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  1. 81 points
    The first time that I saw photos of the Shackleton MR3 s was when I was at Primary School in the late 1960s. These were in aviation and RAF magazines that my father would bring home from the NCO's mess at RAF Bawdsey where my dad served. It was here that I also started building FROG models which I bought from the village Post Office, and I noticed that the Shackleton was illustrated on the side of the kit boxes as one of those made by FROG. The village Post Office did not sell the big kits, so it was during a shopping trip to Woodbridge that I first saw a FROG Shackleton on sale in a toy and model shop on the High Street. I so wanted one but for some reason it would be a few years before I did get one. The fabulous and exciting box front of the FROG Shackleton as I remember it. The Air-Sea Rescue title on the box always seemed a bit out of context considering what it has just done to that submarine. I suppose they would have needed rescueing after. My father took me to the air show and open day at USAF Bentwaters in 1970 and during the display it was announced that a Shackleton was on its way. I was so excited to see a Shackleton for real. Unfortunately it did one fly by at quite a height and that was it, the only time that I would ever see a Mark 3 flying. And this is the actual photo that my dad took. And here is a magazine I have kept from October 1970 still with the coffee stains from the Mess at RAF Bawdsey with a Mark 3 in beautiful colour on the front cover. Christmas 1973 and I asked my dad if I could have a FROG Shackleton. They were getting hard to find by then but he found me one with in a squashed box and a few broken parts inside. But I was so excited, at last I had one. And here I am on Christmas Day with my FROG Shackleton. I built it pretty quickly and not very well unfortunately. I left the wings and tailplanes unglued so they just slotted on and came off for storage. The rear of the box showing the typical FROG full colour painting guide for the two versions. A number of years later I decided to pull the fuselage apart, scratchbuild an interior and rebuild and repaint it. Here we have a drawing I made of the interior of my Shackleton before I closed it up. A photo taken sometime in the early 1990s. It depicts a Phase 1 aircraft armed with nose cannon. Hand painted fuselage lettering and numbers. On display in flying mode on our club table at Bridlington Spa. I made a stand from MDF that slotted into the open weapons bay. Then I repainted her in the overall sea grey scheme that she first entered service in at RAF Aldergrove in 1958. Scratchbuilt ground equipment. Depicted as a new aircraft in 1958. And as she is now after another repaint. On its dollies ready to be slid sideways into the T2 hangar for servicing. On display on our Club table in recent years She has appeared at many displays over the years. The sort of photo that inspired me, a Shackleton MR3 Phase 3 in its natural element. I hope you have enjoyed me sharing my 46 year old Shackleton with you. adey
  2. 65 points
    Latest build. 1/72 Revell kit. Bit of a challenge. Mark DSCN3508 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3507 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3510 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3512 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3513 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3515 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3516 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3518 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3519 (3) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3521 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3522 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3523 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3524 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3525 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3526 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr DSCN3527 (2) by mwsfly9, on Flickr
  3. 65 points
    When I was a kid (55 years ago) I built a B-58. Last year I thought that it would be fun to build another B-58. Was I ever wrong. I bought a 34 year old Monogram B-58 from ebay. After working on it for two months I was so frustrated with the poor engineering of the kit that I put it on the Shelf Of Doom. This past June I started working on it again. I finished it this year on September 22. It took a lot of time and many sheets of Bare Metal Foil. Following are some photos. The aircraft carried five nuclear bombs. Four small nuclear bombs (if there is such a thing as a small nuclear bomb) were mounted under the wings. One large nuclear bomb shared a fuel tank and was mounted under the fuselage. The plane had no interior bomb bay. Monogram did a nice job on the landing gear. I like the way the four baby nukes look! The finish on the elevons and dark areas of the engine pods was due to a mistake that turned out to be good. I painted the elevons with Testors' Metallizer Aluminum with Testors' Metallizer Titanium as a top coat. Those are lacquer paints. I used an enamel based wash and guess what? The wash partially removed the lacquer paint!! However. the result looked really good so I used the same technique on the engine pods.
