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  1. Without a two pronged crown; although I was tempted to an H6K Mavis with twin fins, I actually going to attempt the N1K1 Kyofu (Rex), which lost it's floats to become the N1K1-J Shiden (George) as I'm much more likely to actually finish it. A little background from Wikipedia: Kawanishi's N1K was originally built as a single pontoon floatplane fighter to support forward offensive operations where no airstrips were available, but by 1943 when the aircraft entered service, Japan was firmly on the defensive, and there was no more need for a fighter to fulfill this role. The requirement to carry a bulky, heavy float essentially crippled the N1K against contemporary American fighters. Kawanishi engineers, however, had proposed in late 1941 that the N1K would be the basis of a formidable land-based fighter too, and a land-based version was produced as a private venture by the company. This is a placeholder while I sort out picture hosting, and until the postie has been with the actual kit. Andy
  2. Finished build of Tamiya's exquisete 1/48 Sturmtiger, full build review article on Armorama's website Will be building a simple base / scene of an abandoned tank
  3. 911 GT1

    Bought this on impulse from Malcolm Rawlings (Kitfinger) a couple of weeks ago - started it as soon as it was delivered !! So with two sessions I'm well in to the (fantastic) engine & transmission sub assembly, lots of pre-painting needed but this is a wonderful kit and not too far away from my usual NASCAR comfort zone. Feel free to make any comments, criticism or ask any questions. Thanks for taking the time to look, more soon. Ian.
  4. Started today Started by making up the RB Models metal barrel Then assembled the lower hull Then added the gas axe marks where the large plates were cut Peter
  5. 21/2017 Finally the Persian quartet is completed. The Iranians were supplied with 75 F-84G, in service from 1957 to 1965 as fighters, fighterbombers and for aerobatics in the Golden Crown Team. Tamiya kit, main markings from Hi-Decals, stencils from the kit and sparesbox, as with the other IIAF birds, not all stencils are completely correct and some are missing. Painted with Vallejo Metal Color Aluminium, airintake and exhaust with Tamiya Titanium Silver. Streamlined (practice) bombs from the Academy Sabre kit. The model shows an a/c of TFS-41 in 1960. DSC_0001 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0008 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0009 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0011 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0012 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0013 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0014 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0015 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0016 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0018 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0019 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0020 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0001 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr
  6. Hi all, I originally built this model around 25 years ago and I found it in a box of bits at my mums house, thought I'd have a go at updating it and creating a small dio for it. This is really my first go at a diorama for years so really just a bit of fun, hopefully I'll be able to improve on the next one, and improve my figure painting!! The kit is a Dragon 1/35 Jagdtiger and the figures are Tamiya. The model was originally painted grey all over, so i've re-painted it in camo - theres some bits missing, in fact just found a few bits of spare track to go on the side. Its probably not that accurate, not sure if an MG would have been tripod mounted on a tank, but looks the part! Anyway, see what you think! Cheers Simon
  7. Now here is something small but fast to build… It’s the tiny Tamiya German Motorcycle and Sidecar. I have seen some fantastic examples in 1/35 – but this is 1/48. Like everything I have had from Tamiya it simply ‘fell together’ in minutes. Fast drying primer by Halfords spray can / a quick blast of Vallejo gun metal and the only fiddly bit was hand painting the tyres / handlebars / seats. The ‘go faster stripes’ are black self adhesive vinyl. JOB DONE… I opted for this fictitious civil scheme to maybe use in my ‘South Downs Flying Club’ Diorama. But for now a quick background of the control tower at Elvington and some printed runway, which I think I found on here… Considering the size of the box – I expected it to be bigger – but it is 1/48 after all and absolutely tiny. I couldn’t resist the ‘penny shot’… ...and here it is with a Hurricane at sunset… A bit different – but for £8 a lot of fun – what do you think??? Steve
  8. Howdy, my second entry in to this GB... "You finished your other one?" I hear you say, no, stupid me started a second to make things harder for myself... Anyway, here's the progress over the last few weeks on this one: Getting there on this one. Need to do a few little extras in the cockpit, mask the canopy and temporarily attach it, then I can prime and start the next fun bit. P.S. Just to show you how dumb I really am, these are the other kits I'm working on at the same time, looks more like a Lufwaffe airfield after the war! All the best.
