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  1. Trumpeter 1/350 HMS Dreadnought in a scratchbuilt Portsmouth dry dock number 15. PE by WEM including the cage aerial cages, 12pdr's, searchlights and figures by Northstar, resin planks and crates from l'Arsenal. Main gun barrels from Master Barrels. Extra cutters missing from the kit from the Shapeways. The dockside cranes are also 3d printed from my own design. Rigging a mixture of Caenis and Uschi line. Sign by Paul Boyle at http://www.pbmodelmaking.co.uk/ Build WIP here; Thanks to everyone who followed the WIP and provided help and advice along the way, particularly Dave Swindell and Kris - can't believe you got your's finished before me Kris Pics are a mixture of phone and DLSR, outdoors and then in cos it started raining Few detailed views; Guys mopping the deck watched by a PO; These chaps are in trouble for something; Whilst the lucky 3 leaving the ship with bags are going on leave; And these poor buggers are loading stores onto the ship, watched by the dockyard workers; Cranes doing craney stuff; An officer being ferried over by cutter; And the Captain surveying his empire; Hope you like it, any comments gratefully received. Cheers Nick
  2. Finished today, Built OOB, painted with Mr Color Laquers. Liked this kit, fit mostly really good, the only real niggles the gun bay doors. Peter
  3. I got this kit at the time mainly because it was cheap, but it didn't take long after I started building it to realize it was an extremely nice and detailed little kit for 1/72. So I decided to do something a little special with the winter camo pattern. image uploading site free screen capture software
  4. Okay, before I put up the pictures of the finished article - a few points: The Trumpeter kit as it stands is horribly inaccurate. Despite this, the kit builds extremely well and would make a fine model in its own right. There are a lot of variants within the class, so pick one loco to build. So here are the pictures of the finished article... Dave
  5. XR725 first flew as F Mk3, later converted to F Mk6. C/No. 95208. Squadron Leader Ed Durham flew this aircraft non-stop to Goose Bay, Canada on 27 August 1968. There it was zapped by the Canadians. I used Xtradecal sheet (72091) and they list it as EE (BAC) Lightning F.6, XR725/A, 23 Sqdn, RAF Leuchars, September 1968.
  6. Hello all, I thought id try something a little ambitious on this 109 as I had three sets of decals for a Fliegerkompanie J-371 Bf-109 E-3, I guess I swung away from doing it before as the size of the decals was a little scary. So I painted it up ready for the decals knowing I had a degree of safety having three sets to get it right............hmmmmm! I gave up,and then broke out the masking tape for a masking marathon . In hindsight, it was the only way to get this scheme done and I am pretty happy with the overall result. All comments are welcome
  7. landing boat from Trumpeter on 1/35 scale. I placed it in the diorama and it was not that simple, so I did it when landing and putting off the assault section. Do you like it?
  8. 1/32 Bf-109E-4

    This is a my second build in a few days that I have completed while I'm trying to get my mo-jo back for the ju-87 I am building. The model kit is from Trumpeter kit and builds quite well, only issue I found was the correct seating of the undercarriage. The way the undercarriage is built up is a bit of a strange approach and doesn't exactly help the modeller and once complete, it isn't the strongest 'set' I've come access, other than that, a good build. Built out of the box and painted with Humbrol paints except for Mr Hobby for the RLM04 yellow Hope you like it, all comments are welcome :-)
  9. One of my dioramas. Locomotive and wagon from Trumpeter on scale 1/35, tank Stug III. by Tamiya. The tunnel, the tunnel, the landscape I made myself.
