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  1. M10 Achilles

    Hello Everyone ... thought id show this M10 Achilles. This was my entry in the M3/M4 Group build. It was my first completed armor build since i came back to modeling 3 years ago. I was able to do some scratch building and found some smaller 1/35th stowage to use. Here is a link to the build. Without further ado here it is. I know the photo’s are dark, sadly they were taken at an poor time. A couple turret shots ↕️ A stowage photo I hope this meets with some approval. As usual comments ? Questions ? Dennis
  2. Morning folk's two kit's I've alway's wanted to have a go at are the Churchill and Centurion so with an almost clear bench after the Matchbox GB and a small build planned for the 10th anniversary GB I'm making good progress with the Sherman which has given me the armour bug! I won't start for a few week's until the Sherman's finished and I'm must try and finish the MAN truck and the Centurion is on order at my LMS. Anyway Box art. Inside the usual Tamiya quality. A bonus was a sprue of figures including two crew and a farmer and hand cart.
  3. I'd like to present my "what-if" build of an A-16C. Back in the '80s, the USAF experimented with replacing the A-10 with a 30mm gun pod-carrying Viper. The program failed, but what if it didn't? This is the Tamiya Block 50 Viper and what a kit! Loved building it. Added the following goodies: - Eduard seat, cockpit PE, exhaust, and wheels - Caracal decals - Modern Hobbies AGM-65s and ALE-50 - Hasegawa Weapons set #3 provided the centerline GPU-5 gun pod - Master Model pitot and AOA probes - Painted with MRP The intake seams should have been worked more and the canopy needs tinting...things to remember next build! I thought about adding static dischargers for about .3 seconds but decided I didn't want to be committed to an asylum just yet! LOL Thanks for looking!
  4. A few weeks ago, I was presented by a kit of A6M3 Zero in a christmas present exchange action in a forum. It was an old tool Tamiya kit of Mod.32 "Hamp". As I have no japs in my collection yet, I went on to start it! I got lots of goodies for it, but I managed to destroy the kit as my skills in engraving the panel lines are nonexistant.... Thus, I aquired a new tool Tamiya kit, its a different A6M3 variant (Mod.22, different wings), and started it after a few weeks of research. Following goodies are here, but its likely not all would be used. Sure use are only the BigEd set and the "Saburo Sakai" pilot, plus diorama items. I always want to make a diorama out of my kits, but noone makes the japanese mechanics working on the airframe! I asked Luis "Panzer vs. Tanks" on shapeways, if he can make a set, but its not yet there, and he's not sure he will make it in time for decision. CMK Sakae 21 Motor - only if ground crew would come CMK Weapon bays A6M3 - not likely CMK Rear conus A6M3/A6M5 - not likely, new Tamiya looks correct to me CMK Cockpit - most likely not Big Ed A6M3 - already HGW Seatbelts Zero - not really, pilot has the belts molded on Scale Aircraft Conversions Metal Gear struts - quite sure use, I always have a stability problem with plastic struts when transporting to shows SBS Model Seat - nope Squadron Vacform canopy - likely True Details Wheels - sure Techmod A6M3 "Aces" decal - sure For the diorama I got CMK Ground crew (winking) CMK Saburo Sakai IJN Pilot PJ Productions IJN Pilot Tamiya Kurogane 4x4 jeep Tamiya Komatsu G40 Bulldozer Barrels, crates, etc from different kits. The plan is to make an aircraft coded T2-165 in a highly weared green over the IJN glossy faded grey green. This machine was a mitsubishi build A6M3 Mod. 22, so mitsubishi specific coloring applies. It was a part of 204 Kokutai activities in the Solomons in 1943, based on Rabaul and Buin. It was mostly flown by the top ace Shoichi Sugita. Shoichi Sugita was one of the 6 pilots who were escorting Admiral Yamamoto's Betty when P-38 Lightnings ambushed the group and shot down both Betties, killing Yamamoto. Sugita shot down one of the Lightnings, but too late to save the admiral. 6 Pilots were ashamed to have failed, and swore an oath to fight the enemy with no respect for their own life. In a few months, 4 were killed, and another went home after loosing an arm, only Sugita remaining. He was respected as the most agressive japanese pilot, and shot down between 70 and 120 aircraft. He was injured a few times, but returned to action, fighting over Truk, Peleliu, Phillipines and japanese mainland. In 1945 he was a part of the elite 301 Hikotai, 343 Kokutai, which was commanded by Minoru Genda and flew the brand new N1K2-J George to a devastating effect (most likely my next build ). However, on 15. April 1945 US carrier Hellcats from VF-46, led by Robert "Doc" Weatherup, struck the airfield. Despite the order to get in cover from Genda, Sugita and his wingman Miyazawa ran to their fighters and tried to start, only to be blown to pieces on takeoff by Weatherup. The plane weathering should look like this (its another Zero from the same area) The profile is:
