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  1. Hi all. Here is my latest finished model, the mighty F-111E in 1/48 scale from Hobbyboss. Just by coincident, Reskit from Ukraine released a beautiful resin cockpit set, complete with pe parts, 3d printed instrument decals and plastic clear parts. From the same brand a pair of resin exhausts and a set of weighted wheels were used. A metal pitot tube from Master and a decals set from Caracal were also used for this build. The weapons and and fuel tanks in the kit are useless and I only used the AN/ALQ-131 pod. Laser guided bombs from a Hasegawa weapon set were used instead. As usual, I primed all parts with Alclad black pimer and painted the model with MrHobby acrylics. A wash was made from Abteilung 502 oilpaint and AK white spirit. This was a very enjoyable build, especially with the good detail and fit of the resin parts. Thanks for watching.
    134 points
  2. This is my Airco DH.2 scratchbuilt in 1/144 scale, which I have been working on for the best part of the year. A strange thing happened during the last covid lockdown, and I received an opportunity to put together a book on scratchbuilding in 1/144 with an emphasis on WW1 aircraft. The DH.2 is one of my all-time favourite British aircraft. Not wanting to let the side down, I've been doing my best to make a good job of it. It's been a bit of a learning process and I have a few quibbles. But all things considered, it worked out pretty well. An RFC Nieuport is next!
    87 points
  3. Hi all, here is the gallery of this Italeri kit representing the aircraft in force at the Royal Australian Air Force - 10 Sqn. W3999/RB-Y operating from the RAF base at Mount Batten, in the classic Dark Sea grey - RAF Light Green scheme. I hope you enjoy it. Click here for the WIP: by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr
    87 points
  4. Good evening peeps, Here’s my latest project which I’d like to share with you all. It the companion to XM607 which I posted a couple of months ago. Here is the Airfix offering. Not without its problems…and not the kit or the build…so purchased for the dreaded evil-bay to find out it’s missing 2 sprues, decals and instructions….. So purchase another but it was a B2 booking in a K2 box….aggghhhh. So with lots of help with the guys from my model club, it’s finally finished with aftermarket decals and lots from the spares box. The “dayglo” is all masked so I could try and replicate the faded look, as is the attempt to show the faded paint on the Victors stationed at Wideawake in ‘82. Anyway enough waffle, hope you enjoy. I loved building this kit, no filler, and intake vaines worked perfectly And here are the Vulcan and Victor next to each other. My tribute to the heroism and airmanship of the two crews 40 years ago. Many thanks for looking. Cheers Si
    84 points
  5. It’s funny how one can be totally indifferent towards a certain aircraft and then one specific paint scheme sparks the inspiration. I noticed the (mid-90s) splinter scheme on the painting instructions of an ACE decal sheet I saw online and was intrigued, then somewhat disillusioned when I saw the real colors in an Airliners.net photo, then intrigued again after I finally found some pics of the aircraft in service. Of course everyone likes the signature digital camo of the Ukrainian Air Force, but for me the older splinter scheme is just too cool. The new Zvezda Su-25 seemed to be the perfect opportunity to implement this project, and I was delighted that Zvezda brought their A-game to this kit; it's miles above the competition. Cockpit interior details are very basic, but with a closed canopy and the awesome pilot in there, it won't be noticed, and the coaming & HUD are excellent. People who build this with an open canopy will want to use aftermarket parts anyway. The surface details are great, even if the thumb-sized mushroom rivets of the original are clearly under-represented on the model and the execution of panel lines is a bit uneven in certain areas. Part fit and engineering is perfect, and lastly, you can't beat the price, which is about 40 Euros around here. Fuselage construction is a multi-part affair, and I think it’s best to glue only limited sections while ensuring a proper fit. The decals (from Begemot?) are a dream to work with. There's a gazillion stencils to apply, since every panel seems to have it's own ZIP code on the original. The Ukraine markings were taken from a sheet for the Su-17 that I had around. The kit comes with a comprehensive and well-detailed weapon set. Unfortunately, Zvezda decided not to include the clear parts for some of the missiles, so I had to improvise for the S-25 seekers. I added and air duct and mirrors in the canopy and the target camera from an Eduard kit on the HUD, everyhing else is OOB state. Colors are custom mixed Tamiya acrylics and Vallejo Metal Color for the dull aluminium. Thanks for watching, and C & C are welcome!
    83 points
  6. So the 3rd of the classic BoB era German bombers. First Revell kit I've done, and on the whole it went together very nicely. Turns out the cockpit glazing didn't fit as nicely as I first thought, but not too obvious. Eduard Zoom set to gussy up the cockpit, otherwise OOB... Decals went down nicely, although the long red no-walk strips were a bit of an orifice, as was trying to make the ones on the dive flaps match up to the big crosses underneath. Paint mostly Vallejo Model Air. Thanks for looking! ...and with mates, ready for a jolly day out in that London...
