, please send a separate message so we can order extra ones. thanks Mike
  7. Seafire Mk 47

    Hi chaps, currently have the 1/48 Airfix Seafire Mk47 on the go, plan to do the standard scheme with EDSG and sky/beige. Question is which is more accurate sky or beige green as I've seen both used.
  8. Supermarine Seafire Mk.III "last Fights Over the Pacific" Special Hobby 1:48 It is believed that the Admiralty first showed an interest in a carrier based Spitfire as early as 1938, when Fairey Aviation proposed such a modification could take place. This idea was rejected and subsequently left the Fleet Air Arm to order other less capable aircraft. The matter was again raised in 1939 and a Spitfire was fitted with an A Frame arrestor hook. After further investigation folding wings were added to the specification. At the time one of the major factors holding back a Sea Spitfire (or Seafire as it was to become) was that production capacity was needed for land Spitfires. Due to this Wildcats were ordered from Grumman for the FAA to be called the Martlet. By the end of 1941 the Admiralty again looked at Spitfire project. 48 Spitfire Mk Vbs were converted by Air Training Services at Hamble to become hooked Spitfires. These would allow the Royal Navy to get experience operating the type, which due to its narrow undercarriage and high nose was not the ideal carrier aircraft. The second major type for the RN was the Seafire Mk II, this used a cropped supercharger to provide greater power at lower levels. The IIc was the first major mark to be deployed in any number. The Seafire Mk III was the real first true carrier Seafire. It was developed from the IIc. It had manually folding wings allowing more aircraft to be carried. The wing would fold using a system of two straight chordwise folds. A break was introduced immediately outboard of the wheel well where the wing would fold upwards and slightly forward, a second fold would be at the wingtip. The Mk III would use the Merlin 55 engine with a 4 bladed prop. The Mk III would be used by the Fleet Air Arm, The Irish Air Corps, and the French Aéronavale. The French would receive 65 Mk IIIs which were deployed to Vietnam on board the carrier Arromanches in 1948. The Irish Air Corps were supplied with 12 Mk III in 1947 which were stripped of their Naval equipment (except the wing fold) by Supermarine. The Kit The kit arrives in a fairly sturdy box. Inside are three large and three small sprues of grey plastic, a clear sprue, a sheet of vinyl, a sheet of photo etch; and an instrument panel film. Construction as with most aircraft starts with the cockpit area. The bulkhead forward of the pilot is made up along with the instrument panel. This is added to the engine firewall, the floor area including rudder pedals and control column is added. The seat can then be attached to its backing of armour plate, this along with the headrest is then added to the rear fuselage frame. PE seat belts and harness straps are then added. The next step is to add both of the previous subassemblies onto the main fuselage. Lage side panels with relief details are also added at this stage. The fuselage can then be closed up. The vinyl parts can then be applied to the closed up fuselage. The next stage in construction is the wings. The upper wing halves are attached to the one part lower wing. The internal sections of the wheel wells need to be placed inside the wing sections before they are closed up. The right cannon bulges need to be glued to the upper wing. There is no internal structure under the bulges. Be sure to use the right cannon bulges as there are four different sets on the sprues. The propellor is the next sub assembly to be built up, along with the arrestor hook parts If your build needs them). The next major task is to attach fuselage to the wings. Following this the tail planes, rudder, ailerons; and wing tips are added. Attention then turns to the underside of the aircraft. The radiators, engine under cowling, air intake and tail wheel are added. If your aircraft has an arrestor hook this sub assembly is also added, if not then a plate is added to this area. The undercarriage is also assembled and added at this stage. Finally to wrap up your build the engine exhausts, appropriate cannon barrels, aerial mast, entry door, propellor assembly; and canopies are added to the kit. Photo Etch & Vinyl A small photo etched fret is provided for the seat belts & harness, Instrument panel, rudder pedals, escape crowbar, and fuselage stiffening plates. A self adhesive vinyl sheet provides for raised areas on the fuselage where even PE would be too thick. An acetate film is provided for use between the PE instrument panel parts. Canopy The clear parts are very clear and remarkably thin. Care will need to be taken removing them from the sprue. I am not sure if the main canopy will fit over the rear part as the instructions do not show this. Decals Decals are provided for 3 aircraft. PR256, 894 Sqn HMS Indefatigable. April 1945. PR240, 880 Sqn HMS Improbable, June 1945. NN212, 887 Sqn HMS Indefatigable, August 1945. All decals are printed by Aviprint, are in register and colour density looks good. Conclusion A good re-release from Special Hobby showing aircraft from the last combat patrols of the FAA in the Far East. In fact NN212 took part int eh very last combat of the Fleet Air Air of WWII. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  9. I am trying to determine the serial number and possibly plane code of a 894 Squadron Seafire piloted by Sub-Lt Fred Hockley lost near Tokyo Bay Aug 15, 1945. I have Morgan & Shacklady's big book of Spitfires but am at a loss finding this particular aircraft. Any other resources on-line or in print that might possibly help? Many thanks, Donald Anderson
  10. Hello, This is the Tamiya Spitfire Vb converted into a Seafire Ib. I just added a hook for deck-landing. I never found any picture of NX956 but according to NX957 the stiffeners on the wings still there and the old fashion windscreen too.
  11. Pair of nautical Spits

    Good day all I rescued these two from the shelf of doooom where they had sat for a good many years. First up is the Airfix FR46. There is much debate out there on this so I opted to put in cameras (very nearly put in a wing fold!) The read that it didn't have cameras so deleted them but may be mixed up with the Lossie version in an earlier kit. I ummed and erred but plumped for OOB version of 1892 NAS at RNAS Culham. I used the eduard cockpit set and model master acrylics. She is shown in a very clean state as I read that they were used by the CO of that squadron but that may also be erroneous! Next up is the Airfix LIII kit bashed with a Hasegawa Vb. I used the fuselage of the Hasegawa with the wings and hook from the Airfix kit. An entertaining effort if nothing else! She is from 887NAS from HMS Indefatigable. Straight OOB (es). This was also used a bit of a paint mule. I had bought a new (cheap) airbrush and was experimenting with freehand camo. All was going well until half way through following the light pattern I switched to the dark! So cam is a little 'non-authentic' or artistic license! I used both the kit decals and they were poor. The FR46 had a couple of smudged rounds. The LIII stencils disintegrated and I used what I could. Luckily the big ones held together. Enjoy and thanks for looking
  12. Hello and welcome to this RFI of my latest venture into plastic. This build is of "The Airfix Seafire FR47 in 1/48th scale". It was a wonderful kit to build there were a few fit issues and the wing if done folded needs some scratch building but most if not all can be done OOB, in fact, looking back this one is OOB, I scratched a few items which I will list in a sec but other than that I didn't buy any extras and I'm really happy with the result. The name "up and down like a brides nighty" refers to the configuration of one wing up and one wing down. just so you don't think I'm a perv. Here's the WIP if you didn't catch it live. Thanks to everyone who helped me along the way with this one, it was a great build and I'm sad to see her finished, but as with all good thing they must come to an end. I hope it stands up to inspection from you lot. I'm not 100% happy with the photos as I didn't get to take them outside as planned. 'twas wet in the Midlands today. So without further ado I shall begin. The build as I said was pretty much OOB, I scratch built the internal cameras. left the canopy as is (I know its a tad high) but micro meshed the hell out of it to get shiny. Scratch build the bullet proof part in the canopy. fuse wire aerial. cut the rear flaps to add interest. And I think that was it for modifications. She was painted (airbrush) and (hairy stick) using Tamiya and Vajello acrylics. I did truHumbrol but if you followed the WIP that can be found here (I'll add a link in a sec) you will know the story of that nightmare. There are a ton of pics as I couldn't quite get the right light but hey that's what RFIs are all about right?........right? Ladys and Gentlemen may I introduce my latest............ Phew, and there we are. Looking at the shots on my daughters laptop I'm actually more happy with them. I hope you all enjoy the model as much as I did building and photographing her. I have started another build here, should you wish to tag along. It's going to be BIG! Take it easy guys and I hope all of you who went or are going have a wonderful time at Telford. See you all on the other side and as always. Happy Modelling. Johnny Seafire.
