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  1. 103 points
    Hi, finished this after a good few months work. My first post as well so please be gentle. In short a fun and challenging build that generated every emotion known to man along the way. I find it best with these kits to complete sub assemblies before attempting to assemble the main parts as there is always a lot of dry fitting and sanding to be done. Also because of the size it all becomes a bit unwieldy in the old shed! It was re scribed where necessary to give the lining wash a bit more purchase. The rear windows are Crystal Clear. Landing lights are Little Lenses sealed in flush with Crystal Clear on the sides of the nose. The undercarriage was drilled and pinned with brass. Some aerials are photo etch and its finished in shades of my trusty Humbrol 27002 / 27003. Incidentally there's half a church roofs worth of lead in the front end to keep the nose down. Alas as I already have a Bear, Il-20 Coot and Madge completed with a Candid to do, I fear I may need a bigger shed. Hope you like it Cheers Pete To show the size of the beast
  2. 96 points
    Hiya Folks, I was so pleased to hear that Valom were releasing the Vickers Valetta as a 1/72nd scale kit and as soon as it was released I bought `a few'! The kit is lovely and I can very highly recommend it, although the instructions can be a bit obscure in places and photos of the real aircraft are a real bonus. The decal sheet is quite limited too as the roundels are the wrong size and there are no wing walk stripes, which were prominent on the real aircraft....... hopefully a decal manufacturer who specialises in post war RAF decals might help fill a void,...I have dropped some hints and provided some info! Here is my WIP if anybody is interested; The Valetta which I have modelled is VW202/C of 84 Sqn which took off at daybreak from Nicosia, Cyprus along with 17 other Valetta`s from 30, 70, 84 and 114 Sqn plus 14 Hasting`s from 99 and 511 Sqn`s to take part in Operation Telescope, the Airborne Forces element of Op Musketeer, the Anglo French operation to regain control of the Suez Canal. These aircraft were to drop 668 men of the 3 Para Group consisting of 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment plus attached arms onto El Gamil airfield on the 5th November 1956 while French paratroopers along with British Royal Engineers and The Guards Independent Company `Pathfinders'also took off from Tymbou, Cyprus in their French Noratlas transports to jump nearby at Port Fuad, the plan being to hold both flanks of the invasion beaches for the troops coming ashore next day. Each Valetta carried 20 paratroopers and 7 of the Hasting`s carried 30 paratroopers while the remaining 7 carried a smaller number of troops plus the heavy drop consisting of Jeeps and trailers/anti tank weapons which were mounted under the fuselage on special beams. As the formation approached El Gamil a Canberra dropped a smoke bomb to mark the DZ and help assess the wind which was critical as the troops were jumping along the runway and there was water on either side. This forced the pilots to fly directly into the low rising sun but this had already been accounted for and tinted screens had been erected inside the windscreens to prevent the crews from being dazzled and the first troops jumped over El Gamil right on time at P-Hour which was set for 0515hrs. Small arms fire from the ground was encountered and a number of aircraft received hits, as did the men under their parachutes including the battalion doctor who was hit in the eye and wounded,.... but the entire drop was completed within 10 minutes and all of the aircraft returned to Cyprus safely while El Gamil airfield was swiftly secured within 30 minutes following heavy fighting. A follow up drop arrived later in the day consisting of 2 Valetta`s and 5 Hastings bringing in 3 Para`s D Company and more supplies including an ammunition resupply. The British Para`s fought along the narrow istmus where the airfield was located and down to the main beach defences in Port Said which were captured and held until the amphibious landing the next day, the 3 Para Group lost 4 men killed and 32 men wounded during the assault and subsequent fighting and the amphibious assault was a great success,..... including the very first use of helicopters in an amphibious assault. Although the military operation was a sucess,... the politics were not and the British and French were forced to withdraw under the threat of nuclear attack from Russia and financial ruin by the USA and the Anglo French built Suez Canal remained in Egyptian hands. My father in law was one of the men who stormed the beach and I am proud to know a few of the men of the 3 Para Group who jumped at Suez,.... the last time that British Airborne Forces have parachuted into action in large numbers. Here is the aircraft that I am depicting; And here is the model; And seeing as I ws asked,......here is a comparison between the Valetta and the Dakota too; All the best wishes, Tony
  3. 91 points
    Hi mates, This is my little presentation of my latest diorama in 1/32. the Revell kit is easy to build , the MPM resin parts are mostly scrap, except the engine. I added some cables and tubes to the engine. The b/w photography was the reference. hope you like it.. have a nice weekend Andy .
  4. 88 points
    Hi mates, It's been a while, but I'm still alive and kicking. Well, maybe not kicking but alive anyway. Here is my first model completed this year, and there is no excuse for that. Sure, I help babysit the grandkids, I did a special project for my old employer, I bought a new telescope to play with, and of course my usual spat of medical tests and biopsies - but no modelling? Curb your tongue, knave! So, I'm back in the resin groove. I really, really like resin kits - this may be the reason they make me sit in the corner at our model club meetings. Here is my usual summary: Project: 1:72 Blackburn Firebrand TF Mk.V Kits: Czech Master Resin (CMR) Blackburn Firebrand TF Mk.V (kit number 234 "Early FAA Schemes") Scale: 1:72 (my thumbs aren't large enough for 1:48) Decals: From the kit, representing EK747-T, Naval Air/Sea Warfare Development Unit & Carrier Trials Unit, No. 703 Naval Air Squadron, RNAS Lee-on-Solent (HMS Daedalus), July 1947 Photoetch: Included with the kit, primarily for fiddly bits like antenna, cockpit details, probes, IFF, canopy handle, etc. Resin: Uh, um, the whole thing is resin! Vacuform: For the canopy, must be cut into two sections to be displayed open Paint: Colourcoats Extra Dark Sea Grey, Dark Slate Grey; Gunze C364 Interior Grey-Green, H74 Sky, H47 Red Brown, H11 Flat White, H12 Flat Black, H77 Tyre Black, H329 Yellow FS13538, H4 Yellow, H18 Steel, H76 Burnt Iron; Alclad 101 Aluminum, 115 Stainless Steel, 314 Klear Kote Flat. Weathering: I planned on doing some weathering, but I really like how she looks and didn't want to muck it up. So let's just say this is how she looked right out of the paint shop! Besides, the panel lines are visible enough and don't need any tar put in them. Improvements/Corrections Not much! These CMR kits are pretty complete. I replaced the cannon barrels with ones from Master (AM-72-078) I broke off most of the engine cooling blades removing the piece from its casting block, so I had to replace all of those with card stock. Same thing for the flap rails - the broken resin bits were replaced with card stock. WIP build thread: Link Now, let's see some photos. Enjoy! Those bloody little fan blades (remember this is 1:72!) You can't see any of the cockpit once she was buttoned up, so here it what is in there: Cheers, Bill
  5. 80 points
    Hi fellow modellers, I just finished my third build after coming back to the hobby after an absence of more than 10 years. It also counts as a Covid build since we were in quarantine for a long time… I had to pause the build when we got infected with Covid in april, Its what they call mild infection but we were pretty sick.. my wife is a nurse and she got it at work. Three weeks ago I got to go back to hospital because I got memory problems and its a good chance that it was Covid related… took me out again for some time… modelling is what kept me going in between sick periods. But now I am better and was able to finish the build. Sorry its another Tamiya P-38F.. but I hope you like it!