    80 points
  7. I built this fairly quickly, a better man could do a much better job on it but I'm happy with what I got...not sure where I'll put it now it's done but, here it is pictured on the walkway in front of my house A great model, excellent fit, good fun Thanks for looking
    79 points
  8. I'm in the process of migrating old builds from Photobucket to Flickr and whilst I can find the WIP of these two builds back in 2013, I couldn't find an RFI so thought I'd post them here linked to the Flickr pics. Build thread: Here It's the Frog Mk.I and old Airfix Mk.IV kits with Falcon canopies and plenty of scratch building to bring them up to date. Fun builds from what I remember and pleased with the results. Frog: Airfix: Thanks for looking
    74 points
  9. Here is my just-completed Hasegawa 1/48th Phantom FGR.2 (F-4M). My Work in Progress build thread is here: Falklands Phantom 1/48 Hasegawa - Work in Progress - Aircraft - Britmodeller.com Falklands Phantom 1/48 Hasegawa (britmodeller.com) The items added to the kit were the Aires FGR.2 cockpit and Aires wheels. I don't remember where the AIM-9Ls came from. The chaff and flare dispensers on the inboard pylons are from the True Details USAF F-4 Pylons set. I had some interference with the forward flare dispenser adapter and the AIM-9 rear fin. I had to trim both parts and slide the AIM-9s slightly forward to get them to fit. One thing that I didn't expect was that the kit canopy actuator pistons would not fit with the Aires cockpit. The rear actuator fit in but was too short to actually touch the canopy. I could not even get the forward canopy actuator in between the seat back and the center canopy section. I just left it off. That's something I'll have to look at for later builds when I use the Aires cockpits. (I have an E and G model Aires cockpit that I plan on using.) I tried to show a well-used jet, suitably dirtied up. I left the SUU-23 gun pod fairly clean since I thought the armourers might keep them stored in a relatively clean area. I used a thin lead mechanical pencil to make random scuff marks on the fuselage sides to represent boot marks from the techs working on the jet. Just a few random swipes. I also showed some wear on the left intake and canopy rails showing the yellow-green primer peeking through. Questions and comments are welcome. Thank you for following along.
    74 points
  10. Here’s my “naked” version of Trumpeter’s 1:48 MiG-3 early The “idea” was to show the materials used to build these aircraft metal, wood and linen. I’ve used a large slice of “artistic licence” while representing the plywood panels, I’ve no idea how the “real” panels would be so I’ve shown them as, more or less, fixed width panels. Paints used: Stynylrez black and white primers MRP - wood and linen Xtreme metal - NMF Akan & vallejo - interior Wood decals - Uschi van der Rosten Montex masks for cockpit glazing Resin: Quickboost - prop & spinner, exhaust & undercarriage covers Reskit - wheels & tyres Eduard PE - seat harness & instrument panel This is the first time, that I can remember anyway, building a Trumpeter kit and I must say that I’m impressed and wouldn’t have any qualms attempting one of their kits if they had a particular aircraft that I wanted to build. The only thing that lets the kit down is the “vague” instructions however thanks to @fubar57 for pointing out how things should go together. fubar57 also pointed out a “modification” that should have been done to the front of the exhaust area, unfortunately I forgot to make this amendment, by the time I remembered I’d stuck too may pieces together and I thought I’d stand more chance of causing too much damage, hopefully next time I’ll get around to it! If you want to build one of these I can highly recommend massimotessitori’s reference site… https://massimotessitori.altervista.org/sovietwarplanes/pages/mig3/yuri-rr/right-cockpit-wall.htm Anywho, enough waffle here’s the photo’s… If your interested you can read my build loge here… until next time as always, any suggestions, criticisms or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
    74 points
  11. Good evening, dear colleagues! I present to you my next model. When assembling, etched and resin parts were additionally used.
