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  1. 169 points
    Hello friends, A small little tabletop that still makes me happy, when I finished it after a long time. Model is from eduard 1/48 scale. Cheers Andy
  2. 97 points
    One day in June 2017 we had a family get together. On the way back we stopped off at a model show and met up with our own @perdu. My sister and brother-in-law both agreed that he was a nice man. A very very nice man. While sitting in the cafe I noticed a Nimrod amongst the models hanging from the ceiling. "If you want one of those, I have one for you" said Bill. And so the story started... A challenge it was. Not just the longest build (four months!) but also one of the most, er, modified kits I've done. Helpful BMers kept telling stories of their time on Nimrods (you know who you are) and so, of course, I had to try to replicate their memories. There's a 40 odd page WiP here with lots of input on Nimrods. Oh, and sausages (don't ask). Here are some shots; I hope you like her. Airfix kit with Alleycat canopy and bomb bay. Colourcoats grey on Stynylrez white primer. W&N satin varnish. Xtradecal transfers and (gulp) kit stencils. Some detail shots from the WiP… Dirty bay doors: The crew, one with scratch built headset and mic: on Flickr
  3. 83 points
    Dear Fellow Modellers Greetings to all! Please find enclosed my Airfix 1/72 B-17G. It is loaded with the Eduard PE and Quickboost resin guns and turbochargers. I did my own representation of riveting. The decals are for the 306th BG based at Thurleigh in England in 1944-45 from Kits World. This recent Airfix kit shows a more restrained panel line representation than previous kits. The transparencies are absolutely outstanding and shape looks spot on. Regards Andrew
  4. 76 points
    Latest one off my workbench, unfortunately not kept many In Progress pics so will post it in this section indstead. Model of Fairey Albacore, using the 1/48 Special Hobby kit, in the markings of L7089, 4-R, 826 Sqdn, FAA. Couple of points of interest for making this particular aircraft: it was based at RAF Bircham Newton, Norfolk, (so local interest to me) where it took off from before being shot down on it's final mission, and at the time was being piloted by none other than Peter Butterworth who would later go on to find fame in several 'Carry On' comedy films, as an actor, during the 60's and 70's. The 'plane was shot down by Bf 109's , on 21/06/1940, over Texel, Netherlands, where Peter Butterworth had to crash land it on a beach, unfortunately the observer, V.J. Dyke, died of his injuries from the attack, but wireless operator/gunner R.J. Jackson survived along with Peter. They both were taken prisoner. As stated, Peter Butterworth later found fame as a comedy actor, and some of the characters he played were: 'Doc' (Carry On Cowboy), 'Detective Constable Slobotham' (Carry On Screaming), 'Citizen Bidet' (Carry On Don't Lose Your Head), 'Brother Belcher' (Carry On Up The Khyber), 'Josh Fiddler' (Carry on Camping) amongst others. Peter also played non-comedy roles too in various films, but was best known for his 'Carry On' characters.
  5. 73 points
    Greetings to all, For a number of years, I`ve gazed upon the incredible works of art posted on this website. Now I`ve decided to “dip my toe” in the waters of Britmodeller. I`m beginning with the Airfix B-17G. I used AK Interactive Extreme paint and weathered the model by using a combination of paint, washes, and pastels. I found the kit to be excellent and enjoyed the entire process. Thank you in advance!!!! Mike PS : My apologies for my picture quality as my photography skills are very basic at best.
  6. 70 points
    New AFV Club kit, Caracal decals.
  7. 67 points
    Hi, everyone! I decide to continue the Suez theme. And now I present you Se Venom from "Ark Royal".
