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  1. After several rainy days in a row, the sun thankfully put in an appearance for today's event at The Shuttleworth Collection: The Gathering Of Moths. This is a free event and well worth coming to if vintage aeroplanes are your thing. I took a few pictures while I was there. Ok, I tell a lie: I took over 700 pictures while I was there! The lighting conditions were constantly changing, and proved to be a bit of a challenge at times. Anyway, I have opened a temporary account at Flickr (I can't stand Flickr, but it'll do until I find something better) to host a small selection of the photos. Here's a few of them: (Well, that was an effort! I see that Flickr is just as "user friendly" as it was ten years ago!) The Paddock was opened to the great unwashed for ninety minutes, which I think is mainly a brilliant idea. Mainly, because it's bloomin' difficult to get a good pic while the world and his wife are blissfully unaware of everyone and everything around them, displaying all the situational awareness of a bat wearing ear muffs. My patience was tried many times today, but it was well worth it in the end and I have to thank the Collection for the opportunity to get close to so many lovely, old aeroplanes. Once I have found a suitable replacement for P****bucket, I will gradually get round to re-uploading all my old pictures, plus all the new ones I've taken since, which is probably around a thousand! I'm thinking about giving Smugmug a go, as they seem to offer exactly what I'm after. I'd be interested to hear from anyone who has experience of it, or thoughts on alternatives. I tried Village Photos, but it was just awful. Nothing worked properly and it took over a month for support to get back to me! That's deleted now. Cheers, Mark.
  2. Well, this morning I shot some spray-can green on the interior bits of my Tiger Moth, so I guess that means that it is officially started. In my wildest fantasies (err, make that relatively tame fantasies...) I'd like to be done by April 2, which is when the next "local" contest is. For normal people that would be simple, but I seldom claim to be normal. My plan is to do a representative civil-paint example- I'll consult the rules to see how faithful I have to be. I'm also aiming to stick as close to "Straight out of the Box" as I can manage, BUT this'll also be my first attempt at rigging a model. I'm anticipating conducting pretty much the whole build through my magnifying desk lamp! To prove that I didn't cheat: bob
  3. Extras used: Kora Tiger Moth in Spanish service decals and resin wheels, Uschi super fine rigging thread Paints and colours used: Mr hobby Aluminium metalizer What a great little kit, this one marks the start of a little project of mine to have a go at some Spanish civil war subjects. It's a very interesting period (this one is depicted before the hostilities) and the amount of possible aircraft is huge. I found a great website which lists all the aircraft and info etc: http://bioold.science.ku.dk/drnash/model/spain/did.html Anyway onto the pictures, a guy at my local club took these for me, I must say it looks better in pics than in real life! DH. 82a Tiger Moth, Spanish Republican Airforce 1935 Thanks Jason
  4. Hi Everyone, I managed to slowly make my way through 3 kits this year, with the same number still sitting on the bench. All Australian Fleet Air Arm in 1/72 scale as part of my long-term RAN FAA build theme. First up was the wonderful little Airfix Tiger Moth from HMAS Albatross in the mid 50's. This was my first biplane and it won't be my last. I really like doing the rigging. Decals are from Southen Sky. Then another Airfix, this time the RAN's fist jet trainer, a T.22 Vampire also stationed at Albatross (NW) tail code, in the mid-late 60's. Mostly out of the box with some Pavla Martin Bakers added and excellent Xtradecal decals. And lastly, my first ever completed group build, a UH-1B Iroquois N9-882 (857) which served with 723 Squadron from 1964 to 1989. This one has fair bit of Eduard etch added and a largely scratch-built cabin. That's all for this year. Hopefully next year will see 4 or more! Andrew
  5. London Flying Club colours

    Anyone got any suggestions for the yellow used by the London Flying Club? Cambridge Flying Club still use the scheme on their Tiger Moths G-AHIZ & G-AOEI. Due to working shifts, reduced daylight hours and the aircraft being kept in the hanger more at this time of year I'm a bit stuck for a chance to pop over and compare iModelKit against the real thing!
  6. Source: http://www.specialhobby.net/2016/08/hadanka-aneb-co-to-pripravujeme.html Parts of an aircraft preserved or photographed by SH representatives at the (now closed) Virginia Air Museum - http://www.aviationmuseum.eu/World/North_America/USA/Virginia/Richmond/Virginia_Aviation_Museum.htm - and already announced for years as future kit in the Special Hobby catalog. Type? Scale? To be followed. V.P.