  4. 52 points
    This time I present the He-177 A-5 model captured by the English and French resistance. The aircraft was equipped with French markings during the flight to England. A little more information from Wingleader Magazine. "RAF Air Intelligence had been aware that the main location for the repair and servicing of He177s was at the airfield of Toulouse-Blagnac in the south of France. As soon as practicable after the invasion of France a plan was put in place to ‘capture’ a He177 and fly it to Farnborough. Troops parachuted into the Toulouse area on 17th August 1944, as the region came under the control of the French Resistance. With the help of the Special Operations Executive one was secured from the French engineers working for Ateliers Industriel de l’Air, who had been sub-contracted by Heinkel to maintain KG40’s He177s based at Bordeaux Mérignac. At this time it carried the fuselage code F8+AP of 6/KG40 and had the number 60 painted on its fin in yellow. Its radio call-sign was KM+UK. To get the He177 to the UK, Group Captain Hards - Commanding Officer of Farnborough, flew a Hudson carrying RAE Chief Test Pilot Wing Commander R J ‘Roly’ Falk, who would fly it back assisted by Squadron Leader Pearce. On 2nd September the Hudson with a fighter escort provided by two Beaufighters set off, but both fighter pilots lost their bearings and came down in France. The Hudson, however, made it to Blagnac and eight days later, on 10th September 1944, Falk and Pearce flew to Farnborough in just 2 hours and 45 minutes. By this time the Luftwaffe markings had been over-painted with French Armée de l’Air markings and the words ‘Prise de Guerre’ (Prize of War) had been painted in small letters on the rear fuselage. Upon arrival at RAE Farnborough the French markings were over-painted with full RAF markings and the aircraft was given the RAF serial number TS439. It made its first test flight from Farnborough on 20th September with Squadron Leader A F Martindale at its controls. Over the next five months it made 18 more test flights, totalling 17 hours 55 minutes flying time, to assess many design features including the bombsight and heating system. Among its pilots was Captain Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown who remarked that the cockpit was ‘like an outsized goldfish bowl’." Plane. Model.
  5. 49 points
    Evening folk's,the dust is sitting thick on the shelves but with the change in the weather it's time to close the loft window for the winter and have a dusting session,all bar one of these Spitfires posts are long gone in the PB debacle so here's the 1/48 collection post dusting.All airfix other than Special Hobby's Seafire.Thanks for taking the time to look.
  6. 46 points
    #23/2019 The sexy beast from the east is done. Hobby Boss kit built oob, only some stencils came from Hi-Decal because the kit decals aren´t the best. Camo painted with AK Real Color Air Supperiority Blue for the lighter blue. For the darker blue my dad mixed Tamiya XF-18 Medium Blue with XF-23 Light Blue and XF-2 White in approx. 4:1:1. The grey was done with Tamiya XF-19 Sky Grey. Exhaust area painted with Gunze H63 Mettalic Blue Green, H76 Burnt Iron and Tamiya X-13 Metallic Blue. Build thread here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235057810-guardian-of-the-east148-sukhoi-su-27-flanker-b-russian-airforce/ DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0008 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0009 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0011 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0012 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0013 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0014 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0015 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0016 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0017 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0018 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0019 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0020 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0021 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0022 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0023 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0024 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0025 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  7. 42 points
    Here’s my Christian Pearce inspired Rat Bird. Mine isn’t an exact replica of Christian’s drawing, more of an “inspired by” and I hope a reasonable tribute to his excellent art work. I’ve added my own personalisation by way of aircraft markings and ‘nose art’, I hope Christian would approve, for anyone interested JHC are my initials. The build consisted of a number of first’s for me… First kit-bash. First ‘hairspray’ chipping. First ‘home-made’ decals. First ‘replacement’ panel. Two ‘donor’ kits were used, Tamiya 1:48 Republic P-47D Thunderbolt “Bubbletop” and Vought F4U-1A Corsair, as well as a number of items from the ‘spares box’, decals, bombs, pilot and PE. This has been one of the most enjoyable builds I’ve had since returning to the hobby, it certainly won’t be the last kit-bash I attempt. Here’s some photos… Build log… https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235058242-148-rat-bird-kit-bash/ Thank you for looking. until next time as always, any suggestions, criticisms or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
  8. 33 points
