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  1. Hi everyone. Finished this a few months ago and only just got round to photographing it. It's the fairly new Zvezda release which I was very pleased about when it was announced. Living in the shadows of Marshall Aerospace in Cambridge for the last 50 odd years, I've grown up with the sound of the Allison T56 so have become quite fond of the Herc, particularly the older K's. The kit went together without any issues and is naturally far superior to it's older competitors (much older from Airfix). I added an Eduard photo etch set in the cockpit, a set of resin wheels and the decals came from 26 decals. MRP and Alclad paints were used followed by a light oil wash and finished with an Alclad gloss cote with a matt cote on the walkways. I also added the aerials found on the early models which are not provided in the kit. Thanks for looking gazza l
    106 points
  2. Good afternoon. Attached is the outcome of a long journey, my take on the fantastic Hawker Typhoon, in 1:24. This is my first build of this scale, stepping up from 1:48...and wow what a step up in commitment it was! I promised myself it would be an enjoyable OOB experience with some extras from Eduard, but none the less I got side tracked here and there with some mods. My take away? its its back to the safety of 1:48 for me...... Thanks for looking and as always, comments and feedback more than welcome. CF
    101 points
  3. Hi all. My latest aircraft build is Kinetic's 1/48 Starfighter, more specific: the F-104s ASA-M from the Italian airforce. A few aftermarket parts were used like an Eduard seat and instrument panel and a Reskit exhaust. The kit itself is excellent, the decals not so. The few general decals on the sheet are too small and no stencils are present. So, I ordered a declaset from Armycast and stencils from Tauro. I used several photos from the internet to determine the color and eventually decided on MrHobby 325 as the final colour over a black base and several darker colours underneath. Weathering was done with Abteilung 502 oilpaint. Thank you for watching. René
    88 points
  4. Hi all, Fresh from the Hellcat STGB is the superb Airfix 1/24 F6F-5 Hellcat, converted to an FAA NF.II using Aerocraft's conversion and decal set. This is the first 1/24 kit I've ever made and it's absolutely spectacular. A really impressive piece of engineering. This is built OOB apart from the conversion and beautiful wheels from Defmodel of Korea. The fit is damn near perfect, the assemblies are complex but everything slots into place very snugly (so snugly that even a thin coat of paint can throw off the placement). The surface detail has to be seen to be believed. It's so well-rendered I decided not to do any weathering as the surface textures provide all the visual interest on their own. The kit is also very accurate, and provides different options for the instrument panel and drop tank, as well as US and British rocket stub patterns. The engine and other internals are perfectly rendered and the massive 75-page, 310-step instruction manual gives excellent clear placement details. All the cockpit placards are provided as decals, though you could also consider the Airscale replacement for additional detail. This is all OOB. Anyway...if you fancy a 1/24 scale model, this is absolutely worth the £100-odd price tag and will build up into a really impressive (and HUGE) display model. I can't recommend it enough. The very nice radar and decals conversion from Aerocraft were just the icing on the cake, it looks very smart in its Glossy Sea Blue coat and FAA roundels Here's the Hellcat STGB build thread which may help if you have our want one of these to build: Thanks for looking, Alan
    84 points
  5. No top gun modelller,but surely the bomber is,with 5 Mig´s credited!!! Thanks for visiting!
    81 points
  6. Hi fellow britmodellers, inspired by a quarter scale Eduard VLR Mustang kit, I took the Airfix kit and modified it to one of Iwo Jima machines. Decals came from georgeous DK Decal sheet. The mods featured some scribing, making new antennae masts setup and borrowing the 165 US gal tanks from a P-38 kit along with some scratch building for their sway braces etc. Painted with Mr. Color SM range. Cheers. Libor
    80 points
  7. Hiya Folks, Well we all know the silly mistakes made with the new Mossie kit,...... re the TT.35 bomb doors and rear bulge instead of the bomber parts,....... but these aside I was really pleased with the new kit. Hopefully I have covered some fixes here in my WIP if it is of any interest; Well Freightdog Models have released a pair of sets to help sort out the bomber version and also a set of flat bomb bay doors plus H2S blister ,..... with more sets in the pipeline. I have used both sets to build; A B.35 from 14 Sqn based at Wahn, West Germany during the late 1940`s; The unit also features in this fabulously atmospheric painting by Anthony Cowland GAvA depicting 14 Sqn Mossies down at low level during an exercise attack against the UK from its German base; And a PR.XVI of 684 Sqn based in India, SEAC during 1945; Here are the models; First off,.... the B.35, with decals from Freightdog Models too,.... ad I have to confess,..... I have replaced these photos as I originally got the canopy wrong and added the roof bubble. Since then I have put the correct flat canopy in place and sanded the over large panel lines from the rear section, polished it and added some internal frame lines from painted stretched sprue; And the 684 Sqn PRXVI with decals from the spares box; Cheers, Tony EDIT,.... New photos of the B.35 added as the cnopy was changed.