  8. 65 points
    Hi mates, In the midst of my build of the Tamiya 1:32 Spitfire, I decided to tackle a small side project, and one I've been wanting to do for some time. This is the 1:72 resin kit from Aki Products in Japan of the Hawker Sea Fury FB.11. There are a few articles and reviews on-line about this kit, and I can say one thing - believe what you read. This is an outstanding kit, and the best replica of the Sea Fury that can be had in 1:72 scale as of this writing. In fact, this kit surpasses many injection moulded kits in detail, quality, and fit. It's that good. Unfortunately, I don't think this kit is still in production, so the price (when you can find it) is a bit crazy. OK, a lot crazy. But I'm stupid, so I bought it. I chose the Royal Australian Navy display aircraft circa 1961 for the markings, and I made sure to go by actual period photographs and not from the restored warbirds that have worn this scheme at one time or another. The overall Oxford Blue scheme was too hard to pass up. As you look at the photos, you may notice that the flaps are down in some, up in others. This is because the flaps are hinged on the model, and can be posed where you like. The metal rods used as the axle of the flap hinges are actually cast into the resin - a clever bit of engineering and some nice quality control to pull it off. Special thanks to @NAVY870 and @Paul Bradley for their help in this build. Without their sage advice, old Navy Bird would have been naughty and done something silly on more than one occasion. Project: Royal Australian Navy Hawker Sea Fury FB.11 Kit: Aki Products Hawker Sea Fury FB.11 (kit no. A.P.4) Scale: 1:72 (If God had intended others he wouldn't have made my thumbs so big) Decals: Xtradecal Sheet No. X72074 depicting RAN WH589/115 724 NAS Nowra circa 1961 Paint: MRP 183 Oxford Blue; Gunze H11 Flat White, H12 Flat Black, H77 Tyre Black, H329 Yellow FS13538, H90 Clear Red, H94 Clear Green, 75% H34 Cream Yellow & 25% H11 White (for the Hawker Primer), MC219 Brass; Alclad 101 Aluminum, 115 Stainless Steel; Floquil 110015 Flat Finish; Tamiya XF-69 NATO Black, and a bunch I forgot about. Weathering: None. This was a display aircraft. Improvements/Corrections This was built pretty much out of the box, the only things I added were: Whip aerials (two under the wings and one on top of the vertical tail) Portion of engine mounts seen through the open cooling doors Interior ribbing on the engine access covers Open clasps on the lower access covers Support cables and rods to keep access covers open Posed the tailwheel turned a bit Build thread: Link Now, let's see some photos! Enjoy! Cheers, Bill
  9. 64 points
    Hi all Here is my Airfix 1:72 Avro Shackleton MR.2 ive finished it in the markings of WL737 of 220 SQD, Royal Air Force, based at RAF St Eval, 1953. using Model Alliance Decals, RAF Coastal Command, post war part 1 (MA-72210) The only extra detail I added was a PE instrument panel. tamiya paint use throughout apart from Halfords appliance white for the underside. This has been an enjoyable and frustrating build due to fit issues early on. thanks for looking Fit issues early on tested my patients to the limit I put it down walked away and went back to it a couple of weeks later and repaired my moment of madness And made good in the end
  10. 59 points
    Hiya Folks, I`ve been wanting to build a Wimpey torpedo bomber,...... also known as a `Fishington' for some time now and when I found photos of `Little Joe' of 458 Sqn RAAF I just knew it had to be that one, with a gun fitted in the nose! I used the nose turret blank from Alley Cat models, intended for the Trumpeter kit and also DK Decals,....here is the WIP if anybody is interested; This was my first experience of Hataka brush painting paints and they were among the best of the currently available acrylics in this medium. Although Wellington`s used in the torpedo bomber role had the rear bomb doors removed and a torpedo sight fitted in front of the cockpit, reference photos also show that when used for mine laying or bombing sorties the bomb doors were left in place and the sight removed and as this was the configuration seen in the reference photos I went for that. Here is the real aircraft; And a general view of a Wellington torpedo bomber (in this case a radar equipped MkVIII) in its natural environment at 50 feet above the sea,....... which was usually at night and without radar assisted altimeters! Here is the model; Cheers, Tony
  11. 58 points
    I built this last year from the Hasegawa 74sqn version of the kit but I wanted a 23 Sqn/1435 Flt Phantom based at Stanley Airport in the Falkland Islands so used after market decals, resin seats, wheels, etched IP, intake blanks and Sidewinders from Eduard. My most enjoyable build so far and one that I think is probably the best I have produced. some photos were taken before the missiles were fitted.
  12. 57 points
    Tamiya kit with Superscale decals, some bits of CMK and Eduard detail sets and scratchbuilt details (exhaus, canopy, gun barrels, nav lights etc.). I hope you like the result. Andrew
  13. 54 points
    This is only around 36 years late, but I've been finding boxes full of polystyrene peanuts and the old show models, some worse for wear, that were usually built from the first vac shots literally "hot off the press" and usually only scant days before the old IPMS UK.Nationals. I usually released three new 1:48th scale subjects for the Nats each year That year it was Stalag Luft Stoneleigh, as it was known to us inmates due to it's very basic accommodation at Stoneleigh Agricultural Showground. It really was common for me to cut out, abrade down and glue together and then paint the kits in about three days using only the legendary Midnight Oil. I think that the other two might have been an Avro Tutor and unusually a 1:32 Pitts Special. Taking a leaf from Moa's book... The Gamecock is a survivor, so here it is..
