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  1. Hi! This is my latest effort. I have always thought that the Italeri kit was lacking in quality, so when I got this Heller kit I was thrilled as it has more finely executed ribbing and engines, alas some things are plainly wrong. The undercarriage legs are suitable only for late/post war machines and fit badly. Also the windows are 2mm too low, so I had to cheat things a bit. Mind you, if anyone wants to do a film aircraft from the movie Where eagles dare, this is the kit to go for. Sadly I've changed my mind during the build and finished it like an anonymous air ambulance. Vallejo and Revell acrylics were used throughout the build and the markings were hand painted. The only decals are a pair of very bad quality swastikas. My goal was to depict a machine that had surwived the winter with a badly washed away temporary white camouflage. You be the judges. Cheers! Josip
  2. 24-hour Arado

    I built this as an entry in the UAMF 'Blitzbau' GB, a 24-hour kit build. It's the old Heller 1/72 Ar 96 which I still think is a nice little kit and looks the part, though I'm sure there are inaccuracies. I scratchbuilt some basic cockpit detail, did some simple re-scribing, added tyre treads and a few other bits and bobs. Colour scheme was borrowed from the Special Hobby kit.
  3. 1/72 M4 Sherman

    Coming to party late, please excuse the tardiness OK, having heard good things about the Heller 1/72 Sherman, went ahead an bought one on ebay back before Christmas and before the start of this GB, it arrived yesterday, so immediately got stuck in, trying to catch up. Now a warning, I'm no armour builder, I build aircraft, with the very occasional foray into the dark side, so don't worry about pointing out any huge mistakes I've made, or even little ones, as I know nothing much, and have no references at all, so after you pull yourselves of the floor from so much laughing, please let me know what I did wrong. First up the box and sprue shots, which is the same as @Foghorn Leghorn, I'm not sure, but hope I'm not doing the same version, but blatantly stealing some of his ideas. DSCN0920 by qfa_tsv, on Flickr DSCN0921 by qfa_tsv, on Flickr Now, first up, are the Instructions, which I am slowly getting used to, but have made some rookie mistakes along the way, I had originally planned that I wanted to make the b option, but I made the a front end and stuck it on , so big change and now i'm making the a option because iot's the only one with those flange thingies on the front, and also is the box art. So, the instructions call out paint numbers, but don't say whose, figured out they are Humbrol, then found the main green is 86, and I didn't have any, so went out and got some, my initial idea was to brush paint the underneath and rollers, but this new Humbrol is terrible stuff , has no opacity at all, so had to spray, and boy are there some rollers to do, in fact I cut off and cleaned up both lots, then found I only needed one lot, told you I was lousy at this, then found I had to turn them over and do the other side, good thing I worked out you only need to 12. DSCN0924 by qfa_tsv, on Flickr Now i'm putting on different fittings on the engine deck, and it seems you have to use part D9, which is the one for the wading kit, and I definitely don't want those, is it possible to use the D3 option instead, or are there differences in them? or on the other hand can I just fudge it? no one will know right? I have no idea if I will get this done in time as another GB starts tomorrow, but hope I chose something fairly straightforward for that one to give me a chance at this, and then there is the 737 STGB starting on 1 Feb, so I'm going to be very busy, but I would dearly love to finish this one.
  4. Dear fellow Britmodellers, this is my 1/72 Heller Sherman M4A2 built from the box with addition of CMK tarpaulin. A very nicely detailled kit, almost as good as Dragons' offerings. The kit decals did not work so well and still show their carrier film despite gloss background. They did not respond to setting solutions either. Model painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics (H304), dusted with pigments and weathered with artists' olis. Photograph by Wolfgang Rabel. Thank you very much for your interest in this topic. Best greetings from Vienna.
