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  1. 65 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. 55 points
    Been a bit of a long term project since May, this one, (not continuous mind) but finally finished now (I hope).. Absolutely super kit and despite the enormous parts count everything seemed to be pretty good fit wise. The engine I detailed as per the kit instructions with some wire as I think in this scale it does need it. I also ( for my sins) decided to put a little motor in it and fitted a battery pack and switch in the fuselage with access to it into the open hatch. Trouble with that idea is that it looks really naff with the prop running and no pilot...So someone kindly made me a 3D printed figure (only because they wanted to use the new one we have at work...) for now until I can source a proper Airfix one from somewhere...Anyone got one they don't want??? Thanks. The only extras I used were a set of RB Productions seat belts and a pair of the excellent new brass undercarrige legs and doors from Alistair at Aerocraft. https://aerocraftmodels.bigcartel.com/product/airfix-hellcat-brass-undercarriage-and-wheel-doors Thanks, Alistair for letting me have the first set off the production line to get the model finished! The markings are a mixture of the new Dutch Decal sheet and the Top Notch masking set. I chose not to use the code letters from the Dutch sheet as they're not the correct style. I found the Top Notch ones much better. After some research ( and a post on BM) I also decided to add the dark paint markings on the top of the fuselage. Despite having no information to the contrary I put them on the other side too. If anyone can prove they're not there I gladly take them off. Anyway, I hope you like it and thanks for looking.. 20191101_160328 20191101_160352 20191101_160419 20191101_160439 20191101_160551 20191101_160607 20191101_160726 eabc9ccbeecdbd9cd9402cf8615ddd55
  3. 52 points
    Following on from my build of the old Airfix Savoia-Marchetti SM.79, here are the pictures of the completed model. Build thread here: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235048734-savoia-marchetti-sm79-lebanese-style/
  4. 50 points
    Good evening guys, after more than a year, I finally finished my Blackburn Buccaneer. I started it as part of a bigger project involving the types on board Ark Royal carrier during her last deployment in 1978. It took long, but it was real fun. I'm not sure I'll purchase the new tooling Airfix kit, as it would be a bit... sterile after the amount of work I carried out on this one. Should anyone be interested inthe making of this model, here below the link for the wip. The resin seats were courtesy of Perdu. He made a lovely master from scratch for his SA1 and sent me two copies of them. The decal sheet we was courtesy of Scimitar. and of course I had some great support by many I'd like to thank. Now some pictures: Thanks for watching Ciao massimo
  5. 41 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.
  6. 40 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.
  7. 37 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. 36 points
    Hi all! Follow, the last pictures of this great plane done by Airfix in the 1/48 scale, it was painted with the camo that was used by the Brazilian Air Forge in the 70´s. Hope you like it. The step by step was showed in another section of this forum. Let´s go : Regards for all! Luiz.
  9. 33 points
    Latest off the bench (one of those I will make it one day kits) is the Revell 1/48 F86 D Sabre Dog kit. Markings by Cutting Edge. Yes there are meant to decals on the wing tanks BUT the tanks are different and the decals do not fit this tank...…. oh hum. Great little kit for the money.. enough to make a reasonable model but also potential for super detailing if wanted. Totally recommended. Enough blabbing and on to the photo's. Please feel fee to comment and thanks for taking the time to look. Cheers Dick
  10. 30 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
  11. 27 points
    Hello Please check out my newest project. It's Akagi in 1:350 scale from Hasegawa plus tones of PE. Cheers
  12. 27 points
    Hiya Folks, The Arma Model Hrricane is a little gem of a kit and here is my latest one, with decals from DK Decals to represent Hurricane Mk.I, P2722, VY-H of 85 Sqn, RAF in the Battle of Britain usually flown by Canadian Flt. Lt. Harry Hamilton,..... who was sadly shot down and killed on the 29th August 1940 near to Camber Castle in Sussex, he was 23 yrs old and had been serving with the RAF since 1936 and is buried at Hawkinge. Here are some photos of his regular Hurricane, P2722,.... which has has Sky undersurfaces applied on unit and with quite a bit of flourish; And here is my portrayal of the aircraft,...... brush painted as usual; Cheers, Tony
  13. 26 points
    Leopard 2 A7+ MENG 1/35 Meng's latest release in their Leopard 2 line, the A7+ is based on the previously released A7 with additional parts for the extra armour and the turret mounted weapons station. The kit goes together as well as the earlier version, and has most of the same features, including the slightly annoying working torsion bar suspension. On this one (unlike the A7 I built a while back) I fixed the suspension in place to avoid the tank constantly sitting at funny angles due to the axles pushing out of alignment. Apart from that, it's a very nice kit. The only down side is that the kit represents the original Krauss-Maffei Wegmann tech demontrator and not the production tanks that are currently entering service with Qatar and Hungary. And finally, a fw shots with Meng's earlier 2A7 Thanks for looking Andy
  14. 26 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.
  15. 25 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
  16. 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
  17. 23 points
    Hi again, This is my latest build. It's looking like my camera skills haven't improved one bit, I need to figure out a better location/setup to take photos of my models, sorry about that. Anyway, this is the build: Kit: Revell F-89D/J (No. 4568) Model: Northrop F-89D Scorpion (USAF) Scale: 1/48 Aftermarket: None Paints: Vallejo Model, Air & Metal Color Weathering: Oil paints, Flory Models Wash The kit was by no means perfect (it's from the early 90's) - nor was my build of the kit ( I can point out dozens of mistakes...) - but all in all I'm still very happy with the overall look. I did not stress about it too much but was just enjoying the build and was in awe how cool a plane the Scorpion really is So I hope you enjoy. All comments & constructive criticism are welcomed! One thing that I'm trying to figure out the best way to weather raised panel line kits, washes don't really work that well. Maybe some airbrush magic? Would love to hear your thoughts on that. And here's a shot with Monogram F-102 Delta Dagger I did earlier this year. Big planes, both of them!
  18. 22 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
  19. 21 points
    The last thing that I said in my WIP in December last year, was that I would put it into RFI as soon as I’d done a couple of figures. Well, 10 months later, here it is, but with just the one figure. The figure is part of the Master Box set for British and Commonwealth AFV Crew, but with the head exchanged for one from a Verlinden set for British Tankers. Fortunately, he had his mouth open, which fitted in well with the actions of the figure. The tank is one of the early Centaurs, taken from storage to use on D-Day. I’ve depicted it earlier in the year around April while they were conducting exercises. There is some disagreement as to which battery Seawolf belonged to, 3 or 5. Even decal manufactures can’t agree, so I’ve gone with 3rd Battery. I made the base to loosely represent a sloping harbour wall so that it would show off the moveable suspension swing arms and the Fruilmodel tracks. The only other things that I’ve added since the WIP are some stowage in the open bin, and a compo rations box with some tins in it on top of the left rear track guard. The WIP can be found here; So that’s another shelf queen done and dusted (literally). Thanks for looking. John.
  20. 21 points
    Main components are being joined together, on the trial fit all looks tight and precise in all joints. Also the separate cowling decking fits nicely and creates an opening in which will be inserted the wind shield.
  21. 21 points
    Hi all, This is my 1/72 Hasegawa CF-104 Starfighter. The CF-104 Starfighter was a modified version of the Lockheed F-104, built in Canada by Canadair under license. Canadair manufactured 200 aircraft for the RCAF. The CF-104 entered Canadian service in March 1962. Beginning in 1983, the CF-104 Starfighters were replaced by McDonnell Douglas F-18 Hornets (CF-18s). The last CF-104 was phased out on March 1, 1986. This particular plane (762) entered service on May 1, 1962. It crashed on June 9, 1981 when the aircraft struck trees on a simulated tactical delivery. The pilot ejected safely. About 110 CF-104/CF-104Ds were lost in accidents. My model is painted with Vallejo Metal Colors. The decals are from Canuck Model Products. Cheers, Mark
  22. 21 points
    Murphy's Grumman Duck, from the film, 'Murphy's War'. The old Airfix kit with Xtradecal roundels and lettering. Not my finest hour but fun nonetheless! --John
  23. 19 points
    This is my latest build, finished yesterday, a Meng Renault FT in 1/35. Airbrushed with H&S Colani 0,4 mm. Acrylics from Vallejo and MiG, weathering with oil colours, mud is pigments in diverse brown tones. Was a fun to build, a very good kit. Hope you like it, thanks for looking!
  24. 19 points
    Hi, everyone! No.517 Squadron was a meteorological squadron, forming as part of Coastal Command from No.1404 (Met) Flight in August 1943. A shortage of Halifaxes meant that the squadron was initially equipped with Hampdens and Hudsons, and even had to borrow four B-17F Flying Fortresses from the 379th Squadron, USAAF, to fill a gap between the end of Hudson and Hampden operations and the arrival of the Halifax. The squadron's main duty was to carry out meteorological flights over the western approaches, to help forecast the weather. After the arrival of the Halifax in November 1943, the squadron moved to Pembroke shire, continuing to carry out weather flights while also performing anti-submarine patrol duties. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1DdMeWOjbyzxsLjuLLtsh013kn53Jgp_E
  25. 19 points
    My Comet is finally done. A joy from start to finish. The build came out of the blue, with a quite amazing offer from Cliff who donated the kit to anyone who fancied having a crack at it. I caught my jaw before it hit the ground and replied before my next breath! The build was as smooth as silk. Not too many parts in the first place, the usual early FROG excellent fit and a straightforward out the box assembly made for a completely hassle free build. The BOAC scheme is so nice it is almost impossible to get it wrong. A beautiful cheatline, very smart blue and white paintwork and all that lovely polished metal just want to make you go the extra mile on the thing. The metalwork would have stalled a bit as my weapon of choice for this sort of finish is the long gone S 'n J polishing powder. I was just about out of my ever diminishing stocks when rescue came from a very kind offer from Charlie, who sent me a near full bottle of the magic powder. Thanks Charlie, you and Cliff were stars here. I made a simple base out of card, sprayed with auto primer and a basic grid ruled off to give me a hardstanding. Yet another helping hand, Mike Dean in this case, turned up the Commer van for me. A strip down and refinish got me a bit of ground support equipment to sit alongside the plane. An internet purchase of a bag of 1.100 scale figures got me a pair of pilots to add a bit of life to the scene. I think pictures taken in a coal cellar would have come out fine with this build, the thing just loves the camera! Those polished wings catch the eye regardless of light source or exposure. Enough of the rambling, here's the finished model... ... Here's an unbuilt kit I bought while the build was in progress. The boxart is just stunning. As a collector as well as a builder, having the completed model to sit alongside a near mint original is my idea of heaven! And last, but not least, here's the build thread... Once again, thanks are due to Cliff, Charlie and Mike. The model would not exist without your inputs. Tony.
  26. 18 points
    Hi! Finished this model this evening. Its been augmented with Greenstrawberry's Fruit Pack, which consists of a photo etched cockpit kit, a resin and photo etch hangar and resin EVA pods. In addition I've used VoodooFX's lighting kit to spice things up a bit. My first adventure into lighting a kit, and it will happen again. The kit itself went together without incident, parts fits well, nothing particular. Assembling all the cargo canisters were tedious though. I haven't put a tremendous amount of effort into making the shades of grey match that of the original, not least because the panel lines on the model seems to have little in common with what is seen in the movie. But, it rather looks like the Discovery, and that was good enough for me on this project. Sorry about not getting a full, un-hindered, view of the model, but such is my display cabinet and so long is this beast, it couldn't be helped. And in some of the photos, the containers along the spine aren't aligned properly. I haven't glued down everything on this model, as I'd rather be able to disassemble it if need be. It sits well on its display base as it is. The Mercury-Redstone to the right, is in the same scale (New Ware resin kit, btw) Difficult to get decent photos of the hangar, with the different colour temperature of the LEDs, depth of focus and all. Arild
  27. 18 points
    If you'd asked me at the age of 10 to design an aeroplane I would have drawn a massive dart that could do Mach 2+ and fire nuclear bombs out of its cat flap.... and I would have been 20 years too late. RA5C Vigilante. Bought for £8 on eBay. 50 year old tooling, half a set of Zeroxed instructions and some decals of uncertain provenance. I have to say that I'm quite pleased with the outcome. Had a bit of a battle with the white paint, but I'm glad I learnt from this before committing to a kit that cost three times the price (Dragon Sea Vixen FAW-2, should you ask).
  28. 18 points
    I just added a new member to this display and realized I have not updated this thread in a while. So here is the latest. In both pictures the bottom row has the real X planes i.e. aircraft built specifically to test aeronautical theories and never intended to go into production. Above that are what I refer to as the "also rans"; Aircraft that made it to the prototype stage but for one reason or another did not go into full production. This set is not all inclusive but, contains aircraft that I thought looked interesting. This is the whole display; The order is from right to left, top to bottom they are in chronological order of first flight starting with the oldest. But in order to see better I divided into right and left pictures. Starting with the top row from left to right they are: Vultee XP-54 Swoose, and Curtiss XP-55 Ascender. Row 2: Douglas XB--42 Mixmaster, Beechcraft XA-38 Grizzly, and Boeing F8B. Row 3 is the Northrop XB-35 Flying Wing. Row 4: Curtiss XP-87 Black Hawk, McDonnell XF-85 Goblin, Vought F7U-1 Cutless, Republic XF-91 Thundercepter and Martin XB-51. Row 5: Martin P6M-2 Seamaster. Douglas F5d-1 Skylancer. North American. F-107A Ultra Sabre , and Vought XF8U-3 Crusader III. Row 6: Lockheed AH-56 Cheyenne, Sikorsky S-67 Black Hawk, Northrop F-20 Tagershark, Northrop YF-23 Black Widow II and Boeing-Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche. Finall row 7: Northron HL-10, Martin-Marietta X-24A, Northrop M2-F3, Martin-Marietta X-24B, Grumman X-29, Rockwell-MBB X-31, Boeing Bird of Prey, Boeing X-32, Boeing X-36 and Northrop Grumman X-47B Pegasus. For the left half starting at the top row is the Grumman XF5F-1 Skyrocket. Row 2: Northrop XP-56 Black Bullet, Fischer P-75A Eagle, McDonnell XP-67 Moonbat,Douglas BTD Destroyer, and Bell XP-77. Row 3: Consolidated XP-81, Curtiss XF15C-1 Stingaree and Northrop XP-79B. Row 4: Vought F6U Pirate, Ryan XF2R-1 Dark Shark, VoughtXF5U-1 Flying Pancake, and Northrop YB-49 Flying Wing. Row 5: Douglas XA2D-1 Skyshark, Grumman XF10F-1 Jaguar, Convair YF2Y-1 Sea Dart, Bell HSL-1, Convair XFY-1 Pogo, and Lockheed XFV-1. Row 6 is the North American XB-70A. Row 7: Douglas X-3 Stiletto, Ryan X13 Vertijet, North American X-15A-2, M2-F1, and Northrop M2-F2. As you can see there are a few spaces to be filled so stay tuned for updates.
  29. 18 points
    Hi all! My first work posted here, a HS 126 from ICM in the 1/48 scale, the plane is painted in Condor Legion camo squeme, 1938. It took to me one month to finish it...I´m retired, of course... The figures are of ICM, too. Hope you like i!. Now the shots : Till the next! Best regards for all! Luiz.
  30. 17 points
    Hello everyone, This is my first post in this section since joining BM and I chose one of my recently finished kits,the great Academy Phantom.It´s also one of my best work to date.In the first pic one of the missiles was falling and I didn´t notice.The missiles are a bit difficult to stay glued because the contact points are minimal,but the bombs and drop tanks fit like a glove!Hope you like it. Cheers, Bruno
  31. 17 points
    As promised, the model is now complete and even more astonishingly, the Martian finishes a third model this year!. I always put my models on a base and I found a couple of pictures of one of these aircraft sitting in some long grass, so I went with that as a surface as I feel that it sets off the colour of the model quite nicely. I will get a small brass name plate engraved tomorrow for that final bit of bling. Ladies and Gentlemen, as always it has been pleasure to model for you. I have enjoyed both the build and the world class banter that has gone along with it. More pictures in RFI. Martian
  32. 17 points
    RNZN Walrus K5783 / Z3 . Old original 1950'sAirfix kit. All decals from generic sets. Aeroclub rigging thread as only other A M item used Some small detail to cockpit added.
  33. 16 points
    This the Minicraft 1/350 Titanic kit that I finished about 10 years ago. Today I moved around some models in my cabinet and noticed two small damages to her rigging that I had to repair. While she was out and looked over I thought I may take a few pictures and show her here. I have never shown her in public before. I got the first kit back in 1998 and started slowly working on her hull, drilling out all the portholes and thinning the walls from behind. I also did some other corrections to the hull as I found a good web site dealing with improvements of the kit. I bought all the PE-sets from GMM that were available back then and some decals from sources I can't remember. Then it soon stalled with not much more done. I had shaved all decks of the raised planking detail and tried to plan the correct locations for all the fans and vents, and the kit didn't even have the correct amount of them included. Early 2003 I needed a brake from what I was doing and I pulled her out again. Now there where much more research and correction articles on the web and even more PE available. So I gathered all I could and set about again. I also bought a second kit, just to get a good supply of all those vents and fans, and a second set of walls for all the deck housings that needed to be cut up and rearranged in many places. The build kept me busy for the better part of that year and was finished sometime that winter I think. Anyway, here she is, 10 years later. Sadly her masts could never handle the rigging and have been shamefully bent at the top all the time. If you ever attempt this kit try to get something done in metal. I should really make her a nice base instead of that kit supplied plastic thing...
  34. 16 points
    The third of my Japanese aircraft, an Airfix Mitsubishi Zero. Built OOB with H models decals for an aircraft captured by US Marines in June 1944 on Saipan Island. Tamiya painta nd quick oil wash for panel lines. IMGA0795 by neil Connor, on Flickr IMGA0796 by neil Connor, on Flickr IMGA0797 by neil Connor, on Flickr IMGA0798 by neil Connor, on Flickr IMGA0799 by neil Connor, on Flickr
  35. 16 points
    I finished the Corsair today, and there wad enough light in my room, so I was able to take some photos of the finished model. The canopy didn't fit at all, it's too narrow in the end and just hangs above the canopy railing. I also lost one of the gun mounts, and had to fashion a new one from one of the pieces.
  36. 16 points
    Today was comparatively sedate; in the morning, we visited the Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum, which Ced and Cookie found a bit chilly, much of it being open air, but the weather here right now is just about perfect for me and I quite liked it. And if you're not walking through damp grass on a wet morning, are you even in England? The museum's collection is pretty good, especially as far as JD and I were concerned. The likelihood of seeing a Mystere IVa in the 'states is pretty low, and between that, their Canberra, Super Sabre, Hunter, Javelin, Sea Vixen, and others, it really has quite a bit to see, though unfortunately the positioning of the Sea Vixen makes it pretty inaccessible. Plus what is as far as I know, the largest surviving section of one of my oddball favourites, the Bolton-Paul Overstrand! They also had a nice collection of artifacts (including some bits from shot down Luftwaffe aircraft, and more sadly, crashed RAF and USAAF aircraft) and built models, some of which were inspiring and others of which merely boosted one's confidence. After that, it was time. Time to go to Hannant's Lowestoft. This was technically a silly place to go, since we could pick up anything we wanted at Telford at a 10% discount (and will), but I kind of wanted to see the warehouse I've been paying for for the last few years. The good news right off the bat: Hannants are wasting not a penny on the exterior, and the savings is doubtless being passed on to you, the consumer. Inside, it's divided more or less into two rooms. A front one where the staff sit, and where mainly decals are stored, and then, through the door into the back: Cue celestial choir, please. Ced has expressed some concern about how I'm going to get everything back (our plan: ruthlessly abuse the carryon and checked bags limit), and so I kept my purchases today limited (plus, uh, I have a large order to pick up at Telford), so JD and I mostly ambled around taking it all in, while Ced, who said he'd gone "box-blind", retreated to the car to contemplate the life choices that had lead to him being imprisoned in a medium-sized SUV while travelling the length and breadth of England with two weirdos from the United States. Cookie picked up the Special Hobby/Tarangus Viggen, and a number of DK Decal sheets, and I grabbed the following: The 109D was supposed to be for @Corsairfoxfouruncle, since Dennis had asked me to bring him back their Condor Legion Bf109D, but amazingly the box reads "Condor Legion 109" on the side and not on the cover. In any case, they didn't have the Conor Legion one in stock, so I'll just be forced to keep this one and trust AMG has one at Telford. , After this, we explored Greater Yarmouth and gazed out over the North Sea (towards Dogger Bank and Jutland, I learned from Jamie at Sovereign) and walked along the beach there for a spell. This too, with its gaudy, Las Vegas-style (the only thing missing was the stale smell of cigarette smoke, and, as Ced pointed out, free drinks), is Britain, as much as the rolling green hills and the beautiful misty mornings. When you're a native of a country, you have the rare privilege of liking it or hating it in parts; you're already part of it, and, for example, not caring about baseball or hating the police doesn't make you un-American, any more than loving those things could make you more of one; you simply are, if that makes sense. Anyone coming to another country, or perhaps idly-dreaming about coming there, has to take it in and accept it in toto, until the process of becoming is complete. You have to know and understand what it's like before you make the commitment, whether that commitment will ultimately entail changing it for the better (or worse, I guess) or accepting it as it is. Speaking of love, I called Mrs P to see how she's doing with our two children. Seems to be going well: Grant had gotten hold of first the fly swatter and latterly the crevice tool for the vacuum and was going after her with it. I don't miss America much, but I do miss her a great deal. Grant and Winston...perhaps less so. We also went out to a Wetherspoons for dinner, and I had two double bourbons with ginger ale, pretty close to my preferred tipple of rye and ginger ale, and discovered to my immense pleasure that the time it took for my companions to finish their pints was plenty of time to move beyond the deleterious effects of the drinks on my system and straight into feeling like an invincible superman. Perhaps wisely, we stopped after the two rounds and retired to our rooms. Once again, I have to doff my cap to Ced, who has tirelessly driven us all over, organised everything, and made sure at every step we're enjoying ourselves. We certainly are, and it wouldn't be a tenth as much fun without all of the hard work he puts into the whole endeavour.
  37. 16 points
    1976 P34 Tyrrell Japanese GP driven by Jody Schekter The legendary F1 Commentator Murray Walker once said “Stop the startwatch” and “ There is the man wearing the green flag”
  38. 16 points
  39. 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
  40. 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
  41. 15 points
    Now i know this is not totally accurate, as i only found out part way through finishing this one off that the A-4C has a different nose shape to the A-4B! I was too eager to have a go at the unusual White / Green / Blue camouflage to notice the difference and reshape with putty. Oh well.. it was a fun build, gave me some airbrush practice and looks ok at the back of the display cabinet with the lights dimmed! Decals are from Xtradecal. Paint from Vallejo. Pin wash from Mig. I may compliment this with a Navy A-4Q machine that Airfix had just released next....at least that will be accurate!
  42. 15 points
    F238 Buccaneer Mk.2A/50 Low-level Striker XV348, 12 Sqn RAF RAF Honingfton, 1970 Kit: FROG F238 Build thread: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235055825-f238-buccaneer-mk2a50-low-level-striker/
  43. 14 points
    I examined my logs - and 99% of my builds so far were non-jet. The single jet in the list was built as a present to my Dad, so I have no jet on any of my shelves. What better choice for a first jet built for my shelf then the iconic X-1. I picked this one a while a go, and while I have the Eduard 1/48 kit as well, this one grabbed my attentions due to its clear parts and internal structure. So here it is: Very very simple, not to many parts and they are soooo small (I promised myself to never build another 1/72 without a VERY good reason) Clear parts were dipped in Future. The fuselage parts were a challenge as I dip into the bottle itself. First plastic cut and glued: The balance weight ball is a nice touch: It's too late for airbrushing tonight - so this will be it for today. Comments are welcomed as always Ran
  44. 14 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
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  46. 14 points
    Ah, senior moment, sorry... Hannants was like a huge playground for the chaps: ... including games of ‘Where’s Cookie?’ Of course I can order - and get reasonable shipping - whenever I like but the guys took this opportunity to select some ‘treasures’. After a while I retired to the car to change some hotel bookings and arrange a few more ‘special viewings’. Having great fun and both guys are a joy to be with Last night in Norwich we wandered into town and came across this: Now a Weatherspoons At least they do Steak and Kidney pudding... Lincolnshire tomorrow.
  47. 14 points
    I work from a single desk and it all gets a bit cluttered sometimes. Could I find the third prop? A 2 hour fingertip search around revealed nada. So little option but to try scratching one - which took 30 mins. So it's possible and at least this is an answer for future builds DSCF8826 by Rob Matthews, on Flickr The handrails were fitted to the Bridge/wheelhouse and are a very nice touch DSCF8824 by Rob Matthews, on Flickr And then it's onto paint using Sovereign Hobbies Colourcoats DSCF8823 by Rob Matthews, on Flickr The Colourcoat White is definitely an "Off-white" and I think is perfect for WW2 RN craft DSCF8827 by Rob Matthews, on Flickr DSCF8828 by Rob Matthews, on Flickr DSCF8831 by Rob Matthews, on Flickr DSCF8832 by Rob Matthews, on Flickr Masking the torpedo tubes was fiddly... DSCF8833 by Rob Matthews, on Flickr DSCF8834 by Rob Matthews, on Flickr DSCF8835 by Rob Matthews, on Flickr DSCF8836 by Rob Matthews, on Flickr And after admiring Kostas Katseas' work in 1/700, and invoking the Family motto "Nonne magnus pueris et aufugit", this mysteriously appeared in the post 2019-11-04_192958 by Rob Matthews, on Flickr It's rather marvellous and may well figure as my next build Thanks for looking Rob
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    On first seeing those pictures of the inside of Hannants, I started having palpitations. After a walk around the kitchen and living room, I have calmed down enough to finish reading the rest of your posting. Chris
  49. 14 points
    Today's crop of 40thou bulkheads: Thanks for looking, Adrian
  50. 14 points
    F245F Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat F.Mk.1 E-B/JV108, 800 NAS, HMS Emperor Fighter escort for Op TUNGSTEN, July/August 1944 Kit: FROG F245F Build thread: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235055826-f245f-grumman-f6f-3-hellcat-fmk1/&tab=comments#comment-3355386
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