    Here is my Harrier T.52 ZA250/G-VTOL, Paris Airshow 1979, built from the Sword kit with a Master pitot, painted with Hataka and Lifecolour acrylics and finished with decals from Vingtor set 72-118 Harrier Test and Demonstration Aircraft #3. The kit was a bit of a challenge, the fit of some parts was poor, particularly the intake trunking and front cockpit instrument shroud. There were gaps that needed shims and steps, especially behind the cockpit. The front instrument shroud provided by sword is way too big and I ended up replacing it with a part fashioned from a cut down drop tank half. I opened up the auxiliary intake doors, in future I would recommend replacing these parts with Freightdog resin ones. The Vingtor decals are nice and thin and generally went on well, conforming over curves and bumps, although delicate. I had some small of the smaller stencils break up, possibly as I had the water too warm. Frustratingly, one of the fuselage roundels was misprinted without the white segment, and I managed to pull of part of the serial when handling and needed to touch up by hand. Anyway, here it is, a bit rough in places but good enough for my cabinet: Thanks for looking. AW
  9. 31 points
    Hello Folks, I made this one some time ago to represent a Halifax GR.II (Special) from 58 Sqn at St. Davids, Wales in 1943 but I can now share it with you, hope you like it; The Freightdog update set was fantastic and although not totally accurate for the rivet counters out there it certainly makes the Revell Halifax actually look like a Halifax and it is really easy to use. I added bracing inside the nose cone for the .5 Browning carried by Halifax`s of 58 & 502 Sqns and it came from an old USAAF bomber kit. This model appears in the latest issue of Airfix Modelworld magazine, All the best Tony O
  10. 30 points
    Hi All started last year, finally i got time to finish it. Well known Airfix Zero, so i will not waste words explaining details. Model represent machine from the end of 1944 (decals from Tamiya great A6M2 8 decal options pack) without arrestor hook and in overall green camouflage. I used Vallejo colors, and for weathering what ever i got :). My idea was that early Zero should be a quite weathered in late days of the war, so i tried to achieve that look, not sure that i completely succeeded, but i am happy whit this Pictures taken during cloudy day so last two are with flash (trying to show different colors). Hope you like it. Best regards
  11. 27 points
    DH.2 'Lanoe Hawker' 1:32 Wingnut Wings The DH.2 entered service in February 1916, putting an end to the 'Fokker Scourge' of Eindekkers that had been dominating the Western Front with their synchronized machine guns firing trough the propeller arc. Highly maneuverable, the DH.2 was a good fighter despite it's fragile looks. Lanoe Hawker was already an experienced ace and Victoria Cross holder when he took command of 24 Squadron, and led them to France in 1916. On 23 November 196, flying 5964 (the subject of this model) with 'A' flight, Hawker encountered Jasta 2 and in particular Manfred Von Richthofen flying a twin gun Albtaros D.II. A lengthy dogfight ensued, with Hawker eventually breaking off due to low fuel. Richthofen fired one last burst before his guns jammed, and Hawker was killed instantly, becoming the Red Barons 11th victim as 5964 crashed to the ground. Wingnut Wings have released some of their superb kits with equally high quality resin figures to depict famous aces and their aircraft. I just had to have the brilliantly sculptured figure of Lanoe Hawker, holding a map and with his coat slung over his arm. The figure is absolutely perfect, beautifully cast and a pleasure to assemble and paint. The DH.2 is a real beauty to build, but complicated to rig, and I was forever thinking I had finished when I spotted a bit I had missed. I think I have finished it now though, I will create a proper base and case for it, as it deserves to be properly displayed with the figure next to it. On with more photos: Weathering is subtle, I did some chipping around the cockpit area where the dark green was scuffed away to reveal the grey beneath. You may just notice the clear tube fuel gauge on the upper wing tank, showing the tank nearly full! I masked and pained the see through effect of the upper wing roundel on the under side of the wing. Sunlight from above would have created this effect as 5649 was delivered in clear doped lined, and later painted with dark green PC.10, painting around the roundels. Thanks for looking, John
  12. 27 points
    .... Airfix 1/72nd Dakota and all decals fro generic sets in my decal bank. A bit belated but here it is... Representing an RCAF Dakota of 437 Squadron formed for the mass drop over Holland.
  13. 26 points
    Hello Here is my first post of finished work, it is the Mitsubishi G4M Hamaki Typ 11 "Betty" in scale 1/48 from Tamiya (with some parts from Eduard and Master Model). Painted and weathered with Testors and Revell colors. Best regards Peter
  14. 26 points
    Revell 1/72 kit and Babibi decal. Turkish Air Force No 113 Squadron "The Light" http:// http:// http:// http:// http:// http://
  15. 26 points
    Finished this in the spring, but only now got around to take pictures. It's the CMR resin kit and the only kit available, AFAIK. Can't really recommend it, it's crude beyond belief. One of the final steps was to fix the spinner to the front and as you can see, they don't match up. Oh well, it would have been back to scratch to fix it. The main wheels came from a P-51, as the original; fortunate, as the kit wheels was so far off. The air intake under the spinner also came from a P-51 and does not really fit the bill, but it's better than the kit offering. Painted with Alclad nuances and finished with the kit decals I just hope it may inspire other to make a better effort . /Finn
  16. 25 points
