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  1. AZmodel is to re-release (link) it's 1/72nd Supermarine Seafang F.Mk.32 kit - ref. AZ7585 Source: http://www.azmodel.cz/produkt/supermarine-seafang-f-mk-32/ Original boxing ref. AZ.7272 & AZ7300 V.P.
  2. Source: https://www.facebook.com/freightdogmodels/photos/a.238637406163951.82458.119466081414418/1928612257166449/?type=3&theater V.P.
  3. Coastal Command Flying Boats mystery

    A recent rediscovered photo I bought a long time ago has posed a question. In the picture below are 5 different flying boats, the description on the press release it was used for is the second photo. According to Wikipedia the flying boat at the bottom was consigned to end its days at a flying training school a year earlier yet here it is alive and well. Did all these different types actually see active service or is this photo a PR stunt from 1939. cheers Pat PS, I didn't tell you the names of the different flying boats deliberately so you can look them up as I had to
  4. ICM is to release a 1/48th Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XIc "beer delivery" kit - ref. 48060 New tool apply to the beer barrels, not the airframe. Source: http://www.icm.com.ua/news/501-spitfire-mkixc-beer-delivery-wwii-british-fighter.html Box art 3D renders V.P.
  5. Well this really is a rarity for me, my first ever Vacform build and finishing a Group Build, something I fail to do on too many occasions ! I have had this kit in the stash for many years and like many of us was completely terrified of building a Vacform kit, but thanks to the encouragement of everyone on here, WE have done it. Until I built this kit I didn't know much about Gordon Stevens, the man behind Rareplanes, but having read about him he was a remarkable man who by his undoubted skills and determination brought us the opportunity to build kits that none of the mainstream manufacturers would have looked at. I would therefore like to dedicate my rather modest build of this, one of his earliest kits to him. The poor old Supermarine 224, wasn't a success ending its life on a firing range as a target, but hopefully RJ Mitchell learnt something that he later used to make the more recognisable Spitfire the success it was. As for this kit I learnt a great deal, cutting out the parts from the sheet is nerve racking, the sanding seems to take forever as you are frightened of taking off too much and you constantly worry that the parts aren't going to fit. However the sense of achievement is amazing, so please dig out that Vacform kit you have had in the stash for years and give it a go, everyone on BM, especially me is right behind you. cheers Pat
  6. Hello to all modellers I want to present my current work - Supermarine Spitfire in 1/72. It will be Spitfire from Polish Fighting Team, which operated in Tunisia in 1943, as a part of 145 RAF squadron. So, there are three videos: first with inbox, and next two with interior and joining of fuselage halves. But don't worry - next time will be only one video, with building progress, in Wednesday , I hope so. So, enjoy!
  7. Why no injected 1:48 Scimitar ?

    Considering how the Scimitar is a historically important aircraft; being last aircraft produced by Supermarine, how come there's not been an injection plastic kit in 1:48 ? Of course there's the Dynavector kit but that's both vacuumform and starting to become both uncommon and expensive ! Is there a reason as to why a kit was never made by Classic Airframes who appeared to make kits of most other FAA aircraft during the 1950's/1960's ? With the release of other post war FAA subjects within the last 5 years like the Sea Vixen and Sea Hawk surely someone should have made one by now ? Gareth
  8. Hi, all! In what a difference on fine details between the Swift Mk.7 and the Swift FR. 5? It seemed to me that on some photos a nose wheel the Swift Mk.7 is more than a nose wheel at the Swift FR.5. Whether so it? What else small distinctions on fine details between the Swift Mk.7 and the Swift FR. 5? B.R. Serge
  9. Hi All, While the glue/paint is drying on my other builds I thought I'd do a quick one. One that did 400mph. Most of the major parts had been helpfully removed off the sprues already. One lunch hour later we were here... One more lunch hour and we were here... Can see why these only used to take a rainy afternoon.....
