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  1. My fellow modellers good evening. Today I've finished my Bae Hawk T Mk1 in 1/48 scale from Airfix. I've probably exaggerated with my modeller's skills, but I've tried to replicate this beautiful (for me) display airplane as appeared in 2010 and piloted by Flt Lt. Tom "Cinders" Saunders. This is the real airplane: Bae Hawk display by Franco Segato, su Flickr photo taken from www.valleyaviationsociety.net Photo right to Neil DunridgeI and published only for modeller's discussion. I was a little bored of the Hawk in all black or grey as in my display every models have this colors, and I would like to try something a little bit more colorful. I found a beautiful decal kit from Model Alliance to replicate the airplane, with such a beautiful union Jack on the fuselage. All the decals are very nice made and they react very well to Mr. Mark Softer I've used, but I didn't trust the cover of the white decals (the stripes) as the colors below are very dark and bright. I've checked in this, and also other, forum previous works on the Hawk but I couldn't find anybody that did this replica, and for this reason I had to immagine, and think solutions. For this reason I've duplicate the white stripes using my inkjet printer and I made an exact mask of them. Then I have colored the airplane keeping my mask below and when I've striped down the model, this was the result. It's not 100% perfect but I can live with it, also because this scheme was, for me, really difficult. The model had the improvement of a new CMK Cockpit as I wasn't satisfied with the kit's interior, everything else is as Airfix made it. Three hands of Future wax made it very bright and clean as a display airplane should be. I hope you will enjoy the kit and the effort to make it as real as possible. Here some shots: P_20171011_164828 by Franco Segato, su Flickr P_20171011_164625 by Franco Segato, su Flickr P_20171011_164854 by Franco Segato, su Flickr P_20171011_164704 by Franco Segato, su Flickr P_20171011_164646 by Franco Segato, su Flickr Dall'alto 2 by Franco Segato, su Flickr P_20171011_164958 by Franco Segato, su Flickr P_20171011_164727 by Franco Segato, su Flickr P_20171011_165050 by Franco Segato, su Flickr P_20171011_164742 by Franco Segato, su Flickr Now It rest on the Royal Forces part of my display: P_20171011_165346 by Franco Segato, su Flickr As always your judge and suggestions are very welcome as I'm still improving, with everybody help, as modeller. Franco
  2. Hey, After several years of AFV and plane modelling I feel ready for an excursion in the maritime world I was eyeing some of the post war aircraft carriers but I think I should start smaller with a destroyer, for instance. The only problem I have is choosing the "right" beginner kit from the plethora of available options. Here are a few corner stones I have in mind for the selection: - price not over 50 GBP / 50 Euro - scale should be 1/350 - cold war or modern era subject - PE parts are OK; even resin/metal add-ons can be considered - nation is not so important - ideally, an off-mainstream, exotic subject Any suggestion is most welcome! Thank you!
  3. Hi folks, I am newly returned to the hobby, after a number of years away. Until now I have always modelled British armour - most from WW2 and the first Gulf War. But I fancy a change. I have always been interested in the Israeli Defence Force, and their unique methods of acquisition and engineering of their AFVs, so as to end up with vehicles which suit their particular needs, and 'supply chain'. So, I'm starting out with Meng's Achzarit Early HAPC. It's a very interesting vehicle, and a typical Israeli 'product' - old Russian tank, plus a lot of ingenuity and components acquired from all over the place resulting in a unique kind of vehicle. I'm intending to build it pretty much 'out of the box' - without going into a lot of detail about why, I need to keep life simple. So, the beginnings... I've got a copy of the 'Desert Eagle Publishing' book on the vehicle, and access to lots of images on the interwebby thing - hopefully that'll suffice for research materials! I've started at the beginning, as stated in the instruction sheet - though, knowing me, I'll probably find a 'better way' and deviate significantly. But wheels are usually a good place to start. The sprockets and idlers went together fine. Road wheels 'A' (four off), not so much - two of the 'blind' holes (part B6) are far too shallow to fit the poly-caps as moulded, though two are fine. I'm away on holiday, so only have access to a limited selection of my tools... This is a lathe job and, unsurprisingly, I didn't bring that with me! So road wheels 'A' will have to wait a few days... I wonder why none of the on-line reviews (and build logs) I've read haven't run into the same issue. Ah well, onwards and upwards, now for road wheels 'B'. Cheers, Phil
  4. So a little while back I was thinking how I could use up some of my excess figures without overcrowding other ideas for dioramas I have (got a bit of a ridiculous number going on lol), and I came up with an idea for a scene from Tom Clancy's: The Division video game. Base idea would be a group of soldiers - supposedly part of the Joint Task Force - from the game being pinned down on a street by a 'cleaner'. With this ide,a I can use three soldiers that I currently have, plus an old re-purposed Dragon SAS soldier or two, for whom I will make some air tanks and repaint. I've noticed Masterbox has a new modern set on the way that would be perfect for this as well as another diorama idea, so I'm aiming to leave open space to add them in. So far I have the pickup done, as well as three figures, the dumpster and some waste bags (rolled bits of Green Stuff). I've made up the tarp from Green Stuff, which will need to be painted (trick because there is nothing under it :P). The base needs some painting, and I plan to add a wall at the back of it (right side). I'll then add some snow texture from Tamiya, and a bit of powder snow effect as well. The pickup has already been 'frosted' with a bit of white spray. Used in this diorama so far are the 1/35 F-350 from Meng, soldiers from the Masterbox 'Man Down' set, Dumpster from the Meng 1/35 Vending Machine set, plastic drum from the Meng Highway set, and a holdall from the Meng IDF Equipment set. Down below is a quick breakdown of components, and a general idea of its eventual look And in truly 'black kit' Thanks for looking Gaz
  5. Modern U.S. Tankers

