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  1. 130 points
    Hi fellow modelers, This is my finally built resin behemoth, the Anigrand Lockheed C-5A Galaxy. Enjoy! I had it on my shelf for almost 10 years, never dared to build it. Just too big, I was kind a 'scared' of it. But finally last year I had the guts: I'm going to start it and finish it! This is the kit with box art: This is what you get, a lot of resin: Bags with resin parts, here are the engines / gear wheels and parts / flap hinges: Crisp details and panel lines (nice work Anigrand! I have seen worse kits from Anigrand..): Nylon, brass and stainless steel parts for a sturdy gear construction: The clear windshield part: Very nice detail and panel lines: And a very simple manual.. Doesnt matter, the placement of parts speak for themselves with this kit: I didn't want to make the dull grey MAC Galaxy, so I decided to buy a DrawDecal aftermarket decal set for camouflaged and grey Galaxies: This will be the end result: Source: airliners.net First I reinforced the 2-part resin upper deck and lower deck with aluminium strips and screws. This is really necessary as it's a very fragile construction..: Then I reinforced the slightly warped wing halves with aluminium tubing: I glued the 4 fuselage halves parts together: Here's a test fit of the fuselage halves with upper deck, with a 1:72 Piper Cub for scale comparison: I strengthened the upper and lower deck construction to one fuselage half with little N scale screws and polysterene edge strips for extra support: I constructed the tail parts together, in total 168 grams and the size of a 1:72 Fighter jet kit: This kit needs a lot of weight in the nose, it's a potential tail sitter.. So I experimented with adding weights until I reached a balance. In this case I drilled a hole in the lower deck, and made a construction of M13 bolts and nuts and washers. A lot of them ; ) : Measuring and drilling holes for better and sturdier fit of the wings to the fuselage. Only glue is not enough and not reliable.. after all it’s only resin. With a dry fuselage-wing fit I heared all kind of sounds like crackling etc. So I decided to give that construction more strength. The holes are for little bolts and nuts that will connect the wings trough the aluminium strips on the upper deck: Glued washers on the underside of the wing holes positions, so the nuts and bolts have better grip: Drilling the same holes in the upper deck on the same position as the holes in the wings: Constructing bolts and nuts trough the upper deck, upside down so the remaining part of the bolts can be used for the nuts from the wings: The advantage of this construction is that I can adjust the height of wing position by fastening or loosening the nuts: Then i glued the fuselage halves together, in parts as it's too much to glue at once: Then I started sanding, a lot of sanding. The length of the fuselage is 1 meter! I secured the tail to the fuselage by using fine steel rods as split pens. Now the tail can’t come loose anymore: The 1/72 figure is standing next to a hatch. I read somewhere that there’s a ladder in the tail to this hatch, for maintenance. C-5 crews sometimes sit on top of the tail during airshows to have ‘a nice view’. Well I believe they have some view up there! The construction I made for glueing the wings to the fuselage to keep everything level: After attachment of the wings to the fuselage there were some gaps between the joints. So I used pieces of plasticard to fill it up, after that cutting to size and sanding and filling the joints smooth: Securing the bolt positions by sealing them wit Loc-tite: Dryfitting the part that will cover the construction of the wings: Filling and sanding the upper plate: Preparing to spray the landing gear by attaching parts to sprues with a tiny droplet of superglue. The wheels are on fabricated axes: Spraying the gear: Constructing the gear parts together: Test fitting the gear. As you can see, the pile of M13 bolts and nuts as nose weight in the nose section prevent it successfully from tailsitting! Attaching the cockpit windows to the fuselage and filling and sanding again: I used Tamiya surface Primer (2 cans) to prepare the monster for the camo paintjob: Ready for a camo ‘jacket’! The sheer size of it.. unbelievable: Only the gear of a C-5 weighs about 25000 kilograms in total.. Underside airbrushing: Did the camo paint job with a friend of mine at his house. It was real teamwork; constantly refilling and diluting paint for the airbrush while the other one was paintbrushing, one holding the beast in certain positions so paint could be applied at more difficult places, holding a lamp for extra lighting etc. Paintjob ready! Applying Gloss varnish for the decals: An evening applying decals. Not easy I can tell you, carefully manoeuvring a 1x1meter model in different positions while trying to apply thin decals! Preparing the decals. DrawDecal prints its sheets in 1 piece, so you have to cut out every single decal: This one is from Altus AFB, 97th OG. The only Galaxies which flew with the camo scheme and later the grey scheme on this decal sheet. Finally, after 2 months struggling and scratchbuilding with resin, aluminium and a lot of superglue, may I present: A 1/72 scale totally resin Lockheed C-5A Galaxy! Never thought I would actually manage to finish this kit. A final coat of matte varnish to seal the decals and give it the dull look: I joined the Scale Model challenge 2019 in Veldhoven, The Netherlands with this model. Didn’t win a prize, but I didn’t expect that either.. the models at that show were outstanding quality, from international professional modelbuilders. Hope you enjoyed it, and feedback is welcome! Greetz Dick
  2. 100 points
    Hello fellow modellers, In my introduction round as a newbie here on Britmodeller.com, I have already shown two photos of my latest built model, a RAF F-4 Phantom FGR Mk.2 from the former RAF airbase Wildenrath Germany, 92 squadron.. Below the entire series of this beautiful kit from Revell which is actually a rebox of the Hasegawa kit. I used some extra's to build this kit, from Eduard the resin seats, cockpit PE and the AIM-9D Sidewinders. The resin FOD covers are from AMS. For the decals I used a set from Xtradecal. I hope you'll enjoy the pics...! Cheers, Jos
  3. 99 points
    Latest in-flight diorama of the production line depicting the last Lightning loss in service with the RAF. Flt Lt. Dick Coleman, an RAAF exchange pilot, ejected safely from Lightning F.6 XR769 into the North Sea on 11th April 1988 after an in-flight engine fire. The whole incident was captured in photos by Ian Black and is covered in his book Last of the Lightnings. (Thanks to Ian also for his assistance helping me out with this). Dick was picked up in good order and in good health. For those who love coincidences, it in interesting to note that Lightning F.6 XR769 entered service with 74 `Tiger` Squadron based at Tengah, Singapore and was lost on a day when it was it was carrying out practice intercepts against two Phantom F-4J(UK)s from 74. Ian who was on the sortie and took the aforementioned photos is the son of George Black who flew Lightnings with 74 in the 1960`s. It can be a funny old world. This is an Airfix 1/48 scale kit and built for fun to show a unique moment in time for both the EE Lightning and no doubt for Dick Coleman. Thanks for looking.
