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  1. 65 points
    Dear members, Like many other modellers, I admired John's Aero diarama of Stackton Aerodrome. I thought this was a good opportunity to add an old model, when I just started to build in scratch. I did some homework, because it is a long time ago I build this model. Of course in pre- internet days, we had only books and magazines. From a Scale Models Magazine, October 1980 , I used the 3-view drawings as starting point, further I used Profile Nr.144. As times literally flies... To revive the old times, here, I hope you like the photographs, With kind greetings, JohnHaa
  2. 55 points
    Been a bit of a long term project since May, this one, (not continuous mind) but finally finished now (I hope).. Absolutely super kit and despite the enormous parts count everything seemed to be pretty good fit wise. The engine I detailed as per the kit instructions with some wire as I think in this scale it does need it. I also ( for my sins) decided to put a little motor in it and fitted a battery pack and switch in the fuselage with access to it into the open hatch. Trouble with that idea is that it looks really naff with the prop running and no pilot...So someone kindly made me a 3D printed figure (only because they wanted to use the new one we have at work...) for now until I can source a proper Airfix one from somewhere...Anyone got one they don't want??? Thanks. The only extras I used were a set of RB Productions seat belts and a pair of the excellent new brass undercarrige legs and doors from Alistair at Aerocraft. https://aerocraftmodels.bigcartel.com/product/airfix-hellcat-brass-undercarriage-and-wheel-doors Thanks, Alistair for letting me have the first set off the production line to get the model finished! The markings are a mixture of the new Dutch Decal sheet and the Top Notch masking set. I chose not to use the code letters from the Dutch sheet as they're not the correct style. I found the Top Notch ones much better. After some research ( and a post on BM) I also decided to add the dark paint markings on the top of the fuselage. Despite having no information to the contrary I put them on the other side too. If anyone can prove they're not there I gladly take them off. Anyway, I hope you like it and thanks for looking.. 20191101_160328 20191101_160352 20191101_160419 20191101_160439 20191101_160551 20191101_160607 20191101_160726 eabc9ccbeecdbd9cd9402cf8615ddd55
  3. 50 points
    Good evening guys, after more than a year, I finally finished my Blackburn Buccaneer. I started it as part of a bigger project involving the types on board Ark Royal carrier during her last deployment in 1978. It took long, but it was real fun. I'm not sure I'll purchase the new tooling Airfix kit, as it would be a bit... sterile after the amount of work I carried out on this one. Should anyone be interested inthe making of this model, here below the link for the wip. The resin seats were courtesy of Perdu. He made a lovely master from scratch for his SA1 and sent me two copies of them. The decal sheet we was courtesy of Scimitar. and of course I had some great support by many I'd like to thank. Now some pictures: Thanks for watching Ciao massimo
  4. 48 points
    Hello! This is my new kit. In this time it was a testing some new technologies for me. Plastic set of excellent quality. But anyway I used aftermarket sets. Resin engine, fuel tank, gunsight and exhaust from Quikboost. Machine gun barrel from Master. Resin wheels from Reskit. New to me was the use of decal rivets HGW. Paints HATAKA. Weathering oil dots and washes, salt dots and pigments. Decal is Berna decal.
  5. 47 points
    Hello again, Here is the second model I have completed this year after another Eagle. Started this one thinking it would be a fast build to get into painting quick, and just finished it after 6 months of not a lot of free time. Very decent kit, the main issues being the simplistic exhausts and the overly thick closed canopy. Still an enjoyable build with not a lot to fix, and trying to spruce up that gunship gray was also a fun painting experience. 1/72 Academy #12550, Twobobs Da'Heath decals, KA Models exhausts, Reskit wheels, weapons from the kit, Skunkworks, GWH and Tamiya. Thanks for watching.
  6. 47 points
    Whilst searching for some of my daughters pictures I found a folder with these in. It was built for Display in GeeDee models in Nottingham , now sadly closed like so many Local model shops. This was built back in 2012 when first released, I remember laughing as my little girl had hold of it, when it was part finished ( 3and a half then) zooming it around the sky making jet noises. I stopped laughing as she 'landed ' it at what would of been about 30g if it was real and a ROD that snapped off all the U/C. Fortunately a quick call to Airfix had replacement parts on rout and it was repaired, painted and put on display before she got a second trial flight. Seam to remember it was as nice kit, about time for a re release as I understand they are fetching quite a bit, most of them stashed away no doubt. Finished in all over white courtesy of Xtracolor enamel. Would like to have got some shots with a better background but time was against me. With a just started Gnat for scale A bit of inspiration for Timmas I hope Paul
  7. 37 points
    Hi all There was a comment posted last week stating how you don't often see the Hobby Craft 1-16 kits. I think the rationale for that is the fact the kits are a mishmash and out of the box, do not accurately represent any specific variant. So, with that being said, I present five I-16's which I built back in 1999. I have tried to correctly represent each of the variants I modelled, but good references were not thick on the ground at that time, so I am sure there are some inaccuracies. Each kit received a Medallion resin cockpit (remember that company?), new exhaust pipes and vacuform canopy, as well as a litany of other small modifications. They are shown below in order of Type 6, 10, 18, 24 and 29. Many years after completing these kits, a found a photo which shows the Type 29 and it should have yellow wingtips on top as well. Oh well. Cheers and thanks for looking. Randy
  8. 36 points
    Hi all! Follow, the last pictures of this great plane done by Airfix in the 1/48 scale, it was painted with the camo that was used by the Brazilian Air Forge in the 70´s. Hope you like it. The step by step was showed in another section of this forum. Let´s go : Regards for all! Luiz.
