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  1. 92 points
    Hiya Folks, Well what a lovely little kit this is and it deserves to sell well indeed,..... the new Airfix 1/48th scale Tiger Moth. I have to say that the fuselage struts are very weak and one of them had already snapped on the sprue, while another snapped during construction,....... in a similar manner to the interplane struts on my smaller 1/72nd kits,....almost as if they were all hollow inside! That bugbear aside,.... I loved it and have already started my second one,..... plus it allowed me to beat my mental block towards rigging which last lasted well over 2 years and might have something to do with the 1/72nd Airfix Tiggie! My model represents an aircraft from 727 NAS based at RNAS Gosport in the early post war years....... in 1948 the unit changed to the post war standard Fleet Air Arm numerical unit codes 220+ with GJ station codes on the tail and the wartime C Type roundels eventually gave way to the post war style too. The model was painted with Humbrol 24 Trainer Yellow from a (now very rare!) rattle can,..... this colour has now been dropped from the Humbrol spray can range,...... but please bring it back as for modellers like myself who don`t airbrush,..... colours like this are impossible to paint well otherwise! Here is a WIP; And here is the Model; I`m lucky enough to have flown in one of these at Duxford,... and that was a fantastic treat, just like this kit! Cheers Tony
  2. 82 points
    Hi all, Just off my bench is the newish Revell MR3 Shackleton. Much like the AEW-2version I built a couple of years ago it went together really well with no fit issues, just a little flash to clean up on some of the parts. My only criticism was the poor quality of the clear sprues, particularly the canopy which took a lot of polishing to get an acceptable standard. I added Eduard resin wheels and a photo etch cockpit set. I also replaced the oversized aerials and gun barrels with micro tube. Painted with Xtracolor and MRP paints, weathered with oils and pastel chalks and finally sealed with Alclad satin cote. Thanks for looking, gazza l Finally a family photo with a Revell AEW 2
  3. 74 points
    Nearing the end of a Battle of Britain fighters collection in 1/48, I picked up Airfix’s new tool Hurricane but could only get hold of the Tropical version. The kit allows you to build a Mk.1 but needed custom decals so bought an Xtradecals sheet. I chose VY-R from 85 Squadron as seen during the early phases of the Battle of Britain. Xtradecals had the scheme wrong and upon doing some research, the underside Sky colour should extend up the engine cowling further than usual, as well as up the wing leading edges. After consulting the internet greybeards and doing some colour sampling myself in greyscale, it appears the spinner should be red with white stripes rather than black with light green. In any case, I made both but the red is the correct one IMHO. The IWM photo is slightly later in August 1940 when the squadron codes and main roundel had been made thicker whereas the ones used were on 85 Sqn aircraft until early July. The new tool Airfix Hurri is a lovely kit in most respects and goes together well enough, it’s just a shame about having to add the rivets myself. If Eduard can do it so well and cheaply, why can’t Airfix and Tamiya? Video build here: --www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VSjDotV87A--
  4. 73 points
    Hello, I managed to get to the end. Generally I'm quite satisfied. Model from Speciall Hobby with wheels and resin set from BrenGun. Added some details, full riveting, vacu canopy and interior items. Painting - 829 FAA HMS Victorious squadron - April 3, 1944 - Operation Tungsten, attack on Tirpitz. W.I.P.: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235071172-148-barracuda-mkii-sphobby/ I invite You to comment and criticize
  5. 69 points
    Well it's been a while since I’ve posted anything in this area, but two GBs have got me back into building 1/72nd aircraft. This build was for the ‘In the Navy’ GB that is still running down in the Group Build section. I have previously built Airfix’s 1/72nd Wildcat as if it were in flight so, when a colleague at work kindly got me this Martlet for a birthday a while back, I thought - rather than make it with the wings out, I would do them folded. The ‘In the Navy’ GB seemed the logical place to make it in this way and I had some ideas for how I would display it. This particular Mk.IV Martlet - FN142 - is modelled when it was based on HMS Formidable in November 1942. This is a photo of the actual aircraft: The build itself was enjoyable and the detail out of the box is pretty good. The only additional work I did was to add some extra detail at the wing joins (using bits of plastic and lead wire plus doing a bit of drilling) and introduced a droop to the elevators. Kit: Airfix 1/72 A02074 Extras: Plasticard, plastic rod, lead wire, Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel and Railmatch acrylics all applied by brush. The WIP can be found: Here Some closer views - I'm not sure I should be doing this in 1/72 as it's brush painted! From the start of this build I wanted to display it as if it was on deck of HMS Formidable. Just a couple of photos here and the rest will be in the diorama/vignette RFI section. More photos of the deck vignette can be found: HERE So a big thank you to my colleague at work for buying this Martlet for my birthday and thank you to everyone who took the time to comment and make suggestions in my build thread. Thank you also to @rob85 for being the fantastic host of the GB. Kind regards, Stix
  6. 69 points
    Hello All, The simple, but very nice ICM Gladiator. No issues. Very enjoyable build. Thanks, Guy
  7. 64 points
    Here is my attempt at the 1/72 Airfix Hawker Siddeley Nimrod MR1 of 206 Sqn, RAF Kinloss in 1977. This had the Squadron emblem added to the tail as it was in the Queens Jubilee Review at RAF Finningley. I built it OOB just adding the 2 HF wire aerials using fishing line and the addition of 2 pitot probes. I added a bit of weathering and enhanced the panel lines which the aircraft on display wouldn't of had on the day as it would have been spotless for the review. Painted using Xtracolor and Revell enamels (I prefer the Revell SM301 white for spraying for some reason). Extra decals are from the Xtradecal X72080 set which has all the Nimrods from the 1977 review. It's a beast but have learn't a few things for the other one I have when I get round to it
  8. 64 points
    This is my Matchbox 1/32 Tiger Moth with custom decals.
