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  1. 81 points
    The first time that I saw photos of the Shackleton MR3 s was when I was at Primary School in the late 1960s. These were in aviation and RAF magazines that my father would bring home from the NCO's mess at RAF Bawdsey where my dad served. It was here that I also started building FROG models which I bought from the village Post Office, and I noticed that the Shackleton was illustrated on the side of the kit boxes as one of those made by FROG. The village Post Office did not sell the big kits, so it was during a shopping trip to Woodbridge that I first saw a FROG Shackleton on sale in a toy and model shop on the High Street. I so wanted one but for some reason it would be a few years before I did get one. The fabulous and exciting box front of the FROG Shackleton as I remember it. The Air-Sea Rescue title on the box always seemed a bit out of context considering what it has just done to that submarine. I suppose they would have needed rescueing after. My father took me to the air show and open day at USAF Bentwaters in 1970 and during the display it was announced that a Shackleton was on its way. I was so excited to see a Shackleton for real. Unfortunately it did one fly by at quite a height and that was it, the only time that I would ever see a Mark 3 flying. And this is the actual photo that my dad took. And here is a magazine I have kept from October 1970 still with the coffee stains from the Mess at RAF Bawdsey with a Mark 3 in beautiful colour on the front cover. Christmas 1973 and I asked my dad if I could have a FROG Shackleton. They were getting hard to find by then but he found me one with in a squashed box and a few broken parts inside. But I was so excited, at last I had one. And here I am on Christmas Day with my FROG Shackleton. I built it pretty quickly and not very well unfortunately. I left the wings and tailplanes unglued so they just slotted on and came off for storage. The rear of the box showing the typical FROG full colour painting guide for the two versions. A number of years later I decided to pull the fuselage apart, scratchbuild an interior and rebuild and repaint it. Here we have a drawing I made of the interior of my Shackleton before I closed it up. A photo taken sometime in the early 1990s. It depicts a Phase 1 aircraft armed with nose cannon. Hand painted fuselage lettering and numbers. On display in flying mode on our club table at Bridlington Spa. I made a stand from MDF that slotted into the open weapons bay. Then I repainted her in the overall sea grey scheme that she first entered service in at RAF Aldergrove in 1958. Scratchbuilt ground equipment. Depicted as a new aircraft in 1958. And as she is now after another repaint. On its dollies ready to be slid sideways into the T2 hangar for servicing. On display on our Club table in recent years She has appeared at many displays over the years. The sort of photo that inspired me, a Shackleton MR3 Phase 3 in its natural element. I hope you have enjoyed me sharing my 46 year old Shackleton with you. adey
  2. 60 points
    Latest build. 1/72 Revell kit. Bit of a challenge. Mark DSCN3508 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3507 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3510 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3512 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3513 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3515 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3516 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3518 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3519 (3) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3521 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3522 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3523 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3524 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3525 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3526 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3527 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr
  3. 57 points
    The 30's. From the Golden Age of Aviation, its four engines lazily droning in the sky, comes this luxurious lumbering giant, arguably the epitome of traveling in style to mysterious and remote lands. Vast landscapes: arable land, coastlines, deserts, intricate cities of labyrinthine design, proud mountain ranges, all slowly slide by below, in changing colors and textures. By sunset the bright tints of the sky and the billowing clouds are reflected upon the surface of a sea. Passengers sedately recline on their ample seats, their legs comfortably extended, or are pensively sipping a cocktail in the plane's bar, or even enjoying a sophisticated full meal on a removable table, pampered by a staff of courteous attendants. The quality of the inlaid wood paneling, the exquisitely weaved upholstery, the tasteful curtains, the porcelain, the crystals, all glows with the aura of England at its highest. Romance, mystery, luxury, comfort, sophistication, are all just the visible flesh of a well-thought machine, that rendered an incredible number of years and miles of reliable service, with an unimpeachable safety record. The construction thread can be visited here: Not all, as we know, was rosy, since the "Empire" (and the other empires) were creating their own share of very serious issues. The pinnacle of England as a world power would be challenged, and soon, unbeknownst to most of those passengers, in a few years the country would have to face the storm that will set Europe, and the world, ablaze. Humanity has a peculiar talent for ignoring the consequences of choosing bloodshed, misery, death, hunger and suffering, over adventure, discovery, and peace. But the H.P.42 is not only a symbol of luxury, it's also a symbol of peacetime, progress, romance, and ultimately of humanity's better angels, of what we would like our world to be. My thanks again to John Eaton, who facilitated the acquisition of the kit, and to Arctic Decals for producing the set that greatly enhances the model and solved the issue of the window frames and the ruined decal sheet in the kit. Thanks also to the fellow modelers that made comments and gave "emotional support" during the long build, and last but not least to the Hidden Ones that maintain this place of encounter and sharing: BM. I hope this model operates a bit like a time machine, and takes you to an era of shimmering glamour -the Golden Age of Aviation- that has so much to offer, so much to say, so much beauty to share, so much charm to explore. Not in vain it's called "Golden".
