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  1. 71 points
    When I showed pictures of some of my models on the ceiling @perdu commented "…wouldn't it be splendid to see the stately Sunderland flying in formation with her latter-day successor?" As John Luke would say, "Make it so". So I did. The usual extended and detailed WiP, including some great reference material (thanks all) is here. As it's Christmas Eve I thought I'd do a hasty RFI - I hope you like it The internals are, of course, now invisible, but I included 'Bill's Dad' adjusting the bombs on the rack: Merry Christmas all!
  2. 62 points
    Good evening everyone, This is Tamiya’s superb IL2. I had previously built Eduards kit and really enjoyed that, to the extent that I didn’t really see how it could be improved . However having heard good things about this particular kit, I decided to give it a go. What a blast. People have said that it’s a well engineered kit. No kidding. As ever, everything fell together, tolerances were precise and everything just clicked into place. Amendments to the kit included putting flat spots on the tyres, replacing the wing cannon and machine guns with hollow tube and aerial wire from Uschi. The paints are a mixture of Mr Hobby and Tamiya, with fine details picked out with Vallejo. There is some shading and chipping on. Tamiya supply a set of masks for the windows that you need to cut yourself. They worked really well and I was more than satisfied. They also provide a decal for the seat harness but I went with an Eduard belt for a more 3D look. Nothing beats Eduards buckles for setting of a cockpit. The decals were a mixture of out of the box and the remainder of the Cartograph sheet from the Eduard boxing. Fair to say that I was pleased with this. Thanks for looking. Rick
  3. 56 points
    Hi all. I recently finished the long awaited F-14D by AMK. It is a lovely kit with loads of oprions. The model was built straight from the box, apart from a Master pitot tube. Alclad black primer and Gunze Aqueous paints were used to finish the model and Abteilung oil paint for weathering. The decals and weapons used are included in the kit. Thank you for watching.
  4. 44 points
    Hi all, I joined this forum yesterday and I would like to present to you my last finished model: F-4J Diamond Backs by Academy. I am still struggling with the upload of photos, I hope for the best! Merry Christmas Volker
  5. 43 points
    The final Luftwaffe subject in my stash (for now) has just been completed - FineMolds Me410. A nice kit that went together well with some fine detail. Finished with Vallejo Model Air over grey Stynylrez primer and sealed with Winsor & Newton matt varnish. PJ Productions crew look happy with it: Bombs posed with wire: From the WiP, showing the details of the kit internals: WiP thread:
  6. 43 points
    Following on from the WIP thread for this kit, here are photos of the completed model VP974, 11 Gp CF, Ouston, 1961 (3) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr VP974, 11 Gp CF, Ouston, 1961 (5) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr VP974, 11 Gp CF, Ouston, 1961 (10) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr VP974, 11 Gp CF, Ouston, 1961 (17) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr VP974, 11 Gp CF, Ouston, 1961 (19) w by Philip Pain, on Flickr It is finished as a DH.104 Devon C.1 , VP974, of 11 Group Communications Flight at RAF Ouston, Northumberland in 1961. It had previously served with 13 Group CF which was at Ouston from 1955. In the late 1960's VP974 was converted to a Devon C.2 in which role it served until scrapped in 1980. Thanks for looking.
  7. 42 points
    Used the last day of my chrismas holidays to complete these 2 planes, I have use decals from Super Scale, otherwise build out of box, and it is nice set fit is good goes nicely together. Cheers Jes
  8. 38 points
    Hi all. This is already my second Tamiya P38 even though it was only just released. I couldn’t help doing it a second time since I really enjoy the kit and it’s arguably my favourite WW2 fighter. This time I decided to do the second variant provided by the kit, the P-38F “White 33”, 39thFS, 35th FG, 5th AF. Thanks for looking and Merry Christmas everyone.
  9. 33 points
  10. 33 points
    Here is my last model of 2019, a P-38G from TAMIYA at 1/48. More pics After publication... I take this opportunity to wish you a very happy holiday season!
  11. 32 points
    Cavalier F-51D 67-22581, c. 1968 Airfix 1/72 F-51D kit, with scratchbuilt addition of second seat in place of rear fuel tank, and extended fin. Overall Xtracrylix ADC Grey, and decals from the spares box. Justin
  12. 30 points
    Hello Dears ! Now, That's the last one for 2019 !! So, let's go to Kai Tak in September October 1951... The lady is surely shy, given the last minute glitches that has occured !! But, I can call her finished and I'm reasonably glad. The Airfix kit in Eduard boxing is a great and good deal !! The resin interior has been corrected by Aires and is far easier to use than the first outing ! (The one I used on my Seafire .47 as an example....) I like that big nose and the Barracuda prop' blades look far better !! An pic of the beastie the day they arrive at Kai Tak... In september, they received the black and white stripes to avoid any shooting from the trigger happy cow boys from the colonies... However, they did'nt flow over Korea, they were involved... Patrolling the chinese border... As usual, I worked my interiors They were not all repainted in black, so I elected to let her in interior green, The shade seen on the pics is not darker enough methink ! I think that I should have painted the seat in interior green too, but it was too late ... Cockpit was already buttoned up ! And I also elected to let her as clean as possible, so No Woosh thingies or fuel tanks of any sorts !! I also changed the wheels, but I don't remember where I picked it up... The canopy is a Falcon one since the original one did'nt fitted the plane at all.