  9. 64 points
    Hello everyone, A first build of this dreadful year, and a first made during the covid lockdown. Eduard 109 G-2, the weekend box, with some seat belts, new wheels and ErrorMaster, I mean Aeromaster+kits own decals. As you can see from the original photo the cowl insignia is well oversized and the clog facing the wrong direction. Unlike the also oversized green heart provided by Aeromaster which I avoid using, I had no good replacement for that one in my decal stash. My own interpretation of the BW photo of this plane, which is to me a G-1, because it has a pressurized canopy, with the full size backplate with no head rest for the pilot. Painted with AK real colors (62/63/76), Gunze (71) and MRP (04). Hope you enjoy it! Cheers!
  10. 63 points
    Latest off the bench is this beauty from Airfix. It's not a perfect kit but absolutely worth putting a little bit of effort in to build a classic British jet, even if, ironically, I built it as an RAAF one. I never really had much love for the Meteor, in terms of ever wanting to build one but that all changed when I went to Australia in 2018 and was lucky enough to attend the Warbirds Down Under Airshow. There is a Meteor F.8 based there in these markings and it looks absolutely gorgeous, so wind forward to now and here she is in plastic. The current one isn't the original airframe and has differences that have to be ignored for an authentic build and hopefully I've managed to get something close to the original setup. Extras added were: Eduard Cockpit Etch Set Eduard Brassin Wheels Pavla Spent Case Chutes Master Pitot Tube. Everything else out of the box. Build wise there's lot of good detail in the kit, it just falls short on a short shot part (Horizontal tail is a bit short at the rear) and a fairly unnecessary gap on the wings. I though to start with that I'd got it wrong somewhere but I can't see any way to avoid this gap, as the bottom wing dictates the width of the fuselage at this point. Annoying but not insurmountable with basic modelling skills, which is good because that's all I have. All finished with Alclad High Speed Silver, Future and Xtracrylix Matt. The decals were superb and only my ham fistedness with a few, that curled up and caused endless cussing before getting them straight and in place, causing any headaches. But for good or bad here she is and, as always, comments welcomed. Onto the next which is equally as Airfix, British and early Jetty. More fun ahead I'm sure, now where did I put that filler. Pete
  11. 63 points
    Hi all, Finally, time has enabled me to get my Skyraider across the line . As you will have seen in the WIP (below) she is one of the former Armee de l’Air (French Air force) machines that were acquired by the Groupment Aerient Presidentiel de Gabon (GAP). Eight aircraft were on GAP strength over time, with four machines, colour-trimmed red, blue, green and yellow, being the longest serving. They flew as part of a broader and varied GAP fleet that included, at the time, other types like the Banderainte, L-100/C-130, Harvard, Fouga Magister and others. These were the last active and armed Skyraiders world-wide, being retired in the 1980s. For those who are interested, TR-KFP “green” is now F-AZDP in France, TR-KMO “blue” is G-RADR in the UK, TR-LQE “yellow” is in France and TR-KMP “red” now resides in The National Museum of Naval Aviation in the US, having been impounded by customs. A sad end for the old girl . Of the others only one was lost – TR-KFR on 14th July 1978 in Lome. They were flown by contracted French pilots, the most well-known of these being Jacques Borne. Jacques was the flight commander and was an ex-Armee de l’Air mechanic (on H-34/HSS-1) and pilot, having amassed more than 6,400 hours on a number of types, including the Fouga Magister, T-6/Harvard, Mirage IIIB/C/E and IVA, and T-33. He maintained a nickname through his career of “Sarcife”. You can see more about him here, albeit in French: http://www.pilotedechasse.org/2017/06/en-vol-avec-sarcife.html and search "sarcife". Google Translate is a great thing! The subject of this build is Jacques’ machine, TR-KMP “red”. She was an AD-4N. She is built from a Hasegawa A-1H Skyraider kit, supported by some parts from a Sword AD-4W. The latter is a spare ship for this and other builds in the future. For this build I used the side doors, leaving one “ajar” so that it has a little more detail interest, plus the main wing pylons. For the build I have been supported superbly by Jacques’ son, Fred. He provided me with many images of these aircraft, some of which are also available online, and answered questions along the way. Here she is in a shot taken during her Gabonese career: What did I do/use? Well, here goes: a. Inserted the starboard side door section from the AD-5W, cutting the port side door aperture (slightly too low ☹) and used the AD-5W door b. Built the internals for the rear cabin in a generic sense. Used Kristal Klear for the side windows. c. Added different antennae top and bottom of the fuselage. d. Removed the “pitot” and light from the fin tip. e. Used a F-84G wing tank (thanks @Wez) for the belly tank and made the AD-4 shackles from Plastrict rod. f. Built T10 rocket rails and cables with Plastruct rod and wire. Used the AD-5W main wing pylons. g. Used an Aires cockpit set h. Added static wicks with wire i. Re-scribed per AD-4N j. Painted the red trim rather than using decals k. Here and there, as appropriate, I dry brushed with aluminium, black and red. I also left the Flory wash more intense in places to mimic the dirty(ish) conditions of the aircraft. Unusually for Skyraiders she did not have much oil or exhaust staining, as you can see from