  10. I didn’t intend to participate in a GB this year as I have so many unfinished models to finish But why not giving it another go and I hopefully manage to complete this kit in the time-frame of this GB. I don’t know why, but I do like the look of the Hawker Sea Hawk, so I have a go in building the Trumpeter kit in 1/48. And as I like the special markings used during the Suez crisis, I am building an FGA.4 from 810 Squadron flying from HMS Albion during December 1956. The aircraft is XE335. I found two pictures of this particular aircraft. On the first picture all looks like it should be. But the second picture, which shows XE335 from the other side, transiting through Istres in France in November 1956, has the number 4 for some reasons much wider! And here is the kit. As I would like to add some detail to the kit, I spent a bit of time researching the type and the kit - an activity I enjoy as much as building the kit . I read lots of reviews and build reports. But as this is an older kit, there are not too many online reviews on the WEB and build reports aren't plentyfull either. Some reviewer compare the kit in quality to Tamiya which I don’t agree with as the detail is a bit soft and not as refined as on a Tamiya kit. Fortunately the Sea Hawk is one of the better kits Trumpeter managed to make as the outline is to scale and captures the lines of the aircraft well. But unfortunately not the same can be said when it comes to details, so there is still ample of scope to improve. Some areas which I feel can do with corrections are: - The gun openings. They slant upwards and just look wrong. - The cockpit air intakes. - The Engine air intakes. The dividing plates aren’t strait. - The front wheel undercarriage cover is positioned too far back. - The air brakes. Even when closed they can be enhanced. In addition, I will replace the cockpit and wheel bays with Aires resin parts. Here is some of the information I found on the web: Reviews: Cybermodeler Modeling Madness - some great building tips IPMS Germany - in German Build Reports: ARC Forum Miniature-Arcadia Britmodeller Walkarounds: Cybermodeler - FB.5 at Duxford ScaleModels.RU - FB.5 at Duxford ScaleModels.RU - FB.5 at Gatwick ScaleModels.RU - FB.3 at Newark Net-Maquettes - Mk.50 at Den Helder IPMS Nederland - Mk.50 at Den Helder Prime Portal - FB.5 Prime Portal - FGA.6 Thunder & Lighning - Various Britmodeller - Various Certainly no shortage on Walkaround information, but If you know any other links, please share them here. Cheers, Peter
  11. CV-3. USS Saratoga

    These group builds keep coming. My entry for this group build, harks back to the colourful interwar years of naval aviation and the yellow winged aircraft of the US Navy, Trumpeter's 1/700 USS Saratoga. Not shown is the airwing, moulded in clear plastic, could get a decent photo. Airwing comprises Grumman F3Fs, Curtiss BFC-2s, Vought SBU-1s and Great Lakes TG-2s. Plan is to build full hull and out of the box.
  12. Hello guy, some picts of a project beginning in 2016 a Voroshilovets but in german army. i find this pict on the net for inspiration Some pict from the beginning and work on the photoedges Some photoedge and friul tracks Cleaning sprue with toothbrush and soap Working on PE
  13. Hi all, I have finally summoned the courage to embark on the first of what I hope will be three Thud builds over the coming weeks. I'll send out my previous caveat that it will take a while as I have to fit it around many other things and time is short generally. None of that will dampen my enthusiasm, although I am impatient by nature and you may need to hold me back if I am rushing for the sake of finishing. The goal is a representative build and not a half-way copy. Many of you will have seen and been a part of my recent deliberations on WIP about this first machine, which is different to say the very least. As always she is being built in the Gentleman's scale - 1/72. Is there really anything else? I grew up with 1/72 and will stick with it. The follow on builds will be F-105D 57-1749 "Mr Toad/Marilee E" and then F-105B 54-0107 in her Phase 5 colours. So, 58-1155 looked like this: She was a test airframe that went on to operate with the USAF and then the Air National Guard and now resides in USAF Armaments Museum at Eglin AFB, marked erroneously as 59-1771/JV "Ohio Express". The debate on WIP has mainly been about the fin/rudder and nose "balloon" colour. A poor (in my view) image that is available shows this to be a pale yellow, like something you'd get from Dulux for your bathroom in the 1970s. It isn't my cup of tea but, of course, if that is what it was then it will be painted that way. My challenge is to prove this to myself. Other than that she was natural metal, International Red flashes outlined in black, (silver)-outlined lettering and Star-and-Bar, Olive/Green spine and a black anti-flash panel behind and in front of the canopy. You can see that she had a longer pitot with some test vanes and a ventral fins without arrestor hook. She also pre-dated the wire duct along the spine and the rear fuselage scoops normally seen on later Thuds. I have a couple more rewfernce shots but if anyone out there has more I'd love to see them, especially anything that confirms (or otherwise) those yellow areas ;). So far I am in the "gathering" stage - getting my bits together and starting to make a work plan. This is what I have so far: This includes an Aires cockpit for each, pitot (for Mr Toad), wheels, canopy masks, and more. Well wish me luck! I need it!!!!!! Martin