  14. 54 points
    Not sure why but I took it into my head late last year that I wanted to get and build this kit. To be honest, I've never been particularly interested in the Jet Prevost before - I'd built the Airfix Strikemaster when I was a child, but for some reason I ended up buying this kit last year and have been building it on and off since December. In the end its turned out quite nicely. The engine intakes are supplied as resin inserts, which as you can see here took quite a bit of filler and sanding to blend in well. The seams on the wing-tip fuel tanks were also a pain! Fitting the resin seats in the cockpit was a tight squeeze. It was painted with Tamiya paints and it was during the painting for this I started experimenting with Butanol as a retardant for the Tamiya paint which worked really well. It meant that Tamiya paint became brushable! In fact the coaming over the instrument panel in the cockpit was brush painted with XF-69 Nato Black and dried perfectly smooth and even. That makes a nice little addition to my collection of post-war RAF jets that I've been building up in the last few months. I'm happy with that.
  15. 52 points
    Hi fellow modeleres It took me a long time to finish this...completly my fault (got tangled in other issues). This was the best model i ve built so far...great work from eduard! it didn t came out exaclty as i though, but its a constant learning process! Say what you think! Regards, João Mendes
  16. 51 points
    Hello all - Just finished my Airfix 110. Built pretty much OOB - added some Eduard seatbelts, some Mig rigging for the antenna and replaced the under side circular antenna with some wire. I attempted to improve the cockpit details with some scratch built elements. I used the kit scheme - Staffel II / Zerstorergeschwadar 1, Northern France 1940-1941. The scheme is very dark - RLM 70 / 71 so I attempted a very worn air frame look to try and make it a little more interesting - I think this was successful but I sacrificed colour accuracy in the process. The kit itself is far from an accurate representation so I wasn't too concerned. Still, I'm pretty happy with the result. Tried a bunch of new techniques and learned alot. I've got the Eduard version which is far more accurate so it will be interesting to see them side by side when that's completed. For the cost, this is a very nice kit and was fun to build. There were plenty of fit issues but not too bad - lots of sanding and some putty work will be required - quite typical for some airfix kits in this scale. Decals were very nice - I added swastikas from XtraDecal. The kit comes with a good selection of long distance fuel tanks and bombs - however I opted for a clean fit out as I love the lines on this aircraft. Painted with Tamiya Acrylics, different brands of oils and pigments for the weathering. I had difficulty photographing this model - the colours change quite dramatically depending on the light which is how it behaves in real life... so the photos do represent this. There's a wip here for anyone who's interested - with a bonus side thread on New Zealand beer Thanks for looking - comments and criticism is welcome. Cheers John
  17. 51 points
    The Kinetic Harrier is at long last complete. Kit has been fighting all the way, with fiddly assembly and confusing instructions, a good documentation is needed to avoid the version mix. Decals, however are a dream. But in the end it's a Harrier and certainly a gain over the old Airfix kit. Painted with Gunze acrylics, (H333 extra dark sea grey), been adding the Neomega cockpit, initially intended for the old Airfix kit. Complete photo album of the build can be found here : SHAR build photo Hope you'll like her. Best, Stef (#6)
  18. 50 points
    My recently completed 1/48 Hobbyboss Su-30, in Indonesian AF markings. Painted with Hataka Orange Line, and displayed on a Coastal Kits Display Base. Untitled by ian gaskell, on Flickr Untitled by ian gaskell, on Flickr Untitled by ian gaskell, on Flickr Untitled by ian gaskell, on Flickr Untitled by ian gaskell, on Flickr Untitled by ian gaskell, on Flickr Untitled by ian gaskell, on Flickr Untitled by ian gaskell, on Flickr Untitled by ian gaskell, on Flickr
  19. 50 points
    Hi guys, here is my latest build, the D 520 from Tamiya in 1/48. The Luftwaffe used the D 520 to train their pilots. Free french forces get these planes back from German pilot school in late 1944 to use them against their former owners in the south west of France. Thanks for watching, Cheers, Manu.
