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  1. 66 points
    Dear members, Like many other modellers, I admired John's Aero diarama of Stackton Aerodrome. I thought this was a good opportunity to add an old model, when I just started to build in scratch. I did some homework, because it is a long time ago I build this model. Of course in pre- internet days, we had only books and magazines. From a Scale Models Magazine, October 1980 , I used the 3-view drawings as starting point, further I used Profile Nr.144. As times literally flies... To revive the old times, here, I hope you like the photographs, With kind greetings, JohnHaa
  2. 62 points
    Hello! This is my new kit. In this time it was a testing some new technologies for me. Plastic set of excellent quality. But anyway I used aftermarket sets. Resin engine, fuel tank, gunsight and exhaust from Quikboost. Machine gun barrel from Master. Resin wheels from Reskit. New to me was the use of decal rivets HGW. Paints HATAKA. Weathering oil dots and washes, salt dots and pigments. Decal is Berna decal.
  3. 62 points
    Hello again, Here is the second model I have completed this year after another Eagle. Started this one thinking it would be a fast build to get into painting quick, and just finished it after 6 months of not a lot of free time. Very decent kit, the main issues being the simplistic exhausts and the overly thick closed canopy. Still an enjoyable build with not a lot to fix, and trying to spruce up that gunship gray was also a fun painting experience. 1/72 Academy #12550, Twobobs Da'Heath decals, KA Models exhausts, Reskit wheels, weapons from the kit, Skunkworks, GWH and Tamiya. Thanks for watching.
  4. 55 points
    If you like the Spitfire and have not read Jeffrey Quill's book "Spitfire", do so. This is my Spitfire Griffon Prototype in the form it was when "raced" against the FW190 and Hawker Typhoon July 22, 1942 at Farnborough. It's not in Quills book, but I read somewhere that Supermarine had put a pair of A-wings on DP845 for the occasion, so this is how I made it. Its the 1/72 Tamiya Spitfire I with a XII nose grafted on. I rather like the look of it with the pointed spinner. Hasegawa IX canopy, Xtracolour enamels, decals from the spares box and DP845 done on inkjet printer paper. /Finn Bonus: Here's the FW190. Tamiya 1/72 FW190A3.
  5. 43 points
    I've always wanted to make such a model. wood and metal.
  6. 41 points
    I'll be straight up and say while I really like the final product getting there wasn't easy. I was so excited to get this model and this scheme was a must, but as is so often with Trumpeter models it was a bit of a letdown!! Plus it needs and requires lots of extras to take it from being quite "toy" like. The scheme I love and those that know me know I couldn't resist it.......even if it took 6 hours to mask up using masks. Would I do it again, I probably would, but I would need to have the resin cockpit and cargo bay bits first. Please enjoy Model: Trumpeter 1/32nd Mil Mi-24V Hind E Paint: Tamiya & Mr Hobby Acrylics, Model Master Metalizer Lacquers, Mr. Paint Clear lacquers Extras: Eduard - BigEd set DN Models – Tiger camouflage Mask set Master Model – Gun Barrel & DUAS set Profimodeller – Wheels & Tow Bar set Profimodeller – Side Flare Dispenser set PART – Cockpit PE set PART – Cargo Interior set PART – Exterior set Reskit – BD3-57KRV Pylons Reskit – B8V20-A Rocket Launcher Plus she took out 1st place in her class at the end of year comp.
  7. 38 points
    Hi all There was a comment posted last week stating how you don't often see the Hobby Craft 1-16 kits. I think the rationale for that is the fact the kits are a mishmash and out of the box, do not accurately represent any specific variant. So, with that being said, I present five I-16's which I built back in 1999. I have tried to correctly represent each of the variants I modelled, but good references were not thick on the ground at that time, so I am sure there are some inaccuracies. Each kit received a Medallion resin cockpit (remember that company?), new exhaust pipes and vacuform canopy, as well as a litany of other small modifications. They are shown below in order of Type 6, 10, 18, 24 and 29. Many years after completing these kits, a found a photo which shows the Type 29 and it should have yellow wingtips on top as well. Oh well. Cheers and thanks for looking. Randy
  8. 37 points
    Now this is something I have just not gotten around to posting up in RFI, I built this a few months ago and the other day I broke the IFR probe, repairing it prompted me to post this finally. So, here is my Airfix Handley Page Victor B.2R (Blue Steel carrier). Weathered moderately, the V Force may have once been the pride of the RAF but I very much doubt they were paintshop shiny new every day. This model was difficult to photograph well due to the size, I hope I have done it well enough. I will replace that nose probe when I build my next Victor (beginning of 2020 hopefully!) as a very early example of the B2, before IFR probes were added. Information people have on Victors of this era would be much appreciated. Victor B2 as a Victor B1 takes off in the background. Someone with better Photoshop skills than me should attempt to Photoshop this into an airfield.... XL512 from one of the angles from which the Victor looks best in my opinion. From this angle, the aircraft has such a very powerful look. Truely one of the most beautiful aircraft ever built. Hopefully the next build will be of better quality, I have learnt a lot since I built this one.
