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  1. Here is the completed model of the Barkley-Grow in its seaplane configuration. For the step-by-step building article please go to the WiP post: The kit presents only the basic shapes, you have to fabricate or provide everything else: cockpit, cabin, exterior details, decals, engines, etc. This one will surely help you develop those modeling skills! I used a set from Arctic Decals, which worked perfectly as usual. This is a nicely-shaped plane that has many possible finishing schemes, and can also be built on skis or wheels. It takes some time, but you can make a pleasant model from it. And you won't see this one around much, that's for sure!
  2. Sanger had been promising to release a 1/48th B-52 for a number of years, and kept teasing me whenever I visited the website with a message that stated the model was under construction but nothing more - I must confess I began to question whether it would ever actually be released. However, last year it was finally ready to purchase so I took the plunge and ordered one. Any version of the venerable B-52 can be modelled, ranging from the early tall-tailed versions typified by the D-model, right through to the current-day H version. Sanger also offer a wide array of decals to accompany the kit, with many different schemes that the B-52 has worn over the years being on offer to purchase with your chosen variant. I decided to go for a current B-52H - with 'Memphis Belle IV' nose art - as I vividly remember it displaying at one of the RAF Mildenhall airshows and taking lots of pictures of the it under some very stormy skies. I also had a very good wander around one at last year's airshow at RAF Fairford too, so plenty of resource material is at hand. A few weeks after I placed the order, a rather large box arrived at my work (always the best option with an eagle-eyed wife scrutinising any parcels that arrive at my house!) and inside plenty of protective bubble wrap was the kit was one of the biggest kits I've laid eyes on. Only the 1/32nd B-29 I did a few years ago exceeds it in span: The wings are massive - the 30cm/12" ruler gives a sense of scale here. Each wing is approximately 2ft so the eventual span of the finished model will be around the 4ft mark. Sparring the wings so they remain rigid is going to be quite a challenge I feel, and the thought of rubbing down all those wheel-halves doesn't fill me with joy... I imagine, due to the difficulty in obtaining a vacuumform machine large enough, the fuselage is moulded in four sections, with a lengthwise break just aft of the rear undercarriage bays. This also allows a separate mould of the differently shaped forward fuselage for the D, E, and F versions. Again, the 30cm/12" ruler shows the size of this brute: Here are the stabilisers and engine pylons: This sheet contains the vertical fin, tip-tanks, various sensors as well as the different tail turrets for the G/H versions: These are the pods for the eight Pratt and Whitney JT3D engines - unique to the H variant: A close-up of the parts reveals some lovely fine surface and panel details: Sanger provide a wealth of detailed drawings and plans in order to help with construction, as well as some nice looking decals: And finally, a comprehensive set of white metal parts for the engines, landing gear, interior as well as some further detailing parts. There's a crystal clear canopy too - but only one which means very careful cutting and no room for error! I had promised myself that I wouldn't start this until I'd finished my Shackleton project, but to be honest it's an itch I've got to scratch and I really fancy having a go at it. It'll certainly be a longer-term project as I have other builds (Shackleton included) still going on in the background, so don't hold your breath for regular updates but I'll post my progress as and when there is some. In the meantime, I've got to decide where to start: wings and engines or fuselage... Tom
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    Well might as well jump right in to the fray. I managed to snag one of Gerald Elliott's B-52s. It is a beast and a half. Its not a bad set up but you definitely need some serious acreage to hang from the ceiling or even build on the bench. Here are a few images of the pieces. I have a few more research items to locate, mainly interior of the wing spoilers.
  4. RAM Models is to release on February 29th, 2016, 1/72nd Vickers VC-10 C.1/C.1K vacuform kits. Source: http://www.rammodels.co.uk/index.php/cPath/65 V.P.
  5. I voted for "Made In Britain" GB with Contrail Mayo Composite in mind, but knowing my pace and determination I'm not sure that I could complete the whole stack in time so I decided to do one step at time and start with Mercury. Contrail's Mayo Composite kit was a joint effort between Contrail and Airframe each providing one aircraft. Airframe S.20 moulds look very basic but buildable, will require a lot of scratch building, scribing and detailing to look right.
  6. Here's an oddball for you- A French Potez XXV in Spanish Republican markings. The Potez XXV was actually built in pretty good numbers in the mid 30s and served with many foreign air forces. Broplan has kits of a couple different versions, this one depicts the A2 I believe. The kit looked great on the sheet and went together nicely. There were no white metal parts included so I scratchbuilt the Scarff ring and landing gear and used the kit moldings for the wheels and propeller. I also built a complete interior just for the fun of it because not much can be seen now! Thanks for looking! Dan
  7. Broplan from Poland is to release a 1/72nd Bombardier E-11A Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (Global 6000) vacuform kit with injection moulded small parts and Alps decals. - ref. MS-187 - Bombardier E-11A BACN (Global 6000) Source: http://www.aviationmegastore.com/bombardier-e-11a-bacn-global-6000-ms-187-broplan-ms-187-scale-modelling/product/?shopid=LH3559f65f0a21cbb5ab6aa20713&action=prodinfo&parent_id=212&art=131082 V.P.
  8. Broplan from Poland is to release a 1/72nd LWD Miś vacuform kit with injection moulded small parts and Alps decals. - ref. MS-186 - LWD Miś Source: http://www.aviationmegastore.com/lwd-mis---ms-186-broplan-ms-186-scale-modelling/product/?shopid=LH3559f65f0a21cbb5ab6aa20713&action=prodinfo&parent_id=212&art=131083 V.P.
