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  1. After picking up the recent re-issue of this kit, I decided to take a closer look at the one original one in my stash from 1994 and see if I could finish it. Thankfully, most everything was still in the box. I was missing the distributor so I had to make a replacement as well as source some new seats. Hope you like it. I picked up the kit and started it shortly after it came out but mucked up some bits on it, namely the seats and one of the aluminium side panels. As a result, I shelved it and have lugged it around for the last 24 years. Here's what the contents looked like after all those years. Finishing this was a great feeling. I'm glad it was worth hauling around with me for half my life. Now back to my HK B-25s. Carl
  2. Vosper Perkasa MTB

    Hi all, With a visit to Modelkraft 2018 at Milton Keynes yesterday, I came away from the show with nice big box of a 1/72 Vosper Perkasa MTB by Tamiya. I didn't appreciate how big these boats were when I compared it with my BPB 63' HSL...huge! Anyways, I have seen the Perkasa in the RFI and noted a comment or two about the model. I will be building it as an RN craft, so is their anything to be aware of or enhancements that can be carried out? Nothing in the WiP section either, so this at some stage could make an appearance there. Stuart
  3. Honda S600

    Now that the Cuda is finished, it's time to move onto my next project. I'm not sure if there will be much interest in it - my MO is to build straight from the box and take a long time over doing it. So this weekend, I made a start on Tamiya's Honda S600. Well, that's almost correct as since the weather warmed up I have been doing the necessary spraying of the body and other body coloured items. But this was the weekend when I made a start on assembly, albeit a very slow start. From what I can gather, the kit has a good reputation, and I can't really disagree. But what really strikes when you first open the box is that this thing is tiny. To demonstrate, both the Corvette and the S600 in the pic below are 1/24, and the rear end lines up on both cars. IMG_6396 Closer examination reveals very little in the way of mould lines, so I presume they are concealed within the chrome strips which will run along the body. What mould lines there are are generally pretty small and not very noticeable. So not noticeable in fact that I completely missed one that runs along the corner of the boot lid until after I'd primed the body. Having resanded that bit, I had to respray the back of the car which has meant that instead of having the body in the intended colour, that and the bonnet will have to wait a couple of weeks. Other body colour items have the colour coat on now, so hopefully I can get the clear on before too long. IMG_6395 This is where things stand at the moment, very early days. I still haven't even got the second coat of aluminium paint on the enginem and only have the block glued together. Not a lot else really, so I guess this is a good point to leave it.
  4. Tamiya Tyrannosaurus Rex

    Small blitz on Tamiya’s T-Rex I believe excerable is the best word to describe this kit At least it was cheap
  5. M8 Greyhound

    My next effort in a bigger scale, no bits were lost to the carpet monster this time! Built this OTB and painted and weathered, first go at a figure too. Feedback always appreciated.
  6. Vought F4U-1D