  13. 30 points
    As promised and before Santa comes down the spout! Here's the WiP thread...It was an easy build with a few areas that needed some mild opening up/reshaping/thinning...I have another one fo these AVIS kits, the civilian aircraft, and I will get to it someday. Happy Christmas everyone! and a wonderful New Year! Here's some pictures...
  14. 30 points
    P-51 D "beuteflugzeug". Old 1/32 nd Revell.
  15. 27 points
    I Made this 1/32 italian Air Force F-104s maintenance diorama starting from the Italeri model, I added a lot of detail using commercial add-ons but also a lot of scratchbuilt ones, expecially inside the plane. All was made using real pictures and books as reference. You will find the RAT, and the fuel pipes on the back of the plane and many other all around the plane you can find in the detail pic. I've made new carts and ladders and other details around the diorama. The scenery was made using photo-paint and printer.
  16. 27 points
    It seems that I have forgotten to post this one, from more than 2 years ago, so here it goes: (the WiP is here: Here is this sleek and long neglected by the industry Italian speed record breaker that still holds its title for the category many decades later: The model was photographed without beaching trolley, since there is none available at this point. When the aftermarket industry comes up with one, I'll re-photograph the model. For other seaplanes I built I made the trolleys, but I am sure someone will come up with one sooner rather than later: Beware that the box represents the plane without the aft fuselage belly surface radiator, but it is engraved on the kit. The plane flew with and without it, depending on the ambient temperature (season). What I did like about this kit: -The very appealing subject, until now ill-represented by the industry. -The sturdy box. -Not a single part arrived broken, unlike other resin kits, thanks to the good thinking on part of SBS adding features on the casting blocks to protect the parts and bagging them properly. -The casting is flawless, spectacular. -The detail is truly amazing. -The engineering is good...mostly. -The decals are good and gave no problems. -The instructions are good, but with a couple minor tiny glitches -The aftermarket P.E. steel set* has the right rigidity; you may like to enlarge those locating holes just a bit on the model, as primer and paint build up. What could be improved: -The potentially problematic super-fine texture of the wing radiators, that has to be dealt with using the right approach, otherwise problems may ensue. -The lack of a guide to get the floats parallel and at the correct distance of one another. This could have been obtained either with an aftermarket beaching trolley or a very simple four-part resin jig, or even a pattern for the modeler to make his own jig, or just a 1/72 scale top view. SBS missed the ball here. -The not so good way the back legs attach to the fuselage (they attach very well to the floats, though) -*It would have cost nothing to include one spare P.E. rigging wire length. If you lose one, or mess-up one, you are in trouble. I understand that SBS released another version of this plane (there were three of them built, two were destroyed) and some were modified during their lives). Beware that the subject represented here is not in the same finish of the one currently at the Vigna Di Valle museum in Italy -with black exhausts, a long metal plate on the sides and intake duct in black-, but the plane at a different stage of its life.
  17. 26 points
    As finished in the 1/72 "Lift Here" Models Piper Enforcer build, here are the final pics: Thanks for looking. Ed
  18. 26 points
    Thanks hendie - She is a 'sturdy bird' Thanks Adrian Thanks John, very kind of you to say so Thanks Chris - good to see the real thing had slightly wobbly aerials too! I still think the PE is too thick but hey ho, it's all done now: Once the glue's fully dry and my hands have stopped shaking I'll go around again and straighten up if needed, but here she will sit until after the festivities: BTW, the girls both bought me home a tube of orange Smarties (my favourites) and look at the cap: That might come in. Vortex generators for example? Have a great Christmas everyone!