  9. 33 points
    Latest off the bench (one of those I will make it one day kits) is the Revell 1/48 F86 D Sabre Dog kit. Markings by Cutting Edge. Yes there are meant to decals on the wing tanks BUT the tanks are different and the decals do not fit this tank...…. oh hum. Great little kit for the money.. enough to make a reasonable model but also potential for super detailing if wanted. Totally recommended. Enough blabbing and on to the photo's. Please feel fee to comment and thanks for taking the time to look. Cheers Dick
  10. 31 points
    Hello guys... Here is my work, done for my great friend, Renzo Bortolotto, dedicated to my favorite airplane... UK obviously I used a Fujimi 1/72 box and OOB builds Cheers for looking ciao Silvano
  11. 30 points
    Recently completed is my interpretation of an RAF Air Sea Rescue Launch of 1944 using the Airfix kit. Built mainly from the box with a few changes. MG mounts replaced with scratch items. Kit Mg's replaced with Coastal Craft offerings. Retained the kit Oerlikon mount but the Oerlikon itself was replaced with a Coastal Craft item. Aerials and rigging made from Uschi line. Hull painted with Halford's black. Deck upwards was Colourcoats enamels. Kit decals. Most of the model was weathered with a wash and then 'knocked-back' to make it more subtle. Sea base is insulation board, painted a dark blue/ grey from Halford's. Coated with layer of Liquitex Acrylic Pouring Medium and stippled with Valejo Acrylic Gel. The launch wash is made from 'teddy bear' filling. Work in Progress here: See it in the flesh at SMW at the weekend. Stuart
  12. 28 points
    This is the first start / finish build of the year, better late than never. I started it earlier in the year but lost my mojo and it went back in the box. I started it again last month and flew through the remaining stages. A lovely kit although the clear parts fought back a bit. I've got decals for a Finnish aircraft on my next one. Done with the Xtradecals of 44 Sqn K7133 although the decal instructions are wrong going off photo's I founds in a book. It was built from the fighter kit and so I struggled with the location for the fuselage bomb racks and think the front one should be further forwards. OOB apart from seatbelts and the SBS riveter to add more interest. Cheers Neil
  13. 27 points
    Had some nice weather today so took a few pics of a kit I finished last year but haven't posted yet. Tamiya's 1/48 P-51B Mustang of Capt. John Bennett of the 352nd FG. Part of the 'Blue Nosed sweethearts of Bodney' (Sweethearts??? Oh edited by site. The b*astards!) Kit went together a treat. Painted with Tamiya acrylics. Decals came from a sheet that was part of Eagle Editions book 'The P-51's of Major George Preddy' by Mark Proulx and Sam Sox, Jnr. Book and decals cover all of Preddy's aircraft all called 'Cripes A'Mighty' and Bennett's shark mouthed P-51B. Only addition was an Ultracast seat and Albion Alloys brass tubing for gun barrels. Tried to make the Invasion stripes somewhat hastily painted ie. rough and uneven in places. Should've weathered the Stars and Bars decals in hindsight. Oh well, live and learn. Comments welcome and Cheers for looking.
  14. 26 points
    Just finished this Academy 1/48 F-4B in the In The Year I Was Born group build. It's built as 153045 of VF-161, in which Victor Kovaleski got the last US air to air kill of the Vietnam War in January 1973. Decals were from Furball Aero Design and were excellent. Build thread is here thanks for looking Julian
  15. 25 points
    This is a bit special for me, the kit is a gift from my 13 year old son for Fathers Day. He dragged his mother off to our LHS and chose and paid for it himself. Mum suggested cheaper kits but he said that "he knew what Dad likes" It is the current Airfix kit with added seat belts and decals from the stash. It represents one of 485 Squadrons non presentation marked machines as I had no tiny letters suitable. Most of the early machines were so marked and were Dark Green/Dark Earth so this is a bit of a compromise on my part. He's never been interested in modelling, unlike his big sister, but recently he's built VW Beetle and has another Tamiya vehicle to build. Thanks for looking
  16. 24 points
    Leopard 2 A7+ MENG 1/35 Meng's latest release in their Leopard 2 line, the A7+ is based on the previously released A7 with additional parts for the extra armour and the turret mounted weapons station. The kit goes together as well as the earlier version, and has most of the same features, including the slightly annoying working torsion bar suspension. On this one (unlike the A7 I built a while back) I fixed the suspension in place to avoid the tank constantly sitting at funny angles due to the axles pushing out of alignment. Apart from that, it's a very nice kit. The only down side is that the kit represents the original Krauss-Maffei Wegmann tech demontrator and not the production tanks that are currently entering service with Qatar and Hungary. And finally, a fw shots with Meng's earlier 2A7 Thanks for looking Andy
  17. 23 points
    The last thing that I said in my WIP in December last year, was that I would put it into RFI as soon as I’d done a couple of figures. Well, 10 months later, here it is, but with just the one figure. The figure is part of the Master Box set for British and Commonwealth AFV Crew, but with the head exchanged for one from a Verlinden set for British Tankers. Fortunately, he had his mouth open, which fitted in well with the actions of the figure. The tank is one of the early Centaurs, taken from storage to use on D-Day. I’ve depicted it earlier in the year around April while they were conducting exercises. There is some disagreement as to which battery Seawolf belonged to, 3 or 5. Even decal manufactures can’t agree, so I’ve gone with 3rd Battery. I made the base to loosely represent a sloping harbour wall so that it would show off the moveable suspension swing arms and the Fruilmodel tracks. The only other things that I’ve added since the WIP are some stowage in the open bin, and a compo rations box with some tins in it on top of the left rear track guard. The WIP can be found here; So that’s another shelf queen done and dusted (literally). Thanks for looking. John.
