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  1. 84 points
    Hi all, another new-release Airfix test shot, this one built for last months issue of Airfix Model World magazine. This time, a bit of a tiddler in the form of the newly released 1/72nd Me-262A-2a 'Sturmvogel', the third version of the iconic aircraft released by the company. The aircraft chosen here was actually an Me-262A-1a, fitted with wing mounted wooden racks of R4M 'Orkan' stabilised, unguided rockets. It's a rather nice little kit, although it suffers from fairly deep panel lines and is a tad basic in areas such as the engine nacelles, undercarriage bays and cockpit. For the price point though it certainly does the job and looks the part when finished. AMW provided a few aftermarket bits and bobs with the kit, in the form of Eduard's interior PE set, CMK 's resin wheels and partly exposed starboard engine and nacelle, (designed for the Revell kit) and these added a lot to the finished model. The resin nacelle needed a fair bit of reworking as it was a lot more finely detailed than the Airfix parts as well as being slightly smaller, (particularly regarding the intake cowling and Jumo bullet), so in the end I only used the exposed forward engine section grafted between the kit intake cowling and nacelle and scratch built the opened rear nacelle wing bulkhead with lightening holes. The decals proved a little problematic in that the rear blue/red waistband didn't really fit the fuselage contours even after a liberal coating of setting solution was applied. In the end I decided to airbrush the band colours which was pretty straightforward. Swastikas were added from the spares box as none are provided. All in all, good fun with no real build issues, except the engine nacelle to upper wing fit which was sorted out in minutes. Not a subject I'd normally tackle to be honest, but I'm really glad I did... Hope you like it and thanks for looking. Melchie
  2. 80 points
    Hi guys, so I'm back in the hobby after about 20 years, unbelievable how the hobby have changed in those years can't believe it! There is an air force base near where I live so I see F/A-18 almost every day so I decided to go with the Revell 1/48 F-18 to start it off. I did not want to wheter it too mutch as I think the ''too pronunced panel wash'' makes it kind of cartoonish and unrealistic, so went with another technique. I also don't own an airbrush so I did the best I could with what I saw on the net and here is the result, nowhere near the ones I did back in the days but still not as perfect as I would have liked so I have some questions: 1- What technique do you use to hand brush your models (For those who still do it lol) Primer or no primer, thin the paint a lot or not that much, what brush to use.. etc 2- Do you have some tricks or anything else that helps for filling, sanding, wheathering etc.. 3- I'm hopened to criticism so any tips or advice or anything on everything that could help would be much appreciated!! Thanks!!!! Martin
  3. 78 points
    Hi Everyone, finished this one last week and have finally got a `none grey day` with a strange yellow thing in the sky, to take some pic`s My second attempt at building Hasegawa`s 1/48 A-4C Skyhawk kit Finished in the markings of VA-94, `Mighty Shrikes`, USS Ranger, around 1964-65 Built mostly as Mr Hasegawa intended with just some seat belts added The bombs even came from a Hasegawa weapons set and depict an aircraft fitted out for `Bridge Busting` Decals came from AOA Decals set 48-010 `Battle Scooters (3)` Made the mistake of fitting the two small intakes about half way down the fuselage and didn`t notice until I`d done the decals..... ....which took some very careful cutting and sanding to correct with out damaging the Orange Shrike markings at the same time RBF tags from an Eduard set. Hope you enjoy the pic`s, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  4. 74 points
    Dear Colleagues Here is the founding father or is it the patron saint of Britmodeller, the EE Lightning! This is the Airfix kit boosted with Aires exhausts, Eduard PE, Quickboost air scoops, Pavla cockpit and Master pitot tube (which speared my finger on one occasion). Can't say it was an easy build regarding fit. The F2A was only to be found in 19 and 92 squadrons based in Germany and only 31 aircraft existed. They were operated by 19 squadron at RAF Gutersloh until 1976. I didn't want to do exactly the same aircraft as the Airfix markings so found a photo on the internet of this bird and used the Extradecal decal extras set for Lightnings The figure gives you an idea of the size of the beast Hope you like it? Andrew
  5. 72 points
    No.2 for 2020 This aircraft depicts the one in which Sgt James Ward RNZAF was flying on when he climbed out onto the right wing to douse a fire. For this action he was subsequently awarded the Victoria Cross. This is another great kit from Airfix. They have really been doing some subjects I'm into lately. It has great detail for the scale and builds up without any real problems. All up, I knocked this over in about 3 week (I'd estimate less than 20 hrs). Full details are over at my blog but here are some images
  6. 71 points
    HI Everyone, thought you wouldn`t mind seeing a few pic`s of my latest completion My attempt at a Far East Theatre Mk VIII Spitfire from Eduards 1/48 Weekend Edition kit Finished to represent an aircraft of 615 Squadron, flown by Flying Officer Hank Costain and based at Palel, India around 1944 Built as usual almost completely from the box contents.... ...didn`t even have to make seat belts as I managed ( i think ) to get a good result from the kit decal ones Decals were from Xtradecal set X48-129 I was attracted to this scheme because of it`s unusually coloured code letters.... and simple nose art. Hope you enjoy the photo`s, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  7. 70 points
    ICM's new and excellent 1/32nd scale Gladiator Mk 1: Please note, K8000 certainly was a 56 squadron Gladiator but there is no documentary evidence that she, nor any other 56 squadron Gladiator sported the famous chequerboard scheme. This is wishful thinking on my behalf. Max
  8. 70 points
    Second one finished today and another Airfix 1/48th Spitfire, this time the Mk.XIV. I really am pleased to have one of these in my collection and I enjoyed building it but it just needs a lot of TLC to get a pleasing result. The fit wasn't very good in a few places and it takes time to get it right but it's such a beautiful mark of Spitfire that it's worth the effort. I added the Yahu Instrument panel, Eduard etched belts and the Eduard exhausts along with Xtradecal markings. Painting was achieved with Vallejo/Xtracrylix paints, glossed with future and then all matted down at the end with Xtracrylix matt varnish. On with the picture and, as always, comments welcomed. Pete
  9. 69 points
    Revell 1/72 Shackleton AEW.2.