  19. 25 points
    Well another modelling year has come to an end. This year I have produced a respectable (IMHO) 9 completed kits, 7 aircraft and 2 pieces of armour, all in 1/48. My favourites were the M1A2 Abrams and the F-15E . Anyway without further adieu here they are 1/48 Tamiya Jagdtiger - Vehicle No. 323, 3rd Company, 653rd Heavy Anti Tank Battalion, March 1945 This was built for the NSW Scale Model shows Panzer tracks trophy. Whilist it dind't place there it did take out the trophy at he annual club awards which was nice. Typical Tamiya, a great build experience. 1/48 Tamiya M1A2 Abrams - 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment (US) Troop Leader B-66 B Troop "Bandit" 1st Squadron 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment (US) Operation Iraqi Freedom 2003 This is one of my two favourite models of the year. Iw as really happy how it turned out. I really hope Tamiya do more modern armour in 48 scale. (I have heard rumours of a T-55 next year) 1/48 Airfix Hawker Sea Fury - 808 Sqn RAN This was built for the NSW Scale Model shows Airfix Cup. A pretty straight forward build although I did use a Barracuda cowl and home made masks for the codes. 1/48 Hasegawa Junkers JU-87G-2 Stuka Built to get it out from the stash. To be honest this kit is showing it's age and is a bit of disappointment detail wise. All the markings were masks made from copying the decal sheet. Another 1/48 Airfix Hawker Sea Fury - 808 Sqn RAN Yeah this is another one. Built as a commission job. The pilot who flew this was a WW II veteran who unfortunately lost his life in this machine over Korea. The Hockey Oval at HMAS Albatross is named to commemorate him 1/48 Eduard Hawker Tempest - 486 (NZ) Sqn RAF This was built as a review build for the The Modelling News. Great kit except for the flaps section which requires a bit of filling and re-scribing. 1/48 Special Hobby Fairy Firefly Mk I - 1771 Sqn FAA Always loved the FAA paint scheme. This aircraft was flown a kiwi who lost his life, along with this observer, attacking the Tirpitz. not easiest kit to build with the clear parts being a particular challenge. . 1/48 Revell F-15E Strike Eagle - 336th Fighter Squadron Operation Iraqi Freedom Only jet this year. I'm really happy how this turned out. it really adds some presence to the cabinet. My favourite aircraft build this year. 1/48 Airfix Hawker Hunter F.6 - Central Fighter Establishment RAF The last completion for 2019. Airfix's excellent new Hunter kit. A really simple straightforward, and enjoyable build. If you've got this far and are interested in seeing any more images of a particular model the title links to my blog post with that model
  20. 25 points
    Straight from the box with a Pavla interior
  21. 25 points
    Hello all, Here's my last build of the year. It's the 2002 Revell rebox of the Hasegawa Harrier GR.7 in 1/72. As it turned out it's more like an AV-8B with a new nose part, which doesn't make it quite a GR.7. I added an aftermarket (undersized, sadly) seat from Pavla, Aires exhausts, and Air Graphics BOL rails. I also scratchbuilt the ECM/RWR/whatever things they are at the tail fairing. Painted with Hataka lacquers, which was a nice experiment, and used the kits decals. I decided to paint some bits in the older green colours after finding these nice photos of a base visit in 1997 http://www.hottail.nl/basevisits/1997/1117-Laarbruch/Index.html I hope you like it. Thanks for watching, merry Christmas and best wishes for the new year.
  22. 24 points
    Hi A tiny tiny model from five star model. Very funny and agreeable to build. have a nice day Pierre
  23. 24 points
    The colour film in this link covers the story of the Royal Review,....... the numbers of aircraft and men involved are mind boggling; https://www.forces.net/services/raf/our-archive-raf-coronation-review-1953
  24. 24 points
    What a kit! Rough does not some it up. Thick plastic. Loads of moulding defects. Poor fit. A lot of filler and sanding required. Very grainy surface. Absolute;y loved building it ! It was almost like making an early resin kit, with lots of surface imperfections and a lot of part preparation. I don't know why I went for an airliner, not usually my thing, but a change is a good as a rest. Thanks for looking Angelo.
  25. 23 points
    FM Models 1/48 Breguet Alize I commenced the build in March 2018 and have just completed it - as I said in the WIP it is an older limited run kit so you need to be prepared to put a bit of work into it to get a nice model but saying that it is the only 1/48 Alize available although pretty hard to find one now.. I have always found the Alize an interesting aircraft and this kit sat in my stash for years until I saw an excellent build by Mssr Gaudart on a French website Master194.com - unfortunately the build has disappeared from that website which is a shame as it had a lot of useful reference photos as well as informative build of his model. I did a lot of modifications to the kit and scratch built the wing fold rather than use the resin wing folds that came with the kit - all detailed in the WIP. BERNA decals were used to finish her as number 17 of Flottille 4F in the type A camouflage scheme Alize service history & information on the aircraft can be found here - http://www.ffaa.net/aircraft/alize/alize.htm Happily there is still an airworthy Alize in France & plenty of photos of the aircraft easily found on the internet via Google - there are several preserved examples in various museums. The Alize model photos are the best I could do on my iPhone. WIP LINK - https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235035388-fm-breguet-alize-the-gallic-gannet-rfi-posted/ CJP
  26. 22 points
    This one has been on the bench for a while. Pretty much out of the box, other than metal barrel and Friul Model tracks (as I couldn't face the ones in the kit!) Happy Holidays everyone. I hope that Santa brings you everything you asked for Comments/critique/suggestions gratefully received
  27. 22 points
    Thanks Tom, much appreciated.....but you set me up there! See what I mean? So, pausing (and there may have been a few of them in this build ) work on the cockpit for a mo’ - time to add the fuselage strakes I made a little while ago (first ham fisted attempts at soldering you may recall.......) Calls for a Jig methinks - to set the angles The soldered mounting pins slotted neatly into drilled ‘oles and secured with thin cyano. Ideal job for thin cyano actually; with capillary action taking it into the holes and along the join between the strake and the fuselage. Neat enough: Which brings us back to flanges (I presume that all innuendo has been exhausted?).... The strakes (like the wing fences) are secured to the aircraft with riveted flanges. Protruding headed rivets into the fuselage and recessed rivets into the strake. Thought I’d have a bash - just for the fun of it like Rivet counters may look away now - I’m aiming for an impression of the real thing rather than exact reproduction (the fuselage side of the flange actually has a double row of rivets - but that just wasn’t practicable, so a single row it is........sorry...........now forget I said that ) Wasn’t sure whether to make them from plastic or brass. So tried both. Rivet wheel on 0.1mm Tamiya plastic paper - and also on scrap brass, the thickness of which I can’t remember - but I think the technical term is ‘thin’.... Before: After: Cut to as thin a strip as possible (many efforts ending up in the bin.....): Brass looked nice; but was more difficult to handle, cut, straighten, glue. So used the plastic ones: Fuselage flange - putting my faith in Gator’s Grip for this job ()....Looks like a touch more is needed under the rear end....(unforgiving these macro piccies in’t they?) Airbrake dry fitted (you often see the airbrake on parked hawks having drooped a few inches and that’s the look I’ll aim for): Should look fine. I think the internals of the airbrakes in them days were Light Aircraft Grey - but I need to double check that. Strake flange; just laid in position at the mo’, the next job is to glue it in place. The plastic strip is reversed this time, so that the rivets are recessed. Another reason for using the plastic rather than brass strips is that I can glue them in place and then easily trim them to the size/shape of the strake afterwards; much harder to do that with brass. Also I little bit of Tamiya green cap along the join should hopefully weld the two bits of the flange together nicely: More later....maybe.....if there’s any Christmas Eve modelling done (won’t be any tomorrow.....orders is orders...)