    So I received the Academy M1A2 TUSK last year, asking for it in part because I spotted the Miniart Modern U.S. Army Tank Crew set. Unfortunately, that set is still listed as 'Coming Soon' even when a new one, the USMC crew set, seems to have been simultaneously announced and released >< As I understand it, the Marine and Army crew uniforms are quite different, so you couldn't pass one off as the other. What is particularly frustrating is I always make the Army version (seem to have more gadgets on them), but all the modern tanker figures seem to be Marines, and for some reason Miniart is delaying the Army set for who knows how long. Does anyone know if Army tankers ever wore a one-piece uniform like this in the modern era, or are they completely wrong for an Army vehicle? Appreciate any assistance on this (and hurry up Miniart!) Gaz
  6. Hiya, folks. I finished my Willys, so it's time for something new. This time I decided to build something more modern. I found this Grizzly in my stash. I bought it once in Berlin for a bargain price due to the box damage. It's an easy to build (i hope) model with no interior. It has lotsa mistakes - too bad. I'll try co correct some of them. Here's what's inside the box: But first, the box itself... Rubber tires. Some PE parts. Clear parts. And the sprues. The Hull. I also started on lower hull and suspension. So far everything fits fine, no problems. Some more details added. Some close-ups. As lower hull is nearly done, I'm gonna go for upper one. First I'll fill these 3 holes in the center of the image. They are incorect, the hull should be flat. That is it for now. Cheers. DAwid
  7. I have been working on this model since July this year following a summer camp at RAF Conningsby. By chance I photographed BE taxiing out during a heavy downpour. I was soaked but it was worth it to obtain some excellent photos. The twin seat interior and cockpit etched sets from Eduard have been used, however I had to trawl the internet to get hold of them. I found them eventually in the USA and Germany.
  8. M1078 from Trumpeter, the whole is model out-of-box) Painted with tamiya and lifecolor, weathered with AMMO and AK)
  9. Where to Find Modern Aeronautical Equipment?