    72 points
  12. A work of some time ago; the RS kit is good, but, like all models of this type, it requires some modifications and a fair number of additions, particularly in the area of the engine and its radiator and in that of the wheel wells. The rather bare cockpit also needs numerous additions. The wheels in the kit are too small, so they have been replaced with those of a Bf109 F. The model represents a B-1 from Industrieschützstaffel, a squadron formed by the pilots of the company a protection of the Heinkel factory in Rostock-Marienehe in September 1939. The camo is in RLM02 (or RLM63) integral (mixture of Humbrol Enamels), entirely brushpainted; the decals are partly those of the RS, partly come from other sheets and the one relating to the indications of the flaps on the left wing was printed by me. Hope you like it. Thanks for your attention. Criticisms and suggestions welcome. Giampiero Piva
    69 points
  13. The Tamiya 1/48th scale kit I built earlier this year depicting A-1J 139608 "Blood, Sweat & Tears" of the 1st Special Operations Squadron in Vietnam. It initially started as a SOOTB build, but I became completely absorbed in this project and easily went beyond that. This was the photo that started it all: I added the metal cannon barrels, Quinta 3-D cockpit decals, Caracal Decals, Eduard SUU-14 ejectors and 250lb Phosphorous bombs. I also did scratch-built static wicks and the FM Antenna. Overall another great Tamiya kit. But, I was somewhat disappointed that Tamiya supplied the landing lights with no option to install them on the underside of the wingtips. Something I didn't discover until past the point of return and re-do. As a former USAF wrench-turner, I can relate to this aircraft's name, and if I could go back in time, there's a plane in my past that would've earned this moniker. In my stash is the Z-M 1/32 scale kit and I'll be re-doing this very airplane again sometime in the future.
    68 points
  14. Here is my latest and probably my most detailed 1/72 model to date. I used the "old" but still very good kit by Academy released in 2007. Good fit, decent detail and great decals printed by Cartograf. To show more movement and detail I've dropped the front slats, ailerons and flaps and I've added the nice and crisp Aires cockpit resin set and Black Dog's box which includes the electronic bays, canon, radar, spine and engine. The Black Dog set is good but is not at the same fine level as the Aries one, and in fact some of the pieces had pretty bad fit, so I ended up replacing them with some scratch build ones like the partition wall in the engine bay or the hatches for the avionics. All weathering was done using oil paints. F/A-18A+ US Marine Corps VMFA-232 "Red Devils", USS Nimitz, Persian Gulf 2007 Thanks for looking!
    68 points
  15. Hi everyone. Just finished this kit after a bit of a modelling hiatus over the summer. I've always liked the Gazelle particularly in the RAF training colours so I was quite pleased when AMP announced the release of a new tool kit. Not a bad kit, some nice extra details including a few 3d printed parts and a sheet of 3d decal control panels (although due to the transparencies being a bit unclear they are difficult to appreciate), plus a set of vinyl masks but they missed out the rear passenger window masks for some reason. Also the small nose P code is missing from the decal sheet. Painted mainly with MRP and Alclad lacquers and finished with Alclad semi gloss cote. Thanks for looking. gazza l
    66 points
  16. Say what you like about airfix but I really like their range of 1/48 kits Featuring the markings of Ken Taylor of the 47th Pursuit Squadron at Wheeler Field, Honolulu, Hawaii during the attack on Pearl Harbour. This was done with a mix of kit decals and masks made with a Cameo 4. I think these birds were fairly fresh and well maintained at the time of the attack so minimal weathering was done with washes and Ammo oil brushers, the only after market was a set of eduard belts. I'm also testing a new light setup so pictures are few but I'm trying a more 'moody' approach
    66 points
  17. Hello all. Had a bit of a break for various reasons but have got back into it and here is the latest from the shed. I started this 7 months ago but then found I had inadvertently thrown the Instructions away. Only recently I found where I could peruse them in an online shop that shows the contents of kits they have for sale, as a result I’ve managed to finish it. The kit is one of the earlier offerings from Special Hobby so needed a lot of cleaning up before assembly and is OOB other than Crystal Clear windows, toothbrush bristle static wicks and scratch aerials. Its finished entirely with Colour Coats paints sealed with an Xtracolor varnish. The model depicts an aircraft from 4 Sqn. No.61 Telecommunications Training and Test Regiment based at Lechfeld from 1968-1975. Hope you like it. Pete Thanks for looking Pete
    65 points
  18. My daughter brought me this for Christmas (she found the idea of this aircraft being built, let alone used in action amusing. Yes she did a bit of googling about). I had already done the day fighter version, so went for the night fighter version. Stuck with the kit decals (hence the square swastika kill markings) and went with the aircraft code being "Y" (they give the option of it being "B") and chucked some resin and etch at it. Used the CMK engine set along with the eduard etch for the cockpit and master barrels for the guns. The finished model is loosely based round the photo here https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205210136. I used Alclad black primer overall with a few misted patches of darker black to break up the monotone. I went to the bother of masking the fabric areas on the flaps and rudder and spraying a lighter shade for the fabric, but you can hardly see the effect. Tim
    64 points
  19. Hello Here is my last build with this 1/72 Airfix AVRO Vulcan B.2 in the early 1960s. XL321 was in front line service with No 617 Squadron which at the time was the first Vulcan squadron with the Blue Steel missile. If you remember some years ago I built the Vickers Valiant in overall white and I could not resist to do the same with this big bomber. The decals came from the previous Airfix Vulcan box. I added the wheels from Armory and used some scale masks from ASK. I can say the kit is easy but long to build even if I had to fix a part of the port leading edge which suffered from a lack of material. I showed this drawback on another subject here. I think later I will build the Victor in the same colours. Patrick
    63 points
  20. I did this a while ago but never got round to sharing it. Lovely kit, the only issue to sort was the warped wing. I'm from a vintage where we used to fly these in Air Cadets like many others here so it would be rude not to add a few to the collection! Painted in MRP lacquers which go on beautifully, thanks for looking
    63 points
  21. I present you my latest finished model of a fully stealth fighter aircraft.The great hasegawa f-22.The kit itself is pretty good.No major issues during the construction.I have added a colored eduard PE set in the cockpti and I have tinted the canopy.The painting was done using hataka and gunze lacquers and I hope I have captured the look of the f-22 camo that has a metallic tint to it.