the above photo. l. Added the foot steps behind the wings, using brass rod. m. Drilled out the cannons and exhausts - Thanks for the prompt Stuart @Courageous 1. Kits – Hasegawa A-1H Skyraider (00780) and Sword AD-4W Skyraider (SW 72126) 2. Decals – Zotz Skyraiders over Africa set (72026) for the national insignia, lion motif and stencilling, Modeldecal French numbering set (No.63) for the “MP” ID letters, Xtradecal black lining and red lining for the walkways, etc. 3. Extra parts – Aside from the side doors – I used a modified F-84 underwing tank to represent the large belly tank used by the French, various antennas and dorsal intake from the spares box, Plastruct rod for the rocket rails, belly aerial poles, belly tanks saw braces, electrical copper wire for the rocket rail charging cables and static wicks, and a few other little bits and pieces. I used an, Aires A-1 resin cockpit. 4. Paints – Humbrol Metalcote Polished Aluminium (27002), Colourcoats Matt Black, Insignia Red, Interior Green, plus various other paints for small details. Humbrol Glosscote and Satincote. 5. Weathering – Flory Dark Dirt and Light (mixes), Tamiya Weathering Powders, Prismacolor Silver pencil (PC949) 6. Colin @Colin @ Freightdog Models kindly donated a couple of Aero tanks but I needed the larger belly tank. I'll keep these, with his agreement, for a later AD-4B build. Thank also to Mike @72modeler for some valuable data. The WIP is here: I hope you like her. Having got this build done I am now working on Jacques’ Fouga Magister and will then add a Harvard/AT-6D to the Gabonese fleet in my display cabinet. . I hope you like her. Martin
  12. 63 points
    Finally finished, after more than 10 years. In short, old Airfix Marauder, completely rescribed and riveted, with addition of QB guns, True Details wheels, resin engines and props from Academy P-47. I also added wing lights and small position lights on the rear fuselage and horizontal stabs. Painted with Model Master Olive Drab, then post shaded with Gunze OD. Gunze neutral gray on the bottom, shaded slightly with Tamiya Smoke. Decals from Hasegawa Marauder. Weathered with combination of sponge, Tamiya Smoke and Tamiya D set. Chipped with sponge, silver pencil and MM Aluminium applied by fine brush. After that, I added and overall thin layer of Tamiya smoke, to even the finish. Finally, treated with Tamiya semi gloss varnish, and is much less shiny in reality than in the photos. I always liked these worn out Marauders, they seem to be more faded and chipped than any other ETO aircraft. Here are the photos:
  13. 62 points
    Hi all, some pics of my latest KH Model. The F-86K in 1:32 with markings of JG 74 the only unit of the German Air Force equipped with this nice interceptor. There are some issues like the missing air intakes both sides of the fuselage and with the placing of the decals, but nevertheless all in all it is a good kit. Used some Eduard PE and RBF. The intake-cover is selfe made.
  14. 61 points
    Hi everyone Let me present my Sabre Mk4 OOB converted from the Hasegawa F-86 f30 kit in 1/48 scale. Finished in the colours of the CO’s aircraft of 3 squadron based at Gielenkirchen in 1954. Paints are Hataka orange line. Decals from Eagle Strike. Flory Models dark dirt wash and Tamiya satin varnish. Thanks also to @sabrejet for the advice on the particulars of RAF Sabres. Here are the pics - 67A128FD-B2B2-4231-9D99-F66E079EFBE0 by James Halls, on Flickr 62E6828A-8A78-4979-A720-30A6525BD6E3 by James Halls, on Flickr 27C3402B-2653-4A8A-A788-046F6727A21D by James Halls, on Flickr D6ED8453-8FA4-43B1-9A16-74293A385862 by James Halls, on Flickr 3993E63D-ED4A-4FFA-9D27-41078CB3BB51 by James Halls, on Flickr 47925569-78AC-4497-AFDE-7E6229ECBD8B by James Halls, on Flickr 388845A1-F8E0-4961-A0F9-4A710F9CA268 by James Halls, on Flickr Questions and comments welcome. Thanks for looking. James
  15. 61 points
    Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my 1/72 Dora Wings Lysander Mk.III (SD), with decals from DK Decals sheet "No.161 (SD) Squadron". Painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics, photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. A full build review will appear in an upcoming edition of Scale Aviation Modeller International.
  16. 59 points
    Hi folks, This is the Hobbyboss A-6a in the markings of Marine Sqn, VMA (AW) 224. I must say there is a lot of bang for the buck in this kit and it's quite a large aircraft. I really enjoyed the build. Sprayed with MRP, it has a realistic load of Rockeyes. Due to weight restrictions this was the amount it could lift off the deck of the deck of USS Coral Sea. Some filler was used around the nose and the exhausts.
  17. 58 points
    Hi everyone. Next off the bench is the new Airfix Tiger Moth. A nice simple kit that went together surprisingly quickly for me. Living in Cambridge all of my life I wanted to build G-AHIZ , which along with it's sister airframe G-AOEI has been burbling around the city for as long as I can remember. A couple of firsts for me making this one, rigging a bi-plane and DIY decals both of which went reasonably well. I needed to make a few modifications to accurately make G-AHIZ , this included an extended exhaust pipe, a generator on the underside, a new pitot tube assembly, a couple of whip aerials and a rear view mirror mounted on the port centre strut. Painted with Alclad semi matt silver and a mix of MRP yellow with a few drops of red for the fuselage colour. For the rigging I used EZ line Thanks for looking, gazza l Here she is in real life at Cambridge.
  18. 58 points
    Alclad paint with Xtradecals markings for 23 Squadron. Some Airwaves pe was used as was a resin seat.