  4. 82 points
    Hiya Folks,...... something a bit different,.....I`ve built the 1/72nd Academy B-17E kit as Fortress Mk.IIa(MET), FL455, Z9-A of 519 (Met) Sqn based at Wick, which crashed on the kills above the airfield on (depending on sources) 1st February 1945. Quite a lot of wreckage is still at the scene to this day. Although 5 men survived the crash, two of them died of their injuries in the days and weeks afterwards and four were killed in the crash itself. The aircraft snapped in half at the radio room and those who died had all been in that area, where the heater was and where they were to congregate ready for landing,..... there were three pilots aboard in the cockpit and two were strapped in with one stood behind them. The 3rd pilot was thrown about and received superficial injuries as a result. The skipper was Flt. Lt. F. Keith `Bluey' Humphries and he had been circling Wick trying to land in a snowstorm (which they had been flying in for 4 hrs of their 10 hr sortie) with his engines beginning to ice up when he just ran into a flat boggy area on top of a hill,...... bellying along and the aircraft snapped in half. Due to the risk of fire, the survivors took refuge in the tail section to sit out the storm overnight and next day a local crofter reached them, followed by the RAF Mountain Rescue Team. I first read the story of this aircraft as a kid, but for some reason always thought it was a Mk.II,....when in fact it was a Mk.IIa,........ and as you can see below it had huge red white and blue post war style roundels above the wings, this is one of a series of photos taken of the wreckage; Here is my WIP including a photo of the subject aircraft with `those' roundels!; And here is the model,...... rattle can white, the rest brush painted; Cheers Tony
  5. 82 points
    Hiya Folks, I have always wanted to add a Sunderland Mk.5 to my collection and thanks to Special Hobby,..... I have finally got one and I am very happy with it! My model represents PP117, 4X-W of 230 Sqn around the time of the Berlin Airlift, 1948-49,.... while it still wore its basic wartime scheme of White and Exta Dark Sea Grey and before the upper surfaces were re painted in Medium Sea Grey with D Type roundels on the fuselage, as depicted in the kit. For the white I used Rattle Can spray but the rest was brush painted with Pigment Powders and with a fine brush. Here is the aircraft wearing the earlier scheme; And with what looks like the later D Type roundel maybe? Here is the WIP; And here is the finished model; So I`ve finally got a Mk.V/5 and I have another to build, possibly as a Korean War aircraft and I am looking forward to the release of the Mk.III too,...... it is a challenging build in places but the surface detail is much superior to the Italeri kit and where else will you get a decent Mk.V these days? Here is some film of 230 Sqn Sunderland`s flying from the Havel Lake, Berlin during the Berlin Airlift; All the best Tony
  6. 74 points
    What a lovely kit, insanely beautiful engineering. Still a challenge in places but only in so much as the order of things needs a little thought. You will not believe how well the booms, the tail bits and all the gear bits and doors go together! Doesn't need glue.
  7. 71 points
    That was quite a bump and I know what ya’ll are thinking, and I’m here to tell you it wasn’t the airline’s fault, it wasn’t the pilot’s fault, it wasn’t the flight attendants’ fault…..it was the asphalt! Ladies and Gentlemen, please remain in your seats until Captain Crash and the Crew have brought the aircraft to a screeching halt up against the gate. At no time in history has a passenger beaten a plane to the gate. So please don’t even try. And, once the tire smoke has cleared and the warning bells are silence, we’ll open the door and you can pick your way t hrough the wreckage to the terminal.As you exit the plane, please make sure to sure to gather all of your belongings. Anything left behind will be distributed evenly among the flight attendants. Please do not leave children or spouses. Also Please be careful opening the overhead bins because shift happens. We’d like to thank you folks for flying with us today. And, the next time you get the insane urge to go blasting through the skies in a pressurized metal tube, we hope you’ll think of us here at Disast Air. Ok now that we've landed from the WIP here we go.... A year ago last June I started on a little project THe is part1 of a 2 part series. HpH 1/48 B-36H. Resin /Fibreglass construction with resin and P/E for detail. I added numerous extra bits mostly in the Bomb bay and gunturrets You can find the build here: [ [ THis is no light weight to be sure. Weighing in at a svelte 4.6 kilos. Clad in a mixture of Bare metal Foils and AlcladII Metal paints. Some of the decals I changed from the kit as this is a representation of the aircraft from the Movie Strategic Air Command. Only difference, its later than the movie and before the Feather weight I,II,II programs commenced. I hope you enjoy my little offering And Thank you for viewing. As always If you have and comments questions or suggestions Don't hesitate to let me know. Right now I'm going to get something cold to drink so I can Cool off my hands. It's 34C outside and in the 15 min that I was out taking pictures. the aluminum Cladding on the model got VERY hot. Didn't expect that to happen. Have an Excellent day, For the Yanks in the bunch Happy 4th of July, or as I like to explain to the younger set, the day we Unfriended Good King George III.
  8. 70 points
    I seem to have been trying to build most things that the RAF painted grey & green and there is a kit of in 1/48 scale (and one I scratch built). Now I thought the Canberra PR.9 was going to be the biggest until I saw that an old version of the Italeri Herc was an H / K version with RAF markings for XV200. Now the engines are wrong - too short. So these got moved forward with a plug section behind. Not the resin solution so not perfect, but good enough for me. And the kit is for a grey underside paint scheme. So of course I wanted wrap around camo & a refuelling probe. And the kit decals were pretty shot. So aftermarket replacements in the right colour. So not a big job really. Could it be harder? How about some lights? And 4 powered props? Why not. Anyway, here she is And props turning Lights - taxi lights, landing lights, wing tip & tail lights, top & bottom anti collision beacons, built in internal lights (current technical hitch with these) - yes Para seats, ladder & even a loo inside Well it’s been a big project. Thanks to all who have encouraged and helped along the way. No idea what I am going to do with her now, but she has recreated (in a bigger scale) the Airfix Herc from my bedroom ceiling as a kid.
