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  1. 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
  2. 52 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
  3. 44 points
    Recently finished project. Like the one offs and weird ones. Prototype Fw 190V18 High-Altitude fighter. Goes together easy peasy. Used AK's new Real colors RLM 02 and a few of their metal shades for the bare metal areas. Some discrepancy on the colours of certain panels of the Hirth turbo supercharger underneath from different sites but I just couldn't be bothered and left it in RLM 02. Additions: Rivets to the panels underneath cockpit as per pics of the real thing Ultracast Fw 190 A-F resin seat with seatbelts Fuse wire brake cables Albion Alloys Pitot tube Antenna wire still needs to be attached when I find the best position for the canopy as the real thing had a tensioning system. I know the photos aren't the best, will look into taking better shots so as to upload more of my adventures. Cheers, Enjoy This should be in my recently completed list under signature but its not showing even though I've updated it in my profile
  4. 44 points
    As part of my club's "Hollywood" group build, I put together this Hornet to represent the aircraft flown by Capt Steven Hiller, played by Will Smith, in the movie "Independence Day'(1996). A great kit and I used aftermarket VMFA-314 decals, MRP paint, and Harpoon missiles from a Hasegawa weapons set. Also printed his name on decal paper. Thanks for looking!
  5. 43 points
    hi all, After finishing my Mitsubishi F-2, i fancied something more simple, so i started the 1/48 Great Wall Hobby T-33 kit about three weeks ago. As you can see, it doesn't take a lot to get it finished, as the detail and fit of parts is excellent. Everything you see is straight from the box apart from Eduard steel seatbelts and decals from Platz. The only issues i had with the plastic were a gap on the top of the intakes and the nose cone being too narrow, both of which needed filler to correct. Unfortunately, the panel lines are so fine, they are easily eradicated, both by sanding and painting. Be warned, that you must follow the instructions numbering for the main undercarriage wheels as they are weighted and angled. The overall paint finish is Alclad White Aluminium, and MRP International Orange over yellow to match the orange dayglo seen in photos of the actual aircraft. I had huge issues with the paint being marked by Tamiya tape, even though i had used coats of Future to protect it. This happened throughout the build and i have no idea why, as everything was left to dry at least 24 hours, there were two types of tape, and different paints too. Anyway, it got there in the end and you can see it at Telford on the Asian Air Arms SIG table. thanks Andy
  6. 41 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
  7. 40 points
    Hi Everyone, Glad so say I`ve finally finished my attempt at building a `Sonia` from Wingsy Kits 1/48 kit Finished to represent an aircraft of the 27th Hikosentai, Burma, 1942 ( Oh why did I chose _that scheme and _that armament ! ) Built almost entirely from the box contents, the only additions being the aerial wires I found the kit to be a bit of a struggle and, because of Wingsy`s `why make a part out of one piece when you can make it out of five` approach, a bit of a chore too The fit of the parts is great and the level of detail is very high......... ....but the plastic is very similar to Kitty Hawks `Twougar` kit and is hard to sand and doesn`t stick well ( I found Humbrol Liquid cement worked best ) The opening part of the pilots canopy isn`t a good fit either, it`s very thick and really needs a vac formed part. Still, got there in the end and am glad to have one in the collection. Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  8. 39 points
    This is the ancient Airfix kit (1963) so pretty basic - but reasonably accurate in outline. It was from a 2008 boxing so the decals looked OK. However, I chose to use an Xtradecal set which included an 88 Squadron Boston based at RAF Hartford Bridge (Blackbushe) in and around D-Day. On D-Day itself, some of these Bostons were used to lay down smokescreens along the beach landing areas to try and hinder the German shore batteries. They were also used extensively before and after D-Day in the intensive bombing campaign waged against the German defenses and transport infrastructure. The colour scheme depicts an 88 Squadron machine a few weeks after D-Day, by which time some of the invasion stripes had been oversprayed and the aircraft were beginning to look a bit tired due to the intensity of operations in the preceding month.
