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  1. 72 points
    De Havilland Mosquito FB Mk.VI This particular version is modeled on one that took part in Operation Jericho, RNZAF, No 487 Squadron Finally - that took a while! My first aircraft kit (although I started and finished a Spitfire for a mate in between) and it is a cracker - I know it is expensive, but cannot fault this Tamiya kit. Although I used some Eduard detail kits (engines, guns etc) you certainly do not need these to make the kit amazing. I'm learning the weathering thing, and I know this is a little 'dirty' - but I thoroughly enjoyed it and learning what I did, having been inspired by the masterpieces elsewhere on this forum... ...sorry, I find it hard to edit the number of photos I want to do some more pics with a bit of photoshop play, backgrounds etc.... And finally - I posted the montage below on FB.... ...within minutes a friend sent me this. She made my day and it makes me smile each time I see it.... Build 'WIP' can be found here:
  2. 70 points
    Here's my 1/72 Italeri/Wingman C-130J-30 Stretched Hercules operated by the RCAF. It started out as a Testors/Italeri AC-130a 'Spooky' with a lot of scratchbuilding and modifications. I'm very happy with how it turned out, hope you like ... Thanks for looking, Colin
  3. 69 points
    Hi all, just from my desk here the new Tamiya Spitfire Mk.I in 1:48. What an amaizing Kit! Add Eduard PE´s and Brassin exhaust.
  4. 64 points
    Hi, here my new GWH F-15C. Nice kit with many details. Add some Eduard PE´s, Brassin AIM-120 und Aires nozzle. Colors are by HATAKA.
  5. 62 points
    As usual from me this is one of my builds from a Group Build, this time the Specialist’s GB. I’ll start off by saying this is a model to build only if you REALLY have to have a 1/48thViggen in your collection. It looks fantastic in the box but it’s a down hill disappointment as you build her, she’s not a straightforward build and in a lot of areas a real disappointment. Enough on that. Heaps of AM stuff was thrown at this build and as I found 90% of it is actually for the Airfix/Esci model even if they mention this and the Special Hobby model. There are noticeable differences between these model so parts don’t quite fit. The scheme…well it prematurely aged me by 20 years I reckon! I used masks and found out the hard way they’re really designed for the said Airfix/Esci Models! That aside the thing that saved this paint job was the paint I used. People that have followed some of my build know how much I rave on about this Acrylic Lacquer paint from Mr Paint. It goes on so thin and nicely and just gives an amazing finish, just what you need for difficult and complex paint jobs. Anyway please enjoy Model: Tarangus 1/48thSaab SH/SF-37 Viggen Paint: Mr Paint, plus details with Tamiya & Gunze Acrylics, Model Master Metalizer Lacquer Extras: CMK - Air brakes set - Ejection seat - Thrust Reversers Maestro Models Conversions - Canards with lowered flaps - Cockpit Detail set - Corrected Wing Pylon - Rb04E attack missile - SKA24 Long Range Camera - Splinter camo masks Master Model - Pitot & AOA probes Phase Hanger Resin - Viggen Wheel set
  6. 62 points
    Welcome to the RFI for my very first helicopter. The Kamov 27 Helix by Hobby Boss. It’s a lovely kit with very little to correct. I used : Tamiya paints. (Acrylic) flory washes vallejo Paint (Acrylic) Tamiya weathering powder. ammo filters and EZ-line I scratch built the seat harnesses and some of the interior wiring. without further ado here she is. here’s an internal shot from the WIP. one last pic. Hope you like her. The WIP can be found here. If you followed along thanks for your help and companionship. My latest build is here. Take care kids and as always Happy Modelling. Johnny.
  7. 61 points
    Hi everyone Here is my second completion this year, it's the ICM He 111. A very nice kit with no real fit issues requiring only a little filler here and there. I used the provided kit decals which although quite thick performed well with a little help from some Mico-set and a scalpel. It was only after I had applied the decals that I realized I had made a stupid mistake by getting the unit crest/emblem the wrong way round so they now face backwards rather than forwards. If any one has a couple spare decals they don't want please let me know, I'm more than happy to pay for them. I used a Eduard photo etch set for the interior along with there mask set, which is a must with all the glazing on the thing! Also used were some replacement Master MG-15 gun barrels. Paints were from MRP, oil wash and pastel chalks used for the weathering. Thanks for looking, gazza l
  8. 60 points
    Hello modellers. My last model is done. Modest model and some hard work in the fittings parts. An old traditional Hasegawa 1/72 model. I used Eduard photo etch interior and masks. Tamiya acrilic mixes. I choose JE+HK 2/KG.6 version, found in Melsbroek, Belgium1944. I hope you enjoy it. Cheers!