  18. 23 points
    I present the Hasegawa Embraer 170 in the well-known “Krakow and Malopolska invite” livery carried by SP-LDC between 2009 and 2012. The tail features Leonardo da Vinci’s painting “Lady with an Ermine” which is one of Poland’s national treasures. Although the kit has been around for many years this is the first time I’ve built it. It was seriously overpriced on UK release but several years ago I managed to get a couple at a sensible price via HobbyLink Japan and they’ve been in my stash ever since. It seems that currently the kit is only available in Japan and various Japanese sellers have it listed on eBay at prices ranging from £26.52 to an utterly ridiculous £108.01. The kit fits well and the scribed detail is generally good. However some areas are basic, notably the undercarriage. There is a PE set available from Extra Tech but I’ve never really liked PE and my eyesight is no longer up to assembling nine microscopic parts to make one undercarriage door for a small aircraft like the Embraer 170 so I contented myself with thinning the kit doors and adding a little detail. I did use the PE to improve the undercarriage bays and also to add pitots. Apologies for a bit of a rant but it’s beyond me why most PE makers can produce scale sized hinges for undercarriage doors but then give you pitots resembling part of the radar array from a WW2 Luftwaffe nightfighter. The Extra Tech set was no different and much fiddling and cursing was needed to get things looking reasonably presentable. Paint is Halfords Appliance White and Racking Grey with Tamiya and Revell metallics. I was going to use a set of Nazca decals which I’d bought at the same time as the kit but I discovered that some of the lettering was over-scale to the point that you couldn’t make an accurate model with it. Fortunately BOA have covered the same scheme so the tail decal is Nazca and everything else is BOA. Detail decals are from the kit sheet and windows are by Authentic Airliners. Thanks for looking and as always constructive criticism is welcome. Dave G
  19. 23 points
    As you may know I was rather critical of a certain editor a few years back, and I will stand by those comments about that time. However, one thing did strike me and that was the notion of the armchair critic who finds it easy to mock but is unwilling to assist; and by that I mean in all walks of the hobby, not just print magazines. So in an effort to atone and secure my place in Plastic Kit Heaven, I have over the last few years released my own decals and now I've started writing articles for magazines, which some of you may have seen. So here is my take on what's what, and I'd be interested to hear from other members who also write articles as to how much they concur or diverge. The first thing you have to realise is that magazines are not put together by huge teams. Editors will expect contributors to provide their own text and photos with captions, and at about 500 words per page when one allows for some pictures too, it is amazing how soon one runs out of words for say an average 2500 word piece, if one is trying to give a decent balance between detail, interest and readability. I think I re-write my articles 3 or 4 times before I get them down to this. The notion that writers will pad out articles to get payment for an extra page might have happened (we are all human and capable of venality if so inclined) but for me, if I'm asked to write 2500 words then thats what I aim for. If I'm asked for 5000 I can be more detailed and describe things in depth. My last article was 2545 words, and I think I spent 3 hours getting down to that from 2600. Believe me, at this level every word matters! I write in Google Docs which will spell check and context check if you want it to too. I would encourage any contributor to spell check and context check. Spell checking and context checking can be tricky with technical language. Mention RLM colours or FS numbers and see what happens. Contrary to what you might think there is not some huge resource of proof readers and spell checkers on hand to do this for you at the magazine. You are an adult. Have some pride in your work and submit something that is spell checked. Editors will proof read and rewrite if required, but they do miss things as you lot are quick to point out!. If the number of people that some of you think worked on these publications actually did exist, we'd all be paying about £40 a copy to cover the salaries! If you think it's easy, try writing an article for yourself. Make it 2500 words and try not to repeat the phrase "then I assembled", or "I glued x to y" more than 5 times too! In between building the model pause at regular intervals to take several shots of each construction phase. Shots must be properly lit, on a consistent background and with decent depth of field. Now do this while not building a model that you would normally make and keep the text interesting. Hell keep the build interesting too. You have three weeks to do this. You aren't allowed to give up, shelf of doom things or just decide you can be a week late because you cant be bottomed. Your three weeks will include research on the kit subject so you can be familiar with what you are making. You might miss details that a real expert would spot, but then they have spent many years fathoming the intricacies of their pet love. If you are fully 'genned up' on the Avro Lancaster for example, get yourself to a similar standard on the Mig 17 so you can state with certainty which Zavod the C variant with the 5% larger airbrakes came from; model that on the kit, and paint it in a scheme that is as accurate as you can make it. Three weeks. I assure you it is not easy. I find that writing articles and building for such is a completely different ball game to building for one's own pleasure. Now consider the editor who must compile the humble offerings of his contributors, select images and generate his own content too. My experience is that the average working day for these guys is a lot more than eight hours. Probably more like 12, with up to 18 as deadlines draw near. It is a job. They do it to the best of their abilities, and they are not paid a fortune either. An old saying states never to turn a hobby into a career lest it become neither. Well these guys do, and they do it well. You get a typo, yes – that is annoying. Does it detract from the article? Most probably not. Will it annoy the editor they have missed it? Yes. It will and it does. But it does happen. If you think they are just slack, or can't be bothered, or are incompetent, or are too busy fondling lots of "freebies" then you are wrong. Utterly wrong. You do them a great disservice to think that. So, dear reader. The next time you find the spelling a little off in an article, email the editor to let him know. Be polite and proactive, and you will most likely get a reply apologising and promising to try harder! If you think the standard of writing is not very good- then why not have a go yourself? Editors are always looking for new contributors. Surely it's better to add something creative and positive to the hobby than just sit there and mumble over your keyboard? Ultimately your money is required to keep magazines going, and we still live in a free country where purchase is at your discretion, so the ultimate criticism you can level is to not buy of course. We all grumble, we all like to moan and whinge. It's human to do so. But perhaps cut editors a bit of slack from time to time. They are human too.