  9. 65 points
    I finished this a while back, but it has taken me time to get round to photographing. Not my favourite activity, especially with whoppers. Anyway, after a long and educational build, here is my completed 1:72 Super VC-10, based on the Mach 2 kit, as a late service British Airways G-ASGI: A few mm bigger than the Heller 707-320, she is now (marginally) my largest model! The choice of airframe was largely inspired by this picture: https://www.airliners.net/photo/British-Airways/Vickers-Super-VC10-Srs1151/1202712 There is little to distinguish the Negus airframes, and Golf India as far as I know had no particularly distinguished history – not going on to RAF service afterwards, for example – but I like building ‘vanilla’ models to represent a forgotten moment in time, rather than recreating a famous airframe. With so few VC-10s built, its quite hard to come by one without an interesting story – Gulf War veteran, taxiing at Bruntingthorpe, Sultan's personal transport, blown up by terrorists..Golf India achieved none of these accolades, but does represent a late build Super in honest BA revenue service in the autumn of the 10's civilian life. I’ve tried to create with this model a visually striking and reasonably accurate representation of the Super VC-10. When dealing with a very basic and limited kit like this, where no details can be relied upon as accurate, there is a danger of driving oneself slowly crazy as the list of fixes mounts up, especially with a large plane - and this is meant to be a fun hobby. So I make no apologies for inaccuracies that are undoubtedly there, but at the same time I warmly invite anyone to point them out, after all can be useful for those who follow after with later, and better builds. Also pro apologia, there isn't a single straight edge or smooth surface in the kit, so its all down to my sanding and finishing, and plenty knarly close up! The build thread will give you the gory detail, but the main structural work involved converting the nose to be a more accurate, flush profile – in the end this meant pretty much scratch building it. This was hard. The fuselage has been extended with 3D printed plugs to create a Super VC-10. This work was not as difficult as I anticipated, and I have learnt a lot about 3D part finishing along the way. This technology has a lot to offer us, and there are other areas where I could have employed it – for example replacing the errant window line on the rear fuselage – that would have been relatively easy to design and print. I’d like to thank those who followed the build and provided indispensable encouragement, advice and resources along the way, particularly @71chally for a very useful nose reference pic and @Scott Garard for the British Airways logos. I’d also like to thank my Mum…who in the absence of my regular print shop actually printed the decals for me! (She is a retired graphic design teacher with a decent laser printer, so this isn’t as mad as it sounds). I could also thank BA for painting their planes white and not leaving them bare metal - I think if I had to do this in BMF, with the amount of filling and sanding I had to do, I would be in The Priory by now... Would I recommend the Mach 2 kit? Well, its tricky. I can't see how it is an advance - even marginal - on either the Anigrand resin or the Airways vacform, although I haven't built either. To put it into context – I didn’t use anything smaller than the engine pods from the original kit plastic. I think Darth Vader has more original components than this model. In its favour though, Mach 2 is marginally cheaper and more available than either of the alternatives, and it will build up easier. The wings attached remarkable easily for example. But without extensive mods, it will not be an accurate model, and if you are keen enough on VC-10s to build one in this scale, that will probably bother you. There is still, in 2020, a vacancy for the position of decent 1:72 VC-10 kit. Not an international scandal of course, but when I can buy a very nice 72nd kit of the Il-62 from HpH, or even the An-225 from Modelsvit, albeit for an arm and a leg, you can't blame a chap for looking forlorn! Anyway, it was a good lockdown project, though I do think it drove me little crazy at times and my attention span is now completely shot. For something a bit different, I have moved on to tiny car models done on my 3d printer, which make fun diorama accessories. I call this “British Engineering – A Paradox”: Thanks for stopping by! Harry
  10. 65 points
    Latest one off the bench, Tamiya's classic P-51B Mustang with a good bit of work thrown at it. 1/48 Tamiya P-51B Mustang Capt William J Shackleford 375 FS / 361 FG Bottisham, England August 1944 - Aires cockpit - BarracudaCals cockpit placards - Ultracast spinner, prop, exhaust, flaps, and wheels - Squadron vac canopy - Gun barrels replaced with Albion Alloys tubing - Fuselage riveted - Wing panel lines filled - Custom paint masks for all major markings - AMDG decals for "Queen Jean" script and playing cards Anyways, on to the pics!
  11. 65 points
    My new project - AT-33A, No.721, Escuadrilla Acrobatico "Los Quetzales", based at La Aurora, Guatemalan Air Force, 1970.
  12. 65 points
    This is my recently completed Phantom F-4C. The model is produced by Italeri and is a reasonable kit given its age. I did not do much to it other than add rivets to almost the whole aircraft. It is my first Vietnam USAF SEA tri-colour camo kit and I will be making more as it was fun to paint.
  13. 64 points
    Hi folks, The Bristol Berkeley was one of the plethora of interwar British designs that never made it past.the prototype stage. In this case, the Berkeley was a contender for Air Ministry Specification 26/23 'Single-engine Day Bomber' which was eventually won by the Hawker Horsley. The Berkeley was eliminated early in the competition as it had the worst performance of the four contenders; this is hardly surprising, as it was very obviously a 'drag queen'! Three Berkeleys were constructed - J7403, J7404 and J7405 - with the third differing primarily in that it had a metal fuselage. The Work in Progress thread is here: Within the limitations of my smartphone, here are the pics of the finished model: And, finally, one from the workbench: Thanks for looking; there are plenty of flaws, but if I don't mention them then maybe you won't notice them all! Jon
  14. 64 points
    Airfix 1/72 Whitley GR MkII in Coastal Command colours, reptesenting an airframe from St Eval, Cornwall in 1942. Out of the box with the exception of Xtradecals to represent a locally based aircraft. One of, if not the best fitting kits I've ever made. The white was a pain to spray, but a learning curve and the results were better than I have done on previous Coastal Command builds.