  7. De Havilland Tiger Moth Airfix 1:72 These are the re-tooled Airfix kit. It is a huge improvement over the original kit from the 1950s. The plastic is brittle though, and the struts easily broken. Not one of my four have the kit supplied tail skid, they all broke off during construction and were replaced with brass wire. But don't be put off, it is a lovely little kit for the more experienced modeller. Oh, and the control horns on the tail are not on the lower surfaces, so I made my own. Rigging is with invisible mending thread, Decals on ZK-BFH and G-ADJJ from Hannants Xtrdecal sheet 72204 'De Havilland Tiger Moth part 2'. I already built one of each straight from the box, and will probably do a couple more. Thanks for looking John
  8. Hello Everyone, Welcome to my build, I have decided to go with this one as I got it in the Black Friday deals a while ago, typically I have gone with something yellow... I hate painting yellow. I'm an imbecile... While I am waiting for the sprues to dry after their wash I will post this little lot. Thought I would cheat by getting an aircraft that doesn't have any canopies That yelloe looks like it will be fun to paint. Yay! All Yellow! I am really impressed with this sprues. Think I will leave the pilots out tho. The interior is really good, think I will have the cockpits open to show off that detail. My extensive tools for this show. This came with the order... I haven't read that it can't be used Do I get extra points for stealing my girlfriends sister lap tray with SpongeBob on it?... As an extra reminder of being a kid making models in the afternoon. I have a stolen jar from my parents! Water is from my place tho. I think this will be good for me, I have been wondering how well I can make a model in my flat without the "toys" I have in my shed. This will be a good indicator, back to basics kinda thing. Even my girlfriend is interested in this, altho she won't join in. She'll be supervising me. More to follow soon... Kind Regards, Dazz
  9. I went to last years Headcorn show in Kent for '558 but thoroughly enjoyed the day. Here are some of the aircraft shots, if you like your military vehicles please follow the link to see what was there: http://www.hanger51.org/airshows/2015/headcorn-military-vehicle-show/ Vulcan B.2 XH558 by tony_inkster, on Flickr DHL Jet Ranger by tony_inkster, on Flickr Tiger Moth by tony_inkster, on Flickr Vulcan B.2 XH558 by tony_inkster, on Flickr Dragon Rapide by tony_inkster, on Flickr Spitfire by tony_inkster, on Flickr Vulcan XH558 by tony_inkster, on Flickr Vulcan XH558 by tony_inkster, on Flickr
  10. Hi Everyone, I might have missed the cut for the Tiger Moth Group Build, but I did finally finish this really nice little kit. Markings are for the Royal Australian Navy Naval Air Station at Nowra in the mid-1950's. Decals are from Southern Sky models and the kit is of course the new-ish Airfix 1/72. I had my usual bumps and scrapes in the build process but I enjoyed it very much, especially my first attempt at biplane rigging which was done with invisible thread and superglue. (I gave up attempting the elevator rigging!) For the photographically-minded, it was my first attempt at using the focus-stacking function on my Olympus m43 camera which composites several pictures with slightly different focus points in order to get more of the small model in focus. It worked very well. The last shot with the engine "running" is me blowing on the propeller whilst pressing the shutter! I couldn't use focus-stacking for that, rather a very narrow aperture which still doesn't get all the plane in sharp focus. Thanks for looking, Andrew
  11. Good evening, well, few weeks ago I finished the Tiger Moth group build, but still didn't got any proper pics. Today, I finally did it. I took the pics in one of the fancy foto cubes, I'm still trying to get used to, but it already helps a lot! Not much to say about the kit, it's a really nice one, almost perfect fitting, excellent decal sheet, and a pure pleasure to build! I think I forgot the washing, maybe I should add some dark shadows in the engine cowling where there are supposed to be some holes . Paint was Modelmaster Enamels (RAF Trainer yellow, dark earth and dark green). Rigging is stretched sprue, painted with edding. Hope you like the result! Thanks for attention, and for hosting the GB! Alex