  4. 44 points
    #23/2019 The sexy beast from the east is done. Hobby Boss kit built oob, only some stencils came from Hi-Decal because the kit decals aren´t the best. Camo painted with AK Real Color Air Supperiority Blue for the lighter blue. For the darker blue my dad mixed Tamiya XF-18 Medium Blue with XF-23 Light Blue and XF-2 White in approx. 4:1:1. The grey was done with Tamiya XF-19 Sky Grey. Exhaust area painted with Gunze H63 Mettalic Blue Green, H76 Burnt Iron and Tamiya X-13 Metallic Blue. Build thread here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235057810-guardian-of-the-east148-sukhoi-su-27-flanker-b-russian-airforce/ 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_0019 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0020 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0021 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0022 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0023 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0024 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0025 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  5. 42 points
    Evening folk's,the dust is sitting thick on the shelves but with the change in the weather it's time to close the loft window for the winter and have a dusting session,all bar one of these Spitfires posts are long gone in the PB debacle so here's the 1/48 collection post dusting.All airfix other than Special Hobby's Seafire.Thanks for taking the time to look.
  6. 34 points
    After much wrestling with plastic and filler, and a build that felt, at times, like it was never going to end, I am finally able to post up a few pics of my Barracuda - another Fleet Air Arm favourite of mine with its strange looks and dubious performance. This is the "Hi Tech" boxing of the Special Hobby kit, with some extra bits from the Brengun (formerly Griffon) set. The build followed a fairly typical course for a Special Hobby kit, in that the interior bulkheads were all a little too wide and lots of dry fitting was needed before committing to glue. The biggest difficulty I encountered was the fit of the port wing. From above it was raked forward at more of an angle than the starboard wing, and from ahead it was a mm or two lower. A plasticard shim, lots of filler and round after round of sanding and smoothing eventually resulted in wings that looked symmetrical - to me at least... I didn't like the look of the kit spinner so blunted one from a Seafire XV and used that instead. For the markings I decided to go with a post war scheme as I think it suits the aircraft and I haven't seen this kit in the EDSG over Sky before. The upper surfaces should, I think, be quite liberally festooned with various white stencil markings that I didn't have.... I ran out of steam a bit towards the end of this one - this shows in the wingtip nav lights which are only painted, and let the finished model down a bit; the underside is a bit too clean and the prop should probably be a bit weathered too... The markings are intended to show a machine from 815 NAS at Eglinton. And so to the pictures, and thanks for looking, Nick.
  7. 32 points
    Here is my Harrier T.52 ZA250/G-VTOL, Paris Airshow 1979, built from the Sword kit with a Master pitot, painted with Hataka and Lifecolour acrylics and finished with decals from Vingtor set 72-118 Harrier Test and Demonstration Aircraft #3. The kit was a bit of a challenge, the fit of some parts was poor, particularly the intake trunking and front cockpit instrument shroud. There were gaps that needed shims and steps, especially behind the cockpit. The front instrument shroud provided by sword is way too big and I ended up replacing it with a part fashioned from a cut down drop tank half. I opened up the auxiliary intake doors, in future I would recommend replacing these parts with Freightdog resin ones. The Vingtor decals are nice and thin and generally went on well, conforming over curves and bumps, although delicate. I had some small of the smaller stencils break up, possibly as I had the water too warm. Frustratingly, one of the fuselage roundels was misprinted without the white segment, and I managed to pull of part of the serial when handling and needed to touch up by hand. Anyway, here it is, a bit rough in places but good enough for my cabinet: Thanks for looking. AW
  8. 32 points
    RAF 68 Squadron was formed in 1941 as a night fighter squadron. Initially flying Blenheims they had converted to the Beaufighter If within a few months. One feature of squadron life was regular moves to counter different threats. The start of 1944 saw them at Coltishall in Norfolk followed by moves to Coleby Grange, Lincolnshire and then Fairwood Common (now Swansea Airport). Throughout this time the squadron was operating the Beaufighter VIf. By mid 1944 pilot Flt Lt Frederick Kemp and navigator Flying Officer James Farrar were a regular crew and had been flying Beaufighter VIf serial V8620 since October 1943. Fred Kemp was 30 years old, had married in 1938 and qualified as a pilot in 1941. He must have seemed very mature to the 20 year old James Farrar. Their Beaufighter sorties were largely in response to enemy raiders with the occasional defensive patrol. The squadron records reported the results with phrases like 'No joy' or 'No trade'. On 23rd June 1944 everything changed. 68 Squadron moved again, this time to RAF Castle Camps (on the Essex / Cambridgeshire border) to counter the V1 flying bomb offensive; at the same time converting to Mosquito Night Fighters (NFXVIIs and XIXs) and learning the new tactics required to deal with the V1s. On the night of 26th July 1944 Flt Lt Kemp and F.O. Farrar were flying Mosquito NFXIX serial no. MM679. They had been assigned the call sign 'Ferro 19'. The Operations Record Book (ORB) has them being assigned a diver (flying bomb) but telling control that a plane from 219 Squadron was better placed. They then advised that the diver had exploded (presumably as a result of action by the 219 Squadron plane) and so were given a new vector to patrol. This was at 4.12 am over the Thames Estuary. In the words of the ORB: “since that message Control were unable to contact Ferro 19 who must now be considered as missing” MM679 and her crew were not heard from again and her disappearance just gets that simple comment in the ORB. The body of Flt Lt Frederick Kemp was later washed up - he is buried in Charlton cemetery, Greenwich, London. No sign was ever found of Flying Officer James Farrar or of MM679. James Farrar's name is consequently included on the Runnymede Memorial. James Farrar's elder brother David became a successful aeronautical engineer, having been assigned to the Bristol Aeroplane Company during the war (although he too had expected to join the RAF), and going on to be involved in the Bloodhound missile and the Space Shuttle. Fred Kemp's wife Ellen, mother to three young children, never re-married. Here then is my effort at MM679. This is the Tamiya 1/72 Mosquito NF XIII / XVII. The NF XIII with the bull nose is externally the same as the NF XIX so this is a slight cheat. I had always thought the best looking Mossie was the FB VI with the neat nose with those .303s and cannon. But once I got into the build I developed a strong liking for the looks of the bullnose night fighters – somehow they look rather predatory. The extras I used were a Yahu instrument panel, Quickboost Mossie seats with belts, Barracudacals Mossie stencils and Eduard canopy masks - all of which worked perfectly. I replaced the wingtip styrene aerials with brass and the only fit problem I had was the upper wing halves to the rear of the nacelles where there was a noticeable step to deal with - probably me. Some of the decals were from xtradecal and aviaology sets but I found I was missing the right size of dull red code letters. I was tempted to try painting over some grey letters but in the end didn't have the courage for that and bought some. @Hornet133 helpfully pointed me in the direction of a set for 68 squadron from DKdecals which I ordered from the Czech Republic (68 squadron had several Czechoslovak airmen in exile as crews). I wasn't able to find out the individual code letter of MM679 so (like my previous build) that's blank for now. All the best Mark
  9. 28 points
    The North American XF-108 Rapier was a proposed long-range, high-speed interceptor aircraft designed by North American Aviation intended to defend the United States from supersonic Soviet strategic bombers. The aircraft would have cruised at speeds around Mach 3 (3,200 km/h; 2,000 mph) with an unrefueled combat radius over 1,000 nautical miles (1,900 km; 1,200 mi), and was equipped with radar and missiles offering engagement ranges up to 100 miles (160 km) against bomber-sized targets. To limit development costs, the program shared engine development with the North American XB-70 Valkyrie strategic bomber program, and used a number of elements of earlier interceptor projects. The program had progressed only as far as the construction of a single wooden mockup when it was cancelled in 1959, due to a shortage of funds and the Soviets' adoption of ballistic missiles as their primary means of nuclear attack. Had it flown, the F-108 would have been the heaviest fighter of its era. This is the Wikipedia abstract, full story here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_XF-108_Rapier I recently completed this build from the Anigrand resin kit: since both incarnations of the mock-up (overall metal or white) were quite bland and uninspiring I chose to depict a fictitious evaluation a/c from Edwards, as imagined by the artist on the front cover of this Airpower Magazine issue: The build thread can be found here for those interested. As you will read it was truly a collaborative effort with great inputs from BM members, thank you again to all! So here are the images. Thanks for looking!
  10. 26 points
    Hello Here is my first post of finished work, it is the Mitsubishi G4M Hamaki Typ 11 "Betty" in scale 1/48 from Tamiya (with some parts from Eduard and Master Model). Painted and weathered with Testors and Revell colors. Best regards Peter
  11. 26 points
    Revell 1/72 kit and Babibi decal. Turkish Air Force No 113 Squadron "The Light" http:// http:// http:// http:// http:// http://
  12. 26 points
    Hi all - first post here, and thought I'd do something a bit different: This was great fun to do...conventional model painting rather went out the window, and I used mainly homemade decals drawn with dip pen and acrylic ink. This was inspired by a real life aircraft in Katowice, of which there are plenty of photos on the usual sites, eg: https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/5788170 Seeing as I bought the KP 3-pack, I think I'll do a clean one next!
  13. 25 points
    .... Airfix 1/72nd Dakota and all decals fro generic sets in my decal bank. A bit belated but here it is... Representing an RCAF Dakota of 437 Squadron formed for the mass drop over Holland.
  14. 25 points
    I don't post all that frequently here, but I've had a pretty good year and a bit as far as modelling goes, so I thought I'd post up some photos of my recent builds... In chronological order, starting from last September - Hasegawa 1/48 Hurricane Mk IID (I'm aware the tail wheel is the wrong way round, it won't actually fit the correct way round, Hasegawa's error in making that part, although I suppose I could have cut it and sanded it and forced it to fit correctly). Xtrakit 1/72 DH Vampire Italeri 1/72 F-117 Nighthawk (unfortunately the kit decals for the underside cracked on me during the build) Revell 1/72 Tornado GR1 (I had a problem with the decals, they're by Printscale, and were very thin, the "Mig Eater" decal rolled up irreparably, hence why it's missing) Revell 1/72 Mig-21 Airfix 1/72 C-47 (my D-Day commemoration build) Airfix 1/72 A-4 Skyhawk (unfortunately the canopy fogged on me, Mk.82 Snakeyes are from Hasegawa)
  15. 24 points
    Hey all, this is my older model, built probably in June or so. Eduard FW 190 in 1 48 scale Any feedback welcome! Happy building!
  16. 24 points
    Dear Modellers, Sometimes you have a lucky day. Years ago I found in an outlet bookstore two books: “Aircraft Archive Aircraft of World War One Vol.1 and 2 “ by Argus Books. In them were very nice 3-view drawings, just what I was looking for. There was a german aircraft that untill then I never saw before, the Albatros J.I I was impressed that it had armour all round the crew positions. So I decided to build this model in scratch. Here are the results, I build it about the same time as the Airco DH-9A. I still have plans to build the next version -JII , only problem is to find that precious goodie....time Somehow I like the many two-seaters that flew in WWI , so I build several which I will show in future. I hope you like the photographs of this one, With greetings, JohnHaa
  17. 23 points
    To improve my skills I purchased this inexpensive Academy Hellcat kit. It is my first ever 1/72 scale kit and I was pleasantly surprised by the detail. I put my Spitfire builds on hold, and worked solely on the Hellcat, which has become my first completed build in over 15 years. I tested new paints, weathering pastels/enamels, decal solutions and glues. It was a great learning experience and I enjoyed every step of the way. Thanks to everyone here for answering my Hellcat specific questions. Feel free to comment (I am anticipating dings for too much weathering!). I will take it as constructive criticism. I have 4 more Hellcat models on standby and want to improve my skills. It is 'out of the box' and what I would call a 'what if', in the sense that I didn't try to copy any known existing Hellcat (as far as markings). One last note - I got very lucky with my photos. Up until last week my pictures were terrible, but somehow, moving my spray booth (which also serves as my light box) to another location corrected lighting issues and I am very pleased with the results. The bottom 4 pictures were taken with my new macro lens, and you can see some difference in the levels.
  18. 23 points
    Hi all - here's my latest - The Tamiya 1/72 P-47D bubbletop. Like the razorback version, it's a very nice kit and gave hardly any trouble construction wise. I used a decal set from Lifelike decals to portray this lovely example of the jug - Beside wanting to build another Jug, this was an experiment in using Alclad metal paints - as I have quite a few NMF kits in the stash. This will be the first of many if all goes to plan. I think it came out okay - pretty much the finish I was after but still far from my ideal - I learned alot on this build so I'm hoping the next will be better. I used an eduard pe set on the cockpit, I used a Falcon clear vax canopy after I accidentally stood on the kit one . Tamiya Acrylics were used for the non-metal surface bits, AK enamel washes, pigments and oil paints for the weathering. The WIP is here: Thanks for looking...! Comments are welcome. Cheers John
  19. 23 points
    Another one of the bench and into the cabinet. This is Airfix's excellent 1/48 Hunter F.6. This was one of the most enjoyable builds I've done in a while, a perfect kit if you've lost he modelling mojo. Full details and more pictures are at my blog but here are some photos
  20. 22 points
    I shot a coat of Gunze Medium Sea Grey over the gal, so now I can find all the spots that need fixing. I've already found a few. I added the landing gear but maybe I shouldn't have. She balances OK, but the gear (especially the front) looks awful spindly. I applied a coat of thin superglue over the spindliest parts, hoping that it might reinforce them. I'm not worried about the gear not withstanding the weight of the model, I'm just worried about old fumble thumbs here knocking them off. I overdid some of the scribing, mostly on access panels, and some of them need to be filled with some Mr. Surfacer. I don't want folks to think this is a Matchbox kit! Cheers, Bill
  21. 21 points
    The 1/48 Tamiya Fieseler Storch was a kit that I had avoided due to its price until I managed to pick one up at an estate sale fro a good price. Having now built it, I'd say that I would not regret paying the full price. Superb engineering and ingenious use of materials made this a fun and rewarding build indeed. The subject of the build is Storch SF+RL, a uniquely camouflaged plane used by 1./Wüstennotstaffel in the desert war, the one that adorns Tamiya's box. As a reference for the build, I got myself a copy of the the two part e-article by Air Publications which is a very interesting read. https://airwarpublications.com/earticles/unit-history-earticles/ It's evident, after reading the article, that Tamiya have misrepresented the camouflage scheme on their box art and paint instructions. Tamiya would like us to paint the aircraft with sand coloured uppers and then disrupt it with a light blue wave pattern. However, the authors of the AirWar publication state, more convincingly, that the Wellenmuster was in fact a disruptive pattern of RLM 79 Sandgelb over the standard continental 70/71/65 scheme. It makes much more sense to me that the latter would be the case as the standard desert scheme would have seen no benefit of being lightened with a blue wave pattern whereas the dark European scheme would have been very conspicuous against the desert sand without being toned down. As a result, I went with that scheme. Paints are all Tamiya applied with an Iwata HP-C Plus. Thanks for looking. For insomniacs, a full progress thread can be found here: https://ww2aircraft.net/forum/threads/done-gb-42-1-48-fieseler-fi156-storch-mto-ii.51142/
  22. 19 points
    Hello Folks, I made this one some time ago to represent a Halifax GR.II (Special) from 58 Sqn at St. Davids, Wales in 1943 but I can now share it with you, hope you like it; The Freightdog update set was fantastic and although not totally accurate for the rivet counters out there it certainly makes the Revell Halifax actually look like a Halifax and it is really easy to use. I added bracing inside the nose cone for the .5 Browning carried by Halifax`s of 58 & 502 Sqns and it came from an old USAAF bomber kit. This model appears in the latest issue of Airfix Modelworld magazine, All the best Tony O
  23. 19 points
    Finally got around to doing some pics of one of my restorations to old kit builds. This one is the Aurora 1/72nd kit of a PA-28 Cherokee re G-BBID that I flew in on My 4th 1994 from Shoreham Airport. last known to be registered as N519MC My reworked model has decals made for me and based on the only photo I could find of it in the markings it wore at the time of my flight. I do have another one built in BA flying club colours.
  24. 19 points
    Hello I have finished this couple of 1/72 Trumpeter early U.S. Army P-40s. This kit is not the best but as I had them in my stash it was the opportunity. First I built a very early P-40 with only two machine guns in the wings and from the 20th Pursuit Group in California at the beginning of 1941. AT the time there used to be stars upon and under both wings and a striped rudder. Next come a P-40B from the 15th Pursuit Group based on Wheeler Field, Hawaï on December 5th, 1941. This one had only stars on upper port and under starboard wings, and no more rudder stripes. There are 4 guns in the wing leading edge. You could see I have used different colours for these two kits as I wanted to mark the differences between Olive Drab 31 and Grey 33 for the P-40 and the Olive Drab 41 and Neutral Gray 43 for the P-40B. Comments are welcome. Patrick
  25. 18 points
    Hi This is the third of my backlog of models for RFI. I needed something 'easy' after building the Revell Inc MIG-21 so opted for a Hurricane IIC from Academy. This is my first Academy kit and I found it an enjoyable build. I built this straight OOB, only correcting the serial number. The decal for the 3 Squadron RAF example is shown as ZB464, but should be Z3464. I am a long way from mastering weathering so this Hurricane looks as if it has been in hard battle for some time and not been subject to any cleaning. Thanks for looking. Graeme
  26. 18 points
    Here is the last of my builds, the Gloster Meteor F Mk IV. Not the prettiest of planes, it was developed from the wartime Meteor F Mk III which was itself an improved version of the Meteor F Mk I, the RAF's first operational jet fighter. The Mk I was powered by a production version of the Power Jets/Whittle engine and was slower than many contemporary piston engined fighters, so after a short run was replaced by the Mk III with more powerful engines. Even then the Meteor was barely faster than the Tempest and Spitfire XIV, However jet engine development gathered pace rapidly and the post war Mk IV was nearly 100 mph faster. Unfortunately this over-stressed the already suspect wing, so after a few had been produced the wing was clipped to relieve the stress. The Frog kit was an easy enough build and the only modification I made was to graft on more accurate engine intakes from an Xtrakit ex MPM Meteor F8 kit, replace the pitot tube, and add a whip aerial. For those of you who have been following my various builds, as suggested in one of my notorious rants I have photographed the Meteor on top of my ruddy garden wall that was built concurrent with this GB and became a topic of such interest that it also ended up in the gallery, together with my "Hairy Hooligans". Still waiting for some dry weather to paint it! I would like to thank the organisers of this build for their hard work and support, together with all who have participated, either building kits or by making informative and encouraging comments. This is my first GB and it has been an interesting and amusing experience. See you around, or as we say in Yorkhire - "Ah'll sithee". Pete
  27. 18 points
    Hello all! This is the first of two "jump jets" I've been building for the last six months or so, the 1/72 Airfix Harrier GR.3. The kit goes together well and the only modification was to use the eduard etch set for the cockpit (which you can't see much of anyway!). It's airbrushed with Tamiya acrylics and weathered using white, brown and black artists oil paints. The decals seemed quite thick and took a lot of persuasion to settle down, especially the roundels just behind the intakes. Some of them have also silvered a bit but I guess that's on me for not getting a smooth enough gloss coat down after the paints (always something to improve on!). Overall I'm really happy with how it has turned out. Thanks to everyone who provided encouragement along the way in the WIP:
  28. 18 points
    Here's an old kit, I must have had this unmade model since 1980, or earlier. P9099, 13 Group AACU, Ouston, June 1941 (6) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr P9099, 13 Group AACU, Ouston, June 1941 (10) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr P9099, 13 Group AACU, Ouston, June 1941 (12) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr P9099, 13 Group AACU, Ouston, June 1941 (14) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr P9099, 13 Group AACU, Ouston, June 1941 (15) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr P9099, 13 Group AACU, Ouston, June 1941 (26) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr P9099, 13 Group AACU, Ouston, June 1941 (28) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr P9099, 13 Group AACU, Ouston, June 1941 (35) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr The kit is basically accurate and goes together well. However there are many details missing, so I added an instrument panel, control stick, cowling brace supports, aerials, guns, better light bomb carriers, rear windows (to see the balance weights), landing lights, and pitot tube. It is an addition to my RAF Ouston, Northumberland project, and throughout the war Ouston was a base for target training aircraft for the many AA guns defending Tyneside. Sadly, however, photos are zilch, so once again I have had to make assumptions regarding the colours and markings. Lysander Mk.II P9099 is known to have served with no less than three of the target units at Ouston, starting in May 1941 with 7 Anti Aircraft Co-operation Unit; then 13 Group Target Towing Flight, which later became 289 Squadron. None of these units had code letters allocated at Ouston, and neither did the aircraft have individual ID markings, other than the serial number. I have assumed that in its earlier days P9099 might have remained close to its former operational configuration and colours, as it was only used to calibrate the AA guns for height and speed. It was not a 'target towing' aircraft. However, in 1942 it left Ouston to be converted to a TT Mk.II, at which point it no doubt adopted black & yellow target towing stripes. It was then issued to 41 OTU at Old Sarum, before being crated for shipping to the Middle East. It never made it, being lost at sea en-route in January 1943. So somewhere on a seabed it still resides, although the official 'loss date' of 8th January 1943 does not match any recorded shipping losses on that date. It is perhaps the date the paperwork was done, not when the ship sank?
  29. 17 points
    Another of my very old builds. ESCI 1/72nd kit Modeldecal decals and a memory of 1977 Greenham Common.
  30. 17 points
    Morning all, I'm going to call it a day with this one. A fun build of a sincere and well meant kit! Definitely recommended for all aficionados of early Soviet bombers, assuming Tamiya isn't about to tool an SB. The kit has lovely detail, but slightly iffy fit in parts, particularly the transparencies, which aren't the most transparent either. But it seems to be an accurate rendition of Russia's Blenheim, right down to the incredibly spindly landing gear (I wondered if the real ones wobbled when you sneezed on them..?) I also had good fun on the weathering, acting on the assumption the VVS didn't regularly clean their bombers. Here is my finished model: ...and thanks to all who followed on my first rather sporadic WiP: Now to clean up the bench and on to the next adventure in styrene! All best Harry
  31. 17 points
    This is Copper State Model's lovely RNAS armoured car. The figure is also by CSM, stowage from Value Gear & spare bucket. Went together nicely, only hindered by my reluctance to follow the instructions. Paint used was Revell acrylic Hellgrau, weathered using oil paints, Mig pigments, silver pencil. The last photo shows the size comparison with Roden's Rolls Royce armoured car. Any comments, observations & criticisms welcome. Pete
  32. 16 points
    Hi all, This is my attempt at Tamiya's kit of the GMC deuce and a half. Dating from 1997, I found the moulding and fit to be excellent - a good choice for my first vehicle kit in this scale. I also bought Tamiya's accessory set 231 to go with it, this having the 0.5" Browning mount over the cab area plus a few other bits and bobs. The kit was built out of the box(es) apart from the cable for the winch. I also used the kit to try out weathering techniques and learnt a lot from a fellow modeller who showed me the oil dot technique, the use of pigments for dust and mud effects and gave me some links to helpful videos on YouTube, so many thanks to him. Thank you for looking, Pat
  33. 16 points
    This is my latest build: a Tamiya's 1/48th scale F-14D Tomcat. It's a great kit, with superb fit and smart assembly, i had lot of fun building it! Kit built OOB, with some details from Eduard PE and KA Models exhaust nozzels. Painted with Gunze's Acryl Paint (h-307, H-308, H-337). So, let's start the photogalley: Ciao Ale
  34. 16 points
    Who can't deny the thrill of standing under a Queen of the Sky on the Perimeter Road as she drops down through the last 100ft of her final descent? Magic eh? Be it the First Officer or the onboard INLS calling it out, …. "100 Above" The kit is of course, the tired old Revell 1/144 747-400. This one should have had Iron maidens Book of Souls livery but that was never going to happen. Wearing a mix of 26 Decals and Authentic Airliners British Airways Chatham Historic Dockyard Decals, the engines came from a specially purchased BA Landor version of the 747-400 to get those 4 mighty RB211's as I did not like the Braz options I started out with, and the most costly part was the Shapeways.com 3D printed leading and trailing edge flaps. You cant really see it but I have also used the phot-etch sets on the undercarriage and altered the undercarriage bogies to their naturally receptive droop in readiness for touch down. Some "in-build stage" shots below for you now.... Thank you to those of you who followed the WIP. This is one of the few builds I have walked away from and can say "I am happy with that build" - it turned out how I wanted it to and is a subject very dear and close to my heart. John
  35. 16 points
    I'm waiting for the some red decals to arrive for my XF-89 build, so, in the meantime I have been finishing off another one for my growing Scorpion collection. This is the Hobbycraft F-89B in the markings of the 190th FIS, Idaho Air National Gurad...... Built OOB - except that I had to remove the central frame from the canopy - it is finished with rattle cans of Halfords 'Aluminium' and Gloss Black auto sprays..... Decals are from the kit boxing - all those stars are applied individually I had quite a few fit problems with this kit - especially the cockpit tub and bottom fuselage section - but I fought it and eventually won!!! I now have four operational Scorpions in my collection - Hobbycraft F-89A & F-89B, Revell F-89D and Academy F-89J - plus the XF-89 conversion. I still have the Hobbycraft F-89H to build to complete the colllection, then I can get back to Flankers....... Ken
  36. 15 points
    I once had a collection of Luftwaffe night fighters, but that was many decades ago and they are long lost. So, I decided to get started on a new collection. For better or worse, I decided to build this: But modifying it into the high-altitude, B-8 version by borrowing parts from this: If you were following my WIP (read it here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235034172-luft-46-dornier-do-335-b-8-high-altitude-nightfighter/& ), you will know that I ran into all kinds of problems, mostly dealing with the fit of the kit. A modern, CAD-based production this is not! Anyway, enough belly-aching... Let's get right to the pics: U Hope you enjoyed the show!
  37. 15 points
    This new Kinetic Kit was a delight to build! Full write up soon.
  38. 15 points
    Hello dimaADA, and welcome on board Good question, I keep asking that to myself too No, I'm just kidding: when I bought this kit, a few years ago, I wasn't really after the best kit for a Typhoon, I just saw it and it looked good value for the money, also reading some online reviews. I knew nothing about the HASEGAWA kit back then. If I ever build another Typhoon, I promise it'll be from the HASEGAWA kit Last update for the weekend, everybody: once glued in place, the radome showed a ridge on the bottom side not easy to photograph, so you'll have to trust me, but it was there. A quick sanding brought it back flush with the fuselage (see below) As I mentioned earlier, there still were a few details to be added before priming; on the back part of the fuselage (top side), near the base of the tail fin, there are two small vents. Here's Revell's rendition (supplied as an extra bit of plastic to glue in) Not much of a vent, is it? So I stuck it to a wood block with double sided ape and made a copy by pressing over it some wine cap foil I filled in the back side of it with a thin layer of CA, to render it rigid; then i cut it out using a sharo razor blade, and here's a dryfit Looking better, so I made another one and stuck them in place with CA Two more vents on the bottom side: they needed reworking because their walls are quite thick, but the protruding lips were very fragile, so I decided to glue them in and refine them later While they were curing, I put together the drop tanks That gap you see under the pylons is only on one side, and it needs to be filled in, because it's not there on the real thing. Also, one of the tank had this dent on the tip from the beginning More work for CA + flour, I guess There are two blade antennae to be added on the bottom side; one was actually molded with the fuselage, but I managed to knock it off earlier in the build, so I wanted to recover it from the spare fuselage It didn't look all that good, though, so I scratch built it from 0.5mm styrene sheet and glued in place with TET. Again, I'll refine it once it has cured You can also see that now the bottom of the radome is flush with the fuselage Last thing was the big blade antenna, again glued in place with TET That's it for the day, I hope you all had a great Sunday. All comments welcome Ciao
  39. 15 points
    Hi all, here some pics of my new built Airfix Hunter F.6 in 1:48. Add some Eduard PE`s, pitot by Master and Xtradecals for a No 12 Sqn Hunter. Replaced the whole landing gear with those from the old Academy kit. From the same one I used the 4 fuel tanks.
  40. 15 points
    Dear all, Please find below some images of my recently finished Special Hobby Vultee V1A in the colours of American Airlines. The build in itself went pretty smooth, but close to the finish line I wanted to respray the anti-glare panel and with the masking tape pulled off part of the decals... Special Hobby wasn't able to supply a replacement, but Arctic Decals came to the rescue. Of course Mika from Arctic also corrected some of the errors in the decal sheet, so 'kiitos' (thank you in Finnish) to Mika. On to the pictures! Peter
  41. 15 points
    Latest of the bench is the new Tamiya Mk1. Spitfire in the markings of Bob Stanford Tuck, 65 Squadron 1939. OOTB ...totally ... This is a great kit. Now I know a bit about 1/48 spitfire kits having made over 80 ...and yes they are all in the display cabinet !!! I was expecting a lot from this kit having made the 109 from Tamiya that really raised the bar, and I was some what a bit disappointed. Yes it's a good kit but the Airfix offering for much less money is a better bet. Where to start ?….. construction easy, but do you need the non painted photo etc? Decals are still thick (unlike the 109) The under wing roundels have holes cut out for bulges under the wings these holes then have to be painted white. limited sub type options unlike Airfix. This kit did not really grab me compared to the 109. It's as if Tamiya are trying various things out in their kits to see what works and does not. I'd be interested to hear what fellow modellers think about it. Anyway on to the pic's. Please feel free to comment etc. Thanks for looking Dick
  42. 15 points
    This time the model is in NMF finish The 1:24 scale model is not the best model of this plane. P-47D Kinetic 1:24
  43. 14 points
    Bandai's 1/72 Incom Corporation T-65 X-wing space superiority fighter (1977): Cheers W-D
  44. 14 points
    I model at a glacial pace. I started this back in early 2014!! Anyway, here's my Matchbox Mosquito built as an NF36 of 39 Squadron based at Kabrit or Fayed, Egypt in the early 1950s. The uniquely shaped late NF exhaust shrouds are from HiTech's Stage2 Merlin set. The props and spinners are from Aeroclub and the decals are by Freightdog. The drop tanks are from Paragon. I wasn't happy with the shape of the canopy and reworked it quite a bit. The vac canopies I had to hand were either poor fits for this kit or not any better shape than the one Mbox provided. This is obviously a simple kit but parts fit well and it looks like a Mosquito to me. Comments and suggestions welcomed. David
  45. 14 points
    An older build that finally made it out to the airport. This is the 1/48 Monogram Panther, painted with ModelMaster gloss dark blue. I would’ve liked to take more pics but I was afraid the gusty wind might take her airborne any minute. (there's that wind again!) This kit has a lot of nice detail, especially the cockpit. The framing on the windscreen was way too big so I sanded it all off and masked it with tape to get the more correct size frame. I read about the canopy frame issue in FSM years ago. I was really hesitant to sand them off but I jumped in and gave it a try. Believe me, I was worried that it would never look right again. But my ol’ dad used to say, “Even a blind hog finds an acorn now and then.” And I did find that acorn! Whew, a lot of polishing saved the day! It’s been a long time since the kit was built, but I don’t recall any particular fit issues. I approached the canopy frame issue with great trepidation, but it turned out okay. As I said earlier, the cockpit has some nice detail and features, but one does find that in many Monogram kits of this vintage. I am going to replace the cannon barrels with hypodermic tubing as one of the kit barrels has fallen back into the fuselage since these pics were made. The metal parts will look better anyway. The decals are a mix of aftermarket and kit markings. Please excuse the crooked canopy in one of the overhead shots. I left it unattached so I could pose it either opened or closed and I didn’t notice that it was askew before I took the pic. Thanks for checking out my old Panther and thanks for the likes and comments!
  46. 13 points
    Good evening folks - so I have this: After nutting out how to use Alclad paints on my last build, (the P-47) I’m going on with another nmf with this one - this has been sitting in the stash for quite a while and now is the time. I love the vampire- I first saw it as a young boy at an air show in Ireland scorching across the sky. I remember thinking how jealous I was of the pilot - he was clearly having so much fun. That was an Irish Air Force one but this will be a vamp of my adopted home - the RNZAF. At our local Air Force museum they had this hanging off the roof in the foyer: So I’ll be having a crack at building this particular aircraft. I’ve got these to help: Some eduard pe cockpit details, some canopy masks and some decals from a local supplier here in nz who specialises in RNZAF... A look at the sprues: They don’t look too bad considering the age of the kit. I’m planning to rivet the wings to add more texture - technically not necessary as these were hardly visible but I think they’ll add to the finish. The whole kit is just 2 sprues plus these clear parts and this is the old girl in the glory days: I got a better pic somewhere but you can hopefully make out the colours and tones - I won’t be going crazy with weathering on this one but I do want to portray a working airplane - not the museum piece she later became. So references will come from old vampire photos supplemented by the refurbished version images from the museum. She will start out shiny and I’ll work back to a duller silver. That’s the plan. Work on the cockpit will start soon! Cheers John
  47. 13 points
    This is my first foray into 3D printing - well I didn't do the 3D printing, I bought something that was 3D printed. It was bought from printedplanes.com and came in 4 pieces, forward and aft plus two spikey bits that attached to the front. The subject is the hero ship from the TV series The Expanse. This was originally shown on the SyFy channel but they've since cancelled it after 3 series and its continuing on Amazon Prime - if you haven't seen it I highly recommend it! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Expanse_(TV_series) There was only a little clean up required to hide the printer scan lines but remarkably little in comparison to other 3D printed models I've seen in other collections. The inside of the rear exhaust was a bit tacky so I left this out in the sun one day and the UV exposure fixed that. The two man pieces are hollow and fitted together perfectly with no trouble. The only extra pieces I added were some detail in the engine exhaust (which I've forgotten to take photos of!). These are the 3D printed pieces as they got to me. The decals were sourced from JBOT, aka Jim Botaitas who had made them originally for a 300mm long resin kit made by another company. So since this model was 300mm long as well I thought the decals would fit well enough and they did!
  48. 13 points
    KV122 1/72 Trumpeter
  49. 13 points
    I've been waiting to build this until people have forgotten that Airfix have brought out a new tool that is, no doubt, much better. It looks like a nice kit though; resin, PE, nice canopy molding… and then I remembered it's short-run. A month later and after a few, ahem, issues (see WiP here for details) she's ready for the ceiling… Colourcoats paint, W&N matt varnish and lots of Anglo-Saxon. I hope you like it. Landing lights are Marabu with Diamond Sellotape for the 'glass'. Finally, the famous Mk III ventral turret: Glad that's over but fairly happy with the result
  50. 13 points
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