    62 points
  22. last build finished, custom nose art decal and masks for the lettering, hope you like it, history about this Mustang http://www.leteckabadatelna.cz/havarie-a.../detail/480/
    61 points
  23. Hi fellow modelers, this kit I built recently for a book project using the Hasegawa kit with some extras, e.g. Master brass radar dipoles or Quickboost stuff for gun barrels and engine intakes. The kit should represent Oblt. Werner Briegleb machine from 7./NJG2 in March 1945 known from two period photos I was able to find (e.g. Nachtjäger book from Classic). The kit was painted with Gunze acrylics in RLM75/76 colors with RLM81 mottles, while the decals came from AIMS decal sheet. Cheers Libor
    61 points
  24. Well, I was only going to build one of Airfix's Chipmunks, a 6-AEF one based at Abingdon or Benson due to the local connection and the White Horse on the badge. Whats not to like. I was planning on using the markings in the Xtradecal set X48221 for the 6 AEF markings. However, while looking at the decals the set of day-glow markings for an all grey plane just screamed out that it needed using. One order later, and it was a double build. WG431, of Glasgow & Strathclyde University Air Squadron and WB550, 'D' of 6 Air Experience Flight. One from the '60's and one from the '90's. Lovely little kits. Removed the locating pins on the wings as advised by other builds. I used the Eduard space set on WB550 and the Kits World set for WG431 (one was 4 point, the other 5 point harnesses.) I was going to re-scribe the early battery access hatches on WG431, but didn't, and didn't add the strengthening plate just behind the engine on WB550. I did add the UHF aerial on WG431. Its a shame someone does not make thinner engine access panels for this kit. The ones provided are so over scale. Other than that it was all fairly plain sailing. I did try using the Humbrol 174 as advised in the instructions, but it looked to orange to me, so gave it a thin over-spray of 16. Looks better to my eyes anyway. On to the pics. * If you are wandering about the "jump, Jonny, Jump" watch the delightful video linked at the end Tim
    60 points
  25. this was another on-and-off project but one of my best if I do say so myself. Without further ado, here she is: I really enjoyed making this model in the end, there were sooooo many stencils though! I'm definitely taking this one to Scale Scotland 2022! (If I go)
    60 points
  26. hi all, This is the 1/32 Italeri F-104G finished in the markings of JaBoG 33. The kit is very good but not perfect. Fit of parts was excellent in places and poor in others; some details were crisp, others not; the plastic was soft and accepted glue really well, but the nose undercarriage leg is very weak; and some areas were well detailed others not. On the whole it went together well, but i incorporated an Aires cockpit and seat (both superb), a Reskit exhaust and wheels (again superb), a Master pitot (excellent) and Peddinghaus decals (not so good). The decals conformed well and were very strong, but they were about 15% too small and slightly inaccurate. As a consequence, i used some of the decals from an old Revell kit which perfomed well. However their falcon's legs were too big by about 20%! In the end it was a bit of a mix and match plus some help from my friend Richard who provided masks for the black bird outlines, thanks. Hope you like it Andy
    60 points
  27. Hello Dear Friends! After the japanese 'Pete' I chose to build the american counterpart, the ubiquitous Vought Kingfisher. Not the prettiest kite over the Pacific during 1941-1945, but surely one of the most important unsung heroes of that war front. I got lucky and found a 1990's reissue of the old 1967 molds by Monogram. As a lot of you dear fellows know the Monogram kit suffers from a lot of shortcomings and innacuracies, mostly regarding the EDO float, the engine cowling and the rather spartan and simple cockpit. To fulfill that deficiencies I ordered the superb Flight Engineering pack with all the troublesome parts rebuild in resin. 10 points to the FE pack! The other interesting experience I had building this lovely seaplane, was the search for the correct colours of the 3-tone (actually 4-tone) cammo of the US Navy since the early 1943... I put my confidence in the accuracy of the AK Real Colors Intermediate Blue and Sea Blue to reach the goal, but the result was rather dissapointing when I compare their tonalities with some color photos of the time. I decided to intervined the 2 colours, adding some more blue and a little bit of red... and the results -at least for me- were much better. So... enough words! Here are the photos of this rugged and sturdy sea bird, ready to get catapulted from some American battleship or cruiser. Cris.