  28. 21 points
    I've not made as many models as I usually do but I have had fun making all the ones I have made. As usual all of these builds have been completed in GBs and all have been painted with brushes. Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.D and crew Kit: 1/35 Dragon/Platz Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.D Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel and Railmatch Acrylic paints all applied by brushes Figures: MiniArt Special Edition German Tank Crew Base: 3mm MDF, Wilko picture frame, Household Filler, Vallejo European Mud, Woodlands Scenics Blended and other turfs, Army Painter tufts and grasses WIP: Here Lots more photos of the Pz.IV and crew: Here Vignette style photos: Here Panzer IV Ausf. J Sd.Kfz.161/2 1 SS Pz. Div. 723 Normandy 1944 Kit: Tamiya 1/48 Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel and Railmatch acrylics all applied by brush Extras: Tamiya Zimmerit stickers (the set for the H version - which fit fine), Vallejo European Thick Mud Build thread: Here Ready For Inspection photos: Here T26E4 Super Pershing Pilot #1 - HobbyBoss 1/35 Kit: HobbyBoss 1/35 T26E4 Super Pershing Pilot #1 Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel and Railmatch - all applied by brush Extras: Tamiya Tank Crew, Italeri Tools, Slater's Plasticard, Academy ammo crate and jerrycan. WIP: Here RFI: Here Vignette photos: Here King Tiger - Porsche Turret - s.Pz.Abt.506 Arnhem 1944 Toon Version Kit: Meng Toon Kit (no scale given) Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel and Railmatch Acrylics applied by brush Extras: No More Nails Zimmerit (thank you to @MarkSH for the idea), lead wire and Vallejo Mud products WIP: Here RFI: Here Tiger 1 Ausf.E (Late Production) Turret Number 313 of 3./s.Pz.Abt. 503 (3rd Company 503rd Heavy Tank Battalion) This is the Tiger 1 that would become famous as the one which was overturned at Manneville during the Allied heavy bombing at the start of Operation 'Goodwood' on the 18 July 1944. Three of the crew actually survived that bombing. My version is modelled before that date while the detachment was still fighting against Allied tank forces during the battles around Caen. My finished kit will be seen in action next against a Typhoon Mk.1b in the D-Day STGB. Kit: 1/48 Skybow Tiger 1 Ausf.E (Late Production) Paints; Humbrol, Revell, Citadel and Railmatch Acrylics all applied by brush Extras: Stetched Sprue arial and Vallejo Mud The W.I.P. can be found: Here Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib - 1/48 Hasegawa/Italeri - motorised prop ZY-Y - 247 Sqn. France, June 1944 This was part of my project for the D-Day GB. The kit is by Hasegawa but re-boxed by Italeri with new decals. There are some fit issues with the kit in a couple of places but other than those it was a fun build. As can be seen from the photos I decided, as it was going to be part of a small diorama, that I would have the prop motorised. The motor I used was from Airfix. I also used the PE set for this kit from Eduard. Kit: 1/48 Italeri/Hasegawa Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel and Railmatch Acrylics all applied by brush Extras: Eduard PE set, Airfix motor and Airfix pilot The WIP can be found: Here The RFI can be found: Here The two previous builds were built to be part of the vignette below: All the photos of the above scene can be found: Here Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to comment or make suggestions in my build threads - it’s the support from fellow modellers that have helped make my models what they are. There may be one more build to go into this Yearbook if I get it finished before the end of the year. Comments and suggestions welcome. Kind regards, Stix
  29. 21 points
    Just finished - the excellent 1/72 scale T10-10 Flanker prototype from Modelsvit....... This really is the best yet from Modelsvit - crisp moulding with nice engraved panel detail, etched brass parts, self adhesive masks - a complete package. The anti-FOD guard on the nosewheel is realistically done - with a separate wheel and the guard in two halves - unlike the one-piece moulding on some Flanker kits. Spot the difference - first and latest Flankers - T10-10 and Su-35S........ More photos - build and finished model - here. WIP thread - here. Ken
  30. 21 points
    Happy Christmas & Happy New Year to everyone on Britmodeller! I'm issuing no apologies for not appearing very often on Britmodeller, I keep getting asked to do build threads, but I just get more carried away with the modelling and forget to take the progress pics! So I just get wheeled out at xmas like some tatty decoration! More Nato Tiger Meet subjects from me! Also I was inspired by an article in some military aviation mag on the Columbian Air Force Kfir's so I ordered the new TC12 conversion set from John of Scaleworx. Something you don't see very often & I think they look pretty cool in that dark grey. AMK/Scaleworx 1/72 Kfir C7 converted to a Columbian AF TC.12 with the Scaleworx resin conversion set. Thanks John if your looking! Stripes On A Plane! Pt.1 Hobbyboss 1/72 Rafale B - Model Alliance NTM 2006 decals used, a huge improvement over kit