  14. Russian T-62 Mod 1960 (01546) 1:35 Trumpeter The T-62 was developed from the T-55, and to the uninitiated could be mistaken for one. On closer inspection there is 115mm main gun with a longer barrel and improved penetration, which required the turret to be enlarged and the chassis enlarged in turn to accommodate the larger turret ring. Despite family resemblance and an almost identical layout there is little commonality of major parts due to the size changes that propagated out due to the change of main armament, which was a world first in respect of the smooth bore, allowing it to launch shells at a substantially increased velocity. The interior equipment however was broadly similar to the T-55, so conversion between them wasn't over-difficult, and even though the vehicle is larger, the crew compartment is still horribly cramped for the four crew. The Mod 1960 was the initial production model that was preceded by five examples of the T-62A, which were stretched T-55s, and as such below par compared to the T-62. It was able to carry 40 rounds of ammunition for the 115mm Molot smooth bore gun, and 2,500 rounds of 7.62mm for the PKT coaxial machine gun. On the turret roof was an optional 12.7m "Dushka" anti-aircraft machine gun, which required the loader to expose his upper body in the hatchway in order to fire. Although not as numerous as the legendary T-55, the T-62 has seen numerous variants and license built "lite" copies made in North Korea, but most began life at the Ukrainian factory, with many seeing modifications at the hands of their purchasers at a later date. The Kit This kit and its box were included in the Hobby Boss kit (85513) of a KrAZ-6446 tractor and trailer as the load, but as it was also released a couple of years back as a stand-alone kit, I have split it out for expediency and to prevent the original review from getting too large. The box is typical Trumpeter with the cardboard corrugations showing through on the artwork, and a divider keeping the smaller parts from rattling around inside the box. There are seven sprues in light grey styrene, seven in brown styrene, four in black styrene, one in clear, two sheets of Photo-Etch (PE) parts, a length of brass wire, a metal gun barrel, decal sheet, instruction booklet and separate painting and decaling guide. It is one of many kits of the T-62 from Trumpeter, so if you have seen any of them you stand a good chance of recognising at least some of the parts here. In the usual fashion construction begins with building up of the road wheels, which are made in pairs with separate black tyre parts that offer the possibility of painting the parts separately to avoid masking. The idler and drive sprocket are both made up of two parts, and each of the two types of road wheel pairings have hub cab parts added to the centre. The lower hull is fitted with a rear bulkhead, final drive housing and axles, then the wheels are glued onto them, with the track lengths created from the individual brown links on the seven sprues. Each link has four sprue gates and no ejector pins or sink marks to fill, with 96 links per side needed. Construction with liquid cement followed by draping and packing the lengths around the wheels while the adhesive is still malleable is your best recipe for success, and you may wish to build each run in two halves for ease of painting and installation. An unditching beam is fitted to the rear bulkhead along with final drive armour, and attention turns to the upper deck, which needs a number of flashed-over holes opening up for this mark. The deck includes the upper glacis, which is detailed with lights, mine roller mounts, and the driver's hatch, plus a bow wave deflector, while the engine deck is constructed separately in two sub-assemblies that include PE mesh parts. These are added later with the fenders, which have been prepared with stowage bins, fuel tanks and exhaust on the port fender before being glued to the hull using the long slots and tabs running along the sides. The prototypical fuel barrels attach to the rear of the hull by curved brackets, but no fuel hosing is included in the kit, which can easily be fabricated if you desire by checking your references. The towing cables are made up from styrene eyes and copper/brass braided wire for a realistic look, with lengths and