  10. Spitfire Mk.IXc Early Version Profipak (8282) 1:48 Eduard A fairly well-known aircraft of WWII, the Supermarine Spitfire was the mainstay of British Fighter Command for the majority of WWII, with the Mk.IX being the most popular (with many) throughout the war, seeing extended periods of production with only minor alterations for the role that it was intended for differentiating between the sub-variants. Originally requested to counter the superiority of the then-new Fw.190, a two-stage supercharged Merlin designated type 61 provided the performance in spades, and the fitting of twin wing-mounted cannons in wing blisters gave it enough punch to take down its diminutive Butcher-Bird prey. The Kit Eduard's range of Spitfire kits expanded almost as quickly as their Bf.109 range did, and is of comparable quality in terms of detail and buildability (probably not a real word, but you know what I mean). This reboxing is the early IXc, some of which were converted Mk.Vcs that were taken from the production line and fitted with the more powerful engine and little else in addition. As usual with the Profipak editions, you get the kit, some extras and a generous decal sheet for your shekels. Inside the standard Profipak boxing are five sprues in a medium grey stryrene, a circular clear sprue in its own ziplok bag, a sheet of yellow kabuki tape masking material pre-cut to shape, and a nickel plated sheet of Photo-Etch (PE) brass with some parts pre-printed for the instrument panel. The instruction booklet is glossy and printed in colour, with the rear pages showing the decal options that are included in the box. There are two decal sheets included in the box, again supplied in their own re-sealable bag to keep them fresh and safe from damage. There are a number of parts that will stay in the box after construction is completed, such as a set of lower wings, tail fins, landing gear and clipped wingtips. Anyone that's an inveterate Spitfire fiddler will welcome the spares. Construction begins with the cockpit – no surprises there then. The sidewalls with their equipment are built up, and the rear frames are fitted into grooves , with the lower 'pit floor and control lines under the pilot's feet. His seat is nicely detailed with a PE or styrene armour panel behind it, and a flare rack under the front lip, plus a pair of pre-painted harnesses to keep the pilot from headbutting the gunsight in the event of a sudden stop. The control column is made of three parts and includes a linkage, with the other controls built up from PE and styrene parts, plus of course the lamination of the main instrument panel, into which the gunsight and compass fit. The completed assembly fits into the slot at the front of the sidewall, and the rudder pedals slot in from below just forward of the instrument panel frame. The opposite sidewall secures the assembly and gives it strength until it is fitted in between the two fuselage halves along with a firewall spacer part and the spinner backplate. At the rear a socket for the tailwheel is trapped between the halves, and the wingroot leading edges are added from separate parts that fit very well, from memory. The Eduard Spit includes a short spar in the lower wing for strength, which also includes a short portion of the gear bay walls, the rest being added from short sections that are installed around the opening. A choice of two upper wing halves are offered, with either a single narrow blister or a wide one, depending on which markings options you are going for. The wingtips and ailerons are separate, and are added later in the build for whatever reason, as are the radiator housings on the underside of the wing, the chin intake, and the lower nose cowling. The radiator baths have movable rear sections to allow The fuselage and wings can be mated now, and the cowling added around the top of the engine compartment, after you have built up the fishtail exhausts, which by the way have hollow tips due to some clever slide-moulding. The tail has a separate rudder and elevators that fit to the fins, and you are advised to affix a pair of antennae from the tips of the elevators to tiny circular panels just behind the radio compartment hatch, but this is best done at the end so take it as a reminder to drill some tiny holes to thread some EZ-line or invisible mending thread later. The landing gear are next, and they can be built raised or lowered, the latter achieved by cutting off the tab at the end of the leg. Very little is said about how to achieve raised gear, but a little trial and error will soon result in a solution if you're not lucky enough to find out via a quick search. The tail wheel is supplied on a long rod that slots inside the