  19. 57 points
    Evening All, I hope this finds you well. Here's one I started maybe 2 years ago and I thought I'd quickly finish it while I waited for my next project to be delivered. My next project arrived within a week.....finishing this took about a month. Hmm. The Kit - Airfix's 1/48 Sea Vixen FAW.2, built as XP954 of 893 NAS, HMS Victorious, 1966. I'm no expert on these so it's pretty much out of the box except that I added some brake lines and busied up the seats with some Tamiya tape; I may change them for resin ones in the future. I also didn't paint the coal hole lid as I've seen a couple of pictures with it clear - artistic licence. I left the wings down so as to show the shape of the aircraft, and the flaps and hook are down for maintenance. Main U/C doors, and airbrake are sagging a little. Finish - Painted in Tamiya acrylics and coated with Kleer (stocks are dwindling). After decalling I gave it a light overspray of the base grey (top) or white (bottom), and then gave the top surfaces another going over with a lighter grey, and also added bootmarks, oil stains and stuff. The bottom was streaked with oil stains also.......So subtle it hardly shows in the pictures. Why ? - Memories. There were a couple of these in the hanger at Halton.......massive beasts next to the Gnats and JPs we were working on. One day I was volun-told to get up on one of them with a broom to dust it down before an inspection. I'd initially thought I'd build one of those airframes but I liked these Sqn markings....and it was easier. Here we go......... Seat harnesses by Tamiya. Decals........so many decals !!!! The canopies aren't glued in position; I might need to swap the seats in the future. There's bootmarks there, honestly. I found Humbrol decalfix pretty good with helping prevent silvering. I forgot to make the drop tanks a bit dirtier. Ah well, roll equipment, just been fitted. You can just about make out the engine compressor face. I'm happy with it In the cabinet next to the Bucc. I hope you like it. Comments good bad or indifferent welcome. Cheers. Gaz
  20. 57 points
    Hi, Next model this year - Short Sunderland Mk I. This is fameous N9029, which was involved in (following Valka.cz web page) 28.7.1940: dogfight with two CR.42 near Malta (surived). 28.3.1941: NM-V captained by F/Lt A.M.G.Lywood, reported Italian fleet movements leading to the Battle of Cape Matapan. 16.4.1941: evacuation of 'very important persons' including King Peter of Yugoslavia. May 1941: evacuation of British and Greek troops from Crete. 1.1.1943: aircraft failed to return from anti-submarine mission, crew of F/O H.Holcombe was missing. The discussion of painting scheme of her as for end of Greek campaign was here: Just to summarize. basicly in model there are decal for this machine. However, I did her in TSS with blacl undersurfaces (instead of model reccomemndation - but for 1940! - in TLS with black bottoms) and grey serial (set number by number from drawer, in model decals the serial number is white), also side roundels A1 are different then one given by producer (ie. with standard yellow band size). Whole surface was covered with Tamiya putty to fill deep panel lines. Due to her hard life in Med for a year at least I did some hard weathering, maybe too much, but when I started I could not stop Here she is: Many thanks for all who took part in discussion and helped me in final choices! Coments welcome Regards Jerzy-Wojtek
  21. 55 points
    Hi all, here some pics of my Eduard/Revell Tornado F3 in 1/48. Used the PE´s/Brassin sets OOB and add a Master pitot and deacls for an Italian Air Force version from an older Italeri Kit. From the original aircraft I took some nice pictures while the NATO Tiger Meet`98 at German Air Base Lechfeld.
  22. 55 points
    Well here is the last of my British Airways Negus & Negus collection, The Queen of the Skies, the Boeing 747. I chose G-AWND because it was the registration I built way back in about 1977 from the Airfix kit. I think as an 11 year old I was probably pleased with that model back then but I'm even happier with this one! It is the Authentic Airliners kit with AA landing lights and cockpit and cabin windows and 26 Decals livery. The kit is very nice as can be expected from AA but it's heavy weighing in at 870g whereas my Qantas 747-200 injection moulded kit is only 240g. Paint is Halfords Appliance White with wings and under belly Halfords Racking grey. The blue for the lower fuselage is a mix of Tamiya X3 Royal Blue and X16 Purple. Coroguard is Home Bargains automotive Grey Primer which I originally bought to try out as primer as it was so cheap, £1.99 I think. Not bad stuff especially for the price but it does take a long tome to really dry out. Engines are Mr Metal Color Polished Aluminium. Leading edges of the wings, vertical and horizontal stabilisers are AA High Shine Metallic Decal. This is also the first outing for my new base board. The old one was getting a bit tatty but the final straw came when my daughter's hamster escaped one night and tore off loads of the grass mat. I'm quite pleased with the new design which I think adds a bit more interest than the old one. So I've now built one of each of the aircraft which BA flew in the Negus livery (with the exception of the Vanguard but I don't remember seeing one of those so it doesn't count!) but of course that isn't the end as there are still many subtypes, eg Trident 1 and 2, Viscount 700, Standard VC10, TriStar 500 etc still to do so I don't think I'll be finished soon! Hope you like it and thanks for looking. Cheers, Ian
  23. 54 points
    Here's my recently completed Airfix 1/72 Spitfire Mk I, in the markings of No. 222 Squadron based at Hornchurch in September 1940. Lately, I've been losing bits of kits during construction and this time round the mainwheels went AWOL, so I had to order some resin replacements. I used Vallejo Model Air paints and applied a bit of weathering using pigments and a silver pencil. I deliberately avoided a pin wash as the panel lines are already far too well defined! All the best, Ian With the Airfix Hurricane Mk I And the Airfix Bf 109E.