  5. Mark’s 1/48 Tamiya Bristol Beaufighter TF.Mk.X Surprisingly, this is my first ever Tamiya build and it will be interesting to see if the kit engineering lives up to all the hype, especially given that this particular model is held in such high regard with comments including “falls together” and “shake and bake” being quite common, well we’ll see how it fairs in the hands of a very average modeller. For the GB I intend to build the kit as supplied but with the addition of some scratch built detailing for the interior, possibly the rockets and rails, torpedo plus cradle, and the engines. What I do hope however is to try out some new to me painting and weathering techniques which hopefully a larger model such as this will allow even me to do. I have decided to complete the kit as the 236 Squadron example; NT950 ‘MB-T’ with invasion stripes, mainly because I’ve never done a model in such a scheme before plus I have an ICM 1/48 Mustang Mk.III in the stash which has a similar (316 Sqn. Polish) scheme and it would be nice to display them (eventually) side by side.
  6. Well, a first attempt at a bike build! With a massive lack of mojo from aircraft building late last year, I have had thought about a bike for some time but couldn't find something that took my eye, until this was sitting on the shelf of a LMS. Built entirely out of the box. Moltaw liquid chrome used (wonderful stuff indeed!) as well as Tamiya paints. 20171129_094711-1 by Arthur Dent, on Flickr 20171128_143911-1 by Arthur Dent, on Flickr 20171128_143045-1 by Arthur Dent, on Flickr 20171128_142929 by Arthur Dent, on Flickr And a few build shots. 20171128_135756-1 by Arthur Dent, on Flickr 20171127_223217-1 by Arthur Dent, on Flickr 20171126_120631-1 by Arthur Dent, on Flickr 20171122_220520-1 by Arthur Dent, on Flickr 20171122_220417-1 by Arthur Dent, on Flickr This was a very enjoyable build which thoroughly restored enthusiasm for modelling. A lovely kit! Hope you like.
  7. I'm sending TIGER I photos. The Tamiya model is 1/35 scale. For the winter camouflage I used the "hair spray"
  8. Hi all, I recently completed this beaut of a kit I had no problems whatsoever with the kit and throughly enjoyed the build Masked and sprayed the stripes as I didn't feel like risking it with the decals Used the pilots to fill the seats because I feel the decal seatbelts looks a bit flat Constructive criticism very much welcome! -Cam
  9. Hi! So I've started a Youtube channel that I'm hoping to put build videos on - there's not much there right now but what there is is a build / tutorial video on my current build, Tamiya's 1/48 scale Mosquito NF Mk.II. I'm not the greatest modeller in the world, but I noticed that most build videos on Youtube tend to assume a certain level of knowledge as taken for granted, so I've been pitching these at absolute beginners. Still, might be an interesting way for you all to see the progress of my builds. Here's the first two parts of my Mosquito!
  10. Finally made a start on my new Tamiya M10 Tank Destroyer. Will be completed as a Royal Artillery vehicle in Italy in 1944 using Bison decals that I have had knocking around a while. Will also be using the new Ammo by Mig Sherman Commonwealth acrylic paint set. Have assembled the back plate, differential cover and interior floor and sponson plates. Some photos are a bit grainy as light was starting to go.
  11. Second of my quick'n fun holiday builds. Take one (cheap) Tamiya 'Tom's Supra' kit; build it straight from the box; swap out the kit decals for the ones' that come with their 911 GT2 kit and, Ta daaaa.... Not everyones cup-of-tea, I know, but I had a shed-load of fun doing it over the last ten days or so, and isn't that really the point of the hobby ?. Feel free to ask any questions or post any outrage, it's all fine with me. Thanks for taking the time to look and/or comment. AFN Ian.
