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  1. 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
  2. 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 .
  3. 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
  4. 80 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
  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. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 74 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
  11. 74 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
  12. 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
  13. 72 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.
  14. 72 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 69 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
  18. 69 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
  19. 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
  20. 67 points
    Hello all, I picked this kit up a while back and only just got round to it.....thank you lockdown. This is the Special Hobby kit of the Hawker Tempest, soon to be released via Revell again so I'm told. Its not a bad kit but has a few fit issue so I'm not sure if Revell will be correcting these issues, but they aren't nothing major and can easily be fixed. As with all my builds, the paints I use are all Gunze Sanyo. On this build I tried to keep the weathering to a minimum and only really added some weathering to the wing rout walk way areas.
  21. 66 points
    If I wanted to find a positive out of this crappy situation it's getting more bench time. Another finished for 2020 1/48 Airfix De havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth - 25 Sqn RAAF Cunderdin WA. The build is pretty much out of the box with some seatbelts from Eduard and EZY Line rigging. Decals are from Southern Sky Models and the paint is the new Trainer Yellow from SMS Paints. Lovely kit and I'm happy to have a 1/48 Tiggy in my cabinet after a long wait. Thanks for looking in.
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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!
  26. 61 points
    My entry into the Journeys End Group Build. Supermarine Seafire MkIII LR866 / S121. 887 NAS HMS Indefatigable Japan. Sub Lieutenant Victor Souter Lowden Following the release of the Atomic bombs on Hiroshima 6th August and Nagasaki 9th AugustAmerican Tasks Force 38 remained off the coast of Japan. It was joined by a token Royal Navy group built around the carrier HMS Indefatigableand the battleship HMS King George Vwhich was designated Task Force 38.5. Strikes were ordered to commence at dawn on 15th August. At 0400 hrs a Firefly Ramrod was launched followed by six Avengers from 820 NAS with an escort of eight Seafire L Mk IIIs from 887 and 894 NAS. Five L Mk IIIs led by Lt F Hockley (894 NAS) would provide close and middle cover while SLt V. Lowden (887 NAS) would fly top cover with three remaining Seafire F Mk IIIs. As the Avengers approached their designated target, Kisarazu airfield, they found it shrouded in cloud, forcing them to attack their alternate target – a chemical factory near Odaki Bay. Odaki Bay airspace was a busy place on the morning of 15th August, not only the fourteen aircraft from HMS Indefatigablebut also six Hellcats and an unknown number of Corsairs from USS Yorktownheading for the airfields at Atsugi and Hokodo As the Fleet Air Arm aircraft climbed through low cloud to 6,000 to 8,000 feet a gaggle of a dozen A6M5 Zekes was seen coming down from the three o’clockhigh position. The diving Zekes passed the top cover and headed for the Avengers and close escort Seafires. Sufficient warnings were given to counter the bounce, but R/T failure doomed Fred Hockley and he was shot down in the first pass (the last Royal Navy Casualty of WWII). SLt Hockley managed to bale out of his Seafire but he was later captured and executed by his captors. The remaining Seafires turned into the Zekes. With the first element of Zekes out of range SLt VS. Lowden moved his flight into line abreast and engaged the second group of Zekes. The first Zeke was shot down was at long range, Lowden, opening fire at 800 yards and closing to 450 yards with excellent marksmanship. His port cannon jammed causing the aircraft to yaw as the starboard cannon fired but he hit a second Zeke at 250 yards and blew it up with three short bursts. His third victim was engaged at short range but as three more Zekes approached he left it to Slt Williams who had already destroyed an enemy aircraft in the first phase to finish it off. Lowden was forced to fight the new arrivals in turn and, when he ran out of ammunition, he pulled through into a 425 knot dive to disengage. Only Fred Hockley was lost during the engagement. Vic Lowden was the last to land, with no ammunition and a badly over heating engine. At 0700 a signal from Admiral Nimitz had been received which cancelled all further strike operations. CAP however was to be maintained. World War II was over. Slt Victor Lowden had launched at war and landed at peace. Lowdens Seafire that day LR866/S121 had been in service with 887 NAS for nearly two years by this time. I have chosen to portray LR866 as a rather war weary aircraft although I have no proof that it wasn’t repainted recently prior to August. 887 NAS used the 90 gallon slipper tank to extend their range for sterile operations against the Home Islands.. Thanks for stopping by..
  27. 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
  28. 59 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!
  29. 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!
  30. 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!
  31. 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
  32. 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 . . . . .
  33. 57 points
    Good evening, dears. It's my next model from exellent Tamiya's kit.