fuselage and connects with the socket that was glued in place at time of the fuselage closure. The prop is provided as a single part, and is sandwiched by the front and rear spinner parts for attachment to the nose during the final stages, which also includes the single cannon barrels with the outer ports glazed over with a clear dome on most of the markings options. Speaking of clear parts, the canopy is supplied with separate windscreen part with a choice of rear-view mirrors, and either a complete canopy and rear section in one part, or separate parts if you want to display the cockpit open. Markings There are two decal sheets in the box, one containing the individual markings and nation insignia, the other the stencils. The main sheet is by Cartograf, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas. The stencils are printed in-house by Eduard on their vibrant blue paper, and are of good quality. From the box you can build one of the following: Spitfire Mk.IXc early version 1/48 - EN315, Flown by S/Ldr. Stanislav Skalski, Polish Combat Team, Northern Africa, Spring 1943 Spitfire Mk.IXc early version 1/48 - EN133, No. 611 Squadron, Biggin Hill, Early 1943 Spitfire Mk.IXc early version 1/48 - BS392, Flown by S/Ldr. Bernard Dupérier, CO of No. 340 Squadron, Biggin Hill Airbase, Autumn 1942 Spitfire Mk.IXc early version 1/48 - EN354, flown by 1st Lt. Leonard V. Helton, 52nd FG, 4th FS, La Sebala Airfield, Tunisia, June, 1943 Spitfire Mk.IXc early version 1/48 - EN568, Flown by W/Cdr. Alan C. Deere, CO of Biggin Hill Wing, Biggin Hill Air Base, June, 1943 Conclusion A welcome re-release of a cracking kit from those nice folks at Eduard. If you missed out on it the first time round, then now is your chance to pick up the new boxing in its Profipak form. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  11. Hi fellow modellers, my last three completions of the year. All made out of the box and painted with K4 acrilics. All very enjoyable kits. First the Airfix Spitfire Mk.22, decals, the only additions were the seatbelts and a PE instrument panel. Second is the beautiful Eduard Spit Mk.IXc. A very complex kit for me, but, excellent and very detailed. And third is the Academy Spitfire MK. XIVc. A very simple kit, thee fuselage is a it fat but it looks like a Spit to me. The decals come from the kit and are excellent, made by Cartograf. I hope you like them. All comments and critics are welcomed. Best regards and happy new year! Ignacio
  12. Supermarine Spitfire XVIe TB863 pictured undergoing restoration at Temora Aviation Museum, Australia. Pics thanks AlexN.
  13. Supermarine Spitfire Mk.VIII MV239 delivered to RAAF as A58-758. Currently airworthy in the markings of A58-602/RG-V/Grey Nurse at Temora Aviation Museum, Australia. Pics thanks to AlexN
  14. It has been in the works long enough. Resin, vacu canopy and decals from Miniwing. Cannon fairings courtesy of Master. Brass by Shelf Oddity, which means it is the test article for the brass parts - an awkward way to promote our product and equally awkward way to excuse imperfections. First two photos with my trusty companion, who did the part chopping: and lent a helping brush: Now, the Attacker himself: "We there yet?" For anyone still awake - few WIP photos, focusing on metal bits, because resin parts came together without any fuss: The one showing dorsal bleed doors and boundary layer vents: The one showing boundary layer ramp inside intake (that no one will ever notice): The one showing ventral boundary layer vents along gear struts locks in u/c bays. And the one showing tremendous effort on my part - making a cut through the middle of the tail wheel to make it a twin tail wheel.
  15. Airfix 1/48 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vb "Build Introduction" (4.1.16) Hello Chaps, In 3 weeks time, my wife and I will be moving to our new home, so, I'm not going to start another large scale plane build until we are settled in. But, that said, I feel I might be able to grab a few hours here and there, in between packing, to build a smaller quicker build kit. Therefore, I've chosen this kit, which was one of five kits that my wife bought me for Christmas from the Airfix "Black Friday" sale. I have made a start on her this week, but haven't found the time to start a WIP on here until now. So, without further ado, here goes..... The box is a typical Airfix two-piece construction- Lid and Base, which I much prefer compared to the end opening single units offered by Revell. The box art on the lid shows a Mk.Vb chasing and shooting down an enemy aircraft over the Mediterranean waters and is shown in the first of two color scheme/markings that are offered with this kit. The color scheme and