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  1. 81 points
    The first time that I saw photos of the Shackleton MR3 s was when I was at Primary School in the late 1960s. These were in aviation and RAF magazines that my father would bring home from the NCO's mess at RAF Bawdsey where my dad served. It was here that I also started building FROG models which I bought from the village Post Office, and I noticed that the Shackleton was illustrated on the side of the kit boxes as one of those made by FROG. The village Post Office did not sell the big kits, so it was during a shopping trip to Woodbridge that I first saw a FROG Shackleton on sale in a toy and model shop on the High Street. I so wanted one but for some reason it would be a few years before I did get one. The fabulous and exciting box front of the FROG Shackleton as I remember it. The Air-Sea Rescue title on the box always seemed a bit out of context considering what it has just done to that submarine. I suppose they would have needed rescueing after. My father took me to the air show and open day at USAF Bentwaters in 1970 and during the display it was announced that a Shackleton was on its way. I was so excited to see a Shackleton for real. Unfortunately it did one fly by at quite a height and that was it, the only time that I would ever see a Mark 3 flying. And this is the actual photo that my dad took. And here is a magazine I have kept from October 1970 still with the coffee stains from the Mess at RAF Bawdsey with a Mark 3 in beautiful colour on the front cover. Christmas 1973 and I asked my dad if I could have a FROG Shackleton. They were getting hard to find by then but he found me one with in a squashed box and a few broken parts inside. But I was so excited, at last I had one. And here I am on Christmas Day with my FROG Shackleton. I built it pretty quickly and not very well unfortunately. I left the wings and tailplanes unglued so they just slotted on and came off for storage. The rear of the box showing the typical FROG full colour painting guide for the two versions. A number of years later I decided to pull the fuselage apart, scratchbuild an interior and rebuild and repaint it. Here we have a drawing I made of the interior of my Shackleton before I closed it up. A photo taken sometime in the early 1990s. It depicts a Phase 1 aircraft armed with nose cannon. Hand painted fuselage lettering and numbers. On display in flying mode on our club table at Bridlington Spa. I made a stand from MDF that slotted into the open weapons bay. Then I repainted her in the overall sea grey scheme that she first entered service in at RAF Aldergrove in 1958. Scratchbuilt ground equipment. Depicted as a new aircraft in 1958. And as she is now after another repaint. On its dollies ready to be slid sideways into the T2 hangar for servicing. On display on our Club table in recent years She has appeared at many displays over the years. The sort of photo that inspired me, a Shackleton MR3 Phase 3 in its natural element. I hope you have enjoyed me sharing my 46 year old Shackleton with you. adey
  2. 63 points
    Latest build. 1/72 Revell kit. Bit of a challenge. Mark DSCN3508 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3507 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3510 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3512 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3513 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3515 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3516 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3518 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3519 (3) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3521 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3522 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3523 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3524 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3525 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3526 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3527 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr
  3. 49 points
    Evening folk's,the dust is sitting thick on the shelves but with the change in the weather it's time to close the loft window for the winter and have a dusting session,all bar one of these Spitfires posts are long gone in the PB debacle so here's the 1/48 collection post dusting.All airfix other than Special Hobby's Seafire.Thanks for taking the time to look.
  4. 46 points
    #23/2019 The sexy beast from the east is done. Hobby Boss kit built oob, only some stencils came from Hi-Decal because the kit decals aren´t the best. Camo painted with AK Real Color Air Supperiority Blue for the lighter blue. For the darker blue my dad mixed Tamiya XF-18 Medium Blue with XF-23 Light Blue and XF-2 White in approx. 4:1:1. The grey was done with Tamiya XF-19 Sky Grey. Exhaust area painted with Gunze H63 Mettalic Blue Green, H76 Burnt Iron and Tamiya X-13 Metallic Blue. Build thread here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235057810-guardian-of-the-east148-sukhoi-su-27-flanker-b-russian-airforce/ DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0008 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0009 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0011 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0012 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0013 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0014 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0015 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0016 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0017 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0018 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0019 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0020 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0021 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0022 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0023 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0024 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0025 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  5. 39 points
    After completing two large bomber projects, both with natural metal finish, I felt a need for something simpler and, most importantly, lacking anything having to do with a metallic finish. Looking through my stash, I settled on Special Hobby's 1/72 Fairy Barracuda Mk.II and decided to do it as a well-weathered aircraft, in the markings shown on the box top. This particular aircraft operated out of Ceylon in 1946. The entire build was completed in three weeks, a near record for me. I did run into a few snags along the way, the most serious being when I cracked the kit canopy and was forced to try my hand at vacuforming a replacement. The WIP can be found here: On to the pics! This aircraft had replacement panels on the nose and port wing tip, still in primer: Also, a roundel on the starboard wing had been painted over at some point: I maxed out the Barracuda's load carrying capacity with four 250-lb depth charges under the wings and a 600-lb depth bomb on the centerline. I freely admit that it's unlikely any Barracuda ever carried this loadout, so don't give me any grief over it! The white line on the port flank is a kit decal representing the emergency dinghy release line (the other end is in the pilot's cockpit). I added red decal to simulate tape holding the dinghy line in place. The radio antenna line is made from Uschi "Rig That Thing" stretchable filament. I hadn't originally planned on having an open cockpit, so I did little detailing other than adding seat harnesses for the pilot and crew: I scratch built hydraulic cylinders to replace the kit's oversize flap actuators: In this shot you can see the underwing recognition lights (made using UV-activated acrylic gel) and the rib pattern on the control surfaces (thanks to Airone Hobby's fabric effect airbrush masks): My closing "beauty shot" Many thanks to everyone who gave advice and encouragement along the way!
