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  1. Hi all , this is my poor interpretation of a downed 109. I used the figurine from D-day and some civilian from Masterbox. The 109 is from eduard. the scene is fictional, because the white 7 was missed in action incl. the pilot. But who cares . It stands for many downed planes. And the figurine from D-day cried out for a little scene! Hope you have fun with the pics. Have a nice Christmas and keep healthy! Cheers Andy. ️️️
    102 points
  2. Calling it done on this year long project. Kit is Tamiya's magnificent (dare I say the best scale aircraft model ever released) Mossie, with a boatload of scratch built details (I think I put over 200 extra items into the weapons bay alone), Barracuda cockpit decals and other bits, AIMS 100 gal slipper tanks and Avieology decals for No. 333 (Norwegian) Squadron. Thanks to everyone on this site who patiently answered my hundreds of questions and provided additional information. A special thanks to Crimea River for all of his help. Here's the real thing, it matches up very well
    99 points
  3. Hi everyone! I used to do be an air modeler till teenage but now I haven't built anything for about 25 years. So, please, be understanding for imperfections. Recently, I decided to make my modelling dream come true: I built the Monogram B-52 in the SAC 50s livery. The model is built out of the box with just minor adds like the replacement of the rear gun machines with 4 "Mini World" Cal 50 machine gun barrels. The colors used are: Dull aluminium areas: "Tamiya flat aluminium - XF-16", lightly buffed (to reduce the glitter aspect) and then covered with "alclad Klear Ko
    92 points
  4. Hi All, My first completion for 2021 is Auntie's lovely Lancaster B.II. This mark of the Lancaster was a little different to the iconic Merlin-powered Lanc as it used the Bristol Hercules radial engine. The B.II was conceived as a backstop in case of production restrictions on the Merlin. This never eventuated, and the type was relatively short-lived due to inferior performance at normal operating altitudes. However, 300 or so were produced, and many ended up with RCAF squadrons until they were replaced by Halifaxes. There are 2 well-documented aircraft in the schemes
    91 points
  5. Hello Britmodellers, here my Merry Christmas to you all! I love the picture i got via SG ETUO. Great Group which wants to make a Flugplatz Museum with mostly british AC. Ca. 1971: Quite fresh XV800 No. 20 Sq from Wildenrath Now on top new pictures of my changed (yesterday) R.A.F.P. corporal with "Snowdrop" cap and black/red R.A.F.P. armband on the left. A happier New Year to you all! Tom
    90 points
  6. Happy New Year to all my modeler friends! Now the nearly two-month-long project has come to an end. Although is was planned to finish last December, I couldn't due to some issues. I have always wanted the F-4 Phantom in my collection and now that I have finally got one! It's the J version of F-4 from US Navy and the markings are Vf-102 Diamondbacks which you do not see often like the Jolly Rogers or the 3-tone Air Force Versions. The kit is from Academy in 1/48 scale. The quality of the fit and details are acceptable but I wanted a super detailed Phantom in my collection So I decided
    85 points
  7. Model GWH in 1/48 plus add-ons. Camo Ensign George Gay, the only survivor of the entire VT-8 crew at Midway.
    81 points
  8. Hi, everyone! It's my first model in this year.
    80 points
  9. This is Zvezda's new 1/72 scale C-130 Hercules. A lovely kit with no issues (except for ones I caused!) Fantastic level of detail, inside & out. As my all time favourite scheme for an RAF Hercules is the mid stone/ dark earth I used the decal set from 26 Decals. Painted with Colourcoats enamels and Tamiya acrylics. The only detail I added was the seat back netting in the cargo hold. Thanks for looking Angelo.
    80 points
  10. Hi all I present to you my Airfix 1:48 Javelin FAW.9/9R I finished it back in October but only just got round to posting here It’s in the markings of no 64 Squadron Royal Air Force based at Tengah in Singapore during the 1960’s Aftermarket sets include Eduard cockpit interior and Master replacement pitot tubes Tamiya and Mr Hobby paints used throughout the build A throughly enjoyable build Thanks for looking and happy modelling
    77 points
  11. Latest build off the bench is the Airfix 1/48 Javelin done as Boscombe Downs FAW.9 XH897 circa 1970 ‘ish’. Pretty rubbish weather today so for now at least its a few quick shots taken in the office. Fairly simple conversation. New nose with pitot, deletion of a few lumps and bumps on the wing leading edges, additional fairing on the port trailing edge and a mixture of kit and Alleycat decals. Seats are from the kit with some Eduard strapping. I also replaced the wing pitots with a set from Master. Toughest job was masking the scheme. Last Javelin in service albeit in a test and eva
    76 points
  12. After spending a considerable amount of time under the workbench this old kit has finally seen the light of day. I had been put off making it for two reasons. The rigging and the non availability of NIVO in acrylic. I finally bit the bullet and using 'Prym' elasticated thread and mixing the paint to as near as I could to NIVO finally finished it. The Heyford was the RAF's main bomber during the 1930s and retired from front line service in 1939 although some were kept into the early 1940s for use as glider tugs and bomber crew training.