    76 points
  8. Hi all - after spending a year spent building the Dynavector Scimitar I needed a mojo restorer and this kit did the trick for me - it went together in a couple of months and makes an impressive model even just out of the box. I relied heavily on Antti_k's WIP of his Javelin and the BM walk arounds on the Javelin. The only area that gave me any concern was joining the nose of the model to the main body of the aircraft which was probably self inflicted - the ejection seats did not have any harness but I thought they looked quite good so decided to make my own harnesses - Ejection seat harnesses are a bit of a mystery to me, I tried unsuccessfully to print the harness like Antti_k showed in his WIP but ended up using strips of foil cut from a Ferrero Rocher chocolate wrapper and a set of 1/48 buckles etched by L'Arsenal of France. What you see is my artistic impression of the jumble of belts on an ejection seat especially on the seat part. canopy strips were from an Xtradecal stripes sheet - can see a bit of touch up needed below I added wheel chocks and fire extinguisher from a Flightpath RAF diorama set Thanks CJP
    75 points
  9. HI Everyone, Finished this one about the same time as the VLR Mustang so thought I`d share some photo`s My latest go at Eduard`s 1/48 Airacobra kit Built from the latest Weekend Edition boxing Finished as `PAT-RIOT II` of the 46th FS, 15th FG, 7th AF Built from the kit contents but with a few small additions and tweaks Namely: brake pipes, splitter plate in the dorsal intake, some wiring for the radio in the rear cockpit and aerial wires Also drilled out all the gun barrels and exhaust pipes Decals were from the kit Hope you enjoy the pic`s, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
    73 points
  10. A realization of some years ago, the Ju 288 of Huma; on the whole it is a good model, but it required a great work of modification, both of the cockpit (almost totally rebuilt)… and of the wings and engines details. The model represents the Ju 288 V103 (C-1), as it appeared in Dessau in the summer of 1943. The camouflage is in the classic 70/71/65 (Humbrol Enamels mixtures); the codes are decals printed by me, the crosses and swastikas instead are from other models. Everything, as always, has been totally brushpainted.. Hope you like. Thanks for viewing Comments and suggestions welcome. Giampiero Piva
    71 points
  11. Just completed this one at the weekend - Eduard's p-51 Mustang. I built the old tamiya kit a couple of years ago and although that is still a great kit, the new Eduard does bring a new level of awesomeness to the table. I really enjoyed this build - it does have plenty of flaws but makes it up for it in terms of detail. Most of the issues can be dealt with easily enough - however the Tamiya kit had a much better approuch to the upper nose section - supplying a one piece component which give you a perfect result - the eduard version has the traditional split fuselage approach which means you need to sand off alot of detail in this area - and it's quite challenging to put the detail back, Other than that, I'd have little to complain about. The cockpit is fantastic oob - surface details are lovely. Another great kit from Eduard. Painted with Alclad and Mr Color paints - Oils for the weathering. Thanks for looking Cheers John
    69 points
  12. This has been a long time coming for me, purchased this Trumpeter 1/72 Su-24M kit back at the beginning of 2018. Then some time later purchased the Foxbot mask set & decals from Authentic. This is something that I've always wanted to see finished in my collection despite being a daunting subject with the airbrush. The Authentic decal set has all the digital markings as decals, but to my eye all the colours just didn't look right, so it just had to airbrushed. The only other aftermarket was the obligatory Master brass pitot. Here's the colors I used, I purchased the Hataka set for the Ukraine digital schemes, but the matches didn't quite match up to what they said should be applied to what. The FS numbers referenced on the Foxbot mask set also didn't match up to actual colors, so i took as many greys as I could & made a sheet of swatches to see how they looked, then selected each one by eye. The base light upper grey was Mig-226 with some added white to the mix as the real color is a really light ivory grey. Next upper colors; Vallejo 70.907 for the blue grey Hataka A189 Hataka A249 Hataka A030 The nose; Hataka A335 The underside was Hataka A334 To my eye all the colors look correct, but taking photos that represent real life is tricky when trying to set the right color temperature on the camera. Taken using a 6400K daylight bulb & white balance set as close to that as I practically could. Thanks for looking, I won't be doing any more digital schemes for a while! Martin
    68 points
  13. Hi Brits- I just finished this TBD-1 Kit from Great Wall. I really liked the kit and the build. I had some issues with missing parts and mis-numbered PE, but it was easy enough to get the right part off the pe sheets. This had eduard PE belts, and aftermarket wheels and torpedo sighting doors. It was a fun build and I could build it better now with what I learned building this one. The ribbed wings I needed to do a better job aligning the lower and the upper wings. I should have cut off the locating pins and glued to match the ribs, but I didnt think of that, until I discovered that I have some mismatches. I was shocked how BIG this plane is! It had a 50ft wing and dwarfs the SBD and Wildcat. Its almost the size of an Avenger! The sharp eyed among you will notice I forgot to pull off the masking tape on the fuselage side windows before these pics were taken! I will pull it someday, but this one is already upstairs in the display case! Decals used are Techmod and were excellent! Paint used is good old Testor's Model Master USN Blue Gray and Flat Gull Grey. My favorite movie is the remake of 'Midway' in 2019. I loved that movie and this plane is the one flown by E E Lindsey. He is the guy who crash landed a few days before the battle of Midway, but was determined to take part in the Battle and lead his squadron. When I think of the Greatest Generation, his words in that movie: "I will meet you at the Japanese Fleet" spoken to Dick Best just sum up the dedication and sacrifice that won the war in the Pacific. The TBD's were totally sitting ducks and were wiped out, but in their sacrifice, they eliminated the fighter cover over theJapanesefleet that let the SBD's be so successful. Enjoy the pics and I goofed up a few areas, but all in all it looks good...