  6. 78 points
    Hello all, Yet another 1/72 bipe - the venerable Airfix ‘Vintage Classic’ Hawker Demon. Don’t be fooled by the new shiny box, it’s the same kit from 1965 but with more flash! Nice decals though, although very thin so care required in handling required. Quite a few alterations to the base kit, but basically, there is a nice model hiding in there somewhere. A brief build thread here: I’ve got the ‘Vintage Classic’ Bulldog on pre order so hopefully I can improve my efforts on that when she comes. Anyway, macro photography a bit harsh in 1/72, but here she is finished: Thanks for looking, Guy
  7. 77 points
    My 1/72 Phantom lockdown phasination is phinally over with the completion of my naval pair: Last to complete are my two RN Phantoms, one from 892 Sqn (ARK ROYAL) and one from 767 Sqn (RNAS Yeovilton). Both of these are Fujimi kits, pretty much "out the box" (except for the aircrew). The 767 one was a rebuild and tidy of a kit built just over 30 years ago, the 892 one is new: I have two of the new Airfix kits in the stash, but whilst I love the build options, I'm really less than convinced about the deep toy-like panel lines and prefer this set of kits by a very long way; if and when I build the Airfix ones, the panel lines will have to go. These are my usual finishing technique - hairy brush applied thinned Humbrol enamels, a Klear coat to help decalling, a light oily wash in the seams/engravings, then Windsor & Newton acrylic matt varnish to complete. The Fujimi kit is generally an easy build. As with all Phantom kits, you need to take care with the intakes and the wing to fuselage joints. Some preparation and care will avoid most problems. the newer kit was the upgraded mould with additional parts - e.g. air brakes and re-positioned auxiliary intakes - its wing halves didn't fit together quite as snugly as the RAF FGR.2 that I did last month, but they do fit with a little force. Please excuse the missing pitots on this one - they were there right up until I added the nav -lights! aaaargh.... Not quite worked out how to remedy this yet. The 767 yellow bird decal is somewhat smaller than the Airfix kit; I think Airfix have got it right here. The Royal Navy titles are also suspect - they are much larger than Airfix (& Italeri), but seem to match relative positions on the fuselage - perhaps the badly positioned auxiliary intake is confusing here, or perhaps letter size changed during service? and finally, a group shot of the whole "haunting" set together (numbers count etc....) ! Enough phantoms for now - a Buccaneer (HERMES - 801 Sqn) is nearly ready for decalling! FredT
  8. 76 points
    Hallo, this is my latest Jet built during Lockdown times. The old kit is still worth to build! Added some parts like Aires nozzle and PE parts in the cockpit. Also added complete rivets wich is hard to see. Decals were from Airdoc and colours came from AK Real colours wich appears quite dark, so that I light them up a little bit. Please enjoy the pic’s! Cheers Andy
  9. 76 points
    Evening all, A very enjoyable, if not complex build of a WWII legend, the Boeing B17G, or lesser known as the RAF variant of the Fortress Mk.III. I am not normally a fan of building "non UK built" WWII aircraft, but as my current theme is along the lines of Coastal Command, I couldn't overlook this airframe. Finished out of the box using Tamiya and Vallejo paints, some gun barrels were replaced with Quickboost versions. The base is by Noys Minatures from Hannants and the ground vehicles is Airfix's wonderful Bomber Supply Set. Model was built with the wings detachable in order to allow for better storage.