  12. Here's my entry for a wonderful GB on yet another forum which theme is; "The name of the subject needs to have an animal in it...". The options are endless, and I decided to dive into the stash and grab one of my antiques. And I have plenty of antiques to chose from... But only one that ticks all of my -and- all of the GBs boxes... Matchbox kit? Check. 1/32 scale, and thus a nice big canvas to work with? Check. Room for improvement with minimal scratchbuilding? Check. Fits into the GB? TRRRRRIPLE CHECK BABY!! Tiger >> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiger Moth >> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moth Tiger Moth >> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_tiger_moth It's three times the animal it needs to be! Yummy multicolour box content. Matchbox was doing MCP before it was cool. Eat that, Academy! Decal sheet... and they look like they might (being very cautious here...) still be usable... Trees... lovely crisp parts, no hint of flash on anything. One of the advantages of using an early boxing! I -had- one of the Revell reboxes in the stash, and that one had a lot more flash and sinkmarks. And even if it didn't have a decal option for the floatplane version, it did have a nice Dutch decal option... oh well... Classic Matchbox instructions. Gotta love them, sooo much nostalgia! But the Revell instructions I downloaded have a nice bonus; loads of rigging help! And trust me, I need all the help I can get when I'm rigging... I want to try to build this OOB as much as I can. Perhaps some harnesses and some tinkering with the engine, but nothing major. I will be working on this one whenever the Wendover build grinds to a halt for whatever reason. Good way to keep sane... (I hope) More soooon! Rob
  13. Finally, after all the pressure, I'm starting the build. I shall shamelessly follow Adrian's excellent WiP (without the hard bits) - thanks Adrian! I've bought the paints, opened the box, examined the parts (what a lot of tiny parts) and painted the interior 'wine' bits (no, too early for wine, resist!). The tin of H73 I bought especially for this build was gummy but hey, it'll probably never get used again so never mind. Progress so far: Big deal, I know, but I'm planning to do this alongside a Miles Magister and BoB Blenheim. Slowly. I was going to run the Magister in this thread but it's such an, er, unusual kit I think I'll do a separate thread. First job is to sort out the boys for all three and paint them up 'a la Stew'. i'll also separate out the black and IG bits and point the airbrush at them. I'm pondering Adrian's 'spray before build' techniques. Hmmm That would certainly allow me to blast away with the H24 rattle can... although I suspect using it on the Magister would blow the parts all over the garage.
  14. Hello gents I'd like to join in with another Airfix Tiger Moth if I may. I don't often do civvy aircraft but I was particularly taken with one of the options on the Xtradecals sheet, so... Here's the kit, it's the civilian boxing which I imagine is the same as the RAF Trainer version but with different transfers: ... and this is the aircraft I hope to represent; it's the chequered tailfin that did it for me: The first thing I did was to remove the marked areas of the rear fuselage so the parts with the anti-spin strakes can be fitted: Then I started assembly of the interior: ... and gave it a quick blast of interior green for the basecoat: I'll do some detail painting later but I have the feeling that not much will be visible when it is all closed up anyway so I don't intend to go nuts on it Cheers, Stew
  15. I've said enough in other threads, I suppose I should start one of my own ... This is the Tiger Moth I want to build - assuming I can get the codes to work Source: http://www.milspotters.nl/forum/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=6168&start=15 (Why am I not worried about those hub caps? I should be) There atr plenty of images of this machine (Google Images: https://www.google.com/search?q=tiger+moth&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAWoVChMI29yp0by3xwIVw7IUCh38DQkt&biw=1245&bih=784#tbm=isch&q=tiger+moth+g-ajhs&imgrc=_L59X9NNE0FA7M%3A ) Some show silver wings ... Source: http://www.wingsovereurope.com/tiger_moth_dh_82_gal_2.html Others show white wings with a blue sun-burst - it is in the latter configuration I hope to build her ... Source: http://www.letletlet-warplanes.com/2008/06/04/tweedekker-fly-in-at-lelystad-2006/ Planning - I've had a go at making the registration code .. Quite how I make these white letters in 1/72 scale I don't know. Possibly I'll mask them out (is there a better, affordable solution?) The kit I'll be using is the current Airfix 1/72 Tiger Moth We must have plenty of sprue shots in this forum, but here are some more ...