    68 points
  14. G'day All The second of my Harrier triple builds, this one is Kinetics new AV-8A. Overall, an easier build than the FA2. Kinetic have retooled the fuselage and the intakes so they fit a lot nicer now. Kinetic have also moulded some cockpit sidewall detail into the fuselage halves too. I was happier with how this turned out compared to the FA2. As a contrast. I decided to do this one as a clean build, rather beaten up. Decals came from the kit, with paints coming from Mr Color and AK real colours. Decals were from the kit. Eduard supplied the seat straps and the LAU-10 rocket pods. The third and final Harrier is almost ready for paint, and I think that will e me and harriers for a while! Thanks for looking Bruce
    68 points
  15. Finally posting this on RFI, as I explained at the end of my WIP thread the build was cut a little short so there's no Blue Steel yet, but that kind of makes sense since it's in a configuration suitable for a parked up Vulcan. I made a number of corrections and adjustments to the kit as I built it, all of which is recorded in my WIP thread. This is everything from basics like missing details from the landing gear to getting the various blisters under the wing right for this airframe in 1966. Overall I'm quite happy with this, there are parts I could have done better but it all looks just about right. In hindsight I'd have gone for a different airframe, this one had an unusual green tail cap instead of black and i think that it would be nice to have that on this model. I won't bother writing up my opinions on this kit in full here, you can read them in the WIP, but in short it's a very good model in terms of shape and options, but the details are disappointing as many are missing or slightly wrong (presumably due to an over-reliance on LIDAR scans when museum examples aren't perfect representations of service aircraft). And of course they did the wrong variant, I'd like a B1 but that's down to personal taste Of course I had to take some pictures with a Valiant and a Victor The real XM594 is of course one of the nineteen surviving Vulcans, on outdoors display at Newark Air Museum A few WIP photos:
    67 points
  16. Greetings to you all, Well I have just finished my Avro Vulcan as XM607 just prior to Black Buck 1. I was able to source the long out of production CModels Black Buck weapons set, thanks to @DougC, which really helped as it has the early non-faired pylon onto which was mounted the Dash 10 ECM pod. The old Airfix Vulcan set helped supply the other faired pylon for the port wing. The Shrike anti radar missiles were mounted to these on later Black Buck missions. Apart from the CModels weapons set and some XtraDecal decals for XM607 she has been built out of the box. I had a few issues with the intake seams, but a few cycles of filling and sanding soon had lovely smooth intakes. Painted using Tamiya and Mr Color paints. Onto the pictures then! I am quite happy with how she has come out and feel I have captured XM607 fairly accurately (there is always something I miss!) just before she set out on her historic mission. Many thanks for viewing Matt
    66 points
  17. A belated RFI for a model finished a few days ago - I was waiting for the rain to stop! The build thread is here if you want to watch the painful process that was this one coming together... Anyway, here she is - any comments/criticism are welcomed I will hopefully get some more photos added tomorrow, showing some close ups...