  15. 63 points
    Hello my friends; I finished my last model in this weekend. It's is a new simple Airfix mold. I did modifications including a lot of adds: - CMK engine; - Seat, wheels, control surfaces, exhaust by resins Aires and Quickboost; - PE interior and flaps by Brengun; - Master Pl cannons and; - Tail wheel scratched. I built a simple base too. I had doubt about the insignias diameters (upper wing surfaces), but even so I ended up using the Airfix decals. I had no options here. The mark is No. 266 Squadron, 2nd Tactical Air Force, Holland and Germany April/May 1944. Cheers;
  16. 63 points
    PK553 of No. 607 (County of Durham) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force, RAF Ouston, 1948. From the Airfix website: Spitfire PK553 was produced at the Castle Bromwich factory as part of contract B981687/39 and issued to No.607 Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force. The RAuxAF was a force of paid volunteers who acted as a reinforcement reserve force for the Royal Air Force, giving up their evenings, weekends and holidays to train and serve in this essential force, following the end of the Second World War. RAF No 607 Squadron reformed on 10th May 1946 as a RAuxAF day fighter squadron at Ouston, in Northumberland, initially flying the Spitfire Mk.XIV and later the Mk.22, before eventually entering the jet age with the de Havilland Vampire. This was my build for the Spitfire/Seafire STGB. I originally bought the kit for £6.99 from a toyshop when I was in there and just wanted to buy a kit. If it hadn't been for me not having much time for the Spitfire GB, I probably wouldn't have made it for quite a while yet. When I saw the box in the stash I thought it would be a suitable kit - in that it would be very quick to build. But, when I opened the box, I realised I had forgotten that I had bought the Eduard etch set for it. This would obviously make it longer to build but I decided to go for it anyway - and I'm glad I did. I actually enjoyed the build despite a few 'operator error' issues!! I can certainly recommend it as a nice, cheap kit. I did originally plan on making it as the aircraft that took part in the Cooper Trophy Air Race in 1948. However, when I started looking online for information about it, I realised that most of the models from this kit were based on that version (with the big, white number 4s and red tailband) with others based on the all over silver version, from 603 Squadron. The silver version was going to be a lot harder for me to do as a brush painter but, luckily, Airfix does provide the decals in the box to make the 'vanilla' version of the aircraft which took part in the Cooper Air Race aircraft - I presume pre-race. I rather liked the idea of doing the less popular version. The photos of it can be found below. The WIP can be found: HERE Kit: Airfix A02033 1/72 Supermarine Spitfire F Mk.22 Extras: Eduard 73436 Photoetch set Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel, Railmatch acrylics all applied by brush Hopefully you will be able to see some of the cockpit detail here - it's not easy to see into a 1/72 cockpit with an iPad camera! Same views as the first ones above, but with the Spitfire on my Spitfire display base. I also used a small cut-off section of slabbed area, from a previous base I had made, for it to sit on The background is a copyright free photo I found a long time ago on the internet. I really enjoy working on the cockpits of aircraft, but of course, a lot of the work gets hidden inside the fuselage once the model is complete. So here are a few photos of the cockpit before it was sealed away: A few in black and white: Thank you to everyone who commented and offered suggestions in my build thread. Thanks also to Patrice @TEMPESTMK5 for hosting the STGB so well. Comments and suggestions welcome. Kind regards, Stix
  17. 63 points
    Now for something entirely different.... A passion of mine is painting camouflage preferably freehand and desert schemes in particular This paintjob was challenging, mostly because the vertical stabs had to be mounted and could not be painted separate. It is an almost entirely OOB build besides of the pitot tube, if there is ONE thing I will add to a build it is a metal pitot tube The G.W.H Fulcrum was a very nicely detailed and crisp kit though some assembly solutions were a bit unnecessarily challenging, like the engine nacelles....take good care when putting those together, I needed lots of putty (not necessarily the kits fault, I have a tendency to burn through putty at a rate :/) this particular Fulcrum is painted in the colors of the Uzbeki airforce....looks kind of like a gown my mom had in the 70's :P....and not entirely unlike as if the whole aircraft was covered in sick Cheers!
  18. 62 points
    Hi, finished this after a good few months work. My first post as well so please be gentle. In short a fun and challenging build that generated every emotion known to man along the way. I find it best with these kits to complete sub assemblies before attempting to assemble the main parts as there is always a lot of dry fitting and sanding to be done. Also because of the size it all becomes a bit unwieldy in the old shed! It was re scribed where necessary to give the lining wash a bit more purchase. The rear windows are Crystal Clear. Landing lights are Little Lenses sealed in flush with Crystal Clear on the sides of the nose. The undercarriage was drilled and pinned with brass. Some aerials are photo etch and its finished in shades of my trusty Humbrol 27002 / 27003. Incidentally there's half a church roofs worth of lead in the front end to keep the nose down. Alas as I already have a Bear, Il-20 Coot and Madge completed with a Candid to do, I fear I may need a bigger shed. Hope you like it Cheers Pete To show the size of the beast
  19. 62 points
    Hi all, some pics of my new built Revell A400M. Built it OOB with German AF markings.
  20. 61 points
    Two more lockdown builds complete, an RAF FGR.2 from 228 OCU at RAF Leuchars and an F-4J (UK) from 74 Sqn at RAF Wattisham, both from the late 1980s. The FGR.2 is the Fujimi kit with Modeldecal markings and Flightpath ladders, whilst the F-4J (UK) has an Italeri F-4S background (not my best choice - it needed some unplanned work to the wings) and uses Kits-World markings. Now on with the RN versions! FredT
  21. 61 points
    Hello all; This one was a challenge all the way through with paint that wouldn't cure, clear coat that wouldn't cure, bone-headed operator errors, more bone-headed operator errors, and some bad luck (more operator error). That having been said, I'm pleased to have a differently painted Mossie on the shelf that looks reasonable if not viewed not too closely. Critique welcome. Cheers; Mark.
  22. 61 points
    Hello fellow modellers, I like exotic schemes on airplanes, Indonesia has a beautiful edition of the F-16 in magnificent colors, better than the standard dull gray colors. The Tamiya kit is a joy to build, what a fantastic fitting. As extras I have placed an Aires Resin cockpit, the AGM-65 Mavericks and Aim-9J Sidewinders are from Eduard. At the end of last year I had this kit ready ... below some pictures, enjoy.
  23. 60 points
    Hello, this is an Italian Revell Tornado (1/32); it was converted into a "trainer" version modifying the Aires cockpit with scratchbuilt and 3d-printed parts... Decals come from Tauromodels range...