  9. 39 points
    Hello, I just have complete this nice kit, it was a short run made by Sword in 1/72. The kit is not to bad for a short run, picky model builders might say that an interior needs more detailing. Inside instruction, sheet you can find some minor mistakes in part for the interior assembly. Better is to crosscheck outside historical reference. The details on wings and fuselage are very good and accurate. That makes this kit so nice, but I added a resin engine because one form the kit didn't look like one. It was so nice that I couldn't force my self to covet it. That is why I made it open. The car is from Kora, it needed some upgrade. It was done a bit sloppy, railing and wheels were horrible and beyond repair. Arado was painted by AK Interaktive paints, the scheme is from Kreta. Enjoy.
  10. 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.
  11. 35 points
    Have been on a bit of a Corsair spree this year, building all three of Tamiya's stupendous 1/72 kits (and one FAA one too). This is my first attempt at a Birdcage, my least favorite aesthetically wise but I actually loved how this model came out, more than the others. The aircraft represents Gus's Gopher, flown by 1st Lt Wilbur J Thomas of VMF-213 at Guadalcanal. I used AK Real Colors for the M-485 blue' gray and M-495 light gray paints of early war USN aircraft. I think M-485 is too light, looks great for a faded aircraft though and since most aircraft faded considerably in the Pacific sun, I think it is spot on, but you probably will want to darken it up for a newly painted bird or for repainted patches. M-495 looks accurate too although this one is clearly unfaded. Decals are from a Skymodels decal set, with stencils from the kit's decals. No issues whatsoever with the kit, it is a joy to build. Weathering included a Humbrol panel wash, some oil streaking, pastels for exhaust stains, and some other oil paint for dirtying as well as the cowling oil stains. Thanks for looking!
  12. 34 points
    Hi all, Finally, I have the next one wheeled out of the paint shop. I had some delay because the white star decals I needed went out-of-stock. She is an F-86F-30 with the -40 wing, as supplied to Venezuela from US stocks in the late 1950s. You will have seen an earlier iteration of this machine when I built her around five years. I chose to build her again as I like the markings. These markings are of the earlier type, i.e. without the “wings” on the roundels. These gradually changed from 1958 following the January 1958 attempted Military coup. She is “8C36” in the older serial system, indicating the 8th aircraft of “C” Flight and is seen here (below) while awaiting delivery from McClellan AFB. The aircraft, like all the FAV Sabres, was assigned to Escuadron de Caza No. 36, Fuerza Aerea Venezolana, known as “Los Diablos”. The Venezuelans ordered 22 Sabres from the US in 1955. Some eventually went on to Bolivia to be the last operational Sabres anywhere in the world. The kit is the Fujimi which, in my view, is the best F-86F available in the scale despite being long in the tooth now. It has some drawbacks, not least of which is the fact that the wing doesn’t have the separate Leading Edge flaps. As you can see, I cut these and built my own. I’ve chosen to load her up with tanks too, appropriately, as shown in the image below. Apart from the seat, the inner tanks and the decals there are no another aftermarket extras on her. So, what did I do/use?. Well: 1. Kit – Fujimi F-86F-40 1/72. I removed the starboard inlet behind the wing which was a feature of the -40, rather than the -30. 2. Aftermarket – Pavla seat, Red Roo tanks 3. Decals – Aztec Juicy Jugs set for the roundels, Detail Decals (US-109) 1mm white stars, home-printed the serials etc, and the rest were from the kit. 4. Paints – overall Humbrol Metalcote Polished Aluminium (27002), with some 27003 Steel added to vary panels. Others paints used were: Humbrol Insignia Yellow, Insignia Red, Matt Black, Aircraft Grey (140), Light Grey (147), Colourcoats Insignia Blue. Finished with Humbrol Satincote. 5. Washes and Weathering – a mixture of Humbrol Dark Grey wash, Flory Dark Dirt, Tamiya Weathering powders. Prismacolor silver pencil for scratches etc around the canopy. Here she is. A few mistakes along the way but I hope you like her: Martin
  13. 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
  14. 27 points