  6. 37 points
    It's been some time since I've posted any civvie stuff on BM. I'd like to say I've been to the Seychelles but that would just be wishful thinking.... Here's my take on the Matchbox Twin Otter dressed up in the markings of Air Seychelles : I started using the markings on the Nazca decal sheet but I couldn't live with the join line on the tail markings. Although I tried to paint over, my efforts to match the colours failed miserably - there's a surprise ! I ended up taking the easy way out by painting the markings with home-made masks Hope you can feel the sand between your toes ? mike
  7. 33 points
    Here is my Harrier T.52 ZA250/G-VTOL, Paris Airshow 1979, built from the Sword kit with a Master pitot, painted with Hataka and Lifecolour acrylics and finished with decals from Vingtor set 72-118 Harrier Test and Demonstration Aircraft #3. The kit was a bit of a challenge, the fit of some parts was poor, particularly the intake trunking and front cockpit instrument shroud. There were gaps that needed shims and steps, especially behind the cockpit. The front instrument shroud provided by sword is way too big and I ended up replacing it with a part fashioned from a cut down drop tank half. I opened up the auxiliary intake doors, in future I would recommend replacing these parts with Freightdog resin ones. The Vingtor decals are nice and thin and generally went on well, conforming over curves and bumps, although delicate. I had some small of the smaller stencils break up, possibly as I had the water too warm. Frustratingly, one of the fuselage roundels was misprinted without the white segment, and I managed to pull of part of the serial when handling and needed to touch up by hand. Anyway, here it is, a bit rough in places but good enough for my cabinet: Thanks for looking. AW
  8. 30 points
  9. 27 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
  10. 27 points
    .... Airfix 1/72nd Dakota and all decals fro generic sets in my decal bank. A bit belated but here it is... Representing an RCAF Dakota of 437 Squadron formed for the mass drop over Holland.
  11. 26 points
    Hello Here is my first post of finished work, it is the Mitsubishi G4M Hamaki Typ 11 "Betty" in scale 1/48 from Tamiya (with some parts from Eduard and Master Model). Painted and weathered with Testors and Revell colors. Best regards Peter
  12. 26 points
    Revell 1/72 kit and Babibi decal. Turkish Air Force No 113 Squadron "The Light" http:// http:// http:// http:// http:// http://
  13. 25 points
    I don't post all that frequently here, but I've had a pretty good year and a bit as far as modelling goes, so I thought I'd post up some photos of my recent builds... In chronological order, starting from last September - Hasegawa 1/48 Hurricane Mk IID (I'm aware the tail wheel is the wrong way round, it won't actually fit the correct way round, Hasegawa's error in making that part, although I suppose I could have cut it and sanded it and forced it to fit correctly). Xtrakit 1/72 DH Vampire Italeri 1/72 F-117 Nighthawk (unfortunately the kit decals for the underside cracked on me during the build) Revell 1/72 Tornado GR1 (I had a problem with the decals, they're by Printscale, and were very thin, the "Mig Eater" decal rolled up irreparably, hence why it's missing) Revell 1/72 Mig-21 Airfix 1/72 C-47 (my D-Day commemoration build) Airfix 1/72 A-4 Skyhawk (unfortunately the canopy fogged on me, Mk.82 Snakeyes are from Hasegawa)
  14. 25 points
    Phil ( @HP42 ) has been very kind in giving me some kits to help with his 'stash reduction' - thanks Phil! Here's the latest completion… WiP thread here. The kit gives three options but only one allows the drone to be included and I really want to include the drone, so it's a non-black Blackbird, M-21 #60-6940 as on display at the Seattle Museum of Flight in Tukwila, WA. Built OOB the WiP brought up several issues with the kit's representation of the M-21, mainly the rear end and the placement of the refuelling port. As a kit basher I have, of course, ignored these. The black bits are Stynylrez black primer with some Revell Anthracite variation. Silver bits Tamiya XF-16 Aluminium on the main aircraft and X-32 Titanium on the drone, both 'enhanced' with AK True Metal paste for variation. Pilots (can you see them?) are PJ Productions high-altitude French pilots. The incorrect rear end: Should really be straight across. Ho hum. Those crew members? Hmmm Here are a few shots from the WiP: on Flickr