  9. 60 points
    This is my attempt at the old Airfix kit of the Scottish Aviation Bulldog, flying in RAF training colours of the mid 70s. With Mrs C frowning on additional shelf space being made available, kits of the size of the little Bulldog become more attractive - wonder what she will make of my plans to do an RAF Neptune???!!! bulldoga bulldogd The kit is pretty basic but still quite crisply moulded. Mine was an older boxing with a Swedish Air Force trainer on the front. The critical advice is to get enough noseweight into this thing. I stuffed the nose with stell shot but there is very little space to cram much in and it was still determined to tail sit. In the end I hollowed out the back of the spinner and stuffed some Tungsten putty in there which just brought the CoG forward enough. bulldoge bulldogc The nose gear is very spindly and was snapped off early in the build and then vanished into thin air. In the end I fabricated a rather crude replacement from bits of white metal and thin metal tubing but it is just about passable. Decals came from an old Modeldecal set and represent an aircraft from the London University Air Squadron. Paint was Humbrol 208 for the red with Gunze white and Xtracrylic Light Aircraft Grey. I wondered about the instructions to paint the front tips of the blades red/white/red as most Bulldogs appear to have black/white striped blades - however Modeldecal were indeed correct that at the time this aircraft was portrayed (1976) it did have the red/white/red tips. If only you could rely on all decal instructions! Hope you like!! Pat bulldogb bulldogf
  10. 58 points
    Just as Airfix announce the new Buccaneer kit, I finish the old kit in 16 Sqn colours, based at RAF Laarbruch. Bit of a dog of a kit, took lots of filling and finally just gave up when it started to look like a Buccaneer.
  11. 56 points
    Hi all I have been working on this little gem of a kit. This is a lovely kit to put together and looks the part. Slightly simplified without some scoops etc on the top of the fuselage but very pleased with it. Built OOB apart from a small whip aerial on the lower port forward fuselage and the headlights were drilled out with a round burr and painted and filled with lazer bond glue. Brush painted with Humbrol enamels. Great Value for money Kit from Airfix Hope you like Thanks for looking All the best Chris
  12. 56 points
    Morning folk's,built as a pair for the Trainer's GB is Airfix's T11 in the Swedish Air Forces historic flight colour's,as this machine is kept pristine I've only ran a pin wash to bring out a bit of detail and no weathering.A great stress free build and nice to be back into 1/72 scale for this and a few other subject's to come,many thank's for looking in. #
  13. 56 points
    Dear fellow Britmodellers, this is my 1/72 Tamiya Mosquito FB Mk.VI, built with Master metal gun barrels, CMK weapon bay and Eagle Cal decals. Markings represent an aircraft of 418. Squadron in October 1944. Painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics. All photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. CMK weapon bay wasn't a good fit at all, being too short for the cut-out of the lower fuselage. Thanks for your interest in this topic. With best greetings from Vienna, Roman
  14. 56 points
    This is my fourth completion of 2019, the venerable but still respectable (at least in the absence of much in the way of competition) Matchbox Heinkel He115B floatplane, wearing the markings from the later Revell reissue of the kit for an aircraft of the first staffel of Küstenfliegergruppe 506 based in Norway as part of Luftflotte 5 in 1941: I got the model quite cheaply off the well-known auction site and built it quickly (or as quickly as I could at least) partly as a trip down memory lane (which seems to have been redeveloped in the meantime as a cul-de-sac full of 4-bed Executive Homes) and partly just to try out the Luftwaffe Maritime colour scheme. It was built OOB with a couple of exceptions; the seated crew figures were replaced with Airfix pilots due to the loss of a leg on one of the original candidates, and the pitot tube was replaced with Albion Alloys micro-tubing so it looked less like the pitot salami provided in the kit. The R/T antenna wire was Infini White Rigging Thread, the 70 Denier size, anchored with a couple of tiny eyelets from Bob's Buckles which were intended for rigging 1/48 scale aircraft but have practical application in a less perverted scale as well I used the Eduard canopy mask set which is still available though the kit itself is, I believe, not currently in Revell's range. The paints used were Colourcoats ACLW12 RLM02 for the interior, ACLW03 RLM65 Hellblau for the underside and the uppersurface camouflage was ACLW04 RLM72 Grun and RLM05 RLM73 Grun. The Propellers and spinners were ACLW02 Schwarzgrun which is subtly different from the RLM73 but too subtly different for my camera to pick up, however I do want you to know that I made the effort The transfers were from the Revell re-issue of the kit which I had acquired at some distant point in the past, a remarkable act of foresight by Past Me. Generally they worked very well but the fuselage codes silvered quite badly, particularly on the port side, and no amount of Micro Sol completely eradicated this. So it goes. The final coat was Xtraflat varnish. Build thread is here. Thanks for your indulgence Cheers, Stew