markings are for the aircraft flown by Pilot Officer Robert Wendell "Buck" McNair D.F.C (Royal Canadian Air Force), No.249 (Gold Coast) Squadron, Royal Air Force, Operation "Spotter", Ta'Qali (Ta Kali), Malta, March 1942. This is the version that I will be modeling. On the sides of the box there are 5 CAD generated images showing some of the details included with this kit and the two options of color scheme and marking... Inside the box there is a large clear polythene bag containing 5 grey sprues and a smaller clear bag containing a single clear sprue. There is a 16 page Assembly/Instruction booklet and one sheet of decals... The decals are typical AIrfix, which I personally think are some of the best decals on the market, they are nicely printed, with roundels in register, minimal carrier film and the decals are nice and thin and have a matt/satin finish.... The 16 page booklet is printed in black, white, red and yellow and the last two pages showing the painting and decal instructions offering two options of color schemes and markings, are in full color. There are 46 assembly stages which are very clear with CAD generated images, clearly marked part numbers and color call outs. All colors are for Humbrol paints only will require converting should you choose other brand paints. The five grey sprues are very well molded, with nice crisp clean parts that have zero to minimal flash, if any. There is no warp, distortion, stress marks and sink to be seen and ejector pin witness marks are only visible on the inside of some parts. Other parts are ejected via "ejector slugs" that exist outside of the part geometry which eliminates any ejector pin witness marks on the parts. Sprue "A" Sprue "B" Sprue "C" Sprue "D" Sprue "E" Clear Sprue "F" includes options for open or closed canopies with three styles of hood available. All parts are nicely molded and very clear. Well, that's it for the introduction, so I'll see you guys when I have a "Build Update" ready to report. In the meantime, if you'd like to watch my YouTube Channel "Build Introduction" video for this kit, then here is the link to that: Thanks in advance for taking a look at this WIP, watching the video and leaving any comments, should you do so, much appreciated! Happy modeling and have fun! Cheers, ​ Martin
  16. Ref.AK148001 Source: https://www.facebook.com/AKinteractive.official/photos/pcb.1062704810417911/1062704483751277/?type=3&theater V.P.
  17. Hello all! I would like to show you my struggle with 1/48 Spitfire model by Airfix. First two movies are in Polish with English subtitles, next ones are in full English, sorry for the inconvenience. Episode 1 - Unboxing Episode 2 - Interiors Episode 3 - Fuselage Episode 4 - Painting Episode 5 - Decals and Weathering Model isn't finished yet, so every suggestion is much appreciated .
  18. Spitfire LF Mk. VC, serial no. AR501 G-AWII operated by the Shuttleworth Trust. This aircraft was acquired from Loughborough Technical College by the Shuttleworth. Trust during 1961. Initially it was stored dismantled, but become one of the Spitfires restored and flown for the Battle of Britain movie production in 1968. Put into storage again, it was once again rebuilt to airworthy condition in Duxford during 1973-1975. It has been one of the most popular attractions of the Collection's displays at Old Warden ever since. Pics thanks to Mark Mills.
  19. Revell is to release in Otober 2016 a new tool 1/72nd Supermarine Spitfire Mk.II kit - ref. 03953 Source: http://www.plastik-modellbau.org/blog/revell-neuheiten-2016/2016/ V.P.
  20. Wiffing a Walrus

    Having a break from painting (a wall not the plastic) I glanced at the stash and thought " why have I 3 biplanes and 2 Parsols when I hate rigging?"...and thus the story begins... Would it be sacrilege to wiff with a Matchbox Walrus? Probably not thanks to the Revell re-issue, albeit without the multicolored plastic we all love so dearly. ok so ideas now began to form in my crazy mind... Turn this: into this: From Turning to Burning. Or maybe this: Monoplane it (although Supermarine already beat me to this with the Seagull) Or a simpler: Just drop the rigging, and repaint in a new scheme wether alternative warbird or civi. Of course there other whacky options: 'gunship' - rockets, torpedos, turrets etc 'electric' - long before the EKA-3, predating the F3D-2Q, and making even the TBM-3Q seem positively modern. '2000' - well if Dornier can modernise their WW2 vintage boats... 'racer' - didn't a Walrus do a lap at Reno? Not looking like this... ...and I'm sure there more! Some things would be hampered by the rather bare stores box, others by the skill box - but nothing by the 'outside the box'
