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  1. 156 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. 87 points
  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. 70 points
    Afternoon all - well, it's finally finished. Here's the new Eduard kit, converted to a MK II using the old MDC set - which needed a wee bit of love and the odd stiff talking to, to work Finished as the MV416 XC-D, the CO's aircraft from 26 squadron, Zwelteg 1947. Paint is Tamiya with oil wash and weathering, finale finish W&N Galleria matt. Decals from a selection of codes and kit. Alas the squadron crests on the fin are spurious- Mr Chris Thomas confirmed this with photos he sent - and I suspect the drop tanks should also be silver - but MSG was too good to resist for contrast. Tank & RP load is accurate - although the RPs do locate very close to the drop tanks - which shows in photos but is still a bit tight ( if I did one again I'd nudge the RPs out just a tad) I was always a bit "meh" about the MkII thinking it aesthetically the poor relation to the Sea Fury with it's flatter fuselage lines. But it's grown on me and I now think it rather sleek in a greyhound sort of way. Hope you like her - please comment as you see fit. Jonners
  8. 62 points
    This is the one that's broken my slump (I Hope)... started just Before Christmas, and finished in time for this years Bolton show. Nice kit, but not without a few issues. Finished with MRP paints, which are a joy to use. So here's the pics..... All comments welcome, just waiting for traffic warden... cheers DaveH
  9. 59 points
    A tribute to Belgian pilots, often forgotten. This is the mount of Remi Van Lierde. One of the top V1 killer. Series 2 mold has corrected almost all the defaults of the first batch of the series 1 and is very agreeable to build. Hope you'll like her Cheers Pierre
  10. 59 points
    Hi folk's built for the Vertol GB here on BM,Airfix's ancient kit which has to be over forty year's old now.Picked it up init's eighties boxing after it's conversion to a snap fit kit where they ruined an already awful cockpit so this kit is for nostalgia lover's only Fujimi do a much superior kit in 1/72. Thank's for looking. First the glazing you have to work with if you need to build one!
  11. 58 points
    Its been a while since I have posted an RFI (work, travel and children!), but here is the 1:48 KittyHawk SU-22M4 Fitter. Not a kit to cut your teeth on, but certainly not as bad as some of the online reviews would have you think. My biggest issues were: The multi-part fuselage (take your time and try not to introduce an error, ask me how I know!). Wing Fences needed a little bit of dry fitting, trimming and fettling (not that difficult). Pylon locations were indistinct and the instructions were vague and missing detail. Jet pipe was too long, easy enough to cut out a section. Nose cone has no wedge shaped splitter, either FOD guard it or use AM. However there are some very good bits in regards to the kit, the wing fit was exceptional. Huge selection of stores and a plethora of potential options for users both in the kit decals and aftermarket. Aftermarket used: Eduard Interior 49829 Eduard Brassin B-8M1 Rocket pods and pylons 648 041 CWS nose cone Wolfpack resin seat Master Pitot (very, very fragile) and Model Maker decals and stencils (really thin and lots of stencils, instructions got a bit vague with the high numbered stencil identification but they are reccomended) Paints were Gunze with levelling thinners, oils used for cockpit, seat details, wash and weathering. I have been informed since taking the pictures that the dorsal spine blade aerial has been updated, so that's a minor job for later this week to scratch and correct.