  20. 50 points
    Dear fellow Britmodellers, after a longer absence from the workbench I'm reporting back-in-charge with my 1/72 Airfix Wellington IC! I used Eduard's interior set, Quickboost wheels and DK Decals, representing an aircraft from 311. (Czech) Squadron in 1943. All photographs by Wolfgang Rabel.  I decided to install all the interior parts, literally recreating the aircraft from top to bottom. This process takes up most of the construction time, but you will be rewarded with a very detailed inside. Of course, you won't see much once the fuselage is closed. The model was painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics. I am not very happy with my paint job, I should have paid more attention to pre- and post-shading, as the surface looks a bit plain and boring. Even the crew's entry ladder is supplied by the kit. Superb rendition of the FN turrets. Open side windows on the canopy - another nice feature of the kit:  The bomb bay can be posed open or closed, and six bombs are supplied. That leaves the middle bomb bay empty. I added three bombs, borrowed from an Eduard 1/72 Spitfire kit. The red rings are airbrushed, using small strips of Tamiya masking tape.  And I forgot to peel the center mask off the bombardier's windows…. ! Scratches on the engine housings were replicated with a soft pencil. Airfix' wheels are slightly oversized and were replaced with resin items from Quickboost. The triangle-shaped waist gun windows are included on the sprues, although the instruction sequence does not mention them. The guns are included as well. Thank you for your interest, best greetings from Vienna.
  21. 48 points
    Good afternoon All. Not my finest hour, lots of faults and not brilliantly made. Airfix's A02010 Spitfiire MkI/MkII kit in 1/72 scale with Xtradecals 2008 Display Hawks decals, which include the 19 Squadron Spitfire to accomopany the 2008 19 Sqn 'SpitHawk' anniversary scheme. As an aside, a chap I used to work with had been part of the arms inspection team who used to host the Russians when they can to carry out arms treaty confirmation checks. Having spent time confirming with the 'guest' he was hosting that all the Hawks were merely trainers and all were unarmed, the hangar door was opened to reveal the camouflaged Hawk with 30mm gun pod and two underwing pylons. He said the guest just turned to him with the biggest grin he has ever seen! Anyway. The stencils are Airfix decals, the roundels, serials and '19's from the Xtradecals set; they are all the Xtradecals set includes. Eduard early RAF seatbelts and Yahu etch instrument panel help the cockpit, the landing light is a 2mm little lenses item and the early style pitot is scratch from some soldered copper wire. One more out of the stash and on to the shelf. I have just realised I haven't painted the wingtip nav lights; to be done later I think. Thank you for stopping by to look.
  22. 47 points
    Hi, Boeing 314 Clipper was constructed as luxury passenger airplane at late 1930s. Using this type Pan American company established first regular commmercial flights over northern Atlantic in May 1939. Twelve Clippers were constructed and they were impossed to military service during WWII as C-98. However, as I know, they never wore military insignias (I mean US white stars). Three of them were used in UK by BOAC during WWII. Each model 314 had individual name - the machine with registration NC 18605 had individual name "Dixie Clipper". Initial Pan-American silver painting on Clippers were replaced in 1942 with experimental 10-shades scheme of blue-grey colours. Leter some (or all?) US Clipers were painted to standard 3-shades Navy scheme, and at and of war, when returned to Pan Ameican they were stripped back to NMF. Clippers were used for overseas civil (for example to Lisbon) and military transport, including VIPs. US president Franklin Delano Roosevelt used "Dixie Clipper" to get in January 1943 for a meeting in Casablanca with Winston Churchill and Charles De Gaulle. Josef Stalin was invited to this summit but did not arrived bacause of the situation on eastern front. That is historical background of my build. The build thread is here: When I've learnt as a 10 years old boy about 1970 from Airfix catalogue on existance of Clipper I was unhappy that the model is only in 1/144. Some years passed I started to think on Clipper seriously when Anigrand resin kit appeared few years ago but a year ago a possibility of buying vacu kit of US company Combat Models from a colleugue from BM appeared. It was not so expensive as resin one so I was very happy that I've bought it and started gathering materials (photos, dravings) in aim to help in build. This is mine third construction finished this year, two previous were Consolidated Coronado and Martin Mariner, both from Mach 2. So it is a trio of big US flying boats, but Clipper is much bigger then those two others, the wingspan is bigger from that of Blohm Voss BV 222! Here she is: Details Scratch build trolley And finally - among other models on shelves Comments welcome Regards Jerzy-Wojtek
  23. 47 points
    Hello! This is my view of one famous “Blue Noser From Bodney”. Neeedless to say the kit is superb, no putty at all. It seems, looking at the few pictures available, this particular bird was kept in good shape, in general. Therefore, the weathering is subtle, but I decided to add some dirt as it would be expected operating from those muddy airfields in England. PE and canopy masks from Eduard. Cheers!