  15. 25 points
    Hi everyone, This is my first post in this section and I present you my last build: 1/32 Eduard 109 E-7 trop. The kits is oob and definitely not a straightforward build for me at least… wrapped front fuselage, hug gaps on the underside of the wing/fuselage joints, etc.. Paints are from the AK "True Colour" range and despite the ease or use, I am a bit puzzled regarding the tint of the Rlm 79 which looks too orange for me… but I'm far from an expert. A final word: it's my first 1/32 Emil since my childhood attempt on a Matchbox kit in 1978 (and I had more fun!) Thanks for watching Phil
  16. 24 points
    Hey all, this is my older model, built probably in June or so. Eduard FW 190 in 1 48 scale Any feedback welcome! Happy building!
  17. 24 points
    Here is the last of my builds, the Gloster Meteor F Mk IV. Not the prettiest of planes, it was developed from the wartime Meteor F Mk III which was itself an improved version of the Meteor F Mk I, the RAF's first operational jet fighter. The Mk I was powered by a production version of the Power Jets/Whittle engine and was slower than many contemporary piston engined fighters, so after a short run was replaced by the Mk III with more powerful engines. Even then the Meteor was barely faster than the Tempest and Spitfire XIV, However jet engine development gathered pace rapidly and the post war Mk IV was nearly 100 mph faster. Unfortunately this over-stressed the already suspect wing, so after a few had been produced the wing was clipped to relieve the stress. The Frog kit was an easy enough build and the only modification I made was to graft on more accurate engine intakes from an Xtrakit ex MPM Meteor F8 kit, replace the pitot tube, and add a whip aerial. For those of you who have been following my various builds, as suggested in one of my notorious rants I have photographed the Meteor on top of my ruddy garden wall that was built concurrent with this GB and became a topic of such interest that it also ended up in the gallery, together with my "Hairy Hooligans". Still waiting for some dry weather to paint it! I would like to thank the organisers of this build for their hard work and support, together with all who have participated, either building kits or by making informative and encouraging comments. This is my first GB and it has been an interesting and amusing experience. See you around, or as we say in Yorkhire - "Ah'll sithee". Pete
  18. 23 points
    To improve my skills I purchased this inexpensive Academy Hellcat kit. It is my first ever 1/72 scale kit and I was pleasantly surprised by the detail. I put my Spitfire builds on hold, and worked solely on the Hellcat, which has become my first completed build in over 15 years. I tested new paints, weathering pastels/enamels, decal solutions and glues. It was a great learning experience and I enjoyed every step of the way. Thanks to everyone here for answering my Hellcat specific questions. Feel free to comment (I am anticipating dings for too much weathering!). I will take it as constructive criticism. I have 4 more Hellcat models on standby and want to improve my skills. It is 'out of the box' and what I would call a 'what if', in the sense that I didn't try to copy any known existing Hellcat (as far as markings). One last note - I got very lucky with my photos. Up until last week my pictures were terrible, but somehow, moving my spray booth (which also serves as my light box) to another location corrected lighting issues and I am very pleased with the results. The bottom 4 pictures were taken with my new macro lens, and you can see some difference in the levels.
  19. 23 points
    Hi I'm unable to attend the show this weekend, so spent a fantastic day at Duxford today instead. I apologise for the quality of these images, but the lovely sun was in my face all day, which made photography challenging, to say the least! I hope that those of you who go to the show have a great time. Army Wildcat just passing through! My first sighting of the DH.9! Thanks for looking.