  16. Good morning, it's time to show the results of the first few hours working on the Tiger Moth. Not much to add, a nice little kit, fitting so far was good. First colour was interiour green (airbrushed), then Revell brick red for the dope, and later on aluminium for the framing. I should have filled the holes, though. And the knobs should be painted black, I will do it this evening. Both dashboards have got the decals. It helps to trim the edge, so they fit well. Seatbelts were added, too. I used the famous "wine bottle foil", painted firstly sand, then the ends with leather brown. I made the holes with a needle, and glued them with CA to the seats. Looks nice, me thinks! Alex
  17. Here is the subject of my entry in the group build - a Royal Australian Navy trainer from 1954 - one of only three DH.82's operated by the Fleet Airm Arm at HMAS Albatross, Nowra. It had only a short naval career, being retired in 1958 and transferred to a private aeroclub. The silver and trainer yellow scheme looks quite fancy! This will be built essentially out-of-the-box with no etch or resin but possibly a little scratch-building where needed. Decals are from southern sky models. I've never built a biplane so have started practising my rigging before i get too far into the build. In the test below I used some fine monofilament, superglue, a 0.3mm drill and some baking soda to accelerate the glue setting. I tightened the rigging with a hot match head. I have experience rigging scale wooden ships but find the monofilament and superglue actually more fiddly. My progress on the kit itself has been to cut out the side doors from the cockpit, assemble the seats and give the whole lot a coat of interior green. I also separated the rudder from the tail piece in order to simplify the painting. Both the cowl and rudder have been given a coat of yellow over a white Tamiya fine primer. I used Model Master Acryl paints for the first time for both colours and must say I'm very impressed. I thinned both colours with a drop of Liquitex flow aid and a few drops of fluid retarder and it sprayed beautifully - in fact the best experience I've ever had with acrylics of any sort. Next steps are to touch up and close the fuselage and contemplate drilling holes for the rigging. Cheers, Andrew
  18. "Ext. The Sahara Desert. Late 1942 Silence. The desert seen from the air. An ocean of dunes for mile after mile. The late sun turns the sand every colour from crimson to black and makes the dunes look like bodies pressed against each other. An old aeroplane is flying over the Sahara. Its shadow swims over the contours of sand." So begins the screenplay for The English Patient, a fantastic novel by Michael Ondaatje that was turned into a fantastic movie by the late Anthony Minghella, winning a hat full of Oscars. When we got married, my wife and I had a section of the book as the reading. It's a big favourite. And central to the plot is a plain aluminium Tiger Moth, carrying the registration G-AFFC. I'm going to have a crack using the Revell rebox of the Matchbox Tiggy, making the decals myself. I'm quite nervous as I have rotten luck with aligning individual struts such as the four between the wings on this kit. Be that as it may, I'll give it as good a shake as I can and, all being well, will use the standing 'mechanic' figure to make Ralph Fiennes. Not sure how I might do Kristin Scott Thomas yet, but to be honest if I get far enough for it to be a problem I'll be thrilled! Here is the kit and sprues (still bagged!) On with the show...
  19. Hello All, I am in with an OOB build for the RAF Training School boxing of the new 1/72 Airfix Tiger Moth. Departures from OOB will consist of rigging, new pitot tube and a couple of tubes around the petrol tank. I might also add a pilot or two. The kit arrived today, courtesy of Ebay, and I haven't taken any pictures yet. Because of the nature of my available time, I plan to do this as a blitzbuild on Saturday or Sunday. This will be my third. My previous record (unrigged) is 12 hours! Regards, Adrian
  20. I have three airframes to build, and my plan is to do one Polish operated example; one as the Airfix 1940 offering; and probably one pre-war silver airframe (with blind flying hood). Transfers have been ordered from Hannants and should be here by Monday, I'm away tomorrow and deep in my first three BoB builds so I may not cut plastic for a few days, but in the meantime here is some of the raw material. 31 July by jongwinnett, on Flickr
  21. It was my original intention to model one of these Tiger Moths, T-7938 since my father flew her a month beforehand, but in the meantime I've picked up a couple of the venerable Revell 1/32nd scale Tiger Moths, so "in for a penny, in for a pound" I've decided to do a dio of the crash! Madness??? Yes, probably.....challenging definitely but I think it'll be fun. It gives me licence to model the extent of the damage as much, or as little as I think. I'll probably start off before cutting plastic by doing a few sketches from different angles so that I have a plan of attack, as it were. I'm also doing a little research on the cadet pilot killed in the 14 May 43 crash, Sergeant Ernest Thomas Rees from Llanelli. He's an interesting character because he was 27 years old (most like Dad were 18 or 19), married and had been mentioned in despatches! So far I've found out that his MiD was during the Battle of Britain where he was commended for "gallant and distinguished service", presumably as ground crew. I've got a small feature asking for info from any family members being published in next week's Llanelli Star newspaper, keeping my fingers crossed. Max