  10. 66 points
    Hi folks, this is the recent Airfix kit built for a book project. I used quite a few aftermarkets from Quickboost and Eduard in order to address some of the kit's omissions or to improve the level of detail in some of the kit's focal points. The sliding part of the pilot's canopy was scratch built as well as the missing tropical filter. The decals come from Xtradecal sheet. Cheers Libor
  11. 65 points
    Clink on the link below to view more photographs http://ptearsenal.blogspot.com/2020/01/f-4n-vf-111-sundowners-172.html?m=0
  12. 64 points
    Airfix's Mk.1a Spitfire in 1/72, courtesy of Aldi for £4. Frame from EBay. Inspiration from elsewhere on here. Some of the parts have been removed from the sprue and reattached facing the 'front' (I really didn't want to see the pilot's backside...) then everything painted in the usual way. No weathering because it clearly hasn't been outside yet! Done for a bit of a giggle. Hope you like it...
  13. 63 points
    Hi all, I’ve mentioned her in a number of posts as a parallel to my many Mustangs and finally I have got her to the RFI stage . It hasn’t been through any difficulty - although I had a couple of accidents - but simply because I built up too much of a pipeline of builds, with four or five models sitting part built. As a result, my enthusiasm waned for this and a couple of others, sadly. Anyway, enough of all that, here she is. As you can see, she is a UTI MiG-15 “NATO: Midget” (CS-102?) as operated by the Force Aerienne de la Republique du Mali (the Mali Air Force). Reports state that she was the only one delivered as part of the Mali MiG-17F acquisition in the mid/late-1960s. The UTI (probably Czech-built), which seems to have arrived in the early 1970s, and the Frescos equipped the Escadrille de Chasse (Fighter Squadron) based at Senou Air Base, Bamako. Eventually this fleet was replaced by the MiG-21bis/UMs and they were all put out to “grass” (more like sand) at Severe Air base, near Mopti in the early 1990s. With reports of only one UTI delivery it seems that “TZ-366” still survives as a gate guard at Senou, now marked "TZ-001" I built her straight out of the box apart from the decals. I elected to guess how she was when operational. She was a pleasure to build, despite the multitude of small parts to remember and then install! In the process of getting her to together I forgot the nose weight and despite dripping in as many small fishing weights as I could after fuselage assembly she still sits on her tail. I have therefore had to resort to a rod support. I opted for Blue Rider Bolivian decals as they were much better than the kit offerings that I had from the old AZ MiG-17F kit. The tail roundel, however, needed some surgery as the green centre was proportionally larger on the real aircraft (see below). I therefore used the centres from larger roundels and overlaid them. The paints are a complete guess. I trawled paint charts and finally decided on a mix of Colourcoats, which gave me (I feel) the right balance of colour. (Credit: Jacques Guillem) So, what did I use? Well: 1. Kit – Eduard UTI MiG-15 (Profipack 7705) 1/72 2. Decals – Blue Rider Bolivian roundels from the Chaco War set, stencils from the ArmyCast set and home printed serial adapted from the AZ MiG-17F decals. 3. Paints (all enamels) – Colourcoats Pale Blue Grey (ACSM01), LVA Camouflage Beige Sand (ACD03), KLu Whisky Four Aquablauw (ACD09), Gris Blue Fonce (ACF05), and MiG cockpit blue mixed with greys, plus Humbrol Silver (11) and a variety of other Humbrol enamels. Finished with Humbrol Satincote. 4. Weathering and Washes – Flory Sand, Prismacolor Silver pencil and Tamiya Weathering Powders. 5. Aftermarket – Uschi standard line for the wire aerial I hope you like her. Martin
  14. 62 points
    First one of the year from me after an enforced 3 month break, so lets start off with a famous photographed incident. RAF Phantom FG.1 XV589 flown by Flt. Lt. P. R. Watling and Flt. Lt. S. L. James was detached from RAF Leuchars for training purposes and was on a routine flight to Alconbury. As the aircraft neared the airfield and lined up for the runway at approximately 350 feet altitude the nose section radome was seen to open. This sudden resultant drag factor caused the aircraft to roll and yaw. Despite attempts to correct the situation, the pilot and navigator had no option but to eject. They both landed safely and suffered slight injuries. ..... and for comparison, here are the actual photo`s Revell 1/48 kit and built for fun and the challenge of it. Thanks for looking.