  20. 22 points
    Hi All! This is my first thread in this forum. Some of you may know me from LSP. I would like to show a model that I finished earlier this year after 8 years and over 2000 hours of work. I never expected that this project can take me eight years. I thought about three or four years. Of course I had breakes, holidays etc. As base I used old Hasegawa kit, but it was only excuse to start this project, the rest is scratchbuilding. Main assumption was to cut all structure of fuselage from kit’s moldings. I showed this model at a competition in Madrid where it won the best aircraft and special price from IPMS Portugal and in Italy first place. This is link to WIP on LSP for those who would like to see my battle with this project. https://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?/topic/45212-132-boeing-f4b4-almost-naked/&tab=comments#comment-474471 Regards Tomasz Hajzler
  21. 21 points
    I present my Revell Airbus A319 in the new livery of American Airlines N800IN. The build was OOB with the addition of Braz Sharklets and aftermarket decals from 26Decals and Authentic Airliners. It was a straightforward enough build, with the usual removal of the additional flap track fairings for the A321. I’ve had this model on my bench for a long time, but just never got round to finishing it off... so I’m trying to get through unfinished projects before starting anything new. I still think it looks quite strange seeing an A319 baby bus with sharklets... The paint mix I went for was mixing Revell light grey 371, Revell white gloss 04 and a touch of Revell Silver 90. It was a case of keep mixing until I found a shade I was most happy with. It was then brush painted. Wings and stabs are Revell 371 with Revell 374 coroguard section. Was then clear coated several times with Humbrol Clear, and then finally glossed once the decals had been applied. Thank you for looking and as always any constructive feedback and comments are welcomed. Next up to finish now is my Germanwings A320. Regards, Alistair My model against the real thing...
  22. 21 points
    Main components are being joined together, on the trial fit all looks tight and precise in all joints. Also the separate cowling decking fits nicely and creates an opening in which will be inserted the wind shield.
  23. 19 points
    Hi, this is my latest project - Hawker Hurricane Mk.I, scale 1/48, Airfix. Marking 312. (Czechoslovak) Sqn., pilot P/O Adolf Vrána, January 1941. I used photo etched instrument panel and seat belts, resin wheels and exhaust, all Eduard. Colors are Gunze "C". Decals are DKdecals.
  24. 19 points
    This is my latest build, finished yesterday, a Meng Renault FT in 1/35. Airbrushed with H&S Colani 0,4 mm. Acrylics from Vallejo and MiG, weathering with oil colours, mud is pigments in diverse brown tones. Was a fun to build, a very good kit. Hope you like it, thanks for looking!
  25. 19 points
    Hi, everyone! No.517 Squadron was a meteorological squadron, forming as part of Coastal Command from No.1404 (Met) Flight in August 1943. A shortage of Halifaxes meant that the squadron was initially equipped with Hampdens and Hudsons, and even had to borrow four B-17F Flying Fortresses from the 379th Squadron, USAAF, to fill a gap between the end of Hudson and Hampden operations and the arrival of the Halifax. The squadron's main duty was to carry out meteorological flights over the western approaches, to help forecast the weather. After the arrival of the Halifax in November 1943, the squadron moved to Pembroke shire, continuing to carry out weather flights while also performing anti-submarine patrol duties. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1DdMeWOjbyzxsLjuLLtsh013kn53Jgp_E
  26. 18 points
    Hello Please check out my newest project. It's Akagi in 1:350 scale from Hasegawa plus tones of PE. Cheers
  27. 18 points
    If you'd asked me at the age of 10 to design an aeroplane I would have drawn a massive dart that could do Mach 2+ and fire nuclear bombs out of its cat flap.... and I would have been 20 years too late. RA5C Vigilante. Bought for £8 on eBay. 50 year old tooling, half a set of Zeroxed instructions and some decals of uncertain provenance. I have to say that I'm quite pleased with the outcome. Had a bit of a battle with the white paint, but I'm glad I learnt from this before committing to a kit that cost three times the price (Dragon Sea Vixen FAW-2, should you ask).