    I don't post all that frequently here, but I've had a pretty good year and a bit as far as modelling goes, so I thought I'd post up some photos of my recent builds... In chronological order, starting from last September - Hasegawa 1/48 Hurricane Mk IID (I'm aware the tail wheel is the wrong way round, it won't actually fit the correct way round, Hasegawa's error in making that part, although I suppose I could have cut it and sanded it and forced it to fit correctly). Xtrakit 1/72 DH Vampire Italeri 1/72 F-117 Nighthawk (unfortunately the kit decals for the underside cracked on me during the build) Revell 1/72 Tornado GR1 (I had a problem with the decals, they're by Printscale, and were very thin, the "Mig Eater" decal rolled up irreparably, hence why it's missing) Revell 1/72 Mig-21 Airfix 1/72 C-47 (my D-Day commemoration build) Airfix 1/72 A-4 Skyhawk (unfortunately the canopy fogged on me, Mk.82 Snakeyes are from Hasegawa)
  17. 25 points
    Here is the last of my builds, the Gloster Meteor F Mk IV. Not the prettiest of planes, it was developed from the wartime Meteor F Mk III which was itself an improved version of the Meteor F Mk I, the RAF's first operational jet fighter. The Mk I was powered by a production version of the Power Jets/Whittle engine and was slower than many contemporary piston engined fighters, so after a short run was replaced by the Mk III with more powerful engines. Even then the Meteor was barely faster than the Tempest and Spitfire XIV, However jet engine development gathered pace rapidly and the post war Mk IV was nearly 100 mph faster. Unfortunately this over-stressed the already suspect wing, so after a few had been produced the wing was clipped to relieve the stress. The Frog kit was an easy enough build and the only modification I made was to graft on more accurate engine intakes from an Xtrakit ex MPM Meteor F8 kit, replace the pitot tube, and add a whip aerial. For those of you who have been following my various builds, as suggested in one of my notorious rants I have photographed the Meteor on top of my ruddy garden wall that was built concurrent with this GB and became a topic of such interest that it also ended up in the gallery, together with my "Hairy Hooligans". Still waiting for some dry weather to paint it! I would like to thank the organisers of this build for their hard work and support, together with all who have participated, either building kits or by making informative and encouraging comments. This is my first GB and it has been an interesting and amusing experience. See you around, or as we say in Yorkhire - "Ah'll sithee". Pete
  18. 24 points
    Hey all, this is my older model, built probably in June or so. Eduard FW 190 in 1 48 scale Any feedback welcome! Happy building!
  19. 22 points
    I shot a coat of Gunze Medium Sea Grey over the gal, so now I can find all the spots that need fixing. I've already found a few. I added the landing gear but maybe I shouldn't have. She balances OK, but the gear (especially the front) looks awful spindly. I applied a coat of thin superglue over the spindliest parts, hoping that it might reinforce them. I'm not worried about the gear not withstanding the weight of the model, I'm just worried about old fumble thumbs here knocking them off. I overdid some of the scribing, mostly on access panels, and some of them need to be filled with some Mr. Surfacer. I don't want folks to think this is a Matchbox kit! Cheers, Bill
  20. 22 points
    Ok, almost totally off topic but during the course of the various build threads I have posted since June I have mentioned a couple of complications I have had, and the "administration" wanted me to post a new topic and also put it in the Gallery. The first problem was when my wife decided she wanted me to build a wall in the garden. As I have said elsewhere it is not a big wall but we live on the side of a fairly steep valley in South Wales so it had to be strong enough to hold back my lawn, whilst at the same time providing a "terrace" for my wife to put potted plants on. It involved removing a lot of spoil and taking it up 18 steps to my car, and bringing the building materials back down - I have calculated we shifted around one and a half tons, which is heavy going at my age. Like an iceberg, most of it is unseen - 12 bags of cement to form a foundation plinth. Once it is dry she has decided to paint it in guess what - concrete colour! Should look better next year with trailing plants growing down over it and more pots on the terrace. In this slightly earlier pic you see the second problem. Towards the end of June we received a couple of 2 month old kittens. This was taken just after they arrived. "I want my mummy"! And this was taken earlier this week. "We are big boys now". As you can see they have grown a bit in 3 months! They can be a lot of fun but get into everything and not having a "Man Cave" I have had to work round them when spraying my kits. Fortunately they enjoy being out in the garden when the weather is dry so things have improved but when they can't go out they have a mad in the house and nothing is safe. The joys of modelling!
  21. 21 points
    Somewhere in the Soviet Union... This started as a build of an old Tamiya T-34 kit to test the hairspray technique. The model was left for two years before I found the inspiration to complete it again a couple of months ago. Figures are Miniart.
  22. 21 points
    Not as good as the academy kit but the Hasegawa Mig-23 kit does build fast. That said, I always get thrown off by kits that are a mix of raised and engraved panel lines because it makes it a little more challenging for me to make the paint job more interesting, especially since I was going for a Tipnis Grey finish. This was a straight OOB build. I broke the pitot tube early in the process and when I couldn't get a metallic pin to stick as a replacement, I fashioned a new one from my spares box. - I believe an old matchbox SHAR pitot tube. All colors are Tamiya. I used Sky Grey (XF19) for Tipnis Grey and gave it a black wash before sealing. The decals are mostly from the Hi Decal sheet for the MiG-23BN as I assumed they will be fairly similar. The Serial numbers are Berna Decals. I chose SK434 as it is still around as an attraction at the Indian Air Force Museum in Delhi. I hope you like this build. Comments are always welcome - thx for looking!