  5. This is my third build for the Heller 60th Anniversary Group Build on HyperScale's 1/72 GB Forum, and conveniently serves to mark the plane's 50th anniversary as well. I finished mine as Royal Thai Navy machine. The main modifications were to scratch-build closed cowling gills as the kit's were terrible, add push-rods to the engines, scratch-build the nose radome and wing fences, plus plunge-mold the bulged observation windows. The Siam Decals were a gift from good pommie-kiwi mate, Colin Milliput (AKA Whitehouse) who lives in Thailand. The hardest part of the build by far was assembling the undercarriage. Build Log: http://www.network54.com/Forum/644810/thread/1509340676/last-1509678989/(View+All+Messages+in+this+Thread) http://www.network54.com/Forum/644810/thread/1509243251/last-1509301138/(View+All+Messages+in+this+Thread) http://www.network54.com/Forum/644810/thread/1504349593/last-1504428684/(View+All+Messages+in+this+Thread) http://www.network54.com/Forum/644810/thread/1504433118/last-1504470561/(View+All+Messages+in+this+Thread)
  6. Hello dear fellow Britmodellers, I collected the new AZ Model kit Potez 540 (ex-Heller/Smer plastic) in Bratislava last weekend. AZ Model instructions are sparse. There's no suggestions for the interior colors; what should they be like? Any comments welcome. I'm going to build the kit's first option in Grey/Green/Brown camoflage. Thanks in advance Roman
  7. My daughter Rose (aged 11) has decided to join the GB, I hope that's OK ? While mrs Jockney was at her " Book Club" make that wine drinking club tonight, I though I would sneak a bit of time with the Be-4. Rose asked if she could have a go, so never one to miss an opportunity to start another kit, I raced off to the stash to see what fitted the bill. These 2 were the first to break cover, so she had a choice. She chose the Arado, so below are the necessary photos to prove its unstarted. Please wish her / us luck ! cheers Rose & Pat
  8. It seems like a shame to have this Group Build without an Ar196 in it, so I'll stick this placeholder here and hopefully get to work soon. It will also be a good tryout for the new Humbrol RLM 72 and 73. The kit is of course the Heller moulding which first saw the light of day the year I left High School - 1979. I remember having the Heller "black box" release but I think I sold it, I certainly don't remember building it. It has been boxed by Encore and Lodella as well as Heller and Revell. The kit is securely bagged in the box and has 4 rather brittle feeling light grey sprues and one transparent, so quite a lot for a small aircraft: Markings for 2 examples, one from Norway and one based in France. Decals look good: Instructions are typical Revell newsprint: Build will be OOB with any additional reference coming from the instructions for the Revell 1/32 kit, which are available on their website. More shortly. John
  9. The DeHavilland Dh 89 Dragon Rapide occupies a place in English aviation history similar to that of the Douglas DC-3 in the United States. It is the embodiment of a particular time in English civil aviation, and is the 'one that survived', being as much used after the Second World War as before it. The type was still being operated commercially into the 1960s, and still makes appearances in movies and television shows requiring an 'old aeroplane', as a number are still in flying trim even today. The Dragon Rapide went into production in 1934, as a short-haul airliner, capable of carrying up to eight passengers and luggage. It incorporated elements of two earlier designs, the twin-engined Dh-84 Dragon, and the ill-starred four engined Dh-86 Express. With two 200hp engines, it could achieve a speed of 170mph, owing to clean design and lightweight structure of wood, largely with fabric covering. It can be fairly said to be a machine which wrung the very best that could be got out of already obsolescent construction methods and materials, for already all-metal stressed-skin construction was being employed elsewhere on commercial transports of monoplane configuration. The design was well suited for domestic air service in England, and sold well. It was also employed by English oil companies in the Middle East, for communication and transport duties in the Persian and Iraqi oil fields. A militarized version, with a larger vertical fin, armed with two machine guns (one fixed for the pilot, one on a ring atop the fuselage) and internal stowage for light bombs, competed unsuccessfully against Avro's monoplane Anson for a contract to equip Coastal Command. A few examples of the military Dragon Rapide were delivered to Spain, Iran, and Lithuania. The Dragon Rapide was to become, however a leading trainer for the RAF during the SEcond World War. During the latter stages of the pre-war expansion of the RAF, much of the training of non-pilot aircrew was carried out on contract by private companies. This arrangement continued well into 1940. The RAF began to order its own Dragon Rapides, which were known as Dominie, but differed only in having somewhat less comfortable internal arrangements than the machines ordered by airlines had boasted. Navigators