    First the disclaimers, (excuses). Photos taken on my tablet so not sure how they will look on a larger monitor. I've only ever had a passing interest in aircraft so any inaccuracies are due to my ignorance of the subject and just wanting to build what's in the box with only a cursory look at references.😃 Anyway here are the pics.
  7. I am currently wrestling with Zvezda's PE-2 - which is a beautiful kit, but extremely parts-heavy. So I jumped at the chance to knock out a quick build for a friend's desk. My mate in the office's IT dept. is English-Polish and got envious because I made the other IT guy a Tamiya Zero (as requested because he likes anime, and specifically The Wind Rises). Needless to say the kit threw itself together, with major parts only just needing glue in places. I used a mixture of decals because the only stipulation was that it be a Polish RAF 'plane, but with 'some colour' - hence the red spinner and blue markings. Outside was painted with Tamiya rattle cans - RAF Dark Green, Ocean Grey, Haze Grey. Then post shaded with oil paints before a brushed on layer of Vallejo satin varnish slightly watered down. Thanks for looking - back now to the PE-2! All notes, criticism welcome! Bruce
  8. Completed this one end of last year, so it's my most recent completed build (I build slowly, even though I build as the kits come). The kits goes together pretty well, apart from a few minor bits which I'll mention as I go through the pics. Hard to believe the kit is over 30 years old - it's much better than the Corvette I did before it. I'll start with the engine bay. Sadly, this is the only time it will be seen as there were 'negative clearance' issues with the lid so I had to superglue it down to stop it popping up half a millimetre or so. I'm not sure whether that is down to an issue with the kit or with my building skills. Certainly it was also a tight fit getting the body over those exhaust pipes too. IMG_6328 A couple of pics of the interior, because this is where a lot of the careful painting is needed with those seats. The seats and that red in the engine bay were my first attempts at mixing paint so I'm quite pleased with how that came out. Unfortunately, in getting the body on, I managed to dislodge the right-hand-side glass, so had to stick it back on using a paintbrush handle through the windscreen hole as that goes on later. All things considered, I can live with that small gap near the A-pillar (it only shows up on the camera anyway). IMG_6329 This pic below also shows the line around the rear spoiler where it joins the boot (bonnet?) lid. I was in two minds as to whether to join the spoiler and fill the join before painting and risk having poor paint coverage in the gap, or to fit the spoiler after painting and have that line between the two which doesn't exist on the original. If it had been silver as most of these seem to be then I would probably have gone for the first option, but as I'd chosen a dark colour I figured the join wouldn't show as much. But if anyone has any tips for this sort of thing, I'd be glad to hear from you. IMG_6342 Finally, a set of pics from around the car. The original plan was to use Revell's matt anthracite, but I ended up with a can with almost no internal pressure so it just spattered on the side. I had to sand back the paint on the side of the car and on the (front!) bonnet, then reprime. With the colder weather approaching, I decided to change to Halfords paint for the colour coat for time reasons which has given me the effect I was after. IMG_6335 IMG_6336 IMG_6339 IMG_6340 The view from the front. The Tamiya instructions call for a silver surround to the headlights, and show that on the box so I followed the instructions. But, they should really be body colour so that is a little bit annoying. Not the end of the world though, just wish I'd checked first. IMG_6344 And the view from the back with the engine cover fitted. So now, the engine is only visible from underneath or through the grille. IMG_6345 And finally, this is it when the sun gets on it. IMG_6366 I bought the kit because it was a car I like, and as an added bonus it's also cheap so it wouldn't matter if I messed it up. Looking inside, I was expecting a quick build as there didn't seem to be too many parts, but the interior painting slowed me up a bit. However, in the end, I'm happy as it represents another step forward for my modelling skills. Hope you all like it too.
  9. I’ve been questing after a 1/16 Abrams since 1995 when I picked up the Jim Shirley Productions resin 120mm scale (remember when that was a thing?) kit...and botched it with expanding foam filler! Now I’m converting Tamiya’s 1/16 M1A2 into a M1A1 in Australian service. Thanks to one of the cavalry regiments being granted freedom of entry to Brisbane last year, I finally have a good collection of pics of a single tank: ARN 055, c/s 31B “Cersei” of C Sqn, 2/14 Light Horse Regiment (Queensland Mounted Rifles). Having been working on this for a while, here’s a selection of “in progress” pics. Replacement of the kit rails & bustle with Plastruct 1.25mm plastic-coated wire: Enhancement of the kit anti-slip with Tamiya textured sand paint: Replacement stowage bin handles: Scratch-built bustle rack extension progress: And some overall progress: Thanks for looking.
  10. As I've slowed down a bit on my Panzer II due to the fiddly etch, I decided to start another project. Couldn't resist putting together the basic chassis and gun. First order of business I think is the PAK, so I've been cleaning up the kit parts and adding the photo-etch parts. I'll be using this picture as a reference, as the Eduard instructions aren't clear where everything goes. (Though I hope mine won't look as ropey as this does in places) Luckily, there are loads of images of this gun online, so I have an idea of where things go.
  11. Kit - Tamiya 1:48 Paint - All enamels Decals - Superscale Extras - Ultracast resin exhausts & wheels, Master .303 barrels (added after photo), Eduard kit-specific Zoom Set. DH Mosquito FB.VI 107 Squadron BAFO Gutersloh 1947 Even though it's a Tamiya kit, I really took my time over it as I built it because I 'promised' a friend (and fellow modeller here in NZ) that I would, however that was four-and-a-half years ago. So after spending some considerable time on the 'Shelf of Forgetfulness' I decided to get my backside in gear and finish it as my first 'major' project following the recent house-move. So here you have it, please feel free to make any comments, ask any questions or hurl some constructive criticism. Thanks for taking the time to look, have a great weekend folks. Ian.
  12. Reserving a spot for a Tamiya 1:72 Mosquito FB Mk. VI build. I made this bomber variant last year in the DH Mosquito Mega GB and very much enjoyed the kit - so much so that now it's time to almost do it again! Almost the same kit, almost the same paint scheme, just enough different! I'll go for the EGoT decal option. But first I shall finish the Bf 110! Here's the Mossie for 2017 to give this post some colour... Br, V-P
  13. This thread will document the construction of my 1:48 Tamiya Mosquito B. IV. I will build this aircraft as a member of the Pathfinder Force, from no. 109 squadron. Pathfinder mosquitoes utilized specialized electronics, like the Oboe transponder in order to navigate to target areas where they would precisely (in 1940s terms) drop their fire bombs and flares, lighting up target areas, and marking them for the main bomber stream that would follow. The particular aircraft I'm going to build is this. The project will be right out of the box. I have always loved the Mosquito. My favorite being the NF II version. However, I chose the pathfinder for this build, as I think it better commemorates the immense contributions made by the RAF, and the scientists and engineers it employed, to electronic warfare, avionics technology.
  14. #10/2018 When the new Tamiya 109 was released my dad couldn´t help himself and had to build one. As you may expect from a new Tamiya kit, excellent quality and engineering. Was mostly built oob, PE seatbelts and main markings are from Eduard, Gunze and Tamiya acrylics, EZ Line for the antenna wires Model shows the aircraft of Major Ludwig Franzisket, I./JG27, Austria in early 1944. Build thread here DSC_0001 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0008 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0009 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0011 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0012 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0013 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0014 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0015 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0015 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0016 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0018 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr
  15. Simply a Meteor...