decals. Revell 1/72 F-16B - Model Alliance Norwegian AF 2007 Tiger Meet Revell/Heller 1/72 Kitbash Conversion into a Mirage 2000D DXM decals French AF Nato Tiger Meet 2010 Stripes On A Plane! Pt.2 Special Hobby 1/72 Mirage F1B - Model Alliance 60th anniversary D-Day As a spotter I was annoyed that I didn't get round to seeing this when it visited Mildenhall in 2018, so I had to try & find a decal sheet for it. And found this Wolfpak sheet. Also it fit in with a "D-Day specials" modern fighters theme. I had intended to do one of the Lakenheath F-15 Heritage jets but was too late in the year to finish it. Italeri 1/72 A-10C 107FS Red Devils 100th D-Day Special - Wolfpak decals from Fantasy Printshop. They have loads of really interesting subjects that can't be found elsewhere. I also scratch built a new telescopic ladder for it out of brass tube. One final edit as I have only just completed this Airfix 1/72 Vampire T.11 as a Swiss Air Force T.55 MFS 88 Emmen 1990 Last Of The Vampires using decals from the Xtradecal sheet. Many thanks for looking & unless I start taking pics, see you next crimbo no doubt! Martin
  31. 21 points
    Smer kit, mostly OOB with a scratch interior.
  32. 20 points
    Hi all - thought I'd start a build log on this one. I've always wanted to tackle building a 1/48 Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Bulldog. The RAAF operated twelve Bulldogs in the early to mid 1930s; these aircraft represented the forefront of the RAAFs fighting force during this time. From their introduction into RAAF service until 1935 the Bulldogs were considered almost sacrosanct; a pilot had to be of Instructor rating before being allowed to fly one. I've always liked the Bulldog because of its important inter-war role in the RAAF, plus I've always thought it looks pretty mean For a 1/48 Bulldog, there are only two options. One is the terrible SMER kit (not worth a look), or the old Lindberg kit. I happened to pick up the latter reasonably cheaply. This kit is a re-boxing of the old Inpact kit from around 1968, which makes these moulds over 50 years old! On the positive front, the basic lines of the kit are quite accurate, save a couple of minor exceptions. On the down side, the kit is of its time; that is, it has some very basic, chunky details, and no cockpit to speak of. It has raised panel lines throughout, has a difficult 'fillited three piece' upper wing construction and is severely marred by 'fabric texture' all over the fabric surfaces (wings, tail, and fuselage), which looks like someone attacked the mould with a blunt hobby knife: All of the builds I have seen of this kit have left this effect "as is". As these aircraft were silver, these surface traits really show up, and detract from the look of the model. So my first task was to tackle the fabric surfaces. Some severe filling and sanding was needed to get the upper wing together without seams (as the joints do not fall on any natural lines on the underside). The rest of the fabric surfaces then needed to be tackled to remove the fabric texture. This took lots of time, and lots of sandpaper, but the end effect is a smooth surface with subtle hints of ribs, much more like the actual aircraft in my view. These should look good under careful painting. I also added the fuel tank panel lines on both the upper and lower surfaces of the top wing. I also separated the elevators and rudder, which will be re-positioned. The vertical stabiliser also needed re-shaping on its leading edge (the kit stabiliser is too long in chord and doesn't have the characteristic fillet at the bottom). I then re-scribed the fuselage panels. The kit has erroneous panels around the nose, but these are easily dealt with. I hollowed out the panels for the gun barrells, but the troughs themselves needed to be completely replaced, which I did with shaped sheet plastic. All of the extra details (vents, rivets / fasteners, panels) will be added once the fuselage halves are together. RAAF machines also seemed to not have the forward set of grab handles on the rear fuselage, so these were also filled in. With these adjustments, the kit looks quite a bit less 'toy-like', and should provide a sound basis for the rest of the build. The very chunky cockpit locator tabs have also been removed, in preparation for a scratch built cockpit, which is the next challenge now that the hard part is over! All feedback welcomed. Cheers, BC
  33. 20 points
    Hi all Just two little jets to slip in under the wire for 2019. Bit late as I had a bit of an issue with Flickr, but all good now - my finger trouble! Doh! Both models are the lovely little 737-300 kits from Daco under their Skyline range. The decals are also Daco, These are numbers 3 & 4 in my production line of WestPac LogoJets, Western Pacific was a Colorado based airline that operated in the mid 90s for 4~5 years and became well known for turning their jets over to advertisers. Normally it was a Colorado based sponsor, in this case the Crested Butte winter resort and the rather upmarket Broadmoor Hotel. For the fuselage colours I used Daco's own paints (produced by Xtracolor), purple for the Crested Butte and Peach and Maroon for the Broadmoor machine. Build was exactly as per the previous 2, but with the advantage of lessons learned, as they do have a couple of quirks. They will now join my Simpson's and Colorado Springs jets from last year. Two more in the programme for next year! Comments and critique welcome in equal measure! Hope you enjoy them as much as I do! Thanks for looking! IMG_4911 by Rick Smith, on Flickr IMG_4913 by Rick Smith, on Flickr IMG_4916 by Rick Smith, on Flickr IMG_4915 by Rick Smith, on Flickr IMG_4930 by Rick Smith, on Flickr IMG_4927 by Rick Smith, on Flickr IMG_4928 by Rick Smith, on Flickr IMG_4929 by Rick Smith, on Flickr Happy New Year all! ATB Rick