  24. 54 points
    Fairey Battle MkI T70, 5/III/3Aé, Belgische Luchtmacht/Force aérienne belge, stationed at Evere, Belgium. Shot down on 11 May 1940 at Vlijtingen while attacking Vroenhoven bridge. Rather than give a history of the type's genesis and service record here, the Wikipedia entry on the Fairey Battle is pretty comprehensive, and has some good archive photos. The Airfix kit for the Fairey Battle light bomber appeared in 1968, and it was soon noted by many to be horribly inaccurate on several counts. The story goes Airfix asked for drawings, and were sent copies of what were probably early proposals for the design and not those used for production machines. Nose, tail, wings, all were way off in many directions. Anyway, until MPM produced a kit, now sadly out of production and like the proverbial rocking horse poop, the Airfix kit was the only show in town. If you want to know how much effort might be needed to make a decent Fairey Battle from the kit, you can do worse than pop over to this thread: If you want to know how to make it nearly right, but in an advanced bodgery kind of way, check out my Work In Progress thread below. My original intention was to build the kit warts and all from the box, but you know how it goes. A tweak here, a change there, and before you know it you're doing a full-blown conversion! A summary of the work I did would be as follows: Extend the nose by 2.5mm Reshape the nose to better suit the real aircraft Adjust the propellor to a smaller radius and add some details Add an extended radiator donated from a Fairey Fulmar kit Add some cockpit details, with donations from the Fulmar here and there Rework the tail completely Scribe and sand the wings, but otherwise accept they're the wrong shape So much for out of the box! The finished model looks more like a Battle now than when I started, so that's something. The model was brush painted using Humbrol and Revell acrylics. The original 1970s boxing transfers for T70 worked without a hitch. WIP thread starts here:
  25. 54 points
    Hi Folks. I hope we are all keeping safe and working through the stash. I have a bit of a thing for the Defiant and have built another one which I really enjoyed. There's something about a Defiant that I absolutely love and have a plan to build many more. The kit was the 1/48 Airfix NF 1 boxing but decided to do a Defiant in a day scheme prior to the outbreak of the war for something different to the norm. This one represents a machine of 264 Squadron in March 1940- this particular aircraft was later repainted with Type S Undersurfaces, and revised roundels and saw service over Dunkirk where my Great Uncle was evacuated. He might have seen this aircraft in the skies. Paints used: Mr Hobby Aqueuous White Mr Hobby Aq. Flat Black Tamiya Flat Red Tamiya Flat Blue Tamiya Sky Grey Tamiya Cockpit Green Tamiya Flat Yellow Tamiya Nato Black Tamiya Metallic Grey AK Extreme Aluminium Tamiya Clear Green Tamiya Clear Red Mr Finishing Surfacer Black Washes and Oils: Flory Dark Dirt Flory Grime Abteilung Black Abt. Engine Grease Abt. Sepia Abt. Dust AK Europe Earth Weathering Powders Other items: Home made masks using a Cricut and masking film for the Codes, Roundels and Serial Numbers Rosie the riveter to add the rivets- not every single one is on there and they aren't 100% accurate but they add interest and that's good enough for me :-) Enjoy the pics. The weathering powders along the wing root aren't that stark in the flesh!
  26. 54 points
    Howdy All, Hope you don`t mind me subjecting you to yet another Skyraider ( I got a thing about Skyraiders ), so here`s some pic`s of my latest effort: Another go at Tamiya`s 1/48 A-1J kit Finished to represent `Tiny Tim` of the 602nd Special Operations Squadron at NKP Thailand around 1969 Been wanting to do a Black Bellied Spad for a while but have already done the one in the kit options and have been waiting for some after market subjects to come out. So having waited and waited finally decided to try hand painting some markings and find the rest from the kit and the stash Based on what few photo`s I could find on the subject, apart from the markings, added a few improvements....... .......such as: whip aerial, ignition harness, brake pipes and some yellow canopy handles Also added some landing lights on the wing tip undersides that USAF Skyraiders seemed to have had, the extra gun pod came from the spares box. Hope I haven`t bored you too much and you enjoy the pic`s Thanks for looking Cheers Russ
  27. 52 points
    1/72 Academy F-8 Crusader, 422d Fighter Weapons Squadron, USAF, Da Nang AB, South Vietnam, 1969 Well then, certainly not one for the purists.... I absolutely love the Academy Crusader - must be one of the best '72 kits ever made. I have built 4 of them now, 3 of them in their traditional grey and white. I do like throwing my own ideas into the mix now and again and have wanted to do a USAF Crusader for ages. So, here it is...! Depicted as an aircraft undergoing test and evaluation but on the front line of CAS missions in South Vietnam - why let the Marines have all the fun...!! Carrying a full load of Zuni's and Snakes. I have used etch for the seat handles and added a strike camera between the ventral fins. Decals from the spares box. I am really pleased with how this has turned out - I certainly haven't seen another one in this scheme before. Airbrushed freehand again with Tamiya acrylics. I hope that I don't upset too many of you....! Cheers all, Phil
  28. 52 points
    Finally finished my Hunter T7 in 1/72. It's the well-known Revell FGA9 mated to a PJ Productions nose and tailpipe. Not an inconsiderable amount of work but enjoyable for the most part. A moment of slight frustration came when I dropped it whilst priming, and the port wing came off as well as the tailpipe. But no harm done and it went back together OK. I thought that the PJ Productions nose was a tad short so I lenghthened it a by about 1.5mm, which added to the workload. The hardest bit was getting the windscreen to fit but it looks OK I think. This was helped by raising the sill line around the cockpit a touch as I felt it looked too low in profile. Other chores included changing the vents in the fuselage to F4/T7 standard, and doing the same with the airbrake. One error that you might see in the photos: the script below the cockpit canopy "cut here for emergency rescue" was a three line stencil on the single seaters but only two lines for the T-bird. So I sliced up the Revell decal and reassembled it. I was quite proud of that, but only after it had dried did I notice that the word "emergency" is upside down. My eyesight must be failing...! I wanted to depict a Brawdy T7 from the early 1980s as I have fond memories of spending a week on the base in the last summer of Hunter operations, 1984. XL595 had the 79 Sqn markings which I remember well from that time, so I chose that as my reference. Some nice photos of the original can be found at: https://forums.airshows.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=40&t=19868 Hope you like it: And here she is with her sister, my recently completed FR10: Justin