    60 points
  28. Good evening all. After a 'little' break between June and now, Ki-84 has been already finished. Now it's #1 kit on my personal list in 'fine detailed, easy to build & fun' category. During work I had some troubles with finding a photo of real plane so I focused only on gaining experince in painting the scratches. If I build one Ki-84 more then I'll paint all yellow straps, as there is currently a small colour difference between the decal and the leading edge (but hard to see on photos )
    60 points
  29. Latest effort. The Italeri boxing of the Northrop YB-35. I've previously built the YB-49 so I knew what to expect. Overall the kit is OK and the decals are excellent. Finished in Vallejo steel and gunmetal. 20220927_085338 by Derek N.Ferguson, on Flickr 20220927_085353 by Derek N.Ferguson, on Flickr 20220927_085414 by Derek N.Ferguson, on Flickr 20220927_085419 by Derek N.Ferguson, on Flickr 20220927_085425(1) by Derek N.Ferguson, on Flickr
    59 points
  30. Hi All, My latest completion is Tamiya's superb P38F/G, finished as an F-4-1 aircraft of No.1 PRU RAAF in 1943. A limited number of P38s were supplied to the RAAF for this capability, and they were converted by the RAAF to approximate F4 standard. This is my entry to the 'Forked-Tailed Devil: P38 Lightning STGB', which can be found here: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/forum/773-the-fork-tailed-devil-p-38-lightning-stgb/ Here's the WIP if anybody is interested: The kit itself is superb - state of the art in terms of fit and engineering. I used a Red Roo set for the conversion - this set is intended for the Academy kit, so there were a few fitment issues to be overcome. Despite this the conversion kit can be made to work (although you may judge differently for yourself!). The aircraft I have modelled is A55-2. Although I cannot find any photos of -2, here are a few photos of A55-3, a sister aircraft (copyright Australian War Memorial and RAAF - photos for discussion only and will be removed on request): These aircraft had their Neutral Grey undersides oversprayed with RAAF Sky Blue to remove the 'US ARMY' markings. A disruptive pattern of Foliage Green was then applied over the existing Olive Drab. I have chosen to colour the spinners black, as I felt there was sufficient contrast with the Foliage Green to warrant this. The interior was completed in Interior Grey Green, as there is evidence to suggest that earlier P38s used this shade in common with the Hudson, the only other contemporary military aircraft Lockheed was supplying to the RAF and RAAF. Anyway, on with the pictures! Finally, here's a couple of shots with some RAAF contemporaries showing the variation in camouflage schemes apparent at the time: Thanks to all that have offered kind words and encouragement along the way - it has been sincerely appreciated! I've also enjoyed my first GB, and it surely will not be the last! Thanks for looking, Roger
    59 points
  31. hi,every one!! this is my Eduard 1/48 bf-109 g6 .. this kit might be the best 1/48 bf-109 kit I have ever build. no fitting issue, and the decal is very good. I am happy with the result hope you like it and here is the video build if you are interested
    58 points
  32. Well, I finally got around to weathering the Hurricane! To round out a Battle of Britain movie build, I just had to have a Hurricane. So, I modified an old 1/48 Hobbycraft Hurricane Mk IIc into a Canadian produced Mk IIb, with a lot of scratch building, detail parts from a scrapped Ark Hurricane Mk 1, and various parts from the spare parts bin. It is * F, H3418 flown by Squadron Leader Harvey (Christopher Plummer) in the opening airfield staffing scene. The Bob Diemert restored aircraft (CCF c/n 42012, registered as CF-SMI, C-GWPH, and G-AWLW) was in fact a CCF Hurricane Mk IIb. It had the 3 stack round exhaust (not fishtail), it did not have the Mk II style 'kinked' tail wheel, but the earlier Mk I style tail wheel, blanked off generator cooling pipes, no oil collection channel on the upper cowl behind the spinner, A Hamilton Standard prop, and the unique 'Canadian' spinner. Also, I've discovered that this Hurricane made its way eventually to Hamilton, Ontario, only to be destroyed in the same hangar fire that destroyed Spitfire Mk IXc MK297 (another BofB movie vet, marked as AI*A in the 'taka taka taka' scene), an Avenger, an Auster, and a Turb-Commander, Feb 15, 1993. Many thanks to all on this site that offered info, suggestions and critiques. WIP - WIP build posts I know, too many photo's already. well, just one more ... After the fire, the Hamilton aviation museum replaced (?) the lost Hurricane with this fibreglass mockup, a very realistic 1 to 1 scale kit! (I want one!) Thanks for looking, Colin
    57 points
