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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. For this build I'm going for the 1:48 Tamiya kit for the Corsair I'm going to go with the American Navy build. The juries out on whether I'll do it with the wings deployed, or stowed away. I've purchased the Eduard decal kit to go to the kit as I've never used them before so wanted to give them a try. This will be my first Tamiya kit, having always been and Airfix man...the parts on the sprues seem quite large and bold compared to the kit I'm used too...or maybe it's just the Corsair I'll post pics of the sprues and pictures I took of any actual corsair at the Fleet Air Arm museum in a separate post.
  6. Hi Guys, Well, I had a spree of aircraft building but now I'm back in the civilised(?) AFV world. Here's Tamiya's M1A1 done in the tri-colour NATO scheme. Construction, as per Tamiya, was a dream and it was a true shaker and baker. Paint was in the form of Tamiya Acrylic and I guessed it was NATO green, black and brown as the instruction sheet was printed before Tamiya released the paints... Weathering was a succession of brown umber oil washes followed by oil dot filters on the slab sided shapes of the Abrams, Tamiya Buff was then misted onto the lower halves of the sideskirts. All the extra kit was from the Tamiya modern US equipment set, I used half the set and painted them with Humbrol Enamels followed by Tamiya Acrylic Smoke then a slightly lightened original colour. The track was Rye-Field Models after-market set and that was a wrong, oh such a wrong choice... the boredom levels were high with that one. Raked my dad @HL-10 into doing the other link set though! Painting the track was a simple affair of spraying them some mud colour then dry brushing the metal black before painting each individual pad black as well, to pigment or not to pigment is something undecided at the moment. Thanks for looking! Sam
  7. 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.
  8. Hello guys; After my last model built (Bf109E7 1/32 Eduard), I spent a little time working in this beautiful kit. I used interior and surfaces sets by Aires, Barracuda mainwheels, flaps by quickboost and Mastel PL barrels. Xtradecal decals was used. Cheers!
  9. Panzer II

    Hello guys, a little Panzer 2 during French Campaign enjoy
  10. 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
  11. Hi All, I spent almost 2+ months putting a little 1/72 scale Tamiya Fw-190 kit together pretty much out of the box and this is all I have to show for it.... Airbrushed with Gunze RLM shades, weathered with oil paints, enamel panel line washes, dry pigments and oil from my sweaty fingers... Not much done outside the box, I added some Eduard generic Luftwaffe seatbelts, drilled out the gun barrels, added some brake lines and an antenna wire. Check out the WIP thread, which honestly isn't amazingly helpful or informative but has some pretty pictures of the beautifully detailed but hidden Tamiya cockpit at least. Enjoy!
  12. New Tamiya 1/48th German Heavy Tractor

    This appeared on the TamiyaBlog. https://tamiyablog.com
  13. Hi All, After a long hiatus from modelling in which we sold up and moved to a brand new house, I've finally gotten my workbench setup again. I'm going to start off slow and steady, with Tamiya's 1/72 scale FW190 a3 kit. It's a lovely bit of plastic as would be expected from Tamiya, the parts are clean and really well detailed, and so far seem to fit together really well. I've finished off the tiny but beautifully detailed cockpit, complete with some generic Eduard luftwaffe PE belts (which seemed a tad oversized to me) I used Gunze RLM66 (H416) for the base colour. When it came to the seatbelts I decided to flag using CA glue for sticking down the PE and tried using PVA wood glue instead, it worked really well and the slower drying time was very welcome. It'll be my glue of choice for this kind of thing going forward. I also learned that Tamiya X-22 gloss is really good for creating that instrument glass effect. I applied the viscous stuff straight from the jar with a sharpened toothpick and it dried into a nice hard glassy layer (unfortunately due to my home made diffusing filter over the lamp this isn't too visible in the photos).
  14. Hi gents, I would like to share the progres on this great kit, cheers! Antonio
  15. Since dipping my toes back into the world of plastic modelling with the classic Tamiya Panther some weeks ago and having a modicum of success I decided to try another cheap Tamiya kit to try out the world of DAK. As can be seen it's the humble little Pzkpfw II, but I've added a smattering of PE, Aber barrels, scale aerial, modified Tamiya Jerry cans & fuel barrel, and a resin sand bag to add a bit of 'realism'. The rope holding the barrel is simply sewing thread that's been dyed in a dark brown wash, allowed to dry and then run through an old tea light candle. This lightly waxes the thread and stops most of the fine wayward threads sticking up. Personally I found the desert scheme quite a bit more difficult to apply than the European type so please feel free to give me some useful criticism as it's the only way I'll learn.
  16. So I have started my second kit. I chose a cheaper one again as I am going to attempt a few firsts on it. I am going to try hairspray chipping and a whitewash. For some reason, this Tamiya kit felt like it had significantly more mold lines than my last one. Anyway here are a couple of photos. Not very interesting but I thought I would post anyway as I have a question. So as you can see there are a couple of pegs on the front of each of the fenders. After looking at a few reference photos for painting purposes I have realized I should have removed them. Should I cut them off? Or is this going to make a mess? The model is not primed in proper primer so I am assuming that sanding it is just going to make a mess? I am using Tamiya paints. Thanks
  17. Tiran 5.