  29. 52 points
    Hiya Folks, Another one that I finished yesterday,........ this is the Revell boxing of the Special Hobby 1/72nd scale Boston/Havoc which is sold as the P-70 USAAF night fighter, but includes lots of additional parts with optional noses included for the clear A-20/Havoc and also the Boston III, 12 gun Boulton Paul gun nose, Turbinlite nose and regular USAAF A-20 gun nose. Fot this model the BP 12 gun nose was utilised but unfortunately the optional flat `fighter' windscreen is not included in the kit, nor are the resin anti glare exhausts,..... so the former was lifted from a SH Boston Intruder kit and the exhausts were converted from those in an Airfix Beaufighter. The model was brush painted and the decals came from DK Decals,..... a photo of the real aircraft appears in Air Britains Fleet Air Arm Aircraft 1939-45. Here is the real thing,.....Havoc Mk.II, AH507/T8A, of 771 NAS at RNAS Twatt,..... from the excellent Air Britain book. The Havoc`s & Boston`s used by 771 NAS were used for Fleet Requirements Duties with the main battle fleet in Scapa Flow, playing attacking enemy bombers for exercises and to keep ships gunners trained up by practicing gun laying and sometimes they even opened fire with their sights adjusted so that the gun actually aimed off behind the aircraft. This job is still carried out by Hawk`s and civil contracted Hunter`s for the modern day RN and was done for years by FRADU. When Havoc Turbinlites were pressed into service with 771 NAS the forward facing light was found to be ideal for this role and quite a few Boston`s were later fitted with Turbinlite noses for service with the unit,..... the forward facing light has since been adopted by post war Seahawk`s, Hunter`s and Hawks; The model; I meant to paint replica air vents on the engine nacelles,...... but I forgot!! Cheers, Tony
  30. 51 points
    Dear fellow Britmodellers, this is my 1/72 Dragon Arado Ar-234 B in markings of 9./KG76, flown by Hptm,. Josef Riegler. I built with addition of Reheat photo etch, True Details wheels and Master pitot tube. Decals from Aeromaster "Arado Blitz Bombers Pt.1", painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics. Photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. Thank you for your interest! Best greetings from Vienna Roman
  31. 51 points
    Hi everyone I hope you are all keeping well in these very trying times that we are living in. I am one of the lucky ones who is still at work (key worker) but it's meant that I haven't had any time for modelling, Yesterday after a sudden rush of blood to the head I decided to clean my workshop which in turn meant I cleaned my modelling cabinets and their contents. So I thought I'd show, in chronological order my entire model collection starting with my first model, built in 2012 after a 20 year plus gap from modelling the rather splendid Eduard 1/48 Spitfire Mk IX.. Built OOB except for after market decals from Xtradecal. next up my Eduard P47D Thunderbolt again built OOB except for decals from Xtradecal.. the Hasegawa 1/48 Hurricane finished as a night fighter, this was the first model where I painted all of the national insignia (I just noticed that I've managed to break the antenna wire) The mighty Airfix 1/48 Javelin again with after market decals from Xtradecal.. Airfix 1/48 Spitfire Mk1.. Airfix 1/72 Shackleton.. Tamiya 1/48 Mosquito Tamiya 1/48 Spitfire Mk1 Tamiya 1/32 Spitfire MkIXV Tamiya 1/32 Mustang MkIV Hasegawa 1/48 Typhoon Mk1b Airfix 1/48 Defiant Airfix 1/72 Blenhiem Airfix 1/72 B17.. Airfix 1/72 Dakota.. Airfix 1/48 Hurricane.. And finally my Eduard 1/48 Spitfire MkIXe with all the after market that I could throw at it including the Brassin Merlin engine, cockpit, gun bays, master barrels and all the insignia and markings were painted using Montex masks rather than decals. Thanks for indulging me Iain
  32. 50 points
    "Valiant and Brave" -SAR Sea King HAR3A (1:72 Airfix) Hi everyone, I hope you're all keeping safe and well. Well, my final exams are all done now, so back to the bench I go while I nervously await the results! This kit was given to me many months ago by a close friend at university, and I wanted to save it until I had the time to have a good crack at it. On with the build! Kit: Airfix 1:72 Sea King HAR.3/Mk.43 Paints: Vallejo, as always, along with (for the first time) a dash of Tamiya clear green to tint the upper canopy (I think it's worked well?) Decals: Mainly kit decals, along with some from the Xtradecal RAF Anniversary Update 2011/12 set *Disclaimer: The decals used represent a bit of a hodgepodge of various markings that the aircraft carried, and are not 100% accurate Scratchbuilt: The sensor pod under the port "stub" is entirely scratchbuilt, the aircraft instrument panel was scratchbuilt (not that's it's particularly visible), the riveting is all done by hand, and there's a full interior (it's just a shame I couldn't get the lighting/focus right to photograph it!). The filter "box" in front of the intakes is also heavily adapted from what came with the kit- I had some photoetch grill sections lying around, so I used those. I scratched some of the main rotor mechanisms and added the "whisker" aerials with thin wire. Well, there we are. I'm quite happy with the result, and I'm certainly tempted to have another shot at this wonderful kit from Airfix in the near future. Thanks for having a look! Best wishes, Sam
  33. 50 points
    Another one done. Airfix Blenheim MkIV F. Kind of an irritating kit - the main bulk of it moulded to extremely tight tolerances, so getting it to fit was hard work (horiz. stabs. excepted!), but ultimately successful, but a lot of the silly little ancillaries like aerials are just "glue on where you feel like" - no pins or sockets, even when trying to fit a flat edge to a curved surface. I was a bit sloppy on the masking too in places, but it doesn't look too shabby. Eduard zoom in the cockpit, Quikboost exhausts and intakes to replace the awful kit ones. Meant to have a go at replacing the wingtip lights with clear, but forgot until I was well into painting - doh!
