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  1. Hurricane wingtip lights

    Guys, question for you all. I’m building a Hurricane Mk. I kit right now, and I need to know what color the wingtip lights were. From various pictures I’ve found online, I’m getting conflicting info. I recently completed a Tamiya Spitfire Mk. I kit and its kit instructions said blue on the port side light, red on the starboard. This kit’s instructions don’t give specific instructions (Airfix 1/48 scale kit); instead they have some color illustrations (for showing decal placement) which give conflicting depictions! Some show green on starboard side, red on port, others vice versa! (Don’t get me started on Airfix “quality control”). So which is it? Anyone seen the real deal up close and can tell me? Thanks in advance.
  2. RAF training units question

    Whilst researching a friend's father-in-law's service record (see my earlier Halifax question) I came across these abbreviations which I cannot identify. 10 SOS, Reception Centre Blackpool. What's SOS? After that he went to 2W 23. No idea at all here! His Wireless training was at 2 Signals School. I can't find a record of it. His gunnery training was with 5 AGS. According to records it didn't form. Any help greatly appreciated.
  3. Horten Go-229

    Some pics of a Horten 229 I recently completed; Revell kit in 1:72 scale. https://pin.it/dp52f7pdj5zs3k https://pin.it/mxetygke6jgp4n https://pin.it/eyfp37i3nviqh2
  4. Hello ladies and gents, Kit manufacture: Hobby Boss Scale: 1/72 Type: P-51C Mustang Extras used: Xtradecal set X72-093 Paints and colours used: Primer Stynelryz Grey; Paints Tamiya XF-82 Ocean Grey, Tamiya XF-81 RAF Dark Green & Mr Hobby Aquaeous H335 Medium Sea Grey; Flory Dark Dirt Wash; Tamiya Weathering sets Other info: the full build can be found here Untitled by Neal, on FlickrUntitled by Neal, on FlickrUntitled by Neal, on FlickrThese photos are quick snapshots taken with my iPhone as I have not had time to get my DSLR out.Thanks for lookingNeal
  5. Here's what I consider my latest completion for 2017, even if we are already into 2018: KIT: Hasegawa 1:48 Macchi C205 VELTRO AIRFRAME: AerMacchi built Macchi C205 VELTRO Serie I, 360sima squadriglia, 150° gruppo, 51° stormo MARKINGS: the wing insignia ("fasci alari"), tail crosses and code numbers were airbrushed using self produced masks; the Savoia emblems inside the tail crosses and the red alignment arrows for the variable incidence tail planes were custom printed on transparent decal film and kindly donated by Eugenio @72linerlover , the rest of decals are from the kit PAINTS: mainly Lifecolor acrylics (including the dedicated set for Italian WWII fighters), airbrushed, with the addition of Model Master Metallizer Titanium for the exhausts and Tamiya acrylics for the white bands and crosses, the codes and a few other details. The smoke ring camo is airbrushed as well, thinning the relevant paint with Vallejo Glaze Medium and spraying at a very low pressure, removing the airbrush protective cap. Many thanks to @Giorgio N for the advice on Vallejo Glazing Medium WEATHERING: mostly with tempera washes, various hues Aftermarkets: - SBS Models resin/PE cockpit set - Quickboost exhaust stacks Scratchbuilding: - Resin ailerons; my first attempt at resin casting, pretty happy with that - Supercharger intake butterfly valve, using plastic card - Oil radiators grid covers, from PE leftovers - Main U/C bay sand covers, plounge molded over gum masters (actually nade cutting them out from a Staedler pencil eraser) - Main U/C bay inner doors, from some beer can cutouts and 0.5mm styrene sheet - Undercarriage actuator arms, from steel pipe and rod - Pitot tube, using a prescription needle and steel rod - Fuel tank vent, from brass pipe - The tail plane fairings were removed from the fuselage and I molded a milliput copy to be applied directly onto the kit tail planes, because on the real aircraft they had variable incidence, so there's a gap between the fairings and the fuselage - Main wheels brake lines, using various tin and copper wires - Wing navigation lights, again plounge modling clear plastic, using the model wing as master - and stretched clear sprue to reproduce the lamps and a few other minor things. This model is the second of a double build, which involved a C202 Folgore (completed in August 2017), again from Hasegawa; here's the WIP thread, in case you're interested A huge thank you to everybody participated in the WIP thread with suggestions, encouragement, advice and even supplying stuff . Enough blah-blah, on with the pics: All comments welcome Ciao Edit: here are some family pics with the other subject of the double build
  6. Hi Everyone, Just managed to get some photo`s of my very latest effort, which I hope you don`t mind me sharing Special Hobby`s 1/48 Airspeed Oxford built from their `Royal Navy` Boxing Finished in the second marking option from the box to represent an `Oxbox` of the Far East Indies Fleet and based at various locations including: .....Tambaram, India and Puttalam, Katukurunda in Ceylon ( according to the instruction leaflet ) Built 99% OOB with just ignition harness and aerial wires added........ ..although, after establishing that there was no way of seeing them, I did away with the fiddley photo-etched seat mounts and put them on little blocks of wood instead One of the easiest SH kits I`ve ever made with very little filling and sanding involved. Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  7. Tamiya 1/48 Sturmtiger vignette under construction. Just to add the keep off/out tape and paint the huge projectile.