and wireless operators learned the trade on these throughout the war in England. Once the war was over, most Dominies were fitted out to Rapide standard, and sold off to commercial airlines in England, which then were taken over in the late 1940s by the national airline, British Empire Airlines. This model represents a Dragon Rapide owned by Airworks, Ltd. operating at No. 6 Air Observers Navigation School at Staverton in June of 1940. Being still private property, it displayed its civil registration rather then an RAF serial. G-ADBW was originally operated by Jersey Airways Ltd., starting in the summer of 1935. When the RAF took over the Airworks school in July, 1940, G-ADBW does not seem to have been taken on charge; that it was broken up for spares is more likely than that it had been wrecked. The model is the old Heller 1/72 kit. The build began as an entry in a 'weekend build' of Heller kits in the 1/72 forum over on HyperScale, and bears a few traces of that origin. I gave it my best shot, but still had a few bits, plus some clean-up and rigging to do when the time had elapsed. This is where I got it to after 48 hours... There are some things I would have approached differently had I started this without concern for how long things would take. But it is a very nice kit, with good fit and the usual excellent engineering one expects in a Heller kit. I made no comparisons for accuracy, and indeed it may be that G-ADBW had a slightly different pattern of doors and windows. But I like the scheme, the mix of bright yellow and camouflage has an odd appeal. I have finished it with shadow-shading on the lower wing. (this picture came out a bit fuzzy but I still like the view it gives)
  10. On the HyperScale 1/72 forum, we are having a 'speed build' for Heller kits, to be finished between midnight Friady and midnight Sunday (modeller's local time). This is my entry. I figure it can go in here, as it will be finished as is machine: This will be OOB (indeed, some interior parts will be omitted). It looks do-able, but we shall see....
  11. 1/72 Mirage 2000N

    My build will be a Mirage 2000N armed with an ASMP cruise missile. Heller kit originally from late 70's and the 2-seater version came out 1991. This one will perfectly fit in my Escadrille La Fayette / Indian squadron collection I'll be using the kit decals together with the Carpena/Colorado decal sheet
  12. My first (and hopefully not my last) entry will be the Heller 1/48 B/C kit converted to a D with the Red Roo conversion. Decals will come from the Caracal RAAF Mirage sheet. As I recall I have removed some parts of a sprue and attempted to start rescribing. I will dig the kit out and post some pictures shortly. From ADF Serials Website My photo
  13. BF109B

    My second build for this GB is Heller's older, but still nice BF109B1/C1 kit. The model has a pretty accurate shape, and okay details. I plan on drilling out the exhausts, ,maybe reaming out the gun troughs to make them round in cross-section, and replace the guns with tubing. Maybe. I would really like to box in the wheel wells and add some details. Would the C wells look like the E wells? What this model will really need is some decals. The kit did not include any. I have a set for an early E-1. in RLM 71/72 with a big yellow "1" on the side, and the box side shows a C with essentially the same markings except for a "3" instead of a "1". So maybe this will work? I'd love to do a Spanish Civil War C, but I have no clue where to get decals. But I'll burn that bridge when I get to it. For now, here is the simple cockpit. It will be modeled with the canopy closed, so I didn't add anything except some tape belts. I still have to add the control column. And the fuselage halves closed up (next to a Zvezda F-2 in 1:48 near perfect fit so far.
  14. Well, I managed to screw this one up. I was experimenting with weathering more heavily and got too carried away overcoating with tinted floor wax to tone down the bright colors. I finished it anyway to keep as an object lesson to be more careful in the future. So what we have is a quite old 1/72 Heller Hawk 75 in French livery. The kit decals where useless so I used a set from a Peddinghaus sheet. Otherwise it's box stock. There where some problems with the Peddinghaus decals. Namely they did not give any upper wing roundels, the placement instructions are severely lacking and the orange is pretty lackluster. I assume the latter is due to their being printed on a CMYK dyesub style machine rather than the traditional spot color screen printing method. Otherwise they're thin, pretty opaque and responded well to setting solutions. I used Hataka acrylics for the camouflage. I'll not be using them again. While the colors seemed adequate and they covered well enough it seemed each bottle really needed straining as, even after shaking quite a while, I kept getting clogs from "chunks" of something or other...pigment I assume. Pain in the butt. All in all I'm happy, mainly because I love French Hawk 75s and it was still a fun build. I'll make sure the next one comes out better. And probably use the old Monogram kit instead...