  15. 55 points
    Hello All, Hasegawa's Avenger competed as an aircraft deployed on HMS Indomitable Dec 44 in the Indo Pacific. OOB with the exception of a replaced tail radio mast (broke the kit one). Thanks for looking and Happy Modelling. Ian
  16. 55 points
    Hi all, Thought I`d share some pic`s of my latest effort, which I finished a couple of weeks ago but, got my sausage fingers caught on the aerial wire and had a bit of repair work to do. My attempt at Fine Molds 1/48 C5M2 `Babs` Kit Finished to represent an aircraft of the 3rd Air Group, IJN and operated from Denpasar Air Base, on Bali Island Really well detailed and great fitting kit, the only bit I had a battle with was fitting the engine and cowling to the front fuselage, but I think......... ....that I squeezed the exhaust parts too close together when fitting the cowling ( there`s a lot of parts involving the engine and cowling in a quite small space ) The interior looks amazing when done and fits beautifully but then mostly disappears when you paint the top fuselage and fit the canopy Built almost entirely from the kits contents with just the usual dodgy seat belts and bits of wire for the ignition harness Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  17. 54 points
    Hello Dears ! Just a few teasing words, I finished her yesterday but SWMBO was working on the PC Then this Morning, I had to go to work, but I can't wait to share a bit with you !! There's been a load of work on the beast !! And as usual, I'm not glad about my painting I know that the real things are generally not finished as neatly as a Michaelangelo masterpiece but …. So, we are back in Korea, back in late '50 Aaaand Back aboard HMS Triumph (Once again ?? ) Paints are a mix of Mr Color and Xtracrylics, stripes are Lifecolors though! Ojk Gents, back at the PC around 15hr for the follow up !! Must earn some pounds or Euro whatever !! See you soon ! CC
  18. 53 points
    Huey captured in the Falkland Conflict by the British from the Argentinian. It was an Argentinian Red Cross Helicopter. Very bad condition paintwork. Not copied the depth of condition . However photos darn it, make it look cleaner than the effects that I applied. Bit of artistic licence. British emulsion over painted, in the Falklands, the Argentinian Livery. I have half painted out the tail & behind the big doors to give the illusion of the change of hands. Kitty Hawk first for me & a very fine kit. http://
  19. 52 points
    Just finished this gem of a kit! Some teaser photos
  20. 52 points
    My latest effort, a Meng 1/48 P-51 built as Mustang IVA KH774, 112 Squadron in early 1945. First off I will be the first to admit it is not my finest work! I wanted a quick, easy build after a couple of tough ones and off court problems and distractions. I built an Airfix Tomahawk a while back and this was a later war companion for it in my collection. The kit was generally excellent - good fit in the main and nice details. I filled the wing rivets, added a few wires in the cockpit and replaced the gunsight and IP decals. The only problem I had during construction was due to the push fit nature of the kit - when you test fit, particularly smaller parts such as U/C parts, it is a devil of a job to get them apart again! As is typical with my modelling, I made a few assumptions - and errors! The only reliable picture of this aircraft which I could find showed a light coloured spinner - possibly sky? I assumed that this was a replacement/temporary and I used the theatre red spinner colour. I also left off an antenna wire since I could find no evidence one way or another whether they were used in Italy. I used decals donated from an Italeri kit and this is where it all started to go wrong. I blindly followed the Italeri instructions for the camouflage pattern only to find - far too late - that this is probably wrong for the so called "Firewall" scheme which it was trying to depict. The colours are, I think, correct but the pattern is not. Ho hum! Also, the shark mouth markings were way too long when compared to the picture so they were modified and touched up as best I could to make them look a little better. The final problem was noticed only when I was taking pictures - I don't know how but I hadn't noticed the small light just behind the arial mast - not sure if they were even carried on wartime machines but on my version, it was painted over (Ho hum again!). Anyway some pictures Cheers Malcolm
  21. 52 points
    Hi Comrades! Here is my recently finished Heinkel-111. It's old but good Monogram kit (Revell boxing) with Eduard brass, mix of Kagero and Peddinghaus decals, national insignia painted with Montex masks. The main issue of the Monogram kit is inappropriate gondola configuration with blind forward end. I ignored it, sorry. After completing the model, I ordered ICM kit of H-20 and found a great additional clear part for the gondola - so sad for me... Unneeded Lofte gunsight window was faired over, some other modifications made to the undercarriage. I was unable to find the photo of the prototype, but always wanted this one - now I have it! Here are some pictures of interior (brass+scratch) And the complete model Hope You like it and thanks for looking!