  15. 61 points
    Hi folks. ICM's 1/72 Polikarpov I-153 'Chaika' ('Gull') has been a snack between main modelling meals. 'Red 20' is one of the box options. The book by Erik Pilawski, 'Soviet Air Force Fighter Colours, 1941-1945', advised that Russian aluminium dope was a finish with 'highly reflective properties' that was applied all over, so I went with that, although Troy's comments below are welcome as ever, in appreciating that all that glisters... Having forgotten to prep for rigging before the top wing went on resulted in the necessity to innovate a little, so the modern convenience of elastic was married to the old fishing line and eyelet method to create removable / replaceable rigging. The principle is illustrated above modelled over scale, so it can be seen easily. Each rigging 'run' was measured and a piece of elastic cut about 1cm short. Both ends were inserted into pieces of brass micro tube and short sections of wire into each extremity and CA'd in place. The wire was bent into a hook to complete. With wire eyelets CA'd at the appropriate anchor points it was easy to hook each line up to complete the rigging. The 'hook and loop' system is convenient as it's assembled 'off model' until ready to install. It's a methodology that sits alongside other rigging techniques and which particularly suits tight, relatively inaccessible areas. TTFN Steve
  16. 60 points
    Beautiful little kit from Airfix, an absolute gem! Straight out of the box with kit decals. I’d quite happily make many of these in different colour schemes. I don’t often say that about kits.. Guy
  17. 60 points
    Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my first completed model in 2020, quite a common subject - Fine Molds' 1/72 Bf-109 G10. This build is part of my "stash reduction program", aimed at kits that exist in multiple numbers/boxings in my stash. I used Exito Decals "The Last In Line (ED72006)" to represent "Yellow 6" of II/JG52. II./JG52 operated from airfields in Austria (Seyring, Hörsching, Zeltweg) in April 1945. The model was painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics, weathering with Winsor & Newton artist oils. All photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. This very colorful marking option is a perfect example of a patched-up late war Bf-109. The Exito decal sheet comes in A4 size and contains high quality printed color profiles for three aircraft. The subjects seem to be very well researched, featuring views of both fuselage sides as well as original photographs for 2 of the 3 options. The decals are of best quality, thin but tough enough to withstand some handling, with good color density. This aircraft carries most of the RLM colors the Luftwaffe ever used! . I added a few photo etch bits from the spares box, such as the Morane mast and the armored headrest. The pitot tube is Albion Alloys 0.3mm steel wire, the IFF on the belly is Albion Alloys 0.1mm steel wire, and the DF loop is a piece of photoetch rolled over a cocktail stick. I made the brake lines from black stretched sprue. I find this material easier to fix compared to photo-etch which is also one-dimensional. The green patch on the nose is an overpainted badge of the previous owners (I./JG53). One third of the spinner baseplate is white. Guns are metal items from Master. I am still struggling with the painting of the leading edge wave lines, these are really hard to replicate in small scale! Note the asymmetrical positioning of the wing crosses. Thank you for your interest! Best greetings from Vienna Roman
  18. 60 points
    A kit that I eagerly anticpated, as soon as I'd heard it was released. Completed in 1970s Green/Grey camo, with Model Decal 085 set. For this 360 Squadron, ECM Canberra. A model that I've wanted to build since my Air Cadet camp at RAF Wyton in 1977, where I went inside a Canberra of this type.
  19. 59 points
    Hi all, I managed to get some slightly better shots of the finished article today. The WIP thread, for anyone wishing to peruse, is located here. As you will see from the WIP, there were a number of challenges along the way with this one, many of them foolishly self-imposed! Still, the result has scrubbed up reasonably well; not perfect, I readily admit, but at least it fits in my display cabinet - just! Here's a few photos of the result: All comments and criticisms gratefully received, of course.