attachment points marked on the instructions. The T-62's enlarged turret is supplied as an upper and lower part, with only a stub of the coaxial machine gun, mantlet cheek parts needing adding and some holes drilling out before it can be closed up. The holes are for the multiple grab-rails that encompass most of the turret, with the two hatches, shell-ejection port and various vision ports scattered around the roof, plus lifting eyes and a small searchlight next to the commander's low-rise cupola. The larger searchlight is fitted to a bracket next to the main gun, and the snorkel tube is attached to the back of the turret, after which you get to choose between adding a cover to the mantlet or leaving is bare. The main gun is turned aluminium, which is nice to see, but if you don't like these for any reason, you can use the plastic parts that are included, but you are in for a lot more preparation of seams if you go down this route. A delicate linkage between the gun and searchlight is the last task, other than dropping the turret into place on the hull. There are no bayonet lugs, so either glue it down, or remember to put a finger on top if you ever need to move or invert it. Markings Russian Green anyone? There is only one option included, and the designers aren't very forthcoming about where and when White 545 was stationed or saw deployment. The decal sheet includes lots of white numbers in two different styles, plus a pair of Soviet emblems, so if you have a different scheme in mind, this generic sheet may be of at least partial use. The registration of colours on the emblems is excellent, and the white seems sufficiently dense for the purpose, and everything is nice and sharply printed on my sample. Conclusion Another nice model from Trumpeter that will look good next to a T-55 on your display shelves. The exterior has been well done, but unless you plan to put crew in the hatches, you'll need to leave them closed to avoid displaying the empty interior. The part count is sensible, with only a few compromises in detail as a result, such as the exhaust that is slightly simplified and partially moulded into the fender. Overall though, a nice kit that would look super on the back of a tank transporter. Supplied as part of the KrAZ 6446 Tractor with MAZ/ChMZAP-5247G trailer kit 85513 Currently on sale with a deep 35% discount at Creative at time of writing
  15. Good afternoon everyone and I hope nobody has had any bad issues with the weather lately, it has been quite bad round here. My WIP thread will be based on the 1/32 Trumpeter Lightning F.2A/F.6, a very subjective kit with many mixed reviews. I brought the kit from KingKit at a very reasonable price. It was my first purchase with them and I won't hesitate to return, so thanks KingKit for the fast delivery. There are many kit reviews and lots of information on the Lightning so I won't delve too much into that but I will however explain why I chose to model it. As you can see in the Picture I have received 'The Lightning Boys 2' from my OH for Christmas and I am nowabout 2/3 of the way through and find it fascinating! This along with a couple of other WIP threads I have been following especially The Spadgent's build has made me pluck the courage to finally get one. I have never really been that interested in them until I read a bit more about them and now I am fascinated by them. I have chose to model XS903 'AM' of 5 SQN RAF Binbrook due to the distinctive shark teeth also I prefer standard grey camouflage over the cold war style, just a preference of mine. I have also got a Quickboost Aires Ejection seat on the way, but I may decide against using this as I am thinking of modelling the jet just after take off with landing gear retracting. I also have some OOP Master casters resin engine nozzles on the way and my profound thanks to the BM BST section and Gary 'Redcap' I have a set of the OOP Xtradecal decals set to enable me to complete this. More than likely I will probably purchase more AM stuff as I need to go on if I need too and of course I have a PJ Productions pilot on order. So for now just a picture of the kit and of course the brilliant book titled 'The Lightning Boys 2' by Richard Pike. Also some of the actual aircraft. More to follow soon......... PS the 'Skyrocket' in the title was given by the pilots, Commonly described as 'Being saddled to a Skyrocket'.
  16. Flakpanzer E-50

    After making the Flakpanzer E-100 I thought I'd build up its little brother the Flakpanzer E-50 As usual I made some changes to the base kit; Replaced the barrels with metal ones from RB Models. The rubber band tracks that come with the kit were replaced with Hobby Boss individual track links, which look a lot better but were a nightmare to fit. I also scratch-build armour plates over the engine deck, added a travel lock at the front & modified the turret hatches with parts from a Voyager PE set so they can be either open or closed.