  10. 75 points
    DH 106 Comet C4 Amodel 1/144 I bought the Amodel Comet 4C intending it to be a simple build to add to my theme of 1960's - 70's RAF aircraft in 1/144 scale. How hard could it be? After all there are just 2 fuselage halves, a 3 piece wing, a fin, a single piece tailplane, and the undercarriage. And then I read this thread going on in the civil section. Suddenly it wasn't so simple. Many thanks to Tommo and Skippiebg who added much useful information. It turned out that the kit is undersized in both fuselage length and wingspan. Anyway, I persevered and stretched the fuselage, and increased the wing area, (the WIP is here), reshaped the nose, and have now finished. It makes a change to see a civil airliner in uniform. The C4 was the the same as the civil 4C and in fact this particular aircraft XR395 was sold to Dan Air and became G-BDIT. I remember seeing it parked up at Blackbushe airfaild in the late 70's, where it was planned to turn it into a cafe/restaurant, but sadly this never happened and it was scrapped at the airfield. Decals are from 26 Decals, and were a pleasure to use. and the finally 'with something else. I'll need to crack on with the VC10now ! This is briefly what was needed to correct the kit, lots of plasticard and milliput: Thanks for looking, John
  11. 73 points
    Howdy all, I can finally ditch my yellowing Fonderie Minatures P-63 effort and replace it at last Latest addition to my Indochina collection, my attempt at AMG`s 1/48 P-63C Kingcobra kit Built 99% from the box contents and finished to represent an aircraft of G.C. 1/5 Vendee, 2 eme Escradrille based at Tan Son Nhut circa 1949 Only changes I made were: replaced the spinner with an Eduard item from the spares box as I thought the shape was better and I couldn`t find photo`s of Indochina........ ....aircraft with a protruding cannon, also used the nose wheel from the old F/M kit and the exhausts which came from an Eduard Airacobra. Sanded the kit propeller tips to a more rounded shape Decals are the kit items and went on beautifully, the bars came from the stash and the instructions imply that they were painted out, but after looking at a few photo`s I could find, to me they just look dirty Hope you enjoy the pic`s, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  12. 72 points
    Martin P6M-2 Seamaster Naval Air Station Harvey Point, North Carolina, 1959 1/72 Mach 2 kit Surely one of the coolest looking aeroplanes of all time, the Seamaster was just a step too far into the field of far-too-expensive-aeroplanes. In some ways it captures the spirit of 1950s military aviation in America in which anything was worth a try. I bought this Mach 2 kit at a good price (£40) last year but really never thought I would build it. Opening the box revealed the size of the beast, but also revealed huge amounts of flash and poorly moulded parts with rough surface finish. Once I had cleaned everything up though (which took a huge amount of time) it actually went together fairly quickly. Not having to bother with an undercarriage helped, but I did have to mould a new canopy because the kit canopy was very thick and completely the wrong shape. The kit included the complex beaching trolley, which is so necessary for flying boats. Cleaning up the parts for this was something else, but it went together OK in the end. Decals were just about usable, but the white parts had yellowed which looked awful against the painted white of the hull. Thankfully I managed to find enough letters and numbers from other sheets to replace them. The previous Mach 2 kit I built was the Valiant, some years before the Airfix release, and the experience was about the same as this, but I did get the same feeling of satisfaction to see it finished.
  13. 71 points
    This is the 1/48 Revell British Legends kit (reboxed Hasegawa). This is my first Revell/Hasegawa Phantom in 1/48 scale. Not my best work but not my worst. I did enjoy building it. Coming off building Tamiya F-16's and F-14's I knew I was in for a challenge so I did alot of dry fitting, sanding and filling etc. Overall, I believe it helped me in certain skills. I still can't believe that this mold is at least 30 years old or more and no other company has a molded FGR.2 in 1/48 scale since the RAF and Royal Navy had so many cool markings and options. I am now a Phantom fan and will be building many of these. This build was OOB and I added the usual sea blur from Coastal kits and cut it down to ft the base which I got at a local art supply store which I stained and colored. i waited almost one month for the decals from Hannants to show up in the mail and they are the Xtradecal RAF Phantom FG.1 and FGR.2 part 4 sheet. The stencils (which were never ending) came from the the kit itself. It had a few options and luckily the right stencils came with the kit. The clear riser is from "Wings or the Great War" which i found on amazon (only available in the US). I am happy with the outcome and learning more as I go. It's nice to get back into building after not doing so since I was a teen. I wanted to represent "Desperation" conducting a patrol over the waters of the Falklands Thanks for looking Fgr.2 by Reginaldo Reyes, on Flickr Fgr.2 by Reginaldo Reyes, on Flickr Fgr.2 by Reginaldo Reyes, on Flickr Fgr.2 by Reginaldo Reyes, on Flickr Fgr.2 by Reginaldo Reyes, on Flickr Fgr.2 by Reginaldo Reyes, on Flickr Fgr.2 by Reginaldo Reyes, on Flickr Fgr.2 by Reginaldo Reyes, on Flickr Fgr.2 by Reginaldo Reyes, on Flickr Fgr.2 by Reginaldo Reyes, on Flickr Fgr.2 by Reginaldo Reyes, on Flickr Fgr.2 by Reginaldo Reyes, on Flickr Fgr.2 by Reginaldo Reyes, on Flickr
  14. 71 points
    Hello all, I hope you all have been surviving lockdown by modelling-on.....this is the second Jug of lockdown. I set about Trumpeters P-47D Razorback version this time and found that the Razorback was a bit more of a drama than the Double top version, I think it maybe a different mould completely. Its a little tricky to get together and line up, but as long as you proceed slowly with the build, you should be fine. I added a few aftermarket pieces, these were the resin wheels by Brassin and the gun barrels set from Master (32115) and I get rid of the metal seatbelts and made my own from masking tape as I can never get the photo etch belts to 'sit' right. Paints were from Gunze Mr Colour range and as ever.....are brilliant. I added some magnets into the wing where the pylons attach, then added some magnets in the pylons so the lower wing is untouched for displaying without the pylons attached or kept clean. So here is aircraft 42-75242 which was flown by Capt Michael Quirk flying for 62nd FS/56th FG, Halesworth. I'll add a link to the Bubbletop..... https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235076868-132-p-47d-miss-firerozzie-deth-ii/&tab=comments#comment-3758317 Thanks for looking
  15. 70 points
    You know how it is when you get a kit that just fights you till the end, well this is one of those. I had reasons for getting this done besides having it next to my Whitley and Wellington (that is being worked on next). Originally this was to be the Valom boxing. That got so far, but I messed up the wing joints and the legendary fit of the clear parts defeated me (even tried the Airfix and falcon versions to see if some combination would work). Then the AZ version with new clear parts came into my possession . This time it would work! There would be no duff wing/fuselage joints! The glazing would fit! ebay provided the torpedo upgrade set! I had the Authentic Decals decal sheet! What could possibly go wrong? Yeh, well, the wings had to come off as I mucked that up again. Chucked a load of filler at it, and called it a fit. After ignoring it for a while I decided it was time to just finish it and be damned. It will grace the collection until airfix or someone does a better version. Even now as I look at the photos I realise I have a) missed the aerial lines off b) not fitted the exhausts! Life............... comments welcome. Tim
  16. 69 points