  20. 58 points
    1/48 Airfix English Electric Lightning F.2A - 92 Sqn. Wing Commander J B Mitchell, CO 92 Sqn, RAF Germany, Gutersloh, August 1972. This has been a shelf Queen for quite some time and I finally pulled my finger out to finish it. Airbrushed using Humbrol and Tamiya acrylics. Flory wash and sealed with Alclad Aqua. Not my usual scale but did enjoy working on it. Makes a nice change from 72 and my poor eyes have had a break.....! Cheers all, Phil
  21. 58 points
    Evening all! Herewith, the poorly lit final pics of my 1/48 Mosquito FB. VI finished as "Hairless Joe", W/C Russ Bannock's mount with 418 Squadron RCAF in late 1944. My W.I.P thread can be found here and it contains all of the details behind the many scratch-built parts and unique features of this particular scheme: I'd like to thank everyone who followed along and who offered help and expertise with my build. It was most enjoyable!
  22. 57 points
    As a bit of light relief I decided to do a nice easy kit. I chose wrong. As I wanted to build something quite quickly, I picked a small fighter, which was a mistake, the bloody thing fought me all the way. The only reasons it didn't end up on the shelf of doom is because I don't have a shelf of doom and because I'm a stubborn git. No heap of plastics going to get the better of me. I love the I-16 because of its dumpy beauty. When I explained that the Mrs Gorby She gave me one of those withering looks that women learn at a very young age. Apparently the word is 'petite'. As you know, I really, really admire the zealots that attempt to enforce strict adherence to historical accuracy, * But just this once, I decided to rewriting history - because I felt like it. When I saw how dull the Eduard schemes were, I found one that actually does have a modicum of truth to it. Then I discovered that it was for a type 10 not type 24. Damn! And then I remembered “I don't care. I really, really don't care”, so in the alternate reality that I inhabit.… * This week we've learned to spot sarcasm ……….. next time we'll learn to spot dialectical materialism in Peruvian parrots. If you're determined to waste what's left of your life, the build report is here: Thanks for havin a look.
  23. 57 points
    I've been beavering away on the KUTA XII GB for the past three months, finishing off the Airfix Avro Vulcan kit I started a few years ago. It was essentially built, but needed finishing and was the first model I have painted using an airbrush. The thread for this build is here: It was finished (in a bit of a hurry!) last night, 90 minutes before the deadline for the GB closed. Here a few images showing Avro's finest in all its glory: Plenty of mistakes along the way, but overall I'm happy with this model. Two minor annoyances though - I accidentally ripped two decals off the fin, which I thought were sealed behind a layer of varnish - they weren't! Also, regarding varnish, I was not happy with the finish in some areas. For example, the undercarriage door where the registration decal is placed - the finish is opaque, not clear. Not too sure why that happened? Please be gentle, this is my first RFI!
  24. 57 points
    Just finished the Horsa from Italeri. Fit was pretty good on the major parts but other parts like the landing gear had no locating marks so it was off to the photos, and Italeri would have you put the aileron mass balances on backwards. RC 56 glue for the windows worked well. Paint is Tamiya dark earth and dark green, Model Master for the flat black and the white. The decals from 3 kits were a complete mess so some are from spares and others are from a laser printer. The nose wheel was lengthened with brass tubing and music wire. With the Airfix C-47 (as a C-53), Italeri 1/72 CG-4A, and Airlines/Frog Hotspur Horsa, CG-4A, and Italeri Me 321 Gigant, with an Academy Dodge ambulance for scale:
  25. 56 points
    It's been a three-month gestation but I've finally given birth to my Zoukei-Mura F-4J Phantom, done up as VF-114 "Aardvarks" The WIP is posted here: I used a fair amount of aftermarket during this build, the most significant being: Aero Bonus ejection seats with crew GT Resin seamless intakes Aires afterburner cans and nozzles Hypersonic Models canopy details and outer wing pylons << excellent products!!! (shameless plug for @JefferyK ) ZM resin wheels Eduard photoetch Master Model turned brass pitot and ram air tubes VF-114 markings are from Draw Decal Stenciling is using wet transfers from HGW << another excellent product, and outstanding customer support. Thanks again, Martin! Paints are True North enamels, and are a dream to use Let's get on to the pics! Aero Bonus ejection seats with crew: Hypersonic's F-4 canopy detail set is great! GT Resin's seamless intakes are indeed seamless, on the inside. But, their fit leaves much to be desired: I replaced the kit's position light lenses with clear, UV-activated acrylic gel: I also used the UV-activated gel to create the wingtip lights: Even the AIM-9 Sidewinders got the UV-gel treatment, for their nosetip seeker windows: Bare metal paneling on the tail and stabilizers is using AK Interactive Xtreme Metal enamels, with metallic pigment powders for detailing: Aires afterburner cans and exhaust nozzles: I used Flory wash and oils to dirty-up the Phantom's underside: Speed brakes (kit stock): Auxiliary air inlet. I went to a lot of trouble to add a surrogate engine behind the air inlet, but it's barely visible! Nose gear bay (kit stock) Nose landing gear (details added) Oops! How did this happen? No problem. The Draw Decal sheet includes enough for two aircraft. Good as new: That's it! Be sure to check out my WIP for all the gory details. And, many thanks to everyone who followed my progress and gave encouragement & advice!