    75 points
  13. Hello everyone, and a happy New Year to all fellow plastic-botherer's. Here's my Tamiya 1/48 P-38 for inspection. Lovely kit which is beautifully engineered and goes together without any drama. I added a basic Eduard set (cockpit details mostly) and seatbelts. I have to say I don't think it needs the internal extras - what's in the kit is pretty good, and the instrument panel can't be seen without an endoscope anyway. I also added a Brassin gunbay and ammo belt for a bit of extra interest/challenge. The kit comes with decals for the gun barrels which is novel, but I wasn't convince
    75 points
  14. Hello All, Latest one off the bench is Airfix's lovely 1:24 Hellcat. Painless build with only issue I encountered being the engine core being to large for the rings to slide onto. Luckily I found this out during prebuild research and manage to locate an aftermarket resin version. I hate to think the amount of sanding, shaving and swearing that would have happened otherwise! As I started the build a friend of mine mentioned that his Grandad was on HMS Ruler and worked on the Hellcats and other FAA aircraft stored on board. HMS Ruler was the fleets resupply carrier, holdi
    70 points
  15. Season Greetings, I had this kit for almost a decade and never had the chance to build it as there was no space in my apartment in Mumbai, back home I have some space so after completing the B-29 Lady Boomerang I decided to give it a go. The built was fairly simply not much fuss just for some clear parts that one has to be little careful, there was one missing part but I can live with it. For painting, I use the Mr.Hobby silver 8 but due to lack of paints here I used black to the silver to give some panel modulation and brown and red for exhaust. The most feared part of the kit was the De
    68 points
  16. Happy New Year to all! My latest bulid is the new Zvezda Il-2 in 1:48. Pretty nice kit with a lot of fine details. Built it OOB apart from some PE`s from my spare box. Hope you like it! photo picture hd photo picture hd photo picture hd photo picture hd photo picture hd photo picture hd photo picture hd photo picture hd photo picture hd photo picture hd photo picture hd photo picture hd photo pict
    67 points
  17. Hiya Folks and hope you are having a Very Merry Christmas! I have been building this one for over a year,..... it is jinxed,...... beautiful kit by Airfix,...... but this one was cursed!! It has fallen off tables, broken into pieces, had parts go missing,.... the full works,...... but last night I got it over the line and I`ve taken some pics quickly before it has another mishap! Since buying the photos seen below depicting 80 Sqn Gladiators in Egypt in 1939 before war broke out with Italy in 1940,..... I have wanted to build a model of one,.... especially with the change from silver
    67 points
  18. Good day to all, During 2020, with members of the AMP club (https://clubamp.ch/), we produced a diorama for the "Musée Militaire Vaudois" located in Morges (http://www.chateau-morges.ch/le-chateau/) In May 1944, an Me-110 G4 of the NJG5, equipped with SN2 and FUG220 radars, landed by mistake in Switzerland. The Germans, of course, wanting to recover this material, maneuver Switzerland with reprisals if it is not returned to them. After intense diplomatic negotiations, Switzerland, which did not want to return this plane, agreed to dynamite it in the presence of a German control commi
    66 points
  19. Couple of quick shots on the bench (paint still wet and its going dark) of the latest build - Airfix’s lovely Meteor FR.9 done as the boxed 2 Squadron option. Extras used include the Eduard cockpit and seatbelt sets and a replacement pitot from Master. I’ve wanted to do this scheme ever since the kit was first released but have hung back mainly due to a lack of references. Luckily I recently stumbled across a paragraph in Roger Lindsay’s three volume masterpiece ‘Cold War Shield’. In it (Volume 1, Meteor FR.9, 2 Sqn chapter) he makes a particular reference to WX978 whilst serving with 2 Squadr