    66 points
  18. The latest off of a very slow production line is this one from Kinetic. This is without doubt the most challenging builds that I have taken on in quite a while. The kit had several short shot parts, very few others that actually fitted without a lot of tinkering and truly sucked the fun out of modelling on several occasions. However it's done and I think I've earned my 'I took on the Kinetic Intruder and won' badge. I added the following to the build, one of which added to the challenge but is worth the effort, it being the Wolfpack cockpit set. All in all though I'm pretty pleased with the outcome and glad to have an A-6 in the display cabinet Wolfpack resin - A-6E Tram Cockpit set Master - Pitot tube, AofA probe and refuelling probe Eduard - LAU-10 Rocket Pods Eduard - GBU-16 Bombs Afterburner - Desert Storm Intruders decals Reskit - Resin Wheels As always comments and critique welcomed. Pete
    66 points
  19. Hello everyone This is the current offering from Airfix, and my reading around indicated this was the best of the crop if I wanted a Mk I in this scale. And... it is a very good kit. On the plus side, it has high levels of cockpit detail (you basically build the cockpit and the rails/mounts it fixes to.) You get the gun bay detail with eight Brownings and their feed chutes plus the removed gun bay panels. You get a nice pilot. Altogether the level of detailing is spot on, and looks (in my opinion) spot on. I'll now list my grumbles: The wing to fuselage fit is iffy and needs a lot of surgery to get right. I made a balls of it and had to fill and sand a lot then rescribe detail. Two other builders I know have had the same issue. Basically the wing seesaws - either the front is too prous or the rear is too proud. Solution: dry fit and trim as muchas you need before hitting the glue. Gun bays. Airfix asks you to cut out the wing panels yourself... I didn't want the bays open in any case but would hesitate to start carving into the upper wing panel as I would be bound to mess it up. Would an optional top wing panel moulded with gun bay covers removed be nicer? Yes cost and space in the box matter of course. Props and spinners. The kits includes two variants of each, and it's clear from the painting schemes which one goes on which plane, but in the instructions they only use the earlier DH type (I think) and there's no notes or option instructions to use the Rotol (I think!) for the alternate scheme. A little bit of direction here would be nice, as unless you're a real buff, there is no guidance to use the Rotol set for the second variant offered in the box. So - apart from issue number one, nothing major, and a very satisfying kit. Next in the 1:48 collection will be someone from the opposition that summer. Enjoy the pics, any criticisms or questions, fire away.
    65 points
  20. Hi Fellow Britmodellers--- Here is a plane I just finished an hour ago... Took almost two weeks and its probably my best model thus far. This one is an Academy kit of the original Accurate Miniatures tooling. The Academy instructions were really hard to follow and missed steps! If you build one, head to scalemates and look up the old Accurate Miniatures instructions posted online. I had to several times to figure out how to build this!!! I added resin wheels, eduard PE seat belts, and the decals are techmod for the USS Essex TBM-3 Avenger. I detailed the bombs with printscale US weapons decals. One thing I had to fix was the kit did not have the tailwheel extended properly (or I goofed placement of a bulkhead, but not sure). I had to add a post to the top of the tail gear retract strut to get the tail gear rotated out enough as per photos of real Avengers. Looking at builds of this kit on line, everyone seems to have the partially extended tailwheel! So watch for that when you build yours... I painted in Gunsie Mr Color sea blue and intermediate blue and flat white. I also painted according to official TBM paint guide with the 'gradiated blue' on the Leading Edges of the Wing and Stab which is same as on fuselage sides. I found a photo of the real Georgia Peach flying and so weathered and detailed accordingly... This one came out nice! Thanks for watching and checking it out...
    65 points
  21. Hi all I have been working on this lovely kit and here are the results. Built out of the box with the exception of some Eduard PE seat belts. Brush painted with Humbrol enamels. Weathering was done with an oil paint was and weathering powders and pencil. Quite pleased with this. Sorry about the photos, tried to get better light but weather turned. Thanks for looking Chris
    65 points
  22. Good afternoon This is my build of the 1/72 Douglas Dakota from Airfix as used by the Royal Australian Navy. I completed this earlier in the year. In the 1950's this particular aircraft, N2-43, was fitted with a Sea Venom nose and radar and a Gannet radar under the rear fuselage and served as a flying classroom for Observers (Navigators) for those front line aircraft. When the Sea Venoms and Gannets were replaced with Skyhawks and Trackers in the late 1960's the radars were stripped out and N2-43 was returned to general duties but retained the modified nose. Built as a C47A, it's original USAAF serial was 42-92711 and it flew with the RAAF as A65-43 until being delivered to the RAN in 1949 as N2-43. It flew with 851 Squadron which became VC851 when the RAN flew mostly American aircraft. I used decals from Hawkeye Models and a resin nose from Southern Sky Models in WA to modify the kit. This Dakota is currently on display at the Australian Fleet Air Arm Museum at Nowra NSW. Paints used were: Tamiya X-2 Gloss White Tamiya XF-71 Cockpit Green Vallejo Metal Color Aluminium various Tamiya blacks Minimal weathering, as these aircraft were kept in very good condition. Flory grey wash to highlight panel lines and Abteilung oils for exhaust and hatch stains. The kit went together quite well except for gaps on the upper wing roots which required some attention. Also some of the smaller parts were a bit brittle and snapped. This seems to be common with some of Airfix's new plastic or it could just be my not so small fingers. Just behind the wings on the fuselage underside I have scribed a square panel which is a patch on the real aircraft covering the hole where the Gannet radar used to drop down. The underwing serial '800' was not included in the decals so I made a stencil and air brushed it on. This is the aircraft on display at the RAN FAA museum at Nowra, NSW. These photos were taken by me in March this year in between covid lockdowns.