  23. 20 points
    This is my latest build: a Tamiya's 1/48th scale F-14D Tomcat. It's a great kit, with superb fit and smart assembly, i had lot of fun building it! Kit built OOB, with some details from Eduard PE and KA Models exhaust nozzels. Painted with Gunze's Acryl Paint (h-307, H-308, H-337). So, let's start the photogalley: Ciao Ale
  24. 20 points
    Another of my very old builds. ESCI 1/72nd kit Modeldecal decals and a memory of 1977 Greenham Common.
  25. 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
  26. 19 points
    Finally got around to doing some pics of one of my restorations to old kit builds. This one is the Aurora 1/72nd kit of a PA-28 Cherokee re G-BBID that I flew in on My 4th 1994 from Shoreham Airport. last known to be registered as N519MC My reworked model has decals made for me and based on the only photo I could find of it in the markings it wore at the time of my flight. I do have another one built in BA flying club colours.
  27. 19 points
    Hi There, Well, after 10 weeks of mainly sanding, filling and more sanding I give you my attempt at "The Grand Duchess of East fortune" XM597. I had so much fun and enjoyment building this even when she was staring at me from the worktable telling me that it was due time I was working on her. Primed with Halfords Plastic Primer Rattle Can as she was way to big for my spray booth and was done outside. Painted with Tamiya Dark Sea Grey, Medium Seas Grey and Vallejo Modelair Dark Green. The refuelling probe was from Master The Decals were from Airframe Decals RAF V-Bombers Pt III. Finished with three coats of Galeria Satin Varnish. As always call comments and criticism gratefully received. Cheers, Alistair
  28. 19 points
    Picked up the Eduard Dual Combo kit on Saturday and just had to have a go at it straight away. Kit comes with two 144th Spitfire Mk.IXe with marking and wing options. One each of elliptical and clipped wings, so you can't build two identical spits from the kit, but wasn't an issue for me as I wanted one British and one French. There are markings for 2 British Spits and one each of Czech, Norwegian, French and Israeli. The decals are beautifully printed (there is a correction sheet for the Czech roundels included in the kit, though I had to look really closely to see why) and respond well to MicroSol. There are masks for the canopy and wheel hubs and they are superb, though I didn't use the hub masks as I built mine 'in flight'. Construction is very simple - only 19 parts in total per aircraft. It's designed to be displayed wheels down, but some simple modifications make it into an in flight aircraft. A bit disappointed that there is absolutely no interior detail, but it didn't affect this build as I've greyed out the canopy to match the other aircraft that are going to be displayed with it. This will be one of the two escorts for my Revell Concorde (that's why I want one British and one French). Paints used were as follows: Upper and lower Camo were Alclad MIL-SPEC enamel colours - Medium Sea Grey, Ocean Grey and Dark Green. All others were Lifecolor acrylics. Camo was glossed with Alclad Aqua Gloss for decalling and then Matted with MicroFlat. Thanks for looking. Kev
  29. 18 points
    Hi This is the third of my backlog of models for RFI. I needed something 'easy' after building the Revell Inc MIG-21 so opted for a Hurricane IIC from Academy. This is my first Academy kit and I found it an enjoyable build. I built this straight OOB, only correcting the serial number. The decal for the 3 Squadron RAF example is shown as ZB464, but should be Z3464. I am a long way from mastering weathering so this Hurricane looks as if it has been in hard battle for some time and not been subject to any cleaning. Thanks for looking. Graeme
  30. 18 points
    DH MOSQUITO PR XVI 653 Bomb Squadron USAAF RAF Watton June July 1944 Kit Tamiya + Attack Squadron conversion set Rising Decals Quickboost resin seats Humbrol brush paints Build thread here Patrice
  31. 17 points
    Morning all, I'm going to call it a day with this one. A fun build of a sincere and well meant kit! Definitely recommended for all aficionados of early Soviet bombers, assuming Tamiya isn't about to tool an SB. The kit has lovely detail, but slightly iffy fit in parts, particularly the transparencies, which aren't the most transparent either. But it seems to be an accurate rendition of Russia's Blenheim, right down to the incredibly spindly landing gear (I wondered if the real ones wobbled when you sneezed on them..?) I also had good fun on the weathering, acting on the assumption the VVS didn't regularly clean their bombers. Here is my finished model: ...and thanks to all who followed on my first rather sporadic WiP: Now to clean up the bench and on to the next adventure in styrene! All best Harry
  32. 17 points
    Bandai's 1/72 Incom Corporation T-65 X-wing space superiority fighter (1977): Cheers W-D
  33. 17 points