  24. 47 points
    This has been a long term project inspired by a photo I’d seen nearly 30 years ago! Below is a link to my WIP on this project- Background story The Tamiya F-4J provided the basis for this project. Some aftermarket items were used, including GT intakes, Jet pipes, Aires seats, Eduard external PE sets and Flightpath for the AIM-9 acquisition round. Decals were from various sources. The squadron nose marking and crew names were custom made. Safety and rescue markings were created using homemade stencils (Silouhette Portrait Cutter). Paints came from MRP. regards Andrew
  25. 46 points
    The Thud over Germany – F-105s of USAFE 1961 to 1967 The Story Anyone who has stood in front of a Thunderchief can only wonder how young pilots could master such a massive beast with a huge engine and small wings, but during May 1961 the first F-105Ds were flown direct from the USA to Bitburg in Germany, where they replaced the F-100 Super Sabres of the 36th TFW. They were brand new aircraft. The 49th TFW at Spangdahlem also received its new aircraft from October 1961 onwards. This was at the height of the Cold War and their principal role was nuclear strike, a mission known as ‘Victor Alert’ in the USAF. This was a big, complex aeroplane and brought with it big, complex maintenance problems. So much so that all aircraft were upgraded from 1962 onwards to a nominally common standard in a programme named ‘Project Look Alike’. This included many system upgrades but also required improved sealing between panels and a painted aluminium finish. An airfield arrestor hook was also fitted. Centralised maintenance was also introduced which meant an end to individual squadron markings. By the mid 1960s the Vietnam war was taking a significant toll on F-105s and during 1966 and 1967 the F-105s were transferred back to the USA as attrition replacements. By then there were enough F-4D Phantoms for the USAFE wings to re-equip. The colour schemes Aircraft were delivered in natural metal finish with glossy black radomes and matt olive drab upper fuselage. Those returned from the ‘Look Alike’ upgrades had the aluminium paint finish which replaced the natural metal. Finally the Vietnam type camouflage was applied during 1965, which also removed all squadron markings. Squadron markings were applied as follows: 36th TFW had three squadrons which were the 22nd, 23rd and 53rd TFS. Initially, during the natural metal period, each squadron displayed it’s colour on the fin in the form of 3 coloured stripes on a white diagonal background. The colours were 22TFS red, 23TFS blue and 53TFS yellow. After centralised maintenance was introduced all three colours were carried on the white diagonal on the fin. The 49th TFW squadrons were the 7th, 8th and 9th TFS. (7TFS blue, 8TFS yellow, 9TFS red). All aircraft carried a fin flash consisting of the wing badge and the three squadron stripes. Individual squadron colours were carried on undercarriage doors and sometimes on the nosewheel leg radar reflector. After centralised maintenance a three-coloured lightning flash was carried on the nose in addition to the fin marking. When camouflage was introduced, no wing or squadron ident was carried. The Models F-105D 60-0466 36th TFW / 22nd TFS, Bitburg, 1961 illustrating the early natural metal scheme. This is the fairly rare 1/72 Revell kit (looking very much like a down sized Monogram 1/48 kit). The kit represents a late Vietnam war F-105D and needed back dating. This meant removal of RHAW antennas, strike camera, wing strengthening plates, engine cooling scoops and gun cooling vents. The fin leading edge cooling intake needed enlarging and the aft part of the spine in front of this intake needed removing. Since the kit has raised line surface detail, this was all removed and re-scribed. This was all quite a lot of work but this is the best shaped F-105D so it was worth it. Finish was Alclad and AK metallics over Tamiya primer. Decals were mainly from Wolfpack. F-105F 63-8300 49th TFW / 9th TFS, Spangdahlem, 1963 illustrating the aluminium painted finish. This the Airfix kit with replacement canopy. The nose shape is too bulbous on this kit but it was the only 2 seater I had at the time! The Revell F-105G would make a better basis for this if you can face all the back dating and re-scribing! This also illustrates the red squadron colour on the undercarriage doors. F-105D 60-0511 49th TFW, Spangdahlem, 1965 illustrating the Vietnam camo finish. This is from the old Hasegawa kit. This was used as it represents the right configuration – i.e. it doesn’t have RHAW antennas, cooling scoops and vents, etc. The nose and canopy are not quite right on this kit and the undercarriage legs are about 1 cm too long – if you built it from the box you will have a Thunderchief standing on tip toes. The wing pylons have been replaced (kit pylons are far too small) and the drop tank fins were ridiculously thick and have been reworked. If I wanted another F-105D I wouldn’t go for this one! Maybe the Trumpeter kit would be better if you don’t mind all those rivets.
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