  34. 19 points
    Hi all. After some problems with the snow used in this small scene (that of AK) and changing the base for a larger one, I can show the work completely finished. For those who want to see the work done on the ships the links are: I have finished it in a month and a half, without messing with any other model in between which is a double achievement on my part. For the short time that I took to do it and because between the beginning and the end I have not taken a different model. Bandai kits related to the Star Wars saga totally and absolutely recommended. I have done some more and I have many others. From the first I can say the same and from the second I can say that the detail is equally impressive. The only but is its price. Even on the other side of the world it is high, here it is simply prohibitive for a normal pocket. Regards.
  35. 19 points
  36. 19 points
    Disappointing, I was hoping to avoid having to add that. Tonight I picked up this memoir on Kindle, which will hopefully prove an informative read. Here's where we are on the internals: And how they more or less should look when together: You'll also note I managed to prise the cowl open by main force alone (emitting a suitably herculean grunt as I did so), and got the exhaust collector piping in there after some sanding. Sanding, in fact, was the name of the game tonight. The so far great fit of the kit was revealed to evapourate once one attempted to close things up, as I discovered when test-fitting the cockpit framing into the fuselage tonight, and vigourous sanding and usage of my micro-chisel set were required to widen the various channels and narrow the framing to ensure something like a decent fit. The engine also required sanding down to fit in the cowl. I also dunked the clear parts in Future, since there's going to be some glue/plastic interactions for sure when the wings go on and I want them to be well cured by then.
  37. 19 points
    Hi guys Here i want share to you my MRC Gallery Sikorsky HH-34 G of the german Navy in the 60th. I used also the great EDUARD photo etch parts which are much more better than the PE parts of the kit. I have liked this version from first sight because of the dayglow paint which is a nice contrast to the silver body of the helicopter. I paint it with Vallejo aluminium and the panel lines i airbrush it with Tamiya X-19 smoke to get a worn effect. For the pictures i drove together with my wife more than one hour through the country side to find a fitting location and my wish was to get a special lights, so we had waited till 3.30pm in winter 2017 when the sun setting already Cheers Werner
  38. 18 points
    Hiya Folks, These models and most of my research have recently appeared in Scale Aircraft Modelling but the model pics don`t show up all that well so I thought that I`d put a few on here in case anybody is interested,; Here is the Valom Marauder Mk.I, built as FK375/D which was refinished from the desert scheme into Temperate Sea Scheme after the intended role of light bomber was changed during work up training to maritime recce/strike. The original Middle Stone can still be seen behind the scroll under the cockpit containing the name `Dominion Revenge', which was applied by famous modeller and historian Dick Ward during his RAF service; 32 by Tony OToole, on Flickr 31 by Tony OToole, on Flickr 30n finished by Tony OToole, on Flickr 34 by Tony OToole, on Flickr 30e finished by Tony OToole, on Flickr 38 by Tony OToole, on Flickr And here is the Monogram snap tite kit (with engines and interior added from a scrapped Airfix kit!) built as 41-17978 `Flak Eater' which was one of the ex USAAF B-26B handed over `in theatre' by the 320 BG to 14 Sqn mainly for the in house training flight although some were also used for operations; b20 FINISHED by Tony OToole, on Flickr b27 by Tony OToole, on Flickr b28 by Tony OToole, on Flickr b22 by Tony OToole, on Flickr Both models are based on photographs which appear in my article and although the paintwork on the Mk.I appears quite stark in the pics, in reality the grey and green really merge into each other. The B-26B has the two toned Olive Drab seen on many Marauder`s but whether this was caused by different paint which has weathed differently or the thickness of the metal causing this effect,..I don`t know! Cheers Tony Edit- I cannot post any reference photos here but many of them appear on the excellent 14 Sqn Association website, follow this link; http://www.14sqn-association.org.uk/14_Squadron_Association/Marauder.html Edit,...edit,.... I have re posted the photos here after they went missing following the Photobucket disaster! I have also added some pics of my 1/48th Marauder Mk.I, converted from the Monogram kit using the Lone Star conversion set, lots of filler and tennis elbow!! DSCF9349 by Tony OToole, on Flickr DSCF9357 by Tony OToole, on Flickr and here are the 1/72nd and 1/48th scale Marauder Mk.I models together; DSCF9363 by Tony OToole, on Flickr