    64 points
  23. Hi everyone! Let me present my new model. This time it’s Supermarine Spitfire, one of my favourites. There’s no need to specify the facts about the prototype because everyone knows this plane inside out and it’s one of the most frequently assembled models. However, I should point out that I wanted to show the qualities which were specific for early Spitfires. Those were the fighting machines whose creators had no idea about real combat conditions. They were equipped by a streamlined flat canopy that didn’t provide 360-deg vision or have any armoured windscreen panel (when you come to think of it, the plane had no armoured protection neither for life-critical units nor for a pilot). Moreover, the early models were built up with an old-school two-bladed rotor and some throwbacks such as an antispin parachute, and there wasn’t any weapon heating. It rendered the fighter useless on apparent combat heights of German bombers because frozen machine-guns didn’t work there. In other words, the early Spitfires were like Englishmen with enormous potential but poorly aware of what was waiting for them in the heat of the coming major war. I’ve chosen Airfix A02010 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I/Mk.IIa set for assembling. The set makes a good impression, the details are well-fitted, but still there are certain drawbacks in canopy-fuselage attaching and wing-fuselage blending. The model is quite accurate, so it hasn’t raised a lot of my criticism. The only thing is that the upper part of cowl panel has square-flat shape closer to the Mk.V rather than Mk.I. The panel lining is pretty true-to-fact although a bit simplified and needs improvement. The model features the 9th manufactured prototype of Spitfire K9795 from the 19th Royal Air Force squadron in Duxford as in October of 1938. Thanks for looking!
    63 points
  24. It's been a long time since I last posted here. This is a model that I started as part of the campaign on Britmodeller, but I did not manage to finish it on time. I experimented with black basing for the first time, but using complementary colors for the marble effect. This gave me very satisfying effects in tonal variations on the surface. I notice that this effect is much more visible to do on such one-color camouflage, because I tried the same effect on the Tu-2 in parallel, where I was mostly successful in lighter fields, which are also larger areas. There is nothing to say about the model, it fits perfectly, the details are great. You can choose between the 4 versions of Marseille's machines, I prefer this one from the box-art, with the red rudder, all white spinner and high demarcation lines between the RLM 79 and 78, The paints are Gunze, the weathering was done in the following order: pin wash Tamiya fluid, then I applied matte varnish, and then smeared with artist oil paints and W&N mineral spirit.
    63 points
  25. Hello everyone. I don't get on this part of the forum very often as my builds tend to be rather prolonged affairs, but here we are: this is my attempt at building an accurate Sea Vixen FAW.1 at 1/72 scale. A full account of the research materials and design process can be found on the WIP here: The build originally started out nearly two years ago with the original intention of modifying two existing kits (an approach which I pretty soon abandoned on grounds of quality/accuracy),deciding instead to design my own. Shown here is the result of 3d printing with some homebrew PE and vacforming for details. A few other details like pylon braces were hand-made from brass, whilst custom masks and decals were produced to handle the colour work. The designs for this aircraft were produced from a combination of photo-interpretation and the aircraft maintenance manuals - each indispensable in confirming the details of the other - using Fusion 360. I've no background in CAD, or 3d printing - or even making your own brass etch - so the whole undertaking turned out to be a major learning exercise on multiple fronts as different sets design problems arose and needed to be resolved. The aircraft here is actually the first of two FAW.1 designs that I've produced; I'll talk a little more at the end of his post about the next one. Aside from the encouragement of a regular bunch of knowledgeable and generous friends on here, there are specific individuals that I need (as always, I never consider anything I do on here solely 'mine' so much as the result of shared knowledge) to single out for thanks. @71chally - in my view the peerless historian of this de Havilland aircraft made sure that I had the bumps and colours of this aircraft correct. @Navy Bird provided support in the early days of the project and proved (should proof be needed) of how generous modellers are with information. @canberra kid as usual seems to have every British aircraft manual under the sun and filled in the blanks most decently with the pages missing from my own copy. @hendie was - with the routine resin masterpieces that he casually lobs into his builds - the single biggest influence on me turning to 3d printing and has by this stage cost me a bloody fortune in tools over the years.... The following photos then show my reproduction of XJ481, an early production Vixen that ended up being co-opted as a trials aircraft in the late 60s, at which time she received this bold diagonal scheme for work on trials of the Martel missile system. The paint scheme shown here is intended to represent the appearance of the aircraft circa 1970; a more detailed service history being available on the FAA Museum site here. Studio photos to start with then showing some of the details: My personal preference remains the use of daylight in terms of judging the effectiveness of my work in relation to the actual aircraft: Next up over on the WIP will be XN708, a later production version of the FAW.1 that was lost on night exercises in Lyme Bay in 1964. This one will be built as a full display version with wingfolds, moving radar and removable Avon engines: It's already printed - I just need to get cracking and build the thing! Thanks for looking in. Take care, Tony
    62 points
  26. Hi Folks! This time I read all the comments about this particular aircraft in 1/48 scale before starting the build. Dang! Just in time to put aside the Italeri kit and went for the Airfix new tool! Definitely, it worth it, because the building of the kit was a delight (after the Italeri's Hurricane experience). I used only some decals from the Italeri kit, because I like the yellow RLM 04 spinner tip on this particular Stuka. The pilot and rear gunner figures came from Zvezda kits. Here are the photos of the Airfix kit for the Junkers Ju-87 B-2 'F1+DP' of 9./StG 77, Caen/France, August 1940, during the Battle of Britain. Cheers and happy modelling, Cris.