  26. 56 points
    Here is a an Italeri F100 D (1:72) straight out of the box finished as EC 2/11 Vosges in Toul 1975. Many of these French F-100 had a rather beat up appearance particularly those stationed in Djibouti. The colours were hand mixed and represent a best guess for the French equivalent SEA colours. Its my third F100 and there is another two in the stash so I reckon it will be either a Turkish or Taiwan up next or maybe a Wild Weasel. Like the plane and the kit despites its age is a pleasure to build and is in terms of over all accuracy far better than the Trumpeter kit. Regards Brian
  27. 55 points
    Old model Airfix, completed with Valom conopy. The conopy didn't fit at all. Fuselage had to be extended by almost 3 mm. After extended fuselage, I had to make engine a little bigger. You know . Ordinery modeller work ,-) but somehow it worked out.
  28. 55 points
    Hello all, Here is my recently completed 1/48 Revell (Hasegawa) Phantom FGR2 in the markings of 92 Squadron, based at RAF Wildenwrath. Built as part of my 'RAF QRA through the years' project, you can see the build thread from page 5 onwards here Extras used included Quickboost seats, Eduard & Airwaves etch, QMT FOD inserts, New Ware mask and a Flightpath ladder. Decals are a mixture of Xtradecal and Revell. Paints are from MRP and the missiles are all from a Tamiya F-14 kit. Beside my F-4F that I completed several months ago: Thanks for looking. Dave
  29. 55 points
    Hi all, Another pony heads out of stable for your delectation. She is, as you can see, adorned in the markings of the Fuerza Aerea Guatemalteca (the Guatemalan Air Force) as she was when operating in the mid-1950s. Specifically she is “FAG 315” (ex- 44-74902) and is reported in some records as being ex-Nicaraguan. She went on to be one of the last Mustangs to operate in Guatemala and was sold in the US in 1974 as N38227. She spent many, many years in a cosy barn on the ranch of Conny Edwards in Texas and eventually was the last of the 1974 purchase to hit the market. This was only relatively recently. I am building her again in later markings, pre-US. https://www.warhistoryonline.com/instant-articles/barn-find-p-51-mustang-for-sale-4-5-million.html Courtesy: Dan Hagerdorn "North American F-51 Mustangs in Latin American Service" The Guatemalans applied a number of different colour and marking schemes to their Mustangs and various photos show FAG 315 in around half a dozen. This one shows a late 1950s scheme with the “FAG” Owl badge alongside. At other times she carried an Aztec marking. Later these badges were dropped. What did I use? 1. Kit – Tamiya P-51D Mustang 1/72 (49), with some F-51D parts added 2. Decals – Aztec “Mayan Gods” set (72-012). Thanks @busnproplinerfan 3. Aftermarket/other – only the underwing tanks, which were taken from a HobbyBoss F4U-1 as a cheap way of getting something close to what I needed 4. Paints – Humbrol Enamels – Polished Aluminium (27002), Polished Steel (27003), Matt Black, Insignia Yellow, Interior Green, a mix of Blues (89) and (104) for the tail markings and others Weathering etc, Prismacolor Silver pencil (canopy framing etc) I hope you're not too bored of my Mustngs yet.... Martin
  30. 54 points
    This build did't get off to a very good start - I had to ask Airfix for a replacement lower wing due to a short shot area. Airfix duly obliged but I must say that I was not overly impressed with the kit. Poor fit around the separate over nose section and at the wing roots caused a headache or two and the moulding of some (curiously not all) of the internal details was at best clumsy. The surface detail is also a bit hit and miss - panel lines disappear into oblivion at odd places and seriously - is there just one line of rivets along each wing? Sorry Airfix but you just don't seem to get any better. Sadly, when one compares with other Spitfires on the market this one just doesn't come up to scratch. Anyway - enough moaning - just means I will not be buying any more. I decided to finish the model using Exito decals - quite fancied a Canadian - Ex Aussie bird with nose art and badges - and the high viz roundels - all of which add splashes of colour. Unfortunately, as I was building, another identical spit was posted and it was too late to change! Like @tonyot I found that the Exito spinner spiral was reversed so I masked and painted it. The only extras I used were some generic belts and a mirror from Eduard and a few odd replacement parts from Eduard spares, like elevators and guns. I also replaced the Loran aerial under the fuselage, which disappeared to another universe under power provided by a pair of tweezers, with a scratchbuilt version. I drilled out the exhausts and used the kit gunsight which is pretty basic and doesn't really look the right type (?). Finished using Tamiya Medium Sea Grey for the underside and Xtracrylix Ocean Grey and Tamiya Dark Green for the upper. Xtracrylix is still the only Ocean Grey I have found that looks right to me and I find it sprays pretty well when thinned with Vallejo airbrush cleaner. The trick with Xtracrylix is not to use a small needle - it don't like that! Weathering was done with oils over Tamiya X22 and final finish was with a mix of AK matte/ultra matte. Might do a little more weathering but I'm generally pleased with the result. This and the XVIII are beautiful birds. I'd love to do a few but not with this kit I, afraid! And finally - a family shot with older and even more beautiful sister: Thank you for looking Cheers Malcolm