    65 points
  20. This is my latest build. Very good but not so easy little kit.
    65 points
  21. Hiya Folks, My last Battle of Britain model of the year,...... a friend had a relative who flew with 604 Sqn on Blenheim`s at RAF Northolt and Middle Wallop so I said that I would make a model in his honour,.... so chose to depict L8740, NG-Q as seen at the height of the Battle of Britain, based at RAF Middle Wallop,... after the undersides had been repainted using Sky to cover the previous half black and white scheme. The model was brush painted and the decals came from the kit with codes from Modeldecal and serials from Ventura generic sets. I have a photo in my collecti
    65 points
  22. This kit used to belong to a fellow kit Modeller called Donald John MacKay, who lived locally in Oban and was a good mate of @Scimitar. Donald passed away recently leaving his family with an extensive stash of both books and models from a lifetime of collecting and @Scimitar real name Richard was a great help to the family in enabling them to get proper value for the items. This kit and others Donald never finished were rescued from the rubbish bin as the family were clearing the house. I asked Patrice @TEMPESTMK5 for special permission to join the Mediterranean Theatre of Operatio
    64 points
  23. Hi This is probably my last finished build for the 2020 year. The kit is little difficult and didn't address to the beginner. This Pembroke was used to spy the border during his travel between RAF - Berlin camera compartiment was added. The kit didn't provide this particulartity of this plane. I added it. I add too some radio in fuselage part behind the cockpit. But this is an "inspiration" I didn't have photos who give a reality of these instruments. A special thank for all who helped me to build this kit by their advice and photos
    64 points
  24. I first became aware of the Northrop BT-1 after watching the 1941 Warner Bros / Errol Flynn movie ‘Dive Bomber’ in the 1980s (and made a fuzzy VHS recording of it which I played back many times). The film was the last in a series of 1930s Hollywood movies with a naval aviation theme (mostly with a screenplay written by ex-naval aviator Cmdr. Frank ‘Spig’ Wead) and the only one in glorious Technicolor. As ever in aviation movies, the true stars were the aircraft. The BT-1s don’t have a big role in the film, but form a backdrop to some of the final sequences. It was the only type in the film wit
    63 points
  25. Hiya Folks, I don`t normally go in for aces aircraft, but Douglas Bader, the famous legless airman from WW2 was a larger than life character and I liked the markings of his 222 Sqn Spit, which I applied to this Tamiya kit using the decals from the recently released Eduard kit. As per my Eduard kit, I removed the upper level of varnish after the decals had `set' and although fiddly,... I had no trouble and it brought out the colours of the decals very well indeed,.... they looked much better than they did under the coat of film. The Tamiya kit is very nice,.... if a
    63 points
  26. So this build has been going on for 6 years on and off ( mainly off ) is finally coming to the close. In fact I started playing with the plastic and making plans 3 years before that! My intention with this build was to find the gem of a TSR2 kit that we saw in the original (resin?) pattern that appeared in the magazines of the time, that was hidden beneath some rather indifferent tooling. Made in the pre-CAD days the fit of the parts left a lot to be desired and often caused the details that were there to be obliterated by liberal applications of filler. I wanted to try and show that if the p
    63 points
  27. The Panavia Tornado is a family of twin-engine, variable-sweep wing multirole combat aircraft, jointly developed and manufactured by Italy, the United Kingdom and West Germany. There are three primary Tornado variants: the Tornado IDS (interdictor/strike) fighter-bomber, the suppression of enemy air defences Tornado ECR (electronic combat/reconnaissance) and the Tornado ADV (air defence variant) interceptor aircraft. The Tornado was developed and built by Panavia Aircraft GmbH, a tri-national consortium consisting of British Aerospace (previously British Aircraft Corporation), MBB of West
    62 points
  28. Happy New Year folks! Well here's the first one for 2021, although I've actually been working on it on and off for a few months. It's the excellent Revell B-17G but backdated to an 'F' using the spare parts contained in the kit. It mostly went together OK although I ran into some confusion with the nose glazing which didn't seem to be correct for an F, but then when I looked at wartime photos there seemed to be lots of variations so it may or may not be totally accurate? I used Mr Hobby 304 for the Olive Drab and Tamiya XF19 for the undersides. The latter may be a bit
    62 points
  29. Hi all, Actually built this around May in lockdown but never got around to putting it up as it's not much of a looker (first one after 6 years clean of sniffing poly cement). Thought as it's an old and kinda crappy kit I would smash through it without a care but of course got suckered into trying to do panel lines and reshaping the horrible up-turned nose they gave it. Colours are way off but altogether not unhappy with the camo pattern. Decals were horrible, and unfortunately in spite of some lead in the nose she plants that butt hard on the tarmac