  24. 60 points
    Hello Here is my 1/72 Special Hobby SNCASO Vautour IIN from the ECTT 01/030 Loire in 1961 on Creil Air Base. This an old kit but easy to build except around the engine cowlings. Patrick
  25. 60 points
    Westland / Aerospatiale Puma HC.1 230 Sqn, RAF Germany, Gutersloh 1979 This was of course the old Airfix kit. I picked this kit up at a model show back in the 1990s and it had obviously been in someone’s stash for a while before that. I say that because age had made the plastic quite brittle. I hadn’t experienced that to such an extent before, but it manifested itself in various breakages during the build, the most significant being fractured rotor blades while attempting to introduce some droop. Thankfully some carefully applied superglue put things right. For its time this was a really competent kit. Airfix had obviously looked at the real thing. The canvas seats, cockpit levers (cyclic, collective and seat adjustment levers) – though no rudder pedals – all looked pretty good and the lightly rivetted surfaces were OK. There were quite a few negative points that had to be put right though. Firstly, the kit was produced at the end of the ‘moving parts’ era and Airfix had made the undercarriage retractable and the cabin doors moveable. This meant that the undercarriage oleos were moulded in the extended position, giving a silly look to the aircraft when stood on its wheels. So task number one was shortening the oleos – a very small and fiddly job which I think came out OK in the end. The way the kit is designed means that the undercarriage legs need to be fitted during the build and not at the end, so inevitably I broke one of the legs off! Thankyou Lord for superglue. Then those door runners, which were so oversize as to look ridiculous. This meant fixing the doors either open or closed. At this point I thought about the cabin windows. The kit windows were extremely thick and had shrinkage dimples so weren’t usable. I had intended to use Humbrol Clear Fix or white glue to add the windows at the end of the build but after I had fitted the canvas seats they were too close to the front windows to allow that. So I looked again at the kit windows, and sanded down their outer faces which removed the dimples and thinned them. A few coats of Klear made them usable, so I went with them. I added some scale size runners from plastic strip after the doors were fixed in place. The next issue was the rotor head, which appeared to sit much too high. My solution was to remove about 2mm from the top of the gearbox. The assembly of the pitch change arms was extremely difficult and I must admit I gave up in the end and added some plastic rod after the rest of the rotor head had dried. This left the antennas to sort out. The kit position for the VOR/ILS antennas on the rear fuselage is not correct for RAF machines and they needed moving forwards. They may be OK for the French version. An additional V/UHF comms antenna was added under the rear fuselage and the HF double wire antenna added on the port side using pins as masts and EZ Line. On to paint and decals. I airbrushed Xtracolour enamels for the Dark Green / Dark Sea Grey camo, but hand painted the black underside using Humbrol Satin Black just to avoid the awkward masking with the undercarriage in place. I sprayed the rotor blades using Xtracrylic Dark Green to give a different shade from the camo.It’s interesting to see how different the enamel and acrylic RAF Dark Greens are, when they should be the same! Blade undersides were black. I struggled to find where the yellow blade handling markings were on the blades. They are there on the underside but I could find no evidence of them being on the top sides of the blades. Finally the decals. I would recommend to anyone building a Puma to get hold of Modeldecal Set No.67 which has a really nice set of stencils including all those white markings on the underside, in addition to badges, codes and serials for 33 Sqn, 230 Sqn and OCU machines. Overall this was a more complex build than I had expected but I got there in the end. I prefer these early Pumas to the later configuration with those (in my opinion) ugly air intake filters.
  26. 59 points
    back to planes ! I am initially an airplane kit builder. When I resumed modeling 4 years ago, it was with this F4 C and i discovered the forums and their members who are not ultimately that big perverts ... (apart from Basket, whom i met then, but I would have the opportunity to come back to it) Anyway, time for pics : the entire montage, wich took me five months (a lot of scratch was done), is here :http://fighters.forumactif.com/t78359-f-4c-phantom-ii-nam-1968-557th-tfs-12th-tfw-cam-rahn-bay-air-base See you! Fabrice
  27. 59 points
    Hi All This is my latest completion. 1/48 Tamiya F-14D Tomcat as "Bullet 103" from VF-2 in OIF 2003. What hasn't already been said about this kit isn't worth saying. A real joy to build. The model is mostly box stock but I did add the following: Master Models turned brass nose probe Wheeliant resin wheels Fightertown Decals 48086 Tomcats at war Pt 3. Fightertown Decals 48087 Tomcat data and weapons decals. The model is painted in MRP Lacquers FS36375 / FS36320 / FS 35237 - USN TPS scheme, and weathered with Tamiya panel line wash, Tamiya weathering sets and AK weathering pencils. Here's a few pics, I hope you like it. Thanks for looking, have a great day & stay safe.
  28. 59 points
    Having only built aircraft to 1/72 scale I thought it time to test myself on a larger scale. Having enjoyed the build of Airfix’s 1/72 Stuka I thought I’d have a bash at their 1/48 87R B2 version. The kit is well moulded with some nice detail and goes together well. There are various build options to choose from which is nice, but I wasn’t keen on the standard European scheme that’s suggested so after a bit of digging on t’internet I found that the aircraft chosen by Airfix also served in North Africa so a set of ROPos decals were purchased along with Eduard’s PE set for the kit. Paint is Tamiya acrylics, lacquers are Humbrol and the aerial wire is Uschi van der Rosten thread. For the weathering effect I pre-shaded with dark grey and white followed by four different shades of RLM 79 sandgelb which gives an uneven effect on what would otherwise be a really monotone scheme. The lower surface is simply the usual RLM 78 hellblau, again with some pre-shading. No washes were used on the model but I did use oils to give further effects. It’s never going to be a show winner but I think it’s probably the best aircraft kit I’ve done to date so I’m happy, which is what the hobby is all about, making us happy. As ever, all constructive criticism welcome.
  29. 59 points
    Hi again, more old sins nothing says dirty like a Skyraider and the Tamyia A-1 is a fantastic kit OOB, only additions I did was the gunbarrels and scratched that little whip antenna by the cockpit. Of course it's freehand painted with my trusted Lifecolor acrylics and then I just went bananas with the weathering and had a real blast! enjoy the multitude of photos of it Cheers!
  30. 58 points
    Hiyas, Back with another freehand cammo, this time it is an Asia Minor scheme on an Imperial Iranian Sabre. When I saw that High Decal was releasing decals for a cammo Sabre I just had to do it! Converted a japanese Sabre with the long wings and dropped the slats with a set from Kasl other than that I threw in a cockpit from Aires and wheel wells from CMK. Here's some pics Cheers!
  31. 58 points
    Just finished this one. Very enjoyable kit. Its not at all over complicated and builds into a very good looking model. Fun to paint and the kit decals exceeded my expectations with a little help from micro sol and micro set. Big Tomcat next.....?