    62 points
  27. New Airfix He-111 was worth waiting for all these years. Great kit, straightforward build, OOB except for the Eduard canopy mask and seatbelts. Gunze colors were used. Weathering was done with Mig fluids and artist oils. As my several latest kits, this one was also started in the Group build but finished well after deadline.
    62 points
  28. In this model, fabricated: -Pilot and operator cabs, -Propellers, -Nishties, struts, struts, wheels and landing gear flaps, -Imitation of wing mechanisation, -Rocket rails, -Light landing lights, -Keel BANO, -All kinds of antennas, -Exhaust nozzles. Of the modifications: -Cockpit lights, -BANO, -Burner, -miscellaneous air intakes, -Radar, -Cab, -Deflector hinges and linkages. Painting and lacquering with brushes. Paints: GSI Mr.Color and Mr.MetallColor urethane-acrylic, PC88 acrylic, Tamiya lacquer, futura, +plain pencil. Enjoy the view!
    62 points
  29. Hello there! I am proud to introduce my newly completed project, an AMK MiG-31BS interceptor in 1/48 scale. The kit is AvantGarde Model Kits | No. 88008 | 1:48 and I created a building thread in the WIP sub-forum here: The fitting of the kit was fine and the building was straight forward except for my modification on landing gear struts. The MiG-31 nose gear is trailing link suspension type and main gear has staggered mounted wheels on a movable bogey on each gear. I managed to modify them as the aircraft was in the air right before pilots raise the gear retraction/extension handle. The painting was done with Mr.Color lacquer paints. To my astonishment, the R-33 and R-40TD missiles took more time to paint than the airframe itself. Subtle weathering was done with Winsor Newton Oil Colors thinned with Zippo lighter liquids. The final photos were shot with a Sony A7R3 digital camera with a 24-240mm lens, the lens were really awesome to provide extreme realilty! For more photos, and in case of 'space.png' problems, you can also visit my album on scalemates: https://www.scalemates.com/profiles/mate.php?id=67957&p=albums&album=77129 Regards, Kun
    60 points
  30. Hi Mates, Finished a F-5A from Classic Airframes recently. Thought it would be nice to make it from a lesser know F-5 user, Libya. The operational life of the F-5 in the Royal Libyan air force was a short one due to the coup from Gaddafi in 1970. Couple of the machines were sold to Turkey I believe. The kit is OOB except for most of the decals, the Libyan markings are from ArmyCast and the stencils came from the CA kit and from a spare Kinetic kit F-5 decals. Oh, and the pitot is from Master. The build process can be seen here; https://www.scalemates.com/profiles/mate.php?id=14213&p=albums&album=72174 Erik
    60 points
  31. Hello everybody, This is 1/32 Special Hobby Westland Whirlwind Mk.1 with the markings of P6985 HE-J No 263 sqr RAF, Exeter air base March 1941. Model build OOB except for Eduard seat belts and CMK wheels set. Paints are Gunze Sangyo acrylics. Happy Modelling
    59 points
  32. Hello all. I’ve been beavering away with this one for the past six months in the WIP area and its now finished. If you would like to check out the build here is the link. As per usual the Amonster kit comes with the fuselage and main wings moulded in glass fibre, the rest in (short run) plastic. The model has a scratch-built Novella housing as the kit offering was the wrong size and shape. The windscreen wipers are from an Ace etch fret. The decals are from Begemot sheets other than the flags which I made, and the colour is home mixed. The model weighs in at a hefty 485 grams, most of it in the front end to stop it being a tail sitter. I’ve included a couple of pics with my Nimrod for size comparison. Hope you like it. Thanks for looking. Pete
    59 points
  33. Hello all, I've been working on this one for a while now and i was hoping to get outside and get some photo's on a diorama and in daylight, but the weather hasnt been playing ball. So, i thought i'd get some indoor pics done and then update this later. The build includes Red Fox Studios instrument set and all the weapons are attached with magnets for ease of transportation, paints were from Gunze and oil washed with Abteilung Starship filth for the most part. All comments welcome
    58 points
  34. Hi All My latest completion is off the bench after a 6 month project build. It is the Trumpeter 1/32 F-14D Tomcat done in the markings of VF-101 Grim Reapers. The model includes resin ejection seats, resin wheels and resin wing seal bladders. The decals came from DXM and are printed by Cartograph, they performed flawlessly. Paints are all lacquers from MRP and SMS ranges and the weathering was completed using Tamiya panel line wash, Tamiya pastels and AK colour pencils. There are some known inaccuracies with the Trumpy kit but fixing those was outside the scope of this project so I picked my battles. Anyhoo - enjoy some pics. I hope that looks ok, I'm quite happy with how it turned out. Cheers Andrew P.