  21. Spitfire Mk.XVI Limited Edition Dual Combo 1:48 Eduard I'll not bore you with the birth and progress of the Spit, and I'm even beginning to get bored of saying that! Suffice to say that the XVI was a variation on the IX that was license built in the US using Packard Merlins that were optimised for low level operations, and had a slightly bulged cowling to accommodate the changes. They were armed with two 20mm cannon with an additional pair of .303 machine guns inboard, and a great many of them had the reduced fuselage spine or bubble-canopy. Just over a thousand were built overall. The Kit This is a special limited edition that includes two options in the box, and you can build both a low-back and a traditional razor-back Spitfire from the parts within. It arrives in a standard sized box that has some extra weight to it, part of which is due to the sprue count, the rest can be attributed to the instruction booklet, which deals with the construction of each model separately, so has approximately twice the pages. There are nine sprues in dark grey styrene, two in clear, two sheets of Photo-Etch (PE) metal, which are nickel-plated and pre-painted, a sheet of pre-cut kabuki-style masking material, a large decal sheet and two smaller ones containing stencils. If you are familiar with Eduard's superb Mk.IX kits, you'll see a lot that's familiar here, due to the commonality of parts between the two types. Mould quality is up to the highest standards, and the detail that has been squeezed out of styrene injection moulding is phenomenal. Construction of each airframe is handled separately in the instructions, as already mentioned, but the main differences are easily spotted. The low-back has the option of clipped wings, an additional set of wings with extra bulges over the gear bays to accommodate a larger set of wheels, as well as the necessary differences at the rear of the cockpit to accommodate the lower fuselage. This causes a slight change to the harness, and of course a totally different set of clear parts for each type. The cowlings for the low-back are also different top and bottom, but the exhaust stacks, the majority of the cockpit parts and tail-feathers are identical. You will need to pay careful attention to the options to ensure that you build your low-back up properly, as only one decal option has the larger wheels, and only one decal option will need the un-clipped wing tips that are included. The high back uses un-clipped tips for all three markings options, and the only options are to have the canopy open or closed, which necessitates a little removal of plastic rails around the cockpit if the closed option is chosen. The kabuki tape masks are provided for both canopies on the one sheet, so there is no spare room for wheel masks, however a quartet of small triangular(ish) shapes are provided to facilitate masking of the very tip of the aerial mast behind the cockpit. The pre-painted PE sheets are used extensively in the cockpits providing laminated instrument panels with detail instruments already painted at a resolution that us mere mortals could only dream of. The pilot's armour and seatbelts are also rendered in PE, as are the optional landing gear scissor-links to replace the kit's plastic offerings. The rest of the sheet is used in small parts that are dotted around the airframe to good effect. Both fuselage types have optional 250lb bombs on small pylons under the wings, which are attached via a pair of small holes drilled in the underside of the wings during construction. Markings The choice of markings are skewed toward the low-back XVI, which has five options, while the more mainstream high-back has only three. For the most part they're all green/grey over light grey, but one of the low-backs has a PRU Blue finish that looks very nice. From the box you can build one low-back and one high-back of the following: Low-Back TD341 No.433 Squadron, Uetersen Airfield, Germany, Aug 1945. TB900 No.349 Squadron, Wunsdorf, Germany, Summer 1945. TD240, Flown by S/Ldr. Boleslaw Kaczmarek, CO of No. 302 Squadron, Varrelsbuch Air Field, Germany, Summer 1945. SL721, Flown by AVM Sir James Robb, 1948. SL718, No. 612 Squadron RAuxAF, Cooper Air Race, Elmdon Air Base, July 1949. High-Back RR227, Flown by S/Ldr. Otto Smik, CO of No. 127 Squadron, Grimbergen Airfield, Belgium, Nov 1944. TB752, Flown by S/Ldr. Henry Zary, CO of No. 403 Squadron, Belgium, April 1945. TB300, Flown by G/C Stan Turner, No. 127 Wing, Evere Airfield, Belgium, April, 1945. The main decals are printed by Cartograf, while the two stencil sheets are printed in the Czech Republic by Eduard. Colour density, sharpness and registration is excellent, and the decals are all covered by a close-cropped glossy carrier