  13. More Sword 1/72 kits are no longer available but still have some left but we can't restock! We still have the F-94 Starfire, Seafire XV (late) and Kittyhawk MK II/III dual kit left in stock, if anyone wants them! We also still have the P-40K Warhawk dual kit in stock, not many of them left at the big H now! http://www.mjwmodels.co.uk/sword-172--kits-142-c.asp thanks Mike
  14. Here is my entrant for the Spitfire group build in memory of Edgar Brooks, it is also the first kit I have finished in months (been going through a bit of a dry spell). Apologies for the quality of the photos, couldn't take them outside as I normally do as the weather is not cooperating. Completed straight out of the box, SX273 of 714 NAS, St Merryn, England, 1947. Brush painted with Tamiya Acrylics. A very enjoyable build. WIP here. Hopefully a fitting memorial to a very generous and knowledgable man who is very much missed. Any comments welcomed. Cheers, Simon
  15. Hi Colin. I was wondering if you had any intention of doing another run of the FR46 conversion? Rick.
  16. Here's my contribution to this GB, a Seafire MkIIc from Sword. Two options on the transfer sheet, a Seafire LIIc from 809 NAS from HMS Unicorn at Salerno and standard MkIIc from880 NAS from HMS Argus from Operation Torch. Although the LIIc with its clipped wings detracts from the beautiful Spitfire wing form it is a little different from the norm so I'm going with that. And how can one not have a sharkmouth Seafire? The box contents is a single sprue with effectively a Mk V Spit, with an additional sprue with a new fuselage, four bladed prop and parts for the arrestor hook. There is also some resin cannons and a clear plastic transparency. Nice transfers and the modifications to the Spit Mk V fuselage to strengthen it for deck landings are nicely moulded. Hopefully a first coat of paint on the little parts before the end of this afternoon
  17. Hi folk,s built for the Spitfire STGB in memory of our own Edgar Brooks in sure he would have been amused by the schoolboy error,s in my build the most obvious was on deciding to build her with wings fixed I binned all the folding wing parts only to discover the fixed wing was only for the FR46! Anyway a bit of re-scribing and a blind man on a galloping horse wouldn't notice.800 NAS on board HMS Triumph during the Korean war,many thank,s for looking and thank,s Edgar for your help in past projects.
  18. Finally got around to pulling a Spitfire/Seafire kit out for this group build. Wanted something I could do without too much aggro as work is rather busy at the moment. Settled on this, which has been in my "to do" pile for a longish time (fair amount of dust on the box). Sprue parts after a bit of a wash: Decided on this scheme, as I have a plans to do a FR47 in the classic DSG/Sky markings. No funny business, just a straight OOB build.
  19. Hi folk's I have decided on Airfix's Seafire for this tribute, I hope Edgar would approve. This navalised development of his beloved Spitfire was a million miles away from the early mark,s that held out and later took the fight to the enemy in the war years, personally I think these later mark,s were the most beautiful Piston engined aircraft to grace the skies and I plan to finish her in Korean war markings.