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  34. Hi all! Here is my Blenheim, finished in Romanian colors. I used kit supplied decals and added PE seat belts, exhausts/intakes by Quickboost, and a Vickers K gun by Gas Patch (excellent by the way). Painted with MRP. Thanks for looking! Rich
    57 points
  35. Finally finished! After being started in 1999, then resting on the shelf of doom until being restarted six months ago. This is my Hobbycraft 1/48 scale Cutlass F7U–3, finished as a machine from CVA-31 on the USS Bonhome Richard in July 1956. As you can imagine, it’s been a bit more challenging than your average Tamiya kit but a lot of fun nonetheless. Full details are in the WIP if anyone is interested. Highlights include a scratch built cockpit , Vac form canopy, detailed undercarriage and gear bays. The model was painted with a mixture of Vallejo and Tamiya acrylics, then weathered with clay wash and oil paint. I hope you like it, sorry it’s a bit picture heavy. Thanks for looking.
    57 points
  36. As per my Sea Fury just posted this was finished only a couple of weeks ago. This is the 1/32 scale FGA.9 kit made up to be 601 in the proper colours in my view. This is how I remember it when working at BD and I never felt it wore the ripple paint scheme very well. So it was my intention to build it up as a TWCU aircraft with some nice shiney SNEBs, however soon as I started those voices said otherwise. The kit is as has been mentioned with the usual pit falls but mainly it a very underestimated kit and super value. The cockpit had the extra couple of instruments added and all along I intended to add a pilot (courtesy of PJ) and in this stance. I wanted to imagine that engine is running just prior to leaving the line. The Porton tanks were made using extensive references and I used my 3D printer for the flat noses. First time I’ve used it in anger and they were mated to the kit tanks. Then the very visual weld lines and the filling cap above the nose was added. The spray tube from round tube drilled out. I then added 10 thou plasticard wrapped around the body of the tank. I left a small join line on the sides and used decals to replicate the tightening braces on the sides. They were both then sprayed Gloss appliance white. The fuel tanks sprayed red and a little wear on the noses added by using the dabbing of a sponge method. Aircraft was then painted and some sun bleaching added to some panels of the red spine. The badge on the fin is of A squadron which they added on some of the fleet occasionally. The square non standard item under the cockpit in leu of the gun compartment is a TACAN system added some time ago, but over the years it had various colours added to it. Oh the worn white outline on the fin flash is on purpose!.
    56 points
  37. A record finish I think, less than 2 weeks to turn this round! It's the SMER kit that I believe was first released by Heller back in 1967! Despite its age, it's not a bad little kit, the only issue I had was a short shot front turret. Fitting the wings and getting the struts aligned was best described as a pig! I may replace the gun barrels for something more to scale, but I wanted to do this as a mojo restorer and as the start of a collection of mid war unusual yet strangely attractive French aircraft. It was primed in MRP green and painted in what I believe to be French Khaki of which I mixed Tamiya XF49 Khaki with XF5 green in a 2:1 ratio. I also experimented with the Uschi Trinity Splatter weathering templates that @Fuad used on a recent build that I forgot I had in the drawer! I've kept it subtle but added some mud splashing underneath as I suspect the mudguards didn't fully protect it. Thanks for looking Neil
    56 points
  38. Hello all, i hope everyone is well. This is my Italeri Tornado paint up as 'Danger Mouse' (DM...which is my own initial's) which operated in Iraq circa 2003. I was greateful of some advice from ex Tornado pilots that when i initially added the GBU-12's which were supplied in the kit were actually incorrect ordinance circa 2003. So i had to invest in some Eduard bits to archive the correct load out, so one TILAD pod and two CPU-123'S were added to the kit to get in right. This is just a slight oversight from Italeri as the supplied ordinance was correct for the other decal versions supplied. The other extras for this kit are the Red Fox studios cockpit set and the Mastercasters wheels, but the kit overall is a bit of a tough one that you have to work through to get right, one thing id advise others to do when build this kit is be aware for the swing-wing mechanism as it isnt the securest and could fail after a while, but when it works...its work surprisingly well. Hope you all like it as it was a bit of a mission, but a rewarding one at that. Over to you...the judges