    Dear fellow modellers, here you are few pictures of my last built: OOB Tamiya Meteor F.1. It has been quite e relaxing job and I didn't want to make many upgrades apart few details in the cockpit, on the engine, in the landing gear bays and tail control surfaces in deflected position. Painting and finishing as usual is done with Tamiya stuff applied with airbrush/spray can. Enjoy pictures even if I know they are not the best quality.... I think sooner or later I have to convince myself to by a decent camera. Any comment or suggestion for improvements is welcome. Cheers Andy
  16. Hello, While researching the most accurate A6M to buy a ton of in 72nd, I came across two conflicting articles: 1. Article at Aviation of Japan blog, which states: Oleg wanted to know if the Fine Molds kit is still the best 1/72 Zero and discovered that the Tamiya kit appears to have some problems with geometry around the cockpit compared to the drawings in the FAOW book. In Oleg's opinion, although the Tamiya kit has some finer details, the Fine Molds kit is still better 2. Article at Flat Spins and Milk Runs, which states: Both models capture the contours of the Zero effectively, and it comes down to nit-picking to determine a winner here It seems we fave a bit of conflicting info on our hand, so i would like to ask if anyone has both Tamiya and Finemolds A6M2s (and/or A6M5s) in 72nd, to compare the shape of the fuselages. Thanks in advance, Aleksandar
  17. One of the wonderful Subaru Impreza's that I was lucky enough to actually see in action. Made from the Tamiya kit with no modifications, painted with Zeropaints blue and gold, weatherd with Flory sand wash. Dave
  18. Just putting my marker down, will add pics etc in the morning. Looking forward to this one!
  19. So, I know I said I wouldn't do a WIP on this but I've got some time: As I'm (almost) incapable of building kits OOB, I bought the Big Ed set, gun barrels and decals, too. I'll probably add the SAM undercarriage set and soon-to-be-released Kitsworld Lancaster Generic Markings decals to it, too. I've bought the correct wheels and props from Tamiya via Southern Model Sales (around $45 for two sprues but that still makes the complete kit a bargain at $90!) Doesn't look like much but there's a fair bit of work here! Before anyone comments, I've gone for the RAF Interior Green throughout most of the cockpit area (as well as the usual rear fuselage), as I'm modelling a 617SQN aircraft from Operation CHASTISE, which took place on the night of 16/17 May 43. Although later in the war Bomber Command aircraft were being built with black interiors, my research suggests that Lancasters were still being built in early 1943 with green cockpits and black bomb-aimer's station. Prove me wrong! Nasty join lines that will need sanding. I'm going to rescribe some of the raised panel lines and probably remove a lot of the others completely.I'm pretty happy with the cockpit (apart from the twisted and very troublesome to install) Flight Engineer's seat. I've not weathered it too much as these aircraft were delivered new from the factory especially for the dams raid. Added some boot scuffing along the floor where there's a fair bit of traffic, though. Annoyingly, I discovered the (apparently) well-known issue with this kits radio operator windows being incorrectly placed after I'd joined the fuselage. Couldn't live with it after knowing the issue, so... Used the paint mask outlines to mark the new windows. Drilled and cut new openings. Made a new window from acetate and coated it in Future before fitting. Still needs cleaning up but I'm happy for now. You can also see in this shot the crash pads I made from toilet paper and PVA glue have been painted. Also started rescribing the panel lines and restoring rivets removed in sanding.The last two weeks or so have been intermittently filled by bending lots of Eduard bits to make the flap set. Quite tricky to assemble and I had to get some 1 mm dia sprue and 0.3 mm wire for it, too. Don't look too bad at this stage. Hopefully they'll look even better trimmed, painted and fitted.
  20. Hi folk's my other build for this GB is Tamiya's Spitfire Vb flown by Polish pilot Jan Zumbach,another part of the RAF's story has been the large number of overseas personel that have swelled the rank's over it's history particularly during WW2 especially from those countries occupied by the Axis power's.This will be my first Tamiya Spitfire so really looking forward to it. Now the decal's I got fromKing Kit for £3:99 so the kit was bought a couple of week's ago for this GB,I think the plan will be to use the Tamiya decal's with the AM codes etc as the roundel's don't look right to me.
  21. Hi folk's one of the few RAF kit's in the small stash is the Meteor,I bought it for the prototype's GB but never started it so what better kit to mark the RAF's entry into the jet age,I will do the operational squadron scheme for this build,here's the box and content's. That's it for now see you April 1st.
  22. F4U-1D