  20. Back in March 2002, Paul Lucas published a Seafire WWII camouflage article in Scale Aircraft Modelling, accompanied by some artwork to illustrate typical camouflage and markings. In June 2009, he re-visited the subject in Model Aircraft Monthly. One issue he looked into was the use of Day fighter Scheme (Dark Green, Ocean Grey and Medium Sea Grey) on some Seafires. The article’s conclusion (based on colour film evidence) was that some if not all Seafires appearing to have Dark Green and Ocean Grey upper camouflage, had Sky (as per the standard Temperate Sea Scheme)rather than DFS Medium Sea Grey. Tony O'Toole has looked at this at length. For Westlands, the adoption of the correct Temperate Sea Scheme and 4” presentation of the serial, seems to have started from the NN serial range, with airframes in the LR and NF serial ranges appearing to have Dark Green, Ocean Grey upper surface camouflage and 8” presentation of the serial, identifiable by the high contrast between the two colours and the darker tone running through the cockpit. A photo of Seafire IIIs on HMS Keldive, circa August/September 1944, is often referred to when looking to compare schemes in the same shot (the second aircraft on the left being in TSS and the others in DFS or the DFS/TSS hybrid scheme. Aircraft codes (K for the carrier plus the aircraft letter) are thought to be in Red. Compare it with the colour version. It immediately becomes clear that the codes are not red, indeed they appear to have been removed or weathered away. Why is this? The demarcation between the upper and lower surface camouflage on the nose also seems lower on TSS camouflaged Seafires.
  21. Seafire IIcs with vokes filters

    Back in March 2002, Paul Lucas published a Seafire WWII camouflage article in Scale Aircraft Modelling, accompanied by some artwork to illustrate typical camouflage and markings. In June 2009, he re-visited the subject in Model Aircraft Monthly. In both articles, MKIIc MB244 6Q, the subject of a rare WWII colour photograph of 899 NAS Seafires on HMS Indomitable in June 1943 at Scapa Flow (evidence item 1 in the list below), was depicted with no Vokes filter. Another photo taken a minute or so later by the same photographer shows other airframes without Vokes filters present on the flight deck as MB244? goes down on the lift (evidence item 1 in the list below). 6K could be MB198 and 6L is MB200. I let it go the first time, but after the second time, I wrote in, pointing out the photographic evidence. My letter and a revised profile was duly published by the magazine in the August 2009 letters page. One of the photos I referred to as proof that there were MKIIcs with Vokes filters fitted, present at the time MB244 was photographed, was a photo of two pilots posing by the cockpit of a Seafire with said filter and squadron number 6. It also had a nice bit of artwork under the windscreen (evidence item 2 in the list below). A photograph of the same aircraft with a pilot climbing in to the cockpit, appeared in Modellers Datafile 3 Merlin Seafires (evidence item 3 in the list below). However the identity of this particular aircraft would remain a mystery until I happened to be looking at an article about Seafire development on the Armoured Aircraft Carriers web site and I looked at the imbedded Pate Newsreel 'Presenting Seafires 1943’ (evidence item 4 in the list below) which can be viewed on You Tube. Low and behold this footage showed a pilot getting into and out of the cockpit of the very same aircraft (clearly the same aircraft by position and artwork). The serial, squadron number and aircraft letter is shown to be MB195 6S as the pilot walks along the fuselage to climb up into and later, climbs out of the cockpit. Furthermore, another photo in an article about Indomitable on the Armoured Aircraft Carriers web site (evidence item 5 in the list below) shows MB195 on Indomitable’s lift confirming the serial and squadron code and extent of upper camouflage on side of the Vokes filter (can't show photo). I then noticed a further photograph of this particular aircraft in From the Cockpit Series No. 13 Seafire (evidence item 6 in the list below), which confirms the serial and code. Why 899NAS should have several airframes with Vokes filters (which would have incurred a weight and drag penalty) at Scapa Flow, is a mystery. I know the carrier and its squadrons were due to leave for the Mediterranean, but why modify some but not all airframes, if that was the intention? I wondered if those Indomitable Seafires seen with blue (as opposed to the normal TSS Sky) undernose panels were airframes which had had their Vokes filters removed