  9. 32 points
    #28/2019 And another one finshed. Hasegawa kit with Authentic Decals, AK Real Color AMT-7 and AMT-11, EZ Line for antenna wires and brake lines, Eduard seatbelts Build thread here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235061405-lend-lease148-curtiss-p-40k-warhawk-soviet-airforcevvs/ The model shows an aircraft of the 760th fighter regiment, 261st composite division in Karelia winter 1943-44. 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_0019 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0020 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  10. 32 points
    Just finished this Academy 1/48 F-4B in the In The Year I Was Born group build. It's built as 153045 of VF-161, in which Victor Kovaleski got the last US air to air kill of the Vietnam War in January 1973. Decals were from Furball Aero Design and were excellent. Build thread is here thanks for looking Julian
  11. 27 points
    G'day All, This is the old ESCI Kit #4077 of the Macchi. Its OOB with the exception of the crew figures(Hasegawa) and the Decals(Hawkeye Models Australia) and big tip tanks from OzMods. Brush painted with Humbrol enamels. I thought it would be an easy scheme to do......I was wrong. It represents an R.A.N. Macchi with 724 Sqn, HMAS Albatross, back in the day. I know the pic's are rubbish but I'm sure you will get the gist of it. Cheers, Devo
  12. 27 points
    Had some nice weather today so took a few pics of a kit I finished last year but haven't posted yet. Tamiya's 1/48 P-51B Mustang of Capt. John Bennett of the 352nd FG. Part of the 'Blue Nosed sweethearts of Bodney' (Sweethearts??? Oh edited by site. The b*astards!) Kit went together a treat. Painted with Tamiya acrylics. Decals came from a sheet that was part of Eagle Editions book 'The P-51's of Major George Preddy' by Mark Proulx and Sam Sox, Jnr. Book and decals cover all of Preddy's aircraft all called 'Cripes A'Mighty' and Bennett's shark mouthed P-51B. Only addition was an Ultracast seat and Albion Alloys brass tubing for gun barrels. Tried to make the Invasion stripes somewhat hastily painted ie. rough and uneven in places. Should've weathered the Stars and Bars decals in hindsight. Oh well, live and learn. Comments welcome and Cheers for looking.
  13. 25 points
    1973: The last shoot-down by a US aircraft in the Vietnam War. Lt Victor Kovaleski of VF-161, flying an F-4B from USS Midway, downed a MiG-17. Two days later he achieved the second 'last' when his Phantom was the last US aircraft shot down in the Vietnam War. I decided to build the aircraft he flew for the last shootdown: cheers Julian
  14. 25 points
    This is a bit special for me, the kit is a gift from my 13 year old son for Fathers Day. He dragged his mother off to our LHS and chose and paid for it himself. Mum suggested cheaper kits but he said that "he knew what Dad likes" It is the current Airfix kit with added seat belts and decals from the stash. It represents one of 485 Squadrons non presentation marked machines as I had no tiny letters suitable. Most of the early machines were so marked and were Dark Green/Dark Earth so this is a bit of a compromise on my part. He's never been interested in modelling, unlike his big sister, but recently he's built VW Beetle and has another Tamiya vehicle to build. Thanks for looking
  15. 24 points
    Build report can be found here: Comments are welcomed as always Ran
  16. 24 points
    Here's my third completed build from the excellent Flying Boats and Floatplanes II group build (if you haven't looked you should check it out - there are some excellent builds there) - this is the Eastern Express 1/144 Beriev Be-200 Altair. Build thread is here. Apologies for duplicated photos - can't seem to stop it! thanks for looking Julian
  17. 23 points
    Hi all moved from the stash to display case finally, after many years in box. Will not take lot of your time explaining the model, classic old italeri, quite good fit, not many details, and in overall a nice model. I always liked more this prototype version with big crazy looking tails and sharp edges, which somehow disappeared on production model. Colors Italery acrylics, minimal weathering, i cut some surfaces on the wing to make it more interesting....and that is all. Images....and best regards
  18. 23 points
    Today Winston had his first solo in Il-2; he picked a P-47: The little chap managed to do a fairly creditable job of keeping it in the air and when he finally crashed, it was a graceful wheels-up landing. Anyway, managed to make it downstairs tonight after catching a few episodes of Silicon Valley with Mrs P (whose favourite show it currently is). The big news is that one Spit just needs sanding to be ready for primer: And the other is coming along: So one issue I've long had with Airfix Spitfire Is is the fuselage fuel cap, or rather its absence in an area that's hard to sand: Fortunately, I have a hugely-expensive highly specialized tool of very limited utility for just such eventualities! The second-largest punch, a 1.4(mm?) one, worked perfectly. *Fanfare*