  22. 52 points
    Hi All, This is a fairly recent completion - FREMS' 1/48 MB.339. I believe this is the only kit FREMS ever issued. It's very well done, with great details, lots of marking choices, and even turned brass gun barrels. I've completed it as A-115 as flown by Teniente de Navio Owen Crippa. On the morning of 21st May 1982 Argentinian troops around San Carlos Water reported they we watching British ships coming in to the Sound. It was decided to launch an armed recon mission and two MB.339s were briefed to take off from Port Stanley airfield. The aircraft of Crippa's wingman went unservicable so he took off alone. Along his route Crippa encountered HMS Argonaut and gainst heavy AA fire pressed home an attack with rockets and 30mm guns., damaging the ship and wounding several crew. Crippa had remain at low level to evade small arms, AA and SAM fire, but managing to take in enough detail to provide a detailed report, used as the basis for the ensuing FAA attacks. Teniente Crippa was awarded the Medalla al Heroico Valor en Combate. I've replaced the seats, added the Eduard cockpit details, and some of their PE to the exterior. Thanks for looking in, Gareth
  23. 52 points
    The title says it all, and Photobucket seems to be behaving quite well today! Cheers, Matt
  24. 51 points
    Hello everyone here is my Burst B Revell color (if we can say :)) 1/4 Gascogne. Model quite simple to mount without trap, except to chew some fittings nothing very nasty .. But for a bit full all I installed LEDs for position lights including a flashing on the back and the reactors .. Decals Syhart, pod reco Arsenal .. Hope you like it .. <a href='https://www.casimages.com/i/190514065135576422.jpg.html'target='_blank' title='Mon image'> <img src = 'https: //nsa40.casimages.com/ img / 2019/05/14 / 190514065135576422.jpg 'border =' 0 'alt =' Mon image '/> </a>
  25. 51 points
    Hiya Folks, Continuing with my recent theme of SEAC based RAF Liberator`s, it was high time that I did a B.VI bomber variant,...... but there are so many out there which have such great artwork applied to them yet so little room at home to display them in model form,...... so,..... I decided to represent two aircraft with the same model as the subject aircraft had Donald Duck artwork on opposing sides of the nose!! The left side of the aircraft represents KH284 `Donald III' in its later guise as K of 356 Sqn, having previously been D of 99 Sqn, hence the black fin with the 99 Sqn white spot covered over; Here it is with 99 Sqn; And- Here with 356 Sqn, seen after the war prior to being scrapped, hence the number `82' sprayed onto the nose and bomb bay door; Now,.... the crossed fin markings of 356 Sqn are usually depicted as being white,..... but in some photos they do look a bit duller and in this painting from the time, they are the same light blue colour as the inside of the roundels,... So,..... here is my rendition of KH284 on the left side of the model,...... I`ll probably paint over the fin crosses with light blue at a later date; And,..... for the other side,..... KH320, D of 357 Sqn with another Donald Duck on the nose!! And the right side of the model,...as KH320; So there we have it,......... one model,........ two aircraft!!! The model was finished with Tamiya Olive Drab on top with Aeromaster Neutral Grey underneath, the markings were from the Eduard re issue of the old Academy kit and also from DK Decals. Cheers Tony
  26. 51 points
    Not often posted as my modelling isn't up to most on this site but fairly happy with how this turned out. Hasegawa kit with aftermarket drop tanks, practice bombs, ladder and decals. 6 Sqn, RAF Coltishall, XX766 from 1992.