    61 points
  30. Evening all, Just completed the fine Airfix 1/72 Bristol Beaufighter TF.10, a brilliant mojo build. Finished out of the box using Vallejo Sky Type S for the underside and Tamiya Dark Sea Grey for the top. Weathered with oils and Vallejo Model Washes. I would usually use a dark dirt clay wash, but decided to try and move away from that on this build using a similarly coloured wash to give a subtle effect to the recessed detail, to complement the base colour. Few small details still to add but very happy with the result. Displayed alongside the Airfix Bomber R
    60 points
  31. Hiya Folks, Having gone through my models for the year,..... I`m amazed that I`ve built so many! Hopefully I`ve not missed any,..... here they are; 1/72nd Hercules C.3P (Conversion); 1/48th Airfix Walrus, mounted on catapult section; 1/72nd Academy Fortress Mk.IIa; 1/72nd Valom Valletta, Op Musketeer; 1/72nd Special Hobby Sunderland Mk.V; 1/72nd Italeri Sunderland Mk.I;
    59 points
  32. Hiya Folks, Well here I am with some more Airfix Spitfire Mk.Vc`s,...... this time from Australia, depicting an early arrival still in its desert finish from 54 Sqn RAF before they flew up to Darwin for operations,.... and a 452 Sqn RAAF aircraft from early 1944 based at Strauss, Northern Territory. For these models I reprofiled the DH spinners, cut out the side entrance door and sourced new wheels from the spares box, especially as the 452 Sqn aircraft had wheel hub covers. Thi model also sports an Eduard canopy hood while the 54 Sqn one has a vacuformed hood and bot
    58 points
  33. Dear All, I've recently finished this model, which was started in October 2016 and shelved in December of the same year. I resumed work on it in July 2020 and pressed on till finishing it, though it fought me hard every step of the way. Here are some notable points of the build: The kit has good detail out of the box and the shapes look good but fit is a bit "vague", which caused several difficulties. As usual, I also complicated the build by adding the Brengun PE set, which improves detail considerably and is highly recommended. I tried to use the Pavla
    58 points
  34. This was a build for the Interceptor GB and my first experience with an AMK model. I had been in awe with this model, especially with the reviews it had received. Building it……… ……..well it’s a nice model and probably one of the better ones to come from China, but there is a very good reason why Tamiya are so good. For a model that promised so much, and is quite expensive… the reality is it doesn’t quite live up to the hype, “slide moulding” is super trick, but if the detail from it isn’t as good as traditional moulding. There are/were lots of little things that really
    57 points
  35. Hiya Folks, (Eric) James Brindley Nicolson, VC, DFC (29 April 1917 – 2 May 1945) was a pre war RAF Regular and the only RAF fighter pilot to be awarded the ultimate award for bravery, the Victoria Cross during WW2 when he remained at the controls of his blazing Hurricane in order to shoot down a Me110 before finally baling out with terrible burn injuries on the 16th August 1940. I think he may have felt slightly embarrassed by his award, having been selected from amongst so many other acts of supreme bravery so after a posting to India in 1942 he sought to return to action
    56 points
  36. This is the original issue Matchbox kit from about 1980 which had been in my attic for a number of years. Matchbox trademark multi-coloured plastics and choice of parts for two different versions. Beautiful decal sheet with all roundels in register. I rebuilt the basic cockpit from the kit and built an interior. Both turrets will be removeable allowing the interior to be seen. Matchbox bomb aimer in position with added bomb sight, navigator's seat and cut out in floor for camera, radio operator below the pilot's cockpit
    56 points
  37. Good day everyone. here is my rendition of the French Navy Corsair from the old Hasegawa kit. Many improvements were done on detail are the one in the kit are crude or wrong. The model is riveted and 85% of the markings are painted. A dark solid color like the Midnight blue is not the easiest one to work with, and the weathering had to be decent because on a carrier planes are well maintained. The plane is from the 14F aboard the "Arromanches" ex HMS Colosus. The Aires cockpit was used but it also has mistakes which is a pity considering the doc available, wheels are from Ultracast, rockets an
    55 points
  38. Original FROG Canberra PR.7 kit bought and made in 1960. Consigned to 'spares' box by late 1970s, but slowly worked on for next 10 years and fully restored and improved by 1995. The 'flat' mainwheels were cut off and Matchbox B-25 Mitchell wheels added, all raised rivets and panel lines removed, and hinge lines scored in. A 'collar' was added to the rear of the canopy. The original FROG engine cowlings are too bulbous, but have been retained. They are closer to the one-off Sapphire engined experimental version. The colour scheme was chosen to be close to and a tribute to the origina
    54 points