  28. 18 points
    Hi all! My first work posted here, a HS 126 from ICM in the 1/48 scale, the plane is painted in Condor Legion camo squeme, 1938. It took to me one month to finish it...I´m retired, of course... The figures are of ICM, too. Hope you like i!. Now the shots : Till the next! Best regards for all! Luiz.
  29. 18 points
    Boeing 727-31C Trans World Airlines, early 1960s Revell 1/144 727 kit with all surface detail sanded off and rescribed Finish is Halfords Appliance White, AK Extreme Metal Polished Aluminium and various Xtracrylic greys Decals from Classic-Airlines.com This is the scheme in the early Airfix 727 kit and I think it's one of the most attractive 727 schemes. Not entirely happy with the nose and nose gear areas on this one. I shortened the kit nose leg and fitted some smaller nosewheels which improved things.
  30. 17 points
    Hello everyone, This is my first post in this section since joining BM and I chose one of my recently finished kits,the great Academy Phantom.It´s also one of my best work to date.In the first pic one of the missiles was falling and I didn´t notice.The missiles are a bit difficult to stay glued because the contact points are minimal,but the bombs and drop tanks fit like a glove!Hope you like it. Cheers, Bruno
  31. 17 points
    Murphy's Grumman Duck, from the film, 'Murphy's War'. The old Airfix kit with Xtradecal roundels and lettering. Not my finest hour but fun nonetheless! --John
  32. 16 points
    The third of my Japanese aircraft, an Airfix Mitsubishi Zero. Built OOB with H models decals for an aircraft captured by US Marines in June 1944 on Saipan Island. Tamiya painta nd quick oil wash for panel lines. IMGA0795 by neil Connor, on Flickr IMGA0796 by neil Connor, on Flickr IMGA0797 by neil Connor, on Flickr IMGA0798 by neil Connor, on Flickr IMGA0799 by neil Connor, on Flickr
  33. 16 points
    I finished the Corsair today, and there wad enough light in my room, so I was able to take some photos of the finished model. The canopy didn't fit at all, it's too narrow in the end and just hangs above the canopy railing. I also lost one of the gun mounts, and had to fashion a new one from one of the pieces.
  34. 16 points
    Today was comparatively sedate; in the morning, we visited the Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum, which Ced and Cookie found a bit chilly, much of it being open air, but the weather here right now is just about perfect for me and I quite liked it. And if you're not walking through damp grass on a wet morning, are you even in England? The museum's collection is pretty good, especially as far as JD and I were concerned. The likelihood of seeing a Mystere IVa in the 'states is pretty low, and between that, their Canberra, Super Sabre, Hunter, Javelin, Sea Vixen, and others, it really has quite a bit to see, though unfortunately the positioning of the Sea Vixen makes it pretty inaccessible. Plus what is as far as I know, the largest surviving section of one of my oddball favourites, the Bolton-Paul Overstrand! They also had a nice collection of artifacts (including some bits from shot down Luftwaffe aircraft, and more sadly, crashed RAF and USAAF aircraft) and built models, some of which were inspiring and others of which merely boosted one's confidence. After that, it was time. Time to go to Hannant's Lowestoft. This was technically a silly place to go, since we could pick up anything we wanted at Telford at a 10% discount (and will), but I kind of wanted to see the warehouse I've been paying for for the last few years. The good news right off the bat: Hannants are wasting not a penny on the exterior, and the savings is doubtless being passed on to you, the consumer. Inside, it's divided more or less into two rooms. A front one where the staff sit, and where mainly decals are stored, and then, through the door into the back: Cue celestial choir, please. Ced has expressed some concern about how I'm going to get everything back (our plan: ruthlessly abuse the carryon and checked bags limit), and so I kept my purchases today limited (plus, uh, I have a large order to pick up at Telford), so JD and I mostly ambled around taking it all in, while Ced, who said he'd gone "box-blind", retreated to the car to contemplate the life choices that had lead to him being imprisoned in a medium-sized SUV while travelling the length and breadth of England with two weirdos from the United States. Cookie picked up the Special Hobby/Tarangus Viggen, and a number of DK Decal sheets, and I grabbed the following: The 109D was supposed to be for @Corsairfoxfouruncle, since Dennis had asked me to bring him back their Condor Legion Bf109D, but amazingly the box reads "Condor Legion 109" on the side and not on the cover. In any case, they didn't have the Conor Legion one in stock, so I'll just be forced to keep this one and trust AMG has one at Telford. , After this, we explored Greater Yarmouth and gazed out over the North Sea (towards Dogger Bank and Jutland, I learned from Jamie at Sovereign) and walked along the beach there for a spell. This too, with its gaudy, Las Vegas-style (the only thing missing was the stale smell of cigarette smoke, and, as Ced pointed out, free drinks), is Britain, as much as the rolling green hills and the beautiful misty mornings. When you're a native of a country, you have the rare privilege of liking it or hating it in parts; you're already part of it, and, for example, not caring about baseball or hating the police doesn't make you un-American, any more than loving those things could make you more of one; you simply are, if that makes sense. Anyone coming to another country, or perhaps idly-dreaming about coming there, has to take it in and accept it in toto, until the process of becoming is complete. You have to know and understand what it's like before you make the commitment, whether that commitment will ultimately entail changing it for the better (or worse, I guess) or accepting it as it is. Speaking of love, I called Mrs P to see how she's doing with our two children. Seems to be going well: Grant had gotten hold of first the fly swatter and latterly the crevice tool for the vacuum and was going after her with it. I don't miss America much, but I do miss her a great deal. Grant and Winston...perhaps less so. We also went out to a Wetherspoons for dinner, and I had two double bourbons with ginger ale, pretty close to my preferred tipple of rye and ginger ale, and discovered to my immense pleasure that the time it took for my companions to finish their pints was plenty of time to move beyond the deleterious effects of the drinks on my system and straight into feeling like an invincible superman. Perhaps wisely, we stopped after the two rounds and retired to our rooms. Once again, I have to doff my cap to Ced, who has tirelessly driven us all over, organised everything, and made sure at every step we're enjoying ourselves. We certainly are, and it wouldn't be a tenth as much fun without all of the hard work he puts into the whole endeavour.