    I present my Zvezda A321 in the delightful Egyptair livery SU-GBT. It’s a simple, yet sophisticated looking livery that they adopted in 2008. The build was OOB, with the aftermarket decals supplied by Ray at 26Decals and Authentic Airliner Cockpit and Cabin Decals. One thing I do like with the Zvezda Airbus kits is that they have the correct scale for the winglets, which saves having to make your own or purchase some from Braz. As with my other Zvezda kits the fit is excellent and only minimal filling is required, it even comes with the clear windows which are ok, but are incredibly thin. It also, like the A320 kit, has the option to have the flaps/slats extended and also to have the L1 door open with a detailed internal FWD Galley area. There is also a detailed cockpit, but I opted for filling the windscreen and using the AA decals. Being an all over white fuselage and engine nacelles, this was achieved using Halfords White Rattle Can Primer and then brush painted using Humbrol Gloss White. The wings and horizontal stabilisers are Revell Aqua 371 and my own mix of lightened Revell Aqua 374 for the coroguard sections with Revell Aqua 99 leading edges. I initially used the ‘blacked’ out windows, and then went over them with the AA ones after falling in love with them while building my Qatar 787. Luckily they aligned ok over the old ones, to avoid damaging the ‘main’ decals trying to remove them. Hopefully I have managed to bring her to life a little. Right enough waffling on now, as always thank you for taking the time to read and have a look. Any constructive feedback and comments are always welcomed. Regards, Alistair
  15. 27 points
    Hi friends, here you have my last build, a big project: the King Tiger from Takom. Tanks are not my preferred subject, but this one I think turns out quite well. I like specially the interior of the model. It's been difficult to me to ensemble the tracks, since this are separated and I don't know how to calculate how much of each goes for each side. I added some rifles and an MP40 in the interior and three used munitions. I'm think in sell this model... Thanks Ricardo https://flic.kr/s/aHsmHGoht5
  16. 25 points
    XV336 No. 800 Naval Air Squadron, HMS Eagle, June 1971 DSC_0004 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr DSC_0007 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr DSC_0011 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr DSC_0012 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr DSC_0013 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr DSC_0014 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr
  17. 24 points
    Hello Britmodellers, here my newest Kitbash in 1:72. STOL-Protytype No. 23.01. 23.11 had swing wing. Bad Art Model needed Academy forward fuselage and more Airfix, R.V. and Italeri etc. parts. 90 hrs solely building time. After surgery it looks like a MiG. Before, it didnt... Cheers, Tom
  18. 24 points
    Building 1/72 kits of the German naval aviation pretty much oob is a kind of a hobby of mine (pun intended) compared to the 1/48 kits which get much more attention. Also, they go with my 1/144 German navy ships .... Here's the collection so far: Lets start with the biggest (and I noticed how big when putting it beside a 1/72 Lancaster that I build as a kid!!) staying with the sub hunters, and same profession the fighters and the final one is admittingly a "what if" (by the time this bird was introduced, the navy had passed their jet aviation to the Luftwaffe ) the liaison and transports ... two more rotary wings ... >>>>> and yes, I just noted the typo in the picture >>>>> and as an appetizer, in 1/44 the embarked chopper for the LST which I still need to build one day I probably will post the ships in the appropriate section .... GO NAVY!!! As always, thanks for looking! (and please keep in mind, some of these kits were built like 30 years ago)
  19. 23 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
  20. 22 points
    invention of destruction, Model is Brasin from Eduard, 1/35 scale. Every participant of the Czech Plastic Modeling Championship got it. At the championship I won first place in the category "Czech-Slovak Maritime Regatta" and second place in the hobby category.
  21. 22 points
    Another build from the recent past. The Hobbyboss Easy Assembly kits are great for a quick mojo restorer or paint experimentation. This was made to test out my airbrush mottle and fading patterns. Unfortunately some visible decal film lets it down a bit. Decals were from the spares box, paint was Vallejo. Thanks for looking.
  22. 22 points
    1979 - Luftwaffe Tornado IDS, Holloman AFB 1/72 Revell kit, entirely OOB. Paints: Gunze.
  23. 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.
  24. 21 points
    I've been building a few Bf-109s to include a couple odd variants. This Buchon stood out and I really like it! Some might consider it ugly but something about it is attractive to me. Built OOB which included resin exhausts and wing cannons and finished with MRP paints. Nice kit but being "short-run", it does require a bit more attention while fitting parts. Probably got the positioning of the radiator flaps wrong...but thoroughly enjoyable build!