    58 points
  35. Hiya Folks,,.... Another once across the line,..... and one more addition to my growing 45 Sqn collection. This is the excellent little Airfix 1/72nd Vampire T.11 with decals from Xtradecal and a couple of old Aeroclub metal seats were put into the cockpit to help with nose weight. The model was painted using Tamiya rattle can bare metal silver and brush painted with matt varnish to better replicate RAF Hight Speed Silver. I tried to make it look well weathered due to the tropical climate,.... but I may have over done it?; And next up,.... I`m tackling the same kit but with the High Planes conversion to make the early variant with framed hood, no ejector seats and smaller fins,..... which also includes decals for a 45 Sqn aircraft,... photos of the real aircraft show that it did in fact have roundels on the booms, so the image below must be a printing error;
    58 points
  36. This is the old tool Airfix Vulcan. Glad they put it out to pass as the moulds were getting really bad. Thanks to @bentwaters81tfw for a set of intakes from an original tooling, the ones in this were really bad. Decals from before Airfix started using Cartograf and were not great. Still its finished and of the Shelf O' Doom. Even in 1/72 it fills my large photo tent!
    58 points
  37. Hi all This is 1/32 Dragon’s Messerschmitt Bf 110D with the markings of M8-SP from 6./ZG 76 Greece in 1941. Cockpit modified with Eduard instrument panel and seat belts. Exhausts are from Quickboost Paints: Gunze Sangyo acrylics Decals: EagleCals #32-119 Happy modelling
    58 points
  38. Hi all, here my new built Meng F/A-18E Super Hornet in 1:48. Pretty good fit and a lot of fine details. Add the Eduard PE Set and some HGW RBF`s.
    57 points
  39. Built as part of the Grumman Hellcat Single Type Group Build but fitting in with my overall build theme of aircraft of FAA Aces, I though you might want to have a quick look at these.. The kit used was the 1/48 Eduard MkI / MkII Combo boxing. The models were painted using Xtracrylics for the base camouflage. Anti corrosion treatment / new paint was using Hataka Acrylics (slight difference in colours). Tamiya / Life colour for weathering. Box / Xtradecal generic marking sets for the markings.. The two aircraft I chose to build were:- Hellcat MkI FN411/5°E 1839 NAS HMS Indomitable Oct 1944, Operation Millet. Flown by Sub Lieutenant Edward “Tug” Wilson. Wilson’s family heralded from Co. Meath and emigrated to South Africa between the wars. Tug Wilson volunteered for the South African Naval forced and served as a member of the Fleet Air Arm On 19.10.44 (1010) SLt Wilson destroyed 2 x Ki-43 ‘Oscar’ 3m S of Car Nicobar flying Hellcat I FN411/5*E “In the meantime the enemy made an appearance over the fleet, but were met by our Hellcats and Vics’s Corsairs. The Corsairs shot down four and the Hellcats three, all Oscars. Tug Wilson destroyed two and (John) Smithwick one. They were flying with Bing (John Hawkins) and Claude (Lt RC Westfield), who was just about to press the ‘tit’ when Tug nipped in before him and shot it down. Bing got on a Jap, but his electrics failed so his guns failed to fire”. SLt R McKenzie Hellcat I FN411/5*E This is the effect I was after This is how it turned out Hellcat MkII JW867/W116 1844 NAS HMS Indomitable May 1945 Operation Iceberg Oolong, flown by Sub Lieutenant William “Bill” Atkinson. On 21st May The one success had been when Hellcats from Indomitable on a CAP, had been vectored out to investigate a radar plot at about 30,000 feet, 36 miles from the fleet. They found a Myrt shadowing the task force and after a brief fight it was shot down. 21.05.45 Nakajima C6N ‘Myrt’ Shared destroyed Grumman Hellcat II JW867/W116 Here is (I think) the real aircraft in April when the CO had an encounter with the barrier. This is my interpretation one month later. Couple of slides from my Aces pack (where I keep pictures of my models) Hope you enjoyed them Thanks for stopping by..