  39. 18 points
    Hi, My second for 2020, the Focke Wulf FW 44 Stieglitz by Huma in 1/72/ Buiild is almost OOB, I added only some structure inside. I was inspired by recent show in RFI of FW 44 in 1/32 by @galgos (thanks ) and started build right in New Year day. I realized that from few years I have already chosen the scheme and I have everything to go on with it. The scheme followas one given by Kora in a decal set, however I hav used decals from drawer. It is FW 44 of Finnish AF during spring 1944. Her she is: As you can see there was a disaster of decay of "11" on bottom of wing, one day I will correct it.... Comments welcome Regards J-W
  40. 18 points
    Hi all I am not a modeller like the talented folks on this forum,I am a kit basher.I dont own an airbrush or indeed want to use one.I build for fun and I build anything and everything regardless how accurate it is or isnt.Normally I would not post my builds,I am even reluctant to take them to the club I go to as I am by far the worst modeller at the meeting,but my wife liked my latest attempt at playing with plastic and coerced me to do it.The model was painted with Tamiya acrylics with a large flat brush and was very enjoyable to build. mohawk
  41. 18 points
    Very very close to not making it,there are skeletons aplenty in the closet, but for a 4-5 weeks build, its passable from 2.5feet Thanks to all who've commented and liked, the restrained weathering idea went out of the window Cheers all see
  42. 18 points
    I didn’t. At least not very often. I threw away the ones that were not thin enough or neat enough and kept the few that were okay Very low-tech technique. I first put a line of rivets in the sheet plastic/brass by running the rivet wheel along the edge of steel rule. Then, with the domed/proud side of the rivets uppermost, I pushed one edge of the steel rule into contact with the line of rivets on one side and withdrew it an almost imperceptible amount before running a sharp blade along the edge and so cutting one side of the strip. Then did the same for the other side. I used the ones that came out thin enough and symmetrical enough and t’others went in the bin.... Done the strake flanges now. Recessed side of the strips outwards. So far the Gator’s Grip is holding fast A light coat of primer should bring it all together. Merry Christmas all
  43. 18 points
    For the ones interested in the build up, here's the thread... Well I say Brits in Korea ?? So here she is for a family pic ! and then, here are FEAF cousins, I think, the last units to use her majesty the Spitfire operationally !! I see on a IWM film, that the .24 were later painted in high speed silver. As usual, paints are X-tracrylics ! Plus the Flory grime and so on ! Seemingly, the cutting mat is now too little to welcome this.... Well Gents, feel free to comment or even show your if any ! I wish you all a merry Christmas !! Hope that Santa will be kind with you !! Bringing some long awaited kits. Dear Santa, Go kick some A... at Airfix factory... We both need a good 1/48 Scimitar !! Well take care Gents !! Did I take a second blue Chimay ?? Nope tomorrow it's 8 hr under that horrible weather ! So, it's up to the smiley to have one !! Cheeers !! Sincerely. CC
  44. 17 points
    Hello AMT Batwing is old set , released close to 1989 Burton's "Batman". Not bad at all but with some fit problems and strange "peeling" plastic. I've removed all styrene gun barrels and used brass tubing insteag. Vulcan gun is from Master. Whole model is finisched with Mr.Hobby paints and Ammo Mig weathering products.
  45. 17 points
    Merry Christmas, dear fellow Britmodellers! Today I present the 1/24 Aoshima "Mad Max Road Warrior", which was built by the gentleman who's in charge of photographing my aircraft & AFV models, Mr. Wolfgang Rabel. Wolfgang does not bother with online forums, but after I saw the pictures of his "Mad Max" Ford XB GT Falcon Coupe, I thought it would be worth sharing them with you. Here's the kit box: Wolfgang added a lot of scratch-building and detailing to convert the original kit to the version seen in the "Mad Max" movies, such as the interior, wheels and windows. The model was painted with Tamiya TS14 and TS82 . The model was weathered with Vallejo Pigments (Light Yellow Ochre, Dark Yellow Ochre, Rust), Rust from Triangle Crafts and artist's oils. Wolfgang made the wheel chains from twisted wire. Here's a view of the interior, which was entirely scratch-built, as the original kit item is one piece, and was therefore rendered unusable. Constructing the wheels, using wire and a key ring: I hope you like Wolfgang's work! All comments are welcome and will be passed on to him. With best greetings from Vienna!