film. Instrument decals are included if you want to use the kit's supplied plastic panel, although the PE parts will do a much better job. The stencils for each aircraft are printed separately on sheets marked Mk.XVI Stencils and Mk.IX Stencils, with the final page of the booklet containing the stencil placement of the XVI with all extraneous detail stripped away for clarity. The stencil page for the high-back airframe clearly wouldn't fit in the booklet and although isn't mentioned, it is to be found on the last page of the online PDF booklet, which you can find here. Conclusion A nice way to get hold of a couple of interesting sub-variants of the popular Mk.IX, and some varied decal choices that will please many of us. Detail is up to their usual standards, and the inclusion of the PE and masks just adds to the appeal. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  22. Supermarine Spitfire Mk.24 PK724. This was built as a Mk.22 at Castle Bromwich in early 1946. This was one of 54 incomplete Spitfire Mk.22 airframes moved to South Marston where they were completed as Mk.24s. The Mk.24, was similar to the Mk.22 except that it had an increased fuel capacity, with two fuel tanks of 33 gal each installed in the rear fuselage. There were also zero-point fittings for rocket projectiles under the wings. All had the larger "Spiteful" tail units: modifications were also made to the trim tab gearings in order to perfect the F Mk 24's handling characteristics. This aircraft never saw much RAF service in fact when examined in 1968 had only flown for 7 hours, with 20 hours on the engine. This is one of only 3 Mk.24 Spitfires to survive. A full history can be found here on the RAF Museum's web site. Pics thanks to Ian (Depressed Lemur) at The RAF Museum Hendon.
  23. Hello Guys, This will be my first entry into the "Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary Group Build" - the Revell 1/32 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IIa. I plan to accompany this Spitfire with the Eduard 1/32 Messerschmitt BF109E-3. Introduction to the kit: The Box Art: The Box Contents The Box Contains 3 clear bags of light grey sprues; 5 in one bag, and 4 in each of the two other bags making a total of 13 light grey sprues. There is another small clear bag containing 3 small clear sprues. There is a 12 page black and white assembly/painting and decaling instruction booklet that includes two options of paint scheme and squadron markings, and lastly, a sheet of cartograf decals; Sprues A + B: Sprues C + D + D- NO, that's not a mistake, but it is one by Revell of Germany!! I have two sprue D's which are the portside upper wing sections and no Sprue E which is the starboard side upper wing section! Aaaarrrrrggggghhhh!!! I went to Revell's website to order the missing sprue E and it can take up to 8 weeks to be delivered from Germany!!!!!????!!!! Bloody hell!! Sprue F Sprue G Sprue Q Sprue T Sprue S (x2) Sprue H (x2) Clear Sprues I, R + U A 12 page black and white Assembly/Painting and Decaling Instruction Booklet Front Page 1 and Back Page 12 Pages 2 + 3 Pages 4 + 5 Page 6 + 7 Pages 8 + 9 Pages 10 + 11 The Decal Sheet The molded parts are very crisp and clean with zero flash apart from a couple of little areas. The parts have nice fine recessed panel lines and lots of rivet details. The clear molded parts are very clear with zero aberrations except for one side of the sliding canopy which is slightly "glazed". The decals are excellent looking with zero carrier film beyond the decal edges and good register. The black and white instruction booklet appears to be clear and concise, but the two paint and decal options would be better in color. The color call outs are in Revell colors only. I will make a final report when the build is complete indicating any issues that I come across. In the meantime, thanks for taking a look and I hope you enjoy following along with my build. In the meantime, if you'd like to see my YouTube "in-Box-Review" video for this kit, here is the link: https://youtu.be/SWiiFXlU6zA Let the build begin!! Cheers Martin
  24. After the Mk.V floatplane (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234947642-172-supermarine-spitfire-mkv-floatplane-by-brengun-released/), Brengun/Hauler (http://www.brengun.cz/) is to release a 1/72nd Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IXb Floatplane kit - ref.BRP72019 Source: https://www.facebook.com/440180076140646/photos/a.443370235821630.1073741831.440180076140646/465876970237623/?type=1&theater Box art V.P.
  25. AZmodel new "Joy Pack" - ref. AZ07705 - Supermarine Spitfire Mk. IB, IIB, VB, VI. 3 kits in 1 box & no decal Source: http://www.azmodel.cz/product_info.php?products_id=766 V.P.