  15. Tim's Tempest tipper

    Another build from me. This time a Heller Tempest That cost me 1.50 at IPMS Avon show last year. Such value! Parts. No surprises here, I've built this kit twice by Airfix, and once by Smer. and after some interior decoration. Planning to try white-tak mask airbrushing on this, my Typhoons and Whirlwind.
  16. My latest build, a 1/72 Heller T-28 converted to AT-28D of 15th Strike Wing of Philippine Airforce. Cockpit and canopy was from Pavla, cut and scratched build the airbrake; cut and reposition the flaps; added blade, whip antennae and red anti collision light on the rear fuselage; removed and filled the airscoop in the front fuselage; scratched build the gunpods and pylons. LAU-68 from Italeri's Huey kit and Mk-82 from Hasegawa's Aircraft Weapons 1. Decals are from Blue Diamond Decals. Thanks for looking.
  17. Here's my first choice. A Luftpolizei Bf 109 B from the Reichsluftaufsichtsdienst , RLAD a civilian organisation under RLM This 109 was used together with Fieseler Fi 156 and Arado Ar 68 for air policing no-fly areas and reconnaissance of flight routes. Source: Die Geschichte der Luftpolizei - F.Schilling, H.Rettinghaus D-POL-98 from Falcon's Messerschmitt Hangar Propably a Bf 109 B-2 or a B-1 fitted with a metal propeller Alps-printed decals from MRR Classic Plane together with the Heller kit And the colour of the plane... Well, not Humbrol nr 2, but it's hard to tell. Was the photo taken with panchro or ortho film? The personnel from the RLAD had a light green cap lining and collar color. RAL 6009 was the "police color" but the D-POL-nn planes weren't part of the civilian police Comparision of the green RAL colours
  18. Hawker Tempest Mk.5 56 Squadron, Fassberg, Germany, 1945 Heller kit with raised panel lines removed and replaced with scribed detail. Canopy replaced with a Squadron vac form. Painted with Xtracrylix and finished with Xtradecals. I think Heller got the shape of the Tempest 5 just right. This one has been in the stash for more decades than I care to remember – built at last. Chris
  19. Here is my Trojan from Heller with Pavla resin cockpit. I added the armor headrest by shaping a piece of plastic I removed the airscoop on the top of the front fuselage and will level it with a piece of plastic. thanks for looking.
  20. Heller TF-104G 1/72

    Hi all, Seeking a view. Given that the Hasegawa kit is expensive and rare, how is the Heller? I know it has raised lines of dubious placement but does it build to a reasonable model with a bit of care? I really need a TF and this is the only way I can see oher than shelling out for a pricing Hasegawa plus shipping and customers charges! As always, I'd appreciate your views. Thanks. Martin
  21. Hi guys, this is the final reveal of the 1/8 Heller BMW R750/5, which my friend asked me to build for his elder brother and some pics of the real bike. His brother who is now 57 bought the bike when he was 19 and toured Europe on his Honeymoon!
  22. Hi guys, well here we are again with another classic 70's motorbike build. This time I was given this kit by the brother of the owner of the actual bike in the pictures. I have carried out restoration work on the motorcycle and as the bike is almost finished, I have been asked to build a replica of the bike, so I will be painting the model black and adding the white pinstripes as their is no decals in the kit, wish me luck with that! The kit is nicely molded but is really not designed to be painted as it asks you to add soft vinyl parts during the assembly, making painting an added chore due to having to mask up more parts which would have been fitted later. The instructions are hard to follow and vague to say the least, but I will muddle through the best I can. It will only be a loose replica, as I won't be scratch building the crash bars and the kit has chrome wheel rims and exhausts where the real bike has alloy rims and stainless exhausts fitted by the owner. I may strip the chrome off the exhausts and add heat tarnish to the header pipes, also the fit of the rear engine cover where the carbs attach looks a poor fit, but the gaps are correct as the real bikes air filter housing was also a poor fit. Finally the carbs are a fiddle to fit correctly on the real bike, so I made sure they fitted correct on the model and true to the real bike, they were a pig to get looking right, too many angles to glue at the same time. Wish me luck with this build, I'm going to need it!