    Hey! Didn't really know where to post this topic :/ I'm currently making an AH-64D Apache Longbow (Revell's kit) in 1:48 scale. I'm gonna be bored over the summer, so I was probably gonna have a crack at making an Middle Eastern diorama focused around the Apache. It will be just before a mission, so there will be people loading ordnance, maybe a quick bit of maintenance and nothing much else really. I was looking at Hussein El Kaissy's 1/32 one on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJjPWS18rTQ . It looks really nice. So, my question is; Where can I get these diorama accessories in 1/48? - A collection of modern weapons, such as a TOW Launcher (looks so cool ) etc. Much like Italeri's collection, but in 1/48! http://www.italeri.com/scheda.asp?idProdotto=2530&idCategoria=5&idSottocategoria=55 - A maintenance kit, for example a tool case, military mechanic figure, tools and a laptop thing/walkie talkie. - An rearmament set, with a winch, missile trolly etc. - A belt feeding kit for rearming the chain gun. - 90's/00's U.S.A.F figures, including a pilot and gunner. Please note that these need to be in 1/48, and apologies for any dumb mistakes, e.g. naming or describing something wrong because I am more of a WWII modeler. Thanks )
  10. Nerded out and built a Revell A319 kit I had lying around in a personalised livery (imaginary airline I had when I was a kid). Clearly I was a complex child. Anyway, here it is. A 'Lomasair' A319. still a bit scratchy here and there, but i'm learning. ...and here it is on the shelf next to my BA 319. See that here.
  11. A.M.U.R. Reaver released a new resin set to improve 1/32 aircraft such as F-15, F-16, F-111, A-10, CH-53, Swiss Hawker Hunter F.Mk.58. Set will contain four standard dispensers and four with double-sized cells.
  12. Out of box Italeri 1:72 scale kit. Hope you enjoy
  13. Next one! HB kit with TwoBobs decals. 1:48 scale. Enjoy!
  14. Hello everyone! As you can see it's my first post on this Forum so I'd like to say hello to everyone who visit my topic. For this model I used Bicentennial Eduard kit. I won't write about this kit, because I think everyone knows it. I'd like to ask you what do you think about my Phantom? And please be honest! Thanks for watching!
  15. Best F-22, F-18 and F-15 models...?

    Guys, so I'm thinking of modelling one of these bad boys (in the title) and was wondering if anyone could give me some help on the best 1/72 scale kits for the aforementioned. I really love these American jets and having modelled Mig-21's Mig-25s' Su-27's and the T-50 I was looking for a bit of a change. Thanks in advance P.S. I'm looking for readily available kits and if you include a link, please could it be to a website that uses GBP. Thank you very much for your time! P.P.S I love this forum!!
  16. Hey, I'd like to show you my F-14D Super Tomcat in 1/72 scale. The kit is by Revell and overall pretty good. When I built this model in 2012 I wasn't that concerned about cleaning flash, filling or sanding - and thats very visible in some areas. I still hope you like it! Cheers, Tom
  17. Hi everyone, I'd like to present my ES-3A Shadow by Italeri. I just finished the model yesterday after a 10-month build. The S-3 Viking kit itself is ok, whereas the Shadow specific parts are absolutely horrible and don't fit at all. Im quite pleased with the result, of course some minor bits bug me, but in general I'm happy. I hope you like the model! That's it! Cheers
  18. AAV-7A1 Amtrac

    Hi, does anyone know if one of these exist as a plastic model kit and could they please provide a link to it. It does not matter which scale it is in. Thanks
  19. 2012 Raytheon Award Video

    Great stuff! http://player.vimeo.com/video/40935850
  20. Hello, As you may know I am now working on seamless intakes for kits which do not have much in the way of depth (Namely the 1/72 Academy Hornet and Hasegawa Super Hornet, more may follow, F-4, F-15?). An example can be found here, and below is an example. What was initially planned as a personnal thing (i.e. just for my builds, maybe some trade with fellow modellers) has spurred some interest for which I am most grateful. Since these intakes were initially designed for individual use I did not put the emphasis on ease of use, rather on smoothness and aspect once in place. I am thus now thinking to improve their ergonomy so they can be widely used, i.e. produced at a greater scale by an AM company. The question now is what would you find easiest to use out of the two options sketched below? All comments are of course welcome! Please let me know what you think so these can be ready for the Hornet GB! Many thanks for your help, Arnaud
  21. Hasegawa 1/72 F-16DJ