  19. 23 points
    Hi All! This is my first thread in this forum. Some of you may know me from LSP. I would like to show a model that I finished earlier this year after 8 years and over 2000 hours of work. I never expected that this project can take me eight years. I thought about three or four years. Of course I had breakes, holidays etc. As base I used old Hasegawa kit, but it was only excuse to start this project, the rest is scratchbuilding. Main assumption was to cut all structure of fuselage from kit’s moldings. I showed this model at a competition in Madrid where it won the best aircraft and special price from IPMS Portugal and in Italy first place. This is link to WIP on LSP for those who would like to see my battle with this project. https://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?/topic/45212-132-boeing-f4b4-almost-naked/&tab=comments#comment-474471 Regards Tomasz Hajzler
  20. 22 points
    Recently completed is my interpretation of an RAF Air Sea Rescue Launch of 1944 using the Airfix kit. Built mainly from the box with a few changes. MG mounts replaced with scratch items. Kit Mg's replaced with Coastal Craft offerings. Retained the kit Oerlikon mount but the Oerlikon itself was replaced with a Coastal Craft item. Aerials and rigging made from Uschi line. Hull painted with Halford's black. Deck upwards was Colourcoats enamels. Kit decals. Most of the model was weathered with a wash and then 'knocked-back' to make it more subtle. Sea base is insulation board, painted a dark blue/ grey from Halford's. Coated with layer of Liquitex Acrylic Pouring Medium and stippled with Valejo Acrylic Gel. The launch wash is made from 'teddy bear' filling. Work in Progress here: See it in the flesh at SMW at the weekend. Stuart
  21. 22 points
    Hi guys and gals, Can you believe this is my first Messerschmitt 109? I've been modelling for years and never got round to making one of these seminal aircraft! Well, I've now broken my duck so here's the very nice Revell G-6 Late kit in a dramatic nightfighter scheme (Red 2, 1. NJG) from an AIMS decal sheet. There are seven more versions on the sheet so it was great value. The aircraft was painted in Colourcoats enamels (still the best model paint I've ever used, and shall continue to do so!) I used RLM 74/75/76 and RLM 02 with an overspray of Night Black. I thought this was a really cool looking scheme and makes the clean lines of the aircraft look even more menacing! I don't know much about these aircraft or modelling them, so there are probably a few howlers - I just enjoyed it for the easy-to-build kit and cool paintjob! All the best, Alan
  22. 22 points
    Evening all, I've been a little quiet here lately and need to catch up with whats been going on BM. Over the last nearly 2 years, I've been putting together this little project and have spent the last couple of weeks finishing it up. So here it is finally. set in late 1938 early 1939, this is the County class cruiser HMAS Canberra, modified Leander class cruiser HMAS Sydney and the V/W destroyers HMAS Vampire and Vendetta in a fictional harbour setting. This is the link to the WIP here on BM http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234929463-ran-late-1930s-diorama/ and the display case I finally got for it Last but not least, a quick attempt at a background, I want to do more of these when I get a chance. Currently the diorama is away for the weekend for the the model expo here in Melbourne Australia, hence the rush to finish. I would have liked to have added more details, there is only a bare minimum of people on there and there are a few other bits, but I can come back to it one day. For now the expo given me a push to finish it, I don't expect to win anything but at least I can stop looking at it thing I really need to finish it. Thanks for looking and all the advice and help in the WIP to everyone, and I hope you like what I have finished up with. Cheers Callum
  23. 21 points
    Hello, this was just quick relax project with easy click B-25 Mitchell from Revell (ex old Monogram snap-tite), how it will look when glued and painted ..airbushed with Revell aqua Martin 20191208_122216 by Martin Kubis, on Flickr 20191208_122323 by Martin Kubis, on Flickr 20191208_122332 by Martin Kubis, on Flickr 20191208_121928 by Martin Kubis, on Flickr
  24. 21 points