  22. Good Day All, i'm calling this "done" Started this project back in March and took my time at it but now she's finally complete. The DH.82c Tiger as she may have appeared in 1942 after rolling off the production line at DeHavilland Canada in Downsview (now part of Toronto) Ontario, Canada. She stayed in Canada her whole life (including some 25 years in storage) and is currently flying with/at The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, Ontario Canada. Here's what was done to get it as close as I could to a DH.82c: Canopy (vac formed), prop (metal), and engine (metal) are via John at Aeroclub (THANKS JOHN !!) - the Gipsy Major is quite nice on its own and I just added a few small wires/tube items to make it look a bit more "busy". Scratchbuilt the engine mount and supports using lead foil and thin wall micro brass tubing from Albion Alloys Scratchbuilt exhaust shroud.. again more micro brass tubing. Scratchbuilt elevator trim tabs from brass sheet Scratchbuilt replacement interplane struts also using the Albion Alloy stuff Scratchbuilt replacement landing gear struts (brass tube again) and moved the struts forward as per DH.82c Added plastic strip "canopy rails" Decals were a mix of Xtradecal roundels and ModelDecal numbers Paints were Xtracrylix Trainer Yellow and a mixture of Tamiya "blacks" (mostly used Nato Black). WIP build thread is located here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234978628-first-wip-build-172-canadian-dehavilland-dh82c-from-airfixs-dh82a/ Overall, I'm happy with the result and time put in.... and I think, just my opinion mind you, it's a bit nicer than the Pavla kit Cheers, Dave P.S. Haven't decided if I'll leave the Airfix Airborne jeep there or not.. may move it and put a pilot there instead
  23. T11 by jongwinnett, on Flickr T10 by jongwinnett, on Flickr T9 by jongwinnett, on Flickr T3 by jongwinnett, on Flickr T1 by jongwinnett, on Flickr de Havilland DH.82a Tiger Moth by jongwinnett, on Flickr WIP
  24. Tigger

    I've started too many threads recently without making any decent progress. I can't promise this will be any different, but I've spent my weekend back in 1938.
  25. Hi All, This is a first post in WIP for me. I normally don't have the time to take photos and then post updates etc. but I figured, for this particular topic I would make a huge exception :D Just some caveats before I start: I'm a horribly slow builder - if you are expecting lots of updates over the coming days it likely won't happen - more like updates will occur once or maybe twice a week (mind you, this gives you more time to look at all the really good builders on this site :) :) ) I haven't attempted a conversion "on my own" before but I figured this was a pretty basic one to begin with so please bear with me I am really looking forward to building this!! Some background: When I first got "back into" building kits in my late 30's early 40's I wanted to build a Canadian Tiger Moth. Being Canadian myself it was something that was, to me, unique - and it meant a fairly easy paint job (Trainer Yellow with some black bits ) - The only Tiger Moth option that I was aware of in 1/72, at that time, was the venerable Airfix one. I did have the ability to order a canopy from Aeroclub which I had spotted at the LHS but my first attempt at building the kit went horribly wrong. I lacked experience and, basically, patience. Now, with a bit of both under my belt, along with the impetus of Paul J's comments in the Tiger Moth Options thread, John Adams' comments in general and the wealth of information online and close at hand (I am about an hour and 10 minutes from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum - CWHM - which has a wonderful Canadian built DH.82c in flying condition) I hope that I can tackle the conversion. I also have the Pavla kit of the DH.82c but never had the "guts" to tackle it. Having dealt with a couple Pavla kits in the past (Airspeed Oxford and Cessna Crane) I would rather "pass" on trying to tackle the kit since I believe the Airfix kit will actually be "easier" even though it involves converting the basic DH.82a configuration. I will, however, use the Pavla kit as a "guide" of sorts (look at all those quotation marks in this paragraph!! ) for items such as the instrument panels etc. The Kit, Some Additions And Some Changes: I'm not going to go into sprue shots of the kit but I will point out where I feel there are changes to be made in order to get the DH.82a to become the DH.82c. Additions to the basic kit (for my model) will be the following: Aeroclub Gipsy Major Engine - thanks to John Adams for sending me one of these (and it includes the correct prop as well!) Some home made brass items (cowling, trim tabs, maybe the fairings for the fuselage cables) New Interplane struts - made from thin wall brass tube Aeroclub Canopy - again, thanks to John! Different Decals (again some supplied by and thanks to John Adams, others from the existing Pavla kit) Exhaust Shroud As per the comments in the recent Tiger Moth threads in the Interwar forum and along with the multitude of images of the CWHM DH.82c online there are things that need to be corrected in the Airfix kit in order to make it Canuckable Changes to the basic kit include: removing the baggage compartment Moving the landing gear forward Using the tailwheel (included in the kit!!) Cutting out the cockpit doors Not using the fuselage strakes The Reference Aircraft http://www.warplane.com/vintage-aircraft-collection/aircraft-history.aspx?aircraftId=14 Built in 1942 at Downsview (Toronto) Ontario this particular Tiger Moth did go through some restoration - I still need to find out if it's built back to the spec as though it had come off the production line at De Havilland or if there were changes made to the aircraft during restoration. Photos coming soon!! Cheers, Dave
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