  8. I'm interested in doing a few figures in 1/48 scale from the North Africa theatre in WWII, but aside from the Tamiya Afrika Korps set, I'm not finding too much out there. Anyone have any suggestions for nice Afrika Korps and/or 8th Army infantry figures in this scale? Metal would be great, but resin or plastic works, too. 40mm scale wargaming figures would probably also work. Any ideas? Thanks.
  9. Hi everyone, Just found time, so I hope you don`t mind seeing some shots of my latest effort My attempt at AZ`s 1/48 `Lily` Finished to represent an aircraft of: 8th Sentai, 3rd Chutai, Burma, 1942 Built mostly from the box contents except for the nose gun barrel which I lost somewhere along the road Added ignition harness from wire, aerials, seat belts and................. pitot tube. Wasn`t too bad a build, a big improvement over their Vengeance which was the last one of theirs I tried. Hope you enjoy,thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  10. Hi everyone,I have a personal mini sig of my own, I want to build a 1/72 model (apart from the Vulcan which will be 1/144) of every aircraft flown by 617sqn RAF. This build is going to be the start of that personal quest!!So for the build it will be straight oob part from the decals for which I will be using Xtradecals Dambusters set. It will be depicted as Wing Commander L. Cheshire's North American Mustang III, based a RAF Woodhall Spa in the Summer of 1944.Here are the box, sprue, instructions and kit decals:Hobby Boss 1/72 P-51C Mustang by Neal, on FlickrOverview of what is inside. by Neal, on FlickrInstructions cover. by Neal, on FlickrA 2 step build, really? by Neal, on FlickrUntitled by Neal, on FlickrDecal sheet. by Neal, on FlickrSprue inside the box. by Neal, on FlickrFuselage in one part. by Neal, on FlickrNice detail for an easy assembly kit! by Neal, on FlickrOne piece wing, upper view. by Neal, on FlickrOne piece wing, underside. Nice detail in the wheel wells! by Neal, on FlickrSprue A1. by Neal, on FlickrSprue A2. by Neal, on FlickrLower fuselage cover. by Neal, on FlickrMetal shaft for the prop. by Neal, on FlickrSprue D. by Neal, on FlickrSprue C. by Neal, on FlickrAnd now the aftermarket bits:A really big sheet of decals for only two serial numbers:Xtradecal X72093 No 617 San Dambusters Decals. by Neal, on FlickrDecals instructions. by Neal, on FlickrI took these photos a while ago but hadn't got round to posting them. I have also made a start on the build and will get an update here soonish. I need to do some research about Wg. Cdr Chesire's Mustang as I do not know if it carried external tanks or not, also the radio antenna looks different to the kits.That is all for now.