  34. 50 points
    In 2017 I started one of these for a Group Build. It went disastrously wrong, glued the wings on and the whole lot dried out of kilter, looked odd and I lost heart and binned it. I bought another and vowed to return as it was going well and I enjoed it up to that point. I also hate not completing things. So here is the results of stab 2. The game changer was the very good LMG jig I purchased for this project which will come in useful on many other builds, but it does show the wisdom of the 'wing spar' attachment used by Airfix and others now rather than the old slot & tab of old. Enjoy. Exhaust collector rings were painted using Humbrol Metalcote steel, then painting a thin coat of Tamiya Bronze over the top and wiping it off when still wet which gave it a sort of goldish look which is about right. Exhaust staining was done with black eyeshadow and then white eye shadow brushed over the top, which I've been using for a while and I think gives a very subtle effect.
  35. 50 points
    Hi all, Here is the finished TU-128 Trumpeter, the model is not bad at all but is unfortunately decked out with a few errors and simplifications. Nothing complicated to catch up with a few sets but it's a shame because these are small things that would have been simple to do. The size is quite annoying, I think I hit it in all corners of the workshop plus a few other miseries, I was longing to see the end, but i take pleasure to build it and at the end it's a amazing aircraft in the collection.
  36. 50 points
    Furlough = Output! This year, my output is twice last year and we're only in May! Another three over the line with the two spits being built as part of the Spit GB and the hurricane tagged along as wingman! The Hurricane is the Airfix kit which is rather nice. Spit AB264 is the Airfix kit too, although more tricky to build but looks nice when complete. JK792 is the Hasegawa kit, nice 'n simple. Weathering was done using soft pastels and oils. Not much to see in the builds as they are quite simple kits so on with the finished articles... Firstly, Airfix Hurricane Tropical Mk.I W9293 of 73 Sqn, North Africa 1942 using Xtradecals Secondly, Airfix Spitfire Vb Tropical using the kit decals Last but not least, Hasegawa MkVb (possibly a Vc) Trop 40 Sqn SAAF based in Italy in 1944 Thanks for looking Cheers Neil
  37. 50 points
    Another Covid completion. The venerable 1/48 Monogram B-24D. This machine is actually a US Navy PB4Y-1 Liberator used in anti sub patrol flying out of Brazil in 1943. This one languished on the shelf for too long. The original mold dates back to 1976. One of Monogram's big WW2 bombers. A lot of scratchbuilt and kit bashed parts went into this one - detail in the bomb bay and kit bashed parts in the nose compartment and radio room. Brake lines and detailing on the landing gear. Accurate Miniatures depth charges and ammo can assembly for the dorsal turret. Koster white metal, resin and vac parts for the rear turret. Not perfect - and I see a couple of things I need to fix, but it's 99.99% finished!
  38. 50 points
    Not my usual subject choice. and If I was going to build a Ju 88 I'd have probably have chosen a Battle of Britain aircraft. But I had this kit and no one wanted to buy it so a mate and I settled on a mini build off of WW II German twin engined aircraft. I chose the option the box with the pox as I figured it would stand out in the cabinet. It does I'm not sure I made the right choice. Full details of the build at my blog but here are some photos
  39. 50 points
    All done. A very enjoyable kit but there are some delicate details that need careful handling. I used Xtradecal sheet X72307 for the aircraft serials and unit markings and stencils from the Airfix kit. The seat belts were pinched from an Eduard set for the old tool Buccaneer but the other details for the IP etc didn’t fit. Paints are from Mig Ammo - 205, 206 & 207 as included in their A.mig 7203 set; I found these to be very fragile and easily damaged even with a couple of dots of Pledge floor gloss. The only weathering was a panel wash. In the end I decided not use the Air Graphics CBLS panniers or the kit rocket pods and painted the bombs from the kit as inert/practice bombs, I made some more from the Airfix Phantom kit but had trouble with paint adhesion on them and couldn’t be bothered to re-do them, I also found them to be a slightly different shape.
  40. 50 points
    "Seek and Destroy" 41 Sqn's finest Hi everyone! Time for another Tornado build I think, this time of a 41 Sqn GR.4 in 1:72 scale. Let's get cracking, then! The Subject So the first visit I ever had to an operational fast-jet base was back in August 2017. Me and my dad tottered on up to the fence one morning while on holiday in Lincolnshire, and we were fortunate enough to see a mass launch of Typhoons. Around lunchtime, when most of the Typhoons had returned from their morning launches, we decided to walk around to the BBMF end of the base. As we rounded the corner I noticed an engine note which didn't sound quite like a Typhoon we'd become accustomed to... ... and there she was: This was the only time that I managed to see a "live" Tornado on the ground before she was retired from RAF service in April of last year. We watched as the crew taxied her to the runway and took off, never to be seen again (as it turns out, the very same aircraft was to reappear at RIAT in the "617 Sqn formation" with the Lancaster and F-35, which I'm trying to re-create to some extent in 1:72 scale). We were fortunate enough to then see a practice display by the RAF Typhoon team, followed by a totter around the BBMF hangar and a practice QRA scramble that same day. As we returned home from the holiday we stopped by Coningsby again and for the first time saw the Lancaster take to the air, having failed for many years to see her at airshows due to weather. So that's where my love of this particular airframe began. The Build This is a kit that I'm sure many will be familiar with, the venerable 1:72 Revell Tornado GR.1. The surface details and construction are exceptional for the scale and is really the only real option for a Tornado in this scale, but alas it required a FLIR pod and some cockpit scratchbuilding to bring it up to GR.4 spec. Freightdog provided the FLIR pod and Master Models provided the brass pitot tube and AoA probes. Decals came from the Xtradecal Tornado Retirement Schemes set. During my 1:32 build of ZA326 (the raspberry ripple Tornado- link to build here) I've built up quite the reference archive. Armed with that, I decided to edit the 1:72 kit to resemble ZA560 as I saw her: flaps/slats down, auxiliary air intake doors open, a variety of cooling doors open, the CAGNET aerial (thanks to these guys for their help) and a variety of other small details. The one thing I would have done differently is to replace the nose of the kit with a resin one, but hey, I think it just about passes? As with the real thing I had to salvage parts from another Tornado, in this case it was one of the nose wheels which decided to go walkies (or perhaps roll-ies?) Sadly, due to a lack of additional decals I wasn't able to follow the exact scheme/decalling as I saw her in back in 2017, but it was still the same airframe nonetheless. I can live with it! You might notice the different coloured stripes of the underwing fuel tanks, these were present on the real thing at the time- i masked and sprayed on the grey stripes; given that the grey stripes that came with the kit decals blended in perfectly with the paintwork.... As always, Vallejo Model Air paints were used; USAF Medium Gray for the main colour, some panels were picked out in Light Gray, with the nose being Sea Grey. Weathering was achieved with a mix of diluted black/brown paints and the fabulous UMP Earth weathering wash. But you're here for pictures, rather than my ramblings, and pictures you shall have! Conclusion And so, this build draws to a close. Thank you to the folks who helped out with the info on the cooling vents and the CAGNET aerial, and thank you for dropping by and having a look the build! Stay safe and look after yourselves Best wishes, Sam
  41. 50 points
    Built from the old 1/48 ICM kit. I used resin exhausts, gun barrels and propeller blades, and the moving part of the canopy was replaced with a vacuformed one (the kit part was shot short in my box). Markings were painted using Montex masks.