  20. 22 points
    I shot a coat of Gunze Medium Sea Grey over the gal, so now I can find all the spots that need fixing. I've already found a few. I added the landing gear but maybe I shouldn't have. She balances OK, but the gear (especially the front) looks awful spindly. I applied a coat of thin superglue over the spindliest parts, hoping that it might reinforce them. I'm not worried about the gear not withstanding the weight of the model, I'm just worried about old fumble thumbs here knocking them off. I overdid some of the scribing, mostly on access panels, and some of them need to be filled with some Mr. Surfacer. I don't want folks to think this is a Matchbox kit! Cheers, Bill
  21. 21 points
    Hiya Folks, I built this Tamiya Beaufighter years ago,.... wearing an incorrect desert scheme,...... so I decided to re work it and build it as a Beaufighter Mk.If OF 89 Sqn`s Malta detachment in 1942-43,.... flown by the ace crew Mervyn Shipard RAAF and his radar operator Douggie Oxby RAF, they named their aircraft Hun Hunter which was adorned with their kills too. It was delivered in an all black scheme but the unit soon applied a desert finish on top to help disguise these precious radar equipped night fighters on the ground. The yellow underside to the tail was a local North African/Med i/d to help differentiate the Beau from the Ju88 for troops on the ground. The original kit V tail was removed and replaced using this Freightdog resin conversion comprising of the earlier flat tailplane and wheels etc; Then the old finish was rubbed down and a new scheme applied by brush; Decals came from the spares box and after market sheets to replicate the crews aircraft, Hun Hunter,..... radar antenna etc came from the spars box;; And the finished model; Cheers, Tony
  22. 20 points
    Another of my very old builds. ESCI 1/72nd kit Modeldecal decals and a memory of 1977 Greenham Common.
  23. 20 points
    I present my Revell Airbus A320 in the ‘EasyJet 250th Airbus’ special livery G-EZOL. She is currently occupying stand 110 having finished her sectors for the day and has been put to bed. I had previously built a Revell A319 in the new livery after coming back to the hobby, but wasn’t happy with the overall finish, in particular the lines on the sweep back Orange section. I have added some photos to show comparison, this time I opted to leave the wings off whilst I painted the orange section to try and achieve a cleaner finish. I also have a particular soft spot for EZY having spent 4 years there as Cabin Crew based at LGW. The build was OOB except for the BraZ Sharklets and after market decals from DrawDecal. I still personally think I prefer the Zvezda A320 kit to Revells, although quite intrigued to see the new ‘Neo’ versions they should be releasing soon. I am trying to get better at filling and sanding gaps now, as I never used to when I first started the hobby, and especially with the Revell kit there is often annoying little gaps in the joins, particularly around the Wing Box area. The paints were Halfords rattle can Appliance White, Revells Orange Aqua Colour and Revell Aqua Greys 371 and a lightened version of 374 for the coroguard sections. The slight weathering was achieved using a HB Pencil and dragging rearwards with my finger. Once again thank you for taking the time to look at my post and any feedback and comments are welcome . I should hopefully have my Etihad A320 ready soon, also have a A321 on my bench as well. Regards, Alistair
  24. 20 points
    Handley Page Herald - Novo boxing of the 1964 Frog kit. Apparently only briefly released by Frog, more commonly available from the likes of Novo and Maquette. Quite a nice kit to build, pretty crude in some respects (like the undercarriage doors with a scale thickness of about 10cm, and trailing edges to match), but goes together well and it's pretty solid. Build thread here Decals bodged together from 26 sheets for a BIA Herald and Air UK F-27 - had to do an Air UK aircraft, since I flew on them to the Isle of Man about 38 years ago. cheers Julian
  25. 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
  26. 19 points
    Finally got around to doing some pics of one of my restorations to old kit builds. This one is the Aurora 1/72nd kit of a PA-28 Cherokee re G-BBID that I flew in on My 4th 1994 from Shoreham Airport. last known to be registered as N519MC My reworked model has decals made for me and based on the only photo I could find of it in the markings it wore at the time of my flight. I do have another one built in BA flying club colours.