  32. 58 points
    "Temptress of Tabuk" Foxy Killer Tornado GR.1 ZA465 Hi everyone! Me again, with yet another Tornado build, I'm afraid. I'll save the preamble as "Foxy Killer" is certainly one of the more eye-catching Tornado schemes, serving with 16 Sqn in the 1991 Gulf War from Tabuk in Saudi Arabia. Let's get on with it! Kit: Eduard "Desert Babes" 1:48 Tornado kit (Revell tooling- I'm sure people are familiar with this) (Eduard resin seats/wheels + PE cockpit bits and bobs- no complaints here, all very worthwhile additions). Sidewinders and 1000 lbs bombs were sourced from the stash, I wasn't convinced by the kit's AIM-9s. Also, the gear bays were somewhat sparse, so i populated them with an abundance of wire and plasticard. Decals: Now, I tried to use the Eduard decals, and for the most part succeeded, but they're unbelievably thin and fragile. After a few breakages I bought a Kits World sheet and finished it off with that. The Eduard decals are of a superior print quality but their fragility lets them down immensely. Paint: Vallejo Model Air as always, along with some Tamiya clear green for the various lights. Weathering: I couldn't resist weathering this one up fairly heavily! A base coat of "US Desert Sand", followed by patches of a custom darker brown mix were applied. I tried to clean up a few errors and accidentally created small splodges of excessively dark brown, but this worked to my advantage and they were worked into the scheme . Panel line wash was courtesy of UMP's Earth wash. Not satisfied there, I dry-brushed on various shades of brown all over, and used black to represent areas of heavy weathering. More pictures, I say! Well there we are then, another project draws to a close! Would I recommend this kit? Absolutely, but if you're using the kit decals then you'll want to soak them for longer and bathe them in your favourite decal solution, to prevent ripping. Thanks for dropping by again Best wishes, Sam
  33. 57 points
    Airfix 1/72 Heinkel He.177A-5 'Greif' 6N+HN of 5./KG 100 1943 Here is another ceiling holding pattern nostalgia build from the 'Kit I built as a kid' Group Build, a kit originally released by Airfix in 1967 which I must have built around the mid 70s. I have built it mainly out of the box with the exception of some scratched extra detail in the typical for the time spartan interior plus a couple of additional parts around the rest of the model. All in all great fun to build and I really enjoyed having a go at mottling for the first time and creating my own masks for the markings (bar the '6N' and the tail marking), I had only a couple of dodgy reference photos and one profile to go on....yes I know never trust a profile! but for the purposes of this GB I was content enough to risk the wrath of the RLM posse. The build thread can be found below: Thanks for looking and as always comments and observations are welcome. Cheers, Mark.
  34. 57 points
    Kit was a dream to build. Some of the parts fit so well, a coat of paint needed to be removed before fitment. For some reason, it took me longer to build than expected, weird. Please enjoy. Comments/questions always welcomed. Thanks for looking, Mark
  35. 56 points
    Good day, ladies and gentlemen! Let me present you my next model. The model is noteworthy in that it exists in a single genus, because these side numbers and logo are individually designed. This board performed reconnaissance flights over Baku (Azerbaijan) during the WWII.
  36. 56 points
    Hi there I think I have learnt to load up pictures, here is my 1/72 Airfix Concorde I built a few years ago. This kit helps you put into use the modelling skills you have learned over the years, it is one of those that needs a lot of time and patience to make it look good. Here is a list of the changes made to the kit starting from the nose. Please note, this is not the build sequence. 1. Nose probe replaced with Master Mirage brass probe. 2. Nose cone external profile rounded off to remove prominent external angled ridge. 3. Internal support made for visor to reduce rake angle as the Airfix design is too flat when the nose is up. 4. Scratch built panel underneath the visor. 5. Visor back edges reshaped to allow steeper angle. 6. Fit the nose, then the visor and fill with scrap plastic and filler at the bottom of the visor to blend in. 7. Glue the left fuselage nose section to the left centre section. Repeat for right. This is done after the mating surfaces have been fettled to ensure no steps when glued. 8. Fill in all recessed panel lines and the side windows. Use white Milliput and not grey like I did, it took loads of primer to cover the filled grey lines. 9. Move the nose wheel well forward, I seem to remeber about at least 1/2’’. 10. File off the longitudinal ridges around the cockpit as the profile is over pronounced in the kit. 11. Glue fuselage front sections together. 12. Add support sections of plastic card along edges to support the wings to improve the bond and reduce the gap. 13. Glue top half of each wing to the fuselage. 14. Make up wing underside to the wings. 15. Remove height from the rear of the engine housings. This will ensure that there is no step at the wing upper surface/ engine interface. 16. Glue tail sections of fuselage together. 17. Partially cut off fin and re-align as it is twisted in plan view and canted over to one side from the moulds. 18. Glue the tail to the fuselage and use lots of plastic card and filler to blend in. 19. Replace kit wheels with Airwaves resin set. 20. Something I forgot earlier was the Drawdecal Concorde windows and door surround decals were also used here. Onto the pictures With the Wright Flyer from the AIMS brass kit The reprofiled nose and visor from 2 sides
  37. 56 points
    I would like to show you the model of the jet that I love. A-6E Intruder from Trumpeter 1:32 scale as always, a model made straight out of the box. Therefore, some of the decals don't match the original. The Trumpeter A-6 model is one of the best models of this company in the 1:32 scale. Unfortunately, model it's quite complicated and demanding to build. However, this is one of those jets that you must have on your shelf. 1:1 And 1:32
  38. 55 points
    Hi folk's another for the kit you built as a kid GB,not my best moment in plastic it was a bit troublesome in places and the glazing very disappointing I was glad to get her finished but good practice for a couple of later mark's for the BoB GB next week,apologies to luftwaffe fan's the decals were shot so cobbled national insignia together for a pre=delivery aircraft and at the time of building was out of most paints so colours a bit iffy!