  27. 50 points
    Here's my just finished 1/48 Hasegawa A-4N finished as N432FS, used by BAE Systems Flight Systems on a target towing contract for the Luftwaffe. Build thread is here. The kit is the A-4KU boxing, the extended tailpipe is from Quickboost, and I also used a Quickboost seat and an Eduard zoom set in the cockpit. Decals are from Two Bobs. Nobody seems to produce the RM30 target towing equipment so I scratch built mine. I found some of the manufacturer's promotional material online, which helpfully included a scale drawing, although I had to estimate the dimensions of the target. The body of the RM30 started life as a drop tank from an Eduard 1/48 MiG-21, and the front end is part of a JT3D engine from a Minicraft 1/144 DC-8. The target started out as one of the missiles in the Eduard MiG-21 and the side pylon was one of the MiG-21's pylons. Never tried scratch building like this before, really enjoyed it - I'll be doing it again. thanks for looking Julian
  28. 50 points
    Fairey Delta 2 WG774 SBAC Show Farnborough, 1956 Old Frog kit rescribed plus a few rivets. Replacement canopy. Added undercarriage details. SNJ metal finish. Hand painted markings as carried at Farnborough 1956
  29. 49 points
    Hi all, After having had a bit of a hiatus, this is my second posting within a few weeks so I can get on with it when I put my mind to it This time round, I chose a kit I've had in my stash for a while - the Italeri Hs 129. This is actually the first Italeri kit I've built and apart from the odd bits here and there that took more effort, the kit went together well and I think it has really good levels of detail for 1/72. I bought this kit because the Hs 129 has always intrigued me - purely because of it's shape - as it has an almost triangular fuselage which is very unusual. There was also a good choice of schemes to complete the kit in - a couple of Eastern front schemes, a Romanian version and then the one I chose which was Hs 129 B-2 - 4 (Pz.)/SG, Castel Benito, Libya 1942. I was drawn to the mottling for this scheme used to blend the aircraft into it's surroundings in the desert environments. I've never done any amount of mottling before so decided to bite the bullet and give it a go - hopefully I've done it justice So here goes - my Libyan tank buster - hope you like it and as always you're feedback and comments are greatly appreciated. Kris
  30. 49 points
    Just finished the Azur Koolhoven FK58 C1, my next for Polish Air Force in France 1940.
  31. 49 points
    Hi comrades! Here is another one of my past works It's GWH Devastator - fantastic kit built OOB with some modifications and Eduard brass, National insignia painted. Most critical areas to update in the kit - wheel wells and main undercarriage legs (must be shortened). Thanks for looking!
  32. 48 points
    Finished at last, just in time for the Milton Keynes Modelkraft show at the weekend, so will take it there for display on the club stand. Been wanting to have a completed model of this aircraft for a long time, pleased that I have now eventually finished it. In Progress build link is below, highlighting the modifications, paintwork, scratchbuilding, home-made decals, my own resin engines etc etc: Of course, the model was carefully assembled with a "Whole Lotta Love" .... (sorry, I know, I just had to say it ...... ).