    Storm Atiyah hitting these shores today: Co.Kerry's just shot up to a red warning and we're expecting big winds to hit where we are this evening further northwards so cracking this out before any power cuts. Most kind of you Chris: there'll be one going up at some stage during the week, sunlight permitting! 'Fraid so Crisp. P.99 and we are done!: You're a wicked man Adrian. ... I just knew there had to be a better reason for the Heinous Hawk Hiatus than merely cycling round the world twice Steve. So. In under the century with the props and rudder on this morning. Some of the paint touchups involved more complicated masking than originally anticipated due to the proximity of roundels but pleased to say that aside from knocking the large point aerial err....aside, no parts were dislodged. Don't fancy heading out into Atiyah with Annie and a camera today so expect an RFI during the week when the light is kinder and the atmosphere in less of a foment. A few teasers to keep you going until then: It's been a long haul hasn't it? I don't mind admitting its taken it's toll somewhat on the Baronial carcass... What on Earth am I going to do with my days now? Tony
  25. 21 points
    Latest build. Some scratch parts added. Mark DSCN3575 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3573 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3571 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3570 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3568 (3) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3564 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3563 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3562 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3561 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3560 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3558 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3557 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3556 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr
  26. 21 points
    Here's another model I finished today, one of my many Spitfires. Looks like this one fell into the wrong hands, that or the paintshop guys are the world's worst (or perhaps best) spies
  27. 21 points
    Hello happy folks, Among all my 'serious' builts, I decided to have a bit of fun and do a quick built of a what-if plane. The story is quite staight forward. In the early years of the 21st century, the Canadian Armed Forces were looking for a replacement to their ageing CF-188 Hornet. Due to budget restriction and higher reliability of modern engines, it was decided to select a single engine aircraft. So the Dassault Rafale, Boeing F-18E and Eurofighter Typhon were out of the game. That left Saab with its Super Gripen, Lockheed Martin with its X-35 and Boeing with the X-32. Considering previous experience with Boeing field support, the airframer guarantee that it fighter would enter service before the competition and a good discount (from non-official sources), the CAF opted for the newly named Boeing CF-189. Thanks to the fact that Canada was the sole launch customer, the development process was quite quick and the first squadron was declared operational in 2017. Fifteen years later, the CF-189, nick-named the "blue whale" thanks to its big-open-month-like-inlet is still the main fighter for the CAF and has demonstrated high reliability and operational flexibility. It is not rare to see them in various airshows all around the word under special livery schemes like the one designed for the 2032 International Air Tatoo. The basis is Italeri Boeing X-32 in 1/72. Decals are from Belcher Bits. Colours are 'inspired' by Canadian CF-5 grape scheme. The built is basically OOB with only the ejection seat harness added and some brake pipes. Lot of masking tape was used.... Hope you like the result despite the poor quality of the pictures (it is difficult to get good natural light this period of the year) Cheers, Antoine
  28. 21 points
    Second of my three Berievs, and third flying boat in this GB, completed - the Be-200. WIP is here thanks for looking Julian
  29. 20 points
    Hi there. The build is over and can be followed here: Comments are wellcomed Ran
  30. 19 points
    Hi, this is my latest project - Hawker Hurricane Mk.I, scale 1/48, Airfix. Marking 312. (Czechoslovak) Sqn., pilot P/O Adolf Vrána, January 1941. I used photo etched instrument panel and seat belts, resin wheels and exhaust, all Eduard. Colors are Gunze "C". Decals are DKdecals.
  31. 18 points
    Interesting. I’ll confess to not having thought of sellotape. Not a material I’ve used for modelling. Am a bit sceptical tho’ Not sure if sellotape can stretch around compound curves; also, I did think about cutting/trimming the radiused ends of the flanges in-situ - but decided it was easier/neater to sand such a small radius before fixing it in place. In the end I was comforted by the fact that good old plastic card is so controllable. Welds nicely to the the surfaced with solvent, can be scraped, sanded and trimmed etc etc. Anyways (1) - Wot’s a bit of palaver? The hobby’s full of palaver (mind you - that could just be me....) Anyways (2) - chance to use my favourite scraping gizmo: Anyways (3) - I ain’t taking them orf to see if sellotape’s better!! First stage clean up/refinement. Should look sufficiently neat.