  39. 55 points
    Greetings! Another old Airfix kit - this time the classic JU52. Out of the box build with a few minor enhancements. Poor fit in many areas, especially landing gear! Maybe I should have done the float plane version. Decals were the most challenging part of this build - the corrugated surfaces are not very decal friendly. Kit decals were very old and unusable, so I used the PrintScale set 72-075 which finally worked with repeated applications of decal solution. Paint scheme is from the PrintScale decal painting guide. I think the actual machine may have had a splinter pattern? Had a mental lapse and forgot to mask the side windows before spraying clear flat coat so they are a bit fuzzy looking! Many thanks for having a look, comments and questions always welcome. Bill
  40. 55 points
    Hi everybody, With the dreaded COVID grounding me for the past few months I’ve been working my way through my stash. Here is the new-tool Airfix Hunter F.6 in the markings of 63 Squadron at the 25th Anniversary meet of the Hunter at Greenham Common in 1976. I originally painted this model in the Red, White and Grey scheme of 4 FTS but I couldn’t get a finish I was happy with so I stripped it back and repainted it as you see here. It took a bit of research to find a camouflaged Hunter minus the guns and sabrinas (I had already removed them) but fortunately I found this one. The kit is a pleasure to build however I replaced the pitot tube and ejection seat as well as adding a ladder from Brengun. The paints were Hataka and the decals were from the spares box. I added a picture of this model with my previous Academy Hunter that I built last year as a comparison. I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed building them! Chris
  41. 54 points
    Martin P6M-2 Seamaster Naval Air Station Harvey Point, North Carolina, 1959 1/72 Mach 2 kit Surely one of the coolest looking aeroplanes of all time, the Seamaster was just a step too far into the field of far-too-expensive-aeroplanes. In some ways it captures the spirit of 1950s military aviation in America in which anything was worth a try. I bought this Mach 2 kit at a good price (£40) last year but really never thought I would build it. Opening the box revealed the size of the beast, but also revealed huge amounts of flash and poorly moulded parts with rough surface finish. Once I had cleaned everything up though (which took a huge amount of time) it actually went together fairly quickly. Not having to bother with an undercarriage helped, but I did have to mould a new canopy because the kit canopy was very thick and completely the wrong shape. The kit included the complex beaching trolley, which is so necessary for flying boats. Cleaning up the parts for this was something else, but it went together OK in the end. Decals were just about usable, but the white parts had yellowed which looked awful against the painted white of the hull. Thankfully I managed to find enough letters and numbers from other sheets to replace them. The previous Mach 2 kit I built was the Valiant, some years before the Airfix release, and the experience was about the same as this, but I did get the same feeling of satisfaction to see it finished.
  42. 54 points
    Hello all! The latest build just rolled out of the paint shop in the form of one of my favourite 1950s/60s jets, the Dassault Super Mystere B2. As you can see, she is one of the conversions undertaken by our Middle Eastern neighbours, Israel. After the Israelis had retired these machines the Fuerza Aerea Hondurena (Honduran Air Force), the “FAH”, received 16 of these machines during 1976-77 as part of deal covering 16 aircraft, parts and engines. Once in country they were allocated serials in the range FAH 2001 to FAH 2016 and were operated from La Ceiba air base. Their initial operation was supported by the Israelis but quickly the Hondurans grasped the nettle and took on the operation completely. They saw action in the Nicaragua-Honduras conflict against the contras - Operación Danto ‘88 - https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=es&u=https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operaci%C3%B3n_Danto_88&prev=search&pto=aue - and latterly were used on border patrol work, often intercepting drug running aircraft overflying the country. During their service, which was long, four aircraft were lost in accidents. During the mid-1980s they underwent maintenance in Texas, USA and thereafter they adopted the light blue and grey colour scheme that they carried until the end of their days. At the end most were placed in open storage but two survive as preserved machines in Honduras, one (FAH 2016) is in the Museo del Aire (Air Force Museum) in Tegucigalpa while the second (FAH 2003) is still at La Ceiba. Both have lost their genuine FAH colours. This particular machine is FAH 2002 and she is modelled to represent her early in her FAH career. The main difference over time was the addition of new and differing antennae on the fin. She is, as you can see, marked in the standard US camouflage of the day. The weapons fit is based on the following image: This consisted of two Shafrirs and two LAU-68 rocket pods, plus the integral DEFA cannons. You can see in some images, though, that they also carried bombs (Israeli and Mk82) and even the Israeli MER. However,Alex @sosa_1991 whose father was a pilot and instructor on these aircraft, has told me that they never used the MERs operationally. From the following photo you can see, though, this machine did, at least, carry them at least once albeit with practice rounds. In fact, an image exists showing this same aircraft at an air show with 4 x MERs fully loaded with bombs! The SMB could carry a large payload but I reckon this might have pushed her limits if it had been tried in the air! These are my two reference images: Alex has been very supportive of this build, guiding me with information from his father and with images. In return my first FAH Super Mystere build (an Azur) was shipped, via Miami, to Alex in Honduras where she now sits as part of his father’s air force memorabilia display. Thanks for all your help, Alex! This model is built using the Special Hobby kit (72345) as a base. A great, very detailed kit. My only criticism in its production is the slight mismatch in moulding that has resulted in many edges that need to be sanded and cleaned up. In engineering terms it would have benefited from having a different arrangement for the tail empennage. As a result, I had to butcher it a bit to get the drooped “hydraulics off” tailplane. Being more pedantic it would have been good to have separate speed brakes as these Israeli machines always had the brakes extended while on the ground – mandated. That aside she is a beauty! What did I do/use? Well: 1. Kit – Special Hobby Dassault Super Mystere B2 “Sa’ar” 1/72 (Kit No. 72345) 2. Aftermarket/extras – The Shafrirs came from the Brassin set (672 217). The LAU-68 D/As came from the Special Hobby AH-1Q kit and the Speedbrakes are partly from the Eduard PE set (73 683). See my WIP for more on this. The seat is Aires and as close as I could find in the aftermarket. 3. Decals – I am grateful, as always for the drawing expertise of @Giorgio N who drew up these decals as well as a full set for the remaining fleet plus the entire FAH Sabre 4 fleet. We then got these printed by Arctic Decals by suggestion from @Moa, to who I also extend my thanks. In addition I used kit stencils and some White stencils from the Microscale camouflaged F-4 set. 4. Paints – As I do often, I used the excellent Colourcoats on this build. However, having expended one tin of FS2622 I discovered that the next was a different shade of grey. For decalling and weathering protection I used Humbrol Glosscote. The model finished in Humbrol Mattcote. 5. Washes and Weathering – Flory dark dirt wash plus Tamiya Weathering Powders and a Prismacolor Silver pencil. I hope you like her. I do, although I lost my enthusiasm for a while! Martin
  43. 54 points
    Here's the new Special Hobby Meteor NF12. It's a tricky build in places with some work needed to get various items to fit. Particular attention is needed for cockpit, the engines within the upper and lower wings wing assembly, the undercarriage doors, engine nacelle and canopy. It's a lovely detailed kit, but perhaps over engineered in places. However it's a vast improvement over the Matchbox offering and when completed looks a hell of a lot better.... and probably retails at the same price. Paints were Tamiya XF81 and 83. I decided to freehand spray the camouflage which didn't turn out as well as hoped so it needed some brushwork to finish off! I must resort to white tac sausages next time. Decals were from the kit and Modeldecal for a machine from No. 72 Sqn at Church Fenton in the late 1950s. The kit decals are really thin though and have a tenancy to fold up on themselves! Frustrating. In summary a really nice if slightly flawed kit being more 'short run' than mainstream, but I will be building more (as I have loads of aftermarket decals to get through) and using the experience gained on this first one will make some changes in the way I tackle things next time. It IS highly recommended, but you'll need to put in a bit of work here and there. Thanks for looking... comments much appreciated
  44. 53 points
    The unusual yet captivating shape of the Seabee has attracted pilots and modelers for decades. There are many surviving examples in very good condition, and many others in different degrees of needed care. Still, no good kit of them is available, in spite of its undeniable charm. In 1/72nd scale the only option I am aware of is the Mach 2 release. I am not in the least impressed by what I have seen regarding Mach 2 kits, nevertheless they produced an almost decent Seabee. The worse part (and I can't emphasize enough the word) is that thing that attempts to pass for a transparency. Many other parts will need the modeler's attention as well. And one or two parts only deserve the trash can. For those interested, I strongly recommend the WiP, that may save many a headache and lists all the modifications done to this kit: I have chosen for this model, being the nature lover I am, a livery from the Fish and Wildlife Service, of the US Department of the Interior. My hope is that one day we can protect wildlife fully, and not just to sport-shoot and sport-fish it. More than enough we take for our alimentary needs already. The graphics were commissioned from Arctic Decals, and the quality is -as per their usual standards- superb. In case some nice manufacturer would like to take care of this void, the possible liveries are almost endless, and there a large number of countries in which this plane flew. There are some different versions with this or that specific bit (engine, prop, wing tips, and other details). Avis? Kovozávody Prostějov? any takers? Still, with inordinate amounts of time and effort, these ugly duckling kits (never better said) can be transformed into beautiful swans.