  33. 48 points
    My first 1/72 aircraft for 2019. It has been almost a year since my last successful 1/72 airplane build, and I was doubting I would be able to pull it off - especially after a thinner incident the occurred during touch up. Nevertheless, here it is. I'm happy with it, and I feel confident to return to my favorite aircraft scale. The model is straight from the box - including the harnesses, which are the Tamiya decals carefully cut out, painted black in back and then given a generous coat of the Ur-flatcoat, Testor's Dullcoat. Paints are Tamiya thinned with Mr. Leveling Thinner lacquer. I used artist's oil washes to create several filter coats, for weathering. I'm really pleased with the effect, and will continue to develop it in future builds. I'm really happy and excited about this model :)
  34. 48 points
    Hi, My latest model is the very nice kit from Airfix which is quite enjoyable to build. There are some panel lines that need to be filled in and a few things to be fixed here and there, but nothing major. This is a the aircraft of David Lee "Tex" HILL of the AVG for which the decals were sourced from a vintage Aeromaster sheet. Exhaust pipes are from QB. Pitot, gunsight and barrels from Master. Now that it is done, I must confess that I find the wheels ugly and that they would benefit from being replaced. All comments are appreciated. Thanks for looking Antoine
  35. 48 points
    During the mid-afternoon of 30 April 1943, P-40Fs of the 316th FS from the 324th FG, along with the three P-40 squadrons of the 79th FG and a top cover of Spitfires from 92 Sqn, were flying an anti-shipping patrol off of Cap Bon when they were attacked by Macchi fighters, likely MC.202s from151 Gruppo and MC.205s from 1 Stormo. Although both sides made multiple claims, the only apparent loss was the MC. 205 flown by M. IIo Luigi Caroli of 88 Sq., 6 Gr., 1 Stormo. Caroli was listed as MIA, possibly shot down by Lts. Kim Bolack and Malcom McNall of the 79th fG, who shared in claiming a Macchi fighter, although they listed it as a 202. The tables were turned on 8 July 1943, when a MC.202 severely damaged the P-40F flown by Lt. "Bucky" Buchanan of the 316th FS. Buchanan was able to nurse his damaged Warhawk, coded Y*76, back to his base, where its rudder cable snapped upon landing. Buchanan was unhurt, but Y*76 never flew again. Here are my representations of the fighters involved, both in 48th scale, although I can't say for sure if the MC.205 I've modeled was specifically involved in the scrap on 30 April. P-40F: AMtech kit with resin nose, Cutting Edge cockpit with Ultracast seat (to replace the Cutting Edge one I accidentally damaged), Ultracast exhausts and tires, Eduard photoetch ring and bead gunsite, Sky Models decals, added brakelines and a mirror. I think that's it. MC.205: Hasegawa kit, including decals, Mike Grant's 'smoke ring' decals, Ultracast seat. Very nice kit OOB so not much needs to be added. Thanks for looking, and as always any comments and constructive criticism are welcome! Cheers, Mark
  36. 47 points
    RMS Carpathia - 1/500 Scale - Scratchbuilt I present for your viewing pleasure my recently completed model of RMS Carpathia. She is depicted as she may have appeared on the night of the 15 April 1912, the night that she sped to the rescue of the beleaguered survivors of the Titanic disaster. The model is constructed from wood, brass, plastic-sheet and various other bits and pieces. It is completely scratchbuilt except for the lifeboats that are 3D printed. The WIP thread that tracks the process of the construction of the model and the sea-scape can be found here: I am quite pleased with the result - especially as the project took less than 4 months from start to finish. The model will be on display at next weekend's WASMEx scale model exhibition at Cannington community hall in Perth Western Australia. Thanks to everyone in the Britmodeller community for showing interest in this project. All comments, criticisms and queries most welcome. Best Regards, Bandsaw Steve
  37. 47 points
    Hello guys, here is my F-84G Thunderjet in Dutch colours. Except for the decals(from Dutch Decal), it was a completely OOB build. Sprayed with 4 shades of AK Extreme metal. And with it's successor; Erik
  38. 47 points
    Not my usual subject so I may have made some mistakes along the way, but I couldn't resist building one of these . I think it just looks right.... Basic kit is of course the Revell one and the decals are the new ones from Two Six. I was hoping to add the real aircraft to my flight log on a couple of recent trips but no luck yet.. Thanks for looking. 20190425_133329[/url 20190425_133206 20190425_133219
  39. 46 points
    This is Meng's new Rolls Royce armoured car, which can be built in either the 1914 Pattern WWI version or, as seen here, a 1920 Pattern in WWII desert configuration. It's a decent kit, albeit one with a few iffy areas that you wouldn't expect from a Meng kit. Despite that, it's still lightyears ahead of the old Roden kit and builds into a very nice model. The caunter was painted with a mix of AK's Real Color shades and some Tamiya mixes, mainly for the Silver Grey as the AK version didn't look very convincing. The full build can be found here Thanks for looking Andy
  40. 46 points
    Final one for now, built this at the start of the year, excellent kit, built OOB. Airfix Dakota C4, Middle East Communications Squadron circa 1967. Again photographs taken using my ipad.