  31. 53 points
    Well, I'm calling this one done. It is refreshing to build one out of the box after an involved project. It allows you to focus on finishing techniques. There is always something to learn and new techniques to try. It is interesting how your building style changes over time. I look at some of my efforts from five years ago and hardly recognize them. This can be an issue when building a massive collection. The models at the beginning of the line don't bear much resemblance to those at the end. I may have to do some repeats before long. The in-progress thread can be seen here: https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/72nd_aircraft/little-messerschmitt-47-tamiya-bf-109-g-6-t11208.html#p109904
  32. 53 points
    First one of the year for me and the start of a few Spitfire builds in progress. This is the Airfix 1/48th Spitfire Mk.XII which is a bit of a clunker in places but, with a bit of effort, turns out well. I took the advice from a previous build that I'd seen on BM and made some changes ( thinned wing trailing edges, thinned propeller blades, removed main undercarriage link arms - not present on wartime Mk.XII, hollowed out the exhausts). I also added an Eduard Cockpit Etch set, Master Model Barrels, Ultracast Wheels and a Rob Taurus vacuum canopy for the main hood (this was meant for the Eduard Mk.IX but fitted nicely and looks a whole lot better than the Airfix part) Painting was done with a combination Montex masks and Vallejo/Xtracrylix paints. All glossed with Future before matting down again with Xtracrylix matt varnish. Weather was kept fairly light but done using Flory models dark dirt and various washes. All in all one of the most enjoyable builds that I've done in along time, really re-discovered the fun of modelling with this one. Onto the pictures and, as usual, comments are welcomed. Pete
  33. 53 points
    This is my Modelcollect 1/72 B-52H Buff build. The only build review I have seen of this kit was Paul Boyer's review in FSM and the subsequent article in the new Kalmbach "Modeling Aircraft". The review was one of the more negative ones I have seen in FSM and I have to verify and agree with everything he said. There are some shape errors that I made no attempt to correct, the fit is mostly OK, just OK, I found the panel lines way to big and deep, and most of all the instructions are awful and the decals useless. One warning about the instructions that Mr. Boyer did not mention is; they have you make 2 main gear assemblies that they both call "Q", not Q1 and Q2, just Q. The same is true for the gear bay roofs which they call G. They then say to install one Q and G in the front gear bay and the others in the rear. What they do not say is that the 2 Qs and Gs are slightly different sizes with the front slightly larger than the rear. I can guarantee you that if you get either or both of them reversed the fuselage halves will not close. I got both reversed before I realized they were different. Maybe this is a rookie mistake but it took a day to realize and correct. The kit comes with 18 AGM-129s for the wing pylons, 12 with the wings folded and 6 with them extended. However the photo etched fins provided were for the AGM-86. Given this and that the AGM-129s were retired in 2012 I decided to buy their Aircraft Weapons Set 1. Each of these contained 3 AGM-86s with folded wings and intakes and one 1 with wings and intake extended. No decals. I got 3 sets. and was able to modify the 3 missiles with the extended wings and intakes to a reasonable proximity of the folded ones. These sets are way overpriced and have pretty bad fit. The decals are well printed but the colors on some are wrong and the marking are over sized. I bought the Caracal B-52H sheet 72058. This sheet is really for the AMT/Italeri kit sone the panel lines on the horizontal stabilized don't quite line up the the walkway marking but I made do. The decals were a pleasure to install but did have some silvering that needed work. One final note; I apologize for the quality of the pictures but it is a dark and dreary winter day here and couldn't get enough light on it to keep the whole thing in focus and avoid graininess. Enough whining on my part and on to the pictures. And here it is in its place of honor Next up is a bit of an experiment for me. I will be trying a 3d printed QH-50C ASW drone from Shapeways. Enjoy
  34. 52 points
    Really nice kit and perfect decal as you can see.A little trouble in cockpit fitting,hatch door is 0.5mm wider.The rest of the kit is fine.