    Hi Folks, This is my first attempt at finishing a military model kit in several years. Yep, it's a grey, grey and grey modern jet but it's not one often seen in this scale. I usually prefer to build cars, bikes and surreal kit-bashed WHIF's but like most of us big kids, a loud fast jet gets your attention from time to time. A growing 'stash' of aircraft kits isn't helping either... The kit is OOTB, decals and all. The age of the moulds as well as modelling the kit in flight did test my patience somewhat but I'm happy with the end result. I only have two (totally wrong) 'military' shades of grey and the terrible MDF stand base is temporary. A link to the build thread: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234935097-172-f-16dj-getting-back-into-the-groove/#entry1245210 It's a bit long winded with nothing but the obvious stated but it forms a part of my 'extra curricular' portfolio while I'm at College. Thanks for looking, Lee. (Edited for line spacing, I needed to print this out...)
  22. Hi Folks, This is my first full model aircraft build in a couple of years, I say full as I trashed the kit I was supposed to be building for this thread... I thought it would be better to learn to walk than to try to run, so I've chosen this seemingly straight forward simple kit to begin with. Hasegawa 1/72 F-16DJ Block 50 Well, not much else to be said apart from it's one of the less often seen twin seater's. A typically refined and well presented kit, this release has new sprue's that update it from its' mid '80's base kit. Box top: Nice photo, I'll be using this as a reference. Despite this kit being advertised as a 'Block 50' the aircraft in the photo is actually a block 52... I'll be building this one as it doesn't need to have any mods done to it such as the rear pilots HUD repeater. Decals: For once, Hasegawa have done a good job with their in-house decals. They are sharply printed, the colours are good and best of all, the whites are not ivory. On a more sombre note, I've also just found out that the jet I'll be building ended its' days in a fireball a few years ago... New parts: These are the new sprue's that are included with the F-16D base kit. 1 - This sprue covers the now standard missiles, launchers, heavy weight wheels, etc. 2 - This sprue covers most 'big mouth' Falcons and includes the heavy weight main gear doors, etc. 3 - This sprue covers most block 40/42/50/52 Falcons with regards to the SEAD mission. Rockin' and Rollin': I'm going to build this kit in flight, for the sake of speed and not dealing with tiny fiddly bits. It's these tiny fiddly bits that caused my last kit to crash land in the bin... Anyway, here's the assembled and painted cockpit and fuselage. It's all OOTB, decals for consoles and all. TBH they actually look quite good under a flat coat. The seats have had a bit of khaki dry brushed over the olive green for a bit of dimension, looking good so far... ... Spoke too soon, now the madness begins. Block 52 jets use the original smaller intake, so I thought I'd get a bit of practice putting the newer 'big mouth' intake together. The fit of those new tool parts was not good and the same can be said of the original parts. 1 - Massive step between the upper intake halves. I used heat to bend them and CA glue to bond them. Much sanding is still needed. 2 - This light fixture needs to be removed for the twin seater's, easy enough. 3 - Steps, gaps and mismatched contours needed to be filled, blended and sanded 4 - I had to re-scribe some of the lower panel lines as they were obliterated while trying to smooth out the steps. The intake wasn't going to rest easy, I guess I've been spoilt by Tamiya's cars and motorbikes as this kit has to be built and some. 1 - Big, uneven gap between the intake and fuselage join, an easy enough fix with milliput. 2 - The heavy weight main doors have big gaps at the rear. I used CA glue and Mr Surfacer to close the gap smoothly. Gaps, gaps and more gaps. 1 - The base of the fin has an uneven step that was filled with CA glue and putty. 2 - The rear fuselage was warped on this kit, probably why I've had most of these fit issues. 3 - CA glue was used to fill in some comical gaps on the ventral fin tabs. 4 - Yet another large gap to fill and I broke off and lost this antenna too! Where art thou antenna... The biggest issue with this build is keeping up the enthusiasm. With the problem areas taken care of and checked with a coat of paint, I can actually stop moaning. I masked and sprayed the canopy interior colour earlier on with a lightened black acrylic. TBH, it's looking quite O.K. Thanks for looking, more to come shortly.
  23. Airfix Hawk

    Picked up an Airfix 1/48th. scale Hawk T1 yesterday, when I opened it I was amazed at the warpage in the wings, it seemed to be the way they are held on the sprues, also some warpage in the fuselage halves as well, am I unlucky or is this common? Steve.
  24. 48th scale russian ground equipment

    Good morning all, Just an enquiry really, but does anyone know if there are any modern-ish russian ground equipment for aircraft on the market. I dont really know where to start looking, and i'm looking for anything from ground crew, ground equipment, fuel bowsers, bikes, chokes and anything else airfield related. Many thanks Martin
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