  9. Besides the IIAF Sabre this will be the next near future project which will make the Persian quartet complete, shiny F-47 and F-84 and camo F-4 and F-86
  10. A quick build of the Tamiya 1:48 British 7 ton Armoured Car Mk IV (which I gather is actually a Humber). Brush painted with home brewed Tamiya Acrylic mix for SCC15. Finished with the markings out of the box for a vehicle from the Polish 1st Armoured Division in NW Europe, 1944-45. My first attempt to weather with oils. Very enjoyable, stress free build (except for the wing mirror I kept knocking off). Build thread here. Thanks for looking. Some photos out in the sunshine.
  11. Alright, after a protracted build, here she is: Comments welcome! Mike.
  12. Hi peeps, Since I've been redoing all the images in my various BM threads I though I'd add these two old pre-joining BM models: The SEAC Mossie is the Tamiya 1/72 FB Mk VI with, I think, Paragon Designs tropical filters whilst the RAAF one is the Hasegawa Mk VI converted to represent a PR Mk 40 as operating out of the Darwin area in 1944-45. Mike.
  13. My current Bronco Staghound build has been off the boil to say the least the last month, so I turned to one of the excellent Tamiya 1:48 military vehicles as a quick build to get my hand back in. It's a public holiday here in Perth, and the weather hasn't been great, so a good excuse to get some glueing and painting done. My choice this time is the Humber Armoured Car. Sprueshots. As always, progress was very quick in terms of construction. And here was where I was at on Sunday evening. Just a little filler needed Monday was spent brush painting. Some home mixed Tamiya Acrylic SCC115 from a previous project. Tyres done in Tamiya NATO black. I managed to knock one wing mirror off. That's it now until next weekend.
  14. Hi peeps, Here's my latest completion for 2016, a 1/35 Tamiya Stug III representing a vehicle from the 7th Assault Gun Battalion, Magyar Királyi Honvédség 1944-45. Quite a bit done to this to make it into an May 1944 production vehicle from the Alkett factory near Berlin. The barrel is from Aber, photo etch is a mixture of Eduard and spare Dragon stuff. The side skirts are from Voyager, though the rails are left overs from my Finnish StuG III build from last year as is the roof of the fighting compartment and the gun crutch. As mentioned further down the thread, the Zimm is from Atak and represents the typical "waffle" pattern as favoured by the Alkett factory. Stowage is by Verlinden and the Jerry Cans (or should that be Magyar Cans?) are from Bronco. The drive sprocket is from CMK and the Alkett pattern all steel return rollers are from Panzer art. The track is AFV Club's Nashorn/Panzer III/IV set. Markings are from Bison Decals. Comments welcome! Mike.
  15. Hi everyone, Since we've had quite a few Fleet Air Arm Corsairs lately, I thought I'd add one more! Here's the Tamiya 1/72 F4U-1A kit completed as Corsair II JT410 T8H as flown by Sub Lt Donald J Sheppard, RCNVR, of No 1836 Sqn flying from HMS Victorious in January 1945. Decals were from DP Casper's "Operation Meridian" sheet and the model was painted with a mixture of Humbrol, Revell and Xtracolor enamels. I used Dana Bell's two excellent Aircraft Pictorial books on the Corsair as reference. Thanks also to the guys who answered my questions relating to the aircraft in the THREAD I started back in August. I have no idea if the codes are the right way round on the left side, but I used JT422 T8B for guidance as I have an image of that aircraft in "Eyes for the Phoenix" by Geoffrey Thomas. I actually completed the model about three weeks ago, but this is the first chance I've had to take pictures of it! Comments welcome! Mike.
  16. Here's my latest completion, Tamiya's StuG III "Finnish Army" in 1/35 scale. Mainly OOB, the only addition is the U-shaped splash guard in front of the mantlet: Close up of the weathering on the left side, all done with paint: I've decided to call him Stug Larssonnen : As always comments and criticism welcome! Mike.
  17. Hi everyone, Here's one of my latest completions, a long time resident of the stash, Tamiya's 1/35 Africa Korps Type 82 Kubelwagen with sand tires, plus some scratch built jerrycan racks: This was bought when Beatties was still on the go, so it's been in the stash at least 15 years! It's hand painted throughout and is weathered in an "artistic" style! Comments welcome, Mike.