  11. STEEL Seatbelts (Various) 1:48 & 1:72 Eduard Here's the latest batch of the newish STEEL seatbelts from Eduard. In case you don't already know, they are Photo-Etch (PE) steel, and because of their strength they can be etched from thinner material, which improves realism and flexibility in one sitting. Coupled with the new painting method that adds perceived extra depth to the buckles and other furniture by shading, they are more realistic looking and will drape better than regular brass PE. Seatbelts Italy WWII Fighters (FE826) Contains two sets of belts including the twin shoulder and single lap belt, with optional rear section. Seatbelts Italy WWII Fighters (SS594) in 1:72 Confusingly labelled as both 1:72 and 1:48 on the package, when in fact the 1:72 labelling is correct. This set contains three sets of belts including the twin shoulder and single lap belt, with optional rear section. Seatbelts France WWII (FE839) Three sets of four-point harnesses are included, with an optional central fifth point with buckle and alternate left lap strap minus the buckle found on the 4-point version. SE.5a Seatbelts Early (FE843) Two sets of belts for the famous WWI fighter, with diagrams showing where the laces attach on the airframe. Seatbelts Soviet Union WWII Fighters (FE846) Two sets each of Yakovlev and Lavochkin designed seatbelts for their respective fighters, each with four-point harness and buckles. Seatbelts France WWI (FE852) During WWI three types of belt were used up until 1916, with two of each type supplied. Two other types were used throughout the war, and again, two of each type are included, totalling 10 sets of belts, which is quite generous. You will need to supply the thin wire that connects the belt loops to the airframe, which is described in a scrap diagram in the instructions. Review sample courtesy of
  12. EDIT: This was my entry to the Flying Boats and Float Planes GB, which I hosted. As usual, I didn't manage to finish the build before the GB deadline. As I may take some time to finish it, due to several real life obligations, I decided to move the thread to the Aircraft WIP area. This was my last post before moving the thread here. Thanks all for looking. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Hi all, As the original proponent of the "Flying boats and float planes" GB it is my obligation to participate with an entry that, hopefully, will be interesting to follow. I'm chronically short of time for modelling and my GB track record is shameful: I only managed to finish an entry in the recent Prototypes GB, not to mention a half built Bf 109 E4 moved to and finished in a KUTA GB. All other entries where finished after the deadline or are still to be finished one day. So, I decided to choose something that could be built out of the box but also not too scandalously easy. All things considered, I chose Italeri's Dornier Do 24T: The kit is a 2013 retooling of the original 1978 kit. It looks well detailed in the box and comes with a small PE fret for detailing the cockpit and a few external bits. Another plus, considering my objectives, is the absence of rigging (there are only two aerials to install). EDIT: there's also simple cross-rigging between the wing struts but nothing too frightening. I'll build paint scheme A, a RLM 73/RLM 72 top, RLM 65 underside plus yellow under-wing tips and tail band: IMAG4908 Unfortunately, in my brief search online I couldn't find any information on this specific aircraft. From the Group name we can only know it was used for maritime search and rescue operations. Anyway, I can't resist a Luftwaffe aircraft with yellow under-wing tips, so this will be the chosen scheme Cheers Jaime
  13. Hi, I would like to proudly present my first completed ship! I've had two previous attempts at building a ship, but both have failed due to different reasons. My first try was Heller's Tirpitz in 1/400 but the detail & fit was horrible, it was also my first model so I had no idea how much work a battleship was. My second attempt at ships was Fujimi's lovely 1/700 IJN Fuso but I ordered the wrong wooden deck for it which I realized after it was glued, and I lost all motivation to move ahead with the build. After building a few decent aircraft I finally got the courage to go back to ships. I originally intended to build the Warspite OOB but ended up ordering Pontos wooden deck (which came with some PE) and Eduard RN railings. I started last christmas and have been working on the build a few hours per weekend. The kit itself was lovely, most of the detail was pretty good and everything went together smoothly. The whole model is brush painted using Vallejo model colors, weathering is mostly diluted acrylic paint and a few touches of Tamiya weathering master. Rigging is streched sprue (my first go at rigging) and only after it was done did I realize I probably should have painted it . In the end I'm pretty happy with what I've achieved apart from a few mistakes that bug me: I think the waterline is too low for WW2 warspite, the wooden deck has a small crack and the forward superstructure rigging is too thick. Hope you enjoy!
  14. Hi everyone, Here is my Ready For Inspection for this little kit, it has taken me a while to get there but i finally finished the build and I have taken the time to get some decent photos of it. The build thread can be found here and you are more than welcome to go and have a look at it. I decided to pose this in flight so wanted to do something different to the usual hang it from the ceiling with cotton thread, so I made a little vignette base and popped the Hurricane on some acrylic rod. I am quite happy with the end result even though it is far from perfect. The paints used were a combination of xtracrylix and vallejo model air. I use some aftermarket decals from xtraddecal and I used some oils for a pin wash and also some Flory Models grime wash. Anyway that is enough waffle from me here are the photos: 1/72 Matchbox Huricane Mk.1 photo 4 by Neal, on Flickr 1/72 Matchbox Huricane Mk.1 photo 5 by Neal, on Flickr 1/72 Matchbox Huricane Mk.1 photo 8 by Neal, on Flickr 1/72 Matchbox Huricane Mk.1 photo 10 by Neal, on Flickr 1/72 Matchbox Huricane Mk.1 photo 13 by Neal, on Flickr 1/72 Matchbox Huricane Mk.1 photo 14 by Neal, on Flickr 1/72 Matchbox Huricane Mk.1 photo 15 by Neal, on Flickr Please feel free to give me your opinion and what could be improved. Thanks for looking. Neal
  15. I've been working on this for the last few months – this dio is my first born, so be gentle. It's 1/48 and consists of: Airfix 'Battle of Britain, Ready for Battle' set (amazingly good value), Italeri Mk.I Hurricane, and an entirely scratch built dispatch/billet hut, including corrugated roof & contents. A few words on the build: Airfix – great, Italeri – awful, hut & contents – enjoyable. Rivet counters please note: It's just a bit of fun and not intended to be a totally accurate representation of an RAF base, so please take with a pinch of salt. Apologies if this should be in the dio section, but as it is 90% aircrafty, I thought I'd put it here. Thanks for taking the time to take a gander. The photo on the desk is of my mum during the war and the photo on the bed is of her when she was 19. The orange booklets are pilots notes. Gorby
  16. Hello everyone, it's me again This time I started with Seehund from ICM, so I made very short inbox of that model. And I hope in next week will be building relation. So, enjoy!
