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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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)
  4. 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
  5. 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....
  6. 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
  7. Hello all, Well this is a bit of a return to old ways for me. It's been well over two years since I've found time in my life to even think about modelling...work and children will do that to you! The last time I tried to post a WIP on BM it was Italeri's 1/48 Tornado converted to a GR.4 which started in 2008 and didn't reach a conclusion in Ready for Inspection until 2012 so I don't have a good track record! However, in the hope that it may help spur me along a bit I figured why not post this on BM just to keep some pressure on myself! So my plan is to take the Airfix boxing of the Jaguar GR.3/ES in 1/48 scale (also recently re-released by Revell): Convert it to this aircraft which I was lucky enough to taxi a few times at Cosford a few years ago, using various bits and bobs plus plenty of scratch building: Then end up with something similar to this, as per the previously mentioned Tornado: Like the Tornado I have no plans to build it straight from the box. I hear on the grapevine that the newer Kittyhawk kit has its shape issues but stress I've not seen it in the flesh myself. Whatever the story there though, I've had this on the to-do list for a long time and, having built the Airfix Jag before, I know it's pretty good in terms of overall shape, if outdated in terms of surface detail. It's also cheap which makes it ideal for this sort of kit bashing and major surgery as if I screw it all up I'll not feel quite so bad! So this is going to be a full strip-down and rebuild to see what I can get out of a relatively old kit. See you at the other end...in 2019! Andy -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- EDITED: Added on 8 Jan 2016 for anyone building a Jag at the same time as this one: JAGUAR REFERENCES Useful websites: SEPECAT Jaguar in Detail Prime Portal - Jaguar GR.3/3A Prime Portal - Jaguar GR.3/3A Britmodeller - Jaguar GR.3/3A Useful build threads: Deanflyer's Jaguar GR.1 (A very nice build of the Airfix kit) Neil's Jaguar T.4 (A beautiful full Paragon conversion - his own - of the Airfix kit) RMP2's Jaguar GR.1 (A very good dual build of a Phantom and the Kittyhawk Jag which contains some useful comparisons with the Airfix version) palacefan's Jaguar NS (The Airfix kit built as a Nigerian Jaguar International export, showing an alternative way to fit the Paragon flaps) Mike's Jaguar GR.1 (The Airfix kit built very well with some lovely modifications made where needed) Muzz's Jaguar GR.3 (A nice build of the ARTF snow scheme with some Paragon extras) Piero's Jaguar GR.3 (As always, Piero's build are a cut above with plenty of detail) Useful books: SEPECAT Jaguar GR.Mk.1 - Aeroguide 2 Jaguars 1973-2007 - Royal Air Force Jaguar A/B/GR.1/GR.3 - HT Model Jaguar Squadrons - AD HOC Jaguar - Aeroplane Illustrated SEPECAT Jaguar - Pen & Sword The RAF Jaguar - Patrick Watson Big Cat Diary - Wg Cdr John Sullivan After-market Accessories Having decided to make this a dual build, I am planning to use a fair number of accessories so list them here to help anyone else who may wonder what's out there... GR.3/3A NeOmega Resin 1/48 Jaguar GR.3 cockpit set - This will require further conversion to change the 12.5cm x 12.5cm (1:1) LCD Multi-Function Display of the Jaguar GR.3 (Jaguar 96) to the 15cm x 20cm Active Matrix Liquid Crystal Display (AMLCD) of the GR.3A (Jaguar 97) as it is the later type I am building in this case. Note, Aires also do some decent avionics and cannon bays for the Jaguar but I've elected to scratch-build these. Worth also being aware that there are differences in the avionics bay between all marks of Jaguar. The separate gun barrels set is, I believe, only useful for French Jaguars. T.4 Paragon Designs Jaguar T.2 conversion set (4895) - A resin replacement for the forward fuselage which is sadly out of production and hard to find now. Both Aires 1/48 Jaguar Wheel Bays (4595) - An excellent resin detail set which, along with the air brake interior set, is capable of fitting the Airfix kit quite nicely; despite being marketed as serving the Kittyhawk Jaguar. Aires 1/48 Jaguar Speed Brakes (4606) - Another top quality set which is designed for the Kittyhawk Jaguar but can be made