  32. 18 points
    Funnily enough I find that being a lawyer has a tendency to send me to sleep, tired or not...... Soupçon of solidarity acknowledged Will endeavour to to reciprocate where appropriate (lawyer’s promise, suitably caveated.....) Not sure how much modelling has happened in these 131 pages tbh. Keep expecting the Mods to shut it down....... 3D modelling skills? I’ll have you know I downloaded an app to this very iPad (not that you can see or know that I’m typing this on an iPad Pro in a coffee shop after having been to the gym - except that I’ve just told you of course [wish I’d not started that]) - gonna start very slowly learning. After all you can email designs to your mates to 3D print with this clever internetty/emailee thingy can’t you....You know, extra special mates Thread drift? Oh well. With all due apologies for drift..... Finished the gun sights (with the same tacky bit of (unmentionable egg) foil [sorry Crisp]) and stuck em to the coamings. Tried Gators Grip (not sure) so ended up using it as a positioning tack for some thin cyano: I’ll add the glass at the need of the build. Don’t hold your breath...... Probably too purply now - especially as Kirk, in a post somewhere above, backtracked somewhat and suggested it was actually on the green side of purple But if anyone wants to stick their heads close enough to the Hawk to see the gun sight lens then there be plenty of horrors to distract their attention....... Next task. Not finished with the wing fences yet. At 1:1 they have a flange that (presumably) is used to attach them to the wings. It’s not recreated in the kit moulding or any of the etch sheets - so I thought I’d have a punt with some 0.2mm Tamiya plastic paper cut into 0.5mm wide strips: I then used a scrap wing to stretch the strips a little to encourage it to conform to the shape of the wing: One end rounded and glued in place with some Tamiya green-cap: Once dry, then stretched/pulled around the wing: And trimmed and shaped and stuck underneath: Now waiting to fully dry/cure. With a drop more green-cap, the front has softened and conformed to the wing angle better than in this piccie: 0.2mm is a little on the thick/clunky side. I would have preferred to use 0.1mm but I’ve found that the 0.1mm plastic paper softens/distorts too easily when in contact with a liquid cement like the green-cap so 0.2mm it was. Anyway - the plan, once the flanges are dry, is to gently thin them to a less overscale appearance with a sanding stick. I’m hoping that they’ll be a little but eye-catching addition once painted. A bit of a dark wash should show em up nicely.
  33. 18 points
    Thanks Giorgio The fixable has been fixed! Thanks Keith, great tips Both! I'm not dropping anything to test it! I know I can do this Though sometimes wonder why I know I can bloomin' do this At least it's not a Fly Your wish is my command! Thanks Tony Thanks Will, great tips too I think my main problem is with the fast-drying Stynylrez - I need to speed up in the future! Thanks Crisp I had been using a cheapo job too but it's one of those with the tiny, tiny nozzle that has to be removed with a spanner. Nightmare to deep clean. I'll hold on to it though; might come in. So, two days and nothing done! Both days were family events - enjoyable but involving some imbibement that precludes (safe) modelling afterwards. Today though I had some mojo, perhaps inspired by this: Shadow of my 'Crikey' on the wall. I don't know why I've not noticed it before. Coming over all Baronial Finally the final coat of primer has been applied: including a blast on the prop blades prior to yellowing the tips. They are yellow aren't they? Better check…
  34. 18 points
    Thanks Heather. It's a conundrum isn't it? Many people (no doubt including yourself) lead such busy lives these days that sitting down and learning 3D software on top of all their other responsibilities is just too large a budget of time to be able put aside. As you say, there are plenty of hungry young freelance designers out there willing to turn the job for a shilling or two. Of that, there can be no doubt my friend! Thus quoth the Raven Bill... Saliva all over my thread now.... Ha! Nice try Benedikt. I'm afraid nothing will tempt me from the righteous path of trying to replicate a couple of Rolls Royce Avons over the next few weeks... Where there is distress, lies opportunity. Interesting info on Shapeways (why do I have the urge to write 'Milliways?' ) and agreed on the last point regarding minima. Anything needing to be less than 0.3mm in thickness I'm likely to use brass for on the grounds of strength and sharpness of edge anyways but it was interesting to find a datum for the printer's capabilities. Sound relationship advice there Claire Rayner.... Big wave of the perfumed hankie in your direction you big sweetie. So he bloody well should be Vince. He gets three square meals a day and all the rats he can catch by the duck run.... Most kind as always Johnny: changing the bench lighting to Scandinavian Noir back in the summer not only gives better photography options but imputes a completely false air of rugged handsomeness to my ugly mug.... Or indeed 'strong & stable'... Wholly unwarranted level of self-flagellation in that statement Steve. Dammit man, you flew Jags - I've only ever driven lorries for a living. 