  41. 46 points
  42. 46 points
    Firstly, thanks to everyone that has emptied their pockets to donate to the server fund lately - it's all much appreciated and helps to keep the doors open. After many delays in getting going, we've now got the new server, and just need to shuffle all our old data across, which I'm discussing with Support at present. Once we've got everything covered off to our satisfaction, we'll begin the migration process, which will mean taking the forum offline so that no posts will get orphaned in the move, and so that everything copies across properly. It will also take a wee while to propagate the changes to the DNS record (the internet's address book), so we may be offline for between 6 and 24 hours at a rough guess. A lot of it depends on where in the DNS propagation cycle we are when the changes are made, as well as YOUR ISP's DNS schedule, so some people might be able to access the site quickly, while others won't initially. It's how internet things go and we have little control over that. Prepare a comfy cushion, a book, bottle of booze/coffee, dare I say a model? and some conversational gambits to try out on your family. Phrases like "So, what have you been up to lately?", "Why are you packing all your clothes?" and "Oh my goodness, who are those small people??" could be useful here. So if the site disappears suddenly, check out Facebook or Twitter and look out for our announcement. If there's no announcement, it's worth putting another 50p in the meter before you start fretting, especially if all the lights went out at the same time
  43. 45 points
    Ah, yes another Tempest Picked this up at Telford, started it almost as I was driving home (well stuck in traffic) but didn't finish it till recently. Finally got the camera out and took a few shots. Only thing I did was to modify the spinner to close up the gaps based on the build the General did elsewhere on this site, otherwise as it came in the box. Lovely kit. Roll on the Mk II. Tim
  44. 45 points
    This time the model quite difficult to paint. The model Su-27 Ukrainian Air Force in camouflage "Digi" set is Trumpeter 1:32 model well-known so it doesn't make sense to describe something about this set again. I can write one thing - we are waiting for a new model of this aircraft. Model made straight from the box, I painted this model with the home made mask so they are not a perfect reflection of the camo Su-27. I hope, however, that this model will please you, I like this camouflage very much ..
  45. 45 points
    More classic Airfix from me - this is my effort at building the Skyvan as G-ASZJ which was the 4th Skyvan and the prototype "Skyliner" all seater variant. And, yes, it is very pink! van7 A few tweaks are needed to change the basic kit into the Skyliner. Most notably two new windows need to be cut out, one filled in, and a rear passenger door was scribed in place of the blanked window. There is also a blister of some kind under the fuselage which was formed from a chopped up Hunter drop tank. van4 With a fuselage that is basically a cuboid, you would think construction should be foolproof but in my efforts to tightly squeeze the components together with rubber bands my first attempt resulted in a distinctly rhombus shape when viewed from the front!!! Fortunately it came apart pretty easily!! van9 This beast is another enthusiastic tail sitter. The front is crammed to the brim with steel shot and yet it was still insufficient to keep it level. Fortunately the replacement 4 blade props and spinners are white metal from Aeroclub and just about tip the CoG forward enough. I needed to slim down the faces of the Garretts in order to match the (correctly) pointier white metal spinners. G-ASZJ can also be seen with three bladed props earlier and later in its career. van8 The pink scheme was used around 1971 and there are some nice pics of this aircraft at the Paris Air Show. There was an earlier version of the scheme with a lemon yellow colour rather than pink. Although you would think that pink is pink, it took a few goes to get the right match. I used Gunze H19 with a touch of red, with a generic light grey for the lower fuselage. The engines were painted with my diminishing stock of Citadel Mithril Silver. van11 Decals for the scheme came from Two-Six. There was a moment of head scratching caused by the scenario below but fortunately the decal being black could simply be flipped over. I can confirm that later prints of these decals do have the logo correctly handed!!! Untitled This aircraft had a long career - it was certainly flying as recently as 2013 as 9Q-CSD with Swala Aviation in Kenya. Hope you like! Pat van5 van1
  46. 44 points
  47. 44 points