to fit the Airfix kit very well too, even when used in conjunction with the resin undercarriage bays. Only one small snag in that the pressure refuelling receptacle in the starboard bay is moulded too small. Not a great drama if you're happy to live with it. Master 1/48 Jaguar Pitot Tube & Angle of Attack Probe (AM-48-057) - A high quality turned-brass reproduction of the Jaguar's pitot tube plus AoA vane. The pitot is a vast improvement over the chunky plastic or resin equivalents on the market. Quickboost 1/48 Jaguar A Correct Air Intakes (QB48 573) - An improvement set for the air conditioning pack atop the spine. Be aware that aerials for the Jaguar A are not necessarily suitable for the RAF models though. Scale Aircraft Conversions 1/48 Jaguar Undercarriage (48037) - A metal set of replacement oleos which are not only more detailed and crisp than the kit parts but, if you are adding a fair amount of resin and other details, will help support the weight.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. Hello everybody , after roughly 20 years away from the hobby , I'm back in the business ! Considerring that I have everything to (re)learn and new technics to discover and apply, I' ve decided to start with a rather basic kit. It will be a french carrier born classic : The Etendard IV M. The model is the very single one available in this scale : the Heller one that I bought 30 years ago ! The general shape is very accurate, but most details are inexistent , to sum up what I'm expecting from this model : it will be no picnic ! Let's start with the "bang seat" a Martin Baker Mk4. Détails in scratch ( copper wire , an old toothpaste tube , platic card ). See you !
  11. 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.
  12. Hi All, In between (still) continual pattern making, I have decided to have a go at making a smaller model and attempt to try and have it completed for the IPMS Newark and Lincoln Expo competition in October (something I last did 16 years ago!). I am not confident that I will achieve my target as I have got a lot of other things coming up to stop me, but I will give it a try. I have selected the Heller 1/72 AMD Mirage IV A kit as my first attempt at 'rehabilitation' back into normal modelling again (whatever 'normal' is measured as!). The first thing to tackle is the cockpit. As can be seen, it is pretty basic at best (and inaccurate as well). This is the re-worked and detailed rear cockpit weapons operator's instrument panel (I am amazed that I can still even see any details in this scale let alone make them!). Kit landing lights installed and sanded. If I get the kit completed in time, I will foil it, as the last time that I did this (2004), it seemed to come out pretty well. And hopefully, it will turn out something a little like this! If I do get the Mirage completed in time, and there is any time left, I will also try and complete one (or both) of these in a similar foiled NMF finish - I have elected to make the Sk 37 Viggen and S 29C Tunnan from these kits (the old Matchbox J 29F Tunnan has been assembled purely as a test airframe for foiling technique practice). Navigator/weapons operator's instrument panel completed. Rear bulkhead installed and ejection seat plastic card backing added. I have made a seat support column here to fill the gap between the seat and bulkhead. More rear cockpit work to follow. Derek
  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. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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!
  21. Heller - Homer Simpson

    Hello All, This is my first post (except comments) and is mainly to see how to work this doohickey called the interweb. Right then, I shall introduce the Heller Homer Simpson I made a year or so ago, If you have made this kit or one of the series you will know it's a 'fit's where it touches' kind off kit, but can be made into a nice figure with a little care and patience, I used a mix of Tamiya and Humbrol acrylics applied with Air and 'Airy sticks finished with Humbrol Satin from a rattle can. Thanks for looking. Andy.
  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. Experimentation to achieve a realistic finish deck on a plastic kit. And work so far on the model next to a 1/144 206a submarine and 1/144 Bushnell's Turtle at a scale which shouldn't cause any despair when displayed together. 1/150 scale Tartane c.1810, Heller 1/150 'Corsair' kit...well made simple sailing ship kit, I recommend it!