'f I can push a few points around in Cartesian space you'll be able to knock up an Eiffel Tower or two over breakfast. @hendie should be able to point you in the direction of a decent free CAD package to cut yer tusks on. (Thanks for the kind words btw)... This is the stuff they want to hear Crisp! I guess contentment comes in many forms... I had an idea that may help with software - PM sent. *Sir Humphrey voice* 'If I can have played some miniscule part in persuading a valued colleague to undertake such a potentially valuable course of action, well, it would in all certainty prove itself to be a source of not inconsiderable satisfaction.' Is it panto season already? I was that kid in the Chemistry class at school who always wanted to see what heppened if you heated things up beyond the point the teacher said was safe Keith. Ultra-kind John. We're in the last few innings of this build now and I'm anxious to keep momentum whilst avoiding breaking anything off if I can -footering and fettling this evening trying to get props and stbd engine sorted. It didn't, it must be said, get off to the most propitiuous of starts as I pretty quickly realized that I'd neglected to pay attention to mounting the props to the Cheetahs in a sufficiently robust manner. Tres idiotique. Out no point just trying to glue something one so risked the soldering iron to add some stubs on the rear of the props: Well, it worked as you can see, but at the expense of blistering the bloody paint. My fault for not thinking this through so stripped all the paint off and resprayed. After that diversion it was on to the main business of the evening. Hand on heart I was incredibly childishly nervous that I'd have fracked up along the way somewhere and that the engines wouldn't be in line with each other either from the front aspect or when viewed from above. After a little persuasion in the engine bearers and an anxious wait holding things in place while he GG cured, the stbd engine was not only in line but didn't show any signs that it would promptly drop off: Seen from above there is a *slight* discrepancy in the 'nose' of the stbd engine being about 0.5mm forward of where it should line up with the port counterpart. I was initially annoyed with myself for not having caught that but then realized that as the port one if a plunge moulded resin copy of the stbd Engines & Things one, the actual nose of it is slightly shorter due to my less than competent moulding (you can poss. make out that difference in the shot above for yourself - the port one's snout is slightly squatter and with a correspondingly larger hole where the propshaft fits in). I reckon a slight collar of Milliput should be able to extend that port snout forward by the required amount without being intrusive. Some paint damage to the metal foil areas due to handling and gluing the engine but am getting used to running repairs at this stage: Almost there now: Parts remaining to go on now are very few: 1. Pitot head under nose. 2.Lever/mass balance on top of each aileron. 3. x2 aerials on cabin roof. 4. Rudder 5. Cabin door. Yes, the cabin door has been giving me pause for thought. Initial plans to have it fully open would seem to be contradicted both by the angle of the fuselage (pitched up) and resulting effect of gravity. I reckon the best compromise is to have it slightly ajar (so you can see that it's articulated as a separate part) but not unnaturally so. At this point there could even be an RFI by next week. Did I really just say that after 18 months? Tony
  35. 17 points
    Well, they're coming back today for a second showing, so hopefully... Also, who sent me a RAF side cap? It arrived at my office today. Was it one of you? Fess up!
  36. 16 points
    One coat of Mr. Color GX UV Cut Super Clear Gloss thinned 50/50 with Mr. Color Leveling Thinner, and I think we can do some stickers. Although, I'm still kerfuddled about the air brake wells up top. Everything I've read says they should be silver, but the tops of all those "brick-like" structures have to be in the camo scheme because they are visible when the air brake is closed. So I guess a lot of little pieces of Tamiya tape...anyone know for sure? Before I spend a lot of time doing something I shouldn't do? Cheers, Bill
  37. 16 points
    Hi folks Yes, I am airscale as in the cockpit aftermarket airscale and yes, we are very much still in business @Skyediamonds our website is www.airscale.co.uk - take a look around So Telford was great, really enjoyed it and we did very well on our stand - thanks to those who dropped by Since being back, I have managed a few bits & bobs - first the outer gear doors.. I made blanks of the doors in rigid nickel silver and fashioned the internal pressing shape from 3mm plastic card - it is profiled in many different directions and is actually quite a complex shape... ..these were then fitted and litho annealed and formed around them... ..and completed with the mounts for the lugs that fit to the leg, and the sealing strip along the bottom edge.. ..then it was on to some wing bits & bobs.. the guns were fitted.. ..they are just dry fitted for now, so some fettling to do.. then onto the wing nav lights - these were shaped & polished from perspex samples - the blue is a bit dark, but it's all I have... also added the wing stiffeners near the ailerons on the upper wing, though some of the alclad came off with the tape I used to mount them so they need respraying.. upper side.. lower side... ..have also finished the spinner & prepped & painted the prop blades so hope to have the prop done next.. TTFN Peter
  38. 15 points
  39. 15 points
    Hiya Folks,.... another update,....... I`ve expended copious amounts of elbow grease while sanding the fuselage!!! The wings are now fitted too but need the seams along the roots filling and sanding yet. The resin engine nacelles have been dry fitted and slot superbly into place,...... the inboard left engine nacelle section of the wing has been sanded back to make the engines level,... while the right hand nacelle has been left untouched for now just to show how the engine incorrectly sits forward; Cheers for now, Tony
  40. 15 points
    Last of the "carp" as I show. This is another Wessex UH.5 Italieri 1:48 model As before, the model was made straight from the box. . family picture
  41. 15 points
    Hello, a small kit, but very nice looking at the end. A lot of putty and cutting.