    While I toiled away on my Sword Harrier 2 seater I decided to build something straightforward that actually had parts that fit, as both a mojo restorer and for some airbrush practice. I had bought this Hasegawa Wildcat some years ago at a show, it was second hand but I started, complete but bagged not in a box. Any way the build went together without any issues, out of the box other than some plastcard bulkheads to close off the vacant space in the wheel well. Decals are from Superscale set 72-287 and represent one of the aircraft of VMF-121 flown by ranking Marine ace Joe Foss ( although Boyington was credited with more victories a number of these were with the AVG in Burma before the US entry into the war) on Guadalcanal in October 1942. Painted mainly with Hataka acrylics and weathered with a light misting of light grey wash to simulate the fading that was so apparent on Guadalcanal aircraft, and some staining with black and umber washes and a spray of a Tamiya smoke. I am pretty happy with how it turned out, although I notice that the aerial wire (Uschi Rig that Thing) has lost some of its tension overnight. Enough blabber, here she is: Thanks for looking AW
  34. 17 points
    Hi mates, I'm actually still building this model - and I've finally finished scribing the fuselage, wings, and vertical fin. (This ranks up there pretty high in my list of unsuspected accomplishments. I've led a sheltered life.) Whew! Do I have to do this again for the FAW.9? Aye Carumba! She don't look too purty right now, but here she be: Still more work to do on the intake lips, but that shouldn't be too bad. You can see occasional bits of putty where La Scrib-i-nici went bonkers and added nice stylish flairs to the panel lines. After I sobered up, these were dutifully filled. I have to say, the mica-like basal cleavage of the plastic, in tiny sheets only a few atoms thick, was a right royal pain in the whatever. Hopefully the paint will cover it. A much more major "stylish flair" necessitated an entirely new starboard wingtip. Under the sign of the Seven P's (Proper Prior Planning Prevents Pitifully Poor Performance) I was prescient (an eighth P!) to punctually procure (nine! ten!) a proper proxy (eleven! twelve!) piece (stop it!) which was put (no!!) in the parts (argh!!) box. Next, I allowed myself to be swayed by all your lovely photos of the all-moving tailplane and separate elevator, and promptly hacked up my extra set, just in case I cocked it up completely then I would still have the original parts. Of course, these still need to be scribed. The elevators are next, and I think that I'll just cut them pretty much straight across rather than try to cut around the hinge areas. I think it will be easier to restore those than cut around them. So that's my update. Oh, wait, some questions. Whereabouts is the pivot point for the tailplanes? I assume at its centre of gravity, so to speak, so it would be more towards the back of the fin. Also, the Print Scale decals for the T.3 state that the underside is Light Aircraft Grey. I would have thought silver or aluminum of some kind, but what do I know? Is LAG correct? Cheers, Bill
  35. 16 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.
  36. 16 points
    Hi all, This is my attempt at Tamiya's kit of the GMC deuce and a half. Dating from 1997, I found the moulding and fit to be excellent - a good choice for my first vehicle kit in this scale. I also bought Tamiya's accessory set 231 to go with it, this having the 0.5" Browning mount over the cab area plus a few other bits and bobs. The kit was built out of the box(es) apart from the cable for the winch. I also used the kit to try out weathering techniques and learnt a lot from a fellow modeller who showed me the oil dot technique, the use of pigments for dust and mud effects and gave me some links to helpful videos on YouTube, so many thanks to him. Thank you for looking, Pat
  37. 16 points
    Who can't deny the thrill of standing under a Queen of the Sky on the Perimeter Road as she drops down through the last 100ft of her final descent? Magic eh? Be it the First Officer or the onboard INLS calling it out, …. "100 Above" The kit is of course, the tired old Revell 1/144 747-400. This one should have had Iron maidens Book of Souls livery but that was never going to happen. Wearing a mix of 26 Decals and Authentic Airliners British Airways Chatham Historic Dockyard Decals, the engines came from a specially purchased BA Landor version of the 747-400 to get those 4 mighty RB211's as I did not like the Braz options I started out with, and the most costly part was the Shapeways.com 3D printed leading and trailing edge flaps. You cant really see it but I have also used the phot-etch sets on the undercarriage and altered the undercarriage bogies to their naturally receptive droop in readiness for touch down. Some "in-build stage" shots below for you now.... Thank you to those of you who followed the WIP. This is one of the few builds I have walked away from and can say "I am happy with that build" - it turned out how I wanted it to and is a subject very dear and close to my heart. John
  38. 16 points
    I'm waiting for the some red decals to arrive for my XF-89 build, so, in the meantime I have been finishing off another one for my growing Scorpion collection. This is the Hobbycraft F-89B in the markings of the 190th FIS, Idaho Air National Gurad...... Built OOB - except that I had to remove the central frame from the canopy - it is finished with rattle cans of Halfords 'Aluminium' and Gloss Black auto sprays..... Decals are from the kit boxing - all those stars are applied individually I had quite a few fit problems with this kit - especially the cockpit tub and bottom fuselage section - but I fought it and eventually won!!! I now have four operational Scorpions in my collection - Hobbycraft F-89A & F-89B, Revell F-89D and Academy F-89J - plus the XF-89 conversion. I still have the Hobbycraft F-89H to build to complete the colllection, then I can get back to Flankers....... Ken
  39. 15 points