    56 points
  39. Here's my build of the Italeri 1/48 A-10C "Black Snakes". Very nice kit, good fit and details. The following after market sets were used: Eduard (48854) - A-10C exterior Eduard (491026) - A-10C interior Eduard (648382) - AN/ALQ-131 (Deep) ECM Pod Master (AM-48-081) - GAU-8 Avenger gun tip and Pitot Tube Quickboost (QB 48 173) - A-10A Thunderbolt II Correct Fan Blades ResKit (RS48-0192) - AGM-65 Maverick missile with LAU-117 Painting was done with Gunze lacquers, the main colors are Dark Ghost Gray (C307) and Light Ghost Gray (C308). The aircraft was finished with a coat of mat varnish. Build photos here: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjA7r2u
    55 points
  40. My finished build of what I found to be a great kit, thoroughly enjoyable and excellent out of the box. First kit painted with SMS and hugely impressed with the finish and performance of this Lacquer range. Another first for me was tackling the carrier film on the Eduard decals and after a nervy start very please with the final result. Thanks for looking
    55 points
  41. Hi all, This is my first time posting on this forum, and I'm not sure I'm quite up to snuff yet to wow any of you seasoned old dogs, but here goes. I started this model in July 2022 and just finished. I like to write about the process in some depth, but understand this is not the place for that. If anyone is interested in reading more about how this model came together (probably only of interest to beginner types like me), please check out my blog: https://meatchicken.wordpress.com/ Thanks for looking and for any comments/suggestions! Cheers.
    55 points
  42. Good evening! Long, long time from my last post... So sending a few new pictures for fun just now!
    53 points
  43. Dear Colleagues It is great to see the Beaufort in nicely rendered styrene, and also the Taurus engined Mk1 to boot. However, I don't like Airfix's over-enthusiastic panel lines on the fuselage, so spent quite a lot of time filling to calm them down. The turret area on the kit is adapted so that a Mk2 is clearly planned. This compromises the fuselage here and a lot of filling is again required to fare the insert around the Mk1 turret. I used the AK interactive paints and supplemented the kit with Gaspatch 3-D Vickers K guns. I was inspired by the book 'Last of the torpedo flyers' by Arthur Aldridge about his time in 217 Squadron, which is one of the marking sets available in the kit. He reckoned that on the basis of his intake of trained Beaufort crews, there was only a 20% chance of surviving torpedo ops. The Warpaint book on the Beaufort shows how weathered these aircraft got which suited me fine! Hope you like it? Regards Andrew
    53 points
  44. This is the special hobby boxing of the Eduard Tempest II. Lovely kit to build, almost a perfect fit. I kept changing my mind as to which marking to finish it in, but in the end I went with the 33 squadron aluminum finish. I've now purchased an overtrees kit from Eduard so I can do one of the others with the spare decals. I tried to get the batty worn look the one photo I found of the aircraft has, where the camouflage is starting to show through the aluminum sprayed over the top. could have done more, but live and learn. And yes, the rockets should have a coloured band on them, but i wimped out at that point Tim
    53 points
  45. Hi, I post some pictures of one of my builds from this year. I wanted to depict a Spitfire IX in french service in Indochina. I used a Berna decal sheet, one of the profiles is an interesting plane with a sharkmouth, from GC2/4 Lafayette squadron in 1947. On the sheet it is depicted with a C wing, but some pics of Lafayette spits I found on the web show a E wing, so I used an Eduard weekend edition of the Spitfire IX E. I started with a preshading in black highlighting some panels with white. All the markings except the squadron emblem where done with a Silhouette cutter. I used Tamiya paints, the weathering is done with oil paints and pigments. I also did a diorama base, supposed to be from India or Burma, but looking acceptable for Indochina also. The ground is covered with Marston matting, a kind of wire mesh set on tarred felt sheets. The sheets are done with Canson paper, the wire mesh with tulle. The elephant and his mahout come from a CMK resin kit. The harness is done with Tamiya epoxy putty, with a little chain from some cheap necklace. The pilot comes also from the CMK kit, I just changed the head which was full of bubbles for a head from a ICM kit. The accumulator trolley is scratchbuilt, the weels come from a Tamiya mototug which I thinned as much as possible to replicate some reference pictures. Here are some pics of the completed dio: have a nice weekend, Christian.