  27. 19 points
    The 30's. From the Golden Age of Aviation, its four engines lazily droning in the sky, comes this luxurious lumbering giant, arguably the epitome of traveling in style to mysterious and remote lands. Vast landscapes: arable land, coastlines, deserts, intricate cities of labyrinthine design, proud mountain ranges, all slowly slide by below, in changing colors and textures. By sunset the bright tints of the sky and the billowing clouds are reflected upon the surface of a sea. Passengers sedately recline on their ample seats, their legs comfortably extended, or are pensively sipping a cocktail in the plane's bar, or even enjoying a sophisticated full meal on a removable table, pampered by a staff of courteous attendants. The quality of the inlaid wood paneling, the exquisitely weaved upholstery, the tasteful curtains, the porcelain, the crystals, all glows with the aura of England at its highest. Romance, mystery, luxury, comfort, sophistication, are all just the visible flesh of a well-thought machine, that rendered an incredible number of years and miles of reliable service, with an unimpeachable safety record. The construction thread can be visited here: Not all, as we know, was rosy, since the "Empire" (and the other empires) were creating their own share of very serious issues. The pinnacle of England as a world power would be challenged, and soon, unbeknownst to most of those passengers, in a few years the country would have to face the storm that will set Europe, and the world, ablaze. Humanity has a peculiar talent for ignoring the consequences of choosing bloodshed, misery, death, hunger and suffering, over adventure, discovery, and peace. But the H.P.42 is not only a symbol of luxury, it's also a symbol of peacetime, progress, romance, and ultimately of humanity's better angels, of what we would like our world to be. My thanks again to John Eaton, who facilitated the acquisition of the kit, and to Arctic Decals for producing the set that greatly enhances the model and solved the issue of the window frames and the ruined decal sheet in the kit. Thanks also to the fellow modelers that made comments and gave "emotional support" during the long build, and last but not least to the Hidden Ones that maintain this place of encounter and sharing: BM. I hope this model operates a bit like a time machine, and takes you to an era of shimmering glamour -the Golden Age of Aviation- that has so much to offer, so much to say, so much beauty to share, so much charm to explore. Not in vain it's called "Golden".
  28. 19 points
    In anticipation of the next P-51 STGB for which I'm now clearing my workbench I'd like to share a few exhibits from my Mustang gallery. Like so many of us I'm a devoted fan of North American's fighter masterpiece. My very first kit in 1/72 was the infamous Revell proposition as was my first ever 1/32 model. I still remember how attracted I was by the striking box art of Don Gentile's Shangri La... Inspiring books like Roger Freeman's 'The Mighty Eighth' and Kit Carson's 'Pursue & Destroy' motivated me to start an Eighth Air Force P-51 collection in the late seventies. I have built Mustangs of 12 Fighter Groups by now. Only the 20th and 353rd FGs are missing - the latter will be the subject of my STGB entry. As this compilation spans 30 years - last one built in 2006 - I had to get along with the early kits that are a little less sophisticated than the latest products from Meng, Airfix or Eduard. Most of my builds are based on the Monogram kit which, albeit with raised panel lines, is still an acceptable design. For this topic I selected three P-51Ds of the 65th Fighter Wing from a more recent modelling period presented in historic sceneries. I hope you enjoy the models despite their age. OS-X MISS STEVE 44-13677 P-51D-5-NA (late) 355th FG 357th FS, 1/Lt William J. Cullerton, F-122 Steeple Morden, December 1944 After crash landing MISS STEVE was repaired and - re-coded OS-N - was assigned to Lt David P. Watkins who named her FICKLE FANNY. The 355th FG was the Eighth's leading ground strafing unit, 15 of Cullerton's 20 claims were destroyed on the ground. The model is armed with 500 lbs bombs. Monogram 1977 release with aftermarket cockpit, canopy, exhaust, wheels and bombs. Decals from scrap box and homemade. E2-C LOU IV - ATHELENE 44-13410 P-51D-5-NA (early) 361st FG 375th FS, Lt Col Thomas J.J. Christian - Group CO, F-374 Bottisham, August 1944 Colonel Christian's P-51 is the subject of so many models that no more needs to be said here. This is my interpretation of his mount, particularly of the ATHELENE inscription which I styled after a blurred picture and similar decorations on other 375th FS aircraft (red letters - black outline - clean silver background). Fujimi 1987 edition (first released in 1973) with replacement parts from the scrap box (prop, cockpit, gear), Verlinden 75 gal drop tanks and substantial re-work around cowling, fin and air duct. Modified decals from Microscale