    Hiya Folks, After building the Special Hobby 1/72nd Sunderland Mk.V, I decided to build the Italeri kit and chose a silver pre war Mk.I. Compared to the SH kit, it is easier to build, BUT the interior is nowhere near as comprehensive and the surface detailing looks more like it belongs on a Hrland & Wolf built ship like the Titanic with giant plates rivetted rogether,.....and not the smooth almost seamless surface of the real thing,..... and this showed up even more on an overall silver finish,.....so much so that after painting the model I went back, filled the seams, sanded it smooth and started again! Here is the WIP in case you are interested; The Italeri kit has a number of problems including the fact that the propellers only represent a handful of later Mk.I`s which were refitted with spinners during the war and many of the decal options feature aircraft that were fitted with the late style rear turret and not the early variant provided in the kit,...... so you will need to do some research. In order to build an early Mk.I I had to use a set of Aeroclub white metal propellers from my rapidly diminishing stock! I chose to depict an aircraft from 230 Sqn based at Seletar in 1938-39 which was named `Sengalor' in Malay on the nose, but as a twist I depicted it in two stages of its pre war existence, one side was in the original October 1938 state with red white and blue roundels and the other was the post `Munich' state where the fuselage roundel was replaced by a red and blue B Type roundel and the MSG codes FV-X were applied, but retaining the name and the 230 Sqn insignia inside the Star shaped frame which denoted the types role as a reconnaissance aircraft. Here is the model; Cheers, Tony
  17. 69 points
    Airfix 1/72 Heinkel He.177A-5 'Greif' 6N+HN of 5./KG 100 1943 Here is another ceiling holding pattern nostalgia build from the 'Kit I built as a kid' Group Build, a kit originally released by Airfix in 1967 which I must have built around the mid 70s. I have built it mainly out of the box with the exception of some scratched extra detail in the typical for the time spartan interior plus a couple of additional parts around the rest of the model. All in all great fun to build and I really enjoyed having a go at mottling for the first time and creating my own masks for the markings (bar the '6N' and the tail marking), I had only a couple of dodgy reference photos and one profile to go on....yes I know never trust a profile! but for the purposes of this GB I was content enough to risk the wrath of the RLM posse. The build thread can be found below: Thanks for looking and as always comments and observations are welcome. Cheers, Mark.
  18. 68 points
    Hi All, Here is my effort at Airfix' excellent Wellington GR MkVIII. Here is the WIP if anybody is interested: The kit was built OOB with only Eduard masks for the glazing (a must for this build!). The aircraft was modelled as HX379 of 172 Sqn, based at RAF Chivenor in 1942. Here's a shot of the actual aircraft: It's far from my best build but I'm not unhappy with the final outcome. I'd highly recommend the kit and to my eyes this is a lovely scheme for the Wimpy! Here's a final shot with her Bomber Command stablemate: Thanks for looking, Roger
  19. 68 points
    Had the TSR 2 not been cancelled in 1965, there were several changes that needed to be made to it, before it entered service. These are all documented changes, and i have tried to incorporate them into this kit to make it as "in service" accurate as I can Starting from the front, these are the mods I have done to the kit The pitot was to have a "bulb" on it much like the later Jaguar. To that end I have fitted a brass Jaguar item. A retractable bolt on refuelling probe was to be fitted to the left hand side (scratch built) The optics of the canopies was not good enough, but no development was done on this, so I have just removed the gold tint, which was a heating element. The instrument panels were scratch built to make them more accurate, and a HUD was fitted. The original plan was for a HUD projecting on the front screen, but they couldn't get that to work, so an American system was to be fitted. I have fitted resin insides to the canopies The 3 strike camera positions were opened up and glazed. The extendable nose leg was found to be unnecessary, so was to be deleted. I removed the extra link from the leg. Metal undercarriage was fitted The forward fuselage to wing "hump" was reduced and the extra vents added (restored?) The intake aux air doors weren't good enough, so a new method was devised, where the whole front edge slid forward to allow more air in. Intakes modified to match drawings. The long range fuel tank was scratch built from 2 off a Boston bomber Master Caster Blue Water missiles fitted to modified F-15 pylons Outer pylons made from modified and inverted F-35 pylons, with home made "rapid blooming windows" pods Brake likes were added to the main legs. The wing tip fuel dumps were thinned down as they were way too thick. The airbrakes were to be vented, like those on the Jaguar. The kit items were drilled out The screw jacks, used to open the airbrakes was to be replaced with a "normal" hydraulic system. Lower airbrakes drooped to represent this system at rest. A one shot arrestor hook was to be added. One found in the spares. Under fuselage strakes were talked about to help stability. Modified F-8 strakes fitted The kit's upper fuselage vents were replaced with resin items. An intake was added to the fin. P/E access ladders fitted (modified to a simpler design, for in service use) Enough reading...on with the photos. DSC_0240 by Paul Carter, on Flickr DSC_0245 by Paul Carter, on Flickr DSC_0259 by Paul Carter, on Flickr DSC_0256 by Paul Carter, on Flickr DSC_0250 by Paul Carter, on Flickr DSC_0255 by Paul Carter, on Flickr DSC_0252 by Paul Carter, on Flickr DSC_0243 by Paul Carter, on Flickr DSC_0251 by Paul Carter, on Flickr 20200721_223751 by Paul Carter, on Flickr 20200620_113700 by Paul Carter, on Flickr 20200620_113715 by Paul Carter, on Flickr
  20. 64 points
    HI all I would like to present a few images of my latest completion. This is the Dragon Me 262 Mistel combination, which has been made more accurate by replacing the standard fighter version of the Me 262 with the glass nosed bomber version from Hobby Boss. I say more accurate, as all the references suggest the use of glass nosed 262 on what is, or is not a hypothetical subject, depending on what books you read. Adapting the Hobby Boss kit to the Dragon kit presented some challenges, but the biggest challenge was ensuring that both airframes had the same dihedral,as there are subtle differences between the two manufacturers. I have elected to paint the bottom (drone) 262 in the earlier grey scheme and show it as one that had been relegated to a non-combat role, thereby making it a suitable candidate in the expendable role, while the carrier 262 is finished in the late war greens. Cheers and thanks for looking Randy
  21. 64 points
    Here's my Tasman (ex-Heller) 1/72 Dragon Rapide, just finished in the A Kit You Built As A Kid group build. I've used Arctic Decals' Railway Air Services decals and the SBS PE rigging set. The decals were excellent and the set included masks and self-adhesive chrome window frames - these went on nicely but the ones on the curved windscreen needed a bit of help from some canopy glue. The PE rigging set was a huge time saver and resulted in much better rigging than I could have achieved without it! Build thread is here. thanks for looking Julian
  22. 63 points
    Hi folks, this is the Dora Wings kit built with couple of mods for the upcoming Airframe Detail No.9. Not an easy one, but definitely looks the 'Lizzie" every inch. Painted with Gunze H and AK Real Colors, markings from the kit - V9287 from 161.sq (SD), Tempsford. Cheers Libor
  23. 63 points
    I started a WIP thread on this one, but ran out of initiative to keep up with posting photos. First a couple shots of the finished kit. Mission Models paint and kit decals for VF-84 CAG. Modified to be displayed in flight. Then the magic part: chicken wire and cotton wool to build a vapor cone as the ship transits the sound barrier. It doesn't look exactly like the reference photos, but I'm really pleased with how it came out! Comments and criticisms welcome. Thanks for looking!