    I present the Revell A321 in the current livery of Thomas Cook. I liked the old blue scheme and I wasn’t sure about the yellow/grey when it was first introduced but it has definitely grown on me. The model is OOB apart from BraZ sharklets and a couple of small fairings . White paint is Halfords, Airbus Grey is Holts HL Grey01 and medium grey on the rear fuselage is Humbrol 128. The engines are Revell Aqua 310 Lufthansa Yellow with a tiny spot of 371 Light Grey just to take the “edge” off the yellow. Aeroflex on the wings is Revell Aqua 374 and metallics are by Tamiya and Revell. Decals are by RJS supplemented with detail decals from the kit sheet and the spares box. RJS helpfully provide decals for the yellow fuselage flash and the dark grey sections on the fin, fuselage and sharklets which saves some tricky masking and spraying. You even get a choice of long or short decals for the sharklets. The decals are screen printed except for the actual “hearts” which are laser prints. RJS also thoughtfully provide separate white backings for the hearts in case the modeller prefers to paint the dark grey but I went with the decals. Despite being designed for the Zvezda kit they fitted the Revell fin and fuselage well apart from a tiny gap on the fin leading edge. There was a bit of a mismatch between the decals and the BraZ sharklets (I suspect the sharklets are a fraction narrow) and in hindsight it would definitely have been easier to paint them. However I got there in the end even if it meant using Tamiya Extra Thin Cement (!) as a decal solvent. The only downside of the decals is that the windows and doors are printed across the main titles instead of being separate as on most silkscreen decals. For a consistent appearance I had to apply all the RJS windows then overlay them with Authentic Airliners frameless windows. Inevitably the spacing was fractionally out and I ended up applying the AA windows in pairs, a fiddly job I really could have done without. Anyhow, that minor grump aside the decals are beautifully printed, robust and supported by comprehensive instructions. An excellent product which I heartily recommend; I just wish RJS’s range was bigger. Thanks for looking and as always constructive criticism is welcome. Dave G
  40. 15 points
    I once had a collection of Luftwaffe night fighters, but that was many decades ago and they are long lost. So, I decided to get started on a new collection. For better or worse, I decided to build this: But modifying it into the high-altitude, B-8 version by borrowing parts from this: If you were following my WIP (read it here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235034172-luft-46-dornier-do-335-b-8-high-altitude-nightfighter/& ), you will know that I ran into all kinds of problems, mostly dealing with the fit of the kit. A modern, CAD-based production this is not! Anyway, enough belly-aching... Let's get right to the pics: U Hope you enjoyed the show!
  41. 15 points
    Hello dimaADA, and welcome on board Good question, I keep asking that to myself too No, I'm just kidding: when I bought this kit, a few years ago, I wasn't really after the best kit for a Typhoon, I just saw it and it looked good value for the money, also reading some online reviews. I knew nothing about the HASEGAWA kit back then. If I ever build another Typhoon, I promise it'll be from the HASEGAWA kit Last update for the weekend, everybody: once glued in place, the radome showed a ridge on the bottom side not easy to photograph, so you'll have to trust me, but it was there. A quick sanding brought it back flush with the fuselage (see below) As I mentioned earlier, there still were a few details to be added before priming; on the back part of the fuselage (top side), near the base of the tail fin, there are two small vents. Here's Revell's rendition (supplied as an extra bit of plastic to glue in) Not much of a vent, is it? So I stuck it to a wood block with double sided ape and made a copy by pressing over it some wine cap foil I filled in the back side of it with a thin layer of CA, to render it rigid; then i cut it out using a sharo razor blade, and here's a dryfit Looking better, so I made another one and stuck them in place with CA Two more vents on the bottom side: they needed reworking because their walls are quite thick, but the protruding lips were very fragile, so I decided to glue them in and refine them later While they were curing, I put together the drop tanks That gap you see under the pylons is only on one side, and it needs to be filled in, because it's not there on the real thing. Also, one of the tank had this dent on the tip from the beginning More work for CA + flour, I guess There are two blade antennae to be added on the bottom side; one was actually molded with the fuselage, but I managed to knock it off earlier in the build, so I wanted to recover it from the spare fuselage It didn't look all that good, though, so I scratch built it from 0.5mm styrene sheet and glued in place with TET. Again, I'll refine it once it has cured You can also see that now the bottom of the radome is flush with the fuselage Last thing was the big blade antenna, again glued in place with TET That's it for the day, I hope you all had a great Sunday. All comments welcome Ciao
  42. 15 points
    Hi all, here some pics of my new built Airfix Hunter F.6 in 1:48. Add some Eduard PE`s, pitot by Master and Xtradecals for a No 12 Sqn Hunter. Replaced the whole landing gear with those from the old Academy kit. From the same one I used the 4 fuel tanks.