  25. 21 points
    Hopefully I'll get it right someday! I've had some computer issues lately, so I'll just briefly cover the progress of the last two nights. Escape hatch windows on, pigments in their final state: Replacement side windows masked: And painted. (Green goes on later.) Old side windows popped out: And that awful glue smear scraped out with a toothpick. Mid-upper dullcoated and unmasked: Gear doors on: Tyres painted Colourcoats Night Bomber Black on the hubs and Tamiya Tire Rubber black on the...tyre-y bits: Then dullcoated. Also, Winston made it through all of Star Wars on Monday, and found it monstrous fine. He called me "Han" for the rest of the day, and would only respond to "Luke".
  26. 20 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.
  27. 20 points
    Another great Airfix kit, built OOB apart from aftermarket decals. Brush painted with Revell Aquacolor and then Vallejo matt varnish. Added some Mig Ammo light grey panel wash and Tamiya weathering powder to break up the black monotony.... although it doesn't really show up too well on the photos. Thanks for looking
  28. 20 points
    Hi All I put my trolley build in the RFI Aircraft section, since it’s very aircraft related. If the moderators could sort this out, I would be happy! It’s the Transporter, Bomb, Airfield, Standard, according to AP.4306A, Section 12 (A.L.28), also known as the SABT. My bomb trolley project began when I visited General Melchett in May to attend the Cold War Jets Collection Open Day. I brought my measuring tape and at the Newark Air Museum I gave their SABT a very thorough measuring session. Coming home I began drawing the trolley. As you all know there is one at Cosford including the mud guards which are missing at Newark. At that time, I was not aware of the fact that the SABT trolley never carried the live Yellow Sun, only the dummy round. The trolley was originally painted Traffic Blue. The bomb remnants at Newark is a very faded light blue with some stencilling in white. Does anyone know of any drawings or good images of the Type L bomb trolley for the Yellow Sun? Here is my scratch-built version of the trolley, made from styrene sheets of different thickness, strips and rods, and wheels from the Mastercaster Victor inner main landing gear. It’s equipped with cradles for the Yellow Sun. SABT. Note that I have set it in the lowest position like in the photograph from Images of War. It's tiny, the frame is 20 mm wide and 60 mm long. Cheers all Jan
  29. 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
  30. 19 points
    Hi After the construction of the Boeing F4b-4 I was wondering what to choose as a new project. My choice fell on Wellington from the Brooklands Museum. I thought about it ever since I saw the picture on the cover of the aviation magazine and read the article about this particular aircraft few years ago. I want to do it exactly as it looks in a museum. That's why I flew from Poland to the museum to make my own photographic documentation. I also made contact with the museum, which promised to help in the project. I will use Airfix kit for construction, at least three. My monster in the original. First cut Regards Tomasz Hajzler
  31. 18 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!
  32. 18 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 18 points
    Hi all, I've had this kit in my stash for a while and I was really looking forward to building it. An aunt and uncle owned one of these back in the '70's / early '80's and we all just loved riding in it. They had bolted 2 custom made wooden chairs to the floor of the cargo area (yep, you could do that back then) and we went in through the back doors to ride along. For this project, I didn't make the chairs as I wanted to do a relatively quick out of box build. I did try to match the colour, I think it came out nicely. For the license plates I used the ones from Paris that came with the kit to give it that French touch. All paints are Vallejo, brush painted. Some chrome details with Molotow pen. I used satin varnish instead of gloss as I felt it suited the car better. In my memory this thing did definitely not shine. The kit comes together quite well, though some sprues are less crisply molded than others. The engine is quite nicely detailed, I did add some wires from reference pics to make the engine bay a little fuller. All in all I'm quite pleased with it, it's just a lovely little car. A nice thing about this kit is that it has "working" suspension. The axles are connected to the chassis in such a way, that when you push the car down it will bounce back up, creating a "springy" effect. It's a true Citroën! Some pics! I didn't take any pics during the build but I'd like to share a "Google translate doesn't always work in Japan" situation as I thought it was funny. Thanks for looking in and I would appreciate any feedback!
  35. 17 points
    This is a bit special for me, the kit is a gift from my 13 year old son for Farther 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
  36. 17 points
    Engine wired and plumbed. Refinished in BASF lacquer, DuPont urethane clear coat. Scratch built parking brake cables, fuel lines and PCV system.