    Well, like buses, you wait for ages, and then two come along. In this case, it's T-55's, but mine is what the Israeli's did to the ones that they captured, namely the Tiran 5. A brief history. During the 67 and 73 wars, the Israelis captured hundreds of T-54s and T-55s from the Egyptians and the Syrians. Not being able to get their hands on the number of Centurions and M-48s that they wanted, the Israelis set about putting their war booty back into service, initially mainly unchanged. These were as follows; Tiran 1; Unmodified T-54. Tiran 2; Unmodified T-55. Tiran 3; Israeli designation for unmodified T-62. Tiran 4; T-54 with major modifications. Tiran 5: T-55 with major modifications. Tiran 4SH; Tiran 4 upgraded with a 105mm main gun and other items. Tiran 5SH; Tiran 5 upgraded with a 105mm main gun and other items. Tiran 6; Ex Syrian T-62's with 105mm main guns replacing the Russian 115mm. There's also the Ti-67, but that's another story. So actually, I suppose that this is really a Tiran 5SH. As well as the Tamiya kit......... ......I'm going to use the Aber replacement 105mm gun, RB Models 7.62mm and 12mm mg's, along with the Voyager etched brass set and the Legend set for the fuel tanks. Progress on this will initially be slow as I'm still finishing my M1 and I have a trip back to the UK coming up, but I like to have something started even when I'm still into a previous build, otherwise I get withdrawal symptoms!! John.
  18. Top Gun film weapons

    Morning all, I'm very happily building the Tamiya Tomcat at the mo and have decided to model Mavs jet from Top Gun. Anyone know what weapons were carried during the training element?? I've trawled the internet and have managed to find images of everything but the weapons! Any info will be gratefully received ps If ever you want a kit that basically makes itself go for the Tamiya Tomcat. Any reviews you read are correct. IMHO it's by far and away the best kit I have EVER made
  19. *** MOSQUITO HELP !!! ***

    Ok i need some serious help here from mosquito experts ! I am fone painting my Tamiya Mk.VI in the Two tone Camouflage. I am doing the Banff Strike wing and was about to start decals. Im noticing that none of the 3 options in the kits decals wore underside Roundels ? Is that correct ? Did Mossies not carry underside Roundels ? Or is this a case of Tamiya making a mistake ? I will do the rest of the markings as i have them and hold off until i get an answer from anyone here at Britmodeller. I will also start perusing google and my other sources. Thank you in advance Dennis If the Moderators could move this it would be appreciated ** Yes i just realised this is in the interwar category. In my haste to get this posted i hit the wrong category. I didnt catch until after it was posted.
  20. Tamiya Spitfire Mk1 Canopy