  24. 61 points
    Started in march, in the beggining of Corona lockdown. Heavily modified, all improvements were inspired by excellent article by Carmel J. Attard at Seawings. In short, I completely reworked the engines and cowlings, rescribed the entire model, opened the cockpit and scratch built the interior, scratch built turret and dome, reworked the nose glazing, scratch built the entire beaching gear. All gun barrels were replaced by medical needles. I also scratched the pitot tubes and fuel dump pipes. Painted with Gunze RLM65 and Extra dark Sea Gray. Finished with AK Satin varnish. Stars are from spares, and the large number is from kit decals. All in all, I'm pleased with the result, it's not Trumpeter, but it's good enough for me.
  25. 61 points
    .....and with the profit bought a PIG of a kit! built OOB with no additions except about 3 ton of filler and enough plastic rod and strut to build a small haybarn. Still it was my fault, had the option to buy the Hobbyboss kit but being a tight fisted farmer went for the cheaper option. How it never ended up in the slurry pit l don't know, but some inspiring builds on here made me persevere and guess what, l really began to enjoy myself, it was absorbing trying to get things to fit, working out were things went ( instructions are pants) and after finally getting her over the line feeling a sense of satisfaction rarely felt with a shake and bake kit. Painted with a mixture of Humbrol and Xtracolour. Intruder by peter crossman, on Flickr A6 by peter crossman, on Flickr Intruder by peter crossman, on Flickr Intruder by peter crossman, on Flickr Intruder by peter crossman, on Flickr
  26. 59 points
    This is Contrail's 1/72 vacform of the Miles/HPR Marathon. Decals are by Arctic Decals (awesome service!), props by Aeroclub and paint is Mr Color throughout. The WIP was posted here: Hope you like it!
  27. 58 points
    During the recent "kit you built as a kid" Group Build, it occurred to me of all the kits I built as a nipper, the one I remember most fondly was my Airfix B-17 "A Bit of Lace". This had pride of place on my bedroom ceiling, with Germans attacking from one side and Japanese from the other. Having found the kit in exactly the same box as the one I would have bought at the time, it just had to be done. I have included the build thread below, if you fancy a trip down memory lane. Here are the photos of the completed build and one of the actual aircraft herself, I hope you like them Heres the real thing Finally my thanks to Scott aka @Jinxman for the decals and @Dansk for hosting such an inspiring Group Build. Please let me know what you think. Cheers Pat
  28. 58 points
    Hello, my modeler friends! Now that I have finished this long task at last. A vintage Soviet WW2 Bomber Tupolev Tu-2S in 1/48 Scale from a Chinese company called Xuntong Models. I have never heard of this company until I found this kit and bought it. I think this is quite a young company and has only got a handful of aircraft model kits. The Tu-2 is the medium high-speed bomber of the Soviets during the WW2 and had large internal bomb bay. It can also be used as a torpedo bomber and can even match the speed of some single-engined fighters. It played a major role in the final offensive of the Red Army. The build I experienced is a bit challenging and complicated. Includes many details but they are not crisp like the Eduard's Pe-2 or the Dragon's Bf-110 that I built before. I used many PE parts and scratch upgrades. The major modifications are_ riveting the entire aircraft, cutting out the plastic part and installing the PE Landing Flaps, PE and scratch-detailed engines, scratch detailed seat belts and bomb bay. These are my first to experience this much modification of the original plastic kit. So, of course made some mistakes. But at last, although not perfect, it seems beautiful and I feel satisfied. Hope you guys like it. Happy Modeling!
  29. 57 points
    Special Hobby's 1/32nd scale North American X15 A2 Apart from a few scratch built additions in the cockpit, and a pilot figure from Shapeways (3D printed), it is an out of the box build. Various shades of black, dark greys, and metallic tones from various manufactures. Shapeways X-15 pilot. 3D printed. The version I ordered was the "basic quality" one & higher quality versions are available, for an increased cost. This one was rough, but workable. Head/face replaced with a Hornet Heads resin item. He needed some adjustments to get a better fit in the chair & cockpit. Thanks for looking, Angelo
  30. 57 points
    Greetings! Another old Airfix kit - this time the Boeing 314 Pan Am Clipper - a beautiful machine, but an epic styrene struggle! Many thanks for having a look. Questions and comments always welcome! Bill From the Wilds of the Inland Empire . . . . .
  31. 57 points
    Good evening, dears. It's my next model from exellent Tamiya's kit.