  12. 58 points
    Hello, my latest achievement an EF-18M kinetic 1/48, Tiger meet 2016, decals ModelMaker D48090 Best Regards
  13. 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
  14. 56 points
    Hi all, Another off the production line, and this time it is my conversion of a Trumpeter F-105D to a B-model, allowing me to build another test machine, F-105B-5-RE 54-0107 (the 3rd F-105B built). She is built to depict her when she was operated by the ARDC as part of the Wright Air Development Center. At that time she was used for, at least, cold weather trials in Alaska in the late 1950s, and went on to spend her entire career as a test machine, finishing her days as a preserved machine at Lackland AFB, Texas. I recorded her there during a repaint in May 1979. She is still there, as far as I know. My build WIP is here for the background on how I got to where I am now with her. What did I do/use? Well: 1. Kit – Trumpeter F-105D 1/72 and nose from Hasegawa F-105B 2. Aftermarket – Aires seat and wheels, pitot from a Master MIG-21PF 3. Paints – All Humbrol - 27002 Polished Aluminium, 155 Insignia Red, 60 Scarlet, 3 Green, 130 Satin White (I had not Matt at the time), 140 Gull Grey, 33 Matt Black, 155 Olive Drab, 191 Chrome Steel, 121 Stone, 27003 Polished Steel, 226 Interior Green, plus ModelMaster International Orange. I have to thank @Giorgio N for his help producing the paint masks. 4. Decals – Xtradecal National insignia, a mix of kit and Microscale stencil and warning markings, Home printed the lettering and numbers (many thanks to @Rob de Bie) and the unit badges. Black walkway lining from Xtradecal. 5. Panel lining and general dirtying – Tamiya Weathering Powders and Flory Dirt. Again, like my Voodoo, I tried to dirty the NMF to show use and the grime picked up over time. Certainly there is one image on line showing her polished for an air show, but I wanted to show her as she would have been day to day. I’m not convinced that I got there, with the Flory Dirt adhering too much to the NMF in places. Unfortunately once done there is no way back other than a repaint! I guess I’m never 100% happy! I hope you like her. Certainly for any of you wanting a B-model this is an easy way to go. Martin
  15. 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..
  16. 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.
  17. 53 points
    Hi all. Here is one of the two finished builds from 2018. It is Eduards rather nice Airacobra kit as a Weekend Edition build out of the box with aftermarket seat belts from Eduard. My P-400 is finished in the colors from the 67th FS/ 347th FG on Henderson Airfield, Guadalcanal, 1942 using the decals from the kit and some from Hasegawa. This was my last RAF aircraft type build using a blue tinted color for RAF Dark Green. I have also followed the painting instructions of Airfixs P-40C kit which recommends Humbrol HU 129 pale gray as Du Pond RAF Color. The biggest error was to put not enough weight in the nose so my Cobra needed "wheel chocks". Beside this i am quite happy with it and i hope you like this one as well. The photos were taken today between rainshowers outside. Cheers Bernd
  18. 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
  19. 51 points
    Here with my recently finished Italeri 1/32 Mirage IIIE What can I say about this kit? Well I love Mirages and particularly the Mirage III. If I didn't, this kit would be in the bin! Soft and sometimes incomplete surface details. The surface is rough. The instructions are unclear in a number of areas. The nose cone in particular and some other major parts are poorly fitting - in fact I would go so far as to say the nosecone is an appalling fit for a modern kit! The wheels are a joke - the tread on the main wheels, well, what there is, bears no resemblance to the real thing. I wasn't helped by a strangely moulded canopy which didn't even start to fit and was strangely flexible (Italeri did replace this after an argument). The afterburner area is horrible! The indicated position of the holes to mount the underwing fuel tanks are in the wrong place and if, like me, you choose the large 1700l tanks, they foul the U/C doors. I filled and repositioned after much swearing. The sprue with the ECM pods on has some weird short shot areas, luckily on the inside, out of sight (though I am going to tackle Italeri again for some replacements). I certainly didn't find this easy. I was going to use some Berna decals and build something a little different but ultimately, the kit did not seem worth it to me so I went with the kit decals which worked superbly - but some of the decals are horribly over-scale and unreallistic. In the end, it looks quite nice but I am truly fed up with it now so I'm calling it finished. I did intend to do some more weathering/chipping etc and I may go back to it later. I replaced the nose probe with a Master turned one and I replaced the wheels with IIIC ones from Eduard which luckily include the later E type brakes. So without more ado - some pictures (And yes, I do need a bigger base LOL!) Cheers Malcolm
  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. 49 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
  22. 48 points