  24. Ferguson TE20 FF30 Tractor 1:24 Heller The Ferguson TE20 ( Tractor England 20 Horsepower) was a very successful agricultural tractor designed by Harry Ferguson with a production run lasting from 1946 till 1956. Part of the ‘Little Grey Fergie’s’ success came from its 3-point linkage that allowed the Fergie to carry out a variety of tasks around the farm using different tools and trailers that fitted to this linkage. The TE20 was imported to France, and was so popular a production line was set up in Saint-Denis, France in 1953 using imported British parts, the number of French parts increased until 1957 when the tractor was built using 100% French parts and became known as the FF30. Outwardly the TE20 and the FF30 looked the same, save some slight differences and FF30 having a red chassis and engine. Not surprisingly, Heller have tooled this kit so it can be built as a British TE20, or a French FF30 with its different seat, steering wheel and front tyres. The TE20 was such a popular tractor many have been restored and a walk around any steam or vintage rally you will pass one or two at least (oddly this is a gap in the walkaround section that needs filling!). The kit comes in a big box with a photo of a very clean example on the lid, the box has an opening lid but the box is thin and flimsy, the box is far too big and there is a lot of fresh air inside. the kit comes on 4 small grey sprues with some black rubber tyres. All the parts are very crisply cast and there is no flash on the review sample. The TE20 doesn’t have a chassis, the backbone of the design is the engine, transmission and back axle, everything else hangs off this assembly. The model follows this sequence with the engine transmission being the first parts to meet the glue. This is cast in 2 parts split down the length and has some good surface detail. If you want a tow hook you need to drill 2 holes in the bottom of the rear axle. The head is added next, with transmission and axle covers following. Being a petrol engine there are some spark plugs and a distributor included but no leads so some thin wire can be added, have a look at some photos online as the sides of the engine are open so some detail could look good here. The fan and radiator are attached to the front of the engine block, along with the front axle. The fuel tank goes on top of the engine with the final few ancillary parts. This is a simple engine, reliable and simple to maintain with the kit being well detailed to the original. The back axle is next with the axle tubes complete with half shafts inside, and the independent rear brakes that allowed the driver to make tight turns, another innovation on this tractor. There are some delicate parts including the rods and foot pedals that will need a lot of care to remove from the sprues and clean up. The big rear wheels are made from 2 parts, with the soft rubber tyre sandwiched between. Make sure you get these tyres the right way around as they are handed left and right sides. The front axle is next on the build, this looks a complex sequence from the instructions, I’ll let you know how this goes when I get the glue out, if anyone has started/ building this any experience let me know! All the drop arms and drag links are next attaching between the wheels and the steering box behind the engine block. The front wheels are in 2 parts, inner and outer, with the rubber sandwiched between. There is a choice of tyres, slick and ribbed so check your reference photos before committing to glue. The wheels have a centre hub to add before clipping them onto the front axle, take care not to break the axle as it looks delicate. You now get to fit the sprung seat, the TE20 uses parts B3 and B7, and the FF30 uses B31 and B9, a more comfortable coil sprung set up over the British bent metal bar spring! The steering wheel is also different between the British and French versions. Finally, you add the rear mudguards, and the bonnet and grill, here you have some options to choose, some TE20 and FF30s came with lights and you need to drill some holes marked on the rear of the parts, and choose your exhaust type, straight up or low out pipe. The famous 3-point linkage is the final bits to make up and fit completing your build. Conclusion A nice little kit form Heller, I’m glad they have made a 1:24 of this iconic little tractor that changed farming. The real TE20 was modified by enterprising farmers, and was also used by Edmund Hillary on the 1955-8 Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition. This will be a good build for the detailers and the weathering experts as a tractor is rarely clean! Very well moulded with nice detail. Look forward to building this one. Review sample courtesy of
  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!