  42. 49 points
    Hi all! A simple but difficult to do...short run from Xtrakit in the 1/72 scale...It was done in almost three weeks...hope you like it!... follow the pictures:
  43. 49 points
    Almost straight out of the box , only some modifications on the upper wings and lot of detail adding at the rather <<empty>> Revell's cockpit . Painted with Alclad high speed silver and MRP paints . Decals by Daco and serial numbers by homemade painting masks seat beltsand wet tranfer stencils by HGW . Hope you like it , Have a great day and stay healthy Greetings from Greece , Dimitris .
  44. 48 points
    #10 in my Vermont ANG History series, finally done. No conversion exists in 1/72 for the EB, so I had to scratch-build the myriad of antennae, radomes and chaff pods for this. Rebuilt and altered intakes to reflect the EB. Also no decals exist yet for this in 1/72 (until Caracal releases their new sheet in 1/72), so I had to scrounge with whatever I could find. I used Wolfpak EB-57 decals plus their Vermont F-102 decals, plus Hasegawa kit decals for the ANG badge, outstanding unit ribbon and bomb bay striping, and a ton of Superscale F-4 and F-102 data/markings. Took most of a week to accomplish. Quickboost ESCAPAC seats (tough to find) with their bottoms hollowed out to allow extra lead weight. Build thread here: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235072528-172-eb-57b-vermont-ang/
  45. 48 points
    Hi, here's the latest build using the opportunity afforded by furlough(!) Not an easy kit to put together (but I am just an assembler rather than a proper modeller!) with plenty of superglue and filler used. Decals from Authentic decals which were ok but not as good as other aftermarket decals I've used. Hope it's of interest (yes she's a tail sitter btw) oh and the Krystal Klear is still curing in some of the pics 20200502_173917 by bryn robinson, on Flickr 20200502_173902 by bryn robinson, on Flickr 20200502_173852 by bryn robinson, on Flickr 20200502_173720 by bryn robinson, on Flickr 20200502_173705 by bryn robinson, on Flickr 20200502_173627 by bryn robinson, on Flickr 20200502_173947 by bryn robinson, on Flickr
  46. 47 points
    Hi all. Currently I´m working on my second Special Hobby Viggen in 1:72 scale. In the meantime I want to show you the first one. It´s the SK 37 trainer from the "AJ 37/SK 37 - Duo Pack". Only aftermarket item I added was a pilot from PJ Production. The Viggen is painted with different shades of aluminium from AlcladII. The base was drawn in Affinity Photo and printed on rigid foam board. Daniel
  47. 47 points
    ITALERY Ju 87 G-2 Stuka Kanonenvogel (1/48) + German Luftwaffe Pilots & Ground Personnel (1/48) 1944 - German Airfield What do you believe guys?? Thank you for the comments! Cockpit details! Engine details! Final Diorama!
  48. 47 points
    1/350 Trumpeter HMS Hood with; Eduard PE Flyhawk detail set which includes Pom Poms and brass main armament barrels, Various resin details form NorthStar including, 4" guns, quad Vickers, bridge equipment, searchlights, HACS, Pom Pom directors and crew. White Ensign resin main turrets Painted in ColourCoats enamels Sea painted in artists acrylics with clear gel medium top coat and cotton wool spray Rigging in Caenis 700 and Uschi line WIP here; Thanks to everyone who followed the WIP and gave advice and feedback Lot's of pics because of the size - mounted on the sea base she's 90cm long! Nice kit, and great as a base to add detail to. Hope you like the pics as much as I enjoyed building her. Few detail shots; Working parties to close the breakwater openings; Same on the quarterdeck to stow the ladders; Obligatory B+W shots; Thanks for looking, any feedback gratefully received. Cheers Nick
  49. 47 points
    Hi Guys, My F-16C Block 30 in the Blue Splinter camo scheme of the 18th Aggressor squadron, Eielson AFB, Alaska.
  50. 47 points
    Hello All Like most I've been maximising my bench time lately. This one is my latest, 1/48 Eduard Mk VIII from the Aussie Eight boxing. QY-T the mount of Flt Lt W. Ron Cundy, 452 Sqn NT 1944. Built using the resin & etch goodies in the box and painted using SMS lacquers for the Foliage Green over Sky Blue. Hope you like her. Cheers Andrew P
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