  35. 16 points
    Following on from my build of the old Airfix Savoia-Marchetti SM.79, here are the pictures of the completed model. Build thread here: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235048734-savoia-marchetti-sm79-lebanese-style/
  36. 15 points
    The thanks are all yours, @CedB. What a host! In addition to arranging the itinerary, coaxing museum staff to allow us closer access, making hotel reservations, driving us all over dear old Blighty, and introducing us to Jake Thackray and the Amateur Transplants, Ced actually had to endure endless hours of conversation with Yankees. The horror! And to top it all off, Mrs. Ced made a killer Full English breakfast whilst we were domiciled at Chez Bufton. Magnificent! Thanks to @Procopius for the detailed diary. I am astonished at the depth of encyclopedic knowledge exhibited by you and @Cookenbacher at each stop on the trip. You're both too young to know all of that stuff! I'll bet you two were reading books instead of playing Space Invaders when you were kids. Truly an experience never to be forgotten. 2025, eh? If I'm still alive, I'm up for it! Cheers, Bill
  37. 15 points
    I think for prop jobs the static props on a 'flying' model can look unnatural and some of the 'prop blur' accessories aren't very 'lifelike' either. This may put some people off, but for me - if I'm going 'wheels up' I simply chop the props off and fill the holes. There is no right or wrong - just what you fancy. I make my own stands and use clear rods with a tiny needle in the end - leaving the hole in the base of the aircraft virtually invisible. At the end of the day - it's just a bit of fun - so whichever way you go - just enjoy yourself. Steve
  38. 15 points
    I just added a new member to this display and realized I have not updated this thread in a while. So here is the latest. In both pictures the bottom row has the real X planes i.e. aircraft built specifically to test aeronautical theories and never intended to go into production. Above that are what I refer to as the "also rans"; Aircraft that made it to the prototype stage but for one reason or another did not go into full production. This set is not all inclusive but, contains aircraft that I thought looked interesting. This is the whole display; The order is from right to left, top to bottom they are in chronological order of first flight starting with the oldest. But in order to see better I divided into right and left pictures. Starting with the top row from left to right they are: Vultee XP-54 Swoose, and Curtiss XP-55 Ascender. Row 2: Douglas XB--42 Mixmaster, Beechcraft XA-38 Grizzly, and Boeing F8B. Row 3 is the Northrop XB-35 Flying Wing. Row 4: Curtiss XP-87 Black Hawk, McDonnell XF-85 Goblin, Vought F7U-1 Cutless, Republic XF-91 Thundercepter and Martin XB-51. Row 5: Martin P6M-2 Seamaster. Douglas F5d-1 Skylancer. North American. F-107A Ultra Sabre , and Vought XF8U-3 Crusader III. Row 6: Lockheed AH-56 Cheyenne, Sikorsky S-67 Black Hawk, Northrop F-20 Tagershark, Northrop YF-23 Black Widow II and Boeing-Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche. Finall row 7: Northron HL-10, Martin-Marietta X-24A, Northrop M2-F3, Martin-Marietta X-24B, Grumman X-29, Rockwell-MBB X-31, Boeing Bird of Prey, Boeing X-32, Boeing X-36 and Northrop Grumman X-47B Pegasus. For the left half starting at the top row is the Grumman XF5F-1 Skyrocket. Row 2: Northrop XP-56 Black Bullet, Fischer P-75A Eagle, McDonnell XP-67 Moonbat,Douglas BTD Destroyer, and Bell XP-77. Row 3: Consolidated XP-81, Curtiss XF15C-1 Stingaree and Northrop XP-79B. Row 4: Vought F6U Pirate, Ryan XF2R-1 Dark Shark, VoughtXF5U-1 Flying Pancake, and Northrop YB-49 Flying Wing. Row 5: Douglas XA2D-1 Skyshark, Grumman XF10F-1 Jaguar, Convair YF2Y-1 Sea Dart, Bell HSL-1, Convair XFY-1 Pogo, and Lockheed XFV-1. Row 6 is the North American XB-70A. Row 7: Douglas X-3 Stiletto, Ryan X13 Vertijet, North American X-15A-2, M2-F1, and Northrop M2-F2. As you can see there are a few spaces to be filled so stay tuned for updates.