  12. THE SSV NORMANDY REMEMBRANCE FLIGHT (link here for what this is.) Urdnot Wrex: Bristol Beaufighter ARMAX ARSENAL AFTER SERVICE REPORT Substantial repairs needed after the SSV Normandy Remembrance flight did its scheduled show on Tuchanka. As de facto leader of the Krogan people, Urdnot Wrex was invited to take a flight in the aircraft he chose and designed. Eyewitness reports state that the aircraft returned a short time later filthy, dust-scarred and full of bullet holes. When asked for a comment on how the aircraft could end up with damage from weapons unseen in combat for over two hundred years, Wrex just grinned and sniggered. So, this was... let's say it was a troubled build. This is one of the first models I made when I was getting back into the hobby, using rock bottom cheap materials and gear. I made a start on it over two years ago, getting as far as painting. It's a really nice kit, Tamiya's Beaufighter from 1998, great fit if a little skimpy on internal detail. That time round, the paints were all dark and muddy, the surface finish was all sandpapery - and to make matters worse, after completing the quite complex camouflage pattern I had spilled a load of paint on one wing and wiped off the existing paint when I tried to clean it up. So, I stuck it on a shelf, telling myself I'd do it when I had the energy. Two years later, I thought "sod it, I'll give it a go". I think it's come out alright. The finish was a bit of a headache, I was trying out Tamiya polishing compound for the first time and it got all over the place. I experimented with various varnishes, and in the end a few coats of Future worked nicely. The heavy weathering and battle damage didn't come in until right at the end, when I decided it was missing something. The paint chipping is done with aluminium paint on a washing up sponge. The dirt and all over dark was done with artist's oil paint straight out of the tube. The good side of that is that if it's going onto a gloss surface you can blend it really well and choose how much or how little you want to stay on the surface when you wipe it off again. The downside is that it takes days to dry. Looking at the photos shows me just how many bits have obvious wipe marks, but *shrug* I know for next time. But yeah, if you read this far, I'm happy with how it came out given how much punishment this poor model has taken.
  13. Been working away on this alongside other things, it's had my full attention for the last few days, all that's left on the interior is some final weathering (maybe) and a coat of matte, which I'm waiting on from eModels. Ready to prime. Basic paintwork done. After some detail painting, a few enamel washes, a couple of acrylic washes, and some chipping, here's where I'm at.
  14. to my modeling circuit there are, in addition to ships and technology, I send some models from my modeling workshop.
  15. Calling this one done. Enjoy.
  16. i have had a liking for the Bell X-1 since watching The Right Stuff many years ago. It ss the early part of the film with Sam Shepard's extraordinary performance as Chuck Yeager that I most enjoy. A colleague, who knows of my model making habits, was kind enough to send me a portion of the "stash" of a a friend of his who passed away a year of so ago. Within that batch he sent me was Tamiya's 1:72 scale kit of the X-1 and I thought that it would make a good kit to start 2018 with. It was a very quick simple build (i decided against using the transparent fuselage halves). I used Italeri Acryl Acrylic Flat Orange as the main colour, applied by brush. A couple of firsts for me - I used an artists oil wash to highlight the moving surfaces and finished with Tamiya Semi Gloss Clear from a rattle can. Maybe a little grubbier than I intended, but the semi gloss finish is exactly what I wanted. I will be trying the Flat Clear on my next build. Build thread here. Thanks for looking. And some photos taken in the late afternoon sun.
  17. Here are some completed images of the Tamiya 1/48 Beaufighter converted to a Mk 1c as used by 30 SQN RAAF. PS. yes the tail flash is supposed to be that way around as it was back to front on the real aircraft. The build log is at the link below:
  18. So the second holiday project has hit the bench: Tamiya's 'Toms' Supra GT, definitely not going to be finished in the kit-supplied Castrol colours: Tamiya's TS-8 'Italian Red' with AK Xtreme Metals' Polished Aluminium' and some hand painted matt black (first coat only in these photos). The insides are all AK Xtreme Metals' 'Dark Aluminium' but obviously only just started, the cage is glued together but not to the chassis in these pics. Bodyshell is TS-94 'Metallic Grey'. Two light coats and nowhere near shiny enough, so I'll brush on a coat of Klear/Future before decalling, then another afterward. Going to keep the final 'look' a surprise as long as I can, but hopefully y'all will get a kick from it. Not too many 'What If' cars around so nice to do something that little bit outta 'left field', eh ? More soon. Ian.