  45. 53 points
    My latest work... Special hobby Mirage F.1 EQ
  46. 53 points
    Su-15TM Flagon - 22nd Fighter Aviation Regiment - Chita Oblast - Bezrechnaya2 AFB - Zabaikalskiy Air Defence District - apx 1990 Trumpeter 1/48 plus ...... many accessories and my scratch I invite you to comment
  47. 52 points
    This 1:24 scale Hawker Typhoon with metal landing gear, Yahu Instrument panel and masks produced on my Silhouette Cameo cutting machine Depicts R8781 SA-H from 486 (New Zealand) Sqn, RAF Tangmere December 1942. Set on a display base with a plaque that is signed by three WWII Hawker Typhoon pilots in 2017. It comes with a certificate of authenticity and also a book showing the whole build process. The signatories are: Flt Lt David INCE DFC Flt Lt Derek Lovell Flt Lt George Wood This model is being donated to the Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group (RB396) for a very special auction coming later this year: to help raise funds to ensure that RB396 is restored back to flight as the worlds only genuine MkIb Typhoon. Richard Spreckley Scale Modelling is proud and honored to support the project not only as the resident modeler but in being able to donate this one off Special Edition 1/1 to the auction. For more details of the project and up-dates on the progress of the restoration to flight, plus how to join the supporters club and future events go to their FB page or: https://hawkertyphoon.com/black-tie-gala https://hawkertyphoon.com/ #bepartofsomethingspecialRB396
  48. 52 points
    Sometimes I go a bit bananas over a build.... like in this case This became a somewhat bigger project than I had anticipated and a bit of my folly shines through. My first thought with this kit was that "I will show that any model is buildable" after all the flak this particular kit had recieved I got a bit piggheaded about it. The end product is perhaps not a silk purse sewn from a sows ear...but it´s at least fake silk....or nylon It was a challenge and to be honest about it, Kinetic didn´t help matters...this kit is crap! It comes with the composite wing, wich I discovered to late to change my mind about the subject I was going to build. I ended up building an early "A" model and I had to convert a "E" kit with a composite wing into an early "A"...it wasn´t really doable without major reconstruction, I went with faking the win gs and that helped a bit. I fixed small details like removing the Chaff/Flare launchers, adding second position lights to the wingtips,moving the belly light to the nose gear door, making covers for the arrestor hook. As for bringing the kit up to snuff I had to ad a bit of aftermarket and scratchbuilding... The list followa: D MOld seamless intakes, wolfpack resin seats, Avionix cockpit, quick boost IFR probe, hypersonic exhausts, Res Kit wheels, Profimodeller turned brass pitot tube, Eduard masks and decals from Furball. I scratchbuilt the boarding ladders and added details to the struts and wheel bays.and used copious ammounts of putty all round As for the subject, I have a thing for USS Enterprise...so I went with a Early A-model, BuNo 152597 flying with VA-35 Black Panthers on their USS Enterprice cruise 1966-67. The fun thing while looking for references for the kit I came in contact with a gentleman who´s dad had been Squadron leader for VA-35 during that very cruise, his dad had flown the 152597 on numerous missions and I´m very grateful for all the information I recieved. The 152597 was later turned into a KA-6 tanker and ended up as a target drone. Well after all that reading you want pics right? Here they are Cheers!
  49. 52 points
    During these uncertain and fraught times with Covid-19 and now the BLM riots spreading here and there, there will be an increasing likelihood of people trying to bring them up in here and tempers getting frayed, so it's time to remind people that we're a family friendly forum with no swearing, no asterisked swearing and no politics, religion or other such devisive subjects permitted to be discussed here. We're not impinging on people's freedom of speech, just excercising ours not to have to hear it in a hobby forum. There are loads of places you can chat/rant about those sort of subjects on the web, so we took the decision to remove it early on, especially as it divides us. So - no swearing, politics, religion or any other such topics please, and redouble your efforts not to fall out over paint colours on B&W photos, whether things should be weathered or not, how accurate this or that is, and whether panel lines can be seen at 12 paces. Discuss subjects in a polite respectful manner by all means, but they're ridiculous things to fall out about, wouldn't you agree?
  50. 51 points
    I just put the finishing touches on this (such as it is) in the way of the shredded rudder on Charlies Boeing and the 109's antenna wire (courtesy of my wife's long blonde hair and black jiffy marker) I took pics in my garage because of the large size base/ models not fitting anywhere else to get a shot and it being too windy today to take the scene outside. I'll try for better pictures with sky behind another day. The base is a large piece of Douglass Fir painted with aerosols. The Boeing is (of course) HK Models E/F and the 109 is Revell with a few upgrades. Build thread can be seen (I think?) over on Modelers Alliance...somewhere Please excuse the poor photography, bad lighting, cruddy backdrop etc. etc.
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