    This is the Authentic Airliners 1/144 scale MD-11. Anyone who has built an AA model can testify that this is not an average model, nor do they take a routine process to finish. The solid resin casts present unique issues that are challenging in their own right, but with patience and persistence return great reward. This is my first AA build. I’ve wanted to build an MD-11, in particular the AA kit, and thoroughly enjoyed learning a “new” process that took me outside of the usual “box” of model airliner building. I decided before beginning that I would finish her in the early Delta Air Lines “widget” livery, choosing in particular N801DE. This MD-11 began her life with Delta in 1992, outfitted with a cheat line stripe on her #2 tail mounted engine, which stood out as “different” than her sisters in the fleet. I am not aware of any subsequent MD-11s at Delta that carried that cheat line. She led a distinguished life at Delta, flying from Atlanta to Osaka, Brussels, London, Frankfurt, among many others, as well as some domestic routes. At some point, she was painted in the newer Delta “stripe” scheme before she was retired and stored for a while at Montreal. She began flying again for World Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, then again for World, and finally ending up at UPS, where she was outfitted in 2008 as an MD-11F. She STILL flies today as a freighter! In fact, as I write this biography, she is actually (in real time) flying as N294UP (under UPS livery) from Dallas-Ft. Worth to Ontario, California! She's painted with Tamiya TS-26 white, Alclad Chrome and Duraluminum, household enamel that was blended especially for the wings and fuselage fairings. I used 26 laser printed decals for the livery and some of the details, Authentic Airliners 3D windows and details, some Nazca decal details, and .06mm red model train lenses for position and navigation lights. Hope you enjoy the pictures! There is detailed post in WIP of the building process of the model…you can access it here:
  23. 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.
  24. 48 points
    Finally staggered over the finish line with this which was started almost one year ago as part of the RAF Centenary GB. Only missed the deadline by a few months or so . This is the Airfix 1:48 Defiant which needs no introduction. I found the fit was generally all very good, though putting the turret in was rather tight. The plastic is very soft and I managed to break one of the aerial masts while trying to sand it, though managed to stick it back together ok. Aftermarkets were Quickboost resin exhausts, Master .303 barrels and Eduard PE set. I replaced the tip of the pitot tube with some brass tube. I also added rivet detail using a Rosie Riveter as the Airfix plastic looked very bare indeed. Decals were from the kit except for the aircraft identification codes which were from an old FCM Battle of Britain set I bought ages ago during my modelling wilderness years. They just about behaved themselves. Paints were MRP. I'm still very much experimenting with paints being new to airbrushing. I'm not wholly convinced by the MRP DG/DE/Sky colours. This marks the completion of build #3 since I returned to the modelling fold, so i feel I am still learning a lot with each build an adapting my technique and style with each one. There are plenty of mistakes and things I would do differently next time, but this is all part of the learning experience. So far I haven't got round to posting pics of builds #1 and #2 (a very heavily battered Tamiya Corsair and an Ebbro Tyrrell 003), so this is my first RFI... The build log is here should anyone be interested: Thanks for looking, Mark.
  25. 48 points
    Not everyone's cup of tea but I do like my toys and so when I started building this I thought I'd try livening it up when I stumbled upon the Magic Scale Modelling site, specifically this kit: https://www.magicscalemodeling.com/shop/DH-98-Mosquito-Motors-%26-Lights-set-1-32-%26-1-24-p81830358 6 months elapsed, and I had a lot of help along the way from Richard at Magic Scale Modelling, a lot of it down to my incompetence, and along the way he sent me the prototype of the new control board with the twin sound speakers, and I'm informed this is the first build using it. In hindsight I should have practiced this on an easier kit like the Revell one first, and realising the vandalism and fettling I needed to do on those beautiful Tamiya engines made me want to cry. I made lots of mistakes along the way which meant that a few aspects of the kit itself haven't been fully done justice! One key example is I ended up with the belly doors closed in order to accommodate the control board, but in retrospect doing it again I'd find room in the rear fuse... but then again it's ready for takeoff isn't it, so the doors would be closed anyway! I'm not happy with the fir of the cowl panels and the props aren't quite true either but by and large I'm happy with it. I've linked the videos to my Youtube page as I can't seem to share videos from Flickr. (I know i need to tidy up those wires but I'm waiting for some extensions to hide them underneath my eventual wooden base). I hope you like it.
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