  23. My first “work in progress” here is the Heller 1/72 Nord 2501 “Noratlas”. The Noratlas is a French military cargo plane from the 50s, including the German and Israeli air forces had placed orders. The later version Nord-2501 Noratlas looks similar to the Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar. The Noratlas wil be build in the colors of the Luftwaffe. What attracted me were the versions with a white roof. A mix of the standard green-gray camo, orange and white panels, resulting in a striking color palette. Something like this example from FSX Flight Simulator: On youtube there is a corny instructional video "Sicherheit im Lufttransport Noratlas". You can study the Nora from all sides despite the black and white images. A device with registration GA + 253 or 252 is in my opinion possible with the decals. The Luftwaffe decals I have purchased from “HaHen Aircraft Accessoires”. http://www.hahen.de/ Within two days they were already here. Properly packaged in a sturdy cardboard envelope. It is Immediately a bit of an unusual story because it is my 2nd attempt to build this nice beast. In the end phase of the previous one the paint job protested by many difficulties and side effects.So I decided to start all over again. Some components of the first attempt can be reused. An example is the engine with the propellers. So the second attempt begins with washing the sprues. The cargo plane has a lot of length behind the main landing gear. From experience I know that a lot of weight should be mounted in the nose section. The 20gram as shown in the construction manual seems too little to me. But there is also little room for the placement of weight in the nose. In my sprue spare box I found a box that fits exactly between the two partitions. Which is filled with lead and closed with styrene. The last time I had filled the wheel bays with tin cubes. These blocks are now clamped next to the wheelbay. In case of emergency I can always later fill the wheelbay. In front there is a 2nd box filled with lead. And the total looks like this. 60 gram weight in the nose section. Three times as much as the instruction recommend. The doors are precisely aligned with the outer side and fixed with additional styrene. The access stairway door is filled with styrene to eliminate a seam. And under a colour coat it looks already quite different. Thanks for watching.
  24. My first build finished in 2017 is the huge Boeing 707 kit from Heller in 1/72 scale. Its actually the AWACS kit issued by the manufacturer some many years ago.I bought this kit on a Swiss auction platform before Heller anounced the re-relase of their Boeing 707-320B kit in Air France and BOAC colors. Apart from some antennas and the huge radar as well as missing cabin windows,the AWACS kit is actually identical to the passenger version. Being so,it saved a lot of work filling and sanding all windows. Heller's 707 is very well moulded and accurate and an easy build.Parts fit quite well,the only major problem area is the wing to fuselage join.There I had to insert some sprues to slightly widen and strenghten the fuselage to avoid a huge gap between the wings and fuselage. Otherwise there where no other issues. The colorful Equatoriana decals are from 26 and worked very well. Paints used for this build are Tamyia Pure White from spray can,coroguard panels are my own mix of Revell grey 374,silver 90 and black 7.Metallic areas were done with humbrol aluminium,steel and silver.Dusted with Mr.Color copper. Equatoriana was the national airline of Equador established in 1957 and permanently ceased operations in 2006. Their fleet included Boeing 707-320s (in the depicetd color scheme) and cargo versions that were golden instead of white,a DC-10-30 and Boeing 727s as well as an Airbus A-310-300 among various other aircrafts during Equatoriana's life. On with the photos,enjoy
  25. Heller 1/50 Jaguar M Instructions WANTED

    I just bought a Heller 1/50 Jaguar M - the aborted French Navy version - from eBay - but it has arrived without instructions. Does anyone have a set they could please scan for me? The 1/50 Jaguar A kit instructions are likely very similar, so those would do in a pinch. TIA!