  17. Hi to all,After 8 moths of hard work I finished my last diorama based on Battle of Poznan (Poland).I made a video to show the diorama. I have used Tamiya & Zvezda figures and vehicles. The building and furniture is from Airfix. The video will not leave you indifferent.--------------------------------------------------------------------Video Link: Battle of Poznan Diorama video presentation-------------------------------------------------------------------- Captures: Best Regards
  18. ADP MASTER modell 1/72 Iljuschin IL-4 W.I.P. by Andrii Dzhuran. Dedicate to Benedikt (thank you for an interesting idea and good recommendation) Hi folks! The display stand for the RA-5C VIGGI is dries after painting now and I have a bit spare time for the start of new one "work in progress". So. Ilyushin IL-4 Bomber As early as beginning of the thirties, a group of desiners of the Central Desigh Office, headed by S.W. Ilyushin, started developing a twin - engine long - range bomber. Finally, the prototype of ZKB-26 was built as a mixes construction and equipped with the M-85 engines. This bomber started on its maiden flight already in 1935. Only a few month later, the modified version of type ZKB-30 was completed as all-metal construction. The IL-4 flew in the formations of the soviet airforce as long - range bomber, torpedo bomber and as long-range reconnaissance plane and towing airplane for transport gliders untill 1946. Although four prototypes had been constructed no serial production was started. Thus, the IL-4 remained the last bomber Ilyushin had developed with piston engines.
  19. This is a reconstruction (I have no photos) of a Hurricane that was operated by 135 Sqn. RAF when stationed at Minneriya, Ceylon in 1944. The red spinner was a "retrodiction" from the fact that 135 Sqn. were reported to be painting the prop. bosses of their Thunderbolts with flight colours in late 1944 - red for "A" flight, blue for "B" flight. It seems that report is open to dispute, however, and my red spinner is therefore even more open to dispute (read, probably just plain wrong). I have yet to pass through the grieving process involved in repainting black, however. The drop tanks and Vokes filter are resin add-ons, and the canopy is a Squadron vacuform so that I could build the model with the canopy open.
  20. burning question about markings

    Forgive my slow processing about this topic - but I have only recently realized that everyone is for the most part, building a replica of the same planes which actually existed. I have always followed the 'general rules' based upon my knowledge of the subject. However, I always took liberty with markings and camouflage. I feel that it takes away from the 'art' to keep replicating the same subject. Besides, who is to say that if I decide to build a plane with markings that has no photo history, what it actually looked like ? I would like some feedback as to the general consensus about this topic. Also, I am wondering if judges in model contests are so familiar with certain markings, that they have a good idea of what the rest of the model should look like.
  21. Pennsylvania, USA

    Hello. I've read through a number of introductions, and my story is similar to many others. About 15 years ago I built a dozen models but had to pack everything up. Good news though - I have just reopened shop. Unlike my other hobbies, the model I was working on survived 2 moves and was in the exact condition I had left it. It is a Tamiya Spitfire, and that subject was the impetus for finding this site. Even though I was unable to build, I never missed a local model show named "Mosquitocon" held in New Jersey each year. I will try to leave a link in my sig for folks to view my flickr photos of each show. I am mainly interested in 1/48 WWII aircraft, but have 2 Tamiya tank models to break things up.
  22. My build of the 1/72 Huma kit. Largely OOB, apart from the interior framing and outsize swastika from a Microscale sheet.