  32. 56 points
    I'm more at home in the armour or the diorama section, but every now and again I build an aircraft or 2. The insignia on both builds are done using paint masks, both aircraft were washed with flory grime. be gentle,
  33. 56 points
    Airfix 1/24 Hellcat. This is a big beast. I used a mask set to do the marking, resin wheels, eduard PE seatbelt and various bits from Anyz models (sparkplugs, pipe connector joints and braided wire). I used the new book from Valiant Wings to open up and add extra details (wiring and scratch made junction boxes) to the area behind the cockpit and radio bay. Also added a couple of strip lights so taht the details can be seen. I also added extra pipework and wiring to the engine compartment. Chipping achieved using the MIg Ammo heaving chipping fluid. 20200724_123830 by Richard Page, on Flickr 20200724_123609 by Richard Page, on Flickr 20200724_123054 by Richard Page, on Flickr 20200724_122939 by Richard Page, on Flickr 20200724_122900 by Richard Page, on Flickr 20200724_122845 by Richard Page, on Flickr 20200724_122752 by Richard Page, on Flickr 20200724_122639 by Richard Page, on Flickr 20200724_122530 by Richard Page, on Flickr 20200724_122524 by Richard Page, on Flickr 20200724_122510 by Richard Page, on Flickr 20200724_122442 by Richard Page, on Flickr 20200724_122433 by Richard Page, on Flickr 20200724_122356 by Richard Page, on Flickr 20200724_122302 by Richard Page, on Flickr 20200724_122251 by Richard Page, on Flickr 20200724_122206 by Richard Page, on Flickr 20200724_122049 by Richard Page, on Flickr 20200724_122916 by Richard Page, on Flickr 20200724_122339 by Richard Page, on Flickr 20200724_122334 by Richard Page, on Flickr 20200724_122214 by Richard Page, on Flickr 20200724_122100 by Richard Page, on Flickr 20200724_122611 by Richard Page, on Flickr 20200724_122601 by Richard Page, on Flickr 20200724_122158 by Richard Page, on Flickr 20200724_122147 by Richard Page, on Flickr Alongside the 1/24 Airfix typhoon 20200724_123302 by Richard Page, on Flickr
  34. 56 points
    It has taken me more than a few years, but with the completion of the Meng F-102 Delta Dagger, I have managed to finish all six jets of the century series. All models are in 1/72 scale. The kits are: Italeri F-100D Super Sabre Hasegawa RF-101C Voodoo Meng F-102 Delta Dagger Hasegawa F-104S/F-104G Starfighter Trumpeter F-105D Thunderchief Hasegawa F-106 Delta Dart Mark Family Portrait
  35. 55 points
    Hi all, Here is my latest completion, the 1/72 scale Albatros D.Va from Airfix. This kit’s moulds date from 1957, making the mould around 63 years old! (that's 24 years older than I am...). This is the boxing from the early 2000s, picked up for $4 at a swap and sell. With this build, I wanted to re-kindle that child like feeling of building something for fun, with minimal modifications, and not a care for accuracy. To correct the ancient Airfix kit's flaws would be to scratch build an entire model. So, in the spirit of fun, I wanted to keep this one largely out of the box. Well, I say out of box, but I couldn't help myself. I made a couple of changes, but these were very basic, limited only to things I just couldn't live with. I added a rudimentary cockpit, replaced the engine and guns (both from Roden), heavily modified the spinner and replaced the spindly kit propeller, sanded and refined the flying surfaces, refined the detail on the wheels, sanded down the raised fuselage panels and re-scribed them (though I did keep the characteristic louvers and rivets on the nose – these are a prominent feature of the old mould, even if not entirely accurate). The model was painted with acrylics, with oil paints used for the ‘wood’ fuselage. The model was painted to represent the markings of a machine from Jasta 4, late 1917. Rigging is from elastic. I also had a little bit of a play with the display base, with a rough attempt to set the model on one of the old early 80’s release boxes (from the era where Palitoy owned Airfix… Palitoy released a number of Airfix kits with box art of the built model on a blueprint, for those that remember – of note, Airfix never re-boxed the Albatros in one of these boxings, so this makes it a little more quirky and unique as a base). As a final bit of fun, I also created a ‘box top’ for what may have been, had Airfix released this one during the Palitoy era in the early / mid 1980s: It was a fun little build, and definitely took me back to the earlier days of my modelling, with a slightly ‘modern’ twist. Feedback, comments and criticisms all welcomed. Cheers, BC
  36. 54 points
    I've finally finished something! It's the Wingman Models limited edition kit (Kinetic plastic parts, some resin goodies, Cartograph decals and Master pitot tube). So it's OOB except for 4x 250kg SAMP bombs from L'Arsenal. Hope you like it, thanks for watching.
  37. 54 points
    Hurricane IIc trop - 34 squadron RAF - SEAC Burma Hasegawa with master barrels, CMK resin, Eduard fishtail exhaust, some scratch details and riveting. I invite you to the photos
  38. 54 points
    I think I’ve finally finished this one. My wife bought it for my birthday as I’d always wanted a Phantom but never got one. After I’d done my quick build on a Novo Hunter, I started on this - for some reason with some trepidation - maybe because of kit reviews on YouTube I found it a long but pleasurable build but had a couple of hiccups along the way - the worst being when I placed the tail fin insignia decal on the right side. I’d already placed the left one which was fine. However, a neighbour knocked on the door as I was placing the right one and in my hurry, I placed it against the forward of the two panel lines instead of the second one. Unfortunately I didn’t notice this until the following morning well after the Micro Sol had done its work. It laid down great - just in the wrong position. I either live with it or remedy it. I tried to peel it off using Sellotape and packing tape but it stuck fast and refused to move. No problem, it thought, I’ll photograph it, paint over it and print a replacement. I wish I’d left it as it was now as it’s far from perfect. I’ll try to remedy the remedial work!?! Any way on to the rest of the 260 odd decals - I think my sanity has returned to normal now - please just don’t mention Phantom Decals! Two crew added from my stash of spares. A couple of touch ups and here we are! A phantom from No 767 Naval Air Squadron, Royal Naval Air Squadron Yeovilton, Somerset, England, 1971. I chose this aircraft as I’d found a picture on Flickr. The owner - David Whitworth - has kindly consented use of this picture. The wing mounted fuel tanks are not glued in as I can’t make up my mind if it looks better with or without.