  35. 52 points
    Hi All, Here are some shots of a model I finished a while ago. It's Great Wall Hobby's 1/144 Vulcan, shown after it's emergency diversion to Rio at the end of Black Buck 6. I'm sure you'll be aware that the Black Buck missions were flown against Argentinian forces occupying Port Stanley in 1982. The recovery to Rio was an outstanding piece of airmanship, that you can read about HERE. It's posed on a simple base, with Preiser 1/144 NATO figures to represent the crew. There's a full build log in the 'Completed Models' page of my blog - www.latibuliser.com Thanks for looking in, Gareth
  36. 52 points
    Dear Colleagues Here is the Academy 1/72 F-8E Crusader. This is a really a charming kit to build, neither too complex nor over simplified. The only problem I had was somehow getting the undercarriage bay out of alignment with the fuselage. I only discovered this once everything was buttoned up and I popped the wheels on, result one drunken Crusader! Answer was to drill a new hole and re-connect one of the undercarriage legs, a working solution and no harm done. Being myself, the aircraft is loaded with an Aires resin afterburner, resin air scoops (Quickboost), Master pitot tube, Eduard sidewinders (which went a bit wrong), Aires resin ejector seat, Eduard PE set and Aviprint decals. hope these pictures work? VF-162 was embarked on USS Oriskany and with her A-4 Skyhawks undertook some of the most dangerous missions of the Vietnam air war. Regular missions to Haiphong and Hanoi took a steady toll of aircraft largely to AA and SAM missiles. The Commander of VF 162, Dick Bellinger, used this aircraft to down a Mig-21 in October 1966. In that year the carrier groups were running short of ordnance, so F-8 aircraft frequently launched with only two sidewinders rather than four. In the evening, helicopters would ferry sidewinders to carriers in the most need for the next day’s mission! The courage of the aviators on USS Oriskany can be read in the book ‘Bloody sixteen’ by Peter Fey The figures are 3-D printed by Reedoak Regards Andrew
  37. 52 points
    Hi there! This is my first output of 2020. Bf-110E2 in 1/48 scale from Dragon Models. A very nice kit with tons of detail. Fitting was not an issue. Built OOB. Oil drums and Jerrycans are from Bronco. A highly recommended kit!
  38. 52 points
    n. Not perfect, but my first attempt at airbrushing and building this scale. I've learnt a lot, but with lots more to learn.
  39. 51 points
    Back in 2016/17 my father built a fully loaded Israeli hotrod too as adversary for the Iraqi Su-7. Like with the Fitter, also took some new pics to pay tribute to my dad´s model. Hasegawa kit (VA-55 A-4E/F), decal sheets for Ayits are no longer available or at least hard to get, therefore had to use different sources, the stencils are from the kit, the roundels from the Hobbycraft A-4E/H kit, the numbers from an Isradecal number sheet and the squadron badges from Isradecal Mystere sheet. Gunze H310/312/313/314 for the camo, Quickboost seat, Snakeeyes, MER and LAU-3 rocket pods from Hasegawa weapon sets. Build thread here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235009478-yom-kippur-opponents-2nd-edition148-su-7bmk-vs-a-4e/page/2/ The model shows an aircraft of IAF Squadron No.116 "Flying Wing" during the Yom Kippur War in 1973. DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0008 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0009 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0011 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0012 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0013 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0014 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0015 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0016 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0017 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0018 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0021 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0023 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0024 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  40. 51 points
    Hi all, here some pics of my new built Mirage IIIE by Kinetic in 1:48. Add some Eduard PEs und a Master pitot, the rest incl.decals is OOB.
  41. 51 points
    This time F-5F Kitty Hawk Kitty Hawk models are not my favorite. However, the F-5F is a beautiful plane so it could not be missing in my collection.
  42. 50 points
    First finished work in Rat Year, during past several weeks at home because of the coronusvirus which prohibited going out and extension of Lunar New Year holidays in China. In Chinese culture, red means celebration so I hope the special moment could be settled down ASAP. Kit: Airifx: front fuselage+windshield+canopy, Italeri: other parts. Aftermarket: Master 1/48 metal pitot tube Reedoak 3D scan 1/48 camera man
  43. 50 points
    this one took me a little longer than normal but got there in the end Academy kit with Furball Aero design decals PSX_20200119_160033 by Thomas Gotobed, on Flickr PSX_20200119_155839 by Thomas Gotobed, on Flickr PSX_20200119_155915 by Thomas Gotobed, on Flickr PSX_20200119_160106 by Thomas Gotobed, on Flickr PSX_20200119_160116 by Thomas Gotobed, on Flickr PSX_20200119_160135 by Thomas Gotobed, on Flickr
  44. 50 points
    Afternoon Folks built for the Stuka GB, as expected a good few of the superb new tool kits are being built so I thought it right an older tooling which many of us will remember should take its place too.A vice free build usable decal's OOB only the glazing was a little soft on detail for the framework,brush painted in I have to say not 100% RLM colours many thanks for looking.