    This will be a completely out of the box build. Step 1. Cockpit assembled, painted and decaled.
  23. I hereby post my second build as a Britmodeller: The Tamiya A6M2b Zero, a straight OOB build. A great little kit, lovely detailed, fits together like a dream. Paints: Tamiya XF-12 IJN Grey, Vallejo Model Air Interior Green. For the aotoke in the engine(which cannot be seen in the pictures anyway), I used Sotek Green from Citadel mixed with Vallejo silver. Gloss and matt varnish from Vallejo. Micro Set for decals. Canopy is handpainted, not too happy about it. I need to find a way to mask canopies for airbrushing, really don't want to buy masks online for every build. (Got a Heinkel from Revell in my stash, the canopy is the only thing putting me off building it.) For the wash, I used light grey pastel chalk in odorless turpentine. Paint chips were done with Vallejo aluminum paint on a small sponge, powder marks with black pastels. Great cockpit deal, almost a shame to have to cover it up.. As I am new to this, I would greatly appreciate any helphul hints, tips and constructive criticism. Best wishes for a happy, paint fume filled, Easter!
  24. Jaguar XJ220

    The original idea was just to take the box contents and add a bit of glue and paint. That intention didn't last long though after a brief look at the engine parts and a browse through Google images. So first job was cut mouldings of the throttle bodies off and get out the selection of ally tubes and the likkle files and re-position that fixing flange at 90 degrees (-ish). Was bugging me way too much to just let it go. This car might take a while. So...... something that was originally one bit has turned into several bits!!! (didn't think to photograph it before I cut it but this shows where it was chopped. And for now will ignore that the 2 plenum chambers (???) broke apart cos I shall want to make a whole new throttle cable linkage that fits between them later on anyway) after one evening the other half has turned into this..... There's a piece of 1mm tube right in the centre to create a small fixing pin and then 2mm and 3mm glued over that for main housing and then a tiny slither of 4mm tube to create the fixing flange.