  23. Hello, we are pleased to announce another model of a so far neglected type in 1/144th scale, the Curtiss Hawk Model 75. As in the case of our previous kits, this is a brand new tooling and this time resin moulds were utilised. As far as we know, no kit of this elegant plane has been produced so far in plastic or resin in this scale. We bring here some images of the master model, the first series shots and a test build. The finished kit still lacks the canopy clear part, but otherwise the model is complete: Here are some pics depicting how the model master was made from scratch: There will be three different kit boxes, with each kit containing 30 parts and four clear parts (for the cockpit canopy, scalloped rear windows and a landing light). Of course, a comprehensive instruction leaflet and a decal sheet are included in each kit, and there are four options for each box. The kits will be available early in May. More info about the forthcoming kits and camouflage options will be found on our web site at: http://www.4pluspublications.com KR Michal Ovcacik, MARK I
  24. Unless you're a WWII refugee – what's not to love about the good old Stuka? I'm also fascinated with size of the cannons that the Luftwaffe squeezed onto some of their aircraft. Put the two together and you get a Ju-87 G-2! I was impressed with the detail on this kit, so I thought I would see how good it was out of the box. Then I did a bit of research (my research is an hour or so on Google images) and noticed some areas for improvement. Although the engine is very nicely detailed, a lot of pipe-work is missing. I found quite a few images of the G-2 engine, but they all varied quite a bit, as a result the pipes I've added are more to make the engine look 'busy' rather than be 100% accurate, so don't use mine as a guide. The other alteration I made was to the cannon. I can't bring myself to pay half the kit price, for a couple of small resin parts, maybe that might change if a rich aunt dies, or money started growing on our trees (unfortunately, I haven't got a rich aunt and the puppy eats EVERYTHING in the garden, including trees). The internet seems full of modellers saying that after-market cannon are a necessity, but I thought I would see what I could do with the kit parts. This is the most trouble I have ever taken over painting any model (don't laugh). I noticed that the aircraft models I particularly like, have faded paint schemes, so I tried experimenting with a lighter undercoat to each of the camo colours. I even mixed all the camo colours to get it reasonably accurate – although I deliberately mixed them slightly lighter than they should be. I'm reasonably happy with the end result (always room for improvement), although I must have used a weeks pocket-money in masking tape. All the German crosses are painted, using home-made stencils. I can see why people buy stencils, wow they are a pain to do, it cost me about two hours and another truck-load of masking tape. As the kit doesn't supply swastikas (Illegal in Italy apparently), I did consider masking those as well, but I'm not entirely deranged, so I didn't. As I have been known to do the odd Luftwaffe subject in the past, fortunately I had some that had been left over from a previous build. Incidentally, you may be seeing more of the base as it isn't intended to have a Stuka planted on it for all time, I'm made it to use as a photo prop to relieve the monotony of the all black background. It is supposed to represent a planked parking area and is currently a work in progress (I would be grateful if you have any suggestions how I could improve it). My wife's opinion was “It looked nicer before you put the brown stuff on”! I had to explain that 'nice' wasn't the look I was going for.
  25. Dear fellow Britmodellers, after more than two months abroads, I'm happy to report back from my workbench. Here's a piece of "Classic Plastic" I had started at the end of last year - the 1/72 Ilyushin Il-4 Long Range Bomber. The original moulds of this kit were produced in the mid-1980s by East German company VEB Plasticard. The same kit has been available in re-boxings by Revell, Master Modell and ADP. It's a kit of typical 1980s standard, with raised panel lines and some rather chunky details. I did replace the main defense guns with metal items from Mini World. I was intending to fit a metal gun in the nose as well, but the opening of the clear part was much too wide, so I fell back on the kit's plastic part. I also replaced the plastic handrail on the left fuselage side with a piece of wire. I received two boxings of this model kit from an IMPS member at a swap-meet; some of the small parts had broken off the sprues and were missing. However, I was able to complete one model from the parts I found in the box. As the kit's decals were very old and thick, almost like stickers, I used an aftermarket set from AML ('Il-4 Over The Reich'). Depicted is an aircraft from the 3rd Long Range Bomber Regiment, operating in winter 1944/1945. Sadly, the decals were beyond their lifespan. The bigger items (the patriotic slogan and the red stars for the fin) broke into a puzzle of pieces when slid off the backing paper. I did my best to cobble them together, using some free-hand touch-ups with Red paint on the stars. The decals also left ugly glue-marks around them, but being fragile as they were, I did not dare to wipe over with a cloth, as I usually do. So, the build ended up a bit messy and won't win any competitions, for sure. Still, it's a nice addition to my line-up of Soviet WWII aircraft. Maybe someday a manufacturer will provide us with new moulds of the Il-4? A new Pe-2 and Tu-2 would also be most welcome! The model was painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics (H72 Brown, H303 Green, H85 Black Gray) using Haarder & Steenbeck Evolution airbrush. Thanks for your interest in this topic. All photographs by Wolfgang Rabel of IGM Cars & Bikes - thank you! With kind regards from Vienna, Roman
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