  34. 56 points
    Hiya Folks, Well what a kit this is,....... one of the best I have ever built,......and I had the main airframe together in one day,.....so well done Airfix! This is my second, and it is finished as N3398, BA-A of 277 (Air Sea Rescue) Sqn based at Shoreham in 1942. This aircraft first served with 264 Sqn and went on to fly with 255, 409 and 153 Sqn`s before it reached 277 Sqn and it was SoC on 27.6.43. I don`t have an electronic photo to post,.....but it appears on page 9 of the Warpaint Defiant issue,....amongst others. EDIT,..... Dogsbody (thanks Chris!) kindly sent a better copy of the small photo that I was working from as reference, plus a front view which I which that I had seen while building the model! As usual I have brush painted the model and used a converted Loon Models dinghy pack mounted symmetrically with a Light Stores Carrier from MDC carrying smoke floats and flares,..... both of which were required for the ASR role. I used decals from Model Maker but unfortunately,.... as the reference photo of this aircraft was taken using orthochromatic film, it shows the blue of the roundel as very light and the red very dark and Model Maker have replicated the decals this way,..... so I applied the fuselage roundel and put anXtradecal C Type over the top, utilising the yellow ring of the original. Were the codes grey or yellow or even red or Sky,...... I don`t know,..... so stuck with the kit items as they are a very individual style. Here are the decals to help illustrate what I was saying; Anyway,.... here is the model; And a close up of the Loon Models Dinghy pack,..... intended for a P-47,..... the rear cone was reduced in side so as not to foul the flaps and looking at the one available reference photo,...it appears to be mountd onto a modified Light Stores carrier,.....so this mount was repicated using a piece of scrap brass etch fret and some plastic rod. Having never seen a Defiant carrying two Dinghy Packs,...... but the subject aircraft was carrying smoke floats under the right wing,..... so it seems logical that both a Dinghy and smoke floats were carried as both were needed for the job; Here is a previous ASR Defiant in 1/72nd,.....again Airfix; And here i my first 1/48th Airfix Defiant,.....as I say,... it is a superb kit; Cheers Tony
  35. 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,
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. 55 points
    Did it a Mach 2 under my belt. First & definitely the last. Fought all the way. http://
  39. 55 points
    Hello all, I hope you all have been surviving lockdown by modelling-on.....I have. I set about Trumpeters P-47D bubble top version and I was pretty pleased with the kit, I have but the Razorback version and that game me a lot of issues, so this was a surprise and a pleasure. I attempted for the first time a natural metal finish (NMF), so I tried using extreme metal paint by AK and I found them very fragile and had to have a change of plan. I opted for the Mr metal colour paints by Gunze and these were fantastic and very durable when applied. 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. Anyway, here she is...…..I give you Miss Fire which was piloted by Piot-Frederick Christensen in England 1944 All comments welcome
  40. 55 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
  41. 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.
  42. 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.
  43. 53 points
    Armstrong Whitworth Argosy - Air Anglia (classicairlines.com decals) 1/144 MikroMir The Armstrong Whitworth Argosy was designed in the mid 1950’s as a medium range freight transport. The pod and boom layout was chosen to give an unobstructed cargo bay. With the cockpit on top of the pod and large swing doors at the front and rear, loading and unloading was greatly eased. It was designed so that when the aircraft was parked, the floor was at the average height of flatbed trucks of the day. The civil versions were to be found working as far apart as the United States and Australia & New Zealand, with the last ones retiring in 1991. This is the MikroMir kit -reviewed here I was tempted to do the Elan version with the red pinstripes and some careful masking, but when I saw this aftremraket decal sheet from classicairlines.com, I had to have it. It is foe Air Bridge Carries, subcontracted to Air Anglia and so carries both titles. G-APRL was long lived, and today resides in retirement at the Midland Air Museum near Coventry in Elan colours. Don't forget the Walkaround section has a vast library of reference photos, which proved very helpful with this build. As always 'with something else'. Rodens' Carvair with classicairlines,com BUA decals. A few pointers on building this kit. I had seen complaints that the fuselage halves don't close properly around the interior. So I glued mine together without the interior in place, and the halves fitted perfectly. The cockpit opening 'letterbox' was trimmed to allow the glazing to fit in snugly, with the advantage that I could push it out from the inside with a finger each time I trimmed a bit more. The little pegs on the floor sides were nipped back to be less prominent, and the cockpit floor and cargo bay floors slid in from the front, and actually clicked into place perfectly. Do it this way and there is absolutely no problem with the fit of these parts. For my traditional cock up, I somehow managed to lose the rear cargo door after putting the kit away after writing the review. It is there in the review photos, so its loss is entirely my fault. I only noticed when I went to cut it off the sprue!. Mentioning it to Mike 'Bootneck' on these forums, he very kindly offered to do a resin casting for me from his example of the same kit. 10 out of 10 for generosity and helpfulness Mike, without you this project would likely have been abandoned. Mike did me 2 casts, which fitted perfectly. (After 2 months the original part is still missing, I thought it might eventually turn up but it must be quite some carpet monster in my modelling room). The booms are just dry fitted here, the gaps in the join were not so noticeable when properly glued. With huge thanks to Mike 'Bootneck' for rescuing this build. John
  44. 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.
  45. 52 points
    This is the moment of trepidation, putting ones work up for the eagle eyes to spot all errors, flaws and defects but this is a journey where ever model is a step improvement on the last. I am ever on awe of the quality of models that the members here present and learn something from every thread I read. 16 months with a 9 month break in the middle and I am happy to declare this finally finished. The build log is here for anyone who wants to have a laugh https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235053927-rn-faa-odyssey-1-airfix-sea-vixen-faw2/page/4/ This is a special model for me as my father was met officer on HMS Eagle on her final round the world trip in 1972 and this aircraft would have flow off her then. Great aircraft, lovely lines and I have enjoyed 'nearly' every minute of the build. Edit to add in details of aftermarket parts: wolfpack resin wingfold kit Pavla resin airbrake CMK resin wheel set Quickboost resin ejector seats Quickboost resin air I takes Eduard photoetched cockpit.
  46. 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
  47. 52 points
    Hello modelers. I'm posting an image for the 1st time here. Hope it works.
  48. 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
  49. 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.
  50. 49 points
    New addition to my display cabinet! And in video for the first time: https://www.youtube.com/embed/cPJ14amMNAI https://www.youtube.com/embed/pkZkmmtt6jE
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