  37. 17 points
    I finished to set the decals. I spray the glanz varnish with a little part of mat varnish. It's also the time to unmask all parts protected THis time, I do the pics with white support and with a format slighty bigger
  38. 16 points
    Hello folks - now this: With all the buzz about that new P51 kit from eduard, I thought I’d pop this one from the stash and get this oldie but still a goodie made. After my last 2 builds being nmf, I thought I’d do one more - hopefully using the lessons learned and expanding my alclad chops a little further. Also going a scale bigger to 1/48 - more plastic making more fun I hope. It will be nice doing a larger model after so many 1/72s - detailing those smaller models can be hard on the eyes..! (Maybe there’s a part of me that wants this built so I can justify buying the eduard one!!! ) In spite of its age, this looks like a pretty sweet kit. I’ve got some aftermarket: A big sheet of pe, including interior, precut masks and some resin wheels - all from eduard. I’m planning on doing petie 2nd - the scheme from the box art: I’m a sucker for nmf and blue schemes so this suits me fine. This image will be my primary source - as you can see she’s a well weathered beast with lots of nice tonal variations on the blue nose and airframe- I’ll be looking to recreate that. I understand that this plane survived the war and still flys today - on her 3rd engine:) But mine will be a portrayal of her dirty grimy wartime years. Of course this means using the dreaded Tamiya decals - I did shop around for some aftermarket ones but the good ones all seem to be sold out - maybe because of that aforementioned kit release. Into the build! First job was sticking some pe onto the pilots seat: I went about adding some details to the radio boxes at the rear of the cockpit. I drilled some holes for the wires and glued them in - used different gauges of copper wire. I looked at a few references for the placement of these - which pointed out some big inaccuracies in the kit but not to worry. I made an oxygen line by wrapping some small wire around big wire... First time I’ve tried this and it came out okay I think. I attached some more pe to the side walls: That green is what eduard thinks is correct for usaf interior green. Maybe sometimes it was that colour but I’ll be using a different shade so this is getting painted over. The hose was installed - I used some crystal clear to create the plugs for this - not very successful but it will do... I had already primed the surface with some Tamiya fine so I was now ready for some paint. I mixed up some tamiya flat green and flat yellow - also some interior green and some Olive drab to get this shade - Then lightened it with more yellow to do some highlights. I used a lighter shade on the seat bulkhead as some references showed that this was a lighter shade of green. The black head rest area was painted with Tamiya rubber black - then dry brushed with a light grey colour. The back section was also painted with rubber black and dry brushed in the same fashion - I also hand painted the frame with the same interior green color as before. The floor of the cockpit was painted using different shades of brown and rust colours from Vallejo model colour - more of a nod to wood grain as opposed a full wood grain finish. This will be covered with chipping medium and then a dark grey to simulate the rubber floor. Some details on the radio boxes where painted.. And lastly a quick dry fit to see how I’m going: So that’s it for the first few hours work With the bigger scale I have to get used to a slower pace but I’m very much enjoying it so far. I’d be keen to hear from anyone who’s built this to see if there’s any issues to be aware of - but from what I can gather it’s supposed to be more or less hassle free. More to follow soon. Thanks for checking in. Cheers John
  39. 16 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).
  40. 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
  41. 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.