  9. After the Valetta and classic Viking ( http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234972524-172-vickers-valetta-and-viking-vacuform-kit-by-broplan-released-new-boxing) Broplan from Poland is to release 1/72nd Vickers Type 618 Nene Viking vacuform kits with injection moulded small parts and Alps decals. - ref. MS-188 - Vickers Type 618 Nene Viking Source: http://www.aviationmegastore.com/vickers-type-618-nene-viking-ms-188-broplan-ms-188-scale-modelling/product/?shopid=LH3559f65f0a21cbb5ab6aa20713&action=prodinfo&parent_id=212&art=131080 - ref. MS-189 - Vickers Type 618 Nene Viking (RAF) Source: http://www.aviationmegastore.com/vickers-type-618-nene-viking-raf---ms-189-broplan-ms-189-scale-modelling/product/?shopid=LH3559f65f0a21cbb5ab6aa20713&action=prodinfo&parent_id=212&art=131081 V.P.
  10. I'm on a WW1 vac kit roll lately, I jumped right into this one after finishing the Joystick's Albatros C.1 last month. This kit was also from Joystick and went together really nicely. I scratched the entire interior as well as all the struts, landing gear and the gun ring. Lots of fun! Hope you like the old crate! -Dan
  11. Combat Models has just released a 1/32nd Flettner Fl-265 vacuform kit. Source: http://combatmodels.us/ V.P.
  12. Combat Models has just released a 1/32nd Savoia-Marchetti SM.55 vacuform kit. Source: http://combatmodels.us/ V.P.
  13. Combat Models has just released a 1/32nd Martin B-57 Canberra vacuform kit. Source: http://combatmodels.us/ V.P.
  14. Combat Models is to release in 2015 a 1/32nd Heinkel He-115 vacuform kit Source: http://combatmodels.us/ V.P.
  15. Combat Models is to release in 2015 a 1/32nd Douglas C-47/DC-3 Skytrain/Dakota vacuform kit Source: http://combatmodels.us/ V.P.
  16. Combat Models is to release in April 2015 a 1/32nd Lockheed U-2 vacuform kit Source: http://combatmodels.us/ V.P.
  17. Broplan from Poland has just announced a family of 1/72nd Vickers Valetta and Viking vacuform kits. ref. MS-178 - Vickers VC.1 Viking C.2 (RAF VL233,VL247) http://www.aviationmegastore.com/vickers-vc1-viking-c2--raf-vl233vl247-ms-178-broplan-ms-178-scale-modelling/product/?shopid=LM5487ee1ddbc916443db3775547&action=prodinfo&parent_id=212&art=126402 ref. MS-179 - Vickers VC.1 Viking B.1 (British European Airways) http://www.aviationmegastore.com/vickers-vc1-viking-b1--british-european-airways-ms-179-broplan-ms-179-scale-modelling/product/?shopid=LM5487ee1ddbc916443db3775547&action=prodinfo&parent_id=212&art=126403 ref. MS-180 - Vickers Valetta T.3 (RAF VX564,WJ461) http://www.aviationmegastore.com/vickers-valetta-t3--raf-vx564wj461-ms-180-broplan-ms-180-scale-modelling/product/?shopid=LM5487ee1ddbc916443db3775547&action=prodinfo&parent_id=212&art=126404 ref. MS-181 - Vickers Valetta T.4 (RAF WJ486) http://www.aviationmegastore.com/vickers-valetta-t4--raf-wj486-ms-181-broplan-ms-181-scale-modelling/product/?shopid=LM5487ee1ddbc916443db3775547&action=prodinfo&parent_id=212&art=126405 V.P.
  18. Combat Models is to release (soon?) a 1/32nd Mitsubishi G4M "Betty" vacuform kit Source: http://combatmodels.us/home V.P.
  19. Combat Models is to release (soon?) a 1/32nd Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird vacuform kit Source: http://combatmodels.us/home V.P.
  20. I finally found some time to start this build. This is going to be my first WIP and my very first mixed media kit so let's hope I don't mess this up... Let's see what we have in the box: The overall level of detail is pretty good with fine panel lines on both the fuselage and the resin parts. The metal castings are also quite decent, though I'll have to find replacements for the NLG wheels... Decals are from TwoSix with a separate tiny sheet containing the white markings.
  21. I have a question; is this kit different from the Sanger kit? Is it better? Amongst the metal parts it includes the landing gear, which with the turret and the nose and tail are what I'm really after. I have one I'm watching on eBay that I intend to kitbash with a Frog mould Shackleton MR.3. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you! Best Regards, Jason
  22. Sanger has announced limited run 1/48th Short Sunderland Mk.III and Mk.V multimedia kits due for release in December 2012 January 2013. Etc. Source: http://www.sangereng.fsnet.co.uk/ 1/48th SHORT SUNDERLAND Mk-III 1/48th SHORT SUNDERLAND Mk-V DECAL SHEETS AVAILABLE FOR: RAF SEAC RAAF RCAF RNZAF SAAF RNoAF French Escadrilles Special Markings to your requirements This remind me we are still waiting for the 1/48th V-Bombers announced over two years ago... And I don't speak about the B-52 in the same scale as she doesn't interest me at all. I've the Sanger Boeing B-47 Stratojet in the stash and she looks beautiful. One day... Anyway for deep pockets guys there's (was?) a 1/48th Sunderland resin kit by Alpha Flight: http://www.cybermode...lpha_4817.shtml V.P.
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