  39. Trying to just have fun with these Airfix kits. This is their PR XIX done up with Xtradecal X48-118 for RM643/Z. The only non-OOB part is the exhaust stacks. Clear glue still drying on the camera ports. Marbled on a PRU Blue color from SMS....great paint. Xtradecals....great as well. Kudo's to Airfix for allowing in-flight builds....they give you the parts to build gear up which I really appreciate (wish all kits did this). The issue I have is the pilot figures. I painted the kit pilot up and it really looked great. To get him to fit in the cockpit...I ended u
    54 points
  40. Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my first completed model of the year, the 1/72 AZ Model Bf-109 G-14AS "new tool 2020". No changes have been made to the external shape and dimensions, but the interior parts have been modified for a much better fit. Both the cockpit/fuselage and the wing/fuselage joints are much easier to assemble, literally 'klicking in place'. The boxing of the G-14AS is identical to the contents of a G-10 kit. That means it is not entirely correct, as the G-14AS had two filler caps relocated. Previous boxings of AZ's G-14AS included additiona
    54 points
  41. Every so often I get the urge to build something different, or take on an older kit. I decided to tackle the old Heller kit of the French transport aeroplane the Noratlas. It is a typical old kit of it's time, raised panel lines, sparse interior, simplified detail. To be fair the surface detail is fine and restrained, no shipyard rivets, and their is enough of an interior to start with. I added some extra detail in the cockpit, most of which can't be seen! The exterior required some work, there are a number of aerials, intakes, vents and other bits & bobs that were
    54 points
  42. Hello all, Here is my recently completed 1/48 Revell Tornado F.3, marked as ZE158 of 111 (F) Squadron based at RAF Leuchars in late 2004/early 2005. Built as part of my 'QRA North' project for the Interceptors GB, the build thread is here Extras used included Pavla resin seats, Eduard interior etch, Model Alliance decals, Master pitot tube, Resin wing seals, Resin BOL rails, New Ware masks, home made intake covers, HGW Remove Before Flight tags, Meng AIM-120 AMRAAM missiles and AIM-132 ASRAAM missiles from the spares. Paints are from Mr Paint - Camouflage Gr
    54 points
  43. Hello Dears, Here I am, First RFI in 2021... Fingers crossed for a better year... For my colonial friends, Don't you worry, and just say "Well played 37th of December 2020, well played !!" In fact, this one was intended to be the 10th kit of the last year but that plywood Tamiya transfers... This kit is a tribute to the late Charles E. Yeager, but I started this tribute moons ago !! So let's get back on the western front, around November 1944 !! Mmmh, I start playing with Picture manager... Here's the pic The snowy background is perfec
    54 points
  44. Hiya Folks, Another Arma Models Hurricane,..... the Mk.IIb saw more widespread service than any other variant and in 1941-42 they held the fort over Malta along with Mk.IIa`s and the surviving Mk.I`s,...... this model represents BG753, UP-V of 605 (County of Warwick) Sqn based at Hal Far, Malta having flown to Malta from HMS Argus on the12th November 1941. The model was brush painted using Humbrol enamels for the upper surfaces and Polly Scale Finnish Light Blue to represent weathered RAF Sky Blue and the codes and serial came from generic sets,... the codes
    54 points
  45. Hi My first finished kit for the 2021 year I started this kit in 2019 but didn't have the motivation to finish it Some others pics at this link Hawker Tempest MkV
    53 points
  46. It's taken me two months to wrestle with this kit, two steps forward and one backwards at every stage! It is a quite ancient offering from Aeroclub, mixed media with vacuform fuselage and very fragile canopy (you also have to cut out and make your own cabin windows and interior); plastic wings, tail and rudder, and white metal parts for everything else. It is, however, pretty accurate and the basic detail is good, although I had to make and add over 50 detailed parts and additions. VM365 Anson C19 (1) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr There is also a 'back story' to this project. I'm in th
    53 points
  47. Here is my recently completed Kitty Hawk 1/48 FJ-2 Fury. The markings are from Caracal's second FJ-2 sheet. Paints are MRP International Orange 232, Gunze Mr Color Insignia White 316 and Insignia Red 327. From Hypersonic Models I used their ejection seat and cockpit details and nose gear. I used CAT4 resin wheels.
    52 points
  48. Afternoon all, My latest build, and probably last for 2020, is the Airfix 1/72 Vickers Wellington GR MKIII boxing in Coastal Command colours. Representing an airframe based at RAF Chivenor... Airfix' own instructions state there is some ambiguity in the actual scheme carried, so whilst I'm sure the aerials and deice boots on the front of the wings should be a different colour, I am leaving them as is. Built entirely out of the box, using Tamiya acrylics - I am not and never am happy with how the white has laid down and no combination of thinner, ratio, air pressures etc
    52 points
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