  39. 15 points
    Hi again, This is my latest build. It's looking like my camera skills haven't improved one bit, I need to figure out a better location/setup to take photos of my models, sorry about that. Anyway, this is the build: Kit: Revell F-89D/J (No. 4568) Model: Northrop F-89D Scorpion (USAF) Scale: 1/48 Aftermarket: None Paints: Vallejo Model, Air & Metal Color Weathering: Oil paints, Flory Models Wash The kit was by no means perfect (it's from the early 90's) - nor was my build of the kit ( I can point out dozens of mistakes...) - but all in all I'm still very happy with the overall look. I did not stress about it too much but was just enjoying the build and was in awe how cool a plane the Scorpion really is So I hope you enjoy. All comments & constructive criticism are welcomed! One thing that I'm trying to figure out the best way to weather raised panel line kits, washes don't really work that well. Maybe some airbrush magic? Would love to hear your thoughts on that. And here's a shot with Monogram F-102 Delta Dagger I did earlier this year. Big planes, both of them!
  40. 15 points
  41. 14 points
    Hi! Finished this model this evening. Its been augmented with Greenstrawberry's Fruit Pack, which consists of a photo etched cockpit kit, a resin and photo etch hangar and resin EVA pods. In addition I've used VoodooFX's lighting kit to spice things up a bit. My first adventure into lighting a kit, and it will happen again. The kit itself went together without incident, parts fits well, nothing particular. Assembling all the cargo canisters were tedious though. I haven't put a tremendous amount of effort into making the shades of grey match that of the original, not least because the panel lines on the model seems to have little in common with what is seen in the movie. But, it rather looks like the Discovery, and that was good enough for me on this project. Sorry about not getting a full, un-hindered, view of the model, but such is my display cabinet and so long is this beast, it couldn't be helped. And in some of the photos, the containers along the spine aren't aligned properly. I haven't glued down everything on this model, as I'd rather be able to disassemble it if need be. It sits well on its display base as it is. The Mercury-Redstone to the right, is in the same scale (New Ware resin kit, btw) Difficult to get decent photos of the hangar, with the different colour temperature of the LEDs, depth of focus and all. Arild
  42. 14 points
    I examined my logs - and 99% of my builds so far were non-jet. The single jet in the list was built as a present to my Dad, so I have no jet on any of my shelves. What better choice for a first jet built for my shelf then the iconic X-1. I picked this one a while a go, and while I have the Eduard 1/48 kit as well, this one grabbed my attentions due to its clear parts and internal structure. So here it is: Very very simple, not to many parts and they are soooo small (I promised myself to never build another 1/72 without a VERY good reason) Clear parts were dipped in Future. The fuselage parts were a challenge as I dip into the bottle itself. First plastic cut and glued: The balance weight ball is a nice touch: It's too late for airbrushing tonight - so this will be it for today. Comments are welcomed as always Ran
  43. 14 points
    Hi folks Yes, I am airscale as in the cockpit aftermarket airscale and yes, we are very much still in business @Skyediamonds our website is www.airscale.co.uk - take a look around So Telford was great, really enjoyed it and we did very well on our stand - thanks to those who dropped by Since being back, I have managed a few bits & bobs - first the outer gear doors.. I made blanks of the doors in rigid nickel silver and fashioned the internal pressing shape from 3mm plastic card - it is profiled in many different directions and is actually quite a complex shape... ..these were then fitted and litho annealed and formed around them... ..and completed with the mounts for the lugs that fit to the leg, and the sealing strip along the bottom edge.. ..then it was on to some wing bits & bobs.. the guns were fitted.. ..they are just dry fitted for now, so some fettling to do.. then onto the wing nav lights - these were shaped & polished from perspex samples - the blue is a bit dark, but it's all I have... also added the wing stiffeners near the ailerons on the upper wing, though some of the alclad came off with the tape I used to mount them so they need respraying.. upper side.. lower side... ..have also finished the spinner & prepped & painted the prop blades so hope to have the prop done next.. TTFN Peter
  44. 14 points
    Ah, senior moment, sorry... Hannants was like a huge playground for the chaps: ... including games of ‘Where’s Cookie?’ Of course I can order - and get reasonable shipping - whenever I like but the guys took this opportunity to select some ‘treasures’. After a while I retired to the car to change some hotel bookings and arrange a few more ‘special viewings’. Having great fun and both guys are a joy to be with Last night in Norwich we wandered into town and came across this: Now a Weatherspoons At least they do Steak and Kidney pudding... Lincolnshire tomorrow.