and AeroMaster. L2-P Burn'n Bernie 44-15380 P-51D-15-NA 479th FG 434th FS, Lt Gail E. Jacobson, Station 377 Wattisham, May 1945 This Mustang was damaged in a landing accident on 25 December 1944. Subsequently repaired it served on until war's end. Note 'buzz' letters under port wing (barely visible on the pictures) and antenna for AN/APS-13 tail warning radar. Monogram again, Aires V-1650-7 engine, a few aftermarket items and homemade decals. And a few pics of the cockpit, which is similar for all three models. I removed the antenna wire later when I realised that VIII Fighter Command didn't have the SCR-274 radio installed. More little friends will join up soon. Thanks for looking out. Michael REFERENCES MARKINGS OF THE ACES, KOOKABURRA HISTORIC AIRCRAFT BOOKS SERIES 3 NO.1, THEODORE R. BENNETT, DANDENONG, 1970 THE MIGHTY EIGHTH, ROGER A. FREEMAN, NEW YORK, 1973 ACES OF THE EIGHTH, GENE B. STAFFORD & WILLIAM N. HESS, SQUADRON/SIGNAL PUBLICATIONS, WARREN, 1977 EIGHTH AIR FORCE STORY, KENN C. RUST, TEMPLE CITY, 1978 THE MIGHTY EIGHTH IN COLOR, ROGER A. FREEMAN, LONDON, 1991 MUSTANG ACES OF THE EIGHTH AIR FORCE, AIRCRAFT OF THE ACES 1, JERRY SCUTTS, LONDON, 1994 VIII FIGHTER COMMAND AT WAR, AIRCRAFT OF THE ACES 31, MICHAEL O'LEARY, BOTLEY, 2000 YELLOWJACKETS!, PAUL B. CORA, ATGLEN, 2002 'DOWN TO EARTH' – STRAFING ACES OF THE EIGHTH AIR FORCE, AIRCRAFT OF THE ACES 51, WILLIAM N. HESS, BOTLEY, 2003 P-51 MUSTANG UNITS OF THE EIGHTH AIR FORCE, AMERICAN EAGLES 4, ROGER FREEMAN, HERSHAM, 2003 479th FIGHTER GROUP – 'RIDDLE'S RAIDERS', AVIATION ELITE UNITS 32, JOHN STANAWAY, BOTLEY, 2009 WWW.LITTLEFRIENDS.CO.UK WWW.AMERICANAIRMUSEUM.COM Meanwhile please click picture and board my Marauder on a mission to Germany
  29. 19 points
    Good evening, ladies and gentlemen! Let me present to your attention my next model. This is Italian light bomber and attack aircraft, weak in parameters, but very charismatic in appearance))). Unfortunately, I can not say anything good about the model manufacturer. I had a lot to modify, add and manufacture again. But this model has no alternative manufacturer in the 72nd scale.
  30. 18 points
    Hi This is the third of my backlog of models for RFI. I needed something 'easy' after building the Revell Inc MIG-21 so opted for a Hurricane IIC from Academy. This is my first Academy kit and I found it an enjoyable build. I built this straight OOB, only correcting the serial number. The decal for the 3 Squadron RAF example is shown as ZB464, but should be Z3464. I am a long way from mastering weathering so this Hurricane looks as if it has been in hard battle for some time and not been subject to any cleaning. Thanks for looking. Graeme
  31. 18 points
    Hello Dears !! For the ones who know me, if something is weird... I feel irrestibly attracted... So years ago, when I see it... I knew for sure that I will make one..... One of these day !! This day is today !! Soooo !! My first viet Nam serie Aircraft is a U.S Navy one !!! Yiiihaaaa !! The tamiya kit is a good and decent one, the best for a late Skyraider in fact But... The interior has been improved with resin parts from an Aires Kit ! and I also added some scratched parts that are missing even in Aires kit ! On the 20th of June 1965 L Cdr Greathouse was Canasta leader in a CSAR Mission These day, the Skyraider have been intercepted by 2 MiG 17... They jettisoned their ordnance... One point for the MiG And performed a Lufberry circle to protect themselves... But !! A MiG jockey have been a bit more selfish and tried to broke the circle... Comin'in just in front Of Lt Charles Hartman... Bad Idea !! The venerable Spad had teeth... So Hartman fired his 4 20mm and practised a scissor manoeuvre helped by Lt Clint Johnson... 10 point the the Spads... It has been registered as a shared victory since the MiG 17 received enough of lead to flip over and crash in the jungle... The second MiG take an evasive action and left the scene.... There has been a second MiG 17 kill by Lt Jg William Patton from the VA-176 But that's another story !! I suppose that L Cdr Greathouse choose to send his sqdn best wishes week later and dropped this unusual "Bomb"
  32. 18 points
    Thought I'd try a Blederunner theme and fool around with LEDs and electronics while doing so. This whole thing started with Fujimi's 1/24 (or maybe 1/25) Deckard's Sedan and the corresponding PE set by Paragrafix. Thought I would a couple of LEDs and ended up making a scratchbuilt base and building, adding 40 LEDS, a 5inch TFT display to play a video I edited with a series of ads and a Raspberry Pi Zero to run everything. A shot of the electronic mess that runs it: And a video to show it in action:
  33. 18 points
    If you know me, you also know that I used to share some pics of my finished kit late in the night... Sometimes the last coat of paint or detail is barely dry !! This is the case once again ! I'm open to comments and of course... Let's the bantering spirit of britmodeller loose !!