  42. 15 points
    Hi. I'm about to start the last build for the year. 'm going to build Kinetics new F-104G Starfighter. It'll be a Luftwaffe maschine 24+95 from JaboG 31 in 1983 as of this picture. All information about this aircraft can be found here. http://www.916-starfighter.de/Large/2495.htm And this is what I have to work woth. Kinetic (Gold) 1/48 078 by Bosse Persson, on Flickr 079 by Bosse Persson, on Flickr 080 by Bosse Persson, on Flickr Three grey sprues, one smaller with clear parts, a small PE sheet and decal for three individuals. The sprue look nice and clean an free from any flash. 081 by Bosse Persson, on Flickr The riveting are nicely reproduced. 082 by Bosse Persson, on Flickr Lots of fine details everywhere. 083 by Bosse Persson, on Flickr 084 by Bosse Persson, on Flickr 085 by Bosse Persson, on Flickr 086 by Bosse Persson, on Flickr Both early and late wheels are included. 087 by Bosse Persson, on Flickr Nice and stable looking undercarriage. 088 by Bosse Persson, on Flickr Not much of ordnance is included. 089 by Bosse Persson, on Flickr Just wingtip tanks, drop tanks and a pair of AIM-9B Sidewinders. Two sets of ejection seats. 089 by Bosse Persson, on Flickr Two variants of exhausts 091 by Bosse Persson, on Flickr 2 AIM-9B Sidewinders 092 by Bosse Persson, on Flickr I'll not use the kit decals. I'm going to use Daco's set of full decals and stencils on this one. 093 by Bosse Persson, on Flickr And of course a pitot tube from Master, and something more interesting than drop tanks under the wings. 4 Matra Samp 25ED bombs on twin store carriers from Wingman 094 by Bosse Persson, on Flickr 095 by Bosse Persson, on Flickr 096 by Bosse Persson, on Flickr 097 by Bosse Persson, on Flickr And with this the build is started. To be continued..... /Bosse
  43. 15 points
    The thanks are all yours, @CedB. What a host! In addition to arranging the itinerary, coaxing museum staff to allow us closer access, making hotel reservations, driving us all over dear old Blighty, and introducing us to Jake Thackray and the Amateur Transplants, Ced actually had to endure endless hours of conversation with Yankees. The horror! And to top it all off, Mrs. Ced made a killer Full English breakfast whilst we were domiciled at Chez Bufton. Magnificent! Thanks to @Procopius for the detailed diary. I am astonished at the depth of encyclopedic knowledge exhibited by you and @Cookenbacher at each stop on the trip. You're both too young to know all of that stuff! I'll bet you two were reading books instead of playing Space Invaders when you were kids. Truly an experience never to be forgotten. 2025, eh? If I'm still alive, I'm up for it! Cheers, Bill
  44. 15 points
    I think for prop jobs the static props on a 'flying' model can look unnatural and some of the 'prop blur' accessories aren't very 'lifelike' either. This may put some people off, but for me - if I'm going 'wheels up' I simply chop the props off and fill the holes. There is no right or wrong - just what you fancy. I make my own stands and use clear rods with a tiny needle in the end - leaving the hole in the base of the aircraft virtually invisible. At the end of the day - it's just a bit of fun - so whichever way you go - just enjoy yourself. Steve
  45. 14 points
    I recently completed this one in a group build on an alternate modeling forum, It's my first build from ZTS Plastyk of Poland (although I had a copy of their Draken a while back) This one is a little like Frog or Airfix kits of the sixties in their level of detail and parts breakdown, no landing gear bay or cockpit detail, nor intake or jetpipe detail either so not one for the purest rivet counting AMS sufferer, assuming the drawings in 'Warpaint Publications No.17 Gloster Javelin' are relatively accurate the kit isn't ! The nose is too short the rear fuselage is to narrow and the wings and tail aren't fantastic either! That said! (ahem) I really enjoyed putting the thing together, not one for an assembler, this one needs work, model putty/filler is essential as most of the mating surfaces don't have a square flush edge but a tiny radius so a gap is inevitable! I used brass tube for intakes and jetpipes I took the main wheels from a Heller T3 as the kit wheels weren't good at all! Rattle can white carefully masked and brush painted Humbrol HU174 Signal Red in a million coats!!The 'Three' Pitots' are aftermarket and decals from the spares box as most of the kit decals were unusable!! On a positive note the nose landing gear and mainwheel struts and burner cans are a great improvement over the spindly offerings from Airfix/Heller So, one Gloster Javelin FAW9 XH897 of A&AEE 1967, employed in various calibration duties, hence the 'three pitot' and super high visibility paint job! It looks like a Javelin to me, so qualifies on my build list so much so I've acquired another to build A&AEE's orange and yellow FAW7??!! . . . Kes (who has a 'thing' for calibration aircraft right now?)