    Hi, gents. I'm building a Tamiya Spitfire Mk1. It's got some nice interior detailing, but unfortunately it's got a horrendous canopy which is distorted and thick. Are there any after market solutions? I've had a bit of a google, but so far the only option seems to be the squadron vacuum formed canopy which is already parted for displaying in the open position. I'd rather keep the canopy closed. Any advice appreciated. Cheers.
  21. #16/2017 My dad´s latest armour project for diversion. The new Tamiya Elefant kit. Sadly it only comes with one scheme and you have to buy the extra Zimmerit sheet from Tamiya. Painted with Tamiya and Gunze acrylics. The vehicles that survived Kursk in 1943 were modified and sent back into action in 1944, mostly in Italy like this example from Schwere Panzerjäger Abteilung 653. DSC_0001 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0003 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_0014 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0015 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr
  22. Hello, Here's my recently finished 1/48 Tamiya Beaufighter Mk.VIf, done as ND243 "Kampala Queen", as flown by W/O Roy Butler and radar operator W/O Ray Graham with No. 46 Squadron in the Eastern Mediterranean. You can read about their missions from Gambut in Libya here. I used decals from DK Decals. Now, these performed well, and are nicely printed, it appears that at least the profile and colour instructions for this one are somewhat dubious. The profile suggested this one was painted in the Temperate Sea Scheme, but a discussion here on BM suggested it was more likely that it flew in the standard night fighter colours Dark Green, Medium Sea Grey and Night undersides. So that's what I did, using Humbrol for the top, and Tamiya for the bottom. Now, I know not a whole lot about Beaufighters, so there might be a few errors here and there. The exhaust collector ring is a bit too shiny for a plane that has been flying around for a while now, and the paint looks maybe a tad too fresh for months of desert and sea operations. But hey, fun was had, and that's what counts. I hope you like it. Thanks for looking.
  23. The Dual-Build Diaries - A Meatbox Apocalypse! 1/48 Edition. Before I commence with this new WIP I will explain the strange course of events that lead me to build this my next bench time beauty. A Tamiya Gloster Meteor F.1. Stick with me it’s going somewhere I promise. During the build of my first WIP a few months ago a 1/48 Tamiya Swordfish I came along a BM member, Tony, aka “The Baron” building the same plane albeit at 1/72 and Matchbox. We built along in tandem sharing advice and tips along the way, great fun! This was all very coincidental but the banter kept the momentum of both builds going strong. So to cut a long and convoluted story short we mailed each other and decided to do it again but this time on purpose. Two different blokes, Two different Countries, Two different scales but the same plane, well almost. As I said Mine will be a Tamiya Gloster Meteor F.1 1/48 and Tony’s will be a Meteor NF.14 1/72. You can find “The Dual-Build Diaries - A Meatbox Apocalypse! 1/72 Edition.” here. http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235002360-the-dual-build-diaries-a-meatbox-apocalypse-172-edition/ I/we hope you find this Duel WIP thread interesting and fun, I know I’m going to have a blast. Here goes. Wish us luck. Tony and John. Here is the obligatory box shot with a few little extras I couldn’t help but add to the shopping list. And here are are the sprues. I have some early start posts to add tonight but I need to go bath the kids, not a euphemism. So you will have to excuse me for a little while. but before I go a question..........
  24. This is a Cromwell Mk.Vllw, a welded Cromwell, converted from the Tamiya kit, using parts from Accurate Armour, SKP, RB Models and a bit of scratch building. A WIP can be found here. The base was made from balsa wood and filled with off cuts of laminate flooring underlay, a fibre board type of material. It was then painted black and fixed to a photo frame. The terrain was made with a hump in the middle so that it would display the displaced road wheels and tracks, and then covered with flock and clumps of grass. It could probably do with toning down a bit as it appears (to me) to be a little on the bright side. The big boots in the title refers to the fact that these tanks had 15.5 inch tracks as opposed to the 14 inch normally worn by Cromwells. I need to do a little bit of work on the mound, to bulk it up a bit. Anyway, I hope that you like it and thanks for looking. John.
  25. My dad´s next in-between little armour project, stay tuned