  43. 15 points
    The cockpit is finished, and ready to close up. It's using Mike Grant instrument decals, Ultracast's Spitfire seat with late style harness, with the harness extended with plastic strip to drape over the rear bulkhead frame. It also has Quickboost's gyro gunsight with combiner lenses from .005" clear plastic, scratchbuilt compressed air bottles and trim wheel.
  44. 14 points
    Why? Heinkel certainly didn’t apply a panel line wash when they built the real aeroplane, the panels of which would either be lapped, or butted together if they met over a major structural member or a doubler plate. In the first case you’d see a shadow which, obviously, would vary with lighting conditions rather than appearing as a permanent fixture (as a wash is) and in the second any gap on the full sized aeroplane would be narrower than the panel line on your model. Most ‘219s didn’t survive long enough to accumulate vast quantities of crud and grot so, apart from exhaust staining, gun blast residues and mud or dirty water thrown up from contaminated runway or taxiway surfaces they’d be reasonably clean. I know it’s a museum exhibit but have a look at any images you can find of the only surviving ‘219 in America and see how conspicuous the panel joints are. I also know that it’s your model, but I’d suggest that “less is more” and that any wash is a slightly darkened (or lightened for black areas) mix of the base camouflage colour and not applied to every panel line, stick to those where grot can be seen to accumulate or frequently-removed access panels.
  45. 14 points
    It’s nice to see a model that hasn’t been pre-shaded, post-shaded, panel line washed and weathered to within an inch of its life; it looks like it’s fresh from the paint shop, or the crew chief has found a band of “willing volunteers” to keep it nicely bulled up just in case a very senior officer comes along for a snap inspection. I have one of these to build which I intend to do as one of the few operated by RAF Transport Command around the end of World War II; did you encounter any significant problems with construction? I know that there are some errors in the instructions, and that the instructions don’t explain which bits are relevant to which version. I’m not sure whether to do as you have with everything buttoned up and, presumably, the main cabin interior omitted, or to open the doors and have to squeeze in a shed load of ballast in the front baggage hold.
  46. 14 points
    It's been some time since I've posted any civvie stuff on BM. I'd like to say I've been to the Seychelles but that would just be wishful thinking.... Here's my take on the Matchbox Twin Otter dressed up in the markings of Air Seychelles : I started using the markings on the Nazca decal sheet but I couldn't live with the join line on the tail markings. Although I tried to paint over, my efforts to match the colours failed miserably - there's a surprise ! I ended up taking the easy way out by painting the markings with home-made masks Hope you can feel the sand between your toes ? mike
  47. 14 points
    I model at a glacial pace. I started this back in early 2014!! Anyway, here's my Matchbox Mosquito built as an NF36 of 39 Squadron based at Kabrit or Fayed, Egypt in the early 1950s. The uniquely shaped late NF exhaust shrouds are from HiTech's Stage2 Merlin set. The props and spinners are from Aeroclub and the decals are by Freightdog. The drop tanks are from Paragon. I wasn't happy with the shape of the canopy and reworked it quite a bit. The vac canopies I had to hand were either poor fits for this kit or not any better shape than the one Mbox provided. This is obviously a simple kit but parts fit well and it looks like a Mosquito to me. Comments and suggestions welcomed. David
  48. 14 points
    Hi Guys Spitfire Mk VIII very quick built, I started Friday evening and I wanted to complete it yesterday but rain was spoiling my mood however since it has stopped since morning I complete and took some pictures before rain arrive, This is the NH 631 of the IAF with number 65, the number 65 is painted and it is not a decal. The kit was Arii one so it is very basic and easy to build. there are some problems with fit and need some dry fit. I use Tamiya silver and gunze for silver paint. I kept a very subtle weathering as I wanted to highlight more of the metal parts. I will be building this aircraft with better kit in the future for and with hopefully decals for the said aircraft. I have a pro fi kit but that am gonna do for SEAC one. Thank you for watching. Cheers
  49. 14 points
    Great customer service that sucks Duncan B
  50. 14 points
    Handley Page Herald - Novo boxing of the 1964 Frog kit. Apparently only briefly released by Frog, more commonly available from the likes of Novo and Maquette. Quite a nice kit to build, pretty crude in some respects (like the undercarriage doors with a scale thickness of about 10cm, and trailing edges to match), but goes together well and it's pretty solid. Build thread here Decals bodged together from 26 sheets for a BIA Herald and Air UK F-27 - had to do an Air UK aircraft, since I flew on them to the Isle of Man about 38 years ago. cheers Julian
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