  46. 14 points
    I am pleased to present you one of my works that I care about most, namely a Ford T hot rod. The starting kit is a monogram re-boxed revell, very different from the model I made. Link W.I.P: http://www.modellismo.net/forum/custom-cafe/126992-ford-model-t-street-custom-monogram-1-8-a.html finish outdoor.
  47. 14 points
    Evening all, Many thanks gentlemen for the very kind and encouraging comments: I really appreciate them all. I have done some more construction work and painted the bulk of the model and it is beginning to look like what you see in the photos. I completed the horizontal tail unit by cutting and inserting between the rear fuselages a piece of 30 thou card with Evergreen strip (10 x 20 thou) ribs. I also added the small units on the outer sides of the fuselage plus the tail bracing, and then the two rods which were set between the forward parts of the fuselages: I assume that these were for the engine controls on the starboard side (the pilot sat on the port side). Painting followed - mainly acrylics for the upper and lower surfaces but Humbrol enamel white for the floats because I have some left from the past and I find that it gives a better coverage than the acrylic paint. The struts were Revell SM 382 which is another enamel - I just like the soft brown to represent the pine of the struts. The cockades were home printed and the serial came form an old set of RNAS/RFC numerals from Pegasus. The rudder stripes were painted: The white dots on the upper surfaces are holes for the struts. To put the top wing in place I used a procedure which I have found from experience is most suitable for multi-bay biplanes. I put some of the cabane struts into the lower wing - in this case the pair on the inner side of each fuselage, and the outer pairs of main wing struts. I used ordinary styrene cement and placed the inner struts against the fuselage sides first, then quickly added the two outer pairs and lowered the top wing. I had put drops of cement into the respective holes in the top wing. I was lucky because three of the fuselage struts fitted exactly and the fourth only need a minor adjustment. The outer struts were a little more fiddly but still went into place quickly. The whole assembly was jigged with paint pots to keep it square while it dried out overnight. The result was what I desired: This structure was quite robust when dry and allowed me to put in the remaining struts, one at a time, without problems. After these had been put into place I again left the assembly for a couple of hours to set properly before I added the kingposts on the outer parts of the top wing: The model is now ready to add the floats and that will be the next stage. Thanks for looking. P
  48. 14 points
    Hiya Folks,...... another update,...... Fuselage sanded and filler applied to the seams,.... the cockpit windows are in place (having been masked and painted with the interior pale green colour) and so are the tailgate cargo doors,.... which I should really have attached when after the tail was cut off and before the resin plug was inserted,..... as I had to shave them down a touch. The horizontal tailplane is in place too and the wheels have been partially painted and sanded down; And the wings have been dry fitted here again,...... I`ll attach these after the fuselage seams have been sanded as it makes things easier; Cheers Tony.
  49. 14 points
    This thread is dedicated to support vehicles that keep our great airplanes ready for action. You're invited to add anything with wheels (or tracks) that complements your plane models. All scales and time periods are welcome. I, for my part, focus on US vehicles which fit my areas of interest. While impatiently waiting for the P-51 GB to start I dawdled away with building this bomb trailer, a USAAF M5 castered third wheel trailer with a payload of 5,000 lbs. It was a ubiquitous piece of equipment at every bomber and fighter airfield. Those of you who call the 1/48 Monogram B-17G kit their own will remember this bonus part which I enhanced with truck wheels, suspension springs, bomb rails, and other bits and pieces from the scrap box. It still looks a bit uninspired just by itself, calling for some tractor to move it - maybe a Cletrac or a bomb service truck. References: Technical Manual No. 9-760, Bomb Trailer M5, War Department, Washington 1942 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M5_Bomb_Trailer Some time ago I built this Willys Jeep which I posted in the AFV section. Full story here. Scroll down and you'll find many more beautifully elaborated vehicles and other accessories. Thanks for joining, Michael
  50. 14 points
    The last gunfighter - this model was completed in 2008. Cocpit Aires, photo etched parts Eduard, aftermarket decals.
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