    57 points
  40. This is the Airfix kit, 1:48th of the SEPECAT Jaguar. It's a bit rough and ready, but a nice simple kit. I added a resin cockpit from Pavla, some resin exhausts and wheels, and the nose probe is a brass item from Master. The decals are a combination of the kits, Xtradecal & Kits World. Painted with Mr Color acrylics. Thanks for looking Angelo
    56 points
  41. Greetings, comrades! Trying to embrace the immensity, and building models of different times and directions, I could not avoid the theme of World War I. In the closet was only this set, though the car without a lot of swings, but quite interesting. I mixed a few cans of wooden paint and a couple of canvas paints (two of which were already done). I assembled some material and literature, had some practice and experimented, built the model rather well and without too much effort. Had to putty of course, and work up, how-ever without it ...) The plane belonged to (Flik 41J, pilot Frank Linke-Crawford, Sežana, autumn, 1917). Painting and varnish: GSI Mr.Color urethane acrylic, Tamiya varnishes, + pencils. Enjoy watching!
    56 points
  42. Thought I`d put some sunny photo`s up to counter the rain and coincidently show you my latest completion which kills two birds with one stone My attempt at Eduards 1/48 VLR Mustang from the `Tales from Iwojima` boxing Built almost completely OOB ,I did leave some bits of PE out and some pinged off into the carpet monster ( which is weird, as there isn`t a carpet in the kitchen ? ) Had a hard time choosing from the many colourful options provided and in the end just went for the first one in the instruction booklet. So in the markings of `Annie Lee` which was flown by Lt Col John W Mitchell who has fame by leading the mission against Yamamoto, April.... 1943 which resulted in his demise. Only thing I had to add was some wire brake pipes Suppose now I`ll have to pick up some weekend editions so I can make a few of the others on the decal sheet Hope you enjoy the sunny pic`s, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
    56 points
  43. So she has been finished last night - a Stampe of Belgian Air Force in May 1940. Absolutely lovely kit, easy to build with no traps. The paint is a mix of Tamiya orange, white and earth, decals from different sources (insignias are from the Frrom decal sheet of Belgian roundels). Rigging was made with invisible mending thread and the weathering is really subtle, the planes were well maintained. Thanks for looking.
    55 points
  44. Not the most unusual subject to be presented here, of course, but here's another little Airfix Hurri. It's built out of the box in 85 Sqn markings with just some seat straps added. I've done a few of these now, and better options are available in this scale, so this will be the last - I think... With my last attempt at this kit: Best wishes, Ian
    55 points
  45. This is my 1/48 scale Royal Canadian Air Force Piasecki H21C Shawnee or more commonly known as "the Flying Banana" A couple of years ago I had a period of interest in helicopter models and I wanted to build the Flying banana because of its curious looks and the colourful Canadian scheme. This helicopter type was widely used in the 1950's by the US army, and especially at the beginning the 1960's in the Vietnam war. This chopper was introduced in the maple leaf country in 1954 and its special assignments were search and rescue missions and special tasks in the Arctic areas. Because of the winterization of the chopper it could operate in sub-zero temperatures as low as -54 degrees centigrade. I built the model from a 1/48 scale Italeri kit which was quite ok, but not reaching tamigawa quality, though. There were some fit issues and quite a bit of sink marks and some flash. The RCAF decals for the colourful helicopter are from Belcher bits and I also used an Eduard photoetch set to enhance the details.
    55 points
  46. Hi all - been a while since I posted here so I've got a couple of new builds - First is the Zvezda rebox of the Accurate miniatures tooled Yak-1b. The kit isn't too bad considering the cost - and has some nicely engineered components - especially like the one piece upper fuselage which negates the need to deal with the top fuselage seam. It does have fit issues however - on the wing roots and the landing gear assembly was a nightmare. Or at least I found it to be a nightmare - I'd probably do a better job next time but I found it impossible to align the structs correctly this time round. The Zvezda decal set wasn't great - the print was out of register and the colours seemed to be quite off. I'd recommend getting after market decals if you do this kit or check the decal sheet before you buy. I added some Eduard photo etch landing flaps and cockpit detail - both of which were quite good. It was painted with Mr Color lacquers with oils for the weathering effects. Overall, I'm happy enough with the result - I'm not too happy about the wing root chipping which didn't really 'come off' in my opinion. I probably would have gone with a different scheme given the choice now - I found the red nose difficult to do. I really like the Yak and there are plenty of great schemes available for it. Thanks for looking John
    55 points
  47. Decals from Sky Model decals , paints by Mr Paint.
    55 points
  48. Greetings Folks, My attempt of Hells Angel using Academy kit 1/72, I have seen some awesome models out there hope mine is somewhere closed to it. No the expert and have novice idea of US ww2 plane, apologies if any mistake and hope it can be pass on. Painted using local paints and for metal, Mr. Color 8 silver added different color for silver modulations. Cheers
    54 points
  49. I enjoyed this build from Kinetic. A challenge in places, and the Aires cockpit made a big difference to the overall finish.
    53 points
  50. Hello guys I would like to show you my model from revell 1/32 scale Royal saudi Air Force Tornado IDS camouflage with old 7 SQN Logo "Gulf War" 60% of the decal is custom made I hope you like it
    53 points
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