in the field and replacement panels from RAF stocks used? Evidence list 1 Warpaint Series No. 72 Merlin Seafire – cover June 2009 Model Aircraft Monthly – between p36 and p37 Seafire book by David Brown – cover http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51rTf8q1LCL._SX382_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg Colour photo of MB244 –shows clearly the Vokes filter with camouflage running down the side of the filter. Another photo taken a minute or so later by the same photographer shows other airframes without Vokes filters present on the flight deck as MB244? goes down on the lift. https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7669/16636868203_1a71c96c33_b.jpg 2 From the Cockpit Series No. 13 Seafire –p26 Also Seafire book by David Brown – photo 29 b/w Photograph MB195 - pilots posing by cockpit taken at the same time as the Pate News footage –shows a clear image of the artwork – looks like a black and white cat shagging a white mouse? 3 Modellers Datafile 3 Merlin Seafires – p37 b/w Photograph MB195 pilot climbing into cockpit, taken at the same time as the Pate News footage was being filmed or possibly a still taken from it 4 Pate News –‘ Presenting Seafires 1943’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-BuAkwB5hI&feature=player_embedded also Armoured Aircraft Carriers website on Seafire development http://www.armouredcarriers.com/seafire-development - b/w footage MB195 between 7-13 seconds and between 44-51 seconds Pilot getting into and out of cockpit. Serial, squadron number and aircraft letter shown as pilot walks up to climb up into and later, climb out of the cockpit. None of the Seafires seen taking off and doing flybys have Vokes filters fitted. 5 Armoured Aircraft Carriers website Indomitable page http://www.armouredcarriers.com/lessons-learned http://static1.squarespace.com/static/531fdb48e4b0e8fbe6259952/53793c57e4b003ad465809df/5468292be4b0680da8b33094 b/w Photograph MB195 starboard side profile on lift confirms Serial and squadron number and extent of upper camouflage on side of Vokes filter. 6 From the Cockpit Series No. 13 Seafire –p24/25 b/w Photograph MB195 being pushed forward- confirms Serial and aircraft identifier letter
  22. Hello! This is my Airfix 1/48 Seafire F.XVII built with a few minor tweaks. I haven't been building for a while due to lack of spare time but things are better now and I wanted to get back into things with a quick 'n easy build. So nothing special, just a simple clean almost OOB model. More details can be found on my blog, for now I'll shut up and post some pics. Feel free to let me know what you think, good or bad.
  23. My first post on britmodeller and my second 1/48 scale model from Airfix. I'm going to be brush finishing this model with humbrol enamel paints and will be updating this topic a couple times a week I hope all of you enjoy and I look forward to some feedback from you guys thanks ! This the colour scheme I choose for the finish with the 24 yellow nose cone and 123 extra dark sea grey on top with a Number 90 beige green and 135 satin vanish mix for the underside of the model ">http:// I also have some Sprue pictures and a picture of the paints themselves ">http:// ">http:// paints ">http:// Thanks for having a look And I'll be starting the build soon
  24. Hi, Apologies if this has already been posted elsewhere. To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain there will be a mass flypast of 40 aircraft beginning at midday today. From the website: On 15th September 2015, the 75th anniversary of victory in Battle of Britain, an estimated 40 Spitfires and Hurricanes and Blenheims from across the UK, USA and Europe will come to Goodwood Aerodrome, West Sussex, to take part in an historic flypast over the South of England. The event brings together in one place more Battle of Britain aircraft than at any time since World War Two. Present day aircraft owners, operators, pilots and engineers will congregate to create an event aimed to show those few remaining veterans who fought 75 years ago, and everyone that they stand for and on behalf of, that we, the modern generation, care about the sacrifices they made, that we will not forget them, and ultimately to thank them. http://www.battleofbritainday.co.uk/#!routes/c1px Thanks, Sean
  25. Airfix's superb 1/48 Seafire 17, one of my older builds which i thought i'd share as i haven't finished anything lately. This is a shake and bake kit that went together very easily, and was a relaxing build. Loads of options available OOB - wing fold, ordenance, positional flaps. It all there without aftermarket, save seatbelts. Hope you like!