    Hi everybody, here's my second completed model for the year. It's the excellent Tamiya 1/48 HIEN, here represented in the colours of the aircraft flown by Regimental Commander Teruhiko Kobayashi. This kind of aircraft was mainly employed to defend homeland Japan from bombing raids during the last phases of WWII, hence the topic title. The build took me a little over than 3 months, just like my last build, coincidentally a Tamiya kit as well - pretty quick, for my standard Here are some details about the build: KIT: TAMIYA 1:48 KAWASAKI Ki-61-Id HIEN (TONY) AIRFRAME: KAWASAKI Ki-61-Id 24 of 244th Sentai, Imperial Japanese Air Force MARKINGS: Hinomarus and blue stripes airbrushed using self made masks; kit decals for all the rest. PAINTS: Tamiya gloss alu and light blue, decanted from rattle cans; Tamiya JA Green for the mottling; Italeri Insignia Red for the tail and Hinomarus, Tamiya Flat Yellow and Red for the wing leading edge bands, Tamiya Flat Brown and Red for the propeller assembly, Lifecolor Giallo Mimetico for the interiors, plus other assorted paints for the interior details. WEATHERING: tempera washes, black for the movable surfaces and hatches, dark grey for the remaining panel lines. Some oil filtering on the red areas and the spinner/propeller AFTERMARKETS: Quickboost resin cannon and machine gun barrels, Quickboost exhausts SCRATCHBUILDING: Seat belts, with wine bottle foil; gunsight reflectors, from clear acetate The kit is up to the excellent Tamiya standards, beautifully engineered and requiring just a bit of filler here and there, and only along the fuselage halves seam. The level of detail doesn't make you feel the need for AM, even in the cockpit area, IMHO - I indulged in the Quickboost resin gun barrels and exhausts set because they are such a prominent feature on this model, and the kit rendition (especially for the nose cannons) isn't on par with the rest of the kit. Here's the WIP thread, in case you are interested in: My thanks to everybody who followed along, supplying help, tips, insights, praises, etc: as usual, you are a wonderful lot! A special thank you to my friend @Gene K for talking me into building this kit and providing a lot of reference material Let's see some pics (beware: a lot of them! )- with one final note: at the very end of the build I had a relevant mishap, enough to compromise the end result (all my fault, BTW). Those who have followed the build already know, for the other viewers I will not mention it, let's see how bad it looks to you. Hint: more visible in the detail pics. All comments welcome Ciao
  48. 44 points
    G'day All Not wasting any time after returning from my recent trip to NZ attending Classic Fighters, I put the finishing touches to my Trumpeter 1/32 razorback Thunderbolt. Enhancements to the kit were a set of HGW seatbelts, Brassin wheels and master models gun barrels. Model was painted with Gunze RAF dark green and sky. Markings - with the exception of the cowl checks - were all sprayed on using a set of custom masks from Ad Astra Masks (sadly now defunct) to depict "Miss Behave" from the 78th FG. The cowl checks came from an old Superscale sheet. The aircraft looked fairly clean with little or no chipping or fading evident, the only staining seemed to be that huge oil streak back from the oil cooler doors. The pilot does not look a happy chappie, nor do his ground crew! Whilst I enjoyed the build, I would love Tamiya to release the thunderbolt in 32 scale Thanks for looking, all comments welcome Bruce
  49. 43 points
    Hiya Folks, Another addition to my Malta Spitfire collection and my first using the excellent new decal sheet for Malta Spitfires by DK Decals. Towards the end of 1942 Malta`s Spitfire`s went onto the offensive with fighter bomber sorties against targets in Sicily to support Operation Torch and they continued to do so during early 1943 in the run up to Op Husky, the invasion of Sicily,.....and a number ran up bomb logs including this aircraft, JK879, T-B of 249 Sqn. In this photo of the aircraft the pilot is Sgt Hughes RCAF; And here is my representation of the same aircraft,...... I used XF-17 FLAT SEA BLUE to represent the blue grey upper surfaces with Azure Blue undersides, the side door was cut open and a vacuformed canopy was used to have the hood slld open ; I`ve just noticed that the back of the canopy has slipped upwards,......oh dear,...... and I forgot to weather the tyres!!! I may sort both issues out asap and maybe add a pair of underwing bombs from an Eduard Spitfire, utilising Beaufighter style bomb racks! All the best Tony
  50. 43 points
    #12/2019 After the Bird Dog, now another contribution for our homeland collection by my dad. Pilot Replicas kit built oob, MRP White Alu/Dark Alu mix as base colour, MRP White Alu for different shaded panels to have some distortion of the plain metal surface. Build thread here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235045982-bundesheer148-saab-j29f-tunnan-austrian-airforce/ In 1961 Austria bought 30 used Tunnans from Sweden which stayed in service until 1972 when they were succeeded by Saab 105. Some served also as recce birds. The aircrafts were used by the one and only Jagdbombergeschwader, split into two Staffeln in Styria and Upper-Austria. DSC_0001 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0008 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0009 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0011 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0012 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0013 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0014 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0015 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0016 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0018 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0019 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0020 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0021 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr and together with the AZ Model kit DSC_0022 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0023 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr DSC_0024 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr
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