  45. 49 points
    Hi, As the title says this is my attempted at the large tadpole. I didn't want to build the more commonly seen bombed up version, so whilst looking around I discovered the Steel Beach conversion for the Intruder tanker version, the KA-6D. The kit also see's the addition of the Avionix cockpit set, the SAC centreline tank and the excellent AOA decal sets for the aircraft and stencil data. Additionally I used a mix of Alclad, Tamiya and Mr Hobby paints. A Dark Dirt Flory wash was used to dirty down this well used fueler. The last trinket was the Eduard Remove Before Flight tags in both 48th and 32nd, not seen in these photo's but added later;) And one just now with the RBF's installed.
  46. 49 points
    Hi there, This is my 1/48 Hasegawa Nakajima B5N2 Kate from the 601st Naval Flying Group based on the IJN carrier Zuikaku in Spring 44. A really fun build with the addition of an Eduard canopy mask set. It would have been much less fun without with all that glazing. Tamiya and Mr Hobby paints with silver pencil chipping. Love the torpedo designed offset to miss the oil cooler? Built a while back. Thanks for looking. Rick
  47. 48 points
    After the refreshed Latin American subjects from 2016, now on to a few from the Middle East. Kopro kit, Wolfpack Design ejection seat (had to cut away several mm of it´s bottom because it is too tall), IFF antennas with plastic rods, Linden Hill decals, the underside color was an older selfmix my dad had standing around for some years (also used on the MiG), don´t know anymore what´s in it the sand color was a "gut"mix with Tamiya XF-55 Deck Tan, XF-59 Desert Yellow and XF-60 Dark Yellow the green was Gunze H405 Olive Green Vallejo Metal Color Aluminium for the drop tanks and rocket pods. Build thread here: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235009478-yom-kippur-opponents-2nd-edition148-su-7bmk-vs-a-4e/&tab=comments#comment-2492345 The model shows an aircraft of No.1 Squadron, IrAF, stationed in Syria during the October War in 1973. DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0008 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0009 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0011 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0012 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0013 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0014 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0015 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0016 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0017 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0021 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0022 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  48. 48 points
    A collaboration work by Mr. Kenji Yanai (Japan) and Yufei Mao (China) Kit: Kinetic Kinetic KNE48086 Aftermarket accessories: KA Models 3D print GE F110 engine nozzle Master metal pitot tube + AoA Master metal F-16 static dischargers Reskit resin F-16A wheels AIM-9M, AIM-120A:GWH 1/48 F-15 kit GBU-12, Mk 82:AMK 1/48 US weapon set 370 galon fuel tank:Tamiya 1/48 F-16 kit Pylons:Kinetic 1/48 F/A-18C kit Pilots:Tamiya 1/48 F-14A kit(heads)+Tamiya 1/48 F-16 kit(bodies, etc.)
  49. 47 points
    Dear Fellow Britmodellers I hope you are not getting bored with my hanger? They seem to accept a wide range of aircraft for servicing! Japan was one of the many countries who decided to buy Lockheed’s affordable and futuristic looking Mach-2 interceptor. The 203 Squadron replaced the ageing F-86D sabres in the QRA role with the Starfighter in 1964 and held onto them until the advent of the F-15 replacement in 1984. 203 squadron are based at Chitose in Hokkaido (the north eastern island). Don't ask me why they have a Teddy Bear with a star shaped bra for their symbol! The majority of the 210 F-104J models were built by Mitsubishi in Japan. The Hasegawa kit maybe somewhat old but its discrete panel lines are second to none. Unfortunately, the fuselage is divided into nose and main body to allow for the manufacturer to easily have a twin seat model. Mating the two halves perfectly is almost impossible. The model has Eduard PE and a master pitot tube. The kit is still sold and can be picked up very cheaply. Hope you like it? Regards Andrew
  50. 47 points
    Hasegawa/Muroc Models 1/48 F-8K. Three ways I ignored the conversion instructions: I used the kit windscreen by removing and replacing the center panel and filing the forward section down to fit the fuselage, when finally placed I filled/sanded with cyano glue. I did not replace the center of the wing, I removed the hump from the kit wing, filled the void with 2 part epoxy putty and filled and sanded a top coat of cyano glue. I figured this was easier than trying to fit a rep...lacement center section and deal with 2 wing seams. I used the kit intake completely and found it fit no problem.
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