  39. 54 points
    Here's my rendition of Revell's newer tool Halifax BI/II. Representing a series 1 aircraft, L9613 of 138 Sqn was used for Special Operations, parachuting agents and supplies behind enemy lines. On 28th of December an operation was mounted to drop 3 groups of para-troop's, one of which was 'Anthropoid', a group whose mission was to assassinate the Deputy Reich Protector of Bohemia and Moravia, Reinhard Heydrich. The story of this is easily found on the 'net if you wish to find out the results. The kit went together really well, the only problem I found at the end was the front turret would not fit it's hole! I had to dismantle it and take off all the bottom structure and put the back, bottom with guns and the front, all in separately. I used the AML update set which had the resin radiators, propellers, wheels, tail-wheel guards and intakes. Also decals for this aircraft and BB340 NF-D of the same squadron. As I write this I have realised I haven't attached the PE base-plate and printed Crest below the port side cockpit canopy Paints were my usual Airbrushed Vallejo ModelAir, the Black was 'Ultimate' Black Primer, gloss coat was 'Klear' with Winsor and Newton Galeria Matt varnish airbrushed on. I used the AML camouflage masks for the first time, not bad but are vinyl, so can lift on curves and hard to press into the panel lines resulting in bleed. Saved lots of time masking though. The AML decals went on well, annoyingly I got a bit of silvering in places, worse on the serial codes, despite using my tried and trusted method apllying using 'Klear'. Just restrained weathering, I'm always reluctant to go over the top. A dry-brush with Dark Slate Grey with a large brush over the black, and airbrushed the exhaust stains. Davey.
  40. 53 points
    Hello. Here is my depiction of the very first Ark Royal. I based the model on Airfix's Revenge kit and painted her with acrylics, Vallejo mainly. The scale is 1/144 and length of the model is a little under 45 cm. They say that a change is as good as a break. I was asked to provide a model of this ship by a local museum. I decided to have a try myself, even though I started out knowing next to nothing about the subject. Over the 1-year duration I have learnt an enormous amount, and a large part of that has come from folks on Britmodeller who have given generously of their time and expertise to steer me on the right course. There are many to thank, but I would like to praise @Black Knight and @mdesaxe especially. Please do have a browse through the build thread as there are some interesting topics discussed there. Link to build thread...... https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235057536-ark-royal-circa-1587/ If you find your modelling mojo ebbing or want to try something fresh or to turn your skills acquired in painting wood effects on your Wingnut Wings to something new, then I recommend a galleon. You will have fun, face new challenges, learn new skills and some fascinating history. The end result will look great in your display case. The model will be wall mounted for display and viewed downwards on one side. I chose to support the model on brass rods that pass through gun ports on the blind side of the ship, so the supports will be out of view. Some photos show this arrangement, others show the model on a stand I made for working on the model. Thank you once again to all you folks on Britmodeller who made this project such a worthwhile and fun experience for me. Many thanks for viewing. Why not build one yourself? Pat
  41. 53 points
    Night Owl Models "Up all Night" proudly displays this Great Wall Hobby hand painted digital camouflage Mig-29AS in the Slovakian Air force scheme. Construction details posted in Under Construction forum.
  42. 52 points
    Time for the confession - I finished this model weeks ago but forgot to post an RFI... The build thread is here if you want to see it all come together. It was a great kit, very well designed with plenty of detail. Here are the photos of the finished build: My only issue with this kit was my masking on the canopy. Some liquid mask seeped through a gap and ended up under the canopy; despite my best efforts, I cannot remove the canopy to remove the mask... This canopy is glued on too well! Apart from that I'm happy with the finish. I particularly enjoyed getting to grips with an airbrush and working on the exhaust staining. Any comments and critique welcome!
  43. 52 points
    Whilst on furlough, I had a play around in Photoshop. I don't really know what I'm doing in there, I just press buttons and pull levers until it does something interesting! One of the levers I pulled made some arty changes to the images which looked pretty cool so thought I'd share them as something slightly different yet still RFI photo's. The first two are of the recent FM 1/48 Halifax This one is the Blackbird 1/72 Manchester conversion on the Airfix Lanc This one is the Sanger 1/48 Stirling done last year An old one this, the frog 1/72 Whitley The CMR Lanc B.II Lanc Conversion for the Revell 1/72 Kit The Hasegawa Grandslam 1/72 Another oldie, the Airfix 1/72 Halifax in 347Sqn markings Another Blackbird conversion, the 1/72 Lincoln The Italeri Stirling as McRoberts Reply Yet another oldie, the airfix 1/72 Stirling And another from this years output, the Airfix 1/72 Lanc straight out of the box Hope it's brought something a little bit different. Thanks for looking Neil
  44. 52 points
    Hello modelers. I'm posting an image for the 1st time here. Hope it works.
  45. 52 points
    It´s a Viper...but just not any Viper but a Viper that was part part of one of the USAFs attempts to replace the A-10 as the USAF main CAS plattform. It did not turn out well and the A-16 was not to be as it was a way to delicate for a powerful 30mm gatling gun. Nothing tells the story of the CAS Viper and the GAU-13 gun better than this article: https://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/the-f-16-gun-pod-that-tried-to-shoot-down-the-a-10-wart-1597577525 A Viper in wraparound Euro-1 was simply irresistable so armed with a Tamyia F-16C block 25, Aires exhausts, seat and Caracals CAS Viper decal sheet, a GPU-5 gun pod from the hasegawa weapon set and Rockeyes, Sidewinders and Mavericks from Eduard, I set out to build a true CAS Viper! The first hurdle to overcome was the Pave Penny pod, the pylon attached to ithe air intake was no where to be seen until I found a resin set for a IAF Netz conversion from wolfpack. It is the only source for this Pave Penny pod needed for this build just so you know The second hurdle was that I got plagued by silvering on the Caracal decals...not their fault, somehow skimped on the surface work or something I tried fixing it but to no avail..the decals decided to stay silvered Other than that....Tamyia Vipers are fantastic to build, just so you know if you never tried one OKi here comes the picture avalanche Cheers!