  45. 14 points
    I work from a single desk and it all gets a bit cluttered sometimes. Could I find the third prop? A 2 hour fingertip search around revealed nada. So little option but to try scratching one - which took 30 mins. So it's possible and at least this is an answer for future builds DSCF8826 by Rob Matthews, on Flickr The handrails were fitted to the Bridge/wheelhouse and are a very nice touch DSCF8824 by Rob Matthews, on Flickr And then it's onto paint using Sovereign Hobbies Colourcoats DSCF8823 by Rob Matthews, on Flickr The Colourcoat White is definitely an "Off-white" and I think is perfect for WW2 RN craft DSCF8827 by Rob Matthews, on Flickr DSCF8828 by Rob Matthews, on Flickr DSCF8831 by Rob Matthews, on Flickr DSCF8832 by Rob Matthews, on Flickr Masking the torpedo tubes was fiddly... DSCF8833 by Rob Matthews, on Flickr DSCF8834 by Rob Matthews, on Flickr DSCF8835 by Rob Matthews, on Flickr DSCF8836 by Rob Matthews, on Flickr And after admiring Kostas Katseas' work in 1/700, and invoking the Family motto "Nonne magnus pueris et aufugit", this mysteriously appeared in the post 2019-11-04_192958 by Rob Matthews, on Flickr It's rather marvellous and may well figure as my next build Thanks for looking Rob
  46. 14 points
    On first seeing those pictures of the inside of Hannants, I started having palpitations. After a walk around the kitchen and living room, I have calmed down enough to finish reading the rest of your posting. Chris
  47. 14 points
    A FROG Comet was one of my contributions to the Classic FROG Group Build that ends this evening. A joy from start to finish. The build came out of the blue, with a quite amazing offer from Cliff who donated the kit to anyone who fancied having a crack at it. I caught my jaw before it hit the ground and replied before my next breath! The build was as smooth as silk. Not too many parts in the first place, the usual early FROG excellent fit and a straightforward out the box assembly made for a completely hassle free build. The BOAC scheme is so nice it is almost impossible to get it wrong. A beautiful cheatline, very smart blue and white paintwork and all that lovely polished metal just want to make you go the extra mile on the thing. The metalwork would have stalled a bit as my weapon of choice for this sort of finish is the long gone S 'n J polishing powder. I was just about out of my ever diminishing stocks when rescue came from a very kind offer from Charlie, who sent me a near full bottle of the magic powder. Thanks Charlie, you and Cliff were stars here. I made a simple base out of card, sprayed with auto primer misted on and a basic grid ruled off in fine marker to give me a hardstanding. Yet another helping hand, Mike Dean in this case, turned up the Matchbox Commer van for me. A strip down and refinish in generic BOAC colours got me a bit of ground support equipment to sit alongside the plane. An internet purchase of a bag of 1.100 scale figures got me a pair of pilots to add a bit of life to the scene. I think pictures taken in a coal cellar would have come out fine with this build, the thing just loves the camera! Those polished wings catch the eye regardless of light source or exposure. Enough of the rambling, here's the finished model... The build thread is here...
  48. 14 points
    RNZN Walrus K5783 / Z3 . Old original 1950'sAirfix kit. All decals from generic sets. Aeroclub rigging thread as only other A M item used Some small detail to cockpit added.
  49. 13 points
    1973: The last shoot-down by a US aircraft in the Vietnam War. Lt Victor Kovaleski of VF-161, flying an F-4B from USS Midway, downed a MiG-17. Two days later he achieved the second 'last' when his Phantom was the last US aircraft shot down in the Vietnam War. I decided to build the aircraft he flew for the last shootdown: cheers Julian
  50. 13 points
    A vac Gee-Bee from 10 years ago (the one posted before was an injected Amodel one): Original text: It is as if my friends were trying to prove that there is no kit impossible to build...as long as it is other modeler who builds them. The Gee Bee needs no introduction; it is just a manned, slightly winged, aerial engine cowl. This vac, together with a few others, was given to me by fellow modeler Keith Hudson. I am grateful of course but now I may have to build them. Humbug. In any case, the Airframe vacuformed kit is old but generally nice if your standards are flexible like mine, but the styrene in this one is definitely on the thin side (I have seen other offers from this manufacturer with a pleasant thickness) to the point of both flimsiness and cause glue terror -a syndrome you develop after you melted a kit trying to glue it-. The iconic wheel pants were so thin that I decided just to hold the halves together with my fingers and wick down a bit of superglue. I had, nevertheless, to explain friends and neighbors why I was holding a minute white part on my hand for the next two days. Kidding. The decals, by Microscale, were detailed; nevertheless the shape of the larger ones (on the wings, fus, and pants) is not really well designed to wrap around the areas they are supposed to cover. I am not talking here about not being able to stretch and adapt to the model curves (which is understandable to a certain extent) but of shapes that tend not to coincide, being in general a bit large. I wonder if the decal designer ever applied them on a model. If that would have been the case it should have been realized that some adjustments (drastic in a few cases) were in order. My decal sheet was incomplete and badly crackled (nothing to blame the manufacturer for here), a fact that I caught just in time not to use them before spraying on them a few protecting coats to build up a carrier. The plan worked only for the smaller decals, but the condition and age of the larger ones was so bad originally that they shattered anyway. I had to print a set from a scan I took before doing anything with the decals, which proved wise. I also made some louvers that go on the front fuselage. At the end, a total decal nightmare. The Amodel Gee Bee (which I built long time ago) decals were less attractive and a tad pink, but the bits conformed much better to the contours, if the area they covered was smaller (more painted areas to match for the modeler). As usual, you have to ride your spares’ box (or supplier) to get engine, wheels and prop and scratch any other things you wish to add. It is worth of note though that a transparent vac canopy was provided. The model compares well to a portrait of a remote auntie I had that was a little on the chubby side. Since this was supposed to be a quickie for an informal build, a succinct interior was added and things were kept as simple as possible, which is never really simple with vacs and small models. Images depict how the parts left on the building board in the vacuum chamber magically attach to each other to eventually form a model, by gravity mainly. Anyway, did I enjoy it? you betcha. I only wish I had had a decent, new, decal sheet, because do you know what happens when you match your cowl and spats to a certain hue of a decal set, and then you have to change decals? Yes, that. The rest was pretty fun.
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