  18. Good day everyone! Its been along time since I started a new build. I was steamrolling on at the beginning of the year but then in April (Violins ready!) I broke my elbow and that was that for a couple of weeks, and I have since struggled to get enough interest going. Then when Photobucket threw a spanner in the works with their blatant blackmail scam I just hit the stage of 'I really cannot be bothered!'. I didn't even contribute that much on the forums over the last few months. Just blindly scrolled through with apathy then slowly but surely this hobby will eat away at you and after a couple of false starts I managed to finish off a 109 that was part of the group build earlier (may appear in RFI later this week), even dusting off the airbrush as well. Life past summer has started to quiet down a little what with kids back to school and Uni. So I was looking for something to make to kick things off again. I also experimented with Flickr to try and banish my PB demons, which seems ok so far! So what to do? I do have a 48th Wessex, Wasp, Canberra and a 72nd CP140 still in progress but I wanted something nice, fresh, goodlooking and easyish to get me going. That's where I stumbled upon this on line for a decent price She is a good looking bird, should be easyish to put together as its a modern Tamiya kit and will look good straight OOB. Lots of plastic and loads of weapons! But here is the problem, that those who know me, know I am WAFU, Fleet Air Arm, Navy stock through and through, and to do an Air Force plane, especially a darned Yank Air Force plane is not something I can really do (No offence intended to our beloved Air Force Brethren ), so luckily I have this tired old beast kicking around as well So to spice things up a tad I am going to simply merge the two together into one beautiful Royal Naval aircraft, simples, what could go wrong? A quick dig into the decal pile produced this delightful selection I did think they were a recent release but looking at them I think they are nearly 10 years old (showing my age lol, thought they were only released last year!) but they are still looking in good order, with this version as the only option. So the plan is a Skyraider WV183 of the mighty 849 'B' flight, Fleet Air Arm. I'm not going to bother with any suez stripes or anything like that, just glorious blue, and I even have a fresh pot of Model Master FS15042! So there is the background, I have seen a couple of Tamiya AEWs attempted OOB (should be OOB2!) and it is perfectly achievable. I'm not going to bother doing the observer station either, the window curtains will be firmly drawn for that. I know about the armour issue around the cockpit and will look into that to see if it is worth removing or just pretend it isn't really there and I will only use the minimal number of parts from the Esci kit as they aren't of that good a quality really. So there it is, the build is afoot! Bob
  19. Morning All, Well, due to work and the wife's health and many other factors, I haven't really had a great deal of bench time this year. After a trip to Perth with Washington Model Club, I came back with a few kits, one of which was the 1/6th. Suzuki GSX1100S Katana, a kit I'd always wanted to build, ever since I saw it in the Tamiya catalogue, all those years ago. It also made a pleasant change from my usual focus of aircraft models, so much so that I bought a Tamiya Honda CBR100XX Super Blackbird kit the other week and I fancy the Ducati Super Panigale kit as well. Here it is, before I put the decals on. IMG_1424 by simon_rw, on Flickr And here it is, decalled up. IMG_1427 by simon_rw, on Flickr Thanks for looking.
  20. As light relief from model railways and other stresses, a quick, shake the box, build of a Tamiya favourite, the CCKW, also known as the Deuce and a half. Absolutely nothing new, clever or inspirational here, just a quick, possibly dirty, build. I'll let the pictures do the talking from now on... CCKW by jongwinnett, on Flickr
  21. Hello gentlemen, This is my entry for the Flying Boats and Float Planes GB. Tamiya 1/48th scale. Aichi M6A1 Seiran. Kit Number 61054. This kit was first released in June 1997 (20 years old at the time of writing). There are 65 parts to the aircraft. This includes 2 crew members, 2 different windscreens and 2 different gunsights depending on which one you select. There is also another 18 parts for the trolley. The decals are by Invisa-clear. Tamiya went through a stage of putting these high quality decals with their kits around this time. I've used them before, and found them to be very good. The only draw back was, when I used a set which were about ten years old, they stuck like glue to the backing paper, and could not be used. I'm hoping this was just a one off as this set I intend to use could be 20 years old. I intend to use Tamiya Acrylics for the majority of the painting. With a Flory wash for the weathering, and a brown gauche on the trolley to represent the grain on the wooden components. As you can see on the box lid, I bought my example from EDDY'S in Helston in Cornwall for £15.99. Unfortunately, EDDY'S are no longer in business. This is the art work for the original release. The kit was released again in 2007 with a different box art. The kit is typically Tamiya, very well engineered with recessed panel lines. I've chosen this subject because I wanted a simple build, and hopefully I should finish it within the time span as I don't want fail to finish in yet another group build! Below is a link to Wikipedia should you wish to know more about the Aichi Seiran. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aichi_M6A The aircraft was designed to operate from submarines of the Imperial Japanese Navy. The link below will explain more about the submarine aircraft carrier. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/I-400-class_submarine Thank you, Joe.