  46. 52 points
    Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my 1/72 Airfix C-47 Dakota, built with the addition of Eduard photo etch, Airwaves Boarding ladder and Xtradecal markings for an aircraft of 89th TCS, 438th TCG, based at Greenham Common in August 1944. At that time the b/w D-Day stripes were already overpainted on the upper surfaces. I painted the model with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics. All photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. Thanks for your interest in this topic, best greetings from Vienna! Roman
  47. 51 points
    This is the Hasegawa A6M5 1/48 kit with some Eduard etch seat belts with the decals from Rising Decals Dying Sun sets. The kit itself was rescued from the shelf of doom, I can't remember why it was put there as the model itself isn't bad. The decals are also top notch. ATAIU-SEA stands for Allied Technical Air Intelligence Unit -South East Asia and a number of Japanese aircraft wore these markings post war while being the subject of evaluation by the RAF. I believe that the centre section of this aircraft is now in the Imperial War Museum and the only section of the ATAIU's aircraft to survive.
  48. 51 points
    Hi all, Here are the pictures of my recently (last month) finished Project. This is 1/32 PCM Spitfire Mk.14c with the markings of “RB159 DW-D” flown by Sq. Ldr R A Newbery from No 610 squadron in September 1944. This is built OOB except for Barracudacast cockpit door and wheels. I have used Gunze Sangyo acrylics . Happy modelling
  49. 48 points
    HIC SUNT DRACONES (Here be Dragons) And here is one of the two Sea Dragons, the one that -as stated in the building article- flew between Colonia (Uruguay) and Buenos Aires (Argentina) over the Río de la Plata, between 1939 and 1940. The life of the plane ended in an accident as one engine quit on take-off, but fortunately without casualties. I was fortunate (and grateful) to find this page: -see there point 5) http://aeronavescx.blogspot.com/2011_01_09_archive.html The post describes (in Spanish) the history of this airline and plane. The companion Dragon is nesting here: For more information please visit the building thread: There wasn't much graphic material regarding this subject, just barely enough to be able to build the model. The floats as you know if you have read the construction thread are the ones that come with the Matchbox/Revell Norseman, BUT they have to be modified to render a more accurate representation; as they are, they won't do (even for a regular Norseman, by the way, their shape is wrong and they lack the bottom flutes). The modifications needed to build a Sea Dragon are: 1) Getting or fabricating the floats, either EDO or Fairchild, depending on what subject is being modeled. But there are no accurate options for those in the market, so you have to adapt/modify what there is available. 2) Modification of the bottom of the engine nacelles, fairing the location of the landing gear according to photos. Beware that these modifications differed from one another, depending on the float used and particular machine. 3) Reshaping the fin extending it as per photos. 4) Researching and fabricating all the associated float struts. 5) Adding a mirroring door on the other side. 6) Deleting/painting over back windows, depending on photos. 7) Reducing the number of seats. Modifying exhausts to match photos (they vary) 9) Modifying props as needed (some were Fairey-Reed, others seem to be wooden ones of a brand I can't tell) Now, wouldn't you like to have an accurate set of EDO Yd 6470 / Ya 6235 or Fairchild 5500 floats available as a conversion set, for this and other projects? (Aftermarket industry: wink-wink, nudge-nudge?) The venerable Heller kit was used, and decals as usual were commissioned from Arctic Decals, that delivered an excellent product. Uruguay and Argentina have a common historical root, but have evolved in slightly different ways. It could be said the Uruguayans are better Argentineans Shuttling between the countries across the Río de la Plata is extremely common, and many aviation companies throughout the years have provided that service, since the beginning of commercial aviation in those countries. If you would forgive the mention of personal experiences here, one of the reasons I chose to build this Uruguayan example is this: as some of you know, I was born in Argentina. I went to the neighboring Uruguay many times, always being treated splendidly and enjoying my visits very much, as the country's hospitality, good manners, and calm demeanor are legendary. I went the first time as a kid on a school trip, and stayed at the house of a fellow primary school student. His father was a teacher, his mother a loving hostess, and that family was extraordinarily kind to me. Pity I don't see fellow BMers from Uruguay here among us. My first airplane travel to Uruguay when I was 2 or 3 years old was in a Vickers Viscount. A project for another day. I hope you enjoy this little known piece of South American aviation history, and a Dragon in an uncommon guise.
  50. 48 points
    This is the 1/72 Sharkit resin-and-vacuform kit of the Edgley Optica. It's a pretty basic kit, and even to build the yellow G-BGMW prototype (which is what the kit is intended for) it would benefit from some detailing inside the cockpit and at the rear of the ducted fan nacelle. But I wanted to reproduce the Optica that flew in the cult-but-dire movie Slipstream (1989). This needed some modification of the prototype version: an extension to the upper nacelle and elevator trim tab, shrouds on the undercarriage, an overhead control box and wider instrument panel in the cockpit, flow directors on the upper wing surfaces ... in addition to the necessary pitot tube, sundry aerials, landing lights, a stone guard on the front wheel, control columns and rudder pedals, and rear support struts for the engine. And some other bits and bobs. In addition, I printed up decal sheets to reproduce, as best as I could, the feathered patterns on wings and nacelle, and the odd symbol on the tail. Build log is here: It's a resolute tail-sitter, with no room for added weight in the very open and thin-floored cockpit. I've made no effort to photographically conceal the short transparent rod that props up the back of the nacelle. Edited to add: here are a few views on the Coastal Kits "Abandoned Airfield" display base, which arrived in the post today.
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