    53 points
  46. Good day to you all. I have done this kit some times ago but it is not very often seen on the Forum. This German seaplane was a real winner during the first years of the war and was more than a match for his opponents. The model is the Italeri's one which is a very good base, with some mistakes easy to rectify, but cries for details, and details are manies on a seaplane. The Quickboost engine cover was of great help, and the Volume 1 of Lela presse on the German seaplanes helped me throughout the building process. Colors are RLM72/73 for a Seaplane from Flg.Erg.Gr, operating in the Aegean sea in 41. Markings were done with masks. The pics were taken without the MG17, since then the weapon is in place. AA8874DF-E68E-4A88-93F0-1A8CF45732A7_1_201_a by jean Barby, sur Flickr B092EEA3-EF55-4462-BE05-05CD0FA25222_1_201_a by jean Barby, sur Flickr 8F159D8B-79A8-4322-A7F6-AB2E516312A7_1_201_a by jean Barby, sur Flickr 9CFAF84C-ED82-4175-8C33-7D56F3EEACFA_1_201_a by jean Barby, sur Flickr BD04BA39-FFE7-4732-9CE2-1D5078613C46_1_201_a by jean Barby, sur Flickr 00512FE9-6593-443D-BB37-EDEE71372FA6_1_201_a by jean Barby, sur Flickr A6B8F85D-957D-4D4E-A7B4-19B4CB414DB2_1_201_a by jean Barby, sur Flickr FB7C4A31-DE18-4EBD-931B-428EE58CA7DC_1_201_a by jean Barby, sur Flickr
    53 points
  47. Hi all, Only took 7 years to finish this! Started originally just after the kit was released and worked on in fits and starts ever since. For some reason I just never had the motivation to finish it until now. Matt
    53 points
  48. Hi all, Here's the latest in my Fleet Air Arm jet collection, Hasegawa's aging 1/48 Phantom FG1 with plenty of modifications. This build took six months and there were plenty of additions; Quickboost resin ejection seats, with the ejection handles made from 0.3mm wire Alleycat seamless intakes Master pitot tube and AoA indicator Eduard Brassin Sidewinders and Sparrows ResKit wheels Xtradecal Phantom FG1 decals and stencils The following improvements were made to the kit; Blemishes in the clear parts removed, polished and treated with Klear CAD modelled and 3D printed fuel tanks (the kit ones weren't great) Some minor detail added to the cockpit (gauges and wires) This was my first attempt at completely airbrushing a I used vallejo acrylic primer and Hataka red line Extra Dark Sea Grey for the top, beneath, I started off using Hataka red line white, but soon switched to Tamiya acrylics. The red and white tail decal was the wrong size, so that is airburshed too, the omega symbol was carefully cut out from the decal sheet and applied. Weathering was done using Mig Panel Line Wash as well as oils for some staining underneath. Varnished with Winsor & Newton Galleria Satin acrylic. Molotow liquid chrome was used for the chromed oleos, and this gives a much more realistic finish than using paint - the metallic paint to the aft of the fuselage is Mig's Bare Metal acrylic collection - very chuffed with these. I'm really pleased with this build, it was rather challenging and took quite a few months - I've learnt an awful lot about airbrushing and various weathering techniques - it really does look incredible in my display case with the rest of my Fleet Air Arm jets (Attacker, Sea Hawk, Sea Venom, Sea Vixen and Scimitar). I'm excited about having the Ark Royal Phantom and Buccaneer pairing complete in a few more months.... Thanks for looking, now on to my new Airfix Buccaneer Cheers Ben
    52 points
  49. G'day all; Here's my just finished SE.5a from the Roden 1/32 kit. In brief, this is my first WW1 rigged biplane and I enjoyed it very much. The kit built up well with no significant fit issues. There are no decals on the model, I painted all with masks made on my Silhouette cutter. I marked mine as "Schweinhund III" rather than the conventional "Schweinhund" because in his book Duncan G-M says he had three aircraft of that name and I wanted to model his last one. I have no photographic evidence for this, but it's a bit different and I like that. Here's the WIP if you're interested in the how's and why's of the build. The finished photos: Cheers.
    52 points
  50. My second build from "The Longest Day" box set. Having built the first one this was a little easier as I'd got the snags out of the way. Well, apart from the self-inflicted ones. Primed with Tamiya Neutral Grey, Painted with ColourCoats Interior Grey Green, Dark Green, Ocean Grey, Medium Sea Grey, RAF/FAA Yellow, Tamiya Flat White, Nato Black, Rubber Black, Buff, Clear Red, Clear Green, Clear Orange, Flat Aluminium. Washed with Citadel Nuln Oil, Seraphim Sepia and Flory Dark Dirt. Oils used from Windsor & Newton and Abteilung 502. Finished with Windor & Newton Galeria Matt and Satin Varnishes. WIP Here. Thanks for looking, Cheers, Alistair
    52 points
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