  42. 16 points
    Hi all! My last model. T-64BV of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Acrylic painted Tamya and AK Real color
  43. 16 points
    I present the good old Airfix Caravelle in the Alitalia green stripe livery. The Airfix Caravelle came out in 1961 when I was nine years old but despite its venerable age it can still provide the basis for a decent model. As I had a couple of Airfix Caravelles in my stash I decided to see what some t.l.c. could achieve. I invested in the Extra Tech PE set although in the event I only used some of it, mainly around the undercarriage. I used Milliput to improve the nose shape. The point of the nose needs to be shifted slightly forwards and downwards. It’s not a difficult job, certainly no harder than fixing the nose of the Airfix BAC 1-11 or Vanguard, but it does make a difference. If you compare the kit’s nose profile with a good side-on photo like this you will see immediately what needs to be done. The other main modification to the fuselage is the narrow door for the nose wheel strut which Airfix missed completely. F-RSIN engines replaced the kit items. The strengthening bands above and below the engine pylons are narrow strips of white decal which had been sprayed with a slightly off white to give a faint contrast with the purer white of the fuselage. As on the real aircraft these are only visible under certain lighting conditions. The wing fences were refined as best I could without actually replacing them and I added the triangular sections to the trailing edges. At the same time the raised detail was sanded off and re-scribed. I used home-made decals scanned from a PAS sheet to represent the airbrakes on the upper and lower wings. Extra Tech provide brass airbrakes but a dummy run on a scrap kit showed that making the necessary rebates on the upper wings for the thin and fragile PE was nearly impossible, at least for me, so I took the line of least resistance. Paint is Halfords Appliance White and AK Interactive Xtreme Aluminium. Decals are by Two Six and Authentic Airliners plus some bits and pieces from the spares box. The door outlines and the windows on the Two Six Alitalia sheet aren’t totally accurate - the emergency exits are not quite prominent enough and green stripe Caravelles didn’t have silver framed windows. Matters are further complicated by the Authentic Airliners cabin windows being too widely spaced for the Airfix fuselage. (After the issues I had with my Malev Boeing 738 I ran a ruler over the decals before I started using them and I’m glad I did). Luckily I had Two Six’s SATA/CTA 10R sheet in my decal stash and it includes spare grey door outlines and unframed cabin windows all of which which were duly “borrowed”. The Two Six windows were then overlaid with the Authentic Airliners ones applied individually. Thanks for looking and as always constructive criticism is welcome. Before anyone says “the pinstripe scheme was prettier” it should eventually appear on a DC-7C if I live long enough. Dave G
  44. 16 points
    Hi there. This is my 20th model I have completed since the beginning of this year, after I restarted this hobby after putting it on hold all those years ago. And I've had a blast ever since. I've been building mostly cold war jets in 1/72 scale. So about the model: Model: Eduard MiG-21MF (Royal Class Combo, No. R0017) Scale: 1/72 Paints: Vallejo Model & Air Aftermarket: None (kit was supplied with resin & etch parts) Weathering: Vallejo Weathering Effects, Flory Models Wash Decals: Techmod TM72070 Eduard kit is simply but brilliant. Not a bad word I can say about it. Word of caution of the photography - I'm trying to get better photos but I'm not quite there yet. Especially the colours are bit off but anyway, I hope you can see enough. Comments & constructive criticism is welcomed.
  45. 16 points
    Thanks guys - this scheme is quite popular and no wonder - blue on metallic silver - forget about it:) Thanks Christer:) As you know, the cockpit on P51's is quite big and open so well worth the time to spruce it up as much as possible I think - Chipping on the seat was all dry brushing and painted on chips - it's okay - I meant to hair spray it but forgot - most of the dodgy chipping will be covered by the seatbelts so I'm not too bothered Do it Thom - get that Mustang you won't regret it - I promise I have a wee update on work I did last night - just continuing with the cockpit. I did some detailing on the cockpit walls: I used a mix of some PE and the kit details - the PE contrasted quite starkly with the kit details so I painted the PE to try and blend it in a little more - honestly however, seeing it installed, I think next time I'll just use the kit detail and forego the PE completely - The PE is basically flat with painted on details - I think if I'd just used the kit details, it would have ended up being nicer - so one to learn from. The components where all painted with vallejo model colour - blends of black and different greys - I painted on some labels with a fine detail brush. Still more work to do on these but it's looking okay so far. I carried out the weathering on the cockpit floor using vellejo chipping medium - I neglected to clear coat the wood finish, which came back to sting me - as when I started the chipping process, some of the brown started coming away as well - so ended up doing 3 layer chipping - you can see some of the interior green - thankfully this only happened near the top, which will be covered by the pilots seat - so no biggie. I put the instrument panel together which looks quite nice I think - The kit version looked pretty good too so I wouldn't say this is a must have for the kit - but the PE version will do nicely. I painted the head rest also with vellejo red leather mixed with some brown. I'll add some shading to this later. The seat got some shading with some oils - greens and yellows though you can hardly see this in the photo - I'll add some more layers later too. The oil cooler and radiator got some PE grills glued into place - these will be painted aluminium - I'm wondering should I paint the intake corridors aluminum too? The kit instructions are not clear on this so some suggestions would be appreciated! So another dry fit: So it's coming along - I have a few more details to add and paint and I'll probably do some oil paint shading here and there, just add some more texture - not sure if it needs a wash per say - I'll leave this till last and make a call then. Thanks for dropping by... John
  46. 16 points
    Thanks everyone! Are you ready for this? Drum roll.... The starboard side scuttles are all in place - the final 37 added this evening. ...and here is the whole side - it has to be taken from a fair distance away because (lest we forget) this is not a small model. Next up, to add the assorted ladders on this side. But also to move elsewhere! More soon Crisp
  47. 16 points
    Cheers Terry at last we are getting somewhere, the sacrificed red rod gets smaller And painted blue and a small lamp impressed on it This will sit on top of the transmission cooling fan duct and act as a hi-viz lamp It should get an Oscar, lookit! Now then, should I? Airfix give you a little spinner to finish the tail rotor, not this Pondering that one Getting closer, wheel time now Soon
  48. 15 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.