  34. 17 points
    This is my latest build: a Tamiya's 1/48th scale F-14D Tomcat. It's a great kit, with superb fit and smart assembly, i had lot of fun building it! Kit built OOB, with some details from Eduard PE and KA Models exhaust nozzels. Painted with Gunze's Acryl Paint (h-307, H-308, H-337). So, let's start the photogalley: Ciao Ale
  35. 17 points
    Morning all, I'm going to call it a day with this one. A fun build of a sincere and well meant kit! Definitely recommended for all aficionados of early Soviet bombers, assuming Tamiya isn't about to tool an SB. The kit has lovely detail, but slightly iffy fit in parts, particularly the transparencies, which aren't the most transparent either. But it seems to be an accurate rendition of Russia's Blenheim, right down to the incredibly spindly landing gear (I wondered if the real ones wobbled when you sneezed on them..?) I also had good fun on the weathering, acting on the assumption the VVS didn't regularly clean their bombers. Here is my finished model: ...and thanks to all who followed on my first rather sporadic WiP: Now to clean up the bench and on to the next adventure in styrene! All best Harry
  36. 17 points
    Meng Bradley with interior..........never again.
  37. 16 points
    Hi all, This is my attempt at Tamiya's kit of the GMC deuce and a half. Dating from 1997, I found the moulding and fit to be excellent - a good choice for my first vehicle kit in this scale. I also bought Tamiya's accessory set 231 to go with it, this having the 0.5" Browning mount over the cab area plus a few other bits and bobs. The kit was built out of the box(es) apart from the cable for the winch. I also used the kit to try out weathering techniques and learnt a lot from a fellow modeller who showed me the oil dot technique, the use of pigments for dust and mud effects and gave me some links to helpful videos on YouTube, so many thanks to him. Thank you for looking, Pat
  38. 16 points
    Bandai's 1/72 Incom Corporation T-65 X-wing space superiority fighter (1977): Cheers W-D
  39. 16 points
    Who can't deny the thrill of standing under a Queen of the Sky on the Perimeter Road as she drops down through the last 100ft of her final descent? Magic eh? Be it the First Officer or the onboard INLS calling it out, …. "100 Above" The kit is of course, the tired old Revell 1/144 747-400. This one should have had Iron maidens Book of Souls livery but that was never going to happen. Wearing a mix of 26 Decals and Authentic Airliners British Airways Chatham Historic Dockyard Decals, the engines came from a specially purchased BA Landor version of the 747-400 to get those 4 mighty RB211's as I did not like the Braz options I started out with, and the most costly part was the Shapeways.com 3D printed leading and trailing edge flaps. You cant really see it but I have also used the phot-etch sets on the undercarriage and altered the undercarriage bogies to their naturally receptive droop in readiness for touch down. Some "in-build stage" shots below for you now.... Thank you to those of you who followed the WIP. This is one of the few builds I have walked away from and can say "I am happy with that build" - it turned out how I wanted it to and is a subject very dear and close to my heart. John
  40. 16 points
    I'm waiting for the some red decals to arrive for my XF-89 build, so, in the meantime I have been finishing off another one for my growing Scorpion collection. This is the Hobbycraft F-89B in the markings of the 190th FIS, Idaho Air National Gurad...... Built OOB - except that I had to remove the central frame from the canopy - it is finished with rattle cans of Halfords 'Aluminium' and Gloss Black auto sprays..... Decals are from the kit boxing - all those stars are applied individually I had quite a few fit problems with this kit - especially the cockpit tub and bottom fuselage section - but I fought it and eventually won!!! I now have four operational Scorpions in my collection - Hobbycraft F-89A & F-89B, Revell F-89D and Academy F-89J - plus the XF-89 conversion. I still have the Hobbycraft F-89H to build to complete the colllection, then I can get back to Flankers....... Ken
  41. 16 points
    Revell 1/72 109-G-6
  42. 15 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.
  43. 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!