  46. 17 points
    I'm free Captain Peacock! Best line of the festive period! for you mister! Had to stop and think that it was actually going to be a new decade in a few days time! #lunchtime doubly so Here. (an old meme but a good meme...) That's an awful way to talk about socially challenged misfits Keith. It's not our fault we're not Welsh. Oi! It took me ages to get the hems sewn! I like that idea very much Serge! Cheers Ced. Hope you dipped your beak in some prime vino. 'et al'. My surname for tax purposes from now on.... Cheers Chris - hope you had a good one. Yup - it's a good point Johnny. Actually played around with Reality Capture a while back for film work but in this instance with so many Sea Vixen photos taken from different focal lengths and in varying directional lighting conditions to contend with, it'd be a nightmare trying to match focal lengths &etc. in order to compensate for optical distortions and related errors across the frames. Sadly Father Christmas didn't bring me a LIDAR setup (but trying to get work to buy one, if I can conjure a valid reason). I actually had a kind invite just prior to Christmas from those lovely people over at Navy Wings to come and photograph XP924 whilst she was being repaired in the hangar, but time and finances just won't allow a trip across the water at present. I've decided to leave out the entire Frog Steve, this I know is called being 'less than helpful'... Drove over to Galway this morning as one of Mrs B's oldest schoolfriends was back over visiting her family and she related something disgusting that had happened to her. She's a specialist in a well known London hospital, worked there for years and before that in the mental health sector in England under enormously stressful circumstances due to continual cuts in staffing. Conscientious, self-effacing and compassionate like most people in the medical profession. She had an email from their HR department recently telling her (in terms intended to inspire gratitude) that she'd be able to keep her job as she 'wasn't on the list' i.e., of those nationals under threat of being forced to lose their positions under Brexit. Think about that what it feels like to be one of those people on the receiving end of language like that for a moment: 'On a list.' What were those countries in the past where people were put on lists again? Funny how often it started with people being booted out of professions. You can no doubt hear the fury in my words tonight at a good woman being made to feel as if she's merely being tolerated by a society that she's done so much to care for. I honestly don't care at this point if I'm kicked off the forum for posting politics - I care about what happens in the country of my birth but I know poison when I see it.
  47. 17 points
    Thanks Simon - if you thought that was fiddly, read on! Thanks Mike for the info on the aerials - very useful references in those links too, great stuff More fiddly PE! Like these: Can you see them? Two little red things near the tip of the blade. I guess they're grab handles or something? I thought it best to glue in the i/p before trying to stick on anything that would get knocked off so: Oooh look, new tweezers, as recommended by John L here. I like 'em After lots more fiddling and Anglo-Saxon we have: You can see the map box in that first shot, yet to be painted, bottom right. Madness. Yes, I did lose one of the levers. it's gone. I'm over it.
  48. 17 points
    USS Enterprise | Constitution Class | 1:650 I built this as a Christmas present for my closest friend. We watched Star Trek together throughout college and I figured he'd like a nice presentation model of the original Enterprise. I was building it to give it to him last Christmas, but ran out of time. Then had a cat knock it off the table after the decals were finished and bust it up pretty good. I dug it out around Thanksgiving time to finish for this Christmas, which included a lot of repair work. WIP (with the whole sordid story) is here. The old AMT kit is not the best. It is not accurate, and so I made some changes, and fabricated some of my own parts, notably the bridge and the connector pieces on the bottom of the nacelles behind the Bussard collectors. I also bought some after market parts (navigation lights and planetary sensor). The AMT kit is also bad for fit, and there was a lot of sanding and filling to get it to look right. The decals that came with this particular kit (a 2 in 1 kit along with the Polar Lights 1:1000 Enterprise) were accurate, unlike the old boxings of AMT's Enterprise. They were, however, terrible: stiff, easily broken and tons of silvering despite a glossy finish. Paints: (applied from base coat to surface): Mr Surfacer 1500 black as a primer > Testors Enamel FS36440 (Flat Gull Gray) marble coat > Testors Enamel Black preshading > Testors Enamel FS36440 top coat > Testors Enamel Dark Ghost Gray (FS36320) / Testors Enamel Gunship Gray (FS36118) / Testors Enamel Chrome Silver for details > Alclad Aqua Gloss (3 coats) > Decals > Testors Spray Lacquer Semi-Gloss clear coat (decanted) Some paint colors were modified at the end after I read the Cult TV Man painting guide, which is an article well worth reading. The pictures are not the best; I'm set up for 1/72 scale WWII fighters, not large starships, so I don't have enough lights to take the pictures I want to of this model. It will have to do. Thanks for looking! Comments, questions or constructive criticism always welcome!
  49. 16 points
    Here's my Novo 1/72 Herald, just finished in the Frog Squad GB. More or less out of the box, ignoring any inaccuracies and the lack of detail (check out the 10cm scale thickness nose gear doors!), built as G-APWJ of Air UK (now preserved at Duxford). Decals were bodged together from the 26 sheets for a BIA Herald and Air UK F-27. Build thread is here thanks for looking Julian
  50. 16 points
    Well, its end of year yet again, and i have reviewed my output on Flickr. Surprisingly i have not built/completed as many models this year as i have previously. This has been due to life getting in the way unfortunately, so i have relatively little to show. Apologies to some of the GB 's i signed up to and either never got started or failed to finish, particularly the D-Day Anniversary. Anyway here are my models for 2019..... Thanks for looking, and to all who liked or commented during the builds. All the best, Greg 1/48 Kittyhawk III 1/72 Frog Do 335 1/72 Frog Ju 87G 1/35 Tamiya Jagdpanzer IV 1/72 Revell F4U Corsair 1/72 Revell He 177 All this years builds, and any future ones are dedicated to my Father, who introduced me to plastic modelling when i was a child. He sadly passed away on 17 December after a brief fight with cancer.
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