  17. In January the new tool (some 49 parts) T-62 MBT by Trumpeter (#07146) has appeared on the market. Presumably it's miles ahead of the vintage ESCI/Italeri one and the crude ACE short-run. But has anybody of you already touched it in the reality? What is your opinion? Can we call it THE definitive one or should we wait for the Modelcollect #72021 new tool announced at the end of 2017? Cheers Michael
  18. Hello Gents, Im starting my first large build project this week and thought I'd do an online build to maybe get some feedback. I purchased a Trumpeter 1/48 scale VIIc sub and plan to do some changes. The Trumpeter kit is modeled as U-552 with the standard Turm 0 conning tower. Personally, I prefer the look of subs with the late war Turm IV installed. The version with the twin wintergarten and 3.7 cm Flak 42/twin 2.0 cm Flak 38. I've been doing some research and will convert my sub to U-380 as she looked when commanded by Albrecht Brandi, returning from a 33 day patrol Jan 21, 1944. Brandi was one of only 2 Kriegsmarine members awarded the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds. The following parts will be used: Complete photo etch from Rcsubs.cz 3D printed parts from Shapeways, designed by Sasa Drobac/DeStefan 3D Designs Brass access hatches and FuMO30 radar from Boris Nakropin www.smallrivetsstudio.com Photos to follow U-380 leaving for patrol
  19. This isn't a bad kit, although I believe the conning tower is a bit inaccurate. It makes up into a reasonably sized model that looks pretty good. I decided on a North Korean submarine after seeing some picture of Kimmy boy riding on one. I liked the green top colour, I have no idea what the anti-fowling paint colour was, but a wine red colour seemed plausible enough. I had a bit of fun with weathering, I figured these things would be pretty battered, they are over 50 years old afterall.
  20. The Trumpeter kit isn't too bad. Fit is pretty good, detail adequate and the decals settle own nicely. One negative about the kit is the weapons. You get 3 drop tanks, more than a few Mk 83's, two MER's and two AGM-12's. It's is a little bit limiting as early in Rolling Thunder, thuds normally carried 6 Mk 117 bombs on an MER on the center line mount, but you get no centerline weapons mount either. For aircraft venturing into the more dangerous RP's, a QRC-160 jamming pod and AIM-9B were carried for self defense, neither of these are included. Thus I used Hasegawa weapons sets and scratch built a center line mount for the MER. This aircraft, 61-0132 was flown by 1st LT David Waldrop III on his double MiG killing mission over the Yen Vien Rail Marshaling Yards on August 23rd 1967. He claimed and was initially credited with gunning down two MiG 17's, although later on his second kill was disallowed. Waldrop would complete 100 missions over North Vietnam.
  21. I forgot to actually post a "WIP" thread of this. I got this as soon as it came into my local model shop, like literally the day the got it. They had to dig around in their delivery for that day to find it for me - so I was very eager to get one haha! Recently I just developed a fascination with Chinese aircraft. The last one I did was the Chengdu J-10 (see here). That was my first foray into Chinese domestic aircraft, and now I have 3 more on my work bench! I really enjoyed this one though. As usual, my full review is on my website (click here to go there) but here are some images of the model.
  22. I started to like small models and I'm sending pictures of another model on a scale of 1/72. FAMO is from Rewell and a TRUMPETER low loader. It's a building straight from the box. The model is brushed again, the Tamiya tablet lightened, and the filters and wash are used. It is set back into the landscape due to the atmosphere. I'm curious about your views.
  23. Bf-109e white 13, Heinz Bar, 1./JG 51

    Hello, I wonder if someone could help me as I have spotted an issue with trumpeters paint instructions. On their paint call outs they have marked the splinter camo as RLM02 (correct) and light blue (most certain not correct). I'd take a guess it's either ment to be RLM70 or RLM71. I wonder if someone could let me know which is the correct colour to replace the light blue. Many thanks
  24. Hello everybody, For the Hawker (Siddeley) GB I’m going to build the Trumpeter 1/48 Hawker Sea Hawk FGA Mk.6, for reference I am using 4+ Publications’ Post War Wings booklet. I have a soft spot for the Sea Hawk as it was the Aircraft I depicted in one of the first oil paintings I ever sold (Tiger, Tiger see below); not surprisingly I intend to complete the kit as the very same aircraft as per my painting, the markings for which are conveniently included in the kit. I’m going to complete the kit out of the box with some added scratched extras; however I had already purchased a Pavla ejection seat which I’d forgotten about until I retrieved the kit from the stash. In preparation I have trawled through the forum and elsewhere looking for comparable builds and pitfalls in the kit generally. There do seem to be a few minor issues, the most annoying of which is a misalignment of some panel lines between the rear of the main fuselage and the tail section. I've been looking forward to this one, Cheers, M.
  25. Here is another Challenger 2, this time with dozer blade. A really cool kit but don´t underestimate the size, it takes a lot of space on the shelf. Great fun to build, not to many parts, detailing is okay for the prize. All the best Tobby