  49. 15 points
    From 13 years ago, another model of a vintage plane that precognized the future: Now, there you have an airliner. Almost an ocean liner, one could say. And, ladies and gentlemen, this was 1920. 32 passengers, mind you. Mister Vincent Burnelli developed a whole family of planes around the lifting body concept, -used much, much later in more contemporary machines. Its earlier interventions in the design field contributed to planes like the Lawson Airliner and the Continental KB-1, amazing creations on their own. Structural soundness, safety and many other qualities of the plane were sought after with the rational use of advanced design concepts. In a way, the “lifting body” is related to the flying wing, both searching for minimum drag, efficiency and structural advantages. Lifting bodies will appear much later, among other examples, in the NASA experimental planes that studied atmospheric re-entering vehicles. A similar line was pursued by French designers: De Monge (his De Monge 7.4 in 1924), Dyle-Bacalan (D.B. 70 around 1925) and Carpentier (C-1 of 1935). There is a wealth of material on the Net, so if you feel attracted to these types and concept do your homework and you will find many interesting stories and the planes and men that created them. For the purpose of this article, I would just say that this story starts in 1920, when Burnelli got associated with Mr. Remington (hence the “RB” denomination), and that there were two version of the plane, the RB-1 and the RB-2, but RB-1 got reincarnated at least once. Here we deal with RB-1's second life. You could have tons of fun trying to sort out which is which, as many of the photos on the Net are mislabelled, and some minor modifications were performed in the machines, even in the same versions. Here some clues: look at the wheels, vertical tail surfaces, engines, tapering –or not- of the aft fuselage and the protruding –or not- ailerons. And the best part as always is when sources contradict each other. The model: Boy, what a corrugated slab! It was love at first sight. A long haul enterprise, without doubt, proven by the fact that this model went on an off the building board for more than a year. After I reached the three hundred parts mark I decided that I was better off not counting them. Although it seems hard work, I can assure you that it is much worse than what it seems. All in all quite an adventure, including the hundreds of genuflections and push-ups performed to recover minute parts from the carpet, which rendered going to the gym redundant. And I’ll throw my gauntlet at the feet of the ones that dare to call it ugly.
  50. 15 points
    Hiya Folks,...... another short update,..... I`ve got the decals and fins on,.....although one of the tailplane parts fell off again during photography,....it is back on now!! ...... I did want to build V1767, V8-N `Now Or Never' but I couldn`t replicate the name as nose art,... so went for the kit option V1823, P5-S of 297 Sqn based at my old home at RAF Brize Norton as it is probably the most photographed Albemarle so reference was good and it towed a Horsa into Normandy during Operation Tonga in the early hours of 6th June 1944 as well as another Horsa that same evening during Operation Mallard; As an aside,.... I`m also building a few other models alongside this one and here is the 1/72nd Arma Hurricane Mk.I built in 85 Sqn markings from DK Decals,..... one of the perks of helping decal manufacturers with their research is that you can sometimes include options that you quite fancy modelling yourself!!; Cheers for now, Tony
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