  22. Hi, I've been an on and off modeller since I was a kid, but always been a plane man. Having got fed up with spending more time filling and sanding fuselage joins I thought I'd give armour a go. My first effort was the Stug IV, it's not perfect, I noticed a few unfinished bits when I took the pics. The moulded tracks were a disaster but the 3rd Party tracks I've got are a nightmare so it can stay as is for now. https://photos.app.goo.gl/zCehEHcKJyysvrBF3 Thanks For Looking
  23. First Diorama

    Hi, Excuse the poor quality pictures. (taken with google pixel XL) I've mostly been a wings person and dip in and out of building models as and when time allows. I've found building armour more rewarding as it seems to need a lot less sanding and filling seams! Here is my first attempt at a Diorama, using 3 Tamiya Kits. It's not 100% complete, steering wheel is still to be attached and some of the figures are still to be finished off. Kits are Tamiya BMW and Sidecar, Tamiya Protze and Tamiya Flakvierling. Diorama base was made from scratch and the landscape was made from plaster of paris. The drainage ditches havent worked, I used woodland scenics water effects (rather than real water by accident) and it just kept disappearing after a few days. Google Photos Album
  24. Completed one relatively 'slow' build (a few weeks of evenings and weekends - by my rush-y standards quite slow): the second of my Eduard Combo Hellcats. And also a weekend build of a Tamiya F-51 in ROKAF colours. Both in 1/48. Both painted with rattle cans and brush. First up was the Hellcat, totally OOB. And not technically historical in any way - more a vague representation... This kit is I think my new favourite build. The fit is fantastic. The wings and horizontal stabilisers slot into recesses in the fuselage leaving no gaps, seams, marks at all. It's a real joy to build. The only issue with it (which was also a problem on my first build of the combo) is that the wheel wells are not part of the lower wing. This means that if the landing gear requires any level of force to get in place, the well can pop out and sit lose in the wing. This is more an issue if you already have the wings on! Thankfully I didn't and could glue the well in place again from the side. This was my first time painting on invasion stripes. I couldn't believe how well they went. I used standard tape cut to 10mm width, and used only primers. I think the primers helped avoid any visibly build-up of paint, as they go on so thin. In fact - I was so happy with the wings that I chickened out on the fuselage, convinced I would foul them up on a less forgiving shape. So - I am aware those are missing. Next time. I also for the first time made port and starboard lights by drilling into the recess, inserting a 2mm bit of wire, painting it, then covering with a blob of PVA. Quite happy with this, but is there a glue that dries even more clear? I think on reflection this build is a little too clean. But I am happy with it. And with it's box-mate. The Tamiya P/F-51 used to be one of my favourite kits in terms of a quick, slick build that always came out well. This time I had a real issue with whorls in the plastic. I thought they might be oil, so washed the parts twice, and even after two thin layers of primer these variations were still visible... They are most clear on the horizontal stabilizers. I wanted to do something a bit different with this kit, having made a lot of USAAF 51s over the years, and went for a Korean number. I ordered some decals I hadn't heard of before of ebay... and they were pretty ancient. At least I think. They were 'ABT No101', and come as one single sheet, with the carrier paper covering all decals. I was pretty worried about using these - but actually loved them. They were thick, and didn't conform at all to panel lines, even with a few goes of micro sol. But I actually like the look, they were on register, good colour, and had a nice semi-matte finish. All the photos I had seen of ROKAF Mustangs showed pretty grimey birds. So I went in on the weathering. Base paint was Tamiya bare metal silver. A few panels were then sprayed with Tamiya's titanium silver. Finally smaller panels were brush painted with Vallejo chome and aluminium. The whole thing was then brushed with vallejo satin varnish. before a load of dust and grime went on. I brush painted the walk strips (non-historical) and the sliding main canopy part with Vallejo 'grey-black' over the sprayed Tamiya - which makes it really easy to weather with scratches. I used my finger nail - which led to (I think) nicely random looking chipping and scratches. Was OOB apart from some extra radio wiring, and belts made from rolled flat solder. Thanks for looking. As always - all criticism, questions, and comments most welcome! Bruce
  25. Panzer II

    Hello guys, a little Panzer 2 during French Campaign enjoy