  44. 15 points
    Hello dimaADA, and welcome on board Good question, I keep asking that to myself too No, I'm just kidding: when I bought this kit, a few years ago, I wasn't really after the best kit for a Typhoon, I just saw it and it looked good value for the money, also reading some online reviews. I knew nothing about the HASEGAWA kit back then. If I ever build another Typhoon, I promise it'll be from the HASEGAWA kit Last update for the weekend, everybody: once glued in place, the radome showed a ridge on the bottom side not easy to photograph, so you'll have to trust me, but it was there. A quick sanding brought it back flush with the fuselage (see below) As I mentioned earlier, there still were a few details to be added before priming; on the back part of the fuselage (top side), near the base of the tail fin, there are two small vents. Here's Revell's rendition (supplied as an extra bit of plastic to glue in) Not much of a vent, is it? So I stuck it to a wood block with double sided ape and made a copy by pressing over it some wine cap foil I filled in the back side of it with a thin layer of CA, to render it rigid; then i cut it out using a sharo razor blade, and here's a dryfit Looking better, so I made another one and stuck them in place with CA Two more vents on the bottom side: they needed reworking because their walls are quite thick, but the protruding lips were very fragile, so I decided to glue them in and refine them later While they were curing, I put together the drop tanks That gap you see under the pylons is only on one side, and it needs to be filled in, because it's not there on the real thing. Also, one of the tank had this dent on the tip from the beginning More work for CA + flour, I guess There are two blade antennae to be added on the bottom side; one was actually molded with the fuselage, but I managed to knock it off earlier in the build, so I wanted to recover it from the spare fuselage It didn't look all that good, though, so I scratch built it from 0.5mm styrene sheet and glued in place with TET. Again, I'll refine it once it has cured You can also see that now the bottom of the radome is flush with the fuselage Last thing was the big blade antenna, again glued in place with TET That's it for the day, I hope you all had a great Sunday. All comments welcome Ciao
  45. 15 points
    Hi all, here some pics of my new built Airfix Hunter F.6 in 1:48. Add some Eduard PE`s, pitot by Master and Xtradecals for a No 12 Sqn Hunter. Replaced the whole landing gear with those from the old Academy kit. From the same one I used the 4 fuel tanks.
  46. 15 points
    Revell model plus extras from Aires, Reskit and Eduard. Camo - Atsugi Japan 2005 - 50th Anniversary od squadron VFA-102 Diamond camouflage painted from masks, from the decals I used only the nose strap and the fuel tank
  47. 15 points
    Hi, This is the very pleasant to build (and underrated) Italeri kit. Everything comes from the box except for the very efficient dual barrel MG81Z specific to the A-5 version, handmade seat belts and other details. The top RLM73 comes from the Real Color range. Quite a good range but it stinks and I find it maybe more fragile than the Gunze range. Thanks heaps for looking ! Antoine
  48. 14 points
    I model at a glacial pace. I started this back in early 2014!! Anyway, here's my Matchbox Mosquito built as an NF36 of 39 Squadron based at Kabrit or Fayed, Egypt in the early 1950s. The uniquely shaped late NF exhaust shrouds are from HiTech's Stage2 Merlin set. The props and spinners are from Aeroclub and the decals are by Freightdog. The drop tanks are from Paragon. I wasn't happy with the shape of the canopy and reworked it quite a bit. The vac canopies I had to hand were either poor fits for this kit or not any better shape than the one Mbox provided. This is obviously a simple kit but parts fit well and it looks like a Mosquito to me. Comments and suggestions welcomed. David
  49. 14 points
    An older build that finally made it out to the airport. This is the 1/48 Monogram Panther, painted with ModelMaster gloss dark blue. I would’ve liked to take more pics but I was afraid the gusty wind might take her airborne any minute. (there's that wind again!) This kit has a lot of nice detail, especially the cockpit. The framing on the windscreen was way too big so I sanded it all off and masked it with tape to get the more correct size frame. I read about the canopy frame issue in FSM years ago. I was really hesitant to sand them off but I jumped in and gave it a try. Believe me, I was worried that it would never look right again. But my ol’ dad used to say, “Even a blind hog finds an acorn now and then.” And I did find that acorn! Whew, a lot of polishing saved the day! It’s been a long time since the kit was built, but I don’t recall any particular fit issues. I approached the canopy frame issue with great trepidation, but it turned out okay. As I said earlier, the cockpit has some nice detail and features, but one does find that in many Monogram kits of this vintage. I am going to replace the cannon barrels with hypodermic tubing as one of the kit barrels has fallen back into the fuselage since these pics were made. The metal parts will look better anyway. The decals are a mix of aftermarket and kit markings. Please excuse the crooked canopy in one of the overhead shots. I left it unattached so I could pose it either opened or closed and I didn’t notice that it was askew before I took the pic. Thanks for checking out my old Panther and thanks for the likes and comments!
  50. 13 points
    It’s nice to see a model that hasn’t been pre-shaded, post-shaded, panel line washed and weathered to within an inch of its life; it looks like it’s fresh from the paint shop, or the crew chief has found a band of “willing volunteers” to keep it nicely bulled up just in case a very senior officer comes along for a snap inspection. I have one of these to build which I intend to do as one of the few operated by RAF Transport Command around the end of World War II; did you encounter any significant problems with construction? I know that there are some errors in the instructions, and that the instructions don’t explain which bits are relevant to which version. I’m not sure whether to do as you have with everything buttoned up and, presumably, the main cabin interior omitted, or to open the doors and have to squeeze in a shed load of ballast in the front baggage hold.
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