  19. Hi folk's after much deliberation over scales I opted for Tamiya's oldie but goodie,I won,t make a start till February as I,m way behind on my Matchbox GB build's and I may go with a base and figure's if a little scene comes to mind.
  20. With my Op Husky Sherman getting to the point where I'm waiting for bits to arrive/cure, I thought I'd get started on that staple of British armour modelling subjects, a Sherman from the El Alamein battles in late 1942, specifically, Cricklade of the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry, 9th Arm Bd, attached as support to the 2nd New Zealand Division. A fairly well known, I think, picture of the tank in question: Sprues: missing parts are being used in my Op Husky build. Also shown are the tracks that arrived in the post this morning from Gaso-line in Paris. I've had to chase Friendship models for the upper hull and bogies, as despite ordering them at the same time as the tracks, they still haven't shown up. Not shown is the AM decal sheet by Bison that came to me courtesy of the most generous @Bullbasket. Some people may ask why I'm using the kit turret for this build, rather than the Husky build. Well the Husky mantlet will be covered in waterproofing fabric, and I intend to use that to cover any flaws in my resin cast M34 mantlet which is still cureing, and since I have no resin turret either, its got to be this way around if I'm going to keep working on this GB in between detailing the Husky lower hull..
  21. i have had a liking for the Bell X-1 since watching The Right Stuff many years ago. It ss the early part of the film with Sam Shepard's extraordinary performance as Chuck Yeager that I most enjoy. A colleague, who knows of my model making habits, was kind enough to send me a portion of the "stash" of a a friend of his who passed away a year of so ago. Within that batch he sent me was Tamiya's 1:72 scale kit of the X-1 and I thought that it would make a good kit to start 2018 with for my first WIP. So what do you get in the box? Some very nice plastic, with just a little flash. Included are transparent fuselage halves if you want to reveal the inner workings of the aircraft - not for me this time. The previous owner had got as far as painting a few parts, but other than that the kit was untouched. A small decal sheet. I of course will be finishing the kit in the markings for the record breaking flight. One reason for choosing this as my first kit of the year, I happen to have some orange paint in stock that looks just fine when brushed onto a spare bit of plastic. So to work. First thing was to glue in the cockpit panel - I am going to finish this "all buttoned up". In a good sign, it fitted really well. Next the main cockpit components (what little there is - I think this is going to be a fairly quick build). Tamiya provide a steel ball bearing as a weight, that needs to be encased in part of the internals of the aircraft. Next time - onto cockpit painting!
  22. So that the little Abrams isn´t alone, I convinced my dad to build a Humvee too. DSC_0023 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr
  23. I forgot to post this in RFI so thought I would squeeze it in before 2017 runs out. The build is HERE so I'm not going to go in to detail but thoroughly enjoyed hacking all that plastic up and sticking great wedges of resin in to stretch the Tamiya Lanc into a Lincoln. Huge thanks go to Chris ( #cngaero) who sold me the set for a very reasonable price. I hope I've done it justice for you It's painted and decalled as RA679 of 12 Sqn based at Binbrook. In 1951, when attempting a 3 engine landing, it overshot the runway and mounted a bank causing the undercarriage to collapse. Happy new year to you all Thanks for looking Neil
  24. Welcome all, after much puzzling over my choice of subject for this GB, I'll be attempting a representation of this: For which I have acquired this: And as I have a bunch of resin en-route from Friendship Models for an Alamein Sherman, I'll be fabricating the lower hull from scratch, using the kit hull as a guide. More this afternoon, when I have something more interesting to show off. I hope ;).
  25. After some pause my dad started his newest little armour project, the recently released new 1/48 Tamiya Abrams. Even in that scale it´s a beast. DSC_0008 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0009 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr