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  1. 59 points
    I've recently finished my latest project which is this Revell Shackleton MR.3 (Phase III) Built pretty much straight from the box except for modified serials and codes. I found the rivet detail on this release much shallower than the original AEW 2 particularly on the rear fuselage. The front section was much better defined. Maybe something to do with a slighter older moulding against the new parts? The biggest disappointment for me were the amount of horrible sink marks all over the place especially toward the rear of the wings where the flap mouldings are underneath. I had to fill in a whole section with super glue and replace all the rivet detail as best I could. The inner wings around the rear of the inboard engines were the same. There were also some nasty ones along the top of the fuselage so as the rivet detail was so weak here anyway I replaced those completely. As for the nose weight, I doubled what the instructions and added 10g for good measure which in the end wasn't really necessary but the undercarrige is strong enough to take it anyway. The model represents an aircraft that flew with 42 Squadron out of St. Mawgan up until 1971. The aircraft was then scrapped and ended up on the fire dump at RAF Benson in the mid 70's. I've always wanted to do this particular aircraft because as a boy back then Dad would always take me up to the perimeter fence every time we went by the airfield. https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1274426 I'm sure those that have the old Frog kit will recognise the serial (XF707). This is in fact the same aircraft as the Frog kit depicts but now fitted with Vipers. All I'd like now is something to put in the weapons bay. Thanks for looking. IMG_0252 IMG_0253 IMG_0255 IMG_0258 IMG_0256
  2. 59 points
    Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's another AZ Model Bf-109 (#17 in my collection) representing the aircraft of Lt. Wöffen of 6./JG 27 in March 1945 at Rheine-Hopsten airfield. The main differences of the Erla G-10s compared to those built at WNF or Regensburg plant consisted of a new engine cowling (“Type 110”), differently shaped gun throughs, a wider oil cooler, missing chin bulges and different rudder. AZ failed to replicate some of the small changes to this particular version, such as the position of filler caps, but only the 'experts' will detect them. More concerning is the shape of the front lower cowl, which seems not deep enough at the junction of the wing root and fuselage. The difference becomes evident when you compare the AZ Model Bf-109 to the Fine Molds offering. On the other hand the AZ kit is considerably cheaper than the FM kit, and readily available in many different versions - and it does look convincing enough to my eyes! The model was painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics, for weathering I used Winsor & Newton artist's oils. All photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. I have not seen a photograph of this aircraft, and AZ Model instructions are a bit sketchy. For painting, I referred to a color profile in "Bf 109 Late Versions", MMP Books, p.75. This aircraft seems to carry an overpainted fuselage number which I replicated with a paper template cut from Post-Its. The DF loop is a piece of scrap photo etch rolled around a cocktail stick. The pitot tube is Albion Alloys 0.3mm steel wire. The morane mast under the wings is from a Brengun photo etch set. The very fine IFF antenna under the belly is 0.1mm Albion Alloys steel wire. Thanks for your interest, best greetings from Vienna! Roman
  3. 57 points
    I present the good old Airfix Caravelle in the Alitalia green stripe livery. The Airfix Caravelle came out in 1961 when I was nine years old but despite its venerable age it can still provide the basis for a decent model. As I had a couple of Airfix Caravelles in my stash I decided to see what some t.l.c. could achieve. I invested in the Extra Tech PE set although in the event I only used some of it, mainly around the undercarriage. I used Milliput to improve the nose shape. The point of the nose needs to be shifted slightly forwards and downwards. It’s not a difficult job, certainly no harder than fixing the nose of the Airfix BAC 1-11 or Vanguard, but it does make a difference. If you compare the kit’s nose profile with a good side-on photo like this you will see immediately what needs to be done. The other main modification to the fuselage is the narrow door for the nose wheel strut which Airfix missed completely. F-RSIN engines replaced the kit items. The strengthening bands above and below the engine pylons are narrow strips of white decal which had been sprayed with a slightly off white to give a faint contrast with the purer white of the fuselage. As on the real aircraft these are only visible under certain lighting conditions. The wing fences were refined as best I could without actually replacing them and I added the triangular sections to the trailing edges. At the same time the raised detail was sanded off and re-scribed. I used home-made decals scanned from a PAS sheet to represent the airbrakes on the upper and lower wings. Extra Tech provide brass airbrakes but a dummy run on a scrap kit showed that making the necessary rebates on the upper wings for the thin and fragile PE was nearly impossible, at least for me, so I took the line of least resistance. Paint is Halfords Appliance White and AK Interactive Xtreme Aluminium. Decals are by Two Six and Authentic Airliners plus some bits and pieces from the spares box. The door outlines and the windows on the Two Six Alitalia sheet aren’t totally accurate - the emergency exits are not quite prominent enough and green stripe Caravelles didn’t have silver framed windows. Matters are further complicated by the Authentic Airliners cabin windows being too widely spaced for the Airfix fuselage. (After the issues I had with my Malev Boeing 738 I ran a ruler over the decals before I started using them and I’m glad I did). Luckily I had Two Six’s SATA/CTA 10R sheet in my decal stash and it includes spare grey door outlines and unframed cabin windows all of which which were duly “borrowed”. The Two Six windows were then overlaid with the Authentic Airliners ones applied individually. Thanks for looking and as always constructive criticism is welcome. Before anyone says “the pinstripe scheme was prettier” it should eventually appear on a DC-7C if I live long enough. Dave G
  4. 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
  5. 37 points
    Hi all, So this one started life as my build for an online 'Matchbox GB' elsewhere. My plan was to build an Irish Air Corps machine, mid- 1990s. But then I came across a picture of one them before they were (controversially) retired in late 2005. So I thought I'd give that a go instead. Not really "scratchbuilt" in the true modelling-sense of the word but bodged together from different plastic spares, sprue, plasticard, wire, etc. The build WIP is here if you're interested. Close up of up top.. I thought I would give it a go and enter her in the Helicopter class at the IPMS Ireland Nationals last weekend - and was gobsmacked to win a Bronze in Class and Best Irish Aviation subject. More than a bit shocked as the standard of builds was unbelievable again this year. Thanks for looking and enjoy your modelling. Cheers, Dermot
  6. 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.
  7. 32 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
  8. 31 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
  9. 31 points
    Hi everyone, I'm pleased to be able to share this build which is 99% completed. Need to add the aerial wire. For anyone interested here's the build thread The kit didn't go together as well as I had hoped but I think I've done a fairly decent job. I tried some new techniques which I'm really pleased with such as a marble pre shade. I've added the following aftermarket. Montex masks for the crosses and swastika (which I know is incorrect) Profimodeller brass gun barrels for the cowling and wings HGW fabric seatbelts Brassin wheels Brassin engine I hadn't intended adding this much aftermarket but I'm pleased I did in the end. Paints were a mixture of tamiya acrylics and Mr hobby aqueuous. The Mr hobby paints are fantastic and spray beautifully. Weather with a flory dark dirt wash. No oils or pastels with this one. Clear coat is just tamiya thinned with Mr hobby levelling thinners. I did enjoy the build although it did sap my enthusiasm in stages, but she's virtually done and here she is in all her glory. I know it has it's faults and errors and it's not the best or cleanest build ever but I had fun and learned new things so that will do me! For the purists the base it's on is my general one for photos. She will have her own grass base at a later date Sorry for the waffle. Enjoy the pictures and please be gentle
  10. 31 points
    Hello everyone Here is an Academy 1:72 Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6/R6 I built in 2005. It represents "Yellow 1" flown by Lt. Manfred Dieterle, of 3./JG300, Luftwaffe, from Bonn-Hangelar, Germany, in March 1944. The main colours were airbrushed with the squiggles applied with brush. The decals came from an Eagle Cals sheet. Thanks for looking Miguel
  11. 27 points
    I present my Zvezda A321 in the delightful Egyptair livery SU-GBT. It’s a simple, yet sophisticated looking livery that they adopted in 2008. The build was OOB, with the aftermarket decals supplied by Ray at 26Decals and Authentic Airliner Cockpit and Cabin Decals. One thing I do like with the Zvezda Airbus kits is that they have the correct scale for the winglets, which saves having to make your own or purchase some from Braz. As with my other Zvezda kits the fit is excellent and only minimal filling is required, it even comes with the clear windows which are ok, but are incredibly thin. It also, like the A320 kit, has the option to have the flaps/slats extended and also to have the L1 door open with a detailed internal FWD Galley area. There is also a detailed cockpit, but I opted for filling the windscreen and using the AA decals. Being an all over white fuselage and engine nacelles, this was achieved using Halfords White Rattle Can Primer and then brush painted using Humbrol Gloss White. The wings and horizontal stabilisers are Revell Aqua 371 and my own mix of lightened Revell Aqua 374 for the coroguard sections with Revell Aqua 99 leading edges. I initially used the ‘blacked’ out windows, and then went over them with the AA ones after falling in love with them while building my Qatar 787. Luckily they aligned ok over the old ones, to avoid damaging the ‘main’ decals trying to remove them. Hopefully I have managed to bring her to life a little. Right enough waffling on now, as always thank you for taking the time to read and have a look. Any constructive feedback and comments are always welcomed. Regards, Alistair
  12. 25 points
    Hello everyone, My another recent build from Eduard, MIG15 Czechoslovakian Air Force. I have used Airbrush IWATA Neo TRN1, AMMO-MIG metal acrylic paints, ALCLAD Aqua gloss varnish, Vallejo sating varnish, Abteilung Oil paints and pigments. Hope you like it. Ales
  13. 24 points
    This is the Revell model of the P1099B, an aircraft that never left the drawing board in terms of design. It's a rather ugly aircraft but that's kinda what I liked about it when I bought the kit. According to the instructions this aircraft was from KG 76, a bomber squadron, so I found a much larger pistol packing devil for the side of the aircraft, I think it came from a KG 76 Junkers 88 kit. Since it was a fighter bomber, I also added a bomb and rack under the fuselage from an Me 262. Colour scheme is RLM 82 light green with RLM 83 dark green patches over RLM 76 blue. The squiggles are RLM 76 which I applied with a brush to get the nice hard edge. This was based off an Me 262 camouflage schemes that I liked. Overall the kit is good fitting, although there was some filling and sanding required on the engine nacelles and the nose wheel insert. Some weight was also required to prevent tail sitting.
  14. 24 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
  15. 23 points
    Hi there. This is my 20th model I have completed since the beginning of this year, after I restarted this hobby after putting it on hold all those years ago. And I've had a blast ever since. I've been building mostly cold war jets in 1/72 scale. So about the model: Model: Eduard MiG-21MF (Royal Class Combo, No. R0017) Scale: 1/72 Paints: Vallejo Model & Air Aftermarket: None (kit was supplied with resin & etch parts) Weathering: Vallejo Weathering Effects, Flory Models Wash Decals: Techmod TM72070 Eduard kit is simply but brilliant. Not a bad word I can say about it. Word of caution of the photography - I'm trying to get better photos but I'm not quite there yet. Especially the colours are bit off but anyway, I hope you can see enough. Comments & constructive criticism is welcomed.
  16. 22 points
    Hi folks! I finally managed to paint the Elan13 figures to complement the wonderfull WNW Sopwith Camel. The WIP: It is OOB, except for the seat belt. Rigging was done with EZ Line and Prym knitting elastic. The grass mat is from Polak models. Here it is in all its glory: Cheers, Markus
  17. 22 points
    Just finished. Taking the photos in my poorly lit cabin was a bigger challenge than building and painting this wonderful little kit.
  18. 21 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
  19. 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.
  20. 21 points
    Calling it done after 18 days of feeling the need for speed. Mostly OOB with resin wheel sets from Def.Model and pilot/AoA from MASTER. Going to add some figures later but I need to get some good sleep first. Fitting is ok - some parts are perfect but some parts you need to sand & putty. Decals are good - thin and touch, just make sure you put more water before you slide them onto your kit. More options - 3 wing options + 3 tailplane position options + open/close spoilers + 3 intake ramp options + 2 nozzle options + 2 nose landing gear options Canopy - choose between Pikachu and Bulbasaur, of course no I am joking. Just choose between 1-pieced molded clear canopy or, clear part with plastic frame which you really save a lot of time on masking. Wide range of ordnance - AIM-54C, AIM-7M, AIM-9M, GBU-12, GBU-16, GBU-38 JDAM, GBU-31 JDAM, LANTIRN pod and TARPS. Sleep time, baby! You can check out the W.I.P. post here:
  21. 21 points
    Heather,Ian, Chris, Cc, Simon, Pete: thanks for the enthusiasm! The end of the working week is insanely busy from Thurs onwards for me these days so didn't get round to tidying up the outstanding jobs until today, but tomorrow's motto is: Yep. We had the Sabut Matar with Piaz Parathaas tonight and it was most satisfying. Mme gill says to use 1tsp of Kashmiri chili powder in the Sabut recipe but it felt a bit much (and I err on the side of mega-spicy as a rule). Can't wait to try the puddings and drinks! #FatBaron Reckon you and the wife would enjoy the book Johnny. Thought we were going to get your notorious drag routine from Cabaret there for a minute Pete... An Arte Povera Anson? I share your feeling about it as an artefact G. (It's gotten that battered it's almost archaeological!) I'm sure he'll take to the new pond and ornamental Walrus in time Cc... Right. Won't waste any time on idle chatter tonight as I know you're gagging for pigment but here's the last of the snag list sorted now: More cuts to foil and Oramask: Then: 1. temporary parapet added to cockpit sills to enable masking tape to cover opening: 2. Bomb traps (which I'd utterly forgotten about!) in place: 3. Foil framing to underside of bomb-aimer's window added along with nose and side window masking: 4. Aileron hinges glued into place: 5. Aerils, control surfaces and props/undercarriage mounted for priming: 6. All masked up and ready to go: The sacrificial mask gun turret has been tacked into place temporarily with GG, side and roof windows all treated with Oramask. Preferred brand of Alclad Black primer & microfiller all ready for the morning. Turned into a beautiful afternoon here about 3pm today so made time to sit outside and just relish the breeze and photons. This thing: I built it nearly a decade and half ago, in part as therapy during a prolonged bout of depression that laid me off of work for a period in my forties (allus had the black dog but that was a spectacularly bad 'un). The structure is based on a Lych gate (you know, those funny little arches you get at the entrance to so many English churchyard and which the Victorians loved to build as part of a reimagined medievalism). There's seats on either aide and a clematis has taken over the roof entirely so it's like snoozing under the roots of a great tree. When the spirits are low it's a healing refuge out in the garden to share with the various birds that roam in and around its foliage. Bon nuit modellers. More tomorrow. Tony
  22. 20 points
    I built this kit a while ago just after I got back into modelling. As with all Tamiya kits it's a joy to build. The only minor issue was keeping the shape of the clamshell halves accurate. Even had go at a bit of oil wash. Airbrushed with Ultimate primer and finished with Tamiya acrylics. Apologies for the over the top wiring on the engine but I had a bit of fun. Thanks.
  23. 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
  24. 19 points
    Hi After the construction of the Boeing F4b-4 I was wondering what to choose as a new project. My choice fell on Wellington from the Brooklands Museum. I thought about it ever since I saw the picture on the cover of the aviation magazine and read the article about this particular aircraft few years ago. I want to do it exactly as it looks in a museum. That's why I flew from Poland to the museum to make my own photographic documentation. I also made contact with the museum, which promised to help in the project. I will use Airfix kit for construction, at least three. My monster in the original. First cut Regards Tomasz Hajzler
  25. 19 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
  26. 19 points
    Finished things off last night and some pics taken after cricket today. I'm pretty happy with how this turned out. Thanks for following along.
  27. 19 points
    And side. Cor blimey there was a bit of cutting needed for the letters. Hells bells.
  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. 18 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.
  31. 18 points
    Dear fellow modellers, A little back in time. When I was a young kit (long ago :-) ) I used to travel by then already old busses. Luckely an example survived in a museum the times, you can see it here: https://www.sva-museumbussen.nl/ret-223/ I did not know much about the history of the Swiss Saurer Factories. When I had a look at it I found many photographs of a very nice truck I did not know of. You guessed it already, I made a model of it. Here is the building history: https://modelbrouwers.nl/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=51082 I hope you will enjoy the photographs, Kind greetings JohnHaa
  32. 18 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
  33. 18 points
    Hi all This is my latest production and last of the backlog for RFI. Back in 1983 I had a flight in a DC3 at an airshow at Dyce, Aberdeen. The aircraft was G-AMPO of Air Atlantique in their, then new, Green Stripe livery. I loved the look of this livery and the memory of the flight has lasted. When I returned to modelling I was browsing through BM and found an example of G-AMHJ in the Air Atlantique blue stripe livery, That set me looking for a set of the green stripe decals by 26decals. I then looked for a suitable kit of the DC3, winning an old ESCI kit on eBay for a very good price. Nice to see that the image on the box was the aircraft I intended to build, albeit in an older scheme, and with a previous owner. The build was fairly straightforward with good fit of the kit. I did some alterations to make the kit as close to the plane I flew in as possible. I cut and glazed some extra cabin windows and scratched some extra seats in the cabin so that it was the 32 seater I was in. In hindsight that seemed a waste of time because you can't see in the cabin. The 26Decals were excellent and easy to work with although there were a coupled of errors; the emergency exit marks for the cabin roof say 'EXIT HERE IN EMERGENCY' when it should be 'CUT HERE IN EMERGENCY'. I have left these as they were. The other issue with the decals was the plane has three emergency exits through windows but there is only 2 on the decals sheet. I resolved this by painting a red square onto the decal film, seems to work ok. While the plane I flew in was basically out of the paint-shop I have chosen to present my interpretation as G-AMPO appeared in 1985, looking quite grubby and bearing recently added Air Luton titles. My presentation is just before the new titles were added. On to the pictures. Thanks for looking. Graeme
  34. 18 points
    I am kinda pleased with these Maybe not entirely the right size fonts but hey whaddaheck, the background colour I forced on it in Word looks the part huh? Daco applied and drying as we look I can build this helicopter now
  35. 18 points
    Messerschmitt P 1099B Heavy Fighter. Revell 1/72
  36. 18 points
  37. 17 points
    Hi all Just finished my first attempt an at AFV and I chose to kick off with my favourite tank-the Matilda. Really find the early war tanks interesting compared to the late war stuff- thinking of attempting an A13 MkIV next so if anyone has any recommendations for a good kit then please let me know. So after watching lots of YouTube videos, buying a few books and visiting this site, I've tried all sorts of techniques for the first time including using pigments, hairspray chipping, oil streaks/washes, pin washes. Big learning curve but I'm very pleased with the result. Picked up plenty of learning points, like I should have clear coated the rust/chipping layer before applying the hairspray as I've rubbed too hard in a few places and revealed the base coat, and if anyone has any advice for my next project I'd be grateful. I also think I was a bit too heavy on the final spray of buff and toned things down a bit too much. I'm just starting on the diorama for it now, so I'll post more pictures of the finished piece when I'm done.
  38. 17 points
    Greetings! Commissioned in June 1938, U-45 was the prototype of the Type VII B class which comprised a total of 24 submarines including some of the most successful U-boats of the war. There are several excellent photographs of U-45 taken at the time of her commissioning which show the pre-war characteristics of the early Type VII B U-boats. Rather than build another wartime U-boat, I wanted to capture the unique prewar appearance of these early VII B boats in 1/72 scale from the Revell and Amati kits using the abundance of clear photographs of U-45 as a guide. The Revell hull parts required a great deal of modification to adapt them to a Type VII B and I had to compromise in a few places. Surprisingly, the Amati photoetch deck fit very nicely into the Revell hull and was a great enhancement. A major challenge was constructing the early type VII B conning tower which involved significant modification to the Revell kit parts along with a great deal of scratch building. I also scratch built an inner pressure hull which is almost impossible to see on the completed model. Several other details such as rescue buoys, 20MM gun mount, KDB canvas cover, and many others were all scratch built from a variety of materials. Painting included enamels, lacquers, and acrylics applied with airbrush, rattle cans, and some brush work for small details. At the time of commissioning, U-45 was immaculate so I avoided any heavy weathering and just applied some subtle hull streaking and a hint of brown to the wood areas of the deck. I decided to place the 20MM gun on the deck mounting rather than leave it unmounted as shown in all of the photographs as it seems to look better. Decals were designed and printed on my inkjet printer. I struggled with several frustrating techniques to scratch build the rigging insulators and would have liked to have done these better. The completed model is mounted on brass pedestals secured to the wooden display base and protected with an acrylic display cover which I made from pre-cut panels. Many thanks for having a look, questions and comments always welcome. Cheers, Bill
  39. 17 points
    well, whadya know... the very next session... Masking was a bit of a pain as Fly do not provide any marking whatsoever to help you determine where the edge lies between the aluminum strip and the main part of the blade, therefore it was all done by eye. Attach, look at it, detach, attach again, look at it again, detach again, and so on until I had something that I thought looked about right. They also, as I found out when I went to look for them, do not supply any transfers for the blades. I can't find anything available in 1/32 but I did find a decal set for an H34 that has blade transfers but it is only 1/48, but I'm going to order it anyway and see how they look. (I am also seriously considering getting some decals made up as the Fly decal sheet misses quite a few stencils and other marking, but they thoughtfully included a while bunch of spelling mistakes free of charge. Buggers) Taking a short break from the train build I thought it was about time I made some progress on this build. At this rate Crisp will have finished his floaty thing and the Sea King, and Bandsaw Steve may even finish his Avro. - who knows? Anyway, one of the items I have been putting off for some time now, for no other reason than I didn't really want to do it, was the tail. Back at the beginning of the decade, I put a bunch of rivets on the starboard side. Now it was time for the port side to get the same treatment. Wait! wots this ? A sever lack of detail is what it is. There is hardly any detail on the tail at all, and what little there is, is very soft. The more I looked the less impressed I was. There are a couple of faint (very faint!) access panels. They're in the right place, but they are the wrong shape. Well, nothing for it but to roll my own I guess. I started with the thinnest styrene sheet I have, but at 0.025" it was still too thick. Some ratching about in the drawers produced some scrap brass at .0.01" thick - much better. As much as I would have liked to use styrene for this, it would never have withstood all the holes I needed to drill so brass really was the best option here. First panel shaped. and somewhat adjacent to it's intended location. You can see here that I had actually started to drill the plastic to fit rivets before I decided that it really was a lost cause trying to bring life to Fly plastic. The panel in front of the aerial is completely missing on the Fly kit, so another bit of brass later... Getting those holes in a reasonably geometric pattern was a right pain. I used my calipers to scribe a line 0.4mm from the edge, then drilled them out as best I could with a 0.4mm drill bit. It wasn't easy! Even with a scribed line it was a task to keep the drill in the right place. One badly positioned hole and the panel was lapsap. By the time I finished, the panels weren't too bad. Not perfect by any means but not horrible. I even got the right number of fasteners on each panel, with the exception of the last panel which has a stupid amount of fasteners in it anyway. My method of attachment was purloined from a Herr Fritag tip of the day some time back - partially drill a couple of spots under where the panel will go. Then I used CA gel with a couple of dollops in those half-holes, then place the brass panel on top, the gel giving me some wiggle time to position it appropriately before finally pressing it home. A piece of kitchen towel was used to mop up any CA squidges. Some time later when (hopefully) the CA gel had hardened, I used the holes in the brass panels as guides to drill through the plastic. A tedious job at best. Only a few drills were harmed in the making of this tail. Once all the holes were drilled, I used Masterclub resin rivets for the fasteners. (0.5mm spherical rivets). The rivets were partially inserted, leaving a smidgin proud, then I brushed on a diluted PVA around the rivets and pushed them fully home. A damp piece of kitchen towel was used to remove any excess pva You may notice in the shot above that I ran out of rivets before I could get the two strengthening strips fully riveted. That means that somewhere on this hunk of plastic are 200 x 0.5mm rivets and most of 200 x 0.4mm rivets, as well as a few others. OKay I dropped one or two but my bag of 200 rivets is now empty - and I didn't drop that many!, Lastly for this evenings update, an oblique(ish) shot across the tail showing how thin the brass sheet is against the plastic, and how the rivet heads protrude just enough (I hope) to give their presence away without being obtrusive. A coat of primer on that and it should look fine - once I get all the rivets in place.
  40. 17 points
    It seems I did mask the yellow, phew I wondered The masking fluid, Vallejo, pulled out the starboard win-door and a piece of frame and the roof lights which should be green lost some of their green perspex look That fluid is off my welcome list Demasking didnt damage the other side but lots of little niggly bits await rectification, pshaw! A little bit of yellow to touch up and a frame for the rear cab windows shouldnt take too long Quite pleased with the front screen windows Transfers have had three or four coats of Tamiya spray varnish and may be applied today, we shall see Weird times around here lately, chap walks into the pub to find The owner in shorts of a leathern persuasion Head barman in state of total confusion And an invasion in force Fortunately the rebels were there too Keeping him in check Weird times huh... Apparently it's Oktoberfest again tonight Ponders popping in laters ciao
  41. 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.
  42. 16 points
    Scratchbuilt a 1/48 Mars Exploration Vehicle (not to be confused with the ZERO X MEV) and rendered Valles Marineris in Terragen. Keith More here:
  43. 16 points
    From 13 years ago, another model of a vintage plane that precognized the future: Now, there you have an airliner. Almost an ocean liner, one could say. And, ladies and gentlemen, this was 1920. 32 passengers, mind you. Mister Vincent Burnelli developed a whole family of planes around the lifting body concept, -used much, much later in more contemporary machines. Its earlier interventions in the design field contributed to planes like the Lawson Airliner and the Continental KB-1, amazing creations on their own. Structural soundness, safety and many other qualities of the plane were sought after with the rational use of advanced design concepts. In a way, the “lifting body” is related to the flying wing, both searching for minimum drag, efficiency and structural advantages. Lifting bodies will appear much later, among other examples, in the NASA experimental planes that studied atmospheric re-entering vehicles. A similar line was pursued by French designers: De Monge (his De Monge 7.4 in 1924), Dyle-Bacalan (D.B. 70 around 1925) and Carpentier (C-1 of 1935). There is a wealth of material on the Net, so if you feel attracted to these types and concept do your homework and you will find many interesting stories and the planes and men that created them. For the purpose of this article, I would just say that this story starts in 1920, when Burnelli got associated with Mr. Remington (hence the “RB” denomination), and that there were two version of the plane, the RB-1 and the RB-2, but RB-1 got reincarnated at least once. Here we deal with RB-1's second life. You could have tons of fun trying to sort out which is which, as many of the photos on the Net are mislabelled, and some minor modifications were performed in the machines, even in the same versions. Here some clues: look at the wheels, vertical tail surfaces, engines, tapering –or not- of the aft fuselage and the protruding –or not- ailerons. And the best part as always is when sources contradict each other. The model: Boy, what a corrugated slab! It was love at first sight. A long haul enterprise, without doubt, proven by the fact that this model went on an off the building board for more than a year. After I reached the three hundred parts mark I decided that I was better off not counting them. Although it seems hard work, I can assure you that it is much worse than what it seems. All in all quite an adventure, including the hundreds of genuflections and push-ups performed to recover minute parts from the carpet, which rendered going to the gym redundant. And I’ll throw my gauntlet at the feet of the ones that dare to call it ugly.
  44. 16 points
    Here is my completed Zvezda Boeing 777-31H/ER "Big Foot" wearing 26Decals Emirates colours. Built as a commission for a happy Emirates frequent flyer who wants to remember her most recent voyage in 1/144 scale. Not show standards, and quickly assembled in less than 7 nights. The kit is very well engineered, made better than the normal civil kit with a sensibly designed 2 piece whole wing assembly that can be plugged straight into the completed fuselage - ideal for shipping to the customer and reduces masking and filling by many hours. I'm not sure if Zvezda or 26Decals are at fault but the kits window spacing does not match the decals so the window decals had to be added in batches of 2's and 3's to marry up with the kits windows. Not really a problem but a big time waster. Having built the Minicraft 777-200 years back with costly Braz resin add-on parts, Zvezda's kit really does shame the alternative. Those whopping big Genny-Lec's (GE's) are a mini kit in themselves with superbly engineering forward and rear turbine blades. Minus the "Big Foot's" undercarriage, this model has been assembled as a ceiling hanging display. Having just built the same customer a 1/144 Emirates a380, the 777-3ER certainly is a true Boeing giant. and the previous commission for the same client Thanks for dropping in John
  45. 16 points
    Not a bad little model although for a new mold kit, the crispness of the detail was a little disappointing. I'm also not a fan of the plastic they are using, it's very soft. That said, they can be found at very reasonable prices even down here in Australia. Decals are from Hi Decal. Egyptian Mk 22's were handed down Rhodesian machines. They were painted overall silver and look to have been kept pretty clean, thus I did only minimal weathering. Also the first time I'm trying out my new lighting for photography. I'm very happy with the results. Thanks for looking.
  46. 16 points
    Finally! This thing has been on the go for what seems like forever - probably taken me 9 months to complete it. I entered it into the Trainers Group Build back in June to try and get some impetus to complete it, but the abysmal quality of the Humbrol flourescent orange paint took the wind out of my sails. There's about 10 coats of that on this thing and it still looks terrible, I eventually gave up trying to get a decent finish on it and decided just to get it finished. The aim of this was to get some experience back before tackling the Fujimi Phantom that's sitting in the cupboard. I chose the Gant because I liked the colour scheme (not so keen now!) and I thought it would be a fairly straightforward build. Boy was I wrong! Maybe it's because I'm 20+ years out of practise, but I found this really hard and fiddly to build. The interior of the cockpit is a state, the alignment's all wrong but you can't tell because I clouded over the canopy by wiping it with turps trying to get a spot of silver paint off it To be honest, I'm amazed it sits up and looks like a passable impression of a gnat. Anyhow, here she is, more to prove to the world that I finished it than to show it off! With a bit of luck the silver lining to the cloud is that I have learnt some lessons to apply to the Phantom. Although I'm none the wiser about how to best brush paint gloss - when I last did modelling gloss paint was guaranteed to cover almost anything, it was that thick. I guess now that they've taken all the nasty harmful stuff out of it that's no longer the case IMG_7504 by Alistair Henderson, on Flickr IMG_7506 by Alistair Henderson, on Flickr IMG_7516 by Alistair Henderson, on Flickr IMG_7517 by Alistair Henderson, on Flickr Al.
  47. 15 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.
  48. 15 points
    Hi mates, During the height (depth?) of my chemotherapy back in 2015, a very fine gentleman from Australia sent me the fantastic 1:32 scale kit from Tamiya of the Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IXc. The generosity of this man was unbelievable and at the same time a beautiful gesture to someone going through a difficult time. I will forever be grateful to him. It took me a long time to start and finish the model, but at last she is finished. Although the Tamiya kit is amazing right out of the box, old Navy Bird never misses an opportunity to spend some of his children's inheritance on aftermarket goodies. These are detailed in my summary below. Project: Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IXc BS152 AE-W, 402 Squadron RCAF, flown by Lorne Cameron, DFC early 1943 Kit: Tamiya Kit No. 60319 Scale: 1:32, a major departure from the norm in Navy Birdland Decals: EagleCals 32-116; stencils and other miscellaneous decals from kit Resin: Barracuda - Spitfire Seat 32001, Cockpit Upgrade Set 32003, Rocker Covers 32004, Five Slot Main Wheels 32005, Starboard Cockpit Sidewall 32008, Cockpit Upgrade Part II 32011; Quickboost Fishtail Exhaust QB32-143 Photoetch: Frets included with kit; Eduard - Mk.IX Exterior 32249, Mk.IX Interior 32670, Seat Harnesses from LooK set 634005; Yahu Instrument Panel 3220 Turned Brass: Master Model Hispano Cannons AM32016 Masks: Eduard JX103; Montex 32105 Paint: Colourcoats - ACRN07 Ocean Grey, ACRN11 Dark Green, ACRN04 Medium Sea Grey, C03 White; Gunze H3 Red, H4 Yellow, H74 Sky, H77 Tire Black, H90 Clear Red, H94 Clear Green, H95 Smoke Gray, Interior Grey Green (mix), Gold MC217, Brass MC219; Tamiya XF-69 NATO Black; Alclad ALC314 Klear Kote Flat Weathering: Some colour modulation and a light panel line wash, a bit of pastels on the main tyres Improvements/Corrections Detailed the cockpit with Barracuda resin bits and Eduard photoetch, added hydraulic and pneumatic lines Drilled out lightening holes in bulkheads and seat frame Added canopy lock mechanism Detailed the engine with ignition harnesses, oil lines, coolant lines, hydraulic lines, etc. Added chafing strips to cowling framework with Eduard PE Added spout/breather to the oil tank below the engine Added scratchbuilt wing gun heater duct-work to rear of radiators Added "cheese cutter" IFF antennae from 0.008" Nitinol wire Probably something else that I forgot - hey, I'm old! Elapsed Time: Only two years and four months! Yikes. The build thread can be found here. I know, you want the pictures. OK, here they be. An in-process photo of the wing gun heaters: To get a better view of the cockpit, we need to see it before the fuselage was closed up: Really a great kit, and a pleasure to build. highly recommended. Cheers, Bill PS. And a really big Thank You to the gentleman from Australia!
  49. 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!
  50. 15 points
    Hi all! Now a domestic project ... Smoke Squadron is the popular name of the "Air Demonstration Squadron" (EDA), [2] a group of pilots and mechanics from the Brazilian Air Force that perform aerobatic demonstrations around Brazil and around the world. The origins of the Smoke Squadron date back to the early 1940s, when the Aeronautics School was founded at the Afonsos Air Base in Rio de Janeiro. The first official air demonstration of the group that would form the Smoke Squadron took place in May 1952 for a foreign entourage visiting the School. The squadron embryo was formed there, inside the School of Aeronautics. In 1969, the Aeronautics School was renamed the Air Force Academy Aeronautics School (AFA) remaining at Afonsos Air Base until 1971, when it was moved to the city of Pirassununga, in the state of Sao Paulo. In 1982, after six years of inactivity, the Smoke Squadron was reactivated as the new name of the Air Demonstration Squadron (EDA). Its mission, as defined by the EDA, is "to conduct air demonstrations in order to disseminate, at national and international level, the institutional image of the Brazilian Air Force (FAB)". [3] [2] North-American T-6 Texan (1952 - 1976): North-American T-6 aircraft, manufactured under license in Brazil during World War II, had a cruising speed of 240 km / h with a range of 750 km. They carried out a total of 1225 demonstrations and were deactivated in 1976 due to the high cost of maintenance. The activities of the Squadron were interrupted until 1982, when the Neiva T-25 began operations. I used in this project four NaT6, from Academy in the 1/72 scale...an OTB project...the pictures tell all the story, hope you like it ...it took me one month and a half to finish it... Regards for all! Luiz.
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